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Ho Ho Ho Santa’s Village is the Place to go!

When I was a little girl one of my favourite memories is when we would go to Santa’s Village in Bracebridge, Ontario.  Last weekend we had the chance to take our kids for the day and let me tell you, I was giddy with excitement.  I love when I can share what I enjoyed as a kid with my own children.

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I will be honest, with a 5, 7 and 11 year old in tow I wasn’t too sure how long we would be there as it’s hard to keep them all interested with such an age gap.  Well our time there was so much fun for all of us … all 7 hours of it!!  It truly is fun for all ages and a great place to make family memories.

After moving through a very quick line-up at the gates we entered into Santa’s Village where the kids were given their elf hats so they could feel like Santa’s helper for the day.  It’s these little touches that make this place great.  It was funny to see hundreds of little elves running all over the place!

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Does it get any cuter than this?

Right off the bat I loved the cozy warm feeling of Santa’s Village.  There were Christmas tunes floating through the air, you could smell the yummy goodness coming from Mrs. Claus’ Bake Shop and you felt like you were in a little forest of fun with all the trees surrounding you.

Let the fun begin….

The kids were quickly drawn to the wooden cutouts where you stick your face through the hole and have your picture taken.

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So cute you could just eat up these little gingerbread people!

Next they ran over to the “old school” playground with tunnel slides and swings.  They could have spent a ton of time here but we had to drag them away so we could move more than 20 ft past the front gate.

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Dress up anyone?  This was more fun for my hubby and I probably as we dressed the kids up to have their “Christmas Card” picture taken.  There are racks of christmassy clothes you can dress up in and take pictures with some Christmas backgrounds.  Too fun!

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Say Cheese!

And we’re off to the rides!  The Red Baron Airplane Ride, Jumpin’ Star Dropper and Air Bouncers were all a hit with the kids!  But out of the rides, I think hands down their favourite was Santa’s Roller Coaster.  The best thing about the rides, as opposed to other theme parks, is that the lines are short and move quickly which as a parent is fantastic because there’s no whining!!

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“Hungry and time for lunch” as my 5 yr old declared.  Food is all reasonably priced and there are lots of kid (and parent) friendly options from pizza, sandwiches, fries, hot dogs and chicken nuggets.  For dessert have an ice cream or Beavertail.  What we loved was the souvenir cup you can buy for $5.99 and refill for only $1.  This came in handy as it was really hot when we were there.  Another great option is that you can pack a picnic to save on costs.

Speaking of hot day, be sure to pack your bathing suits and towels to enjoy their fun splash pad and beach area.  Who doesn’t love running through candy canes that dump water on you?

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Nope, unfortunately if you lick the candy canes they don’t taste minty

Taking a break from the sun, we were happy to find the little 3D cinema where we could watch “Sleigh Ride”.  This was a short film but it was in a nice little cool building and we all got to wear big 3D glasses!

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Looking good!

Well of course while we’re at Santa’s Village there is a place where you can meet the jolly man himself.  This was definitely  at the top of our kid’s list because how often do you get to stop in for a visit with Santa in the middle of the summer.  As you stroll through his house you can see where he writes his letters, see his gift list, and maybe even find a gift already wrapped under the tree for you.  Bring your camera as you can get a pic of the kids with Santa.  And don’t forget that a  little eavesdropping from the parents and you can start your Christmas shopping early!  😉

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After seeing Santa, be sure and go visit his trusty reindeer that help him get the presents delivered on Christmas Eve.  They are super friendly and you can touch them and feed them.  Rudolph is that you?

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All Aboard the Miniature train!  This was a fun little train ride that takes you through a good portion of the village and gives you a different viewpoint of the grounds.  When we on here our kids spotted Elves Island and that was our next stop…

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Be sure to cross the bridge into Elves Island when you go for some fun on the playground, test your courage as your climb up the rope cargo net and let your inner Picasso out on the colouring wall.  This area was full of kids running around and having fun but I must admit that many adults (myself included) were loving the cargo net!

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Ready for a ride on Santa’s Sleigh?  Well, seeing as it’s summer and there’s no snow, this is really the next best thing!  Decorated to look like a sleigh, with the reindeer leading the way, this 50 ft. jet boat is super fun.  Captain Ricky, who has “steered” the sleigh for the past 32 years will entertain you with his personality, music and boat manoeuvres as you tour down the beautiful Muskoka River.

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Well our day has come to an end and we are ready to leave the park…but wait…Santa is hanging out at the exit saying good bye to all the guests.  Okay one more picture …

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What a great Santa!

As we pulled out of the parking lot, our very sleeping kids were already asking “When can we come back”?  See you soon Santa’s Village and thanks for all the memories 🙂

On top of all of this, there is Sportsland which is geared to the older kids (ahem or your husband). This area is free to enter and is pay-as-you-go so be sure to check it out! Here you can find Go Karting, batting cages, an arcade and a Bungee Trampoline which our kids loved.  Pics not included as I had so much fun taking pictures the rest of the day that my battery died 😉  Fact of life when you’re having fun I suppose.

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Has your family been to Santa’s Village?  What were your favourite parts?

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Run away with the Circus for the Night

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Look up….look wayyyy up!  Yep, that’s the Big Top which means the Shrine Circus is in town!!

We were invited to attend the opening night of the circus last weekend and of course we were thrilled and to say the kids were super excited would have been an understatement.  From the moment we could see the Big Top in the distance, the kids didn’t stop smiling!

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Before the show started we were given a special behind the scenes tour of the Big Top and to see the animals getting all prepped for their big performances.  Now I know most of us wouldn’t want an audience when we’re having our shower but thankfully the elephant didn’t mind us watching him get his spray down before the show. It was the coolest thing to watch as the elephant completely cooperated during the process and even helped out by lifting his foot to be washed.  It was so cute to watch the elephant interact with the circus employees as he would playfully poke them with his trunk. We also got to watch the tigers (from afar) resting up for the show and the horses looking beautiful.  The best part of the behind the scenes look was to hear about how well all the animals are cared for.

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Once we grabbed our hot dogs, snow cones and caramel corn and took our seats we were greeted in song by the charismatic Ringmaster, Richard Curtis.  Richard was an awesome ringmaster that kept the crowd engaged with his booming voice, good looks (for the ladies) and all around enthusiasm.  You could tell he loves his job!

Tigers, Trapeze and Elephants…Oh My! 

Here we gooooo! Now I don’t want to give away the entire show as I feel you need to experience this amazement for yourself but i’ll give you a little peek into some  of what you can expect under the Big Top through pictures!  Get ready for amazing animals, feet juggling, heart stopping stunts and SO much more.  Watching these performers you will be dazzled by their strength, courage, love for the Circus and the overwhelming feeling of family!

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Get your Tickets Now

Grab your family and head to see this classic circus for a night of fun you won’t soon forget!  Oh and did I mention YOU can ride an elephant?  Right before the show starts and during the intermission you can take a ride on the back of an elephant! How cool is that?!  So don’t forget to bring money for the reasonably priced food, face painting, elephant rides and fun light up toys for the kids!  Most all, get ready for some family FUN!

Use the coupon code “FUN” and get your general admission tickets 50% off, 2 for the price of 1!! An amazing deal for an AMAZING show!

Show Dates

June 21-July 1 2013                Rexdale – Woodbine Centre Parking Lot

July 5 – July 14 2013               Brampton – Powerade Centre Park

July 18 – July 21 2013             Vaughan – Interchange Parking Lot

July 25 – July 28 2013            Oakville –  Entertainment Centrum Parking Lot

August 2 – August 5 2013       Markham – Markham Fair Grounds

August 9 – August 11 2013      Ottawa – RA Centre Parking Lot

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The Shrine Circus can’t wait to entertain your family!

The Circus is Coming to Town

The Circus is Coming to Town

The Big Top is going up because the Shrine Circus is coming to town!

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Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls of all ages we welcome you under the Big Top to see the largest exotic cat act in the world plus the TARZAN Zerbini Performing Elephants, Trapeze & Aerial Artistry, Jugglers, Unicycles, High Flying Acrobatics, Cavorting Clowns, the Incredible Circus Wheel and much more! And we want YOU to WIN Tickets  to take your family for some fun!

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Get your tickets

Use the coupon code “FUN” and get your general admission tickets 50% off, 2 for the price of 1!! An amazing deal for an AMAZING show!

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Show Dates

June 21-July 1 2013                Rexdale – Woodbine Centre Parking Lot

July 5 – July 14 2013               Brampton – Powerade Centre Park

July 18 – July 21 2013             Vaughan – Interchange Parking Lot

July 25 – July 28 2013            Oakville –  Entertainment Centrum Parking Lot

August 2 – August 5 2013       Markham – Markham Fair Grounds

August 9 – August 11 2013      Ottawa – RA Centre Parking Lot

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Join the Twitter Party on Tuesday June 18th from 8-9pm ET for a chance to WIN one of ten family passes for 4 to see The Shrine Circus LIVE in a city near you.  You can also enter to WIN the GRAND PRIZE (valued at $4,000.00)… a family trip for 4 to the Elephant Sanctuary, Two Tails Ranch (All AboutElephants), in Williston Florida!! RSVP to the party HERE and enter now to WIN a trip to the one of a kind Elephant Sanctuary.