I heard about Vecova about 3 years ago when Yael was just a baby. It seemed to be where everyone was taking their babies swimming for the first time, but I never made it there. This year, we were trying to get Yael more comfortable […]
I’ve been wanting to check out Wymbin for so long and one morning they posted their drop in schedule on Instagram and we had nothing going on, so we went for it! And so glad we did.
- Located under Junction 9
- Street parking, not a lot of it close by
- Has registered classes and drop in classes
- Drop in parent & tot was $22 which includes 2 adults and 2 kids. I love this because there aren’t many classes where you can take 2 kids to 1 parent. Maybe one day well get dad to join, too 😉
- Other offerings include; Preschool, birthday parties, camps, yoga in schools.
- You can drop your kids off at Wymbin and go to Junction 9 for your own Yoga or Pilates class
- Has a class called Yoga Sprouts which is for 2-5. You can drop your kids off and work upstairs at Junction 9 for a couple hours -uninterrupted.
We went to the Monday Parent & Tot drop in class and it was fun! Definitely wasn’t a work out for any of us, but it was some good bonding time while doing something different. Yael loved following along with the book the instructor read and the associated poses, and Grae liked running around with the other kids who weren’t following along either, lol.
The class was definitely a bit chaotic at times (there were lots of people there – moms and dads – and other parents with more then 1 kid, too!), but the instructor did a good job keeping the class moving and really, what else can you expect in a class with kids!?
Afterwards we sat in their lobby and had a snack while checking out all the things they have for sale.
We were getting ready to leave Wymbin when I heard someone say they were going upstairs for a snack… so I thought we had to go check that out too! It was only 6 short stairs to get there and it was awesome! There was a cafe where you could get healthy smoothies, komboucha, coffee and tea as well as healthy cookies, little tucker bars, salads, and lots more. They also had things for purchase like sports bras, drizzle honey, gut lab products, routine cream products and other fun goodies.
Junction 9 is a pilates and yoga studio and what I like the most about it is you can drop your kids of at Wymbin then come to a yoga/ pilates class here, or you can drop your kids off at Wymbin and just come and grab a coffee, work and/ or relax. I totally wanna do that one day! But Grae has to turn 2 first… (insert feelings of wanting that to happen soon but also never wanting him to grow up) 😩.
Overall it was a fun morning. Yael enjoyed the yoga class at Wymbin and Grae enjoyed the snacks at Junction 9. I loved doing a structured class with both kids since were never able to do that, but my faaaaavourite part was the snuggle I got with both kids during shavasana.
I’m not sure if this class is something I would do regularly, but it’s definitely fun for once and a while and awesome you can bring the whole family. And I’ll keep you posted once I’m able to try Yoga Sprouts and drop both kids off!
This library totally surprised me. Like most libraries in the city, they had a small kids area and I thought it would be a quick play before the kids lost interest, but I was wrong! This library actually has so many different play stations to play at that we stayed for over an hour and we all had fun!
Giuffre Family Library info:
- Stand alone building on 14th ave near Marda Loop
- Use to be names the Alexander Calhoun Library
- It says there is a parking lot on their website but I only saw street parking
- It was really promoting its drop in activities which is great
- For more information on the Giuffre Family Library visit their website
I can’t see you coming to this library specifically for this play area, but if you live around here or are in the area and need to kill some time, I think this is a GREAT place to stop in! We had a a lot of fun!
This is easily one of my favourite places in the world!! I have been coming here forever because lucky for me, my parents have a place here. I have so many special memories in Fairmont; snowboard trips with my friends, my first getaway with Dan, the place we first said I love you to each other and where we got married, also the first weekend getaway with our kids and so many family trips. I love it so much!!
Normally we stay at my parents place, however, this weekend it was FREEZING so we decided to stay at the actual Fairmont Hot Springs hotel so that we didn’t have to drive and go outside as much. It ended up being a great decision and such a fun stay.
Fairmont is about a 3hr drive from Calgary and a fairly easy drive. The ‘worst’ part is the 1hr you are on highway 93 because it has no cell service, no radio, no gas stations, nothing. You need to be prepared before you get on it. Gas tank full, Music available, Netflix shows downloaded etc. The best part though is it is soooo beautiful and there are almost always animals on the side of the road, which is a highlight for the kids.
Once you’re there it has a very small town feel and you might wonder what the heck you are going to do, but there are so many fun things! Like skating, skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, snowshoeing and hot tubbing in the winter and boating, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, hiking, swimming, zip lining, golfing, tennis, farmers markets and much more in the summer!
Radium, Invermere and even Kimberly are close by if you need some variety. We go into Invermere all the time when were there. The downtown is ADORABLE and there are so many unique local shops and restaurants. A few of my favourite stores are OM Organics, Inside edge and Rainbow Donkey Kids Clothing. Invermere isn’t like Banff with so many collectible type spots, there are actually stores that you want to buy things from…lol.
But back to the Fairmont Hot Springs…
The hotel itself is older and has a very rustic feel, but that is part of what we love about it. It has such a welcoming charm. Our room was a 2 queen with a kitchenette and it was $150 so very reasonably priced!
Fairmont Hot Springs Hotel amenities:
- Steamers cafe – coffee & pastries
- Antlers at the lodge – “fancier” restaurant
- Bearspaw bar & grill- pub vibe with really good food!
- Natural Springs Spa- I got a facial and it was amazing
- 2 hot springs pools- a smaller, quieter one and a larger one with a deep pool, colder pool and diving boards. Also, a poolside snack bar and lounge chairs.
- 3 different golf courses
- Activity and Experience centre- to plan hiking, kayaking, etc.
- Fairmont hot springs Ski Area- the perfect place to teach your kids to ski
- There is also a small park, tennis courts and in the summer sometimes a bouncy castle and pony rides.
- Also has a RV park if that is more your style in the summer!
**Note: Because of the weather we didn’t go into the other, bigger, public hot springs pool. This is the smaller private pool for hotel guest only.
We will eat at the hotel and it is good food, however, if we are going to go for coffee we’d rather go to Kicking Horse Cafe in Invermere, if we are going to go for breakfast I’d rather go to From Scratch, lunch I’d go to Hopkins Harvest, for dinner I’d go to Birchwood and if I just wanted a snack I’d go to the Circle Cafe in Invermere. Also in the summer Tony’s Greek Grill (Fairmont) and Gerry’s Gelati (Invermere) are both amazing! The food here will surprise you! So many mom and pop spots with homemade food that is delicious.
Our stay was amazing and with so much fun, family things to do in the area it is definitely a place to try. It is close enough to the city that it’s easy to do a weekend getaway and it has such a slow, easy going vibe that you will come home feeling refreshed. What more could you want!
We love it!!! But… I think I mentioned that 😉
We will be going to Fairmont and Invermere many more times so follow @theyycmom on Instagram or Facebook to see more of our times there!