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!

 

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

This weekend is going to be lovely! Need something to do? Here are some ideas:

The Grand Theatre

The 2015 theatre season is kicking off with The Ladies Foursome. This charming and funny play explores the friendships, loves, and lives of a foursome of friends after one of them passes away. Great for a night out with your girlfriends, your sister, your mom or any other woman in your life. For tickets and show information, see HERE.

Budweiser Gardens

There are two games happening at the Budweiser Gardens this weekend. Friday night, the Knights drop the puck at 7:30pm against the Sarnia Sting. Come back on Sunday, January 25 for a London Lightning game against the Brampton A’s at 2:00pm.

Boler Mountain

The weather is perfect to get outside with the kids and get in the snow! The trails, lifts, and tube park are all scheduled to be open this weekend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Bundle up the kids and head over to the Bump for some family winter fun.

White Oaks Mall

In need of a little retail therapy? Retail stores are looking to clear out their winter stock and get ready for spring, which means sale time for you! White Oaks Mall has a number of sales beginning this week. Have a look!

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

This Weekend in London

Dec 26

Whether you’re still feeling the holiday cheer or you would like to pack it in and move on, here are some ideas to keep you busy this weekend:

BUDWEISER GARDENS

London Lightning basketball is happening at the Budweiser Gardens this Saturday, December 27. They’re playing the Brampton A’s, tip off is at 7:00pm. Sunday afternoon, the London Knights take on the Windsor Spitfires at 2:00pm.

WILD KRATTS LIVE!

Wild Kratts, Live! are coming to the Centennial Hall this Saturday, December 27. The show is at 1:00pm.

SHREK, THE MUSICAL

Shrek is still running at the Grand Theatre! There are performances this weekend on Saturday at 1:00pm and 7:30pm, and Sunday at 1:00pm. Pack up the family and get your Ogre on.

SKATING

Tim Hortons free skates are happening at Earl Nichols, Stronach, Argyle, and Oakridge Arena’s this weekend. For dates and times, see HERE. For other arena times, see HERE.

LONDON CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

The Museum is open and full of fun for the kids. Mad Science, Kwanzaa, Fizzing Candy Canes and more! The doors are open between 10:00am and 5:00pm both Saturday and Sunday.

BOLER MOUNTAIN

Boler is open for skiing and snowboarding with a special Boxing Day sale! $25 for an all-day ticket until December 29th. The weather may feel a bit like spring, but the mountain has snow, so grab your skis (or rent from them!).

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:

Swimming

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.

Skating

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 ;)

Skiing/Snowboarding

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.

Movies

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.

Kidscape

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.