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Civic Holiday Weekend in Burlington 2015

by Linda Cvetanovic

It’s hard to believe that we are days away from August and the civic holiday weekend, but we are. It’s a long weekend (for most) which makes it just a bit more bearable that we heading into the last month of summer vacation.  As a mom of two children under 8, I am always looking for family friendly events and activities to keep us busy.  Two of our favourite festivals are coming up this weekend, if you have the opportunity we encourage you to visit them – you won’t be disappointed.

Enchanted Weekend at the Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG)

Year after year, this ranks as my favourite event at the RBG.  We have been attending this since my oldest was 4 years old and my youngest was under a year, and the magic hasn’t worn off yet.  During the enchanted weekend the gardens are alive with fairies, gnomes, pixies and sprites waiting to share the magic and mischief of their world with your children.  My girls loved hunting for all the fairies throughout the gardens and receiving their special magical reward after meeting the last one.  The activities and crafts are simple and engaging from finding out your mystical name and decorating your name tag to the gardens games and more.  I can’t put into words how much fun my kids have at this event ~ they truly believe and that in itself is worth the price of admission!  The event runs all weekend long (Aug. 1-3) from 11am – 4pm and while your there be sure to pop over to the RBG Centre to play in the natural playground (another favourite of ours).  Full event details here.

Magic and Mischief

Joseph Brant Day at LaSalle Park

The Museums of Burlington present Joseph Brant Day every Civic Holiday Monday (August 3, from 10am-5pm this year), it’s a great family event that’s free to attend.  This year will be extra special as they are an official partner of the Toronto 2015 PanAm/ParaPan Games, adding sport and entertainment that celebrate the “Americas” in addition to the historical and culture activities we love.  Kids and their families will enjoy historical crafts and activities, PanAm sports challenges, games and obstacles, Get hands on with the many participating vendors including Crossfit Altitude, Oakville Fencing Academy, Burlington Youth Soccer Club, Monkeynastic Gymnastics, Bradbury, Splitsville Entertainment & Better State Crew. Be sure to check out the scheduled entertainment that includes; Beshano Bike Trials, White Pine First Nations Drum and Dance, musical performances, dance demonstrations and more.  This year the event includes a food truck rally with delicious offerings from gourmet food trucks celebrating international cuisine.  Don’t forget to pack a swimsuit for the kids as the splash pad will be open and is a great way to cool off after a day of fun in the sun. Full event details here.

Re-enactors at Joseph Brant Day

If festivals aren’t your thing, there is still plenty to do here in Burlington for everyone .

Art Gallery of Burlington – Explore the current exhibitions at the AGB as well as the permanent collection (the largest comprehensive collection of contemporary Canadian ceramics in the world).  Stop by the Art Etc. Gallery Shop to browse the handmade Canadian items for sale.

BAC Art

Bronte Creek Provincial Park – This is a great location for day use or camping.  Visitors to the day use side of the park will enjoy the many trails, picnic areas and 1.8 acre pool.  Kids can burn off some excess energy in the children’s playbarn and farmyard.  If you are hoping to camp, be sure to reserve your spot in advance.

bronte creek pool

Conservation Halton – With 7 parks to choose from you’re sure to find an outdoor activity that appeals to you.  Hiking and picnicking are perfect activities at any of the parks.  You can also enjoy the Aboriginal Village at Crawford Lake (added bonus – Games of Kanata are on), Raptor Centre at Mountsberg, the beach and water activities at Kelso or rock climbing at Rattlesnake Point.

Crawford Lake Longhouse - Conservation Halton

Country Heritage Park – Join them this weekend for the Pirate Show and be sure to leave time to explore the many historical building and exhibits throughout the park.

Country Heritage Park Barn

Downtown Burlington – Park your car and explore the core (public parking is free on weekends). With a wonderfully walkable downtown that includes a wide variety of unique shops, cafes and dining you are sure to find lots to do here.  Weekend events include Saturdays in the Street and on Sunday, Fit in the Core and Centro Garden Market. Grab a cool treat and take a walk along the waterfront and pier and don’t forget to stop by our visitor centre at 414 Locust St. to say hi.

walking downtown by Banko Media

 

Springridge Farm – Another favourite spot for our family to visit.  From the fun farm yard where kids can run, play and enjoy the live farm animals to the cafe & bakery where you can indulge in some deliciousness this is a great place to spend the day.  Don’t forget to stop at the gift loft and market where you’ll find a large selection of unique gift and fresh locally grown items.

springridge chickens

Taste of Burlington – Get out of the kitchen and indulge in a 3 course prix fixe meal at 23 of Burlington’s best restaurants before it ends on Sunday August 2.  Visit the website for participating restaurants, pricing and menus.

Taste of Burlington

We are always here to help, our visitor centre is open daily from 8am – 6pm and we will also be at the Jospeh Brant Day festival on Monday.  For more information on what to see and do in Burlington give us a call at 877.499.9989, visit our website or connect with us on twitter or facebook.

 

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