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Guelph Splash Pads and Wading Pools 2017

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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

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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

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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.

Top Instagram Accounts for Toddler Activity Ideas

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Lately I've subscribed to many toddler activity ideas accounts on Instagram. I am a stay-at-home mum to a busy toddler boy (and a baby girl) and I enjoy seeing a variety of unique activity ideas on my Instagram feed. Below, in no particular order, are my favourite Instagram accounts for toddler activities inspiration: thedadlab – Sergei is a full-time d d to 2 boys. It's refreshing to see a dad posting experiments, fun educational activities, simple crafts and creative toys when so many stay-at-home parents are mums. Some of the activities he's posted that I want to do with my son are building plastic cup structures, the coloured water experiment, and the blowing pom poms with straws race. doadotart – I love do-a-dot markers because they are non-toxic, come in bright colours and my son enjoys using them. Back in March I even posted a rainbow do-a-dot art project for St. Patrick's Day. This Instagram account has many cute, easy art activities using do-a-dot markers. My favourites are the rabbit holding onto a big bunch of colourful balloons and the bright heart made of dots. funwithmama – Nadia is a mum of 3 and she posts her kids art activities. She posts many ideas that are easy to set up for a toddler. Nadia's focus is on art, but sometimes there will be a letter activity as well. Her love bomb confetti craft turned out really cute and might make an appearance next Valentine's Day. busytoddler – Susie posts easy activities to keep her children entertained and she jokes that she's just trying to make it to nap time each day. I like how on each of her photos she includes the title. Some of her recent fun ideas are cloud dough dinos, pinch and sort, wash the dog and intro to sorting. rainbowrockproject – This one is adorable! It's all about a young girl named Alia who's goal is to spread kindness one rainbow rock at a time. She raises money for charities and encourages other people to paint rainbows on rocks and leave them places to make others happy. Their popular hashtag is #rainbowrockproject. I'm planning on making rainbow rocks with my little guy soon. discovering_our_tribe – Emily, Dot and Lilah's Australian mum, posts on this account. She has lots of easy activities, sensory bins, art projects, and book suggestions. I can't decide if her spaghetti sensory bin with plastic foods would delight or gross out my toddler so I might need to make one to see. Her rainbow salt art activity might require more prep than most of her posts, but it turned out well. simplylearning – this mum has 2 daughters. She has a theme each week and has created, “a modern, hassle-free tot school curriculum designed with the busy mom in mind.” Some past themes include water, exercise, all about me, and sky + space. This is one of the first toddler activities ideas Instagram accounts I started following and she has lots of neat ideas that you can pick and choose from to do with your own toddler. Hopefully you discovered a few new accounts on Instagram that you want to follow. Which are your favourite toddler activity ideas accounts on Instagram?  

March Break in Guelph 2017

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There are many fun, special events happening in Guelph for March Break. March Break this year goes from March 13th to 17th. The Bookshelf Cinema is screening family matinees the 13th to 17th. The movies include Kubo and the Two Strings, The Little Prince, The Secret Life of Pets, and Song of the Sea. These special screenings are being presented by the Guelph Film Festival. Th following restaurants downtown restaurants have special deals for kids aged 12 and under during March Break: Afterlife Cafe, Baker Street Station, Breezy Corners, Bobby O'Briens, Bollywood Bistro, Boon Burger, The Cornerstone, Diana Downtown, miijidaa, Red Brick Cafe, Sweet!, Vienna Restaurant, Wellington Cakes, The Western Hotel, The Wooly, and Wimpy's Diner. The Guelph Public Library has a ton of excellent events planned. Some of their many scheduled events are Zippee the clown, a teen movie, puppetry, and knitting. The Dragon is holding 3 free games: Pokemon League, Magic and Magic Juniors. If your child would enjoy attending camp, then check out our camps blog. We recommend the camps at Sylvan Learning, Guelph Family Martial Arts, Bulldog Fitness, The Zone Training, Guelph Humane Society, and Art Gallery of Guelph. Each morning at the Guelph Civic Museum there will be water themed activities. Each day will be different activities and presenters. St. Patrick's Day is on March 17th. Why not make a fun rainbow or shamrock craft, or eat some green food? Monday to Friday at Stone Road Mall, Mad Science will be putting on science shows and interactive fun stations. Going for a hike is always an excellent family activity. We've written a blog on Guelph's top hiking trails. Galaxy Cinemas Guelph (Woodlawn Road location) are having special $2.99 Family Favourites screenings for March Break. Each morning they will be showing Storks, Trolls, The Secret Lives of Pets, and Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. Every day of March Break, Boston Pizza is offering exciting special events. They will have painting, robots, slime making and more. Each day is a different activity. Fantescapes is going to present Save the Emojis. It can be adapted for all ages. Players need to find emojis to solve curious conundrums, riddles, and puzzles. The University is once again hosting College Royal. I attend every year and believe it to be a must attend family event! There are TONS of events including Old Mac's farm, a cat show, a dog show, a tractor rodeo, food, pancake flipping, arts and crafts, square dancing and more. Many local maple syrup places are having additional March Break hours. Check out our Maple Syrup 2017 blog. Some of the places included in that blog are Mountsberg Conservation Area, the Maple Syrup Museum, and St Jacobs Horse Drawn Tours. To see all classes, events, and activities in Guelph please visit our homepage calendar. We hope your children have a fantastic week off of school!

Indoor Play Centres in Guelph

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By Erica Blunn This month has been a chilly one. I'm dreaming of the days where my toddler and I can spend hours outdoors in our backyard, hiking local trails or playing in park. Until then we're going to visit some indoor play centres to burn off some energy before nap time. Here is a list of indoor play centres in and around Guelph. guelph.png" alt="funmazing guelph" width="787" height="501" style="max-width:100%; height:auto;"> Funmazing is Guelph's only indoor play centre. My son loves playing at Funmazing! They have a big play structure, a small toddler/baby area, children's cars to race around on, arcade games and party rooms. It's located in the north west corner of Guelph. Cost: Under 12 months is $6 + HST or free with a paying sibling. Children 1 to 12 years of age $9.50 + HST or $6 + HST after 4pm Monday to Thursday (but not on holidays). Hours: Monday to Friday 10am-8pm. Saturday 10am-6pm. Sunday 10am-5pm. http://www.funmazing.ca/ Bingemans Funworx is located in Kitchener. Cost: Under 2 is $4.95 or free with a paying sibling. $9.95/toddler or child. Hours: Sunday to Thursday 10am-8pm. Friday and Saturday 10am-9pm. http://www.bingemans.com/funworx/index.php Love Laugh Play is located in Kitchener. Cost: 2 and under is $4.50 or free with a paying sibling. $9.95/child 3+. Hours: Mondays closed, Tuesday 10am - 7pm, Wednesday 10am-7pm, Thursday  9am - 8pm, Friday 9am - 8pm, Saturday 9am - 8pm, Sunday 10am - 5pm  http://lovelaughplay.ca/ Playfit is located in Cambridge. Cost: Under 12 months $4 plus tax or free with a paying sibling. 12-36 months $7.95 plus tax. 3+ is $9.95 plus tax. Hours: Sunday 10am-5pm. Tuesday to Thursday 10am-7pm. Friday to Saturday 10am-8pm. http://www.playfitkids.com/ Jungle Oasis is located in Orangeville. Cost: Under 3 $8.50. 3-12 $10. Babies in arms free. Hours: Monday to Thursday 9:30am-6pm. Friday to Saturday 9:30am-8pm. Sunday 9:30am-5:30pm. http://www.jungleoasisplayground.com/ Cirque de Play is located in Milton. Cost: 0-12 months free with a paying sibling. 0-2 $8. 2+ $10. Hours: Monday to Wednesday 9:30am-3pm. Thursday to Friday 9:30am-8pm. Saturday to Sunday 9:30am-5pm. http://cdpkids.com/ Tiny Town is located in Guelph Cost: $10 Hours: Monday to Friday 9:30am to 7pm, Saturday 10am to 4pm & Sunday 10am to 6pm. http://www.tiny-town.ca/ Amazing Adventures Indoor Play Land & Parties is located in Burlington, Hamilton & Missisauga Cost: 0-11months FREE with a sibling or $6.64+hst, 12-23months $6.64+hst, 2-12years old $10.17+hst, Adults 2FREE per paid children or $3.00+hst Hours: Monday to Sunday 9:30am to 8pm http://amazingadventuresplayland.ca/ Skedaddle Kids is in Milton Cost: Under 12months is FREE with a paid sibling or $5, under 2years $6.50 with a paid sibling is a $1 off, 2years and older is $10 with a paid sibling is a $1 off. Hours: Monday 10am to 7pm, Tuesday 10am to 6pm, Wednesdayand Thursday10am to 7pm, Friday and Saturday 10am 8:30pm, Sunday 10am to 6pm. http://www.skedaddlekids.com/ Eazy-Peazy is in Milton Cost: Kids 2-12years old $11 or $9 with a paid sibling. Kids 23months and under $6 or FREE with a paid sibling Hours: Monday to Thursday 10am to 7pm, Friday 10am to 8pm, Saturday 9:30am to 8pm, Sunday 9:30am to 6pm. http://www.eazy-peazy.ca/ The Guelph Civic Museum is located in Guelph. Cost: $5/person 4+; $15/family. Hours: 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Sunday. http://guelphmuseums.ca/ Fergus Bounce Indoor Playground is located in Fergus. Cost: $8 for 3-12 year olds; $5 under 3; babes in arms free. Hours: 9:30am to 6pm Tuesday to Friday; 9am to 7pm Saturday; 10am to 6pm Sunday. https://www.facebook.com/bouncycastleparties/ Lil Monkeys is located in Burlington. Cost: $7.99 plus tax/13-17 year old and must be accompanying younger, paying sibling; $14.48 plus tax/5-12 year old; $11.99 plus tax/2-4 year old; $6.99 plus tax/under 23 months; free for 0-11 months. Hours: 9:30am to 8pm Monday to Friday; 9:15am to 8:30pm; 9:15am to 8pm Sunday. http://lilmonkeysplaygrounds.com/ Balls of Fun is located in Mississauga. Cost: $12/9-12 year old, but must be with a child 8 or younger; $12/3-8 year old; $10/0-2 year old; free is under a year with a paying sibling. Hours: 9:30am to 7:30pm Monday to Sunday. Please not closed Mondays September to June unless it's a holiday or PA Day. http://ballsoffun.ca/ Lots O'Fun is located in Orangeville. Cost: $9/3-10 year old. Hours: 9:30am to 6pm Monday; 9:30am to 8pm Tuesday to Thursday; 9:30am to 9pm Friday and Saturday; 10:30am to 5:30pm Sunday. http://lotsofun.ca/ Children's Art Factory is located in Guelph. Cost: $12/1 child; $18/2 siblings; $24/3 siblings; $30/4 siblings. Frequent visitor cards are also available. Hours: 9am to 6pm Tuesday to Thursday; 9am to 4pm Friday; 9am to noon Sunday. http://thechildrensartfactory.com/ Cub Club at Bears Cheerleading is located in Fergus. Hours: 9:30 to 11:30am Monday, Wednesday, Friday. http://cheeronbears.ca/ Which local indoor play centre is your favourite?

Maple Syrup Season Guelph 2017

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Are you looking for a sweet outing with your family this spring? Then look no further because below are all of the maple syrup farms, festivals, and museums in the Guelph area. The 53rd annual Elmira Maple Syrup Festival is happening on April 1st. This busy festival is fun for the whole family. They have many different vendors, live music, pancake breakfasts, animals, fun kids activities, and more. As it can get quite busy I sugge t baby carriers instead of strollers if possible (last year we wished we kept the stroller at home). My family had such a great time last year we are planning on going again this year. Cost: some activities are free, others paid. Bring money to buy food, for vendor boothd and for the paid activities. Hours: 7am to 4pm. http://www.elmiramaplesyrup.com/the-festival/ On April 1st there will be a United Way pancake fundraiser event at the Holiday Inn Hotel (Scottsdale Drive location). Breakfast will be a delicious meal of pancakes, sausages, fruit and a drink. You can also meet the fire chief, see a fire truck and have your face painted by Cleo the Clown. Cost: Early bird tickets cost $10 for adults and $7 for those under 10. Tickets after March 28th cost $15 for adults and $10 for those under 10. Donations of $20+ can receive a United Way tax receipt. Hours: 9 to 11am on April 1st, 2017 Mountsberg Conservation Area in Campbellville is once again tapping about 600 trees and holding their Maple Town event. Mountsberg's sugar bush has been producing maple syrup for close to 150 years! They organize tons of activities for families to enjoy including eating pancakes, play barn, guided wagon ride, hikes, and birds of prey shows. Cost: free with regular gate admission, but pancakes and wagon rides are extra. Regular admission fees: adult (15-64) $7.50; senior (65 & over) $6.50; child (5-14) $5.25; child (4 & under) free. Hours: February 25th to April 2nd on weekends, holidays and during March Break from 10am to 4pm. http://www.conservationhalton.ca/event-details?eventID=37 Shady Grove Maple Co Farms will NOT be offering farm tours, pancake breakfasts or their Easter egg hunt this year. They have decided to focus all of their attention in producing their delicious maple syrup and related products. Visit their website to find out where you can buy their products: http://shadygrovemaple.ca/ If your family wants to learn more about maple syrup then you should plan the short trip to the Maple Syrup Museum in St Jacobs. You will discover how maple syrup is made and get a chance to see some interesting photos and artifacts. Cost: $3/person. Hours: 10am to 6pm Monday to Saturday. Noon to 5:30pm Sundays. http://www.stjacobs.com/business-directory/play/everything/everything/maple-syrup-museum.htm Also in St Jacobs are the St Jacobs Horse Drawn Tours special Maple Sugar Bush Tours. Your family will enjoy the horsedrawn wagon ride to and from the market and sugar bush location. You can spend as long as you like at the sugar bush learning about maple syrup, sampling syrup, eating pancakes, at the petting zoo, and more. Cost: Adults $19.00; Students $12.00; Children (ages 4-12) $10.00; Children (ages 3-under) are free. Prices include sugar bush activities, ride to and from the sugar bush with the horses, pancakes and HST. Hours: Every Saturday from March 4th to April 15th, 9:00am - 3:30pm departures from St Jacobs Farmers Market. Also during March Break, Monday to Friday (March 13th - 17th). There are no Sugar Bush Tours offered on Sundays. https://stjacobshorsedrawntours.com/mapleSugarBushTours.html Westfield Heritage Village in Hamilton has an annual maple syrup festival. You can eat pancakes, go on horse drawn wagon rides, and learn about both the traditional and modern methods of maple syrup production. Cost: $11/adult; $10/senior; $6.50/youth aged 6-17; $30/family of up to 2 adults and 2 youth. Hours: Sundays in March, as well as the Wednesday and Thursday of March break. (March 5, 12, 15, 16, 19, 26) https://westfieldheritage.ca/ Happy maple syrup season!

Small Creative Guelph Mom Businesses Part 3

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We have found another bunch of amazing small shop Guelph moms for you! All five of them use their creative talents to make beautiful and unique items. The moms featured today are from Busy Bees Creations, Dunning Essentials, Hofkissed, Little Beady Pretty One, and Lilac Butterfly Boutique. Name: Brianne Collecchio Business name: Busy Bees Creations Where can we find you on ine? (website, social media, etc): www.facebook.com/busybeescreationsguelph Why did you start your small shop? What inspired you? I love to craft and I have a hard time sitting still! I'm constantly working on some project or another. I started getting a lot of compliments on the stuff I was making for my family and had people asking to order things from me. Although it's really just an excuse to buy ridiculous amounts of cute yarn. How would you describe your products in 5 words or less? Carefully crafted cute creations. What is your favourite product that you've created? I recently made Anna and Elsa hats complete with hair. That was a lot of fun and they turned out really adorable. Why do you love living in Guelph? I love the amount of trails and green space. I love that we can go for a family walk and not see a single house, yet we can be in the middle of the city. And I cannot say enough about the feeling of community here. It's the perfect place to raise a family. Name: Meg Dunning Business name: Dunning Essentials, “Handcrafted Canadian essential oil diffuser bracelets custom made through collaboration.” Where can we find you online? (website, social media, etc): FB http://bit.ly/2jnQ98jj Instagram: dunning.essentials dunning.essential@gmail.com Why did you start your small shop? What inspired you? Dunning Essentials blossomed from my passion for essential oils. I was looking for a present for my dear friend and coach for her birthday and could not find diffuser bracelets locally. I was discussing with a friend and she suggested I make my own. I chuckled but a month later started Dunning Essentials. How would you describe your products in 5 words or less? Custom, Elegant, Holistic What is your favourite product that you've created? All my products are custom made through customer collaboration which has made each piece special to me. I have loved the mommy and me sets the most. Why do you love Guelph? Guelph is my hometown and where I currently work. My roots are deeply embedding in this great City that is inclusive, creative and humble. Guelph has a strong sense of pride and our city is simply beautiful inside and out.     Name: Steph VanDorp Business name: Hofkissed Where can we find you online? (website, social media, etc): www.facebook.com/hofkissed www.hofkissed.blogspot.com Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter: @hofkissed Why did you start your small shop? What inspired you? I've been crafty for as long as I can remember and started making cards for people when I was 15. In 2005 I started my business because I wanted to spread the love of handmade and the joy of receiving a handmade card. How would you describe your products in 5 words or less? Unique, high quality, handmade gifts. What is your favourite product that you've created? I love creating cards especially. There's something special about receiving a handmade card, and through my classes, seeing the joy people have creating them. I love surprising people with one in the mail too. I often hear it makes their day. Why do you love living in Guelph? We moved to Guelph about 3-1/2 years ago and have never been happier. The community is so welcoming and it felt like home right away. People say 'hi' when you walk passed them on the street and I love that!     Name: Tyler and Mariel Business name: Little Beady Pretty One Where can we find you online? (website, social media, etc): https://m.facebook.com/littlebeadyprettyone/ littlebeadypretty1 on instagram Why did you start your small shop? What inspired you? Our daughter is our inspiration. We love to dress her up with adorable accessories. It is fun to do so we decided to start a shop where we could create lots of lovely things for little ones and adults too. How would you describe your products in 5 words or less? Custom creations with adorable outcomes What is your favourite product that you've created? Our favorite thing to make is when we get to create an entire smash cake outfit. It's nice to be part of such a wonderful occasion. It's even more special when we get to see photos of the little one on their special day. It really makes us smile. Why do you love living in Guelph? We both grew up in a small town, Guelph may be bigger but we have enjoyed the same feeling of community and closeness here. It is such a beautiful city we feel blessed to grow our family here.     Name: Sarah McCullough Busines Name: Lilac Butterfly Boutique Where can we find you online? Facebook.com/lilacbutterflyboutique Instagram @lilacbutterflyboutique Why did you start your small shop? What inspired you? My family has always been creative, and I've always done something artsy. When my first was born, I wanted to be able to stay home with her, but also contribute financially for our family. It had been a long time since I sewed anything, but I thought I'd give it a try. Haven't stopped since. It's amazing to me how much I've grown since starting. How would you describe your products in 5 words or less? Adorable, lasting, quality, handmade goodness. What is your favourite product that you've created? Hmmm. That's a tough one. I do love all the tiny clothes! I think what makes me the happiest is the weighted blankets. Just hearing how much they have helped families, children especially, makes it so worth it. Why do you love living in Guelph? I've lived in Guelph for most of my life. It's a very comfortable place to call home!   The four of us making up Guelph Kids Guide enjoy supporting and promoting Guelph businesses. Where possible it's always wonderful to buy local and help someone in the community. Hopefully the next time you're looking for a special item or gift you'll consider buying something from one of Guelph's amazing, creative individuals. Please click the links below for our small, creative Guelph moms businesses blog #1 and #2.

Family Day in Guelph 2017

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By: Julia Drysdale Family Day this year is on Monday, February 20th. Guelph residents are lucky to have many fun, special events to choose from on Family Day. Below you can find the perfect event for you and your family to attend this winter long weekend. width="400" height="480" style="max-width:100%; height:auto;"> The City of Guelph is offering a Family Fun Day activities day. For $5/person or $20/family (6 people, minimum 1 maximum 2 adults) your family can enjoy pickleball, swimming, yoga, crafts, preschool drop-in, skating and open gym time. http://guelph.ca/event/family-day/ A special afternoon is planned at the Art Gallery of Guelph. “Inspired by the experience of silence, sound, and sight in our current exhibitions, AGG offers a series of organized and self-guided activities throughout the afternoon.” http://artgalleryofguelph.ca/events_list/family-day/ If you want to go for a winter hike, check out Guelph Kids Guide's hiking blog. The Guelph Youth Music Centre is holding a Medieval Family Day Festival. Your family will enjoy this free event and learn more about weapons and armour, musicians, games and activities, jugglers, and brass rubbing. http://gymc.ca/workshops-camps/medieval-family-day-festival/ For a day of DIY fun head to the Guelph Civic Museum for their special Family Day event. http://guelphmuseums.ca/event/family-day-museum/ The Royal City Lions Club of Guelph is offering a free pancake breakfast from 8am to noon at the Trinity United Church. The Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory is having a special hug-a-bug insect petting zoo over the Family Day weekend. https://cambridgebutterfly.com/events/family-days-hug-a-bug The Grand River Conservation Authority is holding a special, free Family Fun Day at Rockwood Conservation Area. There will be fire trucks, horse-drawn wagon rides, snowshoeing, interpretive hikes, a fire pit and skating. I went with my family last year and it was great! https://calendar.grandriver.ca/default/Detail/2017-02-20-Winter-Family-Fun-Day-Rockwood-Park Royal City Cooperative Preschool is holding their Annual Alumni RCCP Family Day skating party at the University skating rink. http://www.royalcitycooperativepreschool.com/ Guelph’s YMCA-YWCA will hold a number of kid-friendly activities including drumming, art, swimming, face painting, zumba classes and a movie on the 20th. http://www.guelphy.org/ Tobogganing is a great winter activity. To discover a new tobogganing hill, check out Guelph Kids Guide's tobogganing blog. The Museum (in Kitchener) has a special make your own family tree activity for Family Day activity. http://www.themuseum.ca/events/all-day-craft-family-trees The Waterloo Region Musuem has a new dinosaurs exhibit that looks as though it's worth the drive to visit. http://www.waterlooregionmuseum.com/upcoming-events/event-details/?id=167&type=0&calendar=1&eventTime=0 If your family enjoys climbing, you will enjoy the rock climbing at the Guelph Grotto. http://guelphgrotto.com/ The Guelph Storm have a special 2pm game on Family Day. http://guelphstorm.com/ The Waterloo Central Railway is having a special Family Day steam train event. The historic train will take you from St. Jacobs Market to Elmira and back. http://waterloocentralrailway.com/train-rides/special-event-train-rides/ Air-U Guelph has extended hours in case your family wants to jump together on the 20th. They will be open from 10am to 9pm. http://www.airu-guelph.com/pages/rates-hours Bingemans (in Kitchener) is holding a special Family Day carnival on both the Sunday and Monday or the long weekend. https://www.bingemans.com/secure/dispatch.php?action=show_third_party_purch_select&event_id=4516 The Fergus Curling Club is hosting a curling open house event on Family Day. At this free event you can try curling, listen to live music, learn more about their club, eat, participate in the colouring contest and listen to live music. http://www.ferguscurling.ca/ For more details on the events listed above and even more events please visit www.guelphkidsguide.ca I can't wait to attend some of these fantastic special events with my loved ones. Happy Family Day Guelphites!

Summer Break Camps Guelph 2017

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Summer is an excellent time to meet new friends, play, learn, and make lasting memories at summer camps. I still remember my Guelph summer camp days at sports camp, play day camp, and horseback riding camp. Do you remember the summer camps that you attended as a child? Despite the frigid winter temperatures, many summer camps are either already open for registration or will be open for registration soon. Guelph's top camps fill up uickly so decide and sign up soon to avoid disappointment. Below we're giving you a cheat sheet to easily find the perfect summer camp for your children. We have information on all sorts of camps and while they all have a different focus - animals, art, hockey, science, martial arts, physical activity - they all guarantee a week of lasting memories! Guelph Humane Society Name of camp: Guelph Humane Society's Summer Critter Camp When registration opens and closes: Registration will open on January 30th and close when it is full (end of May). Age range for the camp: For campers entering grades 1-8. Weeks your camp is running: July and August 2017. Cost: Early Bird rate: $225, plus tax. Regular rate: $250, plus tax Description: The Guelph Humane Society offers animal themed camps for kids in grades 1-8. These programs include Birthday Parties, PA Day Camps, Summer Camp and March Break Camp. Our fun and education programs include games, crafts and of course animal interactions! Register early, as our programs fill up quickly! How to register: Registration can be completed at the Guelph Humane Society's online store. For more information please go to the Humane Education page at www.guelphhumane.ca, email spawelko@guelphhumane.ca or call 519-824-3091. Bulldog Fitness Camps Name of camp: Ministry of Education Licensed Program & Camp When registration opens and closes: Registration Opens (Full Week): March 20th 2017 Part Week/By Day Opens: 1 week prior to the week interested in registering for (as it is by availability only- first come first serve) Registration closes for each camp the Friday before that start (Monday) Age range for the camp: Ages: 3-13 - With age appropriate groups. Low campers to staff ratio Week your camp is running: 8am-5pm (with extended hours available at additional cost-must pre register for this) Cost: Full Week: $190 tax included By Day: $44-50 tax included **Wednesday = $50 due to Guelph Grotto Trip How to register: 519-836-3838, guelph@bulldoginteractivefitness.com, www.guelphbulldog.com for registration package and details Description: Bulldog Fitness provides a fun choice based camp that provides each child the opportunity to explore their own interests. From sports & games, arts & crafts to cooking & science- we have it all! Each week will have different special guests, workshops and possibly a theme chosen by our campers! We do trips to the local parks (Franchetto Park) and also every Wednesday (weather permitted) we visit The Guelph Grotto! With qualified staff and excellent ratios our camp gives your child the ultimate experience! Skills Ontario Name of camp: Skills Ontario Summer Camps When registration opens and close: Registration is now open and will remain open until we reach the maximum capacity for each camp week (16 campers/camp) Age range for the camp: 11-13 (Students going into grades, 7, 8 & 9) Weeks your camp is running: July 10-14 – All Boys’ Camp at Linamar (The Centre) July 24-28 – Co-Ed Camp at Conestoga College (Guelph Campus) August 14-18 – All Girls’ Camp at Linamar (The Centre) Cost: $175/camper/week (Subsidies may be available) Description: Skills Ontario Summer Camp is a week-long day program for kids entering grades 7-9. Through hands-on activities relevant to the skilled trades, campers develop communication, problem-solving and teamwork skills. Campers take part in hands-on counselor and industry-led workshops in the industrial, construction, motive power, services and technology sectors; they explore careers in skilled trades through interactive games, industry tours and entrepreneurship programs. Schedules vary per location based on available volunteers and programming. How to register: Register online at www.skillsontario.com/camp *More dates are available in other communities across Ontario   Guelph Family Martial Arts Name of camp: Guelph Family Martial Arts Summer Camp When registration opens and closes:Registration Now Open. Registration closes Sunday July 9th, 2017 Age range for the camp: 3.5-13 years old Weeks your camp is running: Monday July 3rd-Friday July 7th Monday July 10th-Friday July 14th Monday July 17th-Friday July 21st Monday July 24th-Friday July 28th Monday July 31st- Friday August 4th Monday August 7th-Friday August 11th Monday August 14th-Friday August 18th Monday August 21st-Friday August 25th Monday August 28th- Friday September 1st Cost: $199 for the Week Description: Guelph Family Martial Arts was voted #1 Camp in Guelph and the surrounding area, our camp is designed to promote personal development and growth in a fun, safe environment. Our camps are open to members and non-members.Camp hours are from 9:00am-4:00pm, earlier drop-off and later pick-up available upon request. Our camps are unique as we provide food for all campers throughout the day, allowing parents and guardians to not have to plan daily lunches. Our camp promotes inclusion of all members.Our camps provide the opportunity to participate in fun activities and exposure to a variety of fun new activities, while keeping campers mentally engaged and physically active in a fun but controlled environment. Our campers develop: Courtesy and teamwork Non-violent conflict resolution Friendship creation Self-respect and respect for others Getting out of your comfort zone How to Register: Contact us at (519) 341-0550 or gfmakarate@gmail.com or visit us at 340 Woodlawn Road West, Guelph, ON Sylvan Learning Name of camp: Sylvan Learning Lego Robotics & Game Design Camp When registration opens and closes: Opens March 1st and no official closing date Age range for the camp: Students in Grades 1-8 Weeks your camp is running: Session 1: July 10-14 Session 2: July 24-28 Session 3: Aug 14-18 Session 4: Aug 21-25 Cost: $225+HST Description: Working with friends, your child will enjoy fun, hands-on projects which include building and animating Lego robots as well as animating stories and creating video games. Your child will learn basic programming by using coding blocks that integrate thousands of backgrounds, characters, props and music. How to register: Call 519-823-5711 or email: sylvan.guelph@gmail.com, Website The Zone Training Name of camp: Summer Hockey Camps at The Zone Train