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Gearing up for winter play

As you already know, we love to get outside.  Going outside can be as uncomplicated and cheap as taking a walk around the block and as complicated and expensive as going on a ski vacation.  Having a lot of interests means having a lot of gear, which we do: kayaks, paddles, skis, skates, helmets of EVERY kind, bikes, bike trailer, scooters- you get the idea.  All this gear, especially with growing children, can add up quickly.  Lucky for us we have two boys that are two years apart, so we just pass down from one to the other, and my husband and I are the oldest children in our family- we have no empathy yet for those who always received hand me downs, so as long as we can get away with it, we will!

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Calling all schools! $20,000 outdoor classroom up for grabs

DIEPPE, NB (September 12, 2013) – With Canadian kids spending an average of nearly eight hours per day in front of a screen1 , getting them outside can be tough. To help get kids excited about learning and being outdoors, the MAJESTA Trees of Knowledge Competition is back for its fourth year. From now until January 20, 2014, Canadian schools can enter for their chance to win an outdoor classroom valued at $20,000.

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Back to the Woods

“Can we dig now?” The question rises from my 4-year-old nephew, his face lit with excitement.  We are deep in the woods of Rouge Park on a glorious fall day and this boy wants to play in the dirt.  I have taken him here, to this vast expanse of gorgeous woodlands, tucked away, for the most part, in the northeast of Toronto, for some fun. Where he can move freely, run and jump, laugh and explore, or simply be still and wonder.

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Playgrounds in Onatorio for kids



Kids across Ontario are gearing up for summer vacation and a playground, of course, is sure to be one of their first stops! To celebrate the beginning of summer and spark ideas for cool new playgrounds to visit in communities across Ontario, here are a few suggestions.

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Have a coffee and change a life on Tim Hortons Camp Day

Recently my daughter came home from ballet one day after having a snack afterwards at Tim Hortons. She said to me, “Mamma, you should write about Tim Hortons camp day. They do great work getting kids outdoors who really need it.”

I was so lucky to visit one of Tim Hortons camp here in Ontario and I can say I was impressed by the work Tim Hortons is doing to get disadvantaged kids into a natural settings that they may not otherwise gexperience. I’m happy to share this information about Tim Hortons camp day.

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Algonquin and family camping tool kit

Algonquin, Our home away from home


Guest blog  Melodie Percy

Its' safe to say that when it comes to camping in Ontario, I'm completely biased. From the age of two my family, aunts, uncles and grandparents included, loaded up our cars and headed up to Algonquin Park. We did it a few times a year, even winter but my favourite time was always our end of summer trip during the last three weeks of August. The importance of connecting with nature and being in tune with the universal rhythm was instilled at a young age and has become part of who I am. Now as a mom of three myself, I share this with my own children.

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