Even though I live in the 4th most livable city in the world (according to The Economist), when weekends come, we're always thinking of things we can do either outside of the city, or in our backyard (literally, the 25x80ft patch of grass attached to our house, not "backyard" in the figurative sense).  

Since I've started writing this blog and reading other family travel blogs, I've decided to try and explore my city as if I were a tourist and take advantage of all the wonderful festivals and events that are happening around Toronto this summer. 
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Do not believe the pout. He LOVED the corn.

This past weekend, I took some of my own advice and visited this year's Totstock festival.  The festival is in its third year and caters to the young and young-at-heart.   We arrived shortly after the festival opened at 2 pm, parked our stroller in the unofficially designated area and quickly explored the compact festival. In addition to a play area loaded with empty cardboard boxes for all the aspiring architects and engineers, there was a bandstand with some fun local acts (we listened to Hooded Fang, a great band that managed to get kids and adults dancing together), a Story Tent, lots of fun games and crafts, and a few yummy food stalls.  Our favourite was the Barque Smokehouse booth.   We loved the sliders and JR devoured not one, but two, cobs of corn.

We only spent an hour there but were so glad we made the effort to explore outside of our neighbourhood and have already made plans to return next year. Totstock is a great community event in a highly accessible and friendly neighbourhood (read: hipsters with kids) and should not be missed if you find yourself in Toronto next Father's Day weekend.
6/22/2011 02:23:58 pm

Looks like you had a great time taking your own advice! Love the pouty corn picture.

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Meagan
6/29/2011 01:40:33 am

Thanks, Jessica! Can't wait to explore more of my 'backyard' this weekend - as it is Canada Day, more corn is sure to be consumed...

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