As summer winds down, seize the chance to create lasting memories with your family before the kids return to school.
This two-day itinerary outlines the top family-friendly attractions, ensuring you maximize your quality time with kids and get to create lots of memories together.
Day 1: Explore Port Credit and Cooksville
- Begin your day with a visit to the Archtop Coffee Bar and Market, offering a delightful breakfast experience. Enjoy gourmet coffee or opt for a refreshing smoothie paired with fresh pastries.
- Next, head down to the renowned Carlo's Bakery in Port Credit, known from "Cake Boss." Savor iconic treats like the rainbow cake slice or authentic cannoli while taking advantage of Sauga Savings Pass deals.
- After indulging in snacks, stroll just five minutes to Port Credit Memorial Park for outdoor fun by the Credit River. Relax at picnic tables, take a scenic walk along the water, and let the kids enjoy the playground and sports facilities, including a skate park and basketball courts.
- Continue your adventure with a short walk to the Port Credit Lighthouse, offering stunning harbor views. Then, a seven-minute walk leads you to J.C. Saddington Park, where you can capture memorable family photos against the backdrop of Lake Ontario.
- For lunch, visit Stanfield Grill House, featuring a diverse menu catering to every taste, including options for picky eaters.
- Afterward, embark on a five-minute drive to the Dixie Outlet Mall for back-to-school shopping with over 100 retailers and fantastic deals on popular brands.
- For an active afternoon, head to Hub Climbing, where auto-belay walls ensure climbing safety for all ages. Kids aged four and up can enjoy the Adventure Hub, an imaginative obstacle course designed for young adventurers, featuring a 26-foot-tall beanstalk, climbing dinosaurs, spinning gears, and a giant slide. Don't miss the augmented reality wall, combining climbing with unique video game challenges.
Note: Advance reservations are required for the Adventure Hub.
- Dine at Scaddabush, a six-minute drive from Hub Climbing, offering an eclectic ambiance and a kid-friendly menu with Italian favorites and special drinks.
- End your day with a stay at the Hilton Meadowvale Mississauga hotel, known for its impressive indoor pool and "Big Blue" waterslide. Adults will appreciate the on-site restaurant and bar, Quest.
Day 2: Explore the City Centre
- Kick off your second day at Celebration Square, right in the heart of the city. Enjoy crepes from the Dimkin Crepes food truck. Using the Sauga Savings Pass, you'll earn a free americano or espresso with a $15 purchase.
- Relax on the turf in an Adirondack chair and savor your breakfast in the shade. Afterward, head to the Fountain at Celebration Square, the city's largest wading pool. Ensure you have swimsuits for a refreshing experience.
- Once you're dry, take a short stroll to Kariya Park for a scenic outing. Kids will adore spotting wildlife in the pond and exploring Japanese structures.
- Lunchtime brings you to Square One's Food District, offering a dozen take-out, dessert, and seated dining options. La Carnita serves authentic Mexican tacos and tostadas in a modern setting designed by local street artists. Begin with Mexican street corn and end with churros.
- Explore the shopping center for any last-minute school shopping needs, with hundreds of stores and a mall directory to plan your visit effectively.
- Extend the fun with a visit to GYGO, a vast activity center featuring family-friendly attractions like rock 'n roll mini-golf, an outdoor labyrinth, laser tag, an outdoor go-kart track, an immersive virtual reality holodrome, and NERF challenges. Dedicate most of your afternoon to these exciting activities.
- Embark on a family adventure like no other at Jurassic World! Dive into a world of prehistoric wonder, where lifelike dinosaurs roam and thrilling encounters await. From interactive exhibits to heart-pounding rides, there's unlimited fun for all ages. Get ready to create unforgettable memories in the land where dinosaurs rule!
- For dinner, head to the nearby Moxies restaurant, offering a relaxing patio meal that blends upscale and casual dining. Moxie's provides a kid's menu alongside a diverse range of entrees on the main menu.
Wrap up your weekend with a special live event. Explore saugaLIVE event listings for shows, festivals, and games during your stay, or visit the enchanting world of lights at illumi, perfect for family photos to conclude your trip.