International Kite Festival, Dieppe, NB

Dieppe International Kite FestivalOne of the unexpectedly fun things about having children is getting to do activities you’d never get around to doing if you didn’t have them. Take the International Kite Festival in Dieppe, for instance. Before Amelia, I wouldn’t have gone, even though it sounds neat – a whole festival of kites! But knowing how much Amelia loves kites, I packed her up in the car yesterday afternoon for the drive.

These are not the kites I remember from my childhood! Acrobatic displays with multiple kites dancing to music; kites shaped like lizards, fish, birds, strawberries, and giant eyeballs – the Dieppe International Kite Festival was a lot of fun for both me and Amelia.

There are a few things you should know about the 2013 kite festival, and their website doesn’t cover it all, so read on to learn from our experience!

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Butterfly House, PEI Preserve Company

The butterfly house at PEI Preserve Company[updated July 2015]

Tucked inside the gardens surrounding the PEI Preserve Company in New Glasgow, PEI is a greenhouse filled with butterflies.

We visited it on our recent trip to PEI on the premise that the butterfly house and gardens would tire out our toddler before we had lunch at the restaurant in the PEI Preserve Company, but really – who doesn’t love butterflies?

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Cavendish Maples Cottages, PEI: Fun for kids & parents

Cavendish Maples Cottages, Prince Edward IslandWe needed a cottage in Prince Edward Island that would keep us relaxed and our toddler active and entertained during a whirlwind 48 hour visit to the island. Cavendish Maples delivered, in spades, with a great 2-bedroom cottage, pool, hammocks, playgrounds, lots of lawn space, and setups for games like horseshoes and beach volleyball that we didn’t even get a chance to try.

48 hours in Prince Edward Island isn’t much, especially when you’re working around a toddler’s napping/eating schedule. But the purpose of our trip was to meet up with my parents and visit a friend of the family, so we weren’t going to be touring the island’s many attractions.

Our first impression of the grounds was excellent – they’re well-maintained with stands of mature maple trees scattered throughout, so there’s lots of shade.

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