Saturday, November 28, 2015

UBT: Holiday Baking Ideas with the Kids

Children of all ages are sponges! And from the time they can sit up they are learning, absorbing and beginning to imitate the world and people around them. As parents, caretakers and guardians it is our responsibility to teach the children around us the foundation skills they’ll need in life. So why not start in the kitchen! Getting your little ones involved in the kitchen is a great way to bond, teach life skills and build their confidence and skill sets.

Baking is a fantastic place to start. With a delicious result for a job well done, baking with your kids has endless possibilities. Here is a few easy, fun and yummy baking ideas and tips to get you and your little ones started in the kitchen.

Rice Krispy Squares: This no bake classic is a household staple! Older Kids can enjoy stirring the marshmallows as they melt (with adult supervision and guidance) and mixing the cereal in! While younger kids can get down and greasy by buttering up their hands and shaping the Krispy mixture into the pan or even fun shapes!

Tips: Food coloring can be added into the marshmallow mixture for seasonal celebrations!

3 tablespoons butter
1 package (10 oz., about 40) JET-PUFFED Marshmallows
4 cups JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows
6 cups of Rice Krispies Cereal


1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
2. Add Rice Krispies cereal. Stir until well coated.
3. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into 2-inch squares or make into fun holiday shapes. Best if served the same day.


Sugar Cookies: Cookies of all types are fantastic, delicious and relatively easy to make, but sugar cookies pose a special child friendly step. The cookie cutter!  Let your little ones go to town on cutting out special and funky shapes and characters. If you don’t already have cookie cutters in your cupboard, it gives you a perfect opportunity to hit the grocery store and choose the perfect ones together!

Tips: Let your children help roll out the cookie dough with a rolling pin. Don’t be afraid to get their clean hands messy! Hand mixing cookie dough is fun and efficient

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and place onto ungreased cookie sheets.
3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden.
4.Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Holiday Family Events in Whistler

If you’re looking to visit the winter Wonderland of Whistler this winter, here is a list of must-do activities for you and your family during holiday seasons.

The Polar Express – Squamish – weekends in late November and December, 2015
Be sure to stop by Squamish’s West Coast Railway Heritage Park (39645 Government Road, Squamish BC) on your way up to Whistler for a ride on the Polar Express! Based on the hit movie about love, acceptance and holiday spirit, this fun event is and adventure that the whole family can enjoy – and don’t forget to wear your jammies!

Purchase your tickets ahead of time for this exciting train ride through the Squamish valley, complete with hot chocolate, goodies, songs and special visits from some holiday characters. The train will take you straight to the “North Pole” where you will be able to decorate a gingerbread cookie, write a letter to Santa himself, visit the Elf Workshop, and meet Santa!

Prices vary from $27 to $49 = GST, with children 2 and under free. Spots are booking up fast, so visit More Info: and to purchase your tickets

Whistler’s Bizarre Bazar – November 28-29, 2015
Support local businesses and youth entrepreneurs in Whistler at the Bizarre Bazar. On November 28 and 29, you can browse through the most unique and treasured hand-made art and crafts. Featuring over 100 artisans from the Whistler, Vancouver and beyond, this holiday craft fair allows you to choose from various foods, housewares, jewelry, art and more. You’ll also support Bratz Biz, which promote child and youth craftsmanship and entrepreneurial spirit.
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Dress Like Santa Day – December 19, 2015
Bring the whole family to this Santa extravaganza! Be one of the first 100 people to the base of Whistler Mountain on December 19th, and if you are wearing a full-on Santa or Mrs. Claus costume (red suit, black belt and hat), you will get a free lift ticket! It’s sp much fun to see all the red suits skiing down the mountain during this fun and whimsical event, which really brings a spirit of the holidays to the mountain!
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The Whistler Holiday Experience – December 19 - January 3, 2015
From December 19, 2015 - January 3, 2016, kids and parents alike can enjoy a fantastic day of FREE family indoor entertainment at the Whistler Conference Centre. Enjoy activities like mini-golf, a bouncy castle, crafts and more. Parents can relax in the lounge area and enjoy a hot chocolate while the kids play. These events runs daily but check the conference centre website for more info on New Year’s celebration closures.
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Skate with Santa at the Plaza – December 20, 2015
Get active with one of the most timeless and fun holiday activities – ice skating! Join family, friends and Santa himself on Sunday December 20, 2015 at the Whistler Olympic Plaza. This is a free family skate from 3pm-5pm, complete with hot chocolate, cookies and some holiday crafts. Skate rentals are available for $5 if you don’t have your own.
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Please check website link to verify event date and times.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Rogers Santa Claus Parade

Ho, Ho, Ho! Urbanbaby & Toddler Magazine is proud to partner with the Roger’s Santa Claus Parade this year and will be on site on Sunday, December 6th, 2015 (Parade Day).

Stop the Children’s area at Christmas Square (Vancouver Art Gallery on the corner of Georgia and Howe) from 10:30am – 1pm and meet our staff, pick up a copy of the Winter 2015 magazine and bring a donation of baby supplies (diapers, wipes, jars of food) in support of our charity Vancouver Food Bank - Basics for Babies.

Sylvia the Balloon Lady will be at the UBT booth from 10:30am - 12:30pm providing holiday balloon characters for all the children free of charge.

Rogers Santa Claus Parade VIP
View the parade from the “Best Seat in the House” with your own private bleacher seating complete with complimentary snacks and beverages.

Prize Includes: Four (4) VIP seats for the Rogers Santa Claus Parade
VIP Viewing Area. Enter at by Saturday, Nov 28th 12:00pm

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Supermodel Monika Schnarre joins Thomas Tank The Engine™ in Movember 2015

Monika Schnarre was the youngest model ever to win FORD Modeling agency’s Supermodel of the World competition. She has been featured on the pages of Sports Illustrated and Vogue. Today, she is a Canadian model, actress, business owner, wife and mother. Monika and her husband, Storey Badger, have been married for five years and have a three-year-old-son, Bode Badger.

Monika and Storey are big supporters of men’s health and have joined #TeamThomas to help FUN-raise in support of Movember. UBT had the opportunity to speak with Monika about the campaign.

UBT: Tell us about the Campaign
MS: Thomas the Tank Engine invited us, my family and me, to give his Movember campaign a voice this year. My husband Storey is growing a Mo and we’re all raising funds and awareness for Movember and the wonderful work they do. My son Bode is three and he loves Thomas and we’ve loved seeing Thomas’ new moustache ever week as the campaign progresses. We’ve also been promoting the campaign on social media and getting all of our friends and extended family involved.

UBT: Why is it important for the whole family to participate?
MS: Since I have a son, men’s health is extremely important to me and family. As a father, my husband also wants to make sure he can be around and active and healthy for his son.
It’s important to give back to a cause that has raised so much money for men’s health and all of the programs they support. As we raise awareness and funds for this campaign with Thomas, we can get the younger generation involved and show them the importance of giving back.

UBT: Why did Thomas get involved?
MS: It’s Thomas’ 70th anniversary this year so it’s about time he grew a moustache! The values of the Movember Foundation actually match perfectly with those of Thomas. Thomas originated when a father told his son, who was ill, stories about the trains nearby, and eventually carved a wooden train from a broom handle, the very first Thomas. Mattel has rereleased a replica of that original wooden Thomas toy this year that you can buy for yourself.

UBT: Tell us about Movember
The Movember Foundation is a global charity committed to men living happier, healthier, longer lives. Since 2003, millions have joined the men’s health movement, raising $677 million and funding over 1,000 programs to assist those living with prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity. During the month of November, participants are encouraged to grow a moustache, join a team and donate in order help change the face of men’s health worldwide.
So anyone who has a Mo page can join #TeamThomas!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

UBT Guide: Holiday Craft Fairs and Markets

It's that time of year.‘Tis the season of gift-giving! Whether a scarf, a necklace, or charming d├ęcor, find the perfect special something to give to your loved ones or for yourself at a local holiday craft fair and market! Checkout our list of Holiday Markets and Craft Fairs. Please check website links prior to attending. Happy Holidays!

November – Vancouver & North Vancouver

November – Burnaby, Richmond

November Tri-Cities 

November - Fraser Valley

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Genius of Tchaikovsky at The Orpheum Theatre

Vancouver’s premiere music education institution, the Vancouver Academy of Music, will be presenting an exciting display of their best, all-star students — the future stars of the world’s music stage — in a concert of Tchaikovsky favourites!  

The Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra (VAMSO) heralds the start of the holiday season with The Genius of Tchaikovsky on November 22, 2015 at 2pm at the Orpheum Theatre. Under the baton of lauded conductor Kathleen Allan, the exuberant young musicians will present an all- Tchaikovsky programme featuring some of the Romantic composer’s most beloved &
revered masterworks.

For many reasons, this is an excellent concert for families and the perfect “first” concert for little ones:

1) It is incredibly affordable — kids just $5! adults just $10!

2) It is a relaxing and non-intimidating first introduction to classical music for young kids — this is not your average, stuffy, late-night affair. It is an afternoon performance that welcomes families and young kids, paper shuffling and fidgeting included!

3) This concert supports the musical students — Vancouver kids! — who are working hard to perfect their craft, many of whom will go on to become Canada’s top musical talents!

4) It’s a special entrance into this year's holiday season.

For more information: Our to win a family pack of ticket check out our facebook page tomorrow (Thursday) at 10am for your chance to win. 

Saturday, November 14, 2015

FlyOver Canada Celebrates the Holiday Season

Vancouver’s must-see attraction, FlyOver Canada, will transform into a magical winter wonderland this Christmas season, from November 27, 2015 to January 5, 2016 at Canada Place. Guests will have fun helping Santa Claus search for his missing elves during the exhilarating flight across Canada, and on to the North Pole. Riders may even be able to catch a whiff of Mrs. Claus’ baking as they swoop over her Gingerbread factory.

The FlyOver Canada attraction is a flight simulation ride that takes guests on a breathtaking aerial tour over some of Canada’s spectacular landscapes using the latest in ride flight technology. Guests sit suspended 10 to 25 feet above the ground in specialized ride vehicles, with their legs dangling, as they move in concert with the film. With the addition of special effects (scent, mist, wind), riders actually feel like they are flying!

As part of Christmas at FlyOver Canada, riders will be treated to the following limited-timeonly
• Santa Claus, himself, will be on site to greet guests and hear their Christmas wish list,
December 12, 13, 19, and 21 – 24.
• Live musical performances by community, school, and group choirs will take place
between 12 and 3pm throughout the month of December.
• Delicious, holiday snacks and refreshments will be on sale, including Swiss-style

For more information Checkout