Save on pre-loved baby items at the Brooklin Mom Sale

There is something for everyone at this weekend’s Brooklin Mom Sale. If you’re a mom that knows how to shop well, you’ll know that these type of Mom to Mom Sale events can be a great opportunity to save money on clothes and especially toys. For the mom who is looking for an inexpensive way to get out of the house with your little one, this event also has a play area provided by Discovery Toys Brooklin, and fresh coffee made on site. Honestly, what more could a mom need?

The flyer for the 2015 Brooklin Mom Sale

In my experience of attending Mom to Mom sales – the prices can be very, very good and many vendors at the Mom Tables are open to negotiating if that’s your kind of thing. Clothing and toys for babies under the age of four months are typically in the best condition and this is where you can really save. For anything past this age group, I’ve found it harder to find clothing that I like that is in great condition and a great price. It’s not impossible – but, it will require some organization to arrive early to get first pick at the good stuff. Regardless of age group, the toys sold at these sales can save you a ton of money. For babies under the age of 12 months, the toys aren’t likely to be damaged so the most you would have to do is clean whatever you buy (rather than repair). Plastic toys and equipment such as activity tables, Exersaucers, walkers and plastic blocks are the best items to look for because they can be cleaned easily.

The Brooklin Mom Sale begins this Saturday, January 24th, at 10am. The event will be held at Sinclair Secondary School (380 Taunton Road East, Whitby).

Cost: Admission is free.

 

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Shop for fresh produce indoors at the Uxbridge Farmers Market

I always miss visiting farmers markets when the change of season rolls around. It’s a great reason to get out of the house and pick up some local produce to whiz up in the blender for baby food. Thankfully, the Uxbridge Farmers Market will be reviving their market one last time before the winter hits with their Indoor Christmas Market, this Sunday, November 23rd.

The Uxbridge Indoor Christmas Market Poster

 

The Uxbridge Indoor Christmas Market will be held at the Uxbridge Arena (291 Brock Street West, Uxbridge) from 10am-2pm on Sunday, November 23rd.

Cost: Entry to the market is free!

Take the family on a train ride with Santa

If you’re looking for something to do outdoors with bub this season, you might want to check out the Santa Train this November and December.

Santa will come around to sit with each child, entertain families and distribute small gifts. Each ride lasts for an hour and follows the historic York-Durham railway line. This is great for any of you that like to experience the local history or for those of you that would enjoy the local scenery.

A cartoon graphic for the Santa Train

 

The ride begins and ends at the Uxbridge Heritage Station (19 Railway Street, Uxbridge). All rides take place on weekends in November and December with trains departing at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. A snack bar is available and the train comes equipped with a washroom. Tickets can be pre-ordered online on the York-Durham Heritage Railway website. Some railway cars have been said to be cold so be sure to bring along enough clothes to keep you warm.

Cost:  Infants under 1 not occupying a seat ride for free. Tickets for all other riders are $20 each (incl. tax).

 

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Continue the Halloween fun at an outdoor event this Saturday

If you haven’t had the chance to celebrate Halloween by Friday then it won’t be too late! This Saturday evening there is another Halloween event being hosted in Pickering that you can attend.

Halloween Barn Haunt flyer

The Belle Wood Equestrian Center is transforming their property for Halloween with haunted barn tours, a bonfire, corn roast, apple bobbing contest, haunted jumping castle and pumpkin carving contest. There are so many activities on offer that this is a great event for all ages. Why not bring the family and invite a mommy friend out who has older kids?

The Halloween Barn Haunt will be held this Saturday, November 1st at the Belle Wood Equestrian Center(2745 6th Concession Road, Pickering)  from 6-11pm.

Cost: Admission to the event is free, but you do have to register ahead of time. To register, text 905-995-3109 with the number of adults and children that you plan on bringing along.

 

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Attend a puppet show at the Oshawa Library

If the weather continues to be this rainy, you might want to consider taking your little one to the Oshawa Public Library this Friday afternoon for a fairy tale puppet show. The group performing the show are performing a series of classic fairy tale stories over the course of an hour! It`s nice to mix up my week with something like this, rather than plonking my little one in front of the TV while I catch up on my afternoon coffee. Plus, this branch has fully accessible washrooms on site which always makes it easier for those of us juggling a baby and diaper bag all at once.

Two fairytale puppets

 

The puppet show will be held from 2.30-3.30pm, this Friday, October 24th at the Oshawa Library, Northview branch (250 Beatrice Street East, Oshawa) in the Nonquon room. You can pre-register for the event on the Oshawa Library website, or at the front desk before the event.

Cost: Free

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Get crafty at the Mad Hatters Tea Party

As every mom knows, the closer you get to the end of your mat leave, the more creative you have to be with entertaining your little one as they get more mobile and more interactive. Events like the Mad Hatter`s Tea Party are a great family event because there is lots of green space outdoors (to practice walking) and craft activities for kids of all ages. Even though my little guy is still not at the stage to make anything, he does enjoy the different textures and colours of paper so these are criteria enough for me to check out the event.

In addition to craft activities, this event will also include games, treats (hopefully a bake sale!) and photo opportunities.

Four paper flowers made from craft materials

The Mad Hatters Tea Party will be held Saturday, October 18th from 10am-3pm at the Dunbarton-Fairport United Church in Pickering.

Cost: Entry to the event is $5 per person. All proceeds go towards providing respite for families with children on the Autism Spectrum.

For more information, you can visit the Footprints 4 Autism website here.

 

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