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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.

For more ideas, click here.

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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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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More (Mostly Free) Family Fun in Ottawa!

What: The Good, The Bad, and The Fake: A Story of Money Gone Bad

Where: Currency Museum

When: January 11th through July 3rd

Cost: Free!

In a comic-strip format, the exhibition tells the story of Zoë and Dave—teenagers who find a bag of money in an alley. At first, they think they’re rich, but the money turns out to be counterfeit—just worthless paper. Throughout the exhibition, Zoë and Dave learn some valuable tips about how to use the many security features found on Canada’s paper money to help identify fake bills—a valuable skill to have as these teens enter the workforce.

If you’ve lived in Ottawa for many years, it’s easy to forget the many museums at our fingertips. However, the Currency Museum can fade into the shadow of larger, more high profile museums. There are so many interesting and fun exhibitions available at the Currency Museum! The entire family will be sure to enjoy a fresh and unique Canadian history lesson. Educational and entertaining. Always a handy combination!

What: Movies for Mommies

Where: Rainbow Cinema at St. Laurent Shopping Centre

When: Check Schedule

Cost: $8

Movies For Mommies is Canada’s Original Parent & Baby Event. We’ve just celebrated our 9th birthday of screening grown-up movies in a baby-friendly environment. All our movies run with reduced sound to protect the sensitivity of baby’s ears. All our theatres are equipped with change tables that have complimentary wipes and diapers. All theatre concessions have bottle warming for your convenience.

The sound at a regular movie can sometimes be quite loud. A Movies for Mommies event allows parents to bring their young children or infants knowing that the sound has been reduced for the safety of the youngsters in attendance. Not to mention, Rainbow Cinemas is very reasonably priced!

What: Organic Potluck sponsored by the Canadian Organic Growers

Where: Sandy Hill Community Centre

When: February 27th, March 27th, May 29th, June 26th

Cost: BYO Organic Dish

Gather for some great food, conversation and a documentary with other foodies. Bring the family (and some plates) and try a variety of organic dishes contributed by other members of the community. To participate, simply contact the organizers by e-mail or telephone (613-244-4000, ext. 2/ ottawachapter@cog.ca).

What: Stories Alive!

Where: The Rag & Bone Puppet Theatre

When: March 6th, April 3rd

Cost: Free!

Passionate about books? Each month, OYP Theatre School will host a story session. Snuggle and read with some of the wonderful artists who live and work in Ottawa, but rarely get to share their talent with children. These staged readings will incorporate puppets, music and more, giving families an experience they can relive time after time – through the magic of books!

What: Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind Open House

Where: Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind

When: June 30th

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind will host an Open House at our National Training Centre from 11am-3pm. Stop by for a tour, visit our kennels, meet our dogs, and watch training demonstrations. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Stay for lunch too with our fundraising barbecue.

What a lovely idea! Introduce your children to a wonderful cause and learn about dog training from an entirely new perspective. Who doesn’t love puppies!?

 

Game Summit Canada

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Visit Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s for a chance to win passes to the Game Summit at Nepean Sportsplex, in Ottawa, ON. Held from February 18th to 20th, the Games Summit is a great way for the family to have fun together.

Game Summit launched in fall 2008 at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, Ontario its first of many Game Summit events to come, opening the doors for table-top gamers of all kinds. Each event will have plenty of space for board gamers and more serious hobbyists as well as providing painting clinics and information sessions.

For more information about Game Summit Canada, click here or visit Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s to enter the draw!

Make a Mess!

No, you’re not mistaken. Why, you may ask, am I encouraging you to make a mess? Doesn’t that make more work, and less time for play? Not necessarily! It’s time to roll up your sleeves and get creative. Simply lay down a plastic drop cloth or mat, and allow yourself to go crazy with paints, clay, crayons, or markers. If you’ve had a hard, long day at work, both you and your children could always use your evening time to let your hair down and create something colourful.

Go ahead, make a mess! Throw some paint on the canvas or paper, just to see what happens…


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