Great Kids Stuff Sale

Around town this weekend . . .

The North Toronto MOMS Group is hosting their bi-annual Great Kids Stuff Sale.  This large-scale mom-to-mom consignment sale benefits several charities in the Greater Toronto Area which is just one of the reasons that make this a must-check-out event.

Last year, I waded through the mountains of clothing to find a never been-worn, white eyelet baby dress (original price tag of $50 still attached) for $8 and a brand new polka-dotted Gymboree dress for $3 and a Curious George raincoat for $15.  One-dollar baby onesies in heaping mounds, fancy schmancy party clothes for next to nothing and the shoes, oh, the shoes!  Converse sneaks, red patent baby janes, puddle boots galore!  Halloween costumes and snowsuits are the most sought out apparel items of the fall sale.

It would take hours to sort through the mountains of toys, books and DVDs.

If it is gear that you are after, look no further.  Need an extra playpen for grandma’s house?  How about a Bumbo for $10 (regular $50)?  Or a Baby Bjorn for $15?

Planning to check it out?  Here are some insider tips:

  • Bring a wish list and look for your most coveted items first.  The good stuff goes first!
  • Do your research before you shop!  It’s the only way to know if $150 for that double stroller is a fantastic deal.
  • Bring cash.  More than you think you will need.
  • Most importantly, arrive early or else you will find yourself at the back of this:


Looking For Something To Do: North Toronto Splash Pad Edition

Looking for something to do with the kids this summer to beat the heat?  Why not try out a city splash pad?

Toronto is spotted with great splash pads and wading pools that make cooling off with little ones easy-peasy.  I recently discovered Hendon Park, which is definitely not new since my nephews used to romp in and out of the spraying palm trees more than a dozen years ago.

The large spray pad contains several palm trees which rain water down and just as many fountains that shoot streams high overhead.  An adjacent patch of sprayers is available for the littlest ones looking for some fun, which makes taking kids of various ages just a bit easier.

Next to the water attraction is a decent sized park with swings, climbers and public tennis courts.  Washrooms are free to use so you don’t have to worry about cutting the trip short to use the potty.  But since I have boys, who view the world as their tree, we rarely have this problem!

Bring a blanket, some snacks and grab a spot in the plentiful shade and enjoy a day with friends.

More information about Hendon Park including directions click here.

Melanie On The Go offers her review of Hendon Park here.

For a complete location of Toronto’s splash pads click here.

Where are the best splash/spray pads in your neighbourhood?  

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