Tracey Tong

Vintage Photo Credits. Photos Courtesy of CBC Still Photos Collection

Recreating magic

A documentary introduces a new generation of children to beloved Canadian icon Mr. Dressup through ‘The Magic of Make-Believe’ Photo Credits: Documentary Cover Art Credits: Amazon Canada Vintage Photo Credits: Photos Courtesy of CBC Still Photos Collection Tickle Trunk Craft Credits: Prime […]

Iva Stavri founded LingoStars during the pandemic. Photo Credit David Chang Photography

Virtual assistance

Online tutoring offers a flexible alternative for busy families Daniel Aram-Ali has received French tutoring in-person and online, and prefers the latter. The Ottawa resident works sessions with LingoStars Tutoring into his busy schedule—“and I can [do] my lessons from […]

The Enchanted Symphony

Treat yo’shelf

This holiday season, deck the family library with these new Canadian reads   Whether you’re seeking a stocking stuffer with substance or a new read to get your kids through the next snowbound day, our list of children’s books has […]

Editor Tracey Tong and her family: husband Kyle, and daughters Millie, left, and Ellie. Photo Credit Anastasia KrachkovskayaEditor Tracey Tong and her family: husband Kyle, and daughters Millie, left, and Ellie. Photo Credit Anastasia Krachkovskaya

From the editor

I enjoyed winters in Ottawa long before I became a resident. My dad and my uncle Andy spent their early adult years here, attending the University of Ottawa and Carleton University respectively. My parents were married here in 1977. After […]

Youth on a hike at Pink Lake In Gatineau Park. Photo Courtesy CWF

Learning outside the classroom

The Canadian Wildlife Federation’s WILD Outside program connects teens with the natural world As students prepare to head back into classrooms, teens with an interest in environmental issues may want to consider making room in their schedules for an outdoor […]

The editor learns the art of Cricut -- an essential for ensuring school items don't end up in the lost and found -- from an expert. Photo Credit David K. Simpson

From the editor

As much as we’ve been enjoying summer, heading back to school has been a major topic of discussion in our house for weeks now, and for very good reason. Not only are the kids back in class—older daughter Millie is […]

Original cel from the opening scene of 'The Raccoons' (1985). Photo Courtesy Run With Us Productions

The return of the (prime time) king

Ottawa’s Kevin Gillis’s animated drama series ‘The Raccoons’ explored environmental and climate issues in the ‘80s and ‘90s—and dominated Sunday night television in the process   A popular Canadian animated series enjoyed by kids today—and beloved by their parents and […]

A large dollhouse. Photo Courtesy Twig Studio

Welcome to the dollhouse

Set to be an instant heirloom, Twig Studio’s creations were born from a need for open-ended play   Their own children may be past the days of playing with dollhouses, but that doesn’t stop artisans Tim Harold and Nia Moschopoulos […]