This Weekend in London

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Canada Day is over and we are just getting summer vacation started. This weekend we are supposed to finally get some actual summer weather, so get outside and enjoy it! If you’re not able to entertain yourself, here are some other options to keep you entertained:

MEC LONDON CENTURY RIDE

This Sunday, July 5 is London’s second annual MEC Century Ride! The event begins and ends at Tobaggan Brewery on Richmond. Cyclists can choose either the 60K or 100K route along the quiet rural roads surrounding London. Register online by July 5 or on the day of the race beginning at 7:45am.

LONDON MAJORS

Saturday night at 7:30pm the London Majors are taking on Hamilton at the historic Labatt Park.

STORYBOOK GARDENS

There are two fun events at Storybook Gardens this weekend! Tomorrow, Friday, July 3rd, kids can come visit Pirate Captain Corbin with two magic shows in the afternoon. On Saturday, July 4th, Paddington Bear is visiting Storybook! Come out to meet him as you play in the park.

MOVIE TIME!

This weekend, there is a triple feature for older kids at the Mustang Drive-In beginning with either Jurassic World or Terminator Genisys. If you’re not into staying up late, check out Spymate, a movie about a chimpanzee for the Family Favourite movie at Silver City.

 

 

 

 

 

This Weekend in London

June

School is out today for all kids in the LDCSB and the TVDSB which means it’s time for some fun! Celebrate the end of school by getting out and having some fun!

STORYBOOK GARDENS GRAND OPENING

This weekend is the official Grand Opening of Gnorbert’s Garden at Storybook Gardens. Come to Storybook to explore their new urban farm and butterfly garden to learn about planting and be inspired to start your own at home! Get those little green thumbs growing into the earth young. Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions from the young and old.

INTERNATIONAL FOOD FESTIVAL

The London International Food Festival is this weekend in Victoria Park. Come downtown between 11:00am and 11:00pm on Friday, June 26, Saturday, June 27, and Sunday, June 28 to enjoy the entertainment, the exhibitors and of course, the over 50 food booths to choose from. Come hungry!

OPA GREEK FESTIVAL

OPA! The Outdoor Greek Festival runs this Friday, June 26, Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28. Admission is free for everyone to come an enjoy live music, dancing, and of course the food! For the full schedule and all information, see HERE.

COMMUNITY CPR DAY

The City of London is hosting another Community CPR Day on June 27 and June 28. This is an opportunity for all to earn their CPR-A certification. Whether you have small children at home, have aging parents, or work with populations of people, CPR is a vital skill that all people would benefit from knowing. This is great on a resume for all teens and babysitters as well! Only $5 per person for the 2.5 hour clinic.  For dates and times and to register, see HERE.

MOVIE TIME

If you’re wanting to get out and see a movie this weekend to celebrate summer, there is a lot playing for kids! Saturday at 11:00am, Silver City Masonville has the classic Popeye for their Family Favourite Presentation. The fantastic animated film Inside Out is playing at the Mustang Drive-In on one side and Jurassic World on the other.

Family Favourites at Cineplex: Summer 2015

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Cineplex Odeon’s theatre in north London, Silver City, is once again offering their Family Favourites promotion for Saturday mornings this spring. At 11:00am every Saturday, you can bring the kids to the theatre for a variety of older movies, animated or live-action that are geared toward the whole family. These movies could be classics that your kids have never seen, little known box office blips or blockbuster faves from years past. Whatever is playing – it’s a good deal for you!

As of January 2015, admission is $2.99 per person. A portion of each ticket will now be going toward supporting Free The Children.

**NEW THIS SUMMER: In addition to the Saturday morning show, Cineplex is also adding a second screening on Wednesday afternoons at 12:30 through July and August.

Here is the list of the upcoming films:

June 27: Popeye (PG)

July 4/8: Spymate (G)

July 11/15: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (PG)

July 18/22: Penguins of Madagascar (G)

July 25/29: Alvin and the Chipmunks – Chipwrecked (G)

August 1/5: Ice Age 4 – Continental Drift (PG)

August 8/12: Air Buddies (G)

August 15/19: The Seventh Dwarf

August 22/26: Maya the Bee Movie (G)

August 29/September 2: Stuart Little 2 (PG)

September 5: MVP Most Valuable Primate (PG)

September 12: Annie (2014) (G)

September 19: Zookeeper (G)

September 26: Hook (G)

Family Favourites at Cineplex: Spring 2015

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Cineplex Odeon’s theatre in north London, Silver City, is once again offering their Family Favourites promotion for Saturday mornings this spring. At 11:00am every Saturday, you can bring the kids to the theatre for a variety of older movies, animated or live-action that are geared toward the whole family. These movies could be classics that your kids have never seen, little known box office blips or blockbuster faves from years past. Whatever is playing – it’s a good deal for you!

As of January 2015, admission is $2.99 per person. A portion of each ticket will now be going toward supporting Free The Children.

Here is the list of the upcoming films:

April 11: Air Bud (G)

April 18: Dolphin Tale 2 (G)

April 25: Cats & Dogs: The Return of Kitty Galore (G)

May 2: Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (PG)

May 9: The Wizard of Oz (G)

May 16: The Nut Job (PG)

May 23: The Boxtrolls (G) 

May 30: Free Birds (G)

June 6: Paddington (G)

June 13: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) (PG)

June 20: The Rugrats Movie (G)

June 27: Popeye (PG)

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!

 

Family Favourites at Cineplex: Winter 2015

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Cineplex Odeon’s theatre in north London, Silver City, is once again offering their Family Favourites promotion for Saturday mornings this winter. At 11:00am every Saturday, you can bring the kids to the theatre for a variety of older movies, animated or live-action that are geared toward the whole family. These movies could be classics that your kids have never seen, little known box office blips or blockbuster faves from years past. Whatever is playing – it’s a good deal for you!

As of January 2015, the price has been increased from $2.50 per person to $2.99 per person. A portion of each ticket will now be going toward supporting Free The Children.

Here is the list of the upcoming films:

January 10: The Amazing Spiderman

January 17: Paul Blart: Mall Cop

January 24: Monster House

January 31: An American Tail

February 7: Big Miracle

February 14: The Muppet Movie

February 21: The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything: A Veggietales Movie

February 28: The Land Before Time

March 7: The Book of Life

March 14: How to Train Your Dragon 2 (3D)

March 21: Fantastic Mr. Fox

March 28: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

April 4: Hop 

 

What’s Open – Christmas Day

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There’s not a lot open on Thursday, so make sure you get what you need today.

Shoppers Drug Mart

All locations CLOSED

Rexall

1795 Ernest Ave 9:00am to 6:00pm

1593 Adelaide Street North 9:00am to 6:00pm

All other locations CLOSED

Walmart

All locations CLOSED

Grocery Stores

All are CLOSED

Tim Hortons

Some locations are OPEN. Your favourite Tim’s will have a big sign out front with their Christmas Day hours if they are one of the select few.

Starbucks

160 Dundas St W 6:00am to 10:00pm

1151 Richmond St (UCC, Western) 8:00am to 10:00pm

1255 Western Rd (Ivey Business School, Western) 7:00am to 7:00pm

631 Commissioners Road E ALL DAY

1164 Highbury Ave 10:00am to 5:00pm

580 Fanshawe Park Rd E 10:00am to 5:00pm

3059 Wonderland Rd S 9:00am to 4:00pm

640 Hyde Park Road 10:00am to 5:00pm

LCBO

All locations CLOSED (and closed Boxing Day)

The Beer Store

All locations CLOSED (and closed Boxing Day)

Shopping Malls

All malls are CLOSED

Cineplex Odeon Theatres

Westmount VIP and SilverCity are both OPEN

Rainbow Cinemas

OPEN 3:00pm to 7:30pm

London Transit

The city buses will be running on the Holiday Schedule. Please see your route HERE for information.

 

 

Holiday Activities

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Sixteen days at home with all of the kids begins today! While most of us will have some holiday events at some point, there may still be a lot of down time to fill up and keep the kids busy. Here is what is open and when:

KIDSCAPE

Kidscape is open from Monday to Friday 9:30am to 6:00pm; Saturday & Sunday from 10:00am to 6:00pm.  They are running a day camp for $22/day on December 22, 23, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31, and January 2. For more information and to register, visit HERE.

ADVENTURES ON WONDERLAND

Adventures on Wonderland is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00am to 8:00pm and Sundays from 11:00am to 7:00pm.

December 24 and 30 they close at 4pm. AOW is CLOSED on December 25, 26, 31 and January 1.

LONDON AQUATICS

All three indoor city pools (Canada Games Aquatic Centre, South London Community Pool, Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre) are open over the holidays with added recreational swim times.

Note that all three pools close at 11:00am on December 24 and December 31 and are CLOSED on December 25, 26, and January 1. For a full schedule of swim times, see HERE.

PUBLIC SKATING

The city skating rinks are open and ready for you! For skating times and locations, see the full schedule HERE. For Tim Hortons free skate times and locations, see HERE.

Weather permitting, the FREE rink at the Covent Garden Market is open Monday to Thursday and Saturday from 8:00am to 6:00pm, Friday 8:00am to 7:00pm, and Sunday 11:00am to 4:00pm.

Victoria Park is also FREE and open from 10:00am to 10:00pm daily, closed between 5:30-6:30 for ice resurfacing.

STORYBOOK GARDENS

Storybook Gardens is open for your skating adventures around the park. For their full schedule and hours of operation, see HERE.

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

The Children’s Museum is open for visiting and they are also hosting day camps for children 3 to 12 years old. Camps run from 8:30am to 5:30pm on December 22, 23, 29, 30, and January 2.

The Museum is closing early at 2:00pm on December 24 and January 31, and is CLOSED on December 25, 26, and January 1.  Celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa through art and exhibits. For full hours and schedule of events, see HERE.

MOVIE THEATRES

Let’s all go to the movies! The Family Favourite movie at SilverCity this morning (December 20) at 11:00am is Fred Claus. There is no Family Favourite currently scheduled for December 27.

If you want to take your kids to the movies, there are some great kids movies playing over the holidays, including:

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (PG)

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (PG)

Annie (PG)

The Penguins of Madagascar (G)

Big Hero 6 (PG)

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 1 (PG)

Into the Woods (PG) *opening December 25

For the Cineplex schedule (SilverCity in Masonville or Westmount & VIP) see HERE. For Rainbow Cinemas see HERE.

 

 

Family Favourites at Silver City

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The weather outside is getting rough and I am moving into hibernation mode. This time of year makes me start hunting for things to do indoors with my children while we wait for the snow to entice us back outside. If you’re like me, you are going to love this deal! Silver City at Masonville Shopping Centre has a great deal on every Saturday morning: Family Favourites!

THE DETAILS

For only $2.50 per person, you can treat your family to a classic or out-of-the-theatre family movie. The featured film can range from an older live action picture to a more recent animated film and everything in between. The show begins at 11:00am and you’ll want to be there early if it’s a more popular film.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT

The obvious reason is the price! Taking your whole family to the theatre is not something that is easily affordable for a lot of families, but when a family of four is only $10.00, that’s much more doable.

WHY YOUR KIDS WILL LOVE IT

The choice of movies is great. Most of the films that I have taken my family to were released when they were too young to see them the first time around. They also love seeing their favourites up on the big screen for a change!

COMING SOON

November and December are featuring some great shows:

November 15: How to Train Your Dragon 3D

November 22: Madagascar 3

November 29: The LEGO Movie

December 6: A Christmas Story

December 13: The Polar Express 3D

December 20: Fred Claus

 

Save me a seat, we’ll see you there!