Ontario Fall Farm Fun Guide

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Fall is in the air and the farms across Ontario are gearing up for fall fun on the farm.  One of the great things about living in Ontario is that there are lots of farms that offer fun for families.  Escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and create some great family memories on one of the great local farms listed below.

Featured Farms

 

Brampton

Downey’s Farm – Fall fun at Downey’s includes Unlimited Wagon Rides, Live Entertainment, Super-Cat-Super-Curve, Jumping Pillows, Dump Truck Slide, Balloon Typhoon, Trike Track, Face Painting, Straw Jump, Farm Animals, Super Corn Maze and the The Black Hole.  You will not want to miss the fun!

 

 

Ottawa

Cannamore Orchards – Home of the spooky wagon ride!  After you pick out your pumpkin,  check out their family activity area where you can do outdoor finger and patio stone mazes,  a pipe maze, an indoor dark maze, rainbow maze, many play structures for children, a sand box with toys and the picnic areas.  Visit the animal corral and see our singing chickens!

Markham

Whittamore’s Farm – Their Pumpkinland has so much to do you may want to go more than once!!  Here’s what you’ll find at the “Farm in the City”; 1,000 of Pumpkins, Wagon Rides, Spooky Forest, Farm Animals, Tractors n’ Trucks Sand Toy Lot, Playhouses & Climbers, Wooden Milking Cow & Goat, Animated Singing Chicken Show, Corn Maze, Combine Climber & Silo Slide, Straw Pyramids & Jumps, Tractor Tire Climb, Rock n’ Ride Horseplay, Horse Swings, Spider Web Climb, Giant Tree Fort & Slide, Strawberry Mountain & Turbo Slide, Duckie Races, Nature Trail.  Weekend & Holiday Activities include: Pumpkin Cannon Show, Farm Bouncer, Pedal Tractor Track, Balloon Typhoon.  NEW this year is the 2 jumping pillows where you can jump until your heart’s content!

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Ontario Farms

Ayr

Snyder’s Family Farm Enjoy a day out in the country! We have something for everyone, puppet shows, petting zoo, hayride, corn maze, and so much more. Fall treats to tempt anyone, freshly made caramel apples, deep fried mars bars and pumpkin pie. Over 16 activities to enjoy, come out to Snyder’s Family Farm and create memories to last a lifetime.

Barrie

Chappell Farms – Attractions include: Farmyard animals, hay maze, Corn Maze, Boo barn, Trike track, Sand Diggers, Play area, Pick your own pumpkin.  Added attractions on weekends include: Magic shows, Live entertainment, Jumping castle and a Haunted barn.

Brantford

Brantwood Farm Fall Festival Weekends – Face Painting, Pony Rides, Hayrides, Corn Maze, Haunted Hay Maze, Obstacle Course, Pumpkin Bowling, Needle-In-Haystack, Pumpkin Putt, Pumpkin Bounce, Pumpkin Picking, Apple Picking and Food.

Brighton

Cricklewood Farm – This is our 13th year of designing and creating our corn maze.  This year a percentage of our maze sales will be donated to the Canadian Wildlife Federation with our goal being $2,000.00The 6 acre corn maze is in the shape of 3 American Badgers. There are close to 2 miles of pathways for you to explore. The shortest path is about a mile in length. Be sure to check out the Toddlers and Grandparents Maze. It’s only 1/2 acre in size and is included in our regular maze admission price. It’s short and easy to do, and a prize awaits your return

Cambridge

Yeehaw Adventure Farm – Weekends in October come out to the Harvest Halloween Hillbilly Hoedown! The great weekend activity is Fall-Farm-Fun- Hillbilly Style! Good old fashion country fun for the whole family-Seniors and Jr (of course), families (big and small!) corporate and large groups, church youth groups always welcome!

Cornwall

McMaze – When you visit the farm during the fall you can enjoy the many activities for the kids in the fun farm, take on the challenge of a maze and take a horse-drawn wagon ride to the pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkin.  Be sure to grab some pumpkin fudge or a yummy pumpkin pie before you leave!

Dundas

Dyment’s – So much to do at this Farm!!  Activities include: Barnyard Play Area, Machinery Shed, Straw Fort, Corn Bin, Animal Farm, Bouncing Ball Track, Spook Hut & Spookley Theatre, Agri-Maze, Trike Track, Wagon Rides, Corn Maze, Zip line, Inflatable Farm Train, 9 hole mini putt, Dyment’s own fry truck (YUM)

Hanes Corn Maze – Hanes isn’t just a corn maze.  But the corn maze will amaze or haunt you.  You can also visit with the farm animals, run in the play areas, have a picnic,  and do hands-on activities. Don’t forget to pick up our pumpkin from the pumpkin patch while you are there.

Dunville

Richardson’s Farm & Market – Oodles of fun awaits you at the farm this fall.  Explore the 6 km of trail in our 7 acre corn maze, challenge yourself to figure out the  Jammed Tractor mini maze, cats cradle maze and pathway puzzle maze and play in the strawbale maze.  Lasso some toy horses, play in the corn box, enjoy a tractor ride, visit the animals and chuck some pumpkins at targets.  Of course before you leave, don’t forget to get a pumpkin!

Elmvale

Rounds Ranch Pumpkin Mania – Enjoy some family time on a wagon ride to pick your own pumpkin, Pie eating contests, pumpkin toss, Pumpkin slam dunk, Pumpkin hockey, Pumpkin seed spitting, or spend some time in the play area with the animals, on the pedal carts, corn maze or riding a pony.

Fonthill

Howell Family Pumpkin Farm – Come join them on the farm for the Haunted Spook barn , Super corney cobbs maze adventure, Pumpkin slingshot, Haystack jumping, Train-o-saurus Rex ride, Rubber duckie race, Straw jump barn and so much more

Guelph

Strom’s Farm – Have some fun times at Strom’s Farm in their Harvest Fun area including; Jumpin Jack Tile Maze, Rope Maze, Straw Maze, Pumpkin Chuckin, Wagon Rides, 6 acre Corn Maze (4 miles of paths), Sand Pit, Pedal Carts ,Cedar Spiral and a Pumpkin of a Show Puppet Show.  Open Weekends Sept thru Oct

Hampton

Pingle’s Farm Market – Fall Farm Weekends –  Play areas, Straw Maze, Trike Track, Farm Animals, Bunnyville, Face Painting, Bugsy Balloon, Pumpkin Balloon, and Pedal Cart Track with more new carts!  Don’t forget to check our newest addition to the Fun Farm, Pingle’s Barn Bouncer.

Ingersoll

Leaping Deer Adventure Farm – Spend an afternoon at Leaping Deer Adventure Farm and Market and you’ll find plenty of fun activities to keep the family entertained.  Watch your fave pig race, tackle the maze, go on a wagon ride, pick your own pumpkin and so much more!

Lakefield

Buckhorn Berry Farm – You can’t help but have a great day with all these fun activities!!  Your admission includes: Daily Entertainment – Tim Holland, Barnyard Animals , Mazes (a straw bale maze and 2 corn mazes, one of them is haunted, Play area with a huge sand pile, Pumpkin Bowling,  Bonesville Cemetery, Pumpkin Patch Wagon Rides and Pumpkin Cannon.  Don’t forget to check out the Haunted Barn and the Junior Spook Barn for a small additional fee!

Leamington

Milton

Springridge Farm – Everyone loves Harvest Festival at Springridge Farm where families will enjoy: A professional puppet show, Wagon ride to the 5-acre, Corn Trail, Spooky Boo Barn, Spiderweb Climber, Farm Yard Pipe Slide, Access to the Fun Farm Yard: Farm Animal Barn, Escarpment Educational Lookout, Giant Sandbox, Plywood Milking Cow, Witches Mouth Corn Trail, Tricky Trails Corn Maze, Straw Bale Jumping & Pyramids

Niagara Falls

Warner Ranch and  Pumpkin Farm – Haunted Hayride – During the Halloween season enjoy the fright and delight of our Haunted Hayride, held the last three week-ends in October on Fridays and Saturdays with the first ride going out at 7:00 pm with the last ride departing at 10:45 pm.  The hayride lasts 30 minutes and takes you through 50 acres of haunted forest.  Our Haunted Hayride attractions will ‘jolt’ you off your seat. Venture through our haunted forest in October, if you dare!

Ottawa

Saunder’s Farm – Family Fall-tastic Fun!  Just to name a few things, your family will have fun in the Pumpkin patch, mazes, Hayride, Barn of terror, Puppet shows, Pedal cart track, Monster parade, Activity zone, Discovery barn and SO much more.

Maple Hill Corn Maze – A-Maize-ing Fall Fun for the whole family! Get Lost in our Adventure Maze, hop on a hay ride, & play the Corny Facts Game. Have lots of fun in our 15 acre corn maze!!  To go through the maze at night bring a flashlight and add a whole new challenge.

Thiessen Orchards – Hours of fun at Thiessen Orchards as you enjoy the Bouncy Castle, Barrel Train ride, Face painting, the Corn Maze and hay rides.  Visit the “Farm Friends” where you can can watch the Billy goats roam around and feed them as well.  “Spookley the Square Pumpkin” is a must see where we teach about  Anti-bullying!  Apple sales, the Kountry Kitchen, haymow, pumpkin patch and picnic area are open everyday as well.  Enter their Haunted barn…if you dare!

Pembroke

Hugli’s Blueberry Ranch  – Fall Family Fun admission includes: Tunnel Hill Slide, Pedal Carts, Pig Races at Hugli’s Speedway, 6 Acre Corn Maze with Educational Signs & Colour Find Game (fun for big kids too!), New Bouncing Animal Buddies, New 125 foot Tube Slide, Hop Dot Colour Maze, Pumpkin Cannon Show with pirates , Pirate Ship Maze, Hay & Pumpkin Mazes, Duck Races, Giant Hill Slide, Giant Sand Box, Hay Jump, Country Puppet Show, Jumping Horse Swings, Friendly Animals, Wagon Rides to the Pumpkin Patch (pumpkins not included), Haunted House of Terror (includes the scary wagon ride to and from the house) and 6 Acre Creepy Corn Maze crawling with, spooky creatures at night, The Magic of Illusionist Steven Anthony – evenings only

Port Stanley

Great Lakes Farm – The apple barn is open daily for already picked apples, fresh apple cider, our famous apple pies and other apple-based sweets, treats and delicacies fresh from our bakery. You can also. Pick your own apples, pears and pumpkins, explore our corn maze and straw mountain or take a ride around our orchard with a Tractor ride. 

Schomberg

Puck’s Farm, It’s Fun! – So much fun to be had at Puck’s Farm  this fall including; Carnival Rides, Fall Colours, Pumpkins for Sale, Pony Rides, Horse Drawn Wagon Rides, the Amazing Maze and Friendly Critters! Merry-Go-Round, Bouncing Castle, Tubs of Fun, Kiddie Ferris Wheel, Frolic and Kids Train

Stayner

Fernwood Farms & Market – Pumpkinland will be open the last 3 weekends in October  which will include Wagon rides, Corn Maze, Games, Mini Putt, Pumpkin Hunt, Pick your own pumpkin, play areas and animals.

Stoney Creek

Green Mountain Farm – Hamilton Area’s destination for haunted family fun!  For the Fall this Hamilton farm offers Haunted hay rides, a haunted barn, corn maze, pumpkin carriages, pioneer village and animal corral.  Food is available for purchase and they serve TIM HORTONS coffee!  Each weekend they have a little something different for their visitors … Cash Mob, Scavenger hunt, Spooktacular giveaways and Creepy crawly costume party!

St. Clements

Nauman’s Farm –  Fun activities you can do with the family at the farm include a Corn maze, Rope Maze, Straw Jump, Straw Mountain, Beam Swing, Sand Pit, Two new, Giant Tube Slides and the fantastic Pumpkin Slingshots!!!  Open weekends until October 31st

 St. Thomas

Ferguson’s Produce – Scarecrow Days – Lots of fun to be had for the whole family in the corn maze, target shooting with gourds, Halloween displays, Face painting, Horse drawn wagon rides, Make your own scarecrow, pick your pumpkin and then enjoy some burgers and fries.

Talbotville Berry Farm – Join in on the fun of the Fall Family Weekends!  Pick your pumpkin, go for a wagon ride , try your skills at the corn maze, eat lots of yummy treats and try the haunted maze if you dare! The kiddies can play the Maze Game! Every Child goes home with a Baby Pumpkin & Colouring Page!

Thorndale

Apple Land Station – Come to “Pumpkin Hollow” and find the perfect pumpkin for your fall decorating.  There are hundreds to choose from.  Take a family time home with you and carve Jack-o-Lanterns for everyone…maybe you’ll find the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!  While you’re hear enjoy a visit with the animus, take a ride on the train, spend lots of time playing or rolling down sand mountain and end it all off with a stroll through the corn maze.

Thunder Bay

Gammondale Pumpkinfest – Your admission includes: A tractor pulled wagon ride to the mazes with prizes. Farm animals, tire swing, trike trails, Kids Corny Maze, BOO Barn, Pumpkin Sling Shots, Pumpkin Catapult, Black Tire’d Horses, Corn Stalk Horses, Bronco Train, Rubber Ducky Races, and NEW Pumpkin Peddle Carts.

Uxbridge

Cooper’s CSA Farm & Maze – There’s plenty for the family to do on the farm. In addition to our 10 acre corn labyrinth, we are home to a giant corn box, a combine harvester slide, horse swings, mini mazes, echo tubes, animal viewings, wagon rides, and a farm kitchen full of delicious homemade treats. Come and shop at our farm store for great produce, baked goods and preserves.

Waterdown

Parkside Farms – Admission to Pumpkinfest includes ; A Pumpkin, Wagon Ride, Story Book Forest and the Corn Maze.  Be sure to visit the animals while you are there and grab a treat from the farm market

Frootogo Orchards – Experience Fall at the farm.  The fun includes mini corn maze, slides and swings, tot play area, jumping straw, giant sand box, trikes, animals and more.  New this year, there will be puppet shows and a large corn maze.

Waterford

Vango Adventure Farm –  A wonderful world for families and children to explore and experience farm life, animals, and TONS of fun activities. While our park is fairly new, we’ve been in the farming industry for several years and wanted a way to share the fun of farm-life with everyone.

Know of a great farm that offers Fall fun or are you the owner of a Farm in Ontario?  Please share it with us at info@vacationingwithkids.ca

My kids are leaving ME for a week at Ontario Pioneer Camp

Ontario Pioneer Camp

Ontario Pioneer Camp

Three years ago we dropped our then 7 year old off at Ontario Pioneer Camp for a week and it was SO hard. Despite my worries, his week was full of fun, friends and adventures and he didn’t want to leave.  You can read about that adventure here. Fast forward to now and we are sending our daughter who is 7 for her first sleep away camp experience and I’m finding it even harder.

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My girlfriends are all asking what I’ll do without the kids for a full week and I am honestly at a loss.  Clean my house? Read a book?  Miss them the like crazy… Check!

In theory it sounds blissful to have a quiet house but call me crazy because I love the sound of them being home, messing up the house and them talking my ear off.

Like I did with my son 3 years ago, I worry that my daughter will get homesick and feel like we abandoned her even though her big brother is there if she needs him. And then I found this amongst her drawings today…
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“I am so excited to go to camp this year.  I have never been before.  

I am excited because I get to meet new friends and try new things.

I am scared that I’m going to miss my family.  

But I know i’m going to have a great time.”

What this tells me is that she is more mature than I give her credit for. She is okay with acknowledging that she will will miss her parents but also knows that there is a ton of fun to be had. Thankfully her big brother will be there as a friendly face and there to give her a big hug if she needs one.  To help alleviate the homesickness we will have ourselves and friends email letters to her, send a picture book with little messages and send along comforts from home like her giant panda stuffie, a fave book and really whatever else she wants.  Look out OPC we may be bringing her with 4 suitcases!  lol

In the end I know that as a Mommy I worry more than she does and I know in my heart of hearts that she is going to have a fantastic time because Ontario Pioneer Camp ROCKS.  I can’t wait for all the chitter chatter on the way home when I hear all about the fun memories that were made.

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Glama Gal Barrie Grand Opening #Contest

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As a Mom to a tween girl and an Aunt to a few older tweens, I know first hand the pressures put on them these days.  My wish for my young daughter is that she grows up to be strong, confident, true to herself and to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that she is a beautiful girl.

This is why I LOVE the concept behind Glama Gal Tween Spa!  The mission of Glama Gal’s is to bring girls together in friendship and help girls grow and nurture healthy self-esteem through our welcoming, warm and fun Glama Gal environment.  Best of all, their motto is Be Confident! Be Positive! Be You!  Which is exactly how I want my daughter to be.

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What’s Glama Gal Tween Spa all About?

Well just to get your attention, only at Glama Gal Tween Spa can you get an edible chocolate facial and eat ice cream while you get a pedicure!  Glama Gals wants to take your trip to the spa and bedazzle it into a great experience of fun and friends while creating confident and strong young girls.

Services include manicures, pedicures, facial, mini massages, scrubs and more!  It’s the perfect place to go for a Mother/Daughter bonding day or for a spa-tacular Birthday Party.

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Barrie Location Grand Opening

Their newest location in Barrie is NOW OPEN and they will be holding their Grand Opening celebrations on May 31st.  Barrie Grand Opening will be pinktastic, glitterriffic and full of fun surprises! From the tips of their sparkling fingertips to the bottoms of their sugar-scrubbed feet, our tween clients will pampered, supported, encouraged and inspired to live the Glama Gal motto: Be Confident! Be Positive! Be YOU!

Sounds like fun right?!  Although this fun event is already sold out, Glama Gal’s is giving away 4 tickets to the exclusive Grand Opening Party.  Visit the Glama Gal Blog to enter to win tickets to the event!

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Follow the ongoing fun of Glama Gal Tween Spa on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

HELP!! My baby is going to sleep away camp for the first time!

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So we made the commitment to send our 7 yr old son to Ontario Pioneer Camp for a week of sleep-away camp in the summer of 2013. We had been to Pioneer Camp as a family in the springtime and knew what a great place it is and how awesome their staff is so we knew this would be a good place for his first camp experience.

As time got closer I began to panic about him being away for an entire week when he’s never been away from us for more than one night and generally his little sister is with him. What were we thinking? Why didn’t we send him with a friend or cousin? He was so excited to go so cancelling due to my panic and worry was not an option.

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In the end, he was going and I knew that what I needed to do was to make myself feel at ease about him going. How does a Mom do this? Prepare, prepare, prepare!

Now I know some of you will laugh at this, but one of the main things I was concerned about was him wearing the same outfit the entire week. Really would it harm him if he did? Well, No but I wanted to give him the option to wear fresh clothes if he so chose. So I went out and bought x-large Ziploc bags and in 7 of them I packed a pair of shorts, t-shirt, socks and underwear. Voila, all he had to do was pull out a new bag each day! By the way, the camp counsellors loved this!

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Because he is such a Mommy’s boy (or so I tell myself) and he can be a wee bit on the emotional side, I was worried that he would be terribly homesick and wonder “What? They actually left me here? What were they thinking?” Every time the phone rang that week, my stomach jumped as I was sure the camp was calling to say he missed me. Nope it was always somebody wanting to clean my ducts! So assuming the worst I needed to prepare him to deal with his home sickness should it occur. So here’s what I did:

– Packed his favourite stuffie wearing “camp clothes” so he could be one of the campers and would be there for him to hug if need be

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– Had friends and family write letters so he would have a letter from home to open every day from somebody he loves

– One of my Twitter followers suggested I send him with pictures from home so I made him a little book of pictures with little messages under them

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Being a picky eater, I figured he would either starve or learn to eat new things. But just in case, I stocked him with money in the tuck shop so worst case scenario, he could eat chocolate bars and iced tea all week. Thankfully he didn’t starve and we actually got money back from the tuck shop but it was nice to know he had the option. By the way, he thinks Pioneer Camp makes the BEST chicken. Ahem, i’ll have to get that recipe.

Knowing they would have some downtime, I bought him a new book, as he’s an avid reader, and some fun magazines that he could read.

Lastly I packed him a camera and notebook so he could take pictures and write about his camp adventures.

So after all this preparation, the week at camp is over and we go to pick him up. He runs over to hug us all and then runs back to his friends. Uhm, hello? It’s me Mommy!!

Here’s how it all pans out:

– The clothes packing went over well and he wore everything.

– His teddy bear was a cabin favourite and he got along well with the other stuffies

– He ate a ton and actually gained 5 lbs,

– His notebook had a small scribble in it

– His books were unread

– Somedays he forgot to open his letters had to play catch up

– He looked at his picture book once.

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Needless to say he had a BLAST at Ontario Pioneer Camp and probably would have stayed another week if we’d have let him. My worrying and preparation was not necessary but yes I would do it all over again and probably will next year.

It was hard to let my baby go but I know he made great memories, had so much fun, stepped out of his comfort zone and in the end that is all that matters

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Thank you again to the staff at Ontario Pioneer Camp from the bottom of my heart for making my boy’s first camp experience an awesome one that will keep us coming back year after year!

Read about our family trip to Ontario Pioneer Camp in the Spring and what our kid’s had to say about it.

Don’t forget to follow OPC on Twitter, Facebook and visit their website for more info on this amazing place

OneDay App is Now Available for Android

OneDay App

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Back in December I introduced you to a cool new app called OneDay that you can use to capture cute little movies of your family.  We had so much fun taking videos of the kids with my iPhone but hubby was bummed because he couldn’t do it on his Blackberry.  Well good news…it’s now available for Android as well so maybe i’ll actually make into a movie or two 😉

Here’s how it works:

The basic idea behind OneDay Instant Movie Maker is that you ask your kids a bunch of  questions from the topics provided and then record their answers.  When done, you will have a short video of your child answering the questions set to music that you can download to watch later and to share with friends and family.

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It’s a super cute and easy way to preserve memories, share moments with loved ones and just have fun filming them.  Your kids will love using the app as well!

You can read more about the OneDay app on their website or just go ahead and download it now and let the memory making begin! OneDay is also available for use on IOS

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Who wouldn’t want to fight Darth Vader?!

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Have a Star Wars lover in your house and heading to Disney World?  Your little one is going to be over the moon excited when they get to take on Darth Vader at Disney World’s Hollywood Studios!

Potential Padawans are trained to wield a lightsaber and use the force to defend against the Dark Side. The very humorous Jedi Master trains the little ones so they are prepared when the Storm Troopers and the infamous Darth Vader make their appearance.  One by one, the children will each get a  turn to fight Darth Vader.  Trust me when I say that this is an experience your little one won’t soon forget!  I will admit that my husband was a little crushed that they told him he was too old to participate but the joy he saw in our son far outweighed his disappointment. This is a not to be missed adventure at Disney World … hands down.  Have fun and May the Force be with you!

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TIPS

– Be at the park before opening

– RUN…yes run to the area where you register as spaces fill up quick (Next to the ABC Sound Studio)

– Have your camera and video camera batteries charged because your little one will want to watch as they fight Vader over and over again

– Recommended ages are 4-12 yrs old

– Be ready to enjoy this very cool experience

Capture Memories with the OneDay App #Review #Giveaway

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I am always a little emotional thinking about my kids getting bigger but at Christmas time I think the emotions are heightened.  How long will they believe in the magic of Christmas, Santa and still have that special sparkle in their eye on Christmas morning?  Even as I write that I get a little teary!  Yep, i’m a sap!

I am always that Mom snapping a bazillion pictures and capturing movies on my iPhone to try and preserve the memories we create when they are young.  I was pretty excited to find this new app called OneDay because they can help me capture and keep some memories in a really cool way.

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OneDay is the go-to place to help you tell your children’s story one day at a time.”

The basic idea behind OneDay Instant Movie Maker is that you ask your kids a bunch of  questions from the topics provided and then record their answers.  When done, you will have a short video of your child answering the questions set to music that you can download to watch later and to share with friends and family.  There are all different topics ranging from Christmas, to thoughts about Mom and Dad to what they want to be when they grow up.  With Christmas right around the corner I thought it would be cute to get their thoughts on Christmas and the jolly big guy himself.

Here are my kiddies and their view of all things Christmas …

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Oh 2 more reasons why I think the OneDay App is great …

1. Watch your kids grow – Every year you can ask your child the same questions and see how their answers and thoughts change year after year

2. Your  kids can easily use this app on their own to film you or their friends!  Download it on their own devices let their future film makers emerge!

 

So what are you waiting for?  Download the OneDay app now and start capturing some cute memories of your kiddos to share with friends and family!

Oh and did I mention that there was a great giveaway you could enter too?  Enter to win a $150 Visa gift card to help you pay off those Christmas bills :-)

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Free Fun Halloween Apps for Kids

Get the kiddies excited for Halloween with these spooky fun apps found in iTunes…for FREE!

HellFree Halloween app for kidso Kitty edition – Halloween Dress Up

By Kuzavkova Oleksandra

The “Halloween Dress Up” would be a cool game for young Hello Kitty fans or any girl who has not lost their love for this popular character. Game contains more than 150 items of clothes, toys and accessories         for Kitty. In this game you can dress up Kitty as you wish.

Free Halloween app for kids

Pumpkin Creation

By Libii Tech Limited

Pumpkin Creation is full with fun and creativity. Different types of pumpkin, eyes, noses, mouse, lights, skin and ornaments. Kids can crave their pumpkin with lots of combinations to make their pumpkin unique.

Free Halloween app for kids

Monster Hair Salon

By Libii Tech Limited

Here you can do a lot of things on the monster’s hair with different tools, such as wash, dry, blow, comb, cut, shave, trim, straight, curl, and color, meanwhile, you can still have plentiful decorations and props to put, not only on the hair, but also on the monster’s face and head, such as interesting accessories, cool masks, attractive glasses, awesome hats and so on.

Free Halloween app for kids

Halloween Dress Up

Ninja Fish Studios

Halloween is getting close and all of the kids need your help picking out a costume. Choose from 7 different characters featuring 1000’s of different costume combinations. Featuring 6 different themes.

Free Halloween app for kids

Halloween Doctor

Ninja Fish Studios

The kids needs your help to feel better before Halloween. Featuring multiple tools in order to care for all your patients.

 

Free Halloween app for kids

Halloween Kids Puzzles: Pirate, Vampire and Mummy Games for Toddlers, Boys and Girls

By Scott Adelman

Your kids can go trick-or-treating with a friendly Count Dracula, Frankenstein and his girlfriend, a Fairy Princess, a pirate and a werewolf! Spot carved pumpkins, black cats on fences and witches flying by the moon. All the animals get in on the costume fun- cats dress like dogs, dogs dress like cats, there’s even a Unicorn Bat! You can go to a Halloween dance party- get down with the Mummy and do the Robot with a Robot. Just don’t linger too near the haunted house… there might be ghosts!

Free Halloween app for kids

Free Halloween Jigsaw Puzzle – Funny game for toddlers, young kids and children

By Banana Apps

Trick or treat! Welcome to the best Halloween Puzzle for toddlers and young kids! You can choose out of 40 puzzles with more than 50 different Halloween characters in 2 game settings. The puzzles vary in difficulty and so it helps, in a playful way, to improve the logical thinking ability of your child.

Free Halloween app for kids

Halloween Voice Transformer

By Better Day Wireless, Inc.

Trick your friends and give yourself a treat this halloween! Record yourself saying anything then morph your voice into an eerie alien, wicked witch, grim reaper, scary monster, spacey robot, or spooky ghost. Sure to provide hours of fun and endless practical joke possibilities. Save your recordings to listen to and laugh at later or share the laughs and email them to your friends.

Free Halloween app for kids

The Very Hungry Pumpkin

By Entertaining Games, Inc.

Witches and Monsters and Ghosts – oh my! Now, bigger and better!  Enjoy every sweet tooth’s favorite holiday any time of the year! Ghoulishly fun game for kids of all ages. Touch the screen to guide the Pumpkin to the candy, while avoiding the other trick-or-treaters.

Free Halloween app for kids

Haunted Hangman

By gwinklosky

Get into the mood with some spooky hangman.

 

 

Free Halloween app for kids

WordSearch Halloween

By AFKSoft

Solve countless puzzles in this special scary holiday edition of AFKSoft Word Search.  This app provides several word searches. These are divided in levels from easy to difficult. Listen to scary music or your own while you play. There are over 200 puzzles under 3 categories- Halloween, costumes, and treats.

 

Why my Kids Love Ontario Pioneer Camp

Ontario Pioneer Camp

It’s always fun to get a kid’s perspective on things, so I thought it would be fun to get my 5 year old daughter and 7 year old son‘s feedback on what they liked about Ontario Pioneer Camp (OPC) in Haliburton.  Also be sure to read our full retell of our awesome weekend at OPC as a family here!

Check out all the great camps offered for younger children at Ontario Pioneer Camp  here

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Why were you excited to go to OPC?

I was excited because I really wanted to meet new friends

I really wanted to go so I could try archery

What did you think when you first arrived at OPC?

I was really happy we were there even though I was tired from the long car ride.  The show at the Crow‘s Nest was cool and so was the campfire with s’mores

I thought that it was going to be fun! I saw that there were cabins and it was really big.

What was your room like?

The room was big and had bunk beds.  I slept on the bottom so I wouldn’t fall out. The bathroom had a shower

Our room was cozy.  It had bunk beds and a desk. Oh and we all got camp shirts!

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What your favourite part of the shows?

The Crow’s Nest is a cool building for shows.  I like the 3 Little Pigs and all the camp councillors being funny. 

The camp councillors acting silly…throwing balls in each others faces and dumping water on each other.  The songs they taught us were fun.  

What was your favourite thing you ate?

Ice cream sundaes

Pancakes

Note from Mom…The food was awesome and healthy despite their faves! 😉

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What did you think of the following activities?

Archery

It was good.  I think I was really good at it

It was awesome because you get to use a bow and arrow and i’ve always wanted to do that.

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Crafts

I was really excited to do the crafts because I am really really good at crafts

They were cool

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Low Ropes  Course

It was hard but fun

Epic obstacle course

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Rock Climbing Wall

It was really easy because they put gear on you and they helped pull me up

I thought it was really high but really cool.

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Canoeing in the war canoes across Clearwater Lake

It was really peaceful and quiet

Pretty long and there were a LOT of people in one canoe. 

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Fire Blazers game

That was my favourite part because they had water balloons

It was really fun.  Even the parents had fun

Going down the big water slide at the Girl’s camp

It was really fast and I had no goggles on so I got water in my eyes.  It was fun but cold

The water looked too cold for me so I just watched

What was your favourite activity?

I really liked doing the rock climbing and crafts

Archery

Were the campfires fun?

Thumbs up!  Good for roasting marshmallows and I loved the campfire stories

S’mores were yummy.  I thought it was cool that they lit the big fire on the beach by using a flaming arrow

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What did you like about the Beach area?

We could swim and build sand castles.  There were canoes and they set fire works off from a canoe at night time. 

There was beach volleyball, canoes you could ride in and they had tons of life jackets.

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Can you tell me about the Camp Staff…

They were all lots of fun.  Stitch did Gangnum style on stage cause he loved camp so much.  They did a funny show the first night.  They were so nice

They are all funny.  They were kind because you could tell they liked kids a lot.

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Did camp make you sleepy?

YEP…a little bit

No not that much

Note from Mom…Both were asleep the minute their heads hit the pillow!

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What do you love about OPC?

I had a fun time and made new friends

There was so much to do and lots of outside time.  I also liked trying new things

What would you do to show how much you love camp?

I would eat a hot pepper

I would let people throw water balloons at me

What would you like to say to the staff at OPC?

Thank you for making my first camp experience so much fun!

Thank you all for being so much fun.  I LOVE camp!

What would you like other kids to know about OPC?

You should go there because it is a lovely place. When they ring the big bell you have to come running because it means it’s time to eat or change activities.

OPC is a wonderful place because it has nice staff, you can make new friends and it’s a lot of fun

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Would you like to go to OPC as a camper?  Why?

Yes because it is really fun and I really liked the beach.  I liked everything

Yes…yes I would!  I really think it would be fun to be with kids my age.

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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Bike Safety – Teach your kids to be bike smart

Bike safety for kids

The nice weather is great because it gets the kids out and gets them active.  Bike riding is always a favourite activity with kids and it is important that they learn to do it safely!  It is not recommended that children under 10 ride on the road but rather should ride on the sidewalk.  No matter where your child rides it is important that you lead by example and teach them the rules of safe biking from an early age.

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Before you head out…

Adjust the bicycle to fit the child

  • While standing over the bike there should be 1-2″ between your child and the cross bar.
  • The seat height should be adjusted to allow a slight bend at the knee when the leg is fully extended.
  • Children’s feet should be able to touch the ground

Do a bicycle check

  • Make sure the tires are inflated and brakes are in working order.
  • Does the bicycle have a bell and front and back reflectors?

Wear appropriate clothing

  • Loose and dangling clothing can get caught in wheels and cause a crash.  Be sure nothing is hanging near tires
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Always wear a properly fitting helmet

  • Make sure the helmet fits and your child knows how to put it on correctly. A helmet should sit on top of the head in a level position, and should not rock forward, backward or side to side. The helmet straps must always be buckled, but not too tightly.
  • Using a helmet with a dial in the back allows you to properly adjust the helmet to fit.
  • Position the helmet on your head. Look up and you should see the bottom rim of the helmet. The rim should be one to two finger-widths above the eyebrows.
  • Make sure the straps of the helmet form a “V” under your ears when buckled. The strap should be snug but comfortable.
  • Open your mouth as wide as you can. Do you feel the helmet hug your head? If not, tighten those straps and make sure the buckle is flat against your skin.
  • Always replace a helmet after a crash as it crushes the foam in the helmet.

*Matt Burger of Spokes ‘N’ Slopes

Ride Smart

  • Teach by example – Your child watches you so wear a helmet and follow all the rules of the road!
  • Stop, look and listen before entering any roadway
  • Ride in a straight line so that you are predictable and not swerving all over the place
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Watch for cars pulling out of driveways and for parked cars
  • Always avoid road hazards – Items on the road should such as potholes, rocks, glass and oil should be safely be avoided to prevent wipeouts.
  • Make eye contact with drivers so you know that they see you.
  • Never ride out from between cars
  • Follow the rules of the road – Stop for all stop signs and traffic lights
  • Yield to traffic
  • Although it’s not recommended to ride at night due to poor visibility to your child and other drivers, if need be go bright to be seen.  Wear bright reflective clothing, be sure the bike has front and back reflectors and install a light on the bike.

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Know Arm Signals

When your children are old enough and stable enough to ride on the road, or preferably in a bike lane, they need to know the importance of using arm signals.  When riding on the road you should always ride with traffic which means that arm signals will always be done with their left arm as this is the closest arm to traffic.

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Know Road Signs 

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Children need to know what the lights on a traffic light means.  Have them review what each of the colours mean and how they need to react to each.  In addition, these signs below will be very helpful in keeping them safe while they enjoy a some exploring on their bikes.

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Happy bike riding and keep safe!

*Thank you to Matt Burger of Spokes ‘N’ Slopes for taking the time to answer all my questions and provide me with some great information for this blog post.  Matt’s passion for bike safety is truly inspiring and part of what makes him a successful business owner!