Beaches Location: 470 Woodbine Ave, Toronto (inside St. Johns Norway)
Hours: Various weekday mornings
Age: Childcare available for a variety of ages
Cost: Varies by session length and if you need childcare
Mumnet is an awesome mom group. It offers a great fitness class (with childcare) and a great discussion group after. They also have lots of great speakers: sleep consultants, parenting experts, etc.
Location: 461 Cherry Street
Hours: Check Schedule
Cost: $100/month (as of Feb 2018)
The cherry street YMCA provides various fitness classes with childcare as well as a playground for children and gym time. There are also swimming lessons for young children. Full schedule online. The play area includes a small infant room and large play structure for walkers. Continue reading “Cherry Street YMCA”
Location: 836 Danforth Ave.
Regular Hours: Wednesday & Friday 12pm-1pm
Ages: Mostly under 2 years but open to older children
Mini-Nastics is usually a bit further north than I usually wander but in this case it’s definitely worth it. They provide such an excellent value for 5 dollars. They offer an excellent song circle which includes keyboards and guitar. My son was very entertained by the keyboard. After the song circle, which is about 30 minutes, there is free play in the gymnasium. This includes a trampoline and lots of things to climb if you have a little mover. I love that it is a drop-in too since it’s so hard to plan/commit to things with Jacob. Continue reading “Mini-Nastics Song Circle”
There are a number of rec centers that offer swimming lessons for babies and toddlers for free or at low cost in Toronto. You can search for them here on the city of Toronto website. Even though it’s not the closest though I prefer to go to the newly renovated Regent Park pool for both lessons and drop in swim. You can see the programs currently offered at Regent Park here. Continue reading “Baby Swimming at Regent Park”
Living and Learning with Baby is a free parenting class run by Toronto public health. The focus of the class is attachment parenting techniques.
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Make the connection is a parenting class run by Toronto Public Health (TPH). It is the follow-up class to living and learning with baby for babies under 6 months. Find more info here on the tph website.
I was not able to attend many of the classes, this is mostly because of the logistical issues with the class sign up, more on that later.
The class itself was great. It is run by nurses from TPH. They include a song circle which is nice for the babies and well as discussion of parenting topics. There is a strong focus on attachment theory. It is very similar to another class called Baby Love that I took at the south riverdale drop in center. They also provided some books and resources to take home. I found the nurses very helpful in answering questions. There was a lot of opportunities to discuss our personal questions and concerns. The one issue I would have with the class itself is the room was not childproof. My son was one of the older babies and he has been crawling since 7 months so it was somewhat exhausting trying to keep him away from wires and audiovisual equipment that was in the room. Continue reading “Make the Connection”
Location: 80 Sackville Street (Inside the school)
Regular Hours: Monday- Friday 9am – 12:30pm
Age: 0-6 years
EYET is a drop-in center that also runs a variety of programs. It’s a little bit west for me but some of the programs are definitely worth it. In September for example they had free infant sign language workshops.
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