This Weekend in London

June

School is out today for all kids in the LDCSB and the TVDSB which means it’s time for some fun! Celebrate the end of school by getting out and having some fun!

STORYBOOK GARDENS GRAND OPENING

This weekend is the official Grand Opening of Gnorbert’s Garden at Storybook Gardens. Come to Storybook to explore their new urban farm and butterfly garden to learn about planting and be inspired to start your own at home! Get those little green thumbs growing into the earth young. Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions from the young and old.

INTERNATIONAL FOOD FESTIVAL

The London International Food Festival is this weekend in Victoria Park. Come downtown between 11:00am and 11:00pm on Friday, June 26, Saturday, June 27, and Sunday, June 28 to enjoy the entertainment, the exhibitors and of course, the over 50 food booths to choose from. Come hungry!

OPA GREEK FESTIVAL

OPA! The Outdoor Greek Festival runs this Friday, June 26, Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28. Admission is free for everyone to come an enjoy live music, dancing, and of course the food! For the full schedule and all information, see HERE.

COMMUNITY CPR DAY

The City of London is hosting another Community CPR Day on June 27 and June 28. This is an opportunity for all to earn their CPR-A certification. Whether you have small children at home, have aging parents, or work with populations of people, CPR is a vital skill that all people would benefit from knowing. This is great on a resume for all teens and babysitters as well! Only $5 per person for the 2.5 hour clinic.  For dates and times and to register, see HERE.

MOVIE TIME

If you’re wanting to get out and see a movie this weekend to celebrate summer, there is a lot playing for kids! Saturday at 11:00am, Silver City Masonville has the classic Popeye for their Family Favourite Presentation. The fantastic animated film Inside Out is playing at the Mustang Drive-In on one side and Jurassic World on the other.

Free Movie Night in the Park

The City of London is once again offering free movie nights in Victoria Park! Grab a blanket, a lawn chair, a snack and your family and head down town for a family adventure. This year, the movies are on Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays. All of the movies are family friendly and begin at sundown (approximately 9pm).

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Family Favourites at Cineplex: Summer 2015

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Cineplex Odeon’s theatre in north London, Silver City, is once again offering their Family Favourites promotion for Saturday mornings this spring. At 11:00am every Saturday, you can bring the kids to the theatre for a variety of older movies, animated or live-action that are geared toward the whole family. These movies could be classics that your kids have never seen, little known box office blips or blockbuster faves from years past. Whatever is playing – it’s a good deal for you!

As of January 2015, admission is $2.99 per person. A portion of each ticket will now be going toward supporting Free The Children.

**NEW THIS SUMMER: In addition to the Saturday morning show, Cineplex is also adding a second screening on Wednesday afternoons at 12:30 through July and August.

Here is the list of the upcoming films:

June 27: Popeye (PG)

July 4/8: Spymate (G)

July 11/15: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (PG)

July 18/22: Penguins of Madagascar (G)

July 25/29: Alvin and the Chipmunks – Chipwrecked (G)

August 1/5: Ice Age 4 – Continental Drift (PG)

August 8/12: Air Buddies (G)

August 15/19: The Seventh Dwarf

August 22/26: Maya the Bee Movie (G)

August 29/September 2: Stuart Little 2 (PG)

September 5: MVP Most Valuable Primate (PG)

September 12: Annie (2014) (G)

September 19: Zookeeper (G)

September 26: Hook (G)

Beer and BBQ Show

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Nothing says summer like a cold drink by the BBQ, am I right? This weekend is all about doing just that – only better! The London Beer and BBQ Show is coming back to the Western Fair District, Canada Building this weekend. There will be lots of beer, wine, spirits, and food, as well as entertainment and demonstrations on how to make your backyard BBQ the place to be. Many craft beers from across southwestern Ontario will be represented and paired with some delicious BBQ. Come hungry and thirsty!

THE DETAILS

The Beer & BBQ Show is open today from noon to 10:30pm and tomorrow from noon until 5:00pm

Western Fair District, Canada Building

THE LINEUP

Saturday has a lot of entertainment the whole day through, beginning with an Oktoberfest Keg Tapping, a Media Cook Off, live bands, and Farm Boy reps to show how to cook the perfect steaks.

Sunday will also have live music on stage, grilling demonstrations, and Chef D to show everyone how it’s done.

For the full schedule, see HERE.

ADMISSION

Admission is $15 per person at the door

This is a 19+ event, no babies, toddlers or children will be admitted.

 

 

Father’s Day Events

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Looking for something special to do for Father’s Day weekend? Here are a few things happening around town:

WESTMOUNT SHOPPING CENTRE

Father’s Day Kids’ Club on Saturday, June 20 near Carlton Cards. Kids 3-12 years old can stop by between 1:00 to 3:00pm to make something special for Dad!

STORYBOOK GARDENS

Dads and Grandpas get into the park free on Sunday, June 21. Bring your water guns and get ready to get wet with lots of water balloon and water fun!

LONDON CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

This weekend, the London Children’s Museum has some GROSSOLOGY for you to share with Dad! On Sunday, June 21 all dad’s get in for free with their kids. Saturday and Sunday you can dissect a squid with the Biology Department from Western and then make a Father’s Day card for Dad with squid ink!

PALASAD

Dad’s can head over to Palasad all weekend for half price bowling, billiards, and laser tag when they come to play with their kids!

 

 

 

 

This Weekend in London

June

Welcome to Father’s Day weekend! We hope you didn’t forget or accidentally celebrate it a week early (why does it feel like it should’ve been last weekend?)! If you are looking for some last minute ways to celebrate, the city is here to deliver. So much going on, so much fun to be had. Get out and enjoy some of it!

BEER AND BBQ SHOW

Beer. BBQ. A match made in summer heaven. If you’re in agreement, head on over to the Western Fair District, Canada Building. There will be beer, wine, spirits, BBQ, food trucks, live entertainment, demonstrations, seminars, and so much more! This is a 19+ event – no babies, toddlers, children or underage teenagers will be allowed in the show.

SHANIA TWAIN

A new block of tickets has just been released! This is Shania’s big Rock This Country tour with all of her biggest hits and new music. She’s just finished her two year gig in Las Vegas and is now bringing the music across North America. She will be at the Budweiser Gardens for two shows – Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20 at 7:30m.

NORTH BY NORTHWEST WAREHOUSE SALE

North by Northwest is having a huge sale at the Western Fair District Progress Building this weekend. All swimwear, clothing, footwear, outerwear, and accessories will be 30-70% off. For all of the dates and times, see the link above.

LONDON’S KIDS EXPO

The London’s Kids Expo is this weekend in Victoria Park. This event has free admission! There will be food vendors, exhibits, crafts, live performances, and so much fun! There will also be carnival rides – a ride all day pass is only $20 for kids and adults ride with them for free!

LONDON MAJORS BASEBALL

What better way to celebrate Father’s Day than by spending it on the ball field with your favourite men. The London Majors are playing two games this weekend: Saturday at 7:35pm against Hamilton and Sunday at 1:05pm against Brantford. Play ball!

 

 

 

 

London’s Kids Expo

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This weekend is the London’s Kids Expo in Victoria Park. This annual event is perfect for families, catering to children ages 3 to 15 years old. There will be carnival rides, entertainment, food, exhibitors and more!

THE EXPO

Kids Expo has been coming to London for 20 years. This year they are bringing carnival rides with a Ride-All-Day pass for $20. Parents ride free with their children! There are also 25 food vendors on site to keep your bellies full, 65 retail exhibitors, crafts, live performances, a bike track, and lots of fun activities. See HERE for a full itinerary of events.

THE DETAILS

Friday, June 19 from 11:00am to 9:00pm

Saturday, June 20 from 11:00am to 9:00pm

Sunday, June 21 from 11:00am to 7:00pm

Admission is FREE

 

 

2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Torch Relay

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The 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games are coming to Toronto this summer! This is a very exciting time for Canadians and especially those of us in southwestern Ontario who haven’t otherwise had the opportunity to attend games at this level.

WHAT ARE THE PAN AM/PARAPAN AM GAMES?

The Pan-American Games are held every four years, one year before the summer Olympics. The Parapan-American Games follow immediately after the Pan Am Games and are for people with physical disabilities. Forty-one countries from the Americas will be competing in summer sports for the Pan Am Games and twenty-eight will be competing in the Parapan Am Games.

WHEN/WHERE ARE THE GAMES?

The Pan Am Games begin in less than one month on July 10 and go until July 26. The Parapan Am Games begin August 7 and go until August 15. They will be held in venues all over the Greater Toronto Area including Toronto, Markham, Oshawa, Whitby, Milton, Mississauga, Hamilton, Niagara, and Simcoe County.

TICKETS

Tickets are ON SALE NOW for events and celebrations. Most tickets are under $45 and some are even as low as $20. Tickets are half price for kids under 16 and seniors over 65. All tickets include FREE public transit to and from the event.

TORCH RELAY

Just like the Olympics, the Pan Am Games have a torch relay leading up to the games. The torch left Mexico where the last games were held and began making it’s way across Canada on May 30. This Wednesday, June 17 the torch will pass through London. Canadian decathlete Damian Warner will be carrying the torch through London and stopping at Victoria Park. The celebration begins at 5:00pm in the bandshell. There will be performances and entertainment until approximately 8:00pm.

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!

 

 

 

Fiesta London!

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Fiesta London is bringing the sounds, culture and taste of Mexico to London this weekend! Come to the Covent Garden Market on Sunday, June 14 from 11:00am to 9:00pm for a beautiful cultural experience for the whole family.

This year, there are five fun ways for you to get involved: the chihuahua parade, the jalapeno eating competition, the taco eating contest, the Mexican charro scream contest, and the burrito eating challenge. There are great prizes for the winners! If you are interested in being a part of any of their contests, please register in advance HERE.

The schedule is jam packed with live music, dancing, folklore, pinata breaking, and even a chihuahua dog parade! There will be food and lots of entertainment. All are welcome to this family event.

IME ACTIVITY PERFORMED BY Presenter
11:00am Opening Event
11:05am CHIHUAHUA Dog Parade Reliance Home Comfort
11:45am Piñata Breaking Liliana Lara, All-Risks Insurance
12:00pm Mexican Folklore Adolfo Ranchero & Ana De Mexico
12:20pm Piñata Breaking Collége Boréal
12:45pm TACO Eating Contest Start Communications
1:00pm Mariachi Music Mariachi Viva Mexico London Heritage Council
2:00pm Opening Ceremony
2:30pm Mexican Ballet Le Ballet Mexicain de Montreal CIC Canada
3:15pm EL GRITO Mexicano Adolfo Ranchero Elencanto Salon Spa
3:45pm BURRITO Eating Contest Quesada Burritos & Tacos
4:15pm Piñata Breaking Carranza LLP
4:30pm Mexican Ballet Le Ballet Mexicain de Montreal London Heritage Council
5:30pm Mariachi Music Mariachi Viva Mexico CIC Canada
6:30pm JALAPENO Eating Contest La Jornada Hispanic Newspaper
7:00pm Piñata Breaking RONA
7:30pm Colombian Folklore Ritmo & Café
8:00pm Argentine Tango, Salsa Juan Marin, Tango Studio
8:15pm Fushion Bellydance Sol & Luna
8:30pm Mexican Folklore Adolfo Ranchero & Ana De Mexico
9:00pm Closing