Canada Day Crafts And Snacks

As we celebrate Canada Day, we created a fun Canada Day Quiz.  How Canadian are you?  Take our Canada Trivia Quiz and find out!

Thanks to Global News for providing the Canada Day Facts I used to create this Canada Day Quiz…answers at the bottom of this page…but no peeking!

Canada 150 Quiz in honour of Canada Day

ANSWERS: 1. B, 2. A, 3. C, 4. C, 5. A, 6. C, 7. A, 8. B, 9. C

You can also munch on these cool Canada Day themed snacks:

Or create this special Canada Day craft.  This hand print craft of a Canadian flag will be a special keepsake to commemorate Canada Day.

Looking to meet some new friends, while getting some fresh air and exercise?

Join Mommy Connections for our weekly Stroller Social – a casual walk through the beautiful local parks.

We’ll be hosting walks in Saskatoon, Airdrie, Mississauga, Toronto, Grande Prairie, Regina, St John’s and more!  Check your local chapter to see if they are happening in your community!

Check out this photo from our latest walk in St John’s Newfoundland!

We will be hosting community Picnics In The Park across the country, as a way for all of our amazing families to come back and reconnect with old friends you met through our programs.  It’s also a chance for those of you who may not have experienced Mommy Connections, to come and see what we’re all about!  These events are open to everyone, so feel free to bring a friend or two along! Kids of all ages are welcome, including those still in bellies 😉

We’re thrilled to have partnered with Panago Pizza for these events. They’ll be delivering complimentary slices of their delicious pizza for the first 100 guests to rsvp. Across the board Panago uses quality ingredients you can feel good about feeding your family including 100% Canadian wheat and cheese, pork and chicken raised without the use of antibiotics, organic Italian tomato sauce and zero artificial colours or flavours ever. Truly #qualityworthsharing – and a great go-to for busy weeknights and park parties alike!

In addition to lunch, there will be plenty of surprises and complimentary treats as well as. 

The only catch is that you – and your guests – need to RSVP so we have enough food and freebies to go around.  Here’s a listing of our picnic dates and locations:

Alberta

Airdrie: Thursday, August 16 at Nose Creek Park

Calgary:  Saturday, July 21 10:30am-12:30pm at South Glenmore – Variety Park

Edmonton North & St Albert: Wednesday, August 29 at Lions Park

Grande Prairie: Saturday, July 21 11:00am-3:00pm at Country Roads RV Park

Leduc & Beaumont: Friday, August 24 at Fred John’s Park

Lethbridge: Saturday, August 18 10:30am-1:00pm at Gyro Park

Spruce Grove & Stony Plain: Friday, August 17 11:00am-2:00pm at Stony Plain Splash Park

Saskatchewan

Saskatoon: Sunday, July 29 11:00am-1:00pm at John Lake Park

Ontario

London: Friday, July 27 12:00pm-1:30pm at Westmount Public School

Midtown Toronto: Friday, August 24 10:30am-1:00pm at Oriole Park

Mississauga: Friday, August 24 10:30-12:30pm at Jack Darling Park

West Toronto:  Friday August 10, 10:30-12:30pm at Rennie Park

Durham: Friday August 24 10am at Petticoat Creek Conservation Area

We look forward to seeing you for a great day of outdoor fun!

Join us in August and November for our MomChat parties!

Let’s Chat  Back To School and the Holidays

Each MomChat week will run for 5 days.  The first day will be a Facebook party and the last day will be a Twitter party and each of the 5 days we will feature two of the MomChat sponsors on our social media pages. All sponsors will also be featured at the beginning of the week in our newsletter. Click here to learn how to become a sponsor.

Our fans and followers have 2 ways to win a prize from our sponsors; by answering one of our Facebook or Twitter party questions on the first and last day of the week!

If you haven’t been to a facebook or twitter party before, it’s easy! Just be online during the 1 hour party and answer each question as they are posted. If you are on twitter, remember to include the hashtag #MomChat18  so we can choose a winner from the responses.  We will choose each winner live during the party!

See you in August for the MomChat 2018 party!

Help your children to explore with our Valentine puppies as they learn new words! For more fun reading activities, go to Education.com.

 

 

The season is changing and so is your toddler! Get them ready for preschool with this fun fall-themed maze, and don’t forget to checkout more preschool games and activities over at Education.com!

 

Our friends at Pedalheads® love seeing all the fun and colourful helmets and bikes that children arrive at their camps and classes with. However, a helmet and bike that fit properly are most important to ensure biking success and enjoyment.

They estimate at least 50% of kids who are sent to camp do not have a properly fitted bike or helmet.

CHECKING THE HELMET

IS IT ADJUSTABLE FOR HEAD SIZE?

  1. Turn your child’s helmet upside down
  2. Look inside to see if the helmet can be adjusted so it is snug to your child’s head.
    • There will be a dial or similar feature you can turn to tighten or loosen the helmet.
    • If your child’s helmet is not adjustable it will only fit one size of head.
    • We strongly suggest a helmet that has an adjustable dial.
    • From our experience skateboard or dome style helmets rarely fit properly.

IS IT TOO BIG?

  1. Place your child’s helmet on their head
  2. Keep straps off (straps will not affect the head fit).
  3. Have child shake their head front to back and side to side.
  4. Helmet should not move front to back or side to side.
    • If there is movement and no adjustable dial the helmet is too big.

IS IT TOO SMALL?

  1. Place your child’s helmet on their head.
  2. Face your child.
  3. Check that there is no more than a two finger gap between your eyebrows and the front part of the helmet.
    • If the helmet sits too high on your child’s head then the helmet is too small.

For more information about helmet safety, click here to see a video from Pedalheads.

CHECKING THE BIKE

Beginner Riders

  1. Sit your child on their bike seat.
  2. Feet should be resting flat-footed on the ground.
  3. Hands should be gripping the handlebars with a slight bend at the elbow.

Advanced Riders

  1. Sit your child on their bike seat.
  2. The ball of their foot should be on the ground.
  3. Hands should be gripping the handlebars with a slight bend at the elbow.

For more information on Pedals Heads Classes & Camps or to learn more about their new Heroheads program, visit their website!

Christmas is just a few months away.  If you have kids, buying more toys and “things” are just going to clutter your home in the New Year.  Give your entire family an active gift this year that can be enjoyed 365 days a year; rain or shine and even snow!  This is something that moms, dads, toddlers, little kids, big kids and everyone in between will enjoy.  What gift am I talking about?  A Smart Trampoline from Springfree™!  I dare any adult to hop onto a trampoline and not have fun and feel like a kid again.  It’s easy on the joints, great exercise and your kids will LOVE to get outside and have a jump with you.  My husband and I have headed outside to our patio after the kids have gone to bed and ended up jumping – it’s so fun and a nice way to burn off some energy (and calories!) before bed!

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We reviewed their 11 foot trampoline which a best seller and designed for large yards and children (and adults!) of all ages!  Watch their video on You Tube to get a better look at this awesome trampoline.

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What makes Springfree Trampoline different from a regular trampoline with springs?  Springfree Trampolines were re-designed from the ground up. It’s the only trampoline on the market that has engineered out all hazards on a trampoline with springs. I remember as a child, we had a neighbour that made you sign a waiver that their lawyer created in order to jump on their trampoline. That trampoline had pads that barely covered the springs and no enclosures.  Before we received the 11 foot square trampoline, we already had a Springfree™.  It was a bit smaller and to be honest, we purchased it because it was known as the ‘fancy’ trampoline.  I didn’t do much research before buying – I had just heard that it was the best.  We had friends that were surprised at the amount we were willing to spend on the trampoline and said they also had a fully enclosed ‘safe’ trampoline that was a fraction of the cost.  If you are planning to purchase a trampoline, I URGE you to watch the this video on what makes Springfree the safest trampoline on the market.  I think the image of the watermelon (think of a child’s head) falling from above onto a traditional trampoline verses a Springfree trampoline. It is very scary.  The cheap enclosed trampolines have the padding and netting for looks, but most of them really wouldn’t keep your child from getting seriously hurt.  Most trampoline designs only meet the bare minimum to comply with trampoline industry standards. By comparison, the Springfree Trampoline has a number of safety features:
– No springs (which gives you MORE jumping space!)
– No frame at jumping surface
– Flexible net with flexible rodsimg_3830

If you think your kids would actually jump on a trampoline, keep them safe and only buy a Springfree™.  Try visiting a local trampoline park, or a Springfree experience location, to make sure it is an activity that everyone loves.  If you decide that it is a investment that your family will love for many years to come, invest in the largest trampoline you have the space for.  We have a large backyard and love the 11 foot square.  We previously purchased a smaller oval Springfree™, which was fun, but the larger one is great for the kids and mom & dad!  I even zip in my 20 month old frequently and he walks back and forth and bounces for a long time.  We usually see tears when it’s time to get off as he just doesn’t want to stop jumping.

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Springfree trampolines can be enjoyed year round.  Customers who live in colder climates frequently ask us how to care for their Springfree Trampoline in the winter. The Springfree Trampoline is constructed from all-weather parts which provide peace of mind all year round. Construction includes a powder-coated galvanized steel frame, rust-free composite rods, a UV-resistant polypropylene mat and safety enclosure.  To protect your investment in the winter months simply clear away any heavy snow accumulations off of your trampoline with soft-bristled brush or broom. Do not use a shovel as it could damage the mat or enclosure net. Complete this simple task and rain, shine or snow your Springfree Trampoline will always be ready for jumping.  They are lots of fun in the winter and as long as you aren’t letting snow pile up and weighing it down, it is perfectly fine to keep up during the winter.  We had an early snow fall over Thanksgiving weekend and my kids played on the trampoline for hours!

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Our trampoline came with the new gaming system; tgoma.  tgoma® turns your Springfree™ into the first outdoor interactive digital game system designed for a trampoline.  The system takes games outside and makes them active!  With many games and apps to choose from – your entire family will love to discover a new way to play!  The tgoma was very easy to set up (see image below – those are all the steps to set it up on your tablet – only takes a few minutes) and my kids enjoyed looking through the games and interacting with them.

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There is also a Jump Fit option which makes keeping track of your exercising fun and easy.  You can track your jumps or even set goals to achieve.  I really like the Math apps; my oldest is in grade three and the app will ask a math question and then she has to jump on the correct answer.  It is a really fun way to learn!  The ipad sits in a little holder hanging off of the netting – this holder can stay out all the time.  There is also a tgoma battery pack that needs to be brought in and out with the ipad/tablet.  My kids (age 7 and 3) were able to manage the tgoma gaming system on their own, so it was quite straight forward.

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If you are planning to get the tgoma, I would highly suggest having your trampoline installed.  The tgoma requires sensors and wiring to be installed all over the trampoline, so it is a bit complicated.  The installers were right on time and had our old trampoline down and the new one up in under 75 minutes – it was amazing!  They are so quick and efficient and it enables your family to start jumping even faster.  We installed the last trampoline ourselves and while it wasn’t overly hard, it definitely took a while because we had never done it before.  The installers are experts!

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The other thing we didn’t buy with our last trampoline was the basketball hoop.  I wasn’t sure if my kids would use it.  My 3 year old puts all of the our balls from the yard into the trampoline and can shoot baskets for hours.  It is by far his favourite part of the trampoline.

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I love how Springfree really cares about their customers.  The service is outstanding.  They also stay in touch by email and send you things like a “Health Check” reminder to keep your trampoline safe and maintained.

 

To BUY, visit their website: http://www.springfree.com.  They are offering a great discount now until November 13, 2016 – you will receive free shipping and a free step, plus $100 off tgoma.

TO LEARN more about the trampoline features, visit: http://www.springfreetrampolinereview…

 

JOIN their Facebook community: http://www.facebook.com/Springfree

Send them a TWEET: http://www.twitter.com/Springfree

Happy Jumping!

 

 

The 2016 World Cup of Hockey is heading to Ontario’s capital city and what better Canadian welcome than facing-off on the sidelines with a winning lineup of PLAYMOBIL NHL® products.

 

Join your favourite athletes as they compete against a challenging roster of teams with the NHL® Rivalry Set and ensure a fair game by keeping track of the score with the NHL® Score Clock with Referees. Skate, pass and shoot alongside the best to seal the victory and bring home the Cup!

 

 

nhl-2Get ready for an epic rivalry game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins and New York Rangers or Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings. Skate, pass and shoot in the net to seal the victory and bring home the Cup with the PLAYMOBIL NHL® Rivalry Series! Set includes two hockey figures, puck, and jersey number stickers for added customization.

AGE: 5+ YEARS | PRICE: $15.99

 

All of the toys above are available at most major retailers as well as independant toy retailers.  For more information on the Playmobil NHL Series, or other Playmobil products, please visit www.playmobil.ca

 

If you have a 4 year old birthday coming up or are starting to work on your Christmas list, check out Playmobil’s Treasure Island!

Uncover a secret pirate hideout at the PLAYMOBIL Pirate Treasure Island. Ward off any unwanted visitors with the functioning cannon, hidden trapdoor, and rock fall booby-trap. Hidden buttons on the rock archway can trigger either the rock fall to rain down stones on unsuspecting ships or the trapdoor to send intruders down into the cave cell. Stash all the pirate treasure in the secret cave behind the waterfall to prevent its robbery.

This set includes three pirate figures, rowboat, rocky island with adjustable landscape, hidden cell, booby-traps, hut, functioning cannon, campfire, swords, map, treasure chest with treasure, and lots of other accessories.img_4436

My son is 3.5 and just starting to really enjoy imaginative Playmobil play.  He has been able to play with cars and larger toys on his own for a while, but I have really noticed how much he is starting to really enjoy his various Playmobil sets over the last few months.  The age recommendation for this set is 2+ years.  I would say at least 3 years as there are MANY very small pieces.  You can see in the photo below that there is a second set – this is the Playmobil Wildlife Adventure Treehouse, which we also reviewed over the summer.  The two work really well together and make for some really fun play.  Many of the small pieces included in the sets work well with both themes, which is great!

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Most major retailers and many independent retailers carry the Treasure Island set for $73.99 CAD.

For more information, visit www.playmobil.ca

 

 

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