Walking With Dinosaurs

Walking with Dinosaurs

Do you love dinosaurs? Have a dino-loving little one? You’ll want to check out Walking With Dinosaurs, on now at the Canadian Tire Center. This show is an arena spectacular with 20 life-sized dinosaurs including the Tyrannosaurus Rex!

I was able to meet the baby T-Rex at an event last week and I can tell you that it was pretty awesome, and he only comes up to his mama’s waist. I can’t even imagine seeing the big dinosaurs. Not only that, at the show you get to see them move, hear them roar, and learn things along the way.

Baby T-Rex from Walking with Dinosaurs

Baby T-Rex from Walking with Dinosaurs

This show is sure to be amazing, though probably not suitable for all children. My 3-year-old was petrified of Baby T, but my 4-year-old was excited. I would love to know if you’re planning to go and what you thought of the show!

 

You can buy tickets on the Walking With Dinosaurs website. The showtimes are:

Thursday, August 21 at 7 pm

Friday, August 22 at 7 pm

Saturday, August 23 at 11 am, 3 pm, and 7 pm

Sunday, August 24 at 11am and 3pm

 

A big thank you to the organizers and evenko for the opportunity to attend the media preview and meet Baby T.

Keeping the kids awake during road trips

Keeping kids entertained on drivesWhen I was young and when we went on road trips, we had to walk barefoot uphill both ways in the snow. Wait.  I mean, we had to entertain ourselves with nothing more than the radio to listen to and the other passengers to entertain us. (But. But.  I don’t LIKE THAT SONG!) I’ve always gotten sick really easily if I read or wrote or coloured in the car, so when I was a kid, when were weren’t listening to the limited radio stations available to us (and I swear, I feel like our first car didn’t even HAVE a radio) we were singing songs and playing games. We have a lot more options at hand for the kids on road trips now.  For one, they don’t get car sick (knock on wood) so they colour and write stories and read books.  We also have the plethora of electronics we throw into the back to keep them entertained.  But sometimes we kick it  old school when we’re in the car, and it reminds us how much fun car games can be. We often pull out the car games in moments of desperation – like when they’re about to fall asleep with only an hour left to go.  That nap you know will make everything quiet in the car/van but if they sleep they’ll be up until midnight.  And you don’t want them up until midnight!!

20 questions

It’s an oldie but a goodie.  Think of something and let people ask you yes, no, or sometimes questions until they guess what you’re thinking of (or you hit 20 questions.) Warning.  It isn’t a super easy concept for the 5 and under crowd to grasp. Have you tried playing 20 questions with 7 and 5 year olds? It’s hilarious!  And possibly a bit frustrating if you let it get to you. Daddy “Is it an animal?” 7 year old “yes” Mommy “Does it have fur?” 7 year old “yes” 5 year old “Is it a house?” Mommy “We already said it was a furry animal” 5 year old “Oh right! Is it a furry cloud with feet?” snicker snicker snicker. 7 year old giggling “No!” Other 5 year old “Is it a house?”

Story-telling game

This is where one person starts a story and each person gets to add a sentence to the story.  This goes well as long as you have the following rule:  Your sentence cannot be “and then he died. The End.”  Without that rule, there is fighting.  With that rule, things go quite smoothly as we move through lands of princesses, dragons and monsters. We also play license plate games, and find all the letters of the alphabet games.  Here is a whole list of games to play in the car, many of which we’ve tried and done quite successfully. How about you?  What games do your kids like to play in the car?

Calypso Theme Waterpark – Fun for the whole family!

I had heard the ads on the radio. I knew that there was a waterpark not far from Ottawa, but I had definitely never been, until about a month ago when I got the opportunity to take my family to Calypso for the day.

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If you’ve been, you know this already, but I have to say that the park is HUGE! Big gates at the entrance open to a promenade area with lockers on one side and life jacket rental on the other. (Rentals are free by the way.) Then there is the gift shop and restaurants leading the way to the attractions. Attractions.. rides.. I’m not quite sure what to call them. Some were just big slides, but others were truly amazing.

Calypso has 35 slides and more than 100 games. There’s a lazy river suitable for kids, and a huge wave pool. The biggest draw, according to the people at Calypso, is the lazy river, the Kongo Expedition. It takes 15-20 minutes to meander along the river, past elephants and alligators, through water features that spray and soak, with animal sounds the entire way.

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The pools are all heated which is great because Calypso is open in all weather during the summer months, though the slides are closed during thunderstorms. There is one area suitable for even the youngest kids, with a gentle walk-in pool and small slides, and a spot for bigger kids right next to it.

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There are grassy, shaded areas near all the rides with lots of picnic tables. You can bring your lunch or eat at one of the many restaurants in the park.

Now that I’ve been and experienced Calypso with my kids, I’d love to go back with just my husband and go on all the big rides. Or go with a group so that we could trade off and do some rides while the kids play. Either way, Calypso was a lot of fun and I can’t wait to go back!