We’ve been really lucky to get two cottage trips this summer, both in the Kawarthas area.
Two weekends ago we went to the Burlington Kite Festival; five minutes after we arrive a giant storm blew in (complete with thunder and lighting), and so that was the entirety of our experience. Henry was really excited and interested in the kites, so definitely something we would try again. It was a pretty small festival (partially because of the weather, but also just seemed low key), so we might look for a bigger one, but still fun!
Details: Information about the Burlington Kite Festival can be found here.
Every weekend in the winter (and well into the Spring when the name switched to the Container Market), The Brickworks had an awesome set up of various vendors and activities set up inside shipping containers. Around those were picnic tables, chairs and fire pits. It was really fantastic and we hope they do it again next year!
Details: Information about the Evergreen Brickworks and their various events can be found here.
We love the Children’s Discovery Centre. I’ve taken Henry a few times since he was six months, and a couple months ago we went as a family. Henry goes bananas for it every time.
Details: Information can be found here. The space they are running out of is temporary (the Centre started as a pilot project), so check the website if you plan to go. It looks like it will be open in the current location until end of July.
Snakes & Lattes is a board game cafe here in Toronto. It’s been super popular since opening a couple years ago, and is even the basis for a new sitcom. For whatever reason, I was sort of dreading this one; I didn’t expect it to be very baby friendly (all the ways I was wrong about that below), and we aren’t really board game people. It’s not that we don’t enjoy certain games, it’s just that both of us are so unbelievably competitive that the resulting conflict is never worth it.
But on the list it went, and so off we went this morning to knock it off (let’s take a moment to marvel that I’m posting about it hours afterwards, rather than weeks/months; I’m certainly patting myself on the back quite smugly right now).
The space was much more spacious than it looks like outside; the coffees were good, and the game selection was overwhelming. Since we had Henry in tow, we stuck with the children’s section and played Hungry Hungry Hippos, Trouble and Jolly Octopus (which unfortunately didn’t work). Henry loved Hungry Hippos, and got bored during Trouble (fair enough). The cafe was much more baby-friendly than I expected; they have highchairs; large, accessible, all gender washrooms with change tables and baby/kid friendly menu items. While Henry was definitely too young to really get into the games, there were a number of families there with young children.
Overall a really fun experience and we would go back!
Details: Information about Snakes & Lattes can be found here.
We’ve never picked our own pumpkin before, and I thought that it was the sort of family-friendly activity that screams to be made into a tradition, so on the list it went! We met up with my cousin and her sweet boys over Thanksgiving and found some perfect pumpkins!
Details: Information about Andrew’s Scenic Acres can be found here.