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This is an exciting time of year when everyone is celebrating. At Funatorium Explorium, we have an extra reason to celebrate this season! We are an official event of Winterlude 2013!!!

Also, tickets to Funatorium Explorium February 17 & 18 are now available for sale. They make a great Christmas present or stocking stuffer … just saying ;)

Whatever holiday you celebrate, I wish nothing but the best for you and your family.

Happy Hanukah, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanza.


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Funatorium Explorium in Schools Update!

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I’m super excited to report that our pilot project at Ecole Alain-Fortin in Orleans was hugely successful. We had a great time playing with the children. We took over the gymnasium and became physical education class for the entire week.

In addition to achieving some of our objectives, like getting children who don’t normally engage in gym class really enjoy getting physical, I had one surprising rewarding experience.

There are a few special needs children in this school. Each child is different. Each special needs child is also different. So it was gratifying to see ear-to-ear smiles when they tried a new experience. Did they try everything? No. Did they like everything? No. They did experience something different and always found one new thing that was super awesomazing fun for them. Talk about making my heart sing!

We’re looking forward to booking other schools and playing with more kids. So if you could mention our “in Schools” program to your principal or your parent council, I would greatly appreciate it.

Have a fun-filled Halloween!

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Funatorium Explorium in Schools!

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It’s been a while since my last post. We’ve been super busy with Funatorium Explorium and life in general this summer. We have so many new and exciting things happening that I’m not sure where to start!

We’re back at the CE Centre this Family Day weekend February 17-18 with lots of family fun. We have many of the same activities for everyone to enjoy AND we have some new fun on the way. One of the new activities is a “Mascot Dance Party!” The invitations have been sent out and some of your favourite mascots have already told us they’re coming (yay!) Stay tuned for more details about the event!

A huge hug and shout out to our partners that are keeping us smiling: Wallack’s, Ottawa 67′s, Ottawa Fury, Macaroni Kids, Ottawa Start, Hot 89.9 and our official parenting magazine, Ottawa Parenting Times.

Our charity partner this year is CHEO Foundation. We are planning a fundraiser on the Sunday evening (February 17). More details will be revealed really soon. If you are interested in helping out with the fundraiser, please give me a call. Many hands make light work, more fun … and more money for CHEO Foundation :)

Also, we are launching Funatorium Explorium in Schools this month!!! We are really proud and excited about this program. We come and set up in your children’s school gym and become gym class for the entire week. I think more children would LOVE gym class if they could enjoy super cool and innovative activities like Bodyzorbz, GyroGyms, SpiderClimbing, Mobile Spelunking, Traverse Climbing, PlasmaCars and Lego. We even have science buckets for teachers to sign-out during the week with lessons on magnetism and gyroscopes. We are really looking forward to playing with your children. If you think that your children would benefit from having us come to their school, please let your principal, physical education teach and parent council know about us. I’d be happy to send them our information package.

We’d really appreciate if you help us spread the word about the event and our in-school program. Thank you so much for your support.

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And now the dust settles!

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Phewf. What a whirlwind couple of weeks it has been. We made it through our first big event with only a couple of complaints and hundreds of compliments.

For anyone with complaints, we’ve tried to reach out to you personally. We’re the first to admit that we’re not perfect and the last to walk away from any opportunity to learn. We hope that you contact us directly.

For the compliments, THANK YOU! We can’t get back to everyone. But know that each and every email has been read and phone messages listened to. And for those of you who offered a hug when we needed it most … thanks :)

We also want to thank all of our family members who helped out, our wonderful staff, our awesomazing partners, performers and everyone who contributed to making our first event a huge success!

Over the coming weeks, we will be scrutinizing everything. So if you have any comments or suggestions, please share them. We want to hear what worked, what didn’t work and what you want to see next year.

I also wanted to let everyone know (if you haven’t heard already) that we successfully established a Guinness World Record! With 629 participants, we officially hold the world record for the largest streamer string (aka Silly String) fight. Woohoo!

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So many balls in the air!

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With less than 2 weeks until Funatorium Explorium Family Extravaganza (yikes!) days are flying by. Just when I think we’re done adding fun stuff for parents and children to do, I squeeze in one more thing!

I’ve made a bunch of updates to the website today to make sure that you know about all of the incredible entertainment and activities we have planned for Family Day weekend.

Check it out:

Cow Guys
Brad the Balloon Guy
Plasma Car Junction
Giant Canvases


Your read it right. We’re going to attempt to establish a world record right here in Ottawa on Family Day. You’re the first to officially find out. I’m sure you’ll hear more buzz about it over the coming days (Well, at least I hope you hear a lot more buzz about it!)

Don’t be shy. Spread the word. It’s going to be an awesomazing event!

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The Beast on Our Front Lawn

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Regular readers of my blog might remember me mentioning the famous snow fort contraption that my husband created. It made it’s official appearance on our front lawn a couple of weeks before Christmas … standing naked … desperately waiting for snow.

Thankfully, the skies opened up and gave us a little of the white stuff masking some of the beast’s hideousness!

It takes a surprising amount of snow however to cover the fort. My husband tirelessly shovels for hours attempting to pile the snow and render the structure safe enough for all of the neighbourhood children to climb and slide. We’re fortunate to have a neighbour with a snow blower (who must be a little bit crazy like us) and he snow blowed our front lawn to help move things along.

But that wasn’t enough for my husband. He called in the heavy machines…really, check out the pictures.

So as promised, I present you with pictures of (dun, dun, duuun) THE BEAST.

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A Surprising Family-Friendly Activity

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My family was given tickets to the Ottawa 67′s this past Friday. We are not a hockey family. We don’t follow hockey. We don’t know the teams. We’ve only been to the Civic Centre for consumer shows.

I’ll let you in on a little secret … We had FUN!

It was a surprise that all of us had a great time. The energy was very friendly from the moment that we walked into the building — from the girl who greeted us at the ticket window, to the man who sold us cotton candy.

As we took our seats, we could tell that there are regulars. They settle in with their 67′s accessories and affectionately shout out players’ names. As they settle in, they know what they’re in store for. There are cheerleaders, a dancing chicken, a robot dancer, a live band, little Timbits that get to play short games during intermission. There is as much going on off the ice as on the ice!

The 67′s out-shot the Pete’s 2-1 and in the end won 2-0, with both goals in the 3rd period (one on an open net). A win seemed a fitting end to an entertaining evening.

So, are we a hockey family now? Not really. But you just might see us at an occasional 67′s game :)

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Happy New Year!

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To all Funatorium Explorium friends, family and fans :) Happy New Year!

Our first event, Funatorium Explorium Family Extravaganza is fast approaching. Our preparations are moving forward at lightning speed. We’re excited to be establishing so many partnerships and friendships along the way. The success of the event will be due to so many of these wonderful connections (you know who you are!)

As this year draws to a close, we give thanks to everyone who has supported us. Heading into 2012 we remain hopeful for a more peaceful world. We will focus on creating positive energy, knowing that each and everyone one of us makes a difference.

Don’t forget to use discount code DISCFE12 when purchasing your tickets to save an additional $2 off of the on-line ticket price.

We look forward to playing with you in 2012!


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The Excitement

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I’ve sold my first tickets!

What does this mean to me?

1) It validates that at least one other person believes that this will be an awesomazing event.
2) At least one family (other than my friends and relatives) will show up!
3) Someone either read the article that appeared in Ottawa Parenting Times Magazine or heard the ad that’s currently running on Hot 89.9 and was interested enough to go to my website and check it out.

As excited as I am that at least one family will be joining us Family Day long weekend at the new CE Centre for Funatorium Explorium Family Extravaganza, I hope that more people consider purchasing tickets soon …

Give your family (or someone else’s family) the gift of fun and memories this holiday season!

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It Sure Feels Real Now!

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I am so excited to report that our media and advertising campaign is beginning for Funatorium Explorium Family Extravaganza!

We got a surprise this evening when Josh Zaret, the GM of the new CE Centre mentioned Funatorium Explorium in an interview on CBC Evening News. Sooooo cool to hear our name on TV. Watch it here: http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/News/Local_News/Ottawa/1317910092/ID=2172733068

We have a wonderful feature article and full page ad coming out this weekend in Ottawa Parenting Times Magazine. Pick up a copy (pick one up for a friend too!) and let me know what you think. You can read it on-line here: http://www.ottawaparentingtimes.ca/

We have a pre-Christmas advertising campaign starting December 12 on Hot 89.9. They’re also promoting our event on-line. You’ll have several chances to win a family pass to the event, so be sure to listen.

There’s lots more to come. I’ll try and keep the “In the News” section of the website up to date.

So, in the spirit of the Christmas season, you may want to consider Funatorium Explorium Family Extravaganza tickets as a family present under the tree. Buying your tickets on-line is simple and saves you money.

If you like Funatorium Explorium, please tell all of your friends (and perfect strangers in the grocery store line, at the mall, at the dentist’s office — I think you get the idea!) We need your help to make it the success we know it can be.

It sure feels real now!

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