Take advantage of every opportunity to create fun, meaningful experiences for your children with these favourite outdoor family activities!

Mini Golfing

Remember how much fun mini putting was when you were a child? This favourite pastime is still popular today and it is a great way for you and your children to participate in some good old fashioned family fun! Mini-putt is an enjoyable activity for everyone, regardless of age or putting abilities. In Mississauga, there are two outdoor putt-putt courses for you and your family to take advantage of this summer:

Andy Bathgate Driving Range offers a 9-hole mini putt course that is fun for both children and adults! Andy Bathgate is open daily 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., located at 600 Eglinton Avenue East. Playdium offers a unique 18-hole outdoor mini putt course. Mini Putt at Playdium is open seasonally (weather dependent). The course opens every weekend from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Playdium is located at 99 Rathburn Road West.

Outdoor Cinema Nights

Port Credit Memorial Park and Celebration Square both offer movie nights under the stars! Take your family out for an unforgettable outdoor cinema experience. Movies in the park are free and a relaxing and fun way to spend some quality time outdoors. You won’t want to miss your favourite family film classics that will be playing this summer!

The Rotary Club of Mississauga has been running Port Credit’s Movie Night in the park for 10 years! Movie Night in the Park takes place at Port Credit Memorial Park, located at 32 Stavebank Road. Movies begin at dusk and take place most Friday nights throughout the summer. Visit www.rotarymovienights.com for more details. Movie Nights at Celebration Square happen most Thursday nights this summer, through to the end of August. Bring blankets and pillows so your kids can be comfy and cozy under the twilight sky. See you at movie night in Port Credit Memorial Park or at Celebration Square!

Water Fun

Children love splashing around in water, whether it is at playing at a water table or splash pad, running through a sprinkler or swimming in a pool! No matter your child’s age, or the type of water experience they enjoy engaging in, make a point to participate in all the action! Show your children that you are interested in their water play and want to share in the enjoyable experience of splashing around with him!

Nature Discovery Walks

Go on a nature discovery walk through one of the city’s scenic parks or trails! Mississauga’s top parks and trails include: Culham Trail, The Waterfront Trail, Lake Aquitaine Trail, and Burhamthorpe Trail. Nature walks are both enjoyable and an educational experience for your children. You will be delighted at how invigorating it is to roam through the wilderness on a warm, sunny day and experience the sights and sounds of nature. Your kids will be in awe of their surroundings. Encourage them to curiously explore the world around them by letting them lead the way and set the pace for the walk. Challenge your children by having a scavenger hunt to look for certain nature items. They can also keep a nature journal to record and sketch their findings!

Family Picnics

A family picnic is a great way to bond with your family, enjoy a healthy meal together, as well as get some fresh air and exercise! Plan to hold a family picnic with your extended family or close group of friends! The summer is the perfect occasion to make up for lost time with loved ones. Remember to pack a healthy lunch, along with snacks, fresh fruit and lemonade. At the park there is lots of room for your children to run around and play some games and sports. Enlist your children to help you prepare for the picnic by having them choose and prepare foods they like, and pack items they want to bring along, such as sporting equipment. A family picnic is a memory your children will cherish for years to come!

Help ensure your children have a healthy connection with the outdoors by providing them with various outdoor experiences throughout the summer months!