Baking Time Takes Tots on Thrill Ride to Flour-Fuelled Fantasy Land {{Giveaway}}

The aroma of freshly baked bread wafts through the theatre as master chefs Bun and Bap try to contain the damage they’ve done by over-yeasting a batch of dough. An unwelcome Yeasty Beasty springs to life, intent on pursuing a newly baked baby bun through forests, oceans, and floury snowstorms. What are Bap and Bun to do?

This is the scenario cooked up by Presentation House Theatre and UK-based Oily Cart Theatre to delight three to six year-olds, their families, and friends from November 25 to December 11 at Presentation House Theatre, in North Vancouver, in a pre-Christmas celebration in the arts of baking and storytelling.

“Each audience member will go home with a tiny loaf of homemade bread (gluten-free is an option!) and a head full of the possibilities that come with hands-on creation,” says Kim Selody, Artistic Director, Presentation House Theatre. “We began collaborating on this project with Oily Cart Theatre in 2002. This is truly one of my favourite productions for young people and it is a privilege to bring it to Western Canada for the first time.”

Looking for a theme that would provide an immersive experience for young children and their families, Selody and Tim Webb, Artistic Director of Oily Cart Theatre, struck on the smells, sights, textures, and sounds that accompany the sensual pleasure of making and eating freshly baked bread. With Oily Cart designer Claire du Loon, they tested a series of games and stories with very young children to see how little ones would respond to the ideas and experiences. Music, written by Max Reinhardt, was incorporated as a storytelling technique, with most of the text sung. Baking Time has since toured England and Eastern Canada. In 2004, the production won a Dora Award for Outstanding TYA Production.

For the North Vancouver performance run of Baking Time, the co-producers are excited to add live cello and accordion accompaniment to the vocals of their talented cast.

“This is a show that involves all the senses – touch, taste, smell, sight, and sound,” explains Selody. “Our hope is that everyone goes home with an understanding of the delights of bread making and, perhaps, an appetite to bake up some adventures of their own.”

In addition to the public performances at Presentation House Theatre (please visit for full schedule), weekday presentations will be offered to elementary schools and preschools during the show’s 17-day run.

About Presentation House Theatre: (
Presentation House Cultural Society operates Presentation House Theatre (PHT) and oversees the maintenance of the Presentation House Arts Centre for all facility users and tenants including Presentation House Gallery and the North Vancouver Museum. Since 1977, PHT is where children, youth, and adults from different communities have gathered for shared experiences in professional theatre and performing arts. These are created by building bridges between professional artists with over 10,000 hours of experience and a community eager to appreciate quality artistry; between generations with programming that appeals to very young children as well as their parents and grandparents; and between the diverse cultures of the North Shore with programming that reflects our region’s diversity in taste and experience.

Since 1981, Oily Cart has been taking its unique blend of theatre to children and young people in schools and venues across the UK. Challenging accepted definitions of theatre and audience, Oily Cart creates innovative, multi-sensory, and highly interactive productions for the very young and for young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities.

By transforming everyday environments into colourful, tactile ‘wonderlands,’ Oily Cart invites audiences to enter a world of imagination. The company creates original and highly specialized theatre for young audiences using hydro-therapy pools and trampolines, aromatherapy, video projection, puppetry, and a vast array of multi-sensory techniques.

Dates: November 24th to December 11th.

Tickets Prices: November 24 to December 11, 2016
$15. Special group rate of $10.50 per ticket when purchasing 10 or more tickets.

Address: 333 Chesterfield Avenue, North Vancouver


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We’ve been given a Family 4pk of tickets to Baking Time to giveaway to one lucky Raincity Parent reader! This giveaway is open to residents of the Greater Vancouver are and Sea to Sky Corridor. Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below. Winner will be drawn November 14th.

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Are you ready for the Halloween Ghost Train at Stanley Park? {{Giveaway}}

Halloween is just around the corner and the Ghost Train in Stanley Park is back for 2016! This year’s festive and chilling new theme is Day of the Dead!

Prepare to be thrilled and chilled by La Llorona, La Catrina and other mischievous souls in celebration of the Day of the Dead! Gather with friends and family to honour the returning spirits of our loved ones as we explore this delightful festivaof life.

Be serenaded by a mariachi band, ride the train through the tunnel of flames with the Aztec Lord and Lady of Death, and join us in a gorgeous graveyard where friendly souls return to dance.

Opening weekend special – October 8 and 9

All-ages tickets for matinee and evening trains are only $6.00 plus tax!

Live performers are only part of the evening train experience.

Volunteer with Ghost Train

Are you a high school student looking for a volunteer experience in a fast-paced environment? Get an opportunity to work with our Ghost Train team on-site. Contact 604-689-1463 for details.

Opening hours

The Ghost Train is open October 8 to 31, 2016. We will be closed October 10 for Thanksgiving Day.

Live theatrical performance train

Monday to Thursday, 5:30pm to 9:30pm

Friday to Sunday, 5:30pm to 10:00pm

Matinee train

Our matinee train ride is a great daytime activity for families, school groups, and groups with children. Journey through the forest and view our thematic displays. Ticket sales for the matinee train end at 5:00pm.

There are no live performers during matinee train rides.
Friday to Sunday, 11:00am to 5:00pm (last train at 5:00pm)

Night train
Our classic night train ride includes a 14 minute experience following our “Day of the Dead” theme with lights, sounds, and live performers.

Spooky Barn

The third annual Spooky Barn is open all operating hours. Enjoy this fun, indoor, haunted addition to our family friendly event.

Escape from the weather and have a Spooky good time for just $2 per person. Spooky Barn will be available for both matinee and evening show times.


You must buy a ticket to ride the train and for admission to the Spooky Barn. Your ticket is valid for one Ghost Train ride and other attractions in the plaza. Tickets for the Spooky Barn sold separately.

Adult (19 – 64 years) $11.00 + GST

Senior (65+ years) $8.00 + GST

Youth (13 – 18 years) $8.00 + GST

Child (3 – 12 years) $7.00 + GST

Child (2 years and under) Free

Matinee train (all ages) $6.00 + GST

Spooky Barn $2.00 + GST

Ticket details can be found online by clicking here.



The Ghost Train at Stanley Park has given us TWO tickets to give away to one lucky Raincity Parent reader! Each ticket admits two people, so four people get in! Winner MUST choose from the following dates: October 8, 9, 11 or 12. This giveaway is open to residents of the Greater Vancouver area and the Sea to Sky corridor only. Winner will be drawn October 7th. Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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Celebrate Halloween at FlyOver Canada! {{Giveaway}}

Join Broomelda at the Haunted Witches Academy before a flight across Canada!

Everyone’s favourite witch Broomelda is back and ready to take you on a spellbinding journey across Canada. Aspiring witches and wizards will take part in the Haunted Witches Academy where graduating is easy… just survive! Broomelda will welcome you to the academy before leading you onto the Ultimate Flying Ride.

The complete Halloween at FlyOver Canada experience will last between 20 – 25 minutes including:

  • The Ultimate Flying Ride FlyOver Canada, a breathtaking 8-minute flight ride experience
  • Broomelda’s Witches Academy Themed Pre-Show
  • Your very own Official Witch Academy Diploma to take home
  • Halloween theming and spine-tingling decorations
  • Witches and Wizards of all ages are encouraged to dress up!

This annual, family-friendly tradition has a ‘spook-factor’ suitable for those aged 4 years and up. Children must be at least 102cm (40″) to participate on the ride. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult or guardian aged 14 years or older. Guests of all ages are encouraged to dress in costume. Don’t miss this special seasonal offering at Vancouver’s must-see attraction FlyOver Canada. Get your tickets on-site or online at
Halloween at FlyOver Canada

Date: October 13 to October 31, 2016


  • Monday to Friday
  • Original FlyOver Canada Film 10am – 3pm
  • Halloween Special 4pm – 9pm
  • Saturday’s, Sunday’s and October 31st – Halloween Special 10am – 9pm

General Admission

  • Adult $19.95 plus tax
  • Student / Youth / Senior $16.95 plus tax
  • Child $11.95 plus tax


  • Adult $21.95 plus tax
  • Student / Youth / Senior $18.95 plus tax
  • Child $13.95 plus tax

FlyOver Canada has given me TWO pairs of Adult General Admission tickets to giveaway! This giveaway is open to residents of the Greater Vancouver area and the Sea to Sky Corridor, 18 years and older. Draw date with be October 12th. Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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