Monthly Archives: October 2012

Weekend Fun Guide (October 26-28 2012)

Decorations are going up all over Ontario towns in anticipation for Halloween!  Kids are getting excited and can’t wait to sport their new costumes and get loads of candy.  Too be honest, I can’t wait to go through their candy when they are asleep and “sample” to make sure it is safe ;-).  Across Ontario there are lots of great pre-Halloween activities to get you and the family in the spirit and keep you busy this weekend!

Aylmer 

Clovermead Pumpkin Festival – Come celebrate the world of pumpkins, when the bees are tucked away in their hives, come out and play. Pick your-own pumpkin from the field, the great pumpkin drop from the windmill tower, pumpkin seed spitting contest, apple sling shot, a pumpkin cannon show, tractor wagon rides, animals, straw bale fort, and huge jumping pillow. Bushels of fresh family fun on our Adventure Farm.

Brampton

Pumpkinfest @ Downey’s Farm – Fall fun at Downey’s includes 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 and the The Black Hole.  You will not want to miss the fun!

Burlington 

Treats in our Streets in Downtown Burlington – Dress up the kids and head to Downtown Burlington as they celebrate Halloween with Treats in the Streets.  Enjoy food, entertainment and more plus trick or treat your way around the downtown including a stop at our visitor centre.

Campbellville

Spooktacular Halloween @ Mountsberg Conservation Area.  Free event with park admission.  Hauntingly good fun for the whole family, including: Creatures of the Night presentations with live snakes, Bird of Prey Presentations – Owls & Vultures Halloween Special!, Haunted PlayBarn, Scary Skeleton Scavenger Hunt, Kids “tattoo” parlour & crafts, Harvest games and Bison rides

Cambridge

Harvest Celebration – Tiny Tots in costumes are welcome to trick or treat at participating Downtown Businesses…Look for a pumpkin and the “Tiny Tots Treat Stop” official decal in the window.Free Crafts and Pumpkin Decorating for kids. Free Apple Cider. Market Ghost Walk for kids. Michele Hopkins and dance crew will be performing a Thriller Zombie Dance at the market. Free Cupcake Decorating in Wesley United Church – Come make a Toothy Pumpkin or a Friendly Ghost Cupcake

Elmvale 

Pumpkin Mania @ Rounds Ranch – Enjoy some family time on a wagon ride to pick your own pumpkin, Pie eating contests, pumpkin toss, Pumpkin slam dunk, Pumpkin hockey, Pumpkin seed spitting, or spend some time in the play area with the animals, on the pedal carts, corn maze or riding a pony.

Erin

Boo at the Shelter@ UCHS – Come and join in the fun!  We will be handing out treats to the little ones who come dressed in Halloween costume….pictures will taken too!  Maybe one of the shelter animals awaiting adoption will spook you in their costume!!

Gananoque

Haunted Walk – Offering a very special Halloween version of our Ghosts and Legends of Gananoque tour, which will include a visit inside a haunted hotel! Hear of ghost ships, pirate raids, and tales of Gananoque’s haunted houses at the spookiest time of the year!  Leaves from the Blink Bonnie Restaurant at 50 Main Street in Gananoque, Ontario.

Ganaraska

3rd Annual Harvest Hike  – This fundraising event, in support of the numerous community projects supported by Northumberland Sunrise Rotary, and local charities, such as the Duir School, Canadian Fire Fighters Museum and Rebound Youth Services, will take place in the magnificent Ganaraska Forest; refreshment and prizes for the winners will follow inside the Ganaraska Forest Centre.

Georgetown

Masquerade on Main – Hundreds of children, accompanied by their parents, enjoy Downtown Georgetown for a trick or treat event from 11 to 1pm. Children are entertained by street entertainers, while visiting each business to ask for treats! Main Street is closed during this event offering a fun-filled and safe trick or treating environment, all within the historic setting of Downtown Georgetown!

Guelph

Harvest Fun @ Strom’s Farm – Have some fun times at Strom’s Farm in their Harvest Fun area including; Jumpin Jack Tile Maze, Rope Maze, Straw Maze, Pumpkin Chuckin, Wagon Rides, 6 acre Corn Maze (3 miles of paths), Sand Pit, Pedal Carts ,Cedar Spiral and a Pumpkin of a Show Puppet Show

Hanover

Hanover Haunt – The weekend kicks off with a Family Dance & Costume Party offering prizes for best family costume, dancing, games and fun!  Then Saturday and Sunday afternoons bring the kids down to the Hanover Park for an afternoon of fright!  Run through the hay maze, enjoy yummy treats like candy floss and kettle corn, make a craft, get your face painted and then walk through the Village.  Before you leave don’t forget the Haunted Wagon Ride through the park.  Priscilla will greet you at the entry with warnings of  Howling Wolves, Screaming Ghosts, and Jason the resident skeleton.

Keene

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!  This has become one of the most popular Halloween events in the region for families with young children.  Lots of fun for monsters of all ages!

Leamington 

Fall Fun @ Thiessen Orchards – Hours of fun at Thiessen Orchards as you enjoy the Bouncy Castle, Barrel Train ride, Face painting, the Corn Maze and hay rides. Apple sales, the Kountry Kitchen, haymow, pumpkin patch and picnic area are open everyday as well.  Now Open is their Haunted barn…if you dare!

Lindsay

Haunted Fall Festival at Gamiing Nature Centre. Pumpkin Carving, Face Painting, Haunted Trail Bingo, Games and Crafts and more. From 7pm – 10pm Haunted Hikes for the older “kids”. Admission by donation 1884 Pigeon Lake Road between Lindsay and Bobcaygeon

London

Summerside Halloween Parade – Celebrate Halloween in Summerside! Our first annual Halloween event and parade is absolutely free to families and will have fantastic activities and snacks for kids followed by a Halloween costume parade down the pathways of Meadowgate Park!

Markham

Pumpkinland @ Whittamore’s Farm – Here’s what you’ll find at the “Farm in the City”; 1,000 of Pumpkins, Wagon Rides, Spooky Forest, Farm Animals, Tractors n’ Trucks Sand Toy Lot, Playhouses & Climbers, Wooden Milking Cow & Goat, Animated Singing Chicken Show, Corn Maze, Combine Climber & Silo Slide, Straw Pyramids & Jumps, Tractor Tire Climb, Rock n’ Ride Horseplay, Horse Swings, Spider Web Climb, Giant Tree Fort & Slide, Strawberry Mountain & Turbo Slide, Duckie Races, Nature Trail.  Weekend & Holiday Activities include: Pumpkin Cannon Show, Farm Bouncer, Pedal Tractor Track, Balloon Typhoon

Midland

Marsh Monster Madness @ Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre – Bring your courage and your goosebumps! The Wye Marsh is hosting a variety of spooktacular events, so please join us for another year of fabulous activities: Scavenger Hunt, Pumpkin Bowling, Haunted House and more…

Milton

Halloween Spooktacular @ Halton County Radial Railway – 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. Reservations not required. Tickets sold at the door.

Niagara Falls

Haunted Hayride  @ Warner Ranch and Pumpkin Farm – During their Halloween season enjoy the fright and delight of the Haunted Hayride, held the last three week-ends in October on Fridays and Saturdays with the first ride going out at 7:00 pm with the last ride departing at 10:45 pm.  The hayride lasts 30 minutes and takes you through 50 acres of haunted forest.  It will ‘jolt’ you off your seat.

FREE Halloween Double Feature @ Scotiabank Convention Centre – Calling all parents! Bring out your dearest, scariest little devil, ghost or demon for an afternoon of FREE family friendly big screen Halloween entertainment in the Fallsview Theatre at the Scotiabank Convention Centre, in Niagara Falls.

Ottawa

Cannamore Orchard – “Home of the Spooky wagon ride”  They offer outdoor finger and patio stone mazes,  a pipe maze, an indoor dark maze, rainbow maze, many play structures for children, a sand box with toys and the picnic areas.  Visit the animal corral and see our singing chickens!

Owen Sound

Hobgoblin Frolic at Grey Roots – Put on your costume and come out to Grey Roots Museum & Archives for a fabulous Hallowe’en celebration with lots of fun. Decorate a Hallowe’en cupcake treat to take home. This event takes place in Moreston Heritage Village, so please dress for the weather.  Join us at Grey Roots from 1-4 p.m. for a fun-filled, safe, family event.

Penetanguishene

Haunted Harbour @ Discovery Harbour – Little ghosts, goblins and their families arrive at Discovery Harbour’s main entrance in full costume. They proceed along a candlelit path through the famous historic properties, with costumed staff on hand to assist. During the stroll, visitors can peer into various heritage buildings to see what lurks!

Port Hope 

Pumpkin Fest @ Port Hope Memorial Park (Sunday only) – Free for children and their families. Make a jack o’ lantern, enjoy a snack and a drink and listen to some music.

Richmond Hill

Halloween Party at Play & Party Indoor Playground – Bring your kids this Saturday, October 27, 2.30-4.30 pm  Fun for kids of all ages: gym, slide, soft play area for tots and movie theatre. Wear your costumes! Complimentary refreshments and popcorn. All welcome.

Rockton

Haunted Halloween @ Westfield Heritage Village – The village will be lit by lanterns, pumpkins and moonlight, and visitors will be treated to a magical evening of folklore, surprise and mystery. During this family friendly event, visitors of all ages will be able to explore the village’s unique setting and discover the origins and traditions of Halloweens past.

Stoney Creek

Haunted Family Fun @ Green Mountain Farm – Hamilton Area’s destination for haunted family fun!  For the Fall this farm offers Haunted hay rides, a haunted barn, corn maze, pumpkin carriages, pioneer village and animal corral.  Food is available for purchase and they serve TIM HORTONS coffee!  Each weekend they have a little something different for their visitors … Cash Mob, Scavenger hunt, Spooktacular giveaways and Creepy crawly costume party!

Sudbury

Dynamic Earth Halloween @ Science North – Dynamic Earth will be transformed into one of Sudbury’s most fun and thrilling Halloween Headquarters! For families with kids 12 and under, visit the above-ground fairy tale enchanted forest where you will venture on a quest like no other! Enjoy fun fairy tale adventures this year with games, challenges and take-home crafts. All with the creepy, crawly excitement of Halloween!

Terra Cotta

Halloween Haunted Forest @ Terra Cotta Conservation Area – Enjoy an evening of spooky fun for children 12 and under and meet the mysterious spirits of Terror Cotta, presented by “To Be Determined Theatre Co.” Discover haunted wagon rides, a spooky hay bale maze, bonfires, story tellers, nature activities, tasty barbecue fare and more.

Toronto

Boo at the Zoo @ Toronto Zoo – Follow along the Zoo’s “Pumpkin Trail” to discover trick-or-treat activity stations throughout the Tundra Trek and check out Arctic wolves, foxes and polar bears – oh my! Take part in our “Critters and Costumes Parade” at 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm daily. Best of all, up to two kids in costume (12 and under) get in FREE when accompanied by an adult.

Fall Cottage Life Show @ The International Centre – Celebrate every season at the lake. There will be more than 200 exhibitors dedicated to the very best products and services to enhance your retreat, you can research cottage renovations, construction, building products, and design and architectural services, and check out fun stuff like boats, water toys, arts and décor, furnishings for indoors and out, and gift ideas for every cottager on your list.

Howling Hootenanny @ Black Creek Pioneer Village – Kids can enjoy the Haunted Maze, pumpkin decorating, apple sling shot, trick or treating, Entertainers and more.

Boo-Tastic Trick or Treat @ Casa Loma – Calling all children. Dress in your favourite Halloween costume and come to Casa Loma for our special trick or treat programme. All children will have the opportunity to decorate 12 mini-cupcakes to take home (scary black and orange icing and sprinkles included). Afterwards, they will go on a special ‘trick or treat’ tour on the second floor of Casa Loma – be prepared with a trick to receive a treat!

Made by Hand Show @ The International Centre – There will b over 190 Handmade Exhibitors, free face painting, surprise Princess visits, Free swag bags for the first 100 families and so much more

Change for Kids Monster March and Fun Fair @ Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital – Celebrate Halloween with the whole family and help create a world of possibility for kids with disabilities. Be sure to wear your costumes for this 2 km accessible walk-a-thon with trick-or-treat stations. Involve your work and school to raise pledges and walk in support of kids with disabilities, all while having a ghoulishly good time! Top fundraiser wins a great prize. Event includes great entertainment and a family fun fair.

Vaughan

Camp Spooky @ Canada’s Wonderland – Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the whole Peanuts gang for Camp Spooky – a fun Halloween event for the whole family! With children’s rides, spooky mazes, candy, daily children’s costume parade and Charlie Brown’s Trick or Treat live show, Camp Spooky at Canada’s Wonderland will make your kids scream for more!  Campy Spooky is included with park admission.

Windsor

Gesto Spook House – The Gesto Spookhouse is put on each year by a group of volunteers who build it, create the exhibits, and put on a scary performance. Each year approximately 75-100 volunteers start donating their time in September to put the Spookhouse together for everyone to enjoy.

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Weekend Fun Guide (October 19-21, 2012)

The weather is looking beautiful for this weekend so why not get out and have some fun with the family.  Here are some things that are happening across Ontario for October 19-21, 2012.

Across Ontario 

Community Day @ Cineplex Theatres – The Annual Community Day offers a free movie and $2 popcorn.  All proceeds from this event goes towards Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada

Ajax

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, marshmallow roast and plenty of tasty treats at the Pumpkinville Grill

Brampton

Pumpkinfest @ Downey’s Farm – Fall fun at Downey’s includes 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 and the The Black Hole.  You will not want to miss the fun!

Campbellville

Spooktacular Halloween @ Mountsberg Conservation Area.  Free event with park admission.  Hauntingly good fun for the whole family, including: Creatures of the Night presentations with live snakes, Bird of Prey Presentations – Owls & Vultures Halloween Special!, Haunted PlayBarn, Scary Skeleton Scavenger Hunt, Kids “tattoo” parlour & crafts, Harvest games and Bison rides

Elmvale 

Pumpkin Mania @ Rounds Ranch – Enjoy some family time on a wagon ride to pick your own pumpkin, Pie eating contests, pumpkin toss, Pumpkin slam dunk, Pumpkin hockey, Pumpkin seed spitting, or spend some time in the play area with the animals, on the pedal carts, corn maze or riding a pony.

Etobicoke 

Hallo-Fun @ Fantasy Fair in Woodbine Shopping Centre.  Fun includes Pirate boat cove, Dracula Halloween magic, Costume contest, Spook village, Train of terror, Trick or treating, Monster mash and The Trevor Show

Guelph

Harvest Fun @ Strom’s Farm – Have some fun times at Strom’s Farm in their Harvest Fun area including; Jumpin Jack Tile Maze, Rope Maze, Straw Maze, Pumpkin Chuckin, Wagon Rides, 6 acre Corn Maze (3 miles of paths), Sand Pit, Pedal Carts ,Cedar Spiral and a Pumpkin of a Show Puppet Show

Kingsville

Horror Hayride & Haunted Greenhouse @ Colasanti’s Tropical Garden – Take a ride on the hay wagon out into the haunted field filled with scary creatures.  End your ride on foot as you walk through the hedge maze.  May be too scary for younger children

Leamington 

Fall Fun @ Thiessen Orchards – Hours of fun at Thiessen Orchards as you enjoy the Bouncy Castle, Barrel Train ride, Face painting, the Corn Maze and hay rides. Apple sales, the Kountry Kitchen, haymow, pumpkin patch and picnic area are open everyday as well.  Now Open is their Haunted barn…if you dare!

Markham

Pumpkinland @ Whittamore’s Farm – Here’s what you’ll find at the “Farm in the City”; 1,000 of Pumpkins, Wagon Rides, Spooky Forest, Farm Animals, Tractors n’ Trucks Sand Toy Lot, Playhouses & Climbers, Wooden Milking Cow & Goat, Animated Singing Chicken Show, Corn Maze, Combine Climber & Silo Slide, Straw Pyramids & Jumps, Tractor Tire Climb, Rock n’ Ride Horseplay, Horse Swings, Spider Web Climb, Giant Tree Fort & Slide, Strawberry Mountain & Turbo Slide, Duckie Races, Nature Trail.  Weekend & Holiday Activities include: Pumpkin Cannon Show, Farm Bouncer, Pedal Tractor Track, Balloon Typhoon

Milton

Halloween Spooktacular @ Halton County Radial Railway – 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. Reservations not required. Tickets sold at the door.

Mississauga

Toronto Snowmobile, ATV and Powersports Show @ the International Centre – The Toronto International Snowmobile, ATV & Powersports Show is all about having FUN and you will be entertained from the minute you walk into the Show. Meet your friends, tell tall tales, reminisce about last season’s best ride, buy a new Toy, book a trip, find the custom sled corner in the OSM booth, watch a snowmobile race or join the thousands of fans on hand to experience the thrill of the Freestyle Show.

Newmarket

Newmarket Studio Tour – The Newmarket Group of Artists is hosting their annual studio tour from Saturday, October 20 to Sunday, October 21. Visit their website to view a map of the 21 participating artist studios and collectives. Creative work includes fine art paintings, mixed media, mosaics, prints, sterling silver jewellery, bead work, photography and more.

Niagara Falls

Haunted Hayride @ Warner Ranch and Pumpkin Farm – During their Halloween season enjoy the fright and delight of the Haunted Hayride, held the last three week-ends in October on Fridays and Saturdays with the first ride going out at 7:00 pm with the last ride departing at 10:45 pm.  The hayride lasts 30 minutes and takes you through 50 acres of haunted forest.  It will ‘jolt’ you off your seat.

Orangeville

Harvest Celebration in Downtown Orangeville – Final day of the farmers’ market offers free family fun, including tots trick or treating, crafts, pony rides, draws, face painting, and more!

Orillia

Jazz Festival – Come out for their 22nd year and explore the many venues and shops as the music starts Friday October 19 to Sunday October 21 with evening and matinee performances.

Ottawa

Cannamore Orchard – “Home of the Spooky wagon ride”  They offer outdoor finger and patio stone mazes,  a pipe maze, an indoor dark maze, rainbow maze, many play structures for children, a sand box with toys and the picnic areas.  Visit the animal corral and see our singing chickens!

Ottawa Ski, Snowboard and Travel Show  @ the CE Centre – You’ll find everything and anything to make your slopeside experience complete! This is Ottawa’s largest showcase of Ski & Snowboard related travel destinations, equipment, clothing, lifestyle information and related products and services.

Owen Sound

Zombie Walk –  Join in the annual Steve Santini Owen Sound Zombie Walk / Monster Shuffle for The Food Bank! Dress as a zombie or your favorite monster or creature. Meet at City Hall at 12:00pm Please bring a non perishable food item(s) or a cash donation for The Food Bank.

Toronto

Boo at the Zoo @ Toronto Zoo – Follow along the Zoo’s “Pumpkin Trail” to discover trick-or-treat activity stations throughout the Tundra Trek and check out Arctic wolves, foxes and polar bears – oh my! Take part in our “Critters and Costumes Parade” at 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm daily. Best of all, up to two kids in costume (12 and under) get in FREE when accompanied by an adult.

Haunted High Park @ Colborne Lodge (Saturday only) Visit Colborne Lodge and its grounds at night and hear about High Park’s legendary connection to the War of 1812, and other legends and ghost stories that have been told about the Lodge and High Park. Period refreshments included.  Tickets should be prepurchased

Howling Hootenanny @ Black Creek Pioneer Village – Kids can enjoy the Hunted Maze, pumpkin decorating, apple sling shot, trick or treating, Entertainers and more.

FREE admission for children to the Hockey Hall of Fame  (Saturday only)

Vaughan

Camp Spooky @ Canada’s Wonderland – Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the whole Peanuts gang for Camp Spooky – a fun Halloween event for the whole family! With children’s rides, spooky mazes, candy, daily children’s costume parade and Charlie Brown’s Trick or Treat live show, Camp Spooky at Canada’s Wonderland will make your kids scream for more!  Campy Spooky is included with park admission.

Waterloo

Waterloo Zombie Walk @ Waterloo Public Square.   From the Square you make your way around UpTown and finish back at the square.  Afterwards you can head to Huether for post-zombie-apocalypse drinks and socializing.  The Waterloo Zombie Walk  happens rain, snow or shine.  Dress your best, you will be surrounded by cameras!

Stittsville

Stittsville Artists Studio Tour – Stittsville artists open their studios to show their artwork.  The tour will provide the public with a unique opportunity to meet local artists and to acquire original fine artworks.  The participating artists welcome you to this free, self-guided tour.

Stoney Creek

Haunted Family Fun @ Green Mountain Farm – Hamilton Area’s destination for haunted family fun!  For the Fall this farm offers Haunted hay rides, a haunted barn, corn maze, pumpkin carriages, pioneer village and animal corral.  Food is available for purchase and they serve TIM HORTONS coffee!  Each weekend they have a little something different for their visitors … Cash Mob, Scavenger hunt, Spooktacular giveaways and Creepy crawly costume party!

Woodstock 

Pumpkin Festival @ Birtch Farms – The second last weekend in October is their annual “Pumpkin Festival” where activities include pumpkin games, pumpkin treats, a pumpkin gallery of carved pumpkins and a costume contest. This is a great time to show off those imaginative costumes.

October is a perfect time to get out and have fun with the family!

So much to see and do around Ontario this time of year!  We have some suggestions to get you going…

Pumpkinfests, Harvest Festivals and Spooky Farms are always great fun.  Check out our picks for some fun farms to visit this October.http://wp.me/p2INNB-2D

And let’s not forget all the natural beauty of our local Conservation areas for a family outing http://bit.ly/Ps0kTR

Here are some great events happening across Ontario this weekend:

Bala 

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!

Barrie

Barrie Film Festival – This ten-day festival is back this fall, featuring a selection of over 25 of the finest films from Canada and around the world. Also returning this year is our popular Director’s Brunch, Short Film Competition showcase, guest Q&As and receptions.

Burlington

Agriculture in the City @ Burlington Mall –  This is a free, family oriented, urban festival that explores how agriculture is all around us, everyday.  Highlights include: Mooonica the Mechanical Cow – kids can milk Mooonica and learn about life on a dairy farm, Cooking demonstrations with delicious samples for the audience, Celebrity Chef and award-winning Niagara author Lynn Ogryzlo, So You Think You Can Farm? – everyone can play this fun, educational game and Balloon animal art

Georgetown

International Flavours (Saturday only) – A Taste of Downtown Georgetown features the restaurants and food venues in Downtown…and you are invited! Sample Indian, Irish, Italian, Thai, Chinese, Gourmet, Confectioneries and more! You can sample 4 food venues with your purchase of a passport.

Halton 

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. 

Huron County 

Doors Open Huron County – Huron County’s rich and unique military history, as part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, includes four training bases within its borders – Goderich, Port Albert, Clinton and Centralia. The base at Goderich was for elementary air training, while the one at Centralia was advanced. The base at Port Albert was for navigation and Clinton’s was for radar.  There will be themed events and activities including a military tattoo, airplane exhibit, guest speakers, re-enactment and more!

Merrickville

Jazz Fest– 2nd Annual Jazz Fest proceeds will be supporting http://www.funwithbooks.org.  Enjoy a wide variety of jazz performances at local venues.

Ottawa

Health Fest  at Neapean Sportsplex – A show and sale featuring the products and services of local businesses with a special focus on health & wellness, local food and green lifestyle. Admission is by donation. Funds collected benefit three worthy charities

Sexapalooza – Okay so it’s not really family oriented but hey Mom and Dad might need a fun night out!   Featuring vendors, entertainment, seminars and so much more

Taste of the Valley – A celebration of local foods and products. The goal of the event is to promote “made in Renfrew County products.” An amazing assortment of pork, beef, lamb, chicken, produce, maple syrup, honey, ice cream, as well as many local artists, wood crafters and musical entertainment.

Pembroke

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!

Stirling

Hastings County Beer Festival – Sample Ontario craft beers and taste local food and cheeses. A selection of ciders and wines from Prince Edward County and area are also available. Enjoy live music, beer education, and much more!

Toronto

Hudson’s 1st Birthday  @ The Toronto Zoo – Join us at 12 noon as we begin the celebration of Hudson the polar bear cub’s 1st birthday! *Party festivities will include a special keeper talk, birthday treats, a cub size icicle birthday cake for Hudson and the chance to sign a polar bear-sized birthday card. This will be one party you won’t want to miss! *While supplies last

Creativ Festival – You will get up-close-and-personal hands-on instruction from innovative designers, skilled artisans and industry experts. There’s something for everyone whether beginner, seasoned pro or even if you’ve never crafted before!

Exposure at the International Centre – Exposure is Canada’s Largest Photo and Video Consumer Show!  There will be an exciting array of products to browse through and buy, attend informative FREE seminars and more.

Garlic Festival  – Who doesn’t love garlic?  There will be speakers, demos and even a garlic breath contest!!

Running Health and Fitness Show – Whether you are a seasoned runner or just starting out, you will want to attend this!  The major athletic brands will be present as are a multitude of other exhibitors showing and selling everything from socks to global navigation devices to the latest niche products and everything in-between. The show has more manufacturers, more international races, more charities, more running publications, more medical companies and the best selection of retailers you will ever see under one roof. There is plenty to engage beginner and the serious distance runner alike.

The Toronto Ski, Snowboard & Travel Show @ The Better Living Centre at Exhibition Place – Once a year this magical winter one-stop shopping extravaganza happens under one roof! The show is a montage of manufacturers, retailers, resorts, entertainment and associations whose mission is to help you fully enjoy your time on the hills and mountains. If you “live” to spend quality time on the slopes, and you’d like to kick off this season with a bang, make plans to visit this years show! And remember, an active winter is a great winter!

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

Waterford

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.

Enjoy creating new memories with your family this weekend!

 

Pumpkins and Hay Rides and Scarecrows OH MY!

Something about Fall just screams FARM to us!! Fall seems to be a favourite time for Family Fun at local farms.  There is so much to see and do as many farms host a Harvest Festival or PumpkinFest.  We have listed some great farms across Ontario that are now offering fall fun for you and your family to enjoy.  See below for a farm near you!  Happy Fall

Ayr

Snyder’s Family Farm Enjoy a day out in the country! We have 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

Chappell Farms – Attractions include: Farmyard animals, hay maze, Corn Maze, Boo barn, Trike track, Sand Diggers, Play area, Pick your own pumpkin.  Added attractions on weekends include: Magic shows, Live entertainment, Jumping castle, Haunted barn and Canine performance team

Brampton

Downey’s Farm – Fall fun at Downey’s includes 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 and the The Black Hole.  You will not want to miss the fun!

Brantford

Brantwood Farm Fall Festival Weekends – Face Painting, Pony Rides, Hayrides, Corn Maze, Haunted Hay Maze, Obstacle Course, Pumpkin Bowling, Needle-In-Haystack, Pumpkin Putt, Pumpkin Bounce, Pumpkin Picking, Apple Picking and Food.

Brighton

Cricklewood Farm – This is our 12th year of designing and creating our corn maze.  This year a percentage of our maze sales will be donated to the Canadian Wildlife Federation with our goal being $2,000.00The 6 acre corn maze is in the shape of 3 American Badgers. There are close to 2 miles of pathways for you to explore. The shortest path is about a mile in length. New this year: the Toddlers and Grandparents Maze. It’s only 1/2 acre in size and is included in our regular maze admission price. It’s short and easy to do, and a prize awaits your return

Crysler

Cannamore Orchard – “Home of the Spooky wagon ride”  They offer outdoor finger and patio stone mazes,  a pipe maze, an indoor dark maze, rainbow maze, many play structures for children, a sand box with toys and the picnic areas.  Visit the animal corral and see our singing chickens!

Dundas

Dyment’s – So much to do at this Farm!!  Activities include: Barnyard Play Area, Machinery Shed, Straw Fort, Corn Bin, Animal Farm, Bouncing Ball Track, Spook Hut & Spookley Theatre, Agri-Maze, Trike Track, Wagon Rides, Corn Maze, Zip line, Inflatable Farm Train, 9 hole mini putt, Dyment’s own fry truck (YUM)

Elmvale

Rounds Ranch Pumpkin Mania – Enjoy some family time on a wagon ride to pick your own pumpkin, Pie eating contests, pumpkin toss, Pumpkin slam dunk, Pumpkin hockey, Pumpkin seed spitting, or spend some time in the play area with the animals, on the pedal carts, corn maze or riding a pony.

Fonthill

Howell Family Pumpkin Farm – Come join them on the farm for the Haunted Spook barn , Super corney cobbs maze adventure, Pumpkin slingshot, Haystack jumping, Train-o-saurus Rex ride, Rubber duckie race, Straw jump barn and so much more

Guelph

Strom’s Farm – Have some fun times at Strom’s Farm in their Harvest Fun area including; Jumpin Jack Tile Maze, Rope Maze, Straw Maze, Pumpkin Chuckin, Wagon Rides, 6 acre Corn Maze (3 miles of paths), Sand Pit, Pedal Carts ,Cedar Spiral and a Pumpkin of a Show Puppet Show

Hampton

Pingle’s Farm Market – Fall Farm Weekends –  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.

Lakefield

Buckhorn Berry Farm – You can’t help but have a great day with all these fun activities!!  Your admission includes: Daily Entertainment – Tim Holland, Barnyard Animals , Mazes (a straw bale maze and 2 corn mazes, one of them is haunted, Play area with a huge sand pile, Pumpkin Bowling,  Bonesville Cemetery, Pumpkin Patch Wagon Rides and Pumpkin Cannon.  Don’t forget to check out the Haunted Barn and the Junior Spook Barn for a small additional fee!

Leamington

Thiessen Orchards – Hours of fun at Thiessen Orchards as you enjoy the Bouncy Castle, Barrel Train ride, Face painting, the Corn Maze and hay rides. Apple sales, the Kountry Kitchen, haymow, pumpkin patch and picnic area are open everyday as well.  Now Open is their Haunted barn…if you dare!

Markham

Whittamore’s Farm – Their Pumpkinland had so much to do you may want to go more than once!!  Here’s what you’ll find at the “Farm in the City”; 1,000 of Pumpkins, Wagon Rides, Spooky Forest, Farm Animals, Tractors n’ Trucks Sand Toy Lot, Playhouses & Climbers, Wooden Milking Cow & Goat, Animated Singing Chicken Show, Corn Maze, Combine Climber & Silo Slide, Straw Pyramids & Jumps, Tractor Tire Climb, Rock n’ Ride Horseplay, Horse Swings, Spider Web Climb, Giant Tree Fort & Slide, Strawberry Mountain & Turbo Slide, Duckie Races, Nature Trail.  Weekend & Holiday Activities include: Pumpkin Cannon Show, Farm Bouncer, Pedal Tractor Track, Balloon Typhoon

Milton

Springridge Farm – Harvest Festival has begun at Springridge Farm where families will enjoy: A professional puppet show, 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

Niagara Falls

Warner Ranch and  Pumpkin Farm – Haunted Hayride – During the Halloween season enjoy the fright and delight of our Haunted Hayride, held the last three week-ends in October on Fridays and Saturdays with the first ride going out at 7:00 pm with the last ride departing at 10:45 pm.  The hayride lasts 30 minutes and takes you through 50 acres of haunted forest.  Our Haunted Hayride attractions will ‘jolt’ you off your seat. Venture through our haunted forest in October, if you dare!

Ottawa

Saunder’s Farm – Family Fall-tastic Fun!  Just to name a few things, your family will have fun in the Pumpkin patch, mazes, Hayride, Barn of terror, Puppet shows, Pedal cart track, Monster parade, Activity zone, Discovery barn and SO much more.

Pembroke

Hugli’s Blueberry Ranch  – Fall Family Fun admission includes: Tunnel Hill Slide, Pedal Carts, Pig Races at Hugli’s Speedway, 6 Acre Corn Maze with Educational Signs & Colour Find Game (fun for big kids too!), New Bouncing Animal Buddies, New 125 foot Tube Slide, Hop Dot Colour Maze, Pumpkin Cannon Show with pirates , Pirate Ship Maze, Hay & Pumpkin Mazes, Duck Races, Giant Hill Slide, Giant Sand Box, Hay Jump, Country Puppet Show, Jumping Horse Swings, Friendly Animals, Wagon Rides to the Pumpkin Patch (pumpkins not included), Haunted House of Terror (includes the scary wagon ride to and from the house), 6 Acre Creepy Corn Maze crawling with, spooky creatures at night, The Magic of Illusionist Steven Anthony – evenings only

Schomberg

Puck’s Farm, It’s Fun! – So much fun to be had at Puck’s Farm  this fall including; Carnival Rides, Fall Colours, Pumpkins for Sale, Pony Rides, Horse Drawn Wagon Rides, the Amazing Maze and Friendly Critters! Merry-Go-Round, Bouncing Castle, Tubs of Fun, Kiddie Ferris Wheel, Frolic and Kids Train

Stayner

Fernwood Farms & Market – Pumpkinland will be open the last 3 weekends in October  which will include Wagon rides, Corn Maze, Games, Mini Putt, Pumpkin Hunt, Pick your own pumpkin, play areas and animals.

Stoney Creek

Green Mountain Farm – Hamilton Area’s destination for haunted family fun!  For the Fall this Hamilton farm offers Haunted hay rides, a haunted barn, corn maze, pumpkin carriages, pioneer village and animal corral.  Food is available for purchase and they serve TIM HORTONS coffee!  Each weekend they have a little something different for their visitors … Cash Mob, Scavenger hunt, Spooktacular giveaways and Creepy crawly costume party!

St. Clements

Nauman’s Farm –  Fun activities you can do with the family at the farm include a Corn maze, Rope Maze, Straw Jump, Straw Mountain, Beam Swing, Sand Pit, Two new, Giant Tube Slides and the fantastic Pumpkin Slingshots!!!  Open weekends until October 31st

 St. Thomas

Ferguson’s Produce – Scarecrow Days – Lots of fun to be had for the whole family in the corn maze, target shooting with gourds, Halloween displays, Face painting, Horse drawn wagon rides, Make your own scarecrow, pick your pumpkin and then enjoy some burgers and fries.

Thunder Bay

Gammondale Pumpkinfest – You admission includes: A tractor pulled wagon ride to the mazes with prizes. Farm animals, tire swing, trike trails, Kids Corny Maze, BOO Barn, Pumpkin Sling Shots, Pumpkin Catapult, Black Tire’d Horses, Corn Stalk Horses, Bronco Train, Rubber Ducky Races, and NEW Pumpkin Peddle Carts.

Waterdown

Parkside Farms – Admission to Pumpkinfest includes ; A Pumpkin, Wagon Ride, Story Book Forest and the Corn Maze.  Be sure to visit the animals while you are there and grab a treat from the farm market

Family activities for you to enjoy this Turkey Weekend!

We all know this weekend will be filled with a lot of turkey eating but there are also so many great places you can take the family for some fresh air and family fun!

Ball’s Falls

38th Annual Ball’s Falls Thanksgiving Festival – This is Niagara’s classic Thanksgiving celebration tradition that just can’t be missed!  It features over 125 juried artisans and exhibitors; gourmet food tent; live family entertainment, children’s activities and so much more.

Buckhorn

Harvest Craft Show at the Buckhorn Community Centre – More than 120 artisans from across Canada offer jewellery, designer clothing, soaps, woven goods, handmade furniture, home accessories and even local gastronomical delights including candy, honey, jams and jellies. You’ll find something for everyone on your list at the Harvest Craft Show. Show hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Monday.

Clarksburg /Thornbury/The Blue Mountains

Studio Tour of the Arts – In its 17th year, the studios and galleries on this year’s tour, open their doors to the public. This is a chance to see the artists where they work, discover what inspires them and support the arts in our community. Visit our website for details, maps and links to local restaurants and businesses that support our artists and enjoy the wonderful fall colours in the Beaver Valley.

Thanksgiving Apple Harvest Festival – There’s no better way to enjoy Thanksgiving Weekend and Fall Colours. Free activities, live music, Apple Pie Trail, pumpkin carving, buskers, hiking, biking & fall driving tours.

Elmvale

Elmvale Fall Fair – Farm animals, Midway, Water festival, Pony show, Tractor Pull, Demonstrations and entertainment, Parade, Video Dance and more

Erin

Erin Fall Fair – Tractor pull, animals and livestock, Kid’s area, Entertainment, vendors, animal shows, Demolition derby, Fireworks, Midway and much more.

Grand Bend

Thanksgiving Market & Sidewalk Sale – Grand Bend’s Thanksgiving Market & Sidewalk Sale offers the bargain hunter a cornucopia of unique items.The Eilber Street parking lot plays host location to up to 30 craft and product vendors. The criteria for vendor participation includes the needs to have grown, raised or made the item themselves. Products range from vegetables, fruits and organic meats to roasted coffee beans, fresh-baked pies, muffins and baked treats to hand-crafted quilts, jewellery, clothing and home decor.

Haliburton

Haliburton County Studio Tour – Discover the work of over 28 artists and artisans featuring original and unique fine arts and crafts – new work, new colours, new item. Have the opportunity to meet artists in their studios and experience the creative process through discussion and demonstration of new works.  All of this while enjoying the breathtaking fall beauty of the Haliburton Highlands

Halton

Fall into Nature – Two full weekends of activities for visitors to all Conservation Halton Parks – Crawford Lake, Hilton Falls, Kelso, Mount Nemo, Mountsberg and Rattlesnake Point.  Fall into Nature celebrates the natural beauty and colours of the Escarpment Parks. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, visitors will enjoy a variety of unique outdoor experiences including chairlift rides, guided hikes and wagon rides, a great way to experience the fall colours, plus live entertainment featuring First Nations dancers and kids activities too.

Horseshoe Valley/Barrie/Lake Simcoe/Orillia 

Thanksgiving Images Tour – This artist-run event is one of Ontario’s finest and longest running studio tours.  There are over thirty outstanding artist and crafts people that will exhibit their work at 16 different studios.  Discover exceptional art and enjoy the beautiful fall colours of Simcoe County.  Meet painters, potters, sculptors, photographers, wood turners and jewellery and clothing makers.  Something for everyone!

Kawartha Lakes

Victoria County Studio Tour – 27th Annual Studio tour will introduce you to Twenty-two (22) artists in fourteen (14) Studios as they showcase their creative work.

Kinmount

Harvest Homecoming Studio Tour – Celebrate the season and get into the spirit!  The tour features various artist and artisans studios in the Kinmount area that open their homes for demonstrations and displays of the unique art or craft.

Kitchener Waterloo

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

Lanark County

Crown and Pumpkin Studio Tour – Lanark County invites you to come and experience this year’s Crown & Pumpkin Studio Tour to discover the quality craftsmanship and skill of local artists amidst the vibrant Fall colours.

London

Thanksgiving at the Village at Fanshawe Pioneer Village – Villagers gather in thanks for a bountiful harvest. Join us for this celebration!!  Watch as farm families prepare for the coming winter with field harvest, textiles arts and wood stove cooking. Enjoy a beautiful day around the Village then reserve your seating for an authentic Thanksgiving feast in our beautiful village cafe.

Midland

Thanksgiving Harvest Festival and Arts and Crafts Show and Sale at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons.  Sainte-Marie’s Thanksgiving Harvest Festival and Arts and Crafts Show and Sale is a fun family event, with lots of on-site activities and over 40 outstanding artisans and crafters.The event is a regional favourite and typically includes both new and returning artisans.

Norfolk

Norfolk Country Fair and Horse Show – The Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show is in its 172nd year, and is the fifth largest fair in Ontario, with over 100,000 visitors each year. This fair features agricultural displays, craft exhibits, food vendors, art demonstrations, talent competitions, midway rides, free grandstand entertainment, and many added special attractions.

Norwood 

The Norwood Fall Fair – Plenty of live music every day, Xtreme Cowboy Competition, Antique Car Show and Tractor Pull, Horse Shows and Competitions, Crops and Home Arts Competitions, Lawn Tractor Races, Flyball, Midway, Parade and Kids’ Talent Contest, Emily Flack and the Great Canadian Music Party!

Ottawa

Harvesting Energy  at the Canada Agriculture Museum.  Come to the Canada Agriculture Museum this Thanksgiving weekend and explore how energy is harvested. Participate in special demonstrations and activities, and make a unique craft! See renewable energy in action at the Museum’s newest exhibition, Energy Park: Nature at Work

Rockton

Rockton’s World Fair – A Thanksgiving tradition for 160 years! Midway, Derby, BMX demos, vendors, Poultry, Pigeon & Rabbit Show, Rural & Urban Competitions, Craft Show and Sale, Ray McLaughlin Clydesdales, Helicopter Rides, Home Craft Displays, School Fair and Junior Displays, Photography Display, Fire Safety House, Little Ray’s Reptiles and the list goes on and on!

Toronto

Home for the Harvest at Gibson House (12-5pm) – Thanksgiving weekend enjoy a celebration of the harvest! Spend some time in the busy historic kitchen of the Gibson family farm home and see the harvest foods being prepared for tasting. Children can help lend a hand in the kitchen, dress-up in the Discovery Gallery and enjoy hands-on activities. Regular Admission.

HarbourKIDS Folk at Harbourfront Centre – A feel-good family festival! This Thanksgiving weekend, explore a world of good at HarbourKIDS: Folk. We’re celebrating the positivity of communities, families and friends through folk music, folk tales, folk art, folk theatre and more over three folk-filled days.

Penguin Awareness Day at the Toronto Zoo (monday only) – Stop by and visit Zoo Keepers at the African penguin exhibit to learn all about what it takes to care for our colony! Enjoy extra Keeper talks and learn about conservationists who are out in the wild saving these birds from a variety of threats. Find out how you can support penguins through the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) and the ongoing efforts to save the only penguin species that exists in Africa.

Westport 

Westport and Area Fall Colours Studio Tour is being held again on the Thanksgiving long weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Our unique artists welcome you to their studios where you will discover an exciting and eclectic range of juried high quality original work including magical Photographic art, eclectic sculptures, primitive rughooking, felted items, gorgeous comfortable clothing for adults and children, stained, fused and mosaic glass, garden art and furniture made from recycled and salvaged items; unique pottery, folk art carvings, uniquely painted items, silken woodturned bowls, whimsical dolls, multimedia assemblages and whimisical art, handmade soaps and lotions, luxurious woven items, garden sculptures, wrought iron, acrylics and watercolours, sculpture in clay and iron and cast stone, fine jewellery, custom drums and much more.

“If I can’t go to Disney World … “

From the mouth of my 4 year old daughter “If I can’t go to Disney World then i’d like to go to Great Wolf Lodge”.  Of course our kids would love to go to Disney World every day but seeing as our money tree still hasn’t started to grow in the backyard they are always bugging to go to Great Wolf Lodge.

This past weekend we surprised them with a visit to Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara and they we ecstatic!  When we pulled into the parking lot the squeals from the backseat were near deafening followed by lots of “thank you Mommy and Daddy”.  This was our 4th visit to the Lodge and every time seems to get better and better and mostly I think it is because they are older and can do more.  We booked a cool Kid Camp room which meant they had their own little area with bunk beds and a tv.  The room was very clean (upon arrival), fully stocked with towels and let me tell you that our bed was SO comfy!

All suited up and off to the watepark we goooooo!  So much to do, where to start?  Wooly Mammoth won as the first trip down the slides.  This has always been a favourite of ours as even the little kids can ride with the family as long as they can sit up on their own.  What I love about GWL’s water park is that there are slides where DD (4 yrs) can ride with a parent so she really isn’t very limited at 42″.  Big slides, smaller slides, lazy river, wave pool, big bucket dumps…we did it all over and over and over.  Apparently this is the time of year to go because we never had to wait in line for more than 5 minutes if at all.

Generally we don’t eat all of our meals at GWL as it can be pricey but they now offer a meal add on at check-in which is $45/adult and $20/child for a breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Really it’s a great deal.  I found the food was tastier this time for some reason and there seemed to be so many more options from burgers and fries to sandwiches and salads so everyone can easily find something they want to eat.

Yes the waterpark is the main attraction at GWL but there is also so much more to do outside of the waterpark.

Kids Club is a fun place for parents to go with their kids for some down time and so your skin can unwrinkle!  They can play with toys, colour, paint and for an additional cost they can paint a pillow case or t-shirt, get a tattoo or participate in the pajama party.

DS loved the arcade… well I think hubby loved it just as much as we didn’t see them  for a while!   Much like a Chuck E Cheese, you can play games to win tickets and in exchange they trade their tickets in for small prizes.  What kid doesn’t love this?

Story time is a must do!  Put the kids in their jammies, grab their favourite stuffie and gather round the Oak tree in the lobby for a show and a couple of very animated Robert Munsch stories.  Best part is at the end when they make the kids promise to go right to sleep once they get back to their rooms and the kids actually agree!!!  Truly by this time they are exhausted from all the waterpark fun so generally they fall asleep within seconds of their heads hitting the pillow.

In the morning the kids are invited to do a wolf walk where they learn about the different animals in the lobby, learn to walk and howl like wolves and get to make a wolf craft.  Again, another fun little add on that the kids really enjoyed.

Next time the kids are excited to participate in Magiquest which is a live action adventure game where the kids have a magic wand in-hand and wander around the lodge looking for enchanted objects, learn from an ancient wizard, battle a goblin and outwit a dragon.

Yes a trip to GWL can become pricey but there are always deals to be had which we will keep you informed about on our FB page

4 million stairs climbed (give or take), bad hair day for 2 days straight and exhausted parents but happy children and great family fun had by all …can’t wait to do it again!!

Kids love to swim year round but unfortunately our Canadian weather does not allow for this in the outdoors year round.  Thankfully there are some options in terms of indoor water parks that fit all different budgets and wants.  Some allow you to visit just for the day but they all offer overnight packages with or without food included.  Here are some links to indoor waterpark fun in Niagara.

Great Wolf Lodge Niagara

Massive, 84-degree indoor water park. Splash the day away in over 100,000 square feet of water-packed excitement, including jaw-dropping slides for thrill seekers or zero-depth entry areas for little ones. Outside the water park, the fun continues. Get an ice cream-themed manicure in Scooops Kid Spa before gathering your family in our Grand Lobby for nightly fireside Story Time, the perfect ending to a Great Wolf day.  They have some packages available on their website

Fallsview Indoor Waterpark

3 acres of indoor family fun featuring a mammoth play area, the massive 1,000 gallon tipping bucket, enormous 6 storey high    waterslides, the full-sized wave pool, year-round outdoor activity pool and sundeck,plunge bowl, two oversized adult only Jacuzzis and  achildren’s play area.  You can visit just for the day or choose one of their overnight packages.  The Fallsview Indoor Water park features direct indoor connections to three superior Niagara Falls hotels, the Sheraton on the FallsCrowne Plaza Niagara Falls-Fallsview Hotel and the Skyline Inn for your accommodation needs.

Waves Indoor Waterpark

Located at the Americana Resort in Niagara Falls – A 25,000 sq foot indoor waterpark complete with a beach entry wave pool,
tube slides, body slides, kiddy pool interactive play structure, whirlpools, lounge areas and food & bar services.  Here you have the option of paying for day use or staying overnight with one of their all-inclusive packages.

Happy Splashing and enjoy the Family Fun!

12 Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

Entertaining this Thanksgiving and not sure what to do with all the kids?  Here are some great (yet easy) crafts that will keep them busy and out of the kitchen!  Happy Thanksgiving

Fall Fingerprint Tree

Toilet Paper Roll Turkey

 Thanksgiving Paper Plate Turkey

Handprint Turkey

Paper Cup Turkey

Turkey Bowling

Fall Leaves Turkey

Thanksgiving Apple Turkey

Corn Collage

Pinecone Turkey

‘        Thanks Tree

Pilgrim Hat