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Canadian Museum of Nature

August 6, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Canadian Museum of Nature

Back on July 1st, we decided to take advantage of the fact that museums in our former hometown were open for free.   To celebrate Canada Day we decided to visit the Canadian Museum of Nature which has been revamped in recent years. I hadn’t set foot in that museum for over 15 years – not even it got reopened after the major renovations a couple of years ago.  Knowing that we would be moving in a near future, we thought it would be a great time to discover the new and improved Canadian Museum of Nature. Though the entrance brought back memories of when I was younger, you can see that many things have changed.   I was disappointed to learn that the famous bee hive was gone but quickly got over it when I discovered that the museum has done a great work with the presentation of its animal collection.   We decided to start at the top of the museum and slowly go down as we explored the levels. The first exposition we went to was the birds.   Via interaction and observation, we discovered... [Read more...]

Summer 2012 – A New Life For Our Family

July 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Summer 2012 – A New Life For Our Family

Okay I will admit it – I am a bit quiet this year.  But when I tell you why this is the case, I think that you will understand that I have quite a bit on my shoulders since May. The situation In May my husband had a contract with a company in the area of Whitchurch-Stouffville in Ontario.  Being homeschoolers, we packed the RV and drove as a family for a full month in that area.   What we didn’t know then – though we knew it was a possibility – it that my husband would get a full time employment offer. It happened! At the end of the contract, we knew that with a couple of weeks he would get an offer.   Within two weeks of being back home, we got it and seeing that the contracting world hasn’t been quite the same in the past three years we decided to take a step of faith and follow this opening. The results So back in June, we did some painting/repairs in our home and packed like crazy.   I had a trip schedule in early July to attend a Leadership Training for a ministry... [Read more...]

Field Trip in the 11th Century and Experience the Middle Ages

June 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Field Trip in the 11th Century and Experience the Middle Ages

Medieval Times has been part of our lives the last few years. Back in 2009, my husband and I went to celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary in Toronto and attended their evening show. We had so much fun that we immediately thought that the kids would enjoy it. So the next year, when we were visiting Toronto with the family, my husband brought the boys as a surprise. Our daughter was too young back then and we knew that one day we would bring her too! In May, we had to go to Toronto since my husband had a contract there. A whole month rving and homeschooling outside. It was different and we had a good time (apart for one cold rainy week!). But while there, I decided to approach various attractions and offer them to review it in exchange of free entrance for my family. One of these attractions was Medieval Times in Toronto. Sending such an email was new to me and I was excited when I got positive answers – including from the Medieval Times.  The kids didn’t know I was doing this so... [Read more...]

Doors Open Ontario

May 31, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Doors Open Ontario

Last year, out of the blue, we have decided to participate to the Doors Open Ottawa during the first week-end of June.   That year, we have discovered a wonderful way to learn more about the facilities in our city as we visited the Traffic Control, the Supreme Court, the parliament, the paramedic’s headquarters as well as the Ottawa Citizen on a two days adventure. This year, we will miss Doors Open Ottawa since we are away from home.   But I discovered that this event is not limited to Ottawa only.   Last Saturday, we had the opportunity to participate to Doors Open Toronto and discovered interesting things. Here’s the places we went to learn more about these iconic places in Toronto. Union Station Since the opening in 1927, Union Station has been one of the most significant hubs in Canada’s transportation network. In the last 35 years, the station has taken on added importance in the Toronto area as the terminal for commuter rail services and as a vital link in the Toronto... [Read more...]

Royal Botanical Gardens

May 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Royal Botanical Gardens

Since my husband has a contract outside of town, we have decided to bring the whole family with the RV and homeschool on the road.   Though we do a bit of school work during the weekdays, I also wanted to discover new places in the Toronto area.   Since I review books and products, I figure that I could try to get free admission to different attractions in or near Toronto in exchange of a blog post. One of the first attractions I contacted was the Royal Botanical Gardens which is located about 1 hour and 30 minutes from our campsite.    This activity would definitively be a day outing and it would require us to be rested.  Imagine my delight when I got a positive response from them.    We were set to visit the RBG over the long week-end in May. So on May 19th, we drove to Burlington to explore and discover a garden that I have been wanting to see for many years now.   I grew up in Montreal and I went many times to the botanical gardens there.   I also had the privilege of... [Read more...]

Homeschooling away from home

May 17, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Homeschooling away from home

As I am writing this, we have arrived in Toronto for an extended period of time while my husband works on a contract in the area.    We were fortunate to find a campsite close to the workplace where he would be (about 10 minutes of drive) and that was open before the long week-end in Ontario.  It isn’t our first time rving and homeschooling while my husband is working on a contract as we did it two years ago while being in Northern Ontario for a couple of days.   However, this time it is for a longer period of time and I am unsure about how the homeschool will go. When packing for such events – i.e. homeschooling/contracting – we had to be wise for the quantities of things to bring.   I am pleased to say that the math and English curriculum were finished before our departure.  The only books I needed to bring were French as well as science. I had two plastic containers of things to bring for our school time.   This got reduced to one container strategically placed so it... [Read more...]

Visit The Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island, British Columbia

May 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Do you enjoy visiting local display gardens when you are traveling hither and yon? Indeed, they can be a great way to see local flora and fauna. They are also fabulous locations in which to gather some regional knowledge and history and to gain a better understanding of the local climate. If you are visiting Vancouver Island, British Columbia this summer, then you might consider a visit to The Butchart Gardens, which is located about 14 miles north of Victoria. Once a bleak limestone quarry pit, the 55-acre garden was started by Jennie Butchart in 1904. Jennie’s husband, Robert Pim Butchart, was a pioneer in the cement industry. After the limestone was depleted from the land near their house, Jennie decided to convert the useless pit into beautiful productive gardens. Those gardens are  now known as The Butchart Gardens and to this day remain a family owned private garden open to the public. If you are visiting with children, rest assured that the children will be entertained... [Read more...]

Teach your kids about birds

April 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Teach your kids about birds

Ornithology can go hands-to-hands with camping.   And to learn more about birds, you need to learn to be patient as well as to be quiet when exploring the woods, grasslands or other places where birds can be found.   You also need some equipment to be successful in finding birds.   So where can you start if you have never done it before? My first suggestion would be to find a good book that will introduce your to the world of ornithology.  The purpose of this post is to present you a great book that would be perfect for children and adults. Young Birder’s Guide to Birds of North America Written by Bill Thomson III Published at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt About the Book Covering 300 of the most common birds in all of the United States and Canada, The Young Birder’s Guide to Birds of North America is loaded with color photographs, drawings showing typical behaviors, range maps, an easy-to-use checklist, fun facts, and authoritative information about each bird, its vocalizations,... [Read more...]

Exploration 101 at the Boston Museum of Science

March 20, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

A couple of years ago, we were once again in the area of Boston and wanted to explore the museums out there. The first one we went to visit was the Boston Museum of Science  which we were able to access for almost free because of our membership at our local Science museum.   I say almost free because this particular museum charged us a child entrance ticket for our family.    I am not complaining because if we would have had to pay for everyone it would have cost us a fortune. Our experience there was fabulous.  There are many levels to explore and discover with the kids.   We even took a picture with a Naboo Starfighter from Star Wars while there! Two particular things were our highlights while visiting the museum of science in Boston.    The first one is the human body section where we stumbled (literally) on a live experiment to explain how our heart works with the heart of a lamb.   Apparently, both hearts works the same way so it was very instructive.    My oldest... [Read more...]

SAS Shoe Factory tour, San Antonio, TX…

March 12, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

SAS Shoe Factory tour, San Antonio, TX…

One source of fun (and educational!) opportunities that is often overlooked when traveling, is that of factory tours! We have done several tours this winter while visiting the sunny south; the latest was a visit to the SAS shoe factory in San Antonio, TX. SAS stands for San Antonio Shoemakers, and their quality products have been 100% American made since it’s beginning in 1976. Planning our visit, we weren’t really sure what to expect – the website made a stop look like it would be fun – but you know how websites can be – they can make a destination look like an interesting place to visit only to arrive and find that the attraction is a dud. Not so with SAS! We found it to be much more interesting than we had hoped! Pulling into the parking lot we found the grounds to be spacious, with adequate room for RV and bus parking. The parking lot was neat and clean, and full of interesting displays of classic cars and machinery. The buildings are designed to look... [Read more...]

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