Day Trip Photo Diary + FREE printable day trip checklist

Making the most of summer with small children involves a delicate balance of planning and flexibility: enough preparation to make sure everyone is fed and reasonably well cared for, but also enough wiggle-room to roll with the inevitable curve balls. So far we’ve made it to a baseball game, and out for a trip on a pontoon boat with only minor disasters (!) along the way, so I think we’re learning from our earlier experiences with taking the kids out.

One of our favourite daytrips is to the local historical centre, a sizeable facility on the river’s edge dedicated to preserving the city’s history from its early days as a trading outpost for the Hudson’s Bay Company through to early twentieth century development.

My boys are too small to relish the sense of proximity to days gone by offered by the costumed interpreters  and a variety of preserved vehicles and buildings. But encouraging their excitement over such things as riding in a working steam train, a horse-drawn wagon, and a vintage streetar seems a worthy endeavour. To that end, we try to make at least an annual visit to explore the Fort and the early buildings, and to partake in the midway.

Regardless of the weather, the amount of bugs, or the volumes of other visitors, we always come away with fond memories. Below are the photos from our most recent trip with the boys’ grandpa and the checklist I use to bring all the right gear for the day:

The steam engine that takes visitors on a “journey back in time”
Learning to write with Charcoal
The Hudson’s Bay trading post
The first building at the Fort
Riding the train with Pops
Fort Kitchen
Playing at the park with Pops
The farm at the Fort
The Methodist Church
The Millinery
A pram and china cabinet
The Policeman’s desk
With the fire engines
An original emergency vehicle
One of the many vintage cars on display
Close up of the hood ornament
Another vintage classic
Posing with cars 100 years older then them in front of the Blatchford Hanger
Running along the boardwalk with the streetcar in the background
Fun at the midway
“I’m flying mama!”

And here’s the checklist of items I try to keep handy for days out with kids Day Trip Checklist – what would you add to this list?

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