Thursday, April 30, 2015

Where To Find Fireworks In Kitchener Waterloo And Area 2015

Where To Find Fireworks Displays Near Kitchener Waterloo Ontario

Looking for the best places to see *** FIREWORKS *** in the Kitchener Waterloo area? Here's our list for the holiday fireworks displays we know about this year! Scroll down to see all the fireworks dates this summer!
Please note: Some activities and events have admission costs, so please check the links provided for full information.

Fireworks Kitchener Waterloo

Victoria Day Weekend

May 16
Fireworks in the Town Of Conestogo

Mohawk Raceway Family Fun Night
Mohawk Racetrack welcomes back Fireworks and Family Fun Night!

Saturday, May 16th

Party Starts at 5PM | Fireworks at 10:15PM
 Enjoy FREE games and activities for the kids including:
- Airbrush Face Painting and Balloon Clowns
- Carnival Games like Jungle Safari, Sombrero Toss, Gone Fishin', Bust​ One and Pork Chop Speedway
- Be entertained by great strolling acts including Hula Hoop Artists, Stilt Walkers, and Illusionists
- Get a FREE Lunch Bag with the purchase of a $5 Kids' Meal which includes Hotdog, Chips and a Juice Box

May 18
Victoria Day In New Dundee
All Day events and fireworks
Info can be found at

May 23
Saturday, May 23 2015 starting at 7pm
Location: Grand River Raceway Elora
Summary:The Elora Lions are holding their Spring Fireworks Fundraiser at the Grand River Raceway on County Road 21 in Elora. Local live entertainment for young children will be available. Admission is a minimum donation of $2 per person with proceeds of this year's event going to community and Lions projects. Gates open at 7pm. Fireworks being after sunset.
Phone number:519-240-0065

June 13
Westvale Fun Fair and Fireworks

July 1
Canada Day Celebrations at University Of Waterloo
All day events and fireworks

Civic Square, City Hall Kitchener
Come celebrate Canada Day with us in Downtown Kitchener from 4 pm - 11 pm! This exciting celebration will feature live Canadian entertainment, fireworks from the roof top of Kitchener City Hall, a licensed beer garden, downtown food vendors to satisfy your hunger, and much more!
This years lineup of performers include Hollerado, Fefe Dobson and Treble Charger!

Canada Day @ Bingemans - Kingpin Lounge
Boston Pizza Kingpin for live music on the patio from 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm AND watch FREE fireworks at dusk!

Canada Day Celebrations in Cambridge
All day events and fireworks

Canada Day @ Cambridge Calvary Church
beginning at 7pm
Bouncy Castles, Prizes, Music, Food and Fireworks

Canada Day Celebrations in Guelph
All day events and fireworks

Canada Day In New Hamburg
Monday July 01,  10:00 am
Scott Park - New Hamburg
All Day events and Fireworks
Event times are listed here just scroll down to July 1st

St Jacobs Sizzlefest w/ FIREWORKS
 (Date TBA)

Waterloo Buskers
10pm Uptown Waterloo Parkade

(Date TBA)
Moose Winooskis Kitchener/Cambridge
FireFit Challenge
beginning at 10am
Then Saturday night there is an Outdoor Movie Fireworks Show.
More info here

If you know of any additional fireworks displays be sure to leave them in the comment section of this post.

Big Music Fest Travel Information


What You Need To Know When Travelling To BIG MUSIC FEST

Since we made the BIG announcement about BIG MUSIC FEST, we have been pleased with the response from those in the Kitchener Waterloo area and our friends outside of KW.

Since then we have been busy sharing links and info on facebook about this year's event.

and of course we're sharing the info from the @Those2Girls twitter handle too!
Now that the weather has turned to warmer temps it's time to get ready for the concert and Big Music Fest is providing information for those travelling to Kitchener for the performances.  Here is their latest press release.



TORONTO, ON - (April 30, 2015) - Big Music Fest 2015 is back
this summer for seven days of music, entertainment and outdoor fun.
Featuring two walls of sound on July 11th and 12th
at McLennan Park in Kitchener
- with Soundgarden and Jane's Addiction headlining Saturday's rock-filled
and Rod Stewart and Blondie anchoring Sunday's legends schedule
- plus multiple events throughout the week, the festival offers
one of the biggest summer experiences for everyone.

For visitors outside of the city, Big Music Fest has partnered
with Great Canadian Holidays to offer attendees an
exclusive travel package.
The trip bundle includes tickets to Sunday's performances,
return transportation to Kitchener from Toronto on a luxury motor coach,
as well as one-night accommodations
at Radisson Hotel complete with continental breakfast.

Don't miss this opportunity to experience
one of the biggest summer festivals
in the heart of Kitchener.
To take advantage of the limited travel package and to
purchase tickets for Big Music Fest,

Big Music Fest Schedule:

Monday, July 6: Family Day
Tuesday, July 7: Food Fest
Wednesday, July 8: Breaking Films
Thursday, July 9: Breaking Zombies
Friday, July 10: Breaking Bands ft. free concert
by Big Sugar
Saturday, July 11: Soundgarden - Jane's Addiction -
Monster Truck - Extreme - The Glorious Sons - The Mohrs
Sunday, July 12: Rod Stewart - Blondie -
Matthew Curry - Mark Ballas - The Modern Hearts


Still Need More Info About Big Music Fest?
Then be sure to visit
Looking forward to the show? Let us know in the comments
what you are most excited for!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Mother's Day Tea At The Kitchener Market


Tea With Mom

Mothers Day Tea. Saturday May 9th at 10.00 the Upper Marketplace at the Kitchener Market.  Bring your mom to enjoy a lovely cupcake and some tea, and make a nice gift for your mom today. This is a free event with a donation to the foodbank, but you must REGISTER!!!!
Visit to register before the event fills up!

Looking For Other Mother's Day Ideas?

Check Out These Links
Have an easy Mother's Day craft you want to share? Leave the idea in the comments below.

Be sure to wish your Mom a Happy Mother's Day from us!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

RIOCAN #RedDotSafespot Bully Free Zone Launch - Media Coverage


RIOCAN Partners With Degrassi And Leave Out Violence

Wondering what the RIOCAN Red Dot Safe Spot is? Listen to what these Degrassi cast members have to say about it.

#RedDotSafeSpot Launch

Last weekend we were invited to attend the #RedDotSafeSpot launch at the Yonge Eglington Centre.

The event include members from the Degrassi televison show, local dignitaries and representatives from RIOCAN and Leave Out Violence all speaking about Bully Free Zones and what they will mean to them.


RIOCAN kicked off the event by letting everyone know that RIOCAN Malls are bully free zones.  Which means anyone report bullying to their security and info desk and the issue will be dealt with immediately. From the Red Dot Safe Spot "About Page"

These are places friends and family can rely on to provide a safe shopping environment, with the comfort of knowing that bullying is not tolerated.
To learn more about bullying we suggest checking out their FACTS page and their Frequently Asked Questions area.

After the RIOCAN presentation we were introduced to the Leave Out Violence (aka LOVE) Ambassador, greetings from a local council member, a mental health expert and three members from the Degrassi cast.  Each one of these young actors had something personal to say about how bullying had been a part of their life why they were glad to be a part of this project.

Afterwards we, along with a few of our friends, had the opportunity to meet the Degrassi actors

It was an inspiring event with lots of great initiatives to stop bullying.

What stood out for me the most was when one of the actors said

"Courageous people speak out against bullying".

We agree, so we are encouraging you to speak out against bullying! Join the conversation by using the hashtag #RedDotSafeSpot

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Earth Day 2015 Info And Link-Up

Earth Day And Earth Week

We have a list of Earth Day and Earth Week events as well as a link up at the bottom of this post for other Earth Day information. Learn how to recycle your electronics, reduce food waste and more from the posts in the link-up. Have some great Earth Day info? Be sure to add it to our link-up!

Earth Day Events

April 22 EARTH DAY

Earth Day Road Toll
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 | 7:30 – 9am
Location: Lamb's Inn parking lot, 1679 Blair Road, Cambridge
Summary:Get your toonies ready this Earth Day and drive through the annual rare Road Toll! It's voluntary, of course, but we encourage the 12,000 cars a day that travel through the rare reserve along Blair Road, to swing in the parking lot and get to know us. We have free coffee in the morning and baked treats in the afternoon. Staff collect donations in change buckets and handout info about rare. It's always nice to see a friendly face, and we keep things moving so if you know anyone that travels the area, encourage them to stop too!
Phone number:519-650-9336

The 20 Minute Makeover event takes place on Earth Day (April 22) at 2 p.m.. We encourage businesses, churches and schools to take just 20 minutes at 2 p.m. to clean up litter around your property
Celebrate Earth Day: a rare Clean-Up
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 | 6 – 7:30pm
Location: Meet at Slit Barn, rare ECO Centre, 768 Blair Road, Cambridge
Summary:Looking for a great way to get involved on Earth Day and make a positive environmental impact? Come out to rare and celebrate Earth Day by helping with our Earth Day Clean-up. With 12,000 cars driving down Blair Road each day, there is an ongoing need to help keep the property clean and the litter to a minimum. This event is FREE! Gloves and garbage bags provided!
Phone number:519-650-9366

Earth Week Events

April 25
Community Clean up
An annual litter clean-up event sponsored by Tim Hortons is held on the fourth Saturday in April from 10 a.m. to noon in Waterloo Park off of the entrance of Albert and Young streets. Tim Hortons provides garbage bags, gloves, t-shirts and refreshments. A grand prize draw takes place at noon - be there to win
Tim Hortons community clean-up - Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m.- noon, Victoria Park (downtown Kitchener). No registration required. Clean-up supplies provided. FREE Tim Hortons snacks, prizes and t-shirts and entry into a draw for a mountain bike (two bikes to be won on-site!).
Kitchener Natural Areas events - Saturday, April 25, 1 -4 p.m., Huron Natural Area
A free, family Earth Day event, featuring hands-on educational activities, tree-planting, live bird demonstrations, walking tours and more. For more information, please contact Josh at 519-741-2200 ext. 4177;
Rotary Forest/Earth Week Tree Planting - Guelph
Guelph Lake Conservation Area, 7743 Conservation Dr., Guelph
Bring your family and friends to join the Rotary Club of Guelph in celebrating Earth Day and year eight of planting of the Rotary Forest – 40 hectares of forest being established at the Guelph Lake Conservation Area. Groups are encouraged to participate to assist with planting and there are also many activities. Rain or shine. Come for one hour,or stay for five! Free parking atLakeside Church, 7654Conservation Road, Guelph, with shuttle service.There are many events.
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Price: Free

Brant County Tree Planting
Green Lane Sports Complex, 8 Green Lane,, Paris
Working with the Grand River Conservation Authority, the County of Brant and the Brant Tree Coalition, the CELP students at Paris District High School has undertaken a class project to conduct a public tree planting event. The public is invited to help improve the environment by helpint to plant 1,000 native trees and shrubs.
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Price: Free
Contact: Mike Wittchen, 519-442-4477 ext. 275476
Garden Book Swap @ Colour Paradise
Bring a book, leave a book or take a book to Colour Paradise Greenhosues Saturday April 25th from 10:30am to 12:30pm.
This no fee event is a great meet and greet for gardeners and horticulturalists alike.
Enjoy free beverages and home baked treats.

Earth Day Link-Up

Here are some more ways to do your part for Earth Day! Feel free to link up your ideas as well!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Kitchener Market Day Camp 2015 - Kids Learn Cooking Skills At Kids In The Kitchen Camp

Bring On The Junior Chefs

With the rise in popularity of shows like Masterchef Junior and Rachael vs Guy: Kids Cook-Off, kids are getting really pumped about cooking?!?  Why not encourage that skill set by giving them skills to get cooking! The Kitchener Market is empowering kids with culinary knowledge at their yearly Kids In The Kitchen Summer Day Camp.

Kids in the Kitchen Summer Camp

Kids in the Kitchen Camp poster

Kids from 7 to 12 years of age take over the Marketplace at the Kitchener Market for an interactive cooking camp - Kids in the Kitchen Camp!

Summer camp dates and times:

July 13- July 17
July 20 -July 24
August 10-14
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
$185 per child

In this fun, hands-on camp, participants should expect to roll up their sleeves and get messy! Let our leaders and chefs teach your little chefs about basic cooking and nutrition as well as breaks with crafts and other entertaining and educational activities.
Includes: Includes cooking apron, recipes, lunch and snacks daily.

Extended supervision 8:30-9 a.m. and 4:30 to 5 p.m. is available for $15 for the week.
Summer camp registration information:
Families are encouraged to register early, as spaces are expected to fill up quickly so be sure to register at as these sessions always sell out.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Steve Nash Attends The #BrightWayForward Event - Media Coverage


Tangerine Bank Makes A Difference In Canada


Earlier this week the Tangerine Bank #BrightWayForward event took place at the YMCA in Toronto.  Their goal is to empower Canadians.  You can learn more about this initiative at by watching this video
and by heading to the Tangerine Bank website to see how they are helping to empower over 50,000 Canadians with the help of NBA All Star MVP Ambassador Steve Nash
From the Tangerine Bank website:
We’ll still be cheering for Steve long after he steps off the court. As Program Ambassador for Bright Way Forward, Steve is helping to empower more than 500,000 Canadians, including helping 15,000 kids across Canada develop leadership skills, sportsmanship and a love for the game through Steve Nash Youth Basketball. His contributions, both on and off the court, are why we’re proud to be his partner. #ThanksNash
“Tangerine’s support will help us provide skills, teamwork and leadership coaching to more than 15,000 kids in communities across Canada. By teaming up with Canada Basketball and all of these incredible charities, there's no doubt this initiative will help inspire and make a positive difference in the lives of countless Canadians by giving them a Bright Way Forward.” -Steve Nash

At the event Steve Nash spoke to the kids of the Toronto YMCA about empowerment.  He explained that at age 13 he decided he would be a basketball player.  He worked hard and focused on his goal. Even though he is not the tallest or fastest he became an NBA All Star and MVP.  He also took time to go over skills with the kids at the event.

Surprised some future stars in T.O. this AM as part of Tangerine Bank’s Community Gym! Creating a #BrightWayForward

Posted by Steve Nash on Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Then we heard from Canadian Rapper TESTAMENT who was representing Unity Canada

That's not all that took place we also got the opportunity to hear from Unity Canada's founder, who also at a young age decided to take something he loved to do to the next level and as a teen began winning breakdancing competitions all over the world.
You could feel the great energy in the room and they gave the kids the tools to feel empowered in what they love to do.

Thanks to ShesConnected for the invitation to cover this event. Oh and in case you didn't notice in the video above I WAS SITTING BEHIND CANADIAN BASKETBALL GREAT STEVE NASH!!!!!!


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Where To Find Food Trucks In Kitchener Waterloo Ontario 2015

Food Trucks In Kitchener Waterloo

Whether it be an event, a festival, a rally or a fundraiser, Kitchener Waterloo loves their food trucks! How do I know? Some of the most popular posts on our blog last year involved the whereabouts of Food Trucks in Kitchener Waterloo! This year we thought we would make a compiled list of where to find the Food Trucks around Waterloo Region.  If we missed any mobile chef meetups be sure to add them to the comments as we will continue to update this post!

Food Truck Events In The Kitchener Waterloo Area

*Please note some events may require ground admission. Always click on the provided links to get the event details. Food Trucks set their own pricing, so please contact them to find out costs and which trucks will be at each event. Also there are age limitaions at several events so again we suggest getting the details before you plan to attend

April 24-26
The Waterloo Region Food And Drink Show
Find out how to WIN YOUR WAY IN on our Kitchener Market Cooking Stage post

April 25
Food Truck Rally + Bouncy Castle @ Best Buy Fairway Rd

May 24
Outlaw Food Truck Picnic @ Civic Square Park
(near Centre In The Square)

Food Trucks At UofW Research And Technology Park
(University of Waterloo Campus)
Follow for daily info

Forest Hill Church Fischer-Hallman Rd
4:30pm-8pm (until Aug 31)

Pride Stables

FOOD TRUCKS DOWNTOWN Wednesdays | Gaukel Street at Joseph (across from Victoria Park) 11am to 2pm

Wednesday nights  | Beside the Duke Food Block (Duke St. between Frederick & Queen)
5pm to 8pm

Waterloo Train Lot Lunches

Thursdays Only June 4-Sept3
Hillside @ Chicopee

Thursdays Only June 25-Aug 27
5:30pm @ Schwaben Club Kitchener
Food Trucks/Cruise Night and Facepainting

Thursdays Only June 11 to August 20
Hot Eats Cool Treats
Roger St Spurline

Fridays Beginning June 5
FOOD TRUCKS DOWNTOWN Fridays | Gaukel Street at Joseph (across from Victoria Park) 11am to 2pm

July 4
King StrEATery Food Truck Festival
Bring your rumbling belly downtown as a small army of KW Food Trucks (& a few visitors) will occupy 3 blocks of King Street to serve up their scrumptious mobile meals!

July 25
Waterloo Region Food Truck Fare @ Waterloo Public Square

Keep Watch Of This Page As The Gourmet Food Truck List Grows!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Kitchener Market Cooking Stage At The Food And Drink Show - Enter To Win

The Kitchener Market Cooking Stage Returns To The Food And Drink Show

We are thrilled to announce that our FOOD REVOLUTION DAY partner, THE KITCHENER MARKET is sponsoring the Cooking Stage at The Food And Drink Show from April 24-26 2015 and you have a chance to win your way in! Read on to see how you could be at what we are calling PARENTS DAY OUT!

The Chefs At The Cooking Stage

This year's Chef line up has a variety of celebrity chefs.  Some from outside of Kitchener Waterloo and some that you may have met if you have attended the Kitchener Market Cooking Classes.  This 2015 Cooking Stage has a mix of cooking demonstrations and chef competitions so there is something for everyone in the age 19+ crowd. Be sure to visit the Cooking Stage Schedule page to get all the cooking stage info.

Show Info (from the Food And Drink Show Page)
Show Hours:
  • Friday 5pm – 10pm
  • Saturday 12pm – 10pm
  • Sunday 12pm – 5pm
  • Must be 19 years or older to attend. No children, no infants.
  • Cost for admission is $12 per person/per day
  • Sample tokens act as the official show currency
  • Tokens can be purchased in increments of $10 (10 tokens)
  • Sample prices may vary based on product and exhibitor, with the average cost between 1 or 2 tokens per sample *Sample tokens will be available for purchase on show dates only.

Enter To Win

Want to win your way in? We have a giveaway for passes to the Food And Drink Show so that you can be there live at The Kitchener Market Cooking Stage.
This contest is for those in the Kitchener Waterloo Area Only. Must be 19+ to enter. The prize is a pair of passes for FREE ADMISSION to the Food And Drink Show. Food and Drink purchases are at your own cost.

Just enter the contest listed below (might take a minute to load the rafflecopter contest form. If the contest does not pop up, clear your cache and refresh). Remember the blog comment about WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO LEARN TO COOK is a mandatory entry.

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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Food Revolution Day May 23, 2015 In Kitchener Waterloo Ontario Canada

Food Revolution Day At Kitchener Market

We are thrilled to once again partner with our friends at The Kitchener Market for Food Revolution Day 2015.

Join Us MAY 23 At The Kitchener Market From 10am-Noon For Our 2015 Event!
We hope you will be there for this FREE FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENT!

Food Revolution Community DAY MAY 23th

Top Chef Canada Finalist Terry Salmond will be kicking off the event @ 10am

Meet Fitz The Whip Vanderpool

Event Activities Include

Kids In The Kitchen Cooking Demo

Splatzone Inflatable Target Area

Foodlink Waterloo Region Farm In A Box

Fresh Endeavours Info

Nutrition for Learning Info

Sportco Source for Sports Colouring Area

Art Innovators KW - Food Friendly Craft

Bre Creative Face Painting from 10-11am

More Fun To Be Announced

While health nuts we are not, but just like Jamie Oliver says in his TED Talk it is about moderation.  Treats are great as long as you maitain a balanced lifestyle. We believe this and this is why we support Food Revolution Day.

Now our date is May 23rd, but Jamie is celebrating on May 15th and he is looking for your voice!

Stay tuned to our Stuff To Do With Your Kids In Kitchener Waterloo Facebook Group and the Food Revolution Day At The Kitchener Market Event Page for updated info.  On twitter you can follow the #FoodRevKW hashtag for our local events and #FRD2015 or #FoodRevolutionDay for worldwide information.

We keep adding ideas to Pinterest page to give you ideas for your household as well! Be sure to sign this year's petition


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Easter Gift To Our Readers - A Chance To Win Tickets To Dora The Explorer Live

Happy Easter Everyone

When you have some downtime after all the Easter Egg Hunts in the Kitchener Waterloo area, take a moment to enter our Dora The Explorer Live contest below!

Dora The Explorer Live

Back by popular demand, Koba Entertainment is proud to bring audiences its celebrated theatrical production starring the adventurous explorer, Dora! Dora is embarking on her most important mission yet in Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer Live! Search for the City of Lost Toys. Dora has lost her teddy bear, and the search is on to find him. With help from the audience, Boots, Map, Backpack, Diego and more, Dora uses her directional, counting, musical and language skills to successfully pass through the Number Pyramid and the Mixed-up Jungle to reach the City of Lost Toys. But watch out! You never know what that sneaky fox Swiper might be up to along the way!

Get Your Tickets Now

Need to get an Easter gift for family? How about tickets to Dora the Explorer Live! Search for the City of Lost Toys.  There will be two performances at Centre In The Square of Dora the Explorer Live! Search for the City of Lost Toys on Saturday April 11, 2015
The tickets will go quickly so be sure to purchase your tickets before they are all gone!

Enter To Win

The contest listed below (might take a minute to load the rafflecopter contest form. If the contest does not pop up, clear your cache and refresh) is for a family of four pack of tickets to attend 4pm performance of Dora The Explorer Live at Centre In The Square in Kitchener, Ontario Canada.
You must provide your own transportation
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World Autism Day 2015

Centre In The Square Introduces Us To Magnusmode

Over the last couple of months Centre In The Square has brought Magnusmode in to demostrate the Magnuscards App.

From the Magnusmode ABOUT US page
Inspired by her younger brother Troy, Magnusmode was created by Nadia Hamilton, a Toronto-based entrepreneur that has dedicated her life to assisting individuals with special needs. Troy has autism, and at the age of 24 faced a frustrating lack of options after he graduated from high school. As an instructional therapist, Nadia has worked with many families facing similar challenges. She understands their fears and frustrations. This led her to create a set of online tools that would blend proven methods of instruction with elements of game design, and cater to the unique needs of teens and young adults with autism and other special needs.

By attending the performances that highlighted the app, we were able to follow step by step instructions that the approvided.

The steps including things like

*How to find your seat
*How to order beverages from the concession stand
*Who to identify with if assistance is required

We did a trial run of the steps to find our seats when we attended the Shaping Sound performance.

As you go through the steps you earn points. So the app has both learing and gaming elements to it.  After going through the steps to find your seat we sat back and enjoyed the show.

The second time the Magnuscards app was presented at Centre In The Square was when The Preservation Jazz Hall band took the stage.  This time the attendees were encouraged to use the app to purchase concession stand items, similar to the way we used it to find our seats.

After the presentation we got to hear the world famous Preservation Hall Jazz Band!

Being that April 2 is World Autism Day we thought it would make sense to tell you all about our experience!