There are lots of Kingston attractions for kids year-round, to appeal to children of many different ages. Family activities in Kingston range from exploring art galleries in springtime at Agnes Etherington Art Center to cooling off in summer splash pads at Lake Ontario Park. You can enjoy autumn pumpkin patches at Fruition Berry Farm, and wintertime snowshoe trails at Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area. Learn about some of the fun things to do in Kingston with kids for great memory-making experiences.

1. See indigenous pictograph paintings in Bon Echo Provincial Park

There are plenty of family activities in Kingston’s Bon Echo Provincial Park, located in southeast Ontario. Families are often drawn to Bon Echo Provincial Park to view the over 260 Indigenous pictographs painted across Mazinaw Rock. Hiking trails within the park are available to suit any experience level or age, as well as camping opportunities. Equipment rental includes kayaks, paddleboats, and stand-up paddleboards, to use in the park’s large lakes. Seasonal swimming beaches are also available at Bon Echo Provincial Park.

2. Watch military reenactments at Fort Henry National Historic Site

Fort Henry is a historic military fort located on the hilltop Point Henry, at the mouth of the Cataraqui River. This restored fort is a living history museum, with historical reenactments provided by the Fort Henry Guard, offering tours and demonstrations of British military life. You can explore the fort and a variety of family activities and reenactments throughout the year, from battle tactics and drills to military parades. Evening ghost tours are also often available at the Fort Henry National Historic Site.

3. Go hiking or snowshoeing in the Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area

Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area is an expansive protected landscape just north of Kingston. Popular summer activities for families in Kingston include hiking, kayaking, and canoeing in the conservation area and bird watching and wildlife spotting. You can go ice skating or explore the conservation area via snowshoeing trails and cross country skiing in the winter months. In the Visitor’s Center, you’ll find family-friendly facilities, as well as a snack bar and trail information. Daily entrance fees apply for the Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area.

4. Pick your own fruit at Fruition Berry Farm

Fruition Berry Farm is a great spot for kids activities in Kingston, a family farm offering seasonal berry picking opportunities and events. Seasonal crops are available at different times of the year, from pick-your-own strawberries in June and autumn pumpkin picking in October. You can bring your own litre containers to use or purchase a reusable basket from the farm to collect your produce in. The farm also offers a small playground and picnic tables for families to use. Seasonal events at Fruition Berry Farm include an annual corn maze in the fall.

5. Go on a sightseeing adventure with Kingston 1000 Islands Cruises

Kingston attractions for kids include sightseeing adventures on the water with Kingston 1000 Islands Cruises. Various cruise options are offered across different ships and suitable for all ages, from 1-hour sightseeing tours to fully catered dinner cruises. Reservations are recommended for cruises. Call ahead for information on wheelchair accessibility, as certain ships may not be wheelchair accessible with Kingston 1000 Islands Cruises.

6. Play, slide and climb indoors at Playtrium

Rainy day things for kids to do in Kingston includes an indoor play space at the Atrium Mall, Playtrium. Kids can explore a colourful multi-story climbing structure with plenty of slides, swings, obstacles, and activities. You’ll also find interactive games, a climbing wall, a ball pit and a full arcade. Snacks and concessions are available at Playtrium, as well as free Wifi for parents. A variety of events and day camps are also offered throughout the year at Playtrium. Socks are required for this play facility.

7. See artwork collections at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre

The Agnes Etherington Art Centre is a historic art gallery located in Kingston, located within the Queen’s University campus. The centre encompasses the historical Etherington House and multiple exhibition galleries and a variety of year-round events, lectures, workshops, and summer children’s programs. The Agnes Etherington Art Centre collections range from historical Canadian and European art to African art and Contemporary art. Admission to the centre is free, and donations are accepted.

8. See cool electronics and gadgets at the Military Communications and Electronics Museum

The Military Communications and Electronics Museum is a family-friendly museum at Canadian Forces Base Kingston. Exhibits explore the development of communications, technology, and military gadgets from 1903 to the modern day. Immersive spaces feature mannequins in military costumes manning various posts, from inside military vehicles to behind sandbagged underground dugouts, as well as a wide variety of artifacts and memorabilia. Admission to the Military Communications and Electronics Museum is donation-based.

9. Explore a charming seaside town on Wolfe Island

Wolfe Island is the largest of the famed Thousand Islands, easily accessible from Kingston Harbour via a free ferry. The ferry accommodates vehicles, and the island also offers several marked bicycle routes. Wolfe Island’s small town, Marysville, offers all the charms of a quaint seaside town, with local shops, restaurants, historic buildings and horse-drawn carriage sightseeing tours. The Big Sandy Bay Management Area is also located on the island, with a large sandy beach on the shores of Lake Ontario. Seasonal attractions in the summer months include a tourist information centre, and the Marysville Old House Museum.

10. Zipline through the treetops at Skywood Eco Adventure

If you’re looking for things to do in Kingston with kids, Skywood Eco Adventure is an aerial adventure course and zip line park located in nearby Mallorytown. Adventure courses and activities are available to suit a variety of ages and abilities, some appropriate for children as young as 5. Unique treehouse play spaces are also available for young children ages 3 and up. An accessible zip line experience is also available for those with limited mobility or those who require mobility aids. Closed-toe shoes are required for all activities at Skywood Eco Adventure, and advance booking is highly recommended.

11. Picnic in the shade at Lake Ontario Park

Lake Ontario Park is a spacious public park with family-friendly activities, located on the shores of Lake Ontario’s Cataraqui Bay. You’ll find scenic walking trails to the cobbled shore, picnic spaces, playgrounds, and a summer splash pad within the park. Accessible walkways to the beach are available, as well as accessible facilities. Sports facilities include a beach volleyball court and a natural skating rink for the winter season. Annual Victoria Day festivities are held in Lake Ontario Park, with a massive evening firework display, live music, and special events.

12. Explore downtown on a Kingston Trolley Tour

Kingston Trolley Tours provide great sightseeing opportunities in Kingston for kids, with hop on hop off tours that are perfect for younger kids. Trolley tours range from 1-hour sightseeing tours downtown to spooky evening ghost tours. The trolley follows a figure-8 route past some of Kingston’s most popular sightseeing destinations, so you can hop off and explore, then hop back on another trolley to continue your tour. Call ahead for accessibility needs, as specific wheelchair-accessible trolleys are available from Kingston Trolley Tours

13. Learn about maritime history at Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston

The Marine Museum of the Great Lakes is a good spot to learn about Kingston’s history with kids, a cozy museum that explores the area’s maritime past. Gallery exhibits explore the lives of sailors and changing technology, historic ships, and a wide variety of heritage artifacts and memorabilia. The museum also hosts a varied calendar of events, lectures, and family programming throughout the year. Admission and guided tours of the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes are available by donation.

14. Get creative at the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning

The Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning is a charitable arts organization in Kingston, located on the shores of Lake Ontario. The centre offers a diverse calendar of public events year-round, from performing arts shows to curated art galleries, family-friendly classes, exhibitions, and kids workshops. A waterfront cafe within the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning provides refreshments and beautiful views over Lake Ontario.

15. Cool off in the seasonal wading pool at Skeleton Park

McBurney Park, locally known as Skeleton Park, is a cozy public park in Kingston with family-friendly facilities and amenities. The park’s macabre nickname stems from the land being part of Kingston’s primary cemetery until 1850. Today Skeleton Park is a vibrant community centre for families to relax, play, and enjoy the outdoors. Amenities at Skeleton Park include walking trails, sports facilities, picnic areas, playgrounds, and a wading pool, as well as accessible facilities.

16. Tour a former maximum-security prison at Kingston Penitentiary

Kingston Penitentiary, locally known as Kingston Pen, is a museum within a historic maximum security prison. This national historic site has housed thousands of inmates during its storied history and has been the site of multiple riots and jailbreak attempts. The prison’s unique architectural features and harrowing past make this a popular spot with visitors to the Kingston area, with various tour types offered. Some tour content at Kingston Penitentiary will be historically graphic and likely isn’t appropriate for younger children.