Monday, June 20, 2016

School’s Out. Keep Kids Happy & Busy With These FUN Activities!

School’s Out. Keep Kids Happy & Busy With These FUN Activities!
Ontario Bakery Makes Custom Cakes & Treats for Birthday Parties & MORE!
It’s so exciting when school is finally out for the summer! We dream of swimming and camping and fun all the time! But the reality is, adults can’t always make those things happen and kids still need to have fun and keep busy. So rather than lose your mind, try planning for these activities so you have happy creative kids even when you can’t go for a big adventure.  
Here are some ideas we have for your young ones happy and busy this summer:
Have a bubble box. Most dollar stores have large bottles of the bubbles available or you can even make your own. There are some cool resources online that show you how to create shapes out of bubbles using just string! Kids have a blast with this one. It’s great option for the backyard or park, so they can rinse off easily.  Just keep everything in a large tupperware for easy storage, accessibility and mess control!
Plan weekly picnics. Depending on the ages and interests of your children, you can give the picnic a theme (tea party, teddy bear or lego picnic) or keep it simple and add some little treats like fresh baked cake pops or cookies! Kids love it! Bring along things like ring toss, butterfly nets or bubbles for them, and a book or your own work to do alongside them.
Plan a summer reading game. Go to your local library once every week or two and get as many books as you can, in the areas your child is interested in. If your child is interested in a book beyond their level, don’t be afraid to encourage the challenge. Make a poster with a path and milestones on it. Every chapter or page they finish gets them a little treat or prize! The bigger milestones can be rewarded with an ice cream date or day at the pool. Remember that each child learns differently and if they feel discouraged, get into the book with them. Tell them words. Keep it fun! For younger children, enjoy reading times at the library, where they can usually have fun being read to as a group. (Or lead your own!)
Make a summer treasure box. Teach your children to capture memories with this simple and fun idea. Get an old shoe box. Have them decorate it their way. Then keep it available for holding little pieces of memorabilia, photos and treasure findings they gather throughout the summer. Next summer, you can revisit the box and remember your good times!
Animal love. Do you have any neighbors with animals that are good with children? (and are your children good with animals?) Have a day each week where you visit the animals and give them some love. Spend some time researching and asking what the pet enjoys for treats and toys and perhaps spend some time making them for the animals. 
We know that summer is fun, but not easy. We’re here to not only give you a break, but enhance your child’s summer while bringing you together.  At Ontario Bakery, our goal is just that. We are proud to provide the custom baked goods you need for every special day that comes up, from tedding bear picnics to birthdays and big weddings. Call us to place your custom order today!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Great Ideas for the Perfect Tween Girl Birthday Party

Great Ideas for the Perfect Tween Girl Birthday Party
Let Ontario Bakery Make You the Perfect Custom Party Cake!

Preteen girls are right at that age where they want to do things that are more grown up, but still have a childlike flare for having fun. It’s absolutely possible to give them the best of both worlds with these simple and usable ideas! Make this birthday a memory they’ll be proud to remember.

Jewelry Party

This party theme is a huge hit with the pre teen crowd. You can easily find all beads, craft jewelry, old unique jewelry for the pieces, costume jewelry pieces, and craft sets at thrift shops, crafting stores and garage sales. The girls can make necklaces, bracelets, and rings for themselves and for the birthday girl. You can encourage them to design unique friendship bracelets, as they’ll always have them as a keepsake. Plus, they take hours to make so your girls can watch movies while they make their unique designs.

A Night of Beauty
How about throwing a makeup and spa party? Ask some older friends to help, fix up a room like a beauty salon.  You could put face masks on them, paint their nails and toe nails and even have stylish drinks with lemonade and grenadine with little umbrellas inside. If you want to go further with this one, book a makeup artist to do their make up and then bring them all to the movie and dinner later to show off their fabulous state.
Keep going with that and opt for a spa day!  Include essential oils and add facials to the above and you've got the whole thing ready for a memorable night of fun!

Sing Along
It’s so easy to throw a karaoke party.  You can rent out a machine at home or go out for the real experience!  Some places have age restrictions, but you usually have the option of renting out a little room out. If you’d like to keep it more simple, just put on some music videos and divide the party into two teams. Play a song at random and see how many words of the song each player on each team knows! (Someone else can be reading lyrics on a phone to check accuracy.)  Throw in some fun food like chinese noodles or sushi, and you’ll have the perfect party!

The Great Outdoors
The more outdoors type would love an organized an adventure day.  Here, you can go on a hike, build a raft or go canoeing.  If you have access to a lake or a little island, this is a great idea for everyone involved.  If you'd like a daytime, relaxed activity, you could start things off with lunch out somewhere nice and then maybe they could get their nails done. If that feels out of budget for you, rope in a friend and do it at your home. Get a couple movies (or music) and some delicious treats and give the living room to them for a few hours. 

At Ontario Bakery, we know birthdays and it's one of the celebrations we do best. We'd love to make this day even more incredible, so please, visit our California location or give us a call!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

It’s Time to Honor the Fathers of the Home, Don’t You Think?

It’s Time to Honor the Fathers of the Home, Don’t You Think?
Celebrate dad with sweet words, sweet gifts and sweet cake!
This Father’s Day, we want to share with you a write up we shared last year - but was so important that we wanted to share it again. Why? Because fathers play a critical role in the development of their children but they’re under recognized, under appreciated and far too often… unavailable. Though we don't need proof, research shows that fathers who are actively involved in raising their children can make a positive and lasting difference in their lives.

1. Let their kids know that they are loved. Love involves more than saying the words, “I love you.” Fathers who love their children demonstrate their love by spending quality and quantity time together.  Children who feel loved are more likely to develop a strong emotional bond with their father and a healthy self-esteem.

2. Provide their children with a positive male role model. Children, regardless of gender, need positive male and female role models. Children tend to model behavior (positive and negative) that they learn from on a consistent basis. Active fathers can promote positive behaviors by setting a proper example of integrity and kindness for their children.

3. Provide children with emotional support. In addition to financial support, children also need emotional support from their parents. Active fathers listen with their whole hearts and support their children when they experience joy, sadness, anger, fear, and frustration. Fathers who support their children emotionally tend to raise children who are more in-tune with the needs of others.

4. Enhance their children's self-esteem. Self-esteem refers to how a person feels about himself. Children with high self-esteem tend to be happier and more confident than children with low self-esteem.  Active fathers promote their children’s self-esteem by being fully involved in their lives and letting them know that they are highly valued and have something special to offer the world.
5. Enhances your child’s intellectual development. Children who are raised with actively involved fathers tend to score higher on measures of verbal and mathematical ability, and also demonstrate greater problem-solving and social skills.

6. Provides your child with guidance and discipline. From infancy, children need proper guidance and discipline. Active fathers play an important role in teaching their children proper behavior by setting and enforcing healthy limits.
7. Gives your child someone to play crazy with! One of the primary ways that fathers bond with their children is through play. According to researchers, there are qualitative differences in the ways fathers and mothers play with their children. Fathers tend to use a more physical style of play (e.g., wrestling) that offers a number of benefits to children, including enhanced cognitive ability and confidence in their strength.

8. Provides your child with someone to talk to when she has questions. Young children are full of questions. This natural curiosity helps them learn about their environment. Active fathers can be such a valuable source of information for children and safety who are seeking answers to life’s important questions.

Father's Day is upon us.  Children need fathers in their life regardless of the family dynamic, just as much as they need mothers.  We want to not only honor fathers this year, but encourage them in their journey as the role they have is such an important one.

From all of us at Ontario Bakery, we want to wish you a wonderful Father's Day and would love to make a cake or other sweet treat to add some more greatness to this beautiful holiday for you!!