Spring Break: PlayDome at BC Place, March 22-26, 2017

Western Canada’s largest and most anticipated indoor carnival is back for spring break 2017 as PlayDome returns to BC Place. PlayDome features more than 45 rides and attractions, plus your favourite carnival snacks and games, all under one roof!

PlayDome will be open from Wednesday, March 22nd through to Sunday, March 26th. There’s no better place for families from across the Lower Mainland to spend their spring break. All of your favourite rides and attractions have returned, so be sure to take a spin on the Tornado, experience weightlessness on the Alien Abduction and soar into the sky with the Mini Jets.
Once you’ve taken a turn on all the rides, snack on all your favourite fair foods like cotton candy and mini donuts and play the always-entertaining Carnival Games.
Find more information visit their FAQ page or phone 604-669-2300.
Prices: 
$29 Dome Pass (valid for full day, all rides)

$49 Ultimate Pass (5-days, all rides) 

$8 Guest Pass (required to enter as a spectator)

For groups sales contact 604-252-3663 / groupsales@pne.ca
*Children under 2 years old admitted free (for safety reasons, they are not permitted to ride)

{{Giveaway}} Celebrate Dry, Family New Year’s with Vancouver Christmas Market!

Vancouver Christmas Market will be hosting a Dry New Year’s Family Celebration on Saturday, December 31, 2016 from 11am-9pm at Jack Poole Plaza. This family-focused, dry event will offer a host a children’s entertainment, live music, food and gift vendors to ring in the New Year as a family. 


This is the perfect event for the young and young at heart to embark on some holiday family fun. Mom and Dad will find it hard to keep up as little ones enjoy the following delightful activities: 
Visit the Photo Hut for a family photo op.

Take a spin on the carousel!


Keep dry and warm up in the heated Alpine Haus.

Listen to live music from Des Larson, Paul Filek, and BANG.

Receive FREE kids glitter tattoos. Choose from fun designs that celebrate the New Year, German-style: A ladybug, a little pig, fireworks, and more! 

Enjoy FREE kids balloon twisting.

Receive a FREE kids caricature: Get a funny artwork souvenir as we head into the New Year.

To view the complete event schedule click here: VCMentertainment

Ticket prices
Single Admission from Adult $8 Children 0-6, Free

Admission is subject to event capacity. 

For ticket bookings and further details, visit: vancouverchristmasmarket.com

Please note that Vancouver Christmas Market is not an official viewing area for the 2016 New Year’s Eve fireworks. For detailed information about viewing zones, please visit: nyevan.com

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I’ve got a Family 4pk of passes to giveaway to this New Year’s Eve event for one lucky Raincity Parent reader! This giveaway is open to residents of the Greater Vancouver Area and the Sea to Sky Corridor, 18 years and over only! Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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Personalized greetings for the kiddos from Santa! #PortableNorthPole {{Promo Code}}

The most magical time of the year is here, and for many families worldwide, the Christmas holiday wouldn’t be complete without personalized video messages from Santa to the kids and kids-at-heart by Portable North Pole (PNP). 

The No 1 mobile Santa app is considered a cherished, modern tradition with more than 125 million videos viewed worldwide. PNP lets you create and send adorable videos and calls online or with the free mobile app. New this year – a special Reaction Recorder (mobile app only) that lets you capture the moment of joy and surprise when Santa Claus reveals whether your child is on his “naughty” or “nice” list – creating a cherished keepsake for parents.  

It only takes a few minutes to craft a magical video from Santa that your child, friends and family members will remember forever. Simply visit the PortableNorthPole.com web site or download the mobile app for iOS and Android. Create a video by entering details such as name, age and the gift your loved one is hoping for, and upload favorite pictures.  


The end result is a richly visual, cinematic video where the iconic Santa Claus himself addresses your child, friends and family members directly from his fairy-tale home in the North Pole. In addition to the Reaction Recorder, the mobile app also offers fun extras for littles, including holiday games to play, like shaking ornaments off a tree, and having Santa’s elves repeat what you say back to you in their endearing voices.  



PNP offers free videos for everyone, with the option to upgrade to a premium package, including the Video Pass (PLACEHOLDER ADD WEB PRICE) or Magic Pass (PLACEHOLDER ADD WEB PRICE). Both packages provide enchanting premium video storylines to choose from, with each offering five or more minutes of footage featuring several adorable experiences to watch, such as visiting with the elves as they work on your Big Book or see them in busy with the reindeer on Christmas Eve, as well as the Reaction Recorder (mobile app only). They also let you create an unlimited number of premium videos, and come with a special “Santa’s Coming” video to watch on Christmas Eve and birthday messages. The Magic Pass also includes 20 wonderful holiday messages from Santa that kids can listen to on the phone, and
four story time videos read by Santa himself, that are made available each week leading up to
Christmas.  


To help spread a little extra cheer to those who may need it the most, PNP donates five percent
of all online sales proceeds to more than 40 children’s hospitals around the world. More than $300,000 has been donated on behalf of PNP’s fans since 2012.  

PNP can be enjoyed in 180 countries and in six different languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish.  

For more information, please visit Portable North Pole at https://www.portablenorthpole.com.


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PNP has created a special promo code for all Raincity Parent readers to use to save 20% on your purchase of the Magic Pass! Go to www.portablenorthpole.com and register for an account, then to redeem your 20%, go to  http://bit.ly/2g1F2RT.

20% will automatically be deducted and you will see the price difference right away!

{{Giveaway}} Cherish the Charm, Taste the Tradition as German Christmas Fest Lights Up 50,000 Square Feet of Holiday Fun & Finery at Jack Poole Plaza .

We are so excited to visit the Vancouver Christmas Market again this year at their new location!

This family-friendly event is always a treat to go to with the abundance of shopping, amazing food and kid-friendly activities!

Nothing says “It’s Christmas Time in the City” like the Vancouver Christmas Market, launching its 7th season on November 26 at a new and expanded scenic site at Jack
Poole Plaza. Bigger, better, and brighter this year, the cherished annual event runs to
December 31 and features more of everything Vancouverites have come to love about this
German-flavoured festival of authentic food, drink, entertainment, and foraging for unique
treasures to stuff into stockings or tuck under the Christmas tree.

With more than 70 huts featured in the 2016 event, Malte Kluetz, Founder and President of the
Vancouver Christmas Market, says, “We’re thrilled by the number of vendors participating this
year and by the capacity our new location affords to add even more guests to the hundreds of
thousands of visitors who make our annual offering part of their family holiday tradition.”

Shiny and New …

The 2016 market will introduce Canada’s first-ever Christmas Pyramid: a 23-foot tall structure
adorned with angels representing various aspects of European culture. Designed locally by architect Jordan Kutev and Lukas One Productions, the rotating sculpture plays festive music
from various regions of Europe where Christmas Pyramids are a time-honoured tradition. Also
new this year is an enclosed Alpine Haus tent and seating area, designed to accommodate
more than 250 people and overlooking spectacular views of the North Shore.

The increased vendor space at Jack Poole Plaza allows for the introduction of many new sensations, such as daily demonstrations of the Feuerzangenbowle (“Fire Tongs Punch”), a
traditional German mulled wine and rum beverage whose ceremonial preparation includes
caramelizing a large sugar cone over the concoction. New vendor Olga Capone Cannoli
Company offers Italian-style cannoli made from an Old World recipe passed down from  generation to generation since the 1930s. Those with dietary restrictions will want to visit new
vendor Marie’s Guilt Free Bakery where they’ll find gluten-free, egg-free treats that cater to the
needs of vegan and sugar-free diets. In total, the market will boast 24 food and drink huts –11 of
which are appearing for the first time in 2016.

New international vendors include Nica Ceramica, selling hand-made ceramic vases and other
products from Nicaragua that are difficult to find in Canada, and MisH MasH, featuring hand-
made Christmas angel ornaments and little elephant figurines from Africa.

This year, the market also offers gifts for the ecologically-minded with Eco Books 4 Kids
offering books about Canadian wildlife that are printed on FSC or recycled paper with vegetable
inks and non-toxic coatings, and Mistura & Fento’s handcrafted watches and sunglasses made
from wood and other sustainable materials.

Tried and True …

Recognizing that nothing succeeds like success, the market is delighted to welcome back many
of the vendors that have helped build its reputation for European charm and epicurean choices.
The signature array of mouth-watering German delectables will be back, including Glühwein
(hot-spiced mulled wine), Bratwurst, Gulasch, Spätzle, Handbrot, German Pizza, and so much
more. This year’s selection of German and Austrian beers includes Stiegl’s Radler, Stiegl’s
Pilsner, Erdinger Weissbier, and Erdinger Dunkel. Sweet tooths can be satisfied at The
Gingerbread Haus with its own line of artisanal German gingerbread, and ART Meets CHOCOLATE, which offers locally hand-crafted pieces of edible art.

Gift hunters will want to make their way to The Nutcracker House for classic Christmas
decorations made in the Erzgebirge region of East Germany, and to Käthe Wohlfahrt of
America, Germany’s largest Christmas retailer whose wares include ornaments made of wood,
mouth-blown glass, and hand-painted pewter. Herrnhuter Sterne is also back with stunning
star ornaments and the launch of a new product – handmade metal incense smokers from Huss/Neudorf. Market favourite Provence En Couleur Home Décor is returning with
unique wood kitchen utensils and soaps from France.

In the Mood …

The Vancouver Christmas Market swings into Yuletide with a lively line-up of entertainment,
including house band The Gingerbread Men. Dashing and debonair, The Gingerbread Men will
croon irresistible holiday classics. Also setting the seasonal mood will be Phat Santa Swing;
jazz pianist Aiden Miller; one-man cover band Rob Eller who channels performers from Dave
Matthews to Stephenwolf; and Andrew Mockler, an Auckland-based singer/songwriter originally
from Middlesbrough, UK.

Little ones can look forward to an array of activities designed to delight. From the market-wide
scavenger hunt to gingerbread decorating at Gingerbread Haus through assembling star
ornaments at the Herrnhuter Sterne Hut and riding the Christmas Carousel, Mom and Dad
may find it hard to keep up. The Vancouver Christmas Market mascots ‘Holly and Jolly’ will be
on hand for hugs and photo ops and the jolly old elf, Santa himself, will be ready to hear children
whisper their Christmas wishes when they visit him at the Photo Hut.

Perhaps the best memory of all to take away from the Vancouver Christmas Market is strolling
the twinkling pathways of a European-inspired Christmas village in the crisp winter air,
discovering the flavours, fun, and family feeling of the city’s premier pre-Christmas event.

Date: November 26 to December 31, 2016: 11am – 9pm
December 24: Closed at 6pm; December 25: Closed
Ticket prices: Single Admission from Adult $8 – Children 0-6, Free
Purchase online to receive a complimentary Season Pass!
Christmas Packages from $20

Address: Jack Poole Plaza – Home of the Olympic Cauldron

(Vancouver Convention Centre West)

1055 Canada Place

Vancouver, BC V6C 3G3

Website: vancouverchristmasmarket.com

To buy tickets, please click on this image:

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I’m pleased, once again, to be giving away a Family 4pk of tickets to the Vancouver Christmas Market! This giveaway is open to residents of the Greater Vancouver Area and Sea to Sky Corridor, 18 years and over. Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below.

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Vancouver Christmas Market

Christmas Festivities in Abbotsford: Passport to Christmas

For anyone looking for the sweetest holiday treasures, Tourism Abbotsford invites everyone to participate in the Passport to Christmas program. 


From November 1st to December 22nd, Lower Mainland residents are invited to visit 10 local businesses, specializing in the unique and memorable, where everyone can ‘shop, stamp, and win’! 
The Passport to Christmas partner list includes:  

Tanglebank Gardens & Brambles Bistro

Onnink’s Blueberry Farm

Glenda’s Christmas Cottage

Singletree Winery

Maan Farms

Lepp Farm Market

Nature’s Pickins Market

Homestead Nurseryland & Florist

West Coast Christmas Show 

Abbotsford Visitor Centre

To play, participants are asked to pick up a passport at any of the stops, visit as many as possible, answer a trivia question, get the passport stamped, and then to drop it back off at any of the businesses. Plus, a bonus stamp is rewarded if a picture is posted on Instagram (or on Twitter at the West Coast Christmas show),. Official hashtag is #PassporttoChristmas. In order to win, at least six stamps must be earned. 


On December 23rd, two names will be drawn and awarded prizes. Prize #1 is the Ultimate Abbotsford Getaway, which includes chauffeured transportation around town, wine tasting at Singletree Winery, spa treatment, dinner for two at the new S+L Kitchen & Bar, and an overnight stay at Brookside Inn, one of Canada’s Top 10 Small Hotels. Prize #2 is a long-table dinner for 12 at Brambles Bistro.
It’s hard to visit all the stops in one day, which is why Abbotsford hotels are offering a 20% discount off their best available rate. Visitors simply need to quote Passport to Christmas upon booking. Hotels include:

Sandman Suites Hotel

Sandman Abbotsford Airport Hotel

Best Western Bakerview

Best Western Plus

Quality Hotel and Conference Centre

Super 8
Travelodge

Coast Abbotsford Hotel

To add to the merriment, Abbotsford has two Christmas tree lightings and festivals on November 19th at High Street and November 25th in downtown Abbotsford. From 3-9pm, the Historic Downtown’s Winter Jubilee has an artisan night market, talented musicians, street carollers, fun eats, and a few more surprises in store. High Street has Santa Clause, dancing elves, and promises a magical snowfall. 
Passport to Christmas accommodates all budgets and has something for everyone. To learn more, visit www.passporttochristmas.ca.


About Tourism Abbotsford

Tourism Abbotsford represents over 300 marketing partners, leads the delivery of Visitor Services, and has operated the Fraser Valley Tradex & Exhibition Centre (Tradex) since 2003. Tourism Abbotsford’s commitment to best practices has resulted in being recognized as a BC Tourism Industry Award recipient in Community Sport Tourism, in addition to earning a BC DMO Professional Excellence Award. To learn more, visit www.tourismabbotsford.ca and search #exploreabbotsford on social media channels.

{{GIVEAWAY}} ENCHANT Christmas Light Maze and Market 

Enchant, the world’s largest Christmas light maze will be coming to Vancouver for its inaugural event, starting November 25th, and running until December 31st, 2016.


The family-friendly festival will include a 55,000 square foot maze of light sculptures, a 64-foot Christmas Tree, live performances, an outdoor fire pit, and a sprawling marketplace including food and drink vendors serving mulled wine, specialty coffees, and holiday beers. Enchant will run from November 25th and end on New Year’s Eve with a firework finale.

Enchant’s Christmas market will combine a variety of local vendors and artisans for holiday shopping, and guests will get a chance to browse speciality products from talented craftsmen/women, as well as enjoy delicious seasonal treats from 12 food trucks. There will also be a licensed eating area where of-age guests can enjoy a sip of their favorite holiday drink, including mulled wine, craft beers, buttered rum, eggnog, and much more.

Enchant will also feature a VIP lounge for private parties and holiday get-togethers. Guests can enjoy a private lounge with a beautiful atmosphere where they can relax, socialize and celebrate in style. The VIP Lounge includes an exclusive entrance into the light maze, a private bar, access to all of the food trucks, and customizable entertainment options.

Lastly, Enchant 2016 will debut a special new Christmas storybook written by local storyteller Leanne Johnston and illustrated by Sebastian S.C. The story follows the aftermath of a disastrous snowstorm that hits the North Pole the night before Christmas. Children around the world are asked to explore the enchanted light fields of the North and search for the missing reindeer in an attempt to help Santa and save the world’s biggest holiday.

Guests will be able to bring home this beautifully illustrated storybook as a souvenir of this unforgettable event. It’ll be available for purchase at the exit of the light maze or can be pre-ordered with tickets.

{{The Giveaway}}

We’ve got a 2pk of Adult admission tickets to GIVEAWAY for the media night on November 24th to two lucky readers (Kids under 16 are free for this event only, 5 and under are free for regular times) That means, I’m drawing 2 WINNERS! This contest is open to residents of the Greater Vancouver Area and Sea to Sky Corridor only! Please enter via the Rafflecopter link below. Winners announced November 15th, 2016.

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Just call me Mom of the Year.

Last night we were coming home late and it was getting too late to cook something for dinner from scratch, so I pulled into the local super market parking lot.

My daughter and I hopped out of the van and walked around to the other side to let the wee dude out.

I had noticed an older woman across from us getting into her car and another guy riding a shopping cart to his.

All of a sudden I hear the guy start laughing out loud and I look up to see what was so funny.

The woman that had gotten into her car and now had pulled along side our van. She wound down her window and started talking to me. I couldn’t quite hear her, so I leaned towards her passenger window and asked her to repeat herself. 

“Your sweet little daughter just gave me the middle finger!”


SAY WHAT NOW!?

I have NEVER given ANYONE the middle finger (in front of my kids), so as to where she picked that up, completely baffles me!

I turned around and my daughter apologized to me, but I had her immediately apologize to the lady. I was so embarrassed!

She wouldn’t tell me why she did it and stuck to me like glue while we grabbed our groceries.

Eventually, on the way home, she confessed and said that the lady made a mean face at her. Perhaps she did…she did look pretty scowly. An example of BRF (bitchy resting face).

Another lesson learned…don’t try to sneak something behind Mum’s back ’cause you’ll ALWAYS get busted.

Oh, and be kind to others. Sometimes it pisses them off more.