Weekend Fun Guide (January 25-27, 2013)

Winter is in full swing and the activities happening across Ontario prove it.  Whether you want to stay inside to stay warm or get out and enjoy the winter wonderlands, there are SO many events to choose from.  Have fun this weekend and stay warm!

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Family Literacy Day is this Sunday January 27th! Literacy is so important for our children so be sure to celebrate this day with your family and make it special. For events in your area click here, contact your local public library for a list of their events or check your local paper.


Every Saturday until the end of March, Cineplex theatres show Family Favourites at 11:00 am for only $2.50.  Feel like you need to escape the cold?  Then check out what they’re showing this weekend http://bit.ly/ZygvF5


Want to spend some time with the family on the slopes or screaming your head off as you head down a tube slide?  Find all the great resorts in Ontario that offer skiing and tubing!

Around Town this Weekend…


Acton Winter Carnival – Happening on Sunday January 27th, this event has fun for the entire family including: Pancake breakfast, dog sledding demonstrations, horse & wagon rides, mini putt, kids crafts, face painting, hockey tournament, obstacle course, ice skating, food vendors and MORE!


Dinosaurs: Battle of the Titans @ Royal Botanical Gardens – A formidable clash between a Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops. Discover the astounding truth about how nature can both create giants and send them off to oblivion.

Lowville Winter Games @ Lowville Park (Sunday January 27th only) – Lots of family fun to be had including:Horse drawn wagon rides, fabulous food options, tobogganing, Crafts, Halton Birds of Prey show, log sawing competition and much more!


Horse drawn sleigh rides @ Mountsberg Conservation Area – You can enjoy a wagon or sleigh ride through the fields and forests of Mountsberg on a crisp winter day. The jingle of the harness and the sound of the horses tromping along the trail will make for an enjoyable trip to our outdoor camp fire. Marshmallows for roasting and hot chocolate for sipping are included in the price of your ticket!

Season of the Snowsnake @ Crawford Lake Conservation Area – Explore the beautiful snowy landscape on a pair of snowshoes courtesy of Crawford’s rental program. Join staff for guided tours of the reconstructed Iroquoian Village at 11am1pm and 3pm.  Each tour will have a unique focus such as games, archaeology or storytelling.   Warm up after the tour with a complimentary cup of nature’s tea. Children can create a craft or enjoy a discovery hunt from 10am to 4pm.

Moonlight Snowshoe Hike @ Crawford Lake Conservation Area – Discover the magic of winter at night, the snow illuminated by moonlight and the stars bright in the night sky. Our knowledgeable guides will lead you on a snowshoe hike through this beautiful landscape. Hikes take place every Saturday evening in January and February from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Each hike begins with basic instruction and some historical background on the sport of snowshoeing.


Cannington Dog Sled Races and Winter Festival – Cannington Dog Sled Races & Winter Festival for a fun-filled weekend of pancake breakfasts, ice sculptures and outdoor activities as top teams from across North America take to the field for a fun-filled weekend.


South Georgian Bay Winterfest – South Georgian Bay is kicking off the New Year with 10 full days (and nights) of Winterfest … a festival that celebrates our area’s finest outdoor winter adventures, local food and fun family entertainment from January 18th to the 27th. South Georgian Bay WINTERFEST is 10 days of jam-packed fun, dining, live entertainment and outdoor winter activities for the entire family to enjoy!


Winter Carnnival – Saturday January 26th – 9 am to 2 pm Broomball 11 am Euchre Tournament 1 pm Pool Tournament Finals Div. A & B 2 pm Come for the outdoor parade (floats, costumes) 3-5 pm Outdoor skating 3 pm Kiddies corner 5-7 pm Broomball 8 pm Pick up Hockey for everyone 9 pm Carnival Dance with live band – Misty

Lanark Village 

Frosty Fling Winter Carnival – This annual family event features skating and costumes. Family outdoor activities on Sunday feature sleigh rides in Lanark Village.
Info: 613-259-2220


Winter Carnival – Fun for the entire family.  Activities include pancake breakfast, Skating, Bed races, curling, tricycle races, Free hot dogs and hot chocolate, Horse drawn wagon rides, free family movie and popcorn!

Niagara Falls

Winter Festival of Lights – Get bundled up, gather your kids, fill their memories with winter fun as you enjoy the Winter Festival of Lights from November 3, 2012 to January 31, 2013. With over three million sparkling lights, fireworks, concerts, amazing performance of great artists, water parks, casinos and wine tours, the CAA Winter Festival of Lights is the most enchanting of Niagara attractions and has become a tradition for over one million people from around the globe on winter getaways.


Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Celebrations – Located on historic Queen Street in Niagara-on-the-Lake, your favourite wineries will be pouring liquid gold all weekend long. Icewine will be served with the swinging sounds of Canadian Jazz and culinary pairings to delight the palate.


Winter Carnival – Get outdoors and enjoy a week full of fun, food and family at the annual Odessa Winter Carnival.  There’s plenty of great things to do throughout the week.


Winter Bites Ottawa – The event will lure you out of your home and into the warmth of Ottawa’s restaurants.Visit as many as you like, as often as you like. And check www.ottawamagazine.com/winterbites-2012 occasionally; the list of participating restaurant is growing daily. WinterBites runs Thursday, Jan. 12 to Saturday,Jan. 28.


Frostfest – Join a fun-filled week of events with Pakenham’s celebration of winter.


Snofest – Family snow games and activities such as; 2 Ball toss game, Tug of war, Board Walk activity game, Capture the Flag, Scavenger Hunt, Tic Tac Sno, Hockey shoot out, snow shoe egg race and tobagganing. Refreshments such as hot dogs, chili, coffee and hot chocolate will be available for sale. There will also be an Endurance Run for the winter runner organized by Fit Corps Boot Camp.

Port Sydney 

Winter Carnival – Family skating, bonfire, pancake breakfast, BBQ on the beach, dance, free snow shoeing and cross country skiing.


Community Winterfest @ Port Union Community Recreation Centre & Charlottetown Park – Curling, TPL ‘Bingo’ Marathon, Face Painting, Outdoor Games, Outdoor Giant Games & Rides, HawksShadow, Winter Golf, Snow Clues & Snowshoes, Ice Sculpting, Maple Candy Station, Snow Sculpting, Indoor Entertainment, Clowns, BBQ, Popcorn, Bonfire, Cotton Candy and Prizes

St. Catherines

Winterfest in the Square – Celebrate the magic of winter in St. Catharines wtih VQA wines, gourmet cuisine, live entertainment by Jonsey and the hottest trend in culinary, food trucks. Purchase tokens for wine and Dairy Farmers of Canada wine glasses.


Imax Festival @ Sceince North- Explore the unbelievable! Ten films and ten exciting adventures to choose from!  Nothing brings you closer to the action and adventure than IMAX®, the most powerful and immersive movie experience in the world! The Festival’s flexible screening schedule offers you a great combination of giant screen excitement and show times!


Toronto’s Ultimate Travel Show @ Direct Energy Centre – As our famous winter weather arrives, what better way to escape the winter blues than exploring warm and exotic vacation opportunities, or home-grown escapes?  Discover cultures from around the world through our exciting exhibitors, seminars and entertainment from around the world. Toronto’s Ultimate Travel Show has  everything you need to inspire you to plan your best vacation ever!

The Natrel® Rink at Harbourfront – Tucked away behind York Quay Centre and set against the beautiful shore of Lake Ontario, the city’s most scenic rink awaits! The Natrel® Rink has a heated indoor change room with lockers and washrooms. Hot food and drinks are available at our rink-side restaurant, Lakeside EATS. Best of all – skating is FREE! Part of Skate Culture.

Nature Walk @ Rouge Park – Rouge Park invites you to join us for a guided walk along many of Rouge Park’s trails and discover parts of the Park you might not have visited yet, or learn and share a bit more about your favourite spot in the Park. Whether it’s a Sunday stroll, a fitness walk, a family outing, wildlife spotting or just to get out on the trail, we have the outing for you! With trained leaders to guide the way, we promise you’ll have a ‘natural’ Rouge Park adventure!

Winterlicious – Winterlicious 2013 is Toronto’s biggest winter culinary celebration to date. Discover unique culinary events and 191 exciting local restaurants offering prix fixe menus.


Winterfest – Come to WindReach Farm and enjoy the wonders of winter! Explore our accessible trails and pathways, go tobogganing, skating, and take a wagon ride, feed the farm animals, crafts for kids and more. Some adaptive sports equipment will be available for use. Enjoy all winter has to offer, then warm yourself by the outdoor fire. Food and beverages available for purchase. $20/vehicle


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