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Mother’s Day Baskets

Wondering how to make this Mother’s Day special? We can help you out! We’ve put together a basket of handmade things from local artists! The basket starts with a beautiful pot of dried lavender and then there is multiple add on options for your baskets! You can choose from the list below! Or purchase the whole basket for $48.00 (plus HST). Baskets come wrapped up in cellophane.

If you would like to order a basket please email us today – all orders for Mother’s Day baskets must be received by Wednesday, May 6th. Curbside pick up and delivery (at an additional cost) available.

Dried Lavender Pot – $25

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Add custom painted (and edible) cookies! $12 per set of 2 – painted by Textile Designer Davina Nathan.

Add a beautiful hand-crafted card by Cedar & Thyme – $3 per card

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Add a handmade mask made by Mila Yudina (masks are $10 – different fabrics available). Masks are made out of cotton, 3 layers with an opening for an additional filter.

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Toddlers and Self-Isolation – Ideas for small hands

Are you stuck at home with a toddler? We have plenty of experience hanging with these small people – here are some scheduling and art suggestions for trying to maintain your sanity. Babies and toddlers like routine, their world is so unpredictable so providing them with some sort of routine helps them to know what is coming next. If you’ve got a babe between the ages of 18+ months to 3 years try out our daycare schedule for them.

8:30-9:30 free play
Clean up
9:45am circle time – we’re hosting a FREE circle time on Tuesday/Friday if you want to join – send us an email!
10am – snack
10:30 – outdoor play
11:30 – lunch
12-2:30 nap time
3-4pm outdoor play
4pm snack time
4:30pm art
5-5:30 free play.

Art Ideas

A list of materials needed (all can be purchased at your local dollar store, which is currently still open).

        • Paper
        • Markers
        • Watercolour Paint
        • Gluestick
        • Salad Spinner
        • Shaving Cream
        • Food colouring
        • Qtips
        • Paint
        • Bingo Dabber

Letter Art: Toddlers love repetition – we start the week off with a letter and base all our crafts on that letter. In September we started on letter A and have moved through the whole alphabet. Art is a great activity for tots as it helps with fine motor skills and they learn a lot through play. You can print or draw bubble letters and have them glue pieces of paper/tissue paper inside. The scrunch, scrunch stick is a good repetitive action that their little hands can handle. Plus gluing with gluesticks is a fan favorite around here, for us because it doesn’t involve as much mess. A set of watercolour paints (available at the dollar store) is another great way to minimize the mess. Just add a little water to the tray and let them go wild

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Handprints: If you’re going to do handprint painting, have a small bucket of soapy water nearby so you can wash hands quickly. We’ve done a lot of handprint art – sometimes just letting them paint their own hand is enough entertainment for them.handprint art

Salad Spinner Art: have a salad spinner at home? This one is super easy and lots of fun, plus it creates some pretty beautiful masterpieces. Cut a piece of paper the size of the salad spinner and place it at the bottom of the spinner. Then squeeze some different colour paints onto the paper circle, put the lid on the spinner and spin away.

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Shaving Cream Art: all you need is some shaving cream and some food colouring for this one. Spray the shaving cream into a deep dish and then add drops of food colouring. Have your tot use the end of a spoon to stir it around and make a design then take a piece of cardstock and press it into the shaving cream. Then scrape off the extra shaving cream using a straight edge of a piece of cardboard and voila.shaving cream art

Qtip painting: another great painting activity that does not involve as much mess. There are so many things you could paint, we usually go with a tree and have them add the leaves. This is a good activity to learn about the different seasons.qtip painting for toddlers

Counting Art: get yourself a bingo dabber, another great purchase from Dollarama. This is great for art with tots, especially counting art. We usually do an activity where we draw the numbers from 1-10 and have them make the correct number of corresponding dots.

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Craft, Cookie or Science Boxes!

Cookie Boxes
1) 12 plain sugar cookies with 2 bags of royal icing and candies to decorate (option to add more cookies and additional cupcakes frosted with buttercream). Prices vary – base price $35 plus HST

2) custom order sugar cookies decorated with royal icing. Prices vary.
Please note all orders need to be received by Friday, April 3rd. Food is prepared in our commercial kitchen with COVID19 safety precautions. Please email us for more info. Delivery and curbside pick up available.

3) Paint by Cookies – Ever wanted to try painting cookies? Order one of our “paint by cookie” boxes today! The box comes with 12 sugar cookies covered in fondant, 6 edible paint colours, a brush and a tutorial video!

Craft Boxes

Are you stuck at home with your little ones? Losing your mind a little? Let us help you entertain them. We can provide you with a craft or cookie box. Craft boxes come with all materials/instructions. Our craft boxes start at $35 and come with two different crafts and can be tailored to your child’s interest. Our regular cookie boxes come with 12 sugar cookies, 2 bags of royal icing and candies to decorate – additional cupcake and cookies can be added on.

Enchanted Forest Kit

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Have someone interested in magic and enchanted forests? This kit is for them! They can make their very own enchanted forest. The kit comes with all materials and a video tutorial with step-by-step instructions. $35 (plus HST) for the whole kit.

Medieval Castle

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Know someone interested in castles and dragons? Our new Medieval Castle Kit comes with all the materials and an instructional step-by-step video on how to make the Castle and the Dragon. This kit also includes worksheets on Medieval Times and can be tailored to your child’s age. $35 plus HST.

 

 

Science & Art Box

Purchase one of our science and art kit and get all the materials and instructions you need, plus they come with science worksheets to keep small hands extra busy. Unassisted by an adult intended for children (8-12 years of age). Assisted by an adult, suitable for children (4-8 years of age).

The Volcano Kit

Science kits are $40 (plus HST) per kit. A great activity for siblings to do together!

The Space Box!

The space box comes with all materials, instructions and worksheets and is $30 plus HST.

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Kindergarten Science Box

Comes with all materials, instructions and worksheets! $25 plus HST

 

Fill out the form below to order one of our kits today!

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Science Boxes

Purchase our science and art kit and get all the materials and instructions you need, plus they come with science worksheets to keep small hands extra busy. Unassisted by an adult intended for children (8-12 years of age). Assisted by an adult, suitable for children (4-8 years of age). Volcano kits are $40 per kit (plus HST) – a great activity for siblings to do together!

Space Boxes – $30 each – comes with all materials/instructions and worksheets!IMG_2273.jpg

Kindergarten Science Box – covers Ontario Curriculum on Plants and Insects unit.

 

#COVID19JEDI

It’s ok to go dark sometimes…it’s totally ok to NOT BE OK right now.

Say this sometimes to yourself, it can be helpful.

“I AM NOT OK RIGHT NOW”.

I took a class recently – on Mindful Self-Compassion and there’s a theory about self-compassion being composed of 3 basic things – mindfulness, self-kindness and common humanity. I took this class with the amazing Dr.Heidi Walk and it uses the Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook. I’ll break down the 3 parts, if you’re new to this theory. 

Kindness: 

So be “NOT OK” and give yourself a fucking hug. Tell yourself what a friend would tell you. Pretend you live on another planet (which would actually be really cool right now, you wouldn’t have to deal with any of this craziness, there’s no COVID-19 on Mars…or isssss there? Ok sorry…so you’re on Mars and your friend calls you and says, listen to what happened on earth today. Would you believe it? Would you feel like you were listening to a movie plot? Maybe, but either way bet you wouldn’t be so hard on your friend about their insecurities around their future and the world’s future. So try being kind to yourself when you’re not ok..try being a good friend to yourself. 

Mindfulness:

Today I was watching Clone Wars with my son…it’s a Star Wars spin-off, it’s on Disney, maybe not entirely age-appropriate but seriously, if you judge me on that you’re missing the whole point here, anyway….in the intro of the episode we were watching, it talks about how the Jedi have been sent to live far below the surface, cause of some Dark force guy and the similarity to our actual world…well that thought alone sent me into dark mode. You know, shaky feel, heart flutters..uncertainty at the end of every thought. But about halfway down the scary rabbit hole, I pulled myself out and that there, folks is mindfulness…being aware of the moment you’re in. Just the moment…catching yourself in your negative thought patterns. 

Common Humanity:

Maybe some of the people in your life will go dark too…let them have their space. Don’t let anyone go dark for too long though, have an accountability partner.

If you live alone…have an accountability partner.

If you live with people but feel like you live alone….have an accountability partner.

If you live with people who you like 90% of the time (be grateful) and also have a damn accountability partner.

You get the point?

So here’s what I suggest on how we’re going to be a #COVID19Jedi and not let the dark force win. 

Be mindful of when you go dark. Be kind to yourself in that moment and then find a fellow Jedi and be stronger together…be accountable for someone and to someone. 

One day at a time people….one moment…through each step of darkness, we’ll rise to be Guardians of Justice and Peace in the Universe, for people and especially for the Universe.

ps. Just so you know I’m not some huge Star Wars fan…don’t get me wrong I like it and all, but seriously who hasn’t wanted to be some form of a Jedi at some point in their life? Look up the definition of Jedi on google…the second part of the first sentence and then go find your inner Jedi, especially when the dark is lurking around any corner. 

Online Therapy

If you’re struggling at the moment to keep your mental health in a good state, you’re not alone. From our personal experience, we learn best through other people’s strength, experience and hope. We’re offering online therapy sessions for kids, teens and adults. 5 people maximum per group. Children need to be 8 years and older and we will be doing Art Therapy in children/teen groups.

Groups are run by: Nikki Goldman Stroh – a Registered Psychotherapist with over 15 years of experience in the field. Read more about her training here.

We’re also aware lots of us are struggling financially. For every online group we’re hosting we’re offering one free group to those who can’t afford therapy. We all need help at the moment…so please don’t hesitate to contact us regardless of your financial position.

In each group, there are some ground rules. It’s confidential and no-one knows each other, you can also choose to turn off the video screen if that makes you more comfortable. These groups are not to discuss news around COVID-19 – they are for discussions around our Mental Health.

If you’re interested please email us at info@seasonsfamilycentre.com
Groups are $30 per session/per individual plus HST.

Santa at Seasons!

November 24th – 3:00 – 5:00PM

Avoid the line-ups at the mall and have an enjoyable Santa experience! This year we will have a small holiday market featuring products from Raluca Skincare and Epicure as well as baked goods from our very own kitchen (free and for purchase as gifts). Plus we will have My Kindness Calendar’s available for purchase. Tickets are $25 (plus HST) and include 1(4×6) photo, treats and crafts. Additional images are available for purchase. Join us at Pictonat for an afternoon of holiday fun!

BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE

Seasons Annual Haunted House

Join us for our annual Haunted House! This year we’re back, bigger and better than ever before! We have partnered with Kids Can Academy and proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to this amazing charitable organization! If you’re not into being scared, we’ve got crafts, games and treats for you! Or take a family photo in our pumpkin patch! Tickets are $25 (valid for a family of 4) and includes haunted house tour, treats, games and crafts – additional tickets are $8 each. Buy your tickets online at Eventbrite!