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Around Toronto with Tots: Riverdale Farm & More Great Places for Babies (12 mos)

April 12, 2012

Baby X is 12 months old and I’m so happy he is finally walking on his own! Of course there are so many PROS and CONS when baby first learns to walk – there’s the constant falling and goose eggs, the tireless, ongoing baby proofing and saying goodbye to sitting around in the stroller 🙁

There is however so much more to do, discover, teach and learn!

Now that the weather is warming up, I am on a mission to get out of the house as much as possible to take advantage of the beautiful weather and especially to tire my little guy out! And this week I found the perfect places for wee ones: wide open spaces, kid-friendly, educational and FREE!


Riverdale Farm is a perfect little farm located right in the middle of the city. It’s nestled among lots of greenery and a big pond; has all our favorite farm animals including three glorious roosters and hens that roam free and has a large pond hidden down a woodsy path where we’ve spent a lot of time hoping to spot turtles! There are two barns that house turkeys (keep fingers away!), pigs and bunnies. Outdoors, there are horses, cows and goats.

Riverdale Farm is situated right off a large park with a wading pool – really great for running around and having picnics!

Website: > Riverdale Farm
Cost: Free!
Address: 201 Winchester Street (East of Parliament, north of Gerrard)
Hours: 9am-5pm
Other: Free parking on side streets


I love the library! Ok, it can be a little stressful when little hands try to pull all the books off the shelves, but we’re fortunate to have a baby-friendly library in our area. There are activity tables, pint-sized chairs and tables and even an enclosed baby/toddler area with board books for the wee ones! Mornings can be very busy with all the caregivers and kids so we usually go in the afternoon – and if I time our visit right to coincide with nap time, I get a chance to sit and read all the magazines I can handle! Pure mama joy!

Look for a child-friendly library in your area here >


Nothing beats a good playground!

We usually hit up the park 1-2 times every day at the nearby school since we’re there mornings and afternoons doing the school run. Can I tell you how much I love the sandbox?! Filthy dirty yes, but is awesome for lengthy periods of sitting and playing!


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