Weekend Fun Inspired By AIR MILES Perks

Three cheers for April!  That fresh spring air, tulips bursting through the ground, Easter Weekend and of course those long rainy days.  Flooded backyards and gloomy weather can lead to the itch, the need, to get out of the house.  It’s the perfect time of year to start planning some epic outings with your family.  Where to start?  With your AIR MILES Card of course.  You won’t want to miss some of the incredible perks offered to you simply for being an AIR MILES Collector!  Yes, you read that right.  That mighty AIR MILES Card you have tucked in your wallet offers Collectors the ability to take advantage of some fabulous discounts and deals at numerous museums, stores and landmarks near you just for being a Collector – no Miles needed!  These deals and discounts are called AIR MILES Perks , and they have been hand-picked just for AIR MILES Collectors.

Here are just some of the amazing deals you can take advantage of with your AIR MILES Card:

  • Ripley’s Aquarium – Get 20% off aquarium tickets
  • CN Tower – Get 15% off General Admission
  • Ontario Science Centre – Get 20% off General Admission
  • Hockey Hall of Fame – Get $4 off General Admission
This week my family and I decided it was time to escape the house and take advantage of some of those AIR MILES Perks.  Our choice of adventure was Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada in Toronto Ontario.  Ripley’s Aquarium Canada, located next to the CN Tower in downtown Toronto, is Canada’s largest indoor aquarium.  We were ready to explore all it had to offer and thanks to my AIR MILES Card we saved 20% off each general admission ticket. Winning!
Our experience at Ripley’s Aquarium is one I won’t soon forget.  With 16,000 aquatic animals spread out over 130,000 sq. ft., the Aquarium is the perfect place to escape for a fun family outing.   As you walk through the neatly organized Aquarium it’s as if you have entered another world.  Lulled by the hushed tones and ambiance of the sea, you have the opportunity to explore places like the Rainbow Reef, Ray Bay, and learn about the many species of fish that inhabit our Canadian Waters.  Our group consisted of tourists from ages 2 to 70 and there was truly something to capture everyone’s interest.
A moving walkway fluidly transports you through an underwater tunnel, home to the Aquarium’s most fearsome looking animals.  These creatures, known to strike fear in millions are now gracefully circling above your head as you are slowly taken on a tour of their lagoon.  I might have had to resist the urge to yell SHARK!!
 It’s an amazing, transportive experience.  So amazing, that I might have gone through that tunnel twice!
Have you ever crawled through a tube surrounded by sharks?  I have!  Just another incredible moment in our tour of Ripely’s Aquarium.  I hope I’m never again this close to the creatures of the deep.
For the younger set, Ripley’s Aquarium offers the Discovery Centre.   A hands on demonstration area stuffed with learning and sensory experiences for all.  Personal note:  It’s a lot louder in the Discovery Centre.
 And touching a stingray?  This is something everyone should have the opportunity to try and least once.
Another favourite spot was our tour of Planet Jelly.  Having had a couple of close encounters with kelly fish out in the ocean, I could not wait to check out this part of the Aquarium. I could have spent hours watching the five species of beautiful and yes, dangerous jelly fish floating and swimming in their massive habitats.  Their tanks were backlit and surrounded you on all sides, it was mesmerizing, almost magical.
Before we left we took a moment to pet a shark and pose for a picture or two, as one does when presented with the opportunity to safely and humanely touch a real life shark.  It was an amazing way to spend an afternoon.

What I liked:

  • Manageable Size:  The Ripley’s Aquarium is easy to see in a morning or afternoon.
  • Hands on Experience:  There is lots to see and do!
  • Something for everyone:  From Toddlers to Teens to Seniors there is something to interest everyone.

If you go:

  • Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is located in the heart of downtown Toronto, next to the Rogers Centre and CN Tower.
  •  Don’t forget to use your AIR MILES card to instantly save 20% off your admission. Tickets must be purchased prior to visiting the aquarium at airmiles.ca/Perks

Insider Tips and Tricks:

  • Travelling with a Toddler and have a stroller in tow?  You can check it at Guest Services so your little one is free to explore. (and you can chase!)
  • Be sure to leave lots of time to explore the Discovery Centre.
  • You do have to walk through a Gift Shop on the way out.  This can mean big melt downs for little one’s.  Be prepared to make a quick purchase or a fast exit!

When you planning your next family adventure, don’t forget to check out all the Perks available to you at airmiles.ca/Perks.  There’s an entire catalogue of national and regional options in the Perks catalogue.  Some Perks are available by simply showing your AIR MILES Card others offer exclusive discount codes or vouchers that you won’t want to miss.

Not an AIR MILES Collector?  It’s a free loyalty program that gives you Miles for the shopping you already do.  You can choose to use your Miles for all kinds of rewards like flights, merchandise, and events, or put them towards everyday purchases like groceries and gas.  So what are you waiting for?  Visit Airmiles.ca/Enroll and sign up today!


One lucky reader of How To Survive Life In The Suburbs will WIN two (2) passes to visit Ripley’s Aquarium!

To enter please comment below telling me your favourite place to use your AIR MILES Card.  Then use the Rafflecopter form provided to earn those extra entries.

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Please note: This giveaway is open to Canadian AIR MILES Collectors only, excluding Quebec, and to all those who have reached the age of majority in their Province. Prize is for passes only and does not include transportation or parking.  Closes April 27th, 2017

Disclosure: I was pleased to partner with AIR MILES in order to facilitate this post. As always, all opinions reflected on this blog are my own.


  1. lisa bolduc says:

    we use put similes cars at metro the most

  2. Susanne McCarthy says:

    We like to use ours at Rona — it helps take the pain out of house repairs & renovations!

  3. Amy Heffernan says:

    I always like to use mine here at our local liquor store! Thanks!

  4. Teresa Vollick says:

    I like to use my airmiles to buy gift cards for my family members, they make great stocking stuffers.

  5. Brenda A says:

    Just got back to the TO Zoo using airmiles pass! Great deal!

  6. Amanda Masters says:

    I use my air miles most at Rexall it my favourite place is actually my insurance company as I get quite a bit with them. Thanks 🙂

  7. Sarah Smart says:

    I always hit the salad bar for lunch at a sobeys and use my airmile card every time 🙂

  8. Pick me

    • Stephanie says:

      I love your enthusiasm 🙂 Hope you can come on back and tell me where your favourite place is to use your AIR MILES Card. You have to answer that question to be entered into the contest. Thanks!

  9. we use it a lot a lowes! yes it pays to be a collector 🙂

  10. Thanks for the heads up. Can’t wait to use my Airmiles perks!

    • Stephanie says:

      AIR MILES are just fantastic! Hope you can come back and tell me your favourite place to use your card. This is the mandatory question for this contest. Thanks!

  11. Lacey willson says:

    Love to use my air miles at lcbo!

  12. Laurie P says:

    I’d have to say Rexall is my favorite place to use my airmiles card!

  13. Christine Murray says:

    I use mine at Metro all the time. Thanks for the chance to win.

  14. The LCBO!! But I use it regularly at Metro and the gas station too. I was very sad when Babies R Us and Toys R Us stopped participating in the program.

  15. Ryan little says:

    I use mine at the lcbo

  16. Use my card at Staples

  17. Metro but I carry it around because there are so many stores, I find tho its hard to collect them, you need to spend so much

  18. For me it’s usually LCBO and Metro.

  19. I like to use my AirMiles card at Shell gas station.

  20. Shelley N says:

    My favourite place to use my AirMiles card is at Sobeys grocery store

  21. Amanda Costa says:

    I use my for water park passes in Niagara Falls!

  22. Lindsay T says:

    LCBO is where we love collecting air miles.

  23. tammy ta says:

    My favourite place to use my AirMiles is at the gas station

  24. Serena D says:

    My fav place to use my air miles card is at the grocery store Metro!

  25. loucheryl says:

    I use my Air Miles the most at Metro. It’s my favourite spot to use it.

  26. Nicola Sikkema says:

    I have went on 3 cruises with Airmiles. Took lots of visits to Shell and the LCBO 😜

  27. I use my Air Miles at Metro the most.

  28. As a commuter, I often use it most at Shell

  29. I love using my Air Miles card at the LCBO for wine and groceries at our local Foodland!

  30. I love using my AirMiles at Shell. I use my MC/Airmiles and Airmiles card. I double up on my Airmiles

  31. Katharine W says:

    I use it on my home and auto insurance. Don’t need to keep track and it’s the same amount basically every month.

  32. My favourite places are Rexall and Metro.

  33. Jennifer Lo says:

    My favourite place to use airmile is Rexall

  34. Linda SVAROVSKY says:


  35. Anu Chopra says:

    I love using my Airmiles card at Metro to earn miles and use cash miles to save money!

  36. Manuel Vizcaya says:

    The LCBO is my favourite place to use my AIRMILES Card.

  37. Mike Donnelly says:

    Love to use my Air miles at the LCBO.

  38. Marlene J says:

    LCBO & Global pet foods

  39. Ophelia C says:

    At the grocery store!!

  40. Laura Killen says:

    At the LCBO for sure 😍

  41. Lydia Kyskira says:

    LCBO, of course

  42. I use mine at Metro! 🙂

  43. Based upon this blog, I would like to use my air miles card to visit the Toronto Ripley’s aquarium.

  44. Just found some great concert tickets to buy with AirMiles. So exciting

  45. Michelle says:

    I like to use it at the LCBO. I get points to use for Air miles and I get a great bottle of wine.

  46. I like to use mine at the gas station

  47. I use my Air Miles card mostly at Metro and also filling up the car (frequently) at Shell

  48. nicoleroannef says:

    I like to use mine at the grocery store.

  49. virginia ostiguy says:

    LCBO gets me the most points

  50. I use mine at grocery storesmainly metro

  51. Heather Liddycoat says:

    Always use it at sobeys

  52. Anne-Marie says:

    I use mine at Foodland all the time! Love it! ❤️

  53. I use mine at Metro for groceries!

  54. Clair Palmer says:

    I have used my at Metro and LCBO but that’s been it never thought to use it else where, but I do love wine and well food 😀

  55. Julia Maycock says:

    I use mine at Metro

  56. Rexall

  57. Sabrina C. says:

    I mostly use my Air Miles card at Metro and I love to redeem my points for fun activities for the family!

  58. Holly MacRitchie says:

    I love to use my Air Miles at The Children’s Place

  59. I like to use ours when we go to Florida, so I usually get Universal Studios passes

  60. We use it everywhere but always at the LCBO and Sobeys. Lots of miles there.

  61. I use it at Metro.

  62. I use Air Miles at Metro

  63. lynn cayton says:

    i use airmiles at rexall

  64. Valerie Warmington says:


  65. Lisa Neutel says:

    I use my air miles towards evouchers for The Keg

  66. Julie bolduc says:

    I had no idea u can get discounts like the idea just it at metro

  67. Trisha Pedros says:

    I like be Ripleys! It’s so awesome

  68. Melinda Jana says:

    I use it a lot at Metro for groceries

  69. Rhonda W G. says:

    I like to use them at Shoppers…This place looks so awesome.

  70. Carey Hurst says:

    I use mine at foodland and Sobeys to get the money off my purchases, helps a single mom.

  71. Metro the most.

  72. My favourite place is at Metro – where I can collect and redeem for treats for me and my family!

  73. kristen visser says:

    My favorite place to use my airmiles card is Sobeys and LCBO 🙂

  74. I’m still saving them! We used a few for car rentals when we were on vacation at Disney and would love to save up enough to get 4-5 day park hoppers for our next trip to Disney.

  75. Gord Slater says:

    I like using it at the LCBO

  76. Stephanie says:

    I like to use my airmiles card at Metro and Foodland!

  77. I love to use it at Metro!

  78. Leanne Silverthorne says:

    My favourite places to use it at the grocery store (Metro)

  79. My fave place to use my air miles is Sobeys.

  80. Melissa Finn says:

    We use ours towards Keg e vouchers & love to collect them at Metro & the LCBO!

  81. I use my air miles card mainly at Sobeys

  82. My favourite place to use my airmiles card is Rona.

  83. Juan Aguirre says:

    I use it at Sobeys every time I can.

  84. Kim Tanti says:

    We went to the Ripley Aquarium about 3yrs ago but we did not see the activity center. I wonder if it was it open then.

  85. Lorena Grande says:

    Ripleys Aquarium loooks so “Fun”

  86. Janice Cournoyer says:

    Some great ideas here if you live in Toronto. It prompted me to see what Winnipeg has to offer.

  87. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I don’t collect airmiles for myself, I used to about 20 yrs ago but though I spent a lot more money in those days (9 in the family then now just me) it just never added up to anything. My son collects them though and I have his second card so I do collect airmiles just not for me 🙂

  88. I haven’t been to Ripley’s Aquarium yet. I want to go this summer with my family.

  89. Debbie WhiteBeattie says:

    I have an air miles card but I have a hard time finding places to get points but I’ve never been to the aquarium before.

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