Legoland Discovery Centre at Vaughan Mills Shopping Centre

June 17th, 2013

Canadian Lego lovers have cause for celebration this year as Canada’s first Legoland Discovery Centre opens just north of Toronto at Vaughan Mills Shopping Centre.

Legoland north of Toronto

Legoland north of Toronto

The indoor attraction – like a mini-amusement park – is aimed at kids from ages 3-10. It’s a place where your wee builder can get dizzy on indoor rides, take classes from a Lego master builder, get tousled in the 4D cinema where gusts of wind, rain, and snow burst into the auditorium, battle pretend blazes in a mock fire-academy adventure and of course build and test the latest and greatest LEGO blocks.

One of only 11 such centres in the world, the $12-million, 34,000 square-foot facility opens its doors March 1. LegoLandDiscoveryCentre.ca


         

Canadian Designer Kids Clothes

June 15th, 2013

It started small, says designer Devorah Miller, of the lovely, colorful kids clothing she creates in Toronto. Pieces were hand-cut on her kitchen table and Miller sewed them herself. But the lovely, sturdy and often organic creations took off – and Red Thread Designs are now lovingly sewn in larger small batches, and sold in boutiques across the country and online.

Canadian designer kids clothes

Canadian designer kids clothes

 

Brightly colored, made from natural fabrics, Miller’s lovely clothes are built to last. And last. And last some more for a younger sibling or neighbour. “This isn’t throwaway clothing,” says Miller, who says her designs are inspired by the natural exuberance of children.  “I love that I can play with colour without worrying about fashion, because kids are naturally drawn to what they love, not what fashion dictates they should wear.” (Check out her caterpillar dress, ingeniously cut to go from a baby frock, to toddler jumper to girl’s swing top.)  Boys and girls clothing from infants to kids size 12. RedThreadDesign.ca

Molecular Gastronomy for Kids and Home Cooks

June 15th, 2013

Remember Pop Rocks? The crackling sugar candy that explodes on your tongue? Well, Popping Sugar is Pop Rocks for foodies.

popping sugar

popping sugar

Packaged up for home chefs, this sweet, crackling sugar behaves like popping candy, snapping and crackling when it hits your tongue. (How great would this be on top of your kids’ birthday cupcakes?) The fancy sugar comes from a Montreal company aiming to make molecular gastronomy more available to home cooks. Families with older kids might want to check out their molecular gastronomy home starter kit, too with ingredients, tools and full instructions. Popping Sugar, $29.95 for 1.2lb package by Molecule-r.com

Poochie & Co Doggie Purses

June 7th, 2013

All the rage at this year’s Oscar ceremonies, the adorable puppy purses made by Poochie & Co have become the must-have accessory for tiny starlets in training.

Poochie Purses for Kids

Poochie Purses for Kids

Sales of the Poochie purses skyrocketed after 9-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis – best actress nominee for her role in Beasts of the Southern Wild – sported a custom made Poochie at this year’s Oscar ceremony in February. Quvenzhane (who prefers to be called Q) toted a cute, custom Yorkshire Terrier puppy with a tiny tiara – not available in stores, yet.  But look for other Poochie purses decked out in sequined dresses and hairbows – poodles, pugs – a total of 20 different dog breeds in all. Available in Canada at Winners.

Canadian Trivia Family Edition Board Game

June 7th, 2013

No rainy cottage weekend is complete without a board game or five. Canadian Trivia is here for you and yours with an their new family edition – updated to be suitable for multiple ages and abilities.

Canadian Trivia Family Edition

Canadian Trivia Family Edition

Gameplay is familiar and well-designed – with quiz cards asking made-in-Canada questions with varying degrees of difficulty so everyone can join in. (Sample easy question:

“What country invaded Canada during the War of 1812?” A: United States of America. Sample hard question: “What is known as a “bismark” in Alberta and a “jambuster” in Manitoba?”
A: Jelly Doughnut) The game is suitable for kids nine and up, and up to six people can play. $29.99, Outsetmedia.com

Star Wars Art Book for Crafty Kids

June 7th, 2013

The ingenious Star Wars Thumb Doodles book is a cartooning kit that teaches kids to turn thumbprints into Star Wars characters. The kit comes with four ink pads (attached to the side of the book) for juicy thumbprints , a black marker, and a dual-tipped pencil to add some flair.

Star Wars Thumb Doodles Book

Star Wars Thumb Doodles Book

The detailed book has step-by-step instructions on blank pages where kids can practice their technique, and some printed pages too (depicting say, an Ewok village or Jabba the Hut’s place), where they can recreate movie moments. The spiral bound book is sturdy, the thumbprinting is fun, the instructions are very, very good – allowing most kids to come out with something neatly resembling their favourite intergalactic hero (or anti-hero). It’s a good, artful introduction to drawing – and encourages kids to try different techniques and think about what features define a character’s visual identity. And it’s kind of messy, which is fun too. Klutz Star Wars Thumb Doodles, Scholastic Canada, $18.99

Discount Code for Wizard of Oz Tickets in Toronto

June 7th, 2013

June 7, 2013
Toronto

Mirvish/Ticket King have just issued a discount code for Wizard of Oz tickets in Toronto.

Now through July 7, 2013, use the discount code: HEART to buy tickets for $39 or $79 — a discount of up to 50%

Discount Code for Wizard of Oz in Toronto

Discount Code for Wizard of Oz in Toronto

The colourful, enjoyable family musical runs at Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theatre (formerly the Canon and before that – The Pantages… just a stones throw south of Dundas Square on Yonge Street.)

Again… use the discount code HEART to save big on Wizard of Oz tickets.

Tall Ships Sail in Ontario – Summer 2013

June 7th, 2013

Long before Captain Jack Sparrow defined piratey, sailing chic, the Tall Ships were the source of many a high-seas fantasy. Catch a glimpse of these majestic, traditionally rigged sailing vessels this summer as 25 Tall Ships commemorate the military events of the War of 1812 and sail across the Great Lakes. The ships are parading, racing, making appearances and participating in events at over 22 ports. Most ports are hosting festivals, some will offer free tours of the vessels and others will take visitors out for scheduled sailings. Visit Tall Ships America’s website at SailTraining.org for more information.

Tall Ships Sail in Ontario Summer 2013

Tall Ships Sail in Ontario Summer 2013

 

  • June 14 – 16: Brockville Tall Ships 1812 Tour
  • June 20 – 23: Redpath Waterfront Festival Toronto
  • June 28 – 30: Tall Ships Hamilton 2013
  • June 28 – 30: St. Catharines 1812 Tall Ships: Port Dalhousie