The coronavirus is re-writing the “contract” between the dining room and the customers at the tables, and, in response, Waterloo Region food operations large and small have focused on re-building that confidence.
Yes, it’s inevitable. As much as every kid looks forward to summer break, it doesn’t take long until they’ve run out of ideas to keep themselves happy and busy.
Have no fear! The good news is, businesses are starting to reopen in our region (with extra safety protocols in mind!) and the list of things to do is getting longer! Here are some ideas to help keep the kids entertained all summer long.
As of June 23, Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory is OPEN! The Conservatory features thousands of free flying butterflies in an indoor garden. They also have an impressive live insect collection and an observation honeybee hive. Cool down with a cold drink on the patio or bring your picnic blanket to enjoy some time in the sun on their grounds. The Conservatory is an indoor facility, so it’s perfect for those rainy summer days.
Bingemans offers not one, but two exciting mini golf courses to choose from. Situated in an original and natural area of the park, the Town and Country courses offer a fun and unique mini-golf experience for everyone! A little bonus – the patio at Bingemans Boston Pizza is open now too!
Enjoy the Grand River, one of Waterloo Region’s most beautiful natural assets! Canoe or kayak The Grand from one of several starting points. Easy booking and prepayment is available through their website. If time is on your hands, you and the kids can float the river on a tube instead!
African Lion Safari has opened up their drive through Games Reserve for the 2020 season! Get closer than you ever imagined to majestic birds and animals from around the world as you drive along 9 kilometres of trail through 7 large Game Reserves, all from the comfort of your own vehicle.
Flag Raiders is an adventure anyone can enjoy, from beginners to seasoned players. With big, wide open spaces, you’ll be sure to get a ton of fresh air. Flag Raiders also offers low-impact paintball, Nerf battles, birthday parties and more.
The Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum has reopened The Mandela: Struggle for Freedom exhibit for a limited time until August 3, 2020. Purchasing timed tickets is easy and can be done online through their website.
“I scream, you scream, we all scream for Ice Cream!” Hot summer days are the perfect time to enjoy a cool, sweet cone of your favourite flavour of ice cream! Created locally, Four All offers flavours like Chocolate Milk, MadCat Espresso, and Lavendar Honey! You can find Four All at its new location in UpTown Waterloo! Four All offers frozen treats “for all”, including those with dietary restrictions and food sensitivities. Check out their amazing dairy-free and vegan options!
Spray pads are a summer staple for a many families! In Preston, their spray pad is located in beautiful Central Park, Cambridge. A fun – and free! – way to cool down on a hot summer day. There are lots of other spray pads located throughout Waterloo Region. Let the kids use this map to choose their next spray pad adventure!
Ok parents – this one is just for you (because you deserve something special after making sure the kids had fun all day!) Enjoy your favourite hot or cold beverage at Red Circle Coffee Co. at Catalyst137. Each coffee is created using high quality, thoughtfully sourced beans and a state-of-the-art roaster – you’ll enjoy a great cup of coffee every time! Choose something to go with your freshly crafted beverage from Red Circle’s bakery (where all the treats are created on-site). You can even sit back and relax with your treats on Red Circle Coffee’s summer patio –the Big Kid in you will love it!