Having lived my entire life in Oakville I consider myself to be a bit of an authority on things to see and do in the area. Spending time enjoying beautiful Downtown Oakville has always been a favourite past time of mine and I’ve loved discovering fun new ways to enjoy this fantastic spot with my little guy. Here are some of my fav family friendly activities to check out next time you’re visiting with your little one.
Special Events all year long
One of my favourite things about visiting Downtown Oakville is all of their great festivals and family friendly activities. There is almost always something going on that your little one will love! This week, we took in the Autumn Harvest Festival and we already have our calendars blocked off for the Tiny Tots Trick-or-Treat, Christmas Tree Lighting, and Oakville Santa Clause Parade. Make sure to check out the Downtown Oakville BIA website for a full list of all of the upcoming events.
Yummy Places to eat
Whenever we go places with our little guy it’s important to know there are kid friendly places that we can stop for a meal or grab a snack. We have taken our little guy into many of the lovely restaurants on the main street (all of which have been very accommodating) but for the most part we just want to be able to grab a quick meal or snack. A few of my favourite places to stop in at are; Pizzaiolio, Cobs and Hot Oven Bakery. All of these have food my little guy loves & they are always quick and easy! And, if your little one (or you) are in the mood for a super special treat, Marble Slab never disappoints!
Beautiful Lakefront and Park
If you’ve been following me for a while you know that we love a good park! Lakeside Park, which is right at the foot of Navy Street, is an awesome park next to a huge field perfect for games and even picnics plus, there are public washrooms there as well (always good to know when you’re traveling with little ones).
Besides the lovely green space you can also walk out onto the pier or throw rocks into the lake. It really is a lovely spot to have a break and enjoy a little bit of nature.
The Erchless Estate is a lovely historical house right near Lakeside park. Not only does this spot have amazing grounds ( make sure to check out the moose and wolf statues) but inside the house is also a wonderful spot for seasonal activities and tours.
Oakville Library- Central Branch
Like any good library the Oakville Central Library is full of fantastic children’s programs and activities. Even if there isn’t anything special going on the Library is a wonderful space to take your little one with lots of natural light and places to learn and play. I always make a point of checking their schedule when I’m in the area to see what exciting things are going on!
Kid friendly stores and activities
Even though the shopping area of Downtown Oakville isn’t necessarily geared towards children there are plenty of spots where your little one will be able to find fun things to do. One of the best examples of this is Crack Pot Studio. If your little one is into creating and painting then you definitely need to make a stop here. They also have lots of fun seasonal offerings so be sure to visit their website to see what fun things are going on!
Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts
We love going to the Oakville Centre! We have taken our little guy to a number of family friendly shows all of which have been very entertaining. This is a great environment to introduce your little one to the theatre without the stress of expensive tickets or a massive production. Check out their upcoming performances here!
Whether you live in the area or just passing through, Downtown Oakville is definitely a place worth checking out with your little ones!
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