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We have a business directory and events calendar tab where you can search for things to do or places to shop! Hard-to-find services will be collected and featured here as well. Are you excited? We are too!
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Christmas Traditions Last weekend my family set out to pick our Christmas tree. Sometimes we get one on a Friday, sometimes on a Saturday, but ALWAYS after dinner. Not this year. We went in the afternoon. Real or fake? Do you remember seeing our fan poll a few weeks ago about real or fake Christmas trees? The majority told us that they use an artificial tree. (How nice!) My family of 4 bundles up, puts on some Christmas music and heads over to Canadian Tire to purchase a tree each year! We start by picking out some new ornaments… It’s usually cold and frustrating. The kids fight even though they are getting older… if you look closely you can tell my son is recovering from a playful punch from his not so innocent sister. The BEST part of our crazy tradition is that we all end up arguing over which tree to get. (yes, this is sarcasm) These pictures were taken BEFORE my husband found the silver tinsel. This year — we decided that even though it’s not all bells and whistles — we wouldn’t trade the experience for anything! Hopeful moments Although… I’m always hoping that maybe next year we will get a fake […]
Claim Your Free Gift!
Receive a free gift from one of our YGK Family members! Thank you to our friends at ForeverYoung Chiropractic & Massage for extending this lovely seasonal offer to our community. The Gift of Health is a Complimentary New Patient Chiropractic Exam and Report of Findings. When you call to make your appointment, simply use the code: YGK Family to receive this complimentary gift.
Sherwood’s Reindeer Farm
Sherwood’s Reindeer Farm Photos and story sent in by: Stacey McCullough Every year my family loves to attend the live reindeer and Christmas displays at Riley Garden Center. It’s a wonderful free event that really gets us in the spirit of Christmas. With 4 kids we are always seeking adventures that have minimal cost but maximum effect. The reindeer handlers are fantastic in providing information about the nature of the creatures, such as why the antlers have fur or what they love to eat (after the obvious carrots) while still keeping the secret of Santa alive. Children are drawn to animals and to be able to experience such a creature as a reindeer in a safe and welcoming environment is a real treat, I highly recommend if you get a chance to go — take it as you will not be disappointed! While the farm itself is not open to the public, you can check out their upcoming appearances and events at the bottom of this post. Upcoming Public Events Lansdowne, Ontario December 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Come visit our lovely village and enjoy our Christmas Open House. Many of the local businesses will be open later. […]
YGK Santa Photos – Where to get them!
YGK Photos with Santa Here’s our roundup! If you know of more opportunities, please let us know! Cataraqui Centre Taylor Studios will be on site at the Cataraqui Centre to capture that special memory for children of all ages when they visit with Santa. Now through – December 23: Monday – Fridays 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Saturdays 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM – 6:00 PM Sundays 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM December 24: Christmas Eve 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Frontenac Mall Make a wonderful holiday memory and have a picture taken with Santa – now until December 23rd. Quality digital photos are ready in minutes with various packages to choose from. Everyone is welcome, even your pets, after all, they are part of the family too! Pets Photos with Santa are Mondays to Fridays only. Now through – December 23: Monday – Fridays 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM and 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Saturdays 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM Sundays 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Santa in the Square 2017 Enjoy free photos with Santa at Springer Market Square – […]
Leaders in Training
Mini Entrepreneurs – Leaders in Training We love keeping you in the know! In case you missed it… YGK Family Member, Playtrium hosted a Mini Entrepreneur Event on November 18th. Here’s how it worked: Children first applied through an online form and were informed by email that they were selected to showcase and sell their handmade creations at Playtrium 100% free. These 5 special guests received complimentary admission on the day of the showcase. This means they played for free before and/or after the event! Mini Entrepreneurs pledged to give back 10% of their sales to a local charity of their choice. What a wonderful event! These 4 look like happy campers. Items pictured below include handmade scrunchies, scarves, greeting cards, magnets, perler bead ornaments, and slime! Want to participate in the next one? Contact Playtrium to express your interest. Good job everyone!
Santa is Here!
Santa is Here! Talk about Christmas cheer! Oh, what fun friends and family had gathering downtown for Kingston’s annual Nighttime Santa Parade, organized by Downtown Kingston. Whether you were a spectator or a participant, the parade was exciting for everyone! Treats pictured in some of our photos below included items from Cards Bakery. Keep scrolling to view this years float winners and footage from the event. Winners from this year’s Santa Parade Best Commercial: Utilities Kingston Best Community: Guardians of the Children – Kingston 343 364 1631 Best Theme: TK Danceworx Twinkle Award: Kingston Fire & Rescue Most Holiday Spirit: 5678 Dance Studio New To The Parade: Tree of Hope Holiday Appeal Best School Float: Bayridge Secondary School Best Marching Band: Queen’s Bands Best Overall goes to Helen Henderson Care Centre! Congrats to all from all of us at YGK Family! Planning for next year! If you have never attended before, here are some tips for next year from those who experienced it this year: The parade leaves from Innovation Park at 5:00 PM (Bath Road & Princess Street) and travels down Princess to Ontario Street. The parade lasts approximately 1 hour. Spectators are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items and cash donations for the […]
P.A. Day Options for November 24, 2017
P.A. Day Options for November 24, 2017 Find something new and exciting to do! Explore some of our YGK Family Members Services below: P.A. Day Camp Safe Safe! Course Snow Day Sensations (Let It Snow) PA Day Movie Despicable Me 3 P.A. Day: Little Scientists PD DAY Workshop P.A. Day: Recycled Science P.A. Day: Painting with Pastels
Holiday Pet Sitting
Holiday Pet Sitting The holidays are fast approaching, soon the stores will be filled with holiday goodies and the Christmas trees will be lit. Traveling during the holiday season can be a fun and stressful time of the year but what about your four-legged family members? Many people start looking for holiday pet care in November and early December but there are so many options to choose from. Do you travel with your dog? Do you kennel your dog? Do you hire a professional pet sitter? Many dogs do travel well and usually, people are going to see family so taking Fido with you is an option. We have dozens of kennels in and around Kingston and if your dog is ok being kennelled that’s is also an option for your pet. What We Do We are professional pet sitters. Over the years we have seen this service expand to a greater part of our business and so I wanted to explain what that means. Pet sitting is making drop-in visits to your home to check on your pets. We visit hundreds of dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, bearded dragons and more on an annual basis. Our daily visits range from […]
Kingston In The Fall – It’s Beautiful!
Kingston In The Fall By: Viara Mileva Photography Why do we love nature? Why do we feel recharged and uplifted, when we take a stroll through the woods? Why does it improve our mental well-being? Why does it make us ravenously hungry? (Ok, maybe that last one is just me and my kids…) I don’t know the complete answer to that. I only know it’s true, and I take photographs to try and remind myself of it. In that sense, I am lucky. As an on-location documentary photographer, part of my job is to explore nature trails with clients, to compose beautiful images in all kinds of light, and to find interesting colours and textures in the outdoor world, all while giving families space to be completely who they are. Documentary photography makes the most of what’s there, and in the outdoor space, there’s plenty there to work with. What has been a surprise is just how much beauty there is in and around Kingston. There are conservation areas, and paths along the water, and patches of forest here and there and everywhere. Even on the cold days, on the grey and slightly rainy days, these natural spots are oh-so-tempting, because […]
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Giveaway Bundle #5
Day Five Giveaway Bundle #5 Please take a moment and learn about some of the fantastic businesses that we have the privilege of working with over the next few weeks! Winners will be chosen at the end of each week. So mix and match, enter each day… and if you miss a day, you’ll still be able to go back and enter! Prize A Prize: 1 of 2 Pair of Custom Talking Socks Sponsor: Awesome & Beyond Shop ABOUT The most AWESOME premium custom printing & novelty gift shop. Home of the TALKING SOCKS®!! We are located in the Frontenac Mall, Kingston, Ontario Canada for local orders and we also ship anywhere in the world. Prize B Prize: Bless This Mess Sign Sponsor: Pineapple Designn ABOUT The inspiration for my little shops name came from the nickname my parents gave me as a child: Pineapple. Even now, my wonderful parents still call me by that name. Every time I hear it, it puts a smile on my face. Designn was chosen with having two “n’s”, because my name is Nikki. Why not add an extra “n”? Creating wooden artwork is my passion! I love being able to provide families with signs […]
Giveaway Bundle #4
Day Four Giveaway Bundle #4 Our 10-days of Christmas Giveaways continues…! Please take a moment and learn about some of the fantastic businesses that we have the privilege of working with over the next few weeks! Winners will be chosen at the end of each week. So mix and match, enter each day… and if you miss a day, you’ll still be able to go back and enter! Prize A Prize: 1 of 5 Jcpal Charging Cables for iPhone ($22 value) Sponsor: iService ABOUT iService, truly Canadian, is located in Kingston, Ontario and has been in operation since 2010. We opened our first retail walk-in location in 2012 and specialize in providing parts and service for out of warranty Apple products. We are an independent company not affiliated with Apple Inc. which allows us to offer you more competitive pricing. Prize B Prize: 10 Fudge Pops ($20 value) Sponsor: Sweetie Pies Bakery ABOUT Inspired by Granny & always handmade from scratch! It’s a known fact! Pies make people happy. Custom orders taken all week for PIEDAY Friday pickup. Our newest addition is fudge! Flavours include: Vanilla Candy Cane Chocolate Candy Cane Vanilla Chewy Praline Turtles Butter Pecan Chocolate Peanut Butter Maple Maple Walnut […]
Giveaway Bundle #3
Day Three Giveaway Bundle #3 Have you heard? What was originally intended to be a 5-day giveaway has turned into an epic 10-day event – simply because we have such AMAZING support from our community. (AND… if you are interested in participating… prizes are still being added!) Please take a moment and learn about some of the fantastic businesses that we have the privilege of working with over the next few weeks! Winners will be chosen at the end of each week. So mix and match, enter each day… and if you miss a day, you’ll still be able to go back and enter! Prize A Prize: Gingerbread House Decorating Event for Two (2 kids or 1 child and 1 adult) Sponsor: Loblaws (Midland location) ABOUT Join us at the Cooking School to decorate your very own gingerbread house. We provide the pre-assembled house, royal icing, and all the candies, and you have a blast decorating. When your masterpiece is complete, we‘ll wrap it in cellophane ready for you to take home to display! Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies while you create! Saturday, December 16, 1:00-2:00 PM Children five years of age and under must be accompanied by a parent […]
Giveaway Bundle #2
Day Two Giveaway Bundle #2 Did you enter yesterday? We hope you did! If not, it’s not too late — scroll through our facebook page and find our post from yesterday — you have until the end of the week to like, share and comment! Bonus points for liking the sponsor’s pages! Please take a moment and learn about some of the fantastic businesses that we have the privilege of working with over the next few weeks! Winners will be chosen at the end of each week. So mix and match, enter each day… and if you miss a day, you’ll still be able to go back and enter! Prize A Prize: 1 of 5 Jcpal Charging Cables for iPhone ($22 value) Sponsor: iService ABOUT iService, truly Canadian, is located in Kingston, Ontario and has been in operation since 2010. We opened our first retail walk-in location in 2012 and specialize in providing parts and service for out of warranty Apple products. We are an independent company not affiliated with Apple Inc. which allows us to offer you more competitive pricing. Prize B Prize: $100 Gift Card Sponsor: Lindsay Foster Photography ABOUT I am a mother of two beautiful girls and my love […]
Giveaway Bundle #1
Day One Giveaway Bundle #1 Before you enter, we have an announcement to make! What was originally intended to be a 5-day giveaway has turned into an epic 10-day event – simply because we have such AMAZING support from our community. Please take a moment and learn about some of the fantastic businesses that we have the privilege of working with over the next few weeks! Winners will be chosen at the end of each week. So mix and match, enter each day… and if you miss a day, you’ll still be able to go back and enter! Prize A Prize: Cheese Board & Jelly Bowl (Crafted by Denise Vanden Engel) Sponsor: ADHD Parent Support Group ABOUT The Support group focus is on positive parenting and being proactive rather than reactive. If we educate ourselves on the challenges that our children face, we will be able to provide tools and strategies that will better the understanding of their mental health. This will help our families and our children lead healthier lives. The ADHD Support Group meets monthly! Next up, is the Family Christmas Party (open to the public too!) Event Type: Family Admission: FREE Date: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Location: […]
10 Days of Christmas Giveaways
10 Days of Christmas Giveaways! Join us December 11-15 and December 18-22 as we give away a variety of fabulous prizes from local businesses. We’re SO very excited to get this party started…! To thank each of our giveaway sponsors, we will be featuring them in at least one 1 of 10 upcoming posts. Please check back each day this week and next (Monday-Friday), as we reveal sponsors and prizes that are up for grabs. We are going to make it fun to play along. Remember to show our sponsors some extra love by liking their facebook and instagram pages too! WEEK ONE Monday – Winner = Amie Pilgrim Tuesday – Winner = Brynn Juliana Wednesday – Winner = Lindsay Magee Thursday – Winner = Saffron Nicole Friday – Winner = Krista Huffman WINNERS: Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize! WEEK TWO Monday – Coming Soon! Tuesday – Coming Soon! Wednesday – Coming Soon! Thursday – Coming Soon! Friday – Coming Soon!