Come celebrate neurodiversity! In honour of World Autism Awareness Day that took place on April 2nd, the Ontario Science Centre is partnering up with Geneva Centre for Autism and others to offer sensory-friendly events and programming. The next event takes place on April 21 2018.
With a variety of communities in mind, Sensory-friendly Saturdays were developed to provide an environment that is inclusive, accessible and respectful. Open to everyone, the programming is appropriate for all ages and abilities.
In addition to the content partner, Geneva Centre for Autism, the Science Centre collaborates with Holland Bloorview, Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation, powered by Baycrest, Awake Labs and BEACON Digital Therapy.
Torontonians were reported to have been lining up for 10 hours on Easter Sunday just to get a taste of the chicken from Jollibee, a fast-food chain that has long been touted as the ‘McDonald’s of the Philippines’.
On both sides of the Pacific, Jollibee has long been a staple of Filipinos living inside and outside of their home country, serving up traditional American dishes, such as burgers, fries, chicken and spaghetti, with a uniquely Asian spin.
The chicken and gravy, which you can order at the location at a two-piece Chickenjoy, is arguably the most popular dish on the menu. A pro tip for maximum enjoyment from a seasoned Jollibee customer: ask for extra gravy sauce. You’ll need it for both dipping the chicken in, and then to pour over your rice.
The iconic Jollibee red and white mascot was first seen on the front step of the chain’s premiere restaurant in the Philippines in 1975. Since then, it has grown to become the small Southeast Asian country’s largest fast-food chain and this Scarborough location will become Canada’s third location, as there are already two operating in Winnipeg.
The chain is hoping to expand their Canadian fleet to include a location in downtown Edmonton and another two stores in Ontario, one in Mississauga and one in downtown Toronto.
If you do reside in the GTA, then you can make a trip to Scarborough Plaza to check out the Filipino fast-food offerings from Jollibee.
Do you have a self-professed Peppa Pig fan at home? If so, then you’ll be keen to hear that the adorable pig will be heading out on tour in Canada starting this April 2018. The show is going to feature life size puppets, and will include all of the favourite characters that your child has come to love watching on the television, but this time they’ll be played out as anthropomorphized puppets!
You can get tickets at either Ticketmaster, where you will be able to grab seats for as little as $32 USD, or at the main Peppa Pig site where they are selling VIP passes for $179.50. This is a bit pricier than the general admission seats, but the VIP Surprise Party Pass will include all of the following extra perks:
1 premium seat in the first 15 rows of the venue
Exclusive access to the Peppa Pig Party after the show
Healthy snacks and water
Meet and greet photo opportunity with the Peppa Pig cast on the pink carpet
1 exclusive Peppa Pig lunch box
On-site party concierge
Another possible option, should it be available in your city, is to pick up tickets on Groupon, where tickets have already been discounted (for the Hamilton show on May 1st) to be just $35 (reg. $53.40).
The shows will feature the iconic six rescue dogs, led by the tech-savvy boy named Ryder and will run from March 16-18.
The Toronto show is called Great Pirate Adventure, while the Vancouver show has been called the Race to the Rescue show. They are both teaming with some amazing talent, and will surely be a blast for the young ones in your family who are self-proclaimed PAW Patrol addicts.
Warm up this March with Second Cup Canada! Throughout this month, Second Cup Canada are holding a Warm Up Wednesdays event where you can enjoy any medium Latte, Flavoured Latte, Tea Latte, Hot Chocolate or Flat White for only $2.95! Simply present the digital coupon with barcode to the barista at the cash register and enjoy!
This offer is valid at participating locations on every Wednesday throughout the month of March, 2018.
Hudson’s Bay Canada is breaking into spring this week with a couple of sales that are specifically designed with the fashion forward woman in mind. In the first offer, you can shop the spring accessories event where you can save up to 25% off on handbags, shoes, watches, hats, scarves, jewellery and much more! And in the second offer, you can save up t0 25% off on bras!
Most of the bras being sold in the second sale are sports bras, which include offers from top athletic brands like Reebok, Nike, Adidas and Puma. For instance, this PUMA Yogini Lux Strappy Bra is on sale for just $37.50, though it would usually cost $50.
Within the accessories event sale, you can save up to 25% off on all sorts of accessories, including items like this super funky IVY PARK Nylon Baseball Cap, now only $30 (was $40). Within the handbag portion of this sale though, it’s setup as a buy more, save more offer. So if you spend $175+, you’ll save $50, if you spend $125+, you’ll save $30, and if you spend $75+, you’ll save $15.
This accessories event will only be around for a limited time.
The Hudson’s Bay offers FREE shipping on orders that are $45+ (or $29+ on beauty purchases) when you pay with your Hudson’s Bay credit card, or $99+ (or $49+ on beauty purchases) when you pay with any other form of tender.
You’ll perhaps remember a few months back when we posted about how Farm Boy Canada was planning on opening up at least 10 new locations within the GTA this year, perhaps making competing grocers like Loblaw’s and Longo’s cringe a little at the fact that this locally established chain that specializes in providing fresh, local produce would be branching out into Toronto. Well, this past week saw the opening of the new location at the Shoppes of Alderwood plaza at Brown’s Line and Evans Avenue, and people were stoked to see the opening of this Ontario local haunt within the GTA.
The local produce section is certainly one of the finer highlights of Farm Boy’s offerings, though they’re small-batch private label products are something akin to our southern neighbour’s Trader Joe’s labels; they provide everything from salad dressings and spices to even carrying their own chocolate covered snacks and other salted delights.
The month of March is the month that spring (finally!) begins, and it also marks a month of new beginnings. So it should come as no surprise that your children may be itching to get their creative juices flowing, as the ground around them begins to blossom into life they too may want to be creating something new and beautiful. If you wouldn’t describe yourself as a creatively-inclined individual, then you needn’t fear as Michaels Arts and Craft Store Canada has got you covered, as they’re going to be hosting FREE (or nearly free) events throughout the month of March where your kids can flex their creative muscles.
For this Saturday, March 10 from 1-3pm, you can stop by your local Michaels to create a spring wreath for FREE. The only cost will be the spring wreath base, but Michaels will provide the decorations and instructions on-site for free.
This event is for children ages 3 and up and there is no pre-registration required, though it will be offered on a first come first served basis.
Toys R Us Canada has FREE Family Events in February 2018. The Toys R Us Family Events include fun make & Takes, product demos, giveaways and more.
Visit your local Toys “R” Us store to take part in the exciting promotions and activities your kids will love. All events are offered In-store only. While quantities last. Giveaways and make and takes are limit to one per child. Events recommended for children ages 4 years and up.
Saturday, February 24, 2018 – from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.:
LEGO Creativity Make and Take Challenge
What is at the bottom of the ocean? How could you travel to Mars? Roll the LEGO Creativity dice and find out what your build challenge is! No instructions, just your imagination!
Take your creations home!
No registration required. Events recommended for kids 4 and up. Event material available while supplies last and distributed to participants only. Limit one per child.
The child must be present to participate. Parental supervision required at all times. Event activities may vary by store and are subject to change. While supplies last. Limit one per customer.
March Break offers parents the chance to get their children to be active within their city and with a new group of kids than they usually interact with at school, especially if they hit up the free events that are planned at the Toronto Public Library. Each branch is offering their own unique blend of educational, fun and interactive activities, but the best part about these offerings is that they’re all being run for free!
There are hundreds of games and programs to choose from, all of which cater to kids who are aged from toddler to teen.
While there are a number of programs to choose from, which you should be sure to investigate what’s being offered at your local branch, here are some samples of what you can expect to find over March Break at the Toronto Public Library:
Intro to Improv for Teens, Mon March 12 (Brentwood)
Improv with Bad Dog Theatre, Thu Mar 15 (Lillian H. Smith)
March Break Movie: Wonder, Fri Mar 16 (Fairview)
LEGO Movie, Thu Mar 15 (Sanderson)
Afternoon at the Movies: TBA, Sat Mar 17 (Brookbanks)
March Break Family Movie: Coco, Fri Mar 16 (Oakwood Village Library and Arts Centre)
March Break Fun! Movie, Fri Mar 16 (Agincourt)
Snap Circuits for Kids, March 13 & 15 (Agincourt)
Robotics Camp, ongoing event running from Mon, Mar 12 – Fri Mar 16 (Toronto Reference Library)
Fun with KEVA Planks and LEGO, Fri Mar 1611:00 am – 12:00 pm (City Hall)