#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.

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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!

 

 

Group nursing rooms in public places. #YMCCommunity

Have you ever been at the mall and gone to the “Parent Room” to nurse your baby, only to find that it’s occupied?

OCCUPIED!

OCCUPIED!

Ugh!

You’re boobs are about to explode and baby is wailing away wanting to eat “RIGHT NOW!”

But you wait patiently because if you were the Mom in the room, feeding or changing your baby, you wouldn’t want someone banging on the door telling you to hurry up. Well…hopefully you are kind enough to wait patiently, but we all know that it’s a stressful situation and you just want to get it started.

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a “group” Nursing Room available in public places like Shopping Centres, Airports, Stadiums, Parks, etc?

There are a few places in the world that do cater to the breast feeding mama’s of the world, but I’d love to see more support for these lovely ladies.

Baby Care Centre at Singapore’s Changi Airport Terminal 1

Baby Care Centre at Singapore’s Changi Airport Terminal 1

Burlington International Airport even has Mamava’s Lactation Station, where you can privately nurse your baby or pump if needed.

Mamava Nursing Station

Mamava Nursing Station

Mamava station inside.

Mamava Nursing Station inside.

Even if they set up a large room with several chairs, change tables and outlets so the Mommy’s could get down to business in a comfortable environment.

I stumbled across the  MimmaMà Breastfeeding Armchair while I was looking around for images and info for this post.

MimmaMa Breastfeeding Chair

MimmaMa Breastfeeding Chair

These chairs can be mounted on a base so that there are several in a row.

Reception style.

Reception style.

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This would be a great idea for businesses to set up in a Nursing Room. They could accommodate several Moms at one time and potentially draw more business to them because  they would be showing their support of breast feeding mothers.
I remember when I was breast feeding, I just wanted somewhere to sit down, comfortably, privately (well at least out of the eye of others who weren’t doing the same job that I was doing), and because I was also pumping, it would have been awesome to, once we were done feeding, pump the rest for later as to not disrupt the schedule that I’d set up with my body. And if there were other Moms around me doing the same thing, I think there would have been more of a sense of support within the room.
A girlfriend of mine is currently living in the U.K. and she shares daily, the looks of disgust that she gets because she’s nursing her baby in public.
The look.

The look.

 Don’t get me wrong, I was comfortable breast feeding in public. I used a nursing cover, but found that it was so annoying when my babies move about and flailed their arms and in the summer, it got very hot under the cover. This idea is for the Mom who would rather have a little sanctuary when she wants to feed her baby.

When I was a first time Mom, I was shy about nursing in public, but when baby #2 came along, it wasn’t such a big deal anymore. It makes me think of this great diaper ad.