November is here! The whirlwind days of Fall are coming to end. The last of the leaves are hanging on as long as they can to the branches, perhaps we are too. As we get through Halloween and while there have been a few dustings (and more in some areas!) of snow, we will plan ahead for the immediate future, uncertain as it is weather wise. Any parent knows, be prepared and this time of year that means being prepared for cold or warm and having toques and mitts handy!
Santa Claus is comin’ to every town! No matter your holiday beliefs, a kid’s Christmas Holiday Tradition includes a Santa Clausparade (or more than one!). From here on in until about mid-December, you can catch a Santa Claus Parade every weekend in small cities and towns north of Toronto. Parades usually have a theme and are a great family event to attend. Some parades coincide with annual holiday tree lightings, complete with caroles and hot chocolate! You can also visit our website if you’re more in the mood for shopping, as craft shows and holiday bazaars also begin to appear in the calendar this weekend.
This weekend you can find SC Parades and Tree Lightings in –
This weekend’s ‘PLAY LIST’…
KIDS AND FAMILY EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEKEND AHEAD BY AREA:
These events are within 1-3 hours north 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 within proximity or close to many of Ontario’s ‘cottage country’.
SKI SWAP & OPEN HOUSE – Snow Valley Resort
Snow Valley’s equipment swap & open house has traditionally been one of the area’s largest ski & snowboard swaps. Be sure to arrive early to snag the best deals. Stay the rest of the day and ride the chairlift, take a hay wagon ride, hit the jib setup, check out the retail sale, or just sit and enjoy the day with your fellow ski bums!
ANNUAL SKI SWAP – Horseshoe Resort
Join Horseshoe for our annual Ski Swap, hosted by the ski patrol and race program. You are encouraged to bring your old ski and snowboard gear to Horseshoe, where your equipment will be sold alongside new equipment from retailers. This is an excellent opportunity to buy used and new equipment at a cost saving price!
FAMILY ART WORKSHOP
Every Sunday is Family Sunday at the MacLaren. Regional artist Annie Aspden and guest artists will lead creative projects that families can complete together. Sign up in person at 1:00 pm on the day of the workshop, as space is limited.
HORSESHOE RESORT & ADVENTURE PARK
Fun for the family with the Zip Lining and Treetop Trekking course; build your golf skills and challenge the family to a round of Mini Putt, or explore the Copeland Forest on Segway. Families can also have fun mountain biking on forest trails.
Hit the day trails or play disc golf. Rent a bike or bring your own. Great trials for all ages and skill levels. Go now and take advantage of their ski sales!
MACLAREN ART CENTRE
Enrich your childrens’ days with art. Every child has the potential and needs the inspiration! Kids are never too young to learn art appreciation and be inspired themselves.
Browse BARRIE HOTELS
~THE BLUE MOUNTAINS | COLLINGWOOD~
VILLAGE ACTIVITIES AT BLUE MOUNTAIN VILLAGE
Scavenger hunts and other kids and family fun happening daily in Blue Mountain Village.
FALL COLOURS TOURING
It’s country road and river touring time. Enjoy local wine and cider tasting, guided hiking and unique Apple Pie Trail adventures.Not all events are kid friendly but you can pick and choose your own adventure with this one so both parents and kids can enjoy.
ATTRACTION PARK BLUE MOUNTAIN RESORT
Take the exciting Ridge Runner ride or visit the now-open summer attraction park that includes fun activities like Mountaintop Segway touring, Open-air gondola rides, Mini-putt, Climbing wall and more!
EXPLORE SCENIC CAVES
Nature, history and adventures for the whole family. Self-guided tour of caves, caverns and lookouts on the highest point of the Niagara Escarpment. Ontario’s longest Suspension Footbridge offers light adventure and the most spectacular views of Georgian Bay and surrounding countryside. Gemstone Mining, train ride, mini golf, trout pond, picnic areas, snack bar and gift shop.
Stay in COLLINGWOOD HOTELS
SIR SAM’S SKI & BIKE
Take out the bikes and have some outdoor adventure. Ride the chair lift and see the fall colours forrest.
DORAN BAY MODEL SHIP MUSEUM: Doran Bay Model Ship Museum provides marvel world-class collection of museum quality model ships, including a special exhibit of ships from the War of 1812.
Stay at DORAN BAY RESORT
~MIDLAND | PENETANGUISHENE~
GUIDED CANOE OR KAYAK TOURS | GUIDED WALKS | REPTILE SHOW | BIRDS OF PREY SHOW
Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre. Check their website for details and times.
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. The Atrium is available for small group meetings or a get together with family or friends.
LEARN ABOUT ONTARIO’S HISTORY
Visit Sainte Marie among the Hurons and see a french historical site in native territory from the 1600’s.
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.
STREETS ALIVE LETTERS OF ORILLIA OUTDOOR ART CELEBRATION
City streets are alive with 6 foot high metal letter sculptures, transformed into exciting works of art by area artists! This is a great free exhibit for kids. Bring a camera and take their picture by their name letter!
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Have a fun and safe Halloween and weekend.