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ROM for the Holidays

So it’s after New Years but there’s still four more days of holiday vacation before the kids go back to school.  What’s a parent to do, especially with the extreme cold alerts we’ve been having in the Greater Toronto Area?

Luckily the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) has it all under control with extended hours, discounted admissions and stupendous family fun until January 5th.  Here are three ideas if you decide to visit:

Earth Rangers Wild Journey

Aside from the opportunity to have a close encounter with one of the cool animal ambassadors from Earth Rangers, visitors will be treated to a 20-minute show where they will see majestic creatures such as a serval cat, an acrobatic lemur and a beautiful eagle (see below).  Spectators will also learn how they can protect these endangered creatures as they learn more about the animal ambassadors and their habitats.


Biodiversity and Discovery Galleries

Bats, birds and bones…oh my!  That’s all in this area on Level 2 and much, much more!  The Bat Cave is a thrilling, immersive experience that shows bats in their natural habitat.  Dinosaurs and their bones can be discovered by archaeologists of all ages and if you have a budding birder in the family, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to meet the staff from Bird Studies Canada, a non-profit association that is helping birds and their habitats in Canada.

Here’s a video on what to expect in the Bat Cave:


Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Have any avid photographers in the family?  If so, you won’t want to miss the spectacular exhibit of 100 photos from around the world that were entries in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.  Hannes Lochner’s amazing image of a curious lion cub is one of the winning images on display at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit at the ROM.


For hours, prices and to plan your visit check out the ROM for the Holidays web page.

Article: Anna Augusto Rodrigues
Earth Rangers image: Phil Raby 

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A Bed & Breakfast for families

My husband and I love staying at bed and breakfasts.  We love the special attention, the delectable breakfasts and getting the inside scoop from the hosts on the area we are visiting.  Sadly though, since having our daughter eight years ago, our visits to quiet and quaint B and Bs have been immensely curtailed in favour of cookie-cutter hotels with plenty of family amenities, but none of the personal touches.

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Toronto’s Carnival through the Lens

Have you ever wondered about the origins of the Caribbean Carnival in Toronto?  If the answer is yes, you will have to check out the exhibit Toronto’s Carnival: Festival Photographs from 1967 to Today.  Read more

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Algonquin Park’s Wolf Howls program

Who’s afraid of the big, bad wolf? Quite a lot of people it seems if you believe the popular myths about these predators.

Even those in charge of protecting our provincial parks held massive wolf culls in the early 1900s to drive the species out of existence. But despite all the past huffing and puffing about wolves as evil incarnate, it turns out they were greatly misunderstood and park naturalists have been working hard ever since to blow down the inaccurate stereotypes.

At Ontario’s Algonquin Park, visitors can get a chance to communicate directly with these fascinating animals by joining a Public Wolf Howl on Thursday nights in August.

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