There is plenty to look forward to in London, Ontario this weekend! For starters, it is the first weekend of June. That means that  Summer is officially only three weeks away. Temperatures today make it feel like it has already arrived though. Hopefully that will continue into the weekend for those of you wanting to get out and enjoy it. With the school year winding down to its last month, I know my kids are anxious to enjoy every minute of freedom they get on the weekend. What do you have planned?

Weekend Plans In Your Neighbourhood

Touch a Truck

Saturday, June 1st, 2013; 10 am – 2pm – $5 per person

If your kids get big excitement from big things, then head to Rona North (Wonderland Rd, near Sarnia) this Saturday. There will be plenty of vehicles to climb into and explore. Run the siren on an ambulance. Honk the horn of a police vehicle. Seat in the driver’s seat of a school bus. Use your imagination with what to do with a crane. See what else is in store! There will also be face painting, children’s activities, food and refreshments to enjoy. All proceeds go to Parkwood Children’s Daycare Centre. Don’t forget your camera!

Gathering on the Green

Saturday, June 1st, 2013; 10 am – 5 pm; FREE

Wortley Village is hosting its 31st annual Gathering on the Green this weekend and it looks like it is going to be better than ever. Events kick off with a bike parade from Village Cycle (344 Ridout St S) at 9:30 am to the Village Green (corner of Wortley Rd and Elmwood Ave), where the day begins rain or shine. The bandshell will be set up in anticipation of plenty of live entertainment, from the likes of the Maple Sugar Band, Julia Cromarty, Justin Maki, Paul Stock, Katy Carswell, Maria McDonald, Rick Taylor, Uptown Dixieland Band and Kennedy’s Kridders will even be onstage between 11:20 – 11:50 am. Ed Holder (MP for London West) will be the MC starting the event. There is so much more to see and do though. There will be crafts for the kids, a dunk tank (run by the YMCA), mini golf, a drum circle, Charlotte’s Tea Garden, a Pet Show, Silent Auction, plus plenty of vendors selling arts, crafts, jewellery, plants and more. There will also be an all-day barbeque where you can fuel up to keep going. Come early and stay late!

YMCA Children’s Safety Village Birthday Party

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013; 12 – 4 pm; FREE

There is more free fun to be had out at the Fanshawe Conservation Area (1424 Clarke Rd) on Sunday, when the YMCA Children’s Safety Village celebrates its 12th birthday with a FREE party! You know that you’ll see Sparky the Fire Dog at some point, but there is plenty more to see and do. There will be face painting, mini cars to drive (age appropriate), safety displays, a bike helmet exchange, finger printing and picture-taking, a magic show by Ricky Magic, plus a mini parade. It wouldn’t be a party without food, so the Central Lions will be on hand barbecuing. I’ve heard tell that Ronald McDonald himself is supposed to be on hand too. Possibly checking the Lions’ skills behind the grille, do you think? Maybe he will be the one to cut the cake! Every birthday party needs a cake! Just be careful with those candles Sparky!

Bark in the Park Festival

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013; 10 am – 3 pm; $10 per vehicle or pledges raised

Make sure to bring the family dog along on this adventure. Head out to the Plunkett Estate (9282 Elviage Dr) on Sunday for the Bark in the Park Festival. In support of the London Humane Society, there will be pet-centred activities, education about animal health and well-being, information about abuse and how to prevent it, as well as community involvement initiatives. Vendors will be on hand to browse through, food and refreshments will be available and plenty of fun is sure to be had for everyone on hand, including Fido! Check out the off-leash pond, dock diving, agility demonstrations, and trick shows. Enter your furry friend in a Best Dressed Pooch Contest. Try your hand at a colouring contest. There is even prizes for pledges raised. Sounds like a woofing good time!