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Create a backyard playspace

Guest blog by Elizabeth

Kids love to have spaces and structures that are all their own. A treehouse can be a clubhouse, a pirate ship, a gathering place for friends or even just a space to get away from things and relax in private. A swing set can easily become a spaceship in the eyes of a child. With this in mind, spending money on a playhouse or a jungle gym seems like a no-brainer – they get the kids outdoors enjoying physical activities and expanding their minds.

However, there is a way to make these items even more special and bond with your kids at the same time. Instead of buying these items pre-made and manufactured, why not design and build your own in consultation with your children? A playhouse that has the exact window-frames that your child imagined is one they will really cherish.

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Skating,Snowmen an Gold Medals

hockeyreflectorLast Sunday I promised my daughter we'd go skating.  There was laundry to do, bathrooms and a kitchen clean and vacuuming to be done.  I was exhausted after doing everything that needed to be done and I asked her if we could maybe go another day.  Her answer was "you promised".  Fair enough. So we got ourselves ready to go just as the big hockey game was starting.

My husband is the big hockey fan in the family.  I'd watched quite a bit of the Olympics and well, I wasn't broken up about missing the game.  Off we went to the rink.

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Introducing Kids to Stand-Up Paddling

By Katie Elizabeth

Stand Up Paddleboard

When it comes to kids, “just add water” is a recipe for fun. Kids have a natural love of water, whether they’re playing at the local water park or snorkeling at a tropical resort. Kayaking and surfing provide entertainment for the whole family. But with the discovery of stand-up paddling (SUP for short), you can combine elements of both water activities.

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Playgrounds by kids, for kids

Kids across Ontario are gearing up for summer vacation and a playground, of course, is sure to be one of their first stops! To celebrate the beginning of summer and spark ideas for cool new playgrounds to visit in communities across Ontario, here are a few suggestions.

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Gearing up for winter play

As you already know, we love to get outside.  Going outside can be as uncomplicated and cheap as taking a walk around the block and as complicated and expensive as going on a ski vacation.  Having a lot of interests means having a lot of gear, which we do: kayaks, paddles, skis, skates, helmets of EVERY kind, bikes, bike trailer, scooters- you get the idea.  All this gear, especially with growing children, can add up quickly.  Lucky for us we have two boys that are two years apart, so we just pass down from one to the other, and my husband and I are the oldest children in our family- we have no empathy yet for those who always received hand me downs, so as long as we can get away with it, we will!

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Calling all schools! $20,000 outdoor classroom up for grabs

DIEPPE, NB (September 12, 2013) – With Canadian kids spending an average of nearly eight hours per day in front of a screen1 , getting them outside can be tough. To help get kids excited about learning and being outdoors, the MAJESTA Trees of Knowledge Competition is back for its fourth year. From now until January 20, 2014, Canadian schools can enter for their chance to win an outdoor classroom valued at $20,000.

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