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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