Monday, November 23, 2015

Rogers Santa Claus Parade

Ho, Ho, Ho! Urbanbaby & Toddler Magazine is proud to partner with the Roger’s Santa Claus Parade this year and will be on site on Sunday, December 6th, 2015 (Parade Day).

Stop the Children’s area at Christmas Square (Vancouver Art Gallery on the corner of Georgia and Howe) from 10:30am – 1pm and meet our staff, pick up a copy of the Winter 2015 magazine and bring a donation of baby supplies (diapers, wipes, jars of food) in support of our charity Vancouver Food Bank - Basics for Babies.

Sylvia the Balloon Lady will be at the UBT booth from 10:30am - 12:30pm providing holiday balloon characters for all the children free of charge.

Rogers Santa Claus Parade VIP
View the parade from the “Best Seat in the House” with your own private bleacher seating complete with complimentary snacks and beverages.

Prize Includes: Four (4) VIP seats for the Rogers Santa Claus Parade
VIP Viewing Area. Enter at by Saturday, Nov 28th 12:00pm

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Supermodel Monika Schnarre joins Thomas Tank The Engine™ in Movember 2015

Monika Schnarre was the youngest model ever to win FORD Modeling agency’s Supermodel of the World competition. She has been featured on the pages of Sports Illustrated and Vogue. Today, she is a Canadian model, actress, business owner, wife and mother. Monika and her husband, Storey Badger, have been married for five years and have a three-year-old-son, Bode Badger.

Monika and Storey are big supporters of men’s health and have joined #TeamThomas to help FUN-raise in support of Movember. UBT had the opportunity to speak with Monika about the campaign.

UBT: Tell us about the Campaign
MS: Thomas the Tank Engine invited us, my family and me, to give his Movember campaign a voice this year. My husband Storey is growing a Mo and we’re all raising funds and awareness for Movember and the wonderful work they do. My son Bode is three and he loves Thomas and we’ve loved seeing Thomas’ new moustache ever week as the campaign progresses. We’ve also been promoting the campaign on social media and getting all of our friends and extended family involved.

UBT: Why is it important for the whole family to participate?
MS: Since I have a son, men’s health is extremely important to me and family. As a father, my husband also wants to make sure he can be around and active and healthy for his son.
It’s important to give back to a cause that has raised so much money for men’s health and all of the programs they support. As we raise awareness and funds for this campaign with Thomas, we can get the younger generation involved and show them the importance of giving back.

UBT: Why did Thomas get involved?
MS: It’s Thomas’ 70th anniversary this year so it’s about time he grew a moustache! The values of the Movember Foundation actually match perfectly with those of Thomas. Thomas originated when a father told his son, who was ill, stories about the trains nearby, and eventually carved a wooden train from a broom handle, the very first Thomas. Mattel has rereleased a replica of that original wooden Thomas toy this year that you can buy for yourself.

UBT: Tell us about Movember
The Movember Foundation is a global charity committed to men living happier, healthier, longer lives. Since 2003, millions have joined the men’s health movement, raising $677 million and funding over 1,000 programs to assist those living with prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity. During the month of November, participants are encouraged to grow a moustache, join a team and donate in order help change the face of men’s health worldwide.
So anyone who has a Mo page can join #TeamThomas!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

UBT Guide: Holiday Craft Fairs and Markets

It's that time of year.‘Tis the season of gift-giving! Whether a scarf, a necklace, or charming décor, find the perfect special something to give to your loved ones or for yourself at a local holiday craft fair and market! Checkout our list of Holiday Markets and Craft Fairs. Please check website links prior to attending. Happy Holidays!

November – Vancouver & North Vancouver

November – Burnaby, Richmond

November Tri-Cities 

November - Fraser Valley

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Genius of Tchaikovsky at The Orpheum Theatre

Vancouver’s premiere music education institution, the Vancouver Academy of Music, will be presenting an exciting display of their best, all-star students — the future stars of the world’s music stage — in a concert of Tchaikovsky favourites!  

The Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra (VAMSO) heralds the start of the holiday season with The Genius of Tchaikovsky on November 22, 2015 at 2pm at the Orpheum Theatre. Under the baton of lauded conductor Kathleen Allan, the exuberant young musicians will present an all- Tchaikovsky programme featuring some of the Romantic composer’s most beloved &
revered masterworks.

For many reasons, this is an excellent concert for families and the perfect “first” concert for little ones:

1) It is incredibly affordable — kids just $5! adults just $10!

2) It is a relaxing and non-intimidating first introduction to classical music for young kids — this is not your average, stuffy, late-night affair. It is an afternoon performance that welcomes families and young kids, paper shuffling and fidgeting included!

3) This concert supports the musical students — Vancouver kids! — who are working hard to perfect their craft, many of whom will go on to become Canada’s top musical talents!

4) It’s a special entrance into this year's holiday season.

For more information: Our to win a family pack of ticket check out our facebook page tomorrow (Thursday) at 10am for your chance to win. 

Saturday, November 14, 2015

FlyOver Canada Celebrates the Holiday Season

Vancouver’s must-see attraction, FlyOver Canada, will transform into a magical winter wonderland this Christmas season, from November 27, 2015 to January 5, 2016 at Canada Place. Guests will have fun helping Santa Claus search for his missing elves during the exhilarating flight across Canada, and on to the North Pole. Riders may even be able to catch a whiff of Mrs. Claus’ baking as they swoop over her Gingerbread factory.

The FlyOver Canada attraction is a flight simulation ride that takes guests on a breathtaking aerial tour over some of Canada’s spectacular landscapes using the latest in ride flight technology. Guests sit suspended 10 to 25 feet above the ground in specialized ride vehicles, with their legs dangling, as they move in concert with the film. With the addition of special effects (scent, mist, wind), riders actually feel like they are flying!

As part of Christmas at FlyOver Canada, riders will be treated to the following limited-timeonly
• Santa Claus, himself, will be on site to greet guests and hear their Christmas wish list,
December 12, 13, 19, and 21 – 24.
• Live musical performances by community, school, and group choirs will take place
between 12 and 3pm throughout the month of December.
• Delicious, holiday snacks and refreshments will be on sale, including Swiss-style

For more information Checkout

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Product Review: Tom’s Toddler Toothpaste

When it comes to your child’s oral hygiene, protecting those precious baby teeth are just as important as any other aspect of their health. However, we all know that babies and toddlers aren’t always professionals when it comes to brushing, and the sweet flavor associated with most toddler toothpastes encourage children to swallow the toothpaste instead of spitting it out. This can sometimes provoke anxiety and suspicion in parents, as there doesn’t seem to be enough valid information out there about the safety of ingesting fluoride. After all, it does say on fluoride toothpaste tubes to “not ingest” and to use supervision with children.

Thankfully, Tom’s of Maine has come out with a lovely product for toddlers that are just learning to brush – Tom’s of Maine Toddler Training Toothpaste.

This great tasting, fluoride free product can help make teeth brushing a healthy and fun habit for your toddler. The mild fruit taste has no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives, and is produced without sodium laureth sulfate (a foaming agent that is thought to have questionable health risks) or propylene glycol (a preservative additive). The dispenser is easy to use and no-mess. And most of all, you’ll feel good about letting your independent little one brush and swallow away without feeling stressed about them ingesting anything toxic!

Tom’s of Maine Toddler Training toothpaste is available at your local London Drugs, Wal-Mart, Shopper’s Drugs Mart and Superstore, as well as many other participating stores.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Simple Fun! Halloween Crafts

Halloween is this weekend! In the spirit of the haunted holiday, here are some fun last minute Halloween crafts to “spookify” your house this year!

Spooky Glowing Eyes

What you’ll need:
• Toilet paper or paper towel rolls
• Glow sticks (available at any dollar store or Wal-Mart)
• Scissors

This is the easiest and neatest craft for Halloween. All you do is cut some cool and creepy eye holes out of the paper towel roll, place a lit glow stick inside, and place them around your yard and in your bushes. Viola – you have glowing peepers creeping out at you in the dark!

**TIP: use tiny scissors to cut out the eye holes for more precision.

Ghoulish Glowing Balloons
This is also super creepy and super easy to create.

What you’ll need:
• Balloon, filled with water
• Old nylons, preferably white or black
• Glow stick

Cut nylons into two separate legs. Fill a balloon with water, and place a glow stick inside the balloon. Tie the balloon shut, and then place the balloon inside one leg of the nylon. Then hang from your ceiling, or even better – from the branches of your best Halloween tree outside!

Garbage Bag Spider Web

This is another great craft, as most of us have garbage bags lying around.

What you’ll need:
• Garbage bag, trimmed along the bottom & sides so that you have a single square of black plastic
• Scissors
• Black felt pen
Fold the square on the diagonal, then fold it on the diagonal again.  And one more time - fold it on the diagonal again.

Now mark it up like this: Then cut the shaded parts only. You will unfold it and see a cool black spider web! Hang it on your window and adorn it with some fake rubber spiders!

Melissa Collins is a mother of 2 girls, lover of coffee and self-proclaimed lip-gloss junkie. While she’s not working in Recreation at the City of Surrey, she’s blogging about the realities and the humour in parenting. She’s a glamping-aholic and loves to unwind at her trailer at Mount Baker, cozied up on the hammock with a good book. Check her out at