Fun for kiddies

Friday Family Fun: Five crafty ideas to keep kids busy

22 July 2011 5 things

I was in Costco the other day and they had the back-to-school supplies out already. Nooooooo! I’m not ready!!! Yeesh, summer has barely begun! And yet, when the kids are restless, those long summer days can seem less like something to be enjoyed and more like something to be endured. For this week’s version of […]

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Friday Family Fun: Rainbow cupcakes

8 July 2011 Fun for kiddies

For this third installment of my summertime Friday Family Fun series, after suggesting some places to get out and visit around the national capital, I thought I’d post a suggestion for a fun kid activity that you can do whether you live in Ottawa or anywhere else. We did this last weekend and the boys […]

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It’s a 21st Century Christmas

10 December 2010 5 things

This post was inspired by a CBC article about how Shaw Cable moved its beloved Yule Log channel to a Video On Demand channel. The previously free stream featuring nothing but a Yule log burning in a fireplace, now entering its 25th year, will now cost 99 cents. The fee, plus a matching amount from […]

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Kids movies for the holidays

7 November 2010 Fun for kiddies

Last week in the mail, I got an unsolicited and unexpected DVD screener of the movie Ramona and Beezus. There was no cover letter, just the DVD in an envelope. I wasn’t even sure if it was the trailer or the full movie until we popped it in the DVD player and started it up. […]

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Christmas Parades of Eastern Ontario – the 2010 Edition!

1 November 2010 Fun for kiddies

Edited to add: Click this link for the 2018 Santa Claus and holiday parade info! Last leaves drifting from the trees? Check. Halloween safely behind us, tucked into bed with a sore belly from too much candy? Check. Weather turned cold, grey and damp — and snowy?!? Check. Yay, it must be time for my […]

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Outdoor family fun: Make yer own sidewalk paint!

3 April 2010 Fun for kiddies

In years to come, they’ll talk about 2010 as the year that Easter fell in mid-summer. Yesterday, Ottawa was the warmest place in Canada with a high temp of 27C — that’s around 85F and the same temp as Miami, Florida! Even without the extraordinary temperatures, I get excited when the winter finally breaks for […]

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In which they become addicted to a thousand-year-old board game

29 March 2010 Fun for kiddies

Like so many of the best things in life, it’s deceptively simply and devilishly addictive. No, we’re not talking about cupcakes, but about a thousand-year-old board game called Mancala that has overtaken our family like a virus. Have you heard of it? I had not. Tristan got a Mancala set (also known as Kalah) for […]

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An experienced mom’s guide to kid birthday parties in Ottawa

24 February 2010 Fun for kiddies

We’re thick in the midst of birthday party season at our place: all three boys have birthdays in a five week span. Over the years we’ve mostly contracted out the birthday party, largely because the idea of avoiding 10 caked-up boys drunk on adrenaline on the loose in my house is worth just about any […]

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Five ideas for Family Literacy Day

26 January 2010 5 things

Did you know that Wednesday January 27 is Family Literacy Day in Canada? From the Web site: Family Literacy Day takes place every year on January 27. ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation and Honda Canada created the day in 1999 to encourage families to read and learn together. […] Literacy is more than books. There are […]

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Five ways to interact with Santa

7 December 2009 5 things

Back in the day, the only ways you could “interact” with Santa were to stand in line at the mall to sit on his knee, or maybe at your parents’ annual company Christmas party. Now that we live in an interactive world, though, not only can your kids write a letter to Santa, or listen […]

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