LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Toronto #Review

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Ontario Attractions

With 2 LEGO crazed children in our house, one of their top attractions to visit is LEGOLAND Discovery Centre at Vaughan Mills.  I must admit that as a past, present and future LEGO lover myself, I love going too!  In a world all about LEGO, how could you not have a fun time?!

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There are so many different areas to visit at LEGOLAND but I think one of the best areas is the Miniland!  In Miniland you will find some of the best landmarks in Toronto built out of LEGO.  As the room changes from day to night, you can see buildings like the CN Tower, Banks, drive-in at Polson Pier, Toronto Airport and of course the Rogers Centre and ACC. Oh and don’t forget to visit Niagara Falls while you’re there too.

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How Ninja are you?  Well now’s your time to find out at the Ninjago Laser Training Camp!  Test your reflex speed as you compete against your friends at the flashing light wall.  See who can hit the most flashing lights before time runs out.  aTest your agility and speed as you avoid laser beams to make it through the laser maze.  Can you make it through in Ninja fast speed without touching any beams? Don’t worry if you are nervous about being successful, there are different levels of difficulty.  My son loved this area and did the laser maze quite a few times in an effort to beat his past record and stay ahead of his sister’s score.
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We even went to school when were at LEGOLAND and it was fun…true fact!  Be sure to join a Master Builder Academy when you are there to do your own LEGO build and kern tips, tricks and facts about LEGO from the Master themselves.

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The 4D Cinema is one of my kids’s favourite areas.  With your 3D glasses on you can watch short LEGO films that the kids just love. There are 4 different films that rotate throughout the course of the day so be sure to watch the ticker to let you know what’s up next.  Watch one or all four and you are sure to be in for some cool surprises.

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Make your own race car out of LEGO and race it down the ramps in LEGO Racers Build & Test area to see if you can beat the rest of the little competitors.

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 Once you’ve done all of the above there is still so much more to do.  Take a ride on Merlins Apprentice, try and be the top scorer on Kingdom Quest Laser Ride, climb around in the LEGO Fire Academy, test out his stable your LEGO creation is against the Earthquake table and visit the LEGO Friends area.

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Admission Prices

Single Visit Tickets – Children 0-2yrs Visit for FREE

Walk-up price
Child -$20.00
Adult – $22.00

Buy online
Child – $18.00
Adult – $18.00

Flexi Ticket
Valid for 365 days (online purchase)
Child – $24.00
Adult – $24.00
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Please note: Children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult supervisor 18 years of age or older. Adults (18+) will not be admitted without a child, with the exception of Adult Only Nights.

 

 

 

Ontario Attraction Giveaways

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

 

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

 

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Weekend Fun Guide (October 25-27 2013)

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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! 

Featured Events and Local Attractions 

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Superman Make N’ Take Event – Saturday October 26th from 11a.m.-1p.m. 

Build your very own LEGO® Superman™ Sheild and bring it home with you! While they last! Excludes Express locations. No purchase necessary. Visit instore for details. Min. 100 of each model build per store. Visit your local Toys “R” Us store to participate!

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

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$2.50 Movies on Saturdays

Looking for something fun and affordable to do with your family on a Saturday morning? Cineplex shows Family Favourites every Saturday morning at 11am for only $2.50. Check out what’s showing here… http://bit.ly/ZygvF5

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Visit a Local Conservation Area

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

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Fall Farm Fun in Ontario

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

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

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Apple Picking in Ontario

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

Around Town this Weekend…

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.

Brampton

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

Burlington

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

Campbellville

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

Cambridge

Harvest Celebration at the Cambridge Farmers’ Market – A Zombie Dance Crew will be infesting the Market at 11:20; Wesley United Church will be hosting free kids cupcake decorating; Downtown Cambridge BIA will be welcoming tiny tots in costumes to trick or treat at participating businesses; More fun at the Market too…Market Ghost Hunt, free apple cider; kids treat bag decorating, mini pumpkin and mask decorating for the kids…and so much 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!

Etobicoke 

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

Georgetown

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

Guelph

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

Keene

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

Lindsay

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

London

A Haunting We Will Go @ Fanshawe Pioneer Village – On Saturday, October 26th come out and celebrate a historic Halloween! Trick or treat in the Village, bob for apples, hear a ghost story and participate in many other ghoulish activities.

Midland

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

Milton

Halloween Spooktacular @ Halton County Radial Railway – Saturday, October 19  6:30pm-10pm – All ages event! Walk through the haunted car barn and travel in the old, creaky streetcars along the mainline and enjoy some hot apple cider & scary snacks. If you’re a Halloween fan this is definitely a spooky experience not to be missed! Costumes encouraged.

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!

Orangeville

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

Ottawa

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

Owen Sound

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

Penetanguishene

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

Port Stanley

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

Rockton

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

Sudbury

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

Terra Cotta

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

Thunder Bay 

Kids Halloween Hoot 2013 @Fort William – Every Saturday and Sunday during the month of October from 12pm to 5pm take in all the activities, including: Spooky Crafts, Trick-or-Treating, Haunted Maze, Storytelling, Scavenger Hunt, Haunted Adventures and Fun & Yucky Activities.  Be sure to wear your costume!

Toronto

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

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

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

Vaughan

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

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

Woodstock 

Pumpkin Festival @ Birtch Farms – The second last weekend in October is their annual “Pumpkin Festival” where activities include pumpkin games, pumpkin treats, a pumpkin gallery of carved pumpkins and a costume contest. This is a great time to show off those imaginative costumes.

 

Weekend Fun Guide (October 18-20 2013)

Fun things to do with the family in Ontario

Doesn’t the week seem to fly by after a long weekend?  Another beautiful Fall weekend is almost upon us and there are SO many fun things to get out and do with the family for some fun!

Featured Events and Local Attractions 

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

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

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Made by Hand Show

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

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

For more information visit www.madebyhandshow.ca

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$2.50 Movies on Saturdays

Looking for something fun and affordable to do with your family on a Saturday morning? Cineplex shows Family Favourites every Saturday morning at 11am for only $2.50. Check out what’s showing here… http://bit.ly/ZygvF5

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Visit a Local Conservation Area

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

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Fall Farm Fun in Ontario

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

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

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Apple Picking in Ontario

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

Around Town this Weekend…

Adolphustown

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

Ajax

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

Bala 

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

Blue Mountains

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

Campbellville

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

Elora

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

Halton 

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

Hamilton

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

Keene

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

Kingston

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

Kingsville

Migration Festival – This Festival celebrates migration, heritage and conservation in Kingsville, Ontario. The theme for 2013 is the “Art of Migration”. Enjoy our woodcarving, fine art and fine photography shows. Vote for People’s Choice Awards for each. See live raptors, sled dogs, retriever show and more. Bring your children to teh parade then OPP pumpkin carving and meet Clarol the Clown. Enjoy entertainment and food and buy local specialty goods at the Marketplace

Kitchener

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

Kitchener-Waterloo

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

Lambton

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

London

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

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

Milton

Halloween Spooktacular @ Halton County Radial Railway Saturday, October 19  6:30pm-10pm – All ages event! Walk through the haunted car barn and travel in the old, creaky streetcars along the mainline and enjoy some hot apple cider & scary snacks. If you’re a Halloween fan this is definitely a spooky experience not to be missed! Costumes encouraged.

Mississauga

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

Pembroke

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

Prince Edward County

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

Thunder Bay 

Kids Halloween Hoot 2013 @Fort William – Every Saturday and Sunday during the month of October from 12pm to 5pm take in all the activities, including: Spooky Crafts, Trick-or-Treating, Haunted Maze, Storytelling, Scavenger Hunt, Haunted Adventures and Fun & Yucky Activities.  Be sure to wear your costume!

Toronto

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

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

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

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

Walkerton

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

Waterford

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

Vaughan

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

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

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

 

Weekend Fun Guide (March 8th-10th 2013)

Winter Festivals seem to be winding down to make room for Maple Syrup Festivals across Ontario.  Check out our list of Maple Syrup Festivals you can attend for some fun with the family!!!  There are lots of other things taking place this weekend that you can check out below.  With snow still on the ground it is a perfect opportunity to enjoy some skiingsnowshoeingtobogganing or tubing as a family over March Break.  Whatever you do, have fun and keep safe!

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For some additional family fun, don’t forget to enter our contest to win tickets to the newly opened LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Toronto!

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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

Sweet Water Season @Crawford Lake Conservation Area – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Daily until April 7th – The fun includes: Sweet Water Demonstrations, Taste complimentary samples of cornbread dripping with pure maple syrup, Taffy on Snow and Maple Syrup tastings, Explore the 15th century Iroquoian Village and reconstructed Longhouses, Fun for Kids – FREE Craft Making and Discovery Hunt with Prizes and more.

MapleTowne @ Mountsberg Conservation Area – See how sap is magically transformed into sweet, sticky syrup and smell the fragrant steam rising from simmering kettles, Learn the secrets of Maple Candy making and taste FREE candy samples, Enjoy piping hot pancakes smothered in fresh maple syrup outdoors under our pavilion nestled in the woods and enjoy all the seeing the birds, bison and everything else Mountsberg has to offer.

Hamilton

Wizard World Fun Park @ Careport Centre (Runs Sunday through March Break) – Southern Ontario’s best indoor March Break family fun park.  Treat your children to a day of magical March Break fun featuring over 20 rides and inflatables, an arts and crafts zone, petting zoo, 3D maze, games, a Bubble Show and more

Listowel

Paddyfest 2013 – Entertainment for the whole family.  Event highlights include: Sno-Pitch Tournament, Curling Bonspiel, Dinner and Yuk Yuk’s Show, Several Concerts and Dances, Pot of Gold Treasure Hunt, Children’s Concerts, Public Skating.  Check out the website for a full calendar of events

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Ottawa

Barnyard Break @ Canada Agriculture Museum – Through engaging and unique demonstrations, visitors can follow these ingredients from farm to table and learn how much work actually goes into producing them.With so much already going on, animal-related demonstrations and a fun craft for children are just icing on the cake! So come learn while enjoying yourself at the Canada Agriculture Museum this March Break and all month long.

Annual Maple Festival (February 28th-April 14th) @ Proulx Maple & Berry Farm – Weekend activities include: Watching the sap being collected, visit the syrup shack, enjoy a pancake meal, taste the real 100% pure taffy on snow, Horse drawn hay rides through the maple bush, visit the petting farm, and have fun playing in the play parks.

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Rockton

Maple Syrup Festival – Discover one of Canada’s most time-honoured and delicious traditions. Explore the making of maple syrup from the tree to the table in three different time periods: the methods of Canada’s First Nations, 19th century pioneers and modern times. Families can enjoy a free old-fashioned horse and wagon ride and purchase a wonderful pancake breakfast.  For more information, please call 1-800-883-0104 Runs certain days for the entire month of March

Simcoe

Norfolk Wildlife Festival & Adventure Show – Come celebrate nature. See wildlife up close and experience fascinating nature shows. The Wildlife Festival offers outdoor enthusiasts a chance to see nature at its best. Families andchildren of all ages can participate in many fun and educational hands-on activities, demonstrations and browse through a variety of exhibits.

Stouffville

Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival (March 2 – April 7) @ Bruce’s Mill – It’s a sure sign of spring. Come out and tap into nature! Demonstrations, wagon rides, activities, entertainment, fun crafts and of course pancakes and Maple Syrup.

Toronto

Wizard World Fun Park @ Better Living Centre (Runs Sunday through March Break) – Southern Ontario’s best indoor March Break family fun park.  Treat your children to a day of magical March Break fun featuring over 20 rides and inflatables, an arts and crafts zone, petting zoo, 3D maze, games, a Bubble Show, camel rides and the Xtreme Wild animal show with live lions, zebra, wolves, leopards, and other fun animals presented by the Bowmanville Zoo.

Toronto Comicon  – Browse vendors and meet celebrity guests from the worlds of television, film, comics, and anime at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. In 2013, meet many of the cast members from Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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.

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.

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Woodbridge

Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival (March 2 – April 7) @ Kortright Centre – It’s a sure sign of spring. Come out and tap into nature! Demonstrations, wagon rides, activities, entertainment, fun crafts and of course pancakes and Maple Syrup.

Weekend Fun Guide

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Happy March!!  March means Maple Syrup Festivals are popping up across Ontario.  We have listed some for you to enjoy this weekend but watch for our complete listing coming soon!  Snow is on the ground so you can also enjoy  skiingsnowshoeingtobogganing or tubing as a family.

For some additional family fun, don’t forget to enter our contest to win tickets to Disney on Ice Rockin’ Ever After or tickets to the newly opened LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Toronto!

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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

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

Sweet Water Season @Crawford Lake Conservation Area – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Daily until April 7th – The fun includes: Sweet Water Demonstrations, Taste complimentary samples of cornbread dripping with pure maple syrup, Taffy on Snow and Maple Syrup tastings, Explore the 15th century Iroquoian Village and reconstructed Longhouses, Fun for Kids – FREE Craft Making and Discovery Hunt with Prizes and more.

MapleTowne @ Mountsberg Conservation Area – See how sap is magically transformed into sweet, sticky syrup and smell the fragrant steam rising from simmering kettles, Learn the secrets of Maple Candy making and taste FREE candy samples, Enjoy piping hot pancakes smothered in fresh maple syrup outdoors under our pavilion nestled in the woods and enjoy all the seeing the birds, bison and everything else Mountsberg has to offer.  

Collingwood/Blue Mountains

Nordicfest – Join hundreds of outdoor enthusiasts, weekend warriors, beginner and expert skiers and snowshoers alike, families and the entire Get Out There Magazine team for a fun – and inexpensive – day on the trails. Test the latest skis and snowshoes from major manufacturers, participate in fun activities like our snowman making contest, enjoy free hot chocolate and apple cider all day in our warm-up chalet and enjoy the spectacular escarpment trails at one of Ontario’s premiere Nordic destinations!

Kenora

Winter Carnival – Something for everyone!  Enjoy a Snow Sculpture competition, local musical performers, a fireworks display, inflatable structures, wagon rides, Dog Agility contest, Dummy Downhill Races at the ski hill, Bluesfest and free public swimming at Kenora Recreation Centre, free pancake breakfast, canoe races, Magic show, Log Sawing competition and skiers and snowboarders can win some great prizes in the Dawn of the Shred competition at Mount Evergreen Ski Hill.

Kirkland Lake

Winter Carnival – 18 days of winter fun including sleigh rides, hockey tournaments, free kids matinees, kids carnival, free family swims, fishing derbys and more!

Listowel

Paddyfest 2013 – Entertainment for the whole family.  Event highlights include: Sno-Pitch Tournament, Curling Bonspiel, Dinner and Yuk Yuk’s Show, Several Concerts and Dances, Pot of Gold Treasure Hunt, Children’s Concerts, Public Skating.  Check out the website for a full calendar of events

Oshawa

Brimfest @Brimacombe – Join us for a weekend-long celebration on the slopes – perfect for the entire family! Enjoy live music, face-painting, contests, tons of events, displays, giveaways and more!

Ottawa

Barnyard Break @ Canada Agriculture Museum – Through engaging and unique demonstrations, visitors can follow these ingredients from farm to table and learn how much work actually goes into producing them.With so much already going on, animal-related demonstrations and a fun craft for children are just icing on the cake! So come learn while enjoying yourself at the Canada Agriculture Museum this March Break and all month long.

Spring RV Show @ Ernst & Young Centre – With multiple giant accessories stores and hundreds of show-only specials, the 20th Annual Ottawa Spring RV Show—Canada’s 4th Largest RV Show—will be better than ever in 2013!

Annual Maple Festival (February 28th-April 14th) @ Proulx Maple & Berry Farm – Weekend activities include: Watching the sap being collected, visit the syrup shack, enjoy a pancake meal, taste the real 100% pure taffy on snow, Horse drawn hay rides through the maple bush, visit the petting farm, and have fun playing in the play parks.

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Rockton

Maple Syrup Festival – Discover one of Canada’s most time-honoured and delicious traditions. Explore the making of maple syrup from the tree to the table in three different time periods: the methods of Canada’s First Nations, 19th century pioneers and modern times. Families can enjoy a free old-fashioned horse and wagon ride and purchase a wonderful pancake breakfast.  For more information, please call 1-800-883-0104 Runs certain days for the entire month of March

Stouffville

Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival (March 2 – April 7) @ Bruce’s Mill – It’s a sure sign of spring. Come out and tap into nature! Demonstrations, wagon rides, activities, entertainment, fun crafts and of course pancakes and Maple Syrup.

Stratford 

Garden Festival – Welcome Spring!!!! Enjoy the scent of fresh blossoms as you wander through display gardens.  Shop the Marketplace showcasing the latest “must haves” for the gardener.  Get the dirt on gardening from such experts as Frank Feragine, Carson Arthur, Liz Primeau, Steven Biggs, Paul Zammit and more. This event is sponsored by Orr Insurancewith all of the proceeds directly benefiting The Lung Association.

Toronto

Golf & Travel Show – Get into the game as the Toronto Star Golf & Travel Show tees off its 24th year! Welcoming back retail partner and golf industry expert, Golf Town, along with a number of exhibitors featuring golf equipment, golf courses, travel options, demonstrations and onsite lessons, the Golf Show is the pre-season destination for lovers of the game.

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.

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.

Woodbridge

Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival (March 2 – April 7) @ Kortright Centre – It’s a sure sign of spring. Come out and tap into nature! Demonstrations, wagon rides, activities, entertainment, fun crafts and of course pancakes and Maple Syrup.

LEGO, LEGO Everywhere

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We were very excited to be invited to take part in the media preview for LEGOLAND Discovery Centre in Vaughan Mills last week which opens March 1st.  I have loved LEGO since I was a kid but now I get to re-live that through my kids.  My son is 7 and he is a huge LEGO fan.  From mini figures to his fave sets of Ninjago and everything in between, he can spend hours upon hours building and using his imagination.  My daughter is 5 and being the girlie girl that she is has totally taken to  LEGO friends.  So you can imagine the squeals of glee when I told them they could come to the preview with me.

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Both up and dressed at the crack of dawn, we were early for the event so it gave us a chance to check out the storefront.  This would have made them happy in itself as the store is great!  The decor is bright and colourful and has cool big figurines constructed all out of LEGO blocks.  We found sets that my son had been looking for, sets that my daughter hadn’t seen yet, super cool key Chains, wall of bricks and the list goes of on and on.  Shopping list for the Easter Bunny….Done!  It’s going to be a LEGO themed Easter at this house!

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Our tour began as we entered the LEGO man cutout in the wall and into the LEGO factory where you learn through interactive play how raw plastic is turned into LEGO pieces. Here you can also weigh yourself to see how much you weigh in LEGO bricks. No…I will not reveal my number!

My 5 year old daughter’s favourite thing came next…Kingdom Quest.  Hop in a chariot and grab your laser gun to get rid of the bad guys and save the princess!  Your score tallies up as you go so you can see who the ultimate victor in the family will be.  If you’re anything like our competitive family you’ll want to ride again and again.

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Miniland is nothing short of amazing.  Check out the landmark buildings of Toronto as well as the wonders of Niagara Falls all made out of millions of pieces of LEGO.  Play a game of baseball at the Rogers Centre, hockey at the ACC or just marvel at the hours upon hours of work put into this area.

At this point we haven’t even made it into the main play area where even more fun with LEGO awaits us.  In this area you will find an area to build your own LEGO racer that you can race down 2 different tracks, check out the LEGO friends area, play in the LEGO Fire Academy and ride Merlin’s Apprentice.  Be sure to check out one of favourite things in this area, the Earthquake Tables.  Build a tower out of LEGO bricks and test it’s strength and integrity to see if it can withstand the shaking of an earthquake.

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My 7 year old son’s hands-down favourite was the 4-D Movie Cinema where we watched a Clutch Powers Adventure.  Put on your cool glasses, sit back and watch in amazement as LEGO bricks, mini figures and everything else busts out of the screen at you.  Watching the kids in the theatre reaching out to try and grab the flying pieces was amusement in itself.

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All this LEGO fun can make you hungry so be sure to stop by the Cafe for some eats to re-energize so you can do it all again!  Don’t worry the food is about the only thing not made out of LEGO!

How cool would it be for your child to have their Birthday Party hosted at LEGOland?  Yep, they host parties as well.

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You have to check this place out and we can’t wait to go back really soon.

For more information on hours, directions, pricing and planning your family’s visit go to www.legolanddiscoverycentre.ca