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Wednesday, July 18, 2012
More Family Fun Events in Burlington, ON
Well we are already half-way through the
summer which means you are probably looking for some new activities to keep
everyone entertained. The good news is
that there are lots of great options for family fun including enjoying feature
films in the great outdoors. Both the
City of Burlington and Kelso Conservation Area are running a series of outdoor
movie nights. Just pack your chair or
blanket, some snacks and drinks and get ready for a fun-filled evening.
Burlington – Movies under the Stars
You know, I have to say that I absolutely
love summer...the hot sunny days, the warm balmy nights; it’s great! But for
those of you that may be trying to entertain kids on a budget, sometimes it can
be challenging to fend off another course of the “I’m BOOOORRRREEED” blues!
Well, get ready for some relief! Every
Thursday night from July 12 through August 16, Tim Hortons presents Movies Under the Stars. This outdoor
movie series is open to everyone and the best part? It’s free!
If you love Antonio Banderas’
interpretation of Puss in Boots in the 4 Shrek movies, you will love his
starring role in Puss in Boots. In the same style of Shrek, traditional fairy
tales and characters are given a unique spin for an adventure the whole family
will love. And to prove you’re never too old for cartoons or fairy tales, this
is one of my husband’s favourite movies.
While I haven’t seen this movie myself, I
am looking forward to taking my family to see Big Miracle. Based on a true
story from 1988, a reporter (played by John Krasinski, who you
may know from The Office) and an environmental volunteer (played by Drew Barrymore), band
together to free 3 whales trapped beneath the ice in the Arctic Circle. This
has been touted to be a feel good movie, that’s great family entertainment,
especially for older kids.
The Muppets are back on the big screen
after a 12 year hiatus. A star studded cast (Jason Segel, who you may
know from How I Met Your Mother), Amy Adams, and Jack Black, try to help Kermit the Frog reunite
with his Muppets friends. They must raise $10 million to save their old theatre
from Tex Richman (played by Chris Cooper) who wants to demolish the theatre to
drill for oil. A great family movie, this is one to see if you loved the Muppets
as a child or are a newer Muppet fan. True to the tradition of the Muppets, be
sure to watch for tons of cameos with stars playing themselves!
In my opinion, Toy Story 3 is definitely an
example of 3 times’s a charm. Don’t get me wrong, I love all the Toy Story
movies (and can probably quote more lines from each one than a grown up should
be able to...) but Toy Story 3 is one of my favourites. In fact, it’s a
favourite with everyone at our house! All your favourite characters, Woody,
Buzz, and the gang are back for another adventure. This time, Andy is all grown
up and getting ready to go to college. His toys are supposed to be stored in
the attic, but instead end up at Sunnyside Daycare for an adventure they’ll
never forget. This is a great movie for all ages with adventure, excitement and
the voice talents of Michael
Keaton and Timothy
Dalton joining Tim Allen
and another favourite of mine, Tom
I plan to make the drive up to Lowville
Park to catch The Lorax, again. I took my kids to see this over the winter
holidays when it was in theatres and absolutely loved it. True to Dr. Seuss, it has fun,
original characters, and a lesson to be learned. Even though the movie is based
on the 1972 book, the
environmental message still rings true today. Great voice talent (Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Danny Devito, and Betty White to name only a
few) make this a fun movie for all!
We Bought A Zoo is the holiday smash
brought to life by director/writer/producer Cameron Crowe (Jerry McGuire).
Inspired by a true story, Matt Damon plays a recently widowed dad, Benjamin
Mee, who buys a rundown zoo in an attempt to make a fresh start with his
family. Scarlett Johanssonand Thomas Haden Church round out the cast as the
head zoo keeper and Mee’s brother respectively. This is a great story that both
adults and older children will love. Some say that the animal ‘actors’ outshine
the human talent in this comedy-drama file. Because
this movie deals with grief, and how it affects Mee’s children as well (aged 7
& 14), it is best suited to children aged 7 and up.
Be sure to grab a chair and a blanket and
check the web site or call the
Burlington Events hotline at 905-335-7766 for information before heading out to
any of these movies. They are weather dependant so will be cancelled in case of
rain. A rain date is planned for August 23rd at Mohawk Park to show
the movie that got rained out.
Family Outdoor Movie Nights at Kelso
Conservation Area are back starting Friday August 10th. Join friends and family under the stars to
watch an all-time favourite. Bring lawn chairs and blankets, relax and enjoy.
Movies start at dusk. With all there is
to do at Kelso consider spending the day enjoying the biking, trails, beach
(you can rent canoes, kayaks and paddleboats), and picnic areas
When an evil oil man discovers black gold
beneath Muppet Theater, Kermit recruits a Muppet super-fan and his two best
friends to help gather up the gang for a telethon that will save the venue from
being razed and replaced with a giant oil pump.
Join these rare birds as they embark on an
adventure of a lifetime, where they learn about friendship, love, courage, and
being open to life's many wonders. Rio brings together a menagerie of vivid
characters, a heart-warming story, colorful backdrops, energizing Latin and
contemporary music, and family-friendly song and dance.
A 12-year-old boy searches for the one
thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To
find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming
creature who fights to protect his world.
Some other great evening events to consider
City of Burlington Concerts in the Park –
Wednesday & Sunday at Central Park Bandshell plus selected Sundays at
Spencer Smith Park – FREE
Bronte Creek Provincial Park Ghost
Walks – Sunday nights in August.
Regular Park admission rates apply.
We hope you enjoy the rest of your summer
and if you are looking for more ideas on what to see and do in Burlington
please drop by our Visitor Centre at 414 Locust (open 8a-6p daily), visit our website or give us a
call at 905-634-5594. We can also be
found on Twitter and Facebook