5 Reasons Why you Should Send Your Child to Camp this Summer

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For the past 5 years we have sent our kids to Summer Camp at Ontario Pioneer Camp in Port Sydney, Ontario.


Some of our friends think we’re a little bit nuts to just drop our kids off 3 hours from home and leave them there for a week to “fend for themselves”.  Others think it’s a fabulous experience for the kids and I agree.

Here is why we send our kids to camp every Summer and think you should too:

1.  Create Independence – Being away from home can’t help but foster independence in your child.  Our son left for camp his first year as a shy boy and came back a confident and social kid that could’t wait to go back to school.

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2.  Let them experience new things – Summer camp gives a great variety of new experiences for your child.  From archery and high ropes to group campfires and trying new foods.  At camp, there is no lack of new experiences year after year

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3.  Make great Summer memories – The memories they will make will be so special and endless.  Believe it or not, this rock has special memories for my son as this is where he would go his first year to reflect on his day and think of home.  For the past 5 years he makes a point of visiting “his rock” when at camp.  There are SO many other memories that he adds to his list year after year

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4. Step outside their confort zone – Being away from home is already out of their comfort zone but sleeping in a cabin with no solid walls takes that a little further.  But guess what?  The kids think it’s a blast!!!

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5.  Make friends that will last a lifetime – Each year the kids will make new friends and catch up with the ones that they met the years before.  One of the best things is the great counsellors they meet and help make their week at camp awesome.

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BONUS – A week without KIDS!!  Kinda like a week-long date night!!

Snappy Towels – Our favourite new adventure towel

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Our family is all about Summer fun!  We spend most of our time swimming, visiting splash pads, running through the sprinkler and jumping in the lake.  Yep, Summer for us is pretty much all about water fun.

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I recently heard about a new company out of Toronto, ON called Snappy towels.  There concept is simple but one that makes so much sense.  You know one of those, “how did I not think of this myself” good ideas.

The 411 on Snappy Towels

Snappy Towels transform from beach towel to cape to hooded towel to cover-up in a snap!

Perfect for boys and girls 2 and up, Snappy Towels are fun at the beach, bath time, swimming lessons and everywhere in between. Sized just right for kids, Snappy Towels are 50″ x 27″, mid-weight 100% cotton.

Snappy Towels have colorful snaps that allow them to be worn as a super hero cape, princess robe, hooded towel, poncho, blanket wrap and more. The only limit is a child’s imagination!

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What the Kids love about their new Snappy Towels:

– They are “soft and cuddly”

– They are big enough to wrap up most of their body

– They can work the snaps by themselves

And their absolute favourite reasons is the different ways they can use them…

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  Here’s what Mom loves about Snappy Towels:

– The size is perfect for our every day outings, not too big and not too small

– The towels are customizable

– Pick your towel colour (pink, blue or green)

– Choose your snap colour (white, yellow or blue)

–  Add your name or a nickname

– Choose the font your would like your name written in (Choose from 3 fonts)

– Great quality!

Washes well.  After washing them I was happy to see there was no pilling, the snaps and embroidery were all in tact

– When the kids go to sleepaway camp this Summer there is no need for a label because they are embroidered with their names

– They are a Canadian company!

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Summer Vacation hasn’t even barely started yet and our Snappy Towels have already been on so many adventures with us with so many more to come!

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Follow Snappy Towels on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to keep up to date on this great new product and company

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Find out how Your Child’s Day at School REALLY was!

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How often do you ask your kids how their day was and get the answer, fine.  What did you do at school today? Nothing. More and more I learn that this is common amongst kids but I found out the hard way that there are better ways to find out how your child’s day went.

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When I think of one of my biggest parent fails, I think of the time that my son was in grade 1 and he lied to me.  He lied to me and it was the best thing that could have happened.

Every day I would ask him who he played with and he would say nobody.  He said he walked around by himself, read a book or look at his Pokemon cards.  You can understand as a parent that this broke my heart to think that he was alone and had nobody to play with.  He didn’t seem to be bothered by this and said he enjoyed recess.  I would continue to ask every day how his recess was and who he played with and the answer remained the same, recess was fine and he played by himself.

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And then it happened one day, when I asked him who he played with, he named off two boys in his class and my Mommy heart swelled with happiness… and then it broke.  He quickly recanted his statement and said “Mommy I lied, i’m sorry, I played by myself but I didn’t want you to feel sad.  I enjoy watching the other kids and just doing what I want to do.”  In that moment I felt like a total failure as a parent as my child felt like he had to lie to spare my feelings.  He was a happy child and what I felt should make him sad was actually what made him happy and made him enjoy his recess.  Now that he is a little older he has lots of friends that he plays with and recess is all about the fun with his buddies.  What I learned from this experience is that I needed to change up the questions I asked when the kids came home so I would get actual answers and get a little more insight into the whole school picture rather than dwelling on one area and assuming that I knew how they were feeling

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Here are some of the questions we now ask our kids about school and we can’t get them to stop talking about their day now…

– What was the high and the low of your day? (this is their fave)

– Tell me your favourite new thing you learned today?

– What was the hardest/easiest thing you had to do today?

– How did you help or someone help you today?

– What was favourite thing you did at recess/lunch?

– If you could sit beside anyone in class who would it be and why?

– Who do you think has the best lunch at school?  What do they bring?

– Math, Science or Social Studies – Tell me one thing you learned today

– What was the funniest thing that you saw today?

– If you were a teacher, what is one rule you would make for the classroom and what would you want the kids to learn the most?

 

 

 

Weekend Fun Guide (Sept 27-29 2013)

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

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September 27, 28 and 29th are Culture Days across Canada.  Culture Days raises the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.  With the support of volunteer groups at the national, provincial and local levels, hundreds of thousands of artists, cultural workers, organizations and groups, volunteers and supporters  self-mobilize to host free participatory public activities that take place in hundreds of cities and towns throughout the country.

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

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

Around Town This Weekend…

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Ancaster

Gem, Mineral, Bead & Jewellery Show – Try on the latest in fashionable jewellery.  See crystals, fossils & magnificent rocks from all over the world!  Shop at over 35 dealers.  Take a free seminar on rocks, fossils, dinosaurs or crystals.

Barrie

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

Oktoberfest – The Annual Oktoberfest is a way to celebrate German/Bavarian heritage and have a uniquely fun social outing right here in Barrie!  Authentic music, food, festhallen (the wonderfully renovated Eastview Arena!), and of course…beer & schnapps!!!!

Belfountain

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

Bobcaygeon

Fall Fair –  Fun to be had for the entire family!  There will be a Demolition Derby, Tractor & Truck Pull,  Horse Show, Horse Pull, Dance, Parade, Homecraft Exhibits, Midway and more.

Brampton

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

Brighton

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

Burlington

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

Caledonia

Fall Fair – Every year at the fairgrounds on Highway 54 in Caledonia, we combine the traditions of the country fair – livestock shows, homecraft, food and the midway – with continuous entertainment to make Caledonia Fair a perfect Autumn outing for the entire family. From homemade pie to heavy horses – we have it all.

Carp

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

Coldwater

Fall Fair – The theme for 2013 is SCARECROWS!  The fun includes a Demolition Derby, remote controlled vehicles, Antique & Stock tractor & stock truck pulls, children’s events, entertainment, vendors, displays and more.

Dunville

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

Guelph

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

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

Hamilton

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

Milton

Fall Fair – 2013 marks Milton Fall Fair’s 160th year.  Food & Fun for Everyone! Midway, Horse Shows, Sunday Classic Car Show, Demo Derby, Crafts, live entertainment and so much more.

Oakville

Baby Steps Fair – Oakville is now home to Ontario’s newest and most exciting baby expo. Bring the whole family to Baby Steps Fair for two days of fun, prizes and shopping! At our Mommy-to-be marketplace, you will find the information and products you need to care for your growing family.

Ottawa

Oktoberfest – WUNDERBAR!!! Oktoberfest Ottawa 2013 is Ottawa’s premier Oktoberfest celebration with live music, food and of course beer.

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.

Ripley

Fall Fair – The 150th Ripley Fall Fair will overtake the village for three days Sept. 27-29, with a tractor pull, Ambassador competitions, a massive midway, agricultural exhibits, parade and much more.

Ruthven

Apple Festival – Come celebrate the 34th Annual Ruthven Apple Festival on Saturday, September 28th and Sunday, September 29th at Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens in Ruthven. This is a great community event for the entire family, filled with fun, food, crafts, entertainment and a classic car show on Sunday.

Stouffville

History Hands-On Fall Fun for the Whole Family – Come and enjoy all that a 19th Century School Fall Fair offers! Find the needle in our haystack, go on a scavenger hunt, try your hand at making (and eating) pretzels and cast your vote to determine the prize winning vegetables and much more! This seasonal event promises fun for the whole family!

Toronto

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

Wellesley

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

Weekend Fun Guide (Sept 20-22 2013)

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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 (Aug. 23-25 2013)

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Sadly, Summer is almost over but the fun and events in Ontario are still going strong!  It looks like the weather this weekend is going to be great so get out and enjoy some family fun time!

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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 on Saturday 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!

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

Around Town this Weekend…

Almonte

North Lanark Highland Games – Celebrate the Scottish culture and heritage of the Ottawa Valley at the 30th 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

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

Collingwood

Country Music & Rodeo Weekend – Dust off your boots and hat and get ready for a weekend of live country music and our first ever mechanic bull riding & calf roping! There will also be tons of children’s entertainment and a family interactive variety show.

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 Fest – The fun of this weekend includes; Craft Vendors, Lawn Mower Tractor Races, Demonstrations, Entertainment, Antique Tractor & Machinery Displays, Antique & Classic Car Exhibit, Children’s Entertainment and so 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!!!!!!!!!!

London

Festa Italiana – Fun free event with cooking demonstrations, contests, folk dancing, fashion shows, children’s activities, face painting, magic shows and music!

Markdale

Fall Fair – Come out for a weekend of fun at the 155th Markdale Fall Fair.  They’ll have events all weekend including exhibits, vendors, LIVE MUSIC, Fall Fair Idol, children’s area and much more.

Midland

Harbour Festival – Come to the Midland Harbour Festival and experience a fun filled weekend with  exhibitors of one of a kind, unique art & crafts and antiques.  Enjoy the many events happening during the Tall Ships  1812 Tour  in celebrating the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.  Many events are planned by the Town of Midland  during this weekend.

Milton

Kelso Family Outdoor Movie Series Night #3 – Come on out with the family to watch E.T. under the stars at Kelso.  These classic movies under the stars run every Friday night in August.  The series is sponsored by RecycleYourElectronics.ca, in recognition of Halton Region and its residents for top performance in collecting electronic waste in 2012. Ontario’s e-waste diversion program is a success thanks to you!

Ottawa

Midway Magic – Eastern Ontario’s largest midway is in town August 15-25, 2013. You can purchase reduced priced midway ride all day vouchers for $18 (you save almost 50%) at an Quickie store or on line at www.midwaymagic.ca

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

Wolfstock 2013 – Wolfstock is a three-day event taking place at Beavermead Park in Peterborough.  Enjoy great music all weekend long with over 20 bands performing, be sure to check out the wakeboard competition, as well as the classics car show and vendor village.

Port Credit

Boat Show – Celebrating its 23rd year from August 23-25th, the Port Credit Boat Show is the late summer boat show to attend. Board over 100 new and used power and sailboats or check out the land displays of marine accessories and services. The Speaker’s tent features seasoned boaters who talk about boat handling; boat repair; cruising and more.

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 4th 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!

Straffordville

Watermelon Fest – Straffordville Firehall Pancake breakfast 7am, parade at 10am, Silent Auction at the community centre, free admission to enjoy food booths, craft vendors, musical entertainment, games & activities for all ages and family movie in the park at dusk…bring your blankets and lawn chairs!

Tecumseh

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

Toronto

Aloha Toronto – Pack your sunscreen, surfer stoke and join us for the largest beach party ever to happen in Toronto! The full weekend event will include an elite, celebrity and leisure SUP challenge, Surfer’s Healing Camp benefitting autism – as depicted in the hit Oprah Network Series “The Swell Life,” classic surf movies, DJs and live entertainment till sundown!

Telus TAIWANfest – Featuring tantalizing cooking demonstrations and musical performances by some of the top acts in Taiwan and much more. This year’s theme is “Children of the Ocean.”

Chinatown Festival – The 13th Annual Chinatown Festival features many cultural dance performances on our two stages (one will be on Huron St. close to the Dundas and Spadina intersection) and of course a variety of vendors selling anything from merchandise to food. We typically attract approximately 150,000 people over our two day event and our visitors consist of families from various cultural backgrounds.

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 25th 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!

Windsor

Ribfest – This third annual event will feature over 40 food booths and 50 bands, plus carnival rides for the kids.

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!

Zurich

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!

 

Weekend Fun Guide (Aug. 2-5 2013)

Happy long weekend to you all!  This weekend you can hang with some pirates, enter a sandcastle building contest, enjoy some amazing musical talent or attend one of the many awesome festivals taking place across Ontario this weekend!  Whatever your plans… have a fun and safe weekend with your family!

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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…

Barrie

Kempenfest – With over 350 exhibits, midway, live entertainment, food and family fun, this is one Festival you won’t want to miss!!

Bracebridge

Midnight Madness – Come out and enjoy this shop and play event!  Take a break from shopping and try out the giant hamster ball, try the sports challenge, watch the entertainment or grab some yummy eats.

Burlington

Joseph Brant Day Festival – This all day event will include community exhibitors, a summer BBQ and refreshment stands, splash park for kids, fair-style games, crafts and hands-on activities, a treasure hunt adventure, artisans and vendors, the famous Brant Day Silent Auction and tons of other attractions.

Campbellford

Waterfront Festival – Fill your bellies at the Pancake Breakfast so you are ready for a day of silly fun including duck races, ice cream eating contest, belly flop contest, boat and tub races, kids activities and so much more!

Cobourg

Sandcastle Festival – Looking for a great day out with the family? Want to express your inner artist? Always wanted a beach front property? You can find all of this in a beautiful setting right on Lake Ontario! Cobourg is known for it’s breathtaking waterfront and what better way to experience it then with a friendly little competition.  Families, businesses, adults and youth may enter to create their own sculptures or castles and win great prizes!

Collingwood

Village Beach Party @ Blue Mountain – It’s the summer’s hottest party for all ages – featuring a Bob Marley Tribute Show, Calypso music, Live Music, Yoga, hikes, face painting, movie under the stars and family fireworks by the Mill Pond.

Hamilton

Valens Lake Beach Party – This party on the beach is sure to be a fun filled day for the family.  The day includes games, sand sculpture contest, prizes and more

London

Chalk Festival – There will be 16 artists that will be working all day Saturday and Sunday to complete their work of art while competing for awards. Come experience this great form of art while the artists transform the concrete pad in Victoria Park into an outdoor gallery

Maxville 

Highland Games – Come witness an outstanding display of music, dance, sports, fiddling, pageantry, and tradition. There will be more than 60 pipe bands, more than 200 dancers and giants that hurl telephone pole-sized cabers and 50 pound iron hammers around the infield. It is a memorable and incredible event.

Merrickville

Canalfest – Come out for a fun family weekend filled with food, kids acitvities, live music, craft show, silent auction, animals and canoe rides.

Milton

Pirate Festival – Whether ye be young or old, or just looking for a good time with your mates, the Pirate Festival offers fun for all! Children will enjoy stories, crafts, our Pirate Ship and a wide variety of shows designed to be family friendly. Adults will find much to entertain them  live music, vending marketplace, the Mud show, and a Saturday Night Captain’s Keg for those looking for an entertaining night in our tavern. Our colourful cast is ready to engage and entertain you – how can a weekend spent with Pirates not be fun? Add to the fun, and arrive dressed like a pirate if you choose!

Mount Forest

Hootenanny Hay Days – Haydays features an open jamboree with local entertainment, excellent food and top class entertainment presented locally.  It is an enjoyable weekend for all music fans alike!!!!

Orillia

Orillia Waterfront Festival – Fun for all ages! In-water boat show, cottage & outdoor products, variety of vendors, water ski shows, Kiwanis beer garden, great entertainment including Ronnie Douglas Blues Band, Dr. Krane, The Sensations & Even Steven! Hilarious Cardboard Boat Race Sunday at Noon! Port of Orillia & waterfront parks, Lake Couchiching

Oakville

Waterfront Festival – It’s BIG! It’s BACK! It’s FREE! There is something for everyone at the Oakville Waterfront Festival, from live musical entertainment, to local craft brewers and food trucks, amusement rides and so much more.

Ottawa 

Busker Festival – Amazing shows for the whole family including acrobats, contortionists, hula hoopers, yo-yo’s, musicians, comedians escape acts, magicians, jugglers and more!

Port Burwell

Tub Daze – Port Burwell East Beach plays host to various activities and events for Tub Daze.  See throughout Port Burwell different sites for events and happenings.  Awesome fireworks on Sunday evening at dark.

Rockton

Ice Cream Festival @ Westfield Heritage Village – Celebrate summer with the sweet taste of ice cream at this lively family event.  Edwardian carnival games, amusements, foods, music, ice cream making demonstrations and living history make the perfect…

Simcoe

Friendship Festival – Each year ‘Norfolk’s Largest and Friendliest Summer Festival’ delights thousands of local and visiting friends of all ages with a fun filled weekend of arts, crafts, antiques, food, special events including a soap box derby, car show, free live music, beer garden, bocce ball tournament, kidszone and much much more

Toronto

Festival Kompa Zouk Ontario – This festival offers the opportunity to showcase emerging artists as well as more well known international performers. FKZO has grown into one of Ontario’s premier, bilingual and multicultural family festivals. This year, multiple stages will bring a variety of musical genres for the entire family.

Jambana Festival – JAMBANA™ Festival is Canada’s premier ‘Fun For The Family’ festival celebrating the sights, sounds & tastes of the Caribbean mosaic.

Island Soul Festival – One of our most popular festivals! Island Soul celebrates the rich artistic traditions, emerging art forms, innovative expressions and vibrant lifestyles of the Caribbean.

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 (February 8-10, 2013)

February is flying right along and there is so much to do to get outdoors and enjoy time with your family.  Feel like some inside time?  Go see a Family Favourite at Cineplex theatres for only $2.50 or make some Valentine’s Day crafts.  Whatever your plans, have fun and keep warm!!

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Every Saturday until the end of March, Cineplex theatres show Family Favourites at 11:00 am for only $2.50.  Feel like you need to escape the cold?  Then check out what they’re showing this weekend http://bit.ly/ZygvF5

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Want to spend some time with the family on the slopes, snow shoeing or screaming your head off as you head down a tube slide?  Find all the great resorts in Ontario that offer skiingSnow shoeing and tubing!

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Around Town this Weekend…

Burlington

Battle of the Titans @ Royal Botanical Gardens – Dinos like you’ve never seen them before!  In this battle for the ages, you will learn about ecology, the study of organisms and the environment that these majestic creatures lived through so long ago. Get ready to go back in time and see how science and nature come together in one amazing exhibit!

Campbellville

Moonlight Snowshoe Hike @ Crawford Lake Conservation Area – Discover the magic of winter at night, the snow illuminated by moonlight and the stars bright in the night sky. Our knowledgeable guides will lead you on a snowshoe hike through this beautiful landscape. Hikes take place every Saturday evening in January and February from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Each hike begins with basic instruction and some historical background on the sport of snowshoeing.

Season of the Snowsnake @ Crawford Lake Conservation Area – Explore the beautiful snowy landscape on a pair of snowshoes courtesy of Crawford’s rental program. Join staff for guided tours of the reconstructed Iroquoian Village at 11am1pm and 3pm.  Each tour will have a unique focus such as games, archaeology or storytelling.   Warm up after the tour with a complimentary cup of nature’s tea. Children can create a craft or enjoy a discovery hunt from 10am to 4pm.

Cobourg

Winter Festivities – Come join us for the first 3 Saturdays in February. Free skating & music at the outdoor rink, horse drawn wagon rides, ice carving demonstrations, maple candy station, NZone Kids Club at Northumberland Mall and much more.

Cochrane

Winter Carnival – During February 1st to the 10th, everyone is invited to take part in Ontario’s Oldest Premier Winter Carnival. With over 110 different activities crammed into a week, there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.  From the classic favourites like the Princess Pageant, Torchlight Parade and the Polar Bear Dip, to the new events like the Camao Snow Drags, there is no excuse to stay inside, curled up by the fireplace.

Georgina

Sno*Fest @ The ROC – Saturday 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Join us for this wintery FREE Family event with lots of activities for all ages! Inflatables, games, giveaways, and lots more frosty fun! With live performances by Bernadette Connors Band, Unbound and Bandaloni!

Niagara on the Lake

Days of Wine & Chocolate – Warm up your winter with this match made in heaven! Explore pairings of two of your favourite indulgences – wine and chocolate, as you tour the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Orillia

Winter Carnival – Take the chill out of winter with some cool family fun.  Family fun includes fireworks, helicopter rides, ice castle, snow sculptures, midway, polar bear dip and more!

Ottawa

Kanata Winter Carnival @ Clarence Maheral Park – The day starts off with a breakfast at 8:30am and the rest of the day you can enjoy sleigh rides, Ray’s Reptiles show, Radical Science Show, hot chocolate and hockey!

Winterlude – A unique winter festival featuring snow and ice sculpture competitions, snow playgrounds, skating, sporting events and let’s not forget the world’s largest skating rink. Celebrate the joys of winter at Winterlude, with three fun-filled weeks in February. Canada’s favourite winter activities are featured across Ottawa and Gatineau at this annual event.

Frosty Fortunes @ The Currency Museum –  See how our country’s chilliest season has influenced the art and design of Canadian currency throughout history. Each weekend during Winterlude, you and your family can come and enjoy cool crafts, games and presentations, all inspired by this frosty time of year. We’ll even have some nice hot cocoa and coffee to warm you up from the chill outside. Admission is free for the whole family.

Oxtongue Lake

Winter Fun Day @ Algonquin Outfitters – You could drive a dog team, learn how to build a snow shelter, try skate skiing, go on a snowshoe hike, learn about winter camping, enter a snowshoe race (and hopefully finish!), play snow games and more!

Parry Sound

Snofest – Family Fun in Market Square Park includes activities, Kate’s Kart, BodyZorbs, Gyroscope, laser tag, fishing derby, plank walking, log sawing and food booths.

Ripley

Winter Carnival – Pancake breakfast, skating, ice painting hockey, horse-drawn sleigh rides, family bingo and more.

Sault Ste Marie

Bon Soo Winter Carnival – A week long winter carnival that incorporates the entire city. Set in the middle of winter, events include a children’s fantasy ice kingdom, polar bear swim, and a diverse program of outdoor and indoor sports and activity events, as well as cultural activities including concerts and ice sculptures.

Smith Falls

Winter Carnival – Games, food, skating and all around fun for the whole family! Call (613)283-4124 for more information.

Toronto

Chinese New Year @ Toronto Zoo – Join us as we celebrate the 2013 Chinese New Year – Year of the Snake! Visit some of our fascinating snakes in indoor tropical pavilions and learn more about these amazing creatures!

CIBC Lunarfest @ Harbourfront Centre – Join us as we celebrate the Year of the Snake with Canada’s premier presenter of contemporary expression in Asian arts and culture. FREE!

Canadian Motorsport Expo @ International Centre – The Canadian Motorsports Expo features racing stars, vehicles, equipment, suppliers, retailers and collectibles.

Ultimate Dinosaurs @ ROM –  Giants from Gondwana, presented by Raymond James, features dinosaurs you’ve never seen before, displayed in ways you’ve never seen. Check out this world premiere exhibit featuring Dinosaurs unknown to North Americans – most have just been unearthed in the last 20 years.

Kuumba – Come down to Harbourfront Centre for FREE Black History Month events, including music, film, panel discussions and more.

The Natrel® Rink at Harbourfront – Tucked away behind York Quay Centre and set against the beautiful shore of Lake Ontario, the city’s most scenic rink awaits! The Natrel® Rink has a heated indoor change room with lockers and washrooms. Hot food and drinks are available at our rink-side restaurant, Lakeside EATS. Best of all – skating is FREE! Part of Skate Culture.

Sportsmen’s Show @ Direct Energy Centre – Canada’s biggest and best outdoors show!  More than 500 exhibitors displaying the newest selections in products for camping, fishing, boating, hunting and hiking. The four-day event includes a dog show, a birds of prey exhibit, a spring boat show, a Canadian forces display and an outdoor adventure zone.

Nature Walk @ Rouge Park – Rouge Park invites you to join us for a guided walk along many of Rouge Park’s trails and discover parts of the Park you might not have visited yet, or learn and share a bit more about your favourite spot in the Park. Whether it’s a Sunday stroll, a fitness walk, a family outing, wildlife spotting or just to get out on the trail, we have the outing for you! With trained leaders to guide the way, we promise you’ll have a ‘natural’ Rouge Park adventure!

Vaughan 

Winterfest – Fun-filled family event held Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. will feature FREE stage entertainment on the outdoor Amphitheatre stage, the Midway Zone,  a new Video Gaming Zone, IceZone Carving Demos, face painting, art, and pizza making workshops along with opera performances and workshops by Opera Bel Canto of York, displays and much more!

Weekend Fun Guide (December 21-23, 2012)

Stress levels are rising, store line ups are lengthening and the children’s anxiety for the big day to arrive is growing.  Yep it’s Christmas time!!   Be sure to take some time to get out and have some family time this weekend and enjoy the fun this season has to offer.  There is still lots going on this last weekend before Christmas!

From our family to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas.  Be safe, have fun and make memories that will last a lifetime!

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Blue Mountains

Frost Frenzy – So much fun for the whole family including fireworks, Santa visits, Carollers, Wagon rides, snowshoeing, crafts, shopping and more!

Bracebridge

SantaFest – Come celebrate winter and the joy of the season with Santa and his Elves!  Admission is $7.50/person and children under 2 are free!Enjoy Santa’s winter activities, all included in the price of admission: Visit with Santa, Gingerbread decorating, sleigh rides, activities and story time with Mrs. Claus and much more.

Burlington

Holiday Traditions @ Royal Botanical Gardens – RBG’s annual holiday season event featuring an ALL NEW and extensive botanical model train installation throughout RBG Centre and cleverly themed, decorated doors. Weekends are filled with seasonal activities, musical entertainment, local school and adult choirs, light and model train displays, and of course, a traditional Santa and his reindeer.

Burlington Lakeside Festival of Lights – Enjoy the magic of the season at the Lakeside Festival of Lights in beautiful Spencer Smith Park nightly.

Cambridge

Holiday Activities for Kids @ Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory – Test your “hide & seek” skills by finding the insects that are hiding throughout the Conservatory. Determine what kind of critter they are and fill in your Detective Sheet. When you are finished, you will receive a prize!

Chatsworth Santa Claus Parade – December 22nd @ 10:30am

Dundas

A Dickens of a Christmas Events – Join us in Downtown Dundas every Saturday and Sunday  until December 18th for a trip through the downtown on our festive Horse & Trolley Ride (pick up at the Collins Hotel), Enjoy hot cider and gingerbread cookies, and there is a very good chance youʼll run into the jolly, old soul himself as he wanders through town greeting young and old alike

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Goderich 

Festival of Lights – Let Goderich brighten your mood and delight your heart with yuletide joy, glittering lights, magical displays and special events during this annual salute to the festive holiday season. Catch the spirit with all Goderich has to offer.

Hamilton

Victorian Christmas @ Dundurn Castle – Enjoy the beauty of a mid-19th century family Christmas celebration at Dundurn Castle. The Garden Club of Hamilton decorates the Castle in Victorian splendour with cedar boughs, ribbons and dried flowers. Bring your family and share a Hamilton holiday tradition.

Huntsville

A Portage Flyer Christmas – Train ride to Santa – Enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and cookies and join in on a carol or two. The train coaches have literally a thousand lights and of course Santa is waiting at the end of the line to hear your side of the story. The combination of a train, lights and Santa is almost too much for the adults, let alone the kids. There is no reserve seating or advance ticket sales, just purchase your $5.00 per person ticket (Santa pays the tax) prior to boarding. We travel along the Muskoka River on our 1km of track to Fairy Lake where riders may debark , visit with Santa and catch the next train back or remain on board for the return trip.

London

Winter Wonderland @ Victoria Park – Each holiday season London residents and visitors can stroll through Victoria Park and enjoy the glittering display of lights that create our city’s Winter Wonderland. In addition to more than 75,000 lights decorating park trees, there are a variety of displays including Santa and his reindeer, tin soldiers, a jack-in-the-box and the nativity.

Merrickville Santa Claus Parade – December 22nd @ 11:00am

Niagara Falls

Winter Festival of Lights – Get bundled up, gather your kids, fill their memories with winter fun as you enjoy the Winter Festival of Lights from November 3, 2012 to January 31, 2013. With over three million sparkling lights, fireworks, concerts, amazing performance of great artists, water parks, casinos and wine tours, the CAA Winter Festival of Lights is the most enchanting of Niagara attractions and has become a tradition for over one million people from around the globe on winter getaways.

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Oakville

Bronte Creek Homestead Christmas – Wander at your leisure around the barns of Spruce Lane Farm where you will find the barn where the reindeer recruits train to be part of Santa’s sleigh team. Next get ready for your family to visit Santa by slipping into your Victorian costumes. Your Victorian portraits will be captured during your visit with Santa and are yours to take home on a souvenir USB stick. Creating memories which will last a life time! Your Homestead Christmas experience will include traditional Christmas games and activities, tours of the elegantly decorated Spruce Lane Farmhouse and seasonal stories and songs in the parlour. Learn about the holiday traditions of the Victorian era!

Orillia

Magic of Christmas in Downtown Orillia – An old-fashioned shopping experience! Carollers on Mississaga Street, free Christmas treats, free horse-drawn wagon rides! Holiday passports at participating merchants for a chance to win $1,000 in Downtown Dollars! 1:00 – 3:00 pm,

Ottawa

Christmas Lights in Canada’s Capital – In Canada’s Capital, the winter landscape glows with hundreds of thousands of multicoloured lights during the holiday season. The festivities begin with an illumination ceremony in early December and continue until early January. Throughout Christmas Lights Across Canada, the lights in Ottawa–Gatineau glow each evening from 4:30 pm to 2 am.

Vintage Christmas Village of Lights – ‘Tis the season of family, friends and good will! Create cherished family memories experiencing vintage Christmas treasures. Make a keepsake ornament for your own Christmas tree, decorate gingerbread men, and take a nostalgic horse-drawn wagon ride through our illuminated village. And of course, have a word or two with Santa Claus! By 5 p.m. each evening, the village will sparkle with lights in the night, a beautiful sight to behold. Be sure to stop by our gift shop to purchase unique, hand-made Christmas gifts!

Owen Sound

Festival of Northern Lights – No grinch can resist the magic of the lights as they gradually illuminate the Sydenham River  from the Sound to the downtown city core on opening night!  Continues until January 6th, 2013

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Sarnia

Sarnia Transit Celebration of Lights Bus Tours – Celebration of Lights Bus Tours around Sarnia to view the many residental and business Christmas Light Displays. Leaving approximately every 15 minutes from the Lambton Mall, Play It Again Sports entrance – Tickets sold inside. Donations of canned goods to the Inn of the Good Shepherd are greatly appreciated.

Toronto

Christmas at Black Creek Pioneer Village – Create a new Holiday family tradition with Victorian Christmas activities throughout the Village. Don’t miss the special family programs on weekends in December including horse drawn wagon rides, visits with Santa, cookie decorating and more

Giant Holiday  Gingerbread House @ Loblaws Maple Leaf Gardens – Visit Santa and his elves in this magical and edible house!   It is decorated with over 700 pounds of colourful candy, including 5,000 mini candy canes! The house is complete with Christmas trees, festive trimming, and surrounded by mounds of snowy white and warmed up by the glow of a cozy fireplace. You can get your picture taken and decorate your own gingerbread man!

Christmas in the Park @ Colborne Lodge – Discover the magic of Christmas in the winter wonderland surroundings of High Park and enjoy a tour of Colborne Lodge, the picturesque home of the founders of High Park, which is decorated for a Victorian Christmas. You will discover festive traditions, decorations and foods enjoyed during the 19th-century in Toronto. Toast the season with a glass of hot mulled cider by the wood stove and nibble on special holiday treats.

Winona

Puddicombe Polar Express – Experience the magic of Christmas at Puddicombe Farms.  Train ride on “Little Pudd” our seasonally decorated train, hot chocolate and cookie, visit our Pullman car (just like the one in the movies) and visit the north pole-meet Santa and Mrs. Clause. Children’s crafts and story time also available. Advance Tickets required

Weekend Fun Guide (December 7-9 2012)

Fa la la la la la la la la  There are only 3 more weekends before Christmas but there is still time to brave the malls, catch a Santa Claus parade, make some holiday crafts and visit a Festival of Lights.  Here’s some things that are going on Around Town this Weekend!

Santa Claus Parades

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Almonte Santa Claus Parade – December 9th @ 1:30pm

Bobcaygeon Santa Claus Parade – December 8th @ 5:00pm

Carp Santa Clause Parade – December 8th @ 12:00pm

Chesley Santa Claus Parade – December 7th @ 7:00pm

Essex Santa Claus Parade – December 8th @ 6:00pm

Mount Forest Santa Claus Parade – December 7th @ 7:00pm

Niagara on the Lake Santa Claus Parade – December 8th @ 11:00am

Pakenham Santa Claus Parade – December 8th @ 1:00pm

Pelham Santa Claus Parade – December 8th @ 1:00pm

Sioux Lookout Santa Claus Parade – December 9th

Southampton Santa Claus Parade – December 7th@ 7:00pm

Stirling Santa Claus Parade – December 7th @ 6:30

Tobermory Santa Claus Parade  – December 8th

Vankleek Hill Christmas Parade of Lights
- December 7th @ 7:00pm

Around Town this Weekend …

Alexandria

Alexandria Festival of Lights – 7th Annual Alexandria Festival of Lights.

Burlington

Holiday Traditions @ Royal Botanical Gardens – RBG’s annual holiday season event featuring an ALL NEW and extensive botanical model train installation throughout RBG Centre and cleverly themed, decorated doors. Weekends are filled with seasonal activities, musical entertainment, local school and adult choirs, light and model train displays, and of course, a traditional Santa and his reindeer.

Cambridge 

Christmas in Cambridge – The Christmas in Cambridge Festival of Events has an event for all ages! Throughout the Christmas season dedicate some family time to enjoy the city & the winter atmosphere.

Dundas

A Dickens of a Christmas Events – Join us in Downtown Dundas every Saturday and Sunday  until December 18th for a trip through the downtown on our festive Horse & Trolley Ride (pick up at the Collins Hotel), Enjoy hot cider and gingerbread cookies, and there is a very good chance youʼll run into the jolly, old soul himself as he wanders through town greeting young and old alike

Georgetown

Holiday Magic on Main – Friday night only, Enjoy horse drawn wagon rides, holiday music and the warmth and hospitality of the many businesses Downtown Georgetown. This holiday event, in its third year will put you in the mood for the season.

Goderich 

Festival of Lights – Let Goderich brighten your mood and delight your heart with yuletide joy, glittering lights, magical displays and special events during this annual salute to the festive holiday season. Catch the spirit with all Goderich has to offer.

Hamilton

Victorian “Night in the Village” – Bring the whole family down to International Village for a special 2 hours from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm holiday event including a horse and carriage rides (first come, first serve), live Victorian Carolers, special sales at our shops and restaurants. Free Hot Apple Cider will be available at the International Village BIA office (249 KIng Street West).

Santa’s Workshop @ Gore Park – The BIA welcomes Santa Claus to his Santa Workshop in Gore Park and provides free pictures, free refreshments, free rides, Christmas arts and crafts, entertainment and carolling.

Christmas in Gore Park beginning at 5 pm. A live concert, free refreshments, Christmas miniature train and merry-go-round rides and the official light up of the Christmas Tree of Hope. Festivites includes the opening of free miniature train and carousel rides that will be operating daily until December 24th.

Victorian Christmas @ Dundurn Castle – Enjoy the beauty of a mid-19th century family Christmas celebration at Dundurn Castle. The Garden Club of Hamilton decorates the Castle in Victorian splendour with cedar boughs, ribbons and dried flowers. Bring your family and share a Hamilton holiday tradition.

Kapuskasing 

Festival of Lights – This is one of the more popular events in Kapuskasing. It kicks off mid-November and continues until mid-January. The festival consists of several winter activities including the lighting of thousands of Christmas lights in the Riverside Park.

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London

Winter Wonderland @ Victoria Park – Each holiday season London residents and visitors can stroll through Victoria Park and enjoy the glittering display of lights that create our city’s Winter Wonderland. In addition to more than 75,000 lights decorating park trees, there are a variety of displays including Santa and his reindeer, tin soldiers, a jack-in-the-box and the nativity.

Milton

Christmas Open House with Santa @ Springridge Farm –  Visit with Santa, decorate a gingerbread man or ornaments, shop in the country store or sample on of the many yummy bakery treats.

Morrisburg

Alight at Night  @ Upper Canada Village – Bundle up for an evening stroll through this picture-perfect postcard setting! Come experience the enchantment of horse-drawn wagons and romantic carriage rides for two; and hop on board a life-size Toy Train. Holiday music, festive dining, shopping and other seasonal surprises all add to the ambience of the event. Now in its 12th year, the Alight at Night Festival has become a favourite family tradition

Niagara Falls

Winter Festival of Lights – Get bundled up, gather your kids, fill their memories with winter fun as you enjoy the Winter Festival of Lights from November 3, 2012 to January 31, 2013. With over three million sparkling lights, fireworks, concerts, amazing performance of great artists, water parks, casinos and wine tours, the CAA Winter Festival of Lights is the most enchanting of Niagara attractions and has become a tradition for over one million people from around the globe on winter getaways.

Niagara on the Lake

Stocking Days of Christmas 2012 @ Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake – Take a step away from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and let the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake help you with your shopping.  Enjoy access to new and limited releases – the perfect gifts for the hard to please wine lover on your list.

Oakville

Bronte Creek Homestead Christmas – Wander at your leisure around the barns of Spruce Lane Farm where you will find the barn where the reindeer recruits train to be part of Santa’s sleigh team. Next get ready for your family to visit Santa by slipping into your Victorian costumes. Your Victorian portraits will be captured during your visit with Santa and are yours to take home on a souvenir USB stick. Creating memories which will last a life time! Your Homestead Christmas experience will include traditional Christmas games and activities, tours of the elegantly decorated Spruce Lane Farmhouse and seasonal stories and songs in the parlour. Learn about the holiday traditions of the Victorian era!

Orillia

Magic of Christmas in Downtown Orillia – An old-fashioned shopping experience! Carollers on Mississaga Street, free Christmas treats, free horse-drawn wagon rides! Holiday passports at participating merchants for a chance to win $1,000 in Downtown Dollars! 1:00 – 3:00 pm,

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Ottawa

Vintage Christmas Village of Lights – ‘Tis the season of family, friends and good will! Create cherished family memories experiencing vintage Christmas treasures. Make a keepsake ornament for your own Christmas tree, decorate gingerbread men, and take a nostalgic horse-drawn wagon ride through our illuminated village. And of course, have a word or two with Santa Claus! By 5 p.m. each evening, the village will sparkle with lights in the night, a beautiful sight to behold. Be sure to stop by our gift shop to purchase unique, hand-made Christmas gifts!

Christmas Market @ Ernst & Young Centre – Christmas has come early this year. We will be hosting 4 amazing Christmas Markets full of great produce, meat, cheeses, baking, arts and crafts. Getting your holiday meals and gifts in one location – is there a better way to get ready for the holidays?

Owen Sound

Festival of Northern Lights – No grinch can resist the magic of the lights as they gradually illuminate the Sydenham River  from the Sound to the downtown city core on opening night!  Continues until January 6th, 2013

Penetanguishene

Festival of Lights @ Penetanguishene Centennial Museum.  Festivities include live entertainment, crafts, photos with Santa, storytime, face painting and refreshments.   Stroll with Santa to the official tree (Town Dock) for the Official tree lighting by the Mayor and carols

 

Peterborough

Christmas by Candlelight @ Lang Pioneer Village – Get into the spirit of the season with a traditional Pioneer Christmas featuring horse and sleigh rides, roving carolers, a visit from Father Christmas, and much more!

Rockton

‘Twas the night before Christmas @ Westfield Heritage Village – Enjoy Westfield by candlelight and feel the warmth of the season through music, food samples,fireworks and a visit from Father Christmas. Christmas shopping is available at the Gift Shop and the restaurant features light meals and refreshments.

Sarnia

Winter Artwalk and Christmas Festival – Enjoy a walk through downtown Sarnia and visit the many vendors and businesses and artists showcasing unique and one-of-a-kind gifts. Visitors will see ice and snow sculptures, decorated Christmas trees, Children’s cedar maze.  Free entertainment will also be offered in several downtown coffee shops, restaurants and pubs, plus there will be face painting, children’s activities, holiday carollers, roasted chestnuts and other attractions.  Enjoy a horse and carriage ride, live entertainment and specialty hot drinks.

Smiths Falls
Twas the Night before Christmas – A fun and exciting day of Christmas fun in downtown Smiths Falls! Receive your FREE photo with Santa, make a Christmas craft, Decorate a Pet contest, listen to Christmas carolers…and more!
Tree Lighting Ceremony – Visit Town Hall and listen to MC Wayne Cavanaugh and Christmas carolers celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season! Mayor Dennis Staples will light the lights on the Christmas tree in front of Town Hall. Hot chocolate provided.

 

Toronto

Christmas in the Park @ Colborne Lodge – Discover the magic of Christmas in the winter wonderland surroundings of High Park and enjoy a tour of Colborne Lodge, the picturesque home of the founders of High Park, which is decorated for a Victorian Christmas. You will discover festive traditions, decorations and foods enjoyed during the 19th-century in Toronto. Toast the season with a glass of hot mulled cider by the wood stove and nibble on special holiday treats.

Toronto Christmas Market – The annual holiday street market takes over the Distillery District with local vendors, craftsmen, family friendly entertainment, shopping & more.

Christmas at Black Creek Pioneer Village – Create a new Holiday family tradition with Victorian Christmas activities throughout the Village. Don’t miss the special family programs on weekends in December including horse drawn wagon rides, visits with Santa, cookie decorating and more

Winterfest @ Toronto’s Waterfront – Visit Santa’s Workshop in Queen’s Quay Terminal weekends until December 16  for FREE arts and crafts where children can create holiday ornaments and greeting cards or decorate an elf hat with our elves from Artbarn School.

Toronto AnimeCON @ Metro Toronto Convention Centre – Sunday only, Join other anime fans at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for an afternoon with vendors, contests, and special guests.

Winona

Puddicombe Polar Express – Experience the magic of Christmas at Puddicombe Farms.  Train ride on “Little Pudd” our seasonally decorated train, hot chocolate and cookie, visit our Pullman car (just like the one in the movies) and visit the north pole-meet Santa and Mrs. Clause. Children’s crafts and story time also available. Advance Tickets required

Woodstock

Santa House and Sleigh Rides – Santa makes a special trip to Downtown Woodstock to see all the boys and girls! Visit him in his House in Museum Square every Friday night in December from 5 PM to 8 PM and Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM. He’s reserved a place on his knee, he always has a candy cane ready and, if you wish, you can even have your picture taken with Santa! While there, make time for a free horse drawn sleigh ride throughout the Downtown