Thursday, March 31, 2016

April 2016 Events And Activities In Kitchener Waterloo

We always suggest that you go through the FULL post, as some events require registration and fill up quickly. We also want you to check the website links that are with the events as their times/dates/venues change without our knowledge.

Ongoing APRIL Events (see specific date events under the BLAST heading)
Watch live as a family of peregrine falcons comes together above the CTV Kitchener studio.
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
Youth Drum & Bugle Corps
Great program for
youths in the KWC area. Our participants come not only from Cambridge, but
Waterloo, Kitchener, Brantford, and surrounding areas as well.
We are not the Scouts.
We are not the Army, Navy or Sea Cadets.
We are a the only Youth Drum and Bugle Corps in the area!
No experience required and we have a modest membership fee ($20 per year). We provide a unique musical education program that not only teaches kids to play music or perform colour guard, we instruct them how to march, perform and basically
just have fun!
Check us out on our website:
Sleep And Your New Baby Waterloo Region Sessions
(various dates and times)
Session Details:
The purpose of the session is help families understand and respond to their baby’s sleep patterns and language, which will in turn strengthen family relationships and contribute to achieving optimal child health.
The 1.5 hour session will be offered weekly starting January 2016 at all three Ontario Early Years Main sites with a mix of daytime, evening and weekend timings
Parents/caregivers can register online at
The session will be most beneficial if parents/caregivers brings their baby with them and we encourage bringing a support person to assist with this…
Earth Sciences Museum @ University Of Waterloo
Conestoga Rovers Learning Centre (the “Dino pit”) open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
The museum’s main atrium, mining tunnel, Great Lakes fountain and stunning mineral exhibits open evenings Monday to Friday and weekends from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Plus info about the Scavenger Hunt can be found at…/earth-sciences-museum-scavenger-hunts
Have an Infant and/or Toddler? Check out OUR PLACE EARLY YEARS CENTRE calendar
Creekside Kids is excited to invite families to the City Park Indoor Playground at Creekside Church. You do not need to be a Creekside attender to enjoy the use of this playground. Admission is free

Time out play time (drop-in)
Interact with your child (newborn - 6Y) through creative play and action games. Unrestricted floor space allows children to develop gross motor skills. Caregivers must supervise children at all times.
Program is at MFSSC in Bechtel Park
Mondays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (Jan. 4 to May 9, 2016)
Program will not be running on the following dates: Dec. 25, Jan. 1, Feb.15.
Cost: $5.25/vist/family (maximum 4 children) OR $47.25 pass for 10 visits
TuesdaysBring 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!

  • April 5: Erick Traplin
  • April 19: Erick Traplin
Tots Time @ Waterloor Region Museum (DOON)
Join us on Tuesdays for an engaging program for children ages 2 to 5.
Each week is a different theme and the time will be filled with crafts, toy playing, story reading and lots of learning games to help your little one grow. Admission is $2 per child.
10 per cent membership discount applies. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Accompanying adult's admission is free.…/event-details/…
The Family Kitchen @ Kitchener Market
Join Yarmarie, the Community Nutrition Worker from Our Place Family Resource and Early Years Centre, Tuesdays in the Marketplace from April 5th to May 10th and have family cooking time. This program will provide strategies to families with children ages 4-6 years how to involve children in the kitchen.
Cost: $12 per child (max. 2 children per adult) made in person on April 5th. Register for all five sessions by calling 519-571-1626.
Waterloo Region Museum (DOON)
10 to 11 a.m. Are you a new mom looking for some adult time with other new moms? The Waterloo Region Museum is offering a new program for new moms.
Every other Wednesday during the winter months this program offers a fun and interesting morning out with your new baby.
Admission is $3 + HST, 10% membership discount applies…/event-details/…
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…/Kids_Art_free_art_program.a…
Tots Time @ Waterloor Region Museum (DOON)
Join us on Thursdays for an engaging program for children ages 2 to 5.
Each week is a different theme and the time will be filled with crafts, toy playing, story reading and lots of learning games to help your little one grow. Admission is $2 per child.
10 per cent membership discount applies. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Accompanying adult's admission is free.…/event-details/…
Boston Pizza at Erb and Erbsville is every Thursday 5:30-7:30pm
Friday from 10-10:30 a.m. for Music and Movement @ Kitchener Market
Come out and support your child's language development and experience the benefits of physical activity.
Friday from 10:30-11 a.m. for drop-in playtime.
11:30 - 12:30 pm
Williamsburg Community Centre
A weekly group focusing on issues relevant to being a new parent (or expectant parent) as well as social time to pass common ideas back and forth.
Children come with parents (0 -12 mths).
Light lunch provided
SaturdaysKPL 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 $2.99 Films @ Cineplex

FREE FLICKS (suited for the older teen crown)
SundaysFREE FLICKS (family movies)


April 2
World Autism Day
The Little Prince will be shown in a sensory friendly environment at 10:30am at Galaxy Cinemas Waterloo (550 King Street North).

Elmira Maple Syrup Festival 7am-4pm

Bird Nest Making @ Waterloo Region Museum (DOON)
Join us to make some presents for our feathered friends in this workshop for children.
Spring is when birds are building their homes for the summer and we are helping them out by making two bird nesting building kits.
Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Appropriate for children aged three to five. $9 plus HST per child. Advance registration is required. Capacity limited. 10 percent membership discount applies. Due to space restriction, only 1 adult per tot is allowed. 

Saturday, April 2, 2016 | 9:30am – 7pm
Location: Fairview Park Mall
Summary:On April 2, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., people of all ages are invited to CF Fairview Park (Fairview Park Mall) to participate in interactive, educational games and activities for a chance to win prizes, including CF Fairview Park gift cards. Students from the Integrated Marketing Communications program at Conestoga College are holding the event to promote sustainability in the Waterloo Region. The event will be hosted by environmental mavens, superheroes who want to help our community save the earth. All participants will be given a free gift. Join us in our green challenge!

Cost $25
Kitchener Comic Con - Free Event 11am @ Kitchener City Hall

April 2 and 3
Butter and Cheese @ Joseph Schneider Haus
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.
Its spring and the cows are giving milk again. Come and explore 19th century dairying and refrigeration.
Help the Schneiders churn butter and make Schmierkase, a Pennsylvania-German soft cheese.
I would guess regular admission applies

April 3
Sunday, April 3, 2016 | 2 – 3pm
Location: Lakeside and Morenz Drive
Stratford, On
Summary:At 2 pm, you will hear the sound of the Stratford Police Pipes and Drums Band as they lead Stratford's swans on their annual parade to the Avon River.  Folks line the streets to catch a glimpse of our feathered friends as they duck and waddle along the way.  Don't be late!  The parade starts at the winter quarters on Morenz Drive and continues along Lakeside Drive before entering the river at North Street.  The parade is organized by the Civic Beautification and Environmental Awareness Committee along with the support of the City of Stratford's Community Services.
Phone number:1-800-561-7926

April 6
National Tartan Day @ McDougall Cottage Cambridge – the day that honours the anniversary of the signing of Declaration of Arbroath (the Scottish declaration of independence) in 1320 and that celebrates the contributions of Scots and their descendants in Canada.
We'll be offering free tea and shortbread to all who stop by and show us their tartan.

April 8
French Bistro: Friday, Apr. 8, 6:30-8:30 Kitchener Market
Have you ever wanted to flambé something? Well, who wouldn't? French cooking techniques aren't as complicated as they seem, with a little help from professionals. France is home of the croissant, crème brulee, fondue and more! Learn how to make exciting and easy at-home recipes with a French flair that will impress your family and dinner guests alike.
Cost $47  Register

April 9
10am-Noon Home Depot
Build A Butterfly House
Kids will learn how to Build a Butterfly House with easy to follow step-by-step instructions.
FREE Hands-on Workshops designed for children ages 5 – 12

10am Lowes
Blue Thunder Monster Truck

Waterloo County Classic Crokinole Tournament @ Joseph Schneider Haus
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
See teams from across the region compete. Spectators welcome.
General admission rates apply.
and from 2-4 pm at the same location
Kids can join filmmaker James Anthony Usas, the Folk Artist-in-residence for Joseph Schneider Haus, and crew for a fun afternoon of clay figures and stop-motion animation.
For children ages 6 to 12. Drop-in. $5 plus HST.

Saturday, April 9, 2016 | 10am – 12pm
Summary:$10 Students & youth age 16 and under
$20 General admission
This workshop will teach you how to make pysanky: beautiful Easter eggs decorated using a traditional Ukrainian resist-dye technique. Experienced instructors will guide you through all the steps of transforming a plain egg into your very own work of art, while explaining the pysanka's symbols, cultural context, and lore.
Bring a pencil and an egg carton to bring your creation home. All other supplies will be provided, and no previous experience is necessary. This workshop is suitable for adults as well as kids age 7 and up. Come try your hand at this meditative craft: It's easier than you think!
 $10 Students and youth age 16 and under $20 General admission

Sheridan Nurseries
Little Diggers will start their very own seeds in Little Digger sized mini greenhouses! All while learning about how to care for their new little garden.
Pre-registration is required.
Members: $5.00 & Non-members: $7.00

Kinderconcert @ Waterloo Region Museum (DOON)
The harp, trombone and oboe introduce you to three talented bears that sing, dance and cook the perfect porridge for Goldilocks in this delightful version of the classic fairy tale.
One hour before each concert, children and parents can participate in music activities provided by Music for Young Children.
9:30 to 10:30 a.m. - Pre-concert activities
10:30 to11:30 a.m. - Concert
Tickets can be purchases online at Pre-concert activities are free with ticket purchase. Admission to the museum is included in the ticket price. Children - $11  Adult - $13
For more information call the K-W Symphony at 519-745-4711 or 1-888-745-4717.

Kids In Kilts @ McDougall Cottage Cambridge
1pm-4pm Drop In
One special day each month, we invite children, ages three and up, to create a fun seasonal or Scottish inspired craft.
This month crafty kids will have lots of fun creating colourful Spring Birds tucked into cozy twig nests.
$3 per child, adults, no charge.

April 9 and 10
Traditional Games @ Joseph Schneider Haus
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.
Join us for some 19th century games like hul gul, string games and grand mufti.
I would guess regular admission applies

April 10
Kitchener Collectibles Expo
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
BINGEMANS (Conference Centre - Marshall Hall)
425 Bingemans Centre Drive, Kitchener
Free Parking
$5.00 per person (Children under 12 FREE if accompanied by an adult)

April 14
Fitz The Whip Gets The Key To The City Of Waterloo
Celebrate with Fitz "The Whip" Vanderpool, 6 Time World Boxing Champion, as he receives a certificate of recognition from the City of Waterloo to commemorate his 17th anniversary, April 14, 1999, of winning the World Federation Superwelterweight World Championship with an 11th round TKO. Watch a boxing demo, enjoy refreshments, have your picture taken with Fitz The Whip.
FREE but you must register
Thursday, April 14, 2016 | 7 – 9pm
Summary:Armed with their trusty "Badge-A-Minit" button makers, KW artists Caroline Wesley and Ellie Anglin will show you how to make your own one-of-a-kind collage buttons (1.25" round) to wear and treasure. Caroline and Ellie will have lots of collage materials on hand, but if you have any small, high-quality images that you would like to wear on a button, please feel free to bring them.
$10 General Admission
$5 Students, seniors, and culture workers
PWYC donation

April 15
Artshine and Wine @ Settlement Co Waterloo
Info and contest at

April 16
Guide/Scout Badge Day @ Joseph Schneider Haus
Come learn about life in 1856 and work towards completing the requirements for a variety of badges. Pre-registration required.
$10 plus HST. Please call to register.

Spring Wreath @ Waterloo Region Museum (DOON)
Join us to make a spring wreath for your front door in this workshop for children.
Child and parent work together to create a beautiful Spring wreath with felt, yarn and flowers.
Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Appropriate for children aged three to five. $9 plus HST per child. Advance registration is required. Capacity limited. 10 percent membership discount applies. Due to space restriction, only 1 adult per tot is allowed.

Spring Fun Run @ Huron Natural Centre 10am 

 Sheridan Nurseries
Little Diggers will create their own luck by planting their very own Lucky Bamboo! We'll also teach them the importance of proper handling and care. How lucky!
Pre-registration is required.
Members: $5.00 & Non-members: $7.00

 Love That Dog @ Centre In The Square
11am and 2pm
"I guess it does
look like a poem
when you see it
typed up
like that."
Jack hates poetry. Only girls write it and every time he tries to, his brain feels empty. But his teacher, Ms. Stretchberry, won't stop giving her class poetry assignments - and Jack can't avoid them. But then something amazing happens. The more he writes, the more he learns he does have something to say.
With a fresh and deceptively simple style, acclaimed author Sharon Creech tells a story with enormous heart. Written as a series of free-verse poems from Jack's point of view, Love That Dog shows how one boy finds his own voice with the help of a teacher, a writer, a pencil, some yellow paper, and of course, a dog.
Recommended for ages 6 to 10.

April 16 and 17
Heritage Chickens @ Joseph Schneider Haus
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.
Visit with our baby chicks and learn what it takes to raise them.
I would guess regular admission applies

April 20
Buddy Guy @ Centre In The Square
Info and contest at

April 21
Family Jam Night @ The Family Centre 6pm-8pm
Jamming OR cheering OR both-we want you to fill the gymnasium on April 21st.
You are also welcome to register your act / performance in advance at

ArtShine N' Wine: Thursday, Apr. 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m.@ Kitchener Market
Join us for this fun hands-on art class where you will work in a small group with an instructor to create a unique themed painting! This course the theme is Impossible Purity: Using vibrant hues and silver leaf, this 'flower-inspired' project focuses on texture and complementary colours to achieve a bold abstract work of art.
Cost $47  Register
or try to win your way in at

April 22
Joseph Schneider Haus 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Feel like you have nothing to coo and nowhere to crow on your PD Day? Come on by, we’ll be having some bird fun! 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
I would guess regular admission applies

Wild Things @ McDougall Cottage Cambridge
 Drop-in from 1 to 4 p.m.
All kids are welcome to drop in for some fun games, crafts ‘n more on your day off school!
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
$5 per child, adults no charge.

Earth Day @ Waterloo Public Square
Join us for Earth Day 2016 as we celebrate the beautiful planet we call home.
Featuring - Musical entertainment for kids as well as an earth day craft/art activity.

April 23
Mom 2 Mom Sale @ OUR PLACE Early Years Centre

April 23 and 24
Getting Ready For Spring @ Joseph Schneider Haus
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.
Join the Schneiders as they prepare for spring by cleaning their tools, turning over the soil, starting seeds and more.
I would guess regular admission applies

April 26
Stanley Park Community Centre Neighbourhood Party
 NOTE: This a FREE public event, but please RSVP through this link,
Join us as we celebrate our neighbourhoods and dream of making them even better than they are today.
5 pm - 6:30 pm Free food, music and family-friendly activities
Neighbourhood BBQ | Porch party featuring Dave Rozell band | Storytelling and tech bar with the Kitchener Public Libary | Collaborative "tree troll" art project | Maker zone in the cardboard forest | Placemaking idea swaps | Free colouring books | Little Library workshop (with a chance to win a free Little Library!) | Kirby the Kangaroo | Revera Passport to Fun | Face Painting & Popcorn | And more!
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Entertaining presentations
Keynote speaker Jim Diers shares ideas for transforming neighbourhoods from the ground up. Diers is the author of Neighbor Power, which describes Seattle's Department of Neighborhoods and its bold experiments in bottom-up planning and development. Plus, several local community leaders share their stories.
7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Community discussion
Help us begin to create Kitchener's first Neighbourhood Strategy and provide your input in small groups.
Note: Child care is available for the presentations and discussion from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Please include that in your registration.
Accessible formats and communication supports are available upon request. If you require assistance to take part in this event, please call 519-741-2345 or TTY 1-866-969-9994.

April 28
Vegetarian Cuisine Across Asia: Thursday, Apr. 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m.@ Kitchener Market
Vibrant with spices and savoury sauces, fresh vegetables, tofu and beans: Asian dishes are a vegetarian's dream. Dive into these recipes inspired by Chinese, Japanese, and Thai traditional cuisine.
Cost $47  Register

April 29
Artshine and Wine @ Settlement Co Waterloo
Info and contest at

April 30
Plant A Seed @ Joseph Schneider Haus
Meet Horticulturalist Karolyn Fournier on April 30 from 1 to 4 p.m. and learn all about seeds. Plant a seed to take home.
Learn neat things about seeds as Karolyn shows us different types of seeds, why they are shaped or designed the way they are, how they are distributed in nature and why.
Karolyn will discuss the difference between heirloom and hybrid seeds, with many examples of interesting seeds on display, as well as what seeds we eat and other uses for seeds.
I would guess regular admission applies
Saturday, April 30, 2016 | 9am – 12pm
Location: Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex
Summary:OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (9am-12)
$2 cash admission (or non expired canned good)
400 East Ave. (Kitchener Aud~~~ Kiwanis Arena)

for more info. 


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