Movie Night & a Facebook Contest!

This weather has me craving blankets, hot chocolate, and all the chick flicks that a girl can handle. There’s just nothing better than nestling up under the covers and settling in for some relaxing entertainment! With that in mind, I’ve compiled my list of Top 5 Make-You-Laugh-Til-You-Cry Expectant Parent films. (Try and say that 3 times fast!)
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Jack Frost is Nipping at my EVERYTHING!

Well guys- it’s time to get serious. January is upon us, and my snowpants have officially come out of hiding. Am I the only one who’s recently started thinking “Would it be so terrible if my dog were trained to go on a mat indoors?” Short answer- Yes; Long answer- I just don’t wanna go outside!!

The kids are in a similar predicament, but staying home wears thin, n’est-ce pas? So we’ve compiled a list of some of our fave winter activities in this great city of ours. As much as we love the sledding, skating, snow-man building –  winter is long. It’s time to get creative!

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Babe, Pig in the City;

Word around the Cocoa Heater here at Fab is that the place to be this month is the Agricultural Museum where the birth of a brand new set of piglets looms imminent! The Animal Barns are nicely heated as well, providing respite from the brisk wind.  They’re open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is by donation only until February 28, 2013.

Passport to Fun;

The Children’s Museum within the Museum of Civilization is a non-stop hive of activity! Worldly crafts and an educational play are just some of the benefits. Letting your little guy run his silly’s out while your fingers remain comfortably attached to your body is another. My favourite thing to do is pick up a Passport at the entry and make sure each page has a stamp. They have Free Admission every Thursday from 4-8pm, but keep in mind that from  January 7 to January 11, 2013 they will be closed for the Museum Annual Maintenance.

Alight with laughter;

There are only a few more days to check out Alight at Night at the Upper Canada Village. This activity has become a yearly tradition in my household, and has proven fodder for amazing family photos! Their final night this season is January 5th, 2012 and you can check the exhibition out from 5pm to 9pm. Admission is $13 for adults, $10 for youth and seniors and FREE for any child under the age of 5. Admission also includes both a wagon AND train ride, as well as Mom & Dad’s parking. There’s a canteen on site, but bring yourself a thermos of hot chocolate and avoid the lineups!

Civic Pride;

A big thanks should also go out to the City of Ottawa for their comprehensive list of workshops and activities that parents and children alike will enjoy! Don’t worry about signing up for a full-on series of classes, join in for some fun on special occasions! Coming up at the Nepean Sportsplex on February 10th take your 3-5 year olds to the Sweethearts Workshop from 9:30-10:30am. For $20 your little one can create all sorts of great crafts for the Sweethearts on their list this Valentine’s Day!

Or maybe Dad n’ Me Woodworking is more your speed? Visit the Nepean Sportsplex with your 3-5 year olds on January 26th from 9:30-11am to create a special project that you get to take home! Visit ottawa.ca for more great workshops.

Cool Science – Let’s get Nerdy!;

On February 16th be sure to stop by the Science and Technology Museum for Cool Science Saturday. With experiments happening both inside and out, your family will learn how COOL it is to be COLD! Running from 9am to 5pm admission is very fair, running only $28 for a family pass that allows 2 adults and 3 children. Learn more at; http://www.sciencetech.technomuses.ca

Sticking close to home?;

-Why not turn your backyard into an ever-changing bird sanctuary? Our fave feeders are from Prudent Baby , but a simple search of Pinterest should prove fruitful! 

-Create an outdoor obstacle course filled with jumps, tunnels and hills! The shoveling to create it will keep YOU warm, and the hours of running around it will be a treat for the tikes.

-Have you every hosted a shovel race in your driveway? While I know this is, admittedly, a touch selfish, it always goes down a treat! Use food colouring from your kitchen to divide up the lanes and have your little guys go to town! Winner gets first crack at the marshmallows for their hot chocolate!

It’s time to take the training wheels off!

The fastest growing trend in fun-for-your-littles is arguably the use of a delightfully crafted, all wood, balance bike. These bikes are flying like hotcakes, which prompts many a parent to ask “How does this compare to training wheels? I see balance bikes everywhere!!”

The whole idea behind the balance bike is that your children learn the hard part of bike riding first- steering and balancing! Low to the ground, they push, push, push with their feet until they’re going fast enough to coast. These bursts of coasting are when the child can lift their feet off the ground and feel how the bike balances underneath them. One of the major benefits is that any spills taken from this height are easily brushed off.

Most cycle enthusiasts are now comparing the idea of training wheels to crutches. It seems that having the safety net of not falling over is just prolonging the actual process of learning to ride a bike.

When trying the fit of a balance bike (which you can certainly do at our 1244 Wellington Street location), make sure that your child’s feet are resting flat on the floor. Any higher could lead to tumbling. Keep in mind that most balance bikes offer growth options.

The Wishbone Bike starts out life as a trusty 3-wheeler, easily converting to a two wheeler with 3 different heights. A simple twist of Dad’s trusty Allan Key and your child will be scooting about the block in no time. One of the key benefits here is that the bike can be converted into one of the largest bikes on the market- which leads directly towards using it longer. It’s age-appropriate from 1 to 5.

The Prince Lionheart collection of bikes includes the Original, the Chop and the Scooter. Each one has a height-adjustable seat on a birch frame and are appropriate from ages 2 to 5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gone are the days of an anxious parent running behind the child with one hand on the seat. I think we can all remember what a disastrous turn this took for Uncle Joey when he was teaching Michelle!