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Vancouver: The Savvy Guide to June

SavvyMom April 8, 2016
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Vancouver the Savvy Guide to June

It’s June. We’ve got gifts for teacher, gifts for Dad and all kinds of graduation ceremonies on our list. Here’s some help with navigating this busy month for moms.

DO
Make a plan, a craft and get a gift lined up for Dad
Why? Because Father’s Day will be here before you know it. Be sure to check out EatSavvy on June 10 for some Father’s Day meal ideas. 

GO
To Coquitlam’s Teddy Bear Family Concert on Saturday June 7 in Town Centre, and the Grand Parade & Teddy Bear Picnic on June 8
Why? It’s a jam-packed weekend of just-for-them and their bear entertainment and fun. Tony Prophet, ventriloquist Norma McKnight and BC’s own Charlotte Diamond will be providing entertainment for the kiddos on Saturday night. Catch the parade on Sunday morning before heading over to the picnic for storytelling, puppet shows, rovers, gymnastics and more.

GET
A pampering pedicure, just for you
Why? Because mom’s know that June is a hectic month, and you could use the time for yourself. Plus, you’ll want your toes to look their best for all those preschool graduation ceremonies. 

PLAY
Balloon badminton. Grab some ‘rackets’ (dollar store fly swatters, or tongue depressors glued to paper plates) and some ‘birdies’ (balloons) and get set for some friendly competition.
Why? Because the weather is beautiful and it’s time to play outside. This will keep them entertained while they burn off some energy.

READ
How Full Is Your Bucket
Why? This book for kids (best for ages 4–7) uses storytelling to explain that positive actions and kind words help everyone, including yourself. Using a bucket as a metaphor for someone’s emotional and mental state, (kind deeds fill a person’s bucket, negative ones empty them) this book is a great way to teach kids about emotional intelligence and the importance of being kind to others.

SURF
thekidshouldseethis.com
Why? This site is like an online catalogue of cool and unique videos that are interesting for both adults and children. They’re all curated by a mom of two, and with topics like food, DIY, animals and music, your kid will be sure to find something that’s just their cup of tea. We love the space and science catergories—the kids won’t even realize they’re learning something. 

APP
You Rule
Why? Because it encourages kids to do chores around the house. Who knew there was an app for that? 

GREEN IT
Use these compostable and biodegradable individual coffee cups from OneCoffee instead of your usual K-Cups
Why? Because you can buy them at the grocery store, they fit in all the major K-Cup style machines and they’re better for the planet. Plus, the coffee is fairtrade and organic. 

MAKE
handmade thank you card for teacher. Have them write down a few things they learned or what they liked about the school year
Why? Because a little note goes a long way—especially for teachers who have no space left in their cupboards for more water bottles or mugs.

HELP
BC Children’s Hospital by participating in the National Canadian Girl Charity Pageant in Cloverdale on June 19
Why? Girls (from babes to age 19) will get a chance to show off their best red and white or Canadian themed get-up at this all-natural, fun pageant for charity.

Image of Father’s Day from Shutterstock. 

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