Monday, June 6, 2016

a sunny day bucket list | what to do in st. john's, Newfoundland




I get that "Mom Guilt".

My husband doesn't but I do. Why is that?

I get the feeling in my belly whenever the sun is shining, that I should... that I NEED to be doing something with my kids.

Don't get me wrong here, we do a lot of free play in my world - which I value very much.  However, when you live in Newfoundland, Canada, you really only have a dozen sunny days.  Therefore, when one comes around, you need to take advantage.  When it lands on a weekend, its when things get 'real crazy'.

Last year, I decided that I would make a point to have weekend adventures.  I made a summer bucket list and included it at the back of my Erin Condren Life Planner.  When I looked at my schedule, I fit in one of the items from the list. See what that looks like here.

A Sunny Day Bucket List || St. John's, Newfoundland

1. Ferryland Lighthouse Picnic
2. Salmonier Nature Park
3. Catch pricklies in Rotary Sunshine Camp 
4. Petty Harbour Touch Tank
5. MUN Botanical Gardens
6. Have a fire + boil up at Topsail Beach 
7. Manuels River Interpretation Centre
8. GeoCentre: Hike 
9. Bannerman Park swimming + picnic + frisbee golf
10. Ocean Science Centre
11. Mini Golf
12. Berry Picking: Lester's Farm U-Pick (Opens, Thursday July 21, 2016)
13. Marine Drive Park swimming + water sliding
14. Build a sand castle in Sandy Pond in Terra Nova Park
15. Signal Hill Tattoo
16. Boat Tour + Fish n' Chips
17. Fluvarium hike + scavenger hunts & adventures
18. Terry Fox Monument + ice cream
19. St. John's Farmers Market
20. Railway Museum
21. Lesters Farm
22. Bowring Park: ducks + splash pad
23. The Rooms
24. By the Beach Fish and Chips in St. Phillips
25. Cape Spear adventures
26. Thomas Amusements
27. Geocaching at Quidi Vidi
28. Go fishing: Paddy's Pond, Butterpot, etc.
29. Watch the sunrise or sunset on Signal Hill
30. Caplin rolling in at Middle Cove in mid July
31. LaManche Provincial Park: Swimming + Hiking
32. Swimming at Holy Cross Park in Holyrood Mahers River
33. Sk8 Park + Botanical Pond in Peter Barry Duff Memorial Park in Paradise
34. Explore Nature around Octagon Pond
35. Skate Park in Mount Pearl's Brad Gushue Complex **
36. Go "Playground Hopping" in your own neighbourhood
37. Northern Bay Sands
38. Find hearts in nature at Salmon Cove Sands
39. Murray's Peak Hiking Trail in Holyrood **
40. Hike to the cross Georges Cove Mountain Hike in Holyrood **
41. Ziplining in Petty Harbour **
42. Catch a lunch time concert in Harbour Park or Bannerman Park
43. Roll down the Pippy Park hills
44. Blow bubbles at the new splash pad at the Paradise Complex
45. Play Pokemon Go and check out the Pokestop at the War Memorial downtown
46. Check out  Shakespeare by the Sea **
47. Rent a canoe or kayak around Powers Pond
48. Fairy Doors Hike at Pippy Park
49. Picnic lunch at The Battery Cafe + find a nice spot near the Signal Hill Tourism Centre

** Not recommended for pre-school aged kids

Are you interested in the East Coast Trail?  Here's the information you are looking for: EAST COAST TRAIL PATHS

Events to watch out for: 
Regatta Day races (August 3, 2016 - weather pending)
Wings For Angels Butterfly Release (July 16, 2016)
Pirates Day at Topsail Beach
The Rubber Duck race
Squid Fest in Holyrood (July 15-19, 2016)
Nevaeh's Lemonade Stand (July 24, 2016)
Mount Pearl City Days (mid July)
Canada Day festivities
NL Kids Expo
Brigus Blueberry Festival
St. John's Folk Festival
Folk Festival at Bannerman Park (August 4-7, 2016)



Stay tuned for my reviews!
I'd love to hear your weekend adventure hot spots!
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