Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Crafting Disney Pixar’s COCO for Halloween – Enter to Win Advance Screening Passes for Waterloo

We'll start with the Disclaimer – Yes, we did receive complimentary tickets, but this just means we're able to offer you a chance to attend the advance screening too! Enter the contest at the end of this post!

Happy Halloween

We welcome Halloween this year with the news that we will be giving away a family 4 pack of passes to Disney Pixar’s COCO.  To keep you busy in the meantime you should try this craft!

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This adventure takes Miguel to the Land of the Dead to discover his family’s legendary musical past.

COCO: Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colourful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history. Directed by Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”), co-directed by Adrian Molina (story artist “Monsters University”) and produced by Darla K. Anderson (“Toy Story 3”), Disney•Pixar’s “Coco” opens in theatres on Nov. 22, 2017.

Need more info? Stay up to date by following Walt Disney Studios Canada’s social links
Walt Disney Studios Canada on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WaltDisneyStudiosCanada

Walt Disney Studios Canada on Twitter: https://twitter.com/disneystudiosca

Walt Disney Studios Canada on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/disneystudioscanada

Does this sound like a movie that you will enjoy? Then enter the contest below


 Enter To Win


We are giving away a Pair of Tickets to attend the advanced screening in Waterloo Ontario! Just enter the Rafflecopter contest below (it may take a minute to load) and be sure to leave a comment at the bottom of this post with what you did for Halloween. PLEASE NOTE THIS CONTEST IS FOR TICKETS ONLY. YOU MUST PROVIDE YOUR OWN TRANSPORTATION.  PLEASE ONLY ENTER THIS CONTEST IF YOU ARE ABLE TO ATTEND THE ADVANCE SCREENING ON NOVEMBER 8, 2017
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Monday, October 23, 2017

Movember KW 2017 Events

Below is a list of 2017 Movember themed events that are happening in the Kitchener Waterloo area. It may take a minute or two to load all the events. Some events are appropriate for everyone and some would make a great PARENTS NIGHT OUT
If you have an event you would like added, please email fostermcdonald@rogers.com

Want more info about any of these events? Stay tuned to our facebook page

Monday, October 16, 2017

Advance Screening of Thor Ragnarok In Calgary or Edmonton – Enter To Win

We'll start with the Disclaimer – Yes, we did receive complimentary tickets, but this just means we're able to offer you a chance to attend the advance screening too! Enter the contest at the end of this post!

Where’s Thor?

Remember Thor having visions in Avengers: Age of Ultron? Did that leave you perplexed?

Do you remember when I told you stay through the credits during Doctor Strange? Did you see a familiar face?

Did you see Captain America Civil War? Did you notice that two of The Avengers were missing from the film?

Have you been wondering where’s Thor?

If you have been as curious about what is going with THE GOD OF THUNDER then have no fear, the wait is almost over!

Thor Ragnarok Arrives November 3rd

Need more info? Stay up to date by following Marvel Canada’s social links
Like Marvel Canada on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MarvelCanada

Like Marvel Canada on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/MarvelEntCA

Does this sound like a movie that you will enjoy? Then enter the contest below




We are giving away a Pair of Tickets to attend the advance screening in Calgary or Edmonton! Just enter the Rafflecopter contest below (it may take a minute to load) and be sure to leave a comment at the bottom of this post with which city you choose if you were to win the tickets. PLEASE NOTE THIS CONTEST IS FOR TICKETS ONLY. YOU MUST PROVIDE YOUR OWN TRANSPORTATION.  PLEASE ONLY ENTER THIS CONTEST IF YOU ARE ABLE TO ATTEND THE ADVANCE SCREENING ON NOVEMBER 1, 2017
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Sunday, October 15, 2017

A Unique Take on Burgers @ Union Burger – Enter to Win

We'll start with the Disclaimer - Yes, we did receive a complimentary meal, but this just means we're able to offer you a chance at a FREE MEAL TOO! Enter the contest at the end of this post!


We Don’t Have Any Beef with The Beef at Union Burger



Last week we headed to Union Burger in Kitchener Ontario Canada.  We tried burger combos and bacon cheeseburger combos to give you an idea of what to expect when you stop by. It was a unique quick service experience.  When you walk in and see the well-lit menu, you feel as you though you are grabbing fast food, but then the atmosphere gives it the appeal of local restaurant or friendly diner.  When ordering we were informed we could choose 5 of the free ingredients from FREE TOPPINGS list and that there was a second list of PREIMIUM TOPPINGS if wanted extras that were not included.  Once our order was placed it wasn’t long before our table buzzer went off to let us know that our meals were ready.


Both of our meals were delicious.  The burgers were topped just the way we liked and the fries were hot and crispy.  We both agreed that the burgers were cooked well and full of great flavour.  That may be because the beef was 100% Canadian Beef.  This is description from the Union Burger website

Proudly Canadian, Union Burger® has become a destination for burger fanatics across Ontario uniting locally sourced, superior ingredients with customers. All burgers and hot dogs are made from 100% Canadian beef and french fries are made fresh and hand-cut.

We are glad to see there are quick service options available here locally that ensure quality and value go hand in hand.

Want More Info?
Want to learn more about Union Burger? Be sure to follow them online


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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Are You Ready To Rock? Then Head To Drayton Entertainment’s ROCK OF AGES - Media Coverage

Drayton Entertainment Takes on The Era of Electric Guitars and Mullets Galore

The 80s were a decade of full of screaming guitars and hair bands.  This era of music is captured well in Drayton Entertainment’s ROCK OF AGES.  The themes of Sex, Drugs and ROCK N ROLL get mixed up with a love story and those taking a stand during a time of change for the Los Angeles strip. Together these storylines combine to make up a musical spectacular you must see to believe!


From set design to the choregraphed dance moves, no detail was left behind when it came to setting the stage for this rocking performance.  It was a mix of a rock concert and the story of young love with each element having its own plot twists and humorous escapades.

Drayton Entertainment Got Wild Wild Wild with This Production

Wondering what we thought of ROCK OF AGES? Well both Diane and I have had watched this show before. Diane went to the first run of it in Toronto years ago where as I have only watched the film version of this musical.

Diane mentioned that the Toronto version did not have the comedic elements that this show did and she really appreciated how fun Drayton Entertainment made the show.  Being that I only watched the movie I had different plot lines in mind with different characters and enjoyed it being a fresh version of the story.

We appreciated this wild and crazy version of ROCK OF AGES and we think you will too! It will have you singing in your seat and maybe even dancing in the aisles! Are you ready to rock? Then get set for this hard rock nostalgia trip back to the 80s at Dunfield Theatre in Cambridge Ontario Canada.

Get Your Tickets Before They Are Gone!

Because this show contains mature themes, we think it will make it a great PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT.  We also suggest you grab your tickets now.  This show has limited ticket availability so visit https://www.draytonentertainment.com/rock-of-ages to get your tickets before they are gone!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Thanksgiving Parade, Oktoberfest, Halloween, Pumpkin Patches and more October Fall Events 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


Long Island Medium Theresa Caputo @ The Aud

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 cclr.uwaterloo.ca

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
Website: uwaterloo.ca/social-development-lab
TEL: 519-888-4567 ext.38775
Email: sdl@uwaterloo.ca


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: www.scouthouseband.com/cadets

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: www.kitchener.ca/snowangels


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 http://www.earlyyearsinfo.ca/sleep-and-your-new-baby-registration.html 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 http://www.earlyyearsinfo.ca/sleep-and-your-new-baby-regist…

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 https://uwaterloo.ca/…/earth-sciences-museum-scavenger-hunts

Have an Infant and/or Toddler? Check out OUR PLACE EARLY YEARS CENTRE calendar http://www.ourplacekw.ca/


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 https://creeksidechurch.ca/playground/



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!

  • October 10th
  • October 24th

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)


Wednesday evening workshops @ Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery (beside Centre In The Square) 5:30pm with an emphasis of having fun and making cool stuff for ages 6-11.

DIY Kids offers exciting hands-on workshops each day where the emphasis is on having fun and making cool stuff.  Suitable for all skill levels, with new projects introduced each day. All materials are included. $15 + hst https://kwag.ca/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=86


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) http://www.kitchenermarket.ca/…/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

October 2017 Event Blast



Here’s a list of various FAMILY EVENTS FOR OKTOBERFEST http://oktoberfest.ca/Events?kw=&ca=FCEvents&fh=All&dt=All

For all events at Oktoberfest visit http://oktoberfest.ca/Events

For those with older teens, they may enjoy BINGEMANS SCREAMPARK http://bingemans.com/screampark/

Oct 5

Oct 5-9
Erin Fall Fair http://www.erinfair.com

Oct 6-7

Oct 6-9
Rockton World’s Fair http://www.rocktonworldsfair.com

Oct 7
'Celebrating Identity' is the second annual art exhibition by immigrant Muslim women artists of Kitchener Waterloo,- celebrating Ontario/Canada 150, Islamic History/ Heritage month and women's history month.
FREE entrance on the day of the launch ONLY. 1pm-3pm Please register at https://celebratingidentity.eventbrite.ca/

Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Parade

This year the parade begins at WEBER and FREDERICK in KITCHENER at 8:30am and follows WEBER ST. ONLY.  It ends at WEBER and BRIDGEPORT RD in Waterloo http://kwoktoberfestparade.oktoberfest.ca AND LOOK FOR US (LISA AND DIANE) ON THE VIRGIN RADIO FLOAT!!!!!!

 Oct 6-10
Burford Fall Fair http://www.burfordfair.ca

Oct 14
Cook Like Oma @ Kitchener Market
Bring your family and learn how to make pretzels an other traditional German food like Oma makes.
Afterwards, enjoy traditional Oktoberfest dancing and music, along with appearances from some of your favorite Oktoberfest mascots!

9:00 A.M - Vicki from Essen demonstrates a German inspired soup
10:00 A.M - ChefD from 'At Home with ChefD' on Rogers TV

This event is free with a donation of non-perishable items, or a toonie, towards the Waterloo Region Food Bank. We will be collecting donations onsite.

 Latitudes Storytelling Festival @ KPL Central (Downtown Kitchener) 10am-4pm http://latitudesfestival.com

The Band Destiny Live @ Country Hills Community Centre 6pm

Oct 22
Come "trunk or treating" with your dog on October 22nd 3-5PM.
811 Bleams Rd. Kitchener
There will be treats for the dogs and hopefully some tricks. Please have your dog come dressed up for proper trick-or-treating! We will have a photobooth for your dog to get their Halloween photo done! Donations gladly accepted to go towards a local shelter.

Oct 23
Great Big Boo @ Galaxy Cinemas Waterloo (Conestoga Mall) 4pm and 6pm

Oct 24
Early Years Centre @ The Kitchener Market for The Family Kitchen
Join Reem Tuesdays from 9:30-11 a.m. in the Marketplace for family cooking time. This program will provide strategies to families on how to involve children in the kitchen.
Register in person at Our Place Family Resource and Early Years Centre or by phone at 519-571-1626.

Oct 25
Thai Cooking Class @ Kitchener Market
Tasty Thai - Oct. 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
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. Cost and registration info at http://www.kitchenermarket.ca/en/events/Cooking_classes.asp


Oct 27
Campfire @ Waterloo Public Square 7-9pm

Oct 28
Monster Mash @ Kitchener Market
Spooky skeletons and creepy crawlies abound in our Halloween space filled with fun decorations and treats for kids! We will be hosting a super monster mash so come dressed for the occasion in your favourite costume.. Goodies and crafts, along with fun music to dance to, will put everyone in the spirit to celebrate Halloween from sunrise to sunset!
Please bring a donation for the Waterloo Region Food Bank with you. 

Kids in Kilts
Drop in anytime between 1 and 4 p.m.
McDougall’s Halloween Spooktacular
Join us for a phantasmic afternoon filled with crafts, activities, carving demos, toffee tasting and more. Wear your costume and plan for some Samhain (Halloween) fun! $3 per child, adults, no charge.

Trunk or Treat
Date: Saturday, October 28, 3PM – 5PM
Location: 1373 Lobsinger Line, Waterloo, ON (near the St. Jacobs Market)
Cost: Free
Contact: Ben Emery – (519) 664-2611

Description: Join us for our 5th annual free Trunk or Treat. Great for the whole family. We fill our parking lot with all kinds of decorated cars and people in costumes. Go from trunk to trunk to see the exciting displays and play fun games to earn free candy. No need to bring anything, just come on out with your family and enjoy! Feel free to dress up too. There will be a nice warm place inside for moms and babies to warm up.

Wine and Dine Date Night with ChefD - Oct. 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m Fee $99 per couple

Wine and dine during a fabulous evening event with ChefD from 'At Home with ChefD' on Rogers TV! Come out in pairs to enjoy a first-class four course meal and learn about some classic wine pairings. This course is a demonstration so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the night. Please note: the class fee is $99 per couple. Register at http://www.kitchenermarket.ca/en/events/Cooking_classes.asp

October 29
Pet Friendly Howl-o-ween event @ Kitchener City Hall 1pm-2pm https://www.facebook.com/events/232765827251307
Halloween Party @ Descendants 11:30am-1:30pm Wear your costumes and enjoy halloween music, candy and face painting!

Kid’s Grilled Cheese Combo (sandwich, juice, fruit and treat) for $5.00. 10+ craft beers on tap for the grown up kids.

Artshine-Arts4all will be here to lead the kids through their own masterpiece. Family Fun for everyone https://www.facebook.com/events/1902476563348144
Pumpkin Carving in Cambridge Join us on October 29th as we carve pumpkins, enjoy juice, hot chocolate, tea, coffee, snacks and an afternoon of fun!
From spooky to jolly, carving pumpkins is a all-time tradition and trick-or-treaters certainly enjoy the creativity
of Jack-o'-lanterns when they come knocking on your door.
$15: includes one pumpkin, carving tools, markers, stickers, candles, drinks, Kernels popcorn and of course candy.
Please note, an adult must accompany child/ children.
Spaces are limited. Must register beforhand at https://eventdepot.eventastic.com/search
Soul Cake Demo @ McDougall Cottage Drop in between 1 and 4 p.m. https://www.facebook.com/events/1861066087556915
Sunday Family Fun Day @ Waterloo Region Museum (DOON)  12:00 p.m. Cookie Decorating- Join our staff to make some festive Halloween cookies
1:00 p.m. BINGO- Join us for some Halloween themed BINGO
2:00 p.m. Halloween Trivia - Test your Halloween knowledge in a fun trivia game in the Hall of Fame
2:30 p.m. Costume Parade- Come and show off your awesome costumes in our parade!
3:00 p.m. Cookie Decorating- Join our staff to make some festive Halloween cookies
4:00 p.m. BINGO- Join us for some Halloween themed BINGO


Game wall in the Foyer- pumpkin golf, ring toss and more!

Crafts in the Foyer- make a bag to hold your goodies and more

Find the bats and owls for fun facts!

Note, Doon Heritage Village is closed.

Included with regular admission: $11 Adults, $8 Seniors/Students, $5 Children, Children four and under free, Families $25, all admissions plus HST.
Pumpkin Carving in Woolwich Bring your little kids, your big kids or even just yourselves. We'll have pumpkins, stencils, cutters and lots of inspiration available for you to create a work of art. Keep the pumpkin carving clean up to a minimum this year and join the fun.
Cost is $10 with all the equipment and clean up handled by us and one pumpkin to take home. Food and beverages provided by Lourenço's Bakery are avilable to purchase on site. RSVP to secure your spot and your requested number of pumpkins from our pumpkin patch!  https://www.facebook.com/events/1920285044654723
Halloween Family Night @ St. Andrews
At St. Andrew's we LOVE our Family Night programs! This will be our third annual Hallloween bash and it's set to be the best one yet! Join us at 4:30 in the gym for:
Pumpkin decorating
Mummy Bowling
Apple Bobbing
Spooky Mini golf
...and other ghoulish games

Everything is FREE but you are welcome to make a small free will donation if you'd like to help us cover our costs.
4th Annual Trick or Treat Halloween Party @ Playfit Kids Club
This event is open to individuals with ASD, their siblings and caregivers only within Waterloo region or registered members of Autism Ontario Waterloo. Members receive advance registration.
Maximum 2 caregivers per family.  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/4th-annual-trick-or-treat-halloween-party-registration-38487766947
October 30

Skyzone The City of Cambridge is letting Cambridge youth between the ages of 13-18 are invited to come celebrate Halloween on October 30th for FREE. All you need to do is fill out this form and we'll send you tickets if you're eligible: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe5HBZS7kUAoULzQalvEWRYCyg7wvqln229wluecC1uXcUhcg/viewform?c=0&w=1  https://www.facebook.com/events/290640694758802
October 31
Skyzone   Bring your toddlers in to Sky Zone from 10am-12pm or 1pm-3pm in costume on Halloween for a fun time as well as trick-or-treating in the park.
Tickets are only $8.00 per child
Reserve your spot now as space is limited!
Children 5 & under only. A waiver must be signed by the parent/guardian of the child attending.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 | 4 – 4:50pm
Location: Albert McCormick Community Centre
Summary:The City of Waterloo invites all skaters to an afternoon Halloween Skate Party.

Live DJ & giveaways included!
Phone number:519-885-1700

Trunk or Treat @ Forward Church 4:30-6:30pm TRUNK OR TREAT… a safe, fun event for the whole family!
On October 31, come in costume and fill your treat bag from creatively decorated tables and trunks.
No need to RSVP – simply gather the family, invite a friend and head on over. We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday. Doors open at 4:30pm. https://www.facebook.com/events/1721322001225745

Head to www.facebook.com/movemberkw for all the updates