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mindfulness and yoga
5 fun ways to incorporate yoga and mindfulness into playtime

Reading Time: 4 minutes We have all heard about being mindful but if we are honest with ourselves we do not practice it enough. Mindfulness is very simple, we set aside time to sit and do nothing for several minutes. That's it! It's so simple, so why do we not do it? We know it's good for us, we know it helps our concentration, improves our mental health, and is key to controlling our reactions. For the majority of us, it is harder to sit in stillness than it is to have a full schedule all day every day. This is what we need to change for our children. We need to encourage moments of stillness, reflections, and pause. We need to work on it for ourselves but more importantly for our children.

screen time
Reassessing Your Kids' Screen Time Limits in the New Remote World

Reading Time: 7 minutes For many parents, concern over kids being glued to screens is not a new phenomenon. However, with the pandemic causing a 500% spike of digital media usage amongst younger generations, the issue has become a new kind of monster. Our current reality is forcing families to rethink screen time limits and come up with solutions that take into account both the harmful effects of excessive digital media use and the need for kids to engage in online school and socialization. The pandemic has had a detrimental impact on many kids, and an unhealthy dependence on technology could be a long-lasting side effect of a full year away from school and friends.

Summer Camp
BC Parent's Annual Summer Camp Roundup: Top 10 Exciting Camps for the 2021 Season

Reading Time: 5 minutes Here we are again, planning another 8 weeks of Summer vacation! Fortunately, even with COVID-19...

Arts Umbrella
Arts Umbrella's amazing new space unveiled

Reading Time: 3 minutes A model for arts education across North America, the new facility significantly expands Arts Umbrella’s capacity to provide transformative experiences for young people in Metro Vancouver, across Canada, and around the world. Arts Umbrella serves 24,000 young people annually, and, within the next three to five years, the new building is expected to support 15,000 children and youth
every year through tuition-based programs and performances, as well as community programs, distance learning, bursaries, and scholarships.

Incredible program for high school students in Vancouver - Deadline: April 5

Reading Time: 3 minutes We just learned about an incredible extracurricular program for high school students and wanted to share it with parents in Vancouver. The Knowledge Society (TKS) is a 10-month innovation program for students ages 13-17 who want to solve the world’s biggest problems. The program is modeled after curriculums from Harvard, Stanford, and MIT, and designed to replicate the learning environments of Google and Facebook. They’ve also been recognized by organizations like the World Economic Forum.

Spring Break
Spring Break is coming fast!

Reading Time: 2 minutes We are now just over 5 weeks from Spring Break 2021. The usual routines have...

Spring Break
2021 Spring Break Camps

Reading Time: 3 minutes Spring Break is creeping up, for me, it feels faster than expected. What have you...

physical activities
Physical Activity for Children and Youth this Winter

Reading Time: 3 minutes Children are experiencing lower physical activity levels, less outside time, and higher sedentary behaviour, including screen time, during the outbreak. Kids need to move more, now more than ever. 

virtual music
Virtual Music Opportunities to Keep Your Child Learning

Reading Time: 7 minutes Music education has numerous benefits for students, including establishing stronger social skills, increased confidence, and improved academics due to involved brain function. With all of these benefits and more stemming from music, there is no doubt that you should include music education within your child’s online studies. Here are some easy ways to be sure to keep music education incorporated in virtual learning.

Fall Activities Now Available

Reading Time: 4 minutes With Back-to-School comes Fall activities. What will those look like this year? Who is offering...

These Tiny Boots were made for Walking or Hiking - 5 useful tips

Reading Time: 10 minutes Only a few steps into my hike up to Quarry Rock I began to notice...

Dig This: 10 Big Benefits of Gardening with Kids

Reading Time: 7 minutes Most parents want their children to get outside away from phones, TV, and video games,...

Swim lessons
A new future for swim lessons

Reading Time: 4 minutes If you are a new mom or have a new baby, how can you ensure you and your baby are more prepared for time in the water? Karina Renaud has the answer. As the instructor and owner of The Swim for Life program, Karina created an online course to help save lives by teaching young children foundational water skills from their own homes!

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Getting peaceful in the Holidays

Reading Time: 3 minutes Many of us here at The Yoga Buggy are Christmas lovers and celebrators, and together...

Kids with phone
Mom, When I Grow Up, I Want To Be An Influencer

Reading Time: 4 minutes If you ask your children what they want to be when they grow up, there is a good chance that the answer will be “an influencer.”

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Fall Bike riding with Kids

Reading Time: 3 minutes Summer is over, but that doesn’t mean outdoor time has to end. Riding bikes is...

family playing board games
Why Great Games Make Your Kids Forget They’re Actually Learning

Reading Time: 6 minutes Most of us underestimate the learning potential of games. Games don’t just promote curiosity and...

kids after-school gymnastics
After-School Activities Offer Worthwhile Benefits

Reading Time: 9 minutes The comment from a young mom, Amy, about middle school football tryouts prompted a lengthy...

playing camping games
7 Fun Games to Play While Camping with Kids

Reading Time: 4 minutes Camping is an activity that many families enjoy every time. This is the time when...

A Scout’s Guide to the Ultimate Summer Camping Trip
A Scout's Guide to the Ultimate Summer Camping Trip

Reading Time: 5 minutes 27℃. That’s the perfect temperature for summer camping according to Scouts – Canada’s youngest outdoor...

KingFisher Camp
Kingfisher Summer Camps - a super, natural experience

Reading Time: 3 minutes Not many children have the privilege to live in such a beautiful place. British Columbia...

girls playing with paint
5 Tips to Inspire Creativity at Home

Reading Time: 2 minutes Looking for ways to encourage artistic creativity at home? These five ideas will help light...

Evolve Skateboard camp
Skateboard Summer Camps - Something out of the norm!

Reading Time: 3 minutes Every Summer, we deliberate what activities will fill our children’s day. Will the activities be...

Spring Break Camp
Spring Break Camps: It's not too late to book

Reading Time: 3 minutes As the break quickly approaches, many parents become concerned that they have missed the boat...

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