Monday, October 6, 2014

Thanksgiving, Oktoberfest, Halloween Events and Other October 2014 Activities In Kitchener Waterloo

With all the Thanksgiving, Oktoberfest and Halloween Stuff To Do this list is a long one!  To start the list is the events Ongoing In October followed by the Calendar Blast (which will become longer as the month goes on!)

 FYI the PanAm Games Torch will be coming through Kitchener! Apply to be a Torchbearer (13 and up)

For those with older (and brave) kids, Bingemans Screampark is open for various dates throughtout the month

Kitchener Rangers 2014 has started!

Ongoing In October

Have you picked your pumpkin yet? We have a whole post dedicated to Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes In The Kitchener Waterloo Area

Bring your little ones to the Kitchener Market every Tuesday from 11a.m.-noon for a fabulous, fun-filled morning! Be prepared for a high-energy, hopping good time at these FREE weekly children's events as our performers entertain your tots!
  • October 7: Crafts
  • October 14: Erick Traplin
  • October 21: Crafts
  • October 28: Erick Traplin (see more info under further down on this post listed by date)

Art Innovators will be hosting Squiggles to Grins at the Kitchener Market – a program for children and their parents. Participate in a fun, unique, hands-on creative art experience!
FREE! Ages 2-5 + caregiver

KPL Kids’ Club
Kitchener Market, 300 King St. E. (Upper Level)
Every Saturday, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Take a break from shopping and stop by the Kitchener Public Library Space for stories, crafts and fun.
No registration required.
Family Favourites $2.50 Films @ Cineplex

Oct 7
The Wiggles
Ready, Steady, Wiggle! Tour
Centre In The Square
Tues,07 Oct.2014 @ 6:30PM
The Feel-Good Musical
October 8 - November 2 | St. Jacobs Country Playhouse
One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the St. Jacobs stage with exhilarating results.
A young rebel moves to a small middle-America town where dance is forbidden, and encourages all young people to defy the strict edict of local pastor and call for a rock 'n roll party. In so doing, he brings healing to the heart of a town held back by the memory of tragedy.
Oct 9
Waterloo Public Square

Join Waterloo Mayor Brenda Halloran and the City of Waterloo council as they kick-off the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest celebrations with the annual Mayor’s Oktoberfest Luncheon, Oct. 9, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Waterloo public square.
The delicious Sausages are free, courtesy of Pillers. Onkel Hans, Miss Oktoberfest and the Black Forest Band will be on-hand to entertain and greet the public at this annual event.

Thursday, October 9, 2014 | 5 – 7pm
Location: Conestoga College, Doon Campus
299 Doon Valley Drive
Kitchener, ON
Summary:Your chance to talk with students and faculty from all of Conestoga's Full-Time Programs. Website:

Friday, October 10 – Monday, October 13, 2014
Location: Burford Fairgrounds
Burford, ON
Summary:2014 Theme: New Beginnings! Attractions throughout the Fair! Admission: Friday Adults/youth $2. Saturday-Monday-Adults $8, youth (6-13) $5, pre-schoolers free, Weekend Pass-Adults $20, youth $10.

Oct 10
Music and Movement with the Early Years Centre
Move and groove with us at the Kitchener Market!
This program offers families an opportunity to let off a little steam by moving, singing and
exercising together! We invite families with children from birth to age six to join us!

Oktoberfest begins! There are so many Family Friendly events! They have a link just for that!

Oct 10-13
Rockton Worlds Fair

Oct 11
Waterloo Public Square

Come join an Oktoberfest tradition with the 33rd Annual Oktoberfest Family Breakfast! Tasty Aunt Jemima Pancakes and Pillers Sausages cooked up by the students of the Conestoga College Culinary Program. Great food, great entertainment and a chance to have breakfast served to you by the Rogers Kitchener Radio Group personalities of CHYM 96.7, 570 News and Country 106.7.
FREE EVENT, non-perishable food items for the Food Bank of Waterloo Region encouraged.
While supplies last.
Cook like Oma and Community Pig Roast @ Kitchener Market
Join us on the piazza for a pig roast with our farmers' market vendor, Finest Sausages & Meat, on Saturday, Oct. 11. Music, Oktoberfest dancers, crafts, face painting and more! Stop by the Marketplace to learn to cook like Oma. This event will get you ready to continue your week with Oktoberfest spirit. All proceeds will be donated to The Food Bank of Waterloo Region. Bring along a non-perishable food donation too!
An Owl Prowl
Shade's Mills Conservation Area, 450 Avenue Rd., Cambridge
How well can you hoot? We will try our hand at imitating owl calls to try and attract the resident owls. Learn about their ecology and importance. Dress warmly, we will be outside. Children 16 years or younger must be accompanied by an adult.
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Meet at: Shade's Mills Nature Centre
Price: Free with park admission


 It begins at 8:30am in Waterloo

Waterloo Region Museum (DOON)
Village 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Museum 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
On Thanksgiving Day Monday visit for an afternoon of family fun activities and enjoy the magnificent colours of fall at one of the prettiest places in Waterloo Region.
Enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride, live music and much more! Experience our main museum gallery that tells the story of Waterloo Region and our feature gallery with Museum Mysteries and Street Style currently on exhibit.
Enjoy the village and museum all for one low admission price. Admission: $10 Adults, $8 Seniors/Students, $5 Children, Children four and under free, Families $25, all admissions plus HST.

THEMUSEUM (Downtown Kitchener) will be open

Monday, October 13, 2014 | 11am – 2pm
Location: The Kitchener Auditorium
400 East Ave
Kitchener, ON
Summary:HEY PARENTS! We've got THE Thanksgiving Day for you. Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region and Kiwanis Club of Twin Cities present, right after the famous KW parade 'Haus for Humanity: A Family Fun Day', a kids fun fair supporting hardworking families and your local Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region. SHARE this super fun event and SHARE the Waterloo Region love. Tickets only $10!
For details and tickets:
Oct 15

Beer + Bacon = Happiness

Register at

Oct 17-19
Delicious Food Show
This one is in Toronto, take a look at our post on The Delicious Food Show. You might want to make the trek!

Dance Dance Party Party Halloween Edition @The Button Factory
All women* and children are invited to join us for an hour of dancing, partying, laughing, grooving, and playing to all your favourite music! DJ Ines takes your requests and keeps the room a hoppin'!
Admission is $5 for adult, and children are free. More info at

Oct 18
Join in the morning of Saturday October 18 at all Cineplex Entertainment theatres for Community Day in support of Free The Children. Doors open at 8:30am with great selection of FREE movies beginning at 9:00am.
Plus, enjoy a regular popcorn, regular fountain drink and selected candy for only $2 each with 100% of the proceeds donated to Free The Children. Visit for movies, showtimes and locations near you!!/events/1608822449345070/

Happy Healthy Family Event @ WERC

Children's Safety Village Halloween Party
$5 per child, adults are free

Teen Book Club
Central Library – 85 Queen St. N.
Oct. 18 at 2 p.m.
A club for teens who want to read a new book each month and chat about it. New members always welcome. September’s title is The Maze Runner by James Dashner.
For ages 12 -18. No registration required.

Oct 19
Sunday, October 19, 2014 | 10am – 4pm
Location: Arthur Community Centre
158 Domville
Arthur, ON
Summary:Come on out and join us Sunday October 19th from 10am-4pm for the Arthur Farm and Collectable Toy Show. Admission is $2.00 for Adults and children 12 and under are free.

Oct 24
Friday, October 24, 2014 | 10am – 2pm
Location: Cambridge City Hall
50 Dickson Street
Cambridge, ON
Summary:Bring the whole family out for a day of fun activities including a BBQ, silent auction, face painting, Jail-n-Bail, children's activities and head shaving! All money raised from Cops for Cancer supports the Canadian Cancer Society and its mission. To register (to fundraise and shave your head) please visit For more infomration or to register offline call 519-886-8888 ext 3145 or

Oct 24

Family Story Time and Craft
Country Hills Community Library, 1500 Block Line Rd.
Oct. 24,10 am to 11:30 am
A joint program with Home Child Care. Feel free to bring your own snack.
Registration required at or call 519-743-3558.
Oct 24 and 25

Science Open House and Gem and Mineral Show 2014

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 10:00 am
Mark your calendars- It's the 20th Anniversary of our ever-popular Science Open House! Join us on October 25th for an extravaganza of hands-on science discovery for school-age kids. The stunning Gem and Mineral show will be open on Friday afternoon, and all day Saturday.
More info to come, check this space!
Cost Free

Oct 25
Pumpkin Party @ Kitchener Market
Join us as we celebrate the great pumpkin. Seasonal crafts and treats are available for kids to make. help us end our harvest time with a bang! Bring the whole family for the fun and be sure to wear your Halloween costumes!
By now many of you have heard about FREE COMIC BOOK DAY. Well there has been a Halloween Comic Book Day added the Saturday before Halloween
See the local shops participating

Comicon at Central
Central Library – 85 Queen St. N.
Oct. 25 at 10 a.m.
Superhero fans unite! Dress like your favourite character and join us for activities, crafts and games. Ages 8 – 12.
Registration opens Oct. 18 at or call 519-743-0271.

Pumpkin Party
*Forest Heights, *Grand River and *Central libraries, Oct. 25 at 10:30 a.m.
*Pioneer Park library, Oct. 25 at 2 p.m.
Not-so-scary monsters, silly pumpkins and shy ghosts are just waiting to make friends with you. A cauldron of fun for the whole family.
Registration opens Oct. 18 at, or call the host library to register.

Saturday, October 25, 2014 | 10am – 2pm
Location: Cambridge City Hall
50 Dickson Street
Cambridge, ON
Summary:Each year local restaurants and caterers donate a variety of soups, sides and desserts to feed between 400-500 attendees who have the opportunity to vote for their favourite alongside a panel of celebrity judges. $5 at the door includes three samples. Additional samples can be purchased for $1 each. or 519-772-8787.

Oct 28
Halloween Kids Hop @ Kitchener Market w/ Erick Traplin
 Kids hop on the 28th will begin at 10am
  • Monster Mash with Crafts
  • Everyone can wear their Halloween costumes
  • The kids will get a chance to trick or treat with the upstairs Market vendors too!

Oct 28

Teen Movie Night
Central Library – 85 Queen St. N.
Oct. 28 at 6 p.m.
Bring the popcorn for this free flick: My Sister’s Keeper. A new movie featured each month. For ages 12 – 18. No registration required.

HALLOWEEN October 31st

Halloween Tot Parade @ THEMUSEUM (Downtown Kitchener)
Happy Halloween – it’s time to Trick-Or-Treat! Join us today at 11:00am to design your very own spooky treat bag that you can bring along on your trick-or-treating adventures. Little ghouls, ghosts and monsters will be roaming the streets of Downtown Kitchener for THEMUSEUM's annual Tot Parade! At 11:30am, a team of Interpreters will lead the Tots to local businesses to collect some treats. Chocolates and candies and chips, oh my! 
(Note I believe regular admission would apply, but it would be best to contact THEMUSEUM to be sure)

Halloween Party @ The Waterloo Region Museum (DOON)
5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Wear your scariest costume to a Halloween Party and be ready to have some fun!
Enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides through the lantern lit historic village and see what tricks you'll need to do and what games you'll have to play to get a treat! Scary boo crafts and activities in the museum building will guarantee fun for everyone.
The Halloween Party is appropriate for children up to the age of 10 years old and must be accompanied by an adult.
Admission is $5 per child plus taxes, accompanying adult is FREE.

Friday, October 31, 2014 | 3 – 4pm
Location: Northside Community Church
55 Leonard Street
Kitchener, ON
Summary:Free event! Indoor glow in the dark maze, carnival and lifesize games, popcorn, cotton candy, snow cones, hot chocolate, tons of candy, prizes and so much more. or 519-744-8061.

Upcoming Events!

Parents Night Out
Nov 6
Kitchener-Waterloo Comedy Festival Preview Show @ Waterloo INN
The Headliner that night is SEAN CULLEN!

The Little Mermaid
The Splashy New Broadway Musical
November 19 - December 21 | Dunfield Theatre Cambridge
In a magical kingdom fathoms below, the beautiful mermaid Ariel longs to leave the ocean to live in the world above. When the evil sea witch Ursula grants Ariel the opportunity to sprout legs and go after the heart of Prince Eric, she jumps at the opportunity. But with forces working against her, Ariel will need help if she is ever to see her dreams come true.
Snow White
A Traditional British Panto
November 19 - December 21 | St. Jacobs Country Playhouse
In the proud tradition of past holiday favourites Peter Pan, Robin Hood, and Cinderella comes a deliciously entertaining production for the entire family.

Cast out by her jealous stepmother and tricked into eating a poisoned apple, the beautiful Snow White must defeat the wicked queen and find her way back to the palace – with the help of seven new friends and a handsome prince.

KITCHENER, ON (June 2, 2014) – Centre In The Square announces three fun-filled family shows coming to The Studio on Saturdays starting in January 2015: Pomme: The Story of An Apple, Doktor Kaboom! and Bill Blagg’s Trickin’.
Pomme: The Story of An Apple
Saturday, January 31, 2015 11 AM & 2 PM
Inspired by haikus written in Quebec and in France, Pomme captures young imaginations with puppet movement and playful characters. Pomme is an apple who wishes to become a person, and through his journey he discovers that being an apple is really okay. Full of gentle wit and humour, Pomme is a puppet poem to savour as a family. Recommended for ages 3 to 6.
Doktor Kaboom!
Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 11 AM & 2 PM
Doktor Kaboom! is an hilarious interactive science variety show for audiences of all ages created by Actor/Comedian David Epley. Using theatre and humour Doktor Kaboom! takes his audience on an amazing tour through the wonders of scientific exploration. Join him for a side-splitting journey of increasingly spectacular (and often successful) science experiments and demonstrations.
Bill Blagg’s Trickin’
Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 11 AM and 2 PM
Bill Blagg’s cabaret show Trickin’ is a highly interactive experience packed with Bill’s trademark magic and comedy! From flying toilet paper to balloon sword swallowing, this non-stop show has it all! Minds will be read, wedding rings will vanish (don’t worry they come back), ordinary objects will come to life and much more! Trickin’takes the magic from the stage to the audience and even puts it in their hands! This is an action-packed not-to-be-missed show filled with magical surprises, tons of laughs and total entertainment
Tickets to Pomme: The Story of An Apple, Doktor Kaboom!, and Bill Blagg’s Trickin’ may be purchased online at, by calling 519-578-1570 or 1-800-265-8977, or in person at the Centre In The Square Box Office (101 Queen Street North). Tickets for each show are $10 (adult), $5 (child), or $25 (family of 5) plus applicable fees.

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