August Long Weekend

Things to do in London on August 1st

London Rib Fest

  • Where: Victoria Park
  • When: July 28 – August 1 – 11:00 am to 11:00 pm
  • What: Ten world-class ‘ribbers’ battling it out for awards including the best ribs title
  • Cost: Free admission to park, rides and food cost extra
  • For more information: Visit Canada’s Biggest Party

Charlie Little Finger Performs

  • Where: Storybook Gardens, Village Square Stage
  • When: August 1 – Two shows, 1:00 pm & 2:30 pm
  • What: Charlie is an Arts Educator and children’s Rock Singer who writes songs that are both catchy and easy for parents to listen to. His songs are designed to fit the needs and abilities of children.
  • Cost: Part of regular Storybook Gardens admission
  • For more information: Visit Storybook Gardens

Plant an Iceland Poppy

  • Where: The Children’s Museum
  • When: August 1 – 11:00 am & 2:00 pm
  • What: Take home a “piece of the Arctic” as you decorate a ceramic pot and plant a native Iceland Poppy
  • Cost: Regular Children’s Museum admission
  • For more information: Visit the Children’s Museum

Expressions in Chalk

  • Where: Wortley Village, 120 Bruce Street in the St. James Westminster Anglican Church parking lot
  • When: July 30 to August 1 – Awards to take place on August 1
  • What: A street painting festival featuring works of art created in chalk pastels on asphalt
  • Cost: Free
  • For more information:

Other Family Events Open on Monday August 1

  • Fanshawe Pioneer Village 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
  • City Splash Pads and outdoor pools (pool hours 1:30 – 4:30 pm and 6 – 8 pm)

Have a happy and safe holiday Monday!

City Mom

Summer’s 2nd Last Long Weekend



I’m on vacation! That’s right, and just in time for the August long weekend. Since I’ll be away for this second last summer celebration, I thought I’d share our BBQ plans a little early.  


We will be implementing Wonder+ SimplyFree into our weekend BBQ feast again. And why wouldn’t we? It’s the first Canadian National Brand of breads and buns that are free of artificial preservatives, flavours and colours; it’s also free of high fructose corn syrup and made with unbleached wheat flour.  

Another feature I love about the buns in particular is their size. They’re a perfect fit for small hands.  

Here’s what I’m planning on making this weekend. This recipe as well as many other tasty ideas can be found on the Canadian Living website.  

Pineapple Meatball Skewers

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These easy to make, kid-friendly skewers look fun and tasty. There are few thing I love more than grilled pineapple.  


Thread 3 meatballs, pineapple chunks and pepper chunks alternately onto each of six 6-inch (15 cm) soaked wooden skewers. Brush each with 1 tbsp (15 mL) pineapple sauce.  

Place skewers on greased grill over medium heat; close lid and grill, turning once, until heated through, 4 to 6 minutes. Brush with more sauce if desired.  

Place skewer onto buns; grab and pull to remove skewer.  

Makes 6 servings.  

Additional Information:  

Tip: Use any frozen cooked meatballs, such as Swedish or Italian. Thaw in microwave for a minute or two. Get the kids to help make the skewers. For grown-up palates, add sweet onion pieces or small mushrooms.  


Here are some great tips from the Canadian Living site, on how to make your BBQ experience a healthier one.  

  • Skip the fattening sweets and grill up some fresh seasonal fruits for dessert. Think apples, pineapples and peaches
  • Your BBQ is good for cooking more than meat. Grill up some fresh veggies on skewers
  • Dress your burgers and dogs with fresh ingredients like salsa, guacamole and veggies instead of store-bought sauces and spreads
  • Choose lean meats like chicken, turkey and extra lean beef to make your burgers opposed to store-bought packaged patties

How are you planning on celebrating the long weekend? I hope that you and your family have a fun and tasty one!  

Disclosure – I am participating in the Wonder+ SimplyFree program by Mom Central Canada on behalf of Weston Bakeries. I received a gift card and free product coupons as a thank you for my participation. The opinions on this blog are my own.
City Mom
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