Living in our country's capital city, we have a lot of great museums and other sites of historic and national importance in close proximity. Although they might not have the kid-appeal of places like Legoland or a Six-flags, they're relatively inexpensive to visit and most of them offer some pretty amazing programming for kids.
So last weekend, despite a rather gloomy forecast, we packed the Caravan and headed to Kingston to visit the historic Fort Henry. We had fond memories of visiting the Fort back in 2013 but this time the kids were a bit older and we thought they might get more out of the experience.
Now, if you're imagining trudging through old military barracks while reading tiny placards that describe the war of 1812, you'd be way off! The staff at Fort Henry have done an amazing job in making this site super interactive and accessible to its visitors. There are hands-on demonstrations throughout the day and free tours, in both French and English, are available every half-hour.
At practically every corner you'll find staff dressed in period costume, prepared to answer any and all of your kids' questions about the Fort. From "where did the soldiers pee?" to "what's behind THAT door?" nothing seems to stump these guys. And they don't break character for a second!
The highlight of our visit was watching the boys get 'recruited' into the British infantry. They got to don the customary red coat, learn to salute and march and, much to my 8 year old's delight, even got to fire a 'weapon'!
So if you're looking for a quick day trip this summer, the 2 hour drive is well worth it! And your kids might even learn something about our country's early history - I doubt you could say the same about a visit to Six-flags.
However you're spending it, I hope your summer is a fun one!