Summer is here! Most parents are looking forward to the days of no routines, relaxation and of course occupying their children. Both working parents and stay-at-home parents are always looking for creative ways to entertain their children, however, you don’t have to travel far or spend lots of money to entertain your kids.

Here’s a list of 5 things to do in the city during the summer:

1)Don’t have a pool? No problem!
The city of Laval has many park pools and splash pads to use for free. Look up parks with pools and aquatic-based activities, on the city of Laval website:

2) Pick your own fruits - Farm Activities in Laval
A lot of families enjoy apple picking in the fall, but did you know that your local farms also offer berry picking in the summer?

Blueberries, Raspberries and Strawberries can be enjoyed by the whole family. Encouraging your children to eat more fruits and vegetables can be hard but including them in picking their own fresh fruits from the farm will definitely encourage them to eat more of them. Parents also encourage local farms by purchasing their produce and eating eco-responsibly.

3) Centre de la Nature & Parc de la Rivière-des-Mille-Îles
Nature can be found all around us. Nature parks in Laval are located right here in the city. Families do not have to venture far to enjoy being in nature, beautiful gardens, and safe spaces for kids to play in. Parc Riviere de Mille-Isles offers kayaking, nature walks and trails to experience local fauna and flora.

4)Bike Trials
Hop on a bike with the whole family, and take the time to go on a brisk bike ride in your very own neighbourhood. Most of the bike paths are scenic and can help many families cut busy traffic and stay on safe routes and off the main roads to entertain their children.

5)Save the date for Laval Festivals
Cultural and fun family festivals are hosted in Laval this summer. Kicking off summer with the “La Grande fête des pompiers” first week of June, where young children can enjoy the sites, the display of firetrucks, kiosks and fire safety tips, firefighter demonstrations and the great firefighter race. This festival is held on a yearly basis, so if you missed this one, plan for next year.

La Fête de la famille will also take place at the end of the summer. It is a fun activity for the whole family, especially families with young children. There are bouncy castles for the kids to play on, shows and entertainment and kiosks.