Birthday Swap 2016 went down last weekend, and a good time was had by all who came (according to instagram ;)) Check out some pics:
Almost 250 items found new homes, and we loved the chance to try the sweet treats from Nourish Cafe.
The winners of our clothing swap door prizes are:
Thanks for Sharing!
Our birthday party is Nov. 20! We’re turning 5 and you’re invited to our party. Bring a friend!
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The more people who come, the more stuff we can swap!
PLUS! We have two awesome referral prizes, for families, and for daycares:
For free entry, it’s time to get sorting…
Bring a bag (or two) of gently-used kids’ clothes to Buddings by Nov. 18, to be sorted and sized for the swap.
Entry includes up to 10 items to take home.
After that, it’s just $1 per item, with CHANCES for PRIZES for every item you take.
I’m new to this baby thing. What if I have nothing to swap?
No problem, just turn up on Nov. 20 to browse the racks and stacks. Entry is $10 per family or group and includes up to 10 items.
Can I bring a friend? Should I bring my kids? Will they have fun?
Yes, yes, and yes! Clothing swaps are way more fun with friends, and trying stuff on is part of the process. We’ll have everything sized and organized and areas for trying it on.
The event will feature snacks and treats from Nourish Vancouver, and bringing your friend might save you $60 because if they join Buddings, you both get your December memberships on the house.
Is it clothing only? Can I bring accessories?
Absolutely! We’re accepting toys, kids’ accessories, and gear of all kinds! In fact, if your 2016 Halloween costume stretched to its end, bring it, too!
Plus, if you’ve aged out of diapers, and have some leftover, bring them too! We’ll pass them along to Bottoms Up – a non-profit delivering children’s essentials to families in the Downtown East Side.
What happens to my stuff?
Hopefully it goes to families in your community for another year of use. Anything left over at the end of the day gets donated to charities that support women and children.
Where does the money go?
All the proceeds will also go to Bottoms Up – to be honest, we host these things for fun. 🙂
Our Summer Fiesta happened last weekend, at Jonathan Rogers Park, and we have hugs and thank yous to everyone who stopped by.
To Lisa, Ivan, and Adriana, DJ Spinout, Veronika, Isabel, Jenny, Christa, Sarah “Wheels” MacDonald, and MC Johanna, for making it magic, and all the kids and families who came out to play.
Our green screen photobooth was a hilarious success, and Isabel created some beautiful memories for everyone who participated (which I have distorted and cropped to make them fit. The ones she shared are perfect):
There were lots more, and we’re sharing them here with permission, but if you attended the party, and would like access to the whole collection, please get in touch.
People dressed up, they got into it, and the results speak for themselves, but they were competing for a week long accommodation at Sweet Paw Paw in beautiful Barbados, so there was reason to put in the effort. So the three finalists (in no particular order) are… da da da:
The Urquila Family, of Machu Picchu, Julia and her family, for their many hats, and the Edmondson family, for riding that pony. 🙂
Now all we have to do is choose a winner…
Happy Boxes for Venezuela
Finally, it was all fun and games in the sunshine at Jonathan Rogers Park, here in Vancouver, but as you may have heard, our friends in Venezuela are having a hard time.
Our teacher Isabel has told us how the economic collapse there has meant an increase in the inflation rate of over 1000% in 2016, making necessary supplies, like medicine and cleaning products completely unavailable.
But we can help!
Through the donations to our party and online, and a program through Amazon Cargo, a shipping company based in Miami, we are sending two Cajita Feliz (literally “happy box”) care packages of food and household goods to Fundacion UMA, a charity program for foster kids where Isabel’s mother volunteers.
They cost $99US each, and we raised $260!
Thank you to all the families who came, and put some money in the pot, and even (especially) those who have taken the time to read some of the links about this situation.
Of course there are problems happening all over the world, and even here in Vancouver. We can’t do everything, but thanks to your help, we have been able to do something.
That feels really good. 🙂
If you missed the party, we definitely missed having you, but there will be more parties. From everyone at Buddings, we hope you’re having an amazing summer, and can’t wait to see you again in September.
We have two options to fit your swapping needs!
Option 1: Show up on Nov. 22! Admission is just $10/family, including your first 10 items!
Additional Items are $1 each.
Option 2: Get in for FREE!
Bring your gently used children’s clothes, toys, and accessories to Buddings (203 – 950 West Broadway, at Oak) until Nov. 20, for FREE entry, and your first 10 items FREE! After that, pay just $1 per item.
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It was a fist-pumping, arm-waving blast of a good time at our Haunted Halloween Daycare Party on Saturday, and we’re sending our spooky thanks to the little monsters, creatures, and families who came in out of the rain!
We met almost all the characters from Frozen, a circus family, and a small group of thoughtful, committed Green Peace activists – out to change the world – with their adorable little whale!
Our Saturday-care teachers Lara and Judy were amazing, hosting the party, helping the kids, and taking tonnes of photos! If you sat in our haunted photobooth, get ready! The pictures will be emailed to you this week!
The costumed guest of honour was the mysterious wacky waving arm inflatable flailing tube man, who kept turning up just after Judy had left the room!
There were snacks and treats, tricks, and crafts, and the best part was hanging out with some of the families who have been bringing their kids! It’s not everyday we get to colour pumpkin pictures with parents, or meet up with the moms and dads!
Thanks everyone for coming!
Of course, before the party, we were decorating!
So, on the big day, everything was ready!
The Party was also a chance for the teacher to showcase their Big Kids Club projects! Sarah’s Build Buildings class has been exploring the ever-evolving World of the Three Pigs (and you can find her latest post on the blog!), and Denet and the Nature Club kids have been exploring what it means to fall for Fall! They both had beautiful displays set up. And of course, the worlds were properly prepared for the party! 🙂
The Big Kids Club is also ever-evolving, and we’re looking forward to showcasing the whole program for you at our Autumn Open House at the end of November. Stay tuned for all the details!
And… for a hilarious video… omg… everytime I watch it… Click the image below
The sun did not shine, and it was too cool for swimming, but last Saturday’s bee party was a great day for planting!
We lived up to our name (Budding Children’s Garden), by having the kids plant our big green garden boxes, and made it fun by having them serenaded while they worked!
Huge THANK YOUS to everyone who came out, because this party was all about building community. As part of the Vancouver Neighbourhoods Small Grants program, our focus was on engaging our friends and neighbours to help us! And they sure did!
Our friend Adam helped to plan and plant the boxes, the servers at IHOP ran a lemonade stand, and Sara’s bee photo booth helped everyone get into the mood!
If you were at the party, and haven’t received the full set of photos, email Talia for the link to the Dropbox folder. (We never post identifiable pics of kids, but their shining smiles are available for families in a private collection.)