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Freedom Pass Offers Youth Free Swims and Transit Rides this Summer

This summer, Mississauga youth aged 12 to 14 years can ride MiWay and access indoor and outdoor City of Mississauga pools for free with a Freedom Pass. The pass is valid from July 1 to August 31.

“Summer is a great time in Mississauga and with a Freedom Pass, youth can enjoy it with free rides to our pools, libraries and parks as well as to great events, festivals and attractions,” said Shari Lichterman, Director, Recreation.

How to Apply for a Pass

  • Application forms can be downloaded and printed by visiting mississauga.ca/freedompass or picked up at any City community centre.
  • Signed and completed application forms must be submitted in person to any City community centre, along with one piece of identification (parent/guardian signature is required) displaying proof of age.
  • Applicants will also need to have their photo taken by City customer service staff to create a personalized Freedom Pass. 

“The Freedom Pass provides youth with a great opportunity to learn about our MiWay transit system. Understanding how it works, how they can get around Mississauga and get where they want to go independently,” said Geoff Marinoff, Director, Transit.

The Freedom Pass program continues to grow in popularity since its launch in 2014 with more than 8,000 Freedom Passes distributed in 2018.

Freedom Pass cards will be available on May 1 (quantities are limited and will be issued on a first come, first served basis). Only valid Freedom Pass holders are eligible to ride MiWay for free. All other riders must pay regular fares. To learn more about MiWay, visit miway.ca. Plan a trip with the online tool or call 905-615-INFO (4636) for route and schedule information.

For more information about the Freedom Pass, please visit mississauga.ca/freedompass.

HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS AT ERIN MILLS TOWN CENTRE: SHOP AND BE MERRY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Erin Mills Town Centre is a magnificent sight during the most wonderful time of year! The entire shopping centre is aglow and decked out in its festive holiday best, from the breathtaking Christmas tree in Centre Court to the​ ​​winter wonderland display where customers can take their photo with Santa.

In addition to the breathtaking holiday display, customers are invited to enjoy an array of activities at
Erin Mills Town Centre this holiday season. Please see calendar below outlining the holiday happenings:

PHOTOS WITH SANTA

Families are welcome to capture the spirit of the holidays by getting a photo with Santa. Visit his winter wonderland display for a priceless moment that will last a lifetime. ​Please check ​erinmills.ca​ for Santa Photo hours.

STORYTIME WITH SANTA

Kids can join Santa as he reads a festive story, and then join in holiday caroling. Tuesday mornings at 11am until December 18.

FESTIVE SOUNDS

Mississauga Symphony Orchestra will be performing beloved melodies on Saturday, December 8 at 2pm.

GIFT WRAPPING SERVICE

An opportunity to have your gifts beautifully wrapped for only $5 each, with proceeds going to Trillium Health Partners​​​Initiative runs until December 24 on the lower level, near Centre Court.

TOYS FOR TOTS

Customers are encouraged to ​drop off unwrapped toys at the collection bin near Centre Court until December 21, ​in partnership with Peel Police to benefit families in the community.

BOXING DAY HOURS

Stores will be open from 8am to 8pm so customers can shop the best deals during Boxing Week.

EXTENDED SHOPPING HOURS:

Extended shopping hours began Saturday, November 24 and are as follows:

  • ●  Monday to Saturday: 9:30am – 9:30pm
  • ●  Sunday: 10am – 7pm
  • ●  December 24: 8:30am – 6pm
  • ●  December 25: CLOSED
  • ●  December 26: 8am – 8pm
  • ●  December 27-28: 10am – 9pm
  • ●  December 29: 9:30am – 6pm
  • ●  December 30: 11am – 6pm
  • ●  December 31: 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • ●  January 1: CLOSED
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For more public information, please call 905-569-1981 or visit erinmills.ca or Guest Services.

Free Family Programs this March Break at The Riverwood Conservancy

The young and young at heart are invited to spend March Break at The Riverwood Conservancy.

Party Safari Animal Meet & Greets

When: March 12 | 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.

Where: The Riverwood Conservancy, Chappell House, 4300 Riverwood Park Lane

What: Party Safari will bring its crew of exotic animals to interact with children. Snakes, birds, lizards and more will join the celebration!

Guided Nature Hikes

When: March 13 & 14 | 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 2 p.m.

Where: The Riverwood Conservancy, MacEwan Field Station, 4190 Riverwood Park Lane

What: Celebrate spring’s arrival and the abundant wildlife of Mississauga with a guided nature hike through the beautiful trails of Riverwood.

Canadian Animal Skulls

When: March 15 | 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.

Where: The Riverwood Conservancy, Chappell House, 4300 Riverwood Park Lane

What: Kids will love learning about Canadian animal skulls in this interactive presentation by Mark Mitro.

Details & Registration
March Break programs at The Riverwood Conservancy are designed for children 5+ and their parents or caregivers to explore the wonders of nature.

All children must be accompanied by an adult and registration is required. Click here to register for an event.

About The Riverwood Conservancy
The Riverwood Conservancy is a volunteer-based not-for-profit that provides programming in conservation, gardening, environmental education and volunteerism to the Mississauga community. The Riverwood Conservancy is located in Riverwood, a natural green space in the heart of the city [map] and is open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily with free parking and admission. For more information about environmental education programs, events and how to make a donation, visit:TheRiverwoodConservancy.org.

MISSISSAUGA ITALFEST™ EXPANDS TO TWO DAYS

ENTERTAINMENT LINE-UP INCLUDES THE AWARD-WINNING RIONE BIANCO FLAG THROWERS OF FAENZA, INTERNATIONAL HEADLINER BOBBY SOLO AND MORE THAN A DOZEN PERFORMERS

MISSISSAUGA, ON – The 2017 edition of Mississauga ITALFEST™Ferragosto in the City – expands to two days offering festivalgoers twice the opportunity to experience the culture and splendour of Italy. From Friday, August 18th to Saturday, August 19th, the fifth annual festival, presented by Solmar Development Corp, will take over Mississauga’s Celebration Square to present a taste of Italian arts and heritage and draw in more than 26,000 attendees from Mississauga and surrounding communities. Named a Top 100 Festival in Ontario two years in a row, Mississauga ITALFEST™ offers a variety of family-oriented entertainment.

On Friday, August 18th from 5:00pm to 11:00pm, experience “Under The ‘Sauga Moon” – a Canada 150 celebration featuring Rione Bianco, the world-famous flag throwers, drummers and trumpeters from Faenza, Italy; a cooking demonstration by Chef Christian Pritchard – Aurora Importing’s Executive Chef and Culinary Adventurist; cultural dance groups; an International DJ; dance music star Joée; and the popular Sensation Live Music.

On Saturday, August 19th from 12:00pm to 11:00pm, festival favourites and new attractions hit the main stage including Italian choir Melodie Italiane; organetto player Enzo DiPalma; violinist Daniele Monticelli; dance band Frankie Cole and The Four Wanderers; the Latin sounds of Thiago Derucio; vocalists Angelo Torchia from Italy and Enzo Gusman; the comedic talents of Riccardo Backyardo, The Rolling Stronz and Rosina Parmiggiano; the presentation of the Johnny Lombardi Family Heritage Award and Louis Jannetta Youth Heritage Award; Italian pop singer FreD’Angelo; award winning singer-songwriter/producer Carlo Coppola and a headline performance by legendary Bobby Solo direct from Italy.

Visitors will enjoy Bocce, Scopa and Briscola tournaments, watermelon and pasta-eating contests and more than 50 onsite vendors, artisans and exhibitors.

The Mississauga ITALFEST™ Family Zone, sponsored by Queenscorp Group, will feature the Pizza Nova pizza-making workshop, displays and inflatable challenges from the Raptors On The Go team, Mississauga Steelheads, puppet show, face painters, an Italian youth art and recipe exhibit, and a youth soccer challenge.

The popular Heritage and Cultural Centre, presented by Villa Charities in partnership with Heritage Mississauga, will explore Italian history while spotlighting the region of Naples with displays of art, photography, food demos, tastings, furniture, music and various artifacts specific to the area.

Mississauga ITALFEST™ is a free festival. Tickets to access a limited quantity of reserved seating in front of the stage – “Sweet Seats” – and in the VIP lounge are available for purchase through the festival website at www.mississaugaitalfest.com.

For the full schedule, additional details and announcements, visit www.mississaugaitalfest.com.

ERIN MILLS TOWN CENTRE CONTINUES SUMMER FUN WITH AUGUST “SUMMER IN THE CENTRE” EVENTS

Mississauga Residents Are Invited to Enjoy Free Family Fun All Summer Long!

Erin Mills Town Centre has been hosting an array of exciting FREE, family focused activities throughout July, and starting on August 4th, there will be a new lineup of fun for Mississauga residents to take part in!

With unique and engaging activities going on throughout the month, there is something for every kid (and parent) to take part in at Erin Mills Town Centre!

The August calendar is as follows:

MOVIE AND POPCORN FRIDAYS – August 4, 11, 18, 11am start: Kids can watch a popular movie and receive a free popcorn treat! Movie features will be Moana, Sing and Smurfs 2 – The Lost Village.

CAMPFIRE SHOW – August 5, 12, 12pm & 2pm: Visitors can take part in a Campfire Sing-A- Long & Storytelling, a true Canadian tradition!

RADICAL REPTLE SHOW – August 19, 2pm: Join Safari Science as they teach us about a selection of cute reptiles and critters! Visitors will have the chance to meet and greet the animals after the presentation.

While quantities last. Limits and rules apply, visit erinmills.ca for details