Category Archives: Winnipeg

Winnipeg Outdoor Pool and Splash Pad Schedule 2013

It’s almost here! The last day of school. We’ve waiting so long for summer and now we can finally enjoy it with our little ones.

Winnipeg can be sweltering in the summer and we’re always looking for a way to cool off. Two years ago, our family discovered the wonderful fun of the splash pad. It’s great for kids of all ages and parents too. It’s especially comforting if you have really little ones and a wading pool is too much water for you.

spray-pad1For an update list of schedules for Summer 2013, please visit:
http://www.winnipeg.ca/cms/recreation/pdfs/swim%20schedules/Outdoor_2013.pdf

Happy splashing!

Booooooo to Boo at the Zoo

It was announced yesterday that the Assiniboine Park Conservancy has cancelled one of its most popular and signature events–Boo At The Zoo. This event was a fun way to bring some Halloween fun to the Zoo during the non-peak visiting season.

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According to the official statement rising production costs as well as a drop in attendance are both factors in the decision to discontinue Boo At The Zoo. Facebook and Twitter were alive with many shocked reactions and pleas to reconsider this move. Many families (ours included) bought a family membership to the Assiniboine Zoo for this reason and more. To say there were many disappointed families at this news is an understatement.

Our family visited Hudson the new polar bear at the Assiniboine Zoo this past weekend. It’s obvious there is much renovation and improvement going on. Clearly the Zoo is focused on building a better experience, but with this latest news we have to ask, “At what expense?”

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Do you have fond memories of Boo At The Zoo? Are you disappointed Boo At The Zoo is done? What do think the Conservancy should have done instead? Please share your thoughts in our comments section.

 

Childcare got you stressed? Check out Kids and Company Open House February 6.

Kids & Company Winnipeg Open House

Kidco_2011_logo_pantone-newVictoria Sopik, CEO and co-founder of Kids & Company wants to meet you and your family. Open since 2012 in Winnipeg, Kids & Co. have 44 childcare centres across Canada and are filling a much-needed void in the childcare sector–flexible, reliable, and structured childcare solutions and programming.

You and your family are invited to an Open House this Wednesday evening, February 6. (Please see event poster below). Kids & Company’s Winnipeg location offers a brand-new childcare facility that features an on-site chef (they provide all meals and can accommodate allergies and dietary restrictions), flexible hours (full/part time and emergency care available), and proprietary education programs such as Alpha-Mania, Mini-Masters and Munchkinetics as well as Music,  French, and Sign Language for infants.

Kids & Co. Open House

Kids & Co. Open House

“I can’t be the only person who needs reliable childcare?!”

Victoria Sopik and her business partner Jennifer Nashmi had a vision to create a child care model that previously was non-existent in Canada.

Sopik, herself a mother of eight, always planned to be a working parent. Her inherent understanding of the need for flexibility in her own children’s care and her own work life made becoming an entrepreneur in the business of child care a somewhat natural evolution.

With Nashmi, Sopik set out to create child care that spoke to the realities of working mothers and that previously didn’t exist in Canada. Kids & Company offers full and part-time childcare, emergency back-up child care for days that the child’s school is closed or if the child’s regular caregiver is ill. By guaranteeing spaces to employees of their corporate clients, which include some of Canada’s largest private businesses and public organizations, Kids & Company has eliminated the stress and aggravation that takes its toll on working parents as they try to secure child care and handle the unexpected.  There are no wait lists or lotteries. If a company is a client, the employees of that company have access to worry-free, high quality childcare. Period.

Now with 44 locations across Canada, Kids & Company even gives working parents the ability to bring their children on business trips so they can spend time together in the evening, knowing that safe child care is available to them in that city during the day.

Rapidly becoming the new corporate benefit for retention and recruitment, worry-free, corporate-sponsored childcare means working parents can be their best at work and know their children’s needs are being cared for thanks to an employer who “gets it”.

In a landmark ruling this week, the federal government has made major strides. But we still have a long way to go.

See you at the Open House!

–Susie

CONTEST: Get Your Mardi Gras On, Winnipeg!

We know of a sure fire way to beat those winter blues. It’s your chance to experience the tastes, sights and sounds of Louisiana, get your beads on, dance the night away to the chucky sounds of Zydeco–all without leaving town, AND supporting a worthy cause at the same.

Photo courtesy of ChrisD.ca

Photo courtesy of ChrisD.ca


Winnipeg’s Mardi Gras party is now its 7th year and it shows no signs of slowing down. It’s the one event in town where you can see people from the ages of 18 to 80+ getting down with the sounds, sights, and tastes of N’awlins. This year, a portion of tickets sales to Winnipeg Mardi Gras will benefit JDRF, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundationwww.jdrf.ca

Shake Your Tail Feather

This year’s main Winnipeg Mardi Gras attraction is C.J. Chenier and The Red Hot Louisiana Band. Having been called “the Crown Prince of Zydeco,” Chenier’s musical style ranges from traditional zydeco to modern funk, blues, R & B, ‘swamp pop’, and even country. Chenier’s mastery of the accordion combined with his rich, satisfying voice is the driving force behind this powerhouse zydeco band, straight from the Deep South.

Party In Your Mouth 

The food at this year’s Mardi Gras will be nothing short of spectacular. Here’s a sampling of the dishes we tried at a the Manitoba Food Bloggers sneak peek. The Fried Oyster Po’Boy was DEE-lish. If you love oysters, you will love this taste of New Orleans. And of course, you’ll have to ask to try a Burt Reynolds at the shooter bar. 😉

New Orleans Creole Shrimp

Fried Oyster & Cheese Po’ Boy

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WIN TICKETS HERE: 

We’re going to make really easy for you go! All you have to do is leave a comment below and let us know which day you and your N’awlins party go’ers would like to attend the festivities. We have TWO (2) pair of tickets to give away (1 set for each night) for February 15 and February 16.

To purchase more tickets for your Mardi Gras crew, click here.

Tutti Frutti Launches at Polo Park Shopping Centre

Tomorrow I’m heading to Polo Park Food Court with the Mister and Kidlets to help welcome a new signature tenant your family is sure to love! Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt is the world’s largest self-serve frozen yogurt retail chains with stores across Canada and more than 600 locations worldwide. Customers can choose from more than 50 frozen yogurt flavours and more than 300 toppings. Needless to say, my Kidlets are going to have a delicious time! 😉

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And Mama is going to have fun too. I’m going to be competing for the title of champion of the Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt Celebrity Charity Challenge by creating a treat in the name of my chosen charity (Children’s Hospital Foundation). Ours is called the **Parker Sparkler**. ♥ The public will be allowed to vote at the store and on Facebook, and the winning entry will earn a $500 donation by Tutti Frutti to their chosen charity. The Kidlets and I are so excited about this and really hope to win for the CHF!

Tutti Frutti Polo Park

Polo Park storefront

But YOU can come and join the fun too! Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt’s grand opening is Saturday, January 5, 2013 from 12 pm to 3 pm. Along with the ability to help a local charity, here are a few other sweet reasons to attend:

  • Free Tutti Yogurt to the first 1,000 customers
  • Free caricature sketches
  • An opportunity to vote in-person and online for your favourite Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt Celebrity Challenge treat
  • A chance to meet Dr. Goodbear from the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba.

See you there!

Susie xo

2013: It’s About Time

Time is finite yet fluid. An hour. A minute. A second. We can’t change past time (events) but we can influence future events. With the dawn of 2013, I hope the Mayans were right. I hope 2012 is the end of the world as we know it. I hope we are reaching a new level of self-actualization where we know better therefore we do better. Wouldn’t that be a welcome departure from the selfishness and me-centric past?

As I launch this new blog, I am embarking on a new adventure.On my other blog, I’m all business. Anyone who knows we well knows I am a proud mama first. But sometimes, a mama just needs to talk, laugh, cry, and hope with other mamas about the many and deep joys and challenges of parenthood.

This blog is all about being a woman in our great city of Winnipeg. We are going to talk about events in the Peg, local businesses we love, contests, and a guest blogger or two. These thoughts are all my own and I hope you will share yours too. 😉