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Kid-tested, mom-approved

These free – or inexpensive – outings will get your kids socializing and your sanity intact. Tracey Tong – and our preschool tester – report   Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent, on parental leave, or just have the day off […]

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Navigating the maze

With a growing number of diagnoses, there are now more options for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, Tracey Tong reports When Heather M. first learned that her seven-year-old son, Joshua, might have autism spectrum disorder, she worried about what […]

12 Great family fun events

The Nutcracker: A Canadian Tradition When: December 12, 13, 7 p.m. and December 13 at 1:30 p.m. at Shenkman Arts Centre; December 15 at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. at Meridian Theatres at Centrepointe Where: Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Blvd.; […]

Ottawa’s best-kept secrets

Keeping active, curious children happy and engaged with stimulating activities – and trying to balance that with a tight family budget – can be a challenge, and as the temperature drops, finding suitable activities gets even trickier. Break out the […]