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Covid-19 stay-at-home measures were HARD on families! Cooped up, potentially with little outdoor space to play, adapting to online schooling, missing friends and family members - it’s been a daily struggle for parents and kids. So now that “school’s out” for summer, and we’ve entered Phase 3 in Ontario, families can finally get some relief!
Some of you may already be getting out of the house, while others might still feel more comfortable closer to home. And just when you’re excited about the great weather we’ve been having, and you’ve started to explore the great outdoors, Mother Nature sends us a thunderstorm and it’s back inside we go.
So, this week’s blog is all about family fun - in the city, from the comfort of home and even a few extra rainy day suggestions.
Families with kids of all ages will find something to do at East Park. From dry land activities like mini-golf, batting cages and go karting to water fun at the pool or splash pad, you can easily spend a full day here and play, play, play.
From digger land, adventure barn & hay jump, zip lines and the Berry Express, your little ones will have an awesome, interactive day outdoors at Kustermans. And don’t forget to round out your trip with some delicious blueberry products at the market!
Clovermead currently features two activity areas - Splash Pad Adventure and Barn Adventure. From animal barns, jumping pillows and pedal-karts, to mist maze, tube swings and super hill slide, you’ll want to pack a picnic lunch so you can take in both sections and all that this bee-utiful family farm has to offer.
For both Kustermans and Clovermead, you’ll need to purchase tickets online before you go. All destinations have Covid-19 protocols in place, and I recommend checking their websites to stay up to date on current offerings, changes and safety measures.
As it’s not always possible to go out, and some spaces have yet to re-open, many programs and activities are being made available for you to do right at home. Libraries are integral to our communities, and the London Public Library has created an incredible number of online activities for families to explore. Delivered via Zoom, budding chefs may enjoy the Teen Baking Challenge, and younger kids might be drawn to the Steam Attack with the LABS or the Creative Kids session. There’s even virtual book time for your littlest family members and everyone can curl up together with Bedtime Family Storytime live on Facebook on Thursday nights.