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A Family Fun Guide to Peterborough & the Kawarthas

2 Alpacas being walked on a grass trail

These experiences for the kids (and the kids at heart) will keep your crew entertained. Get ready for some family fun – whether you’re stepping into the muck boots of a farmer for a morning, putting your problem solving skills to the test at a local escape room or board game lounge, getting hands-on at local cultural attractions, looking for family friendly eats, or playing in nature – this round-up of attractions, events and restaurants appeals our desire to play around.

Experience Life on the Farm

The Wanderlight Alpaca Experience invites you to create a connection with the curious and wonderous alpacas. Embark on a private, guided trail walk through the rolling hills as your alpaca companion leads the way, offering a unique and unforgettable adventure.

At Harley Farms, delve into the world of farming as you become a Farmer for a Morning. From feeding the Nigerian Dwarf Goats, Emus, and Flemish Giant Rabbits to participating in spring vegetable planting, this hands-on experience allows you to learn firsthand how to keep our animals healthy and happy. The playground behind the Farm Shop and mini zoo are free to visit when the shop is open!

McLean’s Berry Farm is a summertime favourite – with pick-your-own berries and more (perfect for memory making!)

Farmer for a Morning
Person walking towards animals in a pen
Experience, Agritourism, Educational

Farmer for a Morning

Have you ever wondered just what it’s like to be a farmer? Harley Farms is now offering “Farmer for a Morning” experiences!

Walk with alpacas
2 Alpacas being walked on a grass trail
Experience, Agritourism, Outdoors

Walk with alpacas

With patience, kindness and presence you will gain the trust of your alpaca and be ready to set off on the guided walk in the company of your new friend, with many opportunities for photos along the way.

Guided Nature Tour
Red pig laying in green grass with yellow flowers in the background
Experience, Educational, Outdoors

Guided Nature Tour

This guided nature walk allows you to see what “farming in harmony with nature” looks like from nature’s perspective!

Maple Tastings
Three people dressed for winter, each holding up a shot glass of maple syrup
Experience, Culinary, Outdoors

Maple Tastings

Make this a date to remember, immerse yourself in the sweetest love story nature has to offer. Join us and let the romance of maple syrup steal your heart!

Plan an Escape Route

Escape Maze offers many fun activities, including six indoor escape rooms, four outdoor escape trails, tactile laser tag, and even glamping experiences. Dive into the adrenaline-pumping action of Tactical Laser Tag, where advanced taggers and strategic gameplay bring the excitement of video games to reality, making it a must-visit destination for gamers and adventure seekers alike.

Meanwhile, at Lift Lock Escape, an array of immersive entertainment awaits. Explore various escape rooms, unwind with board games, or venture into virtual reality experiences. (Check out: a game inspired by Thomas Edison, who historically chose Peterborough as a place to do business).

Please Touch! Hands-on Museum Experiences

Step back in time at Lang Pioneer Village Museum (open May – December). This bucket-list experience is nestled on the shores of the Indian River. Boasting a fully-operational Grist Mill and a Weaver Shop that houses one of only a handful authentic Jacquard looms on display in North America as well as a fully-operational replica loom. This award-winning museum is a favourite for some of their annual events including Father’s Day Smoke & Steam Show, Pioneer Corn Roast, Spooky Halloween and Christmas in the Village events.

Discover endless excitement at Peterborough Museum & Archives, where kids can enjoy interactive elements like scavenger hunts, playgrounds, and the monthly “Discovery After Dark” experience, all conveniently situated on Peterborough’s beloved toboggan hill, Armour Hill.

At the Art Gallery of Peterborough, immerse yourself in inspiring and accessible art experiences, including workshops, kids camps, and Family Sundays. Explore creativity in a welcoming atmosphere that’s perfect for the whole family.

Explore the Hutchison House Museum, which was once the historic residence of Peterborough’s first doctor and later inhabited by Sandford Fleming, a pivotal figure in Canadian history as a railway surveyor and the inventor of Standard Time. Enjoy family-friendly annual events such as the Scottish Tea held throughout the summer and Hogmanay, a traditional Scottish New Year celebration.

Family Friendly Attractions & Events

At the O.F.A.H. Hunting & Fishing Heritage Centre, delve into the world of conservation and discover the diverse wildlife of Canada. Experience highlights such as the sport fish aquarium, wildlife displays, Shimano Fish Pond, Excalibur Archery range, and Stoger airgun range.

Visit the Peterborough Public Library for a wide range of activities including crafts, games, and access to a vibrant children’s library. Don’t miss out on special events like Drag Queen Storytime, offering a unique and inclusive storytelling experience for all.

Experience the thrill of axe-throwing at Peterborough Axe Club, where safety and enjoyment are top priorities in this engaging sport. Whether you’re looking to join a league, book a group event, or simply walk in for some fun, you’ll find a welcoming environment awaiting you.

Enjoy a variety of kid-friendly events in our region, featuring touring children’s performers, thrilling monster truck shows, and much more at various venues. Immerse your family in a world of entertainment and excitement suitable for all ages.

Play in Nature

Discover Riverview Park & Zoo, Canada’s only CAZA-accredited free zoo, offering 55 acres of exploration and entertainment. Enjoy attractions like the famous miniature train ride, splash pad, playground, and opportunities to meet adorable animals like the otters, all amidst the beauty of a disc golf course.

Explore Canada’s Dinosaur Park, home to 100 animatronic dinosaurs, including a life-sized replica of the largest T-Rex ever discovered. Embark on an unforgettable journey through prehistoric times and marvel at these incredible creatures brought to life.

Located near Beavermead beach and playground, Peterborough Green-Up Ecology Park offers a serene natural playground away from the city’s hustle and bustle, perfect for enjoying the outdoors. Explore the beauty of nature while engaging in fun activities in this tranquil setting.

Experience a moment of enchantment at Adam and Eve Rocks, where folklore suggests eternal blessings await couples who hold hands and touch the two large glacial rocks. For rock enthusiasts, the terrain of Peterborough & the Kawarthas is sure to captivate and inspire amazement.

Indulge in a sweet treat at Mclean’s Berry Farm, where you can not only pick up fresh, in-season fruits and veggies but also delight in their renowned butter tarts and maple syrup – a must in butter tart country! Be sure to experience Pumpkinfest during October weekends, where wagon rides to the pumpkin patch, haunted forests, and corn mazes await for a memorable autumn adventure.

Discover the beaches of Peterborough & the Kawarthas, where you can wade into inviting waters and enjoy shorelines perfect for tracking turtles and building sandcastles. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of our region’s picturesque coastlines for a day of endless fun and relaxation.

Kid-Approved Food Experiences

Boardwalk Board Game Lounge: Board games, popcorn and fun lunches.

Publican House Brewery & Pub: Pizzas and kids’ menu favourites.

Sam’s Place: ‘Samwiches’ for the whole family!

Canoe & Paddle Pub: Cozy family pub atmosphere.

Central Smith Creamery: Favourite local stop for ice cream cones and sundaes; sweet photo-opps.

Muddy’s Pit BBQ: Brisket, ribs, salads and old-school arcade games!

Apollo Grill: Soft-serve cones, burgers, milkshakes

Looking to plan the perfect day? Check out a few recent posts from Friends of Peterborough & the Kawarthas