Sunday, November 30, 2014

Drayton Entertainment Brings Disney Two Ways In Two Plays

Drayton Entertainment's Winter Season

For the last few months we have been letting everyone know about Drayton Entertainment's Productions of Snow White and The Little Mermaid and that they would be coming to the Kitchener Waterloo area.  Last week we had the opportunity to attend both productions and from what we are hearing there is not a lot of time left to grab tickets!
While both of these performances stem from the magic of Disney, they are very different theatre productions.

Snow White : A Panto

For those not familiar with a panto, it is an interactive production where the narrator and the characters include the audience in the show. This performance Snow White follows the traditional Brothers Grimn fable with several modern twists.  The prince becomes Prince Justin of Timberlake and we meet a nurse as Snow White's companion, along with a "Blues" Fairy. While this does not have the Disney stamp on it, be sure to look for some Disney Princesses making a cameo appearance. This production will be enjoyed by both children and parents alike. Look for songs that both the kids and adults will recognize along with current event references (can we say LRT?).

Did you see Footloose: The Musical? Then you may just recognize the actress starring in the role of Snow White.

Disney's The Little Mermaid

Traditional musical lovers will delight in the vibrant production of The Little Mermaid.  Complete with colourful ocean scenery and that magical voice that can only belong to Ariel.  This Hans Christan Anderson tale is in full blown Disney mode with stage becoming the sea, and the talented cast bringing all the animated characters to life. With calypso sounding tunes and mermaid sopranos singing their sirens songs, this musical will have your singing in your seats and quite possibly all the way home!  

As mentioned above tickets are going fast for these two productions. We suggest you start a family winter tradition and see a Drayton Entertainment family theatre play!

Looking for a great Christmas Gift idea? Why not purchase tickets for the family to see Drayton Entertainment's Wizard Of Oz over March Break? Tickets go on sale to the general public tomorrow (Dec 1 2014)!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Stuff To Do For Christmas And Other December 2014 Events And Activities In Kitchener Waterloo

Getting Set For December 2014 and Christmas

Ongoing Events (For Date Specific Events Scroll To The BLAST Portion Of This Post)

Wonders Of Winter - Waterloo Park
Lights on every night thru to Dec 31 – 5:30 to 10:30 pm (later on New Years Eve)
Trolley Nights: Nov 29, Dec 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 24, 26, 27, 31.
Concession nights: Nov 29, Dec 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31.School House Plays: December 5, 6:30-8:30 PM, December 6, 6:30-8:30 PM and December 12, 6:30-8:30 PM

Christmas Fantasy - Victoria Park (begins Dec 6)

Christmas At Castle Kilbride
Various Dates and Times

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!

December schedule

  • December 2: Crafts
  • December 9: Erick Traplin
  • December 16: Christmas party with Erick Traplin and Santa Claus

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

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

Family Favourites $2.50 Films @ Cineplex

Saturdays Free Movies @ 2pm at KPL Central Library
December 6 Nightmare Before Christmas PG 76 min.
December 13 It’s a Wonderful Life G 130 min.
December 20 Joyeux Noel 14A 116 min.
December 27 Christmas Vacation PG 97 min.

Free Movies @ 2pm at KPL Central Library
December 7 How the Grinch Stole Christmas G 105 min
December 14 Mr. Peabody and Sherman G 92 min
Public Skating has begun! Check our Where To Skate post to learn more
The Little MermaidThe 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.

Read about The Little Mermaid and Snow White in our post Drayton Entertainment Brings Disney Two Ways In Two Plays
KW Little Theatre presents... Yes Virginia, There is Santa Claus

Various Dates
Location:Kitchener Waterloo Little Theatre
Address:9 Princess St. East


Dec 1
CP Holiday Train
Cambridge (Galt) ​10 Malcolm Street, former Galt Station2014-12-14:00 PM4:15 PM - 4:55 PM4:55 PM​​Kira Isabella
​Ayr ​Inglis Street at CP crossing2014-12-15:15 PM5:30 PM - 6:10 PM6:10 PM​​Kira Isabella
Dec 2
Did You Know - You can partake in both MOVEMBER and GIVING TUESDAY by donating at

Dec 3
Family Storytime and Swap
Grand River   KPL Wednesday, December 3 from 9 am to noon
Join us for a fun-filled morning of stories, songs and a swap!
Between November 24 and December 3, drop off any previously loved baby/kids
clothes, toys or books at the Grand River Stanley Park Library.
On December 3, drop-in for Story Time and pick up some new-to-you treasures!
You do not need to have donated items in order to participate in the swap. Any
remaining items will be donated to the Community Outreach Program at Our
Place, Family Resource and Early Years Centre.
All ages
No registration required.
Dec 4
Tree Of Hope Radioathon at Fairview Park Mall
Ladies night out - Cocktails and appetizers: Thursday, Dec. 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Impress your holiday guests with the cocktail and appetizer recipes you'll learn in this informative, hands-on cooking class! Enjoy a glass of wine while our chef teaches you delicious cocktails combined with delectable appetizers. And perhaps the best part, you get to sample your creations throughout the class!

Dec 4-7
Christkindl Market
The Snow Queen @ The Registry Theatre

Dec 5
International Volunteer Day
Be sure to read our post on Where To Volunteer In Kitchener Waterloo

Then be counted at
Friday Family Drop-in
Country Hills KPL Friday, December 5 @ 2:30 – 4 pm
Games and activities for kids and caregivers to play with and explore.
All ages
No registration required.
Winter Lights And Music @ Market Square Guelph
A free family-friendly event to start off the holiday season.
  • Festive fanfare by Guelph Symphony Orchestra’s Brass Quartet
  • Welcome by Mayor-Elect Cam Guthrie
  • Lighting of the Christmas tree and Square
  • Public skating to holiday music

Dec 5-7
Friday, December 5 – Sunday, December 7, 2014
Location: Central Public School
305 Binning St. W.
Listowel, ON
Summary:December 5 & 6 at 7:30pm, December 7 at 1:30pm. North Perth Players will bring Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol to the stage! Suitable for all ages but recommended for those 6+. Advance tickets: Adult $15, 12 and under $5 will be available at Chocolates on main in Listowel after November 12.

Dec 6
Santa Claus Breakfast: Dec. 6, 10-11:30 a.m. Kitchener MarketDine with the big man himself! Santa will visit the Marketplace for a sit-down family-style breakfast and photo session. This event has limited seating, please register early through our cooking classes page to ensure a spot and let us know exactly how many people in your family will be attending this event. This breakfast is free with a donation to the food bank.
Register at
Candyland in Cambridge
Synthetic ice surface offers 'any weather' family fun! Marshmallow toss, jumbo candy kebobs, live entertainment, donut bumpers, ice building blocks, gingerbread houses, sweet treats and Santa and Mrs. Claus! 10am - 5pm
Central Park, 615 King Street, East Cambridge

Christmas @ The Boardwalk

2nd Annual Family Holiday Afternoon @ Westmount Memorial Celebration Centre
In support of the Kitchener Food Bank, please bring non-perishable donations. Join us for free Santa Photos, Crafts, Treats, Face Painting.
Baden Santa Claus Parade
Take Your Child To The Bookstore Day @ WERC
 We invite you to our bookstore for a book swap day and some fun with storybook characters!
Christmas Fantasy Kick Off
Victorial Park

Saturday, December 6, 2014 | 6 – 8pm
Location: Ignatius Jesuit Centre
5420 Highway 6, North
Guelph, ON
Summary:With Carol Singing and treats! Free admission-freewill offering accepted.
The Waterloo Regional Police Male Chorus is hosting a Christmas concert with special Guests, Susan Aglukark, singer/songwriter and the Eastwood collegiate Girls treble Choir.
First Baptist Church 306 Erb St W. Waterloo
 Part of the proceeds will be donated to Monica Place Waterloo for pregnant and parenting youth and Susan Aglukark's Arctic Rose Project
to feed hungry children in the Arctic.


Santa is Coming!
Santa is Coming to EAFWR and ASWR
Join us for a photo with Santa, delicious treats and a holiday craft!
We have created a calm and quiet atmosphere for anyone with a disability and/or sensory sensitivities (and their siblings) to come and meet Santa.
  • Saturday December 6: 10am-12:30pm, 1:30pm-4pm
  • Sunday December 7: 10am-12:30pm, 1:30pm-4pm
Call 519-741-0190 x0 to sign up for your time with Santa
Due to the popularity of this event, you must register to reserve for your time with Santa!
Dec 7
Volunteer Recognition and Country Christmas at Waterloo Region Museum (DOON)
It's a special Country Christmas event to recognize the wonderful work and time volunteers contribute to the Region of Waterloo - our way of saying thank you!
Take a horse-drawn ride, tour the exhibits in the Waterloo Region Museum, take in some seasonal silent movies, musical entertainment, meet Father Christmas and enjoy the special activities and seasonal goodies that will make your day at the Waterloo Region Museum extra special. General public are welcome as well.
Regional volunteers are free. Public admission: $10 Adults, $8 Seniors/Students, $5 Children, Children four and under free, all admissions plus HST.
Dec 9
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 | 7pm
Location: Kitchener City Hall
200 King St. W
Kitchener, ON
Summary:A Community Caroling Concert with Inshallah and the Inter-Mennonite Children's Choir.
Phone: 519-746-0722
Dec 11
Call From Santa
(registration required $2)
Ladies night out - Cocktails and appetizers: Thursday, Dec. 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Impress your holiday guests with the cocktail and appetizer recipes you'll learn in this informative, hands-on cooking class! Enjoy a glass of wine while our chef teaches you delicious cocktails combined with delectable appetizers. And perhaps the best part, you get to sample your creations throughout the class!
Phil Kline's Unsilent NightMusic, art and architecture combine for an avant-garde experience. Bring your mp3 with speakers or your portable CD player and join the moving symphony
Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 7pm
Cambridge City Hall, 50 Dickson Street
Country Christmas at Waterloo Region Museum (DOON)
Enjoy a Christmas in the country from the last turn of the century. A great way to celebrate this holiday season!
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.
Dec 12
Friday, December 12, 2014 | 7:30pm
Location: First United Church
16 William Street, West
Waterloo, ON
Summary:Featuring CBC radio's Tom Allen (narrator), Larry Larson (trumpet), Lori Gemmell (harp) and Ian Sadler (pipe organ). Tickets for adults $25 in advance/$30 at the door; for children and students $5 in advance/$10 at the door. 519-699-5367 or 746-6768.
Dec 13
Gingerbread making with Santa: Dec 13, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Kitchener MarketBring your kids to the Marketplace to stir up a storm with fun themes and activities focused around food, cooking and nutrition. Classes are taught by one of our professional chefs who give your kids, and you, lots of opportunities to participate. This month, come make and decorate a gingerbread house with Santa Claus! This class is free, please indicate the number of participants when you register so we can ensure we have the right amount of ingredients on hand.Register at

Home Depot Kids Workshop - Pallet Coasters
Free but you must register at

Lowes Build and Grow Science Lab
Free buy you must register

Christmas Mementos @ Woodside
Saturday, December 13
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Discover the enchantment of a Christmas morning reminiscent of the Victorian past. Decorate your very own cookie ornament to hang on your tree. Dip a pen in ink and write a letter to Santa Claus while sampling seasonal cookies and apple cider. Admission: $7.80 per person. This program requires advance registration as space is limited. Please register before Friday, December 5 by calling 519-571-5684. This program is subject to minimum enrollment.

Sheridan Nurseries Little Diggers Club
During this session Little Diggers will create a star that can be taken home and added to your Christmas tree.
Members $5.00 Non-members $7.00
North House Christmas Tour (RareSites)
Saturday, December 13, 2014
am to 11:30 am
North House
North House is a solar-powered, green housing prototype that is used as a living lab by researchers and provides a science and technology site for rare's school programs. On this tour, explore many of the emerging technological advances and concepts of modern living showcased at North House and perhaps see The Spirit of Christmas Future!
Cost: $8.00 or $3.00 with an Events Discount card
Dec 13-14

Saturday, December 13 – Sunday, December 14, 2014
Location: 100 Blythwood Road in Waterloo

Summary:Join us for a Victorian Christmas House Tour at Les Diplomates B&B in Waterloo/ Dec 13 & 14/ from 2-6 P.M./ at 100 Blythwood Road in Waterloo/. Hot apple cider along with cakes, cookies and goodies, will be offered and served. All proceeds from the donation box will go to the Waterloo Public Library.. Joyeux Noël a Tous & Merry Christmas to all! Victorian Christmas

Dec 14
Santa Visits Last Stop Until Christmas
1:30pm-2:30pm (event runs longer hours, but this is when Santa stops by)
$2 admission, FREE for children under 14

Dec 16
Wine And Art: Tuesday, Dec. 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Join us for a fun new series - Wine & Art! Hosted by a certified Art Innovators teacher, this two-hour class will feature hands-on instruction as you create two pieces of artwork, accompanied by wine and a platter of gourmet cheese. The artwork created in this session will be an acrylic painting of winter trees.
Register at

Dec 19

Friday Family Drop-in
Country Hills KPL Friday, December 19 @ 2:30 – 4 pm
Games and activities for kids and caregivers to play with and explore.
All ages
No registration required.
Dec 19
Winter Fun Family Event @ WERC
Winter themed crafts and games, WERC choir performs at 5:30pm
Free admission. Taking donations for the science lab!/photo.php?fbid=10152824685522570&set=gm.10152842717100750&type=1&theater

Lamplight @ Woodside
Friday, December 19
6:30 pm – 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. On our grounds, warm up by the crackling fire and sample roasted chestnuts. $7.80 per person. This program requires advance registration as space is limited. Please register before Friday, December 12 by calling 519-571-5684. This program is subject to minimum enrollment.

Dec 20
Kids In The Kitchen  and Christmas Market @ Kitchener Market
Reindeer Treats 10am- Noon
Christmas market
December 20, 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Make a festive craft! 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.

Christmas Cheer
Saturday, December 20
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Delight in the spirit of a Victorian Christmas as you are guided on an interpretive tour of the King family home decorated for the season. Hear a selection of carols from the era. Sample seasonal baking complimented by tea and coffee. Admission: $14.70 per person. This program requires advance registration as space is limited. Please register before Friday, December 12 by calling 519-571-5684. This program is subject to minimum enrollment.

Dec 22

Kung Fu Panda Movie Marathon
Central Library, 85 Queen St. N.
Monday, December 22 @ 2 pm: Kung Fu Panda PG (92 min)
Monday, December 22 @ 3:30 pm: Kung Fu Panda Holiday PG (21 min)
Monday, December 22 @ 4 pm: Kung Fu Panda 2 PG (90 min)
Start your winter holiday with a fun movie marathon! Drop in and watch just one, or the entireKung Fu Panda series. Fun for the whole family.

Dec 28
The Nutcracker Performance By Canada's Ballet Jorgen @ Centre In The Square
2pm and 7pm

For more information visit our post about THE NUTCRACKER and you may just become a lucky ticket winner!

Dec 28- Jan4 
Event Calendar for Woodbine Centre Fantasy Fair
Prices vary

Dec 29
The Kratt Brothers In Brantford
Animated Kratt Brothers, Martin and Chris, "come to real life" in a classically Wild Kratts story.
Off "To the Creature Rescue!” the Kratt Brothers activate some fan favorite Creature Power Suits to confront a comic villain. Through hilarious pratfalls and amazing animal ‘wow facts’ the Wild Kratts team rescues a helpless animal friend and returns her home "Living Free and in the Wild!"
Tickets are $30.00 and VIP tickets are $75.00 for Wild Kratts and are available by visiting the Sanderson Centre box office located at 88 Dalhousie Street, Brantford.


Kitchener City Hall
Activities planned for this years event include live entertainment for both children and adults beginning at 7 p.m. on Civic Square until the clock hits midnight.
Inside the Rotunda we'll feature a Toy Con and 80's throwback party presented by Canadian Toy Con, a vintage arcade games lounge presented by Games Exchange, 80's videos and more.
Additional details for his years lineup will be released shortly.
Children's Programming will take place on Civic Square from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The remaining evening program will take over Civic Square from 9 p.m. until midnight
Waterloo Public Square and Various Facilities
The City of Waterloo celebrates New Year's Eve - Dec. 31 - with activities at our recreation facilities thanks to generous support from sponsors. Ring in the new year with us!
Family celebration in Waterloo Public Square will run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Dec. 31, with free outdoor skating to today’s hottest music and special effects by Thunderstorm productions. Enjoy Free hot chocolate courtesy of Tim Hortons plus free party favors while supplies last!
Mad science will be on hand for the evening with jaw-dropping demonstrations and free interactive activities for the kids. This year, everyone can take home their very own home made slime to enjoy for hours on end.
Tim Holland the puppet tamer, with his crazy antics and funny friends, has just been added to the exciting lineup.

Kids who can’t stay up until the clock strikes midnight can take part in an early countdown at 9 p.m. with a free ginger ale “champagne” toast, followed by the FX Worx Inc. fireworks display raining down on the Public Square.

Free indoor public skating will be held at the
Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex and RIM Park’s Manulife Financial Sportsplex from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. These events have been generously sponsored by Tim Hortons.
Family New Year's Eve Party Cambridge
December 31 - 5-8pm
Hespeler Arena, 640 Ellis Road
Join family and friends to celebrate a new year. Plan your evening
Family New Years Eve

Chicopee New Year's Eve Bash New Year’s Eve Bash & Fireworks
Ring in the new year at Chicopee with free skiing and snowboarding, followed by an awesome fireworks show.
From 5:00pm - 9:00pm:
Lift tickets are FREE
Discover Lessons are FREE
Rentals are just $20
Then, at 10pm, we will have our annual fireworks display with a hot chocolate toast.
There is no cost for watching the fireworks display, so come out and bring the family!
Bingemas For Families Mommylcious NYE
Tickets $22.95
Upcoming Events
KITCHENER, ON – 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.

If we missed an event, be sure to add it to the comments below!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Those2Girls Invade The National Women's Show - Media Coverage

Weekend Away Event Recap

Last month we were making sure you knew all about our experiences at the National Women's Show. Well we're back from the 2014 Toronto National Women's Show and we are still recouping from all the fun we had on our weekend away!

We stayed at the Renaissance Toronto Downtown Marriott Hotel, booked for us by travel expert Sheryll Donovan (let me know if you are interested in travelling and I'll connect you with her on facebook).

We requested to stay in this hotel as we had been there once before and love their service! Plus they have a great pool and hot tub area!

Off To The National Women's Show - Day 1

As mentioned in our earlier post we are Official Bloggers for the National Women's Show so we were eager to get their early Saturday morning!

We tried out a new Corolla, hit up a photo booth, taste tested lots of samples, filled our bags with great swag and Canadian coupons!

All the great energy at the event was infectious and what really put smiles on our faces? Getting to meet an all-time Toronto Blue Jays great JOE CARTER!!!!

That may seem like a full day to you, but we were just getting started! After pool area refresh it was off to see a Mirvish peformance! Be sure to read our post about THE BOOK OF MORMON.

Back To The National Women's Show - Day 2

Day 2 we visited booths that we wanted more information about and spent some time at Centre Stage to see some great speakers!

Being that we are the Jamie Oliver Food Revolution Ambassadors for Kitchener Waterloo we were very interested in hearing Julie Daniluk speak about food choices and ways to better your health.

Then it felt like we were transported back in time! Doug Davidson aka Paul from The Young And The Restless appeared on stage and there were tons of groupies! We were 2 rows away from him and managed to snag a few pics.

What's more awesome than that?
When Doug Davidson Retweets your twitter pic!!!

So as you can see had a great time covering this event! Stay tuned for more media coverage posts