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It’s Summer, so let’s RIDE!

Anyone who has tried to teach an older child how to ride a bike knows, it can be a difficult task! Sure some kids take to it like a duck to water, but there are equally as many kids who have a hard time getting past the fear of it all. The freedom that comes with learning to ride a bike is invaluable to kids and what is better than a family bike-ride in Ottawa?

So, are you having a hard time teaching your older child to ride a bike? I came across a fantastic article on www.bicycle.net that may help parents.

Check it out the link below and let us know if it works for you!

TEACH YOUR CHILD TO RIDE IN ONE HOUR OR LESS

Ottawa, get kids moving!

Here at Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s, we just got in a new line of awesome skipping gear including jump ropes, double dutch ropes, stilt walkers and skip-its! It’s from Just Jump It  and it’s available at all our stores now! In the spirit of keeping active, we wanted to get parents talking about more ways to keep their kids moving this summer!

We all know the benefits of keeping our kids active. It keeps the body healthy, encourages socialization & teamwork and provides a foundation for keeping fit in to adulthood.

But where to start with your little offspring?

Rule number one (and there is only one rule) Make it fun. If it’s fun your kids will be asking for more and that’s all you need to keep fit. Here are some ideas to get kids moving. Since it’s spring, we’re going to keep it a list of Fun Active Things to do in Ottawa for Spring and Summer!

Rediscover Ottawa and go for a family walk or bike ride! There the paths along the Rideau Canal and more paths along the Ottawa River. Perhaps opt for a stroll through the Ottawa Byward Market you can visit the street vendors and buy some fresh produce while exercising, how cool is Ottawa?!

Want to add a twist to the family walk? Go out at night and bring a flashlight. Be sure to look up and stargaze as well!

Or simply head to your local park and toss around a ball or frisbee, it can be that simple! Don’t ignore the free public tennis courts either-even if you’ve never picked up a racket, there is still tons of fun in trying and who knows, your kid may be the next Roger Federer!

If more adventurous, make your way to the Gatineau Hills for hiking, kyaking, canoeing and even camping!

Go for a family Swim at the local beach or public pool. There are a number of wading pools as well-be sure to bring lots of fun water toys. For a more planned trip head to the Kanata Wave Pool or the new and impressive Calypso Waterpark!

Game On! Organize an impromptu neighbourhood game of basketball or street hockey. Or how about double dutch jump ropes? Maybe even hacky sack, don’t be shy to try something new.

Take your dog for a walk, Fido deserves the exercise too. Even if you don’t have a dog, head to an off-leash park where you can bird-watch AND Dog-watch at the same time!

Remember to support your kids in everything they try and allow children to include their friends!

Let us know some other ways you keep your kids moving in the warm weather!

Easter Egg Decorating

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Try out different egg decorating techniques with your children this Easter. Pink, blue, yellow or grey! The choice is yours.

Turn your Easter eggs into a work of art or cartoon character with a variety of materials:

  • Food Colouring
  • Crayons
  • Glitter Glue
  • Rhinestones
  • Googly eyes
  • Construction paper
  • Glitter

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Stock up on crafting supplies and Easter egg decorating materials this spring! Make it easy to enjoy the holiday with your family by preparing a crafting kit in advance.

Make a basket by cutting construction paper into strips, and weaving them together for strength. Simply add a handle, a little stuffing, and display your children’s beautifully decorated eggs for the entire family to see! And, for those of you with a sweet tooth, throw in a few chocolates for decoration.

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Visit Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s, in-store or online, to see our selection of fun, family friendly toys.

Curious Chef

Soon to be available in-stores and online at Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s! Curious Chef is a fun line of baking tools especially for kids. All the tools and instructions keep safety in mind, allowing your children to whip up a batch of cupcakes, or anything sweet that may strike their fancy, without worrying about the dangers of regular kitchen utensils.  Baking kits, chefs hats, mitts, aprons, measuring tools, and everything your young ones need to craft a cake in no time!

Indoor Exercise for Children

In the winter, sometimes it can be difficult to get your children outside to play. There are many instances when it is simply too cold for outdoor play, which means that tobogganing and snow fort building is not a option. What other options are available? Here is a list of great resources and ideas for parents who are looking for some indoor, kid-friendly exercise options:

1. Mini-Trampoline: There are many child friendly trampolines available for all age and difficulty levels. Some come with a handle, others small and compact for easy storage.

2. Indoor Hopscotch: There are a variety of ways you can create your own hopscotch game. Many hopscotch mats come with pre-printed boxes and numbers, or you can use some colourful yarn to lay out a game on the carpet. Use your own toys and trinkets to accessorize!

3. Indoor Gymnasiums: A great way for children to use up excess energy! Your little one can run, jump, tumble, and cartwheel all afternoon. A environment like this is especially handy if you have more than one child. Visit Starr Gymnastics in Ottawa for more information!

4. Wave Pools: Getting tired of looking out the window and seeing a mound of snow and slush? Me too. Want a taste of summer? Me too. Check out the local wave pool with your kiddies to escape the winter for an afternoon. The water slides are big and fun enough to put a smile on their faces! In Ottawa, the Splash Wave Pool is located at 2040 Ogilvie Road. Contact them at 613-748-4222 for hours and fees.

5. Carpet Hockey: Clear the basement or the living room for a fun game of carpet hockey. Use mini sticks, carpet-safe skates, and pucks.

Visit Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s for more fun ideas!

Ottawa Bloggers to Check Out

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A Peek Inside the Fishbowl

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Hanging in There, Twinmomplusone

Life is Good at the Beach

Party of 3

Tales of Life with a Girl on the Go

Silver Creek Musings

Scrap Pit

Ottawa Birthday Party Venue Ideas

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Starr Gymnastics & Fitness:

Three locations across the city (Ottawa, Nepean & Orleans) are available to make your party planning easier. There are a variety of packages available, depending on how many children are invited to the party. Starr is also allergy-aware, and promotes their facility as nut-free.

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The Mud Oven:

Create unique pieces of painted pottery! If your party goers are a crafty bunch, this is a great option. The selection is fantastic; make a mug, a plate, or little critter. A helpful staff and calm environment will make sure that your party goes smoothly!

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Sportball:

Sportball birthday parties are the perfect way to entertain your child and their friends in high-energy sports and activities. Our  coaches will run your party from start to finish, encouraging and fostering the participation of all children in non-competitive sports and games. Parties are generally 1, 1.5 or 2 hours in length, and conclude with a traditional birthday party celebration. It’s fun for the kids, and easy on moms and dads. Kids will have to catch their breath before they blow out the candles!

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