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Hot Holiday Toys 2014

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Looking for some last minute gift ideas for kids? We’ve rounded up some of the most popular ones this season!

Fisher-Price® Laugh & Learn® Smart StagesTM Chair

Ages: 12 months +
Price: $54.99


Fisher-Price® Laugh & Learn® Smart StagesTM ChairThis “magic” ABC seat knows when baby sits, activating songs and phrases when baby stands. Press the light-up remote or flip book pages to hear numbers, shapes and more.

Lift the cushion to reveal more fun surprises. The chair includes Smart Stages™ technology, an exciting new way to change learning content as baby grows. Every baby develops at their own pace, and Smart Stages™ gives you the ability to select the stage that’s best for your child!

Three levels of play offer fun songs, phrases & sounds for your little one’s age & stage. Features 50+ sing-along songs, tunes & phrases.

Available at: Walmart, Toys “R” Us, Target, Loblaws, Sears, Amazon

Fisher-Price® Little People® City Skyway

Ages: 16 months +
Price: $49.99


Fisher-Price® Little People® City SkywayStanding over 3 feet tall, this play set ramps up the zipping, zooming racing fun! Your little racer sends a vehicle down the ramp at the top, then waits for the surprise finish as the car comes out at the bottom in one of three spots.

Will it speed out one of the two side exits or jump off the middle ramp? It’s different every time! The creative play is revved up even more with a realistic crane, stop sign, gas pump and parking meter. Your little one will enjoy hours of non-stop action!

Available at: Walmart, Toys “R” Us, Target, Loblaws, Sears, Amazon

Fisher-Price® Thomas & FriendsTM TrackMasterTM Avalanche Escape Set

Ages: 3 +
Price: $69.99


Thomas must navigate a risky mountaintop track in this playset that stands one foot tall and over 5 feet long. After charging up a steep incline, he’ll need to use his momentum to soar across a huge gap in the tracks! As Thomas careens down the mountain, he’ll also power through a rickety bridge with collapsing guardrails before he enters a spooky cave where he’ll discover a fossil!

Fisher-Price® Thomas & FriendsTM TrackMasterTM Avalanche Escape Set

Thomas isn’t home-free just yet, because there’s a monster of a surprise lurking in the scrap yard! Featuring a motorized Thomas engine and an auto-reset function that enables continuous play, the Avalanche Escape Set delivers a nail-biting adventure that will test the speed and bravery of the No. 1 blue engine! Inspired by the Tale of the Brave DVD.

Available at: Walmart, Toys “R” Us, Target, Sears, Loblaws, Amazon

Barbie™ Life in the Dreamhouse – The Amaze Chase™ Glam Camper!™

Ages: 3 +
Price: $119.99


Barbie™ Life in the Dreamhouse is pretty fab – and with the camper that is filled with so many glam features, Barbie and her friends can take that fab life on the road! The camper cab detaches to transform into a pool, perfect for a pool party on the go. The kitchen has a lemonade dispenser, and the grill flips over to become a table for indoor or outdoor dining.
Barbie™ Life in the Dreamhouse - The Amaze Chase™ Glam Camper!™

A full bathroom and plenty of beds for all the girls to travel in comfort. The camper features everything a doll could need for first-class glamping- even a chandelier. For even more story telling fun, watch The Amaze Chase™ webisode of Barbie™ Life in the Dreamhouse. Dolls not included.

Available at: Walmart, Toys “R” Us, Target, Loblaws, Sears, Amazon

2014 Holiday Barbie™ Doll

Ages: 6 +
Price: $49.99


2014 Holiday Barbie™ DollBarbie® doll has been commemorating the holidays with a unique look for 25 years. This year she sparks the festivities up in a gorgeous gown that celebrates the season with the most glamour yet. A rich red gown with gold accents is a modern look in classic holiday colors.

Golden accessories shine, making this doll an absolutely stunning gift for the young and young at heart. Girls will love celebrating with the Holiday Barbie™ doll and starting their own Barbie® tradition. The gorgeous doll will be available only during the 2014 holiday season.

Available at: Walmart, Toys “R” Us, Target, Loblaws, Sears, Amazon

Monster High® Freaky Fusion™ Catacombs

Ages: 6 +
Price: $139.99


Monster High® Freaky Fusion™ CatacombsExplore the creepy cool catacombs seen in the movie Monster High™ Freaky Fusion™ with this set that provides the ultimate place to display your collection of Monster High® dolls (sold separately).

With three levels and multiple play spaces, the set can display more than 15 dolls, and features clawesome transformative features and secret surprises. Monster-rific moments include a secret door that leads to the lab, a pool that flips to reveal a spooktacular party scene, and a table that spins the center column to reveal eerie eyes, and much more!

Available at: Walmart, Toys “R” Us, Target, Sears, Amazon

Monster High® Freaky Fusion™ Hybrid Dolls

Ages: 6 +
Price: $34.99


Monster High® Freaky Fusion™ Hybrid DollsMonster High® has an entirely new class of monsters – hybrids! These ghouls are the frightful children of two completely different, completely creepy cool creatures! Meet Sirena Von Boo™, who’s a little bit Ghost with a dash of Mermaid; Avea Trotter™, part Harpy and part Centaur; and Bonita Femur™, a monster mix of Skeleton and Moth.

These new ghouls at school offer not only double the freaky flaws but also double the dropdead gore-geous details! Each sold separately.

Available at: Walmart, Toys “R” Us, Target, Loblaws, Sears, Amazon

Hot Wheels® Color Shifters® Flame Fighter Set

Ages: 4 +
Price: $34.99


The Hot Wheels® Color Shifters® Flame Fighters skyscraper has erupted into a raging inferno and trapped all the cars! Flames are everywhere and only the bravest firefighters can put it out.

Hot Wheels® Color Shifters® Flame Fighter Set

Launch the Color Shifters® car into action to set the other cars loose. Will they take a dunk in the cooling tank and be safe -or will they be plunged into the “burning” tank instead? Colour-changing transformation, excitement and mayhem meet in this high-thrills play set. Includes one Color Shifters® vehicle. Not for use with some Hot Wheels® vehicles.

Available at: Walmart, Toys “R” Us, Target, Loblaws, Sears, Amazon

Hot Wheels® Super Loop Chase RaceTM

Ages: 4 +
Price: $59.99


Hot Wheels® Super Loop Chase RaceTMGet ready for the fastest chase on a huge loop! Thisnew boosted track set launches cars at top speed for gravity defying action! See your wheels brave and try to make it up and around a spectacular 3-foot tall loop.

Send multiple cars racing at once for a thrilling highspeed chase. This floor based boosted set is a must have for racing fans who love huge crashes and bigwins. Connect more sets to keep the race going! Requires 4 D batteries. Includes 3M Command Strips to secure the track to the wall for support.

Available at: Walmart, Toys “R” Us, Target, Sears, Amazon

BOOMcoTM Stealth AmbushTM Blaster

Ages: 6 +
Price: $39.99


Join the BOOMco™ revolution in action play that features incredibly unique blasters, targets, rounds, and darts! When fully loaded, the Stealth Ambush™ Blaster houses 17 Smart Stick™ darts!

BOOMcoTM Stealth AmbushTM Blaster

It slam fires when boys pull back on the rear handle, with each dart soaring up to 70 feet! With the push of a button, a secret chamber pops open on the top of the blaster housing additional darts which will unload with the next pull of the slam fire handle. Simultaneously, the wings of the blaster fly open like an eagle revealing more darts for speedy reload. You’ll be unstoppable in battle! Blaster comes with 17 Smart Stick™ darts, an 8 dart clip, and a 9-inch sticky backed Smart Stick™ target.

Available at: Walmart, Toys “R” Us, Target, Loblaws, Sears, Amazon

The creator of Surrey604.com, Daman Beatty (AKA 'Beatler') is originally from Sackville, New Brunswick. A longtime media producer, visual designer, marketing and communications specialist, Daman loves travel, technology and being a Daddy.

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6 events you need to attend in Surrey: Aug. 6-14

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Looking for something to do? You’re in luck! From outdoor movies to a butterfly release, there is so much to do in Surrey this week.

Aug. 6: Movies Under the Stars

 

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You can head over to Holland Park for a free movie under the stars starting on Aug. 6. The fun starts at 6pm with plenty of games, singers, crafts, draws, and so much more. Be sure to bring a picnic blanket or lawn chair and some yummy snacks to enjoy. The movie schedule is as follows: 

Aug. 6: Sing 2

Aug. 13: Encanto

Aug. 20: Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Address: Holland Park, 13428 Old Yale Rd.

 

Aug. 6-7: Music and Meditation Festival

Need some relaxation? Visit Surrey City Hall on Aug. 6 and 7 for the Music and Meditation Festival. The event starts at noon, and on Aug. 6 there will be “meditative flute music by Edgar Muenala, Indigenous dance by the Wild Moccasin Dancers, meditation workshops with Rani Thompson of Raaga with Rani and multi-instrumentalists The Nair Brothers, activities for children and parents, and much more! On Aug. 7 you can enjoy free outdoor music from members of Sahaja Yoga BC from noon–2pm, and free meditation classes at the Surrey Central Library from 2-4pm.

Address: Surrey City Hall, 13450-104th Ave.

 

Aug. 6-7: Play Time: Heritage Board Games

Tired of Monopoly? Learn about the board games that residents in Victorian Surrey would have played. This event is free and the only thing you need to supply is the players. 

Address: Historic Stewart Farm, 13723 Crescent Rd.

 

Aug. 10: Sounds of Summer: Dalannah Gail Bowen

 

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Enjoy a free outdoor concert in Holland Park on Aug. 10 from 6:30–8pm. This week’s performance is Dalannah Gail Bowen who is a “76-year-old Afro-Canadian Cherokee singer, songwriter, actress, play writer, storyteller, event producer, social activist, International Memphis Blues Awards semi-finalist (2017) and a Blues Hall of Fame Master Blues Artist (2015).”

Address: Holland Park, 13428 Old Yale Rd.

 

Aug. 13: Habitat for Humanity 11th Annual Butterfly Release

Watch a live butterfly release at the Fleetwood Villa on Aug. 13 starting at 11:30am. This event is free to watch but you’re also able to purchase a butterfly to release, with all proceeds going towards Habitat for Humanity. Butterflies cost $20 each and include a butterfly cookie. There will also be live entertainment and a barbecue lunch. For more information on how to reserve your butterfly, check the City of Surrey website

Address: Fleetwood Villa, 16028 83 Ave.

 

Aug. 13-14: Play Time: Old Fashioned Toys

You can visit the Historic Stewart Farm to play with the toys that the Stewart children would have enjoyed in the early 1900s. You’ll also be able to play some outdoor games and make your own toy to take home! This free event is a part of the Historic Stewart Farm’s themed summer weekends. 

Address: Historic Stewart Farm, 13723 Crescent Rd.

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6 events for you to check out in Surrey: July 1–9

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From ice cream making to free concerts in the park, there is so much to do in Surrey (@thecityofsurrey / Instagram)

Looking for something to do? Well, you’re in luck! There is so much to do in Surrey this week.

 

Surrey Canada Day

Canada Day 2022 is coming up quickly and the City of Surrey has plenty of plans to celebrate. You can check out an Indigenous Village, the Summer Market, or enjoy some live music from artists like Arkells! There will also be plenty of food trucks and amusement park rides to enjoy. You can check out our previous article for a full breakdown of everything happening. 

Address: Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre, 176th St and 64th Avenue, Surrey

 

Ice Cream Making

From July 1 to 3 you can visit the Historic Stewart Farm to learn how to make your own homemade ice cream like Surrey residents from the 1900s. Not only that, but you’ll be able to take some home. 

Address: 13723 Crescent Rd, Surrey

 

Surrey Rides

 

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If you’re 18 or younger and like to skateboard, bike, or scooter, then head over to South Surrey Youth Park on July 5 from 4 to 8 pm for Surrey Rides. There will be free snacks, good jams, and prize giveaways for everyone who attends. Helmets are mandatory and spectators are welcome. Be sure to visit the City of Surrey website for a full schedule of Surrey Rides. 

Address: South Surrey Youth Park, 14601 20 Avenue, Surrey

 

Sounds of Summer: Sons of Granville

 

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Visit Glades Woodland Garden for a free summer concert with Sons of Granville on July 5. Be sure to bring a picnic blanket or chairs and you’re encouraged to bring a picnic dinner to enjoy. Sons of Granville started as a busking duo back in 2010 and have since gained popularity and brought on more band members. This is definitely a concert you won’t want to miss. Gates open at 5 pm and the concert starts at 6:30 pm. 

Address: The Glades Woodland Garden, 457 170 Street, Surrey

 

FVDED in the Park

FVDED in the Park returns to Holland Park this year on July 8 and 9. Headlining the iconic Surrey festival are Illenium, Excision, Rick Ross, and Don Toliver. Tickets are on sale now and you can purchase them online

Address: Holland Park, 13428 Old Yale Road, Surrey

 

SHIAMAK: spirit of India

BC’s biggest Bollywood dance company is coming to the Bell Performing Arts Centre on July 8 at 7:30 pm to perform “spirit of India.” This is a celebration of India’s spirituality, mythology, colourful festivals, weddings, music, dances, Bollywood, and will include over 90 performers! Tickets start at $36 and can be purchased onlineAddress: Bell Performing Arts Centre, 6250 144th Street, Surrey

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BC’s biggest Bollywood dance company, SHIAMAK, is performing “spirit of India” in Surrey

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This event is to celebrate the 75th year of India’s Independence.

SHIAMAK is coming to Surrey on July 8 for the “spirit of India,” a celebration of the 75th year of India’s Independence with music and dance. 

The performance will include India’s spirituality, mythology, colourful festivals, flamboyant weddings, magnificent music, exhilarating dances, and, of course, Bollywood — this production manifests the true spirit of India’s multiculturalism.

There will be over 90 different performers who come from all over the Lower Mainland and the performance will include a retelling of the Ramayana, one of the largest ancient epics in world literature.

Not only is this a must-attend event but this will be SHIAMAK’s return to the stage since their last performance in 2019.

You can buy tickets to “spirit of India” online starting at $28. The performance will take place at the Bell Performing Arts Centre on July 8 starting at 7:30 pm. 

Address: Bell Performing Arts Centre, 6250 144th Street

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Here’s what to expect from Surrey’s Canada Day Celebration

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The event will be headlined by Arkells and have an Indigenous Village, amusement rides, a summer market, and more! (City of Surrey / Facebook)

Canada Day 2022 is coming up quickly and the City of Surrey has plenty of plans to celebrate. Here are some of the highlights of this year’s celebration. 

 

Music:

There will be musical performances for the entire day with Arkells headlining the show. You can also expect performances from Shawnee Kish, Haviah Mighty, En Karma, Teon Gibbs, Ashley Pater, Glisha, Kung Jaadee, Pleasant Trees, and many more! Plus, all of these performances are free so you can enjoy as much music as you want. 

 

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Summer Market: 

Plenty of local vendors will be making their way to the Canada Day celebration this year, and they’ll be set up in the Summer Market. Some of the vendors include Mysgreen, lil so&so handmades, The Refill Shop, Mountain Mornings, and So Fresh Air Fresheners. 

 

Food Trucks:

No Canada Day celebration is complete without food, and there will be tons of food trucks available for you to choose from. Whether you’re feeling like some delicious sandwiches from Bread and Cheese, Bannock from the Bannock Queen, vegan delights from the Dirty Vegan, Japanese-inspired hotdogs from Japa Dog, or mini donuts from Mr. Ken’s Donuts, Surrey’s Canada Day will have it all! There will be over 30 different food trucks at the event. 

 

Indigenous Village:

For this year, the City of Surrey is putting a big emphasis on reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. On the Surrey Canada Day Website, the City said “July 1st is a day to chart a new and better path forward. Together, we can work towards reconciliation and a more equitable society for all. We invite you to come together to experience diverse cultural expression, as well as the best of Canada and its hope for the future. Surrey Canada Day is committed to sharing music, education, entertainment, and the cultural practices of many Indigenous and multicultural artists. Event organizers are working with leaders from land-based Nations and an Indigenous consultant in the planning and programming of this event.”

One of the highlights of this year’s celebration is the Indigenous Village with plenty of different sections to check out. The Siam Stage (which means “Respected Ones” in Coast Salish languages) will feature Indigenous cultural sharing, the Residential School Survivor Honouring Ceremony, and contemporary music performances. There will also be a sharing circle where “the public is invited to participate in discussions with Residential School Survivors to learn first-hand about the hardships they lived through while attending the schools. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet the children of the Residential School Survivors, who will share how their lives were impacted by the inter-generational trauma caused by the Residential School system.” 

In addition, there will be traditional teachings, doll-making demonstrations, game playing from the Onyota’aka Nation with S^yowah (Son-Yo-Wah), ribbon skirt making, and a community mural painting with Brad Henry.

 

Amusement Rides:

If you’re looking for some thrills then you’re in luck, there are plenty of amusement park rides available at Surrey’s Canada Day celebration. You can ride on the Ferris wheel, crash into some bumper cars, get turned around in the Zipper, or walk through the Kreepy Kastle. To get on these rides you must buy tickets, with one ticket costing $1.50. You can also buy 20 tickets for $30 or 40 Tickets for $50. There will be 16 different rides to choose from. 

 

Fireworks:

The celebrations will end with a fireworks display starting at 10:15 pm that you will not want to miss. 

 

For more information on everything happening for Surrey’s Canada Day, be sure to visit https://www.surrey.ca/canadaday/

Address: Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre, 176th St and 64th Avenue, Surrey

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7 events for you to check out in Surrey June 10–18

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There's so much to do in Surrey (Oleg Mayorov / Shutterstock)

Looking for something to do? Well, you’re in luck! There is so much to do in Surrey this week.

 

June 10: Seniors Week

Visit the Historic Stewart Farm on June 10 from 11 am to 2 pm for Seniors Week. There will be live music and performers, heritage activities and demonstrations, tours of the 1894 farmhouse, samples of delicious homemade treats, and activities in recognition of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Address: Historic Stewart Farm, 13723 Crescent Road

 

June 11: Magical QUIRK-E Tour

QUIRK-E (Queer Imaging and Riting Kollective for Elders) is hosting numerous spoken word and video performances at the Museum of Surrey on June 11 from 2 to 4 pm. There will be cartoons, videos, short films, songs, a scene from a play, stories, and poems. This event is 14+. 

Address: Museum of Surrey, 17710 56a Ave

 

June 11: Car-Free Day

Car-Free Day is coming to Surrey Saturday, June 11. This event will turn 137 street into a car-free paradise with tons of local merchants, musicians, and family-friendly activities like balloon twisting, jugglers, and face painting. There will also be a beer garden (for the grown-ups) and plenty of food trucks. 

Address: 7380 King George Blvd

 

June 16–19: Strawberry Tea on the Farm

If you missed Seniors Week, then you can visit the Historic Stewart Farm from June 16–19 for strawberry tea on the veranda. There will also be ice cream and other treats for you to enjoy. Tickets cost $18.20 and you can register for them online or by calling 604-501-5100.

Address: Historic Stewart Farm, 13723 Crescent Road

 

June 17: Youth Pride Dance

Youth ages 13 to 18 are welcome to attend the Youth Pride Dance, an inclusive and welcoming event to celebrate Pride. There will be dancing (of course), games, snacks, and prizes for the most creative outfits. LGBTQ2S+ and allies can attend this event. Registration for this free event is available online

Address: Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre, 13458 107A Avenue

 

June 18: International Picnic Day

Visit Hazelgrove Park for International Picnic Day on June 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Bring a packed meal and your friends and family to enjoy an evening full of fun activities. There will be mini-golf, storytime, different fun park activities, and different vendors from the Cloverdale Farmers Market. This event is free and open to all ages. 

Address: Hazelgrove Park 7080 190 Street

 

June 18: Surrey Fest

This year is the 22nd anniversary of Surrey Fest! Head over to Holland Park from 11 am to 4 pm to enjoy music, prizes, vendors, and more! This event is free but expect it to get busy. 

Address: Holland Park, 13428 Old Yale Rd

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