We’ll be at The Lab Cab Festival this weekend!

We’re off to play at the Lab Cab Festival this weekend – and you should come too! This is the 5th year for Lab Cab – a free, two-day arts festival which takes place this Saturday and Sunday in every room, space, hallway and staircase (even washrooms) of the Factory Theatre. Local artists perform one-acts in theatre, dance, music, poetry, comedy, film and visual art. Founder and artistic director Aviva Armour-Ostroff tells us there will be oodles of kiddie-friendly entertainment – from shows to crafts. Most acts run a total of 15 – 20 minutes, perfect for the fidgety attention span.

Olly Shoes – Toronto

Simply put: Olly Shoes is a bright, inviting and well-organized shoe-store for kids. Nanny Erin was impressed with the helpful and kid-friendly staff who were eager to please – and you won’t need to worry about fighting to find a seat in the large space. There’s more than enough room to browse and there are plenty of benches for you and your family to comfortably sit and try on an afternoon of shoes.

Hatley – Toronto

Be careful walking into The Hatley Store: their original brand of cute is seriously hard to resist. The adorable 100% cotton designs found in the small, but welcoming boutique on Yonge (a little ways North of Eglinton) are primarily geared towards bedtime, but it’s hard not to miss the rain gear which you’ll also find yourself wishing came in your size. Oh, wait – it does! Careful, like I said, slippery slope. Clothing ranges from 3 months to seven years with tons of animal patterns your kids will love – and is even available in matching adult/child sleeper sets.

Patachou Patisserie – Toronto

The atmosphere at Patachou is both chic and welcoming; un vrai petit cafe Francais! Which is welcome if you’ve been missing wonderful chocolate croissant from Montreal (like the ones at the patisserie from the train station? Right. I’m fussy.) It’s tricky to find quality French bakeries like Patachou in Toronto – they do exist, but you have to search diligently. And eat. You know, in the name of purity. I’d go on at length, but I think Erwin M, Matthew S., & Kat F. have said everything you need to know croissant-wise!

Nannies on Call East Coast Head Office opens in Toronto July 5th

Toronto, June 28th, 2010 – Vancouver-based Nannies on Call has gone bi-coastal. The company announced the expansion today: on July 5th Nannies on Call will officially open their East Coast head office in downtown Toronto. “We’ve had so many requests from local families visiting the West Coast over the years,” says Kelsey, “I’ve always had Toronto in mind – and I finally have the perfect executive team in place.”