Looking for fun ways to spend summer holidays with kids in Saskatoon? Here is a list of fun things to do in and around Saskatoon during summer (June to Labour Day). Few ideas for day trips and weekend getaways are also included.
- Summer Family Events
- Summer Family Activities
Summer Family Events in and around Saskatoon
Celebrate being a child at the PotashCorp Children’s Festival. Enjoy children’s theatre, music, puppetry and more. Fun for the whole family!
Dates: June 4 – 7, 2016
Whisked away from Kansas by a tornado! Join Dorothy on an adventure to the land of Oz at the Barn Playhouse. The Wizard of Oz.
Cost: Adults: $24; Children (5 – 12): $19.95
The Barn Playhouse cannot accommodate infants or children under 5
Dates: June 22 – 26, 2016 & June 29 – July 3, 2016
Wednesday – Saturday | Yard opens at 5:30 PM; Show at 7:30 PM; Sunday | Yard opens at 12:00 Pm; Show at 2:00 PM
Let your kid participate in the Subaru Ironkids Saskatoon Fun Run. Ages 3 – 15.
Cost: $5. Pre-registration required.
Dates: Saturday, June 25th, 2016
Sing Happy Birthday Canada at the Diefenbaker Park.
Dates: July 1, 2016 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
The WDM comes alive with the sights and sounds of days gone by at Pion-Era. It’s fun for the whole family – the young, and the young at heart!
Cost: Adults: $12; Seniors/Students (13+): $11; Children (12 and under): free; Family: $25
Dates: July 9-10, 2016 | Gates 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Put your dog on the leash and head to Kiwanis Memorial Park North for a fun time. Pets in the Park.
Dates: Sunday, July 10, 2016
Visit Saskatoon’s festival of fabulous food featuring Saskatoon’s finest restaurants together with fabulous music. The menu is outstanding, from succulent entrees to delicious desserts to specialty items — enjoy old favorites or try something new – A Taste of Saskatchewan is indeed Saskatoon’s Flavorite Event!
Cost: Free admission
Dates: July 12 – 17, 2016
Experience Shakespeare’s magic during Shakespeare in the Saskatchewan.
Cost: Tickets (free community events & shows ticketed)
Dates: July 6 – August 21, 2016
For a super awesome, fun-filled and jam-packed day that includes a petting zoo, bouncy castles, Giant slide, wagon rides, children’s activities, music, and more, head to the Batoche National Historic Site for the Kidsfest. Or pay homage to the Metis leaders during the Back to Batoche Festival. Get ready for a fun-filled day of bouncy castles, wagon rides, black powder canon & rifle demonstrations, live music and much more during Fort Fest 2016.
Cost: Kidsfest. Adult $ 7.80; Senior $ 6.55; Youth $ 3.90; Family/Group $ 19.60. Special event fees may apply.
Back to Batoche tickets
Dates: Kids Fest: Saturday, July 9, 2016.
FortFest: Saturday, July 16, 2016
Back to Batoche: July 14 – 17, 2016
Cost: Free admission
Dates: July 29 – August 1, 2016
Puppet camp! Make your own puppets, explore different styles of puppetry, work with existing puppets and create new characters at the Wide Open Children’s Theatre. One-day and multi-day camps for Ages: 6-8 yrs or 9-12 yrs
Cost: Varies with the camp. Pre-registration required.
Dates: July 25 -29, August 2-5, August 8 – 12, August 15 – 19.
Street entertainment, outdoor shows, great food, crafts and more at the PotashCorp Fringe Theatre and Street Festival.
Cost: All tickets $15. Outdoor shows and street entertainment: Free
Dates: July 28 – August 6, 2016
Enjoy 6 days of entertainment during Saskatchewan’s largest summer event. Saskatoon Exhibition.
Cost: Daily Admission: General $16.00; Youth (11 – 15 years): $12.00; Children (10 & under): $9.00 Free when accompanied by an adult
Dates: August 9 -14, 2016
As night falls on the prairies the only light comes from the stars and the moon. On a dark night join with other curious ghost hunters to take a lantern-lit adventure and explore the fort after hours. Hear stories of the ghosts who stalk the corridors and haunt the rooms of this historic site which once stood as the capital of the Northwest Territories. Fort Battleford National Historic Site.
Cost: Special event fees applies
Dates: August 5 & 19, 2016
Take your family to Windy Acres to enjoy concerts, participate in fiddle contest. or enjoy the children’s activity and other workshops during John Arcand Fiddle Fest.
Cost: Day $25; Weekend $60; 12 and under Free. Free unserviced camping.
Dates: August 11 – 14, 2016
Introduce your kids to Ukranian culture. Enjoy children’s activities, Ukrainian food, cultural activities and more on the Ukranian Day in the Park.
Cost: Free admission
Dates: Saturday, August 27, 2016
See spectacular fireworks show during the PotashCorp Fireworks Festival. Paint your face, go on a Ferris wheel ride, meet Beeper the Clown and Bibbidi and Bobbidi Boo princesses and more fun activities.
Dates: September 2 & 3, 2016
There is always something fun going on for the whole family, any given week. See weekend activities article for more events.
Summer Family Fun Activities
Go on a Meewasin Interpretive Canoe Tour along the South Saskatchewan River on voyageur clipper canoes. Adult groups usually paddle upriver to the Berry Barn, while youth groups canoe both in the creek and on the river, stopping on a sand bar for interpretive games. You can also go on self-guided canoe tour.
Cost: Adult charters cost $200 per canoe.
Hey, Kids! It’s time to visit the cougars and red pandas. Visit the wild animals at the Saskatoon Forestry Park and Zoo. Take your kids on a trained tour of the Zoo in the Kinsmen Express.
Cost: April – October: Adults (19+): $11.50, Youth (6-18): $7.00, Preschool: Free, Family: $23. Train ride is free with zoo admission.
It’s a free access day on the Kinsmen Kids Day. Date: 2016 TBA
Let your child explore their creativity, take part in puppet shows, or experience a camp, plan a city at the Children’s Discovery Museum.
Cost: Children and Adults: $3.75; Under 1: Free
The admission is free on Kinsmen Day held on the fourth sunday of every month.
Enjoy Theatre in the Park. Usually in July.
Take a tour of beautiful Saskatoon from an authentic carriage, pulled by a team of matching horses.
Cost: Downtown Tour:15 minutes- $45 flat rate; Spadina Crescent Tour: 30 minutes – $90 flat rate
Plan a trip to the Saskatchewan Railway Museum to see heritage rail cars, buildings, and other memorabilia. While here, see the Eaton memorial commemorating the 1919 internment camp.
Cost: Adult : $6, Students (6 to 16) : $4, 6-: Free.
Relive the days of 1885 when the Metis led by Louis Riel clashed with the Canadian militia. This day trip takes you north from Saskatoon to the areas around the North and South Saskatchewan Rivers, the centre of Metis settlement and the site of the main battles between the Metis and government forces. Trail of 1885.
Experience beautiful, natural landscape on a summer day. Enjoy a family day Berry-picking at the Strawberry Ranch.
Fun and adventure await you at the Blue Mountain Adventure Park. Natural beauty, wildlife, nature hikes, zip-lining, climbing wall, canoeing, mountain biking, paintball, beach volleyball are but few of the activities at the Blue Mountain. Located 1.5 hours west from Saskatoon.
Cost: Paintball: $25/person; Zip-line: $20 -$40/person; Climbing wall: $15/person; Challenge course $10/person; High rope course $15/person; Canoeing/kayaking/paddle boat rentals $20/hour/each.
Borrow the book ‘Saskatchewan Scenic Drives’ from your local library and go on a drive with family.
Enjoy countless hours of fun riding the carousel, ride the train or just spend a wonderful time with family at the Kinsmen Park.
Cost: Single Ticket – $2; Play Pack – $20 / 12 tickets
Take your family on a drive to the Resort Village of Candle Lake. Located on the west side of the lake is the Candle Lake Provincial Park famous for their ridge of sand-dunes at the Minowukaw Beach. Enjoy a day at the sandy white beach, fishing and boating. Spend the night camping in one of the campground. Around 2.5 h from Saskatoon.
Cost: Regular Park fees
On a clear Saturday night, sit before a 3-meter long refracting telescope to view star clusters, galaxies, and more at the University of Saskatchewan Observatory.
Sand dunes and crystal-clear waters. You can find them both at the Douglas Provincial Park. Windsurfing, angling, swimming, sailing, boating and more. Go hiking across the prairie and sand dunes along the Juniper Nature Trail and Cacti Trail. See the abundant wildlife species in the park.
Cost: Vehicle entry fee: Daily : $8.00
Revel in summer splendor at the beautiful Emma lake. Pack a picnic lunch and hike the to the Fire Tower, watch loons and blue herons, enjoy swimming and boating. Located 2 hours from Saskatoon.
Cost: Vehicle entry fee: Daily : $8.00
Head to the Elk Ridge Resort for a weekend getaway. Push your boundaries while flying through the trees on a zipline adventure, or climb the 32-feet climbing wall. Play on a slackine course, cruise the beautiful Waskesiu Lake or just spend your time relaxing. Around 2.5 hours from Saskatoon.
Cost: Zipline: Base fare: $85/person + GST; Early bird fare: $75/person + GST; Mini-zip for kids: $15/child + GST
Climbing wall: $20/person + GST
Off to the Fun Factory for a fun day! Enjoy its tunnels, arcade games, slides, laser tags and more.
Cost: Child (1 – 2): $6.30; Child (3 – 10): $9.70; Value Pack (includes 5 minute game of Lazer tag or 9 Game tokens): $11.30
See detailed pricing information here.
Laser tag: Single Game (10 min/per person) : $5; Single Game (5 min/person) : $2.75
Take your child for a mini golf experience like no other at Mar’s mini golf.
Cost: General: $8.50; Ages 3-12: $7.50; Seniors (60+): $6.50; 3D glasses: $2.00
2016 Deal: Add $5 to your admission and play all day, any day, for 30 days – at one low price!
History goes underground at the Tunnels of Moose Jaw. Hear the tales of smuggling and the tales of fortune on this guided tour. Around 2.5 hour from Saskatoon.
Cost: Single Tour: Adult $15.00; Senior (65+) $12.00; Youth (13-18) $11.50; Child (6-12) $8.50; 5 and under Free.
Combo Tour: Adult $25.00; Senior $21.00; Youth $20.00; Child $14.00; 5 and under Free.
Explore Saskatoon through geocaching.
Cost: Free. Needs a GPS device.
Don’t have a GPS Device? Not to worry. Play the old-fashioned way. Try letterboxing.
The sun is out and it’s a perfect day to be outside. And if there is water – that’s almost paradise. Grab your little ones and drive to one of the biggest natural beaches in southern Saskatchewan – the Rowan’s Ravine for summer fun time. Around 2.5 h drive from Saskatoon.
Cost: Regular Park Fees apply
Embark on a journey to unlock Saskatchewan’s past, to the Wanuskein Heritage Park. Learn about Northern Plains Indian history and culture in a beautiful natural setting. Tour the visitor center and participate in various programs including Bison Hunt, Traditional Games, Tipi Rising and more. Walk the various trails or participate in guided walks. Spend the night in a traditional Tipi in the Opimihaw Valley.
Cost: Adult: $8.50; Senior: $7.50; Student: $6.50; Children: $4.00; Family $25; Under 5: Free.
Tipi Sleepover: 15 Participant minimum. $39.00/person, $25.00/chaperone. If your group is smaller than 15 then there is a minimum charge of $577.50.
Journey back in time to the 1910s to meet the Worthys family. Drop in at the newspaper office, and later at the dentist’s office at the Boom town. Learn about the suffrage movement and the two women who influenced it. Also visit the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame located on the upper level of the Western Development Museum.
Cost: Adult $10.00; Senior $9.00; Student (with valid student card) $7.00; Children (6-12) $4.00; Preschool Children (5 and under) Free; Family $25.00
Spend the night camping at one of the many provincial parks in Saskatchewan.
Cost: Vehicle Permits: Daily $8.00; Nightly camping fees: Full Service $36.00, Electric
$28.00, Non-Electric $18.00, Economy $16.00, Equestrian $18.00
Challenge your family. Head to Grip It Climbing and see who reaches the top first.
Cost: Drop In Climbing: Children (5-7): $7; Children (8-12): $9.52; Adults: $12.50; Children (4 -): Free
10 Punch pass: Children (5-7): $110; Children (8-12): $85; Adults: $57. Rentals extra.
Take your kid on a ferry ride. Head to the Town of Duck Lake to the St. Laurant Ferry that crosses the South Saskatchewan River.
How about an interactive thriller experience that will keep the whole family scrambling for clues? 60 minutes of action at the Escape rooms of Saskatoon. Ages: 7+.
Summer is a great time to visit the Danielson Provincial Park. The Lake is a popular angling spot, with lots of fish species. See the exhibits on the construction of Gardiner Dam at the visitor center, tour the power station, hike the trans Canada trail, go swimming and boating.
Cost: Vehicle entry fee: Daily : $8.00
Spend the day at the Fort Carlton Provincial Park – site of the Hudson’s Bay Company fur trading post in the 1810-1885 period. Stroll the North Saskatchewan River, enjoy a picnic, trek along the Carlton Trail, enjoy activities at the Visitor Center. See the reconstructed fur-trading and provision store, and the tepee encampment.
Cost: Adult $4.00; Youth$1.00; Family $9.00; Child (5 and under) Free
Enjoy a canoe trip organised by the Canoe Ski Discovery Company and explore Saskatchewan. Minimum age varies with trip selected.
Cost: Varies with trip
Embark on a day trip through the picturesque country around the Battle River, where in 1885, hostilities broke out between the Cree and Canadian government forces. Visit historic sites of the Battlefords, Cut Knife and Poundmaker Cree Nation.
Tonight head to the Manitou Beach to watch a movie at the Jubilee drive-in.
Cost: $20 per vehicle
Cost: Vehicle entry fee: Daily : $8.00
Located 1.5 h north-west of Saskatoon is the Fort Battleford National Historic Site. Watch soldiers in scarlet serge march. Learn about life in Fort Battleford in the 1800s, hear stories of early settlers and First Nations and the North-West Mounted Police. Enjoy disc golf, go on a self-guided audio tour. On select days go for ghost walks, explore haunted fort during Halloween, enjoy a fun day during Forst day in July.
Cost: Adult $3.90; Senior $3.45; Youth $1.90; Family/Group $9.80
Journey to a time when the Metis settled on the banks of Saskatchewan River. Learn the history of the final battle of Northwest Resistance of 1885 between the Metis provincial government and the Canadian government. Look out for red chairs at the Batoche! Batoche National Historic Site is open seven days a week in July and August. Relive the Batoche Days during the annual Back to Batoche Days Festival held in the third week of July. Around 1 h from Saskatoon.
Cost: Adult $7.80; Senior$6.55 ; Youth $3.90 ; Family/Group $19.60
Journey back in time to a prairie life long ago when people used to grind the grain to make bread. To a time when horses were used to plough the fields and wheat was harvested the old-fashioned way. Experience life in a farm land- Take care of farm animals, collect the eggs, milk the cow and more at the Motherwell Homestead National Historic Site. Around 3.5 h from Saskatoon.
Cost: Adult $3.90; Senior $3.45 ; Youth $1.90 ; Family/Group $9.80
If you are up to a 4 h drive, head to the town of Ogema for a rail excursion along Southern Saskatchewan. Your journey takes place in a renovated passenger car. Not only can you experience the beauty of the prairies, but also have a most entertaining and memorable day. Enjoy a pioneer meal, experience the market, be started by the robbery all the while peaking into the heritage of an old town. Southern Prairie Railway.
Cost: Varies with the ride. Adults: $47 – $125; Youth $39 -$110; Child $32 -$73
Tired of spending time outwards in the summer heat? Head to your nearby leisure centre for indoor fun.
It’s like reliving your childhood all over again. With Ferris wheel, rides, carousel, train rides, swings, slides, PotashCorp playland is a fun centre for both adults and children alike.
Cost: Free admission
Step into a time machine and be whisked back in time to the early 20th-century industrial era in Canada. You are at the North America’s best preserved brick-making site – a site that has remained unchanged from the day it opened in 1914. This is the place that supplied the fire bricks that lined the fire boxes of the Corvette warships in World War II. Take the eco-educational offered by the historical society and learn how bricks are made, see the wildlife in the surrounding Massold Clay Canyons at the Claybank Brick Plant National Historic Site. Around 3 h from Saskatoon.
Cost: Regular tour admission: Adult (17-64) $10 Seniors (65+) $6 Youth (6 – 16) $5; Family $25
Take highway 12 toward Blaine Lake to Doukhobor Dugout House for a guided tour at this unique heritage site. Learn the story of Russian Doukhobor settlers who lived in this area and how they built the Dugout houses in the ravine. Tours available only on Saturdays during July. Located 1 hour north of Saskatoon.
Cost: $10 per person general admission. Free admission for those aged 12 years and under
Indulge in a day at the movies with your kids. Cineplex Favourites.
A memorable day is one day you spend with your family and friends. Plan an outing to the Meewasin Valley. Learn about the cultural heritage along the valley. Visit the Interpretive Centre and take part in nature activities and nature inspired art and craft program. Tour the art gallery, take part in walking tours, and see the hands-on exhibits at the Center.
Cost: Free. Donations are welcome.
Located 88 km from Saskatoon is the Town of Duck Lake. At the Duck Lake Regional Interpretive Centre, learn about the pioneers, the First Nations and the Metis from the interesting displays and artifacts. Climbing the viewing tower. Go on guided tours of the Murals of Duck Lake organised by the Centre. Located within 1 h from Saskatoon.
Cost: DLRIC: Adults: $4.50; Students: $2.50; Seniors: $3.50; Family Rate: $12.00.
Cost: Free and ticketed events.
Have a fun time at Wet Paint Pottery.
Cost: Drop In Pottery: Adults: $9.00 + cost of Pottery; Kids: $7.00 + cost of Pottery
Journey through geological time at the Museum of Natural Sciences, see displays of fossils, minerals and rocks, animals and plants. Learn about air-breathing fishes, swimming reptiles, flying reptile and more including plants, geology. There is also a working seismograph on display in an adjacent hallway.
Getaway to the Queen City, Regina.
Go camping at Prince Albert National Park. Hit the beach or get on the water in Waskesiu, the lakeside town that serves as the park’s hub. Or leave civilization behind as you hike, explore backcountry lakes and maybe even spot wild bison. 3 hrs from Saskatoon.
Cost: Admission: Adult $ 7.80; Senior $ 6.80
Youth $ 3.90; Family/Group $ 19.60
Camping: $15.70 & up.
Have a fun day with your family, barbeque picnic in a park in Saskatoon.
Amongst Canada’s heritage sites is a farm, located 75 km from Saskatoon, the Seager Wheeler Farm. The farm tells the story of a prairie farmer, Seager Wheeler renowned for his progressive farming techniques. Go on a guided tour of the farm, see the equipments built by Mr. Wheeler, learn about the developments made in agricultural techniques, tour the English Flower Garden, and Wheelers orchard. Stroll the trails. Attend the Heritage Harvest Festival on August 27, 2016, see how the grains were thrashed in the early twenties.
Cost: Admission $5.00
Cost: Adults (19+) $7.85; Youth (6-18) $4.70; Preschool (under 6) Free; Family $15.70
You will know how much your kid is enjoying the Crickle Creek when you hear shouts of laughter. Inflatable bouncers, slides, mini-golf, and more.
Cost: Rides: Under 2 – free; Child (2-3) $5; General (4+) $9.50; Child (12-) $5.00; General (13+)$6.00
Teach kids about sustainable farming, seasonal produce, get them to spot exotic vegetables, and the importance of supporting local farms by visiting the farmers market.
Summer is a good time to play hide-and-seek and tag games. For a high tech twist, head to Merril Dunes.
Cost: See detailed pricing information here.
Get ready for an adventure of a lifetime! Experience the thrill of soaring high with Sundance Ballons
Cost: Weekday Morning Flight: Monday – Friday $250; Weekday Evening Flight: Monday – Thursday $295; Anytime Flight: Monday – Sunday (AM & PM) $325
Enjoy an evening of bowling at a nearby bowling alley.
Cost: Kids & Seniors: $5.25/game; Adults: $6.50/game, Family: $5.25/game/person; League: $3.00/game: Hourly: $37.50/hour/lane
Still have no idea what to do during the summer holidays, why not be a tourist in Saskatoon!