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The Local Guide for Active Urban Families

silly & spooky

halloween october 2012

fall fun • everything baby

mom Jennifer Hood westcoast




families westcoast


• everything baby • fall & halloween


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fall & halloween on our cover...

Cover Model Gabrielle is ready for Halloween with her Dorothy costume from Just Imagine…Fun Clothing Photographed by Dylan Doubt |

Everything Baby Insider Info What Can you Buy New or Used?

Everything Baby More Than Just a Birth Plan Midwife or Doula?

Halloween & Fall Fun Activities for the Whole Family

Modern Home Ec Fall Comfort Food





Halloween & Fall Style File Great Costume Ideas

Education Head Lice The Scourge of the Schools



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24 WCM Profile Jennifer Hood 26 Breast Cancer Research 26 WCM Feature Fitness for Moms 27 WCM Events

special pullout section

from the editor 6 Publisher’s Note 7 Contests 7 Readers Choice Awards 8 WestCoast Finds 18 WestCoast Walks Fraser/Kingsway 22 WCF News 38 Community Calendar 30 Last Look Chubby Owl

next issue nov/dec Winter Fun! holiday gift guide • readers’ choice results


October 2012


publisher’s note


brings so much more to the table than just status-quo and routine. Not only the bounty of amazing


autumn local produce like squash, carrots, apples and kiwi (yes, kiwi is now BC-grown!), but great

ack to School has come and gone, and everyone’s settling back into the routine of fall. But October


attractions and events too. October is a month to be both savoured and celebrated: dressing up for Hallowe’en, picking fresh apples in an orchard, slow cooking with autumn squash, and roasting fresh

pumpkin seeds in the oven. Although for many, fall may seem like a time to get cozy and stay inside, us West-Coasters like to celebrate the season and enjoy all that our great region has to offer. Check out the pages of this October issue for the Fall Fun Guide, to find dozens of ideas to keep you and the kids entertained. Also our new Modern Home Ec feature tells you what local produce to keep your eyes open for when you’re grocery shopping. We’ve included a few recipes as well so you can put that local seasonal produce to good use. If you’re a Hallowe’en creative genius, send us a photo of your darling all dressed up for trick or treating. We may feature their photo on our websites and you could win great prizes too. And don’t forget to take a few minutes to check out our Reader’s Choice Awards survey. Make sure you tell us your favourite people and places that cater to kids and families in the Lower Mainland. The grand prize is spectacular: an annual, family pass to 10 major attractions! October is also a great time for babies. The fall sends everyone back into nesting mode and maybe that’s why there are so many baby shows this time of year. To celebrate all the new and expecting moms, we’re including the 2012 WestCoast Baby Guide with this issue of WestCoast Families. If you’re not in baby mode yourself, you can pull the Baby Guide out of the centre and share it with a friend. We love October, and we hope this issue shares our passion for the beautiful fall season on the West Coast. Enjoy! Correction: The phone number published in the Sunflower Montessori advertisement in the September issue of WestCoast Families was incorrect. It should be 604-222-1114. Call or go to for

Managing Editor Andrea Vance Editor Stephanie MacDonald Contributing Editor Jodi Iverson Art Director & Layout Krysta Furioso Administration Jennifer Bruyns Accounts Receivable & Payable Jennifer Brule Advertising 604.249.2866 Published by National Families Network Publisher: Andrea Vance For distribution inquiries, please email For submissions to our community calendars, please email To share your feedback, please email

more information or to register your child.

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Contributors Stephanie MacDonald, Barb Pattison, Claudia Laroye, Andrea Vance, Krysta Furioso, Jodi Iverson, Jennifer Bruyns, Alex Iverson, Cora Boecker, Kristy Hill, Laura Patrick, Jason Goodnough, Jennifer Parisi WestCoast Families is an independent, regional parenting publication. Published nine times per year in British Columbia, Canada. Total circulation: 50,000. All contents copyrighted ©. Written permission from the publisher is required to reproduce, quote, reprint or copy any material from WestCoast Families For editorial submissions queries, please view the guidelines on our website. Mailing address: 1215-C56 St. Box 18057 Delta, BC V4L 2M4 T 604 249 2866 | F 604 676 2802

Visit for more great features and information for families: • expanded community calendar • resource listings • online only feature articles • contests 6

• advertising info

WestCoast Families is proud to have been selected as a mom-friendly employer for the 2010 Progressive Employers of Canada List. And congratulations to our fellow inductees!

contests! Wallnuts Fine Art and Design Package Win a consultation and three hours of work on your next interior design project from Wallnuts Fine Art and Design. From murals, to faux finishes, to children’s rooms, Christine Vorbek can give you the look you want, from antique to sophisticated, to playful, in any room of the house. Christine creates beautiful spaces, artwork and functional objects to brighten up any home. Value $400.00

Deadline to Enter: October 31, 2012 Enter at

Visit us online for new contests every issue! WestCoast Families Costume Contest When it comes to holidays, Hallowe’en rules them all. You get to dress up, you are encouraged to trick people, play with explosives, eat loads of sugar, stay up late, and you don’t have to be nice to a bunch of relatives or go to church (though you might have fun in the graveyard). If you are a parent of a baby, you get to put your oblivious baby into an adorable pumpkin suit and giggle. If you have older kids you get to work with them to express their princess, pirate, Lady Gaga, or psycho-killer alteregos in a society-appropriate way. We want to see what you did! So send in your, scariest, spookiest, most weird and outrageous kids costumes to, and we’ll pick a winner who will be applauded online as well as win some fantastic prizes!

Deadline to Enter: October 29, 2012 Enter at

families westcoast

is excited for the return of the 4th annual

readers choiceawards

Enter for your chance to WIN the ULTIMATE FAMILY PASS to major attractions throughout the Lower Mainland! The Ultimate Family Pass includes annual family passes to some of Greater Vancouver’s major attractions: • Playland • Vancouver Aquarium • Watermania • Science World readers • Vancouver Art Gallery • Capilano Suspension Bridge 2012 • Maplewood Farms • Fort Langley Historical Park • Britannia Mine Museum • Museum of Vancouver


September July/August 2012 777 October 2012 2012

westcoast finds halloween, fall fun, baby and more... Totful Memories I nvite the ghouls and goblins in your neighbourhood to celebrate the best day of the year at your haunted house with these Hallowe’en themed invitations from Totful Memories. Fully customizable, these invitations will appeal to both the old and young. And if you’re going to throw a party, you might as well go all out; Vancouver designer Tania has every kind of scary and whimsical party printable you will need, from cake toppers to candy apple sticks.

$15 on

Cabin + Cub Seasonal Coasters Summer may be gone for another year, but you can coast into fall with a libation and Cabin + Cubs lovely Winter Birch Cork Coaster Set. Made by designer Valerie Thai right here in Vancouver, these home accessories protect your table while protecting you from winter ennui (well, at least whatever is in your glass will). And when spring finally arrives, there’s also two leafy spring patterns to welcome the return of lemonade season. Visit Cabin + Cub’s Etsy page to see all Valerie’s charming wood-centric accessories for you home and your wardrobe.

Wallnuts Porcelain Knobs Anyone who’s watched 15 minutes of HGTV knows the easiest way to give your space an economical facelift is by changing those tacky brass knobs on your cupboards and dressers. You can give your home an extra boost of creative flair with hand painted Wallnuts porcelain knobs. Lovingly created by Christine Vorbeck, who also specializes in wall murals and hand painted decorative furniture, these knobs are certain to freshen up any space with the minimum of effort from yourself

Pockets of Paper Treat Bags Even if your baking adventures are more terrifying than a Stephen King novel, the results will look appropriately Hallowe’eny and enticing when your cupcakes are costumed in Pockets Of Paper’s lovely Hallowe’en Orange Damask Wrappers. These are so pretty you could probably even stick healthy carrot muffins in there and they would still be gobbled up. The secret? Lots of icing, lots of Smarties, and fanciful, stylish wrappers like these, perfect for your next bake sale.

editor’s pick

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Sleep with the Elephants Elephants are rumoured to be very wise and unforgetting, and little children are, well, cute and stuff. Meld these two qualities into your babe’s bedroom décor with the “Dream Big” pillow from Mitani Designs. One hundred percent organic cotton front and supersoft bamboo/cotton fleece on the underside, this pillow is as comfy and healthy as it is attractive. The charming and creative pattern means your child can go to sleep inspired to dream of a safari and wake up remembering everything.

$115 at


Miou Knitted Clothing Though made with love, Granny’s itchy sweaters were usually reserved for throwing on five seconds before she stepped through the door. With the same classic, handmade quality and style, Miou knitwear is made from baby alpaca – the softest, warmest and most comfortable material around. Designed by a transplanted French designer and produced by artisans in Peru, you can feel as comfortable about supporting this innovative company as your child feels all bundled up in their new chic knits.

From $59 on or at Redfish Kids, Beansprouts, and Saf and Benjamin

October 2012


everything baby

insider info

New or Used? That is the question...

by Stephanie MacDonald

We all want the absolute best for our kids, but let’s face it: babies are not cheap! Regardless of your budget, buying everything new all the time isn’t exactly great for our landfill/environmental situation. Buying used can allow you to afford some baby items and brands that may be out of reach new, while keeping these things out of the landfill – a win-win. However, you have to be very aware of current safety standards and regulations when you make your choices.

If you are searching high and low for that thrilling circular baby walker on wheels you had when you were two, you are going to be out of luck. The helicopter-governing Canadian regulators banned those back in the 80’s after too many babies ended up flying down staircases. But many items like playpens and furniture are perfectly okay to get used if you use some common sense and the right resources. If in doubt, check out or for information on product recalls.

ok to get used… Item

What to check/watch out for

Clothes and shoes

Secure buttons and zippers, no drawstrings


Put through dishwasher or washing machine, check for chipped paint, lead paint or small chocking hazards. Also check recalls

Playpens (with caution)

Made after 2000, no tears in mesh, sturdy bottom and mattress


Made after 2007, comes with instruction manual, is sturdy and smooth-riding


No paint chips, sturdy

Baby tubs

No mildew smell

High chair (with caution) 5-Point harness system, no removeable tray or arms that lift tray above baby’s head


NOT ok to get used… Item



New rules came in at the end of 2011, older models now considered unsafe, especially ones with sides that slide up.

Breast Pumps


Car Seat

You can never be certain that the car seat hasn’t been involved in a previous crash, even if it looks fine.


Old-fashioned walkers are dangerous

October 2012


everything baby

More Than Just a Birth Plan Is a Midwife or Doula Right for You? by Kristy Hill


eing pregnant is a lot of work. On top of coping with the difficulties of an increasing bump, and all the physical side effects that comes with it, there is a lot to think about and many choices to make. When should you stop working? Natural birth or epidural? Home or hospital birth? Deliver in water or bed? Family members welcome or not? Midwife or doula, or both? Both midwifes and a doulas add a very personal level of care to your pregnancy, labour and delivery, and postpartum experience. If you are planning a home birth, water birth, or are interested in a labour that has little to no medical intervention, using a midwife, a doula, or both could be the perfect fit for you. What is a Midwife? In B.C., midwives are licenced, medical professionals and are fully covered by MSP. Midwives provide all necessary medical, science-based care and monitor the health of you and your baby. They ensure you and your baby are healthy. Midwives are trained to administer prenatal tests, prescribe supplements or medications, perform physical examinations and handle emergency situations during delivery. Midwives will deliver your baby, and can do so either within your home, or at the hospital of your choice. Many parents-to-be use a midwife in place of a doctor or OB, particularly when choosing a home birth. By choosing a midwife, you are often provided with an extra level of personal care and are provided a trusting, caring, familiar relationship, making the pregnancy and labour process a lot less daunting. Their care is provided from the onset of pregnancy, through all three trimesters, labour, and birth, and up to three months postpartum. Visit the College of Midwives of BC website for a complete list of practicing midwives (

What is a Doula? Doulas provide continuous emotional and physical support during pregnancy and birth to you and your partner. Doulas are not medical professionals and do not deliver your baby. From the start of your pregnancy, you will form a relationship with your doula, who should be someone you feel comforted and relaxed by. Your doula will know all the details of your birth plan, preferences for procedures, will know how you want to work through pain, and will be your advocate during your labour. Your doula will have a set of tools and techniques to help you work through and cope with the intensity of labour and to avoid as much medical intervention as possible. She will make suggestions on labouring and birthing positions, and help keep you and your partner feeling calm and supported. Your doula isn’t meant to replace your partner, but to inform and encourage your partner, who could be feeling overwhelmed, nervous and unsure of how to comfort and support you best. Your doula becomes a trusted, familiar person during a very intense, often scary time. A doula can also be ideal for single expecting mothers who won’t have a partner with them.

the best labour experience possible. By using both, you will be given well-deserved, full-supported care. Some things to consider when you a choosing a midwife or doula Style and philosophy: • Is this someone you would be comfortable and relaxed with in an intimate setting, like the birth of your baby? • How hands off, or on, do you want their care to be? • What do you envision your time together to be like? • What kind of a role will the baby’s father and siblings have? • Do you have any spiritual and/or religious preferences for your pregnancy or labour? • How much experience do they have in a particular birth style (such as home births, water births or hospital births). Logistics:

You doula will also be your postpartum support as you establish breastfeeding and cope with the emotional intensity of the postpartum period. Visit the Doula Services Association website to find a doula that’s right for you. (

• How long will it take your doula/midwife to get to you when labour starts?

Why use Both?

• What kind of postpartum care and support will you receive?

A midwife and a doula have very different roles in your pregnancy and birth. While your midwife focuses on ensuring your baby is born safely, your doula will provide you and your partner the emotional support and guidance through the process. A midwife and doula will respect each other’s position and can work together to create

• What is their on-call period? • Do they have a back-up person in case of emergency?

It is great to have options when you’re going through such an important time of your, and your baby’s, life, and having the right support team beside you can make all the difference in your birth journey.

See the Baby Guide or for great resources and websites for Midwives and Doulas.


Get out there and enjoy these super fun, Halloween and Fall activities!

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The leaves are falling, and the beach has stopped calling, this can mean only one thing: Halloween is almost upon us. Creeping slowly towards us like an unstoppable psycho evil zombie bloodthirsty werewolf… until we’re fully in it’s clutches and… having a great time eating sugary junk food and terrifying ourselves silly. Halloween brings out the most horrifying spooks and ghouls in the Lower Mainland to stalk those still living, and it also involves fun pumpkin patches, kiddie parties, and fireworks too. There’s no excuse not to drag this Halloween out all month with this many options to have fun. Check out this list of places to get your pumpkin, your hayride, or your pants scared off. Don’t say we didn’t warn you! Muuuaahahahahahah!


Pumpkin Patch at Aldor Acres Aldor Acres Farm, Langley Applebarn, Pumpkin Farm Apple Barn, Abbotsford Until October 31 from Wednesday-Saturday, open until 8pm

Kilby Kid’s Halloween Party Kilby Historic Site, Harrison Mills October 27 & 28 Back by popular demand, this year’s theme will be “Harry Potter Halloween!” Enter the site through Platform 9¾; check out the wares in Diagon Alley, Take in a Potions Class, and much more! Wizards and Muggles alike are invited to Hogwarts for a fun-filled, magical time! Adults: $9, Youth/ Students: $7, Children (5 year of age & under): Free & Family: $24 604.796.9576 |

Hazelmere Pumpkin Patch Gabriel Farms, Surrey

Ongoing until October 31, 9am-5pm Come to the farm for hayrides, displays and activities for only $7 per person (walking age and older). $30/family. Pumpkins sold separately by size.

Pick your own pumpkins, try the jumping pillow, tractor trail, zip lines and slides, petting barn and corn-maze! Children under 2 are free. Please see web site for details.

604.888.0788 |

604.853.3108 |

Halloween Ghost Train Stanley Park

PNE Fright Nights PNE Fairgrounds October 17 to 31, 6pm-late, nightly Face your phobias at FEAR, the brand new fright house at Fright Nights. Fright Night possesses Playland and features 6 fright houses, 13 rides, the Monsters of Schlock and their terrifying comedy act plus other horrifying comedy shows and attractions. Fright Nights is a Halloween experience for the lovers of freak, horror and terror. Check online for ticket prices.

October 5-31, Sunday –Thursday, 6pm-10pm & weeknds, 6-11pm The train has left the station and there’s no turning back! You’re in the deep dark woods now! Might as well just bite the apple, hang on to your beanstalk and spot as many golden eggs as you can. Come see what’s crawling up Rapunzel’s hair and why the fairy Godmother looks so hungry, and if the Pied Piper really thinks you’re going to follow him into that tunnel? Just remember, never trust the trolls and never, ever, look up to a witch... unless she’s 12 feet tall! Matinee train from 11am-3pm ($5). 604.257.8531

Weekends only, 10am-5pm (some extended hours-please call!) Come and enjoy country at its best at the Hazelmere Pumpkin Patch. This pumpkin patch is filled with many fun, family activities including U-pick pumpkins and gourds, hayrides, petting zoo, mini corn maze, face painting, concession and more! Come October 13, 20 & 27 until 9pm for Pumpkin Picking in the dark! Bring your family and your flashlights and join in on the fun. Children 2 and under enter free. Pumpkins are extra and priced by size. 604.992.7748

Halloween Carnival & Spooky Graveyard

Critter Capers –Case of the Mysterious Bones

Coal Harbour Community Centre

Burnaby Lake Regional Park

October 28, 10am-1pm

October 20, 1–4pm

Join in on this fun, hair-raising afternoon and get into the spooky spirit! Enjoy creepy crafts, terrifying treats, tombstone tumbling, eerie entertainment and much more! Wear your costume and visit the spooky graveyard. Pre-registration is recommended, as space is limited. Parent participation is required. $6/child (2-7 years).

Strange bones have been found in the forest. Are you daring enough to follow the trail, use forensic entomology, and examine bite marks to find who the bones belong to and how they got there? Allow one hour to solve the mystery. Ages 6+ Free, drop in.

604.718.8222 |


Halloween Howl

Children’s Halloween Festival

Maan Farms

West End Community Centre

Bear Creek Park Train, Surrey

790 McKenzie Road, Abbotsford

October 27, 10am-12noon

October 6-31, 10am-5pm

Daily 9am-6pm

Spooky crafts, scary games, ghoulish fun, mini haunted house, bouncy castle and treats. Wear your costume for a howling good time! $5/child. Stay after for a Skate with the Pumpkin 11:45am1pm.*Registered children FREE, Parent/ Guardian $2.00, Skate Rentals extra.

Take the train ride through the Halloween Forest display, play games, make special spooky crafts and get a candy treat. Take home a farm-fresh pumpkin. Kids 2-12 $7 & adults $9.50. Check online for an evening train ride for the older kids.

Petting Zoo, U-pick, children’s playground, mazes and other family fun activities including Papa Jo’s A-maze-ing Maze. Flash-Light Nights every Thursday, Friday & Saturday in October from dusk9pm. Access to pumpkin patch is free, and kids under 2 are free.

604.257.8333 | www.vancouver .ca

Halloween in the Forest Surrey Nature Centre October 27, 10am–2pm Follow the Forest Fairy as she introduces you to owls, bats and other creatures of the night! Dare to identify mystery items using only your sense of touch and bring home your very own pumpkin from the pumpkin patch. This outdoor event is perfect for families with children aged 5-8. Rain or shine! $5 per child.

604.501.1232 |

604.864.5723 |

Ghost Ridge Albion Fairgrounds October 25 Come to the annual Ghost Ridge Haunted House at the Albion Fairgrounds for spooky fun for the whole family. This annual event is a fundraiser for local charities.

Pumpkin Power 2012 Surrey Museum October 27, 12noon-2pm Like pumpkins? Here’s your chance to view, decorate, and eat them! Come in costume, design your own take-home Jack-o’-Lantern, do crafts, and taste some pie, then take part in the Cloverdale Halloween Costume Parade. All Ages. Drop in, Admission by donation. 604.592.6956 |

Haunted Farm Historic Stewart Farm, Surrey October 27, 7-8:30pm

Haunted Village Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel October 26-28, 6-9pm Come have fun with vampires, mummies and more! Witches will welcome you to explore the village in the dark of night. Tickets $9 - $14 604.297.4565

Wear your costume and join in for a fun and spooky guided tour through the farm. Please pre-register. 1 session is $15 and appropriate for 7-11 year olds. 604.592.6956 |

Pumpkin Power Surrey Museum October 29, 12noon–2:00pm

Fish Or Treat, A Halloween Sleepover Vancouver Aquarium October 27 Trick or treat, smell my feet, and give me something good to eat. Start your halloween celebrations early and join us at the Vancouver Aquarium for a spooky filled adventure through our galleries. Legend has it that on Halloween the past meets the present. Bring your costumes to go trick or treating on a night stalkers tour where you will join other families in a quest to find the elusive ghost of Joshua Brown, a former aquarist. End the night of safe trick and treating fun and bed down in Arctic Canada with our magical Beluga Whales. Cost per participant (age 6+)is $98 or $78 for members. Preregistration is required. 604.659.3552 |

Design your own take-home Jack O’Lantern, do crafts, and taste some pie while watching the Cloverdale costume parade. Drop in, Admission by donation 604.592.6956 |

Family Fright at the Fort Fort Langley Historic Site Creepy creatures, ghostly campfire stories, and a hay bale maze to crawl through! Wear your Halloween costume and trick-or-treat in the spooky old fort, choose a pumpkin from the patch to carve, and walk through the “Haunted Servants’ Quarters,” if you dare. Meet lots of insects and reptiles at the Cinemazoo Creepy Creatures shows at 2 pm, 4 pm, and 6 pm. Pick up a snack or dinner from the Monster’s Menu at The Full Barrel Café. Admission is $11.70 per person (ages 3-99). Free (age 2 and under) or free admission with your Fort Langley National Historic Site Annual Pass. 604.513.4777

Reapers Haunted Attraction & Maze of Terror 9423 Gibson Rd , Chilliwack

Farm Fall Harvest

October 5-7 & 12-14, 7-9pm then nightly October 18-31, 7-9pm

Laity Pumpkin Patch, Maple Ridge

For the older kids (8+) check out the scary Reapers attraction, or for the younger kids, there is a pumpkin patch and corn maze. Reapers-$10, corn maze-$9 or both-$17. Receive $1. Reapers dollars with a canned food item for the Salvation Army, to be used at the concession for food or merchandise.

See the animals, take a tractor-wagon ride, fairy tale trails and pick your own pumpkin to take home. Weave your way through the corn maze, shop the farmers’ market and more! $4/person, kids under two are free.

Season opens October 3, M-F, 1:30-5pm & Wknds & holidays, 9:30am-5pm

604.467.4302 |

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Inside our 13th Annual Baby Guide: contests, features and cool finds for expectant and new moms & dads


t’s here: We’re thrilled to present the 13th annual WestCoast Baby Guide, full of valuable local information homegrown in the Lower Mainland.

This year we’re back with a renewed energy! We have a new logo and look and a new website too. We’ve got expanded distribution so we can reach all the new and expecting parents, and all new editorial features to entertain and inform you. This Baby Guide is full of relevant, timely, local articles that are meaningful and positive. We had so much great information and fun to share that we’re filling up our website too. If you don’t see what you’re looking for in the resource pages here, go to and check out the hundreds of baby friendly listings that are there for you.

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Cover Model Sophia is an adventurous and chatty one year old. Sophie enjoys swimming, playing with her cousins and helping Daddy work on his motorcycle.

As usual, the Baby Guide has amazing prizes to be won. Just enter at and you could win in our spectacular Baby Guide giveaways. Looking for a deal? Check out the discount and special offer coupons at the back of the Guide to save big! A big thank you to the advertisers who support the Baby Guide each year. We ask you to look at their ads and support them in return so we can continue to provide you with this free publication and great information. We wish you all the best as you enter into babyhood… whether for the first time or the third. Slow it down, and enjoy every moment.

Photographed by Eclipse Photography Managing Editor, Andrea Vance Editor, Stephanie MacDonald Contributing Editor , Jodi Iverson Art Director & Layout, Krysta Furioso Administration, Jennifer Bruyns Accounts Receivable & Payable, Jennifer Brule Advertising,

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Cool Finds Fun and practical, everything you need (or want!) for baby

Free Your Baby The Car Seat is Best Reserved for the Car

Pediatric Head Shape Management

Coupons! Special Offers for Our Readers

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Contests Enter to win some great prizes for you, your home and of course BABY Help You Can Bank On BC Women’s Hospital Breast Milk Bank Saves Babies’ Lives

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cool finds Cleansing Cuteness We are perfectly aware that you, as a new parent, are 100 percent convinced that your baby is the cutest baby on the planet and could not get any cuter. No one is about to dispute the first assertion, but picture your little one splashing away in a Blooming Bath baby tub. How adorable would that be? These soft tubs protect little noggins while providing comfort to even the most water-adverse infant. You get to swoon at Captain Cute-tastic and he gets to stop smelling like a stinky baby. Everyone wins!

Baby’s World in Coquitlam or

The Good Kind of Sticky Bellies “My baby already has a sticky belly,” you say. Fortunately, we are not talking about whatever stuff your kid has been rolling around in; these Sticky Bellies Stickers stick right on your little one to indicate how many months old they were at the time you took their photo. Available in colours and patterns for both boys and girls, they also have a weeks option to stick on your baby bump to chart your progress.

$15 on

A Face Book for Baby Some friends and relatives you only see a couple of times a year, and if it wasn’t for Facebook, even you would forget what they look like. Children have an even harder time, so help them remember Grandpa and Great Auntie Edna between visits with Pinhole Press’ Book of Names and Faces. Simply send in your photos with captions and you can send baby off to sleep at night with a book that puts names to all those familiar faces (even if they secretly think all old people look alike, they’ll learn recognize the ones they know).

From $85 on

Down with the Hospital Gown As life-changing, powerful, and incredible the experience of giving birth is, if you’re in a hospital while you’re doing it, chances are, you are experiencing this epic event wearing a hideously unflattering green smock with your butt sticking out of it. You don’t stand for this kind of fashion faux pas in normal life, why now? Dressed to Deliver makes birthing gowns that not only look like attractive dresses, but are equipped with discreet snaps and closures for the labour room and nursing. Perfect for all those inevitable newborn photos, and so pretty and comfortable you’ll want to keep it around even after the big event.

$80 on

Dri-Pad Despite what horrors may be lurking inside your baby’s diaper, keep the environment of your changing table and crib as attractive as possibly with Driline Baby’s Dri-Pads. In fun and colourful patterns, and with a fully washable and durable construction, you can face every diaper change with confidence, at least in your eye for quality design in your changing accessories.

Hip Baby and Active Baby

Monkey Mat It can be difficult to enjoy your sandwich in the park while you’re watching your baby pass up her Cheerios for the far more interesting month-old chewing gum and grass-clipping entrée. Blankets are bulky and inconvenient, but with a lightweight Monkey Mat, you can just pull it out of its pouch and you have a clean surface to lunch on in no time. Monkey Mats are so portable you can keep one in the stroller, one in the car, and be able to put your kids down anywhere. Hotel lobby floor? No problem. The airport floor? Not so scary anymore!

$40 at


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Bobee Diaper Dispenser

Ubbi Diaper Pail

You have to avoid dropping baby on her head, dodge Jr.’s vertical pee-pee stream, deal with flailing limbs and dirty wipes… sometimes changing a baby takes serious skills. Make it as easy as possible by having everything at your fingertips with Bobee’s Diaper Dispenser. It hangs right on your wall and gives you easy access to wipes and diapers right where you need them, and comes with different colours of decals to fit in with the décor of any nursery room.

The international treaty that prohibits humans polluting up outer space with our garbage really should have made an exception for dirty diapers. Since rockets are out of the question, the next best option is the Ubbi Diaper Pail. Made of steel, in a charming array of colours, the Ubbi doesn’t smell, has durable rubber seals that don’t leak, and uses regular kitchen garbage bags, which saves you money in the long run. It will look and smell good on the outside, no matter what is polluting up the inside, and space stays clean another day.

$50 at

$80 at

Bright Starts Playard Sometimes there’s just stuff you have to do without a baby on your hip. Deboning a mackerel, doing taxes, deep frying, weed whacking; all require you to put baby down for a little bit, preferably in a safe place where he or she can’t hurt themselves or destroy the house. When Baby has to go to baby jail, make sure it’s a really nice place, like the Bright Starts Ingenuity EasyWash Playard. Comfy and safe, and featuring colourful themes like “Sunny Safari,”“Blossomy Blooms” and more, your baby might just not want to leave.

$190 at

Sole Delight Soothing Foot Scrub Jealous of your baby’s soft and adorable little feet; those chubby little morsels that just invite you to kiss them all day long? All Things Jill’s Sole Delight Smoothing Foot Scrub doesn’t promise to make your tired tootsies into baby feet (that would look weird), but it will buff away those tough layers of outer skin to reveal fresh, invigorated new feet that may not inspire kisses, but appreciative glances are much less awkward, anyways.

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Free Your Baby! The Car Seat is Best Reserved for the Car By Cora Boecker from Langley Child Development Centre


o give your baby the best possible experience to learn, grow, develop, and relate to others, you may wish to ask yourself some simple questions:

across the province are noting an increase in the number of infants seen with flattening on the side or back of their heads as a result of lying in one position for too long.

• Would you rather enjoy the company of others while sitting across from them; or sitting on the floor looking up at them? • Would you rather nap while lying down; or in a sitting position? • Would you rather be as close as possible to your loved one; or separated at a distance?

While the International Chiropractors Association supports the correct use of child passenger safety seats, they also emphasize that “these seats are not designed ergonomically for long term use inside the vehicle or for support while outside the vehicle and recommends not using these for such purposes.”

If your baby could talk, their answers would be the same as yours. Busy schedules combined with modern innovations have resulted in a generation of babies spending a significant amount of their first six months of life in car seats. The invention of car seat bases made it more convenient to remove the car seat from the car than to remove the baby from the car seat. Most strollers are now sold as “travel systems” accommodating the use of the infant car seat with one easy “click” rather than having to undo and redo buckles. Car seats are often seen in shopping carts despite the statement from American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) that “parents and caregivers should never place an infant carrier on top of the shopping cart” as they are not designed to safely transport them. But modern conveniences come with a price. Frequent and extended use of car seats (as well as infant swings and bouncy seats) can contribute to delays in gross motor development (rolling, creeping, crawling) and have been cited as a contributing cause of the rise in positional plagiocephaly, also known as “flat head syndrome.” The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (CHHD) and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests that infants “should spend minimal time in car seats (when not a passenger in a vehicle) to prevent positional plagiocephaly from occurring.” Cranial distortion resulting from time in ‘baby equipment’ has been shown to be more severe than in children who develop plagiocephaly from lying on their backs on a mattress. Since the “Back to Sleep” campaign was implemented by the American Academy of Pediatrics in 1992, it has become even more important to balance the time a baby spends on their back (when asleep), with time in prone (on their tummy), and being held upright when awake. Remember: “back to sleep, tummy for play”. Infant Development Programmes, Pediatrician offices, and hospital clinics

Dr. Parm Rai of Rai Chiropractic in Langley reports that extended use of the car seat is a concern for a number of reasons; including misalignment of the upper cervicals (neck) caused by the child’s head being rotated for extended periods of time in the same position, pressure on lower back/sacrum from being in a forced flexed position, head flattening, as well as sensory deprivation from a lack of movement, eye contact, touch and verbal interaction. Additionally, the use of car seats outside of cars can have a negative impact on the parents’ back health as they carry up to 30 pounds of seat and baby. This is especially true for mothers who still have instability throughout their joints related to pregnancy. What can you do instead? Leave the car seat in the car and take your baby out. If using a stroller with a bassinet attachment, lay your baby down so they can stretch out and sleep or use one that reclines to support your baby in a sitting position, giving them a greater view of their surrounding world than the car seat allows. When possible, hold your baby or carry them in a sling or soft baby carrier (babywearing). Think of the very different experience that two babies will have while going for a “walk” with their parents – one from their car seat stroller system and one being carried in a soft baby carrier or sling. Babywearing is the earliest and most basic “travel system” around, and has many well researched benefits for both the parent and baby. Babies who are carried cry less, have better digestion, sleep better and have more secure attachments with their caregiver. The increased proximity to people allows a baby to develop socially as they study facial expressions, learn language faster and become more familiar with body language. Their internal systems are more organized as the rhythm of the caregiver’s heartbeat has a balancing and soothing effect on them. Babywearing positively impacts a baby’s gross motor development as the movement of the parent helps to establish balance and muscle tone. Babies who are carried have all of their basic needs met as their caregiver can be seen, heard, smelled and touched. Baby wearing has also been shown to have a positive effect on mothers whose oxytocin levels increase through physical contact with the infant, leading to a greater bond, easier breastfeeding and lowering the incidence of postpartum depression. Langley Pediatrician, Dr. Glen Ward, agrees with encouraging parents to limit the use of car seats as baby carriers. Holding and carrying children allows the infant to be involved in interactions with parents and others around them which helps promote optimal child health and development. “Using a sling is like having an extra set of hands. It allows me to bond with my baby while I walk, talk, laugh, work and play. The benefits of the touch, warmth, and movement my baby experiences while in the sling far outweigh the convenience that a stroller or plastic carrier provides” says Dorothy Huston, Mother and Infant Development Consultant. Remember how your baby would answer the questions above if given the chance. Give your babies the same opportunities for interaction with others that you would want for yourself. The infant period is a short period of time but such an important one for development– you can make the difference by leaving the car seat in the car!


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Help You Can Bank On BC Women’s Hospital Breast Milk Bank Saves Babies’ Lives By Stephanie MacDonald


reast is Best.” Whether nursing is the joyous and ecstatic bonding experience pictured on the Le Leche League pamphlet, or frustrating, or practically impossible, in Canada we’ve all learned the benefits of breastfeeding. For most of us it’s also cheaper than formula, and you never have to worry about getting to the park and discovering you’ve left your breasts at home on the kitchen counter.

of the hospital, as well as to babies outside the hospital provided they have a prescription from a doctor or midwife. Moms from all walks of life, from all over the mainland energetically sing the praises of this little institution, which has saved and enhanced the lives of so many babies for the last 30 years. In 2011 the bank had over 2,000 recipients, processed over 60,000 ounces and received milk from 140 donors.

The World Health Organization, The American and Canadian Pediatric Associations all strongly recommend breastfeeding if you can possibly do it. But some important new research is in and it’s clear: for premature infants in the neonatal ICU, the use of donated human breast milk actually saves babies’ lives. Apart from the known benefits to the immune system, brain development and reduction of allergies, human milk is now proven to prevent a deadly infection called necrotizing entercolitis – one of the most common causes of death in preemies. But what if your baby is born so early that your milk hasn’t come in? What if you had a breast reduction or other condition that severely limits your ability to produce milk for your baby?

This program has been so successful that it has become the basis for many studies and a model for two more milk banks that have recently opened in Calgary and in Toronto, and many more across the United States.

Well if you live in Vancouver, you’re lucky. Though there were once over 23 milk banks across the country, due to the tainted blood epidemic, by 1980 there was only one in Canada – the BC Women’s Milk Bank in Vancouver. This milk bank provides pasteurized breast milk to babies in the neonatal care ward

But obviously the milk has to come from somewhere. How is the bank funded? Who donates? And how? How can new mothers who want to donate get involved? WCF asked these questions to Frances Jones, Coordinator for the BC Women’s Milk Bank and Lactation Programs. WestCoast Families: The Canadian Pediatric Society firmly stated their position that not only was donated breast milk the “best option for the treatment of neonates,” but the effect of reducing gastro-intestinal complications would more than offset the costs of the milk bank operations. Has this had any positive effect on your government funding? Has the publicity raised the number of new mothers donating milk? Frances Jones: Whereas it is wonderful that the CPS has developed a positive statement in support of milk banking, I think there are a number of factors that have increased awareness of donor milk banking. The internet and greater access for both consumers and medical professionals to a wide range of information has helped raise the profile of donor milk banking. As information spreads, the number of donors calling us increases. The Milk Bank is funded through the BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre operating budget, as well as through the generosity of donors to the BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre Foundation. WCF: What are the most common barriers to mothers who would like to donate, and is anything being done to address them? FJ: All donors must complete a screening process similar to blood screening. We follow the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) Guidelines. The most common reasons we are unable to accept donors is due to regular medication use and travel in Britain and Europe during certain times. We are currently redeveloping our website in order to make it easier for donors and others to access current information. We also request that donors be able to donate a minimum of three litres of milk, due to the cost of the screening process. WCF: Hypothetically, of course, if donations for the neonatal patients exceeded the requirements, would you be able to expand the facility? For example can you foresee a time when would milk ever be made available (perhaps for an affordable cost) for adoptive parents, or perhaps gay male parents of newborns? FJ: Our pasteurized milk is dispensed on physician order on medical priority. We have provided milk in the past to both adoptive and same sex parents in times of plenty. We recognize the cost of donor milk is expensive but we currently charge a partial cost recovery fee for processing of milk in order to enable us to keep supplying milk. This fee is not charged to children who are patients in BC Women’s and BC Children’s Hospitals. For more information about the Milk Bank, please call 604-875-2282 for donor information, 604-875-2424 ext. 7634 for recipient information, or visit http://www.

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Pediatric Head Shape Management By Laura Patrick and Jason Goodnough


id you know that as many as one in every 60 infants may develop deformational plagiocephaly – also known as “flat-head syndrome”?

What is Deformational Plagiocephaly (DP)? Plagiocephaly is derived from the Greek words meaning “Oblique Head”. This term is generally used to describe three types of positional head shape asymmetries that persist past the age of six weeks. These asymmetries are caused by prolonged external pressure to the infant head.

and tracking problems. There is also some concern that there may be an increased risk of ear infections. At the jaw level there is concern about long-term joint movement problems and jaw asymmetry that could lead to chewing challenges. Some practitioners have also expressed concern about the difficulty of fitting protective headgear such as bicycle and hockey helmets with these asymmetries. Unfortunately, the literature is very unclear in this area so these concerns are mostly anecdotal and unsubstantiated. More research is definitely needed.

There are also much more subtle ways DP can occur. If babies spend prolonged periods of time with the back of their head pressed against surfaces such as strollers, swings and car seats then they also may be at increased risk of developing DP. In 1994 Pediatricians initiated a very successful program. In an effort to reduce the incidence of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) a program called “Back to Sleep” was developed and promoted to new parents. Since it’s initiation this program has reduced SIDS deaths by more than 50% when compared to 1988 levels. “Back to Sleep” and the newest version “Safe Sleep” remains the safest way for babies to sleep to this day. However, inadvertently these programs, though much safer for our children, have increased the rate of head shape deformity substantially. A 1996 study found an increase in DP from one in 300 in 1974 to one in 60 in 1996 as a result. With the positive results of these programs babies will continue to sleep on their backs. Our concern now is whether there are any resulting medical issues for a baby with head shape asymmetry? Concerns about DP Aside from cosmetic concerns, certain long-term heath risks are thought to be increased with significant head shape asymmetry. The primary areas for concern are with respect to the eyes, ears and jaw development. If the cranial bones are misshapen, then the orientation of the eyes may be affected, leading to visual disturbances

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Babies 0-5 months: • Focus on education and awareness • Monitoring of head shape • Counter positioning • Positions for sleep and play - tummy time Babies over 5months:

Parents do need to know that DP is expected to improve with age, even without intervention.

• Moderate to severe DP are referred to an orthotist for consultation re. need for headband (cranial remodeling orthosis)

How is DP Treated?

• Continues intervention for strength and positions in sleep and play

What causes DP? The infant skull is very malleable, so anytime an external force acts on the head for a prolonged time it will alter its shape. Situations where babies may be less mobile and remain in one position for extended periods have been shown to contribute to head shape asymmetries. These situations may include multiple or premature births.

the family on counter positioning, strengthening and stretching exercises that should be performed daily.

Early intervention is key. If asymmetries remains after six weeks of age talk to your family doctor regarding a referral to a head shape management program. It’s best to initiate treatment by two months of age. What happens then? Physiotherapy Mild head shape concerns should be monitored every two to three weeks by a physiotherapist with experience treating DP. Physiotherapists address restrictions in the baby’s ability to move their head around as well as provide advice on positions for sleep, play and carrying positions. Physiotherapists also screen for more serious skull problems and baseline cranial measurements are taken so that progress can be accurately tracked. Depending on the age and severity of the head shape asymmetry, the physiotherapist will recommend and educate

Tummy Time You’ve heard it a thousand times – tummy time is so important! Not only for maintaining head shape but also for building a strong foundation for their motor milestones. If your baby does not tolerate tummy time on the floor, it’s ok to do a modified version to help build their strength. Try having your baby lie on your chest, over your thighs or in a “football hold” Get down on the floor with your baby and keep them entertained during their hard work. Babies love faces and bright and musical toys. Gradually build up the amount of time your baby spends in tummy time and work it into a routine – after a diaper change, upon waking up from a nap.

• Close monitoring in conjunction with orthotist Cranial Remodeling Orthosis (CRO) or Orthotic Helmets Treatment with an Orthotic Helmet may be discussed with the family if significant DP persists into the fourth month of age despite parent and physiotherapist’s best efforts. CRO’s are a very low risk treatment option that is best initiated between the ages of four and six months. They have been shown to be effective in reducing head shape asymmetry in children as young as three months and as old as 18 months. Each helmet must be custom designed by a Certified Orthotist and followed-up diligently for the entire course of treatment to ensure optimal effectiveness. CRO’s are typically worn 23 hours a day for three to five months. Luckily, this occurs at a time when babies are very accepting of the treatment. CRO’s work by providing gentle contact on the high points of the head while providing space for the flattened skull regions to expand into, as the head grows normally during this time. CRO treatment is a big commitment for parents as it will require many visits to the Orthotist. Your Doctor or Therapist can recommend an Orthotist who is experienced in treating DP in your nearest community. For more information contact Kids Physio, Synergy Orthopedic Group.

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MATERNITY NEW & CONSIGNMENT Baby Planet Boutique Online 888.823.6129 | Bellies in Bloom Catering exclusively to expectant moms… before and after the big event! Victoria & Online 250.479.0803 Blissfulbabes Nursing Wear Boomers & Echoes North Vancouver 604.984.6163 | Bravado Designs Online 800.590.7802 | Corsierre 3-in-1 Nursing Bra Upgrade Online 877.612.5477 | Flirty Maternity Maple Ridge 604.657.7333 | Forever Yours Lingerie 604.532.1933 | Hazel & Co./Jools Vancouver | Little Earth Vancouver 778.737.7004 | Mooternity Nursing Fashions Online 778.838.1707 | Nummies Nursing Bras Room for 2 Maternity & Baby Vancouver 604.255.0508 | The Classic Closet Consignment Boutique Surrey 778-395-8290

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Baby on Board Baby gear, accessories, and strollers since 2005. Richmond store and online. 604.273.0884 | Baby Planet Boutique Online 888.823.6129 | Bamboletta Dolls Online Bamboobino Online 604.551.3882 | Better Baby Bums Eco Friendly and organic products for the whole family. Burnaby and Online 604.430.3672 | Bug in a Rug Online 519.856.1373 | Camelot Kids Granville Island 800.746.2230 | Cards By Kids Online 604.987.4187 | Childish Notions Online 877.968.4667| The Fort Toy Box Fort Langley 604.882.8697 | Happy Baby Daily Needs Canadian baby online store: Mommy’s healthy choice. Online 604.714.0387 | Hip Baby Sustainability, value, function, and a whole lot of style. Vancouver and online. 604.736.8020 |

Knotty Toys Granville Island 604.683.7854 | Just Imagine Fun Clothing Vancouver 604.222.3523 | Kaboodles Toy Store Kitsilano & Granville Island Kidsbooks Multiple locations My Little Mousie Premium German baby and toddler toys for the most important person in your life. Online. 855.566.8743 | New Mom Registry New and expecting parents receive free gifts, coupons, parent information and much more. Lower Mainland. Peapod Creations Multiple locations & Online Pedagogy Toys New Westminster 604.522.1003| Sage Creek Naturals Online 877.513.2183 | Terra Kids Toys 604.598.8697 | Toy Traders Langley 604.532.9516 The Toybox Vancouver 604.738.4322 The Village Toy Shop Port Moody 604.949.0444 |

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Over 40 life threatening diseases have been treated with cord blood stem cells. Cord blood is also being used in experimental treatment of spinal cord injury, diabetes, heart disease, and neurological disorders. Register now to store your child’s cord blood at birth, and secure the future health of your newborn. Visit Healthcord online at, or call 1.877.714.6361 to learn more.

modern home-ec fall comfort food Introducing Modern Home Ec! Long gone are the days when petulant adolescent girls were herded unwillingly into the Home Economics room to learn household management, cooking skills, and how to balance a chequebook, while the boys got to monkey around with saws, soldering irons and drafting boards. It’s time to put that segregation behind us! Women are not chained to the kitchen anymore, and men are now allowed into the domestic sphere; making homemaking a possible joint effort, far from the hilariously perfect, supposedly aspirational June Cleaver, vacuuming enthusiastically in heels and pearls, or pathetic Betty Draper, neglecting her children and popping pills with martinis to get through the day.

Because autumn is symbolized by the cornucopia of plenty, October’s Modern Home Ec explores the possibilities of all the fresh produce available to us on the lower mainland. Run, don’t walk, to your nearest farmers market or community farm stand and pick up: Beets Broccoli Brussel Sprouts Cabbage Carrots

Cauliflower Chard Corn Kale Leeks

Onions Parsnips Potatoes Pumpkins Rutabagas

Winter Squash Turnips Mushrooms Apples Kiwi

Pears Quince

apple butter Beet & Pear Salad Makes 6 servings From BC Fresh vegetables Who says salads are only for summer? Enjoy this great dish for lunch or as a fresh side for dinner, full of fall goodness. Ingredients 8 medium BC beets, cooked and peeled 1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt 125 mL 2 Tbsp. liquid honey 30 mL 1 tsp. Dijon mustard 5 mL 1/8 tsp. grated nutmeg .5 mL 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh mint 30 mL Grated rind and juice from 1 orange Salt and pepper 8 large BC leaf lettuce leaves 2 BC Bartlett or Anjou pears Watercress sprigs Method • In large bowl, combine yogurt, honey, mustard, nutmeg, mint, orange rind and juice and salt and pepper to taste. Stir beets into yogurt dressing. • Arrange 1 lettuce leaf on each of 8 salad plates. Spoon beet mixture onto the top of the lettuce. Thinly slice pears. Arrange pear slices and watercress sprigs on top of beet mixture.

From WCF Editor, Stephanie The best way to use up excess or not aesthetically-pleasing apples on your tree! This recipe takes a few hours so it’s a perfect activity for a rainy, lazy Sunday and it makes your whole house smell wonderful. Delicious on toast with peanut butter or stirred into plain yoghurt. Ingredients 7 lbs of apples, cored & peeled 1 cup sugar 1 tsp cinnamom ½ tsp nutmeg (add other spices at your discretion, like cardamom) Method • Start with about 7 lbs of apples, cored and peeled. If you like the peel, you can keep it on and then use an immersion blender when it’s cooked to the applesauce point, but it still won’t be as smooth. • Put the apples into a big pot with a cup or so of water or apple juice and cook down into applesauce. • Add sugar (this helps with preserving the finished product), cinnamon, nutmeg and whatever other spices you like. Cardamon is simply amazing! • Turn the heat down really low and cook for a few hours until almost all the liquid is cooked away and it has a buttery, spreadable consistency. • Throw it into some canning jars and boil in a water bath for 20 minutes.

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westcoastwalks Fraser/ Get on the No. 8 bus and get off at the

“weird little triangle” that’s become one of the most family friendly areas in town!


Collage Collage Craft Supplies, Classes & Gifts 621 Kingsway | 604.569.1929 The dream is alive and well in this craftacular wonderland! Your kids will drool over the wall-to-wall collection of arts & crafts supplies, books, kits and gifts. You’ll be inspired by the thoughtfully curated collections by local artists and crafters. We Love: The apothecary-style wall of crafty fun!

Wee Ones Reruns Kid’s Consignment 612 Kingsway | 604.708.0956 Opened back in 1995 by a single mom, this one-of-a-kind consignment shop is a fun shopping experience for the whole family. Kids are welcome to play with the toys while you shop. We Love: The Onyx lunch containers.

Barefoot Contessa: Precious & Few Kid’s Clothing, Accessories & Gifts 623 Kingsway | 604.879.1137 ext. 3 Anyone who has visited Barefoot Contessa on Main St. will be eager to see their take on a children’s boutique. This gorgeous shop is filled with unique vintage collectibles, gifts, fancy clothes and jewelry for children. We Love: The tiny one-of-a-kind aprons!

Cuppa Joe? Matchstick Coffee Roasters

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Looking for your buddies on any given afternoon? They’re probably down at Matchstick! This new retailer and roastery offers single-origin coffees, lovingly prepared by their extra-friendly staff.

Voted by the Westender as their Best French Desination in the city, it won’t take more than a few minutes within these walls to be convinced that you’ve found your new favourite spot for date night! The sultry atmosphere combined with an amazing menu and wine list set ‘Les Fauxbo’ apart from other night spots.


We’re hitting the street - where YOU live! Clayzone Ceramics Gallery Ceramics and Scuplting Gallery 661 E 15th Ave | 604.568.1582 Clayzone is a fun and lively place to bring your creations to life. The gallery is home to a wonderful collection of scuplted works, and the workshop hosts classes for kids and adults alike. We Love: The pottery classes for all ages.

Spool of Thread Fabric Merchant & Sewing Lounge 101-649 E 15th Ave | 604.879.3031 This is an oasis for fabric lovers! With a huge, but careful selection of textiles of all styles, you’re sure to be inspired to tackle that project you’ve been putting off. Can’t sew? Take a class and learn how! There’s also a drop-in schedule, so you can show up, and sew up! We Love: The vintage-style patterns for kids clothes.

Need Lunch? The Gluten-Free Epicurean 633 E 15th Ave | 604.876.4114 | Everything is made with the highest quality ingredients, with a focus on organic and natural products. Vegan? Fear not! There’s lots to choose from, just bring your sweet tooth!

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Candy aisles are popping up in grocery stores, the leaves are changing colour and the buzz has started: Halloween is near! We are sharing some fun costumes for your little boys and ghouls that will keep them playing long after the candy bowl is down to black jellybeans and Halloween taffy!

Owl We love owls anytime, and this is no exception. This warm one-piece suit is perfect for your little wise guy or gal! Child Owl Costume 49.00

Astronaut With the end of the space shuttle program there has been renewed interest in space travel. This costume is easy to wear over warm clothes and is perfect for imaginative play all year long! Jr. Astronaut costume 65.00 Jr. Astronaut helmet 68.00

Morphsuit The Canucks may be cooling their heels but you can dress like a green man (or alien, or ninja, or skeleton‌) anytime! The second our model donned this spandex suit it was wild rumpus! Visibility, surprisingly, is not a problem. Green Childs Morphsuit 39.00

Get out there and GET THIS LOOK! All costumes available at Just Imagine‌Fun Clothing! 3060 West Broadway, Vancouver Or at The Kids Market at Granville Island 20 20

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wcf news >> Vancouver Aquarium’s new Penguins Have Names! To welcome the new African penguins, the Aquarium decided to name them all after B.C. cities, towns and neighbourhoods. They asked for the public’s suggestions along with pictures, videos or written submissions that highlighted their favorite B.C. hangout, and the response was incredible! They received over 600 entries ranging from original artwork and fun video submissions, to quirky poems and stories. And the winners are, (colours refer to the id bracelect the penguins wear) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Tofino (Pink/Grey) submitted by Krista Bratton
 Steveston (Red) submitted by Winnie Kwok
 Lillooet (Pink) submitted by Miriam Moysey Sechelt (Yellow/Brown) submitted by Diana Luong
 Nelson (Brown) submitted by Nelmaire Alberts Nurhan Uludag Salt Spring (Orange/Green) submitted by Aris Murray
 Hope (Pink/White) submitted by Nicole Souza

Congratulations to the winners!

>> Get Back to School Safely with the Billy Brings a Buddy Program With the new school year underway, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection wants parents to put something on their checklist besides the usual stationary supplies required by students. The Canadian Centre is urging parents and teachers to add child personal safety to the list and use the Billy Brings his Buddies program to teach children the Buddy System safety strategy. “When children learn and use the buddy system they reduce their likelihood of being victimized and increase their personal safety,” says Lianna McDonald, Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. Teachers can also help reinforce this safety strategy by using the Billy Brings his Buddies program with students throughout the school year.” Sponsored by Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the Billy Brings his Buddies program is a part of the Canadian Centre’s Kids in the Know interactive child personal safety program for students from Kindergarten to Grade Nine. The Billy initiative is for Grade One students, and includes a website ( where parents and educators can access an online storybook, interactive games and other activities to help them teach young children about the buddy system. The Canadian Centre and Honeywell Hometown Solutions want to make sure that back-to-school excitement is paired with the teaching of strategies that will help children stay safe all year round. They encourage all Grade One teachers and parents of young children to visit to learn more.

>> Kids Can Help the Earth Rangers Bring Back the Wild Earth Rangers — a charitable organization dedicated to educating millions of children across Canada about the importance of biodiversity — celebrates the start of a new school year by launching four new Bring Back the Wild conservation projects. Bring Back the Wild educates children and their families on the importance of biodiversity and raises funds to support the acquisition and restoration of endangered habitats across Canada. Funds raised will also further the reach of Earth Rangers’ national School Outreach Program. This year’s Bring Back the Wild project for British Columbia focuses on Oregon Spotted Frogs in Aldergrove Lake Regional Regional Park, a conservation partnership with the Vancouver Aquarium. Bring Back the Wild is available at and is also a part of Earth Rangers’ School Outreach Program for participating schools across the country. To join the campaign, children register at where they can: • SELECT the animal and habitat they want to protect • CREATE their own Earth Ranger Avatar • EMAIL family and friends to ask for donations • COLLECT rewards for their efforts along the way Since launching Bring Back the Wild in April of 2010, over 180,000 children across Canada have joined Earth Rangers and started their own Bring Back the Wild campaign.

>> Explore Languages and Culture with Tiga Talk’s New App Targeted at children aged 3-5, Tiga Talk! is a gentle, entertaining series that explores languages and culture in a fun way. It’s about Tiga, a stuffed toy wolf cub who lives with Jodie and Jason, their father, and Kokum (grandmother). Tiga lives in a backyard den the children made for him, and together, they share a secret. When there aren’t any adults around, Tiga becomes a talking puppet who plays with Jodie, Jason, and children in the audience. The new Tiga Talk! Adventure Story App appeals to the passion for exploration by taking the child on a self-led adventure. It encourages language development skills and creative problem solving by offering different experiences and options, providing the opportunity to learn new words in English and Cree. Tiga Talk! Season 4 airs Friday and Saturday mornings on APTN beginning September 2012, and ‘Adventure Story’ App for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch launches September 2012, and is available at and the iTunes Store.

>> Facebook Facilitates Organ Donation Facebook has launched a new tool today that will help Canadians identify themselves as organ donors on their Facebook Timeline. Located under “Health & Wellness” in your Facebook Timeline’s “Life Event” tab, it allows people on Facebook to both post their organ donor status, and register to donate if they haven’t already. Facebook recently launched the new tool in the United States and other countries in May, allowing users to update their status and register through their respective state or national registry. The impact on donor registries was immediate and profound – with organ donor registries reporting increased sign-up in the thousands. For more information on how to change your organ donor status on your Facebook Timeline go to: To register, visit



Head Lice The Scourge of the Schools by Barb Pattison


ead lice can affect anyone, anywhere. Lice don’t care if your hair is clean, or dirty, or whether it is covered in essential oils; and they certainly do not care how old you are. If you have hair, you are at risk of catching head lice… period. Most of the time catching head lice is by direct head to head contact with another person. And transmission happens quickly… in the time it takes to hug a friend or whisper a secret in their ear, you can catch head lice. Unfortunately, there is nothing proven to prevent head lice. Head lice are not deterred by special scents and are not bothered by hair spray or gels. So how do we protect our families? Here are some steps you can start doing today to reduce your risk of catching head lice. 1. Teach children to avoid head-to-head contact, and not to share personal items such as combs, brushes, and hats. 2. Have children wear their long hair up at school. This is the simplest and most effective method of head lice prevention. A ballet bun, braids or even just a ponytail will greatly reduce the risk. 3. Check regularly and comb out weekly. A quick comb out once a week will get anything off the head before it has a chance to get established. 4. Protect your head when travelling by bus, car, and plane or even when in theatres. Head lice can survive for up to 48 hours off the head so you want to make sure you’re protected. 5. Do not use lice treatments to prevent. These are designed to be used only if live lice are present. They do not prevent head lice.

need to comb out the nits or they will hatch and grow and the infestation will continue.

Head lice can go undetected for weeks so it’s also important to check regularly and be aware of the signs and symptoms of head lice. The most common indication of head lice is persistent scratching. Scratching will get worse and worse over time to the point where it’s nearly a constant itchy feeling. Other signs include small red bumps or sores, a rash behind the ears and at the nape of the neck and feces (dark spots found on the scalp behind the ears).

The Wet Combing Method focuses on breaking up the lice life cycle. You do not need a chemical treatment when choosing this method. All live lice and nits are manually removed every 3 days for 3 weeks. Any lice that hatch after the first combout are easily removed with each subsequent combout and long before they can reproduce. Combouts are always done using a carrier (olive oil, Vaseline, tea tree oil, mayonnaise, conditioner, cetaphil etc). This is applied to dry hair to slow down the live lice so that you can comb them out. Head lice cannot become resistant to this method and it is most successful when working with a good lice comb.

Lice are hard to see as they can hide quickly when you’re looking through the hair. Instead, look for their eggs (nits). These are small, hard, egg shaped spots stuck onto a single strand of hair. They are amber, tan, grey or black in color.. they are not white. Lice will lay their eggs in the warmest part of the hair so focus on your Hot Spots - the area behind the ears, at the nape of the neck and the crown of the head. If you see anything suspicious, try to move it. If it moves easily, it is definitely not a nit. If it will not move, try to pull it off the hair. If you can pull it off with your fingertips, it is not a nit. Nits are cemented onto one side of a strand of hair and come off only when you get your nails behind it and really pull it off. If you confirm a lice infestation, it’s best to start treatment right away. Unfortunately, there is nothing that will get rid of head lice in one treatment; it is a process that takes 3 weeks to eliminate.

Common lice combs are not strong enough for lice and nit removal. Metal combs are always a better choice but how can you tell if you’ve got a good lice comb? Hold your comb up to the light. If you can see spaces between the teeth or can easily bend them, it will not work. A quality comb has strong, metal tines that are at least 2” long to be able to go through the entire thickness of hair. Be proactive when it comes to head lice. Watch for signs, comb out weekly and teach your child to tell you if their head is itchy or if they feel like there’s something moving in their hair. This will give you the best chance to catch the infestation at the earliest stages which makes removal much easier.

To get rid of head lice you have two choices, chemical treatments or wet combing…

Remember, there is nothing that will prevent head lice. Your best defence is to arm yourself with the right tools and information so that if it ever touches your family, you will know what to do.

Chemical treatments are available at local pharmacies. These include special lotions, creams or shampoos. These are applied to the hair, left on for a period of time and then rinsed out. If you choose this method, please follow the manufacturers’ instructions very carefully and remember that you will still

Barb Pattison at Lice 911 provides lice detection, removal and education services to the Lower Mainland. Their website at also provides valuable information and tools for home use. October 2012 23

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Jennifer Hood of Jump Gymnastics

By Stephanie MacDonald | Photos by Bopomo Pictures


unning a successful business while raising three kids under the age of nine is hard work, I think we all can agree. So these parents can probably be excused if when asked about their future goals, the answer is probably more “sleep for more than four hours at a stretch” than “Well, I’d like to revitalize the Canadian sports system from the ground up.” Jennifer Hood is the mother-of-three and author of the latter quote, as well as being the owner and director of Jump! Gymnastics, a Yaletown studio that “offers children from six months- to eight-years-old the opportunity to explore movement through activities that enhance balance, strength, flexibility, coordination and agility”. Jump! is about much more than gymnastics, despite the name. “We teach kids physical literacy,” Jennifer explains, “the confidence, and capability, to move your body in a variety of environments, like land, ice, snow and water.”The program aims to distill out the core components required for any number of sports, like jumping, or throwing, into a fundamental movement pattern that kids can apply to whatever sport they enjoy, from swimming to skiing to soccer. “Teaching kids movement skills really gives them the confidence to pick up any sport they choose,” says Jennifer, about skills they can put towards being healthy and active for a lifetime. Jennifer’s vision of creating a studio where she could promote her ambition to improve the physical fitness of children has become a reality, and a resounding success – with 12 coaches with varied physical education and coaching backgrounds and classes consistently running at capacity. Though Jennifer’s passion for physical literacy began when she was just 15, she had more than saving Canada’s kids from X-Boxes and obesity on her mind when she decided to build her business from the ground up. “When my middle daughter was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, I immediately knew my life was going to play out differently than I thought. I decided to


build a business doing something I loved, but that would also give me the flexibility to be with my daughter and the rest of our family while she is getting her hospital treatments. I’m investing time up front, that will hopefully pay off in the future, because as she grows up there may be challenges that require me to have extended periods of time away from work to care for her. Jump! will hopefully be at a point where it can sustain our family financially while I’m where I need to be.” Aided by enrolling in Langara College’s Self-Employment program, and with two young children to look after, in 2007 Jennifer spent two years overall; from the development of her business plan, to creating the curriculum, training staff, and designing and building the warm, attractive, and functional space that Jump! calls home. On September 2, 2008 Jump! opened its doors and almost instantly became a destination for kids and parents across Vancouver. The plans are to bring the Jump! Gymnastics physical literacy program to as many kids as possible in the future, by opening new locations, as well as expanding the curriculum to include older kids and even adults. Says Jennifer, “there’s a real lack of comprehensive multi-age platforms in the community, ones that teach quality sports skills in a non-competitive environment.” As this plan progresses, she can already appreciate the positive effects of all her efforts. “It is so incredibly rewarding watching something you’ve dreamed of come to reality. It seems unbelievable.” With her ambition, expertise, and energy focused on extending physical literacy skills to children everywhere, this WestCoast Mom’s success will be measured by not only her family’s happiness and financial stability, but by the legions of lifelong healthy people who have benefitted from having the necessary foundation to be active for life.

breast cancer awareness by Jennifer Parisi

The Breast Cancer Prevention & Risk Assessment Clinic helps women improve their odds, and reduce their risk, against breast cancer through healthy lifestyle changes, such as maintaining a healthy weight, increasing physical activity, eating a healthy diet, and limiting alcohol consumption. Join us at a clinic near you: Bonsor Recreation Complex, 7:00–8:30 PM, October 4 Bonsor Recreation Complex, 1:30–3:00 PM, October 13 River District Community Centre, 11:00 AM–12:30 PM, October 14 Bonsor Recreation Complex, 2:00–3:30 PM, October 17 Kitsilano War Memorial Community Centre, 7:00–8:15 PM, October 23 Ladner Pioneer Library, 1:00-2:30PM, November 20

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer affecting Canadian women. But did you know, 40% of breast cancers can be prevented through lifestyle changes? Join the breast cancer prevention clinic and learn how to reduce your breast cancer risk. Clinics are coming to communities throughout the GVRD this fall, beginning in October as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Participation is free. To reserve your space, visit http://, call 604-603-5140, or email info@ The clinic is a project of the CCS-UBC Cancer Prevention Centre, and is funded by the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - BC/Yukon.

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Fitness for Moms Making the Time to Stay in Shape


ou may be used to yoga classes, the treadmill at the gym, or boot camp classes at the local park. Well, now you can shake it up a little with some alternative fitness options that will energize you and help shave off those muffin tops we have all grown to know (and love?) so well.

cooking, yet so effective. You’ll challenge your cardio, core, balance, coordination and strength all at once.

Watch for upcoming issues of WestCoast Mom in WestCoast Families magazine for more information on these and other local, alternative fitness programs.

If you’d like to try the Ugi Fit classes, go to www. . To purchase one of the home workouts, go to . The full system costs $189 and classes are $10-$12 each. Oneon-one training is also available.

Ugi Fit is now sold as a take home fitness system with a weighted ball (in very fashionable colours!), a workout guide, DVD, food plan, and even an IPhone app. Or you can also take group or private classes at their new Tsawwassen studio.

Ugi Fit Ugi means “you got it”… and the Ugi Fit ball and workout is all you need to make it happen. The founders of Ugi Fit realized that we don’t all have 2 hours each day to spend at the fitness studio. Instead, developed a system that would be non-intimidating, quick, and easy to follow. The workout is done in a 30-minute time frame: fast enough that you could do it while dinner is


Barre Fitness Barre was created as a high-energy onehour class with a full body focus. The regime incorporates ballet, pilates, strength and flexibility training using a ballet barre. But don’t be intimidated: there are classes for everyone from the absolute beginner to the total expert “Barer” (is that a word legal?).

The classes are set to great music to make the fun and empowering for all ages and fitness levels. Much of the class is spent on stretching and strengthening that benefits and rehabilitates the body. Barre has a prenatal program too, called Bellies at the Barre. This is also a great option for postnatal women who want to ease back into their fitness routine. Classes are offered at the Yaletown or North Vancouver studios. Drop-in is $20, and 20 class cards are $330, but we did see an introductory special of $40 for your first 2 weeks of unlimited classes. Check for class schedules and locations.

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Adult Events for the Hip Mom Around Town! River District Farmers Market Kerr Street Plaza, South of SE Marine Drive and Kerr Street Saturdays until October 27, 10am-2pm New market features fresh locally-grown produce, handmade products and kids’ activities. This one-of-a-kind farmers market is the only riverfront market in Vancouver. Bakers Market Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre, 7646 Prince Albert Street, Vancouver Saturdays until December 8, 11 am-3pm The Baker’s Market is a gathering of professional, amateur, student & Mommy bakers who get together to buy and sell their baked goods. Closed October 27. Is the world getting more or less violent? Lynn Valley Main Library October 10, 7-8:45pm Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker argues that contrary to appearances humans are generally getting less violent. Does this argument fit our own views about the state of world violence? 604.990.5800

The Unplugging Arts Club Theatre, Revue Stage October 11–November 3 Two women seek shelter and rely solely on each other for survival. No sooner do they begin to thrive, that they are interrupted by a charismatic young man, whose very presence threatens their existence. Tickets start at $29 The Power Sports Adventure Show together with the All about Snow Show TRADEX Trade and Exhibition Centre, Abbotsford October 13-14, check website for hours Featuring the latest machines and top-of-the-line products to carry you over every type of terrain – from road, to water, to rocks, mud and snow-covered peaks. Adults are $12.00 & children under 5 are free. Baby Fair- Great Expectations Ladner Community Center October 13, 9:30am-1pm This event is free for those who are expecting or have a new baby or for those who are supporting families with infants & toddlers. 604.267.7380 Feature Mom Entrepreneur: April Bellia of Granola Girl Network Hub, 3rd floor, 422 Richards St, Vancouver October 16, 7-9pm Look behind the scenes on the things April loves, decisions she made that worked, learnings in her entrepreneurial journey, and come away having new lenses and pillars on how you view your business. 4th Annual 19th Hole Gala Fundraiser The Roundhouse October 23, 5:30-9:30pm Be a part of this non-profit organization dedicated to providing access to arts, cultural, sports and recreational events and activities for kids who otherwise would not have the opportunity. Tickets start at $150

Heart of the City Festival Downtown Eastside Vancouver October 24- November 4 Over 80 events at over 25 venues throughout the Downtown Eastside. Tickets and Info are available on the website. Impromptu: A Kitchen Party Fundraiser for Place des Arts Place des Arts October 13, 7pm Get Aboard and Raise a Jar! Impromptu: A Kitchen Party promises to transport guests back to a 1950’s Newfoundland kitchen party. Find out what happened to the entire McCann clan with your exclusive invitation where you are part of the action! Tickets: $50/VIP: $80 online. Splash- Arts Umbrellas 30th Annual Art Auction and Gala CBC Vancouver October 13 Attend this fundraising event and one of Vancouver’s most prestigious and high profile charitable art auctions. Once Upon a Belly South Surrey Recreation Centre October 28, 10am to 2:30pm An informative and exciting festival for new and expectant parents, providing an amazing environment that brings together everything your growing family will need. Waiting Child Information Session AFABC office, 200-7342 Winston St, Burnaby October 30, 7-9pm Come and learn about BC’s Waiting Children - Topics include: who the children are, why and how do they come into care, special placement needs, the Waiting Child program adoption process, and key issues for families. Free

The Children’s Party Specialists Face painting, balloon animals, arts and crafts, and more.

604-318-1261 • Children’s Kingdom Montessori Centre Preschool & Kindergarten Register Now! September and January Enrollment Mandarin, Art & Music classes are included 4720 Elgin St. Vancouver (near Knight & 31st Ave.)

Tel : (604) 872-8898

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community Bowen Island Applefest Crippen Regional Park October 7, 11am–3pm Taste crunchy heritage apples, buy a home-made pie, take a tour of the Heritage Museum and play some games. From the ferry, walk 100 metres to Davies Orchard. 604.788.5634 | VSO Kids’ Koncerts: Peter and the Wolf Orpheum October 7, 2pm Children ages 4+ will enjoy this kids concert with the full symphony. Inspector Tovey brings the story alive while making learning about the orchestra fun. Ages 4+ 604.876.3434 | Premier of the Reel Youth Film Festival October 9 & 10 This festival is a celebration of local and international youth-made films at the Vancouver International Film Festival. In this collection of shorts, young people are tackling some of the most urgent issues facing today’s youth: from addiction, homelessness and suicide, to love, sex,and faith.

Strachan Hartley Legacy Foundation 2012 Run Handsworth Secondary School, North Vancouver October 14, registration 9am & race 8am The scenic 5/10k courses feature winding roads, creekside trails and lots of hills helping raise monies that help local at-risk youth achieve their full potential through sport and education.

TEDxKids@BC Telus World of Science- Science World October 20, all day A kids and youth conference with speakers respected and recognized kid and youth dreamers, change agents and go-getters. They will present their worldchanging ideas with hopes in helping their peers connect, inspire and act on different various notions.

Snap, Crackle, Pop Van Dusen Gardens October 14, 10:30am-12noon or 1:30-3pm For families with children ages 5-11. Price: Member Family $15, Non-Member Family $25 (includes admission to the Garden). Fee covers up to 2 adults and 3 children. Children must be accompanied by at least one adult. Pre-registration required. 604.718.5898 |

Light the Night Event: Vancouver Lumberman’s Arch, Stanley Park October 20, 5-830pm If you can make some time for this event, join in and bring help and hope to those battling blood cancers.

Splash’N Boots Centennial Theatre October 14, 2pm Canadian children’s performers Splash’N Boots have been bringing their catchy melodies into the lives of families around the globe since 2004. Hailed as the “U2 of children’s entertainment” and awarded Children’s Music Group of the Year, this cutting-edge duo has also appeared on Treehouse TV. Ages 2- 10. 604.984.4484 |

Professor Banjo - Family Music Concert Killarney Community Centre, room 205 October 13, 10:30-11:30am Have fun at this interactive, sing-a-long, dance-a-long family music featuring great traditional banjo songs, and a few originals. $5 per child -please pre-register. 604.718.8201 | www. killarney-community-centre.aspx

Explore Like Dora: Boo Zoo Surrey Museum October 19, 11am-12noon or 1-2pm Explore Halloween’s creepy but cute animals while making a Halloween mini-zoo, then walk through the exhibit gallery to hunt down spooky animals. Afterwards, make a yummy, scary snack. Please preregister. $6.50 (3-6yrs) 604.592.6956 |

Fall Frisky Frolics Burnaby Lake Regional Park October 13, 10-11:30 am Share the magic of an autumn morning with your youngster. Find giant maple leaves, shuffle through leaf littered trails and discover who hides in fallen leaves. Join the hands-on activities and games. $12.23 per child & adult. 604.421.5225

Day of the Arts Pro-D Day Art Camp Place des Art October 19, 8:45am–3:45pm Spooktacular is the theme for this Pro-D day camp at Place des Arts. Registration is now open for six blocks of Hallowe’en-inspired visual, literary and performing arts classes for kids from kindergarten to grade 5. Call to register. 604.664.1636 |

West Van’s October 13th Pumpkin Fest Family Golf Day Ambleside Par 3, West Vancouver October 13 Play in this one-of-a-kind golf event that has been developed to with family fun in mind: each of four zones will include three holes of golf and a fun golfrelated activity, with lots of food and lots of prizes too. 604.785.9959

All Hallows Eve Historic Stewart Farm October 20 1–3pm Discover bewitching beginnings! Learn about the origins of Halloween, play games from long ago and create a spooky (or not) mask to take home. $10 (5–7yrs) 604.592.6956 |


Kid’s Swap Meet North Langley Community Church 21015 96th Avenue October 20, 10am-1pm Great bargains on children’s items. Childcare available! Admission is only $1.00. Proceeds go towards funding women’s programs Raffi in Concert The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts October 21 Canadian children’s entertainer and singer-songwriter performs hits like “Baby Beluga” and “Down by the Bay”. Proceeds benefit the Centre for Child Honouring on Salt Spring Island, which advocates social change that keeps children at its heart. Tickets start at $25 (all ages require a ticket). 604.602.0616 Return of the Salmon Kanaka Creek Regional Park October 21, 11am–3pm Witness the return of spawning salmon to Kanaka Creek at this Maple Ridge fall classic. 604.530.4983 Great Pumpkin Walk/Run Peace Arch Hospital, White Rock October 21 Join in this fun family and community event fundraiser for the hospital’s ER. The Dance Centre presents Discover Dance! Scotiabank Dance Centre October 25, 12noon Ballet BC brings its distinctive brand of innovative contemporary ballet to the next edition of The Dance Centre’s popular Discover Dance! noon hour series. Tickets start at $10. 604.606.6400 |

calendar Halloween “Thriller” South Delta Recreation Centre October 26, 7:45-9:30pm Join in for a “thriller” evening open gym & skate for everyone. Wear your costumes & enjoy the special effects & Halloween challenges. Gait to the Spirit 2012 Scotiabank Dance Centre October 26-29 The 3rd Annual Dance Festival Celebrating Classical Dance of India. 604.874.8985 | Pumpkin Power Surrey Museum October 27, 12noon-2pm Like pumpkins? Here’s your chance to view, decorate, and EAT them! Design your own take-home Jack O’Lantern, do crafts, and try some delicious pie, then join the Cloverdale Costume Parade. All ages, by donation. 604.592.6956 | Once Upon a Belly Oct 28, 2012, 10am-2:30pm South Surrey Recreation Centre, Surrey. Come and be our guest at the first Once Upon a Belly event in South Surrey. This is an informative and exciting festival for new and expecting parents. There are plenty of products and services to learn about from dozens of exhibitors . And lots of shopping too! The first 150 Moms in attendance receive a gift bag full of samples and goodies.

everything baby Culture Babes Joining the group once a month for museum exhibition tour or musical concert in and around Vancouver, this is all about creating a culturally enriched experience for babies AND parents. Stars and Strollers Watch a lower-volume movie with baby or toddler in tow StarsAndStrollers Movies for Mommies A movie event exclusively for new parents to enjoy, where crying is welcome and there are parent perks too. Vancouver Aquarium The Clownfish Cove children’s area features displays of live animals along with fun, interactive, learning experiences.

Mr. I’s Slightly Spooky Songs and Stories Concert Place des Arts October 28, 2pm Local children’s entertainer and Place des Arts’ faculty member Yurgen Ilaender, affectionately known as “Mr. I,” leads Hallowe’en fun for children aged 2 and up. Costumes are welcome and audience participation is encouraged. Tickets: $7 general seating. 604.664.1636 | Pumpkin Power Surrey Museum October 27, 12noon-2pm Like pumpkins? Here’s your chance to view, decorate, and eat them. Design your own take-home Jack O’Lantern, do crafts, and try some delicious pie, then join the Cloverdale Costume Parade. 604.592.6956 | Fimo Clay Halloween Creations Tsawwassen Arts Centre October 28, 2-4pm Create figurines & creatures from Halloween with Fimo clay, a pliable, brightly coloured modeling clay. For 5-12 year olds. $35 City of Richmond Halloween Fireworks Minoru Park October 31, 6:30-8:30pm A live DJ, magician, costumed performers and fire jugglers set the stage for a spectacular fireworks display. This is a free event. 604.276.4300 |\

Baby & Family Fair Nov 3-4, 2012, 10am-5pm The Forum at the PNE, Vancouver With over 100 booths, this show offers a wide array of exhibitors, semiars and demonstrations for new and expecting parents. Whether its your first baby… or your last! The two-day event includes information from reliable industry experts and activities for kids too. If you want to shop for your bundle of joy, they’ve got that covered too. WestCoast Families magazine will be there too. Enter to win more than 25,000 in prizes and gifts. Belly, Baby & Tot Show Nov 4th, 10am-4pm PoCo Inn: 1545 Lougheed Hwy, Port Coquitlam Come and have some fun with us at the Belly, Baby & Tot Show! Learn, shop, play & have fun! Kids Activity Play Centre Sponsored by My Gym offered all day, Children’s Fashion show from Baby to Kids. Get your professional Photo Taken (fees apply) and check out the latest in products and services for baby, Mom and Dad too! First 200 Guests receive a free gift bag full of goodies just for coming. Admission $4 with partial proceeds going to Basics for Babies. Kids are free.

Visit for more family friendly events in June! To have your event included in the WestCoast Families community calendar, please email your details to: admin@

Great things to do with baby or toddler in tow.

Science World Kidspace at Science World in Vancouver is dedicated to babies and toddlers with lots of hands-on exploring. momcafe Networking and support for Moms in business Bloedel Conservatory Parents love the serenity: babies and toddlers love the birds, colours, and warmth. Maplewood Farm Every kid loves animals, and this is a hands on farm that is very baby and toddler friendly with lots of room to run around.

Don’t miss these great annual shows and events for baby: Baby and Family Fair

Early Years Festival

Once Upon a Belly

The Belly, Baby and Tot Show

South Delta Baby Fair (website coming) Toy and Product Fair

EPIC Sustainable Living Expo Sea To Sky Family Fair

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last look Chubby Owls They’re a hoot! By Jodi Iverson

This is an easy project that’s fun for everyone. Use these little guys as Fall décor, or customise colours for any event.

materials • Styrofoam ball • Felt sheets

• Scissors • Glue gun

• Googly eyes

make it! Step 1 Press down hard on your Styrofoam ball to flatten the bottom and avoid him rolling away. Step 2 Cut from felt: • Multiple oval shapes with pointed ends for your feathers, a beak and ears • 2 small circles & 2 larger circles for eyes • 1 triangle widows peak You can use all one colour or a rainbow! It’s up to you. Be creative! Step 3 Glue feathers starting from the bottom and working your way up. Step 4 Glue the pieces of your owls face on to complete your feathered friend!

did you know? There are many superstitions and legends from around the world related to owls. The Harry Potter movies tapped into one depicting owls as messengers for sorcerers and witches. Some others are: • In Brittany an owl seen at harvest time is the sign of a good yield. • In Luxembourg it is believed owls steal and hoard treasure. • In Newfoundland the hoot of the Horned Owl indicates bad weather on the way. 30

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WestCoast Families October 2012 issue  

The October 2012 issue of WestCoast Families, featuring Fall & Halloween Fun, and Everything Baby! Plus, bonus insert of the 2012 Baby Guid...

WestCoast Families October 2012 issue  

The October 2012 issue of WestCoast Families, featuring Fall & Halloween Fun, and Everything Baby! Plus, bonus insert of the 2012 Baby Guid...