Shift London

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London has started a big new initiative for transportation in London and they are looking for your input. Have you heard of Shift London? Rapid transit? Get informed and make your opinion known.

WHAT IS SHIFT?

Shift is a bold and important initiative for transportation for London. It focuses on rapid transit as part – along with cars, bikes and pedestrians – of the transportation system that will help our city grow and prosper.

Shift will define where Rapid Transit will go, what it will look like, and how it will be implemented. (see: source for more information)

WHAT IS RAPID TRANSIT

Rapid Transit means the movement of many people, at the same time, and at higher speeds using vehicles such as buses or trains. (see: source for more information)

RAPID TRANSIT ROUTE

London is planning on creating a Rapid Transit route through London and they want to know which of the potential routes you would use the most (or your kids! Think long term!). There are ten potential routes to choose from and you can give your feedback in a quick two-question survey HERE. Follow Shift London on Facebook to keep up to date on plans, events, and to get more information on this exciting new part of London.

Get Outside the Box

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When is the last time you and your family stepped outside the box? What box? The box that you live in, of course!

Get Outside the Box (GOB) is a local group that organizes outdoor hikes for parents and kids to connect while experiencing and exploring their environment.

The hikes are the first Sunday of the month, weather permitting. The location changes each time and are guided by GOB leaders. They organize hikes throughout the whole year, all seasons. What a great way to explore our beautiful city!

So, feel like getting outside the box? LIKE them on Facebook and stay tuned for the next great adventure!

SUMMER SOCCER

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It’s time to register your children for summer soccer leagues! Soccer is a great way for children of all ages to get active, meet friends, and learn to play cooperatively on a team.  It’s a pretty easy sport to learn and can be a lot of fun. Remember to keep your registration receipts for your 2015 taxes! Coaches and volunteers are almost universally needed, so if you have a little time, help out!

Nor’West Optimist Soccer Club

Registration is open NOW for the Nor’West Optimist Soccer Club. They have rec teams for boys and girls from U4 (kids born in 2011) right up to co-ed leagues for U25 (born 1996-1990). Leagues begin in May and run until July or August.

East London Soccer Club

The East London Soccer Club is open for online registration NOW and will also have walk-in registration on Saturday, February 14 or Saturday, February 21. They have leagues for Under 4 (born 2011-2012), Under 6 (2009-2010), Under 8 (2007-2008), Under 10 2005-2006), and with the West London Soccer Club for U12-U18. Leagues begin in May.

Byron Optimist Soccer Club

Registration is now open for the Byron Optimist Soccer Club in west London. They have teams for children in U4 up to U18 as well as adult leagues for men and women. Register before February 28 to avoid late fees.

Del-Ko Brydge Soccer Association

Delaware, Kilworth and Mount Brydges area soccer players can register NOW for the Del-Ko Brydge Soccer Association. They have teams for U4 right up to U18.

Belmont Minor Soccer Association

Located just southeast of London, the BMSA registration has already happened, but you can still register for U4, U6, U8, U10 and U12-U18. They do not have online registration, but you can mail your registration forms.

Ilderton & District Soccer Club

Just north of London, the Ilderton & District Soccer Club has competitive and recreational leagues for children in U4 up to U18. You can register online now.

Lambeth Youth Soccer

In the southwest most part of London is Lambeth Youth Soccer. Registration is open NOW for members, and open February 8 for new registrants. They have a U3 Parent and Tot league, as well as U4, U6, U8, U10. U12, U14, and U16 leagues are through the West London Youth Soccer League.

Oakridge Optimist Soccer

Oakridge Optimist Soccer in west London has registration this Wednesday, February 4 from 6-9pm at Oakridge Secondary School and on Saturday, February 14 from 9-1pm. There are NO OTHER registration options for this league so do not miss the in-person registration. They have house leagues for 4 year olds up to U18.

Southend Recreational

Registration for Southend Recreational soccer is open now until early March for their house league teams. They have teams for mini’s (born 2011-2007) up to U18.

Strathroy-Caradoc Minor Soccer Association

This league has teams for U3 up to U18. In-person registration is over, but you can still register online.

Thames Centre Minor Soccer

Thames Centre has leagues for U4 up to U18. Registration happens February 12 and February 19. See here for locations and times.

London Southwest Optimist Soccer

Registration is happening online right now. Register before February 14 to avoid late fees. They have U6, U8&U10, U12 to U18 teams to choose from.

Kensal Park Soccer Club

Kensal Park’s youth league has teams for children born between 2012-2004. Online registration is now open.

St Thomas Soccer Club

You can register now online for the summer season or in person (see here for times and locations). They have both house league and competitive teams for children and youth.

London United Competitive Soccer

London United has online registration now open for their 2015 Kickeroo Kids Program for children ages 4-5-6, 7-8. The teams play Monday nights from May to the end of July.

 

 

 

Summer Jobs with the City

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It may be snowy and cold out right now, but if you have a teen or older child thinking about getting a job this summer or even if you are thinking about finding a new job yourself, then now is the time to apply! The City of London is hiring for many of their summer programs and are currently accepting applications.

AQUATICS

The City of London Aquatics department is a fantastic summer employment opportunity. The City is currently hiring for building attendants to clean and maintain the pools, cashiers for the pools, wading pool lifeguard, and instructor/lifeguards for the indoor and outdoor city pools. All aquatic staff must have a current Emergency First Aid and CPR, as well as a Vulnerable Persons police screening. Please see individual listings for the specific qualifications, especially for lifeguarding.

DAY CAMPS/PLAYGROUNDS

If playing with children all day sounds like the ideal job, then one of the positions within Day Camps and Playgrounds are where you should look. This would be a great place to get experience working with kids with special needs and disabilities, kids in diverse social situations, organizing groups and leading groups through activities. They are hiring positions such as Playleader, Camp Counsellor, and Tennis Instructor.

GOLF

The City of London runs three golf course in town and they are hiring for their summer staff. They are looking for people for their food service crew staff and supervisors, golf course starter/ranger, and pro shop cashier.

STORYBOOK GARDENS

Storybook Gardens is the place to be in the summer! If you love kids and love being outside, have a look at some of the positions available inside the castle this summer. Concessions, building and ground attendants, Play Leaders, Day Camp and Mini Camp Counsellors are just a few of the exciting ways to spend the summer months.

Don’t delay with your applications! Each posting has it’s own closing dates – some are this Friday, January 23, some are mid-February.

Hyde Park Santa Claus Parade

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The Hyde Park Santa Claus Parade is happening this weekend. Families in London are quite divided on which parade is their favourite – the traditional London parade which takes place in the evening and is in early November or the newer Hyde Park parade which happens during the day, later in November. If you prefer a parade during daylight, get ready for fun!

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Lighting of the Lights 2014

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Winter Wonderland is coming to London’s downtown core: this Friday will be the annual Lighting of the Lights at Victoria Park.

WHEN:

This Friday, November 28 beginning at 6:15pm until 7:00pm.

WHERE:

Victoria Park, downtown London (Dufferin Ave, Clarence St, Central Ave and Wellington St). Entertainment will be at the band shell off Clarence Street.

WHAT:

The trees in London’s Victoria Park have been decorated with Christmas lights and the lights will be turned on in a formal ceremony. There will be seasonal entertainment, followed by carol singing led by the Mayor and the city council and the lights being turned on for the season.

COST:

There is no cost for this event! Everyone is welcome.

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Public Skating in London

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The cold weather means it is time to strap on your skates and find somewhere to skate. Come on, you’re in Canada. Skating is practically mandatory.

CITY OF LONDON ARENA

The City of London has begun it’s Public Skating schedule and there are many arenas open daily for parent-toddler (PT) skates (children under 5 years old), after school skates, or weekend fun. Please make note that all children aged 5 and under must wear a CSA approved helmet at all times while on the ice, for all programs. All people on the ice during any of the Shinny skates must wear a CSA approved, full caged helmet.

For the full schedule, see HERE.

Unfortunately, sometimes skate times must be cancelled. For a list of schedule changes, see HERE.

FEES: **CASH ONLY

Children (12 and under): $3.25

Youth (13-17): $3.50

Adults (18-54): $4.25

Seniors (55+): $3.50

Family (with up to 2 related adults): $8.00

PT Skates are FREE

SKATING PASSES

Skating passes are good for 20 skates and are a great way to save on admission for those who visit the arenas regularly.  They also make a great Christmas gift!

Children (12 and under): $49.44

Youth (13-17): $54.24

Adults (18-54): $69.21

Seniors (55+): $54.24

Family (with up to 2 related adults): $108.48

Taxes are included

Financial assistance may be available for families unable to afford a pass. Please call 519-661-5575 for more information.

 

Outdoor Skating is scheduled to begin in early December. Check back for more information!

PA Day Fun for November 21

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Looking for something fun for the kids to do this Friday, November 21 while they’re home from school? We have a few ideas!

Mad Science at White Oaks Mall

Head to the Jalna North Court from 11:00am to 12:30pm to learn about Optical Illusions and again from 1:00pm to 2:30pm for Fun-damental Forces.

Children’s Museum Day Camp

Drop the kids off for a full day of fun from 8:30am to 5:00pm where they will be learning about becoming a zoologist with Amazing Animals! Pizza lunch is offered at an additional cost. Email info@londonchildrensmuseum.ca or call 519-434-5726 for more information.

Museum London: A Story of Canadian Art

Museum London has an exciting and educational day planned for children ages 6 through 12, from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Kids will be exploring the museum and getting hands on as they create their own art inspired by Emily Carr, Group of Seven, and David Milne. Cost is $45 per child. Register HERE.

Stoney Creek YMCA Day Camp

The Stoney Creek YMCA has an all-day camp for children 3-12 years old. Find the registration form HERE or call 519-453-8858 for more information.

London Public Libraries

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

Byron Library, 2:30pm to 3:30pm: Button making, drop-in, ages 5+

Carson Library (meeting room), 2:30pm to 4:00pm: Family Movie, drop-in for families

Central Library (children’s section), 10:00am to 4:00pm: Project Art Day, drop-in for families

Central Library (TDCT children’s program room), 1:00pm to 2:00pm (English), 2:00pm to 3:00pm (French): NFB of Canada’s short films for children, drop-in for families

Cherryhill Library (Sam Katz Room), 2:30pm to 4:00pm: Family Movie, TICKETS REQUIRED available at the branch now

Crouch Library, 10:30 to 11:30am: Family and Friends Puppet Show,drop-in, children with caregiver

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

East London (Rotary Meeting Room), 2:30pm to 4:00pm: LEGO Creation Station, drop-in, ages 4-12 with caregiver

Pond Mills (meeting room A&B), 2:30pm to 4:00pm: LEGO Creation Station, drop-in, ages 4-12 with caregiver

Stoney Creek Library, 10:00am to 4:00pm: Rhyming and Finding Scavenger Hunt, drop-in for families

Westmount Library, 2:30pm to 3:30pm: Craft Time, drop-in for families

** See branches for more information

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.