Bingemans is a splashin’ good time for the entire family! #Review

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We are always up for trying out new places for family fun so when we were invited to visit Bingemans in Kitchener, my family was totally excited.  I had been years ago but had never been with the kids.

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Thankfully we got a nice sunny day so it was a perfect day for the waterpark and we spent our entire day there.  Big Splash has 7 different waterslides, a heated wave pool and a splash area so there’s something for everyone.

Besides riding the slides over and over again, we also enjoyed this about the water park:

  • There is cool music pumping through the speakers all day
  • Lots of loungers and chairs with shady areas available
  • There is an ice cream hut on location as well as a snack bar but I love the fact that you can bring in your own food.  We packed up a cooler with sandwiches, fruit, veggies and water and then hit the ice cream place for dessert.
  • Staff is super friendly and attentive to the safety of all guests
  • Bathrooms and the park in general were very clean

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Beyond the Big Splash water park… 

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For sure, the water park was the highlight of our kids day but there are so many other things you can do at Bingemans.  Included in your daytime entry, you can also use the pool, mini golf and beach volleyball.  We loved the mini golf!  As a competitive family, this course was a great family battle on this super cute course to see who would be victorious.  I am happy to say that the winner was…. ME!

Onsite there is also Funworx which has video games, a climbing area and a ropes course.  We barely made it there to play due to all the fun we had in the waterpark.  The kids were a little disappointed because we didn’t have socks for them which is required on the climbing structure and neither were wearing close toed shoes for the ropes course.  Now we could have bought socks but they were quite happy to play some video games, grab some fries and head back to our site for the night.  KingPin bowling looked cool as well but again there was the time factor.  That being said, when we return we will be sure to stay more than one night so we can make time to do everything.

Camping At Bingemans…

Because one day at Bingemans is not enough to take in all the fun, why not consider staying the night. In advance, you can book a campsite to tent or park your trailer or stay in a cabin or a yurt.  We stayed the night in a Yurt for the first time ever and it was a cool experience!

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In Yurt Village, you will find9 yurts that you can stay in if you are looking for a hassle free way to spend the night.  The best thing we found with the yurt is that there was barely any set-up required.  The yurt was equipped with 2 sets of bunks (single over single and single over double), a small table and chairs and a front locking door to keep all you valuables safe while you are away from the site.  Thick canvas sides keep you protected from the elements with the side windows allowing for good airflow.  Each site is equipped with a picnic table for outdoor eating or games and a fire pit for yummy nighttime snacks.  Oh and the kids were excited that the yurt had an electrical outlet so they could charge their iPads for a late night movie.  All in all it was a cool experience with an easy set-up.  When asked if they would yurt camp again I got 2 really loud cheers and 1 cheer for regular tent camping.  Whatever the liking, we can come back and enjoy Bingemans again in a tent or in a yurt and have a great time!

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Thanks to Bingemans for hosting us for a fun time and we can’t wait to return in the near future!

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Waterparks in Ontario – Make a Splash this Summer

Water Parks in Ontario

Cool off and have FUN at a Water Park this Summer!

Great way to cool down in the summer is to hit a local waterpark for some family fun!  Thankfully there are some great Waterparks in Ontario and we have them listed here for you!  :-)

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Bracebridge – High Falls Water Park – Experience a day like no other at the truly unique gem in Muskoka. Play in one of the 5 waterfalls, build a sand castle, play volleyball or horseshoes, try out the floating trampoline and waterslides, play in the playground, relax on the beach or on a floating lounge chair or get some exercise on a kayak, water bike or paddle boat.  Don;t forget your picnic because you are going to be hungry after all the playing!

Brampton – Wild Water Kingdom – Situated on 100 acres of natural park land, Wild Water Kingdom is conveniently located just minutes north of Toronto. A great place to enjoy the summer weather.

Brantford – Earl Haig Family Fun Park – A fun-filled adventure for families and children of all ages, located conveniently in the centre of Brantford. With a variety of water attractions including a spray pad, swimming pool, waterslide, and a lazy river, and activities including batting cages, mini putt, picnic areas and inexpensive day passes, Earl Haig Family Fun Park is not simply an attraction, but a destination!

Collingwood – Plunge! Aquatic @ Blue Mountain – There’s something for everyone! Inspired from the tradition of cottage-style boathouses, Plunge! is an authentic and magical expression of a place and its people. Indoor-outdoor pools, indoor water playground, hot tubs, rope swing, dock and slides are sure to provide year-round fun. Or, if you prefer, simply watch all the action from the comfort of your dock chair. Plunge! has something for everyone, infant to senior. With swimming lessons, water fitness, and more, kids of all ages will have fun, as will the adults in the family.

HamiltonWild Water Works – At Wild Waterworks we take outdoor summer poolside fun to the next level!  Your day starts off in one of Canada’s largest outdoor wave pools. Get your heart pounding with our jaw-dropping waterslides or if you prefer a more relaxing ride, grab a tube and float around The Eazy River. Your little ones will love Little Squirt Works our fun wading pool with slides, mists and fountains.

KitchenerBingemans – Big Splash will give you hours of fun!  Zoom down the slides, jump the waves in the wave pool or have some fun in the interactive water playground.  When you’re done getting wet be sure to get something to eat, play some beach volleyball or check out Funworx, their huge indoor playground.

LondonWally World @ East Park –  You will have so much fun on Wally Tower which is 55′ high with 5 slides in addition to Intensity tower which features 2 flume water slides. Ride on a single or double tube, but whatever you pick you’ll be sure to scream with excitement!  The brand new Kids splash pad will be a hit with kids of all ages.  Be sure to check out the rest of East Park including the rock climbing, mini golf and bumper cars.

OttawaCalypso Waterpark –  We have spread water fun everywhere on this extensive 100 acres facility. From toddlers to teenagers to party dudes to grandma & grandpa, everyone will have its fair share of fun in this gem of a park. The 45 millions dollars investment was well budgeted into a hundred different water adventures just to keep you cool and busy. State of the art monstrous slides, river run, largest wave pool, fun rides and even white water experience, you really won’t have time to be bored.

OttawaLogosland Resort – You’ll have a blast in Roaring Rivers Waterpark. Some of our waterpark features include a crystal clear spring fed lake, giant waterslides, kiddie slides, huge splash pad, paddleboats, kayaks, canoes, giant water trampolines, animal farm, and mini-golf.

Prince Edward Count – Westlake Willy Waterpark  – If watersports are what you crave, get on down to Westlake Willy Waterpark to splash around, swim, or swoosh down the water slide. Jump from a tower onto the big bouncy “BLOB” and climb the 15 foot inflatable, floating iceberg. Don’t forget to bring those hotdogs and hamburgers to feed your hungry swimmers as BBQs are available and  complimentary.

Ridgeville (Niagara)Bissell’s Hideaway – A wonderful waterpark for the entire family!  Splash around in the huge 1 acre pool which has a diving platform, take a ride down their 130ft twisty waterslide, or play in the splash pad.  Beforeyou leave be sure to try out the pedal karts, zip line and mini golf.

Sarnia – Bluewater Fun Park – You won’t be bored with 2 320′ winding slides, 2 speed slides, bumper boats with water cannons, leisure lagoon pool, csacading water mushroom, mini golf, volley ball courts and picnic areas to sit down and relax.

Tillsonburg – Lake Lisgar Waterpark – Southwestern Ontario’s ultimate Family Waterpark Experience! Our accessible, heated pool has a 186’giant twister waterslide with a zero beach entry leading to several spray features for all ages. Come float on a tube, play on our thrilling large inflatable toys, enjoy the exhilarating slide ride, stand in the spray, and swim for one affordable inclusive price.

VaughanSplash Works @ Canada’s Wonderland – Canada’s Wonderland is your Splash Headquarters for the summer! Over 7 million litres of heated water fun in our 20 acre water park. Check out The Plunge, Supersoaker, the Lazy River, Pumphouse and one of Canada’s largest wave pools. There is something for everyone!

Keep safe with these tips on Water Park Safety from Canadian Red Cross

Know of a great waterpark in Ontario that we should include?  Let us know

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There’s so much to do at the Toronto Zoo #Review

Ontario Attractions - Toronto Zoo

Toronto Zoo - Ontario Attraction

When you think of the Toronto Zoo you automatically think of all the wonderful animals that you can see there.  Yes this is true but there is so much more to the zoo as well.   Let me take you through all the fun we recently had at the zoo with our family…

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The Animals

Everyone loves visiting the animals at the zoo and obviously our family is no different.  The animals are simply amazing in the size, grandeur and their beauty.  From big to small we were amazed by them all.  You can find a list of the over 5,000 animals that call the zoo home here

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Be sure to stop by and see the cuteness that is Humphrey, the 1 year old Polar Bear.  He is as full of energy and as playful as a regular toddler.  Our kids were belly laughing at how funny he was.  They could have spent hours watching Humphrey.

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The giant pandas, Er Shun and Da Mao, are currently two of the most popular and visited animals at the Toronto Zoo.  Your tour of the Giant Panda Experience begins in the state-of-the-art Panda Interpretive Centre.  Here you can learn all about what Pandas like to eat, where they originate from, learn cool facts, play games and even see a nice big sample of what their poop looks like.  Clearly, the kids got a good kick out of that!  Once done in the exhibit you can meet the Pandas themselves.  They are such fantastic looking animals and as my daughter puts it, they look like giant teddy bears.  Absolutely a must see exhibit when you visit the Zoo. Clearly this guy (below) had eaten enough bamboo and just needed a good old nap.

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In addition to all the animals that live outside at the zoo, there are also many indoor animal pavilions where you can take a break from the outside elements and enjoy the animals.  Whether your frolicking with the butterflies, laughing at the gorillas monkeying around or coming as close to a python as you would ever get without getting eaten, you will truly find all of the pavilions fascinating and educational.  All of the pavilions are well signed telling you what animal you are looking at and special information on all of them.  But remember, please do not knock on the glass!

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Many of the animals have a time to Meet the Keeper.  During this time you will learn lots of cool facts about that specific animals habitat, behaviours, diet, watch a feeding and maybe have the chance to ask any questions you may have.  Each of the animals will have a posted time to meet the zookeeper or you can find it online so you can plan to be back there on time. We had the pleasure of seeing the penguin keeper and learn about them.  They are such cute little guys!!

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The Zoomobile

Be sure to take a ride on  the Zoomobile to get a “behind the scenes” look and guided tour all around the zoo.  Your all day ride pass let’s you get on and off at different parts of the zoo so you can see it all without the little ones getting all tuckered out before the day is through.  For only $8.00 per person or $28.00 for a family of four, the Zoomobile made our list of must-dos at the Zoo.

More fun for the kids…

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New this year and probably the biggest highlight of the day for our kids, next to the animals, was the Gorilla Climb ropes course.  For $8 per person, your children can test their fears and climb as high as they want and try out all the different rope bridges to cross the obstacle course.  All safety harnessed up, our 6 & 8 year old spent almost a good hour facing their fears and being the daredevils that they are.  I could hear the crowds cheering on my 6 yr old daughter as she crossed what most thought was the craziest part of the entire course.  In her words, “It was nothing Mommy”!  Absolutely a well spent $16 for them do enjoy the Gorilla Climb ropes course.  There are height restrictions and adults are welcome on the course as well but I can guarantee you that this is something all kids will love and it’s definitely not to be missed.

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Your kids will love Discovery Zone which is geared towards them.  Discovery Zone houses a children’s zoo, animal demonstrations, theatre shows and a great place to cool down after all the walking you’ve done all day.  Splash Island is a fairly large water park area where you can a find some great water slides, climbers and water sprayers.

A little more info on the Toronto Zoo…

There are always special events taking place at the Zoo, so make sure to visit their website and see what’s coming up

Have your children check out the videos and games on the Zoos website to learn more about the animals in a fun and interactive way.

Admission Rates for May 1 to October 31

 General Admission (ages 13 – 64) $28.00 ($24.78 + $3.22 HST)

Senior (ages 65+) $23.00 ($20.35 + $2.65 HST)

Child (ages 3 – 12) $18.00 ($15.93 + $2.07 HST)

Child (ages 2 & younger) FREE

Parking is an additional $10.00 upon entry

Toronto Zoo is open year round for your family’s enjoyment!

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WIN Passes to the Toronto Zoo!!

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Disclosure – We were provided with free passes to visit the Toronto Zoo but all opinions are our own