Kids & Family

Vancouver Lego Games: Win Tickets

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

What a fun event! When I was a kid, my brother and I were Lego-crazed. I would have gone bonkers to attend something like this!

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As part of a class project, five students from UBC decided to organize a charity Lego building event. The Vancouver Lego Games will benefit Canuck Place Children’s Hospice and will be the world’s largest charity Lego building event. So cool.

The event takes place April 28th from 2PM – 4PM at the Firefighter’s Club in Burnaby. 300 participants are expected.

Competitors have two ways to participate:

Ready, Set, Build!

Vancouver Lego Games will provide bricks for each person in which a theme will be announced and they will have 15 minutes to create a unique creation to go along with that theme. Judges will then choose the winner from each age category. Prizes will be awarded.

My Own Creation

Competitors are asked to bring a unique creation (no exact sets) to showcase their unique Lego building skills. We simply ask that the creation fit in a space that is 12″ x 12″ so that pieces can be displayed properly.

Competitors will be judged according to these age groupings:

5 to 6 years old
7 to 8 years old
9 to 10 years old
11 to 12 years old
13 to 18 years old
Adult

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit their website at www.vancouverlegogames.com.

We have 1 adult competitor pass and 1 youth competitor pass to give away to a couple of our lucky readers. Parents, you can of course enter for your kiddos to win the youth pass. Please leave a note below, indicating which pass you’d like to win, to enter to win. Two winners will be chosen at random on March 25, 2013. 

www.vancouverlegogames.com




Pink Shirt Day 2013

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

image003February 27, 2013 is CKNW’s Pink Shirt Day. This day supports the CKNW Orphan’s Fund and Boys and Girls Clubs in communities across Western Canada.

London Drugs, a key sponsor for this annual event, is once again selling Pink Shirt Day T-shirts for $9.80. They are available in adult and youth sizes from small to XXL. Over the past six years, London Drugs has helped raise more than $330,000 through the Pink Shirt Day Campaign.

About the CKNW Orphans’ Fund Pink Shirt Day: CKNW started Pink Shirt Day six years ago following an anti-bullying stand of two grade 12 Nova Scotia students. The students took action after witnessing a grade 9 student being bullied for wearing pink to school and encouraged their schoolmates to wear pink to send a message against bullying. Since then, CKNW’s Pink Shirt Day Campaign has sent a powerful message that Bullying Stops Here and we should Make Some Noise Against Bullying. In Canada, every seven minutes someone is bullied on a playground in Canada (www.bullying.org). Bullying is demoralizing, wrecks self-esteem and has led to shootings and suicides in Canada. Bullying happens in many different forms but its purpose is to make someone else feel bad on purpose. Through awareness and education Canadians can continue to take a stand against bullying.

There are several London Drugs locations in the Fraser Valley. Click here to find the location closest to you.

www.pinkshirtday.ca

 




Grave Tales in Fort Langley

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Do ghostly tales of spirits walking amongst us give you major goosebumps? Us, too – and we love it. We have been meaning to check out Fort Langley’s Grave Tales for several years now. Thanks to an invite from Tourism Langley and Vancouver, Coast and Mountains, we joined a small group for a preview of this year’s tours.

Grave Tales Historic Walking Tours are hosted by Fort Langley National Historic Site. They tell tales of lingering spirits of Hudson’s Bay Company workers who apparently have unfinished business on Earth.

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5 Great Metro Vancouver Day Trips

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Even though we love our Fraser Valley and everything it has to offer, every once in a while we get the itch to go on a bit of an adventure! Day trips are a great way to get out and explore what’s beyond your front door, without having the additional cost of spending the night away. We love that these 5 great day trip ideas are far enough away to feel like a mini vacation, but close enough to home to avoid packing a suitcase! 

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Frugal Fun – Fraser Valley Beaches

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Is there anything better than the first summer dip into one of British Columbia’s gorgeous lakes, rivers and beaches? Summer vacation is just around the corner and this activity is on everyone’s mind!

Our team agrees that one of the best summer activities in the Fraser Valley is to hit up one of our local beaches for a swim. Pack a snack and a couple of bottles of water, your swimsuit, sunscreen and a towel – and you’ve got yourself a few hours of fabulously frugal fun! Even better? Gather up the whole family, prepare/pack some sandwiches and other picnic items, and make a whole day out of it!

We love the idea of bringing along a bucket & spade to build sandcastles, too. You’re never too old to build a sandcastle!

Here are some map links to a few of our favourites.

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Fraser Valley Spa Parties For Girls

Monday, June 11th, 2012

It doesn’t take long before little girls discover the wonders of brightly painted and sparkly fingers and toes and learn to delight in warm, bubble baths that soothe and pamper the body.  The fun and delight at the chance to be “just like Mom”, green goopy face mask and all, has companies bringing the spa to your own home for birthday parties and Mommy-and-Me time alike.

These Fraser Valley in-home spa party companies offer a range of spa services and target a variety of budgets as well.  While some parties are geared towards specific age groups, others are inclusive for all-ages.  The best part about these parties is that they bring all the products and supplies needed for the party, so you can just sit back and enjoy.

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2012 Cloverdale Rodeo – 1st Annual Cloverdale Cowboy Cook-Off

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

This year, the Cloverdale Rodeo is celebrating the launch of their 1st Annual Cloverdale Cowboy Cook-off and we were so happy to be asked to be a part of it! Today was the official kick-off of the competition and with it we seen the judging of the pie, chili and bacon divisions, with contestants travelling from as far as Texas to compete.

Fraser Valley Pulse Visits the Cloverdale Rodeo

As a guest judge for the CASI Pacific Pod Chili Competition, I have to admit I was a little intimidated – I’ve never judged a chili competition before! Lucky for us, the head judge did a really great job in explaining the ins and outs of the chili basics, so we knew exactly what we were looking for. We covered colour (the best chilis resemble a brick red colour), texture, consistency, smell and taste of course! We tried chilis that tasted spicy, chilis that tasted like curry, and chillis that were so delicious that we wanted to eat the whole bowl!

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The Mystery Chili's Ready to be Judged

After 13 chili tasters, handfuls of saltine crackers (to cleanse the palette between tastings), and a whole bottle of water, I can say that I’m now fairly confident in my chili tasting abilities! We had a blast learning all about the different flavours present in each dish, different techniques and how the chunks of meat are really the only chunks that should be noticeable in a chili. I always make mine with mushrooms, but I won’t be anymore!

Fraser Valley Pulse Visits the Cloverdale Rodeo

The Winning Chili from Spud Griffin (all the way from Texas)

Check out the judging area tomorrow (located near the first aid station and the entrance to the midway) to be a spectator as they judge the ultra-competitive pork shoulder, brisket, chicken and rib competitions. Unlike the chili competition, these judges must actually be certified (and specially trained) BBQ tasting judges. It’s serious business! We found great signs like this one throughout the BBQ designated area letting people know how they can get involved in BBQ tasting (and locally too).

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Become a Certified BBQ Judge at Well Seasoned in Langley!

After we finished our judging, we submitted our confidential reports (there were strict rules for discussing anything chili related while tasting), and then made our way over to the main entertainment stage to await the announcement of the winners. Prize ribbons were awarded to the top 10 contestants, as they counted down to the first place winner.

Fraser Valley Pulse Visits the Cloverdale Rodeo

After we were finished judging, we heard rumours of a chili submission from a travelling BBQ’er all the way from Texas. Because everything is marked in numbered codes, we had no idea which one this was – but we assumed it was one of the more awesome tasting ones! We assumed right, as Spud Griffin from Texas was crowned the King of Chili during the awards ceremony!

Congratulations Spud on a job extremely well done!

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1st Place Winner - Spud Griffin

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Spud Being Congratulated on his Big Win

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Winner Spud Has a Name for His Chili & the T-Shirt Too!

 




2012 Cloverdale Rodeo – Live Blog

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Today we are at the 66th annual Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair! Year after year, locals and visitors look forward to the May long weekend festivities here in Surrey. When we say there is something for everyone, we aren’t kidding! If you’ve never been, fear not. The Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair is on all weekend long – hope to see you here!

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Fraser Valley Farmers Markets 2012

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

From Chilliwack to White Rock to Pitt Meadows, there is a Fraser Valley Farmers Market near you! Here is a list of local farm markets for the 2012 season. If we are missing one in your neighbourhood, please let us know!

Farmers Markets are a wonderful place to discover local farmers and food producers. You will find fruits, vegetables, dairy products, nuts, flowers, meat, fish, preserves, baking, snacks and a variety of unique artisanal works. As the spring turns to summer, and summer to autumn, the offerings change up and you will enjoy the full bounty that our Fraser Valley has to offer.

All of these local markets offer something unique – mark them on your summer calendars and give them each a try! We are excited to visit the Fraser Valley’s newest market – The Eco Market in Sardis!

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2012 Cloverdale Rodeo – Win Tickets

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

It’s baaaaack! The 66th annual Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair, one of the top ten rodeo events in the world, takes place May 18-21, 2012 at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds in Surrey. Festivities start off on Thursday, May 17th with the Cloverdale Bed Races & Decorated Bike Parade. This is always fun to attend and a great way to prepare for the long weekend of festivities!

Guests will find lots of new events at this year’s rodeo and fair, including the first-ever Cloverdale Cowboy Cook-Off which will pit world-renowned BBQ chefs in a mouth-watering competition where they can win $10,000! Also new this year is the World Freestyle Round-Up powered by ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK – a skateboard competition with the world’s top freestyle skateboarders from all over the globe. Another daring group, the Pacific Northwest Ponies will thrill crowds on Friday Night with their Mini Chuck Wagon & Chariot Races.  If you miss them Friday night, you can still catch these Crazy Ponies as part of the halftime show during the Rodeo events. Plus don’t miss millions of dollars in vintage rides at the first-ever Classic Car Show.

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