Weekend Fun Guide (October 18-20 2013)

Doesn’t the week seem to fly by after a long weekend?  Another beautiful Fall weekend is almost upon us and there are SO many fun things to get out and do with the family for some fun!

Featured Events and Local Attractions 

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Minifigure Trade In Event – Saturday, October 19th at Toys “R” Us

Bring in a LEGO Minifigure and trade it in for another one with our sales associates! Just look for a store associate wearing a LEGO badge! Visit your local Toys “R” Us store to participate!


Made by Hand Show

With over 35,000 square feet of shopping and over 150 quality handmade exhibitors, this is a one-stop shopping experience not to be missed. There is something for everyone in every media: original artwork, baby/toys, body, candles, clothing, ceramics, fashion accessories, jewellery, photography, knitting, pottery, paper goods, wood and a range of gourmet goodies.

It’s a family filled day – Shopping, free face-painting, crafts, door prizes, raffles and thousands of gift ideas.

For more information visit www.madebyhandshow.ca


$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.


Fall Farm Fun in Ontario

Pumpkinfests, Harvest Festivals and Spooky Farms are always great fun at this time of year.  Check out our picks for some fun Ontario farms to visit this weekend with your family.

Be sure to check our recent visits to Downey’s Farm and Strom’s Farm to read about all the fun we had!

apple picking in ontario

Apple Picking in Ontario

 Apple picking is in full swing at Orchards across Ontario and a super fun way to spend a Fall afternoon with the family.  Find one near you and let the picking begin!

Around Town this Weekend…


The Great Pumpkin Hunt @ Bergeron Estate Winery – A winery highlight for families with children, each child gets to keep the pumpkin that they find, enjoy a slice of pizza and hot chocolate, and take a hay ride that leaves every half hour.  $10/child


Pumpkinville @ Greenwood Conservation Area (Saturday only) – There will be lots to see and do, including a haunted house, pumpkin patch and carving contest, horse drawn wagon rides, petting zoo, face painting, hay jumping, plenty of tasty treats at the Pumpkinville Grill and so much more!


Bala Cranberry Festival – The Bala Cranberry Festival features a unique collection of products, gifts and crafts. Each vendor designs, collects and/or makes the items offered for sale.  There will be lots of entertainment from stage shows, children’s midway, petting zoo, waterski show and so much more!

Blue Mountains

Apple Harvest Festival – Every thanksgiving, celebrate the harvest in Ontario’s largest apple growing region. There’s no better way to enjoy Thanksgiving Weekend and no better place to explore the countryside, harbour towns and fall colours! Free activities throughout the Blue Mountain area from the Village to Thornbury & Clarksburg. Live Music,The Apple Pie Trail, street performers, hiking, biking, trails, gallery tours and much, much more!


Spooktacular Halloween @ Mountsberg Conservation Area – In addition to all our incredible Fall into Nature activities you can start your Halloween festivities as the Spooktacular fun begins at Mountsberg the weekend of October 19th and 20th! This event is free with park admission and features plenty of hauntingly good fun for everyone: Pumpkin Patch, Toddler pumpkin maze, Haunted PlayBarn, Pumpkin Scavenger Hunt, Kids crafts, Harvest games, Bison rides.  What more could your little goul or goblin ask for?


Monster March Parade –  Put on your costume and gather with the Ghouls for a march down Metcalfe Street, Elora in the 6th annual Monster March Parade. Parade starts at 6:30 rain or shine.  Monetary or food donations are being collected for the Food Bank.


Fall into Nature – Conservation Halton’s Fall into Nature festival celebrates the spectacular landscapes and colours of the Niagara Escarpment.  Festival events run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.on October 13th and 14th at all six of Conservation Halton’s main parks: Crawford LakeHilton FallsKelsoMountsbergMount Nemo and Rattlesnake Point Conservation Areas.


Fall Colours in the EcoPark – Join us for an exploration of the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark and its plants, wildlife, waterfalls and vistas. Refreshments and entertainment provided.


Spooky Halloween @Lang Pioneer Village – The Village transforms itself into a haunted haven for ghosts and ghouls!Witches and vampires, bats and spiders, they’re all coming out to give you a frightfully good time! Features include: Halloween games and contests, Ghastly Halloween treats, Halloween ghost craft for kids, Interact with live bats brought by the Ontario Specialized Species Centre(Saturday nights only) and Free tractor and wagon rides (weather permitting)


5th Annual Kingston Zombie Walk – The Kingston Zombie Walk is back! Grab the family, slap on some fake blood, bring some non-perishables for the Kingston Youth Shelter and JOIN IN!! The walk will begin at Skeleton Park (McBurney Park on Ordnance & Clergy). Walkers are encouraged to start gathering after 3pm – the hoard moves downtown at 4pm, rain or shine.


Migration Festival – This Festival celebrates migration, heritage and conservation in Kingsville, Ontario. The theme for 2013 is the “Art of Migration”. Enjoy our woodcarving, fine art and fine photography shows. Vote for People’s Choice Awards for each. See live raptors, sled dogs, retriever show and more. Bring your children to teh parade then OPP pumpkin carving and meet Clarol the Clown. Enjoy entertainment and food and buy local specialty goods at the Marketplace


Family Fun Day @ Steckle Farm –  Play in the grain discovery zone, visit with the Pig Mobile, cuddle our animals, and find out why autumn is our favorite time of the year at the farm! Enjoy dances and mini lessons from the Strathyre Highland and Intensely Irish dance troupes, and hear tall tales told by members of the Baden Storytellers Guild. We’ll also have Emily Beatty Imagery on site, ready to take some amazing family photos for you, with special packages being offered tailored to this event!  Maple Lodge Farms and Davids Tea will be handing out delicious samples.


Oktoberfest – Parades, Beer tents, Fashion show, Car show, Fun run, Harvest Festival….  So much to do in KW!


Fall Colour & Craft Festival – One of north Lambton’s biggest annual events, with over 100 craftspeople from across Southwestern Ontario. The perfect opportunity to pick up original gifts & decorations from a wide range of crafts people. Please note one paid admission at one venue allows free admission to the other – at the Lambton Heritage Museum


London Pet Show – London’s first pet show, presented by Purina®, is a great opportunity for all…animals and animal lovers alike. Meet and learn about a number of different types of pet animals. Treat your pet to one or more of the latest and greatest creature comforts and products available for all types of animals. Enjoy professional purebred dog shows, cat shows, guest speakers and a super adoption event.

Haunted Village Hayrides – Farm of Dracula @Fanshawe Pioneer Village – Transylvania is getting to be a problematic place to reside for Count Dracula, especially since Van Helsing and the other vampire hunters know all about his weaknesses. Rather than risk a stake in the heart, Dracula opts to ”stake a claim” in the New World, disguising himself as a simple Middlesex County farmer. Unfortunately for the locals, he still needs to feed!  Advanced booking required.


Halloween Spooktacular @ Halton County Radial Railway Saturday, October 19  6:30pm-10pm – All ages event! Walk through the haunted car barn and travel in the old, creaky streetcars along the mainline and enjoy some hot apple cider & scary snacks. If you’re a Halloween fan this is definitely a spooky experience not to be missed! Costumes encouraged.


Made by Hand Show – The Made by Hand Show features 30,000 square feet of original handmade work from more than 150 juried artists, artisans and designers from across Canada. With a variety range of prices and styles, there is something for everyone on your list. Don’t forget to pick up something for yourself too. A portion of door proceeds will benefit Crafting for a Cure. For more information please visit


Oktoberfest at Germania Hall – Food, dancing and entertainment!  The fun will include Swiss Alp Horns, Schuhplattler (Bavarian Folk Dancers), Sing-alongs, Contests, games and prizes all day long, Woodcutting Contest, Maßkrugstemmen (Beer Stein Hoisting Contest) and a yodelling contest!

Prince Edward County

Pumpkinfest – This annual event taking place on Saturday includes a Pancake Breakfast, Parade of the Giant Pumpkins, Craft Tables, food booths, church meals from noon on, Contests, children’s games, and entertainment

Thunder Bay 

Kids Halloween Hoot 2013 @Fort William – Every Saturday and Sunday during the month of October from 12pm to 5pm take in all the activities, including: Spooky Crafts, Trick-or-Treating, Haunted Maze, Storytelling, Scavenger Hunt, Haunted Adventures and Fun & Yucky Activities.  Be sure to wear your costume!


Howling Hootenanny @ Black Creek Pioneer Village – Enjoy a Howling good time at Black Creek this Halloween.  There is so much for families to do all day throughout the Village! Event Features include:  Performances, Creepy Creature Show, Happy Faces Airbrush Tattoos, The Haunted Maze, Scarecrow Mini Maze , Apple Sling Shot, FREE Pumpkin Decorating,Trick-or-Treat in the Village and much, much, more!

Toronto Fall RV Show & Sale at the Toronto Congress Centre – Entertainment for all ages, Accessory and parts superstore, Seminars, All types of RVs from Hard-top trailers to Motorhomes and everything in between, Next years models, current models and previously enjoyed models, Newly expanded, larger show all under one roof…over 400,000 sqft. of RVs on display.

Toronto Zombie Walk & Halloween Parade – Join the hordes of the living dead as they descend upon Toronto once more for the 2013 Toronto Zombie Walk and Halloween Parade in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation. 2013 marks the 11th annual Toronto Zombie Walk. Starting as a small gathering of seven people in 2003, the walk has grown into a full one-day festival with Halloween vendors, live entertainment and a walk that attracts more than 10,000 participants.

Toronto Snow Show – Join an estimated 35,000 guests at the International Centre for this 4-day event dedicated to all things skiing and snowboarding! There will be 200+  exhibitors of equipment and clothing, thousands of brand new and pre-owned skis, boards, boots and accessories.  Don’t forget to visit your favourite ski resort while you’re there too!  Other highlights include the Into the Mind movie premier, buy-one-get-one lift ticket, Pro-AM rail jam and Burton Riglet Park.


Little Royal Fair – Welcome to the Walkerton Agricultural Society’s “Little Royal Fair.” We are very proud to host the 159th edition of the fair. We have a tremendous heavy horse show that is held indoors. We have a huge selection of crafts, quilts, canning, baking and sewing on display. We also have woodworking, grains, roots and vegetable displays and wine. There is a poultry and rabbit show as well as the pet show for the kids.


Pumpkin Festival – A fun filled weekend including 1,500 carved, lit pumpkins and pumpkin pyramid. Decorated homes and businesses. The Marketplace, Car Show, Sit-down meals at various churches and halls, Amusement rides and more.


Brick-or-Treat @ LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Toronto – A ghoulishly good time is brewing  and we’re hosting our first-ever Brick-or-Treat Event in celebration of Halloween. Come discover the haunted world we have to offer from the eerie streets of Toronto MINILAND to building your own Jack-o-Lantern completely out of LEGO® bricks! The fang-tastic festivities that are perfect for even the littlest ghouls and goblins include: Build pumpkins in our LEGO® Master Builder Academy, Receive a limited-edition Halloween factory brick while supplies last, Receive a limited-edition Halloween factory brick while supplies last and Dress up in your favourite Halloween Costume to enter our Best Costume Contest!

Camp Spooky @ Canada’s Wonderland – Little Ghouls and Goblins will absolutely love the Halloween-themed activities in Camp Spooky. Trick-or-Treat in the Camp Spooky area and uncover delicious treats, join the Costume Parade and march through Planet Snoopy for all to see, head over to Playhouse Theatre and see Charlie Brown’s Trick-or-Treat show and be sure to visit the mazes.

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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