Guest post by Michele Kambolis.
You juggle kids, home, work and now it’s time for you. So, go ahead and fill your emotional and physical tank. After all, we need to have something from which to give and Vancouver is filled with cool places to enjoy a guilt-free Mom time.
Ready for a guilt-free spa day? Whether you’re the pre- or post-natal crowd, Som Visao puts the “ahhh” in spa, meeting the needs of any Mama. Moms-to-be can indulge in the Baby Belly Facial followed by the spa’s “piece de resistance”, a Fetal Tour with high-tech ultrasound machinery. If postpartum hormones are taking you on a wild ride, Som Visao will have you feeling like your pre-baby self in no time with facials, massage and specialized workouts all under one chic roof. They even have tot-friendly Mommy Mondays.
Som Visao, Hycroft Medical Centre
3195 Granville St., Vancouver, 604-732-9901, www.somvisao.com
Paris, LA and NY Moms are getting that pre-baby body back in no time with The Dailey Method. Now Vancouver Moms are benefiting too. The Dailey Method helps pregnant women maintain or achieve fitness during their pregnancy and new Moms are becoming longer, leaner and stronger while their kids have fun at the drop-in play room. The one-hour class will have you doing ballet barre work, core conditioning, stretching and orthopedic exercises to work the whole body, giving you a stress-free way to fit in that workout.
The Dailey Method
3584 West 41st, Vancouver, 604-266-9191, www.thedaileymethod.com
If you’re a foodie Mom, you’ll be more than happy to dine with kids in tow at Little Nest. It’s a haven for Moms who want to connect and feel nurtured while eating fresh, local and organic food. Owner and pastry chef Mary Macintyre has created an environment that welcomes children with their own play kitchen and all kinds of toys to inspire creative play–all while you enjoy organic fair trade coffee and their legendary baked goodies. While there, make sure to check out their cake menu for your next impromptu dinner party.
716 Charles Street, Vancouver, 604-251-9994, www.littlenest.ca
Who knew the words “baby” and “movie” could be used in the same sentence? Theatres are now allowing Mommy movie times where you can enjoy the latest indie film in a child-friendly environment. Lowered volume, change tables and a dark place to breastfeed, all while enjoying a gigantic bag of butter infused popcorn. What could be better? Synchronizing movie start times with nap time!
The Rio Theatre
1660 East Broadway, Vancouver, 604-878-3456
Whether you’re spending the day with kids in tow or enjoying a day solo, finding new places that fill you will only make you a happier well-rounded Mom. So, go ahead and fill that tank to keep you rolling full steam ahead whether little Tommy is teething, tantruming or breaking curfew.
Michele Kambolis is a child and youth therapist and founder of CHI Kids. She lends her pen as a mental health journalist for many magazine publications.