Shore Cleanup at Kits Beach

For some, the environment is a passing interest, but for Sara Bauman, it is not only what she loves, but what drives her choices and creativity. Sara has been an avid environmentalist since the ripe age of three. “Balloons are bad,” she said to store clerks who were giving away balloons. “Don’t you know after they deflate they end up in the ocean and hurt animals?” 10 years later, her passion for cleaning up the oceans has only continued. This year, Sara is training for her Bat Mitzvah, the ritual marking a girl’s passage from childhood to adulthood in the Jewish religion. Aside from intense Hebrew and Judiac studies, she has to plan, organize, and execute a community service close to her heart. Naturally, the oceans call and she is cleaning up her favourite Vancouver Beach where she spends many summer days. Join her and her crew clean up Kits Beach and help to celebrate Sara’s fourth beach clean up. The event takes place on April 23rd, from 10am until noon, starting at 1499 Arbutus Street. Meet at the playground and prepare to get to work! Don’t worry about getting dirty either, because tongs, garbage bags, and gloves are all provided. So join the shore cleanup to keep our oceans safe and healthy while supporting Sara in her path to adulthood.

Raising Kids in the Digital World

The digital world is here to stay, changing our society in a way that has far-reaching consequences for our children. What are the implications for raising children? How do we harness the spectacular connecting potential and yet avoid the pitfalls of attachment technology gone awry? How do we prepare them to live in this new world and yet preserve what is required for healthy development to take place? We have followed our children into the digital world and yet for their sakes as well as ours, need to restore our lead in order to avoid the insidious dangers that live in the shadows of this potent technology. We will consider the digital revolution through the lens of developmental science, committed to helping adults help children reach their full human potential.

Read more about the event here.

Koba’s the Great Big Show!

Koba Entertainment today announced a brand new live, interactive and family-friendly stage show visiting 38 western Canadian cities in 2016 including Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre on March 16th. “Koba’s The Great Big Show” is the company’s first-ever live family theatrical tour that features lovable and endearing characters from four of the top-rated preschool shows on television today. Starring Franklin the Turtle, a Canadian icon in children’s entertainment for more than 20 years, as well as The Backyardigans, Max & Ruby and Mike the Knight, the all star cast comes to life on stage performing original, interactive songs for families throughout Canada.

In “Koba’s The Great Big Show,” families embark on a musical adventure that encompasses Koba’s most popular stage productions. The imaginative Backyardigans travel from the frozen north to the sunny seas and home again just in time for a snack. “Hilarious results arise when everybody’s favourite bunny siblings Max & Ruby encounter strange party guests,” says Caplette. Fans will also have fun playing riddles and rhymes with Franklin the Turtle and his Woodland pals. They’ll also join the chivalrous Mike the Knight and his friends on adventures in the magical kingdom of Glendragon.
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Disney on Ice!

We all have our favourite Disney characters, and nothing is more exciting than seeing them come to life on stage, or in this case, on ICE! Kids can get lost in all the fun, songs, dancing and magic that Disney is known for. Clap and sing along to all of your favourites!

Disney On Ice will be bringing the number one animated film of all time to life this winter with Disney On Ice presents Frozen, debuting at Vancouver’s Pacific Coliseum from November 25 to 29. You may think the ice would offer a chilly celebration but the friendly atmosphere, snuggly seats and familiar songs will warm you up in no time.

Featuring everyone’s favourite Disney characters and songs from Frozen, as well as other films such as Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and The Lion King, the show is sure to be fun for all.

Scramble to get your tickets today, and enter our contest to win tickets for the whole family!

Culture Days with the TriCity India Heritage Arts & Culture Society

On September 25, 26, 27, TriCity India Heritage Arts & Culture Society celebrates the 6th Anniversary of Culture Days with a series of free events & activities in Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam, Port Moody, Burnaby, North Vancouver & Vancouver.

The event has been included amongst more than 7,500 free activities & events that are already registered to take place in over 825 communities across Canada as part of the 6th anniversary of Culture Days. The event will feature family activities like Yoga classes for all ages, Laughter Yoga, Indian Classical Music, cultural exhibitions, temple tours and Bollywood dancing.

As a new community organization in Coquitlam, the TriCity India Heritage Arts & Culture Society aims to present communities with an opportunity to share heritage arts and interact directly with the cultural community in an engaging way. As a result, BC’s Indian Arts & culture organizations can share the cultural creative process so members of the public are able to fully appreciate and understand Indian Arts. It is also a great way to experience authentic culture at our doorstep and make more friends. Over 5.5 million Canadians have participated in 25,000 Culture Days activities hosted by 4,440 Canadian artists, cultural organizations and groups since 2010. To learn more, please visit

Check out the India Series Facebook page here.



White Rock Princess Party

On August 22 from 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m, don’t miss the White Rock Princess Party! It will be held at the Star of the Sea Community Centre, 15262 Pacific Avenue, and little ones will have the chance to  light up as they visit a land of make believe while playing with QUEEN ELSA & PRINCESS ANNA at this extraordinary event. Your child will thank you!

The White Rock Princess Party is an annual charitable event where children gather for fun, entertainment, pampering, great activities and the chance to show their support for the community. This magical event is designed to make your child feel special inside and out and learn about the importance of things like kindness and generosity!

It is the major fundraiser in support of the White Rock Fire Fighters efforts to build an ALL ABILITIES park in the City of White Rock. In the past 5 years we have raised over $60,000 towards this innovative play space for children and adults of all abilities and all ages.

For more information, tickets and pictures please visit

École Sperling Elementary School Fun Fair Fundraiser!

École Sperling Elementary School  is hosting a Fun Fair to help raise money to improve the school’s technology program. Since education of our children affects us all, don’t miss the chance to help support the school and the further education of STEM!

When: Friday, May 29th from 4pm – 8pm

Where: 2200 Sperling Avenue, Burnaby.

There will be fun for the entire family with food, fun and excitement! There’ll be lots of exciting activities including:
· Climbing Wall
· Pony Rides
· Hamster balls
· Carnival Games
· Bouncy castles
· Giant Jenga
· Sand Art
· Cake Walk.
· ArtSpace and Gardenworks activity sessions
· Silent Auction with some fantastic prizes donated by our community partners.
Best of all, your little ones can enjoy FREE games and activities in the toddler area! Of course, don’t miss food from Whitespot and Gaya Sushi. There will also be all of the other carnival favourites, including hot dogs, cotton candy and popcorn. Plus a few healthy choices!

For more information please visit and come out for a good time for a great cause!

Belly Baby Kids Show!

By Amanda Collett


Looking for a fun family event to go to over Spring Break? Come check out the Belly Baby & Kid Show! We have everything for expecting parents through to kids in the Elementary School years!

There is so much happening that I almost don’t even know where to begin!  We have over $4500 in prize give-aways! 200 Swag Bags worth over $250 each for the first arrivals at 10am & 12pm! I promise you will be more than excited with what’s inside them. The show will have everything from products, gift certificates & coupons with the top leading products & services in the lower mainland.

Want to know what some of the fun ?

–        Kids Photo Contest; Winner will be featured on the COVER of West Coast Families Magazine

–        Come take your photo with the Easter Bunny and have in sent to your inbox in time for Easter

–        Are your little ones a fan of Disney’s Frozen Queen Elsa? Come and meet her, listen to stories and songs @ 10.55am on the stage or come visit her at her booth for some one on one attention!

–        Bring Dad…if he’s not in to all the kids activities and shopping…Let him have a look at the latest models of cars from Super Dave’s Hyundai

–        Check out a variety of vendors with all the latest products and services catered to parents and kids.

–        We have seminars; so if you are struggling with sleep deprivation due to your child not sleeping you are not going to want to miss our Sleep Consultant Seminar. Or looking for some great nutritional tips for your kids or you; don’t miss the nutritional seminar.

–        Interactive music demos with the kids, my gym classes, come see the exciting Mad Science on Stage. Not to mention the cutest karate kids, little dancers and a kids fashion show with the latest kids trends.

–        Of course how could we forget to mention our kids tumble area, the bouncy castle, face painting, bubbles galore, Balloon animals and more.

A great Family Event you don’t wasn’t to miss! Be sure to come by Saturday, March 22nd at The Act, Maple Ridge 10am-3pm. For more details check out Belly Baby Kid Show’s website;