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
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.
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.
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.
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!