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Going for Coffee part 5

Okay, first thing I notice as I post this is that I drink too much coffee! But enough about me, onto this awesome new bakery cafe I discovered on the west side called Beaucoup Bakery and Cafe. I think it’s a toss up between French and Italian coffee but the French definitely win over the baked goods category!

All their food looks delicious, it’s hard to choose between a savory scone and a sweet pain au chocolat! And any place that serves drinking chocolate must be alright! For children, they have high chairs so although its not as great as some places that provide toys, it’s better than most in that you don’t have to balance your little one on your lap while trying to keep them from knocking over your hot drink!

They’re open Tuesday to Sunday (closed Monday) 7-6 during the week and 8-5 on the weekend and they’re located at 2150 Fir St.

Find out more and check out their menu here!

Stars and Strollers

Similar to Movies for Mommies, Cineplex has their own brand of mom and baby movie events. Showing afternoon movies with the sound turned down, they also offer special changing stations and stroller parking. We found that a lot of senior citizens also like to attend these screenings. Only select theaters run this program, to find one near you, check out your nearest Cineplex

Movies for Mommies

Movies for mommies was created so that moms could go out and enjoy a movie without having to worry about their baby crying, or the movie being too loud for them. The theatre lights are dimmed but its not completely dark, so you can see your baby if you’re nursing or getting a bottle out of your bag or whatever else you might want to do. Also, the volume is turned down so that it won’t hurt a baby’s ears. I was worried that there would be so many babies crying I wouldn’t be able to enjoy the movie, but it was the opposite, not only was I able to enjoy the movie but I didn’t feel at all bad when my baby started to fuss! Brilliant! They recommend that its best for babies 0-18 months but leave it up to the parent’s discretion. Currently they show movies in Vancouver, Burnaby and Pitt Meadows. Check out their upcoming schedule.

Family Sing-Along at VPL

Today we decided to take a trip to the central branch of the library and I just found out that every Wednesday at the Vancouver Public Library at 3:30pm they have a family sing-along! What fun! Families and kids of all ages are invited down to the children’s section of the library for a half hour of singing fun! I hope to see you there next week. Best part is, its free!!
Check out the VPL’s website for more information.

Going for Coffee Part 4

So I have previously mentioned my hate of going to small cafes and also chains because of the inconvenience of maneuvering a stroller around the tables and the bad looks you get from other patrons but I would like to revise this a bit.
I was recently invited for coffee at the Starbucks at Kingsway and Tyne on the east side of Vancouver and I must say its pretty great. The place is huge and there is plenty of room for multiple strollers. They also have a small table with chairs that is perfect for little ones to sit at. They even have high chairs for the littler ones that can’t sit at their own table. They have a kids menu with juice, milk and hot chocolate. The best part is free internet, so if you take a sleeping baby you can surf for free!

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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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