15+ Canada Day Family Activities

Celebrate Canada Day with games and activities that are fun for the whole family. This list of ideas will help you plan ahead, or be prepared for spontaneous events.

ways to celebrate with kids on Canada Day

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Make this year's national holiday celebration the best one ever!

I've put together a convenient list of activities the whole family can enjoy. Ideas are included for both indoor and outdoor play. These options are meant to be hands-on fun with easy setup and cleanup. 

One of the best ways to celebrate a national or local holiday is to get people get together - in large groups or small - to share food, music, sports, and special events. 

Games and activities don't have to be formal or require a lot of rules or special equipment. The most important part of the holiday is celebrating with family, friends and neighbors.

While the theme of this post is Canada Day, the activities can easily be adapted to any region or country by using your own national symbols in place of the ones shown in this post.

Enjoy opportunities for family fun with these Canada Day theme activities.


Canada Day family activities

The activities in this post can easily be included in everyday play, and can be altered or expanded on to suit ages, interest and skill levels of kids.

Ideas are organized by category: Outdoor Play, Indoor Games, Crafts, and Community Events.

Print this handy check-list with ideas for Canada Day!

 Canada Day list of family activities


Outdoor Play

Keep games simple - short on rules and long on participation!

1. Pine cone trail scavenger hunt - substitute pine cones with small Canada flags!

2. Backyard games and activities -  play games with balls or other toys decorated with national or regional symbols. More formal games can include badminton, croquet and horse shoes. 

3. Backyard parade - wave small flags as you march around the yard. Attach flags to wagons and tricycles to ride or pull along in the parade. Dress in clothing to represent the holiday, such as t-shirts printed with the national symbol.


Indoor Games

Look for game options with Canadian designs such as a pack of cards decorated with the 'maple leaf'.

Canada Day activities include card games


Decorate your game pieces and props with the colors and symbols of the national flag.

4. Board games

5. Bean bag toss

6. Ring toss

7. Bowling


Prepare homemade decorations before the big event.

Plan arts and crafts activities for rainy days, or for a change of pace in the midst of hectic activities.

Noisemakers kids can make with bells and twigs


8. Noisemakers

9. Decorations

10. Fireworks Art


Public Events 

Browse recreation calendars and tourist brochures to pinpoint activities in your area.

11. Sports event

12. Street parade

13. Fireworks display

14. Outdoor movie

15. Family games or an ice cream social in the park


Food and Drink

Extend the festive atmosphere with special snacks and table settings.

Canada Day activities include holiday themed food and place markers


16. Serve local foods and seasonal foods that contribute to the festive nature of the meal. Choose foods in the colors of the flag such as red berries and juices, vanilla ice cream with raspberry topping.

17. Purchase themed napkins, paper plates, and paper cups from a dollar store.

18. Make handmade place markers made with the 'maple leaf' design. Cut the maple leaf from paper napkins or other printed materials.


Fun family activities to celebrate Canada Day



Canada Day noisemaker


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