Baking Soda + Vinegar = Magic

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There are very few things that excite my children quite the way vinegar and baking soda do. The combo is a staple in my house on boring days and play dates, and when bought in bulk, they’re cheap and easy entertainment! There are three great ways to play:

The VOLCANO

The classic! You can go all out with the paper mache and paint or you can stick to basics with this one. Hang onto a transparent plastic water/pop bottle, clean off any label so that you can see through it. Place it in a large, shallow dish. Fill the bottle about 1/5th with baking soda, then slowly pour in vinegar. Add a few drops of food colouring to the vinegar if you want to make it more dramatic.

The EXPLOSION

Draw out the magic a little bit! This is a great activity for children of all ages. Get a baking pan (like an 8×8 square for example) and pour about 1cm of baking soda equally across the bottom. Repeat for each child. Pour a few small cups of vinegar and use food colouring to tint them different hues. Give your child a medicine dropper or syringe (not the kind with a needle, obviously!) and let them experiment with adding drops of vinegar into the baking soda to make little bombs explode all over the pan. Play with colour combinations by dropping one colour over another colour. Try big drops vs small drops. Do rapid successions of drops vs slow drops. This is a great time filler activity!

The MAGIC HAND

For this one you’ll need your baking soda, vinegar, a glass jar (Mason jar or old spaghetti sauce/pickle/salsa jar with the label taken off), and a disposable glove (latex or latex-free). Pour some vinegar in the jar and pour some baking soda in the glove. Without spilling the baking soda into the jar (keep it in the fingers), put the wrist of the glove over the mouth of the jar and make sure it is sealed. Slowly tip the glove so that the baking soda mixes into the vinegar. Watch as the reaction causes the glove to fill up, ready for a high five! Try different amounts of baking soda and vinegar – watch as less makes the glove fill slowly, more will make the glove fly away! Click HERE to watch a video.

When your kids are all done with their play, dump the vinegar and baking soda mess into your sink and give it a scrub – it’ll be shining!

This Weekend in London

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It’s Halloween weekend! They’re predicting the start of the cold weather this weekend, so keep warm and keep busy!

Westmount Shopping Centre Halloween

Westmount is celebrating Halloween indoors this Friday night from 5:00-800pm. Trick or Treat where it’s warm and dry! Most stores will be handing out candy while supplies last. This is a great place to take your little ones who aren’t yet ready to keep up with the big kids outside.

Kusterman’s Haunted Trail

Are your kids too old for Trick or Treating? Want to give them a good scare? Head out to Kusterman’s Family Farm for a frightening walk though the stalks and other spooky excitement this Friday, October 31 beginning at 7:00pm. $11/person, rated 14+.

Fright Night 5

Museum London is having their annual Fright Night event on Friday, October 31 at 9:00pm. Advanced tickets are sold out, but 100 tickets will be available at the door for $25, 19+ only. There will be live music, costume contest, Gallery tours, palm reading, photo booth and a candy bar.

Byron Craft Club Christmas Craft Sale

Nothing says “Halloween is over!” like the first Christmas craft sale of the season. If you are ready to compost those pumpkins and start hanging the holly head on down to the Byron Library on Saturday,November 1 from 10:00am to 1:00pm. Admission is free.

Ignite Your Vision

Mompreneurs will want to take part in Ignite Your Vision 2014, hosted by London Mompreneurs at the Lamplighter Inn this Sunday, November 2 from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Tickets are $95/person, which includes breakfast and lunch.

Have a great weekend!