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.

 

Spray Pads

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The weather has definitely taken a turn for the better! It’s hard to believe that we had snow only a few short weeks ago when the sun is this warm and gorgeous. And while backyard pools may be opening, most outdoor aquatic activities are still on hold for a little bit longer – except for one! In one week today, on Saturday, May 16 the City of London spray pads open for the season!

Spray pads are fun places for kids to get wet, play, splash, and be silly without standing water and all of the risks that come with it. They are elaborate sprinkler systems! With the touch of a button, water will spray, drip, dump, shoot, pour, and jet out of various areas in rotation. The spray pads are suitable for all ages (with supervision!) and can be accessed by all. Spray pads are slowly beginning to replace a lot of the wading pools within the city because they use less water to operate (used on demand vs filled daily) and do not require a lifeguard.

Spray pads are FREE and will operate from 9:00am to 9:00pm daily until Labour Day weekend.

There are 12 city operated spray pads which can be seen on a map HERE.

Gibbons Park

Rowntree Park

Lambeth (Centennial Park)

Forks of the Thames

Kiwanis Park

West Lions Park

Bonaventure Meadows

Jesse Davidson Park

Southeast Optimist Park

Oakridge Optimist Park

Ed Blake Park

Medway Park

 

 

Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner and whether you’re looking to treat your own mom to something special or you’re planning on conveniently texting this link to someone in your life for a little reminder, we are sure there will be something on this list for everyone.

WHAT TO DO

There are a number of places hosting specials for moms on Mother’s Day. Here are a few:

YOGA SHACK

Yoga Shack on Ann St is having family yoga at 2pm on Sunday. Kids 5+ welcome, $5 each with all proceeds going to Africa Yoga Project. They’re also having a sale on passes for Mother’s Day, on now until Sunday. Treat yourself or your mom!

MOKSHA YOGA

All current pass members are invited to bring their mom, step-mom, mother-in-law, or mom-figure with them to class on Sunday for free! One guest per Mokshie.

STORYBOOK GARDENS

Moms and Grandma’s get into the park free on Mother’s Day! There will also be special Train Par-Tea with free lemonade served to passengers. Train tickets are $2/person (babies free).

EAST PARK GOLF GARDENS

East Park is open for Mother’s Day! They are offering mom’s a free round of mini-golf with a paid partner at the adult rate. Golf activities are open from 9:00am to dusk on Sunday.

LONDON CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

Mom’s get into the museum for free on Sunday! The Children’s Museum is open from 10:00am to 5:00pm on Sunday.

WHERE TO EAT

PALASAD

Mom’s eat free ALL WEEKEND (yes! starting today!) at Palasad. Kids must be there with you and someone has to order something more expensive than your meal. While you’re there, enter to win a Spa Day.

MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH

A number of places will be hosting special brunches for Mother’s Day. Make reservations as soon as possible because it is a popular event no matter where you’re going! These are only a few of the places doing something special; call up your favourite restaurant (or your mom’s!) and see if they have something special going on.

Ramada Inn

Idlewyld Inn and Spa

Fanshawe Pioneer Village

Eldon House

Elm Hurst Inn & Spa

Western Fair District, Top of the Fair

Best Western Lamplighter Inn, Shelly’s Tap and Grill

Delta London Armouries Hotel

Hilton London, blakes

STAY AT HOME

Make Mother’s Day a stay-at-home, family day. Have a staycation in your own backyard or living room. Stay in your PJ’s, watch movies, snuggle, have a Wii marathon, take a long bath, have someone give you a manicure, and do whatever else you want to do with your kids – MOM gets to make all of the decisions, including making none of the decisions if that’s what suits you. Make sure everyone is aware of it the day before – no gifts needed, just their presence to make the day special. Or kick them out of the house and have the staycation all to yourself. It’s your day.

Spring Plant Exchange

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Each Saturday in May, the London Public Library is hosting a Spring Plant Exchange.

This FREE event happens at different locations, at different times. To participate, bring your extra cuttings, bulbs, and plants to the library location at the specified time and exchange them with other gardeners to plants that you need or want. Please bring all plants in leak-proof containers with clearly written labels on them.

A Master Gardener may be on hand at the events to answer any questions.

LOCATIONS AND TIMES

Saturday, May 9

2:00-4:00pm Beacock

Saturday, May 16

9:00-noon Westmount

Saturday, May 23

9:30-11:30 Landon

10:00-noon Byron

10:00-noon East London

10:00-noon Jalna

10:00-noon Stoney Creek

1:00-3:00 Crouch

Saturday, May 30

9:30-11:00 Lambeth

9:30-11:30 Sherwood

10:00-noon Masonville

2:00-4:00 Cherryhill

ESA – Medway Valley Heritage Forest

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London has seven publicly-owned areas that have been labeled Environmentally Significant Areas or ESAs. We have talked about how great the Sifton Bog is for showing kids the changing seasons, and another great ESA is up in north London, the Medway Valley Heritage Forest.

Medway Valley is one of the three ESA’s in London that have paved areas and are accessible for families from stroller to wheelchair and everything in between. The paved entry way is just to the east of Sunningdale Golf Course on Sunningdale Road. The paved pathway will take you over the Medway Creek and through the Valley where you will find both noises and sights to engage and delight. If you’re quiet, you might be able to see the deer poking through the wood, the muskrats and beavers in the creek, the many different species of birds singing from all directions, and if you go at closer to sunset you will be serenaded by the the frogs!

The paved path ends just before a second serene bridge and the beginning of a wood-chipped trail that turns into a wide dirt path before a third bridge. This section of the trail is fairly easy for children to navigate on their own. Past that point, the trail gets very narrow and steep through the woods, around to another section that ends close to the beginning of the trail through to Fanshawe Park Road and across to the south section of Medway Valley.

The rest of the ESA is not paved and is south of Fanshawe Park Road with many access points throughout. The area is rich with the history of the Attawandaron people and the early European settlers.

RULES TO REMEMBER

• Please use the official access points indicated on the trail maps.
• Stay on the managed trails (marked with yellow or white blazes).
• Bicycles are permitted only on the asphalt or crushed gravel paths in Kilally Meadows and Medway Valley Heritage Forest. BICYCLES ARE NOT PERMITTED IN ANY OTHER LOCATIONS.
• Access is allowed from 6 am to 10 pm.
• Keep the ESAs litter free.
• All pets must be on leash (2 m/6 ft max.).
• Do not feed fish or wildlife.
• Releasing or dumping fish or wildlife of any kind is prohibited.
• Fishing is permitted with a provincial fishing licence. No hunting is permitted.
See additional rules on signs at ESA entrances.

For maps and more information, see HERE.

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

 

This Weekend in London

MARCH

What a fantastic weekend ahead! The world is beginning to thaw and March Break is starting for those kids in the TVDSB and LDCSB. There’s a lot happening in our fine city this week, beginning with all of this:

SUGAR BUSH

It’s the perfect weekend to head out to the sugar bush and sample some of that delicious Canadian maple syrup. There are many in our area to choose from and most are offering a pancake lunch to sample the goods after you see how and where it is made. See HERE for the full list and locations.

BUDWEISER GARDENS

There are three games at the Gardens this weekend: Friday night the London Knights take on the Owen Sound Attack at 7:30pm; Saturday the London Lightning take on the Brampton A’s in the first Playoff home game at 7:00pm, then again for the second Playoff game on Sunday at 2:00pm.

BUILD AND GROW AT LOWES

Once a month, Lowes hosts a Build and Grow clinic for children in grades 2 to 5 and it is happening this Saturday, March 14 at 10:00am. Register in advance in-store. Registration is FREE, but is limited to the first 50 children. See HERE for more information and Lowes locations.

WORKSHOP AT HOME DEPOT

Home Depot hosts monthly workshop for children ages 4 to 12. Their workshop for March is on Saturday, March 14 from 10:00am to noon. Kids will learn to build sports book ends using a hammer and glue. All materials are provided and the workshop is free; parents are expected to stay and participate with their child(ren). Register online HERE.

FOREST CITY DERBY GIRLS

The Derby Girls are having a double header this Saturday, March 14 at the Western Fair District, Canada Building. The event begins at 5:00pm and is a family-friendly, licensed event. To buy tickets in advance, go HERE.

 

 

 

This Weekend in London

January

It’s going to be a great weekend for a pre-Valentine’s Day date night, a girls night out or some quality family time. Beat the mid-winter blahs by getting out and having some fun!

Londonlicious

Londonlicious is happening all over London from now until February 8. Choose from over 30 fantastic restaurants around London participating this winter and enjoy their set menus created to keep you wanting more!

Disney on Ice Worlds of Fantasy

There won’t be any hockey or basketball happening at Bud Gardens this weekend because Disney on Ice is taking over! If you weren’t lucky enough to get in on the LondonMoms.ca discounted presale, then you still have time to buy tickets online or at the box office for most of the shows. There are going to be eight shows from Thursday to Sunday, daytime and evening performances. Ticket prices range from $19.75 to $69.75. For more information, see the Bud Gardens website.

Imagination Station Museum London

Have you been to Museum London lately? On Sundays, it is the place to be! Imagination Station is their FREE drop-in program for families from 1:00 to 3:45pm. Explore the museum and be inspired to create your own artwork in the Clare Bice Creative Studio.

The Eyes of Heaven

The Eyes of Heaven is coming to the main stage at the Palace Theatre in Old East Village Cultural District. This is the tale of a mother and teen daughter who have lost their way, and how they are fighting their way back to loving each other. Tickets can be purchased online for the 8:00pm shows on Thursday, Friday or Saturday evenings.

Boler Mountain

Have you taken your family to the Boler bump yet this year? They’re open for skiing and tubing all weekend! For hours, rental, and pass information see their website HERE.

London Psychic Expo

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Whether you want to find out what the future has in store for you, connect with a loved one who has passed over, get a photo of your aura or if you’re just curious about the whole psychic community, the London Psychic Expo is the place for you this weekend. There will be new age books, crystals, and jewellery, demonstrations and of course, readings with international, experienced psychics and mediums doing tarot, palmistry, astrology, aura, and angel readings.

THE DETAILS

The London Psychic Expo will be held this weekend, Saturday, January 17 from 11:00am to 9:00pm and Sunday, January 18, from 11:00am to 7:00pm at  Centennial Hall, 550 Wellington Street.

ADMISSION

Admission is $10 for the whole weekend. Print off this COUPON and bring it in for $2.00 off admission and a free crystal. CASH ONLY.

Demonstrations and exhibits are included in the fee, however readings are not. Prices vary and are set by the reader depending on type of reading and length of reading. Readings may cost between $10-$70, averaging about $40/session. Please bring CASH. Some readers may accept VISA/MC.