March Break 2015

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The March Break is finally here! For the vast majority of children and teens, the countdown probably began the first week in January, so let’s make it worth the wait. If you’re leaving our fine city for somewhere warm – enjoy yourself! If you’re sticking around London and your kids aren’t signed up for camps (if you’re scrambling, here is our list), here are some of the highlights of what is going on:

FLEETWAY

Fleetway is ready to celebrate the March Break all week with bowling from 9:00am to 6:00pm (extended to 2:00am on Friday), the rock wall from 11:00am to 8:00pm (extended to 11:30pm on Friday), and all day fun with glow-golf, billiards, and the Pladium Lite games room.

WESTMOUNT SHOPPING CENTRE

Westmount has daily fun for the family with the VOCPRI Charity Used Book Sale daily, Salthaven Wildlife Presentations on March 16, 17, and 20th, and The Fossil Guy on March 18 and 19. See the link for times and more information.

EAST PARK GOLF GARDENS

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Gymnastics

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Gymnastics lessons are a great way for all kids to get active and blow off some of that energy they always seem to be bursting with. Remember how flexible your little baby was, sticking their toes in their mouths? Kids lose a lot of that natural flexibility as they grow up if they don’t work to keep it, so get them working on it!

FOREST CITY GYMNASTICS CLUB

Forest City Gymnastics Club is London’s only non-profit, parent-run gym that offers gymnastics at a reasonable cost. They offer both recreational and competitive programs for children. Lessons begin with Parent and Tots, then KinderGym and up from there. FCGC is located in east London, on First Street.

GYMWORLD

Gymworld begins with Baby & Me classes for little ones ages 12 to 28 months, Parent & Tot classes for 18mos to 3 years, Kindergym for 3-4 year olds, and then lessons for all ages from there. Gymworld is located in northwest London on Fanshawe Park Road. Registration for spring session is currently happening. Spring session begins in April.

LONDON BEJE GYMNASTICS

London BEJE Gymnastics has classes beginning with Parents & Tots at 18 months, classes for JK kids, SK kids, and classes advance from there. Their spring session begins the first week of May. They have many boys-only and girls-only classes, as well as adult/open gym time. Visit them at their new location in west London off Hyde Park and Gainsborough.

LONDON GYMNASTICS ACADEMY

The London Gymnastics Academy (LGA) has recreational and competitive programs that begin Parent & Tot and progress from there. Their spring session begins at the end of April, registration is on now. LGA is located in southwest London on Wonderland Road South.

THE LITTLE GYM

The Little Gym has lessons for your wee ones as young as 4 months old! Parents and Child classes are scheduled for 4mos-3years, and then they can start lessons on their own from 3 to 12. The Little Gym is located in northwest London at the Sherwood Forest Mall.

 

 

Running Races

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How are those New Year’s resolutions coming along, Mamas? If getting in shape was on your list, running is a great way to get started. Now, the weather outside may seem treacherous for sneakers, but the annual races will soon be hitting the streets and there are clinics in town to get you started. Here are some of the highlights of the London running scene for this spring:

CLINICS

The Running Room – Learn to Run, 5km, 10km, Women-Only, Walk Half Marathon.

Runner’s Choice – Learn to Run, 5km/10km, Speed Training, Half Marathon, Marathon

Couch to 5K – online, self-directed program

Couch to 10K – online, self-directed program

RACES IN LONDON

Downtown 5K: Friday, April 3. 5km run, 2.5k fun run/walk, kiddie trot & CEO 1km

Run for Retina Research: Sunday, April 12. Half marathon run, half marathon walk, 10km run/walk, 5km run/walk, 2.5km run/walk, junior 1km

Forest City Road Race: Sunday, April 26. Half marathon, 10km, 5km run/wheelchair, fun run

Leslie Petter Memorial Transplant Trot: Saturday, May 2. 5km run/walk

London Run for Ovarian Cancer: Sunday, May 10. 5km run

Superhero Run for Easter Seals Kids: Saturday, May 23. 8km trail run, 5km superhero run, 1km fun run

Do It For Dads Walk Run: Sunday, June 21.

Summer Night 5K: Friday, July 17. 5km walk/run, kiddie trot

RACES OUTSIDE LONDON

Run Around the Square: Sunday, May 10 in GODERICH. 10km, 5km, kiddie trot

The Dairy Capitol Walk/Run: Sunday, May 31 in WOODSTOCK. 10km, 5km, 2km, Lil’ Hoofer

Safe Harbour Run: Sunday, June 7 in BAYFIELD. 10km, 5km, 2km fun run

Embro Highland Games: Wednesday, July 1 in EMBRO. 10km, 5km

 

 

Spring-Summer Spectrum 2015

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The City of London Spring-Summer Spectrum was released last week and registration for all programs begins this morning, February 23rd at 8:30am.  The Spectrum can be found online or hard copies can be picked up at local arenas, indoor swimming pools, community centres, and libraries. The lessons and programs found in this Spectrum begin in April and run through to the end of August. This is also when you will be able to register your children for City of London Parks and Recreation day camps for the summer, swimming lessons at the outdoor pools, and all of the summer athletic leagues for adults, so take a look!

Registration can still be done online, by phone or in person. To register online, go HERE. You will need your client ID and your Account PIN if you have registered for Spectrum courses previously. Call customer service if you are unsure of your ID or PIN and cannot retrieve it by clicking Forget Password? Online courses must be payed for by credit card.

To register by phone call customer service 519-661-5575 Monday through Friday, 8:15am to 4:30pm. Phone registrations will require the course code and must be paid for by credit card as well.

To register in person, visit one of the following six locations. Payments can be made in cash, credit card, debit or cheque (post-dated cheques not accepted).

Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre, 656 Elizabeth Street
North London Optimist Community Centre, 1345 Cheapside Street
Canada Games Aquatic Centre, 1045 Wonderland Road North
Market Tower, 151 Dundas Street, 3rd floor
South London Community Pool, 585 Bradley Avenue
Kiwanis Senior Community Centre, 78 Riverside Drive

For information on financial assistance, see HERE.

This Weekend in London

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It’s Valentine’s Day weekend! Spread a little love throughout the city when you are out doing some of these fun things!

London Golf Show and Sale

If you or your Valentine love to golf, this would be a great daytime outing! From 10-6pm Saturday and 10-5pm Sunday at the Western Fair District. Admission is free for children 4 and under, $5 for children 5-10, and $8 for everyone 11 and up.

Jersey Boys

Don’t miss this Broadway show, right here in London! Jersey Boys is taking over the Budweiser Gardens with shows on Friday at 8:00pm, Saturday at 2:00pm and 8:00pm, and Sunday at 1:00pm and 7:00pm. Tickets can be purchased online or at the Bud Gardens box office. Dinner packages are available if you’d like to make it a date night!

Community CPR Day

What better way to spend the weekend of hearts, than by learning to restart a heart? The City of London Aquatic Services Department is hosting two days of CPR certification clinics. Register for your 2.5 hour class for only $5! Must be at least 10 years old. Locations vary around the city.

Really Chilly Road Race

The Really Chilly Road Race is happening this Sunday, beginning at the Western Fair District. Register TODAY for the 10K, 5K, 1 mile or kiddy trot. Dress warmly and have fun! If you’re not into running, come to cheer on the runners and stay for the winterfest fun. There will be lots of winter activities and food!

The Next Step Live on Stage

If you were lucky enough to get tickets, The Next Step will be at Centennial Hall this Sunday for two sold out shows! The Family Channel’s dance show will be performing hits from the show, solos and group numbers, as well as

 

SUMMER SOCCER

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It’s time to register your children for summer soccer leagues! Soccer is a great way for children of all ages to get active, meet friends, and learn to play cooperatively on a team.  It’s a pretty easy sport to learn and can be a lot of fun. Remember to keep your registration receipts for your 2015 taxes! Coaches and volunteers are almost universally needed, so if you have a little time, help out!

Nor’West Optimist Soccer Club

Registration is open NOW for the Nor’West Optimist Soccer Club. They have rec teams for boys and girls from U4 (kids born in 2011) right up to co-ed leagues for U25 (born 1996-1990). Leagues begin in May and run until July or August.

East London Soccer Club

The East London Soccer Club is open for online registration NOW and will also have walk-in registration on Saturday, February 14 or Saturday, February 21. They have leagues for Under 4 (born 2011-2012), Under 6 (2009-2010), Under 8 (2007-2008), Under 10 2005-2006), and with the West London Soccer Club for U12-U18. Leagues begin in May.

Byron Optimist Soccer Club

Registration is now open for the Byron Optimist Soccer Club in west London. They have teams for children in U4 up to U18 as well as adult leagues for men and women. Register before February 28 to avoid late fees.

Del-Ko Brydge Soccer Association

Delaware, Kilworth and Mount Brydges area soccer players can register NOW for the Del-Ko Brydge Soccer Association. They have teams for U4 right up to U18.

Belmont Minor Soccer Association

Located just southeast of London, the BMSA registration has already happened, but you can still register for U4, U6, U8, U10 and U12-U18. They do not have online registration, but you can mail your registration forms.

Ilderton & District Soccer Club

Just north of London, the Ilderton & District Soccer Club has competitive and recreational leagues for children in U4 up to U18. You can register online now.

Lambeth Youth Soccer

In the southwest most part of London is Lambeth Youth Soccer. Registration is open NOW for members, and open February 8 for new registrants. They have a U3 Parent and Tot league, as well as U4, U6, U8, U10. U12, U14, and U16 leagues are through the West London Youth Soccer League.

Oakridge Optimist Soccer

Oakridge Optimist Soccer in west London has registration this Wednesday, February 4 from 6-9pm at Oakridge Secondary School and on Saturday, February 14 from 9-1pm. There are NO OTHER registration options for this league so do not miss the in-person registration. They have house leagues for 4 year olds up to U18.

Southend Recreational

Registration for Southend Recreational soccer is open now until early March for their house league teams. They have teams for mini’s (born 2011-2007) up to U18.

Strathroy-Caradoc Minor Soccer Association

This league has teams for U3 up to U18. In-person registration is over, but you can still register online.

Thames Centre Minor Soccer

Thames Centre has leagues for U4 up to U18. Registration happens February 12 and February 19. See here for locations and times.

London Southwest Optimist Soccer

Registration is happening online right now. Register before February 14 to avoid late fees. They have U6, U8&U10, U12 to U18 teams to choose from.

Kensal Park Soccer Club

Kensal Park’s youth league has teams for children born between 2012-2004. Online registration is now open.

St Thomas Soccer Club

You can register now online for the summer season or in person (see here for times and locations). They have both house league and competitive teams for children and youth.

London United Competitive Soccer

London United has online registration now open for their 2015 Kickeroo Kids Program for children ages 4-5-6, 7-8. The teams play Monday nights from May to the end of July.

 

 

 

March Break Activities

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It’s over a month away, but if you’re looking for daytime activities to keep your children busy, here are some of the daycamps that are happening. Registration is currently happening, so do not wait long.

MUSEUM LONDON

Green is Golden: the focus for the week will be on the environment and will be explored through a variety of mediums. The cost is $200/week. Register online HERE.

BOLER MOUNTAIN

Two-hour lessons for each of the five days for skiers ages 6-8 and 9-15, and snowboarders ages 7-10, 11-15. Lessons alone are $150/week; lessons and lift are $240/week; lessons, lift, and rental are $325/week. The rentals and lift tickets are valid for 6 hours. Supervision is only provided during the lesson.

GYM WORLD

Gym World is offering both half-day and full-day options for the week, as well as individual day or half-day options for individual days. Prices range from $30 for one half day to $230 for the full week. There is also before and after care options and pizza lunch option on Friday. Camp is for children 5 years of age and up. For more information or to register, see HERE.   Continue reading

Women’s Soccer

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Ever consider becoming a true Soccer Mom? Not just one who drags their kids to fields around town, but one who actually does the playing themselves! Soccer is quickly becoming one of the most popular activities for moms. It’s great exercise, it gets you out of the house, you can meet new people, make new friends, and have a lot of fun doing it. Whether you have a few friends you can join with or you’re going to take the plunge on your own, here are the leagues you can choose from. For most, registration is happening RIGHT NOW, so choose quickly and get in the game!

BMO CENTRE LONDON

Women’s Rec League plays 7v7 on WEDNESDAYS throughout the summer. You will be playing 2 x 40min halves on an indoor field.

Women’s Masters League plays 10v10 on SUNDAYS throughout the summer. You will be playing 2 x 40min halves on an indoor field.

Adult Coed League plays 6v6 on TUESDAYS throughout the summer. You will be playing 2 x 25min halves on an indoor field.

EAST LONDON SOCCER CLUB

The Over 18+ Women’s House League team plays on FRIDAY NIGHTS from May to August with one practice weekly. The games will be held on the East Lions or Ted Early fields. Practices will depend on the team coach.

LONDON UNITED REC SOCCER

The London United Rec Soccer league is for women 25+ on Tuesday and Friday nights. The games are held at the London United Soccer Club fields at Highbury Ave. and Oxford St. The season begins in mid-May.

SISTAS IN SOCCER

Sistas in Soccer is a rec league for women 21+. You will be playing on either Friday evening for 60min games or Sunday afternoon for 90min games. Field locations are across the city. Registration opens February 1.

KENSAL PARK SOCCER CLUB

Kensal Park is for women 19+. They have a Progressive Rec League for experienced players that plays on Sunday nights and a Recreational League for non-competitive play that play on either Sunday or Friday.

For each league, you will be responsible for your own cleats and possibly your own socks, shin pads, shorts and other accessories. Most leagues provide a team shirt with registration. Have fun and be safe!

 

 

 

Henderson Farm

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Have you ever considered horseback riding lessons for your children or yourself? Henderson Farm is a picturesque 100 acre English riding facility located just north of London in Denfield.

At Henderson Farm, their goal is to help their clients achieve their riding and competition goals in a constructive, safe and fun environment. Henderson Farm offers riding lessons, boarding, and showing to children, teens, and adults: beginners to experienced riders and competitors. They use safe school horses and ponies. All of their coaches are Equine Canada certified. Their clients regularly compete on the provincial and national circuits with great success!

Whether you are interested in recreational lessons or becoming a little more serious about it, Henderson Farm can offer you what you are looking for.

For more information contact them at henderson_farm@hotmail.com or 519-872-0264.

 

 

Community CPR Day

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There is no better way to spend your Family Day weekend than to spend it learning how to save their lives if it was ever needed. The City of London Aquatic Services is hosting a Community CPR Day on both Saturday, February 14 and Sunday, February 15.

For just $5 per person, you can register for a 2.5 hour CPR clinic and learn the essential skills to help save a life. At the end, you will have your CPR-A certification! This is open to everyone 10 years and older.

The CPR Clinics will be held throughout the day in multiple locations around the city: Canada Games Aquatic Centre, Earl Nichols Arena, North London Optimist Community Centre, Kinsmen Recreation Centre, Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre, and South London Community Pool.

You must register in advance and spaces have begun to fill up. If you have ever considered taking a CPR course or have in the past but it has expired, this is a fantastic opportunity to get certified, get educated and be prepared.

For a full list of locations and times or to register, go to the City of London website HERE.