5 Reasons Why you Should Send Your Child to Camp this Summer

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For the past 5 years we have sent our kids to Summer Camp at Ontario Pioneer Camp in Port Sydney, Ontario.


Some of our friends think we’re a little bit nuts to just drop our kids off 3 hours from home and leave them there for a week to “fend for themselves”.  Others think it’s a fabulous experience for the kids and I agree.

Here is why we send our kids to camp every Summer and think you should too:

1.  Create Independence – Being away from home can’t help but foster independence in your child.  Our son left for camp his first year as a shy boy and came back a confident and social kid that could’t wait to go back to school.

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2.  Let them experience new things – Summer camp gives a great variety of new experiences for your child.  From archery and high ropes to group campfires and trying new foods.  At camp, there is no lack of new experiences year after year

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3.  Make great Summer memories – The memories they will make will be so special and endless.  Believe it or not, this rock has special memories for my son as this is where he would go his first year to reflect on his day and think of home.  For the past 5 years he makes a point of visiting “his rock” when at camp.  There are SO many other memories that he adds to his list year after year

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4. Step outside their confort zone – Being away from home is already out of their comfort zone but sleeping in a cabin with no solid walls takes that a little further.  But guess what?  The kids think it’s a blast!!!

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5.  Make friends that will last a lifetime – Each year the kids will make new friends and catch up with the ones that they met the years before.  One of the best things is the great counsellors they meet and help make their week at camp awesome.

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BONUS – A week without KIDS!!  Kinda like a week-long date night!!

Ontario Amusement Parks

Amusement Parks in Ontario

Amusement Parks in Ontario

Not much beats a day at an amusement park with your family!  The shrieks of excitement and endless smiles will make memories that will last a lifetime at these Ontario Amusement Parks

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Bracebridge – Santa’s Village – 705-645-2512 – 1624 Golden Beach Road, Bracebridge, Ontario   P1L 1W8

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Come hang out in Bracebridge, where Santa spends his summer!  This 60 acre family entertainment park has amisement rides, paygrounds, shows, splash park, batting cages, go-karts, animals, train rides, summer sleigh ride (jet boat) and of course you can visit with the jolly man himself.

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Vaughan – Legoland Discovery Centre – 1-855-356-2150 – 1 Bass Pro Mills Drive,  Vaughan, ON   L4K 5W4

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The ultimate place for kids who love to build with LEGO® bricks! Discover what you can build in our Model Builder Academy, reach out in our 4D cinema, pedal as fast as you can to become Merlin’s Apprentice and save the princess in our Kingdom Quest Laser Ride and so much more!

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Toronto – CNE – 416-263-3330 – 210 Princes’ Blvd, Toronto, ON    M6K 3C3

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The 18-day anuual fair has so much fun for the entire family with a mix of  exhibits, shows, pavilions, concerts, contests, animals, casino, and a large carnival midway with rides, games and food.

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Kitchener – Bingemans – 519-744-1555 – 425 Bingemans Centre Drive  Kitchener, ON   N2B 3X7

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Equipped with a waterpark and indoor playland, Binegmans is a huge family playground!  From arcade and redemption games of skill and chance, to the interactive three-level indoor play structure in FunworX to the waterslides, splashpark and wavepool in Big Splash, you are guaranteed to go home tired and happy.

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BracebridgeSanta’s Village – 705-645-2512

Come hang out in Bracebridge, where Santa spends his summer!  This 60 acre family entertainment park has amisement rides, paygrounds, shows, splash park, batting cages, go-karts, animals, train rides, summer sleigh ride (jet boat) and of course you can visit with the jolly man himself.

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EtobicokeFantasy Fair – 416-674-5437

Toronto’s largest indoor amusement park is located inside Woodbine Shopping Centre.  Open year-round, Fantasy Fair offers 11 full size family rides, a 3-level play village, midway games and arcade and free novelty shows.

HamiltonAdventure Village – 905-549-9444 Adventure Village is an exciting family oriented amusement park, located in Confederation Park. Set on over 3 acres of beautiful rolling hills with lush vegetation there is a wide range of fun attractions including; batting cages, bungee trampolines, gemstone mining, outdoor laser tag, krazy kars and more  (Seasonal)

KingstonKingston Family Funworld Park – 613-530-2707

The perfect place for family fun in Kingston, Funworld has go-karts, mini-putt, batting tent, laser tag and a drive-in (seasonal)

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KitchenerBingemans – 519-744-1555

Equipped with a waterpark and indoor playland, Binegmans is a huge family playground!  From arcade and redemption games of skill and chance, to the interactive three-level indoor play structure in FunworX to the waterslides, splashpark and wavepool in Big Splash, you are guaranteed to go home tired and happy.

LondonStorybook Gardens – 519-661-5770

Storybook Gardens provides families with fun and special memories to last a lifetime. There is something for the whole family, with Old McDonald’s farm, rides, games, play areas, Slippery’s splash area, entertainment, face painting and beautiful gardens. A village of imagination awaits you at Storybook Gardens.

Niagara FallsMarineland – 905-356-9565

Your entire family will enjoy visiting Marineland as there is something for the whole family. See performing dolphins, walruses, sea lions & beluga whales, visit and feed some of the land animals and have fun on all the midway rides.

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OttawaMidway Family Fun Park – 613-526-0343

Midway Family Fun Park is the largest indoor family entertainment centre in Eastern Ontario, with over 50,000 square feet of fun! Bumper cars, rock climbing, play structures, mini golf, the kiddie train and arcade games are just a few of the fun things that will keep your kids busy for hours

Owen SoundStory Book Park – 519-376-2291

Story Book Park offers family fun and excitement!  Your day will include visits to the storybook mini houses, visits with the animals, fun on the playgrounds, Mini Golf, midway rides and Water Park

Toronto –  Centreville Amusement Park –  416-203-0405

Centreville is the ultimate summer destination for families with young children. With over 30 rides and attractions this theme park offers up a full day of family fun and getting there on the ferry is half the fun!  (Seasonal)

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Toronto – CNE – 416-263-3330

The 18-day anuual fair has so much fun for the entire family with a mix of  exhibits, shows, pavilions, concerts, contests, animals, casino, and a large carnival midway with rides, games and food.

Vaughan Canada’s Wonderland –  905-832-8131

Canada’s Premier Amusement park is full of thrill seeking fun for the entire family.  Featurnig rides for all sizes and thrill levels, shows, character meet and greets, games, food and fun, there’s no wonder people come back year after year.  (seasonal)

VaughanLegoland Discovery Centre – 1-855-356-2150

The ultimate place for kids who love to build with LEGO® bricks! Discover what you can build in our Model Builder Academy, reach out in our 4D cinema, pedal as fast as you can to become Merlin’s Apprentice and save the princess in our Kingdom Quest Laser Ride and so much more!

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Zoos, Aquariums & Animals in Ontario

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Zoos, Aquariums & Animal in Ontario

Visiting local zoos and aquariums with your family is a great way to spend a day and Ontario is home to many zoos, aquariums and animal sanctuaries

NORTHERN ONTARIO    EASTERN ONTARIO     OTTAWA REGION     GTA

CENTRAL ONTARIO     SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO     NIAGARA REGION

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Hamilton – African Lion Safari – 519-623-2620 – RR #1 Cambridge, Ontario Canada   N1R 5S2

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Go “On Safari!TM” and get CLOSER than you ever imagined to over 1,000 exotic birds and animals that roam free in large Game Reserves! See lions, giraffe, rhino, and many more animals from around the world! “Trek” along 9 km of safari trail in your own vehicle or aboard a guided, air-conditioned Safari Tour Bus. Enjoy a full day of family fun! (Seasonal)

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Toronto – Toronto Zoo – 416-392-5929 – 361A Old Finch Avenue,  Toronto, Ontario   M1B 5K7

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Set on 710 acres of land with 10 km of walking trails and home to over 5,000 animals (over 500 species, the Toronto Zoo is one of the largest in the world.  At the zoo you can visit the numerous pavilions, take a ride on the zoomobile, have fun in Discovery Zone, cool off in the splash area and the list goes on and on.  There is so much to see and do at the Toronto Zoo!!

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Niagara Falls – Bird Kingdom – 905-356-8888 – 5651 River Rd, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 7M7

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Visit the world’s largest, indoor free-flying aviary.  More than 400 birds make their home in this multi-level rainforest setting nestled in a historic building as well as a collection of saltwater fish, spiders, bats, snakes, skinks, and reptiles too, all of which make their home in the same tropical environment the birds flourish in.  (Open year round)

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Vaughan- Reptilia – 905-761-6223 – 2501 Rutherford Road, Vaughan, Ontario  L4K 2N6

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Reptilia is a State of the Art 25,000 square foot facility complete with large exhibits showcasing hundreds of different reptiles and amphibians. Each day there are four reptile feedings every day, free live theatre shows or zoo keeper tours and a chance to interact with the reptiles and the Zoo Cast, Reptilia is a destination worth visiting

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GTA

Campbellville – Mountsberg Conservation Area
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Mountsberg is the proud home of our renowned Raptor Centre, where you can come nose-to-beak with a great cast of feathered personailities.  Mountsberg also offers 16 km of trails, bird-watching, a bison herd, goats, a play barn and a great little gift shop.

Oshawa – Oshawa Zoo and Fun Farm905-655-5236

Over 40 species of friendly and tame birds and animals on 22 acres of beautiful grounds.  Exotic animals include: camels, lemurs, macaws, monkeys, peafowl, coatimundi, Patagonian cavies, llamas, wallabies and many more!  Domestic animals include:goats, sheep, potbellied pigs, mammoth and mini donkeys, Texas long horns, belted Galloway, and miniature Dexter cattle, as well our new miniature Horses

TorontoRipley’s Aquarium of Canada – 647-351-FISH (3474)

In the heart of downtown Toronto, you can find Canada’s largest indoor aquarium. This 35,000 sq ft aquarium features13,500 exotic sea and freshwater creatures, comprising over 450 species, a 315 ft moving walkway below a 750,000-gallon shark lagoon, and a main exhibition that includes a tropical reef tank, along with Great Lakes exhibits and Atlantic and Pacific habitats.

Toronto – High Park Zoo – 416-392-1748  

The High Park zoo is really great for families. No need to walk for hours from one animal to another and there are plenty of other activities in the park where you and your family can engage in.  The zoo is open all year long from 7 am till dusk. There are 6 or 7 enclosed areas on either side of Deer Pen road where the animals of the zoo live. You can find bison, deer, llamas, peacocks, highland cattle, etc. in the zoo.There is no admission fee to enter the zoo area.

Toronto – Toronto Zoo – 416-392-5929

Set on 710 acres of land with 10 km of walking trails and home to over 5,000 animals (over 500 species, the Toronto Zoo is one of the largest in the world.  At the zoo you can visit the numerous pavilions, take a ride on the zoomobile, have fun in Discovery Zone, cool off in the splash area and the list goes on and on.  There is so much to see and do at the Toronto Zoo!!

Vaughan- Reptilia – 905-761-6223

Reptilia is a State of the Art 25,000 square foot facility complete with large exhibits showcasing hundreds of different reptiles and amphibians. Each day there are four reptile feedings every day, free live theatre shows or zoo keeper tours and a chance to interact with the reptiles and the Zoo Cast, Reptilia is a destination worth visiting

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NIAGARA REGION

CaledoniaKillman Zoo – 905-765-5966

Situated on 33-acres, the zoo has over 25 species of animals.  The Zoo has one of 
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in Ontario as well as many native, domestic & exotic birds and animals on display.  You will love the natural setting which consists of 7 acres of peaceful winding trails, ponds, and the shade of many trees.

Niagara FallsBird Kingdom – 905-356-8888

Visit the world’s largest, indoor free-flying aviary.  More than 400 birds make their home in this multi-level rainforest setting nestled in a historic building as well as a collection of saltwater fish, spiders, bats, snakes, skinks, and reptiles too, all of which make their home in the same tropical environment the birds flourish in.  (Open year round)

Niagara Falls – Butterfly Conservatory – 905-356-8119

This magical attraction features over 2,000 colourful tropical butterflies floating freely among lush, exotic blossoms and greenery. Paths wind through the rainforest setting, past a pond and waterfall and the Emergence window, where butterflies leave their pupae and prepare to take their first flight!

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Your entire family will enjoy visiting Marineland as there is something for the whole family. See performing dolphins, walruses, sea lions & beluga whales, visit and feed some of the land animals and have fun on all the midway rides.

Stevensville – Safari Niagara – 905-382-9669

This privately-owned 110 acre park is home to more than 500 animals, reptiles birds including: camels, tigers, alligators, moose.  To see the animals you can take a tram ride, enjoy a guided walking tour, attend an animal feeding or try one of the interactive demonstrations.  Don’t forget to visit the Splashpad,
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Safari Carnival Rides and Playgrounds.    (seasonal)

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OTTAWA REGION

Ottawa – Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo – 613-822-8924

The zoo has 25 permanent animal exhibits featuring some of the most famous reptiles in the world, as well as 20 feature animal exhibits that rotate every 6 months.  They also feature a public feeding and hands on room with a 3000 gallon aqauarium with auditorium seating and our new nature center where our guests can come and learn about endangered species in Canada.With over 150 animals on display including giant pythons, huge alligators, cobras, rattlesnakes, tarantulas, marmosets, and birds of prey, a trip to the zoo is an experience unlike any you’ve ever had

Nepean – Valleyview Little Animal Farm 613-591-1126

Children and adults alike will enjoy seeing a wide variety of animals and birds up close, from alpacas to zebus, goats to geese. Ride the Valleyview Express and enjoy our creative farm playground. Explore Bill’s Old Farm Museum to learn about our agricultural past. Watch a puppet show, have lunch in the Sunflower Cafe and browse in Robyn’s Nest Gift Shop. Come and spend a day in the country at Valleyview Little Animal Farm.

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NORTHERN ONTARIO 

Cochrane – Polar Bear Habitat & Heritage Centre – 705-272-2327

This ‘bear-friendly’ facility is the only one in the world dedicated solely to polar bears. At the habitat you can swim with the bears, observe the bears in their natural habitats and learn from the interactive educational and interesting displays

Sault Ste. Marie – Spruce Haven Zoo – 705-779-2423

Bring the family or just yourself, and enjoy natures delights at Spruce Haven Wildlife and Petting Zoo.The Sault’s only Zoo is a family attraction featuring a picturesque wildlife section with animals uncommon to our area. Also a fun-filled and interesting Petting Area exhibiting unusual miniature farm animals. (Seasonal)

Thunder Bay – Chippewa Park and Wildlife Exhibit

This exhibit features animals and birds native to Northwestern Ontario, showcased in their natural environment. An elevated, wheelchair-accessible walkway encircles the spacious animal enclosures and provides visitors with a spectacular viewing opportunity. (seasonal)

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CENTRAL ONTARIO

ElmvaleElmvale Jungle Zoo – 705-322-1112

Discover an exciting and educational outdoor adventure at the Elmvale Jungle Zoo. Walk along shaded and winding trails. View majestic lions, tigers and jaguars. Delight in the playful antics of monkeys and lemurs. Watch the mischievious baby animals play. Admire the beauty of rare and exotic birds and other wildlife in the natural surroundings of the park’s 25 acres.

Indian River – Indian River Reptile Zoo – 705-639-1443

Indian River Reptile Zoo is unique in Canada and is one of the most modern and exciting specialized animal centers in the world! We are the only reptile zoo that is a non-profit registered charity. Here you can see snakes, lizards, monitors, alligators, turtles, crocodiles, and even special guest animals such as monkeys and more! The animals are housed in state of the art, climate controlled facilities which were specifically designed to house reptiles.

Oro-MedonteScales Nature Park – 705-327-2808

Scales Nature Park is a 21 hectare conservation area located just south of Orillia, Ontario. The focus of this facility is the conservation of reptiles, amphibians, and fish, and the habitats that these animals require.

Orono – Jungle Cat World – 905-983-5016

Since 1983, Jungle Cat World Wildlife Park has been offering visitors the unique opportunity to see and experience wild species, many threatened with extinction, in an up-close and personal environment. Professional staff are readily available and always eager to share their knowledge and enthusiasm. (Year Round)

Peterborough – Riverview Park & Zoo

The zoo features 27 exhibits, with over 48 species, including Yak, Camel, Wallaby, Emu, Macaw, Squirrel Monkey, Cougar, Plated Lizard, Meerkat and more! The park covers 55.5 acres and is the largest and most diversified playground in the city. It also features equipment for physically-challenged children. With a splash pad, frisbee golf course, walking trails, a miniature train ride, and beautiful gardens The Riverview Park and Zoo has something for everyone.

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EASTERN ONTARIO

CloyneLand O’ Lakes Petting Farm – 613-336-0330

Enjoy Learning about the Animals, Petting & Feeding them, enjoy a guided tour, view the Aquaponics Display, learn how to grow a garden with Fish, have fun in children’s area and finish off your day with a snack and a souvenir.

Morrisburg – Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary – 519-836-1697

Take a walk on the wild side at the Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary, and explore over 8 km of hiking trails, 5 km of cross-country ski trails, camping, outdoor learning programs and special events throughout the year. Come visit our Interpretive Centre featuring interesting displays and shop in our store which offers a selection of books, gifts, camping supplies, grocery items and snacks.

North Grenville – Saunders Country Critters Zoo – 613-258-1108

The zoo has been raising, breeding, showing & selling exotic & unusual critters since the early 1990s. There are over 50 species at the zoo ranging from mammals to birds and reptiles. This ranges from baby wallabies and baby porcupines to lynx, lemurs, ferrets and rabbits.  Be sure to join in a guided tour on weekends (seasonal)

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SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO

BrantfordBrantford Twin Valley Zoo – 519-752-0607

Built on 25 beautiful acres in Brant County, this Zoo is a great place to observe a collection of native and exotic animals maintained in natural surroundings.  . They offer shows, visits with the animals, petting area, pony rides, a hiking trail and two playgrounds. (seasonal)

Cambridge – Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory – 519-653-1234

Discover 1000’s of free-flying butterflies in a tropical garden. Explore a vast collection of insects, meet live giant exotic bugs and experience the tropics!

GuelphDonkey Sanctuary of Canada – 519-836-1697

Open on Wednesdays and Sundays, May through October, the Donkey Sanctuary has lots to do including:  Meet the donkeys, brush a donkey, watch a demonstration on how to care for them, attend a donkey talk, take a hike on the nature trails, enjoy a picnic by the pond and visit the gift shop.  Did you know you can sponsor a donkey for only $50 per year?

Hamilton – Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo and Nature Centre – 905-549-6868

Experience the best interactive educational programming in our ‘hands-on’ shows as well as super educational feeding demos which happen back to back throughout the day. Come and see some of our newest additions including some of the rarest and most endangered species of reptiles in the world and on display in Canada

HamiltonAfrican Lion Safari – 519-623-2620
Canada’s Original Safari Adventure!  Get Closer Than You Ever Imagined to majestic lions, giraffe, cheetah, rhino and over 1,000 other exotic birds and animals from around the world!  Drive through the game reserve, take in a show or play in the water park.  A days worth of fun awaits you!  (Seasonal)

KingsvilleJack Miner Bird Sanctuary – 519-733-4034

The sanctuary offers adults and children alike a truly memorable experience to connect with nature. Visitors are able to get up close and personal to hand feed geese and ducks with barley which is supplied free. Spend some time exploring and learning about local wildlife and natural habitats on over 400 acres of natural landscape and see peacocks, exotic pheasants, wild turkeys and tundra swans.

MorpethGreenview Aviaries Park and Zoo – 519-674-3025

This is a beautiful landscaped county park and zoo. Featuring domestic and exotic animals – tigers, lions, jaguars, cougars, zebras, eland, donkeys wolves and so many more. Also tropical birds, waterfowl and reptiles. Lots of comical monkeys, so bring your camera. Large playground and picnic area, licensed restaurant, souvenir gift shop, all wheelchair accessible, and a friendly staff to serve you

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LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Toronto #Review

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With 2 LEGO crazed children in our house, one of their top attractions to visit is LEGOLAND Discovery Centre at Vaughan Mills.  I must admit that as a past, present and future LEGO lover myself, I love going too!  In a world all about LEGO, how could you not have a fun time?!

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There are so many different areas to visit at LEGOLAND but I think one of the best areas is the Miniland!  In Miniland you will find some of the best landmarks in Toronto built out of LEGO.  As the room changes from day to night, you can see buildings like the CN Tower, Banks, drive-in at Polson Pier, Toronto Airport and of course the Rogers Centre and ACC. Oh and don’t forget to visit Niagara Falls while you’re there too.

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How Ninja are you?  Well now’s your time to find out at the Ninjago Laser Training Camp!  Test your reflex speed as you compete against your friends at the flashing light wall.  See who can hit the most flashing lights before time runs out.  aTest your agility and speed as you avoid laser beams to make it through the laser maze.  Can you make it through in Ninja fast speed without touching any beams? Don’t worry if you are nervous about being successful, there are different levels of difficulty.  My son loved this area and did the laser maze quite a few times in an effort to beat his past record and stay ahead of his sister’s score.
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We even went to school when were at LEGOLAND and it was fun…true fact!  Be sure to join a Master Builder Academy when you are there to do your own LEGO build and kern tips, tricks and facts about LEGO from the Master themselves.

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The 4D Cinema is one of my kids’s favourite areas.  With your 3D glasses on you can watch short LEGO films that the kids just love. There are 4 different films that rotate throughout the course of the day so be sure to watch the ticker to let you know what’s up next.  Watch one or all four and you are sure to be in for some cool surprises.

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Make your own race car out of LEGO and race it down the ramps in LEGO Racers Build & Test area to see if you can beat the rest of the little competitors.

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 Once you’ve done all of the above there is still so much more to do.  Take a ride on Merlins Apprentice, try and be the top scorer on Kingdom Quest Laser Ride, climb around in the LEGO Fire Academy, test out his stable your LEGO creation is against the Earthquake table and visit the LEGO Friends area.

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Admission Prices

Single Visit Tickets – Children 0-2yrs Visit for FREE

Walk-up price
Child -$20.00
Adult – $22.00

Buy online
Child – $18.00
Adult – $18.00

Flexi Ticket
Valid for 365 days (online purchase)
Child – $24.00
Adult – $24.00
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Please note: Children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult supervisor 18 years of age or older. Adults (18+) will not be admitted without a child, with the exception of Adult Only Nights.

 

 

 

Ontario Pioneer Camp is the Place to send your kids this Summer

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For 85 years, Ontario Pioneer Camp has provided over 250,000 campers an experience to help them grow spiritually, mentally, socially and physically in a fun-filled and safe place of adventure and challenge.

Located on 1200 acres of pristine Muskoka waterfront, at Pioneer your child can expect adventures and opportunities to be challenged all under the watchful eyes of caring staff that are carefully chosen, trained and supervised. Pioneer Camp also provides high scale activities including kayaking, windsurfing, mountain biking, high ropes, horseback riding and many more!

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Whether you’re splashing through the water’s edge on a sandy shore, conquering a high ropes course, paddling in a grand war canoe, or sitting with friends by a campfire at night, Ontario Pioneer Camp will deliver incredible summer camp memories!

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Why send your child to camp?

Kids have a fantastic time at camp and that’s why they want to go back year after year.  It’s a place to grow and develop in healthy ways.  Research* proves that children who attend summer camp:

Mature emotionally
Develop Self Confidence
Make life-long friends
Increase in levels of physical activity

Nervous about sending your child to camp?  Read about the our son’s first experience at Pioneer camp

Let us tell you why our family and kids LOVE Ontario Pioneer Camp

Summer Programs Offered at OPC include:

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Adventure Camp (Coed Ages 5-10)

There is no better place to be a kid this summer! Adventure Camp is designed to give your young camper a safe and adventure-filled summer camp experience with age-specific ‘villages’, a high staff-to-camper ratio of 1:3, and engaging weekly themes.

Whether swimming or boating for your next level, making something special in crafts or pottery, climbing the low ropes course, riding the mountain bike trails or exploring creation, every activity at Adventure Camp is designed to challenge you and to help you grow.

Adventure Camp creates space for every camper to build authentic relationships—with friends, well trained leaders who are there to support and mentor them, and most importantly with God who loves them and wants each of them to discover the potential of who they were created to be.

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Girls’ Camp (Ages 11-16)

Girls’ Camp is a place bursting with excitement as girls jump into amazing experiences like camp wide games, action-packed program and theme events, activities like swimming, kayaking, rowing, horseback riding, high ropes, sports, crafts, and the opportunity to build great friendships.

At the heart of Girls’ Camp is the opportunity to grow through learning new skills, experiencing creation, and enjoying laughter, friendship and the joys of living in community. At Girls’ Camp we also seek to create a fun and exciting place for every young woman to build authentic and lasting relationships with God who loves them and wants them to discover the potential of who they were created to be.

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Boys’ Camp (Ages 11-16)

Boys’ Camp is the ultimate action-packed overnight summer camp adventure. During each session at Boys’ Camp you can see boys sailing, kayaking, riding the dirt jump bike park, flying down the zip line, being launched off the BLOB, playing frisbee golf or sports, woodworking in crafts, or sneaking through the Muskoka forest while playing an epic wide game!

Boys’ Camp is also a place where young men learn about God’s love for them and discuss what a relationship with him could look like through small group discussion and mentoring relationships with staff. Boys’ Camp is full of crazy summer camp experiences, great friends, and awesome overnight camp adventures.

Check out information on Ontario Pioneer Camp for Teens & Leadership camp here

Ontario Pioneer Camp Registration

 

Ontario Pioneer Camp

942 Clearwater Lake Road RR#2
Port Sydney, Ontario
P0B 1L0

Email: info@pioneercamp.com

Phone: 1.800.361.CAMP (2267) or 705.385.2370
Fax: 705.385.3649

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* The Canadian Summer Camp Research Project, University of Waterloo (2011)

Snow Tubing in Ontario

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Snow tubing is quickly becoming a favourite activity for families in Ontario The great thing is that everyone can do it! There’s no need for any special equipment, the cost is great and you just need to know how to have fun. Just sit on the tube and hang on for some super fun! Let the squeals of excitement beginnnnnn!

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Check who offers snow tubing fun in Ontario…

Barrie – Snow Valley Ski Resort – Whether it’s a family activity, a gathering of old friends or a company social, snow tubing at Snow Valley creates unique experiences and enjoyable times!  With a snow tube rope tow and lots of chutes with large lanes so you can go down along with your group of friends or your family, Snow Valley is the place for snow tubing.

Barrie – Horseshoe Resort Come out and enjoy winter in our Snow Tubing Park which features five big chutes to fly down and one magic carpet to whisk you back up to the top. Go down by yourself, or grab some friends and go as a group. Stand on the side lines and watch the kids laugh and scream all at once!

Brampton – Mount Chinguacousy – We are very excited to provide you our awesome ski and snowboard programs and tubing excitement. Best of all, our 2 story chalet has that winter feel, with the smell of cedar, a large cozy fireplace to warm up to, a great view of the hill and lots of hot chocolate for those cold winter days.  You won’t want to miss this!

Kitchener – Chicopee Tube Park – Bundle up and grab the family to zoom down the hills.   Enjoy the squeals and fun as you spend some super fun family time at Chicopee.

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London – Boler Mountain – Looking for a thrilling winter activity? Our Tube Park boasts 3 tube runs that are 10 stories high, where you can reach speeds of 70 km/hr!

Milton – Glen Eden – Snow Tubing is the easiest way to experience the speed and exhilaration of winter sports. Slide down one of our four chutes on a cushion of air and then relax by the fire to warm your toes. Our Snow Tube Park is a great adventure for the entire family.

Pakenham – Mount Pakenham – This is a walk-up and slide-down exhilarating experience! Tubes are provided and all you have to do is provide the joy! Snow Tubing at Mount Pakenham is a wholesome, fun filled activity and is perfect for family fun!

St. Mary’s – River Valley Winter Tube Slide – Fun outdoor activity for people of all ages (4-94 yrs).  Come on out to River Valley where memories are made, laughter is abundant and families & friends gather on our thrilling slide or cozy up in our warm chalet for hot chocolate and a sweet tubeflake. There is no skill required as a tow will bring you and your tube to the top of the hill. All you have to do is scream (snow and gravity will do the rest).

Thunder Bay – Loch Lomond Ski Area – Grab your family and friends and head to Loch Lomond for an evening of tubing.  Enjoy the speed and fun as you whip down the hill on your tube.  The squeals and laughter from all will have you coming back again and again!

Timmins – Kamiskotia Snow Resort – For the ride of your life…you have to try this slide ride out.  Careening down a slippery slope to slowly come to a stop some 800′ from where you began. This is one ride you need to experience with your friends and family.

Uxbridge – Ski Lakeridge – Snow tubing offers the thrill of speeding downhill with the ease of floating in a pool without the bumps and thumps of toboganning. Suitable for almost all ages, Snow Tubing is a great family or group activity in Lakeridge Resorts dedicated Snow Tubing Park. We provide the tubes and the snow, you provide the fun!

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Aero Chocolate Chip Cookie #Recipe

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These yummy cookies made with Nestle Aero chocolate bars are sure to quickly become one of your family’s favourite cookies!  Raid your kid’s Hallowwen candy (or shall I say what’s left) and find all their mini Aero bars

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What you’ll need

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup softened butter

1 egg

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup instant oats

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

10 mini Aero bars (chopped into small pieces)

How to make them

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

In a large bowl mix together butter and sugars and cream together

Beat in egg and add vanilla

In a separate bowl, mix together oats, flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt

Mix dry ingredients into butter/sugar mixture

Add chocolate chips and Aero bits into mixture

Scoop cookie mixture onto baking sheet with a teaspoon

Cook for 8-10 mins

ENJOY!!

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Tobogganing … Free family fun!

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One of the funnest activities you can do in the Winter as a family is to go tobogganing. It costs no money, needs very little equipment and it’s hours of fun!  Go to a neighbourhood park or change it up by trying somewhere new.

The key to toboganning is finding a great hill.  Here is a good site www.tobogganhills.com where you can search for hills by location, add your favourite hills, add photos, comment on and rate hills and discuss various different sleds.

Some things to consider when going tobogganing
– Be sure to dress warmly and keep your skin covered as much as possible.
– Depending on hill size it is recommended that children wear helmets
– Pick a hill that it free of trees, away from water and far from roads and parking lots
– Be courteous to other tobogganers and teach your children to walk up the side
– Teach your children to sit properly on their knees or bottom
– Do not overload a sled
– HAVE FUN!

Grab your sled and hit the hills for a fun time with the family!

Great Family Camping at Long Point Provincial Park #Review

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For the past few years we have camped in Norfolk County at Long Point Provincial Park, partially because we know it’s a great place to camp and also because the beach is awesome.

Long Point is about a 2.5 hour drive from Toronto and located on Lake Erie and when I say ON lake Erie I pretty much mean it.  Here’s a picture to show you…

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The Beach

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Okay so let’s cover the beach first.  The beach is covered in beautiful sand and goes on for miles and is perfect for making sandcastles.  Although the beach tends to get busier with day-trippers on the weekend, there is ample space for everyone so you don’t feel sardined as the beach is very wide.  Make sure to pack your frisbee, soccer ball or kite as there is lots of open area to play. There is no rocks or seaweed on the beach as it is well maintained but there is the odd fallen tree log that is great for taking a cute shot of the kids!  Sunsets can be seen perfectly on the beach and if the weather allows, I highly recommend you catch one while you’re there.

VWK - Long Point Beach The water is shallow which is great for younger kids or big kids like me that need to slowly get used to the water.  Many days there are great waves so be sure to bring your boogie boards to ride the waves.  Skim boards and kayaks are also a great way to have fun at the beach.   Although the waves can be fun, they also come with an undertow that can be dangerous on certain days.  Since the beach does not have lifeguards, it is the parents responsibility to watch their children carefully and especially when the undertow is strong.

The Campground

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Long Point Provincial Park is home to 4 different campgrounds.  Firefly, Monarch and Turtle Dunes are located in the newer section of the park while Cottonwood is set apart from the others and is considered the ‘old park’

Cottonwood is where we choose to camp as it a smaller park and the beach is only steps away from nearly every site.  The park is a beautiful sand dune environment, with very few sites having grass coverage.  

Water stations are located all over the park where you can find water for cooking, cleaning and drinking.  The water is tested daily and is cleared for personal consumption.

Washrooms are kept fairly clean and are always stocked with soap and toilet paper.  Showers are  located centrally in the park with roomy stalls with good water pressure a change are and the best part is that they are FREE

The Playground contains a teeter-totter and swings and is filled with more sand.  It’s a great place for kids (and adults) to make new camp friends and let out some energy.

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All sites are equipped with a fire pit with a removable cooking grate.  Wood can be purchased for cooking and campfires at the main camp store.

Fireflies – At night time the park is lit up with fireflies!  Watch for them in the bushes, one your tent or flying by your head.  They are sure to give you a cool show!

Check-out time is 2:00pm but you are welcome to move to the day-use area of the park until 10:00pm or use the public beach for the day

** NOTE: Cottonwood is a Radio-free park and non-electrical

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Tips for Camping at Long Point

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Non-reservable sites –  Cottonwood has 25 non-reservabe sites that are first come, first served. Check out the non-reseravbles before you set up camp as you may find one that is more suited to your tastes.  The camp office will gladly switch you to a non-reservable site upon arrival if you find one you prefer.

Bring your bikes – There are lots of places to bike and you can take a trip to the ‘new park’ to play on their bigger playground, go get some ice cream or just to check out the local cottages.

Port Rowan is the nearby town (about 10 mins away) and has a grocery store, LCBO, ice cream shop, general store and restaurant

Bring a beach tent – Due to the fact that the beach is quite big, there is plenty of room to set up a beach tent to take a break from the hot sun and shelter ou from the wind.

Watch for snakes, frogs and turtles – not that they are going to hurt you but because they are cool to watch and quite common at Long Point

Poison Ivy – Stay out of the grassy areas as there is lots of poison ivy throughout the park

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Long Point is a place not to be missed wether you are going for the day or staying for a week.  You will fall in love with the beach and keep coming back, like we do, year after year.

Feel camping challenged? Never fear, & have you covered with their Learn to Camp program

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament Toronto #Review

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Calling all Lords, Ladies and your little Prince and Princesses too!  If you are looking to do something out of the ordinary for family fun then I highly recommend Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament in Toronto, ON.

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While dining on your Medieval grub, you will be entertained by an interactive show displaying horsemanship, jousting, hand-to-hand combat until only one knight is left standing and declared the winner.

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The Show:

During the show you will be dazzled by the soaring bird of prey, the knights showing off their skills, the beautiful horses and the battle itself.  Each section cheers for a different knight, based not the colour of your crown.  The kids (and adults) thought it was great to cheer at the top of their lungs for our knight and boo the other knights as they galloped past us.  The knights compete in different competitions and are rewarded by the princesses with a flower which they will then present to a member of the audience.  My 6yr old daughter was overjoyed when she was chosen to receive a flower from our black and white knight.  We loved this show because of the great interaction and audience participation!

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The Royal Grub:

Each row in a section has a designated “wench” for the night that will serve up your royal grub.  My kids thought it was great that they were able to eat with their hands and loved all the creative names they used for what they placing on our plates.   We started off with some Dragon blood (Tomato bisque soup), followed by some baby dragon (chicken), Ribs, garlic bread, potato and a apple pastry to finish it all off!

Our wench was great and was especially attentive to the kids, which of course always makes a parent happy.  Be sure to bring some money to tip your wench at the end of the night because they seemed to be go go go all night long.

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Be sure to stick around after the show as the royal family and knights come out so you can meet them and take pictures with them.  The gift shop also has lots of cool and original keepsakes you can buy so you’ll definitely want to check it out

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Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament

10 Dufferin St      Exhibition Pl       TorontoON M6K

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