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July 16, 2011

Great Splash Pads/Wading Pools


I had to post this--most of it is from an email a friend sent to me. I got almost all of this information from my mom-friend Jen who has really explored the parks of the city! It's Great to have friends like her!

GLENDORA PARK:
There is a great splash pad and park called glendora park. It is near yonge and sheppard. It is huge and has lots of shady spots. Great for picnics. The playground is the perfect size for toddlers!!

SHERWOOD/ALEXANDER MUIR PARK:
Big park and suitable for all ages. Neither Jen nor I have been this year but Jen remembers it as being really great.

BAYVIEW VILLAGE:
There is one near bayview village. It is on bayview north of the mall. Love this one.

WOBURN PARK:
There is a great wading pool/ playground for young kids called woburn park. It is on woburn (north of lawrence) one block west of yonge street.

Want to know where other wading pools in your Toronto area are?
http://kidsenergyburner.com/swimming/wading-pools-toronto-ontario

EGLINTON PARK:
There is also a wading pool at eglinton park.

LEDBURY POOL:

http://www.aboutnorthtoronto.com/OutdoorPools
Ledbury pool is awesome! There is a big pool, a wading pool and a splash area all in one space-it is Jen's toddler's favourite. The big pool is a bit challenging with a toddler though as there are no stairs only ladders.
Ledbury is open 7 days a week from 12-4:45pm and then 5:30-7:45pm. Perfect for after dinner! Ledbury is 2 blocks west of avenue road and the pool is at the dead end of st germain. There is a parking lot there, but also street parking.

Whychwood Barns
They have a splash pad and a park. The park is not for little ones (there are two kiddie swings but everything else is too advanced for kids under 4 or so) Great place for a picnic or to go to the farmer's market on Saturdays. On Sundays they often have breweries there where you can sample their drinks (dads love this). PACK A CHANGE OF CLOTHES FOR YOUR KIDS--there is a water tap in a sand box area and kids love playing in it and will get dirty.

Riverdale Farm:
Awesome place to see the animals, picnic, go to the farmer's market. The Market operates from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM each Tuesday May 17th to October 25th. There is a circular and very shallow wading pool there where kids can have a blast running around after seeing the animals. It's just a cement circle so I advise water shoes/sandals/crocs but it's a fun way to cool off even though it does not have any of the fun water squirts etc that a splash pad has.

THE ZOO
If you are going to the zoo--be sure to pack a swimsuit for the little one! The splash pad is amazing! There is a shady area for picnics and this splash pad will keep your little one entertained. It opens at 10:00 and I advise you go there closest to 10:00 as possible as on a hot summer day it gets busy!
WARNING: your kid might get stuck in the red tunnel slide if they are wet as the slide does not have water on it. It's ok though--lots of kids get stuck and climbing it seems to be even more fun than sliding down!

(the zoo splash pad is pictured above)

All of these are definitely worth a try this summer!!!

Wading pool Listings:
http://kidsenergyburner.com/swimming/wading-pools-toronto-ontario

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  1. Went to sherwood park on the weekend--AMAZING. Great park for all ages and the splash pad is simple but fun--lots of room to run around. Parking is a non-issue, there is a lot and street parking. The lot is between sherwood and sheldrake. the hill is a little daunting for a toddler to walk all the way back up and believe me you do not want to carry a heavy toddler up that hill so bring a stroller. Lots of shade for picnics.

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