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  • Writer's pictureKelly Bailey

Hidden Gems for Young Families

I love this community. The tri-cities is centered on the family and it has hidden gems everywhere! As the mother of two young & active boys I'm constantly looking for something new to do that they'll love, and that I'll love too. I asked my community for their favourite hidden gems in the area and here's what they suggested, along with a few of our favs too.

Runways Café

This place is SO COOL! It's literally right on the runway of the airport. You can sit and have some breakfast or brunch and watch the planes take off. If you get lucky you might even see one of the Waterloo Warbirds take off or land.

Runways Café – Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre (

St. Jacobs Dam

Located just off of Three Bridges Road in the absolutely gorgeous village of St. Jacobs. Pack a picnic to eat under the big shade trees and spend some time skipping rocks and watching the water rush by.

While you're in St. Jacobs, check out the St. Jacobs Market (On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays). They have an adorable petting zoo if your crew is into animals, and of course, they're well known for all of the food options (apple fritters - YUM!)

Waterloo Central Railway Museum

Into trains? The Waterloo Central Railway hosts a historic and scenic travel experience from Uptown Waterloo to Elmira. They also do train rides with Santa and other themed rides, which are so fun and unique!

Ride – Waterloo Central Railway

St. Jacobs Horse Drawn Tours

What a memorable experience! The St. Jacobs Horse Drawn Tours gives you a private tour of a Mennonite farm in a sleigh or a buggy. Such a fun idea for a birthday party or family get together.

St. Jacobs Horse Drawn Tours (

Canoeing or paddle boating in Stratford with Avon Boat Rentals

The Avon river in Stratford is so beautiful and peaceful. You can rent a. canoe, Kayak or paddle boat at a reasonable rate and make some memories on the water

Boat Rentals along the Avon River and River side Cafe (

Snyder's Farm

Snyder's is well-known locally for it's Fall fun, but did you know you can book a time and have a campfire? It's a 2 hour sunset fire that comes with a S'mores kit. You can order dinner or snacks from their bakery (highly recommend their cinnamon buns!)

Campfires - Snyder Family Farm (

Shakespeare Conservation Area

If your littles are as big into fishing like my two, the Shakespeare Conservation area might be a great choice. You can walk all around the pond (about a 10-15 minute walk) and set up at the pond's edge to try and catch some blue gill or sunfish.

Shakespeare Conservation Area - 4031 Perth 107, Gads Hill, ON N0K 1J0, Canada (

The Clovermead Adventure Farm

This one comes highly recommended from a friend of mine. We haven't been *yet) but have just added it to the top of the list. They have a beautiful sunflower field with pick-your-own sunflowers (what!!) Insta-worthy photos here I come!


Bingeman's Big Splash

Okay, maybe not a hidden gem, but the Bingeman's Big Splash park is a wicked place to spend a day.

Big Splash | Bingemans

Home Depot Kids Workshop Kit

This may not be an adventure, but for those day's that you're stuck at home or just need some downtime, these are perfect to pack away in a cabinet for a rainy day. These woodworking kits are incredible for kiddos to get their hands a bit messy and get creative. They can build a birdhouse, a race car a vanity or even holiday decorations. Grab some paint and paintbrushes and you'll be set.

Kids Workshop Kit - Woodshop Projects - Lumber & Composites - The Home Depot

I'll try and keep this updated as new suggestions come in - tell me, what would you add?

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