6 Reasons Why the UltraAVX at Galaxy in Saskatoon Rocks!

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Movies are the best thing EVER, second only to theatre popcorn. As we booked our Pirates of The Caribbean tickets through cineplex.com, we were given the option of Digital 3D and UltraAVX 3D. I have not heard of UltraAVX3D, so we decided to check it out. Here are the Top 5 reasons why it is better than the regular theatre rooms:

1. Reserved Seating!

When you book your tickets online, just like at TCU Place and Credit Union Centre, you get to choose where you sit! If you are a control freak on ANY level, you will LOVE it! Never mind the stress of where will we be able to sit when you get there, or finding enough seats so that you can all sit together, nevermind ANY of that! Choose your seats and be done with all of that.

2. Cushy Carpet

When we first got to the coveted new theatre, I thought that someone had spilled some pop on the floor because my shoes were feeling squishy and then I wondered if my shoes had become randomly extra comfy. No. The carpet is brand new and feels fabulous! Yay to new, cushy carpets.

3. Do you smell that?!

No stale air here. You know the familiar sweatyish, popcorn smell of your classic movie theatre experience, you won’t have that here. It is at this moment, when you look up and realize that this theatre is new and smells new!

4. Seats

As you gaze in wonder, because you live in Saskatoon and you don’t get out as much as you should, you notice that the seats look different. Vinyl? Maybe. But definitely bigger and they lean, not just the broken ones from the old theatre, but ALL of them! Fabulous!

5. Bigger is Better

Bigger always trumps, I don’t care what your significant other told you, they lied and it does! The screen, the new screen is bigger and clearer. With the technology of tv moving faster and movie efficiently than the movie screen’s quality, the quality of the movie screen was getting left behind. This one brings it up to standard. It is beautiful, clear AND bigger!

6. 3D Today

More than likely in 2 weeks there will be better 3D technology available and another new theatre room will be born, but for now this theatre is awesome and the 3D is fabulous. The movie literally sits in your lap and will make you a little dizzy, because of the depth that the screen allows you to feel within the movie.

These are the reasons why you should check out the new (insert some cheesy, suspenseful musical nodes here…) U-L-T-R-A-A-V-X at Galaxy in Saskatoon!

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Saskatoon-Top 5 Things to do at The Forestry Farm Park

Summer is here, FINALLY! And just like all of our Saskatchewan winters, I am pretty sure THAT was our longest and coldest one ever!

Making every warm day counts, is probably one of the things we have learnt to do best! We have great parks here in Saskatoon, one of my favorites is the Forestry Farm Zoo Park. This may not be the formal name, but my girls sure don’t know that. As you pay your (huge) $2 admission into the park, I believe it is free if you are inclined to walk ;), you will take a stroll down a curvy road, (the EXACT same road that adorns our Christmas lights every year) and you will see a sign that says, “Forestry Farm House“. Just past the clearing is a super fun day for your family.

The Top 5 Things to do here:

1. Play at the Park!

I believe, the park set up is sponsored by McDonald’s and as you know they have the funds to build whatever they want. Your kids will love this park and will burn copious amounts of energy playing, chasing, climbing and meeting new friends here.

2. Pick Flowers

You child can pick flowers. Maybe to you they are just dandelions, but to your beautiful children they represent hope, hope that whoever is at the receiver end of their yellow capped bouquet will be happy, it is usually their mom, who is (if you are anything like me) thrilled to bits to receive these scented goodies!

3. Fish Pond

Just past the park is a place where kids can fish. You can usually spot a couple of kids with their fishing rods. They have a great set up, there are large rocks all the way around the pond for kids to get closer to the water, as all kids LOVE water, much more than parents are comfortable with sometimes. They also have benches and picnic tables for either you to enjoy your coffee or lunch.

4. BBQ Grills

If it is a beautiful day, why not have a bbq picnic with the family. There are several bbq grill set ups, but make sure to get there early as they do fill up quickly with families. If you do not need the element the grass is well-kept and any spot is perfect for the blanket and your kids will love you forever or until they want something again.

5. Wide open

This park is beautiful and has huge, open patches of grass for you to play catch with any number of flying objects.

Take advantage of this warm day, if it so happens to be one and check out this park with your family, super fun day ahead!

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Saskatoon-10 Places to Go

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Every city has the attractions that are boast worthy and some of the best places are only known by the people who live there. When in Saskatoon, what is there to do with your free time?

1. Forestry Farm (aka our zoo)

Every city has one, and if you are into animals or into zoos themselves, make sure to visit ours. Our zoo is pretty decent when compared with others. Just outside the zoo, is an excellent play park area for kids and a huge area for picnics and barbecuing. Sweet.

2. Public Library

Do you like to read away from the hype of book stores? We have several great libraries located all over the city. They are a nice place to spend some quiet time reading. If you do not like to read…

3. Mendel Art Gallery

Every month they have a new exhibit, featuring a new artist. Our Art Gallery is a great place to check out some original art, every time I have been there they have a unique display from a very talented or sometimes disturbed individual, but always very interesting and thought-provoking. Did I mention it was free?

4. Berry Barn

Looking to bring your date to an old school romantic place? The Barn, although a little subdued is a great little date place. They also do weddings, so if your date goes well you can book ahead for that! 😉

5. Children’s Discovery Museum

Do you have kids with too much energy and a lot of curiosity AND a day off? This place is great for that! The cost is only $3.50 per child and they have several displays for your child to explore and friends to make while doing so.

6. Saskatchewan Railway Museum

I have not been here, but I am checking it out this summer. It looks very cool. And the theme, well you guessed it, is railways. They have several railway cars to check out. I could tell you more, but like I said I have yet to visit the place.

7. Western Development Museum

Great museum! We are here almost on a weekly basis. They are constantly updating, renovating and adding new displays. It is a fairly huge museum and you can easily spend an afternoon learning Saskatchewan history. Great for the family.

8. Meewasin Valley Trial

There is a beautiful walk that runs by the University and the bridges downtown. If you live here or are just visiting, this is one walk I highly suggest. Bring comfy shoes. The walk is beautiful and you can more fully appreciate it with happy feet!

9. Ukrainian Museum of Canada

Tons of Ukrainian history and definitely a place to pursue for a couple of hours. Again, I have yet to go here. I am Ukrainian so I should probably get my history lesson on! I also spelled Ukrainian wrong every single time in this entire paragraph (prior to spell check). Will that also be in my heritage lesson? haha!

10.  Wanuskewin Heritage Park

The history and beliefs of our first nations people. Excellent museum. Always upgrading and expanding.

If you are looking to entertain some of your time in Saskatoon, here is your unofficial guide. Please feel free to add anything that I have not mentioned! 🙂

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!

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