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Measles Immunizations

Measles Immunizations

It’s summertime! The sun is shining, the kids are out of school—and you’ve just realized that they missed out on the measles immunization catch-up campaign. You still have plenty of time to prepare for this fall, when mandatory immunization reporting will be required for school-aged children. The catch-up campaign, which ran from April through June 2019, was launched by the B.C. government as part of an effo...
posted: Jun 25, 2019  |  views: 58  |  comments: 0
The Salad Days of Summer

The Salad Days of Summer

Summer is the perfect season for salads—and not just because fresh vegetables are abundant and in season. Salads are ideal for picnics, barbecues and impromptu beach parties. The non-lettuce varieties of salad can be made in advance and will last several days in the fridge. Here are three salad-based meals that are popular with kids and packed full of vegetables. They are also fairly quick to prepare—especiall...
posted: Jun 25, 2019  |  views: 52  |  comments: 0
10 Tips for Travelling with Special Needs Kids

10 Tips for Travelling with Special Needs Kids

Colwyn signs “airplane” and says “Mexico.” I say, “Oh nope, we are going on a road trip this summer or camping.” In my head I curse myself for having introduced this whole travel thing when he was wee, because now we are trying to not fly. Not go to Mexico, preserve the planet by taking fewer flights. But Colwyn, he loves airplanes and family vacations, swimming pools, the beach, buffets, meeting cous...
posted: Jun 25, 2019  |  views: 59  |  comments: 0
Hit the Trails

Hit the Trails

Lace up your hiking boots, grab your walking stick, a snack and a bottle of water, and head on out to enjoy the sights. The following list includes some of our local trails and walkways—to find more in your area, visit or VICTORIA Beacon Hill Park. This 200-acre park steps from downtown Victoria offers trails meandering through meadows, gardens and trees, along with a...
posted: Jun 25, 2019  |  views: 57  |  comments: 0
Captivating Critters

Captivating Critters

Never mind the scientific studies that show how interacting with animals can elevate a person’s levels of serotonin and dopamine, which can act as a natural relaxant. Or that the companionship of an animal can offer comfort, help ease anxiety, and build self-confidence in children. Most of us already know—on an intuitive level, at least—that interacting with animals is somehow good for our health. Thankfully, V...
posted: Jun 25, 2019  |  views: 112  |  comments: 0
Family Adventures in Island Parks

Family Adventures in Island Parks

Vancouver Island Camping is a wonderful way to relax and connect with nature, but it can be daunting to take on without some experience in your back pocket. Whether it’s been a few years since you’ve pitched a tent or you’re brand new to it, the Learn-to-Camp event at McDonald Campground in Sidney will help you build the confidence to enjoy all the Park Reserve has to offer. Join Mountain Equipment Co-op and P...
posted: Jun 25, 2019  |  views: 36  |  comments: 0
Must-See Attractions

Must-See Attractions

Maybe you want to play tourist in your own town or show your visiting relatives the sights. Maybe you want to learn something new or keep the kids occupied on a rainy day. There are lots of reasons to check out the following attractions on the Island. Victoria The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is engaging, challenging and inspiring. Along with the regular exhibitions and the gift shop, don’t miss the 32nd ann...
posted: Jun 25, 2019  |  views: 50  |  comments: 0
Healthy Father\'s Day

Healthy Father's Day

So you are a dad. These days there is a new definition of father surfacing. Words are starting to take on different meaning. For proof, just ask Siri. What is the definition of respect? “A feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements and to regard the feelings, wishes or rights of others.” Go ahead and check. For years parents confused respec...
posted: May 28, 2019  |  views: 190  |  comments: 0
Summer Struggles

Summer Struggles

Welcome to June, that in-between month. Outside it feels like summer much of the time, which makes the agony of desk-work even worse. The kids are restless; the countdown to summer holidays is on. With camps open for registration in early April, and some filled within minutes, many families have had at least part of July and August programmed for months. Summer planning is another reminder for most of us with atyp...
posted: May 28, 2019  |  views: 315  |  comments: 0
Critter-catching Consequences

Critter-catching Consequences

I know that catching critters is fun, educational and helps us to connect to the natural world. Kids do it, parents do it, even educators do it! I used to be the first one off the trail, pointing out the tadpoles/snakes/lizards, wanting a closer look, but while working here at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary, I have learned about the consequences of our meddling. It turns out that collecting native speci...
posted: May 28, 2019  |  views: 51  |  comments: 0

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