Fun in the Sun!

As July promises us some warmer weather, we know that it can be hard to stay cool while having fun and being active. Take your little ones for a dip in the water during the summer heat! There are tons of free wading pools and splash pads in Toronto:

Wading Pools and Splash Pads near balafant boutik! 

Wading Pools near us:

  • Wells Hill Park @ 145 Hilton Ave near Bathurst St and St Clair Ave
  • Hillcrest Park @ 950 Davenport Rd at Davenport Rd and Christie Ave
  • Marian Engel Park @ 285 Melita Ave near Melita Ave and Christie Ave

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Image of the Wychwood Splash Pad sourced from Artscape Event Venues. 

Splash/Spray Pads near us:

  • Wychwood Barns Park @ 76 Wychwood Ave near Christie St and St Clair Ave
  • Perth Square Park @ 350 Perth Ave near Dupont and Perth Ave
  • Oriole Park @ 201 Oriole Pkwy at Oriole Pkwy and Davisville Ave

Check out this link for a wading pool or splash pad in your neighbourhood!

If you are looking for something to do indoors (or to dry off after playing in the water), these activities are a fun way to socialize your tot! Explore the ROM exhibits together on a kid’s special tour.

The Royal Ontario Museum offers two educational programs. ROM Moms & Tiny Tots (ages 0-2) & ROM Tiny Tots (ages 2-4) allow you to enjoy adult conversation and learning in a baby-friendly atmosphere. Check out their website for details.

Indoor Activities

Here are our other favourite places to hang out indoors this summer:

  • The Fantasy Fair at the Woodbine Shopping Centre is a huge indoor amusement park, complete with a 3 level play village and attractions like a carousal, ferris wheel and a train to chauffer you to all your rides! Children’s All Day Pass are between $16.75 and $21.00. Click here to take a look!
  • Check out the Shrine Circus Spectac! In the Caledon/Brampton area from July 17-19 and in the London area on July 20. What’s not to get excited about? Take your tots to go see acrobats flying through the air or balancing on horses and elephants. Or what about the Motorcycle Globe of Fire? That sounds like a hot event. Tickets are between $30-50. Click here for more details.
  • Vampire Campfire is a spooky summer themed show for the family, created by the funniest people in Toronto! Recommended for ages 4-13. Tickets are $14 at The Second City at Mercer Street and Blue Jays Way. Click here to buy tickets

After a day full of these fun events, it’s always nice to have something healthy to snack on. Here’s a healthy popsicle recipe to keep their energy up while keeping them cool!

Fresh Fruit and Yoghurt Popsicle Recipe

You will need the following:

  • 2 cups of fresh blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and sliced bananas
  • 2 cups of plain or vanilla yogurt
  • ¼ cup of white or brown sugar or 2 tbsp of honey
  • A popsicle maker set or 8 paper cups and 8 popsicle sticks

Directions

  1. Blend all the ingredients together
  2. Fill paper cups or popsicle maker ¾ full
  3. Cover the top of the paper cups with aluminum foil. Then poke a hole through the center of the foil with the popsicle stick in each cup.
  4. Freeze the cups/popsicle makers for at least 5 hours.
  5. Remove the foil and enjoy!

There are so many different fun popsicle recipes! Get your little ones to help you mix and match fruits and berries, or try some of these recipes at All Recipes.

If your tots are having fun in the sun, don’t forget to use sunblock and wear a hat. Above all else, remember to stay hydrated and have fun this summer!