- Weekend Festival: RecycleFest at Trout Lake Park on Saturday, July 22
- Local Fun: Go for ice cream as a family!
- Bouncy Castle.
- Hot dog BBQ (good if you miss National Hot Dog Day on July 19).
- Photo Booth.
- Games and prizes.
At the end of May my husband and I made a summer bucket list. Now that we are almost a full month into summer, I thought I’d check-in and see how I was progressing with the summer bucket list. I am keen to accomplish our list, which is why I have our summer bucket list on the fridge. I see it multiple times a day – even more now that my freezer is [more like “was”] filled with my grandmas famous cookies!
Below is my status update on our summer bucket list. Hopefully you can find some good ideas from the list and make some fun summer memories with your family.
Living in beautiful BC we have no shortage of lakes within an hour or two of our house. We haven’t made a trip to the lake yet, but this year we want to try out Whonnock Lake, Alouette, or Rolley. I’ve picked these three lakes because I’ve never been to them in summer. Each lake has its perks – Whonnock has a playground and canoe rentals. Alouette is a hidden gem, which I knew nothing about until I saw the breathtaking photos by Cradled Creations photography – after seeing those pics it will get added to your list as well! Lastly, Rolley is a lake I used to run cross country at in the fall and it has a beautiful loop around the lake for exploring.
We know our toddler won’t be up for hours of swimming or wading so we’ve got shovels, buckets, and beach balls ready for when we make our post-nap trip to the lake.
Since I have my running routine in place we put this on the bucket list to make it a priority. Summer is best for biking and my husband has a speedy road bike that is collecting dust in the garage. As much as he wants to get out and ride, our weekends are pretty full with family time and this isn’t meant to be a ride in the park. It’s for him to get exercise and cover 30 plus kilometres.
My husband and I began dating in the fall after we spent the summer leading up to it doing the Grouse Grind once a week. Once we started dating we stopped hiking to the tops of mountains on a weekly basis. I love the sense of accomplishment I have after finishing the Grouse Grind. The view at the top ain’t too shabby. Since the trail is fairly rugged its not safe to carry the munchkin in the carrier on our back. My husband and munchkin can have a morning together and I’ll go do the Grind. Still need to pick a date and go! Interested in joining?
The PNE is comparable to a state fair. We’ve taken our munchkin every year since she was born. They have livestock barns where you can see horses, chickens, goats, and agility bunnies. We take in a show (e.g., horse show or super dogs), eat some fair food (e.g., mini donuts), and see the sights. One of our close friends has always joined us and I think we all look forward to saying goodbye to summer at the PNE.
Before I had my daughter, my husband and I would take our moms kayaking once a year. Now that our munchkin is two, I think she’d enjoy a canoe ride. Ocean kayaking with a toddler seems crazy, but canoeing seems like a fun outing. However, my munchkin has no fear of water. This means I’m nearly positive that she’ll jump out of the canoe, but with life-jackets on all of us that should be ok.
Finally something I’ve accomplished on my bucket list!! We had neighbours and friends over for a simple BBQ. I think hosting a Canada Day BBQ may become a family tradition.
I found a great inflatable pool and we’ve been enjoying it for weeks now. Another item to cross off my summer bucket list. If you’re looking for more information, I recently blogged about maximizing backyard fun – more than just a dip in the kiddie pool.
We are keeping up our family bike rides that I spoke about in an earlier blog post. As long as the munchkin has a snack, she is happy.
Last summer I have no recollection of paying a visit to an ice cream parlour for a cone. I’m a huge ice cream fan and while my freezer is fully stocked, I still enjoy a trip to the ice cream parlour. Ice cream and a leisurely stroll go together like stained glass and churches! My in-laws live in South Surrey so you might see us in White Rock, enjoying a double scoop cone.
I found out about the low country boil a few years back in a food magazine. My husband’s birthday is coming up next week so I should give it a try. While I haven’t made one yet, I know that my low country boil will feature red potatoes, corn on the cob, crab, shrimp, sausage (i.e., kielbasa), and Parallel 49 beer!
My grandma and I are a jamming duo when summer raspberries are ripe. The munchkin enjoys homemade (no sugar added) raspberry freezer jam on whole grain toast every weekday for breakfast so we go through a lot of jam. I prefer to can my jam and stock my pantry with it. I only saw local raspberries for sale last week so in another couple weeks I’ll start jamming!
I’m going to make a jam gift for the munchkin’s daycare instructors. I’ll write out “thanks for being so sweet” and share a jar of jam as thank you for taking care of the munchkin. I’ll share more on this in a future post.
This is one of the last things we’ll do in summer as the apples aren’t ripe yet. Last August we went picking at the orchard the first weekend it opened and I got to enjoy some new varieties, such as gravenstein apples!
This was on the list because my nieces were here a few weeks back. Unfortunately it rained most of their time here so no camping. I’ll put this back on the summer bucket list when the munchkin is older.
What’s on your summer bucket list? Leave a comment in the comments section below.
Hello Wednesday! Time to make weekend plans locally. My weekend festival is Aldergrove Fair Days. For local fun, I’m sharing 3 ways to maximize backyard fun with toddlers.
Check out Aldergrove Fair Days this weekend (July 15 and 16). The parade starts at 10am on Saturday, July 15 with a flower power theme. Catch the parade on Fraser Highway starting at 270 Street and ending at 273 Street. Trooper is headlining the fair at 8pm on Saturday at the Aldergrove Athletic Park.
Inflatable kiddie pools can cost anywhere from $20 to $60 and there’s a large range in sizes. The baby sized pool is ideal for a baby that is able to sit up and splash. Consequently, the amount of water used is minimal. The next range tends to be slightly larger (two babies would fit) and the water level could get a bit higher. From this size they just keep getting bigger and deeper.
I fell in love with my house after we toured it and my husband described the backyard as the perfect size to play catch with his future kiddo. The yard and our kid have both lived up to my husband’s expectation. Walmart and even dollar stores have cheap balls of varying sizes. We have beach balls, a soccer ball, and a football that we pass around. At 16 months my daughter was mesmerized by our beach ball – it was soft, it was flimsy, and it was large enough for her to be able to swing her leg and make contact with it. This summer she’s amazed by it, but likes throwing and kicking it. Most of all, she looks at her father and I like we are professional athletes when we can rally the ball back and forth.
Happy Wednesday to all! Each Wednesday, I highlight a festival and local fun from Vancouver to the Fraser Valley. This week’s festival is the Abbotsford Berry Festival on Saturday, July 8. As for local fun, I’m highlighting the simplicity of a family bike ride.
New this year, the Abbotsford Berry Festival is a ONE day event happening Saturday, July 8 from 9am to 9pm in downtown Abbotsford. I grew up in Abbotsford and this wasn’t a big deal to attend. However, in recent years, the downtown has been revitalized. Walking down Montrose Avenue you encounter coffee shops, home decor collectives, baby boutiques, and restaurants. We drove out to the Abbotsford Berry Festival (or BerryFest, for the cool kids) last year with my then 1 year old. It was the perfect excuse to drive the 25 minutes from Langley to visit our favourite baby store [Precious Kargo], buy raspberries and strawberries, and eat some good food as we walked down the streets. We even got to see a horse and a police car – pretty big deal for an afternoon out. This isn’t the PNE or state fair so there is a chance of boredom, but if you are looking to get out of the house and have a nice afternoon then I suggest you head to the Abbotsford Berry Festival.
One hand-me-down baby item that I knew I’d come to love, was the bike trailer attachment for my Chariot Double Cheetah running stroller. We have been enjoying a slower pace on weekends and morning bike rides are becoming the norm. We rented bikes last summer and setting up the bike trailer was a time consuming, pain in the butt. In order to make family bike rides a hassle-free experience we made space in our garage so that I can put my bike away and leave the bike trailer attached to my bike. Now we can go for spontaneous bike rides.
We’ve been exploring Willoughby and even throwing the Munchkin’s scooter into the pouch on my bike trailer. We can then ride to an elementary school and let our Munchkin out of the trailer to practice on her scooter or play on the playground. I find giving her a toy or two helps keep her interested in our bike rides. I also stop to look at ducks in ponds, or to see puppies and we are constantly in dialogue while we ride. Give it a try and please share with me how your family bike riding goes.
This Saturday you can celebrate Canada Day without having to travel far. I was sold when I heard the Kids Zone would have inflatables, trains, and crafts. For more info check out this map of the festivities.
This event takes place at Willoughby Community Park. It begins at 11 AM and goes until 6 PM.
I hope you have an extra special Canada Day this year.
Happy Wednesday to all! Each Wednesday, I highlight a festival and local fun from Vancouver to the Fraser Valley. This week’s festival is the first event in the 2017 McBurney Plaza Summer Series in downtown Langley. As for local fun, I’m highlighting Campbell Valley Regional Park.
This event takes place in downtown Langley at McBurney Plaza from 12 to 3 PM on Saturday, June 24. Science World is taking to the road and will be doing live science shows at 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30pm. Last week I took my 2 year old and nieces (9 and 11) to Science World and all three kiddos were surprisingly engaged watching the science shows. Get ready for occasional explosions, exploring electricity, and imploding marshmallows.
In addition to the shows, there are the spot activities, make and take science areas, and a discovery tent.
McBurney Plaza is located at 20514 Fraser Hwy, Langley. Website info: http://www.downtownlangley.com/events-calendar
As a high-schooler, I ran cross country through Campbell Valley and I always loved how immersed in nature you’d feel. This week I took my nieces and 2 year old to the park for a walk. We enter the parking lot off of 16th Avenue (between 208 and 200 St), which takes us to the start of the Little River Loop. Detailed map can be found here.
The Little River Loop is a 2.2 kilometre trail on compact, crushed rock and over a few wooden boardwalks. Not all of these boardwalks have railings and while the fall off would be short, you’ll want to keep little ones close.
I opted for my baby carrier (the Ergo still fits my toddler on my back) instead of the stroller. The main reason I didn’t bring the stroller was I didn’t want a dirty stroller in my vehicle.
Be prepared for birds and squirrels galore! I’m far from a bird watcher, but it was amazing to see the different colour birds around us. The kids loved running along the trail and searching for the biggest trees. We measured the size of the trees by our ability to hold hands and hug the tree. Pack a snack and enjoy some time with nature and your kiddos!
For more information on fun in Langley, check out my Local: Langley page.
It must be Wednesday since I’m blogging about the local fun happening this weekend in Langley. As a resident of Langley, I’m always impressed that we can find lots of fun on the weekends without having to drive far. The highlighted festival this weekend is: Langley Community Day. The Local Fun this weekend is the Fort Langley National Historic Site.
This Saturday, June 17 from 11am to 3pm head over to the City of Langley Community Day festival. This festival is taking place at Douglas Park (20550 Douglas Crescent). The theme for 2017 is to honour Canada’s 150th birthday. Almost every 30 minutes a new act will be hitting the stage: from First Nations drummers to line dancers and even rock bands!
I’m looking forward to the Fire Rescue Kids Challenge to see how my munchkin will try her best to step up to the challenge. Also interesting is that there will be both a Teen activity zone and a Kids activity zone. BBQ concession for those in need of lunch. Best of all, the Langley Community Day is free!
More info can be found here: https://city.langley.bc.ca/events/community-day-festival
This weekend the Fort Langley National Historic Site is hosting Aboriginal Day on Saturday and Sunday (June 17 and 18). Events are planned from 11am to 4:30pm. There are 4 key events that are repeated three times each day. I’d plan to be there, ready to participate, on the hour or half hour. In addition, I’d intend on being there for 2 hours to participate in each of they key events. The 4 key events are:
Best of all is that in 2017, admission to the Fort is free!
See you at the City of Langley Community Day or at the Fort this weekend!
For additional information on staying Local in Langley check out my page: Local: Langley
Every Wednesday I’ll be updating you on some local fun from Langley to Vancouver, BC. I live in Langley and I’m finding it a great place for my little family. We always find lots of fun on the weekends without having to drive far. This weekends highlighted festival is: Italian Day on the Drive. Local fun this weekend are the spray parks in the Township of Langley.
This Sunday, June 11, is a favourite festival of ours: Italian Day on the Drive [Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC]. I’ll admit that since having our daughter in 2015 we haven’t made it to Italian Day on the Drive. While there are four different stages all featuring entertainment, the main draw for attending is to eat.
This event is always crowded so I’d suggest using a baby carrier instead of a stroller. Think crowded like Disneyland crowds, but without the convenience of stroller parking. Since the weather isn’t supposed to be sunny and hot this may help ease the crowds.
Below are my three must do things for Italian Day on the Drive in Vancouver in chronological order. Hours are 12pm to 8pm.
Find more info here: http://italianday.ca/ which includes a map of where each stage is.
Be sure to check out the Spray Parks in the Township of Langley. Since the two Township of Langley outdoor pools have yet to open up the spray parks are a great place to cool off. And unlike outdoor pools, they are free! Spray parks are running daily from 10am to 8:30pm when the forecasted temperature is 18 degrees Celsius or higher for that day. The Township of Langley has five spray parks to choose from, with the Willoughby Community Park being my favourite. You can find out more at my Local: Langley page.
Have a great weekend!