Kids in Cowtown

Unique Christmas Gifts

Do you have a young scientist at home? Do your kids like something unique? Christmas gift

Recently we discovered a very cool website ran by a Calgary business owner who loves to see kids explore new and exciting things. How about a bug in acrylic, or perhaps made into a necklace?

This is a great way to get kids more interested in science!

unique Christmas giftNot interested in jewellery?

There are also some really cool specimens, collections, life cycles, and mounts.

Or how about a very neat butterfly paper weight?

 

Christmas ideasVisit The Bug Emporium for more information!

WELCOME WAGON October 6 Bridal Show and Baby Shower!

A Bride To Be…your invited to Welcome Wagon’s Bridal Showcase.

Welcome Wagon Bridal ShowerIf you’re planning a wedding, you and a guest will want to attend Welcome Wagon’s Bridal Showcase being held at the Blackfoot Inn on October 6th. We have exciting door prizes, fashion shows, planning guides, special displays and gift bags for every bride.

Welcome Wagon’s Bridal Showcase takes the guesswork out of planning your wedding by assembling everything you need under one roof. Each Showcase is tailored to the local area, with local businesses.

And best of all, admission is FREE for you and one guest*. You even have chances to win an exciting honeymoon to a sun destination, courtesy of Today’s Bride Magazine or a romantic honeymoon to Paris, courtesy of Table Charm.

So register online today and let us help plan your perfect wedding, or call 1-866-627-6070

Expecting A Baby…your invited to Welcome Wagon’s Baby Shower.

Welcome Wagon Baby ShowerIf you’re expecting, you and a guest will want to attend Welcome Wagon’s Baby Shower being held at the Blackfoot Inn on October 6th. We have exciting door prizes, fashion shows, planning guides, special displays and gift bags for every mother-to-be.

Welcome Wagon Baby Showers offers valuable information and demonstrations designed to help you at this special time. You can expect to see various displays from local business and civic organizations, specifically with you in mind to assist you and your new baby. Best of all, attending Moms-to-be will receive a complimentary gift bag and can register with a guest for Free! Why not bring the Dad-to-be and enter him in the diapering contest… it`s fun and there are exciting door prizes!

So register online today and experience what a Welcome Wagon Baby Shower has to offer or call 1-866-627-6070.

The Season Of Butterflies

Calgary butterfly

Cowtown butterflies!

The season of butterflies is upon us. Summer is here!

What are your favourite butterflies?

Here are a few of ours.

Cowtown butterfly

Beautiful Calgary butterflies

5 Summer Projects You Can Do With Your Kids

kids rock garden

The sun is out, the grass is turning green, and parks are bustling with people. Summer is a great time of the year and it’s time to take the children out to play. There are many great projects you can do with your kids to help bring the family closer together. While some of them don’t have to wait until summer to do, they may be easier that trying to do while fighting the snow or cooler temperatures.

1. Sidewalk Art - Sidewalk chalk is a fun way to spend an afternoon. As this material is water-soluble, you can buy a variety of colors and help create a great mural of virtually anything you want without staining the cement. The child’s canvas can be the porch, sidewalk, or driveway safely allowing the child to draw various shapes and figures without permanent damage. Using the hose as an eraser, the art can be easily removed and the project started again. Show pride in your child’s summer art work and take pictures of each one. Upload them to Pinterest and show friends and family your kid’s artistic ability.

2. Decorative Rock Gardens - Dedicate an area of your yard to a kid’s “rock garden.” Allowing children to paint various rocks is not only fun for the child, but can make for a bright and colorful aspect to your property. Allow your child to exercise his or her imagination as they create some of the most interesting pieces you’ll ever see. A child’s imagination is unique and each rock will be different than the one before.

3. Renewable Energy Fun - It’s never too early to demonstrate the fruits of renewable energy such as wind and air. Manufacturers have been developing “do-it-yourself” kits for children in order to help them learn how these devices work and why they’re important to the future of humanity. Most of these kits are fairly cheap to buy online and they can easily be tied together for kids who have great ambitions about generating power for the home. In fact, these panels can power his or her own nightlights or lamps.

4. Tie-Dyed T-Shirts - Although these pieces of clothing can be quite messy to create, they can be a great amount of fun and are cheap to assemble. Each shirt is unique and can be a fun item to wear for the summer. You child could start his or her own clothing line and wear his or her creation with pride.

5. Dioramas - Using old shoe boxes or other smaller four-sided container without a top, you and your kids can put together a diorama that is decorated in any way everyone sees fit. By visiting your local dollar store, you can buy cheap figures as your medium to place inside the decorated box letting the imagination work its own magic to bring the scene to life. You can even go so far as to letting the child write a story to go with the diorama and tape it to the box itself.

Although it’s easier to kick the kids out of the house to get some fresh air in the summer, you should join them. Children aren’t the only ones who need to get out of the house and get some exercise. In fact; the older we get, the greater is the need for exercise ourselves. Engage your children this summer with fun projects and feel the difference within yourself and your family.

 

 

Author Bio:

Rachel is an ex-babysitting pro as well as a professional writer and blogger. She is a graduate from Iowa State University and currently writes for www.babysitting.net. She welcomes questions/comments which can be sent to rachelthomas.author @ gmail.com.

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Prince’s Island Park

Finally Spring seems to be here! Is it just me or are the winters getting longer? Sometimes I feel so lucky to be in Calgary during the winter because I know the rest of the country has it much worse but still… It just goes on and on.

It is great to finally get out into our Calgary Parks and enjoy the trails, the play centers and the fresh air.

One of our favorite parks over the years has been the Prince’s Island Park downtown because of all of the celebrations that go on there. Just about every weekend something exciting is going on. We have heard some of the best and most creative music there from all over the world. There is a play area, picnic areas, and canoe access to the river. There are great restaurants such as the River Cafe nearby to eat at or one can bring a bag lunch from home.

The Canada Day Celebration and the Folk Festival later in July are attended by people from all over the world. It is a great highlight in Cowtown so definitely check those out!

Did you ever wonder why it is called Prince’s Island? It is not because some toad was turned into a prince there and it was not named after royalty either. It was named after Peter Anthony Prince who was a lumberman. He came to Calgary in 1886 from Quebec and founded the Eau Claire Lumber Mill. In 1947 the land was purchased by the city of Calgary from the Prince family to develop park land. Today it is one of the most beautiful and creative parts of our city throughout the spring and summer season.

See you at the park!

Prince's_Island_Park

Day 12 – Drummer Drumming

Drummers Drumming

Enjoy this Christmas classic…

I have teenagers. I have no ears left. Way too much drumming going on. Is it just me or are all the songs on the radio to the same beat? Bands are weird now too. Pick a direction, a color, or a trench. Is “headly” what you get when fighting off lice? Beaver Fever was definitely a disease you did not want.

I am thinking that 12 drummers drumming would drive me quite nuts today. It would be right up there with “let’s invite 30 children over and let them decorate our walls with icing!” Or maybe we could walk all of the neighborhood dogs today at the same time. That would be fun… Or maybe now would be a good time to clean out all of our cupboards, that basement crawl space, and the attic too! NOT…

I am opting out tonight and going for something sweet and peaceful.

Tomorrow is Christmas and we hope that you did enjoy The 12 Days Of Christmas!

Here is The Biebs With Santa Claus Is Coming To Town!

And one more Christmas favorite of all time just for fun!

Day 11 – Pipers Piping

Pipers Piping

The only pipers I could think of are the bagpipes…

Doing Christmas carols no less!

Well we could all get out our cell phones and pick a new ring tone…

Remember when the phone was attached to the wall and no kid in his right mind would want to carry one to school? Ahhhhh those were the days.  Now you can contact me on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or the old fashioned way… EMAIL!

We use to use crayons when I was a little kid. The other day I was at my friend’s house and even the 5 year old had an IPAD.

So electronic Christmas it is…

Here are some of our new traditions, because these days we don’t have to wait for the CBC special. Now thanks to YouTube we can get them any time we like. Watch them again and again right up to Christmas Day and beyond!

Have a Charlie Brown Christmas!

Kerry Christmas 2Kerry George was has three children Zechariah, Joshua and Naomi and started her writing career by publishing the book “Juicy Fruit Christianity” in 2001. Since then she has written numerous articles for Today’s Business Woman, Faith Today and multitudes of blogs and online publications for ministry and business related publications. Currently she is the owner of Loyal2U and the Calgary Business Network and has a personal blog at http://loyal2u.blogspot.ca/ She also creates content for a variety of businesses in the Calgary market.

Day 10 – Lords A Leaping

Lords A Leaping… really?

Where are we finding the guys in tights? I did take Ukranian Dance lessons for nine years as a child. That was the closest I ever seen to a leaping man of any kind. My brother could do the Russian splits pretty good. I would die if I even tried to polka fast these days. I am out of breath on the stairs when I get up to go get another bag of chips!

Tonight we are going to do some singing with the guitar and if the weather is really nice we may go out Christmas Caroling. When we come in we will drink some more of that Apple Cider and if we are not too tired gather around the tree and tell some stories of Christmas Past.

Here is a fantastic video featuring the Rusalka Ukranian Dancers from Winnipeg, MB. I love this because it features the many different kinds of dancing. If you want to see Lords a Leaping this is the best place to do so!

Want to try your own dance? Try JibJab. You can put yourself and your family into the story. They have all kinds of cool things including Starwars, A Christmas Carol and lots of funny dances. Last year I did one with my now adult family of mother, father and brothers. They all laughed like crazy when I posted it on their Facebook pages last Christmas!

If you friend me on Facebook you can watch it. I tried to post it to the Kids In Cowtown Page but it won’t go there. So you could also just go to jibjab and make your own. That would be cool too.

Kerry Christmas 2Kerry George was has three children Zechariah, Joshua and Naomi and started her writing career by publishing the book “Juicy Fruit Christianity” in 2001. Since then she has written numerous articles for Today’s Business Woman, Faith Today and multitudes of blogs and online publications for ministry and business related publications. Currently she is the owner of Loyal2U and the Calgary Business Network and has a personal blog at http://loyal2u.blogspot.ca/ She also creates content for a variety of businesses in the Calgary market.

Day 9 – Ladies Dancing

Nine Ladies Dancing

Hmmmm… I don’t think that is going to be “kid friendly”…  I grew up in Saskatchewan. I remember the first time some young woman told me she was a “Dancer.” I asked her, “Do you mean in the ballet?” Seriously… I had no clue!

Ok I have a better idea. Mom and the kids can put on Christmas music and dance around. That sounds like fun. Since it is Friday night that we are getting ready for we could even make sure we have some Christmas movie favorites in the house like The Sound Of Music, The Wizard of Oz, Home Alone, or Mommy’s favorite (because it has Arny in it) Jingle All The Way!

Also there are some awesome things to get into tonight on YouTube. The kids will absolutely love to hear dogs barking and cats singing to favorite Christmas tunes! These are just a couple to wet your appetite. There are a whole lot more if you search them on You Tube!

Kerry Christmas 2Kerry George was has three children Zechariah, Joshua and Naomi and started her writing career by publishing the book “Juicy Fruit Christianity” in 2001. Since then she has written numerous articles for Today’s Business Woman, Faith Today and multitudes of blogs and online publications for ministry and business related publications. Currently she is the owner of Loyal2U and the Calgary Business Network and has a personal blog at http://loyal2u.blogspot.ca/ She also creates content for a variety of businesses in the Calgary market.

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