meet your makers

While it’s great that us yoyomamas and yoyodadas try to stay stylish and chic, let’s face it; nothing gets us more excited than scoring fashionable finds for our “mini-me’s.” That’s why we were super thrilled to hear that more than a handful of our favorite local lifestyle and kidswear brands would be at the first-ever Makers Market Pop-Up Shop! MORE

vancouver: kid & family friendly events

It’s going to be a busy weekend! Not only is there the Granville Island Toy Company’s 30th Anniversary & Marpole Store Opening Party on Saturday, but there are heaps of festivals going on, including the Surrey International Children’s Festival, the Hyack International Parade, Salmonberry Days and Ladner May Days, to mention a few. Plus Roedde House Museum is celebrating its anniversary, and everyone’s invited to discover how urban farmsteads operated long ago. There are also plays and musicals to see, school carnivals to visit, and nature walks to take – so many opportunities to have fun and spend time with the family! And the Vancouver International Children’s Festival starts next week too. Enjoy! MORE

easy peasy mealtimes

Do we even need to say it out loud? Toddlers and preschoolers can be really picky when it comes to food! We’ve heard that there are kids who will eat anything but we rarely meet them. So what do you do when your kiddo refuses to eat anything remotely green? Or when a two-year-old goes on a six-week binge of eating nothing but cottage cheese and crackers? (True story!) We’ve been there – well, we still are – and wanted to share some our most effective tips with you. These might work, or not, or work on some days… but they’re all worth a try. MORE

vancouver: kid & family friendly events

A long weekend! What a wonderful idea! Do you have plans already? If not, we’ve got lots of great ideas for you! The Cloverdale Rodeo is on, including the Thursday night bed races just before the rodeo! Festival Ha’Rikud is full of music and dance; there’s a May Day parade in Fort Langley; and you can have a royal audience with Queen Victoria at Historic Stewart Farm. There are movies, farmers’ markets and school spring fairs to check out too. And the weather’s supposed to be lovely so we can all spend lots of time outdoors, whether that’s on the beach, in the forest or in the backyard. MORE

active spring style for girls (and boys too!)

It’s that time of year when you realize your little ones’ wardrobes needs an overhaul as they’ve outgrown most of their spring and summer clothes you’d carefully stored away. And we’ve got the low down on some fun spring style finds for girls (some of which crossover for boys too)! MORE

vancouver: kid & family friendly events

It’s Mother’s Day weekend, and there are tea parties galore around the Lower Mainland! So take mama out for a tea, or over to Lougheed Mall for a fun Mother’s Day photo shoot. You can also head over to Port Coquitlam for the May Day parade; to Commercial Drive for Stone Soup Festival; to the PNE for circus fun; or to Langley for some super science. The farmers market season is starting up too – check out our calendar to discover a market near you. Whatever you do, spend some quality time with mama this weekend and have fun! MORE

5 great vancouver mother’s day experiences

Happiness has been in the news a lot lately. Not only is there Stefan Sagmeister’s Happy Show at the Museum of Vancouver, but recently Canada was ranked 5th happiest in the world, and research shows that experiences make people happier than things which is why we wanted to recommend some of our favourite local Mother’s Day experiences. As always we suggest you forward these along to whoever should be celebrating you this Mother’s Day as a little hint… MORE

vancouver: kid & family friendly events

April showers are almost behind us, and it’s time for May flowers so it’s fitting that the May Day Festival is kicking off in Port Coquitlam, with parties and parades for everyone. It’s also the start of Vancouver Bird Week, and you’ll have many chances to get to know our feathery friends better. There’s also the Ridge Meadows Home Show which features a Family Fest full of fun. There’s a Rhododendron Festival, Eat! Vancouver, the BMO Vancouver Marathon (kids have their own run and keep an eye out for road closures), the Fingerling Festival, and lots more fun, so make your plans and have fun welcoming in May! MORE

eat well, shop smart

We can’t believe that local food blogger Emily Wight wasn’t on our online radar ’til the recent release of her first cookbook Well Fed, Flat Broke. We can’t believe it because not only does she live in our ‘hood but we love how she manages working full time, being a mum and blogging on the side, and then there’s her recipes. Everything we’ve made from Well Fed, Flat Broke has been a hit with the whole family. And as parents of picky eaters – like us – know that’s a rare and magical thing. MORE

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