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04 Jul, 2012

Summer fun in the sun at Saunders Farm

Posted by andrea tomkins in: - Ottawa for kids|Easy ways to make kids happy|Ottawa

Mark had some work to do at Saunders Farm yesterday (a blog patron of mine) so the girls and I decided to tag along. It was our own personal “bring your family to work day!”

Camera guy

Shooting at Saunders

I’m so glad we got to see daddy in action. I think it was really great for the girls to see what he does.

We arrived around 10:30. I expected hoards, but was pleasantly surprised (read: totally shocked) by how relatively few people were there. There were lots of families on summer holidays, but also lots of obvious play dates going on; mothers with multiple children, arriving with friends and their young families with picnic hampers and coffees in hand. Smart!

Our pace was not nearly so leisurely. We dutifully followed Mark around wherever he went.

By the way, I covet this tree house:

Saunders tree house

It was a great day. I asked the girls about their favourite part of our visit. Sarah said she enjoyed the splash pad the best. No surprise really, it was the perfect kind of day for it.

Water fun at Saunders

Emma said she liked the gem mining:

Mining at Saunders Farm

From my perspective however it seemed as though they REALLY enjoyed the jumping pillows. They were there for a looooong time:

Jumping pillows at Saunders Farm

Jumping pillows at Saunders Farm

Jumping pillows at Saunders Farm

I tried them out too, and they were VERY fun but I was worried that all that jumping would shake the pee right out of me so I didn’t bounce nearly as high as they did. (IT’S KEGEL TIME.)


Interestingly, the girls also chose to spend a lot of time on what I deemed “The Sibling Bike”:

The 'sibling bike"

It requires some degree of agreement in order to drive it. Saunders has a whole bunch of single-rider versions of these, but the girls stuck to the double. Forced co-operation for the win! Every parent of siblings should have one of these! Ha.

And of course we checked out the mazes…

Lost in a maze at Saunders Farm

… but soon it was time to wrap it up and head out. We could have stayed all day but Mark had to go back to the office. Boo.

Thanks Saunders, for a sweet little visit. We will be back again soon!

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3 Responses to "Summer fun in the sun at Saunders Farm"

1 | Lynn

July 5th, 2012 at 9:37 am


I love love love Saunders Farm (I think we might go tomorrow), but I had to laugh out loud at your comment about the jumpers and the pee. I’m so glad to hear I’m not the only one who feels that way! Kegel time, indeed.

2 | Marianne

July 5th, 2012 at 3:29 pm


Thanks for the reminder to add Saunders Farm to our list of places to visit this summer. The kids and I had a very successful visit there last summer with a good friend and her children, and the jumping pillows were definitely the highlight of the trip.

3 | Nicki (@NickiLynnM)

July 6th, 2012 at 9:07 pm


I have never been to Saunders Farm, but my sister suggested we take the kids later this month. I really didn’t know that they had summer stuff, thought they were all about Halloween! I think the boys and maybe even the mommies will have lots of fun! Thanks for the post!

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