Bowling Fun in London

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The weather is bitter, the snow is still coming, and March Break is coming up. If you are getting cabin fever and are looking for something to do with the kids, try bowling! A lot of the alleys in London these days are not like they were back when we were kids. You can easily jump from bowling to other fun activities – make a whole afternoon of it! This is great family fun for all ages.

BOLERAMA ROYALE

This is classic bowling at it’s best! Bowlerama offers great deals on games and shoe rentals, as well as Cosmic Bowling, darts, pool, and giant TVs to watch sports when you need a little distraction. They have active bowling leagues for juniors, seniors and adults if you discover that one of you has a talent for the sport! Bowlerama is located on Dundas Street east, between Clarke Road and Veteran’s Memorial Parkway.

FLEETWAY

Fleetway has everything! Five and ten pin bowling, 18 holes of glow golf, a 40 foot rock climbing wall, Playdium Lite games room, and 14 billiard tables. And DAIRY QUEEN, which just seals the deal, doesn’t it? They have great rates and March Break specials happening all week. At Fleetway, they strive to be inclusive and accessible for all guests. If someone in your family has special needs that aren’t being met be sure to check in with staff to see how they can accommodate you. Their facility is fully wheelchair accessible, including the glow golf and bowling lanes (but not rock climbing – those wheels need to stay on the ground!). Fleetway is an alcohol-free facility. Fleetway is located on Proudfoot Lane, just east of the Oxford and Wonderland intersection.

PALASAD

Palasad has two locations: south by Wonderland and Southdale Roads and north at Oxford and Adelaide. You can choose from ten pin bowling, billiards, ping pong, karaoke, arcade, and even laser tag at the south location. Palasad is also known for it’s restaurant with the wood-fired thin crust pizza, so come hungry. With their large selection of domestic and craft beers on tap, as well as imported and Ontario wines, you may want to leave the kids at home and make this a date night venue instead! Palasad also has special rates for all of March Break.

 

Gift Guide: Gift Cards

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At Christmas time, people become very divided on the issue of gift cards. One group of people love them for their quickness and ease of purchase. Those same people probably love to receive them as well and shop happily for themselves, selecting the exact item that they want. The other group of people see it as completely impersonal, the lack of thought required defeating the purpose of giving a gift.

Though there is some validity to both sides of the argument, gift cards do provide a great option for families who would like to cut back on the amount of tangible ‘stuff’ that is given and received at Christmas. Toys can be overwhelming. Gift cards can be more than an ‘easy out’, they can also be an invitation to share in an experience at a later date. Here are some of our suggestions:

Coffee Shop

A Tim’s GC is a quick and easy way to say thank you to an adult, but for a child this can be a much bigger adventure. Something as simple as a $5 card allows for two outings for a spontaneous treat. Hot chocolate and a donut? You’ll have to look hard for a kid who wouldn’t want that, from toddler to teenager. A coffee date with your kid is a great opportunity for a little one-on-one time, allowing them to pay makes them feel grown up and special. Tuck one of these in their stocking and schedule an hour over the Christmas holidays where the two of you can get a cup of cheer. Maybe they’ll even splurge on your coffee.

Book Store

Children love hanging out at the library, which is why many book stores have adopted a similar ‘hands on’ philosophy in the kids section. Touch. Read. Look. Play. And Mom, break out that wallet and pay. Or not! A book store is another one of my favourite places to let my children take time and explore. New authors, new stories, new doors opening to their imagination. I have a hard time saying no to a new book, so a GC is a win-win for all of us. A kid in a candy store has nothing on one of my kids in a book store, and allowing them to make their own choices is a great way to encourage that love of reading.

iTunes

If you have any sort of iPad/iPod/iPhone then you probably already know the value of an iTunes GC. While it is easy to stick to those free kids apps, sometimes it is nice to be able to drop a little money on the ones you have to pay for. Music is also a great iTunes purchase or a couple of episodes of their favourite cartoon for those long car rides or endless waiting room waits. Give them the GC as a gift or use it yourself and wrap a bow around the iPod as a hint of where to find their gift.  Continue reading