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Family Events and Activities (Posted On: Monday, July 11, 2011)

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Exciting festivals, free family events, and summer activities are plentiful so if the kids are driving you crazy after only a couple weeks of summer vacation there’s lots of stuff that’s easy on the wallet to keep them occupied.  When was the last time you took the kids to Blue Mountain Go Karts?  Check it out because it’s under new ownership and they’re making lots of changes there.

Click HERE to see the video of Roy Leblanc and the Elvis events happening at the Olde Town Terrace.

FAMARAMA in the Blue Mountain Village is happening this weekend from July 15th – 17th.  This 3-day free family weekend is celebrating families with buskers, live music, juggling, magic shows, pajama party, outdoor Movies Under The Stars, Juno Award performers, family hiking, gondola rides, Plunge! Aquatic Centre & kids activities.  Click here for a full line-up of events and to find out when you can meet and greet Dora the Explorer and Diego.

Collingwood Elvis Festival at Blue (July 22-24) offers 3 days of FREE outdoor concerts by some of the top Elvis Tribute artists!  Featuring all time favorite ROY LEBLANC Saturday afternoon in the Village.  Click here to find out who is playing when in the Blue Mountain Village.

Remember there are free Movies under the Stars all summer long every Wednesday and Friday evening. 

If your kids are crafty, checkout Minds Alive in Downtown Collingwood for a complete list of summer craft workshops for your youngsters.

Don’t forget about the Creemore Children’s Festival this weekend.  Click here for everything you need to know at your fingertips.

You can also sneak in a little bit of culture into their diets with a trip to one of our local museums or take in Wasaga Under Siege which only comes around once a year and is really worth taking in.  One of my favourite museums to visit is the Craigleith Heritage Depot.  A ride along the Georgian Trail with a pit stop at the Depot combines exercise with local culture and history.  Your kids can laugh at the funny looking old wooden skis and also marvel fossils.

The Craigleith Heritage Depot offers the following exhibits:

• History of the Craigleith Depot
• History of the changing railways
• Geological history (fossils, ancient seas, escarpment)
• The Petun archaeological sites
• The Paleolithic archaeological sites
• History of the ski industry
• Sir Sandford Fleming
• The Craigleith Oil Works
• The wreck of the Mary Ward
• History of the apple industry
• TBM peoples and places in history (i.e. Rankin, Stuart, etc.)
• History of the Town of The Blue Mountains

The Collingwood Museum has a whole schedule of activities to keep your little hands busy this summer.  Click here for more information and please note that pre-registration is required because space is limited. welcomes our newest clients:

Simplicity Bistro
Simplicity Bistro is a casual dining experience in the setting of an 1880's post masters office, it blends together both rustic charm and sleek elegance, to create an atmosphere that is intimate yet inviting. Focusing on recognizable Canadian foods and using french culinary techniques chef/owners Scott Chalmers and Andrew Barber have worked hard to create an affordable yet memorable dinning experience. Boasting a moderate sized, affordable wine list with weekly feature wines by the glass or half litre there is a wine for every diner's palate and price point. Also serving Carlsberg and the new Cameron's brewery soon to be on tap, currently available by the bottle. Stop and enjoy a quick lunch or a family meal or just come on down to enjoy one of our many house made desserts. We can meet your needs for special occasion's or an everyday dining experience.

81 King Street East, Thornbury ON N0H 2P0
T: 519.599.5550

Dorgelo Jewellery
Local artist Bonnie Dorgelo designs unique, contemporary sterling silver jewellery. Demonstrating her pride in workmanship, Bonnie finds intriguing ways of combining colours, textures, sheens and opacities, resulting in her highly sought after creations. Among her materials she includes sterling silver, quartz and swarovski crystals. DORGELO JEWELLERY is available for purchase at ECHO TRENDS, Blue Mountain Village, Collingwood and at her studio located in the beautifully renovated TREMONT building.

80 Simcoe St., 2nd Floor, Collingwood ON
T: L9Y 1H8

Casbah Cantina
Collingwood’s newest and best live music venue; with bands from all across Ontario playing weekly. Come in and surrender to our cozy rock bar atmosphere, barn board walls covered with legends’ and memorabilia. Our quaint kitchen’s serving up a tantalizing Mexican inspired menu. Preparing fresh healthy food daily, with nothing frozen or deep fried. Our lunch menu is simple yet refreshing for a hot summer’s day. Or warm up with one of our classic “headliners”; taco’s, quesadillas or burritos, featured on both the lunch and dinner menu. Follow our web and/or facebook page to keep up to date with shows and specials

18 Hurontario Street, Collingwood ON L9Y 1C4
T: 705-293-0483

Gift Basket Boutique
Sunshine on a Cloudy Day’s New Gift Basket Boutique is located at 25 Second Street, Collingwood. We’re open Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and everyday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm at 174 Main Street in Wasaga Beach. Shop for Gift Baskets, Homemade Fudge, Truffles, Gourmet Food, Gourmet Beverages, Chocolate, Ladies & Mens Clothes, Accessories, Bath & Body Products, Jewellery, Pottery, Art, Stuffed Toys and more Canadian Made Gifts. Sunshine on a Cloudy Day offers many services including custom gift baskets, custom fudge and local delivery in Collingwood and Wasaga Beach. We’re Spreading Sunshine Everywhere.

25 Second Street, Collingwood ON L9Y1E4
T: 705-446-9988

Blue Mountain Go Karts
Under New Ownership ~ Blue Mountain Go Karts is a popular Georgian Bay family entertainment centre. Only minutes from Collingwood and Wasaga Beach, we provide the ultimate in recreational driving on our Daytona Multi-Lap system track. We boast the very best in safety, value and excitement for all ages. We feature a challenging 18 hole mini-put course and baseball/softball batting cages as well as a kiddy track (5-10 yrs). Our on-site snack bar features all the favourites. Drop a few quarters into our authentic 80’s video games and take on Mario or Ms. Pacman for a trip down memory lane. Bring the family for a fun filled day or book your next event or party. Your group will quickly see that at Blue Mountain Go Karts, adults can feel like kids and kids can feel like racers. Open 7 days a week until Labour Day 10am – 10pm Labour Day to Thanksgiving open most days, but please call to confirm.

Fairgrounds Rd., Collingwood ON
T: 705.445.2419

See you at The Elvis Festival!




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