Weekend Family Fun Guide North of Toronto May - 9-11

Happy Mother's Day to all the Mama's reading this blog post! And welcome to anyone reading this post looking for inspiration on what to plan for Mother's Day Weekend. We know this blog can help you plan a perfect day or weekend. 

In a few short days, on May 11, Moms everywhere will wake to adoration, expressions of appreciation and some down-right spoiling. Oh yah! 

Day trips and weekend getaways in areas north of Toronto area a perfect way to celebrate. Spending time together as a family is always the basic and easiest way to create great childhood memories with your kids. Try for a screen-free day and go out of your way to find something new. 

The snow is gone, the trees have buds and wildlife is peppy and abundant. Birds, squirrels, rabbits, deer, turtles and even moose are all out and about - and so cute and amazing! There is no better place to have fun than in the best and most beautiful recreation spots of Ontario. 

Nature is happening is something your kids need and love. Visit a farmers' market, pack a picnic, hop on your bikes, take a hike, whatever your family likes best - relax and have fun.  

Read our list of kid-approved spring activities

If you're looking for Mother's Day Brunches, you can find a full list here:

All Mother's Day Brunches 

Otherwise, our playlist below list only a few happening at attractions and activity places regularly listed in our blog. 

Mom can take advantage of many freebies!  

This weekend's 'PLAY LIST'...

KIDS AND FAMILY EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEKEND AHEAD BY AREA 


These events are within 1-4 hours north (or so!) of Toronto and are reasonable when considering a day trip, or stay at any family friendly accommodation and extend the fun. These events would also be in or within proximity and close to much of Ontario's 'cottage country'. 

~Featured Maple Festivals~ 

TAP INTO MAPLE TOUR
Ontario's Lake Country
until May 31 

Filled with a variety of different stops throughout the region, the Tap into Maple route will get your senses flowing and your mouth watering. Come and experience our maple history, taste our local maple cuisine, and create your own maple products. 

~BARRIE~ 

HARDWOOD SKI AND BIKE
GOOD NEWS! Hardwood will officially be OPEN for Mountain Biking at 4pm on Wednesday May 7th! 

*Sunday May 11 is DEMO DAY & MOMS RIDE FREE * 

Looking to buy? Or just want to try? Come out to Hardwood Ski and Bike to test the latest from 15 different bike manufacturers. You can take the Bikes out for approximately 30 minutes which lets everyone have a chance to try what’s new. All you need is a $10 trail pass! There will also be gear giveaways all day long! See you Sunday! 9 am - 3 pm. Ps. Mom's Ride For FREE! 

HORSESHOE ADVENTURE PARK
Please check directly for Adventure Park open date but Horseshoe is definitely open for overnight getaways. 

* Take Mom for Sunday Brunch! * 

Browse BARRIE HOTELS 

~THE BLUE MOUNTAINS | COLLINGWOOD~ 

ATTRACTION PARK BLUE MOUNTAIN RESORT
From a sightseeing gondola ride to an alpine hike; from a day in our mountain bike park to an afternoon on the Cascade Putting Course or Ridge Runner Coaster, there's an activity with just the right amount of adventure to suit just about anyone. 

PLUNGE! AQUATIC CENTRE
Plunge! is the ultimate, all ages, four season water adventure at the base of Blue Mountain Ski Resort, the largest mountain resort in Ontario, Canada, located near Collingwood - just a 90-minute drive from Toronto. 

BLUE MOUNTAIN VILLAGE - ACTIVITY CENTRAL
Activity Central is your source for the region’s and the resort’s best year-round activities! Pure adrenaline or simple serenity, we have activities to suit every interest and budget! Currently selling Scandinave Spa packages, Wine tasting, Caving tours and gearing up for winter with Snowmobile tours, snowshoeing and the list goes on. 

SCENIC CAVES
Open this weekend at discounted prices with limited availabilities. Great time to see a beautiful spot and save. 

* Both days, Mothers receive FREE park admission with paid child admission (ages 3-17) for caves/suspension bridge/mini-golf package. On Mother's Day (May 11 only), mothers AND each member of the family (up to 3) receive $30-off an Eco Adventure Tour (guided treetop canopy walking and zip cable gliding). Add the new Thunderbird Twin Zip ride for even more adrenaline-pumping excitement. Age/height/weight restrictions apply. Coupon and reservations are required for the Eco Tour." 

Stay in Collingwood Accommodations 

~FORESTER FALLS~ 

 ADVENTURE RIVER RUN RAFTING WILDERNESS RESORT
Book 4 people into a High Adventure Rafting trip and Mom goes free! Package includes a full river high adventure rafting trip in a 12-passenger raft, lunch, river gear (except wetsuits) use of all resort facilities and video review of your trip. * Valid May 2014 Season only. * Must be mentioned at the time of reservation * Cannot be combined with any other offers * Free wetsuits included during the month of May. 

 

~MIDLAND | PENETANGUISHENE~ 

DOWNTOWN SHOPS AND DOCKS
Check out the shops and docks in beautiful Midland! Walk about and strolling fun for kids - check out one of the largest outdoor mural collections in North America.

HURONIA MUSEUM

Huronia Museum is a fun place for taking the kids and is located in Little Lake Park, directly across from the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre. Fun exhibits for the whole family and be sure to check their website for specials events and activities. 

* Huronia Museum is delighted to have MJ Weber join us for an exhibition of her work from May 9th to June 19th in the museum’s auditorium. The grand opening for this exhibit will be on Friday, May 9th, 2014 at 7:00 pm . Muriel-Jane “M.J.” Weber was born and raised on a farm in Aldershot, now part of Burlington, Ontario. For mature art appreciating children - or date night. * 

MIDLAND CULTURAL CENTRE
Drop in to see what's going on or visit our website for the latest programs. Cafe Roxy is open for hot chocolate, coffee and refreshments, light meals and snacks, wine and beer. Open Mic at the Cafe on Saturday at 2pm.  

* Bring Mom for Sunday Brunch! Treat mom to an elegant afternoon of culinary delight; hot entrees including lamb and chicken, waffle table, sweet table, etc. Special welcome gift for mom. 

Evening: Tiffin Bay Folk Club present Shannon Lyon (for mature children or date night) * 

WYE MARSH
Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre. Situated on approximately 3,000 acres of natural property in the beautiful Wye Valley (Georgian Bay), it is that perfect place for a family or group outing. With over 25 km of snowshoeing/skiing trails, an observation tower and boardwalks, visitors can get closer to nature. 

* Sunday Moms get in free! Birds of Prey Show at 1 pm and...
Turtle Guardian Workshop 1-3 pm. Learn about turtles and turtle habitats. * 

HURONIA FOOD TRAIL
You will find a list of the farmers, producers, restaurants, retailers and accommodations that have identified themselves as advocates of local taste and local products, within the towns of Midland and Penetanguishene & Townships of Tay and Tiny, Ontario through the Huronia Food Trail. 

MIDLAND TOURISM
The Town of Midland is a dynamic community situated on Georgian Bay and based in the heart of one of our nation's most beautiful recreational areas. It's perfect for a family fun day trip or overnight getaway. 

PENETANGUISHENE TOURISM
Penetanguishene has many cultural attractions, wide range of leisure & recreation activities to choose from at our community centres and libraries and on our sports fields. Experience the outdoors in our parks, along our pathway system and our beach and harbour. 

Stay in MIDLAND HOTELS
MORE Midland Tourism Region
MORE Penetanguishene Tourism Region 

~ORILLIA | SPRINGWATER~ 

TAP INTO MAPLE TOUR
Starting on March 1st and running through to May 31st, the Tap into Maple route was created to support and showcase our local maple syrup, maple products and events. Filled with a variety of different stops throughout the region, the Tap into Maple route will get your senses flowing and your mouth watering. Come and experience our maple history, taste our local maple cuisine, and create your own maple products. You can even stay awhile, our local accommodators have some sweet maple packages available for you! Bring your family or getaway as a couple, Ontario’s Lake Country has something for everyone. 

ORILLIA FARMERS' MARKET
One of Ontario's longest running markets runs every Saturday from 7:30 am - 12:30 pm at the Orillia Library on Mississauga Street in Downtown Orillia. This is family friendly market that offers kids alot of fun activities and tasty treats. 

ORILLIA FAIRGROUNDS FARMERS' MARKET
Over 50 local farmers, food producers, bakers and artisans. Fresh fruit, meat and vegetables, baked goods, cheese, honey, prepared foods, sausages, maple syrup, and live music! FREE PARKING for everyone! COME TO THE FAIR! 

* Saturday, May 10. Don't know when you can plant? Come out and ask a Master Gardener! Speak with not 1, not 2, but 3 Master Gardeners, there to answer all your gardening questions.

The three master gardeners who are volunteering their time and expertise are: Valerie Gillespie, Louise Jackson and Debrah Rabbitts. THANKS LADIES! *
 

ORILLIA PERCH FESTIVAL
One of Canada's Largest Registered Fishing Derbies! Over Sixty Tagged Perch worth $500 Each! Plus ... Thousands of Dollars in Daily, Weekly and Grand Prize Draws! 

* ends Saturday May 10 * 

Read our Tips for Fishing with Kids

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