Tuesday, July 5, 2022

The Bad Guys are a Good Time - Review and Giveaway

We'll start with the Disclaimer - Yes, I did receive a copy for review, but this just means I'm able to give away the film as a prize too! Enter the contest at the end of this post.     



I love a good heist movie. There is always more to it than the heist. For me, a good heist film involves suspense, plot twists, action and hilarious one-liners. All of these elements can be found in the latest Dreamworks animated film The Bad Guys. In The Bad Guys, the characters are lifted from the Scholastic Kids Book Series and have been stylized for the screen. The film takes you on a wild ride where The Bad Guys crew goes from bad to good so they can stay bad, or so they say.  The movie keeps you guessing and you never know which side any of the characters truly are on.

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I think this film will be fun to watch with the whole family. It goes from cool to chaotic, with great messages mixed in about friendship, trust and how you should never judge a book by its cover. 


After a lifetime of legendary heists, notorious criminals Mr. Wolf, Mr. Snake, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Shark and Ms. Tarantula are finally caught. To avoid a prison sentence, the animal outlaws must pull off their most challenging con yet -- becoming model citizens. Under the tutelage of their mentor, Professor Marmalade, the dubious gang sets out to fool the world that they're turning good.

Available on Digital July 5th, 2022. Own it on DVD, Blu-Ray and 4K on July 19th, 2022 


For more information visit these links

Twitter: @DreamWorks
Instagram: @BadGuysMovie or see #TheBadGuysMovie hashtag



Enter to Win
To celebrate the release of The Bad Guys, we are giving away a digital code for the film. Enter the rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Summer Events, Canada Day Festivals, Fireworks, Guelph Nighthawks and more Activities and Events in the Kitchener Waterloo Area

Please check all the links listed as info tends to change without our knowledge.  We also suggest you go through the full list as some activities require you to pre-register and many have limited spaces. Dates/Times and Prices Vary.

The top part of our list is for ONGOING EVENTS (daily/weekly events) and further down you can see the MONTH SPECIFIC EVENTS

ONGOING IN JULY Swimming and Splashpads - Prices vary
KITCHENER SPLASH PADS ARE OPEN – info at https://www.kitchener.ca/en/pools-and-swimming/splashpads.aspx



Ira Needles Splashpad at The Boardwalk https://www.the-boardwalk.ca/play-learn/



Town of St. Marys SuperSplash https://supersplashstmarys.ca/


ONGOING In July
Attractions ONTARIO coupons for 2021 https://attractionsontario.ca/coupons
Max's Sportsworld https://maxssportsworld.ca/






Early Years events on Zoom for registration info visit https://earlyyearsinfo.ca




Cambridge Libraries Calendar https://ideaexchange.org/programs-events


Region of Waterloo Museum (DOON) events https://www.waterlooregionmuseum.ca/en/index.aspx#

Joseph Schneider Haus events https://www.schneiderhaus.ca/en/index.aspx

Woodside National Historic Site Self Guided Tours Thursday and Fridays https://www.facebook.com/WoodsideNHS/photos/a.797717783604573/4705277552848557


Wellbeing Waterloo Region Calendar https://www.wellbeingwr.ca/calendar/

KW Adventure Walks https://kwescape.ca/games

Kitchener Market Events Calendar https://calendar.kitchenermarket.ca/default/Month

KW FOOD TRUCKS  https://www.instagram.com/kwfoodtrucks https://www.kwfoodtrucks.ca


 
Mondays Show and Shine Car Show @ Partsource Highland Rd. https://www.facebook.com/events/405280684822148/405280724822144




Chicopee Tube Park - it looks like they are only doing Zip Lining this year http://chicopeetubepark.com/summer/index.html

Pups and Poses Yoga Series Tuesdays @ Victoria Park https://www.dogfriendlykw.com/events


Yoga in the Park Wednesday at Lunchtime @ Victoria Park Clock Tower https://www.facebook.com/events/534577011692687/534579415025780/?active_tab=about

Yoga in the Park Wednesdays Evenings @ Victoria Park Clock Tower https://www.facebook.com/events/534577011692687/534579415025780/?active_tab=about

Yoga in the Park Thursday Evenings @ Civic Centre Park (between KPL and Centre in the Square) https://www.facebook.com/events/325698539720225/325810573042355

Uptown Night Market @ Waterloo Public Library https://uptownwaterloobia.com/night-market/

Salsa in the Square @ Waterloo Public Square Thursdays https://underdogdance.com/salsa-bachata-nights

Stroll Through Historic St. Jacobs Walking Tour - Thursdays and Sundays https://strollwalkingtours.com/st-jacobs-walking-tour/




July 1 2022
Canada Day Parties


Army, Navy, Airforce Veterans Club https://www.facebook.com/events/3221697444816816



Trinity Church Waterloo Carnival https://trinityemc.com/canada-day-carnival


Canada Day Parties Outside of Kitchener Waterloo















Elora Road Christian Fellowship https://www.ercf.ca/canada-day-weekend then select schedule of events and it is listed for Friday Evening

July 1-3

July 2-10
July 3

July 5-10
TAKE A KID TO THE COURSE STARTS JULY 5-10 AT PARTICIPATING COURSES. Free golf for kids when accompanied by a paying adult. Info at http://kidsplaygolf.ca Type in Kitchener for the location on the search here https://www.kidsgolffree.ca/participating-courses


July 7-10
Kultrun World Music Festival in St. Jacobs 

July 8
Scotland's Yard Road Hockey Classic @ Catalyst 137 https://grhf.ca/pages/about-sy-road-hockey-classic

Cruising on King (only Downtown this year, they are not doing the Victoria Park portion) https://www.kitchener.ca/en/arts-culture-and-events/cruising-on-king.aspx

July 9


Hespeler Music Festival @ Forbes Park https://www.facebook.com/HespelerMusicFestival/

July 10

Unbirthday @ Waterloo Park

July 12

July 13

Guelph Nighthawks @ Sleeman Centre https://www.thenighthawks.ca/schedule

July 13-17
Start.ca Rocks the Park in London - Parents' Night Out

July 14-17
Listowel Fair (midway, various events) https://www.listowelfair.com/about-3

Mount Forest Fireworks Festival https://mountforestfireworks.ca/ (a road trip but amazing fireworks)

July 15 

July 15-17
KW Ribfest Kids Zone with Grand River Inflatables https://www.kitchenerribandbeerfest.com/KITCHENER-RIBFEST-Kids-Fun-Zone.htm

July 16


July 21
Interactive Drumming Presentation & Garden Games at Waterloo Public Library https://www.waterloo.ca/en/things-to-do/all-city-events.aspx#Night-Lights-a-Pop-Up-Performance-Series-May-August-

Boots N' Putts @ Bingemans - info TBA https://bingemans.com/bigsplash/events.php

Outdoor Movie at Waterloo Park - Encanto https://www.waterloo.ca/en/things-to-do/all-city-events.aspx#Movies-In-The-Park-May-September-

July 22-23

July 22-24
Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival @ Waterloo City Hall https://www.waterloojazzfest.com/ and https://www.waterloojazzfest.com/event-details

July 23 
A Visit From Space with Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Jeremy Hansen at Waterloo Rec Complex



July 24
Shark Week starts July 24th.  Here are some fun viewing party ideas https://stufftodowithyourkidsinkw.blogspot.com/2018/07/fun-ways-to-celebrate-shark-week-shark.html

July 25
Grand River Flamenco Fest https://www.instagram.com/p/CfZqlY4u4KB/

July 27
Hamlet @ Civic Centre Park (between KPL and Centre in the Square) http://www.driftwoodtheatre.com/see/bardsbustour/

July 29-31

July 31
Community Bike Ride starts at Centre in the Square https://www.facebook.com/events/341186101523713


Looking Ahead to AUGUST
August

Kitchener Blue Festival https://www.kitchenerbluesfestival.com

Kidspark https://www.kitchener.ca/en/arts-culture-and-events/kidspark.aspx


Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Where To Find *** FIREWORKS *** In The Kitchener Waterloo Area 2022


 After seeing the Fireworks last weekend at Bingemans, I am really looking forward to seeing more Fireworks Displays this summer.


July 1, 2022
Canada Day



Outside of Kitchener Waterloo

St Jacobs @ The Hemlock Barn https://www.instagram.com/p/CfHmj6MO-Nc











Elora Road Christian Fellowship https://www.ercf.ca/canada-day-weekend then select schedule of events and it is listed for Friday Evening

July 14-17
Mount Forest Fireworks Festival https://mountforestfireworks.ca/

August
Waterloo Buskers TBD https://waterloobuskers.com/




Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Free Family Event in the Toronto Area Highlights Performers with Disabilities - Intangible Adorations Caravan



With the popularity of Open Air Events growing this year, I am happy to inform you about Intangible Adorations Caravan Pop-Up events happening in the Toronto area.  These evening events bring the performing arts to life in a carnival-like setting featuring performers with Hidden and Visible Disabilities. Join the journey as the cast voyages time and space to find a mysterious disappearance.

The show features a cast of artists who have either hidden or visible disabilities, and features double below-knee amputee and aerialist, Erin Ball. The creator, Lisa Anita Wegner (IMBD), is a Toronto-born meta-gender filmmaker, producer and storyteller with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Upcoming dates include 

June 22: https://www.facebook.com/events/723479875442573?ref=newsfeed

September 7: https://www.facebook.com/events/1498141260618169?ref=newsfeed

To learn about other upcoming shows, please follow https://www.facebook.com/mightybraveproductions

Find more information about Intangible Adorations Caravan at https://mightybraveproductions.ca/intangible-adorations-caravan

Let us know if you plan to attend the show! Leave a comment below.


Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Start.ca Rocks the Park Returns to London Ontario in July 2022 - 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 too! Enter the contest at the end of this post!




We are ready for the return of Music Festivals! We really enjoy Start.ca Rocks the Park in London Ontario Canada.  The multi-day festival has something for everyone.  Each day highlights a different music genre and has an amazing lineup of performers. 

Here is this year's lineup for Start.ca Rocks the Park

2022 Lineup

FM96 & 103.1 FRESH RADIO Presents: Wednesday July 13th, 2022 - all ages
- ALANIS MORISSETTE
- GARBAGE
- THE BEACHES
- CRASH TEST DUMMIES

FM96 Presents: Thursday July 14th, 2022 - all ages
- THE GLORIOUS SONS
- JULY TALK
- BIG WRECK
- THE TREWS
- CONOR GAINS

97.5 Virgin Radio Presents: Friday, July 15th, 2022 - all ages
- TLC
- AQUA
- JA RULE
- DMC OF RUN DMC
- JENNY BERGGREN OF ACE OF BASE
- 112 
- 2 LIVE CREW

Pure Country 93 Presents: Sunday, July 17th, 2022 - all ages
- DIERKS BENTLEY
- ASHLEY MCBRYDE
- THE REKLAWS
- BRELAND

and this year Saturday is 19+ event called FIZZFEST, which is Canada's First Festival dedicated to premixed cocktails, seltzer, ciders, wine and more.  There will be performances by
- Virginia to Vegas
- Alyssa Reed
- Kiesza
- Reeve

Prices vary per night. Find all the ticket info at 

Did you know that Start.ca Rocks The Park is also a fundraiser?

Jones Entertainment Group initially created Rock the Park to raise funds for Bethanys Hope Foundation in progressing research for Metachromatic Leukodystrophy (MLD). When the effects of this terrible disease hit close to home, claiming the life of seven year old Bethany McIntyre, friendship and hope came together with the vision to “Rock for a Cure”. In the first twelve years of the festival, through the support of dedicated fans and a love for music, Rock the Park proudly reached over $2.2 million dollars in hopes of finally finding a cure. In 2016, Bethany’s Hope Foundation shifted gears and stepped away from Rock the Park in order to concentrate fully on a national awareness and family support campaign that will take the organization from coast to coast over the next three years. JEG is extremely proud of the progress and success Bethany’s Hope Foundation has achieved thus far, and wishes all the best and future success to their entire team. With that said, JEG is thrilled to have Big Brothers Big Sisters of London & Area, Humane Society of London & Middlesex, and Western Football as our charitable partners of choice. To date, Rock the Park has now raised over $3.5 million for local charities.


You can learn more about the event on the History of Rock the Park page and the FAQ

We cannot wait to get back to Start.ca Rocks the Park as it is a Music Festival that we have really missed. We are so excited about its return that we have a pair of tickets to giveaway for the winner's night of choice!


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Saturday, June 4, 2022

Outdoor Festivals, Movie Night, Guelph Nighthawks Games and More Events, Activities and Stuff to do in Kitchener Waterloo and Area

 



Please check all the links listed as info tends to change without our knowledge.  We also suggest you go through the full list as some activities require you to pre-register and many have limited spaces.  The top part of our list is for ONGOING EVENTS and further down you can see the MONTH SPECIFIC EVENTS

Virtual Painting Classes from Artist's Palette Durham https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIvFrRQHTlJF34xw2-LmcZg

Michael's Free Online Crafting Classes https://canada.michaels.com/en/onlineclasses


Looking for new things to do with your child? Do you think your child would enjoy participating in science? If your child is between the ages of 3-7, they are eligible to sign-up for an online study with researchers at the University of Waterloo. Participation is free and the studies are quite fun for children! Children get a certificate at the end and a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card. A typical session involves a 25-minute Zoom video call with their researchers. If you would like to sign-up, please visit https://www.uwcoral.ca/sign-up. If you have any questions, please email developmentalonline@uwaterloo.ca

Early Years events on Zoom for registration info visit https://earlyyearsinfo.ca

YMCA Virtual Events https://www.thisisy.ca/




Cambridge Libraries Calendar https://ideaexchange.org/programs-events 


Region of Waterloo Museum (DOON) events https://www.waterlooregionmuseum.ca/en/index.aspx#

Joseph Schneider Haus events https://www.schneiderhaus.ca/en/index.aspx

Woodside National Historic Site Self Guided Tours Thursday and Fridays https://www.facebook.com/WoodsideNHS/photos/a.797717783604573/4705277552848557


Wellbeing Waterloo Region Calendar https://www.wellbeingwr.ca/calendar/

KW Adventure Walks https://kwescape.ca/games

Kitchener Market Events Calendar https://calendar.kitchenermarket.ca/default/Month



Guelph NIghthawks Schedule https://www.thenighthawks.ca/schedule

Open Tuesdays at Steckle Heritage Homestead Visit with our farm animals, make a fun farm-themed craft or activity, explore the gardens and enjoy the site!
Time: Gates are open from 5pm – 7pm every second Tuesday from May to October! Register online then come for the full 2 hours or just for a short visit. https://stecklehomestead.ca/open-tuesdays

Entry Fee: Only $7.50 per person! Friend of the Farm members are free!

Yoga in Park - Free Event Wednesdays @ Victoria Park Clocktower 12:30-1:15pm https://www.facebook.com/events/534577011692687/534579425025779


Salsa @ Waterloo Public Square Wednesdays May-August Salsa in the Square — The Underdog Dance Studio

Breastfeeding Buddies Walk and Talk in Victoria Park - Thursday Mornings, 10:00am, at Victoria Park in Kitchener. We will be meeting at the Victoria Park Pavillion Parking Lot, and heading out to walk laps in the park with our Buddies and Babies. Afterwards, you are welcome to stay and chat with our staff, volunteers, and fellow parents about Breastfeeding, pandemic parenting, available resources in the community or any other topic you desire! If rain is in the forecast (or other inclement weather), our meetup will move to Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre at 44 Francis St. S.https://www.breastfeedingbuddies.com/Walk-Talk

Yoga in the Park by KPL @ Civic Centre Park Thursdays 5:30-6:30pm https://www.facebook.com/events/325698539720225/325810593042353

Saturdays watch new episodes of Ukulele U with Kitchener's Isy https://stufftodowithyourkidsinkw.blogspot.com/2022/02/the-amazing-isy-aboagye-takes-her.html


ONE MONTH FREE TRIAL – MUSIC LESSONS
In this unique Preschool Music Program, we learn all about Rhythm & Melody, PLUS children learn how to read Bars of music, make their own Bars of music and read Notes in a Scale on the Staff!
Come try it out! One Month Free!

After the free trial, if you are interested in signing up, classes start from $350 depending on Program purchased, Program Time purchased and age of your child. Do you have questions? Book a free Zoom Call to ask all about it! https://calendly.com/anatworld/music-lessons-2021 

Are you ready to jump on in for the Month's Trial, Click here: https://anatworld.convertri.com/free-month-trial

 The Giggle Mat is a brand new children's show!

https://www.facebook.com/TheGiggleMat 

Come visit Dizzy, Mr. Purpleman, Miss Kate and Uncle PJ as they discover, explore and express themselves in the amazing world around them through stories, music, dance, crafts, juggling, magic, laughs and more!"Like" on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheGiggleMat/​​​

JUNE 2022 EVENTS
Ongoing in June 



June 4
Spring into Summer Pooch Party on Gaukle Street Noon-5pm




Tri Pride Festival Kids Zone Noon-4pm Victoria Park https://www.facebook.com/events/1016047635679099

June 5 
Children's Yoga Class @ The Attic Yoga $22.23 Times dependant on child's age. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/june-5-330259


June 8

June 8-11
Theatre for Kids by Kids @ Waterloo Park Bandshell. Cost is $5 for Kids and $12 for Adults. Various dates/times. Ticket info at https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10160133872765539&set=p.10160133872765539&type=3

June 9 
Homeschool Day @ Castle Kilbride 10am - Registration required https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/homeschool-day-at-castle-kilbride-tickets-337223002077


Guelph Nighthawks 7pm @ the Sleeman Centre https://www.thenighthawks.ca/schedule

June 10
Outdoor Movie @ Max Becker Park by Williamsburg Community Centre. Fundraiser for Mental Health. It begins at 7pm with Food Trucks, Bouncy Castle and Pet Photos, then there will be the movie RON'S GONE WRONG
 
June 10-11
Summer Kick Off in Downtown Kitchener
Various Events and Venues
https://www.facebook.com/events/3260125554271116/

June 11
History on Wheels: New Bikers Tour (Family Friendly) @ Waterloo City Hall 10am. Tickets are $3 at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/history-on-wheels-new-bikers-tour-tickets-339919758147

Open Streets Open Streets returns to the streets in uptown Waterloo in 2022. Join us in June for a fun-filled day that will take over Willis Way. Watch live performances and mural painting, browse through the art market, and join in on the fun and games. The event runs 10:00 A.M to 4:00 P.M. https://www.waterloo.ca/en/things-to-do/all-city-events.aspx

Neighbour Day in Cambridge @ Greenway Chaplin Community Centre 1-3pm 
We are closing Rouse Ave street for a neighbourhood celebration! Interactive inflatables, community partner agencies, music, food, a kids bike rodeo and more!! Erick Traplin will be providing live music https://greenwaychaplin.com/events/


Guelph Nighthawks 4pm @ the Sleeman Centre https://www.thenighthawks.ca/schedule

June 12
Family Pride @ THEMUSEUM begins at 10:30am Various prices https://themuseum.ca/events/pride-at-themuseum-family-pride/ 


King Streatery Food Truck Festival in front of Kitchener Market. Noon-8pm https://waterloo.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/event/king-streatery-food-truck-festival/


June 13

June 14
Guelph Nighthawks 7pm @ the Sleeman Centre https://www.thenighthawks.ca/schedule
Pride Night at the game Nighthawks Game - Guelph Pride Pack
Purchase your tickets to Guelph Pride Night Presented by TD and receive a ticket to Guelph Pride Night (June 14th) a Nighthawks Pride t-shirt and a portion of your ticket purchase will be donated to Guelph Pride.
From now until June 14th, take advantage of our exclusive Guelph Pride Package! 
To purchase, enter promo code PRIDE when selecting your seats for the June 14th game to receive this exclusive offer!
The Guelph Pride pack includes: 

One (1) ticket to the June 14th Guelph Pride game vs. Newfoundland Growlers
One (1) limited edition New Era Guelph Pride Nighthawks t-shirt
PLUS a portion of your ticket purchase will be donated to Guelph Pride


June 16 
Twilight Family Forest Walk & Activities around the Fire @ Eastbridge Library 7-9pm. 
You will create your very own lanterns that will guide you on a forest walk through the beautiful trails. We will finish the night off with campfire songs and a story time around a fire in the new outdoor Nature Space. All ages are welcome! https://www.waterloo.ca/en/things-to-do/all-city-events.aspx

June 17
Neighbours Night in Victoria Park 6-10pm with Virginia to Vegas and Delany Jane https://www.kitchener.ca/en/arts-culture-and-events/neighbours-night.aspx

Together in Pride Ride - Bike Ride 7pm @ KW Counselling https://www.kitchener.ca/en/arts-culture-and-events/bike-events.aspx

Cambridge Celebration of the Arts
Cambridge City Hall starts at 4:30pm

June 18
Neighbours Day in Kitchener 1-5pm Various Locations https://www.kitchener.ca/en/arts-culture-and-events/neighbours-day.aspx

Summer Lights Festival Downtown Kitchener https://www.summerlightsfestival.com

Galt Arena Gardens Centennial Celebration in Cambridge

Wellesley Summer Celebration
The Wellesley & District Lions are very excited to announce their "Something for Everyone" Summer Celebration with all proceeds going to the new Wellesley Township Recreational Centre.

The fun includes 10th anniversary celebrations at the Wellesley Splash Pad with the unveiling of new splash pad features, free hot dog lunch for kids, music with Eric Traplin and the Touch a Truck Big Wheels event.

At 3PM join the Rubber Duck Race at the Albert Erb Conservation Park.

ish and Chips Food Truck will be on location from 3-8PM.

The celebrations culminate with the Duck Dance at the Wellesley Arena at 8PM. 

June 19
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY
Guelph Nighthawks 2pm @ the Sleeman Centre https://www.thenighthawks.ca/schedule

June 21
National Indigenous Peoples Day. This day recognizes the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit, and Metis peoples of Canada. An original art piece on the surface of Waterloo Public Square will be installed as a visual reminder of the territory and land on which our city was founded. https://www.waterloo.ca/en/things-to-do/all-city-events.aspx

Guelph Nighthawks 7pm @ the Sleeman Centre https://www.thenighthawks.ca/schedule

June 25 
Guelph Nighthawks 2pm @ the Sleeman Centre https://www.thenighthawks.ca/schedule


June 25-26
KW Multicultural Festival in Victoria Park Noon-6pm https://kwmulticultural.ca/festival