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The Local Guide for Active Urban Families

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on our cover... 10-year-old Caitlyn is having a bit of a hard time deciding how to spend her summer! Photo by Krishna Neale www.krishnaneale.com

Kids Get Active Modern Home-Ec Fuel Their Brains

Kids Get Active Letting Kids Take Risks

Kids Get Active The Importance of Flexibility in Children

Camp Guide Leadership Potential at Camp

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Camp Guide Day Camp Listings

Camp Guide Geekology Camp Vibes

Preschool & Daycare Advice from Advertisers

Preschool & Daycare Chores Your Little One Can Do

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from the editor 6 From Our Family to Yours 8 WestCoast Finds 10 Travel Southern Okanagan 23 WCF Resources Education 26 WCF Resources Preschool & Daycare 30 WCF News 34 Hot Spots 36 Community Calendar 30 Last Look Chalk it Up to Fun

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Preschools, Fitness and Day Camps, OH MY! May is always a fun issue for us at WestCoast Families because it’s time for some of our favourite themes. We love looking for the latestest and greatest preschools, the most fun day camps, and ways for your little ones to stay healthy and active. We have so many amazing providers in the Lower Mainland that rounding them up makes our jobs easy! We have many great articles for you this month. Don’t miss our feature on the necessity of flexibility in children and another one about mitigating risk in play. And don’t miss our Mother’s Day Gift Guide along with our WestCoast Mom feature on Emily Ohler, a woman who is sure to impress! And of course, our preschool and day camp listings, both of which will be continued online. Of course, this month is also Mother’s Day, so a big thanks to all the Moms out there who works tirelessly, selflessly and so darn hard to be the best parents to their children. It can be a struggle and it can be tiring, but raising healthy, capable and loved children is the greatest reward. Three cheers for Moms! In the meantime, enjoy the budding trees and cherry blossom-covered streets!

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It’s About Pearls A sabbatical in China inspired Vancouverite Nicky de la Roche to create her business where she sources freshwater pearls and semi-precious stones to create stunning pendants, rings and more. Dealing directly with the wholesaler, she is able to offer incredible prices and unique pieces for your jewellery box.

www.itsaboutpearls.ca | $12 and up

Pure & Co Gallery Coat Crabtree & Evelyn We love classic Crabtree & Evelyn scents, skin care and luxurious products for Mother’s Day this year! Our faves are their travel sets of skin creams and their new nail laquers, which come in a wide variety of colours that will please any mom this year!

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Pure & Co clothing items are all knit by hand, offering employment to women in Thailand while producing incredible garments you’ll be treasuring for seasons. We love the long, flowing Gallery Coat that is perfectly versatile in unpredictable Lower Mainland weather.

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Explore our Backyard The Splendid South Okanagan by Jodi Iverson

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iving in BC, we are fortunate to have some pretty remarkable terrain to explore, including the breathtaking southern Okanagan Valley. A scenic five-hour drive from Vancouver, Osoyoos and Oliver are the two southern most towns in the Okanagan Valley. Canada’s only desert, the southern Okanagan is actually a continuation of the Sonoran desert, reaching all the way from Mexico! Fruit and lakes (okay, wine) may be what come to mind when you consider the Okanagan, but there is a rich heritage and unique landscape perfect for your family to explore. Choosing accommodation in the Southern Okanagan is a breeze, with a lakeshore full of options. Just be sure to book early, as summer fills up fast! We wisely chose the beautiful Watermark Beach Resort, located directly on the beach of Osoyoos Lake, and within walking distance to all amenities. Watermark offers a variety of rooms to suit your family’s needs, a full service spa, salt water pool with waterslide, and a wine and tapas bar complete with kids menu and charming outdoor kitchen. We booked a beachfront townhouse, which felt like home. Boasting two spacious bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and my vacation essential, the washer and dryer, our room was clean and comfortable. We were pleased to find the familiar Telus TV remote with movies for when we needed a break from the sun. Our private patio was perfectly appointed for morning coffee while watching the kids play on well-manicured green space between our suite and the beach. Osoyoos boasts over 2000 hours of sunlight annually and Canada’s warmest lake, making it the perfect setting to enjoy water activities. Watermark conveniently has a marina located a short walk down the beach, offering private slips for guests who bring their own boat. While we didn’t bring our own boat, we chose to enjoy a morning on the water with Wakepilot, a local company offering private wakeboarding lessons. Perfect for the whole family! Our dear daughter, who was nine at the time, was a big fan of our personable coach, Travis, and had no trouble learning the ropes! I was a little reluctant at first, having tried (and failed) previously, but Wakepilot’s coaching (via helmet speaker) had me up in no time. Highly recommended!

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Wanting to learn more about the local history, we ventured across the lake to the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre. Built sustainably on the side of a mountain, the centre blends beautifully into the landscape. Our family was enchanted by the interactive experience, including guided tours, hands on displays, galleries, and exhibits immersing us in the Okanagan people’s rich culture. Outside of the centre are two kilometres of hiking trails, perfect for exploring the desert! If you are lucky, you might even see a coyote, scorpion, or rattlesnake, all of whom call the desert home. Driving north out of Osoyoos, you will come across what is arguably the best stretch of wineries in Canada. Take Black Sage Road as an alternative to the highway and enjoy the scenic rolling desert hills. We took time to stop and view wildlife at the turtle crossing and photo opportunities at Haynes Ranch historical site. The wineries in the region are remarkably kid-friendly, with sprawling grounds to run on and even some treats and sparkling cider! Our top picks: Black Hills, Church & State and Stoneboat. On the north end of Oliver, situated at the foot of the beautiful and storied McIntyre Bluff, lays Covert Farms, a family owned organic farm, vineyard, and winery. We enjoyed a guided tour exploring the farm in a vintage 1952 Mercury Truck. Depending on the time of year, you will see a variety of farm animals, crops, and amazing views. We enjoyed learning about bio-dynamic and permaculture farming methods directly from the farmer. After the tour, we enjoyed a charcuterie plate and glass of wine in the wine lounge, a renovated farmhouse turned charming gift and wine shop. While we relaxed, our daughter…okay, mostly my husband, bounced on the giant bouncy pillow, which was as amazing as it sounds! When planning your next BC summer adventure, seriously consider the southern Okanagan Valley. With ample sun, history and unique terrain waiting to be explored, there are no limits to your family adventure!

Resources www.watermarkbeachresort.com www.wakepilot.com www.covertfarms.ca www.nkmipdesert.com

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fuel their brains by Alyssa Schottland-Bauman of Nourished.ca

Kids are always hungry. They are busy navigating their creative worlds— constantly exploring, jumping, skipping, running, thinking, playing. So it is important to fuel these high energy levels with nutrient-dense snacks so they can thrive, as opposed to nutrient void (sugar, refined flours) foods that could potentially alter moods, attention, focus and behaviours. What our children eat has a huge effect on their overall wellbeing, happiness, and success. Since kids consume about half their days worth of calories in snacks, having/packing healthy foods to graze on are just as essential as preparing nutritious meals. Ideal snacks are:  • Under 3 grams of added sugar (this does not include fruit sugar from a whole fruit source) • A complex carbohydrate and protein: apple with nut or seed butter; hummus/bean spread and cut up veggies; organic cheese with airpopped popcorn; hard-boiled egg with brown rice crackers; edamame  • High in fibre: 3 grams or higher keeps kids fuelled and full • A whole food rather than processed: Foods as close to their natural state as possible—i.e. blueberries instead of a blueberry bar • Whole grains such as oats, millet, quinoa, teff, amaranth, 100% sprouted whole grain flour (germ, bran and endosperm are included) as opposed to refined white rice and breads.

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Green Smoothie We have something in my house called “vacation cereal.” Why? My girls discovered Cinnamon Toast Crunch on a trip to Grandma’s house and they’ve been obsessed ever since. But that is one seriously scary label. I don’t think we recognized any of those “foods” in this house. I have played around to make a green smoothie to taste as much like this cereal as possible. I think I just about nailed it, minus the crunch. Greens+healthy fats+protein=an easy, fast breakfast/snack in a pinch, minus the sugar, preservatives, fillers, pesticides, chemicals, etc. Ingredients • 1/2 cup coconut water • 1 cup almond milk or hemp milk (I prefer hemp milk) • 2 tbsp raw, organic almond butter • 1/2 avocado (optional, but this makes it smoother and more filling) • 1 cup organic spinach • 1 tsp (or more if you want) ground cinnamon • pinch of sea salt • 2 dates, pitted • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract • Ice Instructions Blend all ingredients until smooth.

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Energy Bites Where do I ever get to have all three of my favourite nutrientdense seeds—chia, hemp, flax—in the same bite, as well as my all time favourite antioxidants—dried organic cranberries and dark chocolate? These high fibre, high protein, glutenfree superfood snacks are seriously the most delicious power nuggets to keep you and your kiddies’ energy levels up. Go ahead, have another. Ingredients • 1 cup chopped dates, packed • 1/3 cup honey • 1 tbsp chia seeds • 1 tbsp ground flax seeds • 1 tbsp hemp seeds • Pinch of salt • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats (dry) • 1 cup shelled and broken pistachio nuts (omit this to be school-friendly!) • 1 cup dried cranberries (organic please) • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips • Shredded coconut; optional Instructions Combine pitted dates, honey, salt, chia, hemp and flax seeds in a food processor and pulse until smooth and combined. You should be able to stir the mixture—if it is too thick, add in a little water. Transfer to large bowl, stir in the oats, pistachios (if using), dried cranberries and dark chocolate chips until evenly combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Once the mixture is cool, take a small amount and roll into 1-inch diameter balls. If you like coconut, roll balls in shredded coconut. For more of a bar, these can also be pressed into a pan lined with parchment. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.  www.nourished.ca/superyum-energy-bites/

Banana Hemp Sushi I’m not sure a snack gets any healthier—Omega 3s, protein, calcium, fibre, folate, and Vitamin E. It’s also yummy, sweet, creamy, rich, decadent, and satisfying. Kids love that it is messy and fun to eat. Serve with fresh hemp or almond milk for an even healthier kick. Ingredients • 1 banana • 1-2 tbsp your favourite organic nut butter (If allergic to nut butters, sunflower butter or Greek yogurt is a great but messier alternative) • 2 tbsp organic hemp seeds • 1 tbsp ground chia Instructions Peel banana and coat top half with your favourite nut butter. In small bowl, mix ground chia and hemp seeds. Sprinkle over banana. Slice and devour. www.nourished.ca/banana-hemp-sushi/ Alyssa Schottland-Bauman is a nutritionist and health consultant with Nourished.ca, which helps families and individuals approach nutrition holistically to benefit their bodies.


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Letting Kids Take Risks More Risk, More Reward by Jennifer Hood of Jump Gymnastics

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s parents, our job is to protect our children and keep them safe. But our job is also to prepare them to navigate the world around them with confidence as they grow up. And part of that is letting them take risks so they can learn to manage risk in the future. Without exposure to some risk, like the instability when a baby takes their first steps or a tween learns to skateboard, children wouldn’t learn anything new. Ultimately, being exposed to the risks that are inherent in trying something new helps them develop as athletes and as people. But it can be hard as a parent to know what risks are appropriate and what is simply too much. When choosing a sport or physical activity for their child, parents should look for programming that is designed to help children learn to identify, assess, and manage any risks that they will face. For example, soccer programs should educate athletes on the risk of concussion and help athletes learn how to avoid skills or activities where the risk of serious injury outweighs the potential benefits. But what about outside of an organized sport or activity, such as situations like playing at the park? Risk taking is an essential part in the healthy physical, social, and emotional development of children. But again, children must learn how to identify, assess, and manage risk, all of which are skills that are essential in adulthood. And this learning process is often messy, with bumps and bruises along the way. So how do we, as parents, feel comfortable allowing our children to take risks with the inevitable minor injuries that come with them, and help them manage risk in a responsible manner? The key to both of these lies in that process of identifying risk, assessing risk and managing risk, and this process needs to be taught, modeled, and practiced over and over again. First parents themselves need to know how to identify a risk versus a hazard. At a recent talk on Overprotected Kids, Dr. Mariana Brussoni, a Developmental Psychologist at UBC and a mom herself, identified the difference. She said, “A hazard is something a child does not or cannot see. A risk is a challenge a child can see and chooses to undertake or not.” A two-year-old crossing the street is a hazard, whereas a twelveyear-old crossing the street is a risk. As a parent,

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you manage the hazards but let your child choose whether or not to engage with the risks. It’s equally important to talk to your kids about risk and teach them how to identify it. As they get better at identifying the risk themselves, ask them to start telling you what the risks are in certain situations. Ask them, “I’m worried about you climbing up the slide. Can you think of why?” As they develop, you can start them off with small, low-stakes risks, like playing on the playground, and then move to more complex, higher-stakes risks, like climbing trees. Once your child becomes confident spotting potential risks, get them involved in assessing it. Say, for example, your child wants to ride their bike to school alone. Start by talking with them about what the risks are–traffic safety, getting lost, falling and injuring themselves etc. Then have them help you assess how likely these risks are and what the “worst case scenario” would be. Finally, involve your child in putting together a plan to manage these risks. This could include practicing with you for a week first, packing a first aid kit, travelling with a friend and so on. This can feel overwhelming and scary for a parent but completely removing risk from a child’s life puts your child at much greater risk as they grow up. According to Dr. Brussoni, “Eliminating

risk leads to a child’s inability to assess danger.” Not only does it send a clear message to your child that you don’t trust them to make sound decisions and that the world is a scary place to be avoided, but without practicing how to identify, assess, and manage risk, children become adults who are unable to safely negotiate the risks that come with everyday life and are far more likely to be hurt or injured. It’s likely that your child will be the leader when it comes to risk taking. Instead of letting your fear and anxiety guide you, which stems from your natural instinct to protect your kids at all costs, try to reframe their insistence on taking risks as an appropriate and necessary developmental activity. Be confident that you are setting the foundation now for your child to be confident, healthy and safe later in life. Jennifer Hood is the owner of Jump Gymnastics. www.jumpgymnastics.ca Jennifer has a degree in Anthropology and a degree in Education. Jennifer opened Jump Gymnastics in 2008 and opened a second facility in North Vancouver in 2014. The Jump curriculum, based on her years of experience and research, helps children become active for life by teaching them foundational movement skills.


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Importance of Flexibility in Children Why bending and stretching is vital by Laura Patrick

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truggling to touch your toes? Tight hamstring got you down? Does your lack of flexibility prevent you from moving the way you’d like in your adult years? Have you heard that improving your flexibility or mobility will help to prevent injury? If you had learned to move a certain way as a child, and maintained those movements throughout growth spurts and into adulthood, you would likely be more flexible today. And you’d perhaps have had fewer injuries as a result. Stop for minute and think about a toddler playing with a car on the floor. The position of deep squat to play requires flexibility in lower legs, knees, and hips. On the flip side, the ability to maintain this position while actively playing requires load strength in deep core and pelvic muscles, as well as postural muscles of the spine. Go on, try it!

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How we move throughout our lives greatly impacts how flexible we are later in life. The good news is we can help our kids develop habits that will stick with them. Here are a few tips to increase flexibility in your home: Active Positions of Play: Encourage deep squat and criss-cross sitting on the floor. These positions require strong tummy muscles and promote good posture and flexibility. Play on the Floor:  This encourages dynamic transitions as a child navigates their play environment.  Get Off the Couch: Limit time spent in chairs and on the couch. Today’s technology (iPads, laptops, tablets and game consoles) is causing kids to spend hours and hours in a flexed, seated position. Try instead to have your child use their device while propped on their tummy on the floor, or standing up at a table or the kitchen island. Getting out of the position of flexed knees and hips and slouched shoulders will greatly impact their posture and keep hamstring and hips from getting tight. Warm Up by Moving: Dynamic movement is better than static stretching. Static stretches are not shown to impact muscle length and joint range of motion.  Plus, they’re not overly fun! Instead, choose a dynamic or active warm-up.  Pre-exercise warm-up should focus on weight bearing, multijoint movements that take young athletes through full range of motion in a progressively more dynamic context. Animal Walks: Imitate how different animals move, especially animals that use both arms and legs for walking. Try doing relay races where you walk like a bear, a gorilla, a duck, crab, or a kangaroo.  

Growth Spurts: When your child is growing, stress the importance of dynamic movement and flexibility. Bones grow much more quickly than muscles. In some cases, growth-related injuries can occur when muscle tightness leads to pulling on bony insertions (eg. Osgood-Schlatters in the knee and Sever’s Disease in the ankle). Ultimately, flexibility offers freedom of movement. When kids move freely in their playful environments, they are more inclined to participate in sports and activities and will have the confidence to try new things. In some cases, tight muscles can lead to injury that might require a child being sidelined for their favourite sport. A pediatric physiotherapist can help assess your child’s movement patterns, the quality at which they move and what areas in their body might be limiting them from achieving their goals. In the event of injury, physiotherapy can assist to properly rehabilitate the child so that they stay active for life.  Finally, don’t forget to think outside the box of what flexibility means for kids. For kids, being flexible means being willing, keen, and courageous to try new activities, or climb higher, run faster, throw farther, roll, spin, and hop in ways your child may not have tried before. Exploring these fun movement patterns will leave your child feeling empowered.  Laura Patrick is a pediatric physiotherapist and the founder and owner of Kids Physio Group, a private physiotherapist clinic designed exclusively for children with location in Vancouver, North Vancouver and Surrey.  

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Leadership Potential at Camp How learning leadership creates future powerhouses By Nic Enright-Morin

shy, she says that attending leadership camp has helped build confidence and interpersonal skills. By developing a belief in herself and a can-do attitude, Jacqueline said that when she went on to university in a new city, with no support network, it helped her to not only make friends, but to set goals and push herself academically. “Taking leadership camp changed my life in a way that I didn’t think it could. I am a different person, a better person than I would have been had I not taken part in camp. It has helped me develop in ways that I wouldn’t have been able to do by myself,” she said.

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f you think that the youth of today are a moody, self-obsessed bunch with a penchant for taking selfies, think again. This summer, all across the Lower Mainland, young people are gearing up to participate in leadership camps. This is an experience that will not only give them valuable life skills, but an opportunity to become camp counsellors themselves, offering new forms of employment and skills that will serve them for a lifetime. There are a plethora of camps available, from one-day options, to those that that last for up to four weeks. Some are in convenient downtown locations, whilst others are in more remote places, like the gulf islands. Aimed at kids between 12 and 19 years old, leadership camps are a chance to participate in programs that build self-confidence and teach kids and teens to think for themselves. As well as a learning independence, kids have the opportunity to experiment with challenges outside of their comfort zone, while in a safe and structured environment. At a leadership camp, young people engage in a wide range of activities. This can mean anything from overnight wilderness trips, to taking part in sports like canoeing and archery. But leadership camps aren’t all outdoors. They can also involve educational opportunities where they work on communications skills. Everything campers learn is practical and can be applied in everyday life and adult camping situations; such as taking a group of children sailing, or helping a camp newcomer overcome a bout of homesickness. Campers also learn conflict resolution and team building skills, and get the chance to participate in activities that develop their own leadership style. But the experience is not just theory-based. Teens also get to put what they’ve learned into action. At many leadership camps, teen participants get a chance to work with younger children, all while under the guidance of a mentor. This opportunity allows them to see first-hand how important it is to relate not only to their peers, but also to younger children. By serving as a role model, they learn valuable lessons about self-esteem, what they are capable of accomplishing and how they can make a difference in the world. Although the skills these

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teens learn are related to camp activities, they are applicable to real life and many kids are much better self-starters and more motivated when they go home. One of the greatest things about leadership camps is that it’s an opportunity for everyone. Often there is an assumption that you have to be an extrovert, outgoing and brimming with confidence to attend, but in reality, leadership camp is suited to all types of personalities. However, since there is such a wide array of camps available, it is important to find the right one for your child’s particular strengths. For example, if the ultimate goal of the camp is to work with children, an enthusiasm for little ones is a must. Many teens involved in leadership camps find that it is such a rewarding experience that they go on to become camp counsellors in the future, while others pursue careers as recreational leaders, teachers, or other jobs in the child development field. As a teen, Jacqueline Lalor took the two-year leadership program with the YMCA and is now returning for her seventh season as one of their camp counsellors. She says that attending camp has been a game-changer for her, as the skills that she’s learnt have helped her to come out of her shell. Although she considers herself to be

Leadership camp is not only about developing a broad range of life skills, but also about having fun. It is about making lifelong friendships. It is the chance to take part in a unique experience with your peers that will turn into life-long memories. Lalor says, “The people you meet at camp are special. It’s a very welcoming community. You feel like people care about you here and I think that’s really important. Some of my best friends in life are people I’ve met at camp. Now I have a network all over the world.” Ultimately, leadership camps are a rare chance to try new experiences in a nurturing environment. It is an opportunity for young people to believe in themselves and gain a new skill-set that may last a lifetime.

Explore these Leadership Camps for Summer 2015 Leadership at the Sasamat Outdoor Centre Offered to high school youth from grades 10 and up, this leadership program is designed to foster the development of the skills and qualities of an effective leader, focusing on personal growth, developing facilitation, confidence and outdoor skills. www.sasamat.org/Leadership_.html Leadership I and II at The YES Camp Skills training is offered for 14 to 18-year-olds in the areas of self-awareness, co-operation, communication, global awareness, environmental sustainability and leadership. www.theyes.ca


Step Out Program at Camp Qwanoes

Leadership at YMCA Camps

Be encouraged and challenged to grow in your relationship with God, make new friends, and make a difference as you learn and serve in the midst of summer camp.

For campers wanting to become dedicated YMCA staff team, this two-year leadership development program is designed to help them reach this goal. Teamwork, self-discipline and initiative help campers succeed in this program.

www.qwanoes.ca/leadership/stepout.php Counsellor in Training at Camp Pringle In this second-level leadership program, campers will learn invaluable leadership skills, including group management, decision-making, conflict resolution, team building, and communication. www.camppringle.com/camp/counselor-intraining-cit/ Leadership Training at Camp Squeah Junior and senior leadership training programs focus on team building, leadership development and Christian discipleship for ages 15 to17. www.squeah.com/Leadership-TrainingPrograms.html

www.vanymca.org/camps/overnightcamp. html Counsellor in Training at SFU Camps Three progressive levels of leadership training, designed for teens wanting to develop their leadership skills in a youth camp setting. These courses review the necessary skills desired for volunteer, instructor, and head instructor positions. www.sfu.ca/camps/summercamps/ educationalcamps/leadership.html

The Future Leaders Youth Leadership Program at City of Surrey This five-step program will help youth age 14 to 21 build leadership skills, training and experience towards becoming an instructor, day camp leader or child-minder. www.surrey.ca/youth/75.aspx Knowledge in Concept at Broadleap KiC seeks to educate, engage and empower young people to effectively shape their worlds and, in turn, the world. www.broadleap.org/kic Debate Camp in Vancouver Debate Camp Canada provides training in public speaking and debating for students eager to improve their skills, confidence and ability with the spoken word. www.debatecamp.org

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general fun camps Burnaby Village Museum Camp Squeah CEFA City of Surrey JCC Camps Mulgrave Camp PJ Kids Clubs Resort Municipality of Whistler Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co Urban Academy Westside Montessori Academy

Burnaby Hope Multiple locations Surrey Vancouver West Vancouver West Vancouver Whistler Vancouver New Westminster Vancouver

www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca www.squeah.com www.cefa.ca www.surrey.ca www.jccgv.com www.mulgrave.com www.pjkidsclub.com www.whistler.ca www.rockymountainflatbread.ca www.urbanacademy.ca www.wmasummercamp.com

leadership & growth camps Broadleap Debate Camp YMCA Youth Leadership

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Vancouver www.broadleap.org/kic Vancouver www.debatecamp.org Multiple locations www.vanymca.org/cs/youthleadership.html


guide listings

• •••••••••••••••part 2: day camps sports camps Canlan Sports - Burnaby 8 Rinks Cliffhanger Climbing Deep Cove Canoe & Kayak Dojang Endless Biking Flicka Gymnastics First Steps Archery Gord Haukas Tennis Camp Jericho Sailing Centre Jump Gymnastics My Gym Children’s Centre North Shore Equestrian Centre Phoenix Gymnastics Pony Pals Riding Stables Royal Soccer Club SFU Camps Ultimate Soccer School Vancouver All Stars Summer Baseball Camp Vancouver All Star Cheer Vancouver Hockey School West Van Soccer Windsure Adventure Watersports

Burnaby www.icesports.com Multiple locations www.cliffhangerclimbing.com North Vancouver www.deepcovekayak.com Vancouver www.dojang.ca North Vancouver www.endlessbiking.com North Vancouver www.flickagymclub.com New Westminster www.boormanarchery.com Vancouver www.gordhaukastennis.com Vancouver www.macsailing.com Vancouver www.jumpgymnastics.ca Maple Ridge www.mygym.com/langley/camp North Vancouver www.wecreateriders.com Vancouver www.phoenixgymnastics.com Delta www.ponypals.ca Multiple locations www.royalsoccer.com Burnaby www.sfu.ca/camps.html Burnaby www.ultimatesoccerschool.com Vancouver www.vancouverallstars.ca Delta, Coquitlam www.vancouverallstarcheer.com Vancouver www.vancouverhockeyschool.com West Vancouver www.westvansoccer.com Vancouver www.windsure.com

performing/visual arts camps Arts Umbrella Bard on the Beach Bricks 4 Kidz Camp Monarch CirKids Dance Matrix Evergreen Cultural Centre Gateway Academy for Performing Arts Leigh Square Community Arts Village Pacific Dance Arts Place des Arts School of Groove Staccato The Drama Class Tom Lee Music

Vancouver www.artsumbrella.com Vancouver www.bardonthebeach.org/young-shakespearean-workshops Delta www.bricks4kidz.com/canada-britishcolumbia-surrey/ North Vancouver www.campmonarch.ca Vancouver, Surrey www.circuswest.com New Westminster www.thedancematrix.webs.com Multiple locations www.evergreenculturalcentre.ca Richmond www.gatewaytheatre.com Coquitlam www.portcoquitlam.ca/leighsquare Vancouver www.pacificdancearts.ca Coquitlam www.placedesarts.ca Vancouver www.schoolofgroovevancouver.com Burnaby www.staccatostudios.com Surrey www.thedramaclass.com Multiple locations www.tomleemusic.ca

More online! Go to www.westcoastfamilies.com to see even more camps!

We’ve done our best to ensure the information shown here is accurate, but it is always a good idea to check with each camp to confirm

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geekology

camp vibes

Check out these online resources for great tips, camp listings, and other valuable information. www.westcoastfamilies.com

www.kidscampscanada.com

Go to our website for a comprehensive list of overnight and day camps for summer 2015! We’ve searched high and low to bring you the most comprehensive list possible.

Not always the most visually appealing website or listings, but lots of great ideas, and searchable by season and type of camp.

www.camps.ca/british-columbia-camps.php Great list of day and overnight camps, offering the option to search by age and location.

www.kidsclubs.ca/bc-children-summer-camps Fun list of interesting and unique day camps, with links and lots of individual information.

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www.gocampingbc.com This website is searchable by amenity and location, so you can find exactly what you’re looking for in a family getaway.

www.campingrvbc.com/camping This site has an interactive map that makes it really easy to navigate and find what you want. This site is especially handy for families camping with RVs.


wcf resources in

education

There are some amazing schools and learning centres in our area, giving parents more options than ever for their kids’ education. Take a look at the ones we’ve featured below! For more resources and live weblinks too, go to: www.westcoastfamilies.com/listings-

Fraser Academy Vancouver www.fraseracademy.ca

Fraser Valley Elementary Langley www.fves.bc.ca

LEARNING CENTRES & COMMUNITY PROGRAMS Kumon Learning www.kumon.ca Writers’ Exchange www.vancouverwe.com

EDUCATION/

West Vancouver School District www.sd45.bc.ca

ELEMENTARY & INTERMEDIATE SCHOOLS

Urban Academy New Westminster www.urbanacademy.ca

Family Literacy Day www.abclifeliteracy.ca/fld/family-literacy-day

Vancouver Montessori www.vancouvermontessorischool.com

Empowermil www.freewebs.com/empowermil/

Pythagoras Academy Richmond www.pythagorasacademy.ca

Key Admissions www.keyadmissions.com

Meadowridge School Maple Ridge www.meadowridge.bc.ca Westside Montessori Academy Vancouver www.westsidemontessoriacademy.ca Eaton Arrowsmith School Vancouver www.eatonarrowsmithschool.com

Mulgrave School West Vancouver www.mulgrave.com

Millennium Learning www.millenniumlearningadvantage.com

Puzzleheads Educational Products www.puzzleheads.ca

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advertiser advice

preschool

For many of us, leaving our children at preschool can be daunting at best. Thankfully, well-trained educators ensure your child’s safety while helping them build independence and confidence for their futures. Our preschool advertisers give their best pieces of advice for building independence in your little one.

Top 3 ways parents can encourage independence in their children: 1.Encourage your child to take on tasks that are age appropriate such as picking out their clothes, dressing, and taking part in chores. 2. Let them voice their own opinion and listen to them. 3. Show how you as a parent are independent. Children learn best through observation and their environment. Jennifer Chaloner, KEY Admissions Strategy & Learning Enrichment | www.keyadmissions.com

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All young children need to become independent is love. Unconditional love and strong emotional attachment is the clue for independent children because they trust in others and their environment, owning their decisions and moving forward at their own time. Take your time and enjoy those years. Kids need to feel that they belong and that they are accepted. Diana Kadi, PJ Kids Club www.pjkidsclub.com

Realize they can do more for themselves than you’d think! Let them try! 1)Independence is Inner Dependence: Encourage self-directed effort, even if it’s messy. Avoid bribes, shame, rewards, and punishments; they teach dependency on external sources for motivation. 2)Life Skills: Getting Food, Toileting, Setting Boundaries & Getting Help. Teach them how to “do it by myself.” Then, sit back & let them practice Miss Jen Upsdell, At My Pace’s My Whole Earth Academy www.mywholeearth.ca


promoting

independence Here are some ways you can help promote independence in your child: 1. Resist doing for her what she can do for herself. This takes time, so give yourself an extra five minutes to put on coats and shoes, clear the table, or get dressed so she can do it on her own. 2. Raise your expectations. At school and daycare, your child is probably doing things you wouldn’t expect – hanging up coats, pouring her own water, and tidying up. Give your little one an opportunity to do this at home too. They may surprise you! 3. Lower your need for perfection. Don’t redo what he’s already done, even if the quilt on his bed isn’t perfectly straight or her hair

isn’t quite the way you’d like it. This may discourage them from continuing to do the tasks, and get better at them. 4. Give them chores. Kids love to help and accomplish things. Assign tasks appropriate to her age (see our infographic on page 28-29 in this issue!) and let her feel like a contributing member of the family. Ensure the tasks are manageable and useful. 5. Let them find solutions. Don’t feel the need to fix everything he can’t do right away. You’re there to help and teach, but it’s also important to let him assess a situation and learn how to resolve it on his own.

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preschools & daycare Preschools & Early Learning

Little Koala Montessori, Richmond www.littlekoalamontessori.com

Vancouver Hebrew Academy, Vancouver www.vhebrewacademy.com

Burnaby Neighbourhood House Preschool, Burnaby www.burnabynh.ca/programs/preschool

Little People Parent Participation Preschool, Vancouver www.littlepeople.ca

Vancouver Montessori, Vancouver www.vancouvermontessorischool.com

CEFA, multiple locations www.cefa.ca

Magnussen School, Vancouver www.magnussenschool.com

Creative Kids Montessori, Vancouver www.creativekidsmontessori.com

Maple Ridge Christian School, Maple Ridge www.mrcs.ca

Elite Montessori Academy, Vancouver www.elitemontessori.ca

Meadowridge School, Maple Ridge www.meadowridge.bc.ca

YMCA Preschool Programs, Vancouver-SurreyChilliwack www.vanymca.org/childcare/parttimepreschool.html

Family Montessori, Vancouver www.familymontessori.com

Mulgrave School, West Vancouver www.mulgrave.com

Childcare

Fraser Academy, Vancouver www.fraseracademy.ca

My Whole Earth Academy Inc., Vancouver www.mywholeearth.ca

Gatehouse Montessori, West Vancouver www.gatehousemontessori.com

Reach For The Stars, Vancouver & Burnaby www.reachforthestarsmontessori.com

Highlands Preschool, North Vancouver www.highlandspreschool.ca

Sprouting Minds Preschool, Maple Ridge www.sproutingmindspreschool.ca

Kerrisdale Little Owls Preschool, Vancouver www.kerrisdalelittleowlspreschool.com

Vancouver Bilingual, Vancouver www.vancouverbilingual.com

Brightpath, multiple locations www.brightpathkids.com

Go to www.westcoastfamilies.com for more Preschool & Daycare listings!

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Westside Montessori School, Vancouver www.westsidemontessori.ca Write Choice Early Learning, Coquitlam www.writechoicelearning.com

North Shore Community Resources, North Vancouver www.nscr.bc.ca PJ Kids Club, Vancouver www.pjkidsclub.com Spare Time Child Care Society, Vancouver www.sparetimesociety.org YMCA Childcare, Vancouver-Surrey-Chilliwack www.vanymca.org/childcare


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building independence

Although we sometimes want our children to remain children forever, we also owe them the gift of independence and confidence, which is partly built through accomplishing tasks on their own. Having kids perform chores around the house helps them to learn the value of hard work and the reward of a job well done! Here are some chores your little one can do while they grow into confident, capable adults!

Chores your little one can do by Kelly S. Thompson

Ages 10+

Have them help run the machine back and forth over the carpet or let them use a handheld one on their own. Kids will love the satisfying sound of sucking dirt!

Care for a Pet

Dishes

Ages 9+

Even if your wee one can’t quite reach the sink, they can learn the value of helping to set the table or clear up after a meal. (Just be sure to use non-shattering dishes for a while!) Older kids can wash and dry.

Have your child brush or feed the family pet or take them for a walk together. There’s nothing to build empathy like caring for another living animal.

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Vacuum

Ages 7+


Unpack Groceries

Tidy Their Room

Ages 5+

Ages 3+

Your child can help put away groceries after a long shopping trip, even if it just means passing goods to you while you stock shelves. Get them involved!

As much as they’d have you believe otherwise, kids are perfectly capable of putting clothes away, packing up toys, and making their own bed! Think of how accomplished they’ll feel!

Pack a Lunch

Laundry

Ages 5+

After a little education on the machine and talks about separating colours, children can easily do their own laundry, or it could be their weekly house chore!

With supervision (and help with chopping!), kids should learn how to pack their own lunch, full of healthy whole foods. Let them have a say in what goes in the lunch box!

Ages 10+

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wcf news

>> ISEF Science Fair

>> Digital Media Academy Girls Program

An education in science and technology can be the spearhead of a promising future for children, and parents should look for every possible opportunity to hone these skills. Thankfully, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), from May 10-15 in Pittsburg celebrates and encourages innovation and education in the science world. The competition has teens invent new and exciting projects, then bring them to the competition to win cash prizes. Thankfully, Team Canada has much to be proud of, with five British Columbia teens participating in the event. Last year, Team Canada won 11 ISEF awards and they hope to achieve the same success this year! These brainy teens have developed everything from low cost HIV testing to bike frames designed to protect bike riders from front impact collisions. Support the teens while promoting our country as a forefront of technology, engineering and science.

It’s no secret that the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) is the way of the future, and children who choose to educate in this realm have promising careers ahead of them. Unfortunately, this field is often overwhelmingly male-dominated, as women earn only 18 per cent of Computer Science degrees. But do not fear, as Digital Media Academy has heard the call and now offers the Made by Girls program at UBC, the week of July 13. This STEM-based camp strives to close the gender gap in STEM while simultaneously empowering girls to recognize their potential and harness their imaginations. Girls can learn computer programming, work on STEM inventions, or hone graphic design skills while making new friendships and engaging new parts of their brains. Check out details on upcoming camps and register before classes fill!

www.youthscience.ca/news/team-canada-isef-2015-announced

www.digitalmediaacademy.org

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>> Mann Farms

>> Driveway Libraries There’s nothing quite like a good book to boost intelligence, increase vocabulary and keep both young and old minds occupied. And for many of us, holding an actual paper book beats reading from a device any day of the week! For those in the Lower Mainland, you may have seen small, handmade “libraries” popping up at the end of driveways or even built into fences. These book boxes operate under a “take a book, leave a book” idea, with anyone passing free to choose anything that piques their interest. Not only do these libraries build a sense of community, but they also offer an opportunity to reuse and prevent waste in landfills while simultaneously boosting literacy. For a box your own, check out Little Free Library, which lets you buy a pre-made box to pop at the end of your very own driveway. Decorate it as a family and fill it with pre-loved books for a new family to enjoy!

Here in the Lower Mainland, there’s no end to farming options for sourcing local, sustainable food that is freshly grown. But none have a story quite like the Maan Family Farm, located in Abbotsford, BC, and grower of some of the best berries in town. Started in 1977, the Maan Family Farm was a thriving, berry-and-wineproducing machine until a fire burnt the farm to the ground. Thankfully, with support from their community, Maan Farms is rallying up against misfortune with a reopening on Friday, 29 May. Furthermore, on July 11th, the farm will open their doors with free food, entertainment, vendors, u-pick berries and more! Maan Farms is now offering new features to complement their tourist attraction farm, with a play area, petting zoo and adventure zone, and wine and farm educational tours for the adults. So make the trip to Maan Family Farms for great eats, entertainment, and a tasty glass of berry wine!

www.maanfarms.com

www.littlefreelibrary.org

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mom westcoast

Emily Ohler lawyer, humanitarian By Kelly S. Thompson | Photo by Dylan Doubt

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“You have to make the world how you want it,. That’s what I want to teach youth.”

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visit with Emily Ohler is an education in role juggling, humility, and dedication, considering her job as a high-powered lawyer, business owner, and mother. When speaking about her work or her family, Emily’s excitement quickly reveals her commitment not only to the wellbeing of her family but that of humankind as a whole. It’s impossible not to feel as though Emily is the kind of person who would “have your back,” in the courtroom and out. On top of her friendly and welcoming demeanor, Emily also has a breadth and depth of education that is as diverse as her professional experience. She has a BA from UBC, a Juris Doctorate from the prestigious Osgoode Hall at York University, and a Masters from the National University of Singapore. Like the jobs she would hold in the future, Emily’s education had her globetrotting early in life. Several years ago, Emily was working as a fast-paced lawyer for the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. The job required long hours and an extremely hectic schedule that Emily thrived on but made having a family difficult. Once her daughter was born, Emily returned to work only six weeks later, bouncing a baby on her lap while trying to maintain her position. “I would meet with a Minister, then zip into the bathroom and hope the sounds of breastfeeding weren’t echoing back down the hallway of the Human Rights offices,” said Emily with a chuckle. With her husband taking a position back in Canada, Emily and her child packed up and moved home to reunite with her family. Despite her move, Emily’s passion for human rights, diversity and ecological sustainability couldn’t be tempered, and soon she sought new opportunities by creating her own business. “I realized I needed to turn my attention to something comparable to what I was doing at the UN, but with a local focus,” said Emily. “In the private sector, there was a gap in terms of understanding how certain international principles, like environmental ones, translated into some abstract policy in day-to-day life.” Today, Emily is the founder and CEO of Broadleap, an organization dedicated to helping businesses succeed while simultaneously being sustainable and inclusive of all genders, races and orientations in their hiring and operating standards. “People are hungering for solutions to the kind of problems we’re seeing, like climate change and gender equality,” said Emily. In her quest for corporate responsibility combined with environmental sustainability, Broadleap has proven a success all its own by reaching out and offering training to other organizations. “The biggest thing we look at is, ‘What impact are you having on the communities you’re doing business in?’” said Emily. But Emily didn’t stop there. With a child of her own and a passion for the future, Emily sought to educate kids on how they can be the solution to a challenged future. After her return to Canada, she became aware

of media focus on bullying and decided to create a youth branch to Broadleap, which focuses on helping children reach their potential and be a part of creating and maintaining a sustainable world. “The youth side of Broadleap is a passion project,” said Emily. “As adults we are clearly not meeting the needs of this new generation of young people.” The youth branch of Broadleap runs educational programming, workshops and summer camps, academic in nature and a fun change from traditional outdoor camps, with a focus on politics, global affairs and technology. Despite her fast-paced role as CEO, Emily still teaches in the youth programming offered through Broadleap and serves as a mentor for the next generation. “It’s an anti-bullying program without ever actually taking about a bully,” says Emily. “It helps kids to examine the world around them with a critical lens.” In giving teens the tools to change their own environment, she helps them discover themselves, embrace their own power and seek change and potential in other aspects of their lives. If you’re not already astounded by Emily’s dedication to humanity and youth, her career doesn’t stop there. She also instructs at UBC and continues her work as consulting legal council to the United Nations Security Council. It quickly becomes clear that for Emily, her work comes home with her simply because her passions influence the projects that she tackles professionally. But life is not all work and no play for Emily and her family, despite her admission that she was once a serious “workaholic.” Today, she commits to taking at least one day a week that is all about her four-year-old daughter, where they play, explore and live in the environment around them. Emily notes that these “daughter only” days are usually spent outdoors, either in the forest or on the beach, with a bag full of dolls and well-stocked imaginations. “We like to make adventures,” said Emily. When she isn’t busy running Broadleap, working as a lawyer and caring for her family, Emily and her husband continue to explore the Lower Mainland they call home, while spending time with their extended families, both located in the area. Family is a big part of the Ohler family’s decision to move back to Canada so that their daughter could know her grandparents and know their roots. In just five minutes with Emily, you will leave determined to be a better person, to volunteer, and to fight injustices faced by minorities across the globe. She radiates not only professional and familial dedication, but also a keen ability to look towards the future with positivity about all that we, and future generation can achieve. “You have to make the world how you want it,” said Emily. “That’s what I want to teach youth.” Undoubtedly, between her work in the United Nations, her role within Broadleap, and the daughter she is raising to be interested and invested in her own future, Emily is accomplishing all that she sets out to do.

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hotspots On the Water!

Centennial Beach Park

My favourite place to get active is on the water, where I can always be found kayaking in my Epic kayak (dubbed Roxanne). After badly breaking my leg while in the military, I had to learn new ways to keep fit, as my leg has never healed properly and I deal with a lot of chronic pain. But Roxanne and I stay fit all year long thanks to the mild Lower Mainland weather that lets me paddle twelve months a year. I love kayaking not just because it’s physically manageable for me, but also because it offers a whole new perspective of the world, exploring it up close. And there’s nothing better than watching summer fireworks from out in the middle of the ocean or taking weeklong trips that feel like I’m in the middle of nowhere. And of course, whenever I get too hot, I simply roll the boat or hop out for a swim. I finish every year with new upper body muscles that make me feel like Superwoman!

My favourite spot to get active with the kids is Centennial Beach Park in Tsawwassen. This park has everything! The all-ages playground has lots of great space for free play and imagination. At low tide, there’s a huge beach with sand flats that go on forever to provide hours of exploring, walking and running. The Boundary Bay bike path starts here, so you can hike, run, or bike with the kids for miles. There’s an open field for ball games and picnics, and when you get hungry, the beachside concession is perfect for snacks, ice cream, and even a full dinner for the family. If you want to carry on into the evening, you can pick one of the many fire pits and roast your own hotdogs while the kids run around in the sand and climb over the washed up logs. Lots of free parking and great washroom/shower facilities too. Heaven!

Kelly, WCF Assistant Editor

Andrea, WCf Publisher

Terra Nova

Water Parks

One of our picks for an active day out is the Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment in Richmond, aka the Million Dollar Park. Regardless of how much it cost, we love the beautiful, yellow cedar play structures nestled in tree-lined former farmland on Lulu Island. Parking is free and easy to come by. The walk into the park takes you over a beautiful stream where we often spot a blue heron observing the landscape. Our littles enjoy the impossibly tall vertical climb to the spiral slide, the 35-metre long zip lines and the perhaps unexpected favorite: the fence that surrounds one of the play zones. Unlike some modern parks, Terra Nova encourages exploration by providing steps, allowing even the littlest legs to climb to the top rail of the fence and tightrope walk their way around! If you would like to extend your visit, consider packing a picnic, exploring the marshlands or take a plane-watching hike along the Fraser River!

As the days get warmer, the options for outdoor activities increase exponentially. Although as warm turns to hot, kids can start to wilt in the heat, and proximity to water can be crucial. If you and your kids want to beat the crowds at the local beaches and pools, a great alternative are the numerous water parks peppered throughout the Lower Mainland. A bit more low-key than some of the bigger ones, our favourite is at Prince Edward Park. Adjacent to David Livingstone School, this water activity feature is just the right size for a few neighbourhood kids to get together and burn off some of that energy that comes with long summer days. When we can’t convince our daughter to commit to a long bike ride or a day at the beach, she can always be talked into an hour at the water park!

Jodi, WCF Contributing Editor

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Krysta, WCF Art Director


timeout Eat! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival BC Place May 3, 10am-9pm EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival is the ultimate Consumer Food Expo and is back for another year at BC Place. www.eat-vancouver.com 6th Annual Dish ‘n Dazzle Park View Terrace, Vancouver Convention Centre East May 6 Join in for an unforgettable night that will feature more than 80 premium Argentinean wines, bites prepared by 14 celebrated restaurants and chefs, and a silent auction filled with hospitality industry offerings. www.bchospitalityfoundation.com/portfolio/ dish-n-dazzle/ Breakfast with the Bank Bombay Banquet Hall, 7475 135 St, Surrey May 8, 7-8am Join local business leaders and community members for one hour of inspiration and information about the Surrey Food Bank for this annual fundraiser. Free continental breakfast. Bring your chequebook or collected donations! Call Katrina at 604-581-5443 ext 105 or email events@surreyfoodbank.org www.surreyfoodbank.org Outdoor & Active Living Expo Willowbrook Shopping Centre May 9, 9:30am-6pm This free, indoor, family-friendly event will feature fun activities to celebrate the great outdoors. It will showcase camping, rafting, surfing, horseback riding, team sports, and more, with 35+ community exhibitors, 7 kids’ activity stations entertainment & demonstrations. First 500 people win a goodie bag. www.shopwillowbrook.com Bloom Market Fort Langley Community Hall May 9 & 10, 10am-5pm From original home décor and stunning fashion through to handcrafted jewellery and unique paintings by 30 established and rising artisans from around British Columbia, there’s no telling what products you might find! www.bloommarket.com

Kid-free Events for Mom & Dad!

Miss & Mister World Canada National Finals and Crowning Gala Queen Elizabeth Theatre May 16, 6-8:30pm The most beautiful girls and the most handsome guys from all over Canada will compete for the coveted titles of Miss World Canada and Mister World Canada 2015, and you have the chance to witness it live! www.missworldcanada.com James & Jamesy in High Tea Jericho Arts Centre Daily from May 18-May 24 When catastrophic disaster floods the world in tea, the critically-acclaimed caffeine connoisseurs must leap into action using spectacular imagination, physical feats, and uproarious humour to keep afloat. www.jamesandjamesy.com Cirque du Soleil’s VAREKAI Pacific Coliseum May 20- 24 Recognized the world over for high-quality artistic entertainment, Cirque du Soleil has brought its unique combination of dance, acrobatics, art, and music to more than 100 million spectators. 604.252.3700 | www.cirquedusoleil.com In a Forest, Dark and Deep by Neil LaBute Havana Theatre, Vancouver May 20-30, 8pm Intimate. Intense. Intriguing. Secrets and layers unravel in this modern day Hansel and Gretel. www.nakedgoddessproductions.com Art! Vancouver Vancouver Convention Centre May 21-24 Vancouver will host a world-class art event, featuring reputable art galleries and artists from across Canada and around the world. www.artvancouver.net Scotiabank MS Walk Plaza of Nations May 24, 8am check in Head west along the scenic seawall as the 5 km round trip course takes in the sites of Vancouver’s urban waterfront. Then enjoy snacks and refreshments, music, and the great company of other dedicated walkers. Wheelchairs, scooters and strollers are welcome to take advantage of the accessible route option. 604.602.3221 | mssoc.convio.net

Unique Lives: Shirley MacLaine Orpheum Theatre May 26, 7:30pm With her trademark wit and candour, Shirley will take you on a journey of a lifetime. Not only will you hear about her award-winning film and stage career but also her years with the “Rat-Pack”; her journey on the Camino and her greatest passion: The Spirit, Mind and Body. Also, a chance to ask Shirley your own questions. Tickets start at $44. www.uniquelives.com/vancouver After Hours Vancouver Aquarium May 28, 6-10pm This uniquely aquatic adult-only evening includes access to the wet lab, special programming and time to explore the galleries with a glass of wine or beer in hand. Must be 19+. www.vanaqua.org City of Bhangra Festival Various locations in Surrey and Vancouver May 28-June 6 This 10-day, all-out dance party showcases the music and dance of the Punjab regions of India and Pakistan. On indoor and outdoor stages, in parks, clubs, and even in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Festival features hundreds of local and international artists in dynamic performances. 604.825.0223 | www.vibc.org Vancouver Craft Beer Week Various locations throughout Vancouver May 29-June 7 An annual festival that showcases some of the best local and international craft brewed beers, featuring events in 30+ venues across the city. www.vancouvercraftbeerweek.com 2015 Vancouver International Tequila Expo Hyatt Regency Vancouver May 30 The Fourth Annual Vancouver International Tequila Expo is Western Canada’s largest festival dedicated to Mexico’s number one export spirit. The festival aims to increase the presence of tequila and mezcal in Western Canada. www.vantequilaexpo.com Kids Swap Meet Cloverdale Fairgrounds May 30, 9am-12:30pm Find everything from baby items, kids clothing, toys, books, outdoor toys and so much more. Early bird admission (9-10am) is $4. After 10am is $5. 604.533.1970

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community The Making Place Vancouver Art Gallery, 4th floor Sundays, 12noon-4pm The Vancouver Art Gallery hosts the Making Place, which offers explorative, hands-on workshops featuring collaborative and independent activities for all kids. www.vanartgallery.bc.ca

Circus of Oz CircusWest Performing Arts Society, Vancouver May 7-10 Join CircusWest as they update the infamous Frank L. Baum Oz story and infuse it with aerial artistry, daring acrobatics, and compelling circus acts to amaze and delight. 604.252.3679 | www.circuswest.com

May Day Festival Port Coquitlam Recreation Complex May 1, 7:30pm Enjoy the Port Coquitlam community’s May Day celebration, which includes a whole week of funfilled activities, including a May Day Rotary Parade on May 9th. www.portcoquitlam.ca

KPU Science Rendezvous & Education Expo 2015 Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Langley Campus May 9, 11am-4pm Participate in hands-on experiments, walk through interactive science labs and greenhouses, watch demonstrations of high-tech patient simulators in our nursing labs, and take a tour of the state-of-theart brewing lab! A marketplace will also be set up featuring local businesses and organizations. www.kpu.ca/sciencerendezvous

BMO Vancouver Marathon Kids Run Ceperley Park, Stanley Park May 2, 11am Be sure to register as early as possible for the Kids Run, which is capped at just 500 children, aged 5 to 12 (all participants must have parental consent). Registration Fee: $25 www.bmovanmarathon.ca/runvan-kids-run/ race-details Richmond Regional Heritage Fair Richmond Cultural Centre May 2, 10am-2pm See the creative project displays about Canadian history and heritage, created by local Richmond students. Then take part in a variety of hands-on, family-friendly activities that inspire curiosity and pride in Canada’s history and heritage. Free. www.richmondmuseum.ca 23rd Annual Greater Vancouver Motorcycle Club “Ride For The Kids” 9785 192nd Street, Surrey May 3, 9am Enjoy a great ride and help kids with burn injuries. All proceeds benefit the B.C. Professional Fire Fighters Burn and riders can come early for a tasty breakfast followed by a fun ride with fellow bikers. $20 per person. www.burnfund.org

Kids and Family Surrey RCMP Open House RCMP Main Detachment, Surrey May 9, 12noon-3pm Kids will get the chance to see police vehicles, have police “briefings,” while enjoying demonstrations, activities and food! www.surrey.ca/culture-recreation Owl Show Richmond Nature Park May 10, 11am-3pm See live owls up close. Presented by the Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society. Admission by donation. www.richmond.ca Mother’s Day at the Glades Garden 561 172 Street, Surrey May 10, 10am-4pm Enjoy live music from the Armadillo String Quartet among masses of rhododendrons in full bloom. Gourmet coffees, teas and hot chocolate available for purchase, as well as a spring plant sale. Advance tickets $5 per person. Children under 12 are free. 604.501.5100

Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge Locations throughout Lower Mainland May 10, 10am From seasoned painters and novice artists who love the great outdoors, to groups of friends looking for a creative activity, and families celebrating a meaningful Mother’s Day with a painting picnic! $6000 in prizes available. Pre-register at your local Opus store. www.opusartsupplies.com Xtreme Theatre presents Tarzan 11944 Haney Place, Maple Ridge May 14, various times High-flying excitement and hits like the Academy Award winning music make Tarzan an unforgettable theatrical experience. Show length is approximately 120 minutes with one intermission. Tickets: $16. www.xtremetheatre.ca Partners in Parks Outdoor Treasure Hunt Hawthorne Park, Surrey May 14, 5-6:30pm Participants navigate to specific Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates and then attempt to find the cache (container) hidden at that location. Sign the log stored inside the cache and return it to the exact place you found it for the next hunter then visit the booth for prizes and refreshments. 604.501.5100 | www.surrey.ca Fraser Academy’s Open House Fraser Academy, 2294 West 10th Ave, Vancouver May 14, 9:30-11:15am Fraser Academy is a leader in education designed to empower students in grades 1-12 who struggle with language-based learning differences. Learn more about Fraser Academy at our Open House. RSVP at (604) 736 5575 x 222 or admissions@ fraseracademy.ca. www.fraseracademy.ca Cloverdale Rodeo Cloverdale Fairgrounds May 15 - 18 This 4-day rodeo features games, rides, concerts, demonstrations, a beer garden and tons of fun! www.cloverdalerodeo.com

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calendar Cineplex Sensory Friendly Screening; The Avengers: Age of Ultron Cineplex Cinemas, Langley May 16, 10:30am This program provides a sensory friendly environment for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and their families to view new release films in theatres. These screenings are presented in a light up, sound down environment. www.cineplex.com/Theatres/SensoryFriendly Sea to Sky Gondola’s First Year Anniversary Celebration Sea to Sky Gondola, Highway 99, Squamish May 16 Come out and celebrate their first birthday! They’ve had a great first year, learned a lot and couldn’t have done it without the community’s support. So, they want to celebrate their birthday with live music and birthday cake! www.seatoskygondola.com Day Out with Thomas West Coast Railway Heritage Park. Squamish May 16, 17, 18 & 23, 24 Join Thomas and Friends, meet Sir Topham Hatt and get your picture with Thomas! There will be lots of activities, shows and fun! 604.898.9336 | www.wcra.org Celebrate Queen Victoria’s Birthday at the Farm Historic Stewart Farm May 17, 12noon-3pm Little princes and princesses can bring their families to celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday dressed as kings and queens and craft a magnificent crown. Meet the Queen herself, and have your royal family portrait taken. Sip a beverage in the Tea Garden and enjoy a piece of birthday cake. 604.592.6956 | www.surrey.ca Teddy Bear Picnic Kilby, Harrison Mills May 17 Kids can bring their teddy bear and get ready for some great old-fashioned family fun! Decorate a cookie to have with your “tea,” get glamorous with the Dress-up Tickle Trunk, make super-cute teddy bear crafts and settle in under the trees for story time. Bring your own picnic or try theirs! www.kilby.ca

Vancouver Symphony Kids Koncerts Presents Classical Kids: Beethoven Lives Upstairs The Orpheum Theatre May 17, 2pm The arrival of an eccentric boarder turns a young boy’s life upside down. Ludwig van Beethoven has moved in upstairs! At first Christoph resents their new tenant but slowly he comes to understand the genius of the man, the torment of his deafness and the beauty of his music. In the end he is won over by the music and true incidents from the great composer’s life. 604.876.3434 | www.vancouversymphony.ca Surrey International Children’s Festival Surrey Arts Centre & Bear Creek Park May 21-23, various times The 11th annual Festival is a world of artistic experiences for children to explore. Check out live music, dance and puppetry from Vietnam, Iceland, and across Canada. Site access is free with some affordable ticketed activities and performances. 604.592.6983 www.surrey.ca/childrensfestival/ Music with Marnie Surrey Arts Centre May 21, 6-7pm Get ready to boogie with WestCoast Families magazine’s 3-time Readers Choice Gold Winners for best Children’s Band: The Music with Marnie Band. This theatrical and magical show will put ants in your pants. Marnie’s Furried friends like Mumbu the Monkey and Tula the Kangaroo will be there too. www.musicwithmarnie.ca Gilmore Country Carnival Gilmore Community School, Burnaby May 22, 4-9pm Come One! Come All! Put on your cowboy boots, round up your family and friends & enjoy a BBQ, kids activities, pony rides, contests and entertainment fun for all ages! 604.790.0301

Vancouver Symphony Presents Tiny Tots Teddy Bears Musical Picnic May 29, Vancouver Playhouse Theatre May 30, Terry Fox Theatre, Port Coquitlam, 10 & 11:30am This playful show introduces children and families to the music of Claude Debussy where the audience will move along to classic “miniatures” of his most famous melodies. Sing-a-long favorites and musical games round out the fun. Children are encouraged to bring their own teddy bears to the concert. 604.876.3434 | www.vancouversymphony.ca Material Play Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver May 30, 12noon-3pm The CAG invites all ages to drop-in for short exhibition tours and free art making activities that respond to their current exhibitions. www.contemporaryartgallery.ca The Art of Capoeira with Axé Capoeira ArtStarts May 30, Vancouver & May 31, New Westminster, 11am & 1pm Join Axé Capoeira for an interactive educational tapestry of Brazilian history, culture, traditions and beliefs will entertain an audience of all ages. Admission is free. www.artstarts.com Plants and all their Parts! Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants, Richmond May 31, 10-11am Plants are fascinating organisms made up of all kinds of different parts: roots, shoots, leaves, flowers, bracts, petals, sepals, stamens, pistils, pollen & more! All of these parts play roles from nutrition, to photosynthesis, to reproduction. Learn about all these parts then make paper flowers to label & take home. www.phoenixperennials.com

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last look Chalk it Up to Fun! by Jodi Iverson

Warmer weather means we are playing outside! Hopscotch is a classic game that can be enjoyed by any age, solo or with a large group. Do you remember the rules? Use this simple tutorial to join your children and play like generations before you.

materials • Sidewalk Chalk • A stone or other object to use as a marker

make it! Step 1: Draw a classic 10-block Hopscotch grid in the three single, one double, one single, one double, finish pattern. Step 2: Ensure the squares are large enough to adequately fit a foot! Step 3: Asphalt, paver stones or concrete make the best canvas.

play it! • Player one tosses their marker onto square one, making sure the marker lands within the marked lines. • Player hops over the marked square, completes the course, turning around at #10 and returning to the beginning, again skipping over the marked square. • If you step on a line you lose your turn! • Player one passes the marker to the next player, who will attempt the course. • On player one’s next turn, they toss the marker to square two and repeat the process, always skipping the marked square. • First player to complete the course wins!

did you know? The first recorded references to Hopscotch date back to the late 17th century, but some believe an ancient form of the fame was played by Roman children! Variations of the game are played all around the world! In India it is called Stapu or Kith-Kith, in Israel it is called Klahss, and in Cuba and Puerto Rico it is called La Peregrina. The Guinness Book of World Records holder for the quickest game of Hopscotch is Ashrita Furman, who completed it in 68 seconds.

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