It’s time to dust off those bicycles and say hello to your neighbours. Spring is finally here. Here’s how to welcome the new season!
Make Earth Day the focus of your spring cleaning. Gather outgrown toys and clothes and pass them on to a family with younger kids, or donate them to a local charity.
Why? The house will feel fresh, organized and ready for spring, and with the incentive of going for the season’s first ice cream cone once the work is done, you’re sure to get everyone on board.
To the Sakura Days Japan Fair, Part of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, on April 11 and 12 at the VanDusen Botanical Gardens
Why? Sakura Days celebrates modern and traditional Japan through tea ceremonies, festival food, origami, ikebana (flower arranging), sake tastings, guided hanami tours (flower viewing), and a Haiku Invitational. It’s sure to be a marvellous cultural experience for the kids.
Adorable new umbrellas
Why? April showers are so much easier to take from underneath a stylish and reliable umbrella. We love this horse one or this firefighter one for the kids, and this pretty but sturdy birdcage-style one for you.
Why? Because they’re calling it ‘Netflix for libraries.’ Hoopla Digital is a free online and mobile service that allows library-card holders to stream thousands of movies, TV shows, videos, music and audiobooks. And the company just announced a partnership with Disney, adding 100 classic movies to mix.
A Ticket Around The World by Natalia Diaz and Melissa Owens with your kids
Why? Because this engaging picture book offers a fun way to learn about geography and culture, told through the adventures of a boy who visits friends in 13 countries. It’s beautifully illustrated and covers everything from capital cities to favourite foods.
Why? Because we’ve been spending way too much time just sorting out the logistics of pick-ups, playdates and piano lessons. This free new calendar app is designed by techie moms to help parents keep track of events like those birthday parties and dentist appointments that can throw your schedule into chaos. We’re especially fond of the map view that shows you everywhere you’ve got to be during your day. Available through both iTunes and Google Play.
By helping to plant 1,000 native trees at Everett Crowley Park on Saturday, April 15
Why? It’s all part of the fun of the Earth Day Vancouver celebrations. Kids can also take part in face painting and parachute games and learn to walk on stilts. Team up and try your hand at geocaching and find treasures in the park using smartphones and GPS units.
A simple arrangement of spring flowers and branches
Why? Because it’s such an easy way to brighten your home and set the mood for Easter and beyond.
Raise money and awareness for a whole bunch of local charities by participating in the 2.5K Mini Sun Run, part of the annual Vancouver Sun Run on April 19
Why? Sure, the big and busy 10K—Canada’s largest road race—is good for some, but the untimed family race, with mascots cheering us on and a post-event party with face painting, balloon artistry and bouncy inflatables, is way more our style.