Watch Andrea Vance from WestCoast Families on Global Noon News Hour Parenting Segment, Mondays.
Next appearance: Monday, Oct 21, 2013
Topic: Halloween Fun!
Monday October 21
Burnaby Village Museum
October 25 – 27
Witch’s Ball, Circus Sideshow, and carousel rides. Bring the kids in costume.
www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca | (604) 297-4565
Family Fright at the Fort
Fort Langley Historic Site
Trick-or-treat, balloon surprises, “Mike’s Critters”
decorate a pumpkin
Also Grave Tales walking tour!
www.parkscanada.gc.ca/fortlangley | 604.513.4777
Halloween in the Forest
Surrey Nature Centre
October 26, 10am–2pm
Follow the Forest Fairy to discover owls, bats and other creatures of the night.
Identify mystery items using your sense of touch.
Rain or shine!
$7 per child.
www.surrey.ca | 604.502.6065
Taves Family Farms – previously Apple Barn
Hayride, ride a pony, pick your own apples, choose a perfectly-round pumpkin, Corn Quest Maze, jumping pillow,
Pet barn animals at Farmville
Farmers Market – country store
Hazelmere Pumpkin Patch
Gabriel Farms, Surrey
Weekends only, 10am-5pm (some extended hours-please call)
U-pick pumpkins and gourds, hayrides, petting zoo, mini corn maze, face painting.
Concession and more. Bring your family and your flashlights!
Monday September 20
Consignment stores in Greater Vancouver.
- a few retail consignment stores still open – check www.westcoastfamilies.com for full listing.
- need to bring items in, sometimes book appointment.
- items need to be in-season
- get 40-50% of selling price
Wee Ones Reruns – Kingsway, Vancouver
Buttercups – Ladner
Listings online at www.westcoastfamilies.com
- easy, just fill the bag – no appt, no lugging stuff.
- season doesn’t matter – can sell any item, any time.
- usually awarded points, which can be spent.
- Prices usually lower, commission usually lower
Kids Swap meets around Greater Vancouver.
Book table, bring your clothes & other items
100% selling price is yours.
More effort, more time.
Monday September 9
Home Grown Kids Fashion
High end but not expensive
Organic, eco-friendly, made in Canada
BEST denim jeans for toddlers ever
Soft & comfortable
Path + Laftr
Clothing for youth, teen and pre-teen boys
Amazing fabrics, super comfortable and great teen styles
Kelowna based, made in Canada
Simple, well designed. Great quality.
Monday February 25 2013
Spring Break Camps
Performing and Visual Art Camps
Arts Umbrella, Granville Island
Hip Hop, Creative Drama, Cartooning, Photography. Ages 3-19. March 18-28
PNE Garden Auditorium, Vancouver
Unicycles, juggling, acrobatics. 5-14 yrs. Full & half days. March 18-28
Crafty Spring Break Camps
Create It Emporium, Surrey
Daily programs: sewing, needle, painting, creating crafts. Sign up for as many days/whichever days you want. 6-13 yrs. March 18-29
Performing and Visual Arts Camps
Evergreen Cultural Centre, Coquitlam
Kids on Stage, acting for camera, animated world. Ages 7-14. Full day. March 18-28
School of Rock
Tom Lee Music, Vancouver
Play guitar, electric guitar, drums, sing… practice, perform, and a live concert at the end. March 18-22
January 28, 2013
Athletics 4 kids
The support of A4K is available province-wide for children ages five to 18 currently enrolled in school. Basic registration fees are paid for a multitude of approved sports, up to an annual maximum of $600 per child. For more information, visit http://www.a4k.ca
BC Sport Agency
BC Sport Agency has a number of programs that support community sport participation such as the Sport Participation Program, Local Sport Development Fund, and Aboriginal sport grants. For more information, visit http://www.BCSportAgency.com
JumpStart, Canadian Tire
Canadian Tire Jumpstart is a national charitable program that helps financially disadvantaged children participate in organized sport and recreation. Jumpstart helps cover registration, equipment and/or transportation costs. For more information, visit www.jumpstart.canadiantire.ca
Kid Sport Canada
KidSport™ Canada is a national not-for-profit organization providing financial assistance for registration fees and equipment to children aged 18 and under. Through a confidential application process Kid Sport Canada provides grants so children can play a season of sport. For more information, visit www.kidsportcanada.ca/
Contact your local recreational centre for grants and bursaries for various sports and programs for low income families.
Many hockey leagues and associations have waivers for families who can’t afford the registration fee.
September 17, 2012
Back to School Style
Hatley Stores: hatleystores.com
Joe Fresh: joefresh.com
Nobis Hats: nobis.ca
Mountain Equipment Coop: mec.ca
Peekaboo Beans & Cici Bean: peekaboobeans.com
Triple Flip: tripleflip.ca
Redfish Kids Clothing: redfishkidsclothing.com
Monday, May 21, 2012
Cool Summer DayCamps for kids.
Also look at any organization that offers kids programs year round. Topics: Science, Gymnastics, Sports, Educational, outdoor, recreational, dance, music, arts, and much more. Don’t forget about your local community centre & libraries too.
Tom Lee Music Learning Centre
School of Rock
Glee Camp – Surrey, Richmond, Vancouver
Singing & dancing show choir
one week each
Burnaby & Surrey
Sports, Education (ESL, Leadership, Computer), Outdoor (mountaineering, orientation,) , Recreation, Aquatics
Horseback Riding, also includes swimming, climbing, crafts, games.
Ages 7-8 older kids camps also, but overnights.
UBC Botanical Gardens
Eco Explorer – linking humans with the environment. Cohabitating with wildlife: photo safaris, wild plant tastings, off-site excursions
Garden Explorer – become a friendly gardener. Cook with weird veg, make compost tea, water conservation.
Half or full days
Visual arts, music dance, theatre
Architecture, drama, mixed media, music, cartooning
Monday, April 30, 2012
Do you know where your food comes from?
More & more families going local, concerned about what they’re feeding their kids (and themselves).
Lower Mainland is a goldmine for local produce, and organic food.
Smaller, family oriented businesses
Local Organic Farms
Goat’s Pride Dairy – Abbotsford
Goat milk, yogurt, cheese
Store on site, or from many grocers around Lower Mainland (Choices, Organic Grocer, SPUD, Planet Organic, etc)
Sumas Mountain Farms
Beef, chicken, pork, eggs
Can preorder from website & pickup in Abbotsford
Look at the page for rideshares with/for other orderers
Two EE’s Organic Produce
Family owned since 1960 – daughter & son-in-law of original farm owners now run the store operation, and a son runs the produce farm.
Lettuces, Kale, Carrots, beets, cauliflower, brussels, Fava Beans!
More than 48 kinds of vegies
See the April issue of WestCoast Families for more profiles on local organic farms
Complete Family event. Meet the growers themselves, talk about the food. Artisans and crafters too!
North/West Vancouver & Burnaby: artisanmarkets.ca
See “Listings” section of WestCoast Families website for FULL Listing of Farmer’s Markets in the Lower Mainland.
April 9, 2012
SLEEPAWAY CAMPS FOR SUMMER 2012
Are they ready? First time? Lots of camps have “sample sizes”
Interests & Challenges. What are they about? Sometimes pushing boundaries outside “normal” life. Meeting other kids. Boosting self esteem. Take on new challenges.
Length – varies from 3 days to 4 weeks +
Cost – varies from $200 to more than $10,000!
Ages – 5 & up. Usually grouped with similar ages. Younger ages usually have shorter camps (ie. 3-4 days)
Camp Qwanoes – youth focus, year-round, Christian camp.
Camp Luther – Christian camp, outdoor adventure,
Stillwood Camp – Religious camp. Program of Challenge & recreation.
Camp Squeah – Mennonite Church, natural setting for kids to build relationships, grow, be nurtured.
Timberline Ranch – religious camp, horseback riding, biking, skateboarding, and lots of outdoor activity.
Sasamat Outdoor Centre – Experience wide range of outdoor activities: kayak, geocaching, swimming, campfires, archery,
Evans Lake Forest Education Camp – Eco Fun Forest Education, outdoor skills & leadership
YMCA – Camp Elphinstone – camping adventures, ocean, growth of campers through community & friendships. International!
YMCA – Camp Deka – lake, adventure camping, unique personal experiences.
GIFTS – Act, Direct, and make your own movie!
Dave Murray Ski/Snowboard school – skiandsnowboard.com
Digital Media Academy – computers & digital media at UBC Campus – digitalmediaacademy.org
Click HERE for a full listing of camps in the April 2012 issue of WestCoast Families magazine
February 20, 2012
Montessori – multi age classes, learn at own pace.. and learn through hands on doing instead of teaching. Free to move about, work alone, or with others. montessori.org
Waldorf – start with belief & trust in the good in the world. Beautiful. Imagination & creativity. Academics come later. vws.ca
CEFA – junior kindergarten – core subjects like reading & math, incorporating fine arts like dance, yoga, drama. Freedom to learn & grow through play. cefa.ca
Elementary & beyond
Montessori & Waldorf
Sports & Outdoor
Language Immersion – Mandarin & French
Community based schools
Teacher led, provincial curriculum.
January 23, 2012
DANCE PROGRAMS FOR KIDS
Early learning programs – Creative Dance for 3-5 yrs
Musical Theatre, starting at age 8
Triple Threats 5-11 yrs
Gabriela’s Movement Studio
Creative Movement 2-9 yrs – music, props, instruments… discovering dance!
Place des arts
Hip Hop for 8-18 yrs, performing in competitive events too.
Pacific dance arts
Specializing in Ballet… but also includes jazz, modern, & contemporary dance. General Dance programs use ballet as a base, but cover lots of genres. Professional programs too.
Vancouver Academy of Dance
ALL kinds of dance –Ballroom, chinese dance
LOTS of dance classes for all ages.
Very inexpensive, often fill up.
JANUARY 9, 2012
Education (and FUN!) at home
Rainy dull days of Jan & Feb can be spiced up.
Creative ways to spend days indoors when the outdoors is really not an option.
Find building blocks around the house: egg cartons, toilet roll inserts, cardboard boxes. And a lot of tape!
Create large scale buildings that inspire creative play. They can use the creation for their cars, dolls, or whatever else they like to use their imaginations with.
Get a magnifying glass and inspect everything! Great for boys & girls. Trap an insect for a short period of time and really take a close look. Brave the cold & rain for a short time and collect rocks, leaves, tree bark, and anything else that may look more interesting closeup.
Cooking, sewing, knitting, woodworking… whatever you’re good at. Immerse you & your child in it for a few hours one day. You’d be amazed at what they are capable of creating. Never underestimate!
Create a book
Have your child dictate a story about herself. Type or print it on paper, fasten the paper together, and have your child illustrate each page to make a personalized picture book.