HOLIDAY WINTER BREAK 2016/2017

HOLIDAY WINTER BREAK 2016/2017

Here is your HOLIDAY 2017 WINTER BREAK GUIDE!

Make sure to scroll down to the bottom of this page to see a list Things To Do At Home During The Holiday Break!

Whether you are in the City or Travelling somewhere fun, please be safe and I am wishing all of you a very happy holidays (Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa)!

Lots of Love,

Jennifer Stallman


 


Don’t forget to check out my new Facebook Page: Stallman’s Unscensored- Parenting Truths!

My husband and I started this page because you rarely hear the Mom and Dad talk about real marriage and parenting stuff together. We generally have our live feeds on Saturdays but because it is Christmas Eve this Saturday, our feed will be this Friday instead.

This Week’s Topic: Co-sleeping With Your Kids (Tune in THIS Friday at 9pm)

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**FREE THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS**

YOUR LOCAL PUBLIC LIBRARY:
Search online for your local public libraries. They have lots of FREE activities for your children to do. Or just visit to come read some books!

OUTDOOR SKATING:
Many outdoor rinks are free to skate on. All we need is the weather on our side to stay cold enough.
Check your local cities online to see where the closest outdoor skating rinks are to you.

*Here is the Toronto Guide Outdoor Skating:
Toronto Outdoor Skating Guide

TIM HORTONS FREE SKATE:
There are tons of arenas hosting free skating throughout Ontario. To find out the closest arenas near you, go to:
http://www.timhortons.com/ca/en/social/free-skating.php

•UPPER CANADA MALL:
Upper Canada Mall in Newmarket has a small playground in front of Toys R Us on the second floor. It is free and good for toddlers.

MCDONALDS OR BURGER KING:
Taking your kids to these indoor play grounds are free and fun.  My kids get so tired out at these places.


**CHEAP THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS**

SWIMMING:
Check out your local indoor public swimming pools for recreation swim times.

MOVIES ON A TUESDAY:
Movie theatres are 1/2 price on Tuesdays. The smaller theatre chains like Rainbow Cinemas will be cheaper, but whatever you choose you will still save money.

MUSEUM VALUE DAYS:
*THE ROM: Fridays after 4:30pm (Admission- Adults: $10, Children 4-14 years: $7 and Kids 3 and under: Free)
*The Bata Shoe Museum: Thursdays between 5pm-8pm (Admission- $5 donation)
*The Art Gallery of Ontario: Wednesday nights between 6pm-8:30pm (Admission- FREE for Everyone)

 


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**FRIDAY, JANUARY 6,  2017**
 *Evergreen’s Winter Village (Toronto) (FREE)
Evergreen Brick Works
550 Bayview Ave
Toronto, ON
Celebrate the holiday season at Evergreen’s Winter Village at the Brick Works! Enjoy the new Street Food Market, find unique gifts, shop the Farmers Market and play outdoors all throughout December.
Admission is free!
*Mini Scientists (Toronto)
2pm-3pm
Jane/Dundas Library
620 Jane Street
Toronto, ON
Join us for a special STEM inspired interactive storytime. For children ages 3-5 with their parents or caregivers.
*Holiday Family Fun Days (Waterloo)
9:30am-5pm
Waterloo Region Museum
10 Huron Road
Kitchener, ON
Looking for something to do with the kids during the Christmas holidays? Bring the whole family out for a visit to the Waterloo Region Museum and take part in the daily activities and visit the two galleries.All activities and galleries are included with general admission.
Admission: $10 Adults, $8 Seniors/Students, $5 Children, Children four and under free, all admissions plus HST.
Doon Heritage Village is closed for the season.
 *Colouring and Candle Making (Oshawa)
9am-3pm
Oshawa Museum
1450 Simcoe Street South
Oshawa ON
The Oshawa Museum is OPEN during the school holiday. From January 2nd – 6th the Museum will be offering candle making demos and have a colouring station running for families looking for something to do. Admission is by donation and includes a tour of the Museum. Visitors will learn how candles are made and how lighting impacted the lives of those living in the Victorian era. On display in Robinson house is Getting in Tune, an exhibit dedicated to Oshawa’s interesting musical history; our First Nations Gallery with information and artifacts from Oshawa’s two First Nation archaeological sites; and the Museum’s one-room schoolhouse. Just because the kids are out of school, doesn’t mean they have to stop learning! Visit the Oshawa Museum – Home to Our History. Hours: Jan. 2nd: 12 a.m. – 3 p.m. Jan. 3 – 6: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
*Winter Vacation (Barrie)
Simcoe County Museum
1151 Highway 26
Minesing, ON
We will help you escape the cold winter and will make you think of warmer days with Hawaiian gingerbread men, and sand photos.

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**SATURDAY, JANUARY 7,  2017**
 *Evergreen’s Winter Village (Toronto) (FREE)
Evergreen Brick Works
550 Bayview Ave
Toronto, ON
Celebrate the holiday season at Evergreen’s Winter Village at the Brick Works! Enjoy the new Street Food Market, find unique gifts, shop the Farmers Market and play outdoors all throughout December.
Admission is free!
 *Coldest Night Party (Milton)
Milton Sports Centre
605 Santa Maria Blvd.
Milton, ON
You are invited to our Coldest Night of the Year 2017 MILTON LAUNCH PARTY on Saturday, January 7 between 12:30–2:30pm at the Milton Sports Centre (Optimist Room). Everyone who might be interested in walking or volunteering for the Coldest Night of the Year walk (Feb. 25) is encouraged to come and bring all of your friends and family. We will have snacks, crafts (snowflake, of course!), games (snowballs, of course) and prizes for the kids, and information and a chance to register your team on the spot for you. Find out what this is all about!
*Holiday Family Fun Days (Waterloo)
9:30am-5pm
Waterloo Region Museum
10 Huron Road
Kitchener, ON
Looking for something to do with the kids during the Christmas holidays? Bring the whole family out for a visit to the Waterloo Region Museum and take part in the daily activities and visit the two galleries.All activities and galleries are included with general admission.
Admission: $10 Adults, $8 Seniors/Students, $5 Children, Children four and under free, all admissions plus HST.
Doon Heritage Village is closed for the season.
 *Winter Vacation (Barrie)
Simcoe County Museum
1151 Highway 26
Minesing, ON
We will help you escape the cold winter and will make you think of warmer days with Hawaiian gingerbread men, and sand photos.

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**SUNDAY, JANUARY 8,  2017**
*Mayor’s New Year’s Levee (Newmarket)
1pm-3pm
Old Town Hall & Newmarket’s Riverwalk Commons
460 Botsford St. and 200 Doug Duncan Dr.
Newmarket, ON
Join Mayor Tony Van Bynen and members of Newmarket Council at Old Town Hall (460 Botsford Street) and Newmarket’s Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive) as they celebrate the start of a New Year. Enjoy skating, delicious treats, local entertainment and cultural artists from 1 to 3 p.m. This is a free, family-friendly event. Events will be held indoors and outdoors. Please dress appropriately for weather conditions.
 *Evergreen’s Winter Village (Toronto) (FREE)
Evergreen Brick Works
550 Bayview Ave
Toronto, ONCelebrate the holiday season at Evergreen’s Winter Village at the Brick Works! Enjoy the new Street Food Market, find unique gifts, shop the Farmers Market and play outdoors all throughout December.
Admission is free!
*Holiday Family Fun Days (Waterloo)
9:30am-5pm
Waterloo Region Museum
10 Huron Road
Kitchener, ONLooking for something to do with the kids during the Christmas holidays? Bring the whole family out for a visit to the Waterloo Region Museum and take part in the daily activities and visit the two galleries.All activities and galleries are included with general admission.
Admission: $10 Adults, $8 Seniors/Students, $5 Children, Children four and under free, all admissions plus HST.
Doon Heritage Village is closed for the season.
*Holiday Family Fun Skate (Mississauga)
2:15pm-3:45pm
Erin Mills Twin Arena
3205 Unity Drive
Mississauga, ON
Join Councillor Matt Mahoney for the Ward 8 Holiday Family Fun Skate! We hope to see you all on Sunday, January 8, 2017 at Erin Mills Twin Arena (Rink 2) for a complimentary fun skate. The event runs from 2:15pm – 3:45pm and there will be hot chocolate, popcorn and a free give away to everyone that brings a non-perishable item in support of Eden Food for Change! See you there!
*Winterfest (Caledon) (FREE)
1pm-4pm
Mayfield Recreation Complex
12087 Bramalea Road
Caledon ON,
Mayor Allan Thompson invites you to the 13th annual WinterFest Celebration on Sunday Jan 8, 2017.
Join us as we celebrate the season with an afternoon of fun for all ages: free skating, free swimming, activities and complimentary refreshments.
*Sunday FUNday – Candle Making (Oshawa)
12pm-4pm
Oshawa Museum
1450 Simcoe Street South, Lakeview Park
Oshawa, ON
There is no known inventor of the candle, however there are a few theories regarding their possible origin. Come to the Oshawa Museum on Sunday, January 8th, 2017 and become a chandler for the afternoon. Dip candles just like the Victorians did and tour a real Victorian home to see how they lived without electricity. The Museum will have authentic artifacts and accessories from its education collection on display that you can interact with! Ask our Visitor Hosts your burning questions! Admission is free.
 *Winter Vacation (Barrie)
Simcoe County Museum
1151 Highway 26
Minesing, ON
We will help you escape the cold winter and will make you think of warmer days with Hawaiian gingerbread men, and sand photos.

Things To Do At Home During The Holiday Break!

**FREE DIY ACTIVITIES**
1) ALPHABET SCAVENGER HUNT:
Write the alphabet on a piece of paper. One letter per line. Have the kids run around the house and have them find an item that starts with that letter. (Ie. A=apple, B=bike, C=couch). For smaller kids who are learning their sounds, you can write the words for them.

2) CARD BOARD PLAY HOUSE:
Take a trip to No Frills and pick up some cardboard boxes. Use strong duct tape and a pair of scissors to create a play house. If your kids are older, you can also get them to take markers or paint and decorate the house.

3) HOST A MOVIE DAY:
Turn on the fire (if you have). Bust out the warm blankets, make some popcorn and have a movie marathon. Maybe all Christmas Movies or a theme about Animals… Dim the lights, and you’ve got movie time!

4) CREATE A PLAY:
Get your children to put on costumes, practice, and put on a show for you. You can get older kids to make their own props.

5) BUILD AN INDOOR FORT:
Give the kids some blankets and pillows and let them build a fort or tent. Let them have a picnic lunch or dinner in there. If it is night time you can add flashlights or electronic candles.

6) TOBOGGANING:
Take out a sled, tube or even a garbage bag and head to a park with a hill. Finish the day off with some hot chocolate.

7) BUILD A SNOW MAN:
Elsa & Anna did it and so can your family! Bundle up your children and give them a carrot for the nose and two small oranges for the eyes. Be creative!

8) VISIT A PET STORE:
Find the largest pet store near you and take the kids for a visit. They may even get a chance to pet the animals.
My kids love going to Big Al’s Aquarium right outside Vaughan Mills Mall. They have tons of fish and reptiles to see. We usually get to hold a lizard when we go.

9) VISIT A BOOK STORE:
If you can resist caving into your children’s toy requests at Indigo, you should take a trip there. You can pick out books together and read to each other. You could also visit your local library. They may have activities going on for the holidays.

10) MAKE YOUR OWN PLAY-DOUGH:
For some easy NON-COOK Play-dough recipes, visit: http://entertainkidsonadime.com/2014/03/26/easy-play-dough-recipes

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11) CHRISTMAS LIGHT NIGHT
Take your children on a drive with popcorn and candy and go to a fun area where there are a lot of Christmas Lights.

12) ICE BUBBLES
Do you have bubbles laying around? When the temperature goes below 0 degrees, blow bubbles and watch them freeze on the wand.

13) COLOURED ICE
Put different colours of food colouring in different cups of water. Pour the each colour in an ice cube tray. Once your ice is frozen, hide them around the backyard and let your kids go find them.


**CHEAP DIY ACTIVITIES**
1) COTTON BALL SNOW FALL:
Buy a bag of cotton balls from the store. Dump them over your kids train table, doll house or figurines. Make it “SNOW”.

2) BAKE:
Buy some ingredients and have your kids help you bake and decorate cookies, cupcakes or a cake. I am not a good baker, so I would just buy the cake mix and the icing pre-made. I am not a Martha Stewart!!!

3) PIZZA MAKING:
Take your kids to the grocery store and buy dough, sauce, cheese and toppings. Have your kids create their own pizzas, bake them, and eat them together!

4) MAKE HOMEMADE HOLIDAY CARDS:
Go to the Dollar Store and buy coloured paper, markers and stickers. Have your kids make cards for their family and friends.

5) MAKE FROZEN INSPIRED CRAFTS:
It took me one trip to the dollar store to create these two Frozen inspired crafts. http://entertainkidsonadime.com/2014/06/02/frozen-crafts

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6) MAKE A DEEJAY DANCE PARTY:
Go to the dollar store and get glow sticks! Dress your kids in light colours. Close the blinds and the lights and activate their glow sticks. Put on their favourite songs and have them dance. This one is good when they have friends come over.

7) PUZZLE DAY:
Go to the dollar store and buy age appropriate puzzles for your kids. Have everyone sit together and work on them.

8) SNOW ART:
Buy spray bottles, and paint or food colouring from the dollar store. Fill the bottles with water and paint. Let the children colour the snow.

9) INDOOR CAMP OUT:
Put chairs together and cover them with blankets to create a tent. Make hot dogs and smores and have your kids eat them in the tent. Sing camp songs by the imaginary fire.

10) TREASURE HUNT:
Create a Map of your home and mark the spots to find. Hide small loose change around the house. Have the kids find the change (the “treasures”) and have them put the money in their piggy banks.

11) VISIT A FIRE STATION OR AMBULANCE STATION
Go buy some coffee and donuts and take the kids over to your local station. In exchange for the treats, they just may give your children a tour.


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