Ontario Fall Farm Fun Guide

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Fall is in the air and the farms across Ontario are gearing up for fall fun on the farm.  One of the great things about living in Ontario is that there are lots of farms that offer fun for families.  Escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and create some great family memories on one of the great local farms listed below.

Featured Farms

 

Brampton

Downey’s Farm – 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!

 

 

Ottawa

Cannamore Orchards – 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!

Markham

Whittamore’s Farm – 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!

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Ontario Farms

Ayr

Snyder’s Family Farm Enjoy a day out in the country! We have something for everyone, puppet shows, petting zoo, hayride, corn maze, and so much more. Fall treats to tempt anyone, freshly made caramel apples, deep fried mars bars and pumpkin pie. Over 16 activities to enjoy, come out to Snyder’s Family Farm and create memories to last a lifetime.

Barrie

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

Brantford

Brantwood Farm Fall Festival Weekends – Face Painting, Pony Rides, Hayrides, Corn Maze, Haunted Hay Maze, Obstacle Course, Pumpkin Bowling, Needle-In-Haystack, Pumpkin Putt, Pumpkin Bounce, Pumpkin Picking, Apple Picking and Food.

Brighton

Cricklewood Farm – This is our 13th year of designing and creating our corn maze.  This year a percentage of our maze sales will be donated to the Canadian Wildlife Federation with our goal being $2,000.00The 6 acre corn maze is in the shape of 3 American Badgers. There are close to 2 miles of pathways for you to explore. The shortest path is about a mile in length. Be sure to check out the Toddlers and Grandparents Maze. It’s only 1/2 acre in size and is included in our regular maze admission price. It’s short and easy to do, and a prize awaits your return

Cambridge

Yeehaw Adventure Farm – Weekends in October come out to the Harvest Halloween Hillbilly Hoedown! The great weekend activity is Fall-Farm-Fun- Hillbilly Style! Good old fashion country fun for the whole family-Seniors and Jr (of course), families (big and small!) corporate and large groups, church youth groups always welcome!

Cornwall

McMaze – 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!

Dundas

Dyment’s – So much to do at this Farm!!  Activities include: Barnyard Play Area, Machinery Shed, Straw Fort, Corn Bin, Animal Farm, Bouncing Ball Track, Spook Hut & Spookley Theatre, Agri-Maze, Trike Track, Wagon Rides, Corn Maze, Zip line, Inflatable Farm Train, 9 hole mini putt, Dyment’s own fry truck (YUM)

Hanes Corn Maze – Hanes isn’t just a corn maze.  But the corn maze will amaze or haunt you.  You can also visit with the farm animals, run in the play areas, have a picnic,  and do hands-on activities. Don’t forget to pick up our pumpkin from the pumpkin patch while you are there.

Dunville

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

Elmvale

Rounds Ranch Pumpkin Mania – 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.

Fonthill

Howell Family Pumpkin Farm – Come join them on the farm for the Haunted Spook barn , Super corney cobbs maze adventure, Pumpkin slingshot, Haystack jumping, Train-o-saurus Rex ride, Rubber duckie race, Straw jump barn and so much more

Guelph

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

Hampton

Pingle’s Farm Market – 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.

Ingersoll

Leaping Deer Adventure Farm – Spend an afternoon at Leaping Deer Adventure Farm and Market and you’ll find plenty of fun activities to keep the family entertained.  Watch your fave pig race, tackle the maze, go on a wagon ride, pick your own pumpkin and so much more!

Lakefield

Buckhorn Berry Farm – You can’t help but have a great day with all these fun activities!!  Your admission includes: Daily Entertainment – Tim Holland, Barnyard Animals , Mazes (a straw bale maze and 2 corn mazes, one of them is haunted, Play area with a huge sand pile, Pumpkin Bowling,  Bonesville Cemetery, Pumpkin Patch Wagon Rides and Pumpkin Cannon.  Don’t forget to check out the Haunted Barn and the Junior Spook Barn for a small additional fee!

Leamington

Milton

Springridge Farm – Everyone loves Harvest Festival at Springridge Farm where families will enjoy: A professional puppet show, Wagon ride to the 5-acre, Corn Trail, Spooky Boo Barn, Spiderweb Climber, Farm Yard Pipe Slide, Access to the Fun Farm Yard: Farm Animal Barn, Escarpment Educational Lookout, Giant Sandbox, Plywood Milking Cow, Witches Mouth Corn Trail, Tricky Trails Corn Maze, Straw Bale Jumping & Pyramids

Niagara Falls

Warner Ranch and  Pumpkin Farm – Haunted Hayride – During the Halloween season enjoy the fright and delight of our 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.  Our Haunted Hayride attractions will ‘jolt’ you off your seat. Venture through our haunted forest in October, if you dare!

Ottawa

Saunder’s Farm – Family Fall-tastic Fun!  Just to name a few things, your family will have fun in the Pumpkin patch, mazes, Hayride, Barn of terror, Puppet shows, Pedal cart track, Monster parade, Activity zone, Discovery barn and SO much more.

Maple Hill Corn Maze – A-Maize-ing Fall Fun for the whole family! Get Lost in our Adventure Maze, hop on a hay ride, & play the Corny Facts Game. Have lots of fun in our 15 acre corn maze!!  To go through the maze at night bring a flashlight and add a whole new challenge.

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.  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!

Pembroke

Hugli’s Blueberry Ranch  – Fall Family Fun admission includes: Tunnel Hill Slide, Pedal Carts, Pig Races at Hugli’s Speedway, 6 Acre Corn Maze with Educational Signs & Colour Find Game (fun for big kids too!), New Bouncing Animal Buddies, New 125 foot Tube Slide, Hop Dot Colour Maze, Pumpkin Cannon Show with pirates , Pirate Ship Maze, Hay & Pumpkin Mazes, Duck Races, Giant Hill Slide, Giant Sand Box, Hay Jump, Country Puppet Show, Jumping Horse Swings, Friendly Animals, Wagon Rides to the Pumpkin Patch (pumpkins not included), Haunted House of Terror (includes the scary wagon ride to and from the house) and 6 Acre Creepy Corn Maze crawling with, spooky creatures at night, The Magic of Illusionist Steven Anthony – evenings only

Port Stanley

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

Schomberg

Puck’s Farm, It’s Fun! – So much fun to be had at Puck’s Farm  this fall including; Carnival Rides, Fall Colours, Pumpkins for Sale, Pony Rides, Horse Drawn Wagon Rides, the Amazing Maze and Friendly Critters! Merry-Go-Round, Bouncing Castle, Tubs of Fun, Kiddie Ferris Wheel, Frolic and Kids Train

Stayner

Fernwood Farms & Market – Pumpkinland will be open the last 3 weekends in October  which will include Wagon rides, Corn Maze, Games, Mini Putt, Pumpkin Hunt, Pick your own pumpkin, play areas and animals.

Stoney Creek

Green Mountain Farm – Hamilton Area’s destination for haunted family fun!  For the Fall this Hamilton 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!

St. Clements

Nauman’s Farm –  Fun activities you can do with the family at the farm include a Corn maze, Rope Maze, Straw Jump, Straw Mountain, Beam Swing, Sand Pit, Two new, Giant Tube Slides and the fantastic Pumpkin Slingshots!!!  Open weekends until October 31st

 St. Thomas

Ferguson’s Produce – Scarecrow Days – Lots of fun to be had for the whole family in the corn maze, target shooting with gourds, Halloween displays, Face painting, Horse drawn wagon rides, Make your own scarecrow, pick your pumpkin and then enjoy some burgers and fries.

Talbotville Berry Farm – Join in on the fun of the Fall Family Weekends!  Pick your pumpkin, go for a wagon ride , try your skills at the corn maze, eat lots of yummy treats and try the haunted maze if you dare! The kiddies can play the Maze Game! Every Child goes home with a Baby Pumpkin & Colouring Page!

Thorndale

Apple Land Station – Come to “Pumpkin Hollow” and find the perfect pumpkin for your fall decorating.  There are hundreds to choose from.  Take a family time home with you and carve Jack-o-Lanterns for everyone…maybe you’ll find the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!  While you’re hear enjoy a visit with the animus, take a ride on the train, spend lots of time playing or rolling down sand mountain and end it all off with a stroll through the corn maze.

Thunder Bay

Gammondale Pumpkinfest – Your admission includes: A tractor pulled wagon ride to the mazes with prizes. Farm animals, tire swing, trike trails, Kids Corny Maze, BOO Barn, Pumpkin Sling Shots, Pumpkin Catapult, Black Tire’d Horses, Corn Stalk Horses, Bronco Train, Rubber Ducky Races, and NEW Pumpkin Peddle Carts.

Uxbridge

Cooper’s CSA Farm & Maze – There’s plenty for the family to do on the farm. In addition to our 10 acre corn labyrinth, we are home to a giant corn box, a combine harvester slide, horse swings, mini mazes, echo tubes, animal viewings, wagon rides, and a farm kitchen full of delicious homemade treats. Come and shop at our farm store for great produce, baked goods and preserves.

Waterdown

Parkside Farms – Admission to Pumpkinfest includes ; A Pumpkin, Wagon Ride, Story Book Forest and the Corn Maze.  Be sure to visit the animals while you are there and grab a treat from the farm market

Frootogo Orchards – Experience Fall at the farm.  The fun includes mini corn maze, slides and swings, tot play area, jumping straw, giant sand box, trikes, animals and more.  New this year, there will be puppet shows and a large corn maze.

Waterford

Vango Adventure Farm –  A wonderful world for families and children to explore and experience farm life, animals, and TONS of fun activities. While our park is fairly new, we’ve been in the farming industry for several years and wanted a way to share the fun of farm-life with everyone.

Know of a great farm that offers Fall fun or are you the owner of a Farm in Ontario?  Please share it with us at info@vacationingwithkids.ca

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!

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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!!

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

Around Town This Weekend…

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 (Sept 13-15 2013)

Fun things to do with the family in Ontario

Welcome to the season of apple picking, fall festivals, fairs and all things Autumn!!  I love this time of year as there are so many fun activities that you can attend or do with your family.  Check out our Weekend Fun Guide and you are sure to find a few fun things for family fun this weekend!

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

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The Force is with LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Toronto this Weekend!!  As the Jedi continue to wage their centuries-old conflict with the Sith, you are invited to dress up as your favourite Star WarsTM character and participate in various activities.

FUN planned for LEGO® Star Wars Days, include:
– Assisting the Master Model Builder in a group build;
– Taking photos with a life-sized LEGO® Darth Vader;
– A chance to win four free annual passes in the MINILAND – Scavenger Hunt by finding the hundreds of Star WarsTM characters that have invaded MINILAND
– A best costume contest that will be hosted on our Facebook site.
– Hangout with the 501 Legion Stormtroopers and other characters!

12-21-2012 9-22-26 AMThe Terry Fox run takes place this Sunday September 15th at locations across Canada.  There is no entry fee and no minimum donation.  Bring your family out and support Cancer research.  Find a run location near you

 

Around Town This Weekend…

Acton

Fall Fair – Celebrating 100 years, the Acton Fall Fair will have entertainment from Tractor/Truck Pulls to Equestrian and Livestock shows,
competitions, and of course the midway rides and food.  You’ll find something you like.

Beaverton

Fall Fair – Celebrating 160 years of fun, the weekend includes, the Beaverton Dairy and Durham West 4-H Championship Beef Show, Junior Gymkhana, Haflinger and Heavy Horse Show. And back with popular demand, the ever so famous Demolition Derby Saturday night.

Beeton 

Fall Fair – The Beeton Agricultural Society is proud to present one of the oldest agricultural fall fairs in Canada. Celebrating 157 years the Beeton Fall Fair provides a great weekend of family fun with exhibits, demonstrations, competitions and rides that is sure to provide great entertainment for all ages.

Binbrook

Fall Fair – Come out for a weekend of fun with the family, including: midway, demolition derby, exhibits, tractor pull, shows, demonstrations and more.

Bracebridge

Fall Fair & Horse Show – With its strong tradition of horse and tractor pulls, horticultural and livestock displays, midway entertainment and fabulous food, the Fall Fair consistently offers many activities to enjoy and experience.

Brampton

Fall Fair – Celebrating 160 years of FUN! 4-H Shows, Dairy, Beef & Sheep, Hay & Grain, Horses, Poultry, Pigeon & Rabbit, Antique Farm Machinery, Homecraft, Antiques, Midway, Demolition Derby, Tractor Pull. Something for everyone! $20 for a 4 day pass. Parking is always free.

Burlington

Missing Links Fun Day – Missing Links is opening its doors to host a celebration for our agency, families, friends and the community. Fun for the whole family can be experienced for a free day of entertainment with activities, music, a party bus full of games, bouncers, vendors, face painting and snacks for all. In addition to hosting a fabulous party, we will be holding a silent auction and raffle in attempts to raise funds for our extended programming needs.

Fergus

Fall Fair – This weekend is packed full of animal shows and demonstrations, tractor pull, live entertainment, exhibits, midway and lots of agricultural demos.

Hamilton

Telling Tales @ Westfield Heritage Village – This festival has something for every age. Avid readers and, most importantly, reluctant readers will find this a rewarding experience.  A celebration of stories in many forms. A new annual family experience to take your grand-children to years from now. A place to discover what’s new and what’s never forgotten in the realm of children’s stories.

Kingston

Fall Fair – The 183rd Kingston Fall Fair at the Kingston Memorial Centre Fairgrounds includes the 17th annual Country Singing Showdown, CCW Wrestling, Horse and Cattle shows and World’s Finest Shows!

London

Pow Wow @ Museum of Archaeology – Visitors can spend the whole day taking part in the endless activities and workshops we offer including: Traditional dancers, singers, drummers, storytellers, Art and cooking demonstrations, Hand drum, Four Medicines, Beading, Lacrosse, & Mandala making workshops, London Potter’s Guild Pit Firing; Flint Knapping demonstrations, Iroquois Beadwork Exhibit from the Royal Ontario Museum, Food and Craft vendors featuring traditional items, Child & Youth Activities and Tour the Museum

Milford

Fall Fair – 60+ Years and going strong, the Milford Fair is a lovely reminder of a simpler time and a true agricultural fair. No midway, but the kids will love the sack races, the 3-legged races and cow pie bingo! One of the best parades in The County, face painting, exhibits local entertainment all day.

Milverton

Fall Fair – A full weekend of family fun to celebrate 150 years of promoting agriculture and the environment in our community!  Events include: Fireworks, Tractor Pulls, Roller Derby, Livestock Shows, Fair Food, Pie Garden, Licensed Area, Kids Outdoor Activities and Live Music including music groups “The Torchmen” and “Dry County.”

New Liskeard

Fall Fair – Come on down to join our family event & visit Sammy the Scarecrow ! Take part in the animals, attractions, entertainment, exhibits & the midway. Laugh with your friends & Family; Share amongst yourselves & Grow your agricultural heritage

Niagara Falls

Garlic Festival – It is a delicious culinary event in Niagara-On-The-Lake, where there are vendors from all over Ontario that either grow garlic, like elephant or music, or incorporate garlic into their dishes like jams and jellies even chocolate. There will be cooking demo’s, garlic braiding also how to grow garlic. with lots more to see. Try Garlic Ice Cream.

Oro

World Fair – The Oro World’s Fair showcases and celebrates agriculture and rural living. Hundreds of exhibits, a midway, demolition derby, tractor pull and great food make the Oro World’s Fair fun for the entire family.

Ottawa

Electric Fields Festival – Electric Fields is a festival about play. Artists at play. Technology at play. Everything perched in a state between unknown and known, on the exciting edge of unpredictable, ready to create a new experience for the audience and artist alike.

Owen Sound

Ribfest – This is a family event with free gate admission, live music and kids’ activities.  Teams of Ribbers compete for various trophies including best ribs, best chicken, best sauce and the coveted “People’s Choice” award — as chosen by the festival attendees.

Port Hope 

Annual Fall Fair – Don’t miss the oldest fair in central Ontario where the fun includes: live entertainment, petting zoo and pony rides, midway, tractor and horse pull, demo derby, antique cars and tractors and more.

Seaforth

Fall Fair – The 168th year of this fun event includes: Ambassador & Citizenship Awards Dinner, Exhibits, the Bike Draw, Parade, Lawn Mower Races, Demolition Derby, both Junior and Adult Dances and much more!

Shelburne

Fall Fair – The fun is never ending this weekend!  Fun includes: Lamb & Large Pumpkin Auction, Fair Ambassador Competition, Heavy Horses, 4-H Dairy, 4-H Open Sheep Show, Activities For Kids, 4-H Beef Show, Charolais Show, Demolition DerbyLawn Tractor Races, Antique Cars, Midway All Weekend.   

Spencerville

Fall Fair – Peruse the learning barn and all the exhibits, take a ride on the midway, eat some yummy fair food, watch lots of live entertainment and demonstrations, visit the animals and watch the smash up derby.

Stratford

Dragon Boat Festival – The Annual Stratford Rotary Dragon Boat Festival is a one day, recreational, Hong Kong style race. Over sixty teams participate. The Grand Champion and Community Division Champions are honoured with trophies at the closing ceremonies. Proceeds from the event support community activities.

Toronto

Bloor West Village Ukranian Festival – On top of the music, dancers and musicians,  you will find vendor kiosks: delicious authentic Ukrainian food and beverages, beautiful souvenirs, interactive pavilions, and more. This year you can also enjoy SIDEWALK SALE shopping at the local Bloor West Village businesses. There is a midway for kids and youth. Take in the colourful parade on Saturday morning at 11am.

Roncesvalles Polish Festival – Great entertainment is the key to any great festival, and we’ve got it all, from award-winning buskers and street performers to fantastic polka bands, Polish folklore and dance groups, and great local musicians of every variety on six stages with continuous music all Saturday and Sunday. Oh and don’t forget to sample some of the delicious food!

Gluten Free Expo @ Metro Toronto Convention Centre – Discover, sample and buy Gluten Free products from over 100 exhibitors while learning from health and cooking expo

Welland

Fall Fair – “COWBOY BOOTS & COUNTRY ROOTS” this is the theme for this year’s fall fair.  There will be lots of fun for the whole family, including: midway, fireworks, kids shows, entertainment, food, demonstrations, exhibits, horse show and more.

Woodstock

Apple Festival @ Birtch Farm – Come celebrate the apple season as we host our annual Apple Festival.  Horse drawn wagon rides through the orchard, along the “Apple Tale Trail”, colourful autumn displays and yummy apple treats baked in very own bakery are just some of the pleasures that await you. Lunch, fresh from the grill and listening to live music will enhance your experience.  Farmer Bob’s Barnyard Adventure will be in full swing with several new activities.