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Not many children have the privilege to live in such a beautiful place. British Columbia is a mecca of natural experiences and cultural history. To help children explore the wonders BC has to offer, the Wild Bird Trust of British Columbia, in the conservation area at Maplewood Flats, is happy to present the Kingfisher Summer Camp Series for children ages 5-12.
Just a stone’s throw from the City, located off Dollarton Road in North Vancouver, children can become immersed in activities focused on conservation of the environment, while addressing the concept of reconciliation of the traditional lands of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation.
The full-day camp program (9:00 am to 4:30 pm) will include Coast Salish plant walks, kayak or canoe tours, bird watching, story-telling and a thorough appreciation of our coast and natural environment.
Let your kids step away from modern technology and into nature to learn firsthand about traditional ecological knowledge and conservation, through various mediums and hands-on experiences. With place-based, nature-based, and art-based programming, every child will find something to pique their interest. Camp leaders will share their passion for the land with the next generation and provide a fun, safe, and accepting environment for them to learn about nature and reconciliation.
Camps are held
July 22nd–26th – All about animals
The first Kingfisher Camp is for the kids who are fascinated by creatures of all sizes. Have you wondered how birds build their nests? What food bugs prefer? The types of animals that live in the area? This camp will answer these questions and more as children explore all things animal.
August 12th–16th – Your Story at Maplewood Flats
First Nations peoples often share their history through story, and that is what kids will learn about at Kingfisher’s second camp. Campers will have the chance to build their own story in a week-long art project while learning about the history and nature of Maplewood Flats.
August 19th–23rd – Hidden Nature
There is more to nature than you think! Many critters are living underground, in the underbrush, and even inside other creatures. The third week of kingfisher camp will dive into the side of nature that has to be uncovered to be seen.
Cost: $300 for 1 week, $345 for later pickup. Subsidies are available.
Camps run Monday – Friday 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Located on the Conservation Area at Maplewood Flats at 2649 Dollarton Highway, North Vancouver.
More info: email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit wildbirdtrust.org/kingfisher-kids-camp
Looking for ways to encourage artistic creativity at home? These five ideas will help light that spark.
Over the summer, your preschooler drew on the sidewalk with chalk, got her fingers messy with paints, created puppet shows for his family, and sang along to their favourite movie. Creativity doesn’t have to end with long, sunny days. Whether you have a child heading to preschool, daycare, or kindergarten in September, or they’re joining their friends in elementary school, Fall is a bustling season. September is when many extracurricular activities kick off as well. So keep the artistic passion that fueled her all summer long going—with an art class.
The arts provide children with valuable skills like focus, critical thinking, and cooperation. By immersing themselves in the artistic process, children also flex their creativity in ways that will benefit them long term. The arts are proven to improve kids’ social, mental, and emotional development, and foster problem-solving abilities and entrepreneurial instincts.
There are many art forms and classes available for your child to participate in, so where do you start? How do you choose if your kid should try drama, sculpture, dance, or something else entirely?
We are excited to be sharing some mompreneurial insight with you from sisters, Victoria and Phillipa, the founders of Pip and Vix Art Kits! My children had the please of trying these art kits out and had an absolute blast. Read the review here.
What was the inspiration for Pip and Vix?
I first thought of the idea for Pip & Vix Art Kits a number of years ago, but at the time was busy raising two young boys and working as an art teacher in a K-12 school. I put the idea aside, telling myself that someday down the road I would give the business a try. It wasn’t until last year that the idea surfaced again after relocating to the Vancouver area for my husband’s work. The move allowed me to open my own art school for children and the time to pursue and develop the idea of creating a series of innovative art kits for kids. Designed to be fun and educational, I wanted each kit to reflect the way I would teach in my own studio. I wanted my philosophy to guide each project with ample room for the child to experiment, explore, improvise and problem solve. My vision for my business was clear – but there was one problem, I needed a partner. I called my sister Victoria in Montreal and asked if she would like to join me on this adventure. After all she’s a mother, loves art, enjoys working with children, we share the same philosophy & approach and……. she just so happens to be a marketing guru! After a full year of meetings, we were ready to launch Pip & Vix Art Kits for Kids with six art kits and more to come each month.
How many children did you have and what were their ages when you started Pip and Vix?
When we first developed the concept of Pip & Vix Art Kits, my 2 grown boys were 20 and 22 years and my sister Victoria had two teenagers; a boy aged 17 and a girl aged 15. Our kids were more independent, so both of us were at the beginning of a new chapter in life where we had a little more freedom with our time.
Since having kids, I’ve always brainstormed ideas to support my professional career, but to ensure it was balanced with home life and being a Mom. So I developed a home-based art school that would enable me to continue with my passion for teaching art and also be there for my family. From this original concept, the idea of making my art lessons available to other Moms & Dads with Pip & Vix subscription-based art kits was born! Our goal was to design kits for ages 3-13+ years that provide comprehensive lesson plans where our top priority is to provide an opportunity for FUN experiences that encourage exploration, discovery, creativity, and problem solving …less time planning and shopping for parents and more art fun with the kids!
Where did the company name come from?
We wanted a name that would represent the natural playfulness and curiosity kids have, so we used our childhood nicknames…Pip short for Philippa and Vix short for Victoria.
What was the biggest challenge you had becoming a mompreneur?
I think for a lot of Moms it would be a similar answer…balancing your role as a successful entrepreneur and being a Mom. Motherhood is the most important career love for both of us and finding that balance between being Mom and running a business has probably been the biggest challenge we face. Moms have a big “mental load” to juggle; between the responsibilities and time it takes to run a profitable enterprise, and truly being there for the kids to provide guidance and support. Multi-tasking and time management are key as the lines between home and work can sometimes get blurred! And of course saving a little bit of time for ourselves to get to the gym, make healthy dinners or go on a date night with the husbands is also a big challenge, but worth the effort!
What advice would you give to other mother’s looking to start their own business?
Choose something that you’re really passionate about and then have the confidence in yourself to do it! Remember that work will always be there, but childhood is so fleeting and will be gone before you know it! Make the time to get to their basketball game, school play or dance recital. Remain firm that when you’re in your office, stick as much as possible to business tasks (especially important to remember if you work from home!), but when you come home leave it all behind and be present with the family. Easier said than done, but if you set out those boundaries in the beginning, it’ll be easier to stick to them.
The other day we had the pleasure of trying out an art kit from Pip & Vix. It was a rainy day and we had OD’ed on screentime so it was time to do another activity. My 3-year-old was very excited when she was pulling out all the amazing pieces that came with the 3-D painting box.
She got started painting the canvas first and then followed with the foam core shapes. The best part was mixing the paints on the clipboard paint pallet. It was a great way to introduce how combining colours blend to make new colours. Using a variety of brushes and the sponge to apply the paint was also a special treat.
My 6-year-old also gave the art kit a try. He wasn’t as interested in following the instructions or working to recreate a Frank Stella masterpiece, but he enjoyed having access to all the tools to make his own masterpiece. The newly painted frog masterpiece is proudly displayed in his room now.
From a parent’s point of view, it was great to have all the pieces in one place and not need to scramble to find anything. The kits are so well prepared, even down to the kit including some paper towel. There is an abundance of supplies and definitely, enough for future projects and the box is a great keepsake/storage unit.
Experience the – power of creativity at Splash – Arts Umbrella’s 35th annual art auction and gala, presented by TD Bank Group. On Saturday, October 14, Canada’s leading non-profit arts organization for young people will be hosting an unforgettable art auction and gala featuring close to 100 works by prominent BC artists.
“Arts Umbrella is thrilled to host the 35th annual Splash, where guests will discover awe-inspiring artworks by some of the most celebrated artists in Vancouver and the province,” says Paul Larocque, President & CEO of Arts Umbrella. “Support of Splash will empower young people to pursue their passions with life-changing arts programming.”
Arts Umbrella reaches more than 20,000 children and youth every year; more than 14,000 through free community programming, ensuring that all children, regardless of their socio-economic circumstances, benefit from artistic endeavours.
Splash 2017 will once again bring together over 600 corporate and community leaders, patrons, and art aficionados for this magical art auction and gala. This year, Arts Umbrella is excited to feature artists Douglas Coupland, Jeff Wall, Ian Wallace, Andrew Dadson, Bobbie Burgers and Andy Dixon, as well as other celebrated contemporary artists. Splash will be co-chaired by Christie Darbyshire and Bruce Munro Wright, both ardent supporters of the arts.
The spectacular event will take place at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, with CBC news personalities Gloria Macarenko and Fred Lee hosting the evening, and live performances by the Arts Umbrella Dance Company and Musical
Theatre Troupes. Leading the coveted live auction will be Canadian multimedia contemporary artist, curator, and cultural
leader, Hank Bull.
In celebration of the 35th anniversary, Arts Umbrella will also host an after party following the Live Auction, where guests will dance the night away to the musical stylings of DJ Chloe.
Since it began in 1983, Splash has raised more than $5.5 million in net proceeds, ensuring programs are within reach of all youth, through bursaries, scholarships, and free community programs.
The evening is made possible through the generous support of presenting sponsor TD Bank Group. Arts Umbrella is also pleased to be partnering with luxury jewellery brand David Yurman this year, who will provide a stunning signature raffle piece.
To purchase tickets and find out more information about Splash 2017, please visit artsumbrella.com.
• Gala tickets: $350
• Luminary ticket: $500*
*Luminary tickets support the Arts Umbrella Bursary Fund and include special registration, name recognition, in print, at the event, reserved seating, special cashier checkout, and a tax receipt issued for a significant portion of ticket price.
About Arts Umbrella
Art can change the lives of children in incredible ways, which is why Arts Umbrella helps young artists cultivate creativity and grow self-confidence through dance, theatre and visual arts. Since 1979, the not-for-profit has opened the doors for all kids ages 2 to 22 to find and explore their artistic voices. More than 20,000 students discover the magic each year, with more than half participating at little to no cost to their families.