Finding The Perfect Daycare in Saskatoon

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Finding a great daycare for our kids is the most important thing we can do (you know, other than stay at home to take care of them). There are several factors that come into play as we shop around for the place that our children will spend a big chunk of their time.

Before you begin your search you should consider a few things:

  • Do you want to go with a dayhome or a daycare?

A dayhome is child care out of someones home. Generally the caregiver has kids and want a way to stay home with them or they began when their children were young. Most operate during day but there are homes in Saskatoon willing to work around shifts. They can either be private or Government run. In Saskatoon, the liscenced ones are Government regulated and have guidlines for what should be incorporated into the day. They also have a Government worker that will oversee and assit them when needed.

A  daycare is generally in a public building, has caregivers, more children and structure. There are very different set ups and opportunities within each of the daycares. You may want to ask them what makes them different.

  • How old is your child and what ages do you want them to be with?

Most child care homes will have an age of majority, usually babies, toddlers or pre school age (as other kids are in school all day). This will affect the activites and stimulation that is provided. It is important to ask what age of children your child will be spending the day with.

  • How is the day spent?

I think it is important to know how your child`s day will be spent. A big thing to check here is tv time. More than 2 hours of TV a day, actually dulls our child`s IQ. Government ran dayhomes only allow for 30 minutes of tv time a day, so you can see where they stand with this point.

  • Values are aligned

As you talk to various caregivers, you will get a sense of who they are and what they value. If they have similar views and values to yourself you will feel comfortable talking to them and you can decide from there.

  • Cost

This is an obvious one. Most childcare homes in Saskatoon are ranging from $25-$40 a day, with $30 being the most popular price right now. Daycares generally run a little cheaper as they care for more children.

All of that being said, how do you now begin to look for childcare that is right for your child.

1. Government Listings

The Government has a comprehensive list for liscenced childcare home and daycares in Saskatchewan. They are listed by area and give addresses. This puts you in control for who you are talking to. Liscenced homes and centers are monitered and have rules they need to follow. If this makes you the most comfortable, then this may be the best route for you. The rates will also be more regulated in this group.

2. Schools

You can call the schools in your neighborhood for a list of child care homes in the area. This will give you the most comprehensive list close to your home. Some offer preschool programs that run all day, as well as before and after care for your child.

3. Friends

Once you are in need of childcare start letting everyone know. This way you will have your friends preview people for you, and also choosing people that they like, and because they are your friends, their choices will be similar to yours.

Childcare is very important. The very best childcare will come from you, the parent. That being said, you might have to work or you might be in school…and you need to know that your child is well taken care of and enjoying their day as well. Take your time and find the best childcare for them.

If you have any suggestions about great daycare places or have a childcare home, please feel free to comment.

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Saskatoon Programs for Your Kids

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There are several great and awesome teachers around Saskatoon who are offering programs for our kids to excel at and build their confidence. What kinds of after school programs do you have your children attending? Including interests and price, what programs are your kids enrolled in that are really great? There are several options available, here is an unbiased list of several places around Saskatoon. Feel free to add your favorite place where you are teaching at, or give a review of one of the places that are listed.

1. Sports

There are so many places, including schools that offer any kind of sport that may interest your child. I usually list links for the places that I find, but there are so many that you will have to choose a sport and find a place either close to home or friendly on the pocket-book. Also remember that Canada has a $500 grant write off for children’s fitness, so keep those receipts! 🙂

  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Bowling
  • Skating
  • Skating
  • Badminton

2. University of Saskatchewan

U of S has a list of great summer camps. They programs are varied and look interesting, each in their own way. Kids get bored during summer holidays and bored kids find their own mischief, why not have their minds grow in positive ways?

3. Art Classes

If you have kids that love making and creating things, they will love learning how to make and create even cooler things.

There could be a host of more schools in Saskatoon, but these are the two that I found the most information on for kids.

4. Martial Art Classes

Martial arts are great because it teaches discipline and self-control. If you have kids that you are trying to teach these skills to, with little success, enrolling them in some of these classes might benefit them as well as you, greatly. These also qualify for the $500 Canadian Active kids grant.

5. YMCA

More of a drop in style list of programs, but the YMCA has a great selection of choices and unique things to learn (baton twirling being on the list). If you are looking for a reason to work out (who isn’t), the programs offered here might be a great incentive for everyone.

6. City of Saskatoon

I tried to get the link for the program listings, to give you a better overview but the link is not working. You may have to call them to get a list of programs or register by phone. I am sure they will have a great list of programs for your kids and more than likely reasonably priced. Worth looking into.

7. Dance Programs

The dance programs offered are quite varied, based on the teachers, locations, prices and specialty. I have my girls going to La Danse and they have great things to say about their programs and teachers.

8. Gymnastics

Great way for your children to burn some of their energy and learn balance and coordination as well.

9. Your Child‘s School

Schools host programs as well. The two major perks are that your child will know most, if not all the kids there and they are usually less expensive than other organized activities.

I know there are several other programs and activities in Saskatoon, please feel free to list them. Extracurricular programs are so important for our children’s social, intellectual and emotional development. Please give reviews of places if you can.

Saskatoon Birthday Party Places for Kids

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Today is my youngest daughters birthday! She is 5 and has told everyone that she comes in contact with that she is going to be 5 soon! In fact, half way through last week she already started to tell people that she was 5! Obviously because 5 is WAY cooler than 4! Kids are the best thing (most times) EVER!

What do you do for you child‘s birthday parties? You have the over the top pony show option, the “just” family option, the lets invite a couple of your friends or lets take this party elsewhere deal. For me personally, I have 2 girls and I know how crazy excited they get when absolutely nothing is happening and birthday’s amplify that by 417. I always take my kids and their friends “out”, where someone else does all the work! 🙂

Here is a list for all of you Saskatoon parents wondering where to host your next child’s next birthday party:

1. Fun Factory

This is my favorite place to bring my girls. They can run wild for an hour, you can rent a party room for the gift opening, messy lunch eating and cake goodness and then, you simply go home. Your kids are exhausted and happy and you do not have to clean up anything, beautiful.

2. Cinema Theatre Birthday

Same deal as the Fun Factory. Your kids chill and watch a great movie and you rent out a room and the cinema takes care of the rest of the details for you. Perfect for a group of kids that can sit still. Maybe in a couple of years…

3. Can-Am Gymnastics Club

This place is really interactive. They have someone teach your children some gymnastics for an hour. What a great way to enjoy a party. The kids have a chance to learn a little and have fun! Great idea. They host party’s on the weekends.

4. Dreen’s

This place is great for your budding little baker. They teach your group of kids (minimum 8) to make their own snack. This place would be most ideal for children that are not food “picky” and kids that love spending time with you in the kitchen.

5. East View Bowling

When was the last time you thought about bowling?! I remember bowling being a lot of fun when I was a kid. This place would most likely offer something that your kids do not regularly participate in. The nice thing about hosting the party here is that there is not a minimum number of kids that needed.

6. Taiso

Another great gymnastics place. The rates look great, they do not require a minimum number of children, they allow you to run your own birthday “show” in the room, the clean up is your responsibility when the party is over, so bring a spouse or friend to help out.

7. Kinsmen Park

Rides, inexpensive ones that your little ones will enjoy! For kids with summer birthdays. This place looks great for a summer birthday and you have the freedom of having a birthday picnic in the nice park area too.

8. Lawson, Lakewood, Harry Baily, or Shaw Center Civic Centers

Do your kids love to swim? This place allows you to host parties in their pool area and they have birthday rooms for your little one’s entourage! Perfect.

9. Michael’s

This place looks like so much fun for kids that love to do crafts and arts providing that they are at least 8 years old. Your child picks the project and a host will lead your group into making their chosen craft. Everyone will get to take something home and kids do like when they can take stuff home!

10. Ruckers

Video game mania! This place is hosted in an arcade type setting and ideal for kids that really enjoy video gaming. You can rent this place out after hours too, which is an added bonus.

11. Mini Golf

What birthday list would be complete without mention of mini golf. We have an indoor one in Market Mall. (Best mall ever). If you have a golf enthusiast in the family, that has not yet gone pro this could be a cool place to host their next birthday.

There you have it. A list of 11 great places to host your child`s next birthday party! There are more places, but these are my favorite as they have an activity element, mostly the work is done for you and your child can have a super good time too.

Any places to add to our list? Please feel free! 🙂

Western Development Museum-Saskatoon

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Western Development Museum

2610 Lorne Avenue South Saskatoon, SK
Canada  S7J 0S6
Tel: (306)
931-1910
Fax: (306) 934-0525
Email: saskatoon@wdm.ca

The Western Development Museum in Saskatoon, is a great place to bring your family. Kids find the town atmosphere exhilarating and it is fun sharing your own versions of what a family may have experienced back in 1910. It also reminds us to appreciate modern amenities and our ever booming convenience and technology breakthroughs.

The perfect place to spend some time in the winter months. Boomtown has cool houses for you and your kids to walk through, cars that you will rarely see anywhere else, and culture to explore. Whether you want to teach your kids a little something, learn a little something yourself, or ponder your thoughts as you stroll through time, it’s a great place to check out!

They are open January-March, Tuesday to Sunday 9am-5pm and April to December, Monday to Sunday 9am-5pm. WDM is closed on the regular statutory holidays. They charge a family rate of $18.50, with children under 5 being free and adults $8.50 individually. They also have lower rates for children, seniors and students (with ID) Put it on your Saskatoon To do List!