There's So Much To Enjoy During Ontario's Holiday Season



    Cultural Attractions Make Ontario A Wonderful Winterland

    QUEEN'S PARK, Dec. 14 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is encouraging
Ontarians to take advantage of the diverse range of activities the province's
many cultural attractions offer during the winter holiday season. "It is a
great time of year for families and visitors to experience Ontario's cultural
attractions," said Minister of Culture Aileen Carroll. "From dinosaurs at the
ROM in downtown Toronto to Dynamic Earth's new MINEopoly game at Science North
in Sudbury, there is educational entertainment and fun for everybody!"

    Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto
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    The wait is over as dinosaurs make a roaring comeback to the ROM! The new
James and Louise Temerty Galleries of the Age of Dinosaurs are officially
open. Visitors will encounter 50 dinosaur fossils, 30 of which are complete or
nearly complete skeletons including Albertosaurus, Corythosaurus and a number
of hadrosaurs. Other featured specimens on display include the full skeleton
cast of a Tyrannosaurus rex, a real Triceratops skull, and the massive
sauropod Barosaurus. It doesn't get any more exciting than this! Visit
http://www.rom.on.ca or call (416) 586-5549.

    Royal Botanical Gardens, Hamilton
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    Santa is making his traditional daily appearances at the Gardens until
December 23. Bring along the whole family and discover the wonders of winter
on Family Discovery Days (December 27 and 28, 2007) for family fun crafts,
activities, presentations and more. For information, visit http://www.rbg.ca
or call (905) 527-1158, ext. 2796 (1-905-825-5040 toll free outside of the
Greater Toronto Area).

    Ontario Science Centre, Toronto
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    Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition tells the Titanic story as it has never
been told before. Real artifacts recovered from nearly 4 km below the ocean
tell Titanic's fateful tale along with the stories of the 2,228 souls who
journeyed with her into history. Meanwhile, at Ontario's only IMAX(R) Dome
theatre, Titanica brings the world's most famous shipwreck to life through
startling, eerie images from the ocean floor. The KidsSpark holiday program
lets the young set learn about the kind of toys that were popular when the
Titanic sailed and how they compare to the toys of today. For more information
about ALL the activities going on at the Centre, visit
http://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca or call (416) 696-1000.

    Science North, Sudbury
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    On December 27 and 28, Dynamic Earth is featuring an exciting holiday
camp where kids can play MINEopoly, a fun way to learn about geology, mining
and mineral identification. Kids can also explore Holiday Science at Science
North Christmas Camps for Kids. For information, visit
http://www.sciencenorth.ca or call (705) 523-4629 (1-800-461-4898 outside of
Sudbury).

    Ontario Heritage Trust's Elgin Theatre, Toronto
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    Based on the stage play by J.M. Barrie Peter Pan, The Family Musical That
Won't Grow Up follows the adventures of Peter, Captain Hook, Tinker Bell and
Wendy and is performed in the "fractured fairy tale" style that audiences have
come to love. Performances run to January 6, 2008. For further information or
to order tickets, call 416-872-5555 or visit www.ticketmaster.ca or
www.rosspetty.com.

    Ontario Heritage Trust's Fulford Place, Brockville
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    Fulford Place, a National Historic Site, is offering two-for-one
admission until December 16! Bring family and friends to tour the festively
decorated mansion featuring guides dressed as Edwardian domestic staff, ladies
or gentlemen. For more information, call 416-325-5000.

    McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg
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    Along with the spectacular collection of works by The Group of Seven,
families can also enjoy special exhibitions Miller Brittain: When the Stars
Threw Down Their Spears and Stones, Bones and Stitches along with a special
holiday concert by The Strandzas, an all-male a capella choir who will be
performing gospel and contemporary favourites on December 16. As part of
McMichael's Holiday Bonus Family Days program, parents and kids alike can
enjoy hands-on art activities and live entertainment on December 27 and 28.
Visit www.mcmichael.com or call (905) 893-1121 (1-888-213-1121 toll free).

    
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For further information:

For further information: Alicia Johnston, Minister's Office, (416)
325-1676; Mark Thompson, Communications Branch, (416) 314-3497

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