Winter Family Fun Ideas

We usually try to post free (or almost free) family fun ideas here, but there are so many great ticketed events going on in Winnipeg this winter that we just had to share…

They’re mostly suited for slightly older toddlers or preschoolers – and a few (like PTE) have actual age restrictions. And a few are a little pricy… But if you’re willing to gamble, there are sometimes discount codes floating around in the days leading up to the event. Keep an eye out online (and let us know if you spot one!).

Now through January 07
PTE: The Three Munschketeers
http://www.pte.mb.ca/plays/current/plays42.htm?season=

January 15
WSO Concerts for Kids: Beethoven Lives Upstairs
http://www.ticketmaster.ca/Winnipeg-Symphony-Orchestra-tickets/artist/1155380

January 26 to 29
Disney on Ice
http://www.ticketmaster.ca/Disney-On-Ice-100-Years-of-Magic-tickets/artist/830558

February 3 to 12
MTYP: The Cat Came Back
http://mtyp.ca/the-cat-came-back.cfm

February 25 to 26
Winnipeg Baby + Kids Show featuring The Backyardigans
http://www.ticketmaster.ca/Winnipeg-Baby-and-Kids-Show-tickets/artist/996928

March 04
WSO Concerts for Kids: The Music of Harry Potter
http://www.ticketmaster.ca/Winnipeg-Symphony-Orchestra-tickets/artist/1155380

March 31
Richard Scarry’s Busytown Mysteries Live
http://www.ticketmaster.ca/event/1100475484D87B69

Have you been to any of these in the past? What did you think? Or are you planning to attend any of these events with your kids this winter? We’d love to hear your thoughts + reviews!

– Lindsay

Happy Holidays!

Hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Christmas with your families. And best wishes for 2012!

What’s everyone doing for New Years? The Boy is working this weekend, so I have SUPER FABULOUS plans to hang out with my mom after Briony’s in bed. (It’s incredible how plans change to dramatically once you have babies, isn’t it?)

– Lindsay

Reminder About Tomorrow’s Giant Holiday Playdate!

Hope to see you brightish + earlyish tomorrow morning at our Bethel MOMs Giant Holiday Playdate!

Tomorrow – Thursday, December 22 from 9 to 11 AM – we’re meeting up in the Lower Lounge at Bethel Mennonite Church (where we usually meet). There won’t be any childcare provided, but we’ll bring in some of the toys from the playrooms – and some crayons + things for the bigger kids to enjoy – and spend some time catching up before the true holiday insanity begins.

If you haven’t come to Bethel MOMs before, it will be a great chance to meet some of our moms before the Winter Session starts up. If you’ve been a part of the group for a while, don’t miss this chance to reconnect in between sessions.

The coffee will be on, and bring along some snacks to share if you can. But don’t let something that silly stop you from coming… We’ll happily take you empty-handed in your ponytail + yoga pants 🙂

See you there!

– Lindsay

Giant Holiday Playdate!

Shake off some of that pre-holiday stress (and get out of the house for a reason that has nothing to do with shopping OR your super annoying aunt)…

Bethel MOMs is hosting a giant playdate next Thursday, December 22 from 9 to 11 AM in the Lower Lounge (where we usually meet). There won’t be childcare provided, but we’ll bring in some of the toys from the playrooms – and some crayons + things for the bigger kids to enjoy – and spend some time catching up before the true holiday insanity begins.

If you haven’t come to Bethel MOMs before, it will be a great chance to meet some of our moms before the Winter Session starts up. If you’ve been a part of the group for a while, don’t miss this chance to reconnect in between sessions.

The coffee will be on, and we’re asking everyone to bring along some snacks to share (for the moms AND the kids).

See you there!

– Lindsay

Evaluation Comments

Just wanted to say a great big THANK YOU to all of you who’ve taken the time to complete our Fall 2011 Evaluation. If you haven’t found time yet, it’s not too late! Click here to share your opinion now.

We’ve been loving the comments you’ve included as part of your feedback, and I want to encourage you to let us know if there’s ANYTHING that’s on your mind – either in the comments here or by email. We value your input and use it to help make improvements to our MOMs program.

Something that has come up once or twice now is the thank you we gave to our caregivers at the end of November – specifically, the absence of a Caregiver Appreciation Tea. I just wanted to make sure all our moms know that our annual Caregiver Appreciation Tea happens in April, not in December – at the end of our entire year of MOMs. At Christmas time, we always give cards + gifts to say a bit of a smaller thank you. We appreciate our caregivers SO MUCH and we are absolutely sure to let them know!

If there are any other specific questions or concerns that you’re mulling over, please let us know. You can contact me – or any other member of our committee – any time!

– Lindsay

Thursday Funs!

I just wanted to throw this out there for anyone who needs an excuse to get out on Thursdays until we start up again – Gabrielle and I are going swimming at the downtown YMCA/YWCA on Vaughan tomorrow morning at 10am, and anyone is welcome to join us! I do not want to hear ONE SINGLE WORD about bathing suits/body images, because it’s a MASSIVE frustration of mine that I didn’t go swimming for years because of bathing suit image issues, and honestly? No one is looking. NO ONE IS LOOKING. And if they are, they’re looking at your kids having a blast. So put on your swimsuit, leave your insecurities at home, and come join us!

~Annemarie

Popular

(I totally have the Wicked soundtrack stuck in my head now. That is not a bad thing.)

Today’s Parent just published the list of Canada’s most popular baby names this year – broken down by province / gender. I am such a nerd for stuff like this… You can check it out here!

Did you use lists like these when you were choosing your baby’s name? Or did you go out of your way to choose a unique name? (And if you did, were you surprised to find your baby’s name on the list after the fact?)

– Lindsay

Wednesday Smile

When you’re a kid, you think that pretty much everything is awesome. Then you grow up and you realize that nothing was really as awesome as you thought it was.

There are exceptions to this rule, friends… And this is totally one of them.

Geoff reminded me of this classic Sesame Street video today… I had totally forgotten that it existed. And now it’s been making Briony + I giggle ALL MORNING.

Oh, yes. It’s that good. I recommend you watch it immediately.

– Lindsay

Koats for Kids

Koats for Kids – a Winnipeg non-profit that takes donations of new or gently used winter clothing + accessories and gives them to local kids in need – has issued a pretty desperate cry for help. They’ve received their highest number of applicants ever. And right now, at the beginning of December, they’re running out of warm winter gear to supply to kids who need them.

I heard about this and decided to make it our family’s advent activity for today. We headed over to The Baby Bin Boutique (1444 Corydon Avenue / www.babybin.ca) to pick up some gently used mittens, hats, and scarves. Almost everything was either 25% or 50% off the already awesome prices. And when we went to pay, Jenn (the owner) let us know that they are actually an unofficial drop-off point for Koats for Kids. She makes regular donations to the organization – last year, Baby Bin donated 180 winter coats(!). So I was able to just leave our donation right at the store and saved myself a trip to another drop-off point.

AWESOME. Especially with a toddler in tow! And I thought that other moms should know about this fabulous option to help out in a really simple way.

– Lindsay

Fall 2011 Evaluation

Have you taken the time to complete our Fall 2011 Evaluation yet? PLEASE DO. We know your’e super duper busy, but we rely on these surveys to make adjustments to our program (or keep things the same!) based on your feedback – and it will only take a couple of minutes. I promise.

Please click here and take a few minutes to complete it now.

Thanks so much!

– Lindsay