Monday, May 30, 2016

PD Day, Father's Day And More June 2016 Events In The Kitchener Waterloo Area

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
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

Tuesdays 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!
  • June 7: Erick Traplin
  • June 21: 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.
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

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!
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.
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

 Construction Squared

A weekly noon hour event series featuring local performers.
Join us in Waterloo Public Square every Friday from 12-1pm.
List of performers coming soon.
Movies Under The Stars @ Shades Mill Cambridge (beginning June 10)
Come watch movies under the stars starting at dusk every Friday night beginning June 10 and continuing until mid- September in the new outdoor amphitheatre at Shade’s Mills Park on Avenue Road in Cambridge. Please note that movies are sometimes cancelled due to poor weather.
Movies start shortly before sunset, and the times vary between 9 p.m. during the longer days of June and July to 7:30 p.m. in September. Cancellations due to poor weather or schedule changes will be posted on the GRCA events calendar, Facebook and Twitter, or call the park at 519-621-3697.
The movies are all rated parental guidance (PG) or general admission (G). Specific movies for each Friday are listed in the Events Calendar on the GRCA website at
Saturdays 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 $2.99 Films @ Cineplex

FREE FLICKS (suited for the older teen crown)

Sundays FREE FLICKS (family movies)

Let's create community and some funky beats!
Waterloo Public Square Drum Circle - Sunday evenings from 7:00pm - 9:00pm in Uptown Waterloo.
Bring your drum & percussion & a folding chair.
It's free & everyone is welcome!


June 1
The Mid Week Market begins @ Kitchener City Hall

June 3

PD Day @ Joseph Schneider Haus
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Spring has finally sprung and there's work to be done in our gardens! Would you roll up your sleeves and lend us a hand? We'll make sure you have fun, and some treats in payment for your hard work. Indoor and outdoor activities planned. (I would think regular admission applies)

PD Day @ McDougall Cottage Cambridge
Rolling Stones 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 free.

On Friday, June 3rd from 10AM-2PM bring your little ones to UpTown Waterloo for “The Big Dig” on their last PD Day of the school year!
Children and their families will get a closer look at the ION construction site, while being entertained by inflatable play spaces, truck visits, Lego building, crafts, colouring and more!
Also, a number of UpTown Waterloo businesses will be featuring special promotions and in-store activities for the whole family!
Check in with us at the Waterloo Public Square to find out what’s going on throughout UpTown Waterloo for “The Big Dig” – see you there!

Learn about our Youth focused program: Youth Job Connection.
This program offers support for training and employment to those between the ages of 15-29. Get paid to attend pre-employment workshops and get set up in a work placement that fits with your career goals.

285 Weber St N, Waterloo, ON

Kick off summer with School’s Out KW! 
In partnership with Chicopee Ski and Summer Resort.
Learn what camp is like and why it’s so important for at risk youth – with live DJs, family activities, food & drink and more! Also explore Chicopee’s rock climbing wall, adventure climbing course, disc golf, tennis, and bike trails.
Please join us for a PD Day Open House.June 3, 2016, 4 – 7:30PM 
Chicopee Ski & Summer Resort
396 Morrison Road, Kitchener 
This is FREE event, but donations are welcome. Funds raised will send local kids to a one week camp at Chicopee Ski & Summer Resort.
June 10 and 11
Into The Woods Jr. @ Cambridge Arts Theatre
Various times

 June 4 - Bike Picnic Day @ Kitchener Market
Check your bike in our bicycle stand on the piazza and shop at the market for fresh, local food! Dine outside on our community tables with your family and friends, our International Food Court vendors are open from 7-2 PM. There will be live music, face painting, balloons and more fun for the whole family.
Kitchener Art Bomb will be surprising us with some art explosions too!

June 4th - American Girl event, 11am @ Chapters Waterloo 


Outdoor Movie @ Victoria Park

June 4 and 5

June 5
Kitchener Fire Open House
Strausburg Rd Station
Join us and test your fire hose handling skills, see the hottest kitchen show in town, blaze through the firefighters maze, watch the fire rescue demonstrations and take a tour through the fire safety house and fire trucks on site!

If that isn't enough, there will also be:
• Sparky's bouncer
• Two obstacle courses
• Mini putt
• Charity BBQ to support youth mentoring
• Home Depot kids workshop
• Rappelling demonstrations
• Climbing tower (cost of $5)

Music provided by kid's entertainer, Eric Traplin, and you can meet and greet with the Kitchener rangers street team!
More information:

Stream Slosh @ Shades Mill Cambridge
What strange and mysterious animals live underwater in Mill Creek? When you think of streams do you only think about fish?  We will explore the fascinating creatures that live in the Creek.  Bring your boots, crocs or old running shoes because we’re going into the creek to find nymphs, larvae, crustaceans and hellgrammites.  This activity is suitable for families with school-aged children.  Children under 14 years must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at Shade’s Mills Toyota Nature Centre.
Preregistration is not required.

June 8
 Fun Fair at Meadowlane Public School! 
This year's event will feature:
- Rides
- Games & Activities for all ages
- Prizes
- Bake Sale
- Much more!!
All funds raised from this event will go directly to the school to support our children.

Owl Prowl 8pm - Cambridge
Join Jason Bracey as he shares his knowledge of the species of owls found in Ontario and at rare. Jason will lead a “prowl” to see and hear these beautiful night birds. Registration for this event fills up quickly - sign up today!
Cost: $8 or $3 with Events Discount Card Register in advance by phone or on our website

June 8, 2016 - 6:30-8:30 PM

Bernardin Canning presents Summer Strawberries! Learn how to safely and properly preserve summer berries so they stay fresh and sweet all year-round. There will be prizes and handouts during this seminar with many opportunities to engage and ask questions from our expert canner Emerie!
Fee - $5.00 incl. tax
To register email with your name and number of guests attending, or phone us at 519-741-2287.

June 11
 Breakfast On A Farm In Woodstock
 Neighbours Day is about connecting with people in your neighbourhood, learning what's available around you and finding a variety of ways to celebrate the vibrant and diverse city we live in. Take a look at the video below to get a glimpse of what happened at last year's events!
This year you can expect to see FREE activities for all ages, including: public swimming, food, crafts, music, demos, garage sales, breakfast, open mic, tournaments, golf, cool experiments, carnival, BBQ's and so much more! Happening at all Kitchener Community Centres. See the list at

Region Of Waterloo Museum (DOON) Blacksmith Hammer In
 Watch as blacksmith artists from the Ontario Artist Blacksmith Association demonstrate their skills and talent creating art with the tools of their trade.
The Ontario Artist Blacksmith Association (OABA), who promote both the traditional and modern trade of blacksmithing, will visit Doon Heritage Village for their monthly ‘hammer in’.
Watch as members demonstrate their skills and talent creating art with the tools of their trade. Demonstrations will be on-going throughout the day.
Included with general admission: $10 Adults, $8 Seniors/Students, $5 Children, Children four and under FREE, $25 Family, all admissions plus HST.

Learn all about woodworking @ Joesph Schneider Haus 
10am- 5pm . Guest wood workers and former Schneider Haus Folk Artists-in-Residence, Wesley Bates, Al Forler and Phil Elsworthy show you how wood can be used to make everything from cabinets to spoons and more! (I would guess regular admission applies)

Frog Slog @ Laurel Creek
Come and find out where frogs hang out. Roll up your sleeves and use dip nets and basins to scoop up the various water creatures that may or may not be frogs and learn about their role in healthy watersheds. Meet at the boat launch. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Preregistration is not required.
This event is free for Grand River Parks Members and those who have paid park admission fees.
Lowes Build and Grow Bird House

Build a World's Best Dad Trophy Phone Holder @ Home Depot

Saturday, June 11th,2016  10AM – 12PM

Kids will learn how to Build a World's Best Dad Trophy Phone Holder with easy to follow step-by-step instructions.
FREE Hands-on Workshops designed for children ages 5 – 12

Father's Day Gift Workshop @ Region Of Waterloo Museum (Doon)

Create the perfect cup for dad or grandpa to enjoy this year. Work with your little one to make the best gift for the best guy around.
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 child is allowed.

 June 11th - Your Canadian Summer Starts Here storytime, 11am @ Chapters Waterloo

One day only: Latitudes Storytelling Festival at Kitchener Public Library
Latitudes Storytelling Festival thinks outside the books, but on June 
11, it will be celebrating its 11th festival surrounded by books.
The 2016 festival will take place one day only on June 11, 10 a.m. to 
4 p.m., in the central branch of the Kitchener Public Library, 85 
Queen St. N., in partnership with KPL.
Imagine puppets, poetry and stories told using many different media, 
in almost every part of this world-class building! We’re making noise 
in the library! The day’s program features, among many:
•    spoken word poets Kevin Sutton, Beth Murch and Bashar Kabbour;
•    workshop, puppet parade and performance by Kitchener’s 2016 
artist-in-residence, Sarah Granskou;
•    the Baden Storytellers’ Guild;
•    indigenous drum circle featuring students from St. Paul’s College, 
University of Waterloo;
•    artists at work, Sheila Diemert and Alex van Gaalen;
•    feature film, Jamland, with stories by director, Robert Waldeck;
•    Voices of Kitchener with Joe Pavia in the Grace Schmidt local history room;
•    And so much more!
Latitudes Storytelling Festival shares stories for adults and children 
alike, through a variety of media, including theatre, spoken word, 
image, music and traditional forms.
June 15
Farmers Picnic @ Steckle Farm

PARENTS' NIGHT OUT @ Kitchener Market
June 15
Tasty Thai: Wednesday, June 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. WebReg #217917
Thai dishes are created using many different elements in a harmonious way to create a full dish. Although it sounds complex, the ingredients are simple and healthy! Come in and learn about all of the different components of Thai cuisine, and leave with recipes for some of your favorite meals from Thailand.

Parents' Night Out @ Kitchener Market
June 16 

Artshine N' Wine - Encaustics: Thursday, June 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m. WebReg #217916
Encaustics is an ancient art form that involves fusing layers of oil tinted beeswax together with various heating techniques  As the layers are built up, objects can be embedded in the wax and gouging techniques are incorporated to create shapes and designs.  Colors are used simultaneously to add depth and beauty to the work.  Encaustics is a unique medium which allows participants to explore their creativity while effectively engaging the senses. It is both deeply therapeutic while at the same promoting a sense of play. Participants will be taught the basics of encaustics including safety of the equipment, layering and fusing of the wax, embedding of objects, image transfers, and gouging techniques.  Each participant will be given 1-2 practice pieces and then led step by step through the creation of their 'masterpiece'. 

June 18

June 18 - Father's Day @ Kitchener Market
The quickest way to Dad's heart is through his stomach! Celebrate Father's Day at the Market with a BBQ in the sunshine on our piazza. We will have a sneak peek of Cruising on King classic cars, music by Matt Weigner, Face paint by Bre Creative, knife sharpening
Free jumbo hot dog … for all dads
A free jumbo hot dog for all Dads provided by Finest Sausage and Meats!

Father's Day Craft @ Waterloo Region Museum (DOON)
Make dad the coolest Father's Day card ever! Join museum staff in the museum foyer and make a Father’s Day card for dad.
Activity is included in regular admission. This activity is appropriate for all ages.

Bug Hunt @ Laurel Creek
Chase, catch and identify insects in all of their life stages in the field and forest. We will be off the trails and in the sun.  Please wear a hat, close-toed shoes and sunscreen.  Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Baseball Shelter.
Preregistration is not required.
This event is free for Grand River Parks Members and those who have paid park admission fees.

June 18th - You're My Hero storytime, 11am @ Chapters Waterloo

Forest Heights Community Association will hold their Annual Fun Day on Saturday June 18 from 1:30 - 4 p.m. The free fun will include a BBQ, face painting, princesses, snow cones, cotton candy, pizza, and of course bouncy castles


June 19
Bees and Pollinators @ Shade's Mill Cambridge
Pollinators such as honeybees and bumblebees  are responsible for one-third of our food. Our special guest, Beekeeper Anne, will talk about and demonstrate the tools of her trade.  Afterwards, join us as we explore our meadows for pollinators and other invertebrate creatures. This activity is suitable for all ages, however children under 14 years must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at Shade’s Mills Toyota Nature Centre.
Preregistration is not required.
This event is free for Grand River Parks Members and those who have paid park admission fees.

PARENTS' NIGHT OUT @ Kitchener Market

Intro to Indian: Wednesday, June 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m. WebReg #217918
Indian food can be spicy, sweet, sour, buttery and salty - but most of all it can be addictive! For authentic Indian recipes and hands-on teaching from a professional chef, look no further. Our Indian Cuisine class will show you just how easy it can be to make classic Indian dishes to wow your family and dinner guests alike.

June 23
Learn To Grow Pulses @ Joseph Schneider Haus
Join our staff and learn the interesting stories about the specific types of pulses the Schneider’s would have grown and eaten. Learn how to grow your own and take home some seeds to start. Included with the price of admission.

PARENTS' NIGHT OUT @ Kitchener Market
Dinner with ChefD: Thursday, June 23, 6:30-9:30 p.m. WebReg #218365 **The fee for this class is $75.00**
Join ChefD for a night of food and wine from around the world! Watch as ChefD creates a delicious 4 course meal right before your very eyes! 

June 24 and 25
Westvale Fun Fair
CARNIVAL - at Red River Park
Purchase your early bird Mega Pass for $35 in advance to give you unlimited access to all of the midway rides

Midway rides will be open:
Friday June 24, 2016 from 5pm - 10pm
Saturday June 25, 2016 from 11am - 10pm

Tickets are available for purchase online now:

Tickets will go on sale in person at DQ Boardwalk, Scotiabank Boardwalk, or Libro Credit Union on Erb Street in April.

$5 from each advanced Mega Pass purchase is donated to the Westvale Community Association by Magical Midways Inc.

Individual tickets for the midway rides can be purchased at the event, they are $1.50 each or 20
tickets for $25.00 (2-3+ tickets per ride).
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TAKE PART - at Red River Park (12-5pm)
Bre Creative face painting & balloon twisting, Youth Circus Project circus arts, JACK the Nimblebus, bubble station, live animals, colouring contest, prizes and trackless train rides!

Take Part passports are $5 each, and can be purchased at the event, at the Westvale Community Association tent. One passport is valid for one child to enjoy each Take Part activity. Take Part activities will run on Saturday June 25, from 12pm - 5pm.
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STAGE - at Red River Park (12pm- start of fireworks)
Enjoy live music all day and into the evening, leading up to the fireworks. More details to come!
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FIREWORKS - at Red River Park
Our annual fireworks display will take place at dusk on Saturday June 25 in Red River Park.
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FOOD - at Red River Park
The Westvale-Waterloo Optimist Club will be BBQing burgers, hot dogs and sausages. Stop by for lunch, dinner or a snack!

June 25
June 25 - Kids In The Kitchen @ Kitchener Market
Join us for a summer treat as we use local Ontario strawberries to make a yummy recipe that is easy for kids of all ages and do a fun strawberry themed craft. This event is free, please drop by the Marketplace Room between 9:00-11:00 AM to participate.

 June 25th - School's out reading event @ Chapters Waterloo

Little Diggers @ Sheridan Nurseries
Little Diggers will create a planter that'll have butterflies fluttering on over for visit!
Pre-registration is required.
Members: $5.00 & Non-members: $7.00

Family Day @ Pride Stables
2nd Annual Super Fun Family Day! Come on by and enjoy pony rides, face-painting clowns, a magician, BBQ, and more!

Kids In Kilts @ McDougall Cottage Cambridge
1-4pm 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 be creating their own unique Faerie Houses. $3 per child, adults, no charge.

KOI Fest @ Centre In The Square Lot

Campfire and Fireflies @ Laurel Creek
Our topic is fire and we will begin with a campfire and marshmallow roast while we wait for sunset. Then we will search for fireflies near the meadow trails. We may catch and inspect a few up close. Marshmallows and roasting sticks will be provided. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
Preregistration is not required.
This event is free for Grand River Parks Members and those who have paid park admission fees.

 If you know of a FREE OR LOW COST FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENT that we missed, please list it in the comments along with the link to the info! Thanks everyone!

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