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Playground Survival: High Park, Toronto

By | September 24th, 2018|Categories: City Wonderland, Playground Survival|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

PLAYGROUND SURVIVAL: TORONTO WEST JAMIE BELL ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND AT HIGH PARK Address: 185 Spring Road, Toronto, Ontario How to Get Here: The playground is found within High Park - I always enter via High Park Road and then you veer to the left.  It will become visible on your left with a parking lot on your right. You can take buses to the gate and streetcars to Roncesvalles Ave. I always drive here and there is plenty of (free!) parking either in the parking lot within the park or on the various streets surrounding the park on the east. Why We Like it: The whole experience of High Park is wonderful - especially in the fall when the colours are glorious. Visiting High Park from the east becomes a whole [...]

Three Books of the Week: Back to School Part Two

By | September 12th, 2018|Categories: Curious Reads|Tags: , , , , |

I realize school went back last week, but my son only started today. And even though it has been a week for many of your kids, I am sure they are still struggling with some aspects of heading to school each day.  Mostly the departure of their parents. These books have been really helpful for me: The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn with pictures by Ruth E. Harper & Nancy M. Leak This is a classic 'back to school' book that was first published 25 years ago. I hadn't heard of it until this year so I'm including it just in case you are as ignorant to New York Time's Bestselling classic children's books as I am! In this very sweet story, Chester the racoon is nervous to go to his first night at school (yes night!).  He wants to stay with his mother and his books and his toys [...]

Apple Picking Around Toronto

By | September 10th, 2018|Categories: City Wonderland|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Before I had kids, I always wanted to go apple-picking with the Engineer.  He was not into this idea. But now that we have kids, he has to go (even though he still loathes the idea - why - I don't know).  And so we go.  I do wonder at the groups of childless adults I see picking apples because admittedly it does seem like a very child-thing to do.  There are often bouncy castles or some sort of kid activity. And I can't help but think: if you don't have a kid you would be spending your weekend sleeping. I digress.  The point of this entry is to share my favourite spots for apple picking.  Kids or not - these are some good picks.  And I sort of want to keep them for myself save they get crazy overcrowded like Downey's.  But I will share them with you because if you are reading this post - you are seeking [...]

Three Books of the Week: Good Night for 3-7 Year Olds

By | September 5th, 2018|Categories: Curious Reads|Tags: , , , , , , |

Say Good Night Like This by Mary Murphy We've enjoyed Murphy's previous books like I Kissed the Baby and Say Hello Like This! which are repetitive without being annoying (bonus because I have to read them over and over to Alice). In this book, we say good night to a different animal on each page.  Rabbits are "yawny and dozy. twitchy and cozy" while ducks are "tickly and feathery in any old weathery" and both snuggle down with their mamas and go to sleep. Why I like it: As I said, I enjoy Murphy's writing.  This is a sweet good night story both my kids love and we've made it a permanent part of our collection.   Simple, bright illustrations mixed with repetitive language is perfect for your toddler.  Alice always says "shhhh, mama, bunny sweeeeeeeping." Good Night Owl [...]

Three Books of the Week: Back to School

By | August 29th, 2018|Categories: Curious Reads|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Click, Clack, Quack to School! by Doreen Cronin with pictures by Betsy Lewin The farm animals are baaaaack!  This time they are headed to school. Farmer Brown gets a letter from the local elementary school inviting him to come visit (as well as the animals - although this part is written in duck-like handwriting).  Everyone is so excited!  Especially Farmer Brown who hasn't been to school in a really long time. The cows get to moo-ing, the pigs to oink-ing and the Duck to being very . . . . duck-y.  Farmer Brown says that when they go to school there can be no noice!  They must be serious and not cluck or moo or oink.  Hmmmm, school doesn't seem very fun. Or does it?  What happens when the school bell rings and kids come running out?  Lots of happy noise of course! Why I like it: We love all the books in this series with Farmer Brown [...]