Saturday, May 2, 2015

May 2015 Kitchener Waterloo Events, Mother's Day, Victoria Day, Food Revolution And More Activities

Looking For Stuff To Do In May 2015?

We can help! Our blast contains ongoing events, one time special events and contests!!!!

Ongoing May Events (see specific date events under the BLAST heading)

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
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!
TEL: 519 888 4567
ext. 31164
Story time – every weekday at 10am and 2pm @ Chapters Waterloo
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!
Big Smiles Company 5-8pm Tuesdays @ Boston Pizza 721 Ottawa St S. Kitchener
Eat a great meal and see a top-rated Magician at this local restaurant. All kids meals are $4.99 plus free dessert for birthdays. Skip the cooking and dirty dishes and come out for some free entertainment!
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
Big Smiles Company 5-8pm Wednesdays @ Boston Pizza 597 King St. N. Waterloo
Eat a great meal and see a top-rated Magician at this local restaurant. All kids meals are $4.99 plus free dessert for birthdays. Skip the cooking and dirty dishes and come out for some free entertainment!
ThursdaysArt 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

Big Smiles Company 5-8pm Thursdays @ Boston Pizza 651 Erb St. W. Waterloo
Eat a great meal and see a top-rated Magician at this local restaurant. All kids meals are $4.99 plus free dessert for birthdays. Skip the cooking and dirty dishes and come out for some free entertainment!
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
Saturdays at 2 pm
May 9 Youth Video Competition Showcase
May 16 Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1
May 23 Imitation Game
May 30 Selma

Free Movies @ KPL Central Branch (Downtown) 2pm
Sundays at 2 pm
May 3 Smurfs 2
May 10 Book of Life

May 2015 Blast

May 1-10
Sunrise Center Carnival
May 3
1:00pm Mother’s day themed colouring @ Chapters Waterloo - Free Event
Step up against the stigma!
Sunday, May 3, 2015 | 8:30 – 11:30am
Location: Lutherwood Children's Mental Health Centre - 285 Benjamin Rd. Waterloo, ON
Summary:Step up against the stigma!
Join 500 people, walking 5,000 steps to raise $100.000 for children struggling with mental health issues.

This 3km and 5 km walk, will take participants through the beautiful countryside of north Waterloo. It’s a terrific way to build community and enjoy a great experience outdoors while supporting an important cause. Fun for the whole family. Dogs on a leash are welcomed!

Date: Sunday May 3rd, 2015
Registration starts at 8:30 am.
Open ceremonies at 9:30 am.
Walk/run starts at 10:00 am. Activities for the children. Followed by BBQ.
Family Sundays
Arts, Culture, Film and Music
101 Queen Street North
Kitchener - Waterloo Art Gallery
Sunday May 3 | 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; visit for updates.
*Suggested donation of $5 per child.
Sunday, May 3, 2015 | 2 – 3pm
Location: Idea Exchange Hespeler location, 5 Tannery Street
Summary:Jane's Walk is a movement of free, citizen-led walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs. Join Lary Turner from the Hespeler Heritage Center for this free event as he tells stories about the community, explores the downtown area, and connects you with your neighbourhood. Complete your tour experience by enjoying refreshments and a musical performance by Anica of Queen Street Music School.
Phone number:519.658.4412

Sunday, May 3, 2015 | 2:30 – 5pm
Location: Kingpin Bowlouge, 425 Bingemans Centre Drive, Kitchener, ON
Summary:It will be an afternoon of fun for the whole family as teams hit the bowling lanes and strike up support for BFO-MR programs! Anyone who wants to join in the celebration will be asked to collect pledges and prizes will be awarded for high (and low) score, best team spirit and top fundraiser! Register by Sunday, April 26th, Price: $12- but fee is waved if you raise $100 or more!
Phone number:529-603-0196

May 4
HAPPY STAR WARS DAY!!!! May The Fourth Be With You!!!! 
May 5
9:30am (and continuing all summer)
Location: City of Waterloo Museum, 550 King St. N. at Conestoga Mall, Waterloo
Summary:Waterloo Park turns 125 years old and to celebrate, the City of Waterloo Museum is presenting an exhibition tracing the history of the park.

Do you remember wearing your school colours on track and field day, speeding down the toboggan slide, buying a nickel ice cream cone, feeding the rabbits or spending the evening watching a movie in Waterloo Park? Then don't miss this new exhibition.

Visitors can come out and spend "a day in the park" checking out the latest in bathing attire and sporting gear at the turn of the 20th century. Familiar playground equipment, souvenir ware, and many photographs will bring a flood of happy memories to those who visit.
ADMISSION to the museum is always free.
Title: Cinco De Mayo 11am-2pm
Category: Special
Address: 200 King Street West, Kitchener
Contact: Brian Scott
Phone: 519.741.2200 x 7308
Details: Celebrate Cinco De Mayo on Carl Zehr Square. Live entertainment, salsa demo presented by the Kitchener Market, exhibitors and more!
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 | 5 – 7pm
Location: 543 Beechwood Drive, Waterloo
Summary:Join Westminster United Church in celebrating Cinco de Mayo! All-you-can-eat tacos with all the fixings, beverages and a make-your-own ice cream sundae bar for dessert.
Phone number:519-746-6080
Theo Fleury @ Chapters Waterloo
May 7
KPL Downtown
Central Library Art Gallery
May exhibit:
Leejay Levene’s 2016 Calendar Exhibit: May 1 – 27
Drop in to see the exhibit on the lower level any time during open library hours.
Leejay Levene was a young man who tragically died at the age of 18 in 2007. Each year the Levene family partners with a different organization in Kitchener-Waterloo, and thousands of fundraising calendars are sold in memory of Leejay Julius Levene. This year the Levene Family partnered with Kitchener Public Library. In May, Leejay’s work will be featured in the gallery, with proceeds from sales benefitting Kitchener Public Library.
Opening reception and calendar launch – Thursday, May 7 at 5:30 pm
Open to the public; free, no registration required.
May 7 and 8
Friday, May 8 | 7pm – Saturday, May 9, 2015 | 4pm
Location: Courtland Senior Public School
Summary:Courtland Council, staff and students will embark on a wonderful celebration. Students will entertain us with their artwork, musical and acting talents, and there will be various displays (historical memorabilia, old cars, etc.) Visitors may return to old classrooms, meet former teachers and catch up with old and new friends over a coffee in our CafĂ©. Don’t forget to stay for the opening of our time capsule.
Our main goal for the event is to celebrate the wonderful staff, students and community who have graced the hallways of our wonderful school. Our other priority is to raise some much-needed funds for a new gymnasium floor.
May 8
Music and Movement @ Kitchener Market
Move and groove with us at the Kitchener Market! This program offers families an opportunity to let off a little steam by moving, singing and exercising together! We invite families with children from birth to age six to join us!
Hosted by Our Place Family Resource and Early Years Centre.
May 9
Bird Banding Demonstration
Saturday, May 9, 2015 | 8 – 9am
Location: Meet at Slit Barn, rare ECO Centre, 768 Blair Road, Cambridge
Summary:Bird banding provides valuable information to researchers about bird ecology, migration routes and population dynamics. A group of volunteers, led by master bird bander Kevin Grundy, have been banding birds during the Spring and Fall migrations at rare since 2008. Join us for a close-up look at what is involved in bird banding. Observe how the birds are captured, banded, and what information is collected. You will have a unique opportunity to observe close up some of the bird species that breed at rare or migrate through the property. Children are most welcome!
Phone number:519-650-9336
Tea With Mom
Mothers Day Tea. Saturday May 9th at 10.00 the Upper Marketplace at the ‪#‎KitchenerMarket‬. 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 The Food Bank of Waterloo Region, but you must REGISTER!!!!
Get the regisration info at

O'Connor Lane Park Planting
O’Connor Lane Park, 31 O'Connor Lane, Guelph
The shovels, buckets, mulch and trees will be provided, you bring the enthusiasm and maybe your favourite shovel from home. Also at this planting, native woody flowering shrubs will be provided to replace invasive European Buckthorn removed from residential gardens. Residents should bring the buckthorn root to be traded for a native tree or shrub, thanks to the Buckthorn Bounty Program that is offered to Guelph residents by Trees for Guelph. This program promotes a healthy, attractive and ecologically diverse urban landscape. This is a great way for high school students to accumulate volunteer hours.
More Information:
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Price: Free

Saturday, May 9, 2015 | 10am – 3pm
Location: St Jacob's Lions Hall
Summary:Everyone is welcome at the Catnip Carnival, a family friendly event where you can meet wonderful and adoptable cats as well as food, face painting, vendors, and a Q &A with pet experts to answer all your questions. Saturday May 9th from 10-3 at the St. Jacobs Lions Hall. All profits from this event will go to helping sick and homeless pets get well and find their forever homes.

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, 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

Saturday, May 9, 2015 | 12 – 4pm
Location: Wag and Train, 386 Maple Ave Kitchener
Summary:Come celebrate with us! Friendly dogs welcome! Leash Free play! SUPERDOGS Demos! Fun Matches! Lots of Prizes!

We love dogs and we want to celebrate our canine community at our new facility!
Phone number:5197424000

Art Innovators Exhibition Opening
Noon-4 @ The Shops In Waterloo Square
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McDougal1 Cottage May Day
1 to 4 p.m.
Come join in the fun as we celebrate the coming of spring with traditional music and song. There’ll be performances by the Oakville Ale and Sword and Forest City Morris troupes, seasonal music by duo Hunter’s Corners, kid’s crafts and activities and lots more. Donations appreciated.
Saturday, May 9, 2015 | 2 – 3:30pm
Location: Waterloo Park
Summary:Come walk with us and celebrate the connection between physical and mental health on Saturday May 9th, from 2 to 3:30pm in Waterloo Park.

The event is FREE. Please register at….

The first 100 families to register will receive a free Fiddleheads Goody Bag.

Strollers, pets and people of all ages are welcome! Free drinks and snacks for all participants.
Phone number:519.745-7800 ext. 2
5:00pm Book signing with teen author Angela Misri @ Chapters Waterloo - Free Event
May 10
11:00am Make a mother’s day card @ Chapters Waterloo - Free Event
May 11
Silvercreek Park Tree Plant

Silvercreek Park, Guelph
Join Volunteers from Toyota Canada and Trees for Guelph to restore part of this park off of Edinburgh Road. The shovels, buckets, mulch and trees will be provided. At this planting, native woody flowering shrubs will be provided to replace invasive European Buckthorn removed from residential gardens. Residents should bring the buckthorn root to be traded for a native tree or shrub, thanks to the Buckthorn Bounty Program that is offered to Guelph residents by Trees for Guelph. This program promotes a healthy, attractive and ecologically diverse urban landscape. This is a great way for high school students to accumulate volunteer hours.
More Information:
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Price: Free

Beginning May 11th (see specific dates on facebook link)
Heritage Greens Lawn Bowling Club
600 Heritage Drive, Kitchener (behind Lyle Hallman Pool)
Open Houses
Age ranges are typically 8-80 so it's a game to play all your life, but they have younger and older people that play.
All ages, skill levels and even physical abilities can play - they have groups come to play every week that have special needs as well -- visually impaired bowlers, special athletes, etc
Date and time info at
Happy Victoria Day Weekend!!!!
May 16
Planting for Pollinators
Shade's Mills Conservation Area, 450 Avenue Rd., Cambridge
The many pollinators – bumblebees, butterflies, moths, beetles and hummingbirds – need our help. Join us to get your hands into the soil as we plant native wildflowers to provide food for pollinating insects. We’ll take time to view the new pollinator garden also known as the Monarch Ranch. We will be off the trails so please wear close-toed shoes. Suitable for school-aged children and gardeners looking for something different to plant.
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Meet at: Shade’s Mills Nature Centre
Price: Free with park admission
Registration:No registration required
Saturday, May 16 | 9am – Sunday, May 17, 2015 | 1pm
Location: 101 Sheldon Dr. Unit 5, Cambridge.
Canadian Tire, 656 Erb St. W, Waterloo
Summary:The Clothesline Program on behalf of the Canadian Diabetes Association invites you to our Annual Waterloo Wellington Victoria Day weekend Fill A Truck events. We will gladly accept all reusable clothing, small household items as well as books and toys. In Cambridge you can donate at the Clothesline office at 101 Sheldon Dr. Unit 5 Saturday May 16th from 9am to 1pm. In Waterloo, on Sunday May 17, look for the Clothesline truck at Canadian Tire, 656 Erb St. W. Donate from 9am to 1pm. 100 per cent of net proceeds raised by Clothesline directly support the Canadian Diabetes Association and world leading diabetes research, education advocacy and programs.
Phone number:519-623-0216

Saturday May 16 Night 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 17 
Sunday, May 17, 2015 | 1:30 – 4pm
Location: St. Marys Museum, 177 Church Street South, St. Marys ON
Summary:Join the St. Marys Museum in celebrating the birthday of Queen Victoria! Tea and refreshments will be served. This family friendly event includes a variety of crafts and activities.
Phone number:519-284-3556

May 18
Victoria Day In New Dundee
All Day events and fireworks
Info can be found at
May 23
Please come out and support our FREE EVENT AT THE KITCHENER MARKET
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
1:00pm Soccer day @ Chapters Waterloo - Free Event
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
May 23 and 24
Merry Hill Golf Club
50th Anniversary parties for free- with some games to play, free refreshments, giveaways (may 23 and 24 from 12-5pm and July 18 and 19 12-5pm). Also, big cup family golf! It's a 5-hole special, kids are free and parents are $12.50. You play to golf cups that are cut to be 8" instead of 4.25"!
May 24
12:00pm Book signing with teen author JA Mclachlan @ Chapters Waterloo - Free Event
May 30
1:00pm Outdoor play indoors @ Chapters Waterloo - Free Event

Potato Head GPS
Shade's Mills Conservation Area, 450 Avenue Rd., Cambridge
What appears to be a habit, Mr. Potato Head has lost his parts once again! Help us find and rebuild Mr. Potato Head using GPS co-ordinates. Suitable for families. GPS units will be available for loan with valid photo ID. Please wear close-toed shoes.
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Meet at: Shade's Mills Nature Centre
Price: Free with park admission
Registration:No registration required

May 24
Outlaw Food Truck Picnic @ Civic Square Park
May 31
Big Messy Party @ Waterloo Park
1:00pm Summer themed colouring @ Chapters Waterloo - Free Event

 Upcoming Events

June 7th   Cyclists MS Summer Relay.  A variety of different events going on for both adults and children. Information on the event can be found at
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.


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