Saskatoon-Where to Find Birthday Decorations For Your Child’s Party

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Birthday party‘s are best when there is an abundance of decorations, just ask the birthday kid! The best way to buy the right decorations is to:

  • Pick a theme. 
  • Pick 3 colors that support it.
  • Choose some games for the kiddies.
  • Set a budget.

Where do you find birthday decorations in Saskatoon?

1. Walmart

We have 3 stores here in Saskatoon, Stonebridge is the best location for everything. Depending on the season, you can get some pretty cool, inexpensive toys for the goody bags too! Walmart has a birthday section, it has the basics for your childs party and everything as you know is priced afforably.

2. Dollarama

The store that I find has the best selection and the most product, is the one in Willowgrove/Arbor Creek/Erindale area. I like Dollarama because the store is smaller and filled will things that kids love. Mostly cheap and lasts for a few months of enjoyment.

3. Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo

If you are looking to kick it up a notch, check out Bibbidi, they have costumes for girls party’s. They specialize in princess and have adorable princess costumes for your party.

4. Birthday Express

There is a great place online, called Birthday Express. They provide you with everything you need for your child’s birthday party, minus the cake. You will love the site, check it out!

5. Birthday Cakes

I always find great cakes at any grocery store, Dairy Queen or Jerry‘s. Check out their cakes. If you do not find any that you like, they have a binder with cakes that they can design for your child’s party. If you want an extra fancy cake, have a look at Sugar Moon Cake Co in Saskatoon. They make beautful cakes!

If you have any great places in Saskaoon to recommend, please list them.

Saskatoon Forestry Farm: 6 New Ways to Enjoy It!

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If you live in Saskatoon I am quite certain that you have been to the Forestry Farm, even more so if you are a parent. In fact, you probably have a season pass, because it is kinda like giving charity to our zoo animals. Us Saskatonians are a thoughtful bunch that way.

After going to the Forestry Farm 3 times, you probably feel confident that you have seen all there is to see. I am giving you new glasses today and 6 new ways to enjoy our friendly neighborhood zoo…

1. Quarters

No not for the bars that are prohibited here in Saskatoon, but for the birds. The next time you check out the Forestry Farm, bring a pocket full of quarters for bird seed. For your entire duration while in the park gates, resolve to only seeking out birds and feeding them. This will shift your entire experience. When you are all out of bird seed, disinfect your hands and go home; today was bird day, NOTHING else.

2. Random Walk

On Random Walk zoo day, you are only permitted to walk off the beaten path. You may need a child leading you on this day’s adventure. Spend the morning walking on all the natural paths that swing around the animal gates and the other paved, much more taken paths. The best way to prepare for Random Walk day is to tell your child (if you don’t have one, get ready to get strange looks when doing this) that today is adventure day and have them lead you on the random walk.

3. Picnic

You have done this. DON’T do this at the benches in front of the concession area. THAT’S not a picnic, that’s lunch…outside. Bring a blanket, your little lunch kit of food and hand sanitizer! Have a picnic in the zoo area (preferably away from bird feces). The Forestry Farm has beautiful trees and nicely shaded areas for relaxing and picnicking.

4. Train Day

Train day is great for lazy days or the super hot ones where your shoes are melting to the cement. Hop aboard the train and enjoy a little of the scenery, that you may not regularly enjoy because the train ride covers the entire perimeter of the zoo and let’s face it, that’s a big walk for your day off. After your exhausting train ride, go home and nap…your deserve one! 😉

5. Tourist Day

Do you own a flower shirt and a camera?? You are soo ready for this! You need friends with the same gear, large group is best. On Tourist day you take 300 pictures and ask total strangers to hold your purse or bag while they take your picture. You want pictures of you standing in front of EVERYTHING! In fact, grab a local and get a picture with them too and mumble to your friend how they look like so and so and how that’s weird. Post that on Facebook, best day EVER.

6. Forget Glasses

On THIS special day, you need glasses ones that help you read stuff. But oops, wouldn’t you know it, you forgot them at home! Silly you! As you walk through the zoo, everytime you get to a new enclosure ask your new friend (the stranger standing beside you) to read the plastic animal info chart and tell you what it says. When they are done reading it, you say hmm that doesn’t make any sense, with a confused look on your face. Maybe this one should be entitled forget brain day, whatever you call it, it will be a unique experience.

Okay, there are your 6 NEW ways to enjoy our classic Saskatoon Forestry Farm, I didn’t say they were good ways, I just said they were new and they are, until you do them, then well, technically they’re not.

6 Best Places to Walk in Saskatoon

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Thinking of going for a walk, wondering what to check out on your travels and where you should go? Look no further. Here are the 6 best places to walk in Saskatoon:

1. The Bessborough (601 Spadina Crescent East)

The most beautiful and oldest (I think) hotel in Saskatoon. Rumor has it, that the hotel is haunted but THAT has nothing to do with walking, unless you take a stroll inside. And you should. But for the sake of this list, I am suggesting the river walk around the Bessborough (also called The Bess, if you live here). It is beautiful. As an added perk, you will see and possbily enjoy, the Saskatoon Bus Stop Refreshments! (Spadina Crescent & 21st Street East).

2. Broadway (near the river/bridge area)

Broadway itself is a fun place to spend a day shopping, taking in a little of our culture and maybe some drinks BUT if you are on a walking mission stay around the river and bridge. Saskatoon has beautiful bridges, (duh, we’re practically famous for them!) and the walking areas around the river give Saskatoon a quaint city feel. If you love to walk, walk towards the next bridge, either Victoria (which is our oldest) or the University (which is very popular).

3. Forestry Farm Park (1903 Forestry Farm Park Drive)

Most people think of animals, but there is a beautiful park, that has a path running around the perimeter OR you can talk a nature walk right through the center and chart your own course. Lots of scenery and family gatherings.

4. Off Leash Parks

You do not need a dog to enjoy the off leash areas (although it DOES make it more comfortable!). We have several to check out around Saskatoon. I have included links to a map for your convenience.

5. Meewasin (in Silverwood Heights area)

Great path to walk on with your children or leashed pets. The area is quiet and very scenic. You will be greeting other walkers, people on bikes and runners along the way.

6. Anywhere in Saskatoon

There are a couple of areas that I would avoid at night, as in 22nd Street West and 20th Street West and any streets running through those streets. However, aside from that area, Saskatoon is a beautiful city for walking through. Our city is small and a large space can be covered and discoveries made over a short period of time. I recommend starting in one area of town without a plan or a direction in mind and let the day take you where it will. You will enjoy this unique perspective of Saskatoon.

If you have any great walking places to add or you want to add more details to the places we have listed, please feel free!

Saskatoon Circus-Hope You Brought Cash (Lots of it!)

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As you know, because Saskatoon is more small than huge, the circus was just in town. If you have kids, I can only assume that you went because it felt like every parent and child in Saskatoon were cramped into the hot, smelly, mosh pit like tent. Of course, that is only my perspective, the kids thought the circus was amazing and fun!

The BEST part of the circus, were the shows. They included:

  • Trained Horses
  • Acrobatics
  • Hilarious Clowns
  • Trampoline Dude
  • Elephant Rides
  • Puppy Show

Every act was unique and done very well. I give kudos’ to the people who travel with the circus and commit their lives to performing acts, some of which seem quite dangerous at times. Thank you to all the performers, you did an amazing job!

I DO have a couple of things I would adjust before I consider the circus again:

One of the challenges of the tent set up was trying to leave during intermission or after the show. It was very unpleasant, there was not a clear system and it took 15 minutes of very slow walking to escape the chaos. The experience was made worse, because like most parents of children you are catering to a irritable, tired, over stimulated, wanting toys, need to pee, hungry, child. A new system needs should designed or alternative exists created. The circus was in a make shift tent and the effort in trying to leave might be considerably different at the Credit Union Centre.

Another frustration, was the frequent pausing of the show to advertise how us parents could spend more money, as the travelling food and toys made their rounds. The tent was hot and muggy and at any moment, children could have random tantrums and cry fits, we know there is food and toys making their rounds, please do not stop the show to let us know this.

Overall, the circus was a great family outing and when it comes to Saskatoon I am sure that I will again be there with tickets in hand. My advice to you before you head to the circus is to either give your children a budget OR brings lots of cash, because you my friend are going to spend it!

 

Saskatoon: Old Fashioned Birthday Party’s

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Remember when you were a kid? You and EVERY kid who lived on the street, would go to ALL birthday party‘s of the children that lived on the same street? Birthday party‘s were always held at our houses and included games, presents, hot dogs and cake! Old fashioned birthday’s, does anyone have these anymore?

Here are 4 Great Things to do at your child‘s next birthday party, old school style:

1. Decorate it up!

Every child loves to help you with decorating the house, especially for their birthday. Go all out! They will NEVER forget all the decorations and the time you took, spending it solely on them. Check out Wal-Mart, Dollarama (the one in Willowgrove is amazing!) and Micheal’s!

  • Birthday Banners
  • Balloons
  • Streamers
  • Chair decorations

2. Bake!

Most parents, myself included go to the store and let their child choose a cake, because hey THAT was easy! I am suggesting letting them choose the cake that YOU decorate. You can color your icing, to create designs and buy cake toppers to top off your pretty cake. Be creative, it might be a toss-up to who is more pumped about your newly found cake skills, you or little Susie. If your cake ends up looking terrible, that is a memory in itself, when your kids are older and laughing about it! 🙂

3. Games!

There are several ways for your kids to have the best party experience ever! Try any of these ideas, they are almost free and EVERYONE will have a blast and as a bonus, they will use up some of that energy, which will lower the fighting incidences.

  • Pinyata
  • Pin the Tail on Justin Bieber (lol!)
  • 3 Legged races (using ribbon or string)
  • Egg races
  • Hot potato
  • Musical chairs

4. Parent Directed Craft or Activity

After your children have had a chance to run around and play together, you can quiet the party down a little, before cake and presents by an adult directed craft. This part of your party will take place around your table. Some ideas to do are:

  • Playdough
  • Decorate cupcakes
  • Cutting, glueing and pasting
  • Painting
  • Coloring and learning sheets

Birthday party’s are important to your child, in fact it is THE most important day of the year! Take the time to plan one that your child can think back and remember how you were the best parent ever and always threw the best birthday party’s! 🙂

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!

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

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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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8 Reasons Why Living in Saskatoon Makes You Amazing! (And it does!)

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Living in Saskatoon, makes you amazing; here are 8 fabulous reasons for living here!

1. Manners

We have them. Sure every generation appears ruder than the previous, but overall our city is FULL of people with manners. We even DRIVE with our best manners. Try merging in traffic in Winnipeg, if your lucky and it’s not a gangster, you will see “the finger”. (I love Winnipeg, but stereotypes are lovely don’t ya think? ;))

2. You Know Everyone

Try going on a holiday and telling people where you live. Well, wouldn’t you know it, they also know Josh, of course it’s through Jessica and their Uncle Roy but they know him! In fact, he spent last summer at their resort! Wow, Saskatoon is the best!

3. Fashion

We can wear our fashion FOREVER here! We can’t? Try telling that to your neighbor, who was wearing a sexy pair of coveralls yesterday, bet she hasn’t had to splurge on clothes for 3 decades now, Saskatoon is getter better and better!

4. Never Ever Lose Your Dog

You know, because the land here is so flat that if your dog runs away, you can see it for 2 weeks. I actually had someone tell me this joke a few weeks ago, I’m not kidding, way too polite to mess with your head (unlike our neighbors in Edmonton, they’ll do it…with a smile!;))

5. Free Coffee

That`s right. Get friendly in any Tim Hortons line, listen to a couple of stories, find a friend in common, complain about the weather (…you already know the small talk deal) and your new best friend is super likely to buy you a coffee, psh that NEVER happens in Calgary, is anyone even FROM there?!

6. Huge Savings Account

We are not ones to spend all of our money or much of it at all. Sure we like debt, but we quietly watched other places get into trouble carrying all of that debt and we learnt from them, thank you United States (we`re STILL watching, how are those banks holding up, your President won because of Twitter…just sayin).

7. Caluses

Maybe this doesn`t sound good, but it is. We like to do projects by ourselves, we watched a friend of a friends pour a concrete slab for herself in her backyard, if Jenna can do that…You name it, we`ve tried to do it ourselves and if we messed up the job, refer to number 6.

8. Humble

I may sound like I am bragging about Saskatoon, but I was born here and have spent (the majority) of my life here, and I am WAY too polite to brag.

If you are from here also, let us recap what makes us Saskatonians, so damn amazing (because we are, I say this humbly); We ALWAYS use our manners (most of the time), we know EVERYONE who has ever lived here (we`re so awesome), we can wear our clothes for the rest of our fabulous lives, we keep track of the dogs that we have (and everyone elses, because we know everyone AND their dogs), we score and give free coffee DAILY, we have tons of cash in our savings (for ALL that coffee we splurge on), our hands have caluses (no wusses here) and we are (mostly) humble, especially in the winter (all 10 months of it!).

If you`re from Saskatoon, and you have more reasons for our extrodinariouslness, list away my friend ;), and if you are from somewhere else and you have a stereotype to add, PLEASE do so! 🙂