November 2017

Have The Ride Of Your Life With The Y Flyer by Y Volution!

Y Flyer Scooter Review

Is it a scooter? Is it a bike? Why do we have to choose? Let’s just have fun!

Y VOLUTION THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Balance Bike by YVolution

Why Y  Volution? Because it’s a company that is run by a bunch of “big kids” and who better to design the toys that our children want than designers who are big kids themselves?

You probably remember the balance bike that became all the rage back in 2009. Well Y Volution is the same company that brought us that cool invention and they didn’t stop there. With over 10 cool rideable toys, they have put the “weeee” in wheel.

They have actually teamed up with PhD researchers at Dublin City University and The University of California to find out how they could make rides that are both educational and fun for kids of all ages. They have turned that research into results to create a new breed of awesome rides that actively help to improve gross motor skills, balance, spatial awareness, coordination and even emotional development at a young age!

But shhh! don’t tell the kids that they’re learning while having fun…we’ll keep that between us?!

THE Y FLYER BY Y VOLUTION

Little S and I got to test the Y Flyer by Y Volution and it was so much fun. We laughed our heads off while learning to ride and then while riding. It was the most fun we both had in a long time. Check out our YouTube video below to see what I mean.

 

Y Flyer Features

  • Super grip foot plates for ultimate comfort and control
  • Fun and unique forward propelling motion
  • The Y Flyer is built with a strong steel frame that is easily foldable for quick storage and travel
  • Quick-response handbrake for increased control and security
  • Suitable for boys and girls aged 7 and over with a max weight of 154 lbs (70kgs).

Y flyer folded
Note that there is some assembly required but I was able to put the Y Flyer together by myself in about 20 minutes. There is also a moderate learning curve to get started and this will obviously vary by child. Once you get the basics of how to get going, you can practice to go at higher speeds and even pull some tricks!

PLEASE NOTE: Head protection should be worn by everyone using these toys!

WHERE TO BUY

The Y Volution products are available in Canada at Toys R Us, Walmart and Canadian Tire. Check out the full product line at yvolution.com.

Please feel free to ask any questions in the comments section below.

Happy holidays!

City Mom

L.O.L. Surprise Series 2 Dolls & Collectibles

LOL Surprise Series 2

If you have a young child or tween, you are likely already know all about L.O.L. Surprise! toys. If you aren’t, then you’ve come to the right place.

Today we review six of the Series 2 L.O.L. Surprise toys and we highly recommend them for stocking stuffers and/or gifts under the tree this year.

L.O.L. SURPRISE SERIES 2

In our unboxing video, we open two L.O.L. Surprise Lil Tots Balls, two L.O.L. Charm Fizz Balls and two  L.O.L. Lil Sisters Balls. These cute little collectibles make for the perfect gift because they combine many surprises in one toy.

L.O.L. Surprise Series 2 – Lil Tots

LOL Surprise Lil Tots Series 2

These include seven layers of fun:
  • Secret message stickers
  • Collectible stickers
  • Bottle charm
  • Shoes
  • Outfit
  • Fashion accessory
  • L.O.L. Surprise Tot Doll with water surprise

L.O.L. Surprise Series 2 – Lil Sisters

LOL Surprise Lil Sisters Series 2

These include five layers of fun:
  • Secret message stickers
  • Collectible stickers
  • Small fashion accessory
  • Large fashion accessory
  • Colour-change Lil Sisters doll

L.O.L. Surprise Series 2 – Fizz Charms

LOL Surprise Fizz Charms Series 2

These include three layers of fun:

  • Ring tatoo
  • Sticker decal for charm accessory
  • Charm accessory

PRICING AND WHERE TO BUY

The L.O.L. Surprise Series 2 Lil Tots start at $13.99, the Lil Sisters start at $9.95 and the Fizz Charms start at $4.99. In Canada, they can be found at Indigo Books & Music, Toys R Us, Showcase, Mastermind Toys, Walmart and more. Visit lolsurprise.mgae.com to learn more.

And guess what?! L.O.L. Surprise! Series 3 (pets) are coming very soon! Be sure to check all the stores mentioned above as they undoubtedly will sell out fast as these collectibles are on the top of everyone’s list!

Happy shopping and happy holidays!

City Mom

Enter to #Win a Family Pack of Tickets to See Honk! At St. Jacobs Country Playhouse

HONK! Giveaway

Exciting news…today on City Mom, you can enter to win a family 4-pack of tickets to see Drayton Entertainment’s Honk! playing at St. Jacobs Country Playhouse from November 29 – December 24, 2017. Read on to learn how you can enter.

ALL ABOUT HONK!

Honk! Definitely delivers a message that is good for all, but especially for our children. It is more important than ever to share the message that bullying is not okay and that each child has resiliency and grit to rise above any naysayers. I’m so excited to see this performance and I think that you will be too!

Here is what Drayton Entertainment has to say about Honk!…

 Being different is good! Based on the beloved Hans Christian Andersen fable, this high-energy musical comedy tells the story of Ugly, a duckling born into ridicule and loneliness simply because he is different. When he leaves the farm and embarks on an adventure of self-discovery, encountering peril while unknowingly outwitting a ravenous cat, Ugly discovers there’s much more to him than anyone thought.

Winner of multiple awards, this universal story of acceptance is sure to quack up audiences of all ages with its unique gaggle of barnyard characters, tuneful songs and clever comedy.

 

BUY YOUR TICKETS

St-Jacobs-Country-Playhouse

St. Jacob’s Country Playhouse is just 90 minutes away from London and makes for an exciting day trip! Visit draytonentertainment.com to purchase your tickets to see Honk! and hurry because some dates are already sold out. Tickets start at $27.

WIN TICKETS

One lucky City Mom reader will win four tickets (two adults, two child) to see Honk! at St. Jacobs Country Playhouse on Thursday December 7, 2017 for the 7:30 pm performance. Check out the giveaway widget below to enter. Contest is open to Canadian residents excl. Quebec and open until November 19, 2017 at 11:00 pm.

STAY TUNED

My family and I are lucky to be able to attend one of the opening performances of Honk! We will be sharing our experience via Instagram and right here on the blog so be sure to check back in December to read our review.

Good luck and happy honking!

City Mom

5 Reasons to Symbolically Adopt a Species This Holiday Season

City Mom WWF

Each holiday season I come across at least one person on my gift giving list that I really have to rack my brain to come up with a meaningful and appropriate gift for. Sometimes I buy something just because, but that never feels very good.

This year I’m excited to have found a solution to this problem and that is giving the gift the means the world by symbolically adopting a species from the World Wildlife Fund Canada (WWF-Canada). And here are five reasons why we should all give this unique gift to at least one person on our list this year.

5 REASON TO SYMBOLICALLY ADOPT FROM WWF-CANADA

WWF-Canada Adoptions

  1. Kids LOVE stuffies! It’s true…I don’t know one child that doesn’t love stuffed animals and with WWF-Canada adoption, you can choose from 30 different animals to adopt and each adoption kit includes the stuffed animal version of the species you choose. From the polar bear to the grey wolf to the Arctic Hare, each stuffie is absolutely adorable!
    Each adoption kit also includes:

    • A personalized adoption certificate
    • A beautiful species poster with information about the animal and conservation work the gift supports
    • A reusable tote
    • A charitable tax receipt
  2. Canada’s wildlife is in trouble! Sadly, a WWF-Canada report shares that “from 1970 to 2014, half (451 of 903) of monitored wildlife species in Canada declined in abundance”. This is a scary and upsetting fact and it doesn’t end there; there are many more startling facts about Canada’s wildlife decline.
    By gifting a symbolic adoption, you help to take action on this devastating problem by contributing much needed dollars to support the conservation work that WWF-Canada is doing.
  3. You get a tax deduction! Not that you give to get back however, come tax season (which follows closely behind the holiday season) it’s nice to save as much as you can. With each $40 purchase, you will receive a $30 tax receipt. You sure can’t say that about your average toy gift.
  4. You can give a gift that includes fun and education! By gifting a symbolic adoption to a special child in your life, you are providing education about generosity and helping the planet.
    The post-millennial generation is more environmentally conscious and concerned than generations before, so this type of gift is particularly suitable for the kids in your life.
  5. You can choose from five new adoptable species: Who doesn’t love the latest and greatest?! WWF-Canada has added five new species to symbolically adopt. The Canada lynx, red fox, three-toed sloth, Atlantic puffin and black-footed ferret are now available for adoption. Each plush representation is as cute (or even cuter) as the other species’ stuffies.
    And all plush toys from WWF-Canada are made with the highest quality and are free of harmful dyes, conform to standard fire safety regulations and do not contain PVC or other materials with chlororganics.

OUR ADOPTION

WWF-Canada Symbolic Adoption

My family and I were given the gift the means the world and we received a symbolic adoption of a three-toed sloth. These odd-looking cuties are at risk due to deforestation of their tropical rain forest habitat.

WWF-Canada is helping this species by collaborating with communities, governments and companies to encourage sustainable forestry, creating the Global Forest & Trade Network and by working with the Brazilian government on the Amazon Region Protected Areas initiative.

WWF Canada Fun Fact

Little S loves her three-toed sloth plush and the whole concept of the symbolic adoption. She also enjoyed learning about this species and more about the work that WWF-Canada does. This holiday gift idea get the thumbs up from us!

Learn more at wwf.ca/shop – Happy Holidays!

City Mom

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