the family that eats together…

Why do we need to make sure our kids learn food literacy as well as “regular” and physical literacy? Not only does food literacy help fight childhood obesity, but it also teaches kids to think critically about where food comes from, read food labels and even learn about the economics of food production. All this and more is part of a fascinating new series from The Tyee on how to get back on track when it comes to kids and wholesome, healthy eating. Since a large part of raising food-literate children is cooking and eating with our kids, we’re always on the lookout for help. And our most recent ‘kitchen aid’ is Canadian Chef Michael Smith’s newest cookbook Family Meals. MORE

October 22nd 2014 Filed under: Food/Recipes, Products

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on the rise

We’ve been devotees of Purebread bakery ever since it hit the local farmers’ market scene with its mouth-watering breads and goodies, and we always make a stop in Function Junction when we’re Whistler-bound. Imagine our excitement when we discovered it had opened a new location in Vancouver on West Hastings! We raced down for peek, a snack (okay a few) and a chat with owner Paula Lamming about her new digs. MORE

October 21st 2014 Filed under: Food/Recipes, Services

vancouver: kid & family friendly events

Well, the weather is definitely feeling more fallish now what with the wet leaves and misty mornings. The evenings are getting darker too, so it’s time for Diwali, the Indian festival of light! Check out celebrations in your neighbourhood, and light a lamp to keep away the darkness. Apples and fall harvest bounty are also plentiful, so come to the Apple Festival at the UBC Botanical Garden, or one of the other harvest festivals around town. And if you’re looking to add some BOO! to your weekend, check out our Halloween Hub, which has been freshly updated with new ghoulish events. MORE

October 16th 2014 Filed under: Events

cardboard costume couture

Pumpkin patches are open, sugary treats are on store shelves, and costumes are urgently needed! Making costumes can seem like a lot of work, but fear not, we have five quick and easy DIY solutions, and all you need is a cardboard box, a bit of paint, a hot glue gun, some tape and construction paper, et voila! So let’s get to it! MORE

October 15th 2014 Filed under: Tips

dem bones

Every Halloween, we ask someone artistic to come up with a creative Halloween activity suitable for the kids. This year, we asked Roxanne Gagnon, the Artistic Director, Visual & Media Art of Arts Umbrella to provide us with a nifty artistic activity for the spooky season. Here are her instructions for a life-size kinetic skeleton that will satisfy older kid’s artistic desires and give our wee Halloween visitors a little scare. MORE

October 14th 2014 Filed under: Tips

vancouver: kid & family friendly events

It’s Thanksgiving weekend, so it’s time to gather with family and friends to give thanks and celebrate the harvest with a delicious meal! Take a drive to Fort Langley and pick up some fresh cranberries for your turkey dinner. And once dinner is done, join Granville Island’s annual Turkey Trot or one of the Thanksgiving skates to burn off those extra calories. You can also explore rivers, learn puppetry, build amazing things with cardboard, or meet a “real” Jedi! Pumpkin patches are open, and don’t forget to check our Halloween Hub all manner of spooktacular events across the Lower Mainland. MORE

October 9th 2014 Filed under: Events

spooky swims and skates

Are you afraid of the water? Swimming pools around the Lower Mainland are going to be spooky this time of the year! You’ll find zombies, Jack-o-lanterns, haunted houses and many other, suitably scary activities. You can also lace up your skates and practice your ghostly gliding skills out on the ice at one of the family friendly Halloween skates. And don’t forget to check our Halloween Hub for all ghoulish and spooktacular from pumpkin patches and carvings to carnivals and haunted trains! MORE

October 9th 2014 Filed under: Events

pumpkin carvings, crafts and storytimes

October is here, which means misty, wet weather, and loads of fun Halloween events all month long across the Lower Mainland. From pumpkin patches to scary trains and haunted houses to parties, swims and skates, we keep you up to date on all things ghoulish and spooktacular at our Halloween Hub. See below for a handy list of pumpkin carving (tools provided!) and crafty events (yes, there’s even something for the Rainbow Loom lovers) ideal for families! MORE

October 9th 2014 Filed under: Events

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