Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Top 5 Touristy Things to do in Victoria


There is a whack of touristy things to do in Victoria, most of it is good fun, but, touristy. The following seem to be destinations that kids like best. Often if you keep your eye on Groupon, Couvon, or Island Daily Deals you will find discounts for some of these. If you come to Victoria in late February /early March, check out Be a Tourist in Your Hometown for more deals.


1. Craigdarroch Castle
Just off Fort Street at 1050 Joan Crescent

This is a neat place to go stomp around. Don’t schedule too much time for the castle visit, as it won’t take long to buzz through it, especially if your kids are small! Keep an eye out for ghosts, rumor has it there are a couple that haunt the castle! From the Castle you can either check out Fernwood, Oak Bay or Fairfield, as those neighborhoods are within a few minutes of the Castle.

2. Harbor Ferries
Various locations and prices.

These little boats are great fun for kids! There is an assortment of tours and destinations you can choose from, ranging from around 15 minutes to well over an hour- which is great, as you can choose a short route if you are with smaller children who bore easily! They will let you fold up your stroller and take it on the boat, so you can use the ferries as a mode of transportation rather then just a tour. For instance you can hop on downtown and hop off at Fisherman’s Wharf.

3. Royal BC Museum
675 Belleville Street

The Royal BC Museum is well worth it! Depending on the age of your kids of course this can be anywhere from a hour trip to a day trip. There is ton’s to see. There are amazing exhibits and galleries of all things BC.

Walk through the rain forests and spy the moose and bear, then make your way to the wild West Coast and take in the sea lions basking in the sun. Tour wet lands, walk in an old mine, or pan for gold. Your kids can run wild in Old Town, up and down the stairs of the old hotel. Surely someone is making apple pie? How about the famous woolly mammoth who reigns large and fierce? There is a ton of First Nations artifacts and totem poles as well as a really neat pit house that depicts how our Fist People lived hundreds of years ago. It’s pretty awesome!

4. Maritime Museum
28 Bastion Sq

The Maritime Museum houses fascinating displays on pirates, heritage vessels, shipwrecks and featured exhibits. It is also home to three significant sailboats − Dorothy,Trekka and Tilikum − each with their own incredible story of adventure and enchantment. There are lots of model ships, and a really cool creaky old birdcage elevator that will take you to the top floor where there is a restored courtroom. The judge that used to preside over this court was known as ‘The Hanging Judge’, and it is rumored that the little knotted tree in Bastion Square is where the hangings took place. It’s a bit random, but kind of neat.

This is not a big museum and it doesn’t take long to breeze through. It would entertain a nautical buff for at least a short spell. It is right in Bastion Square, which is a pleasant place to have a coffee and snack afterwards. Most of the Maritime Museum is stroller friendly.

5. Miniature World
649 Humboldt Street, 250 385 9731, in the bottom of the Empress Hotel
Adult’s $12, Youth $10, Child $8- ask about the family rate

While a little cheesy and touristy, kids love Miniature World. They will be plunged into deep space upon entrance, only to come out to witness old time Canada, complete with the great Canadian railway, a miniature working train (which your kids can control with the push of a button). Then move into the Wild West and Frontier Land. After that you can marvel at Fantasy Land. Finally in the last exhibit is a room of intricate doll houses…almost each one has some sort of switch that kids love to turn off and on to see what will happen. This is also a must in my opinion (do it for the kids)! This is a stroller friendly event.



Article courtesy of Lhasa Hetherington. For more information, visit www.victoriawithkids.com.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Active Family Contest Week 4: Sand Be Gone

July is the kick off to our Active Family Contest. This week is sponsored by Sand Be Gone

Top 5 Kids-Friendly Beaches 

North Vancouver 
Panorama Park overlooks the bay with a beach, sitting areas, a play area for kids and lots of grass. It is the easterly access point to the Baden Powell Trail. The park is absolutely lovely, and just steps away Deep Cove has a few little shops, a cafe, Arms Reach Bistro and the alluring Honey Doughnuts and Goodies.

Vancouver 
Sunset Beach is not as crowded as Second Beach (where the outdoor pool is) and First beach. Nice surroundings, children can watch the boats, or the beach volley games. Lots of spots to sit with a picnic, located on the bike/walking path that connects to the seawall. A great place for a rest for the parents and only 100 metres away, across False Creek, is Granville Island. Take the family on the seabus and be at Granville Island in five minutes.



New Brighton Beach
The beach is lovely and clean with grass to picnic on or play. If your kids are bored with swimming at the same-old pool, try New Brighton. The pool is perfect for younger kids, and has a few dedicated lanes for lap swimmers. Outside the pool there’s lots of grass where you can sit and read in the sun, enjoy the amazing unobstructed view of the inlet and mountains, and the 2nd Narrows Bridge.

Surrey

Only ten minutes away from busy White Rock Beach -- Crescent Beach is quieter paced with a pleasant beachfront walkway you can take in and do some sightseeing. Your kids will have a blast building castle in the sand, wading in the ocean when the tide is out and searching for sea shells. Spend lunch at the restaurant and dessert at the local ice cream shop.

New Brighton Beach
The beach is lovely and clean with grass to picnic on or play. If your kids are bored with swimming at the same-old pool, try New Brighton. The pool is perfect for younger kids, and has a few dedicated lanes for lap swimmers. Outside the pool there’s lots of grass where you can sit and read in the sun, enjoy the amazing unobstructed view of the inlet and mountains, and the 2nd Narrows Bridge.

Port Moody
White Pine Beach is one of the two beaches at Sasamat Lake. It's a great place for families and small children because the water is fairly warm and calm. There is a concession stand near the bigger of the two beaches, but many bring families bring their own BBQs. Children can walk across the floating bridge and watch the fishermen fishing. 

Surrey

Only ten minutes away from busy White Rock Beach -- Crescent Beach is quieter paced with a pleasant beachfront walkway you can take in and do some sightseeing. Your kids will have a blast building castle in the sand, wading in the ocean when the tide is out and searching for sea shells. Spend lunch at the restaurant and dessert at the local ice cream shop.

Special Thanks to Our Sponsor

Sand Be Gone is proud to sponsor this week’s Active Family Photo Contest! 

Created by a mom of two is a dry body powder that, when applied to sand covered skin, removes the sand and leaves the skin soft and smooth while feeling fresh and clean. The dry, white powder is both non-toxic and non-talc. Works perfectly when cleaning up after the sand box, playground or wherever one encounters sand. In addition to removing the sand, Sand Gone also removes the salt from your skin after a day at the beach. 


  
This Week Enter to Win: 
Sand Be Gone Beach Bag with Family size Sand Gone, 2 oz. Individual size Sand Gone, Almond Coconut Soap. Enter at www.urbanbaby.ca

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Active Family Contest Week 3: SongsWithMyName.com

July is the kick off to our Active Family Contest. This week is sponsored by SongsWithMyName.com

Got a Tech-Addicted Kid? Get Them Moving!
A new study in Sweden indicates that kids who are fit as teens are 35 percent less likely to have a heart attack in middle age. Here are some activities to get the whole family moving:

  • Go old school and play tag, sardines, kick the can, red rover or dodge ball 
  • Turn on some music and have a dance competition
  • Practice sports skills like dribbling the soccer ball, shooting free throws, or throwing strikes
  • Go to the playground and invent new ways to use the equipment - do pull-ups on the monkey bars, arm pushes on the see-saw, v-ups on the swing 
  • Go to the local track and have relay races


Special Thanks to Our Sponsor

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These CDs are designed to inspire imagination, develop social skills and help kids learn all while having FUN! Watching their eyes light up when they hear their favourite characters sing and speak their names is priceless.

Go to www.SongsWithMyName.com to hear your child’s name sung by their favourite characters.

Order by August 31, 2014 using code SUMMER15 and get 15% off your order plus FREE SHIPPING. Or call us at 1-888-676-0182 to order by phone.

This Week Enter to Win: 
Win two (2) CD’s customized with your child's name. Enter at www.urbanbaby.ca

Monday, July 21, 2014

Guess Who Book Review by Howard Eisenberg


The first Guess Who Zoo poems that author Howard Eisenberg wrote weren’t meant to become a book. They were simply amusing post card poems penned at 30,000 feet to entertain his grandchildren (and himself) in 1989 while accompanying his wife, Arlene, on a What to Expect book tour of Australia and New Zealand.  
Enter to win all three Guess Who Books featured by posting a comment below about which title your child would like the best. 


Good Luck! 







































More information check out www.guesswhozoo.com

Friday, July 18, 2014

Busy Bump Baby Shower Exhibitor Feature: Candice Wong Photograph


I'm so excited that Candice Wong Photography will be joining us as an exhibitor for the Busy Bump Baby Shower in September. If you are looking for maternity or newborn photography, Candice is amazingly talented and has the joy of her career being something that captures such special moments in people's lives. 
Here's a bit more about Candice and Candice Wong Photography:

BBMS: What kind of products and/or services do you offer?
CWP: Newborn, baby and maternity photography

BBMS: What is the price point?
CWP: My clients usually spend between $400-$900

BBMS: How long have you been running your business and how did you start?
CWP: I officially started my business in 2014, but had been building up my portfolio for a few years prior. I have always been in love with photography and it was not until I had my second son that this hobby turned in to much more. I now could never imagine doing anything else.

BBMS: What is your favourite part of what you do? What is your biggest challenge?
CWP: Favourite part might be obvious...getting to hold day old babies!!! My biggest challenge is work/life balance. With 3 young boys at home I think this will be my main challenge for a bit.

BBMS: What is one thing you wish you knew when you were pregnant? Any advice for a new mom?
CWP: Get LOTS of rest NOW before baby arrives! :)
  
Candice Wong Photography is offering a contest as being part of the Busy Bump Baby Shower. You can enter to win a mini maternity session with Candice (valued at $399), which includes 90 minutes in the studio and 15 high resolution images on a disc (digital download).

To enter, like our Facebook page and then like and share the image of Candice Wong Photography's maternity session. Post a comment below the photo so we have your name.

Good luck!

Thanks for sharing more about your business with us Candice! We look forward to having you at the Busy Bump Baby Shower in September!


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Active Family Contest Week 2: Sponsored by RB Fitness

July is the kick off to our Active Family Contest. This week is sponsored by Runners and Booties Fitness
Sun safety recommendations for children under the age of one (1) year
Keep babies out of direct sunlight,either in a stroller with a hood or canopy, under an umbrella, or in a heavily shaded spot.
Babies should wear sun hats with a wide brim. Dress infants in loose-fitting, lightweight clothing that covers their legs and arms.
Look for a sunscreen product for babies (under 6 months old as doctor) with an SPF of 30 that also provides broad spectrum protection (protects against UVA and UVB). Always try a small amount of sunscreen on the infant's inner arm before general use. Check for a reaction up to 48 hours later.

Sun safety recommendations for children over the age of one (1) year
Organize outdoor activities outside the peak hours of 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and if possible, try to keep children entirely out of the sun from noon to 2 p.m.
Educate children and youth about the benefits of wearing protective clothing, sunglasses and sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher.
Take shelter in shade structures on playgrounds and at sport fields. This can also include creating a sun safe environment by encouraging children to seek shade from trees, awnings, umbrellas or buildings.

Special Thanks to Our Sponsor


Runners and Booties Fitness offers specially designed fitness and dance classes for mom, baby and toddler. Kick start your weekly workout with our ever popular Shop n' Stroll class taking place in local shopping centres near you or join us for Salsa Babies & Salsa Tots.
Whether you're looking to get out of the house, meet new moms (dads too!) or get back in shape we have the perfect class for you and your little one.

This Week Enter to Win:
Banana Boat sunscreen package with Natural Reflect Baby, Kids and Adult SPF 50, RB Fitness t-shirt and exercise band. Enter at www.urbanbaby.ca
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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Kids Dreading Veggies: Try Crispy Tofu Nuggets


Getting your kids to eat healthy is often a difficult task. They take one look at just the greens on their plate and they push it away. How can you ensure your kids eat better and enjoy their food? Try infusing the family menu with a handful kid-friendly vegan dishes from German celebrity chef and cookbook author, Attila Hildmann. Fourteen years ago, Attila took control of his own health issues after the sudden death of his father from a heart attack. He adopted a vegan diet, started exercising more, and went from "fat to fit" to avoid the same fate as his dad. Attila's latest cookbooks, Vegan for Fun and Vegan for Fit, contain delicious, healthy recipes even your kids will love! 

INGREDIENTS for 2 servings
Tofu Nuggets:
1/2 cup all-purpose flour (65 g)
1 teaspoon raw cane sugar
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 ¾ (100 g) cups unsweetened cornflakes
14 ounces tofu (400 g)
2 cups vegetable oil (500 mL)
Curry Ketchup:
Juice from 1/2 lemon
2/3 cup tomato paste (140 g)
2 tablespoons agave syrup
1 teaspoon curry powder
2 tablespoons olive oil
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper



Preparation time: 25 minutes 
For the nuggets, stir the flour together with the raw cane sugar, sea salt, and 6 tablespoons (90 mL) water until the batter is smooth. Finely crumble the cornflakes. Cut the tofu into slices that are just under 1/2 inch (1 cm), and then use a knife to shape the tofu into nuggets. Dip the nuggets in the batter and then coat them with the cornflakes. Heat the vegetable oil in a deep fryer or a small saucepan. You’ll know the oil is hot enough if you dip a wooden toothpick into the oil and small bubbles float up to the top around the toothpick. Fry the nuggets approx. 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to drain. For the curry ketchup, mix all of the ingredients with 3 tablespoons water. Serve with the nuggets.

AH! “If you don’t want to deep fry the nuggets, you can also fry them in a skillet. Just fry them on all sides in 1/3 cup (80 mL) vegetable oil until they are golden brown.”