Between teachers in Ontario striking and Christmas holidays, December has been a scrambling time for parents looking for last-minute child care options, day camps and activities for their kids. The good news is 411ontariokids.com is here to provide parents with options so the kids can have fun and you can relax.
Head for the Hills!
Hats off to many of Ontario's ski resorts! It might seem like spring tempertures in some areas, but many hills are open for the season. Kids and families can spend time downhill skiing or snowboarding. Check with the following ski operators for hours of operation, ski conditions, ski schools and day-time ski camps.
Other attractions and businesses are offering neat events and activities for kids. See here for more Christmas break happenings north of Toronto.
It's also not too late to get away from home for Christmas. This Christmas seems extra busy and with the tragic events in the U.S., all parents have a very heavy reminder of what to be grateful for this year. We can give our kids an extra special Christmas this year by giving them what they really want, our time. If you're looking for an affordable extra special (and magical!) Christmas or New Year's family getaway, keep on reading.
Below are the kids and family events happening this weekend, North of Toronto.
Family Art Workshop: (Sunday) Regional artist leads the whole family in creating hands-on collaborative art projects with a wide range of materials at the MacLaren Art Centre.
Rodeo Rail Jam: This event is the premiere kickoff ski and snowboard event of the winter season.
Santafest: Visit with Santa and other holiday activities at Santa's Village in Bracebridge.
Frost Frenzy: The holiday spirit is very much alive in the Blue Mountain Village during Frost Frenzy starting with many free activities, including fireworks, every Saturday at 8 p.m. It runs all month long.
Winter Gift Show & Sale: Paintings, photographs, pottery, hand-made clothing, jewellery, sculpture and carvings, furniture, glass works and more can be found.
Muskoka Holiday Magic: The holidays come alive at Deerhurst Resort. Deerhurst Resort has the magic for your Muskoka getaway this holiday season from its gigantic Holiday PlayZone for the kids, outdoor winter activities and delicious festive feasts.
Portage Flyer Christmas: The annual Portage Flyer Christmas train ride to Santa takes place on Saturday, December 22, 2012, at Muskoka Heritage Place Train Station off Forbes Hill Drive.
SantaFest at Santa's Village
Farmers' Market: Midland's Indoor Farmers' & Artisans' Market is held every Saturday from November 3, 2012 to March 30, 2013, at the North Simcoe Sports & Recreation Centre.
Gingerbread House Building: It runs Saturday at the Midland Public Library.
Festival of Northern Lights: Enjoy the beauty of Owen Sound in the Christmas season each evening from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., as more than 25 kilometres of lights illuminate the harbour, the Sydenham riverbanks, the downtown core and Harrison Park.
Come Try Hockey: For boys and girls age 5 to 13. This runs Sundays from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Festival of Lights: Science North parking lot.