Monday, July 16, 2012

Summer Fun in Scarborough - Kidstown Water Park

Friday I did the unthinkable. I volunteered to join the daycare on a water park field trip.

I know, I know.  But Little Boo wanted me to do one of their trips this summer, and this one made the most sense as it was at a park very near to us. Since we were able to just meet them there, it made for an easy trip day.

And you know what? It was actually an amazingly easy day with a bunch of great kids having a great time. I really appreciated the opportunity to see my guy in this other life of his. The whole daycare experience is of course somewhat shrouded in mystery, so the chance to see him interacting with his friends and teachers was great. These are people with whom he spends so much time and I spend so little. To really see how happy he is with them, and how he plays with his friends was reassuring for Mommy.

Also, I can't believe we haven't stumbled upon this particular water park before. It's only about 10 minutes away from us, but in a direction we don't usually drive.

Kidstown is a City of Toronto facility and admission is free. Sadly, photography is not allowed in the park so I couldn't take any pictures for you. But I can tell you that I liked the layout and facilities. There are bucket dumps, water rings, a small slide, wading areas and squirting areas. A series of benches surround the water play area so parents can sit and watch, and many picnic tables on the grass let you enjoy your lunch or refreshments in comfort. There is also a playground next door (outside the fenced water area) for when you need a break from the water. Our kids had a great time and were fully entertained for about 4 hours.

Lots of attentive lifeguards were present and a bracelet system is in place to identify non-swimmers and how much supervision is required for each child. The change rooms are small but clean, with individual stalls for privacy. And, there are lots of trees in the grassy picnic area so you can get some shade.

Kidstown is located a3159 Birchmount Rd (north of Finch) in L'Amoreaux Park.
Open 10:30am - 7:30pm daily throughout the summer.

We will be going back for sure!

Nothing like some water play on a hot day

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