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05 May, 2011

Ottawa Giveaway alert: Summertime family fun (and fitness)!

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

We have a winner!

Yipee! This giveaway is brought to you by Fishbowl patron, the Soloway JCC.

I want to start out by saying that the Soloway JCC is a wonderful place to spend the summer. It is a great facility, and everyone is welcome!

This giveaway is for a two month Family Summer Membership (July & August). Woot! There are more than a couple reasons why this is such a great prize.

1) Think of how this could improve your summer and help your sanity. A family pass would totally alleviate the dreaded “MOM, I’M boooooored!” (My head hurts just thinking about that. Ugh.)

2) Membership includes access to the Fitness Centre, tons of great group fitness classes, squash, racquetball, a gymnasium with basketball nets, plus many classes and programs for children, teens, adults and seniors. Also: did you know that there’s childcare on site? You no longer have an excuse NOT to go to the gym! :)

3) Did you know about the big outdoor swimming pool? It’s fantastic. This is no ordinary splashpad or boring ol’ wading pool. This is a Pool with a Capital P, complete with slide, tables and chairs, lounges, change rooms and shaded areas. It’s a great place to spend a summer afternoon or go for a quick dip. And if that doesn’t float your boat, there’s also a full size indoor saltwater (!!) pool, hot tub, sauna and steam rooms.

(Look at me. I am already coveting the winner’s family membership. *sigh*)

4) Another thing worth noting: members get priority registration and discounts on all classes and programs including the summer camps.

Speaking of summer camps:

  • Summer Camps include Day Camp (for children as young as 2 and up), Traveling Sports Camp (entering grade 2 and up), and 13 Specialty Camps (7-15).
  • Each week of Day Camp offers a unique theme-based activity. Swimming lessons are included.
  • Staff include teachers and early childhood educators. They’re chosen for their experience as well as their ability to work with children. Low counsellor-to-camper ratios ensure everything they do is safe and fun.
  • The Traveling Sports Camp is truly a unique experience as it is the only camp in the city that takes campers on a field trip every day. Traveling Sports Campers spend the morning at the Soloway JCC where they learn about a wide range of sports and have instructional swimming lessons. After lunch they hop on a bus for a different adventure every day. Some of the trips planned for this summer include water parks, horseback riding, ice skating, bowling, go-karting, water skiing, NCC beaches and more. (!)

Doesn’t that sound cool? Apparently there are still some spaces left too. (So you might want to get on that.)

So.  Who wants the Family Summer membership?

Please read carefully, because if your entry doesn’t follow the rules it won’t qualify.

This giveaway is for one (1) Family Summer Membership at the Soloway JCC in Ottawa. (Children must be under 18 and living at the same address as the parents. You can read more about memberships here.)

Here’s what you need to do:

  • In the comments below, tell us:  (1) have been to the JCC before? Also, in order for your entry to qualify you need to (2) take a peek at their fitness programs and tell us, what looks interesting to you? OR, since we are talking about summer fun and the JCC has some great swimming goin’ on, you can tell us what kind of pool personality you are. Are you a lounger? A diver? A wannabe dolphin? Or perhaps you are the type who likes to play Marco Polo with your kids? Tell us how you enjoy time in and around the pool with your family.
  • Let’s keep it fair. One entry per family please!

You have until Friday May 13, 2011 (lucky you!) at noon EST to get your entries in. I will be using random.org to select one winning name and will publish the name of the winner here. Also, double check your email address, ok? You can’t win if I can’t reach you.

Good karma goes to those who share, so please forward this giveaway to friends and neighbors who might be interested. Thank you!

Thank you as well to our friends at the Soloway JCC for providing such an awesome prize! And good luck to you all!

37 Responses to "Ottawa Giveaway alert: Summertime family fun (and fitness)!"

1 | Allison

May 5th, 2011 at 1:51 pm


never been but have heard great things! i think the korean energy yoga sounds very cool! oh, and i’m definitely a wannabe dolphin in the water! :)

2 | Candace

May 5th, 2011 at 2:01 pm


I have never been before but a good friend spent years working there so I have heard good things! I think Yoga for Stress and Axiety would be good for me. With 2 under 2 there are definitely stressful moments! In the pool, Iam a Marco Polo fanatic:)

3 | Finola

May 5th, 2011 at 3:27 pm


Both of our girls went to a week-long camp at the JCC last summer. It was fabulous from both the children’s and parents’ perspective. We have signed them up again for camps this year.

We would love to go use the pool as a family, and I would love to use the gym to do strength training.

Thanks for the opportunity – we would love to win this!!

4 | Sasha

May 5th, 2011 at 3:58 pm


I have not been to the JCC – yet. But I have a girlfriend who has been telling me all about the salt-water pool. I can’t wait to go try it out with my bath-adverse baby (and the older water-baby).

My pool-personality would be a splasher – at least at the moment. Or rather, a sitter holding a splasher. What I’m hoping to avoid is a sitter holding a screamer ;)

5 | Cari

May 5th, 2011 at 6:05 pm


I have never been to JCC but it sounds fabulous.

I think the weight training for woman course sounds interesting. I’ve always heard that weight training is very important for those of us woman that are north of 35.

6 | Fiona

May 5th, 2011 at 7:26 pm


I’m a huge fan of the JCC outdoor pool, we’ve been taking our kids for the last 2 summers and my husband swims laps there before work. If we won a summer membership, I’d definitely try the Kettlebells Training and of course use the pool.

7 | Alicia

May 5th, 2011 at 8:41 pm


I’ve never been to JCC and I would love to take a kettlebell class. I’m a floater but look forward to being more of a dolphin with my little man.

8 | Josef

May 6th, 2011 at 1:05 am


I have been to the jcc before, and usually use the gym and the weight room before grabbing a byte at the restaurant. I’ve only had enjoyable expiriences so far, and would love to win this!

I am definitely a splasher. Can’t help getting into those giant splash fights with friends…. :)

9 | Irene

May 6th, 2011 at 10:04 am


I have never been, but I have have only heard great things from my friends who go often :)
I am not much of a swimmer, but my kids are! I guess I tend to be a lounger and organizer – packing all the snacks and drinks and towels and water toys to keep the family enjoying their water play… but I have been known to take a quick dip if it gets too warm on deck! …that salt water pool sounds really neat!

10 | Lucie

May 6th, 2011 at 11:29 am


I was a member at JCC a long time ago, before kids. Now I traing mostly at home, and run outside, but we would make great use of the Family pass during the summer, especially the outdoor pool! In terms of pool personnality, with two young kids, I’m a mix between engaged splasher and laid back, when my kids let me!

11 | meg

May 6th, 2011 at 12:41 pm


Never been – have heard the pool is great. I would love to do more pilates – and see some results!

12 | Cheryl

May 6th, 2011 at 2:18 pm


We spend a lot of time there in the summer at the outdoor pool and even in Sept. after school if the weather is nice. I’d love to try the Korean energy yoga. As for the pool personality, I’m a part-time lounger, part-time get in and play with the kids.

13 | Sonya

May 6th, 2011 at 2:55 pm


I have never been, but I’m definitely going to have to check it out. My pool personality these days is just trying to keep up with my splashing 15 month old swimming fanatic! Looking forward to the days we can splash together without my worrying so much about her absolute fearlessness in the water.

14 | KL

May 6th, 2011 at 7:09 pm


I have never been. Always wanted to because I’ve heard wonderful things about the salt water pool. I’m definitely a wannabe dolphin! The pilates classes look very interesting.

15 | Jan

May 6th, 2011 at 9:00 pm


Love the JCC pool and have wanted the girls to try the summer camps! I am a wanna-be dolphin for sure! The kettlebell caught me eye too…

16 | Patricia

May 7th, 2011 at 5:45 am


I have never been before, but it looks great! I”m interested in weight training for women. My kids would love to play in the pool!

17 | Edumama

May 7th, 2011 at 8:38 am


I love the JCC- have only been on a friend’s guest pass. We’ve never been to the pool, but hear only great things. My pool personality is swim team wannabe with a heavy dose of heads-up breast stroke/side stroke. This would be a great summer activity for the whole family!

18 | KarenL

May 7th, 2011 at 12:17 pm


I have never been to the JCC, but would love to use the outdoor pool this summer (we are in barrhaven with the water ban which means our regular splash pad is closed). Our family loves to throw a ball around in the pool.

19 | Shannon B

May 7th, 2011 at 4:36 pm


I HAVE been to the JCC when I worked as a lifeguard. I’d love to be able to take the kids there to use the facilities! My kids aren’t old enough yet for the camps but they have some cool ones, neato! Thanks for the chance!

20 | Jodi Forrest

May 7th, 2011 at 5:40 pm


My daughter attended a swimming birthday party at the JCC. It was great! Both my kids swam in the outdoor pool last fall and loved it! All the fitness programs look great especially the yoga and pilates (for me).

21 | Carolyn Chalupka

May 7th, 2011 at 9:56 pm


I have had the pleasure of using the outdoor pool at the JCC in the summer and I have heard many wonderful things about the indoor facilities. I am really interested in the Kettlebell group training and it’s a toss up for Yoga Therapy for back neck and shoulder care or pilates. Child care for gym time :) Now if only the kids could swim while I worked out.

22 | Alison in Ottawa

May 8th, 2011 at 8:59 pm


I have only been to the outdoor pool at the JCC. It is open later in the season than the city pools. I would love to have a chance to try out their indoor facilities. I would like to get back into yoga and get in some more swimming. I like to do laps in the pool but with the kids I usually spend my time chasing them around so we all keep moving.

23 | Tamaca

May 9th, 2011 at 10:16 am


Yeah, the korean energy yoga looks intriguing. I’ve always wanted to try their pools, I love salt water. I usually lounge in the pool while the kids play around me and pour water over my head when I’m not paying attention…

24 | Wendy

May 9th, 2011 at 3:02 pm


SO exciting!!
I’ve always wanted to try the Saltwater pool at JCC.
I would love to try the kettlebells.
Our family loves to swim. My 8 year old Grand daughter loves to play Marco Polo.
So nice that there is the option of an outdoor pool and indoor.

25 | kaitlin

May 10th, 2011 at 2:00 pm


I have never been to the JCC. But, the saltwater pool sounds lovely and I would really like to get back into doing yoga on a regular basis.

26 | Susana

May 11th, 2011 at 1:49 pm


I have never been but I would love to try out their yoga classes and their saltwater pool. People I know who go there rave about that pool.
Thanks for this opportunity

27 | daphne

May 13th, 2011 at 8:59 am


My niece had her birthday party at the JCC a few months ago and I was so impressed with the facilities – the salt water pool, the weight room (which I just passed by, didn’t actually spend any time in) and the “party” room upstairs. I also thought the staff was super helpful and friendly. And I’ve heard nothing but great things about their outdoor pool!

28 | Patti

May 13th, 2011 at 9:17 am


I used to be a member when I worked in the area and I LOVE the JCC – one of the cleanest facilities and friendly staff. The Kettlebell group training sounds like a great workout and I’m always interested in trying something new.

We might just have to try the outdoor pool this summer!

29 | sara

May 13th, 2011 at 9:45 am


I’ve never been to the JCC, but would love to check them out! Ohhh, the Kettlebell sounds intriguing and sure to induce an excellent lounge session in the pool:) Thanks for another great giveaway!

30 | Pam

May 13th, 2011 at 9:47 am


Hi, I’m from the SJCC.
Thanks so much for all your amazing feedback.
We have tons of great programs here for everyone of all ages and our outdoor pool will be open in a few weeks.
Please come by and take a look around.

31 | Pam

May 13th, 2011 at 9:48 am


Visit the Soloway JCC on line.

32 | gabrielle singer

May 13th, 2011 at 11:28 am


I have been to the JCC before and am impressed with their fitness programs and love the pool. Yoga is of particular interest! We enjoy the pool with our kids and get right in on the action with them – they have a super kids wading pool which we all enjoy together and the shallow wheelchair entry is also a hit. THanks for the great giveaway!

33 | Miriam Friedman

May 13th, 2011 at 11:33 am


yes we go to the JCC all the time. We go out to the JCC restaurant every week with the grandparents! I especially look forward to the seperate ladies and men swim this summer! thanks for all your wondering programs!

34 | Sarah

May 13th, 2011 at 11:47 am


We love the SJCC and have been involved in many programs over the years…splashing in the outdoor pool with my kids would be especially wonderful this summer as we live in the “water ban” area. The indoor saltwater pool is fantastic…and I would really love to try a beginner’s yoga class…

35 | andrea

May 13th, 2011 at 12:11 pm


It’s past noon! I am not accepting any new entries. Thank you all! I will be posting the winner here ASAP.

36 | andrea

May 13th, 2011 at 12:20 pm


All this talk about swimming is making me wonder if we should have a poolside tweetup sometime. :)

The winner of the random draw is commenter #32, gabrielle singer! Congratulations Gabrielle! I will be emailing you with some additional details.

Thank you to the Soloway JCC for providing some fantastic prizing too!

37 | Katherine

May 16th, 2011 at 11:28 am


I saw your post on buttons – love Mr. Mugs! I am on a major purge and was going to toss them but just in case – maybe you want them:


I live in Ottawa too and would be happy to send them to you.

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