This Weekend in London

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The March Break may be ending, but you can finish it off with a bang! Lots going on in our beautifully muddy city this weekend, so get out and enjoy it!

LITTLE RAY’S REPTILE ZOO

March 18 to 21st, Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo will be bringing their show to you at the Western Fair District. So many animals and critters, live shows and demos! Bring your animal enthusiast to see all of it, interact, and learn. Admission is $12.50, children under 2 are free. The doors open at 10:00am.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR

The Palace Theatre is bringing Beauty and the Beast Jr to the stage this week with LYTE (London Youth Theatre Education). Bring your children to the enjoy the magic of live theatre! Tickets are only $15 for adults, $5 for children and kids under 5 years old are free (in your lap). There are daily shows, buy your tickets early.

DREAM A LITTLE DREAM

Did you know that the Mama’s and the Papa’s were only together for three years? The Grand Theatre has Dream a Little Dream onstage for their opening weekend and running until April 11.  It follows the rise and fall of the legendary 60′s musical group and perfectly captures the decade and excitement.

BLUE MAN GROUP

Their blue heads and feet may seem a bit odd, but this is a show that entertains everyone who sees it! For two nights only, the Blue Man Group are at the Budweiser Gardens and the second of those is tonight, Thursday, March 19 at 7:30pm.

SUGAR BUSH

It’s a short season, so don’t miss it! There is only another week of the regular sugar bush season, though some sugar shacks are extending their season due to the weather. That maple syrup, maple sugar, maple sugar candies, and maple cookies are the best from the source!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daylight Savings Time Begins

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Oh, Mama, this is a hard weekend for all of us. It marks the beginning of Daylight Savings Time, which means we all lost an hour of sleep, which is a pretty cruel thing! Fire up the coffee maker (and if it’s a Keurig, pause and read this one ;)). We fully endorse the family nap today. If that fails, wow your kids with your extensive knowledge of DST facts:

DID YOU KNOW…

Benjamin Franklin was one of the first people to recommend shifting the day’s routine to match the sunlight

Germany was one of the first countries to use DST in 1916

DST was conceived as a method of reducing energy costs – using natural light instead of relying on artificial light

Part of Australia only shifts by 30 minutes instead of one hour

Canada and the USA used to observe DST from the first Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October; since 2007 it has been expanded.

Most countries do not observe DST at all, including most of Africa and Asia

Your smart phone will automatically change time after 1:59:59am on Sunday morning

If you give birth to twins and the second one is born within the extra hour in the fall, their birth will be registered as having happened first (e.g. Twin A born at 1:40am and Twin B born 30 minutes later… at 1:10am)

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Whether you are in the Christmas spirit yet or not, the City of London sure is! Get ready for a blast of Christmas bazaar’s and sales beginning this weekend. Holding out that hohoho until December? Don’t worry, we have some other things happening as well!

London Music Hall: T.I

T.I is coming to the London Music Hall tonight, November 13, 2014. Tickets are available online and at the Music Hall box office. The doors open at 7:30pm. This is a 19+ event.

Samko & Miko Toy Warehouse Sale

Coming to the Western Fair Grounds, Progress Building this Friday, November 14th until Wednesday, November 19th. All the toys and books that will be on your children’s wish lists will be there!

Holiday Rag Bag Bazaar at The Grand Theatre

Saturday, November 15 from 11:00am to 4:00pm visit The Grand Theatre on Richmond Row to browse through 50 vendors selling handmade, vintage, and upcycled work. Whether you are in the mood to shop for others or just find something unique for yourself, there will be a gorgeous selection from unique artists and artisans from London. This is not your average craft sale! Come and be inspired.

Budweiser Gardens

This weekend at the Bud the London Knights are playing the Owen Sound Attack on Friday evening at 7:30pm and on Saturday night at 7:00pm the London Lightning will be taking on the PEI Storm. For tickets click HERE or visit the Budweiser Gardens box office.

Jingle Bell Walk & Run for Arthritis

The Arthritis Society is hosting a fun Walk & Run to support the over 4.6 million Canadians living with arthritis. They raise money for research, education and services. The event is being held this Saturday, November 15 at Springbank Park. Registration opens at 8am. There will be a 2K, 5K, and 10K option, open to all.

Firebirds Festive Bazaar

If you’re going to be in southwest London this Saturday, November 15, stop in at ARTHUR FORD PUBLIC SCHOOL from 9:00am to 4:00p, for their bazaar featuring handcrafted items, baked goods, and independent company consultants. Admission is FREE and all funds will be put towards buying new playground equipment for their kindergarten program! 617 Viscount Road

 

If you know of an event coming up in London and area that you want us to share email jill@londonmoms.ca

 

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Here is the best of London for the weekend of November 7-9, 2014.

BUD GARDENS

On Friday night the London Knights are taking on the Windsor Spitfires at 7:30pm. Sunday afternoon at 2:00pm the London Lightning play the Brampton A’s. For tickets head to the Bud Garden’s website.

SANTA CLAUS PARADE

The parade will be going through downtown London this Saturday night, November 8, beginning at 6:00pm.

HOLIDAY HOME TOUR

This weekend is London’s annual Holiday Home Tour in support of Thames Valley Children’s Centre. Each year, selected homeowners in London open their home to the city’s top designers and florists to have their house decorated in beautiful holiday themes for this tour. This is a wonderful event that directly benefits so many programs and services for children with disabilities in London.

ORIGINAL KIDS THEATRE: CRAZYTOWN

The Original Kids Theatre Company is putting on a production of Crazytown this weekend at the Spriet Theatre, Covent Garden Market.  This play is a comedy for the whole family! Tickets can be purchased at the door or online in advance.

CANADALE NURSERIES

Canadale Nurseries in St. Thomas will be celebrating with a Christmas Open House each weekend in November. There will be activities for the whole family, including meeting Santa’s real live reindeer and pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Clause.

SHOPPING GALA

Notre Dame Catholic School at 767 Valetta Street is having a one-stop shopping event on Saturday, November 8 from 9:00am to 3:00pm. There will be lots of vendors with unique gifts to choose from. Get your Christmas shopping started early! Admission is $2 (children are free!) which includes a door prize ticket.

MOUNT ZION CHRISTMAS MARKET

The fourth annual Mount Zion Christmas Market will be held this Saturday from 10:00am to 2:00pm at 471 Ridgewood Crescent. There will be many vendors, as well as door prizes, a bake table, and a tea room. Mike Lawson will also be there to buy your unwanted silver and gold!

 

Have a great weekend! 

 

 

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It’s Halloween weekend! They’re predicting the start of the cold weather this weekend, so keep warm and keep busy!

Westmount Shopping Centre Halloween

Westmount is celebrating Halloween indoors this Friday night from 5:00-800pm. Trick or Treat where it’s warm and dry! Most stores will be handing out candy while supplies last. This is a great place to take your little ones who aren’t yet ready to keep up with the big kids outside.

Kusterman’s Haunted Trail

Are your kids too old for Trick or Treating? Want to give them a good scare? Head out to Kusterman’s Family Farm for a frightening walk though the stalks and other spooky excitement this Friday, October 31 beginning at 7:00pm. $11/person, rated 14+.

Fright Night 5

Museum London is having their annual Fright Night event on Friday, October 31 at 9:00pm. Advanced tickets are sold out, but 100 tickets will be available at the door for $25, 19+ only. There will be live music, costume contest, Gallery tours, palm reading, photo booth and a candy bar.

Byron Craft Club Christmas Craft Sale

Nothing says “Halloween is over!” like the first Christmas craft sale of the season. If you are ready to compost those pumpkins and start hanging the holly head on down to the Byron Library on Saturday,November 1 from 10:00am to 1:00pm. Admission is free.

Ignite Your Vision

Mompreneurs will want to take part in Ignite Your Vision 2014, hosted by London Mompreneurs at the Lamplighter Inn this Sunday, November 2 from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Tickets are $95/person, which includes breakfast and lunch.

Have a great weekend!

This Weekend in London

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It’s a weekend full of ghouls and ghosts as the countdown to Halloween is on!

Here is our rundown of what is happening October 24-26:

Blue Suede Shoes

Elvis is rocking the main stage at the Grand Theatre now through November 1. With tickets starting at just $29.95 you can sing along with the world champion Elvis impersonator Roy LeBlanc as he relives the life and career of Elvis Presley.

The London Baby Expo

It’s back at the Western Fair District’s Progress Building on October 25, 9am to 4pm and 26, 10am to 3pm. Admission is $7, children under 12 are free. There will be plenty of door prizes at this event which features exhibits and sponsors to guide you from bump through childhood.

VegFest

A vegan festival is coming to the Western Fair District’s Canada Building this Saturday from 10am to 6pm. Admission and parking is free for this event for the whole family. Come eat delicious food from their many vendors, explore clean living, watch cooking demonstrations, learn about animal rights and let your children try out free yoga classes or play in the children’s activity area.

The Great Eldon House Ghost Hunt

Is this old London landmark haunted? Come find out from 1-4pm on Sunday. The whole family is invited, $5 per person.

Octoberfest

The German Canadian Club is celebrating this annual tradition Friday and Saturday. Advanced tickets are $15 or $20 at the door.

Do you have any big plans this weekend? Want me to talk about your event? Let me know anytime  jill@londonmoms.ca