Saturday, December 29, 2012

Lone Star Texas Grill Cambridge Contest

Get Your Fajitas On!

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



As you know we're always looking for great places close to Kitchener Waterloo.  I was excited to learn that Lone Star Texas Grill had opened a location in Cambridge Ontario.  I dined at a Lone Star in Toronto many years ago and loved it!  I was thrilled to learn that there was one so close to me, that I contacted them!

You see Fajitas are a great meal for group and Lone Star Texas Grill has a great friendly atmosphere so it's WIN WIN whether you're out with friends or taking the family out for a meal.

Lone Star Texas Grill was new to Diane, so we ventured to Cambridge last night for our dinner

We arrived at 4:30pm, which was perfect timing (by 5:30pm the place was jumping and the line up for tables had started).  We were able to request a booth which was very comfortable and had a large table to hold the amount of food about to arrive.

Our server was very friendly and brought us Chips and Salsa right away!  Wait let me rephrase that.  She brought WARM chips and salsa!



I knew right away what we were going to order .....



We chose the Texas size for the table and take a look what came!



Plus all of this came along with it. 



All these "fixin's" are unlimited and more came to the table as requested along with more chips and salsa and more grilled peppers as per our request.  Later a host came by to make sure everything was to our liking.

We felt so spoiled. OH I DIDN'T MENTION THIS YET BUT IT WAS DELICIOUS!!!!!

We'll definitely be back again! They are conveniently located in the Cambridge Smart Centre (near Old Navy) just off Highway 24 close to the Pinebush Rd end of that shopping district.  To find more info about Lone Star Texas Grill Cambridge make sure to head over to their Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/LoneStarTexasGrillCambridge...



... and make sure to enter our contest for a complimentary Fajitas Meal below (might take a minute to load the rafflecopter contest form). One of the bonus point questions is "What is your favorite fajita topping?"

 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Best Places To Toboggan In Kitchener Waterloo

Where Can You Go Tobogganing in Kitchener Waterloo?



Back in the day there was an abundance of snow and lots of fields in the Kitchener Waterloo area which meant lots of places to toboggan.  Now with our shortened winters and lots of new neighbourhood developments it seems a little harder to know exactly where those sled hills are.

The first one everyone thinks of is McLennan Park in Kitchener aka Mount Trashmore for those who have lived in Kitchener before it's revamping. Here's a video of my co-workers tobogganing at McLennan Park back in 2010



I remember when I was young spending a lot of time going down the hill at Gzowski Park in Kitchener although I recall that park has changed over the years as well with the addition of the Victoria Hills Community Centre.  Near by there is my Elementary School A.R. Kaufman that had a hill by the soccer field.

If you're willing to spend some cash for a day of downhill tobogganing, there's Chicopee Tube Park, where unlike Miley Cyrus it's NOT about the climb.

In Waterloo, Columbia Lake field by the soccer pitch is a great spot!

I know that there has to be more great places to toboggan in the Kitchener Waterloo area, so I "group-sourced" from our Stuff To Do Facebook Group for some additional places to go tobogganing.

Diane M. mentioned  Mackenzie King School
Melissa Y added Rockway Public School
Alicia L said Howard Roberston School
Valerie T messaged Dickson Park Cambridge
Robin H and Kellie C said Medowlane School
Patrick M tweeted Waterloo Park Near Pavillions/Father David Bauer Entrance
Jaymis G posted Westvale Park and Lakeside Park
Deidre Llet us know about Bechtel Park
April R suggested Grand Valley Golf Course in Doon
Krystna T said  Cambridge - Churchill Park and Elgin Street at Munch behind the school
Barry V mentioned Stanely Park Community Centre

Let's grow this list! I'm sure there are plenty of other places to bust out your GT Snowracer, Flying Saucer, Crazy Carpet, Wood Toboggan or other sled.  Leave your favorite Region Of Waterloo toboggan hill in the comments to keep this list growing!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Stuff To Do For New Years Kitchener Waterloo and Area



Ready To Ring In The New Year?

We have a quite a list of FAMILY FRIENDLY ** FREE ** events happening in Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge for New Year's Eve.  Scroll down to see all the events and where they are taking place.

New Year's Eve

Dec 31
CITY OF KITCHENER CITY HALL
New Year's Eve
Kitchener City Hall (200 King St. W.) is hosting a free evening of Blues music from 8:00 pm - 12:30 am.
This year we are closing down King Street to make this year an even bigger event!
There will also be fun for children and families between 4 pm - 6 pm featuring popular children's entertainer Erick Traplin!
Arts and crafts inside City Hall
Free hot chocolate
Children's performers from 4 pm - 6 pm
Kiddie countdown at 6 pm inside the Rotunda
Free ice-skating on Civic Square
Free Face Painting
And other special performances throughout the event!
At 7 pm the Rotunda gets transformed into Club Rotunda! Live DJ featuring Attila, dance floor, VIP lounges, flat screens, gaming stations, open drink bar (non-alcoholic) and more!
The King Street Main Stage features live Blues artists starting at 8 pm and is headlined by Lumberjunk!
Cheryl Lescom (8 pm)
Loco Zydeco (9:30 pm)
Lumberjunk (11 pm)

CITY OF WATERLOO PUBLIC SQUARE
New Year's Eve Party
Time: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Description:
Ring in the New Year at the Waterloo Public Square with your host for the evening Tim Holland, the Puppet Tamer. Skate around to top 40 hits, and enjoy face painting and Mad Science demonstrations. Ring in the New Year early with a fireworks display and ginger ale toast at 9 pm. Warm up with a cup of hot chocolate sponsored by Tim Hortons, and get your party accessory. FREE for the whole family!

WATERLOO MEMORIAL RECREATION COMPLEX
New Year's Eve
101 Father David Bauer Drive
519-886-1177
FREE admission (limited capacity)
7-8:30 p.m. Public Swim at the Swimplex
7-9 p.m. Family Skate on the Sunlife Arena

MANULIFE FINANCIAL SPORTSPLEX & HEALTHY LIVING CENTRE AT RIM PARK
New Year's Eve
2001 University Ave East
519-884-5363
FREE admission (limited capacity)
7-9 p.m. Public Skate on the Pillers and Optimist rinks

City Of Cambridge
Family New Year's Eve Party
Join family and friends to celebrate a new year. Family skating, family photo booth, costumed characters, video skating party, games and more.
Monday, December 31, 6:00 - 8:00pm
Hespeler Arena, 640 Ellis Road

In addtion the Christmas lights in the local parts will still be going on
Victoria Park Kitchener
Begins Dec 6th
http://www.kitchener.ca/en/livinginkitchener/ChristmasFantasy.asp

Wonders Of Winter in Waterloo Park (started Dec 1)
Admission: Free!
Lights On Daily: 5:30-10:30 pm
New Years Eve: 5:30-1:00 am
WoW Trolley Nights
December 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 24, 28, 29, 31
http://www.wondersofwinter.ca/schedule.html
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See what there is to look forward to in 2013!

Phineas & Ferb LIVE at Centre In The Square is happening Jan 4th and we have a coupon code for you!
we were given a COUPON CODE to share with all of you!


Promo Code MUM4

Disclaimers Excludes Front Row and VIP tickets. No double discounts. Additional Fees May Apply. Limit of four (4) per purchase.
$4 off per ticket on weekends
(we only have one date here in Kitchener)
Purchasing Link http://www.centre-square.com/show/132/Disneys-Phineas-and-Ferb-The-Best-LIVE-Tour-Ever


There are still lots of FREE TIM HORTONS SKATE TIMES during the first week of January. Find the info here http://stufftodowithyourkidsinkw.blogspot.ca/2012/12/tim-hortons-free-skate-times-for.html

You can also check out the KPL events at this link http://kpl.org/programs/calendar/2013_01.html

The WPL has lots of Movies the first week http://calendar.wpl.ca/eventcalendar.asp

Cambridge Libraries schedule http://www.cambridgelibraries.ca/calendar/date/2013-01/args/all/all/all?mini=calendar%2Fdate%2F2012-12%2Fargs%2Fall%2F%2A%2F%2A

Mayor's New Year's Levee

Saturday, January 5th, 2013
You're invited to the Mayor's New Year's Levee.
Join Mayor Doug Craig & members of Cambridge City Council for a free family-friendly entertainment, children's activities and a little holiday cheer as we celebrate the New Year!
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Bowman Room, Cambridge City Hall, 50 Dickson St. http://www.cambridge.ca/news.php?eid=1850

Jan 5th
Twelfth Night: An Ancient Midwinter Celebration. Saturday January 5th at 8:00pm. British (UK) Club, 35 International Drive, Cambridge. Featuring festive treats, live music and entertainment. Tickets are $15 dollars and available at Cambridge City Hall, Cambridge Centre for the Arts, Best of British, British Club, Grand River Books, and Nature's Vibe. For more information visit www.millracefolksociety.com

Jan 6th
Where: Mayor’s New Year’s Levee, Forbes Room at RIM Park
When: Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thousands of local citizens and their families attend this fun event every year. There is music, entertainment, free food (while quantities last), free skating, clowns, face painting and more!
Once the website has been revealed, you will be able to check out the website on onsite laptops. You will also be encouraged to complete an online scavenger hunt from home and submit your discoveries to win a prize. Details about the scavenger hunt will be available at the levee and here as they become available.
Help us ring in the new year and our new website at Mayor Halloran’s New Year’s Levee!
http://www.city.waterloo.on.ca/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=3300

Kitchener City Hall
Mayor's NewYear’s Levee, January 6, 2013.2-4 p.m.,
food,music and fun for the whole family. Start the afternoon off with a skate on our Civic Square rink, and then head inside for a warm drink and some entertainment.
http://www.kitchener.ca/en/livinginkitchener/resources/01_Kitchener_Winter2012.pdf

Grade 10 Family Night
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
6:30pm
Location: Theatre of the Arts
Modern Languages
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, ON
Summary: It's never to early to think about university. Grade 10 students and their parents are invited to learn about the university application process and how to finance a post-secondary education. Current university students will offer tips about picking a university program.
Phone number: 519-888-4567 x37145

Jan 18th
10am UofW Humanities Theatre
KW Glee PA DAY performance
Cost $10 contact 519-888-4908 for tickets
http://www.lehmo.net/FH/KWG/VI/Art/PA%20Day%20Show%20Poster%202.jpg

Jan 20th
Paris Junction 2013 Model Train Show. Sunday January 20th from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Paris Fairgrounds, 130 Silver Street, Paris. Admission is $4 dollars per person and children under 10 get in free. For more information call 519-455-1311.

Jan 26 & 27th
2nd Annual YMCA Pond Hockey Tournament
Saturday, January 26 – Sunday, January 27, 2013
Location: YMCA Camp Ki-Wa-Y
Summary: Join us for the second annual children's pond hockey tournament at YMCA Camp Ki-Wa-Y. Bring your whole family for a fun day of outdoor winter fun. Please visit our website for event information. www.kwycamps.com/en/outdoorcentre/pond_hockey.asp
or call 519-699-4096.









Sunday, December 16, 2012

Christmas, New Years, and What To Do When The Teachers Strike in Kitchener Waterloo

ONE DAY LEFT TO ENTER OUR PHINEAS AND FERB LIVE CONTEST!


Find the contest here http://ow.ly/g8Eaf


What to do during the Teacher's Strike in the Region Of Waterloo 

Yesterday the word came out that there would indeed be a Teacher's Strike in The Region Of Waterloo (Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and surrounding areas) on Tuesday December 18 2012 for the Public Elementary Schools (High Schools and Catholic Elementary Schools will not be effected).

If you are home with your children on Tuesday December 18th I suggest heading to the Kitchener Market.
They are having Kids Hop With Santa and Erik Traplin

Kids’ Hop – with a special visit from Santa!

Dec. 18, 11am - noon
- Bring your kids to dance up a storm with a free concert by Erick Traplin
- Santa will visit and receive a free photo with a donation to the Waterloo Region Food Bank
http://kitchenermarket.ca/events.aspx?cid=70219

Tim Horton's Skate Times

Looking for the FREE TIM HORTONS SKATE TIMES? Find them over this page http://stufftodowithyourkidsinkw.blogspot.ca/2012/12/tim-hortons-free-skate-times-for.html

Christmas and New Year's Blast

Christmas Fantasy in Victoria Park Kitchener

Begins Dec 6th
http://www.kitchener.ca/en/livinginkitchener/ChristmasFantasy.asp

Wonders Of Winter in Waterloo Park (started Dec 1)
Opening Night: Saturday, Dec. 1
Admission: Free!
Lights On Daily: 5:30-10:30 pm
Christmas Eve: 5:30-12:30 am
New Years Eve: 5:30-1:00 am
WoW Trolley Nights
December 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 24, 28, 29, 31
http://www.wondersofwinter.ca/schedule.html


Phil Kline's Unsilent Night

Monday, December 17, 7:00pm
Cambridge City Hall, 50 Dickson Street
Music, art and architecture combine for an avant-garde experience. Bring your mp3 with speakers or your portable CD player and join the moving symphony. More Unsilent Night details http://www.cambridge.ca/news.php?eid=1780

Tues Dec 18th Kids Hop at Kitchener Market (see above) 11am-Noon

Friday Dec 21st
This one is for 19+
End Of The World Bash @ THEMUSEUM
Diane & I will be there! Come find us! We'll be the ones in the TIARAS!
https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/447646105291625/

Sat Dec 22
Christmas Market

Santa will be back this week along with facepainting and crafts Dec 22nd at the  Kitchener Market
10am-Noon
AND
Dec. 22, 7am - 2pm
- Be sure to visit the market to pick up all of your holiday entertaining needs
- Carolers will celebrate the Christmas spirit with beautiful holiday songs
For more information, call 519-741-2297 or visit www.kitchenermarket.ca

Dec 22

Sobey's Ira Needles - Gingerbread House Decorating $6.99
1pm-2pm
Registration, call Jenny 519-501-1858

Chicopee Demo Day
Dec 22
Manufacturers and partners will be demoing ski and snowboard equipment on the hill. Come on out and try some of the newest equipment available!

Starry Night at Waterloo Region Museum (DOON)

Saturday, Dec. 22, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Enjoy Doon Heritage Village beautifully lit by lantern light on a winter night under the stars! You'll feel the spirit of Christmas at Starry Night. Presented by the Friends of Waterloo Region Museum. $20/adult, $10/child (plus HST)
YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER contact 519-748-1914

'Tis the Season, with Donkeys!

Sunday, December 23, 2012
10am – 4pm
Location: Donkey Sanctuary of Canada Farm
6981 Puslinch Concession 4
Guelph, On
Summary: Join us for one of four special open days this winter. We invite you to enjoy time with the donkeys, hot chocolate and cider, stories and the opportunity to shop for unique Christmas gifts in the Long Ears Boutique. After all, Christmas and donkeys go together! Open from 10 am to 4 pm WEATHER PERMITTING!
Donations always appreciated.
For more information and a map, please visit www.thedonkeysanctuary.ca
 Phone number: 519-836-1697

KW Regional Spelling Bee Competition Registration
WHEN · Thursday, December 27, 2012 to Tuesday, January 15, 2013
26th Kitchener-Waterloo Regional Spelling Bee Competition
REGISTRATION: November 12, 2012 to January 15, 2013 (Early registration = More time for preparation)
REGISTRATION FEE: $35 (Includes Study Manual, Coaching & Pronunciation CD, Coaching sessions)
CATEGORIES:
Primary: 6-8 yr (Born 2004-2006)
Junior: 9-11 yr (Born 2001-2003)
Intermediate: 12-14 yr (Born 1998-2000)
Age as of December 31, 2012 (Proof required)
Email: kwspellingbee@gmail.com


New Year's Eve

Dec 31

City Of Kitchener City Hall New Year's Eve
Kitchener City Hall (200 King St. W.) is hosting a free evening of Blues music from 8:00 pm - 12:30 am.
This year we are closing down King Street to make this year an even bigger event!
There will also be fun for children and families between 4 pm - 6 pm featuring popular children's entertainer Erick Traplin!
Arts and crafts inside City Hall
Free hot chocolate
Children's performers from 4 pm - 6 pm
Kiddie countdown at 6 pm inside the Rotunda
Free ice-skating on Civic Square
Free Face Painting
And other special performances throughout the event!
At 7 pm the Rotunda gets transformed into Club Rotunda! Live DJ featuring Attila, dance floor, VIP lounges, flat screens, gaming stations, open drink bar (non-alcoholic) and more!
The King Street Main Stage features live Blues artists starting at 8 pm and is headlined by Lumberjunk!
Cheryl Lescom (8 pm)
Loco Zydeco (9:30 pm)
Lumberjunk (11 pm)

City Of Waterloo Public Square
New Year's Eve Party
Time: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Description:
Ring in the New Year at the Waterloo Public Square with your host for the evening Tim Holland, the Puppet Tamer. Skate around to top 40 hits, and enjoy face painting and Mad Science demonstrations. Ring in the New Year early with a fireworks display and ginger ale toast at 9 pm. Warm up with a cup of hot chocolate sponsored by Tim Hortons, and get your party accessory. FREE for the whole family!

WATERLOO MEMORIAL RECREATION COMPLEX
New Year's Eve
101 Father David Bauer Drive
519-886-1177
FREE admission (limited capacity)
7-8:30 p.m. Public Swim at the Swimplex
7-9 p.m. Family Skate on the Sunlife Arena

MANULIFE FINANCIAL SPORTSPLEX & HEALTHY LIVING CENTRE AT RIM PARK
New Year's Eve
2001 University Ave East
519-884-5363
FREE admission (limited capacity)
7-9 p.m. Public Skate on the Pillers and Optimist rinks

City Of Cambridge
Family New Year's Eve Party
Join family and friends to celebrate a new year. Family skating, family photo booth, costumed characters, video skating party, games and more.
Monday, December 31, 6:00 - 8:00pm
Hespeler Arena, 640 Ellis Road
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Looking Ahead

Mayor's New Year's Levee

Saturday, January 5th, 2013
You're invited to the Mayor's New Year's Levee.
Join Mayor Doug Craig & members of Cambridge City Council for a free family-friendly entertainment, children's activities and a little holiday cheer as we celebrate the New Year!
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Bowman Room, Cambridge City Hall, 50 Dickson St. http://www.cambridge.ca/news.php?eid=1850


Jan 5th
Twelfth Night: An Ancient Midwinter Celebration. Saturday January 5th at 8:00pm. British (UK) Club, 35 International Drive, Cambridge. Featuring festive treats, live music and entertainment. Tickets are $15 dollars and available at Cambridge City Hall, Cambridge Centre for the Arts, Best of British, British Club, Grand River Books, and Nature's Vibe. For more information visit www.millracefolksociety.com


Jan 6th
Where: Mayor’s New Year’s Levee, Forbes Room at RIM Park
When: Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thousands of local citizens and their families attend this fun event every year. There is music, entertainment, free food (while quantities last), free skating, clowns, face painting and more!
Once the website has been revealed, you will be able to check out the website on onsite laptops. You will also be encouraged to complete an online scavenger hunt from home and submit your discoveries to win a prize. Details about the scavenger hunt will be available at the levee and here as they become available.
Help us ring in the new year and our new website at Mayor Halloran’s New Year’s Levee!
http://www.city.waterloo.on.ca/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=3300

Kitchener City Hall
Mayor's NewYear’s Levee, January 6, 2013.2-4 p.m.,
food,music and fun for the whole family. Start the afternoon off with a skate on our Civic Square rink, and then head inside for a warm drink and some entertainment.
http://www.kitchener.ca/en/livinginkitchener/resources/01_Kitchener_Winter2012.pdf


Grade 10 Family Night
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
6:30pm
Location: Theatre of the Arts
Modern Languages
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, ON
Summary: It's never to early to think about university. Grade 10 students and their parents are invited to learn about the university application process and how to finance a post-secondary education. Current university students will offer tips about picking a university program.
Phone number: 519-888-4567 x37145

Jan 18th
10am UofW Humanities Theatre
KW Glee PA DAY performance
Cost $10 contact 519-888-4908 for tickets
http://www.lehmo.net/FH/KWG/VI/Art/PA%20Day%20Show%20Poster%202.jpg

Jan 20th
Paris Junction 2013 Model Train Show. Sunday January 20th from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Paris Fairgrounds, 130 Silver Street, Paris. Admission is $4 dollars per person and children under 10 get in free. For more information call 519-455-1311.


Jan 26 & 27th
2nd Annual YMCA Pond Hockey Tournament

Saturday, January 26 – Sunday, January 27, 2013
Location: YMCA Camp Ki-Wa-Y
Summary: Join us for the second annual children's pond hockey tournament at YMCA Camp Ki-Wa-Y. Bring your whole family for a fun day of outdoor winter fun. Please visit our website for event information. www.kwycamps.com/en/outdoorcentre/pond_hockey.asp
or call 519-699-4096.

Over the Christmas Break Diane & I will be doing a restaurant review with a CONTEST FOR YOU! Stay tuned for that and we'll be partnering with the Kitchener Market once again for another great FAMILY EVENT this Spring.  We'll be posting the details in January!

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays Everyone!
Keep Smiling!
Lisa

Monday, December 10, 2012

Phineas and Ferb LIVE in Kitchener Waterloo

Any Phineas and Ferb Fans In Kitchener Waterloo?

UPDATE!!!!
Our ticket giveaway (below) has ended but........

 we were given a COUPON CODE to share with all of you!


Promo Code MUM4

Disclaimers Excludes Front Row and VIP tickets. No double discounts. Additional Fees May Apply. Limit of four (4) per purchase.
$4 off per ticket on weekends
(we only have one date here in Kitchener)

Purchasing Link http://www.centre-square.com/show/132/Disneys-Phineas-and-Ferb-The-Best-LIVE-Tour-Ever


Phineas and Ferb LIVE at CENTRE IN THE SQUARE Jan 4, 2013

and we have a Ticket GIVEWAY!!!!!!




"Mom! Phineas and Ferb are going on a LIVE tour!!!" School's out for summer and anything is possible as Phineas and Ferb create their biggest invention yet- Disney's Phineas and Ferb:The Best LIVE Tour Ever! Phineas, Ferb, and the whole Tri-State Area gang embark on a bold escape jumping out from behind your TV and onto the stage in a live action adventure-right in your hometown! And, before you can wonder, "Hey, where's Perry?" the beloved pet platypus shifts to his secret double life as Agent P to foil another one of Dr. Doofenshmirtz's evil plans. Musical madness abounds in an escapade so awesome that even Candace can't help but join the hilarious hijinks. It's the ultimate end to summer vacation, so seize the day 'cause Phineas and Ferb are gonna do it all!

Join our Rafflecopter contest to try to win tickets to the Jan 4, 2013 performance at 7pm (it will take a minute to load)



a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Tim Hortons Free Skate Times For Christmas Break In Kitchener Waterloo

Tim Hortons Free Skates In Kitchener Waterloo

The Tim Horton's Free Skates have always been popular in the Kitchener Waterloo area.  Below is a picture of the FREE SKATE SCHEDULE for Kitchener Waterloo.

It is always a good idea to arrive early to avoid it being full.  Some arenas have maximums for the the Tim Horton's Free Skate times.



To make it more visable just click on the picture above. To find out more about activities in the Kitchener Waterloo area make sure to join our Stuff To Do Facebook Group, and for a weekly update check back on this blog Stuff To Do With Your Kids In Kitchener Waterloo

If you live in an area outside of Kitchener Waterloo, all the TIM HORTONS FREE SKATE TIMES are now posted on this page http://ow.ly/g8F2d

SKATING TIPS

  • Make sure you have double checked that you are going to the correct arena to avoid disappointment
  • Check that skates are sharpened
  • Put your hand inside of each skate to make sure that the liner is in properly and that it will be comfortable
  • Helmets are a VERY GOOD IDEA
  • Bring extra socks
  • Bring snacks and water if the facility allows it
  • Snow pants add some extra padding for those new to skating
Confession : I could never skate backwards as a child

Do you have any skating tips or skating confessions? Make sure to post them in the comments below!






Thursday, December 6, 2012

Christmas and New Years In Kitchener Waterloo Stuff To Do



 I can't find the TIM HORTON'S FREE SKATING TIMES online, so tomorrow I'll take a pic of the schedule & post it.

This is really long post so make sure to scroll all the way to Jan 18th to make sure you don't miss anything!

In addition there are lots of local food drives and toy drives.  I hope you'll consider donating to a few in your area.

16th Annual Christkindl Market

Thursday, December 6 – Sunday, December 9, 2012
Location: Kitchener City Hall
200 King Street, West
Kitchener,
Thursday and Friday 10am-9pm, Saturday 9am-9pm, Sunday 10am-4pm. A festival of German Christmas. Over 70 food and gift vendors. 27 performances by choirs, bands and dance groups. Live nativity, model railway, puppet show, Kinderecke for crafts, visit with Crhistkindl, Angels, Knecht Ruprecht and Klaus the Organ Grinder. Blacksmith demonstrations, skating, Christkindl Post Office. Free admission. Free parking on City lots Saturday and Sunday.
Phone number: 519-741-2387
Website: www.christkindl.ca

Christmas Fantasy in Victoria Park Kitchener
Begins Dec 6th
http://www.kitchener.ca/en/livinginkitchener/ChristmasFantasy.asp

Wonders Of Winter in Waterloo Park (started Dec 1)
Opening Night: Saturday, Dec. 1

Admission: Free!
Lights On Daily: 5:30-10:30 pm
Christmas Eve: 5:30-12:30 am
New Years Eve: 5:30-1:00 am
WoW Trolley Nights
December 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 24, 28, 29, 31
WoW School House Play
December 1, 7, 8, 14, 15
http://www.wondersofwinter.ca/schedule.html

Christmas at Castle Kilbride (Baden)
Paying a Call: Yuletide Evening TourThursday December 6, 2012
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $5 per person *advanced tickets not required.During the Victorian era, paying a call was a popular custom. Paying a call meant to visit someone in their home.
For one night only, visitors can marvel at the glitter and glamour of the decked out 1877 home at night. Live entertainment will bring the house to life. After your tour, enjoy a cup of good ol' fashioned hot apple cider or try traditional Wassail punch. Looking for a special present to give? Place a bid on one of our fabulous silent auction items. http://www.castlekilbride.ca/newsckList.php

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LOTS OF GREAT FAMILY EVENTS AT THE KITCHENER MARKET
Breakfast with Santa at the Kitchener Market
Dec. 8, time
- $5 a ticket or $15 for a family of 4 ($5 per additional child)
- Includes 1 photo with Santa, breakfast and a craft
- Limited spaces available
Purchase your tickets at the Kitchener Market office, Tu-Fr: 9am-5pm, Sa: 7am-2pm.
(I believe this event may be sold out, but you may want to see if there's a waiting list)

Kids in the Kitchen – cookie and cupcake decorating
Dec. 15, 10am - noon
- Free with a donation to the Waterloo Region Food Bank
- Includes your choice of a cookie or cupcake to decorate
- Have your photo taken with Santa for free with a donation to the Waterloo Region Food Bank

Kids’ Hop – with a special visit from Santa!
Dec. 18, 11am - noon
- Bring your kids to dance up a storm with a free concert by Erick Traplin
- Santa will visit and receive a free photo with a donation to the Waterloo Region Food Bank

Christmas Market
Santa and crafts Dec 22nd at the market

10am-Noon
Live music
AND
Dec. 22, 7am - 2pm
- Be sure to visit the market to pick up all of your holiday entertaining needs
- Carolers will celebrate the Christmas spirit with beautiful holiday songs
For more information, call 519-741-2297 or visit www.kitchenermarket.ca

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Christmas in Cambridge Market and Downtown Open House
Friday, December 7, 4-9pm and Saturday, December 8, 8am - 3pm
The Christmas in Cambridge Market will see new vendors join forces with the already successful Cambridge Farmers' Market aand the Galt on the Grand BIA Open House to attract an even larger holiday season crowd. New vendors will be in market square, and City Hall to create a one-stop shopping destination for unique gifts, seasonal food and a great shopping atmosphere and experience. Food trucks, wine and beer tasting, Beaver Tails and more. Cambridge City Hall, Cambridge Farmers Market
Downtown Cambridge

Bethany Live Nativity Christmas Pagent
Dec 7, 8, 9
• 40 live animals
• a cast of 145
• elaborate costumes
• appropriate for anyone, any age
http://www.bethanypageant.com/

Doon By Lantern Light Tours Waterloo Region Museum (DOON)
Fridays & Saturdays: Dec. 7, 8, 14, 15 and 21. Tours at 7 or 8:30 p.m. Step back in time and enjoy one of our longest standing traditions - a guided lantern-lit tour of Doon Heritage Village, with a horse drawn wagon ride and carol singing in our village church. Note museum exhibit galleries closed. $12 (plus HST)
Some nights are already sold out. Contact them to register 519-748-1914

Dec 8

Sobey's Ira Needles Christmas Gifts in a Jar for Kids $5 +tax
1-4pm
Registration, call Jenny 519-501-1858

"Elves At Play"

Saturday, December 8, 2012
1 – 3pm
Location: Waterloo Town Square
Waterloo, ON
Summary: Elves At Play is a family event presented by Stuffin Stockings, a regional Christmas charity campaign. Join us for an afternoon of holiday fun including visiting with Santa, children's musical entertainment by the Skalywags, crafts, goodies, draws, stuffing stockings and more! Families may also drop off stuffed stockings for donation newborn to 20's through 14 charities!
Phone number: 519-664-0221
Website: www.stuffinstockings.ca

Tree Lighting at the Laurelwood Fire Station
 Saturday, 08 December 2012, 06:30pm - 08:00pm
Come out for our annual tree lighting. Visit with Santa and meet some fire fighters and your neighbours.
Location : Columbia St. W. Fire Station
Contact : info@laurelwood..ca
http://ow.ly/fTtvR

Meadow Acres Garden Centre
Petersburg
SANTA AND RUDOLPH ARE COMING
Bring the kids and your camera!
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8 AND
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9
From 12 noon to 4 p.m.
http://www.meadowacres.com/Events/COMINGEvents

Country Christmas at Waterloo Region Muesum (DOON)
Sunday December 9, 2012
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas Special Events
Enjoy a Christmas in the country from the last turn of the century. Take a horse-drawn wagon ride, let the little ones meet Father Christmas, sing along with Christmas carols and enjoy the sites and sounds of a Christmas past. Admission: $10 Adults, $8 Seniors/Students, $5 Children, Children four and under free, all admissions plus HST.

'Tis the Season, with Donkeys!


Sunday, December 9, 2012 (& Dec 16 & Dec 23)
10am – 4pm
Location: Donkey Sanctuary of Canada Farm
6981 Puslinch Concession 4
Guelph, On 
(I don't know if there is a cost for this one, so make sure to contact them)
Summary: Join us for one of four special open days this winter. We invite you to enjoy time with the donkeys, hot chocolate and cider, stories and the opportunity to shop for unique Christmas gifts in the Long Ears Boutique. After all, Christmas and donkeys go together! Open from 10 am to 4 pm WEATHER PERMITTING!
Donations always appreciated.
For more information and a map, please visit www.thedonkeysanctuary.ca
Phone number: 519-836-1697

For Families with Special Needs
Autism Ontario - Waterloo Region Holiday Party

Sunday Dec 9 2012, 12am-2pm
Location:Kids Ability Centre for Child Development- Waterloo
Address:Hallmark Drive (off Davenport, behind Conestoga Mall)
Phone: 519-574-9108
A holiday party for our families affected by Autism. Will be our first annual event, hoping to create a fun time for families who wouldnt normally be able to socialize in this type of setting


Dec 12
Sobey's Ira Needles Christmas Gifts in a Jar for Kids $5 +tax
5:30pm-6:30pm
Registration, call Jenny 519-501-1858

KPL & KW
AG Holiday Warm-up
Thursday Dec 13 2012, 6-9pm
Location:Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
Address:101 Queen Street North
Phone:519-579-5860
http://www.kwag.ca
Come out of the cold and celebrate the season with the Kitchener Public Library and the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery! Join us at KW
AG for refreshments, a winter photobooth, holiday storytelling, and art activities for all ages. Visit KW
AG’s Ecotopia exhibition and sign out specially selected holiday books from the KPL catalogue with your KPL card.

Dec 14
6:30pm-7:30pm
Sobey's Ira Needles Christmas Treats For Kids - FREE
Registration, call Jenny 519-501-1858

FREE CHICOPEE SKING
December 14 : Community Open House

On the eve of our official opening day, we are making all lift tickets and rentals free on this special opening for the surrounding community. This is just a special thanks to all our supporters.
More details to come. Event is weather permitting.
http://www.discoverchicopee.com/index.php/events/info/community_open_house/




A Heritage Christmas
Friday, December 14
3:30pm – Sunday, December 23, 2012
8:30pm
Location: Country Heritage Park in Milton
Summary: Santa, elves, real reindeer, pony & horse drawn carriage rides, decorating gingerbread men, making ornaments, listening to an storyteller, holiday cut-outs for photo ops, Candyland confectionery, outdoor BBQ, hot holiday drinks, and lots of gorgeous holiday lights. This event is wheelchair accessible, including the tractor pulled tram to & from the parking lots.
$1 from each ticket sold is proudly donated to Sick Kids Hospital.
Cost: VIP Tickets $17 for adults, $15 for children & Seniors, Toddlers 1 and under are FREE. VIPs Get in early for personal visit with Santa & free pony ride General Admission tickets: Adults $15 ; Children (12 & under) & Seniors $12 - Toddlers (1&under) FREE.
Phone number: (519) 744-1355
Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides with Santa
Dec 15th every hour $20 per person, Nith Ridge Estates Ayr
http://www.nithridge.com/Sleigh%20Ride%20Save%20the%20Date%202012%20Lg.pdf

Skate with Santa
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Come out and skate with Santa at the Waterloo Public Square!

Phil Kline's Unsilent Night
Monday, December 17, 7:00pm
Cambridge City Hall, 50 Dickson Street
Music, art and architecture combine for an avant-garde experience. Bring your mp3 with speakers or your portable CD player and join the moving symphony. More Unsilent Night details

Starry Night at Waterloo Region Museum (DOON)
Saturday, Dec. 22, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Enjoy Doon Heritage Village beautifully lit by lantern light on a winter night under the stars! You'll feel the spirit of Christmas at Starry Night. Presented by the Friends of Waterloo Region Museum. $20/adult, $10/child (plus HST)
YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER contact 519-748-1914

Dec 22
Sobey's Ira Needles - Gingerbread House Decorating $6.99
1pm-2pm
Registration, call Jenny 519-501-1858

Chicopee Demo Day
Dec 22

Manufacturers and partners will be demoing ski and snowboard equipment on the hill. Come on out and try some of the newest equipment available!
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New Year's Eve
Dec 31
City Of Kitchener City Hall
Kitchener City Hall (200 King St. W.) is hosting a free evening of Blues music from 8:00 pm - 12:30 am.

This year we are closing down King Street to make this year an even bigger event!
There will also be fun for children and families between 4 pm - 6 pm featuring popular children's entertainer Erick Traplin!
Arts and crafts inside City Hall
Free hot chocolate
Children's performers from 4 pm - 6 pm
Kiddie countdown at 6 pm inside the Rotunda
Free ice-skating on Civic Square
Free Face Painting
And other special performances throughout the event!

At 7 pm the Rotunda gets transformed into Club Rotunda! Live DJ featuring Attila, dance floor, VIP lounges, flat screens, gaming stations, open drink bar (non-alcoholic) and more!
The King Street Main Stage features live Blues artists starting at 8 pm and is headlined by Lumberjunk!
Cheryl Lescom (8 pm)
Loco Zydeco (9:30 pm)
Lumberjunk (11 pm)

City Of Waterloo Public Square
New Year's Eve Party

Time: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Description:
Ring in the New Year at the Waterloo Public Square with your host for the evening Tim Holland, the Puppet Tamer. Skate around to top 40 hits, and enjoy face painting and Mad Science demonstrations. Ring in the New Year early with a fireworks display and ginger ale toast at 9 pm. Warm up with a cup of hot chocolate sponsored by Tim Hortons, and get your party accessory. FREE for the whole family!

WATERLOO MEMORIAL RECREATION COMPLEX
New Year's Eve

101 Father David Bauer Drive
519-886-1177
FREE admission (limited capacity)
7-8:30 p.m. Public Swim at the Swimplex
7-9 p.m. Family Skate on the Sunlife Arena

MANULIFE FINANCIAL SPORTSPLEX & HEALTHY LIVING CENTRE AT RIM PARK
New Year's Eve
2001 University Ave East
519-884-5363
FREE admission (limited capacity)
7-9 p.m. Public Skate on the Pillers and Optimist rinks

City Of Cambridge
Family New Year's Eve Party

Join family and friends to celebrate a new year. Family skating, family photo booth, costumed characters, video skating party, games and more.
Monday, December 31, 6:00 - 8:00pm
Hespeler Arena, 640 Ellis Road
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New Year's Day
Jan 1
Lions Arena is offering a family friendly public skate!

December, 31 from 10.a.m to 11 a.m.
Lions Arena, 20 Rittenhouse Road, Kitchener
Public skating rates apply

New Year's Day Levee

You're invited to the 2012 New Year's Day Levee
Sunday, January 1st, 2012
Mayor Doug Craig & Members of Cambridge City Council invite the community to help them ring in the New Year!
A New Year's Day Levee will be held on the second floor of Historic City Hall,46 Dickson Street, Cambridge.
Sunday, January 1, 2012 from 1pm to 3pm.
Feel free to drop in for some light refreshments!

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Looking Ahead
Jan 6th
Where: Mayor’s New Year’s Levee, Forbes Room at RIM Park

When: Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thousands of local citizens and their families attend this fun event every year. There is music, entertainment, free food (while quantities last), free skating, clowns, face painting and more!
Once the website has been revealed, you will be able to check out the website on onsite laptops. You will also be encouraged to complete an online scavenger hunt from home and submit your discoveries to win a prize. Details about the scavenger hunt will be available at the levee and here as they become available.
Help us ring in the new year and our new website at Mayor Halloran’s New Year’s Levee!
http://www.city.waterloo.on.ca/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=3300

Kitchener City Hall
Mayor's NewYear’s Levee, January 6, 2013.2-4 p.m.,
food,music and fun for the whole family. Start the afternoon off with a skate on our Civic Square rink, and then head inside for a warm drink and some entertainment.
http://www.kitchener.ca/en/livinginkitchener/resources/01_Kitchener_Winter2012.pdf

Grade 10 Family Night

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
6:30pm
Location: Theatre of the Arts
Modern Languages
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, ON
Summary: It's never to early to think about university. Grade 10 students and their parents are invited to learn about the university application process and how to finance a post-secondary education. Current university students will offer tips about picking a university program.
Phone number: 519-888-4567 x37145

Jan 18th
10am UofW Humanities Theatre
KW Glee PA DAY performance
Cost $10 contact 519-888-4908 for tickets
http://www.lehmo.net/FH/KWG/VI/Art/PA%20Day%20Show%20Poster%202.jpg