Weekend Fun Guide (March 22-24 2013)


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.


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



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…


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!


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


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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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


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


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


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.



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.


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.


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


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.



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 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.


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.


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