Monthly Archives: May 2010

Question of the month

Kids in the Capital is all about parents in Ottawa helping each other out by sharing tips and advice. Not everyone wants to write a post, so we thought we’d introduce a new monthly feature – question of the month!

Each month we’ll ask a parenting question and we want to hear all the gems of advice you have to deal with this problem. Just leave your answers in the comments! And if you have a question you’d like to see in a future question, leave it in the comments too!

Question of the month 1:

What tips and tricks do you use to get you and your kids out the door with the least amount of hassle (and tears)?

While it is easier now that it is warm out, it can still sometimes take me twenty minutes to just get the kids to put on their sandals and grab their hats.

How do you do it?


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Colour me happy, and clean!

by Vicky

Bath time is always a lot of fun at our house. Joel requests a bath every single night, and plays in the tub until his fingers are pruney. Last year for his birthday, a friend gave him a big tub of Crayola Color Dotz. I had never seen them before, but they were a huge hit! The container of 30 red, blue or yellow dotz did not last long once Joel realized he could change the colour of his bath water by mixing in different colours! His request for a bath each night quickly turned into a request for a ‘colour bath!’

If you have a child who does not like taking baths, I’m sure these would help turn bath time into a fun experience!

You can find Crayola Color Dotz at Mrs. Tiggy Winkles for about $5.99 for a container of 30. I recently found Alex Toys ‘Rub a Dub color your tub’ dots at Winners for $3.99 for 50 tablets.

Product Description:

Crayola® Color Dotz™ are fizzing water colour tablets that turn ordinary bath water into colourful, fizzy water. The red, yellow and blue tablets of Crayola® Color Dotz™ are great for colour mixing, allowing children to create their own unique colours. Crayola® Color Dotz™ provide children of all ages with a world of colourful fun in the tub. Non-toxic.

Color Your Tub Fizzy Tints – Turn ordinary bathwater into a tub of colorful fun! The primary colored tablets (50 each in red, blue and yellow) can be mixed and matched to create all the colors of the rainbow. There are enough tablets for over 50 colorful baths! Suitable for age: 3 year(s)


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Kids and parents in the Capital

It’s that time again. Time to come out from behind the computer screen and meet in real life. The last meetup was such great fun that we knew we would have to do it again soon. This time we want to meet the kids!

If you are free, please join us for a morning of fun at Brewer Park on Saturday, June 5th from 9:30am – 11:30am. Bring some snacks to share, bring a ball if you want and bring your kids. 

You can RSVP to let us know if we will see you there. We hope we will.

– Brie and Lara


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Cat Hill

by Zach

Parliament Hill makes a good place to visit with kids when the weather is nice. There’s the eternal flame, the huge lawns, the gazebo behind the Library of Parliament, and one of the strangest, coolest things about Ottawa: Cat Hill.
I find it hard to imagine a colony of feral cats maintained and visited right next to the White House, or 10 Downing Street (not quite the same thing as the parliament buildings, I know, but still…) But here, in Canada, right next to the seat of the federal government, that’s what we have (and the raccoons that share their food).
Cat Hill is a small set of covered hutches that are home to several stray cats. The hutches are behind a wrought-iron fence, with wide enough spacing for the cats to slip in and out of, but tall enough to keep anyone (especially kids) from casually wandering into their home.
More formally, Cat Hill is known as the Canadian Parliamentary Cats. The cats are all spayed or neutered, regularly fed, and receive veterinary care. You’ll notice a small a donation box to help with the costs. Cat Hill was started back in the 1970s, and is home to about 11 cats (thank you Wikipedia!).
I find Cat Hill itself can eat up a good half or hour so, not counting travel time and other features nearby. In good weather, there’s a few cats out on the “people” side of the fence, and they can be quite friendly. You’ll note most of them look really well fed, and they’ve had their ears and tails “trimmed” from frostbite.
Needless to say, be careful when kids approach the cats – while many of the cats seem entirely comfortable with humans, but there’s no guarantees. Watch out for potential bites or scratches.
Usually when we’ve visited, we’ve had bad luck with the weather, and the cats have kept in their homes. Still, the pigeons, squirrels, and raccoons kept the kids occupied, and we’ve explored the general area. Plus, it can be a good place to take visitors to Ottawa – not only do you get to do the obligatory parliament building look-see, but you might get a cat on your lap as part of the bargain.

Zach is the dad of a 3.5 year daughter “the girl” and twenty month old son “the boy”. Zach doesn’t have his own blog but he is blogged about at Capital Mom.


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Apples ‘n’ Oranges winner!

Thank you to Apples ‘n’ Oranges for hosting such a great giveaway! We love to support local mom businesses so this was a great partnership for us.

Jenny is the lucky winner of a Peekaboo Beans outfit of her choice! Please email Lara and Vicky at to let them know what you loved the best.

Don’t forget the Spring Apples’n’Oranges open house this Sunday, May 30th. You can check out the latest Spring items, or pick up a bargain or two at up to 80% off from their clearance section!

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All About Kids

by Vicky

When I was a child, the only toy store around was a small Toy World at the local mall. I remember saving my birthday money to buy myself a Pogo Ball. Remember those? It was my favourite toy until it got a slow leak and never quite bounced the same way.

Another favourite toy was my Cabbage Patch doll. She had gold coloured hair and blue eyes, and wore a teal dress with lace around the edges. I remember the day she became mine, like it was yesterday. We were on a family vacation in the states, and stopped in at Toysrus. I stood in front of a towering stack of Cabbage Patch dolls and my mother said ‘pick one.’

Fast forward 25 years, and I still get that rush of excitement when visiting toy stores – especially when it’s All About Kids!

All About Kids is the mother of all toy stores. You will love it. It is my first stop for birthday presents. The selection is remarkable, and the toys are good quality. It’s an educational supply company, so they carry a very large selection of art & craft supplies, games, puzzles, and equipment for daycares and preschool. You’ll find all the big names there, like Little Tikes, Melissa & Doug, Plan Toys, and Playmobile. But they have THOUSANDS of items to choose from.

The front has a good selection of outdoor toys and structures, and a play area for kids – but who are we kidding here, you try telling your kid they have to stay put in a huge warehouse! The back of the store has teaching resources galore – lots of posters, borders, and anything you could possibly need for your classroom.

What I love about buying toys here is that you can find such a variety of things that you don’t see at the other big box stores. You won’t be bombarded with all the latest Pixar characters on every toy. You won’t see aisle after aisle of battery operated toys that break before the batteries wear out. You’ll find quality toys like this marble run game for example; it was a huge hit for both my “boys”

Or this set of wooden playfood that Joel gave Kiernan for his last birthday.

Or this set of Gears! Gears! Gears! that we gave one of Joel’s preschool friends for his 3rd birthday.

I’m thinking Mieka might just NEED to have one of these dolls for her 1st birthday.

All About Kids is tucked away on Canotek Drive, in an East End industrial park, so it’s not obvious to find. But it’s definitely worth a stop in!

All About Kids
5369 Canotek Dr – Map
(613) 742-0308

9:30 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. Mon. to Fri.
11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Sat.
Closed Sundays.

Vicky is the mom to 3.5 year old son named Joel and 9 month old daughter named Mieka. You can read her blog at blog Some Kind of Wondermom.


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ABC Challenge: week 7

I think our challenge needs a bit of a kickstart… it’s hot, it’s been 7 weeks, and people are losing their steam.

I admit that in the beginning I just took lots of pictures and tried to fit them into a category. That isn’t going to continue working so now I’m trying to set shots up… with limited success, but it’s a work in progress.  Be creative and try new things! 🙂

To help get people’s creative juices flowing I am going to offer a prize (from my own pocket unless someone feels like sponsoring us 😉 for a $20 gift card to Henry’s or Vistek or another photography related business. You get one entry for each photo you submit this week, up to a maximum of two entries. I’ll announce the winner in my post next week.

Photography tip

Several times since the twins were born I’ve been asked if I make a point of taking photos of the kids separately so they will feel like individuals instead of always a set. Ha! I’m lucky if I have 10 nice pictures of the two of them together. They don’t smile at the same time, they don’t look at the camera at the same time – it’s chaos.

So I gave up trying to pose them. And that’s the tip. Just try to take photos of kids doing the things that they love. They’ll be happy and you can get some great candid shots. And you might even get them to happily pose for you if they don’t feel they’re being forced into anything or are feeling bored.

It works for the kids that over pose too. I zoomed in and grabbed a photo of a smile that has been eluding me for months from this kid when we were playing at the park yesterday 😉 I’m not sure what my nephew was looking at here, but I know it wasn’t me.

Thanks to Danielle who helped me figure out my tip this morning when I saw her at the grocery store 🙂

My two picks this week

G is for green
G is for green

R is for riding
R is for riding

Participants’ photos

A selection of participants’ photos that jumped out at me this week.

happy victoria day!!

A is for art by jhscrapmom

464:1000 Wheeee, bubbles!

P is for playing by danigirl

T is for Trees

T is for trees by Stella

As always, it’s never to late too join the challenge. We hope you’ll play along!

Lara is the mom to 3.5 year old Kiernan and 1 year old twins Quinn and Juliette. You can find her at her blog Gliding Through Motherhood.


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