Category Archives: Family Outings

Family Fun in Toronto This Weekend


Since relocating to Toronto 5 years ago, I have never been let down by the endless supply of family fun things to do. Whether you are in the East End or the West, the Beaches or Scarborough, the GTA has lots of great outings and events for the family to enjoy.

  • Free Pooch Pics with Santa.  Dogs are man’s best friend and even they deserve to get their holiday wishes heard by Santa.  Tomorrow, November 30th, the Holiday Studio at 25 Karl Fraser Road will be taking photos of Santa and your pooch from 1 – 4 pm.  And as if it couldn’t get any better, the photos will be emailed to you free of charge and your dog will receive a free treat!
  • Karma Yoga. On December 1st, come by the Shops at Don Mills where people of all ages can bring their mats for free yoga sessions and a few moments to relax during this stressful time of year from 9:30 – 10:30 for FREE!
  • Markham Santa Claus Parade. You cannot kick off the holiday season without seeing a holiday parade.  November 30th from 11-12, people of all ages will line up from Hwy 7 to 16th Ave to witness the 41st Annual Markham Santa Claus Parade.
  • Santa Experience at Sherway Gardens. Everyone gets their photos done with Santa, but what if you could have sing-a-longs, stories and play with the big man in red?  For only $12 per child (tickets not required for accompanying parents), your little ones get 30 minutes of pure holiday fun with Santa at Sherway Gardens.

Pet Photos with Santa

Give Back This Year with Toronto’s Fire Fighter’s Association Toy Drive


Shops at Don Mills Toy Drive-29Each year, people complain that their children got way more toys than they really need.  So this year, I encourage you to give one of those toys to a child in need.  Tonight, from 5 pm – 8 pm, Global Television and Shops at Don Mills have teamed up to host the annual Toronto’s Fire Fighter’s Association Toy Drive.  Put a smile on a child’s face this year by donating a new, unwrapped gift and in exchange for your goodwill, you can receive a free burger from South St. Burger and a hot drink from Aroma Espresso Bar.

If you decide bring your little ones, be sure to visit Santa and his reindeer and your children can  bring their letters for the big guy in red to the Santa Station.  The Crestwood Choir will be filling the air with wonderful holiday music and not to mention there will be live ice sculpture demonstrations.  Global Television personalities such as Leslie Roberts, Susan Hay, Liza Fromer and Anthony Farnell will be there between 5:30 and 6:30 and be sure to visit their seasonal colouring and photo booths.

Winter is Here! Fun Family Things to Do This Weekend in Toronto


Last night we had a small flurry of falling snow and in my books, as soon as the snow falls, Winter has arrived.  And despite what some may think, Toronto does not shut down (completely *wink*) in an inch of snow.  There are plenty of family fun events happening this weekend and here are just a few for you and your family to enjoy!

  • Cineplex Family Favourites. This Saturday, participating Cineplex theatres are showing family favourite movies at 11 am for only $2.50.  A portion of the proceeds goes to Starlight Children’s Foundation so not only is it a great time for the family, but it also helps a worthy cause.
  • Santa Experience at Sherway Gardens. Everyone gets their photos done with Santa, but what if you could have sing-a-longs, stories and play with the big man in red?  For only $12 per child (tickets not required for accompanying parents), your little ones get 30 minutes of pure holiday fun with Santa at Sherway Gardens.
  • The Natrel Rink at the Harbourfront. You cannot say that you have fully taken advantage of the Winter season without strapping on skates and enjoy the cool, crisp air.  The Natrel Rink at the Harbourfront is an outdoor rink where you can skate and take in the view of Lake Ontario.  Admission is free with rentals available onsite.
  • Kidzfest at Yonge Dundas Square.  Come by Yonge Dundas Square for family fun like rides and the Play-Doh Play centre and appearances from My Little Pony, Santa, Rapunzel and the WotWots!  Admission is free!


Giveaway Contest! Tickets to the Toronto’s Fall Home Show!


untitledI am happy to announce my very first giveaway contest!  I will be awarding to 2 Sets of 2 Tickets to 2 very lucky winners to the 25th Annual Toronto Fall Home Show October 3rd – 6th at the Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place.  Before I get into the nitty gritty of the contest rules, I will give you a little background on the event.

2013 marks the 25th anniversary for the Toronto Fall Home Show, which is the largest fall consumer show this city has to offer with almost 32,000 people attending every year looking for advice and ideas for their homes.  At the Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place, there will be more than 300 renovation and design experts that can give you ideas and help for all your household projects.  Celebrity Experts such as Jonathan & Drew Scott (Property Brothers), Annie Sloan, Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault, Glen Peloso, Vicky Sanderson, Janice Fedak, Staci Edwards, Erica Gelman and many more will be giving demonstrations throughout the show.  The Property Brothers 2

You also will want to see the 2nd Annual Upcycle Challenge: Unhinged, where 25 celebrity experts and Style & DIY Bloggers will be sourcing and restoring 25 doors from Habitat for Humanity Toronto into functional upcycled items or pieces of art. The doors will be on display in the Habitat Toronto Exhibit Area at the Fall Home Show and throughout the show and will be up for auction during the show. Visitors can also vote for their favourite door on the Facebook Page and the door with the most votes will receive the grand prize of a $500 Visa card.  All proceeds from the bids will be used to support the ongoing work of Habitat for Humanity Toronto.

New this year is the Lowe’s Kitchen Inspiration Station where visitors can utilize interactive tools and how-to videos to get that kitchen of their dreams.  Class designers, contractor’s, culinary experts, and product specialists will be onsite to provide consultations.

The 25th Annual Toronto Fall Home Show will be at the Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place (151 Princes Blvd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) from October 3rd – 6th.  Here are the show’s dates & times.  For more information on the show, click here for the official website.


Thursday, October 3, 2013                                      11am to 9pm
Friday, October 4, 2013                                               11am to 9pm
Saturday, October 5, 2013                                          10am to 9pm
Sunday, October 6, 2013                                             10am to 6pm


Adults:                                                                              $15.00 at the door / $12.00 online
Senior (65+):                                                                    $13.00 at the door / $10.00 online
Children 13-17:                                                               $13.00 at the door / $10.00 online
Children 12 years & Under:                                          FREE


Thursday, Friday                                                             $14
Saturday, Sunday                                                            $15 Thursday after 4pm
FREE Friday, Saturday, Sunday after 6pm                   $11

AND NOW FOR THE SUPER FUN PART! I will be giving away 2 sets of 2 tickets ($30 value per set) to 2 winners so they and a guest can attend the Toronto Fall Home Show.  Here are the rules, regulations and how to enter!


  1. Bloggers.  In order to be entered, you must A) Like this post, B) Reblog this on your site and C) Follow me
  2. Twitter. In order to be entered, you must A) Follow me on Twitter @CarleyAFisher and B) Retweet this post / Tweet this link mentioning me
  3. Facebook.  In order to be entered, you must A) Like this post on my Facebook page and B) Share the post on your page


  • The Contest starts September 19th and will end September 26th at midnight Eastern time.
  • You can enter up to 3 times (1 entry for each social media site) however you can only win one set of tickets.
  • Winners will be picked at random on September 27th.  I will contact you that day to let you know you have won.
  • You must provide a valid mailing address so I can send you the tickets by September 28th otherwise another name will be drawn.
  • Once all winners have been contacted, I will post who won on all 3 sites.

I hope you enjoy entering this contest and I cannot wait to see who wins!!!!!!

Fun Things to Do This Weekend in Toronto


School is in session and Fall in finally here!  The weather may be cooling off outside but that does not mean the fun cannot continue.  Toronto is always bustling with family fun adventures and here are just a few happening this weekend.  Check it out!

  1. Oktoberfest In The Square!  At the Shops at Don Mills, Oktoberfest is in full swing.  Starting tomorrow, September 19th to Sunday the 22nd, there will be great food, beer, dancing and live music.  Come take a bite of Bavarian Pretzel, Festhalle Chicken, Veal Wurst and Schweinsbraten Sandwiches. Yum!  Maybe leave the kids with a sitter and lets this be a Mom and Dad’s night out!
  2. Brooks Farm Fall Fun Festival.  This weekend from 9 – 5, this Mount Albert Farm will be hosting their Farm Fall Fun Festival with train rides, apple picking, zip lines, Corn mazes and lots more family fun!
  3. Pawsway Open House.  Located at 245 Queens Quay W, you and the family will be able to come speak with Pet experts and see all the furry courses they have available such as Puppy Kindergarten, K 9 Manners, Kitten Kindergarten and much much more for FREE!
  4. Sweets & Treats Festival.  Halloween may not be until next month but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to satisfy your sweet tooth at the Sweets & Treats Festival.  Happening this weekend at Sugar Beach in support of SickKids Foundation, there will be midway rides, an exotic petting zoo, face painting and live entertainment.  Great for the entire family.

Oktoberfest Menu items at Bier Markt

Family Events This Weekend In Toronto


Labour Day has passed and the children are back in school but that doesn’t mean that the fun needs to end.  Toronto and the surrounding areas always have lots of fun and interesting things to do over the weekend and here are just a few!

  1. 2nd Annual Haute Dog at Queen’s Quay Terminal.  This Saturday and Sunday only, have your family pet come strike a pose on the Doggy Red Carpet at the 2nd Annual Haute Dog.  There will be lots of canine fashion and Pupparazzi for our beloved furry friends and lots of free outdoor events for the family.  Come rain or shine this weekend from 10 – 4.
  2. The Panda’s at the Toronto Zoo.  Come to the Toronto Zoo to meet Er Shun and Da Mao and visit the new Panda Interpretive Centre.  Learn all there is to know about Giant Panda’s.
  3. Under the Sea.  If you child or yourself are fans of ‘Finding Nemo’ then you cannot miss ‘Under The Sea’ at the Ontario Science Centre.  With Imax technology, you will get a first hand look at the Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Triangle.
  4. 15th Annual Taste of The Kingsway Festival.  Stroll up Bloor Street for food, family and fun with entertainment for people of all ages.  Happening this Friday through Sunday.
  5. Stanley’s Game Seven.  For all you hockey fans, this one is for you!  At the Hockey Hall of Fame, Hockey’s First 3D movie of the best moments in Stanley Cup History.  This movie is included in the Hockey Hall of Fame admission, so come and watch a part of Canadian History!

Nettle - Lyons Foundation of Canada

Mom’s, It’s Time to Get the Red Carpet Treatment!


Sherway Gardens Red Carpet EventAs Mom’s, there is a tremendous amount of pressure to be the very best Mom to our children and wives to our spouses.  And in the process, we often don’t make ourselves a priority.  We’ve all heard the jokes about the ‘Mom jeans’ and ‘Mom haircuts’.  Let those jokes roll off your shoulders and come to Sherway Garden’s for Star Style Meets VIP at Hello! Canada’s Exclusive Red Carpet Event!

We all want the designer look without the designer price tag, and Hello! Canada’s Fashion & Beauty Editor Julia Seidl will take the very best from the impressive roster of Sherway’s premier retailers and bring the latest in trend-setting styles to every woman!  Stop by Sherway Gardens this Thursday, August 29th from 7 – 8 pm in Centre Square.  The admission is free, so come take a night off and feel like you are front row at a fashion show in Milan.

The clothing retailers you can find are Michael Kors, Honey, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Juicy Couture, Ross Mayer, Melanie Lyne, French Connection & Holt Renfrew.  What outfit is complete without shoes?  Sherway Gardens has Stuart Weitzman, Nine West, Browns & Ron White.  And lets not forget the bling with accessories from Tiffany & Co., Birks, Pandora, Swarovski & Ben Moss Jewellers. For any budget, Sherway Gardens is the place to shop!

Get Back into the School Spirit at the Promenade!


Shhh! Don’t tell the kids this, but school is right around the corner.  By the end of August, we can all hear the collective sigh of children around the world begrudgingly getting ready for school, teachers and homework.  All the while parents have been getting ready by reinstating regular bed times, planning school lunches and buying school supplies and clothes.  Children are trying to soak up every last bit of the summer sun before it sets.

But what if you could get your kids excited about school?  No no, it’s not with name brand clothes or bribes with money.  It’s with a pep rally!  This is sure to get your kids back into the school spirit. Tomorrow only at the Promenade at 1 Promenade Circle in Thornhill, there will be a Pep Rally for Back-To-School featuring the Toronto Argonaught Cheerleaders, Choir! Choir! Choir! Glee Club, an anti-bullying workshop and fashion tips from Lena Almeida.



11:00am               Promenade Welcome and introduction
11:05am               Choir! Choir! Choir!
11:40am               Back to School Trend Tips with Lena Almeida from Listen to Lena
12:00pm               Toronto Argonauts Cheerleaders
12:10pm               Leave Out Violence (LOVE) Anti-Bullying Workshop
1:05pm                 Toronto Argonauts Cheerleaders
1:15pm                 Choir! Choir! Choir!
1:50pm                 Leave Out Violence (LOVE) Anti-Bullying Workshop
2:10pm                 Toronto Argonauts Cheerleaders
2:20pm                 Back to School Trend Tips with Lena Almeida from Listen to Lena

I’m Back!


Hey everyone!


It’s been a pretty hectic few weeks for this family.  In the middle of July, we left to go spend 16 days with my family as my sister is moving out of country and I wanted to get in some quality time with her and her son before they left.  We had an amazing time.  I got to snuggle up my precious nephew and had long chats with my sister.  The Princess helped my Dad build a fence, which was one of my favourite things to do as a child.  We slept out in a camper one night after a bonfire and even went to a local fair where the Princess wrestled baby pigs!  I don’t know who squealed the loudest, the pigs or the kids chasing them.  She also had her very first pony ride and groomed a Percheron.  We met up with old friends and hung out with our relatives.  The kids played like only cousins know how and got lots of love from their families!  After we said our goodbye’s, we were headed back home.

But we weren’t there very long.  Only 2 days later, we were off for a family vacation to the cottage for a week.  We were without TV or phones but that was ok.  We kept ourselves busy with swimming and boating, and the Princess went tubing.  Turns out I have an adrenaline junkie!  The Rainbow had his first boat ride but was asleep for most of it.  Hey there is always next year.  We enjoyed the peace and quiet of being away from the big city and got to spend quality time as a family.

It’s hard to think that school is not too far away for the Princess and our Rainbow is already 2 months old and making big strides.  By a month he could hold his head up and was smiling.  By six weeks he was cooing and now he’s pulling himself up while holding someone’s fingers.  The doctor has told us he’s doing very well for only 8 weeks and that’s he’s very strong.

So far we’ve had a very busy, but also very enjoyable summer.  We made hello’s and said goodbyes.  We’ve gone to birthday parties and a baptismal.  Ate great food with great people, laughed, and loved.  I will go on the record and say thus far this has been the very best summer I have ever had.

Things to do This Weekend in Toronto!


SHOPS AT DON MILLS TRAINIt’s hard to believe that the summer is almost half over. But do not fret, there are still lots of fun and cool things to do in Toronto with the family.   Here are just a few happening this weekend.





  1. Singing Ambassadors.  The Toronto Waterfront is always busy in the summer and the Singing Ambassadors will be there this weekend and every weekend until September 3rd offering assistance as well as impromptu summer hit performances from 11 – 6.  And in case you were wondering, you will be hearing renditions from the Beach Boys, the Beatles, The Drifters, Martha and the Vandellas and many many more!
  2. McEwan BBQ.  Mark McEwan is a pretty well known chef and this Friday & Saturday, you can taste all the McEwan Fine Foods has to offer.  From 11:30 – 4, Toronto’s finest indoor BBQ at the Shops at Don Mills will provide a culinary experience you won’t soon forget.
  3. All Aboard the Miniature Train.  How about after your McEwan BBQ, you let the kids take a ride on the miniature train.  Only $3 a ticket, the net proceeds support the Toronto Firefighter’s Toy Drive.  Running from 11 – 5, the kids will have fun for a great cause!
  4. Music in the Square.  Shops at Don Mills is definitely keeping the summer spirit going.  Friday nights, from 7 – 10, Aion Clarke will be providing live entertainment, covering big hits from the likes of Rihanna, P Diddy and Drake for FREE!
  5. The Value of Pets at PawsWay. If you love dogs, then this is something you don’t want to miss.  PawsWay at 245 Queen’s Quay will be showing all the wonderful things dogs do for us, such as their roles as protectors, helpers and healers this weekend from 11 – 5.  The Purina Animal Hall of Fame Service Dog of 2012 will also be making an appearance on the 28th.

Allen, Kevin, Sheree and Noemi