Around Town with the Wee Ones

5th Edition, October/November 2016
By Krista Wilson for Vancouver Start Smart Preschool

Welcome back to the 2016/17 preschool year and a new edition of Around Town with the Wee Ones. This edition is about enjoying the fall and all the amazing colours and costumes that come with it. Since this time of year also means new activities and busy schedules, in this edition we feature an App to help your family stay organized.

Celebrate Fall…

Fall Harvest Community Dance
Square dance to live music at Trout Lake Community Centre’s Fall Harvest Dance. The entry fee of $6.50 also includes a hearty soup dinner—plus the bowl you eat from, donated by the Trout Lake Pottery Club. An arts & crafts table will be set up for those with tired little legs. Preregister for this popular event by calling Trout Lake Community Centre on 604-257-6955.  Friday, October 7 from 6-8pm.

River District Farmers Market
The River District Farmers Market is a waterfront market that offers a large selection of local food & drink. Pick up organic meat and produce or prepared food for dinner in, or, if you need a
hostess gift, check out the baked goods, local wine and preserves. Stay for lunch at Romer’s Burger Bar on site. There’s also space for the kids to run around at the pier and playground.
Saturdays until October 15, 10am-3pm. 8683 Kerr Street, one block south of SE Marine Drive.

Quarry Rock Hike in Deep Cove
One of the best places to soak up the fall air and colours is beautiful Deep Cove. The Quarry Rock hike, on the easternmost point of Baden Powell Trail, is about one-hour each way with kids and leads to a gorgeous lookout over Indian Arm. Take the Iron Workers Memorial Bridge to North Vancouver, exit at Mount Seymour Parkway and then turn left on Deep Cove Road. Enter the Baden Powell Trail on the left side of the street just past Panorama Park. The hike starts with a climb up wooden steps before it levels off. About halfway to the lookout you’ll cross a large wooden bridge and then head right at the fork in the trail. Afterwards, treat
yourself to a coffee at Café Orso and some Honey’s doughnuts.

Richmond Country Farms Pumpkin Patch
Even before you get to the ticket booth, you’re greeted by farm animals and pony rides. Once in, the first stop is the grandstand. Sit on bails of hay and be entertained by singing fruit and vegetables. There’s sing-along entertainment on the wagon ride out to the pumpkin patch. Don’t forget to pick up a delicious Spartan apple after your return wagon ride. In the last couple of years they’ve also added a miniature train. October 8 to 31st weekdays until 1.30pm and weekends 10am-4.30pm. 12900 Steveston Highway, just off Highway 99.

UBC Farm Pumpkin Patch
Whether it’s a baking or carving pumpkin you need, try the UBC Pumpkin Patch with pumpkins ranging from $5 to $20. Open 9am-5pm Monday to Saturday until October 31. 3461 Ross Drive, UBC. Look for the piles of pumpkins next to the Harvest Hut.

Featured App…

The Cozi family organizer is a free app that helps you manage and share schedules and lists with your family members. From the Calendar page you add activities, automatically notify family  members by email, and select when and to whom reminders are sent. There are Shopping lists organized by type of store, and To Do lists that can be either shared or specific to one family member. There’s also Journal writing, Birthday tracking, and Meal planning features. This is an award-winning app that keeps parents, grandparents, nannies and other family members informed. Some features are only available with an annual subscription.

Happy Halloween…

Hillcrest Haunted House
If your kids love Halloween and all its costumes, crafts and treats, the Hillcrest Centre’s kidfriendly haunted house is a great option (unless your kids go to bed early). There’s games, crafts, a photo booth and goodie bags—all for $5 per child. Saturday, October 29 from 6.30-8.30pm. Purchase tickets in advance in person, by phone, or on the City of Vancouver online registration system (activity number 67118).

Kensington Pumpkin Decorating
If you’re looking for something earlier in the day, Kensington Community Centre offers a 10am or 12pm pumpkin decorating event on Saturday, October 29. Also $5 per child.

For a Rainy Day…

Kidtropolis opened its doors in April of this year, just as the weather was improving. So if you haven’t yet visited this Richmond attraction for toddlers, this is how they describe it: Kidtropolis
is an interactive city model designed to provide a safe, unique and realistic educational environment that lets kids do what they do best: pretend play! Kids explore a mini city where they can go to the grocery store, dentist, doctor, post office, restaurant, police station, among others, and role play in these environments. Open Tuesday to Sunday, $16-18.

Inspiration for our Little Performers…

Goodnight Moon and the Runaway Bunny
Margaret Wise Brown’s classic children’s books, Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny, are brought to life through animal puppets, music, and black light. Playing at the Norman and
Annette Rothstein Theatre (950 West 41st Ave). For this production, the Carousel Theatre has joined forces with the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, a travelling theatre group that has been staging Brown’s beloved stories for the past 10 years. Showing November 19, 20 and 26 at 11am and 2pm. Tickets are $18/preschooler and $35/adult.

Updates and Reminders…

  •  Kensington Pool is closed for maintenance October 7 to 21, 2016
  • Check out this fall’s Cineplex Family Favourites $2.99 movies, showing The Land Before Time, Kung Fu Panda 3, Secret Life of Pets and other popular titles

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