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    Family Fun in London: Spring/Summer

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    • Author Tourism London
    • Date May 22, 2024
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      #ExploreLdnOnt, Family Fun, Things To Do
  • It’s all about creating family-fun memories this year.

    Looking for something fun to do this spring and summer? London is the place to be. The Forest City offers free family fun and recreation in more than 500 plus parks or make time for the family to enjoy London’s many hiking trails, bike paths, splash pads and recreational playgrounds. Picnic on the grass, enjoy the fresh air or read a book while the kids run free range and enjoy a spur-of-the-moment outdoor adventure.



    Green spaces

    A group of people about to walk into the main entrance of Victoria Park located in London, Ontario
    Victoria Park • London, Ontario


    London’s parkland includes striking destinations like the Fork of the Thames, Victoria Park, Gibbons Park and Springbank Park to more intimate green spaces, community gardens and a conservation area. There are parks with swimming pools, splash pads, baseball diamonds, soccer fields, bike paths and sheltered picnic areas. Finesse your skateboarding skills at one of London's 11 skateboarding parks each with various levels of difficulty.

    Nature shot
    Springbank Park • London, Ontario

     



    fun for the whole family

    A mother and her son riding in a gocart together and racing down a track at East Park located in London, Ontario
    East Park • London, Ontario



    Boler Mountain 

    If swinging from the tree tops sounds like your idea of family-fun, head over to the Boler Mountain Tree Top Adventure Park for an exhilarating zip-lining experience. Or check out the rope courses, swinging bridges, Tarzan swings and pirate nets. You won't be disappointed.

    Individual climbing at the outdoor ropes course at Boler Mountain
    Boler Mountain • London, Ontario

     


    Storybook Gardens

    A 20-acre attraction where beloved magical and imaginary characters come to life, Storybook Gardens features attractions that are themed around nursery rhymes and fairy tales. Once through the castle-like entrance, share magical moments with the kids by visiting the Pirate’s Island, the Enchanted Forest or Storybook Valley. Some seasonal activities feature themed play-structures, sand and water play area and interactive splash pad. 

    Storybook Gardens signage
    Storybook Gardens • London, Ontario

     

     

    East Park

    Climb, blast, drive, bump, jump and slide your way to a great time at East Park! Attractions include golfing, go-karting, batting cages, rock climbing, bumper cars and more. Spend a day in the water park featuring a huge wave pool, newly upgraded water slides that include a new five-slide tower featuring a toilet bowl slide, three front-facing mat racers and a fun and exhilarating twisty slide! 

    Children playing golf at East Park
    East Park • London, Ontario

     

     

    London Children’s Museum

    Let kids fuel their imagination with this family-friendly experience and hands-on fun. A uniquely child-centered environment, the London Children’s Museum encourages curiosity and experiences that stimulate creative spirits and encourage innovative thinking. Featuring a Dinosaur gallery, an Arctic exhibit, a Science in your World area and more! 

    Children playing at the Children's Museum
    London Children's Museum • London, Ontario

     


    The Factory

    The Factory has truly packed in all things awesome into a 170,000 sq. ft space, located in the iconic former Kellogg's cereal factory. Experience a massive trampoline park, a 100+ arcade game centre, virtual reality, an indoor kids’ playground and North America’s highest indoor ropes course. They also offer delicious food options, a lounge area and comfortable parent zones to sit back and relax! 

    Children playing on slides at The Factory in 100 Kellogg Lane
    The Factory • London, Ontario


     



    Family-Friendly Cultural Attractions

    Two people dressed in historic attire walking down a dirt path by historic buildings in Fanshawe Pioneer Village located in London, Ontario
    Fanshawe Pioneer Village • London, Ontario


     

    Museum London

    Are cultural pursuits on your family’s bucket list? Museum London offers world-class exhibitions and galleries. Guided tours, hands-on art-making and insightful and stimulating historical programs are all waiting to be discovered.

    Art showcased at Museum London
    Museum London • London, Ontario

     

     

    Eldon House

    London’s oldest residence, Eldon House, was built in 1834 by the Harris family. The house is a fine example of Georgian and Regency architectural styles and has remained virtually unchanged since the last century. The historic home highlights family heirlooms from their world travels, original furnishings and other rare treasures. The 19th-century gardens are considered among the most beautiful in the city and are definitely worth taking the time to walk through.

    Outside shot of Eldon House
    Eldon House • London, Ontario


     

    The Museum of Ontario Archaeology

    Take a self-guided tour steeped in the history of First Nations peoples at The Museum of Ontario Archaeology. Exhibits highlight natural and cultural history and archaeological artifacts which expand our understanding of First Nations culture and local Ontario history. Next door at the Lawson Site is a 500-year-old Neutral Iroquois Village situated on a plateau overlooking Medway River and Snake Creek. Enter the Palisade, follow through the maze, and discover the recreated longhouse built alongside the sacred space of Three Sisters and Medicine Wheel gardens which channel the sacred healing properties of nature.

    Children at Museum of Ontario Archaeology
    Museum of Ontario Archeaology • London, Ontario



     

    Fanshawe Pioneer Village

    If you want to get a closer look at London’s bygone days, then head to Fanshawe Pioneer Village, an open-air museum looking at our local past from 1820-1920. Visit the Village blacksmith, feed the farm animals and learn about heritage crafts. Explore the heritage buildings and do not forget to make a stop at the Denfield General Store for some old-fashioned goodies and locally made artisan wares!

    Fanshawe Pioneer Village old house
    Fanshawe Pioneer Village • London, Ontario


     



    Fun Zones that are Terrific for Rainy Days

    A colourful neon sign that reads Social Bowl with bowling lanes in the background and arcade located at Palasad Social Bowl in London, Ontario
    Palasad Social Bowl • London, Ontario


     

    Fleetway

    Fleetway features a wide range of indoor activities with over 58,000 square feet devoted to family entertainment. There are 44 lanes of state-of-the-art 5 and 10 pin bowling, a glow-in-the-dark 18-hole indoor miniature glow-golf course, a kids play centre, billiards and an arcade area! There is an on-site Dairy Queen or invent your own traditional Italian pie or Chicago deep dish at the Pizza Projekt. 

    Girls eating pizza at Fleetway
    Fleetway • @fleetwayfun on Instagram

     

     


    Palasad

    Palasad London’s two locations have a cool, retro vibe where the spotlight is on exhilarating fun and fanfare. Go bowling, shoot billiards or play ping pong in the funky retro bowling lounge and complete the experience with an authentic wood-fired thin crust pizza. Parents can unwind with a relaxing drink in the upscale bar. Also, at the South location, you can sing along to your favorite karaoke songs and enjoy competing against other teams at Ground Zero Laser Tag. 

    People at Palasad South
    Palasad South • @palasadplay on Instagram


     


    The Rec Room

    The Rec Room is the place to let go, be playful and experience something new and exciting. With Canadian-inspired cuisine, virtual reality, arcades games, live entertainment and more. The Rec Room is the ultimate gathering place to grab a pint, host an event or just play. 

    PLaying basketball at the Rec Room
    The Rec Room • @therecroomca on Instagram


     

     

    Play Away Indoor Park

    Play Away Indoor Park is your destination for indoor fun! They have a three-storey play structure with slides, tunnels and exciting obstacles. They also sport a toddler-only climber, a soft block building zone, a racetrack, a Loonie arcade and their giant indoor jumping pillow that is enjoyed by all. Their café is filled with healthy snacks, yummy lunch food and tasty treats.

    Play Away Indoor Park
    Play Away Indoor Park • @playawayindoorpark on Instagram

     



    Adventures on Wonderland

    Let your children’s imagination run amuck at London's largest indoor playground, Adventures on Wonderland! The jungle climber is perfect for active tykes who like to monkey around on a four-level soft play structure with tunnels, ball bin, mazes and slides. One of the largest soft play structures in southwestern Ontario, the family entertainment facility specializes in engaging children. Ages: 0-12.
     



    Family Fun outside of London

    A small tractor pulling children and their parents sitting inside bee shaped compartments with wheels at Clovermead Adventure Farm
    Clovermead Adventure Farm • London, Ontario


    Buzz on over to the Clovermead Adventure Farm featuring Ontario's largest glassed-in beehive – just 20 minutes outside of London in Aylmer, Ontario. The family fun destination features countless activities that include pedal go-karts, jumping pillow, wagon rides, bee barrel train rides, rubber duck racing, rope swings, picnic area and a refreshing misting zone for hot days.

    Girl with flowers at Clovermead Adventure Farm
    Clovermead Adventure Farm • London, Ontario


    Discover and explore a recreated Haudenosaunee longhouse village of 1,000 years ago at the Ska-Nah-Doht Village Museum. Explore the wetland boardwalks, hiking trails and suspension bridge while watching the surrounding wildlife. Located at Longwoods Road Conservation Area.

    A sweet time is guaranteed at Heeman’s berry patch where you can pick-your-own berries or purchase pre-picked berries. Have some old-fashioned family fun!

    Kustermans Berry Farm is a family friendly entertainment farm. Pick or purchase in season farm products while enjoying a wonderful day in the country. The farm is a short drive from London, between Mt. Brydges and Strathroy. You can also enjoy pedal go-karts, The Straw Bale Adventure, friendly farm animals and farm tours.

    Family fun never stops in London, Ontario. As you get out and explore all that London has to offer, be sure to tag @tourismlondon and use #ExploreLdnOnt for a chance to be featured on our social channels. 

     

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