Sunday, February 11, 2024

Valentine's Day, Family Day Long Weekend, Bring on the Sunshine Festival Community Festival, Black History Month, KW Titans and more Stuff to do in the Kitchener Waterloo Area in February



Please check all the links listed as info tends to change without our knowledge.  We also suggest you go through the full list as some activities require you to pre-register and many have limited spaces. Dates/Times and Prices Vary.

The top part of our list is for ONGOING EVENTS (daily/weekly events) and further down you can see the MONTH SPECIFIC EVENTS

ONGOING Events

Attractions ONTARIO coupons for https://attractionsontario.ca/coupons


Playgrounds Movement and Training Centre https://kwplaygrounds.ca/

Play a Latte Cafe https://playalattecafe.com/









Cambridge Libraries Calendar https://ideaexchange.org/programs-events


Region of Waterloo Museum (DOON) events https://www.waterlooregionmuseum.ca/en/index.aspx#

Joseph Schneider Haus events https://www.schneiderhaus.ca/en/index.aspx

Woodside National Historic Site Self Guided Tours Thursday and Fridays https://www.facebook.com/WoodsideNHS/photos/a.797717783604573/4705277552848557


Kitchener Market Events Calendar https://calendar.kitchenermarket.ca/default/Month


Indoor Skateboard Park @ Queensmount Arena - various dates and times https://www.facebook.com/events/1189515881691170/1212608496048575?active_tab=about

Infant and Child Studies group is a group of researchers interested in better understanding child cognition: so how kids learn! All our studies are designed as games for children to play while we observe how they respond to various toys, videos or sounds. The activities are fun for the kids, and help us to understand concepts like how children learn new words, when children can begin to understand math, or what learning strategies kids use to understand new concepts. We deliver studies in person, as well as online and in take home formats.

Lab Website: http://uwaterloo.ca/infant-and-child-studies-group/ 

Like us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/infantstudiesgroup/

Follow us on Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/infantstudiesgroup/ 

Have a new child? Sign them up too: https://uwaterloo.ca/infant-and-child-studies-group/sign




University of Waterloo Earth Sciences Museum info https://uwaterloo.ca/earth-sciences-museum/ 

University of Waterloo Earth Sciences Walking Tours - Various locations https://uwaterloo.ca/earth-sciences-museum/walking-tours

Our BEST PLACES TO TOBOGGAN LIST can be found at https://stufftodowithyourkidsinkw.blogspot.com/2012/12/best-places-to-toboggan-in-kitchener.html there are even great recommendations in the comments of that post too!


When it is Outdoor Skating Weather, find rinks below




Outdoor Skating Rinks in Guelph https://www.get.on.ca/living-here/outdoor_rink

FREE COMMUNITY SKATING AT VARIOUS ARENAS IN KITCHENER https://www.theaud.ca/en/events-tickets/public-skating.aspx then select Free Community Skating for schedule
or


Laurel Creek Conservation Area (Waterloo) and Shade’s Mills Conservation Area (Cambridge) Snow Shoeing and Cross-Country Skiing info https://www.grandriver.ca/en/outdoor-recreation/Skiing-and-snowshoeing.aspx  NOTE *Admission fee when an attendant is on duty.

Wednesdays in January and February
Skate Night Date Night at Waterloo Public Square 6-8pm All city events

February 2024
Black Heritage Month Info


Ongoing to Feb 14th at Conestoga Mall Love-ffirmation Station https://www.facebook.com/groups/2369595749/posts/10161284333295750/


Feb 14
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY
Retro Skate Party @ Kitchener City Hall
Carl Zehr Square:
4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
4:30 - 6:30 PM: Family Skate
Enjoy a delightful, family-friendly skating session with exciting contests!
Contest Categories: Best Outfit and Best Dance Moves.

7:00 - 10:30 PM: Retro Skating Party (All Ages)
Get ready to groove with our Retro Skating Party featuring a blast from the past!
Contest Categories: Best Costume, Best Dance Moves, and Best Couple Dance for the adults.

Hosted by Eardrum Productions
Mirror Photo Booth
Interactive Lighting
Patio Heaters with Adirondack Seating
Complimentary Hot Chocolate, Coffee, and Baked Goods.

Feb 14 to 25


Feb 15

Feb 16-18
KWMP Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Feb 17
Winterloo - various locations in Uptown Waterloo https://www.winterloofestival.ca/



Feb 17-18

Feb 18
Bring on the Sunshine Festival @ Kitchener City Hall Rotunda 11am 

Featuring delicious culinary offerings, artisanal crafts, live performances, engaging workshops, kid’s activities, and much more! Don’t miss this immersive celebration designed to unite communities and honor the richness of African Cultures and contributions.https://bringonthesunshine.ca/what-we-do/festival

Feb 19
FAMILY DAY 

Family Day @ Bridgeport Community Centre
Monday, February 19, for some family fun!
Food and drinks will be available for purchase.
magic show starting at 11:15 a.m.
balloon artist
face painting
games and crafts
Tickets are $7 each and available on ActiveNet.
https://calendar.kitchener.ca/events/Detail/2024-02-19-1100-Family-Day-at-Bridgeport-Community-Centre

LAUNCH Family STEAM Day @ Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo

Family Day @ KWAG

1:30 p.m. - Sensory Tour Begins 
2:30 p.m. - Self-Portrait Session 1 begins 
3:15 p.m. - Self-Portrait Session 2 begins 

Drop-In creation time: 1 pm - 4 pm
All ages welcome accompanied by an adult. https://kwag.ca/civicrm/event/info%3Fid%3D728%26reset%3D1
Family Day Activities in Waterloo - various locations https://events.waterloo.ca/default/Detail/2024-02-19-0700-Family-Day-activities

Family Fun Day @ North Dumfries Community Complex


Feb 21
5 Great Reasons for Pursuing a Career in the Skilled Trades - online event

Feb 23

Feb 24
Princess Party @ Creekside Church Waterloo https://www.creeksidechurch.ca/princess/

SWAY's Ramadan Market @ Bingemans 
Shop at your favorite booth while relishing instrumental music.
Savor mouthwatering snacks and capture memorable photos at the elegant photo booth.
Stand a chance to be the winner of surprises unveiled during the event.
Kids rides to enhance the family-friendly atmosphere.

Black History Month Celebration by Rhythm and Blues Cambridge @ Idea Exchange Queen's Square
Drop by and see Marvin Colebrooke for your very own Caricature drawing
Our Kids Corner will feature book readings from Messy Marvin & Friends
Visit our History Corner
There will be a Fireside Chat in the Art Gallery focusing on Joy and Wellness with Nicole Brown Faulknor from Wounds 2 Wings, Suzanne Trotman from Winds of Change, and Ajirioghene Evi-Cobbinah from Kind Minds Family Wellness
We will be hosting interactive drumming workshops
Irie Mirie's will be providing delicious Caribbean cuisine


Free Long Drive Clinic @ Indoor Golf Academy


Feb 25
0.25k Run for Cancer Registration 
Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Catalyst 137 (137 Glasgow Street, Kitchener, ON — the run will be inside Catalyst)
Prices for Children and Adults

Feb 29
LEAP DAY

Looking Ahead
FREE careers event organized by Business and Education Partnership of Waterloo Region for local youth and their parents / guardians. March 5th -- 6- 8:30 pm Kitchener Public Library Central Branch https://www.facebook.com/groups/2369595749/posts/10161285276390750/
 


Saturday, February 3, 2024

Apollo Cinema's February Freaky Fantasy Adventures Films for the Family Day Long Weekend - The Goonies and Labyrinth


This Family Day Long Weekend, Apollo Cinema is throwing it back to 80s with screenings of The Goonies and Labyrinth.  Both films were known for quirky characters both human and otherwise. Add in singers with big blonde hair to give that extra touch of nostalgia




Each of these  movies mixed the realms of Adventure with Fantasy but these tales were a bit freaky too. To offset some of the spooky scenes, there were lots of funny spots as well. The mash-up of all of these genres made these movies memorable.

This Family Day Long Weekend, Apollo Cinema is playing both films

Klassic Kidz: The Goonies playing on February 17th at 1pm and February 18th at 1:30pm

Labyrinth: Quote Along/Sing Along playing on Family Day February 19th at 1:15pm
https://apollocinema.ca/movies/labyrinth-quote-along-sing-along (if you are unable to make it, you can also see it on Feb 23rd)

For the full list of February Films at Apollo Cinema, visit https://apollocinema.ca/schedule






Thursday, February 1, 2024

Big Wins in Kitchener Tonight at the KW Titans Game - Caribana Ignite Festival Announcement and a Home Game Win


Tonight the KW Titans took on the Windsor Express and the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium was filled with Caribbean flair! To celebrate Black History Month, the KW Titans partnered with The Waterloo Region Police Service and The Caribbean Canadian Association of Waterloo Region with excitement throughout the Basketball Game.

The KW Titans took the win, but another win for the City of Kitchener took place on the Titans court when Mayor Berry announced the Caribana Ignite Festival will take place this August in Downtown Kitchener.


I was speaking with Geraldine Stafford of WRPS and the Caribana Ignite Organizing Committee after the announcement, she let me know that this will be affiliated with Toronto's Caribana and will take place 2 weeks after the Toronto Celebration. It will include a family party including glow sticks the first night, and the second day will have a mini parade and street festival. I look forward to providing more info about this new Kitchener Festival as the information is released.

It was a night of great basketball, great energy and great news for the community!



Catch the KW Titans at their next home game this Sunday February 4th at 2pm. For info and tickets visit https://www.kwtitans.com

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

A Collaboration of Choir, Chorus, Concert, Community and Colours will bring KWMP's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat to Life this February - Enter to Win

I have attended Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat several times over the years, including when Donny Osmond took to the stage in Toronto in the 90s.


While the show has evolved on many stages since then, the story of Joseph and his Brothers still teaches us all about honesty, humility and honouring each other's special gifts.

This February the time tested musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be performed live in Waterloo Region and it is sure to be joyful experience. The show will be a community collaboration between the KWMP and The Grand Philharmonic Children's Choir. Together they will form a chorus that will take you from simple melodies sung by the children, to a rock and roll style concert performed by a Pharoah!

This family-friendly musical production will dazzle you with memorable tunes, delightful energy and inspiring stories of determination.  Your whole family will amazed by the music and lyrics of Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice in KWMP's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat!

Told entirely through song with the help of a main character Narrator, the musical follows preferred son Joseph. After being sold into slavery by his brothers, he ingratiates himself with Egyptian noble Potiphar, but ends up in jail after refusing the amorous advances of Potiphar’s wife. While imprisoned, Joseph discovers his ability to interpret dreams, and he soon finds himself in front of the mighty but troubled, Elvis-inspired, Pharaoh. Joseph’s solution to Egypt’s famine elevates him to Pharaoh’s right-hand man and reunites him with his family.



Grab Your Tickets Before They Are Gone!
Limited tickets are available for KWMP's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. I think they would be great for a family outing or a VALENTINE'S DAY Gift!
KWMP's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be performed at Knox Waterloo, 50 Erb St. W, Waterloo, ON
from February 16, 2024 - February 18, 2024. Tickets are $29 each and are available at https://kwmp.ca/joseph-in-concert


Speaking of Valentine's Day, I love Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat so much that I am happy to host a giveaway of a Family Four Pack of Tickets to the Friday show!

Enter to Win

Enter for a chance to win a four pack of tickets to the Friday performance of KWMP's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in Waterloo!
The contest listed below (it might take a minute to load the rafflecopter contest form) is for tickets only.  You must provide your own transportation.  Be sure to leave a comment with why you want to win. It works best if you are logged into your Google Account

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Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Your Boy-Band Fever Dream is now a Fun Family Film - TROLLS BAND TOGETHER Sing-Along Edition - Review and Giveaway

I'll start with the Disclaimer - Yes, I did receive a copy for review, but this just means I'm able to give away the film as a prize too! Enter the contest at the end of this post



Remember the height of boy band fever in the 90s? You will definitely feel all the throwback vibes when you watch Trolls Band Together! While 90s boy bands are the inspiration for the Brozone band in the Troll World, boy bands from the 80s to 2000's get shout-outs in this film too. Then there is some dreamy 70s nostalgia thrown in with The Hustle and We Are Family! This film will captivate your kiddos while you are entertained with fun flashbacks of years gone by. Plus with the TROLLS BAND TOGETHER Sing-Along Edition you will be singing along to new favourites while you're kicking it back with your old tunes remixed and reimagined.

After two films of true friendship and relentless flirting, Poppy (Anna Kendrick) and Branch (Justin Timberlake) are now officially a couple! As they grow closer, Poppy discovers that Branch has a secret past. He was once part of her favorite boy band phenomenon, BroZone, with his four brothers: Floyd, John Dory, Spruce and Clay. BroZone disbanded when Branch was still a baby, as did the family, and Branch hasn’t seen his brothers since.  But when Floyd is kidnapped for his musical talents by a pair of nefarious pop-star villains, Velvet and Veneer, Branch and Poppy embark on a harrowing and emotional journey to reunite the other brothers and rescue Floyd from a fate even worse than pop-culture obscurity


For more information on TROLLS BAND TOGETHER, please visit: 

Website: https://www.dreamworks.com/movies/trolls-band-together

YouTube: @UniversalPicturesAllAccess

Facebook: @trolls 

Instagram: @trolls 

TikTok: @trolls 

#TrollsBandTogether


We think your whole family will enjoy this film and we are SO EXCITED (to see you excited) to announce we have a copy to giveaway to a lucky reader!

Enter to Win
Enter for a chance to win TROLLS BAND TOGETHER Sing-Along Edition on BluRay!
Enter the rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win (it works best if you are already logged into your google account).
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Tuesday, January 16, 2024

January 2024 Events, Winter Activities, KW Titans Games, and Lots of Stuff to Do in the Kitchener Waterloo Area


 Please check all the links listed as info tends to change without our knowledge.  We also suggest you go through the full list as some activities require you to pre-register and many have limited spaces. Dates/Times and Prices Vary.

The top part of our list is for ONGOING EVENTS (daily/weekly events) and further down you can see the MONTH SPECIFIC EVENTS

ONGOING Events

Attractions ONTARIO coupons for https://attractionsontario.ca/coupons


Playgrounds Movement and Training Centre https://kwplaygrounds.ca/

Play a Latte Cafe https://playalattecafe.com/









Cambridge Libraries Calendar https://ideaexchange.org/programs-events


Region of Waterloo Museum (DOON) events https://www.waterlooregionmuseum.ca/en/index.aspx#

Joseph Schneider Haus events https://www.schneiderhaus.ca/en/index.aspx

Woodside National Historic Site Self Guided Tours Thursday and Fridays https://www.facebook.com/WoodsideNHS/photos/a.797717783604573/4705277552848557


Kitchener Market Events Calendar https://calendar.kitchenermarket.ca/default/Month


Indoor Skateboard Park @ Queensmount Arena - various dates and times https://www.facebook.com/events/1189515881691170/1212608496048575?active_tab=about

Infant and Child Studies group is a group of researchers interested in better understanding child cognition: so how kids learn! All our studies are designed as games for children to play while we observe how they respond to various toys, videos or sounds. The activities are fun for the kids, and help us to understand concepts like how children learn new words, when children can begin to understand math, or what learning strategies kids use to understand new concepts. We deliver studies in person, as well as online and in take home formats.

Lab Website: http://uwaterloo.ca/infant-and-child-studies-group/ 

Like us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/infantstudiesgroup/

Follow us on Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/infantstudiesgroup/ 

Have a new child? Sign them up too: https://uwaterloo.ca/infant-and-child-studies-group/sign




University of Waterloo Earth Sciences Museum info https://uwaterloo.ca/earth-sciences-museum/ 

University of Waterloo Earth Sciences Walking Tours - Various locations https://uwaterloo.ca/earth-sciences-museum/walking-tours

Our BEST PLACES TO TOBOGGAN LIST can be found at https://stufftodowithyourkidsinkw.blogspot.com/2012/12/best-places-to-toboggan-in-kitchener.html there are even great recommendations in the comments of that post too!


When it is Outdoor Skating Weather, find rinks below




Outdoor Skating Rinks in Guelph https://www.get.on.ca/living-here/outdoor_rink

FREE COMMUNITY SKATING AT VARIOUS ARENAS IN KITCHENER https://www.theaud.ca/en/events-tickets/public-skating.aspx then select Free Community Skating for schedule
or


Laurel Creek Conservation Area (Waterloo) and Shade’s Mills Conservation Area (Cambridge) Snow Shoeing and Cross-Country Skiing info https://www.grandriver.ca/en/outdoor-recreation/Skiing-and-snowshoeing.aspx  NOTE *Admission fee when an attendant is on duty.

Wednesdays in January and February




JANUARY 2024

January 19
PA DAY FUN
The Balloon Making Machine w/Drew Ripley at the KW Little Theatre, 2pm and 7pm

 Star Wars: A New Hope on January 19th for National Popcorn Day at Apollo Cinema! Please note this film has a late start at 9:15pm

https://apollocinema.ca/movies/national-popcorn-day-star-wars-a-new-hope


January 20-21
Back to Back KW Titans Games https://www.kwtitans.com/
SAVE 10% ON TICKETS AND GET A $10 COUPON FOR MERCH Info at 


The Iron Giant at Apollo Cinema

TriCon KW at THEMUSEUM (Downtown)
Tickets Checkout

Jan 25
Family Literacy Week

Let's Have a Family Party!

Parents and their Children ages zero to six years are invited to join the Family Fun Party at Camino Herbert on Thursday, January 25th from 2:30 to 5pm. Music, games, stories, food and fun! Pre-registration required. email: jwright-fedyk@caminowellbeing.ca


Jan 26
Glow Ride Bike Ride 8pm @ Kitchener City Hall https://www.facebook.com/events/336833045823552


Jan 27
Winterloo in Uptown Waterloo
Enjoy winter-themed activities in uptown Waterloo on Saturday, January 27, 2024 from 12:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Activities will include meeting the snow dogs, ice carving, snow sculptures, winter activities and much more!
https://www.winterloofestival.ca/