#Dinotown…Where fun never goes extinct! {Giveaway}

Do your kids go crazy for dinosaurs?

When I was a kid the Flintstones were one of my favourite shows to watch.

Copyright: Hanna Barbera

Copyright: Hanna-Barbera

This show was much older than me, but a great show never loses it’s awesomeness throughout the generations.

My grandparents even took us to Bedrock City when we were little and it was the most spectacular theme park I had ever seen!

The entire park looked like Bedrock City!

There were dinosaurs and Flintstone themed structures everywhere.

Did I mention how awesome it was?!

Since opening in 1975, the park was renamed Dinotown in 1995.

Dinotown

In 2006, Dinotown went into extinction at it’s location near Bridal Falls in Chilliwack.

But don’t you fret, this year they’ve reopened at their new home at Cultas Lake.

5 acres of “Dino-mite” fun with mini-golf, a gigantic inflatable dinosaur slide, an inflatable water slide, a couple of bouncy castles, a giant dollhouse and loads more fun stuff.

We were invited to join the YVR Bloggers for a fun day out with the family and to check out the new location, meet the Dinotown gang and have a “Dino-riffic” time.

Dinotown is open daily until Sept 1st, from 10am-4pm. The live shows run at 11am, 1 & 3pm, with meet and greets at 12 & 2pm.

Admission

Toddlers (under 30″) FREE
Kids (30″ – 54″) $11.95
Adults (54″ & Up) $9.95
Seniors (65 & Over) $7.95

Click here to get a discount coupon.

Dinotown also hosts birthday parties. Click here for more info.

Be sure to bring along the kiddos swimsuits because they are guaranteed to get wet on the giant inflatable water slide.

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Photo credit: JR Media Group

Pack a picnic and spend the day playing with the dinosaurs. It’s sure to keep the kiddos entertained and guarantee an epic nap on the way home!

Dinotown has provided Raincity Parent a Family 4pk of tickets (2Adults/2Kids) to giveaway to one lucky reader. This giveaway runs from July 6th-12th and is open to residents of BC only. Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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Be ready for any “Occasion” with Oakridge Centre. {Giveaway 2 Winners) #OakridgeStyle

Have you ever been at a loss of what to wear, what to bring or how to be at a special occasion?

The Occasion

Oakridge Centre has launched “The Occasion“, a magazine-style resource for everything and anything that you need to know for any occasion. Here, you’ll find what to wear, what to bring and what to do, so you’ll knock ’em dead at every social gathering.

Recently, I had a couple of social engagements to attend to and I wasn’t sure of the attire for the evening and I had no clue about what accessories to add to my ensemble. Fortunately they weren’t posh dining events or multi-cultural weddings, but if they had been, “The Occasion” has that covered with the “Cultural & Etiquette Guides”.

And in the event that you are playing “Hostess”, The Occasion has a section to help you throw a fabulous bash of your own, from making invitations to practical tips on how to throw a seamless party.

To celebrate this special occasion, they are hosting a contest to WIN a gorgeous Birks Freshwater Pearl Necklace, valued at $750. Please enter here.

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So if you’ve received an invitation to an upcoming event, check out The Occasion and see some suggestions of what outfit would be best suited for the engagement so that you arrive in style instead of standing out like a sore thumb.

To help you get started, Oakridge Centre has generously provided Raincity Parent with a $50 Gift Card to be given away to two lucky readers! Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below. The giveaway runs from July 4th-11th, 2014 and is open to residents of the Greater Vancouver area.

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#YVR Take-Off Fridays are back July 4th-August 29th,2014!

When you think of airports, you think of long queues waiting to check-in, go through security and waiting around for your flight to board.

YVR

Well, YVR has a little something special in store from July 4th – August 29th, 2014.

Take-off Fridays will be returning and there’s a whole lotta fun in store for the entire family!

Take-off Fridays

Check out live DJs and tons of free entertainment, including local musicians and artists, caricaturists, a balloonist and interactive community partner displays. Kids will have a blast meeting mascots, dancing to music, folding paper airplanes and getting their faces painted. And be sure to visit the Customer Information counters or  the YVR Take-Off Fridays Event Booth to ‘Enter to Win’ weekly prize draws and the ultimate ‘YVR Staycation Package’ that includes:

Behind the Scenes Tour of YVR for a family of 4
One Night Accommodation at The Fairmont Vancouver Airport 
$250 YVR Bucks

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Festivities continue at YVR’s Public Observation Area, where families can explore interactive displays and videos for a behind-the-scenes look at Canada’s second busiest airport. Check out airfield action up close with telescopes, discover Sea Island through an interactive model and learn all sorts of interesting facts about YVR.  YVR’s Emergency Response Team will host Airside Demonstrations every Friday in August from 11am – 11:30am. Meet YVR firefighters and watch airfield emergency response vehicles in action!
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Or, simply relax and peruse the shelves of YVR’s world class retail shops to take advantage of special offers and samples. Enjoy YVR Take-Off Fridays lunch specials at more than 30 restaurants.

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Park in YVR’s Parkade for up to four hours for $5 during YVR’s Take-Off Fridays (9am – 3pm).  Parking vouchers available at the Customer Information Counters.  Regular parking rates apply after four hours.

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Take-off Fridays are every Friday from July 4th – August 29th, 2014, 9:00am-3:00pm.

 

The 2nd Annual Paper Airplane Competition will be held Friday, July 11th, 2014 from 11am-12:30pm, where the winner will walk away with a $1,000 travel gift card courtesy of Uniglobe Travel.

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Participants will construct their aircraft with the help of the BCIT Aerospace Technology’s team’s tips and techniques and compete for a chance to win HUGE prizes. Watch as paper planes soar through YVR’s Public Observation Area and kids and adults alike put on their game faces in hopes of a BIG win. A celebrity-judging panel featuring aviation professionals will rate 20 contestants based on distance, creativity of design and aerial acrobatics.

Who knew going to the airport could be so much fun!

 

 

Ear piercing: When to do it and where to go? #YMCCommunity

I had my ears pierced when I was 9…I think.

Piercing kids ears

I don’t actually recall when I had them done, but I remember riding my bike to the mall with my girlfriend and popping into the hair salon by the food court.

Almost 30 years ago (I’m seriously dating myself here), hair salons were the place to take your kids to have their ears pierced. Most of the kids having this done were school aged too. I don’t recall any little kids or babies with their ears pierced when I was a kid, but it may just have been the community that I lived in.

Nowadays, parents take their little one’s in to have their ears pierced when they are babies. Maybe it’s done while they’re still too little to muck about with their ears after they’ve been done. Maybe it’s done at this age so that there is no memory of the procedure. I must say, it looks pretty cute seeing a little one with their ears pierced, but it’s totally your choice to have it done when you choose to or when your child asks to have it done.

The familiar way to pierce ears is to use the “guns”. If you call ahead, the technicians will have a second person assist in the piercing so both ears can be done simultaneously, this way it can be less traumatic for the piercee.

Piercing ears with a gunHair salons and accessories stores like Claire’s are probably the most appealing places to take the kiddos because of their locations, decor and ambiance, but you could also take them to tattoo and piercing parlours. It’s all dependent on your comfort level.

Piercing ears with a needleThe cost of piercing has changed over the years. It used to be that you bought the earrings, which were usually around the $20 mark, and the piercing was FREE. Now, I’ve heard that it can cost close to $100 to have it done.

My husband and I decided that we’d wait until our daughter asked to have her ears pierced.

She has been asking.

I’d like to take her in for her birthday this year. She’ll be five. But Daddy needs to agree or we will be waiting until she’s a bit older. It’s always 2 “Yes”‘s or it’s a “No” when it comes to decision making in our family. If we do have them done, I know that these Monster High earrings will be on her wish list.

Monster High Earrings

Have you had your child’s ears pierced yet? How old were they and where did you take them? How much did you pay?