Victoria: The Savvy Guide to April

SavvyMom November 28, 2016

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 for going for the season’s first ice cream cone once the work is done, you’re sure to get everyone on board.

To the ‘Everyone Welcome’ Playgroup at the Esquimalt Recreation Centre on April 9
Why? Because it’s run on a drop-in basis (read: flexible) and there’s so much for tots ages five and under to do and explore: Circle Time songs and rhymes, crafts, games, and free play with Kindergym toys. There will also be tips for parents on child development from trained staff.

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 after a long winter, it’s so much fun to bust out the sidewalk chalk and kick it old school with playground games from back in the day.

Hoopla Digital
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 going for a family bike ride during the Saanich Cycling Festival on Sunday, April 19. The Shelbourne Bike Ride is suitable for families with kids seven and up, and the Kids’ UVIC Ride is geared to those with kids six and under.
Why? It’s a wonderful celebration of sustainable transportation in honour of Earth Day. There’s stage entertainment, interactive games and even a ‘bike rodeo’ and more to round out this day of free family fun.

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.

By going to the Volunteering with Benefits silent auction on April 16 at the Strathcona Hotel
Why? Because there are awesome prizes to be won. Instead of betting with money, you pledge your time as a volunteer to any local organization.



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