Hands up if you love a good fall fair! What about apple cider, colourful leaves and warm sweaters? Tis the season for all those things, so if you’re looking for something to do with the family this Thanksgiving long weekend, we’ve got you covered.
If it’s been happening for 170 years it has to be good, right? Country-meets-the-city, good old fashioned fun is the name of the game every Thanksgiving weekend in Woodbridge where petting zoos, games, rides and even monster truck experiences all come together for the long weekend. Be sure to check out the culinary delights where you’re sure to find something to satisfy that post-turkey sweet tooth.
Come wish Jia Panpan and Jai Yueyue (say THAT three times fast) a happy second birthday! Spend the day amid the zoo’s beautiful fall foliage where your 2017 Christmas card photo opportunity surely awaits. And for after the family picture? Take home your own live panda or peacock when your little gets her face painted in the Kids Discovery Zone.
Some of the city’s oldest buildings are located at Black Creek Pioneer Village, which makes it the perfect backdrop for a spooky nighttime walk complete with ghost stories (and free flashlight!) The minimum age is 10 so leave the littles at home for this one.
There won’t be any lions, tigers or bears here but you’ll probably see your fair share of chipmunks and squirrels. Join onsite guides and biodiversity experts for a family-friendly walks over the Thanksgiving long weekend, plus a special evening walk on Sunday Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m. All walks are free. No reservation is required.
As if the Paw Patrol and Peppa Pig meet and greets weren’t enough of a draw, you’ll also get loads of indoor and outdoor fun at this three-day event including mini train rides, exotic animals and a farmer’s market. Every kid goes home with a free mini pumpkin! 2 adults and 2 kids can get in for $60 online or at the door. Admission includes all rides (excluding ponies), activities and stage shows.
If you’ve got kids aged five and up and you REALLY NEED TO GET THEM OUT OF THE HOUSE, try Treetop Trekking. The new Kids Discovery Course (at the Stoufville and Barrie locations only) is a perfect way for little kids to be part of the fun while bigger kids take on the Treewalk Village (adult supervision required) or the Monarch (as in butterfly) zipline.
This annual tradition in Mount Albert is everything a fall festival should be featuring autumn favourites like the corn maze, pumpkin cannon show and duck races. Older kids will like the ziplines and the “Dark Side of the Hill” Zombie experience (though they’ll never admit it). And if you’re looking for mom, she’ll be at the farm market.
Looking for a pre-Halloween activity that won’t scare the dickens out of your littles? From the end of September through the end of October Camp Spooky offers scare-free activities for kids including trick or treating, mazes, foam pits and all your favourite rides including the KidZville and Planet Snoopy kids areas. Entrance to Camp Spooky is free with park admission.
Farmer Frank and his pumpkin cannon are at it again. Come check out the show then take a wagon ride through the spooky forest before climbing the two-storey tree fort and disappearing into the corn maze (hopefully temporarily). Kick off the Halloween season by taking home that perfect pumpkin for carving.
Print off some fall-themed colouring sheets, fill your thermos with hot cider and hop in the car for a drive to Kitchener-Waterloo on Thanksgiving Monday to take in the annual Oktoberfest parade. Lederhosen is optional but a stop in St. Jacob’s on the way home isn’t. World-class culinary delights, pastries, home goods, decor, clothing and jewellery stores all await you in this charming and irresistible town.
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