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Adventure #3 – Brewer Park
Address: 210 Hopewell Ave
Important Features: Playgrounds (3), Splash Pad, washrooms, picnic tables, so much space to run around

There are a number of ways to get to Brewer Park and places to park:

1. Brewer Way

You can turn on to Brewer Way off Bronson Ave (across from Carleton University). There are two parking lots you can access from this road. One might actually be for the Westboro Academy, so there might be restrictions on when you can park there, but I have never had a problem parking there. The other parking lot is all the way at the end of Brewer Way (where it would connect to Hopewell Avenue, but there is no access to cars at the point).

2. Grove Avenue, Seneca Street or Cameron Avenue

You can park on Grove Avenue, Seneca Street or Cameron Avenue and walk in to Brewer on one of the paths to the park.

3. Ossington Avenue

You can park on Ossington Avenue and continue walking to the end of the street, and then walk directly in to Brewer Park.

Brewer Park has a lot of amazing things going on …

1. Splash Pad

First, and most importantly on these super hot summer days, there is the splash pad. This consists of a lower level and an upper level, with this awesome slide to connect the two.

1. Splash Pad

2. Splash Pad 2

2. Play Structure – for younger kids

3. Play Structure #1

3. Two Zip Lines

4. Zip Line #1

5. Zip Line #2

4. Play Structure – for younger kids

There is also this awesome play structure for younger kids – and beside it is another one with a fire truck theme. I couldn’t get a photo of it because it was filled with kids (I try to make sure that there are no kids in my photos except the ones that are with me … or unless I can ask their parents for permission to post them).

6. Play Structure #2

5. Play Feature

I am not really sure what to call this, you can bounce or flip around the bar here.

7. Play Structure #3

6. Play Structure – for bigger kids

This one is great for older kids. The kids I had there that day are from ages 5 – 9 and they actually used this one.

8. Play Structure #4

9. Play Structure #4b

7. Play Structure – for bigger kids

This one is great for bigger kids too. And this round swing is awesome!

10. Play Structure #5

8. Play Centres

Then there are these stand alone play centres. The boys played some great games of Tic-Tac-Toe.

11. Play Centres

12. Tic-Tac-Toe

9. Space To Run

There are lots of fields to run around in or play baseball!

13. Baseball

10. Bathrooms

And there are great bathrooms at the park.

14. Bathrooms

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The day that we were at Brewer Park, there was a fantastic family who we happened to put our picnic blanket beside.

15. Fantastic Family

They brought a whole box of chalk and dumped it out on the pavement to share with everyone playing at the park. The dad wrote this message:

16. Draw Something Awesome

And he drew this awesome drawing to get things started:

16. Little Critter

This was my kind of World-Changing Family!

Other people added their drawings:

17. Queen Gaby

18. Spread Love

After this fantastic, kind family left, we took on the role of encouraging more people to add their drawings. Then we passed the responsibility for the chalk on the to City of Ottawa camp that was there – they brought a whole bunch of their kids over to draw too. It was so heartwarming to see. So inclusive. Such a great community building activity. And one of the acts of Kindness in our book, “Plant a Garden of Kindness, A Child’s Guide to Filling a Year with Weekly Acts of Kindness.” I am so glad we met this dad and his kids!

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We are going to aim to do a few of these Awesome Summer Fun Adventures each week of the summer that I have all the kids (my two and various friends). We will post our planned trips on our World-Changing Kids Facebook page a day or two before we go. We would love for you to join us if you could. To stay up to date on our plans, you could like our Facebook page here or you could email me at worldchangingkids@gmail.com and I will start a mailing list for our upcoming adventures.

We will also do some Acts of Kindness on these Awesome Summer Fun Adventures. We will try to work our way through as many of the 75 Acts of Kindness in our book, “Plant a Garden of Kindness, A Child’s Guide to Filling a Year with Weekly Acts of Kindness”, as we can.

For more information on our book – including the amazing Ottawa retail locations that carry it and instructions for ordering it online – click on the “Buy Our Book” link in the top right hand corner!