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Country FestivalJuly 26th & 27th, 2014
Saturday July 26th - 10 AM to 10 PM
Sunday July 27th - 10 AM to 6PM

http://www.mrpmcountryfest.com

A Party Blast – From Then to Now - Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Country Fest is celebrating 113 years of excellence in the promotion of agriculture. This outstanding and award winning organization is proud and excited to announce that for the 7th year the fair is featuring a FREE admission!!

The main focus of the fair is to offer a wide array of agricultural shows and demonstrations and it truly does offer “The Best of the Best” up close and personal experiences of farm life and rural living. Our educational and award winning Fun ‘Til You’re Done Farm is filled with baby farm animals from chicks to beef calves and everything in between is truly one of the busiest buildings during the weekend.

Country FestivalAnother Provincial winner is our Back Yard Farming area where experts are available to share their knowledge and teach visitors how to grow their own food. A farrier, sheep shearer, sheep dogs herding ducks, milking demonstrations, Poultry in Motion Barn and a chef’s competition featuring local high school students will also fill the two day schedule. Over 30 4-H clubs with hundreds of 4-H members are expected to attend Country Fest, filling our beautiful grass show rings with their livestock projects.

An open poultry show and high energy horse shows are also planned. Visitors can expect a main stage that is filled with first class entertainment, guaranteed to thrill all ages, Country Corner Vintage Market,  Beschano Trial bike shows, Lawnmower Races, Shooing Star midway rides and so much more is planned for our ”jam packed” weekend. Keep checking our website for what is guaranteed to be some of the best and affordable family days of your summer.

More info at: http://www.mrpmcountryfest.com

Win a Stainless Steel Popsicle Mold by Onyx worth over $40!

Onyx Stainless Steel popsicle moldCONTEST CLOSED! Winner has been emailed!

Win a Stainless Steel Popsicle Mold by Onyx worth over $40!

It's summer time and we’re all about making our own homemade popsicles!  Why? We can create fun, healthy recipes the kids love - all without refined sugars, dyes, and preservatives.

The plastic-free Onyx popsicle molds don’t contain chemicals that can leach into popsicles and this is great news for parents. The fast freeze stainless steel mold is easy to use, easy to clean, and will last you a lifetime. Each of the popsicle molds contain: one stand, 6 molds, 6 lids and 12 re-usable bamboo sticks and12 removable silicone rings.

Visit The Tickle Trunk online store to purchase this item or to view their other great products!

HOW TO ENTER THE DRAW:

We are giving away 1 stainless steel popsicle Mold set 
(1 winners will be chosen)

1. Enter our contest form

2. For additional entries Like Onyx's facebook page  and mention Kids Vancouver.com sent you!

This contest ends June 18, 2014 at 8pm.

*item will be mailed to you

"Ride the Rails" on a Burnaby Central Railway Mini Train!

trainOur son loves trains, lives and breathes trains, so we took him to the Burnaby Central Railway Mini Trains. He has been before and he just loves it, and so does our entire family.

How fun to actually ride the mini train going across bridges, switching tracks, going through a tunnel and looping around the track!

When you enter you add your train coins that you purchased to the ticket deposit box which makes for a old fashioned fun entry to the ride. Both times we have gone the line up has not been long to wait.

When we were there they had two trains running one electric and one steam. The trains are beautiful, each train I was told is worth around $15,000 all the way to $80,000. We rode the trains twice and was able to ride the steam train and also the electric. It was neat to smell the coal and see the conductor fill it up with coals, so we can "ride the rails". The place has railway crossing signs, check your brakes signs and little items you can spot along the side of the rails while on the ride.

I think each train takes appox 15-20 people if I remember correctly. The ride is about 10 minutes long. Enough time to feel you had a fun ride. We went two times, which was enough for us and saved the leftover tokens for next time.

trainTickets are $2.50 each, we paid for the 12 rides for $25.00, as if you don't use all the tickets, they don't expire. A small way to save some money and also to not line up again in case of a line-up.

If you have a Thomas and Friends train enthusiast, or kids who love trains in general, I would for sure bring them as my son is and he absolutly loves it. Even my non train fan 9 year old enjoyed it.

Also there is a gift shop in the building where you can buy train shirts, wood train railway parts and even train paintings. All quite reasonable prices! At the ticket booth they have train keychains and a train whistle usually available for purchase as well. Hope you enjoy the ride!

 

trainLocation:

Burnaby Central Railway
http://burnabyrailway.org/
Confederation Park
120 North Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby BC
604-291-0922


Fares:

$2.50 single ride ticket (Good for one 10-15 minute ride.)
$25.00 12 ride passes (12 rides for the price of ten!)

The 12 ride pass is a great deal for frequent passengers, and there's no expiry date, so you can take your unused rides on your next visit to the park.

Children less than 3 years old ride free of charge!

Group rates are available for group picnics, birthday parties, and other groups. Please check the Group Functions pages for more information.

 

Info about the trains:

trainWhether steam, diesel or electric in appearance, all of our locomotives are built to look like ones that have been, or are, in service on railways around the world.

We have three battery-powered miniature electric and diesel locomotives, as well as a gas powered hydraulic engine, that are ready to respond quickly when demand for rides is high.

Our most prized engines, and the ones that everyone wants to see and ride on, are four hand-crafted steam engines: each locomotive has been built from drawings, patterns and castings, and then machined, fabricated, and welded into a finely detailed 1/8 scale miniature of the full-sized prototype.

The proper coal for small steam locomotives is hard to find in Canada; therefore, three of our engines burn propane, and only one is coal fired. Why not stop by and see if you can

Win a Family Four Pack of Tickets to Day Out with Thomas!

 Thomas the Train

CONTEST CLOSED, Christin Hung is the winner!

Win a Family Four Pack of tickets to Day Out with Thomas! You will have your choice of any of the four days - June 7th/8th and 14th/15th. 

Your Day Out with Thomas includes a 25 minute train ride and many other activities on site including a photo with Sir Topham Hat, free tattoos, live entertainment, Thomas play tables, and other activities.  Grand Prize also includes a $25 gift certificate in our giant Thomas retail area.

Total value of the Grand Prize is $117.

Location: Squamish

 

More info or to purchase tickets: http://www.wcra.org

 

HOW TO ENTER THE DRAW:

We are giving away  (1 set of Family tickets, 4 tickets total )

1. Enter our contest form *In the comments box add why you want to win!

2. For additional entries Like Kids's Vancouver Facebook Page

 Thomas the Train

This contest ends May 18, 2014 at 8pm.
*Lower Mainland Residents Only
*you will need to find your own transporation to the location (Squamish)

maddiegray photographyMy name is Cathy, I am a mom of an awesome 4 and half year old boy, named Logan. Logan was diagnosed over a year ago with Autism. We realized when he was about 2 and half, his speech was not increasing. But, he was sick most of the time with ear infections and sore throats from age 6 months until 2 and half years, so we assumed that he was behind due to all his sickness. All his other milestones were normal until then. When I asked my friends they told me don’t worry, he is a boy, boys are late with talking. When preschool came I really noticed how far he was behind and when I saw how he was at preschool he seemed so different then his peers and so different to how he was at home. We questioned a little could it be Autism? But when we looked it up, Logan didn’t seem to have all the classic “symptoms”.

But at school he was quiet, focused only on trains and/or cars and not socially aware of anyone in the room and very little eye contact. At home he played with many things, and gave us eye contact and at that time had very little symptoms of a child with Autism other than behind in his speech. Also Logan is very affectionate with hugs and kisses and is very easy going which made us think he was not (from what we knew). As months passed more symptoms appeared, such as hand flapping, this is a known trait of Autism. Other symptoms, eye contact decreased, also his anxiety had increased but this can be good as he was more socially aware what is going around him.

We decided to get him privately tested him, as the wait list I was told were over a year and half in the city we live in and we knew how important early diagnosis was. Shortly after diagnosis we began therapy. Therapy for us now consists of 4 sessions a week at 2 hours each time, plus he has speech therapy and occupational therapy. Also it is common to have even more therapy hours, but along with his preschool, gymnastics and swimming and sister’s activities it makes for a very busy week as it is!

Logan readingA little more about Logan he is very sweet, easy going, loves to cuddle and he loves to give kisses. He really has no behaviours except some anxiety when I leave him at school. He does still like to flap his hands or jump when he gets excited, just think when you get excited you like to scream, shout out in excitement or tell someone about your news; well this is his way of getting that energy out without using words.

Just like other kids, he loves to play in sand and dirt, he loves trains, cars, jumping on the trampoline, running around outside, playing with his sister, playing with friends and also enjoys his Ipad and it’s really amazing what he can do on it!

I think if anything in our house it is just a little quieter than yours maybe to comparison to another 4 year old. I just wanted to share a little of his story as most people have different ideas of what Autism is, but the spectrum of Autism is so huge and not one is the same. Before Autism came into our lives, I had no idea as well how different each child with Autism is, so I hope to make you a bit more aware.

We now have had Logan in therapy for over a year, and the changes are amazing. His language has increased; he seeks social engagement, loves to play with other kids, great eye contact and has mastered some fine motor activities too! He now is in activities like gymnastics and swimming without any extra help, we could not be any prouder! He still has a ways to go, but it is wonderful how far he has come. We see huge potential in our little guy and feel the sky is the limit.

Logan and sisterAutism is increasing more and more, The CDC (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has just released that Autism is 1 in 68 kids now. Please become more aware about Autism, as most likely if your child does not have it, someone you know does.

If you ever have a question about Autism, talk to the parent, most parents want to chat with you about their child and explain to you what Autism is and how their child is. We would rather you ask.

Thank you for reading this and learning a little about my son and learning a little about Autism in our family. But please remember when you have met one person with Autism, you have only met ONE person with Autism. Please take time and teach your children to include and accept, as that is where change begins

Thanks, Cathy

Win 1 of 3 Pairs of VIP PASSES to the Belly, Baby & Kid Show!

 Belly, Baby & kid Show!

CONTEST CLOSED! Winners are Michelle K, Terri-Lynne M. & Jennifer S.

Win 1 of 3 Pairs of VIP PASSES to the Belly, Baby & Kid Show! Belly Baby & Kid Show on March 22nd 10am-3pm.

  • 200 Free Swag Bags Valued at over $200 each in products to the first @ 10am & 12pm
  • over $4800 in Prize give-aways
  • Live entertainment
  • Learn, Shop, Play & Have Fun

More information about the show? Click here!

 

HOW TO ENTER THE DRAW:

We are giving away  (1 of 3 pairs of tickets )

1. Enter our contest form

2. For additional entries Like Kids's Vancouver Facebook Page

Carter's Open House and Online CAN Fundraiser!

 Carter's Open house

 

Carter and his family are raising money for the Canucks Autism Network Family Festival being held on March 9th, 2014 from 11-2pm. They are holding an open house with some amazing companies that are helping their family donate as much as they can! Can't make it to the fundraiser, there are some other great ways to donate, view the event online on facebook to find out how! 

Win Tickets to Ride the Dinosaur Train!!

Dinosaur Train

CONTEST Closed! Winner has been emailed.

Win a Family Four Pack of tickets - value of $108.00. Come ride the Dinosaur Train to the Nature Trackers Adventure Area and search for dinosaur fossils, track their footprints, get up close to your favourite TV show friends and other activities!

Have your photo taken with Buddy!


West Coast Railway Heritage Park
39645 Government Road, Squamish, BC

March 16th thru 30th (Spring Break)
Every day at 1:pm
Saturday & Sundays: 10:am also!

For tickets and information, visit
http://www.wcra.org
or call (604) 229-1103
Tickets are $25 for ages 2 and up.
Advance purchase is recommended.

Ticket sales are final.
Events are rain or shine.

 

HOW TO ENTER THE DRAW:Dinosaur Train

We are giving away  (4 tickets worth $108 
1 winners will be chosen)

1. Enter our contest form in the addtional info box, enter why you would like to win!

2. For additional entries Like Kids's Vancouver Facebook Page

 

This contest ends March 3, 2014 at 8pm.
*Lower Mainland Residents Only
*you will need to find your own transporation to the location (Squamish)

Giving Away 5 Lunch Prep Gift Baskets!! Cookies with Hidden Vegetables!

Hidden Garden Foods Gift Basket

CONTEST CLOSED!

Winners:

Alexandra V from Chilliwack

Katrina M from Burnaby

Lorrie B from Maple Ridge

Rachel W from Vancouver

Colleen G from Surrey


We are giving away 5 "Lunch Prep Baskets" worth approx $50 from Hidden Garden Foods!

The gift basket will include a package of each of their three cookies they offer, 4 handmade eco-friendly reusable snack bags, and an insulated lunch bag.

I have personally tried these wonderful cookies and my very picky son loves them, which means I give these cookies my stamp of approval. I love that I am getting some vegetables in my son and that they are even gluten free. I also love that they are made by a mom locally, and love supporting local moms!

Hidden Garden Foods is a small local business that makes gluten free cookies with hidden vegetables in them.  Each serving of their cookies has a half serving of vegetables, but you'd never know it because they taste delicious!  The Chocolate Chip cookies are made with pumpkin, the Red Velvet Bites with beets and the Ginger Snaps with butternut squash.  The cookies are made in a certified gluten free bakery and have only natural ingredients.  The business was started by a mom who was looking for a way to sneak more vegetables into her daughters' diets that wouldn't require a lot of time or imagination.  The cookies are an easy addition to lunches or perfect as a snack on the go!"

 

HOW TO ENTER THE DRAW:Chocolate Chip Hidden Vegetable Cookies

We are giving away  (A gift basket worth $50 - 5 winners will be chosen)

1. Enter our contest form in the addtional info box, enter why you would like to win!

2. For additional entries Like Hidden Garden Foods Facebook Page 

 

This contest ends February 14, 2014 at 8pm.
*Lower Mainland Residents Only
*Item will be mailed to winner

 

For more information, visit our website at http://www.hiddengardenfoods.com or follow them on Facebook

 



Where can you buy these Tasty Cookies?
Hidden Garden Foods cookies are available at Save On Foods, PriceSmart and London Drugs, as well as a number of other independent stores around BC and Alberta.  Our website has a complete list of all the stores.  The web address is www.hiddengardenfoods.com. 

Red Velvet Bites     Ginger Snap Cookies

What is the meaning of New Year's resolutions?

new years resolutions

Every resolution you make on this day implies that you can make choices to change your life.

According to Forbes, only 8 percent of people actually achieve their New Year's resolution. Fact: The most popular resolution every year is to lose weight.

But what is the purpose of making such goals and resolutions? Why bother? Making New Year's resolutions (and doing it again after failing last year's) stresses that people want to be happy. That is why you resolve to be healthier, more ambitious, be more patient with the kids, less surfing online, more playing outside, more quality family time and the list goes on and on... Your life is in your hands, take it by the reins and make it happen. 

So every day, fill your champagne glass of life full and drink to your life and the joy that it can and should be every day.

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