Hooray for Play

Hooray for Play

Winter may be over, but summer days with the kids home from school are stretching out before us. As the weather starts to improve, antsy kids and moms are looking for local venues and activities with something a little different to offer. We can help chase the boredom away with an all-ages list of play places and groups across Mississauga.

Fitness by the Lake

329 Lakeshore Road East   |   fitnessbythelake.com

Move and play together! The dedicated fitness team at Fitness by the Lake is looking to help moms make the most of their workout time by including the whole family. Their programs aim to ensure that fitness can be both rewarding and engaging for all ages.  The extensive class schedule includes prenatal fitness, postnatal StrollerFit, as well as mom and baby yoga, carrier, and barre classes. With indoor programs at their studio and fitness classes at local parks, it’s a new way to get out and stay active with your little one. We know how important it is to make sure you get that workout in and now you can do it while encouraging your child to stay fit, too. 

The Story Garden

2225 Erin Mills Parkway   |   thestorygarden.ca

Cuddle up and read with a good book. This non-profit early literacy centre has sprouted up in Sheridan Centre in collaboration with Baby Bookworms and Beyond. Promoting activities for all ages, The Story Garden aims to unite the community, bridge the literacy gap, and instill a love of reading across all literacy levels. Programs include story circles with songs and nursery rhymes for toddlers, an emerging readers’ club for primaries, and a junior book club for grades 4 and up. With their interactive sessions, engaging volunteers, and drop-in hours they have something for every bookworm.

Aladdin’s Adventures

3450 Ridgeway Drive, Unit 10   |   aladdinsadventures.ca

It’s a whole new magical world at Aladdin’s Adventures! Boasting over 11,000 square feet of play area, there is no shortage of fun for the kids—and adults—to explore.  Their multi-level climbing structures, ropes, slides, and tunnels are perfect for letting kids burn off some of that boundless energy. A designated toddler area keeps little ones safe and out of the fray and the video arcade area will entertain the older kids. While outside food is permitted (nut-free!), moms will be happy to know that a coffee and snack stand are also readily available. This summer they have daily and weekly camps on offer, as well as before and after work care. Don’t forget your socks!

The School Creative Arts Education

160 Lakeshore Road East, Unit B   |   theschoolcreativearts.com

Don’t let the name mislead you, there are no desks here! Instead, these trained dance and theatre instructors are eager to nurture and develop your child’s inner artistic talents. Whether you have a dancer or musician, they’ll find something to love at The School. With a wide-range of unique programs such as gymnastics, parkour, breakdance, and musical theatre, your kids will be excited to head to this school. For younger ones they have a creative play gym and movement classes. Check out their summer camps and drop-in program times and maybe even try a class yourself! Bonus: free wifi.


2170 Dunwin Drive, Unit 6   |  kidsplaytown.ca

We all know that children learn through play, and Playtown encourages just that!  With its focus on imagination and interactive play-based learning, it appeals to every child’s dream of being grown up. Designed as a miniature town with 10 playhouses to choose from, kids can opt to visit the restaurant, grocery store, hair salon, fire station, construction site, and more! Instead of the usual structured play environment, this play area offers a unique and interesting change from other indoor play places and inspires kids to invent their own games and fun.

by  Kristen Psihogios

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