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 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.
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.
The city of Vancouver operates 24 community centers throughout the city which offer open gym free play for 0-5 year olds. A perfect place to play with some new toys (and in some locations a bouncy castle), meet new friends and get out all that energy! The cost is minimal, $1 or $2 depending on the centre. If you live near a couple community centers you can go every day! It’s great also because some days they offer it in the morning and others the afternoon so it really works well with all schedules.
Find the centre nearest you.
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!
Do you live on the North Shore? If so, Modern Mama North Vancouver wrote a great blog post on five great things to do on the North Shore on a rainy day including, the ballroom at Lonsdale Quay, Gymboree Music and Play, Mickey McDugall Toddler And Me Drop In, Gymnastics drop in at the rec centre and the Starbucks in Edgemont Village. Read her post here.
Can you believe 2013 is only two days away??? I know I can’t! This year we lucked out and a friend of ours is throwing a family friendly New Years Eve party complete with crafts for kids, blow up mattresses for them to crash on and fun times for the adults, but most years we’re left wondering, what can we do that includes kids in the festivities? If you still don’t have plans and are looking for something fun to do that includes everyone, read on and cross your fingers for no rain!
This year the city of Vancouver is hosting a family friendly celebration at Robson Square. There will be music (live dj starting at 8pm), entertainment, ice skating and a countdown at 7pm and 9pm to accommodate the earlier bedtimes. To find out more, visit the event page.
Happy New Year everyone! See you in 2013.