Family Fun at Whittamore’s Farm this Fall

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One thing our family loves about fall is visiting local farms for their harvest and pumpkin festivals.  Whittamore’s Farm in Markham has a ton of great ways for the kids to celebrate Fall and tire them out doing it!  From their pumpkin cannon show, to the corn maze, wagon ride and everything in between, your family will have fun spending the day at Whittamores.

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 One of the great things about fall farm fun is taking on a corn maze.  We always like to up it a notch and see who can get out first.  In Whittamore’s maze we went girls against boys and guess who won?!  The boys!!

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The kids (and hubby too) could have spent hours on the jumping pillows.  They are new this year to the farm and I must say it was a great addition!

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Take a slide ride or a wagon ride.  You could tell that the slides were a great hit with the kids as as soon as they came down they were running back up to go again.  We all enjoyed the wagon ride as you get to see the entire farm and they definitely have a beautiful property

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So the coolest and most unique thing they have at Whittamore’s is the pumpkin cannon and catapult show.  When you go to the farm this is a MUST see as the whole family will love it.  Farmer Frank is very entertaining during this show.  He loads up his cannon with pumpkins and other farm grown produce and launches it at targets and tries to set a distance record.  Ever seen a catapult send a giant pumpkin across a field?  Well you will at Whittamores!

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Also, don’t miss out on the fun of the Punchin’ Pumpkins maze, mining for gems and minerals, the sand area, chicken show, spider web and trikes.

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Pumpkins anyone?

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Before you leave, be sure to grab a pumpkin or 2 and visit the farm market. The market is filled with fresh produce, yummy baked goods and lots of jarred preserves.  We were able to escape with just a pumpkin pie, butter tarts, cheese curds, hot sauce, red pepper jelly and a couple gingerbread cookies!

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Markham – Whittamore’s Farm – 905-294-8200 – 8100 Steeles Ave. East, Markham, Ontario

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Their Pumpkinland has so much to do you may want to go more than once!!  Here’s what you’ll find at the “Farm in the City”; 1,000 of Pumpkins, Wagon Rides, Spooky Forest, Farm Animals, Tractors n’ Trucks Sand Toy Lot, Playhouses & Climbers, Wooden Milking Cow & Goat, Animated Singing Chicken Show, Corn Maze, Combine Climber & Silo Slide, Straw Pyramids & Jumps, Tractor Tire Climb, Rock n’ Ride Horseplay, Horse Swings, Spider Web Climb, Giant Tree Fort & Slide, Strawberry Mountain & Turbo Slide, Duckie Races, Nature Trail.  Weekend & Holiday Activities include: Pumpkin Cannon Show, Farm Bouncer, Pedal Tractor Track, Balloon Typhoon.  NEW this year is the 2 jumping pillows where you can jump until your heart’s content!

Fall Farm Fun Giveaways

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We love Fall and so do the farms in Ontario!  We want to give you the chance to win passes so you and your family can experience fall fun on a great Ontario farm!

Downey’s Farm 

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 McMaze

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 Thiessen Orchards

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Cannamore Orchards

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Whittamore’s Farm

whittamores_logo             Win 1 of 2 family passes (for 6 people) to Pumpkinland at Whittamore’s Farm in Markham

Be sure to check out a great list of Ontario Farms here

2014 Featured Farms in Ontario

Fall Farm Fun

Featured Farms in Ontario

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Brampton – Downey’s Farm  – (905) 838-2990 – 13682 Heart Lake Road  Brampton, Ontario L7C 2J5

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Fall fun at Downey’s includes Unlimited Wagon Rides, Live Entertainment, Super-Cat-Super-Curve, Jumping Pillows, 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!

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Cornwall – McMaze – 613.932.7630 – Willy Allan Road, Civic #17049  St. Andrews West, ON 

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When you visit the farm during the fall you can enjoy the many activities for the kids in the fun farm, take on the challenge of a maze and take a horse-drawn wagon ride to the pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkin.  Be sure to grab some pumpkin fudge or a yummy pumpkin pie before you leave!

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Hampton – Pingle’s Farm Market  – (905) 725 6089 – 805 Taunton Road East, Hampton, Ontario, L0B 1J0

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Fall Farm Weekends –  Play areas, Straw Maze, Trike Track, Farm Animals, Bunnyville, Face Painting, Bugsy Balloon, Pumpkin Balloon, and Pedal Cart Track with more new carts!  Don’t forget to check our newest addition to the Fun Farm, Pingle’s Barn Bouncer.

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Leamington – Thiessen Orchards – (519) 326-5282 – 400 Talbot Rd. East,  Leamington, Ontario

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Hours of fun at Thiessen Orchards as you enjoy the Bouncy Castle, Barrel Train ride, Face painting, the Corn Maze and hay rides.  Visit the “Farm Friends” where you can can watch the Billy goats roam around and feed them as well.  “Spookley the Square Pumpkin” is a must see where we teach about  Anti-bullying!  Apple sales, the Kountry Kitchen, haymow, pumpkin patch and picnic area are open everyday as well.  Enter their Haunted barn…if you dare!

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Ottawa – Cannamore Orchards – (613) 448-3633 – 1480 County Road 32 Crysler, Ontario K0A 1R0

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Home of the spooky wagon ride!  After you pick out your pumpkin,  check out their family activity area where you can do outdoor finger and patio stone mazes,  a pipe maze, an indoor dark maze, rainbow maze, many play structures for children, a sand box with toys and the picnic areas.  Visit the animal corral and see our singing chickens!

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Markham – Whittamore’s Farm – 905-294-8200 – 8100 Steeles Ave. East, Markham, Ontario

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Their Pumpkinland has so much to do you may want to go more than once!!  Here’s what you’ll find at the “Farm in the City”; 1,000 of Pumpkins, Wagon Rides, Spooky Forest, Farm Animals, Tractors n’ Trucks Sand Toy Lot, Playhouses & Climbers, Wooden Milking Cow & Goat, Animated Singing Chicken Show, Corn Maze, Combine Climber & Silo Slide, Straw Pyramids & Jumps, Tractor Tire Climb, Rock n’ Ride Horseplay, Horse Swings, Spider Web Climb, Giant Tree Fort & Slide, Strawberry Mountain & Turbo Slide, Duckie Races, Nature Trail.  Weekend & Holiday Activities include: Pumpkin Cannon Show, Farm Bouncer, Pedal Tractor Track, Balloon Typhoon.  NEW this year is the 2 jumping pillows where you can jump until your heart’s content!

Want to be a Featured Farm?  Email us at info@vacationingwithkids.ca

Weekend Fun Guide (October 18-20 2013)

Fun things to do with the family in Ontario

Doesn’t the week seem to fly by after a long weekend?  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!

Featured Events and Local Attractions 

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Minifigure Trade In Event – Saturday, October 19th at Toys “R” Us

Bring in a LEGO Minifigure and trade it in for another one with our sales associates! Just look for a store associate wearing a LEGO badge! Visit your local Toys “R” Us store to participate!

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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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$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.

Be sure to check our recent visits to Downey’s Farm and Strom’s Farm to read about all the fun we had!

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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…

Adolphustown

The Great Pumpkin Hunt @ Bergeron Estate Winery – A winery highlight for families with children, each child gets to keep the pumpkin that they find, enjoy a slice of pizza and hot chocolate, and take a hay ride that leaves every half hour.  $10/child

Ajax

Pumpkinville @ Greenwood Conservation Area (Saturday only) – There will be lots to see and do, including a haunted house, pumpkin patch and carving contest, horse drawn wagon rides, petting zoo, face painting, hay jumping, plenty of tasty treats at the Pumpkinville Grill and so much more!

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!

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!

Campbellville

Spooktacular Halloween @ Mountsberg Conservation Area – In addition to all our incredible Fall into Nature activities you can start your Halloween festivities as the Spooktacular fun begins at Mountsberg the weekend of October 19th and 20th! This event is free with park admission and features plenty of hauntingly good fun for everyone: Pumpkin Patch, Toddler pumpkin maze, Haunted PlayBarn, Pumpkin Scavenger Hunt, Kids crafts, Harvest games, Bison rides.  What more could your little goul or goblin ask for?

Elora

Monster March Parade –  Put on your costume and gather with the Ghouls for a march down Metcalfe Street, Elora in the 6th annual Monster March Parade. Parade starts at 6:30 rain or shine.  Monetary or food donations are being collected for the Food Bank.

Halton 

Fall into Nature – Conservation Halton’s Fall into Nature festival celebrates the spectacular landscapes and colours of the Niagara Escarpment.  Festival events run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.on October 13th and 14th at all six of Conservation Halton’s main parks: Crawford LakeHilton FallsKelsoMountsbergMount Nemo and Rattlesnake Point Conservation Areas.

Hamilton

Fall Colours in the EcoPark – Join us for an exploration of the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark and its plants, wildlife, waterfalls and vistas. Refreshments and entertainment provided.

Keene

Spooky Halloween @Lang Pioneer Village – The Village transforms itself into a haunted haven for ghosts and ghouls!Witches and vampires, bats and spiders, they’re all coming out to give you a frightfully good time! Features include: Halloween games and contests, Ghastly Halloween treats, Halloween ghost craft for kids, Interact with live bats brought by the Ontario Specialized Species Centre(Saturday nights only) and Free tractor and wagon rides (weather permitting)

Kingston

5th Annual Kingston Zombie Walk – The Kingston Zombie Walk is back! Grab the family, slap on some fake blood, bring some non-perishables for the Kingston Youth Shelter and JOIN IN!! The walk will begin at Skeleton Park (McBurney Park on Ordnance & Clergy). Walkers are encouraged to start gathering after 3pm – the hoard moves downtown at 4pm, rain or shine.

Kingsville

Migration Festival – This Festival celebrates migration, heritage and conservation in Kingsville, Ontario. The theme for 2013 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 teh parade then OPP pumpkin carving and meet Clarol the Clown. Enjoy entertainment and food and buy local specialty goods at the Marketplace

Kitchener

Family Fun Day @ Steckle Farm –  Play in the grain discovery zone, visit with the Pig Mobile, cuddle our animals, and find out why autumn is our favorite time of the year at the farm! Enjoy dances and mini lessons from the Strathyre Highland and Intensely Irish dance troupes, and hear tall tales told by members of the Baden Storytellers Guild. We’ll also have Emily Beatty Imagery on site, ready to take some amazing family photos for you, with special packages being offered tailored to this event!  Maple Lodge Farms and Davids Tea will be handing out delicious samples.

Kitchener-Waterloo

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

Lambton

Fall Colour & Craft Festival – One of north Lambton’s biggest annual events, with over 100 craftspeople from across Southwestern Ontario. The perfect opportunity to pick up original gifts & decorations from a wide range of crafts people. Please note one paid admission at one venue allows free admission to the other – at the Lambton Heritage Museum

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 Saturday, October 19  6:30pm-10pm – 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.

Mississauga

Made by Hand Show – The Made by Hand Show features 30,000 square feet of original handmade work from more than 150 juried artists, artisans and designers from across Canada. With a variety range of prices and styles, there is something for everyone on your list. Don’t forget to pick up something for yourself too. A portion of door proceeds will benefit Crafting for a Cure. For more information please visit

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 2013 @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 Congress 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 Zombie Walk & Halloween Parade – Join the hordes of the living dead as they descend upon Toronto once more for the 2013 Toronto Zombie Walk and Halloween Parade in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation. 2013 marks the 11th annual Toronto Zombie Walk. Starting as a small gathering of seven people in 2003, the walk has grown into a full one-day festival with Halloween vendors, live entertainment and a walk that attracts more than 10,000 participants.

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 – A ghoulishly good time is brewing  and we’re hosting our first-ever Brick-or-Treat Event in celebration of Halloween. Come discover the haunted world we have to offer from the eerie streets of Toronto MINILAND to building your own Jack-o-Lantern completely out of LEGO® bricks! The fang-tastic festivities that are perfect for even the littlest ghouls and goblins include: Build pumpkins in our LEGO® Master Builder Academy, Receive a limited-edition Halloween factory brick while supplies last, Receive a limited-edition Halloween factory brick while supplies last and Dress up in your favourite Halloween Costume to enter our Best Costume Contest!

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 2013)

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What are you Thankful for this weekend?  This weekend is all about being thankful and spending time with friends and family, not to mention the copious amounts of food that we will all indulge in.  The weather is supposed to be fantastic so be sure to get out with your loved ones and enjoy fall in Ontario.  Wishing you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving weekend.

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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.

Be sure to check our recent visits to Downey’s Farm and Strom’s Farm to read about all the fun we had!

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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!

Around Town this Weekend…

Amhertsburg

Rotary’s Pumpkinville – It’s baaaaack! Autumn has hit Amherstburg, and it’s time to celebrate the harvest!  So, put on a costume and bring the whole family out for a day of fun-filled, Halloween themed activities: children’s rides, games, arts and craft vendors, contests and more!  Food and drink will be available.  Rain or shine, come out and join us for a spooktacular time!

Aurora

Colours of Fall Concert (Thursday night) – Start your Thanksgiving festivities with family and friends at the Colours of Fall Concert. As the leaves turn colour in the fall, enjoy one last concert in beautiful Town Park as an early celebration for Thanksgiving. Enjoy an evening of pumpkin carving, live entertainment and an old fashioned community corn roast.  This will be great fun for the whole family!

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

39th 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.

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 163rd 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)

Kitchener-Waterloo

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

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.

Milton 

Fall into Nature @ Crawford Lake – 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)

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

International Red Panda Day @ The Toronto Zoo – Learn all about these amazing and endangered creatures and meet our red panda family! Don’t miss a special meet-the-keeper talk plus enrichment feeding at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm and bid on fun prizes in a panda-themed silent auction. All proceeds support the Red Panda Network, an organization committed to the conservation of wild red pandas and their habitat.

Vaughan

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.

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!

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 (Sept 20-22 2013)

Fun things to do with the family in Ontario

Get out an have some family fun this weekend and celebrate all that Fall has to offer.  This weekend our weekend fun guide is full of fall fairs, festivals and harvest events that will have something for everyone to enjoy.

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Local farms are bustling with fall farm fun!  Check out our list of Farms in Ontario that will have your family enjoying the most the fall has to offer.   Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to enter to win Family Passes for a day of fun on some of these great farms!!

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

Around Town This Weekend…

Ancaster

Ancaster Fair – Fair fun includes: Dairy shows, sheep shearing, live entertainment, spelling bee, fun fair, midway, demolition derby, exhibits, horse shows, 4-H, homecrafts, baby show and more.

Bolton

Bolton Fall Fair – It all kicks off with Twoonie night on the Midway Thursday night.  The rest of the weekend is packed full with demolition derby, entertainment, food, exhibits, car show, animal shows, tractor pull and more.

Collingwood

Great Northern Exhibition – The list of fun is extensive for this weekend, including: Food, animals,  rides, entertainment, smash up derby, games, educational stuff, children’s tent, arts and crafts and the list goes on…

Drumbo

Fall Fair – The 2013 Theme: “Drumbo Fair – Udderly Amazing!”  Have fun all weekend long with children’s village, midway, horse show, beef show, food vendors, classic car show, exhibits and more.

Forest

Fall Fair – Fun for the whole family will be had at the fair this weekend with an ATV, Miniature Horse Show,  midway, Parade, Dairy Show, Light Horse Show,  Children’s Entertainment , Heavy Horse and Beef Show, Barrel Racing and Demolition Derby.

Grand Valley

Fall Fair – Fun at the fair includes: a Parade ,  Livestock, midway, farmer olympics, demolition derby, heavy horses, exhibits, tractor & truck pull and many more events for the whole family.

Haliburton Highlands

Hike Haliburton Festival – Hikes on public and private land trails led by knowledgeable and engaging guides.  There are new hikes & festival favourites that explore the natural & cultural heritage of the Haliburton Highlands.  There are contests with great prize and great places to stay and eat all while you enjoy the amazing fall colours.

Hillsburgh

Carrot Fest – Join us as we celebrate Everdale’s 15th anniversary growing farmers, food and community.  Enjoy the music of The Funky Mamas, visit with the animals, take a tour of the farm, pick your own carrots, have fun with the  kids activities and harvest games, enjoy some delicious food and of course there will be the World’s largest carrot cake.

Huntsville

Fall Fair – Annual Fall Fair with horse pulls and rides to please all. The fair has been a favourite with families and people just getting in touch with the agricultural side of Muskoka.

 

Lindsay

Lindsay Exhibition (LEX) – The theme of the 2013 LEX is ” FARMERS FEED YOU.  The LEX is 5 day fall fair and exhibition full of entertainment, concerts, midway rides, demolition derby, truck & tract pull, and agricultural competitions and displays.

Lucknow

Fall Fair – Fall fair fun includes:  Livestock Shows, Heavy Horse Show, Teen/Adult Dance, Log Sawing, Soap Box Derby, Agricultural & Homecraft Exhibits, Arm Wrestling, Texting Competition, midway and more.

Milton

Milton farm Craft Show @ Country Heritage Park – Discover something to delight all your needs including: Gourmet Food, Fashion, Art, Furnishings, Skin Care, Jewellery, Stained Glass & more

Morrisburg

Fall Fair @ Upper Canada Village – Come out for the annual reenactment of a traditional 1860 fair complete with livestock,  best of things made and grown at Upper Canada Village, gricultural and dairy products, vegetables, flowers, handiwork and fine art .

Newmarket

Buskerfestival – Outdoor buskers and stage performers including juggling, magic, puppetry, music, comedy, theatre, face painting, balloon twists, caricatures, clowning, dance, music and circus stunts. Free admission.

Ottawa

Richmond Fair –  The Fair promotes agricultural awareness within the City of Ottawa, a city with the largest agricultural land base and agricultural economy in Canada.  In addition there will be a demolition derby, live music shows, aerial shows, rock climbing, reptile shows, BMX bike shows, etc. provide a vast array of entertaining events for the whole family.

International Animation Festival – The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) is the largest event of its kind in North America, a major film event attracting attendees from around the world. Film buffs, art lovers and cartoon fans won’t want to miss this year’s great line up of screenings.

Parkhill

Fall Fair – Our theme this year is Magic, Memories and Music. We hope to provide you with lots of music, magic shows and new this year a Classic Car show and activities to give you a walk down memory lane. Gable Bros Amusements will be our midway provider and of course the weekend will conclude Sunday with the most popular derby around Middlesex County!

Port Elgin

Wild for the Arts Festival – Join us for this fun weekend and prepare to be inspired by nature!  Free family fun, writing and art inspired by nature. Campground studio tour and sale, unique canvas, children’s art and writing activities and campfire, along with musical interludes in the woods

Richmond Hill

Family Fair @ Crosby Park – Crosby Park Family Fair entertains families of all ages in a carnival type setting, including your favourite cartoon characters, inflatables, children’s entertainers and much more.

St George

Applefest – There’s something “a-peeling” for everyone at Applefest.  A fantastic festival highlighting apples, pies, crafts, artisans, live entertainment, kids’ rides and much more.

Stratford

Fall Fair – The Stratford Fall Fair has a super fun weekend planned with exhibits, midway, 4-H show, Battle of the bands, shows, contests and entertainment.

Thornhill

Village Festival – Held on the streets of historic Thornhill, the festival will include a Parade, 130 booths, a variety of food, beer garden, great music, rides and events for kids and teens, Battle re-enactments and More!

Toronto

Pioneer Harvest Festival @ Black Creek Pioneer Village – This Mennonite and Pennsylvia-German festival is full of delicious foods such as home made pies, cheese curds, sausages, apple butter, hand-made ice cream and more.  Don’t miss the fast-paced, one of a kind quilt auction!  There will also be wagon rides, kid’s activities, music and livestock programs.

Windfest – Kites, kites and more kites.  Windfest is Toronto’s largest kite festival. From expert kite fliers, to kids flying their first kite, there is a space for everyone at WindFest. Kite flying is a fun, safe, creative and multi-cultural activity that anyone can enjoy! We’ll have workshops on how to make kites, and how to fly kites too!

Sweets & Treats Festival @ Sugar Beach – Taste some of Toronto’s best sweets, from the food trucks and vendors as well as other delectable treats. There will also be a beer and wine garden and buskers performing throughout the day. This all-ages event features tons of activities for the kids. To add to the excitement there will be a midway of rides and inflatables.

The Grapevine Festival – There will be various shows and programs for both kids and adults, some of the activities are: Unique foods that feature the flavours of the neighbourhood, wine and cheese tasting, live entertainment, children’s rides, activities and inflatables.

Word on the Street – Canada’s Largest One-Day Book and Magazine Festival And it’s FREE!  There will be lots of family-fun activities at the festival. KidStreet is a special area of the park devoted to families, and offers exciting children’s programming all day in the TVO Kids Stage, the TD Children’s Literature Tent and the Children’s Activity Tent.

Waterloo

Royal Medieval Faire – Hear Ye… Hear Ye… Welcome lords and ladies to the Royal Medieval Faire! Huzzah! The Royal Medieval Faire is one of the premier medieval festivals in Ontario. Join us for our 16th year and a great celebration with food, music, magic and swordplay

Windsor

Children’s Fest – Children’s Fest is a fun, family friendly festival where kids of all ages enjoy live music, creative arts, food, hands-on safety and healthy lifestyle activities and more. Now in it’s 18th year, this annual fall event combines great live entertainment with lots of fun educational activities that encourage children and their families to create, explore and learn in an exciting environment

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 26-28 2012)

Decorations are going up all over Ontario towns in anticipation for Halloween!  Kids are getting excited and can’t wait to sport their new costumes and get loads of candy.  Too be honest, I can’t wait to go through their candy when they are asleep and “sample” to make sure it is safe ;-).  Across Ontario there are lots of great pre-Halloween activities to get you and the family in the spirit and keep you busy this weekend!

Aylmer 

Clovermead Pumpkin Festival – Come celebrate the world of pumpkins, when the bees are tucked away in their hives, come out and play. Pick your-own pumpkin from the field, the great pumpkin drop from the windmill tower, pumpkin seed spitting contest, apple sling shot, a pumpkin cannon show, tractor wagon rides, animals, straw bale fort, and huge jumping pillow. Bushels of fresh family fun on our Adventure Farm.

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!

Burlington 

Treats in our Streets in Downtown Burlington – Dress up the kids and head to Downtown Burlington as they celebrate Halloween with Treats in the Streets.  Enjoy food, entertainment and more plus trick or treat your way around the downtown including a stop at our visitor centre.

Campbellville

Spooktacular Halloween @ Mountsberg Conservation Area.  Free event with park admission.  Hauntingly good fun for the whole family, including: Creatures of the Night presentations with live snakes, Bird of Prey Presentations – Owls & Vultures Halloween Special!, Haunted PlayBarn, Scary Skeleton Scavenger Hunt, Kids “tattoo” parlour & crafts, Harvest games and Bison rides

Cambridge

Harvest Celebration – Tiny Tots in costumes are welcome to trick or treat at participating Downtown Businesses…Look for a pumpkin and the “Tiny Tots Treat Stop” official decal in the window.Free Crafts and Pumpkin Decorating for kids. Free Apple Cider. Market Ghost Walk for kids. Michele Hopkins and dance crew will be performing a Thriller Zombie Dance at the market. Free Cupcake Decorating in Wesley United Church – Come make a Toothy Pumpkin or a Friendly Ghost Cupcake

Elmvale 

Pumpkin Mania @ Rounds Ranch – Enjoy some family time on a wagon ride to pick your own pumpkin, Pie eating contests, pumpkin toss, Pumpkin slam dunk, Pumpkin hockey, Pumpkin seed spitting, or spend some time in the play area with the animals, on the pedal carts, corn maze or riding a pony.

Erin

Boo at the Shelter@ UCHS – Come and join in the fun!  We will be handing out treats to the little ones who come dressed in Halloween costume….pictures will taken too!  Maybe one of the shelter animals awaiting adoption will spook you in their costume!!

Gananoque

Haunted Walk – Offering a very special Halloween version of our Ghosts and Legends of Gananoque tour, which will include a visit inside a haunted hotel! Hear of ghost ships, pirate raids, and tales of Gananoque’s haunted houses at the spookiest time of the year!  Leaves from the Blink Bonnie Restaurant at 50 Main Street in Gananoque, Ontario.

Ganaraska

3rd Annual Harvest Hike  – This fundraising event, in support of the numerous community projects supported by Northumberland Sunrise Rotary, and local charities, such as the Duir School, Canadian Fire Fighters Museum and Rebound Youth Services, will take place in the magnificent Ganaraska Forest; refreshment and prizes for the winners will follow inside the Ganaraska Forest Centre.

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!

Guelph

Harvest Fun @ 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 (3 miles of paths), Sand Pit, Pedal Carts ,Cedar Spiral and a Pumpkin of a Show Puppet Show

Hanover

Hanover Haunt – The weekend kicks off with a Family Dance & Costume Party offering prizes for best family costume, dancing, games and fun!  Then Saturday and Sunday afternoons bring the kids down to the Hanover Park for an afternoon of fright!  Run through the hay maze, enjoy yummy treats like candy floss and kettle corn, make a craft, get your face painted and then walk through the Village.  Before you leave don’t forget the Haunted Wagon Ride through the park.  Priscilla will greet you at the entry with warnings of  Howling Wolves, Screaming Ghosts, and Jason the resident skeleton.

Keene

Spooky Halloween @ Lang Pioneer Village – The Village transforms itself into a haunted haven for ghosts and ghouls! Witches and vampires, bats and spiders, they’re all coming out to give you a frightfully good time!  This has become one of the most popular Halloween events in the region for families with young children.  Lots of fun for monsters of all ages!

Leamington 

Fall Fun @ Thiessen Orchards – Hours of fun at Thiessen Orchards as you enjoy the Bouncy Castle, Barrel Train ride, Face painting, the Corn Maze and hay rides. Apple sales, the Kountry Kitchen, haymow, pumpkin patch and picnic area are open everyday as well.  Now Open is their Haunted barn…if you dare!

Lindsay

Haunted Fall Festival at Gamiing Nature Centre. Pumpkin Carving, Face Painting, Haunted Trail Bingo, Games and Crafts and more. From 7pm – 10pm Haunted Hikes for the older “kids”. Admission by donation 1884 Pigeon Lake Road between Lindsay and Bobcaygeon

London

Summerside Halloween Parade – Celebrate Halloween in Summerside! Our first annual Halloween event and parade is absolutely free to families and will have fantastic activities and snacks for kids followed by a Halloween costume parade down the pathways of Meadowgate Park!

Markham

Pumpkinland @ Whittamore’s Farm – Here’s what you’ll find at the “Farm in the City”; 1,000 of Pumpkins, Wagon Rides, Spooky Forest, Farm Animals, Tractors n’ Trucks Sand Toy Lot, Playhouses & Climbers, Wooden Milking Cow & Goat, Animated Singing Chicken Show, Corn Maze, Combine Climber & Silo Slide, Straw Pyramids & Jumps, Tractor Tire Climb, Rock n’ Ride Horseplay, Horse Swings, Spider Web Climb, Giant Tree Fort & Slide, Strawberry Mountain & Turbo Slide, Duckie Races, Nature Trail.  Weekend & Holiday Activities include: Pumpkin Cannon Show, Farm Bouncer, Pedal Tractor Track, Balloon Typhoon

Midland

Marsh Monster Madness @ 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, Pumpkin Bowling, 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.

Niagara Falls

Haunted Hayride  @ Warner Ranch and Pumpkin Farm – During their Halloween season enjoy the fright and delight of the Haunted Hayride, held the last three week-ends in October on Fridays and Saturdays with the first ride going out at 7:00 pm with the last ride departing at 10:45 pm.  The hayride lasts 30 minutes and takes you through 50 acres of haunted forest.  It will ‘jolt’ you off your seat.

FREE Halloween Double Feature @ Scotiabank Convention Centre – Calling all parents! Bring out your dearest, scariest little devil, ghost or demon for an afternoon of FREE family friendly big screen Halloween entertainment in the Fallsview Theatre at the Scotiabank Convention Centre, in Niagara Falls.

Ottawa

Cannamore Orchard – “Home of the Spooky wagon ride”  They offer outdoor finger and patio stone mazes,  a pipe maze, an indoor dark maze, rainbow maze, many play structures for children, a sand box with toys and the picnic areas.  Visit the animal corral and see our singing chickens!

Owen Sound

Hobgoblin Frolic at Grey Roots – Put on your costume and come out to Grey Roots Museum & Archives for a fabulous Hallowe’en celebration with lots of fun. Decorate a Hallowe’en cupcake treat to take home. This event takes place in Moreston Heritage Village, so please dress for the weather.  Join us at Grey Roots from 1-4 p.m. for a fun-filled, safe, family event.

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!

Port Hope 

Pumpkin Fest @ Port Hope Memorial Park (Sunday only) – Free for children and their families. Make a jack o’ lantern, enjoy a snack and a drink and listen to some music.

Richmond Hill

Halloween Party at Play & Party Indoor Playground – Bring your kids this Saturday, October 27, 2.30-4.30 pm  Fun for kids of all ages: gym, slide, soft play area for tots and movie theatre. Wear your costumes! Complimentary refreshments and popcorn. All welcome.

Rockton

Haunted Halloween @ Westfield Heritage Village – The village will be lit by lanterns, pumpkins and moonlight, and visitors will be treated to a magical evening of folklore, surprise and mystery. During this family friendly event, visitors of all ages will be able to explore the village’s unique setting and discover the origins and traditions of Halloweens past.

Stoney Creek

Haunted Family Fun @ Green Mountain Farm – Hamilton Area’s destination for haunted family fun!  For the Fall this farm offers Haunted hay rides, a haunted barn, corn maze, pumpkin carriages, pioneer village and animal corral.  Food is available for purchase and they serve TIM HORTONS coffee!  Each weekend they have a little something different for their visitors … Cash Mob, Scavenger hunt, Spooktacular giveaways and Creepy crawly costume party!

Sudbury

Dynamic Earth Halloween @ Science North – Dynamic Earth will be transformed into one of Sudbury’s most fun and thrilling Halloween Headquarters! For families with kids 12 and under, visit the above-ground fairy tale enchanted forest where you will venture on a quest like no other! Enjoy fun fairy tale adventures this year with games, challenges and take-home crafts. All with the creepy, crawly excitement of Halloween!

Terra Cotta

Halloween Haunted Forest @ Terra Cotta Conservation Area – Enjoy an evening of spooky fun for children 12 and under and meet the mysterious spirits of Terror Cotta, presented by “To Be Determined Theatre Co.” Discover haunted wagon rides, a spooky hay bale maze, bonfires, story tellers, nature activities, tasty barbecue fare and more.

Toronto

Boo at the Zoo @ Toronto Zoo – Follow along the Zoo’s “Pumpkin Trail” to discover trick-or-treat activity stations throughout the Tundra Trek and check out Arctic wolves, foxes and polar bears – oh my! Take part in our “Critters and Costumes Parade” at 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm daily. Best of all, up to two kids in costume (12 and under) get in FREE when accompanied by an adult.

Fall Cottage Life Show @ The International Centre – Celebrate every season at the lake. There will be more than 200 exhibitors dedicated to the very best products and services to enhance your retreat, you can research cottage renovations, construction, building products, and design and architectural services, and check out fun stuff like boats, water toys, arts and décor, furnishings for indoors and out, and gift ideas for every cottager on your list.

Howling Hootenanny @ Black Creek Pioneer Village – Kids can enjoy the Haunted Maze, pumpkin decorating, apple sling shot, trick or treating, Entertainers and more.

Boo-Tastic Trick or Treat @ Casa Loma – Calling all children. Dress in your favourite Halloween costume and come to Casa Loma for our special trick or treat programme. All children will have the opportunity to decorate 12 mini-cupcakes to take home (scary black and orange icing and sprinkles included). Afterwards, they will go on a special ‘trick or treat’ tour on the second floor of Casa Loma – be prepared with a trick to receive a treat!

Made by Hand Show @ The International Centre – There will b over 190 Handmade Exhibitors, free face painting, surprise Princess visits, Free swag bags for the first 100 families and so much more

Change for Kids Monster March and Fun Fair @ Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital – Celebrate Halloween with the whole family and help create a world of possibility for kids with disabilities. Be sure to wear your costumes for this 2 km accessible walk-a-thon with trick-or-treat stations. Involve your work and school to raise pledges and walk in support of kids with disabilities, all while having a ghoulishly good time! Top fundraiser wins a great prize. Event includes great entertainment and a family fun fair.

Vaughan

Camp Spooky @ Canada’s Wonderland – Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the whole Peanuts gang for Camp Spooky – a fun Halloween event for the whole family! With children’s rides, spooky mazes, candy, daily children’s costume parade and Charlie Brown’s Trick or Treat live show, Camp Spooky at Canada’s Wonderland will make your kids scream for more!  Campy Spooky is included with park admission.

Windsor

Gesto Spook House – The Gesto Spookhouse is put on each year by a group of volunteers who build it, create the exhibits, and put on a scary performance. Each year approximately 75-100 volunteers start donating their time in September to put the Spookhouse together for everyone to enjoy.

October is a perfect time to get out and have fun with the family!

So much to see and do around Ontario this time of year!  We have some suggestions to get you going…

Pumpkinfests, Harvest Festivals and Spooky Farms are always great fun.  Check out our picks for some fun farms to visit this October.http://wp.me/p2INNB-2D

And let’s not forget all the natural beauty of our local Conservation areas for a family outing http://bit.ly/Ps0kTR

Here are some great events happening across Ontario this weekend:

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

Barrie Film Festival – This ten-day festival is back this fall, featuring a selection of over 25 of the finest films from Canada and around the world. Also returning this year is our popular Director’s Brunch, Short Film Competition showcase, guest Q&As and receptions.

Burlington

Agriculture in the City @ Burlington Mall –  This is a free, family oriented, urban festival that explores how agriculture is all around us, everyday.  Highlights include: Mooonica the Mechanical Cow – kids can milk Mooonica and learn about life on a dairy farm, Cooking demonstrations with delicious samples for the audience, Celebrity Chef and award-winning Niagara author Lynn Ogryzlo, So You Think You Can Farm? – everyone can play this fun, educational game and Balloon animal art

Georgetown

International Flavours (Saturday only) – A Taste of Downtown Georgetown features the restaurants and food venues in Downtown…and you are invited! Sample Indian, Irish, Italian, Thai, Chinese, Gourmet, Confectioneries and more! You can sample 4 food venues with your purchase of a passport.

Halton 

Fall into Nature – Conservation Halton’s Fall into Nature festival celebrates the spectacular landscapes and colours of the Niagara Escarpment.  Festival events run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.on October 13th and 14th at all six of Conservation Halton’s main parks: Crawford LakeHilton FallsKelsoMountsbergMount Nemo and Rattlesnake Point Conservation Areas. 

Huron County 

Doors Open Huron County – Huron County’s rich and unique military history, as part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, includes four training bases within its borders – Goderich, Port Albert, Clinton and Centralia. The base at Goderich was for elementary air training, while the one at Centralia was advanced. The base at Port Albert was for navigation and Clinton’s was for radar.  There will be themed events and activities including a military tattoo, airplane exhibit, guest speakers, re-enactment and more!

Merrickville

Jazz Fest– 2nd Annual Jazz Fest proceeds will be supporting www.funwithbooks.org.  Enjoy a wide variety of jazz performances at local venues.

Ottawa

Health Fest  at Neapean Sportsplex – A show and sale featuring the products and services of local businesses with a special focus on health & wellness, local food and green lifestyle. Admission is by donation. Funds collected benefit three worthy charities

Sexapalooza – Okay so it’s not really family oriented but hey Mom and Dad might need a fun night out!   Featuring vendors, entertainment, seminars and so much more

Taste of the Valley – A celebration of local foods and products. The goal of the event is to promote “made in Renfrew County products.” An amazing assortment of pork, beef, lamb, chicken, produce, maple syrup, honey, ice cream, as well as many local artists, wood crafters and musical entertainment.

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!

Stirling

Hastings County Beer Festival – Sample Ontario craft beers and taste local food and cheeses. A selection of ciders and wines from Prince Edward County and area are also available. Enjoy live music, beer education, and much more!

Toronto

Hudson’s 1st Birthday  @ The Toronto Zoo – Join us at 12 noon as we begin the celebration of Hudson the polar bear cub’s 1st birthday! *Party festivities will include a special keeper talk, birthday treats, a cub size icicle birthday cake for Hudson and the chance to sign a polar bear-sized birthday card. This will be one party you won’t want to miss! *While supplies last

Creativ Festival – You will get up-close-and-personal hands-on instruction from innovative designers, skilled artisans and industry experts. There’s something for everyone whether beginner, seasoned pro or even if you’ve never crafted before!

Exposure at the International Centre – Exposure is Canada’s Largest Photo and Video Consumer Show!  There will be an exciting array of products to browse through and buy, attend informative FREE seminars and more.

Garlic Festival  – Who doesn’t love garlic?  There will be speakers, demos and even a garlic breath contest!!

Running Health and Fitness Show – Whether you are a seasoned runner or just starting out, you will want to attend this!  The major athletic brands will be present as are a multitude of other exhibitors showing and selling everything from socks to global navigation devices to the latest niche products and everything in-between. The show has more manufacturers, more international races, more charities, more running publications, more medical companies and the best selection of retailers you will ever see under one roof. There is plenty to engage beginner and the serious distance runner alike.

The Toronto Ski, Snowboard & Travel Show @ The Better Living Centre at Exhibition Place – Once a year this magical winter one-stop shopping extravaganza happens under one roof! The show is a montage of manufacturers, retailers, resorts, entertainment and associations whose mission is to help you fully enjoy your time on the hills and mountains. If you “live” to spend quality time on the slopes, and you’d like to kick off this season with a bang, make plans to visit this years show! And remember, an active winter is a great winter!

Toronto Fall RV Show & Sale at the Toronto Congress 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

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.

Enjoy creating new memories with your family this weekend!

 

Family Fun this Weekend (Sept. 21-23, 2012)

Check out all the cool stuff you and your family can do this weekend … September 21-23, 2012

Ajax (Saturday only)

Courtyard Country Fall Fair– Old fashion country fun!  Food competitions, Kid’s cupcake competition, free food samples, games, crafts, activities and fortune telling.  Charity cut for the Cure & Hair extensions for Alzheimer Society

All events are free although donations to the Alzheimer Society are appreciated. Festivities take place at Pickering Village

Ancaster 

Fall Fair at the Ancaster Fair Grounds. Craft exhibits, Quilt draw, Farm equipment, Old MacDonald’s Farm, Black Smith display and demo, Entertainment and Midway

Barrie 

3rd Annual Great Canadian Beaver Race & Festival  held  at Heritage Park. The Great Canadian Beaver Race & Festival is a celebration of all things Canadian with a focus on the iconic beaver. All proceeds from this event are donated to deserving groups and charities.  Check the Schedule of EventsDownload the Colouring Contest.

Haliburton

Hike Haliburton – Over 40 guided and themed hikes, Almost 200 km of hiking trails, Four days of hiking including Night Hikes, Awesome autumn colours, Great places to stay and eat, Evening concerts and art shows

Keswick

Harvest Festival – Celebrate the arrival of autumn with vintage farm equipment, food, crafts, music and more. Please visit

Lindsay

157th Lindsay Central Exhibition – Bull riding rodeo, RCMP Musical ride, Tractor pull, Derby, Children’s events, food vendors and much more

Midhurst

Midhurst Arts & Crafts Tour – Find everything from one of a kind paintings, to pottery, jewellery, soap, candles, home decor, sweet treats and even recycled art!

Milton

159th Milton Fall Fair held at the Milton Fair Grounds.  Entertainment, Demolition Derby, Pet Show, Kids craft zone, Midway, Cattle show, Tractor pull, Art displays, food vendors and much much more maps

Oakville (Saturday September 22, 2012)

AutumnFest –  Enjoy the magnificent fall colours in our picturesque Bronte Harbour Village by the Lake.  Shop, taste, smell, learn, and laugh with our friendly merchants and service providers. Look for end of summer bargains, fall or pre-Christmas treasures. Lot of fun demonstrations and entertainment for all.

Owen Sound

Sweetwater Music Festival – For our 9th season we offer audience favourites Adrian Butterfield, Phil Dwyer and Kenneth Slowik and many others. Also the young Canadian super star Phillippe Sly, winner of last year’s Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

St. Catherines

Niagara Wine Festival – Canada’s largest annual celebration of Ontario’s award-winning wineries and vineyards.  Join us for two incredible weekends of programming as we present the 61stannual Niagara Wine Festival.  See our Program of Events for more information as to what is happening each night of the festival.

Ottawa

Ottawa International Animation Festival – Every September, the Ottawa International Animation Festival presents the world’s most cutting-edge, quirky and important animation. The nation’s capital will once again become the center of the animation universe. The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) is the largest event of its kind in North America, a major film event attracting attendees from around the world. Film buffs, art lovers and cartoon fans won’t want to miss this year’s great line up of screenings taking place at ByTowne Cinema, National Gallery of Canada, Empire Theatres Rideau Centre and Arts Court Theatre.

Port Hope

All Canadian Jazz Festival – Three fabulous days of great all-Canadian jazz music, food, drink, and an art show. Performers include Brass Transit, The Imprints, Heavyweights Brass Band, Ori Dagan, The Jensen Sisters Sextet with Joel Miller, Heather Bambrick, TD Canada Trust Young Jazz Showcase, All-Canadian Legends, Sharon Riley and Faith Chorale, Heavy Weather, Diana Panton, and Swing Shift Big Band. The “Blow Your Own Horn” Jazz Parade starts at 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, September 22, and travels down Walton Street through Port Hope’s famous downtown heritage district, features a wide variety of floats and performers, in addition to a walking jam session open to all comers.

For more information and tickets, visit www.allcanadianjazz.ca or call 1-855-731-9310.

Stratford

Savour Stratford Culinary Festival – Ontario’s foremost celebration of authentic local cuisine with 12 award winning chefs, 30 illuminating tutored tastings, cooking shows and skills workshops led by renowned culinary authors, artisans and innovators and exclusive sampling events.

Our local food heritage spans over 150 years and this year’s theme is “Celebrating Our Culinary Roots”.

Stratford’s culinary festival is set in one of Ontario’s loveliest heritage towns. Freely roam the outdoor farmers and artisan markets, sampling local fare accompanied by music concerts in our picturesque historic Market Square and our heritage garden district.

Toronto (Sunnyside Beach)

 Juried Art show & sale – The fifth annual Sunnyside Beach Juried Art Show & Sale returns to the historic Sunnyside Pavilion fromSeptember 21st-23rd, 2012. Join us as we bring together over 70 emerging and established painters, sculptors, illustrators, photographers and installation artists.

During the three-day art event, we will also host children’s art workshops on a drop-in basis, create a large-scale painting with the help of our visitors, inspired by iconic Sunnyside Beach, and hold a silent art auction in support of Canadian charity Freeing the Human Spirit. We are looking forward to seeing what will evolve when art brings us all together.

Fall Home Show – Design, Renovate and Style your Life.  Toronto’s largest fall home has finally arrived.  Four days only to design, style and renovate your life all under one roof.  Find innovative products & great deals with over 300 retailers and industry experts!  Takes place at the Better Living Centre Toronto

Science Centre Community Day – Celebrate Community Day with FREE general admission* to the Science Centre and a special price for IMAX® films!

Presented by TELUS, Community Day is the Science Centre’s way of celebrating science with the whole community. In addition to FREE admission and special programming in the Centre throughout the day, we invite all adults to become children again! For this day only, adult visitors will be able to turn back the clock to see the popular IMAX film Under the Sea at the children’s price.