We like to think of February as an excuse to give out more hugs and indulge in a little pampering. Here’s our guide to making the most of this lovey-dovey month.
Register for summer camp
Why? It might feel like summer is never going to arrive, but registration for many camps and other summer sports programs opens this month. At the very least, look up registration dates of your top choices and organize any vacation time you hope to take so that you are ready to nab your top spots. And don’t forget about March Break camps, too. Here’s a list of some good onces across the GTA.
To the Kidapalooza Family Festival at the Markham Fair Grounds from February 13-15
Why? Creating, exploring, and playing together as a fam is a great way to spend Family Day weekend. Plus, there will be over 35,000 square feet of indoor play zones, interactive inflatables, a performance stage, dance parties, petting zoos, dress up stations, gymnastics and yoga sessions, arts and crafts, and more. Kidapalooza likes to keep the focus on hands-on fun, and we approve of their get-out-and-do attitude.
Why? Nothing beats the winter blues like a little pampering. Frilly undergarments are not a priority for most moms, but they could be the perfect pre-Valentine’s treat to make you feel as special as you are. This Mayana Geneviere nursing bra is lovely, soft, lacy and simply pulls to the side for nursing. (No clasps!) There are also matching postpartum lace panties that are smoking hot.
Why? This year’s El Niño weather pattern has meant a milder-than-usual winter. We’re not complaining! But it does mean we need to take our winter fun when we can. This Stiga Snow Racer is one of this year’s most popular winter toys and it’s on sale right now. This is the perfect time of year to pick up discounted winter gear and hit the hills.
The Finding Place by Julie Hartely
Why? Canadian author Julie Hartely explores what it’s like to be an international adoptee in this touching novel that’s perfect for tweens, teens, or anyone who wants to look at what really makes a family. Thirteen-year-old Kelly was adopted from China by couple in North America. After her father leaves them, Kelly and her mother return to China to discover her cultural roots and search for identity.
Why? It’s not an excuse when busy parents say they simply don’t have time for a regular workout routine. But you know you have five minutes! This easy-to-use, free app for both Android and iOS generates random workouts that focus on strength, cardio, stretching or yoga. The workouts can be as short as five minutes long and require no extra equipment.
This immunization schedule tool and make sure your kids are up to date
Why? Kindergarten registration opens this month in many school boards across the country. With recent outbreaks of measles and whooping cough, public health agencies are clamping down on vaccine requirements. Make sure your child’s immunization record is up to date before registering, and look for answers on this government website to any other questions you may have.
By eating local
Why? With produce prices off the charts and the sad state of our nose-diving Canadian dollar, it’s never been a better time to plan seasonal (read: cheaper) meals. This roundup of 25 hearty soups and stews makes great use of winter produce like root vegetables, cabbage, beans, and frozen or canned vegetables. Both your wallet and Mother Earth will thank you.
Collage-heart Valentine’s Day cards
Why? Valentine’s Day is to crafts as Christmas is to cookies. If ever there was a time of year to haul out the old bin of popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, and pretty papers, it’s now. We especially love these aluminum-foil collage hearts from Northstory.ca. Crafting them also makes for a fun way to spend a winter afternoon. Even if you get store-bought Valentines for the whole class, making a few homemade ones for special friends and family members is a sweet idea.
The Canadian Cancer Society invest in life-saving research and provide services that support families who are living with cancer by going to Family Snow Day, eh! on February 15 (Family Day) from 10 am to 3 pm at Todmorden Mills
Why? Because the whole family can get outdoors and enjoy the winter weather with activities (like arts and crafts, mini snowboarding, snow stenciling and more) plus food and hot drinks. If you can’t make it on Family Day, there will also be an event in Milton on February 21.