Friday, October 23, 2015

5 Things To Do This Weekend in the GTA

We are well into the October, the leaves have turned, the air is crisp, and there is so much to do to celebrate the fall! Here are 5 things to do this weekend in the GTA.

1. Boo at the Zoo

Always a hit, the Toronto Zoo is celebrating Hallowe'en again this year with their annual Boo at the Zoo event. Running this weekend (Saturday & Sunday) and next (Friday & Saturday) from 11am-3pm each day, this event comes with free admission for costumed kids 12 and under (2 kids free per paying adult) and includes character appearances and meet & greets (Equestria Girls, Olivia, MLP, Doh-Doh, Jess the Cat), a Play-Doh Activity Tent, parades, and more.  Visit the Toronto Zoo site for all the details.

2. Pumpkinland at Whittamore's Farm

This one has been a favourite of ours for years. Whittamore's has an awesome Pumpkinland. On the weekends there are corn and pumpkin themed jumpers, and the wagon ride goes through the "Spooky Forest" where a series of creepy (ish) characters await your visit. Be sure to check out the Pumpkin Cannon Show at 12:00 noon, 2:00 pm & 4:00 pm. And don't forget to explore the excellent corn maze and climb over the hay bales. While you are there you can pick up your jumbo pumpkins for Hallowe'en at a cost of 3 for $27, or 39 cents/pound, plus get some great pics of your kids in the pumpkin patch. I always visit the farm market too, to grab some fresh, local produce, pies, and decor items. Admission to Pumpkinland is $12/person on the weekends, but there's so many activities you can spend the whole day there.

3. Apple Picking

There are still some farms picking apples, though we are nearing the end of the season. Try Watson Farms in Bowmanville, Pingle's Farm in Hampton, The Big'R Apple Farm in Brampton, or Pine Farms Orchard in King City.

4. Camp Spooky

The less scary version of Hallowe'en at Canada's Wonderland, Camp Spooky runs weekends in October, from 10am-5pm, and is geared to families and kids. Activities include 3 spooky mazes, Charlie Brown's Trick-or-Treat Show, a children's costume parade, and  actual trick or treating in Plant Snoopy and KidZville. Camp Snoopy activities are included with park admission, starting at $25.99/person.

5. Hallowe'en Boo Barn

Head downtown to our urban Riverdale Farm for some free Hallowe'en family fun on October 24 & 25, from 9:30am-3:30pm. The event is geared to kids ages 3-10, who are encouraged to wear their costumes. There will be a pumpkin patch where you can purchase your pumpkin and carve it on site if you wish, plus face painting and animal fun. Riverdale is a working farm and is a great place to introduce our urban kids to a farm environment. Guests are asked to bring a non-perishable item for the local food bank.

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