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Well another month has flown by! As we get ready to head into some warmer weather (hopefully!) here are 5 things that caught my eye in April.
Originally developed in the 90’s as a tool to help kids with autism and ADHD focus and reduce anxiety, fidget spinners have suddenly become the latest craze among kids, popping up at schools everywhere. They’re flying off the shelves at toy stores and convenience stores as they become the latest toy kids just have to have. If you’re having trouble finding one, Amazon has a good selection of fidget spinners.
Harry Potter Escape Room
When you have tweens and teens, it can be hard to find suitable entertainment for them that they won’t roll their eyes at. Escape rooms can be a fun activity for families with older kids to experience together, or for tweens and teens to enjoy with a group of their friends. Working together to solve puzzles to figure out how to escape the room within the allocated time puts everyone’s problem solving and teamwork skills to the test. A Harry Potter themed escape room, Escaping Wizard School, just opened on April 15th in Oshawa and I’m sure it’s going to be a big hit with all of the Potterheads out there.
Passport 2017 App
With 2017 being the year that Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary, there are #Canada150 events taking place across the country all year long. The Passport 2017 app is the perfect way to find festivals, events and Canada 150 celebrations in your area. You can also access daily articles on all things Canadian, from ketchup chips to hockey heroes, musicians, authors and fun facts and enter to win Canada themed prizes. Be sure to personalize the app to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the information that is most relevant to your interests.
Happiness is Canada Collection
Since we’re all getting in the spirit of celebrating Canada this year, how perfect are these Happiness is CanadaHappiness is Canada t-shirts and sweatshirts? Show your Canadian pride while at Canada 150 or Canada Day celebrations, or anytime at all. Available in youth, women’s and men’s sizes.
Strong Role Models
We’re always inspired when we see strong role models for our daughters. On April 12, 2017, Nobel Peace Prize winner and education activist Malala Yousafzai received her honorary Canadian citizenship from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Teen activist Hannah Alper had a chance to interview Malala, and they discussed important issues like youth empowerment, access to education, and equality. As Malala reminds us, “Your voice is the most important thing. If you have the voice, then nothing can stop you. If you believe yourself, nothing can stop you.”
Watch the full interview here:
About Kathy Sima
Kathy is a blogger and freelance writer and mom of two teens who gave up her career as a financial advisor when her son was diagnosed with autism at age 3. When it comes to parenting, Kathy truly believes there is strength in numbers and knows that sharing stories and strategies with other parents has helped keep her sane (so far!)