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. 


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 or call 604-908-8835.

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


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


    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


  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 or check out 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:

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 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

Ride the Carousal and check out the old town in Burnaby Village Museum

Try a horse riding lesson!

Build at a Home Depot Kid Workshop (runs once a month)

Go karting in Richmond

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 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."

Be sure to check out the new Queenston Park in Coquitlam!

Queenston park

We finally made time to head out to Queenston Park! I wasn't sure if it would keep both my kids busy as I have a  6 year old and a 10 year old. I find it hard to find a park that keeps both kids happy. But to my suprise both of them enjoyed it!

But who wouldn't! With the recycled rubber safety surfacing all over, giving a bounce feel when you walked over it, which allows the parents to feel safer too with the cushioned ground is pretty neat. The colors are very earthy too with a fun appeal. 

There are two playgrounds on the lower part both with slides, the bigger one with a climbing wall and a net, both having different ways to climb the structures. But the best part is the hill. There is a lane of netting you can climb up and down, or climb using the the bars, or the ladder style stairs or even the rope you can use to climb up and the cool hillside steps. The big appeal is the long slide that goes pretty fast which is super fun.

My only complaint is in the hot sun the slide can get hot. Also on the hill are large rubber handholds like circular sponge items created  to climb up the hill as well. So much creativity and so much fun. Love how this playground has so many innovative ideas and the kids love it.

There also is a basketball court beside the park if you have older kids they could play there while your younger kids enjoy the playground. There is about 4 benches around the park, but I would bring a blanket to sit on, and if its a sunny day bring a shade tent or umbrella as there is virtually no shade there. Dont forget the water to re-fuel the kids especially on a hot day. There was a porta potty near the entrance if your child needs to go to the bathroom while you are there.

We loved the park, however it was 24 degrees when we went so it was super hot there with no shade, but made for a fun quick park trip!


3415 Queenston Avenue


(Parking is limited as its on a residential street, please keep this in mind on a busy day)



Climbing net structure to larger playground set.

Queenston park

The long slide!

Queenston park slide

Hillside steps and rubber handholds

Queenston park

Ladder style steps

Queenston park

Net Climbing

Queenston park

Larger Play Structure

Queenston park

Up top the Slide

Queenston park

Pano image from uptop of the playground

Queenston park

Pano image from the side view of the playground

Queenston park

At the top of the hill was a grass area to enjoy a snack or picnic!

Queenston park

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