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Easter Eggs

Last year I tried to make dyed Easter eggs, it was a giant mess and the vinegar smell was a bit off putting. This year I found this recipe for colored eggs using kool aid! It’s awesome, and it works perfectly. Here is the recipe.

Happy Easter!

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Peak of Christmas

Starting tomorrow and running through December 24, Grouse Mountain presents, a Peak of Christmas.  Though a bit of a more expensive family activity, $79.95 gets a family of four (two adults and two children) access to access to the Skyride, Holly the Jolly Reindeer show, antler making, sleigh rides, Gingerbread Lane, mountaintop ice-skating, Santa’s Workshop and more festive fun.  This year they have centered their festivities around REAL visiting reindeer named Dancer and Vixen.  Events include (taken from their website):

SOS Children’s Gingerbread Village (9am-10pm): Stroll through and vote for your favourite sweet creation.
 
‘Picture Yourself’ as a Reindeer (9am-10pm): See what you would look like as a reindeer before jumping on the Skyride.
 
Santa’s Workshop (12-8pm): Meet Santa in person to share those holiday wishes.
Antler Decorating & Reindeer Tattoos (11am-8pm): Decorate your own antlers and get a reindeer tattoo at the entrance to the Spirit Gallery Gift Store.
Visit Dancer and Vixen (9am-10pm): Meet two of Santa’s reindeer in the Wildlife Refuge.
Outdoor Ice Skating (9am-10pm): Enjoy the crisp mountain air as you glide atop our magical 8,000 square foot skating pond.
Holly the Jolly Reindeer Show (Fridays, 3pm, 4:30pm, 6pm; Weekends and Dec. 17-24, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 2pm, 3:30pm, 5pm, 7pm): See if Holly has what it takes to be one of Santa’s reindeer.
Reindeer Ranger Talks (Monday-Thursday until Dec 13th 11:30am, 3pm): Learn about our two reindeer Dancer and Vixen.
Mountaintop Sleigh Rides (9am-9pm, weather permitting): Embark on a magical ride through our Winter Wonderland.
Reindeer Christmas Favourites (9:30am-9pm): Watch fun family Christmas movies on the big screen in our mountaintop theatre.
They also have special events including breakfast or lunch with Santa, and skating with world champion Karen Magnussen.  To find out more, visit the Peak of Christmas website.

Vancouver Christmas Market

Also opening this weekend on Saturday, November 24, though running through Monday, December 24 daily is the Vancouver Christmas Market.

The Vancouver Christmas Market is an authentic outdoor German Christmas village featuring unique holiday shopping, seasonal music and entertainment, kids activities and traditional food and drinks. Kids activities include: carousel ride, Holly and Jolly the gingerbread mascots, decorate a chocolate lollipop or your own gingerbreadman. It takes place in the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza.

Cost: $5; $2 kids 7 – 12; free for kids 6 and under

Visit their site at Christmas Market

Yaletown Business Association presents Candytown

The holiday season is upon us and this weekend starts a couple holiday fairs for the whole family.

Candytown (November 23 & 24) is a new holiday festival put on by the Yaletown business association. Lights and candy canes will adorn lamp poles and costumed characters will parade down Mainland street transforming the heritage district of Yaletown into a winter wonderland. You’ll also find Mainland Street filled with local artisans, street performers and live music.

Friday, November 23 » 3pm – 9pm

Scotiabank Yaletown Ice Rink 3pm – 9pm
All I Want for Christmas Street Market 3pm – 9pm
Horse-drawn carriage rides 3pm – 9pm
CandyTown Cocktail tour 6pm – 9pm

Saturday, November 24 » 12 noon – 9pm

Scotiabank Yaletown Ice Rink 12 noon – 9pm
Appearance by NHL alumnus Trevor Linden 12 noon – 3pm
All I Want for Christmas Street Market 12 noon – 9pm
Horse-drawn carriage rides 12 noon – 9pm
Visits with Santa (bring your own camera!) 1pm – 5pm
Reindeer barn 1pm – 5pm
CandyTown Cocktail tour 6pm – 9pm

For more information, visit their site at Candytown

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Vancouver Celebrates Diwali Festival (November 3 – 10)

Going on right now is the Vancouver Celebrates Diwali Festival (November 3 – 10). Dance performances, music, workshops and food for the whole family are going on in various locations around Vancouver.

Known as the festival of lights, Diwali is a five day festival which starts on Dhanteras, celebrated on thirteenth lunar day of Krishna paksha (dark fortnight) of the Hindu calendar month Ashwin and ends on Bhaubeej, celebrated on second lunar day of Shukla paksha (bright fortnight) of the Hindu calendar month Kartik (source: Wikipedia).

See their website for more information: www.vandiwali.ca or follow them on twitter @vandiwali

Going for coffee part 3

Furthest west and really the only kid friendly cafe I had heard of prior to having a baby is Kokopelli Cafe situated on Dunbar Street at 30th Avenue (4593 Dunbar Street).

Their coffee is not the best but in a latte, it’s hardly noticeable, and what they lack In their coffee, they make up for in their delicious scones! This is another very busy cafe that can be hard to find a table around lunch time. They do have a kids menu that includes macaroni and cheese and Cheerios (sometimes the kids menu is better then the adult menu!). The adult menu has a selection of pastries and light sandwiches. I have only ever tried their scones so I can’t comment on the sandwiches.

In the back there is a nice sized play area for kids, though it seems that kids just run around the whole cafe. I wouldn’t take someone who doesn’t have kids there, unless they really like kids!

Kokopelli is open Monday to Friday 7am-5pm and Saturday to Sunday 8am-5pm.

Going for coffee part 2

Moving west we hit Kitsilano and a little French bakery called Plaisir Sucre right on Arbutus at 10th Avenue (2668 Arbutus Street). The first thing my girlfriend and I agreed on was that it was very French, the second, that we could eat their croissants every day for breakfast – well lets be honest here, we could have one for lunch too! The owner is very welcoming, there is lots of room for strollers and there is a play area in e back for kids. There is no kids menu since its more of a bakery then a restaurant, but there is plenty a little one could munch on. If they’re lucky, maybe you’ll let them try one of their delicious pain au chocolat!

Plaisir Sucre is open Tuesday to Saturday 8am-6pm and Sunday 8am-5pm. Closed Mondays.