{Playground Builders}

YAY! for Peekaboo Beans.  TOOT TOOT!  We reached our goal of 5,000 views on You Tube for our Play Revolution Video and promised to donate $1,000 to local foundation, Playground Builders... and we have done just that.  Since inception in 2007 this remarkable company has built approximately 20 playgrounds per year supplying safe play for over 250,000 children.  WOW! What an amazing accomplishment, and that's just the start of it.  They have built 100 playgrounds to date in worn-torn areas of the world like Iraq and Afghanistan providing children the opportunity to safely play like children were intended to.  Currently Playground Builders is working on playgrounds 101, 102, 103, 104 & 105.  Did I already say that this is amazing??? 

How can you get involved?  Visit their website for more information and see what you can do to help.  It doesn't take much to pull some neighbourhood friends together and make something incredible happen.  All children need play in their lives, let's see what we all can do to assist Playground Builders with their goals. 


On a side note, have you joined our Play Revolution?  Our children are playing less than any previous generations, and this lack of play is causing them profound physical, intellectual, social and emotional harm.  Experts say our kids are experiencing a Play Deficit.  Take our Play Pledge today and support your child's right to develop and grow in a natural and healthy way.   

Download your PLAY PLEDGE here

Your friends from the Playground

Curious to where all the magic beans happen?  We are opening our doors and giving you a glimpse into the world of Peekaboo Beans.  Come see the center of our tire swing, the bars of our monkey cage, the bumps on our slide, the pebbles in our sandbox... come join us at our Playground!

How long have you been with PB’s?
I started at PB in January of 2008 as a Fashion Intern from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. I continued working part time with PB as I finished school and have been a full time employee since the summer of 2010.
Whats your role?
My main role these days is the design and brand development of Peekaboo Beans NEW tween line, CiCi Bean –which launches in September 2012! You can also find me creating e-blasts and marketing material for sales, events, and holidays!
Whats your favorite things about being on the PB’s team?
There are so many wonderful reasons why I love being on the PB team but one of my all time favorite things is our theme days! Working with people who share my passion for dress up is so FUN!
Whats the craziest thing that’s happened at the playground?
The playground usually gets pretty crazy around the times that we launch a new collection! New stock arrives in hundreds of boxes, orders begin to ship out, and the design team is in the midst of creating the collection for the following year! Then add in kids screaming, puppies barking, and phones ringing. It’s definitely a little bit CRAZY!
What inspires you?
People…I’m so inspired by peoples personal style and creativity. I’m intrigued by peoples uniqueness and their ability to deal with the hardships in their own lives. I get such a strong sense of happiness when the people around me succeed and it continually pushes me to believe more in myself.
What do you do in your spare time? 
If it’s a Sunday morning you can find me on Pinterest or reading my favorite blogs. I’m always cooking and just as often eating. I spend a lot of time snuggling our dog Nora and hanging out with my sister Noel.
What were you like as a child?
I was a super creative and active kid. Always coloring, picking flowers, playing house or fairies, riding my bike and imagining!
What’s one thing that people may not know about you?
I make most of my own hair, body and make-up products. Including face wash, shampoo/conditioner, hair gel, body wash and lotion.
What does PLAY mean to you?
Play is so extremely important to me. As a kid there was never a time when my sisters and I weren’t playing. Play has made me who I am today and it allowed me express myself creatively and helped me learn about life. I’ll always be a kid at heart and play will always be a part of my life.

Our Vine to You - Kristy Owen

Getting to know your local Peekaboo Beans Play Stylist... we begin this exciting feature with a closer look at the lovely ladies who are sprouting off our Vine and providing you with the ingredients for a playful life.   

Today we meet Kristy of Tsawwassen, British Columbia.  And here's a glimpse from her VINE:

Tell us about you:
My heart is with my family! I have a 1 year old daughter, Ellen, who is definitely a bit of a “Cheeky Monkey” and a very loving and supportive hubby. Dave and I got married in Maui, and were lucky to spend our 4 year anniversary there in January. We try to go back once a year and soak up some rays. As a family, we love being out on the water, and spend lots of time on the boat in the summer, usually at Hatzic lake. In the winter, we love to get up to Whistler to ski, although since Ellen, that has been a bit difficult! We are so lucky to have an amazing family, group of friends and great neighbours. We work so that we can play! Isn’t that what life is about?
Tell us a little bit about the journey to becoming a Peekaboo Beans Stylist:
Being a friend of Traci’s, I have always been a huge fan of Peekaboo Beans! After having my own bean, Ellen, last April, I found I had a huge desire to be involved with this amazing company. I am so passionate about what they value because I have my own little walking-talking example of the importance of play right in front of my eyes. Being a Play Stylist is my “Play” job. I am also a Nuclear Medicine Technologist at BC Children’s Hospital, as well as a (contract-based) Instructor at BCIT!
What does PLAY mean to you?
Great question! To me, play means allowing kids to have the space to explore their mind and act freely! I truly believe that boundary-free playtime allows kids to see and learn about our world from their own perspective, rather than ours.
How do you balance Motherhood, play and work?
Well, this is my first week back to work (part-time yay at Children’s) after my maternity leave, so I’ll let you know! But actually, everything in moderation is a theme I try to live by. I think it is healthy to have a balanced life.
What inspires you?
Many things! Sunny weather, rainy weather, people who seem to do it all and still look fabulous doing it, my daughter, my grandparents, a bottle of wine, a long drive, a good book, a night of insomnia (sometimes great ideas result from not sleeping), people who are consistently happy (like my husband), the list goes on...
Who is one person you look up to or are inspired by and why?
I don’t know that there is 1 person I am completely solely inspired by. I think I am inspired by many people in my life for a bazillion reasons! Whether it is their strength through a tough situation, or their everyday positive attitude, or their work ethic, or their play ethic, there are many people who help me be a better person. I am very lucky!
Besides your family, what is the one possession you most cherish?
Is health a possession? Because I cherish health. If that is too cliché an answer, I guess I would say my camera. I love catching Ellen with a great big toothy-laughy smile.
What were your favorite toy, game and quiet activity as a child?
I’m pretty sure I loved “My Little Pony.” Uno was definitely my favourite card game. Quiet activity was (and still is) reading.
Where do your kids spend most of their free time and/or what do they like to do?
Ellen loves exploring, whether it is the washer or the garden, she gets really smiley when she is exploring a new place. She is such a little sponge, learning from everything around her. I love this age! Oh and she LOVES the swings. The higher the better! We have a little daredevil on our hands!
How do you celebrate your kids birthdays?
Ellen just had her first birthday April 5th. We had close friends and family over for dinner and cake…40 people later, it was super fun, but pretty busy! I think next year will be much quieter!
What kind of house do you live in? And what do you like best about living there?
We live in a small rancher-style house in Beach Grove, Tsawwassen, BC. The neighbourhood is so friendly and the beach is very close. It is a great place to raise a family, the perfect balance of fun activities at our fingertips, and relaxation. And it really is “Sunny Tsawwassen!”
What places in your neighborhood frequent the most?
There is a super-cute café called Beach Grove Café. Saturday morning walk to the swings and coffee is usually our thing.
What are your go to books, websites or local shops?
I have a kindle (love) and so I read a ton. I love the Hunger Games trilogy (Almost done reading it for the 3rd time. Blush.)! There are a ton of local shops that are very quaint and adorable here in Tsawwassen. My top 2 favourites are probably Ambiente and Toys & Tech. Every time I go into Ambiente, I get so many creative decorating ideas, and the toy store has lots of unique fun stuff.
What’s your idea of a perfect day?
Well, it is definitely sunny! We are a boating family and spend a lot of time out at Hatzic lake in the summer. A day where there is a combination of me wake boarding, Ellen swimming, Dave (my hubby) skiing and perhaps some relaxing would be more than perfect.
What legacy would you like to build through Peekaboo Beans?
I would love if my passion for play was contagious, infecting everyone in my life. I would love to see all my kiddies near and far, playing in Peekaboo Beans, being comfortable and fashionable. That’s not too much to ask is it?


Do you live in Kristy's area?  Looking to host your own Peekaboo Beans Soiree?  Here's how you can get in touch with her today: 

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Play Revolution... in words.

We've had amazing feedback from our recently launched Play Revolution Video and have had a few requests from parents for a copy of the script in words.  So we called in our experts who created a simple but stylish printable, and today we are excited to be able to share it with you!  Feel free to download your copy to frame and hang, tape to your fridge, attach to your backdoor or display where ever you might need an easy reminder to get the kids out doors for some good old fashioned independent free play!  

Download your printable copy here.