LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Toronto #Review

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Ontario Attractions

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.

 

 

 

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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Bingemans is a splashin’ good time for the entire family! #Review

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We are always up for trying out new places for family fun so when we were invited to visit Bingemans in Kitchener, my family was totally excited.  I had been years ago but had never been with the kids.

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Thankfully we got a nice sunny day so it was a perfect day for the waterpark and we spent our entire day there.  Big Splash has 7 different waterslides, a heated wave pool and a splash area so there’s something for everyone.

Besides riding the slides over and over again, we also enjoyed this about the water park:

  • There is cool music pumping through the speakers all day
  • Lots of loungers and chairs with shady areas available
  • There is an ice cream hut on location as well as a snack bar but I love the fact that you can bring in your own food.  We packed up a cooler with sandwiches, fruit, veggies and water and then hit the ice cream place for dessert.
  • Staff is super friendly and attentive to the safety of all guests
  • Bathrooms and the park in general were very clean

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Beyond the Big Splash water park… 

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For sure, the water park was the highlight of our kids day but there are so many other things you can do at Bingemans.  Included in your daytime entry, you can also use the pool, mini golf and beach volleyball.  We loved the mini golf!  As a competitive family, this course was a great family battle on this super cute course to see who would be victorious.  I am happy to say that the winner was…. ME!

Onsite there is also Funworx which has video games, a climbing area and a ropes course.  We barely made it there to play due to all the fun we had in the waterpark.  The kids were a little disappointed because we didn’t have socks for them which is required on the climbing structure and neither were wearing close toed shoes for the ropes course.  Now we could have bought socks but they were quite happy to play some video games, grab some fries and head back to our site for the night.  KingPin bowling looked cool as well but again there was the time factor.  That being said, when we return we will be sure to stay more than one night so we can make time to do everything.

Camping At Bingemans…

Because one day at Bingemans is not enough to take in all the fun, why not consider staying the night. In advance, you can book a campsite to tent or park your trailer or stay in a cabin or a yurt.  We stayed the night in a Yurt for the first time ever and it was a cool experience!

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In Yurt Village, you will find9 yurts that you can stay in if you are looking for a hassle free way to spend the night.  The best thing we found with the yurt is that there was barely any set-up required.  The yurt was equipped with 2 sets of bunks (single over single and single over double), a small table and chairs and a front locking door to keep all you valuables safe while you are away from the site.  Thick canvas sides keep you protected from the elements with the side windows allowing for good airflow.  Each site is equipped with a picnic table for outdoor eating or games and a fire pit for yummy nighttime snacks.  Oh and the kids were excited that the yurt had an electrical outlet so they could charge their iPads for a late night movie.  All in all it was a cool experience with an easy set-up.  When asked if they would yurt camp again I got 2 really loud cheers and 1 cheer for regular tent camping.  Whatever the liking, we can come back and enjoy Bingemans again in a tent or in a yurt and have a great time!

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Thanks to Bingemans for hosting us for a fun time and we can’t wait to return in the near future!

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Family Fun at Centreville Amusement Park #Review

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Hop on the ferry and take a ride over to Centre Island for a day of fun with the family!   You’ll find the ferries at the foot of Bay Street at Queen’s Quay West.  Getting there is half the fun as you get a short scenic ride taking in the Toronto skyline.

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Centreville Amusement Park is  fun for kids 10 and younger I would say.  The park is well maintained with clean washrooms, shaded areas to escape the sun, a small splash area to cool down and of course some rides for the kiddies!

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Take a ride on the Lil Red Express Train that will take you through the amusement park to give you a different perspective of the park that the kids will enjoy.

The motorized Bumper boats were one of our kids favourite rides that we did a few times.  Suited up with a life jacket, each rider gets their own bumper boat to steer around the pond and spin around or bump the other riders.

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The Log Ride is perfect to cool down and is great for your little thrill seeker that loves a a good stomach dropping hill.

Hands down the Scrambler was the kids favourite ride.  Like the original midway ride, you get scrambled all over the place but the catch is that part way through the ride they shut off the lights and crank the music.

There are lots of other rides to enjoy like the mini drop zone, swan ride, touring cars, antique carousel and about 30 rides in total that your little one will enjoy.

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Did you know there is a farm in Centreville?  True fact!  Far Enough Farm is home to around 40 different animals.  You are able to stroll through the farm and visit the animals, learn about them and pet them.  Some of the animals at the farm include: sheep, cows, bunnies, horses, pigs and more.

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There are a lot of food options so you can purchase your lunch/dinner but you are also welcome to pack a picnic and bring it with you which is what we chose to do.  Snack options include ice cream, funnel cake, muffins, cotton candy and popcorn.

When you’re done at the amusement park, take some time to head to check out some of the rest of the island.  You can rent bikes and tour around, rent a kayak, let the kids splash around at the splash pad and play in the park or just tour the island and check out the views of the lake.

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Combined with Centreville amusement park and the fun that the rest of the island has to offer, you could spend an entire day having fun with the family and making great memories!

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Centreville opens at 10:30am on June 1 – September 1st and all weekends in May and September.

All Rides and Attractions are subject to intermittent closures due to weather conditions, maintenance or other operational issues.

INDIVIDUAL ALL DAY RIDE PASS
One individual enjoys unlimited rides for the day.
Over 4′ – Gate: $37.00
Over 4′ – Online: $34.00
Under 4′ – Gate: $25.95
Under 4′ Online: $23.95

Canada’s Wonderland #Review

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Ontario Attractions - Canada's Wonderland

Year after year we purchase season’s passes to Canada’s Wonderland!  Why?   Because we find that the value of family fun from getting them is so worth it!  This year is no different.  Each year, Canada’s Wonderland adds new attractions, changes up the shows and keeps the “old favourites” maintained so we can continue to enjoy them.

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This year the kids were excited to try out the new Wonder Mountain’s Guardian.  If you head there as soon as the park opens, the line to get on shouldn’t be too bad.  We waited about 30 minutes but the time seemed to fly by because while you wait you can read up on facts about the ride and try out some trivia.  Being the competitive family we are, we could have stayed in the line-up area for hours!

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Although our anticipation to try out this new ride was at an all time high, we didn’t ask anyone we knew about it as we wanted it to be a surprise.  3D glasses on and we were ready to goooo….

During the ride you are taken into the caverns of the mountain where your gaming skills and competitive side are put to the challenge when you  try to shoot bats,  spiders, crabs and sea monsters in the quest to have the highest score.  In the end, the ultimate battle takes place in the dragon’s lair where you take on the dragon Ormaar.  Will you be victorious or have to escape?  Will you be the top scorer in your cart?  Good luck and oh by the way you will love the final surprise at the end!  😉

My kids gave Wonder Mountain’s Guardian 2 thumbs up with a rating of AWESOME!

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We love Wonderland because it is great for people of all ages as they have different areas of the park designated to different age groups.

Planet Snoopy & Kidzville are geared to the younger ones with smaller versions of some of the bigger rides like the swinging boat, swings, roller coasters, carousel and spinning barrels.  The kids can even meet up with the beloved Peanuts characters for a meet and greet and picture.

The rest of the park is filled with all different variations of coasters, spinning rides, stomach droppers and unique rides that are sure to suit all the thrill seekers in your family.  

As our kids grow taller, I am so excited to get to try new rides with them each year.  It’s like a new adventure with each new season!

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You can’t miss the shows at Wonderland.  From the High divers and trampoline acrobatics to the musical invasion and cirque experience, you will be dazzled!  We look forward to the shows every year and have always been highly entertained.

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Be sure to cool off in Splash Works at some point during your visit.  This 20-acre waterpark has lots of water slides, splash pads, a lazy river, wave pool and more to keep you cool while you’re having fun.

All this fun making you hungry?

Canada’s Wonderland has a good selection of food to choose from but if you are being budget conscience you are always welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy on the grounds outside the admission gates.  To accommodate this, in and out privileges are happily granted with just a stamp on your hand before you exit.

Oh and one of my biggest moments of excitement so far this year was discovering that there is now a full service Tim Horton’s onsite!!!

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If you haven’t been to Canada’s Wonderland before or just need something super fun to do one day, our entire family says that Canada’s Wonderland is a sure bet for family fun!!

How to save on visits to Canada’s Wonderland

Buy a season’s pass (less than the cost of 2 visits)
Did you know that season’s pass holders save on food and merchandise purchases all season long?
Arrive after 4:00 pm and only pay $29.99 (It’s open until 10pm the whole summer)
Buy your ticket online 3 days in advance and only pat $39.99 (that’s $20 off the regular price)

 

The 411 on Canada’s Wonderland

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9580 Jane Street
Vaughan, ON
L6A 1S6

 

Review of Marineland in Niagara Falls, ON

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Although Marineland has been a controversial tourist location for the past couple of years, we wanted to visit to form our own opinion. Our kids had a great time so I want to share some positive points with you on how you can enjoy a day at Marineland with your family.

Arctic Cove

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We began our day with a Beluga Whale encounter at Arctic Cove, which I must say was the coolest part of my day by far. For $8/person you get to meet with a whale trainer and a beluga whale. Our whale buddy was named Andre. During our time with the trainer, we were able to ask questions and learn all about the habits and life of a beluga whale. Each of us got turns touching and feeding this awesome mammal some fish. I will be the first to admit that the shear size and firmness of Andre was a wee bit intimidating for me but the kids had a no fear attitude. According to my 6 year old, the beluga whale feels like a hard-boiled egg.

Did you know?

Adult Beluga whales have 3 stomachs and eat about 60lbs of fish per day

Young beluga whales are grey in colour and as they age they turn white

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Waldorf Stadium Show

Be sure to catch the King Waldorf Stadium Show which is presented at regular intervals throughout the day. Check the schedule upon entry to see what times the show is that day.   Watch the sea lions, beluga whales and dolphins jump, spin and play in this show the kids are sure to enjoy. One lucky little observer will be chosen from the audience to help out and get a special treat.

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Rides

Marineland has rides for all ages. When the kids were younger, they could spend most of the day riding the kiddie rides and have a blast. In the kid area, your young ones will be entertained by the mini lady bug coaster, orca screamer drop zone, mini ferris wheel and more.

Now that our kids are 6 & 8 and have a love for the bigger rides, we actually had a chance to venture over and try some of the larger rides. It was a little disappointing though that 3 of the rides were closed for maintenance but those that we open we great. Since the park was not too busy on the day we went, lines were short and therefore we were able to ride many times. I think hands down, our family’s favorite ride was the Dragon Mountain Roller Coaster. We honestly rode this about 10 times! My 6 year old, being the brave soul she is, when on the Sky Screamer and gave it a rating of super fun! The other big rides in the area we also fun but for sure the coaster and drop zone were our family’s favourite. 

Buy your lunch or pack a picnic

Food at Marineland is reasonably priced in my opinion but your are welcome to bring your own food into the park and eat at one of the picnic areas or even lay out a blanket on any of the many grassy areas.

 

Pricing for Marineland

Single Day Pass for ages 13 – 59 – $42.95 + HST

Single Day Pass for ages 5 – 12 – $35.95 + HST

Single Day Pass for ages 60+ – $35.95 + HST

Enjoyed your day at the park? You can upgrade to a season pass for only $5 before you leave for the day

Parking is always FREE

There’s so much to do at the Toronto Zoo #Review

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Toronto Zoo - Ontario Attraction

When you think of the Toronto Zoo you automatically think of all the wonderful animals that you can see there.  Yes this is true but there is so much more to the zoo as well.   Let me take you through all the fun we recently had at the zoo with our family…

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The Animals

Everyone loves visiting the animals at the zoo and obviously our family is no different.  The animals are simply amazing in the size, grandeur and their beauty.  From big to small we were amazed by them all.  You can find a list of the over 5,000 animals that call the zoo home here

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Be sure to stop by and see the cuteness that is Humphrey, the 1 year old Polar Bear.  He is as full of energy and as playful as a regular toddler.  Our kids were belly laughing at how funny he was.  They could have spent hours watching Humphrey.

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The giant pandas, Er Shun and Da Mao, are currently two of the most popular and visited animals at the Toronto Zoo.  Your tour of the Giant Panda Experience begins in the state-of-the-art Panda Interpretive Centre.  Here you can learn all about what Pandas like to eat, where they originate from, learn cool facts, play games and even see a nice big sample of what their poop looks like.  Clearly, the kids got a good kick out of that!  Once done in the exhibit you can meet the Pandas themselves.  They are such fantastic looking animals and as my daughter puts it, they look like giant teddy bears.  Absolutely a must see exhibit when you visit the Zoo. Clearly this guy (below) had eaten enough bamboo and just needed a good old nap.

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In addition to all the animals that live outside at the zoo, there are also many indoor animal pavilions where you can take a break from the outside elements and enjoy the animals.  Whether your frolicking with the butterflies, laughing at the gorillas monkeying around or coming as close to a python as you would ever get without getting eaten, you will truly find all of the pavilions fascinating and educational.  All of the pavilions are well signed telling you what animal you are looking at and special information on all of them.  But remember, please do not knock on the glass!

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Many of the animals have a time to Meet the Keeper.  During this time you will learn lots of cool facts about that specific animals habitat, behaviours, diet, watch a feeding and maybe have the chance to ask any questions you may have.  Each of the animals will have a posted time to meet the zookeeper or you can find it online so you can plan to be back there on time. We had the pleasure of seeing the penguin keeper and learn about them.  They are such cute little guys!!

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The Zoomobile

Be sure to take a ride on  the Zoomobile to get a “behind the scenes” look and guided tour all around the zoo.  Your all day ride pass let’s you get on and off at different parts of the zoo so you can see it all without the little ones getting all tuckered out before the day is through.  For only $8.00 per person or $28.00 for a family of four, the Zoomobile made our list of must-dos at the Zoo.

More fun for the kids…

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New this year and probably the biggest highlight of the day for our kids, next to the animals, was the Gorilla Climb ropes course.  For $8 per person, your children can test their fears and climb as high as they want and try out all the different rope bridges to cross the obstacle course.  All safety harnessed up, our 6 & 8 year old spent almost a good hour facing their fears and being the daredevils that they are.  I could hear the crowds cheering on my 6 yr old daughter as she crossed what most thought was the craziest part of the entire course.  In her words, “It was nothing Mommy”!  Absolutely a well spent $16 for them do enjoy the Gorilla Climb ropes course.  There are height restrictions and adults are welcome on the course as well but I can guarantee you that this is something all kids will love and it’s definitely not to be missed.

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Your kids will love Discovery Zone which is geared towards them.  Discovery Zone houses a children’s zoo, animal demonstrations, theatre shows and a great place to cool down after all the walking you’ve done all day.  Splash Island is a fairly large water park area where you can a find some great water slides, climbers and water sprayers.

A little more info on the Toronto Zoo…

There are always special events taking place at the Zoo, so make sure to visit their website and see what’s coming up

Have your children check out the videos and games on the Zoos website to learn more about the animals in a fun and interactive way.

Admission Rates for May 1 to October 31

 General Admission (ages 13 – 64) $28.00 ($24.78 + $3.22 HST)

Senior (ages 65+) $23.00 ($20.35 + $2.65 HST)

Child (ages 3 – 12) $18.00 ($15.93 + $2.07 HST)

Child (ages 2 & younger) FREE

Parking is an additional $10.00 upon entry

Toronto Zoo is open year round for your family’s enjoyment!

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Disclosure – We were provided with free passes to visit the Toronto Zoo but all opinions are our own