March 2013 Archives

Bikers For Autism | Canada Recognizes World Autism Day

April 2nd is World Autism Day. This is the first year Canada will officially recognize this day. (We have Senator Jim Munson to thank for this; late last year he successfully got a bill passed by the House of Commons to make this day official in Canada. So, yay Jim Munson. Always thought you were super-cool.) There are so many cool Canadians that do amazing stuff for this cause. Two of my faves are the Bikers for Autism. This is a father and son team from Vancouver, James and John Baker, who ride their Harleys to raise money for autism initiatives. Last year they rode across Canada in support of the Osoyoos Autism Behavioural Centre and Autism Speaks Canada. I follow them on Twitter and loved the pics they would send out, capturing all the beautiful places they visited. Bikers for Autism are hitting the open roads again this fall. Keep track of them on Twitter @BikersForAutism or on their Facebook page. Rosie :)

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National Home Show & Canada Blooms 2013

I've owned a home for ten years but have never attended the Home Show. It's been combined with the garden show Canada Blooms which is great; I like looking at all the flowers even more than the hardwood floors and fake grass exhibits. (Although that fake grass is really something.) There is some very luxe stuff for sale at the Home Show, like enormous whirlpools and those freestanding bath tubs you see in rich people's apartments in the movies:

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I liked this big outdoor couch with all the colourful pillows,

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and this fire thing I think is just for looking at, not cooking over.

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Who at some point hasn't thought, wish I had an elevator? This one is very nice.

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On to Canada Blooms, which had some really lovely garden displays. We spent a lot of time at the natural playground, which was creative and a great diversion for little ones. My little man loved jumping on the tree stumps and playing with the water fountain.

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The National Home Show & Canada Blooms are being held at the Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place until March 24. If you buy your tickets online, you save $3. And parking on the weekdays after 4pm is free. Rosie :)

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Sky Zone Toronto Indoor Trampoline Park

Recently we discovered the joy of the Sky Zone indoor trampoline park in Mississauga. We were pretty excited to be invited to check out the new Sky Zone Toronto location which just opened in Leaside. No surprise that it is just as awesome. Three dodgeball courts, an enormous foam pit to do flying leaps into, a Sky Slam basketball court and of course a very expansive and very bouncy open jump area.

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I love taking my little man to "Toddler Time" where he can bounce like crazy and get the beans out. Toddlers jumping and wobbling all over the mats is about the cutest thing you are ever going to see. My little guy is getting to have quite the form, and he also enjoyed taking a few shots at the Sky Slam basketball court, which is a feature unique to the Sky Zone Toronto location.

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The Foam Zone Court is bananas. You use the mats to propel yourself into a massive pit of cushy foamy balls.

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Diving into the foam pit proved too irresistible for my big man to resist.

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Sky Zone offers dodgeball tournaments and SkyRobics fitness classes (low impact and burns up to 1,000 calories in an hour) and you can also host birthday parties and corporate events there. There are a variety of birthday party packages available but they all include an hour of jump time, 40 minutes in a party room with a Party Host, food, drinks, plates, napkins, cups, utensils and Party Area set-up and clean-up. You also get full colour invitations and two free one hour passes for future visits. The staff are so helpful and super friendly. Here's Eric fluffing the foam pit.

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For more information including pricing, hours of operation and a schedule of activities visit the Sky Zone Toronto website. This place is great fun and perfect for parents looking for some physical activity that will wear out even the most energetic kids. Just check out the photo below for proof. Rosie :)

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