Weekend Fun Guide (March 13-15 2015)

Weekend Fun Guide

With March Break upon us this week, there are so many options to get out and have fun with the family.  Maple Syrup Festivals are in full swing and the weather is perfect for some skiingsnowshoeingtobogganing or tubing as a family or check out one of the events below


Check out our list of Maple Syrup Festivals you can attend for some tasty fun with the family!!!

March Break

Free & Frugal March Break Fun Ideas


St. Patrick’s Day is this coming Tuesday!  While you enjoy some green beer, why not have the kids make some themed crafts or bake some goodies

Tobogganing hills in ontario

Tobogganing – FREE family fun!


$2.99 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 $2.99. Check out what’s showing here… http://bit.ly/ZygvF5

Around Town this Weekend…. 


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!


BugFeast @Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory – Join us during March Break and put your taste buds to the test! Come sample real insects like beetle larvae, crickets, and this year we are baking with insect protein powder! We’ll tempt you with 3 bugtastic food samples all aligned with this year’s theme of HONEY!  Samples are FREE with paid admission. Are you brave enough to eat a bug?


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.

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.

Haliburton Highlands

Maple Festival – Come and taste spring at the museum! Join us as we prepare maple syrup the old-fashioned way over a wood fire using our 115 year old sap kettle! We’ll have lots of tasty samples and treats, as well as fun contests and kids’ crafts and activities!


Paddyfest 2015 – 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


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 2015 season!


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!


St. Patrick’s Parade and Grand Irish Party – Celebrate the Irish with this parade starting at 11:00am


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


Norfolk Wildlife Festival & Adventure Show – The great outdoors moves indoors for two days at the “Norfolk Wildlife Festival & Adventure Show” in Simcoe, in the heart of Ontario’s South Coast.  Spring Break 2015! Want a great way to kick it off? Come on out to the 13th Annual Norfolk Wildlife Festival & Adventure Show taking place March 14th & 15th. Located at the Aud, on the Norfolk County Fairgrounds.


Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival (Feb 28 – 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.


St. Patrick’ Day Parade – Sunday starting at noon from Bloor and St. George

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.

Wizard World Fun Park @ Better Living Centre (Runs Sunday through March Break) –  Toronto’s ultimate March break destination. We are thrilled to be back for our 12th year offering families quality entertainment at the Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place. Our indoor fun park has entertainment to thrill the whole family with over 20 mechanical and inflatable rides, a little tots area for the under 5 set, arts and crafts, animals, elephant rides and more!

Comicon – TORONTO COMICON as presented by FAN EXPO CANADA™ has now grown to become a spectacular 3 day event!  Located in the South Building of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the show will be boasting unique exhibitors, presentations, workshops and many celebrity guests. Don’t miss out on spring’s #1 community event in Toronto!

Canada Blooms @ Direct Energy Centre – Explore over six acres of stunning creative gardens in a dazzling display of colour, texture and fragrance designed by Canada’s best landscaping talents. Choose from and enjoy over 200 hours of gardening demonstrations and talks where local, national and international experts share their wealth of knowledge and passion for horticulture.

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.


St. Patrick’s Day Special @ Welland Market Square – Dress your best in shamrock green! Enjoy some family time with children’s arts and crafts, face painting, a Monster Mural, and a green egg toss with prizes to be won! Irish dance performance starting at 10am.


March Break Madness at Colasanti’s – Enjoy discount pricing on All Day Ride Passes during March Break, beginning Saturday March 8 and ending on Sunday March 16. Passes for children are $14.99 plus tax (unlimited mini golf, zoo, bumper cars, inflatable, kiddie rides, and Miner Mike coaster ride – height restrictions apply), and passes for adults are $11.99 plus tax (unlimited bumper cars, Miner Mike coaster ride, mini golf and zoo).


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.

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

Disney on Ice Rockin’ Ever After – Show Review


Last night we took our 5 yr old daughter and 7 yr old son to Feld Entertainment’s Disney on Ice Rockin’ Ever After at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.  WOW is all I can say!  We have taken our kids to lots of live shows but I must say this was by far one of my faves…oh and the kids loved it too!!  If you are toying with the idea of taking in this show before it leaves on Sunday, don’t wait and just buy your tickets because you do not want to miss it.  You can use code COMAV to save up to $6 on tickets at Ticketmaster.ca


My overall review of the show is that the choreography, musical numbers, awesome figuring skating, costumes and set design is simply awesome! There is nothing I can honestly say that disappointed us.   The four main stories they present are Little Mermaid, Rapunzel, Brave and Beauty and the Beast.  My 5 yr old put it best when she said that each show they presented was like the movie in fast forward but they acted out all the best parts.  Even if you had never seen any of the movies you will totally get the story line.  My son who is 7 was totally sceptical about going to what he referred to as a “princess show” but let me tell you that he was the one that laughed the hardest and clapped the loudest.


As the lights went down and the crowd cheered the excitement was just beginning!!  Your hosts for the show are the ever loveable Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy.  They are present throughout the evening as they introduce characters and help tell the stories. The show starts off with some musical numbers where the colourfully dressed performers ice dance to songs like “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”, “Vogue” and “We Got the Beat”, so right from the beginning they had the parents captivated.   As always, they throw in some humour which had the young and old(er) laughing in their seats.  A quick but humorous visit from Pinnochio and the evil step sisters and the show is underway.

Little Mermaid was the first movie they acted out and to be honest if that had been it for the show, I would have been equally amazed.  They performed all the favorite songs from the movie like “Part of Your World” and “Under the Sea” and included some fave characters like Flounder, Sebastian and of course Prince Eric.  The best part of this segment is how they played out Ariel’s transformation to human as she spun above the ice doing some acrobatics while the crowd cheered.   This is where you really began to notice the amazing costume designs and I have to say that the Ursula costume was great!  In the end of course, the crowd was thrilled when Ariel ended up with Prince Eric.

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Rapunzel is one of the fave movies in our house and this portrayal reminded me why.  Rapunzel’s costume was awesome! The segment begins with the funny rowdy locals and are joined by Rapunzel and her ally Flynn for a fun adventure of comedy, song and fantastic skating footwork.  Ever seen a horse on skates?  Well, you will during this segment as the always funny Maximus hits the ice.  The hands down best part of Rapunzel was when they released the lanterns!!

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After a quick intermission, Brave was next on the night’s agenda. My daughter has seen Brave many times but for some reason I have to admit I have never seen it.  After seeing the Disney on Ice presentation of it, I can’t wait to see it.  The Scottish music, storyline and characters were great.   The special effects had the crowd cheering as the suitors vied for Merida’s hand in marriage.  Merida’s brothers were absolutely funny and highly entertaining.  My son loved how they teased her by making faces at her, pulling her hair and flipping up her skirt like all little brothers do.

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Who doesn’t love the story of Beauty and the Beast?  Again, they told the story fantastically through Gaston, Belle and the Beast.  I couldn’t take my eyes off the Beast as his mannerism were hilarious and his costume was SO well done.  Enjoy as the ice is filled with colourful skaters and breathtaking scenery as they entertain you with “Be Our Guest” with some of your favourite characters like Belle, Lumière, Mrs. Potts, Chip and the other Enchanted Objects.  The end scene when Gaston and the Beast fight for Belle will have you on the edge of your seat. The show comes to and end and there are smiles everywhere!!

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Another little highlight which I think deserves a mention is the extra thought put into the snacks by Feld Entertainment.  After my daughter polished off her deliciously sticky and yummy cotton candy I was delighted to find a wet wipe in the bottom of the bag.  Let me say that it was a pleasant surprise and a much needed addition to the bag.  Yep, sometimes it’s the small things that can make you smile!

Don’t forget to bring some extra money for the souvenirs because as always there is no shortage of spinning, shiny, light up collectables …. you name it, your kids will be mesmerized and want one of everything.  Our kids settled on cotton candy that came with a tiara, popcorn in a collector bucket, boomerang and a Chip mug.