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Creative Activities To Do At Home

Creative Activities That Are Fun For The Whole Family

We’ve all be practicing social distancing and isolating at home for almost 40 days. You might be home with kids and are now looking for more creative ways to spend a few hours. Here are a few creative activities to do at home. Get the whole family involved and turn off the screens.

Make a Cardboard Dollhouse

Let’s talk about cardboard dollhouses. They’re not too difficult and can be fun for all ages. There are some great creatives activities to do at home. And they can be so much and the results can offer hours of play time for the kids. What you’ll need to make a cardboard dollhouse are as follows:

  1. You’ll need flat cardboard to make 5 walls
  2. Gift wrapping paper for the wallpaper
  3. Utility knife
  4. Duct tape
  5. Glue stick

Now you can get started and create the walls, roof (optional) and decorate the interior. You and your family can get as creative as you like. It’s time to go outside and get some fresh air and sunshine. It’s time to wash the car and even have a water fight.

Time To Wash The Car

There are a lot of creative activities to do at home. And washing the car doesn’t need a lot of instruction. We’re here to encourage you to get outside on a nice day and enjoy the fresh air.

You get to accomplish two things here; getting fresh air and getting a chore done. All you’re going to really need is a bucket of soapy water, some cloths and room to get your car clean. And time for a family water fight. Once you get inside and dried off get to the kitchen because it’s time to bake.

Time To Bake

Baking can be a very wonderful learning experience. Getting your kids measuring and learning how to pour ingredients into a bowl. You’re helping with hand-eye coordination and learning how to get the right measurements.

let’s get the kids learning how to cut cookies with cookie cutters. Practicing their reading skills with you by reading the recipes and then seeing their hard work done and they get to eat it. It can be a fun activity for the whole family and even just for yourself. There are other activities that are a bit more quiet to consider as well. Let’s sit down with a puzzle and a cup of tea.

Puzzle Time

It’s been very popular right now to order puzzles and challenge yourself and your kids too. Why not make it a family event one afternoon and see how fast you can finish it. Puzzles offer creative, cognitive and problem solving practice.

And there are so many out there that you can try. You can find a wonderful list of 87 fun things to do at home here and you can still get looking at new listings with Lori.

Contact Lori And Team

The world is going through an unprecedented time and we want you to know that Lori and the VanDinther team are here and working hard. If you have any questions or concerns you can contact us by phone or email.

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Halton Events for February and March 2020

Halton Events To Look Forward To

There are always so many fun and family friendly events and activities happening in Halton. Burlington is part of the Halton region and its a beautiful place to explore. From the shores of Lake Ontario to the incredible views from the Niagara Escarpment. Today I’ll feature 5 different Halton events that you need to check out.

Walking Tour – Downtown Burlington

When: Saturday, February 8th from 10:30am to 11:30am

Where: 414 Locust Street, Burlington

About: Explore downtown Burlington and learn more about the city with Alan Harrington. This event will happen rain or shine so come prepared for various weather conditions. This is a great event if you’re interested in learning more about this beautiful city.

Family Day Winter Fun

When: Sunday, February 16th from 10am to 4pm

Where: Bronte Creek Provincial Park, 1219 Burloak Drive, Oakville

About: Bring the whole family and enjoy some Family Day activities. You’ll explore the children’s farm and Playbarn, meet some animals check out the great demonstrations. It’ll be a fun day and we know your family will love every minute of it.

Museum After Hours – Discover the Myths and Mysteries of The Great Lakes

When: Thursday, February 27th from 6pm to 8pm

Where: Joseph Brant Museum, 1240 North Shore, Burlington

About: Spend the evening learning with access to all the galleries, the special visiting exhibition; Giants, Dragons and Unicorns: The World of Mythic Creature. And enjoy a unique presentation from Swim Drink Fish Canada about the myths and mysteries of our Great Lakes. There will be snacks and refreshments provided at this event.

Maple Syrup Festival

When: March 1st, 7th & 8th, 14th – 22nd and the 28th & 29th

Where: Bronte Creek Provincial Park, 1219 Burloak Drive, Oakville

About: Learn about the history of Maple Syrup at Bronte Creek Provincial Park in Oakville. The Provincial Park is located on a heritage farm from the 1900s. Other activities will include; the pancake house, maple syrup candy, fresh maple taffy, guided tours of Maple Lane, gift shop, wagon rides, visit the farm animals, historical tours, family activities and so much more.

Taste of Burlington Prix-Fixe Dining

When: Sunday March 1st from 11:30am to 10pm

Where: Participating restaurants in Burlington

About: This event is happening across Burlington and participating restaurants with lunch being offered at $15, $20 and $25. And dinner being offered at $30, $35 and $40. This is a fun way to try some restaurants you’ve never been to before or to go to an old favourite and try something different.

Contact Lori VanDinther

What’s better than trying out a new restaurant? There are events listed here I know I’ll be trying, it’s nice to keep busy during the winter. Another way to keep busy is to explore some great open houses and check out what’s on the market. I love helping people find their dream home and I know together we can find yours. Contact me today and let’s start the journey.

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Holiday Shopping in Downtown Burlington

Holiday Shopping in Burlington

Holiday shopping has never been easier when you take a trip to downtown Burlington. Brant Street and the surrounding streets host lovely shoppes with unique items. These items range from outdoor to beautiful jewellery. Let’s go on an adventure downtown Burlington and see what shopping we can accomplish today. First up is Joelle’s, a gorgeous women’s clothing store.

Joelle’s

Address: 475 Brant Street

Open: Monday – Wednesday 10am – 6pm, Thursday & Friday 10am – 8pm, Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday 12pm – 5pm

About Joelle’s: A locally owned women’s clothing store, Joelle’s has been offering fantastic clothing and accessories since 1996. The store is family friendly offering a supply of maternity and nursing clothing. Joelle made sure that the store had stroller access. And in recent years Jeff’s Guyshop opened up at the back of the store offering men fashions.

Jeff’s Guyshop

Address: 427 Brant Street

Open: Monday – Wednesday 10am – 6pm, Thursday & Friday 10am – 8pm, Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday 12pm – 5pm

About Jeff’s Guyshop: Jeff’s offers a great selection of mens clothing in a family friendly atmosphere. You can also find great accessories as well. This is a great place to find the perfect gift for Christmas this year. Jeff’s Guyshop was established in 2002 when Jeff’s wife Joelle (that’s right!) had a selection of men’s clothing in Joelle’s. Eventually becoming it’s own shop at the back of Joelle’s “offering moderately priced, high quality, well branded, sensible style.”

Downtown Burlington offers so many great options when it comes to shopping for the holidays and anytime of year. Down the street from Jeff’s and Joelle’s is Centro Garden. A unique experience that is one you’ll not forget, from outdoor to indoor this shop has it all.

Centro Garden

Address: 437 Brant Street

Open: Monday – Sunday 10am – 6pm and open until 8pm on Fridays

About Centro Garden: Centro offers a mix of indoor and outdoor decor and accessories. “A living design and style store that brings the real to life.” You’ll find lots of local artisan work and “plant centric” culture. Centro is a group of local individuals that are excited about design, art, style, gardens and “all things green.”

This is a place where you can buy some beautiful soaps, a lovely plant, a candle or two, maybe a scarf and then some gorgeous jewellery. But maybe you have someone on your list that had a love of books. A Different Drummer is a wonderful place to find the perfect books for that book lover in your life.

A Different Drummer Books

Address: 573 Locust Street

Open: Monday – Thursday 9am – 6pm, Friday 9am – 8pm, Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday 1pm – 4pm

About A Different Drummer Books: Established 45 years ago, A Different Drummer Books is independently owned and has been a staple in the Downtown Burlington shopping experience. This is a quant shoppe that gives you a personal and welcoming atmosphere.

Here you’ll find books of all topics with a staff that is happy to help you find the perfect gift and maybe a book for yourself. If you love the unique experience of the stores and shoppes mentioned above then you’ll be thrilled to check out The Little Popup Shoppe for your holiday shopping. This is a very special addition to the Village Square.

The Little Popup Shoppe

Address: 2045 Pine Street (in The Village Square behind Tamp Coffee)

Open: Tuesday – Sundays (or by chance)

About The Little Popup Shoppe: Talk about unique experience, The Little Popup Shoppe is a completely different kind of store compared to everything on this list. In that this shoppe has a rotating inventory every month. Meaning you can visit every month and find new and exciting items to buy or dream about.

The best part of visiting this shoppe is seeing what new and wonderful items they have that range from clothing to accessories to art. it’s so special to support local stores downtown Burlington because supporting local businesses helps support Burlington local economy and what a great feeling.

Contact Lori Today

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little tour of our wonderful shops and local businesses in Downtown Burlington. And there are so many more places, I couldn’t list them all in this blog. We have to mention Kelly’s Bake Shop quickly right now because after all that walking around you might need a cupcake. If you love Burlington as much as I do and have been thinking about moving here contact me a call today and I know I can find you the home of your dreams.