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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

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!


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

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

Call of the Wild


Double Stripes by Janice YkemaWhen 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.

Two Heads by Janice Ykema


Pirates & Captain Flinders Invade the Waterfront!


Pirates credit Light Monkey PhotographyAhoy Mateys!  Get your wee buccaneer’s ready to board the poop deck and into the crow’s nest to see Pirates and Captain Flinders invade Toronto’s waterfront.  Shiver me Timbers! Captain Flinders is more fearsome than Captain Hook and Blackbeard on the Seven Seas and on May 25th from 10 am – 3 pm, Lads and Lassies can come watch their favourite scallywags do what they do best, looting for dubloons and booty.  Come prepared with your camera in hand, eye patch firmly placed and shipshape or be prepared to walk the plank to become shark bait!  Weigh anchor and hoist the mizzen and come see pirates this weekend, admission is free!

I had a lot of fun writing this post, not only because I love pirates but because I got to speak like one, argghhh!  For some more Pirate Lingo, please click here.


Kajama _06P0592 credit Light Monkey Photography

17th Annual Smart Start Student Art Show at Sherway Gardens


sas logoArt is in everything, from the architecture in the buildings we see to the scribbling’s of our little ones as they first learn how to use a crayon.  Art in childhood has been known to stimulate and develop imagination as well as refining cognitive and creative skills.  Art can add to the overall success at school by developing a sense of craftsmanship and goal setting.  Art enriches all aspects of life and that is why is should be supported and celebrated.

From April 6th to the 13th, over 100 talented high school students across Toronto will be showcasing their art in the 17th Annual Smart Start Student Art Show at Sherway Gardens.  There will be original drawings, mixed media, paintings, sculptures and more.  Come support local talent and have a night out with your family.


Toucan created by Thomas Malichen- Snyder who is a grade 10 student at St Patrick Catholic Secondary School

Toucan created by Thomas Malichen- Snyder who is a grade 10 student at St Patrick Catholic Secondary School