Mommy Stuff

 

Today my family and I headed out to A/Maze at Fairview Pointe Claire for a super fun time in the themed escape room for the new movie ” A wrinkle in time”. We were so excited for our very first experience doing an escape room activity. My 10yr old daughter was super excited and could not wait. Not to mention we are so excited to see Disney’s A Wrinkle In Time movie in theatres on March 9th. This experience is FREE! It’s on for a limited time until March 10th. See more details below.

 

We got the grand tour of the new location of A/Maze in Fairview Pointe Claire. 3 months ago they moved into a larger space in the mall with lots more room for lots more fun! They are still constructing 2 themed rooms and hope to have them up and running in about a month or so. Here is a sneak peek of the Bank robbery room still under construction. It’s going to be so amazing! The rooms are for Kids 13+ and a max of 5 ppl per room in each activity which is 45mins long.

 

When it was our turn , we entered the escape room. This particular theme- A Wrinkle in time- is only a 25mins experience.  Did I mention it’s FREE!!!!  There is a timer on the Tv which puts even more pressure on you to find the clues in such a little amount of time. Sadly we did not solve the puzzle but came really close. It was so much fun to work together to figure where the clues were and how to put them together.

This special themed event is on only until March 10th. You must reserve your spot now before it’s too late! It’s a family friendly event but a max of 5 people in a room at one time. I gotta say it was harder than I thought, but we had so much fun doing it!

Along with the location in Fairview, there are other locations as well where you can reserve and take part in this special theme.

Reserve your spot here– very limited availability!

 

 

 

We are so excited for the new movie ” Peter Rabbit” that hopped into theatres yesterday, that we decided to have a super fun Tea Party In Peter’s Honour.

 

 

To honour Peter Rabbit we had some tea and  yummy Cupcakes in celebration of his new movie in theatres yesterday! Who is excited to see #PeterRabbitTheMovie?

 

Be sure to head to the mall and pick up your own Ty Beanie baby Collectible Peter Rabbit Plush Doll. They are just too cute for words!

 

 

 

Here is a synopsis of what this cute movie is all about:

Peter Rabbit, the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers, now takes on the starring role of his own irreverent, contemporary comedy with attitude. In the film, Peter’s feud with Mr. McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) escalates to greater heights than ever before as they rival for the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door (Rose Byrne).  James Corden voices the character of Peter with playful spirit and wild charm, with Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, and Daisy Ridley performing the voice roles of the triplets, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail.

Trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pa_Weidt08

by Laura Bodnik @ mickeychatter.com

Magic Kingdom Disney World

 

Are you thinking about taking a family trip to Disney World, but are unsure as to whether your kids are the “right” age? This is a topic I see parents discuss online all the time. Disney is sometimes a once in a lifetime trip for some families, so they want to make sure they go at the ideal time for their kids. In other cases, it may be your first trip to Disney World and you are unfamiliar with what it has to offer.

I am a firm believer that Disney World is for any age (adults included), but it really comes down to what you want to get out of your trip. Here is a look at how Disney is experienced at every age level:

 

Babies (newborn to 24 months)

At this age, you can pretty much guarantee that they will have no memories of your vacation. Whatever memories you make on your vacation will be for you. Now does this mean you should not travel with them at this age? Absolutely not!

If you know you will be returning with them when they are older, then I would recommend taking them when they are babies if Disney is a place that you enjoy.  Just imagine the adorable pictures you can get of them in front of the castle with their Mickey Ears on. Or even better – get their first haircut at the Harmony Barber Shop in the Magic Kingdom.

You may not be able to enjoy all the rides/attractions, but there are a lot of them that you can still ride with a baby on your lap. It is Disney after all and they cater to families with kids of any age.

 

Toddlers (2 to 3 yrs)

This age is perfect if you want them to still believe in the “Magic”. This is the age where they believe the characters are real and that the castle really is Cinderella’s Castle. Disney World is a magical place for toddlers and being able to see it through their eyes is a special moment for parents as well.

At this age, they will be able to ride even more rides and now they can sit on their own instead of on your lap.

The character meals will also really appeal to kids at this age. It’s a special experience where characters come to your table to interact with your family and take pictures. Don’t forget your autograph book!

Also, one great reason for going at this age is not having to worry about school. You can pretty much go at any time of year and not have to think about whether they will be allowed to travel or not because of a school schedule.

Toddlers at Disney World

 

Preschoolers (3 to 6 yrs)

Depending on the child and age, the “Magic” will still be super important to kids at this age. The younger ones will still believe in the characters, but when they get towards the end of this age group, they may start getting wiser about it. At 6 years old, my daughter figured out on her own that there were people inside of the costumes. Don’t get me wrong though, she was still very excited to meet characters and take pictures with them. This age is perfect for that.

They will also start to be able to ride the ‘big’ rides. For the rides that have minimum height requirements, they will probably reach all of them by the time they are 6. If you have a little one that thrives on adventure, then it will be perfect for both of you to enjoy the thrill rides together.

Also, Disney World is a great place to get your kids started on bigger rides. They do have some coasters and thrill rides, but they are at a lower level than you would find at other amusement parks. Lots of fun without being overly frightening.

Preschoolers at Disney World

 

Young Children (6 to 9 yrs)

This is the age where you can start to enjoy longer days at the parks. You won’t have to worry about nap times and most kids at this age can get around in the parks without a stroller.  It gives parents a bit more freedom and one less thing to worry about bringing to the parks.

You could probably also start to enjoy more evening touring since kids may be able to start staying up later and later. They will also probably pass the minimum height requirement for every ride, so the sky is the limit as to which rides you can do!

Since this is still the “elementary” years, it may also be easier to pull them out of school for a trip than it may be in a few years from now. I have always found that the younger the grade, the less impact it had on schooling if we decided to travel during the school year.

Prince Charming's Carousel at Disney World

 

Tweens (9 to 12 yrs)

This is an age where I find you can really bond with your kid over some of the more “adult” things to do at Disney World. If you have a little foodie, then they may really enjoy things like the Food & Wine Festival at Epcot. Tasting different food from all over the world may become more appealing to them as they get older, which is something that you can each enjoy together.

If characters are not your thing, then you may be able to skip them altogether at this age. Many kids at this age may start to feel that they are a bit old for characters (although I think any age is great for characters, even adults!), so this means that you don’t have to worry about waiting in any of those lines. More time to ride your favourite attractions!

Tweens at Disney World

 

Teens (13 yrs and up)

The sky is the limit at this age because now everyone can enjoy doing what they like at the park without worrying about the constant supervision of young children.

Your kids may be more interested in the thrill rides at this age and if you don’t want to ride them, they are old enough to go off on their own. If you have more than one child, then you may even feel comfortable enough with letting them explore the parks a bit on their own, while Mom and Dad have their own time together.

 


 

Disney World has something to offer for any age. It’s a place where you can make some wonderful memories with your family and there are advantages for bringing your child at any age.  It really comes down to a personal choice as to what you want to get out of your vacation and what kind of memories you want to make. Do you plan to bring your little ones to Disney World and if so, what do you think is the perfect age?

 

Find out what Disney World has to offer for every age!

 

 

 

Vanier College

Dawson College

Lester B. Pearson School Board

English Montreal School Board

Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board

Commission scolaire des trois-lacs

Riverside School Board

New Frontiers School Board

Eastern Townships School Board

Loyola High School

Lower Canada College

WestIsland College

Kuper Academy

Sacred Heart

Villa Maria School

LaurenHill Academy

North Star Academy

Selwyn House School

Vanguard School

Kahnawake Education Schools

Commision scolaire de la Pointe-de-l’île

Commission scolaire de Montréal

Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys

Commission scolaire des Patriotes

Commission scolaire Laval

Commission scolaire des Grandes-Seigneuries

Commission scolaire Marie-Victorin

Study School

Trafalgar School for Girls

Miss Edgar’s and Miss Cramp’s School

Montreal Oral School

College Stanislas

Solomon Schechter Academy

Hebrew Academy

St George’s School on The Boulevard

Kells Academy and Kells Elementary

Collège Charlemagne

Talmud Torah and Herzliah

Akiza School

Collège Français

Talmud Torah Elementary School

Herzliah High School

Alexander von Humboldt German International School

Rotiwennakehte elementary

Ratihen:te high school

Collège de Bois-de-Boulogne

Hebrew Foundation School

College Beaubois

Miss Edgar’s and Miss Cramp’s School

Montreal Oral School

Strategic Learning Centre

Centennial Academy and Centennial College

Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf

JPPS Bialik

Peter Hall Schools- Both Campuses

Ecole Marie-Claire Private School

Academie Ste. Anne

Sommit School

North Star Academy

 

 

 

DAYCARES/PRESCHOOL

 

Jardin D’enfants Beechwood Preschool

Les Amis de Pierrefonds Daycare

CPE WHITESIDE Taylor and Petit Taylor

The Learning Tree in DDO

Lapin Bleu in DDO

WestIsland Daycare

Daycare Maisonneuve in Beaconsfield

CPE Treehouse Hudson

Little Learners Daycare Montreal West

CPE of Hebrew Foundation in Dollard des Ormeaux

CPE Lachine

CPE Dorval

CPE West Island

JPPS Daycare

CPE Deux par deux

CPE de Mom Coeur

Maternelle Enfant-des-Neiges

CPE Dollard

Garderie Domino Inc.

CPE Riverview Verdun

Hudson Preschool Center

CPE Bethrivkah

Dorval Preschool/Coop

Garderie Maison Arc en ciel in Vaudreuil

CPE du Y

Koalas de St.Lazare

Academy of Imagination both toddler and Pre-k

Garderie La Ruche D’or

Mon Gym West Island

All winter long, children aged 5 to 8 will be able to have lots of fun while learning how to snowboard for free in Centennial Park in Dollard-des-Ormeaux. This initiative of the Association des stations de ski du Québec (ASSQ—Quebec Ski Area Association), adored by children and parents alike, is offered every Saturday and Sunday until March 11. Guided by dynamic instructors, children will learn how to snowboard step by step in an environment specifically designed for learning.

 

This is a free introduction session with dynamic ski and snowboard leaders, dedicated to children from 5 to 8 years old, where full equipment is provided (skis, boots and helmets). Children learn the different stages of skiing or snowboarding, make their first turns, and experience the joy of sliding, in an environment designed for learning. Each participant receives a “Mysnow Experience Package” for a free mountain initiation. The Mysnow Experience programs take place on weekends for the general public, in one of these urban sites developed by the ASSQ:

 

LAVAL at Centre de la nature from January 6 to March 11, 2018 : ski and snowboard

 

DOLLARD-DES-ORMEAUX at Centennial Park  from January 6 to March 11, 2018 : snowboard only
Saturday and Sunday

 

The accessories and colourful décor will pique their curiosity and create a pleasant atmosphere. In addition, parents will be able to see the pride and smiles on their children’s faces. During this initiation of about one hour, all equipment, including the helmet, is provided. For opening hours, visit www.mysnow.ski

These sessions are offered  every Saturday and Sunday from 10AM to 3PM.

The initiation can continue on the slopes. With their My Snow Experience initiation, children will receive a My Snow Experience initiation package for free. With this package, children will have the opportunity to take a skiing or snowboarding initiation course directly on a mountain. Guided by qualified instructors, they will discover the pleasure of skiing or snowboarding on a real mountain. With the activation code indicated on the ski ticket you receive during the initiation, you will be able to make your reservation online with a participating ski area.

 

One of our Mommy fans has shared this info with us along with some photos of her experience with her child trying out this super fun FREE activity. Be sure to check it out and head over to Centennial park in DDO till March 11.

 

 

Initiation Day, on February 11, 2018

To pursue the joys of winter by introducing children to skiing or snowboarding, more than 40 ski resorts in Quebec offer a day where initiation lessons are completely free for 5 to 8 year olds, including equipment and helmet. This is another opportunity to introduce toddlers. Registration required at least 36 hours in advance at www.initiation.maneige.ski.