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Family Fun in Toronto This Weekend

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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

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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!

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

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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!

Call of the Wild

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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

 

17th Annual Smart Start Student Art Show at Sherway Gardens

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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

Ways to Give Back this Year

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While we all enjoy the mountains of gifts, the delicious meals and time with family, there are some less fortunate and don’t get all of those things.  So here are a just a few things that we can all do to give back to those in need.

  1. Gingerbread Cookie Factory.  For the last 21 years, volunteers of the Trillium Health Centre fundraise with all proceeds go to support the senior’s health services at the Trillium sites of The Credit Valley Hospital and Trillium Health Centre.  Daily from November 30th to December 23rd at Sherway Gardens, gingerbread cookies are available to decorate and they are $4 each or three for $10!
  2. All Aboard the Miniture Train at Don Mills.  Come aboard for a magical tour as the miniature train travels through the centre square, past the holiday trees and the finest shops! Tickets will be sold at Guest Services for $3/person per ride with net proceeds to the Toronto Fire Fighters’ Toy Drive.
  3. Tie Up Loose Ends At The Salvation Army Gift Wrap Booth.  The depot will be open all week at Sherway Gardens, with the exception of Sunday, from 10 am until 8 pm and on December 24th from 10 am to 3 pm.   Just $5 minimum per package with 100% of all proceeds going to fund The Salvation Army to assist those in need in the local community.
  4. Salvation Army Kettle Campaign.  The Salvation Army’s annual Christmas Campaign has grown into one of Canada’s most significant and recognizable annual charitable events and is a friendly reminder that the spirit of the season is giving. The funds raised provide food and clothing for thousands of needy families right in our own community throughout the holiday season and beyond at Sherway Gardens until December 24th.
  5. CTV Toy Mountain. Help support CTV’s Toy Mountain this year with an unwrapped gift or cash donation at many locations throughout the city.
  6. Toronto Food Banks.    Donate your time, money or food to your local food bank and help those in need this holiday season!
Gingerbread Cookie Factory at Sherway Gardens

Gingerbread Cookie Factory at Sherway Gardens

Fun Things to do This Weekend in Toronto!

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Are you looking for some fun things to keep the children entertained this weekend?  Then look no further!

  • Baking at the Mackenzie House.  Come to the Mackenzie House at 82 Bong St to make some Victorian desserts on Dec 1st from 9 – 11:30.
  • Etobicoke Lakeshore Christmas Parade.  Come to Dwight Avenue & Lake Shore Blvd West for the 22nd Annual Christmas Parade.  On December 1st from 10 – 12 come see Santa!
  • Holiday Greeting Cards Family Workshop.   At the Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum and Arts Centre, families can come and build personalized holiday greeting cards on December 1st from 1 – 4.
  • Gingerbread Cookie Factory.  From 10 – 8 this weekend, the volunteers from Trillium Health Centre will be hosting their Gingerbread Cookie Factory at Sherway Gardens with all proceeds going to seniors health services.  Come decorate cookies with icing and sprinkles!
  • CP Holiday Train.  On December 1st, the CP Holiday Train will be coming to Toronto at 750 Runnymede Rd at 5:30.  This was personally one of my faves growing up! Cannot wait to bring the Princess.

Image c/o torontoist.com