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I’ll admit that July is my favourite month of the year. Partly because it’s my birthday month, partly because the weather is always gorgeous in July, and partly because I live just blocks from the beach and spend lots of my time with my computer, working in the sunshine! We’re lucky to live in a part of the world that offers endless outdoor activities in the summer, from mountain climbing to biking and even a nice, long walk! Here at WestCoast Families, we’re also focusing on summer fun this month, so we have some great articles on pool safety and have rounded up some of our area’s best museums for those rainy days. It’s also our Families at Home issue in which we look at real estate and design in the Lower Mainland. We’re profiling two moms who are raising their kids in very different ways; one in the city and one in the country. You already have our July/August issue in your hand, so get down to the beach and get reading!
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westcoast finds Maxtrix Beds Fin Fun Mermaid Tails
Kids loving turning their beds into forts, so why not make it a fun place to be all the time? The Maxtrix Bed is constructed from solid birch and offers tons of extensions, storage units and other accessories (even slides!) to make your child’s bed a place they don’t want to leave. Lots of fun theme packs are available to choose from in every colour and shape imaginable. Available at Bedcetera, 4502 Main street.
Since Ariel swam across the screen, kids across the world have dreamed of having their own fin. Fin Fun Mermaid Tails makes this dream come true with stretchy fins and suits to turn your summer bathing suit into a fishy reality. There are lots of colours to choose from and they can even be machine-washed!
www.finfunmermaid.com | $60-$100
www.maxtrixkids.com | $1000-$3000
Weiser Kevo Bluetooth Lock Zipsicles Worried about dyes and other additives in traditional frozen treats? The Zipsicles sealable pouches allow you to take your own frozen goodies with you, made with real juice and fruit or whatever your taste buds desire. Mix your favourite ice pop and tuck them in the freezer for a healthy and portable treat for the whole family.
Want to ensure your house is safe and sound? Install a Kevo lock and then download the mobile app, allowing your iPhone to be your travelling key, or even control the lock from your Internet browser. You can even send electronic keys to friends and family and you will be alerted when someone enters the house.
Crave ice cream but don’t like the dairy and fat that go along with it? Check out the Yonanas, which turns ripe bananas into an ice creamlike treat that will satisfy that chilly sweet tooth. You simply toss in your favourite fruit with some frozen ripe bananas into the machine and Presto—tasty, creamy, and healthy ice cream alternative!
www.yonanas.com | $60-$130
www.weiserlock.com | $250
www.zipzicles.com | $3 for 12
This is J Bamboo Wear Looking for pajamas and scarves that are comfortable in summer heat? Look no further than This is J Bamboo Wear, designed right in Canada. Their beautiful prints will delight your stylish side while the comfortable bamboo weave is insanely soft on skin.
www.thisisj.com | $70-$135
EZ Squeezees Food pouches for kids can be expensive and damaging to the environment. Enter the EZ Squeezees, which can be refilled and reused many times over. Simply puree your child’s favourite fruit or veggie, pour in the zippered side and seal to keep food where it belongs. EZ Squeezees are also BPA free and dishwasher/freezer safe.
www.ezsqueezees.com | $10 for 3
AMBI Electronic Ice Pack We all know that bumps, bruises, and bites happen without warning. The AMBI cooling device offers cool, soothing relief whenever and wherever you need it. Simply turn it on by pressing the button, apply to skin and you’re instantly cooled, soothing whatever it is that ails you.
www.myambi.com | $50
Psi Travel Sickness Bands Motion sickness can come with the territory of our winding mountain roads, so stock up on Psi Bands, which apply pressure to acupressure points to relieve that nauseous feeling. They can even be used for pesky morning sickness while pregnant and are far more stylish than traditional options! They’re also reusable and adjustable and completely drug-free.
www.psibands.com | $20/set
Creations for Clara These fun dolls and fairies are entirely handmade, soft, and woven with handspun yarns and wools. Owner Kathy McNeil makes and weaves every part of the doll, including the doll’s clothing, and can customize everything from hair to eye colour, or you can buy one of the premade dolls she has on stock!
www.creationsforclara.com | $120
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LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL THIS SUMMER You don’t have to go far this summer to find the perfect family getaway! Spend some time exploring your own backyard in the Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Region. There are fun activities for the whole family to enjoy. Here are some of the top events happening in the region this summer:
Experience Klahowya Village: Now to September 1, 2014 The word “Klahowya” means welcome, and each summer Aboriginal people from across the province come together to build a village in Vancouver’s Stanley Park and welcome visitors from around the world. They share authentic Aboriginal experiences, traditions and culture through live performances, storytelling, the Artisan Marketplace and the Spirit Catcher miniature train. Kids can even participate in a cedar bracelet weaving workshop!
Explore the Surrey Night Market: July & August 2014 New for 2014, the Surrey Night Market will be an open-air summer market featuring a variety of local foods, services
and merchandise. Open every Friday and Saturday night from July 5 to August 30, this multicultural family-friendly event will also feature live entertainment from local bands, singers and dancers.
3 Take Part in Coquitlam’s Neighbourhood Night Block Parties: July & August 2014
The City of Coquitlam is hosting a series of Neighbourhood Nights on Thursdays throughout the summer. Head to some of the city’s top parks for these free community block parties, which are a great way to meet other families and enjoy some of your own family time at the park! The parties are happening on July 10, 17, 24 & 31 and on August 7 & 14.
Experience Klahowya Village this summer! Jump on board the Spirit Catcher Miniature Train and celebrate
‘The Journey of the Salmon’. June 21 to September 1, 2014 Train rides: $5 per person Seasons pass: $20 per person (unlimited train rides) For daily programming and other information, visit
Attend the Whistler Childrenâ€™s Festival: July 12 & 13, 2014 Whistler Olympic Plaza will be transformed as tents, stages, balloons and circus acts pop up for the annual Whistler Childrenâ€™s Festival. Kids can take part in a variety of workshops, including pre-school activities for children aged 3 â€“ 5, and intermediate workshops for kids up to grade 8. There will also be live musical and theatrical performances, face painters, balloon artists, roving characters and storytellers on hand throughout the weekend.
Spark Your Creativity at the Harrison Festival of the Arts: July 12 to 20, 2014 Visit Harrison Hot Springs for this annual festival set against the magnificent mountains and sandy beaches of Harrison Lake. The Harrison Festival of the Arts is an event the whole family can enjoy, featuring music from around the world, visual and literary arts, a large outdoor art and craft market, workshops and a special day for children on July 16.
Check out the Gibsons Sea Cavalcade: July 26 & 27, 2014 Head over to the Sunshine Coast for the 46th annual Gibsons Sea Cavalcade! There are events and activities for all ages and abilities over this action-packed weekend. Some of the highlights include a pancake breakfast, family dance, children’s activities such as face painting and games, a kids fishing derby, a costumed pet parade and fireworks!
class Loggers Sports Shows that draw competitors from all over the world. Watch them compete in tree climbing, tree falling and axe throwing competitions, to name a few. There will also be music, children’s activities, a parade and a beef BBQ.
8 Get Your Cowboy on at the Abbotsford Agrifair & Rodeo:
Have a Blast at the Squamish Days Logger Sports Festival: July 31 to August 4, 2014 Looking for something a little out of the ordinary? Stop by the Squamish Days Logger Sports Festival for a weekend full of excitement and action that will make every member of the family smile. This action-packed event includes two world-
August 1 to 4, 2014
Celebrate the 104th Abbotsford Agrifair & Rodeo this August! This classic country fair includes a midway, live musical entertainment, delicious food, demolition derbies and professional rodeo events. There will be plenty of great activities for the kids to do, including watching pig and duck races, visiting the Reptile Guy’s rescued critters, and attending daily magic shows in the KidsZone.
Impawsibly Fun This summer at the Peak of Vancouver, visit orphaned Grizzly Bears, take in Ranger Talks and even register for Breakfast with the Bears.
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Let Loose at the Lytton River Festival: August 29 to 31, 2014 Drive to the Fraser Canyon for a fun-filled weekend at the Lytton River Festival. This event celebrates two great rivers, the Thompson and the Fraser, and their role in the community. This three-day family-friendly event is the largest of its kind in the Fraser Canyon. Along with a First Nations Pow-Wow, there will be activities for the whole family including live music, a fire dancer, organized hikes into the Stein Valley, a local talent show, Circus West performances and much more!
10 Celebrate Britannia Mine Museum’s 110th Anniversary: Throughout 2014
Britannia Mine Museum is a National Historic Site near Squamish that is celebrating its 110th anniversary this year! Discover what it was like to live and work at what was once the largest copper mine in the British Empire in this award-winning museum. Check out two new exhibits, Best of Britannia: Life in a Company Town and Celebrating 100 Years: Photo Exhibit along with regular activities such as following an informative tour guide, panning for gold and rumbling aboard an underground mine train as it rolls into the dark.
There are plenty of family-friendly events and activities to check out in the Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Region this summer. Visit 604pulse.com/family-fun for more information on these events and to start planning your summer getaway today! Written by: Crystal Solberg Photos by: 3. City of Coquitlam, 4. Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane, 8. Bob Young; Metro Vancouver Map: htp://bcer.trams.bc.ca/pics/wvtlq.jpg
BRITANNIA MINE MUSEUM Celebrating a 110 years of discoveries! Underground Tour and Train • Gold Panning Children’s Exhibits and Play Area
Family-Friendly Museums Best museums to educate and entertain! Just because kids are on summer vacation doesn’t mean their brains need to take a break too. Museums are a great place to educate children in a fun and new way. From history to biodiversity and farming to aviation, we’ve listed our favourite local museums and a few road trip worthy destinations. Beaty Biodiversity Museum If the kids need some intellectual stimulation (and fun), a trip to the Biodiversity Museum is a must. “The Backyard Biodiversity” exhibit takes a close look at the ecosystems and organisms that live amoung us. Jump into learning with puppet shows, story time, and sketching classes.
www.beatymuseum.ubc.ca 2212 Main Mall, Vancouver $35/per family
Canadian Museum of Flight Soar to new heights this summer as you explore Canada’s rich aviation history. Get up close to over 25 restored aircrafts dating back to WWII. The museum is a very hands-on facility, meaning kids are free to touch the aircrafts.
By Laura Grady
Museum of Vancouver Learn all about the history of our great city. The current Rewilding exhibition takes a close look at the relationship between nature and Vancouver. Tackle mysteries of the local food chain, ecosystems, and explore what belongs in a wild urban environment.
www.museumofvancouver.ca 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver $38/ per family
Burnaby Village Travel back in time to the 1920s. Visit the blacksmith, browse the bakery, and roam the rooms of the old farmhouse. Kids will love the restored trolley and a ride (or two) on the vintage carousel. Be sure to stop by the schoolhouse for a history lesson. Special summer events include rides around the village in a vintage Model T Ford.
www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca 6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby Free admission (carousel rides $2.50)
Britannia Mine Museum
www.canadianflight.org Langley Regional Airport Hangar #3 - 5333 216th Street $25/per family
Climb aboard the mine train and head underground for an inside look at mining in the early 1900s. Little diggers will love playing in the giant sand pit. Don’t forget to pan for gold and poke around the 1908 Machine Shop.
Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site of Canada
Vancouver Maritime Museum
Dive into the rich history of fishing on the West Coast. Dress up as a cannery worker, explore machinery and hook your own fish. And don’t miss their summer concert series!
www.gulfofgeorgiacannery.com 12138 Fourth Ave. Richmond Adults $7.80 / Children (6-16) $3.90 / Under 6: Free
www.britanniaminemuseum.ca 1 Forbes Way, Britannia Beach $92/per family
Explore our rich history with the water. This kid-friendly museum is loaded with interactive displays and play areas for kids. There are mock pirate ship interiors to play in, a full-size wheelhouse replica where kids can “steer the ship,” and the actual RCMP schooner St. Roch.
www.vancouvermaritimemuseum.com 1905 Ogden Avenue in Vanier Park $30 / per family
BC Farm Museum
Deeley Motorcycle Museum
Grab the family and experience what life on the farm was like for pioneers. Explore the collection of tractors and carriages and peek inside a farm kitchen and parlour. Working windmills and a large steam engine are a big hit with kids.
Kids love things that go fast. Add a little adventure to your summer while exploring Canada’s largest collection of motorcycles. Immerse the family in 120 years of motorcycle history with 250 antique and vintage motorbikes.
www.bcfma.com 9131 King St, Fort Langley $10
www.deeleymotorcycleexhibition.ca 1875 Boundary Road $25/per family
Port Moody Station Museum All aboard! Step inside an old Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) station from the early 1900s and get to know the history of the CPR in Port Moody. Unique artifacts and original details make for an authentic learning experience. Outside, you can get up close to a Venosta–one of the few remaining 1920 CPR sleeping cars.
www.portmoodymuseum.org 2734 Murray St., Port Moody Admission by donation
OUT OF TOWN: Royal BC Museum
Imagine Children’s Museum
www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca 675 Belleville Street, Victoria $69.95/per family
www.imaginecm.org 1502 Wall St, Everett, WA $9.50
Seattle Children’s Museum
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
www.thechildrensmuseum.org 305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA Adults $8.25 / Children $8.25
www.burkemuseum.org University of Washington, Seattle Adults $10 / Children $7.50
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Viva Cascadia! Hot Spots Along the West Coast By Krysta Furioso
lthough we’re Canadian to the core, living on the West Coast can sometimes make you feel a bit isolated from the rest of Canada–making the trip back to Ontario to visit my family feels like as much of an upheaval as travelling overseas. With such a vast country to our east, it sometimes feels a bit less overwhelming to head south.
For this, and many other reasons, we’ve adopted the entire West Coast as our home and native land, and indeed we travel the coast more than anywhere else. If you’re considering a family road trip this summer, why not keep it “local” and take in all the amazing family-friendly spots along the West Coast?
World Forestry Center Portland, Oregon We are surrounded by amazing forests in this part of the world, and although we all revel in the ancient majesty of the trees we see every day, how much do we really know about them and what goes on in our own forests, and those around the world? Some of the mysteries are solved for you at the World Forestry Center, and playing detective has never been more fun! Our favourite experience was the virtual journey through global forests, with each leg of the trip taking place in a new and exciting mode of travel including the Trans-Siberian Railway, a tour boat, and even a canopy crane in the Amazon.
Imagine Children’s Museum
www.worldforestry.org 4033 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR
Everett, Washington Ready? Set? Go! A place for kids to truly let their imaginations run wild, Imagine Children’s Museum is a perfect place to start your trip south. With indoor, outdoor, and rooftop play areas, every space is set up to maximize the wows, and unparallelled FUN factor . Our favourite things to explore were the vet clinic, the dinosaur excavation site, and of course the water fun area.
www.imaginecm.org 1502 Wall St, Everett, WA
Enchanted Forest Theme Park Salem, Oregon
Hands-On Children’s Museum Olympia, Washington This recently rebuilt museum will leave you and your little ones awestruck. With two floors of play areas and interactive exhibits to explore, everyone will find something to make them squeal with delight–even mom and dad! We got to try our hands at screenprinting, and even got to find out how the food we eat finds its way from the farm to our plates with the interactive food cycle exhibit.
www.hocm.org 414 Jefferson St. NE, Olympia, WA
Open since 1971, this amazing wonderland started out as a dream and labour of love for founder Roger Tofte, a draftsman and artist. With classic rides like bumper cars, the log ride, and Ice Mountain, it’s easy to be fooled into thinking you’re back in the 70s when things were simpler, and fun didn’t have to involve cutting-edge technology. A spooky haunted house, a gold rush town, European village and surreal hand-made fairy tale attractions make the Enchanted Forest an absolute must see–and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for Mr. Roger Tofte, he can still be seen puttering around in the park almost daily!
www.enchantedforest.com 8462 Enchanted Way SE, Turner, OR
Winchester Mystery House
San Jose, California
Part museum, part haunted house, all mystery! Built by William Wirt Winchester of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company, most of the construction on the house was completed after his death in 1881. His widow, Sarah Winchester, believed that she had been cursed by the souls of those killed by her husbandâ€™s rifles, and the only way to avoid certain doom was to confuse and confound the sprits haunting her mansion. To accomplish this, she hired workers to continue work constructing the house 24 hours a day for 38 years until her own death. She ordered workers to build staircases to nowhere, a door that opened to a 30-foot drop, and countless hallways, recesses, alcoves and passages that would hopefully result in evil spirits getting hopelessly lost in her enourmous house. To prevent guests from suffering the same fate, tour guides are on hand to walk you through the many hallways and make sure you find your way out again!
A fun and ethical way to introduce your family to pigs, cows, and chickens is right off of the freeway in northern California! This 300-acre paradise is home to more than 300 pigs, sheep, cattle, chickens, and other rescued farm animals that you can meet, and even cuddle! Many animals have come to Farm Sanctuary from situations of neglect or from certain doom on factory farms. We were delighted to get to meet goats who act like puppies, and chickens who act like kittens, all who had been saved from terrible circumstances, and who now receive veterinary care and love from the sanctuaryâ€™s caretakers, vets, volunteers and interns. The sanctuary is 100% vegan, and the gift shop is stocked with delicious vegan treats and information for new or aspiring vegans. Educational programs are offered through area schools, and visitors are welcome to take part in scheduled tours and open houses. You can even sponsor an animal and receive photos and updates on your special rescued friend!
www.winchestermysteryhouse.com 525 S Winchester Blvd, San Jose, CA
www.farmsanctuary.org 19080 Newville Road, Orland, CA
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Water and Pool Safety Products Keeping Your Family Safe this Summer By Nicole Breit
hether it’s a day at the water slides, a lakeside holiday or a swim at the pool, water awareness and pool safety are a must. Did you know that drowning is the second highest leading cause of death in Canadian infants and pre-school age children?
Pool safety products are a great way to help prevent water-related injuries while maintaining the security of your backyard pool. Here are a few water safety products currently available on the Canadian market and where to find them.
insurance company for regulations on backyard pool fencing parameters. The Protect-A-Child Pool Fence Company offers a lifetime warranty on their removable pool fencing. These removable fences are made of sturdy, lightweight materials with a patented pool fence post twist-lock and pointlock safety latches to connect fence sections. If you’re the parent of a child who loves to climb, you’ll appreciate the kid-proof mesh threaded panels, too, which are impossible for little feet to grip and soft enough to cushion a fall. A free pool safety guide and colouring book on the ABCs of pool safety are available at www.protectachild.com.
Personal Aquatic Alerts
Vancouver supplier at 604-530-0026 | Prices vary according to pool
Wearable water-safety wristbands keep your child safe by alerting you with an alarm the instant the band gets wet.
For a locally sourced, ecofriendly alternative to a backyard exterior fence, consider the Big Red Cedar Fence Company’s custom fencing options for your pool. Choose from six styles and three grades of lumber. All fences are built with durable western red cedar at the company’s manufacturing and sales center in Langley, BC. Installation is available anywhere in the Lower Mainland.
Safety Turtle is a pool safety system consisting of a wristband, pool monitor and base. The system can be used wherever you can plug in the base to an electrical outlet—no special programming is required. You can also add multiple wristbands for every child in the house. And for the furry members of the family, you can purchase a pet kit with a Velcro neck strap and adapter that attaches to your pet’s collar. www.safetysuperstore.ca | $150 and up
Pool Covers A durable cover is essential for preventing unsupervised access to your pool. Today’s automatic pool covers are made with speciality fabrics, durable enough to walk on. They can be used to partially or completely cover the length of your pool and are controlled remotely with the touch of a switch or button. As a nice side benefit, automatic pool covers do more than keep family, friends and pets safe. They can be a real money saver, significantly reducing chemical use, heat loss, and cleaning time. Based in Surrey, BC, Coverstar Canada sells walkable pool covers built from a heavy duty vinyl that is resistant to ultra-violet rays, chemicals and mildew. The company recently introduced a WiFi Touch Pad, allowing pool owners to activate the cover remotely via a home Internet network connection.
Pool Alarms Keep your children and pets safe from harm with the latest in high tech pool alarm technology. Pool Supplies Canada offers easy-to-install alarm systems manufactured by Smart Pool. Suitable for both in-ground and above ground pools, the alarms are designed to detect object 15 lbs or heavier. The system relies on subsurface wave technology that triggers a siren via an in-home remote alarm. The in-ground model also features an infrared night vision feature to monitor the pool area around the clock. www.poolsuppliescanada.ca
Make Pool and Water Safety A Habit
Pool safety products are a great way to enhance water safety, but they’re no substitute for water safety awareness, good swimming skills, and parental supervision.
The Red Cross website offers helpful tips for keeping your kids pool safe and water safe.
Pool fences have been required by law in BC since 2012. Check with your
families at home
Room to Play Reducing Visual Noise to Help Your Children Self-regulate By Megan Zeni, Room to Play
ave you ever had to do something that required your undivided attention while the music was blaring, the TV was on, or a room full of people were laughing and shouting all around you? Then you know how it feels to be overwhelmed by noise. Visual noise divides our attention and reduces the ability to self-regulate. Research tells us that the better a child can self-regulate, the better prepared they are for learning more complex skills and concepts at school. Many studies are showing that one of the strongest predictors of future student success, more so than IQ or academic test scores, is an early ability to self-regulate.
centres stimulates creativity and imaginative thinking. If there are too many toys in the room, set up a rotation system so your kids have that “new toy” feeling every month! If your child’s play areas are stressing you out, then there is an excellent chance that your child is not enjoying the room either! Aim for calm sightlines, clear tabletops and inviting organization.
Self-regulation is a term teachers use to describe kids who either struggle with or successfully manage their ability to stay calm, alert, and focused. If you are new to the term, in a nutshell, self-regulation defines a child’s ability to control the energy required to react to, and recover from, everyday stresses like waiting their turn, starting homework or avoiding distractions, such as electronics. Similar to auditory noise, children are very sensitive to visual noise. The chaos of an unorganized play space adds to the visual noise of childhood and detracts from the development of self-regulation. If your children are telling you that they are bored, that there is nothing to play with or if you notice that they are struggling to focus and stay calm, you may need to evaluate how much visual noise they are processing in the home.
· Plan for easy access. If your child has to snap a lid and then close the cabinet, chances are high that the room won’t be tidy. Ever. Clear plastic shoeboxes are an easy and inexpensive way to keep like with like while sorting your pieces into collections. Take a good look at the room and imagine having a few minutes to tidy it up before company arrives. Now go buy storage systems that let you do that!
Our top tips for properly preparing your home environment to reduce the visual noise and increase imaginative play are: · Assess the imbalance of storage to supplies. Develop the “place for everything and everything in its place” mindset. Start with a proper purge of all the toy bins, boxes, and bags that are tucked away in your home. Empty everything out and sort like with like. You’ll curse us at the peak of the mess, but remember there is always a storm before the calm… or something like that! · Make four piles: Keep, donate, sell, and garbage. Have an honest look at the piles you’ve made. If you have no idea what toy a part belongs to, it should go. We guarantee if your children are around for this Every. Single. Piece. will be their favourite, long lost toy. Consider doing this step on your own. Put a box in the garage, or other out of sight location, to store toys you are not sure your child can part with. If no one has awoken in the night needing that particular doll, then after six months, it can go to your favorite charity. · Remember: less is more. As teachers, we can tell you that the less kids have to play with, the more they actually play. Having a few well-planned play
· Label, label, and label. If you have pre-readers in the home, use photographs to label the contents of each bin. If your children are reading, saturate the room with what teachers call environmental print; give every bin a printed label. Children quickly learn new sight words this way! · Define the play space. Area rugs are an extension of the Montessori philosophy of defining the workspace. In short, the idea that a child has “freedom within limits” allows children to play within the confines of the rug without toys spilling out all over the room. In our experience, this is an easy addition to any play space to maximize play and reduce frustration for both children (lost pieces) and adults (contained mess). Choose low pile and wellcushioned area rugs to define the play space. From our work with families, we know that well-considered play areas and storage are essential. By reducing the clutter (visual noise) and increasing prepared imaginative play spaces for kids, parents provide opportunities for problem solving, self-regulation, and independence. Children happily create chaos, but crave order and routine. If you have questions about ways we can help you assess, organize, and find solutions for your home that will enable your child to develop a repertoire of strategies for academic and social success through self-regulation, contact us at www.roomtoplay.ca.
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Vancouver West Side $2,229,800 $726,800 $493,700
Vancouver East Side $904,800 $527,200 $320,300
We live in a notoriously expensive part of Canada, but there’s still plenty of options for getting onto the real estate ladder! Whether you want beaches or great schools, shopping or a more rural existence, combined with stellar views, the Lower Mainland has it all. We’re comparing 2013 and 2014 average home prices, so check out these neighbourhoods and start saving for that down payment!
2013: $2,070,000/ $696,300/ $467,500 We love the west side for the beautiful craftsman-style homes, safe environment and easy access to shops and amenities, all within walking distance. It’s also just moments away from the beach and sea wall for family picnics. And of course, amazing school districts.
2013: $837,800/ $618,100/ $308,700 This hip, urban neighbourhood has great shopping, tasty restaurants and awesome cafés at your fingertips. There are lots of neat events and street festivals that go on throughout East Van all year long and an excellent sense of community.
2013: $983,700/ $602,100/ $362,400 North Vancouver isn’t a cheap place to live, but there’s a reason for that. It offers easy access to BC Ferries, transit, and of course, the mountains for skiing, hiking, climbing, and more.
Richmond $967,400 $508,500 $351,200
2013: 937,600/ $492,500/ $346,000 With big box stores all nearby, Richmond is an urban epicenter full of tasty restaurants and the famous Richmond Night Market. It’s also easily accessed by an excellent transit system that can zip you right to the airport.
West Vancouver 2013: $1,859,000/ n/a / $606,900
$742,100 $453,400 $320,000
2013: $703,600/ $465,400/ $325,200 This beautiful part of the Lower Mainland offers easy access to the BC Ferries system, is very family oriented and has access to great recreation and sporting events. There are also excellent schools and some lovely beaches nearby.
$994,400 $602,900 $353,700
The stunning (albeit, pricey!) neighbourhood of West Vancouver has a quieter feel to it, with amazing access to beaches and beautiful drives along the coast. It also has great shops and incredible views.
$2,009,200 n/a $585,900
2013: $570,800/ $296,800/ $191,500
Langley $609,800 $346,800 $207,200
Surrey is growing at a rapid pace, despite having a bad rap for crime. However, it’s a thriving city with cultural diversity as displayed in various festivals, restaurants and more.
2013: $544,400/ $291,300/ $210,500 This fantastic, smaller community has a quieter feel than much of the rest of the Lower Mainland. It has some great historic sites and lots of fun things for families to do, although transit in this area isn’t quite as accessible.
Surrey Central $691,400 $326,600 $191,400
2013: $851,500/ $452,300/ $238,200
New West $678,800 $403,300 $277,800
Burnaby $770,500 $422,400 $409,700
You can’t beat this location for beauty and easy access to beaches, stunning walks, great parks and even better schools. It’s also handily close to the border for US shopping and short day trips into Washington. 2013: $666,700/ $393,700/ $274,600
$1,066,400 $476,300 $345,300
Sitting on the Fraser River, New Westminster is thriving with local shops, tasty restaurants and great scenery. It’s also easy to access much of the rest of the Lower Mainland and has some affordable housing for families to climb the estate ladder.
2013: $906,200/ $395,500/ $330,500 With so much park space, the architectural feat of Simon Fraser University, and great places to hike and walk, Burnaby is a top-notch place to live. Top that off with an amazing transit system and it’s the place to be! 2013: $462,700/ $267,600/ $171,000
Coquitlam & Port Moody $749,700 $390,700 $254,100
S. Surrey/ White Rock
2013: $706,000/ $382,200/ $246,700 This is the place for families who love the outdoors, as you often feel as though you’re in a more rural setting, although amenities are a close drive away. You also get more bang for your buck in space and house size.
If you’re looking to live farther from the big city, then Maple Ridge might be for you (although you’ll have to take a toll bridge to get there easily!). Maple Ridge offers more affordable housing and is a beautiful location, with easy access to the rest of the Fraser Valley.
$467,900 $277,700 $165,700
• Detached Home • Townhouse • Condo
*Statistics gathered from the Real Estate Board of Vancouver and Fraser Valley Real Estate board
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wcf news >> Rope for Hope On 22 July, the Lower Mainland will gather to help bring dreams to life by participating in a heart-pumping rappel down a city skyscraper in the Rope for Hope fundraiser! The Rope for Hope is an event that helps raise money for the Make-A-Wish foundation, giving children with life-threatening illnesses a chance to make their wildest dreams come true. If you’re feeling brave and want to help a great cause, then be sure to sign up and take part either as part of a team, on your own or with friends from work or just show up to support the other brave souls! This is the first year that the event is being held in Vancouver and other rappels are happening in eight cities across Canada. The Vancouver rappel will take place on 22 July off the Hyatt Regency Vancouver building. And if you’re not the daring type, then there are always volunteer positions available for those who still want to help. www.makeawish.ca/article/make-wish-rope-hope-back
>> Rockin’ in the Park Coal Harbour If your family is itching to start the summer season with a dose of fun, check out the Rockin’ in the Park event, run by Coal Harbour Community Centre. The annual outdoor community event is scheduled for Saturday, July 12 from 11:00am-2:00pm and will feature endless activities that will keep the whole family entertained. Rockin’ in the Park takes place at Coal Harbour Park (on top of the Community Centre) located at 480 Broughton Street in downtown Vancouver and will have a bouncy castle, mini golf, arts and crafts, face painting, live entertainment, and much more. More than 750 people take part in the event each year, so don’t miss a chance to be part of the fun and support the local community! www.coalharbourcc.ca
>> Northern Leopard Frog Breeding at Vancouver Aquarium The Northern Leopard Frog is the most at risk amphibian in all of BC. Thankfully, the Northern Leopard Frog Recovery Team and the Vancouver Aquarium breeding program has succeeded in producing tadpoles that are to be released into the Rocky Mountains near Cranbrook, along with the 2,000 tadpoles released last year. “The Rocky Mountain population of the Northern leopard frogs is yet another example of an amphibian species experiencing steep population declines during the past few decades. This is a concern because amphibians are key indicators of the health of the ecosystems in which they live, and the decline of one species can dramatically affect others,” says Dr. Dennis Thoney, Vancouver Aquarium’s director of animal operations. The effort to maintain the Northern Leopard Frog species has been a slow and steady one since their rapid and unexplained decline in the 1970s, when only one wild population remained. Hopefully the tadpoles will thrive in their new home! www.vanaqua.org
>> EcoDairy in Partnership with Science World
>> Downtown Vancouver Playgrounds: Reimagined The power of volunteers is an amazing thing, as continually proven in the playground rebuilds that have been occurring throughout downtown Vancouver. The Vancouver Society of Children’s Centres (VSOCC) and Projects in Place Society (PiPS) have partnered to take nine playgrounds and make them into lean, mean, playing machines, all with sustainability, play, and storytelling in mind. Along with PiPs, VSOCC, and plenty of donated items and money, countless volunteers offered their time to be a part of this rebuilding, giving over 700 volunteer hours! “We are excited to work with VSOCC, as they have been an active community organization for almost 20 years,” remarks Alex Taylor, PiPS Board Member and project lead for the rehabilitation of two playgrounds at the Sapphire Children’s Centre at West Pender and Bute. “They recognize that children and families are healthy and resilient when they are actively connected to and positively engaged in their community.” The new playgrounds now sport a variety of kid-friendly art posts, play podiums, composting stations, and more. But they haven’t stopped there. The volunteers now aim to help the playground at the Central Library complex to add a drama stage, composting stations and more. www.projectsinplace.org
The EcoDairy in Abbotsford, open since 2010, recently partnered with Telus Science World to showcase milk production while also teaching children about agriculture, food, farming and all that goes into the magic of milk! “When the EcoDairy was founded four years ago, we wanted it to be a place where people could come and learn about farming and experience farming in the 21st century,” said Bill Vanderkooi, EcoDairy Presideny. “We knew what we wanted to accomplish but we lacked some resources and magic. Science World has added their magic to the EcoDairy and now it’s going to be a whole lot more fun and engaging.” The EcoDairy offers tours through their barn and learning centre and has many hands-on exhibits.
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Erin Boniferro Collage Collage By Kelly S. Thompson | Photo by Dylan Doubt
t’s no secret that children benefit emotionally, creatively, and mentally from activities in the arts and there are various programs and classes popping up all over the Lower Mainland. Collage Collage is one such creative space, honed and curated by practicing artist, Erin Boniferro, who is also a teacher and WestCoast Mom, all rolled into one. An Ontario native, Erin harkened the call to the art world as a camp counsellor and was heightened when she attended the prestigious Emily Carr University to obtain her BA. She also met her husband, David while in school and they married and later had her fifteenmonth-old son, River. “So as you can imagine, River is destined to be an accountant,” she jokes of her family’s artistic roots. These days, Erin is the owner and head instructor of Collage Collage on the Kingsway, a shop that is dedicated to providing a creative space for children while also being visually appealing and stimulating to adults. “I developed and opened a space for people to get creative and inspired by beautiful books, art supplies and other treasures while making art and crafts in an authentic accessible place,” says Erin. At this fantastically visual and trendy location, your children can take a class, buy supplies and even have a party at Collage Collage. What better way to ring in a birthday than slinging paint and busting out those crayons while getting in touch with another part of ourselves? “Art helps cultivate the creative thinker,” says Erin. “No matter who your child is, and what they might go on to do, they will benefit from a chance to explore their creative self.” What stands out in Erin’s store is that no particular form or medium is left out of the Collage Collage scene. Erin and her fantastic team of other artists and teachers educate on all kinds of art including media, sculpting, drawing, and even sewing. Erin is a hands-on owner, dedicating as much of herself to her work as she does to her business. “I spend all my waking hours keeping it (Collage Collage) open, stocked, programmed, clean, safe, and staffed,” she says. Much of the workforce craves the kind of opportunity that Erin has created for herself. She is able to work in a field she cares deeply about, can bring her child to work with her while honing a love for art in others. “I’ve made a living of passing my love of art along to other people’s children through the store,” says Erin. While she runs her own business, makes time for her own art practise and raises a family, it doesn’t leave much down time for Erin and her family, but they make the most of the time that they do have, exploring the Lower Mainland and all that is has to offer. “There’s not much time to spare, but we make time to get quiet together,” she says. “Going for walks in the endowment lands or down and around Jericho beach are current favourites.” And while she loves raising her family here, Erin also believes that Vancouver is the perfect place for Collage Collage too. “It’s a city full of possibilities. There’s lots of room to grow, for families and for businesses,” Erin says. Although his young age means River has only just started to put crayon to paper, Erin claims to already see a mini artist in the works. “River can’t help but engage at the store because of how much time we spend there. His love of books and interest in what we do there already makes me thankful to have pursued my ambitions.” Like most moms, Erin is a busy woman, but seems to find solace and peace in both her family and her business, since they both blend her love for art. “It’s a tool for communication, an asset in problem solving, and a wonderful way to encourage us to think differently,” says Erin about art. “Just a little of this each day gives our children an option in their way of thinking and communicating with the rest of the world.” July/August 2014 25
Country Mouse vs. City Mouse Two Moms Share their Experiences
Country Living by Julie Nowell
Like most teens, as soon as I graduated, I was off in search of the big city. Growing up in the suburbs of the Lower Mainland, Vancouver was always a somewhat threatening, yet totally exhilarating experience. After years living in Vancouver proper, my family slowly “de-urbanized” as we had more and more children. And now, ten years after welcoming our first child while living in the city, we are a full-time rural family living on three acres on sunny Saltspring Island. Our rural move was a gradual one, from Kitsilano to East Vancouver, and then finally, out west to the suburbs. In each of these spots, we found a community and were welcomed with our family as it grew. The Tri-Cities offered all the same opportunities for our kids as the city did. Everything from swimming lessons to circus camp could be ours if we got to the registration desk in time. But as two kids became three, we started to feel the squeeze as our kids got older. We didn’t feel safe enough to let the kids play alone outside in the cul-de-sac due to fear of human predators, and the occasional stray black bear. We started to worry about our kids’ relationships and friendships; rivalries began to form over who had the best toy, or the most toys or the newest toys. The adults weren’t immune either. Birthday parties became throw downs between the mothers over who made the best cupcakes. It was out of control. It wasn’t what we wanted for our kids, so we threw in the towel and decided to change our life. We had heard about problems that those “rural kids” always had: the crazy parties, drugs, big trucks speeding down the winding farm roads. Thievery. Loneliness. Lack of education. But in the end, we decided it was worth the risk. We wanted out of suburbia. Whatever you may have heard about country life, it is propaganda. I have no more fear of my children using drugs in our rural setting than I did our city life. Less, actually—for my kids to get into town, they would need me to drive them, unlike the city where they could just walk, train, or cab it. Our kids didn’t have the freedom to be kids in the city. Out here, they have three acres to explore and their freedom has few limits they can see. They can get dirty, dig, climb, sweat, explore, and scream in delight without “bothering the neighbours.” They can develop into who they are without the negative influence they were experiencing in the city. They participate in 4-H programs, plant, grow and harvest organic food from their backyard, and walk to the mailbox (two blocks away), all by themselves. We have a trust in our community that we never had in the city. Our island is small, and it is close, and the safety of our children seems to be everyone’s concern. Our school teachers live close by; our police, our firefighters and even the guy who runs the corner store are all aware of the people moving in and out of their environment. We live here, work here and spend our energy improving “here,” not escaping it, commuting to it, or hiding from it as we did in the city. But the most important thing we found in the country is that we all had more time. Everything was just easier out here. There were fewer distractions and more quality time as a family. We love our new life. We love the people our kids are becoming and the experiences they have. In the end, no matter where you choose to live, the only thing you need to be concerned with is creating the opportunity to enjoy your children. That’s all that our kids really need anyway.
City Life by Callista Prosser
I don’t want to start any Mommy Wars, since everyone is doing what they have to do to survive, and the choice of where to raise your kids is a choice that each family has to make separately, whether that be living in the city, suburbs, country, or deep in the woods on a mountain. Currently, we live in the city of Surrey and are raising two girls, aged five and three, and a one-year-old boy. We started our family in Vancouver but recently made the move over the bridge to get our feet in the real estate world. If I had to choose just one word to describe why I have loved raising my kids in the city, that word would be “variety.” As the saying goes, “variety is the spice of life,” and our family likes it spicy (unless you are talking food dishes to my five-year-old…she questions paprika). The choices for activities, entertainment, groceries, dining, and whatnot are almost endless. Within a 12-minute drive from our home, we have the option of enrolling our children in five different gymnastic clubs, four different pools to dive into, six community centres to visit and partake in their programs, four city libraries, a great mix of grocery stores to suit all our needs, and various butchers, bakers, and farmers markets. So much of this is within walking distance and if not, it’s all transit accessible. Living in the city, I love that we can also plan our day at breakfast. Going out doesn’t have to feel like a thoroughly planned, full day outing. We can make changes as we go to suit our needs and if we come to a complete crisis-meltdown, home isn’t far and we can call it quits. We are not a family of daily routines or rigid schedules, so being close to everything really compliments that. I love that if my kids suggest going to the park at 4:30pm, I can say “Sure! Let’s make it a pizza-picnic-at-thepark night. Maybe some friends can join!” We can call up our nearby friends and in an hour we are at the park playing and having a little pizza party with our favourite people in the middle of the week. No planning necessary. No rearranging schedules to make a dinner date work. The best moments happen spontaneously for us for us. Commuting is another huge perk to living in the city. We don’t live overly close to my husband’s work anymore (he’s in West Vancouver), however, moving to the country would make his commute twice as long. I would be lying if I said the country doesn’t have some appeal, but it’s not feasible at this point in our lives. We make the most of city life and we love our lifestyle here. The most important thing for us is quality family time and a commute cutting into that is not worth it. No amount of space, silence, or solitude that the country may bring would outweigh the importance of being together. Having Dad home for dinner most nights of the week means the world to our family. Even though we live in a very large and diverse city, I always feel at home and welcome to any event and all places. We have a huge sense of community in our neighbourhood and everyone is so friendly, it really is easy to make friends wherever we go. Raising our family in the city comes with its own special set of challenges, but for us, we can’t get enough of the diversity, the amenities, and the feeling that no matter what we crave, it’s right at our fingertips!
Adult Events for the Hip Mom Around Town! Dancing on the Edge 2014 Throughout Vancouver July 3-12 This year reveals the broad range of exciting contemporary dance percolating in Vancouver and across Canada. The 26th annual festival features over 30 different choreographies from more than 70 dance artists over 10 jam-packed days of dance. www.dancingontheedge.org Deja Vu Vintage Market Wellbrook Winery, Delta July 12, 11am-4pm Deja Vu Vintage Market is a new and exciting openair market with turn-of-the-century atmosphere combined with unique vendors and quality wines that make Deja Vu Vintage Market a unique shopping experience! www.wellbrookwinery.com PNE Summer Concerts PNE Amphitheatre, Vancouver August 16-September 1 15 nights of great shows including Joan Jett, Trooper, and Glass Tiger! All concerts are free with gate admission. www.pne.ca
Khatsahlano! Music & Art Festival West 4th Avenue, between Burrard and MacDonald, Vancouver July 13, 11am-9pm The biggest FREE music and art festival of the summer features eight stages showcasing more than 50 of Vancouver’s top musical performers as well as the eclectic work of local artisans and street performers. This 10-block street fair also features a wide variety of food options, bustling patios, giveaways, special activities, and new this year, licensed outdoor beer gardens! www.khatsahlano.com Picnic in the Park & PRIDE Run & Walk Brockton Oval in Stanley Park July 26, 9:30am-6pm The Pride Run and Walk is for everyone at all abilities and can be done solo or as a team. This family-friendly event has become a Pride tradition with net proceeds going to the Qmunity Pride Legacy Fund and Out in Schools to help raise money to build community organizations and to fight bullying and homophobia. www.vancouverpride.ca
Price is Right Hard Rock Casino, Vancouver July 17-20 Audience members will have the chance to “Come On Down” to win appliances, vacations and even new cars by playing the classic games from television’s longest-running and most popular game show, The Price Is Right, which earlier this month celebrated its 8000th episode on CBS. www.hardrockcasinovancouver.com Circle Craft & Craft Council of BC Summer Market Jack Poole Plaza, Vancouver July 24-27, check website for time Enjoy this outdoor summer market with over 70 exhibitors! Admission is free. www.circlecraft.net Rockin’ River Country Music Festival Mission August 7-9 This 3-Day country music festival features Rascal Flatts, Terri Clark, Gord Bamford & many more! Tickets and camping are available now. www.rockinriverfest.com
Annual Car Show Kilby Historic Site July 13 Step back in time with us at the 11th Annual Kilby Vintage and Collector Car show! Enjoy live music and great food while you stroll through the vehicles on display and choose your favourite for the People’s Choice Award. Get the whole vintage experience by seeing these beauties on an authentic 1920s living history site! www.kilby.ca
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community Concerts in the Park 2014 Delta & Tsawwassen Until August 23, 7pm Enjoy our series of free outdoor concerts within a park setting. Weather permitting. Please bring your own blanket or lawn chair. Check websites for schedule & locations. 604.596.4485 | 604.943.9437 | www.delta.ca Summer Dance Series Robson Square Friday nights until August 29, 7:30-11:30pm This outdoor event runs rain or shine offering 10 nights of free dancing, lessons and performances. The environment is great for all ages and abilities! www.dancesportbc.com Free Outdoor Movie Nights Second Beach, Stanley Park Every Tuesday from July 8-September 2 Movie starts at dusk. Bring your own blanket or lawn chair and watch movies such as The Lego Movie, Footloose, The Karate Kid, Indiana Jones and so much more! www.freshaircinema.ca July 5th 4H Celebration & Kids Festival Kilby Historic Site July 5, 10am-2pm Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of 4H in Canada with our local Agassiz Rainbow 4H club. Enjoy a full day with the animals, learning how to groom & care for farm animals. Additional entertainment includes face painters, crafts, and the BC Dairy Association’s Mobile Classroom. 604.796.9576 | www.kilby.ca
Richmond Maritime Festival Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site August 8-10 Celebrate Steveston’s waterfront heritage with great food, music, artists, storytellers, and meet all manner of unexpected characters. While you’re there, visit the bounty of beautiful boats and ships moored at the 190-metre (600-ft) dock. Free and fun for all ages. 604.637.6659 www.richmondmaritimefestival.ca Jam in Jubilee Concert Series and Art Market Jubilee Park, Abbotsford July 10-August 14 Free summer festival featuring local bands, variety acts, and an art market. Come early and have a bite to eat, set-up your lawn chairs or picnic rug. www.jaminjubilee.com Whistler Children’s Festival Whistler Olympic Plaza July 12-13, 10am-4pm The popular Whistler Children’s Festival weekend brings hands-on art workshops, crafts, theatre, multi-media, dance, music and more to the heart of the Village. $5 entrance, 2 and under free. w w w. w h i s t l e r. c o m / e v e n t s / w h i s t l e r childrens-festival Butterfly Tea Party Campbell Valley Regional Park July 12, 1-4pm Celebrate butterfly season in the wildlife garden with tea, stories, crafts and butterfly enthusiasts. Allow an hour to join in fun games and activities. Meet at the Nature House near the corner of 8th Avenue and 204th Street via the South Valley park entrance. Free. Registration not required. For all ages. 604.530.4983 | www.metrovancouver.org
Rockin’ in the Park Coal Harbour Community Centre July 12, 11am-2pm The excitement includes a bouncy castle, ninehole mini golf, face painter, balloon artist, live entertainment, arts & crafts, and much more! This is a free family event. 604.718.8222 | www.coalharbourcc.ca Maple Ridge Caribbean Festival Maple Ridge on 224th Street and the Peace Park July 12-13 Authentic Caribbean food and fun for the whole family including a large kid zone featuring rides, vendors, and street entertainers. www.caribbeanfest.ca/ Vancouver Folk Music Festival Jericho Beach Park July 18-20 Jericho Beach Park becomes home to musicians and singers from all over the world. Face painting, crafts, and special musical programs for kids. Even wee ones will have a blast at this upbeat beachside event. www.thefestival.bc.ca Boundary Bay Airshow Boundary Bay Airport July 19 Airshows are full of raw energy and excitement, and they always draw a crowd. As one of Delta’s most popular events, this airshow is no exception. Admission is free, so bring your family and friends, a lawn chair or blanket, relax and enjoy the show! www.delta.ca Multicultural Celebration Holland Park, Surrey July 19-20, 11am-10pm The two-day event is the ultimate celebration of music, food and celebration featuring more than 75 recording artists and performers from all over the world, along with 38 cultural pavilions. www.surrey.ca/fusionfestival
Visit www.westcoastfamilies.com/events_calendar for more family friendly events this month! To have your event included in the WestCoast Families community calendar, please email your details to email@example.com. Go to www.westcoastfamilies.com to see more local and community family events in your area.
calendar Exotic Reptile Show Richmond Nature Park July 19-20, 11am-4pm The West Coast Society for the Protection and Conservation of Reptiles will be at the Richmond Nature Park with a hands-on show of exotic reptiles. Meet the animals and talk to the people who know reptiles best. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is by donation & is appropriate for all ages! 604.718.6188 Bard in the Valley Douglas Park, Langley July 24-27, 31 & August 1-3 This is a non-profit society with a goal to stage the works of William Shakespeare along with other contemporary playwrights with integrity and professionalism. Admission is free for all performances. www.bardinthevalley.com Honda Celebration of Light English Bay & Sunset Beach July 26, 30 & August 2 Join Vancouver’s biggest event, to watch USA, France, and Japan compete in the largest offshore fireworks competition in the world. www.hondacelebrationoflife.com Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society Summer Open House 3800 72 St, Delta, July 26 & 27, 10am - 3pm Come and witness the dramatic release of two rehabilitated bald eagles and enjoy the festivities at this annual open house. Tours, raffles, rummage sale, and kids activities. Birds are released at 1pm, both days. www.owlcanada.org Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Country Fest Maple Ridge Fairgrounds July 26, 10am-6pm, July 27, 10am-6pm Main stage entertainment, kids activities and performers, vintage market, food, games, farm exhibitions and much more. Free! Www.mrpmcountryfest.com
Abbotsford Agrifair Exhibition Park, Abbotsford August 1-3, 10am-10pm & August 4, 10am5pm Enjoy animal shows, rodeo, kid zone, tradeshow, main stage entertainment, demolition derby, wrestling and midway rides! $15/4 days, Adults - $12/day, Student - $10/day, 10yrs and under - Free www.agrifair.ca Tsawwassen Sun Festival Winskill Park & South Delta Rec Centre August 2-4 An all weekend event including ball tournaments, fireworks, a parade, petting zoo, children’s festival and a beer garden! Check website for event times. www.sunfestival.ca Pirate Day Kilby Historic Site August 4,10am-2pm Celebrate the holiday with a Pirate Party for the kids. Pirate games, crafts and a treasure hunt all make for a great outing. Start working on your costume now as we’ll have a contest for the best-dressed pirate! 604.796.9576 | www.kilby.ca Abbotsford Airshow Abbotsford Airport August 8, 9 & 10, 8am-6pm (show starts at 10am) Watch various aircraft in use and formerly used by local and foreign militaries as they perform tricks in the sky! Check website for event schedule. www.abbotsfordairshow.com Delta Community Annual Animal Expo Ladner Memorial Park August 10, 10am-4pm A fun, free community event including pet organizations & services, animal welfare exhibits, pet health & safety education, exotic animals, animals for adoption and fun activities. 604.940.7111 www.deltacommunityanimalshelter.ca
Detention Gateway Theatre August 15-17 Detention is a non-verbal physical comedy for all ages – no translation needed! This fresh example of classic Hong Kong humor translates to all audiences without words. The piece is an acrobatic comedy combining clowning, martial arts and percussion. Performed by a group of talented comedians, drummers, tap dancers, xiqu (Chinese Opera) performers & even a Kung Fu master! For show times and ticket prices, please visit the website. 604.270.1812 | www.gatewaytheatre.com Starry Night Deas Island Regional Park August 16, 7:30 - 10pm Sparkling lights and candlelit paths welcome you to the park at night. See a live owl, join a drumming circle and make a wish upon a star during this enchanted evening. Bring a flashlight and be prepared to walk 2km. Allow one hour. Bring flashlight, binoculars and bug spray. Sunset is 8:25 pm. Free. No registration required. For all ages. 604.224.5739 The Fourth “R”. A Conference on SelfRegulation Kay Meek Theatre, West Vancouver Secondary School Aug 26, 8am-2pm West Vancouver School District and the Canadian Self-Regulation initiative present this conference with keynote speaker Dr. Stuart Shanker, workshops, and networked learning on the science and application of Self-Regulation in education. For teachers, education assistants, administrators, parents, community child care providers, mental health professionals. $70 www.sd45.bc.ca Summertime Free Family Days Contemporary Art Gallery August 30, 12noon-3pm The CAG invites all ages to drop-in for short exhibition tours and free art making activities that respond to the current exhibitions. This new initiative is presented in collaboration with ArtStarts on Saturdays. 604.681.2700 | www.artstarts.com/weekend www.contemporaryartgallery.ca July/August 2014 29
last look Solar S’mores by Jodi Iverson
Summer is here and the heat is on! Why not harness the sun’s power and try this fun and educational method of making a traditional, yummy summer treat!
materials • Pizza Box • Aluminium foil • Black construction paper • Stick to prop open the oven • Graham crackers • Chocolate • Marshmallows
make it! Step 1: Cover interior of pizza box with aluminium foil Step 2: Place a piece of black construction paper on the bottom of the box Step 3: Place oven in a bright area and prop open lid with stick Step 4: Place ingredients on construction paper in the oven and watch what happens! Step 5: Enjoy your solar s’mores!
did you know? • Solar energy is obtained from sunlight and is the main source of energy for all life forms. • The International Space Station often uses solar panels to generate power. • Humans have utilized solar energy since 700 BC, when glass lenses were used to magnify the sun’s rays and start fire. • The largest solar power plant in the world is located in California’s Mojave Desert and covers 1000 acres.
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