Sunday, August 26, 2018

Cruisin’ Classics at the Drayton Festival Theatre Will Have You Rockin’ Around the Clock

Earlier this week we headed to the Drayton Festival Theatre to review Cruisin' Classics.  We love the 50s and 60s.  We love the fashion, we love the music and we love the automobiles that showed off the styles for that time period.  Cruisin’ Classics tips its hat to a time when it was all about finding your best frock and driving to the local drive-in diner to hang with the local teenagers.  The heyday of Rock and Roll comes alive on stage with a full band and singers performing the songs that everyone knows the words to.   Each act was a medley of songs about finding love, breaking up or making up. The owner of the drive-in diner set the stage for each act with an overview of what he saw take place each summer at his establishment.  Every singer took on their song with a heartfelt performance and the audience immediately connected with the music scene being portrayed.

As an extra surprise, Kitchener-Waterloo native Joshua Warren was a featured performer in this show.  Many of our readers know we love supporting local talent so seeing him in on the stage made this musical extra special for us!

As listed on the Drayton Entertainment website, Cruisin’ Classics is...

Entertaining and energetic, this joyous jive down memory lane will tickle your funny bone and touch your heart with its classic tunes and retro style.

…so, we suggest you grab your tickets and turn back the clock to a time when it was all about the glory days of Rock and Roll!

Get Your Tickets

Tickets are limited. To ensure you can the performance visit or call toll free 1-855-DRAYTON (372-9866).

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Join the Circus This September at Farm Ayr – Enter To Win

Remember the saying Run Away and Join the Circus?  Zendaya and Zac Efron each got a taste of what it takes to be trapeze artists in The Greatest Showman.


Imagine if you could learn part of a circus act?

Well this September kids can join the circus at Farm Ayr for one show only.  On September 9, 2018 children can spend the day with the Circus!

Reserve tickets for the show and/ or sign up your child for a maximum of two Circus disciplines/acts.

The cost is CAD 25 per child which includes the following:

12.30pm to 2.30pm:        Introduction and Rehearsal of EntrĂ©e/Finale and Training and Rehearsal for kids   

2.30pm to 3.00pm:          Free time for children and parents at FARM AYR.

(Concession Trailer and the playground will be open!)                                     

3.00pm to 4.45pm:          Show with performers and kids for parents, family, friends and the public   

You must pre-register to take part in this fun filled experience. All the info is at

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This is sure to be a memorable day for the whole family so get your tickets before they are gone!

Enter To Win

We are giving away a family four pack of tickets to the Dream Circus at Farm Ayr! 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 why you love the circus.
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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Kidspark, Airshow, Waterloo Buskers and more August 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


Kitchener Panthers Tickets are being given away on our social channels this month!

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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:


These places have so many events each month, it is better to just look at them individually

Region of Waterloo Libraries Calendar

Cambridge Libraries – Idea Exchange Calendar

Have an Infant and/or Toddler? Check out OUR PLACE EARLY YEARS CENTRE calendar

Grand River Conservation Authority

Kitchener Pools and Splashpads

Various dates/times throughout the week

Wednesday: Parent & Child, Adult & Public skates
Friday: Public skates
Sunday: Public skates

Skate rentals available (kids size 9 to men’s size 13). CSA-approved helmets and protective gear are strongly recommended.

Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex, 101 Father David Bauer Drive, Waterloo for complete schedule and admission prices

If you are willing to drive a little out of town, then this is the list for BRANTFORD’s HARMONY SQUARE




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



Show and Shine Classic Cars 6-8pm

Journey back to when tail fins stood tall and white walls ruled the road! Come out to the Shops at Highland and Westmount to see some beautiful vintage and special edition cars every Monday night from June 4th through to September 17th, from 6pm until dusk. Unleash your creativity with some colouring activities and enjoy some classic music. Be sure to check out some of our great stores while you are here as well! With free entry and weekly prizes, Highland and Westmount is the place to be Monday nights this summer. Show and Shine Classic Car Show Mondays at Highland and Westmount. Come for the cars, stay for the Monday night specials.

Legacy every Monday at 7pm. $4 entry with a pack per person into the prize pool @ KW PlaySpace (until Sept 24)


Bring your little ones to the Kitchener Market select 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!

  • August 14
  • August 28

Colour Our Community @ KPL Central (Downtown) every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 2pm-4pm

Art can be a tool for increasing social connections and fostering community inclusion and integration. Colour Our Community aims to make connections between those who are often marginalized and members of the community at large in a comfortable, accessible venue where all are welcome to explore their creativity and experience connection through art. Colour Our Community is a partnership with Kitchener Public Library and Circle of Friends.


Beginning April 11 (to June 13) Tails and Trails @ Huron Natural Area Grow your young child's love of nature through these story times in the forest. We will gather for songs and a tale around various themes, then hit the trails for a short hike.
Meet at the play area.
Free Zumba at Williamsburg Commons at 7pm on Aug 1, 8, 15 and 22 (not the 29th)


A FREE art program every Thursday!

Every Thursday from 11 a.m. - noon, ARTSHINE will be hosting a parent and tot program at the Kitchener Market - a program for children and their parents. Participate in a fun, unique, hands-on creative art experience!

July and August only: ARTSHINE will also run a school-aged program for children ages 6-12.

AFTER the program, be sure to stop by one of our market vendors for a healthy, kid-friendly lunch with lots of options for adults too.

Space is limited! Reserve a spot now for the ARTSHINE programs on Thursday by calling 226-647-2777, or emailing ARTSHINE.

Maker Thursdays 2-4pm Waterloo Visitor & Heritage Information Centre located at 10 Father David Bauer Drive. Parking is free for 2 hours


Castle Kilbride – Baden
Thursday evenings until August 30, 2018. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy unique music on the front lawn, a different group each week! From 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Admission by donation. Weather permitting.

Love live outdoor performances? Bring your friends and a brown bag lunch for weekly acoustic concerts every Friday from 12 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. in Waterloo Public Square!

Every Friday, until Aug 24

Catch a free outdoor concert every Friday on Carl Zehr Square in front of Kitchener City Hall from 12pm-1pm featuring a range of genres and local musicians! *BYOL (bring your own lunch)



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


Come to the bandshell on the west side of Waterloo Park for live performances presented by the Waterloo Concert Band all summer long. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the music! Free admission. Access off of Westmount Road.
All concerts start at 7:00pm. June 24 will feature the Waterloo Concert Band.

The Waterloo Concert Band was created in 1858 to service the growing community of Waterloo's need for music. As a non-profit, charitable organization, it has grown from its roots into a 30-piece ensemble.

Upcoming Performances:
Aug 5   – TBD
Aug 12 – Waterloo Concert Band


August 2018 Event Blast

Aug 2
The Stanley Cup will be at then New Hamburg Community Centre from 9am-11am
Waterloo Region Airport (Breslau) 7pm Join us Thursday, August 2nd at 7 pm in Waterloo to see an MAF Quest Kodiak and meet the Pilots who fly her.
Bring friends and family and learn more about Mission Aviation Fellowship and this incredible airplane which has recently been used in relief efforts in Haiti. All proceeds will support the work of MAF, providing aviation and logistics in over 30 countries around the world.

Tickets are FREE but space is limited, reserve your spot today at (then pick Waterloo)

Aug 2: Cambridge City Hall. Movie ANNIE (1982)Free Outdoor Movie.  Event runs rain or shine (inside if raining) bring your deck chair, buy some popcorn and  drinks at the event and have a fun family night out.  Movies start at dusk.  Be sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Aug 2-3
Skatepark @ Williamsburg near Sobeys 6:30-9:30pm for ages 8 and up

Aug. 3: Harry Potter And The Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) PG 143 mins @ Shades Mill Cambridge. Come early to enjoy a campfire before the movie!
Movies are FREE with paid park admission or with a Grand River Parks membership.

Aug 3-5

Mill Race Folk Festival - Cambridge
August 3rd, 4th and 5th in Downtown Galt, Cambridge ON, Canada
Featuring a fantastic lineup of performers, vendors and so much more! Best of all, the festival is FREE for all ages - no tickets necessary!

Aug 4-6
Kidsummer @ Waterloo Region Museum (DOON)
The Waterloo Region Museum is throwing a summer party and all kids are invited! KidSummer is a fun family day where kids of all ages can have some good old fashioned fun and fill their ‘fun passport’ at the same time. Try your hand at the gallery activities and games, enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride and see how many points you can collect playing crokinole and horseshoes or how many steps you can take on a pair of stilts!

Free admission for up to two children ages 5 to 12 with each $11 adult admission.

 Pirate Festival in Guelph (5 and under free, 5-12 $10, adults $15) Marden Park, Guelph

Aug 7: Scott Pilgrim vs The World - Goudies Lane Kitchener

Aug. 9: Coco @ Waterloo Park Free Entry with Non-Perishable Donation of Food or Cash To The Food Bank of Waterloo Region  We loved this film!!! You can see our review at

Aug 8
WPL Picnic in Waterloo Park 6-8pm
Bring the family to our annual Picnic in the Park with our friends from the City of Waterloo. Picnic games, food trucks, iced tea, lemonade, crafts for the kids and more. Registration not required. Bring family, friends, and just drop-in.
The picnic takes place in Waterloo Park near the Skatepark on Father David Bauer Drive.

Aug 9
Miracle Treat Day @ Dairy Queen Ira Needles Boardwalk

Aug 9: Cambridge City Hall. Movie 101 Dalmations (1996)Free Outdoor Movie.  Event runs rain or shine (inside if raining) bring your deck chair, buy some popcorn& amp; drinks at the event and have a fun family night out.  Movies start at dusk.  Be sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Aug 10
Aug 10 Free Outdoor Movie Night - WONDER in the Parking lot of International Gospel Centre on Friday August 10 at 8pm. Popcorn and Refreshments provided. City Garage on the corner of Benton and Charles Street Kitchener  is only a few steps away. Community Event.

Aug 10-12

Kitchener Blues Fest – take note some events are 19+ but there are family friendly events as well

Aug 10

Rose Cora Perry & The Truth Untold at Cambridge Rotary Ribfest on Friday August 10th at 5:30 pm! Come enjoy food, fun and great live entertainment. All ages welcome. Admission is FREE with donations toward community organizations!

 Aug. 10: Shrek 2 (2004) PG 105 mins @ Shades Mill Cambridge. Come early to enjoy a campfire before the movie!
Movies are FREE with paid park admission or with a Grand River Parks membership.

Aug 10: Ratatouille in GUELPH  Enjoy the drive-in experience minus the car. Join us for free family-friendly movies shown on a giant screen in Market Square. Bring your own lawn chairs and some blankets too. Seating for Movies in the Square is on a first-come, first-served basis. In the case of inclement weather, screenings will move inside to the City Hall Galleria.

 Aug 11

African, Black & Caribbean Network Summer BBQ Waterloo Park  2-8pm
Hello! Jambo! Sabona! Mhoroi! Bite! & Kudual! We would like to invite you to the African, Black & Caribbean Network Summer barbeque celebration. The BBQ is organized by a committee of community members representing diverse African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) associations and non- profit organizations. This event is about gathering together and celebrating the diverse cultures in our region. We hope you and your agency can join us for this fun, meaningful and free, all-inclusive community event. Reigstration info

Aug 12
Sunday August 12th, 2018 RKM Annual Picnic at Soper Park in Cambridge from 2-7pm

Aug 13
Mental Health Day @ Edelweiss, $10
***Due to the graphic nature of some content, it is recommended that audience members are 13+.
Registration info at

Aug 13-17
Skatepark @ Williamsburg near Sobeys 6:30-9:30pm for ages 8 and up

Aug 15

Woolwich Fall Info and Sports Night 4:30-6:30pm

Yoga in Waterloo Park w/WPL 7-8pm
Enjoy the summer night air as you are guided by professional instructor Annette Spangler through a relaxing hour of yoga in Waterloo Park. Bring your own towel or yoga mat.
All ages and skill levels are welcome, including children.
Drop-in. Registration not required.
This program is weather permitting. Visit or our social media the day of the event for any program updates.

Campfire @ Waterloo Public Square 8-9:30pm
Bring a blanket or your favourite hoodie and head uptown!
Gather around the campfire with friends and neighbours for music, food, fire and more!
Also featuring UW's S.A.I.L. (Student Art Innovation Lab) and free smores by Mountain Equipment Co-op!
August 15 will feature Frog & Henry. Formed in New Orleans as a collective of several street performing groups, Frog & Henry perform and record old dance and jazz music from the early 1900's on brass and string instruments, with several singers and vocal harmony. Featured Performers:Aug 15 - Frog & Henry

Aug 14: Homeward Bound @ Waterloo Park with Dogs $5 Donation

Aug 16: Cambridge City Hall. Movie Despicable Me 3 Free Outdoor Movie.  Event runs rain or shine (inside if raining) bring your deck chair, buy some popcorn & drinks at the event and have a fun family night out.  Movies start at dusk.  Be sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket.

 Aug. 17: Ferdinand (2017) PG 108 mins @ Shades Mill Cambridge. Come early to enjoy a campfire before the movie!
Movies are FREE with paid park admission or with a Grand River Parks membership.

Aug 17-Sept3

Canadian National Exhibition in TORONTO
See all the fun we had last year at

Aug 18
Chinese Festival Day @ Waterloo Public Square 11am-8pm
Waterloo Region Chinese Community Association (WCCA) is planning to stage a vibrant and dazzling “Chinese Festival Day” this summerThe event has been supported by the City of Waterloo and United Way. Promoting the awareness of Chinese culture and appreciation of cultural diversity, “Chinese Festival Day” will offer various activities from performances of traditional Chinese dances and music to Chinese food tasting, from Chinese arts display to hands on craft making and learning. These are only the tip of the iceberg we are going to throw at this party. After all the goal of this event is to connect communities of all the ethnic groups in the area to enhance the social and cultural cohesion and cherish Canada's multiculturalism.

Aug 19
One of the best Annual Free Family Events KIDSPARK @ Victoria Park Kitchener!
Celebrating its 30th year join us on Sunday, August 19th 2018 at Victoria Park in Kitchener from 11:00am-5:00pm, for an exciting day jam packed with activities, entertainment, music, arts and crafts, STEAM and much more! Kidspark is a free, fun, and amazing event hosted by the City of Kitchener with partnership with the Kitchener Public Library with events and entertainment for the whole family.

Waterloo Park’s 125th Anniversary
Noon to 5pm:
Open Streets Uptown Waterloo is presenting Day of Play - Instruments. Live music, giant instruments, interactive activities, workshops and more are happening along the park's central promenade (the portion of the Trans Canada Trail that runs adjacent to the ION track through the park).

5 to 9 pm:
Bring a picnic or pick up something to eat at the food trucks and meet at Waterloo Park's band shell (Westmount Road and Father David Bauer Drive entrances). Along with food trucks, there will be live music and fun activities for the family including a scavenger hunt, face-painting, art workshops with the artists in residence, bouncy castles and more followed by a sing-a-long movie in the park, Grease, sponsored by Your Neighbourhood Credit Union.

Aug 23
Cruise Night @ Belmont Village 6:30-8:30pm

Aug 23: Cambridge City Hall. Movie COCO Free Outdoor Movie.  Event runs rain or shine (inside if raining) bring your deck chair, buy some popcorn & drinks at the event and have a fun family night out.  Movies start at dusk.  Be sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Aug 23-26
Waterloo Busker Festival – various activities, Fireworks on the Saturday night

Aug. 24: Turbo (2013) PG 95 mins @ Shades Mill Cambridge. Come early to enjoy a campfire before the movie!

Aug 24: Finding Nemo in Guelph's EXHIBITION PARK

Aug 25
FREE AVIATION DAY @ Waterloo Region Airport (Breslau) 10am-4pm Grab your walking shoes and explore the airport on foot at this free family event. Learn how the aviation industry works, meet pilots, get up close to airport equipment, vintage aircraft and classic cars.

Visit aviation-related displays in the Airport's Terminal Building, Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre, Royal Canadian Air Cadet Youth Development Centre, and see unique and vintage aircraft up close on Apron IV, an area usually restricted to the public.

Please bring a non-perishable food item or cash donation for the Cambridge Self Help Food Bank and The Food Bank of Waterloo Region. To date, Aviation Fun Day has collected 5,989 pounds of food and raised $9,786 dollars. All to help the one in 20 households in Waterloo Region that needs food assistance!

Aug 25-26
LINK Picnic Festival and Family Carnival Costume Parade celebrates its 13th year of bringing African and Caribbean art, music, and culture to Waterloo Region. The festival will be held in Kitchener’s Victoria Park on Saturday, August 25th and Sunday, August 26th.
Before the festival days at the park, the public can get involved through a free African Dance Class that begins on Thursday, August 2nd and Impromptu Drumming Workshops that occur in public spaces throughout the month.  
At the park, attendees will experience a Drumming Village packed with drum and dance activities for all ages.The Children’s Village features face painting, games, arts and crafts, races, limbo, candy art, fire truck and more.

Aug 28
Discovery Square @ Kitchener City Hall 5-8pm
Discovery Square! Explore a variety of vendors and booths that offer a free hands-on experience or activity using STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math’s) for the whole family.

Aug 29
(a little out of town) BRANTFORD Air Show – Free event, but note it is $20 for parking 2pm-5pm
Admission is FREE!! However, donations are greatly appreciated. This widely popular event raises funds for two worthwhile local charities - the Rotary Club of Brantford and the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum - while also entertaining spectators and showcasing the thrill of aviation. While the Airshow is FREE, parking is $20 cash for onsite parking. Fill your vehicle up with friends and family — it's still the most inexpensive airshow to attend anywhere!

Aug 30: Cambridge City Hall. Movie Lion King (1194) Free Outdoor Movie.  Event runs rain or shine (inside if raining) bring your deck chair, buy some popcorn& amp; drinks at the event and have a fun family night out.  Movies start at dusk.  Be sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Aug. 31: Rio 2 (2014) PG 102 mins @ Shades Mill Cambridge. Come early to enjoy a campfire before the movie!
Movies are FREE with paid park admission or with a Grand River Parks membership.