Friday, July 29, 2016

Koba Entertainment Brings Toopy And Binoo To Centre In The Square - Enter To Win

Family Friendly Stage Show

Families will be glad to hear that TOOPY AND BINOO are headed to Kitchener Ontario for the new Koba Entertainment musical production TOOPY AND BINOO FUN AND GAMES.  This show will happen on November 20, 2016 at Centre In The Square. It will have lots of singing and dancing for your little ones to enjoy and being a 1pm performance on a Sunday afternoon, it would make for a great family outing.  It also gives kids in our area an opportunity to take in some children's theatre and learn what it's like to see a concert! Take a look at what you can expect from this family friendly live Toopy And Binoo show.
 
Entertaining and unpredictable, Toopy and Binoo: Fun and Games integrates music, theatre, dance, puppetry and innovative multimedia technology to create an off-the-wall experience that will delight the entire family!
Now imagine experiencing it through the eyes of young child.  Think of their reaction as they see their favourite television characters come to life in this new show. We think lots of children will be excited to attend!
Get Your Tickets
Head to http://www.kobaentertainment.com/shows/toopy-and-binoo/tour-dates to grab your tickets to TOOPY AND BINOO FUN AND GAMES.  There is even a VIP package available for the Centre In The Square performance! Plus, we are so excited about this stage production that we are holding a contest for a family of four pack of tickets to the show! Read on to learn more
Enter To Win
Enter the rafflecopter contest below (it may take a minute to load) and tell us why you would like to win tickets to this show. It may just win you a family four pack of tickets to Toopy And Binoo Fun And Games at Centre In The Square!

 
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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Celebrating Summer With Drayton Entertainment's Legends Of Rock 'n' Roll




This summer Drayton Entertainment is delighting audiences with memories from days done gone by with Legends Of Rock ‘n’ Roll.  This blast from the past spectacle includes tributes to many legendary artists, through entertaining song and dance numbers that the LEGENDS shows are known for.  There’s something for everyone in this stage production.  Whether it be songs from your youth or classics from before you were born, you’ll be singing along with the cast of this captivating show. 


 

Some performances are in recognition of famous bands while others are highlighting different eras in music history.  The styles range from doo wop bands to disco era ensembles.  There is audience interaction and some comedic bits thrown in the mix as well.  This show will have you humming these classics from the time you leave the Dunfield Theatre all the way on the journey home.  We think you will thoroughly enjoy Legends Of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Think of it as American Bandstand meets The Ed Sullivan Show meets Solid Gold.

Get Your Tickets To Legends Of Rock ‘n’ Roll


Regular performance tickets are $44.00 for adults; $26.00 for youth under 20 years of age. Tickets for groups of 20 or more are $36.00. HST is applicable to all ticket prices.

Legends … of Rock ‘n’ Roll runs through August 7. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Dunfield Theatre Cambridge, online at www.draytonentertainment.com or by calling the Box Office at (519) 621-8000 or toll free at 1-855-drayton (372-9866).

Monday, July 25, 2016

Civic Holiday 2016 Events And Activities In The Kitchener Waterloo Area


Civic Holiday 2016 Events And Activities In The Kitchener Waterloo Area



Are you ready for the Civic Holiday Long Weekend?
If not here are some great ideas for those celebrating a “staycation” in the Kitchener Waterloo area.
As always we suggest you check all the links provided for each event as dates/times/venues change without our knowledge.

Ongoing During The Full Civic Holiday Weekend

Drayton Entertainment shows - It Runs In The Family (road trip to Drayton Ontario) and Legends Of Rock 'n' Roll in Cambridge

Friday July 29

Bake Days @ Joseph Schneider Haus
Help make yeast, bread, pies, puddings and sample a bite or two.
Regular admission applies
http://josephschneiderhaus.com/plan-your-visit/summer-at-joseph-schneider-haus/


FREE FLICKS - Eddie The Eagle


 Construction Squared

A weekly noon hour event series featuring local performers.
  Join us in Waterloo Public Square every Friday from 12-1pm.
  List of performers coming soon.


Movies Under The Stars @ Shades Mill Cambridge

Come watch movies under the stars starting at dusk every Friday night beginning June 10 and continuing until mid- September in the new outdoor amphitheatre at Shade’s Mills Park on Avenue Road in Cambridge. Please note that movies are sometimes cancelled due to poor weather.

Movies start shortly before sunset, and the times vary between 9 p.m. during the longer days of June and July to 7:30 p.m. in September. Cancellations due to poor weather or schedule changes will be posted on the GRCA events calendar, Facebook and Twitter, or call the park at 519-621-3697.

The movies are all rated parental guidance (PG) or general admission (G). Specific movies for each Friday are listed in the Events Calendar on the GRCA website at www.grandriver.ca/events.



July 29-31

THE 24th ANNUAL MILL RACE FESTIVAL
OF TRADITIONAL FOLK MUSIC
will take place July 29 - 31, 2016
Downtown Cambridge, Ontario, Canada


This free festival is patterned after European festivals whereby the day’s events are held on numerous outdoor stages in the town core. Traditional forms of folk music and dance are the festival’s theme, with emphasis placed upon the various cultures present in Cambridge and surrounding area. Arts, crafts, and an excellent choice of food and refreshments are also available at the festival site and from the many fine eating establishments in downtown Cambridge. Local and internationally renowned performers, are selected each year to reflect a most diverse and entertaining mixture of musical cultures. http://www.millracefolksociety.com/Festival.html


Saturday July 30

15th annual Afro Festival
Saturday, July 30, 2016 | 12 – 8pm
Location:
Waterloo Park, Westmount Road entrance
Summary:
The African Women's Alliance of Waterloo is proud to announce the upcoming 15th annual Afro Festival. Afro Festival is a festival of dance, music, drama, art and African cuisine celebrating the rich cultural heritage of all of the countries that comprise the African continent.
This year we are celebrating the memory of Sadia Gassim, The founder of African Women’s Alliance of Waterloo Region. Sadia found AWA in 1995 and worked hard to build a stronger community through richness of African Culture diversity.
The 15th Annual Afro Festival comes up this year on Saturday, July 30th, 2016 at Waterloo Park, Westmount Road entrance from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm. We are expecting over 5,000 people, over 50 agencies, community groups, several dance troupes, and traditional storytellers. There will be vendors selling African food, traditional crafts and clothing. This is a free family friendly event.  Free parking is available.
Website:


Critter Show @ Guelph Lake (road trip)
2pm-3:30pm
Be part of an adoring audience as celebrity resident "creature teachers" from the Guelph Lake Nature Centre visit Guelph Lake Park. Learn some fascinating facts and stories about the animals and see them up close. Paparazzi and their cameras are welcome. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. For our animals’ safety, please do not bring dogs. Meet at the outdoor classroom near the pollinator garden and the new nature centre site. Preregistration is not required.
This event is free for Grand River Parks Members and those who have paid park admission fees.




Spongebob and Patrick @ Bingemans Kingpin Bowlounge
Buy tickets at
 https://www.bingemans.com/secure/dispatch.php?action=show_third_party_purch_select&event_id=4388

Come join Cloutsnchara and fellow collectors around Kitchener/Waterloo for traders night starting at 7PM
Last Saturday of every month we have traders night. Traders night is where collectors come to our store with their traders and trade with fellow collectors while watching sports on our 5 TV’s. Any age groups are welcomed and any style of cards are welcomed (Hockey is the main sport)


https://www.facebook.com/events/257983634572237/

Harry Potter Midnight Magic @ Chapters Waterloo
10pm 
The Magic happens here. Get your copy of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child first at Midnight on July 31st.
https://www.facebook.com/events/862943273810740/


July 30 and 31
Serbian Food Festival 
Saturday and Sunday on the corner of Fischer Hallman & Ottawa St. One of KW’s largest outdoor dining experiences.
Doors are open between 10:00am to 11:00pm.
http://kwserbianfoodfest.com/events/
 
Sunday July 31

Sunday Family Fun Days @ Waterloo Region Museum (DOON)
9:30am-5pm
Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m. enjoy our Summer Music Series! Today's featured music artist is Shannon Lyon. Join us for a look in the galleries, a visit to the village and enjoy an afternoon of music on the patio.Join us for a look in the galleries, a visit to the village and enjoy an afternoon of music on the patio.
Enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides through Village from 1 to 4 p.m. and hands-on activities and demonstrations throughout the day. Join the Waterloo Region Museum's volunteer Heritage Singers in the Freeport Church for hymn singing between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Horse-drawn wagon rides and all activities that take place on Sunday Family Fun Days are included with general admission: $10 Adults, $8 Seniors/Students, $5 Children, Children four and under free, Family $25, all admissions plus HST.  http://www.waterlooregionmuseum.com/upcoming-events/event-details/?id=380&type=0&calendar=1

Sunday Sampler @ Joseph Schneider Haus
1 to 5 p.m. Explore the quiet pursuits of a summer Sunday. Try traditional handcrafts, tour the garden, and enjoy a cup of lemon balm tea. http://josephschneiderhaus.com/upcoming-events/event-details/?id=596&type=0&calendar=3 (I would guess regular admission applies)

Nature Detectives @ Shades Mill (Cambridge)
1:30pm-3pm
Animals are well camouflaged and seldom seen by predators and humans. They leave clues such as tracks, scats, nests and dens. Join our nature guide on a detective hike and learn new skills to help find out who lives here at Shade’s Mills Park. Bring your binoculars or borrow a pair from the nature guide. A hat, mosquito repellent and close-toed shoes are recommended. This program is suitable for adults and school-aged children. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Toyota Amphitheatre.
Preregistration is not required.
This event is free for Grand River Parks Members and those who have paid park admission fees.
https://calendar.grandriver.ca/default/Detail/2016-07-31-Be-a-Nature-Detective-at-Shades-Mills-Park

PokemonGO Riverside Park BBQ, Lures And Cleanup
1pm-4pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/723765967763125/

Piping Down The Sun @ McDougall Cottage (Cambridge)
Time 4 to 4:30 p.m.
Experience this ancient Celtic tradition and bid the sun "oidhche mhath" (good night) in the traditional musical manner. Piper Angus Sutherland does the honours tonight. All donations go to the Piper. http://mcdougallcottage.com/upcoming-events/event-details/?id=303&type=0&calendar=2

CIVIC HOLIDAY


Monday August 1

Kidsummer @ Waterloo Region Museum (DOON)
9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
We're throwing a party and all kids are invited! KidSummer is mid-summer fun family day where kids of all ages can have some good old fashioned fun.
Try your hand at some of the gallery activities and games, or try some of the hands-on activities and games out in the village.
Visit for a wonderful summer day. Free admission for up to two children, with each $10 adult admission purchased. http://www.waterlooregionmuseum.com/upcoming-events/event-details/?id=2&type=0&calendar=1

St Jacobs Railway Excursion
1pm
All Ages : $25
Tots (2 and under): FREE
*Please Note: if the train is well attended we ask you to seat your children under 2 on your lap.*
Fares listed exclude HST.
http://waterloocentralrailway.com/events/august-1st-civic-holiday-steam-excursion/

Classic Car Mondays
Kitchener-Waterloo residents of all ages are invited to join car enthusiasts as they showcase their special edition and classic cars every Monday from June 6th to September 19th. Show & Shine Classic Car Mondays will run from 6 pm until dusk in the PartSource parking lot at The Shops at Highland and Westmount (weather permitting).  Admission is free and there are there great prizes to be won.  Public transit and parking is available. https://www.facebook.com/ClassicCarMondays/



Sunday, July 24, 2016

A Family Matters Farce From Drayton Entertainment’s It Runs In The Family


A Family Matters Farce From Drayton Entertainment’s It Runs In The Family

 

 


This summer, Drayton Entertainment’s It Runs In The Family will have you running to the Drayton Festival Theatre to see this British Farce.  It is a relief from the heat by being set at Christmastime, a time when the hospital has a lot of hustle bustle going on.  Not only are the characters in this show dealing with patients, a seminar and the hospital’s annual Christmas panto, one doctor is dealing with the news that he fathered a child 18 years ago.  After receiving the news that his affair with a nurse has made him an instant Dad to an emotionally unstable son, he also learns that the boy is searching the hospital halls for him.  In order to keep his past indiscretions under wraps while preparing for the biggest speech of his career, he enlists the help of a longtime friend and fellow doctor help to cover up what is going on.  As the play unfolds, the stories they tell the hospital staff, family members and even the police sergeant get stretched, and the plot thickens as each character gets involved. 

Parents’ Nigh Out


We think this comedy would make a great Parents’ Night Out.  You will be beside yourself with the facetious wit, sarcastic remarks, comedic prat falls and slapstick humour that happens throughout the show.  Just like Drayton Entertainment’s farce Run For Your Wife, this year’s It Runs In The Family will help you see the funny side of family matters.

It Runs in the Family is on stage at the Drayton Festival Theatre through August 6. Tickets are $44 for Adults and $26 for Youth under 20 years of age. Tickets for groups of 20 or more are $36. HST is applicable to all ticket prices.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.draytonentertainment.com, in person at any Drayton Entertainment Box Office, or by calling toll free 1-855-DRAYTON (372-9866).

Saturday, July 23, 2016

UB40 Plays Kitchener Ontario’s Centre In The Square September 1, 2016 – Enter To Win


UB40 Plays Kitchener Ontario’s Centre In The Square September 1, 2016 – Enter To Win

 

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

 

Raise Your Red Red Wine Glasses

We believe a toast is order as Centre In The Square kicks off its Fall 2016 season with UB40.  We were so excited to hear that UB40 is coming to Kitchener Ontario. The band UB40 is best known for their hit RED RED WINE…


 


…but they had so many other hits as well.  Below are a few of our favourites.

Here I Am (Come And Take Me)


 

The Way You Do The Things You Do


 

As well as a string of timeless cover songs that are given an amazing reggae twist.


I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You

 

Every Breath You Take


 

I Got You Babe


 

Plus they are bringing their brand of music to modern day issues like cyber bullying with their song Cyber Bully Boys.


 

 With all of these great tunes from UB40 we are sure you will want to be at their concert at Centre In The Square on September 1, 2015

Parents’ Night Out


We think that getting a chance to see UB40 live will make a great Parents’ Night Out so be sure to grab your tickets before they are gone! Plus we are excited to giveaway a pair of tickets in the contest below.

Enter To Win

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Drayton Entertainment Gets Four Friends Tee'd Off In Norm Foster's The Men's Foursome


The stage is set when four friends grab their golf gear and head to the golf course the day after their University Reunion.  What starts off as a great morning for golf turns, into a group of "tee'd off" fellas as the day's play goes on. 


Each of the players in the foursome start golf game off with light-hearted chatter about work and family and soon the topic of a wager on each hole comes up.  What starts as a friendly bet quickly, escalates to a hole by hole gamble and as the stakes get higher the conversations get more heated in this Norm Foster play.  The subjects of young love, divorce, conception, family life and possible addiction come to the forefront with this foursome but each topic is met with quick witted banter and the ability to call each other's bluffs in the bluffs.  From the front nine to the back nine you will begin to understand why these 4 men found each other in University but need each other later on in life.


Whether or not your consider yourself a golfer we suggest that you "bump and run" your way to the Drayton Entertainment's St Jacobs Country Playhouse to see The Men's Foursome


Regular performance tickets are $44.00 for adults; $26.00 for youth under 20 years of age. Tickets for groups of 20 or more are $36.00. HST is applicable to all ticket prices.
The Men’s Foursome runs July 13 to July 29.  Tickets may be purchased in person at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse, online at www.stjacobscountryplayhouse.com or by calling the Box Office at (519) 747-7788 or toll free at 1-855-drayton (372-9866).

Sunday, July 17, 2016

The Chopped Leaf Celebrates It's Grand Opening In Waterloo Ontario - Enter To Win


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!
Time To Get Fresh With The Chopped Leaf

 
Being the JAMIE OLIVER FOOD REVOLUTION AMBASSADORS FOR KITCHENER WATERLOO, we were thrilled to learn that The Chopped Leaf had opened a location in Waterloo Ontario.  From the moment we walked in we fell in love with the modern atmosphere and once the fresh food arrived we were hooked. 
 
 
 Read on learn about our experience at The Chopped Leaf and how you can enter to win a dinner for 4 at their Waterloo location.
 
 
Wondering if The Chopped Leaf is all chopped up to what they say it is?
 
 
The Chopped Leaf is a franchise that began in Western Canada with an emphasis on fresh and healthy options.  They offer both seating in their establishment as well as to go meals that can be ordered online or in person.  This fits well within the KW community.  It gives families another option when it comes to quick service meals. Be sure to check out their menu to see all the offerings available.
 
What We Ate At The Chopped Leaf
We each had a Chef Designed Signature Salad which we added grilled chicken to.  Diane's choice was SOUTHWEST and mine was SUNSHINE.  Each Chef Designed Salad was filled with fresh ingredients and dressed to perfection.
 
As a beverage with our meals we each had a  Fresh Cold Pressed Juice with our meal and after we took some Chopped Water to go!
 
 
Eating at The Chopped Leaf was an amazing experience and while we left feeling full we didn't feel like we needed a nap.  The fresh vegetables and lean protein gave us energy to carry on with the rest of our day. With choices like salads, wraps and veggie rolls there will be something on the menu for everyone in your family.  They even have a kids menu to get your kiddos eating healthy!
 
Get To The Chopped Leaf Grand Opening 
July 23 and 24, 2016 from Noon-6pm The Chopped Leaf will be celebrating the Grand Opening of their Waterloo Location at 36 Northfield Dr. E. Waterloo (King and Northfield). 
 
The Grand Opening Activities Include:
  • 91.5 The Beat On Location Saturday July 23 from 1pm to 5pm
  • Saturday Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
  • Instagram Photo Booth With A Chance To Win A 1 Year Goodlife Fitness Membership
  • Sampling Of Their Menu Items
  • Games And Prizes
Enter To Win
To celebrate The Grand Opening Of The Chopped Leaf Location In Waterloo Ontario we are giving away a dinner for 4! It includes an entrĂ©e and Chopped Water for each person.  Just enter the Rafflecopter contest below (it may take a minute to load) and be sure to leave a comment at the bottom of this post about what you like in your salad?
 
 
 
 


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Saturday, July 9, 2016

What Bloggers Think About Disney Movies

When it comes to Walt Disney Movies, you know we are big fans and have done several reviews, but we wanted to know what others thought as well.  Since it's impossible for us to review all of the Disney films, we put a call out to other bloggers about their reviews of Disney movies and many were happy to share!  Below is list of what we and other bloggers think about Disney movies.

Disney Movie Reviews By Film Titles

We have complied lists of the reviews that were submitted by the Disney film title.  We hope these add some insight to you movie selections. We think you will find at least a film or two for every age group! (Note these are not in any particular order, so scroll through the full list). Click the links to read the reviews.

Finding Dory

The Finest Hours

Zootopia

Inside Out


Star Wars - The Force Awakens
The Good Dinosaur
Into The Woods
Brave
Million Dollar Arm
 

Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs
Disney Short Films Collection
Frozen
The Pirate Fairy (with Tinkerbell)
Alice Through The Looking Glass
 

Captain America Civil War
The Jungle Book

Disneynature Chimpanzees
Disneynature Monkey Kingdom
Disneynature Bears
Maleficent
Cinderella

Tangled
The Princess And The Frog
Mulan
Pocahontas
Aladdin
Beauty And The Beast
The Little Mermaid
Sleeping Beauty
Tomorrowland

Teen Beach Movie

Avengers - Age Of Ultron

Guardians Of The Galaxy

Antman

McFarland

The Lone Ranger
Delivery Man

Pete's Dragon
Our review of Pete's Dragon

Queen of Katwe
 
Our review of Queen of Katwe

Doctor Strange
Our review of Doctor Strange

Moana
Our review of Moana

and if we missed any be sure to check out the list of 65 MUST WATCH DISNEY FILMS by PARENT CLUB.