Ottawa: The Savvy Guide to June


June is typically always a busy month for moms, but the kind of busy that fills your heart and home with light, love, and laughter. This is usually the time that summer sports are in full swing with practices and games galore. June used to be packed full of school fun fairs, final exams, graduations, work events, charity picnics, and more.

Now we’re dipping a toe in the water to see how our world opens up.

And this month we’ll still take a day to celebrate the great dads in our lives as we look forward to the summer ahead.

Make sure all summer systems are set to go
Why? Sunscreen doesn’t apply itself and summer gear doesn’t automatically line itself up at the front door either. Make getting out the door easy all summer long by organizing a system that works for your family. Label your water bottles, stock up on sunscreen, and keep a big basket by the door of ball caps and sun hats that fit every size.

“Guess What?”The Family Friendly Comedy Show
Why? Watch comedians from clubs do their PG best for kids with this live, family-friendly stand-up show hosted by comedian and Dad Paul Bennett. Kids get a chance to tell jokes in between comics.

This show started in 2014 as a live show and in 2020 it moved online. Register online. Tickets are free or US$5 suggested donation.

These awesome waterproof, bluetooth outdoor speakers
Why? We’re still spending more time at home than ever before, and music has become such a huge part of making that more bearable. We’re tired of dragging our portable speakers inside and out and now, why would we? These waterproof bluetooth speakers look just like rocks! No cords are needed and they last up to 30 hours per charge with built-in rechargeable batteries. They wirelessly stream music from up to 33 feet away.

The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman
Why? I’m convinced that when Amanda Gorman read her historic poem “The Hill We Climb” at President Joe Biden’s inauguration, she kickstarted the promise of hope that we’re all starting to feel (these things take time). Amanda is the youngest presidential inaugural poet in US history, a committed advocate for the environment, racial equality, and gender justice. So if you’re in the need of a little inspiration, The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country is now available in a gift edition with a forward by Oprah Winfrey.

Why? Depending on how competitive your kids (or you!) are, Spikeball is not nearly as vicious as it sounds. It’s a fun, active game for kids and adults that can be played anywhere. A taut hula hoop-sized net sits at ankle level between a pair of two player teams. Smack the ball down on the net so it bounces up at your opponents. They need three hits between them to control the ball and bounce it back. When they miss, you score! The first team to 21 points wins.

Frozen Snacks
Why? After the year we’ve had we all deserve all of the frozen treats. But the waistband in your shorts might appreciate that not all frozen treats need to be ice cream! Give these ideas a try for a refreshing and yummy twist.

Volunteer Canada
As we begin to emerge from the pandemic, many families are taking stock of what’s important and want to give back to their communities. There are many opportunities to volunteer that are accommodating to a family’s schedule and you can volunteer on one single day over a holiday, during a festival, or summer vacation. Volunteer Canada provides tools and resources for families looking to start volunteering together.

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