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Plan Your Visit to Storybook Gardens


Open all year round, each season offers new activities and adventures, from our summer splash pad to our winter skating trail. Join us for our signature programs and special events. Plan your visit today!
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CALENDAR OF SPECIAL EVENTS

There’s always something exciting and fun happening inside the walls of Storybook Gardens. Take a look at our Calendar of Events to see all the upcoming special events planned this season, and be sure to check back regularly for updates and new offerings!



December 2019

  • Opening Day of the Storybook Gardens Skate Trail

    Saturday, December 7, 2019

    Opening Day of the Storybook Gardens Skate Trail The 2019-2020 Storybook Gardens outdoor winter skating season is open Tuesday through Sunday, weather permitting. Our winding refrigerated 250 skating track offers beautiful outdoor skating six days a week from December through to the end of February. Take a break to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and a fresh hot Beavertail pastry from our rink-side Beavertails location. Private site rentals are available for corporate and group functions. Skate rentals are also available. Special Holiday hours are in effect from December 21 2019 to January 4 2020. Open daily from 10:00am to 8:00pm, except: Dec 24, Dec 26, Dec 31 and Jan 1 10:00am to 4:00pm. and Dec 25 - Closed

  • Holly Jolly Visits with Santa and Friends

    December 7, 8, 14, 15, 2019

    Holly Jolly Visits with Santa and Friends Santa will be available for meet and greets at his workshop. Bring a camera and capture a great family photograph. Milk and cookies for kids and parents. Kids are encouraged to bring letters for Santa to be delivered to the North Pole. Visits with Santa included in skate trail admission fee. Times to visit with Santa: December 7 - 1-4pm and 6-8pm December 8 - 1-4pm December 14 - 1-4pm and 6-8pm December 15 - 1-4pm

  • Holiday Campfire Sing-Along

    December 21 and 22, 2019 6-8pm

    Holiday Campfire Sing-Along Enjoy singing classic holiday songs with our entertainment staff around our rink side campfire pit. Participants can roast s'mores or hot dogs over the campfire following the program. Program is included in the daily park admission fee.

  • Extended Skating Hours

    December 23, 2019-January 4, 2020

    Extended Skating Hours Enjoy extended skating hours over the winter holidays beginning Monday, December 23, 2019. The skating trail is open 10am-8pm except on Christmas Eve, Boxing Day, New Years' Eve and New Year's Day when the skating trail is open 10am-4pm. The skating trail is closed on December 25, 2019. Daily children's programming from 11:30am-3:30pm. Skate rentals are available on a first-come, first-served basis, in both hockey skates and figure skates in sizes ranging from child's 6 to men's 13. Come be part of the magic this holiday season! Programming included in daily admission fee. PLEASE NOTE: Extended hours no longer available on Sunday, December 22nd due to a private rental

  • Tim Horton's Free Skate

    December 23, 2019 10am-noon

    Tim Horton's Free Skate Enjoy free skating at Storybook Gardens sponsored by Tim Hortons. Skate rentals not included. Free skate available 10am-noon. Guests remaining in the park after noon will be required to pay admission fees.

  • New Year's Eve Hoopla

    December 31, 2019 6-9pm

    New Year's Eve Hoopla Registration for our outdoor New Year's Eve celebration event for families is open! The theme this year is "Reach for the Sky" and the event includes sky gazing, Pizza Planet buffet, skating, campfire smores', sporky creation station and a countdown to an early new year's beginning at 8:30pm. Program runs from 6-9pm. *This is a pre-registered program. Contact a City of London customer service representative at 519-661-5575 or go online to register at https://rec.london.ca/eConnect/start/start.asp Program code: 319028. Program Fees - $15.00/ person. Discounted Program Fees for Annual Pass Holders - $13.50/ person.

January 2020

  • Tim Horton's Free Skate

    January 1, 2020 10am-noon

    Tim Horton's Free Skate Enjoy free skating at Storybook Gardens sponsored by Tim Hortons. Skate rentals not included. Free skate available 10am-noon. Guests remaining in the park after noon will be required to pay admission fees.

  • Extended Skating Hours

    January 1-4, 2020

    Extended Skating Hours Extended Skating Hours runs from December 23, 2019-January 4, 2020. Enjoy extended skating hours from 10:00am to 8:00pm each day except on New Years' Day when the skating trail is open 10am-4pm. Skate rentals are available on a first-come, first-served basis, in both hockey skates and figure skates in sizes ranging from child's 6 to men's 13. Come be part of the magic this holiday season! Regular hours resume on Sunday January 5, 2020.

  • Skate with the Ice Queen

    January 12, 2019 1pm-3pm

    Skate with the Ice Queen Special visit with the Snow Queen on Sunday, January 12th at Storybook Gardens. Her majesty will meet and greet with villagers on and off the ice during her visit. Program included in admission fee.

  • Chinese New Year Skate

    January 25, 2020 10am-8pm

    Chinese New Year Skate Plan a family skate to celebrate Chinese New Years. Children's activities and crafts form 1-3pm. Fortune cookies for everyone.

February 2019

  • Bon Homme Days

    February 8 and 9, 2019 1pm-4pm

    Bon Homme Days Make it a perfect day with outdoor skating, Beavertail pastries and a character meet and greet with Bonhomme from 1-4pm.

  • Program Registration opens Tuesday, February 11th at 8:30am

    Registration opens at 8:30am

    Program Registration opens Tuesday, February 11th at 8:30am Register for spring and summer programs today! Summer Day Camp programs fill quickly each year, register early to avoid disappointment. Program offerings include: Summer Day Camp programs, P.A. Day Camp and Gnorbert's Nature Club. Find more information on our website under the Passes and Programs tab or register online at https://rec.london.ca/eConnect/Start/start.asp.

  • Valentines Skate at Storybook

    February 14, 2020 5:30pm-7:00pm or 7:30pm-9:00pm

    Valentines Skate at Storybook Looking for something a bit different for Valentine's Day this year? Why not surprise your sweetheart with a Couples Skate Night! Register on Eventbrite! Our refrigerated 250 metre skating trail is a beautiful spot to enjoy an outdoor winter skate. This event is for adults only (18+). Take a leisurely skate along the trail as it winds through the trees and snowbanks, while enjoying the festive lighting and soft music playing over the park-wide sound system. Following your skate, warm up next to the campfire with a Beavertails pastry and two hot beverages from our rink-side Beavertails concession area. Each ticket is valid for two adult admissions, one Beavertail pastry (for sharing!) and two hot beverages (hot chocolate, apple cider, french cappucino or coffee). This is a ticketed event; pre-registration is required. Tickets will not be available at the door. Skate rentals are not included with admission but are available for an additional 6.50/pair; we have both figure skates and hockey skates available in a variety of sizes up to a men's 13. Skate rentals are first-come, first-served.

  • Storybook Family Day - Monday, February 18th

    February 17, 2020 10am-5pm

    Storybook Family Day - Monday, February 18th There's lots to do on Family Day at Storybook Gardens. In addition to our beautiful ice skating trail, this Family Day enjoy BBQ pancake breakfast and take a horse-drawn wagon ride around the park (Additional fees applies for wagon ride and pancakes). Beavertails pastry treats available at the rink-side concession stand.

FAQs

Where can I park when visiting Storybook Gardens?

There is ample free parking in front of Storybook Gardens. It is always safest to secure valuables out of sight or in your trunk. The parking area is well lit in the evening.

How long will a visit to Storybook Gardens take?

When visiting the park during the summer, most visitors spend between three and five hours inside Storybook Gardens.

Do you accept anything other than cash?

We accept cash, debit, or credit card (Visa, Mastercard or Amex) in the castle when paying admissions or for season’s passes, in the concession area and in the Treasure Chest gift shop.

Where can I find first aid?

Storybook Gardens staff are certified in first aid and CPR. If you require first aid, please find your nearest staff member, or visit the castle.

What if I lose track of my child?

The safety and security of children is of paramount importance for us. If you cannot locate your child, please speak with the nearest Storybook Gardens staff member who will assist you, and will send for additional staff if required.

Is the park accessible?

Storybook Gardens is quite flat and level, with paved pathways running throughout much of the park that are suitable for strollers or wheelchairs. Please note that some of the older buildings and play facilities are not fully accessible.

Accessible washrooms are located in the castle at the front of the park.

Storybook Gardens offers wheelchairs for loan for use in the park, as well as an electric mobility scooter. Wheelchairs and the scooter are free to borrow, however we do ask for a credit card number when borrowing the scooter. Wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis; the scooter may be reserved in advance by calling 519.661.5770.

Do you rent strollers or wagons?

In the summer season, we have a number of sturdy wagons available for rent, on a first-come, first-served basis. The wagons are available in the castle, when you pay your admission to enter the park. The cost to rent a wagon is $6.00. We will ask for a credit card number at the time of rental. If the wagon is not returned at the end of your visit, the card provided will by charged the replacement cost of the wagon plus an administrative fee. Wagons are available as of the May long weekend.

Can we bring our own food?

During the spring season our concession locations operate on weekends, offering a variety of hot food items, snacks and beverages. Visitors are also permitted to bring in their own food packed from home. Purchased food from outside restaurants or food-service providers is not permitted inside Storybook Gardens. Barbeques are also not permitted inside Storybook Gardens. Admission to Storybook Gardens includes in and out privileges.

What happens in poor weather?

Amusement rides and attraction areas will close due to extreme temperatures and adverse weather conditions - particularly heavy rain, high winds and/or lightning. This is to ensure that the safety of all our guests is not compromised in unpredictable weather. A specific answer as to when closed rides and attractions will return to operation is not possible because varying degrees of inclement weather cause different effects on different features. Please be assured that Storybook Gardens makes every effort to reopen the rides and attractions as quickly and safely as possible after the adverse weather conditions cease. No refunds or rainchecks will be issued due to adverse weather conditions.

Are there facilities for babies?

There are change tables located in the washrooms, as well as a Baby Change building located in the middle of the park for those wishing a quiet place to change a bay or to nurse. The Baby Change building is located in the middle of the park next to the Villagae Square Stage.

I’ve forgotten something... can I purchase a replacement on site?

Our Treasure Chest gift shop stocks a number of convenience items, such as kleenex, sunscreen, towels, and batteries.

If I leave the park, can I come back in?

Same day re-entry privileges are included with admission. Upon entry we provide a hand stamp for each guest. When you leave then re-enter the park, show this hand stamp to the admissions staff as proof of re-entry. Guests without a hand stamp will not be re-admitted.

How will we know what’s going on in the park?

When you arrive in the castle, you’ll receive a copy of the daily program schedule, which will give the concession hours, amusement ride hours and program schedule of entertainment and activities.

Can we bring a pet in to the park?

Dogs and other pets are not permitted inside Storybook Gardens at any time. Service animals are permitted inside Storybook Gardens. The visitor is responsible for the behaviour and cleanup for the service animal at all times.

Smoking

Storybook Gardens is a smoke free facility; smoking and vaping are not permitted inside Storybook Gardens. Visitors wishing to smoke are asked to exit the park. Please have your hand stamped at the gate for same day re-entry to the park.

Did you enjoy your stay? Come again!

We hope you had a great time visiting Storybook Gardens. If you think that you will be visiting again, we encourage you to consider a season or annual pass, which provide unlimited visits for the season, or the entire year! If you purchase a pass on the day of your visit, we will credit your day’s admission fees towards the purchase of your pass.

We’re coming from out of town – Where can we stay?

Lots of great options, click here to find one for you!

Concessions available at the park

Storybook Gardens hosts an on-site food service that serves up a variety of meals, snacks and treats to meet all your cravings.

Several concession areas operate in the park during the summer season:

  • The Village Square Diner - serving hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries, sandwiches, pizza, cold drinks, and soft serve ice cream treats.
  • Beavertails - Serving fresh hot Beavertails pastries, french fries, poutine, Beaverdogs, hot chocolate, and coffee.

Please note for your convenience the concessions accept: debit, Visa, Mastercard and Amex.

What attractions are available during the summer season?

Enjoy the Pirate's Island playgrounds, the Leaping Lilypad jumping pillow, sand play area, pedal cars, and miniature play village. The amusement rides operate every day through the summer season, weather conditions permitting. The splash pad is open every day, and each day we have a full schedule of entertainment and activities to enjoy on our Village Square outdoor stage.

Join us on Friday mornings from 10:30-12:30 for "Foamy Fridays" as we fire up the foam machine for some sudsy adventures!



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Storybook Gardens provides families with fun and special memories to last a lifetime. Open all year round, we have something for the whole family no matter the season. From the On the Riverbank Splash Pad in the Summer, a skate trail in the Winter, to rides, games, entertainment, and beautiful gardens, Storybook is a special destination for a family outing at any time of the year!

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Current Hours

Outdoor Skating Trail opens December 7, 2019

Monday - CLOSED

Tuesday - 2pm-8pm

Wednesday - 2pm-8pm

Thursday - 2pm-5pm

Friday - 2pm-5pm

Saturday - 10am-8pm

Sunday - 10am-5pm