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In Edmonton, Explore on
August 25, 2020

Light The Midway with Fort Edmonton Park

Growing up in a small town outside of Edmonton there was always one field trip we looked forward to the most – Fort Edmonton Park.

It was always in June close to the end of the school year when we packed into school buses with our pockets full of change to spend at the candy store. I still can’t walk into the park without thinking about those raspberry and lemon hard candies that came in the little brown paper bag. Even though the candy store was definitely the highlight when I was 10, I still credit Fort Edmonton Park and the way their incredible interpreters brought Canadian history to life for my love of the past.

Whether you grew up going to Fort Edmonton Park every year or experienced the park as a special treat when visiting the city, Fort Edmonton Park was a part of a lot of our childhoods. Now that we have children of our own we are excited to share those memories and create new ones with our own families.

In Fall of 2018 the park started construction on a number of new projects and has continued to be closed for the 2020 season. They are now excited to announce the changes and what the public can expect when they welcome us back in Spring 2021.

So What’s NEW?

The expanded Johnny J. Jones Midway at Fort Edmonton Park will recreate the 1920’s Edmonton Summer Exhibition. You’ll experience what it was like to visit a carnival a century ago! Bright vintage lightbulbs will be seen throughout the midway and on games and rides. There will be many fun attractions like a bigger Ferris wheel, chair-o-plane swings and more rides, life-size maze, games alley, funhouse, and the super intriguing Cabinet of Curios exhibit.

With all the changes planned we cannot wait to visit the park again soon but they need our help!

Something BRIGHT is coming to Edmonton’s River Valley! Fort Edmonton Foundation wants you to help us Light the Midway in support of Fort Edmonton Park’s renovation, including the expansion of the 1920’s-style Johnny J. Jones Midway. The campaign goal is to raise $1 million. Help us meet this goal by buying a symbolic lightbulb (or a few). You’ll be part of history when the Midway is illuminated for the first time when the Park reopens in 2021.

The expanded Johnny J. Jones Midway at Fort Edmonton Park will recreate the 1920’s Edmonton Summer Exhibition. You’ll experience what it was like to visit a carnival a century ago! Bright vintage lightbulbs will be seen throughout the midway and on games and rides. There will be many fun attractions like a bigger Ferris wheel, chair-o-plane swings and more rides, life-size maze, games alley, funhouse, and the super intriguing Cabinet of Curios exhibit.

There are thousands of lights that need to be illuminated throughout the midway. Buy a bulb OR help us fundraise by setting up an individual or team fundraiser. There are even challenge goals for kids to reach with some pretty awesome rewards including being invited to the Sneak Peek and VIP Tours before it opens (Youth teams must be UNDER 18 details on the Youth Reward Program HERE) . Let’s bring light to the heart of Edmonton and come together to harness the power of our amazing community!

To buy a bulb today or get more info please visit: www.lightthemidway.ca 

 

Chip Lake, Alberta

If you’ve ever driven on the Yellowhead Highway around Wildwood and Entwistle, you’ve no doubt noticed a massive lake along the highway. During a recent road trip we actually saw a sailboat on this lake and I was intrigued so, decided to take the kiddies on a road trip to Chip Lake.

There are smaller tenting sites, larger open sites and then also group sites for camping, though there is no power. At $25/night it’s super affordable!

  

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Open Farm Days 2020

Open Farm Days is an annual favourite for many connecting Albertans to their food sources: farmers. For some (myself included) we are generations removed from the family farm, and I have absolutely zero clue about farms, animals, electric fences (they’re a thing), and how they get cows to move to a new pasture. It’s completely mind-boggling to me.

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In Central Alberta, Explore, Rural Journeys on
July 27, 2020

Top Ten Tips for Visiting Metis Crossing

Metis Crossing

Last week we were invited to Metis Crossing which is Alberta’s first major Metis Cultural Interpretive destination. Located about 1.5 hours North East of Edmonton by the Town of Smoky Lake, it is an easy day trip through some beautiful country.

With Covid cases rising we are on the lookout for more things to do with the kids that create a sense of “normal” for them without risking being exposed. We were reassured by the Metis Crossing staff that protocols have been put into place to still get the experience you want with the safety you need. Plus, with all of this online learning from home, the trip is kind of like a field trip!

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Day-Tripping: Haskap Picking at Rosy Farms

UPick season is here!

We are all feeling it – the need to “get out” but the worry of too many people, not enough distance…it can make anyone want to stay at home. After being cooped up for too long, we decided to get out of the city for the day and go pick some Haskaps at Rosy Farm’s UPick for a fun treat, some fresh country air, and a whole lotta Blue Skies. 

For those that are wondering “what the heck is a Haskap?” prepare to have your mind (and tastebuds) blown. 

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In Explore, Rocky Mountains on
July 16, 2020

Visiting Banff During Phase Two

 

We left our bubble for the first time since March 14th, when COVID-19 shut Alberta down, to Banff last weekend. While we were anxious about filling the streets of the Bow Valley and hopefully, not adding to a problem of overcrowded streets, we really (really) needed to leave town and have a change of scenery. What better scenery than Banff?

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Ultimate List of Alberta Roadside Attractions

Updated July 2020

There is almost nothing better than a road trip, with the exception of going on a road trip and making a pit stop to see that world’s largest honeybee or a real-life UFO landing pad.

In honour of all things weird, here’s our ultimate list of all things roadside in Alberta.

Planing a trip to see the “Worlds Largest” in N.E. Alberta, see our tip and our trip here.

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In Calgary on
June 29, 2020

Calgary Families Can Register for the FREE BMO Kids’ Day Pancake Drive-thru

BMO Kids' Day Pancake Drive-thru

Pancake breakfasts are one of the staples when it comes to Stampede, and this year while things may look a lot different the pancakes will still be served at the BMO Kids’ Day Pancake Drive-thru event.

 BMO Kids' Day Pancake Drive-thru

BMO Kids’ Day Pancake Drive-thru 

On July 8th you and your family are invited to enjoy a pancake drive-thru at Stampede Park. Taking place from 9 am-4 pm, attending the BMO Kids’ Day Pancake Drive-thru is FREE for everyone, however advanced registration is required.  (Register here)

The pancake breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, syrup, and juice and will be served in a clamshell container.  For the health and safety of everyone any other forms of transportation such as bikes, walk-up, scooters etc. will not be permitted and once you receive your breakfast, you will need to vacate Stampede Park and enjoy your pancakes either at home or an alternate location.

Stampede Park is located at 1410 Olympic Way Southeast. For more details visit calgarystampede.com

 

In Business, Explore, Lifestyle, Parenting on
May 25, 2020

3 THINGS PARENTS NEED TO DO TO HELP EMPOWER A CHILD WITH PERFECTIONIST TENDENCIES

By Ashley Anjlien Kumar, The Confidence Coach

Does your child get down on herself? Is she hard on herself? A ‘perfectionist’ child? 

Some parents have reached out to me to ask what they can do to help their child who they believe has perfectionist tendencies. As someone who grew up with a mother with perfectionist tendencies, I picked up those qualities too in many ways. It isn’t easy going into the adult world expecting and wanting things to be perfect from the start, and then realizing there will be many roadblocks, ‘plan B’s’ – which a perfectionist mostly hates, and even failures. — What? Failure? Aarrgh (running in the opposite direction…Right?)

I’ve been working on those tendencies since I was 19 years old and have worked to diminish the effects of these habits on my life. There are adults in their 60’s now trying to unravel their perfectionist habits so they can learn to enjoy life more. This is isn’t easy as we get older, so the sooner we start with young kids, the better off they will be in the long run.

There isn’t one single answer that will ‘fit’ each child because each child is unique. But here are some ways to help your child that will benefit her regardless, and will help to increase the connection in your relationship.

First, what are some signs of a perfectionist child?

  • Gives up easily after only 1 or 2 attempts of something,
  • Unable to overcome mistakes,
  • Has difficulty managing change,
  • Self-critical, self-conscious, or easily embarrassed,
  • Sensitive to criticism even if it’s constructive,
  • Anxiety about making mistakes,
  • Procrastinates or avoids challenging tasks,
  • Tendency to stay in comfort zone,
  • Emotionally and socially inhibited,
  • Critical of others,
  • Difficulty decision making…

These are just a few.

So what can you do?

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