Summer Reading Club

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The TD Summer Reading Club is up and running at all London Public Libraries. This program is open to all school-aged children in London. Whether you have an avid reader at home or one that struggles to read, this program is perfect to prevent that summer slump and keep kids turning the pages in the sunshine.

SUMMER READING CLUB

The program runs at each public library from now until August 22, 2015. Kids must visit a library to register. Upon registration, they will receive a small package with stickers, a passport, and all of the things they’ll need to participate.

Once registered, start reading! Every book your kid reads can be recorded in their Read to Play notebook. Everything counts! Books, novels, short stories, magazines, comics, just start reading. Visit any library during regular library hours and tell a librarian about what you read to earn stamps. Once your card has five stamps, drop it in the ballot box for a chance to win some cool prizes! You may only collect five stamps per day, per kid. Spending too much time by the pool? Submit your book report online HERE to earn ballots as well.

Want to earn more stamps? Do a few of the activities presented: Draw a map of where you live, Visit a grocery store and make a list, Play a game or Do a puzzle.

BOOK SUGGESTIONS

Not sure where to get started? The library website is full of great ideas for books and reading material that kids love. Have a look HERE.

If you have younger kids, grab one of the bags-to-go at either the front of the library or the kids section. A selection of books have been put together by the librarians for when you don’t have time to search and are open to reading something new.

Most libraries also have a number of books on display for all ages, there are reviews online of things that other kids have read, and you can always spend some time at the library browsing the shelves. Set a goal with your kids or for yourself and get reading!

Rise 2 Fame

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If you have a child or someone you know who is between the ages of 6 and 21 years old who is oozing talent and is looking to get noticed for it, then NOW is the time to audition for the next Rise 2 Fame competition. The Rise 2 Fame competition concludes every year at the Western Fair in September, but the preliminary auditions happen all summer at various cities, festivals, and fairs across southwestern Ontario. You can even enter by submitting a video of your performance for the chance to attend the preliminary here at the Western Fair Carousel Room on August 10.

WHO CAN AUDITION

Contestants will be split into two groups by age: Juniors Ages 6-12 years old and Youth Ages 13-21 years old

SING, DANCE, or PLAY – Vocal Solo, Instrumental Solo, Dance Solo, Dance Group, Variety Solo, Variety Group

Non-professional residents of Ontario only

For all of the eligibility information, see HERE.

PRELIMINARIES

There are 16 preliminary auditions being held. The dates, deadlines for submitting applications, and locations can be found HERE.

For information on the online video submission, see HERE. Once your video is up and approved, you are encouraged to share the link to get people to vote. The video with the highest number of votes will win the People’s Choice award, so share your (child’s) video on our Facebook page so we can enjoy!

Good luck!

 

 

 

Hobby and Toy Central Grand Opening!

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London’s latest and greatest toy store, Hobby and Toy Central, is having their Grand Opening celebration tomorrow, Saturday, May 30! This will be the fourth store in Ontario for Hobby and Toy Central, as well as their online store. They bring to London a focus on selection, quality, and service to help every parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, and child find the perfect toy! Are you intrigued? Come see for yourself what makes them special.

GRAND OPENING

LOCATION

705 Wonderland Road north, beside Costco

TIME

The store is open from 9:30am to 6:00pm. The festivities begin at 10:00am and go all day.

FUN STUFF

There will be live entertainment with Drew Ripley, a Rubik’s Cube Demo with Eric Limeback, marshmallow shooters, RC Helicopters, slot cars, and board game demo’s throughout the day. For specific times, see HERE.

Temporary tattoos, popsicles, kids playstations, and more than 100 items will be given away from Playmobil, Breyer, Plasma Car, and Carrera.

A fantastic raffle with more than $1200 in hobbies and toys to be won!

 

Organics Live: Contest

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Moms, let’s talk for a moment about grocery shopping, trying to eat clean, trying to figure out what ‘eat clean’ actually means, and of course, the elusive challenge of trying to get your children to eat more vegetables. The struggle is real. Let me introduce you to Organics Live London delivery box.

Organics Live London delivers certified 100% organic, sustainably produced, and locally focused food and grocery items to homes and businesses for up to 20% less than the cost of retail with FREE delivery. Not only are they driven to provide your family with the cleanest organic produce, but they do it with a large focus on the environment as well by running a carbon neutral operation and sourcing from local farms for seasonal produce whenever possible. Clean food, clean eating. 

HOW IT WORKS

With only a few clicks, you will have a huge chunk of your weekly groceries delivered to your door on Tuesday evening.

Their website is very easy to navigate (if you’ve managed to read this post, you’ll be fine!). Sign up, enter your delivery and payment information. Choose from either a small box (1-2 people), regular box (2-4 people), large box (4-6 people) or fruit box. Done. Your boxes will magically begin arriving.

CUSTOMIZE

I know, I know, you have picky eaters. We all do!

Instead of receiving things in the box that you just know that no one will touch, you have until 10pm Sunday night to customize your box by removing and adding from the set lists. You can even list up to five items that will just never appear in your boxes.

If you find it’s too much produce to get through in a week, you can get your boxes every two weeks.

If you are going away, put the boxes on hold and they won’t show up.

Be brave, be bold. Challenge your family (and yourself!) to get one new thing each week and find a way to eat it. I discovered this week that roasting rainbow Swiss chard with feta cheese is the stuff of food dreams, whereas putting it in my morning smoothie is not something I plan on repeating. Experimenting is awesome for you, awesome for kids.

PAYMENT

There are multiple payment options available: VISA, MasterCard, VISA debit, and eTransfer.

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WIN IT

If cutting down on your grocery shopping, grocery costs, eating healthier and eating cleaner aren’t enough to convince you, one look at an Organics Live box arriving at your door definitely will. For a chance to WIN a LARGE BOX of 100% organic fruits and vegetables, visit our Facebook page and do the following:

1. Like LondonMoms.ca on Facebook

2. Like Organics Live London on Facebook

3. Like and share the Giveaway photo (make sure it’s set to share PUBLICLY so that we can see who shared it!)

**Winner must reside within London city limits

**One random winner will be chose Friday, May 15, 2015 and will be notified via Facebook.

 

Kids 1st Day

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Today is Kids 1st Day which is a chance to get out there with your little (or big!) ones and do some really fun things together all around the city for little to no cost! There are over 50 locations participating in Kids 1st Day with activities all across the city ranging from discounts on froyo at Kiwi Kraze and family swims at the YMCA to free mini golf at East Park and a treasure hunt through Eldon House. This is a GREAT opportunity to try out something new or different with your kids. Try some dance lessons, aikido, crafts or a new play space for free!

Activities are ongoing throughout the day, but not all activities run all day! Please check the time BEFORE you go to avoid disappointment! 

HOW IT WORKS

Have a look at the MAP or list of activities by area in the city: NORTH, SOUTH, EAST, WEST or CENTRAL to plan where you want to go!

At your first location, pick up a Kids 1st Day Passport for each kid and have them get it signed at every stop you make.

Submit your passport after your THIRD stop (make sure it’s signed!) for a chance to win some really cool PRIZES.

When the day is done and you’re crashing at home, go online and fill out the SURVEY for another chance to win.

WHERE TO GO

Here are the locations participating this year! For more details on their activities, see HERE.

Adventures on Wonderland – FREE

Aikido Network – FREE

ArtVenture Art Studio – FREE

Banting House National Historic Site – FREE

Bowlarama

Boys and Girls Club of London – FREE

Chapters – FREE

Childreach – FREE

Covent Garden Market – FREE

East Park Golf Gardens – FREE

Eldon House – FREE

Family Centre Carling Thames/Northbrae P.S. – FREE

Fanshawe Pioneer Village – FREE

Home Depot (Clarke Rd) – FREE

Indigo – FREE

Islamic Centre ofSouthwest Ontario – FREE

Kiwi Kraze (north) – FREE (limitations)

La Ribambelle – FREE

Laser Quest

London Children’s Museum – FREE

London Public Library (all branches) – FREE

Mad Science of London – FREE

Michaels Arts and Crafts (south)

Museum London – FREE

Museum of Ontario Archaeology – FREE

North London Dance Centre

O.N.E. Hip Hop Dance Studio – FREE

Ontario Early Years – London West – FREE

PC Cooking School (RCSS – east) – FREE

Scholar’s Choice – FREE

Scouts Canada – FREE

Sifton Properties Limited/Berkshire Club (Ricky Magic) – FREE

Ska-Nah-Doht Village & Museum

SLNRC Families First CAPC (Dotsy the Clown) – FREE

South London Community Pool

Stoney Creek Community Centre & YMCA – FREE

Storybook Gardens

U C MAS London – FREE

Whitehills Childcare – FREE

YMCA Bob Hayward – FREE

YMCA Centre Branch – FREE

 

2015 Reading Challenge

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While people may be making New Year’s resolutions, choosing words and intentions for 2015, starting money challenge or beginning fitness journeys, I tend to begin each year excited for a fresh new Reading Challenge. Does that make me a big nerd? I’m okay with that. I love to read and I love a good challenge.

The internet is full of reading lists that you can attempt, but I’m going to challenge you to complete this one. Join the forum and track your progress with the rest of us. Every time you finish a book, let us know. Need an idea for a book? See what everyone else is reading! There are 26 books to complete this challenge – that’s one every two weeks.

Think you can do it?

Ready… Set… READ!

LONDON MOMS 2015 READING CHALLENGE

1. A book published the year you were born.

2. A book of fiction.

3. A book of nonfiction.

4. A book of short stories.

5. A chapter book read to your child/ren and/or fur/feather/fin babies.

6. A book of short stories.

7. A book you read (or should have read) in your teens:

8. A Young Adult book.

9. A book written by a celebrity (not a celebrity for their writing!).

10. A book by someone who is deceased.

11. A book with more than 500 words.

12. An instruction manual.

13. A book-turned-movie/TV show.

14. An award-winning book.

15. A book by a Canadian author.

16. A book by a female author.

17. A book about a mother.

18. A book in a genre you would never choose to read.

19. The second book in a series.

20. A book your partner/friend recommends.

21. A book your boss recommends.

22. A book with publications in multiple languages (more than just English and French).

23. A book where a character gives birth.

24. A book that involves sports.

25. A book from another LondonMoms booklist.

26. Your favourite children’s book.

 

 

PA Day Fun for November 21

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Looking for something fun for the kids to do this Friday, November 21 while they’re home from school? We have a few ideas!

Mad Science at White Oaks Mall

Head to the Jalna North Court from 11:00am to 12:30pm to learn about Optical Illusions and again from 1:00pm to 2:30pm for Fun-damental Forces.

Children’s Museum Day Camp

Drop the kids off for a full day of fun from 8:30am to 5:00pm where they will be learning about becoming a zoologist with Amazing Animals! Pizza lunch is offered at an additional cost. Email info@londonchildrensmuseum.ca or call 519-434-5726 for more information.

Museum London: A Story of Canadian Art

Museum London has an exciting and educational day planned for children ages 6 through 12, from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Kids will be exploring the museum and getting hands on as they create their own art inspired by Emily Carr, Group of Seven, and David Milne. Cost is $45 per child. Register HERE.

Stoney Creek YMCA Day Camp

The Stoney Creek YMCA has an all-day camp for children 3-12 years old. Find the registration form HERE or call 519-453-8858 for more information.

London Public Libraries

Byron Library (auditorium), 2:30pm to 4:00pm: Family Movie, drop-in for families

Byron Library, 2:30pm to 3:30pm: Button making, drop-in, ages 5+

Carson Library (meeting room), 2:30pm to 4:00pm: Family Movie, drop-in for families

Central Library (children’s section), 10:00am to 4:00pm: Project Art Day, drop-in for families

Central Library (TDCT children’s program room), 1:00pm to 2:00pm (English), 2:00pm to 3:00pm (French): NFB of Canada’s short films for children, drop-in for families

Cherryhill Library (Sam Katz Room), 2:30pm to 4:00pm: Family Movie, TICKETS REQUIRED available at the branch now

Crouch Library, 10:30 to 11:30am: Family and Friends Puppet Show,drop-in, children with caregiver

Crouch Library, 2:00pm to 5:00pm: Get Your Game On, drop-in, ages 7+

East London (Rotary Meeting Room), 2:30pm to 4:00pm: LEGO Creation Station, drop-in, ages 4-12 with caregiver

Pond Mills (meeting room A&B), 2:30pm to 4:00pm: LEGO Creation Station, drop-in, ages 4-12 with caregiver

Stoney Creek Library, 10:00am to 4:00pm: Rhyming and Finding Scavenger Hunt, drop-in for families

Westmount Library, 2:30pm to 3:30pm: Craft Time, drop-in for families

** See branches for more information

Contest: Explore London’s Best Kept Secrets

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Check out the link below and take London’s Best Kept Secrets quiz for a chance to win the following:

-family pass to London Children’s Museum
-family pass to the Ontario Museum of Archeology
-family pass to Fanshawe Pioneer Village
-$50 Bon Appetit gift card courtesy of the Royal Canadian Regiment Museum
-$50 Tim Hortons gift card courtesy of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

Simply answer 5 multiple choice questions pertaining to some London trivia and fill out the entry form. Contest ends August 9th and a winner will be drawn on August 11th.

To learn more or to enter the contest, click here.

Contest: Win Tickets to WWE Live SuperSlam Heatwave Tour

Calling all wrestling fans! This Saturday July the 5th, WWE Live SuperSlam Heatwave Tour is coming to Budweiser Gardens. Check out the link below to enter a contest that will allow you the chance to win 4 tickets to the event. To enter the contest, all you have to do is state your favourite WWE superstar!

The contest closes Friday, July the 4th at 2pm. Participants must be 18 years of age or older to enter.

To enter the contest, click here.

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Contest: Be the Face of Pink Ink 2014-2015

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Entries are being accepted for an empowering contest called The Face of Pink Ink. This contest is designed to help women ages 16-99 from various walks of life release their inner diva and rediscover their beauty! Pink Ink recognizes that the definition of beauty is in women of all shapes and sizes and they value every woman’s uniqueness. This contest is not a beauty contest but rather an empowerment program for women of all ages. By simply entering this contest, you will have your hair and makeup done and participate in a professional mini photo shoot by Angelic Images Photography.

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