Wanted: Little Scientists in the Making!

Have a child that is full of curiosity?  

Mad Science Camp is where they need to be this Summer!  

Mad Science Summer Camp

Join Us For “The Best Summer Camp Ever!”

Kids everywhere LOVE Mad Science Summer Camp!  Look for this awesome day camp in your town!  Each camp day is jam packed with awesome demonstrations, tons of hands-on activities and lots of indoor and outdoor fun.

Children from grades 1-6 will enjoy learning about a variety of science principles, interacting with our awesome Camp Counselors and having fun with friends!

Our hands-on approach to science learning instills in each child, a love for all things science and a confidence in their ability to grasp a sometimes feared area of learning!

Crank up your cranium with an awesome week of Mad Science Summer Camp! 

Choose any or all of our four cool themes!

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Beast,Bridges & Brews

Campers will shake, rattle and roll the world of simple machines as they are challenged to build bridges and a four foot high Geodesic Dome. Everyone will speak bird and be a bit buggy while they build bug and bird houses. Mixing, mashing and brewing will result in cool sidewalk chalk and bath fizzers during a day in the chemistry lab. The wonders of photography will be revealed as children learn about cameras, light and colours.  Daily themes include:  Jr. Engineers, Machine Mania, Crazy Chemistry, The Birds & The Beasts, Shutterbugs

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Flight Academy

The week will fly by as we travel through time looking at the earliest flying machines right up to modern day rocket launches. We’ll cover it all. Become a Junior Aviator and discover the principals of flight and aerodynamics. Zip up your space suit for a planetary tour while we investigate the wonders of our very own Milky Way.  Join your fellow astronauts as we send an awesome Mad Science rocket to the moon…well at least into the sky! As Mad Science Technicians, you will build sundials, telescopes, parachutes and an incredible wind tunnel simulator.   It will be a blast!  Daily themes include:  The Wright Stuff, It’s An Up Thing!, The Milky Way, Newtons Loco-Motion, Rockin’ Rockets

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Rocket Camp

Yes we are Rocket Scientists! All things rocket will be explored. This action packed week focuses on the physics of rocket flight, the parts of a rocket and rocket launches. Campers will build several types of rockets and participate in the launching of at least 10 different rockets. Children will be divided into three groups for each rocket launch; Altitude Trackers, Launch Preparers and Launchers. They will have the opportunity to experience all three roles over the course of the week. Daily themes include:  Rocket Basics, Rocket Flight, Mission Control, Rocket Propulsion & Recovery, Go for Launch!

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Claws, Codes & Constellations

A week of sleuthing, investigation and discovery await campers. Secret code wheels, Morse code and hidden messages will be decoded. We will hunt down animal tracks and follow scent trails during a day of nature discoveries. The wonders of gravity, balance and the science behind the elusive sweet spot will be investigated. Everyone will be challenged not to break an egg during our crazy egg toss. A renewed appreciation for the earth and the role science can play in preserving our planet will emerge. The marvels of astronomy will be revealed when we make a telescope. Daily themes include: Mad Messages, Earth Awareness, The Science of Sport, Nature, Space Day

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 FAQs about Mad Science Camp

Did you know Mad Science also offers cool Birthday Parties, In-School Programs and Workshops?  Well, it’s true and full of FUN!

http://hamilton.madscience.org

Family Fun this Weekend (Sept. 21-23, 2012)

Check out all the cool stuff you and your family can do this weekend … September 21-23, 2012

Ajax (Saturday only)

Courtyard Country Fall Fair– Old fashion country fun!  Food competitions, Kid’s cupcake competition, free food samples, games, crafts, activities and fortune telling.  Charity cut for the Cure & Hair extensions for Alzheimer Society

All events are free although donations to the Alzheimer Society are appreciated. Festivities take place at Pickering Village

Ancaster 

Fall Fair at the Ancaster Fair Grounds. Craft exhibits, Quilt draw, Farm equipment, Old MacDonald’s Farm, Black Smith display and demo, Entertainment and Midway

Barrie 

3rd Annual Great Canadian Beaver Race & Festival  held  at Heritage Park. The Great Canadian Beaver Race & Festival is a celebration of all things Canadian with a focus on the iconic beaver. All proceeds from this event are donated to deserving groups and charities.  Check the Schedule of EventsDownload the Colouring Contest.

Haliburton

Hike Haliburton – Over 40 guided and themed hikes, Almost 200 km of hiking trails, Four days of hiking including Night Hikes, Awesome autumn colours, Great places to stay and eat, Evening concerts and art shows

Keswick

Harvest Festival – Celebrate the arrival of autumn with vintage farm equipment, food, crafts, music and more. Please visit

Lindsay

157th Lindsay Central Exhibition – Bull riding rodeo, RCMP Musical ride, Tractor pull, Derby, Children’s events, food vendors and much more

Midhurst

Midhurst Arts & Crafts Tour – Find everything from one of a kind paintings, to pottery, jewellery, soap, candles, home decor, sweet treats and even recycled art!

Milton

159th Milton Fall Fair held at the Milton Fair Grounds.  Entertainment, Demolition Derby, Pet Show, Kids craft zone, Midway, Cattle show, Tractor pull, Art displays, food vendors and much much more maps

Oakville (Saturday September 22, 2012)

AutumnFest –  Enjoy the magnificent fall colours in our picturesque Bronte Harbour Village by the Lake.  Shop, taste, smell, learn, and laugh with our friendly merchants and service providers. Look for end of summer bargains, fall or pre-Christmas treasures. Lot of fun demonstrations and entertainment for all.

Owen Sound

Sweetwater Music Festival – For our 9th season we offer audience favourites Adrian Butterfield, Phil Dwyer and Kenneth Slowik and many others. Also the young Canadian super star Phillippe Sly, winner of last year’s Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

St. Catherines

Niagara Wine Festival – Canada’s largest annual celebration of Ontario’s award-winning wineries and vineyards.  Join us for two incredible weekends of programming as we present the 61stannual Niagara Wine Festival.  See our Program of Events for more information as to what is happening each night of the festival.

Ottawa

Ottawa International Animation Festival – Every September, the Ottawa International Animation Festival presents the world’s most cutting-edge, quirky and important animation. The nation’s capital will once again become the center of the animation universe. The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) is the largest event of its kind in North America, a major film event attracting attendees from around the world. Film buffs, art lovers and cartoon fans won’t want to miss this year’s great line up of screenings taking place at ByTowne Cinema, National Gallery of Canada, Empire Theatres Rideau Centre and Arts Court Theatre.

Port Hope

All Canadian Jazz Festival – Three fabulous days of great all-Canadian jazz music, food, drink, and an art show. Performers include Brass Transit, The Imprints, Heavyweights Brass Band, Ori Dagan, The Jensen Sisters Sextet with Joel Miller, Heather Bambrick, TD Canada Trust Young Jazz Showcase, All-Canadian Legends, Sharon Riley and Faith Chorale, Heavy Weather, Diana Panton, and Swing Shift Big Band. The “Blow Your Own Horn” Jazz Parade starts at 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, September 22, and travels down Walton Street through Port Hope’s famous downtown heritage district, features a wide variety of floats and performers, in addition to a walking jam session open to all comers.

For more information and tickets, visit www.allcanadianjazz.ca or call 1-855-731-9310.

Stratford

Savour Stratford Culinary Festival – Ontario’s foremost celebration of authentic local cuisine with 12 award winning chefs, 30 illuminating tutored tastings, cooking shows and skills workshops led by renowned culinary authors, artisans and innovators and exclusive sampling events.

Our local food heritage spans over 150 years and this year’s theme is “Celebrating Our Culinary Roots”.

Stratford’s culinary festival is set in one of Ontario’s loveliest heritage towns. Freely roam the outdoor farmers and artisan markets, sampling local fare accompanied by music concerts in our picturesque historic Market Square and our heritage garden district.

Toronto (Sunnyside Beach)

 Juried Art show & sale – The fifth annual Sunnyside Beach Juried Art Show & Sale returns to the historic Sunnyside Pavilion fromSeptember 21st-23rd, 2012. Join us as we bring together over 70 emerging and established painters, sculptors, illustrators, photographers and installation artists.

During the three-day art event, we will also host children’s art workshops on a drop-in basis, create a large-scale painting with the help of our visitors, inspired by iconic Sunnyside Beach, and hold a silent art auction in support of Canadian charity Freeing the Human Spirit. We are looking forward to seeing what will evolve when art brings us all together.

Fall Home Show – Design, Renovate and Style your Life.  Toronto’s largest fall home has finally arrived.  Four days only to design, style and renovate your life all under one roof.  Find innovative products & great deals with over 300 retailers and industry experts!  Takes place at the Better Living Centre Toronto

Science Centre Community Day – Celebrate Community Day with FREE general admission* to the Science Centre and a special price for IMAX® films!

Presented by TELUS, Community Day is the Science Centre’s way of celebrating science with the whole community. In addition to FREE admission and special programming in the Centre throughout the day, we invite all adults to become children again! For this day only, adult visitors will be able to turn back the clock to see the popular IMAX film Under the Sea at the children’s price.

Ho Ho Hold your spot for some great Christmas events

I know it’s hard to believe that Christmas is just around the corner, especially since we just got the kids back to school.  Just take a walk through your local Costco and you will see Christmas goods right over by the meat section. At Costco if you don’t pick something up the first time you see it, it will be gone the next time you go.  Same goes with certain special events at Christmas time.  Tickets for sign up only Christmas events are already on sale (or are really soon) and you don’t want to miss out so I have a attached a list of some of the Christmas favourites for you.

Milton, ON

Christmas Town @ Mountsberg

November 30 – December 23, 2012

Take a ride through the snowy forest to a magical Santa’s Village.  Here you will be greeted by Mrs. Claus, visit the elves workshop and have a visit with Santa.  Tickets are now being reserved and will be drawn by lottery.

http://www.conservationhalton.on.ca/ShowCategory.cfm?subCatID=1552

Moffat, ON

Stocrest Percherons Sleigh rides and visit with Santa

Throughout the 2012 Holiday season

http://stocrestpercherons.ca/Sleigh_Rides.html

Stocrest Percherons is located on a beautiful 100 acre farm in Moffat located in the Niagara Escarpment. At Stocrest Percherons you will admire 15 Percheron mares, beautiful trees and plenty of natural beauty.

Rockton, ON

Christmas Table

December 9, 2012      5:00-9:00pm

Experience an old fashioned Christmas show, bonfire and a four-course historical dinner.Limited seating.  Tickets go on sale on September 4, 2012.  For more information, please call 1-800-883-0104

Ottawa, ON

On a cold, winter day, why not come out and enjoy a sleigh ride in Ottawa.

Here is a list of Ottawa area businesses that offer you the magical adventure of a winter sleigh ride with the family.

Bean Town Ranch
2891 N Plantagenet
Concession 3 Rd
Alfred and Plantagenet
613-673-5894

Beckett’s Creek Farm
Horse Carriage Limousine Service
613-833-2973

Cundell Stables
Address 113 York St.
613-241-8054

Lucky Luc Carriage & Sleigh Services
613-789-5710

Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm On-Site
2452 Yorks Corners Road
613-821-2751

Smithvale Stables
3664 Carling Avenue
613-828-2499

Pinto Valley Ranch
1969 Galetta Side Road
613-623-3439

Captiva Farms
189 Chemin de la Montagne, R.R.#2
877-459-2769

Happy Trails Riding Stables
5979 Leitrim Road, Carlsbad Springs, Ontario
613-822-1482

Fulton’s
613-256 3867

Sand Road Maple Farm
Moose Creek
Sand Road
613-538-2991

All Aboard for a family outing on the train with the jolly man himself!

Inglewood/Orangeville

Santa Train

Experience the passing countryside from the comfort of heated, picture-window coaches, with fresh-baked cookies & hot chocolate, live musical entertainment and a visit from Santa!

Runs weekends in November and Dec starting Nov 18th and ending Dec 21st with trains departing from Inglewood and Orangeville

http://www.santatrain.ca

Port Stanley

Port Stanley Terminal Railway

Weekends November 24-December 23, 2012 @ 11:00am, 1:00pm & 2:30

Enjoy a ride through Elgin County in early winter from the warmth of a heated car while you enjoy hot apple cider, mince tarts and a visit from Santa.

http://www.pstr.on.ca/schedule.htm

Waterloo

Waterloo Central Railway

Saturdays and Sundays December 1 – 16, 2012

Why stand in line at the mall? Spend some time with the Waterloo Central Railway as we roll through the City and countryside.

Santa will visit each child at their seat. While they wait for Santa, our guests will enjoy hot drinks and cookies as they get a chance to sing along to their favourite carols.

Join their mailing list so you are one of the first to know when tickets go on sale http://waterloocentralrailway.com/contact-us/mailing-lists

York-Durham

York-Durham Heritage Railway

We have received news from the North Pole that Santa will be riding our trains departing from the Uxbridge station only on Saturdays, December 1st and 8th and Sundays, November 25th, December 2nd and 9th. All trains departing from Uxbridge station.

Each trip lasts approximately 45 minutes and has on-board entertainment for children of all ages (including the adults!). Santa will be visiting each child at their seat and distributing goodies to each.

http://www.ydhr.ca/trips-santatrain.php

Conservation Areas

So today was a beautiful day in Ontario so we decided to take the kids for a hike at a local conservation area.  No more than 2 minutes in our 6 year old wipes out and rips his knee open.  Oh the horror of the dirt and blood on his knee.  One would think his head had fallen off and rolled away.  Once cleaned up we proceeded on and had a lovely day.  At one point we ended up on a crazy rocky and rooted trail that was hard to maneuver and our 4 year old daughter asked “Mommy are we ever going to make it out of here?” .  “Of course we are silly” was my response but in my head I was thinking of ways to survive if we had to stay the night!  An hour later we made it out and truly can’t wait to do it again as we had some great chats with the kids and it was a lot of fun.  

There are so many great conservation areas in Ontario that have walking trails, festivals, winter activities and family fun.  Check out your local conservation areas … http://www.ontarioconservationareas.ca/index.php/ontario-conservation-areas

Have fun in nature with your fam!