As a father of 3 young children, we are always looking for fun, exciting things to do on the weekends with them which are hopefully mentally and physically stimulating, educational and hopefully interesting for us as well. After 8 years of being a dad, we’ve been just about everywhere here in Toronto and surrounding area and I thought we had visited, heard of, or knew of all the great places to visit until I came across Safari Niagara.
Have you heard about Safari Niagara before? Have you been there? Did you know it is only 10 minutes from Niagara Falls in Stevensville, Ontario, and did you know that Safari Niagara is for visitors of all ages and all abilities and not only are there animals on a 150-acre, privately owned and operated nature park, which is home to more than 750 animals of native and exotic mammals, reptiles and birds.
- educational guided walking tours (free)
- an educational, narrated tram ride/tour
- interactive, educational demonstrations including birds of prey and threatened species presentations
- petting farm-yard
- catch-and-release fishing
If that is not enough fun, there is also other activities including ropes course*, bungee*, Safari Rides*, paddle boating, kite-flying and playing at the large playgrounds, sandbox and animal-themed splash pad. (* June 1st to labour day). Forget visiting for one day, we could live here!
Here is what you might not know about Safari Niagara is that their vision;
Safari Niagara’s vision is to provide people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to meet animals and birds up close. It is hoped that such interaction with nature will inspire future conservationists and naturalists. In a world where children experience fewer exchanges with nature, Safari Niagara provides an unprecedented opportunity for kids to view, experience and learn about many animal and bird species that share our planet while engaging in a fun and rewarding adventure.
Safari Niagara is also home to one of Canada’s largest steel sculpture exhibits, on loan by artist Rod Dowling and the park includes an outdoor 90,000 square-foot outdoor amphitheatre which hosts the annual Safari Niagara Summer Concert Series of live concerts (check out the current list of concerts here), and the park also offers plenty of shaded picnic areas, a counter-service restaurant and gift shop.
Safari Niagara is open to the public on May 11, 2013 and closes October 14, 2013 (It is closed August 14th for a private event).
From June 1st to Labour Day, your 2013 Season Passes and Day Admissions included unlimited use of the Adventure Zone Activities: Ropes Course, Bungee, Safari Rides, and our newly expanded Gator Tram Ride*!
Read about Safari Niagara’s amazing history here.
The kind folks at Safari Niagara have given me 2 family day passes – good for 2 adults and 2 children – to give away, for the 2013 season.
How to win: Get the word out! Share this post, like the link, and post a comment on this blog, through Twitter, or Facebook. The more social media places you share this post on, the better are the chances of winning!
It’s that easy.
How will you know if you won?
Well starting today, July 24th, I will be taking down the names of everyone who posts, likes and shares this article and at the end of 2 weeks, I will put all those names into a hat and let my kids pick the 2 winners. I will then arrange and mail out the passes to the winners ASAP so the winners can get out and enjoy the park with their family.
Needless to say, it’s the perfect way to wind up a summer!
So check out their website, and get posting / sharing and linking Safari Niagara and get ready to win with The Urban Daddy. Who knows, we might even see you there!
A couple of days ago on my Facebook page, I posted a story about how I’m smarter than a 6-year-old.
Here is the post;
Phew! Still smarter than a 6yo.
My 6yo and 3yo were fighting over apples tonight. Each wanted their own for snack, however both kids are exhausted which means I would have pieces of 2 brown apples turning up later tonight when neither of them finished their entire apples.
So I deferred to them to figure out how to split the one apple they get for snack.
6yo Stewie decided that since he’s bigger he should get 6 pieces of apple while little Boo gets 3 pieces.
“Are you sure?”, I asked? “Is that splitting the apple and sharing?”
“It’s fair”, he said “and that is what I decided.”
“Okay” was my response.
So I cut the apple into quarters and gave 3 of the quarters to Boo, in a bowl, then I took the last quarter and cut it into 6 small slices.
There. 3 pieces for Boo and 6 for Stewie.
Score one for the Daddy!!!
Update: So while I was patting myself on the back for being the smartest daddy on the block, I failed to check the table to make sure they finished their apples.
When I did check, I saw that Stewie easily finished his quarter apple, however, Boo only ate half of one of the quarters of the apples she was given. No wonder Stewie was so smug when I made that decision. He knew his sister wasn’t going to eat 3/4ers of an apple.
So to be sure he didn’t find out, I ate the rest of her now browning apple…
Then I blogged about it.
Did you know that today, May 1st, is Doctors’ Day here in Ontario.
The Ontario Medical Association is asking Ontarians to help celebrate this day by sending a personalized thank you card to their doctors. The cards can be created on this website, http://thanksdoc.oma.org/. Once submitted, the OMA will deliver your thank you card directly to your doctor.
When was the last time you thanked your doctor?
As an added incentive, everyone who submits a thank you card is eligible to win an iPhone5 and Fitbit One™ Wireless Activity & Sleep Tracker.
You can even thank you Doctor on Facebook, or send a kind note to the OMA through Twitter for taking care of their members. I have spent numerous hours on their Facebook page reading articles which as a parent are important to me, such as the OMA asking to have antibiotics removed from livestock feed in Canada and the alarming amount of sodium in restaurant food.
As a special thank you for posting about a wonderful cause, the OMA is offering you, the reader, and opportunity to win a $25 Sport Chek gift card. All you have to do to have an opportunity to win is post a comment on my blog or Facebook page of the direct link to their thank you on the website (example: http://thanksdoc.oma.org/#367) just to be sure that you have actually participated in this day of recognition.
On May 15th, I will take down the names of all of you who took the time to comment, put them in a hat and have one of my children draw a winner. The winner will be notified via email.
I’m off now to send a thank you to our family doctor of 13 years who adapted her style to meet our needs when she realized that we prefer to try natural remedies first before getting to the antibiotics for us and our children. As a result, she offers us all solutions and we greatly appreciate that!