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Things to Do Victoria Day Weekend 2013

Local Events Listing London Ontario

Thank you for visiting City Mom. If you have arrived at this post looking for Victoria Day activities in London, ON for 2016, please visit this link for a listing of events for 2016.

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Things To Do: Family Day in London 2013

Local Events Listing

This year Family Day falls on Monday, February 18th. Yay! We get a long weekend and one extra day to spend with our families.

Here’s a list of local events to help you make the most of the extra day. Enjoy!



Where: The Museum of Ontario Archaeology

Time: 10am – 4pm

What:  Dog sledding (no joke!), snow shoeing, cross-country skiing (bring your own skis), snow snaking, traditional First Nations storytelling fireside, children’s crafts, scavenger hunts, and other fun winter activities.

Cost: Admission by donation

For more info: or visit The Museum of Ontario Archaeology’s Facebook page


London Children's Museum

Where: The London Children’s Museum

Time: 11am – 3pm

What:  Visit the Children’s Museum on Family Day to Celebrate Black History Month! Sample yummy food like puff puffs and coconut bread, learn what the Gumboot dance is and participate in Nigerian games, a tie-dye craft and more!

Cost: Regular museum admission

For more info:


Storybook Gardens

Where: Storybook Gardens

Time: 10am – 8pm

What:  Horse drawn wagon rides, winter themed story circle, outdoor skating and a visit with the animal friends.


  • Adults –                $4.25
  • Children (2-17 yrs) – $3.25
  • Family (2 adults & 2 children) – $13.00
  • Infants (Under 24 months) – Free

For more info:


RBC Family Skate Day London, ON

Where: Various locations (see list below)

  • Lambeth Arena – 7112 Beattie St.
  • Stronach Arena – 1221 Sandford St.
  • Argyle Arena – 1948 Wavell St.
  • Carling Arena  – 675 Grosvenor Street
  • Farguharson Arena – Tecumseh Ave.
  • Kinsmen Arena – 20 Granville Ave.
  • Ray Lanctin Arena (Medway) – 119 Sherwood Forest Square
  • Nichols Arena – 799 Homeview Rd.

What: Figure skaters, hockey players and first time skaters alike are invited to bundle up, lace up and come out for a spin on the ice, enjoy hot chocolate, and other fun surprises hosted by RBC.

Time: 1pm – 3pm

Cost: Free!

For more information:


Boler Mountain

Where: Boler Mountain

What: Family Day Tubing at Boler Mountain

Time: 9am to 10pm

Cost:  Adults $18, Children (12 & under) $16 – Must be 42 inches tall

For More Info:


As always, if I’ve missed a local event that you know of please leave a comment letting us know or email to have your event added.

Happy Family Day!

City Mom

Thames Valley District School Board Teachers Strike: London Day Camps

Local Events Listing

It’s official. The Thames Valley District School Board teachers will be participating in a strike on Thursday, December 20, 2012. If your child attends a TVDSB school then he or she won’t be able to attend class on this day.

If you’re like many other London and area parents, you have to find alternate care for your child to attend for the day; preferably somewhere fun, educational and stimulating.

While this may not be an exhaustive list of facilities in London hosting day camps for the day, this is a list of some of the events we’ve been able to gather. As always, if you know of an event not listed here, please feel free to add your event in a comment below.


Dance Extreme

  • Where:  Dance Extreme – 312 Commissioners Road West
  • When: Thursday December 20, 2012
  • Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (before and after care available $)
  • Ages: 2.5 to 13 years old
  • What: Half-day camp for children 2.5 to 5 years old. Full day camp for ages 4 to 13 years old.
  • Cost: $35 + HST for Dance Extreme students, $40 + HST for non-students
  • To register:


Budding Artists

  • Where:  Budding Artists – 944 Western Counties Road
  • When: Thursday December 20, 2012
  • Time: 8:45 am – 4:15 pm
  • Ages: 5 – 12
  • What: An intimate and creative camp featuring art and music.
  • Cost: $40 (includes pizza lunch)
  • To register: Email


London Children's Museum

  • Where:  London Children’s Museum – 21 Wharncliffe Road South
  • When: Thursday December 20, 2012
  • Time: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
  • Ages: 3 to 12 years old
  • What:  All day camp encourages campers to participate in art, culture and science activities that make the day not only fun, but educational too.
  • Cost: Members $28; Non-Members $32
  • To register: Pre-registration is required. Visit to learn more:



  • Where:  Kidscape Indoor Playground– 1828 Blue Heron Drive
  • When: Thursday December 20, 2012
  • Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (before and after care available $)
  • Ages: Toilet trained children to 12 years old
  • What:  Kidscape play, crafts, activities, stories and games. Lunch and snacks available $.
  • Cost: Full day $30 + tax, Half Day $18 + tax (9 – 12 or 1 – 4)
  • To register: Visit



  • Where:  YMCA – Various branches
  • When: Thursday December 20, 2012
  • Time: Various times
  • Ages: 4 to 13 years old
  • What:  YMCA run day camp
  • Cost: Contact your local branch.
  • To register: Contact your local branch to find our more information:


Museum of Archaeology

  • Where:  Museum of Ontario Archaeology – 1600 Attawandaron Road
  • When: Thursday December 20, 2012
  • Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Ages: 5 to 11 years old
  • What:  Play winter games, create holiday crafts from around the world, and explore the Museum.
  • Cost: $35 per child
  • To register: Call 519-473-1360 and visit for more information


City of London

  • Where:  Two locations: Stronach Area – 1221 Sandford St. & Earl Nichols Arena – 799 Homeview Rd.
  • When: Thursday December 20, 2012
  • Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (before & after care available $)
  • Ages: 4 to 12 years old
  • What:  Camp activities.
  • Cost: $21 per child
  • To register: Call 519-661-5575 or visit (Use barcode 247234 for Stronach camp or Barcode 247245 for Earl Nichols camp_

We will keep our ears open, and continue to search for other day camp options.

City Mom

This Week on City Mom – Things to do in London


London is lucky to have many great educational and recreational facilities that are affordable and family friendly. This week on City Mom we take an in-depth look at two of them:


The London Children’s Museum has supported learning and imagination of London children for decades! I have fond memories of playing at the museum as a child and now I just love taking my daughter there to learn and play.

Joy Birch, Children’s Museum Executive Director takes us on a tour of the museum and its exhibits. From Sifton Street Where You Live to the new My Arctic Discovery exhibits, imagination and learning through play is promoted.

The museum is about more than just exhibits; birthday parties, summer camps and facility rentals are all offered to the public. Imagine hosting your next holiday party among dinosaurs, space shuttles and polar bears?






The Ontario Early Years Centre is brought to us by The Ministry of Children and Youth Services and London is lucky to have three locations. This week we visit the Westmount location.

The London West Ontario Early Years Centre is a place for children up to the age of six and their parents/caregivers to take part in programs and activities together free of charge. This centre also brings together in one location information about children’s services and programs in our community.

The London Children’s Connection is the lead agency of the Ontario Early Years Centre. More information about the LCC can be found here.


  • Playgroups with crafts, music and stories
  • Programs to introduce children to math, science and reading
  • Pregnancy and new baby support
  • Parenting workshops and information on children’s development, behaviour, safety and nutrition
  • Child care
  • Health services
  • Recreation programs
  • Family support services
  • Services for children with special needs
  • Early years volunteer opportunities


London West Web

London North Web

London-Fanshawe Web

Facebook: London West


Check out this week’s Urban Exposure where we get a sneak peek into one of London’s sustainable living festivals, the Grickle Grass Fest. We also chat with Glenda Smith of  Smith Cheese Inc. at the Covent Garden Market in City Mom’s Kitchen.


Next week is another exciting episode on City Mom. I invite you into my condo and share our two dirty little secrets with you. Condo living has its benefits but one of the downfalls is a lack of storage. Thanks to Karen Hunt and Betsi, our place gets a makeover!

August in London {#LdnOnt}




It’s a little upsetting that as usual, time seems to move the quickest when you’re having fun. So for me, I’m going to make the most of August…I’m taking the month off from blogging and going to spend the time outdoors with my family in cottage country, around town and watching the Canadian Women’s soccer team kick butt in London!

I’ll be back in September with the premiere of City Mom on Rogers TV!

Until then, I’ll leave you with some of the fun and family friendly events taking place in London this month. Enjoy the rest of your summer and don’t forget to get out and discover London!


When: July 27 – August 10, 2012
Where: Citi Plaza (8th level parking)
Time: 8:00 pm (movies begin at 9:00 pm)
What: Enjoy watching some classic films under the stars on the rooftop of Citi Plaza. Sponsored by BX93 & EZ Rick
Cost: Free!
For more information: Visit for a list of the movies playing


When: August 2 – 6, 2012
Where: Victoria Park
Time: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm each day
What: Bands, rides, exhibits and of course Ribs!
Cost: Free admission! $15 All Day Ride Bracelet
For more information: Visit


When: August 3 – 31, 2012
Where: Storybook Gardens
Time: Various times
What: Storytelling, comics, puppet shows, comedy, Rapunzel, Batman and more. August is filled with lots to do at Storybook Gardens. Check out More Info for a full list of events.
Cost: Regular Storybook Gardens admission
For more information: Visit



When: August 4, 2012
Where: Talbot Street (between Dundas & King)
Time: 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
What: Watch as amazing street art is created in the downtown core. This is a judged contest with various categories and artists.
Cost: Free!
For more information: Visit


When: August 6-11 The Art of Play & August 20-24 Lego Master Builder: Star Wars Edition
Where: London Children’s Museum
Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (8:00 pm on Fridays)
What: Explore your creative side with workshops designed to spark your imagination and Lego Master Builders will be in the building to help you make your own Lego creations and explore the world of Star Wars.
Cost: Children’s Museum admission
For more information: Visit


When: August 31 – Sept. 3, 2012
Where: Victoria Park
Time: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
What: Rides, food, vendors and fun fall inspired activities.
Cost: Free admission! $15 All Day Ride Bracelet
For more information: Visit

As always, please include your family friendly event in the comments below if I have missed your event!

Stay cool & safe,

More Baby Brains: Discover more about your child’s development


I am so happy to share more Baby Brains seminar information with London readers.

Baby Brains are free, informational sessions presented by Montessori House of Children. Baby Brains topics cover a wide range of child and baby related topics including independence in children, discipline, nutrition and more.

These invaluable sessions are taking place at the Children’s Museum. Even better news is that the Children’s Museum is generously covering the admission cost and offering a six month free family membership.  This offer is valid for first-time guests who register for one or more of the Baby Brains sessions.

The Baby Brains sessions provide the opportunity for young families to discover more about their child’s development and to introduce them to the wonderful environment offered by the Children’s Museum.

Check out the upcoming sessions at the Children’s Museum:

Nutrition – Getting Toddlers to Eat – It’s more than just food!

Date:  April 10 and April 17, 2012*

Time: 9:30am – 10:30 am

Cost: Free

Does your child have a well-balanced diet? How much do they eat? How much do you want them to eat? Is your child a picky eater? Are you a member of the “clean plate club”? Do you have more questions about feeding your child?

Goal: To offer parents of younger children an opportunity to participate in an informal, informative and interactive session to join in discussion and activities to support their families developing healthy eating habits.

Culture – It’s a big world!

Date: May 8 and May 29, 2012*

Time: 9:30am – 10:30 am

Cost: Free

How does your child learn about the world they live in? Why is music important in children’s development? How can you support your child’s creativity? What kinds of toys promote awareness of different cultures? Why does culture matter?

Goal: To offer parents of younger children an informal, informative and interactive session on the importance of supporting an increased awareness of cultural diversity and activities.

The following Baby Brains session will be held at a different location.

Discipline: Time In – not Time out!

Location: Montessori House of Children Toddler Building. 718 Waterloo Street. London.

When: June 12, 2012

Time: 7:30 pm – Adult only event

Cost: Free

What is age appropriate discipline? Do you listen to what your child is saying? Do you demand or negotiate with your child? Does your child have temper tantrums? Is it important that both parents agree about how to discipline their child? What are the most common mistakes families make when attempting to discipline children?

Goal: To offer parents of younger children an informal, informative and interactive discussion on ways to nurture a sense of security and harmony at home, and promote your child’s sense of self-discipline.

* Limited spaces available – please check at time of registration which date(s) is available.

To register for any of these sessions call Kathy at 519-433-9121 or email

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