The Children’s Discovery Museum in Saskatoon-7 Fabulous Reasons to Take Your Kids There

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Have you checked out our Children’s Discovery Museum in Saskatoon? If you have kids that are under 10 years old and the weather is not what you want to experience. You should go. It is inside Market Mall, across from the mini golf and it is a lot of fun if you’re a kid, here is what they love best about it:

1) Craft Area

The sweet thing about their craft area, is that they have collected all kinds of different and unique items for kids to create into whatever masterpiece their little hands feel inspired to do. They also display example crafts for your children to try. This area requires your presence so keep this in mind if you bring more than 3 kids with you. (The staff WILL hunt you down! :D)

2) Camping Area

The camping area is a fabulous mock camping area, complete with a real canoe. If you are like most parents, or maybe me, you will HAVE to climb inside the canoe because it’s a canoe and so damn cool! They  also have a tent set up, a little pretend fire pit with real wood and trees to compliment their forest theme. Great for kids that love outdoor adventures.

3) Stage

Maybe you have a budding performer?? The Discovery Museum has a dress up area with masks and costumes backstage, so that your child can dress up and do their act on stage.

4) Vet Office Clinic

You probably have a child that will be a doctor when they get older! 😉 The museum has a desk set up, along with an appointment log and a light table with real animal x-ray images.

5) Cashier

Budding entrepreneurs will flood to the cashier booth and hand out cash to their friends so that they can have the best deal ever when they buy something. I have never met a child that did not enjoy playing store.

6) Musical Instruments

Drums, organs and morraca’s oh my! Get ready to hear some noise because at any given moment random children will be playing beautiful music!

7) Pocketbook Friendly

Admission is only $3.50 per child. It is also a non-profit organization, so their focus is right where it should, on our children.

If you would like to add other great reasons why your kids love this museum, please feel free to comment.

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

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Construction Birthday 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: Old Fashioned Birthday Party’s

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Kids Birthday

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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! 🙂

Saskatoon Birthday Party Places for Kids

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birthday cake

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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! 🙂