• Family Fun,  Get Back To Nature

    Get Back To Nature: Carson-Pegasus Provincial Park

    I’ve heard a lot of great things about Carson-Pegasus Provincial Park over the last few years so I thought it was about time I checked it out.  After an early May camping trip to Carson-Pegasus with other homeschool families didn’t pan out due to heavy rain, I made a reservation for the last week of May and luckily had great weather. At about 2 hours from Edmonton, Carson-Pegasus makes for a great weekend roadtrip, or even daytrip, and having Whitecourt 25 minutes away makes it easy to grab any forgotten items and provide additional activities. The lady at the gate pulled my reservation quickly and I paid $8 for a…

  • Family Fun,  kids

    PJ Masks LIVE! Time To Be A Hero

    PJ Masks has been a favorite in our house since they debuted almost 2 years ago. The stories of young superheros Catboy, Gecko and Owlette have been replayed over and over and then carried over into pretend play.   It was so popular in our house last year that it was the theme of Kai’s 4th birthday. Masks (thanks to the talented Cold Lipstick’s Garden), superhero training complete with an obstacle course, and a completion certificate rounded out the activities. Just posted today was the announcement of the PJ Masks LIVE! tour coming to Edmonton on Monday, December 11, 2017 at 6pm.  According to the Facebook event, presale begins Thursday…

  • Family Fun,  homeschooling

    Children’s Educational Classes, Drop-in Programs, Events & Festivals – June 2017 + Canada Day

    Edmonton does not have a shortage of fun family activities.  But sometimes it’s nice to pass on the bouncy house and food truck events for something a bit more educational. As homeschoolerss / unschoolers, we use many of the great attractions, events and festivals in Edmonton and beyond as our classroom. Here’s a list of some of the great learning opportunities going on in and around Edmonton for June. Some of the activities require pre-registration and / or are additional costs, so check the event link or attraction website for full information (links provided).  Alberta Aviation Museum Weekly drop-in programs, Wednesdays 10:30-11:30, Ages 2-6 June 24 – Blatchford Field 90th Anniversary…

  • Family Fun,  homeschooling

    Fort Edmonton Park 150 Summer Pass + Special International Children’s Festival of the Arts Offer

    I have lived in Edmonton just over 12 years, and last summer was the first time I experienced Fort Edmonton Park.  The girls and I enjoyed a full day there, learning about the first settlers to Edmonton, the growth of the city and way of life in a different time. We explored the old fort, town buildings, learned about different modes of transportation, and had fun at the carnival.  It was an excellent learning experience for them and myself and I can wait to go back this summer!  Fort Edmonton Park is opening for the year this weekend, starting May 20.  Many families opt for the membership that gives you…

  • Family Fun,  homeschooling,  kids,  Uncategorized

    25 Activities For Screen-Free Week

    May 1-7 is Screen-Free Week, and as we finally emerge from a long winter and the gloominess of a mixed up spring, I have to admit the kid’s tablet time has been on the rise lately.  With extended screen time comes moody kids and sleep issues. It’s time to detox for a week and get things back on track.   Working from home and being with the girls all day everyday means I tend to use screen time as crutch to get caught up on work or a bit of quiet time to recharge and get through the day.  So I have to be prepared this week with activities to do…

  • Family Fun,  homeschooling

    Five Reasons to see the Movie Ballerina (Especially if you Homeschool)

    Beauty and the Beast has been taking over the box office since it opened. While it does look amazing, and my girls want to see it, I think we might wait till it is available to rent so we can watch it with the lights on and fast forward any frightening scenes. But there is another movie currently in theatres that hasn’t received a lot of promotion but it is totally worth watching, especially if you have young ones that might not be ready for Beauty and the Beast just yet.  My youngest stumbled upon the trailer for Ballerina back in December and had been anxiously awaiting it’s release.  Initially,…

  • Family Fun,  Health & Home

    Four Ways to Enjoy Winter in YEG

    We’re crawling out of the deep freeze and temperatures are on the rise, maybe only briefly, but I’ll take it for now! Working from home and homeschooling means we have the luxury of staying inside on the coldest of days, but after a few days in, the kids are climbing the walls and cabin fever is setting in. Getting outside and soaking up the Vitamin D is the best thing you can do when the winter blues start to take hold. Here are four fun, family oriented ways to be more active this winter.   Traditional Winter Fun  Skating and sledding are my family’s favorite winter activities.  I’ve never been a…

  • Family Fun

    SCA Fine Arts Presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

    Strathcona Christian Academy Fine Arts put on a wonderful performance of the Little Mermaid back in February.  The girls and I enjoyed every moment, from the decorations throughout the hall, visits with princesses, and then the show itself!   Stunning singing and great performances took me back to when I was young and rewound my VHS copy of the movie over and over just to hear the songs again. It was a great moment seeing it live with the girls.  This year, SCA Fine Arts will be putting on Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,  May 2-5, 2017. Tickets go on sale in the New Year and will be available on…

  • Family Fun

    Tree Lightings & Light Displays 2016 – YEG + Area

    Tree Lightings Beaumont – Brighten Up Beaumont Friday, November 25, 6pm-8pm, fireworks at 8:30pm  More info here Edmonton – Holiday Light Up November 12 4pm -7pm  More info here Fort Saskatchewan – Holiday Lights Up Celebration Friday, November 25, 5pm-7pm More info here Sherwood Park – Celebration of Lights Saturday, November 19, 3pm-5pm More info here Spruce Grove – Christmas in Central Park Saturday, November 26, 2:30pm-5:30pm  More info here St. Albert – Snowflake Festival Friday, November 25, 6:30pm-9pm  More info here  Stony Plain – Christmas Light Up Thursday, November 17, 6:30pm  More info here Light Displays Alberta Legislature Grounds – December 1 – 23  More info here Candy Cane Lane…