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Reel Babies Giveaway!

“Disclosure – I am participating in the Empire Reel Babies program by Mom Central Canada on behalf of Empire Theatres. I received compensation as a thank you for my participation.  The opinions on this blog are my own.”

Parents and caregivers will appreciate how difficult it is to go out when you have a …

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A new contest, just in time for March Break!

March Break is coming up quickly, and once again I’ve put together my March Break on a Budget listing. It’s full of great ideas to keep the kids busy over the break. I’ve also got a great contest on – you could win a family pass to the Museum of Nature to check out their …

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I still heart Rideau Hall…

…even in winter!

This past summer I blogged about all the great summer fun to be had at Rideau Hall. The fun continues in the winter with Rideau Hall’s historic outdoor skating rink, which is open to the public on weekends. And this weekend will be extra-special - a Winter Celebration will take place on Saturday from 12:30 …

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Christmas 2.0

Christmas Star by brockvicky (Flickr Creative Commons)

Christmas is fast approaching, and I thought I’d share some great Christmas websites and videos that I’ve discovered over the years.

A few years ago I discovered Sympatico’s Magic Santa site. You’re asked to enter various details like your child’s name, age, province,and the toy they’d most like …

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Tell Me a Story!

On Saturday, the 2011 edition of the Children’s Storytelling Festival will take place at Library and Archives Canada, located at 395 Wellington St. The Festival includes an afternoon of free programming for kids, and I can say from experience that it’s a wonderful treat - B.G. and I attended a few years ago, and she loved …

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Ottawa Culture Days

A few weeks ago I noticed that the NAC was putting on a series of free events between Friday,September 30th and Sunday,October 2nd. They were listed as “Culture Days at the NAC”, and at the time I thought that was a title that the NAC had thought up. Then I got an event submission from the …

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The first Frugal Fun Ottawa book swap!

I love to read, and as you may know, I love to be frugal. You may also know that I hate clutter, and that I live in a pretty small house. I was looking at the piles of books that are taking over my tiny office space, and thinking, “Hmm, I’ve read all these …

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Fall Fun in Gatineau Park

Pink Lake – Gatineau Park by Christopher Policarpio. (Isn't this photo amazing? Gotta love Flickr's creative commons.)

Is it too early to start talking about the joys of showshoeing in Gatineau Park? It is? Ok then, I’ll stick to events that are a bit more seasonal. :)

The Visitor Centre in Gatineau Park offers …

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Fun for Kids at the Ottawa International Animation Festival, and a Contest!

September 15th: Congratulations Paul and Virginia, you’ve each won one of the passes! I’ll be in touch shortly!

The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF), the largest event of its kind in North America, will take place from September 21 to 25 at various venues around town. In addition to a very impressive lineup of short films, …

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The best things in life are free…and close to home!

We’ve had a crazy, busy, terrific summer. (I realize that the crazy and busy parts are mostly due to my inability to sit still, and to my inability to say no – I’m working on both!) Things did slow down a bit at one point, and I was looking for something to do with B.G. that was simple …

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