Saturday, December 2, 2017

December 2017 Christmas Events, Holiday Season Activities and More Stuff To Do In The Kitchener Waterloo Area


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


CURRENT CONTESTS


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



Region of Waterloo Libraries Calendar http://calendar.rwlibrary.ca/?_mid_=17409

Cambridge Libraries – Idea Exchange Calendar http://ideaexchange.org



Daily

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/


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!

  • December 5th
  • December 19th - Special Santa Kids Hop! Bring a donation to the Waterloo Region Food Bank



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)


Wednesdays

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

Thursdays

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

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


December 2017 Event Blast



Now Until Jan 6th


Now Until Dec 9th

Once Upon A Mattress @ Kitchener Waterloo Little Theatre


Now Until Dec 24th

HONK: The Ugly Duckling Musical @ St. Jacobs Country Playhouse Waterloo http://stufftodowithyourkidsinkw.blogspot.ca/2017/10/honk-ugly-duckling-muscial-is-swan-song.html

Now Until January 7th

Now until Dec 23
Christmas @ Woodside Historical site
Victorian Christmas
November 30 through December 23
Savour the seasonal delights of a Victorian Christmas and learn how the King family celebrated this festive time of year. Feel the magic of the season as you walk through the richly decorated rooms of Woodside in its Victorian charm! (also see other special events at Woodside listed below)
http://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/on/woodside/activ/calendar-calendrier


Also remember to TRACK SANTA online! https://www.noradsanta.org/
and write your letter to SANTA http://stufftodowithyourkidsinkw.blogspot.ca/2016/11/its-time-to-write-and-mail-that-letter.html

Dec 2

Wonders of Winter in Waterloo Park

December 2nd starting at 5:30 pm for our 2017 Opening Night Celebration! Complete with a spectacular fireworks display, a candlelight event and the moment when we turn on the more than 100,000 lights in Waterloo Park! A Festival of Lights in Waterloo Park.

And in celebration of Canada’s 150th Birthday, we will end the year with a massive fireworks display at 7:30 pm on New Year’s Eve. Don’t miss it! http://www.wondersofwinter.ca/

Candyland in Cambridge

Saturday December 2, 2017, 10 am to 5 pm

Central Park, 615 King Street East

Central Park transforms into a place of candy and magic. The day is full with live entertainment, interactive games, a giant ice slide and enough photo opportunities to fill anyone's social media pages. Candyland is a great holiday activity for families with young children.

What's happening on Dec 2:

Trolley Rides 10 am to 4:30

Santa & Mrs Claus 10 am to 5 pm

Warm-Up Zone and Crafts in Knox Church 10 am to 5 pm

Face Painting 10 am to 5 pm

Games and Activities 10 am to 5 pm

Entertainment Schedule:

The Barry Oh Kid Show at 10 &11 - Gazebo

 Rockin' Robert Kids Show at 12 & 1 - Gazebo

 Glisse on Ice at 1:30, 2:20 & 3:10 - Ice Rink

 Team T&J at 3:30 & 4:30 - Gazebo

Enjoy the lights and d├ęcor of Candyland from December 2 to January 1, 2018. Take a walk through Central Park (615 King Street East), and enjoy the light displays and candy-themed decorations. Bring your skates any day or night to enjoy the ice skating rink. Admission is free!
Helmets are recommended. Children must be supervised by their parent(s) or guardian(s).

There are no lessons or skate rentals offered during this time http://www.cambridge.ca/en/parks-recreation-culture/christmas-in-cambridge.aspx

Carolling
Get into the Christmas Spirit with the Grand Philharmonic Children and Youth Choirs!
Children 13 and under are free! $15 Tickets – St Mathews Kitchener 3:30pm

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2369595749/permalink/10155862450610750/

Christmas at Breslau Community Centre 6pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/369168206860776/

This Saturday!!! Come and take a horse drawn wagon ride through Breslau, enjoy some hot chocolate while decorating cookies and colouring and get your picture with Santa! (please bring your own device for the photo)

Teen Challenge Christmas Concert Cambridge 7pm $20 In Advance or $25 @ The Door with FREE Admission for Kids Under 12 https://www.teenchallenge.ca/christmas-choir-concerts17


Dec 2-3

Cambridge Centre Mall All aboard…the Holiday Miniature Train
Ride for FREE on the Holiday Miniature Train!
11am to 8pm daily https://cambridge-centre.com/events/all-aboard-the-holiday-miniature-train


Dec 3

Nature Play @ Gzowski Park Kitchener 11am-2pm

Join us at Gzowski Park on December 3rd for our Nature Play Festival—lots of fun to be had, and not to mention a bonfire! https://www.facebook.com/NaturePlayKitchener/?hc_ref=ARSsy8Eybny6_i6Y9GyL4hk7fMJLSBEJeJssamoF7oBBwSvFfd_DGk3FkrfvUMuG2mo&fref=gs&hc_location=group

Country Christmas @ Waterloo Region Museum (DOON) 11am4pm

Enjoy Christmas in the country in the 1900s. Take a horse-drawn wagon ride, let the little ones meet Father Christmas, sing-along with Christmas carols and enjoy the sites and sounds of a Christmas past. Note the museum is open to 5 p.m.

Admission:  $11 Adults, $8 Seniors/Students, $5 Children, Children four and under free, all admissions plus HST. http://calendar.waterlooregionmuseum.ca/Default/Detail/2017-12-03-1100-Country-Christmas

Huron Latern Walk 7pm

825 Trillium Dr, Kitchener

Free event! No registration required.

Bring a lantern (not a flashlight) and we’ll sing some songs about light and go for a short evening hike to the pond. Tea-light candles will be supplied.

Don’t have a lantern? come anyway!

Meet at the main entrance picnic shelter.

Note: Bathrooms are not available in the winter months.
https://www.facebook.com/events/165271690741148

Dec 4

Christmas Party @ Playfit 10am-1pm Call Playfit Kids to reserve your ticket (519)-623-5437
$6 per child.
$4 for 12 months and under or free with a paid sibling
30 Loot bags available plus door prizes, crafts, Santa pics, vendors


Sounds of the Season @ The Family Centre 6-8pm

·      Indigenous, International and traditional English Carols by members of Inshallah Choir*

·      Recitals by the young voices of The Family Centre Music Academy

·      Theatrical Entertainment by The Family Centre Players

·      Traditional, Seasonal Refreshments


Lost and Found Theatre presents Charles Dickens Writes a Christmas Carol at Kitchener Public Central Library 7pm-9pm

The Lost & Found Theatre presents costumed Christmas carolling in the Charles Dickens Writes a Christmas Carol presentation.

FREE event


Dec 7-9

"A Chirstmas Journey"

During your booked event time, your group will travel back in time to

walk, see, hear and experience the miracle of the first Christmas like

never before.
Admission is Free but tickets must be pre-booked.

 We will also be having refreshments and horse-drawn carriage rides.

 Journey's can be booked online at:


 or by calling 519-744-3051


Dec 7-10

Christkindl Market @ Kitchener City Hall (indoor and outdoor event) http://stufftodowithyourkidsinkw.blogspot.ca/2017/12/christkindl-market-kitcheners-other.html


Dec 7

MOMS NIGHT OUT @ Kitchener Market

Girls' Night Out: Cocktails and Apps - Dec. 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fee $55 Register info http://www.kitchenermarket.ca/en/events/Cooking_classes.asp

Dec 8

Old Tyme Christmas Carols with Onion Honey

Friday December 8th, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Where: Livingston Presbyterian Church (44 Beck Street, Baden)

Cost: $10/adult, $5/child

Enjoy the sounds of old tyme Christmas Carols as presented by the band Onion Honey.

Seating is limited. Pre-registration is required. Call or email for tickets. http://www.wilmot.ca/en/living-here/Events-and-Exhibits.aspx


Dec 9

FREE family friendly Holiday Party with crafts, activities, sensory play, vendors and more.
30 loot bags avaiable and door prizes too @ Laurentian Hill Christian School 10a-Noon



Lightning Banjo Holiday Party @ Registry Theatre 10am-1pm

Drop in to Lightning Banjo's Family Holiday party and enjoy face painting, crafts, a holiday yoga adventure with Amma Yoga, mask creation with Cosmic Fishing Theatre, roaming costumed characters, hot chocolate, photo opportunities, Christmas Carol Karaoke, mingle with Lightning Banjo actors, holiday stories and more! Admission by donation at the door, suggested $5 per person donation https://www.facebook.com/events/288051778371675

Christmas Mementos @ Woodside Historical Site
Saturday, December 9
10 a.m. to Noon
Discover the enchantment of a Christmas morning reminiscent of the Victorian past. Decorate your very own cookie ornament to hang on your tree. Dip a pen in ink and write a letter to Santa Claus while sampling seasonal cookies and apple cider. This program requires advance registration as space is limited. Special fees apply. Please register by calling 519-571-5684. This program is subject to minimum enrollment. http://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/on/woodside/activ/calendar-calendrier


Make your own wrapping paper and cards @Mill Courtland Centre 1:30-4pm

The holiday season is a season for giving, but it is also the time of year when we generate mountains of waste and packaging, most of which ends up in the landfill or the recycle bin.

While recycling is important, it uses a lot of resources, so the more we can do to minimize and re-use waste the better. This year, why not plan ahead and do your part to reduce waste, while at the same time having fun and using your creative energy! Join us for a family friendly workshop to re-use materials and print your own decorative wrapping paper and cards, and explore some creative gift ideas that reduce and re-use waste.

This workshop is free and open to all ages. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Basic materials will be provided but participants are welcome to bring along tools or materials they would like to try and re-use


Christmas Fantasy Opening

Bring the whole family out for some holiday cheer! View the spectacular display of festive lights that adorn Victoria Park’s buildings, trees and bridges.

5:30-8 p.m. - Activities on Roos Island, Victoria Park
5:30-6:30 p.m. - Live musical performance
6 p.m. - Lights will be turned on in Victoria Park
6:45-8 p.m. - Live musical performance

Enjoy live music, crafts and free hot chocolate. 



Dec 9 and 10
Santa and his Reindeer @ Meadow Acres
10am-4pm http://meadowacres.com/events/

Dec 10

Country Christmas @ Waterloo Region Museum (DOON) 11am4pm

Enjoy Christmas in the country in the 1900s. Take a horse-drawn wagon ride, let the little ones meet Father Christmas, sing-along with Christmas carols and enjoy the sites and sounds of a Christmas past. Note the museum is open to 5 p.m.

Admission:  $11 Adults, $8 Seniors/Students, $5 Children, Children four and under free, all admissions plus HST. http://calendar.waterlooregionmuseum.ca/Default/Detail/2017-12-03-1100-Country-Christmas

Canada 150 Skating Day - Presented by the City of Cambridge and The Cambridge Ringette Association

Let’s Skate Together at the Galt Arena Gardens 2pm-4pm

Music, Crafts, and Refreshments


Dec 12
Chanukah in the Square @ Waterloo Public Square 6-7:30pm https://www.facebook.com/events/249572805573688/

Dec 13
$5 Tickets For TONIGHT'S  KW  TITANS Toy Drive get the info at http://stufftodowithyourkidsinkw.blogspot.ca/2017/12/bring-gang-to-kw-titans-toy-drive-on.html


Lamplight @ Woodside Historical Site
Thursday, December 14
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Share in the traditions of a Woodside Christmas by the soft glow of lamplight. Cozy up under the mistletoe and enjoy hot apple cider. On our grounds, warm up by the crackling fire and sample roasted chestnuts. Gather in the parlour for live music as we perform traditional carols. Special fees apply. E-mail ont-woodside@pc.gc.ca or call 519-571-5684 for more information, or to pre-register.
http://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/on/woodside/activ/calendar-calendrier
 
Dec 15
Homeschool Christmas Drop In @ Castle Kilbride Baden

 Friday December 15th from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.   

Learn about the German, Scottish and Victorian traditions that the Livingston family included in their celebrations at Castle Kilbride during the Christmas season. A guided tour is offered at 10:00 a.m. followed by hands on games and a take home craft.  Cost is $4 per person.  Register at http://www.wilmot.ca/en/living-here/Events-and-Exhibits.aspx

Dec 16 and 17
Christmas Cheer @ Woodsite Historic Site
Saturday, December 16 and Sunday, December 17
10 a.m. – Noon
Delight in the spirit of a Victorian Christmas as you are guided on a tour of the King family home decorated for the season. Enjoy live music in the parlour accompanied by piano. Sample seasonal baking complimented by a variety of teas. Admission: $14.70 per person. This program requires advance registration as space is limited. E-mail ont-woodside@pc.gc.ca or call 519-571-5684 for more information. http://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/on/woodside/activ/calendar-calendrier


Dec 17
Country Christmas @ Waterloo Region Museum (DOON) 11am4pm

Enjoy Christmas in the country in the 1900s. Take a horse-drawn wagon ride, let the little ones meet Father Christmas, sing-along with Christmas carols and enjoy the sites and sounds of a Christmas past. Note the museum is open to 5 p.m.

Admission:  $11 Adults, $8 Seniors/Students, $5 Children, Children four and under free, all admissions plus HST. http://calendar.waterlooregionmuseum.ca/Default/Detail/2017-12-03-1100-Country-Christmas

Dec 23

Santa visits Kitchener Market and Craft Time too! 9am-11am

Dec 26 BOXING DAY
KW Titans Basketball Game at Kitchener Aud 7pm Ticket info at
http://kwtitans.com/14519/schedule-and-results

Dec 28

 Bert's Comedy Magic Show at Pioneer Park Community Library 10am-11am Bert will shock and amaze the crowd with his silly, zany whirlwind of jokes and magic.  Ages 2 - 12.

Free tickets available at the host library 30 minutes before the program.


KW Titans Basketball Game at Kitchener Aud 7pm Ticket info at http://kwtitans.com/14519/schedule-and-results

Dec 29

Reptiles of the World at Country Hills Community Library 10am-11am  and @ Central KPL (Downtown) 2pm-4pm Join Little Ray's Reptile Zoo on a trip around the world learning about reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates.All ages welcome.

Free tickets available at the host library 30 minutes before the program.First come, first served.

Skate Night Date Night @ Waterloo Public Square

Join us at the Uptown Rink for a romantic evening of skating, music and warm drinks.

Featuring live performances, artists to be annouced shortly

  • Friday Dec. 29, 2017 - 7-9 p.m.

Skates are available for rent at McPhail's Cycle and Sports in UpTown Waterloo. http://www.waterloo.ca/en/living/Skate-Night-Date-Night.asp

Dec 31

NEW YEARS EVE

KW Titans Basketball Game at Kitchener Aud 2pm Ticket info at http://kwtitans.com/14519/schedule-and-results

Cartoon Party @ Kitchener City Hall 6pm-Midnight

Free event!

Waking up bright and early on the weekends to watch cartoons is a fond childhood memory for many. Kitchener’s New Year’s Eve party will take you back to those carefree days. The Rotunda will transform into a world of animation taking you down memory lane featuring the Mystery Machine from Scooby Doo and the Flintstone’s vehicle plus so much more!

• Canadian Toy Con
• Retro arcade
• Live entertainment
• Cosplay
• Vendors selling collectables 
• Countdown to 2018 with the mayor and members of council
• Skating outside on Carl Zehr Square
• Vehicle displays inside the Rotunda (Mystery Machine and the Flintstone’s vehicle) 

https://www.facebook.com/events/392848807814961/

Waterloo rings in 2018!

Free public skating

RIM Park, 3:40 - 5:30 p.m., sponsored by Tim Hortons. DJ on site.

Family celebration

Waterloo Public Square, 6 - 9 p.m. Enjoy fun tunes, children's activities and entertainment, and a special early New Year celebration at 9 p.m.


Wonders of Winter in Waterloo Park Canada’s 150th Birthday, will end the year with a massive fireworks display at 7:30 pm on New Year’s Eve. Don’t miss it! http://www.wondersofwinter.ca

Cambridge – Hespler Arena

Hespler Arena, 640 Ellis Road

Join us to celebrate a new year with some skating! The City offers wrist bands for an hour of skate time . Only one skate time per family. Doors of the Hespeler Arena, 640 Ellis Road, open at 4:45 p.m.

Activities to keep everyone entertained off the ice include:

  • Crafts
  • Games
  • Photo booth
  • Bouncy castle
  • Performance by Mr Chris & the Gassy Bubbles


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