Get Real Episode 3 – Community Events Wednesday – November 14, 2013

On today’s Episode of Get Real, I investigate a new Aquarium Attraction in Downtown Toronto and research the various Santa Claus Parades around town.

Here are the links to each of the attractions in this episode.

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

Toronto Santa Claus Parade

Markham Santa Claus Parade

Richmond Hill Santa Claus Parade

Newmarket Santa Claus Parade

Aurora Santa Under The Stars Parade

Thank-you for joining me for this episode. I hope to see you at the Aquarium and Parade this weekend!

Kirby Chan

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Markham Fair & Woodbridge Fair 2013

Markham Fair

Nothing conjures up happy childhood memories more than a county fair. The twinkling lights of the midway, the carnival games with their dangling prizes, fingers sticky from cotton candy, caramel apples and elephant ears….it’s no wonder fairs are able to delight the masses, young and old. Fall fairs are in full swing across the province and planning is well under way for two of York Region’s most popular fairs. The Markham Fair will take place October 3 – 6 and the Woodbridge Fair on Thanksgiving weekend, October 12 – 14.

The Markham Fair has the proud distinction of being one of Canada’s oldest county fairs. It takes 750 volunteers on 75 different committees to organize the four-day event that draws over 60,000 attendees.  Somewhere in the neighbourhood of 3,000 exhibitors will enter more than 12,000 items to be judged and put on display during the fair. Attendees can expect to see everything from hand-carved wooden toys to homemade pies and preserves. Other highlights include a horse pull, demolition derby, tractor pull, livestock shows, teen talent contest, indie band night, children’s pet show and, of course, the baby contest. Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings will close with fireworks at dusk.

Parking at the Markham Fair is free. Admission: adults $15, seniors $10, children 12 and under $2, children four and under are free. The Markham Fairgrounds are located at 10801 McCowan Road. Check out the full events listing at www.markhamfair.ca

The Woodbridge Fair is celebrating its 166th anniversary in 2013. This long-time running fair has a storied history and was advertised as the ‘biggest country fair in the Dominion of Canada’ during the 1920’s and 1930’s. Highlights of the Woodbridge Fair include a giant pumpkin contest, stunt show, horse show, school exhibits, cow milking contest, craft, baking and antique displays, farm area with petting zoo and straw bale maze, hourly free turkey raffles and vendor tents.

Parking at the Woodbridge Fair is free. Admission: adults $7, students aged 6 -14 $2, children under 6 are free. The Woodbridge Fairgrounds are located at 100 Porter Avenue. Check out the website at www.woodbridgefair.com for full events listing.

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Get Up Close And Personal With An Array Of Creatures At Reptilia In Vaughan

Turtoise in ReptiliaA human-hunting crocodile. A goat-eating python. The world’s most venomous King Cobra. Sound like your kind of thing? Then be sure to plan a visit this summer to Reptilia, where these and hundreds of other creepy crawlers await.

Reptilia Reptile Zoo and Education Facility is a one-of-a-kind destination located in Vaughan, just north of Toronto. The 25,000 sq. ft. centre is dedicated to showcasing reptiles and amphibians while educating visitors about these unique creatures that tend to cause most people to shudder in terror.

At Reptilia, you’ll have the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the world’s most feared reptiles and amphibians. The crew at Reptilia loves to show off the residents so there are a number of shows and tours offered on a daily basis. Shows take place every hour on the hour and are included with the price of admission. Feeding time is also popular with the kids, so each day of the week offers a rare opportunity to watch one of the reptiles enjoy their dinner. Check out the website for the feeding time schedule.

Reptilia offers an extraordinary way to celebrate your little thrill-seeker’s birthday. Your host will bring an assortment of creatures to the party room for your very own interactive reptile show, where kids will have the opportunity to touch and hold the animals. Next, a guided tour of the zoo will offer plenty of fascinating facts about reptiles and amphibians and the chance to explore for as long as you like.

You can also bring the zoo to your place with one of Reptilia’s at-home parties. The hour-long show will feature snakes, lizards, crocodilians and turtles and give kids the chance to touch each one. Visit the website for further details and pricing.
For kids with a serious passion for reptiles and amphibians, Reptilia also offers weekly summer camps from July 4 until August 31. Campers are divided into three age groups and will learn about handling, feeding and caring for reptiles and much more. Ask about the Junior Keeper Program for children 7-14.

Reptilia Reptile Zoo and Education Facility is located at 2501 Rutherford Rd. in Vaughan. Call 1-800-REPTILIA or visit www.reptilia.org.

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There’s ‘blocks’ Of Fun To Be Had At Vaughan’s Legoland Discovery Centre

Vaughan Kids Attractions

Lego sure has come a long way since it was first introduced it in 1949. As the original building block, Lego has kept up with times and is now available in a variety of theme sets, complete with mini figures, motors, gears and lights.

The word ‘Lego’ comes from a Danish word for “play well” and this much-loved toy has certainly lived up to its name over the years.

Whether Lego is a hit with the kids or one of your favourite pastimes, a visit to the Legoland Discovery Centre in Vaughan is great for some indoor fun on those rainy days.  Geared towards children three to 10 years old, Legoland features a variety of attractions, two rides, a 4D cinema and a café. It’s the perfect place for kids to let their imaginations run wild.

The whole family can hop aboard the Kingdom Quest chariot, where you’ll battle skeletons and trolls with your mounted laser guns as you race along a track on a mission to rescue the captured princess. Next, test your knowledge of Toronto’s iconic landmarks in MiniLand, where some of the city’s most recognizable buildings have been replicated into miniatures using 1.5 million Lego blocks.

For those who feel the need for speed, visit the Lego Racers Build and Test area. Get creative and build an airplane, train or car and race it down the speed test track.

Serious Lego builders will want to stop by the Lego Master Builder Academy where the Discovery Centre’s own Master Model Builder will teach kids some of their tried-and-true tricks with hands-on instruction.

Younger kids will have a blast in the DUPLO Village, where hundreds of DUPLO bricks and giant soft bricks, exclusive to the Discovery Centre, are available to stacking, climbing and tumbling. The Lego Construction Site is also geared towards younger children, with a maximum height restriction of three feet.
For a birthday party your kids won’t soon forget, call 1-855-356-2150 for details of the Lego themed party packages.

Tickets are $22 plus tax for adults and $18 plus tax for children three to 13. Children under three are free. Take advantage of the after 3 p.m. Saver and pay just $15 per person, Monday to Thursday only.  Purchase tickets online for guaranteed entry at www.legolanddiscoverycentre.ca.

Legoland Discovery Centre, open Monday through Saturday at 10a.m. and Sunday at 11a.m., is located at 1 Bass Pro Mills Drive., Vaughan.

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