Monthly Archives: May 2013

Weekend Fun Guide (May 31- June 2 2013)

No need to worry about hearing “I’m bored” this weekend as there are SO many fun things to get out and do with your family.  Whether you want to get out and explore some heritage, fly a kite, catch a festival or sit back and enjoy some ribs, we’ve got you covered! Oh and can you believe it’s June already??

YMCA Healthy Kids day

Sunday June 2nd is YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day!  YMCA’s from across the country will be holding FREE events for families to engage in active play and learn healthier habits. For healthy, fun activities for the whole family and to find events happening near you, click here.

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Doors Open Ontario – From April to October each year, communities open the doors to some of our most intriguing and charming heritage sites.  Admission is free! The Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these hidden heritage treasures first-hand. Make your travel plans for Doors Open Ontario events in 2013 and explore the rich heritage that awaits you.

This weekend Doors Open Events are taking place in Northumberland, Ottawa, Owen Sound, Stratford, Whitchurch-Stouffville and Collingwood

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The weather is going to be perfect this weekend to take the family to the drive-in!  Check out a drive-in near you this weekend!

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Sit back and relax with a family movie at Cineplex Theatres.  Saturdays at 11:00am you can catch a Family Favourite movie for only $2.50

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FARMER’S MARKETS

Many more local Farmer’s Markets are opening this weekend!  Be sure to check one out near you to find lots of fresh local produce, local offerings and of course some flower’s for Mom!

Around Town this Weekend…

Barrie

Celebrate Barrie – As the city marks its 160th anniversary be sure to join in the fun with hands on activities, inflatables, rides and games, snakes and reptiles, large interactive balls called BodyZorbs, a petting zoo, a rock climbing wall, two stages programmed with amazing local talent, Barrie Police, Barrie Fire and CFB Borden displays, and so much more! There’s something to entertain the kid in everyone.

Brooklin 

Spring Fair – Bring your family out for some fun including the ever popular Demolition Derby, Truck and Tractor Pull, pie eating contest, spelling bee, pet show, competitions, entertainment, food and more!

Burlington

Burlington Kite Festival @ Brant Hills Park (Sunday) – Build a kite or bring your own to help fill the sky with colour.  Kite flying demonstrations, entertainment, and vendors for free outdoor family fun!

Cambridge

Art Festival – Check out and enjoy art from local artists, have the kids take part in a workshop or enjoy the many children’s activities and at the end of the day take part in a fun DJ dance party!

Cambridge Riverfest Family Day (Saturday) – Get the family out and have some free family fun!  There will be a climbing wall, pony rides, entertainment, demonstrations and build your own bird house!

Fenwick

160th Anniversary Celebrations – Enjoy a summer’s day filled with heritage, activities, music and buskers – all for free.  A ‘heritage’ focus will accompany the celebrations and all in attendance will be able to walk freely on the closed streets.

Guelph

Dance Festival – Be engaged and enthralled with dance works from the most innovative contemporary choreographers and dance artists in Canada. At various locations around Guelph.

Haliburton

Home & Cottage Show @ Haliburton Curling Club and the LaRue (Dysart) Arena and grounds – The 35th annual Haliburton Home and Cottage Show has over 150 exhibitors. Help for any home or cottage project. Talk to the Experts. Food and beverages are available at the Curling Club. Come out, enjoy the show and meet all the exhibitors in one location.

Kirkfield

Carden Nature Festival – Back for a seventh year, the Carden Nature Festival is a smorgasbord of environmental delights set amidst a globally-rare landscape. With almost 100 field trips, workshops, and presentations, there’s something for every nature lover.

Leamington

Rediscover your Bike – With the nice weather upon us children are loving zipping around on their bikes and having fun.  But are they being safe about it?  Attend this event to help your children learn about bike safety.

London

Gathering on the Green @ Wortley Village (Saturday only) -Bike checks, bike racks, car free promotion. Check out our Bikes Work! display of bikes & talk to local cycling experts.

12th Annual YMCA Children’s Safety Village Birthday Party (Sunday) – So much fun to be had this year including: Mini Parade, Magic show, Finger printing and picture taking, visits from Ronald McDonald & Sparky the fire dog, BBQ, Bicycle helmet exchange, face painting, miniature cars to drive and many safety displays to get you informed.

Milton

Street Festival – (Saturday) Starting with the Farmer’s Market in the morning, the Milton downtown core will be shut down so you can get down and have some fun with the family.  There will dancing in the street, food vendors, live entertainment, kids activities and so much more!

Niagara Falls

Fireworks over the Falls – Canada’s longest-running fireworks series is underway with fireworks every Friday, Sunday, and holiday until September 1, preceded by the popular Coca Cola Concert Series on the Victoria Park Stage. The best views are in Queen Victoria Park overlooking Niagara Falls.

Ottawa

Ottawa International Children’s Festival – Ottawa International Children’s Festival returns with another awe-inspiring season of performing arts for young people at Lebreton Flats Park and the Canadian War Museum.  The fun includes, but is certainly not limited to the Seven Feature Shows from Canada and around the world, Fun and Interactive activities(Clowns, Jugglers, Hoop Dancers, Stilt-Walkers, Comedians, Workshops), Impromptu Playground, Instrument Petting Zoo, Food and Beverage vendors, Picnic Zone and 100 Watt Earth Stage

Paris

Springtime in Paris – Enjoy this springtime festival which will include a soap box derby, entertainment, a craft show storytime in the park, children’s activites and so much more fun for the entire family!

Pickering

6th Annual Rotary Ribfest – Get your fingers sticky as you dig in to some delish ribs from the ribfest contestants!  There will also be vendors and lots of entertainment.  Visit their website to save $3 on Friday only.  Admission is free and they ask that you kindly leave your pets at home!

Picton

The Great Canadian Cheese Festival – More than 100 exhibitors and vendors, about 125 different Canadian cheeses to sample and buy, and 3,000+ consumers make the event the biggest cheese show in Canada representing producers from coast to coast.

Port Carling

Muskoka Lifestyle Show – Muskoka’s Premier Home and Cottage Show! The Muskoka Lifestyle Show will showcase lifestyle, home and interior/exterior decorating products and services, outdoor fun and recreation, health and fitness, food and fashion, and everything else to enhance your Muskoka living.

Port Elgin

Huron Fringe Birding Festival – 15th annual festival takes its name from the migration corridor along the Bruce Peninsula. This Huron Fringe along the Lake Huron coastline offers birders, naturalists and photographers unique opportunities to discover nature in the early spring. At MacGregor Point Provincial Park, near Port Elgin.

St. Catherines

Niagara Vegfest – An annual event that takes place in downtown St. Catharines, Ontario, and is part of the growing “VegFest” movement in North America. It celebrates the many benefits of a healthy, compassionate, plant-based lifestyle, and showcases exhibitors, vendors, and speakers from the Niagara region and beyond.  The festival is jam-packed with speakers, vendors, exhibitors, and activities and we look forward to welcoming you to Niagara VegFest!

Streetsville

Bread & Honey Festival – This year we will be celebrating a Homecoming Theme– a place for old friends to reunite and make new ones. Don’t miss our talented line-up of live performers for children and adults, alike, a wide selection of carnival rides, games and hands-on educational demonstrations for the whole family… and of course, FREE Bread and Honey.

Sudbury 

Celtic Festival – Enjoy a traditional medieval feast, watch highland dancers, cheer on at the Scottish heavy games and jousting or enjoy entertainment, cultural activities or children’s activities.  Kilt is optional!

Toronto

Waterfront Blues – The tradition continues…The tradition of bringing the best in Blues to Waterfront Blues that is. For the 9th year we’re pleased to showcase something old, something new, and all definitely Blues at Metro Toronto’s only genuine Blues Festival. Not only will there be fabulous music, food and a kid’s zone but it is all FREE!!

Unionville

Unionville Festival – Come play at the Unionville Festival this weekend!  Main Street Unionville will burst with energy and come alive with music, people, and unique shopping opportunities… more so than any other weekend of the year.

Waterloo

Waterloo Air Show –  If you love aviation, this is the show for you! Watch the dazzling spectacle above your head as planes rush by and dazzle the crowds.  Check out the Static Display, get up close to aircraft, talk to pilots, play kid-friendly activities and lock-in your spot on the viewing field.  This year they are introducing Food Truck Alley where at least a dozen gourmet food trucks will be serving a variety of fare from Britain, the Islands, Mexico, Alabama and Quebec!

Welland

Bicycle Rodeo @ Niagara Safety Village- For Ages 6-12 years old. Practice and develop skills on the rodeo course and get your bike and helmet checked. All participants must bring their own bike and helmet. Fee is $2.00 per child.

Windsor

Art in the Park – During the Art in the Park you will enjoy viewing over 275 artists and artisans from around Ontario, Quebec and the State of Michigan who have come to display and retail their wares. With the addition of our Friday night launch party AIP has moved a higher class of engaging art and entertainment. Art in the Park is the only 360 degree family event in Essex County where the whole family can enjoy many elements or artisitc pleasures. We even have something for the kids.

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Choosing a Campground and Campsite

Have camping on the list of things to do this summer with your family? Choosing the campground that is right for your family will make all the difference in your camping experience.

Some things to consider when choosing a campground:

Distance – Depending on whether you are seasoned campers or going for your first time choose how far away you want to travel.  Take into consideration how far you would be willing to travel in the middle of the night should a big storm roll in and you want to go home.

Length of stay – Does the campground offer enough to keep your family entertained for the duration of your trip

Needs of your family – Does the campground have all the amenities that your family wants i.e.. Beach, pool, playground, snack shop, kids activities, hiking trails, bathroom amenities…

Word of mouth – Ask around to friends and family to see what Campgrounds and sites they recommend.  Word of mouth is always a great way to go!

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Check out the online campground locators available to help you find a great campground that fits all your needs.

Camping in Ontario‘s website offers a great interactive campground locator where you can search by region, amenities or keywords.

Ontarioparks.com allows you to search for campgrounds in Provincial Parks alphabetically, by region, proximity and by services.

 

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Some things to consider when choosing your campsite:

The land – Look for a site that is level and has some grass cover if not fully grassed.  A sandy site means sand, sand everywhere and really do you want to be sweeping out the tent for your entire trip?

Tree cover – It is important that your site has some tree cover so you can get some relief from the hot sun

Traffic – Try and stay away from sites at the front of the park as they will most likely see the most traffic.  Also, avoid getting a site that borders on a busy road or train track outside the park that could create extra unwanted noise.

Bathrooms – Being near a bathroom may sound like a good idea for those late night, half asleep hikes for a bathroom break but keep in mind the foot traffic that will be coming by your site at all hours and not to mention the possible stench. Now if you have a child you are potty training at the time consider bringing a portable potty.

Pool/beach – Yes you want to be close enough to walk to the water but keep in mind that proximity to water can also be dangerous when you have little ones.  Picking a site that is a safe, walkable distance is probably your best bet.

Playground – Many campgrounds have playgrounds to entertain the little ones.  Being close to the playground is probably a good idea as they will likely want to visit it numerous times a day

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Okay you’ve selected your campground and campsite now you need to decide what to bring.

Check out these great Camping Checklist from Ontario Parks and Coleman Canada

Inch by Inch, Row by Row … Gonna Make my Garden Grow

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There are so many reasons I love summer but one of the big ones is our vegetable garden.  A couple of years ago we decided to plant a small garden in our backyard as a fun project for the kids.  The kids loved picking out we should grow and enjoyed checking on it each day and giving it some tlc.  Since that first trial garden we have made it a family project each year.  We enjoy being able to go out into the backyard and pick some fresh veggies/herbs to add to our dinner or just as a mid-play snack.  Nothing beats the taste of fresh veggies from your garden.

Now I will say that for us it was trial and error on what grows well and what doesn’t.  Although a watermelon sounds like a great idea, it takes up a lot of space as we quickly learned.  Last year our daughter brought home a pumpkin seed that we planted in the garden with little expectation but boy were we wrong.  That thing grew and grew and tried to take over our backyard and weworried that it might entangle the children.  Come Halloween we did end up carving that pumpkin we grew into a Jack-o-lantern which was very cool!

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When pumpkins attack!

We have had great luck with other veggies and each year we grow some awesome tomatoes, cucumber, peas, beans, strawberries, green onions, basil, thyme, and hot peppers.You can grow from seed but we never remember early enough so we generally buy the starter plants from Home Depot, Terra Greenhouses, Superstore Garden Centre and local nurseries.  I watch the flyers and buy them on sale to keep the costs down.

What you’ll need:

Planting soil, seeds/plants, gardening gloves, pots (If container planting or starting from seed), small shovel, Miracle Gro, sunshine, water and of course some patience for the wee ones.
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It’s as easy as digging a whole in the prepared dirt of your garden and/or pot and placing the plant in.  Be sure to repack dirt around the base of the plant and press firmly to make sure it is secure. Be sure to read the tags that come with the plants/seeds so you understand how much space each plant will need to grow.  Space plants appropriately in the garden before actually planting them. I love Miracle Gro and swear it is the only reason that this non green-thumb has a successful garden each year.  Once all plants are planted, be sure to give them a good watering with Miracle Gro to give them a good start.  Be sure your garden is in good sunlight and gets lots of water on a daily basis.  You really can’t go wrong and trust me when I say that your kids will love watching their garden grow and love eating it even more.

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Don’t think you have the space to grow your own veggies?  Think again!  The best thing about growing a garden is you don’t need a ton of space.  We built a 4’x4′ box out of 2x4s to raise the garden up and to keep little hungry critters out.  It is amazing how much yumminess comes out of this little space.

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We also do some container planting which is great if you have little space.  Container planting is also great if your little ones want to sample throughout the day.  Place the containers where they can easily get at them without having to climb through your garden.  Generally, we plant cherry tomatoes and strawberries in our containers as these are loved snacks for our kids.

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Now I know that not everyone has the time or want to grow their own veggies so thankfully there are an abundance of Farmer’s Markets in Ontario.  To find one near you click here

Weekend Fun Guide (May 24-26 2013)

The weeks seem to be flying by the closer we get to summer!  Be sure to get out and enjoy some family fun time this weekend at one of the great events listed in our Weekend Fun Guide!

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JUMPSTART DAY 2013 – Together we can help all kids play!

Saturday, May 25th is Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart Day. Come be a part of something amazing – helping kids from financially disadvantaged families in your local community get involved in sport and recreation. On Jumpstart Day, many Canadian Tire stores in Canada will have a day filled with fun activities and draws to help raise money for their local community. Some examples of events taking place this year include: Go Clean waterless car washes, chairty BBQ’s, table top games and much more! Come out to your local Canadian Tire store on Saturday, May 25 and help kids in your local community get in the game.

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The weather is going to be perfect this weekend to take the family to the drive-in!  Check out a drive-in near you this weekend!

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Sit back and relax with a family movie at Cineplex Theatres.  Saturdays at 11:00am you can catch a Family Favourite movie for only $2.50

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FARMER’S MARKETS

Many more local Farmer’s Markets are opening this weekend!  Be sure to check one out near you to find lots of fresh local produce, local offerings and of course some flower’s for Mom!

 

Around Town this Weekend…

Ayton

Apple Blossom Festival – 6th Annual Apple Blossom Festival will have lots for everyone including the Ayton Lioness Club presents Farm Show
Includes anything to do with Farming!, Arts & Crafts Show, Go Green Show, Health & Wellness Show, Food Booths, reptile show and lots of additional fun for the kiddies.

Barrie

Waterfront Festival – 9th Annual spring line-up will present live bands from a variety of genres.  For your added enjoyment, free outdoor entertainment will be brought to the table: street buskers, a midway with rides, face painting, street vendors, fresh food, treats and contests.

MEC Bikefest @ Memorial Square – We love bikes, and we’re throwing a party in their honour. Come join the fun and connect with your local cycling community. You can try out gear, test ride a new bike, browse exhibitors’ booths, score deals at the MEC Bikeswap, or learn skills at a bike clinic.  Bring your bike, your family, and your riding buddies, and embrace the awesomeness of wheels.

Beeton

Honey & Garden Festival – With over 170 vendors attending, and free admission, its the biggest and best yet!  There will be a Classic Car and Truck Show, Fun zone for the kids, live entertainment and bring your appetite for the many food vendors!

Brockville-Thousand Island 

Doors Open – A celebration of community and heritage designed to create access awareness and excitement about our heritage.  Attendees are provided with an opportunity to explore hidden historical treasures.  We are excited to announce that the Doors Open Ontario Program will once again be coming to the Brockville – Thousand Islands area. Since the theme this year is “Cultural Expressions” many sites are featuring exhibits or live performances by local artists.

Burlington

Biodiversity Weekend @ Royal Botanical Gardens – Come celebrate Biodiversity Day with us at RBG with a full weekend of exciting activities! Events will include a visitor passport, discovery stations, guided walks, making native seed balls and displays by local biodiversity-oriented organizations. On Saturday we will hold a Bioblitz for Families, and Sunday will feature a full-day nature art station and live birds-of-prey! All ages are welcome, and the activities will be fun for adults and kids alike. All activities are outdoors, so come dressed for the weather.

Chatham 

2013 Retrofest – Car lovers of all ages will be in their glory!  Lots of fun to be had for all with Hot-Air Balloon rides and Zip-line  in the Tecumseh Park, vendors for you to shop, eat and drink. There will be Clowns and face-painter for the kids. We also have the great Puppet Tamer for the enjoyment of the young at heart (three, 30 min. shows starting around noon). We are hoping to have a soapbox derby, Elvis(s) signing, a life size mechanical elephant to ride and some specialty cars for viewing (James Bond Car)

Colborne

Apple Blosson Tyme Festival – A fun and friendly community festival in the village of Colborne that happens on the last weekend in May each year. The festival welcomes everyone to experience the village and surrounding area in springtime, when there are wonderful apple orchards with beautiful and fragrant blossoms to enjoy. In the village, there is a collection of local vendors and food to sample along with vintage cars and tractors on display, a soap box derby race, a midway, baking contests, a competitive and fun spelling bee, and lots of other contests and activities.

Eganville

KatieBear Fun Day – Join us on Saturday May 25th at the Eganville Arena for the 2nd Annual KatieBear FunDay. Activites include:  KatieBear Idol, KatieBear Craft Show – Over 40 Vendors, RC vehicles, Balloon Artist, Display by OPP and Bonnechere Valley Fire Dept., Games and prizes for kids and adults, Shave you Head for KatieBears, Frisco’s – Great food cooked onsite :), Candy Booth, Silent Auction, Dunk Tank, and so much more!

Elora

Elora Lions Spring Fireworks – The Elora Lions are holding their Spring Fireworks Fundraiser, Saturday May 25th at the Grand River Raceway on County Road 21 in Elora. Local live entertainment for young children will be available. Admission is a minimum donation of $2 per person with proceeds of this year’s event going to Community and Lions projects. Gates open at 7pm. Fireworks begin after sunset.

Gananoque

Chalk the Walk @ Gananoque Town Park – Events are scheduled from 9am to 4pm, and include live music, a Crayola air castle, a Boys & Girls Club BBQ,Dreams in Motion, face painting, and other entertainment. We will once again be joined by award-winning children’s literature illustrator Wallace Edwards, and will feature amazing 3D chalk art by Guy Wales, the sidewalk magic of local artist David Day, and our New Kid on the Block – Chalkmaster Dave.

Hamilton

Garden Railway at the Museum @ Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology – The Central Ontario Garden Railway Association COGRA will be displaying a garden railway set on the Museum grounds with guest appearances by Thomas, Annie and Clarabel along with passenger and freight trains. The Association will provide information to anyone interested in building a miniature railway in their own garden

Kincardine

Doors Open Kincardine – Great Times on a Great Lake.Come for the heritage and stay for some hospitality. For a complete list of participating sites and local maps, contact Kincardine Tourism at 519-396-2731.

Lindsay

Lindsay Rodeo and All About Horse Show – The 2013 Stampede Days are back and are providing an educational and fun weekend event for the whole family. Enjoy the professional Rodeo Show, including Bareback Bronc Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Bull Riding, Team Roping, Calf Roping, plus much more ! Also enjoy the All About Horse Show, vendor booths, on site camping, barn dance, beer gardens, educational clinics, and much more

Milverton

Milverton Horse Show – Classes in Western Performance, Western Gaming, English Performance, as well as Pony divisions.  It’s a family friendly atmosphere and a great place to get introduced to showing or come and bring our seasoned horse to show us what you got.

Niagara Falls

Fireworks over the Falls – Canada’s longest-running fireworks series is underway with fireworks every Friday, Sunday, and holiday until September 1, preceded by the popular Coca Cola Concert Series on the Victoria Park Stage. The best views are in Queen Victoria Park overlooking Niagara Falls.

Orillia

Doors Open Orillia – This spring, Orillia opens its doors to the community in celebration of its rich historical connection to the arts.  Tour our galleries, museums and theatrical spaces, interwoven with outdoor festivities happening in our historical downtown.  This year, Doors open Orillia is partnering with the Downtown Management Board and Peter Street Arts District with events that include a sidewalk sale, live music, art markets, dance, vendors, food and family games.

Ottawa

Gloucester Fair – A great Midway, super Monster Truck Shows, Canada’s premium Southern BBQ Competition, real BBQ for everyone to taste, Horse Shows, Kids Shows, Birds of Prey and Fair Food Concessions. Ride a Monster Truck, a Ferris Wheel or thrill at the Demo Derby.

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Artfest on the Esplanade @ Esplanade Park – Annual outdoor art show and sale. Over 80 artists show and sell their work. Performing artists at the Gazebo, free children and teen art activity tents, Hands on Art by PRAC. Event is presented by the City in partnership with the PineRidge Arts Council.

Port Elgin

Huron Fringe Birding Festival – 15th annual festival takes its name from the migration corridor along the Bruce Peninsula. This Huron Fringe along the Lake Huron coastline offers birders, naturalists and photographers unique opportunities to discover nature in the early spring. At MacGregor Point Provincial Park, near Port Elgin.

Trenton

Barks by the Bay – Barks by the Bay is an annual canine festival & trade show that takes place the last Saturday in May in Centennial Park, Trenton. Demonstrations all day, including: High Flying Canines, Hot Diggity Dogs and the Ultimate Air Dogs Canada! Also on site is an extensive roster of breeders, groomers, rescue groups, veterinarians, and pet stores. Many unique breeds, canine accessories, training aids, and contests. Every dog has its day at Barks by the Bay!

Toronto

Mount Pleasant Kid’s Fun Day – Entertainment, face painting, sidewalk sale, prizes & giveaways, kids yoga, food, dancing, games and more.

Bugs and Blooms @ Humber Arboretum – Knowledgeable guides will lead walking tours throughout the gardens and woodlot pointing out the many bugs and blooms visible at this time of the year. Is that a Bug!!!  Come find out if it’s a good bug or a bad one.Many of the insects and creatures that we find in our gardens are welcome visitors with useful and very important jobs to do.  Is that insect that’s eating our plant beneficial to our habitat?  Or is it a nasty invader from faraway lands?  Find out here.  Come smell the fragrant spring blooms on the perennials, shrubs and even trees.  Perhaps you’ll find the perfect idea for that trouble spot in your own back yard!

Doors Open Toronto – The 14th annual Doors Open Toronto – presented by Great Gulf – offers residents and visitors an opportunity to take a peek behind the doors of nearly 150 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city.

Waterloo

Cruzin’ On the Square – Cruzin’ on the Square is back for the second year!  Come see classic cars, and listen to live entertainment by Another Blind Date on May 24th from 1-10pm in the Waterloo Public Square.  This event will feature classic and specialty cars, vendors, activities and live entertainment by Another Blind Date.

It’s Ear Piercing Day

I fully remember the day  when I got my ears pierced.  It was my sister’s 10th Birthday and I was on my way to get my ears pierced.  I don’t remember my sister being bitter but probably more excited that she got to see me in pain!  haha  I was 5 years old and had decided that I wanted to get it done.

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Fast forward many years later to me having a daughter of my own.  Many of my friends pierced their children’s ears as infants but I wanted to wait for my daughter to be ready so she could make the decision herself and remember it.  For the last couple of weeks my daughter has been determined that she wanted her ears pierced.  Every morning I would hear “Mommy, can I get my ears pierced today?”  I set a date and decided if she kept asking, we would go and do it.

Well, today was the set date and she was still good to go.  Her BFF was on board to come watch and in the end decided she was in as well because she wanted to have her ears pierced with her best friend.  My sister came along for support and also because she is the Mom of 2 boys and wanted to be a part of this big day in a little girl’s life.  I’m not going to lie, I was alittle emotional  as it approached and ahem…during the entire process.

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There were tears (by one and all)  but in the end the girls looked beautiful and loved their new “fancy” rainbow earrings in their ears.  Next we were off for some ice cream to congratulate them on their bravery.  They spent the afternoon telling one another how beautiful their new earrings looked and how happy they were they did it together!  Enter heart melting here!

I am so glad that I waited for her to make the choice for herself and love the fact that she had her best friend by her side.  This is definitely one of those memories I will cherish forever!

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Thank you to the fab ladies at Halton Hills Jewellery for doing such a fantastic job!

Weekend Fun Guide (May 17-20 2013)

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Happy Victoria Day Weekend!  This weekend marks what many feel is the beginning of summer!  Whether you are headed to the cottage, camping or hanging out at home, the weather looks like it’s going to be nice so be sure to get outdoors and have some family fun this weekend!

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May 18th is International Museum Day!  The theme of the International Museum Day 2013Museums (Memory + Creativity) = Social Change, aims at showing that the richness of our historical heritage, preserved and displayed by museums, together with the inventiveness and vitality that have characterised the museum sector’s action in recent years, are where the strength of museum institutions lies today.  Museums take advantage of the International Museum Day to meet their public and organise original activities. Find a Museum near you here

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Many more local Farmer’s Markets are opening this weekend!  Be sure to check one out near you to find lots of fresh local produce, local offerings and of course some flower’s for Mom!

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The weather is going to be perfect this weekend to take the family to the drive-in!  Check out a drive-in near you this weekend!

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Feel like taking in a family flick this weekend?  Cineplex Theatres offer Family Favourites every Saturday at 11:00am for only $2.50.  http://bit.ly/ZygvF5

Around Town this Weekend…

Blue Mountain Village

May Long Weekend Fun – Greet summer on your favorite Village patio!  Enjoy live music, face painting, scavenger hunts, hiking, gondola rides, Grove Dancing and the 5th annual Rusty’s Rib Eating contest.  PLUS FIREWORKS

Georgian Bay

Doors Open – Celebrate spring and join Doors Open Georgian Bay as we open our doors and show you our community.  In 2013, we will showcase two National Historic Sites. Locks 44 and 45 will be open for the public and in full operation. These landmark icons serve as a waterway and bring boaters to our community from around the world. With many other sites to see, and a full day of touring, join us as we take you on a historical and artistic journey through Georgian Bay, and “Discover the Landscape through Arts and Culture.”

Haliburton

Celebrate Victoria Day @ Haliburton Highlands Museum – A party fit for a queen! Join us at the Haliburton Highlands Museum to celebrate Victoria Day as people would have during Queen Victoria’s lifetime! Tour our historic 1882 house, enjoy old-fashioned treats and play games on the lawn! Make sure to enter our Victorian trivia contest to win fantastic prizes!

Hamilton

A Royal Sunday – Please join us for a special interest tour of Dundurn Castle. Costumed staff will take you on a guided tour of the lavish home of Sir Allan MacNab. Discover Queen Victoria’s influence on style and traditions, MacNab’s contribution to suppress the Upper Canadian Rebellion of 1837 for which he was knighted, the MacNab family connection with the Royal Family and their recent visit to Dundurn Castle.

Leamington

Festival of Birds @ Point Pelee National Park – Become part of spring migration at Point Pelee National Park, the special place where birds and birders meet. Lush forest meets expansive wetlands, offering up opportunities to find a wide variety of species.  Check out their website for specifics on hikes and activities.

London

Fanshawe Pioneer Village 54th Season Opening – Doors open on Saturday for another great season!  Come out and celebrate Queen Victoria’s Birthday on Monday  with nineteenth century games, historical speeches, and vintage baseball all in reverence to our longest reigning monarch.   Who knows?  She might just make a sea voyage to the colonies to visit with her subjects in the Upper Canadian town of Fanshawe.

Morrisburg

Queen Victoria Birthday Celebration @ Upper Canada Village – Join in the celebration as our 1860s Village celebrates Queen Victoria’s birthday. Sing “God Save the Queen”, hear historical patriotic speeches, see grand military maneuvers, lace up for the 1860s athletic games, help out with the Village’s “Queen” (a hand-pumped fire engine), and enjoy a piece of birthday cake.

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Fireworks over the Falls – The Victoria long weekend also marks the return of Canada’s longest-running fireworks series. Falls fireworks will take place on Friday, May 17, Sunday, May 19, and Monday, May 20 at 10 p.m., and will continue every Friday, Sunday, and holiday until September 1, preceded by the popular Coca Cola Concert Series on the Victoria Park Stage. The best views are in Queen Victoria Park overlooking Niagara Falls.

Nobleton

Victoria Day Fair – Starting off with a Dog Walk and Parade, this day will be lots of fun for the entire family!  Fun includes a midway, face painting, entertainers, food vendors, crafts and more!

Oakville

Spring Tyme Fun @ Bronte Creek Park – Enjoy Spring Tyme on the Farm activities including Sewing on a treadle machine, Baking on a wood burning stove, Heritage spring cleaning chores, Victorian Games, Plant a seed —earn an Official Park Ranger stamp, Tour the Victorian Farmhouse, Self-guided spring walk along the Trillium Trail and more……

Ottawa

Sheep Shearing Festival @ Canada Agriculture Museum – It’s time for our sheep to be shorn at the Canada Agriculture Museum! Highlights include shearing demonstrations, border collies at work, spinning and weaving, felt-making, and much more.

Tulip Festival – The Canadian Tulip Festival is the largest of its kind in the world, attracting some 600,000 visitors annually.  The festival’s mandate is to preserve this heritage and celebrate the tulip as a symbol of international friendship by engaging local organizers, volunteers, artists, performers, tourists and festival-goers in what has become an annual ritual of spring and one of Canada’s best loved and well-known cultural events.

Port McNicoll

Portarama – “Come together” with friends and family for fun including bike decorating, face painting, bbq, carnival, dog show, parade, fireworks and the list goes on and on!

Seeley’s Bay

Spring Opener – Celebrating fun on the water with silly boat races, children’s activities, fishing, entertainment, bbq and more

Thamesford

Calithumpian Days – Activities held during Calithumpian Day include: dances, amusements, a trout brunch, parade, and fireworks and so much more family fun!

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Toronto

Pirates & Princesses @ Black Creek Pioneer Village – Three days of family fairytale fun! Bring your eye patches and tiaras. Celebrate stories such as Cinderella, Peter Pan and Rapunzel. Enjoy interactive entertainment, prince and princess lessons, Village wide treasure hunts and more.

HarbourKIDS Toronto International Circus Festival – It’s time again for the Toronto International Circus Festival! This Victoria Day weekend, dazzling daredevils, amazing acrobats, hilarious buskers and more take over our site. Kids can try out the circus arts: floor acrobatics, mini-trampoline, obstacle courses, trapeze, aerial hoop and more!  Kids will also get to play with fun circus props like ribbons, juggling scarves and bubbles!

Artfest @ the Distillery – A Celebration of the top 85 artists & artisans from across Canada. Artists are exhibiting at the Historic Distillery District for three days only. Come stroll the cobble stone lanes and take in the beauty of the Distillery District. Featuring pottery, glass, jewellery, paintings, wood turning, gourmet foods, live music and more. FREE admission.

Fireworks – Enjoy a the lighting up of the skies with a fireworks show at Canada’s Wonderland or Ashbridges Bay

Welland

Victoria Day Family Night & Fireworks (Sunday) – Bring the family out for a night of entertainers, inflatables, kids games, family fun and fireworks!

Woodstock

Victoria Day Activities – Visit the worlds finest shows featuring daily specials, great rides like:  The Scrambler, Hang Glider, Zero Gravity, Cobra Coaster & Raiders Obstacle Course And don’t forget yummy treats like Cotton Candy, Caramel Apples, French Fries, Onion Rings, Gourmet Hot Hotdogs & more

Weekend Fun Guide (May 10-12 2013)

YAY for Mommy’s Day weekend!   As nice as it might sound to sit in a spa for the day with a latte (or glass of wine) why not celebrate with the ones that call you Mommy!  Check out your local paper as there are tons of brunches (ahem too many to list) taking place or enjoy a good old fashioned tea party.  Lots of fun events happening across Ontario this weekend that you can get out and enjoy with your family  in our Around Town section below.

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Celebrate mother’s day and give mom your heart!  Go to a local Toys”R”Us location on Sat. May 11th from 11am – 1pm to build a lego heart to take home.  Max. of 100 per store. While they last.  Excludes Express locations.

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25th Annual M&M Meat Shops Charity BBQ Day

On May 11th, 2013, Canadians can help cook up a cure!  Visit any M&M Meat Shops location across Canada to support the Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC). M&M Meat Shops franchisees, staff and thousands of volunteers from coast-to-coast will grill hamburgers and hot dogs to meet the 2013 fundraising goal of $1.3 million. Enjoy a hamburger or hot dog, a drink and a bag of chips for a minimum donation of only $3.00. All proceeds go directly to the CCFC to cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and improve the lives of children and adults affected by these chronic diseases.

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Many more local Farmer’s Markets are opening this weekend!  Be sure to check one out near you to find lots of fresh local produce, local offerings and of course some flower’s for Mom!

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Have you taken your family to the drive-in yet for a night of family fun?  Check out a drive-in near you this weekend!

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Don’t forget that Cineplex Theatres offer Family Favourites every Saturday at 11:00am for only $2.50.  http://bit.ly/ZygvF5

Around Town this Weekend…

Bloomfield

Kids Fishing Derby – Local children will be grabbing their fishing gear for the annual Kids Fishing Derby at Bloomfield Mill Pond Park on Saturday, May 11th.  This much-anticipated event will take place from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Open to kids 12 and under, the derby will feature prizes for the longest and shortest fish, as well as for the most fish caught and the strangest catch. The cost to participate is $2. A barbeque lunch is available for a nominal fee. All participants must be accompanied by an adult.

Burlington

Mother’s Day Tea & Springtime Celebration @ At Ireland House at Oakridge Farm! – A spring celebration with a Mother’s Day Heritage Tea, live musical entertainment, special guests, re-enactors and a surprise royal host! Not to be missed!  Tickets for tea must be purchased in advance.

Campbellville

International Migratory Bird Day Celebration @ Mountsberg – The theme for this year’s celebration is bird life cycles, looking at all aspects of a migratory birds’ life, from migration to breeding to nesting and to raising young.  Guided bird watching sessions will take place throughout each day and if you are up to it there will be the challenging Bird Migration Game.

Cayuga

Ruthven’s for the Birds – Join us for International Migratory Bird Day to celebrate our feathered friends! Meet at the banding lab at 8 am (or thereafter) and shadow the expert bird banders as they net and band neotropical migrant birds. Don’t miss the opportunity to see birds up close! Novice birders are welcome. Tours of the mansion will be available at 11 am and 12 noon. Admission by donation.

Coldwater

Tough Mudder @ Mount St Louis Moonstone – More than 10,000 participants are expected over 2 days at Mount St Louis Moonstone this weekend to endure, “Probably the Toughest Event on the Planet”.  Tough Mudder is an obstacle course challenge designed to test all around strength, stamina and mental grit but most of all camaraderie. Tough Mudder is not about finish times, it is about completing a challenge.  Although registration is now closed, if you have ever thought of doing this event why don’t you go check it out as a spectator so you can get prepared for the Tough Mudder in the Fall!!

Hamilton

Greensville Optimists 9th Kids Fishing Derby @ Christie Lake Conservation Area – Tagged fish will be worth $50 each, and kids will be given an opportunity to win a Hamilton Conservation  Authority Family Prize Package.  The event runs from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. All kids must register at the Conservation Area on the day of the event to participate.  Registration does not include regular admission.

Keswick

Georgina Home and Lifestyle Show – Come find what you need all under one roof from things for the home to recreation.

Kingsville

Mother’s Day at Colasanti’s – Celebrate Mother’s Day at Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens. The zoo is open from 8am to 6pm, with Colasanti’s famous Sunday Brunch from 9am to 2pm. Reservations are recommended! The buffet includes two hot buffet bars, a full salad bar, an extended dessert table, peach drink and coffee.  All day ride passes are available. Height restrictions apply to all rides. Zoo Shows: 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm.

Leamington

Festival of Birds @ Point Pelee National Park – Become part of spring migration at Point Pelee National Park, the special place where birds and birders meet. Lush forest meets expansive wetlands, offering up opportunities to find a wide variety of species.  Check out their website for specifics on hikes and activities.

Milton

Wildflower walk for Mom @ Crawford Lake Conservation Area – The Wildflower Walk for Mom begins with a spring slideshow followed by a guided walk through park woodlands. On the hike, a knowledgeable guide will explain the natural and cultural history of the area wildflowers. Mom can then relax with a serving of Nature’s Tea.

Norfolk

Doors Open – Doors Open Norfolk will be celebrating the relationship between heritage and the arts in the area. Norfolk County boasts many great local theatres, art galleries, artists’ studios and more. Plan a trip to Ontario’s south coast this spring!  Sites will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Orillia

Orillia Perch Festival – One of Canada’s Largest Registered Fishing Derbies! Over Sixty Tagged Perch worth $500 Each! Plus … Thousands of Dollars in Daily, Weekly and Grand Prize Draws!  JUST FISH TO WIN !!!  On April 20th until May 11th

Ottawa 

Comiccon – Based on the now extremely popular San Diego Comic-con and other similar conventions, the Ottawa Comiccon offers photo ops, panels with special guests, a gaming zone, music, shopping and more!  Oh and don’t forget to wear your fave costume!

Marvelous Moms @ Nepean Museum – Join us at Nepean Museum the day before Mother’s Day for an afternoon of creative crafting. Make a personalized flower pot, a magical plant marker and fabulous flowers to give to your marvelous mom!

Tulip Festival – The Canadian Tulip Festival is the largest of its kind in the world, attracting some 600,000 visitors annually.  The festival’s mandate is to preserve this heritage and celebrate the tulip as a symbol of international friendship by engaging local organizers, volunteers, artists, performers, tourists and festival-goers in what has become an annual ritual of spring and one of Canada’s best loved and well-known cultural events.

Richmond Hill

Doors Open – In 2013, Richmond Hill will open its doors to some of the most intriguing and charming heritage and cultural sites in the town.  Residents and visitors alike are invited to experience these hidden heritage treasures first hand. Several town facilities, local historical sites and private homes will be featured.

Toronto

Migratory Bird Day @ Toronto Zoo – This year’s theme is “Life Cycles of Migratory Birds: Conservation Across the Americas” This theme addresses the need for conservation throughout all aspects of their life cycle, from nesting to migration to breeding and raising young. One and two hour guided bird watching tours of the Rouge Valley and around the Zoo site will be conducted on the hour until noon.