Sunday, May 1, 2016

May 2016 Mother's Day, Food Revolution Day, Victoria Day, Fireworks And More Events In Kitchener Waterloo

We always suggest that you go through the FULL post, as some events require registration and fill up quickly. We also want you to check the website links that are with the events as their times/dates/venues change without our knowledge.

MAY 2016

Ongoing May Events (see specific date events under the BLAST heading)
Watch live as a family of peregrine falcons comes together above the CTV Kitchener studio.
Research Studies @ UofW
Contact Lens Research
Currently the top contact lens research centre in the world is continuing to accomplish great things through research done right here at UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO
The studies are non-invasive and all of our participants are compensated at $20/hr for their time and often get free contact lenses or glasses.
Right they are recruiting 7-11 year olds to participate in a 3yr study
Infant Studies Group
If you’re looking for something new and fun to do with your child, we would love to have you participate in one of our studies! Help us discover how children learn about language and the world around them. Typical studies involve a one time, half hour visit. You stay with your child the entire time and receive a small gift for participating as well! Please contact us or visit our website for more information. We hope to see you soon!
TEL: 519 888 4567
ext. 31164
Youth Drum & Bugle Corps
Great program for
youths in the KWC area. Our participants come not only from Cambridge, but
Waterloo, Kitchener, Brantford, and surrounding areas as well.
We are not the Scouts.
We are not the Army, Navy or Sea Cadets.
We are a the only Youth Drum and Bugle Corps in the area!
No experience required and we have a modest membership fee ($20 per year). We provide a unique musical education program that not only teaches kids to play music or perform colour guard, we instruct them how to march, perform and basically
just have fun!
Check us out on our website:
Sleep And Your New Baby Waterloo Region Sessions
(various dates and times)
Session Details:
The purpose of the session is help families understand and respond to their baby’s sleep patterns and language, which will in turn strengthen family relationships and contribute to achieving optimal child health.
The 1.5 hour session will be offered weekly starting January 2016 at all three Ontario Early Years Main sites with a mix of daytime, evening and weekend timings
Parents/caregivers can register online at
The session will be most beneficial if parents/caregivers brings their baby with them and we encourage bringing a support person to assist with this…
Earth Sciences Museum @ University Of Waterloo
Conestoga Rovers Learning Centre (the “Dino pit”) open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
The museum’s main atrium, mining tunnel, Great Lakes fountain and stunning mineral exhibits open evenings Monday to Friday and weekends from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Plus info about the Scavenger Hunt can be found at…/earth-sciences-museum-scavenger-hunts
Have an Infant and/or Toddler? Check out OUR PLACE EARLY YEARS CENTRE calendar
Creekside Kids is excited to invite families to the City Park Indoor Playground at Creekside Church. You do not need to be a Creekside attender to enjoy the use of this playground. Admission is free

Time out play time (drop-in)
Interact with your child (newborn - 6Y) through creative play and action games. Unrestricted floor space allows children to develop gross motor skills. Caregivers must supervise children at all times.
Program is at MFSSC in Bechtel Park
Mondays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (Jan. 4 to May 9, 2016)
Program will not be running on the following dates: Dec. 25, Jan. 1, Feb.15.
Cost: $5.25/vist/family (maximum 4 children) OR $47.25 pass for 10 visits
TuesdaysBring 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!
Tots Time @ Waterloor Region Museum (DOON)
Join us on Tuesdays for an engaging program for children ages 2 to 5.
Each week is a different theme and the time will be filled with crafts, toy playing, story reading and lots of learning games to help your little one grow. Admission is $2 per child.
10 per cent membership discount applies. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Accompanying adult's admission is free.…/event-details/…
The Family Kitchen @ Kitchener Market
Join Yarmarie, the Community Nutrition Worker from Our Place Family Resource and Early Years Centre, Tuesdays in the Marketplace from April 5th to May 10th and have family cooking time. This program will provide strategies to families with children ages 4-6 years how to involve children in the kitchen.
Cost: $12 per child (max. 2 children per adult) made in person on April 5th. Register for all five sessions by calling 519-571-1626.
Waterloo Region Museum (DOON)
10 to 11 a.m. Are you a new mom looking for some adult time with other new moms? The Waterloo Region Museum is offering a new program for new moms.
Every other Wednesday during the winter months this program offers a fun and interesting morning out with your new baby.
Admission is $3 + HST, 10% membership discount applies…/event-details/…
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…/Kids_Art_free_art_program.a…
Tots Time @ Waterloor Region Museum (DOON)
Join us on Thursdays for an engaging program for children ages 2 to 5.
Each week is a different theme and the time will be filled with crafts, toy playing, story reading and lots of learning games to help your little one grow. Admission is $2 per child.
10 per cent membership discount applies. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Accompanying adult's admission is free.…/event-details/…
Boston Pizza at Erb and Erbsville is every Thursday 5:30-7:30pm
Friday from 10-10:30 a.m. for Music and Movement @ Kitchener Market
Come out and support your child's language development and experience the benefits of physical activity.
Friday from 10:30-11 a.m. for drop-in playtime.
11:30 - 12:30 pm
Williamsburg Community Centre
A weekly group focusing on issues relevant to being a new parent (or expectant parent) as well as social time to pass common ideas back and forth.
Children come with parents (0 -12 mths).
Light lunch provided
SaturdaysKPL 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 $2.99 Films @ Cineplex

FREE FLICKS (suited for the older teen crown)
SundaysFREE FLICKS (family movies)

May 1-12
Registration Discount Offer For ARTSHINE SUMMER ART CAMPS! Pay regular price for one child and then ALL SIBLINGS are 50% off! EMAIL to claim this #MothersDay offer. Valid from May 1, 2016 to May 12, 2016

May 1-8

FUNDRAISING CARNIVAL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region
Friday, April 29 – Sunday, May 8, 2016 Thursday, August 18 – Sunday, August 21, 2016
Weekdays 4pm – 10pm
Weekends 11am – 10pm

Join us for some exciting family fun at Sunrise Shopping Centre.
There will be plenty of games and rides along with food and drinks!

*Weather permitting

May 5
Young Art @ Waterloo Region Museum (DOON)
Be sure to visit the ARTSHINE GRAFFITI Booth

May 7
Spring Opening Of Kitchener Market

The Saturday market moves outdoors!

Dutch Veterans day ceremony outside on the Piazza at 9 a.m.
Mother’s day celebration 10 a.m.-12 p.m. in the Marketplace.
Special gifts for moms, stop by the Marketplace office.
Music on the Piazza by Matt Weigner from 1030 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Free face painting with Bree Creative.
Balloon Kite Making by Drew Ripley.
Velofix, the largest fleet of Mobile Bike Shops in North America will be doing on site bike repairs.
Sharp my Knife – mobile sharpening of your chef’s knives, carving knives, paring knives, steak knives, cheese knives etc. 


Mother's Day Birdhouse @ Waterloo Region Museum (DOON)
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Join us to make a birdhouse for mom, grandma or keep it for yourself! These cute bird houses will be the perfect addition to any backyard, porch or balcony.
When it’s done, you will be able to enjoy all your feathered friends and watch their family grow too.
Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Appropriate for children aged three to five. $9 plus HST per child. Advance registration is required. Capacity limited. 10 percent membership discount applies. Due to space restriction, only 1 adult per child is allowed.

Community Tree Planting
Snyder's Flats Bloomingdale
This family-friendly event offers participants the chance to directly support their community in a local reforestation project. It takes place rain or shine and participants are asked to bring a shovel, gardening gloves and a lot of energy. Trees Ontario and the GRCA supply the rest.

Take A Kid Fishing Day
Belwood Lake
Event Details:
Kids can learn from the pros at the Shimano Take a Kid Fishing Day. The day also includes draw prizes, BBQ lunch, fishing seminars, fishing skills lessons, OFAH Tackle Share Program, fly tying station, archery lessons.
Free with park admission or a a Grand River Parks membership pass. Participants must pre-register by email.

Lowes Build and Grow Chalkboard Planter
You must pre-register at

Sheridan Nurseries Little Diggers
 Grandparents, Dads, Aunts or Uncles - your Little Digger will love painting a special planter for mommy! They'll be super excited with Mom's planter gift for her big day!
Pre-registration is required.
Members: $5.00 & Non-members: $7.00

Joseph Schneider Haus Tableau Workshop
2 to 4 p.m. Drop In.
Join us for a fun afternoon of learning how to create tableau images using costumes and props from Joseph Schneider Haus. $5 plus HST.

Saturday, May 7, 2016 | 10am – 4pm
Summary:The KW Gem and Mineral Club invites everyone to our annual Gem and Mineral Show. Find gemstones, rocks, minerals and hand crafted jewelry, displays, fossils, beads.     Free  admission.   Free activities and samples for children;  bring your mineral to identify, demonstrations; mineral and gemstone dealers.
Phone number:519-571-1418

The Woolwich Sun Rays Special Hockey Team invites you to join them for their Fundraising Event.
Bring the whole family out for a fun filled day with something for everyone to see and do!
Door prizes, raffle table and Sun Rays merchandise available for purchase!
WHEN: Saturday May 7, 2016 (rain or shine)
TIME: 10:00am to 3:00pm
WHERE: Thompson Auto Tech, 30 Oriole Pkwy E., Elmira, Ontario
CAR ENTRY FEE: $10.00 per car - Exciting Grab Bag for the first 100 Entries!
BBQ Provided by: The Optimist Club of Elmira
Music by: Cowboy Up
Entertainment by: Magician Michael Francis, 4 Time Guinness World Record Holder
For more information on the Car Show, contact Chris or Barb Thompson at 519-669-4400

Saturday, May 7, 2016 | 1 – 4pm
Summary:Waterloo Earth Day is a free community event focusing on the planting of native trees and shrubs, and learning about our environment through educational hands-on activities.

Plant a tree, enjoy free-flying birds of prey shows, build a bird house and learn tips from local experts: explore nature, be water-wise and live local!  Event participants have a chance to win a prize. 
This event will be delivered in conjunction with the park grand opening and will feature the unveiling of a bird-themed natural playground and interactive signage, highlighting the importance of the UW Environmental Reserve as habitat for local birds.
Phone number:519-886-2310 x30296

May 7 and 8
Joseph Schneider Haus Washing House Opening
Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.
The Schneider family Wash House will be humming with activity all weekend.
Staff will demonstrate spinning, traditional wool dyeing techniques and open hearth cooking. Learn to pick and card wool.
On Saturday visit with Anne Snyder of Snyder Heritage Farms and her sheep, 1 to 4 p.m. Included with regular admission.

Saturday, May 7 | 10am – Sunday, May 8, 2016 | 6pm
Location: Kitchener Memorial Auditorium
Summary:Come out with your friends, family and pet to the first annual pet show being held at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium on May 7 & 8. Watch the WoofJocks Canine All Start Team perform in dog agility and tricks. Hold a kangaroo and lemur monkey. Shop at the many vendors for pet products and services. Watch police K9 demonstrations. Participate in the pet costume contest and wiener dog race or one of the many other activities. Tickets at the door or online.
Website =

Mother's Day Tea @ McDougall Cottage Cambridge
Seatings at 1 and 3 p.m.
Treat mum to a traditional tea on her special day. There’ll be sweets and savouries galore, along with superb music by vocalist/guitarist Geoff Lewis.
$15 per person plus HST. Please call ahead to reserve.

May 12
Gipsy Kings @ Centre In The Square
May 12-22

Thursday, May 12 – Sunday, May 22, 2016
Location: Various locations throughout Stratford
Summary:Showcasing our nation's finest established and emerging artists, SpringWorks: indie theatre & arts festival is an eleven-day celebration of Canada's rich creative culture.
Explore a wide range of juried performances and events, including new plays, opera, puppet shows and late-night cabaret. With a variety of programming for kids and adults, our season offers something new for everyone.
Don't miss the 2016 SpringWorks Puppet Festival, complete with a special family weekend!
Join us for music, theatre, poetry, dance, visual art and much more. We can't wait to welcome you to our season!
Phone number:1-800-561-7926

May 14
Build An Angry Birds Birdhouse @ Home Depot

Saturday, May 14th,2016  10AM – 12PM

Kids will learn how to Build an Angry Birds Birdhouse with easy to follow step-by-step instructions.

FREE Hands-on Workshops designed for children ages 5 – 12 You must pre-register

Gardening Workshop @ Waterloo Region Museum (DOON)
 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Novice gardeners learn all there is to know about starting a garden.
This workshop will provide a hands-on overview of soil preparation, essential tools, watering, fertilizing and preventing weeds.
Participants will sow early seeds and learn how to care for tender seedlings during the last weeks of cold spring weather. Transplanting and arranging perennial flowers is a highlight of the workshop. Participants will take home a selection of potted perennials to transplant into their own gardens.
Admission is $10 per person plus HST. Member’s discount applies. Advance registration is required. Capacity is limited at 20 people. Advance registration required. To register and purchase tickets call 519-748-1914. VISA, MasterCard and American Express accepted. Member’s discount applies. No cancellations or refunds.

Saturday, May 14, 2016 | 1 – 3pm
Location: University Village Park, Guelph
Summary:Event co-hosted by: Guelph Community Food Forest and Hanlon Creek Neighbourhood Group
  • Find out what a Food Forest is!
  • Help to plant the first phase of trees and shrubs into the park space designated for the Guelph Community Food Forest
  • Activities for kids of all ages - bouncy castle, balloon animal artist, face painting, relays & races, bubbles, plant seeds, make a paper kite and much more!
  • Information and vendor tables - contact to inquire if space is still available

Join this celebration of Community and Spring!
Phone number:519-803-2562

Celebrating Galt's 200th
This talk is being hosted by the Waterloo Historical Society and will take place at St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School 50 Saginaw Pkwy. Admission is free and no pre-registration required.

May 14 and 15
Scraps and Schnibbles @ Joseph Schneider Haus
Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.
The Schneider family recycled nearly everything, every bit of fabric was used up in quilts, pot holders and Schnibble mats.
I would think regular admission applies

Outgrow Outplay Sale @ Kitchener Memorial Auditorium

May 15
May Day @ McDougall Cottage Cambridge
1:30 to 4 p.m.
Join us as we celebrate May Day with music, Morris dancing and Maypole festivities. Musicians Brad McEwen and Paul Morris and the Oakville Ale and Sword and Forest City dance troupes will be on hand to help us usher in the summer in a most traditional manner. Admission is by donation.
Kids In Kilts
Drop-in from 1 to 4 p.m.
One special day each month, we invite children, ages three and up, to create a fun seasonal or Scottish inspired craft. This month crafty kids will be creating their own unique Flower Pot Wind Chimes to hand in their own cottage’s garden.
$3 per child, adults, no charge.

May 17
Paw Patrol @ Kitchener Portuguese Club
Come and meet 3 of the Pups from Pawtrol. Hall opens @ 5:30 to welcome their arrival @ 6. This is a meet and greet event with an opportunity to get a photo with the Pups. Don't forget your camera!
$20 per ticket includes one child admission with pizza, drink, as well as, one free adult admission. Additional adults are $10. Pizza and drinks available for sale for adults.

PRE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED see info and ticket cost at

May 18
Day Of Play @ Waterloo Public Square
Play is not just essential for kids; it can be an important source of relaxation and stimulation for adults as well. Playing with family members, friends, co-workers, pets, and children is a sure (and fun) way to fuel imagination, creativity, problem-solving abilities, and emotional well-being.
The City of Waterloo Day of Play will feature:
  • video games
  • board games
  • maker activities
  • music experimentation
  • visual art
  • and more.

Talk: The Basics and Benefits of Meditation @ McDougall Cottage Cambridge
 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Transformational Energy Healer, Tammy-Jo Hiemstra, is going to be talking about how a regular meditation practice has many benefits. She will also facilitate a small guided meditation for you to experience. Pre-register for $5 plus HST.

Saturday May 21
Town of Conestogo
We are back for another year of Fireworks!! Saturday May 21st is the date. Rain date is Monday may 23rd. Details to follow! #fireworks
— Conestogo Optimists (@CWOptimists) April 19, 2016

Fireworks And Family Fun Night 2016 @ Mohawk Racetrack
Doors Open at 5PM  |  Fireworks at 10:30PM

Paw Patrol @ Bingemans
ITS PATROL TIME! Come to FunworX and meet Marshall and Skye! Event times are 11:00am and 1:00pm. Included with admission is a loot bag, photo ops, patrol themed activates and free admission to FunworX play structure!
PRE REGISTRATION info and cost at

Paw Patrol Dance Party @ Breslau Community Centre
Chase and Marshall will be coming to Breslau for a dance party and meet and greet! 
PRE REGISTRATION and info and cost at

Monday May 23
New Dundee All Day Events and Fireworks

MAY 28
Food Revolution KW Day At The #KitchenerMarket
Upper Marketplace Kitchen Area
Top Chef Canada Finalist Terry Salmond Will Kick Off The Event At 10am
Event Activities Include
Kids In The Kitchen Cooking Demo
Meet Fitzroy Vanderpool aka 'Fitz The Whip'
Meet PWA Canada Wrestlers
PRO Martial Arts Waterloo Demos
Sportco Source for Sports Colouring Area
Foodlink Waterloo Region Farm In A Box And Buy Local Buy Fresh Maps
Fresh Endeavours Planting Area
Artshine-Arts4all Arts and Crafts
Our Place Family Resource and Early Years Centre
Nutrition for Learning Info
Facepaint by Bre Creative
Keep watch of our FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE for more updates! 

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