Get festive. Saskatoon and area plays host to a multitude of family-friendly festivals and although Nutrien Children’s Festival, SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival and Canada Day are under our belts, there are still so many to check off the list: Louis Riel Relay and Kidsfest at Batoche (July 6), Nutrien Fringe Theatre Festival (Aug 1-10), Folk Fest (Aug 15-17), and Rock 102’s Show & Shine (Aug 16-19). Make a splash. Lathey, George Ward, Riversdale, and Mayfair pools are all sure-fire winners with kids and as for spray parks, my family’s favourite is River Landing because it’s hard to beat the scenery, ice cream shack, and downtown vibe. Why not find the full list on saskatoon.ca and hit them up as you’re able, blackout bingo style? Active amusements. All within walking distance, you can get your golf on at Putt ‘n’ Bounce, take a few swings at the Grand Slam Batting Cages, and scale a giant climbing wall called The Rock. Want a five minute road trip? Head to Crickle Creek for their mini golf and then let the kids climb the coolest inflatables north of the 49th. For ride lovers, our awesome Saskatoon Exhibition is August 6 to 11, but for an anytime treat, check out the classic trio at Nutrien Playland. And don’t overlook the humble playground! Make it a treat by biking or driving to one you don’t normally frequent (we love the big bear park at Brighton). Many playgrounds also have drop-in programming for kids two to 12; check out the interactive “Where to Play” map on the city site. Be entertained. SUM Theatre brings professional productions to a park near you all summer long and if you arrive early, you can even do a craft with the Nutrien Wonderhub crew (consult the SUM site for dates and locations). Other spectacles your kids will enjoy are Fairy Door Tours at Kinsmen Park (fairydoortours. com), horse races at Marquis Downs, car racing at Wyant Group Raceway, and the Exhibition Parade on August 6. Learn. Step back in time via a wagon ride at the Western Development Museum (weekends only), look at stars at the University of Saskatchewan observatory (Saturday nights are free and open to the public), or foster their love of animals with a visit to the Saskatoon Zoo. There’s so much to do in this city, you may not hear the whine of “I’m bored” all summer long. Well, you probably will, but that can be your cue to whip out this list! See you on the playground.
Hike the Meewasin Trails. Lace up your sneakers and get the whole family moving along our stunning riverside Meewasin Trails whether you start downtown, at the University, by the weir, or head out toward the classic paths of Beaver Creek where you can (and should!) feed the chickadees. And have you been to Wanuskewin lately? It offers both majestic hiking and an opportunity to learn about the sacred bond between this land and the First Nations people.
For more than a decade, Maygen Kardash has been a wardrobe stylist for television, music videos, print, and both artist and personal consults. She is also a musician, frequent guest on Global Morning, freelance writer, Brownie leader, and most important, loving mama to 4-year-old daughter Petra and baby boy Paris. Sneakers & Lipstick is Maygen’s personal blog on which you’ll find honest posts about motherhood, style and anything in life that piques her interest. Follow along at sneakersandlipstick.com.