What can we do this weekend? | February 24th, 2017

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Kids in Niagara

Welcome to the Weekend!

We hope you enjoyed your Family Day weekend, and four days later…it’s the weekend again.

We have found some fun events going on across the Niagara Region!

Enjoy!

Did we miss your event? Yup, we’re still human 😉

If you have an event coming up drop us an email before Wednesday of every week at:

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Teaching Kids Financial Responsibility | Niagara Region Money Coaches

“From the Mouths of Babes…”

I have a teacher friend who did me the favour of asking some questions to her Grade 3-4 students… The responses provide some wisdom for us all:

Q1: “When do you know you’re rich?”

From one: “When you have fancy houses, fancy clothes, and a fancy car.”

From another “I consider $50 rich because it’s more than $10 or $20.”

Q2: “If you had $100,000, what would you do with it?”

From one: “An i-pod, a laptop, house decorations, and my two favourite books ‘Amelia Rules’ and ‘Rainbow Magic.”

From another: “Most of it I would donate to poor people who don’t have food.”

Q3: “What are the best things money can’t buy?”

From one: “Money can’t buy your family or your love.”

From another: “Friends and family because they don’t have price tags on them.”

I had the opportunity to teach a “financial literacy” class to grades 7-8 that provided me additional insights. You’ll never guess how they answered the question “Can someone have TOO MUCH money?” The class quickly agreed that yes, with too much money you wouldn’t know who your friends are, you wouldn’t know who to trust, and being able to buy whatever you want isn’t very healthy. What?? Is this really the entitlement generation of greedy ungrateful kids, or has the media misled us; having us believe this next generation blindly wants for everything and has their noses on screens all the time?

Kids are far more insightful than they’re typically given credit for. Let me give them their dues. Being somewhat media-bound means they’re also media-savvy. They are also smart shoppers and know a deal when they see it, partly because they have more money than the generations before them had. And don’t get me started on how their brain neurons are connecting like no generation before them, thanks to the technological complexity they are exposed to early on.

Teaching kids financial responsibilityThat’s why I’m a big fan of starting kids out on an allowance as early in life as possible. As Barbara Coloroso says, “The best time to start giving your children money is when they will no longer eat it.” When you give your child their weekly allowance, encourage them to split it up into 3 jars or envelopes which together you can design and label: ‘Give’, ‘Save’ and ‘Spend’ (and have them think about money IN THIS ORDER).

I believe it is important for children to ‘experience’ each of these categories, and to start by allocating allowance money to each of these categories each and every week.

Make giving a personal experience. Have your child decide what charity or cause they want to give to. It could be as simple as giving a coffee to a homeless person, donating food to the Food bank, or donating money to a charity, church, or foundation they feel strongly about. Let them decide how much to give. The amount doesn’t matter as long as your child is learning what their gift of money can do for others, and they will benefit from an experience that will nurture a generous character (of time, talents and resources) over time.

Make saving for the future automatic. It is a good idea for children to save, just as adults do – and the sooner the better. Saving part of one’s income is a wonderful habit to form in the formative years. The power of compound interest truly is the 8th Wonder of the World and the earlier children are able to automatically save some of their money towards the indefinite future the better off they will be as adults when it is harder to start this money-savvy habit.

Allow your children to spend the rest! There are many important lessons to be learned when it comes to spending, and typically a child must experience them to learn from them. Understanding trade-offs between price, value and quality are best taught in the grocery store. Talk to your children about the decisions you are making with your money when you shop. Then let them take personal accountability for their shopping decisions, and remember mistakes are OK. In fact, when they make a mistake, don’t jump in and solve it for them – better they learn from a mistake early on with $10 (and realize Mom or Dad won’t always save them), than expect a bail-out when they make a $10,000 mistake later in life.

Our Guest Contributor Trevor Van Nest, B.Comm. (Hons.), CFP® Owner/Founder of Niagara Region Money Coaches with offices in Newmarket and St. Catharines, Trevor offers Financial Coaching and Financial Planning Services.

What can we do this Weekend? | February 10th, 2017 |

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Kids in Niagara

Welcome to the Weekend!

We cheated this week, we put all the events on our ‘Across Niagara’ page. There are a handful of amazing community events but not enough to fill 11 web pages, so we condensed them all in to one easy to navigate page.

Enjoy!

Did we miss your event? Yup, we’re still human 😉

If you have an event coming up drop us an email before Wednesday of every week at:

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Family Day Niagara

 

Family Day NiagaraFort Erie
Leisureplex
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Grimsby
Peach King Centre Arena
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Lincoln
Jordan Arena & Fleming Arena
12pm – 3:00 pm

Sponsored by Family and Children’s                    Services Niagara (FACS)

Niagara Falls
Gale Centre
noon – 3:00 pm

Niagara-on-the-Lake
Meridian Arena
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Pelham
Pelham Arena
11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Port Colborne
Vale Arena
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

St. Catharines
Seymour Hannah 4 Pad
11:15 am – 1:15 pm

West Lincoln
West Lincoln/Smithville Arena
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Wainfleet
Wainfleet Arena
11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Anglers! No Fishing License is required on February 20th, 2017

But please be careful!

Family Day Niagara

Free Skate at Seymour Hannah Complex | 11:15 am – 1:15 pm

St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canal Centre

Admission by donation | 9am – 5pm

Explore what life was like for families in St Catharines through our past with interactive displays and activities.

St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre

Free Pop up Play Tent & Fun Zone | Noon – 5pm

Free Family Swim | 8am – 10am | 11am – Noon | 1pm – 3pm | 4pm – 7pm

Free Lane Swim | 9am – 11am | 3pm – 8:30pm

St. Catharines Collegiate

Family Day Niagara

Family Day Niagara

Free Public Skate at the West Lincoln/Smithville Arena | 12:30pm – 2pm

Family Day Niagara

Family Day Niagara

Jack Ballantyne Memorial Arena

Free Public Skate | 10:30am – 2:30pm

Welland Community Wellness Complex

Family Day Niagara

Join us for some free fun on Family Day. Dinosaurs and Reptiles! Oh my!

Have fun on the Giant Pirate Ship Inflatable or the PreSchool Play Zone.

Face Painting

Pickle Ball

Carnival Games

Craft Table

Club Rex Dinosaur Presentation | 10:30am

Reptile Kingdom Travelling Show | 12:30pm

All Welland events are Free but donations are greatly appreciated!

 

Family Day NiagaraFree Skate at the Vale Arena | 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Family Day Niagara

Family Day Niagara

11:00am – 1:00pm      Free Public Skate courtesy of Family and Children’s Services

12:00pm – 2:00pm       Community Expo

12:00pm – 12:30pm          Children’s Snowshoe races (outside)

1:00pm – 2:00pm              Golden Boot Hockey Game Pelham Volunteer Firefighters vs Pelham Minor Hockey Coaches

2:00pm – 3:00pm              Free Public Skate featuring a Meet & Greet

with the Pelham Junior B Panthers!

6:00pm                             Free Junior B Game: Pelham Panthers vs. Buffalo Regals

Family Day Niagara

Family Day Niagara

Family Day Niagara

Family Day Niagara

@ the Museum presents: Family Fun Day

Niagara Falls History Museum

5810 Ferry Street | 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Celebrate Family Day @ the Museum for FREE! Sit back and enjoy a performance by JUNO-nominated Mike Ford as he explores Canadian history through song @ 11am, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm, make a craft, complete a scavenger hunt and explore the history of our unique city!

Free Skate at the Gale Centre | Noon – 4pm

 

Family Day Niagara

Fifty Point Conservation Area

Bring your family for an afternoon filled with outdoor family fun! Lots of things to see and do, including:

The Canadian Raptor Conservancy will have birds of prey from 2-3pm
Paw Patrol’s Chase and Marshall will be meeting and greeting kids
Scenic wagon rides
Complimentary hot chocolate
Bon fire with marshmallows for roasting
Self guided hikes around conservation area

Fishing at the marina (No fishing license required this day)
Plus more activities!
Frosty Fest runs from 1pm-4pm and entrance is just $10, which includes everyone in your vehicle. Admission free with your HCA Membership Pass.

Free Skate at the Peach King Centre | 1pm – 4pm

Family Day Niagara

Family Day Niagara

Family Day Niagara

Free Skate at the Leisureplex | 2pm – 3:30pm

Family Day Niagara

Free Skate at Meridian Ice Rink NOTL | 1:30pm – 3pm

Need some retail therapy, forget to buy groceries for school lunches <–been there! Click here for a list of What’s Open on Family Day.

What’s Open on Family Day in Niagara?

When you have exhausted your Family Day Activities you may need to grab some essentials for the upcoming week. Here’s a list of what’s open and the opening hours this coming Family Day Weekend!

Walmart – Niagara Falls 11am – 7pm

Niagara Outlet Collection 10am – 6pm

Canada One Factory Outlet 10am – 6pm

We will update this list if we find anything else open in the next two weeks leading up to Family Day!