School’s out for the Holidays…What to do Where in Norfolk!

The days leading up to the Holiday Break are always busy with school concerts, class (and work) parties, gift exchanges and last minute shopping trips. This year they are in school so late that by the time the first weekend is over, so is Christmas! And then what…?

As a working mom of 4, my schedule can be a bit weird but I try to do some fun, local things with the kids when they’re off … in between Realtor stuff of course. We all know what grown ups are doing on their holidays… looking at and planning their next move (we should talk about that)!

If you aren’t a family who goes away over the 2 week break, here are some ideas to keep the kids busy (and your sanity somewhat in tact). Mother nature willing, they can spend some outdoor time in the snow too!


Saturday November 26, 2016 – Sunday, January 1, 2017

Visit the historic Simcoe Panorama between 5:30-11:00 pm daily. Amazing displays, priceless family time and good old fashioned trolley rides! You can see the details by visiting their website HERE


Friday December 23, 2016 – …

Norfolk County has a huge variety of events from Workshops (some for FREE!) to skating to swimming and more. Visit the Norfolk County Activity Guide for an easier to read version by clicking HERE

Saturday, December 31, 2016 

Celebrate with the kids at the Simcoe Rec Centre, then bring the family party to Wellington Park to see the Panorama!


6:00 – 6:45 pm or 7:00 – 7:45 p.m. **New Year’s Eve Party** – New location – Simcoe Recreation Centre: Crafts, glitter, yummy snacks, Lego land and giant games are just some of the activities we have for you and your family. Balloon drop at 7:45 p.m.

8:00 – 9:00 p.m. **River of Lights Bonfire** (FREE) Meet at the fountain in Wellington Park Cozy up by the fire and enjoy s’mores, a scavengers hunt and enjoy the lights then celebrate the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017 in the circle of friends candle ceremony.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Port Dover’s Famous (or infamous) Polar Bear Dip

Polar Bear Dip Port Dover 20160101

Start the New Year as a spectator or a participant (like Jen and Carmen did, thanks for the photo SnapdHN!) at the main beach at 1:00pm then head to the Port Dover Harbour Museum for the Captain’s New Year’s Day Levee & Old-Time Fiddle Party!

Captain’s New Year’s Levee & Fiddle Party


Visit the Harbour Museum on FB by clicking HERE to see all the amazing things they have to offer.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017


**** Please do not wear your Sunday best.  An apron or old t-shirt or your paint clothes recommended.  ( We are going to have some messy fun! )

Visit Michelle Snively Jefferies on FB to check out her paint classes and art for sale by clicking HERE

Coming Soon…

Child’s Play opens soon in the Simcoe Town Centre! This is going to be THE new place to take the kids in 2017, I can’t wait! Visit their FB page HERE to meet Jesse and Jerusa and find out about the amazing things they will be doing.

January 2017

Enjoy the new movies “SING” or “Rogue One” at the Strand Theatre – matinees every day during the holiday break! Admission details and showtimes can be found HERE

January 7, 2017

Art with Heart is having a Kids Paint Party from 2-4 pm (and an Adult wine and paint from 7-9 pm). You can ask Nikki about the details about this or one of her many amazing programs by visiting her FB page HERE



Don’t forget our local Libraries! There are books, movies and video games that can be borrowed, or for those of you that don’t mind flipping virtually you can download them on your own device! Though as a way to spend time, check it out in person but make sure to look up their hours HERE


Remember to check out the Norfolk Tourism website because let’s face it – we live in an awesome place with so many things to see and do all year round. Visit their website by clicking HERE and you’re sure to find something new to do!


Congratulations you’ve made it! See you again to get ready for March Break… in the meantime if you’d like to connect on FB you can come by my page by clicking HERE

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