Fall is my favourite time of year! The weather starts cooling off, the leaves turn those beautiful colours, and London is ripe with so many fun activities for young and old. I’ve personally attended most of these and can vouch for them (the only ones I’ve never been to before are the ones at the Children’s Museum – their programs are always great though!)
Check out these Fun Fall Activities in the Forest City for Autumn 2015:
Museum of Ontario Archaeology’s 7th Annual Harvest Festival and Pow Wow runs September 19th and 20th from 10 am – 4:00 pm. Enjoy First Nations’ music, art and culture in an all ages event. Admission is by donation.
Cultural workshops and demonstrations include hand drumming, archery, flint knapping, traditional foods and more will be offered throughout the day. Grand Entry for the Pow Wow will be held both Saturday and Sunday at 12:00 noon, with traditional dancing and singing occurring throughout the afternoon. Cultural food and craft vendors will be on hand.
Please bring cash as an ATM isn’t available on site. Only accessible parking is available on site. There is Free parking locally at Emily Carr & St. Marguerite schools with free ongoing shuttle bus rides to and from the Museum provided by Elgie Bus Lines. The Shuttle Buses run continuously between the Museum and Emily Carr / Saint Marguerite from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Sparta Fall Festival – Saturday, September 26, 2015. 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Lineup of new and talented artisans, live music with Vogel Joy Family Band, and the FarFrumNormal Rock Band, over 30 vendors, face painting, pie baking contest, colouring contest, make a wreath contest, create a poster contest, free draws, kissing booth, fortune telling, scarecrows and everything you can imagine in an old time family fun fall fair.
Haunted Village Hayrides – Friday, October 16th to Friday, October 30th – The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde: A Play by Jason Rip. A new adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic horror tale, this year’s Hayride tells the fearful fable of a scientist, Henry Jekyll, determined to separate the good and evil inside himself into two unique beings. As the evil Edward Hyde begins to gain more control over their shared body, will Dr. Jekyll be lost forever? NEW! This year, The Nutty Bavarian food truck will be on site on site selling freshly roasted nuts, giant warm pretzels, hotdogs & more! $11 plus HST
Storyspook Village – October 23-30, 6-9 pm (last entry at 8:30 pm) – $15 per child, adults are free. Spooky (but not too spooky) haunted Halloween fun for young children and families. Come in costume and trick or treat around Storyspook Village (Storybook Gardens) with lots of costumed characters. Some amusement rides and the jumping pillow are included (weather permitting).
Annual Zombie Walk – The Dead will Walk the Streets of London on October 25, 2015 starting at 4 pm!
Eldon House Ghost Hunt – Oct 25 7-9 pm. Does Eldon House have ghosts? Through storytelling and a special “ghost map,” see the museum in the dark and learn about the real ghost stories of Eldon House over the past 180 years. Maybe even see a ghost yourself! Fun for the whole family! Cost: $10.00 (incl. HST) per person.
Early Years Halloween Play Date: Monster Mash Halloween Bash at London Children’s Museum – Oct. 27, 9:30-11 am. For children ages infant to 5 years old with their parent or caregiver. Regular admission.
Family Boo-seum Halloween Party, London Children’s Museum, October 29 5 – 8 pm – Find some creepy crawlies in our haunted caves, trick-or treat in the Sifton Street Where You Live gallery, visit some mad scientists for some wacky experiments, and make sure to bring your costume too!
Halloween at the Children’s Museum, Oct. 31, all day (regular museum hours). If trick or treating is too late for your children, bring them to the museum to celebrate. Kids show off their costumes and go on a museum scavenger hunt for a special treat. Plus… make some slime, experiment with pumpkins, and make your own monster!
Fright Night at Museum London, Oct. 31 beginning at 9 pm. $30 per person, 19+, ID required. The big event returns on Halloween night! Ghoulish guests can creep through our new food-themed exhibitions and then eat drink and be bloody mary with spooky surprises throughout the gallery. Missing this year’s party would be a grave mistake.
- Dress up. We’re giving away a $500 VIA Rail travel certificate to the best costume and a special prize to best group costume
- Dig into the fully stocked candy bars
- Make art with your friends and a professional artist
- Bring a canned good for a chance to win a door prize
- Get your fortune told by our palm reader
- Cash bar and bar menu noshes available for purchase