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What to EAT & Where to GO to Celebrate the Year of the Horse

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Lunar Palaces at LunarFest 2014 – Lunar New Year

For many families, celebrating Chinese New Year (also known as Lunar New Year) means delicious food, great festivals and a memorable parade. Want to join in the fun?

Dining Out – Many families will be celebrating together with Dim Sum this weekend. If you’re still new to Dim Sum, here are some helpful Do’s and Dont’s of Dim Sum etiquette.

Dining In – Doing dinner at home? According to Huffington Post, great foods to celebrate the Lunar New Year include tangerines for wealth and luck, whole fish (head and tail intact) to represent a good beginning and end to the new year, pomelo for prosperity & lettuce wraps to bring rising fortune.

Celebrate with Activities and Festivals in and around #Vancouver – Here’s a quick glimpse at what’s going on around the city. All family-friendly!

Saturday Feb 1:

  • Burnaby: Visit the Lougheed Town Centre to watch parades and performances
  • Chinatown: Live performances at International Village Mall
  • Langley: Learn about Chinese Astrology at Willowbrook Shopping Centre
  • Richmond: Chinese New Year Flower and Gift Fair at the Aberdeen Centre. The fair includes dance & music performances
  • Surrey: Celebrations at the Central City Shopping Centre
  • Vancouver: Great stage performances at the Oakridge Centre

Sunday Feb 2: 

  • Burnaby: From 1-3pm only, celebrate at the River District Centre
  • Chinatown: Chinese New Year Parade & Cultural Fair. The parade starts at 11am at the Millenium Gate.
  • Chinatown: Temple Fair at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden, including Live Performances, workshops and games. There will also be a Children’s Corner all day long.

Feb 7-9:

  • Can’t make the festivities this weekend? No problem! The Lunar Fest is a weekend-long festival that includes storytelling, workshops and performances.

Looking for something completely different to do this weekend? LEGO Travel Adventure opens this Saturday Feb. 1 at Science World, where you can participate in building the largest LEGO mural in Canada!

No matter how you choose to celebrate the Lunar New Year, I wish you “Gung Hay Fat Choy”!

Stephanie, can’t-wait-to-eat-Dim-Sum-and-watch-the-dance-of-the-dragon, Community Manager at myBestHelper

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Why We Love Science World – and you should too!

At myBestHelper, we’re big fans of Science World – it’s a magical place where children not only learn about science, but get to interact with it as well. And what else makes science world so great for families?
“Science World has a unique benefit with their passes that allows my nanny to be listed on             the card… at no extra cost to us.”

Learn our story here at myBestHelper and how science has inspired our CEO, Alexandra Greenhill.

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Science World is a great place for kids to explore and become well-rounded

Donor Profile: Dr Alexandra Greenhill with myBestHelper

Tell us a little about yourself. What did you study?

I studied medicine in university and became a family physician, but I was interested in coding as early as high school.

I am an elected school board trustee for the public Francophone school board of BC and value not only the importance of French in the school curriculum, but science as well.

Our family has a Science World membership and we appreciate the value of the pass—knowing that you can integrate your visit into your daily life is a great thing. When you just come for the day, you feel as though you have to maximize your time. When you have a membership you can stop by on the way to the park or for a couple hours in the evening. It’s an opportunity for my kids to be constantly exposed to science. It becomes a habit.

Why do you feel that informal science learning is important?

Science is part of our everyday lives. Exposing your kids to science helps them become well rounded. When kids visit Science World, they’re able to touch the exhibits and associate learning with fun.
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Happy Family Day: 5 awesome ways to strengthen your family

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In our busy day and age, it’s easy to consider Family Day yet another opportunity to have a day off. Yet, if we stop for a minute to create a new ritual, it can become a powerful moment of strengthening bonds and improving family habits. So here are 5 awesome habits you can add to your repertoire!

Awesome ways #1 to 3: Better parenting tools:

We learn parenting on the fly, really. From childhood memories of “I will definitely do that” and “I will never do this to my kids” to observing others to lessons learned from movies and TV shows, we amass an unconscious puzzle ideas and habits that guides our interactions at home, and gets routinely challenged by our growing treasures.

But there is a vast amount of expertise available to us. A couple of great books are a #mustread for any family: Steven Covey’s “The 7 habits of Highly Effective Families” and Dr. Phil’s “Family First”.

Steven Covey successfully applies to the family unit the 7 habits that made him famous. Full of great examples, interesting stories and practical suggestions, this is a marvel of a guide-book for families. Dr. Phil’s book also covers 7 strategies to help build phenomenal families, but from a different perspective. His is the more psychology informed approach, and he demystifies a number of key concepts around successful parenting.

The third awesome way is for Vancouver parents to consider attending the Parenting conferences set up by the Vancouver International Children’s Festival. Inspired by TED talks, these are called PEP talks – four thought-provoking talks by the top thinkers on the issues every parent faces today. They will be held at the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre on March 7th, April 10th, May 15th, and June 12th, at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $130 for the entire series, or $35 per speaker (and all for a good cause as net proceeds go to support the Vancouver International Children’s Festival).  And tip: get your tickets for the Festival itself soon as shows fill up fast!

Awesome ways #4 and 5: Technology helping families

And now for the technology angle! Two new #mustuse services put technology to work helping families stay in touch: Picplum and Perch.

San Francisco based Picplum is a service that prints photos you upload or email to their site and then ships them to anyone you want anywhere – all for the same price as it would be for you to do it yourself! If you are like most busy parents, you are far too busy to organize photos, let alone to find the time to print and share them. That’s where Picplum comes in – it remembers who you send what. So this means happiness for relatives around the world who have been asking for photos because they are not as online as you are, but more importantly, even the super tech savvy are touched by a package in the mail full of photos of loved ones, especially children.

Perch on the other hand is an equally cool innovation in the video space – Vancouver based and created by parents for parents, this is a 21st century marvel, an intuitive, hands-free method of video communication for the family. Families can use Perch to stay connected using wall mounted iOS devices in the home – perfect use for an iPhone. The facial detection technology automatically knows when you have something to say and records it – easy peasy! Family members who are not at home receive those messages as video alerts, and can reply from wherever they are. If you choose to enable motion detection, you’ll also receive a notification when something interesting happens in your home, which you can then share with your family.

What ways have you found to make your families stronger? Please share! And Happy Family Day to all.

Alexandra T. Greenhill, MOM, MD, CEO and Co-founder myBestHelper