Author: chickadee

Kids Birthday Party Planning Lessons from My Son’s 5th Birthday Party

Approaching my son’s fifth birthday, there was no question where it was going to be held. Of course, the birthday party venue was going to be Chickadee Family Café. The party planning list already had one checkmark. Read on to see what else was on the list. Maybe it will help you with your party…
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Family Christmas Party WrapUp

Our Family Christmas Party was a huge success. Thank you to everyone who participated and supported this event and those who generously donated gifts in advance, too! Here’s a little wrap up of the event and the amazing memories that were created this holiday season. Back in the summer, I was inspired by a little…
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The Power of Make Belief: 5 Benefits of Pretend Play

A common question we get asked here is what activities we have for kids to play with at our play cafe. Are there slides and climbing structures for kids to burn energy on? While so many indoor playgrounds focus on physical play, I designed Chickadee Family Café to focus on pretend play, or imaginative play…
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How to Throw a Kids’ Birthday Party that Adults Will Have Fun At Too

Sure, birthday parties are fun for kids; but don’t forget about all the adults on your child’s birthday guest list too. As important as it is to have games and activities planned for the kids to ensure they have a good time, you don’t want parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles to be standing around, bored…
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The Start of Kindergarten a Mix of Emotions

When he was 4 months old, he got his first tooth. At 13 months, he took his first steps. At 3 years old, he transitioned from a crib into a “big boy bed”. And this week, he embarks on another major milestone: his first day of school. With every new transition in his life, there’s…
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What We’re Reading: Gibby’s Great Adventures

Do you know what a Gibbon is? Don’t feel bad. I didn’t either until I met Jackie from Prime Earth. Although Jackie lives right here in Burlington, she has spent her adult life trekking through the jungle in Asia learning about a species of primates called Gibbons. While most of us have heard of chimpanzees,…
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Zero (or Almost Zero) Cost Tips for Keeping Kids Entertained This Summer

Keeping the kids busy during the summer is means endlessly bouncing from one activity to another. For parents, that means constantly having a bundle of activities in your back pocket to pull out the moment boredom sets in. While your calendar may be full of trips to Burlington’s local attractions and to your favourite play…
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Our First Experience with Organized Sports

“I want to play baseball”, he said. You know when your kid says something and you nod and go “oh, that’s great baby”, then move on to making dinner or folding laundry. Well, let’s just say I treated this statement the same as his declarations of “I want to be Spiderman” and “I want to…
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Starting Solids With Your Baby

“Gone are the days of mushy peas and the sneaky “here comes the airplane” trick – with baby led weaning, parents give babies control of their mealtime experience.” This guest post was provided by Michelle Evans, RD. Starting solid foods is an exciting time in a baby’s life, and for his or her parents! It can…
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It’s Official! The Grand Opening of Burlington’s First Play Cafe.

For as far back as I can remember, I’ve dreamed of owning my own business. My own little shoppe. When I was a little girl, I dreamed of owning a bookstore. Yup, I was a total book nerd. My absolute favourite place to pass time is still the local bookstore. Then I hit my 20s…
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