Monthly Archives: March 2013

Weekend Fun Guide (March 29-31 2013)

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Enjoy the Holiday weekend with your friends and family as you prepare for the Easter Bunny to make his chocolate deliveries.  There are still many Maple Syrup Festivals taking place as well as lots of Easter themed Activities.  For a full list of Easter Fun click here or check out our Weekend Fun Guide Below.

From our family to yours, we wish you a very Happy Easter!

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Dogs love Easter too!!  Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs brought to you by National Service Dogs –  This event is held on Good Friday!  Each year, thousands of plastic eggs are filled with dog treats and hidden over a defined area of a local park. Each egg contains a Milk-Bone treat and a sticker, representing a chance to win one of hundreds of great prizes.  This special event is being held in BarrieBramptonGuelphKitchenerLondonOakvilleSt. Catharines, and Windsor

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Check out Maple Syrup Festivals in your area here and read about our day out at one of our local Maple Syrup Festivals

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Around Town this Weekend…

Barrie

Spring Festival @ Chappell Farms – Fun for the whole family including a candy hunt every Hour, magic shows, wagon rides, animals, trike track, jumping castle and food!

Brampton

Easterfest @ Downey’s Farm – Get ready from some eggcellent fun as you enjoy the Abracadabra Magic with Steve Baker, a Puppet Show, an Easter Egg Scramble, some Face Painting, Egg Decorating and Farm Animals

Buckhorn

Maplefest (Weekends March 16th-31st) @ McLean Berry Farm – At Maplefest, there are a tons of fun activities for the entire family. Whether it’s going for a wagon ride, eating pancakes with fresh maple syrup or seeing how the sweet stuff is made, there is something to do for everyone! Kids and kids at heart love tapping their toes and swinging their hips to live music, trying their hand at tapping a maple tree and testing their toffee on snow twirling skills to get a taste of the sweet stuff! Farm animals and fresh straw offer playtime for some, while others prefer to take a stroll through the sugar bush with a pair of snowshoes.

Blue Mountain

Easter @ Blue – Send the kids on an EGG HUNT throughout the Village or perhaps try out an EGG DIVEat The Plunge! Aquatic Centre – or do them both! Lots on the go including Horse & Wagon rides 1-4pm on Saturday and Sunday, The Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster, The Woodlot Low Ropes courseand of course 40 shops & restaurants to explore.

Burlington

Maple Syrup Festival @ Bronte Creek – (Weekends in March and March Break) Enjoy a guided tour of the Maple Lane, where 1890s costumed interpreters demonstrate how to tap maple trees, make maple syrup and maple sugar. View artifacts in the maple museum or tour the 100-year-old Spruce Lane Farmhouse. Be sure to browse through the maple products and souvenirs available in the Maple Gift Shoppe and pick up a bottle of syrup to take home. Hop on a wagon that will take you to a heated pancake house where you can enjoy fresh, hot pancakes with pure maple syrup and sausages, served up throughout the festival hours.

Campbellville

Sweet Water Season @Crawford Lake Conservation Area – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Daily until April 7th – The fun includes: Sweet Water Demonstrations, Taste complimentary samples of cornbread dripping with pure maple syrup, Taffy on Snow and Maple Syrup tastings, Explore the 15th century Iroquoian Village and reconstructed Longhouses, Fun for Kids – FREE Craft Making and Discovery Hunt with Prizes and more.

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MapleTowne @ Mountsberg Conservation Area – See how sap is magically transformed into sweet, sticky syrup and smell the fragrant steam rising from simmering kettles, Learn the secrets of Maple Candy making and taste FREE candy samples, Enjoy piping hot pancakes smothered in fresh maple syrup outdoors under our pavilion nestled in the woods and enjoy all the seeing the birds, bison and everything else Mountsberg has to offer.

Cumberland

Annual Maple Festival (February 28th-April 14th) @ Proulx Maple & Berry Farm – Weekend activities include: Watching the sap being collected, visit the syrup shack, enjoy a pancake meal, taste the real 100% pure taffy on snow, Horse drawn hay rides through the maple bush, visit the petting farm, and have fun playing in the play parks.

Edwards

Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm (Open weekends until April 7th) – Join us for a sleigh ride, visit the sugar shack, and watch the sap to syrup process unfold while enjoying taffy on the snow and a pancake brunch at the Pancake House.

Ipperwash

Maple Syrup Festival @ Williamson’s Farms (Weekends of March 23rd and 30th) – It’s that time of year again – time for Maple Syrup! As Mother Nature brings spring our way, we head to the bush with all the equipment we need to make some Maple Syrup. Our annual Maple Syrup Festival is coming up on March 23rd and 24th and March 30th and 31st. Stop in at the farm during these four days for great samples of all our maple products and tours of how it’s made. Don’t forget to visit Silver Birches Campground for a great pancake breakfast made for you by the Kiwanis Club of Forest! Email or call us for more info

Kingston

Maple Madness @ Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area (March 9th – 31st) – March means maple syrup at Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area. Take a tractor-drawn wagon back to our sugar bush to see how maple syrup was made in the olden days and how we make it now. Enjoy pancakes with real maple syrup and buy some maple syrup or sugar to take home. The sugar bush is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day of the Maple Madness program. Be sure to check out some of our special activities like puppet shows, sugar bush demonstrations, our annual Bake Sale and Olde Thyme Sugar Bush Chores

Kingsville

Good Friday @ Colasanti’s – There will be an Easter Scavenger hunt where all children 12 and under will receive prizes and there will be a visit from the Easter Bunny!  For an additional cost you can partake in teh lunch buffet and buy an all day ride pass.

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London

Easter Egg Hunt – Celebrate Easter with your family at Citi Plaza’s FREE Easter Hunt in the City! Meet the Easter Bunny and participate in an Easter scavenger hunt with 8 stations around Citi Plaza. Collect all 8 stamps to receive an Easter goody bag! There will be Easter crafts, music, prizes, discounts and more! Donations for the local food bank will also be accepted.

Muskoka

Easter Egg Hunt @ The Muskoka Heritage Place.  Main gate opens at 12:00 noon sharp and children are split into various age groups, even the very young. They then embark upon a chocolate treasure hunt and search for the golden eggs to win prizes. the entire event lasts one hour. Free admission.

Oshawa

Easter Sunday Eggstravaganza @ Oshawa Airport – Oshawa Airport Lions Host their annual Easter Sunday Eggstravaganza! Gates open at 12 sharp, $10 donation/family, Easter bunny lands at 1pm. Easter egg hunt to follow. Free pictures with the Easter bunny! Pony rides, enchanted castle and food available for purchase. $3/pizza slice & drink. For safety reasons, please absolutely no bags, baskets or containers allowed on airport property!!

Ottawa

Annual Maple Festival (February 28th-April 14th) @ Proulx Maple & Berry Farm – Weekend activities include: Watching the sap being collected, visit the syrup shack, enjoy a pancake meal, taste the real 100% pure taffy on snow, Horse drawn hay rides through the maple bush, visit the petting farm, and have fun playing in the play parks.

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Rockton

Maple Syrup Festival – Discover one of Canada’s most time-honoured and delicious traditions. Explore the making of maple syrup from the tree to the table in three different time periods: the methods of Canada’s First Nations, 19th century pioneers and modern times. Families can enjoy a free old-fashioned horse and wagon ride and purchase a wonderful pancake breakfast.  For more information, please call 1-800-883-0104 Runs certain days for the entire month of March

Stouffville

Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival (March 2 – April 7) @ Bruce’s Mill – It’s a sure sign of spring. Come out and tap into nature! Demonstrations, wagon rides, activities, entertainment, fun crafts and of course pancakes and Maple Syrup.

Thorndale

Kinsmen Fanshawe Sugar Bush (weekends in March and March Break) – Enjoy guided tours, demonstrations and displays. Sample Maple syrup and other Maple Products and visit the Sugar Shack. We provide a complete maple syrup tour, starting with the methods used by the natives to the modern day evaporator.

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Toronto

Easter “Egg” Stravaganza @ Toronto Zoo -Hop along the Zoo trails and follow the clues to some of our featured furry and feathered family. Don’t forget to take in one of our many Daily Keeper Talks and drop by the Front Entrance Courtyard Stage to pose with our two Giant Panda Mascots-Er Shun and Da Mao-who will be dressed in their Easter best! Plus, what’s Easter without eggs? Visit one of our egg-ceptional Volunteer stations to discover the amazing array of unconventional eggs found in the animal kingdom

One of a Kind Show @ Direct Energy Centre – One of the most anticipated spring shows is back.  This unique craft shows features tons of one-of-a-kind fashions, accessories, housewares, art, designs and gifts.   Maybe you can find that one of a kind thing you’ve been looking for.

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.

Welland

Easter Family Fun for FREE @ Welland Community Wellness Complex – The fun will include: Easter Bunny Life Size Colouring, Jelly Bean Contest, Treats/Bouncers,  Wii Sports,  Crafts,  Fun Games,  Balloon Animals,  Clowns  and Movie in the Theatre

Woodbridge

Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival (March 2 – April 7) @ Kortright Centre – It’s a sure sign of spring. Come out and tap into nature! Demonstrations, wagon rides, activities, entertainment, fun crafts and of course pancakes and Maple Syrup.

Hippity Hoppity Easter’s on its Way!

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Tis the season for the Easter Bunny, Easter Parades and everyone’s favourite EGG HUNT!!!  This weekend there are so many fun Easter themed activities taking place across Ontario.  See our Easter Fun List for ideas on what you can do with your family this Easter Weekend.

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Dogs love Easter too!!  Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs brought to you by National Service Dogs –  This event is held on Good Friday!  Each year, thousands of plastic eggs are filled with dog treats and hidden over a defined area of a local park. Each egg contains a Milk-Bone treat and a sticker, representing a chance to win one of hundreds of great prizes.  This special event is being held in BarrieBramptonCalgaryGuelphKitchenerLondonOakvilleSt. Catharines, and Windsor

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Easter Fun … 

Barrie

Spring Festival @ Chappell Farms – Fun for the whole family including a candy hunt every Hour, magic shows, wagon rides, animals, trike track, jumping castle and food!

Easter Egg Hunt – Join the fun as we celebrate easter with the Barrie City Police on their annual Easter Egg Hunt held at Roberta Place Retirement Lodge.  On Saturday March 30, 2013, bring the whole family out to meet Barrie’s Finest and thier German Shepherd Mascot, Blue.

Blue Mountain

Easter @ Blue – Send the kids on an EGG HUNT throughout the Village or perhaps try out an EGG DIVEat The Plunge! Aquatic Centre – or do them both! Lots on the go including Horse & Wagon rides 1-4pm on Saturday and Sunday, The Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster, The Woodlot Low Ropes courseand of course 40 shops & restaurants to explore.

Bracebridge

Easter Egg Hunt – The Bracebridge Agricultural Society and Muskoka Bulk Barns invites children ages 3 – 8 to a Free Easter Egg Hunt at the Bracebridge Fairgrounds on Good Friday @ 1:00pm

Brampton

Easterfest @ Downey’s Farm – Get ready from some eggcellent fun as you enjoy the Abracadabra Magic with Steve Baker, a Puppet Show, an Easter Egg Scramble, some Face Painting, Egg Decorating and Farm Animals

Burlington

A SP’EGG’TACULAR EASTER EVENT @ Ireland House at Oakridge Farm (March 24th only) – Help welcome spring again at this popular family event! A chance for kids to go on an exciting Easter egg hunt and meet the Easter Bunny when he makes his enchanting visit! The day includes egg painting and decorating, helium balloons, face painting, children’s bazaar, great holiday crafts, games, historic cooking & sampling, delicious Easter refreshments and heritage demonstrations including a traditional blacksmith at work, museum tours, vendors, a fantastic silent auction for adults, special prizes and more!!!

Chatham

Easter Egg Hunt – The Buxton Historical Society is hosting an Easter Egg hunt on Sat March 30th from 1-3pm – rain or shine! There will be a guess the jellie bean and colouring contest. Redeem your eggs for candy and prizes. This is targetted for children 1-10 years old.

Elmvale

Easter Egg Hunt @ Rounds Ranch – Grab your family and easter basket and head to Rounds Ranch for some fun!  Fun includes an egg hunt, mazes, wagon ride and baby animals.

Fenelon Falls

Easter Eggstravaganza – Easter egg hunt begins at 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. rain or shine. Look for the Easter Poster in participating stores, visit the store and find the Easter Egg pictures. Once you have seen all three pictures then head to the Easter Bunny Headquarters located at Slices and Scoops 10 Water St where there will be face painting, Easter cookie decorating, pictures with the Easter Bunny and…..receive your Easter Goodie Bag

Gravenhurst

Easter Egg Hunt – Bring your basket and search for eggs all over Gravenhurst

Hamilton

Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by Mountain Kidz Klub @ Mountain Drive Park – Good Friday at 11:30AM – 4:00PM   $1/egg Price includes a bag of goddies. The Easter Bunny will also be joining us. All ages are welcome. All proceeds go to support Mountain Kidz Klub Programs

Easter Bunny visits Concession Street – On the Saturday of Easter weekend, and during his very busy schedule, the Easter Bunny officially drops by Concession Street to hand out candy and greet all passersby.  Don’t forget to bring your camera. The bunny loves having his picture taken with your children.

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Kingsville

Good Friday @ Colasanti’s – There will be an Easter Scavenger hunt where all children 12 and under will receive prizes and there will be a visit from the Easter Bunny!  For an additional cost you can partake in teh lunch buffet and buy an all day ride pass.

Kitchener

Easter Fun Day @ Sheridan Nurseries – Bring the entire family for an Egg-tastic time at our Annual Easter Fun Day! The fun doesn’t end with our Easter Egg hunt; there will also be a colouring contest, great in-store specials and much more…

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Easter Eco Egg Hunt @ Gamiing Nature Centre – The eggs are hidden and ready for you to find.  Other games include the forest bingo, hunting with your senses and more,always  popular games to play with the family while you take in the sights and sounds of the forest, meadows and wetland. And KUBB game for children of ALL ages. Yummy refreshments are available.

London

Easter Egg Hunt – Celebrate Easter with your family at Citi Plaza’s FREE Easter Hunt in the City! Meet the Easter Bunny and participate in an Easter scavenger hunt with 8 stations around Citi Plaza. Collect all 8 stamps to receive an Easter goody bag! There will be Easter crafts, music, prizes, discounts and more! Donations for the local food bank will also be accepted.

Midland

Easter Spring Fling @ Wye Marsh – Enjoy a very hoppy Easter here at Wye Marsh! We have a variety of activities throughout the weekend.  There will be: Easter egg hunts, Kids zone crafts, Spring stride guided nature walks, Scavenger hunt with prizes, Chickadee Feeding and Live reptile and bird of prey demonstrations.

Bowling with the Easter Bunny @ Bayshore Lanes – All lanes glow in the dark & every child receives an easter treat!  Activities: Face Painting * Photo with the Easter Bunny * Silent Auction * and More!!!

Milton

Easter Festival @ Springridge Farm – So much fun to be had Easter weekend at Springridge Farm!  Join in an Easter Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny, watch a professional puppet show, have your face painted like a bunny, go for a wagon ride, take home so crafty bunny ears and play in the super fun Farmyard!

Mississauga

Easter Egg Hunt @ Alpha’s Discovery Centre – Alpha’s Discovery Club is holding its annual  Easter Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny. Fun includes an Easter Egg Hunt, Visit with the Easter Bunny himself, Easter theme crafts and fun on the Indoor Playground.  Cost: $15/child  Space is limited so reserve your tickets today!

Mount Albert

Easter Fun Fest @ Brooks Farms – Upon arrival children will receive their very ownEaster basket. Children will collect plastic eggs from our Barnyard Playland and trade in for chocolate when they are ready. For the older children there will be a Scavenger hunt.  Additional fun can be had on a train or wagon ride and in the Barnyard playland.

Muskoka

Easter Egg Hunt @ The Muskoka Heritage Place.  Main gate opens at 12:00 noon sharp and children are split into various age groups, even the very young. They then embark upon a chocolate treasure hunt and search for the golden eggs to win prizes. the entire event lasts one hour. Free admission.

North Bay

Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the YMCA – Come join us and enjoy some fun spring holiday games and crafts and take part in our annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 30th from 1:00 to 3:00pm. Ages 2 to 12 years welcome!

Oakville

Easter Fun @ Oakville Museum – The Oakville Museum invites you to hop on over for Easter Fun! Join us for “egg” citing activities, make Easter crafts, play Easter bingo and visit with McFlurry the education bunny from the Oakville and Milton Humane Society. Tour the museum and spot eggs hidden in the Estate. A great day out for the whole family!

Orillia 

Downtown Easter Egg Hunt – Great Easter Egg hunt Saturday March 30th from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm (noon) outside the Orillia Opera House 20 Mississaga St W Orillia.  There will be chocolate, you can visit the Easter Bunny, face painting and more.

Oshawa

Easter Sunday Eggstravaganza @ Oshawa Airport – Oshawa Airport Lions Host their annual Easter Sunday Eggstravaganza! Gates open at 12 sharp, $10 donation/family, Easter bunny lands at 1pm. Easter egg hunt to follow. Free pictures with the Easter bunny! Pony rides, enchanted castle and food available for purchase. $3/pizza slice & drink. For safety reasons, please absolutely no bags, baskets or containers allowed on airport property!!

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Ottawa

Easter Egg Hunt @ Valley View Little Animal Farm – Our Farm Easter Bunny has lost 100’s of coloured eggs, he needs your help to find them. The Egg Hunt runs daily throughout the Easter Week-end.  While you’re there be sure to visit the animals, take a train ride and play in their playground

“Eggs”ellent Easter @ Cumberland Heritage Village Museum – Hop over to the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum on Saturday for a fun-filled day of Easter festivities and even a special visit from a certain bunny…

Easter on the Farm @ Canada Agriculture Museum – After a long winter, the barns have come alive with the arrival of new-born animals. Come welcome the soft little lambs, marvel at the rabbits’ silky fur and observe the fluffy newly-hatched chicks from up close. Visitors can help make a variety of Easter breads and taste a delicious sample. What’s more, the annual egg hunt is on again – children 6 years-old and younger can participate in the hunt for tots while older children can take on the challenge of hunting for the “signs of spring” throughout the barns.

Perth

2nd Annual EASTER EGG HUNT @ Stewart Park – Brought to you by PERTH TOURISM! Takes place Saturday, March 30th, 2013 at 11am sharp in Stewart Park, located behind Perth Town Hall. For ages 8 and under, all children must be accompanied by an adult.  The park will be divided into two sections for the young, and the younger, to search for eggs, which can then be exchanged for EASTER TREATS!! While your child is waiting to receive his/her treats, they can enjoy the music of SPLASH ‘N BOOTS in the Bandshell! The Perth Fire Department will have a truck on display, and the Easter Bunny himself may make an appearance…..!

Peterborough

Easter Egg Hunt hosted by the Nutty Chocolatier – From Noon – 2pm in the Courtyard of Peterborough Square.  The Easter Bunny will be there too!  Open to ages up to 8 years. Prizes for the Best Decorated Easter Basket, Bonnet or Cap

Pickering 

Easter Parade – The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 606 & the Ladies Auxiliary proudly present the Annual Easter Parade. Put on your best Easter bonnet, decorate your bike, wagon or doll carriage to win great prizes!  Free lunch and activities at the Legion following the parade.  Want to participate in the parade – call 905.839.2990.

Rockton

Good Friday Easter Fun @ Westfield Heritage Village – Visit the village for some old-fashioned fun on Good (Egg) Friday.  Eggs will be the theme of the day, with games, activities and treats throughout the village.  This day will be doubly sweet, as visitors can also enjoy the regular Maple Syrup activities. Special event pricing applies.

Sarnia

Easter in the Park – Visit with the Easter Bunny! Enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt! Egg, basket and bonnet decorating competition and family fun entertainment.

Schomberg

Easter Egg Hunt @ Puck’s Farm – It’s always fun at Puck’s Farm and this weekend is no different with Pony Rides, Horse-drawn Wagon Rides, Bouncing Castles & Easter Egg Scrambles

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St. Andrews

Easter Egg Hunt @ McMaze – It’s Easter and Peter Cottontail has lost all his eggs! Bring the kids out to the farm at McMaze to help him find them all. Take part in the scavenger hunt, get some great Easter treats, visit some of the farm animals that call McMaze home and just simply enjoy the outdoors in the beautiful springtime! March 29 – 31, noon – 4:00 p.m.

St. Catherines

Easter Egg Hunt @ Jaycee Gardens- Over 50,000 mini chocolate eggs to be found!!! With the help of community sponsors, JCI St.Catharines (Jaycees) is putting on a free Easter Egg Hunt for children up to the age of 10 on Saturday, March 30th 2013. There will be food concessions including Starbucks coffee, bouncers & games from Niagara Inflatables, live kid-friendly entertainment and many other fun events all morning long.

Thunder Bay

Easter Egg Hunt @ Gammondale Farm – Bring your camera to get pictures with the Easter Bunny! Admission includes Farm Animals, Easter Sling Shot, Mazes and Hay Ride plus the Easter Game Card for the easter Egg Hunt and Easter treats.

Toronto

Beaches Easter Parade brought to you by the Toronto Beaches Lions – Parade starts at 2pm on Easter Sunday at Queen St. @ Munro Park

Easter “Egg” Stravaganza @ Toronto Zoo -Hop along the Zoo trails and follow the clues to some of our featured furry and feathered family. Don’t forget to take in one of our many Daily Keeper Talks and drop by the Front Entrance Courtyard Stage to pose with our two Giant Panda Mascots-Er Shun and Da Mao-who will be dressed in their Easter best! Plus, what’s Easter without eggs? Visit one of our egg-ceptional Volunteer stations to discover the amazing array of unconventional eggs found in the animal kingdom.

Wallaceburg

Easter Egg Hunt – Various age groups hunt for prizes hidden in eggs distributed all around the soccer field at Kinsmen Park

Welland

Easter Family Fun for FREE @ Welland Community Wellness Complex – The fun will include: Easter Bunny Life Size Colouring, Jelly Bean Contest, Treats/Bouncers,  Wii Sports,  Crafts,  Fun Games,  Balloon Animals,  Clowns  and Movie in the Theatre

Wasaga Beach

Easter Eggstravaganza – Activities include an Easter egg hunt, face painting, petting zoo, bouncy castle, WBYC BBQ, Strong Kids Campaign Youth Leader Exchange Program Silent Auction, the Easter Bunny live on location and Much Much More!

Windsor

Easter Egg Hunt @ Windsor High School Soccer Field – Starts at 10am sharp for children 8 and under.  Egg Hunts will be divided up based on a age so it’s fair for the little ones

From our family to yours we wish you a very Happy Easter

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Come to the Dark Side…It’s Earth Hour 2013

This Saturday from 8:30-9:30 pm millions of homes across the globe will be going dark for Earth Hour.  By turning off your lights, and unplugging your appliances and electronics for this hour, you are showing your concern for the future of the environment.

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Earth Hour has been a 9 year event that has grown into a global movement.  According to the official website, the vision for Earth Hour is … the single, largest, symbolic mass participation event in the world.   Born out of a hope that we could mobilize people to take action on climate change, Earth Hour now inspires a global community of millions of people in 7,001 cities and towns across 152 countries and territories to switch lights off for an hour as a massive show of concern for the environment.

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Make this a time to teach your children about the importance of saving energy and being more environmentally conscious.  To learn more, your children can play games on the Earth Hour website to teach them how to make a positive impact on the planet.  Not only can you teach them environmental responsibility but you can also have some great fun while doing it.  Give the kids some flashlights, light some candles and enjoy being unplugged together.

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Have a Campout – Although it’s still a wee bit chilly to be camping outside, who says you can’t do it right in your house.  Set up a tent in your basement, throw in some pillows and sleeping bags and have some pre-made smores to munch on.

Have a Dance Party – Fire up that battery powered radio or charged iPod and have some fun dancing in the dark.

Tell Jokes – Have everyone share some of their favourite jokes or grab a joke book from your library.  With little kids in the house I know that this could definitely go on for longer than an hour.

Make Shadow Puppets – See who can come up with the best shadow puppet.

Play Games – Make it a family game night by playing one of your family’s favourite boards games, cards or hide and seek in the dark sounds like fun!

Have a Picnic – Prepare the food ahead of time and lay out a blanket with candles around the room for a picnic.  Cheeses, crackers, meats, dips, and some sweets sounds good to me!

Go for a Walk – Why not get out for some exercise and fresh air while you check up on your neighbours to see how many people are participating in Earth Hour.

Eat Junk Food – If you can’t really see what you’re eating then it doesn’t count right?!  Have everyone’s favourite junk food or make your own sundaes and eat them by candlelight

Invite Friends Over – The more the merrier right?  Have your guests bring their favourite food/wine pairing and have some snacks for the kiddies and enjoy some time with friends.

Weekend Fun Guide (March 22-24 2013)

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Well it’s officially Spring and although the temperatures definitely don’t reflect it, the activities happening across Ontario do.  Maple Syrup Festivals are still going strong and many Easter events are starting to pop up.  Check out some of our suggestions on how to get out and have fun with your family this weekend!

This Saturday from 8:30-9:30 pm millions of homes across the globe will be turning off their lights and unplugging their appliances and electronics in support of  Earth Hour.  We’ve got some fun ideas on how to spend the hour in the dark with your family.

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Check out Maple Syrup Festivals in your area here and read about our day out at one of our local Maple Syrup Festivals

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Don’t forget that 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

Around Town this Weekend…

Barrie

Spring Festival @ Chappell Farms – Fun for the whole family including a candy hunt every Hour, magic shows, wagon rides, animals, trike track, jumping castle and food!

Brampton

Easterfest @ Downey’s Farm – Get ready from some eggcellent fun as you enjoy the Abracadabra Magic with Steve Baker, a Puppet Show, an Easter Egg Scramble, some Face Painting, Egg Decorating and Farm Animals

Buckhorn

Maplefest (Weekends March 16th-31st) @ McLean Berry Farm – At Maplefest, there are a tons of fun activities for the entire family. Whether it’s going for a wagon ride, eating pancakes with fresh maple syrup or seeing how the sweet stuff is made, there is something to do for everyone! Kids and kids at heart love tapping their toes and swinging their hips to live music, trying their hand at tapping a maple tree and testing their toffee on snow twirling skills to get a taste of the sweet stuff! Farm animals and fresh straw offer playtime for some, while others prefer to take a stroll through the sugar bush with a pair of snowshoes.

Burlington

A SP’EGG’TACULAR EASTER EVENT @ Ireland House at Oakridge Farm (March 24th only) – Help welcome spring again at this popular family event! A chance for kids to go on an exciting Easter egg hunt and meet the Easter Bunny when he makes his enchanting visit! The day includes egg painting and decorating, helium balloons, face painting, children’s bazaar, great holiday crafts, games, historic cooking & sampling, delicious Easter refreshments and heritage demonstrations including a traditional blacksmith at work, museum tours, vendors, a fantastic silent auction for adults, special prizes and more!!!

Maple Syrup Festival @ Bronte Creek – (Weekends in March and March Break) Enjoy a guided tour of the Maple Lane, where 1890s costumed interpreters demonstrate how to tap maple trees, make maple syrup and maple sugar. View artifacts in the maple museum or tour the 100-year-old Spruce Lane Farmhouse. Be sure to browse through the maple products and souvenirs available in the Maple Gift Shoppe and pick up a bottle of syrup to take home. Hop on a wagon that will take you to a heated pancake house where you can enjoy fresh, hot pancakes with pure maple syrup and sausages, served up throughout the festival hours.

Campbellville

Sweet Water Season @Crawford Lake Conservation Area – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Daily until April 7th – The fun includes: Sweet Water Demonstrations, Taste complimentary samples of cornbread dripping with pure maple syrup, Taffy on Snow and Maple Syrup tastings, Explore the 15th century Iroquoian Village and reconstructed Longhouses, Fun for Kids – FREE Craft Making and Discovery Hunt with Prizes and more.

MapleTowne @ Mountsberg Conservation Area – See how sap is magically transformed into sweet, sticky syrup and smell the fragrant steam rising from simmering kettles, Learn the secrets of Maple Candy making and taste FREE candy samples, Enjoy piping hot pancakes smothered in fresh maple syrup outdoors under our pavilion nestled in the woods and enjoy all the seeing the birds, bison and everything else Mountsberg has to offer.

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Cumberland

Annual Maple Festival (February 28th-April 14th) @ Proulx Maple & Berry Farm – Weekend activities include: Watching the sap being collected, visit the syrup shack, enjoy a pancake meal, taste the real 100% pure taffy on snow, Horse drawn hay rides through the maple bush, visit the petting farm, and have fun playing in the play parks.

Edwards

Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm (Open weekends until April 7th) – Join us for a sleigh ride, visit the sugar shack, and watch the sap to syrup process unfold while enjoying taffy on the snow and a pancake brunch at the Pancake House.

Ipperwash

Maple Syrup Festival @ Williamson’s Farms (Weekends of March 23rd and 30th) – It’s that time of year again – time for Maple Syrup! As Mother Nature brings spring our way, we head to the bush with all the equipment we need to make some Maple Syrup. Our annual Maple Syrup Festival is coming up on March 23rd and 24th and March 30th and 31st. Stop in at the farm during these four days for great samples of all our maple products and tours of how it’s made. Don’t forget to visit Silver Birches Campground for a great pancake breakfast made for you by the Kiwanis Club of Forest! Email or call us for more info

Kawarthas

Presqu’ile Waterfowl Weekends – Come & experience the phenomenon of spring migration! See Up to 10,000 birds of 25 species can seen! Learn from volunteer naturalists with telescopes, & enjoy family-friendly kids

Kingston

Maple Madness @ Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area (March 9th – 31st) – March means maple syrup at Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area. Take a tractor-drawn wagon back to our sugar bush to see how maple syrup was made in the olden days and how we make it now. Enjoy pancakes with real maple syrup and buy some maple syrup or sugar to take home. The sugar bush is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day of the Maple Madness program. Be sure to check out some of our special activities like puppet shows, sugar bush demonstrations, our annual Bake Sale and Olde Thyme Sugar Bush Chores

Orangeville

Maple Syrup Festival (March 23-24th) @ Island Lake Conservation Area –  With wagon rides, live music and entertainment, a tour through the sugar bush, and maple syrup tasting, the whole family can enjoy this annual event.

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Ottawa

Home and Garden Show @Ernst & Young Centre – Planning for some home renovations, need ideas to spruce up your home or can’t wait to get gardening?  You need to visit the Home and Garden Show.

Barnyard Break @ Canada Agriculture Museum – Through engaging and unique demonstrations, visitors can follow these ingredients from farm to table and learn how much work actually goes into producing them.With so much already going on, animal-related demonstrations and a fun craft for children are just icing on the cake! So come learn while enjoying yourself at the Canada Agriculture Museum this March Break and all month long.

Annual Maple Festival (February 28th-April 14th) @ Proulx Maple & Berry Farm – Weekend activities include: Watching the sap being collected, visit the syrup shack, enjoy a pancake meal, taste the real 100% pure taffy on snow, Horse drawn hay rides through the maple bush, visit the petting farm, and have fun playing in the play parks.

Paisley

Saugeen Bluffs Maple Syrup Festival – Come out and enjoy the largest outdoor Maple Syrup Festival in Grey and Bruce Counties! On March 23 & 24 (10 am – 4pm) 2013, enjoy hot-off-the-grill pancakes with real maple syrup, made locally by Voisin’s Maple Syrup! Tons of activities the entire weekend, including horse-drawn wagon rides, live entertainment and demonstrations, an interactive pioneer encampment, kids activities and more.

Prince Edward County

Maple in the Country (March 23-24) – Bring the whole family to celebrate the labor of our maple producers with family friendly programming taking place all weekend in partnership with The Hubb Child and Family Center.  When the pancakes are finished, come out to the First SUGAR SHACK SHIN DIG. Held on the historic grounds of Macaulay Heritage Park, shake the dirt off your farm boots on the dance floor and enjoy a local dinner prepared by Chef Matt DeMille.

Rockton

Maple Syrup Festival – Discover one of Canada’s most time-honoured and delicious traditions. Explore the making of maple syrup from the tree to the table in three different time periods: the methods of Canada’s First Nations, 19th century pioneers and modern times. Families can enjoy a free old-fashioned horse and wagon ride and purchase a wonderful pancake breakfast.  For more information, please call 1-800-883-0104 Runs certain days for the entire month of March

Stouffville

Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival (March 2 – April 7) @ Bruce’s Mill – It’s a sure sign of spring. Come out and tap into nature! Demonstrations, wagon rides, activities, entertainment, fun crafts and of course pancakes and Maple Syrup.

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Thorndale

Kinsmen Fanshawe Sugar Bush (weekends in March and March Break) – Enjoy guided tours, demonstrations and displays. Sample Maple syrup and other Maple Products and visit the Sugar Shack. We provide a complete maple syrup tour, starting with the methods used by the natives to the modern day evaporator.

Toronto

Toronto Earth Hour Event @ 8:00pm in Roncesvalles Village. Celebrate Earth Hour with Music and Candlelight!  Join WWF’s Earth Hour celebrations from 8:00pm to 9:30pm in Toronto’s Roncesvalles Village for a free outdoor concert for all ages. This Earth Hour celebration in Toronto is sure to be a fun-filled evening that everyone will cheer about. We hope to see you there!

Easter Traditions @ Colborne Lodge – Visit Colborne Lodge and learn about 19th-century Easter traditions.  Families will tour the museum and spot eggs hidden in the restored rooms. Children dye their own eggs using natural dyes.  Free with general admission.

Celebrate Earth Hour @ Ontario Science Centre – Outdoor party with eco exhibits, alternative-energy activities, telescope observing, night creatures and music by Samba Squad.

National Home Show @ Direct Energy Centre – The National Home Show, presented by RE/MAX, is Canada´s largest and longest-running consumer show. More than 145,000 people attended the show in 2011, seeking helpful advice, thousands of solutions and new products for in and around their homes. Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2012, it features high-interest exhibits, high-profile industry personalities and the latest trends to keep consumers stimulated, motivated, educated and help with their home improvement projects.

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.

Woodbridge

Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival (March 2 – April 7) @ Kortright Centre – It’s a sure sign of spring. Come out and tap into nature! Demonstrations, wagon rides, activities, entertainment, fun crafts and of course pancakes and Maple Syrup.

Weekend Fun Guide (March 15-17 2013)

March Break is coming to an end and although you may be thinking you’ve already had too much fun this week, there is still so much going on this weekend.  Maple Syrup Festivals are in full swing, the weather is perfect for some skiingsnowshoeingtobogganing or tubing as a family or check out one of the events below.

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Thinking of getting tickets to go see Disney on Ice Rockin’ Ever After?  Check our review of the show!  By using the code COMAV you can save up to $6 per ticket at ticketmaster.ca

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Check out Maple Syrup Festivals in your area here and read about our day out at one of our local Maple Syrup Festivals

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St. Patrick’s Day is this Sunday!  While you enjoy some green beer, why not have the kids make some themed crafts

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Don’t forget that 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

Around Town this Weekend…

Burlington

Maple Syrup Festival @ Bronte Creek – (Weekends in March and March Break) Enjoy a guided tour of the Maple Lane, where 1890s costumed interpreters demonstrate how to tap maple trees, make maple syrup and maple sugar. View artifacts in the maple museum or tour the 100-year-old Spruce Lane Farmhouse. Be sure to browse through the maple products and souvenirs available in the Maple Gift Shoppe and pick up a bottle of syrup to take home. Hop on a wagon that will take you to a heated pancake house where you can enjoy fresh, hot pancakes with pure maple syrup and sausages, served up throughout the festival hours.

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Maplefest (Weekends March 16th-31st) @ McLean Berry Farm – At Maplefest, there are a tons of fun activities for the entire family. Whether it’s going for a wagon ride, eating pancakes with fresh maple syrup or seeing how the sweet stuff is made, there is something to do for everyone! Kids and kids at heart love tapping their toes and swinging their hips to live music, trying their hand at tapping a maple tree and testing their toffee on snow twirling skills to get a taste of the sweet stuff! Farm animals and fresh straw offer playtime for some, while others prefer to take a stroll through the sugar bush with a pair of snowshoes

Campbellville

Sweet Water Season @Crawford Lake Conservation Area – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Daily until April 7th – The fun includes: Sweet Water Demonstrations, Taste complimentary samples of cornbread dripping with pure maple syrup, Taffy on Snow and Maple Syrup tastings, Explore the 15th century Iroquoian Village and reconstructed Longhouses, Fun for Kids – FREE Craft Making and Discovery Hunt with Prizes and more.

MapleTowne @ Mountsberg Conservation Area – See how sap is magically transformed into sweet, sticky syrup and smell the fragrant steam rising from simmering kettles, Learn the secrets of Maple Candy making and taste FREE candy samples, Enjoy piping hot pancakes smothered in fresh maple syrup outdoors under our pavilion nestled in the woods and enjoy all the seeing the birds, bison and everything else Mountsberg has to offer.

Haliburton Highlands

Maple Syrup Festival – Join us as we prepare maple syrup the old-fashioned way using our own maple trees and our 110-year-old syrup kettle. Make sure to sample the syrup and try the maple taffy! On Friday, join us for our open stage – everyone and anyone is welcome to perform – while on Saturday, Donna LeClair and Patricia Liverseed will fill the museum with music. We’ll also have crafts and activities for kids, as well as fun and exciting contests. Don’t forget to tour the main museum building and check out our new exhibits while you’re here!

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Hamilton

Wizard World Fun Park @ Careport Centre (Runs Sunday through March Break) – Southern Ontario’s best indoor March Break family fun park.  Treat your children to a day of magical March Break fun featuring over 20 rides and inflatables, an arts and crafts zone, petting zoo, 3D maze, games, a Bubble Show and more

March Break Madness @ Hamilton Children’s Museum – Put on your dancing shoes and groove to music from the jukebox at the Doo Wop Diner; dress up like cooks, create your favourite diner dishes and serve them to family and friends in our 1950’s-style family diner. Explore themes in nutrition, physical activity and science. Also, the Children’s Museum Theatre Space is back with a twist! Children and their adults can view themselves on T.V. while putting on their show.

Other events in Hamilton

Kawarthas

Presqu’ile Waterfowl Weekends – Come & experience the phenomenon of spring migration! See Up to 10,000 birds of 25 species can seen! Learn from volunteer naturalists with telescopes, & enjoy family-friendly kids

Kitchener

St. Patrick’s Day (March 15th) – Celebrate the luck of the Irish on Civic Square.  Join us for our annual St. Patrick’s Day lunch time event on Friday, March 15.  Live music, Irish dancing and fun for the kids! Activites include crafts for the kids, food, dancing and a chance to win Lucky Charms for a year!!

Listowel

Paddyfest 2013 – Entertainment for the whole family.  Event highlights include: Sno-Pitch Tournament, Curling Bonspiel, Dinner and Yuk Yuk’s Show, Several Concerts and Dances, Pot of Gold Treasure Hunt, Children’s Concerts, Public Skating.  Check out the website for a full calendar of events

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Ottawa

31st St. Patrick’s Parade and Grand Irish Party – Celebrate the Irish with this parade starting at 11:00am

Barnyard Break @ Canada Agriculture Museum – Through engaging and unique demonstrations, visitors can follow these ingredients from farm to table and learn how much work actually goes into producing them.With so much already going on, animal-related demonstrations and a fun craft for children are just icing on the cake! So come learn while enjoying yourself at the Canada Agriculture Museum this March Break and all month long.

Annual Maple Festival (February 28th-April 14th) @ Proulx Maple & Berry Farm – Weekend activities include: Watching the sap being collected, visit the syrup shack, enjoy a pancake meal, taste the real 100% pure taffy on snow, Horse drawn hay rides through the maple bush, visit the petting farm, and have fun playing in the play parks.

Rockton

Maple Syrup Festival – Discover one of Canada’s most time-honoured and delicious traditions. Explore the making of maple syrup from the tree to the table in three different time periods: the methods of Canada’s First Nations, 19th century pioneers and modern times. Families can enjoy a free old-fashioned horse and wagon ride and purchase a wonderful pancake breakfast.  For more information, please call 1-800-883-0104 Runs certain days for the entire month of March

Smith Falls

St.Patrick’s Day Celebrations @ Van Horne Manor – Live Irish music provided by Arlington Session, starring Alexis MacIsaac, a Fiddler for Grammy winning production of River Dance. Come celebrate with green beer and delicious snacks. A prize will be awarded to the best dressed person in GREEN. Admission is free

Stouffville

Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival (March 2 – April 7) @ Bruce’s Mill – It’s a sure sign of spring. Come out and tap into nature! Demonstrations, wagon rides, activities, entertainment, fun crafts and of course pancakes and Maple Syrup.

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Thorndale

Kinsmen Fanshawe Sugar Bush (weekends in March and March Break) – Enjoy guided tours, demonstrations and displays. Sample Maple syrup and other Maple Products and visit the Sugar Shack. We provide a complete maple syrup tour, starting with the methods used by the natives to the modern day evaporator.

Toronto

St. Patrick’ Day Parade – Sunday starting at noon from Bloor and St. George

National Home Show @ Direct Energy Centre – The National Home Show, presented by RE/MAX, is Canada´s largest and longest-running consumer show. More than 145,000 people attended the show in 2011, seeking helpful advice, thousands of solutions and new products for in and around their homes. Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2012, it features high-interest exhibits, high-profile industry personalities and the latest trends to keep consumers stimulated, motivated, educated and help with their home improvement projects.

Wizard World Fun Park @ Better Living Centre (Runs Sunday through March Break) – Southern Ontario’s best indoor March Break family fun park.  Treat your children to a day of magical March Break fun featuring over 20 rides and inflatables, an arts and crafts zone, petting zoo, 3D maze, games, a Bubble Show, camel rides and the Xtreme Wild animal show with live lions, zebra, wolves, leopards, and other fun animals presented by the Bowmanville Zoo.

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.

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Welland

St. Patrick’s Day Special @ Welland Market Square – Dress your best in shamrock green! Enjoy some family time with children’s arts and crafts, face painting, a Monster Mural, and a green egg toss with prizes to be won! Irish dance performance starting at 10am.

Windsor

March Break Madness at Colasanti’s – Enjoy discount pricing on All Day Ride Passes during March Break, beginning Saturday March 9 and ending on Sunday March 17. Passes for children are $13.99 plus tax (unlimited mini golf, zoo, bumper cars, inflatable, kiddie rides, and Miner Mike coaster ride – height restrictions apply), and passes for adults are $10.99 plus tax (unlimited bumper cars, Miner Mike coaster ride, mini golf and zoo). 

Woodbridge

Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival (March 2 – April 7) @ Kortright Centre – It’s a sure sign of spring. Come out and tap into nature! Demonstrations, wagon rides, activities, entertainment, fun crafts and of course pancakes and Maple Syrup.

Disney on Ice Rockin’ Ever After – Show Review

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Last night we took our 5 yr old daughter and 7 yr old son to Feld Entertainment’s Disney on Ice Rockin’ Ever After at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.  WOW is all I can say!  We have taken our kids to lots of live shows but I must say this was by far one of my faves…oh and the kids loved it too!!  If you are toying with the idea of taking in this show before it leaves on Sunday, don’t wait and just buy your tickets because you do not want to miss it.  You can use code COMAV to save up to $6 on tickets at Ticketmaster.ca

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My overall review of the show is that the choreography, musical numbers, awesome figuring skating, costumes and set design is simply awesome! There is nothing I can honestly say that disappointed us.   The four main stories they present are Little Mermaid, Rapunzel, Brave and Beauty and the Beast.  My 5 yr old put it best when she said that each show they presented was like the movie in fast forward but they acted out all the best parts.  Even if you had never seen any of the movies you will totally get the story line.  My son who is 7 was totally sceptical about going to what he referred to as a “princess show” but let me tell you that he was the one that laughed the hardest and clapped the loudest.

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As the lights went down and the crowd cheered the excitement was just beginning!!  Your hosts for the show are the ever loveable Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy.  They are present throughout the evening as they introduce characters and help tell the stories. The show starts off with some musical numbers where the colourfully dressed performers ice dance to songs like “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”, “Vogue” and “We Got the Beat”, so right from the beginning they had the parents captivated.   As always, they throw in some humour which had the young and old(er) laughing in their seats.  A quick but humorous visit from Pinnochio and the evil step sisters and the show is underway.

Little Mermaid was the first movie they acted out and to be honest if that had been it for the show, I would have been equally amazed.  They performed all the favorite songs from the movie like “Part of Your World” and “Under the Sea” and included some fave characters like Flounder, Sebastian and of course Prince Eric.  The best part of this segment is how they played out Ariel’s transformation to human as she spun above the ice doing some acrobatics while the crowd cheered.   This is where you really began to notice the amazing costume designs and I have to say that the Ursula costume was great!  In the end of course, the crowd was thrilled when Ariel ended up with Prince Eric.

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Rapunzel is one of the fave movies in our house and this portrayal reminded me why.  Rapunzel’s costume was awesome! The segment begins with the funny rowdy locals and are joined by Rapunzel and her ally Flynn for a fun adventure of comedy, song and fantastic skating footwork.  Ever seen a horse on skates?  Well, you will during this segment as the always funny Maximus hits the ice.  The hands down best part of Rapunzel was when they released the lanterns!!

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After a quick intermission, Brave was next on the night’s agenda. My daughter has seen Brave many times but for some reason I have to admit I have never seen it.  After seeing the Disney on Ice presentation of it, I can’t wait to see it.  The Scottish music, storyline and characters were great.   The special effects had the crowd cheering as the suitors vied for Merida’s hand in marriage.  Merida’s brothers were absolutely funny and highly entertaining.  My son loved how they teased her by making faces at her, pulling her hair and flipping up her skirt like all little brothers do.

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Who doesn’t love the story of Beauty and the Beast?  Again, they told the story fantastically through Gaston, Belle and the Beast.  I couldn’t take my eyes off the Beast as his mannerism were hilarious and his costume was SO well done.  Enjoy as the ice is filled with colourful skaters and breathtaking scenery as they entertain you with “Be Our Guest” with some of your favourite characters like Belle, Lumière, Mrs. Potts, Chip and the other Enchanted Objects.  The end scene when Gaston and the Beast fight for Belle will have you on the edge of your seat. The show comes to and end and there are smiles everywhere!!

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Another little highlight which I think deserves a mention is the extra thought put into the snacks by Feld Entertainment.  After my daughter polished off her deliciously sticky and yummy cotton candy I was delighted to find a wet wipe in the bottom of the bag.  Let me say that it was a pleasant surprise and a much needed addition to the bag.  Yep, sometimes it’s the small things that can make you smile!

Don’t forget to bring some extra money for the souvenirs because as always there is no shortage of spinning, shiny, light up collectables …. you name it, your kids will be mesmerized and want one of everything.  Our kids settled on cotton candy that came with a tiara, popcorn in a collector bucket, boomerang and a Chip mug.

For the love of Pancakes…It’s Maple Syrup Time in Ontario

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One of the best things about Springtime is that it’s also Maple Syrup time in Ontario.  And one of the best things about living in Ontario during Maple Syrup season is that there is no shortage of sugar bushes to visit!!  Check out our list of Sugar Bushes here!!

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We took our kiddies (+1) to visit Maple Towne at Mountsberg Conservation Area in Campbellville today.  The weather was perfect and we had so much fun!

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We walked out to the Sugar Bush and took a tour through the tapped trees.  The kids loved checking in the buckets to see how much sap had been collected and there were signs throughout the path that gave you unique facts about maple syrup production, the trees and about the conservation area.  My 7 year old son who loves learning new facts thought this part was awesome.

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Once we wound our way through the trees to enter Maple Towne we entered the first building where we were taught the process of making maple syrup, from tapping the trees to the differences in syrup based on the time of spring it is produced.  Did you know it takes 45 buckets of sap to make one bucket of maple syrup?

Next building we entered, there was a lady making maple candy.  Let me tell you it was delicious and YES I did have more than one piece!  😉

Off to the the pancake house we went for a mountain of pancakes with real yummy maple syrup, sausages and some apple cider.  The kids were in their glory!!

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Last stop in Maple Town was a visit to the Country Store where we bought some syrup, of course, and some delicious maple suckers.

No trip to Mountsberg would be complete without visiting the animals, birds and the hay barn.  All in all a fun day with full bellies to boot!

Be sure to visit a Sugar Bush near you this Spring for some family fun!!