Saturday, December 15, 2018

Start 2019 with Healthy Lunches Thanks to the Stuck On You #BentoBox – Enter To Win


We'll start with the Disclaimer – Yes, we did receive a complimentary product, 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!


The New Year is just around the corner and which makes it a great time to get into new routines.  Eating better is a great way stay healthy and the Stuck On You Bento Box makes it easy to do so!  See how easy it is to pack a lunch with this bright, colourful and personalized lunch box.

Bears in Tiaras OH MY!


One of the memorable lines in The Wizard of Oz is “Lions and Tigers and Bears OH MY” well when I noticed what looked to me to be a Bear in a Tiara, I had an OH MY moment myself and knew this was the choice for our Bento Box designs.  These bright and cheerful lunch boxes came with our names on them as well, so we think there is a perfect colour and design for every member of your family as well.  Head to https://www.stuckonyou.ca/bento-products and see all the selections available.

Easy to Prepare Recipe Ideas for Your Stuck On You Bento Box Plus It’s Easy To Clean Too


The Stuck On You Bento Box is a 3 piece construction.  The outer shell complete with personalization, and inner tray that easily removed for fast clean up and rubber seal to keep everything in place once it’s filled up with a delicious lunch. While it is made up of three pieces, the instructions warn not to remove the seal from the outer shell casing of the bento box. To see all the care instructions, click on the image below to enlarge it.
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For my first bento box creation I made Chicken, Goat Cheese and Spinach Pinwheel Wraps with sides of fruit, veggies, seven grain pita crackers and hummus. While the box lables give you and idea of where things should go, because my wraps had grains, protein, dairy and vegetables all in one I mixed it up a bit.

Here’s how I made my Chicken, Goat Cheese and Spinach Pinwheel Wraps

1.       I chopped a fully cooked chicken breast (I only used about half of it in my recipe, so I had enough to make another for the next day).

2.       Then I crumbled half of small size package of Goat Cheese and used a fork to mix and mash it into the chopped chicken





3.       Next, I washed a handful of baby spinach

4.       I layered the spinach and chicken mixture onto a whole wheat wrap.  For a variation you could spread the hummus on the wrap first and then layer it up, but because I made this the night before I didn’t want the wrap to get soggy so instead, I packed the hummus in the circular compartment to dip my wraps and veggies into it.


5.       Finally, I folded/rolled up my wrap and cut it into 2-inch pieces so it fit nicely into the bento box.
 

I filled the other compartments with radishes, kohlrabi, carrots and blackberries, pita chips and as mentioned about the hummus was added to the circular compartment.  For other bento box inspiration check out the video below and the idea list.




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Do you know someone that would like this for this Christmas? We think it would make a great gift! 

To learn more about Stuck On You visit the links below







Or you can visit their Canadian website https://www.stuckonyou.ca/bento-products to get all the info.

We thought busy parents would like this so much that we are having a giveaway!

Enter To Win 

Enter the rafflecopter contest below (it may take a minute to load) and tell us what you would put in a bento box. It may just win you a Stuck On You product! (NOTE when commenting below it is best to be logged into your google account. After you click publish, it may take up to one minute for your comment to show. Please wait for it to publish before clicking anything else). THIS CONTEST IS FOR CANADIAN RESIDENTS ONLY
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Saturday, December 8, 2018

This Company Keeps Both Parents and Babies Happy – Meet MAM – Enter to Win


We'll start with the Disclaimer – Yes, we did receive a complimentary product, 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!

MAM is company that creates unique products for the early stages of a child’s life.  Their company is committed to making safe items to keep babies and their parents happy.  Learn more in the video below.



How much did you enjoy watching those babies smile and giggle?

Developmental Toys From MAM

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Do you have a baby or toddler to buy for this Christmas?  Ellie the Bee and Lucy the Snail are for ages 2 Months+ which is a time when brain stimulation can be of the upmost importance.

Handmade and safe for baby: the MAM Friends are an ideal first toy to help your child's development. Made of 100% natural rubber, their material is pleasantly soft to the touch. Their bright colours and different shapes help to develop baby's senses. 

To learn more about MAM visit the links below



Twitter address: https://twitter.com/mamcanada




Or you can visit their Canadian website https://www.mambaby.com/en-ca to get all the info.

We thought busy parents of babies would like this so much that we are having a giveaway!

Enter To Win 

Enter the rafflecopter contest below (it may take a minute to load) and tell us what you have learned about MAM. It may just win you a MAM product! (NOTE when commenting below it is best to be logged into your google account. After you click publish, it may take up to one minute for your comment to show. Please wait for it to publish before clicking anything else). THIS CONTEST IS FOR CANADIAN RESIDENTS ONLY
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Friday, December 7, 2018

The KW Titans Give Back to The Local Community and You Can Help Fill the Titan Truck with Toys on Dec. 13, 2018



Last month we told you about how the KW Titans were kicking off the season and now they are taking time out from their busy schedule to give back to our community.  It began with some fun Movember moments with some of their biggest fans and continued throughout the game with some fun shoutouts and video, plus the team signed the Movember backdrop used for the night. 

Yesterday they were at the Tree of Hope event at Fairview Park Mall and next week they want to FILL THE TITAN TRUCK WITH TOYS! 

Titans Toy Drive



As you can see the in the photo above the KW Titans like fun and games and not just Basketball Games.

They want to ensure that every kid has a great Christmas filled with fun and games of their very own.  That is why they are encouraging everyone to bring a toy to donate to the game on Thursday December 13, 2018.  The goal is to fill THE TITAN TRUCK WITH TOYS this year.   Be sure to bring a new unwrapped toy to the game to show the KW Titans that you are all about giving back to the community too! Visit the ticket page on the KW Titans website to get your tickets for their next home game at THE AUD and bring your Christmas spirit with you to cheer on the team as they take on the Sudbury Five.  Afterwards you can get autographs from the players just like we did.

For more information about the Titans Toy Drive see the image below and then see you at the game!

Sunday, December 2, 2018

#RecoverTwiceAsFast with #SambucolCanada – Enter To Win


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

 


#Unboxing Of #SamucolCanada Prize Pack


Earlier this year we were introduced to Sambucol Canada at the Wow Bloggers Moms Meetup Event.  There we learned about Black Elderberry and its antioxidant properties and how it can provide relief from cold and flu symptoms.  We also had the opportunity to sample the product and we have to say it doesn’t have that medicine taste so chances are you won’t have to fight with your family to get them to take it.  Because of the connection we made at the event we were sent prize packs! Watch the video below to see what is included.


 

The Science Behind Sambucol


According to the Sambucol.ca website

Sambucol® is the product of over 20 years of research, making it the most extensively researched elderberry product in the world. The activity of the flavonoids — naturally occurring antioxidants - are preserved through a unique manufacturing process. This research has since been validated and endorsed by a series of scientific trials taking place over five years, which has led to world-wide acclaim for the product.

Who doesn’t want to recover twice as fast from colds and the flu? Do you want to give it a try? Now is the best time as they have a printable coupon for $3 off on their website!
To learn more please visit these links



Get Back to Caroling with Sambucol


Has a cold or flu got you sidelined from your winter activities? We want to help you get back to skating, tobogganing and Christmas Caroling! In fact, we managed to change a line in a Let It Snow to show how much Sambucol can help!

While the weather outside is frightful, knowing that you can get over a cold and flu fast is delightful. So, if your coughing or have a runny nose to blow, then use SAMBUCOL SAMBUCOL SAMUCOL

We thought that might help get you into this Christmas spirit! To show you the spirit of Christmas is alive and well we are having a giveaway of a Sambucol Canada Prize Pack!

Enter To Win 
Enter the rafflecopter contest below (it may take a minute to load) and in the comments change the lyrics of your favorite Christmas song to include Sambucol. It may just win you a prize pack! (NOTE when commenting below it is best to be logged into your google account. After you click publish, it may take up to one minute for your comment to show. Please wait for it to publish before clicking anything else). THIS CONTEST IS FOR CANADIAN RESIDENTS ONLY

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Christkindl Market, Christmas, Chanukah, Winter Solstice, Skating, Tobogganing and Santa in the Kitchener Waterloo Area - Events, Activities and Stuff To Do With Your Kids in KW



As always please check all links provided as times, dates, venues and registration information often changes without our knowledge.

WE ALSO SUGGEST GOING THROUGH THE FULL LIST BECAUSE SOME EVENTS MAY REQUIRE PRE-REGISTRATION.

First is list of ongoing events followed by our Monthly Blast



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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

Centre for Ocular Research and Education (CORE) at the University of Waterloo
Recruiting for a new scientific study (ID: CYPRESS) that examines how to treat nearsightedness in children aged 6-9. Participants will receive up to $690 for 9 visits over 3 years, and also receive a free pair of spectacle frames to keep.
If you are interested in participating, please call for more details or to book your appointment at 519-888-4742.  Please provide the study ID “CYPRESS” when you call. You will be provided with all relevant study information prior to study enrollment and you are under no obligation to participate.

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
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

FULL MONTH EVENT CALENDARS


These places have so many events each month, it is better to just look at them individually



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

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


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

Grand River Conservation Authority https://calendar.grandriver.ca/default




If you are willing to drive a little out of town, then this is the list for BRANTFORD’s HARMONY SQUARE http://www.brantford.ca/residents/leisurerecreation/communityfacilities/HarmonySquare/Pages/EventsandPrograms.aspx

 
Daily

Calvary Church Cambridge Indoor Playground

What: We are an indoor playground located directly in the church building which opens its doors to our community to allow a safe and friendly environment.
 
Ages: Suited to infant/crawlers, toddlers and pre-school children.

 Cost: $1.00 minimum per head. This helps reduce the cost of regular cleaning and new toys.

Hours: Monday – Thursdays 9:30 – 11:30 am.

Closed: Fridays all season and Holiday Mondays

Schedule: September to June (closed for the summer months)

Special Activities: Twice a week there will be a different activities offered, from Play-doh Play to arts and crafts, the activities are geared toward preschool aged children.

Daycare Workers: We will be opening the playground every Tuesday for any caregiver that operates a daycare. If you are not a daycare worker, you are still MORE than welcome to attend on Tuesday! Every day we have coffee, tea, juice and snacks available for purchase.
https://mycalvary.life/event/indoor-playground/?event_rdate=20180917093000%2C20180917113000


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

 

Mondays
Legacy every Monday at 7pm. $4 entry with a pack per person into the prize pool @ KW PlaySpace (until Sept 24) https://www.facebook.com/events/317175528805117

Tuesdays
Bring your little ones to the Kitchener Market select Tuesdays 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 4
  • December 18 (Santa will be here!)
http://www.kitchenermarket.ca/en/events/Kids_Hop.asp

 

Colour Our Community @ KPL Central (Downtown) every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 2pm-4pm

Art can be a tool for increasing social connections and fostering community inclusion and integration. Colour Our Community aims to make connections between those who are often marginalized and members of the community at large in a comfortable, accessible venue where all are welcome to explore their creativity and experience connection through art. Colour Our Community is a partnership with Kitchener Public Library and Circle of Friends.


 

Thursdays

A FREE art program every Thursday!

(Please note some Thursdays in December may be cancelled, call the phone number below to be sure)

Thursday from 11 a.m. - noon, ARTSHINE will be hosting a parent and tot program at the Kitchener Market - a program for children and their parents. Participate in a fun, unique, hands-on creative art experience!

AFTER the program, be sure to stop by one of our market vendors for a healthy, kid-friendly lunch with lots of options for adults too.

Space is limited! Reserve a spot now for the ARTSHINE programs on Thursday by calling 226-647-2777, or emailing ARTSHINE.


Fridays


Music and Movement @ Kitchener Market  9:30am – 10:00am
Imagination and creativity are developed and explored through rhymes, songs, finger plays, and gross motor activities. Support your child's language development and experience the benefits of physical activity.

Drop In Play @ Kitchener Market  10:00am – 11:00am
Come any time. Join other children and families in play and exploration. An Early Learning professional is available to provide support and information around early learning topics, community resources, programs and referrals.


 

Saturdays

Family Favourites $2.99 Films @ Cineplex


Home Depot Workshops 2nd Saturday of Each Month

FREE Hands-on Workshops designed for children ages 5 - 12. Held on the 2nd Saturday of each month at all The Home Depot stores. Each child can bring home a newly constructed project, an achievement pin and certificate https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/ideas-how-to/workshops.html

REMINDER OF OUR MABEL’S LABELS FUNDRAISER!

ONGOING IN DECEMBER



 

Wonders of Winter in Waterloo Park. Begins Dec 1. Ends at Midnight on New Year’s Eve




The Tim Hortons Free Skate Schedule is not up yet

 

Dec 2018 Event Blast


Dec 1
Wonders of Winter WATERLOO PARK Opening Night
Please join us on Saturday December 1st for our 2018 Opening Night! Events will include:

•5:30 pm: Community Candle Light Event

•6:00 pm: Fireworks

•7:00 pm – 8:30 pm: Horse-Drawn Trolley Rides

•6:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Drinks (hot cocoa, hot cider, water – $1.00 cash only)
Join us for Waterloo’s great traditional festival, our 25th year!
Please note Waterloo Park does not accommodate vehicular drive through traffic and, at this time, is not barrier free.
http://www.wondersofwinter.ca

Dec 1-2
Live Christmas Pageant in Elmira
3rd Annual Live Christmas Pageant! Please set aside December 1st and 2nd as we present Christ's birth and life, with a cast of over 100 and live animals. Parking is available across the street in the Foodland or Home Hardware Parking Lots. Accessible Parking available at the church. This event is outdoors, so please dress accordingly. There is limited seating for each show; arrive early to guarantee your spot. Please join us after each show for hot chocolate and cookies!!
Shows run each night at 6pm, 6:45pm and 7:30pm https://www.facebook.com/events/328262421295560


Dec 2
Sensitive Santa @ Cambridge Centre 8:30am-10:30am
This sensory friendly environment provides lower lighting and a quieter surrounding. Each family that attends will receive a complimentary photo with Santa to commemorate this magical holiday season. This special time to visit with Santa is reserved for children with social, emotional or behavioral needs.
To keep this event sensory friendly and organized, we ask that each family register in advance. Space is limited. We encourage you to share this information with educators, social workers, and medical professionals who work with children living with special needs. ALSO ON DEC 9TH AND 16TH http://calendar.cambridge.ca/default/Detail/2018-12-02-0830-Sensitive-Santa


DIY Holiday Wrapping Paper and Cards! 1pm-4pm @ Mill-Courtland Community Centre
Free event but you must register at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/diy-holiday-wrapping-paper-and-cards-tickets-52944000932

A Classic Christmas: Thrill of Hope by Slate Church
Experience the magic of Christmas this December 2nd at Maxwell’s Concerts & Events. Gather the whole family for a spectacular production and merry festivities, including music, food trucks, free hot drinks, activities for kids, a photo booth and more! Service times at 11 AM, 2 PM, 4 PM, 6 PM.
https://www.slatechurch.com/events


'Twas the Night Before Christmas - Waterloo Concert Band @ Knox Church Erb St Waterloo
2pm-4pm Join conductor Trevor Wagler and the 50-piece Waterloo Concert Band in a family friendly musical celebration of the holiday season. Music old and new, familiar and surprising. Admission free (donations of any amount always appreciated). Treats for all at intermission! The Waterloo Concert Band has proudly served the Twin Cities since 1858.
https://www.kitchenerevents.ca/whats-on/events?eventID=1852


Christmas mementoes @ Woodside Historical Site
10 am to 12 pm
Discover the enchantment of a Victorian Christmas morning. Dip a pen in ink and write a letter to Santa Claus while sampling seasonal cookies and apple cider. Decorate a cookie ornament to take home and hang on your tree.
Fee: General admission plus $7.80
https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/on/woodside/activ/souvenirs-mementoes


Holiday Miniature Train @ Cambridge Centre
Stop by for a FREE ride on the Holiday Miniature Train 11am to 8pm. https://cambridge-centre.com/events

Walk of Lights
Walk of Lights this Christmas at K-W Christian Fellowship. During this FREE 20 minute tour, view the tallest Christmas tree in the city and walk through the 6000 light dome that opens unto various live scenes of Christmas. Have your children talk to the shepherds and pet the sheep. The Walk of Lights ends by opening unto a live Nativity Scene with an angelic choir.
100 Bleams Rd. 5:30-8pm https://www.facebook.com/events/558980584533770/577829509315544/?notif_t=admin_plan_mall_activity&notif_id=1543708182102019

Chanukah @ Waterloo Public Square 5:30pm
Come out to kick off the Chanukah holiday on Dec. 2, as we light a giant menorah and enjoy Chanukah treats!
Featuring latkes and donuts - menorahs and candles - dreidels and chocolate gelt - greetings from elected officials - the lighting of the region's tallest menorah - a grand fireworks display
A toy drive for hospitalized children will be held at this event; please consider bringing a new toy along with you.

"A little light dispels much darkness"
Happy Chanukah to all! https://www.facebook.com/events/1090635774429527/


Christmas @ The Safety Village

Tickets are general admission, everyone requires a ticket.  Tickets will not be available at the door.

** Food bank donations will be accepted.**

Come out for a family friend evening and see the Children’s Safety Village like you’ve never seen it before. Listen to a story with Santa, take part in seasonal arts and crafts or stroll through the village to see the sparkles from more than 3000 lights bulbs. The event runs regardless of weather, be sure to wear appropriate clothing.

Accepting food bank donations at this event!

Please, no large strollers, and no wagons.
Various times. Only a few times left http://waterlooregioncsv.com/events/christmas/
 

Cultural Christmas @ International Gospel Centre
Sample what Christmas tastes around the world! Something for all ages!!!! Cookie making and gingerbread house decorating for kids and authentic Christmas cuisine tasting for the adults. Free for all!! Wednesday December 5 at 7:00pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/746530612369951

 Dec 6

26th annual CHYM Tree of Hope radiothon @ Fairview Park Mall

Proceeds support Family & Children's Services of the Waterloo Region Foundation to help children, youth and families thrive, not just at this time of seasonal giving, but all year long.

JOIN US AT THE MALL:

9 am - 6 pm – play a life-sized game of Connect 4
9 am - 6 pm – have your photo taken in our Festive Photo Booth
10:30 am -12:00 pm – “Musical Petting Zoo” – explore percussion instruments with Arts 4 All
1:00 - 3:00 pm - Meet Olympic medalist Jocelyn Larocque of the Canadian Women’s Ice Hockey Team (2018 Silver, 2014 Gold)
3:30 – 4:30 pm - Princesses from Fairytale Parties
4:30 pm - Dance for Kindness
https://www.facebook.com/events/202197933886529/


Yoga Hike at Huron Natural Area - Free Event! 10am-11:30am
Free event!
Drop-in program - no registration required.
Get your vitamin-N (nature) along with your daily exercise on a 90-min yoga hike at Huron Natural Area.
This hike will integrate yoga breaks as we walk the trails in the beauty of the meadows, maples and pines!  The walking pace will be moderate with leisurely portions. Yoga postures will be suitable for all skill levels.
No yoga mat required, but please bring comfortable walking shoes and water.
https://www.facebook.com/events/236640460385483/


 The Rockway Entertainers Senior Mixed Chorus is pleased to present their annual Christmas concert series. This year, they will be performing at three different locations for your enjoyment for an afternoon event on Dec 6th at 2pm at Rockway Centre Guaranteed to put a smile on your face, and put you in the holiday spirit. Bring the whole family! $10 Per Person. Kids under 12 are free.
https://calendar.kitchener.ca/events/Detail/2018-12-06-1400-Rockway-Entertainers-Christmas-Dreams-Concert-Seri

Skate with Santa @ Cambridge Centre
Jolly St. Nick will be strapping on his skates and hitting the ice for our annual Skate with Santa on December 6 from 6:10pm-7:30pm.

*maximum capacity of 200 skaters, arrive early to avoid disappointment. https://www.facebook.com/events/304791566783480

 

Thursday December 6, 7:00 pm Phil Kline's Unsilent Night
Location: Cambridge City Hall, 50 Dickson Street
A modern twist on caroling, all ages can enjoy walking through downtown Cambridge with thousands of participants. To add to the event, download the music for free to your phone and bring your portal speaker or borrow one of ours! 
The walk starts in Civic Square at 7 pm. View the proposed route map for 2018. Please note this map is tentative and is subject to change. 


Phil Kline's Unsilent Night is an event held in more than 30 cities around the world. Relive the magic with this video from 2016! To enhance the walk, over 30 light installations will be illuminated along the route for attendees to enjoy and interact with.  
During the walk enjoy some shopping as the Downtown Cambridge BIA is hosting a Moonlight Shopping event. Some stores will be open until 10 pm (or even later).
For more information on Phil Kline's Unsilent Night email the event staff or call (519)740-4681 ext 4277.Interested in volunteering? Email the event staff or call 519-740-4681 ext 4603. https://www.cambridge.ca/en/parks-recreation-culture/christmas-in-cambridge.aspx

 Getting There - Cambridge City Hall is a short 1 minute walk from the Ainslie Bus Terminal. Plan your route at http://web.grt.ca/hastinfoweb/
 

Dec 6-9
Christkindl Market @ Kitchener City Hall
This year’s performances are listed at https://www.christkindl.ca/entertainment/?fbclid=IwAR0TlRAV26LENng7FkBqd8TE7H8zHNiuiO-LLkcip2cdcT7xej3bNDDlkgQ&_rdr
More info at https://www.christkindl.ca
See our post from last year at https://stufftodowithyourkidsinkw.blogspot.com/2017/12/christkindl-market-kitcheners-other.html

Dec 7
Christmas Market @ Cambridge City Hall
Fri Dec 7, 4 to 9 pm
  • 6 pm Salvation Army Band
  • 6 pm Cambridge Seniors Choir
  • 6 to 9 pm Galt Love
  • 6:30 to 8 pm Live greens wreath making workshop with Cambridge Rivers Edge Gardeners. To register for this workshop email the instructor Jeannette. Wreath details; indoor/outdoor use, 14 inch ring, fresh boxwood & seeded eucalyptus. Cost: $25.
  • 7 pm Girlfriends Choir
  • 8 pm Addison Women's Choir
  • Meet Willy Melt & wandering entertainers throughout City Hall


Dec 7-8
K-W Singers Songs of the Season
Annual holiday concert on December 7 & 8 at 7:30pm at Calvin Presbyterian Church, 248 Westmount Rd. E., Kitchener.

Directed by Jane Gingerich and accompanied by Donna Mak, the choir will be performing traditional carols, a mixture of sacred and secular music, as well as more out-of-the ordinary seasonal pieces. The concert will also include audience participation with sing-a-long Christmas carols.

The concert will also include guest performances from piano students Jennifer Jia, Phoebe Lin, Elmer Lei, Elvin Lei, Brianna Liang & Chelsea Liang.
Refreshments are available at a reception after the concert, along with a chance to mingle with the choir and performers.
Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door http://www.kwsingers.org/news/songs-for-the-season-2018


Dec 7-9
 
The Velveteen Rabbit @ the Registry Theatre

Performances Friday December 7 at 6:30pm

Saturday December 8 at 2pm and 6:30pm

Sunday December 9 at 2pm at The Registry Theatre.
Tickets are $20, general admission, $15 seniors and children (12 and

Read more at http://stufftodowithyourkidsinkw.blogspot.com/2018/11/the-velveteen-rabbit-is-perfect-start.html
 

Walk of Lights
Walk of Lights this Christmas at K-W Christian Fellowship. During this FREE 20 minute tour, view the tallest Christmas tree in the city and walk through the 6000 light dome that opens unto various live scenes of Christmas. Have your children talk to the shepherds and pet the sheep. The Walk of Lights ends by opening unto a live Nativity Scene with an angelic choir.
100 Bleams Rd. 5:30-8pm https://www.facebook.com/events/558980584533770/577829509315544/?notif_t=admin_plan_mall_activity&notif_id=1543708182102019
 

Dec 8
Santa @ Kitchener Market 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Please bring a canned good for the waterloo region food bank and your own camera for a picture with Santa!https://www.kitchenermarket.ca/en/events/Holiday-Events.asp

 The Rockway Entertainers Senior Mixed Chorus is pleased to present their annual Christmas concert series. Saturday December 8th at 2pm at the Breithaupt Centre. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face, and put you in the holiday spirit. Bring the whole family!  $10 Per person Kids under 12 are free.
https://calendar.kitchener.ca/events/Detail/2018-12-06-1400-Rockway-Entertainers-Christmas-Dreams-Concert-Seri

Christmas Market @ Cambridge City Hall

Sat Dec 8, 8 am to 4 pm
  • 7 am to 1 pm Cambridge Farmers' Market
  • 9 am to 3 pm Horse drawn trolley rides through Downtown Cambridge sponsored by the Downtown Cambridge BIA and the Cambridge Farmers' Market
  • 10 am David Durward Centre Bell Ringers
  • 10 am to 4 pm Ceramic Workshop with Play with Clay. Ceramic pieces range from $5 to $15. This is a drop-in program.
  • 11 am Shout Sister Choir 
  • 12 pm Fairview Seniors Community Bell Ringers
  • 1 pm Penn & Pound Theatre
  • Meet Willy Melt & wandering entertainers throughout City Hall


 Christmas Fantasy in Victoria Park Opening Night
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
6 p.m. - Lights will be turned on in Victoria Park

Enjoy music, crafts and free hot chocolate, Santa, reindeer & more 
https://www.kitchenerevents.ca/whats-on/events?eventID=174


Lantern Walk - Saturday December 8, 7 p.m. Huron Natural Area.
Bring a lantern (not a flashlight) and we will sing songs about light and go for a walk around the pond. Many tin can lantern DIY ideas can be found online. If you don't have a lantern, come out anyways!  We will also have some tea light candles on hand as well. Meet at the main picnic shelter. https://www.kitchener.ca/en/city-services/kitchener-natural-areas-program.aspx?fbclid=IwAR1opgKdEnRwFl8vl9MaHnjtAoK6oYx_abVdho8dauV_xkX_NFKAQjfklHA#Outreach-events-and-activities

Dec 8-9
A Christmas Adventure presented by Live History @ Woodside Historical Site
"In Time For Christmas" Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9, 1 pm to 5 pm
Woodside will be open to the general public from 10 am to 12 pm
This holiday season, join us on a very special live action role playing adventure with the international touring company "Live History!" It is Christmas time at Woodside, but all is not as cheery as it seems. 

As the audience, you will choose to enter the experience as one of three characters: a servant, attempting to keep your job past Christmas, for you know the Kings are making cuts to the household. 

an invited guest, attempting to gain an audience with Isabelle Grace King in order to ask her advice before your legal, social, or political issues catch up with you.

a friend of young Willie, hoping to help arrange a meeting between him and the young woman he is courting; but sneaking him out past his parents and arranging excuses is more difficult than you planned. If you succeed, there will be a grand reward. Failure, however, will make for a very sad Christmas indeed. Audience entrance times every 15 minutes. Experience length: 60 minutesPeriod costumes encouraged!Admission is $14.70 per person.
Book your tickets starting November 8 by calling 519-571-5684. Reservations are encouraged as spaces are limited! https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/on/woodside/activ/theatre

Dec 9
Sensitive Santa @ Cambridge Centre 8:30am-10:30am
This sensory friendly environment provides lower lighting and a quieter surrounding. Each family that attends will receive a complimentary photo with Santa to commemorate this magical holiday season. This special time to visit with Santa is reserved for children with social, emotional or behavioral needs.
To keep this event sensory friendly and organized, we ask that each family register in advance. Space is limited. We encourage you to share this information with educators, social workers, and medical professionals who work with children living with special needs. ALSO ON DEC 16TH http://calendar.cambridge.ca/default/Detail/2018-12-02-0830-Sensitive-Santa

 Christmas Market @ Cambridge City Hall

Sun Dec 9, 12 to 4 pm
  • 12 to 4 pm Pet photos (pets must be well behaved and on a leash). Cost per 4x6 photo is $5.
  • 1 to 3 pm Cookie decorating with Zaza Eats. This is a drop-in program and is free of charge. 
  • Meet Willy Melt & wandering entertainers throughout City Hall


Holiday Open House & Kids in Kilts @ McDougall Cottage Cambridge
Drop in 1 to 4 p.m.
It’s our chance to thank you for another unforgettable year and wish you all the best for the holiday season. We’d love it if you would stop in this afternoon to join us for a cup of cheer, a few tasty treats and plenty of Scottish hospitality. Harpist Barbara Hull will provide a beautiful backdrop for the afternoon. In addition to enjoying some holiday cheer, Kids in Kilts will be having tons of fun crafting sock snowmen.

And don’t’ forget that our Paint the Grand Exhibit and Silent Auction end today at 5 p.m., so be sure to place a final bid on that painting by your favourite Paint the Grand artist. https://www.facebook.com/events/721961614855839/

Dec 13
Yoga Hike at Huron Natural Area - Free Event! 10am-11:30am
Free event!
Drop-in program - no registration required.
Get your vitamin-N (nature) along with your daily exercise on a 90-min yoga hike at Huron Natural Area.
This hike will integrate yoga breaks as we walk the trails in the beauty of the meadows, maples and pines! The walking pace will be moderate with leisurely portions. Yoga postures will be suitable for all skill levels.
No yoga mat required, but please bring comfortable walking shoes and water.
https://www.facebook.com/events/236640460385483/


KW Titans @ The Aud 7pm
 
Ticket prices vary http://kwtitans.com/14519/schedule-and-results Learn more about this year’s team at https://stufftodowithyourkidsinkw.blogspot.com/2018/11/the-kw-titans-want-to-make-it-november.html

Lamplight @ Woodside Historical Site
Thursday, December 13, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Behold the splendour of a Woodside Christmas by the soft glow of lamplight. Cozy up under the mistletoe and enjoy hot apple cider. Warm up by the crackling fire and sample roasted chestnuts outside on the grounds.
Fee: General admission plus $7.80 per person. Register before Sunday, December 9, by calling 519-571-5684 https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/on/woodside/activ/lanternes-lamp

Dec 14-15

A Lost & Found Christmas
December 14 and 15, 2018  Emmanuel United Church, 22 Bridgeport Road, Waterloo
Get in the holiday spirit with our variety show, filled with stories both funny and heartwarming and featuring special musical guest, Michael Kelly Cavan.
Best enjoyed by ages 10 and up. Times and ticket prices vary https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?actions=4&p=15

Dec 15
Santa @ Kitchener Market 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Please bring a canned good for the waterloo region food bank and your own camera for a picture with Santa! https://www.kitchenermarket.ca/en/events/Holiday-Events.asp

Tree of Remembrance Event @ Williamsburg Cemetery
Each year, families are invited to the Dedication Centre at Williamsburg Cemetery to see the Tree of Remembrance. This breath-taking 20-foot fir tree is decorated by cemetery staff.
In an effort to help those in need, Williamsburg Cemetery features a Christmas tree that is ready to be dressed with donations of new hats, mitts, scarves, socks and boots. We invite you to drop by Williamsburg and contribute toward this worthy cause. All items will be donated to local charities, such as St. John's Kitchen, which provides support and outreach services in downtown Kitchener, as well as the Salvation Army and YWCA Mary's Place.

Both trees are located in the Dedication Centre at Williamsburg Cemetery at 1541 Fischer Hallman Road. Guests are welcome to drop-off donations, hang an ornament or quietly reflect throughout the month of December, Monday through Friday 9 - 4 p.m.

On Saturday Dec. 15, 2018 please join us from 2 - 4 p.m., for a casual Christmas gathering. We invite you to place a personalized ornament, provided by us, on our Tree of Remembrance in memory of a loved one and enjoy festive treats. https://www.kitchenercemeteries.ca/en/services/Christmas_Memorial.asp

Dec 15
Sing and Skate
The Noteworthy Singers will be bringing Christmas cheer with a fun sing-along from 3pm to 4pm at the McCormick Branch. After singing, lace up your skates and hit the ice for a FREE open skate from 4pm to 5pm. Just drop in. Registration not required. Everyone welcome! https://www.facebook.com/events/881585495565391/

 A Hespeler Village Christmas presented by Century 21 Village on The River Team and the Hespeler Village BIA!  Noon-4pm
This annual event will feature an assortment of holiday attractions for the whole family! Come to visit Santa at the Village Square and have your photo taken for free! Next, take a horse and carriage ride around our quaint village and see the wonderful holiday window displays in our amazing shops! There will be carolers, performances, face painting and more! There will also be an assortment of food and warm beverages available! Shop, dine, and explore Hespeler Village this Christmas Season! A Hespeler Village Christmas - see you there!
https://www.facebook.com/events/1097551760407532

Dec 16
Sensitive Santa @ Cambridge Centre 8:30am-10:30am
This sensory friendly environment provides lower lighting and a quieter surrounding. Each family that attends will receive a complimentary photo with Santa to commemorate this magical holiday season. This special time to visit with Santa is reserved for children with social, emotional or behavioral needs.

To keep this event sensory friendly and organized, we ask that each family register in advance. Space is limited. We encourage you to share this information with educators, social workers, and medical professionals who work with children living with special needs. http://calendar.cambridge.ca/default/Detail/2018-12-02-0830-Sensitive-Santa

Dec 18
Kids' Hop @ Kitchener Market Dec. 18 from 11 a.m. - noon: - Erick Traplin and Santa sing Christmas classics for the kids.
Santa @ Kitchener Market 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Please bring a canned good for the waterloo region food bank and your own camera for a picture with Santa! https://www.kitchenermarket.ca/en/events/Holiday-Events.asp

Dec 21
Santa @ Kitchener Market 11a.m.-2p.m. Please bring a canned good for the waterloo region food bank and your own camera for a picture with Santa! https://www.kitchenermarket.ca/en/events/Holiday-Events.asp
Plus
Friday Dec. 21 from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Christmas Market @ Kitchener Market
If you cannot make it down to our Saturday Christmas Market we have the event for you! Come and shop the Friday before and get all the goods without the early morning rise. We have local hand crafted artisans who create one of a kind items that make the best gifts for your loved ones. Then stop by for lunch here as well for $10 specials from our International Food Court!

Winter Solstice Shinrin-Yoku Guided Walk - Free Event @ Huron Natural Area 6:30-8:30pm
Celebrate the changing of the seasons on an evening Shinrin-Yoku walk led by a certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide. The roots of this program stem from the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, also known as “forest bathing”. This will be a gentle and mindful walk where we get to explore Huron Natural Area by twilight or moonlight and observe the seasonal changes.
Registration required via email at knap@kitchener.ca or phone 519-741-2600 ext. 4177. https://www.facebook.com/events/2061019787496604

 
Dec 22
Santa @ Kitchener Market 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Please bring a canned good for the waterloo region food bank and your own camera for a picture with Santa! https://www.kitchenermarket.ca/en/events/Holiday-Events.asp
Plus
Christmas Market @ Kitchener Market Saturday Dec. 22 from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
If you are frantically searching for that last minute Christmas gift, yummy ingredient or dinner centrepiece, have no fear! This year the Kitchener Market is a one-stop-shop with tons of vendors and artisans with unique gift ideas and delicious additions to your Christmas dinner. Get here early for your best selection of items.


Advent & Christmas Carols & Readings in the German Language 3pm-4pm
Mount Zion Church 29 Westmount Rd. S. Waterloo K-W's German cultural roots are celebrated in this non-denominational service of readings and music to mark the Christmas season. Guest musicians are members of the Leupold Chorale, directed by Don Nevile.

No admission charge - all are welcome to share in refreshments after the 1-hr service. An ideal daytime event for seniors; Mount Zion has street-level access. https://www.waterloo.ca/en/Calendar/Details.aspx?Id=ec0ffdeb-3757-495b-a90f-1546d1b07e74&PID=Events

For those looking for a road trip Santa is at Jolly Farm Toys in Arthur 1pm-4pm
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2369595749/permalink/10156846553390750/


Dec 23

KW Titans @ The Aud 2pm


Dec 31st

There are free New Year’s Eve events at Kitchener City Hall and Waterloo Public Square but they don’t have the info up yet.

New Year’s Eve in Cambridge
Join us to celebrate a new year with some skating, crafts entertainment and more!  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 PM.

Activities to keep everyone entertained off the ice include:- crafts- games- photo booth- bouncy castle- live performances http://calendar.cambridge.ca/default/Detail/2018-12-31-1700-Christmas-in-Cambridge-New-Years-Eve-Skating-Party

Bingemans NYE events http://www.bingemans.com/nye2019
Wonders of Winter Fireworks @ Waterloo Park http://www.wondersofwinter.ca

Looking Ahead



The Mini Pop Kids in Kitchener and London in 2019
Info at https://stufftodowithyourkidsinkw.blogspot.com/2018/10/mini-pop-kids-live-in-london-and.html