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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

The Treehouse Big Day Out Festival Is Coming to Toronto {Giveaway}

Boo and I spent many an hour watching Treehouse TV when he was younger. And just as many hours listening to The Wiggles and Splash 'n Boots CDs. (I may even have been guilty of listening to those when he wasn't around ...) He's grown a little older, and is perhaps moved out of the Treehouse stage, but I know many of you have little ones in your lives that will appreciate this event, coming to Toronto on September 13 and 14.

The first annual Treehouse Big Day Out is a two-day festival presented by, and starring the top names in family entertainment. Hosted by Treehouse, Canada's #1 specialty channel for preschoolers, the event is jam-packed with exciting activities for kids of all ages and will be headlined by The Wiggles – the number one children's entertainment group – and will showcase performances by fan favourites Max & Ruby and award-winning Canadian children's music duo, Splash'N Boots.

Taking place at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre in Toronto, Treehouse Big Day Out will offer two separate ticketed events each day – a morning show from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and an afternoon show from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. This special event also will be televised on Treehouse on Saturday, October 4, at 5:00 p.m. ET.

"We are thrilled to be hosting the first-ever Treehouse Big Day Out festival and to offer kids and families an incredible weekend filled with fantastic fun," said Colin Bohm, Vice President, Television, and Head of Corus Kids. "With special concerts from The Wiggles, on-stage 'play-dates' with Max & Ruby and performances by Splash'N Boots, plus tons of hands-on activities for the whole family to explore and enjoy together, Treehouse Big Day Out is sure to be a huge hit with kids and families alike!"

In addition to all the rockin' live performances on tap, Treehouse Big Day Out will feature an array of fun-filled family activities, including:

  • Meet and greet photo opportunities from with favourite Treehouse characters, including Franklin the Turtle, Mike the Knight, Peppa Pig and Elmo
  • LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre building station
  • Amazing animals from the Toronto Zoo
  • Souvenir "Wiggle-fied" videos from HP
  • Nelvana Digital app play station
  • Face-painting from Treehouse Kids Supplements
  • FREE kids' haircuts and styling from Melonhead
  • Play-Doh Play Centre
  • My Little Pony/Equestria Girls Interactive Area
  • …and many more! is also hosting a special sweepstakes that runs until September 15, for a family of four to win a trip to the luxurious and family-friendly Royalton Punta Cana Resort and Casino in the Dominican Republic. Parents can visit to enter the contest or stop by the Sunwing booth at the Treehouse Big Day Out festival to enter and learn more about other exciting giveaways and coupons.

All attending kids will also receive a 60-page festival program full of activities and colouring pages for even more BIG fun at home!

Tickets for Treehouse Big Day Out may be purchased at Ticketmaster. Additional information about the event can be found at

A Giveaway

Wanna go? I have a family pass (4 tickets) available for the morning show (9:30am-12:00pm) on Sunday, September 14. Entries are via the Rafflecopter widget below and will be accepted until 12:00 midnight EDT, September 5. Giveaway is open to Canadian residents only. Winner must be able to attend the event as described. Best of luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

WW - Back to School Cheers w/linky

Today was the first day back to school for Boo. He is now officially a third grader.

And this is how some friends and I celebrated after school drop-off. 

Jumpstart Pedal for Kids - Ride, Donate, or Enter to Win #JSPedal2014

Both of our boys have taken part in a number of after school activities over the years. Swimming, soccer, and baseball have all had their time. The Teen went on to play Varsity football and rugby in high school. And both developed a real love of karate. We've been lucky to be able to send them to a good karate dojo, with an annual tuition and unlimited classes. The Teen went right through to his black belt, and Boo is determined to get there as well. We love the karate not just for the physical activity and health benefits, but also for the discipline and respect for self and others that is taught. Our boys have learned so much and found real benefits in increased self-esteem and confidence. Plus they have the chance to make new friends.

Children gain so much from participation in sports and other extracurricular activities, but sadly not every child is able to take part. For many families the costs are simply too high, and in fact 1 in 3 Canadian families cannot afford to enroll their kids in organized sports or physical activities. That's where organisations like Canadian Tire's Jumpstart Program come in.

Jumpstart helps get children across Canada into the game. Kids aged 4-18 from financially disadvantaged families are eligible for assistance with costs related to registration, equipment, and even transportation. Applications for funding are through local chapters, with assistance available for a wide variety of activities. To date, Jumpstart has helped over 785,000 kids take part in 76 sports and recreation activities including: hockey, swimming, soccer, basketball, dance, yoga, climbing and martial arts.

In my home province of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Canadian Tire Jumpstart program has helped 34,000 kids during the period 2005-2013. This represents $4.6 Million dollars in investment in our youth and our local communities. Wow. If you'd like more information on how you can access this assistance, please visit the Canadian Tire Jumpstart website.

Funding for Jumpstart comes from government, corporate, and private sources. When you make a donation, 100% of the total goes to the program, and stays in your community. Isn't that great? This month, as part of their overall fundraising drive, Canadian Tire is hosting the Jumpstart Pedal for Kids, a 5-day, 500KM bike ride from Ottawa to Quebec City. This charity ride aims to raise $675,000 for the Jumpstart program. I think it's great that a program designed to encourage and support physical activity is running a fundraiser that is all about getting active!

While they're at it, they've set up a contest where you could win 1 of 10 Schwinn bikes or 1 of 10 Schwinn prize packs. You can enter the Cross-Canada Pedal for Kids Contest online. And if you enter via my link, I'll get to watch my blogger bike travel across the map.

How to enter:
  1. Click the 'Enter to WIN' button on the contest website to create your entry. (Or just click here.)
  2. Pick your rider. Choose a blogger to support (Pick me! Pick me!), you can read more about them to help you decide. You can pick a new one each time you enter or stick with the same one, it's up to you!
  3. Tell us about yourself. Provide your first and last name, and email address to complete your entry. Click the 'Enter Now' button to submit it. You can enter once per calendar day for the duration of the contest.
  4. Want a Bonus Entry? Click the 'Get Bonus Code' button to visit the Schwinn Facebook page. Once you like the page, it will give you the bonus code to enter in the 'Bonus Code' field on the contest page.
  5. Keep coming back to enter daily and see where the bloggers are on the map! Like and share Jumpstart on Facebook to spread the word to your family and friends!
Contest is open to Canadian residents who have reached the age of majority in their province. Full rules & regulations. Head on over and enter today!

Disclosure: I am taking part in the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Pedal For Kids blog campaign. While I have received compensation as part of my affiliation with this program, the opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own. There is no prize for the blogger with the most entries - just bragging rights and a warm feeling of love :)
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