Halloween Round-Up: Fun Things to Do in #LdnOnt

Halloween Round Up

I can’t believe just how fast the summer flew by; then September and now we are just 21 days away from Halloween. I don’t know about you but it has completely snuck up on me and I do not at all feel prepared.

In the case that you need a little motivation to get in the Halloween spirit, here is a list of fun Halloween-themed events to do with your kiddies around the city. Enjoy!

MOMSTOWN LONDON 2ND ANNUAL HALLOWEEN BASH

  • Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2014
  • Time: 3:00 – 6:00 PM
  • Location: Middlesex Centre Wellness and Recreation Complex, Komoka
  • Cost: Free for momstown pass holders, $5 for non pass holders per child 6 months +
  • About: Halloween games, songs, crafts and activities for toddlers and preschoolers!  Join momstown London with your little goblin(s) for an afternoon of Halloween fun!  No tricks, just treats!
  • For More Info: eventbrite.ca/momstown-halloween-party

BABY’S FIRST HALLOWEEN BASH

  • Date: Thursday, October 30, 2014
  • Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Location: Rebirth Wellness Centre, 256 Central Ave.
  • Cost: Free!
  • About: Join momstown London for a special Halloween party for babes 0-12 months. There will be keepsake crafts, sensory bin fun, Halloween songs and rhymes to help baby celebrate their very first Halloween! Baby will enjoy lots of social play while moms enjoy some Halloween treats! Don’t forget to dress baby in their costume!
  • For More Info: facebook.com/events

PAPER PASSION STUDIO HALLOWEEN PARTY

  • Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014
  • Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM
  • Location: Paper Passion Studio, 1700 Hyde Park Road
  • Cost: $5 per child
  • About: Join Paper Passion Studio for some Halloween fun!!  Treats, paper crafts and fun for kids of all ages! RSVP is requested so they can ensure there are enough materials for everyone.
  • For More Info: paperpassionlondon.com

FAMILY BOO-SEUM HALLOWEEN PARTY

  • Date: Thursday, October 30, 2014
  • Time: 5:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Location: London Children’s Museum, 21 Wharncliffe Road South
  • Cost: Tickets are available for purchase online:
    • $10 per person
    • $5 for children under 2
    • Free for children under 1
    • Free for Children’s Museum Members!
  • About: The London Children’s Museum becomes the BOO-seum for one special night of family friendly trick-or-treating and Halloween celebration! Come and join us in a safe, warm and well-lit family environment for everything Halloween! Don’t forget to wear your costume!
  • For More Info: londonchildrensmuseum.ca

HAUNTED VILLAGE HAYRIDES

  • Date: Various dates ranging from October 17 – 30, 2014 (see more info for specific dates)
  • Time: Various times (see more info)
  • Location: Fanshawe Pioneer Village, 2609 Fanshawe Park Rd. E.
  • Cost: $11 per person – Advance ticket orders recommended.
  • About: Frankenstein in Upper Canada: A Play by Jason Rip. Directed by Sheri Munroe.
  • After the nameless Monster has destroyed his family and his happiness, Victor Frankenstein pursues his creation North, traversing London township on the way. A bout of illness keeps both scientist and experiment in one place for a time. A missing chapter from Mary Shelley’s ground-breaking and terrifying novel.
  • For More Info: fanshawepioneervillage.ca

HALLOWEEN IN THE VILLAGE

  • Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014
  • Time: 1:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Location: Wortley Village (various locations in village)
  • Cost: Free!
  • About: From Pumpkin Carving to a Haunted House there is lots of fun to be had at Halloween in the Village. Check out the More Info link for a full listing of events and times they take place.
  • For More Info: halloweeninthevillage.com

As with all City Mom roundup posts, if you know of an event in the city that I have not listed here, please feel free to leave the details in a comment below.

Happy Halloween!

City Mom

Renovating our Guest Bath & Saving With #CAARewards

CAA Logo

 Back in July I shared a post with you that explained all the benefits of a CAA Membership. The focus was really on the fact that CAA offers so much more than Roadside Assistance.

My ‘to-do’ was to spot one of the CAA Partners and report back to you on my experience using my CAA Membership to save. Today I’m really excited to share my experience.

 HOW I SAVED

CAA Rewards

Of course in order to save, I first became a CAA Member, which I did with ease. Next I visited the list of CAA Partners to learn all about the saving options.

For me, I knew right away where I wanted to save; we are redoing our guest bathroom as we haven’t touched it since we moved in almost five years ago. Everyone knows that the most effective and cheapest way to revitalize a room is by applying a new coat of fresh paint.

Luckily for me, I discovered that CAA Members receive a 25% savings at DULUX Paints. So off to the shop we went; but the story gets even better.

When we arrived to the store, we discovered that DULUX was already running a promotion for 40% off their manufactured paints. I figured that I would probably use that promo rather than my CAA Reward as it was a greater saving; I was pleasantly surprised to learn that CAA Members receive an additional 5% savings on top of any promotion that DULUX is already running. How great is that?!

CAA Rewards

Most reward programs have that fine print that says something along the lines of “not to be combined with any other offer”. The gentleman at the store (who was extremely helpful) let us know that they offer CAA Members a discount in addition to their sales. Both my husband and I were really impressed!

A LITTLE MORE ABOUT DULUX

CAA Rewards

The gentleman at the shop was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. We showed him our inspiration (see photo below) and explained that we wanted to brighten up the dark room with a shade of white that did not match the plain white trim, but also didn’t clash with it.

He led us to the colour palate wall and explained that we should find a colour that matched with our inspiration and then work up the wall to find the lightest shade. This way it doesn’t clash with our white trim and matches our inspiration art.

Our Inspiration

Overall we had an exceptional experience at Dulux Paints and with a CAA Membership you get to save big which is always a bonus!

For what would have normally cost us $69.99 (before tax) as CAA Members it cost us $38.49 + tax (with their sale). And guess what? Their sale is on until October 12th  so that gives you enough time to get your CAA Membership and save like us, not to mention many other saving options!

Have you checked out the CAA Partners yet? Where would you like to save?

Disclosure: I am participating in the CAA campaign managed by SJ Consulting. I received compensation in exchange for my participation in this campaign. The opinions on this blog are my own.

City Mom

The Digital Dilemma: Free ‘Parenting in the Multimedia Age’ Talk in #LdnOnt

Child With Laptop

If you’re like my husband and me, the thought of your child having their own computer, Facebook account, Instagram etc. scares the *#&@ out of you!

For me, I’m in a bit of a denial stage where I have quietly placed the thought in a hidden corner of my brain with a Post-It note that says ‘Address this later’.  But let’s face it; our children are getting older and technology is infiltrating them at younger ages than in the past.

From LeapPads to iPods, portable DVD players to handheld gaming devices; technology is everywhere you turn. Couple that with the fact that parents are busier and busier than in times past, we often turn to the ‘digital babysitter’.

SAVING FOR A COMPUTER

Little S, who turns seven in just a few months, has already started saving for her own laptop. Together my husband and I are praying that it takes her a long time to save; however she is quite determined and has already reached a total of $118 towards her goal.

This opens up the topic of a whole other post (which will come shortly) as we are working diligently with her on the ‘Save, Spend, Give’ approach of learning about finances. So, we are supporting her goal because it’s the right thing to do (in our opinion) but we’ll definitely need some guidance on how to manage and oversee her use of technology.

PARENTING IN THE MULTIMEDIA AGE WITH KATIE COLE

MontessoriLogo

This brings me to this timely opportunity for parents in the London area to attend a guest speaking event sponsored by Montessori Academy of London.

This free event, open to the public will take place at the Wolf Performance Hall at the London Public Library on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?

Katie Cole, Media Specialist and Mom will cover topics including:

  • Is Facebook okay for kids?
  • Is this video game too violent?
  • What qualifies as over sharing?
  • How do I keep my kids safe on social media?
  • How much screen time is okay for my child?
  • What’s cruelty and what’s a crime online?

Katie will also walk us through media management strategies for our family and how to stay on top of what’s trending in technology today.

RESERVE YOUR TICKETS

I have a feeling that this is going to be a ‘sold out’ event so I’ve reserved my free tickets and you can too by visiting montessori.ca/katiecole. From the event page you can access a link to reserve your tickets to this wonderful information session.

Hope to see you there!

Image courtesy of imagerymajestic at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

City Mom

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