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Fun Activities for Kids in Burlington

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Voted number 1 mid sized city in Canada by MoneySense magazine, several years in a row, Burlington is an excellent place to raise a family! Not to mention that Burlington has many excellent elementary schools that are ranked high, so your little ones can learn well and be on their way to success. The little ones enjoy a safe, clean, and fun city to grow up in, but they’ll have plenty of daycare options, entertainment, kids playgrounds, swimming pools, nature areas and more. Parents can also enjoy the many preschool and children drop-in programs offered by the City of Burlington.

Child Care and Day Care Options

Life can be hectic and parents need a break too! Below is a list of some of the top child care and day cares in Burlington. Always be sure to check for yourself first, and be comfortable with leaving your child there.

  • Headon Forest Montessori – 2600 Headon Forest Dr – 905-315-8385
  • The Orchard Children’s Centre – 3550 Dundas St – 905-336-2273
  • Woodland Children’s Centre – 1350 Guelph Ln – 905-336-2063
  • Willowbrae Academy – 1250 Brant St – 905-335-5666
  • BrightPath Appleby – 676 Appleby Ln – 403-669-5887
  • Brant Children’s Centre – 3180 New St  – 905-634-5518
  • Peekaboo – Burlington – 4144 South Service Rd – 403-669-5887
  • Burlington Montessori Preschool – 2111 Walkers Ln – 905-332-1175
  • Free To Be Me Preschool – 344 Guelph Line – 289-698-5437
  • Tiny Hoppers Daycare Burlington – 2204 Industrial St – 905-331-0990

Kids Entertainment

  • Rockin Jump – 5070 Benson Dr – 289-273-5333
  • Lil’ Monkeys – 3250 Harvester Rd – 905-632-4200
  • Amazing Adventures Playland – 4325 Harvester Rd – 905-639-6544
  • Corck A Doodle Burlington – 3450 Dundas St – 905-336-6366
  • Iralend House Musuem – 2168 Guelph Line – 905-332-9888
  • Confundrum Escape Rooms – 775 Woodview Rd – 905-333-1386
  • Royal Botanical Gardens – 680 Plains Rd W – 905-527-1158
  • Bronte Creek Kids Programs – 219 Burloak Dr – 905-827-6911
  • Conservation Halton Hikes
  • Bruce Trail Scavenger Hunt

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For some extra idea be sure to visit https://www.tourismburlington.com/home/fun-for-kids/

Parks and Playgrounds

Nothing is more fun than taking the kids out to a playground or to a park. Watch them enjoy themselves, make friends and just be kids.

  • Spencer Smith Park
  • LaSalle Park
  • Breckon Park
  • Brada Woods Park
  • Tansley Woods Park
  • Optimist Park
  • Cumberland Pakr
  • City View Park
  • Norton Park
  • Iroquios Park
  • Ireland Park
  • Nelson Park
  • Shearton Park

For a complete list of outdoor play locations visit this link – https://www.burlington.ca/en/live-and-play/Parks-and-Recreation.asp

Swimming Pools

Get your kids to learn how to swim, enjoy water, and cool off in those hot Summer days. Take them to the pool!

  • Aldershot Pool – 50 Fairwood Place W – 905-637-5688
  • Angela Coughlan Pool – 2425 Upper Middle Rd – 905-335-7000
  • Centennial Pool – 5151 New St – 905-639-5722
  • LaSalle Splash Park – 50 North Shore Blvd
  • Mountainsie Pool – 2205 Mount Forest Dr – 905-332-6060
  • Nelson Pool – 4235 New St – 905-637-2552
  • Tansley Woods Pool – 1996 Itabashi Way – 905-332-1996

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Be sure to check City of Burlington’s website for swimming schedules and pool closures – https://www.burlington.ca/en/live-and-play/Swimming.asp

Nature areas

Burlington has many parks, nature areas and forests in rural parts! You can take your kids out for a little trip to explore the nature, see some wildlife like grey squirrel, red fox, Canadian goose, bluejay and red cardinal birds, raccoons, etc. Parents should always exercise cation when approaching wildlife.

Burlington is a very fun and kid friendly city, without a doubt one of the best cities in Canada to raise a family. Looking to buy a home in Burlington? Let Lori VanDinther Team help you find that dream home.

City of Burlington 2018 Proposed Operating Budget and Tax

City of Burlington has proposed a new operating budget and city tax increase of 4.19% in 2018. The officials are  planning to meet and discuss on Thursday Jan 18. And scheduled for council approval on Monday Jan 22.

Most of the budget will be going towards renewal of city infrastructure, followed by transit and fire protection. And a generous amount for enhancing and maintenance of city sport fields.

“Despite a number of significant budget pressures like the increase to Ontario’s minimum wage effective Jan. 1, 2018, and funding needed to address operational challenges in transit, Burlington’s proposed operating budget continues to ensure our assets are renewed and maintained in a fiscally responsible manner. Since 2011, overall tax increases in Burlington have averaged 1.9 per cent. In a comparison of property taxes in municipalities in the Great Toronto Hamilton Area, Burlington’s property taxes are the third lowest for a residential single-family detached home.”  said Joan Ford, City of Burlington Treasurer and Director of Finance

Proposed 2018 Operating Budget

Proposed 2018 Operating Budget

This is true when examined. Burlington appears to be 4th lowest for residential single-family detached home. Hamilton being the highest. Not to mention voted #1 mid sized city in Canada.

City Residential, Urban RT Tax %
Toronto 0.6616472
Milton 0.722042
Oakville 0.752824
Burlington 0.844535
Mississauga 0.849372
Brampton 1.067852
Flamborough 1.212147
Stoney Creek 1.216721
Ancaster 1.218259
Glanbrook 1.229302
Hamilton 1.312168

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The Best Ranked Schools in Burlington, Ontario

Living in a neighbourhood with good schools is very important, not just to parents but also to homeowners and those looking to invest in real estate. The value of your home goes up as the schools in the area are ranked higher. That is because parent’s value good education, and studies have shown that children attending good schools tend to do better on exams and as a result get better grades and education.

So how are the schools in Burlington area performing? Anyone considering buying a home in a particular Burlington neighborhood would want to know this.

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The Fraser Institute’s school rankings website provides a detailed report on how each school is doing in academics compared to other ranked schools. It also shows whether the school’s results are improving, declining, or just staying steady over the most recent five years.

Here is a list ranking the best schools in Burlington on a scale of 0 to 10, including a map of where those are.

Top 10 Public Elementary Schools in Burlington (2015-16 Ratings):

  1. John T. Tuck – 8.2
  2. Charles R. Beaudoin – 8.1
  3. Alexander’s – 7.9
  4. Orchard Park – 7.7
  5. Glenview – 7.4
  6. Maplehurst – 7.2
  7. Pineland – 7.2
  8. Ryerson – 7.2
  9. C. H. Norton – 6.9
  10. Tom Thomson – 6.8

Top 10 Catholic Elementary Schools in Burlington (2015-16 Ratings):

  1. St. Patrick – 8.6
  2. St. Raphaels – 8.3
  3. St. Anne – 8.2
  4. St. Elizabeth Seton – 8.1
  5. Ascension – 7.7
  6. Canadian Martyrs – 7.6
  7. St. Paul – 7.6
  8. St. Gabriel – 7.0
  9. St. Mark – 6.8
  10. St. Christopher – 6.6

All Public Secondary Schools in Burlington (2015-16 Ratings):

  1. Nelson – 8.0
  2. Lester B. Pearson – 7.2
  3. Burlington Central – 7.1
  4. Dr. Frank J. Hayden – 7.1
  5. Aldershot – 7.0
  6. Robert Bateman – 6.4
  7. M M Robinson – 6.4

All Catholic Secondary Schools in Burlington (2015-16 Ratings):

  1. Corpus Christi – 7.9
  2. Assumption – 7.6
  3. Notre Dame – 7.0

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