Mom, wife and lover of everything outside. Organizer of Upper Beach Club http://www.activekidsclub.com/akc-network/outdoor-playgroups/upper-beach-nature-play.html I will post about local stuff in Toronto and outdoor adventures

Website URL: http://www.activekidsclub.com

The Town of Petawawa is pleased to host renowned author Richard Louv to kick off its new and innovative Walking Loops project.

Louv, who penned the international bestseller books: Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle, will share his wisdom about the importance of promoting and maintaining healthy communities, and the need for children and adults to enjoy the benefits of connecting with nature.

The Petawawa Walking Loops project is designed to provide tools to get people of all ages outdoors and active -- in and around town. Walking trails of various challenge levels have been mapped and marked in various community neighbourhoods, effectively connecting municipal parks, woodlands and experiential outdoor spaces.

Natural and built environments such as these -- local, accessible and supportive -- provide rich opportunities for improved health, well-being and a higher quality of life for everyone in the region.

This event supports and builds on the priorities and work of the Physical Activity Network - Renfrew County (PAN-RC) and the county-wide Healthy Community Partnership (HCP). 
Learn more about the HCP >>

Plan to take in this highly acclaimed and inspiring presentation to better understand how the health of your family is influenced by the way you connect with the spaces around you.


Welcome by Warden Bob Sweet

Guest Speaker Presentation by Richard Louv

Walk and Learn with Richard Louv

Booksigning by Richard Louv

Please share this invite with family, friends and collegues.

IN THE EVENT OF RAIN we will relocate to:
Troyes Cinema
51 Festubert Boulevard
Petawawa ON
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Lately I have been flooded with my share of PR pitches about contests and link ups. Often, I do not feel compelled to be a part of vast majority. However when Shane Shirley-Smith in EnviroBooty approached me on twitter about her link up and contest I decided to do be part of her link up for a chance to win reusable bags by Factory Direct Promos with our logo on it.

Factory Direct Promos is offering green living bloggers the chance to win $500 worth of eco-friendly, reusable bags made from recycled water bottles. If you blog about ways to live healthier or about eco-friendly products you can join this link up. Factory Direct Promos is your source for bag ban updates and the top manufacturer of customized, eco-friendly promotional products - like eco-friendly drinkware, seed business and greeting cards, recycled pens, USB drives, shirts and lanyards and of course (their top selling item) reusable bags - for companies like The Home Depot, The Salvation Army, Marriott and more. Factory Direct Promos is committed to helping organization go green.

I think recycled bags are great and I live in Toronto where next year the city will officially ban plastic bags used in stores. I’m all for promoting reusable bags.

But why I really would love to win this contest is because:

I would give bags to our outdoor playgroups.
I really would like to win this contest so I could provide each of the outdoor playgroup leaders with a bag for them to carry their stuff to their outdoor playgroups.

The ActiveKidsClub.com community has many outdoor playgroups in the US, Canada and the UK. One of the main reason I started ActiveKidsclub.com was to connect with outdoor heroes all over the world. I’m happy to say we are reaching out to a lot of parents. What started in park in Toronto five years ago by one woman has truly become a grassroots movement; the outdoor playgroup revolution.

A recent comment by an outdoor playgroup in England really made my week. “You inspired me to set up this group for families who like to play outside together. We meet weekly and our little ones have a grand time exploring, getting mucky and being in nature. Today my daughter and I went to an indoor playgroup. Though she enjoyed it, she came out saying 'Outdoor Playgroup is much better', joy to my heart! So thanks for the inspiration”. From Phillipa.in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England.


I also will use the bags to carry my safety reflectors when I am biking around to Toronto stores and when I am doing workshops for parents and educators on how to connect with the outdoors. The safety reflectors are a new part of growing ActiveKidsClub.com and our mission to get kids outdoors and to make it safer for kids and adults to be outside. As a parent and an outdoor play advocate, I think it is crucial to get more kids and adult to walk and bike safely in the communities.

Tuesday, 07 February 2012 19:28

Nature play at Cassels park

We have been having fun in our outdoor playgroup Upper Beach, Toronto. Our winter has been very mild with little snow. We have had fun sledding, making a river down a hill, old fashion puddle jumping  sand play and ice sledding. We always have a little snack time at the end, hot chocolate is always a winner in winter.




Ice sledding


Ice sledding


Puddle Jumping


Making a river down a hill


Hot chocolate !

We meet every Monday in Cassels Park between 01.30- 3.00. Join us for some in the park. Join our group for update about meetings to be sure we are there. Or just show up and join the fun!


Please note the final vote on these proposed cuts will take place at the City Council meetings of January 17, 18 & 19, 2012 as part of the 2012 Budget deliberations.

Councillor McMahon will be hosting a Town Hall on the budget and affordable housing in early January (date and location TBA). Details will be posted on our website shortly http://www.councillormcmahon.com

Pools and Community Centre cuts: Councillor McMahon is strongly opposed to the proposed cuts to pool and recreation programs in Ward 32. "I am shocked to find out we are looking at closing the city's programs in some of our Community Centres and pools shared with TDSB. We are working closely with the affected organizations to try to prevent these closures at Duke of Connaught/S.H. Armstrong and Bowmore/Fairmount Community Centre.If they are indeed operating at less than capacity, we need to work together to figure out how to raise more revenues through permitting and additional activities. David Crombie and the Aquatics Working Group are ready and willing to help anyone with their ideas and proven methods. Our children's and our community's health and safety is not something we should be cutting costs on!"All are welcome at the next Aquatics Working Group meeting on Dec 15, 5 – 6 pm, Metro Central YMCA, 20 Grosvenor St, Auditorium.

Transit: Councillor McMahon feels that cutting transit services is the wrong thing to do for Ward 32 and the entire city. "We are crippling the city with congestion and suffocating ourselves with poor air quality. We are a world class city with an antiquated transit system." Councillor McMahon opposes these service reductions but also recognizes the need for a realistic approach to funding and transit planning. "We need to look at other funding models - toll roads, congestion levies and/or street parking rate increases that would be allocated specifically to transit. Let's work together to find ways to get the city moving more sustainably and give TTC riders value for their money and travel time."

For up to date information about events and issues of concern to Ward 32 please go to Councillor McMahon's website http://www.councillormcmahon.com/index.asp where you can sign up for regular e-newsletters, take part in discussions on her Facebook page and follow her on Twitter @mary_margaret32

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Tuesday, 01 November 2011 19:24

Spooky Halloween walk in the Beach

We had wonderful weather on Halloween Day in our outdoor playgroup and a lot of fun in our spooky walk in the Beach. We did a mini hike and a pumpkin treasure hunt, singing circle with Halloween songs lead by Debra . As always we had some snack, today we had pumpkin cupcakes, pumpkin cookies, apple tarts and hot chocolate.


Debra the witch


Pupkin treasure hunt


I found one !


Me too !


Circle time with the Witch

Thanks for coming and see you next Monday for more outdoor fun, next Monday we are going to play in the leaves.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011 15:57

Flying kite in the Beach







Sunday, 25 September 2011 03:35

Following a monarch butterfly


Every year something magical happens in Toronto. Each year, thousands of beautiful Monarch butterflies congregate at the shoreline before embarking on a 3,500-kilometre fall migration to Mexico.

Today we decided to follow Monarch butterflies on our bike ride by the shoreline.


A monarch butterfly drinking nectar of a sunflower


Come here


Have you seen any Monarch butterflies yet ?

Tuesday, 14 June 2011 14:21

Messy play in outdoor playgroup

We have had fun in our outdoor playgroup lately with messy play. Our outdoor playgroups kids range from 1- 6 year of age and I sometimes find it a little challenging to find an activity that our toddlers and older kids enjoy.

This is what we have been up to lately.

Painting with flowers


Body painting and sprinkler fun



Sidewalk chalk Paint


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Wednesday, 11 May 2011 13:53

Chalk tracing

We had fun tracing kids and adult with chalks in our outdoor playgroup on Monday.




This is fun !


Look how nice I am !


We are tracing mom


Fun !


Our canvas

Tuesday, 19 April 2011 14:35

Easter bunny hunt


1-2-3 Go and find Easter bunnies !


I found one !


Easter bunny hunters !


Hot chocolate and snack taste so good after an Easter bunny hunt !

Easter Egg hunt

Easter Craft