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Peekaboo Beans February Cribcrasher Sale!

Peekabbo Beans Sale

My Favorite kids clothing line is having a sale! Both my kids love this clothing line! Being a mom of two sensory sensitive kids, I was thrilled to find Peekaboo Beans. With soft fabrics, no labels and easy to play in, it is a great find.  Also they make it easy to put on with no  buttons, tiny snaps or tiny neck holes! 

Act on this sale quick before they are sold out! Click the image above to shop or click here.

Win Tickets to the Timberline Country Christmas 2014!

Timberline Country Christmas

Country Christmas is a unique–yet traditional–family-oriented Christmas experience complete with lit trees, interactive scenes, and music. Revelers will be able to enjoy the bakery, workshop, petting zoo, and SnowVille, as well as a covered wagon ride. Pony rides are also available, for an additional fee. It’s all priced so reasonably that you’ll want to return with your friends!

Cost: $7 per adult (13+), $9 per child (2-12), one free infant per paying adult (0-1), $5 per pony ride (optional - for children aged 2-12). Tickets can be purchased on our website: https://registration.timberlineranch.com/CountryChristmas2014

Dates: December 12-21

Hours: Monday to Friday, 4:00pm-8:00pm; Saturdays, 9:00am-8:00pm; Sundays, 1:00pm-8:00pm. 

More Information: http://www.timberlineranch.com/seasonal-camps-and-events/country-christmas/

Prize: A family pack of tickets with up to 2 adults and 3 children. Valued at $41. 

 

HOW TO WIN you ask?

We are giving away 2 adults and 3 children tickets
(1 winner will be chosen)

1. Enter our contest form

2. In the above form, in the additional info, tell me why you want to go!

 

This contest ends  December 12, 2014 at 2pm.

*must provide own transportation to venue in Maple Ridge

*Must be able to attend on dates provided: December 12-21

Timberline Country Christmas

The Polar Express Train Ride in Squamish

CONTEST CLOSED!!! Kelly W of Vancouver won the tickets, enjoy the train ride!


Win a Family four pack of tickets worth $112 on two choices of departure times  on Dec 6 or 7. Also included in the prize is a $50 Gift Certificate all worth $170!

Seventh Annual Polar Express - The Only One in Canada!


Kick off the Holiday season aboard the Polar Express! Children and adults alike will enjoy the one-hour train ride including tasty treats, music and stories. Visit Santa and Ms. Claus, take a mini rail ride, and so much more!

Now six days instead of four! The event includes the wonderful train ride with entertainment and on board refreshments Polar Express style, as well as an expanded "North Pole Workshop" and new for 2014 the "Gingerbread Village" in the Roundhouse.

When: November 29 & 30, December 6 & 7 and December 13 & 14, 2014
Departure Times: 10am,12pm, 2pm, 4pm

Tickets are on sale now at http://www.wcra.org

purchase tickets:

http://www.wcra.org/index.php/heritage-park/purchase-tickets

 

HOW TO WIN you ask?

We are giving away 4 tickets to one Family PLUS $50 Gift Certificate, value $170!
(1 winner will be chosen)

1. Enter our contest form

2. In the above form, in the additional info, tell me why you want to go!

 

This contest ends November 28, 2014 at 6pm.

*must provide own transportation to venue in Squamish

*Must be able to attend on Dec 6 or Dec 7

15 Pumpkin Patches to Visit in the Lower Mainland

Pumpkin Patches
It’s that time of year again! Halloween is right around the corner. I love when seasons change and I look forward to all the new events to come. Looking for some local pumpkin patches with some fun while getting your pumpkins?

Abbotsford:

Apple Barn Taves Family Farm ~ Pumpkin Fest

Maan Farms Pumpkin Patch  

Willow View Farms Pumpkin Patch


Delta/Ladner:
Westham Island Herb Farm Pumpkin Patch 

Chilliwack:

Petey’s Pumpkin Patch – Chilliwack

Pumpkin Patch at Chilliwack Corn Maze 


Langley:

Aldor Acres pumpkin patch

Maple Ridge:
Laity Pumpkin Patch

New Westminster:
Queen’s Park Pumpkin Patch (Oct 18)

North Vancouver:
Loutet Farm Pumpkin Patch
(Oct 18)

Richmond:
Richmond Country Farm - Pumpkin Patch

Surrey:
Hazelmere Pumpkin Patch at Gabriel Farm

Port Kells Pumpkin Patch

Vancouver:
KJM Country Gardens Pumpkin Patch

Southlands Heritage Farm - Pumpkin Patch
 

Be sure to check out Fall Bellies to Babies Celebration on October 5, 2014!

Bellies to Babies Celebration

Don’t miss out on the Fall Bellies to Babies Celebration™.  BC’s best and original tradeshow for new and expectant parents. Whether you're a rookie or becoming a mom for the second or third time, this day is just for you! Dads and Grandparents welcome too!

See everything from stylish baby and children’s clothing; unique, baby gear; skin care; to postnatal classes and green baby products. It's all at one show - under one roof.

Bellies to Babies Celebration™ will feature a wide variety of exhibitors and sponsors, over $3000 in door prizes. The first 100 Moms in attendance receive a complimentary diaper bag. For attending one lucky winner will win the grand prize draw a $1000 in prizes from Raspberry Kids. 

Bellies to Babies Celebration™ takes place on Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at the Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive from 11am – 4pm. Admission is by donation to Vancouver Food Bank Basics for Babies Program. Donations include baby food, formula, diapers and baby wipes. Monetary donations also appreciated.

Join our Facebook Party on October 2, 2014 at 7:00pm and also we will have some pre show prizes. www.facebook.com/events/517232385073820/

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.

For More Info: www.belliestobabiescelebration.com

Win Tickets to the Belly, Baby & Kid Fair on September 27!

CONTEST CLOSED, winners emailed! We will be drawing 5 winners to win a pair of tickets to see the Belly, Baby & Kid Fair which is on September 27. These are VIP passes which gives the winners early entrance at 9.30am before the doors officially open! So it won't you cost you any admission and you get past the crowds ad enjoy the VIP status! Please read the blog to find out more information about the show!


HOW TO WIN you ask?

We are giving away 1 set of two tickets to 5 winners!
(1 winner will be chosen)

1. Enter our contest form

2. In the above form, in the additional info, tell me what sounds exciting at the show?

This contest ends Sept 25, 2014 at 4pm.

Belly, Baby & Kid Show is coming to Cloverdale on September 27, 2014!

Belly, Baby & Kid Show

Don't miss the Belly Baby & Kid Show happening Saturday Sept 27th at the Cloverdale Fair Grounds in Surrey from 10am-4pm

Belly, Baby & Kid ShowFirst 100 at 10am and first 100 at 1pm receive a free Swag Bag valued approx $250 worth of Coupons, Gift Certificates and Product Samples!

Come check out the amazing Acrobats performing on hanging silks from the ceiling, or explore the Pirate Shipwreck and even meet a Pirate or two!

You also don't want to miss the enchanted forest full of pixie wonders and meet some of the magical Fairies or Arial at Arials Grotto!

Bouncy Castles, Balloon Animals, Face Painting, tumble & gymnastics areas, Kids can learn how to be an acrobat or circus performer, Live performances, Kids Fashion Show, Story times with Arial and Fairies, crafts and more for the kiddies!

New Parents come check out all the seminars on the hottest topics or try a PreNatal or PostNatal Fitness Class from Fit4Two, Register for the Infant CPR Workshop, Listen to expert Daddy Blogger talk for Dads, Sleep Consultant Workshop, Developmental Milestones & Sensory Processing Disorder or all of them!

Belly, Baby & Kid ShowAlso you can check out the Kids Swap Meet next door from 9am-1pm!

Come Learn, Shop, Play & have fun with us!

 
For Expecting Families through to families with kids up to approx. 10yrs of age!

 

Admission $5 & Kids FREE 12 and under

Partial Proceeds go to Basics for Babies

 

Visit Bellybabykidshow.com for more details!

 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BBKIDSHOW 

 
FB : www.facebook.com/bellybabykidshow

BC Strike

Parents are scrambling to make sure their children are going to be up to par when the strike is over. Some parents have taken it into their own hands and are teaching from their home. I also know some don't feel the worry, but here are some suggestions if you want to at least do some work or want to encourage "school days" at home.

There are lots of iPad apps out there, so that is also a good idea to find some help and to help learning be more fun. Also there are curriculum worksheet books you can find at your local Costco made by Canadian Curriculum Press or head to a store that has them near you such as Staples. More options are a vast array of ideas on Pinterest, or possibly even talk  to a mom that runs a homeschool for some other suggestions as well. Another idea if it is affordable is hire a local teacher to tutor your child in areas you are worried about. Try working with another parent and take turns teaching each others kids, which makes more fun and social  for kids and parents and then its not so hard on one parent.

Don't have time to school or the patience? Try field trips to museums, farms and local attractions.  Education is fun!

Apply that $40 that you registered for from the government and enroll them in a daycamp where they can learn and have some fun.

Hopefully this is resolved soon and we won't have to source our own child's education and thankfully place it back in out teacher's hand, who I truly respect for what they do.

 

Links Suggestions from a local Vancouver Teacher Cari Snell:

www.ixl.com for kids' math, www.teacherspayteachers.com for grade specific (and free if you choose the free tab) resources as well as a few other sites listed on her class site (www.carisnell.weebly.com).


From Local Parents:

Useful link to the curriculum by grade for BC students suggested by Lisa Walker

Reflex Math suggested by Deb McColman

Starfall's Learn to Read with phonics suggested by Judy Lee

Teaching Art on Pinterest suggested by Michelle Kent

Khan Acaddemy by Stephanie Ng Canavan


Reading Acitivites for Kids:

Kids Activities Blog.com

 


Other links Suggested:

Homeschool Websites on Pinterest

Free Homework Worksheets

25 Best Websites for Teachers by Scholastic

Free Homeschool Curriculm

British Columbia Ministry of Education - Grade Collections - Recommended learning resources by subject and grade level.

Canadian Home Based Learning Resource Page - Information about Canadian home-based learning resources, support, projects and events, as well as the "home school" laws and regualtions that apply to each Canadian province.

A to Z Home's Cool- Free online education, home-friendly lesson ideas, educational websites, helpful articles, etc.

All Aboard for Kindergarten! - 100 books to read for kindergarten readiness.

Math from Kindergarten to Gr. 12

ABC Teach create custom games, handwriting worksheets, colorful shapebooks, word walls, and much more.

 

Links suggested from a local elementary school:

Sites for Primary Students 

Summer Boredom? Need Some New Activities to check out? Three Fun Ideas!

1) Extreme Airpark in Langley

2) The Reptile Guy Rescue and Education Center

3) Aldor Acres in Fort Langley (On certain specific dates)

 

Extreme Air Park Extreme Air Park

1) Extreme Air park
9499 198 St
Langley
604-888-8616
http://extremeairpark.com

Extreme Airpark is a huge warehouse sized trampoline funhouse! It is a blast for kids, I brought my 5 year old and my 9 year old. I do say it's better for the older kids as my 5 year old would be happy with any trampoline, but of course he had tons of fun. They have a trampoline area just for jumping and bouncing. a basketball section, a straightaway with trampoline sides so you can try and do tricks and then you can jump into the foam pit.

Every so often they turn off the lights to make it glow in the dark, which the kids love of course! The only thing is it can be a bit expensive, check your entertainment book for coupons or download the bandit app on your phone and check if there are any coupons that day as well. They charge by the hour. We visited the Langley Location but there is also a Richmond Location. There is a parent viewing room but it is in the back, which is find if you have older kids but i worry a bit more with younger kids. Also there is a viewing area in the middle of the arena, but only one bench so it's really more to see everything around you, and no drinks or food permitted on there. Before you go in, they provide socks that have a special grip that you use so you don't slip (so no worries about bringing socks). Overall a very fun experience for kids!

 

The Reptile Guy The Reptile Guy

2) The Respitle Guy Rescue and Education Center
Unit #7 - 34366 Forrest Terrace,
Abbotsford BC.
1-604-746-7228
http://www.thereptileguy.info

Adults (ages 19 and up) $8.50
Kids (ages 4 - 18) $6.50
Kids 3 and under free

The Reptile Guy Rescue and Education Center, who is also known for doing birthday parties for kids. I decided to take the kids to check out his location in Abbotsford. It is small, when i first arrived I was wondering how great the tour might be, but I was pleasantly surprised! The best part of the tour is how you can pretty much hold every reptile in the place. Some you get to even feed. We fed the turtles, held snakes, pet the turtles, held geckos, a scorpion, chameleon and the tarantula thankfully was shedding so sadly we couldn’t hold it, phew, lol. All in all we had a great personal tour, learned lots about reptiles and was a fun outing for the kids!

 

Aldor Acres Aldor Acres

3) Aldor Acres
8301 252 St,
Langley, BC
604-888-2403
http://www.aldoracres.com

$5 a person (prices are different during seasonal events)

Aldor Acres once in a while has events where you are welcome to come out to the farm. Where you can see and possibly hold baby pigs. There is also baby chicks, you see the cows, visit the goats and even feed them if you buy some feed. Also they usually put a small picket fence on the grass area, so you can pet and hold bunnies. Bunnies the have you can usually adopt or even just take them home for a week if you want to try it out I was told!

I truly enjoyed talking to the owner about the farm, he sure had a love for the farm and you can tell he enjoys chatting to visitors about the animals which made for a fun afternoon.

Follow their facebook page, and find out when their next event might be. Also they have a wonderful pumpkin patch and activities of course in October as well, and they also sale Christmas trees too.

Next Event coming up is for Special Needs Day on Sunday, August 24, for more info click here.

Peekaboo Beans has Released their new line "In the Woods"

In the Woods Peekaboo Beans

In the Woods Peekaboo Beans


The fall collection from Peekaboo Beans is stunning to say the least! The Peekaboo Beans Fall 2014 collection, 'Into the Woods'. Inspired by images of fairy dust and iridescent wings, old growth forests and the creatures who call it home.  


Your beans will look trendy, chic  and best of all they will be comfy in these easy to wear super stylish fall beans! The colors in this collection are simply gorgeous. Already a few pieces already sold out. Be sure to check out their new line before they are gone! Click here to shop!


In the Woods Peekaboo Beans   In the Woods Peekaboo Beans

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