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.

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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?

Labour Day – Last Day at CNE #letsgototheex

If you live in Toronto (GTA Toronto) then you know that Labour Day is the final day at the CNE.  It is the “last day of summer” as we know it, and that means “go celebrate it at the CNE”!  [Lovingly know as the EX]

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The Canadian National Exhibition [ theex.com ] has been around since 1879!  It’s an annual fair that takes place for 18 days up to (and including) Labour Day.   For us, it’s a family tradition to attend at least once or twice without fail.There’s so much to do at the EX, really … it’s the ideal way to have some family fun.  There are rides, shows, exhibits, food vendors, clothing/shoe vendors, craft vendors, beer garden, animals, the air show, and even a Casino!  You can visit their website for more details or; quite frankly, just visit … you won’t regret it.Please note the following early closing hours for Labour Day Monday:

– Gates close at 5 pm
– Buildings close at 7 pm
– Casino closes at 8 pm
– Rides close at 9 pm
– Grounds close at 9 pm

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Questions?  Visit:  http://theex.com/main/guest-info/frequently-asked-questions

The End of Summer is Here #letsgototheex

The end of summer is truly here.  Every year, at this time, I always do the same thing … it’s routine, it’s tradition.  I always bid summer adieu with a visit to the Ex.  This year, it ends on September 7th.

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Since I always sneak in a few drinks at the end of the day, I take the trust-worthy TTC to the Canadian National Exhibition.  Note:  If you are attending the CNE this weekend, don’t forgot to bring a hat, sunscreen and lots of water to drink.  There are various water refill stations located around the grounds.

If you’ve never been to the Ex before, I think you shouldn’t put it off any longer.  There’s so much to see, do, and experience there! [http://theex.com] Personally, I’m not a ‘ride person’ so I avoid the Midway.  I tend to visit all the indoor exhibits:  butter sculpting, sand sculpting, topiary, the farm, and shopping! I usually spend an entire day … yes, from open to close.  I ensure I try a different food each year, and I usually end up purchasing much more than I expect to!    That’s just how it is; it’s part of the experience and part of the tradition.  By the end of the day, I’m exhausted.  That means it’s time to visit the bandshell and enjoy a beverage or two.