Monday, October 21, 2019

Movember Kids KW at #KitchenerMarket Saturday November 23, 2019 from 10am-Noon

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Movember Kids KW at #KitchenerMarket  
Saturday, November 23m 2019 from 10am-Noon 

A free family event in the Marketplace to support Movember and celebrate the 10th anniversary of Movember KW. 
This ***FREE*** Family Friendly annual event takes place at the Kitchener Market Upper Marketplace Kitchen from 10am-Noon on Saturday, November 23rd 

Activities Include: 
  • Moustache cookie baking and decorating with the Kitchener Market Chef 
  • Facepainting by Bre Creative 
  • Activity sheets from Sportco Source for Sports 
  • Artshine Arts4all craft 
  • Photobooth by Gary's Lens Photography 
  • Landmark Cinemas Waterloo 
  • Early ON activities 
  • Infant & child studies group from the University of Waterloo 
  • Meet Mabel from Mabel’s Labels  
  • Meet and Greet with Mayor Berry 
  • Plus, more special guests to be announced and Movember KW themed fun 
Presented by 'Stuff to do with your kids in Kitchener Waterloo' and the Kitchener Market. 
For more event update visit our Facebook event page

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Safety Tree Aims to Better Kids Mental Health Through Mindfulness – Enter to Win

 We'll start with the Disclaimer - Yes this is a sponsored post, but this just means we're able to offer you a chance to win a free First Aid Kit from Safety Tree! Enter the contest at the end of this post 

The transition for back to school can be a challenging one for some families.  With the addition of dull rainy days and chilly temps, the fall season can be difficult at times.  Thankfully our friends at Safety Tree have introduced some new courses to inspire young kids and teens. Beginning in November they are offering Mindfulness courses to assist them with various situations and promote well-being.   

Busy school and life schedules can be overwhelming and a source of fear and anxiety for kids. Transitioning from one classroom subject or activity to another, shuffling from school to swimming lessons to dinner to homework can leave little time for kids to enjoy their lives or be mindful of their surroundings. 

Setting Up for Success with Mindfulness 
Each 90-minute Safety Tree session will tackle a variety of subjects to teach children how to be mindful which in turn sets them on the road to improved mental health.   
The topics covered in each class will help children be mindful of situations that can cause stress and anxiety.  By learning the techniques taught in these courses, they will be able to keep much calmer and learn to be present.

According to Safety Tree, children taking these courses will benefit from: 

  • Stress Relief 
  • Enhanced Concentration 
  • Boosted self-confidence 
  • Renewed focus 
  • Improved social skills 
  • Increased self-regulation 

Having these skills to call on during times of need can make a big difference and set a child up for success. Being the Movember KW Co-chairs we raise awareness for Mental Health and think this initiative from Safety Tree could be a great addition to our community. 

Registration Information 
The Mindful Kids course is for children 6 to 10 years of age. Registration for Mindful Kids can be found at 
The Mindful Teens course is for children 11 to 14 years of age. Registration for Mindful Teens can be found at 
Additionally, Safety Tree is giving away a Safety Tree First Aid kit to one of our readers. 
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Saturday, October 12, 2019

Oh Boy Your Family Will Enjoy Drayton Entertainment’s Annie

Last night we had the opportunity to attend Annie at the Hamilton Family Theatre in Cambridge Ontario (formerly the Dunfield Theatre), and in the words of Annie “Oh Boy” did we enjoy it!  The story begins within the walls of an orphanage during the Great Depression. There, Annie is comforting the youngest orphan with the story of how her parents left her there as a baby with a promise that they will come for her one day.  This story helps to lift the spirits of the young girl and foreshadows how Annie will to continue to inspire those she comes across throughout the show.

Each character in this musical is brought to life using song and dance. There are many show-stopping scenes and heartfelt musical numbers. The characters use them to display their hardships and aspirations in this show, and everyone learns a lot about what their life is lacking from one another. Many of them take these lessons learned and look forward to what tomorrow can bring.  

While Annie is the star of the production, it is Riley DeLuca’s enthusiastic delivery of well-known lines like “Oh Boy” and “Leaping Lizards” that captures the hearts of the audience.  Another stand out is Glynis Ranney’s portrayal of Miss Hannigan that echoed the memorable performance of Carol Burnett as the character in the 1980s movie version. Once Cynthia Smithers arrives as Grace Farrell and Thom Marriot is introduced as Oliver Warbucks the story of Annie becomes a tale about having the utmost optimistic outlook no matter the circumstances. 

Your Family Will Be All Smiles When Attending Annie 
While “TOMORROW” is the song most associated with Annie, one of the most memorable moments in the musical was the performance of “YOU’RE NEVER FULLY DRESSED WITHOUT A SMILE” during the Bert Healy Radio Show scene. That will be exactly how your family will leave the performance of Annie.  They will be fully dressed in smiles!  

Ticket Information 
Annie is only here until the end of October so we suggest getting your ticket this Thanksgiving weekend and your family will be so thankful you did! 
Regular performance tickets are $48 for adults; $29 for youth under 20 years of age. Tickets for select Discount Dates and groups of 20 or more are $39. HST is applicable to all ticket prices. 
Annie is on stage at the Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge from October 2 through October 27. Tickets may be purchased online at, in person at any Drayton Entertainment Box Office, or by calling toll free 1-855-372-9866.