Saturday, November 3, 2018

Movember Kids KW, Santa Claus Parade, Christmas Events and more Stuff To Do In The Kitchener Waterloo Area - November 2018

As always please check all links provided as times, dates, venues and registration information often changes without our knowledge.

First is list of ongoing events followed by our Monthly Blast

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Ongoing Events
University of Waterloo Research Studies
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!
Social Development Lab

Our lab is currently looking for children to help with our research! Our lab looks at personality and the social world for young children. Our study involves parents and their children coming into our lab and answering a few questions. Kids get to play some fun computer games as well! The typical sessions take around 2 hours and parents are always able to observe their child during the social interaction tasks. In appreciation of your time, children get a small gift. To learn more about our lab and what we do, check out our website! Follow us on Facebook and twitter to keep up to date with our fun!

Twitter: SDLab_UW
Facebook: Social Development Lab Waterloo
TEL: 519-888-4567 ext.38775

Youth Drum and 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 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:


These places have so many events each month, it is better to just look at them individually
Region of Waterloo Libraries Calendar
Cambridge Libraries – Idea Exchange Calendar
Have an Infant and/or Toddler? Check out OUR PLACE EARLY YEARS CENTRE calendar
Grand River Conservation Authority
If you are willing to drive a little out of town, then this is the list for BRANTFORD’s HARMONY SQUARE

Calvary Church Cambridge Indoor Playground
What: We are an indoor playground located directly in the church building which opens its doors to our community to allow a safe and friendly environment.
Ages: Suited to infant/crawlers, toddlers and pre-school children.
 Cost: $1.00 minimum per head. This helps reduce the cost of regular cleaning and new toys.Hours: Monday – Thursdays 9:30 – 11:30 am.
Closed: Fridays all season and Holiday Mondays
Schedule: September to June (closed for the summer months)
Special Activities: Twice a week there will be a different activities offered, from Play-doh Play to arts and crafts, the activities are geared toward preschool aged children.
Daycare Workers: We will be opening the playground every Tuesday for any caregiver that operates a daycare. If you are not a daycare worker, you are still MORE than welcome to attend on Tuesday! Every day we have coffee, tea, juice and snacks available for purchase.

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 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

Legacy every Monday at 7pm. $4 entry with a pack per person into the prize pool @ KW PlaySpace (until Sept 24)


Bring your little ones to the Kitchener Market select Tuesdays 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!
  • November 6
  • November 20

Colour Our Community @ KPL Central (Downtown) every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 2pm-4pm
Art can be a tool for increasing social connections and fostering community inclusion and integration. Colour Our Community aims to make connections between those who are often marginalized and members of the community at large in a comfortable, accessible venue where all are welcome to explore their creativity and experience connection through art. Colour Our Community is a partnership with Kitchener Public Library and Circle of Friends.

A FREE art program every Thursday!
Every Thursday from 11 a.m. - noon, ARTSHINE will be hosting a parent and tot program at the Kitchener Market - a program for children and their parents. Participate in a fun, unique, hands-on creative art experience!
AFTER the program, be sure to stop by one of our market vendors for a healthy, kid-friendly lunch with lots of options for adults too.
Space is limited! Reserve a spot now for the ARTSHINE programs on Thursday by calling 226-647-2777, or emailing ARTSHINE.

Music and Movement @ Kitchener Market  9:30am – 10:00am
Imagination and creativity are developed and explored through rhymes, songs, finger plays, and gross motor activities. Support your child's language development and experience the benefits of physical activity.

Drop In Play @ Kitchener Market  10:00am – 11:00am
Come any time. Join other children and families in play and exploration. An Early Learning professional is available to provide support and information around early learning topics, community resources, programs and referrals.

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 $2.99 Films @ Cineplex
Home Depot Workshops 2nd Saturday of Each Month
FREE Hands-on Workshops designed for children ages 5 - 12. Held on the 2nd Saturday of each month at all The Home Depot stores. Each child can bring home a newly constructed project, an achievement pin and certificate

Oct 2018 Event Blast

Nov 3
Mamapalooza! offers an amazing shopping experience that includes expert advice, professional services, and workshop opportunities, making up a guaranteed fun-filled day out!
Admission is $2/person. Kids 12 and under are free!
Facebook event link:
Happening on Saturday, November 3 at the NDCC in Ayr.

There will be a Kids Zone (sponsored by Masterpiece- A Child's Art Centre) equipped with creative stations, a spot to read and relax, face painting, and visits from Chase (Paw Patrol) and Peppa Pig!

And there are lots of interesting workshops for moms to sign up! Some are free while others have an associated cost:

At this time, we are also in search of moms who want to sell their gently used children's items, as well as local businesses and artisans who wish to be marketplace vendors. More information can be found here:

Sat Nov 3 - Mo Poker Fundraiser @ Core Lounge begins at 5pm

Nov 4
WRDSS Buddy Walk
Stanley Park Community Center
505 Franklin Street North
Kitchener, ON
N2A 4K7
All are welcome to join our community event. Registration at 1pm and Walk starts at 2pm.
Kitchener Model Train Show and Sale
Date: Sunday, November 4th, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
BINGEMANS (Marshall Hall)
425 Bingemans Centre Drive, Kitchener
(see MAP)
Free Parking
$5.00 per person (Children under 12 FREE if accompanied by an adult)

Sun Nov 4 – Stache Bash Cornhole Tournament @ Edelweiss Tavern 2-8pm

Nov 5
Tickets on sale for the Dec 5th Christmas in the Safety Village event

Nov 6
Light your Diya's at home and then come out to Radha Krishna Mandir for Diwali Celebrations and Fireworks! 67 Old Mill Rd, Cambridge, ON N3H 4R8
For more information contact Tribu Persaud at

Nov 7
Robotics and Science Fun 7pm @ International Gospel Centre

NOV 10
Stuff to do with your kids in Kitchener Waterloo and the #KitchenerMarket Present #Movember Kids KW. A ***FREE*** Family Event from 10am-Noon November 10, 2018 in The Upper Marketplace Kitchen!
Confirmed for the event so far
*Moustache Cookie Baking & Decorating with a Kitchener Market Chef
*Facepainting by Bre Creative
*Activity Sheets from Sportco Source for Sports
Artshine-Arts4all Craft
*Photo Booth by 
Gary's Lens Photography
*Landmark Cinemas Waterloo prizes
*Early ON activities
*Meet Mabel from Mabel’s Labels plus more Special Guests to be announced
*MovemberKW themed fun

Watch our facebook event page for more info

Sat Nov 10  Movember Charity Concert @ Maxwells 7:30pm

Nov 15
Santa’s Arrival @ Cambridge Centre
Watch Santa arrive in style on the Zamboni at Cambridge Ice Centre at 6pm. FREE Skating* sponsored by Kingpin Cambridge 6:10pm to 7:30pm.
*Maximum capacity of 200 patrons. Arrive early to avoid disappointment. Regular public skate and rental rules apply.

Nov 16
Free PD Camp for Grades JK to 6 @ International Gospel Centre. Must register before Nov 10
PD DAY activities @ McDougall Cottage Cambridge 1pm-4pm

Fri Nov 16 - Movember @ Kitchener Rangers Community Corner


Fri Nov 16 – Movember Head Shave @ Edelweiss Tavern 7pm-11pm

Nov 17
KW Santa Claus Parade
Saturday November 17th, 2018 – 10:30am
Beginning at Frederick Street heading north on Weber Street ending at Erb Street East.
Kingsdale Park Nature Play Space Opening Celebration 10am-Noon

Gzowski Park Nature Play Space Opening Celebration 1pm-3pm

Cambridge Santa Claus Parade 6pm

Nov 18

Beginning Nov 19 (to Dec 2)
Holiday Miniature Train @ Cambridge Centre
Stop by for a FREE ride on the Holiday Miniature Train 11am to 8pm daily.

Thurs Nov 22 - Movember Night @ KW Titans Community Corner

Nov 23 and 24
Santa at the Kitchener Market
Please bring a canned good for the waterloo region food bank and your own camera for a picture with Santa!
Nov. 23 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Nov 23
Friday November 23, 6:15 to 8:30 pm Cambridge
Gather in Hespeler Village to kick off the festive holiday season with the first festival event.
The Play
Location: Idea Exchange Hespler, 5 Tannery St E
Enjoy a family friendly play at Idea Exchange Hespeler. There will be two performances; 6:15 pm and 7:15 pm.
Title of play: Jack and Jill’s North Pole Adventure
Play description: Do elves exist?  Is Santa really a Jolly Old Soul?  What are reindeers like?  More importantly, what do Mrs Claus’ cookies taste like?  Join two spirited children, Jack and Jill, as they explore the North Pole and meet its zany residents in this lighthearted, family-friendly, holiday romp.   
The Concert
Location: St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 73 Queen St E
Listen to a concert of Christmas carols sung by local choirs at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church starting at 7 pm. The choirs consist of;Woodland Public School, Hillcrest Public School, St. Gabriel Catholic School, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School, Jacob Hespeler and St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church.
The Lights
Location: Hespeler Town Hall, 11 Tannery St E
Gather around the tree at Hespeler Town Hall with friends and family to witness the magical tree lighting at 8:15 pm. Penny & Pound Theater will entertain the crowd before the tree is lit. 

Nov 25
Sensitve Santa @ Cambridge Centre 8:30am-10:30am
This sensory friendly environment provides lower lighting and a quieter surrounding. Each family that attends will receive a complimentary photo with Santa to commemorate this magical holiday season. This special time to visit with Santa is reserved for children with social, emotional or behavioral needs.
To keep this event sensory friendly and organized, we ask that each family register in advance. Space is limited. We encourage you to share this information with educators, social workers, and medical professionals who work with children living with special needs. T: 519-740-4680 ext. 4292

Sunday, November 25, 2018 | 2 – 3pm
Puslinch Township Office (Rd34) Aberfoyle, ONPuslinch Township Office (Rd34) Aberfoyle, ON
All events are FREE but please bring a donation for the Food Bank (remember our pets need help sometimes too).
Join us afterward at the Optimists Recreation Centre to meet Santa (get a photo), and have hotdogs and hot chocolate. All, compliments of the Optimist Club of Puslinch and our sponsors."

Nov 29
CP Holiday Train (Cambridge & Ayr stops) w/ SAM ROBERTS BAND and JOJO MASON
November 29, 2018


Former Galt Station, 10 Malcolm Street
Arrive: 4:00 PM
Ends: 4:45 PM

CP railway crossing at Inglis Street and Willison Street.
Arrive: 5:20 PM
Ends: 6:00 PM

199 Winniett Street
Arrive: 6:40 PM
Ends: 7:10 PM

Richmond St. Railway crossing, between Oxford and Central
Arrive: 8:15 PM
Ends: 9:00 PM


Sam Roberts Band

Sam Roberts Band is a rock band based out of Montreal, Canada. On October 5, 2018, Sam Roberts announced the worldwide deluxe reissue of the Juno Award-winning debut album We Were Born In A Flame. The 2018 edition marks fifteen years since the album was first released in 2003 and includes original demos and previously unheard songs with an entire extra disc added for both CD and vinyl editions remastered by one of Canada’s most distinguished sound engineer’s, João Carvalho.

JoJo Mason

JoJo's music is about having fun, appreciating life and sharing stories. It is passionately country, but with no fear of a deep groove, fresh lyric or original melody. He will charm you with his personality, wow you with his beat boxing, earn your respect with his work ethic, inspire you with his character and compassion, elicit a smile with his message but most importantly, JoJo will sweep you off your feet with his voice. From a moonshine slinging, shower singing prairie boy to Canada’s next country music sensation.

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All events are free. We just ask event attendees to bring money or a heart-healthy donation for their local food bank.


CP is also encouraging fans of the train to donate heart-healthy food, as everyone should have access to healthy, nutritious food, regardless of circumstances. This supports the mission of CP Has Heart, a program dedicated to improving the heart health of men, women and children in North America. To date, this program has raised over C$15 million for cardiac care and research.

Nov 30
Uptown Waterloo Horse Drawn Trolley Rides
For the Holiday Season, enjoy FREE horse-drawn trolley rides through UpTown Waterloo provided by St Jacobs Horse Drawn Tours!

Pick up your FREE ticket by the Christmas tree inside The Shops at Waterloo Town Square (75 King St. S.). Trolley pick up is on Willis Way beside The Shops, with various drop off spots along the route. Please note: there is only one pickup location.

Trolley rides are approximately 30 minutes in length, with 10 minutes allotted for boarding.

Tickets will be available starting at 4:30pm

Walk of Lights 5:30pm
1000 Bleams Rd
You have to experience the spectacular Walk of Lights this Christmas at K-W Christian Fellowship. During this FREE 20 minute tour, view the tallest Christmas tree in the city and walk through the 6000 light dome that opens unto various live scenes of Christmas. Have your children talk to the shepherds and pet the sheep. The Walk of Lights ends by opening unto a live Nativity Scene with an angelic choir.



  1. When I was a kid, we went to the Santa Claus parade there every year. They are such great memories.

  2. oh my gosh ! so many great events. my daughters would love the trolley rides! will have to let my hubby know about this