This place I write of is Collage Collage, a children's workshop and store located our hometown of Vancouver. Our friend Erin Boniferro opened it up last year, and we love it! Collage Collage is such a perfect spot to visit with children because - in my experience - so many children's destinations tend to be just too much. Too much activity, too much stimulation, too much volume, too many stressed out parents and crazed kids! Collage Collage is like an oasis to me in that it is such an super inspiring and creative place for both adults and children of all ages, yet it is such a calm and cozy environment at the same time.
Erin is fantastic with kids - she is so incredibly accepting and patient, and never condescending to children, which is something I really admire and appreciate. She is the type of woman who can bring out the best in little ones (and big ones!), and this I love about her and her very special little shop.
Last month we were happy to have Adelaide's birthday party at Collage Collage. I told Erin that we were having a little bird birthday, and she was awesome to tailor-make up a party especially for Adelaide's ideas. She planned a story time for the children with several bird story books, and to follow there was a discussion all about birds, and then some bird-type art projects (which Erin created especially for 3 and 4 year olds). First the children made their own little nests using all sorts of scraps of yarn, string, and twine. And then to follow, Erin had the children make their own birds by colouring, gluing collages, and glittering paper birds-on-sticks, which she had prepared in advance. So perfect and so cute!
The three birds that Adelaide made that day proudly hang in our kitchen now. Every so often I will catch Adelaide chattering away and realise that she is making up stories and pretending with the little birds, all from her seat at our kitchen table. We will often then take the birds down and talk about them and play with them together. She is so proud of them, and I think that they are one of Adelaide's most special creations which I will have to keep for her forever.
621 Kingsway (at 15th + Fraser St.)