Friday, October 16, 2020

Halloween Family Fun Nights at Kitchener Market

 



Kitchener Market PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Family fun nights

  • Wednesday, Oct. 28 and Thursday, Oct. 29
  • 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Residents will be able to pre-register for a fun night of activities at the Kitchener Market including a spooky science show, a family photo booth and take home a pumpkin after their visit. Limited space is available. Each cohort will be given a 30-minute time slot.

Registration opens Saturday, Oct. 17. Visit www.kitchener.ca/ActiveNet to register. Families can only register for one of the two nights.

Oct 17th UPDATE - the times are filling fast

Register for a Wednesday timeslot: https://bit.ly/3k6pxFE
Register for a Thursday timeslot: https://bit.ly/3j5E7Mr

Friday, October 2, 2020

Kitchener Market, Oktoberfest, Halloween and More October 2020 Activities, Events and Stuff To Do Safely in Kitchener Waterloo and Area

 
October 2020 Activities, Events and Stuff To Do Safely in Kitchener Waterloo and Area



From March to the Summer we kept updating our Social Distancing event post, but as everyone headed outside there were less events to post about.  Still, if you are looking for great resources, I suggest checking our post and scrolling down to the RESOURCES area for lots of ideas for online activities.

Now that fall is here, it is time for an update.

Please note, we suggest we check with the event/venue in advance to see what safety precautions they have put in place and decide if it is an activity that you are comfortable with.

October 2020 Events – Ongoing



VISIT OUR PUMPKIN PATCHES AND CORN MAZES POST TO SEE ALL THE ONES IN OUR AREA!

https://stufftodowithyourkidsinkw.blogspot.com/2012/09/pumpkin-patches-and-corn-mazes-in.html

For those with older kids (teens), did you know that THEMUSEUM has a Youth Council? Find out more at https://www.instagram.com/p/CF0UQqIg1Ua

The Kitchener Market is open every Saturday for their Farmers’ Market from 7am to 2pm weekly. You can learn more about their safety precautions at https://stufftodowithyourkidsinkw.blogspot.com/2020/06/the-kitchenermarket-re-opens-on-june-13.html

They will continue their online cooking classes this month as well.  Tune into the City of Kitchener Facebook page on Sundays at 2pm and Wednesdays at 7pm for the recorded cooking classes.  Plus, our readers love the Saturday Morning FACEBOOK LIVE KIDS IN THE KITCHEN COOKING CLASSES that take place Saturdays at 10am

https://www.facebook.com/cityofkitchener

Thursday-Sunday

Outdoor Light Show at The Old Post Office in Cambridge

(there is a parking lot across the street so you can watch from your car)

Watch visual effects transform the Old Post Office every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night!

Halloween and Autumn Theme: October 2 to November 1

  • 8:00pm (with sound)
  • 8:30pm (with sound)
  • 9:00pm (without sound)
  • 9:30pm (without sound)

Please Note: Some shows may have strobe light type effects that may be disorienting to some residents.

https://ideaexchange.org/programs/event/old-post-office-projection-light-show

Uptown Open Air Market

Sundays, 9 am – 1 pm

October 4 – 25, 2020

Waterloo City Hall Parking Lot, 100 Regina St. S.

https://uptownwaterloobia.com/open-air-market

OKTOBERFEST FAMILY SERIES
https://www.oktoberfest.ca/oktoberfest-family-series-event

Watch the video below to learn more about Oktoberfest this year 


Also for those who want to dress up all month for Halloween, I suggest joining in this month's DISNEYBOUND 




 Flag Raiders has outdoor paintball. Times and pricing at https://flagraiders.com

Oct 10-25

Dinosaur Drive Thru at Bingemans

THEMUSEUM, Bingemans and Indian River Reptile and Dinosaur Park have partnered up to bring an unforgettable family experience to Waterloo Region! Times and prices at https://www.dinodrivethru.ca

 

OCTOBER 2020 EVENT LIST

Oct 3

Free Live Music at Kitchener Market 10-Noon with Kevin Coates https://calendar.kitchenermarket.ca/default/Detail/2020-10-03-1000-Saturday-Live-Music

 

Saturday Morning Kitchener Market FACEBOOK LIVE KIDS IN THE KITCHEN COOKING CLASSES at 10am https://www.facebook.com/cityofkitchener Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins and Eggs Benedict

Oct 9-10

KW OKTOBERFEST ONLINE
Friday, October 9 & Saturday, October 10

You can now experience all the same Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest ‘Gemuetlichkeit’ you’re used to right from the comfort of your own home. Join in on a fun and interactive two-day virtual event happening on Friday, October 9 and Saturday, October 10.

There will be a number of live events happening, from Oktoberfest-themed entertainment and concerts to experiences the whole family can enjoy. Watch a live keg tapping ceremony to kick off the festival, as well as concerts from your favourite Oktoberfest bands, cultural displays of music and dancing, kids entertainment and many interactive activities like cooking demos, trivia, and more.

FREE BUT YOU MUST REGISTER AT https://www.oktoberfest.ca/kitchener-waterloo-oktoberfest-live-event

 

Oct 10

Kitchener Market Pretzel Making Event

Combine your pandemic bread-making skills with Oktoberfest! German-style pretzels are a great place to start. Not only are they crowd-pleasers, but the pretzels’ firm dough also makes them easier to work with than other doughs.

To get your free supply bag:
Come to our welcome desk on the Food Hall level of the market on Saturday, Oct. 10 (hours of operation are 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.), then join Chef Nicole on Facebook at 2 p.m. when she will show you how to make your pretzels (Video will be available to re-watch afterwards).

Supply bag includes:

Dough for 2 pretzels, mini pumpkins for a fun craft, festive colouring pages, and recipe and baking steps for your pretzels.

Only 100 kits available, first come, first served.

Cost:

Free

https://calendar.kitchenermarket.ca/default/Detail/2020-10-10-1400-Pretzel-Making-with-Chef-Nicole

 

Free Live Music at Kitchener Market 10-Noon with Marko Kecskemeti (aka: Prince of Polka) https://calendar.kitchenermarket.ca/default/Detail/2020-10-03-1000-Saturday-Live-Music

Saturday Morning Kitchener Market FACEBOOK LIVE KIDS IN THE KITCHEN COOKING CLASSES at 10am https://www.facebook.com/cityofkitchener Cook Like Oma - join Chef D and friends preparing Thanksgiving and Oktoberfest comfort food

 

Oct 10-25

Dinosaur Drive Thru at Bingemans

THEMUSEUM, Bingemans and Indian River Reptile and Dinosaur Park have partnered up to bring an unforgettable family experience to Waterloo Region! Times and prices at https://www.dinodrivethru.ca

Oct 12

There will not be an Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Parade this year, but you can watch past parade highlights!

CTV Parade Special Monday, October 12
12pm-1pm on CTV

It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving in Waterloo Region without the annual Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade! We have partnered with CTV Southwestern Ontario to bring you a look back on previous parades. The special will include historical facts about the parade and Festival, as well as lots of great archival footage. It will also highlight many of the floats, bands, and special guests that have been a part of the parade over the years.

This one-hour special is proudly presented by Pillers Fine Foods. It will air across Southwestern Ontario and select Canadian cities on Monday, October 12 from 12:00-1:00 p.m.

 

Oct 17

SIGN UP DAY FOR THE KITCHENER MARKET HALLOWEEN EVENT - info at https://stufftodowithyourkidsinkw.blogspot.com/2020/10/halloween-family-fun-nights-at.html

Free Live Music at Kitchener Market 10-Noon with Marko Kecskemeti (aka: Prince of Polka) https://calendar.kitchenermarket.ca/default/Detail/2020-10-03-1000-Saturday-Live-Music

Saturday Morning Kitchener Market FACEBOOK LIVE KIDS IN THE KITCHEN COOKING CLASSES at 10am https://www.facebook.com/cityofkitchener Halloween Themed Cupcakes and Pumpkin Cream Puffs

 

Oct 25

Saturday Morning Kitchener Market FACEBOOK LIVE KIDS IN THE KITCHEN COOKING CLASSES at 10am https://www.facebook.com/cityofkitchener

Oct 28 and 29

Halloween Party @ Kitchener Market - Pre-registration required https://stufftodowithyourkidsinkw.blogspot.com/2020/10/halloween-family-fun-nights-at.html

Oct 31

Saturday Morning Kitchener Market FACEBOOK LIVE KIDS IN THE KITCHEN COOKING CLASSES at 10am https://www.facebook.com/cityofkitchener HALLOWEEN BASH

 

Oct 10-25

Dinosaur Drive Thru at Bingemans

THEMUSEUM, Bingemans and Indian River Reptile and Dinosaur Park have partnered up to bring an unforgettable family experience to Waterloo Region! Times and prices at https://www.dinodrivethru.ca

Oct 30 and 31

St. Jacobs Pumpkin Parade

Halloween may look a bit different this year. But that doesn’t mean we can’t still get out to enjoy the spookiest time of year. Since handing out candy has been exorcized, we've used our sorcery and put together some amazing prizes to giveaway instead.  Join us for our first ever St. Jacobs Pumpkin Parade! With your help, we will be transforming King Street to “Stephen King” Street with Jack O’lanterns and haunted decor. Starting at 6:00pm head down to King St. with your pumpkins. Costumes are encouraged!

HOW TO PARTICIPATE 

Pick up your FREE pumpkin or gourd and instructions at either The Stone Crock or Block 3 from October 23rd-28th (while quantities last). Plan your costume and carve your prize winning pumpkin!

Bring your Jack O'lantern back to The Village on the 30th or 31st and place it on the King Street sidewalk in the marked areas between Albert and Cedar Streets, post a picture of you and your pumpkin and tag us @stjacobsvillage and use the hashtag #stjpumpkinparade. Our volunteers from The Optimist Club of St. Jacobs will make sure it gets lit with a candle. Stroll the beautiful candle lit and spooky village and enjoy the best season of all Halloween!

All entries must be on the sidewalk on Friday and/or Saturday night and the cut off for posting to social media in time for contest entry on Saturday at midnight….. Spooky right!! 


CONTEST CATEGORIES FOR

  • AGES 3-9

  • AGES 10-18

  • ADULT

PUMPKIN

  • Scariest! Winner receives a Gift card and Halloween Goodies

  • Funniest! Winner receives a Gift card and Halloween Goodies

  • Most Original! Winner receives a Gift card and Halloween Goodies

  • Stencilled Masterpiece! Winner receives a Gift card and Halloween Goodies

  • Peoples Choice - top prizes!

All the info can be found at https://www.stjacobsvillage.com/events-pumpkinparade


Oct 31

Happy Halloween

See the info above for the St. Jacobs Pumpkin Parade https://www.stjacobsvillage.com/events-pumpkinparade

Trick or Treat Drive Thru at Bingemans (this may be sold out at the time of posting – always stay tuned to our Facebook Group for the latest info https://www.facebook.com/groups/2369595749)

  http://bingemans.com/trick-or-treat

 

Uptown Treats in the Streets

Saturday, October 31, 1:00 – 4:00 pm 

Come trick-or-treating and enjoy a safe, fun Halloween experience while exploring the businesses of Uptown Waterloo!

Check back on this page for more details soon!

New This Year! Window Walkers Art Walk

As part of this year’s Treats in the Streets event, the Uptown BIA is offering an opportunity for artists to help add vibrancy to shop windows during the autumn season. The Window Walkers Art Walk will feature business windows painted in an autumn or Halloween theme. Check back on this page soon for a map of the windows! https://uptownwaterloobia.com/events-activities/uptown-treats-in-the-streets


Halloween Comicfest

Free Comic Books! Learn more on the video below



More info at https://www.halloweencomicfest.com (I would suggest calling your local comic book shop to see if they are participating before you make the trek there).

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Calling All PAW PATROL Fans! Get Set to Welcome Mighty Express to your Screens

 

Mighty Express from the makers of Paw Patrol

We know that many of our readers have big Paw Patrol fans at their house and now we are so happy to let you know the BIG NEWS!

The makers of Paw Patrol are bringing a new series to a screen near you.  Mighty Express is a new Netflix show by SPIN MASTER that your family is sure to enjoy. It will be a great adventured-filled animated series that will give your young kiddos something special to look forward to this fall. Check out the trailer below

SPIN MASTER is thrilled to debut the trailer for their all new CG animated,
Netflix-original preschool series, MIGHTY EXPRESS™
that rolls onto Netflix September 22

 

Hop on the fast track to Tracksville, where, in a vast, playful, quirky world crisscrossed by railway tracks, a team of trains and their kid best-buddies keep things moving and get the delivery done no matter what the trouble – one adventure after another! Each of the trains has a specialty which they use when going on Mega Missions or hauling cargo, be it animals, equipment, or giant dinosaur bones. They always rise to the occasion when trouble strikes!

Get your devices charged because you can start streaming Mighty Express on Netflix beginning September 22, 2020

For more info visit the links below

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mightyexpressofficial

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mightyexpressofficial

What Mighty Express Character will be popular at your house?

We know everyone has a different favourite Paw Patrol character and we think the same will happen with Mighty Express.

Which character do you think your kiddos will be a fan of?

Once it airs, we want to know if your guess was correct and how you liked the show. 

Let us know all about it in the comments below


Monday, September 7, 2020

Fall Back into Cooking Classes at Kitchener Market – Enter to Win

 


Now is the time to fall back and switch things up a bit.  Trying something new is a great way to start off this fall.  This month the Kitchener Market is hosting VIRTUAL cooking classes and a FACEBOOK LIVE FALL CANNING Demo with Chef Emerie Brine.

Event Details:
Get ready for fall and learn how to preserve the goodness of the summer in this canning class with Chef Emerie Brine.  In this virtual class, Chef Emerie Brine will guide you with easy steps on how to make salsa, tomato sauce and more.

We had a great time taking your questions on Facebook Live for Chef Emeire’s Jams and Pickles class this summer.  We will be doing that again, but this time you might have a chance to attend the event LIVE IN PERSON AS WELL.  Learn more below.

All of the Kitchener Market Virtual Cooking Classes will take place on the City of Kitchener Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/cityofkitchener

Here are the FREE classes for September

September 2 - Scallops and Citrus Fennel Salad

September 9 - Pesto Stuffed Chicken Thighs Wrapped in Proscuitto

September 16 - Potato Crusted Cod with Parsnip Puree and Phyllo Wrapped Cheesecake

September 22 – CHEF EMERIE with a FALL CANNING DEMO

September 23 - (Chef Rob Takeover) - Menu details coming soon

Plus, there may be something extra happening for the Sept 30th class. Stay tuned for more details



Enter to win a Socially Distanced Parents’ Night Out

One of our lucky readers and a guest from their bubble will be able to attend the Sept 22nd event in person as a special guest!

Enter the rafflecopter contest below (it may take a minute to load) and be sure to tell us with what you have been cooking in 2020.  (it works best if you are logged into your google account when commenting). It may just win you a pair of tickets to attend Chef Emerie’s Fall Canning Demo in person (and socially distanced) at the Kitchener Market on September 22, 2020



 

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Sunday, June 28, 2020

Celebrate Canada by Shopping Local at the #KitchenerMarket – Enter to Win



We'll start with the Disclaimer - Yes, we do provide media coverage for the Kitchener Market, but this just means we're able to offer you a chance to win too! Enter the contest at the end of this post

Canada Day is just days away and we thought we would give some agricultural appreciation for our local farmers.
Do you know everything that goes into farming? Watch this fun video below to get a glimpse of FARMER STYLE!

Here in Kitchener Ontario Canada we are so fortunate to have access to fresh locally grown food from farmers and local food producers.  One of the best sources for groceries is the Kitchener Farmers’ Market.  Right now, the Kitchener Farmers’ Market is open Saturdays with distancing and safety measures in place.  To learn more about the precautions visit our Kitchener Market Re-opens post.  Now that you know what to expect when you arrive, it is time to get your shopping list ready. 
According to the Kitchener Market’s WHAT’S IN SEASON list, it is the peak season for these items
Fruits
·         Apples
·         Cherries
·         Rhubarb
·         Strawberries
Vegetables
·         Arugula
·         Asparagus
·         Beans (green and yellow)
·         Bok choy
·         Broccoli
·         Cabbage
·         Cauliflower
·         Cilantro
·         Cucumber
·         Kale
·         Lettuce
·         Onions (cooking and green)
·         Peas (green and snow)
·         Potatoes
·         Radishes
·         Squash
·         Sweet potatoes

Now what protein with you pair with all this delicious produce? Just visit a Market meat vendor like Finest Sausage and Meats to make your meal come together! Whether your cooking in your kitchen, grilling on the BBQ or having an open flame cookout, you will be glad to know you have supported local Canadian Farmers and Food Producers by shopping at the Kitchener Market.

Enter to win a Finest Sausage and Meats Gift Basket from the Kitchener Market

Enter the rafflecopter contest below (it may take a minute to load) and be sure to tell us what you want to cook from Kitchener Market Farmers’ Market ingredient list.  (it works best if you are logged into your google account when commenting). It may just win you a Finest Sausage and Meats Gift Basket.



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Saturday, June 6, 2020

The #KitchenerMarket Re-Opens on June 13, 2020 – Enter to Win



We'll start with the Disclaimer - Yes, we do provide media coverage for the Kitchener Market, but this just means we're able to offer you a chance to win too! Enter the contest at the end of this post



When I wrote about the Thai Cooking Class at Kitchener Market on March 11th, I had not idea that would be the last time I would see the market in months.  Due to the Covid-19 Coronavirus and the Emergency Shut Down, the Kitchener Market was closed.  Now that three months have passed and things are beginning to open, it was announced earlier this week that the Kitchener Market plans to open the Farmers’ Market on June 13th.

What You Need to Know about the Kitchener Market Re-Opening

According to the City of Kitchener Media Release the Kitchener Market will open at 7am on June 13, 2020 with new safety precautions in places.
Here is what you need to know:

  • Only the Farmers’ Market portion of the Kitchener Market will be open
  • There will be limited vendors on the first day
  • The number of people allowed in the building at a time will be monitored
  • Many vendors will have items pre-bagged
  • Contactless payment is preferred, for those still wanting to pay cash you will be expected to have the exact amount per purchase
  • The Food Hall, Upper Market Vendors, Kids Events and Cooking Classes will not be opening/happening at this time



While I know many of you are missing the events that take place at the Kitchener Market, they have taken them online.  We really missed hosting our Food Revolution KW Day, but we are glad that Chef Nicole and Chef Rob are still here to help us virtually!

Kitchener Market Chefs Online

You and your family can cook Chef Nicole every Saturday Morning on Facebook Live on the City of Kitchener Facebook page.  Here is just one of the Virtual Kids in the Kitchen classes. (if you cannot view the videos you may want to try another browser or click on the links listed below).

Additionally, Chef Nicole and Chef Rob have been teaching tips and tricks for cooking for your family.

You can see other Kitchener Market Chef videos on our Food Revolution KW facebook page and the City of Kitchener Videos page on facebook

Plus, local entertainers and instructors that are well known to the Kitchener Market have taken to streaming their info.  You can see the dates and times on our Social Distancing post.

Enter to win a Kitchener Market Apron and Market Bag

Enter the rafflecopter contest below (it may take a minute to load) and be sure to tell us what you want to purchase at the Kitchener Market Farmers’ Market.  (it works best if you are logged into your google account when commenting). It may just win you a Kitchener Market Apron and Market Bag.

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Saturday, May 2, 2020

DOLITTLE Review and Giveaway – Enter to Win


We'll start with the Disclaimer - Yes, we did receive a complimentary copy of this film for review, but this just means we're able to offer you a chance to win one too! Enter the contest at the end of this post

Growing up I was a big fan of the Doctor Dolittle animated series.  I knew the theme song and the names of all of Doctor Dolittle’s team. Each episode I watched as he helped animals and escaped from pirates. It was an adventure I wanted to be part of.

Now the story of Doctor Dolittle has been reimagined in the live-action version film DOLITTLE.  It stars Robert Downey Jr. as Dr. John Dolittle and the animals are voiced by many names you will recognize.  Take a look at the trailer below to see what I mean.


The story begins with an animated recap of how Dr. Dolittle and his team of amazing animals were brought together, but then tragedy struck, and he had chosen a life of recluse.  When a boy with an affinity for animals wanders on to the grounds of the Dolittle sanctuary, the live-action adventure begins.


This is a wonderful story of friendship, determination, and forgiveness.  It starts on land but then takes to the sea in search of a lost world that only Dolittle can seek to find.  All of these settings are so fitting to the story especially Dr. Dolittle’s home.  It was created to look animal-friendly and there is a steam-punk vibe throughout the house.  Robert Downey Jr.’s portrayal of the soft-spoken Doctor Dolittle is the stuff that ASMR dreams are made of.

By watching this movie and the bonus scenes included with the film you and your family will find yourself entranced by the spectacle of DOLITTLE. So, gather your gang and watch DOLITTLE together!

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DOLITTLE is now available on digital, 4K Ultra HD™, BLU-RAY™ and DVD 

To learn more about the film, visit these links
Facebook: @DolittleMovie
Twitter:@DolittleMovie
Instagram: @DolittleMovie
#DolittleMovie

  
We think your family will enjoy this film so much that we are thrilled to give away a copy to one of our lucky readers!

Enter to Win

Enter the rafflecopter contest below (it may take a minute to load) and be sure to leave why you want to win this in the comments (it works best if you are logged into your google account when commenting).


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