Monthly Archives: September 2012

Weekend Fun (September 28-30, 2012)

The weekend is right around the corner and there are so many wonderful things going on in a town near you.  Get out and get some fresh air with the family and enjoy your weekend… you deserve it!

Ajax Doors Open Ajax – Take a glimpse inside our diverse and historical buildings and discover our rich and unique heritage.

Ayr – Family Fall Festival at Snyder’s Farm – There’s something for everyone, puppet shows, petting zoo, hayride, corn maze, and so much more. Fall treats to tempt anyone, freshly made caramel apples, deep fried mars bars and pumpkin pie. Over 16 activities to enjoy, come out to Snyder’s Family Farm and create memories to last a lifetime.

Barrie

Carnegie Days Festival 2012 – Carnegie Days offers visitors of all ages great events that explore the role language plays in contemporary art. Exhibitions, public art projects, performances, author readings, artist talks, film and video screenings, guided tours and hands-on workshops take place at the MacLaren and across the city of Barrie

Chappell Farm’s Fall Festival – Now until October 31st!  Farmyard animals, Hay Maze, Corn Maze, The Boo Barn, Trike Track, Sand Diggers, Play Area, Pick  your own Pumpkin, Magic Shows, Live Entertainment, Jumping Castle (weather permitting), The Haunted Barn “theme changes yearly”

Bobcaygeon – Fall Fair – Horse show, Tractor pull, Parade, Exhibits, Midway, Live stock shows, Entertainment, Derby and more.

The Blue Mountains – Fall Colours Weekend – Local wine and cider tasting, guided hiking, Meaford Scarecrow Invasion and Craft Show, Apple Pie Trail adventures and country road and river touring.  Follow the apple pie trail from Collingwood past Meaford

Burlington –  Applefest Fall Fair  (Sunday only) – An old-fashioned fair right in the city! The day kicks off with a Pancake Breakfast from 9am-11am. The fall harvest celebration, from 11am-4pm is held at Ireland House at Oakridge Farm and features a wide variety of apple themed things to see do and eat along with all the traditional country harvest fair activities, artisans, music and live entertainment all day.

Brampton – Downey’s Farm Pumpkinfest (until October 31st) Unlimited Wagon Rides, Live Entertainment, Super-Cat-Super-Curve, Dump Truck Slide, Balloon Typhoon, Trike Track, Face Painting, Straw Jump, Farm Animals, Super Corn Maze, The Black Hole

Brighton Applefest – Most Applefest activities are centred around the main street and nearby King Edward Park. Events include BBQs, a dog show, children’s village, dances, a street fair, car show, arts and crafts show, dinners and a mammoth Saturday afternoon parade.

Caledonia – 140th Caledonia Fair – Entertainment, Pet show, Baby show, Demolition derby, Crafts, Midway, Food and more…

Chatam-Kent – Doors Open

Coldwater – Fall Fair – Entertainments, craft, competitions, midway, vendors, food, Animals, Tractor pull, Derby, Parade and much more

Egmondville – Ciderfest -Flea market, rope making, weaving, rug braiding, carving, heritage demos, tea cup reading, hot and cold cider, apple fritter, beef on a bun, hot dogs, etc. House open for tours.

Elmvale – Pumpkin Mania at Rounds Ranch (running until October 28th) Participate in here’s Pumpkin Seed Spitting for the older men, Pumpkin Hockey for the sportier types, Pumpkin Bowling for the ladies, Pumpkin Pie Eating contest for those with a big appetite and Oooey Gooey pumpkin for kids who like to play in guck.They also offer a petting zoo to pet and feed animals, pedal cart racetrack, western playground with ziplines & slides & a buckin’ bronco, barrel train boxcar rides, Moo Maze, huge cornfield maze, Ghost Town, pony rides, wagon rides to pick your own FREE pumpkin and more fun for all ages!For more information: 705-322-6293 or visit http://www.roundsranch.com

Fonthill –  Pumpkin Festival at Howell’s Farm – Straw barn, Forest Walk, Play area, Animals, Pumpkin slingshot, Ducky races, Lots of funny shows and so much more that you’ll want to go see in person!

Gananoque 

Cultural Days (Saturday only) – Artisan demonstrations, family fun and costume dress-up

Doors Open – The Town of Gananoque invites you to experience some of the most intriguing and charming heritage sites in eastern Ontario.

Guelph – Graffiti Fest (Saturday only) – Cork Street will be closed to traffic, but bustling with activity as we showcase Guelph’s creative and artistic talents. There will be food and drink and music too

Halton Hills – Doors Open Halton Hills – Join in the excitement of the first Door Open in Halton Hills

Hamilton –  Touch a Tractor Charity Event  (Sunday only) – Taking place at Robar Centre the festivities include  The Hamilton Tiger Cat Players and Cheerleaders, Many Might Machines, Face painting, BBQ and much, much, more!!!

Hampton – Fun Farm Fall Weekends at Pingles Farm – Play areas, Straw Maze, Trike Track, Farm Animals, Bunnyville, Face Painting, Bugsy Balloon, Pumpkin Balloon, and Pedal Cart Track with more new carts! Don’t forget to check our newest addition to the Fun Farm, Pingle’s Barn Bouncer.

Kawartha Lakes – Kawartha Farmfest is Sept 29! A great 1-day self guided driving tour of farms and rural attractions!

Kitchener – Bingeman’s Scream Park – Bingemans will open the haunted gates of Screampark for the 7th year on September 28th to mark the start of the screaming season. Last year our park was filled with the shrieks and curdling screams of petrified guests that left them wanting more! Our chicken count has never been higher which left a total of 817 guests who couldn’t bear the thought of what might lie around the next corner.  Think you can you handle it?

Lambton County – Door Open Lambton County – Visit historic homes, performing arts venues, national historic sites, innovative businesses, green industries and more!

London – Doors Open London – 2012 is the 11th year that Doors Open London (DOL) has participated in the provincewide Doors Open Ontario program. This year, DOL will commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812. DOL will feature sites that have architectural, historical, social and cultural significance to this commemoration. Doors Open London is proud to be a part of Doors Open Ontario!

Markham

Fall Fair – Monster trucks, vendors, competitions, midway, Interactive agri-food tent, Demolition derby, horse show, Petting zoo, children’s entertainers and lots of yummy food

Whittamore’s Farm Pumpkinland – Thousands of pumpkins, hay rides, animals, spooky forest, farm maze, lots of play areas and climbers and much much more

Metcalfe –  Fall Fair – Entertainment, Midway, Derby, Animals, Agricultural displays, Tractor Pull, Classic car show and much more.

Middlesex –Doors Open Middlesex – Step back in time and experience our area’s history as we Defending a nation –celebrating the bicentennial of the War of 1812, a significant and defining event in Canadian history.

Milton – Springridge Harvest Festival – Running on weekends until the end of October.  Families will enjoy: A Professional Puppet Show “The Great Pumpkin Mix-Up” (Show Times: 11, 12, 1, 2:30 & 4), Wagon ride to the 5-acre Corn Trail, Spooky Boo Barn, Spiderweb Climber, Farm Yard Pipe Slide,Access to the Fun Farm Yard: Farm Animal Barn, Escarpment Educational Lookout, Giant Sandbox, Plywood Milking Cow, Witches Mouth Corn Trail, Tricky Trails Corn Maze, Straw Bale Jumping & Pyramids

Mississauga

Doors Open Mississauga – The 9th annual Doors Open Mississauga event will highlight unique architectural, heritage and cultural buildings, with a special focus on the Mississauga Civic Centre’s 25th anniversary. A selection of sites will also support the national Culture Days celebrations by offering performance and/or exhibiting venues to our local arts and arts groups.

Culture Days – Over 70 free things to do in Mississauga this weekend

Oakville

Doors Open Oakville – Join us for our 5th year of Doors Open Oakville

Culture Days – Culture Days is a free, interactive celebration of arts and culture from coast to coast. Culture Days was conceived in response to the growing recognition that a vibrant arts and cultural sector contributes directly to a healthy and stable society.  Queen Elizabeth Community and Cultural Centre will be the hub for Culture Days 2012 in Oakville

Orillia – Downton Orillia Harvest Festival (Saturday only) – Food, Merchandise and Entertainers will be on-hand. There will be activities for all ages: Free Hay Rides, Restaurant Chili Cook-off, Farm Equipment Displays, Live entertainment, Food Drive supporting the Sharing Place Food Bank, and Lots More!!

Ottawa 

Oktoberfest – WUNDERBAR!!! Oktoberfest Ottawa 2012 is Ottawa’s premier Oktoberfest celebration and music festival. With many local performers such as The Bushpilots, Good 2 Go and Canadian chart toppers The Julian Taylor Band, Oktoberfest Ottawa 2012 is a party you won’t want to miss!

Ottawa home and design show – Meet the professional designer, staging experts, and local suppliers that will point you in the right direction this design season.  Every portion of the home can be explored, from information on home building and renovations, to construction, and home materials.  Professionals will be on hand to share their valuable information to bring your ideas to life or inspire you with new ones.

Parry Sound – Doors Open Parry Sound – Enjoy the beautiful colours of Georgian Bay country as you enjoy Doors Open

Picton – TASTE Community Grown (Saturday Only) – Prince Edward County’s annual one-day epicurean experience featuring regional chefs, gifted growers, wonderful winemakers and the best beers, cider and cuisine.

Port Elgin – Pumpkinfest – Entertainment, Pet show, Baking contest, Science fun, Car show, Agricultural tent, Helicopter rides, food vendors, Pony rides, Petting zoo and much much more

Port Stanley/Sparta – Doors Open Port Stanley – Sparta – Our Doors Open event is a joint program of Port Stanley and Sparta in Elgin County. Port Stanley is a lakeside village of 2,200 residents on the shore of Lake Erie. The historic village of Sparta is located just north of Port Stanley, in rolling wine country. Sparta began as a Quaker community in the early 1830s and has preserved much of its local history and architecture.  We have been part of Doors Open Ontario for eight years, adding new venues and revisiting favourites each year.

Port Sydney – Annual Turkey Dinner and Fireworks at the Port Sydney Community Hall and Port Sydney beach (Saturday only, 3:30-7:30)  For more details, contact 705-385-2722.

Ripley – Ripley-Huron Fall Fair  (Friday and Saturday only) – Parade, Tractor pull, Texting Competition, Contests, Karaoke, Animals, Clowns, Car & Truck show, Dance and much more

Ruthven – Apple Festival – Bring the entire family and enjoy two spectacular fun filled days that will include weekend long musical entertainment, a host of rides and games for children, the Apple Festival Car Show, over 100 craft and food vendors and the popular Farmers Market filled with all the bounty of Essex County.

St. Thomas – Doors Open St. Thomas – Join us in 2012 when we rediscover the St. Thomas Street Railway. This railway began operating in 1879 as a horse-drawn service. It facilitated train connections between the stations of the Michigan Central, London and Port Stanley, Grand Trunk and Père Marquette railways, as well as commuting to work and shopping. The line was electrified in 1898.

Sturgeon Falls –  Cranberry Festival –  The Sturgeon River House Museum will be hosting the 13th Annual Cranberry Festival on Saturday  and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Local artisans craft sale, live entertainment, cranberry pancake breakfast, kids activities and so much more. For more information, please call 705-753-4716 or e-mail info@srhm.com

Temagami – Dream Catcher Autumnfest – Art classes, house boat tours, food, scavenger hunt, Community market, games and more

Toronto – The King East Design District Exhibition – This weekend long event will combine various aspects of design found in the city of Toronto. The event takes place on King Street East and in the Distillery District. The exhibition will allow the opportunity to explore all things decadent from furniture, accessories, cars, food, wine and dining. Attendees will have the opportunity to obtain a passport by making a $10 donation to Habitat for Humanity Toronto which can lead to fabulous prizes. This passport will record your journey to the various showrooms that will feature unique interactive and educational experiences.

Vaughan – Doors Open Vaughan–  Eleven Sites Each one specially selected because of its historical, architectural, cultural and/or environmental significance – will open their doors to the public free-of- charge for this two-day event.

Waterdown – Fall Artisan & Craft  Show (Saturday only) – Featuring local handcrafted and handmade items

Windsor

Fall Home Show & Healthy Living Expo – Check out all of the latest products and services being offered to you!  It’s a great way to spend a family weekend outing together.  There will be something for everyone!

Doors Open Windsor – Windsor’s Sandwich Town saw a number of skirmishes during the war – two private homes and one church that are featured on our tour were standing at that time. We also feature sites that tell the story of prohibition and the Underground Railroad, and churches that paint a picture of Windsor’s wide ethnic diversity. Our event takes place over two days and is set up in clusters so that our guests can easily move from place to place.

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You CAN travel as a family of five (or more)

A common thing I hear from friends that have 3 or more children is that it is hard to find a resort in the Caribbean that can accommodate their family without it costing them an arm and leg.  Well look no further my friends because I have done the research for you!  All of these resorts will accommodate your family and promises to be a great sunny getaway so that you can sit back, relax and make memories that will last a lifetime.  Happy Vacation planning!

Aruba

Divi Village Golf and Beach Resort

The Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort is centered on a large, sparkling freshwater pool, with views of the beach located directly across from the resort. Spacious studios, one, and two-bedroom suites surround the main pool area and offer fully equipped kitchens and private balconies with ocean and garden views. A unique collection of premium golf view suites are located along the course and fronted by a magnificent freeform pool with swim access bar.

Barbados

Almond Casuarina Beach 

Almond Resorts in Barbados offers three great all-inclusive resort destinations with one amazing Caribbean experience. For groups, weddings, couples, families and singles – for all those seeking a personalized experience without rules, without worries – we promise breathtaking views, lushly landscaped gardens, countless activities, exceptional cuisine and friendly, helpful people.

Cuba

Paradisus Varadero Resort & Spa

Located beachfront in Rincon Francés, part of the Varadero ecological reserve. Five-Star Ultra All InclusiveEco-Resort with 510 rooms. This charming world is privileged with elegance, refinement and privacy, especially its Royal Service. Recommended for families, weddings, honeymoons, incentives and wellness/spa.

Sol Sirenas Coral

All Inclusive Four Star resort with 651 rooms. Located alongside the beach in Varadero. Hotel complex surrounded by tropical gardens which convey an informal atmosphere. The property excels for its superb entertainment program. Recommended for families traveling with children.

Sol Palmeras

All Inclusive Four-Star Resort, with 608 rooms. Privileged location alongside Varadero Beach. Spectacular hotel – bungalow complex with refreshing swimming pools surrounded by gardens, terraces and bars. The property excels for the comfort of its rooms, unique décor of its buffet restaurant buffet with gourmet- show cooking and fun-packed entertainment programs. Recommended for families, golf enthusiasts, honeymooners and groups.

Sol Río De Luna y Mares

Four -Star All Inclusive Resort with 464 rooms. Located beachfront in Playa Esmeralda, on the northern coast of Holguin province, where visitors will be amazed by the dazzling superposition of blues and greens from the sea, sky and costal shrubbery. This hotel complex is surrounded by extensive green areas and offers a wide variety of services and attractions. Recommended for families, weddings, honeymoons and tourist groups.

Dominican Republic            


Meliá Caribe Tropical 

This resort sets the standard for family oriented all-inclusive hotels in Punta Cana.  The beach at Meliá Caribe Tropical is simply spectacular, and is only one of the resort’s many impressive features. The Punta Cana hotel has over a dozen restaurants to choose from so you can have a wide variety of international dining experiences during your stay. With a world-class golf course right across the street, an exciting casino and the most thrilling activities in Punta Cana, Meliá Caribe Tropical is the perfect choice for your next family vacation. The Flintstones have found the perfect place for their holidays: they are staying with your family in one of our first theme hotels. Your kids can explore the Yabba-Dabba-Doo bazaar, gardens and swimming pools just like those Fred, Wilma, Barney and Betty enjoyed. Let yourself be surprised!

Dreams Punta Cana

Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa provides stunning palm-studded beaches surrounded by flourishing vegetation. This Unlimited-Luxury® resort is an undiscovered treasure offering couples and couples with children one of the largest pools in the Dominican Republic which flows from the lobby down to the beach, complete with a swim-up bar and venues throughout. Kids can enjoy activities and entertainment at the explorer’s club and teens can chill out in the core zone while adults relax poolside or at the full-service spa.

Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe

On the seafront of one of the 10 best beaches in the world,  Barcelo Bavaro’s beach is protected by a coral reef that makes the pristine sea perfectly calm. Fabulous hotel facilities include an incredible, luxurious spa swimming pools, gymnasium, shopping centre and a mini-club for the little ones. At night you can enjoy the lively nightlife at the hotel: shows, discos, casino.

Ocean Blue & Sand

Ocean Blue & Sand Beach Resort is a luxury 24 hours all inclusive resort, with private Jacuzzi in all Junior suites, a lovely beach, plus the finest selection of themed restaurants and an exceptional coffee house. The resort offers everything from a bowling alley and special sports to breathtaking free form pools with swing up bars, Jacuzzis and children area.

Jamaica

Beaches Ocho Rios

If you’re looking for a family beachfront getaway with an intimate private beach, a Pirates Island Waterpark, extra large accommodations, the only all-inclusive golf program for kids and near Jamaica’s best attractions, Beaches Ocho Rios is for you.

Beaches Negril

The vibe here is totally carefree and about spending time with those you love. Spread out over a lushly landscaped 20 acres, Beaches Negril epitomizes paradise with spectacular gardens beside the sea, a sprawling Pirates Island waterpark, and plenty of activities and amenities for the whole family. For those who want a little tranquility and a whole lot of cool, it all begins with a beach vacation at the best all – inclusive resort in Negril.

Franklin D Roosevelt

Your all-inclusive vacation in Jamaica at the Franklyn D. Resort & Spa will be a most memorable family experience!  From friendly, caring and interactive staff, including your family’s own Vacation Nanny, their all-inclusive  vacation packages include the best of food, drinks, accommodations and activities for families.

Riu Montego Bay, Jamaica

Riu Montego Bay offers deluxe accommodations and a wide variety of activities in a beautiful setting. Riu Montego Bay sits along a shimmering beach, in harmony with its tropical surroundings. This island oasis offers deluxe accommodations in a stunning setting surrounded by an unspoiled natural environment. Montego Bay continues to grow and provides a well-rounded range of services and shops in addition to tropical, turquoise waters. This is a wonderful vacation destination for both romantic getaways and family vacations! RIU Resorts prides themselves on customer satisfaction and Riu Montego Bay is no exception!

Mexico

Azul Beach Hotel

Azul Beach Hotel is a family-friendly, boutique-style property located on a gorgeous beach 20 minutes from Cancun International Airport. All suites are just steps from the beach, pools, restaurants and bars.  Azul Beach especially caters to families with young children with loaner baby equipment, kid’s club and parent support. The exclusive Family & Friends Vacation Planner coordinates family reunions. Romantic couples love Beachfront Sky Massages and Suite Scenes.

Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa

A perfect escape for the entire family!  This resort offers six gourmet restaurants, Gorgeous swimming pools, 24-hour room service, fantastic kid’s club and a friendly staff to ensure your vacation is relaxing and fun.

Dreams Cancun

Dreams Cancun exclusively situated at the tip of Punta Cancun and surrounded on three sides by the crystal-clear Caribbean, offers couples, singles and families Unlimited-Luxury® along with the exciting Delphinus, the on-site dolphin aquarium. Guests will surely be satisfied with a range of activities and entertainment ranging from world-class Dreams Spa by Pevonia and is located just steps away from shops and the nightlife of Cancun.

Gran Sirenis Riviera Maya

This resort is in a class of its own due to its spectacular design, which brings to mind the ancient Mayan buildings, yet at the same time of a modern, minimalist style which blends perfectly with the luxurious natural vegetation in the gardens. Set in a fascinating environment, your holiday there will be a dream come true…

Meliá Puerto Vallarta

Paradise for families and couples, where there is something for everyone and where everything is included. A wide variety of snacks and meals, domestic and imported drinks and recreational activities for all ages, spectacular evening shows performed by professional dancers, with a different program every night, and the largest pool in Vallarta! The Flintstones have found the perfect place for their holidays: they are staying with your family in one of our first theme hotels: Yabba-Dabba-Doo bazaar, Roca Flash, RocAdventure, Baby Rock Club, Bamm Bamm Club and Cool Club. Let yourself be surprised!

Melia Cozumel All Inclusive Beach & Golf Resort

Featuring an array of amenities, facilities and unlimited amounts of fun, this beautiful beachfront resort is directly across the street from the island’s premier golf course designed by the Nicklaus Design Group and just three miles from San Miguel, Cozumel’s main shopping area. The perfect place to enjoy the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea and the white-sand beaches for which Cozumel is well known; Meliá Cozumel offers a casual, comfortable and inviting resort experience that is certain to satisfy one and all. The Flintstones have found the perfect place for their vacation! They will be enjoying one of our first theme hotels. Look out for them at the Yabba-Dabba-Doo Bazaar as well as in the gardens and at the swimming pools!

Riu Emerald Bay, Mazatlan

Riu Emerald Bay dazzles guests with spectacular ocean views from almost every spot on the property. From the impressive lobby to the elegant guestrooms that feature signature RIU amenities, this outstanding all inclusive resort is the perfect place for couples, families, and singles seeking a beautiful retreat on the shores of the sapphire Pacific Ocean. Children will have the time of their lives at the supervised RiuLand Kids Club, while adults can pamper themselves at the world class Renova Spa or enjoy some quiet time alone.  Dining options are sure to please all palates with gourmet restaurants serving global cuisines. Featuring golden, sandy beaches and a laid back atmosphere, the Riu Emerald Bay is the perfect destination for all ages.

Sandos Caracol Eco-Resort & Spa

A Riviera Maya family resort located in the luxurious residential complex of Grand Coral, which has the most amazing facilities offering great Riviera Maya all inclusive family activities perfect for keeping the children entertained. A fun water park with colorful water slides and amazing kid’s club, are just some of the features that make Sandos Caracol, the ideal family getaway.

Turks & Caicos

Beaches Turk & Caicos
Dive into a one-of-a-kind, unbelievably exciting all-inclusive for the whole family. A 45,000 square-foot waterpark; three magnificent villages, boasting the architecture and ambiance of Italy, France and the Caribbean; a 12-mile beach lapped by clear turquoise waters; endless fun activities for everyone, from tots to tweens and teens, featuring Sesame Street® characters, the new Xbox 360® Game Garage and a sizzlin’ teen disco, Liquid at Beaches-all located on one of the world’s best beaches.
St. Lucia
Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa (Depending on children’s ages you may need to be  in an adjoining room)

Guests of all ages will indulge in Splash, Coconut Bay’s family friendly wing with areas intended to delight the young at heart. Colorful rooms face the ocean and overlook CocoLand, St. Lucia’s largest water park featuring a large activity pool, lazy river and exciting water slides. Also on the Splash side is the Caribbean’s first paintball facility able to host 10 players.  The fully supervised Kidz Klub is nearby and easy to find by the gleeful sounds of youngsters enjoying its water feature, expansive pirate ship and air-conditioned indoor play room.

Morgan Bay Beach Resort

Morgan Bay Beach Resort is a vibrant, colorful, and refreshingly casual All-Inclusive resort, distinguished by its romantic waterfront setting.  The wide array of accommodations, activities, water sports, restaurants, bars, and amenities make Morgan Bay your ideal destination for a relaxing tropical getaway.

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.

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

Fall is in the air

School is back in full swing and that means fall is upon us. Summer goes too quick doesn’t it? After i’m done doing my happy dance that the kids are back in school I start to think of all the fun things that comes with fall. My favourite jacket can come out of hiding, we do our annual trip to the apple farm, attend a fall fair or 2 and yep I start my Christmas shopping.

Before the snow begins to fly though there are so many awesome activities you can do with your family. So throw on your favourite sweater gather up the family and head for a day of fun at one of the following orchards, fairs or fall festivals. Please add any additional ones we may have missed.

Apple Orchards in Ontario (compliments of our friends at Orange Pippin)

http://www.orangepippin.com/orchards/canada/ontario

Harvest Festivals

http://www.festivalsandeventsontario.ca/main.cfm?id=B7BB64E0-B6A7-8AA0-6B368708EE7D3D06

Fall Fairs

http://www.ontariofairs.org/assets/Downloads/2012_OAAS_Fair_dates.pdf

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!  

Welcome to Vacationing with Kids

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