Fall Family Entertainment Plus Activities For The Kids
By Jim Murphy and Matthew St. Amand
Autumn is here, but that’s no reason to hibernate! Whereas we were all cooped up for many months at home during the shutdown, the kids are now back in school and parents have returned to work . . . the weekend once again has meaning! So make yours count!
For the October issue of Biz X, “The Parenting Biz” explores eight area businesses and organizations that families can either visit together or children can attend after school. Your child can learn life skills or be inspired to dance, play an instrument and even become an artist!
And since everyone is watching their expenses right now, everything is budget friendly.
Let’s start off now with mini golf, first up on our agenda for quality family time.
Putter Me Up
For over 100 years, Ure’s Country Kitchen, located at the corner of 6000 County Rd. 20 West and County Rd. 50 in Harrow, has been “all about the fun.”
Here you’ll find a family owned and operated restaurant, ice cream shop, convenience store, gas station, and a new mini-golf course, which just opened in June 2020!
“We offer a large variety of products including breakfast and lunch daily, gas and diesel fuel, dyed diesel, hand-scooped ice cream (Ure’s Parlour & Café), lottery, snacks and a large selection of beverages,” lists Laurie Ure, Owner/Operator of Ure’s Country Kitchen with husband Randy, since 1988. “You will always find a friendly smile, a great story.”
Ure’s Mini-Golf is the perfect outdoor entertainment option for all ages and abilities from two to 92 years of age. The 18-hole course is full of antiques and plenty of water!
When researching for the mini-golf project, Laurie and Randy spent some time in Wildwood, New Jersey with Harris Miniature Golf.
“We toured a whole bunch of mini-golf courses up and down the Jersey Shore all the way to Cape May,” Ure tells Biz X. “Harris is the leader in mini-golf course design and build and they helped with the entire process.”
The mini-golf course will be open, with the water features, until the end of October (weather permitting).
“The fact is that we have so many offerings for our customers,” Ure says. “Our beautiful new patio is great for enjoying an ice cream while listening to the babbling streams, fountains and waterfall on our mini-golf course. The family friendly atmosphere and friendly service provide the joy of watching families having fun on the course!”
Horse N’ Around
Have you ever heard of a school where the teachers are horses?
Horse N Hound Stables located at 2427 County Rd. 46 South in Woodslee has been using horses as teachers since 2017!
Their team of dedicated volunteers provide certified facilitation of Equine Assisted Learning (EAL). This means they provide life skills development and wellness programs that allow participants to work with horses to achieve personal awareness and meaningful direction in their lives.
According to Cheryl Myers, Owner of Horse N Hound Stables, no horse experience is necessary since all activities are done on the ground and there is no riding on the horses.
“As a prey animal, horses provide an experience of connecting to our intuitive voice,” Myers says. “They react to our authentic thoughts and feelings, in an honest yet non-judgmental way, which helps us aspire to better understand ourselves.”
Myers also tells Biz X that horses require us to access the leader within us, to be a leader for other horses, other people and to ourselves.
Working hands on with the horses builds confidence, trust, teamwork, communication, leadership, authenticity, creativity and much more! Participants learn about respect for people and animals, as well as to share, empathize and be a part of a team.
Horse N Hound Stables offer four, six, eight and 12-week EAL courses for individuals and groups, based on your needs and interests.
Participants interact with the horses by brushing, going through obstacles and making their own obstacles up with the horse.
“Our program is open to children eight years and older, as well as adults, couples, families and teams,” says Myers. “It can help those dealing with anxiety, PTSD, depression, grief and self-esteem issues.“
Looking for something to stimulate the artistically inclined?
The Art Lab Windsor, located at 894 Ottawa Street (the northwest corner of Ottawa and Parent), has many different options for children and adults to explore.
“Between workshops, like Pour Painting & Tie Dye, our awesome birthday parties, field trips and the Splatter Paint Room, there is something there for everyone,” says Samantha Walker, Owner/Director of The Art Lab Windsor. “Our Splatter Paint Room date night package is great for couples looking to try something new and exciting!”
Children as young as 18 months, up to teenagers, can participate at The Art Lab.
Walker explains the learner decides where the interactive process will go, the pace and direction of the learning and the pace and direction of the teaching.
Open since July 2018, The Art Lab is a process-based art studio, which means lessons don’t narrow learning opportunities, but instead help to identify the best objectives for each child by looking at the process of learning.
The Art Lab encourages children to actively explore ways to problem solve through play and creativity. It also helps children to develop social and cognitive skills and gain the self-confidence required to engage in new experiences.
“All workshops are designed for children, but I have had adult groups request a private session because it looked like so much fun,” Walker tells Biz X. “Most of the stuff we do can usually be altered to accommodate any age group.”