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  1. What to do this weekend…

    This weekend is dedicated to Ontario parks and historic sites.  I don’t think we appreciate how much Ontario has to offer!  A list of 125 Ontario Parks experiences can be found here. Did you know that Fathom Five National Marine Park (Georgian Bay) has these awesome formations and boasts a rich cultural legacy that includes 22 shipwrecks and several historic lightstations?  Plan your visit.

    What more, on Saturday, July 17th, Parks Canada invites Canadians from all walks of life to come out and explore the best that Canada has to offer. Parks Canada opens its gates and welcome you into all national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas for free!

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    Enjoy the festival at Harbourfront, featuring a mini-kayak obstacle course for kids, hoop workshop, free canoe rides, craft station and red/white hairspray stations (!).

    Whittamore’s Farm is open for pick-your-own and the fun farm yard…recently visited by Suri Cruise this past weekend!

    Posted in Activities & Events, This Weekend.

  2. Toys R Us Report Card Cash-In Event

    Have your child bring in their report card to any Toys R Us and get a $5 gift card!  It doesn’t matter if the report card is good or bad… Offer valid July 2nd-4th.  This is a great way to treat your kids as they complete another year of school.

    Posted in Deals.

  3. Fallsview Indoor Waterpark Promo

    Purchase a day pass for 28.99 (S&H included) from Costco.ca and save $16.  The discounted pass can be used any time until Dec. 31st, 2010 and allows you to use the park from morning till closing.

    Posted in Deals.

  4. 40% off sale items at the Gap

    Posted in Deals, sale.

  5. Thank You Mexx

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    …for waiting till after my third pregnancy to come out with what will likely be a really lovely line of maternity clothes.

    Posted in Useful Info.

  6. Sale @ Hill Street Blues Extended until June 30th

    For the best selection of jean for both men and women and great prices…Hill Street Blues…it’s worth the drive to Richmond Hill.

    Posted in Deals, sale.

  7. Agoo & Mabel’s Labels Vouchers

    Click to print your coupon – basically, you get $100 worth of goods for $50.  Agoo has great line of clothes for kids, a little expensive for my taste, but see for yourself.

    Posted in Coupons.

  8. Electronic Trampoline – Mastermind Promotion

    Posted in Deals, sale.

  9. Get those toys off the floor…

    Kids will love stacking and displaying their trains on this fantastic display shelf from Gifts By David. It can also be used for displaying rock collections, favorite toys and keepsakes.  Fits Thomas the Tank Engine (wooden and diecast), Geotrax and other similar size trains. Square compartments are each 3″ wide x 3″ high x 3″ deep.  Handcrafted and available in a few different colours.  Display shelves for cars were also available but sold out and inventory is currently being replenished.

    Posted in Cool Products, Decor, Gifts.

  10. What to do this weekend…June 19th & 20th

    Enjoy music and entertainment for all ages at the Markham Village Music Festival.

    Black Creek Pioneer Village is having a full-scale reenactment of the Battle of Black Creek.  Watch as 200 soldiers fire their muskets and
    demonstrate a full scale battle.  Your kids can even join a mini militia and practice soldier skills.  I am not kidding.

    Strawberry picking at Whittamore’s Farm.  Of course.  Share strawberries with friends and neighbours and make something yummy (vanilla yogurt + a blend of strawberries in popsicle molds for a healthy treat?)  after this outing.

    Taste of Little Italy Festival…lots of music, outdoor patios, a few bouncy castles and warm weather.  Mamapicks couldn’t ask for more.

    Go to a lake!  We like Kelso Lake which isn’t too far away (Halton Region).  *** Mamapicks would love to compile a list of your favourite lakes that are up to an hour away from Toronto.  Please let me know if your family has a favourite.

    Posted in Activities & Events.

  11. Bath & Body Works Coupon

    Click to print your copy…and if you are still looking for a great gift for a teacher, you might just find it there.  Antibacterial soap rocks!  Valid until tomorrow, June 19th.

    Posted in Coupons.

  12. Peter Pan @ Stratford

    Bring your kids to  Peter Pan during the Stratford Shakespeare Festival for only $36 all season long (June -October).  Plus, order by July 31 and adults enjoy A-zone seating for only $50 each. They’ll also add in a FREE backstage or warehouse tour!  Call 1.800.567.1600 today and quote promotion code 33544. This special offer is run by Today’s Parent for its readers and expires July 31 – don’t miss out, it sounds like a great family experience.

    Posted in Activities & Events.

  13. Bring a Friend to Wonderland…

    …or your mom/husband/nanny.  On June 20th, any season pass holder can bring a pal for only $14.99.  Click here to purchase a day-pass.

    Posted in Activities & Events, Deals, sale.

  14. Lego Building Derby

    Posted in Activities & Events.

  15. Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas

    fathersdayYikes!  Father’s Day is on Sunday.  If you are still looking for something special and inexpensive to make with your kids, here are some ideas:

    Continued…

    Posted in Gifts, Ideas, Useful Info.

  16. Gap coupon: 30% 0ff!

    Posted in Deals, sale.

  17. Mamapicks Newsletter – June 10th, 2010

    This is what has been happening over at mamapicks.com this week. Check out the website for other daily finds.

    The Mamapicks Newsletter is BACK

    Thank you to all my loyal readers for your patience during my little hiatus.  The Baby is a plump and sweet 3-month-old.  Whoever said that adding a third child to the family is easier than adding the second?   And thus, the Mamapicks newsletter will now be a monthly feature.

    Stay up-to-date with Facebook updates by becoming a fan, and be sure to check the website daily for deals and other goodies!

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    What To Do This Weekend (Feb. 27th & 28th)

    Woofstock! Join thousands of dog lovers and their four-footed friends at the largest outdoor festival for dogs in all of North America.   Woofstock is a free admission non-stop party that takes place at the historic St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood.  Sat & Sun. 10am-6pm.   If you want to punish me, take me to this event and put me next to a drooling dog with quivering black gums.  I dislike all dogs….oh well.

    The Spellbinding Science of Perception @ The Science Centre
    This is one of a number of new summer programs at the museum.  This workshop will demonstrate how science is key to understanding what’s going on in a magic show.  Visitors will witness, learn and practice simple close-up magic, based on math and psychology principles.
    Sundays in July ( July 4, 11, 18, 25) in the Weston Family Innovation Centre, Level 6.  Three workshops daily at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm and 3:00 pm.

    Strawberry Picking at Whittamore Farm will start this coming Saturday, June 12th.  They are plump and juicy!  They should last for 4 weeks and are $ 1.90 per pound.  You can bring your own containers or we will sell containers on the farm.  Always call our Crop Report at 905-294-3275 or visit the website’s Crack of Dawn Report before heading out to the farm.

    Jack & the Beanstalk is playing at Solar Stage Theatre (Yonge & Sheppard).  If the forecast still shows rain, a play might be a great choice.

    Check out more great weekend events on www.mamapicks.com

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    Teacher Gifts

    In December, I surveyed teachers about their favourite gifts.  The winners were gift certificates to malls and spas as well as personalized stationary.  Losers were soaps, candles and chocolates…

    Two personalized notepads from Honey Bunch are currently $23 for the pair and ship in 2 days.  Each pad contains 40 sheets.  Order this week and receive a furochic wrapping cloth for free.  Simply enter the code furochic at checkout.  What’s that?  It’s a cloth you use for wrapping gifts instead of paper.  Don’t worry, I didn’t know either!

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    Get organized for camp…

    Mamapicks loves Mabel’s Labels!  You can label everything from shoes to clothes with your child’s name.  Very important if your child is going to camp soon.  Enjoy 15% off your order with coupon code KIDS.

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    Lickety Sips

    While I was at Walmart buying 20 boxes of diapers last week, I came across these popsicle molds in the “patio dish” aisle.  There are a few great things about these…the lids close properly, it’s a great way to get vitamins into your kids by using real fruit juice, AND near the end when popsicles get all melty, your kid can simply use the straw to slurp the mess away.  Only $2.47 for a set of 4.  If you have any great home-made popsicle recipes, do tell and I will share them here.

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    Father’s Day Gift Idea

    This is a personalized hand-stamped golf marker set which could be perfect for the dad in your family.  It’s my daily Etsy find.  However, I have to admit that I don’t know what the hell a golf marker is.

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    There are many more deals, coupons and product features on mamapicks.com.

    Please forward this newsletter to your friends!

    Posted in Newsletter.

  18. Teacher Gift Ideas

    In December, I surveyed teachers about their favourite gifts.  The winners were gift certificates to malls and spas as well as personalized stationary.  Losers were soaps, candles and chocolates…

    Two personalized notepads from Honey Bunch are currently $23 for the pair and ship in 2 days.  Each pad contains 40 sheets.  Order this week and receive a furochic wrapping cloth for free.  Simply enter the code furochic at checkout.  What’s that?  It’s a cloth you use for wrapping gifts instead of paper.  Don’t worry, I didn’t know either!

    Posted in Gifts, Ideas, Personalized.

  19. What to do this weekend…June 12th & 13th

    To those of you coming from the newsletter, my apologies for the February- June-July mix up!  This is up-to-date:

    Woofstock! Join thousands of dog lovers and their four-footed friends at the largest outdoor festival for dogs in all of North America.   Woofstock is a free admission non-stop party that takes place at the historic St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood.  Sat & Sun. 10am-6pm.   If you want to punish me, take me to this event and put me next to a drooling dog with quivering black gums.  I dislike all dogs….oh well.

    Strawberry Picking at Whittamore Farm will start this coming Saturday, June 12th.  They are plump and juicy!  They should last for 4 weeks and are $ 1.90 per pound.  You can bring your own containers or we will sell containers on the farm.  Always call our Crop Report at 905-294-3275 or visit the website’s Crack of Dawn Report before heading out to the farm.

    Jack & the Beanstalk is playing at Solar Stage Theatre (Yonge & Sheppard).  If the forecast still shows rain, a play might be a great choice.

    Posted in Activities & Events, This Weekend.

  20. Bouncy Castle Rentals Exclusive Promotion

    Anyone planning a summer birthday party?  Keep those kids active, entertained and happy outdoors.  Rent from a selection of bouncy castles for your next outdoor event.  What could possibly be more fun?  Fun 4 Kids is offering Mamapicks readers 10% off rentals.  For details, call 647-889-5857.

    Posted in Exclusive Discounts, Ideas.

  21. Tabletop Foosball

    Always looking for gift ideas for boys over the age of 5…  This is on sale at Masterminds for the next two weeks.

    Posted in Deals, Gifts, sale.

  22. Mabel’s Labels Coupon

    Mamapicks loves Mabel’s Labels!  You can label everything from shoes to clothes with your child’s name.  Very important if your child is going to camp soon.  Enjoy 15% off your order with coupon code KIDS.

    Posted in Cool Products, Coupons.

  23. 25% off designer eyewear at Holt Renfrew

    Purchase a pair of designer sunglasses this weekend and receive 25% off.  This comes right in time for Mamapicks who walked under something which was lower than she thought…and scratched her sunglasses once again.  Husband says, get yourself a pair of cheap sunglasses.  Mamapicks says…use secret stash of cash to buy the designer pair.

    Posted in Deals, sale.

  24. Gymboree Fill-a-Bag Sale!

    Fill up a bag and get 30% off everything in it!  Doesn’t say when the sale ends so shop while you can.  New arrivals and previously reduced items are included in the sale.

    Posted in Deals, sale.

  25. What to do this weekend…June 5th & 6th.

    Dundas International Busker Fest! We go every year and it’s really fun for both adults and kids alike.  Amazing  buskers, pavement performers and face painters, as well as a craft and merchant fair.  Saturday, noon-11pm and Sunday noon – 6pm.

    Walking with Dinosaurs (Copps Coliseum, Hamilton), is an incredible theatrical event based on the BBC series.  Internationally renowned designers have worked with scientists to create 15 life-size dinosaurs.  Marvel at the story of their 200 million year domination of life on earth by watching them walk and hearing them roar.  Sounds like pure trauma to me, but if you have older kids…you shouldn’t miss it!

    Visit Bowmanville Zoo.  I don’t know where Bowmanville is (not far though, not far)…but I do know that I can’t stand the Toronto Zoo.  Everything is so far and I find that the animals are really hard for the kids to see.  Bowmanville Zoo is our next destination and from what I have read, it is more intimate and has lots of wonderful animals to see, touch, ride (camels!)…and there is a water park too.  I found a coupon on their website for a free child admission with every paying adult.  If you have been there, do share your thoughts!

    Enjoy Music in the Orchard at the Spadina Museum. Every Sunday afternoon, you can bring a blanket and picnic and enjoy live outdoor musical performances for free.  Call 416-392-6910 for details.

    Posted in Activities & Events, This Weekend.