Family Events

Meeting Limba at the Bowmanville Zoo!

Bowmanville Zoo

After this past weekend, here’s a few things I know:

  • Baby giraffes are extremely tall
  • Elephant poop is really stinky
  • and The Bowmanville Zoo is a very special place

My family has visited many zoos, aquariums, and attractions over the last couple of years.

All of them were shiny and new, but none of them had that comfortable ‘homey’ feeling you’ll find at the Bowmanville Zoo.

For movie buffs, this feeling can be best described as if you had walked onto the real life setting of “We Bought a Zoo”, you can just tell that the zoo is a labour of love.

The Bowmanville Zoo is a place where the staff always great you with a smile, where the curator of the zoo can be found walking among the Saturday afternoon visitors and where elephants always have the right of way.

limba on path


In fact, Limba the Elephant was exactly the animal we were there to meet – the star of the Bowmanville Zoo!

Limba is a 50 year old, female Asian elephant and a sweet gentle old girl, she is!

With Kelly busy back in London, my family had the distinct pleasure of visiting the zoo on her behalf and meeting Limba for little playdate at her favourite watering hole.

It’s not every day you get to hand feed an elephant and watch her splash in the river, this was a special day indeed.

me and Limba

Now that we were properly acquainted, we followed Limba over to the ANIMATHEATRE, where the show was about to start. Limba was the star of the show! She worked her magic, charming the audience with her artistic talents of dancing and even painting!

Limba painting

Our day with Limba did not stop there. Next, Limba treated the guests to rides on her back, a truly amazing experience and so fun to share with the boys!

momboys on limba

After a delicious lunch at the Zoo Cafe (yes really! I recommend the chicken wrap!) we had the exciting opportunity to be the first to take a peek at the brand new additions to the Bowmanville Zoo. Just that week, two baby giraffe arrived to their new home and were taking some time to get used to their new surroundings. They were quite shy, but would come to peek out at us from time to time.



The baby boys don’t yet have a name, but you can help! Visit the Bowmanville Zoo Facebook Page and suggest a name for the new giraffes! Your family could win a pass to the zoo and the honour of naming a little…um…big baby, if you win!! Not yet a year old and they are already over 7 feet tall!

Thanks to Kelly for the chance to experience the wonders of the Bowmanville Zoo!


Thank you Jennifer for sharing your wonderful experience with us at City Mom!

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G Rated New Year’s Eve!

Happy New Year 2011



Happy New Year 2011

Photo By: luigi diamanti


Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?  

Does that sound familiar? 

That’s the first line of the traditional song (Auld Lang Syne by Robert Burns) sung on New Year’s Eve.  And where will you be singing it?  

The answer depends on who you are, where you are and who you’ll be with. 

For us, we’ll be ringing in the New Year twice.  First we’ll be celebrating New Year’s At Noon at the London Children’s Museum.  Next up we’ll be having fun at the  Rockin’ New Year’s Eve celebration at Victoria Park. 

New Year’s At Noon 

When:  Friday, December 31 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Where:  London Regional Children’s Museum 21 Wharncliffe Rd. S. London.  Hit the site for a half price off admission coupon. 

What:  Enjoy lots of festive family fun including live music, cookie decorating, face painting, balloon animals, glitter fireworks, crafts and activities from around the world! 

Highlight:  The countdown to the balloon drop at noon! 

Victoria Park 

Rockin’ New Year’s Eve 

When:  Friday, December 31 starting at 5:00 p.m. ending after midnight fireworks 

Where:  Victoria Park 509 Clarence Street, London 

What:  Everything from skating to a princess party for the kids and live entertainment for the adults.  Check out the full listing of events here

Highlight:  Children’s Fireworks at 9:00 p.m. 

However you choose to celebrate this year, we hope it’s a good one and we wish you all the best in 2011.  Have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve! 

Entertainment, Environment & Art

Hey London..what a great weekend we’ve got coming up with the Artfusion Festival and Car Free Sunday  and City Mom has all the details:

Artfusion Festival – Sept. 25th & 26th
Featuring an outdoor art gallery with a 4600  sq. ft.  live art mural on an exterior wall.  Located at 196 Dundas Street with parking  located off Clarence and Queen Street.  The event will also feature artists spray-painting the murals, live music, a film screening and lots of food vendors. The festival runs from 12pm – 11pm each day.

Car Free Sunday – Sept. 26th
This exciting event takes place on Dundas Street between Wellington and Ridout and involves NO CARS! (Sorry for stating the obvious.) This event coincides with the Artfusion Festival and will include fun events for children such as face painting & sidewalk chalking. Running between 12pm and 4pm the idea is to allow Londoners the opportunity to use the street for something other than driving.   This is the second time that this event will take place in London and attracted over 7,000 pedestrians last April. 

Check out this video from the last Car Free event of the Forest City Flash Mob where Dundas Street was turned into a giant dance floor.

These are two great events for London and  I hope to see you out!


This Weekend in the L-dot

We’ve got a pretty exciting weekend coming up starting as early as Thursday with the first events of LOLA fest. Check out the full schedule of events here.

Not sure what it is? Here’s a brief description:
“LOLA (London Ontario Live Arts) is a free four-day multi-disciplinary excursion into visual art and sound. Our aim is to transform London’s downtown core through subtle spectacles of the seen and heard.”

This weekend also brings Doors Open London running on Sept. 18th & 19th. This is an exciting opportunity to celebrate and recognize London’s numerous, significant landmarks. Check out the full listing of DO London locations.

You can also print a copy of the DO London Kid’s Guide which includes a Passport that kids can bring with them to get a stamp at each site location as they track their Doors Open London journey. Admission for all sites is FREE!

And last, but not least it’s the last weekend of the Western Fair and the weather looks like it is going to be beautiful!

Hope to see you out at some of these great events this weekend! Enjoy!

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