vancouver: kid & family friendly events

Boo! It’s Halloween weekend, and there’s a lot of spookiness in the air. For a full list of ghoulish Lower Mainland Halloween events, check out our Halloween Hub. Come Saturday and Sunday, it’s time to awaken from your candy coma – check out the Tuff Kid Challenge or Art on the Spot, or take the whole family outdoors for a hike or a bike ride. Have fun, don’t get scared, and enjoy candy responsibly! MORE

spooktacular safety

Not to put a damper on the Big Night, but Halloween evening can be a wee bit, dare we say, dangerous (and we’re not just talking about spiders and skeletons). It gets dark early, the weather is often wet and windy, and commuters are madly racing home to hand out goodies. Add to that the frenzy of kids racing from house to house in costumes hopped up on candy, and our kids have an increased chance of being struck by a car. Luckily, there are lots of common sense things we can all do stay safe and still have a spooktacular time! MORE

screen screams

Looking for a little trick-or-treating inspiration? Here’s a list of ghoulish (and not so ghoulish) Halloween movie faves (in order by age) to help you get in the “mwahaha …” spirit! MORE

Style with a Twist: Dedicated Email

The colder weather has reared its chilly head, which gives you the perfect excuse to add some stylish sweaters, beautiful blouses, cozy scarves and warmer work wear to your wardrobe. But with the days getting shorter (and the errand list ever longer), finding time to actually get the pieces you want can be a task in itself. Why not head to Twist Fashions, a one-stop shop where you can get maximum style in minimum time? Perfect for busy mums who want to step out in style but are strapped for time. MORE

vancouver: kid & family friendly events

Halloween is getting closer, so ghouls and goblins are all around. But if you’re not ready for howling just yet, check out our calendar for some spook-free events. The Diwali celebration of light continues this weekend, with multiple events around town, or you can learn to paint trees, discover young artists’ creations, or celebrate the harvest season. And if you are in the mood for some haunting, check out our Halloween Hub for loads of spooktacular events! MORE

Treat Yourself Soiree: Dedicated Email

The end of the Halloween madness is over which is an excellent time to take a much-needed break with a girlfriend (or two) and head to Hazel & Jools for a shopping soiree – sans enfants! The best part? They carry the best selection of maternity wear and lovely collections for women, which make them the perfect place to shop pre, during and post natal. MORE

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

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

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

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

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