Sunday, June 25, 2017

Save On Ontario Attractions With Coupons For FREE Or Discount Admission


We are always on the lookout for FREE or LOW COST family friendly events for families.

While our monthly STUFF TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS IN KITCHENER WATERLOO list is always pinned to the top of our STUFF TO DO FACEBOOK GROUP PAGE sometimes it is fun to get out of town too.

Ongoing Attraction Coupons



I’ve used these printable coupons for discount admission the Hockey Hall of Fame and even local venues like Bingemans Big Splash.

Free Admission Coupons


This year Ontario Fun Pass is offering even more savings! By heading to http://www.ontariofunpass.com/PersonalizeCoupon_EN.aspx you can get  printable coupons for 2 FREE* child general admissions at various Ontario venues including Ontario Science Centre, Royal Ontario Museum & more (kids must be accompanied by one paying adult or senior).

Ripley's Aquarium / CN Tower Combo Ticket
Many people ask about Ripley's Aquarium deal. Here's a combo ticket! You don't even have to visit both venues on the same day if you don't want to! (but must be used within 90 days of purchase).
See all the information about this combo at http://www.cntower.ca/en-ca/plan-your-visit/tickets/tower-experience.html


Want to save even more?  Always check the Stuff To Do With Your Kids In KW blog for our current contests.  We host lots of giveaways for products, kid friendly activities & PARENTS’ NIGHTS OUT!

We would love to hear which events you have enjoyed and which discounts have helped you save money.  Let us know in the comments as we welcome your feedback!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Grape Escape Food And Wine Tasting Event For Monica Place – Enter To Win


We'll start with the Disclaimer - Yes we did receive 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!

PARENT’S NIGHT OUT


This fall The Grape Escape Food And Wine Tasting Event will be taking place at the Victoria Park Pavilion.  It will happen on Thursday October 6, 2017 at 6:30 pm and this event will make for a great PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT!

You will be have the opportunity to taste fine wine and food from local chefs.  We think it will be a great way to start the Thanksgiving weekend (a bit early) as it will be a fundraiser for Monica Place.

More About Monica Place


For those living in The Region of Waterloo, Monica Place may sound familiar, but for those who want to learn more about how Monica Place serves our community, take a moment and watch the video below

Monica Place offers comprehensive programs as well as housing for pregnant or parenting young women. Services offered include: a residential program for expectant mothers, Mom’s and Babes Unit for new mothers and infants; decision making workshops; individual and group counselling; parenting classes; pre and post adoption support; health care and prenatal classes; career counselling; recreational opportunities; an on-site school; and 24 hour support from Monica Place staff.

This establishment is important to our area so we encourage you to buy a ticket to attend The Grape Escape Food And Wine Tasting Event.

Grab You Tickets


It is a great way to support this worthy cause and give back to community during Thanksgiving.

As you can see I'm pretty excited about The Grape Escape Food And Wine Tasting Event. That's because I get to giveaway a pair of tickets to a lucky reader! (19+ only)

Enter To Win 

Enter the rafflecopter contest below (it may take a minute to load) and tell me why you want to attend The Grape Escape Food And Wine Tasting Event in the comments at the bottom. It may just win you a night out for you and a guest to attend the event!
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Safety Tree Makes Summer A Breeze – Enter To Win


We'll start with the Disclaimer - Yes this is a sponsored post, but this just means we're able to offer you a chance to win a free safety class from Safety Tree! Enter the contest at the end of this post

 
I remember going to movies in the 80s to see the film ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING.  It was comedy about a teenager having to babysit and the crazy night that took place.

In the film, there was a boy who should have been old enough to stay home and watch his younger sister but because he didn’t have a mature attitude his parents felt the need to have a babysitter for them.  The babysitter made it seem like the trouble they got into that night was because of the kids, but it really started with her not making good choices to begin with.

Fast forward to today and kids have ways to prepare for both of these situations thanks to Safety Tree. This summer forget the chaotic storm of what to do the days parents need to be away.  Instead enjoy the summer breeze and know that your children are prepared to handle this situation.

Summer Break is almost here! Are you looking to sign up your kids for activities while they are off school? As mentioned in our SAFETY TREE CLASSES FOR KIDS post, Safety Tree offers classes to prepare them for the challenges of being home alone.  

Safety Tree Courses In The Kitchener Waterloo Area


June 24th - Home Alone Safety for Kids -Baden
June 24th - Red Cross Babysitting Course - Brantford
June 25th - Home Alone Safety for Kids - Waterloo
June 30th - Red Cross Babysitting Course - Kitchener
June 30th - Home Alone safety for Kids - Ayr
June 30th - My Safe Life and Home Alone Safety for Kids at Centreville Chicopee Community Centre through the City of Kitchener.

Reserve you spot today for these and other upcoming summer classes at www.safetytreecanada.com

See below for course descriptions
AGES 9-12 YEAR OLDS
Home Alone Safety for Kids

·     Topics include:

o    Street smarts and bike safety

o    People safety (Stranger danger vs. Safe strangers and “not-so stranger” danger). Identifying "Tricky people".

o    Online and internet safety

o    Snacking and kitchen safety

o    Home fire safety

o    Sibling rivalry

o    Preventing accidents

o    How to handle emergencies and other situations

o    Basic first aid skills

AGES 11-14 YEAR OLDS
Red Cross Babysitting Course

·     Topics include:

o    How to find clients and make money babysitting

o    Caring for children of all ages

o    Creating safe environments and preventing accidents

o    Fire safety and prevention

o    What to do in an emergency

o    Good decision-making and leadership skills

o    Basic First Aid skills


For more information about these and other Safety Tree courses, visit their website and social links
Website: https://www.safetytreecanada.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/safetytreecanada
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Safety__Tree
Plus, we have a contest! See below to learn about how you can win a FREE SAFETY TREE CLASS.

Enter To Win


We are giving away a FREE SAFETY TREE CLASS! 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 with which Safety Tree Class your family would be interested in.
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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Where To Find The Libman Company Cleaning Products Across Canada This Canada Day #Canada150 – Enter To Win

We'll start with the Disclaimer - Yes this is a sponsored post, but this just means we're able to offer you a chance to win a floor cleaning trio! Enter the contest at the end of this post





As stated in an earlier post, we let you know that The Libman Company Cleaning Products are available in HOME DEPOT STORES and just in time for Canada Day we thrilled to announce that this July they will also be available in CANADIAN TIRE STORES across Canada.

For those new to The Libman Company products, we thought we would first tell you about how the company got its start

William Libman left Lithuania for the United States in the 1890s. He landed in Chicago and started life in the New World by peddling sundries from a pushcart, selling everything from brooms to clothes-pins. The old-fashioned corn broom was always a top seller. ity, the company opened a corn broom factory on Kinzie Street in Chicago, the commercial heart of the Midwestern broom corn market.ity, the company opened a corn broom factory on Kinzie Street in Chicago, the commercial heart of the Midwestern broom corn market.

William’s sons, grandsons and great grandchildren have since expanded that mission to include the finest mops, brooms, brushes and cleaning tools

Being a family owned business means they take pride in their products. To learn more about The Libman Company’s story see their ABOUT section on their Canadian Facebook Page then click on the story section to see how their business grew.  They also take pride in their eco efforts. Visit their ENVIRONMENTALLY REPOSIBLILTY PROGRAM on their website to see all of their earthy-friendly initiatives.

Embrace Life’s Messes For Canada 150


 

This year Canada Day is Canada’s 150th birthday and we have a great list of events to take your whole family to so you can celebrate together. 


The Libman Company wants you to #EmbraceLifesMesses that both indoor and outdoor activities cause and see how their products help you with the clean up afterwards.  Here are a few products to help with that.

 

We want to know what your plans for Canada Day and how you think The Libman Company product will help you Embrace Life’s Messes. You might win a cleaning trio from The Libman Company!

 

To get all the info about The Libman Company be sure to visit them online
Website: https://libman.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LibmanCanada

 

Enter To Win

We are giving away a cleaning trio from The Libman Company! It includes Precision Angle Broom with Dust Pan, the Utility Bucket, and the Tornado Mop.  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 with your plans for Canada Day are how you think The Libman Company product will help you Embrace Life’s Messes afterwards.
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Canada Day Events For #Canada150 In The Kitchener Waterloo Area July 1, 2017


This year’s Canada Day events will be extra special with the celebration of Canada’s 150th Birthday.  See all the events happening on July 1st 2017

AS ALWAYS PLEASE CHECK THE LINKS PROVIDED AS TIMES, VENUES AND EVENTS CHANGE WITHOUT OUR KNOWLEDGE

City of Kitchener


Kick Off Canada Day At Kitchener Market 10am-2pm
Celebrate Canada's 150th! Two-step your way to the market for our free family friendly event. Activities include: Live country music, family concert performance by Erick Traplin, face painting, crafts and a patio setup on the piazza!


Downtown Kitchener City Hall
Canada Day in downtown Kitchener is a can't miss event! This fun celebration includes a free concert headlined by one of Canada's top new country artists - James Barker Band, food vendors and licensed area (19+). Make sure you stay for the grand finale - an expanded fireworks show off the roof of City Hall to celebrate Canada 150! Free to attend; items available for purchase.

Schedule:

·         Jessie T - 5-6 p.m.
·         Vanessa Marie Carter - 6:15-7:15 p.m.
·         River Town Saints (opening act) - 7:30-8:40 p.m.
·         James Barker Band (headliner) - 9-10 p.m.
·         Canada 150 fireworks show - 10:15 p.m. (weather/wind may cause a delay in timing)


Joseph Schneider Haus
Special guests and hands-on activities all weekend long. Free admission on July 1. Celebrate Canada Day with cake at 2 p.m.
Fabric Fun with the Grand National: Make a fabric greeting card to take home. 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. http://calendar.schneiderhaus.ca/Default/Detail/2017-07-01-Canada-Day-Weekend

Region of Waterloo Museum (DOON) 9:30am-5pm
Waterloo Region Museum is throwing a party to celebrate Canada Day and you're invited! Admission is FREE.
Waterloo Region Museum is throwing a party on Canada Day to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday party and everyone is welcome to attend. Admission is FREE to the museum and the living history village for this fun family event including musical entertainment and fun games like croquet and horseshoes. 
Guests bring your own picnic lunch or purchase a tasty BBQ lunch (cash only).  Admission is FREE. http://calendar.waterlooregionmuseum.ca/Default/Detail/2017-07-01-Canada-Day-150th-Birthday-Party

Bingemans
Celebrate Canada's 150th at Bingemans International Square (behind Boston Pizza) and watch FREE FIREWORKS at dusk! http://bingemans.com/events/

City of Waterloo



University of Waterloo Canada Day Celebration 2017 @ Columbia Lake
Canada Day 2017 at the University of Waterloo will be our biggest celebration yet! Join us on July 1 as we celebrate the University’s 60th anniversary, the 50th anniversary of our Federation of Students, and Canada’s 150th birthday. Canadian rock icon, Tom Cochrane with Red Rider, is headlining the OpenText stage, and Juno award-winning children’s performers Bobs & Lolo are back for the kids. 

A special Canada 150 cultural stage, hosted in partnership with the City of Waterloo, will be added this year, featuring local cultural organizations and indigenous content. It all comes together with an amazing fireworks display as we welcome over 60,000 to our campus https://uwaterloo.ca/canada-day

Homewood Suites by Hilton Waterloo St Jacobs
FREE community event Celebrating Canada's 150 years. 9am-2pm
FREE Food, FREE Entertainment, FREE Games, FACEPAINTING, Vendors, LIVE Music and MUCH MORE! We will have vendors representing our Region's attractions, and Community Organizations.
Come meet LEWIS THE DUCK our Homewood Suites Brand Mascot! He will be handing out some fun treats for children!
https://www.facebook.com/events/429158354125144

Township of Wilmot – Norm Hill Park New Hamburg
World Record Attempt, Stunt Show, Activities and Fireworks https://www.wilmotcanada150.com

City of Cambridge


Canada Day @ Riverside Park
Parade, Activities, and Fireworks http://www.cambridgecanadaday.ca/home.html

Calvary’s 3rd annual Canada Day Celebration
127 Hespeler Road location. Official hours of the event are 6:00pm to 10:00pm
We are thrilled to invite you to our 3rd annual Canada Day Celebration. We’ve been receiving a lot of positive buzz around the city about this event, and we’re sure you won’t be disappointed! It all kicks off at 6PM where there will be no shortage of exciting games, tasty carnival treats, fun music and many more activities leading us through the night. A massive fireworks display will fill the sky to close out the event in style. This is a family friendly event you don’t want to miss! http://mycalvary.life/canada-day


McDougall Cottage
Noon-5pm Join us at the Cottage as we celebrate our Scottish-Canadian heritage with crafts, tours, treats and more! Musical group The Fair Wind performs from 1 to 3:30. Admission is by cash donation. http://calendar.mcdougallcottage.ca/Default/Detail/2017-07-01-Canada-Day

City of Guelph


Riverside Park in Guelph
Fun family activities starting at 11:00 am with a musical fireworks finale closing the day about 10:00 pm.
Donations: $5 per person or $10 per family helps support local charities and events. http://canadadayinthepark.ca

If we missed a Low Cost of FREE family friendly Canada Day event, please post it in the comments!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Where To Find Outdoor Movies 2017 In The Kitchener Waterloo Area



Every year we get lots of inquiries about the outdoor movie listings.  Here's what we have compiled so far.  If we have missed any, please post them in the comments.

NOTE: Not all outdoor movies are free. Please check the links for updated information as times and venues change without much notice and some events charge admission

 

June 16, 2017

Lego Batman @ Old Oak Park Laurelwood at dusk




June 30 9:00 pm - The Secret Life of Pets (2016) G 106 mins @ Shades Mills Cambridge https://calendar.grandriver.ca/default/Detail/2017-06-16-Friday-Night-Movies-Under-the-Stars-at-Shades-Mill

July 7    9:00 pm –


Movies In The Square in Guelph – Shark Boy and Lava Girl http://guelph.ca/living/arts-and-culture/market-square-2

July 12 Back To The Future @ Civic Centre Park Kitchener (by Centre In The Square and KPL) https://www.facebook.com/events/223434204827855

July 13 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone sundown @ Waterloo Park http://parkmovies.ca/#modern-organic-thai-1

July 14 9:00 pm - The Jungle Book (2016) PG 111 mins @ Shades Mills Cambridge https://calendar.grandriver.ca/default/Detail/2017-06-16-Friday-Night-Movies-Under-the-Stars-at-Shades-Mill

July 21 9:00 pm –


Movies In The Square in Guelph – Inside Out http://guelph.ca/living/arts-and-culture/market-square-2

July 27 A Dog’s Purpose sundown @ Waterloo Park http://parkmovies.ca/#modern-organic-thai-1

July 28 9:00 pm - Finding Dory (2016) G 97 mins @ Shades Mills Cambridge https://calendar.grandriver.ca/default/Detail/2017-06-16-Friday-Night-Movies-Under-the-Stars-at-Shades-Mill



August 10

Lego Batman sundown @ Waterloo Park http://parkmovies.ca/#modern-organic-thai-1


August 11 8:45 pm –


Movies In The Square in Guelph – Shrek Forever After http://guelph.ca/living/arts-and-culture/market-square-2
August 16 Jaws @ Civic Centre Park Kitchener (by Centre In The Square and KPL)


August 18 8:15 pm - Beauty and the Beast (2017) G 129 mins @ Shades Mills Cambridge https://calendar.grandriver.ca/default/Detail/2017-06-16-Friday-Night-Movies-Under-the-Stars-at-Shades-Mill

August 24

Kong Skull Island sundown @ Waterloo Park http://parkmovies.ca/#modern-organic-thai-1


August 25 8:00 pm –


Movies In The Square in Guelph – Movie To Be Announced http://guelph.ca/living/arts-and-culture/market-square-2


September 1 8:00 pm - Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017) G 89 mins @ Shades Mills Cambridge https://calendar.grandriver.ca/default/Detail/2017-06-16-Friday-Night-Movies-Under-the-Stars-at-Shades-Mill

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Waterloo Park Gets to Recognize #Canada150 with New Park Projects Thanks to #TDCommonGround


This post is sponsored by TD and the TD Common Ground Project

We'll start with the Disclaimer - Yes this is a sponsored post, but this just means we're able to tell you about all the great things happening at Waterloo Park!






When it comes to one of the best family friendly places in the City of Waterloo, Waterloo Park needs to be at the top of your list. With playgrounds, sports fields, picnic shelters, a splash park and a small animal zoo, Waterloo Park is a hub of activity in the area.  When I was young I remember Waterloo Park just for the animals and the wading pool, but as the years went by Waterloo Park evolved to meet the needs of the community.  The pool became the very cool LIONS LAGOON, an annual Christmas Light display called Wonders of Winter came to be and every summer they now have outdoor movies in Waterloo Park. The fact Waterloo Park changes with the times might be why it is still a favourite spot for citizens of the area to gather at. 

Waterloo Park Projects for 2017


Being that this year is Canada’s 150th Birthday, TD with Waterloo Park is recognizing the milestone by unveiling a new project that they are working on in the community. Thanks to funding from #TDCommonGround this  project in Waterloo Park will make getting through the park much more accessible, safer and eventful for everyone. I spoke with the City of Waterloo about these projects and here is what I learned.


Since the LRT construction is happening near the Waterloo Park entrance located along the Laurel/Trans Canada Trail, the walking and biking trail along this section has been disrupted and as you can see by my pictures below it is getting difficult to distinguish which routes are for vehicles and which are for pedestrians.  




Since the trail is part of both the Trans Canada Trail and Laurel Trail systems it is used by many people daily and safety is becoming a concern.  To create easier and safer access, the bridge will be twinned with a separate route for cyclists. Other park improvements includea new pedestrian entranceway on the Central St. side as well as a new meeting place.These changes will make it safer for pedestrians and cyclists which in turn will bring more people back to the park.  Once these projects are completed there are plans to hold more events in Waterloo Park. These events will take place in the Twin Bridge area by Silver Lake.  Possible events may include Farmers’ Markets, Musical Acts, Art Festivals and more! I can’t wait to see what all the changes look like once they are complete!
 To see how this project develops head to http://www.waterloo.ca/en/gettingactive/waterloopark.asp
To learn about the other projects TD has teamed up with visit http://commongroundproject.td.com

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Do you think the Waterloo Park is going to be an even better than it already is? Leave a comment with your thoughts and/or memories of this fantastic shared space!