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Take your kids to other people’s work
I don’t know how you spent your Victoria Day weekend but if you’re a parent, chances are you might’ve struggled with ideas as to what to do. Maybe, like me, you’ve taken kiddies to the big city museum enough times that you could probably rebuild the T-rex with your eyes closed by now. So the museum is out.
Or it was out for us. Which is why on the long weekend, desperate to do something to entertain my kid, I spontaneously walked into a downtown fire station and asked the nice firefighter if he would give me and my toddler a tour of the place. And he did. He said that you need to call ahead to organize bigger tours but he was totally cool with showing us the station right then and there.
We got to sit in the fire truck cab, we got to check out the uniforms (we learned about colours of helmets corresponding to different ranks), we saw a short demonstration on using the main, back hoses and the toddler even got to unlatch a special front compartment where there was another hose. Then the nice fireman ran upstairs to show us how he slides down the pole. The toddler shouted like a maniac, “AGAIN” as soon as the poor man’s feet touched the ground and this went on for a few awkward minutes too many. I told the fireman to ignore the kid, that it was okay to stop. I think he was relieved. Then we thanked him and left.
The point is that there are lots of places in the city you might be able to visit if you ask nicely enough or call ahead. Or sometimes you can just spontaneously walk in somewhere and ask for a tour — a small kid in tow is almost as good as a unicorn and people are often happy to bend a few rules when presented with one (kid or a unicorn). And taking your kids to explore these unique places is a great way to get them interested in different jobs that people have.
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