Weekend Fun Guide (July 31 – August 2 2015)

Weekend Fun Guide

Family fun, festivals and fairs abound in our Weekend Fun Guide! This beautiful weekend weather is perfect to get out and have some family fun! Visit an amusement park, go to a zoo, or cool off at a water park.

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Tim Horton’s FREE Swim

Tim Horton’s is sponsoring FREE swim times at community pools across Ontario until the end of August.  Need to cool down and escape the heat?  Check out where these free swims are located

Let’s All Go to the Drive-in

Drive-ins in Ontario

Ontario is home to so many great drive-ins!  Put the family in their jammies and head to a local drive-in for a night of family fun under the stars

Cineplex Family Favourites

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Sit back and relax with a family movie at Cineplex Theatres.  Saturdays at 11:00am you can catch a Family Favourite movie for only $2.99

Farmer’s Markets

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Farmer’s Markets are open for the season!  Be sure to check one out near you to find lots of fresh local produce, local offerings and homemade goods

Whatever your plans, have a great and memory making weekend with your family!

Around Town this Weekend…

Barrie

Kempenfest – With over 350 exhibits, midway, live entertainment, food and family fun, this is one Festival you won’t want to miss!!

Bracebridge

Midnight Madness – Come out and enjoy this shop and play event!  Take a break from shopping and try out the giant hamster ball, try the sports challenge, watch the entertainment or grab some yummy eats.

Burlington

Joseph Brant Day Festival – This all day event will include community exhibitors, a summer BBQ and refreshment stands, splash park for kids, fair-style games, crafts and hands-on activities, a treasure hunt adventure, artisans and vendors, the famous Brant Day Silent Auction and tons of other attractions.

Campbellford

Waterfront Festival – Fill your bellies at the Pancake Breakfast so you are ready for a day of silly fun including duck races, ice cream eating contest, belly flop contest, boat and tub races, kids activities and so much more!

Cobourg

Sandcastle Festival – Looking for a great day out with the family? Want to express your inner artist? Always wanted a beach front property? You can find all of this in a beautiful setting right on Lake Ontario! Cobourg is known for it’s breathtaking waterfront and what better way to experience it then with a friendly little competition.  Families, businesses, adults and youth may enter to create their own sculptures or castles and win great prizes!

Kenora

Harbourfest – Harbourfest is the Largest three day music festival in North-Western Ontario solely ran by a volunteer committee which takes place every August long weekend in Kenora, Ontario. With daytime family entertainment, merchants, and great food | Harbourfest has something for everyone!

London

Chalk Festival – There will be 16 artists that will be working all day Saturday and Sunday to complete their work of art while competing for awards. Come experience this great form of art while the artists transform the concrete pad in Victoria Park into an outdoor gallery

Maxville 

Highland Games – Come witness an outstanding display of music, dance, sports, fiddling, pageantry, and tradition. There will be more than 60 pipe bands, more than 200 dancers and giants that hurl telephone pole-sized cabers and 50 pound iron hammers around the infield. It is a memorable and incredible event.

Merrickville

Canalfest – Come out for a fun family weekend filled with food, kids acitvities, live music, craft show, silent auction, animals and canoe rides.

Milton

Pirate Festival – Whether ye be young or old, or just looking for a good time with your mates, the Pirate Festival offers fun for all! Children will enjoy stories, crafts, our Pirate Ship and a wide variety of shows designed to be family friendly. Adults will find much to entertain them  live music, vending marketplace, the Mud show, and a Saturday Night Captain’s Keg for those looking for an entertaining night in our tavern. Our colourful cast is ready to engage and entertain you – how can a weekend spent with Pirates not be fun? Add to the fun, and arrive dressed like a pirate if you choose!

Mississauga

Muslimfest – MuslimFest celebrates the best in Muslim arts and entertainment. The event features over 50 local and international artists who showcase their talent in various areas. Concerts featuring popular Muslim artists, comedy shows, a multicultural bazaar, and a kids carnival constitute some of the fun things one can expect at MuslimFest.

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.

Ottawa

Busker Festival – Amazing shows for the whole family including acrobats, contortionists, hula hoopers, yo-yo’s, musicians, comedians escape acts, magicians, jugglers and more!

Peterborough

Peterborough Musicfest – Peterborough Musicfest is a non-profit charitable organization that presents concerts every Wednesday and Saturday at 8:00pm on the shores of beautiful Little Lake in Del Crary Park, downtown Peterborough. All concerts are presented free of charge to ensure that all members of the community can enjoy an evening of entertainment in spite of economic or social barriers.  Peterborough Musicfest is proud of the past 28 years and looks forward to the 28th being as entertaining as ever.

Picton

4th Annual Elvis Festival – It’s sure to be a great time with a fish fry and performance on Friday or a delicious Lunch/Dinner and 2 performances on Saturday. Admission for the shows are free! We look forward to seeing you there!

Rockton

Ice Cream Festival @ Westfield Heritage Village – Celebrate summer with the sweet taste of ice cream at this lively family event.  Edwardian carnival games, amusements, foods, music, ice cream making demonstrations and living history make the perfect family day out!

Simcoe

Friendship Festival – Each year ‘Norfolk’s Largest and Friendliest Summer Festival’ delights thousands of local and visiting friends of all ages with a fun filled weekend of arts, crafts, antiques, food, special events including a soap box derby, car show, free live music, beer garden, bocce ball tournament, kidszone and much much more

Sioux Lookout

Blueberry Festival – A 10 day celebration of community! Boasting over 130 events, including: music and cultural festival, sporting events, trade show and farmer’s market! Come celebrate our 31th Anniversary!

Toronto

Festival Kompa Zouk Ontario – This festival offers the opportunity to showcase emerging artists as well as more well known international performers. FKZO has grown into one of Ontario’s premier, bilingual and multicultural family festivals. This year, multiple stages will bring a variety of musical genres for the entire family.

Jambana Festival – JAMBANA™ Festival is Canada’s premier ‘Fun For The Family’ festival celebrating the sights, sounds & tastes of the Caribbean mosaic.

Island Soul Festival – One of our most popular festivals! Island Soul celebrates the rich artistic traditions, emerging art forms, innovative expressions and vibrant lifestyles of the Caribbean.

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

 

Weekend Fun Guide (July 17-19 2015)

Weekend Fun Guide

Family fun, festivals and fairs abound in our Weekend Fun Guide! This beautiful weekend weather is perfect to get out and have some family fun! Visit an amusement park, go to a zoo, or cool off at a water park.

Tim-Hortons-Free-Swims

Tim Horton’s FREE Swim

Tim Horton’s is sponsoring FREE swim times at community pools across Ontario until the end of August.  Need to cool down and escape the heat?  Check out where these free swims are located

Let’s All Go to the Drive-in

Drive-ins in Ontario

Ontario is home to so many great drive-ins!  Put the family in their jammies and head to a local drive-in for a night of family fun under the stars

Cineplex Family Favourites

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Sit back and relax with a family movie at Cineplex Theatres.  Saturdays at 11:00am you can catch a Family Favourite movie for only $2.99

Farmer’s Markets

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Farmer’s Markets are open for the season!  Be sure to check one out near you to find lots of fresh local produce, local offerings and homemade goods

Whatever your plans, have a great and memory making weekend with your family!

Around Town this Weekend…

Ajax

Family Fun Day – 6th Annual Community Family FUN Day! It’ll be held Sat. Jul. 18th, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at 1748 Westney Rd in Ajax. The day will be filled with prizes, face painting, a jumping castle, BBQ and more. Admission is a non-perishable food item for a local food bank. Expect great fun for the whole family, and with you there, it’ll undoubtedly be the best year yet!

Almonte

Almonte Fair – The annual fair of the North Lanark Agricultural Society is one of the oldest fairs in the Ottawa Valley.  Come with the family to enjoy the midway, tractor pull, vendors, food and fun!

Bracebridge

Muskoka Arts & Crafts Show – Now in its 52nd year, Muskoka Arts & Crafts’ Summer Show is Muskoka’s oldest and largest outdoor art show. Set in a beautiful park, the Summer Show features 200 creative artists from across Canada. Approximately 20,000 to 25,000 enthusiastic people visit the Summer Show to meet the makers and see their work.

Cambridge

Highland Games – The 2015 Cambridge Highland Games will be the 40th year for the Games to be held in Cambridge. Cambridge highland Games is a not-for-profit organization managed and operated by a group of volunteers. The Games have long been part of summers in Cambridge with dancers, pipers and heavy games.

Cayuga

Cayugafest – A great family festival along the banks of the Grand River including live entertainment, contests, craft and food vendors, kid fun zone and so much more for a fun family weekend.

Ennismore 

Shamrock Festival Truck and Tractor Pull – Saturday, July 18th is a Family Fun Day, ball hockey and soccer tournament, bouncy castles, BBQ, face painting and more!

Fonthill

Summerfest – Pelham Summerfest is a four day celebration of local artisans, buskers, business exhibits, local farmers and street food vendors.

Hamilton

Fringe Festival – Accessible, playful, and engaging the Hamilton Fringe Festival is an action-packed performance event that takes place over 11 days each July in downtown Hamilton.  With more than 40 companies offering up musicals, dance, comedies, magic shows, dramas, and family entertainment in more than 300 performances- there truly is something for everyone!

Kitchener

Ribfest and Craft Beer Show – Barbequed ribs and chicken, great craft-brewed beer, live entertainment – all in the great atmosphere of Victoria Park.  Life doesn’t get much better!  Bring your friends, family and co-workers and savour the flavour!

Lansdowne

Lansdowne Fair – Agricultural Fair featuring horse pull and harness racing competitions, demo derby, arts & crafts, culinary, floral, vegetable, photography, antique displays, grandstand entertainment and more.

Listowel

Agricultural Fair – There are almost all of the same great events at the fair plus a few new ones! Plan to attend the Listowel Fair where ‘the town & country meet!’

London

Home County Music & Art Festival @ Victoria Park London – Home County presents its 40th Anniversary festival in downtown London. Hear some of Canada’s finest songwriters sharing the stories behind their songs on three afternoon workshop stages, and sit back and enjoy the evening main-stage concerts at the Kiwanis Memorial Bandshell.  Home County is renowned for its juried craft show, showcasing 120 Canadian artisans. Craft booths include pottery, glass, jewelry, fine art, textiles, metal, wood, photography and gourmet foods.

Milton

Family Day @ Halton Railway Museum – Back for a third year, Family Day is an event not to be missed. Come ride the streetcars, play games, see the displays and eat some great food. This year, featuring Jane Mullis, author of Paul the Pigeon; there will be a reading and book signing, so bring your copy or buy one in the Gift Shop.

Minden

Minden Hill Bluegrass Festival – This three day Bluegrass Festival is located at the Minden Fairgrounds, Bobcaygeon Rd, Minden, where you will have plenty of room for parking, rough camping, and level sites for easy RV parking and lawn chairs. There will be vendors, food vendors, open mic, and workshops.

Mississauga

Rotary Ribfest – Not only can you indulge in some sticky yummy ribs from many different ribbers but you can also enjoy some live entertainment, carnival and midway!

Mount Forest

Fireworks Festival – Amusement Park, Live Entertainment, One of the Largest Classic Car Shows in Ontario, Motorcycle Show n’ Shine, Helicopter Rides, A&W Outdoor Movie, Award-Winning Mega Magic Show, Friday Night Video Dance, Kids Entertainment, Vendors, Sidewalk Sales and the highlight: Saturday Night Fireworks Extravaganza!

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.

Orangeville

Ribfest – Come on out to the sixth annual Orangeville Rotary Ribfest at the Alder Street Rec Centre, July 18-20, for a weekend of fantastic ribs and great music! There will be six energetic ribbers serving up thousands of mouth-watering-barbecued-fall-off-the-bone-get-your-hands-messy ribs. There will also be a beer tent, midway for the kids and continuous live-entertainment on the big stage.

Orillia

Scottish Festival – A Scottish celebration! Ceilidh at Orillia Legion Friday & Sunday; parade Downtown at Noon, pipe & drum competitions, entertainment & vendors at Couchiching Beach Park Saturday!

Ottawa

Ice Cream Festival – Do you like ice cream? Visit the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum on Sunday, July 20 and learn about the journey from cow to cone. Practice your milking technique on the Museum’s wooden cow and get the scoop on how dairying technology now includes milking machines, and even robotic milkers.  Try your hand at an old-fashioned manual ice cream maker, and taste your own yummy creation, as well as gelato, frozen yogurt and an ice cream smoothie.

Peterborough

Peterborough Musicfest – Peterborough Musicfest is a non-profit charitable organization that presents concerts every Wednesday and Saturday at 8:00pm on the shores of beautiful Little Lake in Del Crary Park, downtown Peterborough. All concerts are presented free of charge to ensure that all members of the community can enjoy an evening of entertainment in spite of economic or social barriers.  Peterborough Musicfest is proud of the past 27 years and looks forward to the 28th being as entertaining as ever. The sparks begin at Del Crary Park with the first show on June 28, 2014 and ending on August 27, 2014.

Sault Ste. Marie 

Summer Festival – Savour the lip-smackin’ BBQ at the Ribfest…Revel in the antics of the street entertainment at Cirque du ROTARYFEST…Frolic in the PlayZone where you get hands-on and creative, Boogie to the continuous free entertainment and take a ride on the midway!

St. Thomas

Day out with Thomas – Thomas is charged up and ready to GO GO for the 2014 Day Out With Thomas tour! Presented by HIT Entertainment and sponsored by MEGA Brands, Day Out With Thomas provides an opportunity for kids to take a ride with their favorite tank engine, meet the railway controller Sir Topham Hatt, have fun in Imagination Station, and much more in a city near you! Ready, Set… Go, Go Thomas!

Toronto

Beaches International Jazz Festival – We are Toronto’s signature Jazz event, attracting millions of people far, wide, and across the street. Each component that makes up the festival is filled with great music, large crowds and an engaging atmosphere. Experience the robust stylings of Toronto’s fine music artists! Jazz, Blues, Funk, Soul, Disco, Swing, Ska, Reggae, World Beat, Hip Hop, Pop, Samba, Flamenco and more embody the symphonic fusion of sounds that make up Toronto and beyond.

Have an event you want us to share?  Email us at info@vacationingwithkids.ca

Weekend Fun Guide (July 10-12th 2015)

Weekend Fun Guide

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Whether you’re heading to the lake, going to an amusement park, cooling of at a water park, visiting animals at a zoo or relaxing at home, we hope you enjoy your weekend with your family!

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Family Fishing Week

Ontario Family Fishing Events is a province-wide opportunity for Canadian residents to fish Ontario waters without the otherwise mandatory fishing version outdoors card.  On July 5-12, 2015, events such as festivals, clinics, derbies and workshops are hosted across the province. To find an event near you, visit the Events List from Ontario Family Fishing. Each event provides a great opportunity to get outside, spend some wholesome time with the family, and develop a strong connection with conservation through the enjoyment of fishing.

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Tim Horton’s FREE Swim

Tim Horton’s is sponsoring FREE swim times at community pools across Ontario until the end of August.  Need to cool down and escape the heat?  Check out where these free swims are located

Let’s All Go to the Drive-in

Drive-ins in Ontario

Ontario is home to so many great drive-ins!  Put the family in their jammies and head to a local drive-in for a night of family fun under the stars

Cineplex Family Favourites

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Sit back and relax with a family movie at Cineplex Theatres.  Saturdays at 11:00am you can catch a Family Favourite movie for only $2.99

Farmer’s Markets

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Farmer’s Markets are open for the season!  Be sure to check one out near you to find lots of fresh local produce, local offerings and homemade goods

Whatever your plans, have a great and memory making weekend with your family!

Around Town this Weekend…

Belleville

Waterfront & Ethnic Festival – Celebrating 30 years, this 4-day family fun event is FREE!  Check out the tasty Ethnic Food Village, fun-filled Midway, top quality Main Stage Entertainment, large Vendor Exposition and children’s Movie & TV Stars!

Bolton

Rotary Ribfest – The Rotary Club of Bolton invites you all to join us for our annual ribfest. We promise to have one incredible weekend of mouth-watering ribs, entertainment and family fun! We will feature some of the most renowned professional ribbers as well as many other food vendors, to satisify everyone’s tastebuds.  There will also be entertainment for all ages all weekend long including bands, midway, crafters, marketplace….

Bracebridge

Annual Pioneer Power Show – In it’s 31st year, some of the popular features at the show include; Heritage Display Rooms, Waterous Saw Mill demonstrations, Mowry Shingle Mill, Log Cabin, Blacksmith Shop, Linn Tractor, Engine Displays, Country Store, Lawn, and antique Tractor Pulls, Classic & Antique Vehicles, engine displays and a Grand Parade on Sat., Vendors & Free Kid Games.

Brampton

Carabram – Carabram provides an opportunity for families to experience the rich culture, food, crafts, drink and entertainment of different ethnic groups in Brampton and the surrounding community attracting thousands to this event.

Cornwall

Lift-Off Hot Air Balloon Festival – The festival features 25 majestic hot air balloons, flying each morning and evening.  Take a balloon ride, watch them float overhead and enjoy the entertainment.

Essex

Funfest – A three-day family-friendly fun packed event!  Midway parade, youth talent show, pageants, live entertainment, a Bavarian garden, carnival rides, food, art & craft booths, sports tournaments and Sunday night fireworks.  This year’s theme is: 50 Years of the Canadian Flag/125 Years of Essex Centre

Gananoque

Pirate Days – Take a step back in time at the Gananoque Pirate Festival. Visit the Pirate Village with live music, falconers, tarot card readers, wood carvers, sword fighting demonstrations, KIDS ZONE and of course no Pirate Festival would be complete without the notorious Captain Jack! We would never forget the big kids so come out and test your skills on the tippy ladder, try your best to dunk the pirate at the dunk tank or listen to great music on the mainstage.

Goderich

Summerfest – Come downtown Goderich for Carnival and Midway rides, entertainment, face painting, food vendors and live entertainment!

Holstein

Rodeo Weekend – Ontario’s #1 Rodeo is BACK in Holstein!  The 14th Annual Holstein Rodeo returns, July 9th-12th, with great music, delicious food, and of course more wild rodeo action!

Kingston

Buskers Rendezvous –  We have performers coming from all over the world doing things that you can’t even imagine! Jugglers, chalk artists, fire throwers, acrobats, comedians, face painters, stuntmen and much, much more!

London

Victorian Teddy Bear Picnic – All the bears are gathering today for a Victorian Teddy Bear Picnic. Bring out your favourite stuffed friend for an afternoon of games in the park. Watch a puppet show and make your very own teddy bear puppet. Join Victorian Bear for a parade and enjoy a picnic of lemonade and cookies served in a real china tea cup.

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.

Ottawa

RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest – This award winning, multi-staged music extravaganza is the biggest outdoor music festival in Canada and is considered one of the most important music events in North America. Thousands of national and international performers are featured annually at LeBreton Flats Park, in downtown Ottawa.

Paris

Streetfest – Visit Paris Streetfest for contests, entertainment, bouncy castles, vendors and lots of fun for the entire family!

Peterborough

Peterborough Musicfest – Peterborough Musicfest is a non-profit charitable organization that presents concerts every Wednesday and Saturday at 8:00pm on the shores of beautiful Little Lake in Del Crary Park, downtown Peterborough. All concerts are presented free of charge to ensure that all members of the community can enjoy an evening of entertainment in spite of economic or social barriers.

Toronto

Scotia Bank Caribbean Carnival – Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto is an exciting three-week cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine, revelry as well as visual and performing arts. Join us as we celebrate our 48th anniversary. We’re bigger and better than ever!

Fringe Kids! – Presented annually as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival, FringeKids! features eight productions chiefly for the littlest of Fringers. Performances range from puppet shows and interactive musicals to fantastical tales and charming classics. FringeKids! is the perfect chance to introduce children to the magic of performing arts without hurting your budget. Children’s tickets (ages 12 and under) are just $5! Adult tickets are $10. Babes in arms are free.

Have an event you want to share with us?  Email the information to info@vacationingwithkids.ca 

and we’ll be happy to spread the word

Weekend Fun Guide (June 26-28 2015)

Weekend Fun Guide

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Let the fun begin :-)

Whether you’re heading to the lake, going to an amusement park, cooling off at a water park or relaxing at home, we hope you

enjoy your weekend with your family!

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Enter here to WIN family passes to some of Ontario’s coolest and most popular Attractions

Let’s All Go to the Drive-in

Drive-ins in Ontario

Ontario is home to so many great drive-ins!  Put the family in their jammies and head to a local drive-in for a night of family fun under the stars

Cineplex Family Favourites

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Sit back and relax with a family movie at Cineplex Theatres.  Saturdays at 11:00am you can catch a Family Favourite movie for only $2.99

Farmer’s Markets

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Farmer’s Markets are open for the season!  Be sure to check one out near you to find lots of fresh local produce, local offerings and homemade goods

Whatever your plans, have a great and memory making weekend with your family!

Around Town this Weekend…

Blue Mountains

PedalFest – PedalFest is Blue Mountain’s annual bike festival which celebrates all ages, ability levels and aspects of biking.  Be entertained by the cycle master and expert stunt show as well as learning about trails around the area.

Calabogie

Calabogie Country Music Festival – The festival will feature one of Eastern Ontario’s best country music lineups.  A weekend fun for families and people of all ages – beer garden, vendor’s area, kids’ zone, and mountainside camping.

Fort Erie

Friendship Festival – Binational Cultural and historical free festival in its 28th year celebrating the peace and friendship that has existed for over 200 years between Canada and USA – a whole family happening to jump start Niagara’s summer.

Gananoque

Family Ribfest – We’ll be rockin’ and a ribbin’!  Come and enjoy a great day or stay for the weekend in the heart of the 1000 Islands.  Browse, shop, relax, taste the delicious ribs and discover the sites, legends, and history Gananoque has to offer, See why we call it Paradise! •Something for Everyone!•4 days of fun for the whole family!•Music, entertainment, vendors, beer tent.•Lots of great ribs and pulled pork to eat!

Goderich 

Children’s Festival – Join us for the 14th Annual Goderich Children’s Festival. This year’s theme ~ Back to Nature. The Festival starts at 10 am with activities for all ages. Activities will take place both outside and inside. Featuring “Rock Garden Party” by Little Fingers Music & a Safari Science animal show.  Also, Fincher’s Tent, Face Painting, Crafts, Inflatable bouncers and lots of fun activities all FREE of charge!

Grand Bend

Buskerfest – Join us by the shores of beautiful Lake Huron for Grand Bend Buskerfest.  This event is filled with family entertainment for the entire family!

London

International Food Fest – London International Food Festival is the host to an array of savoury dishes from around the globe. Partake in games, food and fun in this annual London, Ontario event.

Lucknow

Strawberry Summerfest – Events include a Kid Zone, music and entertainment, movie night and Show n’ Shine. There will also be a soccer tournament, baseball tournament, Sunday church service at the Community Centre and breakfast served at the Legion.

Maxville

Agricultural Fair Weekend – North Glengarry’s only Agricultural Fair, featuring a midway, homecrafts, exhibits, horse and cattle shows, football and food drive, live country music entertainment with headliner Greg Hanna, firefighter skills competition, baby show, petting zoo and more.

Milton

Strawberry Festival –  Come out and try everything strawberry until your hearts desire.  Enjoy the fun of this event at the Milton Fairground with entertainment, fun for the kids, vendors and of course lots and lots of fresh strawberries!

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.

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.

Oakville

Oakville Family Ribfest – The Second Annual Oakville Family Ribfest is a fabulous summer event combining world famous ‘ribbers’, food vendors, great music, a kids’ Play Zone, Sport Zone, artisans and more. Summer fun for all ages.

Ottawa

TD Ottawa Jazz Festival – Nestled in the heart of beautiful downtown Ottawa, scores of music fans travel to enjoy the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival, featuring some of the jazz worlds most renowned and cutting-edge musicians.

Dragon Boat Festival – Come out and enjoy North America’s largest Dragon Boat Festival.  The festival will include: Multicultural performances including live music, cultural presentations, and ceremonial activities, Roving entertainment, Children’s area featuring award winning family entertainment, Beer Garden, Food Vendors featuring international cuisine and summer desserts, Exhibitions and shopping opportunities.

Peterborough

Peterborough Musicfest – Peterborough Musicfest is a non-profit charitable organization that presents concerts every Wednesday and Saturday at 8:00pm on the shores of beautiful Little Lake in Del Crary Park, downtown Peterborough. All concerts are presented free of charge to ensure that all members of the community can enjoy an evening of entertainment in spite of economic or social barriers.  Peterborough Musicfest is proud of the past 26 years and looks forward to its 27th season beginning on June 29, 2013 and ending on August 24, 2013.

Stouffville

Strawberry Festival – Free family festival that definitely has something for everyone. There will be entertainment, children activities, arts and crafts, carnival, lots of contests and plenty of delicious strawberries.

Toronto
Ribfest @ Centennial Park – Toronto’s largest charity event, held over Canada Day weekend each year! A great family destination with rides, attractions, music and live entertainment and, of course, great food!

TD Toronto Jazz Festival – When the Festival kicks off this summer, more than 500,000 music lovers will be entertained as 1,500 musicians take over the city performing 350+ concerts in just 10 days. From the young lions to the legends to undiscovered gems, the Festival is yours to discover. Let the music be your playground this summer.

Waterdown

Oh Canada Ribfest – Come out for the ribs and stay for the live music, vendors in the Rotary Marketplace and family activities. All proceeds go to projects sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Flamborough AM and Waterdown

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Have a great time celebrating Canada Day with your family!

Have an event you want to share with us?  Email the information to info@vacationingwithkids.ca and we’ll be happy to spread the word

Weekend Fun Guide (June 19-21 2015)

Weekend Fun Guide

It’s going to be a gorgeous Spring weekend and there are tons of fun events planned across Ontario so you and your family can get out and have fun!  If you are looking to check out an Ontario Attraction this weekend, why not consider taking them to a local Amusement ParkWater Park or to visit some animals

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To all the great Dads out there, we wish a wonderful Father’s Day!!!

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We have started to kickoff our Summer Fun Giveaways to some great local Ontario Attractions.  Get in on the action and you could win some great family fun!

Enter here to WIN family passes to some of Ontario’s coolest Attractions

Drive-ins in OntarioLet’s All Go to the Drive-in

Ontario is home to so many great drive-ins!  Put the family in their jammies and head to a local drive-in for a night of family fun under the stars

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Cineplex Family Favourites

Sit back and relax with a family movie at Cineplex Theatres.  Saturdays at 11:00am you can catch a Family Favourite movie for only $2.99

Farmer’s Markets

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Farmer’s Markets are open for the season!  Be sure to check one out near you to find lots of fresh local produce, local offerings and homemade goods

Whatever your plans, have a great and memory making weekend with your family!

 Around Town this Weekend…

Blue Mountains

Salsa at Blue – A FREE family street party transforms the Village into a showcase of Latin Life with pulsating music, passionate dancing and lessons, fiery foods, kids soccer entertainment, sizzling night life & FIREWORKS!

Brockville

All Ships Festival – The All Ships Festival is a celebration of life in the 1000 Islands region and an opportunity for tourists and citizens of the City of Brockville to explore the majestic waterfront during this ‘festival on the river’.  You will see tall ships, small ships, motorboats, self-powered paddle boats, cruise ships, sailing ships, Sea-Doos, Hydroplanes, Antique Boats, and so much more … The All Ships Festival is family fun for all ages (free grounds admission, some activities do have an additional cost).

Burlington

Sound of Music Festival – Take the family to Canada’s Largest FREE Music Festival this weekend. Enjoy live concerts featuring all types of music – Jazz, Rock, Folk, Pop, Blues, Latin, Big Band, Celtic, Country and Children’s Entertainment – spread out over 10 performance areas throughout Burlington’s Downtown and Waterfront.

Cambridge

Art Festival – This annual festival showcases emerging and established local artists to display their talents for Cambridge and the surrounding communities. Artists, musicians and performers will entertain you all day long and in addition, children can enjoy the children’s area.

Carleton Place

BIA Lamb’s Down Park Festival – This annual event features activities such as sheep and lamb demonstrations, sheep shearing, spinning displays, a petting zoo, games, tours, knitting and lots of entertainment. Unique Lanark County Local Flavour food vendors and restaurants will be on site to tempt your palate with the creation of fabulous lamb dishes and more!

Cobourg

Highland Games – A Cultural Family Festival Celebrating everything Scottish and Celtic. 25 Professional Pipe and Drum Bands will be competing for points and prize money to be able to compete at the World Pipe and Drum Competition in Scotland. At least 200 Highland Dancers will be competing under the Ontario Highland Dance Association. A Heavy Events competition will be held on the beach. Many Scottish vendors will be selling their merchandise and Food.

Goderich

Huron’s Multicultural Festival – Stage performances by Japanese, First Nations & Brazilian percussion troupes. Ojibway Storyteller Aaron Bell, International out-door games, indigenous crafts and opportunity to sample culinary delicacies & beverages from around the world. Programming features music & dance from around the world geared to appeal to a broad range of age groups and activity levels.

Keene

19th Annual Father’s Day Smoke & Steam Show – Enjoy the largest show of its kind in the Kawarthas! Local collectors bring to life some of the oldest antique tractors and steam engines around. See fully operational, unique, working examples of the earliest gas and “hit and miss” engines as well as Lang’s own 1921 Sawyer Massey Steam Engine.  There will also be music, demonstrations, a parade, and fun things for the kids!  Sunday, June 21 is also National Aboriginal Day. Join us at Aabnaabin Camp and learn some hand drum songs, hear traditional stories that we tell our children for teachings, learn how to make a dream catcher and more!

Markham

The Markham Village Music Festival – The largest free, family-oriented music festival in York Region which includes music on 4 different stages, food, art & craft vendors, carnival rides, petting zoo and loads of fun for the entire family

Midland 

National Aboriginal Day – In recognition of National Aboriginal Day, Sainte-Marie will offer First Nations singing, drumming and dancing. First Nations displays and demonstrations include kid’s heritage crafts, waterway and lacrosse demonstrations, Native crafters, and more.

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.

Ottawa

TD Ottawa Jazz Festival – Nestled in the heart of beautiful downtown Ottawa, scores of music fans travel to enjoy the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival, featuring some of the jazz worlds most renowned and cutting-edge musicians.

Stirling

Strawberry Spectacular – Enjoy entertainment, beef on a bun, water and …. of course….strawberrries and ice-cream. Join us and take a tour of the past, you’ll have a blast. A great value for the entire family.  Great Value…Great Day!

Stratford

Blues and Ribfest – A three day summer festival featuring live blues music, world-class ribs, a  variety of quality non-rib food options,  and a beer garden for our Blues/Rib-loving friends 18 and over.

Strathroy

Hometown Turkey Festival – Say yes to Turkeyfest!  Have fun on the midway, enjoy vendor alley, entertainment, the car show and  hot air balloon rides and be sure to check out all the contests and competitions .  Oh, and don’t forget the turkey dinner!!

Tobermory
Chi-Cheemaun Festival – Come on out for a great weekend of fun, games, BBQ’s and more in Tobermory to celebrate the Chi-Cheemaun.
Toronto

Redpath Waterfront Festival – Toronto’s unique urban waterfront will be the best place to get on board and tour the international fleet of majestic ships that will grace our inner harbour. Enjoy the music, food, dance and a host of other great activities for adults, kids, families, and lovers of all things nautical, that will be part of the celebrations next year.

Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival – The Dragon Boat Race Festival promises to be a two-day fun-filled event that brings sports, team spirit and community spirit to Toronto Centre Island

TD Toronto Jazz Festival – When the Festival kicks off this summer, more than 500,000 music lovers will be entertained as 1,500 musicians take over the city performing 350+ concerts in just 10 days. From the young lions to the legends to undiscovered gems, the Festival is yours to discover. Let the music be your playground this summer.

Luminato Festival – Luminato Festival is Torontos annual international multi-arts festival for people open to having art change their outlook on the world.

Weekend Fun Guide (June 5-7 2015)

Weekend Fun Guide

Weekend Fun Guide

It’s going to be a gorgeous Spring weekend and there are tons of fun events planned across Ontario so you and your family can get out and have fun!  If you are looking to check out an Ontario Attraction this weekend, why not consider taking them to a local Amusement ParkWater Park or to visit some animals

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We have started to kickoff our Summer Fun Giveaways to some great local Ontario Attractions.  Get in on the action and you could win some great family fun!

Enter here to WIN family passes to some of Ontario’s coolest Attractions

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World Ocean’s Day

World Oceans Day, held every June 8th, is the United Nations-recognized day of ocean celebration and action. People all over our blue planet organize celebrations – which can be a huge event in your community, a special announcement, or anything in between – to support action to protect the ocean. This year, the theme is Healthy oceans, healthy planet, and we’re making a special effort to stop plastic pollution.Find an event in your area here

Drive-ins in OntarioLet’s All Go to the Drive-in

Ontario is home to so many great drive-ins!  Put the family in their jammies and head to a local drive-in for a night of family fun under the stars

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Cineplex Family Favourites

Sit back and relax with a family movie at Cineplex Theatres.  Saturdays at 11:00am you can catch a Family Favourite movie for only $2.99

Farmer’s Markets

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Farmer’s Markets are open for the season!  Be sure to check one out near you to find lots of fresh local produce, local offerings and homemade goods

Whatever your plans, have a great and memory making weekend with your family!

 Around Town this Weekend…

Ajax

Duffins Creek Family Fun Day – A Trout Unlimited Canada event that showcases the biology and aquatic residents of Duffins Creek as well as the Duffins Creek Renewal Program. This free event sees families circulate through stations such as: Fabulous Fish; Amazing Aquatic Bugs; Fishy Escapades; and Beautiful Duffins Creek.  The day is a fun outdoor event and will provide opportunities to learn more about Duffins Creek while teaching others about this amazing watershed.

Aurora

Chamber Street Festival – The Aurora Chamber Street Festival is a fun-filled family event for all ages with over 500 vendors, fantastic “Street Performers”, music, food galore and so much more. It is held annually the first Sunday in June in Aurora.

Barrie

Celebrate Barrie – The City of Barrie presents Celebrate Barrie, our 16th annual community celebration, on Saturday June 6th at Centennial Park. The festivities feature FREE fun for all ages including rides and inflatables, petting zoo, educational displays, heritage village and re-enactments, local entertainment, over 50 community groups providing hands-on activities for kids, and so much more.

Bowmanville 

Ribfest – This isn’t just about the ribs…well okay it is but there is also some great live entertainment to watch, midway rides for the big and little kids, baseball and some of the best ribs around.

Brampton

Kitefest @ Gore Meadows Community Centre –  Come out land enjoy  a day of Kite Demonstrations, Kite Making Clinics, Entertainers throughout the grounds, Food Vendors, Clowns, Face painting,  Music, Community Exhibits as well as Product Demonstration and Give-a-ways!

Brooklin

Spring Fair – Bring your family out for some fun including the ever popular Demolition Derby, Truck and Tractor Pull, pie eating contest, spelling bee, pet show, competitions, entertainment, food and more!

Campbellford

Family Fishing Day @ Seymour Conservation Area –  Great family fun fishing for rainbow trout in the quarry and lots of prizes. This is a Kids, Cops & Canadian Tire event.  No charge. DONATIONS accepted in support of habitat restoration projects at the Conservation Area.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Cookstown

Wing Ding – This event captures the very essence of the meaning of Wing Ding! We are celebrating the beginning of summer with community, family, friends, neighbours, and visitors from all over Ontario!  The past two years we have had over 100 Vendors attend our event!

Dundas

Dundas International Buskerfest – Ladies and Gentlemen, Children of all ages; come one come all, step right up – see the marvels, witness the wonders, feel the excitement of the greatest show on Earth!  Buskerfest is a celebration of some of the hardest working folk in showbiz; acrobatics, juggling, breakdancing, music, comedy, sideshow stunts…all out on the street working for gratuities! These talented folk and their craft and attracts performers from around the world who tour these festivals every year.

Guelph

Guelph & District Multicultural Festival @ Riverside Park – Rain or Shine… food, music and most children’s activities take place inside large tents, so you can enjoy the Festival in all weather!  There will cultural performances, Bands in the Sessions Bar, Kids’ Corner Tent, Guelph Youth Council Activities and Highland Heavy Games.

Dance Festival – Be engaged and enthralled with dance works from the most innovative contemporary choreographers and dance artists in Canada. At various locations around Guelph.

Kirkfield

Carden Nature Festival – Back for a seventh year, the Carden Nature Festival is a smorgasbord of environmental delights set amidst a globally-rare landscape. With almost 100 field trips, workshops, and presentations, there’s something for every nature lover.

Kitchener

35th Annual Greek Food Festival – Eat,Drink, Dance… OPA!Come be Greek for a day. We are celebrating our 35th annual Greek festival showcasing our Greek culture and cuisine. Admission is $2.00 at the door. Children under 12 are free. So are you with non perishable food item donations for our local food bank. There will be live entertainment, children area, dance performers. All takes place at our community center at 527 Bridgeport Road E. on June 6th & 7th

Milton

Street Festival – (Saturday) The Milton downtown core will be shut down so you can get down and have some fun with the family.  Starting at noon, the Street Festival will feature a wide variety of activities. Event patrons will experience street vendors, community groups, buskers, artisans, a “Kidz Zone” with family-friendly fun, and two stages of live entertainment, including demonstrations, comedy and music.

Morrisburg 

Medieval Festival @ Upper Canada Village – This weekend you can step even further back in time – to the Medieval period – as Upper Canada Village hosts its 8th Medieval Festival.  Bring the entire family to be entertained by jousting knights and continuous entertainment, enjoy demonstrations and throughout the day, children of all ages can try their hand at one of several games throughout the festival including Jacob’s Ladder, miniature ballista and catapult games, Frog Race, and more.

Muskoka Lakes

Spring Art Tour – Come out to visit the many talented artists and their work during the 12th Annual Muskoka Lakes Spring Art Tour!

Niagara Falls

Comic Con – Niagara Falls Comic Con will be held once again at the Scotiabank Convention Centre over the course of 3 days: June 5,6 and 7, 2015. NFCC 2015 will feature more than 50,000 square feet of comic book vendors, artists, celebrities, and more to feed your need for all things comic and pop culture related.

Orangeville

Blues and Jazz Festival – This FREE 3 day event has family entertainment in a historic downtown setting . Some of the fun includes a Blues Cruise with 250+ cars and 20+ venues in surrounding rural towns.

Ottawa

Blackburn Fun Fair – Blackburn Hamlet’s Annual Community fair established in 1971 is a few days of community events, a small midway, games, fun for kids as well as all day live music from noon to midnight on the Saturday including licensed beer garden.

Paris

Springtime in Paris – Enjoy this springtime festival which will include a soap box derby, entertainment, a craft show storytime in the park, children’s activites and so much more fun for the entire family!

Pickering

Annual Rotary Ribfest – Get your fingers sticky as you dig in to some delish ribs from the ribfest contestants!  There will also be vendors and lots of entertainment.  Visit their website to save $3 on Friday only.  Admission is free and they ask that you kindly leave your pets at home!

Picton

The Great Canadian Cheese Festival – More than 100 exhibitors and vendors, about 125 different Canadian cheeses to sample and buy, and 3,000+ consumers make the event the biggest cheese show in Canada representing producers from coast to coast.

St. Catherines

Niagara Vegfest – An annual event that takes place in downtown St. Catharines, Ontario, and is part of the growing “VegFest” movement in North America. It celebrates the many benefits of a healthy, compassionate, plant-based lifestyle, and showcases exhibitors, vendors, and speakers from the Niagara region and beyond.  The festival is jam-packed with speakers, vendors, exhibitors, and activities and we look forward to welcoming you to Niagara VegFest!

Stoney Creek 

The Re-enactment of the Battle of Stoney Creek @ Battlefield House Museum and Park –  National Historic Site presents the annual Re-enactment of the Battle of Stoney Creek. Discover Canadian heritage and re-live firsthand the thrill and pageantry of the battle that was a turning point of the War of 1812. Mingle with early 19th century settlers and soldiers as they go about their daily life. Shop among one-of-a-kind merchants. Witness historical demonstrations of cooking, dancing, blacksmithing and more. Enjoy food, games and musical entertainment.

Streetsville

Bread & Honey Festival – Don’t miss our talented line-up of live performers for children and adults, alike, a wide selection of carnival rides, games and hands-on educational demonstrations for the whole family… and of course, FREE Bread and Honey.  Be sure to join us on Saturday morning for our highly enjoyed, village-wide Parade and on Sunday, we will once again be hosting the Rotary Pancake Breakfast!

Thunder Bay

Mining Day – A free even for all ages showcasing the mining and mineral exploration industry. Come out and learn about local rocks and minerals, listen to one of the many talks regarding historical mining in Northwestern Ontario or visit one of the 30 exhibits related to mining, geology, heavy equipment, and environmental protection. Lots of games and prizes for children. Also an opportunity to test your luck at gold panning!

Tobermory

Orchid Festival – Join specialists for tours and hikes to view the spectacular flora to be seen only on the Upper Bruce Peninsula.

Unionville

Unionville Festival – Come play at the Unionville Festival this weekend!  Main Street Unionville will burst with energy and come alive with music, people, and unique shopping opportunities… more so than any other weekend of the year.

Vienna

Edison Fest – Celebrate the Canadian Connection to Thomas A. Edison at the annual Edison Fest at the Vienna Memorial Park. Come out and enjoy live music & entertainment, vendors and great food and be sure to tour the Edison Museum while here.

Welland

Dragon Boat Festival – Dragon boat racing is a fun outdoor family event featuring races involving teams of 20 or more paddlers in the largest flat-water canoes in the world. Dragon dancers and vendors also featured.

Windsor

Art in the Park – During the Art in the Park you will enjoy viewing over 275 artists and artisans from around Ontario, Quebec and the State of Michigan who have come to display and retail their wares. With the addition of our Friday night launch party AIP has moved a higher class of engaging art and entertainment. Art in the Park is the only 360 degree family event in Essex County where the whole family can enjoy many elements or artisitc pleasures. We even have something for the kids.

Have an event you want to share with us?  Email the information to info@vacationingwithkids.ca and we’ll be happy to spread the word

 

 

Weekend Fun Guide (May 22-24 2015)

Weekend Fun Guide

Festivals and family fun events are on the horizon for this weekend…and hopefully some nice Spring weather as well.  Get out and have fun making memories with your family this weekend with help from our Weekend Fun Guide!

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The weather is going to be perfect this weekend to take the family to the drive-in!  Check out a drive-in near you this weekend!

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Sit back and relax with a family movie at Cineplex Theatres.  Saturdays at 11:00am you can catch a Family Favourite movie for only $2.99

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FARMER’S MARKETS

Many more local Farmer’s Markets are opening this weekend!  Be sure to check one out near you to find lots of fresh local produce, local offerings and of course some flower’s for Mom!

Around Town this Weekend…

Ayton

Apple Blossom Festival – 8th Annual Apple Blossom Festival will have lots for everyone including the Ayton Lioness Club presents Farm Show
Includes anything to do with Farming!, Arts & Crafts Show, Go Green Show, Health & Wellness Show, Food Booths, farm fur & feather show and lots of additional fun for the kiddies.

Barrie

Waterfront Festival – 11th Annual spring line-up will present live bands from a variety of genres.  For your added enjoyment, free outdoor entertainment will be brought to the table: street buskers, a midway with rides, face painting, street vendors, fresh food, treats and contests.  Don’t miss this weekend with your family; eat, drink and have fun while sharing in Barrie’s terrific community spirit.  The kids will love the fun zone and midway too!

Beeton

Honey & Garden Festival – With over 170 vendors attending, and free admission, its the biggest and best yet!  There will be a Classic Car and Truck Show, Fun zone for the kids, live entertainment and bring your appetite for the many food vendors!

Buckhorn

Spring Craft Show – With over 100 Artisans, you will find Jewellry, Designer Clothing, Gourmet Foods, Toys, Florals, Leather goods, Home Decor, much more.

Burlington

Biodiversity Day @ RBG – There is no better place to celebrate the diversity of life than Royal Botanical Gardens, one of Ontario’s Biodiversity Hotspots! Join us for a day of exploration and hands-on fun with local animals, plants and ecosystems. Children’s activities, special visitors from the animal kingdom, guided hikes and much more await visitors on this activity-packed celebration of International Biodiversity Day!

Campbellford

Kite Day @ Ferris Park – Come make a kite or bring one of your own to fly.  10 am – 3 pm. Free admission

Chatham-Kent

Retrofest – Join us for the 13th annual RetroFest ™ celebration, May 22 and 23 in the “Classic Car Capitol of Canada,” Chatham, Ontario.  In what is sure to be another great year for  Retrofest ™ events. There will be hundreds of collector cars gather on the streets of Chatham’s historic downtown core. Joining the selection of exceptional automobiles, will be a number of fun activities including the OLG Classic Car Cruise, free movie in Tecumseh Park, music, hot air balloon rides (weather permitting), and a host of other nostalgic fun for the entire family!

Elora

Spring Fireworks – Lighting up the sky is the just the finale to the Spring Fireworks Night that promises hours of entertainment and family fun.  With an exceptional location at the Raceway, the Lions work to create a night full of variety, kids’ activities, and of course, a dazzling fireworks display

Kemptville

Dandelion Festival – Discover Our Roots! The Dandelion Festival is North Grenville’s premiere arts and culture festival. The three-day event in celebrates the best of the areas arts, culture, food, music and heritage.

Milton

Bike Rodeo @ Milton Sports Centre –  The participants will learn the rules of the road and bicycle handling as well as have their bike checked out by knowledgeable bike enthusiasts and have minor adjustments done on site at no charge. Each participant completing the course successfully will be given a certificate of completion and a goodie bag with additional information and coupons from participating businesses in our community.

Mississauga

Carassauga -The 29th annual Carassauga will highlight 72 cultures in the city with over 30 pavilions. This second-largest multicultural festival in Canada will feature entertainment, food, KidZone,  games and so much more!

Niagara Falls

Fireworks over the Falls – Beginning May 15th, the Falls Fireworks Series starts off with a bang with 81 stunning displays over Niagara Falls! Enjoy displays over Niagara Falls every Friday, Sunday and Holiday until the end of November

Owen Sound

One World Festival – Celebrate the rich diversity in Grey and Bruce counties and discover the talents and abilities of your neighbours —  through performances by local singers, schoolchildren, drama students, dancers, drummers, storytellers, musicians and puppeteers — and presentations by an array of area agencies, and cultural, faith and social-justice groups. Children can dive into our kids’ crafts and activities, too.

Pickering

Artfest on the Esplanade – Outdoor Art & Craft Show and Sale with over 100 artisits this year! Live performances at the Gazebo, Mask Magic art activity hosted by PineRidge Arts Council, Camp Creativity tent with art activities and So You Think You Can Dance activity in the Courtyard.

Port Elgin

Huron Fringe Birding Festival – 16th annual festival takes its name from the migration corridor along the Bruce Peninsula. This Huron Fringe along the Lake Huron coastline offers birders, naturalists and photographers unique opportunities to discover nature in the early spring. At MacGregor Point Provincial Park, near Port Elgin.

Toronto

World Turtle Weekend @ Toronto Zoo – Turtles around the world are threatened with extinction, but they are also some of the most honoured and celebrated creatures on earth. Join the Adopt-A-Pond Wetland Conservation Programme to discover the diversity of stories and cultures associated with turtles; learn how conservationists are helping to save turtles globally and how you can protect these amazing animals here in Ontario. Explore the pavilions to meet live species from all corners of the planet, visit artistic classroom renderings of culturally-themed turtles, and learn to identify all eight of Ontario’s turtles to win a special prize! Visit Americas Wetlands and come face to face with a giant turtle mascot, inflatable replicas of Canadian species, a turtle bouncy castle, face painters and more!

Weekend Fun Guide (May 15-17 2015)

Weekend Fun Guide

 

Victoria Day

Happy first long weekend of spring/summer 2015!!  It seems likes we have been waiting for forever for the nice weather to arrive so  hopefully the weather cooperates so we can all get out and have fun with our families.  This weekend there are many events taking place across Ontario including fireworks, festivals and spring celebrations.  You can always visit a local Amusement Park or Zoo as well for some family fun. Whatever you do, have fun and keep safe!

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Spring is in the air and that means that fresh produce and local items will be available at Farmers Markets near you.  Many are already open or opening soon.  Check for a  Farmer’s Markets near you!

Ontario Drive-ins

It’s drive-in season in Ontario!  Having a night out with the family to a local drive-in can be so much fun and friendly on the budget

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Grab a movie with the family this Saturday at 11:00am for only $2.99 per person thanks to Cineplex’s Family Favourites.

Check out what’s playing here

Around Town this Weekend…

Blue Mountain Village

May Long Weekend Fun – Greet summer on your favorite Village patio!  Enjoy live music, face painting, scavenger hunts, hiking, gondola rides, Grove Dancing and the 5th annual Rusty’s Rib Eating contest.  PLUS FIREWORKS

Frankford

Riverfest – A day of family fun on Saturday May 16th, 2015. Car show, midway fair, petting zoo, live entertainment, vendors and spectacular fireworks display!

Kincardine

Fish Kincardine Derby – Enjoy the various Derby events throughout the establishments in Kincardine including music, entertainment, food, prizes and games.  Runs from May 15th-24th

Leamington

Festival of Birds @ Point Pelee National Park – Become part of spring migration at Point Pelee National Park, the special place where birds and birders meet. Lush forest meets expansive wetlands, offering up opportunities to find a wide variety of species.  Check out their website for specifics on hikes and activities

London

Queen Victoria’s Birthday Celebration @ Fanshawe Pioneer Village – Celebrate the birthday of Her Majesty Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Empress of India. Join us for nineteenth century games, historical speeches, and vintage base ball all in reverence to our longest reigning monarch.  There will crafts, wagon rides, birthday fun and puppet shows for the kiddies.

Milton

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.

Morrisburg

Queen Victoria Birthday Celebration @ Upper Canada Village – Join in the celebration as our 1860s Village celebrates Queen Victoria’s birthday. Sing “God Save the Queen”, hear historical patriotic speeches, see grand military maneuvers, lace up for the 1860s athletic games, help out with the Village’s “Queen” (a hand-pumped fire engine), and enjoy a piece of birthday cake.

Niagara Falls

Fireworks over the Falls – Beginning May 15th, the Falls Fireworks Series starts off with a bang with 81 stunning displays over Niagara Falls! Enjoy displays over Niagara Falls every Friday, Sunday and Holiday

Nobleton

Victoria Day Fair – Starting off with a Parade, this day will be lots of fun for the entire family!  Fun includes a midway, face painting, entertainers, food vendors, crafts and more!

Oakville

Spring Tyme Fun @ Bronte Creek Park – Enjoy Spring Tyme on the Farm activities including Sewing on a treadle machine, Baking on a wood burning stove, Heritage spring cleaning chores, Victorian Games, Plant a seed —earn an Official Park Ranger stamp, Tour the Victorian Farmhouse, Self-guided spring walk along the Trillium Trail and more…

Ottawa

Tulip Festival – The Canadian Tulip Festival is the largest of its kind in the world, attracting some 600,000 visitors annually.  The festival’s mandate is to preserve this heritage and celebrate the tulip as a symbol of international friendship by engaging local organizers, volunteers, artists, performers, tourists and festival-goers in what has become an annual ritual of spring and one of Canada’s best loved and well-known cultural events.

Sheep Shearing Festival @ The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum –  For the occasion, visitors will be able to learn all about wool by participating in various activities and demonstrations. Visitors of all ages can attend sheep shearing, sheep herding with sheepdogs and sheepdog agility demonstrations, as well as meet some alpacas. They can also learn about carding, spinning, weaving and knitting, all important steps in the transformation of a raw fleece into wool. Visitors will enjoy watching the traditional craft of finger-weaving and participating in a quiz about fibres. We certainly must not forget Little Bo Peep, who still needs help finding her sheep!

Toronto

Fireworks – Enjoy a the lighting up of the skies with a fireworks show at Canada’s Wonderland

Pirates & Princesses @ Black Creek Pioneer Village – Three days of family fairytale fun! Bring your eye patches and tiaras. Celebrate stories such as Cinderella, Peter Pan and Rapunzel. Enjoy interactive entertainment, prince and princess lessons, Village wide treasure hunts and more.

HarbourKIDS Toronto International Circus Festival – It’s time again for the Toronto International Circus Festival! This Victoria Day weekend, dazzling daredevils, amazing acrobats, hilarious buskers and more take over our site. Kids can try out the circus arts: floor acrobatics, mini-trampoline, obstacle courses, trapeze, aerial hoop and more!  Kids will also get to play with fun circus props like ribbons, juggling scarves and bubbles!

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.

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.

Weekend Fun Guide (May 1-3 2015)

Weekend Fun Guide

It’s going to be a beautiful Spring weekend to get outside and fun with your family.

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Spring is in the air and that means that fresh produce and local items will be available at Farmers Markets near you.  Many are already open or opening soon.  Check for a  Farmer’s Markets near you!

Ontario Drive-ins

Drive-in season in Ontario has begun!  Having a night out with the family to a local drive-in can be so much fun and friendly on the budget

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$2.99 Movies on Saturdays

Looking for something fun and affordable to do with your family on a Saturday morning? Cineplex shows Family Favourites every Saturday morning at 11am for only $2.99. Check out what’s showing here… http://bit.ly/ZygvF5

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.

Campbellville

Spring Fever in the Country @ Mountsberg – Weekends and holidays – Bring the little ones to listen for frogs or dipnet on the pond for all kinds of fascinating creatures! Call for details on children’s programming and live Bird of Prey shows! The Wildlife Walkway, Cameron Farm Yard and Play Barn are yours to explore!

Goderich 

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.

Hamilton

Sew Hungry – Ottawa Street’s Award winning Restaurant and Food Truck festival is back in Hamilton Friday May 1st, 2015.  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

Keswick

Georgina Home and Lifestyle Show – Come find what you need all under one roof from things for the home to recreation.

Leamington

Festival of Birds @ Point Pelee National Park – Become part of spring migration at Point Pelee National Park, the special place where birds and birders meet. Lush forest meets expansive wetlands, offering up opportunities to find a wide variety of species.  Check out their website for specifics on hikes and activities

London

Baby Expo – Highlighting the finest local businesses and services, the Expo has something for everything from planning a baby to sending them off to preschool! Come check out the latest products, enter to win fantastic prizes, and shop, shop, shop! With over 100 exhibitors, many community resources, a mom-to-mom sale and more, you won’t want to miss the Expo!  Bring the entire family and stay for the day. We hope to see you there!

Orillia

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

Smith Falls

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

Toronto

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.

Spring Toad Festival and Save the Frogs Day – @ 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.

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.

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

Weekend Fun Guide (April 24-26 2015)

Weekend Fun Guide

Hopefully Mother Nature will stop toying with us and give us some Spring weather to enjoy this weekend!  To get you in the mood for Spring you can check out a Spring and Cottage show, some of the final Maple Syrup festivals around or an Earth day activity.   Whatever you do, have fun making memories with your family.

Earth Day

April 22nd was Earth Day so many towns across Ontario are sponsoring local clean up activities over the weekend.  Check your local newspaper or town’s website to see what you can do right in your town to clean up!

Teaching your kids to live eco-friendly on a day to day basis can be done by simply recycling your garbage at home, picking up trash at the park, making litter-less lunches for school or thinking of ways to conserve water and energy.

If you’re stuck for some ideas, check out Earth Day Canada for some great ways to go green.  Eco-Kids also has a great site to find games, activities  books and other ways to help our planet.

Hiking at a conservation area

Visit a Local Conservation Area

Did you know there are more than 270 Conservation Areas across Ontario?  Spring is a wonderful time to get out and enjoy the beauty of nature at a local conservation area.

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$2.99 Movies on Saturdays

Looking for something fun and affordable to do with your family on a Saturday morning? Cineplex shows Family Favourites every Saturday morning at 11am for only $2.99. Check out what’s showing here… http://bit.ly/ZygvF5

Around Town this Weekend…

Barrie

Waterfront Clean-up Day (April 25th) – Friends, family, and neighbours are encouraged to come out and clean up Barrie’s waterfront area. Volunteers can register at the Lions Pavilion, located at Centennial Park, between 9:30am and 10am. Supplies and beverages will be provided by Tim Horton’s. Registered volunteers are invited to a free appreciation barbeque at 11:30am that will feature food, music, face-painting and activities for children!

Cobourg

Spring Home and Leisure Show – Free Admission. Over 60 vendors including decks, roofing, windows and so much more.

Elmvale 

Maple Syrup Festival (April 25th)  The Festival offers something for the whole family.  Our award winning maple syrup, arts and crafts, midway rides, pancake eating and log sawing contests, great music and of course the sugar bush tours throughout the day Saturday

Gravenhurst

Muskoka Home & Cottage Show – Brought to you by the Muskoka Builders’ Association, this annual show brings you the best of everything for your home and cottage.

Grimsby

Raptorfest @ Peach King Centre – (Saturday) Come join Raptorfest 2015 for a fun filled days of birds, crafts and woodburning.  A fun day for all

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.

London

Clean-up Day in the Village @ Fanshawe Pioneer Village (April 25th) – Bring your favourite rake and broom and help volunteers open Fanshawe Pioneer Village for the 55th season. Stay for a thank you BBQ at 4:00 pm.

Milton

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.

Misissauga

Babytime Show @ International Centre – The Ultimate Event For Pregnancy, Birth, Baby and Toddler Show, Learn and Have Fun all Within One Vibrant Place Celebrating Parenthood

Mount Forest

Home, Craft, Health & Leisure Show @ Mount Forest & District Sports Complex – Come and see many health and wellness promoters, home, garden and craft exhibits

Niagara Falls 

Welsh Festival – A weekend celebrating all things Welsh: Heritage, music and culture, featuring a concert by the renowned Cor Rhuthun from North Wales on Saturday and two glorious hymn singing sessions Sunday.

North Bay

Powassan Maple Syrup Festival (April 25th)– As in years previous, we will be starting the day with our Pancake Breakfasts at 7am. Most festival activities and entertainment generally come to end an around 4 pm. It will be a full day of food, live music, crafts, and fun family events.

Orillia

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 9th

Owen Sound

Home & Cottage Expo – Everything you need for your home and vacation property is showcased at this annual event. It’s the largest home show in the BruceGreySimcoe region and one of the most popular, visited by thousands every year. See contractors, interior designers, landscapers, home improvement specialists, outdoor recreation and consumer electronics suppliers, and much more all under one roof, and spilling out into a vast display area outside the main entrance.

Perth

Festival of the Maples (April 25th) – The annual event is hosted by the Perth & District Chamber of Commerce and touts the fact Lanark County is the maple syrup capital of Ontario. The funds raised from the festival help keep the festival going as well as other chamber activities. The grand finale to the month-long maple celebration takes place in Downtown Perth. Maple products and taffy sales, displays of maple syrup production, maple awards, entertainment,petting zoo, children’s activities.

Sudbury

Earth Day Festival @ Sudbury Secondary School – Join in to celebrate Earth Day including live entertainment, work-shops, art exhibits, children’s activities and more.

Toronto

2015 Earth Day Celebrations @ Toronto Zoo (April 25) – A healthy, clean planet creates healthy animals, plants and people. Celebrate Earth Day at the Toronto Zoo and find out, through the eyes of the veterinarians and technicians at the Zoo, how they work towards a healthy wildlife population in Toronto. Through hands-on activities learn about the impact of climate change on the ability of wild animals and spaces to stay healthy. Learn how groups around Ontario are working together to ensure our environment is healthy to sustain life and how new technologies designed to reduce climate change is creating safer, healthier spaces for us.
Tree Planting @Dowsnview Park (April 26th) – Celebrate Earth Day with a visit to Downsview Park! We will be planting trees to help grow our urban forest and hosting a campfire open to anyone. Tools* will be provided for tree planting and Park staff will be available to provide assistance.
Guided Walks @ Rouge Park – Hit the trail with Rouge Park’s Guided Walks.  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.

Windsor

Earth Day Tree Planting (April 26th) – Join the Essex Region Conservation Authority to plant 1800 trees and celebrate Earth Day!  10am – 12noon in the Little River Corridor at Florence and McHugh, just east of the WFCU Centre.