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We're excited to launch our NEW Holiday Family Fun Guide this year! It's chockful of fabulous ideas for family fun this holiday season: local attractions, creative fun, family theatre, outdoor activities and special festive events. Sometimes making memories with your kids is the BEST present ever!
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Museum of Illusions

With 80+intriguing visual, sensual and educational illusions unlike anything you’ve ever seen before, the Museum will trick your senses and provide for a unique interactive experience that is sure to please both young and old.

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Ross Petty Productions proudly presents THE WIZARD OF OZ – The Toto-ly Twistered Family Musical.

Follow the yellow brick road to the Elgin Theatre in Toronto from November 30, 2018 – January 5, 2019 for the 23rd annual fractured fairytale!

Strapping on the famous ruby slippers will be Camille Eanga-Selenge, as the adventure-bound and homesick Dorothy. Swept up from their home on Ossington Avenue (in one of those twisters that the West End is known for), Dorothy and her dog Toto must find their way back home…with a little help from the funniest trio with more courage, heart and brains since the Three Stooges!

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Glow Barrie

November 24th - January 6th

Bring together the people you love to stroll, laugh and play under the twinkle of a million lights. Our playgrounds and interactive features will entertain the kids for hours, while the adults kick back at our licensed bar and enjoy some seasonal beverages and live music. Glow’s illuminated sculptures are the perfect backdrop for selfies and holiday family photos. And don’t forget to stop by our Holly Jolly Tree Lot to pick your perfect evergreen!

It’s all the magic and wonder of an outdoor festival, hosted inside our cozy and spacious venue.


Ceramics Canada

Make your gifts extra special this year by making them one of a kind at Ceramics Canada, Durham Region's Fired Arts Studio offering paint your own pottery in both earthenware and stoneware, hand building with clay, glass fusing and pottery wheel classes. Our offering and selection is huge! From Christmas trees to Custom Snowmen to ornaments to mugs, plates bowls, and and so much more in between. All ages welcome... Drop in anytime! Need gifts? Forget the mall, make them all! (We're now located at 100 Bloor East in Oshawa between Simcoe and Ritson on the North Side)

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12 Days of Enrichment at the Toronto Zoo!

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 to Sunday, January 6, 2018

Join the Zoo this holiday season as our animals celebrate with 12 Days of Enrichment! The Toronto Zoo’s Behavioural Husbandry Program is designed to provide enrichment and training experiences that mimic an animal’s natural behaviour and provide mental stimulation as well as choice within their environments. Join us at the Zoo over the holidays and find out more about why enrichment is important and experience our animal family receiving their very own holiday treats!

Visit for the full 12 Days of Enrichment schedule!

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Holiday Bricktacular

Build holiday memories this holiday season at LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Toronto with a winter wonderland filled with LEGO® fun including ornament building, scavenger hunts, photo opportunities and more! Plus, guests can receive send letters via the Centre’s mailbox to receive their dream LEGO set!

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The Second City Family Holiday Show: The Naughty Listers

A hilarious holiday musical for all ages! The North Pole is thrown into chaos when one of Santa’s most trusted elves goes rogue. To get the holidays back on track, Santa will need the help of some of the naughtiest children ever. The Second City is proud to present The Naughty Listers – a hilarious musical adventure that all members of the family will enjoy. Even the naughty ones.

Use promo code PARENT for 20% off tickets


A Nutcracker Christmas at the Castle

This December, join us to celebrate and take part in the holiday magic at Casa Loma during A Nutcracker Christmas at the Castle Dec 1st – Jan 6th. Experience the holiday magic of Casa Loma at night Dec17th – 23rd with a dazzling lighting display in the gardens and outdoor Christmas Market.


Dagmar Ski Resort

This Christmas Season chose Dagmar Ski Resort as the go to destination for your Family and Friends! A wonderful option to purchase outdoor fun is at your fingertips! Shop On-Line for Holiday Camps, Programs, Season Passes, Coupon Books, Gift Cards, Stocking Stuffers and more!!! Dagmar Resort has something for everyone, big or small and in every budget!

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Clarington Family New Year’s Eve Celebration

Clarington is hosting Family New Year’s Eve Celebration at the Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Free activities include jumping castles, carnival games, balloon drop at 9:00 pm. Public skating requires a wristband for a fee. New sensory break zone. Visit for more information.

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The Quest to Save Christmas


Santa and the North Pole need your help to save Christmas! Available for booking in two difficulty levels, advanced or novice.

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Blumination Dream Trail

December 1 – January 6

Blumination Dream Trail is a FREE one-kilometer, magical winter stroll featuring a number of interactive and entrancing light installations along the pedestrian streets of Blue Mountain Village and around the Mill Pond. 50 shops and restaurants open every day until 9pm, free professional photos with Santa on Saturdays and much more.

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NEW SHOW – the Queen rules at Medieval Times!

3 shows daily during the winter break! Experience pageantry, dramatic horsemanship, breath-taking swordplay, falconry, and romance while feasting on a medieval banquet. Adults $44.95 kids & teens $34.95 thru the holiday break when you use code FEAST18. Veggie, Halal & Kosher available. Call 1-888-WE-JOUST or visit for tickets.

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Crock A Doodle Whitby

Enjoy the fun of pottery painting in our bright and cheerful studio. A special place to gather with family and friends for pottery painting fun. Our drop-in format welcomes people of every age and ability. We also offer birthday parties, ladies nights, teambuilding and corporate events. No reservations required.


Diversified Theatre presents Alice in Wonderland: A Musical Adventure

Tickets are onsale now for our all-new production of "Alice in Wonderland". So join Alice, the White, Rabbit, Mad Hatter and of course the Queen of Hearts as we sing, dance and laugh our way through this magical adventure! For tickets go to

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Get your family off the couch and onto the slopes this winter at Brimacombe - Durham's largest ski and snowboard area! Located less than one hour east of Toronto, Brimacombe has everything your family needs! From lift tickets and lessons, to rentals and retail, to food and family time - we've got your family covered this winter season. For more information, please visit

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Black Creek Pioneer Village

We’ll bring the jolly, you bring the cheer! Black Creek Pioneer Village is the place to be this Christmas season. Experience the Holidays with traditional Victorian activities. From Festive Weekends to Storytime with Santa there is something for everyone!


Second City: Winter Break Camps

Think on your feet, be spontaneous and be a team player! Campers play fun improv games (like Whose Line is it Anyway?) to help access creativity, boost self-confidence and develop spontaneity and playfulness.

Great for Beginners – No experience is needed for these camps. Have a little or a lot of improv experience–you’ll have a blast either way!

Register now with code PARENTSOURCE for 10% off!


Ontario Science Centre

Get into the holiday science spirit with enchanting mechanics and the science of the very small. See artist Rowland Emett’s whimsical holiday Dream Machines. Make take-home worthy experiments in DIY Science. Get the 101 on by quantum building toys, testing your IQ (“into-quantumness”) and using your deductive powers to discover surprising quantum phenomena.