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Polar Express Train Ride


CONTEST CLOSED, winner was Travis from Port Coquitlam, his family is excited to go!

8th Annual Polar Express - The Only One in Canada!

Win a Family four pack of coach tickets with $25 gift certificate for the Polar Express store worth $133.

A Christmas Highlight:  The Polar Express!  A one hour long train ride complete with cookies, hot chocolate and 'Everyone Sings' on the return trip.  When you depart from The Express, you go into our giant Roundhouse which is transformed into The North Pole with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a Christmas Mini Rail Train and lots of other activities. 

 CLOSED!

Bellies to babies celebration trade show

Win a $100.00 gift certificate to spend at the Bellies to Babies Celebration trade show on Sunday, October 4th, 2015 at the Croatian Cultural Centre, Vancouver.

The Bellies to Babies Celebration is a one of a kind event, offering a unique opportunity for new and expectant parents and grandparents to explore and shop for trendy baby fashions, decor and so much more! Moms-to-be can participate in educational workshops. Rookie Dads can take part in our Daddy Trivia Contest. Varied support groups will also be on hand to answer questions for new and expectant parents.


To Attend: Register at www.belliestobabiescelebration.com or call 604-908-8835.

Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BelliestoBabiesCelebration for more ways to win.

 

Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BelliestoBabiesCelebration for more ways to win.

Join our Facebook Party on Thursday, September 24th at 7pm.  


HOW TO ENTER THE DRAW:

We are giving away  ($100 to one winner for the show)

1. Enter our contest form *In the comments box, check out the exhibitors on the Bellies to Babies Celebration website, name the vendor, where you would spend the $100.00.

2. For additional entries Like Bellies to Babies Facebook Page

This contest ends September 30, 2015 at 8pm.
*Lower Mainland Residents Only
*you will need to find your own transporation to the location (Vancouver)

Recycled Soda Bottle Craft

Recycled Soda Bottle Craft

Craft and image from Country Woman

Materials

    2 plastic soft-drink bottles of the same size
    Low-temperature glue gun and glue sticks
    Zipper to fit perimeter of bottle
    Spray paint (optional)
    Scraps of brown card stock for stem
    Scraps of card stock in choice of color for leaves and tag
    Embroidery floss in choice of color
    Tag punch

Instructions

  1. Clean bottles and let dry for Soda Bottle Crafts. Cut each bottle evenly around the perimeter 2-3 in. from the bottom; you’ll use the bottom pieces. (Recycle top portion.)

  2. If desired, spray paint the exterior of each. Follow manufacturer’s instructions and apply as many coats as needed for complete coverage, letting dry between coats.

  3. Unzip zipper. Use hot glue to adhere 1 of the fabric sides to the perimeter of each bottle piece. Apply a short, thin line of hot glue at top edge of bottle, then overlap fabric about 1/4 in. onto exterior rim. Glue the zipper in small sections, letting glue dry between each section. Be careful not to get glue on zipper teeth or slider.

  4. For stem, cut a small rectangle from brown card stock and fold in half lengthwise. Cut sides slightly curved. Fold ends about 1/4 in. inward, making a dimensional tent shape. Use hot glue to adhere to center of one end of apple.

Summer Bucket List To Do!

Summer Bucket

Swim and play in the sand at a local lake or beach

Check out the activities and ride up Grouse Mountain

Go across the Caplilano Bridge and go for a hike

Go to the waterslides at Bridal Falls or Cultus

Rides and fun at the PNE

Amusement park at Cultus, heard it's tons of fun!  Cultus Lake Adventure Park

Check out some fun local farms

Go to a petting zoo

Check out Maplewood Farm

Go to your local fish hatchery

Feed the birds at Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary (bring bird seed or buy a bag when you are there)

Go to Kelowna and visit the Kangaroo Farm!

Rainy Day? Go explore Science World or the Aquarium

Go jump on the jumbo pillow and get some Apple Cider at http://tavesfamilyfarms.com or check out http://www.maanfarms.com/family-fun/ they also have some great fun there too!

Check out the new FuntopiaWorld in Surrey, a place where you can climb like crazy and have a blast!

Go mini golfing at Castle Fun Park in Abbotsford or Bear Creek Train in Surrey

Check out a free outdoor movie in  your neighbourhood: https://www.facebook.com/OutdoormoviesBC

Visit the new Suspension bridge at Cascade Falls in Mission

Go to a local Farmer’s Market and meet the local farmers and artisans, some even have an activity for kids to do.

Check out the Richmond Night Markets, enjoy trying new foods, people watching or shopping

Bring Fish and Chips to the beach and enjoy the view or play in the sand.

Go camping!

Bike rides with the family

Small hikes with the family especially to the waterfalls or a river to swim in

Go fishing or look for mini crabs under rocks, explore!

Go pottery painting at a local studio

Nature Hunt: Have a nature hunt, go to a local park and give the kids a list to find nature items (pick items that are not needed to be picked) to preserve the forest. For younger kids use pictures to help them find the items!

Berry Picking: Head to a Berry Farm and go picking!

Of course last but not least be sure to visit www.kidsvancouver.com and go to one of the many events that are listed for the lower mainland.

Go on the mini trains at Burnaby Confederation Park!

Go to Fort Langley and enjoy the little shops or go to the fort langley national historic site http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/bc/langley/index.aspx

Ride the Carousal and check out the old town in Burnaby Village Museum http://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca/

Try a horse riding lesson!

Build at a Home Depot Kid Workshop (runs once a month) http://www.homedepot.ca/workshops

Go karting in Richmond http://www.richmondgokarts.com/

Rainy Day? Make a fort, make popcorn and watch a family movie from the fort!

Check out the shops, Kids Market and food at Granville Island

Go to the Ice cream shop and enjoy every second!

There is so much more to do out there, just get out there and have FUN!



Free Summer Bucket List printable click here!

 

 

 Summer Bucket list printable

10 Hikes To Take Your Kids On This Summer

This Blog was written by Michael Chang

Please see this article on http://m.vancouvertrails.com to read more about these great hikes to try out with your family!

 

"With the kids out of school and the warm summer months upon us, there are many hiking trails that offer great family outings throughout south western British Columbia to explore. Some of the many benefits of taking your children hiking are learning about the local nature and environment, physical activity, and the ability to explore the outdoors.

It’s important to know your child’s physical ability and to do research on any hiking trail that you may consider taking them on. While I have seen children as young as 3 or 4 years old hiking up North Shore trails, I have also heard parents say that some trails are too difficult for their children. It’s important to pick something that’s age specific and not something that is physically going to overwhelm your child."

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