Saturday, December 30, 2017

New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge #NYE #NYE2017


 
Dec 31

NEW YEARS EVE

Kitchener Events


KW Titans Basketball Game at Kitchener Aud at 2pm New Year’s Eve (afternoon) Celebration!

Buy one adult bowl ticket, get a second bowl ticket free. Buy online or in person at the Activa Box Office (at the Aud) using the promo code NEWYEAR

It will be an all-ages basketball party featuring halftime show by Erick Traplin, a Family Dance Off, Fan Contests, Craft Corner, Player Autographs and of course an exciting basketball game!  It looks like Titus The Titan is ready to show off his moves!

 

 

Cartoon Party @ Kitchener City Hall 6pm-Midnight

Free event!

Waking up bright and early on the weekends to watch cartoons is a fond childhood memory for many. Kitchener’s New Year’s Eve party will take you back to those carefree days. The Rotunda will transform into a world of animation taking you down memory lane featuring the Mystery Machine from Scooby Doo and the Flintstone’s vehicle plus so much more!

• Canadian Toy Con
• Retro arcade
• Live entertainment
• Cosplay
• Vendors selling collectables 
• Countdown to 2018 with the mayor and members of council
• Skating outside on Carl Zehr Square
• Vehicle displays inside the Rotunda (Mystery Machine and the Flintstone’s vehicle) 

https://www.facebook.com/events/392848807814961/

Waterloo Events


Waterloo rings in 2018!

Free public skating

RIM Park, 3:40 - 5:30 p.m., sponsored by Tim Hortons. DJ on site.

Family celebration

Waterloo Public Square, 6 - 9 p.m. Enjoy fun tunes, children's activities and entertainment, and a special early New Year celebration at 9 p.m.


Wonders of Winter in Waterloo Park Canada’s 150th Birthday, will end the year with a massive firework display at 7:30 pm on New Year’s Eve. Don’t miss it! http://www.wondersofwinter.ca

Cambridge Events


Cambridge – Hespler Arena

Hespler Arena, 640 Ellis Road

Join us to celebrate a new year with some skating! The City offers wrist bands for an hour of skate time . Only one skate time per family. Doors of the Hespeler Arena, 640 Ellis Road, open at 4:45 p.m.

Activities to keep everyone entertained off the ice include:

  • Crafts
  • Games
  • Photo booth
  • Bouncy castle
  • Performance by Mr Chris & the Gassy Bubbles


If you know of another family friendly New Year’s Event, please put it in the comments of this post.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

It Was a Very Green Christmas @ Las Brisas Huatulco in Oaxaca Mexico - #SunwingMode


We'll start with the Disclaimer – Yes, we did receive complimentary excursion, but this just means we're able to offer you a chance to tell you all about it!

 
While most in Canada were celebrating a White Christmas with lots of snow, I was celebrating Christmas in a different part of the world.  This year I spent Christmas at the Las Brisas Resort.  Las Brisas is located in the region of Huatulco in the province of Oaxaca in Mexico. Last year my Brother and his family spent the Christmas Break there and this year my Mother and I joined them for their return trip to the resort.  I am still dreaming of the warm sun as I am writing this post. Everyday was around 30 degrees Celsius (day or night) and there was not a drop of precipitation in sight, making it the perfect destination to escape from the cold temps we experience in Canada.
 
Did you know that Huatulco is a direct flight from Toronto? When our flight touched down, a pre-arranged shuttle picked us up from the airport and brought us right to the lobby of Las Brisas Huatulco. Because we have been on the plane for several hours, we headed to the buffet right after check in.  They had a delicious selection of both local and international favourites as well as libations to refresh our palate.  After that quick meal it was getting close to dusk so we did a quick tour of the resort.  Being that the sun was going down it was the perfect temperature to walk around the area.

What Happened in Huatulco


We went back to our room to unpack and freshen up for the evening festivities which included another trip to the buffet, some resting in the lounge and an evening show.

The next day we got up as the sun was rising to go on a bird watching tour that is provided for free to those staying at Las Brisas Huatulco.  My Mom loves bird watching and was able to find a few new birds to write in her bird book at home.  We also got to see many of the different plants located on the grounds of the resort. Once returning we booked our four A LA CARTE restaurant choices for the week.
I also found a screen listing all the activities available during our stay and I took pics so that I always had the schedule handy, but you could also download an app that list all the different things to do.  While we didn’t attend all of the activities, between myself and the 5 others in my family we covered most of the choices.

In addition to the ones listed you could also snorkel, kayak, and paddleboard on the selected beaches (they have 3 beaches for different levels of activities) or head to the squash, tennis or basketball courts near the pool area (there is a main pool, a sport pool and an adults’ only pool on the grounds). Plus, they have a full soccer field on site (which was used for a different purpose on Christmas Eve, which you will learn more about below). They were even in the process of creating a pickleball court for an upcoming Canadian Tournament that would be happening soon. All of these activities were free of charge for the hotel guests.   The majority of the activities mentioned had activities staff participating along with you so they could help you along the way.  They are very friendly and the more activities you attend they start to recognize you.  In fact, one night after the activities staff performed the evening show, they sang HAPPY BIRTHDAY song to my Mom in both English and the Spanish.

 

Between the shows, cooking lessons, sports, dancing and experiencing all the different restaurants on site, you will also find time to wind down and relax on the beach or near the pool. Doesn’t that sound like a fun vacation? Well that’s not all that happened while we were there.

My Green Christmas in Huatulco


We had big plans all day on Christmas Eve.  It began with offsite excursion by SUNWING (please note excursions are additional cost).  This tour was called THE REAL MEXICO.  Our tour guide Saul took us to the local villages to learn about the local culture.  It began at a Botanical Garden where the owner and Saul guided us through the various paths showing us all the different berries, fruits and herbs that the use to stay healthy in that area.  Many items are made into a tea, but what I loved most was the LIME-MANDARIN fruit that they made into a refreshing juice.
 

We also learned how to press tortillas.  As you can see in the video below, my tortilla making skills could use some work.

Then we had black beans and tortillas for lunch along with homemade salsa sauce to fuel up for our next stop.
After we left the garden we headed to a local artisan workshop where the owner created woven tapestries from sheep’s wool and used local products to create dyes for the wool.  Once the wool is prepared the weaver creates these pieces of art with the help of a manual loom.  My brother’s family really enjoyed this as they have a family loom in their home.  To commemorate their day, they purchased a table runner that represents the TREE OF LIFE.



Our last stop on the Sunwing Excursion was at a Cactus plantation.  There we learned what kinds of cactus are best for eating.  We tried raw cactus and then we were treated to a cactus themed lunch that included tacos and cactus salad.
 

Each one of these places had a little area to honour their family members that passed just like the story in the COCO movie. On the way back to the resort we stopped at the LOOKOUT to see the beautiful scenery.  We could even see Las Brisas resort in the distance.
 
Upon returning to Las Brisas I stopped to cool off by dipping my toes in the warm pool, but then it was time to get ready for the Christmas Celebration!  In Mexico they have their big Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve.  At Las Brisas they “bring it” when it comes to Christmas dinner, which is also part of the all-inclusive package. The soccer field was transformed to an extravagant outdoor dining area complete with a stage and dance floor.

 


After dinner the activities staff performed a Christmas show which included OLAF coming to sing about what snowmen do in summer! It was such a cute touch for the Green Christmas I was experiencing.  They go all out to make sure your Christmas Eve is memorable.  Santa even came by to visit the children.  Many people come back to Las Brisas year after year for their Christmas celebration.  We met a man and his daughter who were attending the yearly event for the SIXTH TIME!

After we were full from dinner and tired from dancing we went to bed and when we awoke on Christmas Day I had a surprise for my family.  I gave them all BABSOCKS for Christmas.  Many of our readers know that we are the co-chairs for MOVEMBER KW and on Movember 1st this year I was at the BABSOCKS popup.  This year BABSOCKS partnered with Movember and I thought this would make an amazing gift for my family members that would easily fit in my suitcase.  We can now say BABSOCKS made it all the way to the beaches of Huatulco Mexico!

Boxing Day meant that my holiday was coming to an end.  My flight back to Toronto had me surrounded by snow once again, but my heart is warm with memories of Las Brisas Huatulco!


Have you been to Las Brisas Huatulco or plan to go? Leave a comment below so we can chat about it!

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Keeping Kids Safe This Winter With Safety Tree – 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 too! Enter the contest at the end of this post!
 
 


Winter Safety Tips

Keeping yourself safe outdoors in the winter can be challenging, but if you dress properly and take precautions, winter can be filled with lots of fun activities.

One of the best tips we have learned over the years is WALK LIKE A PENGUIN when on slippery ground. Basically, it means feet pointing outward, small steps and use your arms for balance like in the video below.


While outdoor winter safety tips are important, indoor safety is important as well. Safety Tree wants everyone to practice indoor safety and has some upcoming classes to prepare kids for this.
 
WINTER BREAK SAFETY TREE CLASSES

Looking for a fun and informative way for your kids to spend Christmas Break and March Break? Take a look at the variety of Safety Tree classes available in 2018.

Is your child prepared to take the first steps towards staying home alone? The Home Alone Safety for Kids  program helps children gain confidence to and skills to stay at home alone successfully

My Safe Life is a personal safety program created for children 7 – 10 years. Children learn life skills that will keep them safe and make caring and respectful decisions in their everyday lives.

Does your teen enjoy being with kids?  The Red Cross Babysitting Course will provide the training they need to supervise younger siblings or other children in a safe and responsible manner.  Safety for Independent Living was created to help youth and adults with developmental disabilities feel safe in all their usual places: home, work, school, online and in the community.

 

Do you see a course listed that someone in your family would be interested in? Click the highlighted links above to get all the info.

Remember to check the dates and locations to ensure you are registering for the correct course.  We also think that this could make a great gift for Christmas!
 
Need more information about Safety Tree? Visit these links
 
Website: https://www.safetytreecanada.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/safetytreecanada
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Safety__Tree
Plus, we have a contest! See below to learn about how you can win a FREE SAFTEY TREE CLASS.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

The KW Titans Give Everyone A Great Gift With Their 1st Win Of The Season And A Great Seasonal Ticket Pack




Last night was the moment we all have been waiting for.  The KW Titans had their first win of the 2017-2018 Season!  Over 1000 fans were there to watch all the action and support the KW Titans Toy Drive.  With addition of new players making their debut at the THE AUD and an appearance by SANTA, the WIN was the perfect way to wrap up the this gift to the community!



Want to see what else the KW Titans have in store for their fans? How about 3 tickets for $30 ?!?!?

The KW Titans Stocking Stuffer

The KW Titans Stocking Stuff is a great deal! You get tickets to the games on Boxing Day Dec 26th, Dec 28th and New Year's Even Dec 31st for $30.  Yes all 3 games for $30

We think it will make a great gift idea too!

Grab Your Tickets Now

Go to https://ev9.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetEventList?groupCode=TITANS&linkID=cits&shopperContext=&caller=&appCode=

on the left side of the screen, under the image, where it asks for the Promo Code type in HOLIDAY and click the GO button.  The screen will now have a button in the top right corner that says TITANS CHRISTMAS SPECIAL. Click the Find Tickets Button.  A new screen will show up. We suggest clicking the PURCHASE BY PRICE tab and then you can pick the $30 ticket seats that work best for you.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Drayton Entertainment Dares to Be DIFFERENT with Their Production of HONK! The Ugly Duckling Musical



Back in October we had posted about the upcoming Drayton Entertainment production of HONK! The Ugly Duckling Musical.  Last night we had the opportunity to see the show that we had heard so much about.  The performance was filled with vibrant colourful backdrops with the characters portraying what can be best described as barnyard animals in everyday outfits.  These elements transport you to the farm’s duckpond filled with birds, fish, frogs and a cat or two. Together they tell the story of The Ugly Duckling.  Many are familiar with the fable that “cries foul” on bullying and in this case, it is told with actual fowl.  You can learn about some of the important lessons learned in this musical by watching the video below.

 

The story is filled with lots of music and in this video Nathan Caroll, who played the role of Terry Fox in The Marathon of Hope and Aaron Walpole, who was a standout as the narrator in Rock of Ages sing about how they accept being different and know how it makes them special.

We believe that HONK! The Ugly Duckling Musical will spark important family conversations about topics that are so important today.

Get Your Tickets Before They Are Gone!


HONK! The Ugly Duckling Musical is running from now until Christmas Eve.  Make sure to grab your tickets today!

Tickets are $46 for Adults and $27 for Youth under 20 years of age.  Tickets for groups of 20 or more and select Discount Dates are $37.  HST is applicable to all ticket prices.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.draytonentertainment.com/honk, in person at the Box Office, or by calling 519-747-7788 or toll free at 1-855-DRAYTON (372-9866).

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Tim Hortons FREE SKATING For Kitchener Waterloo And Area - Dec 23 2017 to Jan 7 2018




Wondering about the local TIM HORTONS FREE SKATING TIMES?

Map MarkerMoses
150 Lincoln Rd
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Wed, Dec 27: 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Thu, Dec 28: 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Map MarkerWMRC
101 Father David Bauer Dr
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Fri, Dec 22: 4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Fri, Dec 29: 4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Fri, Jan 05: 4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Map MarkerWMRC
101 Father David Bauer Dr.
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Fri, Dec 22: 4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Fri, Dec 29: 4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Fri, Jan 05: 4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Map MarkerAMCC
500 Parkside Dr
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Sun, Dec 24: 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Sat, Dec 30: 3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Tue, Jan 02: 4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Sat, Jan 06: 3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Map MarkerRIM Park
2001 University Ave E
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Sat, Dec 23: 7:30 PM - 9:20 PM
Sun, Dec 31: 3:30 PM - 5:20 PM
Sun, Jan 07: 3:40 PM - 5:30 PM
Map MarkerKarl Homuth Arena
1407 Hamilton St
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Wed, Dec 27: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sun, Jan 07: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Map MarkerHespeler Memorial Arena
640 Ellis Rd W
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Tue, Jan 02: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Wed, Jan 03: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Thu, Jan 04: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Sun, Jan 07: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Map MarkerDickson Centre
30 Park Hill Rd W
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Wed, Dec 27: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sun, Jan 07: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Map MarkerGalt Arena Gardens
98 Shade St
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Tue, Jan 02: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Wed, Jan 03: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Thu, Jan 04: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Map MarkerWoolwich Memorial Centre
24 Snyder Ave., N3B1Y9
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Sat, Dec 23: 4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Wed, Dec 27: 2:00 PM - 3:20 PM
Fri, Dec 29: 2:00 PM - 3:20 PM
Sat, Dec 30: 4:00 PM - 4:50 PM
Wed, Jan 03: 2:00 PM - 3:20 PM
Fri, Jan 05: 2:00 PM - 3:20 PM
Map MarkerWest End Community Centre
21 Imperial Rd N, N1H 1R3
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Tue, Jan 02: 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Map MarkerExhibition Arena
70 Division St, N1H 1R3
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Wed, Dec 27: 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

For more areas visit http://timhortons.com/free-skate

SKATING TIPS

  • Make sure you have double checked that you are going to the correct arena to avoid disappointment
  • Check that skates are sharpened
  • Put your hand inside of each skate to make sure that the liner is in properly and that it will be comfortable
  • Helmets are a VERY GOOD IDEA
  • Bring extra socks
  • Bring snacks and water if the facility allows it
  • Snow pants add some extra padding for those new to skating


Friday, December 8, 2017

Bring The Gang To The KW TITANS Toy Drive On Dec 13th and Get $5 Tickets

$5 Titans Tickets When You Support The KW Titans Toy Drive

Click The Image Above And Print This Colouring Page


Bring an unwrapped toy or donation to the December 13th KW Titans game and get in for $5 that night!  The KW Titans are supporting the Salvation Army Toy Drive on Wednesday December 13, 2017 and with your donation of a toy or monetary gift you are able to purchase same day game tickets for $5.


PLEASE NOTE: This promotion is only available on December 13th with purchase of tickets IN PERSON that day at the box office (not valid for online tickets).
This promotion begins when THE AUD Box office opens at 10am on December 13, 2017 for the 7pm game that night.

We think this is a great opportunity bring the gang and help out a worthy cause at the same time!

UPDATE: There have been questions both on twitter and facebook about the tickets that can be purchased per donation.  This is the response from the KW TITIANS twitter "Hi there! It's at your discretion. You can bring one toy per person or one for your entire family. All donations are appreciated!" You can see that info at https://twitter.com/kw_titans/status/939181306121928704


Want something fun to do while you wait for Wednesday? Click the colouring page above and get creative! We would love to see your colouring page once it is complete! Take a pic and post it on our facebook group page https://www.facebook.com/groups/2369595749/?ref=bookmarks


Saturday, December 2, 2017

December 2017 Christmas Events, Holiday Season Activities and More Stuff 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


CURRENT CONTESTS


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 cclr.uwaterloo.ca

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
Website: uwaterloo.ca/social-development-lab
TEL: 519-888-4567 ext.38775
Email: sdl@uwaterloo.ca


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: www.scouthouseband.com/cadets


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: www.kitchener.ca/snowangels



Region of Waterloo Libraries Calendar http://calendar.rwlibrary.ca/?_mid_=17409

Cambridge Libraries – Idea Exchange Calendar http://ideaexchange.org



Daily

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 http://www.earlyyearsinfo.ca/sleep-and-your-new-baby-registration.html 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 http://www.earlyyearsinfo.ca/sleep-and-your-new-baby-regist…

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-scavenger-hunts

Have an Infant and/or Toddler? Check out OUR PLACE EARLY YEARS CENTRE calendar http://www.ourplacekw.ca/


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!

  • December 5th
  • December 19th - Special Santa Kids Hop! Bring a donation to the Waterloo Region Food Bank



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)


Wednesdays

Wednesday evening workshops @ Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery (beside Centre In The Square) 5:30pm with an emphasis of having fun and making cool stuff for ages 6-11.

DIY Kids offers exciting hands-on workshops each day where the emphasis is on having fun and making cool stuff.  Suitable for all skill levels, with new projects introduced each day. All materials are included. $15 + hst https://kwag.ca/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=86

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 (resumes Jan 12) http://www.kitchenermarket.ca/…/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)  



Saturdays

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


December 2017 Event Blast



Now Until Jan 6th


Now Until Dec 9th

Once Upon A Mattress @ Kitchener Waterloo Little Theatre


Now Until Dec 24th

HONK: The Ugly Duckling Musical @ St. Jacobs Country Playhouse Waterloo http://stufftodowithyourkidsinkw.blogspot.ca/2017/10/honk-ugly-duckling-muscial-is-swan-song.html

Now Until January 7th

Now until Dec 23
Christmas @ Woodside Historical site
Victorian Christmas
November 30 through December 23
Savour the seasonal delights of a Victorian Christmas and learn how the King family celebrated this festive time of year. Feel the magic of the season as you walk through the richly decorated rooms of Woodside in its Victorian charm! (also see other special events at Woodside listed below)
http://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/on/woodside/activ/calendar-calendrier


Also remember to TRACK SANTA online! https://www.noradsanta.org/
and write your letter to SANTA http://stufftodowithyourkidsinkw.blogspot.ca/2016/11/its-time-to-write-and-mail-that-letter.html

Dec 2

Wonders of Winter in Waterloo Park

December 2nd starting at 5:30 pm for our 2017 Opening Night Celebration! Complete with a spectacular fireworks display, a candlelight event and the moment when we turn on the more than 100,000 lights in Waterloo Park! A Festival of Lights in Waterloo Park.

And in celebration of Canada’s 150th Birthday, we will end the year with a massive fireworks display at 7:30 pm on New Year’s Eve. Don’t miss it! http://www.wondersofwinter.ca/

Candyland in Cambridge

Saturday December 2, 2017, 10 am to 5 pm

Central Park, 615 King Street East

Central Park transforms into a place of candy and magic. The day is full with live entertainment, interactive games, a giant ice slide and enough photo opportunities to fill anyone's social media pages. Candyland is a great holiday activity for families with young children.

What's happening on Dec 2:

Trolley Rides 10 am to 4:30

Santa & Mrs Claus 10 am to 5 pm

Warm-Up Zone and Crafts in Knox Church 10 am to 5 pm

Face Painting 10 am to 5 pm

Games and Activities 10 am to 5 pm

Entertainment Schedule:

The Barry Oh Kid Show at 10 &11 - Gazebo

 Rockin' Robert Kids Show at 12 & 1 - Gazebo

 Glisse on Ice at 1:30, 2:20 & 3:10 - Ice Rink

 Team T&J at 3:30 & 4:30 - Gazebo

Enjoy the lights and dΓ©cor of Candyland from December 2 to January 1, 2018. Take a walk through Central Park (615 King Street East), and enjoy the light displays and candy-themed decorations. Bring your skates any day or night to enjoy the ice skating rink. Admission is free!
Helmets are recommended. Children must be supervised by their parent(s) or guardian(s).

There are no lessons or skate rentals offered during this time http://www.cambridge.ca/en/parks-recreation-culture/christmas-in-cambridge.aspx

Carolling
Get into the Christmas Spirit with the Grand Philharmonic Children and Youth Choirs!
Children 13 and under are free! $15 Tickets – St Mathews Kitchener 3:30pm

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2369595749/permalink/10155862450610750/

Christmas at Breslau Community Centre 6pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/369168206860776/

This Saturday!!! Come and take a horse drawn wagon ride through Breslau, enjoy some hot chocolate while decorating cookies and colouring and get your picture with Santa! (please bring your own device for the photo)

Teen Challenge Christmas Concert Cambridge 7pm $20 In Advance or $25 @ The Door with FREE Admission for Kids Under 12 https://www.teenchallenge.ca/christmas-choir-concerts17


Dec 2-3

Cambridge Centre Mall All aboard…the Holiday Miniature Train
Ride for FREE on the Holiday Miniature Train!
11am to 8pm daily https://cambridge-centre.com/events/all-aboard-the-holiday-miniature-train


Dec 3

Nature Play @ Gzowski Park Kitchener 11am-2pm

Join us at Gzowski Park on December 3rd for our Nature Play Festival—lots of fun to be had, and not to mention a bonfire! https://www.facebook.com/NaturePlayKitchener/?hc_ref=ARSsy8Eybny6_i6Y9GyL4hk7fMJLSBEJeJssamoF7oBBwSvFfd_DGk3FkrfvUMuG2mo&fref=gs&hc_location=group

Country Christmas @ Waterloo Region Museum (DOON) 11am4pm

Enjoy Christmas in the country in the 1900s. Take a horse-drawn wagon ride, let the little ones meet Father Christmas, sing-along with Christmas carols and enjoy the sites and sounds of a Christmas past. Note the museum is open to 5 p.m.

Admission:  $11 Adults, $8 Seniors/Students, $5 Children, Children four and under free, all admissions plus HST. http://calendar.waterlooregionmuseum.ca/Default/Detail/2017-12-03-1100-Country-Christmas

Huron Latern Walk 7pm

825 Trillium Dr, Kitchener

Free event! No registration required.

Bring a lantern (not a flashlight) and we’ll sing some songs about light and go for a short evening hike to the pond. Tea-light candles will be supplied.

Don’t have a lantern? come anyway!

Meet at the main entrance picnic shelter.

Note: Bathrooms are not available in the winter months.
https://www.facebook.com/events/165271690741148

Dec 4

Christmas Party @ Playfit 10am-1pm Call Playfit Kids to reserve your ticket (519)-623-5437
$6 per child.
$4 for 12 months and under or free with a paid sibling
30 Loot bags available plus door prizes, crafts, Santa pics, vendors


Sounds of the Season @ The Family Centre 6-8pm

·      Indigenous, International and traditional English Carols by members of Inshallah Choir*

·      Recitals by the young voices of The Family Centre Music Academy

·      Theatrical Entertainment by The Family Centre Players

·      Traditional, Seasonal Refreshments


Lost and Found Theatre presents Charles Dickens Writes a Christmas Carol at Kitchener Public Central Library 7pm-9pm

The Lost & Found Theatre presents costumed Christmas carolling in the Charles Dickens Writes a Christmas Carol presentation.

FREE event


Dec 7-9

"A Chirstmas Journey"

During your booked event time, your group will travel back in time to

walk, see, hear and experience the miracle of the first Christmas like

never before.
Admission is Free but tickets must be pre-booked.

 We will also be having refreshments and horse-drawn carriage rides.

 Journey's can be booked online at:


 or by calling 519-744-3051


Dec 7-10

Christkindl Market @ Kitchener City Hall (indoor and outdoor event) http://stufftodowithyourkidsinkw.blogspot.ca/2017/12/christkindl-market-kitcheners-other.html


Dec 7

MOMS NIGHT OUT @ Kitchener Market

Girls' Night Out: Cocktails and Apps - Dec. 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fee $55 Register info http://www.kitchenermarket.ca/en/events/Cooking_classes.asp

Dec 8

Old Tyme Christmas Carols with Onion Honey

Friday December 8th, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Where: Livingston Presbyterian Church (44 Beck Street, Baden)

Cost: $10/adult, $5/child

Enjoy the sounds of old tyme Christmas Carols as presented by the band Onion Honey.

Seating is limited. Pre-registration is required. Call or email for tickets. http://www.wilmot.ca/en/living-here/Events-and-Exhibits.aspx


Dec 9

FREE family friendly Holiday Party with crafts, activities, sensory play, vendors and more.
30 loot bags avaiable and door prizes too @ Laurentian Hill Christian School 10a-Noon



Lightning Banjo Holiday Party @ Registry Theatre 10am-1pm

Drop in to Lightning Banjo's Family Holiday party and enjoy face painting, crafts, a holiday yoga adventure with Amma Yoga, mask creation with Cosmic Fishing Theatre, roaming costumed characters, hot chocolate, photo opportunities, Christmas Carol Karaoke, mingle with Lightning Banjo actors, holiday stories and more! Admission by donation at the door, suggested $5 per person donation https://www.facebook.com/events/288051778371675

Christmas Mementos @ Woodside Historical Site
Saturday, December 9
10 a.m. to Noon
Discover the enchantment of a Christmas morning reminiscent of the Victorian past. Decorate your very own cookie ornament to hang on your tree. Dip a pen in ink and write a letter to Santa Claus while sampling seasonal cookies and apple cider. This program requires advance registration as space is limited. Special fees apply. Please register by calling 519-571-5684. This program is subject to minimum enrollment. http://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/on/woodside/activ/calendar-calendrier


Make your own wrapping paper and cards @Mill Courtland Centre 1:30-4pm

The holiday season is a season for giving, but it is also the time of year when we generate mountains of waste and packaging, most of which ends up in the landfill or the recycle bin.

While recycling is important, it uses a lot of resources, so the more we can do to minimize and re-use waste the better. This year, why not plan ahead and do your part to reduce waste, while at the same time having fun and using your creative energy! Join us for a family friendly workshop to re-use materials and print your own decorative wrapping paper and cards, and explore some creative gift ideas that reduce and re-use waste.

This workshop is free and open to all ages. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Basic materials will be provided but participants are welcome to bring along tools or materials they would like to try and re-use


Christmas Fantasy Opening

Bring the whole family out for some holiday cheer! View the spectacular display of festive lights that adorn Victoria Park’s buildings, trees and bridges.

5:30-8 p.m. - Activities on Roos Island, Victoria Park
5:30-6:30 p.m. - Live musical performance
6 p.m. - Lights will be turned on in Victoria Park
6:45-8 p.m. - Live musical performance

Enjoy live music, crafts and free hot chocolate. 



Dec 9 and 10
Santa and his Reindeer @ Meadow Acres
10am-4pm http://meadowacres.com/events/

Dec 10

Country Christmas @ Waterloo Region Museum (DOON) 11am4pm

Enjoy Christmas in the country in the 1900s. Take a horse-drawn wagon ride, let the little ones meet Father Christmas, sing-along with Christmas carols and enjoy the sites and sounds of a Christmas past. Note the museum is open to 5 p.m.

Admission:  $11 Adults, $8 Seniors/Students, $5 Children, Children four and under free, all admissions plus HST. http://calendar.waterlooregionmuseum.ca/Default/Detail/2017-12-03-1100-Country-Christmas

Canada 150 Skating Day - Presented by the City of Cambridge and The Cambridge Ringette Association

Let’s Skate Together at the Galt Arena Gardens 2pm-4pm

Music, Crafts, and Refreshments


Dec 12
Chanukah in the Square @ Waterloo Public Square 6-7:30pm https://www.facebook.com/events/249572805573688/

Dec 13
$5 Tickets For TONIGHT'S  KW  TITANS Toy Drive get the info at http://stufftodowithyourkidsinkw.blogspot.ca/2017/12/bring-gang-to-kw-titans-toy-drive-on.html


Lamplight @ Woodside Historical Site
Thursday, December 14
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Share in the traditions of a Woodside Christmas by the soft glow of lamplight. Cozy up under the mistletoe and enjoy hot apple cider. On our grounds, warm up by the crackling fire and sample roasted chestnuts. Gather in the parlour for live music as we perform traditional carols. Special fees apply. E-mail ont-woodside@pc.gc.ca or call 519-571-5684 for more information, or to pre-register.
http://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/on/woodside/activ/calendar-calendrier
 
Dec 15
Homeschool Christmas Drop In @ Castle Kilbride Baden

 Friday December 15th from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.   

Learn about the German, Scottish and Victorian traditions that the Livingston family included in their celebrations at Castle Kilbride during the Christmas season. A guided tour is offered at 10:00 a.m. followed by hands on games and a take home craft.  Cost is $4 per person.  Register at http://www.wilmot.ca/en/living-here/Events-and-Exhibits.aspx

Dec 16 and 17
Christmas Cheer @ Woodsite Historic Site
Saturday, December 16 and Sunday, December 17
10 a.m. – Noon
Delight in the spirit of a Victorian Christmas as you are guided on a tour of the King family home decorated for the season. Enjoy live music in the parlour accompanied by piano. Sample seasonal baking complimented by a variety of teas. Admission: $14.70 per person. This program requires advance registration as space is limited. E-mail ont-woodside@pc.gc.ca or call 519-571-5684 for more information. http://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/on/woodside/activ/calendar-calendrier


Dec 17
Country Christmas @ Waterloo Region Museum (DOON) 11am4pm

Enjoy Christmas in the country in the 1900s. Take a horse-drawn wagon ride, let the little ones meet Father Christmas, sing-along with Christmas carols and enjoy the sites and sounds of a Christmas past. Note the museum is open to 5 p.m.

Admission:  $11 Adults, $8 Seniors/Students, $5 Children, Children four and under free, all admissions plus HST. http://calendar.waterlooregionmuseum.ca/Default/Detail/2017-12-03-1100-Country-Christmas

Dec 23

Santa visits Kitchener Market and Craft Time too! 9am-11am

Dec 26 BOXING DAY
KW Titans Basketball Game at Kitchener Aud 7pm Ticket info at
http://kwtitans.com/14519/schedule-and-results

Dec 28

 Bert's Comedy Magic Show at Pioneer Park Community Library 10am-11am Bert will shock and amaze the crowd with his silly, zany whirlwind of jokes and magic.  Ages 2 - 12.

Free tickets available at the host library 30 minutes before the program.


KW Titans Basketball Game at Kitchener Aud 7pm Ticket info at http://kwtitans.com/14519/schedule-and-results

Dec 29

Reptiles of the World at Country Hills Community Library 10am-11am  and @ Central KPL (Downtown) 2pm-4pm Join Little Ray's Reptile Zoo on a trip around the world learning about reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates.All ages welcome.

Free tickets available at the host library 30 minutes before the program.First come, first served.

Skate Night Date Night @ Waterloo Public Square

Join us at the Uptown Rink for a romantic evening of skating, music and warm drinks.

Featuring live performances, artists to be annouced shortly

  • Friday Dec. 29, 2017 - 7-9 p.m.

Skates are available for rent at McPhail's Cycle and Sports in UpTown Waterloo. http://www.waterloo.ca/en/living/Skate-Night-Date-Night.asp

Dec 31

NEW YEARS EVE

KW Titans Basketball Game at Kitchener Aud 2pm Ticket info at http://kwtitans.com/14519/schedule-and-results

Cartoon Party @ Kitchener City Hall 6pm-Midnight

Free event!

Waking up bright and early on the weekends to watch cartoons is a fond childhood memory for many. Kitchener’s New Year’s Eve party will take you back to those carefree days. The Rotunda will transform into a world of animation taking you down memory lane featuring the Mystery Machine from Scooby Doo and the Flintstone’s vehicle plus so much more!

• Canadian Toy Con
• Retro arcade
• Live entertainment
• Cosplay
• Vendors selling collectables 
• Countdown to 2018 with the mayor and members of council
• Skating outside on Carl Zehr Square
• Vehicle displays inside the Rotunda (Mystery Machine and the Flintstone’s vehicle) 

https://www.facebook.com/events/392848807814961/

Waterloo rings in 2018!

Free public skating

RIM Park, 3:40 - 5:30 p.m., sponsored by Tim Hortons. DJ on site.

Family celebration

Waterloo Public Square, 6 - 9 p.m. Enjoy fun tunes, children's activities and entertainment, and a special early New Year celebration at 9 p.m.


Wonders of Winter in Waterloo Park Canada’s 150th Birthday, will end the year with a massive fireworks display at 7:30 pm on New Year’s Eve. Don’t miss it! http://www.wondersofwinter.ca

Cambridge – Hespler Arena

Hespler Arena, 640 Ellis Road

Join us to celebrate a new year with some skating! The City offers wrist bands for an hour of skate time . Only one skate time per family. Doors of the Hespeler Arena, 640 Ellis Road, open at 4:45 p.m.

Activities to keep everyone entertained off the ice include:

  • Crafts
  • Games
  • Photo booth
  • Bouncy castle
  • Performance by Mr Chris & the Gassy Bubbles