It feels like summer just started here in Vancouver, but back to school is really just a few weeks away! And whether your kids are heading off to daycare, preschool or elementary, Lower Mainland parents are lucky to have access to lots of wonderful products & programs that make back to school a little bit greener & healthier.
We’ve rounded up our favourite back to school snacks, backpacks, lunch boxes, activities & more for our first annual Back to School Guide below, and we’re also giving away everything featured in the guide at our Back to School Facebook Party on Thursday, August 11th at 8 pm PST.
To RSVP for the online party, just visit our Healthy Family Expo 2017 Facebook Event and click “GOING”. Then join us online in the Facebook Event on August 11th for your chance to win over $1,000 in prizes!
BACK TO SCHOOL GUIDE
FOR METRO VANCOUVER FAMILIES
Onyx+Green School Supplies
from London Drugs
London Drugs is working to be greener, from supplier to shelf to shared product responsibility. One of our favourite brands they carry for greening up your Back to School supplies is Onyx + Green. These school and office products are made from mostly recycled and natural materials, helping increase student and parent awareness for protecting the environment. The Onyx + Green product line includes notebooks with recycled pages and soy-based ink, bamboo pencils and pens, non-toxic, recycled plastic highlighters and so much more!
Facebook Party Prize: Onyx+Green School Supplies ($50 value)
Healthy Snacks & Lunches
from Whole Foods Market
Whole Foods Market is the healthiest grocery store in town, seeking out the finest natural and organic foods available, while maintaining the strictest quality standards in the industry. They have an un-shakeable commitment to sustainable agriculture and a desire to bring excitement and fun to shopping for groceries! With an incredible array of healthy, allergen-free options that your kids will love, Whole Foods Market has everything you need to make packing school lunches a breeze.
Facebook Party Prize: Gift card for healthy back-to-school basics ($50 value)
Back to School Label Packs
from Emily Press Labels
Local Vancouver-based Emily Press Labels has all the waterproof personalized labels you need to keep your kids gear out of the Lost & Found this year. Check out their eco label options like Write Your Own label line that allows you to customize the labels as you need them. Also, right now in their traditional vinyl label line, get BONUS LABELS in the First Class label packs and super cute Preschool label packs. That’s more labels for your money just in time for the school season. Check out their NEW cool designs that your kids will love to stick on their school supplies and lunch gear. From skulls to hearts to Parisian favourites, there’s a design to suit any personality for tot to teen and even adults. Check out all their dishwasher and laundry safe labels for water bottles, lunch containers, clothing, school supplies and more. Super quick FREE shipping that usually arrives next day!
Facebook Party Prize: Online gift card for labels ($50 value)
YumBox, Colibri Snack Bags & Replay Utensils
from Yaya Baby
Go litter-less with school lunch essentials from Yaya Baby. They carry only the very best, “Picky Mom Approved” products, and the YumBox makes packing lunches a piece of cake! It’s totally leak-proof – so you can put yogurt beside crackers and they won’t get mushy – for real! Cut down on the garbage with Colibri reusable snack bags and a Replay fork and spoon set made from recycled milk jugs. Litter-less lunch made easy! Yaya Baby is a retail boutique & education centre in North Vancouver. They specialize in practical, eco-friendly products for the whole family. Yaya Baby also supports parents on their journey with weekly babywearing, cloth diaper & prenatal classes.
Facebook Party Prize: YumBox, Colibri Snack Bags & Replay Utensils ($60 value)
Discount Code: BK2SKL for 10% off until Aug 25
Allergen-Free Cookies & Bars
FreeYumm creates yummy, school-friendly treats that people love. Made with care in their dedicated bakery in North Vancouver, using wholesome ingredients. The #1 Free-From snack, their bars and cookies are full of flavour and free of the Top 9 Allergens; Gluten; and GMOs. Be inclusive. Have fun. Share the Yumm! And sneak some into your own purse or backpack as well – these bars are our favourites for an energy boost during busy days on the go!
Facebook Party Prize: Cookie & bar prize pack + lunch box ($100 value)
Kidsworld 44 Passes to Weekly Events
Around Vancouver from Sept to June
Kidsworld offers a pass into activities and events each week throughout the year for both children and their parents to attend with no additional cost. A pass is only $50 per child and includes entrance into VanDusen Gardens, BC Hall of Fame, Abbotsford Tulip Festival, Bloedel Conservatory, Vancouver Christmas Market, and many more great places. Plus there are bonus discounts on Playland (16%), Stanley Park Horse Drawn Carriage (50%), Whitecaps FC 2 (60%), and more!
Facebook Party Prize: 2 Kidsworld 44 passes ($100 value)
Oaty Chomps & Fruity Chomps Bars
from Love Child Organics
Snack time is fun-time with Love Child Organics! Their all natural Oaty Chomps and Fruity Chomps bars have short, easy to understand ingredient lists, contain real whole fruit, and include superfood ingredients like chia, quinoa and amaranth. Finally a bar with no added sugar, syrups or fillers! They are a nutritious snack for lunchboxes to keep kids fuelled and ready to learn (and parents love them too!).
Facebook Party Prize: Love Child Organics Snack Pack ($50 value).
Dairy-Free Food Options
from Daiya Foods
No matter what better living means to you, Daiya makes it easier to stay true to your healthy ideals. Every Daiya product — from macaroni and cheese to Greek yogurt alternative — is a plant-based, dairy-free alternative disguised as creamy, cheezy deliciousness right there on your plate. And you and your kids would never guess from the taste – pure heaven!
Facebook Party Prize: Dairy-free prize pack ($50 value)
Jumpstarter Grab-and-Go Breakfast
The JillyV’s Jumpstarter is an easy grab-and-go breakfast or snack which is great for parents and kids alike! Parents love that it’s chock full of protein (10 g per cup!) and fiber, with natural ingredients including a fruit compote and organic yogurt – and don’t forget the chia! Kids love it because it’s a sweet treat, while also being healthy (shhh…don’t tell them!). Grab it for a quick, easy, hearty breakfast on the go, give it to kids before or after a sporting event, use it as an after workout snack or have it for a quick mid-day pick me up. People young and old love Jumpstarters!
Facebook Party Prize: Family of 4 Pass to Extreme Air Trampoline Park in Langley or Richmond ($100 value)
SunButter Sunflower Butter is a delicious sunflower seed spread – perfect for sandwiches and recipes! With 7 grams of protein per serving, SunButter has as much protein as the leading peanut butter, and it’s free from the top 10 food allergens, so it is safe for people with peanut allergies and other food allergies. It’s a perfect school safe solution to pack for lunches and snacks where peanuts can’t be served.
Facebook Party Prize: SunButter Gift Basket ($70 value)
Science Programs & Birthday Parties
with BrainSTEM Learning
BrainSTEM Learning is an extracurricular education service based in North Vancouver that teaches children ages 4-14 about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). They give them 20% theory and allow them to experiment the other 80% of the time. BrainSTEM is where your kids use their own creativity to design, build and test their inventions. They offer six week workshops throughout the school year during the day for home-learners or after school, and parents can even introduce BrainSTEM Learning to their PACs to bring after-school programming on-site. Choose from aerospace, civil, chemical, environmental, manufacturing, mechanical, robotics & more. And let’s not forget their popular water rocket and robotics birthday parties offered at their facility or at your home or a nearby park!
Facebook Party Prize: Child’s Birthday Party ($350 – $550 value)
Promo Code: “healthyfamily” for 10% off fall after-school programming
So Young Backpacks
from Active Baby
So Young backpacks from Active Baby are designed to please not just toddlers but their parents too! These stylish backpacks are made of machine washable, PVC, Phthalate, Lead and BPA-Free fabric with a reinforced bottom! Roomy enough for the things a preschooler needs; a pair of shoes, a change of clothes, and of course, something for Show & Tell. Active Baby is a local family-owned business with locations in North Vancouver & Langley, committed to supplying other active families with specially curated— baby-safe, organic, environmentally-friendly, top-quality— products, from nursery essentials, toys, and clothing, to car seats, strollers, furniture and more!
Facebook Party Prize: So Young Backpack ($50 value)
Sensory Fidgets & Tactile Toys
from BC Playthings
BC Playthings in North Vancouver has a fantastic selection of sensory fidgets from Sensory University, Toysmith and Relaxus. Many children need these tools to help them through their day at school for various reasons: to calm them during an anxious transition, to offer a quiet means of stimulation or fidgeting that can be used in a classroom or home setting, to help mentally focus, and more. BC Playthings also carries tactile open ended building toys like Plus Plus from Denmark that are amazing for toddlers up to grandparents. Their team chooses fidgets & toys carefully and can help you find the perfect ones for your family!
Facebook Party Prize: Gift Certificate for BC Playthings ($50 value)
Organic Cereal & Bars
from Nature’s Path EnviroKidz
Nature’s Path is a local family-run business that has been making tasty organic breakfast foods & snacks for 30 years. And their EnviroKidz product line offers more than just great-tasting, organic, peanut free and gluten free ways for kids to start their school days – they show their love for the planet by donating 1% of sales to animal conservation groups like the Australian Koala Foundation.
Facebook Party Prize: Basket of organic cereal & bars ($50 value)
Toddler Balance Run Bike
from Tykes Bikes
Why drive or walk to school when you can bike? Tykes Bikes is a locally owned family business that manufactures and sells run bikes specifically designed with toddlers in mind! Tykes Bikes’ lightweight, durable design provides the best platform for your little one to learn balance and become confident riders. Suitable for 15 months to 6 years old, and each bike comes with a 3 year unconditional warranty!
Facebook Party Prize: Toddler Balance Run Bike ($99 value)
Butzi Kids Puzzles & Placemats
from Modern Mama
Modern Mama’s favourite new find is a locally designed children’s line featuring all the fun things to do and see in the beautiful city of Vancouver and the amazing resort of Whistler! Created from original, commissioned artwork, their 60-piece jigsaw puzzles, placemats and prints are favourites with kids and adults alike. Playing games & doing puzzles as a family are great ways to stimulate little ones minds as they head back to school after summer break – and being able to recognize local landmarks like the Lions Gate Bridge & Science World definitely ups the fun factor for kids! Modern Mama is your online and local pregnancy through preschool resource in cities across Canada.
Facebook Party Prize: Vancouver & Whistler 60-piece jigsaw puzzles with matching children’s placemats ($50 value)