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Category Archives: Activities & Events

  1. March Break Camp

    If you enter Yorkdale Mall from the elevators near Home Outfitters/Pottery Barn, you will see the Yorkdale Community Art Centre.  This March Break camp offers phenomenal facilitating artists, and it supports a charity doing great work in the city’s under resourced areas. Check it out!  Click on the above pic for contact info.

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  2. Happy Family Day!

    I couldn’t find a photo of a happy looking family in the cold.  Sorry.

    What’s open?  The Eaton Centre will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Vaughan Mills, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Square One, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Pacific Mall, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

    The CN Tower will be open and they are offering a $35 Family Day admission pass, good for three visitors.  Sesame Street characters will be around!

    The Art Gallery of Ontario has some great activities planned for families and will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Family Day activity packs are available with lots of great options.

    The Ontario Science Centre, the Royal Ontario Museum, and movie theatres will also be open.

    Stay away from all the “Family Fests” that offer face painting and bouncy castles.  Your kids and hundreds of others will have to wait in line for at least 45 minutes to jump for five minutes.  Been there, done that, it was awful.  Not to mention all the viruses they can get 😉

    Posted in Activities & Events, This Weekend.

  3. Pet Funfest

    This weekend, Feb. 12th & 13th @ Downsview Park.  Meet and learn about small pets (guinea pigs, rats, rabbits, ferrets, etc.), cats and dogs of different sizes, shapes and colours, all waiting for someone with a big heart to bring them home.  We have never been to this event so no guarantees.  It does sound like it would be fun for the kids though.  There is more info on this website, scroll all the way down to the bottom for the relevant details.

    Posted in Activities & Events, This Weekend.

  4. Got My Kids Show

    Due to horrible stomach flu which hit our whole family, this post comes a bit late.  I know this virus is going around…two positive things about it are that it’s a 24 hr. virus and that it’s the quick diet you’ve been waiting for.  I lost 5 pounds and now that it’s over, I am pretty damn happy about that.  Back to the Got My Kids Show…it’s for York Regioners and it’s fun for the whole family.  Very informative if you are looking for great programs and services in your area.

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  5. What to do this weekend…Jan. 22nd & 23rd

    I really think you should stay home this weekend and invite friends over.  I am personally not a fan of any Winter activities.  The only Winter activity I participate in is called “waiting for Spring”.

    But if you must…

    Visit a Historic Museum!  Check out this site for options.

    Go cross-country skiing @ Kortright Centre.

    Explore the Whales exhibition @ the Science Centre.

    Explore the Humber Arboretum on snow shoes this Saturday!

    Go skating at The Shops on Donmills.  Glide leisurely around the Skating Oval in the Town Square.  Then enjoy a mug of hot chocolate or fill up on great food at one of  the restaurants.

    Posted in Activities & Events, This Weekend.

  6. Kidstock!

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  7. Angelina Ballerina

    Friday 4-Packs are four(4) tickets for any non-premium seats at any Friday at 4:30 performance of Angelina Ballerina The Musical for $100.00.  That’s only $25 dollars for each ticket and a 15% savings off the regular priced $29.50 ticket.  Call the box office directly at (416) 642-8973 to book.

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  8. What to do this weekend…Jan. 8th & 9th

    Skate through Toronto’s new skating trail at …  It’s not a rink, it’s a trail and this Globe & Mail article has all the info.  It sounds amazing for day and night skates.  Staffed from 7am-10pm and yes, there is music all along the trail.

    Kortright Centre for Conservation hosts themed activities all year.  Learn about Winter Animals this weekend.  Look for deer, fox and coyote tracks and feed Winter birds.

    Toronto International Boat Show boasts an indoor mini-lake with paddle-boat rides for kids.

    Joseph & The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat is playing at Stage West in Mississauga.  Tickets include dinner/brunch.

    Richmond Hill Wave Pool is open but I don’t blame you for not wanting to go.   I don’t want to be in a bathing suit either.

    This is a great time of year to paint your own pottery:  The Glaze Craze, The Clay RoomArtistic Way, Colour Me Mine, Mess for Fun.

    …and you are aware of the usual Bata Show Museum, ROM, Science Center, Solar Stage Theatre….

    Posted in Activities & Events, This Weekend.

  9. What to do during the break…

    If you are not in Florida, Mexico, etc…  you’ll be looking for ways to keep the kids busy.  There’s nothing new in the realm of “what to do with the kids in  the Winter”, but at least I have some coupons for you:

    Bata Shoe Museum

    Canadian Air & Space Museum

    Fallsview Indoor Waterpark (Niagara Falls)

    Fantasy Fair

    Medieval Times

    Ontario Science Centre

    Putting Edge Fun Centre (Richmond Hill)

    Don’t forget about IKEA’s play room, local community centres for swim and skate, baking and crafting at home…and if you are desperate, a warm bubble bath for the kids and their Lego in the middle of the day is always a fun way to pass the time 🙂

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  10. Shows around town!

    Snow White @ Solar Stage Children’s Theatre. Ages 3-10.  Playing until Jan. 2nd.

    Disney On Ice @ Rogers Centre, playing until Jan. 2nd.

    A Year With Frog &  Toad @ the Lorraine Kimsa Theatre , until Dec. 30th.

    Splash N Boots @ Richmond Hill Centre for Performing Arts, (on Dec. 28th)

    Disney Live, Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show @ The Rogers Centre, (Jan 14-16)

    Lower Ossington Theatre has 4 shows playing over the Winter break:  Pinkalicious, Tabitha & the Time Machine, Free to Be You and Me & Happyview P.S.

    If you want to take your kids to the movies this Winter Break, Rainbow Cinemas has $5 Tuesdays.

    Later on…

    Angelina Ballerina @ The Al Greene Theatre, (Jan 22nd – March 19th)

    How the Gimquat Found Her Song @ Roy Thomson Hall (Feb. 5th)

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  11. What to do this weekend…Dec. 11th & 12th

    Located on Queens Quay West on the shores of Lake Ontario, The Natrel™ Rink is the city’s winter gem.  In addition to public skating, it hosts a variety of our fall and winter programming including Learn to Skate, HarbourKIDS: SK8 and DJ Skate Nights.  Cozy up next to our fire pits with ample seating.  The Natrel™ Rink has an indoor change room with lockers and washrooms; and hot food & drinks are available at our rinkside restaurant, Lakeside EATS.

    On Dec. 11th, Home Depot locations are holding a free 2-hr. workshop for kids ages 4-12.  They get to use a hammer.  Please call your local Home Depot for information.

    On December 11th at Noon, go to Hillcrest Mall for their Make A Toy, Give A Toy event. Children will stuff 2 teddy bears – dropping one into the Toy Mountain bin, and keeping the other. This activity is only $5 with net proceeds going to the Salvation Army Toy Mountain Drive. Everything is supplied and it all takes place in Centre Court. Space is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.  Jay the Juggler will be there at 11am and 2pm.

    Go to Downsview Park’s Trail of Lights!  See info in the post below 🙂

    Enjoy a European style Christmas market at the Distillery District (noon-8pm daily).  Handcrafted goods, family entertainment, a ferris wheel, carolers, choirs, and more.  Sounds divine…hopefully temperatures will climb just enough to make it enjoyable to stroll.

    The Shops on Donmills is offering horse-drawn wagon rides through their festive outdoor mall.  Santa will be strolling!  Hmmm…I smell dad with kids and mama soaking in Anthropologie.

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  12. Angelina is coming to town…

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  13. Distillery Christmas Market

    Ugh.  My weekend events page didn’t get published  due to a silly error.   Here is one of the neat events that you can visit this week and next weekend.  A European style Christmas market at the Distillery District (noon-8pm daily).  Handcrafted goods, family entertainment, a ferris wheel, carolers, choirs, and more.  Sounds divine…hopefully temperatures will climb just enough to make it enjoyable to stroll.

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  14. What to do this weekend…Nov. 27th & 28th

    Downsview Park’s Drive Through Trail of Lights is opening this Friday!  We missed this last year due to early bedtimes…but this year, we are ready!  Click here for more information, and a weekly schedule.  Don’t forget to get hot chocolate and donuts on the way 🙂

    Sunnybrook Foundation is hosting Toronto’s Family Funfest at the Mertro Convention Centre this Sunday.

    Don’t miss award-winning illustrator and toy designer Gary Taxali as he signs his new children’s book This is Silly! (Scholastic Canada) and launches his new collection of retro toys at Indigo Manulife Centre on Saturday, November 27, 2010 – 2:00pm.  There will be complimentary snacks and refreshments at this free event.

    Go to the Shops on Donmills (Friday evening) and head to the Town Square for the second annual Tree Lighting Ceremony! Santa and a few of his reindeer will be stopping by and there will a special performance by the Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir. Jack Astors will be providing FREE Hot Chocolate to help you keep warm. Don’t miss this festive night sure to get everyone in the holiday spirit!

    Go to a Young People’s Concert (ages 5-12) and get to know the talented members of the Toronto Symphony and their instruments as they perform various solos. Featured in this concert is Vivaldi’s spectacular Concerto for Four Violins as well as Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition winner Blake Pouliot.  This concert takes place at Roy Thompson Hall (1:30 & 3:30 on Saturday).  Click here for tickets.

    Posted in Activities & Events, This Weekend.

  15. What to do this weekend…Nov.20th & 21st

    See the 15th annual Christmas Train Show (International Centre).   There will be over 50 displays and operating layouts all to do with toy trains.  Approximately 70,000 square feet of layouts, exhibits, clinics showing how to build layouts and scenery, toy trains, steam engines, videos, real roadania, photos, prints, books, apparel, Railway Historical Associations and Train Vendors of all kinds.  Here is a coupon.  If you are not into trains, don’t go 😉

    Annie is playing this weekend at the Vaughan City Playhouse in Thornhill.  Saturday and Sunday shows at 2pm.

    On Sunday, join Toronto’s annual Santa Claus Parade on Bloor & Christie.

    See the lighting ceremony in the Village of Yorkville (Cumberland & Bellair) on Saturday (5pm-6pm).

    Be a creative family…make a craft with your kids.  Check out Kids Craft Weekly for some great ideas.  I love this website for Winter fun at home.

    Posted in Activities & Events, This Weekend.

  16. What to do this weekend…Nov. 13th & 14th

    The Babytime Show is on this weekend.  If you are looking for baby gear, this is a great place to see everything.  If however, you are looking for family entertainment, last year there was hardly anything for kids to do (in the past there were lots of things!) and I was annoyed that we paid so much money to get in.  That being said, if you are looking for all of the up-and-coming baby products, it is great to see them all in one place!  Here is a coupon for the show.

    Buskertainment on Yonge St.  If the weather is as mild as it was all week, this could be fun!  New to Winter Magic this year, Buskertainment will run from November 12th through to December 19th.  Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 2pm, walk throughout Downtown Yonge and stumble upon buskers of all kinds.  From caricature artists, to mimes, to stilt walkers, to illusionists – anything you can think of will be there.

    The Bata Shoe Museum is launching their third annual ‘Warm the Sole’ Sock Drive  – bring a new pair of socks to donate and your admission is free! Bring your children aged 3 to 9 over to the Museum to paint a mini-clog, try on shoes, and go on shoe hunt in the galleries.

    Miss Spider is playing at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga.

    Posted in Activities & Events, This Weekend.

  17. Incredible Baking Kits Giveaway!

    Whenever I want to spend real quality time with my children, we bake together.  There are so many teachable moments in baking and such great conversation, followed by lovely anticipation for that sweet treat at the end.  Baking is especially fun and relaxing when you  are well-organized and have everything prepared…sort of like Martha Stewart.  The reality is that we are often not prepared enough to have a stress free creative activity with our kids.  That is why Mamapicks is really excited about Crafty Cooking Kits that are new to the Canadian market.  They include EVERYTHING you need to bake with your kids.  All you add is eggs,water and oil.

    Last week,  Saturday morning was chilly and wake-up time was the usual inhumane 6am.  By 10am, we were going a little nuts with The Boy (4.5) and The Girl (3).  We needed something great to do with the kids and decided to try out the Paint Your Own Animals Cookie Kit.  The kit included everything from the cookie mix to the icing mix and brushes for the kids to paint with.  Instructions were simple and the baking experience was so contained and stress-free.  My kids measured, talked, painted, cooperated, tasted…  We all had so much fun and then enjoyed the cookie creations together.  It made me think that the baking kits are also great for playdates and get-togethers where you need an activity to keep the kids busy.  A real must-have for your pantry.  The deluxe kits have up to 12 pieces, perfect for a birthday party.  Nut-free and kosher kits are available too.

    Me, Myself and Us is the Canadian distributor of the kits.  You can check out the product line on their website.  They are giving away two Crafty Baking Kits to three lucky Mamapicks readers! To win, become a fan on their Facebook page.  Here, you will find information about retail stores that carry the kits.  Write to Mamapicks to let me know which location is closest to where you live.  The first three people to write in will receive a package containing two amazing Crafty Baking Kits! (Please note packages must be picked up).  Good Luck!

    Posted in Activities & Events, Contests & Giveaways, Cool Products.

  18. What to do this weekend…Nov 4th & 5th

    IKEA…yes, on a cold morning, your kids can have an amazing time in their play area.  Come early, otherwise there will be no room for your kids and waiting becomes the nightmare you wanted to skip by coming there in the first place.

    The Richmond Hill Wave Pool (Yonge & Major Mackenzie) is also a great place!

    Upper Canada Mall has a great play area.  It is the only mall with brains.  Beautiful gated play area right next to an amazing family bathroom and some eateries.  What more could parents ask for.  If only it wasn’t so far away!

    Solar Stage Children’s Theater (Yonge & Sheppard) has great plays for ages 3-10.  It is a small and intimate theatre, quality of the shows tend to vary however, it makes for a great outing if there is a show that you think your kids will dig!  The Adventures of Jillian Jiggs is playing until Christmas.

    Upcoming show (Nov. 26th & 27th):  Barbie @ The Symphony at the Sony Centre.  A reader e-mailed me that with the online promo-code PRINCESS, you can purchase two tickets for $49!

    Posted in Activities & Events, This Weekend.

  19. Beautylicious!

    The Yorkville area of Yonge & Bloor welcomes you to enjoy salon and spa treatments at great prices.  Yes, kinda like Winterlicious & Summerlicious of the restaurant industry.  Check the website for packages.  Only through Nov. 7th…so book now!

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  20. What to do this weekend…Oct. 23rd & 24th

    Go to the Zoo!  Hay maze, Fall entertainment at the Halloween Harvest Stage. Trick-or-Treat your way through Kids Zoo (10:00am-3:00pm). Bring your own Trick-or-Treat reusable bag for this event, and take part in the Critters and Costumes Parade at 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm. Up to two kids in costume (12 and under) get in free when accompanied by an adult.

    See The Wiggles @ Rogers Centre.

    On Sunday, go to High Park for their Halloween Pumpkin Float (4-6pm).

    Something a little more unusual…Bloor St. Pancake Breakfast & Bed Race.

    Black Creek Pioneer Village is having a Gourdfest and other great Halloween activities this weekend.

    Mystic Drums‘ (leading provider of world music education) has a  show on Saturday in Richmond Hill.  I have never been…but it sounds amazing!  For ages 2-10.

    Posted in Activities & Events, This Weekend.

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

    Green Acres Day Camp is having a free Pumpkin Picking Fun Day on Sunday.  Hayrides, Pumpkin Picking, Smores, Carnival Games, Farm Animals, Cotton Candy, Mini Golf, lots of fun and FREE Pumpkins! Lunch food will also be available at a nominal cost.

    Only three weekends left  to visit Wonderland this season!  Don’t miss Camp Spooky, the new Halloween attraction for the whole family which features a costume parade, treasure hunt, pumpkin patch maze and more.  As far as Mamapicks knows, a non-pass holder can enter the park for $19.99 if coming with a season pass holder.

    On Saturday, there will be a Fall Fair on Mt. Pleasant Road between Eglinton & Davisville which can make for some street fun for the family.

    On Sunday, Humber Arboretum (Hwy 27 & Finch) hosts a Fall Colours Hike.  Pre-registration is required.  What is the Humber Arboretum?  Sounds beautiful, read about it here.

    Wii Party Mobiles are traveling around Ontario this month and will be at different locations around the GTA this weekend.  Stop by the Wii Party bus to test out the latest from Nintendo.  Click here for locations.

    Posted in Activities & Events, This Weekend.

  22. Boo-Tacular Halloween Adventure!

    Looking for a fun Halloween weekend event?  Thumbprint Adventures is a children’s enrichment program, embracing the art of play and imagination into creative learning.  During the upcoming  Halloween event (Oct. 3oth, 2-4pm), your child will have the opportunity to take part in a fabulous adventure and art project.  The fee for this event is $20.00 per child.  Pizza lunch included!  Space is limited so you must register in advance.  The Thumbprint Adventure Studio is located near Rutherford & Bathurst in Thornhill.  Don’t forget to inquire about their fabulous birthday parties, P.A. Day events and future holiday adventures.

    For more info:

    vaughan@thumbprintadventures.com

    P: 905.597.TPA1 (8721)

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  23. What to do this Thanksgiving Weekend…

    The following activites are taking place all weekend, including Monday!

    Visit Harbourfront for the HarbourKIDS  fall festival this weekend (11am-5pm, geared to ages 5-12).  It is all about the harvest, celebrating both the bounty of nature and the bounty of the human spirit.  There will be live musical performances, a Haitian storyteller, a real-live hootenanny, potato sack races and much more…all free.  Check here for a schedule of events.

    Unionville hosts a Little Oktoberfest.  There will be entertainment and rides on a double decker bus.  Don’t forget to feed the ducks at the pond at the end of the street.

    Great Pumpkin Fests are taking place at our favourite farms:

    Whittamore’s Farm (love the pumpkin show).

    Downey’s Farm (a sea of pumpkin makes for great photo opportunities).

    Southbrook Farms (great pies and desserts…)

    Posted in Activities & Events, This Weekend.

  24. Take them to a show…

    There is plenty of great entertainment for the whole family coming up over the next few months and there is nothing like a good show when it’s cold outside and there is no where to go…  If you win the lottery, you might be able to take the fam to see the Wiggles.  Otherwise, stick to performing arts centres in your area, they have great shows at reasonable prices.  Here are a few listings:

    Robert Munsch, Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts on Oct. 23rd.

    Doodlebops, Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, Oct.12th, and @ The Living Arts Centre (Mississauga) on Oct. 17th

    Junie B. Jones, Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, Nov. 26th.

    Splash’n Boots, Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, Dec. 28th.

    Franklin is coming to Sony Centre on Oct. 23rd.

    Wiggles, Rogers Centre, Oct. 24th.

    Barbie at the Symphony, Sony Centre, Nov. 26th

    Caillou, Sony Centre, Dec. 4th

    Use the code BTFUN1 to get a discount on family tickets sold by Ticketmaster.  This promo code is valid until Oct. 1st on only some of the family shows, try it.

    Posted in Activities & Events.

  25. Great Wolf Lodge Promo

    Sale is on until Saturday, Oct. 2nd.  Use promo code 48HOUR.  Mamapicks visited the lodge with the kids last year in the dead of Winter and it brightened up her life instantly.  The kids had an incredible time!

    Posted in Activities & Events, Deals, sale.