Never thought I’d hear myself say, “let’s go pick up our alterations!” with so much gusto. But the truth is when you’re surrounded by boutique shops, cafes, and kid’s attractions, it is kind of exciting. There are so many things I love about living in Calgary’s South West, the amenities being one of them. I’m at WestHills Towne Centre just about daily either picking up groceries, pet food, shopping for the kids, or just sneaking away for a coffee. It’s my little hub 🙂
BORING ERRANDS MADE FUN
WestHills Towne Centre is literally the only place I can go shopping with my kids and I don’t feel like I’m going to have a mental breakdown. It’s a 5-minute drive from our house or a 45-minute walk. These walks used to be a lot more frequent before the toddler-phase kicked in. So nowadays, we usually drive there and my little guy, Henry, loves it because there’s a playground right in the middle of the shopping centre! I use the playground as a reward for my toddler after running all of our errands and it works like a charm 😉
WestHills Towne Centre was clearly built with YOU in mind, as its infrastructure is so perfectly suited to busy folks on-the-go wanting to get all of their errands done but actually wanting to enjoy the experience. If you’ve never been there, let me give you a lay of the land. It’s an outdoor shopping complex with over 50 shops and services. The parking lot has plenty of capacity and I’ve never run into issues finding a large parking spot with the 2 kids. The outdoor sidewalks that take you from store to store are really wide so walking with a stroller or hand in hand with your kids is never tricky. And if you’re a public transit user (insert applause here ;)) there are plenty of convenient bus routes to get you there.
A DAY IN THE LIFE
I wanted to document our afternoon of shopping to show you exactly how I run my errands with my two kids. Pro-tip before we start: make it fun for them too! WestHills Towne Centre is a place you can legit relax – no need to get in and out as quickly as you can. It’s a really fun family outing for us!
1st stop: Safeway
The kids and I needed a few staples today, like school snacks, eggs, but mainly, lemons… of course. We always make this our first stop because the kids have more patience, and frankly, so do I. And you need plenty of patience at a grocery store with kids!
2nd stop: WestHills Alterations
I had some items to pick up at the alterations place just next door. We grabbed the suit and put both the groceries and alterations in the car so we could walk a little lighter.
3rd stop: Starbucks
With my hands free, and some more errands to run, Henry and I popped into Starbucks for a little pick-me-up.
4th stop: Cobs Bread
My husband and son are suckers for fresh loaves of bread. I had to stop in and pick up something for tomorrow morning’s breakfast.
5th stop: Window shopping
There are so many cute little boutiques and stores to pop into. I love looking at Running Room’s new products or perusing the cute sweaters at Adila Boutique. I can’t tell you how badly I wanted to go into Skoah to test out their products or get a facial. Sigh, one day 😉
6th stop: Carter’s/OshKosh
My little guy started school this fall and is required to wear a uniform. So cute! I’m at Carter’s quite a bit picking up cute little outfits for both kids and was pleasantly surprised how many uniform pieces they had (by ‘uniform,’ I mean white or blue polo shirts and khakis). Another reason why I shop here a lot is because of the deals they have. I get emails from them so I know exactly when to go. I got his school shirts for $8 a piece! Which is a complete win, because I really don’t want to spend too much money on clothes he’ll be growing out of in just a year from now.
7th stop: Mastermind Toys
This store should be called “Lose-your-mind Toys” because my little guy seriously loses his mind with excitement each time we go in! The staff there are so understanding and patient with kids and will let them test-drive toys and encourage them to play with the train table they have set up at the front of the store. I love that they also have a great book section which, to me, sends the message that reading is just as fun as toys. We have a blast looking through books, playing with cool new toys, and picking out gifts. It’s one of my favourite places to pick up gifts for kids because they offer complimentary gift-wrapping, making your job a thousand times easier.
8th stop: Playground
My little guy was so patient while we ran errands. Because, let’s face it, as fun as shopping is for me, it can be taxing on a 2-year-old. So, we had to let off some steam at the playground. I have to be honest, I’ve been shopping at WestHills for years and years, and it wasn’t until I had kids that I realized that there was a playground here. Like, right in the middle of the shopping centre! You know how you only start to observe certain things when they pertain to your life exactly as it is now? It was one of those things 😉 Henry had so much fun meeting other little kids here and I made a few Mommy friends of my own! They all love heading there for the same reasons as I do and it’s so much fun to watch the little ones run around, climb up and slide down.
9th stop: Earls WestHills
After all this, you can just imagine how hungry the kids & I were! Even though we had fresh groceries in the car, the last thing I wanted to do was go home, cook, and then clean up. So, Earls it was! We also contemplated heading to National as that’s just next door and I love their menu, but Earls won this time around. Henry devoured an entire Margarita pizza, while Posie & I shared chicken and veggies. The Earls WestHills location has an open kitchen with a firewood oven which is a super handy distraction for kids while waiting for the food to arrive.
10th and final stop: Marble Slab
What better way to end the day than with fresh ice cream!? I love going to Marble Slab because they have a few different lactose-free options that are incredibly tasty! I chose the lactose-free chocolate and mixed in coconut flakes. It was literally heaven. Highly recommend. Henry, true to toddler-form, chose the brightest, most colourful ice cream and chose to mix in mini marshmallows. It was the most perfect, messy and happy ending to our day.
WHAT AND WHERE
WestHills Towne Centre is on the corner of Sarcee Trail and Glenmore so it’s super accessible to anyone living, working, or driving by that area of the South West. There’s also a movie theatre there, if you wanted to spend all day AND night there, which is super easy to do.
Here is a complete list of all the WestHills Towne Centre shops:
Check back soon as WestHills Towne Centre is ramping up for the Holiday season with some fun community events! Hint: lights, camera, SANTA! Can’t wait to tell you about it 🙂 Be sure to follow WestHills Towne Centre on Facebook + me on Instagram for the most up-to-date news and events.
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