Category Archives: What’s Going on in Kamloops

This is our NEWS section where we relay the pertinent information about upcoming events to you – just in case you aren’t reading the event calendar;)

All A-Board Games: Family Game Time

I love playing board games.  I have said that before, I know, but I do.  We love the connection of playing board games with my family and friends.  We get to discuss things, strategize and adventure, all from sitting around the table.  I love watching my kids learn, as we play games, as well.  Numbers, colours, letters, patterns… it’s all there!  Game-playing is an educator’s dream!

In the past, we have purchased our games from the coast, because we didn’t know anywhere local that carried the games we like.  Well, I have just discovered All A-Board Games at 343 Seymour Street!  When I called Derek to find out if he had a particular game in stock (Bohnanza, and he does), I learned some other very useful facts.

Elizabeth is a Kamloops lifer. Born at RIH, she is happy to be raising her family here. Married with four wonderful children, Elizabeth is also teacher and enjoys working with parents as she learns more about this “Mommy gig”. Elizabeth is passionate about parenting and enjoys networking with other parents.

Little Farmers Petting Zoo

Meg Wallner is Mommy to one,  jewelry-maker, and a freelance writer from Kamloops.

My family and I just visited the Little Farmers Petting Zoo in Westsyde. My daughter, who is 16 months, had a blast! Never had she seen so many different animals that children don’t get to see on a daily basis. There were a variety of exotic birds, like Polish and Bantam chickens, along with regular barnyard chickens, ducks, emus, peacocks and pheasants. Also a sight to see, are the large turkeys, called Bronze Wild turkeys. The animals were rather friendly too, the goats and ducks come right up to the fence, hoping for a treat or two. At one point during our visit to the zoo, one of the goats was in the old car in the goat pen. It was quite comical.

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Elizabeth is a Kamloops lifer. Born at RIH, she is happy to be raising her family here. Married with four wonderful children, Elizabeth is also teacher and enjoys working with parents as she learns more about this “Mommy gig”. Elizabeth is passionate about parenting and enjoys networking with other parents.

Family Time: Games

My husband and I really enjoy playing games together and with friends.  Board games.   Some of our favourites are Robo Rally, Settlers of Cataan, Pandemic, Bohnanza and Ticket to Ride.  They are a great way to spend an evening with friends, discussing life, kids and just having a good time together.  As the kids have grown up watching us play games, they have learned them, too.  We love games, and now, they do too.

We have an entire shelf devoted to games that we can play with our kids.  There are some that we love and play over and over, then others that I have been known to avoid playing (you know what I mean, right?). Labyrinth is one of the classics that I can play over and over and never tire of.  The box says 7 years and up, but my four-year-old understands the strategy and can figure out how to reach his next objective with only a few moves!  We’ve had the game since Christmas and I can’t believe the improvement that I have seen in his ability to watch what is happening on the board and decide what to do next.  Sometimes, he even shows me something that I am missing!  I love it when he says “M-om!  You just need to do this to get to the ______.  Here, let me help you.”

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Elizabeth is a Kamloops lifer. Born at RIH, she is happy to be raising her family here. Married with four wonderful children, Elizabeth is also teacher and enjoys working with parents as she learns more about this “Mommy gig”. Elizabeth is passionate about parenting and enjoys networking with other parents.

A Fresh New Look for KamloopsParents.Com

Well, just like that it is March 1st.  I can’t believe that it crept up so quickly!  I’m thrilled to bring you something great, at KamloopsParents.Com.  This site is your online resource and directory so check it out and let me know what you think and what you would like to see, here at KamloopsParents.Com.  I’ll do my best to make it happen.  Do you want to get involved?  Do you have something to say?  Please, take  a minute and let me know.

The new logo for KamloopsParents, designed by Signet Studio.

” A strong earthy, deep-rooted loving red to represent the parents, and a fresh, soft new-born green to represent the young children (the subtle sage green of Kamloops hills). The red leaves of the logo are the parents: a couple, a mother (pregnant as shown by the “bump” on the leaf) and a single parent. The children are between them and together the entire Kamloops “family” is centred/grounded by one focal point—family living and unity. As a team they present an exuberant yet simple flower… which speaks to a harmonious life and what true beauty really is all about— our relationships with each other. The logo also evokes a sense of movement… the action and activity of a family in motion, “doing” things together.”

Some things to look forward to with KamloopsParents.Com:

– five days of great posts for your family (Monday to Friday) featuring:

-tutorials of great kid-friendly activities and crafts with “Crafting With Kids

-great and delicious kid-friendly recipes with “Kidz in the Kitchen

reviews of fantastic family-friendly local businesses and giveaways

-spotlights on “One Parent’s Perspective” featuring parents in the community.  This could be you!!

-great parenting resources

-reviews of wonderful reading material in “Curled Up With a Good Book

and

-occasional surveys to support Kamloops’ family-friendly businesses.  There are two currently in the far right sidebar!

-sign up for the monthly e-newsletter “In The ‘Loop In The ‘Loops!” to keep informed on what’s going on in Kamloops and great local events

-watch the event calendar for family-friendly activities in and around Kamloops.  If you are planning a great family event or know of something that is going on.  Let us know and we will spread the word!

-watch for monthly events organized by KamloopsParents.Com!  This month’s event will be a Free Astronomy Night at TRU, watch your newsletter and the site for more information!

-listen to B100 at ~8:30am on the first and third Thursday of the month to hear what’s going on, too!

Above all, get out there and get active with your family!

Elizabeth is a Kamloops lifer. Born at RIH, she is happy to be raising her family here. Married with four wonderful children, Elizabeth is also teacher and enjoys working with parents as she learns more about this “Mommy gig”. Elizabeth is passionate about parenting and enjoys networking with other parents.

Site Re-launch March 1st

Hi!  I’m Elizabeth and I get excited really easily.

Well, maybe not really easily, but… okay, who am I kidding?  So excited!!

That’s me, laying in the snow and making a snow angel.  I’ve got my youngest one wrapped on my chest and I’m outside playing with my husband and my two big kids.  I love my kids.  They are 4.5, 2 and 4.5 months and they, really and truly, are the greatest!  That photo was taken back in December.  What happened to winter, eh?!

I’ve been writing here for a while now…. just sharing my projects and stuff.  I’ve just come aboard to help out and revamp this amazing resource that Krystal has developed.  And, let me tell you… I am EXCITED!!

I’ve been blogging on my personal blog for over four years and I have seen lots of great things on this here Internet.  I have been blessed by some wonderful connections in those years.  My dream, for the parents of Kamloops, is that we really connect and know that we are a part of a wonderful community.  We live in a beautiful city and there are lots of great people out there that are working to make our community, our lives, better for us.  So, let’s do our part and get out there to enjoy it!  Life life to the fullest.  Carpe Diem, I say!  Let’s work together to make the world, in which our children are being raised, an even better place!

Do you want to know what’s coming your way?  Well, I’m planning that we will have new programs and regular weekday posts starting on March 1st.  The 1st seems like a good time, doesn’t it?  So, you can look forward to seeing some great stuff from KamloopsParents.Com!  Reviews, giveaways and fun family-friendly projects… but I’m getting away from myself already… not until March 1st!  I told you I was excited didn’t I?  I’ve got some great people that are joining the team as guest post-ers and have some great perspectives and ideas to share.

For now, what can you do to gear up for the KP re-launch?  Well, #1 is to join our mailing list to get the newsletter every two-ish weeks. #2 is to login so that you can leave comments and enter our contents (whoops, did I just say that?).  And #3 is look forward to connecting with the KamloopsParents.Com community and meeting some great people with Kamloops.

I’m thrilled to be working for you and look forward to meeting many of you, at time goes on.

If you have comments, questions, or are interested in getting involved with kamloopsparents.com, just contact me.  I can’t wait to hear from you!

~Elizabeth

Elizabeth is a Kamloops lifer. Born at RIH, she is happy to be raising her family here. Married with four wonderful children, Elizabeth is also teacher and enjoys working with parents as she learns more about this “Mommy gig”. Elizabeth is passionate about parenting and enjoys networking with other parents.