Farm Boy

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It is the mantra of every healthy eater at the grocery store: shop the perimeter, skip the centre aisles. Sound familiar? Farm Boy takes that one step further by just removing the centre aisles. Instead of a grocery store full of processed, packaged, high-sodium, high-sugar, bags and boxes of things that make nutritionists cringe, they’ve removed all of that stuff and what is left is Farm Boy’s selection of fresh produce, fresh seafood and sushi, Ontario-raised, grain-fed meat, an extensive deli counter, salad bar, antipasto bar, breads, a large selection of cheeses and dairy/dairy-substitutes, and a whole bunch of store-made, ready to eat meals and snacks such as sandwiches, pizza, pasta, soups and desserts. There’s even a space for you to take your food and eat it there if you can’t wait until you get home ;)

In addition to all of the fresh food, Farm Boy also has their own private label dried goods, sauces, seasonings, tortilla chips, and the like, as well as a selection of packaged foods by other small brands. Think of it like shopping in the natural foods section of your traditional grocery store – you will find nuts, seeds, kale chips, dried fruits, bulk snacks, and the like, most with GMO-free, organic or other labels that set them apart from the big labels.

IF YOU GO

Farm Boy is now open in two locations in London:

1045 Wellington Road South

109 Fanshawe Park Road East

They will soon be opening:

1415 Beaverbrook Avenue

Escape Rooms

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There is a new craze that has hit London this winter and it’s one that you should definitely take part in: Escape Rooms! The premise is simple: you and your friends are locked in a room; the clock starts counting down and you have to use the clues and materials in front of you to find your way out of the room. Sounds like a pretty simple thing to do, but it’s not! These rooms will challenge your wit, your problem solving, your team work skills and your ability to think under pressure! They make for a fantastic double date, girls night out, or birthday/bachelorette/pre-baby/post-baby-first-night-out/just-get-me-away-from-these-kids night out. You will laugh, you will groan, you will throw your hands up in frustration – but will you escape? Only time will tell!

ESCAPE

Escape has four themed rooms to trap and intrigue you. Fall down the rabbit hole, get flipped, get lost, or face the inevitable – it’s going to be hard to get out! The rooms accommodate 2-8 people and have varying levels of difficulty depending on just how clever you think you really are. Work together, keep a clear head, and you just might get out before the timer goes off!

COST: $23.95-$28.95/person depending on group size and day of visit. Birthday players are free!

Book online or by phone. Walk-ins welcome when rooms are available.

Recommended 12+ (under 15yo requires an adult to play along)

EXODUS

Exodus has two room layouts – The Den of Deceit and Gemini I & II – and another room soon to come. So far, no one has made it through the Gemini room on the first try and only one team has made it through the Den. Intrigued? These rooms accommodate 2-8 people (larger groups can be split into two and each do a Gemini room at the same time) and you are given one hour to escape. The time will fly by,so think fast, work together and be the team to get your picture on the wall of fame!

COST: $25/person. If you are celebrating a birthday, the birthday person gets in free!

If you are one of the groups that didn’t make it through the first time and are dying to get it right, you can return for half price to redeem yourself.

Book online or by phone.

Recommended 16+

MYSTERY ESCAPE ROOMS

Mystery Escape Rooms have 5 different rooms to choose from and stories to get you in the right mindset for the game. Depending on the room you choose, they can accommodate groups of 2-16 people at a time and have between 45 minutes and one hour to escape.

COST: $25/person ($28 for the mansion). Discounts for students, and for ‘liking’ and ‘checking in’ with them on Facebook.

Book online, by phone, or via email.

Recommended 16+

 

 

This Weekend in London

MARCH

The March Break may be ending, but you can finish it off with a bang! Lots going on in our beautifully muddy city this weekend, so get out and enjoy it!

LITTLE RAY’S REPTILE ZOO

March 18 to 21st, Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo will be bringing their show to you at the Western Fair District. So many animals and critters, live shows and demos! Bring your animal enthusiast to see all of it, interact, and learn. Admission is $12.50, children under 2 are free. The doors open at 10:00am.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR

The Palace Theatre is bringing Beauty and the Beast Jr to the stage this week with LYTE (London Youth Theatre Education). Bring your children to the enjoy the magic of live theatre! Tickets are only $15 for adults, $5 for children and kids under 5 years old are free (in your lap). There are daily shows, buy your tickets early.

DREAM A LITTLE DREAM

Did you know that the Mama’s and the Papa’s were only together for three years? The Grand Theatre has Dream a Little Dream onstage for their opening weekend and running until April 11.  It follows the rise and fall of the legendary 60′s musical group and perfectly captures the decade and excitement.

BLUE MAN GROUP

Their blue heads and feet may seem a bit odd, but this is a show that entertains everyone who sees it! For two nights only, the Blue Man Group are at the Budweiser Gardens and the second of those is tonight, Thursday, March 19 at 7:30pm.

SUGAR BUSH

It’s a short season, so don’t miss it! There is only another week of the regular sugar bush season, though some sugar shacks are extending their season due to the weather. That maple syrup, maple sugar, maple sugar candies, and maple cookies are the best from the source!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sugar Bush Season

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Oh, sweet maple sugar, it’s almost March! And with March brings the sugar snow and the flow of sap through the maple trees. If you are keen to take your family to a Sugar Bush for this truly Canadian experience, here are some of the popular ones in our area:

CRINKLAW MAPLE SYRUP

Crinklaw’s Sugar House is open MARCH 8 through APRIL 11, Wednesdays to Sundays from 10:00am to 3:00pm. They are in London, just south of the 402. For directions, see HERE.

FORT ROSE MAPLE COMPANY

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This Weekend in London

January

Pack up the tinsel, put away the wreaths, try not to twist your ankle as you wind your way through the maze of new toys…and if you need to escape it all, we have a few suggestions for you.

Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival 

Mickey Mouse and friends from The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Toy Story are going to rock the Bud Gardens this Sunday for two musical shows that will get you and your kids on your feet dancing! There is a show at 12:00 noon and a show at 3:00pm. Tickets range in price from $31.75 to $83.75.

Budweiser Gardens

The London Knights are playing this Friday at Bud Gardens against the Sarnia Sting. The game begins at 7:30pm.  The London Lightning are facing the Windsor Express at 7:00pm this Saturday night, January third.

Tim Hortons Free Skate

This is the last weekend for Tim Hortons Free Skates in London! There is one at Medway on Saturday and four free skates on Sunday at Silverwood, Earl Nichols, Carling, and Farquharson.  For times and more information, see HERE.

Kennedy’s Kridders at the London Children’s Museum

Spiders, scorpions, and snakes, oh my! Come the London Children’s Museum this Saturday, January 3 at 1:30pm for some up close and personal time with Matthew Kennedy and his creepy friends. Stick around for some museum fun like Ice Painting and DIY Snow Globes. The museum is open 10:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Boler Mountain

Boler Mountain is open this weekend for skiing, snowboarding and now tubing! Buy a day pass or use your season pass for even more fun. The hill is open for skiing and snowboarding from 9:00am to 10:00pm on Saturday and 9:00am to 7:00pm on Sunday. The Tubing Park is open 11:00am to 10:00pm on Saturday, 11:00am to 6:00pm on Sunday.

 

 

 

 

 

Shrek The Musical

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London’s The Grand Theatre is known for putting on sensational holiday show’s every year. Last year’s production of Elf will be hard to top, but they sure are trying by taking on the beloved story of Shrek.

Shrek is based on the 2001 animated film. It tells the tale of a grouchy ogre, his sidekick Donkey, and a cast of hilarious fairy tale characters including a princess, a dragon, a gingerbread man, and, of course, a few bad guys along the way. Your family will fall in love with the musical version of the story they know so well.

Shrek The Musical opens this Wednesday, November 19 and runs until December 28. There are still tickets available HERE or through the Grand Theatre box office. They are selling out though, so don’t wait until too late to purchase yours. Ticket prices range from $29.95 to $79.10.

The Grand Theatre recommends the musical for children 8 and up, based on the length of the play (2.5 hours), but if your children will be okay with sitting for that long, they are welcome.

Are you a Children’s Museum member? You can get tickets to the show this coming Friday, November 21 for 50% off! Email kate@londonchildrensmuseum.ca for the promo code. Do it quickly! There aren’t many tickets left.

Samko & Miko Toy and Book Warehouse Sale

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This weekend is the annual Samko & Miko Toy and Book Warehouse Sale at the Western Fair District. This sale is the perfect time to start your holiday gift shopping for any little people on your list. With a huge selection of all the latest and greatest brand name toys, you will be sure to find something for all of your toy-loving children! Admission is FREE.

WHERE:

Western Fair District, Progress Building. Lots of parking in the Western Fair District parking lot.

WHEN:

Friday, November 14,, 800am to 8:00pm

Saturday, November 15, 10:00am to 6:00pm

Sunday, November 16, 10:00am to 5:00pm

Monday, November 17, 10:00am to 5:00pm

Tuesday, November 18, 10:00am to 5:00pm

Wednesday, November 19, 10:00am to 5:00pm

WHAT:

Toys and books from the biggest brands like Mattel, Vtech, Playskool, Crayola, Fisher Price, Step 2, Mega Bloks, Hasbro and so many more! Find your children’s favourite toys and characters like Monster High, Hot Wheels, Disney Princesses, Littlest Pet Shop, Skylander, Angry Birds, Thomas and Friends, Dr. Seuss, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, as well as thousands of books.

They will be accepting CASH, VISA, MASTERCARD, or INTERAC (no cheques)

All sales are FINAL (unless a toy does not work!)

 

Freebie Alert: Free Climb at Junction Climbing Centre for Grand Opening

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A few weeks ago, I posted about a new climbing centre that is opening in London. Junction Climbing Centre’s grand opening has officially been scheduled for Saturday, July 19th. On this day, everyone who visits between 12pm and 3pm will get one free climb, with each additional climb costing just $5. All proceeds from this event will go towards Camp Trillium Childhood Cancer Support Centre. This is a great opportunity to give rock climbing a trial run, support a great cause, and celebrate the opening of Junction Climbing Centre!

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New Toys R Us and Babies R Us Now Open at Argyle Mall

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Many are probably aware of the Toys R Us and Babies R Us located on Wonderland road and all the great items these stores have to offer. Another Toys R Us and Babies R Us is now open at Argyle Mall located on 1925 Dundas Street.

To learn more about what these stores have to offer, click here.

 

 

Opening Soon in London: Junction Climbing Centre

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London currently has a few locations featuring rock walls including Fleetway and East Park. Later this month, a new centre specific to rock wall climbing is opening up in London! Junction Climbing Center at 1030 Elias Street is just finishing up their final touches and will be open to the public on June 30th. Rock wall climbing is an exciting activity that people of all ages can try. If you’re looking for a new activity, rock wall climbing is a great option. This exhilarating activity allows you to test your mental and physical limits, set goals, and walk away with a sense of accomplishment. Plus, it’s so much fun, it doesn’t even feel like exercise!

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