If you’re like me you’ve googled ‘Things to do in Peterborough” about 100x.
When you’ve got kids, the struggle is real. Living in a small city has its MANY benefits when it comes to raising kids, but without 5 Chuckie Cheese locations in a 20km radius, what’s a parent to do? I present to you, the top 12 activities to do in Peterborough & Kawarthas, month by month:
January – Snofest – Peterborough, ON
Snofest is a great opportunity to get out and be active during the post Christmas cookie season, so strap on your skates and enjoy the winter weather together.
February – Polarfest and the Bel Rotary Polar Plunge – Ennismore, ON
Enbrace the cold and drive out to Chemong Lake for a snowman building challenge, candle lit skate, ice sculptures, horse drawn sleigh rides, fireworks and for the very brave… the BEL Rotary Polar Plunge.
Other suggestions: Icefishing on Chemong Lake, there’s free parking over the cause way and stop in to the Sippin Dip Restaurant for a poutine to warm up.
March – Maplefest at McLean Berry Farm, Lakefield, ON
It’s tree juice season, so wear your snowsuits for one last time and head to the farm. A wagon ride takes you into the maple bush to tour the sap house, see how syrup is tapped and prepared, taste fresh made maple taffy and even maple syrup cotton candy. Warm by the fire and make a log craft, or snowshoe through the sugarbush with their free loaner snowshoes. Warm up at the shop and enjoy hot beverages and awesome maple cinnamon sticky buns to live music. Snicker at the one lady who always shows up to the muddy bush wearing designer heels.
Other suggestions: Public skating,
April – See the Baby Animals at the Zoo, Peterborough, ON
The Peterborough Zoo is open year-round, but when the longer days finally arrive, a walk around the Zoo is a great way to spend an afternoon. Not all of the exhibits are open yet, but you’ll be happy to be out and about again.
Other suggestions: Easter Egg Hunt at Ptbo Square
May – Touch a Truck at Canadian Canoe Museum – Peterborough, ON
A dream come true for your little truck and digger fans. Children have the opportunity to climb aboard and explore their favourite vehicles including a tow truck, school bus, city bus, fire truck, ambulance and police car! Dad can finally pull the big rig horn like he’s always wanted to, and proceeds support the Canadian Canoe Museum.
Other Suggestions: Trent-Sever Waterway opening, Gazebo Concerts at Ptbo Zoo,
June – Berry Picking at Buckhorn Berry Farm – Lakefield, ON
Strawberry picking with kiddos is tons of fun when you make it a game. Give kids each a quart basket and let them go nuts. Everyones a winner when your sweet reward is farm fresh berries to take home and enjoy. You can also pick raspberries and other seasonal favourites, or enjoy fresh pre-picked produce from their onsite market.
Other suggestions: 4th Line Theatre, Cobourg Waterfront Festival
July – Downtown Festivities – Peterborough, ON
MusicFest is a free concert series at Del Crary Park in Downtown Peterborough every Wednesday & Saturday from June – Aug (18 shows). The festival has attracted some big name performers in its 32 year history including Magic! Our Lady Peace, Bare Naked Ladies, Tegan and Sara, Walk Off the Earth, Emerson Drive, and Kim Mitchell and Randy Bachman. Bring a chair or blanket and take in a free show.
Other suggestions: picnic and train ride at Ptbo Zoo, Canada Day Parade (in almost every town)
August – Hit the Beach – Lakefield, ON
You have a lot of local swimming holes to choose from: Ennismore, Lakefield, Beavermead Park, Rogers Cove, or take a trip a little further north with countless swimmable lakes in the Kawarthas.
September – AppleFest at Lang Pioneer Village – Keene, ON
Lang Pioneer Village is a great spot for kids and families of any age combining fresh air and a history lesson. Stroll the village and meet the costumed interpreters. In late September they host Applefest – a sweet celebration to end the summer season. Wagon rides, cider from the cider mill, apple treats and more.
Other suggestions: Apple picking,
October – Norwood Fall Fair, Norwood, ON
The Norwood fair is synonymous with Thanksgiving in our house. We plan our meal and family gathering around the fair, not the other way around. We would rather spend the best weather day at the fair, because although we deep fry out turkey outside on the driveway like country bumpkins, Thanksgiving is mostly an indoor affair. The fair on the other hand is a long weekend of small town wholesome fun. Prize livestock, riding and roping, shows, music, a large midway of rides and games, local vendors, festival food, and a classic look at rural life. There are baking and sewing competitions, vegetable growing competitions, and childrens crafts and writing competitions. My Grandmother won the ribbon for 2nd place date squares back in 2017 and took home a whole $6 in prize money. Don’t miss it. Arrive early for best parking at the fair grounds. Bring cash. Laugh at the crazy looking chickens.
November – Petes Hockey Home Game at Peterborough Memorial Centre – Peterborough, ON
You don’t have to be a hockey fanatic to enjoy a Petes Game. Family zone tickets are cheaper than a movie and the thrill of the game, the loud music, the chance to get on the big screen, and the snacks make this a fun night out for the whole family. Grab the kids a foam finger and a bag of popcorn and watch kids of any age get in to the game.
December – Breakfast with Santa at Lansdowne Place, Peterborough, ON
The man of the month kicks off the Holiday Season with a breakfast, free for kids and parents. If you were planning on getting a photo with the REAL Santa, Lansdowne Place is the the place to go. If you’re lucky enough to get tickets for the popular Breakfast with Santa event, you’ll enjoy a yummy pancake breakfast and receive a voucher for a free photo with the Big Man. Kids can get upclose and personal with Mr and Mrs. Claus as he marks his joyful and triumphant return to the mall.
Other suggestions: Church choral performances, hand of man holiday craft shows, tobogganing on Armour Hill.
I’ll update this list again as more things pop in to my memory! If you need some more suggestions, let me know!