Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Gates to the Garden

It snowed a lot the other day and even though the snow is beautiful and Jack keeps offering, "To eat all the snow, nom nom nom" so we don't have to shovel it, the throes of winter are getting to all of us. Inspired by our trip to Allen Gardens, we packed up the kids on Sunday and let them run around Centennial Park's Conservatory.  The Greenhouse is open 365 days a year from 10am-5pm.  There is no cost to visit, but they have a donation box if you feel inclined.  This is a great meeting place to grab a coffee (bring your own coffee), relax with a small snack or enjoy while your little ones run off some energy.

The conservatory is located in west Etobicoke, has free parking or is a short walk away from the Elmcrest Stop on the 48 Rathburn Bus.

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 Tropical Paradise.  

centennial park greenhouse toronto
Fortunately there were less debates over not touching or picking the flowers this time.

centennial park greenhouse toronto
 Checking out the fish.

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 Angel the white parrot was Jack and Molly's favourite part of the visit.  They particularly liked it when he bobbed up and down and did the "hot dog dance". 

centennial park greenhouse toronto

centennial park greenhouse toronto
Donkey Planter.

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 Some sizable carp in the fish pond.

The visit entertained the minions for about 45 minutes and made us forget, for a little while, that the Groundhog still says there's going to be six more weeks of winter.

To view our photos and "review" of Allen Gardens click here.

For 9 tobogganning tips with toddlers click here.

What do you do to beat the winter blues?

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