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Spring Fun Guide

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NiagaraFamilies SPRING 2019 EDITION

Spring Fun Guide Fantastic ideas for spring fun with kids in Niagara. Welcome to the spring issue of the Niagara Families magazine!


nside you’ll find the best that Niagara has to offer in the spring. This issue is filled with activities and events, including a list of March Break camps, Easter egg hunts, birthday party venues, and more.

If there is anything you’d like to see more of in the Niagara Families magazine, please let us know. You can send us an email at info@niagarafamilies.com – we’d love to hear your ideas. — Stephanie Vanderwielen — Niagara Families

What’s Inside… Celebrate Earth Day as a Family. . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 4 Donating Used Items. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 5 Niagara Easter Egg Hunts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 6 25 Rainy Day Activities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 8 March Break Camps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 9 Fostering Chose Us. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 12 More to Expecting than Expected. . . . . . . . . . page 14 Mom Minutes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 16 Sleeping Like a Baby. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 18 OBYNs in Niagara. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 20 Midwives in Niagara. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 22 Playgrounds in Niagara . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 23 Indoor Birthday Party Venues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 24 Kids Eat Free in Niagara. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 28 niagarafamilies.com Top 3 Things. . . . . . . . . . page 31

Contact Us… https://www.niagarafamilies.com www.facebook.com/NiagaraFamilies info@niagarafamilies.com We do our best to provide accurate, useful information about events and activities in the Niagara Region. This information (such as times and locations) is gathered from user submissions, press releases, local newspapers, other websites, signs around town and word of mouth. We do our best to confirm details before they are published. Sometimes details may change. Whenever possible, we strongly encourage you to confirm the details before you go.

Celebrate Earth Day as a Family

Written by Catherine Skinner

Here are some of our favourite ideas to celebrate Earth Day as a family: Clean Up – Show your kids good environmental stewardship by taking time out to work together on beautifying your corner of the earth. After a few missed visits from the garbage truck due to inclement weather, the stream along our property is looking pretty sad. Now that the water levels are safe again, we’re going to attack the garbage that’s found its way into the ecosystem. I’m guessing it will also be a great way to get up close and personal with the new life that’s starting there. Plant Something – We’re not all ambitious or available enough to plant trees, but why not start an herb garden indoors? All you need is a sunny room, some food-safe soil, seeds and paper egg cartons. Seedlings need a bit of water each day. Be sure to slit the bottoms, so the seedlings can be transplanted either into larger pots indoors, or directly into the soil outside after the frost is over. Take a Walk – What better way to appreciate the earth than by enjoying the beauty of the natural settings around you? There are so many wonderful things bursting forth at this time of year. Page 4

Green Your Home – Take a tour through your busy household with your kids and discuss the ways that your family is taking care of the earth, and the ways that you could take even better care of the planet. Make a poster as a family to remind everyone of your new commitments to greening your home. Enjoy ‘Lights Off’ – Enjoy dinners and bedtime stories by candlelight and take some ‘lights off’ time as a family for a month. I’ve noticed the ambience of candles on the dinner table is an automatic cue for the kids to bring their energy down. Except for our toddler, of course. Nothing can stop that one. Organize a Swap – Create a date for your kids and their friends to have a swap meet. Previously loved toys, games and books find new life, and it’s a great way for the little ones to see the value in re-using and re-purposing items. Upcycle Crafts – I think kids’ crafts can be beautiful and functional. Rather than try to make magic with macaroni, why not tackle some beautiful upcycled crafts, such as toilet paper birdfeeders, tin can wind chimes, or melt broken crayon bits into colourful crayon blocks.

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Where to Donate Used Clothes, Toys and Household Items Fort Erie:

Salvation Army

Thinking of doing some spring cleaning? Want to get rid of clutter around the house? There are many organizations across the Niagara region that will accept gently used clothes, toys, and household items.

Value Village

Humberstone Reusable Goods Drop-off

84 Wintemute St.

360 Ontario St.

St. Vincent De Paul


36 Jarvis St.

Community Care

Niagara Falls:

19 Albert St. W

Big Brothers/Big Sisters


Redeemed Goods

4311 Queen St.

Christian Benefit Shop

298 Crowland Avenue

Goodwill Niagara 3551 Portage Rd. Value Village

59 Southworth St.

West Lincoln

6278 Lundy’s Lane

Goodwill Niagara

Port Colborne

1 Churchill Ave

Goodwill Niagara

53 Southworth St. N.

45-53 West Side Road

Goodwill Niagara 572 Niagara St.

New to Used Thrift Shop

700 Humberstone Rd

Open Arms Mission Mission Centre 22 Fifth Street

Niagara Road 12 Reusable Goods Drop-off 7015 Concession Road 7

West Lincoln Community Care 2660 Industrial Park Rd

Salvation Army 50 Clarence St.

St. Catharines Bibles for Missions 118 Lake St.

Christian Benefit Shop 254 Grantham Ave.

Community Care 12 North St.

Goodwill Niagara 495 Welland Ave.

Goodwill Niagara 228 Glendale Ave.

Salvation Army 350 Scott St. www.niagarafamilies.com

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Easter Egg Hunts in Niagara Looking for Easter Egg Hunts in Niagara? There are so many to choose from, all with extra activities and lots of fun for the kids!

Beamsville Beamsville Annual Easter Egg Hunt When: Saturday, April 20, 9:30am Where: Beamsville & District Lions Community Sports Park 5100 Fly Rd., Beamsville The Lions’ Easter Egg Hunt features entertainment for youngsters and a chance for each age group to find the magic egg that wins a bicycle. In addition to free coffee and hot chocolate from Tim Hortons, the Lions provide free hot dogs. Participants are asked to donate a non-perishable food item that will be given to Community Care of West Niagara.

Niagara Falls

Fireman’s Park When: Friday, April 19 Time: 10:00 am-3:00 pm Where: 2275 Dorchester Rd. Niagara Falls

Warner Ranch offers an opportunity to take the kids out this Easter for their Easter Eggstravaganza. More than just an Easter egg hunt, they also offer pony rides, tours of the farm, inflatable bouncers, and more. All children that wish to participate in the egg decorating, the egg hunt, petting zoo and hay ride are $8.00. Parents are $2.00 each. Children under the age of one are admitted free unless they choose to participate in egg decorating and egg hunt. Pony rides are $4.00 per ride, bounce house is $2.00. All activities are rain or shine except the bounce house. Easter egg hunts take place every half hour.


Join the Stamford Volunteer Fireman’s Association for their annual egg hunt in Fireman’s Park. There is an entrance fee of $3 per child or one non-perishable food donation per child. Children are divided into groups by age and are given 10-15 minutes to collect as many eggs as they can. Say ‘Hi’ to the Easter Bunny, enjoy face painting, colouring contests, guessing games, and the fish pond. Refresh with snacks, hot chocolate, coffee, and cold drinks.

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Warner Ranch When: April 19, 20, 21, and 22 Time: 9am-4pm Where: 7705 Schisler Rd., Niagara Falls

Annual Bunny Trail When: Saturday, April 20 Time: 10am-1pm Where: NOTL Community Centre 14 Anderson Lane Niagara-on-the-Lake The event will kick off at 10am sharp with the Kinsmen/Niagara Nursery egg hunt. Following the egg hunt, there will be games, entertainment, touch a truck, and crafts.

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St. Catharines

Pelham’s Annual EGGstravaganza When: Saturday, April 20, Time: 11:00 am SHARP Where: Centennial Park, 989 Church Street Fenwick

Jaycees Annual Easter Egg Hunt When: Saturday, April 20, 10am Where: Jaycee Gardens Park 543 Ontario St. St. Catharines

For local children 12 yrs. and under. Three hunt areas: 3-5 yr olds; 6-9 yr olds; 10-12 yr olds. One “golden egg” prize per area. Each participant is responsible for bringing their own basket to collect eggs. A whistle will be blown at 11:00 am SHARP to announce the start of the hunt.

This annual Easter egg hunt welcomes children from ages 1 through 10 to join the celebration. All children are welcome. Hunt times: 10:00 am: 1-3 year olds 10:30 am: 4-6 year olds 11:00 am: 7-8 year olds 11:30 am: 9-10 year olds

Thorold Thorold Annual Easter Egg Hunt When: Saturday, April 20 Time: 10am-1pm Where: Battle of Beaverdams Park Sullivan Ave., Thorold

The Thorold Annual Easter egg hunt is hosted by the Thorold Station 1 Volunteer Fire Fighters. Kids will be divided up by age category. Please bring a non-perishable food item for friends at Community Care and make sure to come early to register to win one of the big prizes.

Port Colborne Port Colborne’s Eggstravaganza When: Saturday, April 20 Time: 10am-4pm Where: Vale Health & Wellness Centre 550 Elizabeth St., Port Colborne


Join the Easter Bunny and have fun searching for an Easter egg! Join Cindy Cook from Polka Dot Door for two Easter shows: 10am and 12pm. There will be an Easter Bunny meet and greet before each show and a bunny hug after. Face painting by Niagara Face Painters: 10:00 am. Egg hunt: 11:00 am. Egg return/prize bags: 11:15 am. Free open swim: 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Free family skate: 3:30 - 4:30 pm. All events are subject to change without notice.

Ridgeway Ridgeway Easter Egg Hunt When: Saturday, April 20, 10am-12pm Where: Downtown Ridgeway Join the Ridgeway Easter egg hunt, where you can meet the Easter Bunny, hunt for eggs, and join in a scavenger hunt!


Welland Annual Easter Egg Hunt When: Saturday, April 20 Where: Merritt Island, Welland Time: 10:00 am-3:00 pm Hunt Times & Ages: Ages 1-3: 10:00 & 12:30 Ages 4-7: 10:30 & 1:00 Ages 8-10: 11:00 & 1:30 Ages 11-15: 11:30 & 2:00 Family: 12:00 & 2:30 Enjoy face painting, trivia, carnival games, entertainment, fish pond, bouncers, the Easter Bunny, clowns, refreshments, fire truck display, Fun Express train, and more surprises. Donation to participate is $3.00 per child for any of the times for their age or any of the family hunts. (Anyone can participate more than once for an additional $3.00 donation each time). Activities and games tickets will be 50¢ each. Activities range from 1 to 4 tickets. Tickets won may be cashed in for prizes at the prize tent.

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25 Rainy Day Activities It doesn’t hurt to have a list of activities on hand for those days when the rain just doesn’t want to clear up. My kids have fun playing on their own but eventually become bored and turn to me for ideas. Here is a list of EASY and fun activities to keep kids entertained on those days when you’re stuck indoors: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14.

Play board games Make a blanket fort Have a dance party Play dress-up Do science experiments Make play dough Blow up balloons to play with Set up a tent to read in Bake bread (or cookies!) Make a book, individually or together Make cardboard box structures Clean the house together Do a scavenger or treasure hunt Make an art gallery – paint pictures, hang them and talk about them

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Watch a movie with popcorn Make cards for relatives Put a mattress on the floor to jump on Do water play indoors – fill a sink or bucket with water and play with household objects Make movies and take turns filming them Make masking tape roads for toy cars Have a fashion show Go on a rainy walk with umbrellas Splash in puddles Print colouring pages from the internet to colour Make slime www.niagarafamilies.com

March Break Camps 2019 Looking for a March Break Camp for the kids? Here’s a list of some of the great camps happening in Niagara this March Break: Aspire Gymnastics (Ages 4-14)

Ball’s Falls (Ages 6-11)

Gymnastics camp.

Adventure camp.

Location: 183 South Service Rd. #3, Grimsby Phone: 289-442-8286


Ball Hockey Athletic Centre

Sports, games, crafts, and activities.

Sports, games, and activities.

Location: 16 Melbourne Ave., St. Catharines Phone: 905-646-0480



Boys and Girls Club of Niagara (Ages 4-12) Location: St. Catharines, Niagara Falls Fort Erie Phone: 905-357-2444

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Brock University Sports School (Grades 1-8)

Grandview Farms Horse Camp

Sports, games, and swimming.

Horseback riding camp.

Location: Brock University, St. Catharines. Phone: 905-688-5550

Location: 570 Highway 20, Fenwick Phone: 905-892-6623 Harmony Yoga and Music (Ages 4-6)

Brock Youth University (Grades 2-8) Art, science, engineering.

Location Brock University, St. Catharines. Phone: 905-688-5550 Carousel Players (Ages 4-10) Drama camp.

Location: 85 Church St., St. Catharines. Phone: 905-682-8326 Club Jump (Ages 4-10) Gymnastics camp.

Location: 50 Niagara St., St. Catharines. Phone: 905-688-1111 Futbol Niagara (Ages 8-16) Focus on skills, drills, and games.

Location: Power Glen School, 34 Westland St., St. Catharines. Phone: 289-990-1734

Music camp.

Location: 369 Glendale Ave., St. Catharines Phone: 289-257-8083 Heartland Forest (Ages 5-12) Outdoor adventure camp.

Location: 8215 Heartland Forest Rd. Niagara Falls Phone: 905-356-7384 Niagara Children’s Museum (Ages 4-14) Painting, sculpture, and crafts.

Location: St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, Welland. Phone: 905-356-1514 Niagara Falls Community Health Centre (Grades 4-8) Cooking, fun games, outings, and physical activity.

Location 4790 Victoria Ave., Niagara Falls

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Nature School and Education Centre Outdoor adventure camp. Locations: St. Catharines and Grimsby Rodman Hall Art Camp (ages 6 to 8 & 9 to 12) Painting, sculpture, and drawing. Location: 109 St. Paul Cres., St. Catharines 905-688-5550 Thorold Community Activities Group (Ages 4-11) Crafts, games and outdoor activities. Location: 131 Richmond St., Thorold 905-227-0545 Town of Pelham (Ages 4-12) Variety of activities. Location: 100 Meridian Way, Fonthill 905-892-2607

MAY, JUNE & SEPTEMBER POWER SKATE Seymour-Hannah Sports & Entertainment Centre May, June, September 2019 Classes for Ages 2 to Adult

ST. CATHARINES RECREATIONAL SKATE Seymour-Hannah Sports & Entertainment Centre Skating Lessons • 9-week sessions Child 2 years to Adult Sessions Available: October 2018 to March 2019 • LEARN-TO-SKATE PROGRAMS • POWER SKATE PROGRAMS • ADULT PROGRAMS

YMCA (Ages 5-12) Sports, aquatics and Mad Science camps. Locations: St. Catharines, Niagara Falls, West Niagara, Welland, Fort Erie, Port Colborne Phone: 905-934-9755



AnneMarie LaFleche, Manager KamLskate1@gmail.com 905 941 4936

For registration forms, class times and Information www.kppskate.ca

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Fostering Chose Us… By Ann Godfrey, Director of Development & Public Relations for Family and Children’s Services Niagara

It’s six days before Christmas and it is surprisingly quiet for a home that houses six children all in their teen and tween years. Bill and Andrea Durrant are both home today, taking a little time to wrap presents and prepare for the coming holidays. In this cozy home near the Falls, we sit and chat at a very long dining room table, hand hewn by Bill himself. Twenty-four people will gather here for Christmas, including their four grown daughters, seven grandchildren, their two adopted children and the four children they are currently fostering. A house full of children is how the Durrants like it, having raised four of their own, adopted two more and fostering more than 30 children over the past eight years. “We didn’t choose to foster, it kind of chose us,” says Bill, a recruiter with the armed forces. It all started with a pamphlet and a phone call. “There were times we thought we were going to fail PRIDE (the foster home training program),” jokes Andrea. “We just took it one step at a time. Page 12

Made the call, got more information and enrolled in the training.” Before long, they had their first placement, a nine-year-old girl “on respite,” a shortterm placement to provide regular foster parents with a break. From the very beginning, Andrea admits, it was hard to let go. But she learned that the child’s mom had worked hard to have her returned to her care. They shared a teary, but happy good bye as the child returned home. Since 2010 the Durrants have had 34 children in their care; from a single overnight placement, up to four years. Some have stayed, hence their two adopted children, but all are welcome to come back. “We tell all the kids: you know where we live. If you are ever in the area, just drop by,” says Bill. And they do. Life in the Durrant home is fairly routine. The kids are up and off to school by 8:25 am. After school, it’s scouts, cadets, dance and boxing, dinner and homework. “We’re not special,” insists

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Bill. “We’re just doing what anybody else would do, given the situation.” Occasionally there is drama, as will happen with kids. Quite troubled when she first arrived, their one daughter was prone to emotional outbursts. “We just stuck with it,” says Andrea. “We didn’t give up on her. Basic parenting applies.” Slowly but surely, she came around. She learned trust, she learned boundaries. “She’s lovely,” says Bill. “She overcame a lot. I guess that’s our reward.” Fostering has been the best, and also


the hardest thing they have ever done, they say. Still in their 40s, they plan to foster for a few more years, take a break and then come back to it when Bill is retired and can be a “full-time foster dad.” “It’s kind of our thing now, our life’s work,” says Bill. There are more than 450 children in foster care in Niagara and an urgent need for more foster parents like the Durrants. For more information about how to become a foster parent, visit facsniagara.on.ca, follow us on Face Book or Twitter or call (905) 937-7731.

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There is More to Expecting Than Expected

How do I know if I have a PMAD? One of the first things someone tells me is I remember being pregnant and reading the that they no longer feel like themselves. They book, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” and it was a great read and I highly may experience any of following symptoms: recommend it. However, what I wish it shared feeling sad or down, mood swings, feeling overwhelmed, feeling guilty, little interest in more about is Maternal Mental Health. things, difficulty sleeping, feeling tired, panic, Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD) irritability, crying for no reason. happen to 1 in 5 women, and 1 in 10 men. Let me explain that further. Perinatal refers to the What do I do if I feel this way? One of the challenges with a PMAD is the point of trying to conceive, pregnancy and symptoms can be difficult to distinguish within the first year of having a baby. The onset of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders between what is “normal” pregnancy related mood changes and what is more serious. I can happen at any time within this period. often hear from women that they have shared What is a Perinatal Mood Anxiety disorder? with someone that they are having difficulty It can be anxiety, depression, intrusive and their concerns are minimized as people thoughts/ Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, say, “well that’s pregnancy”. If you are not Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and psychofeeling like yourself or if you feel like your sis. Often, women experience the symptoms moods are impacting your life, then it is imof a PMAD before baby arrives (approximately portant to reach out for support. 66%). Contributed by Emily Pollak, MSW, RSW

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PMAD not only impacts you but also your relationships. It can affect your connection to your baby, partner, family and friends. I often hear how people were not prepared for how much a baby impacts your relationship. It is important to have open conversations with your partner and/or supports about what you may need during your pregnancy and when baby comes.

Speak up:

Talk with someone you trust, share with them how you are feeling. Let your care provider know that you think you may have some anxiety or depression. You can also reach out to a therapist who specializes in maternal mental health.

Be practical:

Recognize that this is a major life change. You may need to reduce some of the stressors in your life. Transitions take time to adjust to and allow your self the flexibility to learn your new family. Some things on your “to do” list may just need to wait.

Keep routines:

If you already have children, think about where you can get support - spouse, relatives, friends, and childcare. Children benefit from knowing what to expect and having a routine in place. Try and think about respite for your child(ren) for when baby comes.

Self Care:

Take moments to take care of yourself. Selfcare doesn’t mean having to do elaborate things - it can be taking a bath, listening to music, reading a book, or going for a walk.

Build your circle of support:

Close your eyes and think about the people in your life, think about who they are and what kind of support they can provide. This may include practical help, emotional support, community activities, or professional services. www.niagarafamilies.com

Remember: PMAD can happen to ANYONE. You are doing the best you can. You are ENOUGH. This article was written by Emily Pollak, MSW, RSW. Emily is a Social Worker who operates her private practice here in the Niagara region. Her services include Maternal & Family Counselling. To find out more about Emily you may visit her website at www.emilypollak.ca

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Mom Minutes Welcome to our series where we meet amazing local moms. We’ll hear about their journeys, inspiration, and best parenting tips. Meet Meera Filipe.

Describe a typical day in your life.

We are a family of three. My husband, my baby girl who is 13 months old and myself! We have lived in Beamsville for six years now. My husband is from Hamilton and I’m from St. Catharines. We struggled with infertility for six years. Our daughter was finally born via IVF, our fourth and LAST embryo. She came into this world totally unexpected at 25 weeks weighing just a pound. We call her our miracle baby.

What’s your greatest struggle?

Tell us about your family.

We start off every morning with a drive as a family (Tim Hortons run for a double espresso for hubby) followed by the scenic rounds in our town of Beamsville. Hubby works seven days a week so it’s just usually me and my daughter. Lots of play time, singing and snuggles. She loves to be outside, so we spend lots of time walking or going on drives. She loves swimming as well.

How do you get through the hard days? Finding me time or us time, as hubby is Breathe! I always remind myself, “It’s just a short time to have whatever particular struggle we are going through any given day.” One day we will miss it. We will never have that moment again! So I just enjoy every moment even though if it is very challenging! Page 16

working every day. Also, since our daughter is a micro-preemie, we have to be very careful about germs, especially this time of the year, so it becomes very isolating in the winter months.

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Niagara Mom Meera Filipe and her daughter.

What’s been your best parenting moment so far? Watching my daughter grow and thrive. She came into this world totally unexpected and fought for life and overcame so many struggles. To watch your child do that is just the most amazing thing! What do you do to take time for yourself? After my daughter goes to sleep I find time for me. Whether it’s reading a book, cooking, catching up on social media, having a bath, or going out with my girlfriends. What brings you great joy? Looking at my daughter. I stare at her all day, every day. It’s hard to believe we made that little miracle.


What’s your best parenting tip? You know your child best. Do what you feel what is right for your child. Go with your gut. If you feel like something isn’t right…voice it. You are your child’s advocate! Don’t compare your child to others and don’t rush things! What is your family’s favourite thing to do in Niagara? There are so many fun things to do! We love the Butterfly Conservatory and Bird Kingdom in Niagara Falls. We love driving in the Beamsville bench... exploring all of the amazing wineries and fruit stands, local food, etc.! If you have a friend, sister, co-worker, etc., you think would be a great candidate for our Mom Minutes feature, please email us at info@niagarafamilies.com!

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Sleeping Like a Baby Suggestions for coping with infant sleep issues. Deciding what works best for your family. Article Contributed by Heather Boyd, O.T.Reg. (Ont.). What I would have liked to hear back then, and what I hope may help some of you going through the challenging early months (and years!) of parenting is: 1. Babies are hardwired to wake up often. A babe who wakes up every 2 hours at night for months may still fall into “normal” for sleep expectations, regardless of all the My son was what some would call a “bad ‘tricks’ we try; sleeper”. I look back on this time and would 2. Babies are also hardwired to be close to describe him not as a “bad sleeper” but as a mom.  Current guidelines are to room share baby who couldn’t sleep.  for at least 12 months, and sharing a room is At one point it was so exhausting I emailed believed to reduce the risk of SIDS.  Being Elizabeth Pantley, author of the “No Cry Sleep close meets baby’s needs and also reduces Solution”, bleary-eyed and sobbing, hoping the energy needed to be responsive to your she had the magic solution to our sleep woes.  baby at night; She was empathetic, but had nothing 3. Understanding what is normal can make particularly helpful to add to what I already sleep seem so much better, even if nothing knew from reading her book and many other else has actually changed; books on the topic. 4. Babies’ needs are high for a reason.  They are not manipulating parents’ behaviour in Although I am an occupational therapist, I was order to control parents; they are manipua parent first and, being sleep deprived and lating in order to have their needs met. in the thick of it, I needed someone who knew 5. Mama’s instincts count.  If you feel there is how to break this down for me -- to problem something that is causing sleep troubles, solve with me and to normalize what infant keep sleuthing.   sleep really is.  When I became a mom for the first time, I quickly realized that sleeping like a baby was anything but!  Although I eventually found my way to credible information about what to expect in terms of sleep, the first two years were full of sleep deprivation, bad advice, self-doubt, and exhaustion. 

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6. All the strategies in the world will not help if there is an underlying reason that isn’t addressed. Reflux, food sensitivities, colic, environmental allergies, and illness are all health-related reasons that babies may wake up.  These babies need more: they need more nurturing to reassure them the world is a safe place. And they need more detective work to figure out what is getting in the way of a good “normal” night’s sleep.   7. Taking care of you (resting, taking up offers for freezer meals, going to bed when babe does, having a chance to take a deep breath) is so very, very important.  Motherhood is a big job, and one that needs resources (energy, support). Learning how to advocate for yourself is a huge skill as a parent. 8. Developmental leaps (which happen pretty often in the first three years!) can lead to night waking even in a previously sound sleeper.  Development takes time and there are no real short cuts. 9. The mantra “Meet the Need” (both your baby’s and yours) can be a helpful reminder that our baby’s cries are communicating some need, even if we can’t quite figure out what that need is. 10. If in doubt, choose love.  Regardless of how long it takes to solve sleep issues, or how long it takes for a baby or child to mature enough to sleep through the night, a loving and nurturing approach to supporting your baby is always the right choice. This article was written by Heather Boyd, O.T.Reg. (Ont.). Heather is an Occupational Therapist with 18 years of experience with families of infants and young children. Focusing on infant sleep education, infant development, and feeding, Heather collaborates with families to support development in nurturing and evidence-based ways. You can contact Heather at www.heatherboyd.ca www.niagarafamilies.com

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OBGYNs in Niagara Obstetricians are medical doctors who care for women during pregnancy, labour and delivery, and the first few weeks after childbirth. Obstetricians deliver babies in a hospital setting. Here is a list of OBGYNs in Niagara:


Niagara Falls

Tina Gai 169 Main Street E Phone: (905) 309-8723

Gurnam Singh Cheema 6453 Morrison St. Phone: (905) 374-6566

Andy Narine 169 Main Street E Phone: (905) 309-2220

Manik Devane 5400 Portage Rd. Phone: (905) 356-6718

Nwachukwu Nwebube 169 Main St E Phone: (905) 309-1947

Alan Jackiewicz 4256 Portage Rd. Phone: (905) 374-0781 Olufemi Olufowobi 6453 Morrison St. Phone: (905) 228-2025

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Muthulakshmi Yegappan 140 Niagara St. Phone: (905) 988-6008

St. Catharines Denise Lynne Campeau 235 Martindale Rd. Phone: (905) 397-7716


Anthony Kwok-Hing Chan 145 Queenston St. Phone: (905) 685-5506

Mulaisho Nambizi Beyani 555 Prince Charles Dr N Phone: (905) 732-1118

Esther Anne Chin 1200 Fourth Ave. Phone: (905) 378-4647

Naheed Chaudhry Suite 101, 477 King St. Phone: (905) 714-1747

Andrzej Stanislaw Dobosiewicz 245 Pelham Rd. Phone: (905) 687-8648

Jerzy Sternadel 477 King St Phone: (905) 788-1406

Uthra Mohan 1200 Fourth Ave. Phone: (905) 378-4647 Robert Duncan Nowicki 152 Ontario St. Phone: (905) 988-9600 Marquis Moses Aniedi-Abasi Okon 261 Martindale Rd. Phone: (905) 682-4534 Rathnakar Bellampalli Shetty 1200 Fourth Ave. Phone: (905) 378-4647 Johan Viljoen 1200 4th Ave. Phone: (905) 684-8395 www.niagarafamilies.com

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Midwives in Niagara A midwife is a primary caregiver, specializing in pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum. A midwife can provide all the physical care necessary for a healthy woman and her baby throughout pregnancy, birth and for six weeks afterward. If you’re interested in having a midwife for your pregnancy, you can contact the midwife office directly - you do not need a referral from a doctor. Be sure to call as early in your pregnancy as possible to ensure that the midwife practice has space for you. Here is a list of midwife practices in Niagara: Lincoln Community Midwives

Niagara Midwifery Practice

Serving clients in the West Niagara area and offer hospital births at West Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Grimsby.

Serving clients in St. Catharines, Thorold, Pelham, and NOTL.

5000 King St., Beamsville Telephone: 289-566-9350 Email: admin@lincolnmidwives.com

Midwives of East Erie Serving clients in the Dunnville and Simcoe area.

340 Lock St W., Dunnville Telephone: 905-701-7428 Email: midwiveseasterie@mountaincable.net Page 22

13 Lyman St., St. Catharines Telephone: 905-684-6377 Email: admin@niagaramidwives.com

Renaissance Midwifery Serving clients in Welland, Niagara Falls, Fort Erie, and Port Colborne.

196 East Main St., Welland Telephone: 905-714-7258 Email: info@renaissancemidwifery.ca

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Playgrounds in Niagara After a long winter with a lot of snow, it’s nice to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather. Visiting local parks whenever the weather allows it is a great way for kids to get some fresh air and exercise. Playgrounds can get quite muddy on spring days, so we’ve put together a list of some playgrounds that have a soft rubber ground and are less likely to have puddles! Woodstream Park 87 Spruceside Cres Fonthill West Park 78 Louth St, St. Catharines Centennial Sports Park 1565 Four Mile Creek Rd. Virgil Merritt Island Park Welland Pearson Park 352 Niagara St. St. Catharines Memorial Park, Memorial Park Dr. Welland Catherine Street Park 69 Catherine St. St. Catharines Fireman’s Park 2275 Dorchester Rd. Niagara Falls www.niagarafamilies.com

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Indoor Birthday Party Venues for Kids in Niagara

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Are you planning a birthday party? Looking for a venue or great entertainment? We’ve got you covered with our Birthday Party Guide! It includes a list of indoor birthday party venues in Niagara as well as entertainment and supplies.



Boston Pizza Clifton Hill

Interactive reptile demonstration parties. 905-892-7100

Captain Jack’s Pirates Cove

Reptile Kingdom

Pizza and arcade games. 905-385-2750

Fort Erie

Arcade parties. 905-371-1331

Game themed activities. 289-320-9508

Cataract Bowl

Games Room

Bowling parties. 905-354-9733


Cineplex Odeon Cinemas

Shag the Salon Hair parties. 289-567-0222

Movie theatre parties. 905-357-1900


Crock-a-Doodle Pottery painting parties. 905-358-8080

Chocolate FX

(St. Davids) Chocolate factory tour parties. 905-684-2626

Niagara Cheerleading (NOTL) Cheerleading parties. 905-935-1917

Yellow Door Theatre Project (Virgil) Music, Dance, and Drama parties. 289-969-4589

Niagara Falls

Americana Indoor Waterpark Waterpark parties. 905-356-8444

Bird Kingdom Guided Tour, Interactive bird encounters. 905-356-8888 www.niagarafamilies.com

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Fallsview Waterpark

St. Catharines

Indoor waterpark parties. 4Cats 905-374-4444 Art and painting parties. 905-646-2287 The Gale Centre

Arena Skating parties. 905-356-7521, ext 5601

Great Wolf Lodge Waterpark parties. 800-605-9653

Heartland Forest Themed parties. 905-356-7384

Kiddie Sports Academy Sports and games parties. 905-348-8848

Niagara Children’s Museum Themed parties. 905-356-1514

Niagara Ball Hockey Club Ball Hockey parties. 905-684-7688×224

Cheeky Monkeys’ Indoor playground. 905-357-7678

Club Jump Gymnastics parties. 905-688-1111

The Frosted Cupcake Cupcake parties. 905-934-0003

Gymnastics Energy Gymnastics parties. 905-685-9248

Harmony Yoga and Music Studio

TayKimTan’s Fun Town Music parties. Indoor playground parties. 905-356-3331


Ripley’s Niagara Museum parties. 905-356-2238

Indoor playground parties. 905-685-JIMS (5467)

Zippy Zoom

Landmark Cinemas

Jungle Jim’s Playcentre

Indoor playground parties Movie theatre parties. 905-358-7978 905-682-8843 Page 26

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Merritton Community Centre Bowling Bowling parties. 905-682-0098

Michael’s Craft Store Craft parties. 905-346-3180

Nailed It Mobile Spa Spa parties. 905-957-1702

New Hope Church Indoor climbing parties. 905-684-2444

Niagara Creative Arts Centre Art parties. 905-246-1882

Party Perfect Events Themed parties. 289-929-4995

The Painted Turtle Pottery Studio Pottery painting parties. 905-397-5282

Pla-mor Bowling Lanes Bowling parties. 905-935-6711

Real Canadian Superstore (St. Catharines/Grimsby) Cooking parties. 905-984-8408 or 905-309-3911 www.niagarafamilies.com

YMCA of Niagara (Locations across Niagara)

Sports and themed parties. 905-358-9622

Young Headz Hairdressing parties. 905-641-9888

Zap Zone Niagara Lasertag parties. 905-354-0749

Party and Supply Providers 905-544-0875

Chester The Clown Clown

Cindia and the Shark Musical 905-324-7113 Puppet Shows. Creative Faces 905-714-5893 Face painting.

Zippy Zoom

Enchanted Princess Entertainment Character rentals. 289-686-7630 FairyFaces 905-394-9248

Indoor playground parties 289-687-2587

Febee The Clown


Floating Fun Creative


Spa parties. 905-680-7334

Fluffy The Clown Growing Up Healthy Kits


Scorpions Niagara

Loot bag alternatives.

Cheerleading parties. 905-325-2560

Mad Science Niagara 905-937-1878

Thorold Da Bath Bomb Co.


Face painting. Clown

Balloon decorating and delivery.


In-home science experiment parties.

Magical Birthday Niagara Inflatables

905-228-1612 905-646-5867

The Welland Museum


Themed parties. 905-732-2215

Pieces of Prehistory/Club Rex 905-246-3235 Travelling Dinosaur Show

Zippy Zoom


Indoor playground parties 905-735-7447 www.niagarafamilies.com

Scoop McCoy


Zippy Zoom


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Kids Eat Free in Niagara We all know it can get expensive going out to eat as a family. Niagara Families is here to help! We’ve made a list (and verified it!) of restaurants in Niagara that offer kids eat free meals. You can find a place to take the family any night of the week! Page 28

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Monday Johnny Rocco’s, 271 Merritt St., St. Catharines or 6889 Lundy’s Ln., Niagara Falls

Mick & Angelo’s 7600 Lundy’s Ln., Niagara Falls Free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entrée, after 4pm.

Children, 10 years and under, receive a Tuesday free kid’s meal for each regular menu item Montana’s valued at $15 or more.

Angel’s Diner 395 Ontario St., St. Catharines

327 Lake St., St. Catharines Free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entrée.

Kids eat free (dine-in only), 10 years old Cracker Jack’s and under. Minimum purchase of $13 in food per person excluding beverages and 207 Keefer Rd., Thorold taxes. One child accompanied by an adult. Free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entrée.

Cracker Jack’s 207 Keefer Rd., Thorold

Free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entrée.

The Manhattan Bar and Grill 405 Vine St., St. Catharines Free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entrée.

Pizza Hut 294 Lake St., St Catharines or 841 Niagara St., Welland Free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entrée.

Big Marco’s 274 Fourth Ave., St. Catharines Free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entrée. For kids 10 years old and under.

Wednesday Gord’s Place 84 James St., St. Catharines Free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entrée.

Frego’s 312 Lake St., St. Catharines Kids eat for $.99 with the purchase of an adult entrée www.niagarafamilies.com

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Frontier BBQ & Smokehouse 6519 Stanley Ave. Niagara Falls Children, 5 and under, eat free for breakfast Saturday and Sunday, and dinner Wednesday to Sunday.


Frontier BBQ & Smokehouse 6519 Stanley Ave., Niagara Falls Children, 5 and under, eat free for breakfast Saturday and Sunday, and dinner Wednesday to Sunday.

Friday Frontier BBQ & Smokehouse 6519 Stanley Ave., Niagara Falls Children, 5 and under, eat free for breakfast Saturday and Sunday, and dinner Wednesday to Sunday.


Trailside Bar and Grill 282 Ridge Rd. N, Ridgeway

Frontier BBQ & Smokehouse 6519 Stanley Ave., Niagara Falls

Children, 10 years and under, eat free with every adult meal purchased.

Children, 5 and under, eat free for breakfast Saturday and Sunday, and dinner Wednesday to Sunday.

Other deals:


Frontier BBQ & Smokehouse 6519 Stanley Ave., Niagara Falls Children, 5 years and under, eat free for breakfast Saturday and Sunday, and dinner Wednesday to Sunday.

Crabby Joe’s 5000 Serena Dr., Beamsville Free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entrée. Page 30

Mandarin 366 Bunting Rd. St. Catharines Children, 5 – 12 years, are half price for the buffet. Children, 4 years old and younger, are a $2 sharing price.

Boston Pizza 333 Ontario St., St. Catharines 221 Glendale Ave., St. Catharines 934 Niagara St., Welland Buy a $5 Kids Club Card, and receive one free kid’s meal per $16 adult entrée. Can be used up to five visits.

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niagarafamilies.com 3 things not to miss on NiagaraFamilies.com this Spring!

1. March Break events.

Looking for activities and programs to keep kids busy during March break? We’ve got you covered with our massive list of fun activities and events happening over the break in Niagara.

2. Mother’s Day Events.

Enjoy afternoon tea, brunch, vendor markets, or kids’ activities this Mother’s Day! We’ve put together a list of some family-friendly Mother’s Day activities in Niagara this spring.

3. Victoria Day celebrations. We’ve listed all the best family-friendly Victoria Day events happening around Niagara. Enjoy the festivities and fireworks as your family celebrates Victoria Day!

Head to NiagaraFamilies.com for event updates, activities and even more ideas for spring fun! www.niagarafamilies.com

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