HOLIDAY BREAK ON A DIME 2014

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