Awesome Sidewalk Chalk Art Idea – Stained Glass!

Bunch reader Wanda E.’s cool kid achieved this gorgeous “stained glass” effect on her family’s brick patio using nothing but imagination and some elbow grease. What a great sidewalk chalk art idea! Why not team up with your kids and do this to you own patio? It’s awesome!

Maker Camp is an on-line summer camp for maker kids

Maker Camp is a virtual summer camp created by the folks at Google and Make Magazine. Kids participate live via Google Hangouts, held Monday to Friday at 2 PM EST. Each day, counsellors guide campers through a project.  The day’s project, plus a supply list, is posted in advance. Campers can chat with each other and with counsellors, ask questions… Read More »

Toronto Urban Roots Fest — Kid-Friendliest Festival Around?

Wherever you go lately, you see more adults enjoying all that Toronto has to offer, and bringing their kids along too. Nowhere is this more apparent than at music events — from semi-secret alleyway parties to free shows at Yonge-Dundas Square to the all-ages Junction Music Festival. So I’m here to tell you about Toronto’s best kept… Read More »

Music Festivals: Survive + Thrive with Kids

Let’s get one thing straight: I am not a cool parent. I’m not interested in recapturing my lost youth — I just like to take my kids to fun things. I’ve been to music festivals with kids and I’ve been to music festivals with just my friends and truly, I love both. As was readily… Read More »

Popsicles Teach Your Thermostat A Lesson

This weekend, after spending the morning at High Park in the sweltering heat, I attacked our icebox like a wild animal. I went in blind, not knowing what I was looking for until my fist emerged clasped tightly around a box of frozen yogurt popsicles.

Stroller Dad Shoes

I caught myself jogging this afternoon. At first I thought I was running, but then I realized I wasn’t even late for anything. Definitely jogging. It must have started on the big hill I push the double stroller up twice a day (see also Stroller Guns) — once to take my oldest daughter to school,… Read More »

World Cup 2014 Flag Spotting Game

I love the flags of the World Cup — the way humble houses become castles earnestly festooned with small lawn flags and cars fly colours like ships at sea. Toronto feels like the port of the world during the World Cup and when my children were younger I saw it as a chance to have some fun… Read More »

Wild Panama City

“Look — a flying banana!” My husband had not lost his mind. He was pointing at a toucan, and yes – with its huge bill a flash of yellow-green – it did indeed look like a flying banana. As you may have guessed, we weren’t home in Toronto. We were in Panama City, capital of… Read More »

Life as a Prompt-o-Tron

On the weekend, Georgia and I had a Kramer vs. Kramer moment. Of sorts. The scene I’m referring to is close to the end of the movie: Dustin Hoffman’s character and his son make breakfast together. They work silently, in complete coordination with a smooth choreography that only comes from a shared routine. The scene is… Read More »

GIANT Slip ‘N Slide in Bickford Park on Saturday

The idea for Toronto’s biggest Slip ‘N Slide was actually born in the dead of winter. “There was a party at my house that went late and in the morning we all went tobogganing. We wondered, ‘What if we could slide down this amazing hill in summer?’” explains Keita Demming, the man behind the 100 foot long Slip ‘N Slide… Read More »