Family Fun at Centreville Amusement Park #Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Canada’s Wonderland #Review

Ontario Attractions - Canada's Wonderland

Ontario Attractions - Canada's Wonderland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All this fun making you hungry?

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

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

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

How to save on visits to Canada’s Wonderland

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

 

The 411 on Canada’s Wonderland

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9580 Jane Street
Vaughan, ON
L6A 1S6

 

Review of Marineland in Niagara Falls, ON

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

Arctic Cove

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

Did you know?

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

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

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Waldorf Stadium Show

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

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Rides

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

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

Buy your lunch or pack a picnic

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

 

Pricing for Marineland

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

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

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

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

Parking is always FREE

Ho Ho Ho Santa’s Village is the Place to go!

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When I was a little girl one of my favourite memories is when we would go to Santa’s Village in Bracebridge, Ontario.  Last weekend we had the chance to take our kids for the day and let me tell you, I was giddy with excitement.  I love when I can share what I enjoyed as a kid with my own children.

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I will be honest, with a 5, 7 and 11 year old in tow I wasn’t too sure how long we would be there as it’s hard to keep them all interested with such an age gap.  Well our time there was so much fun for all of us … all 7 hours of it!!  It truly is fun for all ages and a great place to make family memories.

After moving through a very quick line-up at the gates we entered into Santa’s Village where the kids were given their elf hats so they could feel like Santa’s helper for the day.  It’s these little touches that make this place great.  It was funny to see hundreds of little elves running all over the place!

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Does it get any cuter than this?

Right off the bat I loved the cozy warm feeling of Santa’s Village.  There were Christmas tunes floating through the air, you could smell the yummy goodness coming from Mrs. Claus’ Bake Shop and you felt like you were in a little forest of fun with all the trees surrounding you.

Let the fun begin….

The kids were quickly drawn to the wooden cutouts where you stick your face through the hole and have your picture taken.

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So cute you could just eat up these little gingerbread people!

Next they ran over to the “old school” playground with tunnel slides and swings.  They could have spent a ton of time here but we had to drag them away so we could move more than 20 ft past the front gate.

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Dress up anyone?  This was more fun for my hubby and I probably as we dressed the kids up to have their “Christmas Card” picture taken.  There are racks of christmassy clothes you can dress up in and take pictures with some Christmas backgrounds.  Too fun!

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Say Cheese!

And we’re off to the rides!  The Red Baron Airplane Ride, Jumpin’ Star Dropper and Air Bouncers were all a hit with the kids!  But out of the rides, I think hands down their favourite was Santa’s Roller Coaster.  The best thing about the rides, as opposed to other theme parks, is that the lines are short and move quickly which as a parent is fantastic because there’s no whining!!

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“Hungry and time for lunch” as my 5 yr old declared.  Food is all reasonably priced and there are lots of kid (and parent) friendly options from pizza, sandwiches, fries, hot dogs and chicken nuggets.  For dessert have an ice cream or Beavertail.  What we loved was the souvenir cup you can buy for $5.99 and refill for only $1.  This came in handy as it was really hot when we were there.  Another great option is that you can pack a picnic to save on costs.

Speaking of hot day, be sure to pack your bathing suits and towels to enjoy their fun splash pad and beach area.  Who doesn’t love running through candy canes that dump water on you?

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Nope, unfortunately if you lick the candy canes they don’t taste minty

Taking a break from the sun, we were happy to find the little 3D cinema where we could watch “Sleigh Ride”.  This was a short film but it was in a nice little cool building and we all got to wear big 3D glasses!

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Well of course while we’re at Santa’s Village there is a place where you can meet the jolly man himself.  This was definitely  at the top of our kid’s list because how often do you get to stop in for a visit with Santa in the middle of the summer.  As you stroll through his house you can see where he writes his letters, see his gift list, and maybe even find a gift already wrapped under the tree for you.  Bring your camera as you can get a pic of the kids with Santa.  And don’t forget that a  little eavesdropping from the parents and you can start your Christmas shopping early!  😉

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After seeing Santa, be sure and go visit his trusty reindeer that help him get the presents delivered on Christmas Eve.  They are super friendly and you can touch them and feed them.  Rudolph is that you?

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All Aboard the Miniature train!  This was a fun little train ride that takes you through a good portion of the village and gives you a different viewpoint of the grounds.  When we on here our kids spotted Elves Island and that was our next stop…

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Be sure to cross the bridge into Elves Island when you go for some fun on the playground, test your courage as your climb up the rope cargo net and let your inner Picasso out on the colouring wall.  This area was full of kids running around and having fun but I must admit that many adults (myself included) were loving the cargo net!

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Ready for a ride on Santa’s Sleigh?  Well, seeing as it’s summer and there’s no snow, this is really the next best thing!  Decorated to look like a sleigh, with the reindeer leading the way, this 50 ft. jet boat is super fun.  Captain Ricky, who has “steered” the sleigh for the past 32 years will entertain you with his personality, music and boat manoeuvres as you tour down the beautiful Muskoka River.

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Well our day has come to an end and we are ready to leave the park…but wait…Santa is hanging out at the exit saying good bye to all the guests.  Okay one more picture …

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What a great Santa!

As we pulled out of the parking lot, our very sleeping kids were already asking “When can we come back”?  See you soon Santa’s Village and thanks for all the memories :-)

On top of all of this, there is Sportsland which is geared to the older kids (ahem or your husband). This area is free to enter and is pay-as-you-go so be sure to check it out! Here you can find Go Karting, batting cages, an arcade and a Bungee Trampoline which our kids loved.  Pics not included as I had so much fun taking pictures the rest of the day that my battery died 😉  Fact of life when you’re having fun I suppose.

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Has your family been to Santa’s Village?  What were your favourite parts?