School’s out for the summer! The kids are excited and ready to have some fun! Parents and babysitters are probably panicking a little bit though…what to do? How will we fill the next 6 hours?
This summer we’re looking for great ideas to occupy long summer days with the kids. One of our favourite things to do is explore our amazing little island. So we thought, why not take some keen youngsters along for the ride?
We managed to recruit Michael and James, two twelve year olds that just graduated primary school. We set out to show them some cool places they’d probably never been to before in hopes that it’d give us some street cred with the 12 year olds. We kept the whole day a surprise for them and had some good laughs when they felt tortured not knowing where we were taking them, scoring pretty low in the guessing game. ‘A’ for effort on both our parts!
Our first stop for the day was the HARP Gun site between the Airport and the Atlantic Ocean. A really cool stop for the boys with both history and military adventure. (You will need a 4×4 to get to the HARP Gun site. You can get there by following the airport fence towards the sea.)
The HARP gun,“short for High Altitude Research Project, was a joint project of the United States Department of Defense and Canada’s Department of National Defence created with the goal of studying ballistics of re-entry vehicles at low cost; whereas most such projects used expensive and failure-prone rockets, HARP used a non-rocket space launch method based on a very large gun to fire the models to high altitudes and speeds.” via
We explored the entire area around the 40 meter long gun as well as the other, smaller guns in the area, took some jumping shots & selfies and had some snacks! The first stop was a success!
We then decided to follow the path and see what else was in the area and we stumbled upon this beautiful little cove. The boys wanted to hike down, so we went down the beach area and explored a bit. Look how tiny we are from up top! This felt like a new, hidden discovery for us all.
Our next stop was Shark Hole in St Philip where you can jump off the cliff. The boys were a bit wary because of the name, but we let them know they were (probably) safe By the time it was discovered that they could cliff jump*, all thoughts of sharks were long gone and the fun then began! We heard them say ‘This is Epic!’ and knew that we definitely gained that street cred.
*Note: there is quite an under current at Shark Hole, children should be supervised.
After Shark Hole we took them to the last stop, Crane Beach, where we got out the boogie boards and had all kinds of fun with them in the surf.
All in all, a fantastic day for both us and the kids AND completely FREE! So, next time you’re looking for something fun for the kids- hop in the car, bring some snacks and great attitudes and set out on a fun adventure.
Stay tuned for our upcoming #IslandSittersExplore video!
Get in touch if you’d like some exploration ideas or if you’d like to hire a sitter for the day to take your kids on an adventure of their own! We’re here to give you one less thing to worry about this summer.