September 21st, 2013
As the cold weather kicks in, play moves indoors. Here are a few crafty activities that will keep your little ones busy for at least… ten minutes.
Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Collage Collage’s wooden toys can be decorated with paint or stickers, and they can play with them afterwards (which will occupy them for at least another ten minutes!) $12 at http://shop.collagecollage.ca
Star Struck: NPW’s space origami set comes with the supplies and instructions to make rockets, stars, or satellites. It will keep their little hands busy, and we like that paper is quite easy to clean up after. $9.99 at www.raspberrykids.com
Haute Couture: We Love to Sew by Annabel Wrigley features 28 simple, clear, and fun sewing projects. Get them making necklaces, zippy pouches, or pillows for themselves, or for holiday gifts (that’s planning ahead!) $15.64 on Amazon.
“When You Care Enough to Send the Very Best”: Pick up a set of blank Strathmore Watercolour Cards and get your kids decorating greeting cards for upcoming holidays. We picked up a pack of 100, and we distribute them for birthdays, Christmas, and anytime a card is needed. Babies can do handprints, toddlers can do scribbles, little kids can practice writing, and older kids can sketch pictures of iPads (or whatever it is they are into these days…) The best part is that you’ll never be short a card. 10 cards (with envelopes) for $7, 100 cards for $52.70 at Opus Art Supplies.
—Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
April 28th, 2012
We may all be looking forward to the hot weather, but we are also dreading the task of finding entertainment for our kids (do they really need two whole months off?)
StageCoach is a musical theatre company founded in England that runs week-long summer camps for kids in BC, Ontario, and soon Quebec. Each camp is based around a theme: Musicals Unlimited features songs from Glee and High School Musical, while Waifs and Strays includes Les Miserables, Annie, and Oliver. Depending on your kids’ ages, the camps run a half or full day, and feature an end-of-week show.
Book before June for the early bird discount, and ensure that the Little Shop of Horrors, Stomp, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels will be in their house, not yours. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
From $150, www.stagecoachschools.ca
July 19th, 2008
You’ve seen Bee Movie so many time you can recite it by heart (“He better not marry a W.A.S.P.!”).
Time to subject your kids to the cinematic obsessions of your own youth.
Fresh Air Cinema inflates a massive screen in parks across Western Canada and is coming to Vancouver this weekend.
Lay out your lawn chairs in Yaletown’s David Lamb Park on Sunday night at dusk for the free screening of E.T. (don’t forget the Reese’s Pieces!).
“E.T. phone home!” You said it not us.
For schedules across Western Canada, click here.