Finding Great Local Spots for Little Ones This Summer!
By Agent Kate Broddick – Real Estate Sales Representative
When you’re a mom of two little boys under 3, and you’re running a business, the thought of putting your feet up and relaxing in the summer can be a distant dream. Sometimes my family is so busy coming and going, it’s hard to actually sit down and relax! But we do try to make it a priority, and it does take a conscious effort. Our kids deserve to enjoy their summer and all the beautiful things this weather brings along with it, so that’s why I’ve put together a little list of neat places and activity ideas for you and your family this summer.
I’m a big believer that you don’t have to spend a fortune on day-trips and entertainment to give your kids those cherished summertime memories they’ll look back on fondly one day. Sometimes the simplest things are the most fun for kids!
Mohawk Park: Our great city of Brantford has this wonderful park hidden under a canopy of shady old trees. Perhaps your kids have played soccer in the fields here, but it’s also home to a nice large playground with ramps that are easily accessible by little feet. There are plenty of greenspace views of the river where you can park yourself on a blanket, read a book or enjoy a picnic with the kids. But the part my kids love most? The splash pad! Nothing pleases a toddler more than splashing around in puddles of water. This particular one is great because it offers seating all the way around for parents to watch the action. And, on certain days, you can even take a ride on the miniature choo-choo train that circles the park and ends at the snack bar! Seriously, you can’t impress a little kid more than a trip to Mohawk Park.
Apps Mill: Looking to just get away from it all and have some quiet time with the family? I love Apps Mill, off Robinson Road. There is a Nature Centre building which bigger children might be familiar with from school field trips. But a little further down the road is the old mill itself. A rustic wooden barn, surrounded by grass and plenty of walking trails branching outward. This is a great place for photos and family adventures in the woods. The trails are kept nice and tidy, and you can follow along little woodland creeks through the trees, or walk right alongside the Grand River itself! You’ll often find fishermen and families exploring the same quiet spaces. It’s fabulous that this old bustling building and greenspace have been left for us to enjoy!
Crock A Doodle: Need to beat the heat and stay in air conditioned comfort? Check out Crock A Doodle! They have a wonderful Brantford location and it’s a fun afternoon for your little budding artists! You just drop in (no reservations needed!), and pick out one of the pre-made ceramics on their shelves. Piggy banks, cute little monkeys, mermaids, and more! They’ll set you and your kids up with paint and brushes and you go crazy decorating your little ceramic masterpiece. Once you’re done decorating it, the staff will fire it in their kiln, ready for pick-up on another afternoon. What a neat way to commemorate the summer of 2017 than with a cute hand-painted craft by your kids!
Make Your Own Waterpark! When all else fails and you just can’t muster up the energy to leave the house, it’s time to bring out the garden hose, some buckets, tupperware, sponges and anything else you can find, and let the kids make their own backyard waterpark! My son can go for hours filling up buckets, dumping them onto the grass (bonus: watered plants!), and repeat! Any big plastic kitchen bowls, spoons, funnels and cups make for great floating toys in a Rubbermaid tote full of water. All while mommy & daddy put their feet up on the deck and enjoy the sunshine! It’s a win-win for everyone!
So don’t get the summertime blues – there are a lot of simple, inexpensive & free things you can do with your kids right in our own city that your whole family will love. Pull yourself away from your busy schedule and make time to enjoy them all while your kids still think you’re cool! Have a great summer everyone!