It’s Maple Syrup Time in Ontario

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Maple Syrup Festivals and Sugar Bushes across Ontario are ready to welcome you because it’s Maple Syrup Time! There are so many sugar bushes to visit at local farms and Conservation Areas.  Be sure to get out and enjoy some fresh air, pancakes with maple syrup and time with your family at one of the Maple Syrup Festivals listed below.

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Southwestern Ontario

Aylmer – Maple Syrup Festival @ Springwater Conservation –  Every weekend in March they host their Annual Maple Syrup Festival! How Canadian eh? It’s a great family event for people of all ages that want to learn how Maple Syrup is made. You can tour the old-fashioned sugar shanty for a demonstration and later, enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides through the sugar bush, and of course, eat pancakes at our Pancake House!

Elmira – Maple Syrup Festival – (March 28th) Our attraction has grown into the World’s Largest One Day Maple Syrup Festival.  Come join us and taste, smell and experience the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival. The entire family will enjoy the tradition that makes the town of Elmira a vibrant and fun place to visit

Komoka – McLachlan Family Maple Syrup & Pancake House – (Month of March) Mclachlan Family Maple syrup are 6th generation maple syrup producers outside of Komoka, Ont. with Ross and Stuart being the 6th generation.  Currently we have 15,000 taps using vacuum plastic pipeline, reverse osmosis and steam boiler to produce maple syrup.  We also currently sell sap to Kiki Sweet Water company to make health drinks.  We have a 200 seat pancake house and store in our sugar bush which is open to the public during the season.  We sell syrup and maple products from our home in the off season.

London – Maple Syrup Festival @ Crinklaw Maple Products (March 21-22) – Samples, tours, displays, sugar on snow, gift basket draw, maple products for sale, gift shop, wagon rides and a pancake meal.

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

Thorndale – Kinsmen Fanshawe Sugar Bush (weekends in March and March Break) – Enjoy guided tours, demonstrations and displays. Sample Maple syrup and other Maple Products and visit the Sugar Shack. We provide a complete maple syrup tour, starting with the methods used by the natives to the modern day evaporator.

GTA

Burlington – Maple Syrup Festival @ Bronte Creek – (Weekends in March and March Break) Enjoy a guided tour of the Maple Lane, where 1890s costumed interpreters demonstrate how to tap maple trees, make maple syrup and maple sugar. View artifacts in the maple museum or tour the 100-year-old Spruce Lane Farmhouse. Be sure to browse through the maple products and souvenirs available in the Maple Gift Shoppe and pick up a bottle of syrup to take home. Hop on a wagon that will take you to a heated pancake house where you can enjoy fresh, hot pancakes with pure maple syrup and sausages, served up throughout the festival hours.

Campbellville – Maple Town @ 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.

Milton – Sweet Water Season @Crawford Lake Conservation Area -Visit Crawford Lake’s reconstructed Iroquoian Village and learn how maple syrup was discovered and used by Ontario’s First Peoples as you take in an interactive (and edible!) Sweet Water demonstration. Nostalgia is served warm and gooey in the afternoon as staff demonstrate how to make taffy on snow. Sample a variety of syrup grades to determine your maple syrup personality before you pick up a litre (or two!) to take home from the gift shop. Round out the experience with maple themed crafts and discovery hunts for kids.

Mississauga – Maple Magic @ Bradley Museum – Learn how to tap a tree, Guided tours of the sap line, including First Nations, Pioneer and modern methods of making maple syrup, Demonstrations in historic Bradley House, Maple themed children’s crafts and games, “Extraordinary Lives: Inspiring Women of, Oversized games to play with outside and enjoy an under 1km walk to Lake Ontario.

Oshawa – Maple Syrup Festival @ Purple Woods Conservation Area (weekends in March and March Break) – See how maple syrup was made over 400 years ago through to the modern methods of today, take a horse-drawn wagon ride and enjoy some hot pancakes.

Stouffville – Maple Syrup Festival @ Horton Tree Farms – Time to visit our Maple Sugar Bush and sample the sweetness of spring. Come and enjoy the simple pleasure of being in the fragrant maple woods on a crisp March or fresh April day. Smell the sweet aroma billowing from the sugar shack as the maple sap is boiled down to syrup. Savour the taste of hot pancakes fresh off the griddle smothered with our homemade maple syrup in the old log cabin. Experience maple syrup being made in the pioneer and modern ways is a Canadian tradition to be enjoyed year after year.

Woodbridge – Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival (Feb 28 – April 6) @ 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.

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Eastern Ontario

Kingston –  Maple Madness @ Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area (March 14th – 28th) – March means maple syrup at Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area. Take a tractor-drawn wagon back to our sugar bush to see how maple syrup was made in the olden days and how we make it now. Enjoy pancakes with real maple syrup and buy some maple syrup or sugar to take home. The sugar bush is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day of the Maple Madness program. Be sure to check out some of our special activities like puppet shows, sugar bush demonstrations, our annual Bake Sale and Olde Thyme Sugar Bush Chores

Prince Edward County – Maple in the Country (March 28-29) – It’s time to celebrate the first harvest of the spring in Prince Edward County – MAPLE SYRUP! Bring the whole family for a fun-filled weekend full of pancake breakfasts, maple syrup demonstrations, lumberjack shows, petting zoos, live music, and more.

Delta – Maple Syrup Festival – (April 18-19th) As soon as the sap starts to run, the community of Delta starts to prepare for the Delta Maple Syrup Festival.  Started as a Centennial Project, this annual event offers entertainment, refreshments, activities and of course, maple syrup and pancakes to the thousands of people who visit the Village of Delta each spring.

Central Ontario

Bradford – Harvest Maple Syrup & Tap Into Spring! – Maple Syrup season is filled with traditions of families and neighbours coming together to harvest the sweet sap as the forest prepares for Spring awakening. Join the LSRCA staff in using the techniques of early settlers to identify and tap maple trees, collect sap and help boil it down into delicious maple syrup. Rewards for your hard work will include some pure syrup drizzled over a toasted waffle. Your family will love this engaging way to get outside and connect with nature!

 

Buckhorn – Maplefest (Weekends March 14th-29th) @ McLean Berry Farm – At Maplefest, there are a tons of fun activities for the entire family. Whether it’s going for a wagon ride, eating pancakes with fresh maple syrup or seeing how the sweet stuff is made, there is something to do for everyone! Kids and kids at heart love tapping their toes and swinging their hips to live music, trying their hand at tapping a maple tree and testing their toffee on snow twirling skills to get a taste of the sweet stuff! Farm animals and fresh straw offer playtime for some, while others prefer to take a stroll through the sugar bush with a pair of snowshoes.

Elmvale – Maple Syrup Festival (April 25th)  The Festival offers something for the whole family.  Our award winning maple syrup, arts and crafts, midway rides, pancake eating and log sawing contests, great music and of course the sugar bush tours throughout the day Saturday 

Holstein – Holstein MapleFest (April 11-12th) @ Love’s Sugarbush – Bring the whole family for a day in our 40 acre sugarbush. Weʼll be serving our tummy filling Pancake and Sausage breakfast all day long. Enjoy our free craft sale with over 30 original vendors. Plenty of demonstrations in the sugar bush to enjoy, including the Fergus Highlands Pipe Band, Blacksmith, Taffy Pull, Ice Cream Making, Candle making, Catapults, our new Rope Bridge and plenty more.

Midland – Sweetwater Festival (March 28th – 29th) @ Wye Marsh – Activities are happening all day at the Wye Marsh during the Sweetwater Festival! Come out and see how maple syrup is made, roast some bannock on the fire or enjoy our delicious pancake breakfast. Thank you can tell the difference between real and fake maple syrup? We will put you to the test. This is one sweet event.

Orillia – Tap Into Maple –  A unique family adventure all about MAPLE in Ontario’s Lake Country from March 1st – May 31st. Located in Central Ontario and only a short drive from the GTA, Ontario’s Lake Country and Springwater are the perfect place for maple trees, and celebrating all things maple. Some of the local maple syrup producers have been harvesting the sap for over 100 years.  Local residents and visitors are encouraged to experience all things maple this spring on what just might be the sweetest route through one of the prettiest parts of the province.

Orangeville – Maple Syrup Festival (March 28th-29th) @ Island Lake Conservation Area –  With wagon rides, live music and entertainment, a tour through the sugar bush, and maple syrup tasting, the whole family can enjoy this annual event.

Sunderland – Maple Syrup Festival (March 28th-29th) – People travel great distances each year to see what riches the little town of Sunderland has to offer. They come to join in the festival fun and to be part of a small town community filled with love, drive and spirit. Everyone enjoys the exciting variety of events taking place during the festival weekend.

Uptopia – Spring Tonic (April 11th-12th) @ Tiffin Centre – The highlight of the maple syrup season at the Tiffin Centre, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Barrie! Enjoy a pancake breakfast, with maple syrup made on site, see how maple syrup is made today, and long ago, enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, crafts, live entertainment & more!

WarkworthMaple Syrup Festival (March 14th-15th) – Compare the native, pioneer and modern methods of gathering and processing the sap. Enjoy the quiet gliding of horse drawn sleigh rides. Explore the educational nature trails. Taste the mouth-watering treat of complimentary maple taffy on the snow. Join in the log sawing contest, the snowshoe competition or the three-person plank race. Give-in to a delicious plate of pancakes and sausages smothered in International award winning syrup served by the Warkworth Community Service Club. Enjoy olde tyme square dance demonstrations, step dancing, clogging and country music. This year’s line up includes the Potter Band and The Percy Swingers.

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Ottawa Region

Cumberland – Annual Maple Festival (March 1st – April 12th) @ 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.

Edwards –  Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm (Open weekends until April 12th) – Join us for a sleigh ride, visit the sugar shack, and watch the sap to syrup process unfold while enjoying taffy on the snow and a pancake brunch at the Pancake House.

Lanark – Temple’s Sugar Bush (Weekends until April 26th) – A wide variety of breakfast and brunch selections are available during the maple season.  Come visit us, have a meal, browse through the gift shop and take a walk on our sugar bush trail.

Lanark Highlands – Wheelers Maple Products – Tour the Sugar Camp to see how sap is collected, enjoy a pancake meal with real maple syrup, visit the sheep, play in the playground or visit their maple heritage museum.

Pembroke –  Mapleside Sugar Bush – Stop in by chance or by appointment to observe nature’s harvest. See how the sap is collected and transferred to the shanty for boiling. While you’re here, shop for pure Canadian maple products to share with friends and family.

For more sugarbush activities in and around Ottawa click here

Northern Ontario

North Bay – Powassan Maple Syrup Festival (April 25th)– As in years previous, we will be starting the day with our Pancake Breakfasts at 7am. Most festival activities and entertainment generally come to end an around 4 pm. It will be a full day of food, live music, crafts, and fun family events.

Parry Sound – Killbear Provincial Park’s 8th Annual Maple Syrup Festival  @ Killbear Provincial Park (April 5th) – Wagon rides through Killbear, guided tours of the sugar bush and sugar shack and Hot pancakes with pure maple syrup, bacon, tea, coffee or juice ($)

Know of another great sugar bush or Maple Syrup Festival?  Let us know at info@vacationingwithkids.ca

Weekend Fun Guide (May 30 – June 1 2014)

Weekend Fun Guide

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The temperature is finally what we expect of spring in Ontario so be sure to get out this weekend and enjoy it with the family!  There are lots of fun events taking place or you could check out an amusement park or local zoo.

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JUMPSTART DAY 2014 – Together we can help all kids play!

Saturday, May 31st is Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart Day. Come be a part of something amazing – helping kids from financially disadvantaged families in your local community get involved in sport and recreation. On Jumpstart Day, many Canadian Tire stores in Canada will have a day filled with fun activities and draws to help raise money for their local community. Some examples of events taking place this year include: Go Clean waterless car washes, chairty BBQ’s, table top games and much more! Come out to your local Canadian Tire store on Saturday, May 31 and help kids in your local community get in the game.

YMCA Healthy Kids day

Sunday June 1st is YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day!  YMCA’s from across the country will be holding FREE events for families to engage in active play and learn healthier habits. For healthy, fun activities for the whole family and to find events happening near you, click here.

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Doors Open Ontario – From April to October each year, communities open the doors to some of our most intriguing and charming heritage sites.  Admission is free! The Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these hidden heritage treasures first-hand. Make your travel plans for Doors Open Ontario events in 2014 and explore the rich heritage that awaits you.  This weekend you can check out the event in Owen Sound

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The weather is going to be perfect this weekend to take the family to the drive-in!  Check out a drive-in near you this weekend!

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Sit back and relax with a family movie at Cineplex Theatres.  Saturdays at 11:00am you can catch a Family Favourite movie for only $2.50

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FARMER’S MARKETS

Farmer’s Markets are open for the season!  Be sure to check one out near you to find lots of fresh local produce, local offerings and homemade goods

 Around Town this Weekend…

Belleville

Family Artfest – The event will provide hands on activities for young families and youth who are interested in participating and experiencing the enjoyment that art can provide.  Activities include: Car Painting & Mapping, Block Art, Utensil Painting, Easel Fun, Roller Painting, Sidewalk Chalk, Patchwork Quilt and magic shows and book readings

Brantford

Walter Gretzky Street Hockey Tournament – This year will mark the 8th annual Walter Gretzky Street Hockey Tournament with teams coming from across Ontario and the United States.  Watch  250 teams playing on 20 outdoor rinks, officiated by certified referees and linesmen from BHI.

Burlington

Kite Festival @ Brant Hills Park (Sunday) – Build a kite (while supplies last) or bring your own to help fill the sky with colour.  Kite flying demonstrations, entertainment, and vendors for free outdoor family fun!

Weekend Wildflower Walks @ RBG – Meet at the Nature Centre at 1:30 or 3:00 p.m. for a guided walk to explore our beautiful spring wildflowers, then visit the Green Legacy exhibition at RBG Centre to learn about native plants from across Canada.

Cherry Valley

Quinte’s Isle Bluegrass Celebration  – Being held on the enchanting grounds of Quinte’s Isle Camp Park, the celebration features local and regional Canadian bands bringing together the finest in Canadian bluegrass music..Join us for a weekend of music, food, jamming, fun and friendship. Oh, and don’t forget your fishing rod!

Guelph

Dance Festival – Be engaged and enthralled with dance works from the most innovative contemporary choreographers and dance artists in Canada. At various locations around Guelph.

Haliburton

Home & Cottage Show –  The 36th annual Haliburton Home and Cottage Show has over 150 exhibitors. Help for any home or cottage project. Talk to the Experts. Food and beverages are available at the Curling Club. Come out, enjoy the show and meet all the exhibitors in one location.

Milton

Season of Many Frogs Peeping @ Crawford Lake – Discover wildflower wonders in Crawford Lake’s beautiful woodlands, fascinating video presentations, hands-on discoveries in the reconstructed Iroquoian Village, seasonal discovery hunt and craft making.

Morrisburg

1860s Wedding Reenactment @ Upper Canada Village – Take part in the excitement at a re-created 19th century wedding.  Examine the contents of a trousseau and the special clothing worn by the wedding party.  Join in the ceremony at 1:30pm and all the festivities that make the wedding unique.  Marvel at the precession of horse-drawn carriages and at the beautifully attired Villagers as they make their was to the ceremony location.

Napanee

Pioneer Family Day – Bring a picnic to enjoy on the banks of the Napanee River and come dressed a pioneer at this old fashioned, family friendly event. Enjoy… live music, watch historic reenactments, learn about pioneer life, watch demonstrations, have some yummy eats and lots of crafts and activities for kids.

Niagara Falls

Fireworks over the Falls – Canada’s longest-running fireworks series is underway with fireworks every Friday, Sunday, and holiday until September 1, preceded by the popular Coca Cola Concert Series on the Victoria Park Stage. The best views are in Queen Victoria Park overlooking Niagara Falls.

Orillia

Tap Into Maple –  A unique family adventure all about MAPLE in Ontario’s Lake Country from March 1st – May 31st. Located in Central Ontario and only a short drive from the GTA, Ontario’s Lake Country and Springwater are the perfect place for maple trees, and celebrating all things maple. Some of the local maple syrup producers have been harvesting the sap for over 100 years.  Local residents and visitors are encouraged to experience all things maple this spring on what just might be the sweetest route through one of the prettiest parts of the province.

Ottawa

Bird Day Fair @ Andrew Hayden Park – Bird Day is a celebration of migratory birds and the wild spaces they inhabit.  Join Nature Canada in a celebration of the incredible migration journey of birds through a day of fun activities for the whole family. There will be nature walks, crafts and activities, a live raptor demonstration, and an opportunity to meet local groups working to protect wildlife.

Petrolia

Baconfest and Sunset Car Show –  Back by popular demand! Petrolia Lion’s “BACONFEST” and Spring Sunset Car Show. All proceeds to community projects.  If you love bacon, you will find tons of different foods to eat that have bacon in them from Mac n’ Cheese to chocolate and bacon cookies.  And while you’re at it, you can cheek out some cook cars

Pickering

7th Annual Rotary Ribfest – Get your fingers sticky as you dig in to some delish ribs from the ribfest contestants!  There will also be vendors and lots of entertainment.  Visit their website to save $3 on Friday only.  Admission is free and they ask that you kindly leave your pets at home!

Port Carling

Muskoka Lifestyle Show – Muskoka’s Premier Home and Cottage Show! The Muskoka Lifestyle Show will showcase lifestyle, home and interior/exterior decorating products and services, outdoor fun and recreation, health and fitness, food and fashion, and everything else to enhance your Muskoka living.

Port Elgin

Huron Fringe Birding Festival – 16th annual festival takes its name from the migration corridor along the Bruce Peninsula. This Huron Fringe along the Lake Huron coastline offers birders, naturalists and photographers unique opportunities to discover nature in the early spring. At MacGregor Point Provincial Park, near Port Elgin.

St. Catherines

Niagara Vegfest – An annual event that takes place in downtown St. Catharines, Ontario, and is part of the growing “VegFest” movement in North America. It celebrates the many benefits of a healthy, compassionate, plant-based lifestyle, and showcases exhibitors, vendors, and speakers from the Niagara region and beyond.  The festival is jam-packed with speakers, vendors, exhibitors, and activities and we look forward to welcoming you to Niagara VegFest!

Toronto

MEC Bikefest – MEC Bikefest Workshops, activities and all things biking for cyclists of all skill levels. 11 am-5 pm. Trinity Bellwoods Park, Queen W at Strachan, mec.ca.

Summer Music in the Garden @ Harbourfront Centre – Treat yourself to free, outstanding performances of classical and traditional music from around the world. FREE!

RUNG Festival @ The ROM – RUNG brings you a line up of exotic performances and exhibits showcasing a variety of dance forms, instrumental performances, traditional crafts, workshops, documentary films plus interactive games and activities for kids. Last but not least, the delicious South Asian menu at the ROM Café!

Tobermory

Orchid Festival – Join specialists for tours and hikes to view the spectacular flora to be seen only on the Upper Bruce Peninsula.

Trenton

Barks by the Bay – Barks by the Bay is an annual canine festival & trade show that takes place the last Saturday in May in Centennial Park, Trenton. Demonstrations all day, including: High Flying Canines, Hot Diggity Dogs and the Ultimate Air Dogs Canada! Also on site is an extensive roster of breeders, groomers, rescue groups, veterinarians, and pet stores. Many unique breeds, canine accessories, training aids, and contests. Every dog has its day at Barks by the Bay!

Waterloo

Waterloo Air Show –  If you love aviation, this is the show for you! Watch the dazzling spectacle above your head as planes rush by and dazzle the crowds.  Check out the Static Display, get up close to aircraft, talk to pilots, play kid-friendly activities and lock-in your spot on the viewing field.  This year they are introducing Food Truck Alley where at least a dozen gourmet food trucks will be serving a variety of fare from Britain, the Islands, Mexico, Alabama and Quebec!

Windsor

North American Sport & Hobby Expo @ WFCU Centre – From Sports Freaks to Geeks, there is something for everyone.  An Action Packed Expo & Festival for All Ages with Over 175 Exhibitors, 4 Arenas & 125,000sq.ft.

Weekend Fun Guide (May 23-25 2014)

Weekend Fun Guide

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Weekend fun is just around the corner and the weather looks fantastic!!  There are lots of fun events taking place across Ontario this weekend!

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The weather is going to be perfect this weekend to take the family to the drive-in!  Check out a drive-in near you this weekend!

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Sit back and relax with a family movie at Cineplex Theatres.  Saturdays at 11:00am you can catch a Family Favourite movie for only $2.50

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FARMER’S MARKETS

Many more local Farmer’s Markets are opening this weekend!  Be sure to check one out near you to find lots of fresh local produce, local offerings and of course some flower’s for Mom!

Around Town this Weekend…

Ayton

Apple Blossom Festival – 7th Annual Apple Blossom Festival will have lots for everyone including the Ayton Lioness Club presents Farm Show
Includes anything to do with Farming!, Arts & Crafts Show, Go Green Show, Health & Wellness Show, Food Booths, farm fur & feather show and lots of additional fun for the kiddies.

Barrie

Waterfront Festival – 10th Annual spring line-up will present live bands from a variety of genres.  For your added enjoyment, free outdoor entertainment will be brought to the table: street buskers, a midway with rides, face painting, street vendors, fresh food, treats and contests.  Don’t miss this weekend with your family; eat, drink and have fun while sharing in Barrie’s terrific community spirit.  The kids will love the fun zone and midway too!

Beeton

Honey & Garden Festival – With over 170 vendors attending, and free admission, its the biggest and best yet!  There will be a Classic Car and Truck Show, Fun zone for the kids, live entertainment and bring your appetite for the many food vendors!

Brockville-Thousand Islands 

Doors Open – 2014 features 39 sites in 12 communities with something for everyone to enjoy.  A local brochure for the event can be picked up at any participating site or at Brockville Tourism (10 Market Street West). If you come for Doors Open Brockville-Thousand Islands, be sure to fill out an entry form to win a prize basket of contributions from the participating sites

Burlington

Biodiversity Day @ RBG – There is no better place to celebrate the diversity of life than Royal Botanical Gardens, one of Ontario’s Biodiversity Hotspots! Join us for a day of exploration and hands-on fun with local animals, plants and ecosystems. Children’s activities, special visitors from the animal kingdom, guided hikes and much more await visitors on this activity-packed celebration of International Biodiversity Day!

“ARF”Mazing Race @ Spencer Smith Park – Have fun at this year’s “ARF”Mazing Race for you, your family and your dog! Fun competition and prizes! Back by popular demand – Pooch Promenade!  Join us for a 4 km walk or a stroll around the park with your pooch.  Everyone welcome, all skill levels, all ages.  Barbeque, vendors, games.  Join us for a fun few hours in support of a good cause

Campbellford

Kite Day @ Ferris Park – Come make a kite or bring one of your own to fly.  10 am – 3 pm. Free admission

Chatham-Kent

Retrofest – Join us for the 12th annual RetroFest ™ celebration, May 23 and 24 in the “Classic Car Capitol of Canada,” Chatham, Ontario.  In what is sure to be another great year for  Retrofest ™ events. There will be hundreds of collector cars gather on the streets of Chatham’s historic downtown core. Joining the selection of exceptional automobiles, will be a number of fun activities including the OLG Classic Car Cruise, free movie in Tecumseh Park, music, hot air balloon rides (weather permitting), and a host of other nostalgic fun for the entire family!

Colborne

Apple Blosson Tyme Festival – A fun and friendly community festival in the village of Colborne that happens on the last weekend in May each year. The festival welcomes everyone to experience the village and surrounding area in springtime, when there are wonderful apple orchards with beautiful and fragrant blossoms to enjoy. In the village, there is a collection of local vendors and food to sample along with vintage cars and tractors on display, a soap box derby race, a midway, baking contests, a competitive and fun spelling bee, and lots of other contests and activities.

Elora

Spring Fireworks – Lighting up the sky is the just the finale to the Spring Fireworks Night that promises hours of entertainment and family fun.  With an exceptional location at the Raceway, the Lions work to create a night full of variety, kids’ activities, and of course, a dazzling fireworks display

Hamilton 

Golden Horseshoe Live Steamer Days @ Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology – Catch a ride on miniature trains and witness the social and mechanical life of Canada’s early industrial revolution during a FREE guided tour of the museum.

Kemptville

Dandelion Festival – Discover Our Roots! The Dandelion Festival is North Grenville’s premiere arts and culture festival. The three-day event in celebrates the best of the areas arts, culture, food, music and heritage.

Milton

Bike Rodeo @ Milton Sports Centre –  The participants will learn the rules of the road and bicycle handling as well as have their bike checked out by knowledgeable bike enthusiasts and have minor adjustments done on site at no charge. Each participant completing the course successfully will be given a certificate of completion and a goodie bag with additional information and coupons from participating businesses in our community.

Mississauga

Carassauga -The 29th annual Carassauga will highlight 72 cultures in the city with over 30 pavilions. This second-largest multicultural festival in Canada will feature entertainment, food, KidZone,  games and so much more!

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Niagara Falls

Fireworks over the Falls – Beginning Friday, May 9th, the Falls Fireworks Series starts off with a bang with 81 stunning displays over Niagara Falls! Enjoy displays over Niagara Falls every Friday, Sunday and Holiday until November 30th

Oakville 

Summerfest @ The Meeting House – The goal of this  Camp Expo & Health Fair is to help kids and families lead healthier more active lives. There will vendors of all kinds, 20+ summer camps to register your kids in, presentations, free demos and prizes.

Orillia 

Doors Open – Visit Orillia’s historical downtown – a treasure trove of historical, architectural and cultural sites that can be explored on your own or as part of a guided walking tour. Mississaga Street will be closed for the day, filled with live entertainment, children’s activities and street vendors.

Tap Into Maple –  A unique family adventure all about MAPLE in Ontario’s Lake Country from March 1st – May 31st. Located in Central Ontario and only a short drive from the GTA, Ontario’s Lake Country and Springwater are the perfect place for maple trees, and celebrating all things maple. Some of the local maple syrup producers have been harvesting the sap for over 100 years.  Local residents and visitors are encouraged to experience all things maple this spring on what just might be the sweetest route through one of the prettiest parts of the province.

Pickering

Artfest on the Esplanade – Outdoor Art & Craft Show and Sale with over 100 artisits this year! Live performances at the Gazebo, Mask Magic art activity hosted by PineRidge Arts Council, Camp Creativity tent with art activities and So You Think You Can Dance activity in the Courtyard.

Port Elgin

Huron Fringe Birding Festival – 16th annual festival takes its name from the migration corridor along the Bruce Peninsula. This Huron Fringe along the Lake Huron coastline offers birders, naturalists and photographers unique opportunities to discover nature in the early spring. At MacGregor Point Provincial Park, near Port Elgin.

Renfrew

KatieBear Fun Day – Join us on Saturday May 24th at The Wing for the 3rd Annual KatieBear FunDay. Activites include:  KatieBear Idol, KatieBear Craft Show – Over 40 Vendors, RC vehicles, Balloon Artist, Games and prizes for kids and adults, Shave you Head for KatieBears, Candy Booth, Silent Auction and so much more!

Toronto 

Woofstock @Woodbine Park – This is the largest festival for dogs in North America.  Hanging on to the classics such as the WOOFSTOCK Fashion Show, Mr. And Ms. Canine Canada Pageant, and the Running of the Pugs, WOOFSTOCK is taking advantage of the new locale by adding a new dog show from the Ultimutts called Cirque Du Canine and a Doggy Kissing Booth, as well as creating an off-leash play area called Dogs Open Toronto, an homage to the famous Toronto festival, Doors Open, taking place the same weekend.

Comic Book Show @ Toronto Plaza Hotel – Come and join us for an action packed day of Buying, Selling & Trading with 40 of the hobby’s biggest & best Comic Book, Action Figure & Anime corporate and independent dealers around! Admission only $3 and Kids are always FREE! Parking is FREE too! TTC stops right in front of the hotel! Giveaways EVERY HOUR!

World Fish Migration Day @ Toronto Zoo – Visit the America’s Pavilion and learn about the Toronto Zoo’s important Atlantic salmon rear and release program involvement with local schools! Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the fascinating life travels of the native American eel. Join the Toronto’s Zoo Great Lakes Outreach Program, which is a FREE, curriculum-based education program that encourages students, educators and families to “Keep our Great Lakes Great” while learning about five local fish species at risk!

CCFEW Spring Bird Festival @ Humber Arboretum – Enjoy a morning of guided bird walks, live birds, reptiles and amphibians, backyard habitat building, art workshops, children’s activities, and educational displays. The festival is located at the southern end of the park. Bird walks are hourly, beginning at 9am. They will be running the children’s activities booth at this great event but it is ideal for everyone. Young, old experinced or inexperienced. Best part about it, it’s FREE.

Doors Open – The 15th Doors Open Toronto, presented by Great Gulf, returns this year with more than 155 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city. The theme for this year’s event is Secrets and Spirits … Exploring the Mysteries Behind the Door – which focuses on secret spaces and stories from all over Toronto. This year’s event will include architectural and ghostly walking tours, the Doors Open Speakers Series, art exhibits at various secret spaces across the city and more than 40 new building additions

Waterloo

Cruzin’ On the Square – Cruzin’ on the Square is back for the third year!  Come see classic cars, and listen to live entertainment in the Waterloo Public Square.  This event will feature classic and specialty cars, vendors, activities and live entertainment

Weekend Fun Guide (May 9-11 2014)

Fun things to do with the family in Ontario

 Get out and have fun with your family this weekend at one of the family-friendly events taking place across Ontario

englishSaturday, May 10th, 2014!

Visit any M&M Meat Shops location across Canada to support the 26th Annual M&M Meat Shops Charity BBQ Day in support of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada to help improve the lives of children and adults affected by these chronic diseases.

Visit any M&M location across Canada to enjoy a hamburger or hot dog, a drink and a bag of chips for a minimum donation of only $3.00.

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Spring is in the air and that means that fresh produce and local items will be available at Farmers Markets near you.  Many are already open or opening soon.  Check for a  Farmer’s Markets near you!

Ontario Drive-ins

It’s drive-in season in Ontario!  Having a night out with the family to a local drive-in can be so much fun and friendly on the budget

images-7Grab a movie with the family this Saturday at 11:00am for only $2.50 per person thanks to Cineplex’s Family Favourites.

Check out what’s playing here

 Around Town this Weekend…

Burlington

Mother’s Day Tea & Spring Garden Festival @ Ireland House – Enjoy free admission throughout the grounds and museum, tours with our costumed interpreters, take in historic cooking & sampling in the historic Ireland House Museum, a garden sale, displays and workshops, outdoor activities, our new nature trail and more! There is also an exclusive ticketed Mother’s Day “Great Gatsby” themed Tea with a lovely formal tea menu, live music & a surprise host! Not to be missed!  Tickets for tea must be purchased in advance.  

Auxiliary Plant Sale @ RBG – Bring a piece of Royal Botanical Gardens to your own garden. Specialty annuals, herbs, veggies, Native Plant, ferns, perennials, shrubs, iris & hemerocallis from RBG’s collection, Auxiliary Favourites, and more . . .

Bowmanville

Kinsmen Spring Fair @ Garnet B. Rickard Complex- The Kinsmen Club of Bowmanville’s annual spring fair takes place over the Mother’s Day weekend and features tons of fun carnival rides, games and food stands that create the perfect environment for an all-ages family outing.

Gormley

Dove Self Esteem Workshop @ Whitchurch-Stouffville Leisure Centre (May 10th) – This free workshop is designed for girls and their female mentors.  It addresses key issues for girls 8-12, including self-esteem, empowerment and beauty.  Stay after the workshop to make your own natural beauty product & to tour the Museum.

Grimsby

Hawkwatch Season – Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in Grimsby is Niagara’s best viewing location of the annual migration of birds of prey. Spectacular birds of prey (bald eagles, sharp-shinned and red tailed hawks and vultures) can be seen flying over the site during their spring migration. Best viewing times are March 1 through May 15 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on warm, sunny days, especially with winds ahead of a warm front.

Keswick

Georgina Home and Lifestyle Show – Come find what you need all under one roof from things for the home to recreation.

Kingsville

Mother’s Day at Colasanti’s – Celebrate Mother’s Day at Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens. The zoo is open from 8am to 6pm, with Colasanti’s famous Sunday Brunch from 9am to 2pm. Reservations are recommended! The buffet includes two hot buffet bars, a full salad bar, an extended dessert table, peach drink and coffee.  All day ride passes are available. Height restrictions apply to all rides. Zoo Shows: 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm.

Leamington

Festival of Birds @ Point Pelee National Park – Become part of spring migration at Point Pelee National Park, the special place where birds and birders meet. Lush forest meets expansive wetlands, offering up opportunities to find a wide variety of species.  Check out their website for specifics on hikes and activities

London

Mother’s Day Brunch @ Fanshawe Pioneer Village – Treat your mother to a delicious buffet in the Pioneer Village Café featuring baked ham, roast chicken seasonal vegetables and fresh pie!

Milton

Wildflower walk for Mom @ Crawford Lake – Celebrate Mom’s special day outdoors with a beautiful guided wildflower walk followed by a light snack and a variety of teas (including the vitamin C power house  – Eastern Hemlock Tea). Hikes depart at 10:30am or 1:30pm and space is limited.

Season of Many Frogs Peeping @ Crawford Lake – Discover wildflower wonders in Crawford Lake’s beautiful woodlands, fascinating video presentations, hands-on discoveries in the reconstructed Iroquoian Village, seasonal discovery hunt and craft making.

Orillia

Tap Into Maple –  A unique family adventure all about MAPLE in Ontario’s Lake Country from March 1st – May 31st. Located in Central Ontario and only a short drive from the GTA, Ontario’s Lake Country and Springwater are the perfect place for maple trees, and celebrating all things maple. Some of the local maple syrup producers have been harvesting the sap for over 100 years.  Local residents and visitors are encouraged to experience all things maple this spring on what just might be the sweetest route through one of the prettiest parts of the province.

Orillia Perch Festival – One of Canada’s Largest Registered Fishing Derbies! Over Sixty Tagged Perch worth $500 Each! Plus … Thousands of Dollars in Daily, Weekly and Grand Prize Draws!  JUST FISH TO WIN !!!  Until May 10th

Ottawa

Tulip Festival – The Canadian Tulip Festival is the largest of its kind in the world, attracting some 600,000 visitors annually.  The festival’s mandate is to preserve this heritage and celebrate the tulip as a symbol of international friendship by engaging local organizers, volunteers, artists, performers, tourists and festival-goers in what has become an annual ritual of spring and one of Canada’s best loved and well-known cultural events.

Ottawa International Children’s Festival – A six-day extravaganza of the finest quality theatre, dance and music for young audiences. Featuring award-winning artists from around the globe that will make wide-eyed children out of attendees of all ages.  Aside from presenting world class performance art, the Festival prides itself on offering a variety of creative workshops and onsite activities.

Marvelous Moms @ Nepean Museum – Maybe you and Mom went out for brunch and are looking for a way to spend the rest of the afternoon together – if so, head over to the museum! Try your hand at planting flowers in our garden while learning about the local Horticultural Society and the difference between native and non-native plants.

Comiccon – Based on the now extremely popular San Diego Comic-con and other similar conventions, the Ottawa Comiccon offers photo ops, panels with special guests, a gaming zone, music, shopping and more!  Oh and don’t forget to wear your fave costume!

Pickering

Mother’s Day Planting – Children can join us to plant a gift for mom, as well as help plant the Children’s Garden at the front of the Recreation Complex. Free event.

Richmond Hill

Doors Open – Enjoy this FREE opportunity to explore the heritage, arts, architecture and culture that Richmond Hill has to offer.

Toronto

Annual International Migratory Bird Day @ Toronto Zoo – This year’s theme is “Why birds matter: the benefits to humans and nature”. It shares the many ways in which birds matter to the earth, to ecosystems, and of course, to us. One and two hour guided bird watching tours of the Rouge Valley and around the Zoo site will be conducted on the hour from 8:00 am to 3 pm. Tours are $10.00 per person. Also, various bird-related organizations will be setting up displays at the Conservation Connection Centre

Nature Play @ Evergreen Brickworks – Explore the Children’s Garden in Chimney Court, meet our site animators, and take part in hands-on projects, crafts, games and more. Themes and activities change with the seasons and explore all of nature’s elements using materials we can find in our surroundings.

Toronto Zoo is WILD about Mothers! –  Join us as we celebrate Mother’s Day. We are creating a special activity zone where children, 12 and under, will be able to create something special just for Mom. Children will have the chance to say cheese at the ProShot™ Mother’s Day Photo Station*, decorate their own photo frame, create a handmade card for Mom and more! Mom’s who visit the Wildlife Marquee on May 11th will be eligible to fill in a ballot to win a $100 gift certificate for Molly Maid, $50 dinner on us certificate from Pizza Pizza, $50 gift certificate for Mary Macleod’s Shortbread – all-butter and hand-made, and more! Whether the Dad’s want to give Mom a break and bring the kids to the zoo for the fun or the whole family wants to enjoy, the Toronto Zoo is the place to be this Mother’s Day.

Bike Works DIY @ Evergreen Brick Works – Our shop is open on weekends and holidays, so you can drop by to use our tools and keep your bike in tip-top shape. With skilled volunteers and staff on hand to give tips and advice, Bike Works offers the tools and knowledge you need to get riding all season long.

Guided Walks @ Rouge Park – Hit the trail with Rouge Park’s Guided Walks in our 5th year of adventure and discovery.  It’s April, and you know what that means… spring is here! Trees are budding! Birds are moving back in! Flowers are popping up! Frogs are calling! Don’t miss a thing! Open the door to outdoor fitness and nature exploration and join a walk with our friendly and fun volunteer leaders! You never know what we’ll see.

Weekend Fun Guide (April 25-27 2014)

Family events in ontario

Earth Day

April 22nd was Earth Day so many towns across Ontario are sponsoring local clean up activities over the weekend.  Check your local newspaper or town’s website to see what you can do right in your town to clean up!

Teaching your kids to live eco-friendly on a day to day basis can be done by simply recycling your garbage at home, picking up trash at the park, making litter-less lunches for school or thinking of ways to conserve water and energy.

If you’re stuck for some ideas, check out Earth Day Canada for some great ways to go green.  Eco-Kids also has a great site to find games, activities  books and other ways to help our planet.

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Grab a movie with the family this Saturday at 11:00am for only $2.50 per person thanks to Cineplex’s Family Favourites.  Check out what’s playing here

Around Town this Weekend…

Barrie

Waterfront Clean-up Day (April 26th) – Friends, family, and neighbours are encouraged to come out and clean up Barrie’s waterfront area. Volunteers can register at the Lions Pavilion, located at Centennial Park, between 9:30am and 10am. Supplies and beverages will be provided by Tim Horton’s. Registered volunteers are invited to a free appreciation barbeque at 11:30am that will feature food, music, face-painting and activities for children!

Elmvale

Maple Syrup Festival (April 26th)  The Festival offers something for the whole family.  Our award winning maple syrup, arts and crafts, midway rides, pancake eating and log sawing contests, great music and of course the sugar bush tours throughout the day Saturday

Gravenhurst

Muskoka Home & Cottage Show – Brought to you by the Muskoka Builders’ Association, this annual show brings you the best of everything for your home and cottage.

Grimsby

Raptorfest @ Peach King Centre – (Saturday) Come join Raptorfest 2014 for a fun filled days of birds, crafts and woodburning.  A fun day for all

Hawkwatch Season – Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in Grimsby is Niagara’s best viewing location of the annual migration of birds of prey. Spectacular birds of prey (bald eagles, sharp-shinned and red tailed hawks and vultures) can be seen flying over the site during their spring migration. Best viewing times are March 1 through May 15 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on warm, sunny days, especially with winds ahead of a warm front.

London

Clean-up Day in the Village @ Fanshawe Pioneer Village (April 26th) – Bring your favourite rake and broom and help volunteers open Fanshawe Pioneer Village for the 55th season. Stay for a thank you BBQ at 4:00 pm.

Milton

Milton Lifestyle Home Show @ Memorial Arena – This is a proven time when consumers like to make their spring home-related buying decisions. Consumers are tired of the cold winter weather and they’re looking forward to warmer temperatures. They want to venture out and see what is new for spring 2014.

Season of Many Frogs Peeping @ Crawford Lake – Discover wildflower wonders in Crawford Lake’s beautiful woodlands, fascinating video presentations, hands-on discoveries in the reconstructed Iroquoian Village, seasonal discovery hunt and craft making.

Misissauga

Babytime Show @ International Centre – The Ultimate Event For Pregnancy, Birth, Baby and Toddler Show, Learn and Have Fun all Within One Vibrant Place Celebrating Parenthood

Morganston

Kid’s Fishing Derby – George Ryken and the Warkworth Community Service Club Fishing Derby committee once again invite children 14 years of age and under to spend a day fishing for Rainbow Trout at Ryken’s Pond. Children 14 and under pay $5.00 per pole and must be accompanied by an adult. Gates are open at 7:30 am. Fishing starts at 8:00 am. There is a limit of 3 fish per day. You keep what you catch….no catch and release. Prizes will be awarded for the largest fish each day.

Mount Forest

Home, Craft, Health & Leisure Show @ Mount Forest & District Sports Complex – Come and see many health and wellness promoters, home, garden and craft exhibits

Napanee

Earth Day Clean up @ Napanee Mall – Roll up your sleeves, get involved and help your community. Pick up your materials between 9 am and noon at the Napnaee Mall. We supply the garbage bags, gloves and pickup sticks, and you choose what area you’d like to clean. Fill your bag, leave it on the side of the road and we’ll pick it up. Bring your enthusiasm and have some fun. Get a free Earth Day t-shirt, donut, drink and more.

North Bay

Powassan Maple Syrup Festival (April 26th)– As in years previous, we will be starting the day with our Pancake Breakfasts at 7am. Most festival activities and entertainment generally come to end an around 4 pm. It will be a full day of food, live music, crafts, and fun family events.

Orillia

Tap Into Maple –  A unique family adventure all about MAPLE in Ontario’s Lake Country from March 1st – May 31st. Located in Central Ontario and only a short drive from the GTA, Ontario’s Lake Country and Springwater are the perfect place for maple trees, and celebrating all things maple. Some of the local maple syrup producers have been harvesting the sap for over 100 years.  Local residents and visitors are encouraged to experience all things maple this spring on what just might be the sweetest route through one of the prettiest parts of the province.

Orillia Perch Festival – One of Canada’s Largest Registered Fishing Derbies! Over Sixty Tagged Perch worth $500 Each! Plus … Thousands of Dollars in Daily, Weekly and Grand Prize Draws!  JUST FISH TO WIN !!!  Until May 10th

Owen Sound

Home & Cottage Expo – Everything you need for your home and vacation property is showcased at this annual event. It’s the largest home show in the BruceGreySimcoe region and one of the most popular, visited by thousands every year. See contractors, interior designers, landscapers, home improvement specialists, outdoor recreation and consumer electronics suppliers, and much more all under one roof, and spilling out into a vast display area outside the main entrance.

Perth

Festival of the Maples (April 26th) – The annual event is hosted by the Perth & District Chamber of Commerce and touts the fact Lanark County is the maple syrup capital of Ontario. The funds raised from the festival help keep the festival going as well as other chamber activities. The grand finale to the month-long maple celebration takes place in Downtown Perth. Maple products and taffy sales, displays of maple syrup production, maple awards, entertainment,petting zoo, children’s activities.

Rockton

Spring Sundays – Enjoy a leisurely day in the country as you visit over thirty historical buildings.  Visit log buildings, a one-room school, blacksmith shop, railway station, TH&B locomotive, general store and many other buildings with volunteers dressed in period clothing. Don’t forget some old-fashioned candy from Eddie D. Cat Confectionery and one-of-a-kind gifts from the Gift Shop. Sundays April 6, 13, 20, 27

Sudbury

Earth Day Festival @ Sacred Heart – Join in to celebrate Earth Day including live entertainment, work-shops, art exhibits, children’s activities and more.

Toronto

2014 Earth Day Celebrations and Farmers’ Market @ Toronto Zoo (April 26 & 27) – This year the Toronto Zoo is themeing its annual Earth Day celebrations All Things Local. Join us for two days where we demonstrate how supporting local food suppliers and leaders in conservation can help to save and protect the planet. Learn from environmental and conservation organizations about the local projects you can participate in to help habitats, Ontario’s bio-diversity and how to protect species in your own back yard. Why not kick start Ontario’s growing season’s bounty by purchasing locally grown produce from local farmers at the Toronto Zoo’s 2014 Earth Day Farmers’ Market? Bring your reusable shopping backs and CASH only sales!’
Green Living Show @ Direct Energy Centre – The Green Living Show is North America’s largest consumer show dedicated to simple solutions for leading a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. Visitors can shop the wide variety of exhibitor booths while gathering information and inspiration from a diverse selection of demonstrations, presentations, and activities.
Earth Day Tree Planting @ Downsview Park – Help us grow the urban forest at Downsview Park. Approximately 2,000 trees will be planted! Meet in the parking lot at the base of 70 Canuck Avenue (near the corner of Keele Street/Sheppard Avenue). FREE. First come, first served, no registration required. One tree planted per person/family, while trees last. Shovels and tools provided. Staff are available for assistance. Please dress appropriately
Hands in the Bowl @ Evergreen Brickworks – Join Evergreen Chef facilitator, Nyle Johnston, for storytelling and community cooking at this fun program for caregivers and children aged 4–7!  Sniff, taste, touch and play are key ingredients as you and your little one rolling up your sleeves as you learn to mix, grate, mash and then eat your delicious creations using only your hands!  Bring a reusbale container to bring home your creations.
Guided Walks @ Rouge Park – Hit the trail with Rouge Park’s Guided Walks in our 5th year of adventure and discovery.  It’s April, and you know what that means… spring is here! Trees are budding! Birds are moving back in! Flowers are popping up! Frogs are calling! Don’t miss a thing! Open the door to outdoor fitness and nature exploration and join a walk with our friendly and fun volunteer leaders! You never know what we’ll see.
Walkerton
Saugeen Home & Recreation Expo – Come on out for our 14th Annual Saugeen Home & Recreation Expo, The 2014 event promises to be better then ever! There will be child friendly attractions, families draws, interesting and interactive demonstrations, exciting new products and fantastic deals will be offered at the show!WellandEarth Day Extravaganza – This FREE family event will have crafts face painting, colouring and more that will give children an idea how to use simple ingredients that the eartch provides to make something creative and fun!  There is also the Earth Day Pledge – if you purcahse something at the market on April 26th that grows from the ground, is locally harvested, is recycleable and more you can enter your name in the ballot box to win!

Windsor

Earth Day Tree Planting (April 27th) – Join the Essex Region Conservation Authority to plant 1800 trees and celebrate Earth Day!  10am – 12noon in the Little River Corridor at Florence and McHugh, just east of the WFCU Centre.

Canard River Cleanup (April 26th) –  Meet at River Canard Park.  The mission of the Friends of Canard River is to promote awareness of the Canard River watershed as both a recreational and environmentally rich area through restoration, education and community involvement.  Come out and lend a hand with spring cleaning our environment!  Students can earn community service hours!

Weekend Fun Guide (March 28-30 2014)

Weekend Fun Guide Family Events in Ontario

It’s hard to believe the month of March is almost over!!  I guess the saying is true, time does fly when you’re having fun.  That being said, be sure to get out and enjoy the nice weather this weekend and have some fun with your family.  There isn’t a ton going on but there are still a lot of Maple Syrup based festivals taking place, you can catch a movie or go hiking at a local conservation area.  This Saturday, don’t forget to participate in Earth Hour and do your part to help the planet!

EARTH HOUR 2014

Earth Hour 2014

This Saturday, March 29th, from 8:30-9:30 pm join millions of homes across the world as they switch off their lights for Earth Hour.  Earth hour takes place to raise awareness for the planet.  By turning off your lights, and unplugging your appliances and electronics for this hour, you are showing your concern for the future of the environment. Find an Earth Hour event near you or make your own family fun with some of these fun ideas.

movies

Why not catch a movie at participating Cineplex theatres!  Every Saturday  they have Family Favourites at 11:00 am for only $2.50.  Find out what’s playing this weekend http://bit.ly/ZygvF5

Around Town this Weekend….

Buckhorn

Maplefest @ McLean Berry Farm – At Maplefest, there are a tons of fun activities for the entire family. Whether it’s going for a wagon ride, eating pancakes with fresh maple syrup or seeing how the sweet stuff is made, there is something to do for everyone! Kids and kids at heart love tapping their toes and swinging their hips to live music, trying their hand at tapping a maple tree and testing their toffee on snow twirling skills to get a taste of the sweet stuff! Farm animals and fresh straw offer playtime for some, while others prefer to take a stroll through the sugar bush with a pair of snowshoes. Whatever it is you’re looking for this spring, McLean’s Maplefest is a great way for everyone to shake off a long winter and enjoy the celebration of springs arrival!

Campbellville

Maple Town @ Mountsberg Conservation Area – ee 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.

Sweet Water Season @Crawford Lake Conservation Area –Visit Crawford Lake’s reconstructed Iroquoian Village and learn how maple syrup was discovered and used by Ontario’s First Peoples as you take in an interactive (and edible!) Sweet Water demonstration. Nostalgia is served warm and gooey in the afternoon as staff demonstrate how to make taffy on snow. Sample a variety of syrup grades to determine your maple syrup personality before you pick up a litre (or two!) to take home from the gift shop. Round out the experience with maple themed crafts and discovery hunts for kids.

Edwards

Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm (Open weekends until April 7th) – Join us for a sleigh ride, visit the sugar shack, and watch the sap to syrup process unfold while enjoying taffy on the snow and a pancake brunch at the Pancake House.

Kawarthas

Presqu’ile Waterfowl Weekends – Come & experience the phenomenon of spring migration! See Up to 10,000 birds of 25 species can seen! Learn from volunteer naturalists with telescopes, & enjoy family-friendly kids

Kingston

Maple Madness @ Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area (March 9th – 30th) – March means maple syrup at Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area. Take a tractor-drawn wagon back to our sugar bush to see how maple syrup was made in the olden days and how we make it now. Enjoy pancakes with real maple syrup and buy some maple syrup or sugar to take home. The sugar bush is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day of the Maple Madness program. Be sure to check out some of our special activities like puppet shows, sugar bush demonstrations and Olde Thyme Sugar Bush Chores

London

Kinsmen Fanshawe Sugar Bush – Enjoy the guided tours, hayrides, demonstrations, displays and brochures.  Buy fresh maple syrup and other maple products, and visit the sugar shack and Pancake Pavilion for delicious pancakes, sausages and pure maple syrup.  Come and see the improvement made for the 2014 season!

Oakville

Maple Syrup Festival @ Bronte Creek – Enjoy a guided tour of the Maple Lane, where 1890s costumed interpreters demonstrate how to tap maple trees, make maple syrup and maple sugar. View artifacts in the maple museum or tour the 100-year-old Spruce Lane Farmhouse. Be sure to browse through the maple products and souvenirs available in the Maple Gift Shoppe and pick up a bottle of syrup to take home. Hop on a wagon that will take you to a heated pancake house where you can enjoy fresh, hot pancakes with pure maple syrup and sausages, served up throughout the festival hours.  We make our own Fresh Maple Sugar and Maple Taffy!

Orillia

Tap Into Maple – A unique family adventure all about MAPLE in Ontario’s Lake Country from March 1st – May 31st. Located in Central Ontario and only a short drive from the GTA, Ontario’s Lake Country and Springwater are the perfect place for maple trees, and celebrating all things maple. Some of the local maple syrup producers have been harvesting the sap for over 100 years.  Local residents and visitors are encouraged to experience all things maple this spring on what just might be the sweetest route through one of the prettiest parts of the province.

Port Hope

Maple Syrup Day @ Ganaraska Forest – Tour the sap collecting route, visit the sugar shack, and enjoy story-telling from historic characters who will enlighten you on this sweet tradition. Then create a craft, and enjoy some pioneer games and face painting before settling in for a pancake feast.  Cost: $12/adult and $6/child

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 1 – April 6) @ 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

Hands in the Bowl @ Evergreen Brickworks – Join Evergreen Chef facilitator, Nyle Johnston, for storytelling and community cooking at this fun program for caregivers and children aged 4–7!  Sniff, taste, touch and play are key ingredients as you and your little one rolling up your sleeves as you learn to mix, grate, mash and then eat your delicious creations using only your hands!  Bring a reusbale container to bring home your creations.

Wiarton

Maple Magic in Georgian Bluffs – Maple Magic is fun for the whole family! Join us to play in the snow, Learn about how to Make Maple syrup, Enjoy a great hot fresh pancake breakfast ($5-$10) Visit the Elk on specially guided tours at 10am and 12pm. and meet our Walmart Elk Dot and Lily.  Also join more fun participate in the Tap Line Maze: Log Sawing Competition, Willie Bush Walk and find the Black Holes

Woodbridge

Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival (March 1 – April 6) @ 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.

 Have an event coming up that you want us to share?  Email us at info@vacationingwithkids.ca

Weekend Fun Guide (March 21-23 2014)

Weekend Fun Guide Family Events in Ontario

Hello Spring

It is officially spring, and although there may still be snow on the ground, spring means it’s Maple Syrup time in Ontario!  This weekend there are so many maple syrup themed events taking place.  You can also check out upcoming and ongoing events here.  Nothing says Canadian family fun like maple syrup eh?

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You can always take advantage of what we hope is the last bit of snow we will see this winter by going skiingsnowshoeingtobogganing or tubing as a family or check out one of the events below.

movies

Want to stay warm inside?  Why not check out a movie at participating Cineplex theatres!  Every Saturday  they have Family Favourites at 11:00 am for only $2.50.  Find out what’s playing this weekend http://bit.ly/ZygvF5

Around Town this Weekend….

Buckhorn

Maplefest @ McLean Berry Farm – At Maplefest, there are a tons of fun activities for the entire family. Whether it’s going for a wagon ride, eating pancakes with fresh maple syrup or seeing how the sweet stuff is made, there is something to do for everyone! Kids and kids at heart love tapping their toes and swinging their hips to live music, trying their hand at tapping a maple tree and testing their toffee on snow twirling skills to get a taste of the sweet stuff! Farm animals and fresh straw offer playtime for some, while others prefer to take a stroll through the sugar bush with a pair of snowshoes. Whatever it is you’re looking for this spring, McLean’s Maplefest is a great way for everyone to shake off a long winter and enjoy the celebration of springs arrival!

Campbellville

Maple Town @ Mountsberg Conservation Area – ee 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.

Sweet Water Season @Crawford Lake Conservation Area –Visit Crawford Lake’s reconstructed Iroquoian Village and learn how maple syrup was discovered and used by Ontario’s First Peoples as you take in an interactive (and edible!) Sweet Water demonstration. Nostalgia is served warm and gooey in the afternoon as staff demonstrate how to make taffy on snow. Sample a variety of syrup grades to determine your maple syrup personality before you pick up a litre (or two!) to take home from the gift shop. Round out the experience with maple themed crafts and discovery hunts for kids.

Edwards

Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm (Open weekends until April 7th) – Join us for a sleigh ride, visit the sugar shack, and watch the sap to syrup process unfold while enjoying taffy on the snow and a pancake brunch at the Pancake House.

Kawarthas

Presqu’ile Waterfowl Weekends – Come & experience the phenomenon of spring migration! See Up to 10,000 birds of 25 species can seen! Learn from volunteer naturalists with telescopes, & enjoy family-friendly kids

Kingston

Maple Madness @ Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area (March 9th – 30th) – March means maple syrup at Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area. Take a tractor-drawn wagon back to our sugar bush to see how maple syrup was made in the olden days and how we make it now. Enjoy pancakes with real maple syrup and buy some maple syrup or sugar to take home. The sugar bush is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day of the Maple Madness program. Be sure to check out some of our special activities like puppet shows, sugar bush demonstrations and Olde Thyme Sugar Bush Chores

London

Kinsmen Fanshawe Sugar Bush – Enjoy the guided tours, hayrides, demonstrations, displays and brochures.  Buy fresh maple syrup and other maple products, and visit the sugar shack and Pancake Pavilion for delicious pancakes, sausages and pure maple syrup.  Come and see the improvement made for the 2014 season!

Oakville

Maple Syrup Festival @ Bronte Creek – Enjoy a guided tour of the Maple Lane, where 1890s costumed interpreters demonstrate how to tap maple trees, make maple syrup and maple sugar. View artifacts in the maple museum or tour the 100-year-old Spruce Lane Farmhouse. Be sure to browse through the maple products and souvenirs available in the Maple Gift Shoppe and pick up a bottle of syrup to take home. Hop on a wagon that will take you to a heated pancake house where you can enjoy fresh, hot pancakes with pure maple syrup and sausages, served up throughout the festival hours.  We make our own Fresh Maple Sugar and Maple Taffy!

Orillia

Tap Into Maple – A unique family adventure all about MAPLE in Ontario’s Lake Country from March 1st – May 31st. Located in Central Ontario and only a short drive from the GTA, Ontario’s Lake Country and Springwater are the perfect place for maple trees, and celebrating all things maple. Some of the local maple syrup producers have been harvesting the sap for over 100 years.  Local residents and visitors are encouraged to experience all things maple this spring on what just might be the sweetest route through one of the prettiest parts of the province.

Ottawa

Home and Garden Show @Ernst & Young Centre – Planning for some home renovations, need ideas to spruce up your home or can’t wait to get gardening?  You need to visit the Home and Garden Show.

Prince Edward County

Maple in the Country (March 21-23) – It’s time to celebrate the first harvest of the spring in Prince Edward County – MAPLE SYRUP! Bring the whole family for a fun-filled weekend full of pancake breakfasts, maple syrup demonstrations, lumberjack shows, petting zoos, live music, and more.

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 1 – April 6) @ 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

National Home Show @ Direct Energy Centre – Offering you inspiration for your home and landscaping projects.  With over 750 exhibitors showcasing their best and newest products and services – you won’t want to miss all the great opportunities they have to offer you and your home.

Wiarton

Maple Magic in Georgian Bluffs – Maple Magic is fun for the whole family! Join us to play in the snow, Learn about how to Make Maple syrup, Enjoy a great hot fresh pancake breakfast ($5-$10) Visit the Elk on specially guided tours at 10am and 12pm. and meet our Walmart Elk Dot and Lily.  Also join more fun participate in the Tap Line Maze: Log Sawing Competition, Willie Bush Walk and find the Black Holes

Woodbridge

Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival (March 1 – April 6) @ 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.

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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.