Written by: Amy Finn of MMC
Summer is officially upon us and there is no better time to start exploring your city. Barrie has SO much to offer young families, and is bursting with creative, fun, and well-priced activities.
However, leaving your house with a toddler can be DAUNTING...
Here are 5 businesses I have found to be worth the 2 hour process of packing up and hitting the streets with my 17 month old, runny nosed, dictator-in-tow.
Country vibes, artisanal food, BEER. Does it get any better than this?!?! No.
O.K. Friday’s, located at Burl’s Creek Event Ground, is the perfect place to start your weekend.
This past Friday Fox and I picked his Dad up from work and toured up to see what all the buzz was about. Starting our evening with live music and dinner, Fox toddled around from stall to stall charming the vendors pants off and picked out jewellery he wanted to buy for Momma. Our evening concluded with purchasing some tomato plants from Doug at Northwinds Farm, who is the event coordinator - and a super down to earth guy! He even invited Fox out to the farm to visit his Peacocks! Bedtime was a breeze that night after a couple hours of running in the grass and fresh evening air.
Located on the 5th Line between Barrie and Angus, Moondance farms is an unpretentious, homey property with room for your babes to run. Their hoop house is a sensory wonderland for little ones - with cheese samples, herbs to touch and smell, and a play set out back outfitted with a dirt pile and tonka trucks galore. Moondance has growing lessons for ages 1- 10, and hosts a “mums and tots” group for early parenting stage care givers and babes on Thursday and Saturdays. While Fox napped in the car for our visit, his Dad couldn’t get enough of talking garlic with the owner, Tom. (Tom, if you are reading this, Chris is ready and able to help you spread that chicken manure!). We got all our seeds and plants for our garden, and spent the afternoon working on our toddler friendly garden, which is a blog post for another time. A must visit for kids and parents alike.
Creativity, community, conscious: The two women behind The Paperie have brought a unique and inspired space to our downtown core. Located above Swirleez, their new space is a hub for paper inspired activity, and is host to creative workshops. They also have a beautiful co-working environment that is appealing to a entrepreneur such as myself; working to create a functional, homey, and professional office space for entrepreneurs, and exploring onsite care options for our littles. Fox was right at home in their playroom, and happily occupied himself for the better part of an hour while I chatted with one of the owners, Katie. The future of business is female, and these women are setting the bar for what it means to be an entrepreneurial family, and are challenging the rules on what it means to be a working mother.
This little coffee shop on Dunlop St. is somewhere Fox and I have been visiting a couple times a month. Owned and operated by a young couple (and their babe who occasionally works a shift) it is warm and welcoming, and serves a perfect selection of treats and drinks. There are loads of coffee shops downtown, but Fox is always greeted by name with a smile when we go in, and I know we are welcome to loiter and boobie feed for as long as we want. Frequenting cafes was a big part of my life pre-Foxy, and The Bean Counter is an easy place to keep up this tradition. Check out their patio while enjoying a Raspberry Mocha!
This summer, us Mountain Momma ladies will be working with our friendly community partners, By Your Side Birth and Postpartum Services, in bringing creative and inspired family meet-ups at different locations in our catchment area. A variety of free, by donation, and affordably priced actives will be promoted through our Facebook events page, with any profits going to our “Mountain Momma Village” subsidized support services. We love our Momma’s and creating inclusive, accessible, and fun events that encourage community and getting out of the house is what we are all about! Friday’s meet up was “Teddy Bear Picnic” themed (a classic 90’s nostalgia memory from my childhood), and included a scavenger hunt, honeycomb necklace making, and coffee for our Momma’s at Shear Park.
Stay tuned for more highlights this summer about businesses and events in your community! Feel free to share and comment about your own experiences of getting out and about with babies in the comments below! :)