Someone joked that I should rename the site to “She Used To Do The City”. I suppose it wouldn’t be a lie, but perhaps the more accurate amendment is “She Does The City Way Differently”. Just because I have a 4-month-old, doesn’t mean we don’t get out and do things, we just take 60 minutes to exit the house.

I’m not cruising the nightlife scene or RSVPing to fashionable launch parties, but I am frequenting farmers’ markets, strolling through art galleries, becoming friendly with my local library, popping into local boutiques, and enjoying neighbourhood festivals with a wee one on my shoulder. A spade in a sandbox has become more appealing than a LBD and flute of bubbly.

Pack your adventure bags, (diapers, miscellaneous cloths, soother & Sophie!) here’s how moms with young babes can “do the city”.

Alex Colville opens at the AGO

Exhibit opens August 23 and runs until Jan 4, 2015

Alex Colville’s paintings are captivating and beautiful, but there is something particularly calming about his work too, which will be extra appreciated for those who’ve endured a restless night or challenging morning. Cool, quiet and stroller friendly, the AGO is an ideal place for a stroller nap. When your babe wakes up, you can show them the art, or take a break at the Galleria Italia Espresso Bar or cafeAGO. Got toddlers or older children? There are fun activity stations at nearly every turn, or explore the fantastic offerings in the Weston Family Learning Centre. Following your visit, throw down a blankie in Grange Park, conveniently located directly behind the AGO. Prices and more info on AGO website.

Wild Blueberry Festival @ Evergreen Brickworks

Sunday August 24

WILD Blueberry Pie Bake off, Craft Beer and Cider Garden, Canning Workshop, Children’s wild blueberry activities (including “Pie in a Jar”) live music and lots of delicious blueberry creations to taste and enjoy. Afterwards, snap a fam-jam pic by the Brickworks pond. Schedule and more info on Evergreen site.

Coconut Festival at Artscape Wychwood Barns

Sunday August 24

Whether you swear by coconut oil as a moisturizer for your bebe or keep hydrated with coconut water while breastfeeding, this is a brand new festival that will show you 68 more ways you can use  coconut. 70 vendors, including 18 food booth, 4 chefs, plus specialty vendors, and speakers. CocoNUTS! Details here. 

Shakespeare in High Park

Now until August 31

Bring a picnic basket, spread out on a blankie, and enjoy some outdoor theatre.I’m sure they don’t want crying babies in the front row interrupting soliloquies, but I figure if your child starts to holler, just walk into the woods for a bit, stare at a tree and then tiptoe back when things are calm.

See Canadian Stage website for details.

Ashkenaz Festival at Harbourfront

August 26 – Sept 1

Live bands, children’s storytelling, crafting areas, Yiddish song circles, live theatre: there is a ton of family friendly activities to be enjoyed on Toronto’s waterfront this Labour Day weekend. Ashkenaz Festival celebrates Jewish culture; expect yummy food, dancing under the stars and vibrant talent that hails from nearly every corner of the world.

Artfest at The Distillery District

August 29 – Sept 1

Grab a coffee from Balzacs and wander the cobblestone lanes to check out 75+ vendors. Painting, crafts, gifts for the home, handmade children’s toys and apparel, live music and treats galore. More info here.

New list of baby friendly happenings will be posted in early September. If you have suggestions, add a comment below. See you around!