Father’s Day Events

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Looking for something special to do for Father’s Day weekend? Here are a few things happening around town:

WESTMOUNT SHOPPING CENTRE

Father’s Day Kids’ Club on Saturday, June 20 near Carlton Cards. Kids 3-12 years old can stop by between 1:00 to 3:00pm to make something special for Dad!

STORYBOOK GARDENS

Dads and Grandpas get into the park free on Sunday, June 21. Bring your water guns and get ready to get wet with lots of water balloon and water fun!

LONDON CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

This weekend, the London Children’s Museum has some GROSSOLOGY for you to share with Dad! On Sunday, June 21 all dad’s get in for free with their kids. Saturday and Sunday you can dissect a squid with the Biology Department from Western and then make a Father’s Day card for Dad with squid ink!

PALASAD

Dad’s can head over to Palasad all weekend for half price bowling, billiards, and laser tag when they come to play with their kids!

 

 

 

 

The Grickle Grass Festival

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This coming Saturday, May 30 is the 6th annual Grickle Grass Festival at the London Children’s Museum. In partnership with Growing Chefs! Ontario, this event is part fundraiser, part family day of fun! Are you interested in sustainable living, healthy living, art and music? This is your event.

DAYTIME

From 10:00am to 5:00pm the London Children’s Museum will be taken over, both inside and outside, for the festival. It will be a full day celebration of learning, focusing on sustainable living, healthy choices, environmentally friendly food and where it comes from, the importance of fitness, and taking care of the world around them. Bring the whole family for button making, garden planting, dance partying, cooking demos, and so much more!

ADMISSION is the regular Children’s Museum admission of $7 per person, $2 for babies 12-23 months.

EVENING

In the evening, the museum turns into a fully licensed music venue for the adults. Every floor of the museum will be filled with music and art for you to enjoy at your leisure. The evening event is a fundraiser for the daytime programming.

ADMISSION tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. For advanced tickets, purchase HERE.

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This Weekend in London

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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.

 

 

March Break 2015

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The March Break is finally here! For the vast majority of children and teens, the countdown probably began the first week in January, so let’s make it worth the wait. If you’re leaving our fine city for somewhere warm – enjoy yourself! If you’re sticking around London and your kids aren’t signed up for camps (if you’re scrambling, here is our list), here are some of the highlights of what is going on:

FLEETWAY

Fleetway is ready to celebrate the March Break all week with bowling from 9:00am to 6:00pm (extended to 2:00am on Friday), the rock wall from 11:00am to 8:00pm (extended to 11:30pm on Friday), and all day fun with glow-golf, billiards, and the Pladium Lite games room.

WESTMOUNT SHOPPING CENTRE

Westmount has daily fun for the family with the VOCPRI Charity Used Book Sale daily, Salthaven Wildlife Presentations on March 16, 17, and 20th, and The Fossil Guy on March 18 and 19. See the link for times and more information.

EAST PARK GOLF GARDENS

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Birthday Parties in London: Part 3

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There are so many great places in London to host your child’s birthday party, we are only halfway through our list! Adding to the list today are places to educate your child while they’re having fun and get them moving with gymnastics and dance.

DANCE PARTY

Dance Extreme

Your child and your party guests have many different party options and themes to choose from to make your party so much fun! Learn a new dance, do a craft, sleepover at the studio! The choice is yours. See the link for more information.

Elan Dance Arts

Pick your child’s favourite dance style and Elan will create an exciting dance party for your guests. Whether they want to be a b-boy, princess, ballerina, or Broadway star, their birthday dreams can come true! See the link for more information.

GYMNASTICS

Gymworld

Gymworld offers birthday parties for up to 16 children. A two-hour party includes one hour in the gym and 1 hour in a party room with pizza and cake. See the brochure in the link.

The Little Gym

The Little Gym has 90 minute parties for kids ages 1 to 12. The whole gym will be yours with songs, games, playing and fun in the party room. See the link for more information.

London Gymnastics Academy

LGA has great birthday parties for kids that include one hour in the gym and 30 minutes for pizza and cupcakes. Parties are not scheduled during competition season when they gym is in high demand. For more information, see the link.

Forest City Gymnastics

Forest City hosts gymnastics birthday parties from September to June. Parties are two hours in length – one hour in the gym and one hour in a party room. Parties do not include refreshments, but you are welcome to bring in your own. See the link for more information.

LEARNING

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What could be more fun than digging for dinosaurs, pretending to be a CSI investigator, or exploring native legends in a longhouse? Doing it with your best friends on your birthday, of course! With five party themes to choose from, these parties are not only tons of fun, but also educational. See the link for more information.

Mad Science

The Mad Lab is available for your birthday party! Bring your party to them for some scientifically fabulous fun. There are five themes to choose from and many options to make your party extra special. See the link for all of the information.

Children’s Museum

The London Regional Children’s Museum has parties for children aged 1 to 7. Crafts, science, dinosaurs, or space – the theme is up to you! Enjoy guided activities and fun time in the museum. See the link for all of the information.

Studio Arts

Who wouldn’t want to be a rockstar on their birthday? Experiment with instruments, learn a few songs and put on a full rock concert on stage with professional lights, sound, and special effects. Studio Arts do birthdays for kids of all ages! See the link for all of the rockin’ information.

This Weekend in London

MARCH

The weather is finally shifting, can you feel it? If that doesn’t inspire you to get out of your house, I don’t know what will!

SUGAR BUSH

London is so fortunate to be surrounded by delicious seasonal sugar bush farms. Pack up the fam and head out to enjoy this truly Canadian treat! For a full list of nearby locations and when they are open, see HERE.

MAPLE LEAF MONSTER JAM TOUR

Rev up your engines and head on over to the Budweiser Gardens for Monster Jam! This is the only event happening at the Bud this weekend, with shows Saturday and Sunday. See HERE for more information.

RAIDER ROBOTICS SCIENCE EXPO

H.B. Beal Secondary School is holding their first annual Raider Robotics Science Expo, geared towards children ages 4 -13. There will be science demonstrations, robot displays, reptiles, and more! Entry is by donation or canned good. The event runs from 12:00noon to 2:00pm at Beal.

BOLER MOUNTAIN

Boler is still open for skiing, snowboarding, and tubing this weekend! They’re open Saturday 9:00am to 10:00pm and Sunday 9:00am to 7:00pm for skiing and snowboarding, Saturday 11:00am to 10:00pm and Sunday, 11:00am to 6:00pm for tubing.

LONDON CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

The Children’s Museum is full of fun this weekend with so many exciting activities for kids! On Saturday, they have the ARF (Animal Rescue Foundation) dogs to talk to families about adopting and caring for new pets, a Chronic Pain Management Workshop for kids presented by The Arthritis Society, a dance performance by the Dance Essence dance troupe, star shows, magnet experiments, and fun art opportunities. On Sunday, the St John Ambulance Therapy Dogs will be there to give information on their program and let you meet the dogs!

This Weekend in London

January

Beat the January Blahs by getting out of your house and doing something fun this weekend! The weather is looking good for some outdoor adventures, but if you spent your PA Day playing in your backyard, try something on this list:

Budweiser Gardens

The Knights are playing two games this weekend, Friday at 7:30pm against the Windsor Spitfires and Saturday at 7:00pm against the Sarnia Sting. The London Lightening Basketball team takes the court on Sunday at 4:00pm against the Mississauga Power.

London Winter Bridal Show

Getting married? BFF engaged? Just really like weddings? Then head down to the London Convention Centre for London’s biggest bridal showcase. There will be over 100 exhibitors to help plan the big event. The event happens Saturday and Sunday from 12:00pm to 5:00pm. Admission is $12.

London Psychic Expo

This weekend is the London Psychic Expo at Centennial Hall, but you probably already knew that. The event opens at noon on Friday for private readings, lectures, demonstrations and more. Private readings range depending on the type and length, but average about $40. Friday noon to 9:00pm, Saturday 11:00am to 9:00pm, Sunday 11:00am to 7:00pm. Click HERE for $2 off admission.

London Children’s Museum

The London Children’s Museum will be FROZEN this weekend as Anna, Elsa, and Olaf pay a visit to sing and interact with children at 1:00pm on Saturday and 11:00am on Sunday. Stick around for lots of fun with snow and ice, doing crafts, experimenting and having a great time.

London Wine & Food Show

The weekend begins early with the 10th annual London Wine & Food Show which opens tonight at 5:00pm. There will be tastings, samples, demonstrations, entertainment, educational segments, and of course a great time. This is a 19+ event open Thursday 5:00pm to 10:30pm, Friday 5:00pm to 10:30pm, and Saturday 12noon to 10:30pm. Tickets are $15 at the door.

 

 

 

PA Day Fun for January 16

PA DAY

This Friday is a PA Day for both the TVDSB and the LDCSB. If you are looking for activities to keep your children busy, here are a few things happening in London:

WHITE OAKS MALL

Mascot Mania is happening at White Oaks Mall from 12noon until 2:00pm this Friday. Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Jake the Neverland Pirate, Tinkerbell, one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Darth Vadar will be hanging out taking pictures and signing autographs at three separate locations throughout the mall.  Parents should visit the Information booth and fill out a ballot to win a private party with your favourite character courtesy of Magical Princess Parties.

LONDON CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

Pre-registration is required for the PA Day camp at the London Children’s Museum this Friday. The camp runs from 8:30am to 5:30am. This Friday’s theme is Boggling Optical Illusions! Let your kids challenge and trick their eyes through optical illusion activities and create their own optical illusion artwork. Programs are designed for children 3-12 years old. To register, call 519-434-5726.

SKATING

If you’re looking for a free activity to burn off some of that crazy energy kids seem to accumulate through the day, head downtown to the Covent Garden Market from 8:00am to 7:00pm or to Victoria Park from 10:00am to 10:00pm with your skates!

MUSEUM LONDON

Museum London is also hosting a day camp from 8:30am to 4:30pm. If you have an aspiring artist in your family, this is the place for them to be! After learning about the history of Nature London and viewing unusual specimens, participants will make armatures upon which to build abstract figures or animals. They will also construct 3D animals out of sheets of corrugated cardboard. Register online HERE.

LONDON PUBLIC LIBRARIES

Byron Library (auditorium), 2:30pm to 4:00pm: Family Movie, drop-in for families

Carson Library (meeting room), 2:00pm to 4:00pm: Button Making, ages 5+

Central Library (children’s section), 9:00am to 6:00pm: PA Day Craft, drop-in for families

Central Library (TDCT children’s program room), 2:30pm to 3:00pm (English), 3:00 to 3:30pm (French) NFB of Canada’s short films for children, drop-in for families

Cherryhill Library (Meeting Room), 2:00pm to 4:00pm: Shaping and Patterning Art Workshop, 9-12yrs. register HERE.

Crouch Library, 2:00pm to 5:00pm: Get Your Game On, drop-in, ages 7+

Jalna Library, 2:30pm to 3:30pm: PA Day Craft, drop-in, family

Landon Library, 2:30pm to 4:30pm: Family Movie, drop-in for families

Masonville Library, 2:30pm to 4:00pm: Family Movie, drop-in for families

Sherwood Library, 2:30pm to 3:30pm: Captain Underpants Lots o’ Laffs at the Library, Register HERE.

Stoney Creek Library, 2:00pm to 3:30pm: Family Movie, drop-in for families

Westmount Library, 2:00pm to 3:30pm: Family Movie, drop-in for families

** See branches for more information

This Weekend in London

January

Stay out of the cold! Or embrace it, it’s up to you. Whether you enjoy the chill or not, here are some fun ways to spend your weekend:

London Bridal Expo 2015

If you or someone you know is getting married soon, head on over to the Western Fair District for the London Bridal Expo 2015. Prizes, fashion shows, free bridal magazines, and all the bells and whistles you can imagine for the wedding of your dreams! Saturday and Sunday, 11:00am to 5:00pm.

New Years Warehouse Sale

If women’s athletic wear, clothing, and accessories for 40-60% retail prices sounds good to you, then head over to 30 Adelaide Street January 8 – 11 for the New Years Warehouse Sale.

Budweiser Gardens

The London Knights are playing the Erie Otters this Friday night at 7:30pm. Come cheer on your gold medal winning Canadian Juniors! If basketball is more of your thing, go see the London Lightning on Saturday at 7:30pm against the Halifax Rainmen or Sunday at 2:00pm versus the Saint John Mill Rats. Go London!

London Children’s Museum

Bring the kids to the London Children’s Museum at 1:00pm Saturday and Sunday to see an Ice Sculpting demonstration. David Traquair from Crystal Ice Carvings will be there to show everyone how Elsa really built that castle!

Museum London

January 11 is Creative Sunday at Museum London. Take a tour of the exhibits and make some of your own beautiful artwork. Meet at 2:00pm for a guided tour, visit the Imagination Station or do a little sketching in one of the galleries from 1:00-3:00pm. While you’re there, stop in for some delicious refreshments in the Rhino Lounge.

 

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.