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Make Memories This Summer at the Mustang Drive-In {#Giveaway}

MUSTANG DRIVE-IN GIVEAWAY

If you’re like me, the term drive-in evokes a rush of fond memories; there was something magical about watching a movie in your car and getting to fall asleep under the stars while the adults watched the next feature.

As a Londoner, I have always been fortunate to be able to recreate this experience right in my own backyard. The Mustang Drive-In is one of London’s gems located at 2551 Wilton Grove Road which is about 10 minutes outside of the city.

Mustang Drive-In

MUSTANG DRIVE-IN IS DOG FRIENDLY

Dog Friendly London Ontario

I haven’t blogged about this yet but have shared lots on social media – in case you didn’t know, we welcomed a new member to our family this spring – we are proud parents of a Goldendoodle puppy named Jazz.

If you’ve ever raised a puppy, you know that they are a ton of work! It’s worth it but it’s still work none-the-less. I kind of thought that our movie days were over (for now) until I learned that the Mustang Drive-In is dog-friendly.

What a perfect evening it was to go on a “date night” with my husband with our puppy in tow. It worked out perfectly and opened up new possibilities for us in regards to entertainment.

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THE RETRO EXPERIENCE

Mustang Drive In Retro Vibes

Perhaps the best thing about the Mustang Drive-In is that they have maintained the old-school vibe which is synonymous with the drive-in experience. Not only does this provide nostalgia for us parents but it helps to make for a genuinely unique experience for the kiddos and provides a time machine-like adventure.

DRIVE-IN CONCESSION

Snack Bar

Just like the regular movie theatre experience, the Mustang Drive-In has you covered for all the must-have movie treats. From buttery popcorn to sweet treats to fountain pop, the menu is full of fun options for the entire family.

MORE THAN JUST MOVIES

Woof n Park

It is suggested that you arrive early to get the best spot, but don’t worry because the kids will not be bored while you’re waiting for the show to start. A playground featuring new equipment surrounded by a protective surface area of sand is available up until show time for the kids to play.
A large field for soccer, baseball etc. is also available for use and arcade games inside the snack bar for the older kids/teens. And of course, there is an area for the dog’s bathroom needs and refreshments (though there were no refreshments available at the time we visited).

PLAN YOUR VISIT

Mustang Drive In Sign

You can stay up-to-date on what features are playing as well as ticket prices, specials and more via the Mustang Drive-In website. You can also follow along on Twitter and Facebook.

ENTER TO WIN A FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT PACKAGE

One City Mom reader will win a Family Movie Night Package that includes two adult admissions, two child admissions and concession vouchers to be used at Mustang Drive-In in London, ON.

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Have you been to the Mustang Drive-In before or a drive-in located near you? What’s your favourite thing about going to the drive-in?

Disclaimer: we received complimentary admission in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own. City Mom

7 Cool Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Cirque Du Soleil: OVO

Cirque du Soleil: Ovo London

London, we are so lucky to have the amazing performance of Cirque Du Soleil: OVO visiting our city and they will only be here until June 18, 2017.

We were lucky to attend the London premiere last night and I must share that this show is a MUST SEE for the whole family! Get your tickets here so you don’t miss out.

In addition to attending the premiere event, we also got a behind-the-scenes tour of the Cirque Du Soleil: OVO production and we learned some really cool facts that we think might surprise you.

1. The Cirque du Soleil production transports the entire OVO set from city to city via 19 transport-sized trucks.

Among the cargo? 180 suitcases for the team’s personal items.

Photo credit: Twitter | @PeggyChapman16
2. The Cirque du Soleil OVO team travels with their own washers and dryers for costume laundering.

Yup! They carry six washers and two dryers on the trucks so that costumes can be washed after each performance. This ensures that all 1,000 costume pieces are clean and flawless for each show.

Cirque du Soleil Washers

3. The Cirque du Soleil OVO team consists of cast and crew members from 20 different countries.

Canada, Russia, Ukraine and China are just a few of the countries represented.

Cirque du Soleil: OVO

4. The Cirque du Soleil OVO team travels with over 100 individuals that all work together to create the awe-inspiring event.

This number is made up of approximately 50 performers, 25 management members including wardrobe specialists and 25 technology specialists.
Among this number there are two physiotherapists that travel with the team to keep the artists in tiptop shape and injury-free.

Cirque du Soleil Ovo

5. The Cirque du Soleil OVO performers are responsible for their own makeup for each performance.

When cast members join the team, professional makeup artists apply the full “face” first, in Montreal, to act as an instructional lesson. Next, the makeup artist applies a “half face” and the performer mimics this on the other side.

Finally, the performers are provided with a step-by-step guide to follow in preparation for each performance.

Cirque du Soleil Makeup

6. Many of the Cirque du Soleil artists have a diploma from “Circus School”.

Students who attend a college such as Ecole nationale de cirque or National Circus School in Montreal earn a Diploma of Collegial Studies in circus arts (DEC), a three-year program that aims to produce professional circus artists.

National Circus School

Circus School

Photo credit: ecolenationaledecirque.ca
7. The elaborate Cirque du Soleil costumes are handmade in Montreal.

When artists are brought on for a particular production, their measurements are taken to create a custom made costume. The performers spend three to four weeks training in Montreal while their costume(s) are made.

A last set of measurements are taken before the final touches are applied to the costumes as the performer’s size may have changed from the intense training.

Cirque du Soleil Cricket Costumes

It is no wonder that so much goes into the production of this iconic production. These are just a few of the amazing things there are to know about the behind-the-scenes aspect of Cirque du Soleil.

Check out the OVO trailer and get your tickets before they sell out.

Which is your favourite fun fact about Cirque du Soleil: OVO? Leave us a comment to let us know!

City Mom

Disney on Ice: ‘Follow Your Heart’ has made its Canadian debut right here in #LdnOnt

Disney on Ice Follow Your Heart

I was lucky enough to attend an opening show of Disney on Ice, again, for the second year in a row!  Last year I attended with my daughter who was in awe of all of the beautiful Disney princesses. This year, my husband and my two-year-old son were able to come along with us! I wasn’t sure if the content would be enough to hold my son’s limited attention span for the duration, but with the added feature of Pixar’s Finding Dory, which kicks off the second half of the show, my son was as gripped as my daughter was the entire time!

For ticket information click here.

Disney on Ice Follow Your Heart

DISNEY ON ICE FOLLOW YOUR HEART

Disney on Ice Follow Your Heart

This is an all-new Disney on Ice show and will only be playing in three Canadian cities: London, Montreal and Toronto.

The show kicks off with the characters from Pixar’s Inside Out; Riley and her Emotions: Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust, as they lead us through the show by helping Riley to work through her emotions of growing up and finding her confidence to win the hockey championship!

Disney on Ice Follow Your Heart

Every Disney princess makes an appearance and as they skate out, they mention the virtues that each princess possesses like bravery, kindness and perseverance. I thought this was a great message to deliver to kids and complimented the Inside Out story line of emotions as well. There were also some amazing aerial acrobatics displayed by Rapunzel and Ariel. My husband and I were both really amazed, as well as the kids!

Disney on Ice Follow Your Heart

My daughter was loving every moment of the show but was even more thrilled when she saw the wintry-world of Frozen come alive! Snow fell from the sky and Elsa, Anna, Olaf and Kristoff skated around Arendelle to help show that love is the most powerful magic of all! Even my husband and I were singing along to all of the songs!

Disney on Ice Follow Your Heart

And what would a Disney on Ice show be without seeing Mickey and the gang? The characters from Toy Story come together to celebrate friendship as well.

Disney on Ice Follow Your Heart

SEE THE SHOW

You can “Follow Your Heart” and attend the remaining London shows this weekend:

  • Friday, March 3 –  7pm
  • Saturday, March 4 – 11am & 3pm
  • Sunday, March 5 – 1pm & 5pm

I definitely recommend it!  It was a fabulous show.  My kids had a great time and my husband and I had fun as well; we all made lasting memories together.

Tickets for Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart start at $20.

Your seats will be reserved and tickets are available at budweisergardens.com, disneyonice.ca, at the Budweiser Gardens Box Office, or by calling 1-866-455-2849.

For group rates and information, call 519-667-5741.

Enjoy the show!

Village Mom

Canada Day Events in #LdnOnt 2016

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Happy 149th Birthday Canada!

Once again we’ve gathered all the fun, family friendly events taking place on the 2016 Canada Day long weekend. Check them out below and celebrate Canada!

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Canada Day Events in London

LONDON CELEBRATES CANADA AT HARRIS PARK

  • When: Friday July 1, 2016
  • Where: Harris Park/Fork of the Thames
  • Time: 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm (Fireworks begin at 10 pm)
  • What: Festivities include First Nations gathering, Citizenship Ceremony, Canada’s birthday cake, tree planting, vendors and community exhibits, great entertainment and spectacular fireworks!
  • Cost: Free admission!
  • For more info: Visit celebratecanada.info

Canada Day Events in London

CANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS IN SUMMERSIDE

  • When: Thursday June 30, 2016
  • Where: Meadowgate Park – 3155 Meadowgate Blvd.
  • Time: 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm (fireworks at dusk)
  • What: Gather with neighbours and community members to celebrate with music provided by Schwartzentruber Music Services
  • Cost: Concession stand & donations to the Summerside Optimist Club are appreciated
  • For more info: Visit summersideoptimistclub.com

Canada Day Events in London

SOUTH LONDON CANADA DAY CELEBRATION

  • When: Friday July 1, 2016
  • Where: South London Community Centre, 1119 Jalna Bvld.
  • Time: 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm (fireworks at 10 pm)
  • What: Live entertainment, Kid Zone, face painting, various food vendors, cake cutting ceremony and more.
  • Cost: Various costs see more information
  • For more info: Visit southlondoncanadaday.com

Canada Day Events in London

DOMINION DAY

  • Friday July 1, 2016
  • Fanshawe Pioneer Village
  • 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • A country tea, patriotic speeches, Victorian games, cake, lemonade, a buffet lunch and more.
  • Regular Fanshawe Pioneer Village admission $7. Enjoy a red and white special at the Pioneer Village Cafe: BBQ ribs and chicken with potato salad coleslaw and traditional rice pudding – cost $14 adults, $7 children.
  • Visit fanshawepioneervillage.ca

Canada Day Events in LondonGRAND BEND CANADA DAY

  • When: Friday July 1, 2016
  • Where: Grand Bend, ON – Main Beach
  • Time: 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Fireworks to start promptly at 10 pm.
  • What: Grand Bend’s Canada Day Celebrations & Fireworks attracts thousands of people from throughout Southwestern Ontario – enjoy the beach and lake while listening to live music (A tribute band to the music of Led Zeppelin, ZED) and end the day with a professional fireworks display.
  • Cost: Free. Other costs may apply.
  • For more info: Visit canadadaygrandbend.ca

Canada Day Events in LondonCANADA DAY CELEBRATION AT ELDON HOUSE

  • When: Friday July 1, 2016
  • Where: Eldon House
  • Time: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • What: Enjoy a tour of Eldon House and its grounds. Special entertainment, activities for children and adults are planned to celebrate Canada’s birthday.
  • Cost: Free!
  • For more info: Visit eldonhouse.ca

Canada Day Events in LondonCANADA DAY AT THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

  • When: Friday July 1, 2016
  • Where: Children’s Museum
  • Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • What: Enjoy fun, hands-on Canada Day themed activities all day at Canada’s first children’s museum.
  • Cost: Regular museum admission
  • For more info: Visit childrensmuseum.ca

However you choose to celebrate this Canada’s birthday, we hope that you have a fun and safe weekend!

If you know of other local, family friendly Canada Day events, feel free to share in a comment below!

City Mom

Victoria Day Events in #LdnOnt 2016

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With this past weekend’s snow, yes snow, I am more excited than ever for the arrival of summer’s unofficial start. This year, Victoria Day lands on Monday, May 23, 2016. Here is City Mom’s  list of Victoria Day fireworks, celebrations and holiday openings. Have a great summer London!

FANSHAWE OPTIMIST FIREWORKS DISPLAY

  • Where: Fanshawe Conservation Area
  • When: Monday May 23, 2016
  • Time: Dusk (note: sun is estimated to set at 8:50 pm)
  • What: See the largest fireworks displays in the London area! Arrive early to get a good viewing spot.
  • Cost: Fanshawe Conservation Area admission
  • For more information: Visit Fanshawe Conservation Area

WELCOME BACK CAMPERS PANCAKE BREAKFAST

  • Where: Fanshawe Conservation Area, Recreation Center field area
  • When: Sunday May 22, 2016
  • Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • What: Welcome back campers: come grab some tasty pancakes and say hi to your fellow friends and campers! Hosted by the Fanshawe Campers’ Association
  • Cost: Fanshawe Conservation Area admission
  • For more information: fanshaweconservationarea.com

QUEEN VICTORIA’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS

  • Where: Fanshawe Pioneer Village
  • When: Monday May 23, 2016
  • Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • What: Celebrate Her Majesty, Queen Victoria’s birthday with nineteenth century games and historical speeches all in reverence to our longest reigning monarch. Her majesty might even brave the sea journey to visit with her subjects in the Upper Canadian town of Fanshawe.
  • Cost: $7.00 per person – children under the age of 3 are free
  • For more information: Visit Fanshawe Pioneer Village

VICTORIA DAY PICNIC

  • Where: Eldon House
  • When: Monday, May 23, 2016
  • Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • What: Meet royal guest Queen Victoria at Eldon House and enjoy Victorian games, lemonade and cookies on Eldon House grounds and gardens. Events will be held indoors in our Interpretive Centre if weather is inclement.
  • Cost: $8 (registration required)
  • For more information: Visit eldonhouse.ca

EXPLORE A PARK TODAY

  • Where: Storybook Gardens
  • When: Monday, May 23, 2016
  • Time: 10:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • What: In support of the Children’s Outdoor Charter Storybook Gardens are encouraging families to discover the wonders of nature. Storybook will be providing exploration kits for families to borrow from Ting’s Things gift shop for free that include; a microscope, binoculars, ruler, mini animal and plant identification guide, secret trail map and a scavenger hunt card.
  • Cost: Various admission costs. Visit more info link
  • For more information: Visit storybook.london.ca

OTHER VENUES OPEN ON MAY 23, 2016

  • Eastpark Golf Gardens Visit eastparkgolf.com for holiday hours and pricing
  • London Splash Pads: All Splash Pads open starting May 23, 2016 from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Fleetway: Open Victoria Day from 11:00 am – 11:00 pm Rock Wall open 1:00 pm – 6:00-pm

As always with City Mom round-up posts, please feel free to share any Victoria Day Weekend events you know of in the London area by leaving a comment below.

Happy Victoria Day!

City Mom

 

Family Day Activities in London 2016

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I don’t know about you, but now that it feels like winter has finally arrived, I could really use an extra long weekend to stay cuddled up in the warmth. Thankfully, Family Day is just around the corner; this year, Family Day is on Monday, February 15, 2016 and there’s  a lot to do around the city!

 

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 FAMILY DAY PAINTING

Art Gallery of Lambeth Family Day

  • When: Monday, February 15th
  • Where: Art Gallery of Lambeth – 2454 Main St.
  • Time:  10:30 am – 12:00 pm
  • What: Bring the family to the studio to paint together! Create a wonderful keepsake together; parents and children all work together to create this adorable piece of art. The talented instructors will walk you through an easy step by step instruction to insure an amazing work of art.
  • Cost: $75 per family -all materials included, framing, gloss and varnish
  • For More Information: Visit Art Gallery of Lambeth  or call 519-652-5556. (pre-registration required)

FAMILY DAY FESTIVITIES

London Childrens Museum

  • When: Monday, February 15th
  • Where: London Children’s Museum
  • Time: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • What: The Amazing Family Race: use the unique skills of everyone in your family to navigate through the Children’s Museum. Designed for ALL ages and runs all day. Family Yoga: explore different yoga poses that use all of your family members in a fun, challenging and creative way.
  • Cost: Regular Children’s Museum admission
  • For More Information: Visit londonchildrensmuseum.ca

FAMILY DAY AT STORYBOOK GARDENS

Storybook Gardens Family Day

  • When: Monday, February 15th
  • Where: Storybook Gardens
  • Time:  10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • What: Outdoor campfire, meet and greets with a dogsled team, horse-drawn wagon rides available for an additional fee and a visit from the 12 foot Polar Bear, Can Bear.
  • Cost: Adults: $4.25 Children (2 – 17): $3.25 Family (2 adults + 2 children): $13 Wagon rides: additional cost
  • For More Information: storybook.london.ca

FAMILY DAY AT FLEETWAY

Fleetway

  • When: Monday, February 15th
  • Were: Fleetway
  • Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 pm (Rock Wall 10:00 am – 8:00 pm)
  • What: All activities on a first-come basis all afternoon and evening.  (Bowling reservations available at 10:00 am and 12:00 pm only.)
  • Cost: Various costs. See website.
  • For More Information: Visit fleetwayfun.com

FAMILY DAY PUBLIC SKATES

Family Day Publick Skating London Ontario

  • When: Monday, February 15th
  • Were: Various arenas:
    • Kinsmen Arena 1:00 – 3:00 pm
    • Argyle Arena 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    • Stronach Arena 1:00 – 3:00 pm
  • What: Free public skating
  • Cost: Free!
  • For More Information: Visit london.ca

FAMILY FUN DAY AT THE MUSEUM OF ARCHAEOLOGY

Museum of Archaeology

  • When: Monday, February 15th
  • Where: The Museum of Ontario Archaeology
  • Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • What: Cultural crafts, cookie excavations, family activities, hot drinks and more. Listen and share stories with Mi’kmaq storyteller Nina Antoine-Ogilvie.
  • Cost: Adults: $5.00, Seniors: $4.00, Students: $4.00, Children (ages 5 -12): $3.00, Family (1 or 2 adults & children) $12.00
  • For More Information: Visit archaeologymuseum.ca

FAMILY DAY OPEN HOUSE

SecretsofRadarMuseum

  • When: Monday, February 15th
  • Were: The Secrets of Radar Museum
  • Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • What: Take advantage of the trails around Westminster Ponds this Family Day and drop by the Secrets of Radar Museum to warm up with hot refreshments and “radar popcorn” (available for purchase) as well as free tours of the museum’s permanent exhibits and “air-crafts” for kids.
  • Cost: Admission by donation
  • For More Information: Visit secretsofradar.com

Here’s hoping that you and your family enjoy a special day together!

If you are aware of any other Family Day events taking place in the city, please share in a comment below. 

City Mom

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