Tim Hortons Free Skates


Just in case their coffee, donuts, lattes, muffins, and all the other deliciousness that comes over the counters at Tim Hortons isn’t enough to love them, Tim Hortons is bringing FREE public skating at local skating arenas this holiday season. Just in time for Christmas break! Grab your skates (and a helmet – the same rules apply as at regular public skating times) and get to the rink. Really, Tim Hortons + Skating, could things get more Canadian?

There is at least one free skate every day from December 19th to 24th, from December 27th to 30th, and from January 1st to 4th. With 30 skating times to choose from, your family could spend most of the holidays on the ice! There are even a few night time skates in case you want to get a babysitter and make it a cheap date night. Maybe even stop in for a Timmies on the way. ;)

Here is the full schedule of Tim Hortons free skates:

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Snowybook Village


Winter fun has arrived at Storybook SNOWYBOOK Gardens! The next two weekends are packed with holiday fun for the whole family.

The Castle is open from 10am to 8pm on Saturdays and 10am to 5pm on Sundays.

Admission is $4.25/adult, $3.25/child (2-17yo), $13/family (2 adults, 2 children) and children under 24 months are free.

Here is the scoop on what will be happening:


The skate trail is open and ready for your whole family to glide around the park. Say hello to the farm animals as you skate past and challenge your memory for all of the nursery rhymes and stories you see along the way. Skates are available in a variety of sizes, both hockey and figure skates, for $6/pair. Skating aids are available on a first come, first serve basis or bring your own! All children 5 and under must wear a CSA approved helmet. Strollers (other than umbrella strollers) may be allowed at the discretion of Storybook staff. For all of the skating fine print, see HERE.


Saturday and Sunday, December 13/14, 20/21 from 10am to 12noon, visit with Santa and Mrs Claus at Storybook Gardens!


Also happening on Saturday and Sunday, December 13/14, 20/21 from 10am until 5pm are holiday crafts like Snow Goo in the Elves workshop and roasting marshmallows over a festive campfire. All activities are free with admission to the park.

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Gift Guide: Passes

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We have one more non-toy Gift Guide for you Mamas tired of contending with the pile of post-holiday ‘stuff’. This one is for Passes. Passes and memberships can be a great option for kids who love to do sports or go to fun recreational places that cost money. Kids don’t always understand that taking them to these fun places costs you money – sometimes LOTS of money. Not only are buying passes usually the economical way to go, they also allow you to say ‘Yes!’ more often. Here are some great places to buy passes for:


Not just for the summer! London has a number of indoor pools to splash around in, including the newly renovated Canada Games Aquatic Centre, South London Community Pool, and Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre, and the three YMCA’s. Multi-swim passes make each visit cheaper than the regular drop-in rate.


Get a skating pass for the indoor arenas and get on the ice with your kids! You’re in Canada, if you haven’t built your backyard rink yet, then this is pretty much not optional ;)


Boler Mountain is the closest place to get on the slopes, but if you’re willing to travel, you can make day trips out further.


There are two options here, you can either get the pass (ahem, from Costco) that includes the child’s admission and snack or you could go the very economical way and get a $10 gift card which would give them 4 of the Family Favourite movies on Saturday’s at Silver City… or use on regular movie admission if you want to see newer movies, but don’t want the popcorn and candy.

Children’s Museum

Do you know they have a Grandparent Membership at the Children’s Museum? Two grandparents and unlimited grandchildren can drop in at the museum anytime. No grandparents in town? Not a problem, there are also memberships for families and groups.

Storybook Gardens

Storybook Gardens isn’t just for the summer! Members get in all spring/summer/fall for the warm weather Storybook fun and all winter for the skating trail.


Those grouchy, blah days with the kids always seem to strike when the money tree is a little picked over, don’t they? With a membership you can stop in at this Indoor Playground anytime. A short play, a long play, it doesn’t matter! Anytime you need to get out of the house and they need to burn off some energy, drop on in and play.

Adventures on Wonderland

For those of you at the other end of the city, the same benefits apply to AOW. They don’t have memberships, but you can get a gift certificate to be applied to their admission whenever you need to get out of the house.

Community Centres

London has some great community centres that have memberships and passes available for drop-in programs like open gym and rollerskating.

This Weekend in London

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If you’re not overwhelmed with Christmas parties, shopping, and decking the halls, then here is a few options to have some fun this weekend in our beautiful city,


Storybook Gardens skate trail opens this Saturday, as long as the weather continues to cooperate! Skating is from 10:00am to 8:00pm Saturday and 10:00am to 5:00pm Sunday. Admission is $4.25 for adults, $3.25 for children, or $13.00 for a family (2 adults, 2 children).


The Amabile Da Copa Choir and Junior Amabile Singers will definitely get you into the holiday spirit with their performance of Storytellers this Saturday, December 6, at 6:00pm at St. James Presbyterian Church.


If your kids can’t wait until the big day to sneak a peek at the big guy, have their photo taken in support of the London Defeat Depression Campaign this Saturday, December 6 from 1:00 to 4:00pm at La Noisette Bakery on Oxford Street East. For more information, see their Facebook Event. If you can’t make it, see our rundown of the mall hours HERE.


Country star Dirks Bentley is coming to the Budweiser Gardens this Saturday night. Randy Houser and Tim Hicks are opening; the show starts at 7:30pm. There are a few rare tickets still floating around for sale, so if you are interested act fast!


The Eldon House is opening their doors for a festive tea and tour of the house during their Victorian Christmas Celebration. There will be two sittings this Sunday at 1:30pm and 3:00pm.  Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for children. To register call 519-661-5169.


If you have an upcoming event that you want to share with LondonMoms, send me an email at jill@londonmoms.ca




Public Skating in London


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.


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.


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 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!