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Five Fun Kids’ Activities

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

… for any child who says “I’m bored”:

1. Invite him or her to go on an indoor/outdoor scavenger hunt. Choose a few items to search for, and then look for them together. Items could include a y-shaped stick, an interesting stone or a maple leaf etc..

2. Put on music and dance together.

3. Create a pretend statue garden. Have your child decide to create a statue of your favourite sport, activity or animal with their body and freeze in position. Then have you or another person (mom, dad, sibling(s) or friend(s)) guess what kind of statue s/he is. Take turns being the statue(s).

4. Ask your child to design their ultimate ice cream sundae on paper, and guess the ingredients required to make it, to create their own one-of-a-kind recipe.

5. Encourage your child to draw a map of your home, or a favourite room. It can be a great way to discover and appreciate their own surroundings.

And most importantly, enjoy your time together!

Cookie Add-ins

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

We definitely have our favourite cookie recipes, and as you know, we adore sharing them. Now we have another tip in our quest for the perfect snacktime treats.

Add-ins can offer a great way to dress-up your favourite cookies. Take suggestions from family members and consider adding raisins, chocolate chips, smarties, m & ms, Skor pieces, nuts and so forth just before baking. The add-ins can offer surprise flavour and help customize the cookies to your family’s favourite tastes.

Happy cookie-ing!

Toronto Zoo Admission Special

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

The Toronto Zoo Offers $5 Admission to Say Thank You To The Community!
The Toronto Zoo is hosting a special community weekend on Saturday, November 24th and Sunday, November 25th and you and your family are invited! They are thanking the community for all their support over the past year with up to 75% savings on admissions, 20% off all purchases at the Zootique Gift Shop, special Membership offers, daily chances to win fabulous zoo prizes, up close animal encounters throughout the site, entertainment and more!
*$10 parking fee applies. Special admission offer valid only on Saturday, November 24 and Sunday, November 25, 2012.

Learn more at www.torontozoo.com.

CreativeIQ.ca is launched

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Jo-Anne Schneeweiss and Shelley Sefton have just launched a website to provide up-to-date information about their book, Creative IQ (TM): Giving Young Learners the Creative Edge in a Competitive World, at http://www.CreativeIQ.ca.

When you visit their new website, you will find a blog, as well as further information about availability, media attention, fundraising possibilities and more.

Calgary Private School Expo

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Sponsored Feature
Our Kids, Canada’s trusted source to private schools and education, is hosting the Calgary Private School Expo on Sunday, September 30, 2012, and you’re invited.

· Meet with the best day and boarding schools

· Speak with education consultants and experts

· Save time and energy in your search

· Find the right school for your kids and teens

If you’re interested in attending, simply pre-register today to get your 50% off family tickets at ourkids.net/expo/register.php.

Should you have any questions, please give the hosts Our Kids a call at 877.272.1845.

Learn more at ourkids.net/expo.

Calgary Expo
Sun, Sept 30, 2012
Hyatt Regency
700 Centre
Street SE

Info Sessions

10:30 to 12:00
Meet the Schools 12:00 to 4:00

Walk in tickets - $20
Pre-registered tickets at 50% off

Curried Butternut Soup Recipe

Friday, September 21st, 2012

In our continuing effort to bring (and we’ll just say it, us) comfort food recipes for the Fall, we are delighted to share one for Curried Butternut Squash and Pear Soup that was heartily approved of in our test kitchen. We all agreed that it would also work well for entertaining.

We obtained the recipe from Allrecipes.com, and ‘tweeked’ it to create our own version. We roasted the butternut squash (pre-chopped from the grocery store), together with chopped onion, garlic, ginger, salt and cubed pears, and an extra drizzle of olive oil, for the suggested time. Otherwise we followed the directions.

Bon Appetit!

See Curried Butternut Squash and Pear Soup recipe:  http://allrecipes.com/recipe/curried-butternut-squash-and-pear-soup/


Great Apple Pie Recipe

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

When the cold weather arrives, our thoughts start to turn to Fall produce, especially since we enjoy cooking and baking ‘locally’. In fact, our test kitchen has already started testing a batch of recipes for you, to help make the new season delicious.Our first find … Grandma Ople’s Apple Pie Recipe found at AllRecipes. It tastes and smells fabulous. We should note that we did make a couple of changes after reading the reviews. We substituted one tablespoon of water with a tablespoon of vanilla and added a teaspoon of cinnamon (both added while the mixture was simmering on the stove).

The link to the recipe is provided below. We would include a photograph, but sadly the pie disappeared too quickly.




Soulpepper presents Alligator Pie

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Soulpepper announces a new production of Alligator Pie for fall season

Albert Schultz, Founding Artistic Director of Soulpepper Theatre Company

An original Soulpepper production, Alligator Pie brings the celebrated children’s poems of “Canada’s Father Goose” and Toronto’s first Poet Laureate, Dennis Lee, to vibrant theatrical life. Soulpepper’s creation ensemble of Ins Choi, Raquel Duffy, Ken MacKenzie, Gregory Prest and Mike Ross, fill the stage with music, invention and Lee’s classic poetry. Alligator Pie, and other familiar poems including Mulligan Stew, Bubblegum Delicious and Tricking, are told through movement and song with original music composed by the creation ensemble. Alligator Pie runs from October 26 to November 25 at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts. Opening night is November 6.”Watching this gifted crew dig into Alligator Pie is a treat. And sometimes, a revelation. They’re finding things I’d forgotten in the poems and things I didn’t even know were there. I can’t wait to see what they make of the whole shebang,” says Dennis Lee.
The fall season also includes Soulpepper’s celebrated production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman and Samuel Beckett’s Endgame. The classic Miller memory play features Ins Choi, Ari Cohen, Raquel Duffy, Sarah Koehn, Courtney Ch’ng Lancaster, Michael Hanrahan, Nancy Palk, Gregory Prest, Mike Ross, William Webster and Daniel Williston, with Joseph Ziegler reprising his 2010 Dora Award-winning performance as Willy Loman. Albert Schultz directs. The show begins in previews on September 5, opens on September 8 and runs until October 6.

Beckett’s Endgame is directed by Daniel Brooks, and features Diego Matamoros, Eric Peterson, Maria Vacratsis and Joseph Ziegler. This is the first time in Soulpepper’s history that an award-winning production is being re-imagined. Brooks directed Endgame in 1999, earning Soulpepper’s first Dora Award for Best Production. Thirteen years on, Brooks returns with the original production team, and original cast member Matamoros, to re-examine a play counted amongst Beckett’s masterpieces. Endgame begins in previews on October 26, opens on October 31 and runs until November 17.

Soulpepper Theatre Company is located at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Lane, in the Distillery Historic District. Tickets for Alligator Pie will be available as of September 4: Single tickets will be $23 (plus service charge); A Family Four Pack will be $94 (inclusive). Tickets for Death of a Salesman and Endgame range from $22 -$68 (plus service charge). Tickets are available by calling the Young Centre box office at 416.866.8666 or by visiting soulpepper.ca. $22 tickets are available for 21-30 year-olds at stageplay.ca. StagePlay is sponsored by TD Bank Group.



KidsPlay Sports Programs & Parties

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
Sponsored Feature:
Less than 6 days left to sign up for Burlington Fall KidsPlay Sports programs, plus GTA wide $99 Birthday Special…

Coach David is proud to announce his first official season of multi-sport programs focused on kids 2-10 years of age. This Fall/Winter parents and kids can enjoy parent and toddler programs, multi-sport classes as well as after school indoor soccer, basketball, parent vs. kids floor hockey and dodgeball!  Classes start September 17th at Brant Hills and Tansley Woods so register here at www.kidsplaysports.ca.

GTA Wide Birthday Party Special Offer - Coach David charges $99 for the first hour at any venue of your choice. Rent out a facility or hold it in you backyard, basements or a nearby park! Coach David will help to customize the party around a theme (superheroes, starwars, etc) and any sports or games of your child’s choosing. Just let him know the date and any other questions you might have.

P.S. Enjoy a special FREE Open House session with Coach David for kids of all ages. Stay and mingle with other Moms and Dads or drop off you kids for an hour or two. Where?  Tansley Woods Community Centre September 15th 10am-12noon. Please RSVP in advance here http://www.kidsplaysports.ca/open-house.php.     


Montreal Private School Expo

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Our Kids, Canada’s trusted source to private schools and education, is hosting the Montreal Private School Expo on Sunday, September 16, 2012, and you’re invited. 

  • Meet with the best day and boarding schools
  • Speak with education consultants and experts
  • Save time and energy in your search
  • Find the right school for your kids and teens

If you’re interested in attending, simply pre-register today to get your 50% off family tickets. 

Should you have any questions, please give the hosts Our Kids a call at 877.272.1845 x25.  

Montreal Expo 
Sun, Sept 16, 2012

Hilton Montreal Bonaventure 

Info Sessions
10:30 to 2:00 
Meet the schools  12:00 to 4:00 
Walk in tickets $20 
Pre-registered tickets at 50% off

Private School Expo Savings