One of my biggest fears before having a baby was around how I was going to fill my days. I hate being trapped inside the house and was so worried about this that I joined my first Mommy Connections class to meet people when my daughter Chloe was just three weeks old. Best decision I made as it introduced me to activities and new friends! Over the past year I’ve come to realize that there’s lots to do and see in the city with a baby in tow. I wasn’t going to be stuck inside 🙂
For my first blog post here I thought it would be fun to share a week’s worth of inexpensive/free midtown Toronto activities we have tried out and enjoyed.
Start your week off with a walk along the Kay Gardner beltline. There’s an accessible entrance just off Merton street and if you head west it will take you through Forest Hill. Best part is that it is shady! When it wasn’t snowing I lived along this trail with Chloe. We walked alone. We walked with friends. Either way we always enjoyed ourselves. Check out the Beltline babies Facebook group as they are always posting walks that people can join.
From May to October, the Davisville village farmers’ market is held at June Rowlands park (Mount Pleasant/Davisville). Grab your picnic blanket and pick up some treats from the market for an afternoon of relaxing and eating. The park also has a great splash pad for little ones, so make sure to bring along the swimsuits and flip flops.
Every Wednesday morning the Leaside library hosts their storytime for babies (birth to 18 months). No registration is required which I love as you never know how your mornings will go! Afterwards check out the new Lit Espresso bar on Bayview for some caffeine and perhaps a treat!
The outdoor pool at the North Toronto Memorial Community Centre is finally open for the season. After having a splash or two, head to the park behind the community centre for a play.
Another one of our favourite walks this year has been the Moore Park ravine (entrance just off Moore east of Welland Avenue). This walk is also part of the beltline trail, but takes you down to the Evergreen Brick Works. Grab a bite to eat from the cafe there and check out their children’s garden. A very neat version of a playground.
What are your favourite mom/baby friendly things to do in the area?