This weekend, we decided to show some love to Burlington.  In 2016, Money Sense rated Burlington as the second best Canadian city to live in (right after Ottawa, which, in our opinion, could be the subject of debate…but let’s not get off-topic).

If you are in or near Burlington this weekend, and looking to make some winter memories on this last January weekend, you’ve come to the right place!  There is something for everyone.  Here is a sampling:

 

I.   Fans of Big Band and Swing are in for a treat this Sunday, January 29, 2017.  The Burlington Performing Arts Centre is presenting a tribute to Dean Martin and Ella Fitzgerald, featuring the Toronto All-Star Big Band.  Tickets are $45 for the 2:00 p.m. show.  Follow our link to the Burlington PAC site to snag yours asap.  You won’t be sorry!

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II.  The Royal Botanical Gardens, one of the jewels of Burlington, has a truly winter-centric exhibit on between January 21 and April 17, 2017.  The Big Freeze  answers all your questions about the Ice Age by means of two special exhibitions daily, and family-friendly activities for the young and the young-at-heart.  Check out details here.

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III.  Families with wee ones can start weekend activities early with Toddler Days.  Held at the historic Ireland House, [2168 Guelph Line],these activities stimulate learning by hands-on participation and pure fun with their parents by their sides.  This week, “the toddlers will become circus performers by hopping through flaming hoops, and walking the tightrope. They will test their hand-eye co-ordination by playing the Balloon Tap game, as they will try to keep a balloon in the air.”  Next week – they play make-believe in the Wild West.  Keep your eye on the Burlington Calendar for up to date activities for the little ones.

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IV.  Far be it from us to neglect the grown-ups.  If this is the weekend to hire a great sitter and leave the kids at home, check out The Burlington Winter Beer Festival.  Billed as ‘a variety of Brewers showcasing their finest offerings to help you with the winter blahs,’ we highly recommend this event for all the winter-weary among us!  Tickets cost $25, or $30 at the door (taxes included).  Admission price includes three samples of your choice – and extra tokens are available for purchase inside.

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V.  Looking to explore your artistic side?  The Art Gallery of Burlington is offering Open Studio time on January 29, 2017, from 1-4:00 p.m.  Located at 1333 Lakeshore Road (map), the AGB has an artist instructor available to provide inspiration at their free drop-in studio.  If you can’t face the chill in the air for outdoor activities again this weekend, come create your own vision of warmth!  Kids of all ages are welcome.

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We wish all our readers a super-fun and safe weekend enjoying the great activities this area has to offer.  Let us know how you decided to unwind here in our own backyard this weekend!