Potted Potter

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POTTED POTTER

Harry Potter is coming to London! Whether you’re a fan of the books, the movies, or you’ve never had the pleasure of entering the wizarding world, this seventy minute spectacle is destined to entertain! The entire seven-book series following Harry Potter’s introduction to the world of witches and wizards, his years at school, his journey to discovering why he is the Chosen One, and battle with He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named will be condensed to fit the timeline on stage. There will even be a live game of quidditch for those lucky enough to be sitting near the front of the theatre! This hilarious parody has been received with laughter and celebration wherever it plays.

TICKETS

There are eight shows happening over the course of six days this July. Tickets are purchased through the Budweiser Gardens box office, though the show happens at The Grand Theatre. Tickets are priced between $34.50 and $79.50 depending on the date, time, and seating location.

The show is appropriate for all muggles over the age of six.

 

North by Northwest Warehouse Sale

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North by Northwest is having a huge warehouse sale in London beginning this weekend. There will be big discounts and savings on swimwear, shoes, sandals, jeans, outerwear and more. Everything will be at least 30-70% off! Top brands like Columbia, Hunter, New Balance, Buffalo, Ugg, Toms and so many more. You don’t want to miss this sale!

THE DETAILS

WHERE: Western Fair District, Progress Building

WHEN: The sale begins Friday, June 19 and runs until Sunday, June 28.

Friday, June 19th from 12:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday, June 20th from 10:00am-6:00pm
Sunday, June 21st from 11:00am-6:00pm

Monday, June 22nd to
Friday, June 26th from 12:00pm-9:00pm

Saturday, June 27th from 10:00am-6:00pm
Sunday, June 28th from 11:00am-4:00pm

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!

 

This Weekend in London

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Lots of fun things to do outside this weekend! If you’re not gardening or building a fairy house, consider some of these ideas:

SUPERHERO RUN FOR EASTER SEALS KIDS

This Saturday, May 23 Easter Seals Ontario is hosting their second annual Superhero Run for Easter Seals Kids at Camp Woodeden in west London. There will be an 8km partial trail run, a 5km fully accessible run and a 1km family fun run with superhero activities along the way! There will be so much fun with Curiosity Box, the London Children’s Museum, Kids Learn & Play, superheroes, and even real life superheroes from the London Fire Department, Tactical Team and K9 Unit! The fun begins at 10:00am.

KIDS TRI 4 KIDS

Do you have an adventurous 3-13 year old? This Sunday, May 24 is the fifth annual Kids Tri 4 Kids triathlon to raise funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters of London and Area. Kids will swim, bike, and run in a safe, professionally designed course. The focus is all on fun – not who crosses the finish line first!

MAMMA MIA!

Mamma Mia! is coming to the Budweiser Gardens this Saturday and Sunday for two amazing shows as part of their Broadway series. With the music of ABBA, this energetic and fun performance centres on a wedding, a mother, her daughter, and her three potential fathers. Set in Greece, this hit show will definitely entertain you!

REFOREST LONDON TREE SALE

Doing a little landscaping this weekend? ReForest London is having a tree sale this Saturday, May 23 from 9am until noon at Kiwanis Park (1499 Brydges Street).  Tree sales are organized through the Million Tree Challenge.

LONDON MAJORS BASEBALL

The London Majors have two home games this weekend: Friday, May 22 at 7:35pm against Guelph and Sunday, May 24 at 1:05pm against Burlington. Tickets cost only $6-8 per person, which makes this perfect for a date night or a family outing!

EAST PARK

East Park’s waterpark opens this weekend for the season! With seven water slides featuring a single and a double tube, the original mat slides and two speed slides (the bullet!). There’s also the accessible splash pad for all ages to play on if you need a break from the slides.

This Weekend in London

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It’s the long weekend! Once upon a time, May 2-4 meant something entirely different than it does once you have kids. ;) So, your plans now may involve a lot more gardening than tanning on a beach, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun! Here is what is happening around town:

LONDON MAJORS

The London Majors are back in action at Labatt Memorial Park. Take your kids out to the ballpark and have some fun this Friday, May 15 for the Home Opener. The game begins at 7:35pm against the Hamilton Cardinals. Tickets are only $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students.

STORYBOOK GARDENS

Storybook is open for the spring/summer season as of this Saturday, May 16! All amusement park rides are open and the park will be open daily for play. For hours and admission, see here.

FANSHAWE PIONEER VILLAGE

Fanshawe Pioneer Village opens for the season this weekend for it’s 56th season. It will be open Saturday from 10:00am to 4:30pm, admission is $7. Have a little historical fun this weekend!

PLAY ON! 4 ON 4 HOCKEY

Victoria Park and it’s surrounding streets will be host to the Play On! 4 on 4 hockey tournament this Saturday and Sunday. Registration is closed for the event, but spectators are welcome! Come cheer on your friends or see if you can spot the next hometown hero in action.

TOONIE SWIM

The May schedule for City of London Aquatics Toonie Swims is out and one is this weekend! Friday, May 15 from 7:15 until 9:00pm at the South London Community Pool. Admission is only $2.00 per person.

Pre-Teen Much Music Video Dance Party

Centennial Hall is hosting a Much Music Video Dance Party for all kids in grades 6 to 8 this Friday, May 15 from 7:00 to 11:00pm. Admission is $12 per student, photo ID is required (photo copy of health card or passport).

BOLER MOUNTAIN

Did you know that Boler is more than just a ski hill? Their Tree Top Adventure Park and Mountain Bike Trails are now open for the spring season. Reservations are recommended for the Tree Top Adventures and can be done online: http://www.bolermountain.com/treetop/

SPRAY PADS

The City of London Spray Pads (excluding Storybook Gardens) will be functional as of this Saturday morning at 9am!

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

 

 

This Weekend in London

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It is Mother’s Day weekend! And if you’ve had a peek at the weather, you’ll see Mother Nature is blessing us with some warmth, perfect for getting out and tackling spring projects! Or if you don’t feel like doing any work, try some of these ideas:

TO MARKET, TO MARKET

Both the Masonville Farmers’ Market and the Hyde Park Outdoor Market open for the season this weekend! Masonville opens Friday from 8:00am to 2:00pm and Hyde Park is open Saturday 9:00am to 4:00pm and Sunday 10:00am to 4:00pm.

LONDON SPORTS AND ACTIVITY EXPO

The BMO Centre London is hosting the London Sport and Activity Expo this Saturday, May 9 from 10:00am to 4:00pm. This FREE event for the whole family will include demonstrations and active participation in sports, games, drills, and exercise for everyone. Activities will be taking place on four fields, the track, and outdoors. For the full event schedule, see HERE.

HOME DEPOT AND LOWE’S WORKSHOPS

Send your partner and the kids to either Home Depot or Lowe’s this Saturday to create a special Mother’s Day gift for you or Grandma!  This Saturday, May 9 at 10:00am kids 4-12 years old can make a picket fence picture frame at Home Depot. Saturday at 10:00am at Lowe’s, kids from grades two to five can make a Mother’s Day Planter. Register in advance to ensure a spot!

STARS ON ICE

The Investors Group Stars on Ice 25th Anniversary Tour is coming to the Budweiser Gardens this Sunday, May 19 at 4:00pm. See this amazing show starring and choreographed by Kurt Browning and featuring all of your favourites like Tessa and Scott, Patrick Chan, Joannie Rochette, and Jeffrey Buttle, plus many more! There are still seats available in almost every price range! Tickets range from $25 to $75 for adults and are less for children and seniors. Need a last minute Mother’s Day plan? This is it! Dinner packages are also available. See all of the information HERE.

MOTHER’S DAY

Check back with us tomorrow for all the details on what is happening this Sunday, May 10 for mom’s in London!

 

 

 

Masonville Farmer’s Market

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The Masonville Farmers’ Market is opening for the season this Friday, May 8, bright and early at 8:00am and will be there until 2:00pm.

The Market is located in the Masonville Place Sears parking lot, off Richmond Street north, just south of Fanshawe Park Road.

The Masonville Farmers’ Market features farmers, bakers, and artisans from London and the surrounding area. This is a delicious opportunity to meet the people who actually farm your food and learn from them how it is grown, where it is grown, and to support them directly. While you’re there, treat yourself to a coffee at the mobile Fire Roasted Coffee truck, buy a sweet treat at one of the bakeries, pick up some specialty bread and some specialty jam to go with it, fresh bacon for breakfast, organic seedlings for your own garden, and of course all of the seasonal fruits and vegetables you can fit in your arms!

IF YOU GO

Remember that this is a local farmers market – you will find the best of the season, not the best of the world. Banana’s, mangoes, and oranges will be imported to the grocery store, not here!

Bring your own reusable grocery bags to cut down on the plastic.

Stop at a bank machine on the way so that you have lots of cash. There is a TD Canada Trust across the street, a Royal Bank across Fanshawe by East Side Marios, and various bank machines in the mall.

There is lots of free parking in the parking lot beside the market.

The Masonville Farmers’ Market is open every FRIDAY until the end of September. Visit weekly to get the best of the season, all season!

This Weekend in London

APRIL

Now that spring has actually sprung, the city is coming alive with activities and events and nature! If the sun and blue sky aren’t enough to draw you out, pick from any of these fun things!

KIDS 1ST DAY

Tomorrow, Friday, April 17 is a PD day for kids and also Kids 1st Day! Check in with us first thing tomorrow morning for a run down on all the fun things to do and see in the city to celebrate!

BUDWEISER GARDENS

It’s a busy weekend at the Gardens! Friday night has the Tragically Hip making an appearance, Saturday you can see the Long Island Medium Theresa Caputo Live! and on Sunday the Harlem Globetrotters 2015 World Tour will be stopping in to wow and amaze your family. For all the details, see HERE.

SUPER ADOPTION DAY

This Saturday, April 18 the Western Fair District is hosting a Super Adoption Day for anyone interested in hearing about cat and dog adoption, helping or supporting the cause or in adopting some of the loving animals that they will have there to meet your family! 10:00am to 4:00pm in the Canada Building.

STORYBOOK GARDENS

Did you know that Storybook has opened up again? Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00am to 5:00pm only you can explore the park and between 11:00am and 3:00pm you can check out their new exhibits – the Peddle Car Track and Felix the Fox Archery.

ST THOMAS MOM TO MOM SPRING SALE

If you don’t mind the drive south, St Thomas Senior Centre will be home to the fourth annual Mom to Mom Spring Sale from 9:00 to 11:30am on Saturday, April 18.

HOME DEPOT LAWN WORKSHOP

Does your lawn seem daunting and confusing this time of year? You’re not alone, which is why Home Depot is offering a one-hour workshop this Saturday, April 18 at 10:00am on how to prepare your lawn for spring. Register HERE.

Southwest Community Centre

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There is a new Community Centre coming to southwest London and the city would like to hear YOUR thoughts on it!

The location will be on Southdale Road, west of Wonderland Road (for those old enough to remember Wally World – there). The Community Centre will have a YMCA, public library, indoor pool, double pad arena, and gymnasium. The projected opening is September 2018.

Sound interesting? Awful? Wonderful? Have questions?

There will be an OPEN HOUSE Project Launch and Community Consultation this Wednesday, April 15 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Westmount Mall at the Viscount Road entrance.