That’s it! This weekend is the last hurrah. Labour Day weekend is upon us and with it a new school year is heralded in. Summer fun gets relegated back to memories, as we usher in schedules and routines once more. Parents might be anticipating sending bored youngsters back to school to get them out from underneath their feet, but kids everywhere are still desperately counting the minutes left of freedom.



But wait! Is there not something we can do to celebrate the last golden rays of summer before they depart for yet another year? What is a fitting way to celebrate the summer that was in London, Ontario 2012? Well, there is Fall Fest, as I mentioned last week, where you can ride the rides, check out crafts and pet an animal or two. East Park will be open all weekend long for folks wanting to soak up the forecasted sunshine at their waterpark, or over a round of golf or even zipping along in a Go Kart.  For a special treat, Storybook Gardens will be hosting some fabulous children’s storytellers all weekend. Plus of course, the kids can splash in the waterpark, get their faces painted by Dotsy or wander through the Enchanted Forest to their heart’s content.

There’s got to be more than that on offer though, isn’t there? How about a Back 2 School Bash for the kids at Children’s Museum! They won’t be able to resist face painting, cookie decorating, parachute games and more. Head over for the fun on Monday, September 3, 2012 from 10am-5pm and be part of the fun. It sounds like an excellent way for the younger set to usher in a new school year!

6th Annual Pooch Plunge!

I would be remiss if I didn’t share another fun, animal-friendly event. The Pooch Plunge is back for its 6th year of swimming and splashing, this year at Stronach Pool (1221 Sanford St) on September 2, 2012. There will be three sessions for your pooch to jump in and get wet;

1st Session:  1:00 – 1:50pm

2nd Session:  2:10 – 3:00pm

3rd Session:  3:20 – 4:10pm

For $6 per session, your dog will have the opportunity to run, swim, chase tennis balls and generally have a great time with plenty of other dogs and their owners. The best part is that the event raises money for Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary, which is a family run haven for abused and neglected farm animals. No one deserves to be abused and that includes even the weakest among us. The Poole’s take in everything from chickens, to goats and pigs to donkeys, all without financial support, other than the donations received from events like the Pooch Plunge. The animals they care for deserve as much compassion as you and I, so letting your dog swim a lap or two makes a difference not only in your life, but in other animals that have seen hardship in their lives.

Tea Time at Eldon House

If your tastes lean more towards a more refined event, then what about signing up for a spot of tea on the lawns of Eldon House?  This weekend will mark the end of their Summer Teas, so if you haven’t tried their delicious scones, you better hurry downtown now. Tea is served between 2-4pm from Tuesday to Sunday until September 2nd. Call for a reservation and make sure you leave enough time to get a tour of the historic house while you are there. It is London’s oldest residence, built in 1834 and is well worth exploring.

Survivorman Live in London!

If tea is too tame for your tastes, what would you say to an evening spent with “Survivorman” Les Stroud? Stroud will be serving up a selection of stories of survival at the London Music Club on Friday, August 31, 2012 at 8pm. He will be accompanied by The Campfire Kings, as they entertain the audience with ‘Songs & Stories – The Earth Music Tour’. Survivorman in London, Ontario? How cool is that! With his musical skill, as well as his storytelling prowess, this is an evening not to be missed.


What are your plans this Labour Day weekend Londoners?