Children need to learn through play to develop imagination, creativity and grow intellectually and emotionally. Urban parents can play a huge role in this. Here are some play ideas for a rainy day.

Christmas Movies for Parents and Kids Alike

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‘Tis the season — well, almost. Fathers begin to have their yearly near-death experiences, stringing Christmas lights up along the eaves. Christmas carols filter through the tinny PA systems of shopping malls. Dusty boxes of decorations are heaved from attics and crawl spaces. The first “test-batches” of Christmas cookies appear on plates. But more importantly (not really), all the old-school,…


Top 10 Songs for Dads

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The title says it all — The Top 10 Songs For Dads — and yet it also begs for a bit of mockery. Any self-respecting father might see this and think, Good Lord, not another list of silly songs about sea mammals, sung by middle-aged, slightly balding men and their acoustic guitars. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.


Top Dad Movies of All Time

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It’s not every day that we see a movie dedicated to fathers. But when we see one, there is an over pouring of emotion. Stories about fathers have very unique qualities. Maybe it is because we often  subscribe to the popular concept of a father who has a very stern facade, who will not show the emotions that we all…


The Niagara Region: Top 5 Things to Do With Kids

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You’ve made a wrong turn somewhere — or so it seems. Vancouver is impossibly far away; the mountains, the ocean, the transcendent Alibi Room or local microbrewery. Somehow you’re in Southern Ontario, the Niagara Region and you’re not quite sure what to do with yourself, or the pack of kids anxiously biting at your elbows with boredom. Don’t be frightened….


Talk Like a Pirate, Matey

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Aarrr.  Ahoy, mateys.  September 17th is ‘Talk Like a Pirate Day’.  As a parents, you probably can’t join the barmaid and Orlando Bloom-inspired parties, but you can have a ton of fun with the kids.  Why not have a special treasure hunt? Dress Up in great costumes (why toss those stained jeans when they can be cut off and frayed…