Full disclosure: I sometimes dread the school holiday breaks. Not because I don't love spending additional time with my kids, but rather because I know they'll need to be kept busy or else I'll hear the dreaded 'Mom! I'm bored!'.
Luckily, there are a ton of great family-friendly places to hang with kids of all ages in Saskatoon. Here are some of our favourites:
I definitely have a special place in my heart for the WDM. When my grandpa was alive, he posed for local sculptor Ulli Meng, and now lives indefinitely in plaster in The Livery, just within the museum entrance. My kids and I always go visit him before wandering along the streets of Boomtown.
Walking into Boomtown you get to step back in time to 1910 in the prairies. Kids and adults alike get swept up in the displays and authentic memorabilia. Watch blacksmiths hammer out nails and horseshoes, pretend to lock up your kids in the jail (it's good blackmail if they happen to be misbehaving).
Laughter abounds at Apex, with trampolines filling more than 10,000 square feet. After the local trampoline park was featured on The Amazing Race Canada in 2015, this family fun zone became even more popular.
Kids of all ages hop, flip and jump around, burning a ton of energy. Watching parents attempt to relive their youth and jump with their kids is quite entertaining to watch. Admittedly, I have tried to 'bum drop' and not gotten back up. While it can be embarrassing to crawl to the side after failing to show off to my kids, I love how much fun we have together here, making an injury to my pride worth it for a trampoline park adventure at Apex.
The Forestry Farm Park & Zoo is a favourite place for my family to check out, especially on overcast days, when it seems the animals come out in full-force. We can spend hours watching everything from bears to bison, or chilling out on the Express Train, which tours you around the park while providing some cool animal facts.
The competitive side of me comes out when the kids and I go mini golfing for some reason, yet a visit to Mar's Mini Golf has me forgetting about my desire to stay reigning Mini Golf Family Champ.
Mar's is a 3D glow-in-the-dark indoor course that feels like you are under the sea. Once we put on our 3D glasses, it is hard to take each other seriously, and any of the daily stresses seem to fall away. We always end up smiling and laughing as we work our way through the 18 hole course, hardly keeping score by the time our round is up.