Without fail, whenever I ask for everyone to share their favourite playground on social media I can be sure someone will mention DJ Butler Playground in Rockingham. I’ve driven by this spot a thousand times when I worked at MSVU, but I have never been here. Read about my first impression and how it changed after spending some time in the space.
I posted last year about our attempt to makeover our backyard into a more natural play space and we’ve been working slowly and steadily on it since. Once idea I’d seen on Pinterest was a tic tac toe game using rocks so an a day trip recently we stopped by a beach and collected some smooth round rocks to do a Pinterest Test Drive to see if it worked as well as it appeared to online. Here is the process and our verdict on if it was a Pinterest Win or Fail…
If you have a child who loves fire trucks, be sure to take them to the Fire Truck playground at the Gordon R Snow Community Centre in Fall River – it’s literally right beside a fire station and it’s not uncommon to get a glimpse of the fire trucks heading to a call, or just out for a wash.
Bunchberry Lane Park in Spider Lake subdivision in Waveley was installed almost two years ago thanks to the community rallying together and lobbying for a safe, fun outdoor place for kids to play. I love these stories and I was eager to check out what the result was. I’ve got a full review with photos and a list of amenities in this post.
It can be easy to forget the the Earth is in crisis on beautiful blue-sky, sunny days, or crisp, colourful autumn mornings, but the truth is unavoidable. Big change needs to happen … but big change starts with helping the smallest people on the planet understand the issue and build good Earth-friendly habits into their life from an early age.
This popular playground sits in the heart of the city and has something for kids of every age! With lots of variety and loads of amenities, like the Emera Oval and a public pool, it’s a must-stop for every family heading into the city.
Holidays are always a wonderful time to take a simple learning activity and turn it into a fun, themed game. We made this literacy game a few years ago and it still gets pulled out with our Valentines decorations each year and ignites new enthusiasm every time. Plus, as is my way, it’s super simple to create and play (and cheap!).
Watching my four year old struggle to use scissors takes every ounce of my self-control not to take the scissors from him and do it myself. He holds them awkwardly, the scissors often don’t make it all the way through the paper, and cutting along the lines? Not a chance. It’s so ragged and so crooked it makes my teeth hurt.
This activity is a super simple, supervised, activity that will go miles towards increasing your child’s comfort level with scissors. Another bonus is that it turns learning how to use scissors from a chore into something fun.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned as a parent, it’s that if you call something a scavenger hunt, kids will go crazy for it. No joke. Cleaning up toys, finding groceries in the store, even picking up garbage! We’ve come up with a fun way for little kids to clean up their neighbourhood AND help other kids learn about the environment.
Victoria Park in Truro is a massive (ONE THOUSAND ACRES) park with a fantastic playground, trails everywhere, picnic tables, charming brooks winding through the woods, and a stunning waterfall. In short, it’s the perfect destination for a fall road trip.