Sunday, August 30, 2015

Kitchener Waterloo Septemeber 2015, Labour Day, Back To School, Harvest And More Fall Events And Activities

See You In September


 Our blast contains ongoing events, one time special events and contests!!!! Because info changes quickly always check the links provided to ensure you have the up to date information.

Ongoing SEPTEMBER Events (see specific date events under the BLAST heading)


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


Daily
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
https://uwaterloo.ca/earth-sciences-museum/earth-sciences-museum-scavenger-hunts

(daily starting Sept 14)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
https://creeksidechurch.ca/playground/


Tuesdays
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!

September schedule

September 8: Erick Traplin
September 15: Family Yoga
September 22: Erick Traplin
September 29: Family Yoga

Tots Time @ Waterloor 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.
http://www.waterlooregionmuseum.com/upcoming-events/event-details/?id=343&type=0&calendar=1
 

Drop in once a week to see what’s new at Steckle Heritage Farm! Spend some quality time in the fresh air, and help to support our amazing site at the same time.
WHEN? May 5th 2015 to October 27th 2015, from 3pm to 7pm every Tuesday!
ENTRY FEE: ONLY $5 A FAMILY FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON! (this is made possible due to volunteers and amazing staff. If you would like to help us out, we can make it even BETTER!!)
If you are a Friend of the Farm your visit is FREE!
NEW THIS YEAR!! FOOD TRUCKS AND POT LUCKS! Be sure to join us when we have some amazing food trucks park in front of the barn twice a month!
http://www.stecklehomestead.ca/about-steckle-heritage-farm/visit-us/

Thursdays
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
http://www.kitchenermarket.ca/en/events/Kids_Art_free_art_program.asp

Tots Time @ Waterloor 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.
http://www.waterlooregionmuseum.com/upcoming-events/event-details/?id=343&type=0&calendar=1


THURSDAYS
Train Station Thursdays
Visitor and Heritage Info. Centre WaterlooFood Trucks11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
 
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 $2.50 Films @ Cineplex
11am

Every Saturday in September!
Artist in Residence activities
Albert McCormick Community Centre
Free hands-on workshops making bird houses with Artist in Residence Rick Nixon. The workshops are designed to engage the community in crafts, collaborative art, art installation and the exploration of community ecosystems.
http://www.waterloo.ca/2015artistinresidence/

Sundays
Drum Circle
Waterloo Public Square
7 - 9 p.m.

MAKE SURE TO CHECK OUT OUR FALL FAIR POST AT

 Additionally the CNE is happening right now in Toronto.  See all the fun we had last time at


September BLAST

 

Labour Day Weekend 

Sept 3-6
Labour Day Weekend Carnival @ The Boardwalk Ira Needles
https://mobile.twitter.com/TheBoardwalkKW/media/grid?idx=2

PARIS FAIR
SEPT 3-7
Prices and activities vary
http://www.parisfair.com/

Bingemans Big Splash
Pay Once, Play All Weekend!
Make the best of your Labor Day long weekend with us at Big Splash for only $39.95. Valid from Friday September 4 2015 to Monday September 7 2015
Must purchase online
http://www.bingemans.com/bigsplash/passesandpackages_specials.shtml
(or Big Splash $10 Monday only)

Sept 3
McDougall Cottage Cambridge
7 to 9 p.m.
All are welcome to join us for a casual evening of traditional music, song and Scottish hospitality.
Music host for the evening is the talented Bill Muir on guitar/vocals.
Admission is by cash donation.
http://mcdougallcottage.com/upcoming-events/event-details/?id=437&type=0&calendar=2

Sept 4

Friday, September 4, 2015

Movies Under the Stars: Rise of the Guardians (2012) PG
Shade's Mills Conservation Area, 450 Avenue Rd., Cambridge
Come watch a movie under the stars every Friday night starting at dusk. Bring your lawn chair and blankets to sit in front of the big screen. Cancellations due to poor weather or schedule changes will be posted on this page, on GRCA Facebook or mentioned on Twitter @grandriverparks. For more information please contact the park.
Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Meet at: Shade's Mills Diamond Shelter
Price: Free with park membership or $10 per vehicle
Registration: No registration required
http://www.grandriver.ca/Events/default.aspx

Sept 4-5
Joseph Schneider Haus
The bake oven will be fired up. Help make yeast, rye bread, flat bread, pies and puddings.
Regular admission
http://josephschneiderhaus.com/upcoming-events/event-details/?id=417&type=0&calendar=3

Sept 5
Bike To School Activity Day
Bike Back to School Activity Day. Make it a fun family day by stopping by Breithaupt Community Centre (350 Margaret Ave, Kitchener) from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm for bike a ride on the trails, a scavenger hunt, try some bike safety activities to win some prizes, and enter a draw to win a FREE bike from Ziggy’s Cycle and Sport. (rain date Sept 12)

Monarch Migration Hike
Laurel Creek Conservation Area, 625 Westmount Rd., Waterloo
Come to Laurel Creek to say good bye to migrating Monarch Butterflies before their long journey to Mexico. Join the nature guide and use butterfly nets to catch monarch butterfly relatives. How do the rest of the butterfly and moth species survive the winter? We will check in the forest and fields when it is gets colder, and see who we can find. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
Time: 10:00 a.m. to noon
Meet at: the Baseball Shelter
Price: Free with park admission
Registration: No registration required
http://www.grandriver.ca/Events/default.aspx

Build A Watershed
Shade's Mills Conservation Area, 450 Avenue Rd., Cambridge
What is a watershed? How do watersheds affect our cities and towns? We are going to the beach to play in the sand but with a purpose. We will sculpt and test our river valleys in the sand. Suitable for families. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Meet at: Shade's Mills Nature Centre
Price: Free with park admission
Registration: No registration required
http://www.grandriver.ca/Events/default.aspx

Next Children's Circus @ Farm Ayr at 2pm -3pm
It is open to the public. Price per Child 4 to 12 years of age is $12 plus HST at the ticket office or should you reserve tickets
It is only $10 plus HST per child. Adults are for free and are of course welcome to watch the kids participating in the big top.

Navigation Challenge
Pinehurst Lake Conservation Area, 468 Pinehurst Rd., Ayr
Learn how to use a GPS to find secret clues around Pinehurst Park. Solve the puzzle that we have hidden and win a small prize. GPS units will be available for loan with valid photo ID, and handed out on a first-come basis. Please arrive at 1 p.m. to avoid dissapointment. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Meet at: The Sunset Pavilion
Price: Free with park admission
Registration:No registration required
http://www.grandriver.ca/Events/default.aspx
Twilight Hike and Campfire
Guelph Lake Conservation Area, 7743 Conservation Dr., Guelph
Many exciting things happen when the light begins to fade, until just after the sun sets. Join our nature guide on a hike to look for foraging birds over the Lake, and bats later in the evening. We will finish with a lakeside campfire and marshmallows. Marshmallows and roasting sticks provided. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Meet at: the Main Beach
Price: Free with park admission
Registration: No registration required
http://www.grandriver.ca/Events/default.aspx
 
Sept 6
The Kitchener Rangers will host their annual Fan Fest and BBQ in support of the Children’s Wish Foundation on Sunday, September 6th, 2015 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm at The Aud.
Fans have the opportunity to meet the Rangers players, enjoy a BBQ lunch and take part in a number of activities including inflatable games and rides!
The Sun Life Financial Kids In Gear program were on hand to collect equipment. Those wishing to contribute new or gently used hockey equipment may click here for current drop-off locations.
Following the BBQ, the Rangers host the Mississauga Steelheads in their first exhibition game of the year.
Tickets to the game are available for a donation of $5, or $15 for a family of four.
http://www.kitchenerrangers.com/page/fan-appreciation-bbq

Going to Carolina
Pinehurst Lake Conservation Area, 468 Pinehurst Rd., Ayr
Join a nature guide to discover what Pinehurst and Carolina have in common. Take a hike through the Carolinian forest, home to many special birds and animals. Join us and learn fascinating facts about the natural history of our conservation area. Come prepared for hiking. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Meet at: The Sunset Pavilion
Price: Free with park admission
Registration:No registration required
 
Evening Campfire and Hike
Laurel Creek Conservation Area, 625 Westmount Rd., Waterloo
Come settle in by the fire and roast marshmallows, tell stories and stay warm. Then venture out with our nature guide for an exploratory hike in the evening, with wildlife such as bats, owls and moths. Dress warmly. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Meet at: the Baseball Shelter
Price: Free with park admission
Registration: No registration required
http://www.grandriver.ca/Events/default.aspx

Sept 7
Labour Day Picnic @ Waterloo Park
Noon
Everything at this year’s picnic (except the cash bar) will be FREE.
We will serve free hot dogs and hamburgers, as well as corn-on-the-cob and vegetarian samosas.
We will also have lots of FREE children's activities, including pony rides, bouncy castle, face painting, balloon making, and more!
FREE Live Music!
Our picnic is a fundraiser for services that help our community: all profits from the event will be donated on a 50-50 basis to the United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo and the United Way of Cambridge and North Dumfries.
http://www.wrlc.ca/

Bingemans Big Splash
$10
http://www.bingemans.com/funworx/events.php

Sept 10-13
Cambridge Fall Fair
Prices and events vary
http://www.thefallfair.com/

Sept 11
Home School Day Waterloo Region Musuem (DOON)
All home schooled chidren are invited to a program especially designed for them. Come and explore, learn and discover!
Spend a day doing a variety of seasonal fun activities, see demonstrations and visit the galleries, while meeting curriculum requirements.
Cost is $5 per child. All teaching parents are free, children under five are free.
 
Movies Under the Stars: How To Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) PG
Shade's Mills Conservation Area, 450 Avenue Rd., Cambridge
Come watch a movie under the stars every Friday night starting at dusk. Bring your lawn chair and blankets to sit in front of the big screen. Cancellations due to poor weather or schedule changes will be posted on this page, on GRCA Facebook or mentioned on Twitter @grandriverparks. For more information please contact the park.
Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Meet at: Shade's Mills Diamond Shelter
Price: Free with park membership or $10 per vehicle
Registration: No registration required

Sept 12
Family Fun Day @KPL Pioneer Park
Saturday, Sept. 12 from 12 pm – 2 pm
An afternoon of inside and outside fun for all ages, in partnership with Doon Pioneer Park Community Centre.
No registration required.

Stargazer at Work: Astronomy Tips @KPL Pioneer Park
Saturday, Sept. 12 from 12 pm – 2 pm
Drop in for tips and tricks on buying a telescope, and learning more about or upcoming stargazing nights.
No registration required.


Farm Ayr
FESTIVAL - OPEN HOUSE - Sat, Sep 12
10am - 1pm: Husky Sled Dogs in Action
1pm - 2pm: HOT AYR BAND concert in the Circus Tent
2pm - 3.30pm: FAMILY SHOW with André
the Clown from Switzerland and Steve OZ (Juggling &
Magic)
No admission to the festival and free parking.
Train and Tractor Rides $2ea
Family Show no admission for unreserved seats! Reserve Seat for $10 plus HST only
Ringside Seats $15 only!
www.farmayr.com

Breakthroughs' 20th Anniversary Event
2pm-4pm
420 Weber St. N Unit C1, Waterloo
Facepainting, Magic Show and More
https://www.facebook.com/events/407398679462160
 
Sept 12-13
Joseph Schnider Haus
A weekend devoted to cooking traditional Pennsylvania-German Mennonite dishes.
Regular Admission
http://josephschneiderhaus.com/upcoming-events/event-details/?id=419&type=0&calendar=3


Bingemans Car Show
http://www.berlinklassik.ca/
Pricing and events vary
http://berlinklassik.ca/Car_Show/events/

Stratford Garlic Festival
http://www.stratfordgarlicfestival.com/
Children's Events listed at
http://www.stratfordgarlicfestival.com/childrens-activities/

Sept 12
Seed Saving Workshop @ Joseph Schnider Haus
Participants will learn how to collect seeds from garden plants, and clean and store them for planting the following spring. Methods for controlling pollination and proper seed harvesting will be demonstrated. Participants will be invited to gather some seeds from the museum’s heritage gardens.
Admission is $10 per person plus HST. Capacity is limited. Advance registration required. To register and purchase tickets call 519-748-1914. VISA, MasterCard and American Express accepted. Member’s discount applies. No cancellations or refunds.
http://www.waterlooregionmuseum.com/upcoming-events/event-details/?id=279&type=0&calendar=1

Sept 13
Surf Dogs @ Bingemans
The dog days of summer may end in September, but the fun is just beginning! Boogie on down to Bingemans Big Splash Waterpark and join in all the Surf Dog fun – Sunday September 13, 2015 from 1pm – 4pm. Pooches will be able strut their stuff in the “best-dressed” and “Hang 20” contests throughout the day. Bring your furry friend out for a day of just plain doggy fun! New for 2015, exclusive small dog (25lbs or less) only pool time from noon to 1 pm! $10 a Dog – Humans are FREE!
http://www.kwhumane.com/events/surf-dogs-2/#sthash.MDtULqjJ.dpuf

Discovery Day at Pinehurst Lake
Pinehurst Lake Conservation Area, 468 Pinehurst Rd., Ayr
Discover one of our most beautiful parks at a free open house event. There will be lots of fun activities for everyone - get up close and personal with our critters, plant wildflowers, learn to geocache, bring home some nature crafts and more. Adventurous visitors won’t want to miss the trail treasure hunt, free canoe rentals, checking out the fire truck and police cruiser, or catching a fish. Park admission and events are free. There will be food trucks of all kinds on site, should you work up an appetite ($).
http://www.grandriver.ca/Events/default.aspx
PARENTS' NIGHT OUT
Sept 15
Wine and Art - Pop Art Guitar
6:30pm
Register at http://www.kitchenermarket.ca/en/events/Cooking_classes.asp


Sept 15-16
Wellesley Fall Fair
http://www.wellesleynehfallfair.ca/index.php

Sept 15-20
Firefit Championships
Info TBA
https://www.facebook.com/pages/2015-Canadian-National-Firefit-Championships/871167836275095?fref=ts

Sept 16
Under the Stars: Doon Stargazing @KPL Pioneer Park
Wednesdays, Sept. 16, Sept. 23, and Sept. 30 from 8:30 pm to 10 pm
Explore the night star, moon, planets, and more. Astronomy enthusiast Duncan Class will provide an overview at the library, then registrants will drive to Budd Park for viewing. Program cancelled in the event of rain or cloud cover.
Registration required for each evening you wish to attend.

PARENTS' NIGHT OUT
Sept 16
Tasty Thai
6:30pm

Sept 17
Prenatal Health Fair
6pm-9pm
 
Sept 17-20
New Hamburg Fall Fair
 
Sept 19
Kids In The Kitchen - Baked Apples
Free event 10am-Noon
Info

Maker Expo
10am6-pm
Kitchener City Hall
Individuals, groups, teams and organizations sharing their ideas and creations through interactive exhibits, demos and workshops.
The three tenets are inclusivity, diversity and interactivity. There's something for everyone to check out – young and old, from a wide range of disciplines and walks of life.
Special kid friendly zones such as Pirates Cove (a cardboard creation zone where kids may build anything they can imagine from cardboard) or Tinker Trucks' river, a man-made mini river used to teach kids about dams and forces of nature such as erosion all while being fun and engaging.
More then that families can build and launch air rockets, learn to knit or learn how laser cutters and 3D printers operate.
One of our main events, Bot Brawl is holding a robot competition. Competitors build custom 30lb and 150lb robots and compete in a modified sumo competition using grabbing arms and flippers to toss or push their opponents out of the arena.
 
The Mighty Machines Showcase
A family oriented community event that brings Mighty Machines to life, providing adults and kids a chance to see construction and other service vehicles up close.
Touch them! Investigate them!
Talk to the people that operate them!
Saturday, September 19, 2015
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Chicopee Ski & Summer Resort
396 Morrison Road, Kitchener N2A 2Z6
Since 2004, over 36,000 people have attended the event, raising $18,000 for charity. For 2015, the charity will once again be Strong Start. Tickets: Advance Tickets ON SALE NOW!Advance: $5 per person or $17 for a family of 4
Gate: $7 per person or $24 for a family of 4
Children 2 and under are free. All prices include HST.
To purchase tickets:
In Person: At Chicopee - 396 Morrison Road, Kitchener
By Phone: Call 519.894.5610
Online: http://www.mightymachinesshowcase.com/





Trees: Let's Make a Leaf Collection
Shade's Mills Conservation Area, 450 Avenue Rd., Cambridge
How do we recognize one tree species from another? With the 3-B's of course! Equipped with a plant press which you will make, we will show you how to collect, identify and preserve a leaf collection. Suitable for families. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Meet at: Shade's Mills Nature Centre
Price: Free with park admission
Registration: No registration required

Sept 19
Doors Open Waterloo Region
Event: Doors Open Waterloo Region When: Saturday, September 19/15, most sites open 10-5. What: FREE heritage and architecture tour. Discover the secret places of Waterloo Region! Cost: Free admission! Extras! children's activities, music, drama presentations, walking tours and other special events (check our website www.regionofwaterloo.ca/doorsopen). For more information: Pick up our 2015 map and guide at libraries, museums and tourism offices across Waterloo Region from July to September
 
Cops For Cancer
10am-2pm Cambridge City Hall
Bring the whole family out and join with some of Waterloo Region's first responders as they raise money and awareness for the Canadian Cancer society!
There will be children's activities, a silent auction, a BBQ, head shaving and a Jail 'N' Bail to raise money for cancer!
 
Family Fun Fair Countryside Camp Cambridge
38th Annual Fun Fair hosted at the camp at 1985 Beke Rd. Cambridge from 10am to 3pm. This family fun event offers children rides, animal train, a climbing wall, and obstacle course, tea room, Canadian and Dutch delights, a produce and bake sale tent, silent auction, cake auction and so much more.
 
Royal Medieval Faire @ Waterloo Park
The Royal Medieval faire is an interactive day consisting of vendors, hands-on displays, food & beverages, games, celtic music, magic, swordplay, ceili (old-fashion Irish dance), authentic costumes & decorations, plus much more.
The Royal Medieval Faire will take place on Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 11am - 6pm in Waterloo Park West. Admission is $10.00 per adult, $5.00 for kids 12 years old and under, $20 Family Rate (2 adults, 2 kids), kids under 2 years and Disability Assistants are free.
This event is suitable for all ages and has something to offer everyone
 
Kids In Kilts @ McDougall Cottage Cambridge
Drop-in from 1 to 4 p.m.
Today's craft is Giant Sunflowers. One Saturday afternoon each month, children ages three and up are invited to create a fun seasonal or Scottish inspired craft. Drop-in from 1 to 4 p.m. $3 per child.
http://mcdougallcottage.com/upcoming-events/event-details/?id=93&type=0&calendar=2
 
Sept 19-20
Honey Bee @ Joseph Schneider Haus
Learn about bee keeping practices in the 1800s and explore the many uses of honey.
On Saturday, meet apiarist Dennis Schmidt and find out about modern beekeeping.
Regular Admission
 
Sept 20
Code Breakets @ Waterloo Region Museum (DOON)
11am-5pm
Learn how to send private messages and to crack other secret codes! It’s a fun-filled day for young secret agents!
Codes have been used throughout history whenever people wanted to keep messages private. Discover the museum’s secret languages from Morse code to Hexadecimal code.
Regular Admission: $10 Adults, $8 Seniors/Students, $5 Children, Children four and under free, Families $25, all admissions plus HST.
http://www.waterlooregionmuseum.com/upcoming-events/event-details/?id=403&type=0&calendar=1

Taste Of Scotland @ McDougall Cottage Cambridge
Join us for a wee Taste of Scotland! Sample some of Scotland’s favourite deserts, like shortbread and Cloutie Dumpling.
Take home some free recipes so you can give it a try yourself. Then take your tea outside and have a seat in the Cottage's beautiful back garden where you'll be entertained by wee performers from The Cambridge Highland Dancers as they present both Highland and National dances on the hour and the half-hour.
Admission is by cash donation.
Drive 4 Change Fundraiser being put on by the Congi Family Meineke Car Care Centre in Waterloo.
Time 12 noon to 4 pm
Where Erbsville Kartway - 675 Conservation Drive Waterloo
Activities BBQ, Go Karts, Mini-Golf, Music and Raffle Prizes … All proceeds will be donated to Nutrition for Learning


Sept 22
Melissa Etheridge @ Center In The Square
 
Be sure to our contest ending soon at

Sept 22
Sept 22
Celebrate Science! @KPL Country Hills
Tuesday, Sept. 22 from 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm
Explore all things to do with science in this special program to celebrate Science Literacy Week. All ages.
Registration required.
 
Sept 23
Under the Stars: Doon Stargazing @KPL Pioneer Park
Wednesdays, Sept. 16, Sept. 23, and Sept. 30 from 8:30 pm to 10 pm
Explore the night star, moon, planets, and more. Astronomy enthusiast Duncan Class will provide an overview at the library, then registrants will drive to Budd Park for viewing. Program cancelled in the event of rain or cloud cover.
Registration required for each evening you wish to attend.

 
PARENTS' NIGHT OUT
SPECIAL EVENT
The Farmers Dinner
This is a great event! From Farm to Market to Table! Be sure to buy your tickets before this event is SOLD OUT!

Register at
http://www.kitchenermarket.ca/en/Calendar/Details.aspx?Id=2292ddff-90b0-4340-a3c1-cd2dbf85a3c8

 




Sept 25-27
Lots for the older kids this weekend

KOI Music Festival (Downtown Kitchener)
http://www.koimusicfestival.com/

Fear Fest @ Bingemans Screampark
http://www.bingemans.com/screampark/fearfest/

Sept 25-26
Sound FM Open House
Multi/Interdisciplinary, Music — Behind-the-scenes, Hands-On Activity
SoundFM is Waterloo's Community radio station offering access to the FM airwaves. Our studio will be open to come check out the space and the opportunities we offer. You may even get the chance to speak on air!
http://culturedays.ca/en/2015-activities/view/55a571a3-d508-4d87-96d2-1a864c4a89be

Sept 26
IMPACT @ Kitchener Market (info TBA)

Esty Made In Canada @ Emmanuel Village
1250 Weber Street East Kitchener
10am-4pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/1398212693830709


Pete the Cat Party @KPL Central (Downtown)
Saturday, Sept. 26 from 10:30 am – 11:15 am
Come and rock the library with everyone’s favourite character, Pete the Cat. Stories, crafts, and activities for all ages.
Registration required.

KW POMBA Sale @ Kitchener Aud
$2 cash admission or canned food item
9am-12pm - public shopping
https://www.facebook.com/events/1052476211436854/

The Schneider Haus staff will be working on traditional crafts. Try your hand at Fraktur (form of calligraphy) and scherenschnitten (paper cutting art).
Glass art demonstrations 1 to 4 p.m., stories and music 2 to 4 p.m., woodworking 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
On Saturday see Folk Artist Laurie Spieker demonstrate her glass art from 1 to 4 p.m. Listen to stories and music with Derek Brisland and Michael Kelly Cavan from 2 to 4 p.m.
All day Saturday event – former Folk-Artist-in-Residence Peter Findlay will demonstrate his treadle scroll saw and other woodworking tools from his collection. Create a limberjack dancing doll from recycled wood, using traditional hand tools (limit of one per family). He will also display examples of his tramp art and chip carving. 
http://josephschneiderhaus.com/upcoming-events/event-details/?id=445&type=0&calendar=3

Sept 26-27
Mary Allen Studio Tour
Various Locations
http://www.maryallentour.com/locations

TD Tree Plant at Guelph Rotary Forest
Guelph Lake Conservation Area, 7743 Conservation Dr., Guelph
Help plant the Guelph Rotary Forest – 40 hectares of forest being established at Guelph Lake Conservation Area as a multi-year project that has been underway for several years. Rain or shine. Please register for the event on the TD Tree Days website.
More Information: www.tdtreedays.com
Time: 9:00 a.m. to noon
Price: Free
http://www.grandriver.ca/Events/default.aspx

Sept 27
Waterloo Region Blue Dot Celebration
2pm-4pm @ Victoria Park Pavillion
Erick Traplin, Jim Penner and his choir, and the Good Hearted Women Singers drum group. There will be fun environmental games, chalk art, face painting, and a free prize draw. And there will be some delicious but healthy snacks. All free!
http://allevents.in/kitchener/blue-dot-celebration/275681992602442#

Sept 29-Oct 1
The First Peoples Festival @ Waterloo Region Museum (DOON)
A celebration of First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultures, history and realities for school children in grades 6 to 12.
This three day festival includes opening ceremonies by Elders in the community, presentations of dance, music, traditional crafts and knowledge.
Special school rates apply for booked school groups, regular admission for the general public. Admission: $10 Adults, $8 Seniors/Students, $5 Children, Children four and under free, Families $25, all admissions plus HST.
http://www.waterlooregionmuseum.com/upcoming-events/event-details/?id=7&type=0&calendar=1

Sept 30
Under the Stars: Doon Stargazing @KPL Pioneer Park
Wednesdays, Sept. 16, Sept. 23, and Sept. 30 from 8:30 pm to 10 pm
Explore the night star, moon, planets, and more. Astronomy enthusiast Duncan Class will provide an overview at the library, then registrants will drive to Budd Park for viewing. Program cancelled in the event of rain or cloud cover.
Registration required for each evening you wish to attend.

PARENTS' NIGHT OUT
Sept 30
Sushi and Japense apps
6:30pm
Register at http://www.kitchenermarket.ca/en/events/Cooking_classes.asp

 UPCOMING EVENTS

The Wiggles @ Centre In The Square October 8
Anne of Green Gables
The Musical
Oct 14 to Nov 8
Dunfield Theatre Cambridge
Journey to the shores of Prince Edward Island and follow the misadventures of Anne Shirley, a freckle-faced, red-haired orphan who will immediately capture your heart with her irrepressible spirit and imagination.
Anne arrives at Green Gables full of hope for a new life, but is dismayed to discover the elderly Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert had expressly asked for a boy. Despite her fiery temper, love of melodrama and proclivity for mischief, Anne manages to charm her way into their hearts … and meet some kindred spirits along the way.
Brimming with memorable music and magical moments, Anne of Green Gables is deservedly the most popular musical in Canadian theatre history. Join us for this family classic.

 

Aladdin: The Panto

A Tradition for the Entire Family

Nov 18 to Dec 20
St. Jacobs Country Playhouse
In the classic British Panto tradition, cheer for the hero and boo for the villain as they both chase through the streets of Baghdad in pursuit of hidden treasure. Along the way, you’ll meet a cast of unforgettable and eccentric characters who put a yuletide spin on this fractured Middle Eastern fairy tale – with hilarious results.
Aladdin brims with music, mystery, and romance. So close your eyes, make a wish, and journey to the land of the Arabian Nights for an unforgettable tale about a commoner who falls in love with a beautiful princess.
This holiday season, bring your children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews to the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse for an exotic and magical production that is certain to put a smile on your face and a song in your heart.

THEATRE ADDRESS
St. Jacobs Country Playhouse
40 Benjamin Rd. E.,
Waterloo, ON N2V 2J9

AUDIENCE
Appropriate for all ages

The family programming in The Studio @ Centre In The Square is a great way to spend your Saturday, with packed shows that are original and imaginative and incorporate theatre, dance, puppetry and humour. After two successful years, The Centre is pleased to bring you another great line up of shows for the 15-16 year.
Tickets for family programming in The Studio: $10.00 (Child), $15.00 (Adult), $35.00 (Family of 5)
Splash’N Boots

Saturday, November 28 at 11AM and 2PM
CENTRE DEBUT

Splash'N Boots began in Kingston, Ontario in 2003. It was there, while attending Queen’s University, that Taes and Nick performed their first concert together at the local Central Library as part of a class project. During that fifteen minute show Splash'N Boots was born! Splash'N Boots continued performing in the Kingston area, and then took the leap into their first big puddle by releasing their debut album Getting our Feet Wet. Since then Splash’N Boots has received 2014 and 2015 JUNO Award Nominees for Children’s Album of the Year and have performed over 1200 shows in the last 10 years across Canada from Coast to Coast and around the worl. Internationally recognized with performances in sold out venues in Australia, Bermuda, Bahrain, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Spain and California, Splash’N Boots have shared the stage with The Wiggles and the Wiggles Characters, Fred Penner, Sharon and Bram, Robert Munsch, Al Simmons, Max and Ruby as well as Canadian astronaut, Commander Chris Hadfield.

OGO: Le Théâtre des Petites Âmes
Saturday, January 23 at 11AM and 2PM
CENTRE DEBUT
Recommended for 2.5+ years

OGO celebrates the creativity and imagination of the young spectator. Inspired by larvar masks and the Simon in the land of chalk drawing, the lead characters uncover a world where they are able to meet and connect. Accompanied by live music on the harmonica, melodica, kalimboa and xylophone, the sounds complete the journey. A creation by Théâtre des Petites Âmes (2015).

Circus Incognitus with Jamie Adkins
Saturday, February 20 at 11AM & 2PM
Recommended for 5 Years +

In Circus Incognitus, virtuoso clown Jamie Adkins is the vulnerable everyman, who has just written a terrific show. He wanders onto stage with the new show in a box, delighted to find the audience ready waiting. Knowing he has just the thing, Jamie struggles to build the scene around him using everyday objects. Things go awry as his props prove most unhelpful. Theatre goers even get involved in the endeavour by tossing lemons for Jamie to catch on a fork...held between his teeth!

Room on the Broom: Tall Stories Theatre
Saturday, March 19 at 11AM and 2PM
CENTRE DEBUT
Recommended for Grades Pre K-3rd, Family Audiences

Musical based on the book by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler. The witch and her cat are flying happily on their broomstick – until a stormy wind blows away the witch's hat, bow and wand. A helpful dog, bird and frog find the witch's lost things, and they all hop on the broom for a ride. But this broomstick's not meant for five and – CRACK – the broom snaps in two! When a hungry dragon appears, who will save the poor witch? And will there ever be room on the broom for everyone? Songs, laughs and scary fun from the company that brought you The Gruffalo and The Snail and the Whale.

Love That Dog: Theatergoep Kwatta
Saturday, April 16 at 11AM and 2PM
CENTRE DEBUT

Jack hates poetry. Only girls write it and every time he tries to, his brain feels empty. But his teacher, Ms. Stretchberry won't stop giving her class poetry assignments - and Jack can't avoid them. But then something amazing happens. The more he writes, the more he learns he does have something to say. With a fresh and deceptively simple style, acclaimed author Sharon Creech tells a story with enormous heart. Written as a series of free-verse poems from Jack's point of view, Love That Dog shows how one boy finds his own voice with the help of a teacher, a writer, a pencil, some yellow paper, and of course, a dog.

Big Bad Wolf
Saturday, April 30 at 11AM and 2PM
CENTRE DEBUT
Recommended for Grades K-2nd, Family Audiences

Windmill Theatre creates and presents incredible performances that captivate our audience's imaginations and resonate deeply. The company's artistic vision has created a unique and distinctive house style of theatre that makes true adventure and creative ingenuity synonymous with the Windmill name. Big Bad Wolf is the most misunderstood character in fairytale history. Put simply, he has no friends -- just incredibly sharp teeth, yellow eyes and his own ideas about personal hygiene. Luckily Heidi Hood, the second cousin twice removed of Little Red, is brave enough to see past this wolf's bad press and an unlikely friendship is born. This hilarious, table-turning tale complete with puppetry, a poetry competition, and plenty of dancing will have you wondering why you were so scared in the first place.


Event Name: MS Two of a Kind
When: November, 8th 2015 10:00am-6:00pm
Where: Waterloo Flowers, 1001 Kramp Rd., Breslau
Event Description:The MS Society: Grand River Chapter is excited to announce our first ever Two of a Kind show. Help us kick off the holiday season by supporting local vendors selling unique artisan products, tasty snacks and treats, as well as local microbreweries. Start the holiday season off in the giving spirit, and shop guilt free while proceeds from your purchase go to your local MS Chapter. Two of a Kind will support the community vendors, and funds raised will go directly to help people in our community living with multiple sclerosis. Join us for the day or just for an hour! We look forward to seeing you there.
Event Website:http://www.mstwoofakind.com
Event Contact Info: info.waterloo@mssociety.ca
519-569-8789

 

Did we miss a Free and or Low Cost Family Friendly Event in the Kitchener Waterloo Area? Post it the comments!

 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Celebrating Canadian Music At The #BigSummerBash

Meeting Shawn Hook After The Show.
 
 
As the way most things happen with me, all of this happened by chance. Last Thursday I decided to go to the Furious 7 Outdoor Movie in Waterloo Park. Before the movie I entered a draw at the KOOL FM booth. As the film was about to start they announced that I had won tickets to the #BigSummerBash at Maxwells Music House!  I was excited to go as I haven't been to their new venue yet.  The last concert I went to at Maxwells was the Jesse Labelle's Big Picture Project, so it was time to check out some great CANADIAN talent at the new venue.
 
 

Spotlight On Canadian Artists

When the day of the show arrived I was thrilled to see that Shawn Hook had been retweeting my tweets and they were now on his website. What a way to get the audience pumped up for the show!




The Big Summer Bash opened with Ria Mae performing an acoustic set, 
 
including her single CLOTHES OFF
 
 

She even mentioned that she loves the #kwawesome hashtag! How cool is that?
 
 
Next to take the stage was Coleman Hell.  They got the crowd fired up! 
 

 
They mentioned that "There must be something in the water, in Waterloo"

 
 -get the joke now?
After that Kool FM's Andrew Gerrior took the stage to add a bit of comic relief.(Thanks again for the tickets Kool FM)
 

Then Francesco Yates took the stage with a powerful performance and a couple of cover tunes thrown in the mix.



Then I spied Shawn Hook preparing for his performance.

 
 
 
 
 





 
Shortly after I received word that one of friends at the show had to leave because of an emergency. It was unfortunate as she was really looking forward to hearing Shawn Hook perform. So of course  I went into picture taking and video recording overload.  I wanted my friend to feel like she was able to be there for the full performance!

More Pics At The Bottom Of This Post
 
 
 
 
 

(sorry about the orientation on this top video I was in picture taking mode and quickly changed to video) 
 
 

 
Shawn Hook blew everyone away with his performance and was so gracious and humble about everyone there supporting Canadian music.  He even went out of his way to meet everyone after the show. 
So that's when this happened





All the artists were great and I suggest you follow them on twitter!
@Shawn_Hook @colemanhell @riaisawake @FrancescoYates
That is another great way to show Canadian Musicians your support!

Update - Look what I found on Shawn Hook's website


If you want to see all the pics from the night click on the embeded image below.




Join The ‪#‎OneWalkShoeSelfie‬ Twitter Party In Support Of OneWalk To Conquer Cancer




For those who follow me on Facebook, you have noticed my updates regarding my Dad.  This summer he was diagnosed with both lung and bone cancer and is currently receiving treatment.  In addition several of my friends have had cancer touch their lives this summer as well.  Each of our affected loved ones are each suffering from a different form of cancer.  Because of the different affected areas and treatments, we are unable to really compare notes but we support each other online.  Knowing that you can reach out online to someone is a similar situation can be both a comfort and a motivator.  That is why we are asking you to please join us online at 8:00pm on August 26, 2015 for the #OneWalkShoeSelfie twitter party.

#OneWalkShoeSelfie Twitter Party


Please join the Twitter Party August 26, 2015 at 8pm EDT to show your support!
‪#‎OneWalkShoeSelfie‬ Twitter Party
Date: August 26, 2015
Time: 8:00pm EDT
Hosts: @thePMCF @OneWalkToronto @Telus
Mods: @Alofs @ChristineLasky
Prizing: Ten (ten) $100 Shoppers Drug Mart Gift Cards
Everyone is welcome but only Canadians excluding those in the province of Quebec can win prizes.

This twitter party is in support of OneWalk To Conquer Cancer.

Are You Wondering What The OneWalk Is?

On September 12th, 2015 warriors will walk 25 kms through the streets of Toronto, united, knowing that together they are changing the future for all those affected by this terrible disease.
Everyday, over 500 Canadians will hear the words “I’m sorry, you have cancer” and their families, friends and co-workers will rally together and prepare for the fight of their lives. Cancer is a powerful foe, costing us precious time with those we love, affecting m...en and women of all ages.
In cancer research, one breakthrough is everyone’s breakthrough. One person’s fight is the battle we all take on.

FUNDRAISING FOR ALL CANCERS.
When walkers register, they can select the cancer fund that matters to them:
- Breast Cancer
- Gynecologic Cancers - Uterine, Cervical, Ovarian, Vulvar Cancer
- Colon, Rectal and Gastrointestinal, Prostate,
- Testicular, Bladder and Genitourinary Cancer
- Head and Neck, Brain, Central Nervous System,
- Eye, Skin and Melanoma, Endocrine Cancer
- Lymphoma, Kidney Cancer
- Leukemia, Childhood Cancer
- Lung Cancer, Sarcoma
OneWalk. One Day. All Cancers.

For More Information visit the OneWalk website and follow there social feeds.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OneWalkToronto
Twitter: https://twitter.com/onewalktoronto
Instagram: https://instagram.com/onewalktoronto/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/OneWalkToronto
Twubs Page: http://twubs.com/onewalkshoeselfie





Sunday, August 23, 2015

Fall Fun At The Kitchener Market




As many of you know we are big fans of the Kitchener Market.


#kwawesome #kitchenermarket #harvestfestival #FoodRevKW Those2Girls - Six Degrees of Us! Food Revolution KW
Posted by Lisa McDonald on Saturday, October 4, 2014


We want you to show your love for our local market as well. 

The Kitchener Market has a lot of great events planned for Fall 2015 so we thought you might want to get registered for their upcoming events before they are SOLD OUT!

Fall 2015 Events At The Kitchener Market

As always the Kitchener Market will continue their FREE Weekly children's programs, KIDS HOP on Tuesdays and KIDS ART on Thursdays.

Here are the upcoming Special Events and Cooking Classes happening this fall.

Sept 15
Wine and Art - Pop Art Guitar
6:30pm
Register at http://www.kitchenermarket.ca/en/events/Cooking_classes.asp

Sept 16
Tasty Thai
6:30pm
Register at http://www.kitchenermarket.ca/en/events/Cooking_classes.asp

Sept 19
Kids In The Kitchen - Baked Apples
Free event 10am-Noon
Info
http://www.kitchenermarket.ca/en/Calendar/Details.aspx?Id=e4ce9275-c7d8-4803-b328-e80c9d470b8a

Sept 23
SPECIAL EVENT
The Farmers Dinner
This is a great event! From Farm to Market to Table! Be sure to buy your tickets before this event is SOLD OUT!

Register at
http://www.kitchenermarket.ca/en/Calendar/Details.aspx?Id=2292ddff-90b0-4340-a3c1-cd2dbf85a3c8

http://www.kitchenermarket.ca/en/Calendar/Details.aspx?Id=2292ddff-90b0-4340-a3c1-cd2dbf85a3c8


Sept 26
IMPACT event (info TBA)


Sept 30
Sushi and Japense apps
6:30pm
Register at http://www.kitchenermarket.ca/en/events/Cooking_classes.asp

Oct 7
Greek Cusine
6:30pm
Register at http://www.kitchenermarket.ca/en/events/Cooking_classes.asp

Oct 10
Cook Like Oma
Info TBA

Oct 12
Watch the Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade at the Kitchener Market
Start time 8:45am at Kitchener Market
Info of events TBA
See the new parade route at http://kwoktoberfestparade.oktoberfest.ca/

Oct 17
Kids In The Kitchen - Pumpkin Parfait
10am-Noon
Info
http://www.kitchenermarket.ca/en/Calendar/Details.aspx?Id=bf0e5a57-c574-4104-9873-15fc5663a534

Oct 20
Wine and Art - Shabby Chic
6:30pm
Register at http://www.kitchenermarket.ca/en/events/Cooking_classes.asp

Oct 21
Mediterranean with Paula Costa
6:30pm
Register at http://www.kitchenermarket.ca/en/events/Cooking_classes.asp

Oct 24
Pumpkinfest
Info TBA

Oct 28
Fall Harvest Soups
6:30pm
Register at http://www.kitchenermarket.ca/en/events/Cooking_classes.asp

Oct 31
Halloween
Info TBA

After all of this we want you celebrate with us at our upcoming FREE MOVEMBER EVENT! Save the Date of MOVEMBER 7th! More info soon!

So which off the events listed above will we see you at? Let us know in the comments below!