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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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Moving to Burlington, Ontario

Burlington is a wonderful city to live in. It’s relatively close to Toronto yet offers cheaper housing options, lower property taxes and a more nature feel to it. With the population on the rise Burlington is a vibrant city with many opportunities for all. Moving to Burlington has been in the minds of many people. But where do you begin? Below is some advice..

Research the neighborhoods

This is one of the most important steps of the moving process. Location is not only the key to your home’s future value, but to your own satisfaction of where you live. You want your home to be situated in an area that has the amenities you need daily. For example, if you need to be withing a walking distance of a grocery store or a school. Also consider the daily commute to/from work and see if there could be potential bottlenecks. On Google maps you can view traffic congestion at whatever times so use that to see. If parks are important to you, make sure there are some close by on the maps. Make a list of the potential neighbourhoods.

Find a local Burlington real estate agent

The entire moving experience, including home buying can be simplified and made easy with a proper realtor to represent you. You want someone who is well reputable in the area as a solid realtor you can trust. Someone who lives and loves Burlington. Read their reviews and reach out to your agent. They’re always happy to help!

Get pre-approved for the mortgage

Find a good mortgage broker in Burlington, early on in the process and let them help you figure out and sets your home budget. Each situation is unique that is why making an appointment would be recommended. During the appointment you can also ask related questions, for example about property taxes in Burlington and how they are actually among the lowest.

Prepare a Home Wishlist

Figure out what is essential, what would be nice to have and what is extra – and simply make a list. It will help you meet your home  budget, by allowing you to eliminate some things if need be. For example, a pool is nice to have, but a remodeled kitchen is a need to have. Which would you skip on if the budget was exceeding?

Get to know the neighbourhoods

Take your favourite neighbourhoods list and explore each one, not just in day but at night too. You want to get the full feel of the area at different times of the day. As you go along be observant and make an entry of what you liked or disliked for each neighbourhood you visit. For example, you didn’t see any nice parks near by, or the roads were really rough and the area wasn’t as you imagined. Or perhaps it’s even nicer than you thought. This kind of dialogue will help you narrow down the home search.

Find a Home and move in

Now that you have your budget figured out, neighbourhood picked out and a ideal home found. You want to put in an offer and finalize the deal. But the paperwork necessary to buy a home can be overwhelming. Plus all the other things you have to manage, like the move itself. It can be hectic. That’s why you need all the help you can get. That’s where your real estate agent helps out. They help during the offer process, closing day, viewings, utility connection appointments, etc.

If you are planning to buy a home in Burlington, best mid-sized city in Canada, and need some help in finding that ideal home, please don’t hesitate to ask us for help. That’s what we’re here for. We’ve connected hundreds of people with their ideal homes and we can do the same for you too. Call 905-330-2002 today or learn more about our Burlington real estate services.

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

Lori VanDinther, a Burlington RE/MAX Agent and a long time resident of Burlington has been helping real estate buyers and sellers in Burlington, Oakville, Carlisle, Kilbride, Waterdown and surrounding areas for 23+ years! Thinking of moving to Burlington? Or selling your home? Contact Lori today to help get you on the right path to success.