We are fortunate to have so many amazing splash pads in Orillia! Check out this list of splash pads in our area with our honest reviews. Let us know what you think, or if we missed anything!
Clayt French Park is a great park, complete with splash pad, washrooms, playground and one of the Orillia's only dog parks! This park can get busy, but we've found it to be one of the quieter parks in the area on average. There are picnic tables close to the splash pad where parents can sit while their kids play. Perhaps the only downfall of this park would be for older kids, as the playground itself is geared towards younger children (a plus, however, for parents with little ones).
Tudhope Memorial Park is right on the water, which makes going from the splash pad to the lake a breeze. There is a good shaded area with picnic tables for sitting, all of which is in close proximity to the splash pad itself. Some parents aren't huge fans of how close the splash pad is to the water, but others find it a plus. There are washrooms, an awesome walking trail (with some of Orillia's most beautiful views), and playground suitable for all ages. Oh! And we can't forget the great chip truck and ice cream parlour on site as well!
McKinnell Square Park is located near Dairy Queen and the adjacent baseball diamond. It's not as big as the other splash pads in the Orillia, but it does have lots of room to run and a great playground. Also... it's within walking distance to DQ, so... need we say more?
Victoria Park is probably one of the city's oldest (if not the oldest) splash pads. It originally started as a wading pool, but that got ripped out a few years ago and was replaced with the splash pad that's there today. It's one of the city's smaller splash pads, and there is little to no shade, but it's a decent choice (especially if you are in the area and looking for a quick spot to stop and cool off). The playground is good and it's in close proximity to downtown and the library. Perhaps the main downfall of Victoria Park is the fact that parking is scarce and only on the street (though there is a two hour limit for street parking, which means it's still free at least!)
Hillcrest Park has a great and spacious splash pad, but the playground is only okay (as it's pretty tiny). There is, however, a great shaded area in the centre of the park with lots of picnic table seating. There are benches around the splash pad for parents to sit in close proximity to their kids playing, which is nice! Also, from what we've experienced, the park is never overly busy. Once again, the main downfall of the park is the parking situation, which is free but not plentiful as it's all street parking. All in all, however, we like this park a lot!
For more information about the parks and their locations, click here.
As moms ourselves, we LOVE to enjoy Orillia's splash pads and parks. Tell us how we did with our review by leaving a comment, and let us know if you have anything to add.
Happy summer, everyone! Get out there and enjoy!
Your friendly Orillia Doulas,
- Alannah and Samantha
Milk supply can be a struggle for some new moms, but don't worry, Lake Country Doulas has you covered with a delicious way to increase supply while enjoying freshly baked cookies! Sounds too good to be true, we know!
These lactation cookies are chalk full of ingredients that will help give your supply a boost (like flax seed, oats and brewers yeast!), as well as give you some much needed energy to face the day with your baby. And with healthy ingredients like whole wheat flour, oats, natural peanut butter and apple sauce, you don't have to feel guilty about indulging in these yummy treats! Pair with a cup of your favourite nursing tea, and you've got a nutritious breakfast on the go.
Try it out and let us know what you think!
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Lake Country Lactation Cookies
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 3/4 cup rolled oats
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup natural peanut butter (or almond butter)
1/2 cup butter
1 cup ground flax
3-4 tbsp brewers yeast
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup apple sauce
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup brown sugar (cut in half to reduce sugar, if desired)
2 tsp vanilla
2 cup chocolate chips or raisins (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in bowl.
3. In a different bowl, beat peanut butter, brown sugar, vanilla, brewers yeast, flax, apple sauce, eggs and water.
4. Gradually beat in flour mixture to wet mixture.
5. Mix in chocolate chips. Add oats slowly, mixing along the way.
6. Make 1 inch balls with batter and press down on greased cookie sheet.
7. Bake for 12-14 min.
8. Let cool and ENJOY!
These cookies freeze really well, so pop some in the freezer if you'd like!