There are no if’s, and’s or but’s about it, when you travel to Niagara Falls and make a stop on Clifton Hill, you are going to excite the kids. The “Street of Fun at the Falls” has it all; vibrant lights, exciting attractions, and family-friendly themed restaurants. Getting away with the family is important to you. Time together is valuable, and so are making memories. Here are 5 ways to make special memories on Clifton Hill.
Let Your Kids be the Photographer
When the cold weather hits and I start dreaming of the tropics and hit that first ray of sunshine off the plane, I feed that urge and start snapping away photos. Palm trees, the aqua water, and sandy beaches. It’s like I’m seeing it for the first time and I’m anticipating the excitement to come. Now imagine what Clifton Hill must look like to your little ones. The butterflies in their stomachs; everything just looks 10x bigger and brighter through little eyes. Give them the opportunity to express their emotions into something tangible that as a family you can look back upon. It’s a FUN opportunity to see what they see. Print them off and add them into a photo album or memory book. The Canada Trading Company on Clifton Hill sells photo albums to help begin the process.
Let Your Kids Choose Their Own Souvenirs
Another way to make the most of your memory making together is to let each child choose their own souvenir(s) to commemorate the trip. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money; Clifton Hill is full of inexpensive items. It allows kids to find a keepsake that represents a special moment in time. I can distinctly remember a time when I was six years old, in which my parents gave me $5 going into an old barn full of antiques and allowed me to choose what I wanted. I chose a Mickey Mouse ring. Looking back I can’t remember the city we visited, but I remember how I felt slipping that ring on my tiny little finger. It’s not just about the souvenir, it’s about the emotions evoked at a particular moment that builds memories to last a lifetime.
Use the “Humor Effect” to your Advantage
Did you know that the “humor effect” is a real psychological phenomenon that causes people to remember information better when laughter occurs? It’s true! Humor enhances a person’s memory. Think about a commercial that you remember on TV, or a lecture that you had to sit through in college. When it’s funny, you remember. On Clifton Hill, you are in luck! There are plenty of ways to cause laughter. For starters, challenge your kids to a game of Wizard’s Golf. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve seen families leave the course laughing at the family member with the lowest score. Another way to create laughter? The Great Canadian Midway is full of arcade games to compete against your loved ones. If you are a family that loves to bowl, Strike! Rock N Bowl is guaranteed to make you laugh out loud. There are any of number of ways on Clifton Hill to make the whole family roar with laughter!
Make it a Vacation of “First’s”
One of the key ingredients to make a vacation memorable is a milestone event. Chances are, you remember the first time your baby took his/her first steps, first words, first day at school, etc. Making a memorable vacation on Clifton Hill is no different. For example, head into the Fudge Factory for the first time your family tries a macaron, or a child tasting fudge for the first time. Of course, a “must” on Clifton Hill is the Niagara SkyWheel. This will be a first for many people — not just children — to try an observation wheel reaching 175 feet tall. How about the first time the kids try go-karting? Not only would they be trying something new, but on Canada’s first elevated go-kart track at the Niagara Speedway! We remember emotionally charged events better than boring ones. It is the emotions aroused, not the personal significance of the event, that makes events easier to remember.
Embrace Traveling During the Off-Peak Season
Besides the obvious opportunity for cost savings as one of the greatest advantages of traveling in the off-season (cheaper hotel rates), there is also less line-ups and less crowds. While the colder temperatures may bring about closures at some seasonal attractions, the Winter also brings about unique opportunities that you simply won’t get in the Spring and Summer months. For example, the Winter Festival of Lights happens annually from November-January, complete with amazing fireworks, animated light installations, projections and entertainment. When temperatures dip below freezing, you’ll get to see a side of Niagara Falls that many travelers don’t ever get to see. Whether it’s experiencing the “Frozen Falls”, or taking in the frosty panoramic view from the cozy, climate-controlled gondolas of the Niagara SkyWheel without waiting in long queues (if at all), you’ll absolutely never regret visiting Clifton Hill during the off-peak season and making memories with the people you love the most. Together…it’s just more fun.