Family Fun Guide (Feb 22-24 2013)

Another wintery weekend is almost upon us.  What are you going to do for some family fun?  There are many Winter Festivals taking place this weekend or enjoy some time skiingsnowshoeing, tobogganing or tubing as a family!


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


Around Town this Weekend…


Taste of Burlington – This winter, Burlington’s finest restaurants will be presenting a three-course prix fixe dining menu with lunch being offered at $15 or $20 and dinners ranging from $30, $35 and $40. From casual fine dining to intimate bistros, Burlington satisfies every taste. This programme encourages residents and visitors to dine in one or more of the many dining establishments and enjoy new culinary experiences in Burlington.

Battle of the Titans @ Royal Botanical Gardens – Dinos like you’ve never seen them before!  In this battle for the ages, you will learn about ecology, the study of organisms and the environment that these majestic creatures lived through so long ago. Get ready to go back in time and see how science and nature come together in one amazing exhibit!


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.

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.


Family Fun Day – There’s lots of fun to be had at “Denbigh Family Fun Day”. Festivities include outdoor games, tea boiling for everyone, races on the hill with sleds, bed races (5 on a team), maple syurp on the snow, open skating, crafts inside. Free lunch for all children that are registered. The canteen is open.


Winter Carnival – This is a great event with lots of events for all ages! Enjoy a pancake breakfast, skating, face painting, numerous demonstrations, Horse drawn wagon rides, entertainers, carnival games and more!


The 18th annual Essex Train Show –  The largest train show in Southwestern Ontario. Two days of exhibits, vendors and interactive fun for the kids. The show is popular not only with hobbyists, but also entire families. Essex is located 30 minutes from the Ambassador Bridge. Take the first Essex exit on highway 3. Include a visit to the historic Michigan Central railway station just 2 minutes from the show!

Winter Carnival – There’s FUN FOR EVERYONE!  Events include: Snowmobile races, Radar runs, Demolition derby, Polar bear dip, Doggie dashes, Dog agility classes, Childrens Activities, Skokie’s Birthday Party, Skating, Tobanning, skiing, Pancake breakfasts, Dancing, Snow sculpturing and Fireworks


Dog Sled Derby @ Pinestone Resort – If you have never watched a dogsled race before, it is definitely a sight to behold and hear! With the dogs lunging, howling and barking to get the races started, flying out of the start gate at speeds reaching 30km/hr and racing for the richest purse in Ontario, there is lots of action going on.


Winter Carnival –  The Kapuskasing Winter Carnival consists of events and activities including kids activities, skating activities, evening dances, breakfasts & suppers, kid’s carnival and fireworks. Get out and enjoy some fun activities with friends and family

Kirkland Lake

Winter Carnival – 18 days of winter fun including sleigh rides, hockey tournaments, free kids matinees, kids carnival, free family swims, fishing derbys and more!


Sports and Recreation Show @ Agriplex – The Sport & Recreation Show will encourage you to discover their inner athlete by showcasing a wide variety of sports and recreational options for all fitness levels, and all ages.

Boat, Fishing & Leisure Show – While you are at the show you can see boats from small to large, every type of tackle and pole as well as just about any product associated with you outdoor leisure time.

Niagara on the Lake

Days of Wine & Chocolate – Warm up your winter with this match made in heaven! Explore pairings of two of your favourite indulgences – wine and chocolate, as you tour the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake.


1st Annual Kids FurBall – Let your mini super-heroes have a night of fun, including dancing, movies and lots more, all while learning about the simple things they can do to help save Ottawa’s animals.  Kids will have the chance to make their own pizzas and sundaes, and after dessert we will be holding a dance, dress up optional, for your child to show off their fancy foot work! Don’t forget to pack a sleeping bag and pillow for your kids, there will be a designated sleep area after 10:30 pm. Pre registration required

Ottawa Boat and Sportsmen’s Show – If your idea of the perfect summer is being on or near water and spending quality time with friends and family in the great outdoors, a visit to the Ottawa Boat & Sportsmen’s Show will set you up with all the gear you need, destinations to explore and exciting things to experience that are readily available in the Capital Region.


Our Kids Camp Expo @ Roy Thompson Hall – For families looking to find summer activities for their children, this is an event not
to be missed.  Meet the leading day and overnight camps from Ontario and Quebec and choose from camps that focus on: arts, sports, education, special needs or an all around traditional experience

Bloor-Yorkville Icefest – You and your family will marvel at the incredible “Wonderful and Whimsical Exhibit” that will include the magical ‘Enchanted Garden’centrepiece display of fairies, gnomes, oversized butterflies, snails and a mouse, set amongst giant flowers with animated faces! Don’t miss this amazing scene, crafted from an astonishing 35,000 lbs. of ice. Enjoy entertainment and food as well!

Magnificent Munsch @ Solar Stage Children’s Theatre – We present our annual, very popular series of Munsch stories done as one play. Performed with energy and fun, the funny and quirky Robert Munsch stories will win your imagination and heart. Enjoy this year’s new selection (Moose, Show and Tell, Too Much Stuff, and We Share Everything) presented in skillful and comic Solar Stage fashion. You and your children love to read Munsch! Your whole family will be entranced by this audience favourite.

Outdoor Adventure Show @ International Centre – Explore Canada’s largest adventure show offering pre-season deals on the newest outdoor gear and amazing travel destinations! See canoe & kayak experts in the Whitewater Demo Pool, watch scuba demos in the Dive Tank, climb the Rock Wall or ignite your passion for biking, hiking, running, water or mountain sports at over 300 exhibits!

Ultimate Dinosaurs @ ROM –  Giants from Gondwana, presented by Raymond James, features dinosaurs you’ve never seen before, displayed in ways you’ve never seen. Check out this world premiere exhibit featuring Dinosaurs unknown to North Americans – most have just been unearthed in the last 20 years.

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!


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