Weekend Fun Guide (October 23-25 2015)

Weekend Fun Guide

Weekend Fun Guide

There are lots of Spooktacular events taking place this weekend to get you in the Halloween mood.  Get out and have fun making great memories with your family while enjoying the fresh Fall air!

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Enter our contest to win passes to LEGOLAND Discovery Centre, Bird Kingdom and Reptilia!

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Cineplex Community Day

Join you local Cineplex theatre this Saturday, October 24, 2015 for Community Day. There will be  FREE movies and concession items for only $2.00 each!  100% of proceeds go towards Free The Children. Find a list of participating theatres here 

Featured Events and Local Attractions

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Saturday, October 24th All Day Event!
While quantities last.

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Are you up for the challenge? There are some great corn mazes across Ontario that you can take your family to for a fun day out! Good luck on not getting lost ;-)

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Visit a Local Conservation Area

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

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Fall Farm Fun in Ontario

Pumpkinfests, Harvest Festivals and Spooky Farms are always great fun at this time of year.  Check out our picks for some fun Ontario farms to visit this weekend with your family.

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Apple Picking in Ontario

 Apple picking is in full swing at Orchards across Ontario and a super fun way to spend a Fall afternoon with the family.  Find one near you and let the picking begin!

Around Town this Weekend…

Barrie

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

Brampton

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

Campbellville

Spooktacular – Halloween brings out Mountsberg’s creepy crawly side! Celebrate the season in Spooktacular style; wear your costume and receive a free hot drink (parents and grandparents included)!  The main attraction this season is the Haunted Barn! The Mountsberg Play Barn is transformed into a deliciously creepy place to play and explore!

Dunville

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

Etobicoke

SHRIEK, RIDE & TREAT @Fantasy Fair – Shriek at Sciensational Sssnakes LIVE, catch the Monster Mash Show, participate in the Costume Contest, enjoy spooky Rides & Trick-or-Treat at participating Ride locations. (October 24, 25 & 31)

Grimsby

Halloween Howl & Hocus Pocus on the Beach – Join us for an evening of Halloween fun for all ages!  Enjoy a howling good time, with many Halloween themed activities, including: Spoktacular Bonfire, Howling Hayride, Fangtastic Taxidermy Display, Ghoulish Ghost Walk, Complimentary hot chocula, Costume contests for ages up to 12, Movie on the beach and BBQ.

Guelph

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

Keene

Historic All Hallows’ Eve Circa 1800 @Lang Pioneer Village – How did children celebrate All Hallows’ Eve in the 1800’s? According to tradition, it was a night where celebrations included fun games and just a little tom foolery! All Hallows’ Eve is a night when spirits, ghosts and mystery abound. Join in the family-friendly fun as we celebrate the true meaning of Halloween where the ordinary becomes extraordinary.

Lindsay

Fall Fest at Gamiing Nature Centre – Celebrate the Fall with fun Fall and Halloween themed events and activities. Our Fall Festival is a frightfully good time for the whole family. Come any time between 3 pm and 6 pm to get in on the fun. There will be face painting, cupcake decorating, pumpkin carving, activities and games, snacks, and of course candy!

 

London

Haunted Village Hayrides @Fanshawe Pioneer Village –The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde: A Play by Jason Rip  A new adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic horror tale, this year’s Hayride tells the fearful fable of a scientist, Henry Jekyll, determined to separate the good and evil inside himself into two unique beings. As the evil Edward Hyde begins to gain more control over their shared body, will Dr. Jekyll be lost forever?  Advanced booking required.

Midland

Marsh Monster @ Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre – See what awaits you when darkness takes over the Marsh.  Wye Marsh will be overrun with ghouls, ghosts and goblins during the annual Marsh Monster Halloween event. Prepare yourself for a naturally frightening night with zombie walks, scavenger hunts, a haunted house with games and crafts, and the always spooky Marsh Monster mystery tours.

Milton

Halloween Spooktacular @ Halton County Radial Railway – All ages event! Walk through the haunted car barn and travel in the old, creaky streetcars along the mainline and enjoy some hot apple cider & scary snacks. If you’re a Halloween fan this is definitely a spooky experience not to be missed! Costumes encouraged. Reservations not required. Tickets sold at the door

Morrisburg

Pumpkin Inferno – Weekends through October. Come and stroll through a hauntingly beautiful and spellbinding outdoor exhibit of now close to 6,000 hand-carved pumpkins, set against a stirring night-time backdrop just inside the gates of historic Upper Canada Village. Marvel at this eclectic display of scenes from exotic places and historic ages, meet up with forest animals and sea-born creatures, see story book heroes, mythical characters, cultural icons and more …. all carved from pumpkins!

Orangeville

Harvest Celebration in Downtown Orangeville – Final day of the farmers’ market offers free family fun, including tots trick or treating, crafts, pony rides, draws, face painting, and more!

Ottawa

Ottawa Ski, Snowboard and Travel Show  @ the CE Centre – You’ll find everything and anything to make your slopeside experience complete! This is Ottawa’s largest showcase of Ski & Snowboard related travel destinations, equipment, clothing, lifestyle information and related products and services.

Owen Sound

A Little Scary Halloween @ Grey Roots – Something wicked this way comes! School-age children are invited to join us to explore spooky activities in the museum and weather permitting, in Moreston Heritage Village. Dress up and see if you can out spook the witches that have invaded Grey Roots!  Games, challenges and a craft will make this afternoon fly by. Storytelling and a film will be scheduled throughout the afternoon so you won’t miss out on the scary fun.

Port Stanley

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

Rockton

Haunted Halloween – Something curious is happening in the village! Find out what as you explore by lantern, pumpkins and moonlight.  A fun night for all ages!

Terra Cotta

Halloween Haunted Forest – Join us for spooky fun and enjoy a carnival-themed visit to the park. This year’s festivities include our popular: Haunted House of Wonders, Wagon ride through the past, Creepy maze, Ghost stories around a fire, Fun carnival-themed stations with candy apples and cotton candy!  and Interactive performances around the park courtesy of “To Be Determined Theatre Co.”  Food will be available at a cost.

Thunder Bay 

Kids Halloween Hoot @Fort William – Every Saturday and Sunday during the month of October from 12pm to 5pm take in all the activities, including: Spooky Crafts, Trick-or-Treating, Haunted Maze, Storytelling, Scavenger Hunt, Haunted Adventures and Fun & Yucky Activities.  Be sure to wear your costume!

Toronto

Howling Hootenanny @ Black Creek Pioneer Village – Enjoy a Howling good time at Black Creek this Halloween.  There is so much for families to do all day throughout the Village! Event Features include:  Performances, Creepy Creature Show, Happy Faces Airbrush Tattoos, The Haunted Maze, Scarecrow Mini Maze , Apple Sling Shot, FREE Pumpkin Decorating,Trick-or-Treat in the Village and much, much, more!

Vaughan

Brick-or-Treat @ LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Toronto – In October, something spooky comes over the LEGOLAND® Discovery Centres and they come to life with BRICK-OR-TREAT!  Every Saturday and Sunday, little ghosts and mummies can experience themed decor, spooky entertainment, costume contests, building contests, scavenger hunts and much more, all included in the price of admission.

Camp Spooky @ Canada’s Wonderland – Little Ghouls and Goblins will absolutely love the Halloween-themed activities in Camp Spooky. Trick-or-Treat in the Camp Spooky area and uncover delicious treats, join the Costume Parade and march through Planet Snoopy for all to see, head over to Playhouse Theatre and see Charlie Brown’s Trick-or-Treat show and be sure to visit the mazes.

Having an event or know of a upcoming event you want us to share?  Email us at info@vacationingwithkids.ca and we’d be happy to share it! 

 

 

 

 

Weekend Fun Guide (October 16-18 2015)

Weekend Fun Guide

Weekend Fun Guide

Another beautiful Fall weekend is almost upon us and there are SO many fun things to get out and do with the family for some fun!  Whatever you do, enjoy the Fall weather making memories with your family.

Giveaway-Events

We are giving away passes to a few of our fave Ontario Attractions!  Enter here to win some family fun time!

Featured Events and Local Attractions

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With over 35,000 square feet of shopping and over 150 quality handmade exhibitors, this is a one-stop shopping experience not to be missed. There is something for everyone in every media: original artwork, baby/toys, body, candles, clothing, ceramics, fashion accessories, jewellery, photography, knitting, pottery, paper goods, wood and a range of gourmet goodies.

It’s a family filled day – Shopping, free face-painting, crafts, door prizes, raffles and thousands of gift ideas.

For more information visitwww.craftadian.ca

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LEGO® CITY Mini Kayak Make and Take

Saturday, October 17th Building begins at 11 a.m.

In-store only. Event for children between 4-14 years of age. One model per child, while quantities last.

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Visit a Local Conservation Area

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

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Fall Farm Fun in Ontario

Pumpkinfests, Harvest Festivals and Spooky Farms are always great fun at this time of year.  Check out our picks for some fun Ontario farms to visit this weekend with your family.

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Apple Picking in Ontario

 Apple picking is in full swing at Orchards across Ontario and a super fun way to spend a Fall afternoon with the family.  Find one near you and let the picking begin!

Around Town this Weekend…

Ajax

Pumpkinville – Located at Greenwood Conservation Area, this fall event has been a community favourite for years. Activities include the pumpkin patch, inflatable rides, a Haunted House, face painting, children’s activities, live entertainment, interactive experiences, and more. Free shuttle bus service is provided for this event. Food and beverage concessions are available on site. ATMs on site.

Bala 

Bala Cranberry Festival – The Bala Cranberry Festival features a unique collection of products, gifts and crafts. Each vendor designs, collects and/or makes the items offered for sale.  There will be lots of entertainment from stage shows, children’s midway, petting zoo, waterski show and so much more!

Barrie

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

Brampton

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

Dunville

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

Guelph

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

Kingsville

Migration Festival – The Kingsville Migration Festival celebrates migration, heritage and conservation in Kingsville, Ontario. You are invited to join its residents in their quaint historical atmosphere to celebrate the legacy of its’ most famous descendant, Jack Miner, whose conservation work with the Canada Goose and other waterfowl and winged creatures is internationally acclaimed. The theme for is the “Art of Migration”. Enjoy our woodcarving, fine art and fine photography shows. Vote for People’s Choice Awards for each. See live raptors, sled dogs, retriever show and more. Bring your children to the parade then OPP pumpkin carving and meet Carol the Clown. Enjoy entertainment and food. Buy local specialty goods at the Marketplace.

Kitchener-Waterloo

Oktoberfest – Parades, Beer tents, Fashion show, Car show, Fun run, Harvest Festival….  So much to do in KW!

London

London Pet Show – London’s first pet show, presented by Purina®, is a great opportunity for all…animals and animal lovers alike. Meet and learn about a number of different types of pet animals. Treat your pet to one or more of the latest and greatest creature comforts and products available for all types of animals. Enjoy professional purebred dog shows, cat shows, guest speakers and a super adoption event.

Haunted Village Hayrides – Farm of Dracula @Fanshawe Pioneer Village – Transylvania is getting to be a problematic place to reside for Count Dracula, especially since Van Helsing and the other vampire hunters know all about his weaknesses. Rather than risk a stake in the heart, Dracula opts to ”stake a claim” in the New World, disguising himself as a simple Middlesex County farmer. Unfortunately for the locals, he still needs to feed!  Advanced booking required.

Meaford

Scarecrow Invasion – The “Invasion of Scarecrows” begins in mid September through to mid October. More than 250 scarecrows will be found in the downtown area alone – dangling sassily from downtown lamp posts, hiding in bushes and trees, lounging happily on benches, peeking out from behind cornstalks and resting comfortably on porches and verandahs. They frolic everywhere! The main street (Sykes St.), and harbour area, are particularly alive with scarecrows during this time.

Milton

Halloween Spooktacular @ Halton County Radial Railway – All ages event! Walk through the haunted car barn and travel in the old, creaky streetcars along the mainline and enjoy some hot apple cider & scary snacks. If you’re a Halloween fan this is definitely a spooky experience not to be missed! Costumes encouraged. Reservations not required. Tickets sold at the door.

Morrisburg

Pumpkin Inferno – Weekends through October. Come and stroll through a hauntingly beautiful and spellbinding outdoor exhibit of now close to 6,000 hand-carved pumpkins, set against a stirring night-time backdrop just inside the gates of historic Upper Canada Village. Marvel at this eclectic display of scenes from exotic places and historic ages, meet up with forest animals and sea-born creatures, see story book heroes, mythical characters, cultural icons and more …. all carved from pumpkins!

Pembroke

Oktoberfest at Germania Hall – Food, dancing and entertainment!  The fun will include Swiss Alp Horns, Schuhplattler (Bavarian Folk Dancers), Sing-alongs, Contests, games and prizes all day long, Woodcutting Contest, Maßkrugstemmen (Beer Stein Hoisting Contest) and a yodelling contest!

Port Stanley

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

Prince Edward County

Pumpkinfest – This annual event taking place on Saturday includes a Pancake Breakfast, Parade of the Giant Pumpkins, Craft Tables, food booths, church meals from noon on, Contests, children’s games, and entertainment

Thunder Bay 

Kids Halloween Hoot  @Fort William – Every Saturday and Sunday during the month of October from 12pm to 5pm take in all the activities, including: Spooky Crafts, Trick-or-Treating, Haunted Maze, Storytelling, Scavenger Hunt, Haunted Adventures and Fun & Yucky Activities.  Be sure to wear your costume!

Toronto

Howling Hootenanny @ Black Creek Pioneer Village – Enjoy a Howling good time at Black Creek this Halloween.  There is so much for families to do all day throughout the Village! Event Features include:  Performances, Creepy Creature Show, Happy Faces Airbrush Tattoos, The Haunted Maze, Scarecrow Mini Maze , Apple Sling Shot, FREE Pumpkin Decorating,Trick-or-Treat in the Village and much, much, more!

Toronto Fall RV Show & Sale at the Toronto International Centre – Entertainment for all ages, Accessory and parts superstore, Seminars, All types of RVs from Hard-top trailers to Motorhomes and everything in between, Next years models, current models and previously enjoyed models, Newly expanded, larger show all under one roof…over 400,000 sqft. of RVs on display.

Toronto Snow Show – Join an estimated 35,000 guests at the International Centre for this 4-day event dedicated to all things skiing and snowboarding! There will be 200+  exhibitors of equipment and clothing, thousands of brand new and pre-owned skis, boards, boots and accessories.  Don’t forget to visit your favourite ski resort while you’re there too!  Other highlights include the Into the Mind movie premier, buy-one-get-one lift ticket, Pro-AM rail jam and Burton Riglet Park.

Walkerton

Little Royal Fair – Welcome to the Walkerton Agricultural Society’s “Little Royal Fair.” We are very proud to host the 159th edition of the fair. We have a tremendous heavy horse show that is held indoors. We have a huge selection of crafts, quilts, canning, baking and sewing on display. We also have woodworking, grains, roots and vegetable displays and wine. There is a poultry and rabbit show as well as the pet show for the kids.

Waterford

Pumpkin Festival – A fun filled weekend including 1,500 carved, lit pumpkins and pumpkin pyramid. Decorated homes and businesses. The Marketplace, Car Show, Sit-down meals at various churches and halls, Amusement rides and more.

Vaughan

Brick-or-Treat @ LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Toronto – In October, something spooky comes over the LEGOLAND® Discovery Centres and they come to life with BRICK-OR-TREAT!  Every Saturday and Sunday, little ghosts and mummies can experience themed decor, spooky entertainment, costume contests, building contests, scavenger hunts and much more, all included in the price of admission.

Camp Spooky @ Canada’s Wonderland – Little Ghouls and Goblins will absolutely love the Halloween-themed activities in Camp Spooky. Trick-or-Treat in the Camp Spooky area and uncover delicious treats, join the Costume Parade and march through Planet Snoopy for all to see, head over to Playhouse Theatre and see Charlie Brown’s Trick-or-Treat show and be sure to visit the mazes.

Having an event or know of a upcoming event you want us to share?  Email us at info@vacationingwithkids.ca and we’d be happy to share it! 

 

 

 

Weekend Fun Guide – Thanksgiving Weekend 2015

Fun things to do with the family in Ontario

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This weekend is all about family!  Being thankful for those we have in our lives, spending time with them and sharing some delicious eats.  There are lots of fun things to do this weekend to work off some of the turkey you eat but most importantly, time well spent with those you love!  Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families!

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Walk off all that Thanksgiving turkey while taking in all the beautiful Fall colours at a local conservation area.

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Pumpkinfests, Harvest Festivals and Spooky Farms are always great fun at this time of year.  Check out our picks for some fun Ontario farms to visit this weekend with your family.

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Need some apples to make that perfect Thanksgiving dessert?  Apple picking is in full swing at Orchards across Ontario.  Find one near you and let the picking begin!

Drive-ins in Ontario

There are some great family movies in theatres right now so why not take the family for a night out at a local drive-in?!   You can also check out what’s playing onSaturday morning at Cineplex theatres for their Family Favourites.  At 11:00am you can watch a movie for only $2.99!

Around Town this Weekend…

Blue Mountains

Apple Harvest Festival – Every thanksgiving, celebrate the harvest in Ontario’s largest apple growing region. There’s no better way to enjoy Thanksgiving Weekend and no better place to explore the countryside, harbour towns and fall colours! Free activities throughout the Blue Mountain area from the Village to Thornbury & Clarksburg. Live Music,The Apple Pie Trail, street performers, hiking, biking, trails, gallery tours and much, much more!

Ball’s Falls

Annual Ball’s Falls Thanksgiving Festival – This is Niagara’s classic Thanksgiving celebration tradition that just can’t be missed!  It features over 125 juried artisans and exhibitors; gourmet food tent; live family entertainment, children’s activities and so much more.

Barrie

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

Brampton

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

Brantford

Scare in the Square – A 2 day fun-filled event held at Harmony Square. Tractor drawn hayrides, trick or treating, costume judging , ghost hunts, haunted house and Brantfords Zombie walk.

Brigden

Fall Fair – This Thanksgiving Weekend, we look forward to seeing everyone come out and enjoy our wide variety of activities and exhibits that we have to offer for the 165th fair!  Whether you enjoy animals, the midway, Thomas the Tank Engine, My Little Pony, motocross, monster truck rides, delicious pie, spending time with family and friends, the exhibition halls or apple cider, there is definitely something for every member of the family.

Burford

Fall Fair – Events include midway, lawnmower racing, live entertainment, mini-tractor pulls, demo derbies, chuckwagon and chariot races and more.

Dunville

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

 

Elora

Sensational Elora Pumpkin Day – There will be pumpkin carving, pumpkin judging, pumpkin ice cream and other fun activities. And, as a very special treat for one and all, there will be a pumpkin carving demonstration by a professional carver and, as always we will have live music.  Your child can enter his/her very own pumpkin in one of the many contests, carve it into a work of art, or just show it off!

Elmvale

Elmvale Fall Fair – Farm animals, Midway, Water festival, Pony show, Tractor Pull, Demonstrations and entertainment, Parade, Video Dance and more

Erin

Erin Fall Fair – Tractor pull, animals and livestock, Kid’s area, Entertainment, vendors, animal shows, Demolition derby, Fireworks, Midway and much more.

Grand Bend

Thanksgiving Market & Sidewalk Sale – Grand Bend’s Thanksgiving Market & Sidewalk Sale offers the bargain hunter a cornucopia of unique items.The Eilber Street parking lot plays host location to up to 30 craft and product vendors. The criteria for vendor participation includes the needs to have grown, raised or made the item themselves. Products range from vegetables, fruits and organic meats to roasted coffee beans, fresh-baked pies, muffins and baked treats to hand-crafted quilts, jewellery, clothing and home decor.

Guelph

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

Halton

Fall into Nature @ Conservation Areas in Halton – Fall into Nature festival activities include: Chairlift rides to the top of the escarpment with spectacular views, Self-guided tours through our many trails and landscapes, Wagon/tractor rides through the parks, Educational and interactive programs (visit an Iroquoian Village, learn about the science of nature), Live performances (music, First Nations dancers), Demonstrations (Bird of Prey shows, Reptile shows, mountain biking), Various other activities (children’s activities, BBQs, pumpkin picture patches)

London

Thanksgiving at the Village  at Fanshawe Pioneer Village – Villagers gather in thanks for a bountiful harvest. Join us for this celebration!!  Watch as farm families prepare for the coming winter with field harvest, textiles arts and wood stove cooking. Enjoy a beautiful day around the Village then reserve your seating for an authentic Thanksgiving feast in our beautiful village cafe.

Meaford

Scarecrow Invasion – The “Invasion of Scarecrows” begins in mid September through to mid October. More than 250 scarecrows will be found in the downtown area alone – dangling sassily from downtown lamp posts, hiding in bushes and trees, lounging happily on benches, peeking out from behind cornstalks and resting comfortably on porches and verandahs. They frolic everywhere! The main street (Sykes St.), and harbour area, are particularly alive with scarecrows during this time.

Midland

Thanksgiving Harvest Festival and Arts and Crafts Show and Sale at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons.  Sainte-Marie’s Thanksgiving Harvest Festival and Arts and Crafts Show and Sale is a fun family event, with lots of on-site activities and over 40 outstanding artisans and crafters.The event is a regional favourite and typically includes both new and returning artisans.

Morrisburg

Pumpkin Inferno – Weekends through October. Come and stroll through a hauntingly beautiful and spellbinding outdoor exhibit of now close to 6,000 hand-carved pumpkins, set against a stirring night-time backdrop just inside the gates of historic Upper Canada Village. Marvel at this eclectic display of scenes from exotic places and historic ages, meet up with forest animals and sea-born creatures, see story book heroes, mythical characters, cultural icons and more …. all carved from pumpkins!

Norfolk

Norfolk Country Fair and Horse Show – The Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show is in its 173rd year, and is the fifth largest fair in Ontario, with over 100,000 visitors each year. This fair features agricultural displays, craft exhibits, food vendors, art demonstrations, talent competitions, midway rides, free grandstand entertainment, and many added special attractions.

Ottawa

Celebrate the Harvest  at the Canada Agriculture Museum.  To celebrate the harvest, join us at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, where you will see farm machinery, such as a baler and a model of a grain elevator, in action! Test your knowledge on Canadian food crops, such as apples, corn and pumpkins, by taking part in various challenges and talking to local producers. Learn how simple and easy it is to preserve food with one of the guides in the demonstration kitchen. Discover also how certain farms are also producing energy from sources such as the sun, the wind, or crops.

Port Stanley

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

Rockton

Rockton’s World Fair – Thanksgiving Weekend is a time of family and friends. It is also a time for country fellowship.  Rockton World’s Fair is the best place to experience this warm, country atmosphere.  Fun includes: Midway, Derby,  vendors, Poultry, Pigeon & Rabbit Show, Rural & Urban Competitions, Craft Show and Sale, Helicopter Rides, Home Craft Displays, School Fair and Junior Displays, Photography Display, Fire Safety House, Little Ray’s Reptiles and the list goes on and on!

Toronto

Toronto Zoo Celebrates Fall – Keeper talks, pumpkins and animals oh my! Check out Zoo animals receiving festive pumpkins throughout the day.  Crisp fall air, vibrant colours and fun for all ages; the Toronto Zoo is the place to be this Thanksgiving Weekend! We are celebrating the changing of the season with interactive and themed activities, educational programs, tours, keeper talks and enrichment programs with the animals and Fall Foliage Tours. All FREE with Zoo admission!

Vaughan

Camp Spooky @ Canada’s Wonderland – Enjoy a boo-rific Halloween event just for families this fall at Camp Spooky!  Canada’s Wonderland is not all scary in the fall. Our Camp Spooky events on Saturdays and Sundays in October and on November 1st from 10:00AM to 5:00PM are geared towards children and families. Your favourite rides are also open during the day, including attractions in Planet Snoopy and KidZville!  Camp Spooky is included with Park admission!

Woodbridge

Fall Fair – Come out some fun this Thanksgiving weekend at the Woodbridge fall fair!  Fun includes: Stunt Show, Horse Show, Giant Pumpkin Contest, Midway, Children’s Building, Pioneer Building, School Exhibits, Live Entertainment, Contests, Crafts, Farm Area with Petting Zoo & Straw Bale Maze and so much more!

Have a fun family event coming up?  We’d love to share it in our Weekend Fun Guide!  Email us at info@vacationingwithkids.ca

Weekend Fun Guide (October 2-4 2015)

Fun things to do with the family in Ontario

Fall is in the air so be sure to get out and enjoy it with the family this weekend.  Between fall fairs, harvest festivals, and farm fun, you are sure to find something fun that everyone will enjoy!

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Bruce Trail Day

Bruce Trail Day is an annual event celebrating Canada’s oldest and longest footpath, hosted by the Bruce Trail Conservancy and each of its nine Bruce Trail Clubs. Each Club of the Bruce Trail Conservancy is hosting free guided hikes and family activities to help you explore the Bruce Trail and discover the amazing variety of life along the Niagara Escarpment. Come and learn about our year-round hiking programs, trail maintenance opportunities, and what we are doing to establish a conservation corridor from Niagara to Tobermory.  Our Bruce Trail Day events will run rain or shine so dress for the weather and get ready for a great day on the Bruce Trail!

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IMBA’s Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day

IMBA will celebrate its eleventh-annual Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day (#TKMBD) on Saturday, October 3, 2015. This is a great opportunity for you to share your passion for pedaling with kids! IMBA is proud to partner with Subaru of America, the presenting sponsor of Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day.

Fall is in the air and the leaves are turning colour. Why not take a family hike this weekend at a local conservation area: http://bit.ly/Ps0kTR

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Pumpkinfests, Harvest Festivals and Spooky Farms are always great fun at this time of year.  Check out our picks for some fun Ontario farms to visit this weekend with your family.

Apple-orchard

It’s Apple season in Ontario and we’ve got a great list of local Orchards and Farms where you can take the family to pick your own.

Drive-ins in Ontario

There are some great family movies in theatres right now so why not take the family for a night out at a local drive-in?!   You can also check out what’s playing onSaturday morning at Cineplex theatres for their Family Favourites.  At 11:00am you can watch a movie for only $2.99!

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

Around Town This Weekend…

Barrie

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

Brampton

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

Model Railroad Show – Fun for all ages, this show has 33,000 square feet of model trains, Operating layouts in many different scales, Thomas play area for the kids, Vendors selling all kinds of new and used model trains and railroad memorabilia and Great Food service.

Dunville

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

Guelph

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

Haliburton 

Colourfest – Live entertainment, petting zoo, inflatables, Colourfest pet contest, corn roast and lots of entertainment.

Halton

Fall into Nature – Spectacular scenery, fall colours, and an array of activities at Fall into Nature.  Fall into Nature takes place over (October 3-4) and the following weekend (October 10-12). Festival events run at all seven of Conservation Halton’s main parks: Crawford Lake, Rattlesnake Point, Hilton Falls, Kelso/Glen Eden, Mountsberg, Mount Nemo, and Robert Edmondson.

Markham

Fall Fair – Experience Canada’s Largest 4-day Agricultural Fair. Fun for the whole family!  There will be  great food, amazing entertainment, Midway, exhibits, vendors, contest and demonstrations.

Meaford

Scarecrow Invasion – The “Invasion of Scarecrows” begins in mid September through to mid October. More than 250 scarecrows will be found in the downtown area alone – dangling sassily from downtown lamp posts, hiding in bushes and trees, lounging happily on benches, peeking out from behind cornstalks and resting comfortably on porches and verandahs. They frolic everywhere! The main street (Sykes St.), and harbour area, are particularly alive with scarecrows during this time.

Metcalfe

Fall Fair – There’s something for everyone at the annual Metcalfe Fair – the last Ottawa Valley Fair of the season! Traditional favourites include Livestock and Horse Shows; 4-H Regional Championship Show; Agricultural Education; Demolition Derby; Stepdancing and Fiddling Competitions; Homecraft Exhibits; Field Crops and Produce Exhibits; Antique Machinery Display; Horse Pull; Antique Tractor Demonstration Pull; Entertainment Centre; Kidzland; Robertson Amusements Midway.

Morrisburg

Pumpkin Inferno – Weekends through October. Come and stroll through a hauntingly beautiful and spellbinding outdoor exhibit of now close to 6,000 hand-carved pumpkins, set against a stirring night-time backdrop just inside the gates of historic Upper Canada Village. Marvel at this eclectic display of scenes from exotic places and historic ages, meet up with forest animals and sea-born creatures, see story book heroes, mythical characters, cultural icons and more …. all carved from pumpkins!

Port Elgin

Pumpkinfest – Featuring two GIANT Vegetable Weigh Offs, one of Ontario’s LARGEST two day outdoor Car Shows, over 100 craft & marketplace vendors for all your Shopping needs and tons of FAMILY FUN Attractions, Port Elgin Pumpkinfest is THE place to be!

Port Stanley

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

Sturgeon Falls

Cranberry Festival – Sturgeon River House in Sturgeon Falls is holding its annual Cranberry Festival with face painting, craft tables, antique car displays, live entertainment, pancakes with cranberry sauce and walking tours through the bog where people can pick cranberries.

Tiverton

Fall Fair – Celebrating ‘Country Roots & Rubber Boots’! Inviting all to come and see our 152nd Fall Fair for some fun with the family, including: midway, entertainment, Pancake Breakfast, Parade, Poultry Show Exhibits, Miniature Horse Show, Petting Zoo, Antique Tractor Show, Entertainment and more.

Toronto

Fall Home Show – The Toronto Fall Home Show is the ultimate authority on all things design, entertaining and home improvement. With more than 300 exhibitors and a host of new and exciting features, there’s expert insight, innovation and inspiration for living well at every turn.

Vanleek Hill

Beau’s Oktoberfest – Beau’s is proud to announce the 2013 edition of Oktoberfest… 2 days of Food, Music, Beer and Fun for the Whole Family!

Have an event coming up that you want to spread the word about?  Email the details to info@vacationingwithkids.ca and we’d be happy to share! 

 

Weekend Fun Guide (September 25-27 2015)

Fun things to do with the family in Ontario

Harvest Festivals, Pumpkinfests and Fall Fairs…oh my!  This weekend has no shortage of fall family fun to get you out and enjoying the nice weather.  So whatever your plans, have fun making some great family memories!

Culture Days I Heart Culture_0September 25, 26, and 27th are Culture Days across Canada

Culture Days raises the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.  With the support of volunteer groups at the national, provincial and local levels, hundreds of thousands of artists, cultural workers, organizations and groups, volunteers and supporters  self-mobilize to host free participatory public activities that take place in hundreds of cities and towns throughout the country.

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Pumpkinfests, Harvest Festivals, corn mazes and so much more awaits your family this Fall at  local farms across Ontario.   Check out our list of Farms in Ontario that will have your family enjoying the most that fall has to offer.

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It’s Apple season in Ontario and we’ve got a great list of local Orchards and Farms where you can take the family to pick your own

Around Town This Weekend…

Barrie

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

Belfountain

Salamander Festival – Check out the Annual Salamander Festival at Belfountain Hamlet and Belfountain Conservation Area. Discover the farmers’ and artisans’ market, live entertainment, tasty local food, kids eco zone, real river critters and live animals.

Brampton

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

Brighton

Applefest – Applefest activities are centred around the main street.  Events  include a BBQ,  dog show, entertainment, children’s activities, dances, a street fair, car show, arts and crafts, and a parade!

Burlington

Applefest Fall Fair – It’s an old-fashioned fall fair right here in the city! Enjoy the fruit of the season and take part in scarecrow making, pony rides and face painting. See antique tractors and, pioneer apple schnitzing and old-time apple cider making. Artisans, music and live country-style entertainment all day! Plenty of apple specialties and a country BBQ!

Carp

Fall Fair – For a great fall day in the country – where all your senses will be activated – see, hear, smell – come visit Carp Fair and go home exhausted!   3 Days of Fun filled entertainment – Agricultural Displays, Livestock Shows, Family Circle Tent, Live Entertainment, Antique Displays, Midway, Fair Food – Something for every member of your Family.

Coldwater

Fall Fair – The theme for 2014 is Flowers and Butterflies!  The fun includes a Demolition Derby, remote controlled vehicles, Antique & Stock tractor & stock truck pulls, children’s events, entertainment, vendors, displays and more.

Dunville

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

Guelph

Fall Rural Romp – Get your Wellies ready! Enjoy a fun-filled day out in the countryside, visiting farms, markets and local food shops. Learn about how your food is grown, visit with farm animals and shop for local food & fall decorations along the way.

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

Hamilton

Apple Festival @ Battlefield House Museum & Park – Join us for fall-time harvest fun in Battlefield Park. Enjoy a pancake breakfast, games, pumpkin decorating, demonstrations, entertainment, and don’t forget to enter the Battlefield Bake-Off.

Milton

Fall Fair – Food & Fun for Everyone! Midway, Horse Shows, Sunday Classic Car Show, Demo Derby, Crafts, live entertainment and so much more.

Ripley

Fall Fair – The Ripley Fall Fair will overtake the village for three days Sept. 26-28, with a tractor pull, Ambassador competitions, a massive midway, agricultural exhibits, parade and much more.

Ruthven

Apple Festival – Come celebrate the Annual Ruthven Apple Festival at Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens in Ruthven. This is a great community event for the entire family, filled with fun, food, crafts, entertainment and a classic car show on Sunday.

Toronto

Canada’s Baking and Sweets Show – This event has fun for the entire family!  North America’s first and biggest baking and sweets event. Canada’s Baking and Sweets Show takes you on a gourmet grand tour of the most delectable and hottest trends in the world of baking and beyond. Our theme this year is “Alice in Wonderland” so join ALICE for a grand time baking and sampling sweets at Toronto’s Congress Centre!

Wellesley

Apple Butter & Cheese Festival – Every great festival is built on great food, great events, and great fun! In Wellesley, the food begins with a pancake breakfast at the crack of dawn and continues with a smorgasbord at noon, not to mention the apple butter and apple cider available all day long. Enjoy the food while walking around the village and taking in the sights, markets, performances and quilt auction and a stage coach ride and tours and a boat regatta and a horseshoe tournament and … and … and did we mention apple butter?

Weekend Fun Guide (August 28-30 2015)

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Weekend Fun Guide

Get out and have fun with your family this weekend with one of the great events in our Weekend Fun Guide or visit a local attraction like an amusement parkwater park or zoo.  Whatever you do, have fun making family memories!

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Apple picking season is starting in Ontario!  Find and orchard near you where you can pick your own to make yummy pies, crisps and candy apples

Drive-ins in Ontario

There are some great family movies in theatres right now so why not take the family for a night out at a local drive-in?!   You can also check out what’s playing onSaturday morning at Cineplex theatres for their Family Favourites.  At 11:00am you can watch a movie for only $2.99!

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

Barrie

Barrie Fair – It’s that time of year again! This year the Barrie fair will be filled with many things to see and do, including a variety of livestock & home craft shows, vendors, truck & tractor pulls, demolition derbies, live entertainment, and the ever-popular midway. Not to mention over $100,000 in prize money! The Barrie Fair has always aimed to bring together families from across Ontario, and this year is no exception!

Blue Mountain 

Funkengruven – Get ready for some FUNK as we shake up the Village during this high energy, musical weekend with head-liner Andria Simone! Featuring interactive drumming, groove dancing and hula hooping!

Bowmanville

BARK in the park – BARK in the PARK Bowmanville is a family friendly event where family dogs are the focus. Celebrate our four-legged companions with two days of contests, demos, races, agility course, swag bags, splash pools, interactive games, photo ops, food, toys, giveaways, shopping, and more.

Chatham

BikeFest – For motorcycle riders, the day begins with the escorted Ride for Big Brothers Big Sisters leaving from Erieau at 9am. It ends in Tecumseh Park where the festivities begin. BikeFest includes a Motorcycle Showcase and a Bike Build Competition. It also features vendors in the park, bands, a beer garden and much more. We are grateful for the support of our SPONSORS who make it possible for this event to be FREE to the general public. You’re not going to want to miss it!

Guelph

Ribfest – Rain or shine this event provides delicious ribs, first class musical entertainment, a kids area and specialized children’s entertainment, classic cars, a bavarian tent, marketplace and of course delicious, mouth watering RIBS!

Keene

Harvest Celebration Days @ Lang Pioneer Village – Come celebrate the harvest season at Lang Pioneer Village Museum! Learn about the importance of the harvest season and discover the foods, tools, equipment and more used by the early settlers as they celebrated and reaped the harvest and prepared for winter in the country.

Kingston

Blues Festival – The Limestone City Blues Festival will once again bring Downtown Kingston alive with the sounds of the blues August 27, 28, 29 & 30, 2015

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.

Busker Festival – Second Annual Niagara Falls Buskerfest This is a free, all ages, community event showcasing more than 50 performances from world class performers from around the globe, artisan and food vendors and much, much more, in support of arts programming for children and youth.

Ottawa

Capital Fair – The Fair offers a Friday night and Saturday Western Horse Barrel Race competition and a full Gymkhana Western style show on our final Sunday.   The Urbandale Corporation Kids Zone features a Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, our Bird of Prey show, the Reptile Rainforest, our Kommunity Stage, the Travelin’ Farmer and DooDoo and his Dance Party and more

Straffordville

Watermelon Fest – The Straffordville Community hosts the annual Watermelon Fest at the Straffordville Community Park, 56169 Heritage Line.  A parade at 10:00am kicks off the day. A pancake breakfast at the fire hall, watermelon seed-spitting contest, midway rides, silent auction, food and craft vendors, music and entertainment, free face painting & children’s activities make for an affordable family outing enjoyed by young and old. Family movie at dusk

Tecumseh

Corn Festival – This weekend long event will feature live entertainment, a classic car show, parade, corn eating, tossing and peeling contests and more!

 

Timmins

The Great Canadian Kayak Challenge & Festival – From paddling events, kayak sprint events to Arts & Culture Routes Vendors, kayak celebration is in the air and you cannot miss it in Timmins, Ontario. And even if you are not into kayaking competition, there is still something for everyone. Here are some of the highlights you can expect from one of the best and popular kayak competitions in Canada and Ontario in particular.

Toronto

Buskerfest – Scotiabank BuskerFest in support of EPILEPSY Toronto will have you beyond entertained with magicians, acrobats, circus acts, kid zone, aerialists, music, clowns and so much more!

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

Mabuhay Philippines Festival – The Mabuhay Philippines Festival is the largest celebration of Philippine heritage and culture in the GTA. It features colourful parades, all-day entertainment, Filipino food and more.

Waterloo

Sun Life Financial Waterloo Busker Carnival – Celebrating its 26th year, the Bucker Carnival is bringing back busker favourites who performed in past carnivals. Enjoy a weekend full of busker street performers, Buskerama Camp Kids, fireworks and family fun!

Winona

Peach Festival – We have something for everyone!  Arts & Crafts, Commercial Exhibits, Peach of a Car Show, Midway rides and games, FREE Entertainment, Souvenirs, more food than you can eat in a week, never mind a weekend!

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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 (October 24-26 2014)

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Weekend Fun Guide

There are lots of Spooktacular events taking place this weekend to get you in the Halloween mood.  Get out and have fun making great memories with your family while enjoying the fresh Fall air!

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Featured Events and Local Attractions

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LEGO® BATMAN™ BAT-SIGNAL MAKE AND TAKE

Saturday, October 25th ONLY! Starts at 11am.
Join us in-store and build your very own LEGO® Batman™ Bat-Signal 

Event for children between 4 – 14 years of age.
One model per child, while quantities last. 

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Are you up for the challenge? There are some great corn mazes across Ontario that you can take your family to for a fun day out! Good luck on not getting lost ;-)

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$2.50 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 $2.50. Check out what’s showing here… http://bit.ly/ZygvF5

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Visit a Local Conservation Area

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

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Fall Farm Fun in Ontario

Pumpkinfests, Harvest Festivals and Spooky Farms are always great fun at this time of year.  Check out our picks for some fun Ontario farms to visit this weekend with your family.

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Apple Picking in Ontario

 Apple picking is in full swing at Orchards across Ontario and a super fun way to spend a Fall afternoon with the family.  Find one near you and let the picking begin!

Around Town this Weekend…

Burlington

Treats in our Streets – Bring the kids in costume for an incredible day of Halloween themed activities, live music, great food and trick-or-treating at over 60 downtown businesses – Launching from two locations – Civic Square and the Lot at Emma’s Back Porch.

Campbellville

Spooktacular – Halloween brings out Mountsberg’s creepy crawly side! Celebrate the season in Spooktacular style; wear your costume and receive a free hot drink (parents and grandparents included)!  The main attraction this season is the Haunted Barn! The Mountsberg Play Barn is transformed into a deliciously creepy place to play and explore!

Etobicoke 

Hallo-Fun @ Fantasy Fair in Woodbine Shopping Centre.  Take a ride on the Train of Terror or Visit creatures of the night in Spook Village.  Enjoy a spooky weekend at Fantasy Fair with free shows and more!

Georgetown

Masquerade on Main – Hundreds of children, accompanied by their parents, enjoy Downtown Georgetown for a trick or treat event from 11 to 1pm. Children are entertained by street entertainers, while visiting each business to ask for treats! Main Street is closed during this event offering a fun-filled and safe trick or treating environment, all within the historic setting of Downtown Georgetown!

Keene

Historic All Hallows’ Eve Circa 1800 @Lang Pioneer Village – How did children celebrate All Hallows’ Eve in the 1800’s? According to tradition, it was a night where celebrations included fun games and just a little tom foolery! All Hallows’ Eve is a night when spirits, ghosts and mystery abound. Join in the family-friendly fun as we celebrate the true meaning of Halloween where the ordinary becomes extraordinary.

Lindsay

Fall Fest at Gamiing Nature Centre – Celebrate the Fall with fun Fall and Halloween themed events and activities. Our Fall Festival is a frightfully good time for the whole family. Come any time between 3 pm and 6 pm to get in on the fun. There will be face painting, cupcake decorating, pumpkin carving, activities and games, snacks, and of course candy!

London

Haunted Village Hayrides – Farm of Dracula @Fanshawe Pioneer Village – Transylvania is getting to be a problematic place to reside for Count Dracula, especially since Van Helsing and the other vampire hunters know all about his weaknesses. Rather than risk a stake in the heart, Dracula opts to ”stake a claim” in the New World, disguising himself as a simple Middlesex County farmer. Unfortunately for the locals, he still needs to feed!  Advanced booking required.

Midland

Marsh Monster @ Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre – Bring your courage and your goosebumps! The Wye Marsh is hosting a variety of spooktacular events, so please join us for another year of fabulous activities: Scavenger Hunt, Games, Crafts, Haunted House and more…

Milton

Halloween Spooktacular @ Halton County Radial Railway – All ages event! Walk through the haunted car barn and travel in the old, creaky streetcars along the mainline and enjoy some hot apple cider & scary snacks. If you’re a Halloween fan this is definitely a spooky experience not to be missed! Costumes encouraged. Reservations not required. Tickets sold at the door.

Season of Falling Leaves @ Crawford Lake – Enjoy the spectacular fall colours of the Niagara Escarpment from the Nassagaweya Canyon lookout at Crawford Lake. Visit the fascinating reconstructed Iroquoian Village to learn more about the autumn harvest for Ontario’s first farmers. Enjoy guided hikes, self guided crafts, discovery hunts and videos and unique gift shop.   

Orangeville

Harvest Celebration in Downtown Orangeville – Final day of the farmers’ market offers free family fun, including tots trick or treating, crafts, pony rides, draws, face painting, and more!

Ottawa

Ottawa Ski, Snowboard and Travel Show  @ the CE Centre – You’ll find everything and anything to make your slopeside experience complete! This is Ottawa’s largest showcase of Ski & Snowboard related travel destinations, equipment, clothing, lifestyle information and related products and services.

Owen Sound

A Little Scary Halloween @ Grey Roots – Something wicked this way comes! School-age children are invited to join us to explore spooky activities in the museum and weather permitting, in Moreston Heritage Village. Dress up and see if you can out spook the witches that have invaded Grey Roots!  Games, challenges and a craft will make this afternoon fly by. Storytelling and a film will be scheduled throughout the afternoon so you won’t miss out on the scary fun. 

Penetanguishene

Haunted Harbour @ Discovery Harbour – Little ghosts, goblins and their families arrive at Discovery Harbour’s main entrance in full costume. They proceed along a candlelit path through the famous historic properties, with costumed staff on hand to assist. During the stroll, visitors can peer into various heritage buildings to see what lurks!

Rockton

Haunted Halloween @ Westfield Heritage Village – Something curious is happening in the village!  Find out what, as you explore by lantern and moonlight.  A fun night for all ages!

Sudbury

Dynamic Earth Halloween @ Science North – Don’t miss Dynamic Earth’s signature family Halloween festivities, with plenty of eerie activities, shows and fun for all ages. Come in costume!

Terra Cotta

Haunted Forest @ Terra Cotta Conservation Area – Enjoy an evening of spooky fun for children 12 and under. Discover haunted wagon rides, a creepy maze, storytelling by a bonfire, nature activities, tasty barbecue fare*, and many new characters.

Thunder Bay 

Kids Halloween Hoot @Fort William – Every Saturday and Sunday during the month of October from 12pm to 5pm take in all the activities, including: Spooky Crafts, Trick-or-Treating, Haunted Maze, Storytelling, Scavenger Hunt, Haunted Adventures and Fun & Yucky Activities.  Be sure to wear your costume!

Toronto

The Junction Pumpkinfest – The annual Junction Pumpkinfest is back Saturday, October 26th. Make your way to the neighbourhood to celebrate all things Pumpkin and fall inspired at our local participating businesses throughout the day. Also, there will be pumpkin carving at the train platform and other fun family activities from 2-6pm. See you there!

Howling Hootenanny @ Black Creek Pioneer Village – Enjoy a Howling good time at Black Creek this Halloween.  There is so much for families to do all day throughout the Village! Event Features include:  Performances, Creepy Creature Show, Happy Faces Airbrush Tattoos, The Haunted Maze, Scarecrow Mini Maze , Apple Sling Shot, FREE Pumpkin Decorating,Trick-or-Treat in the Village and much, much, more!

Toronto Zombie Walk and Halloween Parade – This year we are inviting ALL MONSTERS to participate in our PARADE! It will be the first parade in the world that allows everyone to participate! So if you’re a werewolf, a mummy, a vampire, a creature from the black lagoon, or a zombie (because come on, we all love to shuffle) come to Toronto’s first ever Zombie Walk and Halloween Parade!  There will also be live entertainment and vendors.

Vaughan

Brick-or-Treat @ LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Toronto – In October, something spooky comes over the LEGOLAND® Discovery Centres and they come to life with BRICK-OR-TREAT!  Every Saturday and Sunday, little ghosts and mummies can experience themed decor, spooky entertainment, costume contests, building contests, scavenger hunts and much more, all included in the price of admission.

Camp Spooky @ Canada’s Wonderland – Little Ghouls and Goblins will absolutely love the Halloween-themed activities in Camp Spooky. Trick-or-Treat in the Camp Spooky area and uncover delicious treats, join the Costume Parade and march through Planet Snoopy for all to see, head over to Playhouse Theatre and see Charlie Brown’s Trick-or-Treat show and be sure to visit the mazes.

Having an event or know of a upcoming event you want us to share?  Email us at info@vacationingwithkids.ca and we’d be happy to share it! 

 

 

 

Weekend Fun Guide (October 17-19 2014)

Fun things to do with the family in Ontario

Weekend Fun Guide

Another beautiful Fall weekend is almost upon us and there are SO many fun things to get out and do with the family for some fun!  Whatever you do, enjoy the Fall weather making memories with your family.

Featured Events and Local Attractions 

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Cineplex Community Day

Join us on the morning of Saturday October 18 at all Cineplex Entertainment theatres for Community Day in support of the Free The Children Foundation. Doors open at 8:30 am with a great selection of FREE movies beginning at 9:00am. Plus, enjoy a regular popcorn, regular fountain drink and selected candy for only 2 DOLLARS each with 100% of the proceeds donated to Free The Children Foundation!

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Made by Hand Show

With over 35,000 square feet of shopping and over 150 quality handmade exhibitors, this is a one-stop shopping experience not to be missed. There is something for everyone in every media: original artwork, baby/toys, body, candles, clothing, ceramics, fashion accessories, jewellery, photography, knitting, pottery, paper goods, wood and a range of gourmet goodies.

It’s a family filled day – Shopping, free face-painting, crafts, door prizes, raffles and thousands of gift ideas.

For more information visit www.madebyhandshow.ca

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LEGO® STAR WARS MINIFIGURE TRADE-IN DAY!

SATURDAY, OCT. 18th ONLY!

Bring in any LEGO® Minifigure from home and trade it in for a LEGO® Star Wars™ one! 

To participate visit your local Toys“R”Us store or Wonderlab by Toys“R”Us. Excludes Express stores and Cedarbrae Mall location. While quantities last. 
Minifigures may vary by stores. Limit one LEGO® Minifigure trade in per person. 

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Visit a Local Conservation Area

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

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Fall Farm Fun in Ontario

Pumpkinfests, Harvest Festivals and Spooky Farms are always great fun at this time of year.  Check out our picks for some fun Ontario farms to visit this weekend with your family.

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Apple Picking in Ontario

 Apple picking is in full swing at Orchards across Ontario and a super fun way to spend a Fall afternoon with the family.  Find one near you and let the picking begin!

Around Town this Weekend…

Ajax

Pumpkinville – Join us for free family fall fun at Pumpkinville.  There’ll be the popular Haunted House, Tom’s No Frills Pumpkin Patch, pumkin carving, marshmallow roasting, petting zoo, hay jumping, PIckering Museum Village, train rides, the Bell Kids Zone an the RBC Learn to Play Zone.  All attractions are free with noominal fees for food and beverages (bank machines will be available on-site).  Don’t miss the Magic of MAJINX at 1:15, 2:15 and 3:15 and the Mental Floss Sideshow at 12:30, 1:30 and 3:30.  Kids are encouraged to come in costume!

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Bala Cranberry Festival – The Bala Cranberry Festival features a unique collection of products, gifts and crafts. Each vendor designs, collects and/or makes the items offered for sale.  There will be lots of entertainment from stage shows, children’s midway, petting zoo, waterski show and so much more!

Campbellville

Spooktacular – Halloween brings out Mountsberg’s creepy crawly side! Celebrate the season in Spooktacular style; wear your costume and receive a free hot drink (parents and grandparents included)!  The main attraction this season is the Haunted Barn! The Mountsberg Play Barn is transformed into a deliciously creepy place to play and explore!

Keene

Historic All Hallows’ Eve Circa 1800 @Lang Pioneer Village – How did children celebrate All Hallows’ Eve in the 1800’s? According to tradition, it was a night where celebrations included fun games and just a little tom foolery! All Hallows’ Eve is a night when spirits, ghosts and mystery abound. Join in the family-friendly fun as we celebrate the true meaning of Halloween where the ordinary becomes extraordinary.

Kingsville

Migration Festival – The Kingsville Migration Festival celebrates migration, heritage and conservation in Kingsville, Ontario. You are invited to join its residents in their quaint historical atmosphere to celebrate the legacy of its’ most famous descendant, Jack Miner, whose conservation work with the Canada Goose and other waterfowl and winged creatures is internationally acclaimed. The theme for is the “Art of Migration”. Enjoy our woodcarving, fine art and fine photography shows. Vote for People’s Choice Awards for each. See live raptors, sled dogs, retriever show and more. Bring your children to the parade then OPP pumpkin carving and meet Carol the Clown. Enjoy entertainment and food. Buy local specialty goods at the Marketplace.

Kitchener-Waterloo

Oktoberfest – Parades, Beer tents, Fashion show, Car show, Fun run, Harvest Festival….  So much to do in KW!

London

London Pet Show – London’s first pet show, presented by Purina®, is a great opportunity for all…animals and animal lovers alike. Meet and learn about a number of different types of pet animals. Treat your pet to one or more of the latest and greatest creature comforts and products available for all types of animals. Enjoy professional purebred dog shows, cat shows, guest speakers and a super adoption event.

Haunted Village Hayrides – Farm of Dracula @Fanshawe Pioneer Village – Transylvania is getting to be a problematic place to reside for Count Dracula, especially since Van Helsing and the other vampire hunters know all about his weaknesses. Rather than risk a stake in the heart, Dracula opts to ”stake a claim” in the New World, disguising himself as a simple Middlesex County farmer. Unfortunately for the locals, he still needs to feed!  Advanced booking required.

Milton

Halloween Spooktacular @ Halton County Radial Railway – All ages event! Walk through the haunted car barn and travel in the old, creaky streetcars along the mainline and enjoy some hot apple cider & scary snacks. If you’re a Halloween fan this is definitely a spooky experience not to be missed! Costumes encouraged. Reservations not required. Tickets sold at the door.

Season of Falling Leaves @ Crawford Lake – Enjoy the spectacular fall colours of the Niagara Escarpment from the Nassagaweya Canyon lookout at Crawford Lake. Visit the fascinating reconstructed Iroquoian Village to learn more about the autumn harvest for Ontario’s first farmers. Enjoy guided hikes, self guided crafts, discovery hunts and videos and unique gift shop.   

Pembroke

Oktoberfest at Germania Hall – Food, dancing and entertainment!  The fun will include Swiss Alp Horns, Schuhplattler (Bavarian Folk Dancers), Sing-alongs, Contests, games and prizes all day long, Woodcutting Contest, Maßkrugstemmen (Beer Stein Hoisting Contest) and a yodelling contest!

Prince Edward County

Pumpkinfest – This annual event taking place on Saturday includes a Pancake Breakfast, Parade of the Giant Pumpkins, Craft Tables, food booths, church meals from noon on, Contests, children’s games, and entertainment

Thunder Bay 

Kids Halloween Hoot  @Fort William – Every Saturday and Sunday during the month of October from 12pm to 5pm take in all the activities, including: Spooky Crafts, Trick-or-Treating, Haunted Maze, Storytelling, Scavenger Hunt, Haunted Adventures and Fun & Yucky Activities.  Be sure to wear your costume!

Toronto

Howling Hootenanny @ Black Creek Pioneer Village – Enjoy a Howling good time at Black Creek this Halloween.  There is so much for families to do all day throughout the Village! Event Features include:  Performances, Creepy Creature Show, Happy Faces Airbrush Tattoos, The Haunted Maze, Scarecrow Mini Maze , Apple Sling Shot, FREE Pumpkin Decorating,Trick-or-Treat in the Village and much, much, more!

Toronto Fall RV Show & Sale at the Toronto International Centre – Entertainment for all ages, Accessory and parts superstore, Seminars, All types of RVs from Hard-top trailers to Motorhomes and everything in between, Next years models, current models and previously enjoyed models, Newly expanded, larger show all under one roof…over 400,000 sqft. of RVs on display.

Toronto Snow Show – Join an estimated 35,000 guests at the International Centre for this 4-day event dedicated to all things skiing and snowboarding! There will be 200+  exhibitors of equipment and clothing, thousands of brand new and pre-owned skis, boards, boots and accessories.  Don’t forget to visit your favourite ski resort while you’re there too!  Other highlights include the Into the Mind movie premier, buy-one-get-one lift ticket, Pro-AM rail jam and Burton Riglet Park.

Walkerton

Little Royal Fair – Welcome to the Walkerton Agricultural Society’s “Little Royal Fair.” We are very proud to host the 159th edition of the fair. We have a tremendous heavy horse show that is held indoors. We have a huge selection of crafts, quilts, canning, baking and sewing on display. We also have woodworking, grains, roots and vegetable displays and wine. There is a poultry and rabbit show as well as the pet show for the kids.

Waterford

Pumpkin Festival – A fun filled weekend including 1,500 carved, lit pumpkins and pumpkin pyramid. Decorated homes and businesses. The Marketplace, Car Show, Sit-down meals at various churches and halls, Amusement rides and more.

Vaughan

Brick-or-Treat @ LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Toronto – In October, something spooky comes over the LEGOLAND® Discovery Centres and they come to life with BRICK-OR-TREAT!  Every Saturday and Sunday, little ghosts and mummies can experience themed decor, spooky entertainment, costume contests, building contests, scavenger hunts and much more, all included in the price of admission.

Camp Spooky @ Canada’s Wonderland – Little Ghouls and Goblins will absolutely love the Halloween-themed activities in Camp Spooky. Trick-or-Treat in the Camp Spooky area and uncover delicious treats, join the Costume Parade and march through Planet Snoopy for all to see, head over to Playhouse Theatre and see Charlie Brown’s Trick-or-Treat show and be sure to visit the mazes.

Having an event or know of a upcoming event you want us to share?  Email us at info@vacationingwithkids.ca and we’d be happy to share it! 

 

 

 

Weekend Fun Guide – Thanksgiving Weekend 2014

Fun things to do with the family in Ontario

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This weekend is all about family!  Being thankful for those we have in our lives, spending time with them and sharing some delicious eats.  There are lots of fun things to do this weekend to work off some of the turkey you eat but most importantly, time well spent with those you love!  Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families!

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Walk off all that Thanksgiving turkey while taking in all the beautiful Fall colours at a local conservation area.

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Pumpkinfests, Harvest Festivals and Spooky Farms are always great fun at this time of year.  Check out our picks for some fun Ontario farms to visit this weekend with your family.

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Need some apples to make that perfect Thanksgiving dessert?  Apple picking is in full swing at Orchards across Ontario.  Find one near you and let the picking begin!

Drive-ins in Ontario

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

Around Town this Weekend…

Blue Mountains

Apple Harvest Festival – Every thanksgiving, celebrate the harvest in Ontario’s largest apple growing region. There’s no better way to enjoy Thanksgiving Weekend and no better place to explore the countryside, harbour towns and fall colours! Free activities throughout the Blue Mountain area from the Village to Thornbury & Clarksburg. Live Music,The Apple Pie Trail, street performers, hiking, biking, trails, gallery tours and much, much more!

Ball’s Falls

40th Annual Ball’s Falls Thanksgiving Festival – This is Niagara’s classic Thanksgiving celebration tradition that just can’t be missed!  It features over 125 juried artisans and exhibitors; gourmet food tent; live family entertainment, children’s activities and so much more.

Brantford

Scare in the Square – A 2 day fun-filled event held at Harmony Square. Tractor drawn hayrides, trick or treating, costume judging , ghost hunts, haunted house and Brantfords Zombie walk.

Brigden

Fall Fair – This Thanksgiving Weekend, we look forward to seeing everyone come out and enjoy our wide variety of activities and exhibits that we have to offer for the 164th fair!  Whether you enjoy animals, the midway, Thomas the Tank Engine, My Little Pony, motocross, monster truck rides, delicious pie, spending time with family and friends, the exhibition halls or apple cider, there is definitely something for every member of the family.

Burford

Fall Fair – Events include midway, lawnmower racing, live entertainment, mini-tractor pulls, demo derbies, chuckwagon and chariot races and more.

Elora

Sensational Elora Pumpkin Day – There will be pumpkin carving, pumpkin judging, pumpkin ice cream and other fun activities. And, as a very special treat for one and all, there will be a pumpkin carving demonstration by a professional carver and, as always we will have live music.  Your child can enter his/her very own pumpkin in one of the many contests, carve it into a work of art, or just show it off!

Elmvale

Elmvale Fall Fair – Farm animals, Midway, Water festival, Pony show, Tractor Pull, Demonstrations and entertainment, Parade, Video Dance and more

Erin

Erin Fall Fair – Tractor pull, animals and livestock, Kid’s area, Entertainment, vendors, animal shows, Demolition derby, Fireworks, Midway and much more.

Grand Bend

Thanksgiving Market & Sidewalk Sale – Grand Bend’s Thanksgiving Market & Sidewalk Sale offers the bargain hunter a cornucopia of unique items.The Eilber Street parking lot plays host location to up to 30 craft and product vendors. The criteria for vendor participation includes the needs to have grown, raised or made the item themselves. Products range from vegetables, fruits and organic meats to roasted coffee beans, fresh-baked pies, muffins and baked treats to hand-crafted quilts, jewellery, clothing and home decor.

Halton

Fall into Nature @ Conservation Areas in Halton – Fall into Nature festival activities include: Chairlift rides to the top of the escarpment with spectacular views, Self-guided tours through our many trails and landscapes, Wagon/tractor rides through the parks, Educational and interactive programs (visit an Iroquoian Village, learn about the science of nature), Live performances (music, First Nations dancers), Demonstrations (Bird of Prey shows, Reptile shows, mountain biking), Various other activities (children’s activities, BBQs, pumpkin picture patches)

London

Thanksgiving at the Village  at Fanshawe Pioneer Village – Villagers gather in thanks for a bountiful harvest. Join us for this celebration!!  Watch as farm families prepare for the coming winter with field harvest, textiles arts and wood stove cooking. Enjoy a beautiful day around the Village then reserve your seating for an authentic Thanksgiving feast in our beautiful village cafe.

Midland

Thanksgiving Harvest Festival and Arts and Crafts Show and Sale at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons.  Sainte-Marie’s Thanksgiving Harvest Festival and Arts and Crafts Show and Sale is a fun family event, with lots of on-site activities and over 40 outstanding artisans and crafters.The event is a regional favourite and typically includes both new and returning artisans.

Morrisburg

Pumpkin Inferno – Weekends through October. Come and stroll through a hauntingly beautiful and spellbinding outdoor exhibit of now close to 6,000 hand-carved pumpkins, set against a stirring night-time backdrop just inside the gates of historic Upper Canada Village. Marvel at this eclectic display of scenes from exotic places and historic ages, meet up with forest animals and sea-born creatures, see story book heroes, mythical characters, cultural icons and more …. all carved from pumpkins!

Norfolk

Norfolk Country Fair and Horse Show – The Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show is in its 173rd year, and is the fifth largest fair in Ontario, with over 100,000 visitors each year. This fair features agricultural displays, craft exhibits, food vendors, art demonstrations, talent competitions, midway rides, free grandstand entertainment, and many added special attractions.

Ottawa

Celebrate the Harvest  at the Canada Agriculture Museum.  To celebrate the harvest, join us at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, where you will see farm machinery, such as a baler and a model of a grain elevator, in action! Test your knowledge on Canadian food crops, such as apples, corn and pumpkins, by taking part in various challenges and talking to local producers. Learn how simple and easy it is to preserve food with one of the guides in the demonstration kitchen. Discover also how certain farms are also producing energy from sources such as the sun, the wind, or crops.

Rockton

Rockton’s World Fair – Thanksgiving Weekend is a time of family and friends. It is also a time for country fellowship.  Rockton World’s Fair is the best place to experience this warm, country atmosphere.  Fun includes: Midway, Derby,  vendors, Poultry, Pigeon & Rabbit Show, Rural & Urban Competitions, Craft Show and Sale, Helicopter Rides, Home Craft Displays, School Fair and Junior Displays, Photography Display, Fire Safety House, Little Ray’s Reptiles and the list goes on and on!

Toronto

Toronto Zoo Celebrates Fall – Keeper talks, pumpkins and animals oh my! Check out Zoo animals receiving festive pumpkins throughout the day.  Crisp fall air, vibrant colours and fun for all ages; the Toronto Zoo is the place to be this Thanksgiving Weekend! We are celebrating the changing of the season with interactive and themed activities, educational programs, tours, keeper talks and enrichment programs with the animals and Fall Foliage Tours. All FREE with Zoo admission!

Vaughan

Camp Spooky @ Canada’s Wonderland – Enjoy a boo-rific Halloween event just for families this fall at Camp Spooky!  Canada’s Wonderland is not all scary in the fall. Our Camp Spooky events on Saturdays and Sundays in October and on November 1st from 10:00AM to 5:00PM are geared towards children and families. Your favourite rides are also open during the day, including attractions in Planet Snoopy and KidZville!  Camp Spooky is included with Park admission!

Woodbridge

Fall Fair – Come out some fun this Thanksgiving weekend at the Woodbridge fall fair!  Fun includes: Stunt Show, Horse Show, Giant Pumpkin Contest, Midway, Children’s Building, Pioneer Building, School Exhibits, Live Entertainment, Contests, Crafts, Farm Area with Petting Zoo & Straw Bale Maze and so much more!

Have a fun family event coming up?  We’d love to share it in our Weekend Fun Guide!  Email us at info@vacationingwithkids.ca

Weekend Fun Guide (October 3-5 2014)

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Fall is in the air so be sure to get out and enjoy it with the family this weekend.  Between fall fairs, harvest festivals, and farm fun, you are sure to find something fun that everyone will enjoy!

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Bruce Trail Day

Bruce Trail Day is an annual event celebrating Canada’s oldest and longest footpath, hosted by the Bruce Trail Conservancy and each of its nine Bruce Trail Clubs. Each Club of the Bruce Trail Conservancy is hosting free guided hikes and family activities to help you explore the Bruce Trail and discover the amazing variety of life along the Niagara Escarpment. Come and learn about our year-round hiking programs, trail maintenance opportunities, and what we are doing to establish a conservation corridor from Niagara to Tobermory.  Our Bruce Trail Day events will run rain or shine so dress for the weather and get ready for a great day on the Bruce Trail!

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IMBA’s Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day

IMBA will celebrate its eleventh-annual Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day (#TKMBD) on Saturday, October 4, 2014. This is a great opportunity for you to share your passion for pedaling with kids! IMBA is proud to partner with Subaru of America, the presenting sponsor of Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day.

Fall is in the air and the leaves are turning colour. Why not take a family hike this weekend at a local conservation area: http://bit.ly/Ps0kTR

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Pumpkinfests, Harvest Festivals and Spooky Farms are always great fun at this time of year.  Check out our picks for some fun Ontario farms to visit this weekend with your family.

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It’s Apple season in Ontario and we’ve got a great list of local Orchards and Farms where you can take the family to pick your own.

Around Town This Weekend…

Barrie

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

Brampton

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

Model Railroad Show – Fun for all ages, this show has 33,000 square feet of model trains, Operating layouts in many different scales, Thomas play area for the kids, Vendors selling all kinds of new and used model trains and railroad memorabilia and Great Food service.

Dunville

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

Guelph

Strom’s Farm – Have some fun times at Strom’s Farm in their Harvest Fun area including; Jumpin Jack Tile Maze, Rope Maze, Straw Maze, Pumpkin Chuckin, Wagon Rides, 6 acre Corn Maze (4 miles of paths), Sand Pit, Pedal Carts ,Cedar Spiral and a Pumpkin of a Show Puppet Show.  Open Weekends Sept 21 thru Oct 27

Haliburton 

Colourfest – Live entertainment, petting zoo, inflatables, Colourfest pet contest, corn roast and lots of entertainment.

Halton

Fall into Nature – Spectacular scenery, fall colours, and an array of activities at Fall into Nature.  Fall into Nature takes place over (October 4 – 5) and the following weekend (October 11-13). Festival events run at all seven of Conservation Halton’s main parks: Crawford Lake, Rattlesnake Point, Hilton Falls, Kelso/Glen Eden, Mountsberg, Mount Nemo, and Robert Edmondson.

Markham

Fall Fair – Experience Canada’s Largest 4-day Agricultural Fair. Fun for the whole family!  There will be  great food, amazing entertainment, Midway, exhibits, vendors, contest and demonstrations.

Meaford

Scarecrow Invasion – The “Invasion of Scarecrows” begins in mid September through to mid October. More than 250 scarecrows will be found in the downtown area alone – dangling sassily from downtown lamp posts, hiding in bushes and trees, lounging happily on benches, peeking out from behind cornstalks and resting comfortably on porches and verandahs. They frolic everywhere! The main street (Sykes St.), and harbour area, are particularly alive with scarecrows during this time. This year’s decorating theme is “Scarecrows Go to the Movies”.

Metcalfe

Fall Fair – There’s something for everyone at the annual Metcalfe Fair – the last Ottawa Valley Fair of the season! Traditional favourites include Livestock and Horse Shows; 4-H Regional Championship Show; Agricultural Education; Demolition Derby; Stepdancing and Fiddling Competitions; Homecraft Exhibits; Field Crops and Produce Exhibits; Antique Machinery Display; Horse Pull; Antique Tractor Demonstration Pull; Entertainment Centre; Kidzland; Robertson Amusements Midway.

Morrisburg

Pumpkin Inferno – Weekends through October. Come and stroll through a hauntingly beautiful and spellbinding outdoor exhibit of now close to 6,000 hand-carved pumpkins, set against a stirring night-time backdrop just inside the gates of historic Upper Canada Village. Marvel at this eclectic display of scenes from exotic places and historic ages, meet up with forest animals and sea-born creatures, see story book heroes, mythical characters, cultural icons and more …. all carved from pumpkins!

Port Elgin

Pumpkinfest – Featuring two GIANT Vegetable Weigh Offs, one of Ontario’s LARGEST two day outdoor Car Shows, over 100 craft & marketplace vendors for all your Shopping needs and tons of FAMILY FUN Attractions, Port Elgin Pumpkinfest is THE place to be!

Tiverton

Fall Fair – Celebrating ‘Country Roots & Rubber Boots’! Inviting all to come and see our 152nd Fall Fair for some fun with the family, including: midway, entertainment, Pancake Breakfast, Parade, Poultry Show Exhibits, Miniature Horse Show, Petting Zoo, Antique Tractor Show, Entertainment and more.

Vanleek Hill

Beau’s Oktoberfest – Beau’s is proud to announce the 2013 edition of Oktoberfest… 2 days of Food, Music, Beer and Fun for the Whole Family!