LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Toronto #Review

Ontario Attractions

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.

 

 

 

Weekend Fun Guide (Labour Day 2015)

Welcome to the last long weekend of Summer 2015!  It’s back to school time on Tuesday for most kids but there are plenty of things to take your mind off that in our Weekend Fun Guide!  Get out and have some fun with your family this weekend!

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Around Town this Weekend…

Burlington

Ribfest @ Spencer Smith Park – Come out for Canada’s largest Ribfest!  This Ribfest is  a family-friendly, four-day food extravaganza with great musical guests, and activities and games for kids of all ages!

Collingwood

Summer Sundown @ Blue Mountain – Bid farewell to summer with a weekend of World Music.  Enjoy live music, street performers, family activities and fantastic fireworks.

Hagersville

Summer End Festival – Family fun day with free food,entertainment, car show and vendors

Kincardine

Fall Fair – Who doesn’t love a good ol’ fashion fall fair?!  Complete with 4H demonstrations, a dog show, parade, tractor pull, Exhibits, Food Booth, Cake Wheel, Petting Farm and more this is bound to be a fun event for the whole family..

Long Point 

Bayfest – Bayfest features three days of activities, many for kids, with a fantastic parade Sunday afternoon and fireworks that night. Join us for a midway, rides, food, vendors and great entertainment found down by the waterfront and in town. Plus there are plenty of other family fun events in town and at nearby Long Point.

Mitchell

Fall Fair – Come on out to the 159th Mitchell Fall fair for entertainment, 4H demonstrations, pet shows, vendors and fun for the entire family!

Niagara Falls

Fireworks over the Falls – Canada’s longest-running fireworks series is underway with fireworks every Friday, Sunday, and holiday until September 1, preceded by the popular Coca Cola Concert Series on the Victoria Park Stage. The best views are in Queen Victoria Park overlooking Niagara Falls.

Paris

Fall Fair – The Paris Fall Fair, held each year over Labour Day Weekend is truly a jewel in the crown of Ontario Fairs. The fair features agricultural displays, a midway, craft exhibits, livestock shows, entertainment, food and more.

Perth

Perth Fair – The Perth Fair kicks off its four days of celebration with a parade. The event, which takes place on the Labour Day Weekend features a plethora of attractions, exhibit and merchant hall, agricultural exhibits and loads of livestock. Bring the whole family as there are events tailored to all age groups.

St, Thomas 

Fire Musters Days – 2 Days of family fun and entertainment, Muster competitions, antique firetrucks and emergency service displays and demonstrations, live stage entertainment, food, vendors, huge car show! Parade, interactive children’s area, firetruck rodeo, and so much more!

Toronto

CNE – The Canadian National Exhibition is a much anticipated favourite for families in the GTA.  Come out for a day of fun and enjoy the midway, musical entertainment, horse show, shopping, animals, fun for kids and the list just goes on and on.  Not to be missed!

My Promise to Myself on my 39th Birthday

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Today is my last birthday in my 30s.  Now I am not one of those people that dread turning 40 but I want to feel great as I enter my 40s. So I am going to challenge myself to 4 things I want to improve on over the next year so that I enter my 40s as a confident, happy, sexy lady.  Why am I sharing this rather than just keeping to myself?  It all comes down to accountability!  If people know what i’m doing then it’s harder for me to find excuses.  Yes I am a procrastinator but maybe i’ll work on that next year…maybe!

Basically this is my Birthday Resolution for the next year which begins today, April 21st 2015, the day I turn 39
It comes down to 4 things: Me, Family, Friends and Food
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FOOD
Now I know food sounds kinda funny placed with the other 3 things but I want to focus on food for a couple of different reasons. I want to focus on myself and my family eating healthier and eating more home cooked meals.
The Goal:  
– I will pre plan the week’s dinners and lunches therefore ensuring we have all things on hand for healthy meals
– I will try a new recipe once a week
– I will have my kids participate in the meal prep – if they help make it then they might be more inclined to eat it and will learn basic cooking skills at the same time)
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FRIENDS
Although I make friends easily, I tend to not be the best at maintaining friendships.  Not that we have a falling out but I don’t make an effort to stay in contact.  Why, i’m not sure but i’m going to work not that!
The Goal:
– Every month in the next year, I will contact somebody I haven’t spoken to in a long time to reconnect
– I will have friends over once a month for some vino or dinner
– I will initiate a text to each of my close girlfriends at least twice a week
Family
FAMILY
My husband and my kids are my world and I adore them beyond words.  Although I know I’m a good Mom and wife there are many times where I put housework and work before them and I know that I need to get back to being fun Mom more often and spending quality time with my hubby.
The Goal:
– I will let the dishes and housework wait until they are in bed and spend the time outside playing with the kids, reading with them and just doing what they want
– I will make sure that hubby and I have one date night each month
– I will make weekly phone calls to my parents and siblings just to say hi and check in
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ME
Now this is where I really fall short.  I don’t tend to take good care of myself, have fallen into being a yoga pant wearing Mama and don’t take the time to do things for me.  I think the last part is probably the hardest as when I don’t take time to make myself look nice, exercise or even take the time to read a book, that all cumulates into me feeling down about myself.
The Goal:
– I will take the time to exercise 5 days a week (heck I can even incorporate the kids into that through bike rides and bringing them when I jog)
– I will purchase one new outfit per month
– I will do my hair and makeup every day (even on the weekend)
– I will eat healthier and drink at least 2 liters of water per day
– I will drink less wine
– I will get a good night’s sleep (at least 5 nights a week)
These are the things I promise to myself over the next year.  Stay tuned so you can hear how I am doing on the quest to be a happier & healthier Andrea in the last year of my 30s :-)  Thanks for reading and feel free to cheer me on from the sidelines!!

Hippity Hoppity Easter’s on its Way! Guide to Easter Events Across Ontario

Easter Egg Hunts in Ontario 2014

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Tis the season for the Easter Bunny, Easter Parades and everyone’s favourite EGG HUNT!!!  For the next couple of weekends there are so many fun Easter themed activities taking place across Ontario.  See our Easter Fun Guide that list over 60 events taking place this Easter season!

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Dogs love Easter too!!  Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs brought to you by National Service Dogs –  This event is held on Good Friday!  Each year, thousands of plastic eggs are filled with dog treats and hidden over a defined area of a local park. Each egg contains a Milk-Bone treat and a sticker, representing a chance to win one of hundreds of great prizes.  This special event is being held in BramptonGuelphKitchenerLondonOakvilleSt. Catharines, and Windsor

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Easter Fun …

Multiple Locations

Easter Fun Day @ Sheridan Nurseries (Saturday April 4th) – Bring the entire family for an Egg-tastic time at our Annual Easter Fun Day! The fun doesn’t end with our Easter Egg hunt; there will also be a colouring contest, great in-store specials and much more…  Minimum $3 charge per participant.  Proceeds to Children’s Wish Foundation and Upopolis.   Easter Egg Hunt starts at 9.00am sharp!  Participating stores include: Etobicoke/East Mississauga, Whitby, Kitchener/Waterloo, Markham/Unionville, Mississauga/Oakville, Scarborough

Amherstburg

Annual Easter Egg Hunt @ Libro Credit Union (April 4th) – Easter Eggs galore! Children love this annual event, where they hunt for chocolate Easter Eggs. Come out and satisfy that sweet tooth or just come to have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny!

Ancaster

2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt @ Meadowlands Blvd (April 4th) –  Three separate fields designated for three different age groups.
The first 500 children registered will receive a goody bag sponsored by local business. Registration opens @ 11:00am and the Egg Hunt starts @ 1:00pm  $2.00 donation / child

Aurora

Easter Egg Hunt @ Aurora Senior’s Centre (April 4th) – Hop on down to the Easter Egg Hunt brought to you in partnership with the Town of Aurora and the Girl Guides. This exciting event will take place from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Drop-in any time that works with your family’s schedule. Enjoy an egg-citing hunt, special games, and indoor/outdoor activities that may include: Craft Making, Face Painting​, Cotton Tail Relay, Egg Roll, Egg Hunt, “Chuck the Duck”, Mix and Match Egg Patch​  This is a ticketed event and tickets MUST be purchased in advance at either the Aurora Family Leisure Complex or the Stronach Aurora Recreation Complex. Tickets are $5 per child, parents and guardians are free. Tickets will NOT be available on-site.

Barrie

Spring Festival @ Chappell Farms (March 28-29 & April 3, 4 & 5)- Fun for the whole family including hourly candy hunts, several magic shows, Easter Bunny, Animals and many more activities for little and big children. For optimum fun:dress for mud!

Easter Egg Hunt @ Bradford Greenhouses– Hop into Bradford Greenhouses to find sweet treasures! Don’t forget to bring your non-perishable food donation for the Barrie Food Bank.  This free event begins at 9am – 11am on April 3rd

Blue Mountain

Easter @ Blue – Say goodbye to winter with one last long weekend on the slopes including the annual Retro Pond Skim and Happy Valley Team Slalom races. Love the Village with 40 shops & restaurants showcasing spring menus and spring fashions. And be sure to take the kids to The Plunge for their annual Easter Egg Dive Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11am.

Bracebridge

Easter Egg Hunt – The Bracebridge Agricultural Society and Muskoka Bulk Barns invites children ages 3 – 8 to a Free Easter Egg Hunt at the Bracebridge Fairgrounds on Good Friday @ 1:00pm

Brampton

Easterfest @ Downey’s Farm (March 28-29 & April 3, 4 & 5) – Get ready from some eggcellent fun as you enjoy the Abracadabra Magic with Steve Baker, a Puppet Show, an Easter Egg Scramble, some Face Painting, Egg Decorating and Farm Animals.  Downey’s Easterfest is not to be missed!!

Burlington

Sp’egg’tacular Easter Event – On Sunday, March 29, 2015 the Easter bunny is visiting Ireland House at Oakridge Farm! Children can go on an exciting Easter egg hunt and meet the Easter bunny. The egg hunts will be held between 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. for ALL AGES. Chocolate goodie bags will be awarded for eggs turned in by children.  It will be a fun-filled afternoon of activities such as festive crafts, carnival style games, face painting, Kicks for Kids inflatables and karate demonstrations, vendors, a fantastic silent auction and children’s raffle, special prizes,  entertainment and more. A delicious BBQ and other refreshments will be available.

Easter Egg Hunt @ Holland Park (April 3rd) – One of our longest-standing events, the Easter Egg Hunt is a fun, festive and memorable morning for all! We scatter wrapped, mini chocolate eggs in our greenhouse and allow children to collect a small baggy, which is provided. As well, the Easter Bunny always makes an appearance! Bring your own camera to have your child’s picture taken with Mr. Bunny! Our annual Easter Egg Hunt is for children up to the age of 8 years old.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt @ Amazing Adventures Playland (April 3) – Thousands of Plastic Eggs to collect in the indoor play land and an Easter Themed Loot Bag for each to take home. Pizza Pizza Slice & Juice Boxes available for purchase. Visit website for cost

Caledonia

Caledonia 3rd Annual Easter Egg hunt @ Gateway Church (April 4th 1-4) – We have live bunnies to pet from Kooler Bunnies Rabbitry, face painting, kids crafts, the Easter Bunny, raffles with great prizes (tickets will be $2 each or 3 for $5), the Pappas, Greek on Wheels food truck, donated Tim Horton’s coffee for the adults and McDonald’s juice for the kids while local police, firefighters and EMS will also be appearing. We will also be collecting food donations for the local Caledonia and District Food Bank. Not to mention 20,000 chocolate eggs to hunt!!!

Chatham

Easter Egg Hunt – It’s that time of year again.. so hop on over and or even run – The Easter Bunny’s on his way to Kate Gould Park on Saturday, April 4 with treats for girls and boys with jelly beans and easter eggs don’t miss out on all the fun!!!   Among the candy eggs hidden in the park try to discover a prize egg and win an Easter basket filled with goodies!”  Sponsored by the Chatham Merchants’ Association and the Chatham Parks and Recreation Department

Elmvale

Easter @ Rounds Ranch (March 28-29 & April 3, 4 & 5) – Bring your Easter baskets for lots of fun for the whole family as they run and explore with the Easter Bunny,  hunt for eggs,  enjoy a  wagon ride, pet the baby bunnies and chicks.  There is so much to do!

Elora

Community Easter Egg Hunt @ Bissel Park (April 4) – It is almost time for our Annual Easter Egg Hunt!!
Come out and join us for some fun!!  Wristbands are $5/child 10 and under. Wristbands are available in advance at Village Kids in Elora, Jester’s in Fergus or at the Elora Co-operative Pre-school. You may also purchase wristbands at the event :) Hunts start at 10:30am.  There will be vendors, food, activities and let’s not forget… The Easter Bunny!!!  Kids Zumba with Sarah Schleen @ 12:00   Need more info: fundraising@elorapreschool.ca

Fenelon Falls

Easter Eggstravaganza – Easter egg hunt begins at 9:00 a.m. to 1:00pm. rain or shine. Look for the Easter Poster in participating stores, visit the store and find the Easter Egg pictures. Once you have seen all three pictures then head to the Easter Bunny Headquarters located at Slices and Scoops 10 Water St where there will be face painting, Easter cookie decorating, pictures with the Easter Bunny and…..receive your Easter Goodie Bag

Haliburton

Egg-selent Forest Easter Fun – Haliburton Forest is hosting an Easter Fun Day. Anyone can join the excitement! The Cookhouse Restaurant will be hosting an Easter Breakfast Buffet from 8am to 10am. Easter egg colouring will commence at 10am with an Easter Egg Hunt to follow.

Fee: $10.00 per participant (does not include Buffet Breakfast at the Cookhouse)

Included: Supplies for colouring eggs, a plush toy and chocolate to take home.

Hamilton

Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by Mountain Kidz Klub @ Eastmount Park – Good Friday at 11:30AM – 3:30PM   $2/egg Price includes a bag of goodies. The Easter Bunny will also be joining us. All ages are welcome. All proceeds go to support Mountain Kidz Klub Programs

Easter Egg Hunt @ Gourley Park (April 3rd) – The events will commence at noon and run until 2pm.We have planned a variety of Free Easter related games, crafts & activities. So come out and join in on the FUN !!! There will also be an Easter Egg Hunt for the children where every child will get a loot bag after participating in some of the activities. There will be a Petting Zoo, Bounce Castle and Obstacle Course. Meet the Easter Bunny, so bring your camera. Face Painting by the Cats Claws face painting team.

Huntsville

Muskoka Heritage Place and The Nutty Chocolatier Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt – Admission is FREE and gates opens at 12:00 noon sharp and children are split into various age groups, even the very young. They then embark upon a chocolate treasure, hunt and search for the golden eggs to win prizes. The entire event lasts one hour and admission is free. Please no pets and we allow registered service animals.

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Kingsville

Good Friday @ Colasanti’s – There will be an Easter Scavenger hunt for children 10 and under.  All Children Who Participate Will Participate In An Indoor Straw Obstacle Course, Bean Bag Toss, Rubber Ducky Game And A Chance To Meet The Easter Bunny.  All Children Who Participate Will Receive Prizes And Candy.  $1 per child  For an additional cost you can partake in the lunch buffet and buy an all day ride pass.

Kitchener

Easter Fun Day @ Sheridan Nurseries – Bring the entire family for an Egg-tastic time at our Annual Easter Fun Day! The fun doesn’t end with our Easter Egg hunt; there will also be a colouring contest, great in-store specials and much more…

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Easter Eco Egg Hunt @ Gamiing Nature Centre (April 5th) – The eggs are hidden and ready for you to find.  Other games include the forest bingo, hunting with your senses and more,always  popular games to play with the family while you take in the sights and sounds of the forest, meadows and wetland. And KUBB game for children of ALL ages. Yummy refreshments are available.

London

Easter Party & Egg Hunt @ Storybook Gardens (April 3) – Join us for a day of fun with Peter Rabbit!  It’s a bunny party with lots of fun for the little ones.  There will be face painting, chocolate Bingo, meet and greet with the bunny himself, carousel rides and of course the hunt for eggs.  There are costs associated with the  activities

The Easter Egg Hunt @ TD Waterhouse Stadium (April 4th) – Join us from 10-12, for our annual Easter Egg Hunt! There will be over 45 000 eggs to be found, as well as games, food, activities, and more! Don’t miss out! Cost: $10/family (Tickets available at the door)

Easter Egg Hunt @ Carroll Park – Cost is $2 for your little ones to participate in a fun Easter egg hunt, get their face painted and dance along to the onsite DJ.

Milton

Easter Egg Hunt @ Mountsberg Conservation Area (April 5) – Come out for a giant Easter Egg Hunt which is sure to be fun for the whole family.  Regular Admission fees apply.

Easter Festival @ Springridge Farm – So much fun to be had Easter weekend at Springridge Farm!  Join in an Easter Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny, watch a professional puppet show, have your face painted like a bunny, go for a wagon ride, take home so crafty bunny ears and play in the super fun Farmyard!  Don’t forget to  check out the yummy snacks in the bakery before you head home!

Mississauga

Easter Egg Hunt @ Alpha’s Discovery Centre – Alpha’s Discovery Club is holding its annual  Easter Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny. Fun includes an Easter Egg Hunt, Visit with the Easter Bunny himself, Easter theme crafts and fun on the Indoor Playground.  Cost: $15/child  Space is limited so reserve your tickets today!

Mount Albert

Easter Fun Fest @ Brooks Farms – Upon arrival children will receive their very own Easter basket. Children will collect plastic eggs from our Barnyard Playland and trade in for chocolate when they are ready. For the older children there will be a Scavenger hunt.  Additional fun can be had on a train or wagon ride and in the Barnyard playland.

North Bay

Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the YMCA – Come join us and enjoy some fun spring holiday games and crafts and take part in our annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 4th th from 1:00 to 3:00pm. Ages 2 to 12 years welcome!

Oakville 

Easter Fun @ Oakville Museum (March 29th) – Put a spring in your step and hop on over to the Oakville Museum and enjoy a memorable afternoon with your family. Join us for “egg” citing activities, tour the museum and spot hidden eggs, make an Easter craft, and visit McFlurry, the Oakville and Milton Humane Society’s education bunny. All ages welcome!

Orillia 

Downtown Easter Egg Hunt – A fun hunt for plastic Easter eggs hidden along Mississaga Street sidewalks, to be exchanged for chocolate at the Orillia Opera House! Easter Bunny visits & face painting! 9:30 am – Noon, Downtown Orillia, 705-325-3261 (Children 12 & under)

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Ottawa

Easter Egg Hunt @ Valley View Little Animal Farm – Our Farm Easter Bunny has lost 100’s of coloured eggs, he needs your help to find them. The Egg Hunt runs daily throughout the Easter Week-end.  While you’re there be sure to visit the animals, take a train ride and play in their playground

Easter Egg Hunt with Curious Cottontail @ Cumberland Heritage Village Museum (April 4th) – Hop over to the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum on the Saturday of Easter weekend for a fun-filled day of Easter festivities and even a special visit from a certain bunny…

Easter on the Farm @ Canada Agriculture Museum (April 3 – 6) – Come celebrate spring’s arrival at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum this Easter weekend! After a long winter, the barns have come alive with the arrival of newborn animals. Come welcome the soft little lambs, marvel at the rabbits’ silky fur and observe the fluffy newly-hatched chicks and ducklings from up close. Visitors can help make a variety of Easter breads and taste a delicious sample. What’s more, the annual egg hunt is on again – children 6 years-old and younger can participate in the hunt for tots while older children can take on the challenge of hunting for the “signs of spring” throughout the barns. All this from Good Friday through Easter Monday at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum!

Easter Egg-stravaganza Hunt @ Bytown Museum (April 4-6) –Hop to it! Colonel By has left a coded Easter wish for you throughout the permanent gallery! Explore with your friends and family to see if you find all the letters to decode his message!  Once decoded, pick up your prize at the Front Desk.  Program included with admission to the Museum

Easter at the Estate @ Billings Estate (April 4th) – “Egg jarping”? What in the world is that?!?”  Discover what it is, and more, as we explore Easter traditions from around the world! There’ll be traditional North American Easter activities, including an Easter egg hunt, lots of candy, and a visit from the Easter Bunny! Make fun, lasting memories with the whole family as you participate in our hands-on activities such as: egg-rolling races, egg dyeing, perfume making, water balloon tosses, and, of course, egg jarping. Cost: $6/person, $10/pair, $16/family

Perth

Annual Easter Egg Hunt @ Stewart Park (April 4th)  –At 11:00am, Perth Tourism is hosting the Fourth Annual Easter Egg Hunt in Stewart Park. Children ages 8 years old and under, accompanied by an adult are invited to bring their Easter basket and join in the fun. Over 2,000 colored eggs will be hidden in special areas of Stewart Park!

Peterborough

Easter Egg Hunt hosted by the Nutty Chocolatier (April 5) –Once again The Nutty Chocolatier is hosting its the annual Downtown Peterborough Easter Egg Hunt. The event starts at noon on April 5 at the outdoor courtyard of Peterborough Square at the corner of Water and Charlotte streets. The Easter Egg Hunt is open to children ages 3 to 7.  In addition to the egg hunt, there will be an Easter Bonnet Contest featuring prizes for the best spring bonnet and best sports-themed hat.  The egg hunt is free and all children recieve a good bag!  Bring your camera and have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny.

Pickering 

Easter Parade – The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 606 & the Ladies Auxiliary proudly present the Annual Easter Parade. Put on your best Easter bonnet, decorate your bike, wagon or doll carriage to win great prizes!  Free lunch and activities at the Legion following the parade.  Parade Route: East on Annland St. at Liverpool Rd. to Krosno Blvd. and along Krosno to Bayly St.

Rockton

Good Friday Easter Fun @ Westfield Heritage Village – Visit the village for some old-fashioned fun on Good Friday. In addition to featuring our Maple Syrup Festival, this day provides extra fun with old-fashioned games, crafts, activities and demonstrations will delight children and their families throughout the day.

Sarnia

Easter in the Park (April 4th) –  9:00 am to 12:30 pm Children’s Animal Farm, Canatara Park

Activities Include: Circus Show, Kiwanis Train Rides, Face Painting & Story Telling, Easter Craft station, Inflatables, Chalk Art and Bubble Station Annual Easter Egg Hunt and visit from the Easter Bunny at 10:00 a.m.  Bring your basket! Refreshments will be available for sale from the Seaway Kiwanis Club.

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St. Andrews

Easter Egg Hunt @ McMaze (April 3, 4 & 5) – Children and adults alike delight in meeting the Easter Bunny and helping him find his eggs. Pile aboard the wagon for a ride out to the forest. Hunt through the bush in search of the Easter Bunny’s lost eggs, and add them to your basket. We’ll dump them all into the Bunny’s Giant Basket and head back to visit the baby animals in the barn. Family fun for all!

St. Catherines

Easter Egg Hunt @ Jaycee Gardens (April 4th)- This is an incredible event for kids, with over 50,000 Easter eggs, bouncy castles, live music, great food and much more!  Non-perishable food and/or monetary donations will be collected in support of Community Care St. Catharines-Thorold.

Sundridge

Annual Easter Egg Hunt @ Copeman Tree Farms (April 5th) – Join the egg hunt with over 1000 eggs to find!! Egg hunts will start promptly at 1:00pm. If kids look closely, they’ll sneak a peak at the Easter bunny hiding the last few eggs in the fields! Kids will separate into different age groups and then search for chocolatey treasures hidden amongst the trees of their designated hunt field.  As always, there will be bigger eggs with bigger prizes!!  Find a golden ticket and you win an Easter gift basket!! After the hunts, food, games, activities, prizes & pictures with the Easter bunny will be available!!

Thunder Bay

Easter Egg Hunt @ Gammondale Farm (April 4th) –Join the Easter Bunny at Gammondale Farm for our Easter Festival and Egg Hunt. Children are encouraged to bring their own basket and help the Easter Bunny find all the Easter eggs listed on a game card provided. All participants will be rewarded with treats!  Additional activities such as face painting, an Easter slingshot, farm animals to visit with, and a fun hayloft to play in are included. Don’t forget to make your way over to our Log House for lunch and grab some treats from the Easter bake sale hosted by the Westmount School Grade 8 Graduation class.

Toronto

Beaches Easter Parade brought to you by the Toronto Beaches Lions – Parade starts at 2pm on Easter Sunday at Queen St. @ Munro Park

Celebrate Easter @ Toronto Zoo (April 3-6) – It’s time to get “Springy” with it and get outside and enjoy the warmer weather! Join the Toronto Zoo and partner, Parks Canada, as we celebrate Canadian species and wildlife. Children, 12 and under, will receive a special passport that will lead them on an educational and fun conservation exploration. Guests can also drop by our Conservation Connection Centre to get an airbrush temporary animal tattoo, participate in activities and get their picture taken at the Parks Canada Photo Station. Also on hand for the weekend fun will be giant panda mascots and Parka, the Parks Canada beaver mascot, animal encounters and more! Event free with admission.

Wasaga Beach

Easter Eggstravaganza @ Oakview Woods and RecPlex/ YMCA(April 4th) – ​The 7th annual Easter Eggstravaganza!! This fun filled day will provide our community the opportunity to celebrate the arrival of spring, community spirit and of course Easter! The Egg Hunt beings at 10 a.m. with face painting, petting zoo, pony rides, bouncy castle, WBYC Grill Team, the Easter Bunny live on location and more!

Windsor

Children’s Easter egg-stravaganza @ Willistead Manor (April 19th) – Indoor & outdoor games, activities, crafts & prizes followed by an Easter egg and scavenger hunt!  Includes refreshments, festive treats and a goodie- bag for each paying child. The Easter Bunny will be paying a special visit so parents pack your cameras!  Children ages 3 – 11  $5.00 per child. Tickets must be purchased in advance on a 1st come 1st serve basis. Reserve now, space is limited! Contact Kathie Renaud at 519 915-3310

Easter Egg Hunt  (April 4th)  – The Optimist Club of Riverside together with the Roseville-Fontainebleu Optimist Club are hosting our annual EASTER EGG HUNT in Realtor Park on Saturday April 4th at 12:00pm- ensure you are there on time, it will go FAST! The hunt is open to Kids 13 & under!

From our family to yours we wish you a very Happy Easter

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Weekend Fun Guide (September 12-14 2014)

Fun things to do with the family in Ontario

Fun things to do with the family in Ontario

Fall is in the air and that means that Fall Fairs are popping up all around us!  Check out all the great fun fall activities taking place this weekend and have fun with your family!

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Be sure to check out our list of local farms that offer Fall Fun and Festivals now through the end of October.  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to enter to win Family Passes for a day of fun on some of these great farms!!

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It’s apple picking season in Ontario!  Find and orchard near you where you can pick your own to make yummy pies, crisps and candy apples

Drive-ins in Ontario

There are some great family movies in theatres right now so why not take the family for a night out at alocal drive-in?!   You can also check out what’s playing onSaturday morning at Cineplex theatres for their Family Favourites.  At 11:00am you can watch a movie for only $2.50!

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Ontario Farmer’s Markets are starting to wind down for the season but there is still lots of  the best and freshest produce around.  Support the Farmers of Ontario by shopping at your local farmer’s market this weekend!

Around Town this Weekend…

 

Amherstburg

Festival 0f Hawks – See migrating hawks with Holiday Beach Migration Observatory’s experts on the tower. Hold and release a hawk or songbird at the HBMO adopt-a-hawk program throughout the day. See live hawks and owls up close, and visit our website for the schedule of talks and walks such as Zoo2You. Shop for native plants, binoculars and more. You can make a nature crafts at this top hawk watching site in Canada

Beaverton

Fall Fair – Come celebrate Beaverton’s 161st Agricultural Fair, “Year of the Horse “. Our weekend of fun includes, Jr. and Sr. Fair Ambassador Contest on Friday night, the Beaverton Dairy and Durham West 4-H Championship Beef Show, Junior Gymkhana, Haflinger and Heavy Horse show. And back with popular demand the ever so famous Demolition Derby

Beeton 

Fall Fair – The Beeton Agricultural Society is proud to present one of the oldest agricultural fall fairs in Canada. Celebrating 158 years the Beeton Fall Fair provides a great weekend of family fun with exhibits, demonstrations, competitions and rides that is sure to provide great entertainment for all ages.

Binbrook

Fall Fair – Come out for a weekend of fun with the family, including: midway, demolition derby, exhibits, tractor pull, shows, demonstrations and more.

Bracebridge

Fall Fair & Horse Show – With its strong tradition of horse and tractor pulls, horticultural and livestock displays, midway entertainment and fabulous food, the Fall Fair consistently offers many activities to enjoy and experience.

Brampton

Fall Fair – Celebrating 160 years of FUN! 4-H Shows, Dairy, Beef & Sheep, Hay & Grain, Horses, Poultry, Pigeon & Rabbit, Antique Farm Machinery, Homecraft, Antiques, Midway, Demolition Derby, Tractor Pull. Something for everyone!

Brantford

International Jazz Festival – Now in its 7th year, the Brantford International Jazz Festival has grown to be one of the largest and musically diverse festivals in the Brantford and Brant County region attracting upward of 28,000 people. It has gained a solid reputation for its top quality presentations and as an organization in very short time span.

Burlington

Missing Links Fun Day – Missing Links will be holding its annual Fun Day on Saturday September 13, 2014 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, to help raise funds to support student programs.  There will be plenty of fun for the whole family – Snacks, Games, Silent Auction, Bouncers, Party Arcade Bus, and much more!!  Admission is free, so come join the fun!

Cayuga

Great Tricycle Race – We’re celebrating the 18th year of our annual charity event!  Come join us and support our local community and allow yourself to be dazzled with the parade floats (this year’s theme is ” Christmas Lights “), tricycles races, prizes & fireworks. Enjoy the Tricycle Races, and Beach Ball Hockey, Car Squeeeeeze, kids games and Bake Sale. Don’t miss the Grand Finale Fireworks display.  You have to see it to believe it!!!

Fergus

Fall Fair – This weekend is packed full of animal shows and demonstrations, tractor pull, live entertainment, exhibits, midway and lots of agricultural demos.

Hamilton

Supercrawl – This three-day arts and music festival takes place along James Street North showcasing the intrinsic charm and cultural character of the street through a weekend of  music, art, dance and theatre.  Also be sure to check out the family area, street vendors and food trucks.

Telling Tales @ Westfield Heritage Village – This festival has something for every age. Avid readers and, most importantly, reluctant readers will find this a rewarding experience.  A celebration of stories in many forms.  A place to discover what’s new and what’s never forgotten in the realm of children’s stories.

Kingston

Fall Fair – The 184th Kingston Fall Fair at the Kingston Memorial Centre Fairgrounds includes the 17th annual Country Singing Showdown, CCW Wrestling, Horse and Cattle shows and World’s Finest Shows!

London

Pow Wow @ Museum of Archaeology – Visitors can spend the whole day taking part in the endless activities and workshops we offer including: Traditional dancers, singers, drummers, storytellers, Art and cooking demonstrations, Hand drum, Four Medicines, Beading, Lacrosse, & Mandala making workshops, London Potter’s Guild Pit Firing; Flint Knapping demonstrations, Iroquois Beadwork Exhibit from the Royal Ontario Museum, Food and Craft vendors featuring traditional items, Child & Youth Activities and Tour the Museum

Milford

Fall Fair – 60+ Years and going strong, the Milford Fair is a lovely reminder of a simpler time and a true agricultural fair. No midway, but the kids will love the sack races, the 3-legged races and cow pie bingo! One of the best parades in The County, face painting, exhibits local entertainment all day.

Milverton

Fall Fair – A full weekend of family fun to celebrate 150 years of promoting agriculture and the environment in our community!  Events include: Fireworks, Tractor Pulls, Roller Derby, Livestock Shows, Fair Food, Pie Garden, Licensed Area, Kids Outdoor Activities and Live Music including music groups “The Torchmen” and “Dry County.”

New Liskeard

Fall Fair – Come on down to join our family event & visit Sammy the Scarecrow ! Take part in the animals, attractions, entertainment, exhibits & the midway. Laugh with your friends & Family; Share amongst yourselves & Grow your agricultural heritage

Niagara Falls

Garlic Festival – It is a delicious culinary event in Niagara-On-The-Lake, where there are vendors from all over Ontario that either grow garlic, like elephant or music, or incorporate garlic into their dishes like jams and jellies even chocolate. There will be cooking demo’s, garlic braiding also how to grow garlic. with lots more to see. Try Garlic Ice Cream.

Oro

World Fair – The Oro World’s Fair showcases and celebrates agriculture and rural living. Hundreds of exhibits, a midway, demolition derby, tractor pull and great food make the Oro World’s Fair fun for the entire family.

Ottawa

Folk Festival – Set amidst the natural beauty of Hog’s Back Park, the Ottawa Folk Festival is a five-day celebration of music, dance, visual arts and community featuring an eclectic mix of musical performances on multiple stages, plus participatory music workshops, special children’s and family performances, beer gardens, artisan and craft vendors, and much, much more.

Owen Sound

Ribfest – This is a family event with free gate admission, live music and kids’ activities.  Teams of Ribbers compete for various trophies including best ribs, best chicken, best sauce and the coveted “People’s Choice” award — as chosen by the festival attendees.

Port Hope 

Annual Fall Fair – Don’t miss the oldest fair in central Ontario where the fun includes: live entertainment, petting zoo and pony rides, midway, tractor and horse pull, demo derby, antique cars and tractors and more.

Seaforth

Fall Fair – The 168th year of this fun event includes: Ambassador & Citizenship Awards Dinner, Exhibits, the Bike Draw, Parade, Lawn Mower Races, Demolition Derby, both Junior and Adult Dances and much more!

Shelburne

Fall Fair – The fun is never ending this weekend!  Fun includes: Lamb & Large Pumpkin Auction, Fair Ambassador Competition, Heavy Horses, 4-H Dairy, 4-H Open Sheep Show, Activities For Kids, 4-H Beef Show, Charolais Show, Demolition DerbyLawn Tractor Races, Antique Cars, Midway All Weekend.

Spencerville

Fall Fair – Peruse the learning barn and all the exhibits, take a ride on the midway, eat some yummy fair food, watch lots of live entertainment and demonstrations, visit the animals and watch the smash up derby.

Stratford

Dragon Boat Festival – The Annual Stratford Rotary Dragon Boat Festival is a one day, recreational, Hong Kong style race. Over sixty teams participate. The Grand Champion and Community Division Champions are honoured with trophies at the closing ceremonies. Proceeds from the event support community activities.

Toronto

Bloor West Village Ukranian Festival – On top of the music, dancers and musicians,  you will find vendor kiosks: delicious authentic Ukrainian food and beverages, beautiful souvenirs, interactive pavilions, and more. This year you can also enjoy SIDEWALK SALE shopping at the local Bloor West Village businesses. There is a midway for kids and youth. Take in the colourful parade on Saturday morning at 11am.

Roncesvalles Polish Festival – Great entertainment is the key to any great festival, and we’ve got it all, from award-winning buskers and street performers to fantastic polka bands, Polish folklore and dance groups, and great local musicians of every variety on six stages with continuous music all Saturday and Sunday. Oh and don’t forget to sample some of the delicious food!

Welland

Fall Fair –  There will be lots of fun for the whole family, including: midway, fireworks, kids shows, entertainment, food, demonstrations, exhibits, horse show and more.

 

 

Weekend Fun Guide (May 2-4 2014)

Family events in ontario

Rain, rain go away!  I get the whole April showers bring May flowers thing but I would love to get outside and enjoy some great spring weather with my family.   So now that is it May , there are lots of fun events to get out and do with your family this weekend!

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There are some great attractions opening this weekend including some local drive-insCanada’s WonderlandAfrican Lion Safari and Centreville Amusement Park!

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Grab a movie with the family this Saturday at 11:00am for only $2.50 per person thanks to Cineplex’s Family Favourites.

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Around Town this Weekend…

Bowmanville

Maple Festival & All That Jazz – Where you’re once again tempted by the Maple Syrup Products, especially the maple donuts! This is a festival that appeals to young and old alike, made better by the spirit of the town’s residents.  Enjoy a hot pancake breakfast, stroll through the historic town with its many boutique shops and services and to see the joy on the faces of the children as they wait to go on the latest rides.  While enjoying maple products sit a listen to some of the many jazz bands sprinkled throughout the town.

Brockville 

Multicultural Festival – Fun for the whole family!! Come experience a variety of cultural foods, entertainment, educational booths and crafts, dance and performances.

Burlington

1st Annual Spring Fair @ CH Norton – This fun indoor-outdoor event will have plenty for all ages. Children will be entertained with a variety of games and an inflatable slide outdoors and crafts indoors while adults persue vendor exhibits (jewellery, travel, photography, food, houseware, etc). The local Fire Department and Police will be giving outdoor demonstrations throughout the day. Sports enthusiasts are invited to visit displays and demonstrations by local sport clubs (karate, gymnastics, soccer and hockey). 

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Home & Cottage Show @ Goderich Memorial Arena – Come and check out home and cottage decor, construction, inspiration and more! It’s a great way to kick off a new season and get great ideas for your home or cottage.  There will be a charity BBQ all weekend long

Grimsby

Hawkwatch Season – Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in Grimsby is Niagara’s best viewing location of the annual migration of birds of prey. Spectacular birds of prey (bald eagles, sharp-shinned and red tailed hawks and vultures) can be seen flying over the site during their spring migration. Best viewing times are March 1 through May 15 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on warm, sunny days, especially with winds ahead of a warm front.

Guelph

Doors Open – You are invited to step inside some of Guelph’s finest heritage buildings and unique spaces – many of which are not normally open to the public. Continuing the tradition, owners and managers of a variety of buildings have once again generously agreed to open their doors for guided tours of the buildings and spaces that make Guelph unique. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. No registration is required – and it’s free! Guelph has a tremendously rich architectural and historical heritage. Come celebrate it with us!

Hamilton

Sew Hungry – Ottawa Street’s Award winning Restaurant and Food Truck festival is back in Hamilton Friday May 2nd, 2014.  The trucks and restaurants will be serving up their delicious fare curbside from 11-3pm & 4-8pm.  Over 35 food trucks are expected to tempt your tastebuds

Doors Open – Presented by the Hamilton Region Branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario in partnership with the Hamilton Burlington Society of Architects.  This year, Doors Open Hamilton features over a dozen new sites. Come and celebrate some anniversaries, explore some excellent adaptive reuse and heritage re-development projects, make connections to The Great War, and trace Hamilton’s industrial past.

Kitchener

Family Fun Day Fundraising Event @ Conestoga Place – Fun starts at 3:00pm and runs until midnight.  ALL funds raised will go to Cystic Fibrosis and Breast Cancer.  The fun includes: balloon twisting, face painting, pictures with Cinderella and Belle, tables set aside for drawing/colouring, magic show (5-6pm), BBQ (6-730pm) and Dance (with DJ) @ 7:30 (kids are welcome) Throughout the night there will be some silent and live auctions as well. Come out and support 2 great charities!

Milton

Pajama Night Salamander Stroll @Crawford Lake – Get the kids in their jammies and get them outside under the stars! Crawford Lake staff will ignite their imaginations as they explore the natural world through experiences such as coyote howls, star gazing, bat watching and much more. Themes change monthly but the night always ends with a tasty treat and a chance to relax around the campfire!  May’s theme is Salamanders! These secretive little amphibians are incredible indicators of the health of an ecosystem. We will learn all about their special adaptations and habitat while going on our salamander stroll!

Season of Many Frogs Peeping @ Crawford Lake – Discover wildflower wonders in Crawford Lake’s beautiful woodlands, fascinating video presentations, hands-on discoveries in the reconstructed Iroquoian Village, seasonal discovery hunt and craft making.

Farm Spring Craft Show @ Country Heritage Park – ”An extravaganza of talent and originality”!  Over 135 juried craft vendors, Quality handcrafted jewellery, fashion, art, furnishings and Live entertainment and food

Milton Family Show @ Memorial Arena – Join us as we we showcase over 100 local mom-owned businesses from Milton and surrounding areas! Enjoy FREE Family fun, activities, interactive stations, and of course lots of unique shopping!

Orillia

Tap Into Maple –  A unique family adventure all about MAPLE in Ontario’s Lake Country from March 1st – May 31st. Located in Central Ontario and only a short drive from the GTA, Ontario’s Lake Country and Springwater are the perfect place for maple trees, and celebrating all things maple. Some of the local maple syrup producers have been harvesting the sap for over 100 years.  Local residents and visitors are encouraged to experience all things maple this spring on what just might be the sweetest route through one of the prettiest parts of the province.

Orillia Perch Festival – One of Canada’s Largest Registered Fishing Derbies! Over Sixty Tagged Perch worth $500 Each! Plus … Thousands of Dollars in Daily, Weekly and Grand Prize Draws!  JUST FISH TO WIN !!!  Until May 10th

Ottawa 

Handmade Harvest SPRING Show  @ Almonte Agricultural Hall – Join us, and 55+ vendors as we revisit the home of good old fashioned barn dances, pie eating competitions, and the ever popular Handmade Harvest SPRING Show

Baby Show @ Ottawa Convention Centre – Come out to Ottawa’s most comprehensive and informative prenatal, baby and toddler event to learn all you need to know about this wonderful stage in life!  Talk to the experts face-to-face, attend free expert seminars, ask all the questions you have been seeking the answers for, entertain your entire family and walk away with tons of free samples and giveaways!

Peterborough

Doors Open – Doors Open Peterborough 2014 is a free day of fun for people of all ages! Come and visit an exciting mix of historical and contemporary sites that explore the legacy of the First World War and innovation in Peterborough then and now.

Rockton

Doors Open @ Westfield Heritage Village – We are opening the doors to our more than thirty-five historic buildings.  Authentically dressed interpreters will be carrying out period demonstrations and activities, to give you a taste of life in Early Ontario.

Smith Falls

Home & Living Show – Lots to see & do with over 70 exhibits, demonstrations, speakers and entertainment.

Toronto

FREE Admission to Royal Ontario Museum – May 3rd and 4th only, enjoy FREE GENERAL ADMISSION to the Royal Ontario Museum. For one weekend, you will have unique access to the Museum´s collections and research areas, ROM experts and their discoveries at ROM Ideas, and engaging activities in the galleries for FREE. There will be fun for every age, and interest – ROM Revealed weekend, expect the unexpected!

Nature Play @ Evergreen Brickworks – Explore the Children’s Garden in Chimney Court, meet our site animators, and take part in hands-on projects, crafts, games and more. Themes and activities change with the seasons and explore all of nature’s elements using materials we can find in our surroundings.

Adopt-A-Pond’s 15th Annual Spring Toad Festival @ Toronto Zoo – Celebrate the arrival of spring by experiencing the sights and sounds of amorous male toads in search of that special someone! Our annual wetland festival is scheduled around the explosive breeding ritual of American toads at our very own Americas Wetlands Outdoor Exhibit. There are heaps of other fun activities for children and adults alike, including: face painting, froggy games like “Fish for a Prize,” Toady the Mascot, lessons on tracking wildlife using radio-telemetry, and information on how to become a Frog Watcher or Turtle Detective. It’s “toad-ally” fun for the whole family!

Four Winds Kite Festival @ Kortright Centre – It’s time to look up, way up, and watch the fabulous and fascinating kites that will fly through the air. This is a great great way to get out for some family as everyone looks sky-high at the professional kite flying demonstrations and enjoys some Spring themed activities.

Bike Works DIY @ Evergreen Brick Works – Our shop is open on weekends and holidays, so you can drop by to use our tools and keep your bike in tip-top shape. With skilled volunteers and staff on hand to give tips and advice, Bike Works offers the tools and knowledge you need to get riding all season long.

Guided Walks @ Rouge Park – Hit the trail with Rouge Park’s Guided Walks in our 5th year of adventure and discovery.  It’s April, and you know what that means… spring is here! Trees are budding! Birds are moving back in! Flowers are popping up! Frogs are calling! Don’t miss a thing! Open the door to outdoor fitness and nature exploration and join a walk with our friendly and fun volunteer leaders! You never know what we’ll see.

Whitby

Doors Open – Celebrate Whitby’s heritage by joining us for Doors Open 2014 and tour unique historical sites, many of which are not normally open to the public.  Enjoy exhibits and programs at the Central library/Celebration Square, including military vehicles, a First World War display of memorabilia, and a presentation from a Cold War-era veteran.

 Have an upcoming event you would like us to share?  We would love to hear from you at info@vacationingwithkids.ca

Disney Live! Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show Hamilton 2014

DISNEY LIVE! MICKEY’S ROCKIN’ ROAD SHOW

Comes to Hamilton’s First Ontario Centre (Formerly Known as Copps Coliseum) on March 20th 2014!

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Hit the road with Mickey Mouse and your favorite Disney friends for a hilarious talent search in the all-new Disney Live! Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show!

Disney Live! Mickey's Rockin' Road Show Hamilton 2014

Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy set out on a zany road trip where audiences join in and help find the coolest acts around. Along the way, hit a high note with Cinderella; get your bounce on with Tigger; and shout out your loudest “yee-haw” at a hoedown with Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear from Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story! Grab your family for a fun-filled getaway at this live, show-stopping adventure jam-packed with unexpected twists, turns and hijinks —right in your hometown!

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Discounted tickets now on sale:  Tickets start as low as $10 plus fees and taxes, offer only valid on Ticketmaster.ca

Hamilton Show Times

March 2oth 2014 – 3:00pm & 6:00pm

To join in on the pre-show excitement, Follow the hashtag #DisneyLive  on Twitter and be sure to like Disney Live on Facebook

Happy Opening Day to Mount St. Louis Moonstone!

Happy Opening Day to Mount St. Louis Moonstone

We want to help you to hit the slopes Mount St. Louis Moonstone.

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Ski Mount St Louis Moonstone

Family owned and operated, Mount St. Louis Moonstone will open on Friday November 29th for another season of exceptional skiing and snowboarding!

Thanks to Mother Nature for the cold temperatures, Mt St Louis Moonstone’s snowmaking team has been able to push hard and the resort is ready for another spectacular winter!

Starting Friday November 29th guests will enjoy 3 lifts including the SUMMIT 6 EXPRESS, LOUIS EXPRESS and SUNDANCE QUAD servicing 10 runs. No matter what the weather, the snow conditions will be superior at Mt St Louis Moonstone.

Ski Mount St Louis Moonstone

Mount St Louis is proud to be the only resort in Ontario with a terrain park open, beginning Saturday; The Junkyard Terrain Park will be open for some serious shredding

Come out and enjoy our sport! There is terrain ready for all levels. We’re positive that Old Man Winter is here to stay with colder temperatures and lots of snow in the forecast.

MSLM’s ability to make snow is second to none so it won’t be long before the mountain is covered and you’ll be skiing and riding down all 36 runs before you can say GO WHERE THE SNOW IS!

Ski you soon!

Ski Mount St Louis Moonstone

#24 Mount St. Louis Road, R.R. #4 Coldwater, Ontario L0K 1E0

Phone # 705-835-2112 Toronto # 416-368-6900 Fax # 705-835-5967

Web Site:  www.mountstlouis.com                                                E Mail:  mslm@mslm.on.ca

 

Weekend Fun Guide (August 16-18 2013)

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So it might feel like Fall is already here but trust me that there is still lots of summer left.  Our weekend fun guide is proof that there are lots of fun summer activities taking place across Ontario this weekend! Get out and have some fun with your family this weekend!

Drive-in

There are some great family movies in theatres right now so why not take the family for a night out at a local drive-in?!   You can also check out what’s playing on Saturday morning at Cineplex theatres for their Family Favourites.  At 11:00am you can watch a movie for only $2.50!

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Ontario Farmer’s Markets are in full swing bringing you the best and freshest produce around.  Support the Farmers of Ontario by shopping at your local farmer’s market this weekend!

Know of an upcoming fun family event?  Email us at info@vacationingwithkids.ca and we’d be happy to share your event!

Around Town this Weekend…

Barrie

Caribfest – This cultural celebration will feature an African and Caribbean Arts exhibition cultural celebration Reggae, Soca, Steel Pan music and dance on the main stage.   Food will be a big part of the celebration with a number of vendors providing a wide variety of tasty Caribbean dishes.

Bayfield

Fall Fair – Our fair promotes family friendly activities, healthy competition in many areas, and entertainment for all ages. It presents facts about many aspects of agriculture and especially focusses on beans with our theme this year.Enjoy a wonderful weekend meeting old friends and making new ones. Be part of the community which meets annually at the Bayfield Fall Fair.

Bracebridge

Highland Games – “Scot or not, come enjoy a wee bit o’ the Highlands in the Heart of Muskoka”.  Come on out to beautiful Bracebridge for a weekend of dance, music, strongman competition, pipe bands and more!

Bradford

Carrot Fest – Carrot Fest takes place on the streets of downtown Bradford, Ontario.  Here you will find a street market, with over 300 vendors, Ontario DockDogs Association Competition, Pro Wrestling, CarrotFast 5km Charity Run, Gable Bros. Midway, inflatable amusement rides, main stage, strolling entertainment, buskers, live music, artisans and much more!

Burlington

Children’s Festival – The 22nd Annual Children’s Festival is being planned for Saturday August 17th & Sunday August 18th, 2013. Get ready to juggle more fun than you can handle… Children’s Festival fun has run away to join the circus!

Cobourg

Ribfest – Northumberland Ribfest isn’t just about ribs. We also had a great line-up of entertainers appearing at the historic Victoria Park Band Shell and our popular Marketplace will also be back.

Dunnville

Agricultural Fair – The 19th Annual Dunnville Agricultural Fair will feature competitions in home/hand craft,(quilting, knitting, fancy work, crafts & clothing), canning, baking, horticulture, amateur photography, art (any medium), community challenge, junior competitions, school fair, home craft demos, goats, novice goat keepers, sheep, future shepherds, light/heavy horse show, miniature horse show, baby show, pet show, petting zoo, kid’s games & activities, entertainment, food, fun, Emergency Personnel Chilli contest!

Elora

Riverfest – Elora celebrates their town and music with an awesome line up of musical talents!

Jacksons Point

Splash Festival – The Festival is a fun-filled weekend with sports and water activities for kids, teens and adults; not to mention plenty of food, music and art!

Kitchener

Kidspark – Kidspark is an exciting day full of activities, entertainment, music, art, crafts and more!  Because Kidspark is celebrating it’s 25th Birthday be sure to stop by the Rogers TV birthday party zone to create a make and take birthday party hat, decorate a cookie and have a turn at one of our carnival games.  Cookies and birthday party hats available while quantities last.  Happy birthday Kidspark!

Leamington

Tomato Festival – A free festival that is packed with family fun!  Throughout the weekend there will be live entertainment, craft and food vendors, children’s village, splash pad, custom car show and a parade.

Lindsay

Ribfest – The Lindsay Ribfest is the event of the summer! Mouth watering ribs will be fired up on the grill all weekend long, waiting for you to bite in. If ribs are not your thing, we have pulled pork, hamburgers, fries, and plenty of sugary goodness for your sweet tooth.  Don’t forget to take time to enjoy the great rides at our Midway, tour the wide variety of vendor booths, or grab a seat and enjoy some of the live music we have all weekend long.

London

Pawlooza – Pawlooza is the ultimate dog party! It’s a festival for dogs and animal lovers! Join an estimated 25,000 people and 6,000 dogs for Canada’s most unique and dog-friendly festival experience. You can take your dog dock diving, go swimming in the Pawlooza pond, test your dog’s agility, go offleash in the FunZone, get trick advice, get obedience advice, get readings from a pet psychic, run the lure course, learn about pet first aid, watch agility demonstrations… shop from 175 vendors and get free samples!

Markham

Jazz Festival – The Markham Jazz Festival is a premier event now entering its 16th season. Bring your friends and family to experience all the cool Jazz and the warm hospitality in a fabulous and quaint heritage village environment.

Midland 

Tugfest – Tugfest hosts both historical and distinctive tug boats from around the world, there will be plenty to do down at the harbour, including the new interactive event, Homemade Tugboat Race!

Art Walk – This year will be the 5th annual Art Walk happening downtown Midland Friday August 16th through to Sunday August 18th. Come downtown for live music, childrens activities, artisan markets, art sales, food, chalk drawing and more.

Milton

Corn Harvest Festival – Come out to the festivities where you can eat Fresh Ontario sweet corn and hot dogs, make a corn husk doll, take a tractor drawn wagon ride and tour all that Country Heritage Park has to offer.

MInden

Haliburton Fair – Now in its 149th year, the Haliburton Fair has lots of family fun and kids activities. Some of the adventures awaiting you: Free children events and entertainers, Rock Climbing Wall, Rope Ladder Challenge, Mutt Show, Demolition Derby, Horse Pulls, Miniature Horse Show, Lawnmower Pull, Arts and Crafts exhibit building, Antique Car Show, Auction, Music and entertainment from the stage all day, camping available, and much more.

Ottawa

Lumiere Festival  – Lumiere Festival Board are pleased to announce the 2013 performance line-up which features a broad variety of arts and entertainment experiences for the whole family including music, story telling, fire dancing, film and circus arts.

Owen Sound

Tall Ships – The tall ships are sailing into scenic Owen Sound Harbour this August. Experience deck tours on thePride of Baltimore II and Playfair as well enjoy historical re-enactors adjacent the ships. This three-day event also features live music, children’s activities, historic dramatizations, food, artisans, and much more. On the final day, take in the spectacular Parade of Sail as the ships depart.

Summerfolk 2013 – Over 40 acts and 40 artisans come together for 3 days of folk on the water. In addition to all the talent, there will be an area for the children and lots of food.

Port Dover 

Summer Festival – Antique vendors will be returning to their usual location on Market Street along side the very popular book and magazine tables. There are wonderful eateries throughout the town – some near the park and others down by the harbour front and beach for you to enjoy.

Richmond Hill

5 Senses Festival – Check out all the activities including East Side Gallery Richland Imagination Station, Ontario Science Centre, the Marketplace, and more!

Toronto

Mabuhay! Philippines Festival – Celebrating its 13th year of showcasing the best Filipino arts and culture in Canada, the festival is going full circle going back to its original location at Harbourfront Centre.  Join us on August 16, 17 and 18, 2013 for three days of FREE multi-disciplinary entertainment that is guaranteed to bring joy to every member of the family.

CNE – The Canadian National Exhibition is a much anticipated favourite for families in the GTA.  Come out for a day of fun and enjoy the midway, musical entertainment, horse show, shopping, animals, fun for kids and the list just goes on and on.  Not to be missed!

Windsor

Balloonapalooza – Featuring a kaleidoscope of colour and endless excitement, Balloonapalooza is the family event of the summer! Comprised of over 80 cold air balloons and other inflatables, Balloonapalooza is destined to transform downtown Windsor into a dazzling array of activities for people of all ages.  This breathtaking event that will bring thousands of people to the city centre for two days of fun, food and festivities.

Woodstock

Cowapolooza – A 3 days free family fun festival in Woodstock Ontario. It’s an exciting blend of music, entertainment, and activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Weekend Fun Guide (Aug. 9-11 2013)

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Another Summer weekend means lots of great fun in the sun activities planned across Ontario.  You can attend a waterfront festival, go to an event all about celebrating your furry friends, attend an old fashioned fair, celebrate peaches or attend any other of the great events listed across Ontario.  Whatever your plans, have FUN!

Around Town this Weekend…

Ajax

Waterfront Festival – Experience Ajax’s Waterfront like never before at the Region’s largest spanning waterfront festival.  With activities and events taking place at various locations, there’s something for everyone! Walk it!  Ride it! See it all!

Alliston

Potato Festival – It all gets kicked off with a parade and then the weekend will be filled with live entertainment at the refreshment tent, the midway, bingo, the dog agility show, a lumber jack show, a mountain bike show, lawn tractor races, magic show, baby show, scottish dancers, and of course lots of food cooked by our non profit organizations.

Amhertsburg

Woofa-Roo Pet Fest – Woofa~Roo is a fun filled festival for pets and their people featuring live acts including, Dock Diving, Howling Contests, Musical Entertainment, Charity Events and much more! You’ll even have an opportunity to have your photo taken with Zeus, the World’s Tallest Dog!  Specialty vendors, artisans and professionals will be present to showcase various pet & people goods and information.

Brantford

Ribfest – Three days of warm weather and sunshine in August for Brantford Kinsmen Annual Ribfest also known as Brantford’s Own Annual Ribfest held at Cockshutt Park in Brantford, Ontario. An astonishing amount of mouth watering ribs, chicken and beer to be consumed over the weekend while enjoying live entertainment and a midway for the kiddies

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Brockville

Ribfest – If the smell of the ribs isn’t already calling your name, come out and enjoy the live music, rib eating contest, vendor village, kid zone, petting zoo and free pony rides.

Campbellford

Campbellford Fair – A real country fair with a midway, children’s activity centre, petting zoo, novelty games, contests, demolition derby, livestock shows and more.

Drayton 

Drayton Fair – Enjoy some good old family fun at the fair including; midway, tractor & truck pull, livestock shows, magic shows and a demolition derby!

Fenelon Falls

Fenelon Fair – Celebrating their 125th year, the Fenelon Falls Fair will have a midway, demolition derby, truck & tractor pull, food, live entertainment and more.

Fergus

Scottish Festival & Highland Games – Whether you are coming by yourself or with the entire clan there’s something for everyone, you don’t even have to be Scottish! Celtic Music, crafts for the kids, heavy events championships, bagpipes, drums, author appearances, bands, Highland dancing, story telling, singing, clan information and heritage, beer tents and vendors galore! Enjoy the best of Scotland… without the airfare.

Goderich

Celtic Roots Festival – The Goderich Celtic Roots Festival is an annual celebration of the music, craft, and culture of the Celtic nations, immigrants of which form a strong historic background to Huron County.

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Grand Bend 

Aquafest – Aquafest is a free eco festival to promote stewardship of our fresh water resources. It takes place on Aug 5th, 6th and 7th, 2011. Admission to all of our events are free, and the festival goes on rain or shine. Highlights include a presentation on environmental and ethical health practices with Dr John Howard, Chair of the Canadian Physicians for the Environment, a concert with Danny Michel, water themed art and photography exhibits, activities for children including water games, bouncy castle, popcorn, snocones, musical entertainment and story telling. Other highlights include canoe rides, film festival, water demos and exhibitors. On Sunday we are hosting the Great Lakes Chowder Competition, judged by Chef Anthony Walsh. Come on out and sample some great chowder made from sustainable fish products from the Great Lakes. Entertainment by the Cameron Britton trio.

Hamilton

Teddy Bear Picnic – f you go down to the woods today…children will enjoy old-fashioned games, a teddy bear parade and a teddy bear hospital. Don’t forget to bring your own teddy bear to join in on the fun!

Milton

Heavy Horse Field Days – See farming before tractors with Horse drawn wagon rides, Farrier demonstrations, Harness demonstrations, Blacksmith shop, Plowing & disking with horses, Cutting grain and hay with horses, Thrashing demonstrations and the Country Canteen will be open.

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Peach Celebration – It’s a Peach of a Celebration as Niagara-on-the-Lake pays tribute to the growers and those who promote fresh peaches. Two full days of activities: live music, historic displays, entertainment, fun, kid’s activities and lots of Greenbelt-grown peaches.  Admission is free.

Oakville

Downtown Oakville Jazz Festival – As always there is a stellar line-up including renowned international and Grammy nominated artists.  This FREE event showcases seventeen bands on five stages throughout the streets of Downtown Oakville. Savour delicious food at our many restaurants and patios surrounded by live entertainment while enjoying Downtown Oakville’s unique boutiques, galleries and friendly service.

Orillia

Orillia Waterfront Festival – Fun for all ages! In-water boat show, cottage & outdoor products, variety of vendors, water ski shows, Kiwanis beer garden, great entertainment including Ronnie Douglas Blues Band, Dr. Krane, The Sensations & Even Steven! Hilarious Cardboard Boat Race Sunday at Noon! Port of Orillia & waterfront parks, Lake Couchiching

Owen Sound 

Buskerfest –  Owen Sound will be hopping with the fifth annual Streets Alive! Buskerfest. Presented by the city’s downtown merchants and businesses through the Owen Sound Downtown Improvement Area, the event provides a mix of local grassroots performers and seasoned veterans, including musicians, aerial acts, jugglers, stilt walkers, and children’s performers.

Perth

Garlic Festival – Perth Garlic Festival is a celebration to the ‘stinking rose’. The warm August air of Ontario’s prettiest town is scented with the pungent aroma of garlic while thousands of ‘garlic heads’ revel in the many attributes of this wonderful herb.  Bring the entire family as there will be cooking demos, face painting, Birds of Prey Show, live music and lots and lots of garlic!!

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Sauble Beach

Sandfest – Sandfest is Sauble Beach’s annual summer party! Join us for an incredible weekend of family fun, including live music, sandcastle building, a classic car show featuring over 450 vehicles, vintage motorcycles, Sauble’s Got Talent and so much more.

St. Catherines

Dog Days of Summer – Don’t miss this great event celebrating our four-legged friends! There will be activities, vendors, food, and more to keep you entertained all afternoon including: a doggie play zone, photo studio, entertainment and contests.

Sutton

Sutton Fair & Horse Show – It’s the 158th year for the Sutton Fair and Horse Show and it is going to be fun for the whole family!  This year’s theme is the Year of the Bee.  Come out for some midway fun, food, entertainment, atv challenge, tractor pull derby, animals and much more.

Toronto

Grange Festival – Join us on Friday August 9th for an afternoon of free activities! This is a family friendly event with lots to see and do. Free activities and games for children, food, a magic show and more! This is a rain or shine event

Taste of the Danforth – GreekTown Taste of the Danforth sponsored by Pilaros is one of Toronto’s signature events, showcasing the best of Hellenic food, culture, and music our multicultural city has to offer – from souvlaki to mezes, authentic Greek music to interactive children’s games! Come enjoy the culture that makes the Danforth a year round destination.

Jerk Festival – Jerk Food Festival 2013 is celebrating its 12th anniversary and you are invited! Come and indulge in a wide array of jerk foods – if you dare, try the jerk Frog Legs or jerk alligator! If not stick to the conventional jerk items like jerk chicken, jerk pork or jerk fish.  Enjoy live entertainment and a kids zone.

Turkey Point

Summerfest – Five days of fun for the whole family including bed races, music, contests, sand sculpting, car show, lots of food, pet show, water safety and more!

Verona

Cattail Festival – This festival has something for everyone.  The weekend will be filled with Musical Entertainment – Live Shows, Performers & Exhibitions, Great Food – Marketplace and Family Fun & Activities.

Woodstock

Summer Streetfest – The Ultimate Annual 4-Day Street Festival in Downtown Woodstock! During the festival Dundas Street will be closed to vehicular traffic and the streets will open to musicians, street performers, outdoor cafes, arts and crafts, BBQs, shopping, inflatables and much more!  Bring a chair, and enjoy the live music in Museum Square!

Drive-in

There are some great family movies in theatres right now so why not take the family for a night out at a local drive-in?!   You can also check out what’s playing onSaturday morning at Cineplex theatres for their Family Favourites.  At 11:00am you can watch a movie for only $2.50!

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Ontario Farmer’s Markets are in full swing bringing you the best and freshest produce around.  Support the Farmers of Ontario by shopping at your local farmer’s market this weekend!

Know of an upcoming fun family event?  Email us at info@vacationingwithkids.ca and we’d be happy to share your event!