Thursday, January 18, 2018

Make It an Action-Packed Family Day with The KW Titans Promo Code and Contest


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

 

Family Day Is a Month Away


We are one month away from the Family Day Long Weekend and we know just how to get you aim for an exciting time! 


Grab your family tickets to the February 19, 2018 KW Titans 2pm BMO FAMILY FUN DAY game.

It is sure to be an action-packed game with lots of great activities happening too. Plus, there is a PROMO CODE for 2 for 1 tickets to the game that day and you get the chance to learn more about KIDS HELP PHONE.  Being that KIDS HELP PHONE is one of Movember Canada’s partners we couldn’t be more excited as we are the Co-chairs for MOVEMBER KW!


 

 All of these reasons make us think it will be a great way to celebrate FAMILY DAY!

KW Titans 2pm BMO FAMILY FUN DAY Info


The KW Titans have lots planned for their fans on Family Day

Families can enjoy an exciting basketball game, fan giveaways, friendly competitions, a player autograph session and a chance to meet the Titans’ mascots Titus and the BMO the Bear. 

Tickets for BMO Family Day are available at a promotional price to also bring awareness to Kids Help Phone. BMO is a founding partner of Kids Help Phone – Canada’s only national 24-hour, bilingual and anonymous phone counselling, web counselling and referral service for children and youth

It will be so much fun you will want to bring the whole family.

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Well not the whole family. You’ll just have to tell your pets all about it when you get back home.
 

Grab Your Tickets – Promo Code Pricing


Now is the time to get your tickets!


on the left side of the screen, under the image, where it asks for the Promo Code type in BMODAY and click the GO button.

The screen will change to list the BOWL tickets for the February 19, 2018 game.

The price will now be decreased to $12.50 per ticket but you need to buy them in quantities of 2 or you will get an error message (basically buy them in even numbers 2, 4, 6 etc).  You can also purchase tickets in person at THE AUD BOX OFFICE. Just be sure to ask for the BMODAY ticket promo.

You don’t want to miss out on your opportunity to be in the stands as the KW Titans take on the London Lightning on Monday February 19, 2018 at 2pm at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium.  We are so excited about it and are thrilled to giveaway a FAMILY FOUR PACK of tickets to attend!

Enter To Win 

Enter the rafflecopter contest below (it may take a minute to load) and tell us why you want to attend in the comments at the bottom. It may just win you a FAMILY FOUR PACK of tickets to the game!
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Saturday, January 6, 2018

New Year's Leeve's, PD Day Activities and More Stuff To Do In Kitchener Waterloo - January 2018


 
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!
WEB: http://uwaterloo.ca/infant-studies-group
TEL: 519 888 4567
ext. 31164
EMAIL: babylab@uwaterloo.ca

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!
  • January 9
  • January 23

Beginning Jan 16th 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

 

Every Wednesday, Jan 10 - Feb 28 10:30am



Free event! Grow your young child’s love of nature throughout the winter months! Join us at Huron Natural Area for a story, some seasonal songs and then a hike in the woods. Suitable for children ages 5 and under. No registration required. Meet at the play area. NOTE: Bathrooms are not available in the winter months. Discover nature in the city! https://www.facebook.com/pg/cityofkitchener/events

 

Gamers Night @ WPL John M. Harper Branch (Fischer-Hallman Waterloo)

Wednesdays Jan 17-Feb 21 6:30pm

Explore digital literacy skills by navigating the world of Minecraft. Create and participate in Minecraft challenges and construct beautiful digital masterpieces. Drop-in.

This program is for children in grades 2 to 6.

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!


Tots Time @ Waterloo Region Museum (DOON)

Beginning Jan 18th 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


January 2017 Event Blast


January 7

What: 2018 New Year's Levee

When: Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. to 1: 30 p.m.

Where: Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex, 101 Father David Bauer Dr., Waterloo

Activities

  • Free skating from 10 a.m. to noon
  • Free swimming from 2:05 - 4 p.m.
  • Free face painting and clowning around with Bre Creative
  • Live entertainment featuring Erick Traplin
  • Mad Science will be onsite to wow the kids
  • Get your portrait painted by a local caricature artist
  • Free cookies and refreshments while quantities last!

Grab your kids, grab your skates and swim suit and come out for a fun afternoon with Mayor Dave Jaworsky and council! 

 

Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018 1:30 - 4 p.m. Kitchener City Hall

Come one. Come all. Celebrate the New Year with your Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, your council members, and your neighbours at our FREE carnival themed celebration under the big top of City Hall!

Schedule:

  • 1:30 p.m. - Opening ceremonies
  • 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. - Carnival games, food, live entertainment and skating on Carl Zehr Square
  • 1:35 p.m. - Mayor to announce City Builder Award Winners
  • 2 - 3:30 p.m. - Performances By: KW Harmonizers: One More Time; Cuneyt Juneyt Yetkiner, Local Musician; Wandering Magician No.5 from Big Smiles Company
  • 3:30 p.m. - Mayor's new year's greeting 
  • 3:40 p.m. - Door prize ticket draw with mayor and council 
  • 4 p.m. - Closing Ceremony: Singing of Auld Lang Syne (Translates to "Times Gone By," remembering friends from the past.)

Warm up with some hot chocolate and enjoy popcorn and cotton candy on us! 
 

January 16
KW Titans @ The Aud 11am http://kwtitans.com/14519/schedule-and-results

Build Your Own Toys @ WPL Albert McCormick Branch 6:30pm We supply the material, you supply the creativity. https://www.facebook.com/events/552141098460991

January 17

KW Titans @ The AUD - WILD WEDNESDAY 2 for 1 Ticket Night 7pm

2 FOR 1 Wednesday tickets


on the left side of the screen, under the image, where it asks for the Promo Code type in WILDWEDNESDAY and click the GO button.

The screen will change to list the BOWL tickets for the Wednesday games.
The price will now be decreased to $12.50 per ticket but you need to buy them in quantities of 2 or you will get an error message (basically buy them in even numbers 2, 4, 6 etc)


January 20
Scavenger Hunt 1pm-2pm @ Huron Natural Area
Free event!
Meet at the play area with a camera in hand. Then you can explore the winter woods to see how many things you can find on a scavenger hunt list. Come dressed for the weather!

NOTE: Bathrooms are not available in the winter months.

https://www.facebook.com/events/371044916701152

 

January 21

Sorcerer’s Apprentice @ Cambridge Centre For The Arts
1:30pm pre-register for $5 tickets at https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/cambridgeont/Activity_Search/cookies-and-kids-the-sorcerer-s-apprentice/2614


January 24

KW Titans @ The AUD - WILD WEDNESDAY 2 for 1 Ticket Night 7pm

2 FOR 1 Wednesday tickets


on the left side of the screen, under the image, where it asks for the Promo Code type in WILDWEDNESDAY and click the GO button.

The screen will change to list the BOWL tickets for the Wednesday games.
The price will now be decreased to $12.50 per ticket but you need to buy them in quantities of 2 or you will get an error message (basically buy them in even numbers 2, 4, 6 etc)
January 26
PD Day courses from Safety Tree – Learn more at http://stufftodowithyourkidsinkw.blogspot.ca/2017/12/keeping-kids-safe-this-winter-with.html
 
Stories N Skate @ Albert McCormick Arena
Spend your PD Day with us and the University of Waterloo's Women's Warriors hockey team.
1:30pm to 2:30pm - stories, crafts and games in the Upper Viewing Lounge
2:30pm to 3:30pm - free ice skating in the McCormick Arena
https://www.facebook.com/events/538773643144785

 

January 28
KW Titans @ The Aud 2pm http://kwtitans.com/14519/schedule-and-results

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!