The Aviation Museum


Need a spring break activity in Winnipeg? The Royal Aviation Museum is a perfect spot to let little ones run around and learn about airplanes. We didn't go on spring break, which is this week, but it looks like they have some fun spring break activities on.

While I have attended several evening events at the aviation museum, I hadn't been as a visitor in ages. The kids and I decided to go on an inservice day a few weeks back, and we had a great time. A lovely volunteer led us through two airplanes - one smaller plane that had previously been used as a training plane, and a 1950's passenger jet. Blake's not pictured as she was in her stroller... not napping of course:)

In addition to the hangar full of display aircraft, there is also a nice kids play area on the second floor. It was really big - tons of room for running and/or crawling. You can also sit and watch real planes take off, which was of some interest during snack time. I bought the kids chips from a vending machine... did you know they now accept debit cards?! This may not be new, but for years I have told the kids no when they asked for treats, saying that I didn't have any cash. My gig is up! They know I always have a debit/credit card on me.

We'll definitely be return visitors. Yesterday Poppy set up an elaborate 'pretend plane' full of baby dolls and stuffies, and then invited Soren and I on board. She piloted us to sunny Florida, with just a few bumps along the way. I love seeing their imaginations take off. Soren's also getting really into world war two history, so he liked learning about war planes.

Zoo Tots


Starting in January, we have been weekly visitors to the Assiniboine Park Zoo. Poppy has been attending a wonderful program called Zoo Tots. I had never heard of this program before, and was thrilled when I was asked to participate. Most of our structured programming is sports-based, which is partly my choice, as those are the activities I tend to gravitate towards, and partly because they seem to be more prevalent.

Zoo Tots is very interactive and hands on. The kids arrive to the smiling faces of zoo volunteers - one of Poppy's favourite parts is the name tag sticker:) Each week there is a different theme - this week it was 'Tails'. The instructor talked about tails and then produced an abundance of tails for the kids to wear... as you could imagine they were excited! Then it's story time, snack time, and craft time.

After leaving the zoo classroom we head to an outdoor part of the zoo, but sometimes places the public normally can't go to. It's a learning experience for the adults, too. Seeing how the zoo keepers prepare all the food for all the animals was really interesting. It's sooo specific, almost like a science lab. And they have to have several days prepped just in case something happens... the size of the fridges and freezers were nothing like I've ever seen before.

This week we got to go see the horses, and just as the presentation was starting the horse pooped. It couldn't have been a better start for 3-5 year olds... lots of laughs!

Poppy talks about what she learns each week and eagerly shows her dad and brother the craft she makes. I would highly recommend this program for people looking for pre-school activities, and it's no problem at all to bring a younger sibling. I just checked and the next session is sold out, but I think another one will start in the summer. Click here for more family programming.

Thank you Assiniboine Park for inviting us to your program. The cost of registration was provided, but all opinions are 100% my own!

Mornings, the non-instagrammable ones


Last week I got a group text from a friend, inviting us to a kids b-day party. The text read in part... 'so this is the least instagrammable event ever. Lower all expectations - it's 90's style where there are beers in the snow and nothing cute about it.' Ha! I literally Laughed Out Loud.

We went to the party and had a great time. The kids played and there was food and drinks and probably lots of instagrammable moments, but I kept my phone in my diaper bag and didn't think about it once. It's so funny with social media, you want to have a happy and cute 'feed', but also want to project your real life, and also don't want to be constantly snapping photos all the time as opposed to living in the moment. It's a balance, for sure.

One of the most important things I've learned over the past year has been to be present. This is an ongoing 'lesson', and by no means have I mastered it. In fact, I think I'll be in a state of learning forever, and hope to continually improve and become more aware. It's a beautiful way to live, and has opened my eyes to some wonderful moments I otherwise would have missed.

Our mornings are a cherished time, and ones I will certainly miss when I have to go back to work next year. We don't have to leave the house until about 8:40am, which gives the kids some unstructured playtime. Lately they have been into sword fights... yeah, bad idea I know all the parents are cringing... but I've been trying to let them do their own thing. I guess Poppy was getting hurt so she had the idea to 'get protected' and wear Soren's hockey gear. I love that he helped her put on all the pieces, carefully making sure the velcro straps were done up. Have there been tears? Yep, but there have also been a lot of laughs and smiles and kids being kids. We sometimes forget about Blake and then search around to find her under the coffee table, in some shoes, or under the computer. Our mornings start with love, lots of love.