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Category Archives: Activities & Events

  1. Outdoor Movies

    Outdoor movies are just plain fun.  Lawn chairs, blankets, summer.  Below are some options for free flicks around the city to enjoy with your family.

    Downsview Park (Fridays) Great family movies.  The Lorax is playing tomorrow and E.T. later in July!

    Riverdale Park East (select Sundays, all PG)

    Yonge – Dundas Square (Tuesdays…more suitable for mom and dad)

    Harbourfront (Wednesdays)

    David Pecaut Square (Wednesdays)

    Polson Pier offers drive-in movies @ $25 per carload.


    Posted in Activities & Events.

  2. Sesame Street Live!

    Sesame Street Live  is playing next weekend at the Rogers Centre!  Imagine taking your little ones to this high-energy musical with Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and more of their favourite characters.    There will be lots of singing, dancing and audience participation…your kids will love it.

    Peachy Buy is offering discounted tickets ($20 instead of $30) for two shows on Friday, May 4th and the morning show on Saturday, May 5th.  Check out the details on their website.  Only one day left to take advantage of this deal!



    Posted in Activities & Events, Coupons, Deals.

  3. A Peachy Giveaway!

    PeachyBuy is one of my favourite deal sites because all of the deals are geared to families like yours and mine.  If you are looking for a fun family outing over March Break, Peachybuy is offering a Spring Fling All-Day Ride Passes, valid for Saturday March 10 or Sunday March 11, for only $10 (no extra fees).  Spring Fling is a Toronto March Break tradition and Canada’s largest indoor carnival which takes place at the Rogers Centre for a seven-day run through March Break 2012.  Enjoy  rides,  live performances on the children’s stage,  interact with 26 live animals from Reptilia and join Barbie for a visit in Barbie’s World!

    We have been given a family four pack of All Day ride passes for Saturday March 11 or Sunday March 12 to give away!  So peachy 🙂  Check out the website and send me a line about one thing your family is planning to do during March Break.  The 7th person to contact me in the next 24 hours will be the happy winner.

    Posted in Activities & Events, Contests & Giveaways.

  4. Cineplex Family Favourites!

    Cineplex Canada is offering family movies every Saturday morning (11am) until the end of April.  Tickets are only $2.50!  Some classics are ET, Stuart Little and an American Tale.  See the movie schedule here.  Check for participating theatres.

    Posted in Activities & Events.

  5. Toddler Adventure Group – Big Like!

    Any of you who have a toddler at home know how difficult it is to keep them busy.   My  2 yr. old Liam and I were feeling a little lonely and uninspired at home.   I knew he needed more structure and exposure to new activities and children and I was looking to add more programs to his schedule.

    As if she read my mind, Sharyn, of Toddler Adventure Group (TAG), sent me an email and invited us to experience one of her playgroups .    Sharyn is a toddler expert who runs structured playgroups for 18-36 month olds in the Thornhill Woods area.   A playgroup is 90 minutes long and includes skill development through play, songs, crafts, and much more.

    As soon as Liam and I sat on a carpet covered in colourful little pompoms, I knew that this wasn’t just another playgroup.  Every minute at TAG is planned to help toddlers grow and hone skills that most of us take for granted.   Sharyn brings warmth, energy and new materials every week to engage and stimulate the little ones and she reminds us to do things at toddler speed, toddler height, toddler fun.  While Liam was enjoying every minute of his participation, I too was learning.  Being in the company of other adults while focusing on my child felt great.  Learning to teach my toddler important skills through play was inspiring and being reminded that toddlerhood is a magical time was simple here.

    To learn more about Toddler Adventure Group visit the website or follow their Facebook Page.  If you are looking for a backyard camp, TAG’s Summer Sparks may be the perfect camp for your toddler.

    Posted in Activities & Events, Useful Info.

  6. Great Wolf Lodge Coupon Code

    Great Wolf Lodge (Niagara Falls) makes for an incredible weekend getaway in the Winter months.  The ginormous indoor waterpark is so fun and there is also an arcade, spa, playroom, crafting station and everything kids and parents need to have a good time.  Mamapicks has a special rate for the upcoming weekend (Sat. Feb. 4th -Sun.Feb. 5th)!  $199 for the Family Suite instead of $379 (including waterpark passes which are good for both Saturday and Sunday).   The offer is good until Tuesday, Jan. 31st and only takes effect if 7 rooms are registered.   In order to book your room, go online at

    1)    Select the Niagara Falls Location

    2)    At the top of the home page please enter in the arrival and departure date and click “check availability”.

    3)    Under “Offer Code” enter in the group code 1202SOLO and click “check”

    4)    Book your room

    Posted in Activities & Events, Deals.

  7. Home Depot Workshops for Kids

    Mamapicks used to have a ” what to do this weekend” column and she sort of gave up because there is not enough high-quality stuff to do in the Winter with kids.  But now and then , she will let you know about great activities that she finds.  She will also let you know about places that are not great in the new “It sucks” column.

    Home Depot has monthly workshops for kids which are FREE and amazing.  We went to our first one this past Saturday morning with my 5 yr.-old son and he was the happiest kid on earth.  The two-hour workshop involves a different building project every time which is suitable for ages 4-12.  It is held at most Home Dept locations one Saturday morning a month, 10am-12pm.  This past weekend, my son used a hammer and nails to carefully construct a savings shed.  He received a kit to complete with an accompanying adult and a really cute  Home Depot kid-sized apron.  He also received a tattoo sticker which was a really big deal for some reason.  You must pre-register as many locations fill up fast.  The next workshop takes place on Feb.11th. Register online.

    Posted in Activities & Events, Ideas, Useful Info.

  8. Get your Wonderland passes now!

    Renew your passes for $59.99 and don’t pay till March 1st, 2012!  While prices go up Jan. 5th, the option to pay in March expires tomorrow!  You can also register your passes online instead of filling out forms at the park…


    Posted in Activities & Events, Deals.

  9. Chanukah Concert & Party!

    Posted in Activities & Events.

  10. Disney on Ice Ticket Deal!

    PeachyBuy has a great deal on today for those of you who want to take your kids to see Disney On Ice!  Enjoy 40% in savings on tickets for four!  Sign up to view more great deals for families daily.

    Posted in Activities & Events, Coupons.

  11. What to do this weekend…

    Enjoy the annual Pioneer Festival at the Black Creek Pioneer Village (Jane & Steeles) on Saturday, 10-4:30.

    The Queen West Art Crawl takes place at Trinity Bellwoods Park., Saturday & Sunday 11-6.  I love outdoor art festivals, and this one has a kidzone where kids get to do some art work, and the park has a playground.

    Thornhill Village Festival is taking place on Saturday 9:30-4:30.

    Pumpkinland is already open at Whittamore’s Farm.  We love their pumpkin canon show and the wagon ride through the haunted forest!

    For those of you who are ready for apple picking,  here is a directory of Ontario apple orchards to help you out this weekend!  This website also offers great info about apple types, nutrition value, etc.

    Posted in Activities & Events, This Weekend.

  12. What to do this weekend…June 25th+26th

    Sugar Beach…as you see in the above photo, it looks fantastic.   Canada’s Sugar Beach (Jarvis & Queen’s Quay E) is a park on the water built adjacent to the Redpath Sugar Factory.  The beach allows visitors to relax, play in the sand or watch boats on the lake.  A water feature beside the beach makes cooling off fun for adults and kids.  The only problem with this beach is that you can’t swim in the lake!

    Don’t forget about Harbourfront – kids love all the sights and sounds, the bridge, sailboats…and H2O Park boasts a huge sandbox to play in.  This weekend, there is a Mathemagic show your kids might enjoy!

    Go strawberry picking – my favourite farm (Whittamore’s Farm) is open with an awesome play yard and other fun activities.  Bring this coupon for $2 off pick-your-own.

    Toronto Jazz Festival is on this weekend until July 3rd!

    Posted in Activities & Events, This Weekend.

  13. What to do this weekend…June 4th & 5th

    Enjoy the Riverdale Art Walk…if you are into art, this is so fun!

    Unionville Festival takes place this weekend.  Such a quaint little place…you can pretend you are in Europe.  On a very short street in Europe.

    If your birthday falls on any day during Ontario Place’s 2011 summer operating season, you will receive a complimentary Toronto Star Play All Day Pass®*. You can enjoy Ontario Place’s rides and attractions, including Froster Soak City®, Toronto’s only downtown waterpark, and the newly renovated state-of-the-art IMAX® 3D Cinesphere.

    If your kids are into drums and music, your family might enjoy the Muhtadi Drumming Festival @ Queen’s Park.

    Why not visit the baby animals at High Park?  Great family walking tours available on Sundays.

    Posted in Activities & Events, This Weekend.

  14. Mastermind Toys Warehouse Sale

    For more info about the sale, go to their Facebook fan Page.

    Posted in Activities & Events, sale.

  15. What to do this weekend…May 28th & 29th

    The Big, Enourmous Afternoon of Storytelling @ Riverdale Farm, Saturday 1pm-3pm.  Bring a blanket and enjoy great stories on the lawn.

    Doors Open Toronto takes place all weekend.  Close to 150 buildings of architectural, historic, cultural and/or social significance open their doors to the public. Admission is FREE.

    Wings & Wheels Heritage Festival takes place at Downsview  Park.  The Canadian Air & Space Museum’s annual heritage festival and fundraiser takes over the tarmac to celebrate the history of flight in Canada.  See dozens of vintage and modern aircraft with a display of classic cars, motorcycles and military vehicles.

    Suitcase Theatre presents a musical called The Friend Ship @ High Park on Sunday 2pm-3pm.

    The Peel Children’s Water Festival takes place at Heart Lake Conservation Area.  This is an opportunity to learn about the importance of water through hands-on learning.

    The 13th Annual Mill Pond Splash, a popular eco-festival in Richmond Hill, will be taking place on Sunday, May 29, 2011 at Mill Pond Park from 12:00 – 4:30 p.m.  This is a lively, family oriented event showcasing environmental conservation.

    The great splash park at The African Lion Safari is already open!  Here is a pretty useless coupon for admission.

    Posted in Activities & Events, This Weekend.

  16. What to do this weekend…May 14th & 15th

    A Lego store?  Yes!  The grand opening takes place this weekend at Sherway Gardens.   Help a real LEGO Master Builder construct an 8-foot tall LEGO R2-D2™ during the Grand Opening Celebration weekend! You’ll get a free LEGO Star Wars™ Certificate of Achievement for helping, while supplies last!

    Bugs, Birds & Butterflies @ the Toronto Symphony.  Created for children ages 5-12,  experience nature’s favourite creatures as they come to life through music and puppetry.  Programme includes Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee and Stravinsky’s Firebird.  SAturday @ 1:30 or Sunday @ 3:30.

    Spring Fever in Roncesvalles – On Saturday May 14 (10am-6pm), Roncesvalles Village will be celebrating spring with their annual sidewalk sale. Merchants will be on the street, and between noon and four the Roncesvalles Village have bouncy castles, treats, face painters, balloon clowns, musicians and entertainers to the street.

    See Cherry Blossoms in High Park! Don’t forget to check on the status of the blossoms before going.  See special walking trails in the park here.

    Every Sunday (1pm-4pm) is a Family Sunday @ The Gardiner Museum!

    This weekend is dedicated to Geocaching @ Kortright Centre for Conservation.

    Posted in Activities & Events, This Weekend.

  17. Suddenly Mommy…

    If you are looking for a fun night out with friends, this might be for you!  Suddenly Mommy is a one-woman comedy about the glamour of mommyhood, written and performed by Ann Marie Sheffler.   This could also make for a great baby shower…  Can you imagine the laughs? If you are interested, PeachyBuy has a great daily deal today –  only $12 a ticket!

    Posted in Activities & Events, Deals.

  18. Canada’s Wonderland opens on Sunday!

    Posted in Activities & Events, Deals, This Weekend.

  19. What to do this weekend…

    Too bad we can’t go to the zoo or to the countless activities that were planned at various Ontario farms.  Here are some ideas for indoor fun:

    All About Pets Show (Fri- Sun, Mississauga International Centre)

    Active Kids Zone (Dufferin &Steeles) has drop-in hours Friday & Sunday (12-4pm) & Monday (9:30am-4:00pm)

    Bata Shoe Museum (open Sat-Mon)

    Casa Loma Traditional Egg Hunt (limited space available for Sunday & Monday)

    The Lion King has a number of performances this weekend at the Princess of Wales Theatre

    Posted in Activities & Events, This Weekend.

  20. Free Children’s Trunk Show Tickets!

    Peachybuy has done it again!  Free tickets to the Children’s Trunk Show in Toronto (May 6th & 7th) or Aurora (May 14th).  There are a limited number of tickets available so get yours now!

    Posted in Activities & Events, Coupons, Free.

  21. What to do this weekend…April 16th & 17th

    Downey’s Farm is having an Easter Fest this weekend and during Easter.  Enjoy an egg hunt, puppet show, magic show and face painting.

    Toys R Us Bunny Build takes place on Saturday from 12-2pm.  Toys R Us stores all over Canada are inviting kids to build their very own Easter bunny out of Lego for free.  For more info call 416-306-6712

    Max & Ruby will be at the Sony Centre on Saturday.

    PawsWay Toronto (located in Harbourfront) is having a weekend event where people who like/want to own a puppy or kitten can come gather info and speak to experts.  Puppies and kittens will be on hand so this might be fun for the kids.

    Help plant 2,000 trees at Downsview Park this Sunday to celebrate Earth Day!

    Sunday is Teacher Day @ The Toronto Zoo.  That means that if you have an OCT card, you and a guest get free admission.  If you don’t like teachers, don’t go to the zoo this Sunday.

    Posted in Activities & Events, This Weekend.

  22. April & May Performances

    Piff Paff Poof, Lower Ossington Theatre, Last shows this weekend (March 26th &  27th)

    Max & Ruby, Sony Centre, April 16th (& April 9th in Oshawa).

    Bugs Bunny & the Symphony, Sony Centre, April 9th.

    Bugs, Birds & Butterflies, Toronto Symphony, May 14th.

    Madagascar Live, Sony Centre, May 26th.

    The Absolutely, Positively, Completely Made Up Show, Second City, Saturday mornings (11am)

    The Harlem Globetrotters, Rogers Centre, April 8th & 9th.

    Check out the upcoming plays at the Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People as well as the Solar Stage Theatre.

    Posted in Activities & Events.

  23. One of A Kind Show Coupon

    The show is coming up March 30th. – April 3rd.  You might think it’s a great idea to take a baby with you to the show.  You might picture yourself strolling indoors while baby sits, looks around happily, eats, and maybe even naps.  Unfortunately it doesn’t work that way.  Your baby is going to scream and you are not going to have any fun so try to go by yourself.

    Posted in Activities & Events.

  24. What are you doing this March Break?

    Mamapicks  just got back from a whole month away…thanks for sticking around while the posts were scant.  If you are looking for a great tips for March Break, Eye Weekly has an amazing article with a full itinerary!  Also, if you are interested in seeing a magic show, Piff Paff Poof is on this week and PeachyBuy has a great deal for tickets.

    Posted in Activities & Events.

  25. WagJag Deal

    Buy a family pass for half price!  Dora will be there…

    Posted in Activities & Events.