Category Archives: Family Time

Great ideas for ways to connect with your children and spend quality time, as a family.

Fitting in Fitness In Kamloops: "X Doesn’t Mark the Spot"

This guest post is brougt to you by Monica Macaulay.

Monica is a wife and mother of 2 little girls. She is also a certified Group Fitness Instructor, Weight Training Instructor and Pre and Post-Natal Fitness Specialist. She contracts her services to various facilities around Kamloops but also runs her own Spring/Summer outdoor fitness program. If you have any fitness-related questions please feel free to contact her at macaulaymonica@gmail.com.  Monica also has a fitness community established on facebook.  You can learn more about BALANCE, here.

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Never Better Play Dough: Kidz In The Kitchen

This top secret recipe comes from Ms. Marlene, at Bumblebees Family Centre.  If you have a pre-schooler, you really do need to check out the program at Bumblebees.  It’s awesome.  There are also two other fabulous Strong Start programs in town!!

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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.

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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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