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Get Out of The House Mommy Group

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While perusing Facebook today, I stumbled across a self made group from a fellow Mommy called “Get Out of The House Mommy Group.”  One Mom of two little girls created a group and invited her friends to join.  What they do is each Mom makes a list of fun things that Mom’sand their tots can do in their surrounding areas.  What a brilliant idea!

When I was 7 months pregnant, I moved 5 hours away from all my friends and family to live in Toronto.  I was on Maternity leave and was due with my first baby in 2 months.  I knew no one and certainly no other Mom’s.  What was I going to do with a newborn in a city that was so very different from the small town (country girl born and raised) I was from.  For a long time I stayed cooped up in my home, only taking my daughter out for walks to the local plaza and around the block.  It became very isolating.  When I tried to talk to other people, all I could talk about was bowel movements and diaper rash, feeding and sleeping schedules.  I was acutely aware that none of these people found this particularly stimulating, but I hadn’t spoken to another adult woman in months.  I knew then that I needed to get out, even if it was more for my own good than my daughters’.  I searched online and found an indoor playground.  It was the same playground I used for her 3 year birthday party.  There I met other mom’s and found out about all the really fun and interesting things to do with your babies and toddlers.

So when I stumbled across that group today, it made me remember how isolated I was and how long it took me to go out and explore this great city I call home now with my daughter.  So I have compiled my own list of the places that I took and still take my daughter to.

MY LIST OF FAVOURITE KID & MOM FRIENDLY PLACES TO GO IN TORONTO 

1) Amazon Indoor Playground

Located on 1500 Royal York Rd, this indoor playground provides a fun, safe environment for kids to play and interact with other children.  There is a fridge available onsite for those who pack their own lunches and coffee and tea are free to the parents.  $10 per child and $7 for siblings, this is a great deal.

2) Stars & Strollers

Cineplex Odeon provides mom`s a chance to see movies and be able to bring their children too.  With a choice of 2 movies a week, the theatres provide more lighting, lower sound and in-theatre change tables so you can get the big screen experience in a baby friendly experience.

3) Alderwood Swimming Pool

I loved doing Mommy & Me swimming with my daughter.  Located at 2 Orianna Drive, this pool provides baby and toddler friendly swimming times for only $3.

4) All Fired Up Paintable Ceramics

Now that my daughter is older and crafts are her thing, I needed to find a place that could provide a fun environment and the bonus of me not having to clean.  You can choose your own piece, from cups to plates to statues of Dinosaurs (I have a nicely painted one on my bookshelf), and paint it with any certain number of colours you choose.  The best thing is, if you don`t finish, you can come back another day and finish it.

For more places to take your children in Toronto, check out the website Toronto4 Kids.com.

I hope you take the challenge and post your favourite places to go in your local city so other Mom`s can take their children as well!

A Great Place to have a Child’s Birthday Party

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November 11th marked my daughter’s 3rd birthday, 11/11/11, and it was 3-11’sand she was turning 3, so it was a birthday we HAD to celebrate.  My hubby wanted a small family birthday but I wanted a big celebration and after much negotiating, I won.  It was also the first time that we would be inviting the other children from her daycare.  I wanted to look for an indoor playground that would fit the amount of people we were looking to invite as well as be fun for the kids and have seating for the parents.  We had taken her to Chuck-E-Cheese for her first birthday and I didn’t like that we had to share the entire place with a dozen other families.  I also wanted it for a good price.  After researching different places and locations, I remembered a place that I used to take my daughter while I was Maternity Leave.

Amazon Indoor Playground was a 10 minute drive from my home and had a 60 person capacity.    We ordered the Big Monkey Party Package which gave us private use of the playground for 2 hours, a party host helped set up and they supplied plates, cups, napkins & forks, as well as coffee for the adults.  A birthday balloon was given to the birthday child and they also used decorations in the same colours you were looking for.  With a group of 20 children, this only cost $299.00 plus taxes.

Deli Sliders

Now when it came to ordering food, I had one child that was allergic to dairy.  Now with Pizza out of the question, what was I going to feed 20 hungry, picky children.  I ended up ordering from a local Toronto catering company called Pumpernickel’s Deli & Catering.  We ordered a small platter of baby burgers for the kids and deli sliders for the adults.  They were a hit!  Some of the parents were actually substituting their deli sliders for their kids baby burgers.

Baby Burgers

Overall it was a fantastic party.  Some parents said their children kept telling them they now had to throw their children’s party there.  I didn’t have to worry about cleaning up, the kids could play while the adults chatted among themselves.  I had no dishes to do and the kids loved the bouncy castle!  Check out Pumpernickel’s Blog or their Twitter @Pumpernickels1 .