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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 events. Plan your visit today!

The Storybook Gardens winter skating trail is open from Saturday, December 2nd to Sunday February 25th. Please visit the Rates, Tickets and Programs page for admission fees, rental prices and hours of operation.




SKATE TRAIL safety RULES

1. Skaters 5 years of age or younger must wear a CSA approved helmet while skating. A full cage is recommended but is not required.
2. No hockey sticks, pucks, or balls are allowed on the ice.
3. No one is permitted on the ice who is not wearing skates. Adults wishing to support their child must walk around the edge of the skate trail.
4. Skate aids are permitted on the ice at the discretion of the skate cruiser and or supervisor. Skate aids are not to be used by children or adults who do not need skating support.
5. Sleds or toboggans are not permitted on the ice.
6. Sturdy strollers are permitted on the ice under the control of a responsible adult who is a competent skater. Collapsible “umbrella" style strollers are too tipsy and are not permitted. The wheels of the stroller must be checked for grit or sand prior to moving on to the ice surface. Children in strollers do not require a helmet.
7. Adults are not permitted to carry children while on the ice surface
8. Wheelchairs are permitted on the ice. The wheels must be checked for grit or sand prior to moving on to the ice surface.
9. No food or beverages are allowed on to the ice surface. Please enjoy snacks and drinks while seated on a bench or around the campfire.
10. Everyone must skate in the same direction.
11. No tag, crack the whip or games of horse play.
12. The use of electronic devices for listening to music, texting etc. while on the ice is not permitted.
13. No smoking. Storybook Gardens is a smoke free environment.
14. Visitors wearing skates must be on the ice or rubber mats only. Visitors are not to walk around on the "grass" areas while wearing skates, due to the presence of cords and wires underneath the snow layer.
15. The skating patrol staff is on site to enforce these regulations and to ensure a safe skating environment for all patrons. The skate patrol has the authority from Storybook Gardens to have any person(s) not abiding by these regulations to be removed from the facility.

CALENDAR OF 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!



January 2018

  • Free Skate Sponsored by Tim Hortons

    Free Skate Sponsored by Tim Hortons Free skating for the family! January 1st from 10am-12pm. Skate rentals available on site for $6.50/ pair. Children 5 years and under require a CSA approved helmet.

  • Snowybook Village Open

    January 2-6th from 4-8pm

    Snowybook Village Open Snowybook village is open January 2-6th from 4-8pm. Conditions permitting. Activities included in admission; Outdoor skating, a holiday light show, mascot meet and greets, campfire programming and more! New this year, winter amusement rides including; the Ferris wheel, mechanical elephants and holiday carousel ride. Height restrictions and additional fees apply. Come be part of the magic this holiday season!

  • P.A Day Skate - January 19th

    2pm-5pm

    P.A Day Skate - January 19th Get outdoors this P.A. Day! Regular admission rates apply.

February 2018

  • Storybook Family Day - Monday, February 19th

    10am-5pm

    Storybook Family Day - Monday, February 19th Family fun day at Storybook Gardens! Come spend family day outdoors in our beautiful park with activities for the whole family. Treat your family with a Beavertail pastry! More information will be posted soon.

  • Spectrum Program Registration opens Monday, February 12th

    Registration opens at 8:30am

    Spectrum Program Registration opens Monday, February 12th Register for spring and summer Spectrum programs today! Summer Day Camp programs fill quickly each year, register early to avoid disappointment. Program offerings: Summer Day Camp programs, P.A. Day Camp on June 9th and June 30th and Gnorbert's Nature Club offered to members only on Saturday mornings from 9am-11am! Find more information on our website under Spectrum Programs listed under the Passes and Programs tab or register online at https://rec.london.ca/eConnect/Start/start.asp.

December 2017

  • Snowybook Village Open

    December 27-30th and January 2-6th from 4-8pm

    Snowybook Village Open Snowybook village is open December 27-30th and January 2-6th from 4-8pm. Conditions permitting. Activities included in admission; Outdoor skating, a holiday light show, mascot meet and greets, campfire programming and more! New this year, winter amusement rides including; the Ferris wheel, mechanical elephants and holiday carousel ride. Height restrictions and additional fees apply. Come be part of the magic this holiday season!

  • New Year's Eve Hoopla

    December 31st from 6-9pm

    New Year's Eve Hoopla Registration for our outdoor New Year's Eve celebration event for families is open! Event includes a campfire, outdoor skating, crafts, 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: 296023.

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. During the winter season, the average length of stay can vary depending on weather conditions.

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 fall 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’s the deal with bottled water?

To reduce the amount of plastic going into recycling, bottled water is no longer being sold at any facility run by the City of London. There are water fountains complete with water bottle filling attachments available in the front, middle and back of the park. We recommend that you bring your own water supply with you in a refillable container. A variety of other drinks, including soft drinks, juices and flavoured water, are available for purchase at the various concessions locations.

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 due to the presence of our farm animals. Service animals are permitted inside Storybook Gardens. The visitor is responsible for the behaviour and cleanup for the animal at all times.

Smoking

Storybook Gardens is a smoke free facility. Visitors wishing to smoke are asked to exit the park in order to smoke. 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.

Two concession areas operate on Saturdays and Sundays during the fall season:

  • The Village Square Diner - serving hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries, Hot and cold drinks, soft serve ice cream, and more.
  • Beavertails - Serving fresh hot Beavertails pastries, french fries, poutine, Beaverdogs, hot chocolate, coffee, and Frapp-eh smoothies.

Please note for your convenience the concessions accept: debit, Visa, Mastercard and Amex. There is also an ATM located inside the castle during the summer season.

What attractions are available during the fall season?

On weekdays through the fall, all playgrounds, the Leaping Lilypad jumping pillow, sand play area, pedal cars, and play village are open. The splash pad remains open through the fall season, however the water slide is closed.

The new Alphabet Maze feature opens for the fall season on Saturday September 9th, and will be available weekdays and weekends.

On weekends, all amusement rides will also be open, as well as the Village Square and Beavertails concession locations.

No Scents Makes Good Sense!

Scented and aerosol products can aggravate existing health problems for people who suffer from asthma, allergies and many other medical conditions. Consider using non-scented alternatives, lotions and gels.

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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

Monday: CLOSED

Tuesday: 2pm-8pm

Wednesday: 2pm-8pm

Thursday: 2pm-5pm

Friday: 2pm-5pm

Saturday: 10am-8pm

Sunday: 10am-5pm