Storybook Valley
 

During the summer take a through Storybook Valley and see many popular storybook and nursery rhyme characters, as well as attractive gardens, including our new butterfly garden which is filled with different plants and flowers known to attract butterflies!

Take a picture with Humpty Dumpty and the Hickory Dickory Clock.

Storybook Valley is alive with fun and games all year round. During the winter months, bring your ice skates and glide along our picturesque, 250 metre artificial skate trail.
   

Hands in the Sand

Hands In The Sand is a large sand and water play area, located in the pool area between Storybook Valley and Old Macdonald’s Farm. The area features almost 110 square metres of play area, 90 tonnes of quality play sand, two water sources, a variety of toys and loose parts for children to play and build with, a shaded seating area for parents, beautiful surrounding gardens, and a clean up area, with a hose and soft brushes for sweeping loose sand from clothing.

  Sand and Water Play
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Winter Wonderland


Storybook Characters

   

The Whale

Have you ever wondered how Pinocchio felt when he was swallowed by the whale? Find out for yourself by climbing inside the Storybook whale’s giant mouth and see what treasures he has swallowed!

Pinocchio - Pinocchio is a fictional character that appeared in The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi in 1883. Carved from a piece of pine by a woodcarver named Geppetto, he was created as a wooden puppet, but dreamt of becoming a real boy!

  Whatch you don't get wet!

The Clock

Hickory Dickory Dock

Hickory Dickory Dock
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck one,
the mouse ran down.
Hickory Dickory Dock

Hickory Dickory Dock
The bird looked at the clock.
The clock struck two,
away she flew.
Hickory Dickory Dock

Hickory Dickory Dock
The dog barked at the clock.
The clock struck three,
Fiddle-de-dee
Hickory Dickory Dock


Come visit us and ring the bell.

  Hickory Dickory Dock Clock

Humpty Dumpty

Come take a picture with Humpty! Different versions of Humpty have been in the park since the day that we opened.

Humpty Dumpty is a character in a nursery rhyme portrayed as an egg with human characteristics.

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king's horses and all the king's men
Couldn't put Humpty together again.

  Plenty of GREAT photo opportunities!

The Shoe

Have you ever seen a shoe THIS large? The old woman’s shoe has been in the park since it opened in 1958. It will be receiving some renovations in 2008 to be turned into a play area for toddlers.

There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe

There was an old woman,
Who lived in a shoe;
She had so many children,
She didn't know what to do.
She gave them some broth,
Without any bread;
She tucked them all in,
And sent them to bed.

  Check out the painting inside!

Themed mural inside

The Storybook Valley Village

It takes a village to raise a child.... it takes a child to raise a village. Located in the Storybook Valley is a developing community of miniature play houses, intertwining roads to guide your child along the way. This area is under a multiple year development and offers a great place for Children to engage in pretend play. Socio-dramatic play greatly enhances emerging literacy skills, as young children make up plots and storylines and even develop dialogue in the course of their play.

3 NEW PLAY HOUSES

Animal Hospital               Fire Department
Animal Hospital ~ Sponsored by             Fire Department
Sears Animal Hospital

Storybook Bank
Storybook Bank

  Mother Goose Cottage
Play House

 

The Storybook Market
Valley Market


Shaded Picnic Area

This new, shaded group picnic area is located in the valley close to the spray pad. For more information or call 519-661-5770. 

  Available for rental

The Tower Bridge

This is the authentic London Bridge, London Ontario, that is! The bridge is scaled down for our young visitors, so duck your head when you cross it! The bridge originally sat on two large square stones, that were taken from the actual bridge in London England. These stones are now located in front of the otter pool.
 
London Bridge Nursery Rhyme

London Bridge Is falling down, Falling down, Falling down.
London Bridge Is falling down; My fair lady.
Build it up with wood and clay, wood and clay, wood and clay
Build it up with wood and clay; My fair lady.
Wood and clay will wash away, wash away, wash away.
Wood and clay will wash away; My fair lady.

  The Tower Bridge

Jolly Miller

Miller of Dee Nursery Rhyme
Miller of Dee is a traditional folk song from the Chester area in the north-west of England. This miller is known in many Nursery Rhymes as the Jolly Miller.

There was a jolly miller once,
Lived on the river Dee;
He worked and sang from morn till night,
No lark more blithe as he.
And this the burden of his song
Forever used to be,
I care for nobody, no, not I,
if nobody cares for me.

The reason why he was so blithe,
He once did thus unfold,
The bread I eat my hands have earned,
I covet no man's gold;
I do not fear next quarter's day;
In debt to none I be.
I care for nobody, no, not I
If nobody cares for me.

Jolly Miller

Three Men in a Tub

The butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker have been floating in their tub at Storybook Gardens since 1958.

Rub-a-Dub-Dub Nursery Rhyme
This version is stated to be from the 14th century.

Rub-a-dub-dub!  Three men in a tub, And who do you think they be?
The butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker; all scrubbing their way out to sea. 

  Rub a Dub Dub

The Windmill

Windmill Nursery Rhyme

Blow, wind, blow! And go, mill, go!
That the miller may grind his corn;
That the baker may take it,
And into rolls make it,
And bring us some hot in the morn.

  windmill

Wind in the Willows

See some of the characters from Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows. Watch Ratty rowing his rowboat, then climb on to the picnic blanket to share some bread and cheese with Toad and Mole.

Wind in the Willows Story
The Wind in the Willows was written in 1908 by Kenneth Grahame. The story is about four animal characters and is known for its mixture of mysticism, and adventure. After writing his book, Grahame is known to have spent his time in England by the River Thames doing much of what the animal characters in his book do like 'simply messing about in boats'.

  Frog Prince

Story Scenery

Frog Prince

If you give the frog a kiss, will he turn into a handsome prince?

Read this short story. (pdf)

 

  Frog Prince

Winter Season

 
 

In the winter, the Storybook Valley is transformed into a magical setting for outdoor skating. The 250 metre promenade that winds through Storybook Valley is actually a refrigerated ice rink, providing a unique outdoor skating environment for families. Step off the ice and step inside to warm up in Off the Beatin' Trail to enjoy a hot chocolate. Fully lit at night, Storybook Valley is truly a one-of-a-kind winter skating experience.

Skating Trail    Children 5 & under must wear a helmet   Limited skate aids are available   Skate trail at night  

A Special Thank you to our Sponsors


Sears Animal Hospital - Mini Play Vet Clinic

Davis Martindale Accountants with Personality - Humpty Dumpty

Esam Group - Tower Bridge