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Podcast for Children in Guelph

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We interviewed Andrew Whitfield who is the co creator of a local kids podcast called Podikins This was what he had to say below. Please tell us a bit about you, your friend and Podikins Presents. My name is Andrew Whitfield and I’m one of the co-founders of Podikins Creative Audio, and our podcast channel, Podikins Presents. James Nicholson is the other co-founder. I live i Guelph with my wife, Norah, and 16 month old daughter, Josephine, and work as a librarian. James lives in Guelph with his partner Hilary and their two dogs, Percy and Bella. James is working on a PhD in English Literature but he’s been pretty distracted with podcast production and sound design lately. Our podcast channel, Podikins Presents, features unique, fun, and interactive episodes in a variety of formats. In some episodes, we tell stories or perform a skit. In others, we have an activity for our listeners to try out. All of our episodes aim to inspire creativity through a wacky, playful, and sometimes downright silly use of language and sound. What inspired you to create a podcast for children? When we were looking for podcasts to play for our respective nieces and nephews we were both a little surprised by the lack of high-quality offerings in the Kids & Family section of the iTunes Podcast Directory. James had produced and hosted a podcast before and he proposed that we try our hand at creating engaging and screen-free audio activities for kids to enjoy with their parents, caregivers, or teachers. Since we’re both really into sound and music, we wanted to create something sound-rich with high production values, as well as being creative and interactive. We figure that if we can make audio that’s engaging enough to keep our nieces and nephews interested, then other kids might be into it too! What topics or themes do you plan on focusing on in future podcasts? We plan to continue to experiment with sound and to engage our audience through stories, skits, and activities. Original and improvised storytelling will always be featured prominently, but we also plan to continue to experiment with audience interaction and audio activities. Some activities we’re currently brainstorming include songwriting, drawing activities, joke writing and identifying sounds (a follow-up to our popular “Sound Sleuth” activity). How do you decide on each week's focus? A big part of what we do, and what we explore, is based on listener response and interest, but one of our guiding principles for each episode is “Hear, Think, Wonder” and we strive to ensure every episode we release can fulfill those tenets. (But, really, we’re making it up as we go along!) In terms of our process, it usually goes like this: early in the week we have a production meeting to discuss and brainstorm potential show concepts. Once we’ve hammered out our concept, the next step is writing a script, followed by recording. After that, James takes over with editing and sound design. The draft goes through multiple iterations before the end of the week. The final step is the mixing process, which ensures that everything sounds right, and then we release the show to iTunes first thing Saturday morning. What age range is your target audience? Another of our guiding principles is to create engaging content for curious and creative minds, age 0-99. Our target audience is definitely kids aged 6 and up, but we hope that younger children will find the sounds, voices, and music exciting, and that adults will find the episodes unique and interesting (and maybe even entertaining!) Do you have special guest speakers? At the moment, we don’t. But we do plan on having some special guests in upcoming episodes. How do your careers influence your desire to create a podcast for children? As a librarian, I’m passionate about storytelling, language, and learning. James, being a English PhD candidate, as well as a burgeoning audio producer, is equally passionate about storytelling, education and sound design. Why do you think there aren't more podcasts for children? It remains something of a mystery to us, but we doubt it will stay this way for long. It seems like kids really enjoy podcasts, so it’s inevitable that the quality and selection will improve going forward. There are already some great options out there (although not a lot), so we’re just hoping to add Podikins to that list! How can families find and listen to your podcast? Check out Podikins.fm or search for Podikins Presents on your favourite podcast app.

Small Creative Guelph Mom Businesses Part 2

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Guelph Kids Guide enjoys buying from and supporting local businesses. This blog features five small, creative businesses owned and operated by local mums. All of these mums offer special, one of a kind items for the little ones in your life. Baubles by ANA offers beautiful, sparkly jewellery; CamBri Collections offers pretty, colourful teething accessories, Little Owl Knit and Sew offers adorable, comfortable knit items; Marlee Jea s offers hip, handmade kids clothes; and Personally Yours by Kerry offers a huge range of unique, personalized items. Name: Business name: Baubles by ANA Where can we find you online? (website, social media, etc): We can be found on Facebook at Baubles-by-ANA-273310862859732 Why did you start your small shop? What inspired you? I started this business while on Mat leave with my son. I started it with the intention of making necklaces for my own 5 year old twins (my business partners). We gave a couple away as gifts and would get inquiries while we were out and my girls were wearing them and it just grew from there!! How would you describe your products in 5 words or less? 5 words....girly, sparkly, unique, customizable, colourful....I could keep going �� What is your favourite product that you've created? I have way too many favourites to list but we recently make a Mrs. Potts and Chip inspired necklace I don't know if we can part with. Why do you love living in Guelph? I don't live in Guelph but I travel there very often. I sell through another business called From Me to You Consignment. We love Elora for the small town feel and all the amazing activities for our young family.     Name: Business name: CamBri Collections Where can we find you online? (website, social media, etc): Facebook: www.facebook.com/CamBriCollections1/ Etsy: www.cambricollections.etsy.com/ Instagram: @cambri.collections Why did you start your small shop? What inspired you? As a mom myself, I was having a challenge finding accessories that were functional, affordable, and safe for my family without sacrificing style. Taking that desire to find accessories for my families growing needs and combining it with inspiration from my beautiful daughters Cambelle and Bristol, CamBri Collections was born! How would you describe your products in 5 words or less? Stylish, Modern, Affordable, Functional, and Safe! What is your favourite product that you've created? I put so much love and attention to detail into every collection I create that's it's difficult to pick out a favourite! But if I had to choose just one, I would have to say our teething rings from "The Ring Collection". They are hands down one of our best sellers and my youngest daughters personal favourite. Why do you love living in Guelph? Guelph has so many wonderful things to offer; amazing programming for children, plenty of amenities, and beautiful parks to name just a few, but the thing that I definitely love most about it is despite being a city, it has such a strong sense of community. I feel lucky to call Guelph home and to raise my family here.     Name: Business name: Little Owl Knit and Sew Where can we find you online? (website, social media, etc): Where can we find you online? (website, social media, etc): https://www.facebook.com/LittleOwlKnitting https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/LittleOwlKnitandSew?ref=hdr_shop_menu Why did you start your small shop? What inspired you? My dad taught me to knit when I was 8 years old. I have always knit gifts for friends and family and a few years ago I started getting requests for knitted items... and my little shop was born. How would you describe your products in 5 words or less? Comfy, cozy and unique. What is your favourite product that you've created? Monster pants.     Name: Business name: Marlee Jeans Where can we find you online? (website, social media, etc): (website, social media, etc): I am on Facebook www.facebook.com/marleejeanscanada On etsy www.marleejeans.etsy.com Instagram @marleejeans Why did you start your small shop? What inspired you? I began Marlee Jeans when I was off on maternity leave with my first little girl. I fell in love with children's clothes that had simple patterns with bold prints, however they weren't so easy to find. I started to make my own for my kids and gradually began to sell them on Facebook before opening my etsy shop. How would you describe your products in 5 words or less? Hip handmade children's clothing What is your favourite product that you've created? I love working with customers to create a perfect birthday outfit for their little ones. It's fun to see different ideas collaborate and come together in one final perfect piece.     Name: Business name: Personally Yours by Kerry Where can we find you online? (website, social media, etc): https://www.facebook.com/personallyyoursbykerry/ personallyyoursbykerry.com Why did you start your small shop? What inspired you? I started out scrapbooking and making cards for fun then I tried using vinyl for some gifts. I made some tumblers and monogram frames as gifts for family and posted them on Facebook and all of a sudden people started asking me to make things for them. I have now progressed to t-shirts, onesies, pillows, stuffed animals, glass etching, wood signs and now I am doing custom printing on coffee mugs, phone cases and more. I enjoy that I able to make custom items for people to enjoy. How would you describe your products in 5 words or less? Custom made for you. What is your favourite product that you've created? My favourite product to make are the baby birth stat items, either pillows or stuffed animals. Why do you love living in Guelph? I have lived in Guelph since shortly after moving to Canada in 1977. I love living in Guelph because of the people. I have met so many wonderful people through my business and have made some amazing friends.     We hope that this holiday season you help support local parents and buy local. With a wide range of gorgeous items you will be able to find the perfect gift for any child on your shopping list. If you're interested in more Guelph mom shops you should read our first small, creative Guelph moms businesses blog.

Winter Holidays in Guelph 2016

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By: Julia Drysdale Guelph always has a lot going on to celebrate the holidays and this year is no exception. This is your family's “cheat sheet” for winter holidays planning. Throughout November and December PC Cooking School is offering fun, themed cooking classes for those aged 2 to adults. There are snow and snowmen themed classes available this year. From November 25th to January 15th he Guelph Civic Museum is showing a special exhibit called, “Home for the Holidays.” It will show Guelph residents sharing their holiday traditions: Christmas, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, and New Year. The Ontario Early Years Centre Guelph location is having a special holiday celebration Thursday December 15th from 4:30-7pm. There will be holiday activities, snacks and party goers are encouraged to wear an outfit that best reflects their culture. Perhaps you and your family do something special for the first day of winter on December 21st. My family and I will likely go toboganing if there is snow. Here is GKG's toboganning blog. The evening of December 27th is the first Chanukah in Market Square event. If you are interested in Christmas events in Guelph please check out our Christmas blog. For full events listings and upcoming craft and handmade markets please visit www.guelphkidsguide.ca Happy holidays!

Baby Gift Guide

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By: Guelph Kids Guide Babies are adorable and some of our favourite people to buy presents for. If you have a special baby in your life why not consider buying them one of these fantastic gifts for their first Christmas? Trendy Treehouse makes the best personalized, milestone blankets. Before my best girlfriend and I had our second babies, I bought us each one of these blankets.   It's always lovely to buy items from a hard-working, creative, local mum shop. GKG so far has written a small shop blog and there you will find a huge variety of gifts: teething jewelry, knit items, custom kids clothes, and more. Click here You might want to make or buy a special Christmas stocking or a baby's first Christmas ornament. Board books or wooden puzzles are always great, educational presents. This board book is adorable:   Lamaze makes cute baby toys. We especially like the Lamaze Mortimer the Moose:   Soft or wooden blocks are a toy that will be played with for years to come.   A growth chart is another nice baby gift. The proud parents can track their little ones growth over the years. Wishing all the babies a happy first Christmas!

Christmas in Guelph 2016

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By: Julia Drysdale If you are looking for what to do this Christmas season in Guelph, then this blog is for you! Our city has man y excellent events and activities to celebrate the Christmas season. From November 17th to 20th the St. Jacobs Sparkles holiday event is going on. Shopping, twinkling lights, festive food sampling, traditional Victorian carollers and a free horse-drawn shuttle trolle all make the short drive there worth it. On November 19th the Mommy Made Bazaar, holiday showcase is happening to get your Christmas shopping started. If you want a photo of your little ones with Santa then each year Stone Road Mall and the Old Quebec Street Mall offer a Santa meet and greet. Santa arrives for his first 2016 visit to Stone Road Mall between 11am-3pm on November 19th. Santa will be at Stone Road Mall Mondays to Saturdays 11am to 8pm and Sundays 11am to 5pm. December 24th you can visit Santa there one last time from 10am to 2pm. Unfortunately this year, Santa and Mrs. Claus won't be at the Old Quebec Street Mall for photos. The annual Santa Claus Christmas parade this year is November 20th at 1:30pm. This parade is always wonderful and a great way to kick off the holiday season! On the evenings of November 21st and 28th the Continuing Education Interest and Leisure courses are offering a holiday card making workshop for those aged 7 to 13 years of age. On December 8th and 15th they are offering a holiday baking class for those aged 10 to 15 years of age. From November 25th to January 15th the Guelph Civic Museum is showing a special exhibit called, “Home for the Holidays.” It will show Guelph residents sharing their holiday traditions. During November and December the Waterloo Region Museum is offering a few holiday craft events and parties. Throughout November and December PC Cooking School is offering fun, themed cooking classes for those aged 2 to adults. The class themes include reindeers, snowmen, Christmas, holiday trees, snow and gingerbread houses. To experience a German Christmas market drive into Kitchener during December 1-4th for their annual Christkindl Market. Throughout December the Guelph Public Library is holding a variety of Christmas events including Storytime with Santa, Christmas Kitchen and A Christmas Special. December 3rd and 10th is the Halton County Radial Railway's Christmas on the Rails special event. Train lovers will be thrilled to attend this event. If you pre-register for this City of Guelph event your little one can receive a phone call from Santa on December 8th from 6-8pm. Only $2 per call for this North Pole Connection evening. Fourchette Culinary Academy has a 3 week teen holiday cooking class starting December 9th and a kids holiday baking class happening December 11th. On December 11th Modern Mommy Events is holding a special Dad and Daughter Holiday Hair class. Fergus' Wellington County Museum and Archives is having a Christmas Festival the afternoon of December 11th. Also on the 11th is A Pinch of Grinch crafts, games and stories afternoon for little ones through the City of Guelph. The Ontario Early Years Centre Guelph location is having a special holiday celebration Thursday December 15th from 4:30-7pm. There will be holiday activities, snacks and party goers are encouraged to wear an outfit that best reflects their culture. Each December the Rotary Club of Guelph organizes Sparkles in the Park at Riverside Park. This wonderful charity event dazzles locals with their beautiful displays of Christmas lights. The 2016 Sparkles in the Park runs nightly 5:30 to 9:30pm from December 17th to 31st. There will be a special New Years Eve event and fireworks display at 8pm on the 31st - a wonderful way to ring in 2017! For years it was a holiday tradition for my mum and I to go to the theatre and watch The Nutcracker ballet. This year on December 22nd and 23rd Canada's Ballet Jorgen is performing The Nutcracker at the River Run Centre. Toddlers and young children will enjoy the Max and Ruby in the Nutcracker Suite live play at the River Run Centre on December 30th. Please note that after 23 years the St. Joseph’s annual Festival of Trees has come to an end and will not be happening this holiday season. I know it used to be a holiday tradition for my family. Above are just some of the many exciting Christmas events going on in Guelph this year. Also, please note that GKG does our best to keep up-to-date with holiday events and that if any of the above do not happen we aren't responsible and apologize. For full event listings, plus all the holiday artisan markets, please use Guelph Kids Guide's calendar www.guelphkidsguide.ca. Merry Christmas from our families to yours!

Wooly Kinderconcert: Jack and the Beanstalk

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By: Julia Drysdale Last Saturday, my toddler J and I had the pleasure of attending the Wooly Kinderconcerts Jack and the Beanstalk production. This was my son's second Wooly Kinderconcert (he attended Cinderella when he was just a year and a half old). Wooly Kinderconcerts are must sees for little ones five and under! Before the start time the River Run Centre set out many musical instruments and colou ing pages for the children to enjoy. The instruments were a hit and many toddlers had fun playing music before listening to music during the show.   During each Wooly Kinderconcert the Guelph Symphony Orchestra play parts of pieces by famous composers while a narrator narrates the well-known story. Members of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra that performed Jack and the Beanstalk were Jose on the violin (playing Jack), Tony on the french horn (playing the giant), Sharlene on the harp (playing the golden harp), Amy as the narrator, Kelly on the flute, and Judith on the piano. The music is a perfect compliment to the interactive, enthusiastic narration of the story. Jack, his mum, the giant and the tale truly came to life and kept the little ones' attention.   After the story Jack and the Beanstalk was told the fun continued. The Guelph Symphony Orchestra members were introduced and the children were able to listen to each of the instruments being played individually. At the end the children were able to ask questions of the musicians and even gently touch a few of the instruments. J loved being able to touch the harp, hear another french horn song up close and watch the inside of the piano move while he played a few notes.   I highly recommend attending the next Wooly Kinderconcerts being performed this season. On Saturday, February 25th there will be 3 morning performances of the Wooly Kinderconcert 1001 Arabian Nights. Then on Saturday, April 1st there will be 3 morning performances of the Wooly Kinderconcert The Four Musicians of Bremen. For more info please visit: http://riverrun.ca/

Best non toy gift ideas in Guelph

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By: Guelph Kids Guide Do you feel like your house is cluttered with toys? Do you wish that your generous family and friends would sometimes pay for an experience rather than another toy? If you answered yes to either (or both) of those questions than keep reading. Below is the ultimate list for non-toy gift ideas for families living in Guelph: - A perfect g ft idea is tickets to a show at the River Run Centre. There are Wooly Kinderconcerts for babies and toddlers, or plays, ballets and concerts for children and teens. http://riverrun.ca/ - A family pass to the Guelph Musuems is a wonderful gift. A family pass costs $40 plus taxes and is good for a year long membership. The lucky family will enjoy admission to the Guelph Civic Museum, McCrae House, Wellington County Museum and Archives (Fergus), Waterloo Region Museum (Kitchener) and Joseph Schneider Haus (Kitchener) as well as other discounts. http://guelphmuseums.ca/get-involved/membership/ - The City of Guelph sells Riverside Park carousel, train and paddle boat passes. These passes are much cheaper than constantly buying single ride tickets. http://guelph.ca/seasonal/rides-at-riverside-park-carousel-miniature-train-and-paddle-boats/ - If the child is between the ages of 0 to 6 buy them a gift card or frequent visitors card to the Children's Art Factory. This Guelph gem is an excellent place for children to play, explore, create and make a mess. They always have a sand box, a moon sand kitchen, a band instruments stage, a painting wall, chalkboards and craft tables plus a constantly rotating section which can be anything from a huge train table to painting and washing dolls. http://thechildrensartfactory.com/ - The Guelph Early Years Centre has a toy lending library. It's located in their Stone Road Mall location and costs $25 for the year. You can borrow up to 4 toys for 3 weeks at a time. They have tons of puzzles, puppets, baby toys, dress up clothes, riding toys, board games and more. This is a great way for your children to constantly enjoy new toys without the clutter or expensive of owning the new toys. http://www.guelphchc.ca/developmental-health/parent-support-and-information/library-services - Buying or making a special Christmas ornament is a nice tradition. One day he or she can put it on their own Christmas tree. - Passes or an annual membership to the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory would be appreciated. The conservatory is warm year round so even in the middle of winter everyone can enjoy a warm, tropical environment. https://www.cambridgebutterfly.com/visitors/annual-memberships - A bowling gift card for Woodlawn Bowl can be fun for families of children of all ages. - Little ones will enjoy a 10 visit pass to the Tot 'N' Play at the Royal Distributing Athletic Performance Centre. A 10 pass is only $25. http://www.get.on.ca/rdapc/schedules-programs.aspx - Parents will appreciate money or gift cards towards dance, gymnastics, swimming, skating cooking or sports lessons. Equipment, shoes or clothing for these activities may also be needed. - Money towards the child's RESP or savings account is another non-toy present idea. - Hockey fans would like tickets to cheer on Guelph's OHL team the Guelph Storm. http://guelphstorm.com/ - Restaurant or cafe gift cards can be a nice treat for someone special; especially if you pick their favourite place to grab a meal or a drink. - You can never go wrong with buying books! Maybe that's the former teacher in me talking, but I believe that one can never own too many books. Guelph Kids Guide has posted book recommendations in the following blogs: Top 10 Roald Dahl Books http://www.guelphkidsguide.ca/blog-single/Top-10-Roald-Dahl-Books Best Julia Donaldson Books http://www.guelphkidsguide.ca/blog-single/Best-Julia-Donaldson-Books Top 10 Dr. Seuss Books http://www.guelphkidsguide.ca/blog-single/Top-10-Dr-Seuss-Books - Paying for a family photography session with a great photographer is always nice. It's great to have new family photos. - Passes to the movies can be enjoyed by toddlers to teens. Costco usually has movie ticket deals or you can buy the tickets directly from Galaxy Cinemas Guelph. https://www.cineplex.com/ - You could create a baking kit with a favourite recipe and all the ingredients. (If you are looking for tips on how to start cooking with your kids this blog is great). - Magazine subscriptions can be great. My little guy enjoys his gift magazine subscription from National Geo Kids from his great-grandma. - Little Passports are excellent, educational mail subscription gift. Each month your child will be mailed a box full of information and activities about countries or science. - Special collectible coin sets are nice. I have the birth year set, special baby set and a first Christmas coin for my eldest. We hope that you have fun deciding on non-toy gifts for the incredible little ones in your life!

Guest Blog The Ultimate Breastfeeding Resource

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By Parent Resource Portal's Tamsen Taylor The goal of this post is to bring together information for breastfeeding moms, expectant moms who hope to breastfeed, or those who are supporting them. I am not going to spend a lot of time arguing in favour of breastfeeding. If you want to read about some of the benefits you can go to In Fact Canada or The Public Health Agency of Canada. What I've done here is gathered a ton of great information bout breastfeeding and breastfeeding supports including online information, telephone support, in-person breastfeeding support and training, how-to videos, and also asked a lot of moms about their breastfeeding experiences to add what is usually missing from other resources. Read More

Halloween in Guelph – 2016

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By Julia Drysdale There are many Halloween events happening in and around Guelph this year. Halloween is a perfect time to dress-up in a fantastic homemade or store bought costume, make some spooky arts and crafts (GKG Halloween Pinterest board) and eat lots of sweets. Every weekend in October is the Harvest Fun event at Strom's Farm. njoy their corn maze, pumpkin chucking, pedal cars, wagon rides, and more. Strom's is also an excellent place to buy your pumpkins or seasonal baked goods. http://www.strom.ca/plan-a-visit.html Throughout October there are 2 haunted houses for older children, teens and adults. Scare yourself at the Unit 6 Haunted House Zombie Containment Research Facility attraction on the evening of October 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29, 30 or 31. All proceeds are going to support the Guelph General Hospital. Waterloo Region Museum has a few Halloween events going on throughout the month of October. Their Halloween crafts tots workshop is on October the 15th, their Halloween party for children 8+ is on the 29th, and their Scary boo fun family event is on the 30th. You must pre-register for these programs. Family Halloween Day at Wellington County Museum is on October 16th from 1-5pm. There will be a costume parade at 3:30 around the museum. Other planned activities are Halloween games, crafts, spooky stories in the barn, and pumpkin or gourd decorating. Bring your own clothes to make a scarecrow. Children grades 1-6 may enjoy dancing at the North Riverside Neighbourhood Group Halloween Dance on October 21st. You must pre-register for this fun kids dance. The Halton County Radial Railway is throwing a Halloween Spooktacular on October 22 and 29th. At this special, seasonal event children, teens and adults can enjoy a walk through the haunted car barn and a ride on the old, creaky streetcars. While there you can enjoy hot apple cider and spooky themed snacks. Wearing a costume is encouraged. Young children can enjoy trick-or-treating in the Cambridge Safety Village on the morning of October 22nd. There will be a Monster March Non-Motorized Parade in Elora on the evening of October 24th. On October 28th (a PD Day) at 2:30 the Main Library is having a spooky, slimy Halloween science lab program for children ages 6 to 8. The Main Library is having a Halloween Storycraft program at 10:30am on October 29th for children ages 3 to 7. At 11am on the 29th, Zehrs PC Cooking School is having a Halloween cake decorating class. Also at 11am on the 29th, Chapters Guelph is having a Halloween storytime and a short preview of On the Spot's upcoming adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. The Grange Hill East Neighbourhood Group is throwing a Halloween party on October 29th from 1-3pm. This free, community event is located at 535 Grange Road. Wear a costume to this party and enjoy the crafts, games, snack, pumpkin decorating and more. If you have a little one, Guelph Moms and Co's Halloween party from 10-11:30am on October 31st is a must. Their holiday parties are always fun and usually include crafts, songs, face painting, photos and more. Children and their parents dress up for this fun party. If you do attend, be sure to say hi to us at the Guelph Kids Guide booth. Stone Road Mall usually has trick-or-treating for toddlers and young children. Dress up and trick-or-treat inside the mall at participating stores. On November 3rd a post-Halloween pumpkin promenade is happening from 6:30-8:30 at the Guelph Little Theatre on Morris Street by York Road. Feel free to drop off your pumpkins after noon that day. This event is organized by The Two Rivers Neighbourhood Group. For full event, program and activity listings visit Guelph Kids Guide: http://www.guelphkidsguide.ca/ Finally, if you go trick or treating in your neighbourhood, here is a list of safety tips: http://www.rd.com/home/7-trick-or-treating-safety-tips/ Happy Halloween from Guelph Kids Guide!

11 Top Autumn Leaves Locations

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By: Julia Drysdale Happy fall everyone! Today is a beautiful, sunny day in Guelph. I personally love autumn – the beautiful changing leaves, scarves, pumpkin everything and the cool, crisp air. Here are the top places in or around Guelph to admire autumn leaves: 1. Guelph Lake. Guelph Lake offers some nice hiking trails with gorgeous views of the changing foliage. Hurry quick because Guelph La e is only open until October 16th this year. 2. Starkey Hill Conservation Area. Starkey Hill is just outside of Guelph in Arkell. The lookout point is well worth the hike up to see the beautiful view for miles around. It is a four kilometre loop trail suitable for walking (no cycling is allowed). I recently went on a hike there with my toddler and mum – it was a great morning outing. Many people like to walk their leashed dogs here. This conservation area is free. 3. Guelph Arboretum. What better place to enjoy trees in fall than at the University of Guelph Arboretum! Enjoy a walk along the trails or play frisbee golf while taking in the red, yellow and orange leaves. This Guelph gem is free and open to the public. 4.Eramosa River Trail. I like to grab a coffee or tea and then walk along the pathway beside the Eramosa River. You can start downtown at the wooden covered bridge and head east towards Victoria Road. This trail is well-maintained, pretty and stroller-friendly. 5. Exhibition Park's trees come alive and full of fall colours each year. I've taken some of my favourite fall photos of my son in Exhibition Park. 6. Riverside Park, especially along the river is another top Guelph spot to admire the changing leaves. The city also maintains beautiful gardens near the giant clock. The Riverside Park carousel and train is open weekends until October 10th this year. 7. Halton County Radial Railway is located just outside of Guelph on the way to Milton. They have special Autumn Colours Weekend events just for people to go and admire the leaves. You can ride their streetcars and trains while seeing the fall colours in the surrounding forests. This year the special weekends are September 17 to 18th and 24 to 25th. (GKG's blog for train enthusiasts). 8. Hilton Falls in Milton. Highlights here include the bike trails, dog-friendly hiking trails through the woods and a 10-metre waterfall. The daily entrance fee is $6.75 for adults, $5.75 for seniors, $5.00 for children 5-14 and children 4 and under are free. My family plans on going mid-October so we might see you there. 9. Cheltenham Badlands. This striking spot is located about a fifty minute drive outside of Guelph in Caledon. As of May 4, 2015 the Badlands were temporarily closed to the public to ensure the long-term conservation of this site. Hopefully it re-opens soon since this is a beautiful place to see autumn leaves. 10. Forks of the Credit Provincial Park in Alliston. My friend claims that this is the best place in Ontario to see the changing leaves. It is part of the famous Bruce Trail. The day use fee per vehicle is $11.25. It is about an hour and twenty minutes drive from Guelph. 11. Tobermory. I realize that Tobermory is a three hour drive from Guelph so it doesn’t exactly qualify for in or around Guelph, BUT it is too gorgeous up there not to list. The entire drive there on highway 6 will make you want to stop the car every ten minutes to take another photo of the beautiful fall foliage. I like to stay overlooking the harbour at the Tobermory Princess Hotel. Some gorgeous spots to enjoy nature up there are the Bruce Peninsula National Park and taking a ferry to Flowerpot Island. I hope that you enjoy this beautiful autumn in or around Guelph! Also, if you enjoy hiking you'll love GKG's hiking blog.