Enjoy a free coffee at Mom’s Morning Out

Finding inexpensive ways to get out of the house can require some creativity, especially if you find yourself with a little one that is learning to walk in the middle of winter. Mom’s Morning Out is a meetup group organized by moms, for moms, to make new friends and find support in each other.

Mom's Morning Out is a meetup for moms at the Whitby Free Methodist Church

This group regularly hosts guest speakers and organizes special events which range from baby wearing demonstrations to Halloween costume parties. Best of all, coffee and tea are provided at no cost while your little one has room to explore. This event is perfect for moms with more than one child – preschoolers are also encouraged to attend!

Mom’s Morning Out is held every Wednesday morning from 10-11.30am at the Whitby Free Methodist Church (1916 Rossland Street East, Whitby).

Cost: There is no cost to join Mom’s Morning Out however, moms are encouraged to bring a long a nut-free snack to share.

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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!

Drop-in family storytime at the Whitby Library (Rossland Branch)

Depending on the local library branch that you visit in Durham, drop-in storytime programs can get chaotic due to their popularity. Some babies do well in social and busy environments, but for those that prefer a more quiet and intimate group experience, a smaller location like the Whitby Library on Rossland Road may be a better fit.

The area where storytime at the Whitby library, Rossland Branch, takes place

Family Storytime is held in the back corner of this branch in the children’s book section, where parents and caregivers can sit with their little one on the mat to listen to stories read by one of the librarians. Librarians will read stories from the library collection and have parents and children interact by answering questions about illustrations. After a book is read, any children that are willing are encouraged to join in with singing songs or playing activities like rolling a ball to other members in the group.

Drop-in Family Storytime is held at the Whitby Library, Rossland Branch (701 Rossland Road East, Whitby) on Fridays from 10.30-11am. This program will continue weekly from now until Friday, December 12th. Registration is not required. Children and babies of all ages are welcome.

Cost: Free.

 

To find out more, visit the Whitby Library event page for details.

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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Break out the camera at a local pumpkin patch

One thing that is fast becoming a must-do this month is visiting the pumpkin patch for a photo shoot. The possibilities for some of the best staged photos are endless… big pumpkin, tiny baby… tiny baby, holding tiny pumpkin… This was never much of a thing for me growing up but since visiting a pumpkin patch with my family this year, I’m happy to add this to my growing set of family traditions.

The sign for the Linton's Farm Market surrounded by large pumpkins

One of the higher rated pumpkin patches in the east end of Durham is Linton’s Farm Market.

Access to the pumpkin patch is free. What I liked about this farm is that you can also wander  through the small petting zoo with goats, sheep and chickens before you make your way over to the pumpkin patch to take some photos. There is also a kid’s play area available with a sandpit, play equipment and access to the pumpkin cannon. This section is worthwhile if you’re bringing along kids that can run around, otherwise I wouldn’t recommend paying the $2 admission for entry to this area. For you – and anyone you bring along – there is a large farm market to shop, which includes honey, meats, preserves, apples, beets, garlic, brussels sprouts, carrots and farm decorations (think decorative wheat).

Linton’s Farm Market is located at 571 Raglan Road East, Oshawa. Opening hours vary, and their website recommends calling ahead. As a side note – I visited around lunchtime on a weekend and that seemed to be a good time.

Cost: Visiting the pumpkin patch is free. If you’re interested in bringing home a pumpkin from your visit, the pumpkins in the picture above were priced at $8 each or 3 for $20.

Take baby for their first trim at Melonhead

There comes a time that you’ll start to feel like you want to take your baby for their first haircut. However you look at it, it’s an emotional day for us as parents because it’s such a big step toward toddlerhood.

A view inside of a Melonhead salon

A view inside of the Melonhead Whitby salon

For a first time haircut, Melonhead is a fun salon to consider because it specializes in kid’s haircuts. The whole space is decorated top to bottom with bright colours and has themed seats for baby to sit in while having their hair done. Best of all, your little one gets to choose if they would like to sit in an airplane, train, car or horse. All the elements are here for any mom looking to make a special occasion out of this opportunity. After the haircut is done, Melonhead staff provide you with a first-time-haircut certificate, “after” photo and a clipping of your little one’s hair.

A photo of the full service price list at Melonhead in Whitby

The full list of prices for services available at Melonhead in Whitby

There is only one Melonhead location in the Durham region, in Whitby. The salon is located at 3930 Brock Street North, close to Brock and Taunton.

Cost: In total, you can expect to pay $23 + tips + tax.

More information about locations, hours and services are available on the Melonhead website.