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On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sky Zone Trampoline Park is open for toddlers and preschoolers up to 40″ tall from 9-11:30am and 1-2:30pm. IT’S SUPER FUN!!! $10 for the first kid, $6 for second plus $2.25 per kid for SkySocks. They can be used again on future visits. Along with the trampolines, as you can see

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Jellybeenz Indoor Playground (Brampton)

Jellybeenz is one of my 4 or 5 favorite indoor playgrounds in the Greater Toronto area. A 33 minute drive from downtown Toronto in good traffic. Certainly worth visiting if you are in the area or live in Brampton.  It has a terrific set of climbing structures and toys perfect for toddlers and preschoolers, a

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Monkey McGoos Indoor Playground

  Until the recent changes by the new owner (see below), I considered Monkey McGoos the best commercial drop-in in the city for toddlers and pre-schoolers. There is tons for the kids to do. Slide and ball pool. Tons of cars to drive, plastic castles to climb, costumes to wear etc. Free coffee, tea and

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Playtown Indoor Playground (Mississauga)

   Playtown is one of the best indoor playgrounds in Metro. It’s. 28 min drive away from downtown Toronto in Mississauga. Similar to the Children’s Discovery Centre but cheaper. $12 for kids and no charge for adults. 8 differently themed rooms (race tack, kitchen, construction site, theatre, fire hall, grocery store, beauty salon, animal hospital).

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Kids Paradise Playground (Mississauga)

  Kids Paradise Playground isn’t! Someone on Google reviewed this place as ‘…the best playground in GTA’. This person clearly hasn’t been around. Monkey McGoos (Scarborough), Amazon (Etobicoke) and Jellybeenz (Brampton), to name a few, are far far superior indoor playgrounds to this empty place. The owner was nice. It’s clean. But aside from the

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Amazon Indoor Playground (Etobicoke)

  Amazon Indoor Playground has become a new favorite.  We have gone three times and each time the kids had a blast.  Big play structure like Monkey McGoos. Comfy leather couches for adults (not that I had a chance to sit in them). Trampoline and the usual assortment of toys. No crazy rules. Two clean bathrooms

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Kids Fun Town

  Kids Fun Town is a surprisingly nice commercial drop in. My kids have had a blast every time we have gone.  It is run by a nice immigrant owner with a child of my own. Among other things it has a ball pit, a climbing structure and a large Bouncy Castle with slide. $7.50

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Jamie Bell Adventure Playground (High Park)

  High Park’s Jamie Bell Adventure Playground is (to my knowledge) the biggest playground structure in the city and certainly one of the best (lots more pics here). Insanely busy in the summer but completely empty (except for us) on this warm November Day. Our kids hated his place when it is swarming with kids

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Corktown Common

  While admittedly pretty and new, in my opinion, Corktown Common is the most overrated park in the city. It gets almost universal acclaim yet it has very few play structures for kids. A big slide, a smaller slide, a teeter totter, some swings, a water faucet to get them dirty  (Ugh!) and a cool

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Evergreen Brickworks Nature Trail

  Dani and I and the kids had a wonderful afternoon walk at the Evergreen Brick Works nature trail last weekend. It’s free to access the trails but parking is pretty expensive ($10 for two hours). The trails are on the north side of the brick works buildings. This is located Bayview about a 10

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Rosedale Park Playground

  The playground at Rosedale Park is one of the nicer outdoor community playgrounds in terms of facilities. It’s located in a swanky neighborhood, a half mile north east of Bloor and Sherburne – a 10 minute drive in no traffic from downtown. There are no free floating toys. There are public bathrooms immediately beside

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The Oxbow Trail

A terrific walk for toddlers and preschoolers. It’s behind Todmorden Mills (see smokestack pic below) at 67 Pottery Road just off Bayview. An adult could walk it in 7 minutes but it’s a good hour with toddlers. A perfect fall walk. Cool little talking stations (see pic below) that tell you what you are looking

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Glen Steward Ravine / Ivan Forrest Gardens

  Glen Steward Ravine/Ivan Forrest Gardens is a Beaches nature treasure. Confusingly this park/trail is named Ivan Forrest Gardens on the south side and Glen Steward Ravine in the northern section. The two parks are really one skinny park/nature trail stretching from Queen St to Kingston Rd. (See map below) It’s a perfect walk for

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Playground at Hideaway Park

The playground at Hideaway Park is one of my personal favorite outdoor playgrounds in the city. It has a nice play structure, sandbox, wading pool, nice treed green space, toys strewn around including riding toys. It’s tranquil and never very busy. It’s a tad south and east from Pape & Dundas and only accessible from

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Beaches East Playground

  Beaches East Playground – where Silver Birch Ave meets the lake. As far as I know this playground doesn’t have a formal name. We call it the "Purple Park" for obvious reasons. It’s a nice little park. Best things about it are that its almost completely shaded and there is a nice cool breeze

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Pirate Ship Playground at Cherry Beach

 The pirate ship playground beside the soccer fields at Cherry Beach is terrific. Nice soft floor under the ship and play structures. Lots to explore. Swings, teeter totter and the usual play things. Our kids love this place. The best outdoor public toilet in the city that I’ve see is 100 feet away. Change tables

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Playground at Alan Gardens

  Alan Gardens playground, at Jarvis and Carlton, is another nice new park. Nice new structures and sand box. No toilet though. It, too, has one of those new rubbery fake wood chip floors that I love. Safe but not messy. It’s right beside the free botanical gardens in the Alan Gardens Conservatory – shown

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Neshama Playground in Oriole Park

   Neshama Playground, in the north/east corner of Oriole Park, is a couple minute walk from the Davisville subway. It’s a wonderful new park. Little fountains that start at the push of a button. A splash pad. A water thermos refill station. Bouncy rubber floor. Everything is new. A terrific new toilet. Lots of play

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Kidstown Water Playground

   Kidstown Water Playground. How did we not make it here before? It’s wonderful and free. My kids had a blast. It’s north of Finch on Birchmount. A 20 minute drive from downtown. There is also. nice big play structure beside. Every bit as nice as the zoo water park but for free ;). Sadly,

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Playground at Trinity Bellwoods Park

   The playground at Trinity Bellwoods Park is one of the most modern in the city. Located on the central east side of the park, it sports a really nice, new and clean bathroom and a nice wading pool. Sadly, there are almost no free-floating toys like so many other parks. Lots of shade. A

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Playground at Stanley Park

Stanley Park is another old city park. It’s playground is located at King and Walnut near Liberty Village. It ha has some nice shade and a nice sand box. Newly fenced in. Like many parks around the city, it has lots of abandoned toys, pales and shovels for the preschoolers to play with. Public restrooms

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Playground at Dufferin Grove Park

Despite its aging play structures, Dufferin Grove Park, beside the Dufferin Mall, is one of the nicest shaded playgrounds in the city. Perfect for my toddler and preschooler on a hot sunny day.  The kids love it. The wading pool is open from June to Labour Day. The public bathroom is quite a walk away

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Without a doubt, the Children’s Discovery Center is one of the best indoor playgrounds in Toronto. With its many different themed rooms, it is quite similar to, (but somewhat better than) Playtown Indoor Playground in Mississauga.  It has several ‘Discovery Zones’ (campground, mini city, art room, music room, pet vet, eat street kitchen, pet café,

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Best iOS 7 Enhhancement - DYNAMIC TYPE

For years iOS has had a ‘system-wide’ font size option that allows you to set a font size of choice. Apps that support it will use the larger font size. Of course virtually no apps ever did support it and my aging eyes have been yearning for the larger screen Android’s out there. I have

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Fine Tip–Tip Calculator

Buy in the iTunes App Store – $0.99 I’m delighted to announce that the Apple App Store accepted my first iPhone app, Fine Tip – Tip Calculator, on my first try. You can use Fine Tip to quickly calculate your next restaurant bill’s tip and grand total. It’s fast and easy to use. Take a