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

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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!

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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!

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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 (May 10-12 2013)

YAY for Mommy’s Day weekend!   As nice as it might sound to sit in a spa for the day with a latte (or glass of wine) why not celebrate with the ones that call you Mommy!  Check out your local paper as there are tons of brunches (ahem too many to list) taking place or enjoy a good old fashioned tea party.  Lots of fun events happening across Ontario this weekend that you can get out and enjoy with your family  in our Around Town section below.

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Celebrate mother’s day and give mom your heart!  Go to a local Toys”R”Us location on Sat. May 11th from 11am – 1pm to build a lego heart to take home.  Max. of 100 per store. While they last.  Excludes Express locations.

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25th Annual M&M Meat Shops Charity BBQ Day

On May 11th, 2013, Canadians can help cook up a cure!  Visit any M&M Meat Shops location across Canada to support the Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC). M&M Meat Shops franchisees, staff and thousands of volunteers from coast-to-coast will grill hamburgers and hot dogs to meet the 2013 fundraising goal of $1.3 million. Enjoy a hamburger or hot dog, a drink and a bag of chips for a minimum donation of only $3.00. All proceeds go directly to the CCFC to cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and improve the lives of children and adults affected by these chronic diseases.

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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!

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Have you taken your family to the drive-in yet for a night of family fun?  Check out a drive-in near you this weekend!

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Don’t forget that Cineplex Theatres offer Family Favourites every Saturday at 11:00am for only $2.50.  http://bit.ly/ZygvF5

Around Town this Weekend…

Bloomfield

Kids Fishing Derby – Local children will be grabbing their fishing gear for the annual Kids Fishing Derby at Bloomfield Mill Pond Park on Saturday, May 11th.  This much-anticipated event will take place from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Open to kids 12 and under, the derby will feature prizes for the longest and shortest fish, as well as for the most fish caught and the strangest catch. The cost to participate is $2. A barbeque lunch is available for a nominal fee. All participants must be accompanied by an adult.

Burlington

Mother’s Day Tea & Springtime Celebration @ At Ireland House at Oakridge Farm! – A spring celebration with a Mother’s Day Heritage Tea, live musical entertainment, special guests, re-enactors and a surprise royal host! Not to be missed!  Tickets for tea must be purchased in advance.

Campbellville

International Migratory Bird Day Celebration @ Mountsberg – The theme for this year’s celebration is bird life cycles, looking at all aspects of a migratory birds’ life, from migration to breeding to nesting and to raising young.  Guided bird watching sessions will take place throughout each day and if you are up to it there will be the challenging Bird Migration Game.

Cayuga

Ruthven’s for the Birds – Join us for International Migratory Bird Day to celebrate our feathered friends! Meet at the banding lab at 8 am (or thereafter) and shadow the expert bird banders as they net and band neotropical migrant birds. Don’t miss the opportunity to see birds up close! Novice birders are welcome. Tours of the mansion will be available at 11 am and 12 noon. Admission by donation.

Coldwater

Tough Mudder @ Mount St Louis Moonstone – More than 10,000 participants are expected over 2 days at Mount St Louis Moonstone this weekend to endure, “Probably the Toughest Event on the Planet”.  Tough Mudder is an obstacle course challenge designed to test all around strength, stamina and mental grit but most of all camaraderie. Tough Mudder is not about finish times, it is about completing a challenge.  Although registration is now closed, if you have ever thought of doing this event why don’t you go check it out as a spectator so you can get prepared for the Tough Mudder in the Fall!!

Hamilton

Greensville Optimists 9th Kids Fishing Derby @ Christie Lake Conservation Area – Tagged fish will be worth $50 each, and kids will be given an opportunity to win a Hamilton Conservation  Authority Family Prize Package.  The event runs from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. All kids must register at the Conservation Area on the day of the event to participate.  Registration does not include regular admission.

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.

Milton

Wildflower walk for Mom @ Crawford Lake Conservation Area – The Wildflower Walk for Mom begins with a spring slideshow followed by a guided walk through park woodlands. On the hike, a knowledgeable guide will explain the natural and cultural history of the area wildflowers. Mom can then relax with a serving of Nature’s Tea.

Norfolk

Doors Open – Doors Open Norfolk will be celebrating the relationship between heritage and the arts in the area. Norfolk County boasts many great local theatres, art galleries, artists’ studios and more. Plan a trip to Ontario’s south coast this spring!  Sites will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Orillia

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 !!!  On April 20th until May 11th

Ottawa 

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!

Marvelous Moms @ Nepean Museum – Join us at Nepean Museum the day before Mother’s Day for an afternoon of creative crafting. Make a personalized flower pot, a magical plant marker and fabulous flowers to give to your marvelous mom!

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.

Richmond Hill

Doors Open – In 2013, Richmond Hill will open its doors to some of the most intriguing and charming heritage and cultural sites in the town.  Residents and visitors alike are invited to experience these hidden heritage treasures first hand. Several town facilities, local historical sites and private homes will be featured.

Toronto

Migratory Bird Day @ Toronto Zoo – This year’s theme is “Life Cycles of Migratory Birds: Conservation Across the Americas” This theme addresses the need for conservation throughout all aspects of their life cycle, from nesting to migration to breeding and raising young. One and two hour guided bird watching tours of the Rouge Valley and around the Zoo site will be conducted on the hour until noon.