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Summer ideas

Anybody thinking of Summer holiday plans yet? LOL

Right now we're thinking of taking the kids to the Soo... it's a good 5 or 6 hour drive so we'd have to spend 2 nights there... we'd go to the bush plane museum and then take a lock tour/go across into the Soo, MI just to say we did LOL

But am also looking for other ideas if that turns out not to be feasible... anybody have any suggestions/recommendations that would be fun for a 10 and 6 year old but not break the bank? We don't want to do the zoo. Not too keen on the African Lion Safari or Canada's Wonderland for this year. We did Ontario Place last year and have done Black Creek Pioneer Village and Science North in the past few years. Niagara Falls is out because it's too $$$ and we're saving our airmiles to go in a few years.

ETA: Was just googling... has anybody been to Ste-Marie-Among-the-Hurons (Midland) and/or Discovery Harbour (Penetang)? What is it like? I've never been to either but those look interesting (and much cheaper than a trip to the Soo LOL) too.

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I went to Midland in Jr high.... since that was almost 30 years ago I don't remember much. I think I liked it...

The metro Toronto Zoo is always cool, I know a big drive for you guys. Hockey Hall of Fame is awesome. CN Tower is expensive. Hmmm... guess I know the Toronto area the best.

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I did St.MATH when I was a kid. Very fun and informative. If I remember right we didn't spend much time there, though. Maybe a few hours?

I know it's a LOOOONG drive for you, but Port Dover is a great place to spend the day (or a weekend, even).

We're heading out east this summer. Spending two weeks in Nova Scotia. Staying in Halifax, but making the trip up to Cape Breton and down to Yarmouth, too.

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"mom2robbie" wrote:

The metro Toronto Zoo is always cool, I know a big drive for you guys. Hockey Hall of Fame is awesome. CN Tower is expensive. Hmmm... guess I know the Toronto area the best.

We've been to the zoo a few times... the kids love it but we were just there a couple years ago so don't want to do it again just yet Smile

Most stuff is a big drive for us LOL But I have an aunt who lives in Orillia so often we stay at her place either while we're down or en route depending on where we go.

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I'm pretty sure I went to SMaH when I was a kid but can't remember it for the life of me. My mom was big on road trips that were educational.

The Hockey Hall of Fame is cool and there's also the Ontario Science Centre here in Toronto. We were just there on Saturday. They have Imax movies and all sorts of neat stuff.

For us, it's not summer but we're going to meet DH in San Francisco in May and then in late July were heading out to Victoria to go to DH's uncle's cottage out there. We also have some friends who just moved to Victoria at the end of February so we are going to visit them as well. We rented a cottage last summer which was nice and I wouldn't mind doing again. DH might go to a board game convention in Michigan in August so while he's there Harris and I might do the cottage thing with my parents.

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I went to SMAH when I was around your kids age and I liked it (from what I remember and looking at the pics). I don't have any plans for this summer, just camping and swimming. Road trips will be in a few year when Hunter is old enough to remember and enjoy it and not ruining it for us adults... lol! :rolleyes:

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Cause road trips for us are EXTRA LONG!!! LOL Lol

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I would like to go to a water park with Hunter this summer but there is none near where I live. Anyone knows a good one in Ontario?

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"VixB" wrote:

I went to SMAH when I was around your kids age and I liked it (from what I remember and looking at the pics).

A couple years ago we did Black Creek Pioneer Village and dd loved it... ds was a little young to really enjoy/understand it... he'd be 6 so he'd definitely be a good age to enjoy this... it seems a bit like Black Creek was with the old stuff to visit and hands-on stuff.

"VixB" wrote:

Cause road trips for us are EXTRA LONG!!! LOL Lol

That's what happens when you live in places southern Ontarians have never heard of/can't spell/can't pronounced... you have to drive hours just to hit civilization (aka... ME!) ROFL

"VixB" wrote:

I would like to go to a water park with Hunter this summer but there is none near where I live. Anyone knows a good one in Ontario?

When I was a kid we went to Wild Water Kingdom (?) it's down Toronto area... there's also a water park at Ontario Place that dh and the kids did last Summer when we were there.

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"VixB" wrote:

I would like to go to a water park with Hunter this summer but there is none near where I live. Anyone knows a good one in Ontario?

Darn! You had to say "Ontario". I know a great one in Edmonton Biggrin You don't even have to worry about the weather as it is indoors :rolleyes:

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Canada's Wonderland has a big waterpark. As Marla mentioned there's Wild Water Kingdom (darn now I'm singing their jingle in my head). There's Great Wolf Lodge and other indoor waterparks in Niagara. That's all I can think of in the GTA.

And re Black Creek I so love that place. I don't know why but I've always loved going there.

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I really have to pop in here more often!

Anyway, we're planning our pre-summer (i.e. end of May) vacation around the Philadelphia area. DS will just have turned 3, so we're planning everything around kid-friendly activities. The big destination is Sesame Place, and we're also considering the Philadelphia Zoo, the Crayola Factory, and New Hope. Hershey may be a detour, but we'll have to see. Admission to Sesame Place is a 2-day thing, so if DS has fun the first day, we'll probably go back again. It's about a 7- or 8-hour drive, so hopefully that won't be too bad.

We also make an annual trek to the Sterling Renaissance Festival (across the border from Gananoque, Ontario and about 1 hour west). It's always a great day for the entire family.

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"JorgieGirl" wrote:

I did St.MATH when I was a kid. Very fun and informative. If I remember right we didn't spend much time there, though. Maybe a few hours?

I know it's a LOOOONG drive for you, but Port Dover is a great place to spend the day (or a weekend, even).

We're heading out east this summer. Spending two weeks in Nova Scotia. Staying in Halifax, but making the trip up to Cape Breton and down to Yarmouth, too.

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hmm, want to go see the zoo here, and the new art gallery and just travel around by bus and see where we end up (have pass will travel! lol!) but thinking it will be lots of bbqs and playing in the back yard since we just bought a house (our first, we get keys tom!) lots and lots of trips to the park since jade will be old enough to play this year, toddling all over!

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"mom2robbie" wrote:

Darn! You had to say "Ontario". I know a great one in Edmonton Biggrin You don't even have to worry about the weather as it is indoors :rolleyes:

You wouldn't be referring to West Ed, Mayhaps??? I will be there on Wednesday!!!! Can't wait! Although it won't be the same being preggo and not able to do the waterslides! Sad We're mostly going up to Edmonton for the Canucks game Tuesday night, and this will probably our "big vacation" this year with baby #1 due in July, but we like doing the road trip/camping thing too.

I think one of the things I'm most looking forward to with having kids is taking them on family trips and to different places that we used to go as kids Smile

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"natesangel" wrote:

hmm, want to go see the zoo here, and the new art gallery and just travel around by bus and see where we end up (have pass will travel! lol!) but thinking it will be lots of bbqs and playing in the back yard since we just bought a house (our first, we get keys tom!) lots and lots of trips to the park since jade will be old enough to play this year, toddling all over!

Have you been to the zoo there? I didn't find it all that great. Personally I think the Calgary Zoo is worth the time and drive, and the extra $$.
The Devon Botanical Gardens are really nice, but probably not accessible(sp?) by public transit. Sierra and I had a great time there, it was stinkin' hot that day, but we had lots of cold water Smile
Umm, I can't remember what it's called, but from the outside it looks like a bunch of glass pyramids, and it's a garden place as well. Shoot. Wish I could remember. We went there at Xmas time, and they had pointsettias all over the place.
There are tons of waterparks all around that transit goes to. We used to go with Sierra's daycare.
The giant pysanka in Vegreville. They have a nice area to have a picnic. It's a drive, but I thought it was pretty cool.

As for us, I doubt we'll do much. Yeah, right. Sierra will be in summer camp for a few weeks out of the summer. We'll do the library, the park near our place, the zoo here. Most likely we won't be travelling, Colin is probably going to be working out of town a lot coming up. Maybe I'll take the kids and go camping for a few days during the week when it's less busy. Sierra and I went a few years ago to a campground up near Whistler, and we really liked it, we'd definately go back.

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"mrsjohnson310" wrote:

We're mostly going up to Edmonton for the Canucks game Tuesday night,

Cheer hard for my boys!! Smile (I'm assuming you are a Canucks fan haha or else you would've said you were going to the Oilers game!)

Me and either Colin or Sierra will be at the game here on Thursday. I thought Colin was going to be out of town, so I said I'd take Sierra, but now he's not, so..... I think Sierra will win though, because she hasn't been to a game yet this season, and it's almost over!

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"Princess&ThePea" wrote:

When I was a kid we went to Wild Water Kingdom (?) it's down Toronto area... there's also a water park at Ontario Place that dh and the kids did last Summer when we were there.

thats the one that comes to mind for me too. If you come to Toronto theres also Center Island, its not too pricey, you bring your own food, nice ferry ride.

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"buildingthedream" wrote:

Umm, I can't remember what it's called, but from the outside it looks like a bunch of glass pyramids, and it's a garden place as well. Shoot. Wish I could remember. We went there at Xmas time, and they had pointsettias all over the place.

You are thinking of the Muttart Conservatory. I can't go in there with my allergies.

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"mom2robbie" wrote:

You are thinking of the Muttart Conservatory. I can't go in there with my allergies.

That's it! Bummer about the allergies. It's quite a nice place. I really enjoy gardens. They are so relaxing Smile

We went to a really cool place last summer on Vancouver Island, called Butterfly World. Again, was indoors, like a greenhouse, filled with some beautiful plants, and a whack of awesome butterflies. The kids thought it was great. It took a while for my camera to climatize and un-fog, but I got some good pictures.

the bananas are kind of stinky, but they attract the butterflies

I thought this flower was just so beautiful. I still have no idea what it is haha

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"scarecrow" wrote:

I really have to pop in here more often!

Anyway, we're planning our pre-summer (i.e. end of May) vacation around the Philadelphia area. DS will just have turned 3, so we're planning everything around kid-friendly activities. The big destination is Sesame Place, and we're also considering the Philadelphia Zoo, the Crayola Factory, and New Hope. Hershey may be a detour, but we'll have to see. Admission to Sesame Place is a 2-day thing, so if DS has fun the first day, we'll probably go back again. It's about a 7- or 8-hour drive, so hopefully that won't be too bad.

We also make an annual trek to the Sterling Renaissance Festival (across the border from Gananoque, Ontario and about 1 hour west). It's always a great day for the entire family.

I was also looking into taking a family vacation in May and was thinking of doing stuff around the Philadelphia area. I'm still researching it, but I thought the Crayola Factory and Hershey would be fun.

What is the Sterling Renissance Festival? It wouldn't be too far for us.

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"Lalm" wrote:

I was also looking into taking a family vacation in May and was thinking of doing stuff around the Philadelphia area. I'm still researching it, but I thought the Crayola Factory and Hershey would be fun.

Peddler's Village (near New Hope) is another place we've decided to visit. It's got a place called Giggler's Mountain which is an indoor activity place. If we had more time, we might visit the Philadelphia Zoo, but we'll have to see. I had also thought about checking out the Please Touch Museum, but it's on the other side of Philadelphia from where we're concentrating our stay. We've got our hotel booked (one with an indoor pool!), and I'm really looking forward to it.

"Lalm" wrote:

What is the Sterling Renissance Festival? It wouldn't be too far for us.

DH and I have been going to the Sterling Renaissance Festival every summer for the past 5 years. (We actually went twice last year!) It's a great place for the whole family. It's located in its own piece of forest - with no bugs! And even though it's during the hot summer months, the canopy of trees provides a nice shaded environment. There's lots of entertainment for everyone: parade, sword swallowers, jugglers, musicians, the mud pit, Hey Nunnie Nunnie, jousting, glass blowing demonstrations, palm reading. There are also a ton of vendors: leather masks, renaissance costumes, jewellery, candles, pottery, etc. There are even rides for the kids which are manually operated, and adults can try axe throwing, archery, etc. There's also a great variety of food. We love it, and find the day is over all too soon.

You can check it out here: http://www.sterlingfestival.com/

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[QUOTE=scarecrow]Peddler's Village (near New Hope) is another place we've decided to visit. It's got a place called Giggler's Mountain which is an indoor activity place. If we had more time, we might visit the Philadelphia Zoo, but we'll have to see. I had also thought about checking out the Please Touch Museum, but it's on the other side of Philadelphia from where we're concentrating our stay. We've got our hotel booked (one with an indoor pool!), and I'm really looking forward to it.

I don't know if your little guy is a fan of trains, but I found this place that would be really fun if he was. You can get to rid the train too. Thomas the Tank also comes there 3x a year, but he won't be there until June and we are going mid May. My DS is a train fan, so I think we will be making a visit there.

http://www.strasburgrailroad.com/index.php

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"buildingthedream" wrote:

Cheer hard for my boys!! Smile (I'm assuming you are a Canucks fan haha or else you would've said you were going to the Oilers game!)

Me and either Colin or Sierra will be at the game here on Thursday. I thought Colin was going to be out of town, so I said I'd take Sierra, but now he's not, so..... I think Sierra will win though, because she hasn't been to a game yet this season, and it's almost over!

I always forget to check in here!

But yes, we are HUGE Canucks fans! Unfortunately the game did not go over as planned, but it was fun anyways - there were a TON of Vancouver fans too which was awesome.

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"mrsjohnson310" wrote:

I always forget to check in here!

But yes, we are HUGE Canucks fans! Unfortunately the game did not go over as planned, but it was fun anyways - there were a TON of Vancouver fans too which was awesome.

Lol glad you had fun anyways! I remember when we lived there, Sierra and I went to a game, and we were surrounded by Canucks fans. I'd bet it was almost half and half!

We saw a pretty good game on Thursday. Lots of goals for us and none for Minnesota Smile