This Weekend in London

June

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!

 

 

 

 

This Weekend in London

June

The first weekend in June is loaded with excitement isn’t it? It’s the last month of school and the weather is out of excuses – it has to be warm! To celebrate, London has some incredible things going on.

ED SHEERAN

If you were one of the lucky ones to get tickets, tomorrow night, Friday, June 5 at the Bud Gardens is going to be amazing! The concert begins at 7:30pm with Foy Vance opening.

GATHERING ON THE GREEN

For 33 years, London’s oldest community festival has been taking place in Old South. Join the party on Saturday, June 6 on The Green (the field beside the old LDCSB building at 165 Elmwood Ave) for live entertainment, food, so many kids activities, and over 90 local craft and plant vendors. The event runs from 10:00am to 5:00pm. A full itinerary can be found HERE.

CITY OF LONDON OUTDOOR POOLS

Can you believe it’s time for the City of London’s outdoor pools to open? The spray pads have been open for a few weeks now, but as of this Saturday Thames Pool, Stronach Pool, East Lions Pool, and Westminster Pool are open for weekends only. For more information, see HERE.

LONDON MAJORS BASEBALL

The Majors are playing this Friday, June 5 at Labatt Park against Kitchener at 7:35pm. They are playing again this Sunday, June 7 at 1:05pm against Barrie. Tickets for both games are $8 for adults, $6 for kids and seniors.

LONDON FRINGE FESTIVAL

The London Fringe Festival is on now until June 13. Forty-five theatre companies will be performing 350 times along with 35 visual artists at nine venues over twelve days. See HERE for all of the shows on stage, HERE for the visual artists, and HERE for all of the ticket information.

 

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 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!

 

 

 

This Weekend in London

may

We’ve had enough of those April showers (and SNOW!) and we are ready to welcome in the May flowers. This weekend will be gorgeous and it’s time to break out of the house and have some fun in the city. Here is what you can do:

THE BRUSH OFF

Start the weekend off early tonight with The London Children’s Museum’s fundraising event The Brush Off. Sixteen artists will be competing in this live painting competition over four rounds until the winner is determined. You will help determine who the ultimate winner is and even have the chance to bid on the artwork. Proceeds from the event and silent auction will go toward the London Children’s Museum’s Priority School Subsidy Program. For tickets, see HERE.

CHAINSAW CARVING

This three and a half day event is sure to entertain and enthrall your kids while raising money for a great cause! The Easter Seals Camp Woodeden is hosting a Chainsaw Carving event beginning today, April 30 until Sunday, May 3. Come and see as 12 chainsaw carvers create art sculptures around Camp Woodeden as well as carvings for sale for you to take home. Camp Woodeden is a camp for children with physical disabilities that allows them and their families to participate in all of the joys of summer camp. For more information including the line up of carvers and the event hours, see HERE.

COMPOST VALUE DAY

Saturday, May 2 is Compost Value Day. For locations and times of where you can pick up a large bin of compost for only $3, see HERE.

REFOREST LONDON TREE SALE

Reforest London is having a tree sale this Saturday, May 2 from 8:30am to 11:30am at St. Marguerite d’Youville Catholic School in northwest London. These low cost, native trees are available as a part of the One Million Tree Challenge.

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY

The first Saturday in May is known as Free Comic Book Day! Anyone who visits one of the participating comic book stores this Saturday will receive a free comic book. There are five participating stores in London and one in St. Thomas. For stores and more information, see HERE.

LUKE BRYAN

If you were one of the lucky ones to get tickets for Luke Bryan at the Budweiser Gardens, you’re in for a good show! The concert starts at 7:30pm this Sunday, May 3.

 

 

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.

Budweiser Gardens

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The Budweiser Gardens has started drawing in some big acts lately and if you haven’t been paying attention, you may really be missing out on some great concerts and shows. London is so fortunate to have such a great venue, right downtown! Take advantage of the opportunity to treat yourself! Grab a friend, treat your kids, schedule a date night and go live it up.

Here is who and what are coming to London over the next few months. Check in with the Bud Gardens regularly or get on their mailing list to stay on top of presales and new announcements.

APRIL

April 11: Joe Bonamassa

April 17: The Tragically Hip

April 18: Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience

April 19: The Harlem Globe Trotters Wold Tour

April 22: One Republic

MAY

May 3: Luke Bryan

May 5: Def Leppard

May 10: Stars on Ice

May 23-24: Mamma Mia!

May 26: Diana Krall: Wallflower World Tour

JUNE 

June 3: Ed Sheeran

June 19-20: Shania Twain

JULY

July 14-19: Potted Potter

AUGUST

August 4-6: Menopause The Musical

OCTOBER

October 4: Kelly Clarkson with Nick Jonas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Weekend in London

APRIL

** You might notice that our post is BLUE today! That’s because it is WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS  DAY. We have lots of love for our children, neighbours, friends, classmates, cousins, nephews, nieces, sisters, and brothers with autism, all of the therapists, teachers, aides, volunteers, and clinicians who are working with the ASD community and ESPECIALLY all of the LondonMoms out there who are supporting someone with ASD. For more information on ASD and the London branch of Autism Ontario, see HERE

It is Easter weekend and if your kids are school-aged, that means they’ll be home for a whole four days in a row. That is either cause to celebrate or cringe! We suggest you enjoy it! If you’re looking for something to do before or after that giant bunny drops by your house, here are our suggestions. 

EASTER EGG HUNTS

There are a number of Easter Egg Hunts happening in London this weekend, other than the ones that the EB may leave for you in your own home! 

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This Weekend in London

MARCH

Spring is here, Easter is around the corner, roadkill is gracing the main roads, and life in this gorgeous city is becoming a bit more bearable. If you would like to get out of your house and shake off some of this cabin fever, here is what London has to offer you:

SUGAR BUSH

It’s the last weekend for many of the sugar shacks in the London area. If you haven’t yet had your maple fix, get on out there and enjoy it. The maple season only happens once per year, but you can buy local maple products throughout the year at local markets and even many grocery stores. Be sure to either stock up or read the labels so that you’re supporting our fabulous local maple farms.

FAMILY FAVOURITES

Alvin and the Chipmunks: the Squeakquel is going to be playing at Silver City Theatre in Masonville at 11:00am this Saturday, March 28. Admission is only $2.99 per person, no matter your age! If Alvin is a little too squeaky for you, Silver City and most other local theatres are playing Cinderella, the new animated movie Home, The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, or Insurgent for the older kids. If you received a Cineplex Holiday gift card and it came with coupons, those coupons expire at the end of the month, so go use them while you can!

BOLER MOUNTAIN

The season is almost over at Boler Mountain, but weather permitting the slopes will be open this weekend for tubing from noon to 5:00pm Saturday and Sunday, for skiing or snowboarding from 9:00am to 9:00pm Saturday, 9:00am to 6:00pm Sunday. Go enjoy the snow before it’s gone!

ESCAPE ROOMS

Don’t be scared! And don’t put it off too long or you’ll be disappointed. If your interest was piqued about the escape rooms, book one now for this weekend and have a solid hour where you definitely won’t be thinking about the kids.

BUDWEISER GARDENS

It’s time for the OHL Western Conference Quarter Final. Games one and two are this weekend at the Bud Gardens with the London Knights. They are playing against the Kitchener Rangers Friday night at 7:30pm and Sunday afternoon at 4:00pm. There are limited tickets available, so snag some quickly!

 

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!