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.
PROMENADE PEP RALLY SCHEDULE:
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
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.
It’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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!
- 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.
When I first had the Princess, I was new to Toronto. Didn’t know many people let alone the area, so I often frequented Sherway Gardens, a mall close to where I live. It was great to get out and not to mention get in some retail therapy. Now that our Rainbow has arrived, I still love to go there. It has become my go-to shopping centre.
On my latest trip, I noticed some art that was there. At door 3 in the corridor, the current exhibit is Call of the Wild, from the artist Janice Ykema. The Princess loved looking at all the pictures and was going to each one telling me stories about each piece. Her imagination ran ‘wild’ looking at them and the stories continued throughout our entire shopping trip and she even brought them home to Hubby.
The exhibit will be running until July 13th but other pieces of her work can be seen at Niagara-On-The-Lake from July 29th to August 1st and this weekend at Nathan Phillips Square.
It is supposed to rain this weekend, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go out and enjoy all that Toronto has to offer this weekend. Here are just a few of the many things happening this weekend that you and your family can enjoy.
- Toronto Jazz Festival Free Music Series at Don Mills. This weekend at Shops at Don Mills, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival Free Music Series will be showcasing free concerts from a wide array of talented artists. This event will be continuing right through until June 30th, a day longer than most venues throughout the city. Come stay dry and listen to some fantastic music!
- Nature Play at Evergreen Brickworks. Do you have a budding environmentalist at home? I know I do! At Evergreen Brickworks, located at 550 Bayview Ave, Nature Play invites children to play and engage their growing minds with weekly activities based on changing seasons and weather as well as the environment around them. Open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 – 4.
- The Redpath Waterfront Festival. This weekend only, the Tall Ships come to Toronto! A free event for people of all ages, there will be food, boats, an after-dark lights and multimedia show as well as a War of 1812 interactive theatre taking up over 2 km of the Toronto Waterfront.
- Under the Sea at the Ontario Science Centre. Does your child love Finding Nemo? Then the Ontario Science Centre is where you want to be this weekend. This IMAX film takes you on an incredible journey through the locales like the Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Triangle to see some of the spectacular inhabitants that live there.
My best friend whom I mentioned in a previous post came to visit for the weekend and of course we had an awesome time. We always plan to go for random adventures and this time I wanted to do something she’d enjoy. On a previous visit she had mentioned that she really enjoyed culinary trips which gave me an idea. Toronto is known for it’s food trucks and what a better surprise than to take her on a food truck extravaganza.
On Saturday, we got ready and headed downtown. Most of Toronto’s food trucks were at Echo Beach for the CBC Music Festival but Hogtown Smoke was at Leon’s in front of the Roundhouse. Her and I both enjoy BBQ so this truck was a great choice. Hogtown Smoke is Toronto’s mobile BBQ Smoke House and it far more than delivered on taste. I ordered the Beef Brisket on a Bun and slathered it in the Hogtown Smoke Original Mild BBQ Sauce. I instantly regretted my decision to wear a white top as the chances of making a mess grew exponentially. The beef was tender, tasty and cooked to perfection.
After we let the food settle, we walked over to the Roundhouse which houses the Steam Whistle Brewery. While I don’t drink beer even when not pregnant, my friend loves it. They were handing our complementary beer which only added to the delicious BBQ we just finished. We checked out the model train displays they had in the front and then were off to the Harbourfront.
It was Doors Open Toronto and the water front was busy with boats. Captain Flinders and his Pirates had invaded Toronto and I thought that her and I could enjoy a boat tour of Lake Ontario. For only $15, we were able to check out the Toronto Islands, enjoy some quality time and chat. Overall it was a wonderful afternoon downtown. Later that evening, we went to the movies and saw The Hangover 3, which wasn’t as good as the previous two.
It was an awesome weekend with a more awesome friend.