Category: HOLIDAY BREAKS

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


 


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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.

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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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WINTER BREAK 2015 CALENDAR
WINTER BREAK 2015 CALENDAR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello Everyone!

I would like to wish everyone a Happy and Safe Holiday Season!

Please note, there will be a separate newsletter post this week and a new years eve post!

At the end of this post I will be listing some free and cheap activities you can do in Ontario during the break.

Make sure to go on the website and check in throughout the week as I may be adding new activities!

ENJOY…

 


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**SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2015**

*Arts And Crafts Drop in (All over Ontario)
10am-11:30am
Various Michaels Locations

Let your kids explore their creativity while you shop! Only $2 per child reserves 30 minutes for your creative kid. Sessions starting every half hour from 10am – 11:30 am. See a store associate to join the fun!

PLEASE CALL YOUR LOCAL STORE TO CONFIRM THERE IS ONE HAPPENING

http://canada.michaels.com/Kids-Store-Events/store-events-kids,default,pg.html

*Santa’s Wonderland (Vaughan) (FREE)
Bass Pro Outlet
Vaughan Mills Mall
1 Bass Pro Mills Drive
Vaughan, ON

Gather the family & come to experience the joy of a Classic Christmas. Stay for FREE games, crafts and activities that celebrate the season.

Get a FREE 4×6 studio-quality photo in-store! Other photo packages and Christmas cards available for purchase and instant print in-store!

FREE Craft 7 days a week!

http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CFPageC?appID=94&catalogId=10051&storeID=11&storeId=10151

*Let’s Make It- 50% Off Admission (Richmond Hill)
10217 Yonge Street
Richmond Hill, ON

50% Off making home-made soap. Please call in advance to book your time slot.

Use our Exclusive Coupon HERE

*Of Rock & Chalk- 2 for 1 (Newmarket)
482 Ontario Street
Newmarket, ON

2 for 1 Climb or 2 for 1 Beginner Course
•You must call ahead to book your spot

Use our Exclusive Coupon HERE

*Christmas Festival (Unionville) (FREE)
Unionville BIA
197 Main street
unionville, ON

Festivities continue throughout the month with ‘reakfast With Santa’every weekend starting December 5th and running through the Holidays for 4 weekends. Carollers, balloon characters, ice sculpture carving, maple candy tasting and horse & carriage rides will be featured throughout the month–‐long festivities, along with free tours of the village that has preserved its authenticity and historic feel for over 150 years.

http://www.unionvilleinfo.com/

*Christmas Time (Toronto)
12pm
Colborne Lodge
Colborne Lodge Drive
South end of High Park
Toronto, ON

Warm up by the hearth at Colborne Lodge and take in the sights and aromas of a Victorian Christmas. Enjoy the natural greenery decorations, toast the season with a glass of hot mulled cider by the wood stove and nibble on special holiday treats. The Lodge is nestled at the south end of High Park.

Holiday admission prices apply:
Adults $7.08, Seniors/Youths/Children $4.42 (plus tax)

http://www.toronto.ca/museum-events

*Victorian Christmas (Toronto)
12pm
Mackenzie House
82 Bond Street
Toronto, ON

This festive season take a step back in time to Victorian Toronto and experience the magic of a traditional Christmas in an 1859 row-house. Escape from the hustle and bustle while you enjoy a sample of mulled cider and a biscuit in the warmth of the historic kitchen. Discover the story of how families celebrated Christmas in 19th-century Toronto as you tour the Mackenzie home which is dressed in greenery for the holidays.

During the Victorian Christmas program, until December 24, children are invited to write a letter to Santa Claus during their visit. Children love writing to Santa Claus to tell him about their Christmas wish lists. Select a card that has been printed on our 1845 printing press, and write a personal message. Drop the wish card into our magic post box and it will go to Santa!

Included with Holiday admission. Adults: $7.08; Seniors /Youth: $4.42 Children: $3.76 (plus tax)

http://www.toronto.ca/museum-events

*Card Making Factory (Toronto)
2pm-3pm
High Park Library
228 Roncesvalles Ave
Toronto, ON

Make your own Christmas card at High Park. All ages welcome.

http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMEVT224845&R=EVT224845

*Holiday Fun (Toronto)
10am-4pm
Fort York National Historic Site
250 Fort York Boulevard
Toronto, ON

Enjoy a visit to Fort York National Historic Site this festive season. Sample some baking from the 1826 Officers’ Mess kitchen and soak up the warmth of a crackling wood fire. Be sure to browse the Museum Store to find that special gift you won’t find anywhere else. The Museum Store features gifts suitable for all ages and interests.

Regular admission applies. Adults: $7.96
Seniors (65 +): $4.87, Youth (13-18 yrs.): $4.87, Children (6-12yrs): $3.76 (Plus tax).
Children 5 and under are Free

http://www.toronto.ca/museum-events

* Winterfest (Toronto) (FREE)
Waterfront
Toronto, ON

Some of the highlights include:
•an Ugly Christmas Sweater Cocktail Cruise
•a Santa Brunch Cruise aboard Mariposa Cruises’ Northern Spirit
•Pet Photos with Santa at Purina PawsWay
•Ultimutts Dog Show at Purina PawsWay
•families can learn more about the Arctic and create their own piece of art at the Museum of Inuit Art.
•FREE pastry-eating contest, hosted by the BeaverTails mascot Beaver

http://www.waterfrontbia.com

*Christmas/Hanukkah Show (Toronto)
4pm-5pm
Revival
783 College St
Toronto, ON

The Goodtimes Christmas Show is a Toronto tradition that has been delighting audiences for over a decade.This years funny, fun, family friendly Christmas story is about Hanukkah, Chanukah, Hannukah, Hanukah and is jam packed with special guests, sing-a-longs, dance-a-longs, FREE cookies and of course the Horah and Menorah.

COST: PWYC

http://www.thegoodtimes.ca

*Gingerbread Decorating (Toronto) (FREE)
12pm-3pm
Eglinton Square
1 Eglinton Square
Toronto, ON

Kids can visit the Eglinton Square Shopping Centre Food Court and decorate their very own gingerbread man.

FREE FOR ALL KIDS!

All gingerbread men are peanut-free and made in a peanut-free environment. Limit quantities, available while supplies last.

http://eglintonsquare.ca/events/eglinton-gingerbread-man-decorating-at-eglinton-square

*Kidsopolis 50% Off Admission (Oakville)
407 Speers Rd #15
Oakville, ON

Use our Exclusive Coupon HERE

*Santa’s Wonderland  (Niagara Falls)
4pm-8pm
Bass Pro Niagara
300 Taylor Rd.
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

Join Bass Pro Niagara and Santa himself in opening Santa’s Wonderland for the season on Saturday, November 14! Santa will make his grand entrance at 5 p.m.!
The Baker Street Victorian Carollers will also be with us from 4 – 7 p.m. and we will offer hot chocolate and cookies to all of our guests, plus giveaways for the children!
Santa’s Wonderland will offer crafts, games, free photo’s and photo packages and will run each weeknight 5 – 8 p.m. and every from weekend 12 – 5 p.m. until Christmas Eve!

http://ow.ly/Uin6d

*Kids Holiday Party (Waterloo) (FREE)
11am-5pm
Max’s Golf Centre
800 King Street North
Waterloo, ON

Max’s Golf Centre (Home of the Sports Dome) will be donating $1 from every transaction between now and December 19th towards a FREE holiday party for local children in association with Big Brothers & Big Sisters, KidsAbility, Extend-A-Family and Family and Children’s Services. The party will take place in the Dome at Max’s Golf Centre in Waterloo on Sunday December 20th from 11am – 2pm. Children of these organizations will have access to Max’s indoor mini golf, play structure, bouncy castle and their new BUBBLE SOCCER! Santa will also make an appearance, along with food & face painting by Bre Creative.

http://www.maxsgolf.ca

*Holiday Movie Festival (Mississauga) (FREE)
1pm-3pm
Mississauga Celebration Square
300 City Centre Drive
Mississauga, Ontario

The temperature is dropping and the tree is lit – it’s holiday season.
To help you get into the spirit, Mississauga Celebration Square is presenting a holiday movie festival on the Square, every day between December 19th and 24th.
Celebrating the classics and recent holiday favourites, we’re giving the gift of holiday cheer. It really is the most wonderful time of the year!

http://www.mississauga.ca/portal/celebrationsquare

*Meet & Greet with Santa (Brampton)
9:30am-12:30pm
Garden Square
1 Theatre Lane
Brampton, ON

Visit the jolly man himself and hashtag #SantaSelfie while finding out if you are on the naughty or nice list.

Vendors will be on hand selling some amazing items, perfect for those looking for some unique, local gifts!
Snap a picture with our larger than life Nutcracker, or grab a sweet treat from the Candy Cane Princess.

Be sure to stop by our photo booth and take an elfie selfie and hashtag #GardenSQHolidays.

Brampton Library will be on hand reading some of your favourite holiday classics! And don’t forget to check out the amazing performance by Synergy Performing Arts at noon!

Activities Include:
9:30AM – 12:30PM
Meet & Greet with Santa

10AM –11AM
Brampton Library Storytime

Noon
Synergy Performing Arts Performance (30 minutes)

9AM – 12:30PM
Buskers
Photo booth
Winter Marketplace Vendors
Marshmallow Roasting
Toy & Food Drive
Please bring a non-perishable food item or a new, unwrapped toy to donate

1PM
Movie – Polar Express

http://www.facebook.com/events/1697769717176141/

*Gingerbread House Showcase (Oshawa)
2pm-3pm
McLaughlin Library
65 Bagot Street
Oshawa, ON

It’s time to show off your housebuilding skills! Build a gingerbread house at home and bring it in to win prizes at our first Gingerbread House Showcase! The crowd favourites will earn fun prizes, and everyone can enjoy special crafts, treats, and activities.
To pre-register your gingerbread house in the Gingerbread House Showcase, please contact jclark@oshawalibrary.on.ca or 905-579-6111 ext. 5260. Family program.
Please register through our website link if you wish to attend!

http://bit.ly/1NlRd3J

*Grinch Play (Barrie)
Mady Centre box office
1 Dunlop St. West
Barrie, ON

Take a break from the Christmas rush at the Mady Centre with How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Warm up with treats available from Cravings Fine Food Market & Catering.

In this live-action adaptation of the beloved children’s tale by Dr. Seuss, the reclusive green Grinch (Jim Carrey) decides to ruin Christmas for the cheery citizens of Whoville. Reluctantly joined by his hapless dog, Max, the Grinch comes down from his mountaintop home and sneaks into town to swipe… More everything holiday-related from the Whos. However, the bitter grump finds a hitch in his plans when he encounters the endearing Cindy Lou Who (Taylor Momsen).

Ticket Information
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Reserved Seating
General Admission: $6.90
*Please note: All persons must have a ticket, including infants*

Tickets available:
• in person:
• by phone: 705-739-4228
• via www.barrie.ca/TheatreTickets

https://www.facebook.com/events/1676579819255869/

*Holiday Kids Fun (Simcoe/Minesing)
10am-4pm
Simcoe County Museum
1151 Highway 26
Minesing, Ontario

Join us at the Simcoe County Museum this holiday season to experience a new twist on a traditional Christmas carol during our 12 Days of Christmas.

Discover traditions from around the world as you navigate the 12 Days of Christmas by participating in the lyrics through fun activities such as three gingerbread- a-icing, two-candles-glowing, and a spider-in-a-pine-tree.
These activities are available Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., as well as Sundays from 1:30 to 4 p.m. No registration is required. Activities and crafts will be available throughout the entire day.

Regular Museum admission rates apply: Museum Members and preschoolers are free; Adult $6; Senior/Student $5; Child $4.

Theme: One spider in pine tree – Ukraine

http://museum.simcoe.ca/programs/calendar

 


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**SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2015**

*Santa’s Wonderland (Vaughan) (FREE)
Bass Pro Outlet
Vaughan Mills Mall
1 Bass Pro Mills Drive
Vaughan, ON

The magic returns to Bass Pro Shops Vaughan on Saturday November 14 at 5pm.

Gather the family & come to experience the joy of a Classic Christmas. Stay for FREE games, crafts and activities that celebrate the season.

Get a FREE 4×6 studio-quality photo in-store! Other photo packages and Christmas cards available for purchase and instant print in-store!

FREE Craft 7 days a week!

http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CFPageC?appID=94&catalogId=10051&storeID=11&storeId=10151

*Of Rock & Chalk- 2 for 1 (Newmarket)
482 Ontario Street
Newmarket, ON

2 for 1 Climb or 2 for 1 Beginner Course
•You must call ahead to book your spot

Use our Exclusive Coupon HERE

*Holiday Fun (Toronto)
10am-4pm
Fort York National Historic Site
250 Fort York Boulevard
Toronto, ON

Enjoy a visit to Fort York National Historic Site this festive season. Sample some baking from the 1826 Officers’ Mess kitchen and soak up the warmth of a crackling wood fire. Be sure to browse the Museum Store to find that special gift you won’t find anywhere else. The Museum Store features gifts suitable for all ages and interests.

Regular admission applies. Adults: $7.96
Seniors (65 +): $4.87, Youth (13-18 yrs.): $4.87, Children (6-12yrs): $3.76 (Plus tax).
Children 5 and under are Free

http://www.toronto.ca/museum-events

*Activities in the Evergreen Children’s Garden (Toronto) (FREE)
10am-4pm
Evergreen Brick Works
550 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, ON

Join us in the Children’s Garden at Evergreen Brick Works for songs, dance and art as we learn how different plants and animals live during the winter season. The theme this month is hibernation and we’ll be celebrating the return of light with the winter solstice.

http://www.evergreen.ca/blog/entry/activities-in-the-evergreen-childrens-garden-during-december/

* Winterfest (Toronto) (FREE)
Waterfront
Toronto, ON

Some of the highlights include:
•an Ugly Christmas Sweater Cocktail Cruise
•a Santa Brunch Cruise aboard Mariposa Cruises’ Northern Spirit
•Pet Photos with Santa at Purina PawsWay
•Ultimutts Dog Show at Purina PawsWay
•families can learn more about the Arctic and create their own piece of art at the Museum of Inuit Art.
•FREE pastry-eating contest, hosted by the BeaverTails mascot Beaver

http://www.waterfrontbia.com

*FREE Pictures with Santa (Toronto)
2pm-5pm
Boston Pizza – Leslie & Lakeshore
16A Leslie Street
Toronto, ON

Santa is coming to Boston Pizza Leslie and Lakeshore on Sunday, December 20th between 2-5pm.

— FREE PICTURES WITH SANTA–

Free Christmas Gift to Every Kid who Takes a Picture with Santa

For reservations call: 416-778-4700

*Victorian Christmas (Toronto)
12pm
Mackenzie House
82 Bond Street
Toronto, ON

This festive season take a step back in time to Victorian Toronto and experience the magic of a traditional Christmas in an 1859 row-house. Escape from the hustle and bustle while you enjoy a sample of mulled cider and a biscuit in the warmth of the historic kitchen. Discover the story of how families celebrated Christmas in 19th-century Toronto as you tour the Mackenzie home which is dressed in greenery for the holidays.

During the Victorian Christmas program, until December 24, children are invited to write a letter to Santa Claus during their visit. Children love writing to Santa Claus to tell him about their Christmas wish lists. Select a card that has been printed on our 1845 printing press, and write a personal message. Drop the wish card into our magic post box and it will go to Santa!

Included with Holiday admission. Adults: $7.08; Seniors /Youth: $4.42 Children: $3.76 (plus tax)

http://www.toronto.ca/museum-events

*Christmas at Colborne Lodge (Toronto)
12pm
Colborne Lodge
Colborne Lodge Drive
South end of High Park
Toronto, ON

Warm up by the hearth at Colborne Lodge and take in the sights and aromas of a Victorian Christmas. Enjoy the natural greenery decorations, toast the season with a glass of hot mulled cider by the wood stove and nibble on special holiday treats. The Lodge is nestled at the south end of High Park.

Holiday admission prices apply:
Adults $7.08, Seniors/Youths/Children $4.42 (plus tax)

http://www.toronto.ca/museum-events

*Kidsopolis 50% Off Admission (Oakville)
407 Speers Rd #15
Oakville, ON

Use our Exclusive Coupon HERE

*Little Rascals Place- 50% Off Admission (Oakville)
1027 Speers Rd #25A
Oakville, ON

Use our Exclusive Coupon HERE

*Santa’s Wonderland (Niagara Falls)
4pm-8pm
Bass Pro Niagara
300 Taylor Rd.
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

Join Bass Pro Niagara and Santa himself in opening Santa’s Wonderland for the season on Saturday, November 14! Santa will make his grand entrance at 5 p.m.!
The Baker Street Victorian Carollers will also be with us from 4 – 7 p.m. and we will offer hot chocolate and cookies to all of our guests, plus giveaways for the children!
Santa’s Wonderland will offer crafts, games, free photo’s and photo packages and will run each weeknight 5 – 8 p.m. and every from weekend 12 – 5 p.m. until Christmas Eve!

http://ow.ly/Uin6d

*Holiday Movie Festival (Mississauga) (FREE)
1pm-3pm
Mississauga Celebration Square
300 City Centre Drive
Mississauga, Ontario

The temperature is dropping and the tree is lit – it’s holiday season.
To help you get into the spirit, Mississauga Celebration Square is presenting a holiday movie festival on the Square, every day between December 19th and 24th.
Celebrating the classics and recent holiday favourites, we’re giving the gift of holiday cheer. It really is the most wonderful time of the year!

http://www.mississauga.ca/portal/celebrationsquare

*Holiday Kids Fun (Simcoe/Minesing)
10am-4pm
Simcoe County Museum
1151 Highway 26
Minesing, Ontario

Join us at the Simcoe County Museum this holiday season to experience a new twist on a traditional Christmas carol during our 12 Days of Christmas.

Discover traditions from around the world as you navigate the 12 Days of Christmas by participating in the lyrics through fun activities such as three gingerbread- a-icing, two-candles-glowing, and a spider-in-a-pine-tree.
These activities are available Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., as well as Sundays from 1:30 to 4 p.m. No registration is required. Activities and crafts will be available throughout the entire day.

Regular Museum admission rates apply: Museum Members and preschoolers are free; Adult $6; Senior/Student $5; Child $4.

The theme changes every day.

http://museum.simcoe.ca/programs/calendar

 


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**MONDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2015**

*Hop Hop Jump- 50% Off Admission (Vaughan)
400 Spinnaker Way
Vaughan, ON

Use our Exclusive Coupon HERE

*Fun Zone Drop-In (Vaughan)
9:30am-12pm
JCC -Schwartz/Reisman Centre
9600 Bathurst Street
(Bathurst & Rutherford)
Vaughan, ON

Age Recommended: 0-4 Years

Member Value Fee: $2.00
Non-Member Fee: $4.00

Certified ECE teacher
Take home crafts
Circle & story time

•Please check the schedule before attending this event.

http://childrenandfamily.srcentre.info/programs/Fun-zone.asp

*Explore Centre- 50% Off Admission (Richmond Hill)
385 Enford Rd #1
Richmond Hill, ON

Use our Exclusive Coupon HERE

*Let’s Make It- 50% Off Admission (Richmond Hill) (FLASH DEAL)
10217 Yonge Street
Richmond Hill, ON

Mention Entertain Kids On A Dime, and you’ll get…

$20 per child for making 2 home-made soaps and a lip balm.

The soap does not contain any Sodium Laureth Sulfate.
Participants choose their own fragrance and colour while crafting soaps.

http://creativeprojects.ca/

*Of Rock & Chalk- 2 for 1 (Newmarket)
482 Ontario Street
Newmarket, ON

2 for 1 Climb or 2 for 1 Beginner Course
•You must call ahead to book your spot

Use our Exclusive Coupon HERE

*Planet Fun- 50% Off Admission (Scarborough)
24 Lebovic Avenue
Scarborough, ON

Use our Exclusive Coupon HERE

*The Gift of Giving Jarr (Toronto)
2pm-3pm
Steeles Library
375 Bamburgh Cir C107
Toronto, ON

Need a last minute present? Craving some Christmas cookies? Share some holiday spirit with Do-It-Yourself holiday goods!

http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMEVT223113&R=EVT223113

*Holiday Craft (Toronto)
2pm-3pm
Riverdale Library
370 Broadview Ave
Toronto, ON

Come! Drop in – no registration required.

Space is limited – please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMEVT223113&R=EVT223113

*Holiday Fun (Toronto)
10am-4pm
Fort York National Historic Site
250 Fort York Boulevard
Toronto, ON

Enjoy a visit to Fort York National Historic Site this festive season. Sample some baking from the 1826 Officers’ Mess kitchen and soak up the warmth of a crackling wood fire. Be sure to browse the Museum Store to find that special gift you won’t find anywhere else. The Museum Store features gifts suitable for all ages and interests.

Regular admission applies. Adults: $7.96
Seniors (65 +): $4.87, Youth (13-18 yrs.): $4.87, Children (6-12yrs): $3.76 (Plus tax).
Children 5 and under are Free

http://www.toronto.ca/museum-events

*Fun with Paper Bags (Etobicoke)
2pm-3pm
Albion Library
1515 Albion Rd
Etobicoke, ON

Enjoy making fun crafts using paper bags!

http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMEVT224197&R=EVT224197

*Kidsopolis 50% Off Admission (Oakville)
407 Speers Rd #15
Oakville, ON

Use our Exclusive Coupon HERE

*Santa’s Wonderland  (Niagara Falls)
4pm-8pm
Bass Pro Niagara
300 Taylor Rd.
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

Join Bass Pro Niagara and Santa himself in opening Santa’s Wonderland for the season on Saturday, November 14! Santa will make his grand entrance at 5 p.m.!
The Baker Street Victorian Carollers will also be with us from 4 – 7 p.m. and we will offer hot chocolate and cookies to all of our guests, plus giveaways for the children!
Santa’s Wonderland will offer crafts, games, free photo’s and photo packages and will run each weeknight 5 – 8 p.m. and every from weekend 12 – 5 p.m. until Christmas Eve!

http://ow.ly/Uin6d

*Twisted Ones Balloon Show (Oshawa)
2pm-3pm
McLaughlin Library
65 Bagot Street
Oshawa, ON

You will be truly amazed to see how much fun balloons can be! Join Debbie and friends as she tells
hilarious stories with her balloon characters. You will learn how to twist your very own balloon animal!
Allergy alert: balloons are not latex-free. Family program. Please register through our website link if you wish to attend: http://bit.ly/1TM3YWR

http://bit.ly/1TM3YWR

*Holiday Kids Fun (Simcoe/Minesing)
10am-4pm
Simcoe County Museum
1151 Highway 26
Minesing, Ontario

Join us at the Simcoe County Museum this holiday season to experience a new twist on a traditional Christmas carol during our 12 Days of Christmas.

Discover traditions from around the world as you navigate the 12 Days of Christmas by participating in the lyrics through fun activities such as three gingerbread- a-icing, two-candles-glowing, and a spider-in-a-pine-tree.
These activities are available Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., as well as Sundays from 1:30 to 4 p.m. No registration is required. Activities and crafts will be available throughout the entire day.

Regular Museum admission rates apply: Museum Members and preschoolers are free; Adult $6; Senior/Student $5; Child $4.

The theme changes every day.

http://museum.simcoe.ca/programs/calendar

 

 


 

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**TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2015**

*Hop Hop Jump- 50% Off Admission (Vaughan)
400 Spinnaker Way
Vaughan, ON

Use our Exclusive Coupon HERE

*Jungle Gym Drop-In (Vaughan)
10:30am-12:30pm
JCC -Schwartz/Reisman Centre
9600 Bathurst Street
(Bathurst & Rutherford)
Vaughan, ON

DROP-IN PROGRAM
Enjoy free time spent in the gym with different toys and games.

Age Recommended: 0-4 Years

Non-Member Fee: $5.00

•Please check the schedule before attending this event.

http://childrenandfamily.srcentre.info/programs/Fun-zone.asp

*Explore Centre- 50% Off Admission (Richmond Hill)
385 Enford Rd #1
Richmond Hill, ON

Use our Exclusive Coupon HERE

*Let’s Make It- 50% Off Admission (Richmond Hill) (FLASH DEAL)
10217 Yonge Street
Richmond Hill, ON

$20 per child for making 2 home-made soaps and a lip balm.

The soap does not contain any Sodium Laureth Sulfate.
Participants choose their own fragrance and colour while crafting soaps.

http://creativeprojects.ca/

*Of Rock & Chalk- 2 for 1 (Newmarket)
482 Ontario Street
Newmarket, ON

2 for 1 Climb or 2 for 1 Beginner Course
•You must call ahead to book your spot

Use our Exclusive Coupon HERE

*Planet Fun- 50% Off Admission (Scarborough)
24 Lebovic Avenue
Scarborough, ON

Use our Exclusive Coupon HERE

*Winter Crafternoon (North York)
2pm-3pm
Fairview Library
35 Fairview Mall Drive
North York, ON

‘Tis the season to be crafty! Join us for an afternoon of fun and creative holiday crafts.

Drop-in, no registration required. Please call the branch at 416-395-5750 for more information.

*Holiday Fun (Toronto)
10am-4pm
Fort York National Historic Site
250 Fort York Boulevard
Toronto, ON

Enjoy a visit to Fort York National Historic Site this festive season. Sample some baking from the 1826 Officers’ Mess kitchen and soak up the warmth of a crackling wood fire. Be sure to browse the Museum Store to find that special gift you won’t find anywhere else. The Museum Store features gifts suitable for all ages and interests.

Regular admission applies. Adults: $7.96
Seniors (65 +): $4.87, Youth (13-18 yrs.): $4.87, Children (6-12yrs): $3.76 (Plus tax).
Children 5 and under are Free

http://www.toronto.ca/museum-events

*Christmas Party (Toronto)
4pm-5pm
Steeles Library
375 Bamburgh Cir C107
Toronto, ON

A fun program for children for Christmas.

http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMEVT224858&R=EVT224858

*Christmas (Toronto)
12pm
Colborne Lodge
Colborne Lodge Drive
South end of High Park
Toronto, ON

Warm up by the hearth at Colborne Lodge and take in the sights and aromas of a Victorian Christmas. Enjoy the natural greenery decorations, toast the season with a glass of hot mulled cider by the wood stove and nibble on special holiday treats. The Lodge is nestled at the south end of High Park.

Holiday admission prices apply:
Adults $7.08, Seniors/Youths/Children $4.42 (plus tax)

http://www.toronto.ca/museum-events

*Victorian Christmas (Toronto)
12pm
Mackenzie House
82 Bond Street
Toronto, ON

This festive season take a step back in time to Victorian Toronto and experience the magic of a traditional Christmas in an 1859 row-house. Escape from the hustle and bustle while you enjoy a sample of mulled cider and a biscuit in the warmth of the historic kitchen. Discover the story of how families celebrated Christmas in 19th-century Toronto as you tour the Mackenzie home which is dressed in greenery for the holidays.

During the Victorian Christmas program, until December 24, children are invited to write a letter to Santa Claus during their visit. Children love writing to Santa Claus to tell him about their Christmas wish lists. Select a card that has been printed on our 1845 printing press, and write a personal message. Drop the wish card into our magic post box and it will go to Santa!

Included with Holiday admission. Adults: $7.08; Seniors /Youth: $4.42 Children: $3.76 (plus tax)

http://www.toronto.ca/museum-events

*Kidsopolis 50% Off Admission (Oakville)
407 Speers Rd #15
Oakville, ON

Use our Exclusive Coupon HERE

*Little Rascals Place- 50% Off Admission (Oakville)
1027 Speers Rd #25A
Oakville, ON

Use our Exclusive Coupon HERE

*Santa’s Wonderland  (Niagara Falls)
4pm-8pm
Bass Pro Niagara
300 Taylor Rd.
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

Join Bass Pro Niagara and Santa himself in opening Santa’s Wonderland for the season on Saturday, November 14! Santa will make his grand entrance at 5 p.m.!
The Baker Street Victorian Carollers will also be with us from 4 – 7 p.m. and we will offer hot chocolate and cookies to all of our guests, plus giveaways for the children!
Santa’s Wonderland will offer crafts, games, free photo’s and photo packages and will run each weeknight 5 – 8 p.m. and every from weekend 12 – 5 p.m. until Christmas Eve!

http://ow.ly/Uin6d

*Holiday Movie Morning (Ajax)
10:30am-12:30am
Ajax Public Library, Main Branch
55 Harwood Avenue South
Ajax, ON

Santa’s clumsy son, Arthur, gets put on a mission to deliver a present to a forgotten tyke before Christmas morning dawns.
All movies are at the Main Branch. Movie titles may change at any time. For the most up-to-date information, please visit www.ajaxlibrary.ca or call any of our branches.
Register online or by phone at 905-683-4000 x8830

http://www.ajaxlibrary.ca/events

*Holiday Kids Fun (Simcoe/Minesing)
10am-4pm
Simcoe County Museum
1151 Highway 26
Minesing, Ontario

Join us at the Simcoe County Museum this holiday season to experience a new twist on a traditional Christmas carol during our 12 Days of Christmas.

Discover traditions from around the world as you navigate the 12 Days of Christmas by participating in the lyrics through fun activities such as three gingerbread- a-icing, two-candles-glowing, and a spider-in-a-pine-tree.
These activities are available Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., as well as Sundays from 1:30 to 4 p.m. No registration is required. Activities and crafts will be available throughout the entire day.

Regular Museum admission rates apply: Museum Members and preschoolers are free; Adult $6; Senior/Student $5; Child $4.

The theme changes every day.

http://museum.simcoe.ca/programs/calendar


 

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**WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2015**

*Hop Hop Jump- 50% Off Admission (Vaughan)
400 Spinnaker Way
Vaughan, ON

Use our Exclusive Coupon HERE

*Fun Zone (Vaughan)
9:30am-12pm
JCC -Schwartz/Reisman Centre
9600 Bathurst Street
(Bathurst & Rutherford)
Vaughan, ON

Age Recommended: 0-4 Years

Member Value Fee: $2.00
Non-Member Fee: $4.00

Certified ECE teacher
Take home crafts
Circle & story time

•Please check the schedule before attending this event.

http://childrenandfamily.srcentre.info/programs/Fun-zone.asp

*Explore Centre- 50% Off Admission (Richmond Hill)
385 Enford Rd #1
Richmond Hill, ON

Use our Exclusive Coupon HERE

*Let’s Make It- 50% Off Admission (Richmond Hill) (FLASH DEAL)
10217 Yonge Street
Richmond Hill, ON

$20 per child for making 2 home-made soaps and a lip balm.

The soap does not contain any Sodium Laureth Sulfate.
Participants choose their own fragrance and colour while crafting soaps.

http://creativeprojects.ca/

*Of Rock & Chalk- 2 for 1 (Newmarket)
482 Ontario Street
Newmarket, ON

2 for 1 Climb or 2 for 1 Beginner Course
•You must call ahead to book your spot

Use our Exclusive Coupon HERE

*Planet Fun- 50% Off Admission (Scarborough)
24 Lebovic Avenue
Scarborough, ON

Use our Exclusive Coupon HERE

*’Tis the Season To Be Crafting (Scarborough)
4pm-6pm
Cedarbrae Library
545 Markham Road
Scarborough, ON

Decorate your very own gingerbread men. Make and create unique holiday crafts. Limited Space.

For Ages 11 & above. Register in person or call 416-396-8850

*Christmas (Toronto)
12pm
Colborne Lodge
Colborne Lodge Drive
South end of High Park
Toronto, ON

Warm up by the hearth at Colborne Lodge and take in the sights and aromas of a Victorian Christmas. Enjoy the natural greenery decorations, toast the season with a glass of hot mulled cider by the wood stove and nibble on special holiday treats. The Lodge is nestled at the south end of High Park.

Holiday admission prices apply:
Adults $7.08, Seniors/Youths/Children $4.42 (plus tax)

http://www.toronto.ca/museum-events

*Victorian Christmas (Toronto)
12pm
Mackenzie House
82 Bond Street
Toronto, ON

This festive season take a step back in time to Victorian Toronto and experience the magic of a traditional Christmas in an 1859 row-house. Escape from the hustle and bustle while you enjoy a sample of mulled cider and a biscuit in the warmth of the historic kitchen. Discover the story of how families celebrated Christmas in 19th-century Toronto as you tour the Mackenzie home which is dressed in greenery for the holidays.

During the Victorian Christmas program, until December 24, children are invited to write a letter to Santa Claus during their visit. Children love writing to Santa Claus to tell him about their Christmas wish lists. Select a card that has been printed on our 1845 printing press, and write a personal message. Drop the wish card into our magic post box and it will go to Santa!

Included with Holiday admission. Adults: $7.08; Seniors /Youth: $4.42 Children: $3.76 (plus tax)

http://www.toronto.ca/museum-events

*Holiday Fun (Toronto)
10am-4pm
Fort York National Historic Site
250 Fort York Boulevard
Toronto, ON

Enjoy a visit to Fort York National Historic Site this festive season. Sample some baking from the 1826 Officers’ Mess kitchen and soak up the warmth of a crackling wood fire. Be sure to browse the Museum Store to find that special gift you won’t find anywhere else. The Museum Store features gifts suitable for all ages and interests.

Regular admission applies. Adults: $7.96
Seniors (65 +): $4.87, Youth (13-18 yrs.): $4.87, Children (6-12yrs): $3.76 (Plus tax).
Children 5 and under are Free

http://www.toronto.ca/museum-events

*Kidsopolis 50% Off Admission (Oakville)
407 Speers Rd #15
Oakville, ON

Use our Exclusive Coupon HERE

*Little Rascals Place- 50% Off Admission (Oakville)
1027 Speers Rd #25A
Oakville, ON

Use our Exclusive Coupon HERE

*Santa’s Wonderland  (Niagara Falls)
4pm-8pm
Bass Pro Niagara
300 Taylor Rd.
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

Join Bass Pro Niagara and Santa himself in opening Santa’s Wonderland for the season on Saturday, November 14! Santa will make his grand entrance at 5 p.m.!
The Baker Street Victorian Carollers will also be with us from 4 – 7 p.m. and we will offer hot chocolate and cookies to all of our guests, plus giveaways for the children!
Santa’s Wonderland will offer crafts, games, free photo’s and photo packages and will run each weeknight 5 – 8 p.m. and every from weekend 12 – 5 p.m. until Christmas Eve!

http://ow.ly/Uin6d

*Merry Grinchmas (Ajax)
10:30am-11:30am
Ajax Public Library, Main Branch
55 Harwood Avenue South
Ajax, ON

Join us to watch the original cartoon classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Then decorate a cookie to take home.
Note: Decorating materials may contain peanuts.
Register online or by phone at 905-683-4000 x8830

http://www.ajaxlibrary.ca/events

*Holiday Kids Fun (Simcoe/Minesing)
10am-4pm
Simcoe County Museum
1151 Highway 26
Minesing, Ontario

Join us at the Simcoe County Museum this holiday season to experience a new twist on a traditional Christmas carol during our 12 Days of Christmas.

Discover traditions from around the world as you navigate the 12 Days of Christmas by participating in the lyrics through fun activities such as three gingerbread- a-icing, two-candles-glowing, and a spider-in-a-pine-tree.
These activities are available Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., as well as Sundays from 1:30 to 4 p.m. No registration is required. Activities and crafts will be available throughout the entire day.

Regular Museum admission rates apply: Museum Members and preschoolers are free; Adult $6; Senior/Student $5; Child $4.

The theme changes every day.

http://museum.simcoe.ca/programs/calendar

 


 

 

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**THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2015**

*Jungle Gym Drop-In (Vaughan)
10:30am-12:30pm
JCC -Schwartz/Reisman Centre
9600 Bathurst Street
(Bathurst & Rutherford)
Vaughan, ON

DROP-IN PROGRAM
Enjoy free time spent in the gym with different toys and games.

Age Recommended: 0-4 Years

Non-Member Fee: $5.00

•Please check the schedule before attending this event.

http://childrenandfamily.srcentre.info/programs/Fun-zone.asp

*Let’s Make It- 50% Off Admission (Richmond Hill) (FLASH DEAL)
10217 Yonge Street
Richmond Hill, ON

$20 per child for making 2 home-made soaps and a lip balm.

The soap does not contain any Sodium Laureth Sulfate.
Participants choose their own fragrance and colour while crafting soaps.

http://creativeprojects.ca/

*Of Rock & Chalk- 2 for 1 (Newmarket)
482 Ontario Street
Newmarket, ON

2 for 1 Climb or 2 for 1 Beginner Course
•You must call ahead to book your spot

Use our Exclusive Coupon HERE

*Planet Fun- 50% Off Admission (Scarborough)
24 Lebovic Avenue
Scarborough, ON

Use our Exclusive Coupon HERE

*Christmas (Toronto)
12pm
Colborne Lodge
Colborne Lodge Drive
South end of High Park
Toronto, ON

Warm up by the hearth at Colborne Lodge and take in the sights and aromas of a Victorian Christmas. Enjoy the natural greenery decorations, toast the season with a glass of hot mulled cider by the wood stove and nibble on special holiday treats. The Lodge is nestled at the south end of High Park.

Holiday admission prices apply:
Adults $7.08, Seniors/Youths/Children $4.42 (plus tax)

http://www.toronto.ca/museum-events

*Victorian Christmas (Toronto)
12pm
Mackenzie House
82 Bond Street
Toronto, ON

This festive season take a step back in time to Victorian Toronto and experience the magic of a traditional Christmas in an 1859 row-house. Escape from the hustle and bustle while you enjoy a sample of mulled cider and a biscuit in the warmth of the historic kitchen. Discover the story of how families celebrated Christmas in 19th-century Toronto as you tour the Mackenzie home which is dressed in greenery for the holidays.

During the Victorian Christmas program, until December 24, children are invited to write a letter to Santa Claus during their visit. Children love writing to Santa Claus to tell him about their Christmas wish lists. Select a card that has been printed on our 1845 printing press, and write a personal message. Drop the wish card into our magic post box and it will go to Santa!

Included with Holiday admission. Adults: $7.08; Seniors /Youth: $4.42 Children: $3.76 (plus tax)

http://www.toronto.ca/museum-events

*Holiday Family Time (Toronto)
10:30am-11:45am
Victoria Village Library
184 Sloane Ave
Toronto, ON

Join us for holiday stories, songs, rhymes, and a craft, for preschool children with their parents or caregivers.

http://torontopubliclibrary.ca

*Kidsopolis 50% Off Admission (Oakville)
407 Speers Rd #15
Oakville, ON

Use our Exclusive Coupon HERE

*Little Rascals Place- 50% Off Admission (Oakville)
1027 Speers Rd #25A
Oakville, ON

Use our Exclusive Coupon HERE

*Santa’s Wonderland  (Niagara Falls)
4pm-8pm
Bass Pro Niagara
300 Taylor Rd.
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

Join Bass Pro Niagara and Santa himself in opening Santa’s Wonderland for the season on Saturday, November 14! Santa will make his grand entrance at 5 p.m.!
The Baker Street Victorian Carollers will also be with us from 4 – 7 p.m. and we will offer hot chocolate and cookies to all of our guests, plus giveaways for the children!
Santa’s Wonderland will offer crafts, games, free photo’s and photo packages and will run each weeknight 5 – 8 p.m. and every from weekend 12 – 5 p.m. until Christmas Eve!

http://ow.ly/Uin6d

*Holiday Kids Fun (Simcoe/Minesing)
10am-4pm
Simcoe County Museum
1151 Highway 26
Minesing, Ontario

Join us at the Simcoe County Museum this holiday season to experience a new twist on a traditional Christmas carol during our 12 Days of Christmas.

Discover traditions from around the world as you navigate the 12 Days of Christmas by participating in the lyrics through fun activities such as three gingerbread- a-icing, two-candles-glowing, and a spider-in-a-pine-tree.
These activities are available Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., as well as Sundays from 1:30 to 4 p.m. No registration is required. Activities and crafts will be available throughout the entire day.

Regular Museum admission rates apply: Museum Members and preschoolers are free; Adult $6; Senior/Student $5; Child $4.

The theme changes every day.

http://museum.simcoe.ca/programs/calendar

 

 


 

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**FRIDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2015**

*Fun Zone Shabbat Drop-In (Vaughan)
9:30am-12pm
JCC -Schwartz/Reisman Centre
9600 Bathurst Street
(Bathurst & Rutherford)
Vaughan, ON

On Fridays, we highlight Shabbat by signing songs and eating challah together.
Parents, Grandparents, and/or Caregivers are welcome with children!

Age Recommended: 0-4 Years

Member Value Fee: $2.00
Non-Member Fee: $4.00

Certified ECE teacher
Take home crafts
Circle & story time
Fridays, Challah is served

•Please check the schedule before attending this event.

http://childrenandfamily.srcentre.info/programs/Fun-zone.asp

*Holiday Kids Fun (Simcoe/Minesing)
10am-4pm
Simcoe County Museum
1151 Highway 26
Minesing, Ontario

Join us at the Simcoe County Museum this holiday season to experience a new twist on a traditional Christmas carol during our 12 Days of Christmas.

Discover traditions from around the world as you navigate the 12 Days of Christmas by participating in the lyrics through fun activities such as three gingerbread- a-icing, two-candles-glowing, and a spider-in-a-pine-tree.
These activities are available Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., as well as Sundays from 1:30 to 4 p.m. No registration is required. Activities and crafts will be available throughout the entire day.

Regular Museum admission rates apply: Museum Members and preschoolers are free; Adult $6; Senior/Student $5; Child $4.

The theme changes every day.

http://museum.simcoe.ca/programs/calendar

 


 

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**SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2015**

HAPPY SHOPPING DAY!

 


 

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**SUNDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2015**

*Of Rock & Chalk- 2 for 1 (Newmarket)
482 Ontario Street
Newmarket, ON

2 for 1 Climb or 2 for 1 Beginner Course
•You must call ahead to book your spot

Use our Exclusive Coupon HERE

*Christmas (Toronto)
12pm
Colborne Lodge
Colborne Lodge Drive
South end of High Park
Toronto, ON

Warm up by the hearth at Colborne Lodge and take in the sights and aromas of a Victorian Christmas. Enjoy the natural greenery decorations, toast the season with a glass of hot mulled cider by the wood stove and nibble on special holiday treats. The Lodge is nestled at the south end of High Park.

Holiday admission prices apply:
Adults $7.08, Seniors/Youths/Children $4.42 (plus tax)

http://www.toronto.ca/museum-events

*Victorian Christmas (Toronto)
12pm
Mackenzie House
82 Bond Street
Toronto, ON

This festive season take a step back in time to Victorian Toronto and experience the magic of a traditional Christmas in an 1859 row-house. Escape from the hustle and bustle while you enjoy a sample of mulled cider and a biscuit in the warmth of the historic kitchen. Discover the story of how families celebrated Christmas in 19th-century Toronto as you tour the Mackenzie home which is dressed in greenery for the holidays.

During the Victorian Christmas program, until December 24, children are invited to write a letter to Santa Claus during their visit. Children love writing to Santa Claus to tell him about their Christmas wish lists. Select a card that has been printed on our 1845 printing press, and write a personal message. Drop the wish card into our magic post box and it will go to Santa!

Included with Holiday admission. Adults: $7.08; Seniors /Youth: $4.42 Children: $3.76 (plus tax)

http://www.toronto.ca/museum-events

*Holiday Fun (Toronto)
10am-4pm
Fort York National Historic Site
250 Fort York Boulevard
Toronto, ON

Enjoy a visit to Fort York National Historic Site this festive season. Sample some baking from the 1826 Officers’ Mess kitchen and soak up the warmth of a crackling wood fire. Be sure to browse the Museum Store to find that special gift you won’t find anywhere else. The Museum Store features gifts suitable for all ages and interests.

Regular admission applies. Adults: $7.96
Seniors (65 +): $4.87, Youth (13-18 yrs.): $4.87, Children (6-12yrs): $3.76 (Plus tax).
Children 5 and under are Free

http://www.toronto.ca/museum-events

 

*Christmas Victorian Tea (Oshawa)
11:30am-2pm
Oshawa Community Museum
1450 Simcoe Street South
Oshawa, ON

Come enjoy a cup of tea and a light lunch of sandwiches, scones and desserts. Then go on a tour of the museum houses which are decorated in traditional Victorian Christmas decorations. Reservations are required for the tea as space is limited.

COST: $15 per person, $10 for OHS members, $7.50 for children

http://www.oshawamuseum.org

 


 

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**MONDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2015**

*Fun Zone (Vaughan)
9:30am-12pm
JCC -Schwartz/Reisman Centre
9600 Bathurst Street
(Bathurst & Rutherford)
Vaughan, ON

DROP-IN PROGRAM
On Fridays, we highlight Shabbat by signing songs and eating challah together.
Parents, Grandparents, and/or Caregivers are welcome with children!

Age Recommended: 0-4 Years

Member Value Fee: $2.00
Non-Member Fee: $4.00

Certified ECE teacher
Take home crafts
Circle & story time
Fridays, Challah is served

•Please check the schedule before attending this event.

http://childrenandfamily.srcentre.info/programs/Fun-zone.asp

*PARTY & PLAY TIME (Woodbrige)
10AM-1PM
Mini Mania
61 Creditview Rd
Woodbrige, ON

Elsa & Anna Performance, With Meet & Greet With Spiderman, Pizza Lunch & Play Time in Gymnasium
$69.99 plus hst Adult & Child Duo
Early Bird Special Save $10

Call to book your spot.

(905) 850-8980

*Explore Centre- 50% Off Admission (Richmond Hill)
385 Enford Rd #1
Richmond Hill, ON

Use our Exclusive Coupon HERE

*Let’s Make It- 50% Off Admission (Richmond Hill) (FLASH DEAL)
10217 Yonge Street
Richmond Hill, ON

$20 per child for making 2 home-made soaps and a lip balm.

The soap does not contain any Sodium Laureth Sulfate.
Participants choose their own fragrance and colour while crafting soaps.

http://creativeprojects.ca/

*Of Rock & Chalk- 2 for 1 (Newmarket)
482 Ontario Street
Newmarket, ON

2 for 1 Climb or 2 for 1 Beginner Course
•You must call ahead to book your spot

Use our Exclusive Coupon HERE

*Planet Fun- 50% Off Admission (Scarborough)
24 Lebovic Avenue
Scarborough, ON

Use our Exclusive Coupon HERE

*Craft and Museum Tour (Oakville)
1:30pm & 4pm
Oakville Museum
8 Navy Street
Oakville, ON

Join us for an hour in the afternoon to make a craft with your child and take a guided tour of the Oakville Museum.
Fee: $5.00 (Applies to participating children only – adults must accompany and assist child)
Note: Each session will make the same craft and take the same tour.
Please register online at www.oakville.ca

*Kidsopolis 50% Off Admission (Oakville)
407 Speers Rd #15
Oakville, ON

Use our Exclusive Coupon HERE

 


 

 

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**TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2015**

*Hop Hop Jump- 50% Off Admission (Vaughan)
400 Spinnaker Way
Vaughan, ON

Use our Exclusive Coupon HERE

*Jungle Gym Drop-In (Vaughan)
10:30am-12:30pm
JCC -Schwartz/Reisman Centre
9600 Bathurst Street
(Bathurst & Rutherford)
Vaughan, ON

DROP-IN PROGRAM
Enjoy free time spent in the gym with different toys and games.

Age Recommended: 0-4 Years

Non-Member Fee: $5.00

•Please check the schedule before attending this event.

http://childrenandfamily.srcentre.info/programs/Fun-zone.asp

*Explore Centre- 50% Off Admission (Richmond Hill)
385 Enford Rd #1
Richmond Hill, ON

Use our Exclusive Coupon HERE

*Let’s Make It- 50% Off Admission (Richmond Hill) (FLASH DEAL)
10217 Yonge Street
Richmond Hill, ON

$20 per child for making 2 home-made soaps and a lip balm.

The soap does not contain any Sodium Laureth Sulfate.
Participants choose their own fragrance and colour while crafting soaps.

http://creativeprojects.ca/

*Of Rock & Chalk- 2 for 1 (Newmarket)
482 Ontario Street
Newmarket, ON

2 for 1 Climb or 2 for 1 Beginner Course
•You must call ahead to book your spot

Use our Exclusive Coupon HERE

*Planet Fun- 50% Off Admission (Scarborough)
24 Lebovic Avenue
Scarborough, ON

Use our Exclusive Coupon HERE

*Christmas (Toronto)
12pm
Colborne Lodge
Colborne Lodge Drive
South end of High Park
Toronto, ON

Warm up by the hearth at Colborne Lodge and take in the sights and aromas of a Victorian Christmas. Enjoy the natural greenery decorations, toast the season with a glass of hot mulled cider by the wood stove and nibble on special holiday treats. The Lodge is nestled at the south end of High Park.

Holiday admission prices apply:
Adults $7.08, Seniors/Youths/Children $4.42 (plus tax)

http://www.toronto.ca/museum-events

*Victorian Christmas (Toronto)
12pm
Mackenzie House
82 Bond Street
Toronto, ON

This festive season take a step back in time to Victorian Toronto and experience the magic of a traditional Christmas in an 1859 row-house. Escape from the hustle and bustle while you enjoy a sample of mulled cider and a biscuit in the warmth of the historic kitchen. Discover the story of how families celebrated Christmas in 19th-century Toronto as you tour the Mackenzie home which is dressed in greenery for the holidays.

During the Victorian Christmas program, until December 24, children are invited to write a letter to Santa Claus during their visit. Children love writing to Santa Claus to tell him about their Christmas wish lists. Select a card that has been printed on our 1845 printing press, and write a personal message. Drop the wish card into our magic post box and it will go to Santa!

Included with Holiday admission. Adults: $7.08; Seniors /Youth: $4.42 Children: $3.76 (plus tax)

http://www.toronto.ca/museum-events

*Kidsopolis 50% Off Admission (Oakville)
407 Speers Rd #15
Oakville, ON

Use our Exclusive Coupon HERE

*Little Rascals Place- 50% Off Admission (Oakville)
1027 Speers Rd #25A
Oakville, ON

Use our Exclusive Coupon HERE

*Craft and Museum Tour (Oakville)
1:30pm & 4pm
Oakville Museum
8 Navy Street
Oakville, ON

Join us for an hour in the afternoon to make a craft with your child and take a guided tour of the Oakville Museum.
Fee: $5.00 (Applies to participating children only – adults must accompany and assist child)
Note: Each session will make the same craft and take the same tour.
Please register online at www.oakville.ca

 


 

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**WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2015**

*Hop Hop Jump- 50% Off Admission (Vaughan)
400 Spinnaker Way
Vaughan, ON

Use our Exclusive Coupon HERE

*Fun Zone Drop-In (Vaughan)
9:30am-12pm
JCC -Schwartz/Reisman Centre
9600 Bathurst Street
(Bathurst & Rutherford)
Vaughan, ON

Age Recommended: 0-4 Years

Member Value Fee: $2.00
Non-Member Fee: $4.00

Certified ECE teacher
Take home crafts
Circle & story time

•Please check the schedule before attending this event.

http://childrenandfamily.srcentre.info/programs/Fun-zone.asp

*Explore Centre- 50% Off Admission (Richmond Hill)
385 Enford Rd #1
Richmond Hill, ON

Use our Exclusive Coupon HERE

*Let’s Make It- 50% Off Admission (Richmond Hill) (FLASH DEAL)
10217 Yonge Street
Richmond Hill, ON

$20 per child for making 2 home-made soaps and a lip balm.

The soap does not contain any Sodium Laureth Sulfate.
Participants choose their own fragrance and colour while crafting soaps.

http://creativeprojects.ca/

*Of Rock & Chalk- 2 for 1 (Newmarket)
482 Ontario Street
Newmarket, ON

2 for 1 Climb or 2 for 1 Beginner Course
•You must call ahead to book your spot

Use our Exclusive Coupon HERE

*Planet Fun- 50% Off Admission (Scarborough)
24 Lebovic Avenue
Scarborough, ON

Use our Exclusive Coupon HERE

*Christmas (Toronto)
12pm
Colborne Lodge
Colborne Lodge Drive
South end of High Park
Toronto, ON

Warm up by the hearth at Colborne Lodge and take in the sights and aromas of a Victorian Christmas. Enjoy the natural greenery decorations, toast the season with a glass of hot mulled cider by the wood stove and nibble on special holiday treats. The Lodge is nestled at the south end of High Park.

Holiday admission prices apply:
Adults $7.08, Seniors/Youths/Children $4.42 (plus tax)

http://www.toronto.ca/museum-events

*Victorian Christmas (Toronto)
12pm
Mackenzie House
82 Bond Street
Toronto, ON

This festive season take a step back in time to Victorian Toronto and experience the magic of a traditional Christmas in an 1859 row-house. Escape from the hustle and bustle while you enjoy a sample of mulled cider and a biscuit in the warmth of the historic kitchen. Discover the story of how families celebrated Christmas in 19th-century Toronto as you tour the Mackenzie home which is dressed in greenery for the holidays.

During the Victorian Christmas program, until December 24, children are invited to write a letter to Santa Claus during their visit. Children love writing to Santa Claus to tell him about their Christmas wish lists. Select a card that has been printed on our 1845 printing press, and write a personal message. Drop the wish card into our magic post box and it will go to Santa!

Included with Holiday admission. Adults: $7.08; Seniors /Youth: $4.42 Children: $3.76 (plus tax)

http://www.toronto.ca/museum-events

*Colouring For All Ages (Toronto)
2pm-4pm
Parkdale Library
1303 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON

Come and join us for an afternoon of colouring and relaxation. Colouring pages will be available for all ages – children, teens and adults!

http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMEVT16322&R=EVT16322

*Kidsopolis 50% Off Admission (Oakville)
407 Speers Rd #15
Oakville, ON

Use our Exclusive Coupon HERE

*Craft and Museum Tour (Oakville)
1:30pm & 4pm
Oakville Museum
8 Navy Street
Oakville, ON

Join us for an hour in the afternoon to make a craft with your child and take a guided tour of the Oakville Museum.
Fee: $5.00 (Applies to participating children only – adults must accompany and assist child)
Note: Each session will make the same craft and take the same tour.
Please register online at www.oakville.ca

*Little Rascals Place- 50% Off Admission (Oakville)
1027 Speers Rd #25A
Oakville, ON

Use our Exclusive Coupon HERE


 

 

STAY TUNED FOR THE NEW YEARS EVE POST!!!

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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:
http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=fe20dada600f0410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD&vgnextchannel=a3cadada600f0410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD

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. Just bring some baby wipes for their hands for after they play!

 

**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)

 


 

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE YOUR EVENT ON THE ENTERTAIN KIDS ON A DIME CALENDAR?

*Please note that your event must INCLUDE this to be CONSIDERED:
*Admission is Free or Under $10
*The event must have kid’s activities or entertainment
*The even must be held in the province of Ontario
*Your event must have a website or Facebook Page with information
*You must send your event 1 WEEK BEFORE the date!

To Submit an Event, Click HERE!

HOLIDAY BREAK ON A DIME 2014

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HOLIDAY BREAK ON A DIME!

The Holiday Break is approaching, and I was thinking what the heck do I do with my two kids? If  you are not spending your break in a sunny destination, then you would probably agree.
I am here to save you from a lot of whining and aggravation! One thing to think about. It isn’t what you do with your kids that counts, but spending just time with them is what creates the memories. It doesn’t matter if you go to fancy attractions every day or do simple things with them. They remember the positive experience with their parents.
With that being said, I have compiled some information to help guide you through this winter break! You won’t be seeing any over priced attractions on my list. I have also created a calendar of events happening in the city.
If you are the type that gets overwhelmed easily, I recommend making your own list of things you would like to do with your kids over the break. I hope this list really helps you have a great holiday while staying in your budget.
I hope everyone has a Happy Chanukah and Merry Christmas! Be safe and have fun with your kids!

**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.

*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:
http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=fe20dada600f0410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD&vgnextchannel=a3cadada600f0410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD

•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:
For all of you anti fast foodies, taking your kids to these indoor play grounds are free and fun. My 3 year old son refers to McDonalds as “Old McDonald.” My kids get so tired out there. Just bring some baby wipes for their hands for after they play!

**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)

**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 or a mall 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 blankets, and make some popcorn. Put on a new movie that your kids haven’t seen. 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) OUTDOOR NATURE ART PROJECT:
Have your kids look around your backyard or a park and have them pick our leaves, stones, sticks (etc.). When you come back home, have them glue their findings to a piece of paper to create nature art.

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.

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/

**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/

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.

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*HERE IS A CALENDAR OF THINGS TO DO (FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2014 – SUNDAY JANUARY 3, 2015)
*Please call or check online to confirm each event before attending them. This will avoid any disappointment with time changes or cancellations.

**WINTER BREAK WEEK 2**

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**THURSDAY, JANUARY 1, 2014**

*Toronto Attractions Open on New Year’s Day
•The Aquarium
•The Ontario Science Centre
•The Toronto Zoo
•The CN Tower (360 Restaurant is closed)
•The Royal Ontario Museum
•The Art Gallery of Ontario
•Casa Loma
•The Bata Shoe Museum
•Sky Zone Toronto & Vaughan

*Malls Open on New Year’s Day
•The Eaton Centre (12pm-5pm)
•Vaughan Mills Mall (10am-7pm)
•Square One in Mississauga (11am-6pm)

*Movie Theatres Open on New Year’s Day
(Check your local theatres if they are open and the show times)

•http://www.rainbowcinemas.ca
•http://www.cineplex.com
•https://www.amctheatres.com

*Hop Hop Jump Indoor Playground in Vaughan is Open from 12pm-6pm
http://www.hophopjump.com

*Gingerbread Man Decorating (Vaughan)
12pm-10pm
Yogurtys
9001 Dufferin Street
(Autumn Hill & Dufferin)
Vaughan, ON

Stop in anytime between December 25 -January 4:
$5 -Decorate a gingerbread man
or
$7.50- Decorate a gingerbead man and a latte, cappuccino or hot chocolate for one parent.

(905) 707-0923

*Rouge Park Hike (Toronto)(FREE)
11:00am
Toronto, ON

Your Year of Fitness
Leader: Diana
Challenge: Moderate/Challenging (hills)
Pace:Easy/Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
What to expect: Trail walking/hiking is a surprising workout with so many extra benefits they can’t all fit in this blurb! So come out and see for yourself. The leader Diana will be wearing a heart rate monitor tracking calories burned. Will you stay in or kick start your Year of Fitness?
Please RSVP
Family Friendly: Kids 7 and up welcome.
Dogs on leash welcome.

http://rougepark.com/hike/walks_december_2014.php#dec25

*New Year’s Day (Burlington)
11pm-4pm
Tansley Woods Community Centre
1996 Itabashi Way
Burlington, ON

Lego mania is taking over on New Year’s Day! Join us for a Lego themed day.

Pool
-FREE swimming from noon-4pm

Gym
-Monkeynastix demo and activities
-Burlington Youth Soccer demo and activities

Community Rooms
-Lego movie screening presented by Safari Children’s Dentistry
-Activitiy with Bricks 4 Kidz

Throughout the Facility
-Lego crafts and games
-Vendors include: Safari Children’s Dentistry, Putting Edge, Safari Science
-Food truck
-Face painting with BeeBop the Clown
-Photobooth with Passionate about Pictures

http://www.burlington.ca/newyears

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**FRIDAY, JANUARY 2, 2014**

*Make and Take @ the Library (Richmond Hill) (FREE)
Central Library
1 Atkinson Road
Richmond Hill, ON

Join us in the Children’s Department at the Central Library as we create some unique Make and Take crafts. Drop in anytime between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm and bring your imagination!

http://www.rhpl.richmondhill.on.ca/libraries/centrallibrary.cfm

*Movie Day Craft (Toronto)
1pm-1:45pm
Malvern Library
30 Sewells Road
Toronto, ON

Create an amazing airplane craft, right before our special presentation of Disney’s Planes Fire and Rescue. All Ages! Drop-in.

http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?R=LIB012

*Family Fun Day (Mississauga)
12pm-4pm
Meadowvale Theatre 6315 Montevideo Rd.
Mississauga, ON

Tickets:
Adult – $6
Child – $4
Family Pass – $15

Explore artful activities for the whole family! Enjoy Winnie the Pooh (2011) film, storytelling, dance, make your own film, and more! In partnership with Mississauga Library System and Museums of Mississauga.

905-615-4720 ext. 2588
mtix.ca

*Winter Break: Scavenger Hunt (Thorold/St. Catherines) (FREE)
10am-4pm
Thorold Public Library
14 Ormond Street
Thorold, ON

Drop in for a scavenger hunt anytime during the day! FREE. For more information please call, visit or email the Library.

9052272581

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**SATURDAY, JANUARY 3, 2014**

*Cineplex Family Favourites (All Over The GTA)
11:00 am
Various Locations

It’s a fun and affordable way to enjoy the weekend with your family!

Admission: $2.50

Muppets From Space
Directed by: Timothy Hill
Starring: Jeffrey Tambor, F. Murray Abraham, David Arquette, Josh Charles, Hollywood Hogan, Ray Liotta, Andie Macdowel
Plot: The Muppets embark on a hilarious extra-terrestrial adventure in hopes of finding out about Gonzo’s past, and discover that Gonzo’s family members are aliens from a distant planet! Gonzo then gets a message that his relatives are coming up for a visit from outer space! But when word gets out on Miss Piggy’s talk show, UFO Mania, that the friendly aliens are coming, a secret government agency led by K. Edgar Singer (Jeffrey Tambor) captures Gonzo and goes to great lengths to learn when his extra-terrestrial family will arrive. Now only the Muppets, led by Kermit and Miss Piggy, can save Gonzo and make the world safe for a friendly alien invasion! MUPPETS FROM SPACE (featuring Andie MacDowell, Ray Liotta and David Arquette, among others) is a star-studded close encounter with far-out fun!

http://www.cineplex.com/Events/FamilyFavourites

*Jungle Gym (Vaughan)
1:30pm – 3:30pm
JCC -Schwartz/Reisman Centre
9600 Bathurst Street
(Bathurst & Rutherford)
Vaughan, ON

Drop in program.
Our gymnasium will be set up as a jungle gym featuring a bouncy castle and a variety of fun and exciting equipment for your children to explore.
Ages 1-5

FREE for Members
Regular Fee: $5

Contact Roanna Tward for more information on programming.

905-303-1821 ex. 3014

http://fitness.srcentre.info/programs/Jungle-Gym-324.asp

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**SUNDAY, JANUARY 4, 2014**

*Jungle Gym (Vaughan)
9:15am-10:45am
JCC -Schwartz/Reisman Centre
9600 Bathurst Street
(Bathurst & Rutherford)
Vaughan, ON

Drop in program.
Our gymnasium will be set up as a jungle gym featuring a bouncy castle and a variety of fun and exciting equipment for your children to explore.
Ages 1-5

FREE for Members
Regular Fee: $5

Contact Roanna Tward for more information on programming.

905-303-1821 ex. 3014

http://fitness.srcentre.info/programs/Jungle-Gym-324.asp