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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

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


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

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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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)


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


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



  • 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 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


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



  • 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

You’re Not a Real Londoner Until You’ve…

City Mom's Real Londoner

If you’re a fan of the TV series How I Met Your Mother, you may remember the episode called Subway Wars from 2010 where Robin’s status as a New Yorker is in question simply because she had yet to see Woody Allen on the streets of NYC.

Sidebar: I just recently started watching this series so in City Mom-time, this episode just happened.

This starts a discussion among the friends about what it takes to say you’re a true New Yorker; stealing a cab from someone, killing a cockroach with your bare hands and so on.

It got me thinking…how can Londoner’s (Canada’s London of course) prove their worthiness as a true Londonite?


I’m turning this into a challenge and I’m putting it in your hands London!

From our Fanshawe and UWO students to our artists and our families; from our politicians to our LHSC employees to our teachers; from our retirees to our children and everyone in-between, I want to hear from you!

What makes you a true LONDONER?

What rite of passage must a London resident complete before saying ‘I’m a Londoner’?

Must one have attended a baseball game at Labatt Park to become a real Londoner or visited Storybook Gardens as a child? Are you not a Londoner until you’ve attended the Canada Day celebration at Harris Park or enjoyed a pint at The Morrissey House? The possibilities are endless.


I’m asking for your help London! Please share your blurb on what it takes to claim ‘Londoner’ status in the comments below and help me to compile the greatest list ever created on declaring our true London worth!

Please share with all your London family and friends (past & present) by answering the question…

You’re not a real Londoner until you’ve…

Check back in a few weeks and I will share the final list that determines what Londoners think makes us the real deal!

City Mom


Nominate Your Community for a $25,000 Prize!

Kraft Celebration Tour

Canada becomes the backdrop for the country’s biggest summertime celebration as the award-winning Kraft Celebration Tour gets set to hit the road for the fifth consecutive year.  And we Canadians have an opportunity to get our communities involved.


Since April 29, 2013, Canadians have been able to nominate their city/town for a $25,000 prize which would see a community improvement project take place in their municipality.

The tour is brought to us by Kraft and TSN with the goal of recognizing the passion and community spirit that brings people together and promotes healthy active lifestyles from coast to coast. To date, Kraft has helped 40 different communities with $1 million towards improvement projects including:

• Building a skateboard park
• Upgrading a sports field
• Improving a boxing facility
• Renovating a community youth centre

And what is perhaps almost as exciting as the $25,000 prize is the fact that Canada’s number one sportscast, TSN will broadcast live from the 10 communities chosen to win.


As a long-time promoter and enthusiast of my city, London Ontario, I am a little biased in the fact that I want London to be one of the winners. So I’m calling all Londoners to get their nominations in!

How to enter:

Visit kraftcelebrationtour.ca before June 7, 2013 and share a short essay and up to five photos on why your community deserves to be part of the Kraft Celebration Tour.

Be sure to include your reasons why you think the $25,000 prize will benefit your community and how you think it will to improve a local community space. Your essay should touch upon how the award would help promote community spirit, a passion for sports, and an active lifestyle. 


To find our more information about this exciting opportunity visit Kraft Celebration Tour on Facebook, follow @KCTAndy and the hashtags #KCT or #tourneedecelebrationkraft on Twitter and TSN on Facebook.


I can think of a few different candidates in my community that would be worthy of the $25,000 prize but my nomination will go to Victoria Park in the heart of London.

Victoria Park Band Shell

Victoria Park is 18 acres and is in downtown London. Many of our best community events take place here and it is the gathering place for a diverse group of people from around the city.

The park itself is in very good condition and has many monuments and historical plaques sharing the wonderful history of the park. There is a large band shell and even a public skate park with metal benches and space for this activity.

Because Victoria Park facilitates so many amazing events for so many Londoners and tourists alike, it really is our community meeting space and I feel it could benefit for some additional resources.

Though I am not a city zoning expert (so these ideas may not be possible) I believe we could make this park more family friendly with more accessible washrooms, a splash pad and/or a playground.

I would love to see the skate park expanded upon to give the enthusiasts of this sport even more choice for their pastime. I would also love to see more recreational facilities like beach volleyball courts, basketball courts and shuffleboard.

The ideas are endless and implementing some of them will help to strengthen our community at its very core as well as help to promote togetherness and physical activity.

What community space would you nominate in your city and why?

Disclosure – I am participating in the Kraft Celebration Tour Blogger Campaign. I received compensation as a thank you for participating and for sharing my honest opinion. The opinions on this blog are my own.

City Mom

Win 2 Tickets to #Timeraiser in #LdnOnt


Have you heard of the event called Timeraiser? If you have, skip to the bottom for a chance to enter to win two tickets to this sold out event. If you’re not familiar with this really cool event keep reading.


Timeraiser is a unique event that helps to match individuals looking to contribute to the community and perform volunteer work with the perfect venues to do so. But it’s more than that…it’s also a silent auction but instead of bidding with your cash, you bid with your time!

Throughout the evening, meet with different agencies and match your skills to their needs. Once you have made your matches, you are eligible to bid on artwork. The big twist is rather than bid money, you bid volunteer hours.


When: Thursday May 10, 2012
• 7:00 pm Doors Open
• Volunteer Matching Begins
• 8:30 pm Art Auction Begins
• 9:30 pm Art Auction Ends
• 10:00 pm Final announcements

Where: Arts Project, 203 Dundas Street, London, ON

Tickets: SOLD OUT

Volunteer Pledge: It is recommended that everyone who attends the Timeraiser make a pledge to volunteer a certain number of hours in the community, suggested amount of time is 20 hours. Even if you don’t want to bid on artwork, you can still pledge volunteer hours to the community.


Today on City Mom, you can enter for a chance to win 2 tickets to the London Timeraiser event. Follow the Rafflecopter widget below and good luck!!

PS. If you are not planning on entering the giveaway, please share this post out to your contacts anyway to help spread the word! It’s important for our community! Thank you in advance!

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Get in shape with Stroller Personal Training {Discount Offer}

Access a 10% discount for City Mom readers at the bottom of this post.

I can’t believe it’s almost mid-February. This winter has flown by and I think it’s in large part due to the fantastic weather we’ve had here in London. It doesn’t really feel like we’ve had much of a winter, and now we’re already talking spring.

Spring means that summer is just around the corner and summer means swimsuit season. Are you ready? Do you have some winter hibernation pounds to shed?

Now is the perfect time to get in shape and I’m happy to share a fun and calorie smashing class with you that will help you do just that. I’ve been working with a wonderful personal trainer over the winter, Bernice Robinson, and I’ve got exciting news.

Bernice, who was formerly part of reBirth Wellness Centre, has recently opened a new studio called Bernice Robinson Personal Training. Bernice specializes in pre and postnatal fitness and has been teaching a Stroller Personal Training Program for seven years. This program is unique in that you can include your child(ren) in your exercise routine. So no more excuses that you don’t have a sitter or that you don’t have the time. This class has been designed specifically for moms.

I was really interested in learning more about this class so I did a quick Q & A with Bernice and wanted to share the details with you.

What is the Stroller Personal Training Program?

B: It’s a fantastic way to shed that extra baby weight, build muscle, increase endurance and overall strength. While you are improving your physical strength you are also bonding with other mother’s and building lasting friendships. The babies love it also and the best part is you get to clear your head while challenging yourself. 

How is the class performed?

B: The class is performed in an interval, progressive training style stopping along the way to perform cardio and strength circuits. The intensity of the classes increases as we get further into the program. By the end you will be amazed at how great you feel, how good you look and how strong you become physically and mentally. Most moms boast it’s the best shape they have ever been in. No two classes are ever the same so you’re constantly surprising your muscles and yourself.

If you want to lose weight, feel fabulous and change your life completely, join Stroller Personal Training. Work with Bernice and hang on her every word. She knows what she is talking about and I am living proof! I am at a weight that I have not been since high school. I couldn’t be happier and I have Bernice to thank for it!!!!! – Jennifer Phillips

Do you need a special kind of stroller to participate in the program?

B: No, you can use any type of Stroller.

What if I’m not at the same fitness level as the other class members?

B: You can go at your own pace and you will never be left behind. We stop and start along the way performing various exercises.

I have a four-year-old, is she too old to participate?

B: This program is suitable for children of all ages. Toddlers are welcome too! My 3-year-old comes out and she loves it.

Q: When does the program begin and when are the classes?

B: Spring Stroller will be held Wednesdays and Fridays beginning April 4, 2012. Departure time will be 9:30 a.m. and you should arrive a bit earlier to get set up and nurse if you have to. Note: Nursing Mammas may want to double up on the support. Stroller classes will run until November 2, 2012.

Due to the program’s popularity and our mild temperatures it has been requested to start a winter prep program to get us geared up for the spring. We will meet Tuesdays and Fridays at 11 a.m. at Gibbon’s Park. If it is snowing we will forfeit the class due to slippery conditions. Your classes will be carried over into the spring sessions if need be.

Classes will begin next Tuesday Feb 7th (happy Valentine’s Day) and run for 8 weeks right up until spring Stroller so no one will lose their momentum.

What else can we expect from this program?

B: Throughout the course of the program we will discuss nutrition plans, supplements and share clean eating recipes that you can use to accompany your exercise program.

Q: How can we register and what are the costs?

B: Classes are 90 minutes in length, twice a week and sessions run 8 weeks in length. The cost is 160.00 + H.S.T. City Mom readers will receive a 10% discount.

To register contact Bernice at bernicerobinson@yahoo.com and mention City Mom*.

*Note: Please note the change of location for Bernice. She is no longer affiliated with reBirth Wellness Centre and can not be contacted at that address.

Thank you to Bernice for sharing this wonderful program and the exciting discount with City Mom readers. Here’s to a fit spring and summer!

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