Playground survival is back – how we have missed you!
I never thought I would miss pushing my kids on a swing or watching them tumble down a slide as much as I have.
It’s finally time to get back to talking about great playgrounds. Which means great coffee and food too!
As you get back to going to playgrounds, I saw a great idea from another mom on how to keep your kids hands clean. She fills up a jar with warm, sudsy water and plunks in a few sponges. Then when it’s time to wash hands – her kids play with the sponges and get their hands clean!
And now back to our regular programming of finding a fun playground:
Last summer I finally ventured out to the St. Lawrence Market area and had quite possibly the most delightful day.
Once you get over the headache of getting there and parking there, this area of Toronto is perfect for a playground and coffee crawl!
Near St. Lawrence Market is an incredible playground.
This playground was recently refurbished and the park was renewed just this spring. The entire park has tons of shade, gardens, a fountain and is surrounded by lots of coffee and fun outdoor seating areas.
This food market themed-playground is fantastic for kids!
It has asparagus climbing posts, carrot walking beams, a tall twirly slide, swings and an old school merry-g0-round – I haven’t seen one since I was a kid. I love the market stall for kids to play in as well as the spilled ice cream cone that George loved climbing (and Alice loved bouncing on the chocolate, pistachio and vanilla ice cream).
All in all – this is a fantastic playground you need to visit!
120 King Street East
How to Get Here:
We drove and parked at the REASONABLY priced parkade at Market Street and Conger Coal Lane (we paid $15 for 7 hours of parking. On farmer’s market Saturdays your first two hours are $1/hour!). There is street parking but it can be a pain in the butt.
Streetcars that stop nearby: 304, 503, 504
Why We Like it:
It’s fun and creative. I really liked the merry-go-round for nostalgic sake.
The bounciest sponge rubber stuff.
Bathrooms & Water Fountain:
NO BATHROOMS. This was a problem. But you could go to Second Cup kitty corner to the park. Grab a terrible coffee OR the actually quite delicious Nanaimo bars and use their bathroom.
There is a water fountain however and a ‘refreshing station’ as opposed to a splash pad.