If you’re a parent, particularly one still in the trenches of diapers, daycare and and crackers in the car seats, the concept of “date night” with your partner might seem like a hazy, distant memory. Between work, kids and other commitments, it can be hard to find the time, and, let’s face it, energy. But let’s say the stars align and you do have a free evening (and babysitter), where do you go? The standard dinner and a movie is great, but if you’re searching for something different, experiential and local to do, look no further than Oakville’s very own craft brewery. Continue Reading…
So. If you are a follower of this blog, you are likely somewhat more inclined than the average person to gamely put on your snow pants, bundle up the kids and build a snowman on cold winter days. Kids need to burn off energy, whether it’s a warm summer day in July or -8 in January. I’ll assume I’m preaching to the choir about this. But what about those days when you literally can’t get outside and still need to occupy the kids? Let’s face it, those days do exist and they suck. Severe, dangerous weather conditions, one sick child in bed while his healthy sibling is bouncing off the walls, or a time-sensitive work project that you need to get done from home?
I’ve certainly BTDT. Here are my 5 tips on How Not to Go Stir-Crazy When You Literally Can’t Go Outside (With Kids).
It’s December 23 and according to my weather app, it’s a balmy 8 degrees in Halton Region. While we may not get to partake in some of the outdoor activities I had planned for the kids this holiday break, namely skiing and skating, a green Christmas does have its perks too. Easy traveling to visit out of town relatives, lots of walks outside to admire the houses in our neighbourhood all decorated for the holiday, and burning off energy (caused by one too many candy canes) playing at the park! As I take a moment to sit down and breathe before getting swept up in the busyness that is the season, I wanted to take the time to thank you for the opportunity to share my blog with you.
I’ve mentioned in previous posts that Bronte Creek Provincial Park is one of our family’s favourite outdoor spots in Halton Region. I was super excited to check out their Victorian Christmas event this year. We hadn’t been since 2012 (see my post from that time), and had never been with Em. The marketing specialist, Andrew, assured me that the event this year’s event was the best yet, with even more games, activities and decorations, and we couldn’t wait to check it out.
Halton Region has just been blanketed by its first layer of snow this season, outdoor holiday lights are being hung and kids everywhere are eagerly anticipating Santa’s arrival. If you (like me) cringe at the thought of taking your family to a crowded mall to wait in line for hours, burdened by heavy coats and squirmy kids, for your 30 second visit with Santa, take heart. There is another option.
Bronte Creek Provincial Park’s Victorian Christmas offers visitors the chance to experience an old-fashioned Christmas, complete with a year 1900 heritage home decked out for the holidays, traditional games, crafts, songs and activities (and baking!). In addition, visitors have the opportunity to visit a sweet little rustic cabin on the property, enticed by the smell of apple cider and the sounds of jingle bells and a a cheerful “ho ho ho” chuckle. Yes, Santa is in residence at Bronte Creek, and instead of this: