What’s new at the Fundy Discovery Aquarium

Touch pool at the Fundy Discovery Aquarium in St Andrews-by-the-seaThe Fundy Discovery Aquarium in the coastal town of St. Andrews-by-the-Sea here in New Brunswick was such a hit with our toddler last year that it made my recent top 5 list of things to do with the kids in Saint John.

We recently revisited the aquarium for our daughter’s third birthday and found some old favourites as well as some great changes. Continue reading

Sugar Bush Weekend – King’s Landing Historical Settlement

Maple sap cooking down to syrup at King's LandingParents of young children are all slightly mad.

Our particular brand of parental insanity drove us out into the frigid snow and gusting arctic winds this past weekend to eat maple candy and pet cows during the first Sugar Bush weekend at King’s Landing Historical Settlement.

What? That sounds perfectly normal to you? Wholesome, even?

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Skating in Officer’s Square, Fredericton

skatesAs I write this, the Ice Dance free program at the Sochi Olympics is playing. Having studiously avoided Twitter all day, I get the best of both worlds: I can fast-forward the commercials but still have the suspense of watching it live, because I don’t know who wins.

Whether your poison is hockey or figure skating, ice skating is a pretty iconic Canadian past-time.

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Queen’s Square Farmer’s Market, Saint John NB

Queen's Square Farmer's MarketAs the weather turns chilly and we start bundling up for winter, I find myself thinking over all the fun things we did and interesting places we saw this summer. One of our toddler’s favourite Saint John summer activities was the Queen’s Square Farmer’s Market, a somewhat informal collection of vendors set up roughly bi-weekly in the South End. Continue reading

International Kite Festival, Dieppe, NB

Dieppe International Kite FestivalOne of the unexpectedly fun things about having children is getting to do activities you’d never get around to doing if you didn’t have them. Take the International Kite Festival in Dieppe, for instance. Before Amelia, I wouldn’t have gone, even though it sounds neat – a whole festival of kites! But knowing how much Amelia loves kites, I packed her up in the car yesterday afternoon for the drive.

These are not the kites I remember from my childhood! Acrobatic displays with multiple kites dancing to music; kites shaped like lizards, fish, birds, strawberries, and giant eyeballs – the Dieppe International Kite Festival was a lot of fun for both me and Amelia.

There are a few things you should know about the 2013 kite festival, and their website doesn’t cover it all, so read on to learn from our experience!

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