Weekend Fun Guide (November 8-10 2013)

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No matter where you go, you can see that Christmas is in the air.  Store window displays are decorated with Christmas cheer, some radio stations are already playing Christmas music and if your kids are like ours, they are already singing Christmas carols and waiting for the arrival of our Elf on the Shelf.   I love this time of year and can’t wait to attend some great Christmas events across Ontario.  Some of the events in our Weekend Fun Guide are not Christmas themed but you will find that many are and this weekend kicks off some of the Santa Claus parades across Ontario!  What ever your plans. get out and have some fun with your family this weekend :-)

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Remembrance Day – Don’t forget Sunday is Remembrance Day, please take at least a moment to give thanks and remember those that fought for our freedom. Not sure how to discuss Remembrance Day with your little ones? Check out our suggestions http://wp.me/p2INNB-42

Santa Claus is coming to town…

Ajax Santa Claus Parade – November 9th @ 6:00pm

Cookstown Santa Claus Parade  -
 November 8th @ 6:00pm

London Santa Claus Parade – November 9th @ 6:00pm

Pickering Santa Claus Parade – November 9th @ 12:00 pm

List of over 150 Santa Claus Parades across Ontario here

Neighbourhood toy store day

Shop Your ‘Hood’ Saturday November 9!

Neighbourhood Toy Store Day ­­­­

Celebrates Local, Independent Toy Retailers with Tons of Family Fun!

Saturday November 9 is Neighbourhood Toy Store Day (NTSD) across Canada! More than 40 independent toy stores, each members of Neighbourhood Toy Stores of Canada (NETS), will feature an astonishing array of fabulously fun activities, including ‘make & take’ crafts, scavenger hunts, games tables, science tables; face painting and giveaways; raffles and draws for awesome prizes including 2013 Gold Star Award winning toys and games; special guests including the likes of Darth Vader, Princess Sophia, Supergirl, a life-size Groovy Girl, a magician and more, in addition to exciting discounts on NETS Catalogue items, 2013 Gold Star Awardproducts being offered at various NETS member locations on Saturday, November 9. All children and parents are invited to take part in this day of FREE family fun! Don’t miss the fun! For specific information on what is going on in your ‘hood’ go to the ‘For Parents and Grandparents’ tab on the NETS site at www.neighbourhoodtoystores.ca, email info@neighbourhoodtoystores.ca  or call 647.271.9434.

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$2.50 Movies on Saturdays

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

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Visit a Local Conservation Area

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

Events Across Ontario this Weekend …

Alliston

Annual Sugar Plum Fair Craft Show & Sale @ Nottawasaga Inn – Thinking it’s time to get a jumpstart on Christmas shopping? If you’re not ready to face the big box stores this year we may have the solution you’re looking for. Visit the Nottawasaga Resort for the 30th Annual Sugar Plum Fair Craft Show & Sale, Saturday November 9th and Sunday November 10th and discover a spectacular line-up of crafters who feature a unique line-up of handmade items.

Bayfield

Christmas in Bayfield – One of our biggest events of the year happens on the second weekend in November!  Enjoy the tree lighting ceremony, late night shopping, a winter parade and much more!

Brighton

22nd Christmas at Presqu’ile Juried Arts and Crafts Show – Fine arts and crafts on sale at the Nature Centre (open from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm) and at the Lighthouse Interpretive Centre (open until 5:00 pm). Visit the tea room at Stonehedge and enjoy our famous rum cake and hot drinks.

Grand Bend

Christmas Comes Early in Grand Bend – Businesses in the Grand Bend area will offer special and unique gift items to satisfy even the hardest-to-buy for person on your list. Merchants will be decorated for the holidays and will feature great specials. Enjoy a festive horse and carriage ride while you are there.

Kitchener

Movember Kids KW – @ Kitchener Market’s Kids in the Kitchen – A Movember Themed Event for Families! There will be Movember themed cooking, Facepainting by BreCreative , activity table and more.  Be sure you RSVP to the Movember Kids KW event. Just like last year, it FREE community event to raise awareness of Movember Canada!

Milton

Ski Swap & Sale @ Country Heritage Park – Ski & snowboard equipment & clothing for sale

Niagara Falls

Winter Festival of Lights – On Saturday, November 9th, join us for Opening Festivities – Celebrating the Year of Korea in Canada in Queen Victoria Park along the Niagara Parkway from 2 to 8pm as we host a day packed full of exciting, engaging and free, family-friendly programming that culminates in a stupendous 15-minute fireworks show choreographed to a live musical performance by The Niagara Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bradley Thachuk.

Ottawa

Samko & Miko Toy Warehouse Sale @ Ernst & Young Centre – Kick start your Christmas shopping!  1,000s of brand name toys and books at the lowest prices in Canada.

Ottawa Pet show – The Ottawa Pet Expo is for the proud pet owners… and their pets. Bring your dogs and cats and birds and rats! Shop for unique pet product, meet animal rescue groups, speak with breeders, learn about pet nutrition, and have FUN! Catch the high flying canines of the Ontario Dock Dogs, visit the Cat Show, see Candice Batista from CTV on the World of Pets Stage, cuddle a miniature pig, experience the energetic antics at the Demo Area, and much more!

Paris 

Christmas in Paris – Visitors to the 22nd Annual Christmas in Paris will find a fabulous assortment of one-of-a-kind treasures that are hand-made by local talented artisans. This shopping experience is truly delightful within an atmosphere of casual comfort enjoyed at various historical locations, grand foyers and artists’ homes.

Port Carling

Muskoka Lakes Christmas Market – Come out to the Port Carling Community Centre on November 9th to experience a wide range of fantastic vendors and get a head start on Christmas shopping! For more information, contact Jane at 705-762-5663 or email us at info@muskokalakeschamber.com.

Stratford

Rotary Christmas Arts and Crafts Show – Located at the Stratford Rotary Complex, the Rotary Arts & Craft Show features over 100 juried vendors offering some of the best in unique, beautiful, and practical Christmas gift ideas. All Show profits go towards community needs.

Toronto

Illuminite – Kick-off your holiday season with downtown Toronto’s most spectacular festive show and tree-lighting ceremony, Illuminite. Hosted by the Downtown Yonge BIA at Yonge-Dundas Square, this year’s festival features stunning dance, music and aerial acrobatic performances produced by Creativiva Inc.

28th Annual Remembrance Day Ceremony @ The Toronto ZooVeterans and the general public are invited to join in remembering and honouring the many wartime sacrifices that Canadians have made for their country. Admission for veterans and all guests attending the ceremony is free from 9:30 am to 11:00 am.

9th Annual Fall Baby Time Show @ Metro Toronto Convention Centre – The Ultimate event for pregnancy, birth, baby and toddler show. Learn and have fun all within one vibrant place celebrating parenthood.

Downsview Nature Connection @ Downsview Park – A FREE nature program for families. Connect with your natural world and come out to Downsview Park! All ages are welcome. Downsview Park staff will take you on a free indoor/outdoor Park program based on nature-themed topics to get you exploring the natural world, starting with Downsview Park!

Royal Agricultural Winter Fair @ Exhibition Place – Livestock barns, horse shows, a chef competition, giant vegetables, performances by equestrian Olympians, concerts, kids’ performers and more.

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

Hit the Slopes This Winter at Mount St Louis Moonstone

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Mount St Louis Moonstone

Mount St. Louis Moonstone is one of the largest family owned ski resorts in Ontario offering great ski hills for skiing and snowboarding. It was founded 49 years ago by Austrian Alpine skier Josl Huter. The resort is located just north of Barrie in the snow belt region of Ontario. Today, it contains 36 slopes, 9 chairlifts, 3 carpets and 2 terrain parks with over 91 features. The resort is known for being family friendly and prides itself on accommodating the beginner skier or snowboarder to the most advanced.

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November 29th is Opening Day!!!

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to hear about your next chance to WIN an EDGE Pass to Mount St Louis Moonstone

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Skiing

36 runs ranging in difficulty from beginner to black diamond, there is a run that is perfect for everyone in your family!

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Snowboarding

There are so many reasons to snowboard at Mt St Louis Moonstone.  Shred or session or carve? 91 snowboarding features within the Junkyard and Outback Parks.  No matter how you like to board we’ve got something for you.

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Buy Your Passes Now

Pass prices go up November 3rd

Some of the best values for season passes include:

The new EDGE Pass is available for anyone aged 6 and up. It is a mid-week pass valid Monday – Friday but excluding Christmas holidays December 26th-January 5th and Monday February 17th.

Value Membership holders are entitled to use facilities 7 days a week from Opening day to December 25, 2013, then Monday to Friday only from January 3 to February 28, 2014 and finally 7 days a week from March 3 to Closing 2014.

All of MSLM’s Season Memberships are on sale at deeply discounted rates until November 3rd. Buy online at www.mountstlouis.com

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Cool Upcoming Events at MSLM

November 2nd & 3rd 2013 – Annual Open House and Ski Swap

December 27th-30th – Freestyle Skiing Ontario’s Santa’s Workshop – Junkyard

January 10th-12th – Freestyle Skiing Ontario’s Timber Tour – Slopestyle and Halfpipe – Junkyard

February 27th-March 2nd – Ontario Winter Games – Snowboarding, Freestyle Skiing and Alpine Skiing –  Junkyard/Outback

March 15th – Women’s Snowboard Federation Ride Days

Find a list of all the cool events happening at MSLM here

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Contact MSLM

Phone:

GTA Toll Free: 877.835.2112
Local: 705.835.2112
Fax: 705.835.2831

mslm@mslm.on.ca

Mailing Address:

24 Mount St. Louis Road, R. R. 4
Coldwater, ON, L0K 1E0

Hours of Operation

Open Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
(Lifts open at 9:00 am)
Open Weekends/Holidays 8:00am-4:30pm
(Lifts open at 8:30am)

Weekend Fun Guide (November 1-3 2013)

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With Halloween almost a distant and wet memory and before the Christmas Season kicks into high gear, it seems there is a lull in events across Ontario this weekend.  We searched high and low and there are only a few key events for you to get out to with your family this weekend.  Don’t panic though as it appears that Christmas activities begin next week so we will have tons of fun activities listed from across Ontario from now until the New Year.  So sit back and have a nice relaxing weekend!  While you’re relaxing, you might want to enter our Disney On Ice Princesses & Heroes Contest! :-)

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

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Ski Swap at MSLM – Come out and get ready for the ski season with great deals and sales on passes!

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$2.50 Movies on Saturdays

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

Hiking at a conservation area

Visit a Local Conservation Area

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

Barrie

Victoria Village Christmas Gift Sale – Join us November 2, 10:00am – 2:00pm for our annual Xmas Gift Sale with local artisans and vendors. We are still looking for vendors!!  78 Ross Street, Barrie, ON, ON

London

The London Bump, Baby and Toddler Expo  – Your one stop baby and toddler event! Taking place November 2-3, 2013, at the Western Fair District, the Expo will be the place to be for the weekend with over 100 fantastic exhibitors! This fall’s show features an over 70 table mom-to-mom sale as well! The Expo really does have it all! Highlighting the finest local businesses and services, the Expo has something for everything from planning a baby to sending them off to preschool! Come check out the latest products, enter to win fantastic prizes, and shop, shop, shop! Bring the entire family and stay for the day. We hope to see you there!

Morrisburg

Pumpkin Inferno – Weekends through October. Come and stroll through a hauntingly beautiful and spellbinding outdoor exhibit of now close to 6,000 hand-carved pumpkins, set against a stirring night-time backdrop just inside the gates of historic Upper Canada Village. Marvel at this eclectic display of scenes from exotic places and historic ages, meet up with forest animals and sea-born creatures, see story book heroes, mythical characters, cultural icons and more …. all carved from pumpkins!

Ottawa

Toy & Game Expo – Come to Ottawa’s first Toy & Game Expo!   Toy & Game Expo is jam packed with activities and entertainment, and allows families an opportunity to preview, play and purchase cool toys, games and associated products.

Toronto

Royal Agricultural Winter Fair @ Exhibition Place – Livestock barns, horse shows, a chef competition, giant vegetables, performances by equestrian Olympians, concerts, kids’ performers and more.

Mimico Pumpkin Parade – Bring your Jack-O-Lanterns to light up Mimico Square & Amos Waites Park on Nov 1st from 6 – 8:30 PM. Please bring your own candles. Volunteers will help light candles and load the Pumpkins into bins for composting the following morning. Sponsored by the Mimico by the Lake BIA

Miss Lou’s Room: Hands-On Activities for Families @ Harbourfront Centre – his dynamic space welcomes visitors from around the city and around the world throughout the year.  Today, we invite you to come and learn about “Miss Lou” through fun and engaging hands-on activities. Make an accordion book, illustrate your own story, create a puppet or decorate a mask!

3rd Annual Chocolate Sunday @ Roy Thompson Hall – November 3, 2013 11:00 am to 7:00 pm – Chocolate Exhibitors will once again be on hand to showcase their product and services at this one-day delectable showcase. Taste the best chocolates in the world and take in some of the popular features of the show include the Wine + chocolate tasting experiences, chocolate makers demo stage, chocolate making classes, chocolate eating contests, chocolate cultures, lots of free draws and sampling.

Windsor

Fall Art & Craft Show at Colasanti’s – Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens presents the 1st Annual FALL Art & Craft Show on Saturday, November 2, 2013 from 10:00am – 5:00pm. Over 50 vendor booths will offer handicrafts, baked goods, household wares & decor, and more.