Tim Hortons Free Swim

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Every summer the local Tim Hortons’ in our area sponsor free swims at the City of London outdoor pools. These swims are a great chance to try out your closest pool or pool hop to another one that you’ve never had the chance to visit! Below is a list of all of the pools participating and the dates and times of their Tim Hortons free swims.

Byron Pool
1130 Brock Lane

July 02 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

July 26 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

East Lions Pool
1731 Churchill Ave

July 12 from 2:30 – 5:30 pm

July 21 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

July 28 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Gibbons Pool
2B Grosvenor Street

July 07 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

July 19 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Glen Cairn Pool
370 Chippendale Cres

July 15 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

August 01 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Northeast Pool
1050 Victoria Ave

July 17 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

August 02 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Northridge Pool
15 McLean Drive

July 09 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

July 25 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Oakridge Pool
825 Valetta Street

July 05 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

July 29 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Southcrest Pool
15 Hazelwood Avenue

July 01 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

July 18 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Silverwood Pool
36 Sycamore Street

July 11 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

July 23 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Stonarch Pool
1221 Sandford Street

July 05 from 3:00- 5:30  pm

July 14 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

July 28 from 6:00- 8:00 pm

Thames Pool
15 Ridout Street

July 04 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

July 22 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Westminster Pool
650 Osgoode Drive

July 08 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

July 24 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

August 08 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

City Outdoor Pools

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June brings sunshine and with sunshine comes heat and with heat comes the desire to jump in a big pool! If you don’t have your own in your backyard or you just don’t feel like cleaning it, we have some good news! The City of London Aquatics department begins opening their outdoor pools this week for weekends.

BYRON POOL

1330 Brock Lane

Opening June 27

EAST LIONS POOL

1731 Churchill Ave

Opening June 6

Saturdays 11:30 to 2:30

Sundays 2:30 to 5:30pm

GIBBONS POOL

2B Grosvenor Street

Opening June 27

GLEN CAIRN POOL

370 Chippendale Cres

Opening June 27

NORTHEAST POOL

1050 Victoria Ave

Opening June 27

NORTHRIDGE POOL

15 McLean Drive

Opening June 27

OAKRIDGE POOL

825 Valetta Street

Opening June 13 

SOUTHCREST POOL

15 Hazelwood Ave

Opening June 27

SILVERWOOD POOL

36 Sycamore Street

Opening June 27

STRONACH POOL

1221 Sandford Street

Opening June 6

Saturdays 12:00 to 3:00pm

Sundays 3:00 to 6:00pm

THAMES POOL

15 Ridout Street

Opening June 6

Saturdays 1:30 to 4:30pm

Sundays 1:30 to 4:30pm

WESTMINSTER POOL

650 Osgoode Drive

Opening June 6

Saturdays 1:30 to 4:30pm

Sundays 1:30 to 4:30pm

Spray Pads

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The weather has definitely taken a turn for the better! It’s hard to believe that we had snow only a few short weeks ago when the sun is this warm and gorgeous. And while backyard pools may be opening, most outdoor aquatic activities are still on hold for a little bit longer – except for one! In one week today, on Saturday, May 16 the City of London spray pads open for the season!

Spray pads are fun places for kids to get wet, play, splash, and be silly without standing water and all of the risks that come with it. They are elaborate sprinkler systems! With the touch of a button, water will spray, drip, dump, shoot, pour, and jet out of various areas in rotation. The spray pads are suitable for all ages (with supervision!) and can be accessed by all. Spray pads are slowly beginning to replace a lot of the wading pools within the city because they use less water to operate (used on demand vs filled daily) and do not require a lifeguard.

Spray pads are FREE and will operate from 9:00am to 9:00pm daily until Labour Day weekend.

There are 12 city operated spray pads which can be seen on a map HERE.

Gibbons Park

Rowntree Park

Lambeth (Centennial Park)

Forks of the Thames

Kiwanis Park

West Lions Park

Bonaventure Meadows

Jesse Davidson Park

Southeast Optimist Park

Oakridge Optimist Park

Ed Blake Park

Medway Park

 

 

This Weekend in London

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The good news is: there’s no more snow in the forecast. The better news is: it’s almost the weekend. Here is what is happening in our fine city this weekend!

COMMUNITY CLEAN UP DAY

To finish off the week of Earth Day celebrations, London Clean and Green is hosting a Community Clean Up Day on Saturday, April 25. There are many locations across the city that you can join and pitch in! Pick up litter, plant trees, remove graffiti and have some fun. Bring the kids and get the whole family involved in making our city beautiful. If you can’t make it to one of the scheduled clean up locations, clean up your own neighbourhood a little bit. Just remember to stay safe and watch for sharp things.

TOONIE SWIM

This Friday, April 24 is one of the City of London’s three monthly toonie swims. Head over to Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre from 7:30 to 9:00pm with your family and pay only $2 per person for admission.

FOREST CITY ROAD RACE

The annual Forest City Road Race is this Sunday, April 26. There is still time to register for this event, although online registration ends tonight, April 23 at 6:00pm.  Bring the kids for the Kids Fun Run or challenge yourself with the 5K, 10K or half-marathon events. 100% of the proceeds raised at the FCRR go toward programs at Thames Valley Children’s Centre. If you aren’t going to the race, but have any business in the downtown or old north London areas on Sunday morning, be advised that there will be delays and detours.

STORYBOOK GARDENS

Storybook Gardens is open for the spring season with some fun new things for the kids! Check out the Peddle Car Track and Felix the Fox Archery from 11:00am to 3:00pm. The castle is open 10:00am to 5:00pm Saturdays and Sundays through April.

HOME DEPOT WORKSHOP

Have you been considering upgrading your flooring? The Home Depot is hosting a workshop this Sunday, April 26 at 1:00pm on installing laminate flooring. Learn how to cut and lay the flooring, what tools you will need, how to undercut door jams, and lots of useful tips on how to make flooring easier.

 

Swimming Lessons

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It may be hard to believe with the weather that we had on Easter morning, but summer is just around the corner! With summer comes the heat and the best way to beat the heat is to swim, of course. Whether you own a pool, have access to a pool or rarely make a splash, learning to swim is a vital life skill that all kids should learn to do. Just for safety’s sake, learning to fall in safely, swim to safety, and tread water are the bare minimum things that people of all ages should comfortably do to increase their chances of survival in the water and to have fun at a pool party! And if your child ends up becoming a little fish, they can always go on to be the next Michael Phelps or get the best summer job ever as a lifeguard.

London has many places to sign your kids up for lessons this spring to get them prepped and ready for the summer months. It’s a great time for a little refresher of their skills.

AQUATIC SERVICES

The City of London, Aquatic Services offers the most extensive variety of swimming and water safety lessons through the Red Cross for every level from babies to lifeguards. Lessons focus on both learning the strokes and how to swim, as well as how to survive and/or help in water situations.  They are offered at the city’s three indoor pools (Canada Games Aquatic Centre in northwest London, South London Community Pool in south London, and Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre in east London), as well as out of Stony Creek YMCA. They have lessons for younger children during the weekdays, lessons after school, and on weekends. Their spring session begins at the end of April. The City of London has financial assistance available for families who cannot afford to pay for lessons on their own.

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF LONDON

The Boys and Girls Club in downtown London offers Red Cross swimming lessons for all levels and ages. Lessons are open to both members and non-members. The spring session has lessons on either Tuesdays or Saturdays beginning the last week in April/first week in May.

EXCEL SWIM SCHOOL

Excel has six levels and a swim team. The program has been designed by swim coach and former Olympian, Paul Midgley, to prepare kids for swim teams and competitive swimming. Lessons are run out of Robarts pool in east London and the swim team is out of the Canada Games Aquatic Centre. Their spring session runs from May to June.

FINAN SWIM SCHOOL

Finan has created their own swimming levels (Tiny Tot 1&2, Learn to Swim 1&2, Level 1-10). Finan focuses only on learning swimming strokes, not on water safety skills. Their spring session begins next week (mid-April). Finan operates out of two pools: the Ramada Inn on Exeter Road in south London and Sugar Creek (off Proudfoot Lane) in west London.

JOLLY SWIM SCHOOL

Jolly Swim School has over a dozen different swim levels beginning with Moms & Tots and advancing all the way up to Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross. They teach lessons out of the Berkshire Club in southwest London on Sunday mornings. Their spring begins next week.

YMCA

There are three YMCA’s in London and all offer swimming lessons. The Bob Hayward YMCA in southeast London has their own levels for children from 3 months old up to 12 years old. The Centre Branch downtown offers the same YMCA levels as well as Swim-Able, a small class lesson for children with learning or behavioural barriers that prevent them from succeeding in regular swimming lessons. Stoney Creek YMCA in north London has swimming lessons that follow the Red Cross levels.

MAKING WAVES

Although Making Waves does not have a spring session, it is definitely worth mentioning and remembering for anyone who has a child with special needs. Children with disabilities are given 1:1 lessons with a volunteer lifeguard (Western students!) on Sunday evenings in the fall and winter. The lessons are held at the UWO Campus in the Western Student Recreation Facility. Children are taught swimming skills at their own pace and ability.

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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Family Day Activities

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Family Day is in one week on Monday, February 16. Do you need something fun to do? If staying at home isn’t your thing, here is what is happening in London:

ADVENTURES ON WONDERLAND

AOW is open for Family Day from 10am to 8pm AND they’re having a special for Grandparents – bring your grandkids and get $1.50 off each admission!

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

The London Children’s Museum is open specially for Family Day this year from 10am to 5pm with lots of big things happening! Come and celebrate by learning about animal families and Black History Month at the Museum!

STORYBOOK GARDENS

The castle is open from 10am to 5pm on Monday for skating, hot chocolate, roasting marshmallows, and even a sleigh ride! ** At the time of posting, the website is showing that this event is still happening. Due to the unfortunate fire and destruction of the barn last week, this may be cancelled.

SKATING

NO PUBLIC SKATING AT ARENAS with the exception of free Family Day Public Skating at Kinsmen Arena from 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Argyle Arena 4:00 – 6:00 pm and Stronach Arena 2:00 – 4:00 pm. Victoria Park and the Covent Garden Market will have skating hours during the day.

BOLER MOUNTAIN

Boler Mountain is extending their skiing and snowboarding hours on SUNDAY, February 15 – 9am to 9pm. Bring the family, stay up late!

SWIMMING

CGAC is open for regular programming until 3pm, with an additional rec swim from 1-3pm.

CHOCC pool is open ONLY from 1-3pm for a rec swim.

SLCP is open ONLY for a rec swim from 10-11:30am.

FLEETWAY

Fleetway is open 9am to 11pm on Family Day with all kinds of fun! Bowling, glow golf, rock climbing wall, Playdium, billiards, and of course – Dairy Queen!

PALASAD

Palasad is the place to be this Family Day! Enjoy half price classic pizzas all day – the perfect way to fuel your bowling, arcade, laser tag (south location only) or billiard games!

LASER QUEST

Celebrate Family Day with a triple play at Laser Quest! Three games for only $19 per person. Reserve now!

FREE FAMILY FUN DAY IN SPARTA

If you feel like taking a bit of a drive, head over to Sparta for lots of family fun with fortune telling, a scavenger hunt, the tea room and more!

MAKER FAMILY DAY

Is your child an aspiring techie? Bring them to the UnLab for a day of science and technology as you make a working flashlight together. $40 per family, please register in advance.

WINTERFEST SOUTH HURON 

South Huron is having it’s annual Family Day Winterfest! It starts with breakfast and ends with fireworks, all along the middle is great times for the whole family! Most activities are free, food is an additional charge.

FAMILY ZUMBA AT ELAN DANCE ARTS

Elan Dance Arts is offering FREE Zumba and Zumbini for families on Family Day! Zumbini is for parents and children 0-3 years old at 9:30am, Family Zumba for all ages at 10:30am and Family Fitness Boot Camp for all ages at 10:30am. Let them know you’re coming on Facebook!

 

Summer Camp Registration

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Summer may seem like a long way away (especially with all of this snow!) but now is the time to start thinking about summer plans for your children. If you are considering overnight camps for your kids, here are a few options around London.

Circle R Ranch

Online registration is now open for summer residence camp focusing on horseback riding and fun! Circle R Ranch is just west of London in Delaware, Ontario.

Black River Farm and Ranch

You can register your daughters online for this girls-only horseback riding overnight camp in Croswell, Michigan.

Camp Kee-Mo-Kee

Camp Kee-Mo-Kee is just west in Komoka. Register online now or through the mail.

Forest Cliff Camp

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Toonie Swims

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Did you know that every month the City of London Aquatics offer a scheduled swim at each of their indoor pools for only a toonie? What a great deal! The Canada Games Aquatic Centre is in northeast London at 1045 Wonderland Street north, the South London Community Pool is in south London at 585 Bradley Ave, and the Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre at 656 Elizabeth Street.

The dates and times vary each month and are announced in advance on Facebook, Twitter, and the City of London website.

January is almost over, but there is one last swim for this month TONIGHT at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre from 7:30pm to 9pm. Grab your suits and towels and get the weekend started with a splash!

Holiday Activities

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Sixteen days at home with all of the kids begins today! While most of us will have some holiday events at some point, there may still be a lot of down time to fill up and keep the kids busy. Here is what is open and when:

KIDSCAPE

Kidscape is open from Monday to Friday 9:30am to 6:00pm; Saturday & Sunday from 10:00am to 6:00pm.  They are running a day camp for $22/day on December 22, 23, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31, and January 2. For more information and to register, visit HERE.

ADVENTURES ON WONDERLAND

Adventures on Wonderland is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00am to 8:00pm and Sundays from 11:00am to 7:00pm.

December 24 and 30 they close at 4pm. AOW is CLOSED on December 25, 26, 31 and January 1.

LONDON AQUATICS

All three indoor city pools (Canada Games Aquatic Centre, South London Community Pool, Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre) are open over the holidays with added recreational swim times.

Note that all three pools close at 11:00am on December 24 and December 31 and are CLOSED on December 25, 26, and January 1. For a full schedule of swim times, see HERE.

PUBLIC SKATING

The city skating rinks are open and ready for you! For skating times and locations, see the full schedule HERE. For Tim Hortons free skate times and locations, see HERE.

Weather permitting, the FREE rink at the Covent Garden Market is open Monday to Thursday and Saturday from 8:00am to 6:00pm, Friday 8:00am to 7:00pm, and Sunday 11:00am to 4:00pm.

Victoria Park is also FREE and open from 10:00am to 10:00pm daily, closed between 5:30-6:30 for ice resurfacing.

STORYBOOK GARDENS

Storybook Gardens is open for your skating adventures around the park. For their full schedule and hours of operation, see HERE.

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

The Children’s Museum is open for visiting and they are also hosting day camps for children 3 to 12 years old. Camps run from 8:30am to 5:30pm on December 22, 23, 29, 30, and January 2.

The Museum is closing early at 2:00pm on December 24 and January 31, and is CLOSED on December 25, 26, and January 1.  Celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa through art and exhibits. For full hours and schedule of events, see HERE.

MOVIE THEATRES

Let’s all go to the movies! The Family Favourite movie at SilverCity this morning (December 20) at 11:00am is Fred Claus. There is no Family Favourite currently scheduled for December 27.

If you want to take your kids to the movies, there are some great kids movies playing over the holidays, including:

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (PG)

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (PG)

Annie (PG)

The Penguins of Madagascar (G)

Big Hero 6 (PG)

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 1 (PG)

Into the Woods (PG) *opening December 25

For the Cineplex schedule (SilverCity in Masonville or Westmount & VIP) see HERE. For Rainbow Cinemas see HERE.