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The Joys of Keeping Score : The Kids Track the Jays v. Rays

I’ve been keeping score at baseball games since I could lift a pencil. When I was really young, I used to help my grandpa track at-bats on the single game score-cards or programs they’d sell at Yankee games. When I was a little older, I took a break from the paper and ran the electronic […]

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Kids’ Battle Bot Design

While the kids may have a lot of screen time over the summer, most of this isn’t television. Still, one summer show that they’re absolutely obsessed with [and for good reason] is BattleBots. Science and technology squads build robots for the purpose of pitting them against one another in a battle arena, which, itself, is set […]

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Let’s Pong! Playing Ping Pong in Toronto’s Public Parks

Did you know that table tennis is an olympic sport? Well, Torontonians might just give the rest of the world a run for their money, if not at the Rio Olympics, then in about 10 years, when all the little ones grow up. Over the past few years, in several of our city parks, these beautifully […]

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Kids’ Summer Challenge : Learn Enough Guitar to Perform a Cover Song

So, here’s the little slip of paper the kids found under their doors this morning!  That’s right! Today, we challenged the kids to learn to play enough guitar to accompany themselves while singing a cover song. We didn’t give them a set rules about how they were supposed to accomplish this, only a command performance […]

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Return to Stratford…

Oops, we did it again! Looks like last year’s trip to the Stratford Festival was the first in what has become an annual family thang. I was hoping to write to you about all of the new things we did on our kicking-off-the-summer-in-style vacay this year. Of course, the plays we saw were different from […]

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DIY Pacman [ or any Shape ] Piñatas

Make your own piñata? Who knew? Without a papier-maché base? Even better!! Check out these awesome piñatas we made for Toby’s family birthday party!!! It’s actually fairly easy to make your own piñata! DIY Pacman [Or Any Shape] Piñatas Materials Cereal Boxes Scissors Masking Tape Glue Small Paint Brush Tissue Paper Strong cord and/or a […]

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Five Ways To Introduce Kids To A City’s Architecture

This week, I’m asking the kids to become aware of their surroundings by studying our city’s architecture. Here are a few ways that you can get your kids interested in the architecture of your own city, town, or county seat or the design elements of the places you visit! Five Ways to Introduce Kids to […]

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End of Summer Blind Tasting Picnic

A few years ago, we had “Crazy Fruit Day” in which we decided to do a blind sampling of all of the strange fruits we picked up in Chinatown. It was so much fun, we decided that we needed to do yet another blind tasting challenge this summer! This time around, we decided to have an […]

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Summer Giving: Supporting the War Amps CHAMP Program

Last night, we began to celebrate my successful recovery from a broken hand by making a contribution to the War Amps of Canada, specifically their CHAMP program.  The War Amps is a registered Canadian charity begun in 1918 as a way of supporting amputee veterans of the First World War. Today, the organization helps not […]

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Three Surrealist Games for Kids

It’s been a little cold and grey, so I thought I’d get the kids interested in some indoor fun. Since we love surrealist games, I thought I’d come up with a few variations on old favourites. Here are the Three Surrealist Games for Kids we played! Exquisite Corpse  Supplies Blank Paper Pen, Pencil, Crayons or Markers Method […]

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Kids DIY Mini Glittery Pop Rocks Bath Bombs

One of our goals on this Summer’s Love-to-do-List was to “Explode Stuff.”  Now, if you know us, you’ll know our love of explosions! Just check out our candy science day from 2012! This year, we figured that a bit of a spa day in our new-ish bathroom would be in order, and to that effect, […]

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The Kids Enjoy Two Evenings of Shakespeare in the Park

Following up on last summer’s fantastic viewing of the Canadian Stage performance of Macbeth in Toronto’s High Park, we knew that returning for more Shakespeare in the Park would be a high priority on this summer’s Love-to-do-List!  So, on Wednesday night, we took in a performance of Titus Andronicus. We had such a great time, and […]

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Summer Books: Mapping Gulliver’s Travels

This week, we read portions of Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, and we watched two film versions: a somewhat-faithful 3-hour television movie from 1996 starring Ted Danson; and the first non-Disney animated movie from the late 1930s.  The kids had certain favourite moments from the tale. They absolutely loved the final two sections of the travels, particularly […]

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