Christmas in Cambridge Ontario is a family affair! They have so many activities for everyone of all ages and their individual love of the season.
My daughter and I have gone into a couple of their activities already. We participated in Candyland as well as rode the miniature train that the Cambridge Centre our local mall has going on right now.
Candyland is always something we do, and I’m excited as this year they have done away with the carousel (that I’m sad about) but they have replaced it with a skating rink! That is our plan for tonight, to go skating at Central Park in Preston. Winters here aren’t usually very nice to outdoor skating rinks, so I’m going to take advantage and do it now while I can!
Mackenzie had her face painted and met with Santa and Mrs Claus and talked to them. Explained to them how she lost her 1 tooth. She lost it at our annual Ugly sweater breakfast that morning. We enjoyed the games and the mazes as well as the must have pictures of her as ice cream/ candy ect. It is a sight to be seen! They decorate the trees and the grounds with “candy” . Local schools show off their gingerbread houses and there are lots of people offering hot chocolate and food and other great treats!
I’m going to note that Mackenzie also lost another tooth that day. She lost her 2 top front teeth. The other was lost right after we left Candyland. She’s really wanting her front teeth for Christmas!
Monday night, we went off to the Cambridge Centre to check out the miniature train. It is new this year and only running from Dec 3—9th. They have more information on their website or Facebook page but there really isn’t much you need to know is that it is free and very fun! They start off at the new Target location (Old Zellers inside doors) and drive us through the whole mall. It was a great way to window shop. The whole ride lasted about 10-15 minutes and we got to wave and say hi to Santa on our way!
I’m heading to Toronto later this week to check out the Strombo show and shop a bit downtown. The next few weeks will be busy!
On Friday night, my lovely husband got tickets and brought myself and 2 of our friends to see Ron James in person and to see a taping of one of his TV shows.
We are huge CBC fans, we love these TV show live audience taping. We watch so much CBC it is a staple in our house.
That is really the only photo I was able to get, as no recording or photographs are permitted once the cameras are turned on.
We laughed so hard that night, we had tears in our eyes and were wiping them away. We must have made good TV as we had the camera on us for a good 10 minutes of us laughing. It was great, I can never say a good laugh is a bad thing, and full body laughs are always a great way to start a weekend.
Tickets are free, and available for a lot of CBC shows. Check out http://www.cbc.ca for shows. Not all are Toronto based, This hour has 22 minutes does its taping in Halifax and has audiences too.
I’m checking out CBC all the time for Stephan and Chris and Strombo tickets. They are available now, but I am waiting for a day I can take off that corresponds with a show and personalities I want to see!
So I’m not great at updating everything we’ve done at a quick pace so I’m going back a bit to when we made some scarecrows!
The Cambridge Sculpture Garden (www.cambridgesculpturegarden.ca) puts on the event every year. They call it Scare the Crows.
We arrive and checked in. It is an event you have to sign up for, and I’m very happy my friend Michelle signed us up with her and her daughter.
Each of us made our own scarecrow. They gave us a list of everything we would require from a frame which consisted of black tubing about 1 or 2” round glued together with 2 sets of “arms” from it, to all the clothing and pins to put it together and keep it there!
We found a spot on the lawn at the garden, and started to work. They had bales of hay all over so we didn’t have to worry about being too far from our supplies.
The girls had a blast filling the crows with hay, pinning everything on them so they stay.
End results had some really happy kids!
Her crow was even in the shot that the local paper took. I can’t find any of their photographs online but if you are wanting to see all of the scarecrows that were made that day, check out the website that the Cambridge Sculpture Garden has!
I didn’t tell my husband much about Avenue Q prior to going. He’s not a fan of musicals so I didn’t want to ruin it before we even got there!
I didn’t know much about it either but I had heard nothing but amazing reviews and how it was not child friendly and how a few of the songs were down right delightfully inappropriate!
The tickets for the production was through the Lower Ossington Theatre http://lowerossingtontheatre.com/
They did not disappoint. The theatre was the perfect size, you couldn’t pick a wrong seat. The actors were fantastic. I thought I would have issues with seeing the actors voice the puppets but I forgot there were there. The few times I did notice them, it was I’m sure times they wanted us to notice them.
We were still singing some of songs a couple weeks later. My husband only had 1 bad thing to say about it (and he’s quite easy to disappoint) He said there was too much singing. Considering he isn’t a fan of musicals, I didn’t think it was a truly negative thing to say.
If you have a chance, check it out. They have extended the production into January 2013.
The last time I went camping, I wasn’t sure if I was going to manage…
This time I knew I was going to manage. Kin Kamp isn’t normal camping. Showers, running water and electricity.
We end up in Meaford Ontario (www.meaford.ca) at Memorial park (http://www.meaford.ca/memorial-park-campground.html ) with about 1500 people.
Georgian Bay is visible from the campsite, as well as the great beach that Meaford has! I swear I love the water just as much as the fellowship!
Activities keep you busy the whole weekend from pancake breakfasts to hotdog lunches and freezie deserts to 11pm steak on a bun. The in between time is filled with Tug of Wars, relays for anyone who can walk, a talent show and lots of swimming in Georgian bay! Different Kin clubs offer something to do the whole time we are there.
Our campsite for Cambridge had 20 different living quarters all squished into 7 rentable sites! Does it feel crowded? Nope I can say that most people don’t stay on the camp site as they head to the meeting places for games and food.
Preparing a tent to be added to tent city!
Hanging out in front of one of the trailers. Not all the trailers and tents had arrived at that point.
We look forward to this camping each year. Midnight swims and lots of great friends who could ask for more?
Well, my update for Camping is here!
I’ll start off saying that I really did enjoy it. Didn’t miss having no electricity. We had running water, toilets and showers. Did that make a difference. YES
Lots of hikes and an afternoon at a beach made the weekend so relaxing. Lots of help, with over 40 of us there, so no one really did everything on their own.
We are considering going back, as well as buying a yearly pass. It gives us a discount on camping. They do have electric sites, but the group ones are not electric is all.
Why not check out Valens Conservation Area – we had a great time even without electricity!
Most times when people mention camping, the others in the conversation either express love for it or hatred.
I know people who love it, to the point the “rough” it all the way through. No electricity, everything cooked on the fire, way back to the good old days of living away from the rat race and away from the big city.
I’m not one of those people, and growing up in a small town away from a big city (I grew up a world away from Toronto) I never went camping, the most I ever did in a tent was pitch it in the backyard and have friends over. I remember bugs, large ones, and cold, damp nights. I never enjoyed it.
That was then, this is now. Two summers ago, we were invited to a camp that included many of our friends (more now since going) We rented a pop up camper and went up. We had a great time. I need to note, we had electricity, running water and showers/ toilets right at the camp site. This was a big party with lots of people to hang out with for 3 days.
Last year, I went looking for a rental again, and found a steal of a deal. Our own camper for $300. I bought it. My husband has been fixing it up. We went from camping once the first year, to twice last year and this summer I have a weekend planned in the camper every summer month. We might even head out in September.
Why am I talking about camping? Well in a short few days, I’m going to be camping, in my camper, but the hard core way. No electricity. Gasp. Wish me luck, I’m a tech junkie and always with my phone/ computer. What about food, and cooking? No running water scares me. I’m thinking outhouses and stink.
I’ll update on my experience, but doubt it will convert me. Why am I doing it? My daughter is in Scouts. This is a family outing.
Oh what we do for our kids!
My daughter participated in the Cambridge Classic Mile yesterday. She was very excited and told me all the things we tell our kids when they are going into a sporting event. Winning doesn’t matter, just doing it is awesome (she added in that she was using energy so that was important).
She ran the 4 laps that were needed, and she ran the whole 4 laps without walking any of it. That made me proud, she ran it and gave it her heart and gave it her best. That was my only condition for her. Do her best.
Walking if that was her best, would have been enough. I watched her give it and push through. When did she walk? Through the finish line!
What is next for her? I’m going to start running with her, so she can keep up her running. I won’t be able to keep up with her at all. I will learn I guess!
We will be back in the race next year that is for sure!
I have been more than excited about the Canadian Premiere of How to train your dragon! http://www.dreamworksdragons.com/
John Labatt Centre http://www.johnlabattcentre.com is hosting it in London Ontario and we (my husband and I) have been pumped to bring my daughter and her cousin.
I have high expectations that I’m sure that it will meet. We are huge fans of the movie, and a stage production can only make the experience 10 times better. The best part will be when Hiccup will be flying with toothless. I’m hoping they can fit everything into a stage production that they are able to in a cartoon version of it!
I hope you check out the clips and links I’ve posted to make your decision to attend the show. I haven’t been disappointed with the couple of “spoilers” I’ve allowed myself to partake in.
What would it take for you to buy some tickets?