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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.

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2018 RE/MAX Spring Market Trends Report

A recent RE/MAX survey conducted by Leger found more than one in four Canadian homebuyers report feeling pinched by the stress test, which came into effect in January of this year. However, projections for the spring market show optimism with most markets expected to remain stable or improve.

Despite all of the factors involved, the spring market across most of the country is forecasted to strengthen as we head into the warmer months. Supply is still low in many markets, and while the prices may not reach the same levels as this time last year, we are expected to see continued healthy price appreciation from the earlier months of this year across many regions in the country.

The average residential sale price in the Greater Toronto Area dropped to $753,747, down almost 10 per cent from $834,144 in January and February of 2017. With move-up buyers driving the market — many of whom are making their second or third transition — alongside a booming condominium market, prices are forecasted to soften throughout the year. Not all regions in Ontario are being affected like the GTA. In Ottawa, the average residential sale price in January and February was $388,289, up four per cent from the same period in 2017, and Kitchener-Waterloo saw a five per cent price increase year-over-year.

Activity in Hamilton-Burlington was driven by first-time homebuyers, primarily single Millennials and young families.

Buyers looking to downsize have also contributed to some of the activity in the condominium market. Millennial demand and immigration growth have all contributed to a strong detached home market in January and February.

RE/MAX Report Hamilton-Burlington

Click here to read the full report

Looking to sell your home? Or buy a first time home, or move up, or downsize? Let Lori VanDinther, RE/MAX Sales Representative guide you through the process and help you make the right moves. With over 23+ years of successfully selling real estate in Burlington/Hamilton area, Lori has the experience and market knowledge. Contact Lori today.

2018 March Real Estate Activity Stats for Burlington, ON

The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) has released their stats for March 2018 and there were 1099 sales processed, which is showing that sales for all property types combined (residential, condo, commercial) were 38.6% lower compared to previous year period and 18% lower compared to 10-year average for the month. Average sales price was 14.8% lower and there were 13.5% less listings.

“Our area experienced similar cooling off as is being reported by other real estate markets in the Golden Horseshoe area,” said RAHB CEO George O’Neill. “Local sales were lower not only compared to March of last year, but also compared to the 10-year average for March.”

“This is the first time in awhile that we’ve seen the average sale price lower than the same month the previous year for both freehold and condominium properties,” added O’Neill. “The condominium market is experiencing less of a drop – not even two per cent – and in fact, the median sale price is still almost one per cent above where it was last year.”

“For the general downward trend in the numbers comparing March 2018 to March of 2017, we have to keep sight of the bigger picture,” noted O’Neill. “The sales-to-new-listings ratio is still at 60 per cent for the residential market, which is generally considered the line between a balanced market and a seller’s market. In addition, the average days on market is at a comfortable level, providing buyers and sellers time to make informed decisions.”

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For a complete report please visit http://www.rahb.ca/2018/04/rahb-realtors-release-march-statistics/

Looking to sell your home? Or buy a first time home, or move up, or downsize? Let Lori VanDinther, RE/MAX Sales Representative guide you through the process and help you make the right moves. With over 23+ years of successfully selling real estate in Burlington/Hamilton area, Lori has the experience and market knowledge. Contact Lori today.