Sunday, April 30, 2017

Mother's Day, Food Revolution, Victoria Day, Fireworks And More May 2017 Events And Activities In Kitchener Waterloo

As always please check all links provided as times, dates, venues and registration information often changes without our knowledge.

First is list of ongoing events followed by our Monthly Blast

Ongoing Events

University of Waterloo Research Studies

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

Social Development Lab

Our lab is currently looking for children to help with our research! Our lab looks at personality and the social world for young children. Our study involves parents and their children coming into our lab and answering a few questions. Kids get to play some fun computer games as well! The typical sessions take around 2 hours and parents are always able to observe their child during the social interaction tasks. In appreciation of your time, children get a small gift. To learn more about our lab and what we do, check out our website! Follow us on Facebook and twitter to keep up to date with our fun!

Twitter: SDLab_UW
Facebook: Social Development Lab Waterloo
TEL: 519-888-4567 ext.38775

Youth Drum and 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 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:

Be a snow angel! Keeping sidewalks free of ice and snow can be very challenging for older adults and people with limited mobility. As a snow angel, you can be good neighbour by clearing snow for those who need assistance. All you have to do is adopt a sidewalk and keep it clear when it snows. Watch for people in your neighbourhood who could use help removing snow and lend them a hand. It’s also a great opportunity for students to complete volunteer hours needed and to exercise outdoors! Learn more:

Best Places To Toboggan In Kitchener Waterloo


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 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


Bring your little ones to the Kitchener Market selected Tuesdays 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!

Tots Time @ Waterloo 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. (resumes Jan 17)


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 (resumes Jan 12)…/Kids_Art_free_art_program.a…

Tots Time @ Waterloo 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.(resumes Jan 17 for Tues and Jan 19 for Thursdays)  


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 @ Kitchener Public Library - Central Location (DOWNTOWN KITCHER) @ 2pm

Ongoing until May 7
Million Dollar Quartet

Info at

Ongoing until May 20
Barry and Jonas In The Home

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May 2017 Event Blast

May 4
Paul Young The Story Behind THE SHACK movie/book 7pm-10pm
Enjoy an evening with Wm. Paul Young, author of The Shack as the shares his incredible story behind this New York Times Bestseller and now Feature Film. This is a family friendly event. Tickets are $10. This event is hosted by World Vision Canada. Kitchener Waterloo Christian Fellowship 1000 Bleams Road

May Rotunda Gallery exhibit
in recognition of National Youth Week:
Fantastic Memes and Where to Find them
a group installation by KW Art Gallery's Youth Council Reception @ Kitchener City Hall 5pm-7pm

Waterloo Region Museum (DOON)
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Cost: FREE Doors open at 6pm, program runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

May 5
PD DAY activities @ McDougall Cottage Cambridge 1pm-4pm
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. The cost is $5 per child, adults free.

Cinco de Mayo @ Kitchener City Hall 11:30-2:30pm
Summer is around the corner. Join downtown Kitchener’s Cinco de Mayo lunch time party! Walk down to City Hall for a lunch break with your colleagues and friends. Sit outside and enjoy live music, and Mexican inspired food from Gastro Grub Food Truck.

May 6
FREE COMIC BOOK DAY @ many local retailers. Get the info at

Little Diggers @ Sheridan Nurseries
Grandparents, Dads, Aunts or Uncles - bring Mom's Little Digger, who will love painting a special planter for mommy, to this class! They'll be super excited with Mom's planter gift for her big day!
Saturday May 6th, 2017
10:30 - 11:15 am
Pre-registration is required.
Members: $5.00 & Non-members: $7.00

The Shimano Take a Kid Fishing Day at Belwood Lake Park (Near Fergus Ontario) 8:30am-4pm
designed to get new anglers involved in fishing, or improve their skills. This event is designed for children ages 8-14. Visit educational stations, learn how to cast, rig lures, tie flies, identify various fish species, try your hand at the stocked trout pond and more! Free BBQ lunch will be provided, along with draw prizes. Participants must pre-register for the morning OR afternoon session, but not both. Register by email at

This family-friendly Tree Plant event at Dumfries Conservation Area in Cambridge offers participants the chance to directly support their community in a local reforestation project, 10 a.m. to noon. It takes place rain or shine and participants are asked to bring their own gardening gloves and a lot of energy. Forests Ontario, the City of Cambridge and the GRCA supply the rest. Register with

Our Place Early Years Centre MOM TO MOM sale

Commemorative event to celebrate Dutch Liberation Day @ Kitchener Market 9:30am-11:30am
Our speakers will lead us on a tour through history in remembrance of the many troops from the Netherlands, Canada, Poland, America, Belgium and Czechoslovakia who fought for the liberation of the Netherlands in WW2.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 | 10am – 1pm
Dumfries Conservation Area, Dunbar Road, Cambridge, Ontario N3H 4W6Dumfries Conservation Area, Dunbar Road, Cambridge, Ontario N3H 4W6
Play a part in “greening” your local community by joining Forests Ontario, Grand River Conservation Authority, and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation on Saturday, May 6th for the 9th Annual Community Planting Weekend. This half-day planting event takes place in a public space and brings together families, friends and community members for a chance to contribute to a meaningful project that offers vast environmental benefits for all Ontarians! Participation helps build awareness around the importance of trees, which clean our air, improve water supplies, foster wildlife habitat, contribute to human health and provide a buffer against the effects of climate change.

What to Bring: To participate in this family-friendly event, please dress for the weather and bring lots of energy!

What We Will Bring: We will supply the rest - the trees, forestry specialists, mulch and snacks.

Parking: Limited parking will be available at entrance off Snyders Flats Road.

Space is limited and pre-registration is appreciated.

To register online, go to…

For more information, visit… or contact Chris Wai by email: or phone: 416-646-1193 x223.
Phone number:
416-646-1193 x223

Saturday, May 6, 2017 | 10am – 4pm
25 Regina St S., Waterloo
The KW Gem and Mineral Club invites everyone to our annual Gem and Mineral Show. Find gemstones, rocks, minerals and hand crafted jewelry, displays, fossils, beads.     Free  admission.   Free activities and samples for children; bring your mineral to identify, demonstrations; mineral and gemstone dealers.  Parking available across the road.
Phone number:

Waterloo Earth Day
Saturday, May 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Westmount Sports Park, 440 Westmount Rd N, Waterloo. Celebrate nature in the city with fun, hands-on activities by local exhibitors!
Join us in celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary - here's how:

  • dig in and help plant 150 native trees and shrubs
  • learn 150 fun facts about nature from local exhibitors
  • 150 native trees in containers and up to 3 feet tall will be distributed to participants as part of the City of Waterloo's Living Legacy 150th Tree Planting program (first come, first serve basis after opening ceremonies with proof of Waterloo residency)
  • enter to win one of three Grand River Park Membership prizes - see official raffle rules for details

Wash House Opens @ Joseph Schneider Haus
The Schneider family Wash House will be humming with activity all weekend.
Staff will demonstrate spinning, traditional wool dyeing techniques and open hearth cooking. Learn to pick and card wool.
On Saturday visit with Anne Snyder of Snyder Heritage Farms and her sheep, 1 to 4 p.m. Included with regular admission.

Jane’s Walk Downtown Kitchener 11:30am-1pm

Saturday, May 6, 2017 | 2:30 – 3:30pm
Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery
Walking is a great way to explore UpTown Waterloo, but of course, we get around in various other ways as well - by bicycle, in a car, by train...

Join us for a special spring walk as we explore the various ways people arrived at and moved around the Village and later the Town of Waterloo, and how we'll get around the city in the near future.

The tour will be led by Waterloo Public Library's Local History Manager, Janet Seally, and will occur, rain or shine. We will meet at the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery. We'll visit several UpTown Waterloo spots and finish our walking tour on King Street just north of Bridgeport Rd.

Registration is not required for this free walking tour.

We look forward to seeing you on our walk through time.
Phone number:

May 7 – Growing Up Healthy Show @ Core Recreation Complex FREE EVENT


401 New Dundee Rd. Kitchener (near Princess Auto)

COME BY THE THOSE2GIRLS BOOTH for free giveaways and contests!

May 10

May 12
IF NECESSARY KW Titans Playoff Game at the AUD info at

FREE community paint night on Friday, May 12 at 7pm.
Come on out and make your own masterpiece to take home and display.
All AGES and SKILL Levels Welcomed :)
(All Materials Provided)
Refreshments will be provided

Registration Deadline is May 7th.
Please call 519-744-3051 or email with "Paint night" in the subject line to register.
International Gospel Centre
35 Charles ST E
Kitchener, Ontario
N2G 2P3

May 13

Waterloo Region Police Services Open House

The Schneider family recycled nearly everything. Every bit of fabric was used up in quilts, pot holders and Schnibble mats. Come and help us make a schnibble mat @ Joseph Schneider Hause (reg. admission) 10am-5pm

 Tots Time @ Waterloo Region Museum (DOON) Gardening for Kids 10:30am-11:30am

Young gardeners get their hands in the soil early this year, in this child-friendly indoor gardening experience with our Heritage Gardener Bob Wildfong.

Learn about seeds and plants, flowers and food, and take home something to grow in your own garden. A range of activities will delight green thumbs of ages three through five.

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

Mother’s Day Tea @ Kitchener Market The Registration page says that event is now full

Mother’s Day Train

Saturday, May 13, 2017 | 2 – 8pm
Harcourt United Church, 87 Dean Ave, Guelph ON
A Tribute Concert: Sing Out, Speak Up, Stand Proud! and Silent Auction Presented by Rainbow Chorus Waterloo-Wellington with special guests Guelph Spoken Word.
This tribute concert will honour those who have sung out, spoken up and stood proud against oppression and bullying, matters that affect the LGBTQ+ and other marginalized communities. This concert will feature music by Elton John, Freddie Mercury, Prince, and Cyndi Lauper.  Rainbow Chorus will also sing ‘The Wish’ from Tyler’s Suite, a work that members of the chorus will be performing at Lincoln Center this June in support of the Tyler Clementi Foundation, an anti-bullying organization.
2:00 pm and 7:30 pm at Harcourt United Church - 87 Dean Avenue, Guelph.
Tickets prices: Adult $25 ($20 in advance), Student/Senior $15, Children under 12 $5

Help plant a new 800-tree forest at the site of the future Guelph Lake Nature Centre. In addition to family-friendly tree planting, this event features a traditional Aboriginal welcome and land acknowledgement, a visit from the BIOBus (a mobile research unit from the University of Guelph) and food trucks. Stay for an interpretive tour and an opportunity to learn more about the nature centre that will attract 20,000 students and thousands of visitors each year. Note that the new nature centre will be inside Guelph Lake Park. Admission to the park is free for this event 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with voluntary donations to the new Guelph Lake Nature Centre.
GRCA is seeking enthusiastic Canada 150 Event Ambassadors to help at this event. Visit our volunteer page for details.

Build A Flower Planter Kids Workshop @ Home Depot 10am
Register at

May 13 and 14
The Tale of Peter Rabbit and His Friends @ Steckle Farm – Ticket info

Lyndon Fishing
Celebrating Mother’s Day May 13 and 14. Moms get free admission and we’ll have a rose for the first 25 moms to arrive each day. Take home your fresh-caught rainbow trout for a delicious meal to remember!

Waterloo Region Museum (DOON) 9:30am-5pm
Calling all kids - join museum staff in the foyer to make a Mother's Day card for momActivity is on-going throughout the day and is included in regular admission. This activity is appropriate for all ages.

May 15-June 4
Marathon of Hope: The Musical

Info at

May 18
Free Admission @ Region of Waterloo Museum (DOON) for International Museum Day

Movie Night @ The Family Centre - SING
Free but you must pre-register

Full Weekend Events (daily events below)
May 19 - 22 Long Weekend Bowling Special @ Kingpin Bowlounge (Bingemans) Have fun with one hour of bowling for up to 6 people for only $24+HST. Available all day. ONLINE PURCHASE ONLY.
 Laserquest Kitchener

Summer Triple Play - Fri. May 19th to Labour Day!

Call (519) 579-9999 to reserve your spot today!
Play 3 action-packed games of Laser Quest for $20 per person. Reservations are recommended. All three games must be played by the same person on the same day.

SPLATZONE -times and prices vary

The Town of Conestoga usually has fireworks on the Victoria Day Long Weekend
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 Fireworks And Family Fun Night  @ Mohawk Racetrack
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Saturday, May 20, 2017 | 11am – 12pm

Waterloo Public Library, 35 Albert Street, Waterloo, ON N2L 5E2
Celebrate Asian Heritage Month in Canada with award-winning folk artist Janice Jo Lee at a very special, interactive family storytime.

Songs and storytelling about Asian-Canadian Heritage.

Drop in with the whole family and join in the fun!
Phone number:

May 20-22
May 20 - 22 FunworX Family Long Weekend Special With the weather unpredictable this time of season, spend time with the family at FunworX this May 24 weekend! Package includes two $5.00 Play Cards, Unlimited use of Rocks, Ropes and Play Structure, one large pizza from FunworX Concession and 4 small soft drinks. All for $24.00 plus HST. Valid May 20 - 22 for a family of 4. $8.95 for each additional person.

May 21-22

Victoria Day Steam Trains

When: May 21st and May 22nd
Departure: 2:00pm
Duration: 1.5 – 2 hours
Leaving From: St. Jacob’s Market Station
Round-Trip Route: St. Jacob’s Market Station to the Town of Elmira and back.
Ticket info

Monday May 22
New Dundee All Day Events and Fireworks 
Info for 2017 is not up yet

Victoria Day Celebration @ Region of Waterloo Museum (DOON) 9:30am-5pm
Enjoy traditional games and activities in both the museum and the village on this Victoria Day.

Have fun trying out some of the traditional games and activities in the village, take part in the gallery activities and don’t forget to bring a picnic to enjoy.

Regular admission rates apply.

May 25-28
Preston Kin Carnival

May 26
Stanley Park Preschool Fun Fair

Saturday May 27


Food Revolution KW Day At The #KitchenerMarket
Upper Marketplace Kitchen Area
Event Activities Include
Kids In The Kitchen

Cooking Demo by Lifeworks Chefs from Google
Special Guests Fitzroy Vanderpool aka 'Fitz The Whip' and from the KW Titans Titus The Titan
Sportco Source for Sports Colouring Area
Fresh Endeavours Planting Area
Artshine-Arts4all Arts and Crafts
Facepaint by Bre Creative
Our Place Family Resource and Early Years Centre
Nutrition for Learning Info
Healthy Kids Cooking from Scratch Cookbook Info
Anytime Fitness Exercise Area
Gary’s Lens Photo Booth
Landmark Cinemas Waterloo Prizes
Samples from IronKids Nutrition/Boomer Nutrition
Keep watch of our FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE for more updates about this FREE EVENT!

 Spring Fireworks @ Grand River Raceway In Elora
Lighting up the sky is the just the finale to the Spring Fireworks Night that promises hours of entertainment and family fun.   The Elora Lions have been presenting a fireworks event since the beginning of time (maybe a few years less?).  This favoured tradition has changed and grown from year to year and is now generously hosted by the Grand River Raceway in Elora.  With an exceptional location at the Raceway, the Lions work with other groups in the community to create a night full of variety, kids’ activities and, of course, a dazzling fireworks display.
The Spring Fireworks always takes place on the Saturday following the Victoria Day weekend in May. Admission this year is $5 per person. Family rate is $20. Proceeds to Groves Hospital where we are fundraising $20,000 for the new build.
Elora Lions

May 28
The annual Grand River Raceway Open House is a free, fun event for all ages. Come on by to discover horse anatomy, care basics, blacksmiths and fun racing facts. While you’re here, tour the facility and even drive a racehorse on the racetrack!
A complete tour of the facility takes about an hour and will run rain or shine, so no matter what the weather looks like, we’ll see you there! Just a friendly reminder, children must be accompanied by an adult at all times