Enter to #Win a Family Pack of Tickets to See Honk! At St. Jacobs Country Playhouse

HONK! Giveaway

Exciting news…today on City Mom, you can enter to win a family 4-pack of tickets to see Drayton Entertainment’s Honk! playing at St. Jacobs Country Playhouse from November 29 – December 24, 2017. Read on to learn how you can enter.

ALL ABOUT HONK!

Honk! Definitely delivers a message that is good for all, but especially for our children. It is more important than ever to share the message that bullying is not okay and that each child has resiliency and grit to rise above any naysayers. I’m so excited to see this performance and I think that you will be too!

Here is what Drayton Entertainment has to say about Honk!…

 Being different is good! Based on the beloved Hans Christian Andersen fable, this high-energy musical comedy tells the story of Ugly, a duckling born into ridicule and loneliness simply because he is different. When he leaves the farm and embarks on an adventure of self-discovery, encountering peril while unknowingly outwitting a ravenous cat, Ugly discovers there’s much more to him than anyone thought.

Winner of multiple awards, this universal story of acceptance is sure to quack up audiences of all ages with its unique gaggle of barnyard characters, tuneful songs and clever comedy.

 

BUY YOUR TICKETS

St-Jacobs-Country-Playhouse

St. Jacob’s Country Playhouse is just 90 minutes away from London and makes for an exciting day trip! Visit draytonentertainment.com to purchase your tickets to see Honk! and hurry because some dates are already sold out. Tickets start at $27.

WIN TICKETS

One lucky City Mom reader will win four tickets (two adults, two child) to see Honk! at St. Jacobs Country Playhouse on Thursday December 7, 2017 for the 7:30 pm performance. Check out the giveaway widget below to enter. Contest is open to Canadian residents excl. Quebec and open until November 19, 2017 at 11:00 pm.

STAY TUNED

My family and I are lucky to be able to attend one of the opening performances of Honk! We will be sharing our experience via Instagram and right here on the blog so be sure to check back in December to read our review.

Good luck and happy honking!

City Mom

5 Reasons to Symbolically Adopt a Species This Holiday Season

City Mom WWF

Each holiday season I come across at least one person on my gift giving list that I really have to rack my brain to come up with a meaningful and appropriate gift for. Sometimes I buy something just because, but that never feels very good.

This year I’m excited to have found a solution to this problem and that is giving the gift the means the world by symbolically adopting a species from the World Wildlife Fund Canada (WWF-Canada). And here are five reasons why we should all give this unique gift to at least one person on our list this year.

5 REASON TO SYMBOLICALLY ADOPT FROM WWF-CANADA

WWF-Canada Adoptions

  1. Kids LOVE stuffies! It’s true…I don’t know one child that doesn’t love stuffed animals and with WWF-Canada adoption, you can choose from 30 different animals to adopt and each adoption kit includes the stuffed animal version of the species you choose. From the polar bear to the grey wolf to the Arctic Hare, each stuffie is absolutely adorable!
    Each adoption kit also includes:

    • A personalized adoption certificate
    • A beautiful species poster with information about the animal and conservation work the gift supports
    • A reusable tote
    • A charitable tax receipt
  2. Canada’s wildlife is in trouble! Sadly, a WWF-Canada report shares that “from 1970 to 2014, half (451 of 903) of monitored wildlife species in Canada declined in abundance”. This is a scary and upsetting fact and it doesn’t end there; there are many more startling facts about Canada’s wildlife decline.
    By gifting a symbolic adoption, you help to take action on this devastating problem by contributing much needed dollars to support the conservation work that WWF-Canada is doing.
  3. You get a tax deduction! Not that you give to get back however, come tax season (which follows closely behind the holiday season) it’s nice to save as much as you can. With each $40 purchase, you will receive a $30 tax receipt. You sure can’t say that about your average toy gift.
  4. You can give a gift that includes fun and education! By gifting a symbolic adoption to a special child in your life, you are providing education about generosity and helping the planet.
    The post-millennial generation is more environmentally conscious and concerned than generations before, so this type of gift is particularly suitable for the kids in your life.
  5. You can choose from five new adoptable species: Who doesn’t love the latest and greatest?! WWF-Canada has added five new species to symbolically adopt. The Canada lynx, red fox, three-toed sloth, Atlantic puffin and black-footed ferret are now available for adoption. Each plush representation is as cute (or even cuter) as the other species’ stuffies.
    And all plush toys from WWF-Canada are made with the highest quality and are free of harmful dyes, conform to standard fire safety regulations and do not contain PVC or other materials with chlororganics.

OUR ADOPTION

WWF-Canada Symbolic Adoption

My family and I were given the gift the means the world and we received a symbolic adoption of a three-toed sloth. These odd-looking cuties are at risk due to deforestation of their tropical rain forest habitat.

WWF-Canada is helping this species by collaborating with communities, governments and companies to encourage sustainable forestry, creating the Global Forest & Trade Network and by working with the Brazilian government on the Amazon Region Protected Areas initiative.

WWF Canada Fun Fact

Little S loves her three-toed sloth plush and the whole concept of the symbolic adoption. She also enjoyed learning about this species and more about the work that WWF-Canada does. This holiday gift idea get the thumbs up from us!

Learn more at wwf.ca/shop – Happy Holidays!

City Mom

Living the #VipLife at Wet ‘n’ Wild Toronto

Bare Footin' Bay Cabanas

WET ‘N’ WILD CABANA RENTALS

There really is no better way, IMHO, to experience Wet ‘n’ Wild Toronto than from a lounge chair, with a cold beverage in your hand, in your very own, private cabana.

Wet n Wild Toronto Cabanas

Situated in front of Bare Footin’ Bay, our cabana was in the perfect location to enjoy all the fun things that Wet ‘n’ Wild has to offer, and we felt like we were living the VIP life for sure.

First, we were welcomed with a huge tub of buttery popcorn, a cooler with unlimited drink refills, two Wet ‘n’ Wild beach towels and a bottle of good-quality sunscreen. These extras are included with all cabana rentals as well as two lounge chairs, an outdoor couch, a coffee table and two armchairs.

Wet n Wild Toronto Cabana Inclusions

Each cabana can accommodate up to eight people which makes this more affordable as two families could split the cost. Although park admission is an additional charge, this extra expense is SO worth it! Cabanas cost $175 + HST: Monday-Thursday and $225 + HST: Friday-Sunday and Holidays.

Along with the cabana and all its goodies, you also have access to a server for the day. This is pretty close to priceless in my opinion. Wet ‘n’ Wild is a very popular and busy place, so avoiding the lines for food and drink throughout the day saves a ton of time and makes your visit more enjoyable! Our server was extremely attentive and we never went without something we needed or wanted.

Wet n Wild Toronto Food

An added bonus, if you are one who enjoys a daiquiri or cold beer by the pool, you’ll love the fact that most areas of the park are licensed. We treated ourselves to a bucket (or two) of ice cold Coronas.

Perhaps one of the best conveniences was the fact that the cabana provided ample sun protection. This was important for everyone in our group but especially for my twin baby nephews. Without the cabana rental, it’s unlikely that my sister and her family would have been able to join us. And my two-year-old nephew even had his afternoon nap on one of our lawn chairs.

Wet n Wild Toronto Cabanas

A cabana rental at Wet ‘n’ Wild Toronto is an extremely family friendly way to enjoy the park and it will take your experience to the next level. You’ll definitely feel like a VIP for the day.

WET ‘N’ WILD TORONTO ATTRACTIONS

My dad and brother-in-law tackling the Oh Canada!

Whether you are a thrill-seeker or a relaxation junkie, you will find plenty to do at Wet ‘n’ Wild Toronto. Our absolute favourite ride was the Caribbean Chaos and Oh Canada! – Although a bit terrifying, the thrills created memories that will last a lifetime. A highlight for us was almost our entire group riding on the Caribbean Chaos that has a curved wall that leaves riders hanging in zero gravity.

Bare Footin’ Bay – a water play structure with interactive elements and a giant tipping bucket (the highlight for our younger family members) provided so much fun for the kids in our group. As did Wet ‘n’ Wild Junior.

The Muskoka Soakah (lazy river) and Coconut Cove pool provided more relaxing activities for the non-thrill-seekers and for when we wanted to just hang out and chat.

Wet n Wild Toronto Muskoka Soakah

GROWING PAINS

As you may be aware, Wet ‘n’ Wild Toronto is owned by Premier Parks. The 45-acre site was once home to Wild Water Kingdom, but Premier Parks invested over 25 million dollars to create Wet ‘n’ Wild Toronto. This investment shows in the new attractions and amenities and upgraded facilities and we are lucky to have such a major theme park so close to home.

We did notice some growing pains during our visit and we attributed this to the newness of the park and its staff. Like many new businesses experience at startup, there are definitely some kinks to be ironed out.

For example, The Muskoka Soakah (lazy river) is meant to be a relaxing float for some down time or for those who prefer tamer rides. However, on this day, there seemed to be a lack of tubes, organization and order which created a bit of a chaotic experience.

We also had an issue nearing park closing in that staff closed down the ride while patrons (us included) who had waited close to 45 minutes, were still in line. There were a lot of disappointed people so thankfully, they opened it up again to complete the line but they weren’t happy about that. A quick fix would be to close the line at the bottom at the appropriate time to avoid this issue.

Thankfully, I had the opportunity to share my feedback with a member from Wet ‘n’ Wild Toronto marketing staff and I’d like to share their response with you:

 

“This first year and the challenges of undergoing major construction and renovations to get open for a short summer season, our number one focus was trying to provide our guests with a safe, clean, family fun experience. Going into year two, we hope people will notice a difference with improvements to the service side of things with our staff understanding the importance of customer service, providing shorter wait times for attractions where possible and more food options.” – Susan Kruizinga, Director of Sales and Marketing

 

PLAN YOUR VISIT

Even with these hiccups, we would still highly recommend a visit to Wet ‘n’ Wild Toronto for you and your family. To enhance your visit, we also think that a cabana rental will be an added benefit that you won’t regret!

Check out wetnwildtoronto.com to find out more about the attractions, ticket prices, directions and more.

Disclosure: We received complimentary admission in exchange for this review. Opinions expressed here are 100% our own.

City Mom

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