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This Thanksgiving we are thankful for all of you that support us on FB, Instagram, Twitter and right here on our blog.  To say thanks to you, we are giving away some passes to local attractions so you can have some fun with your family!

 

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre

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Win 1 family day-pass (admits 5 people) to Legoland Discover Centre in Vaughan

 

Bird Kingdom

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Reptilia

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Win 4 VIP zoo passes to Reptilia in Vaughan

Good Luck to you all!

Bingemans is a splashin’ good time for the entire family! #Review

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We are always up for trying out new places for family fun so when we were invited to visit Bingemans in Kitchener, my family was totally excited.  I had been years ago but had never been with the kids.

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Thankfully we got a nice sunny day so it was a perfect day for the waterpark and we spent our entire day there.  Big Splash has 7 different waterslides, a heated wave pool and a splash area so there’s something for everyone.

Besides riding the slides over and over again, we also enjoyed this about the water park:

  • There is cool music pumping through the speakers all day
  • Lots of loungers and chairs with shady areas available
  • There is an ice cream hut on location as well as a snack bar but I love the fact that you can bring in your own food.  We packed up a cooler with sandwiches, fruit, veggies and water and then hit the ice cream place for dessert.
  • Staff is super friendly and attentive to the safety of all guests
  • Bathrooms and the park in general were very clean

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Beyond the Big Splash water park… 

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For sure, the water park was the highlight of our kids day but there are so many other things you can do at Bingemans.  Included in your daytime entry, you can also use the pool, mini golf and beach volleyball.  We loved the mini golf!  As a competitive family, this course was a great family battle on this super cute course to see who would be victorious.  I am happy to say that the winner was…. ME!

Onsite there is also Funworx which has video games, a climbing area and a ropes course.  We barely made it there to play due to all the fun we had in the waterpark.  The kids were a little disappointed because we didn’t have socks for them which is required on the climbing structure and neither were wearing close toed shoes for the ropes course.  Now we could have bought socks but they were quite happy to play some video games, grab some fries and head back to our site for the night.  KingPin bowling looked cool as well but again there was the time factor.  That being said, when we return we will be sure to stay more than one night so we can make time to do everything.

Camping At Bingemans…

Because one day at Bingemans is not enough to take in all the fun, why not consider staying the night. In advance, you can book a campsite to tent or park your trailer or stay in a cabin or a yurt.  We stayed the night in a Yurt for the first time ever and it was a cool experience!

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In Yurt Village, you will find9 yurts that you can stay in if you are looking for a hassle free way to spend the night.  The best thing we found with the yurt is that there was barely any set-up required.  The yurt was equipped with 2 sets of bunks (single over single and single over double), a small table and chairs and a front locking door to keep all you valuables safe while you are away from the site.  Thick canvas sides keep you protected from the elements with the side windows allowing for good airflow.  Each site is equipped with a picnic table for outdoor eating or games and a fire pit for yummy nighttime snacks.  Oh and the kids were excited that the yurt had an electrical outlet so they could charge their iPads for a late night movie.  All in all it was a cool experience with an easy set-up.  When asked if they would yurt camp again I got 2 really loud cheers and 1 cheer for regular tent camping.  Whatever the liking, we can come back and enjoy Bingemans again in a tent or in a yurt and have a great time!

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Thanks to Bingemans for hosting us for a fun time and we can’t wait to return in the near future!

WIN a family fun day at Bingemans!!

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Capture Memories with the OneDay App #Review #Giveaway

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I am always a little emotional thinking about my kids getting bigger but at Christmas time I think the emotions are heightened.  How long will they believe in the magic of Christmas, Santa and still have that special sparkle in their eye on Christmas morning?  Even as I write that I get a little teary!  Yep, i’m a sap!

I am always that Mom snapping a bazillion pictures and capturing movies on my iPhone to try and preserve the memories we create when they are young.  I was pretty excited to find this new app called OneDay because they can help me capture and keep some memories in a really cool way.

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OneDay is the go-to place to help you tell your children’s story one day at a time.”

The basic idea behind OneDay Instant Movie Maker is that you ask your kids a bunch of  questions from the topics provided and then record their answers.  When done, you will have a short video of your child answering the questions set to music that you can download to watch later and to share with friends and family.  There are all different topics ranging from Christmas, to thoughts about Mom and Dad to what they want to be when they grow up.  With Christmas right around the corner I thought it would be cute to get their thoughts on Christmas and the jolly big guy himself.

Here are my kiddies and their view of all things Christmas …

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Oh 2 more reasons why I think the OneDay App is great …

1. Watch your kids grow – Every year you can ask your child the same questions and see how their answers and thoughts change year after year

2. Your  kids can easily use this app on their own to film you or their friends!  Download it on their own devices let their future film makers emerge!

 

So what are you waiting for?  Download the OneDay app now and start capturing some cute memories of your kiddos to share with friends and family!

Oh and did I mention that there was a great giveaway you could enter too?  Enter to win a $150 Visa gift card to help you pay off those Christmas bills :-)

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Ross Petty’s Cinderella is fantastically funny #Review #Giveaway

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Ross Petty’s Cinderella is a fantastically funny musical that your entire family will love!  This gags to riches family musical marks the 19th annual holiday extravaganza in Toronto and is a must see this holiday season for your family.

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Now you may be thinking that Cinderella is a “girl show”, but I want to tell you that you couldn’t be further from the truth when it comes to this Ross Petty Production.  Sure it’s got the basic story line of the fairytale but then you through in some outrageous twists to the story, awesome humour, some unplanned cast mishaps, ad libbing and audience interaction and you have the best Cinderella story to come to stage in years!

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Why we love Cinderella…the Ross Petty version

First of all, we  love that Ross Petty himself is a main character in his own production.  Decked out in a dress (of course), Petty plays the part of the evil stepmom, Revolta Bulldoza.  Ross takes on this role with the right mix of  humour, tackiness and smugness.   The audience loves to hate Ross Petty!  Booing his character throughout the performance as he comes on the stage or says something the crowd doesn’t like never gets old with the young and old in the audience.

Back for another year is the one of a kind, you can’t help but laugh at, the one and only….Plumbum.  Dan Chameroy once again plays this role with total laugh out loud humour and loveable awkwardness.  No Petty production would be complete without Plumbum!  Wait…what??  You don’t know who Plumbum is?  Well you need to find out by catching this show!

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The evil step sisters were absolutely hilarious!  From their funny songs, constant banter, whining and total outrageousness, these sisters had us in stitches the entire night.  Kinda hard to dislike them when they are just so darn loveable … in an annoying evil step sister kinda way of course.

Now the bell of the ball, Cinderella was obviously a highlight of the night for all the little ladies in the house.  Played by the super talented Danielle Wade, we were  awed by her beautiful voice and wowed by the gorgeous dress she wore to the ball.  Uhmm…where would I find that dress Ross?

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And of course we can’t forget about Cinderella’s “Prince Charming” who goes by the name Max Charming.  Played by the oh so handsome Jeff Lillico, Charming is a pop star who goes on a reality show to find the love of his life.  You will be charmed by his voice AND his good looks.

Spoiler alert – Be prepared to oooh and ahhh when Cinderella’s carriage comes out on staged pulled by real horses.  All the little girls in the audience went wild with excitement when they saw them.  Nice touch!

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 Here’s why our family loves Ross Petty Productions, why your family will too and why we will be going back year after year!

Entertaining for the whole family – The kids will enjoy the fairytale part of the production, the set and costumes and most of the humour while the adults get the added bonus of the grown up jokes.  You won’t leave with anyone saying they didn’t LOVE it!

Interactive – This isn’t your usual ‘take your seats, sit back and enjoy the show’ kind of show.  We love how the crowd gets involved with cheering and booing and how the actors react and comment back to the crowd

Ad lib humour – The cast goes with the flow of the show and that is one of the best parts.  Cast members mess up their lines or trip from time to time in live performances and the cast will just run with it and make the best of it which adds even more humour to the show.

The cast – The on stage cast is pretty small for a production of this length (approx 1hr 45 mins) but it’s neat to see how many different roles they play throughout the performance.

Genuine Appreciation – Ross Petty genuinely appreciates and respects the cast he works with on the production.  He took he time to thank everyone for coming and thanked the cast for being so great and said how he enjoyed working with them all

BELLY LAUGHS – And last but certainly not least …belly laughs!  Nothing beats hearing your child laughing so hard that they laugh from their belly.  Our son (who is 9) laughed so hard that he had tears in his eyes at one point.  Now THAT is good entertainment :-)

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To Ross, all the cast, crew and staff that worked on this year’s production of Cinderella, I say BRAVO on an amazing show that our entire family loved!!  Thank you and we’ll see you next year!

So now that you can’t wait to see the show, check out the dates, times and ticket info here

Cinderella plays at the Elgin Theatre until January 4, 2015

Or

Want to WIN tickets to the show?  Enter our giveaway

iPad Mini Giveaway

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We’ve teamed up with some great bloggers to bring you an AWESOME giveaway!  You could win an iPad Mini!  Yep you read that right.  Who wouldn’t want to win this great prize?  It might as well be YOU so enter below
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Weekend Fun Guide (August 29-31 2014)

Weekend Fun Guide

Welcome to the last long weekend of Summer 2014!  It’s back to school time on Tuesday for most kids but there are plenty of things to take your mind off that in our Weekend Fun Guide!  Get out and have some fun with your family this weekend!

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Fall is just around the corner so be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to hear all about our Fall Farm Fun Giveaways and enter to win some fun on the farm with your family!

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We are giving away family passes to Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament and the Ontario Science Centre!  Enter to win some friendly fun!!

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

Drive-ins in Ontario

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

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

Around Town this Weekend…

Brampton

Wingfest – An all day outdoor event which will included the sale of tasty chicken wings from a variety of locals restaurants, ice cream, corn on the cob and a beer garden.  Family day activities include fun for children with face painting by Pockets The Clown, jumping castle, a magician, a colouring contest with lots of prizes and live bands to entertain everyone.

Burlington

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

Collingwood

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

Hagersville

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

Hamilton

Sweet Summer Sundays @ Westfield Heritage Village – Relax and enjoy the tranquility of the Village in summertime. Why not bring a picnic and find a shady spot under a sprawling maple? Or, treat yourself to some lovely homemade biscuits and jam and other goods

Kincardine

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

Kirkfield

Kirkfield Festival – Come on out for the Kirkfield festival where you can enjoy the Antique Car Show , Pancake Breakfast, wagon rides, entertainment, Vendors and Display Booths and lots Fun for the Whole Family.

London

Family FunFest – The Islamic Centre of Southwest Ontario presents Family Fun Fest from 12-4 in support of Jumpstart. Enjoy family activities and a BBQ!  Fun for the entire family!

Long Point 

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

Mitchell

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

Newington

Fall Fair – Newington is pumped full of excitement over the Labour Day weekend with the annual Stormont County Fair. Entering its 147th edition, the fair has always amassed a huge crowd for its exciting events like the demolition derby, the talent show, the midway, the competitive softball tournaments and the live entertainment. With so much to do, the four-day event is a great way to celebrate the unofficial end of summer.

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.

Paris

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

Perth

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

St, Thomas 

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

Sudbury

Ribfest – Serving the tastiest-lip smakin’ ribs, chicken and pork, this event will also include live music, a children’s area, merchandise village and more food!

Toronto

Ashkenaz Festival – North America’s premier festival of global Jewish music and culture returns with its 10th biennial celebration. Over 200 artists from more than a dozen countries will showcase the vibrancy and brilliance of Jewish artistic traditions, from traditional styles to cutting-edge, cross-cultural fusion.

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!

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Weekend Fun Guide (August 22-24 2014)

Weekend Fun Guide

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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We are giving away family passes to Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament and the Ontario Science Centre!  Enter to win some friendly fun!!

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!

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

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Around Town this Weekend…

Almonte

North Lanark Highland Games – Celebrate the Scottish culture and heritage of the Ottawa Valley at the 31st annual North Lanark Highland Games.  There will be twenty pipe bands, a hundred dancers and champion heavyweight athletes combine to present what is recognized as one of the Ottawa valley’s premier summer events.

Barrie

Barrie Fair – Our 2014 Fair will continue in this tradition by hosting judged events of livestock, horses, and home crafts. The Fair will also see displays of a variety of vendors and exhibits which will be of interest to all visitors of the Fair. An exciting Midway and attractions like the Demolition Derby and Tractor Pulls will certainly make it another Fair not to miss!

Latin Fest – Latin Fest is taking over Centennial beach. There will be live music, beer tents, food & service vendors and a kid zone!

Blackstock

Blackstock Fair – Bring the entire family out for a weekend of fun including a parade, livestock shows, petting zoo, music, food, tractor pull, demolition derby and so much more.

Blue Mountains

FunkenGruven – Get ready for some FUNK with Bambalamb & friends as they shake up the Village during this high energy, musical weekend! Featuring soulful guitarist Cécile Doo-Kingué  and other top Canadian talent often featured on CBC Radio 2

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!

Ingersoll

Harvest Festival – Join us as the community comes together to celebrate Ingersoll’s agricultural past with a variety of activities and events such as the Kiwanis Rural Urban Night on Wednesday, the Chamber of Commerce’s Wine and Food event on Thursday, and the Ingersoll BIA’s downtown sidewalk sales on Friday! On Saturday and Sunday, the event moves down to Centennial Park where a variety of activities such as threshing demonstrations, lawn tractor races, and children’s activities take place.

Keene

Harvest Days @ Lang Pioneer Village – Food, glorious food! As we see a revived interest in growing and harvesting vegetables and fruits in our own gardens, come and 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 prepared for winter in the country. Get a favourite family recipe from each time period, learn how the whole family was involved, see the various farm equipment and how it works and much more!

Kingston

Teddy Bear Picnic – Children will be able to enjoy over a dozen activities, old favorites and new, in good Teddy Bear Picnic fashion.  This years picnic is stacked with fun stuff to see and do, including: Horse Drawn Wagon Rides, Face Painting, Cookie Decorating, Petting Zoo, Reptile Petting Zoo, Sand Castle Station, Air Castles, Water Fun (Bring swimwear), Live Music and SO MUCH MORE!!!!!!!!!!

Mallorytown

Village Fair – At this old fashioned time for the whole family, you can enjoy music, face painting, children’s activities, horse & wagon rides, vintage farm equipment, local artists and vendors, competitions, exhibits and lots more!

Markdale

Fall Fair – Come out for a weekend of fun at the 156th Markdale Fall Fair.  They’ll have events all weekend including exhibits, vendors, LIVE MUSIC, Fall Fair Idol, children’s area and much more.

Milton

Family Outdoor Movie Night @ Kelso – Join friends and family under the stars to watch an all-time favourite. Bring lawn chairs, blanket, sit back, relax and enjoy. Snacks are available for purchase.  Featured Movie: FROZEN

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.

Palmerston

Palmerston Fair – Be Sure to visit this years fall fair at the palmerston fair grounds. With tons of activities for all ages the fair is a great place to spend the weekend with your family.

Peterborough 

Folk Festival – A three-day festival in the heart of the beautiful city of Peterborough, Ontario with lots of music, workshops, food and craft vendors, we’re certain that you’ll love our festival as much as we do!

Smith Falls

Trainfest – Do you love trains? Ever seen an operating model railway? Ever watched a handcar race, or taken a guided horse-and-wagon tour of our railway history? Well then, gear up and get ready for the 5th Annual Smiths Falls Trainfest. The weekend will feature a variety of vendors, exhibitors, demonstrations, workshops, a kid’s tent, food vendors, and so much more fun for the whole family!

Smooth Rock Falls 

Smooth Truck Fest – We have put together another great line-up of events for the entire family. There is a wide variety of activities planned throughout the weekend that highlight our local interest and foster great opportunities for meeting and making new friends. Join us in a weekend of great fun and enjoyment and experience what makes Smooth Rock Falls the place to be!

Straffordville

Watermelon Fest –  Family fun day in Straffordville Community Park, 56169 Heritage Line. Entertainment, kids games & activities, food and displays.  Come out for a FREE admission fun day in the Park.

Sudbury

SummerFest – Sudbury SummerFest is proud to present one of the best main stage festivals Sudbury has ever seen. From hard Canadian rock and pop to new and rising country stars, this year’s festival definitely has something for everyone!

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!

Aloha Toronto – Pack your sunscreen, surfer stoke and join us for the largest beach party ever to happen in Toronto that is benefitting autism awareness! The full weekend event will include an elite and leisure SUP race, a cross lake paddle challenge (10 hours of paddling!), live entertainment, DJs, volleyball and stand up paddling for all.  Come experience ‘aloha’ in Toronto!

Telus TAIWANfest – Featuring tantalizing cooking demonstrations and musical performances by some of the top acts in Taiwan and 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!

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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Bean Festival – Come and visit the Custom Rod & Antique Car Show, Midway, Street Market and grab a plate of our Famous Bean Dinner! Main Stage band performances by Allison Brown, Mozart’s Melody Makers, Rusty Vine, AbraKIDabra, Marcel Gelinas, and our feature ROCK band RIBBED!

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

WIN a family day-pass to Ontario Science Centre

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Six levels of fun and creative learning awaits you and your family at the Ontario Science Centre.  This great Ontario attraction has over 500 exhibits, interactive experiences, IMAX® films, live demonstrations and KidSpark, a learn-through-play area that is specifically designed for kids eight and under.  No matter what part of Science your family is interested in, you will find exhibits on anatomy, astronomy, nature, geology, music, traveling exhibits and more.

The Ontario Science Centre is fun for the entire family and we want to send one lucky family for a day of fun!

WIN one family passes (for up to 5 people) to the Ontario Science Centre

Follow Ontario Science Centre on Twitter and Facebook for information, events and cool science facts

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416-696-1000 (toll free: 1-888-696-1110)

There’s so much to do at the Toronto Zoo #Review

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When you think of the Toronto Zoo you automatically think of all the wonderful animals that you can see there.  Yes this is true but there is so much more to the zoo as well.   Let me take you through all the fun we recently had at the zoo with our family…

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The Animals

Everyone loves visiting the animals at the zoo and obviously our family is no different.  The animals are simply amazing in the size, grandeur and their beauty.  From big to small we were amazed by them all.  You can find a list of the over 5,000 animals that call the zoo home here

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Be sure to stop by and see the cuteness that is Humphrey, the 1 year old Polar Bear.  He is as full of energy and as playful as a regular toddler.  Our kids were belly laughing at how funny he was.  They could have spent hours watching Humphrey.

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The giant pandas, Er Shun and Da Mao, are currently two of the most popular and visited animals at the Toronto Zoo.  Your tour of the Giant Panda Experience begins in the state-of-the-art Panda Interpretive Centre.  Here you can learn all about what Pandas like to eat, where they originate from, learn cool facts, play games and even see a nice big sample of what their poop looks like.  Clearly, the kids got a good kick out of that!  Once done in the exhibit you can meet the Pandas themselves.  They are such fantastic looking animals and as my daughter puts it, they look like giant teddy bears.  Absolutely a must see exhibit when you visit the Zoo. Clearly this guy (below) had eaten enough bamboo and just needed a good old nap.

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In addition to all the animals that live outside at the zoo, there are also many indoor animal pavilions where you can take a break from the outside elements and enjoy the animals.  Whether your frolicking with the butterflies, laughing at the gorillas monkeying around or coming as close to a python as you would ever get without getting eaten, you will truly find all of the pavilions fascinating and educational.  All of the pavilions are well signed telling you what animal you are looking at and special information on all of them.  But remember, please do not knock on the glass!

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Many of the animals have a time to Meet the Keeper.  During this time you will learn lots of cool facts about that specific animals habitat, behaviours, diet, watch a feeding and maybe have the chance to ask any questions you may have.  Each of the animals will have a posted time to meet the zookeeper or you can find it online so you can plan to be back there on time. We had the pleasure of seeing the penguin keeper and learn about them.  They are such cute little guys!!

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The Zoomobile

Be sure to take a ride on  the Zoomobile to get a “behind the scenes” look and guided tour all around the zoo.  Your all day ride pass let’s you get on and off at different parts of the zoo so you can see it all without the little ones getting all tuckered out before the day is through.  For only $8.00 per person or $28.00 for a family of four, the Zoomobile made our list of must-dos at the Zoo.

More fun for the kids…

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New this year and probably the biggest highlight of the day for our kids, next to the animals, was the Gorilla Climb ropes course.  For $8 per person, your children can test their fears and climb as high as they want and try out all the different rope bridges to cross the obstacle course.  All safety harnessed up, our 6 & 8 year old spent almost a good hour facing their fears and being the daredevils that they are.  I could hear the crowds cheering on my 6 yr old daughter as she crossed what most thought was the craziest part of the entire course.  In her words, “It was nothing Mommy”!  Absolutely a well spent $16 for them do enjoy the Gorilla Climb ropes course.  There are height restrictions and adults are welcome on the course as well but I can guarantee you that this is something all kids will love and it’s definitely not to be missed.

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Your kids will love Discovery Zone which is geared towards them.  Discovery Zone houses a children’s zoo, animal demonstrations, theatre shows and a great place to cool down after all the walking you’ve done all day.  Splash Island is a fairly large water park area where you can a find some great water slides, climbers and water sprayers.

A little more info on the Toronto Zoo…

There are always special events taking place at the Zoo, so make sure to visit their website and see what’s coming up

Have your children check out the videos and games on the Zoos website to learn more about the animals in a fun and interactive way.

Admission Rates for May 1 to October 31

 General Admission (ages 13 – 64) $28.00 ($24.78 + $3.22 HST)

Senior (ages 65+) $23.00 ($20.35 + $2.65 HST)

Child (ages 3 – 12) $18.00 ($15.93 + $2.07 HST)

Child (ages 2 & younger) FREE

Parking is an additional $10.00 upon entry

Toronto Zoo is open year round for your family’s enjoyment!

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WIN Passes to the Toronto Zoo!!

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Disclosure – We were provided with free passes to visit the Toronto Zoo but all opinions are our own