Enjoying the Summer – Spending Time Outdoors Together


Summer is my favourite season of the year. I love spending time outdoors with the boys, not having to wear heavy winter jackets and being able to leave the house without spending half an hour wrestling everyone into warm clothes.

This is also a very special summer for our family as our son starts full day Kindergarten in September. We are taking advantage of the summer and instead of registering him in multiple summer camps and lots of activities we decided to spend most of the time together as a family. I don’t want to have a rigid schedule and we want to enjoy activities as we plan them daily without rushing out all summer long to maintain a certain schedule.

We are spending a lot of time playing in the backyard, splashing in our splash pool, going for long walks, visiting the zoo, aquarium, science world and the many parks and beaches in the city. There are so many fun activities to do outdoors! We spent time at Harrison Springs Resort last weekend and we are going to Whistler in two weekends.

Looking for fun free things to do with your children this summer? Be sure to check out the Kinder Canada Facebook page every Friday in July for their Fun for FREE Fridays. They’ll feature fun and free things families can do together.

The boys are also loving the Limited Edition KINDER® SURPRISE® Minions eggs and they are collecting all of the toys, a little treat once in a while is sure to sweeten their day.

How are YOU enjoying the summer?


Disclosure: I’m a #KinderMom who is part of the KINDER® Canada influencer team; as part of my affiliation with KINDER® Canada, I am provided with special perks and products. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Angela V

Founder and Writer at One Smiley Monkey blog
Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!

9 responses to “Enjoying the Summer – Spending Time Outdoors Together”

  1. Awe,nice to see you have it warm enough to be out in the pool,its still quite cool here

  2. My son loves being outside so much–he’d play out there all day if I’d let him.

  3. We spend most of our days lately outside with all sorts of water play……with an almost 3 yr old, it never gets old.

  4. We’ve had some glorious weather recently and I’ve enjoyed being able to get into the garden and simply drink a cup of coffee on my patio. I love summer-time.

  5. Hope your son enjoys Kindergarten! We enjoy going to some fun summer outdoor concerts for July and August. Summer is always a more relaxing time for us.

  6. We are enjoying the summer immensely. After the longest, snowiest winter we can remember, we are finally having hot weather. It is a little dry at the moment but we have been promised rain some days next week.
    Because of the prolonged cold, one of my favorite foods, PEI strawberries are late. However Nova Scotia is sending some of theirs over to our stores so we are not entirely forsaken. I intend to buy some tomorrow and make pancakes, maybe the banana egg recipe, and heap these with slightly sweetened delicious strawberries.
    We have company a lot, mostly our adult children, grandchildren and, if we are really lucky, our great grands. It is a wonderful time of year for us.

  7. We are enjoying the summer quite a bit. camping, hiking, biking and beaches!

  8. Some of my best memories as a child were in summer. Especially in kiddie pools!

  9. I am going to miss summer,it goes by so fast

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