Thursday, June 22, 2017

Safety Tree Makes Summer A Breeze – Enter To Win

We'll start with the Disclaimer - Yes this is a sponsored post, but this just means we're able to offer you a chance to win a free safety class from Safety Tree! Enter the contest at the end of this post

I remember going to movies in the 80s to see the film ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING.  It was comedy about a teenager having to babysit and the crazy night that took place.

In the film, there was a boy who should have been old enough to stay home and watch his younger sister but because he didn’t have a mature attitude his parents felt the need to have a babysitter for them.  The babysitter made it seem like the trouble they got into that night was because of the kids, but it really started with her not making good choices to begin with.

Fast forward to today and kids have ways to prepare for both of these situations thanks to Safety Tree. This summer forget the chaotic storm of what to do the days parents need to be away.  Instead enjoy the summer breeze and know that your children are prepared to handle this situation.

Summer Break is almost here! Are you looking to sign up your kids for activities while they are off school? As mentioned in our SAFETY TREE CLASSES FOR KIDS post, Safety Tree offers classes to prepare them for the challenges of being home alone.  

Safety Tree Courses In The Kitchener Waterloo Area

June 24th - Home Alone Safety for Kids -Baden
June 24th - Red Cross Babysitting Course - Brantford
June 25th - Home Alone Safety for Kids - Waterloo
June 30th - Red Cross Babysitting Course - Kitchener
June 30th - Home Alone safety for Kids - Ayr
June 30th - My Safe Life and Home Alone Safety for Kids at Centreville Chicopee Community Centre through the City of Kitchener.

Reserve you spot today for these and other upcoming summer classes at

See below for course descriptions
Home Alone Safety for Kids

·     Topics include:

o    Street smarts and bike safety

o    People safety (Stranger danger vs. Safe strangers and “not-so stranger” danger). Identifying "Tricky people".

o    Online and internet safety

o    Snacking and kitchen safety

o    Home fire safety

o    Sibling rivalry

o    Preventing accidents

o    How to handle emergencies and other situations

o    Basic first aid skills

Red Cross Babysitting Course

·     Topics include:

o    How to find clients and make money babysitting

o    Caring for children of all ages

o    Creating safe environments and preventing accidents

o    Fire safety and prevention

o    What to do in an emergency

o    Good decision-making and leadership skills

o    Basic First Aid skills

For more information about these and other Safety Tree courses, visit their website and social links
Plus, we have a contest! See below to learn about how you can win a FREE SAFETY TREE CLASS.

Enter To Win

We are giving away a FREE SAFETY TREE CLASS! Just enter the Rafflecopter contest below (it may take a minute to load) and be sure to leave a comment at the bottom of this post with which Safety Tree Class your family would be interested in.
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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Where To Find The Libman Company Cleaning Products Across Canada This Canada Day #Canada150 – Enter To Win

We'll start with the Disclaimer - Yes this is a sponsored post, but this just means we're able to offer you a chance to win a floor cleaning trio! Enter the contest at the end of this post

As stated in an earlier post, we let you know that The Libman Company Cleaning Products are available in HOME DEPOT STORES and just in time for Canada Day we thrilled to announce that this July they will also be available in CANADIAN TIRE STORES across Canada.

For those new to The Libman Company products, we thought we would first tell you about how the company got its start

William Libman left Lithuania for the United States in the 1890s. He landed in Chicago and started life in the New World by peddling sundries from a pushcart, selling everything from brooms to clothes-pins. The old-fashioned corn broom was always a top seller. ity, the company opened a corn broom factory on Kinzie Street in Chicago, the commercial heart of the Midwestern broom corn market.ity, the company opened a corn broom factory on Kinzie Street in Chicago, the commercial heart of the Midwestern broom corn market.

William’s sons, grandsons and great grandchildren have since expanded that mission to include the finest mops, brooms, brushes and cleaning tools

Being a family owned business means they take pride in their products. To learn more about The Libman Company’s story see their ABOUT section on their Canadian Facebook Page then click on the story section to see how their business grew.  They also take pride in their eco efforts. Visit their ENVIRONMENTALLY REPOSIBLILTY PROGRAM on their website to see all of their earthy-friendly initiatives.

Embrace Life’s Messes For Canada 150


This year Canada Day is Canada’s 150th birthday and we have a great list of events to take your whole family to so you can celebrate together. 

The Libman Company wants you to #EmbraceLifesMesses that both indoor and outdoor activities cause and see how their products help you with the clean up afterwards.  Here are a few products to help with that.


We want to know what your plans for Canada Day and how you think The Libman Company product will help you Embrace Life’s Messes. You might win a cleaning trio from The Libman Company!


To get all the info about The Libman Company be sure to visit them online


Enter To Win

We are giving away a cleaning trio from The Libman Company! It includes Precision Angle Broom with Dust Pan, the Utility Bucket, and the Tornado Mop.  Just enter the Rafflecopter contest below (it may take a minute to load) and be sure to leave a comment at the bottom of this post with your plans for Canada Day are how you think The Libman Company product will help you Embrace Life’s Messes afterwards.
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Canada Day Events For #Canada150 In The Kitchener Waterloo Area July 1, 2017

This year’s Canada Day events will be extra special with the celebration of Canada’s 150th Birthday.  See all the events happening on July 1st 2017


City of Kitchener

Kick Off Canada Day At Kitchener Market 10am-2pm
Celebrate Canada's 150th! Two-step your way to the market for our free family friendly event. Activities include: Live country music, family concert performance by Erick Traplin, face painting, crafts and a patio setup on the piazza!

Downtown Kitchener City Hall
Canada Day in downtown Kitchener is a can't miss event! This fun celebration includes a free concert headlined by one of Canada's top new country artists - James Barker Band, food vendors and licensed area (19+). Make sure you stay for the grand finale - an expanded fireworks show off the roof of City Hall to celebrate Canada 150! Free to attend; items available for purchase.


·         Jessie T - 5-6 p.m.
·         Vanessa Marie Carter - 6:15-7:15 p.m.
·         River Town Saints (opening act) - 7:30-8:40 p.m.
·         James Barker Band (headliner) - 9-10 p.m.
·         Canada 150 fireworks show - 10:15 p.m. (weather/wind may cause a delay in timing)

Joseph Schneider Haus
Special guests and hands-on activities all weekend long. Free admission on July 1. Celebrate Canada Day with cake at 2 p.m.
Fabric Fun with the Grand National: Make a fabric greeting card to take home. 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Region of Waterloo Museum (DOON) 9:30am-5pm
Waterloo Region Museum is throwing a party to celebrate Canada Day and you're invited! Admission is FREE.
Waterloo Region Museum is throwing a party on Canada Day to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday party and everyone is welcome to attend. Admission is FREE to the museum and the living history village for this fun family event including musical entertainment and fun games like croquet and horseshoes. 
Guests bring your own picnic lunch or purchase a tasty BBQ lunch (cash only).  Admission is FREE.

Celebrate Canada's 150th at Bingemans International Square (behind Boston Pizza) and watch FREE FIREWORKS at dusk!

City of Waterloo

University of Waterloo Canada Day Celebration 2017 @ Columbia Lake
Canada Day 2017 at the University of Waterloo will be our biggest celebration yet! Join us on July 1 as we celebrate the University’s 60th anniversary, the 50th anniversary of our Federation of Students, and Canada’s 150th birthday. Canadian rock icon, Tom Cochrane with Red Rider, is headlining the OpenText stage, and Juno award-winning children’s performers Bobs & Lolo are back for the kids. 

A special Canada 150 cultural stage, hosted in partnership with the City of Waterloo, will be added this year, featuring local cultural organizations and indigenous content. It all comes together with an amazing fireworks display as we welcome over 60,000 to our campus

Homewood Suites by Hilton Waterloo St Jacobs
FREE community event Celebrating Canada's 150 years. 9am-2pm
FREE Food, FREE Entertainment, FREE Games, FACEPAINTING, Vendors, LIVE Music and MUCH MORE! We will have vendors representing our Region's attractions, and Community Organizations.
Come meet LEWIS THE DUCK our Homewood Suites Brand Mascot! He will be handing out some fun treats for children!

Township of Wilmot – Norm Hill Park New Hamburg
World Record Attempt, Stunt Show, Activities and Fireworks

City of Cambridge

Canada Day @ Riverside Park
Parade, Activities, and Fireworks

Calvary’s 3rd annual Canada Day Celebration
127 Hespeler Road location. Official hours of the event are 6:00pm to 10:00pm
We are thrilled to invite you to our 3rd annual Canada Day Celebration. We’ve been receiving a lot of positive buzz around the city about this event, and we’re sure you won’t be disappointed! It all kicks off at 6PM where there will be no shortage of exciting games, tasty carnival treats, fun music and many more activities leading us through the night. A massive fireworks display will fill the sky to close out the event in style. This is a family friendly event you don’t want to miss!

McDougall Cottage
Noon-5pm Join us at the Cottage as we celebrate our Scottish-Canadian heritage with crafts, tours, treats and more! Musical group The Fair Wind performs from 1 to 3:30. Admission is by cash donation.

City of Guelph

Riverside Park in Guelph
Fun family activities starting at 11:00 am with a musical fireworks finale closing the day about 10:00 pm.
Donations: $5 per person or $10 per family helps support local charities and events.

If we missed a Low Cost of FREE family friendly Canada Day event, please post it in the comments!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Where To Find Outdoor Movies 2017 In The Kitchener Waterloo Area

Every year we get lots of inquiries about the outdoor movie listings.  Here's what we have compiled so far.  If we have missed any, please post them in the comments.

NOTE: Not all outdoor movies are free. Please check the links for updated information as times and venues change without much notice and some events charge admission


June 16, 2017

Lego Batman @ Old Oak Park Laurelwood at dusk

June 30 9:00 pm - The Secret Life of Pets (2016) G 106 mins @ Shades Mills Cambridge

July 7    9:00 pm –

Movies In The Square in Guelph – Movie To Be Announced

July 12 Back To The Future @ Civic Centre Park Kitchener (by Centre In The Square and KPL)

July 13 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone sundown @ Waterloo Park

July 14 9:00 pm - The Jungle Book (2016) PG 111 mins @ Shades Mills Cambridge

July 21 9:00 pm –

Movies In The Square in Guelph – Movie To Be Announced

July 27 A Dog’s Purpose sundown @ Waterloo Park

July 28 9:00 pm - Finding Dory (2016) G 97 mins @ Shades Mills Cambridge

August 10

Lego Batman sundown @ Waterloo Park

August 11 8:45 pm –

Movies In The Square in Guelph – Movie To Be Announced
August 16 Jaws @ Civic Centre Park Kitchener (by Centre In The Square and KPL)

August 18 8:15 pm - Beauty and the Beast (2017) G 129 mins @ Shades Mills Cambridge

August 24

Kong Skull Island sundown @ Waterloo Park

August 25 8:00 pm –

Movies In The Square in Guelph – Movie To Be Announced

September 1 8:00 pm - Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017) G 89 mins @ Shades Mills Cambridge

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Waterloo Park Gets to Recognize #Canada150 with New Park Projects Thanks to #TDCommonGround

This post is sponsored by TD and the TD Common Ground Project

We'll start with the Disclaimer - Yes this is a sponsored post, but this just means we're able to tell you about all the great things happening at Waterloo Park!

When it comes to one of the best family friendly places in the City of Waterloo, Waterloo Park needs to be at the top of your list. With playgrounds, sports fields, picnic shelters, a splash park and a small animal zoo, Waterloo Park is a hub of activity in the area.  When I was young I remember Waterloo Park just for the animals and the wading pool, but as the years went by Waterloo Park evolved to meet the needs of the community.  The pool became the very cool LIONS LAGOON, an annual Christmas Light display called Wonders of Winter came to be and every summer they now have outdoor movies in Waterloo Park. The fact Waterloo Park changes with the times might be why it is still a favourite spot for citizens of the area to gather at. 

Waterloo Park Projects for 2017

Being that this year is Canada’s 150th Birthday, TD with Waterloo Park is recognizing the milestone by unveiling a new project that they are working on in the community. Thanks to funding from #TDCommonGround this  project in Waterloo Park will make getting through the park much more accessible, safer and eventful for everyone. I spoke with the City of Waterloo about these projects and here is what I learned.

Since the LRT construction is happening near the Waterloo Park entrance located along the Laurel/Trans Canada Trail, the walking and biking trail along this section has been disrupted and as you can see by my pictures below it is getting difficult to distinguish which routes are for vehicles and which are for pedestrians.  

Since the trail is part of both the Trans Canada Trail and Laurel Trail systems it is used by many people daily and safety is becoming a concern.  To create easier and safer access, the bridge will be twinned with a separate route for cyclists. Other park improvements includea new pedestrian entranceway on the Central St. side as well as a new meeting place.These changes will make it safer for pedestrians and cyclists which in turn will bring more people back to the park.  Once these projects are completed there are plans to hold more events in Waterloo Park. These events will take place in the Twin Bridge area by Silver Lake.  Possible events may include Farmers’ Markets, Musical Acts, Art Festivals and more! I can’t wait to see what all the changes look like once they are complete!
 To see how this project develops head to
To learn about the other projects TD has teamed up with visit

Twitter: @TD_Canada
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Do you think the Waterloo Park is going to be an even better than it already is? Leave a comment with your thoughts and/or memories of this fantastic shared space!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Father's Day, PD Day Westvale Fun Fair June Things To Do In The Kitchener Waterloo Area

As always please check all links provided as times, dates, venues and registration information often changes without our knowledge.

First is list of ongoing events followed by our Monthly Blast

Ongoing Events

University of Waterloo Research Studies

Research Studies @ UofW Contact Lens Research

Currently the top contact lens research centre in the world is continuing to accomplish great things through research done right here at UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO. The studies are non-invasive and all of our participants are compensated at $20/hr for their time and often get free contact lenses or glasses. Right they are recruiting 7-11 year olds to participate in a 3yr study

Infant Studies Group

If you’re looking for something new and fun to do with your child, we would love to have you participate in one of our studies! Help us discover how children learn about language and the world around them. Typical studies involve a one time, half hour visit. You stay with your child the entire time and receive a small gift for participating as well! Please contact us or visit our website for more information. We hope to see you soon!

TEL: 519 888 4567

ext. 31164

Social Development Lab

Our lab is currently looking for children to help with our research! Our lab looks at personality and the social world for young children. Our study involves parents and their children coming into our lab and answering a few questions. Kids get to play some fun computer games as well! The typical sessions take around 2 hours and parents are always able to observe their child during the social interaction tasks. In appreciation of your time, children get a small gift. To learn more about our lab and what we do, check out our website! Follow us on Facebook and twitter to keep up to date with our fun!

Twitter: SDLab_UW
Facebook: Social Development Lab Waterloo
TEL: 519-888-4567 ext.38775


Youth Drum and Bugle Corps

Great program for youths in the KWC area. Our participants come not only from Cambridge, but Waterloo, Kitchener, Brantford, and surrounding areas as well. We are not the Scouts. We are not the Army, Navy or Sea Cadets. We are the only Youth Drum and Bugle Corps in the area!

No experience required and we have a modest membership fee ($20 per year). We provide a unique musical education program that not only teaches kids to play music or perform colour guard, we instruct them how to march, perform and basically just have fun! Check us out on our website:

Be a snow angel! Keeping sidewalks free of ice and snow can be very challenging for older adults and people with limited mobility. As a snow angel, you can be good neighbour by clearing snow for those who need assistance. All you have to do is adopt a sidewalk and keep it clear when it snows. Watch for people in your neighbourhood who could use help removing snow and lend them a hand. It’s also a great opportunity for students to complete volunteer hours needed and to exercise outdoors! Learn more:

Best Places To Toboggan In Kitchener Waterloo



Sleep And Your New Baby Waterloo Region Sessions

(various dates and times)

Session Details:

The purpose of the session is help families understand and respond to their baby’s sleep patterns and language, which will in turn strengthen family relationships and contribute to achieving optimal child health.

The 1.5 hour session will be offered weekly at all three Ontario Early Years Main sites with a mix of daytime, evening and weekend timings

Parents/caregivers can register online at The session will be most beneficial if parents/caregivers brings their baby with them and we encourage bringing a support person to assist with this…

Earth Sciences Museum @ University Of Waterloo

Conestoga Rovers Learning Centre (the “Dino pit”) open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

The museum’s main atrium, mining tunnel, Great Lakes fountain and stunning mineral exhibits open evenings Monday to Friday and weekends from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Plus info about the Scavenger Hunt can be found at…/earth-sciences-museum-scavenger-hunts

Have an Infant and/or Toddler? Check out OUR PLACE EARLY YEARS CENTRE calendar

Creekside Kids is excited to invite families to the City Park Indoor Playground at Creekside Church. You do not need to be a Creekside attender to enjoy the use of this playground. Admission is free


Show and Shine Classic Car Mondays is Back!

Monday nights in Kitchener just got a little more exciting! Come and visit Show and Shine Classic Car Mondays for a blast from the past with unique classic and special edition cars. Bring family and friends to this free all-ages event for a chance to win great prizes.

Join us from 6 pm until dusk every Monday between June 5th and September 18th in the parking lot in front of PartSource located at The Shops at Highland and Westmount (563 Highland Road West, Kitchener).

317 Franklin St N Kitchener317 Franklin St N Kitchener
Franklin Street Food Truck Fest!
Every Monday from May 1st to Sept 25th, 5-8 pm, St Luke's Lutheran Church, 317 Franklin St N in Kitchener.  Bring your own chairs/blankets.

Bring your little ones to the Kitchener Market every Tuesday from 11a.m.-noon for a fabulous, fun-filled morning! Be prepared for a high-energy, hopping good time at these FREE weekly children's events as our performers entertain your tots!

  • June 6th
  • June 20th

Tots Time @ Waterloo Region Museum (DOON) Join us on Tuesdays for an engaging program for children ages 2 to 5. Each week is a different theme and the time will be filled with crafts, toy playing, story reading and lots of learning games to help your little one grow. Admission is $2 per child. 10 per cent membership discount applies. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Accompanying adult's admission is free. (resumes Jan 17)

Yoga In Victoria Park 12-12:50pm
Yoga in Victoria Park is a partnership between Queen Street Yoga and the City of Kitchener. Join us on Wednesdays over the lunch hour in June, July, and August. These classes are FREE, beginner-friendly, and all-ages. In the event of a thunderstorm, class will be held at the studio (look for announcements on our website and on social media).

Yoga @ Shades Mills Cambridge 7pm
Free with paid park admission or with your Grand River Parks Membership
Event Details:
Yoga classes will be held near the Trail Shelter at Shade's Mills Park every Wednesday evening from 7:00 pm until 8:00 pm, beginning Wednesday, May 31 until September 6. Suitable for beginners (ages 10+) and those with more experience. Participants 18 and under require a legal gaurdian present to sign the waiver form. For more information and for cancellations due to poor weather, please contact park staff at 519-621-3697.

Art Innovators will be hosting Squiggles to Grins at the Kitchener Market – a program for children and their parents. Participate in a fun, unique, hands-on creative art experience!
FREE! Ages 2-5 + caregiver (resumes Jan 12)…/Kids_Art_free_art_program.a…

Tots Time @ Waterloo Region Museum (DOON)
Join us on Thursdays for an engaging program for children ages 2 to 5. Each week is a different theme and the time will be filled with crafts, toy playing, story reading and lots of learning games to help your little one grow. Admission is $2 per child. 10 per cent membership discount applies. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Accompanying adult's admission is free.(resumes Jan 17 for Tues and Jan 19 for Thursdays)

Kitchener Market
Music and Movement 10 -10:30 a.m. Jan. 6- Mar. 31
Drop in Play Time 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Jan. 6- Mar. 31

Imagination and creativity are developed and explored through rhymes, songs, finger plays and gross motor activities. Come out and support your child's language development and experience the benefits of physical activity. Ages: Newborns - six

Outdoor Movies @ Shades Mills Cambridge (beginning June 9)
Free with paid park admission or with your Grand River Parks Membership
Event Details:
Come watch movies under the stars starting at dusk every Friday night beginning June 9 and continuing until early September in the outdoor Toyota Amphitheatre at Shade’s Mills Park on Avenue Road in Cambridge.
Movies start shortly before sunset, and the times vary between 9 p.m. during the longer days of June and July to 8:00 p.m. in late August. Please note that movies are sometimes cancelled due to poor weather. Cancellations due to poor weather or schedule changes will be posted on the GRCA events calendar, Facebook and Twitter, or call the park at 519-621-3697. 
The movies are all rated parental guidance (PG) or general admission (G).

Saturdays KPL Kids’ Club Kitchener Market, 300 King St. E. (Upper Level) Every Saturday, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.Take a break from shopping and stop by the Kitchener Public Library Space for stories, crafts and fun.No registration required.

Family Favourites $2.99 Films @ Cineplex

Wmb church has BBQs end Sunday throughout the summer starting at 11am. Bouncy castles, games...Lots of stuff. Website is

JUNE 2017 Event Blast

Marathon of Hope Until June 4th

June 2

2:00 PM @ KPL Central (DOWNTOWN)

 Extinguish Hunger @ The Food Bank 11am-4pm
The Food Bank of Waterloo Region is inviting the public to 'Extinguish Hunger' through a day of fun, family activities including inflatables, music, the Mobile Fire Safety House, Game Asylum, carnival activities & prizes. The event and activities are free however support with food or funds is appreciated. A suggested donation of $20 for a family or the following donation of food items is encouraged:
1 can of tuna
. 2 cans of canned fruit
. 1 can of canned chili
. 1 can of tomato sauce
. 1 box of rice
. 1 large jar of peanut butter
. 1 can of canned pasta
. 1 bag of dry beans
Tax receipts available for monetary donations and food donations with accompanying grocery store receipt.

PD DAY @ McDougall Cottage Cambridge
All kids are welcome to drop in from 1 to 4 p.m.for some fun games, crafts ‘n more on your day off school! Children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $5 per child, adults are no charge.

PD Day Fun - Get Growing in the Garden @ Joseph Schneider Haus 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Join us in the garden to plant and harvest. Get your hands dirty making your own mini four square garden to take home. Admission applies

 June 2 and 3
Canada 150 Celebration @ Chapters Waterloo
Join us all day for Kids Activities and events, face painting, a used book sale with all proceeds to the Love of Reading Foundation, Musical guests, and authors and MORE!

June 3
Super Circus Spectacular @ Kitchener Aud

Grand River Ride For Dad

Kitchener Market Veggie Tour - Local Food Week - June 3, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
To celebrate local food week we're bringing in a certified health coach, Cassandra Eggleton to take you on a guided tour of the Saturday market to meet farmers and learn about what's fresh and local.
Your adventure will last about two hours and you'll leave with some great market goodies and a snack.
Cost: $5 at the door
Featuring product from:
Henry's Tempeh
Gingrich Family Farms
Nature's Nurturing
Goodvibes Juice

Kitchener Market Meat Lovers Tour - Local Food Week - June 3, 11:30-1:30 p.m.
To celebrate local food week we're bringing in a certified health coach, Cassandra Eggleton to take you on a guided tour of the Saturday market to meet farmers and learn about what's fresh and local.
Your adventure will last about two hours and you'll leave with some great market goodies and a snack.
Cost: $5 at the door
Featuring product from:

Nature's Nurturing
River's Edge Goat Dairy
Lovell Springs Trout Farm
Charles Quality Meats
A Taste of Seoul
Top Market Meats

Registration info at

Cambridge Firefighter Celebration
10am-4pm Dickson Park Parade, Fire Fighter Demonstrations, Fire Truck Displays, Emergency Preparedness, Games, Commemorative Coins and T-Shirts, Food Booths

June 4

World Partnership Walk @ Waterloo Public Square 10am


·  When:        Sunday, June 4th 1-3 pm in recognition of World Environment Day

·  Where:       Rotunda at Kitchener City Hall

·  Hosted by:  Waterloo Region Blue Dot Team

This World Environment Day event will be hosted by the Waterloo Region Blue Dot Team. Come hear compelling stories from fellow community members as they are live streamed, share your ideas and stories and meet environmental organizations from our area while enjoying refreshments, entertainment, games and activities for the kids.  

Salamandar Safari @ Shades Mills Cambridge
Free with paid park admission or with your Grand River Parks Membership
Event Details:
Salamanders are seldom seen and often misunderstood. Join our nature guide on a search for these elusive animals and others living under logs and rocks. We hope to find salamanders and other creatures that play a critical role in the health of the forest at Shade’s Mills. Please wear close-toed shoes since we will be off trails.  A hat, sunscreen and mosquito repellent are recommended. Children under 14 years must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Shade's Mills Toyota Nature Centre. No registration required.

June 6
9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Kitchener Market Marketplace for family cooking time. This program will provide strategies to families on how to involve children in the kitchen.
Register in person at Our Place Family Resource and Early Years Centre or by phone at 519-571-1626.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 | 6:45 – 9pm
Preston Lawn Bowling Club
Take another event off your ParticipACTION150 playlist.
Lawn bowl for an evening at the Preston LBC. We will offer this opportunity once a month June thru Sept.
Instructors on hand and equipment provided.
Ages 12 - 112. Not just for Grandma's anymore!
Building is accessible.
Phone number:


June 7

Vegetarian Cuisine Across Asia - June 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m. @ Kitchener Market
Eating a balanced vegetarian diet can be challenging, especially when lifestyle or dietary restrictions make options more limited. Find ways to eat healthy, vegetarian meals that are out of the ordinary and exciting! Even if you are simply interested in learning more about a vegetarian diet before you take that first step, or you're a veteran veg-head looking for meal inspiration, come join this class and explore the options that are available to you! This class will focus on a variety of vegetarian dishes from across the continent of Asia
Registration info at

June 10
Neighbours Day
Neighbours Day on Saturday, June 10, 2017 for FREE events and activities! Not only will there once again be events hosted at city facilities throughout the city, but residents and organizations will have the opportunity to get involved

Growing Great Neighbourhoods @ Kitchener Market 10am-Noon

At the Kitchener Market we will be “Growing Good Neighbours”.
Get your green thumb ready and join your neighbours in planting the front gardens with blooming flowers!
We will have crafts, music, Artshine programming and face painting to celebrate Neighbour’s Day 2017.

Waterloo Region Museum (DOON) 10:30-11:30am
Kids age three to five will make a special Father’s Day gift for their dad.
Create the perfect cup for dad or grandpa to enjoy this year. Work with your little one to make the best gift for the best guy around.
Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Appropriate for children aged three to five. $9 plus HST per child. Advance registration is required. Call 519-748-1914 to register by phone, Visa, MasterCard, American Express accepted. Capacity limited. 10 percent membership discount applies. Due to space restriction, only 1 adult per child is allowed.

Saturday, June 10, 2017 | 1 – 4pm
Waterloo Public Library, 35 Albert Street, Waterloo, ON N2L 5E2Waterloo Public Library, 35 Albert Street, Waterloo, ON N2L 5E2
STEAM Heat (as in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) brings together many community partners from each of these sectors for a fun day of play and learning.

Visit each station for games, experiments, make and takes, and open creative play. Everything from coding to slime making, construction design to robotics.

This popular, free event is a great way for the whole family to spend an afternoon.


Water Creatures @ Laurel Creek
Free with paid park admission or with your Grand River Parks Membership
Event Details:
Join our naturalist on an underwater safari. We will search for fascinating creatures that call Laurel Creek Reservoir home – boatman, striders, crayfish, frogs and fish to name a few. Roll up your sleeves and use dip nets and basins to scoop up the various water creatures and learn about their role in healthy watersheds. This activity is suitable for families with school-aged children. Children under 14 years must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Boat Launch. No registration required.

Romanian Canadian Day @ Kitchener City Hall

The format for this event will be centred on a cultural show promoting the Romanian history, traditions and music which will involve people of all ages from our community. As part of this celebration there will be vendors offering a variety of traditional Romanian food, and in The Rotunda, there will be displays by our sponsors to promote their businesses.

Max Becker Commons Williamsburg Epic Neighbours Day (including an outdoor movie)

Junk Jam @ Victoria Park 1-3pm
World Knit In Public Day @ KPL DOWNTOWN 1pm Join us to knit in public. Come learn, show off your skills, and meet other knit-minded people. Let's how the 'hood what knitting is all about! We will have knitting demonstrations from dying and spinning, to lace making and felting.
Free program.
Registration required.

King St Food Truck Festival Downtown Kitchener 3pm-9pm

Caribbean Dreams Concert – prices vary  6pm @ Country Hills Community Centre

June 10 and 11
Learn all about woodworking, @ Joseph Schnieder Haus 10am-5pm
Learn how wood can be used to make everything from cabinets to spoons and more! Special guest woodworkers June 10. Admission applies

June 11
Grand Porch Party! Day/TimeJune 11, 2017 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Uptown West Neighborhood
Menno, Euculid, Avondale, Alexandra, Dawson
Waterloo, ON

Event Description
Don't miss this treasured annual event, now celebrating its 7th year!
Organized by neighborhood volunteers, with support from City of Waterloo and gracious sponsors, The Grand Porch Party is free music festival held on the beautiful front porches of homes in Uptown West Waterloo. There is a variety of music to enjoy, most artists are from the local area. Also featuring food trucks and a kids music garden. Rain or Shine! Bring some cash money if you want to buy any super indie merch or one of the official GPP tshirts!
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Crayfish Catching in Guelph
Sun Jun 11, 1:30 - 2:30 pm
Get up close with the aquatic creatures that call the Speed River their home. Join Environmental Educator Greg Meredith and other volunteers as we enter the Speed River in search of crayfish and other aquatic creatures. Suitable for all ages!

June 14
Tot Stories and Art @ McDougall Cottage Cambridge
We invite you and your wee ones (ages 2-5) to join us for a themed story and craft program.  You must pre-register for this activity as space is limited. Admission by cash donation.

Arboretum Creek Creatures in Guelph
Weds June 14, 7 - 8:30 pm
Learn about the importance of urban biodiversity. Come and catch, identify and study the life we have in and beside our stream. A great activity for all ages!

Cajun and Creole Cooking - June 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m. @ Kitchener Market
Discover a cuisine that is a product of uniquely blended influences from so many cultures all across the globe. Cajun and creole cooking takes influences from French, Spanish, African and Mexican dishes. Authentic Cajun and creole cooking can be found in Louisiana, but if a trip down south isn't in your future come try out some authentic dishes made by Chef Derek.
Registration info at

June 16
Cambridge Celebration Of The Arts
6:00 to11 pm, Cambridge City Hall

June 17
Father’s Day BBQ and Car Show @ Kitchener Market 10:30am-12:30pm
Join us on the Piazza for a BBQ in the sunshine with live music, classic cars and crafts for kids.
Plus! All dads’ get a free jumbo hot dog provided by Finest Sausage & Meat Ltd.

Pollinator Day in the Garden in Guelph
Sat June 17, 1 - 4 pm
Drop in for a fun, family-friendly afternoon and learn about pollinators and the pollinator-friendly plants that will support them. Look at pollinating insects up close, identify pollinator-friendly plants, make your own solitary bee nest, and more!

8pm-1am Summer Lights Festival Downtown Kitchener

June 17 and 18

Waterloo Region Museum (DOON)
Make dad the coolest Father's Day card ever! Join museum staff in the museum foyer and make a Father’s Day card for dad.
Join the staff in the museum foyer and make a Father’s Day card for dad.  Activity will be on-going each day and is included in regular admission. This activity is appropriate for all ages.

June 18

2017 Open Streets dates:
·         June 18 - noon until 5 p.m.
New format - still awesome
We're changing the format of Open Streets for 2017. Due to all of the construction taking place in and around uptown Waterloo we are unable to close any streets this year. Because of this, Open Streets will be taking place along the Laurel and Spurline Trails in uptown Waterloo this year.
There will be five distinct nodes of activity along the trail system during each of the four dates.
Node #1 - Green Space beside the Laurel Trail south of Erb Street
Node #2 - Under the Willow Tree at the back of the Waterloo City Centre parking lot
Node #3 - Near the flagpole at Waterloo City Centre
Node #4 - In the laneway next to the Button Factory
Node #5 - Waterloo Public Square
Along the Trail (AtT) - other programming will occur on the Spur Line and Laurel trails

Bug Safari @ Laurel Creek
Free with paid park admission or with your Grand River Parks Membership
Event Details:
Join our nature guide as we chase, catch and identify insects and other spineless wonders in all of their life stages. Hunting for bugs provides a look at biodiversity at its best; these six-legged creatures come in a variety of shapes, forms and colours. You might just want to be an entomologist when you learn how amazing bugs are. Please wear a hat, sunscreen and close-toed shoes. Suitable for adults and school aged children; children under 14 years must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Baseball Shelter. No registration required.

Hops For Pops @ Waterloo Region Museum (DOON)
Sample different beers from local craft breweries. The perfect day for fathers, grandfathers... and moms too!
The Waterloo Region Museum is happy to host the 3rd annual Fathers Day Craft Beer Festival.
Raise a glass with us this Fathers Day! Enjoy this unique craft beer festival where adults can sample local beer, while visiting with their family.  The festival offers cider tastings, delicious food trucks, local vendors, live music, wagon rides and fun activities for all ages.
$25 plus HST per person includes admission to the museum, Doon Heritage Village and the beer festival, five beer samples and a souvenir sampling cup. Limited tickets available.  Purchase in advance to avoid disappointment. Must be 19 years of age or older to redeem beer tickets. This event takes place rain or shine. All ticket purchases are non-refundable. For more information and to purchase tickets call 519-748-1914.
This is a family-friendly event and everyone is welcome to attend. Regular admission rates to the museum and Doon Heritage Village apply for those who are not taking part in the beer festival tastings. Rates are $5 + HST for children ages 5 to 12, $11 + HST for adults, and $8 + HST for students and seniors. These passes can also be purchased in advanced to avoid line ups.
The perfect day for fathers, grandfathers... and moms too! Please drink responsibly.

The Trees Along the River in Guelph
Sun June 18, 1 - 3 pm
Come discover the amazing trees along our rivers. Sean Fox, a local tree expert, will lead a guided walk along the trails that line the rivers while regaling us with interesting stores and identifying features of the trees on the trails.

Who's that Singing Under the Bridge? In Guelph
Sun June 18, 3 - 4 pm
Experience these acoustics! Guelph's own Ondine Chorus will sing a magical serenade to the Eramosa River under the Victoria Road Bridge. Walk, bike or canoe to join us!

June 21
National Aboriginal Day @ Waterloo Region Museum (DOON) 6:30-9pm
The local First Nations, Inuit and M├ętis community invites everyone to the Waterloo Region Museum for an evening of music and dance in celebration of National Aboriginal Day.
First Nations singer songwriter Lacey Hill will be the featured performer during the evening. Her lyrics are intimate and touch on issues such as indigenous identity, responsibility and love. Cedar Hill will be the featured drum for the evening.

FREE admission.


Bring a blanket or your favourite hoodie and head uptown to the Waterloo Public Square!
Gather around the campfire from 8-10pm with friends and neighbours for music, food, fire and more!
Jun 21-Elsa Jayne (as part of National Aboriginal Day)

Farmers' Market Finds: Local and Fresh for the Summer - June 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m. @Kitchener Market
Light and easy cooking for the summer using fresh ingredients from your local market. Menu: grilled corn salsa, blackened chicken tacos, garlic shrimp skewers and a mason jar 'Kitchener Market cocktail' using fresh market fruits from local farmers. Registration info

June 23 and 24
Westvale Fun Fair
CARNIVAL - at Red River Park
Purchase your early bird Mega Pass for $40 in advance to give you unlimited access to all of the midway rides
Midway rides will be open:
Friday June 23, 2017 from 5pm - 10pm
Saturday June 24, 2017 from 11am - 10pm
Tickets are available for purchase online now:

$10 from each advanced Mega Pass purchase is donated to the Westvale Community Association by
Magical Midways Inc. This money is used to run the fireworks, the Fun Fair, and other events throughout the year
June 24
Home Depot Kids Workshop 10am Register

Little Diggers @ Sheridan Nurseries will create a planter that'll have butterflies fluttering on over for visit!
Saturday June 24th, 2017
10:30 - 11:15 am
Pre-registration is required.
Members: $5.00 & Non-members: $7.00

Canadian Horse Day @ Waterloo Region Museum (DOON) 9:30am-5pm
A special day in Doon Heritage Village will allow visitors to get up close and personal with Canadian horses.
In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, the Waterloo Region Museum and the Upper Canada District Canadian Horse Breeders Association invite you to a day dedicated to the Canadian - our official national horse that has played such an important role in the history of Canada since 1665. This special day in historic Doon Heritage Village will allow visitors to get up close and personal with Canadian horses and enjoy demonstrations of the breed's versatility throughout the afternoon. Event takes place rain or shine.
Included with general admission: $11 Adults, $8 Seniors/Students, $5 Children, Children four and under FREE, $25 Family, all admissions plus HST.

Kids In Kilts @ McDougall Cottage Cambridge Drop in anytime between 1 and 4 p.m.
One special day each month, we invite children, ages 3 and up, to create a fun seasonal or Scottish inspired craft. This month crafty kids will have tons of fun creating Stone Pendants. $3 per child, adults, no charge.

Campfire and Fireflies 8pm @ Laurel Creek
Free with paid park admission or with your Grand River Parks Membership
Event Details:
Our topic is ‘Fire’ and we will begin with a campfire and marshmallow roasting while we wait for sunset. Then we will search for fireflies in the meadow trails, maybe catch a few to inspect up close! We will provide marshmallows and roasting sticks. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Baseball Shelter. No registration required. 

Moths at Night in Guelph
Sat June 24, 8:30 pm - midnight
This evening event will open your eyes to the incredible diversity of moths! Using a black-light and simple white sheet, we'll attract nearby moths for a closer look.

June 25
Oh Canada Sing Sing Sing 7pm
A FREE community concert to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday! Highlighting Canadian music, it will be performed by the Forest Heights Community Association Mixed Choir. It will include audience sing-a-longs, making it a fun event for the entire family! Dr. Alfred Kunz, Artistic Director and Conductor, and the entire choir invite you to join us for an evening of music @ Calvin Presbyterian Church, 248 Westmount Rd. E.

June 28
Taste of Italy - June 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m. @ Kitchener Market
Learn how to cook the essential comfort foods - rich pasta sauce, breads, flavors of garlic and herbs. If you haven't been blessed with your own Italian grandmother to swipe recipes from, we suggest you look a little closer to home! Our chefs will guide you in learning how to make delicious Italian-influenced recipes that will be a perfect go-to for a big family dinner. Registration info
June 30
Waterloo Public Square
Final Fridays - Duels:

Join us for Duels - artists going head to head in epic showdowns helping to settle many of the pressing questions facing Waterloo today. 
Questions like:
What makes a better fort, balloons or cardboard?
Jazz or Classical Music?
Keyboard or Synth?
June 30th from 7-9pm, there will be a dance duel featuring Hepcat Hoppers!
Watch for our special CANADA DAY POST coming soon!