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Three Books of the Week: Ages 3-7

By | July 31st, 2018|Categories: Curious Reads|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Warthog - A Counting Adventure by Birdie Black and pictures by Rosalind Beardshaw This is an absolutely fantastic lift-the-flap counting book starring a mischievous little warthog. Our warthog heads out on an adventure and counts as he goes. With each adventure we see what he <thinks> he's counting and as you lift-the-flap you find out what he is <really> counting.  Like stepping stones that are actually frog's heads or berries that are actually held in the beaks of eight birds. Why I like it: It's not your average counting book that says 'one butterfly or four carrots' - it has an actual story.  Plus lift-the-flaps are always winners (but cause so much drama between siblings).  I adore Beardshaw's illustrations which are bright and sweet. Albert's Tree by Jenni Desmond When Albert the bear wakes up [...]

Playground Survival: West Vancouver, B.C.

By | July 9th, 2018|Categories: City Wonderland, Playground Survival|Tags: , , , , |

PLAYGROUND SURVIVAL: WEST VANCOUVER, B.C. JOHN LAWSON PARK Address: 750 17th Street, West Vancouver, B.C.  (Just west of Ambelside Park - a fantastic beach and place to walk when in Vancouver) How to Get Here: Ummm, I have only ever driven here.  Usually from Downton Vancouver.  So head on over the Lion's Gate Bridge and then follow the signs for West Vancouver. There are parking lots along the park as well as free street parking. I am sure you could take transit but if you are a tourist in the city, I would say it's probably difficult to get to via public transit. Why We Like it: So many reasons!  When I lived in Vancouver, I used to come to Ambleside Park to walk my dogs all the time.  Now [...]

Playground Survival: The Grange

By | July 3rd, 2018|Categories: City Wonderland, Playground Survival|Tags: , , , , , , , |

PLAYGROUND SURVIVAL: TORONTO CENTRE GRANGE PARK Address: Beverly Street & McCaul Street Toronto (Behind the Art Gallery of Ontario at 317 Dundas Street West) How to Get Here: By car:  various parking garages around the area and street parking that can be hard to come by mid-afternoon.  3 hour limit for street parking TTC Why We Like it: As you can see from the pictures, this playground is architecturally interesting.  It blends well into the OCAD Campus looming up behind it. The playground is broken up into one area for the littler kids and one for the bigger kids - both with plenty of crooks and crannies for kids to play in.  The first time we went, all the kids (including my little toddler) stuck to the big kid one [...]

Three Books of the Week

By | June 27th, 2018|Categories: Curious Reads|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

88 INSTRUMENTS by Chris Barton with pictures by Louis Thomas In this story, a little boy is faced with the daunting task of choosing which instrument he would like to learn.  There are squeezy ones (an accordion) or wheezy ones (a bagpipe) or  simple and easy ones (a triangle). In the end, the clear plink plunk of the piano wins him over.  And although it has so many keys (88 to be precise), he has confidence that he can learn this instrument one note at a time. Why I like it: Now that George is four, we have decided to put him in piano or violin lessons (you know, my husband being Chinese and all.  HA!  JK - although music is really important to the Tiger Parents out there.  But I have my own dreams of kids who can fiddle their way onto the Riverdance stage.), so this book is great to talk about all the instruments [...]

Playground Survival: Cassels Avenue Playground (East Toronto)

By | June 25th, 2018|Categories: City Wonderland, Playground Survival|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

PLAYGROUND SURVIVAL: UPPER BEACHES A GUIDE TO FINDING GREAT PLAYGROUNDS FOR THE KIDS AND FANTASTIC COFFEE FOR YOU If your kids are now the age of independent play, chances are, you spend lots of time at the playground. And unless you are a mutant or a saint, this can be pretty boring. This is my guide to seeking out fun playgrounds (because even though I don't find monkey bars and slides exciting, I sure get excited for my kids when I stumble upon a playground full of opportunities) that are both fun for your kids AND for you. What makes them fun for you?  Food and coffee of course! Thus begins my exploration of Toronto and beyond to source out the best playgrounds and the best cafés! Criteria: Lots of fun exploration for kids Good coffee and food nearby Uber Eats must be able to deliver to the playground Clean bathrooms [...]