An Inside Look At The New Duran Place For Kids In Oakville!

There’s a new sand box in town, and it’s not at your local playground!

Last week we had the pleasure of visiting the new Duran Place For Kids, as part of our Travelling Tots program.  Owned and operated by a local Oakville family, this unique play centre is based out of a beautifully restored commercial school in downtown Oakville.

The owners, Claudio Duran and Tina De Crisci, know a thing or two about children. They have five children, they are foster parents and Tina is an elementary teacher.

The previously mentioned sand box, is actually an entire room filled with Sandtastik sand!

Venture a few steps into the next room and your little one’s imagination can run wild with these life size building blocks.

The best part?  There’s a comfortable sitting lounge in between the two rooms where families can relax with a complementary coffee while surfing the free wi-fi (that is, if you can tear yourself away from playing yourself!)

The bottom floor reminds me of a modern wooden ski lounge – it’s currently being used for the centre’s variety of art programs – both for children and adults.  The space can also be rented for adult parties/meetings.  Liquor licenses available!

The middle floor is set up for music lessons.

The beautiful upper floor is filled with natural light via the original windows.  Families can enjoy a variety of activities up here like Salsa Tots, Yoga, ballet, Hip Hop, and Kickboxing.

A short flight of stairs up and you’re on the 1,300 square foot rooftop.  The owners are toying with a number of ideas as to how to use what is soon to be the most popular floor.  From a summer green space to create art, to a mini ice rink in the winter – the possibilities are only limited by the wild imagination.  Rumour has it that the roof top also boasts prime seating for the Oakville Santa Claus parade!

You’re sure to be delighted by all kinds of other surprises throughout the building, including beautiful artwork and 5 mini fairy doors!








Each floor is available to rent for parties, as each floor is equipped with its own kitchenette and washroom.  The only thing to be mindful of is that the rooms are only accessible via stairs – grandfathered in its use since major renovations in 2000.

There are a few parking spots onsite and some are also available on the street.  Entry fees for play are just $10/child.  Have fun exploring this amazing new addition to Oakville!

Presented by Mommy Connections Caledon & Bright Path Oakville;

The next event in the Partners in Parenting series.

Is meal time a struggle with your toddler? Join Dr. Amy Armstrong, Naturopath with Fully Alive Wellness centre, as she teachers parents some valuable tools and tricks to help their picky eaters. Learn why toddlers often become fussy around mealtime. Gain helpful tools to help diffuse picky eaters. Discuss the essential nutrients that your toddler needs during their formative years. Discover super foods that toddlers love, and learn how to prepare them on a regular basis.

Dr. Amy Armstrong completed her Bachelor’s degree of Health Sciences with a Minor in Psychology at the University of Ottawa before perusing her dream of becoming a Naturopathic Doctor at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.

Dr. Armstrong has studied pediatrics and prenatal care extensively through her internship and the Heallth Masters Natural Pediatrics Master Class and has completed additional training as a naturopathic doula. She loves working with families to establish optimal fertility, nourish healthy pregnancies and raise resilient children.  She is the co-creator of the Healthy Beginnings Naturopathic Program, designed to give families a healthy start to life. Click HERE to learn more.

Join us for the great FREE event on Tuesday September 29 @ 6:30pm at Bright Path Oakville (20 Shepherd Road Oakville)! Meet other moms, enjoy some light refreshments and receive a great swag bag.

Click HERE to reserve your spot today!



Where is Santa? Santa is a busy guy this time of year. You can find him in parades, having brunch, at the mall, and even running a 5K. He’s doing his best to make sure he sees and talks to all the little ones before the big night. We’ve put a list together of events you may find him at in Halton to help you plan and schedule. We’ve also included a few other holiday events . As more events come up, we’ll be sure to add it. If you know of another event not listed, please let us know!

Oakville Santa Clause Parade – Saturday November 15

Springridge Farm Christmas Open House – Weekends November 15 to December 14

Visits with Santa at The Royal Botanical Gardens – November 15 to December 21

Santa Arrives at The Burlington Mall – Saturday November 15

Santa 5K Burlington – Sunday December 13


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