Monthly Archives: January 2016

What’s Up This Weekend? February 3 – 11

Looking for fun activities you and your family can do this weekend in and around Calgary? Here are our top picks:

Wonders of Devonian Gardens – Free Children’s Nature Program.
Every Wednesday, Feb 3, 2016 – Apr 27, 2016 at 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Wednesdays, from February 3 to April 27. Bring the kids for an exciting morning of learning and exploration at The City of Calgary’s free, drop-in nature program! Young explorers will learn about fish, plants, bugs and more through games, crafts and stories. Themes will include Fancy Fish, Plant Power, Secret Lives of Lady Bugs and Shapes in Nature. Topics will rotate on a weekly basis. Note: No day camp, day care or home school groups larger than five children, please. For ages 3 to 12 (must be accompanied by an adult).

Herein We Dwell: Unexpected Images of Calgary in the 1890s.
Everyday from Feb 3, 2016 – May 29, 2016 at 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. A rare glimpse into the everyday life of 1890s Calgary is presented with little seen historical images of early neighborhoods and people. Guest curated by Peter Duthie, founder of Folio Gallery, former Exposure Photography Festival Chair and educator.

Feb. 5 to 20 – StoryBook Theatre Presents, Lord of the Flies.
Everyday from Feb 5, 2016 – Feb 20, 2016 at 12:00 am – 12:00 am. February 5 to 20. Tuesday to Saturday shows are at 7pm. Saturday and Sunday shows are at 2pm. Wednesday and Thursday shows are at 12:30pm. StoryBook Theatre Presents, Lord of the Flies. Lord of the Flies is based on the 1954 dystopian novel by Nobel prize-winning English author William Golding about a group of British boys stuck on an uninhabited island who try to govern themselves with disastrous results. For ages 10+. This production is not suitable for sensitive children. Parents should research the original novel before deciding to attend this production. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the website.

Opening Reception to Herein We Dwell: Unexpected Images of Calgary in the 1890s.
Friday Feb 5, 2016 at 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. A rare glimpse into the everyday life of 1890s Calgary is presented with little seen historical images of early neighborhoods and people. Join in celebrating the opening of Herein We Dwell: Unexpected Images of Calgary in the 1890s. Free event. Cash bar available. RSVP to jgunst@lougheedhouse.com or call 403-244-6333, Ext. 103.

Feb. 6 to Apr. 24 – Vintage Motorcycle Exhibit at Heritage Park Historical Village.
Everyday from Feb 6, 2016 – Apr 24, 2016 at 12:00 am – 12:00 am. February 6 to April 24; check website for hours. Experience a Ride Through Time with this vintage motorbike exhibit on display in Gasoline Alley Museum. Learn all about the history of biking in Alberta through this family-friendly exhibit featuring hands-on activities and a little something for everyone. For more information, visit the website.

Cook With Your Kids.
Saturday Feb 6, 2016 at 10:00 am – 11:30 am. A one-time class for adults and children to learn basic cooking skills while spending delicious, nutritious time together. Families can prepare a healthy dish and sit down and enjoy their meal together. Suitable for children 6 years old and up. One parent can register with up to two children. http://poppyinnovations.ca/classes-events/edible-education-gate-plate-cooking-classes/

Saturday Feb 6, 2016 at 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Youth Forum Culture Fest 2016.
This Youth Forum will have interactive booths led by multiple community partners and CIWA programs. The event is free and promises to be full of fun activities, performances, raffle prizes and an inspiring keynote address!

Cineplex Family Favourites – Zathura.
Saturday Feb 6, 2016 at 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
February 6: Zathura. Enjoy a classic family movie! Admission to Cineplex Family Favourites is only $2.99 per person, including GST. For a list of participating theatres, visit the website www.cineplex.com

Wildwood 2016 Lego Building Contest. Everyday from Feb 6, 2016 – Feb 7, 2016 at 12:00 pm – 12:00 pm You are invited to enter the Wildwood 2016 Lego Contest. The contest is open to kids and adults. Please drop off your completed creations at the Drop-Off on Saturday, February 6 from 4 to 6pm. Then come out to the viewing on Sunday, February 7 from 1 to 3pm to see all the amazing creations. There will be an awards ceremony at 3pm and the draw for the raffle prize.

Loose Moose Theatre for Kids Presents, Snow White.
Saturday Feb 6, 2016 at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Saturdays and Sundays from January 30 to February 21. Saturdays shows at 1pm and Sundays shows are at 1pm and 3pm. Loose Moose Theatre For Kids Presents, Snow White! To purchase tickets, call 403-265-5682 or visit the website.

Feb. 6 & 7 – Elska: Middle of Nowhere.
Everyday from Feb 6, 2016 – Feb 7, 2016 at 3:30 pm – 4:45 pm
February 6: show is at 3:30pm. February 7: shows at 1pm and 3:30pm. Arts Commons Presents, Elska: Middle of Nowhere. Explore Elska’s island, a wondrous place off the coast of Iceland, full of curious creatures, fascinating fauna and infectious pop beats. Called “the Bjork for kids,” Elska enchants with fun lyrics and a catchy techno-pop sound, interwoven with story-telling that will enchant parents and children alike. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the website. https://artscommons.ca/Elska

Calgary Pro Musica Presents, Marita and Her Heart’s Desire.Sunday Feb 7, 2016 at 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm There are 2 showtimes: 1 to 3pm and 3:30 to 5pm. Marita and Her Heart’s Desire is a magical, mysterious and funny story of a little girl who believes the moon can grant her heart’s desire. She sets off to talk to the moon, which Marita thinks is sitting right on the roof of Harper’s Department Store. On her way, she is joined by a slinky cat, a no-nonsense rat, a jaunty dog and a helpful mouse, all of whom want their hearts’ desires too. The story is told through music and is performed by Canadian superstar violinist, Scott St. John and an ensemble of Calgary’s finest musicians Program also includes Ferdinand the Bull by Alan Ridout for violin and narrator. Come early to visit the craft room and other activities one hour before each show. Recommended for kids aged 5 to 12 but created with the entire family in mind. Stay after for free cookies and juice.

Weekends from Jan. 30 to Feb. 21 – Loose Moose Theatre for Kids Presents, Snow White.
Sunday Feb 7, 2016 at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Saturdays and Sundays from January 30 to February 21. Saturdays shows at 1pm and Sundays shows are at 1pm and 3pm. Loose Moose Theatre For Kids Presents, Snow White! To purchase tickets, call 403-265-5682 or visit the website. www.loosemoose.com

Marita and Her Heart’s Desire. Sunday Feb 7, 2016 at 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Violinist Scott St. John brings musical fairytales to life. Marita and Her Heart’s Desire is a magical, mysterious and funny story of a little girl who believes the moon can grant her heart’s desire. Come early to visit the craft room and other activities one hour before each show. Recommended for children ages 5 to 12, but created with the entire family in mind. Stay after for free cookies and juice!

Marita and Her Heart’s Desire. Sunday Feb 7, 2016 at 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Violinist Scott St. John brings musical fairytales to life. Marita and Her Heart’s Desire is a magical, mysterious and funny story of a little girl who believes the moon can grant her heart’s desire. Come early to visit the craft room and other activities one hour before each show. Recommended for children ages 5 to 12, but created with the entire family in mind. Stay after for free cookies and juice!

Handel’s Dixit Dominus.
Sunday Feb 7, 2016 at 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Completed in 1707, Handel’s Dixit Dominus (pronounced “dee-kzeet doh-mee-noos”) contains some of his most thrilling and hauntingly beautiful choral music. A co-production with the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra, VoiceScapes and guest singers, this performance will be on period instruments (based on those from Handel’s time). Also on the programme are Handel’s Concerto Grosso, Op. 2 and his Nisi Dominus, another seldome-heard gem for choir. The pre-concert talk will take place at 7:30 p.m. and the concert will start at 8:00 p.m.
Family Skate Night at Village Square Leisure Centre. Monday Feb 8, 2016 at 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Come in out of the cold for a night of skating with your family. Bring your skates and helmets. Loaner skates and helmets are available on a first come, first served basis. This is a free event!

Family Valentine’s Crafts and Cookies at Southland Leisure Centre.
Tuesday Feb 9, 2016 at 9:30 am – 11:30 am. Two times available to attend: 9:30 to 11:30am & 6:30 to 8:30pm. Celebrate family month and Valentine’s at Southland! Make some Valentine’s crafts for your family and friends, and enjoy some light refreshments. This is a free event!

Feb. 11 to 15 – Family Quest at Heritage Park Historical Village.
Everyday from Feb 11, 2016 – Feb 15, 2016 at 12:00 am – 12:00 am

For all the information about these great events or a list of other family friendly activities happening this weekend check out our calendar: www.calgaryschild.com/calendar

 

Facing Scary News With Your Kids

by Parenting Power

The news coming out of Paris in November felt shocking, scary and sad. Since that time, many parents have asked for our take on the best way to discuss these kinds of situations with their children. Wanting to do the right thing, and not knowing quite what to say, some parents have shifted the subject and decided not to say much.

At Parenting Power, we believe that kids really need the family to feel like a safe place when the world at large feels scary. The root word of courage is “coeur” or heart. Love is the strength we need when we feel fear. As parents, we really can help our kids to feel that love and strength in scary times.

See which of these tips might work for you:

  1. If you have children who are too young to have seen or heard anything about the terrorism, you don’t need to introduce it to them. Please be clear that if you are watching it on TV or listening to it on the radio when they are home, they are hearing it and do need some clarity – even if it is in very simple, age-appropriate terms:

There were some scary things on TV. Thankfully, our family is safe and there are lots of people trying to help.

  1. Be very aware of how often you are checking the media about this topic. Many children have difficulty understanding that news agencies have to fill their air/screen space with news on a recurring basis. When kids hear about the killings every 15 minutes, they may feel that a new killing is happening every 15 minutes. Gather your information and then turn it off while the family is present (or choose to listen only when your kids aren’t around and then relate the details that you feel are relevant.)
  1. Make yourself aware of what your kids are hearing and understand about the situation. They are likely hearing about it at school, extra curricular activities and when out with friends. A good way to talk about any uncomfortable issue with your children is to start out by asking them questions:

Have you been talking about world events at school?

What have you heard about the event?

How are you feeling about the situation?

When we start with a question, we have the opportunity to find out what our kids know, to correct misinformation and then to have a discussion.

One of our favourite books, The Family Virtues Guide by Linda Kavelin Popov, refers to the virtue of tolerance:

“Tolerance is being able to accept things that you wish were different. When you practice tolerance, you don’t expect others to think, look or act just like you. You accept differences. When you are practicing tolerance, you are able to sort out what is important from what is not.”

This is a great time to check in with the family and decide what is truly important to your family.

  1. Fear is often linked to a feeling of powerlessness. When we talk about these scary things with our kids, we get to talk about our values and beliefs. These feel concrete and safe. In addition, we can give our kids a feeling of power (how we can effect change) by figuring out what our family will do in the face of this situation.

What can we do today to help?

How will we make today feel better?

How can we show respect for all human beings?

What can we control?

The reality is this: if we don’t quite understand what is happening, how can we expect our kids to make sense of it? They need to know that they have a safe place to ask questions and that the family will face the adversity as a team.

What to do this weekend – January 15-17

Checklist for Weekend FunLooking for fun and festive activities you and your family can you do this weekend in and around Calgary? Here are our top picks for family friendly activities:

  • This weekend kicks off IceMagic Festival at Lake Louise! Experience the incredible talent of international ice carvers as they delicately balance grueling physical labour with precision artistry in this 34-hour competition.
  • While you’re in Banff National Park visit the 5th Annual SnowDays. There are a variety of events that combine history, culture and cutting edge winter action.
  • Learn how to Cook With Your Kids at the Calgary Farmer’s Market. Families can prepare a healthy dish and sit down and enjoy their meal together.
  • See the connection between body and movement at BODY WORLDS Vital which opens at Telus Spark Saturday January 16. Understand the impact that healthy choices and lifestyle changes have on our physical body and wellbeing through this amazing exhibition.
  • Visit the Puppet Pop-Up Studio: Year of the Monkey. Inspired by the Chinese astrological calendar and the upcoming Chinese New Year, W.P. Puppets will be making monkey puppets from paper and cord at the Chinese Cultural Centre.

For all the information about these great events or a list of other family friendly activities happening this weekend, check out our calendar.