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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

It's Worth the Drive to Etobicoke

Wow it's cold in Toronto today, like -12 celcius! That's 10F for those of you not on the metric system.

As any parent knows, it's tougher to entertain little ones when going outdoors isn't an option, and if your kids are like mine and often resist mittens and hats, then going out in this weather ISN'T AN OPTION!

Yesterday we took the girls to one of our favorite winter venues: the Fantasy Fair (http://www.fantasyfair.ca/). The Fantasy Fair is literally an indoor amusement park with rides ranging from a merry-go-round, and a ferris wheel to bumper cars and even a little roller coaster. There is also a large playground with slides, and things for the kids to climb and explore. The girls absolutely love it.


The Fantasy Fair is located inside the Woodbine Mall in Etobicoke, but I swear it's worth the 30 minute drive from downtown Toronto. If you are a shop-a-holic, most of the mall will disappoint you, however, there is one gem of a store there: Bonnie Togs (http://www.bonnietogs.com/index.html). It's a kids clothing store that carries primarily Osh Kosh and Carter's brands and the prices are ridiculously good. I can NEVER go in there without getting the girls a ton of stuff. Yesterday I got Big A (who continues to outgrow her clothes at an alarming rate!) two winter dresses (aka long sleeved dresses), tights, and 3 long-sleeved shirts for about $50 and they are so adorable!

There are Bonnie Togs stores across Ontario, but none in downtown Toronto, so it's only when we go to the Fantasy Fair that I get the opportunity to shop there. Aside from Bonnie Togs, the mall has a decent Bulk Barn to buy snacks for your hungry little ones but aside from that it's pretty blah. Woodbine Mall has a Sears and The Bay, but they are yucky compared to the ones you'll find at more upscale malls like the Eaton Centre and Yorkdale.

So if you are looking for a fun way to spend a cold afternoon with the kids, check out the Fantasy Fair (and Bonnie Togs!).