Saturday, July 30, 2011

Stuff To Do For the Civic Holiday Long Weekend 2011

Serbian Food Festival

Sunday if you want to go for a little trek there's
7th Annual Ice Cream Festival

Sunday, July 31
10am – Monday, August 1, 2011
Location: Westfield Heritage Village
Rockton, ON
Summary: Will feature Gelato in a variety of interesting flavours. Admissin is $11.00 adults, $10.00 seniors 65+, child 6-12 years $6.50, children 5 and under are free and parking is free.

KidSummer at Waterloo Region Museum (Doon)

Sunday July 31, 2011
9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
KidSummer is a fun family day where kids of all ages can have some good old fashioned fun. Listen to children's musical entertainer Eric Traplin on the museum patio, enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride or try some of the hands on activities which may include egg collecting from the chicken coop, helping the blacksmith twist iron, or sending a telegraph. Visit for a wonderful summer day. Free admission for up to two children, with each $10 adult admission purchased.

Most places are open Holiday Monday but running Sunday Hours.
Just like Herrles Market which NOW HAS THEIR CORN READY! They will be open 9-6 on Monday.  They also have a great playground for the kids to play on!

Also the KW Art Gallery is open most Holiday Mondays, but you may want to call & check 1st

Tuesday 11am-2pm Eric Traplin is at the Kitchener Market

Waterloo Public Square

Wednesday August 4
Tai Chi Demonstration 11:45am - 12:15pm

If you're looking for indoor fun try this

Hey Parents you should RSVP to this happening THIS THURSDAY it's a 19+ event (find a sitter & have a fun time)

I know many of you said you were going to the new Laurelwood Dairy Queen to Support Headstrong. Here's a message released by the Kitchener Rangers website

Looking Ahead

Bingemans DIVE IN

Join us for our first Outdoor Night Slide and DIVE IN at Big Splash!
Enjoy the waterslides and the movie "Rio" on August 6, 2011
from 8:30 pm - midnight
$12 in advance or $15 at the door
Season Pass Holders - upgrade for only $6

Keep Aug 14th open for Kidspark
MeFest is happening Oct 1st
We still have some vendor spots available.  Serious inquiries only.  Make sure to email  if you want to participate in our show that brings out 400 of KW finest to each event & collects over 400 pounds of food for THE FOOD BANK OF WATERLOO REGION

& if you haven't heard already WE HAVE A DISCOUNT CODE FOR GREAT WOLF LODGE!!! See my review & get the code here
It has to be booked by Aug 7th for travel on the selected Aug 2011 dates!

Have a great Long Weekend!
Keep Smiling!

Friday, July 29, 2011

How Great is Great Wolf Lodge? Very Great Indeed!

How we made a GREAT ESCAPE to Great Wolf Lodge Niagara Falls

Earlier this week my son & I travelled to Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls.  I thought I share our fantastic experience.  We were newbies to the hotel and loved how much there was to see and do.

We arrived at 11am & were greeted by quite a friendly bunch

also in the lobby we met with Joy the Group Sales rep for Great Wolf Lodge.  It was so great to meet her in person after conversing over email.  She was so warm & welcoming (as was all the staff at the hotel)!

Being that check in isn't until Noon we decided to have Brunch at the all you can eat Buffet restaurant (switches to lunch at noon).  After that we checked into our room.

It consisted of 2 Queen sized beds, a love seat, a fridge (which was used for our own supply of drink boxes, water bottles & cans of ice tea we brought) and a microwave.

From there we spent hours in the waterpark, which by the way is AMAZING!
We tried most of the slides, the wave pool, the lazy river, but also spent time playing water basketball in the activity pool.

After that we headed back to the room for a quick snack and then off to the arcade (did I mention it was my son's birthday as well- SO MANY TOKENS, but lots of fun).  Then back to the waterpark

Around 7:30pm  we tuckered out, so we went and ordered a pizza at their onsite takeout pizza counter (thanks to @sassymodernmom for the suggestion) and ordered a pizza.  Then brought it back to our room to relax and watch some TV after all that activity.

After a good night's sleep we got up & VITAMIN'D UP

then headed for breakfast again followed by a trip to the Trading Post.
Let me tell you I was tempted

My son decided on this shirt,

 because we're all about Star Wars in this family! After that guess what happened? If you guessed WATERPARK you're right!  Your Waterpark pass is good for the day you check-in starting at 1pm until the 9pm the day you check out! We would have went mini-golfing as well except that it was raining.  Oh well, something to try next time & yes there will be a next time! Besides the mini golf, there's also spa services and a "mini cub camp" for those with younger children! We did find one more fun thing to do before we left the hotel

FYI I did pay regular price for this trip & was not asked to post about it.  It's all my own doing :)
BUT  you don't need to pay regular price because Joy arranged a DISCOUNT for the #Stuff2Do members! If you book by Aug 7th you can get $100 off by using the codes for the selected dates found here

& you too can have A GREAT WOLF DAY!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Great Wolf Lodge for Stuff To Do With Your Kids In Kitchener Waterloo Coupon Code

The easiest way to see this it to click this FULL SCREEN link
Remember it must be booked by Aug 7th

Things to Do With Your Kids - Kitchener Waterloo, August 2011[1]

Friday, July 22, 2011

Stuff To Do To Keep Cool in KW & More

NEW DQ!!!!
On Saturday, July 23rd Dairy Queen located at 600 Laurelwood Drive in Waterloo (corner of Erbsville Road and Laurelwood) will be hosting their grand opening event. As part of the event 20% of all proceeds from the day’s sales will be donated to HEAD STRONG: Fanelli 4 Brain Injury Awareness.

Ben Fanelli will be serving up some fun and signing autographs for fans from 11-3pm. Customers can also enjoy music, face painting, special appearances by Mr. Cone and Rangers TEX and enter to win some great prizes courtesy of Laurelwood Dairy Queen and the Kitchener Rangers.
More info here

Latin Fest at Waterloo Square- FREE!/event.php?eid=246745115341682

Serbian Food Fesitval (I don't know if there's a cost to attend)

Looking for the Tim Hortons FREE SWIM TIMES ?

Kitchener - Breithaupt Pool

July 09 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

July 24 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

August 14 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Kitchener - Breithaupt Pool - Aquafit

July 12 8:30 pm - 9:15 pm

July 19 8:30 pm - 9:15 pm

July 26 8:30 pm - 9:15 pm

August 02 8:30 pm - 9:15 pm

August 09 8:30 pm - 9:15 pm

August 16 8:30 pm - 9:15 pm

August 23 8:30 pm - 9:15 pm

Kitchener - Cameron Heights Pool

July 11 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

August 07 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

August 19 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Kitchener - Cameron Heights Pool - Aquafit

July 06 8:00 pm - 8:45 pm

July 13 8:00 pm - 8:45 pm

July 20 8:00 pm - 8:45 pm

July 27 8:00 pm - 8:45 pm

August 03 8:00 pm - 8:45 pm

August 10 8:00 pm - 8:45 pm

August 17 8:00 pm - 8:45 pm

August 24 8:00 pm - 8:45 pm

Kitchener - Forest Heights Pool - Aquafit

July 07 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

July 14 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

July 21 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

July 28 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

August 04 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

August 11 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

August 18 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

August 25 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Kitchener - Harry Class Pool

July 01 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

July 14 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

July 19 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

August 05 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

August 20 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Kitchener - Idlewood Pool

July 01 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

July 05 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

July 21 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

August 02 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

August 11 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

August 30 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Kitchener - Kiwanis Park

July 29 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

August 26 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Kitchener - Lyle Hallman Pool

July 08 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

August 22 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Kitchener - Lyle Hallman Pool - Aquafit

July 09 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

July 16 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

July 23 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

July 30 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

August 06 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

August 13 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

August 20 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

August 27 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Kitchener - Wilson Pool

July 01 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

July 03 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

July 13 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

August 08 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

August 17 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Waterloo - Moses Springer - Lane Swim

July 08 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

August 17 10:30 am - 1:00 pm

Waterloo - Moses Springer - Public Swim

June 27 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

July 14 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

July 26 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

August 26 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

August 31 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Waterloo - Waterloo Swimplex - Adult Programs

July 06 9:30 pm - 10:30 pm

July 28 12:00 pm - 1:20 pm

September 01 5:45 am - 9:45 am

Waterloo - Waterloo Swimplex - Public Swim

July 02 7:05 pm - 8:30 pm

July 18 7:05 pm - 8:30 pm

August 10 7:05 pm - 8:30 pm

August 19 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Sip For Hope Uptown Jazz Ribfest Square To Square Outdoor Movies

First off I'd like to tell all of those 19 & over about this
The story of my involvement is here
Almost everyone knows someone who has been touched by cancer. This is a story of a survior giving back


Rib Fest (Friday to Sunday)
Downtown Kitchener Ribfest & Craft Beer Show in Victoria Park, which runs from Friday 5-10 p.m., Saturday noon-10 p.m. and Sunday noon-6 p.m. There is also live entertainment and a children’s midway.

Admission is free but donations to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region will be accepted at the gate. Please note that due to the nature of the event, anyone under the age of 19 must be accompanied by an adult to be admitted.

Uptown Jazz Festival

City of Kitchener 2011 Artist-in-Residence, Sean M. Puckett, for a walking tour of downtown Kitchener to photographically explore an urban streetscape, fascinating local architecture and the natural splendour of Victoria Park. The workshop is on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Meet in the rotunda on the ground floor at Kitchener City Hall at 10 a.m. The 'crawl' begins at 10:15 a.m., rain or shine!

Square to Square
Get ready to get squared! On Sunday, July 17, King Street will be closed from Civic Square in front of Kitchener City Hall all the way up, past Waterloo’s Public Square, to Central Street, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in honour of Square2Square - Car-Free Sunday.

Square2Square is an opportunity to walk, bike, rollerblade, skateboard, hop, skip or run from downtown Kitchener to uptown Waterloo. The event promotes healthy, inviting and fun activities to engage both communities, while aiming to protect the local environment.
King Street will be closed in Kitchener from Gaukel to Victoria streets. Three of the four lanes of the main artery between the two cities -- two westbound lanes and one eastbound lane -- will remain open to traffic between Victoria and Union streets. The on-street fun will pick back up again from Union to Central streets in Waterloo, where visitors will enjoy plenty of family-friendly fun.
Join us downtown!
In downtown Kitchener, two stages will be set up in the people-friendly street space, between Gaukel and Victoria streets, featuring musical and multicultural entertainment.
Solo musicians Mike Erb, Tyler Schwende, Alysha Brillinger and Alisha Nauth will perform on the stage at Civic Square. The second stage, located at the CHYM FM building, will celebrate African culture with a steel drum band and full costumes presented by LINK. Also, a South Asian Mela will feature dancers in full costumes.
Street activities include street scrabble, inflatables, an artist market, bike safety workshops, music and sidewalk art, and zumba class demos. The reflecting pool at Kitchener City Hall will be a microcosm of a marina as model boats sail around during the event.

Movies In Waterloo Park listings-Outdoor Movie Nights

Cambridge- Galt Country Club Outdoor Movie Night
The outdoor movie has been decided - Monsters vs. Aliens for Summerlude August 7th, $10/non-member family. Family fun open to the community!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Sip For Hope, Brantford Barks and More Activities

First off I'd like to tell all of those 19 & over about this
The story of my involvement is here
Almost everyone knows someone who has been touched by cancer.  This is a story of a survior giving back

Okay blast time
Brantford Barks is today (Saturday) FREE EVENT!/pages/Brantford-Barks/117889748275320

Cherry Festival

Saturday, July 9, 2011
11am – 6pm
Location: Cherry Park
Strange Street
Kitchener, ON
Summary: Live music by Cazu Latin Band, The Barn Dance Band, PG45 and the Herat Band. The Kitchener Rangers Street Team and the local fire fighters will also be there. The festival will have vendors of varying sorts, a clown, free face painting, bouncy castle and many more kids activities. Great food, cherry products and 400 pounds of fresh cherries.
Phone number: 519-570-1623

Kids in Kilts

Saturday, July 9, 2011
1 – 4pm
Location: McDougall Cottage
Summary: Brrring in bairns fer Kids in Kilts. We'll be craftin' Towel-roll Bagpipers. Drop in anytime between 1-4pm. 'Tis FREE and 'tis fun!
Phone number: 519-624-8250

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Location: Hespeler Arena
640 Ellis Road, West
Summary: 24 local NHL players are playing a charity hockey game to raise funds for local charities, Kids Can Play and The Cambridge Ice Hounds. After the game, players will be available for pictures and autographs. General admission is $20.00 per person. 1000 tickets to be sold, so this will sell out fast!
Phone number: $20.00

Also OPERATION BIEBER is in full effect

& we accepting new applications for vendors in the FALL MeFest! email for details

Friday, July 1, 2011

Family Fishing Weekend, WOW Challenger and other FUN Activities in Waterloo Region

License Free Fishing from July 2nd to 10th in Ontario

The Uptown Flea

Saturday Jul 2 2011, 9am-5pm
Location:Clay and Glass Museum Sqaure
Address:25 Caroline St N
Phone:519 4967049
The Uptown Flea, is a community flea market located on the corner of Caroline and Erb (Clay and Glass Museum Square).
Our market is open on Saturdays from 9am - 4pm.
The uptown Flea is an exciting, whimsical community building flea market in the heart of Waterloo.
The Uptown Flea not only creates an opportunity for local artisans and small business owners, but also creates a market place where people, families, and tourists will congregate. By creating a destination location where people can enjoy on Saturday.

A Day In The Life … 1914

Saturday Jul 2 2011, 11am-4:15pm
Location:Waterloo Region Museum
Address:10 Huron Rd
11 a.m., 12 p.m. 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3:15 p.m., 415 p.m.
Every day in July and August, visitors are invited to take a break from their visit to help the farmers and villagers with their everyday chores, listen to a special presentation by one of the historical interpreters, or take part in a pleasant pastime. Activities vary daily and weekly – the weekly activity list will be available at the museum and it will be posted on the museum’s website. A Day In The Life activities are included with general admission: $10 Adults, $8 Seniors/Students, $5 Children, Children four and under free, Family $25, all admissions plus HST.

I.R.I.S. 3 Year Anniversary

Saturday Jul 2 2011, 7-9pm
Location:Waterloo Public Square
Address:Uptown Waterloo
Featuring Spirits!
Help I.R.I.S. celebrate 3 years of, well, celebrating indie bands, artists and musicians!
Early, free, show, Waterloo Public Square

$50K WOW Tennis Challenger

Saturday, July 2
10am – Sunday, July 10, 2011
Location: Waterloo Park
Central Street Entrance (off Albert St).

Summary: come watch the biggest professional sporting event in the Waterloo Region! Pro women tennis players from around the world will be competing for the $50,000 purse! Free admission!
Phone number: 519-885-3920

World In Kitchener Film Festival Screenings

Monday, July 4
7pm – Friday, July 8, 2011
Location: Waterloo Region Museum
10 Huron Road
Kitchener, Summary: Award winning films from around the world will be screened in the Christie Theatre. Presented by the Multicultural Cinema Club. Films will be announced at  prior to the festival. Free admission!
Phone number: 519-748-1914
 ** Note I don't know what films are playing so make sure to call & see if they are family friendly/age appropriate**

Tooney Tuesdays Are BACK starting this Tuesday!  They are at Kitchener City Hall every Tuesday evening in July.  If the weather does not co-operate, they move it indoors.  Here is the schedule

Cruising on King

Friday, July 8, 2011
Location: Victoria Park
Kitchener, ON
Summary: Get ready to rev your engines as Cruising on King returns for another year!
**Kids always love this, they start in Victoria park & then drive to King St which is closed off for the night**

Great Fundraiser happening locally with special guest Cocktail Deeva
Help support Marcel's Journey/Grand River Cancer Centre.  There are a limited number of tickets so be quick!