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2022 Vancouver International Children’s Festival

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I remember going to the Vancouver International Children’s Festival when I was a child. It was an amazing visit to see talented, creative performers and be swept up in the creativity with hands-on crafts. Now, after a two year in-person hiatus, the 45th annual Vancouver International Children’s Festival returns In-person from May 31 – June 5 on Granville Island and May 31 - June 12 Online. Once again, world-class theatre, music, dance, circus, puppetry and storytelling performers will entertain Vancouver children and families. This year, eighteen professional performing artists from as far-reaching as Denmark, Ireland and the United Kingdom are scheduled to perform 80 shows.

Environment Spring Cleaning
5 Amazing Environmentally Friendly Tips for a More Sustainable Spring Cleaning Season

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have a duty to protect the environment, but over half (52%) don’t know where to start*. A simple way to step-up sustainability at home is with some eco-friendly spring-cleaning hacks.

My Name is Not Mom
Exciting - My Name Is Not Mom is coming to Vancouver!!!!

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I'm super excited to be having a girls night with some "school moms" soon. This time we're going out to have some dinner and then laugh our butts off. Not because we're laughing at the ridiculous things our kids have done, but because we are essentially laughing at ourselves. We are going to see three amazing moms that I'm sure we will relate, all too well, to. My Name Is Not Mom is coming to Vancouver, BC on May 27th! My Name Is Not Mom is a comedy show about the hilarious journey through motherhood with internet sensations Tiffany Jenkins, Meredith Masony and Dena Blizzard.

Road Safe Child
4 Useful Road Safety Tips

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With Canada’s Road Safety Week just around the corner (May 17-23), it’s time for Canadians to consider how we can make our roads safer. The theme for this year's campaign is "Safer You. Safer Me." It is meant to emphasize that the decisions drivers make not only affect them, but also their passengers, other drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians.

Burnaby Village Museum
Exciting News: Burnaby Village Museum celebrates 50 years!

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This May marks 50 years since the Burnaby Village Museum opened to the public for its first full year in 1972. They will celebrate the momentous occasion with new exhibits, entertainment and activities. They’re also excited to reopen for the summer season from May 7 to September 5, offering visitors an immersive experience of the 1920s village comprising heritage and recreated buildings. 

summer camp
Summer Camp Guide 2022

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Summer Day Camps and extracurricular activities are great opportunities for your children to take part in something outside of their usual routine. Summer Camps help children to foster an open mind, build new relationships, strengthen interpersonal and work skills outside of their familiar zones, and learn or refine a skill. Whether your child is interested in sports, music, or technology, we have our annual Summer Camp round-up to help you find that fantastic camp that will excite and entertain your children this summer.

Family Resource Guide
Family Resource Guide 2022!!!!

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We're so excited to bring you our Family Resource Guide. It has been a tough couple of years and there were some changes during it so our important listings section is even more relevant. Find out which businesses are still offering services in the following categories: Family Fun, Birthday Parties, Home, Education, Classes and Programs, Camps, and Family Health. In addition to these listings, we've also added more editorial on hiking, RESP's, Education, and most importantly, mental health.

Mother's Day
Amazing Mother's Day Ideas

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Mother's Day is next weekend! I can't believe it's coming up so quickly. Have you thought of some gifts for that important woman in your life? I do love the home-made gifts from the kids, but as they get older they want to get mom bigger gifts or just don't have the time to craft something at home. Here are some ideas to casually suggest or hint to your loved ones or just tell them to read this post :)

grocery
5 Helpful Tips for More Sustainable Grocery Shopping 

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We’re sharing 5 earth-friendly tips for little changes you can make while grocery shopping that can have a big impact on the environment. 

climate
New Children's Book on Changing Climate Anxiety into Climate Action

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It’s hard to know how to talk to kids about climate change. Children can’t help but be aware of bad climate news, but parents must also provide comfort and hope for their future. There is reason to be hopeful, and reason to be fearful. Most importantly for kids, the loss of plant and animal life is a deeply felt grief. Kids want to talk about climate change, and they look to their parents to provide wisdom and guidance. Here are some books to help.

Easter
3 fun ways for a sugar-reduced Easter

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In past Easter's we've aimed to have a chocolate-free, or at least reduced, celebration. Here are some ideas if this is what you're "hopping" to do.

reel to real
Exciting Reel to Real Film Festival April 3-13

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Kids and the young at heart will enjoy films from BC, Canada, and around the world at this year's Reel to Real festival. In-person screenings at the Roundhouse Community Centre and Vancity Theatre. The films can also be streamed online from anywhere in BC.

meditate
Essential Self-Care in 2022: Beyond Bubble Baths

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It’s pretty clear that our definition of what we consider to be self-care has shifted immensely over the past two years. Yes, there was a time when scheduling a pedicure or drawing a nice bath would cut it, but in today’s uncertain times, self-care has taken on a deeper meaning. 

Spring Break
Spring Break Activities

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most, actually every, day, where will you go to fill the remaining days of Spring Break? We've put together a couple of activities that are fun and educational rain or shine!

Rainy day
15 Fun Rainy Day Outdoor Activities

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15 Outside Rainy Day Activities How are you going to get the kids some outside...

International Women's Day
Let’s #BreaktheBias for Amazing Moms this International Women’s Day

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To truly level the playing field, we must move away from supporting women through a lens of equality and shift to one of equity that is inclusive of supporting them professionally and domestically – not one or the other. Women must be given the capacity - at home and at work - to support their families and meet their goals.  This means that both the household and workplace have a responsibility to alleviate mothers from some of their expectations.  For the family, in particular, stepping in to take care of chores provides them with the life and financial skills to understand their value and advocate for themselves in the future. Keep this inmind this International Women's Day.

trip
Going on a Spring Break Trip? Tips you need to know first.

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Spring Break is coming up quickly! Have you planned a trip for the time off...

sleep
Nearly 1 in 5 Canadian Parents are Losing Sleep Over the Stress of Parenting

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We're less than two weeks out from the semi-annual daylight savings shift. In honour of Daylight Savings, Owlet Baby Care released eye-opening information on the state of shuteye--or lack thereof--among Canadians. The survey of over 1,500 Canadians revealed surprising data on everything from what parents would be willing to give up for a good night’s sleep to who’s sleeping in and how much time it really takes to get the kids in bed at night.

Family Day
7 Family Day Fun Ideas!

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Yay, it's almost Family Day. This annual holiday, established in 2013, is a great day to have some much-needed fun in February. Thinking about fun things to do and what's open? Here are 6 great ideas to check out, there are also some awesome deals!

Radon Testing Kit Vancouver | www.bcparent.ca | BC Parent Newsmagazine
Important News! Have you heard of Radon Testing?

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This just came out from @health-canada and should be taken seriously.

This winter due to cold weather and complying with COVID-19 public health measures, we are all spending more times indoors. Health Canada is encouraging Canadians to test their homes for Radon.

Family Questions
394 Exciting Questions to Ask Kids (Fun, Silly, Get to Know Them Questions)

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Conversing with your children can be hard at times. This is especially true for young children who may have only recently learned how to speak in full sentences. Thinking about meaningful questions to ask kids, is important for their development.

Spring Break
4 amazing Spring Break camps to check out!

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Spring Break camps are great on two levels. One they give your kids something fun to do, and two they get the kids out of the house so you can stick to your daily schedule if you don't have time off. Camps are a great way to let your child try something new or advance a skill set. There are opportunities for your children to perform, build, and move around, but most importantly, have a lot of fun!

Majik Kids
BC Parent Profile: Bradley T. Morris - bringing us magic with Majik Kids

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Here is a little about a BC Parent who brings magic wherever he goes. Bradley T. Morris, based on Salt Spring Island, is the Founder, Creative Director, Executive Producer, Voice Actor & Author at MajikKids.com and MajikMedia.com. MAJIK KIDS: Magical Stories for Magical Kids.  Offers six magical audio stories and illustrated books that are now live (on their website, Youtube, Spotify, iTunes & all the other listening places)

homeschooling
5 great ways to get through homeschooling again!

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We've been asked to start homeschooling again. It is short-term and hopefully only until January 10th. Here are 5 ways to help get through this chaos.

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