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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

Celebrate #Canada150 In The Most Unique Way #Giveaway

Canadian Originals Giveaway

I’m so excited to share this awesome giveaway from Canadian Originals with you today! Read on and enter below.

WHAT IS CANADIAN ORIGINALS?

How it Works

Canadian Originals is a  monthly subscription box program featuring artisan products selected from the best Canada has to offer. With local, handmade items that are a surprise each month, the fun never ends. You will receive a curated collection of items not widely available abroad or across the country in your box. This makes the items not only homegrown but exclusive too.

MY CANADIAN ORIGINALS UNBOXING

I was so excited when I received my Canada 150 July Debut Box in the mail even though I had to wait to open it. I wanted to open it for the very first time with you so I had to wait until the next day. I seriously woke up so excited to dive into my package and I wasn’t disappointed!

The packaging was so fitting and beautiful, the smell was delicious and the products were of very high quality and each so unique. What I loved about the whole experience was that I could tell that each item was carefully chosen to create an overall one-of-a-kind experience. I can’t say that I would necessarily have gone out and bought each item myself but I genuinely loved each piece. And we all know that this makes for the best kind of gift – whether it’s for you or someone else, you can’t go wrong and you will truly love the surprise each month.

Here is a sneak peek of the Canada 150 July Debut Box:

SUBSCRIBE TO CANADIAN ORIGINALS

You can subscribe to Canadian Originals in the following ways:
  • Monthly
  • 3 Month
  • 6 Month
  • 12 Month

Each option becomes cheaper with the 12 month subscription being the best value. Shipping is done with a flat rate within Canada and international shipping is also available! I’m already planning to send one to my friend in Australia to share some Canuck love!

GET 10% OFF YOUR FIRST ORDER

When you subscribe to the Canadian Originals newsletter, you will receive a 10% off discount code that you can use towards your first purchase.

ENTER TO WIN THE JULY DEBUT BOX FROM CANADIAN ORIGINALS

The first Canadian Originals box ships out on July 5th with a special Canada 150 Debut Box. They are selling out quickly but one lucky (Canadian) City Mom reader will win their very own. Enter below using the giveaway widget. Good luck!

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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

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

American Girl Holiday Gift Guide 2016 #Giveaway

American Girl Merry Magenta Outfit for Dolls and Girls

If there is one thing that Little S loves more than her American Girl dolls, it is dressing the same as her American Girl dolls. This is why we were so excited when we got a look at the American Girl Holiday Gift Guide for 2016. It featured many cute matching holiday outfits for girls and their dolls, but our favourite was the Merry Magenta Dress for Girls and Dolls.

OUR MERRY MAGENTA OUTFIT REVIEW

Check out our YouTube video review and browse through some of the American Girl Holiday Gift Guide items. You’ll also get the first look at an awesome giveaway American Girl is offering one City Mom reader:

AMERICAN GIRL HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2016

American Girl Holiday Gift Guide 2016

As you probably saw in the video, there are lots of awesome gift ideas in the American Girl Holiday Gift Guide for every child on your list. Some of our faves include the Girl of the Year, Lea Clark (who will only be available until Dec. 31, 2016) the cute collection of Stocking Stuffers,  Melody, the newest BeForever Doll and her pretty Christmas outfit and if we can only choose one more, the Holiday Penguin PJs for dolls and girls.

What is your favourite item?

GIVEAWAY TIME

Enter to Win 4 American Girl Books

We are so excited to offer one City Mom reader an exciting and educational giveaway to put under the tree for someone special this year.

One City Mom reader will win four great American Girl books with a total value of $70 USD. Open to Canadian and US residents. Runs until Nov.21, 2016. Use giveaway widget below to enter and to read full contest rules.

You could win these great titles:

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Holiday Gift Guide: Poppit Reveiw & Giveaway

Enter to Win a Poppit Mini Handbag Starter Set

We are excited to feature another hot toy for the 2016 Holiday Season; make a miniature world that looks so real with Poppit! Read to the end to enter to win your own Poppit Mini Handbags set.

POPPIT

Check out our video below to see all the cool things you can do with Poppit. From handbags to puppies to a Pop ‘N’ Display Bakery, the creation possibilities are endless with the Poppit line of air-dry clay sets.

It’s really easy to make miniature items with Poppit…load the Popper with clay, pop out your piece and make cute mini creations. We got to try the Poppit Mini Handbags and Pop ‘N’ Display bakery and it was really fun. Little S loves miniature things and she had a blast popping out these gems. And we think that any of the Poppit sets will make an excellent gift this year.

PICK YOUR FAV POPPIT IF YOU CAN

Poppit Collections

You can visit poppit.ca to check out all the different collections, but be warned, it might be hard to narrow it down to just one choice.

We loved the sets that we tried but would also like to try out the POPPITTM Shopkins Ballet Collection or the cute Bunnies.

ENTER TO WIN A POPPIT MINI HANDBAGS SET

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Today on City Mom, you can enter to win one Poppit Mini Handbags kit. Contest is open to Canadian residents and will run until Nov. 18, 2016 at 11:59 pm. Full rules listed in giveaway widget. Good luck!

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Holiday Gift Guide 2016: Little Live Pets Lil’ Frog #Giveaway

Little Live Pets Lil' Frog Giveaway

We are big fans of Little Live Pets in our home; Little S really loves their lifelike movements and little habitats. We have the Little Live Pets Lil’ Mouse and their Mouse House and track. We also have the Lil’ Turtle and their habitat that we shared in last year’s Holiday Gift Guide.

This year, we are excited to bring yet another fun pet to add to your home, the Little Live Pets Lil’ Frog. Check out our video below to learn more about it and to see how it works.

ABOUT LITTLE LIVE PETS LIL’ FROGS

Little Live Pets Lil' FrogLil’ Frogs love to hop around on the ground and swim in water! Watch them make a splash as they dive in and swim about just like a real frog! They all have their own style that they love to show off!

Meet Chillow the cool frog, Lilly the peaceful frog and Splashberry the sweet frog.

So get set to get wet with your Lil’ live Pet!

Each Lil’ Frog includes:

  • 1 x Frog
  • 1 x Instruction Booklet
  • 4 x LR44 Batteries (Included)

ENTER TO WIN YOUR OWN LITTLE LIVE PETS LIL’ FROG

It’s never too early to start your holiday shopping and today City Mom and Moose Toys wants to help you get started. One City Mom reader will win one Lil’ Frog Lilly (pink). Giveaway is open to Canadian residents only and will run from Oct. 18 – Nov. 2, 2016. Official rules in giveaway widget.

Good luck and happy holidays!

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