Thursday, February 1, 2018

Valentine's Day, Family Day, Winterloo and More February 2018 Events, Activities and 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

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!

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:

Region of Waterloo Libraries Calendar

Cambridge Libraries – Idea Exchange Calendar


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



Join Early Years Centre Tuesdays from 9:30-11 a.m. in the Kitchener Market 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.

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!
  • February 6
  • February 20

Beginning Jan 16th 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)


Every Wednesday, Jan 10 - Feb 28 10:30am

Free event! Grow your young child’s love of nature throughout the winter months! Join us at Huron Natural Area for a story, some seasonal songs and then a hike in the woods. Suitable for children ages 5 and under. No registration required. Meet at the play area. NOTE: Bathrooms are not available in the winter months. Discover nature in the city!


Gamers Night @ WPL John M. Harper Branch (Fischer-Hallman Waterloo)

Wednesdays Jan 17-Feb 21 6:30pm

Explore digital literacy skills by navigating the world of Minecraft. Create and participate in Minecraft challenges and construct beautiful digital masterpieces. Drop-in.

This program is for children in grades 2 to 6.

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


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 @ Waterloo Region Museum (DOON)

Beginning Jan 18th 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

Home Depot Workshops 2nd Saturday of Each Month
FREE Hands-on Workshops designed for children ages 5 - 12. Held on the 2nd Saturday of each month at all The Home Depot stores. Each child can bring home a newly constructed project, an achievement pin and certificate
February 2018 Event Blast

Feb 3

Fresh Fuel 4 School @ Kitchener Market FREE EVENT
Start the week off on the right foot by getting the kids involved with making simple, healthy snacks for the week with certified health coach, Cassandra Eggleton. Make and take snacks for school

Family Dance Party @ Amma Yoga 4:30-6:30
$10 if you register online
Feb 8


Keen on Keto: Introduction to the Keto diet @ Kitchener Market 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fee $20

Join Hope from "Keto with Hope" for this comprehensive introduction to Keto, how to get started with 5 simple steps, how to calculate your own individual macronutrient goals, how to set up and use My Fitness Pal, baking/cooking/ingredient tips and tricks, Q&A and ongoing online support system.While you are learning, munch away on a plate of fresh baked Keto approved snacks and desserts. Register at

Feb 10

Kids In The Kitchen Valentines Party @ Kitchener Market FREE EVENT 10am-Noon

Join us for our Kids in the Kitchen program on February 10 where we will be making heart healthy snacks, and some sweet treats too. Wear red and come and have some family fun! We will also have crafts and activities.
Please bring a canned food donation for the Waterloo Region Food Bank.

Feb 13

Stroller Tour @ Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery 9:30am
Explore the Gallery with your little ones and supervised older siblings, and engage in adult conversation as our Artist Educator leads a tour of our current exhibitions.

Visitors are invited to drop-in from 9:30 – 11:30 am; a casual guided tour of our current exhibitions is offered between 10 – 11 am.

Walk the Talk Tours are sponsored by The Gamble Family



This year Family Day is on Monday February 19, 2018 in Ontario Canada.  Here in Kitchener Waterloo and Area we celebrate all weekend long! Below is a list of events to keep your family busy for the whole Family Day Long Weekend! As always, we recommend you check the links provided as dates/times/venues may change without our knowledge.  Also, some events run multiple days so be sure to check the full list!

Friday February 16th

Family Fun Night w/ Erick Traplin @ Stanley Park Rosemount Preschool beginning at 5:30pm (show begins at 6:15pm) Come see Erick Traplin in concert at our upcoming Family Fun Night. Tickets are $20 per family and there will be pizza, drinks and bake sale items available. Please purchase ahead of time by e-mailing

PARENTS NIGHT OUT - The Coping Centre Fundraiser @ The Pines Cambridge
·         Feb 16-19 CHICOPEE FAMILY FUN Family Day Weekend
Family Day Weekend: 16 to 19, 2018 Family Fun Packages Daily 5pm to 9pm ($45 Discover Packages & $30 All Access Lift Tickets) Fireworks Saturday February 17 at closing!

Saturday February 17th
Chinese New Year Kitchener Market Kitchen 10am-Noon FREE EVENT

Chinese New Year is celebrated at the Market with educational kid's crafts, nutritious cooking activities and a live dance performance! Ring in the Year of the Dog at the Kitchener Market. Please bring a canned food donation for the Waterloo Region Food Bank

Joseph Schneider Haus opens for the 2017 season on Saturday, February 17 at 10 a.m.

Albert McCormick Community Centre

Saturday, Feb. 17

  •  3 to 3:50 p.m. Public skate with DJ & giveaways Albert McCormick Community Centre

  • Saturday, Feb. 17

  •  3 to 3:50 p.m. Public skate with DJ & giveaways


Feb 17-18
Kitchener Ice Pirates will be hosting annual Friendship Tournament February 17-18, 2017.  
The Kitchener Ice Pirates is a hockey program consisting of players with developmental delays, who range in age from five through to adults. The players have a wide variety of diagnoses, including; Autism, Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Global Developmental Delays and more. We are affiliated with the Kitchener Minor Hockey Association and Hockey Canada.  The program now has four teams: Senior, Intermediate, Junior and Fundamentals of Hockey (each team being based on player ability, not age).

Sacred Fire

General Admission: $5.00
Kids 5 & under: Free
Students with ID: Free
Accepting Non-Perishable Food Donations

Sunday February 18th

February 18-19 Family Day Carnival

Bring the family to Bingemans for the Family Day Carnival! Enjoy inflatables, rides, food and activities! The fun takes place in the Ballroom on Sunday Feb. 19th and Monday Feb. 20th. Children ages 2 - 11 are $10 each, adults and children under 2 (with accompanying children ages 2-11) are free. The fun goes from 10am to 4pm (All prices subject to applicable tax).

Cookies and Kids Theatre presents...Greg Tarlin
Date and Time:
Sunday, February 18, 2017 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Address: Cambridge Centre for the Arts, 60 Dickson Street, Cambridge, ON

Cost $5
Event Details: Globetrotting Greg Tarlin is back with his comedic act and absurd talent for juggling.  This energetic variety show involves audience participation and is geared for the entire family.

Feb 18-19

Frosty Fest @ Free Event Harmony Square Brantford (usually the Sunday and Monday)  Info TBA

Monday February 19th




The KW Titans have lots planned for their fans on Family Day

Families can enjoy an exciting basketball game, fan giveaways, friendly competitions, a player autograph session and a chance to meet the Titans’ mascots Titus and the BMO the Bear. 

Tickets for BMO Family Day are available at a promotional price to also bring awareness to Kids Help Phone. BMO is a founding partner of Kids Help Phone – Canada’s only national 24-hour, bilingual and anonymous phone counselling, web counselling and referral service for children and youth

Now is the time to get your tickets!

on the left side of the screen, under the image, where it asks for the Promo Code type in BMODAY and click the GO button.

The screen will change to list the BOWL tickets for the February 19, 2018 game.

The price will now be decreased to $12.50 per ticket but you need to buy them in quantities of 2 or you will get an error message (basically buy them in even numbers 2, 4, 6 etc).  You can also purchase tickets in person at THE AUD BOX OFFICE. Just be sure to ask for the BMODAY ticket promo.

The Valko Team presents a FREE FAMILY DAY SKATE @ SportsWorld arena on FAMILY DAY from 10:30am to 12:20 pm.  Snacks, crafts and a balloon artist on site!   106.7 Country FM live on location!
Free Family Day Skate!

Event Starts: 12:00 PM

The Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Kiwanis Rink

400 East Ave, Kitchener ON, N2H 1Z6

Looking for something fun to this Family day? Well then save the date and lace up your skates!
 annual FREE Family Day skate, hosted by Daiene Vernile, MPP for Kitchener Centre.

February 19th from 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Located at The Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Kiwanis Rink

Warm refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome!


City of Kitchener Family Day Event Listings

Bridgeport Community Centre

Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, 2 - 4 p.m.

Join us for a free family skate and hot chocolate and cookies for everyone! Indoor crafts and a movie will be enjoyed if the rink is not frozen (subject to weather conditions).

Country Hills Community Centre

Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, 1 - 3 p.m.

Join us for a free outdoor skating party with hot chocolate and treats. An indoor movie will be enjoyed in the gym if the rink is not frozen (subject to weather conditions).

Forest Heights Family Day Fun

Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Join us for a free family skate and hot chocolate and cookies for everyone! Indoor activities will be happening too and will include open gym time, cards and games.

Stanley Park Community Association

Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, 1 - 4 p.m.

Free family swim, refreshments and activities.

Join us at Lyle Hallman Pool for refreshments and activities from 1 - 4 p.m. and register for a free swim between 1:30 -2:30 p.m. or between 3 - 4 p.m. Swim wristbands will be available for either swim time starting at 1 p.m.

Adults must accompany children and swim admission guidelines are in effect.

City of Cambridge Events

Event Details:

Join the City of Cambridge as we enjoy Monday, February 19, 2018 with a great line up of activities for Family Day.

Your family may participate in free activities such as swimming, skating and the arts.  We have something for everyone.

John Dolson Centre

Leisure Swim - 1-4pm

Preschool Program - 1-1:45pm

Open Gym - 2-4pm

WG Johnson Centre

Leisure Swim - 10am - noon

Bolly X Workout - 10:05am - 10:55am

Open Gym - 11am - noon

Hespeler Memorial Arena

Public Skating - noon - 2pm

Cambridge Centre for the Arts

Drop in programs are available from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cambridge Centre for the Arts including:

Make A 3D Family Tree

Work together to make this artistic celebration of your family stories, important memories and family portraits with artist Maria Sousa-Rovers.

Create a 'Hands Together' Sculpture

Come together and use all of your hands as the 'template' to make this colourful bowl sculpture with artist Michele Jones.

Summer Camp Films

Enjoy the wonderfully imaginative films that children have made during our popular film making March Break and summer camps. Free popcorn!

Art Gallery

The art gallery features changing exhibitions of the creative talents of Cambridge artists and artists from beyond this area - stop by and have a look!

For specific Cambridge Centre for the Arts information please visit


City Of Waterloo Family Day Listings

Rink in the Square

The rink is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., weather permitting.

Albert McCormick Community Centre

Saturday, Feb. 17

  •  3 to 3:50 p.m. Public skate with DJ & giveaways

Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex

Monday, Feb. 19, 2018

In the pool:

  • 6:45 to 9:45 a.m. Adult lane swim

  • 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Swirlpool open

  • 7 to 7:45 a.m. Tethered waterfit

  • 8:05 to 8:50 a.m. Shallow waterfit

  • 9 to 9:45 a.m. Deep waterfit

  • 9 to 9:45 a.m. Shallow interval waterfit

  • 10 a.m. to noon Family swim

  • 12:10 to 1 p.m. Lane swim

  • 12:10 to 1 p.m. Swirlpool open

  • 12:15 to 1 p.m. Shallow waterfit

  • 1:15 to 4 p.m. Public swim

On the rink:

  • 9:30 to 10:50 a.m. Parent and child shinny

RIM Park - building closed until 4 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 19, 2018

  • 4 to 4:50 p.m. Public skate

  • 4:30 to 5:50 p.m. Youth PickupHub Basketball (ages 11 - 14)

  • 4:30 to 5:20 p.m. Youth PickupHubSoccer (ages 11- 14)

  • 4:30 to 5:50 p.m. Adult PickupHubSoccer

  • 7 to 8:20 p.m. Adult PickupHubVolleybal

Sign up for PickupHub games in advance.

Williamsburg Winter Fun Family Day 1pm-3pm

Spend your Family Day with the Williamsburg Community Association, Freedom in Christ Church and your neighbours! We will have lots to do including outdoor winter activities (snow volleyball, road hockey, build a snowman and more) as well as inside games and crafts! Free hot chocolate and snack for every participant

Family Day Carnival
Celebrate your family with Descendants and join us for our Family Day Carnival! An afternoon featuring family friendly activities including face painting, carnival games, popcorn, board games and cornhole. $5.00 kids grilled cheese special all day long and craft beers on tap for the grown ups!

KW Art Gallery

Drop-in art activities offered from 1 – 4 pm | All ages welcome
Celebrate your family with activities that kids and kids-at-heart can do together. Explore the exhibitions and make spectacular artwork to take home.Drop-in 1 – 4 pmAll ages welcome! Art activities are designed for ages 4–12 + adult companion.Suggested donation of $5 per child

Kingsdale Park
Food, Fun, and Fire. Come join us on Family Day for winter activities and roasting food over the fire.

There will be free activities for the whole family at the NDCC from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Parent & Tot Shinny (age 6 & under)
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Family Skate
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Family Shinny (age 6 & up)
1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Family Skate

9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Walking Track open (5 laps = 1km)
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Exploring Senses (age 6mth to 8yrs)
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Family Yoga...
1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Drop-in Family Pickleball

North Dumfries Historical Preservation Society will have a display in the Fitness Room from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Family Day Free Curling in Ayr Noon-3pm

Feb 21


Time to Get Wild on Wednesday – PROMO CODE

We want to see everyone go wild for the KW Titans and they want to make sure you have an opportunity to attend lots of their home games this season.  That’s why you need to grab WILDWEDNESDAY tickets!

Grab a pal and split the ticket price!

2 FOR 1 Wednesday tickets

on the left side of the screen, under the image, where it asks for the Promo Code type in WILDWEDNESDAY and click the GO button.

The screen will change to list the BOWL tickets for the Wednesday games.

The price will now be decreased to $12.50 per ticket but you need to buy them in quantities of 2 or you will get an error message (basically buy them in even numbers 2, 4, 6 etc)

Feb 23-25
Winterloo in Waterloo

Winterloo 2018 Program

Friday, Feb. 23 - 7 - 9 p.m.

  • Skate Night Date Night - Join us for a romantic evening of skating, music and warm drinks.

Saturday, Feb. 24 & Sunday, Feb. 25 - 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Stay Warm by the Fire

(located in the Visitor and Heritage Information Centre at the corner of Father David Bauer & Erb Street)

Winter Cultures

(located in the Bauer Parking Lot across from the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex on Father David Bauer Blvd)

  • Ice dogs - Don't miss the dog sled rides for children, our most popular annual event! Brought to you by Moonsnoe Kennels - a few of the dogs will be on hand on Sunday for pictures

  • Ice sculpture - Watch professional ice carvers display their skills and compete for the grand prize. Judging will commence at 3 p.m. See the carvings all day on Saturday and Sunday

  • Horse drawn carriages - Travel through Winterloo on a horse drawn carriage

  • Snow sculpting (Easter Island) - Local artist Matt Morris will be building four Easter Island style snow sculptures, two each day.

  • Waterloo Active Transportation Committee & King Street Cycle - Come out and try out the Fatbikes (winter bikes) - see what biking in the winter is all about (Saturday only)

  • Waterloo Scouts of Canada - snow painting

  • Waterloo Fire Rescue - Waterloo Fire Rescue: They will be displaying their fire truck for approximately one hour on Saturday February 24th from 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Winter Sports

(located behind the skate park on Father David Bauer Drive)

Winter Survival

(located behind the skate park on Father David Bauer Drive)

  • More TBA shortly

Other events and activities around Uptown Waterloo

  • Chili cook-off - Chainsaw Restaurant (28 King St. N., Waterloo) - Vote for uptown's best chili by sampling and voting for the people's choice. $5 gives you a sample of every entry! Saturday only from noon - 2 p.m.

  • KW Skating Club - Waterloo Public Square (75 King St. S., Waterloo) skating demonstrations in Waterloo Public Square

  • Waterloo Public Library (35 Albert St., Waterloo) - TBD

  • Princess Cinemas (46 King St.) - Free movie screenings! Tickets can be picked up at any of the Winterloo information booths.

  • The Clay and Glass Gallery (25 Caroline St. N., Waterloo) - Winter-themed arts and crafts

Feb 25

TOPsy turvy DIY workshop! 10:30am-12:30pm @ Decendants Beer

Learn how to build your very own Leprechaun hat!

During this 2 hour workshop, our Creative Directors will teach your children (recommended ages 3-10) how to properly and safely use a hammer, as well as how to properly space out nails. Once their hat is built and painted, let them build their very own Leprechaun trap to help catch those sneaky green men!

Registration is only $15 and includes
-all the materials and tools required to build and decorate both your hat and trap!
-a complimentary grilled cheese sandwich (upgrade to a full kids meal by asking your waitress)
-2 hour hands on workshop

Feb 24

FREE Community Fun Fest at WT Townshend Public School. 11am-4pm
This is open to the community! So be sure to invite your friends!
27 Vendors
Bake Sale
Used Book Sale
Drum Circle
Silent Auction & Free Children’s Activities

Free Children's activities sponsored by local businesses/organizations.

Free Children's activities sponsored by local businesses/organiza
Hockeytown @ Kitchener City Hall 10am-4pm Kitchener Minor Hockey (tyke players) will play five games for a chance to win the Mayor's Cup. An event for hockey lovers, there will be sporty games for all ages, inflatable play areas inside the rotunda, a charitable BBQ and more. This event is Kitchener's 'Winter Classic' for young hockey players in our city - so come and show them your support and share in the joy of Canada's sport. Follow along and share your Hockeytown experience with #HockeyTown

KW Titans 7pm
Feb 26

Cambridge - Oak Bridge Academy in is thrilled to invite you to its Open House and Application night. Please join us to hear about our curriculum, admission procedures and tour the impressive facilities which will host our school. As a parent, discover how Oak Bridge Academy can help your exceptional child launch an exciting journey towards success in school and in life. As an educator or behaviour therapist, learn how you could be part of the rewarding academic and therapeutic environment Oak Bridge Academy will offer.

Oak Bridge Academy is a new alternative, not-for-profit elementary school offering evidence-based academic and behaviour programming for children with special needs including autism, ADHD, anxiety and other related learning exceptionalities.  Families of all faiths and backgrounds are welcome in our inclusive school.

Please contact us at and let us know if you require child care for this evening. It will be provided upon request at the event.

Feb 28


Under the Sea Cuisine ft. Caudle's Catch @ Kitchener Market 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fish is a super food! Full of Omega 3 and lacking in saturated fats, adding fish and other seafood to your diet at least once a week has been proven to have significant health benefits. Our chefs can show you super recipes that make adding seafood to your diet delicious and easy. Cost $49 Register at

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