Keeping Kids Busy: Glow Bath

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The next time you’re at the dollar store, grab a couple of packages of glow sticks or glow bracelets. Save them for a rainy day, literally!

When the sky gets dark, crack a bunch of the glow sticks and put them in a warm bath. Draw the blinds, turn off the lights and let the kids’ imaginations run wild in the glow stick bath tub. There is something magically exciting about glow in the dark items and darkness during the daylight.

SOME SUGGESTIONS:

  • add some bubbles to the bath to see how things glow through them
  • don’t break the glow sticks! They’re apparently very hard to clean out of a tub
  • dry off the glow sticks after the bath and save them for bedtime fun

Keeping Kids Busy: Blocks of Ice

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Now that the weather is finally starting to warm up, we have a great summer activity to keep kids busy on a hot, sunny day. It’s simple, easy, FREE, and will keep kids of all ages occupied. Give them a large block of ice with some toys frozen into it and let them try to help their toys escape.

WHAT TO DO

Round up a bunch of hard plastic toys.

Get a large plastic container or small bin and put the toys in it. Make sure the container will fit in your freezer!

Add water until the bin is just about filled (allow room for it to expand in the freezer).

Put the container in your freezer overnight or longer.

When it’s frozen solid, hand it over to the kids with some spoons and winter mitts (or socks for their hands if they’re all boxed up somewhere).

OUR TIPS

Do this outside! The hot sun will help melt the block of ice, making it easier to rescue the toys without frustration.

Use old toys – bits and pieces leftover that have no home or are not used. There is a chance that some of the toys could get broken.

Make a game of it: freeze a small container for each child with the same number of items in each. Have them race to free their toys first.

Put this in the freezer NOW so that it’s ready whenever you have time to play. It can sit there all summer, so long as you have the space.

 

 

Keeping Kids Busy: Coloured Pasta

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For most of us, we are about to start our second week of summer vacation. If you’re running out of things to do or you just need some new inspiration, we have a suggestion: let your kids play with their food! Kids of all ages love to play with food, play pretend – imagine their at a restaurant, raising their own kids, feeding an army. For the price of a bag of cheap, white spaghetti, you can keep your kids busy and have their minds running for at least as long as it takes you to drink your coffee, and maybe even long enough to check Instagram.

HOW TO DO IT

Get out 2-4 pots and add a few drops of food colouring into each pot, enough to make the water a vibrant colour when mixed. Bring each pot to a boil.

Split a bag of white spaghetti evenly between each pot.

Cook the pasta as instructed on the package.

Drain each pot separately and let the pasta cool.

Place into separate containers once cooled.

Hand over the pasta and let them go crazy!

SOME TIPS

Do this outside. Pasta smeared onto your floor is not fun to clean up.

Give them your mixing bowls, large utensils, pots, pans, and plastic dishes. Actual kitchen items are much easier to wash up than kid ones.

Change up the noodles, try lasagna or bowties.

Have them select the colours or see what happens when you mix different colours into the water.

 

FREE Summer Fun: The Library

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It’s summertime, the kids are off, and whether you’re at home with them full time or part time, you may be looking for ways to keep them occupied – without breaking the bank! We are going to be bringing you some fun summer activities and adventures over the next few weeks that are FREE or nearly free. For more ideas, search FREE SUMMER in the search bar at the top right. 

We talk about the London Public Library a lot and that’s because it is so full of wonderful, FREE activities for your kids, year round. Summer is no exception. Each branch currently has a flyer that you can take home outlining all of the special days and events running, along with the age range and whether advanced registration is required. Drop in at your closest or most preferred library and pick one up.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

The obvious things you can do are find books to read and read them! There are also toys, puzzles, train tables, and computers to play, and often crafts or learning activity stations. You can also read or rent magazines, rent movies, music, audio books, and comics/graphic novels. Summer activities include: Story Times, Family Movie Nights,Books for Babies, TD Summer Reading Club, Mad Science, Sparky the Fire Dog, insects, puppets, magic, coding, origami and so much more! Activities vary by branch.

HIDDEN COSTS

If you’ve lost your library card, there will be a $2.00 replacement charge. There is also the risk (a very real risk in my house, unfortunately!) that you’ll forget a book or two and have to pay the late fees. Remember: books and CD’s are 21 days, DVD’s and Quick Picks are 7 days.

MORE INFORMATION

For locations and branch hours, see HERE.

For branch programs, see HERE.

 

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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Tim Hortons Free Swim

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Every summer the local Tim Hortons’ in our area sponsor free swims at the City of London outdoor pools. These swims are a great chance to try out your closest pool or pool hop to another one that you’ve never had the chance to visit! Below is a list of all of the pools participating and the dates and times of their Tim Hortons free swims.

Byron Pool
1130 Brock Lane

July 02 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

July 26 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

East Lions Pool
1731 Churchill Ave

July 12 from 2:30 – 5:30 pm

July 21 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

July 28 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Gibbons Pool
2B Grosvenor Street

July 07 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

July 19 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Glen Cairn Pool
370 Chippendale Cres

July 15 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

August 01 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Northeast Pool
1050 Victoria Ave

July 17 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

August 02 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Northridge Pool
15 McLean Drive

July 09 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

July 25 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Oakridge Pool
825 Valetta Street

July 05 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

July 29 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Southcrest Pool
15 Hazelwood Avenue

July 01 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

July 18 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Silverwood Pool
36 Sycamore Street

July 11 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

July 23 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Stonarch Pool
1221 Sandford Street

July 05 from 3:00- 5:30  pm

July 14 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

July 28 from 6:00- 8:00 pm

Thames Pool
15 Ridout Street

July 04 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

July 22 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Westminster Pool
650 Osgoode Drive

July 08 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

July 24 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

August 08 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

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)

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

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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