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Telus Spark

We absolutely love Telus Spark! Not only are the exhibits incredibly interactive which make learning fun, but everything is such good quality! It is by far one of the best places to go in the city. With OR without kids! Aaaaaand Telus spark is actually […]

Central Library

I was eager to check out the new Central library to see what all the buzz was about and the building itself did not disappoint. It was huge and beautiful and extremely functional. However, when we got to the kids area, it was SO busy […]

Giuffre Family Library

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!

The small play area. It doesn’t look too special, but there are so many fun stations
Grae loved this duplo table! He watched a ‘big boy’ play with it and then learnt what to do! (love that!)

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 think that was the first time Yael but on a ‘real’ puppet show. We both had fun here! There were a lot of different animal puppets to choose from.
There was food for the kitchen that you could cut in half. We did this a million times lol
Cutting more food at the kitchen… p.s check out those necklaces πŸ˜‚
Covering a table with paper is a brilliant idea for kids!!

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!

Saddletowne Library

We stumbled upon this library as we were going somewhere else and to be honest, it wasn’t my fav. The kids area was spread out in some areas and squished in others and besides the amazing features; like the spaceship reading nook and the giant […]

Country Hills Library

This is our ‘home’ library because it is the one we come to the most, even though there are about 4 other libraries all equal distance from our house. We love it here because of the great kids area, it is attached to the gym […]

Fairmont Hot Springs, BC

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.

Not a hard drive at all, and lots of cool things to look at

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!

Lobby/ lounge area
More lobby and the Spa entrance
Lots of fun things the kids can interact with in the hotel
Hard to catch this guy being still these days!

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!
Where you can plan your activities for your stay
Views from Antlers at the lodge
The little room before going to the littler hot pool. Perfect to change in before and after the pool so you’re not outside for too long
Trying to take a family pic at the hot tub
But we had so much fun playing
He’s fearless, unlike his sister lol

**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 πŸ˜‰

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!

Century Sports

We were lucky enough to be invited to Century Sports for some bowling and mini golf! We had never taken the kids to do either before so we were really excited, plus, I was happy to do a different kind of review- one that was […]

Studio Bell

This isn’t somewhere I would normally think to bring my kids, but I had heard from a few different people that it was very kid friendly so I really wanted to check it out! The whole building is amazing. It is beautiful, it has high […]

Pfanntastic Pannenkoek Haus

I haven’t been here for years, and I don’t know what made me think of it but we came this weekend and it DID NOT DISAPPOINT! I’m literally still drooling over it….

When we arrived for lunch it wasn’t busy (thanks to the extremely cold weather) and we were able to get in without a wait which was so nice. Once we ordered the food came so quick and we were in and out within 40min! I love when places move that quick when you have kids with you. We all loved our meal and even though they seem like huge portions, you will be able to eat a whole one to yourself (Yael practically polished off hers all by herself!). That being said, I was full for HOURS after lol.

FYI- It’s very busy in the mornings.
She kept busy with colouring
Only part of the menu, there is a whole other page of pannenkoeken options
Chocolate milk lovers. It’s one of the only ways we get them to sit in a restaurant these days!
Look at the size of this! I put my hand in for reference haha. This was the Vegetarian one and it was amazing!
Yaels- plain with icing sugar
The cutest tiles in the bathrooms
I love the dutch decor
Tried to get this guy to smile but instead got a pic of him “dad-ing”. But, he said it was UNREAL (notice by his empty plate)
Quite small and a bit older but does the trick!
Lots of Dutch treats for purchase

I HIGHLY recommend you check this place out!!

Joso’s Play and Learn Centre

This is a place I recommend to people ALL the time!! I practically lived here when my kids were both under 2. I love it because it is small enough that you can let your older one do their thing without worrying. They should be […]