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08 Mar, 2011

Ottawa giveaway alert: a creative cure for March Break madness

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Fishbowl patrons|Giveaways and product reviews

This giveaway is hosted by Fishbowl patron, Tag Along Toys.

Have you ever been to Tag Along Toys? We did the bulk of our Christmas shopping there last year and I (along with my MIL) were blown away by the thoughtful and personal service and the great selection of toys for kids of all ages. This, my friends, is what a toy store should look like. So if you’re looking for a small box kinda place for some big ideas about what kind of toys kids love, this is it.

Christmas seems 100 miles away now. I’m thinking ahead to March Break. Sadly, we are not going anywhere hot and gorgeous this year, nor are the kids enrolled in any special camps or programs. I work from home, which begs the question: What the heck do I do with the kids over March Break? Are you in the same boat? Or maybe you’re looking for things to keep the kids entertained for the rest of the year? :) Well, read on!

Tag Along Toys is giving ONE lucky Ottawa-area winner a package of creative diversions. It will knock your socks off.

It has a retail value of $185, and although it might not solve your March Break issues entirely it will definitely help keep the troops amused.

Here’s what’s in it:

1) S’match! – A memory game with a spin. For kids four and up.

2) Sticky mosaic – Let your flower child go to town. Groovy man!

3) Arterro art kit – An assortment of 100% wool felt shapes, recycled handmade paper, glass and wood beads, wire, needles and thread. Includes idea sheets with tips and instruction.

4) S’Quarrels – Tag Along included this game in for my benefit because we like it so much. It’s a card game in which you quarrel, hoard, and swap “nuts.” Mystery abounds! Who’ll get the rotten acorn? Is old man winter coming soon? Why should I give you my nuts YOU NUT STEALER?! It’s a lot of fun, and we all really enjoy this addition to family game nights.

5) A Jewelery Animals Stitching Card Kit from DJECO. Behold:

djeco stitch kit

Some of you might remember how much I love Djeco, so I will spare the gushing. We have Djeco draw-by-number sets that we’re planning on framing here at Casa Fishbowl… that’s how charming these art kits are. This is a stitching card set. Threads and sequins and spangles transform some lovely cards and make them sparkle. It’s illustration! It’s textile art! It comes with four illustrated plates, eight felt brushes and step-by-step instruction booklet. (Good for kids age 8 and up.)

6) Stamps and stencils from Djeco (for kids 6 and and older) and also…

7) 100 sheets of origami paper (for 100 paper cranes?) Includes step-by-step instructions for three great classics. (Good for anyone with opposable thumbs and some patience.)

Pretty awesome, isn’t it? It’s enough to keep your kids busy for HOURS!

If you’d like to win these items, here’s what you need to do (please read carefully):

  • You must live in the Ottawa area – or know someone who does – because the winner will have to pick up their prize at Tag Along Toys in a timely fashion. (They’re located in Kanata at the Signature Centre at 499 Terry Fox Dr.) Warning: might fall over when you see how lovely everything is.
  • Leave a comment below, telling us what kind of things you like to do with your family over March Break. Do you bake cookies? Go swimming? Hit up the museums? Go out for breakfast? Or maybe you’re one of the lucky ones who gets to travel somewhere awesome? (IF SO PLEASE TAKE ME WITH YOU.) If you have survival tips to share, now would be a good time. :)
  • Tag Along Toys is on Facebook as well as Twitter. Joining them there is not a requirement of this giveaway but it’s a good idea if you want insider scoop on awesome deals. And do you want to know a secret? Sometimes there are cupcakes at the store and only a select few people ever hear about it. Shhhh!
  • Good karma comes to those who tweet about this giveaway. If you’re not on Twitter, no worries, emailing your friends to let them know is just as good. :)
  • One entry per family please! I want lots of people to have the opportunity to win.
  • I will do a random draw of qualifying entries using Random.org at noon EST on Wednesday March 16, 2011. Please make sure you leave a valid email address because you can’t win if I can’t reach you.

Patti from Tag Along is going to be on A Morning tomorrow at 7:40 and 7:55, sharing March Break tips and games for home and while travelling. Make sure you tune in!

Thank you Tag Along Toys for hosting such a great giveaway!

Over to you Fishies! Good luck!

p.s. Don’t forget the Scratch giveaway too. There are only a couple of days left to enter. Woot!

81 Responses to "Ottawa giveaway alert: a creative cure for March Break madness"

1 | Just An Ottawa Dad

March 8th, 2011 at 3:28 pm


We’re totally a museum family. I think we have memberships to all of them in Ottawa.

2 | Cath in Ottawa

March 8th, 2011 at 3:42 pm


I would *so* love this, especially as those crafts are exactly the types of things my daughter’s teacher has said she needs to develop her hand strength (plus they look SO awesome).

We’re going to Montebello/Park Omega with all four grandparents for the weekend to kick off the break, and then it’ll be a museum-baking-library kind of break for us. We’re also thinking of having a ‘three months until summer’ party for the kids on our street — popsicles, bathing suits, beach blankets and bubbles. Guess that’ll depend on how organized I am!

3 | Chrissy

March 8th, 2011 at 3:48 pm


Well this is our first March Break, so I’m not sure what we’ll do yet. Probably a lot of relaxing, crafts, and baking. We’ll probably have at least one pyjama day. We’re huge Tag Along Toys fans. It’s the only place I shop for gifts for kids!

4 | Jackie

March 8th, 2011 at 3:51 pm


We generally do the local museums as much as possible during March break but if I have to work, then camps are great.

5 | Lida

March 8th, 2011 at 4:16 pm


I am going to have my grandchildren for three days and we were going to do the museums, go to Parc Omega for a day and hopefully fit in a trip to feed the chickadees on a walking trail. This would be a great surprise for them if we won! Then they could each bring something home after their visit!

6 | Capital Mom

March 8th, 2011 at 4:20 pm


The best thing about spring break is that grandma is coming! Yay!

I try to stay away from places where lots of other people will be. So it will be playdates and the park, if the weather is nice.

7 | Lynn

March 8th, 2011 at 4:31 pm


We’re also a museum family, especially in the winter months. This year I haven’t made any plans at all, because we just can’t decide if we are going to visit the grandparents in southern ontario or not, and if so, what days, and BLAH, I need to get my act together.

So if we end up staying in town, this prize pack will REALLY come in handy.

8 | sue

March 8th, 2011 at 4:32 pm


March break is all about relaxing or us. We go to the cottage for a fewv days to disconnect and just enjoy not having to rush anywhere. We also take advantage and visit the beautiful museums we have here.
Thanks for the giveaway!

9 | Kerry

March 8th, 2011 at 4:55 pm


Ooh…that would be awesome! I’m a teacher who doesn’t get the same March Break as my kids (boo!), so my kids get to spend quality time with their grandparents.

10 | Alison in Ottawa

March 8th, 2011 at 5:42 pm


Wow! An exciting give away, I wish that store was closer to my house – I have been dying to check it out in person. This year my husband and I have to work most of the week but we are planning one weekend to go skiing in Bromont with their cousins (so the kids did go somewhere over the Break and get a visit with the cousins at the same time) and then a wonderful friend is taking both my girls for an overnight sleepover and then we are also doing a few dinner parties with friends. It is OK if the girls are up late as the best part of the March Break week is the no rushing for the bus in the morning, instead everyone can have an extra 30 min in the morning to get ready and then they can go to daycare (which thankfully operates over March Break)… it is nice to just have a break in routine even if you aren’t going away! Alison

11 | Joy

March 8th, 2011 at 6:11 pm


We like to take advantage of the all the great programs available. Like at 4Cats Art Studio and Gotta Paint. The Real Canadian Superstore has some fun camps. Plus, my personal favourite, as they are free, the public library has programs, too. Not to mention, just browsing and picking up some great reads. There is tons to do in Ottawa during the March Break!

12 | Mel

March 8th, 2011 at 6:35 pm


wow! looks like a great giveaway. My dad is coming to look after the kids as I have to work. He plans to do lots of the things mentioned above – museums, library but a kit of new stuff would certainly help him get through the week! thanks for the chance

13 | Elizabeth

March 8th, 2011 at 6:56 pm


We’ll be visiting Montreal for a couple of days near the end of March Break, seeing the Biodome and several museums. And we also get to host some out-of-town family here in Ottawa. We’re looking forward to it so much!

14 | Darcy

March 8th, 2011 at 7:07 pm


That basket sure would come in handy.

We will probably spend our days walking to the library and back and visiting with our neighbours.

15 | Sara

March 8th, 2011 at 7:46 pm


I have no plans except work over March Break. However, as a “big kid”. I just want to chime in with the love for Parc Omega. I went in September and had So. Much. Fun. I don’t have kids myself but I wish they did gift vouchers b/c it would be the only way to get my partner’s nieces to go.

The pack looks wicked. Gift some of the stuff and use the rest myself. Yes, I am a big kid :)

16 | Rebecca

March 8th, 2011 at 7:48 pm


While we avoid high traffic places like museums, we do love spending extra time together, and leisurely mornings!

17 | Jodi

March 8th, 2011 at 8:07 pm


We are keeping our fingers crossed for cold weather! Aren’t you all?! Another few days of x-country skiing and we’ll be happy! Last year for March Break we biked down to Parliament Hill. Imagine.

18 | Ingrid

March 8th, 2011 at 8:14 pm


We’re a homeschooling family, and on a different schedule than kids who go to school, so March Break is usually whatever we make it. Sometimes we use it for rest, family from out of town visit, or we work and take the week off another time!

19 | Tiana

March 8th, 2011 at 8:54 pm


We’ll likely hit up some museums and try to get outside a lot.

20 | KarenL

March 8th, 2011 at 9:25 pm


It all looks awesome – I have a very crafty daughter! Over March break we will probably do some scrapbooking.

21 | Martin Settle

March 8th, 2011 at 10:12 pm


We’re pretty new to this March break thing… We haven’t registered for any camps. so our plan is to get outdoors as often as possible. Doesn’t look like the snow will last for x-country skiing, but there is always the race weekend to prepare for!

22 | binki

March 8th, 2011 at 10:51 pm


We go to the cottage and do some skiing or snowshoeing. This year we’ll also go to Toronto to visit family. The give-away looks fab!

23 | Victoria Murray

March 9th, 2011 at 12:03 am


We will be doing the museums & some of the great library activities. Hopefully we will also get some outdoor fun in too.

24 | jennP

March 9th, 2011 at 5:28 am


We stay at home for March break as well. It usually includes outdoor activities if the weather permits, some indoor swimming and museums. We also include a few school friend play dates and a lot of rest!!! It’s wonderful!!

25 | Krista R

March 9th, 2011 at 5:56 am


Wow – awesome giveaway! We have plans for lounging in pyjamas, a visit to the library and a visit from Grandma.

26 | Faustina

March 9th, 2011 at 7:42 am


I have to pick up a Nature pass from the library this week, just in time for March break.

So we’ll go to the Museum of Nature. We’ll also do some baking, and I think that we’ll try to visit at least one of our friends who live in small towns out of the city.

faustina.konkal at gmail.com

27 | Sherri

March 9th, 2011 at 7:55 am


What a fabulous prize! My kids would love it.

We are very excited to be escaping to Florida for the break this year. We’re not going to Disney, just for a week of sun on the beach.

28 | Kaitlin

March 9th, 2011 at 10:13 am


Oh, March Break…I miss this so! I think my niece or my husband’s godson would get a kick out of this giveaway, so I’m entering on their behalf. My niece is doing a drama camp this March Break. My husband’s godson is having his first March Break ever and I don’t think he could be more excited.

My favourite March Break activities were always doing crafts in the morning and baking and playing board games with my mom in the afternoon.

29 | Alina Muresan

March 9th, 2011 at 10:38 am


My boy is not old enough for school, but we like to go to the zoo as often as we can.

30 | Mary

March 9th, 2011 at 11:53 am


March break = sleeping in!

What a craft-tastic prize pack…

31 | Chantal

March 9th, 2011 at 12:02 pm


I am working over this March break. My oldest is registered for a Lego Robotics camp and he is super excited. My other two will be at their regular day care. I wish I was going somewhere fun :)

32 | Debbie

March 9th, 2011 at 12:18 pm


I try to plan one outing a day and at least one quiet time activity a day!

What a great giveaway!

33 | Carla

March 9th, 2011 at 12:35 pm


This would be a great prize. My 5 yr old loves crafty things and enjoy the prizes.
Our plans for March break are do some of the library programs and get the kids together with some friends they don’t see often now that they are in different schools.

34 | Lisa

March 9th, 2011 at 12:38 pm


Wow, those are beautiful crafts! We had a similar one for paper dolls, and it’s brilliant.

Our daughter isn’t in school yet, but we have a spring daycare break. There won’t be many kids around for playdates, so it’ll be parks, baking, crafts, nature trail, library, swimming, and local museums.

35 | Mommy Marshall

March 9th, 2011 at 12:40 pm


We have a new baby, so March Break will be spent staying in pjs, making crafts, baking treats, building forts, having play dates and visiting Grandma. This giveaway is perfect for our family…our daughters are age five and seven!

Please oh please magic fairy….pick me!

36 | Jay

March 9th, 2011 at 1:10 pm


This is the first year I’m working during March Break:( But we’ve enrolled the kids in a super fun March Break camp that they are pretty excitd about.

We love to do crafts and play family games though and I LOVE Tag A Long Toys.

37 | KL

March 9th, 2011 at 1:30 pm


My child’s daycare is taking a trip to the Nature Museum since I will be working part of the week. Someday we’ll get to vacation in the tropics but until then we’ll be skating and playing in the last bit of snow that might be left.
Oh and perhaps a bit of shopping those prizes look devine.

38 | Tracy R

March 9th, 2011 at 1:31 pm


We plan to hit up a few of the museums and hopefully the sugar bush if the weather cooperates!
We love Tag Along Toys too and my son especially loves their Thomas table!

39 | meg

March 9th, 2011 at 1:32 pm


My older daughter is taking a one day babysitting course and my younger one may go to a judo camp for a few days. Besides that we will hang at home and RELAX! We just bought the fashion design set recently – what a hit!

40 | Vanessa

March 9th, 2011 at 1:50 pm


I love Tag Along Toys! They are my birthday party shopping one-stop-shop!
Unfortunately, i have to work at March Break, but I usually take the Monday and Friday off to make 2 long weekends of it. We love to be “tourists” in our own city. Since we live in the suburbs, we don’t often make it downtown, and we enjoy taking a bus ride downtown, visiting the Parliament buildings, walking around the market, along the canal, and basically rediscovering what I take for granted, but my kids don’t get to experience very often!

41 | Cari

March 9th, 2011 at 2:05 pm


On March break I like to give the kids a break. We stay in our PJ’s and have a long late breakfast. Any outings are later in the morning or early afternoon because we all need a break from getting up early and rushing. We’re hoping to catch a Wave Swim and maybe a trip to visit the cows at the Ex farm.

42 | Janet

March 9th, 2011 at 2:10 pm


We LOVE Tag along toys and go there often!

My mother is coming up here from New Brunswick for a visit with the boys. Who knows what we’ll be doing with here, but I know we’ll all have fun!

43 | Sonya

March 9th, 2011 at 2:44 pm


We’ll be trying to get outdoors as much as possible. Enjoy the last bits of winter!

44 | Carolyn

March 9th, 2011 at 2:49 pm


With 4 kids, it’s alway a huge thing to think about what to do especially since they vary in ages. So I have my older 2 enrolled in the free library classes for ages 6-12 and my younger 2 will just have to suffer along with doing errands with mom. I’m also trying to pack up a family of 6 and clean house for a housesitter before we leave in the middle of the week for Florida to go visit the grandparents. All I’m hoping for is that it really does feel like a break to me! Last March Break, I had an organized activity a day and took pictures so it became a daily blog of what we were going to do that day – home manis and pedis for the 3 girls (my son had one nail painted) one day, sleepover at grandmas house another day, making jewellery the next, playing in the snow with friends another day. Hopefully the kids appreciated the effort!

45 | suze

March 9th, 2011 at 3:39 pm


the kids are registered for a couple of library programs and the rest will be spent playing outside and inside with friends. Maybe my friends and I will do a few kid-swap hours in hope of staving off insanity.

46 | Heather

March 9th, 2011 at 3:45 pm


This is our very first March break!

We are planning to partake in some of the activities at Chapters and play outside. We’ll also take a visit to the KidKaf and the Children’s museum in Hull.

This looks like a lovely prize!

47 | Chris

March 9th, 2011 at 4:40 pm


I don’t have kids, yet, but enjoy hanging out with my nephew. Museums are definitely up there on the list!

48 | milkfacemama

March 9th, 2011 at 4:45 pm


Love this prize! I work and my 3 girls will likely be at work with me for much of the break – I’ know they’d love crafty things to do! They’ll be lots of reading and baking on our March Break as well as a sleepover at grandmas :)

49 | Nora

March 9th, 2011 at 8:12 pm


What a great prize! Thanks for the opportunity.

We are heading to Montreal for a few days at the end of the break but before then, we’ll be home – hanging out. I asked each of the kids for their “wish list” and one is having a Wii party with the neighbours, another a sleepover, and the 3rd a visit with a friend from another neighbourhood. We’ll hit the library, a public skate, and the mall (can we say pre-teen?). I’m also hoping for dinner out and maybe a movie for me!

50 | Michelle

March 9th, 2011 at 8:31 pm


Fantastic giveaway!!! We have been to Tag along toys and loved the unique selection of toys. Going to Mont Tremblant, museums and for my sons birthday which falls during the break Rays Reptiles… :-)

51 | kathleen

March 9th, 2011 at 10:11 pm


We usually go skiing at Mont St. Anne for a few days over March Break to stretch out the x-country season. This year we’re staying close to home, visiting with family, hanging out and my daughter is going to a three day workshop at 4Cats.

52 | Paige

March 9th, 2011 at 11:47 pm


The older son is going to a Spartoon camp with Catholic School Board and the little one is staying home with Grandma – the art box will be an awesome hands-on activity for him!

53 | Valerie

March 10th, 2011 at 8:49 am


My kids are in Montessori so get two weeks off. The first one they’ll be in Dovercourt camps (my dd is really looking forward to learning pottery on a wheel!).

The second week my husband and I are also taking off and we plan to patch and paint our son’s room – with help from the kids who love that kind of stuff.

We also will plan our garden and start seeds under a sun lamp.

My daughter is so into crafts these days – this giveaway sounds awesome.

54 | Cleo

March 10th, 2011 at 9:26 am


We avoid the museums as they get too busy with all the camps piling in. This year, we are trying something new and we’re choosing a movie series and we will watch them in order, one per day. We are also doing crafts and science experiments at home. The rest will depend on the weather.

Boy, could we ever use this prize package!!! Fingers are crossed.

55 | Sarah P

March 10th, 2011 at 12:48 pm


Embracing the lack of routine and schedule for this March Break. Hope to keep these boys busy and that gift basket sure would help. Planning on some outside playdates and at least one PJ day.

56 | Dana

March 11th, 2011 at 12:36 pm


We will be spending time at the Grandparents, and hopefully have some fun outside in the snow. Looking forward to break in homework for the kiddies.

57 | Mom of three

March 11th, 2011 at 3:48 pm


Oooh! This sounds like a great giveaway!! We love Tag along Toys! I am looking for good ideas as I will be home with all three kids and they are all under six. We will likely go to a few library programs and host / go to playdates. I don’t like to go to crowded places with the kids so we’ll stay away from museums and malls. Hopefully the weather will be nice so we can play outside. Keeping my fingers crossed (for the giveaway and for nice weather)!!

58 | Todd

March 11th, 2011 at 8:42 pm


This is a 1st for us but night skiing, wave pool and tobogganing are going to be our main focus as well as lots of baking fun stuff. Love the fab basket and no doubt my daughter miss crafty

59 | Kelly C

March 11th, 2011 at 9:57 pm


We are a HUGE fan of going to the park,going on walks and toboganning!

60 | Tanya Goveas

March 12th, 2011 at 8:24 am


We spend March break together exploring this amazing city. This year we will be tubing, swimming, going to Art Gallery, Aviation museum, and to a Rock Show. One day we will spend at home doing art, watching movies in our PJ’s eating popcorn. A special lunch out & dinner to celebrate will be the kids’ choice. Hope everyone enjoys their break!!!

61 | Vivian

March 12th, 2011 at 8:36 am


It’s my son’s first march break! So I expect we’ll be doing a lot of whatever we can to get him out of the house (he’s naturally a homebody): going to the park, swimming and the library. For our home activities we do things like play games and probably many tiring games of “chase” (which involves me chasing and catching, over and over again).

62 | Cathleen

March 12th, 2011 at 9:53 am


We are planning our March break activities as I type. We are looking for things for kids of different ages as my nieces are coming along. So far, we are looking at library programs, the Mud Oven activity, and the rally at the Museum of Civilization – all great opportunities to show my family the best of Ottawa.

63 | Shawn

March 12th, 2011 at 10:39 am


That’s an awesome give away. I have been to tag along toys a couple of times and that are awesome. My kids would freak over all this stuff

64 | andrea

March 12th, 2011 at 12:06 pm


This entry is from Kelli Catana:

“My March Break plans are taking my family to Turks and Caicos for a much needed family vacation!”

65 | Karin

March 12th, 2011 at 1:56 pm


What a fabulous give away….we are baking this March break (cupcakes and cinnamon bread) – also visiting Grandma and Grandpa!

Hope everyone has a great week with the kids.

66 | nikki_momma

March 12th, 2011 at 2:04 pm


well…my son isn’t quite three, but he has recently discovered a flare for arts and crafts. I’m sure he would love to get is hands on some of these items, while some will have to be put away for a bit. We will likely do some more chocolate sucker pops, lots of puzzles and a visit to Sippy Cup Cafe in Kanata. I’m also hoping to go to Fultons for a nice ride to have pancakes!

67 | Cathy

March 12th, 2011 at 4:23 pm


With two little girls it will be a crafts and baking week for us. Hope to visit a museum and catch a movie.

68 | Shawna

March 13th, 2011 at 11:29 am


Alas March Break is like any other week from my perspective – we did our holiday in January so I’m going to be at work all week. But my daughter’s daycare is running its own “camp” and they have lots of cool activities planned so I’m hoping she has a great time!

69 | Erin

March 14th, 2011 at 12:30 pm


With all of our regularly scheduled toddler programs cancelled this week, we have set up a slew of playdates to catch up and visit with all our little friends.

70 | Karin

March 14th, 2011 at 1:10 pm


What an eye-popping giveaway! I need to check out Tagalong, clearly….

We are planning on enjoying not having to leave pronto every morning. So nice long breakfasts and plenty of pj-lingering. We have a stack of books from Elmdale’s recent BookFest, so there will be reading and more reading. My younger kid is taking part in the Aviation Museum’s Lego contest this Friday, March 18. He’s built an awesome plane, and he’s just five! We also have plans to catch up with out-of-town cousins, swim at Plant Pool, do lots of arts and crafts and maybe even dust off our bikes if it really hits +15 by week’s end. To cap it off, our seven-year-old has her first orthodontist appointment (eep!).

71 | Rebecca

March 14th, 2011 at 1:39 pm


I’m home with my 2 yr old and 3 yr old and will be watching a friends 5 year old and 8 year old for the week. I’m trying to plan a little outing every day – today was swimming, tomorrow the Science and Tech Museum. We’ll be hitting the library on Wednesday and the Aviation Museum on Friday. Still looking for something fun to do on Thursday. We may take a trip to the Bulk Barn for some candy, etc and make and decorate some cupcakes in the afternoon.

Should be a whirlwind week!

72 | Wendy

March 14th, 2011 at 3:05 pm


I am going to be spending time with my wonderful Granddaughter who is eight.
Tommorrow I am going to take her and her bestfriend to the Experimental farm.
We will be doing crafts, we love the Djeco crafts.
They are so beautiful.
That would be a perfect gift to win for the March break.
The card game sounds like fun, we love to play Wig out.
While reading everyones idea’s I realized how unprepared I am!!! ;).
I quess if we don’t win we will be taking a trip to Tag along toys for sure!!
Happy Spring break to everyone!

73 | Donna

March 15th, 2011 at 8:41 am


This March Break will consist of A LOT of crafts, outside time (yesterday we made snowmen), limited time on the TV and video games, putting up the tent in the family room and sleeping in it overnight (night one went well!), Grandma and Poppa are taking them both for a SUPER SLAMMIN’ SLEEPOVER where they will be treated like kings (as usual), we’re having a playdate with school friends, and before we know it, the break will be over and we’ll have tonnes of memories! Yay March Break!

74 | Lindsay

March 15th, 2011 at 1:26 pm


Fantastic giveaway!!! With 4 kids at home all week we are trying to stay busy baking, doing crafts, playing games, enjoying the nice weather with walks, we make a movie tent with our super fort and watch a movie with snacks every night, seeing as we dont have to get up for school. We are trying to enjoy our time together.

75 | Sara

March 16th, 2011 at 8:55 am


I have a 2 year old, so March break is really all about me. It seems as though everyone, everywhere, is geared to accommodating families. Thank God for small favors. We dropped in at Chapters (Pinecrest location) yesterday. They have something planned for kids every day this week, it seems. Spiderman will be making an appearance on Saturday! And for those of you knee deep into everything pink and frilly, a Disney Princess (Snow White, perhaps? My memory escapes me.) will be there either today or tomorrow.

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March 16th, 2011 at 8:56 am


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77 | Jenn

March 16th, 2011 at 9:53 am


March Break around here is spent doing lots of crafty stuff (so this fab Tag Along Toys prize would be very useful!), baking, visiting with friends, having a movie afternoon with popcorn and friends, going to the farm, going to the library and outside for play and walks…….and then capping it off with a spa afternoon for mum (that’s me!) on Friday at Spa Nordik while hubby minds the kids!

78 | Dave A

March 16th, 2011 at 10:10 am


Our favorite March Break destination has to be the Experimental Farm to check out the new spring babies!

79 | andrea

March 16th, 2011 at 12:11 pm


Comments are officially closed to new entries. Check back later this aft to see who won.

Thank you!

80 | andrea

March 16th, 2011 at 12:58 pm


The winner is commenter #2 – Cath in Ottawa – who wrote:

“I would *so* love this, especially as those crafts are exactly the types of things my daughter’s teacher has said she needs to develop her hand strength (plus they look SO awesome).

We’re going to Montebello/Park Omega with all four grandparents for the weekend to kick off the break, and then it’ll be a museum-baking-library kind of break for us. We’re also thinking of having a ‘three months until summer’ party for the kids on our street — popsicles, bathing suits, beach blankets and bubbles. Guess that’ll depend on how organized I am!”

Congratulations Cath! Looks like you’re all set up! Woot! I will send you an email ASAP. A big thank you to Patti and Tag Along Toys for hosting this fabulous giveaway

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  • Aj: Each peach, Everybody puts two feet in, king counter will say the following rhyme as they count around the circle: "Each peach pear plum out goes
  • Jenn Jilks: That is really exciting! Break a leg!
  • fun88: I was excited to discover this page. I want to to thank you for your time for this fantastic read!! I definitely liked every part of it and i also
  • Gretchen Humphrey: I had a beautiful bee& birdbath filled with a solar fountain and dozens of antique marbles that were suddenly disappearing. At first I thought my
  • Jinjer: I am sobbing reading this post. And you're right, companion is not enough. Little furry treasured gifts that they are. Thanks for sharing cutie-pi
  • Karen: Dear Andrea, Mark and your daughters I am so very sad for your family xxx Piper was/is my favourite Instagram post. You shared with us so intimately

The Obligatory Blurb

My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our dog Piper who is kind of a big deal on Instagram. We also have two human offspring: Emma (24) and Sarah (22). During the day I work as a writer at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999. The Fishbowl is my whiteboard, water cooler, and journal, all rolled into one. I'm passionate about healthy living, arts and culture, travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

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