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Feb 1, 2023

We did it y’all! We survived January. I think the sun shone in Toronto maybe twice the whole month, it was a bummer.

That being said – EEMF has been very lucky to have our resident hike planner Cassandra out once a week leading a group of parents up and down hills, through ice, alongside rainbow bridges and enjoying some much-needed fresh air.

Three spots of interest were:

Taylor Creek Park – 260 Dawes Road

This was an easy hike, doable with a stroller. We even had a four-year-old big sister join for this one! This spot also has a bike trail, dog fountain, fire pit, picnic site and washroom facility. There are also four separate parking lots!

Taylor Creek Park

East Don Trail + Rainbow Tunnel – 1185 Lawrence Avenue East

This trail had free parking and TTC access! A great photo op under the bridge. This trek was baby wearing only, but could be done with a jogging stroller without the snow!

Don Valley Rainbow Arch

Gus Harris Trail / Warden Woods

This hike was very family friendly. Stroller accessible, flat and paved. Even on a gray day, fun was had by all. 

Warden Woods

Other notable spots from the past month:

Pomarosa Coffee Shop & Kitchen – 1504 Danforth Avenue

Delicious Venezuelan food, mimosa flights, high chairs and stroller space. The staff are always genial and inviting. I recommend this spot to anyone on the east side, with or without babies!

Hermies Diner Toronto – 701 Queen Street East

A well-established restaurant in Orillia, the Hermie’s owners have opened up a Toronto location. The space is HUGE, tons of room for strollers. We absolutely took over on a Monday morning and the owners were amazing. The food was delicious and reasonably priced. They’re getting a liquor license soon, so hopefully some Cesar’s in the near future!

Riverdale Park East

If you’re feeling brave, a toboggan ride down this hill is a must. We’ve been noticing some big feelings from our toddler since the baby is “here to stay” so we took her for a “just us three” adventure. I may have bit off a little more than I could chew with this hill and a two year old who does not care for snow, the cold, or going too fast. But luckily The Rooster Café is at the top of the hill for a celebratory hot chocolate!

SRCPC

Nothing beats Thursdays at South Riverdale Child Parent Center! Baby day (0-12m – although a few older friends do tend to pop in) is just cute overload. 

Dark Horse Espresso 630 Queen St. East

Stroller friendly, friendly staff, big open space, yummy food and a little artisan shop!

Jump for Joy Play Center – 1472 Danforth Avenue

This place was a blast! We went as a big group and there was lots of space, coffee for the grown ups, a snack area for the littles, and plenty of space for strollers and diaper bags. The owner Irene was very welcoming and helpful. The space is pristinely clean which is saying a lot with that many kiddos running amuck! Would highly recommend this place. Your day pass is for 9-2, and you can go and come back for lunch or a snack in that time frame.

Red Tape Brewery159 Main St

This adorable, Inuit and family-owned brewery was a blast. The owners are very accommodating, even allowing us to park strollers in the back area! The brews were delicious, and since they don’t have a kitchen you can bring in your own food which was great. Theres Gemaro gluten free bakery next door, and a pizza place across the street. We’ll definitely be back at this location!

Starbucks at Queen and Logan

This location always has the best staff. I love how big it is – there’s tons of space for strollers and to meet up with friends. The tables are low and the chairs can be moved. 

Godspeed Brewery – 242 Coxwell Avenue

This event was BANANAS. We had about 70 people show up, more than double what we anticipated! The staff were fast and did a great job keeping track of bills. The stroller parking was outdoors which was a bit tricky, however after the event the owner approached me and suggested they could move some tables next time to accommodate stroller parking. Also a shoutout to the two women who were there to work and became quickly inundated with babies, but stayed along for the ride! 

Every event we’ve had in the past month has been such a success. I am overjoyed at the turnout, especially for Friday Brews!  If you have a suggestion of somewhere to hit up as far west as Parliament and as far east as Victoria Park, please reach out to me eastendmomfriends@gmail.com 

Stayed tuned for more adventures with East End Mom Friends!

XO Trish & co.