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2012-11-16

What To Do this Weekend....Welcome Santa and Visit Exotic Animals!

Another packed weekend! The Arts & Culture Centre is having their Christmas Craft Fair, Weecycle is hosting another Kids Yard Sale at the Kilbride community Centre, and several Churches are having their variety sales and fairs! If fairs aren't your thing, you can still do some holiday shopping and help a local charity by shopping at Chapters between 3-8 on Sunday evening. Mention Heavenly Creatures at the checkout and a portion of your purchase will be donated to the animal welfare group.

Plus, of course, there is the Kids Program at the Fluvarium (Sat & Sun at 1:30). I haven't dropped by for this one yet, but I am curious - it is all about Fish Nests! And, at The Rooms, kids can learn about Family Crests and even make their own at the Family Fun Event: My Family and Me (Sun 2-4).

.... But, let me tell you right now: the MOST EXCITING FUN for your kids this weekend will be at the mall! Why?? SANTA IS COMING! Both the Avalon Mall and the Village Shopping Centre are welcoming the Jolly Man in Red this Saturday... Santa will be at the Avalon Mall 9AM, before beating it over to the Village for 9:30 AM (must be that lightening fast sled!).

Terry Rielly (The Teddy Bear Man) and CJ Moose will also be at the Village for a sing-a-long and will have a treat for the first 150 children (9:30 Saturday)

At the Avalon Mall, there is also a treat for the kids (9AM Saturday), AND there is a special showing of the movie Arthur's Christmas at 11 AM (admission is a non-perishable food item) to get everyone in the Christmas Spirit!

AND THAT IS NOT ALL! There are more special guests in St. John's this weekend: Little Ray's Reptile Zoo is back! They will have all sorts of exciting animals, from venomous snakes to an Eurasian Lynx with them at the St. John's Convention Centre Saturday and Sunday 9-5.

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Now, you will very likely be beat out after that busy weekend, but, there will be no rest for the weary this week: on Monday evening, the Happy Tree is being launched at the Avalon mall and there is a special parent & teen information session on Teen Mental Health at St. Peter's Junior High on Munden Dr. at 6:30; Tuesday evening there is a Make a Mug class at Clay Cafe Avalon; and Wednesday brings the tree decorating at the A&C and a pajama party at Mt. Pearl Public Library! Thankfully though, you will have a couple of days to recover for next weekends events (heads up: Santa Parade on the 25th! and it's Christmas at Commissariat House all weekend long!!)

Full details on the above are in the calendar, in the meantime, here is your cheat sheet of what is on the go:

Fri Nov 16
  • Christmas Craft Fair at the Arts & Culture
Sat Nov 17
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  • Christmas Craft Fair at the Arts & Culture
  • Welcome Santa @ Avalon Mall
  • Welcome Santa & CJ Moose (Village Shopping Ctr)
  • St. John’s Farmers’ Market - Lion’s Club Chalet on Bonaventure Avenue 
  • Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo  
  • ACW — Craft fair and flea market
  • Kids Yard Sale (WEECYCLE)
  • Special Showing: movie “Arthur Christmas"
  • Fluvarium Kids Club November Program: Fish Nests!  
  • George Street United Church will hold their afternoon tea and variety sale
  • Saturday Afternoon Storytime @ Mount Pearl Public Library  
  • Jungle Adventure!
  • Family movie night at St. Teresa’s Parish
Sun Nov 18
  • Christmas Craft Fair at the Arts & Culture
  • FALL FAMILY PROGRAMS @ MUN BOTANICAL GARDEN 
  • St. John's Kid Hava Java Playdates - Hava Java  
  • Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo  
  • Winter Woods Walk
  • Fall Fair @ St. Teresa's Parish
  • CLB Sunday Market - CLB Armoury, Harvey Road 
  • St. Pius X Parish’s annual Christmas Bazaar
  • Fluvarium Kids Club November Program: Fish Nests!  
  • MY FAMILY AND ME (The Rooms Fam. Fun)
  • Clovelly Stables Family Sundays 
  • Flea market @ Jack Byrne Arena 
  • Shop @ Chapters = Support Heavenly Creatures
Mon Nov 19
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  • Special Playgroup Inclusion Event
  • Teen Mental Health Matters - parent information and training session
  • HAPPY TREE OPENING Avalon Mall
Tue Nov 20
  • Family and Child Care Connections drop-in playgroups - Family Childcare Connections 50 Pippy place, St. Johns 
  • Active Kids @ NL Sports complex on Crosbie Road 
  • Weekly Tots Program at The Rooms 
  • Make a Mug - clay Cafe Avalon
Wed Nov 21
  • Free Admission @ The Rooms - The Rooms 
  • A.C. Hunter Public Library's Annual Christmas Tree Decorating
  • Pajama Party at Mount Pearl Public Library
Thu Nov 22
  • Family and Child Care Connections drop-in playgroups - FCC - 50 Pippy Place 
  • Active Kids @ NL Sports complex on Crosbie Road 
Sat Nov 24
  • Breakfast with Santa (Tobay)
  • Christmas at Commisariat House 
  • Humans vs Zombies
  • Holiday Open House
  • Family Day/ Fest du Vent
  • Commisariat By Candlelight

Sun Nov 25
  • Twas the month before Christmas - Queen E Fundraiser
  • Paradise International Food & Craft Expo
  • Christmas at Commisariat House 
  • Downtown Christmas Parade
  • Paradise Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

Have a wonderful weekend!

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