Let's take a minute to talk about proper footwear for different parks.
Plan ahead, stay safe, and think about your feet.
The Stouffville Treewalk Village is super family friendly and even let me walk around the structures with the baby in a carrier. I'll admit I only did two runs as it was difficult with a sleeping baby (hoping she wouldn't wake up while I was wobbling 20 feet off the ground)! Grandma had a great time helping our little preschooler through the maze of suspended nets as well until Ella decided she was fine and took off with her older cousin to explore. Good thing there is a nice easy straight slide for Grandma to get back down! Grandma could have also used the same ramps that lead up the structure, but the slide was waaaay more fun for her.
The Treewalk Village is a bit pricey at $19.99* per participant ages 3-17yrs old (under 3yrs old and over 65yrs old are FREE). Adults are $7.99* each to either lounge around down below or join the kids in the climbing and exploration. We recommend you try at least one trek through the tree forts and suspended rope bridges, even if it's just for a photo op! You are allowed to bring your own food and backpacks with you into the Treewalk Village as there are plenty of benches and loads of picnic tables to eat your lunch or snacks at. We had a morning reservation and left our lunch in the car to make the most of our time in the tree tops. Each reservation lasts 2hrs (so unfortunately the cost is NOT a day pass) as they need to stick within their capacity limits, which makes sense. I know this place isn't in Durham Region exactly, but it is one of the few that offer fun for the younger kids too without being subjected to helmet, harness, and minimum height restrictions. Another cousin did the actual obstacle course here (took 3 hrs and cost a lot more...you can find the details here).
Why should you go to a tree top trek?
Keep reading after the photos for tips on what to bring, what to wear, and where to go on other adventures in the trees in Ontario.
Things we suggest you bring on a tree top trek;
Places to go for tree top trekking adventures;
Do you have any other favourite places in Ontario to balance and climb at?
For a busy mom of three who is always getting the kids out of the house, it is a lot easier to keep everything packed up in the truck than to load and unload it every day. But what if you don't have a truck with all of that storage space?
Here are her tips to keep your car organised and playground prepped;
Do you have a playground prepped car?
What other things do you keep in your car for spontaneous park trips?
"How do you do it all?"
A question that I have been asked on more than one occasion by family and friends. How do I find the time to raise a family, work, volunteer and blog these amazing playgrounds and adventures? To be honest, I don't!
Some days are crazy and filled with multiple outings to keep a 3.5 year old entertained and busy enough to try to get her to nap in the afternoon (so mommy and baby can nap too). This means nothing gets done except the outings (and maybe a few photos depending where we go). Other days mommy needs a break so we stay at home and BARELY make an effort to go outside to the vegetable garden let alone tackle the clothing monster in the basement we call 'the laundry pile' because let's face it, mommy is tired and needs a break from 'adulting'. Weekends then consist of catching up on blog posts and scheduling things to ensure content is posting on social media all week long.......and that means my loving husband is entertaining the kids.
With the arrival of the new baby this summer work has been put on the back burner until maternity leave ends next year, and I've taken a step back volunteering to spend more time with both kids at home. Soo....that leaves me with just blogging and raising kids this year which means you, dear reader, get the benefit of my almost undivided attention and time spent blogging. Hahaha if only the house work and chores could wait! But alas they cannot and do not just 'do' themselves.
This is one reason for the lack in 'new' posts this year even though I have more 'free' time (also because of the loss of my SD card from my backlog of photos but that's another story). When I'm not entertaining the kiddos, I am now trying to organize and clean things in the house that have been neglected from when I was working full time. You know, the projects that would never get done like 'oh I should clean out the bathroom medicine cabinet of expired items' and 'wow my office sure is full of random paper and toys and such'. I've been fortunate to have family every once in a while lend a helpful hand so I could focus just on the daily household tasks like laundry and dishes, but that can't last forever and sometimes I need an extra pair of hands, or two, or three to get caught up and help with these 'extra projects' to make me feel like I have at least one room I can relax in after the kids are asleep.
There. Now I've let you in on one of my little parenting secrets; I can't 'do it all' and nor do I try to. I know my limits and know what's important to me in this busy life of mine. And one of those things important to me is staying active and getting out of this messy house with the girls to enjoy the summer.......the other is keeping my blog going and updated as much as I can (that's what keeps my brain moving and me connected to the world while I'm on maternity leave). If it wasn't for the team at Simplify Life, I couldn't neglect the house and get out with the girls as much as I do! Love you Sarah!!
What is one of your parenting secrets?
My husband, daughter and I are trying to get outside every day, rain, shine, or snow. Join us on our adventures as we explore the great big outdoors!