Blog

Visit Local Animals

post img

By Erica Blunn One of my favourite things to do has always been and still is going to see animals. Wether it be a petting zoo, sanctuary or just viweing. I love taking my two boys to these great places to visit, pet and learn about animals and more. The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada ="531" style="max-width:100%; height:auto;"> Location: 6981 Puslinch Conc. 4 RR#6, Guelph Hours: Sundays (May to October) 10am - 3pm Wednesdays ( July & August) 10am - 3pm Admission: Donations are kindly accepted to help maintain the Sancturay. Description: The Sanctuary is 100 acres of tranquility, in which we strive to live in peaceful harmony with the animals we have rescued. It is our mission to ensure the animals who come to live out the remainder of their lives with us are surrounded by love, dignity, and the respect they richly deserve. The Sanctuary Farm, and our satellite Foster Farms, have provided a safe home for rescued animals for more than 17 years. We are a not-for-profit charity, funded entirely by private donations. Donkey Day, a fun-filled day in the country this Sunday, June 11th from 10:00 – 4:00pm. Visit over 80 donkeys and mules that live at the Sanctuary. Enjoy live entertainment, local food vendors and many activities for children and adults alike, including a bouncy castle, wagon rides and outdoor games. Admission for Donkey Day: Adults $18, Children $8 (3-12), Students/Seniors $12 Tickets are available online at: TheDonkeySanctury.ca Wellington Country Market Place Location: 5259 Jones Baseline, Guelph Hours: Wednesday & Saturday: 9-5 Thursday & Friday: 9-6 Sunday: 10-4 Admission: Free Description: Wellington Country Marketplace is a third generation butcher shop formerly known as Maziarz Meats. We feature an assortment of fresh ontario Tender Beef, pork, Chicken and Turkey, Baked Goods, preserves, Maple Syrup and Honey, Assorted Cheeses, Seasonal Fruits and vegetables. They also have a play area with swings and a sandbox. Visit the donkeys, mini hourses, pigs and more! The African Lion Safari Location: 1386 Cooper Road, Hamilton Hours: Spring: May 6 - June 23, 2017 Weekdays: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Weekends and Holidays: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Summer:June 24 - September 4, 2017 Weekdays: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM Weekends and Holidays: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM Fall: September 5, 2017 - October 9, 2017 Weekdays: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Weekends and Holidays: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Admission: Spring: Adult (13-59 years): $30.95 Senior (60+ years): $28.95 Child (3-12 years): $21.95 2 and under: FREE! Summer: Adult (13-59 years): $35.95 Senior (60+ years): $33.95 Child (3-12 years): $26.95 2 and under: FREE! Fall: Adult (13-59 years): $30.95 Senior (60+ years): $28.95 Child (3-12 years): $21.95 2 and under: FREE! Description: Go "On Safari" and get CLOSER than you ever imagined to over 1,000 exotic birds and animals that roam free in large Game Reserves! See lions, giraffe, rhino, and many more animals from around the world! Drive through in your own vehicle or aboard our Safari Tour Bus. Enjoy exciting bird and animal presentations, nature tours, Elephant swim, and Misumu Bay Wet Play (seasonal). Go behind the scenes for unrivalled access with Wake Up The Wild, an exclusive experience! For more information or to book your exclusive experience, visit wakeupthewild.com White Rock Ostrich Farm Location: 13085 Fourth Line ( RR# 2) Rockwood Hours: JUNE: Sat 10-5, Sun 12:00 to 5 JULY & AUG:Thursday, Friday, Sat-10-5 Sunday 12:00 to 5 SEPT & OCT Weekends only: Sat 10-5, Sun12:00 to 5 Admission: ADULTS $ 6.00 KIDS UNDER 18 $ 4.00 Description: At the farm, we provide a fun and interesting learning experience for kids & adults of all ages. On your educational tour you can view ostrich chicks at one day old (after July 5th), feed the yearlings and say hello to our Rednecks, Bluenecks & African Black adult ostriches. Our tour guides are right there to answer all of your questions and make sure you know everything there is to know about ostriches. Chudleighs Location: 9528 Regional Road 25, Halton Hills Hours: We hope to see you again on opening day July 1st, 2017 Description: Chudleigh’s Farm is a place where families can pick their own apples and savour a few hours of country life. Enjoy all the animals, nature and goodies Chudleigh's has to offer. Little Ray's Reptile Zoo Location: 869 Barton St EAST, Hamilton Hours: OPEN DAILY FROM 10AM TO 5 PM Admission: General Admission: $12.50 Ages 2 & under: Free Seniors: $10.00 Family Rate: $48 (for 4 people) $8 per additional adult/child Description: Experience the best interactive educational programming in our ‘hands-on’ shows as well as super educational feeding demos which happen back to back throughout the day. Come and see some of our newest additions including some of the rarest and most endangered species of reptiles in the world and on display in Canada including a Cayman Blue Rock iguana, Cuban boas, Malagasy ground boas and more. But that’s not all, you will have the chance to see and interact with giant snakes, lizards, turtles, tortoises, and tarantulas. The Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory Location: 2500 Kossuth Road, Cambridge Hours: Monday to Sunday, 10:00am - 5:00pm Admission: Members FREE General Admission (13-64) $13.25 Seniors (65+) $11.25 Children (3-12) $7.00 Children (2 & under) FREE! Description: Discover thousands of freely flying exotic butterflies in a lush tropical garden! Springridge Farm Location: 7256 Bell School Line, Milton Hours: Daily 9:00am to 5:00pm Admission: Fun Farm Yard Admission: $6.00 per person Description: Spiderweb Climber Farm Yard Tube Slides Giant Sandbox Farm Animals Witch's Mouth Corn Trail Straw Play Escarpment Lookout 40' Windmill Antique Tractors Singing Chicken Show Goat Mountain The Fun Farm Yard experience includes a tractor drawn Wagon Ride. Volunteer Animals are cute, cuddly and irresistable, but they are also a lot of work. There are a ton of animals that need help and loving homes. Help your child learn responsibility, what it takes to take care of an animal and of course have fun by volunteering. Guelph Humane Society Basic Requirements for Volunteers: Volunteers must be able to commit to the minimum term of the role in which they are applying for. Please see minimum term per role. Remember it’s not only the staff that rely on you, it’s the animals! Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age to work alone. There are some limitations regarding Volunteers working alone under the age of 18yrs. The Minimum age to volunteer is 14 years old and must be supervised at all times by a parent or guardian and commit to the time requirement of the position applying for. If you match all the above, the next step is to choose how you want to spend your time. Which sounds the most rewarding way to you? Contact:

ROM Membership Feature

post img

Guelph Kids Guide LOVES the Royal Ontario Museum! We are excited to team up with the ROM for a very special, limited offer for Guelph families. Read more to find out all about this exciting promotion: Discover your sense of wonder at the Royal Ontario Museum. Whether you choose to stand in the shadow of mighty T. rex or underneath Gordo, the enormou Barosaurus or try on costumes, dig for dinosaur bones, and examine specimens such as fossils and meteorites – there is always an adventure waiting for you and your family at the ROM. And with 30 galleries and over 35,000 remarkable objects of art, culture, and nature on display, there are thousands of reasons to come back, time and time again.   ROM Membership gives you unlimited FREE admission to ROM galleries and special exhibitions, exclusive Member Previews and events, discounts in ROM Boutique, Druxy's ROM Cafe and on select programs & lectures and so much more. Become a Member today and get 1 additional month FREE. That’s 13 months for the price of 12. Visit rom.on.ca/membership and enter the promo code GUELPHKIDS *Applies to new one-year Family/Dual, Senior Family, Senior Family Two, Individual, ROM Social, Non-Resident Memberships only. Includes tax. Offer expires April 30, 2018. Cannot be combined with other offers or discounts.   Hours: Opening hours vary throughout the year, please visit www.rom.on.ca for current hours. Location: 100 Queen's Park Toronto, ON M5S 2C6 Major Intersection: SW Corner of Bloor St. W. & Queen’s Park TTC: Museum subway stop Pricing of Popular Memberships 1-Year Family/Dual Membership (2 Adults + 4 Kids 17 years old and younger) - $161 1-Year Social Membership (1 Adult + 1 Friend) - $161 1-Year Individual Membership (1 Adult) - $112   Children off all ages will enjoy exploring the Royal Ontario Museum. We took J to the ROM for the first time when he was almost two; he especially enjoyed the Gallery of Birds and the Dinosaurs exhibits. I have fond memories of visiting the ROM growing up and my favourite exhibit has always been the one on Ancient Egypt. GKG hopes that you take advantage of this fantastic membership deal and enjoy making your own memories at the ROM.

Best Parks in Guelph for Kids

post img

Riverside Park Location: 709 Woolwich Street tyle="max-width:100%; height:auto;">  Public washrooms? Yes. They're located with the concession stand next to the miniature train and merry-go-round. Riverside Park might be the best park in Guelph! This park has it all: kilometers of walking/running/biking trails; an excellent playground; many trees for shade; covered pavilions that can be reserved for birthdays or family reunions; the river; paddle boats to rent; beautiful gardens, especially the big flower clock feature; and the merry-go-round and miniature train rides for little ones. This park has plenty of parking, a concession stand, and bathrooms. Most of Guelph's big outdoor festivals and events take place in Riverside Park. GKG suggests that instead of buying individual ride tickets that you consider buying a Riverside Park rides season pass for only $20 to save money. http://guelph.ca/.../rides-at-riverside-park-carousel.../ Exhibition Park Location: 81 London Road West Public washrooms? Yes. Exhibition Park is gorgeous, especially in the autumn with all the trees' leaves changing colours. This park has it all: tennis courts, sports fields, a natural playground, fairy doors, and a wading pool. Exhibition Park's natural play structure was actually voted as one of North America's top 20 natural playgrounds! It's mostly wood and is perfect for children to climb. In the play area there is also a sand pit with a water pump and toys for everyone to use; try to remember to bring a change of clothes if you drive here because the water and sand can become messy and wet. South End Community Park aka Dragonfly Park Location: 25 Poppy Drive West   Public washrooms? Yes. Dragonfly Park is one of Guelph's newer parks. It is located in the far south end of the city. This park has a rubber ground covering. There are two playground areas - one for toddlers and another for bigger kids. The dinosaur features are J's favourite part at this park. Beside the two park areas is a fantastic splash pad. There are also tennis courts and sports fields. Dragonfly Park has ample parking. Our only complaint is that there isn't very much shade because it is a newer park. St.George's Park Location: 40 Metcalfe Street   Public washrooms? Yes. This central park is beautiful with many tall, mature trees. The playground equipment is fun and there are usually some trucks and sand toys there for everyone to enjoy. This park has tennis courts and half a basketball court. Note that while it is not a leash-free park many dog owners do take their dogs off of their leashes here. Sunny Acres Park Location: 45 Edinburgh Road North Public washrooms? No. This large park has plenty of shade. It has a wading pool, playground structure, community garden, and plenty of grassy area. The only downside to this wonderful park is the lack of parking for it. Jubilee Park Location: 11 Sweeney Drive Public washrooms? No. This south end park is one of Guelph's newer parks. The playground area is fantastic for children who enjoy climbing. One of the cutest play features here is the big, bouncy ladybug. Jubilee Park also has a see-saw which is uncommon in most parks nowadays. If you pack a snack or a picnic you can enjoy it at a picnic table under the shade structure. I've read that the city has more proposed plans for this park so it will be interesting to watch it develop. Some of the future plans include a splash pad, natural play equipment, and tennis courts. Royal City Park Location: 119 Gordon Street Public washrooms? No, but close to many downtown shops and restaurants that have washrooms for customers. Royal City Park has a wonderful, central location on the river. The bandshell gazebo is a good spot for shade. The play structure at Royal City Park has a neat little piano for kids to play with music. Across the road from this park is the Boathouse for ice cream or canoe rentals. Going through this park are the amazing walking/jogging/biking trails that go from the Hanlon to Victoria. The only con to this park on my opinion are the amount of Canadian geese and their droppings Margaret Greene Park Location: 80 Westwood Road Public washrooms? Yes. This west end park is quite large. It has a fun play structure, many sports fields, tennis courts, and even a leash-free area for dogs. The play structure is excellent for little ones because it is quite low to the ground. Castlebury Park Location: 50 Castlebury Drive Public washrooms? No. This west end park is very fun. One of the more unique features of this park is the huge rocking boat. Toddlers will be happy with plenty of interactive features; the racecar ones are J's favourites. Castlebury park also has some small rock climbing walls and a shade structure. Your local park Sometimes the best park in town is the one that you are able to walk to. I feel fortunate that I can walk (in thirty minutes or less) to seven different parks from my house. Guelph Kids Guide has other blogs about the outdoors in our city that you might be interested in: Fairy Doors in Guelph Hiking in Guelph Guelph's Splash Pads and Wading Pools 2017 Guelph's Top Tobogganing Hills

Where to Donate in Guelph 2017

post img

There are many wonderful organizations in Guelph that happily accept donations of new and used clothing, toys, household items, and other goods. One of the biggest benefits to decluttering your home is knowing that those items can help someone in need. The organizations mentioned below - Chalmers Community Services Centre, The Clothing Closet, Michael House, Mission Thrift Store - appreciate your generosity. Chalmers Community Services Centre (CCSC) Items they accept: CCSC accepts new and used clothes, new and used household items, and new and used books. They accept in season adult and childrens clothing, in good condition, at the West location (577 Willow Road). CCSC collects food items too. All items are needed, always, though CCSC consistently has a shortage of mens clothes, especially mens jeans, pants and shirts. CCSC offer tax receipts for monetary donations. Who benefits from your donations?: The donations go directly to those in need in the community. Everyone who walks in their door is welcome to access the services they provide. CCSC offers food, clothing, small household items, snacks, coffee, and a sense of community to those in need in the community, without prejudice. How to donate and get in touch: People interested in making a donation can call (519) 822-8778 and ask for Sarah or Diana to arrange a donation drop-off. They can also donate online: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/chalmers-community-services-centre-of-the-united-church-of-canada/ http://chalmerscentre.ca/donate/   The Clothing Closet Items they accept: The Clothing Closet focuses primarily on new and used clothing. They also accept the following items: new and used toys; new and used stuffed animals; small, new or used household items (but nothing electrical, no electronics, no furniture); and new and used books. They appreciate clothing, shoes, winter coats, and boots of all types for all ages. Due to Health and Safety Regulations they can't accept car seats, helmets, and strollers older than 5 years old. New Life Church offers tax receipts for monetary donations. Who benefits from your donations?: While they have a presence in the Brant and Waverly neighbourhoods, their customers come from all over Guelph. They are people who have a hard time making ends meet. Many suffer with health and/or social issues. All have financial struggles. The Clothing Closet (400 Victoria Rd N) is a place for people to get good, gently-used clothing. Last year, approximately 50,000 items, mostly clothing, were given away. Items are offered for free, with a request for a donation if able. Open every Thursday and Saturday from 9:30 am. to 12:30 pm., the Clothing Closet uses generous donations to serve approximately 250 people a month. How to donate and get in touch: Donations are gratefully accepted during Closet hours on Thursdays and Saturdays from 9:30-12:30 and during office hours:  Monday/Wednesday/Friday 10:00-2:00. Please do not leave donations outside. Email: Clothingcloset@newlifecrc.net; call (519) 823-5851 during their office hours M/W/F 9:00-3:00. The New Life Christian Reform Church website: http://www.newlifecrc.net/.   Michael House Items they accept: New or gently used clothes, boys and girls, from newborn to 10 years; household items (pots and pans) and furniture as space allows or as needed (for Aftercare clients); new toys; and books. Michael House also accepts: toiletries for the moms (shampoo and conditioner, body wash and lotions, razors, feminine hygiene products, toothpaste, deodorant); diapers, especially larger sizes (3, 4 and 5); formula – Similac and Good Start; craft and scrapbooking supplies; and cold, fever and pain medications for moms and babies. Large size diapers and new clothing are the most needed items. They cannot accept: used car seats; cribs older than 5 years; used stuffed animals or soft toys that cannot be washed; talcum baby powder; or crib bumper pads. They offer tax receipts for monetary donations and new gifts in kind with purchase receipt. Who benefits from your donations?: The clients in Michael House's Residential, Supportive Housing, Aftercare and Drop-in Programs benefit from the donations. How to donate and get in touch: Individuals and businesses can contact Michael House by email at office@michaelhouse.ca or by phoning (519) 766-7675. They request that people call ahead to arrange a donation drop-off or check in with them about their current needs. Mission Thrift Store Items they accept: The Mission Thrift Store accepts all household items new and used. These items include clothing, linens, small appliances, books, hardware, fabric, dishes, furniture, pictures, jewelry, toys, electronics and sporting goods. The only things they don't accept are beds and large appliances (washers, dryers, etc.). Due to Health and Safety Regulations they can't sell some childrens items, such as cribs, car seats, helmets, and strollers older than 5 years old. They are always in need of furniture. Who benefits from your donations?: The money generated from the donated items goes to Bible League Canada. They distribute the money throughout 43 countries worldwide. Different countries have different needs, but a big focus is on literacy training. In many countries woman and children do not have the opportunity to learn to read and write. The programs that Bibles League provides gives them the opportunity to learn by learning to read the Bible. Not only do other countries benefit from the money generated, but the Mission Thrift Store also helps many people in need in our community. The people who shop in their store also benefit from buying good quality used items at very affordable prices. How to donate and get in touch: They accept donations Monday to Saturday from 9:30-4:30 in their donation centre. They also do free pick ups of large furniture in Guelph. For more information call at 519-821-2498, or by email at guelph@missionthriftstore.com We hope that one of the above non-profits resonates with you and that you consider donating to them and helping out others in our community.

Small Creative Guelph Mom Businesses Part 4

post img

Guelph Kids Guide is happy to introduce you to four inspiring, local mums shops: Bertinas Sweet Treats, Cameron Cards, GiGi Creation, and Night Flower - Natural Hair & Beauty Collection. Bertinas Sweet Treats specializes in han -painted, unique cookies; I ordered some beautiful cookies in the shape of stockings with our family names on the tops and they were amazing. Cameron Cards is a handmade, gorgeous greetings cards shop. GiGi Creation makes custom tutus, fabric flowers, cross stitch, and personalized gifts. Night Flower handcrafts natural, luxurious hair and beauty products. Berta Martins owns Bertinas Sweet Treats Where can we find you online? (website, social media, etc): Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bertinhassweettreats/ Instagram: @martinsberta Why did you start your small shop? What inspired you? My son inspires me. He is an adult with special needs. I've had problems finding reliable, consistent care for my son, so I decided to start my small shop for the flexibility of caring for my son. A lot of services for adults with special needs have been cancelled due to no government support so I wanted to start something at home. My long-term goal is to open a bakery and hire individuals with special needs. How would you describe your products in 5 words or less? Handmade, inspiring, quality, happy, custom. What is your favourite product that you've created? I don't have a favourite because everything is a favourite. Every single time I get an order I get excited. I like making people's dreams and thoughts for their creations come true. I can do anything that people enjoy. I like the variety. I'm a workaholic so seeing all of the happy faces when they come to pick up their orders makes it all worth it. Why do you love living in Guelph? I'm originally from Hamilton. I love living in Guelph because it's quaint, friendly, has a lot of green space and parks, and it is a good place to raise a family. Jennifer Davy Cameron owns Cameron Cards Where can we find you online? Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Cameron-Cards-336779916413715/ Why did you start your small shop? What inspired you? I love creating things and card making gave me a creative outlet and that I could pursue while homeschooling our sons and later assisting them as they have launched their own business; Andosh Accessible Gaming. I have always had some sort of craft project on the go, but over the past few years I have come to appreciate creating handmade cards for many reasons. First of all, there are limitless possibilities for suiting the craft to my mood. If I'm having a reflective day I can put that energy into Sympathy, or Thinking of You Cards. Conversely if I am feeling happy, I can funnel that into quirky birthday cards. Card-making also feeds the lifelong learner in me - there are countless techniques to master, and so many ways to use them! By far my favourite element of hand crafting cards however, has very little to do with the creative process. Here's the thing - I love people, and I love the stories they have to share. Through my past volunteer and work experience I have learned that everyone has a story, and most people have many. I have seen first-hand what a joy it is when someone finds something that resonates exactly with the story that they need to speak to. How great is it to stumble upon the perfect card that relays the perfect message to the person who will receive it. Witnessing those moments, and helping create them for people is what Cameron Cards is all about. Each retirement home, every craft show, and all of my "Stop n’ Shops" give me the chance to help other people send just the right message, and to do it in a way that is personal and relevant to the receiver. It gives me such joy to see a customer find “the exact right card" for whoever they are shopping for. What story are you looking to share with your next handmade card purchase? I would be happy to hear it, and even happier if you let me be a part of it! Recently, I have started offering card making classes for both kids and adults. I provide all the supplies and instruction. Participants get the chance to try different techniques and add their own unique flair. Take the time to send a little love in an envelope! How would you describe your products in 5 words or less? Cards with compassion and whimsy. What is your favourite product that you've created? It would be difficult to pick a favourite cards because they are all so different. Unless I am making invitations or custom cards for a local business every card is different. Gia owns GiGi Creation Where can we find you online? www.Facebook.com/creationsbygigi Why did you start your small shop? What inspired you? I started making gifts for friends and family. Once people started requesting items to make for them. I realize i can start a business doing something I already love! How would you describe your products in 5 words or less? Unique, elegant, different and classy What is your favourite product that you've created? I love everything I make because each individual is different and personalize it for each person! There's really no favourites. My favourite thing for all client is to save them lots of money for weddings and very budget friendly for everything I make! Why do you love living in Guelph? Its quiet and beautiful! Laila Zahra Harris owns NIGHT FLOWER - Natural Hair & Beauty Collection Where can we find you online? (website, social media, etc): Online Shop: https://www.nightflower.ca Instagram: www.instagram.com/lovenightflower Facebook: www.facebook.com/lovenightflower Why did you start your small shop? What inspired you? After handcrafting natural beauty products for the past 10 years, I finally wanted to turn my hobby into something more. I make handmade formulations as a creative outlet, and to offer luxurious products that condition, replenish and illuminate using ingredients sourced from nature. With a Master's degree and background in women's environmental health, creating a line of hair & beauty products that are 100% natural, organic and free of synthetic chemicals is something I am very committed to. Having 2 small sons at home has also been a motivating factor for starting my own business and being able to work from home. I am inspired by nature and all of the many healing plants that we can use to nourish ourselves and celebrate our natural beauty. I am excited about getting NIGHT FLOWER products out there for people to try and hopefully fall in love with! NIGHT FLOWER – Natural Hair & Beauty Collection is a line of 100% natural & organic, handcrafted beauty products for body, face and thick, curly hair. How would you describe your products in 5 words or less? Handmade, natural hair & beauty products. What is your favourite product that you've created? My favourite product is our Magic Honey Butter - Curl Conditioner & Styling Cream. This product is used in the shower and is designed to define curls, remove frizz, add shine, and create a soft, touchable hold (not crispy!). It is completely natural and the only product you need to use after washing. It can also be used as a body butter! Why do you love living in Guelph? Guelph has been my home for the past 14 years. I love the old architecture and sense of community here. This city also has a comforting small-town feel, while being close to some bigger urban cent

Elephant and Piggie's We Are in a Play!

post img

On April 2nd, Elephant and Piggie's We Are in a Play! was performed at the River Run Centre as part of the miijidaa family series. This was my toddler J's first time attending a River Run production in the main theatre. Elephant and Piggie's We Are in a Play! was the perfect play to introduce him to live theatre performances. ggie poster" width="400" height="400" style="max-width:100%; height:auto;"> Elephant and Piggie are unlikely best friends. These lovable animals are characters from the popular, award-winning, children's book series written by Mo Willems. Elephant Gerald is lumbering and sad, while his best friend Piggie is happy and fun. They compliment and bring out the best in each other. J enjoys reading the Elephant and Piggie book series so he was thrilled see some of his favourite storybook characters come to life. Elephant and Piggie's We Are in a Play! is a vaudevillian musical romp all about friendship. Through singing and dancing, friendship themes such as sharing, playing, helping, and working together are explored. After Elephant and Piggie are reunited they play, get over the disappointment of a broken toy, decide what to wear to a fancy dress party, and most importantly have fun. The background singing trio - the “Squirrelles” - are an excellent addition; they sing, comment on the scenes, and jitterbug in and out of the action. The play is essentially what a typical day would look like in the friendship of Elephant and Piggie.   I'm thrilled that we were able to see such a fun show in Guelph. J's favourite part was at the end when the audience was encouraged to participate. It's been a few days and he still asks if we can go back and see the show again. Unfortunately for J, Elephant and Piggie's We Are in a Play! only had one performance at Guelph's River Run Centre. The great news is that he had a wonderful first theatre experience and that the River Run Centre is always providing amazing shows for audiences of all ages.

Easter in Guelph (and Area) 2017

post img

Easter in Guelph (and Area) - 2017 There are many special Easter events happening before and during the Easter long weekend. On April 8th, through the City of Guelph leisure and recreation classes you can learn how to decorate an Easter egg using the traditional Ukrainian folk designs wax-resist (batik) method. Also on the 8th, Fourchette Culinary Academy is having an Easter treats cookin class for toddlers. Dog owners can take their pups to Petsmart on the 8th for Petsmart's Critter Trail Scavenger Hunt and a photo with the Easter Bunny. On April 13th, the Easter Bunny is visiting Tiny Town and hiding eggs. Guelph Moms and Co are throwing a big Easter party for babies and toddlers on the morning of the 13th at Bulldog Fitness. On Good Friday, the Fergus Bounce Indoor Playground is having an exciting Easter hunt. They have divided up the times for 1 to 5 year olds and 6 to 12 year olds. Event ticket also allows you to play on their indoor playground. At various Guelph Public Library locations on the 15th, there will be special spring and Easter-themed story times and activities. The first annual North End Easter egg hunt is taking place on the 15th. This egg hunt is being sponsored by Dustin Davis, an At Home Group Realty Inc. real estate broker. The Easter Bunny will make an appearance and if you plan on attending please pre-register. The Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory is organizing fun events all Easter weekend. Some of the events include a scavenger hunt and an Easter-themed story time. You can enjoy eating breakfast with the Easter Bunny on the morning of the 15th at Trinity United Church with Optimist Club of Guelph. All Easter weekend, Springridge Farm (in Milton) is having an Easter Festival. The Waterloo Region Museum has multiple holiday events happening. Most of these events require you to pre-register. On the 15th the Stone Road Mall is having a special event. Children can meet the Easter Bunny, ride the train through the mall, and receive a free chocolate egg. In Kitchener on the 15th, you can enjoy a special Easter egg hunt, Funworx Indoor Playground play and meeting the Easter Bunny. The City of Kitchener is also organizing an outdoor Easter scavenger hunt. The Market in Kitchener having a meet and greet with the Easter Bunny and other activities. For more out of town Easter egg hunts you can go to Elora (put on by the Elora Cooperative Preschool), or Hamilton (put on by the Wind Dancer Pony Rescue Foundation). Easter brunch is happening 10am to 3pm on the 16th at the Guelph Country Club and Jesse's On the Green. For all Easter events and more details, please visit www.guelphkidsguide.ca Happy Easter from Guelph Kids Guide!

Guelph Splash Pads and Wading Pools 2017

post img

By: Julia Drysdale Guelph has many FREE splash pads and wading pools. They are excellent places to cool off in the summer. This year city wading pools, splash pads, and the outdoor pool open the last week of June. Here is a list of my toddler's personal favourite water spots in the city: 1. Hanlon Creek Park splash pad is my son's fa ourite. It is one of the bigger splash pads in Guelph. I like that it is fully fenced in and has some shady areas under trees on the grass to enjoy a picnic snack. It is located at 505 Kortright Road West. It will be open daily from June 26th to September 4th, 2017 from 10am to 7pm.   2. The South End Community Park, more commonly known as Dragonfly Park, splash pad is fantastic. This splash pad is the newest one in Guelph. It has many different features. It's beside the popular Dragonfly Park playground and sports fields. The address is 25 Poppy Drive West. It will be open daily from June 26th to September 4th, 2017 from 10am to 7pm.   3. Exhibition Park wading pool is another of J's favourite spots to splash around. It is located at 81 London Road West. This wading pool ranks high for us because it is fully fenced in. The water is quite shallow. Last summer there were usually plastic water toys and balls to play with (or you can bring your own). It is close to the Exhibition Playground which is also one of our favourites. The hours for this wading pool are 10am to 1pm and 3pm to 7pm. This wading pool is open daily June 30th to September 4th, 2017.   4. Sunny Acres wading pool has been around for a long time (my mum still brings up how I as a toddler threw her book into the pool while she was playing with my younger brother). It isn't one of the biggest wading pools, but it wasn't usually crowded whenever we went last summer. The hours for Sunny Acres splash pad are 10am to 1pm and 3pm to 7pm. This wading pool is open daily June 30th to September 4th, 2017. The address is 45 Edinburgh Road North.   5. City Hall Market Square is a fun, interactive water feature. It is one of the largest wading pools in Guelph. For me it loses points because it isn't fenced in and is close to Carden and Wilson roads. Market Square is a popular wading pool in nice weather. The address is 1 Carden Street.     6. Norm Jay splash pad is located at 22 Shelldale Crescent. This splash pad is massive and has a lot of neat spraying water features. It will be open daily from June 26th to September 4th, 2017 from 10am to 7pm.   7. Guelph's only public, outdoor pool is in Lyon Park. This pool is located at 299 York Road. The hours are from 10am to noon, 1pm to 4pm, and 5pm to 8pm, from June 24th to September 4th. 8. Mico Valeriote wading pool is open 11am to 3pm daily from June 30th to September 4th, 2017. This small circular pool was looking quite dated last summer – fingers crossed they have updated it a little. Of all the wading pools we visited last year this one usually had the fewest people (possibly because there's no great spot to park if you are driving to get to this park). This wading pool is located at 235 Elizabeth Street in the Ward.     9. Waverley Park splash pad is not a huge splash pad, but it's a great spot to spend a hot morning or afternoon. This splash pad is located at 76 Balmoral Drive. The main water features are giant flowers.   10. The West End Community Centre splash pad is located at 21 Imperial Road South. This splash pad is a lot of fun for little ones. To get to this splash pad you need to go around the side of the building, past the fire department and go to the back north east corner of the community centre. The hours 10am to 7pm daily from June 26th to September 4th, 2017.   Bonus: Rockwood and Elora also have fun splash pads to enjoy. African Lion Safari splash pad is incredible! Last summer we had a season's pass to the African Lion Safari and some days we would go just for the splash pad.

Fairy Doors in Guelph

post img

By: Julia Drysdale Fairy doors are whimsical, tiny doors usually set in the base of trees. Fairy doors are said to have originated in the United Kingdom. These magical doors are believed to be the homes of fairies. Some fairy doors can even open up to reveal little furniture, trinkets or other treasures. These special doors are appearing all over the world lately, including in our wonderful city of Guelph, Ontario, Canada! Searching for fairy doors in Guelph is a wonderful way to spend a morning or afternoon. We're lucky enough to have three fairy door locations in Guelph. Some say that only those who believe in the magic of fairies can locate their doors. Will you be able to find the fairy doors? Eramosa River Trail Fairy Doors Our toddlers love searching for fairy doors in this spot. It is my favourite spot to look for them in Guelph. There are many doors hidden in the base of trees and higher up in branches. The doors are all decorated differently and some of them even open up. Location: along the hiking trail between York Road and Victoria Road. Most are found along the small trail through the trees closer to the river rather than the main path from about Hayes Avenue to Bell Avenue.       Herb Markle Park This is another wonderful spot to go looking for fairy doors in Guelph. We found about ten doors in this location. A few of the doors here open and the toddlers were delighted to discover tiny furniture and a little mirror (which we obviously returned back into their homes for the next visitors). Location: This park is located at 175 Cardigan Street and is beside the Guelph Youth Music Centre. Once you see the volleyball court head down the wooded hill towards the river. Once at the bottom of the hill path turn left to begin looking for the fairy doors.     Exhibition Park The last time we went searching for fairy doors in this location there was only one, lonely fairy door. This tiny wooden door complete with miniature wooden steps leading up to it was all that was left after the "trolls" destroyed the rest. Trolls are individuals that destroy fairy doors. Hopefully this spring or summer more people add fairy doors to this spot. Location: This park is located on London Road. If discovering the secret locations of Guelph's fairy doors has sparked an interest in fairies for you, we have a few other ideas of activities you can enjoy: - read books at home about fairies, goblins, gnomes and other small, magical creatures. - visit the wood store called Stockade. Stockade sells small fairy doors that you can decorate and paint. - create your own beautiful fairy wand. Happy fairy door hunting!

Prenatal to 1year old Programs in Guelph

post img

Prenatal Becoming a mom can be an exciting and scary time. Here are prenatal classes that are offered in Guelph to help make the best of your pregnancy. Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health p>About: Weekly program to support pregnant women to have the healthiest pregnancy and birth possible. Aims to reduce the incidence of unhealthy birth weights, improve the health of infants and mothers, and encourage breastfeeding. Issues such as healthy eating, physical activity, healthy lifestyle, injury prevention, parenting, and food security are tackled. Participants are also connected with other community services. The program is led by a Registered Dietitian and Public Health Nurse. Services offered to participants include: breastfeeding support food / vitamin supplements or vouchers food nutrition education and prenatal nutrition pre / postnatal information and support family and social support transportation service (call for information) childcare for children between one and four years of age interpretive services When: Tue 10:30 am-1 pm (no child minding provided) * Tue 12:30 pm-2:30 pm (free child minding provided) Contact: 1-800-265-7293 ext 4274 or karen.wismer@wdgpublichealth.ca Shelldale Better Beginnings, Better Futures About: Supports the healthy development of children and strengthens family and community life in the Willow Road area of Guelph. Programs and activities include: prenatal and infant groups and home visits parent and child drop-in preschool playgroups kindergarten readiness and early literacy groups after school activities daily breakfast club Contact: 519-824-8498 or info@bbbfguelph.ca Tummies to Toes 40 Weeks to Delivery - Birth Preparation Classes About: This is a hands-on course that prepares expecting parents for the arrival of their little one. The classes focus on explaining what to expect in birth, choices within childbirth, and the first six weeks postpartum. Topics include: preparing for birth your child’s birth and measures to make you comfortable cheat sheet for your partner and support people pain medications and medical interventions Cesarean births (VBAC classes are available on request) basic baby care breastfeeding and troubleshooting When: 3 night course (3 hours each night) or an intense weekend course (Sat 10-5pm, Sun 1-5pm) Peas in a Pod - Classes for Multiples About: These interactive classes are designed for parents expecting more than one baby. It is a 10-hour class that prepares parents for birthing and caring for two or more little ones. Topics include: preparing for a multiple birth preterm labour birthing options comfort measures in labour and delivery postpartum adjustments breast- and formula-feeding basic baby care community resources When: contact for future dates Contact: 519-571-9743 or rebecca@tummiestotoes.ca Living Yoga & Health Prenatal Yoga About: Join others who are experiencing the amazing changes that pregnancy brings to your body. This class includes information sharing as well strengthening poses and breathing practice to prepare moms-to-be. When: Tuesdays at 7:30pm Contact: 519-767-1041 or info@livingyoga.ca Birth to 1 Year Class and programs are a great way for you and your baby to get out and meet new moms, learn about your baby and have fun. Guelph Moms and Co Baby Steps: About: This program is designed for mommies and babe. Enjoy songs, crafts, connect , with other mommies& babies , listen to guest speakers, enjoy sensory activites and more When: Fridays 10am -11am Massage & Music About: Learn how to use baby massage into your routine! Each week you learn more massage techniques as well as songs to sing & sensory play When: Mondays 10am Stroller Fit About: Get fit, have fun and walk outside. Keep your babe all snuggled in the stroller while you work up a sweat. We walk every week at a different path in Guelph When: Returning This Spring Contact: 519-830-4655 or guelphmomsandco@gmail.com Ontario Early Years Centre Infant Massage About: Infant Massage connects you deeply with your baby. It helps you to understand your baby and respond with love and respectful listening. Youand your child will love the special time together. When: Tuesdays: April 4-25 May 2-30 Wednesdays: April 5- May 3 May 10 - June 7 June 14 - July 11 Infant Afternoon About: A weekly drop-in playtime for parents and their children ages bitrth to 8months. When: Tuesday Afternoons Contact: 519-821-6638 Tummies to Toes Baby Food for Beginners About: Yummy! Lets make some baby food! In this 2-hour course, we will learn about how to make and store baby food. Baby Food for Beginners is offered on a one-to-one basis in your home. We will use many different ways to prepare baby food. Everything is supplied (except a stove)! A booklet of recipes and dietary recommendations are included with the class. Partners, support people, and babies are welcome. When: Contact for future dates Massage Me: Learning Baby Massage About: Touching your baby is a great way to bond with your baby. This course offers different massage techniques to comfort, relax, and play with your little one. Massage Me includes one-to-one instruction, an information booklet and massage oil. Partners and support people welcome. When: Contact for Future Dates Contact: 519-571-9743 or rebecca@tummiestotoes.ca Living Yoga & Health Mom Yoga About: Offered as a Workshop Series. A great class to get you out and about with your pre-crawling little one! Enjoy taking the time to stretch and release the tension from your new mom body. Particular attention is given to each mom's healing and energy, to ensure your experience is positive and useful for your day-to-day. Babies will join us for some of the poses. When: Wednesdays at 10am Baby Yoga About: Offered as a Workshop Series. Newborn to Almost Crawler. Yoga poses designed to support your baby’s development. Filled with calming, nurturing ways to enhance bonding and improve baby's digestion and sleep. Babies enjoy yoga on their backs, tummies or held in loving arms. Meet other moms, get support and discover your baby's emerging personality. When: Starts June 3 Contact: 519-767-1041 or info@livingyoga.ca We hope this blog helps you enjoy pregnancy and the first year with your new little one. Congratulations on your new bundle of joy from all of us at Guelph Kids Guide.