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BKC Presents: Winter Wonder 2018

November 22, 2017
Written by Ehlssie

The days are shorter, colder, and darker; the smell of peppermint, hot cocoa and apple cider fill the air. From warm blankets to fuzzy socks… we know winter is here!

This winter, we are presenting a diverse, unique, and fun set of classes for our upcoming season! From literacy and science classes, to imaginative play and much more,  there are countless presentations and activities the teachers have in store for all of the Buddings Big Kids!









Jade Soon

Florence Tsai

Sarah MacDonald

Ehlssie Tecson

Kezia Antholyka

Ayumi and Tomomi

Every afternoon, from December until February, our teachers strive to solve winter’s wonders as we present an educational program of play and learning. We will cover important developmental skills essential for overall success, such as turn taking, raising up their hand with questions,  and sharing attention of teachers! Of course, peer interaction through sharing and team work will enhance overall social development. Big Kid Preschoolers, and those toddlers who don’t sleep in the afternoons, are in for a treat!

Weekday classes run from 1 – 4pm, with many fieldtrips happening at least once a week, from 1-5pm. Saturday-care is flexible, from 10am – 1pm.

Check out the program:

Mondays with Jade: Yoga Around the World
Join us for some exercise and animal explorations around the world with our teacher Jade!

Tuesdays with Florence: Wide Awake – The Magic of Winter Characters
Join us for some imaginative play with teacher Florence as we learn all about the the Gingerbread Man, Frosty the Snowman, and many other winter friends that are awake during the cold winter season!

Wednesdays with Sarah: Water, Water, Everywhere!
This season, Sarah and her scientist friends will strive to solve the wonders of earth’s most precious resource: water!

Thursdays with Ehlssie: Goodnight, Dr. Seuss!
“Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive that is you-er than you!” – Dr. Seuss. Let’s enhance our literacy and learn countless life lessons by diving into Dr. Seuss’ best books! From environmentalism in ‘The Lorax’ to equality in ‘The Sneetches’ you are surely in for a treat!

Fridays with Kezia: Winter (High)lights
It is through darkness that we can see light; this is what Kezia’s class is all about! From shadow puppets, flashlights, stargazing, light shows, and light decorations, there are so many winter lights to explore!

Saturdays with Ayumi and Tomomi: Explore Japan
This class is all about Japan! Let’s learn from traditional Japanese books and educational crafts. From origami to puppet theatre, this class will surely enhance fine motor skills and overall development!


#BKCWinterWonder runs from Dec. 2, 2017 – Feb. 28, 2018.

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November 1, 2017
Written by Ayumi Kato

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Buddings Fall Swap ’17 – Oct. 22, from 11am – 1pm

October 3, 2017
Written by Talia

It’s the autumn edition of our semi-annual kids’ clothing swap, and you, and your family, and all your friends are invited!

Buddings knows how kids grow… up! And fast!

So before the winter whites, and blues, and all the other colours start to pile up, clear up some space, so you can swap up some styles for the new season.

Everything is just $1/item!

~ PLUS ~

You get your first 10 items FREE if you bring a bag or box (or more!) to Buddings Daycare by Friday, Oct. 20. We’ll sort it out and size it up, so when the doors open at 11am on Sunday Oct. 22, everything is ready to go!

Show off your daycare!

If you’ve been talking us up, get ready for a reward! Buddings members who bring a new family to the swap will get 3 FREE hours to use in November – our thanks for helping them save money, save clothes, and meet Buddings.

There’s a photo contest (details coming soon), a sweet daycare centre, and racks and stacks of cute kids clothes waiting for loving new homes.

Get sorting (here’s a how-to), bring the bags to Buddings, and join us at 11am on Oct. 22 for a swapping event that keeps you warm all winter long!

Want to know what we’re accepting? Follow us on Instagram!

Our teachers are trying their styling, with a fun photo thread of new clothes for new homes 🙂

All items at the end of the day will be donated to a charity supporting kids and families.

Put a handle on that closet

September 12, 2017
Written by Talia

It takes courage to get organized, and while the reward is worth it, the road can seem long. To make the most of our kids’ toy and clothing swap on Oct. 22, take it step by step.

Step 1: Take a nice big breath! This will take longer than you think.

Step 2: Don’t mind the mess. Pull it all out and make three piles: 1. Stuff you can get rid of, and don’t care where it goes; 2. Stuff that doesn’t fit, but is so cute/sentimental, etc. to toss; and 3. Stuff that fits, to keep.

Step 3: Reap the rewards! Replace the Stuff to Keep Pile neatly on your newly empty shelves and hangers. Bag the Stuff to Get Rid of Pile and leave it near the door to bring to Buddings by Oct. 20 for FREE admission to the swap on Sunday Oct. 22.

Step 4: Put the Sentimental Stuff in storage. While you’re there, have a look: Is there a bag back there from last year? Don’t open it! Just put it by the door. If you haven’t used it yet, you never will. Bring it to the swap.

Step 5: Circle the calendar. On Oct. 22, the doors open at 11am, and the best stuff goes quickly. We’ll have coffee. See you there!


BKC Presents: All Fall Down 2017

September 3, 2017
Written by Ehlssie

This Autumn, lets get ready to “All Fall Down!” into the next Big Kids Club Season. Get ready for three months of educational fun and adventures, as the Big Kids Club spends the afternoons engaging in circle time, arts and crafts, baking, singing, exploring the woods, and much more!










Florence Tsai

Sarah MacDonald

Ehlssie Tecson

Talia Erickson

Kezia Antholyka

Every afternoon, from September until November, our teachers present an educational program of play and learning; all about social engagement, and of course, getting outside. We will have field trips to forests, parks, libraries, and farms while studying important aspects such as nutrition, storytelling, animals, and physics! Big Kid Preschoolers, and those toddlers who don’t sleep in the afternoons, are in for a treat!

Weekday classes run from 1 – 4pm, with many fieldtrips happening at least once a week, from 1-5pm. Saturday-care is flexible, from 10am – 4pm.

Check out the program:

Yoga with Jade

Get ready for Monday breathing techniques, stretches and exercises; Jade comes back to Buddings as our BKC yoga teacher! Join the fun on Mondays, from 1-4 pm!

Florence Tsai: Autumn Harvest

Florence continues to bring her joy of cooking, and degree in nutrition, to our fall program! She will have a weekly cooking class about autumn harvests, with occasional field trips to the UBC farm! Tuesdays from 1 – 4pm.

Sarah Macdonald: Enchanted Forest

This fall, Sarah will continue to lead the kids on an enchanted walk into the forest, under the shade of the West Coast canopy. Wednesdays, from 1-4 pm with bi-weekly field trips happening 1-5 pm.

Ehlssie Tecson: Cultural Fairytales

We all know the tale of Little Red Riding Hood or the story of Cinderella, but every Thursday from 1-4 pm, we will go beyond that as we explore stories and fairytales from different parts of the world!

Talia Erickson: G-Force Physics Class

Get ready to take in info about the physical world, and to learn how these forces shape our experience. Fridays from 1 – 4pm, it’s all about physics with Talia.

Kezia Antholyka: Astronomy

This season, we leave our newest BKC teacher Kezia, to shoot for the stars as she explores the topic of astronomy! Join her on Saturdays from 10-4 pm.

#BKCAllFallDown runs from Sept 5 – Nov. 31, 2017.

August 9, 2017
Written by Talia

… is happening on Sunday Aug. 27, and you, and your family, and all your friends, are invited to come share a beautiful day, in a beautiful park, full of surprises!

Who would expect Kingcrest Park (at Knight and East 25th) to have DJs playing danceable tunes in the middle of the day?

When was the last time you stumbled upon a 50m waterslide on a normally empty hillside? (A WATERSLIDE??? Yes! A waterslide!)

What the heck is a watermelon carving contest, and how do you win? What do you win? Other than delicious fruit salad?

What time does it run? What should you bring?

Great questions!

Join Buddings for a slip n’ sliding, music and dance party that’s open to kids and families of all ages and persuasions! Bring a towel, something inflatable, and a picnic lunch, and spend the day under the trees, dancing up a storm, or sliding down the hill. Everyone loves waterslides, and everyone is invited! Bring a friend! And a squirt gun.

The water starts running at 11am, and we’ll have family-friendly music and activities until 1pm (or maybe later, if it’s too much fun to shut down…)

Explore East Van!

Whether you’re from the ‘hood, or visiting for the first time, Famous Foods, Anytime Fitness, and Poke Acupuncture are all awesome businesses that you’re going to love. And you can meet them and win prizes, at our event. The neighbourhood at Knight and King Ed (East 25th), is full of amazing amenities well worth a visit, and the Buddings Bear Picnic is your chance to explore!

King Edward Village holds the Kensington Library – running their summer reading club until the end of August – a Save-On Supermarket, and soon… coming this winter… a brand new addition… it’s a…

It’s a surprise!

If you want the details, you’ll have to make an appearance. Or should we say, an a-bear-ance!

Costumes encouraged. Facepaint provided. 🙂

Join our newsletter to get all the details, or present yourself on Sunday Aug. 27, ready to get wet and wild.

See you there!

BKC Presents: Summer Journeys 2017

June 27, 2017
Written by Johanna

Grab your backpack, and pack a snack, Jack! Get ready for a season of adventure and voyages, as the Big Kids Club spends the summer journeying all over Metro Van with a fieldtrip program you can join at home!








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Johanna Peters

Florence Tsai

Sarah MacDonald

Ehlssie Tecson

Talia Erickson

Kezia Antholyka

Every afternoon through July and August, our teachers present a program of play and learning all about social engagement, and getting outside ~ with three fieldtrips a week to forests, parks, beaches and galleries, plus cooking, art, music, and more! ~ for Big Kids of all ages, and those who don’t sleep in the afternoons.

Weekday classes run from 1 – 4pm, with many fieldtrips this summer extending to 5pm. Saturday-care is flexible, from 10am – 4pm.

Check out the program:

Johanna Peters Sells Seashells by the Sea Shore

Beaches, beaches, beaches! Exploring Vancouver’s beaches and all the magic and hidden treasures beaches contain. Mondays through July and August.

Florence Tsai packs a Summer Picnic

Florence brings her joy of cooking, and degree in nutrition, to our summer program, with a weekly cooking class of summer classics, Tuesdays from 1 – 4pm.

Forest School, with Sarah MacDonald

Finding our roots amidst our tall, leafy friends, and learning from the forest. Every week from 1 – 5pm, Sarah leads the kids on a walk in the park, under the shade of the West Coast canopy.

Ehlssie Tecson Rides with Raven

The art of the Pacific North West tells the story of the people, and the creatures, who inhabit this land. Ehlssie is the anthropologist with an artistic eye, and her Thursday class this summer explores the beautiful culture of this native land.

Talia Erickson explores Vancouver, Under Construction

Explore the many ways our city’s landscape is developing and changing… and the roadblocks that arise. Fridays from 1 – 4pm, it’s about buildings and trucks.

Kezia Antholyka presents My Canada

Kezia is new to Buddings, new to Canada, and full of enthusiasm for her summer project: exploring the festivals and celebrations for our 150th anniversary. Born in Jakarta, her Canadian experience is a new-comer’s view, and the Saturday-care kids join her in learning all she can, 10am – 4pm.

Permission forms are always required for fieldtrips, and we ask that families apply sunscreen to their own children before drop off.

#BKCSummerJourneys runs from July 4 – Aug. 31, 2017.

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