Saturday, March 9, 2019

There’s a Million Dollar Prize Fight in Cambridge with Drayton Entertainment’s Rocky: The Musical – 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 to attend the advance screening too! Enter the contest at the end of this post!



Canadian Premier of Rocky: The Musical

For those that don’t know, I am a huge fan of the ROCKY movies.  I watched them all including the modern-day films CREED and CREED II which feature the character of Rocky Balboa.  There is something about this character that captures the audience each time he is on the big screen.  The role of the underdog, that life hits below the belt and manages to rise above it all, keeps bringing audiences back to learn more about his ever-evolving story.  Now the character of Rocky has leapt off the screen and on to the stage in the adaptation of the first Rocky film and has been transformed into Rocky: The Musical.

Last night I had the opportunity to attend the Opening Night performance of Rocky: The Musical which made its Canadian debut at the Hamilton Family Theatre (formerly Dunfield Theatre) in Cambridge Ontario.  Not only was it   the Canadian premiere performance, but it was also the launch of Drayton Entertainment’s 2019 Season.  Artistic Director and CEO of Drayton Entertainment, Alex Mustakas introduced the show and informed those in attendance that this was a million-dollar production.  While, Rocky only earned $150,000 for his first fight against the Heavyweight Champion Apollo Creed, my bet is Drayton Entertainment’s Rocky: The Musical will be taking home the winner’s purse. This musical was a great representation of the original Rocky story.  Each actor was true to the character, in fact if you closed your eyes you would believe Sylvester Stallone was in the room as Alex Kelly spoke in true Rocky Balboa form.  The addition of song to story gave you an understanding of what was really going on in Rocky’s head and heart during each scene. 

Featuring the famous Rocky theme song and Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger,” this adrenaline-fueled knockout musical about unwavering determination in the face of adversity will have you rooting for romance and cheering for the underdog.



To add to the pound-for-pound intensity of the show, I was given a special VIP pass for portion of the second act.  No spoilers about what the VIP pass entails, but if you are presented with the opportunity while you are in the audience, my suggestion is to take it.  Remember you won’t know unless you go!

March Into See Rocky: The Musical This Month of March

With Rocky: The Musical now playing this month in Cambridge Ontario at the Hamilton Family Theatre (formerly Dunfield Theatre) it’s time to get off the ropes and get tickets to this main event!

Tickets
Tickets are $48 for Adults and $29 for Youth under 20 years of age. Tickets for groups of 20 or more and selected Discount Dates are $39. HST is applicable to all ticket prices. Tickets may be purchased online at https://www.draytonentertainment.com, in person at the Box Office, or by calling 519-621-8000 or toll free at 1-855-DRAYTON (372-9866)

Enter To Win

I think this would make for a great PARENTS NIGHT OUT or fun family outing for those with older kids.  I as so excited about this that I am giving away a pair of tickets to see the show between March 13 to 17.

Enter the rafflecopter contest below (it may take a minute to load) and tell us why you would like to attend in the comments at the bottom. It may just win you a pair of tickets! (NOTE when commenting below it is best to be logged into your google account. After you click publish, it may take up to one minute for your comment to show. Please wait for it to publish before clicking anything else). Only enter if YOU can attend.  The tickets will be submitted in your name to the ticket provider.a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, March 3, 2019

March 9th Will Be Magic at the Magical Adventures Show





The first Saturday of March Break will surely be magical with the Magical Adventures Shows happening throughout the day at the KW Little Theatre in Waterloo Ontario. 
As you know we are big fans of magic and always enjoy seeing magicians perform locally.  Next week there is a group of local magicians performing for families right here in Kitchener Waterloo.
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Scott and Wilber have been performing in the GTA area for Schools, Fairs, Company Parties and even come to your birthday parties!
Each show will be 1 hour in length which includes guest performers J.P Magic and The Amazing Noah in the afternoon shows.

Do you believe in magic?

Get Your Tickets

The Magical Adventures show takes place on Saturday March 9, 2019 at the KW Little Theatre at 9 Princess St. E in Waterloo Ontario.
The 11am show is only $5 to attend and the remaining afternoon and evening shows are selling fast with their $8 per ticket admission price.
To ensure you select the proper tickets follow the instructions below
2.       On the right side of the page, click on the green TICKETS button
3.       A new window will pop up with the various times available.  Be sure to select the correct time and quantity of tickets then click CHECKOUT
4.       Finish the e-ticket payment process
We think this magic show will be fun for the whole family and we are so excited about it that we have a FAMILY FOUR PACK of tickets to giveaway for the show!

Enter to Win

Enter the rafflecopter contest below (it may take a minute to load) and tell us what you love about magic in the comments at the bottom. It may just win you tickets to the show! (NOTE when commenting below it is best to be logged into your google account. After you click publish, it may take up to one minute for your comment to show. Please wait for it to publish before clicking anything else). Only enter if YOU can attend.  The tickets will be submitted in your name to the ticket provider.

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Saturday, March 2, 2019

Marching into March with New Movie Releases – Ralph Breaks the Internet and The Little Mermaid – Review and Giveaway


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


March Movies from Disney

This March, Disney is giving everyone a (March) break with the Digital, DVD and BluRay releases of Ralph Breaks the Internet and The Little Mermaid.  With the arrival of these films on your favourite platforms, your family will have a fun time mixing a classic tale with a modern-day phenomenon. 

Be Part of Ariel’s World with the 30th Anniversary Edition of The Little Mermaid

With the release of the 30th Anniversary Edition of The Little Mermaid, Disney is letting you become part of the Ariel’s world Under the Sea and on land in the new sing-along mode added to this film.  Along with the additional bonus features included you will be getting an inside look of this classic.  This film is wonderful story from beginning to end about being different and how finding your own path may not be the easiest at times but it will make you happy in the end.

Take A March Break and Watch How Ralph Breaks the Internet

Last year I was able to attend a special screening of Ralph Breaks the Internet and now I am just as excited to tell you that the Digital, DVD and BluRay version has lots of extras.  Just imagine being able to pause the film to see all the references and Disney Easter Eggs you may have missed when watching it the first time in the theatre? “Mind Blown” is the only way I can describe it! Wreck It Ralph and his best pal Vanellope meet a new society, also known as the internet, in this fast-paced fun film that shows you can support one another even if your opinions are very different.

Plus, as you know from the trailers, Ariel aka The Little Mermaid makes an appearance in Ralph Breaks the Internet!  This cross over makes a great segue from one film to the other.


Enter to Win

Enter the rafflecopter contest below (it may take a minute to load) and tell us how you will be spending March Break. You may just win your own copy! (NOTE when commenting below it is best to be logged into your google account. After you click publish, it may take up to one minute for your comment to show. Please wait for it to publish before clicking anything else). THIS CONTEST IS FOR CANADIAN RESIDENTS ONLY.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Drayton Entertainment Presents A Great Show for March Break – The Solo Circus – Enter to Win



Ever since Hugh Jackman portrayed PT Barnum, the man who turned theatre on its head with the creation of the circus, in the musical THE GREATEST SHOWMAN, there has been a new interest in circus acts.


It seems fitting that Drayton Entertainment known for its musicals, has flipped the script and is presenting a circus style performance on stage at the Hamilton Family Theatre in Cambridge (formerly the Dunfield Theatre) this March Break.

March Break Solo Circus

The March Break Solo Circus highlights elements of the circus including aerials, juggling, stunts and a bit of comedy to make it a great show for the whole family! With morning and afternoon shows to choose from, you can find the best time for famed stage and screen performers Michael Dubois and Viktoria Grimmy to astound you.  This duo will transport you from the theatre experience to making you imagine you are under a Big Top Tent at the Greatest Show on Earth! Tickets are just $20 so grab yours before they are gone!

Get Your Tickets

The Solo Circus takes place on March 11 & 12 10:30 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. in Cambridge Ontario at the Hamilton Family Theatre (formerly knows as the Dunfield Theatre).
Tickets for the March Break Solo Circus are only $20 plus HST for all seats. With only four performances scheduled, families are encouraged to book now. Tickets can be purchased online at www.draytonentertainment.com/circus in person at any Drayton Entertainment Box Office, or by calling (519) 621-8000 or Toll Free at 1-855-DRAYTON (372-9866).

Enter to Win

Enter the rafflecopter contest below (it may take a minute to load) and tell us what you love about the circus in the comments at the bottom. It may just win you a pair of tickets to the show! (NOTE when commenting below it is best to be logged into your google account. After you click publish, it may take up to one minute for your comment to show. Please wait for it to publish before clicking anything else). Only enter if YOU can attend.  The tickets will be submitted in your name to the ticket provider.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

St. Patrick's Day, March Break, KW Titans Promo Code and more March Events, Activities and Stuff To Do in the Kitchener Waterloo Area


As always please check all links provided as times, dates, venues and registration information often changes without our knowledge.
WE ALSO SUGGEST GOING THROUGH THE FULL LIST BECAUSE SOME EVENTS MAY REQUIRE PRE-REGISTRATION.
First is list of ongoing events followed by our Monthly Blast

Make sure you are following us!


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 cclr.uwaterloo.ca

Centre for Ocular Research and Education (CORE) at the University of Waterloo  and is recruiting for a new scientific study (ID: CYPRESS) that examines how to treat nearsightedness in children aged 6-9. Participants will receive up to $690 for 9 visits over 3 years, and also receive a free pair of spectacle frames to keep.
If you are interested in participating, please call for more details or to book your appointment at 519-888-4742.  Please provide the study ID “CYPRESS” when you call. You will be provided with all relevant study information prior to study enrollment and you are under no obligation to participate.
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
Website: uwaterloo.ca/social-development-lab
TEL: 519-888-4567 ext.38775
Email: sdl@uwaterloo.ca

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: www.scouthouseband.com/cadets

FULL MONTH EVENT CALENDARS

These places have so many events each month, it is better to just look at them individually
Region of Waterloo Libraries Calendar http://calendar.rwlibrary.ca/?_mid_=17409
Cambridge Libraries – Idea Exchange Calendar http://ideaexchange.org
Have an Infant and/or Toddler? Check out OUR PLACE EARLY YEARS CENTRE calendar http://www.ourplacekw.ca/
Grand River Conservation Authority https://calendar.grandriver.ca/default
If you are willing to drive a little out of town, then this is the list for BRANTFORD’s HARMONY SQUARE http://www.brantford.ca/residents/leisurerecreation/communityfacilities/HarmonySquare/Pages/EventsandPrograms.aspx


Daily
The Creekside Playground is open on Sundays and is available to the general public Monday through Thursday 9:30am-11:30am at various seasons throughout the year.  You do not need to be a Creekside attender to enjoy the use of the playground.
Admission is free!  Aside from regular play, special events/classes are offered throughout the week.  This is a great place for your children to play and for you to meet new friends.
Choose from 2 locations.
660 Conservation Drive, Waterloo.
1356 Weber St East, Kitchener.


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 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 http://www.earlyyearsinfo.ca/sleep-and-your-new-baby-registration.html 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 http://www.earlyyearsinfo.ca/sleep-and-your-new-baby-regist…
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 https://uwaterloo.ca/…/earth-sciences-museum-scavenger-hunts

Mondays
Tot Spot Drop In @ Downtown Kitchener Community Centre 9:30am-11:30am info at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2369595749/permalink/10156973005215750

Legacy every Monday at 7pm. $4 entry with a pack per person into the prize pool @ KW PlaySpace (until Sept 24) https://www.facebook.com/events/317175528805117

Tuesdays
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!
·         March 5
·         March 12 (March Break!)
·         March 19

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.

Thursdays
A FREE art program every Thursday!
(Please note some Thursdays in December may be cancelled, call the phone number below to be sure)
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.

FLOW @ 44 GAUKEL
These weekly classes are meant to be an affordable opportunity to learn new skills and participate in an inclusive, accepting movement-based community.

WHO:
Anybody interested & willing to learn!
WHAT:
(Mostly) Circus-style classes & Workshops by local instructors!
WHEN:
Every Thursday evening from 6-7pm (Jam to follow until 10pm)!
WHERE:
2nd Floor Rehearsal Space - 44 Gaukel Street.
Kitchener, Ontario.
WHY:
To promote this wonderful community we have, and support local instructors! Also, why the heck not?

Our class cost is a sliding scale. We want to accommodate those struggling financially, while also compensating instructors fairly.
We believe $5 - $15 per class is fair.

Each week we will focus on a different circus-style skill- Instructors will be various talented residents of KW.
MARCH
MARCH
7th: Intermediate Hoop Tricks & Techniques
14th: TBA
21st: Getting Groovy with BIG Hoops
28th: TBA

Fridays

Beginning January 11th 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.
and
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
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 https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/ideas-how-to/workshops.html
Family Art @ The Family Centre on Hanson Ave.
9:30am Every Saturday in February
Every Saturday in February 2019 join us for FREE art activities for the whole family! All ages welcome! Activities led by art educators from KWAG!

Join for one week or all four weeks! Pre-register by emailing: ResilienceProject@facswaterloo.org or calling 519-576-0540 x3472.

Share time with your friends and family exploring art and creativity together with hands-on art activities.

Sign up for one week or all four weeks today!


March 2019 Event Blast


March 2 and 3
Kitchener Comic Con  (note it’s hard to figure out if there is just stuff at City Hall or if there is stuff at 44 Gaukel too . I also cannot see ticket prices, so if you are interested, I suggest contacting them through their website)


March Break

Various Safety Tree Courses

March 9
Magical Adventures Magic Show @ KW Little Theatre
SEE OUR POST AT  https://stufftodowithyourkidsinkw.blogspot.com/2019/03/march-9th-will-be-magic-at-magical.html for more info (and a contest)

Complete Streets Public Skating Open House at Lion's Arena 1pm-3pm https://www.facebook.com/events/1073160726202037
Inaugural Ontario Tassarama Championship & Holi Celebrations @ Hespleer Arena Cambridge
Radha Krishna Mandir Invites you, your family and friends to our Inaugural Ontario Tassarama Championships and Holi Celebration!
This event is the place to celebrate Holi in grand style with performances by our own Bal Vihar kids, dancers, singers and more!
This year we will also be hosting the Inaugural Tassarama Championships where Ontario and Canada's Hottest Tassa bands will be competing a top price of $1000.00 and the title of "Hottest Hand in the Land"!
March 9-17
Irish Real Life Festival – various times and locations https://www.irishreallifekw.com



March 10
KW TITANS Game
2pm at THE AUD – use PROMO CODE MARCHBREAK19 to get 4 Red Seats for $50 or 4 Gold Seats for $60
March 11 and 12

Drayton Entertainment Presents March Break Solo Circus in Cambridge
SEE OUR POST AT https://stufftodowithyourkidsinkw.blogspot.com/2019/02/drayton-entertainment-presents-great.html FOR EVEN MORE INFO (and a contest).

Step right up and join us for a sensational mini Cirque du Soleil at the Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge. Children and parents alike will be captivated by the amazing tricks and high energy physical feats in March Break Solo Circus on stage Monday, March 11 and Tuesday, March 12 at 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. each day.
This fast-paced, interactive show stars internationally-renowned magician and juggler Michael DuBois. DuBois has performed his ever-evolving circus act at over 500 colleges, cruise ships, theatres and resorts all over the world. He has also appeared on The Jay Leno Show and The Late Show with David Letterman.
March Break Solo Circus also features Viktoria Grimmy, a fifth-generation circus performer and aerialist who created and performed circus acts for the Tony® Award Winning Broadway production of Pippin. In addition to her theatre credits, she has performed with Big Apple Circus, Ringling Brothers’ Barnum & Bailey Circus, and Britney Spears’ Circus Tour.
March Break Solo Circus is fun and fast-paced – it’s a perfect entertainment escape for families over the break,” says Alex Mustakas, Artistic Director of Drayton Entertainment. “The fascinating tricks and high-energy acrobatics will keep everyone astounded and engaged from start to finish.”
Tickets for the March Break Solo Circus are only $20 plus HST for all seats. With only four performances scheduled, families are encourage to book now. Tickets can be purchased online at www.draytonentertainment.com/circus in person at any Drayton Entertainment Box Office, or by calling (519) 621-8000 or Toll Free at 1-855-DRAYTON (372-9866).

Starring Michael DuBois with Guest Star Viktoria Grimmy
March 11 and 12 at 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge (formerly the Dunfield Theatre)
Join us for a sensational two-person mini Cirque du Soleil starring world-renowned magician and juggler Michael DuBois and featuring aerialist and contortionist Viktoria Grimmy. This fast-paced, interactive show features magic, juggling, sideshow stunts, and plenty of comedy for kids and adults alike.

THEATRE ADDRESS
Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge
46 Grand Ave. S.
Cambridge, ON N1S 2L8

TICKETS
All tickets: $20 plus tax.

AUDIENCE
Recommended for ages 5 and up. There is no official rating system for live entertainment. We encourage you to use your judgment based on your child's age and maturity level. Click here to read our complete Ticket Policy.
RUNNING TIME 80 minutes
(no intermission)
Tickets


March 16
Listowel Paddyfest Parade (about 40 mins from KW) 11am-Noon https://www.paddyfest.ca/events/2018/3/17/paddyfest-parade
(other Paddyfest Listowel events at https://www.paddyfest.ca/paddyfest-events)


KW TITANS Game
7pm at THE AUD – use PROMO CODE MARCHBREAK19 to get 4 Red Seats for $50 or 4 Gold Seats for $60


March 13
Erick Traplin @ RIM Park Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM
March 16
St Partrick’s Day @ Kitchener Market
March 23

March 28
Prenatal and Baby Community Fair 6-8:30pm Knights of Columbus Hall 145 Dearborn Pl. Waterloo
One night only of all things pregnancy, baby and beyond. All in one room and FREE to attend. Meet local businesses and services to help ease your parenting journey. There will even be sponsors just for Mom!
50 loot bags at the door
door prizes
show sample & discounts

March 30
Brick Party @ Creekside Church 1pm-4pm
Creekside Church is hosting two Brick Parties (think LEGO) and would love to see you there. 
Register online at 
creeksidechurch.ca/brickparty 
For further questions please email  
hilary.hawley@creeksidechurch.ca

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Valentine's Day, Family Day Long Weekend, KW Titans and more February Festival, Events, Activities and Stuff To Do in the Kitchener Waterloo Area


As always please check all links provided as times, dates, venues and registration information often changes without our knowledge.
WE ALSO SUGGEST GOING THROUGH THE FULL LIST BECAUSE SOME EVENTS MAY REQUIRE PRE-REGISTRATION.
First is list of ongoing events followed by our Monthly Blast

Make sure you are following us!


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 cclr.uwaterloo.ca

Centre for Ocular Research and Education (CORE) at the University of Waterloo  and is recruiting for a new scientific study (ID: CYPRESS) that examines how to treat nearsightedness in children aged 6-9. Participants will receive up to $690 for 9 visits over 3 years, and also receive a free pair of spectacle frames to keep.
If you are interested in participating, please call for more details or to book your appointment at 519-888-4742.  Please provide the study ID “CYPRESS” when you call. You will be provided with all relevant study information prior to study enrollment and you are under no obligation to participate.
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
Website: uwaterloo.ca/social-development-lab
TEL: 519-888-4567 ext.38775
Email: sdl@uwaterloo.ca

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: www.scouthouseband.com/cadets

FULL MONTH EVENT CALENDARS

These places have so many events each month, it is better to just look at them individually
Region of Waterloo Libraries Calendar http://calendar.rwlibrary.ca/?_mid_=17409
Cambridge Libraries – Idea Exchange Calendar http://ideaexchange.org
Have an Infant and/or Toddler? Check out OUR PLACE EARLY YEARS CENTRE calendar http://www.ourplacekw.ca/
Grand River Conservation Authority https://calendar.grandriver.ca/default
If you are willing to drive a little out of town, then this is the list for BRANTFORD’s HARMONY SQUARE http://www.brantford.ca/residents/leisurerecreation/communityfacilities/HarmonySquare/Pages/EventsandPrograms.aspx


Daily
The Creekside Playground is open on Sundays and is available to the general public Monday through Thursday 9:30am-11:30am at various seasons throughout the year.  You do not need to be a Creekside attender to enjoy the use of the playground.
Admission is free!  Aside from regular play, special events/classes are offered throughout the week.  This is a great place for your children to play and for you to meet new friends.
Choose from 2 locations.
660 Conservation Drive, Waterloo.
1356 Weber St East, Kitchener.


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 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 http://www.earlyyearsinfo.ca/sleep-and-your-new-baby-registration.html 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 http://www.earlyyearsinfo.ca/sleep-and-your-new-baby-regist…
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 https://uwaterloo.ca/…/earth-sciences-museum-scavenger-hunts

Mondays
Legacy every Monday at 7pm. $4 entry with a pack per person into the prize pool @ KW PlaySpace (until Sept 24) https://www.facebook.com/events/317175528805117

Tuesdays

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!
·         February 5
·         February 19 (Pajama Party!)

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.

Thursdays
A FREE art program every Thursday!
(Please note some Thursdays in December may be cancelled, call the phone number below to be sure)
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.

FLOW @ 44 GAUKEL
These weekly classes are meant to be an affordable opportunity to learn new skills and participate in an inclusive, accepting movement-based community.

WHO:
Anybody interested & willing to learn!
WHAT:
(Mostly) Circus-style classes & Workshops by local instructors!
WHEN:
Every Thursday evening from 6-7pm (Jam to follow until 10pm)!
WHERE:
2nd Floor Rehearsal Space - 44 Gaukel Street.
Kitchener, Ontario.
WHY:
To promote this wonderful community we have, and support local instructors! Also, why the heck not?

Our class cost is a sliding scale. We want to accommodate those struggling financially, while also compensating instructors fairly.
We believe $5 - $15 per class is fair.

Each week we will focus on a different circus-style skill- Instructors will be various talented residents of KW.
 Feb
7th: Group Hoop Sequences
14th: Partner Stretching & Massage
21st: Poi Spinning 101
28th: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Fridays

Beginning January 11th 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.
and
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
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 https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/ideas-how-to/workshops.html
Family Art @ The Family Centre on Hanson Ave.
9:30am Every Saturday in February
Every Saturday in February 2019 join us for FREE art activities for the whole family! All ages welcome! Activities led by art educators from KWAG!

Join for one week or all four weeks! Pre-register by emailing: ResilienceProject@facswaterloo.org or calling 519-576-0540 x3472.

Share time with your friends and family exploring art and creativity together with hands-on art activities.

Sign up for one week or all four weeks today!


February 2019 Event Blast


Feb 8
Free Family Movie Night @ WMB Church
You’re invited to a free family movie night with WMB Church!

Simultaneously at our sites in Kitchener and Waterloo, we’ll be showing the hilarious new release “Ralph Breaks the Internet.” Doors will open at 6:15pm. A pre-show with door prizes will take place at 6:45pm, and the movie will start at 7pm. We’ll have plenty of popcorn for everyone!

Feb 9

Kitchener Market Valentine’s Day Party!

Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. to noon.
It’s important to keep your heart healthy and happy by eating lots of fruits and vegetables. The Kitchener Market provides plenty of foods that are good for your heart. At our Valentine's Day party you will learn fast facts about heart health, play games, make crafts, and enjoy some tasty treats. Wear something red and bring your family and friends.
The event is free, but we would love it if you would bring a donation for The Food Bank of Waterloo Region


Tracking Forest Life @ Huron Natural Area
1pm-2:30pm
Free event!

Weather dependent! If there is snow on the ground, we’ll scour the land for clues of creatures who make their way through the park in winter.

Come dressed for the weather and meet at the picnic shelter.

NOTE: Bathrooms are not available in the winter months.

Discover nature in the city! Check out our other programs in Kitchener's natural areas:
kitchener.ca/knap  https://www.facebook.com/events/303685030275039

Kitchener Rangers @ Qdoba



Repair Cafe Guelph will be on Saturday February 9 from 1 to 5 at the Shelldale Family Gateway (20 Shelldale Cres.)! Bring your broken items and get them fixed with the help of our expert volunteers, and learn how its done! You can bring:
-electronics
-small electrical appliances
-computers
-clothing
-jewellery,
-knives,
-clocks, and much more
This is a free event organized by Guelph Tool Library in collaboration with Shelldale Family Gateway. Donations are always appreciated! https://www.facebook.com/events/314545389191088/


Feb 10
KW TITANS GAME @ 2PM

Happy VALENTINE’S DAY!
Feb 14
Join us at Funvilla for a special DISCOUNTED Valentine's Day Party hosted by KW Moms Club
30 loot bags available, door prizes and vendors too! 10am-1pm



FAMILY DAY LONG WEEKEND!


Feb 17
Bring On The Sunshine Festival @ Kitchener City Hall 10am-5pm
Sunday, February 17th, 2019 at
Kitchener city hall, 200 King St W in Kitchener
from 10am to 5pm
Entrance by donation
FREE PARKING in the city of kitchener lot downstairs...food, music and fun!

BINGEMANS FAMILY FUN DAY FEB 17 and 18



FAMILY DAY
Feb 18
Waterloo Rec Complex
WMRC is 25 years old and we're having a year-long party.
Join us for a special Family Day schedule.
Swim Schedule
6:45 to 9:45 a.m. - Adult lane swim
7 a.m. to noon - Swirlpool open
7 to 7:45 a.m. - Tethered waterfit
8:05 to 8:50 a.m. - Shallow waterfit
9 to 9:45 a.m. - Deep waterfit
9 to 9:45 a.m. - Shallow high intensity waterfit
10 a.m. to noon - Family swim
12:10 to 1:20 p.m. - Lane swim
12:10 to 1:20 p.m. - Swirlpool open
12:15 to 1 p.m. - Shallow waterfit
1:30 to 4 p.m. - Public swim
Waterloo Siskins vs. Brantford
1:30 p.m.
FREE FAMILY DAY ICE SKATING
one hour of free skating on Family Day Monday! Stop in at the Activa Sportsplex between 10:00 and 11:00 am on Monday, February 18, and enjoy some family skate time. https://www.facebook.com/events/1114566762055858/

Free Family Day Ice Skating
11am-1pm Grab your skates & join us at the Kinsmen & Kiwanis Arenas at The Aud for a family skating party, sponsored by Kitchener Utilities.
Participants can pose in the Kitchener Utilities photo booth and take home a souvenir photo. https://www.facebook.com/events/517182678773676/

Williamsburg Winter Family Fun Day
1pm-3:30pm
Williamsburg for a fun and FREE Family Day afternoon!
Freedom in Christ Church and the Williamsburg Community Association are partnering again, bringing community together for lots of fun.
Activities include: giant twister, a craft, free snack and hot chocolate, giant twister, outside pick up hockey, snow forts (weather permitting) Hula Hoop demonstrations (and try it out for yourself), kids fun area and more!
https://www.facebook.com/events/2259861624044247


KW TITANS FAMILY DAY GAME @ 2PM
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Family Day @ Bridgeport Community Association

2pm-4pm
Join us for Family Day! A collaborative event co-hosted by the City of Kitchener BCC Staff and the BCA. A day with something for everyone in the community, including a skating party, weather and rink permitting, and a free family dance party. Hot chocolate will be served to warm you up. https://www.facebook.com/events/958127787715095
Family Day Carnival in Cambridge 10am-4pm
Straight Goods Entertainment is hosting their 2nd annual kids’ carnival fundraiser on Family Day, February 18, 2019, at the Royal Canadian Legion Galt Branch 121. Last year was a huge success. We were able to contribute to Blair Road Public School's fundraising for a new playground. This time we are gathering to raise funds for “Guitars for Kids”. From 10am to 4pm, there will be bouncy castles, magicians, face painting, games, and concessions.

Music lessons are beneficial for children in ways such as building confidence, cultivating patience and discipline, and encouraging self-expression. Unfortunately, there are children in our community whose family simply cannot afford music lessons. That is where “Guitars for Kids” comes in. “Guitars for Kids” donates guitars to underprivileged children and subsidizes music lessons at local music schools.
Knightsfest Medieval Festival @ Guelph  Youth Music Centre 10am-3pm Free Event


Listowel Legion Family Fun Day Noon-4pm

Feb 19
Free Won’t You Be My Neighbour Screening @ St. Mary’s Highschool

Feb 21-24
Thursday, February 21, 2019 | 10am – 12pm
Location:
Summary:
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21st at 10:00 am (SCHOOL MATINEE)
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21st at 8:00 pm (PREVIEW)
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22nd at 8:00 pm (OPENING)
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd at 2:00 pm
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd at 8:00 pm
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24th at 2:00 pm (CLOSING)
Website:
Ticket prices vary


Feb 22
SPRP Family Fun Night Fundraiser
5:30-8:30pm
SPRP for an evening of fun and entertainment with family and friends - Special Guest Eric Traplin!
Friday February 22,2019
- Family Admission $20
- Pizza Slices $1
Please email president@sprp.ca to order Tickets and Pizza



Join us at the uptown rink for a romantic evening of skating, live music and warm drinks. Takes places from 7 to 9:00 p.m. on:
·         Friday, February 22, 2019
Skates are available for rent at McPhail's Cycle and Sports. We also run Skate Night Date Night at indoor skating facilities.
Feb 22-24
2019 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships will bring approximately 40 teams and over 800 athletes from across the country to Waterloo. $60 for adults, $30 for children 12 years and younger. Day Passes for Friday, Saturday and Sunday are priced at $25 for adults, $20 for children 12 years and younger. Additional service fees apply. Tickets can be purchased here. During the event, tickets will be available at the venue or available online. https://skatecanada.ca/2019-skate-canada-synchronized-skating-championships
Feb 23
National Hockey Card Day
CloutsnChara get a FREE pack of hockey cards! https://cloutsnchara.com/national-hockey-card-day

Hockeytown @ Kitchener City Hall
10am-4pm
Join us for Kitchener's Winter Classic for young hockey players in the city. Kitchener Minor Hockey (minor novice players) will play five games for a chance to win the Mayor's Cup.

Activities include:
- Sporty games for all ages.
- Multiple inflatables and a bouncy castle located indoors (in the Rotunda).
- A charitable BBQ with proceeds going to
Kitchener Minor Hockey Association.
WT Townsend School Fun Fest
11am-3pm
5th Annual Fun Fest. We will have games, raffle, vendors, book sale and bake sale along with some great FREE kids activities  https://www.facebook.com/events/297049311169063
Saturday, February 23, 2019 | 12 – 1pm
Location:
Summary:
Join us at Bumblebabee on Feb. 23 from 12-2pm for a book signing by Komal Singh, mother and author of best-selling children's book Ara the Star Engineer!

Komal is a full-time Google engineer and program manager. She wrote Ara the Star Engineer to share her woman-in-STEM experience with young girls, and inspire more women to get into STEM careers.

Creekside Princess Party
Creekside Church's annual Princess Party is on February 23rd at 1pm at 660 Conservation Drive, Waterloo
Cost is $7 per Family
Register your family online at creeksidechurch.ca/princess
Email hilary.hawley@creeksidechurch.ca for more information.


BOWIEFEST @ Kitchener Market
6pm-11pm
The festival will feature 5 of your favourite local musicians paying tribute to David Bowie, plus:
·      You can be Bowie, just for one day: Bowie-themed costume contest sponsored by White Tiger Vintage Boutique
·      Inspired by King Steet East's Food District: a pop-up restaurant and bar featuring a fun, interactive and modern food party by West of Seoul!
·      DJ Galac spins Bowie and the modern music influenced by his sound
·      Other surprises...
Family friendly activities: 6pm-9pm
A free community event with limited capacity. Registering in advance is encouraged but doesn't guarantee entry after 6:30pm

KW TITANS GAME @ 7pm


Looking Ahead

Are your kids really safe? Get them in SAFE MODE with SAFETY TREE CANADA

Prenatal and Baby Community Fair by KW Moms Club
Thu, 28 March 2019
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM Knights of Columbus Hall
145 Dearborn Pl.
Waterloo