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Small Creative Guelph Mom Businesses Part 6

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Guelph Kids Guide is happy to feature three more creative, local small shop mums. Chew-a-Bling Teething Accessories, Cindy Dochstader portraits, and Dr. Mom’s Crochet Basket all offer very different, beautiful works of art. Andrea McCrohan owns Chew-a-Bling Teething Accessories Where can we find you online? Intagram @chewabling Facebook https://www.facebook.com/chewabling/?ref=bookmarks Why did you start your small shop? What inspired you? I started when my son was 9 months old after he had chewed my shoulder and not-so baby safe necklaces. I realized that most necklaces out there (at least the ones in stores) were quite dated in terms of what is considered trendy or fashionable. I wanted something that didn't feel like a teething necklace when I wore it. Any mom knows its hard to feel put together and beautiful all the time, and accessorizing with something fashionable AND functional was key! Then everything else (rattles, clips, zipper pulls etc) was something I had fun creating, and experimenting with what worked best. How would you describe your products in 5 words or less? Fashionable, functional teething accessories for all!!! (Dads too). What is your favourite product that you've created? I absolutely love my elephant rattles, they're like nothing I have seen on the market. They were a life saver when I would attach to my sons stroller for walks because he couldn't throw them "over board"!!! I also love the "opi" style necklaces I make.   Cindy Dochstader is a Portrait Artist Where can we find you online? Website: http://cindydochstader.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CindyDochstaderArt Why did you start your small shop? What inspired you? I’ve always enjoyed drawing and painting, particularly realistic portraiture and figure drawing. After my second son was born, I took several art classes instructed by talented, local artists and my passion for art, along with my skill level, grew. More and more, I found myself drawn to capturing the candid and poignant moments found within everyday family life, which illustrate the bond shared within families, and the simple joys of childhood. My art seemed to resonate with people, and after I was asked to do my first commission I decided that I could make a business out of selling prints and painting commissioned portraits. These are a personal and unique way to capture a special person or moment, to memorialize a loved one, or to give as a gift for special occasions, and they often become a cherished family heirloom. It’s satisfying for me to create something that’s meaningful to someone, and I always strive to work together with my clients to create a portrait that we both love. How would you describe your products? Unique, memories, meaningful, heirloom, love What is your favourite product that you've created? Currently, I would say it’s “The Catch”. This painting speaks to the joys of childhood and depicts a boy sitting on the dock, examining his catch after a day of fishing. The dirt under his nails and the fresh scab on his knee tell the story of adventures past, and the possibility of more to come. Why do you love living in Guelph? Guelph has a great artistic community and has a really nice vibe to it. It’s a growing city with a small city feel, and it’s progressive while still steeped in history. There are lots of unique shops and plenty of great places to grab a bite to eat and watch some live music. Renée Paradis owns Dr. Mom’s Crochet Basket Where can we find you online? Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/DrMomsCrochetBasket Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DrMomsCrochetBasket/ Why did you start your small shop? What inspired you? I am a Naturopathic Doctor, a mother, a ‘wanna-be’ Chef and a passionate crocheter. I love medicine and am blown away by the powers of naturopathic medicine daily. I love being a mommy to our beautiful 4-1/2 year old daughter Olivia and our 21 month old daughter Lily. I love to be in the kitchen, I love to cook and I love to eat and serve nutritiously delicious food. And I love to crochet. At the end of the day when all of my patients have gone home, dinner has been made and the dishes done, and the girls are tucked snuggly in bed, I curl up on the couch pull out my crochet bag and have a little ‘me’ time. Nothing grounds me more than crocheting, it is my daily meditation ritual. It is a time when I get loss in my crochet creation, forget about the stresses of daily life, and take the time to refuel and rejuvenate my soul all the while creating beautiful homemade items for little ones. Now, let’s rewind to how it all began. Three years ago, I had no idea how to crochet. It was our daughter Olivia’s first Christmas and my husband and I were getting the house ready and decorated for Christmas. We were so excited and we wanted the house to be perfect, and that’s when I realized that we didn’t have a Christmas stocking for her. When I was a baby, my mom had crocheted stockings for me and my siblings and to this day when I go home for Christmas my stocking is hung. Naturally, I wanted to make our daughter a handmade crochet Christmas stocking just like mine and so … my mom taught me how to crochet. Pattern after pattern, stitch after stitch, hook after hook, yarn after yarn …. My love for crochet was born! And so were the many many hats, blankets, purses and other crocheted items for my little girls. But there are only so many crocheted items a girl can have, and once we ran out of storage space for my girls collection, a friend of mine suggested that I begin selling my crocheted items … and so here I am! I am so excited about my little shop and am excited to share my love for crochet and to be able to create handmade crocheted items for your littles ones. How would you describe your products? Crocheted items handmade with LOTS of love. What is your favourite product that you've created? I love them all. Each and every item is made with a whole lot of heart. When I see little ones wearing a piece that I crocheted, it fills my heart with excitement and fuels my creativity to continue creating more. Why do you love living in Guelph? I am a small town girl at heart, growing up in a small community in Northern Ontario. I feel that Guelph offers many of the wonderful things of a city but with a small town feel and a great sense of community. It’s quaint, clean, and environmentally conscious and … I simply love it here! I couldn’t ask for a better place to call home and raise my two little girls.   If you enjoyed discovering some new local, talented mums then please check out the first 5 blogs in this series.

Ground Coverings In Guelph Parks

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Have you ever wondered what the type of ground covering a Guelph park had before you explored a new park? Perhaps you want to only visit parks with sand or with wood chips? Whatever your reasons, read more to find out which Guelph parks have which type of ground coverings. Gravel ground covering parks in Guelph: Carter Park Goldie Park Jenson Boulevard Park Springdale Park > University Village Park Rubber ground covering parks in Guelph: South End Community Centre Park (aka Dragonfly Park) Strait Park Sand ground covering parks in Guelph: Bullfrog Pond Park Burns Drive Park Centennial Park Drew Park Drummond Park Earl Brimblecombe Park Eramosa River Park Exhibition Park Grange Road Park Green Meadows Park Guelph Lake Sports Fields Park Hanlon Creek Park Herb Markle Park Holland Crescent Park Howitt Park Hugh C. Guthrie Park Joe Veroni Park John Gamble Park Kimberly Park Lee Street Park Mico Valeriote Park Oak Street Park Skov Park Steffler Park St. George's Park Suffolk Street Park Summit Ridge Park Sunny Acres Park Waverly Park W. E. Hamilton Park Westminster Woods Park Wood chips ground covering parks in Guelph: Bailey Park Bathgate Drive Park Beverley Robson Park Brant Avenue Park Castlebury Park Colonial Drive Park Dakota Park Exhibition Park Ferndale Park Franchetto Park Golfview Park Gosling Gardens Park Hartsland Park Howden Park Joseph Wolfond Park Jubilee Park Lyon Park MacAlister Park Maple Park Margaret Greene Park Mayfield Park Memorial Crescent Park Morningcrest Park Norm Jary Park Oak Street Park O'Connor Lane Park Peter Miserky Park Rickson Park Riverside Park Royal City Park Severn Park Starview Crescent Park Sunny Acres Park Wilson Farm Park Windsor Park Yewholme Park **Please note: we are aware that we have missed about ten of Guelph's wonderful neighbourhood parks. We will update as we continue to visit each one and see what type of ground covering is there.

Best Parks in Guelph for Kids

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Riverside Park Location: 709 Woolwich Street tyle="max-width:100%; height:auto;">  Public washrooms? Yes. They're located with the concession stand next to the miniature train and merry-go-round. Riverside Park might be the best park in Guelph! This park has it all: kilometers of walking/running/biking trails; an excellent playground; many trees for shade; covered pavilions that can be reserved for birthdays or family reunions; the river; paddle boats to rent; beautiful gardens, especially the big flower clock feature; and the merry-go-round and miniature train rides for little ones. This park has plenty of parking, a concession stand, and bathrooms. Most of Guelph's big outdoor festivals and events take place in Riverside Park. GKG suggests that instead of buying individual ride tickets that you consider buying a Riverside Park rides season pass for only $20 to save money. http://guelph.ca/.../rides-at-riverside-park-carousel.../ Exhibition Park Location: 81 London Road West Public washrooms? Yes. Exhibition Park is gorgeous, especially in the autumn with all the trees' leaves changing colours. This park has it all: tennis courts, sports fields, a natural playground, fairy doors, and a wading pool. Exhibition Park's natural play structure was actually voted as one of North America's top 20 natural playgrounds! It's mostly wood and is perfect for children to climb. In the play area there is also a sand pit with a water pump and toys for everyone to use; try to remember to bring a change of clothes if you drive here because the water and sand can become messy and wet. South End Community Park aka Dragonfly Park Location: 25 Poppy Drive West   Public washrooms? Yes. Dragonfly Park is one of Guelph's newer parks. It is located in the far south end of the city. This park has a rubber ground covering. There are two playground areas - one for toddlers and another for bigger kids. The dinosaur features are J's favourite part at this park. Beside the two park areas is a fantastic splash pad. There are also tennis courts and sports fields. Dragonfly Park has ample parking. Our only complaint is that there isn't very much shade because it is a newer park. St.George's Park Location: 40 Metcalfe Street   Public washrooms? Yes. This central park is beautiful with many tall, mature trees. The playground equipment is fun and there are usually some trucks and sand toys there for everyone to enjoy. This park has tennis courts and half a basketball court. Note that while it is not a leash-free park many dog owners do take their dogs off of their leashes here. Sunny Acres Park Location: 45 Edinburgh Road North Public washrooms? No. This large park has plenty of shade. It has a wading pool, playground structure, community garden, and plenty of grassy area. The only downside to this wonderful park is the lack of parking for it. Jubilee Park Location: 11 Sweeney Drive Public washrooms? No. This south end park is one of Guelph's newer parks. The playground area is fantastic for children who enjoy climbing. One of the cutest play features here is the big, bouncy ladybug. Jubilee Park also has a see-saw which is uncommon in most parks nowadays. If you pack a snack or a picnic you can enjoy it at a picnic table under the shade structure. I've read that the city has more proposed plans for this park so it will be interesting to watch it develop. Some of the future plans include a splash pad, natural play equipment, and tennis courts. Royal City Park Location: 119 Gordon Street Public washrooms? No, but close to many downtown shops and restaurants that have washrooms for customers. Royal City Park has a wonderful, central location on the river. The bandshell gazebo is a good spot for shade. The play structure at Royal City Park has a neat little piano for kids to play with music. Across the road from this park is the Boathouse for ice cream or canoe rentals. Going through this park are the amazing walking/jogging/biking trails that go from the Hanlon to Victoria. The only con to this park on my opinion are the amount of Canadian geese and their droppings Margaret Greene Park Location: 80 Westwood Road Public washrooms? Yes. This west end park is quite large. It has a fun play structure, many sports fields, tennis courts, and even a leash-free area for dogs. The play structure is excellent for little ones because it is quite low to the ground. Castlebury Park Location: 50 Castlebury Drive Public washrooms? No. This west end park is very fun. One of the more unique features of this park is the huge rocking boat. Toddlers will be happy with plenty of interactive features; the racecar ones are J's favourites. Castlebury park also has some small rock climbing walls and a shade structure. Your local park Sometimes the best park in town is the one that you are able to walk to. I feel fortunate that I can walk (in thirty minutes or less) to seven different parks from my house. Guelph Kids Guide has other blogs about the outdoors in our city that you might be interested in: Fairy Doors in Guelph Hiking in Guelph Guelph's Splash Pads and Wading Pools 2017 Guelph's Top Tobogganing Hills

Strawberry Farms Near Guelph 2017

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Ontario strawberries are one of my favourite foods so I'm happy they are in season. Below are some of the farms local to Guelph that sell fresh Ontario strawberries. Andrews' Scenic Acres U_6A52aIFY6HNbGsEleELXqp68WjxTkkic93Ab5q-bjePDwHaNZ8_FF-tC0LOCGA" TARGET="_blank">http://www.andrewsscenicacres.com/ Location: 9365 - 10 Side Road, Milton 2017 hours: 8am to 7pm every day. Sells: strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, currants, gooseberries, grapes, blueberries, raspberry or black currant cider, and fruit wines. Butt's Berry and Flower Farm http://buttsberry.wixsite.com/buttsberryfarm Location: 5838 5th Line, Rockwood (please note that they have detailed directions on their Facebook page because it seems to be a tad tricky for first time visitors). 2017 hours: call for hours. Sells: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, flowers, and a farmers market.   Marcy's Berries http://www.tastereal.com/partner-profile/marcys-berries/ Location: 1747 Valens Road North, Hamilton 2017 hours: 8am to 8pm Monday to Saturday; closed Sunday. Sells: strawberries, currants, gooseberries, raspberries, haskaps, and blueberries. Stoll-Walch Family Strawberries https://www.harvestontario.com/attraction/3729 Location: 2118 New Dundee Road, Kitchener 2017 hours: 10am to 6pm daily. Sells: only picked strawberries, you cannot pick your own here.   Stonehaven Farm Market http://www.stonehavenfarms.com/home.htm Location: 7388 Guelph Line, Milton 2017 hours: they request you check their Facebook page or call for pick your own strawberries hours. Sells: strawberries. Also a full bakery and farmers market. Thatcher Farms Butcher Shop, Bakery and Farm Market https://www.thatcher-farms.com/ Location: 5737 5th Line Guelph/Eramosa 2017 hours: 10am to 5pm Saturdays; 11am to 4pm Sundays; closed Mondays; 7am to 5pm Tuesdays to Fridays. Sells: strawberries. Also has a full butcher shop, bakery, and farmers market. If your family can't make it to any of the farms mentioned above you can always enjoy Ontario strawberries from the farmers market or grocery stores. Yum!

Small Creative Guelph Mom Businesses Part 4

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Guelph Kids Guide is happy to introduce you to four inspiring, local mums shops: Bertinas Sweet Treats, Cameron Cards, GiGi Creation, and Night Flower - Natural Hair & Beauty Collection. Bertinas Sweet Treats specializes in hand-painted, unique cookies; I ordered some beautiful cookies in the shape of stockings with our family names on the tops an they were amazing. Cameron Cards is a handmade, gorgeous greetings cards shop. GiGi Creation makes custom tutus, fabric flowers, cross stitch, and personalized gifts. Night Flower handcrafts natural, luxurious hair and beauty products. Berta Martins owns Bertinas Sweet Treats Where can we find you online? (website, social media, etc): Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bertinhassweettreats/ Instagram: @martinsberta Why did you start your small shop? What inspired you? My son inspires me. He is an adult with special needs. I've had problems finding reliable, consistent care for my son, so I decided to start my small shop for the flexibility of caring for my son. A lot of services for adults with special needs have been cancelled due to no government support so I wanted to start something at home. My long-term goal is to open a bakery and hire individuals with special needs. How would you describe your products in 5 words or less? Handmade, inspiring, quality, happy, custom. What is your favourite product that you've created? I don't have a favourite because everything is a favourite. Every single time I get an order I get excited. I like making people's dreams and thoughts for their creations come true. I can do anything that people enjoy. I like the variety. I'm a workaholic so seeing all of the happy faces when they come to pick up their orders makes it all worth it. Why do you love living in Guelph? I'm originally from Hamilton. I love living in Guelph because it's quaint, friendly, has a lot of green space and parks, and it is a good place to raise a family. Jennifer Davy Cameron owns Cameron Cards Where can we find you online? Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Cameron-Cards-336779916413715/ Why did you start your small shop? What inspired you? I love creating things and card making gave me a creative outlet and that I could pursue while homeschooling our sons and later assisting them as they have launched their own business; Andosh Accessible Gaming. I have always had some sort of craft project on the go, but over the past few years I have come to appreciate creating handmade cards for many reasons. First of all, there are limitless possibilities for suiting the craft to my mood. If I'm having a reflective day I can put that energy into Sympathy, or Thinking of You Cards. Conversely if I am feeling happy, I can funnel that into quirky birthday cards. Card-making also feeds the lifelong learner in me - there are countless techniques to master, and so many ways to use them! By far my favourite element of hand crafting cards however, has very little to do with the creative process. Here's the thing - I love people, and I love the stories they have to share. Through my past volunteer and work experience I have learned that everyone has a story, and most people have many. I have seen first-hand what a joy it is when someone finds something that resonates exactly with the story that they need to speak to. How great is it to stumble upon the perfect card that relays the perfect message to the person who will receive it. Witnessing those moments, and helping create them for people is what Cameron Cards is all about. Each retirement home, every craft show, and all of my "Stop n’ Shops" give me the chance to help other people send just the right message, and to do it in a way that is personal and relevant to the receiver. It gives me such joy to see a customer find “the exact right card" for whoever they are shopping for. What story are you looking to share with your next handmade card purchase? I would be happy to hear it, and even happier if you let me be a part of it! Recently, I have started offering card making classes for both kids and adults. I provide all the supplies and instruction. Participants get the chance to try different techniques and add their own unique flair. Take the time to send a little love in an envelope! How would you describe your products in 5 words or less? Cards with compassion and whimsy. What is your favourite product that you've created? It would be difficult to pick a favourite cards because they are all so different. Unless I am making invitations or custom cards for a local business every card is different. Gia owns GiGi Creation Where can we find you online? www.Facebook.com/creationsbygigi Why did you start your small shop? What inspired you? I started making gifts for friends and family. Once people started requesting items to make for them. I realize i can start a business doing something I already love! How would you describe your products in 5 words or less? Unique, elegant, different and classy What is your favourite product that you've created? I love everything I make because each individual is different and personalize it for each person! There's really no favourites. My favourite thing for all client is to save them lots of money for weddings and very budget friendly for everything I make! Why do you love living in Guelph? Its quiet and beautiful! Laila Zahra Harris owns NIGHT FLOWER - Natural Hair & Beauty Collection Where can we find you online? (website, social media, etc): Online Shop: https://www.nightflower.ca Instagram: www.instagram.com/lovenightflower Facebook: www.facebook.com/lovenightflower Why did you start your small shop? What inspired you? After handcrafting natural beauty products for the past 10 years, I finally wanted to turn my hobby into something more. I make handmade formulations as a creative outlet, and to offer luxurious products that condition, replenish and illuminate using ingredients sourced from nature. With a Master's degree and background in women's environmental health, creating a line of hair & beauty products that are 100% natural, organic and free of synthetic chemicals is something I am very committed to. Having 2 small sons at home has also been a motivating factor for starting my own business and being able to work from home. I am inspired by nature and all of the many healing plants that we can use to nourish ourselves and celebrate our natural beauty. I am excited about getting NIGHT FLOWER products out there for people to try and hopefully fall in love with! NIGHT FLOWER – Natural Hair & Beauty Collection is a line of 100% natural & organic, handcrafted beauty products for body, face and thick, curly hair. How would you describe your products in 5 words or less? Handmade, natural hair & beauty products. What is your favourite product that you've created? My favourite product is our Magic Honey Butter - Curl Conditioner & Styling Cream. This product is used in the shower and is designed to define curls, remove frizz, add shine, and create a soft, touchable hold (not crispy!). It is completely natural and the only product you need to use after washing. It can also be used as a body butter! Why do you love living in Guelph? Guelph has been my home for the past 14 years. I love the old architecture and sense of community here. This city also has a comforting small-town feel, while being close to some bigger urban centres. We hope that you've discovered the next small business that you would like to support. All four of these ladies are passionate and it shows in thei

Elephant and Piggie's We Are in a Play!

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On April 2nd, Elephant and Piggie's We Are in a Play! was performed at the River Run Centre as part of the miijidaa family series. This was my toddler J's first time attending a River Run production in the main theatre. Elephant and Piggie's We Are in a Play! was the perfect play to introduce him to live theatre performances. ggie poster" width="400" height="400" style="max-width:100%; height:auto;"> Elephant and Piggie are unlikely best friends. These lovable animals are characters from the popular, award-winning, children's book series written by Mo Willems. Elephant Gerald is lumbering and sad, while his best friend Piggie is happy and fun. They compliment and bring out the best in each other. J enjoys reading the Elephant and Piggie book series so he was thrilled see some of his favourite storybook characters come to life. Elephant and Piggie's We Are in a Play! is a vaudevillian musical romp all about friendship. Through singing and dancing, friendship themes such as sharing, playing, helping, and working together are explored. After Elephant and Piggie are reunited they play, get over the disappointment of a broken toy, decide what to wear to a fancy dress party, and most importantly have fun. The background singing trio - the “Squirrelles” - are an excellent addition; they sing, comment on the scenes, and jitterbug in and out of the action. The play is essentially what a typical day would look like in the friendship of Elephant and Piggie.   I'm thrilled that we were able to see such a fun show in Guelph. J's favourite part was at the end when the audience was encouraged to participate. It's been a few days and he still asks if we can go back and see the show again. Unfortunately for J, Elephant and Piggie's We Are in a Play! only had one performance at Guelph's River Run Centre. The great news is that he had a wonderful first theatre experience and that the River Run Centre is always providing amazing shows for audiences of all ages.

Easter in Guelph (and Area) 2017

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Easter in Guelph (and Area) - 2017 There are many special Easter events happening before and during the Easter long weekend. On April 8th, through the City of Guelph leisure and recreation classes you can learn how to decorate an Easter egg using the traditional Ukrainian folk designs wax-resist (batik) method. Also on the 8th, Fourchette Culinary Academy is having an Easter treats cookin class for toddlers. Dog owners can take their pups to Petsmart on the 8th for Petsmart's Critter Trail Scavenger Hunt and a photo with the Easter Bunny. On April 13th, the Easter Bunny is visiting Tiny Town and hiding eggs. Guelph Moms and Co are throwing a big Easter party for babies and toddlers on the morning of the 13th at Bulldog Fitness. On Good Friday, the Fergus Bounce Indoor Playground is having an exciting Easter hunt. They have divided up the times for 1 to 5 year olds and 6 to 12 year olds. Event ticket also allows you to play on their indoor playground. At various Guelph Public Library locations on the 15th, there will be special spring and Easter-themed story times and activities. The first annual North End Easter egg hunt is taking place on the 15th. This egg hunt is being sponsored by Dustin Davis, an At Home Group Realty Inc. real estate broker. The Easter Bunny will make an appearance and if you plan on attending please pre-register. The Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory is organizing fun events all Easter weekend. Some of the events include a scavenger hunt and an Easter-themed story time. You can enjoy eating breakfast with the Easter Bunny on the morning of the 15th at Trinity United Church with Optimist Club of Guelph. All Easter weekend, Springridge Farm (in Milton) is having an Easter Festival. The Waterloo Region Museum has multiple holiday events happening. Most of these events require you to pre-register. On the 15th the Stone Road Mall is having a special event. Children can meet the Easter Bunny, ride the train through the mall, and receive a free chocolate egg. In Kitchener on the 15th, you can enjoy a special Easter egg hunt, Funworx Indoor Playground play and meeting the Easter Bunny. The City of Kitchener is also organizing an outdoor Easter scavenger hunt. The Market in Kitchener having a meet and greet with the Easter Bunny and other activities. For more out of town Easter egg hunts you can go to Elora (put on by the Elora Cooperative Preschool), or Hamilton (put on by the Wind Dancer Pony Rescue Foundation). Easter brunch is happening 10am to 3pm on the 16th at the Guelph Country Club and Jesse's On the Green. For all Easter events and more details, please visit www.guelphkidsguide.ca Happy Easter from Guelph Kids Guide!

Guelph Splash Pads and Wading Pools 2017

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By: Julia Drysdale Guelph has many FREE splash pads and wading pools. They are excellent places to cool off in the summer. This year city wading pools, splash pads, and the outdoor pool open the last week of June. Here is a list of my toddler's personal favourite water spots in the city: 1. Hanlon Creek Park splash pad is my son's fa ourite. It is one of the bigger splash pads in Guelph. I like that it is fully fenced in and has some shady areas under trees on the grass to enjoy a picnic snack. It is located at 505 Kortright Road West. It will be open daily from June 26th to September 4th, 2017 from 10am to 7pm.   2. The South End Community Park, more commonly known as Dragonfly Park, splash pad is fantastic. This splash pad is the newest one in Guelph. It has many different features. It's beside the popular Dragonfly Park playground and sports fields. The address is 25 Poppy Drive West. It will be open daily from June 26th to September 4th, 2017 from 10am to 7pm.   3. Exhibition Park wading pool is another of J's favourite spots to splash around. It is located at 81 London Road West. This wading pool ranks high for us because it is fully fenced in. The water is quite shallow. Last summer there were usually plastic water toys and balls to play with (or you can bring your own). It is close to the Exhibition Playground which is also one of our favourites. The hours for this wading pool are 10am to 1pm and 3pm to 7pm. This wading pool is open daily June 30th to September 4th, 2017.   4. Sunny Acres wading pool has been around for a long time (my mum still brings up how I as a toddler threw her book into the pool while she was playing with my younger brother). It isn't one of the biggest wading pools, but it wasn't usually crowded whenever we went last summer. The hours for Sunny Acres splash pad are 10am to 1pm and 3pm to 7pm. This wading pool is open daily June 30th to September 4th, 2017. The address is 45 Edinburgh Road North.   5. City Hall Market Square is a fun, interactive water feature. It is one of the largest wading pools in Guelph. For me it loses points because it isn't fenced in and is close to Carden and Wilson roads. Market Square is a popular wading pool in nice weather. The address is 1 Carden Street.     6. Norm Jay splash pad is located at 22 Shelldale Crescent. This splash pad is massive and has a lot of neat spraying water features. It will be open daily from June 26th to September 4th, 2017 from 10am to 7pm.   7. Guelph's only public, outdoor pool is in Lyon Park. This pool is located at 299 York Road. The hours are from 10am to noon, 1pm to 4pm, and 5pm to 8pm, from June 24th to September 4th. 8. Northview Park Splash Pad is Guelph's newest splash pad. It's a smaller, unfenced splash pad with a fun snail water feature and some structures that look like trees. Across the road from this park is a beautiful forested area so the trees design is quite clever. Beside the splash pad is a playground and a shade shelter. Northview Park is located at 83 Wideman Boulevard. This splash pad will be open from now until September 4th, 2017 from 10am to 7pm.   9. Jubilee Park Splash Pad opened for the first time in 2017. This splash pad is designed to look like bulrushes and pond-like. Last time I was at Jubilee Park we saw a turtle crossing the road so maybe it was trying to check out the area's new "pond" spot. This splash pad isn't fenced in. It's beside the fun playground, that is especially great if your child is a climber. Jubilee Park is located in the south end of Guelph at 11 Sweeney Drive. This splash pad will be open from 10am to 7pm daily until September 4th.     10. Mico Valeriote wading pool is open 11am to 3pm daily from June 30th to September 4th, 2017. This small circular pool was looking quite dated last summer – fingers crossed they have updated it a little. Of all the wading pools we visited last year this one usually had the fewest people (possibly because there's no great spot to park if you are driving to get to this park). This wading pool is located at 235 Elizabeth Street in the Ward.     11. Waverley Park splash pad is not a huge splash pad, but it's a great spot to spend a hot morning or afternoon. This splash pad is located at 76 Balmoral Drive. The main water features are giant flowers.   12. The West End Community Centre splash pad is located at 21 Imperial Road South. This splash pad is a lot of fun for little ones. To get to this splash pad you need to go around the side of the building, past the fire department and go to the back north east corner of the community centre. The hours 10am to 7pm daily from June 26th to September 4th, 2017.   Bonus: Rockwood and Elora also have fun splash pads to enjoy. African Lion Safari splash pad is incredible! Last summer we had a season's pass to the African Lion Safari and some days we would go just for the splash pad.

Fairy Doors in Guelph

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By: Julia Drysdale Fairy doors are whimsical, tiny doors usually set in the base of trees. Fairy doors are said to have originated in the United Kingdom. These magical doors are believed to be the homes of fairies. Some fairy doors can even open up to reveal little furniture, trinkets or other treasures. These special doors are appearing all over the world lately, including in our wonderful city of Guelph, Ontario, Canada! Searching for fairy doors in Guelph is a wonderful way to spend a morning or afternoon. We're lucky enough to have three fairy door locations in Guelph. Some say that only those who believe in the magic of fairies can locate their doors. Will you be able to find the fairy doors? Eramosa River Trail Fairy Doors Our toddlers love searching for fairy doors in this spot. It is my favourite spot to look for them in Guelph. There are many doors hidden in the base of trees and higher up in branches. The doors are all decorated differently and some of them even open up. Location: along the hiking trail between York Road and Victoria Road. Most are found along the small trail through the trees closer to the river rather than the main path from about Hayes Avenue to Bell Avenue.       Herb Markle Park This is another wonderful spot to go looking for fairy doors in Guelph. We found about ten doors in this location. A few of the doors here open and the toddlers were delighted to discover tiny furniture and a little mirror (which we obviously returned back into their homes for the next visitors). Location: This park is located at 175 Cardigan Street and is beside the Guelph Youth Music Centre. Once you see the volleyball court head down the wooded hill towards the river. Once at the bottom of the hill path turn left to begin looking for the fairy doors.     Exhibition Park The last time we went searching for fairy doors in this location there was only one, lonely fairy door. This tiny wooden door complete with miniature wooden steps leading up to it was all that was left after the "trolls" destroyed the rest. Trolls are individuals that destroy fairy doors. Hopefully this spring or summer more people add fairy doors to this spot. Location: This park is located on London Road. If discovering the secret locations of Guelph's fairy doors has sparked an interest in fairies for you, we have a few other ideas of activities you can enjoy: - read books at home about fairies, goblins, gnomes and other small, magical creatures. - visit the wood store called Stockade. Stockade sells small fairy doors that you can decorate and paint. - create your own beautiful fairy wand. Happy fairy door hunting!

Prenatal to 1year old Programs in Guelph

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Prenatal Becoming a mom can be an exciting and scary time. Here are prenatal classes that are offered in Guelph to help make the best of your pregnancy. Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health p>About: Weekly program to support pregnant women to have the healthiest pregnancy and birth possible. Aims to reduce the incidence of unhealthy birth weights, improve the health of infants and mothers, and encourage breastfeeding. Issues such as healthy eating, physical activity, healthy lifestyle, injury prevention, parenting, and food security are tackled. Participants are also connected with other community services. The program is led by a Registered Dietitian and Public Health Nurse. Services offered to participants include: breastfeeding support food / vitamin supplements or vouchers food nutrition education and prenatal nutrition pre / postnatal information and support family and social support transportation service (call for information) childcare for children between one and four years of age interpretive services When: Tue 10:30 am-1 pm (no child minding provided) * Tue 12:30 pm-2:30 pm (free child minding provided) Contact: 1-800-265-7293 ext 4274 or [email protected] Shelldale Better Beginnings, Better Futures About: Supports the healthy development of children and strengthens family and community life in the Willow Road area of Guelph. Programs and activities include: prenatal and infant groups and home visits parent and child drop-in preschool playgroups kindergarten readiness and early literacy groups after school activities daily breakfast club Contact: 519-824-8498 or [email protected] Tummies to Toes 40 Weeks to Delivery - Birth Preparation Classes About: This is a hands-on course that prepares expecting parents for the arrival of their little one. The classes focus on explaining what to expect in birth, choices within childbirth, and the first six weeks postpartum. Topics include: preparing for birth your child’s birth and measures to make you comfortable cheat sheet for your partner and support people pain medications and medical interventions Cesarean births (VBAC classes are available on request) basic baby care breastfeeding and troubleshooting When: 3 night course (3 hours each night) or an intense weekend course (Sat 10-5pm, Sun 1-5pm) Peas in a Pod - Classes for Multiples About: These interactive classes are designed for parents expecting more than one baby. It is a 10-hour class that prepares parents for birthing and caring for two or more little ones. Topics include: preparing for a multiple birth preterm labour birthing options comfort measures in labour and delivery postpartum adjustments breast- and formula-feeding basic baby care community resources When: contact for future dates Contact: 519-571-9743 or [email protected] Living Yoga & Health Prenatal Yoga About: Join others who are experiencing the amazing changes that pregnancy brings to your body. This class includes information sharing as well strengthening poses and breathing practice to prepare moms-to-be. When: Tuesdays at 7:30pm Contact: 519-767-1041 or [email protected] Birth to 1 Year Class and programs are a great way for you and your baby to get out and meet new moms, learn about your baby and have fun. Guelph Moms and Co Baby Steps: About: This program is designed for mommies and babe. Enjoy songs, crafts, connect , with other mommies& babies , listen to guest speakers, enjoy sensory activites and more When: Fridays 10am -11am Massage & Music About: Learn how to use baby massage into your routine! Each week you learn more massage techniques as well as songs to sing & sensory play When: Mondays 10am Stroller Fit About: Get fit, have fun and walk outside. Keep your babe all snuggled in the stroller while you work up a sweat. We walk every week at a different path in Guelph When: Returning This Spring Contact: 519-830-4655 or [email protected] Ontario Early Years Centre Infant Massage About: Infant Massage connects you deeply with your baby. It helps you to understand your baby and respond with love and respectful listening. Youand your child will love the special time together. When: Tuesdays: April 4-25 May 2-30 Wednesdays: April 5- May 3 May 10 - June 7 June 14 - July 11 Infant Afternoon About: A weekly drop-in playtime for parents and their children ages bitrth to 8months. When: Tuesday Afternoons Contact: 519-821-6638 Tummies to Toes Baby Food for Beginners About: Yummy! Lets make some baby food! In this 2-hour course, we will learn about how to make and store baby food. Baby Food for Beginners is offered on a one-to-one basis in your home. We will use many different ways to prepare baby food. Everything is supplied (except a stove)! A booklet of recipes and dietary recommendations are included with the class. Partners, support people, and babies are welcome. When: Contact for future dates Massage Me: Learning Baby Massage About: Touching your baby is a great way to bond with your baby. This course offers different massage techniques to comfort, relax, and play with your little one. Massage Me includes one-to-one instruction, an information booklet and massage oil. Partners and support people welcome. When: Contact for Future Dates Contact: 519-571-9743 or [email protected] Living Yoga & Health Mom Yoga About: Offered as a Workshop Series. A great class to get you out and about with your pre-crawling little one! Enjoy taking the time to stretch and release the tension from your new mom body. Particular attention is given to each mom's healing and energy, to ensure your experience is positive and useful for your day-to-day. Babies will join us for some of the poses. When: Wednesdays at 10am Baby Yoga About: Offered as a Workshop Series. Newborn to Almost Crawler. Yoga poses designed to support your baby’s development. Filled with calming, nurturing ways to enhance bonding and improve baby's digestion and sleep. Babies enjoy yoga on their backs, tummies or held in loving arms. Meet other moms, get support and discover your baby's emerging personality. When: Starts June 3 Contact: 519-767-1041 or [email protected] We hope this blog helps you enjoy pregnancy and the first year with your new little one. Congratulations on your new bundle of joy from all of us at Guelph Kids Guide.