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How to keep your kids busy this summer

I can’t believe it’s already the middle of June. Where has the time gone? We’ve moved from snowbanks taller than most people to blistering heat to a rainier than normal June. Regardless of what the weather outside is doing, the days are still flying by; 2018 is almost half over and students are almost done another school year.  Whether we are ready or not, or if the sun is shining, summer is right around the corner.

With summer approaching I’m starting to plan how I’m going to keep my son Ryan entertained over the nine weeks of summer vacation. As I’ve already thought about this a lot, I figured I’d help you out by providing five ideas to keep your kids busy during the summer break.

Explore the outdoors


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Forests for the World is a 106-hectare demonstration forest with 15 (8.5 mi.) kilometres of hiking trails located on Cranbrook Hill. You can bring your dogs (on a leash) and it’s an easy walk for the whole family. A short walk from the parking lot is Shane Lake. While it’s not a lake I would personally swim in, you and the kids can spend hours on the dock checking out all the wildlife or fishing. 

Visit the library

boy holding big cardboard picture frame

Ryan hanging out at the library.

If it’s raining, you can spend the entire afternoon at the Prince George Public Library. Not only can you borrow books, magazines, videos and games, but you can participate in one of their many programs. Visit their website for a list of their various programs. Also, did you know that if you have a PGPL card you can access their complete library of E-Books? You can fill your e-reader and have materials for those who are travelling for work, or hitting the road for a road trip.

Hit the bowling lanes


Cosmic bowling :) #kidsbowlfree #blackdiamondlanes

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Still raining, or looking for something different to help your kids burn some energy? Did you know that Black Diamond Lanes is offering free bowling to kids throughout the summer? You need to register online through their website, but once you do your kids are eligible for two free games of bowling each day throughout the summer. You are responsible for shoe rentals. Other restrictions may apply; visit their website for all the details.

Hang out a local parks and playgrounds

Hit a different park every day! Prince George has so many parks and playgrounds. Try hitting up one that might be outside your neighborhood. Here are Ryan’s top five recommendations:  Duchess Park Playground, Ron Brent Elementary, Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park, Spruceland Elementary and Malaspina Elementary.

Take your kids camping

Finally, make some great family memories by escaping Prince George for a night. You can hop in your vehicle and drive in any direction and find a place to camp for the night. However, if you are looking for recommendations head north and visit the Salmon Valley Campground. It’s under new management this year and in a short time, the new owners have made this a true destination. 

Save travels and sunny skies as you explore Prince George this summer. Feel free to connect with me and share your favorite family-friendly summer activity. I’m on Instagram and Twitter at @tiben12. Also, make sure to #moveupg.

Until next time,


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