Centre of the Summer Universe

SavvyMom June 25, 2016

You can push that stroller along the hot pavement’€¦or you can take the kids for a boat ride on the lake, a train ride on an island, visit animals at a farm, get wet at a splash pad or go on a log flume ride (and so much more). We know a place where you can do all that and get hugs from a big cuddly bear named Beasley. And you can do it all in just one morning. It’€™s all happening for you at Centreville this summer.
You should definitely go’€”but before you do, here’€™s how to do the island the savvy way.

Plan to leave early. (You’€™re up anyway, right?) Hop on the 10 am ferry at Queens Quay terminal (9 Queens Quay West) with the kids and their respective personal transport vehicles (stroller/wagon/trike). Pack refreshments, favourite snacks’€ (or not, there are plenty of food options on the island) €”sunscreen, hats and a change of clothes for them in case they get wet. (It can be messy business having fun!)

Gates open at 10:30 am after May 24. It’€™s great to be there first so you can run around to your favourite rides like you own the place. Go on as many rides as you can’€”from the log flume (or antique carousel) ride to the Ferris wheel and the tea cups, you’€™ll want to try them all.

Once you’€™ve had enough fun on the rides, take a trip to Far Enough Farm. It’€™s now run by Centreville so access to the farm is included in your price of admission. You’€™ll find everything from bunnies, goats, chickens and hens to emus, a billy ram and peacocks. Our favourite animals at the farm are some of the new kids on the block: Pinky the mini pot belly pig who is pregnant and expecting up to eight piglets very soon and a Jacob sheep, who just gave birth to a baby lamb. An additional 30 new animals will be introduced to the farm this summer, so even if you have been before, we recommend checking it out again.

It might be time for a snack or refreshment. There are new chefs and great new menus to be found at the island’€™s Carousel Café and Shopsy’s, the Toronto landmark restaurant.

If you have the energy, go back and get on those rides that the gang wants to do AGAIN or take a nice leisurely ride on one of the swans. It’€™s time to rest in the shade by the lake (you remembered to bring a blanket for this very reason).

Also new and newsworthy at Centreville is KidsFest’€”a three-day free family event this summer on from July 5 to 7, featuring all kinds of free games, activities and live entertainment. With daily appearances by our friends from Far Enough Farm and Beasley Bear, how could you stay away?

This summer in the city is all about being on the island. With all of the exciting new changes at Centreville this summer, you’ll want to make it the centre of your summer plans.


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