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.

Mustang Drive-In

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The weather is warming up which means all of your family’s favourite warm-weather activities are returning, including the drive-in!

London is so fortunate to have a classic drive-in theatre just on the south east edge of town. The Mustang was originally built in 1953 with the second screen added in 1976. The two screens both feature movies every night, beginning at sundown. Long weekends and holidays will have three or even four features per screen, while a regular night will have two films per screen.

What makes the drive-in so great? The whole family can go! Where else can you take your newborn or toddler on a date night? Let them fall asleep snuggled up in your arms or spread them out between carseats in the back. As they get older, pick screens that have family-friendly features on first and then send them to their carseats to sleep for the grown-ups show. Older kids and teens can bring their lawn chairs and sit in the peaceful night air. If things get crazy, you can always pack up and leave after the first feature.

IF YOU GO

The Mustang Drive-In is located at 2551 Wilton Grove Road. To get there, take Highbury Road south, over the 401 and turn left onto Wilton Grove Road (at the Tim Horton’s). Drive along until you see the screens on your right.

Vans, trucks, SUV’s and larger vehicles must park in the back rows, sedans and smaller vehicles may park in the front rows or wherever they can find space.

There is a play area in front of one of the screens that anyone can access. There is also a lot of grass space to play catch, blow bubbles, and run around while you’re waiting for the sun to go down.

The bathrooms are NOT wheelchair or stroller accessible. There is no family washroom or changing table (and between you and I, you will want to bring some hand sanitizer and maybe some tissues to the washroom, just in case!).

ADMISSION

CASH ONLY

General Admission is $11 per person

Holidays (3 features) $12.00 per person

4 Features $13.00 per person

Tuesdays $6.00 per person

Thursdays $17.00 per carload

Kids 5-12 years old are $2

Children/babies 4 and under are FREE

There is a Snack Bar that serves the usual movie theatre fare as well as some heartier food to fill you up. There is an ATM at the snack bar.

A FEW TIPS

Bring bug spray

Clean your windshield or bring stuff to clean it there

Anticipate LONG lines at the bathrooms between movies

Dress the kids in their PJ’s so you can carry them right to bed; bring blankies/stuffies to encourage them to sleep in the car

Bring some wipes or washcloths to clean the kids off between playing and watching the movies