Sunday, July 2, 2017

Summertime Fun! Stuff To Do With Your Kids In Kitchener Waterloo July 2017 Events, Festivals, Outdoor Activities And More!

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

Other Contests we have this month are

Ongoing Events Year Round

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:

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


Kitchener Public Library Event Page
Waterloo Public Library Event Page
Tim Hortons Free Swim Times

Pools and Splashpads

Grand River Conservation Areas

Take A Kid to the Course Starting July 3rd – Ariss Valley Golf & Country Club
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Take A Kid to the Course Starting July 3rd – Athabasca Golf & CoReceive a free junior green fee for youth 16 and under with purchase of an adult fee starting July 3rd, 2017. Please call course for specific dates and restrictions. Participating courses near Kitchener

 Kids Bowl Free Info
Registered Kids Receive 2 FREE GAMES Of Bowling Every Day All Summer Long, Valued At Over $500 Per Child!
Select bowling centers and schools around the country are participating in the first ever Kids Bowl Free program. This program is designed by bowling centers to give back to the community and provide a safe, secure, and fun way for kids to spend time this summer.

Children whose age does not exceed a limit by a participating bowling center are eligible to register for 2 free games a day, all summer long, courtesy of the participating bowling centers along with the schools and organizations.

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


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!
  • July 4th
  • July 18th

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)

Discovery Square @ Kitchener City Hall
Rain or shine join us for Discovery Square. Free weekly event recommended for kids aged 5-12.
For the most up-to-date schedule visit:

Discovery Square:
Carl Zehr Square, 200 King Street West
Tuesday, July 4, 2017, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 18, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 25, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

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).

Whimsical Wednesday July 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th, Civic Square, Cambridge City Hall
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Free live entertainment for children of all ages.  Event runs rain or shine (inside if raining), so come out and join us for some singing, dancing and fun!

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)

Waterloo Train Station Thursdays
  • Will operate Thursdays from June 1 to Aug. 31.
  • 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Provide seating space for individuals and groups
  • Food Trucks, Music and Fun Train station Thursdays

Summer Concerts @ Castle Kilbride Baden
Thursday evenings in July & August bring your lawn chair and enjoy unique music every time on the front lawn of Castle Kilbride from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Admission is by donation. Weather permitting.

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

JULY 2017 Event Blast

Just because all of the Canada Day festivities are over, doesn’t mean you need to be bored.  There is so much STUFF TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS IN KITCHENER WATERLOO!

July 6
Goudies Lane 6-10pm
free, all-ages 1st Thursday block party at Goudies Lane People-Only Patio! There'll be live music by 3 amazing acts, participatory art activities (including a Mario mushroom-making station by Jen Gordon to spruce up nearby flower beds), Giant Jenga & Big Kerplunk, plus a few fabulous fresh food-mongers... J&P Grocery | Bread Heads | Rescue Dogs Vegan Hot Dogs & Street Fare + popcorn by Apollo Cinema
Musical performers:
6 & 9pm |
Spoke And Mirror
7pm | JoJo Worthington
8 pm | Eiyn Sof
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Tech Zoo  1:00 - 8:00pm
5 Tannery Street East, Cambridge, ON
Description:From robots to Google Goggles, come explore the wonderful world of tech!

July 7
Ultimate Rodeo Tour In Breslau 6:30pm

Movies In The Square in Guelph – Shark Boy and Lava Girl

July 7-8
Crusin On King (Victoria Park and Downtown Kitchener)
Info for Friday at (Victoria Park and Downtown Kitchener)
Info for Saturday at (Kitchener City Hall)

July 7-9
Kultrun Festival in Victoria Park

July 8
Kitchener Market Tour 11:30am-1pm
Join us for a market tour where we explain how to survive a heatwave with cool and fresh dishes - no oven required!
- Gazpacho
- Fruit and yogurt freezer pops
- Pesto zoodles

Register at

Cherry Festival 11am-6pm
CHILDREN'S ACTIVITES include games, face painting, puppet show, the Cherry Train, bouncy castle, ferris wheel
Game Asylum
Mini Golf
Rock Climbing
Vintage Car Show plus a CONCERT STAGE

Forbes Park Music Festival CAMBRIDGE 10am-10:30pm
This free festival is a hit with the entire family, always delivering a very entertaining day to the citizens of Cambridge.  The festival showcases both amateur and professional bands.  Along with arts and crafts vendors, food, refreshments and much more.  The children's program runs from 10am-2pm featuring clowns, games, bouncy castles and more

Grand River Family Fishing Derby – Natural Sports

Family Fishing Derby @ Valens Cambridge

Saturday, July 8, 2017 | 9am – 9pm
Downtown St. Marys, St Marys, 175 Queen Street East
This year's downtown festival will feature street performers, live music, fun hands-on activities for children, food vendors, a street dance, fireworks and so much more!

Festival Faire In Elora 2pm-9pm
FREE admission! Featuring Ashley MacIsaac and much more!
This family-friendly event brings together Centre Wellington’s festivals, events, artists, artisans, merchants and performers for a huge Canada 150 celebration.
Indigenous dancers
Interactive trail walks
Kids Faire
Live animals
Local food
Craft beer
Ashley MacIsaac
… and much more!

July 9
Non-Violence Festival in Victoria Park 12pm-5pm in Victoria Park on the island! Food, community groups, vendors, music, and more!

Raspberry Moon Festival
Sunday, July 9, 2017 | 11am – 4pm
Doon Presbyterian Church
35 Roos Street, Kitchener, ON
Doon Presbyterian Church
35 Roos Street, Kitchener, ON
The fundraiser is for local aboriginal organizations within our community. Importantly, the event is to help bridge the gaps between ‘church’ and the aboriginal people in an effort to move towards reconciliation. The festival will have traditional aboriginal food, vendors, crafts, music, and more!

July 11
Come celebrate Big Splash's birthday! Doors open at 10am and cost to get entry to Big Splash for the day is $5.70 (plus tax) Doors to the special pricing is shut down at 11am so arrive early. Everyone must be here to wristband. You cannot purchase for someone who is coming later. This includes access to water park only. You can upgrade and include FunworX at admissions for only $10.
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

HAPPY 4TH BIRTHDAY KINGPIN! We're celebrating Kingpin's birthday with $4 per hour bowling (plus HST & shoes)!! Special available online only in advance, limited quantities so book now!

July 14 and 15
Cambridge Scottish Festival
Competitions and Highland Games. Info

July 14-16
Ribfest and Craft Beer Show – Victoria Park
Kids Info for Ribfest
The Kids Fun Zone Presented by Grand River Inflatables will be running all weekend with various fun inflatable activities for kids. 
Each play is one ticket. Tickets cost - 1 for $3, 4 for $10, 10 for $20 or an all day wristband for $20. If you return the next day still wearing the wristband, you get a new one for half price.

July 15
Harry Potter Extravaganza
When:Saturday, July 15, 2017, 1:00 - 4:00pm
5 Tannery Street East, Cambridge, ON
See Map:
Google Maps

1:00 – 3:00pm: Fully interactive game of Live Action Harry Potter Clue
3:00 – 4:00pm: Live owl presentation
Immerse yourself in the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as you make potions, wands and spells to figure out what’s behind a fellow Hogwarts student’s mysterious disappearance! Finish the day by experiencing the Owlery!
Ages:Ages 13+

July 15 and 16
Raresites BioBlitz (Cambridge)

July 16
Open Streets – Make Believe
Open Streets will be taking place along the Laurel and Spurline Trails in uptown Waterloo this year

July 21
ONTour Music Concert 6pm @ Kitchener City Hall info w/ BIG WRECK, GLASS TIGER & FEATURETTE

Movies In The Square in Guelph – Inside Out

July 21-23
Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival
Kids info

July 22
The Schneider Creek Porch Party
3:00 - 8:00 p.m.  Peter St.

Join us on Saturday, July 22nd from 3-8 p.m. for the 3rd Annual Schneider Creek Porch Party. The #SCPP is a free neighbourhood music and community festival in the Schneider Creek neighbourhood of Kitchener

Rock and Rumble – Kitchener City Hall
Enjoy live music, food trucks, craft brewery and motorcycles!
Hundreds of custom and vintage motorcycles from across Ontario and the US will rumble into town to showcase their bikes.
Rock out to headliner Platinum Blonde at their free concert. The band is back together and ready to perform some of their famous hits!

- Free admission - Food and drinks available for purchase - All ages welcome
Stage Schedule: 7:30 pm - The Spoons
 9 pm - Platinum Blonde

 Cambridge Arts Festival @ Cambridge City Hall 10am-6pm

July 27
A Dog’s Purpose sundown @ Waterloo Park

 July 29
Paw Patrol Pup Friends in Elora

The 2nd Annual Sherwood Shindig Noon – 11 PM
We’re taking it to the next level this year! More incredible live music, a music industry marketplace with killer deals, more great food, kids activities, local charity fundraiser with amazing prize draws, a beer garden, and so many more cool surprises to come over the next few months!

Noon – 5 pm
Erick Traplin
Busking & Clowns
The Sherwood Band Campers (Sherwood studio Students)

5 pm – 11 pm
Big Baby
The Sherwood Shindiggers
The Shannon Lyon Pop Explosion
Rob Szabo Band
Mike Todd Band

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