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Safe Fun in the Sun
BY DIANE DESJARDINS, PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE, OTTAWA PUBLIC HEALTH
he days are getting warmer and longer and the sun is shining brightly. We are planning summer adventures for our families to take, soaking up the fun but also the sun’s rays. Yet, unprotected days in the sun or one blistering sunburn during childhood raise the risk of skin cancer later in life. With this increased exposure to the sun, how can we and our children enjoy outdoor activities safely? The sun’s ultraviolet rays (UV) can’t be seen or felt. Babies and young children have sensitive skin that can burn easily. Those with fair skin, light blue or green eyes, blonde or red hair and
pants and long-sleeved shirts in tightly woven fabric and dark or bright colors such as orange and red to block more UV rays. • Wear wide-brim hats to protect the face, ears and neck and sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays. Bathing suits made with sun protection are available too. • Look for a shaded place for children to play and place a canopy or umbrella over a baby’s stroller to give shade. • Try to keep children out of the sun between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun is strongest.
• There are many sunscreens available including sunscreens for babies over six months and people with sensitive skin. Before using sunscreen, test it on a small area of skin and wait 24 hours to see if there is a reaction. • Always follow the directions on the sunscreen container. It is important that sunscreen be applied correctly and generously for it to do its job. • Pay special attention to areas that are easy to miss. Think about the ears, nose, back of the neck, legs, tops of feet and up to and under the edges of bathing suits. • Re-apply sunscreen every 2 hours and apply more often after swimming, sweating or towel drying. • While the beach is great for kids to have fun and be active, know that UV rays can penetrate water and reflect off the surfaces of sand and water. Ask your health care provider or pharmacist to help you choose the best sunscreen for your child, and don’t forget to check the expiry date and replace sunscreen that is out-of-date too.
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freckles are more at risk. As parents, we can help children learn how to be sun safe by making it fun and by being good role models. Here is what you can do to protect your child from the sun: • Babies less than one year old should be kept out of direct sunlight at all times because their skin cannot protect them. • Clothing and accessories are best at blocking UV rays. Dress your children in long
Use Sunscreen: • Sunscreen should be used on babies over the age of six months. • Apply sunscreen and lip balm with UVA and UVB protection and an SPF of 30 or higher. • Apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before going outside. • Choose a water-resistant sunscreen as water and perspiration can reduce the sunscreen’s ability to form a protective layer on the skin.
Helping your children learn about sun protection means teaching them at an early age. Children learn best while having fun, so check your local bookstore or library for storybooks and activities that promote sun protection awareness. You can also help them design their own hats and t-shirts. Or how about helping your kids create their own shade with a small table and chairs and draping a sheet over it? Don’t forget to do the Shadow Test; it’s a simple way to help determine when it’s time to seek shade. If the child’s shadow is shorter than they are, the sun’s rays are strong and they should seek shade or go inside. Remember, children see and do what adults do. If you are sun safe, they will be too. Now, slather on the sunscreen, enjoy your summer and have safe fun in the sun! For more information about sun safety, call the Ottawa Public Health Information Line at 613-580-6744, TTY 613-580-9656, email us at email@example.com or go to our website at www.ottawa.ca/health.
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ow can we keep the happy memories of summer alive? This is something I’ve been thinking about ever since I read an article called “The Stories That Bind Us” in the New York Times. (Go to www.nytimes.com and search for “The Stories That Bind Us” if you’d like to read it too.) It also made me wonder, how do we, as parents, raise happy and healthy children? It’s a huge question, isn’t it? It’s almost too overwhelming to think about when you’re the parent of an infant who’s not sleeping through the night, or when you’re chasing your toddler around the house, or when your kids get older and you FINALLY have time to curl up on the couch and read the newspaper and drink your coffee WHILE IT IS STILL HOT. But we do need to think about it, we really do. How can we ever hope to reach our desired destination if we aren’t taking a moment to think about the journey? The article I mentioned gives us a hint of something that might help: “The single most important thing you can do for your family may be the simplest of all: develop a strong family narrative.” I like this. But how can we create this family narrative? Perhaps part of it is defining what kind of family we want to belong to first, and then letting our actions speak for themselves. Are we a sporty family? Well, Just Do It. Are we an artistic family, maybe it’s time to take in a concert or an art show. Are we a green family? An outdoor family? A birding family? A literary family? All of the above? The NY Times’ article talks about the importance of family history and how kids need to hear family stories because it strengthens their feeling of belonging. It makes sense. We all need to belong to a tribe. If the number one thing we can do to strengthen our narrative is to share our stories, the other thing we can do is to let our visuals tell our stories. We live in the perfect time to do this, technologically speaking. The vast majority of parents
probably have thousands of family photos on their computers. It’s really simple to have an album of favourite photos running in a screensaver on the family computer, or in a digital frame, or even on bigger screens like the TV. Try it. You will be amazed at how many times your kids will stop in their tracks, point at the screen, and say “remember when…” It’s time to get our photos out of the computer too - off the memory cards and USB sticks - and have them printed so they can be displayed more prominently. Those family stories need to be told, whether you’re sharing them around the dinner table or just reminiscing over a framed photograph on the mantle. And there’s no better time to start making new memories and sharing those stories than right now. Have a great summer. See you in September!
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The Inside Scoop We’ve started asking our photographers to share some extra behind-the-scenes scoop about their photos, not just to satisfy our curiosity, but because it’s always interesting to hear the story behind them. This month’s cover – as well as the images on page 3 – were snapped by Ottawa’s Kate Settle, and this is what she told us when we asked her about her assignment: “The biggest complement I hear when I photograph children is: “Wow - that was actually fun!” I try to plan relaxed, playful sessions so the children’s personalities can shine. Our session for the summer issue of Capital Parent wasn’t turning out to be quite as relaxed as I had hoped. It was one of those times you don’t really know what will happen until it does, and it all seemed, well, slightly precarious. I had been watching the building clouds all day and making contingency plans, trying to convince the parents of these two awesome girls that I wasn’t crazy for asking for bathing suits, and just hoping that Mum’s pre-
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dictions of a possibly uncooperative toddler would eventually smooth out… because you know that toddlers always do just what you want, right?! But then the sun poked through the clouds and the girls gravitated to the surprisingly warm water like fish. We splashed, built castles and moats, raced and all got very wet (not least of all, me). I hope you can see how much fun we had! What a gift to live in a city where we can pick up and head to these wonderful beaches any time we please.”
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They Say We’ll Have Some Fun If It Stops Raining THIRD TIME’S THE CHARM BY LYNN JATANIA
ome parents are counting down the days until summer vacation. They dream of lazy days spent lying in the sun at the park, or evening family bike rides, or trips to the ice cream shop in flip flops and tank tops. But for me, these precious sun-kissed moments are only postponing the inevitable. I’m kept tense on the edge of my seat waiting for the first time one of the kids asks for it. The unspeakable. The horrible. The terrible. The Camping. I hate camping with the white-hot fire of a thousand suns. I was never outdoorsy as a kid – even as a toddler, I’d cry when grass touched my feet, and you know what? I was a really, really smart toddler. So where my kids got the desire to drive for hours to go someplace with woodsy smells and no fences and non-human living creatures within spitting distance, I do not know. I’m blaming my husband for the camping genes – I really should have sent him for screening before we got hitched. So what’s so awful about frolicking in the great outdoors? Nothing but sky for a canopy? Oh, I’ll tell you what’s so awful:
BUGS. Oh. My. Heavens. I have a bug phobia that only gets worse as I age. I can almost stomach winter – winter – because of the bug-free nature of the season. I absolutely cannot relax in a camping environment because I spend every single second whipping my head from side to side, stomping my feet, and waving my hands around like a crazy woman, just in case a mosquito/black fly/sand flea/ wasp is even thinking about coming over.
Cooking outdoors. I hate cooking at the best of times. Trying to put together a meal with 1/8 the usual utensils, over some insane, impossible thing like a miniature propane “stove” or, heaven forbid, an open fire – no.
So what’s so awful about frolicking in the great outdoors? Nothing but sky for a canopy? Oh, I’ll tell you what’s so awful…
Sleeping outdoors. Setting aside the fact that I can’t really sleep due to being on constant high alert for mosquitoes in the tent, I can never get comfortable – I’m always either too hot or too cold or princess-and-the-pea-ing right over a lumpy spot
that completely does not care about our high-quality camp pads.
In diapers. And once you have sand in every crevice, what does that mean? A trip to the so-called camp shower and its resident spiders. NOT. GOOD.
Bathroom facilities. I’m not fussy about makeup and hairdos, but I like a proper toilet seat, thank you. And I like it to smell relatively nice, and I like there to be lots of toilet paper, and I really, really like it when the sink area is not covered with an inchthick layer of watery soap with other people’s hair floating in it, and I need to go lie down right now. It takes forever to set up the tent. It’s not just figuring out which pole goes where because it’s been a whole year since we saw the thing. It’s the, “where shall we put it?” and “what shall we put underneath?” and “crap, we forgot the mallet again” and “you know what, I think the sunny spot was better, let’s move it, it’ll only take a second” and onwards to infinity. But even worse?
Packing up the tent. Even with a full colour diagram, I can never figure out how it fit in the tent bag in the first place. Seriously, laws of physics are being violated every day by tents that unfold, then magically triple in size. There’s a university thesis in here somewhere.
Okay, I like the beach. But the sand has a way of getting everywhere. In hair. In food. In the tent.
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The unstructured borders of campsites bring out the crazy super-protective mother in me. I’m constantly terrified that one of my kids will wander off and get lost, or stolen, or eaten by dingoes. I need containment for peace of mind.
And speaking of crazy over-protective mother, when I’m not freaking out about bugs or dingoes, I’m worried that one of the kids will get really sick, and we’ll be miles from medical help. How do country people stand it? Do they spend every waking moment sitting in their country houses quaking with terror, afraid to move for fear of falling, or eat for fear of choking, or breathe for fear of causing a sneezing fit that will lead to an aneurysm and the ambulance will arrive an hour too late? Come to the city, country folk, you won’t regret it!
“Mommy, I’m bored.” Luckily, there’s a magic solution to all these problems, and it’s called Backyard Camping. The kids get the thrill of sleeping outside; I get the joy of a fully complemented kitchen and indoor plumbing. Now that’s what I call win-win – happy summering!
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Summer Faves to Fill Those Summer Days o u y h a & v , e d e s k 2013 s p a o e ken! W r e m Su m picks
arlier this year we published our first annual summer survey and asked Capital Parents to share their favourite activities and destinations with us. Our hope was that we’d end up with a great list of things to see and places to go and also provide new ideas and muchneeded inspiration for parents who are looking to shake up their summer routines. Well, we couldn’t be more pleased with the results, and we’re so happy to share them with you this month. So without further ado, here are all of our winners, based on your votes.
YOUR FAVOURITE OUTDOOR WADING POOL
Dovercourt Recreation Centre – Surrounded by grass and now with a good pile of sand right by the pool, Dovercourt is the kind of place you can definitely hang out for a day. There’s ample parking, clean facilities, and a snack bar that offers healthy choices. Check the Dovercourt website (www.dovercourt.org) for special events that will be taking place at the wading pool, which opens July 1. Bubble Bath day is sure to be a family favourite! Mark your calendars because it’s going to be taking place on August 1.
Parkdale Park – This Hintonburg wading pool gets extra points for its proximity to the Parkdale Market and cute playground. In fact, the next time we’re out shopping for seasonal fruits and veggies we will definitely be bringing towels and bathing suits.
Greenboro – This pool is located next to the Greenboro Community Centre in Blossom Park, which is right near the Greenboro Branch of the Ottawa Public Library. This makes it a perfect combination for a day trip that ends with a dip in the water. (Just make sure you get your books first, and don’t get them wet!) The City of Ottawa keeps a list of the locations 6 SUMMER 2013 | w w w . c a p i t a l p a r e n t . c a |
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YOUR FAVOURITE SPLASH PAD
Brewer Park – Brewer Park near Carleton University was the landslide winner in this category. It has a great multi-level splash pad, but there’s much more to this park than just water play. Check it out on a summer Sunday when the Ottawa Farmers’ Market is in full swing and make a day trip out of it.
ming? It’s nice just to go there for a stroll and to watch the sailboats too. Reader tip: Grab a bite at the Baja Burger Shack while you’re there.
Meech Lake – If you haven’t been to the beaches at Meeches in Gatineau Park you are seriously missing out. Don’t forget that you have to buy a day pass. For more information and swimming conditions go to www.canadascapital.gc.ca/places-to-visit/gatineau-park/ things-to-do/swimming-gatineau-park
For addresses and hours of operation please refer to the City of Ottawa website: www.ottawa.ca/ en/residents/parks-and-recreation/parks-andsports-fields/splash-pads
YOUR FAVOURITE BEACH
Mooney’s Bay Beach – Your number one pick is pictured on the cover! Mooney’s Bay is a popular destination for families, sun worshippers, volleyball players and rowers. It’s the site of the HOPE Beach Volleyball tournament (July 13) as well as the Ottawa Dragon Boat Race Festival (June 20-23). Do note it’s pay parking during the day here.
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Millennium Park - It’s worth packing a lunch to bring to Millennium Park in Orleans because we think dragging your kids home might be a challenge. There’s a pirate ship to climb as well as a castle with impressive two-storey tube slides. Make sure you grab sunscreen as there’s not a lot of extra shade in the heat of the day.
ing this destination to our summer list too. The spider web climbers, the swings - and of course - running up and rolling down that hill, will tucker the toddlers out in no time flat.
Centrepointe Park – Tipping buckets! Rotating water sprays! The Centrepointe pad will definitely leave everyone feeling refreshed on a hot day. (Teens who come along for the ride could be dropped off at the Legacy Skatepark beforehand. It’s just around the corner.) Walter Baker Park – The splash pad here is ideal for the little ones, and there are play structures nearby too, which we appreciate, as well as benches, shade trees, and washrooms in the Kanata Recreation Complex.
YOUR FAVOURITE BIKE PATH Baker - Walter Baker is known for 3Walter its sledding hill in the winter but we’re add-
it’s climbing, sliding, swinging, or flying a kite. There are some fenced-in areas, which is great news for parents with younger kids. Don’t forget there’s a water park at Brewer too! See our “Favourite Splash Pad” category for details.
Ottawa River Pathway – It’s the ultimate scenic bike path, and it takes you past a number of destinations including the Canadian War Museum and Parliament Hill.
Rideau Canal Western Pathway – This is the path that runs by Dow’s Lake and Commissioners Park near Preston Street and Queen Elizabeth Drive in Ottawa. Stay awhile and take in the views of the water.
Greenbelt Pathway West – Explore nature at Shirley’s Bay! It’s a great day trip for the family.
Check out the NCC website for details and maps: www.canadascapital.gc.ca/things-to-do/cycling. If you’re thinking about exploring Ottawa by bike with your family, go to page 11 to some helpful tips from Modal Mom.
YOUR FAVOURITE PLAYGROUND/ PLAY STRUCTURE
YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO HAVE A PICNIC
Dow’s Lake/Dominion Arboretum – We’re so lucky to have this special stretch of green space in the middle of our city. Have a wander on the Arboretum side of the lake and enjoy meandering pathways and pretty views. (It’s dog-friendly too!) The picnic experience on the other side of the lake is just as nice. Did you know you can rent a paddle-boat at the Dow’s Lake Pavilion? (www.dowslake.com)
Hog’s Back Falls – Located just north of Mooney’s Bay, the falls are a spectacular sight. Forgot to pack a lunch? Lone Star operates a snack shack right in the park (albeit with a pared-down menu) that might do the trick. Chips and salsa anyone?
Andrew Haydon Park - Andrew Haydon Park is located on the Ottawa River along Carling Avenue near Britannia Beach. There are lots of benches and picnic tables. There’s also a great little playground with water features, so make sure you pack bathing suits or a change of clothes.
Brewer Park - There is so much to do for kids of all ages and interests: whether
Exploring Gatineau, Wakefield & Upper Canada Village YOUR FAVORITE DAY TRIPS BY KATHARINE FLETCHER
he results of our survey are tabulated and we now know that your favourite local destinations within a day’s drive from Ottawa are Gatineau, Wakefield, and Upper Canada Village! Read on for details if you’re thinking of embarking on a family road trip this summer.
The Gatineaus The City of Gatineau is Ottawa’s twin sister, being just north of the capital, easily accessible by car or bike. What to do in Ville de Gatineau avec les enfants? The Canadian Museum of Civilization’s Children’s Museum is a must. Kids get “passports” and “travel the world” while visiting this colourful museum’s Mexican mar-
ket, Egyptian pyramid, Indian bus, and more. Just beyond the city, find Gatineau Park, where forested trails, lakes, camping and wildlife beckon. Leamy Lake and Gatineau Park’s beaches are super destinations to while away a lazy summer’s day. Get there early to find a shady refuge. Leamy Lake is immediately behind the Hilton-Lac Leamy hotel. It’s easy to get there from Ottawa by bicycle or car. Also check out the Centre de Plein air du Lac Leamy where you can rent canoes – or simply choose to chill and play on a safe, sandy beach or in the children’s playground. Or, head into Gatineau Park to hang out for the day at one of Meech, Philippe and La Pêche lake beaches. Orient yourself first at the Park’s Visitor Centre in Old Chelsea, where there is a small museum and maps. And don’t forget 2013 marks the Park’s 75th anniversary. On Canada Day there will be special activities and an immense birthday cake at Mackenzie King Estate. Want to try camping in Gatineau Park? Stay overnight at one of three campgrounds: Philippe Lake, La Peche Lake, and Taylor Lake.
At Taylor, you can also introduce youngsters to overnight camping in a yurt. What’s a yurt? Yurts are round tents used by nomadic peoples in Mongolia. Gatineau Park’s yurts are permanent structures which are ohso-cool: there are kitchen facilities and comfy beds (bring your own sleeping bags) – and enjoy a campfire outside (pending fire restrictions). Why not create an unforgettable family experience by staying overnight in the park?
Wakefield Perhaps everyone’s favourite country village, Wakefield, is 20 minutes north of Ottawa beyond Gatineau. Want to chill in the village scene? Wander down River Road, the street snuggled beside the Gatineau River. Wakefield’s a good spot for a country meal (try funky Le Hibou where fresh foods are deliciously served and kids are welcome). Fancy a pizza to go, to eat riverside? Mamagen offers yummy choices and for $3.00 extra, your pizza will be dressed on a glutenfree crust. The Wakefield General Store is worth a visit too.
You can also go horseback riding nearby in Low at Camp Equimax (and, even consider enrolling your child in its riding camp) or at Captiva Farms (which also offers birthday parties complete with ponies). Or, explore a water maze by paddleboat at Eco-Odyssée. For more information about Gatineau and Wakefield attractions, get an Outaouais Tourist Guide. Did you know that July is “Family Month” in the Outaouais? Go to the Tourisme Outaouais website (www.tourismeoutaouais.com) for a chance to win $7,800 in prizes. Contest deadline is July 31, 2013.
Upper Canada Village Be transported back in time to the 1860s at Upper Canada Village, a pioneer village near Fort Henry and Morrisburg. Here you can wander the flourmill, “attend school” at a one-room schoolhouse, and visit and learn about farm animals. Talk to the men and women who are the tradespeople of the village, such as the blacksmith, broom maker and dressmaker, so your children can actively see and learn how things were made in the old days.
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YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO PRETEND YOU’RE A TOURIST
Canada Day – Spending Canada Day downtown is a tradition for many families. Check the schedule of events online (www.canadascapital. gc.ca/celebrate/canada-day) and then pack water, sunscreen, and comfy shoes. You’ll probably need them! If you don’t want to deal with heat and the daytime crowds, just head downtown in the evening for the fireworks.
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Byward Market – Haven’t been downtown in awhile? Park at the Rideau Centre (it’s just easier that way) and spend a few hours rambling around the Market, checking out the vendors and cool shops. (www.byward-market.com)
Busker’s Festival – For a few days every summer, buskers take over Sparks Street much to the delight of tourists and residents alike. This year’s event takes place August 2-4 and will feature over 40 performances every day, with entertainers from across Canada and around the world.
Parliament Hill – Did you know that guided tours of Centre Block are free? If you’d just like to wander around outside (and you have access to a smartphone), download the NCC app called “Capital Tour” for a self-guided tour of the Hill and some Canadian History 101!
YOUR FAVORITE FOOD TRUCK OR STAND
Canadian Museum of Civilization – There’s so much to see at the Museum of Civilization and the Children’s Museum. The new Mr. Potato Head exhibition is sure to be a big hit with the kids. Take a peek at their online events calendar (www.civilization.ca) to
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YOUR FAVORITE SUMMER FESTIVAL
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TacoLot – Freshly made tacos made our #1 spot in this category! It’s clear that a few of you really like this summery alternative to hot dogs eaten on a downtown street corner. Good news (or maybe it’s bad news) they’re located dangerously close to Suzy Q Doughnuts. (999 Wellington St W.)
S & G Fries – This rather unassuming food stand is located in the parking lot between Produce Depot and the Beer Store on Carling Avenue, and they serve up some mean fries. Little known fact: check the menu (www.sgfries.com) and call ahead to avoid waiting in line. There are a couple of picnic tables nearby if you’re too hungry to bring your order home.
Merry Dairy - Not only did Merry Dairy place in the top three in the fave food truck category, they also placed for favourite ice cream. Read on for details!
YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE FOR ICE CREAM OR GELATO BY PAULA ROY
he best summertime outings often start or finish with a cool treat. Whether it’s a visit to a favourite park, a trip to a local museum or a day at the beach, including a stop for ice cream or gelato is, well, almost like the icing on the cake. There are scores of options for frozen goodies in Ottawa. Here’s the inside scoop – pun intended – on the four that came up tops in our recent Capital Parent Survey.
Dairy Queen Affectionately called DQ, Dairy Queen is a longtime Ottawa favourite thanks to their tasty take home treats like Dilly Bars, as well as blizzards, sundaes and their iconic soft vanilla ice cream, with or without the hard chocolate shell coating. With almost two dozen locations across the region, chances are you’re never far from a DQ when an ice cream craving strikes.
is flavourful and smoothly Su mmer dense in texture. Sherbet is made with water, sugar and fruit juice or fruit pulp, with a little milk or cream to smooth out the texture; at Piccolo Grande, they add some of their gelato instead of milk. Sorbet is simply the same as sherbet, without the addition of milk, cream or gelato. While they take pride at Piccolo Grande in never saying no to a flavour request, they do have several best sellers that are found on the menu almost year-round. These include Amaretto, Bacio, Chocolate Caramel, Nutmeg, Chocolate Mint and Tiramisu. If you’re lucky you might catch some of the unusual gelatos such as Passion fruit and Ginger or Green Tea and Thyme; intriguing sorbets include Honey and Rosemary as well as Pomegranate. For special occasions, they offer a portable gelato cart for hire, stocked with treats of your choosing. (55 Murray Street and 96 Bank Street)
The Merry Dairy This is the second summer that the Merry Derry mobile truck is serving up freshly made, nut-free frozen custard. For flavours, there’s always vanilla and sometimes other options including dark chocolate, milk chocolate, banana and Italian lemon ice (on very hot days). Treats are available in a cone, a dish, in a root beer float or as a pint to go, with five or six tasty toppings to choose from including several sauces (chocolate, caramel, strawberry and raspberry); crushed Oreos, Dutch chocolate sprinkles, chocolate chips and granola are also available. The Merry Dairy’s appeal stems from both the quality of ingredients (cream, sugar and pasteurized egg yolk) and the special machine that makes it, churning out a product that is much richer tasting than commercial ice cream. Customers are encouraged to Track the Truck via a great interactive website as well as a mobile app; both allow you to find out its schedule and route as well as what flavours are available that day. Although based near Tunney’s Pasture, the truck travels far and wide throughout the region from May to October, weather permitting. You can also book the Merry Dairy for private events – what a way to impress guests young and old at your next street party!
Piccolo Grande Founded more than 25 years ago based on the age-old traditional Italian Gelateria, Piccolo Grande now boasts two locations (Bank Street and ByWard Market). The shops deliver delicious frozen goodies with a side order of education; teaching those of us who grew up with only store-bought ice cream the subtle differences among their products. Gelato is derived from the Latin word for frozen; in Italian it means simply ice cream. At Piccolo Grande, they make theirs with 6% milk fat, less than North American ice cream yet offering the same rich, creamy texture. Their gelato
Honourable mention: Stella Luna Gelato Café Founded just over two years ago, Stella Luna is a family business that draws fans from all over the city to its Old Ottawa South location. Their gourmet gelato is handcrafted on site each day using fresh whole milk and cream, cane sugar and egg yolks, along with the finest natural flavourings such as pistachios from Sicily, hazelnuts from Piemonte, Bourbon-Madgascar vanilla beans, Callebaut chocolate and many others. Their gelato has an intense, fresh and natural taste with a silky smooth texture and a dense structure that comes from whipping significantly less air into the mixture compared to commercial ice cream. The added bonus of gelato is that it’s easily digestible and low in fat; many also prefer the fact that it’s served at a slightly warmer temperature than ice cream, meaning that your taste buds don’t freeze up while enjoying it. Stella Luna also offers delectable sorbettos (fruit sorbets), many of which contain as much as 50% pure fruit and all are fat free. Blending gelato or sorbetto with milk yields another exquisite treat – a cool frappé that is perfect to grab and go. (1103 Bank Street)
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Summer 2013 Weekly camps 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Cost: $175 per child ($150 for members) From July 8 to 12 (6-8 years) From July 22 to 26 (9-12 years) Ecosystem of the Richelieu Forest From August 12 to 16 (6-8 years) From August 19 to 23 (9-12 years) Life of the Pioneers
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Great Summer Gear for Kids BY GWEN LERON
s parents, we all face the same challenges each year when it comes to choosing and purchasing summer clothing for our kids. Not only do we want to buy clothing that is durable enough to last throughout the activity-filled summer holidays, we also want fun pieces that our kids will love to wear. From clothing and accessories that will protect your kids from the sun, to stylish tops, bottoms, and footwear, we scoured the city and the Internet to find some of the best places to buy summer gear that will last well until back-to-school time.
Please Mum is a great place to find fashionable tops for girls and boys. Made with Please Mum’s signature CoziCotton blend, this Trek Tee ($9.98) is soft and breathable and comes in several eye-catching colours. The t-shirt also features a small, zippered chest pocket for carrying small items. (www.pleasemum.com) Most girls love getting dressed up. The Tea Collection’s Venda Halter Dress ($28.99) from 3 Little Monkeys will become a favourite the minute your little (or big!) girl lays her eyes upon it. It’s made from flowing, soft cotton and the gorgeous print was inspired by South African pottery. (www.3littlemonkeysottawa. com, 1150 Bank Street)
Protect your kids from harmful rays with Mountain Equipment Co-op’s lightweight, water resistant Outdoor Research Rambler Sombrero hat ($24.00). This wide-brimmed, UPF 30+ hat will provide ample shade even on the sunniest of s u m - mer days. It contains a removable drawstring and a wicking headband to provide moisture management. (www.mec.ca, 366 Richmond Road)
Capris, shorts, skirts, and skorts, Osh Kosh has got you covered when it comes to bright, colourful, and durable bottoms for boys and girls. We’re drawn to their Poplin Cargo
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Shorts ($20.00) for boys because of the adjustable waist and the numerous pockets that can be used for storing rocks and marble collections. (www.cartersoshkosh.ca, Ottawa Trainyards) High-quality garments that last well after your kids have outgrown them is the focus of Peekaboo Beans clothing. Made with the best fabrics designed for play, your kids will enjoy wearing these pieces over and over again. Your little fashionista will love the Little Lady Capris ($39.00) because of their playful hem ruffles. (Looking for a local vendor? Contact email@example.com for the latest lookbook or go to www.peekaboobeans.com.)
Sun exposure that occurs during childhood can affect skin health later in life, which is why we love the Elm Hill Kids Swimzip line of UV 50+ swimsuits ($34.99). Swimzip’s stylish swimsuits are chlorine resistant, comfortable, and come in sizes for babies, toddlers, and children. Elm Hill also carries Babiators ($24.99), a line of durable and flexible sunglasses for children that provide 100% protection from UVA and UVB rays. Register your Babiators online. If they get broken or lost, Babiators will replace them for free. (www.elmhillkids.ca, 499 Terry Fox Drive in the Signature Centre)
An important summer must-have is a good pair of sandals – whether it’s for jumping rope, freezetag or puddle jumping. West End Kids carries an excellent selection of summer footwear that will last well into the cooler fall days, like these resilient Columbia Castle Rock Sandals ($37.50) for both boys and girls. (www.westendkids.ca, 373 Richmond Rd.)
Give your child the gift of magic! Canadian Magic Champion Eric Leclerc will be teaching children from 6-12 the skills and secrets to become a top notch magician. Campers will learn about the history of magic, how to perform amazing magic tricks, how to practice properly and most of all how to amaze all their friends and families!
GET READY FOR A MAGICAL SUMMER! Please contact each summer camp center individually for details: St- Laurent Complex • Dovercourt Community Center • Bob MacQuarrie Recreational Center • Nepean Sportsplex • Glebe Activities Group • Fisher Park Community Center • Kanata Recreation Complex • FunHaven Family Fun Center • Francois Dupuis Recreation Center • MIFO @capitalparent |
Top Tips for Family Cycling BY LANA STEWART
Start small Choose a route where you feel totally comfortable and in control, such as a quiet side street, the park, or a bike path. It’s good to get used to how it feels to bike with kids without worrying about traffic at the same time. Alcatel-Lucent Sunday Bikedays are a great place to try out new things too – especially if you’ve got a solo pedaler! The wide parkways provide lots of space for starting and stopping. For more information about Sunday Bikedays go to www.canadascapital. gc.ca/places-to-visit/parks-paths/things-to-do/ alcatel-lucent-sunday-bikedays.
Choose a fun destination If having your kids on your bike (in a child seat, trailer, trail-a-bike) or having them ride solo is new, choose a fun destination that’s easy to reach. It could be a local park, pool, cupcake shop, or friend’s house. Kids may be more eager to hop on their bikes if they’re excited about the destination.
Don’t rush it Some kids will take to biking without any hesitation, while others may need a bit of a warm up. If they’re feeling scared, follow their lead. When we bought our midtail cargo bike, our son was really nervous about riding on the back. For a week, I walked the bike to and from
daycare with him sitting on the back to get used to it. Of course, when introducing any new activity, try to avoid doing it around nap times. A grumpy child can make a bad bike passenger.
Shop around and ask questions If you’re not sure what bike, trailer or child seat would suit your needs the best, try and find other pedal parents and ask their opinions. Community bike rodeos are a good place to see lots of different set ups in person. Most bike shops are becoming more familiar with family biking needs too.
Go ahead, bike through ALL of the puddles!
Make it the new ‘normal’ When you’re done riding or when you’re home, instead of asking “how was the bike ride?” talk about what you saw along the way. Would you ask your kids how they enjoyed the car ride each time you went out? Probably not. We can all normalize biking by just getting out and doing it.
Let the good times roll Ride with friends. The only thing better than biking with your kids is biking with more parents and kids.
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Parenting Blogs We Love: Modal Mom
BY LYNN JATANIA
ost of us couldn’t even begin to imagine life in this city without a car. But Lana of Modal Mom (modalmom.com) has been using pedal power for the majority of her travels since the year 2000. Her blog is a fascinating window into the Ottawa cycling community, with a healthy dose of tips and tricks for encouraging you to get on a bike yourself. With her young son snuggled into a seat on the back, Lana is on her bike for hours each month, both for everyday errands and bigger weekend trips. She’s been everywhere and has such amazing photos of her travels, and such a practical, reassuring tone of voice, that we actually found ourselves planning a bike tour of Gatineau Park. Her upcoming family bike/camping trip to Montreal, though? We’ll be content to live vicariously on that one, at least for now. Luckily, the story is sure to be charmingly told on her blog. She’s a quiet activist, too, keeping track of the progress of bike paths in the city,
and gently promoting the car-free lifestyle. Rather than lecture, however, her own life and bike exploits serve as all the inspiration you’ll need. Whether she’s having a delightful day trip to Almonte, taking her son along for a CHEO charity bike race, or even pedalling out to the river in winter with cross-country skis strapped to the rear wheel, she’s cheerfully showing us all how beautiful life can be on two wheels. And if you’re looking to join in, her blog has great tips on what to look for in a bike or other gear, which roads are best for beginners (spoiler: it’s absolutely NOT Albion Road!), and even some suggestions for cute bikewear. Maybe Modal Mom will talk us into that camping trip one day, after all.
Noteable Quotes “Gatineau Park Tip #1: You don’t need to race to the top. On Sunday mornings, the Gatineau
Parkway is closed to traffic from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Now, a 6 a.m. Sunday bike ride is much too early for most rational people, but I guess the NCC needs to make sure the park is empty before people start SUVing around in it. If you can arrive around 8 a.m. (which, I know, is still early for a weekend) you’ll get a solid 3 hours of quiet biking without vehicle traffic. It’s very pleasant. If you do find yourself riding in the Park once the roads have re-opened, don’t fret. Normally, I would avoid biking on a road without a shoulder, but this is one exception to my rule. Gatineau Park has a critical mass of people riding bikes, so drivers must be attentive and it seems to work. Maybe it’s the soothing effect of trees and nature, but drivers seem to give you lots of space when passing. You’re probably familiar with the springtime ritual of watching for geese and goslings on the pathway system. In this case, you are that wayward gosling.” PRODUCED BY KOBA ENTERTAINMENT
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The Gouda Life STRAWBERRY-MINT PARFAIT WITH CHEESECAKE CREAM AND LIME CURD BY KELLY BRISSON
arfaits are one of my favourite treats. Layers of whipped cream and fresh berries are easy and delicious enough, but when you add cream cheese and a citrus curd to the mix, it becomes something entirely different. The layers of flavour in this parfait are so fresh and clean. You can almost taste every ingredient separately before they combine in your mouth. To say they very least, it’s lovely. And also, it’s beautiful. This recipe makes four servings, or two really big ones.
Strawberry-Mint Parfaits with Cheesecake Cream and Lime Curd Recipe adapted from Food & Drink First, make the lime curd. You will need:
4 large limes 3 eggs 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup butter, softened
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Finely zest one of the limes. Set aside. Juice the 4 limes into a small bowl.
In a medium saucepan, whisk the eggs, sugar, and butter. Stir in juice and zest. Whisk constantly over low heat until mixture starts to thicken and turn lighter in colour. 15-18 minutes. Do not boil.
Once thickened, pour through a mesh strainer into a glass bowl. Press plastic wrap right against the curd and let cool in fridge for about 1 hour.
Keep in fridge for one week or freeze and scoop as needed.
And then make the rest!
6 cups fresh strawberries 2 tbsp sugar handful fresh mint, chopped fine 1 package (250g) light cream cheese, room temperature 1/2 cup icing sugar 1 cup cold whipping cream 1 tsp vanilla 1-1 1/2 cups lime curd Zest of 1 lime
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Set four of the best looking strawberries aside. Hull and slice the rest and place in a large bowl with the 2 tbsp of sugar and chopped mint. Cover and refrigerate until ready to put the parfaits together.
Using a standing or handheld electric mixer, whip the cream cheese and icing sugar until smooth in a large bowl. In another bowl, add the vanilla and heavy cream and whip until stiff peaks form. Fold the two creams together until smooth. Cover and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
When ready to assemble parfaits, use four parfait or large wine glasses and set on clean surface. Carefully add a spoonful or two of berries, followed by a large dollop of cream and a spoonful of curd. Finish with another layer of berries, cream and another spoonful of curd. Garnish with the strawberry and a sprinkle of lime zest. Kelly Brisson is a writer and photographer in Ottawa. She’s passionate about local fare, bright flavours, whole food recipes, and has a special fondness for cheese and a great glass of wine. Check out her website www.thegoudalife.ca for fresh seasonal recipes and thoughtful musings about the food we eat.
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FAMILY FUN Parents Mathieu and Janet with Jeremy (almost 6 months) and Evan (2) live in Orleans and like to spend time
at the neighbourhood playground, library, museums, and walking trails (such as Green’s Creek, Mer Bleue, and Gatineau Park). They also like taking the kids swimming at the new Francois Dupuis Recreation Centre. Photo by Sara McConnell Photography
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ummer is finally here! It’s easy to enjoy the lazy hazy days of summer with a pile of books beside you, isn’t it? These books were chosen by Laurie Woollard, Supervising Librarian at the Nepean Centrepointe branch of the Ottawa Public Library. They’ll encourage kids of all ages to explore, discover, and learn about the world around them.
Around the Neighborhood, by Sarah Thomson (Ages 3-6) Introduce your children to neighbourhood animals and their young as well as the numbers one through ten while you share this adaptation of the nursery poem “Over in the Meadow.”
Dreaming Up, by Christy Hale (Ages 3-8) Go dream! This is a delightful collection of concrete poetry,
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The Animal Boogie, by Debbie Harter (Ages 2-6) amazing things on Earth. Go see the world in a whole new way!
All through my town, by Jean Reidy (Ages 3-6)
Get moving with this jungle story in which children learn about actions like leaping, stomping, shaking and flapping while meeting different jungle creatures. Go boogie!
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