Canada’s Wonderland Means Endless Fun #ad

Being a parent of an older child has its challenges but it has its definite victories.  Independence is one of those ‘victories’!  Being able to say “Off you go and meet me here in an hour.”; for example, is liberating.

Disclosure: I have been compensated to share this post. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Why mention this, you ask?  Summer isn’t over yet and that means there is still time for you to enjoy time at Canada’s Wonderland.  It’s a theme park that offers fun, fun, fun!  If you’ve never been, I suggest you plan a trip and, get ready for thrilling rides, fun games, live shows/acts, yummy food, and even a place for water lovers (splash station, Lazy River, water slides, wave pool)!  Did I mention ENDLESS FUN?

I was fortunate to have been invited back to Canada’s Wonderland (once again) to participate in their blogger program.  Are you kidding?  I wasn’t about to pass on the opportunity to be called ‘the best mom ever‘!  I was offered family passes, parking and even food vouchers to experience the park ~ I’ll admit that this was a treat for me as well.

As we arrived at the park, I was able to say “off you go and meet me back here in two hours” but don’t forget I had to wait 20 years to be able to say those words!!!

NOTE:   I would never say those words to a young child; of course, but as I mentioned above, it’s very liberating to be able to do it now.  I’ve put in the time, as a parent, to have earned the ability to do so now.  I do miss the younger years and the different stages that children go through; however, being a parent of an adult child has its own bonuses.  Enjoying outings ‘as friends’; instead of as ‘mommy and child’, is satisfying in its own right.

The first two hours at the park was spent separately; I had a chance to explore on my own and, my daughter had a chance to explore on her own.  My daughter hopped on and off a plethora of  rides.  I’m not a ride-person so I spent my time walking around and watching the various shows like the Victoria Falls High Divers, and the Flying Frontenacs Stunt Divers.  Once we met back at our meeting spot, we set out for some lunch.  Canada’s Wonderland offers a variety of options that are sure to tickle even the finickiest of taste buds!  Shhhh, don’t tell, I even enjoyed a cold one!  The rest of the day we spent time together as a family.

Rain or shine, there’s so much to do:

  • over 200 attractions (this year’s additions: LumberJack, Flying Canoes and Splash Island Expansion ‘Lakeside Lagoon’)
  • 77 exciting rides (16 roller coasters)
  • 20-acre water park
  • many live shows
  • with 10,300 parking spots … you’re sure to find a parking spot so you can get inside the 3 million square foot park and ENJOY!

Unfortunately, there’s far too much to experience all in one day.  We will have to return before the summer is through.  We’re eager to enjoy more rides, events, and I think I’d like to spend more time on the Lazy River.

Have you visited Canada’s Wonderland?

The #CIAS2018 is Coming to Toronto #ad

In just a few days Toronto will be hosting the 2018 Canadian International Auto Show at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.  Come February 16-25, 2018 the show floors will come alive!  This is a yearly show that I try to attend … always.

Disclosure: I have been compensated to share this post. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Every year the show is packed with exciting must-see events and/or features!  Most years I get invited to attend Media Day; however, this year I am unable to attend that day so I’ll be among the general attendees trying to get a prime spot.  No matter, it will be exciting nonetheless.

Who doesn’t feel the thrill when viewing the amazing selection of cars in the AutoExotica – Power & Passion?  The list of exotic cars is extensive and gorgeous; for example, Lamborghini, McLaren, Bugatti, and Pagani to name a few.  Breathtaking examples of fine automobiles that can get your heart pumping, without a doubt.

This year CIAS is celebrating 70 years of Porsche!  Pop in to see classic and historically significant Porsche models.  The “70 Years of Porsche” will be on display on Level 100 of the North Building, just to the west of Auto Exotica in a space that was occupied last year by “50 Years of Formula One in Canada.” The company history, a focus on key individuals in its evolution and nine of its most famous cars over the decades will make up the exhibit.

50 Years of Hot Wheels: Castrol Alley will feature a celebration of the worlds’ largest car manufacturer – Hot Wheels – and their 50th anniversary special presentation. An extensive kids build zone, merchandise sales area and giant cityscape Hot Wheels track along with some of the iconic full size Hot Wheels cars will engage and delight both young and young at heart on the 700 level in the South Building.

Stroll through the automotive history gallery and view several iconic brands.  They’re sheer decadence and elegance of yesteryear.  There will be 17 classic cars that will leave you breathless. One fine example is a 1925 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost.  This gallery is one of my favourite places to be!

Did you know that you could win $10,000 for racing eSports cars?! There will be daily competitions on the premiere racing game, Forza Motorsport 7.  The eSports Arena is located in Castrol Alley.  Don’t forget to click VIEW CHANNEL for daily live streaming of the competition! Competitions are open to gamers of all ages.  Good Luck to all!

About the Canadian International Auto Show

With more than 650,000 square feet of exhibits, displays and attractions at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the Canadian International Auto Show is not only the largest automotive expo in Canada, it is also the country’s largest consumer show — a leader in lifestyle, technology and all things automotive boasting more than 1,000 cars, trucks, SUVs, concept cars, exotics, classics, muscle cars, fully electric and autonomous vehicles.

Come on Toronto, and visitors, plan your visit!  Tickets are currently available online at a 10% saving.   http://www.autoshow.ca

Canadian International AutoShow: a Fun Family Day #CIAS2017 #ad

The Canadian International AutoShow is on at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre until February 26th.   Purchase tickets and find all the details at autoshow.ca and follow the hashtags #AutoShowOhCanada and #CIAS2017.

Disclosure: I have been compensated to share this post. The opinions on this blog are my own.

I’ve been going to the CIAS since the mid 90s and I’ve loved attending each and every time. It’s fun, it’s exciting, and it’s fascinating to see cars from the past, present, and from the future (potentially).  The Canadian International AutoShow is both the largest car expo, and the largest consumer show in Canada.  There are more than 1,000 cars, trucks, SUVs, concept cars, exotics, classics, muscle cars, fully electric cars … certainly enough to tickle anyone’s fancy.

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Media Preview Day was on February 14th and I was thrilled to be a part of it.  The auto show has been around for 44 years; which means they’ve had time to perfect their head-turning, jaw-dropping exhibits.  I must have shared at least 50 pictures on social media, and several  live videos (using the above-mentioned hashtags) so you shouldn’t have any problems finding them.  I certainly was excited to share everything with you but if you’re in the Toronto GTA, I highly recommend visiting the CIAS.  You might need to allocate an entire day to allow yourself sufficient time to drool and linger.  The CIAS features cars worth millions of dollars.  For example:

  • A Bugatti Chiron, which has a base price that starts at nearly $3.4 million
  • A General Motors Le Sabre concept car valued at more than $15 million (US)
  • A Pagani Huayra worth an estimated $2.5 million

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  • and many more examples waiting for you

Put an end to your curiosity; you know you want to.  Take the entire family … oh,  look at the calendar, Family Day is the perfect day and it’ll be here on Monday!

FYI:
The 2017 Canadian International AutoShow is helping celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday by showcasing Canadian collectors in each feature of the show.