Category Archives: Activities for Kids

Flashback: Apple Picking at Mountain Orchard

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Apparently this is THE place to be for apple picking every year! Ali wrote this post several years ago….have you been to Mountain lately?

It’s that time of year again. The air is getting crisper and the kids are settling into their school routine. For me, fall always means apple picking. Every fall for the past several years, my girls gather a bunch of friends and we go apple picking.

Mountain Orchard has always been our orchard of choice. It’s a great place for families, it’s close to Ottawa (only a short 40 minute drive on the 416 toward Kempville) and the majority of the trees there are actually the direct descendants of the original McIntosh tree, first discovered by John McIntosh in Dundela, Ontario, in 1829. I think that’s pretty cool.

donut5Mountain Orchard is about more then just apple picking. There are corn maizes, wagon rides, a hay jump and (best of all) the hot fresh apple cider donuts that are made right in front of you. They are the real reason we go back every year. Well, that and the fresh apple cider.

16My girls love climbing into the apple trees to get the apples and there are trees for kids of all ages – with ladders for the older kids to climb and low hanging branches for the little ones.

No matter where you go apple picking, it’s a great way to spend time with your family and friends and get outside to enjoy the fall weather. All the apple orchard near Ottawa are open now and many, like Mountain Orchard, are open every day until the apple picking season is done (usually by the end of September).

Have you been apple picking yet? We’re going again this weekend! 

 

 

 

Welcome to Sponsor Tumblers Gymnastics

We’re so lucky here in Ottawa to have a great selection of gymnastics centres. Some are recreational, while other combine both recreational and competitive options – which means that anyone can participate, regardless of ability (wouldn’t it be cool to have an adult gymnastics class? I’ll admit I’m rather jealous of my 2 year-old tumbling around on the mats!)

Tumblers Gymnastics Centre has been around for 25 years, incorporating in 1989 as a not-for-profit organization. It’s now one of the largest gymnastics clubs in the province. Recreational classes follow the CanGym program, and specialty classes include Introductory Rhythmic Gymnastics, recreational trampoline, and Acro for Dance.

We had a chance to go and check out Tumblers’ drop-in class, which runs every morning at 10:30 a.m. except Tuesdays.

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The centre is GIANT! My daughter was in awe of all the fun things to check out – she had access to all the equipment during the drop-in. For a two year-old, it’s better to be free to run around :) Her favourite things to do were jump on the trampoline and walk on the balance beams!

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Staff were welcoming and friendly, and interacted with all the kids on the bars, trampoline and balance beams. A viewing area in the lobby is available for parents to watch their child’s progress in kinder and recreational classes (a.k.a quiet time for Mommy to drink coffee ;) )

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Check out the Fall schedule now for drop-in times, kinder and recreational programs – children can participate from as young as one year in parent-assisted classes.

If you’re in the East end (or anywhere for that matter!), come by and check out Tumblers Gymnastics Centre – my daughter is already asking when we can go again!

Flashback: Falling for Fall

This post was originally published on my personal blog – three years ago! We still love the Orleans Fruit Farm, and yes, I still love that kale salad :)

 

Although we officially have five more days to go, I’m going to jump the gun and call it: Autumn is Here. The nights are cold, the mornings are chilly (and in many parts of this world, frosty!), and the days are clear and bright. As Stuart McLean said on the Vinyl Cafe, the sky is a different kind of blue now than it is in July and August.

What better way to kick off our first fall weekend than with a visit to the local apple orchard:

The sunflowers welcomed us as though we were royalty

Her Highness was all too willing to oblige

The bees were busy this weekend – they know the end is near

A curious little elf hid amongst the towering flowers…

But emerged to bite into every apple she could find – whether they be on the ground or in the trees

“How do you like them apples!?”

 

 A warm dinner of curried carrot soup – thanks to the sweet roots we had growing in our garden this year

And freshly baked whole wheat bread, with flour from Castor River Farm

To finish off, a salad with garden tomatoes and local purple kale

Tonight I’m hoping for dreams as vivid as the fall colours….