Sunday, January 4, 2015

Stuff To Do In Kitchener Waterloo January 2015 PD Day And More Events And Activities

Welcome to 2015

Ongoing Events (For Date Specific Events Scroll To The BLAST Portion Of This Post)

Research Study
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
Kitchener  Rangers Schedule
Bring your little ones to the Kitchener Market every Tuesday 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!

  • January 6: Erick Traplin
  • January 13: Crafts
  • January 20: Erick Traplin
  • January 27: Crafts

    Youth Council @ Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery
    Every 2nd Tuesday from Jan 6th on
    |4 – 6 pm
    Local teens meet every other week throughout the school year to develop and work on new Gallery programs. Learn more about the art world, organize workshops and special events, meet like-minded peers, earn volunteer hours, and build your resume

    Artlab @ Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery
    Tuesdays, Jan 20 – Feb 24
    Ages 6 – 11: 5:30 – 7 pm
    $75 + HST / 6 weeks OR $15 + HST / class 17:30:00Z&E=2015-01-20 19:00:00Z

    Let your imagination soar in the art “lab” as we experiment with unique ideas and a variety of materials and techniques, from drawing to painting to mixed media masterpieces. Be ready to have fun and get a little bit messy in these exploratory and discovery classes that encourage creativity and inventiveness. Suitable for all skill levels; materials included.

    Art Innovators will be hosting Squiggles to Grins at the Kitchener Market – a program for children and their parents. Participate in a fun, unique, hands-on creative art experience!
    FREE! Ages 2-5 + caregiver

    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 $2.50 Films @ Cineplex
    Free Movies @ KPL Central Branch (Downtown) 2pm

    Free Movies @ KPL Central Branch (Downtown) 2pm
    Public Skating has begun! Check our Where To Skate post to learn more


    January 10
    Home Depot Kids Workshop
    Skate N Shake @ Waterloo Public Square
    Get in your groove on the rink this winter. Skate to live spinning of mad beats
    Two different DJ perform for each event from 7-9pm at the Waterloo Public Square.
    Free hot chocolate and give-aways
    Don't miss a beat!
    Saturday, January 10th, 2015
    8:00pm – 11:00pm
    Twelfth Night is the last of the Twelve Days of Christmas and is the culmination of all the season's celebrations. The Mill Race Folk Society had been celebrating this unique and ancient holiday for the last several years.

    The celebration includes:
    • Festive buffet
    • Live music
    • A traditional Cornish Mummers Play, "St. George and the Dragon"
    • Pub carols from South Yorkshire and Derbyshire
    • Performances by Orange Peel Morris, Oakville Ale & Sword Dancers, Wolf at the Door Molly Dancers, and Tethera
    • An English Country Dance hosted by Relative Harmony
    • Father Christmas and The Green Man
    Refreshments will be provided and there will be a cash bar. People are encouraged to come dressed in costumes or fancy dress. The more extravagant and fantastic the costumes, the better!
    In advance - $15
    At the door - $20
    Family Sundays @ Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery
    Sunday, Jan 11 | Drop-in 1 – 4 pm
    All ages welcome | Activities designed for ages 4 – 12 + adult companion
    Share time with friends and family exploring the world of art and creativity. Enjoy the exhibitions and make one-of-a-kind artwork of your own, take part in drama workshops and interactive games, and listen to stories told by our friends at the Kitchener Public Library. Exciting new activities each month
    *Suggested donation of $5 per child.
    January 16
    Tri-City Junior Roller Derby Lessons
    Friday, January 16, 2015 | 6:30 – 8pm
    Location: Queensmount Arena, 1260 Queens Blvd., Kitchener
    Summary:Looking for something different for your child to do? Try the Tri-Cities' newest youth sport: junior roller derby!

    Learn to roller skate and play derby in a fun and nurturing environment. For girls aged 9 to 17, and boys wanting to learn to referee. No experience required.

    $60/12-week session, plus insurance. Mouthguards required but other equipment can be loaned if we are given notice. Lessons also available in Stratford Sundays 10 am to noon.
    Phone number:5192730941
    January 17
    Pizza Making @ Kids In The Kitchen - Kitchener Market
    Free Event

     The Last Great Hunt presents
    The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik
    by Tim Watts

    Centre In The Square (Studio)
    11am and 2pm
    The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer is a multi-award-winning one-man micro-epic puppet show that melds technology and multimedia into a touching story of enduring love and the end of the world.
    A visually inspired solo show, The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer is created by Tim Watts, who employs a unique blend of puppetry, live and recorded music, and animation to present an exploration of the next and oldest frontier: the deep blue sea. Seas have risen, billions have died. Alvin Sputnik is our only hope. He must venture to the bottom of the ocean to find his wife's lost soul and save humanity.
    Having charmed audiences worldwide, and received countless five star reviews, the show has been performed over 300 times across the world including Korea, China, New Zealand, US, Canada and the UK.
    This production was originally supported by The Blue Room Theatre.
    Please note this performance is General Admission and it is recommended for children ages 10 and up.
    Tickets are $5 Register at

    Wonderful Winds
    SAT JANUARY 17 | 2:30 PM
    Center In The Square (Auditorium)
    Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, conductor
    Who are these wizards sitting with their flutes,
    oboes, clarinets and bassoons? Why, it’s the
    woodwinds! Come and find out why these
    wacky and whimsical winds play such an
    important role in the orchestra!

    Doors open at 1:15 pm for fun and interactive pre-concert activities including: Art activities hosted by the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, music activities hosted by Music for Young Children, and 'My First Music Lesson' where kids can take a mini lesson from a KWS musician on a variety of instruments. Pre-concert activities are FREE with ticket purchase!
    Ticket prices vary

    January 18
    World Snow Day @ Chicopee
    World Snow Day Activities and Demo Day
    A fun race course will be setup on Tenderfoot from 11:30am – 1:30pm. Visit the World Snow Day tent after running to the course to receive a certificate and sticker!
    There will also be a Terrain Park Safety and Etiquette Demo at 11:00am & 1:00pm. Be sure to meet at the World Snow Day tent!
    Buckets N Boards
    Comedy Percussion Show - Fun for all ages!
    Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.
    St. Jacobs Country Playhouse
    One of the hottest shows on the Branson stage comes to St. Jacobs! 
    Matt Levingston and Gareth Sever have handcrafted a hilarious and high-energy show chock-full of precise percussion, ridiculous songs, spectacular tap dancing, inventive instrumentation and unique musical talent. Buckets N Boards is an experience that has, and will, entertain the entire family!
    Tickets $25 + tax
    Cambridge Center For The Arts
    Cookies And Kids
    To Be Determined Theatre in “I Love You Forever and More Munsch” Ticket purchase info

    Victoria Park Pavillion Kitchener
    Paris Junction 2015 Model Train Show
    Sunday, January 18, 2015 | 10am – 3pm
    Location: Paris Fairgrounds
    Silver Street
    Paris, ON
    Summary:Admission: General $4, NMRA members $3, children under 12 free.
    Wine & Art: Tuesday, Jan. 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    Join us for a fun new series - Wine & Art! Hosted by a certified Art Innovators teacher, this two-hour class will feature hands-on instruction as you create two pieces of artwork, accompanied by wine and a platter of gourmet cheese. The theme of this class is a "Winter Owl" acrylic painting.

    Veggie delight: Wednesday, Jan. 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    Eating a balanced vegetarian diet can be challenging, especially when lifestyle or dietary restrictions make options more limited. Find ways to eat healthy, vegetarian meals that are out of the ordinary and exciting! Even if you are simply interested in learning more about a vegetarian diet before you take that first step, or you're a veteran veg-head looking for meal inspiration, come join this class and explore the options that are available to you!

    January 23-25
    Stratford Winterfest
    Some of the events include Apple Land Train Rides, Ice Carving Demonstrations, Bethel Puppet Show, Big Screen Movie Night, Yuk Yuk's, Snowshoeing, Petting Zoo, Pancake Breakfast, Outdoor Skating and Ice Building Blocks.
    Our goal is simple: to provide families in Stratford and surrounding area with another high quality, fun, interactive winter weekend at no cost

    January 24
    Tracking Animals in Winter and A Snowshoe Hike

    Saturday, January 24, 2015
    :00 am to 12:00 pmrare ECO Centre (Slit Barn)
    Was it a rabbit? Deer? Coyote? Bobcat? or something else? Which way was it headed and how fast was it traveling? How long did it stop in one area and could it have been injured? Recognizing the shapes and various imprint details that animals leave as they venture about rare property can give us insight into their activities, and connect us to the natural world. Join John MacDonald as we track animals and find the answers to these questions and more. Please dress warmly with appropriate footwear. Great for all ages! Snowshoes provided—register early!
    Cost: $8.00 or $3.00 with an Events Discount card 

    January 25th
    Family Literacy Day @ Conestoga Mall
    Free Event with lots of family entertainment
    Girls Try Hockey for FREE with Olympian Gillian Apps
    Location: Activa Sportsplex (135 Lennox Lewis Way)
    Time: 2:15pm to 3:15pm
    January 27th
    Family Literacy Day

    January 28
    Free Skating Party
    Centreville-Chicopee Community Centre
    Free Hot Chocolate and skates available if you need a pair!/photo.php?fbid=10155082743035527&set=gm.10152971499820750&type=1&theater

    Perfect pizza: Wednesday, Jan. 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    The market is brimming with the best cheeses, meats and vegetables for making your own homemade pizza. Work as part of a team to make three styles of pizza with seasonal ingredients - you'll never want take-out again.

    January 30 PD DAY

    Ocean Bound @ Waterloo Region Museum (Doon)
    Start Date Friday, January 30, 2015
    End Date Sunday, May 10, 2015
    A new exhibition called Ocean Bound! explores the science of watersheds, aquatic animals and oceans. Embark on a journey through watersheds to see how everyone’s actions on land affect our oceans. The exhibit presents fun environmental science for the whole family!
    Admission details on the website

    WPL McCormick Branch for PD Day fun! Stories, crafts and games in the Community Room from 1:30pm to 2:30pm, then lace up your skates for free ice skating from 2:30pm to 3:30pm. Registration not required. All ages welcome.

    January 31

    Pomme: The Story of An Apple

    Saturday, January 31, 2015 11 AM & 2 PM

    Inspired by haikus written in Quebec and in France, Pomme captures young imaginations with puppet movement and playful characters. Pomme is an apple who wishes to become a person, and through his journey he discovers that being an apple is really okay. Full of gentle wit and humour, Pomme is a puppet poem to savour as a family. Recommended for ages 3 to 6., by calling 519-578-1570 or 1-800-265-8977, or in person at the Centre In The Square Box Office (101 Queen Street North). Tickets for each show are $10 (adult), $5 (child), or $25 (family of 5) plus applicable fees.

    Emiko's one day Mini Gaming-Extravaganza 2015 @ Crowne Plaza Hotel (Downtown Kitchener)
    Ticket prices vary


    These events are ticketed and you may want to purchase them now before they sell out

    The Wizard of Oz
    A Family Musical
    March 4 to March 29
    Dunfield Theatre Cambridge
    This March, the greatest family musical of all-time is touching down in Cambridge!
    After a twister hits her Kansas farm, Dorothy Gale is transported somewhere over the rainbow and embarks on an epic journey accompanied by a Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, and her faithful dog Toto.
    Click your heels and venture down the yellow brick road for a truly magical theatre experience.

    Doktor Kaboom!
    Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 11 AM & 2 PM
    Doktor Kaboom! is an hilarious interactive science variety show for audiences of all ages created by Actor/Comedian David Epley. Using theatre and humour Doktor Kaboom! takes his audience on an amazing tour through the wonders of scientific exploration. Join him for a side-splitting journey of increasingly spectacular (and often successful) science experiments and demonstrations., by calling 519-578-1570 or 1-800-265-8977, or in person at the Centre In The Square Box Office (101 Queen Street North). Tickets for each show are $10 (adult), $5 (child), or $25 (family of 5) plus applicable fees.
    Bill Blagg’s Trickin’
    Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 11 AM and 2 PM
    Bill Blagg’s cabaret show Trickin’ is a highly interactive experience packed with Bill’s trademark magic and comedy! From flying toilet paper to balloon sword swallowing, this non-stop show has it all! Minds will be read, wedding rings will vanish (don’t worry they come back), ordinary objects will come to life and much more! Trickin’takes the magic from the stage to the audience and even puts it in their hands! This is an action-packed not-to-be-missed show filled with magical surprises, tons of laughs and total entertainment, by calling 519-578-1570 or 1-800-265-8977, or in person at the Centre In The Square Box Office (101 Queen Street North). Tickets for each show are $10 (adult), $5 (child), or $25 (family of 5) plus applicable fees.

    Anne of Green Gables

    The Musical
    Oct 14 to Nov 8
    Dunfield Theatre Cambridge
    Journey to the shores of Prince Edward Island and follow the misadventures of Anne Shirley, a freckle-faced, red-haired orphan who will immediately capture your heart with her irrepressible spirit and imagination.
    Anne arrives at Green Gables full of hope for a new life, but is dismayed to discover the elderly Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert had expressly asked for a boy. Despite her fiery temper, love of melodrama and proclivity for mischief, Anne manages to charm her way into their hearts … and meet some kindred spirits along the way.
    Brimming with memorable music and magical moments, Anne of Green Gables is deservedly the most popular musical in Canadian theatre history. Join us for this family classic.

     Did we miss a FREE or LOW COST Family Friendly Event In January? Be sure to post it in the comments and our Facebook Group Page


    1. Just an idea to get these events on some type of Calender format to be able to click on each date per event happening. It would be good to have event types categorized ie age, topic, whether is was arts, science, etc.... Then we could also have the option to look ahead if events were known about ahead or more to plan :) Thanks for doing this!

      1. As it set right now, all the events for that month are compiled into one post. The ONGOING EVENTS are listed at the top of the page and the DATED events are listed under. This is what works best for this blog. Thanks for your input and glad to have you as a reader!

    2. I don't see how to add the events on my Blog?

    3. Truly it's awesome! Keep up working! You'll make a success!