Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Valentine's Day, Family Day Long Weekend, KW Titans and more February Festival, 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

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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

Centre for Ocular Research and Education (CORE) at the University of Waterloo  and is recruiting for a new scientific study (ID: CYPRESS) that examines how to treat nearsightedness in children aged 6-9. Participants will receive up to $690 for 9 visits over 3 years, and also receive a free pair of spectacle frames to keep.
If you are interested in participating, please call for more details or to book your appointment at 519-888-4742.  Please provide the study ID “CYPRESS” when you call. You will be provided with all relevant study information prior to study enrollment and you are under no obligation to participate.
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
If you are willing to drive a little out of town, then this is the list for BRANTFORD’s HARMONY SQUARE

The Creekside Playground is open on Sundays and is available to the general public Monday through Thursday 9:30am-11:30am at various seasons throughout the year.  You do not need to be a Creekside attender to enjoy the use of the playground.
Admission is free!  Aside from regular play, special events/classes are offered throughout the week.  This is a great place for your children to play and for you to meet new friends.
Choose from 2 locations.
660 Conservation Drive, Waterloo.
1356 Weber St East, Kitchener.

Calvary Church Cambridge Indoor Playground
What: We are an indoor playground located directly in the church building which opens its doors to our community to allow a safe and friendly environment.
Ages: Suited to infant/crawlers, toddlers and pre-school children.
 Cost: $1.00 minimum per head. This helps reduce the cost of regular cleaning and new toys.
Hours: Monday – Thursdays 9:30 – 11:30 am.
Closed: Fridays all season and Holiday Mondays
Schedule: September to June (closed for the summer months)
Special Activities: Twice a week there will be different activities offered, from Play-doh Play to arts and crafts, the activities are geared toward preschool aged children.
Daycare Workers: We will be opening the playground every Tuesday for any caregiver that operates a daycare. If you are not a daycare worker, you are still MORE than welcome to attend on Tuesday! Every day we have coffee, tea, juice and snacks available for purchase.

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

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!
·         February 5
·         February 19 (Pajama Party!)

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.

A FREE art program every Thursday!
(Please note some Thursdays in December may be cancelled, call the phone number below to be sure)
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!
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.

These weekly classes are meant to be an affordable opportunity to learn new skills and participate in an inclusive, accepting movement-based community.

Anybody interested & willing to learn!
(Mostly) Circus-style classes & Workshops by local instructors!
Every Thursday evening from 6-7pm (Jam to follow until 10pm)!
2nd Floor Rehearsal Space - 44 Gaukel Street.
Kitchener, Ontario.
To promote this wonderful community we have, and support local instructors! Also, why the heck not?

Our class cost is a sliding scale. We want to accommodate those struggling financially, while also compensating instructors fairly.
We believe $5 - $15 per class is fair.

Each week we will focus on a different circus-style skill- Instructors will be various talented residents of KW.
7th: Group Hoop Sequences
14th: Partner Stretching & Massage
21st: Poi Spinning 101
28th: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu


Beginning January 11th Music and Movement @ Kitchener Market 9:30am – 10:00am
Imagination and creativity are developed and explored through rhymes, songs, finger plays, and gross motor activities. Support your child's language development and experience the benefits of physical activity.
Drop In Play @ Kitchener Market 10:00am – 11:00am
Come any time. Join other children and families in play and exploration. An Early Learning professional is available to provide support and information around early learning topics, community resources, programs and referrals.

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
Family Art @ The Family Centre on Hanson Ave.
9:30am Every Saturday in February
Every Saturday in February 2019 join us for FREE art activities for the whole family! All ages welcome! Activities led by art educators from KWAG!

Join for one week or all four weeks! Pre-register by emailing: or calling 519-576-0540 x3472.

Share time with your friends and family exploring art and creativity together with hands-on art activities.

Sign up for one week or all four weeks today!

February 2019 Event Blast

Feb 8
Free Family Movie Night @ WMB Church
You’re invited to a free family movie night with WMB Church!

Simultaneously at our sites in Kitchener and Waterloo, we’ll be showing the hilarious new release “Ralph Breaks the Internet.” Doors will open at 6:15pm. A pre-show with door prizes will take place at 6:45pm, and the movie will start at 7pm. We’ll have plenty of popcorn for everyone!

Feb 9

Kitchener Market Valentine’s Day Party!

Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. to noon.
It’s important to keep your heart healthy and happy by eating lots of fruits and vegetables. The Kitchener Market provides plenty of foods that are good for your heart. At our Valentine's Day party you will learn fast facts about heart health, play games, make crafts, and enjoy some tasty treats. Wear something red and bring your family and friends.
The event is free, but we would love it if you would bring a donation for The Food Bank of Waterloo Region

Tracking Forest Life @ Huron Natural Area
Free event!

Weather dependent! If there is snow on the ground, we’ll scour the land for clues of creatures who make their way through the park in winter.

Come dressed for the weather and meet at the picnic shelter.

NOTE: Bathrooms are not available in the winter months.

Discover nature in the city! Check out our other programs in Kitchener's natural areas:

Kitchener Rangers @ Qdoba

Repair Cafe Guelph will be on Saturday February 9 from 1 to 5 at the Shelldale Family Gateway (20 Shelldale Cres.)! Bring your broken items and get them fixed with the help of our expert volunteers, and learn how its done! You can bring:
-small electrical appliances
-clocks, and much more
This is a free event organized by Guelph Tool Library in collaboration with Shelldale Family Gateway. Donations are always appreciated!

Feb 10

Feb 14
Join us at Funvilla for a special DISCOUNTED Valentine's Day Party hosted by KW Moms Club
30 loot bags available, door prizes and vendors too! 10am-1pm


Feb 17
Bring On The Sunshine Festival @ Kitchener City Hall 10am-5pm
Sunday, February 17th, 2019 at
Kitchener city hall, 200 King St W in Kitchener
from 10am to 5pm
Entrance by donation
FREE PARKING in the city of kitchener lot, music and fun!


Feb 18
Waterloo Rec Complex
WMRC is 25 years old and we're having a year-long party.
Join us for a special Family Day schedule.
Swim Schedule
6:45 to 9:45 a.m. - Adult lane swim
7 a.m. to noon - 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 high intensity waterfit
10 a.m. to noon - Family swim
12:10 to 1:20 p.m. - Lane swim
12:10 to 1:20 p.m. - Swirlpool open
12:15 to 1 p.m. - Shallow waterfit
1:30 to 4 p.m. - Public swim
Waterloo Siskins vs. Brantford
1:30 p.m.
one hour of free skating on Family Day Monday! Stop in at the Activa Sportsplex between 10:00 and 11:00 am on Monday, February 18, and enjoy some family skate time.

Free Family Day Ice Skating
11am-1pm Grab your skates & join us at the Kinsmen & Kiwanis Arenas at The Aud for a family skating party, sponsored by Kitchener Utilities.
Participants can pose in the Kitchener Utilities photo booth and take home a souvenir photo.

Williamsburg Winter Family Fun Day
Williamsburg for a fun and FREE Family Day afternoon!
Freedom in Christ Church and the Williamsburg Community Association are partnering again, bringing community together for lots of fun.
Activities include: giant twister, a craft, free snack and hot chocolate, giant twister, outside pick up hockey, snow forts (weather permitting) Hula Hoop demonstrations (and try it out for yourself), kids fun area and more!


Family Day @ Bridgeport Community Association

Join us for Family Day! A collaborative event co-hosted by the City of Kitchener BCC Staff and the BCA. A day with something for everyone in the community, including a skating party, weather and rink permitting, and a free family dance party. Hot chocolate will be served to warm you up.
Family Day Carnival in Cambridge 10am-4pm
Straight Goods Entertainment is hosting their 2nd annual kids’ carnival fundraiser on Family Day, February 18, 2019, at the Royal Canadian Legion Galt Branch 121. Last year was a huge success. We were able to contribute to Blair Road Public School's fundraising for a new playground. This time we are gathering to raise funds for “Guitars for Kids”. From 10am to 4pm, there will be bouncy castles, magicians, face painting, games, and concessions.

Music lessons are beneficial for children in ways such as building confidence, cultivating patience and discipline, and encouraging self-expression. Unfortunately, there are children in our community whose family simply cannot afford music lessons. That is where “Guitars for Kids” comes in. “Guitars for Kids” donates guitars to underprivileged children and subsidizes music lessons at local music schools.
Knightsfest Medieval Festival @ Guelph  Youth Music Centre 10am-3pm Free Event

Listowel Legion Family Fun Day Noon-4pm

Feb 19
Free Won’t You Be My Neighbour Screening @ St. Mary’s Highschool

Feb 21-24
Thursday, February 21, 2019 | 10am – 12pm
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22nd at 8:00 pm (OPENING)
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd at 2:00 pm
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd at 8:00 pm
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24th at 2:00 pm (CLOSING)
Ticket prices vary

Feb 22
SPRP Family Fun Night Fundraiser
SPRP for an evening of fun and entertainment with family and friends - Special Guest Eric Traplin!
Friday February 22,2019
- Family Admission $20
- Pizza Slices $1
Please email to order Tickets and Pizza

Join us at the uptown rink for a romantic evening of skating, live music and warm drinks. Takes places from 7 to 9:00 p.m. on:
·         Friday, February 22, 2019
Skates are available for rent at McPhail's Cycle and Sports. We also run Skate Night Date Night at indoor skating facilities.
Feb 22-24
2019 Skate Canada Synchronized Skating Championships will bring approximately 40 teams and over 800 athletes from across the country to Waterloo. $60 for adults, $30 for children 12 years and younger. Day Passes for Friday, Saturday and Sunday are priced at $25 for adults, $20 for children 12 years and younger. Additional service fees apply. Tickets can be purchased here. During the event, tickets will be available at the venue or available online.
Feb 23
National Hockey Card Day
CloutsnChara get a FREE pack of hockey cards!

Hockeytown @ Kitchener City Hall
Join us for Kitchener's Winter Classic for young hockey players in the city. Kitchener Minor Hockey (minor novice players) will play five games for a chance to win the Mayor's Cup.

Activities include:
- Sporty games for all ages.
- Multiple inflatables and a bouncy castle located indoors (in the Rotunda).
- A charitable BBQ with proceeds going to
Kitchener Minor Hockey Association.
WT Townsend School Fun Fest
5th Annual Fun Fest. We will have games, raffle, vendors, book sale and bake sale along with some great FREE kids activities
Saturday, February 23, 2019 | 12 – 1pm
Join us at Bumblebabee on Feb. 23 from 12-2pm for a book signing by Komal Singh, mother and author of best-selling children's book Ara the Star Engineer!

Komal is a full-time Google engineer and program manager. She wrote Ara the Star Engineer to share her woman-in-STEM experience with young girls, and inspire more women to get into STEM careers.

Creekside Princess Party
Creekside Church's annual Princess Party is on February 23rd at 1pm at 660 Conservation Drive, Waterloo
Cost is $7 per Family
Register your family online at
Email for more information.

BOWIEFEST @ Kitchener Market
The festival will feature 5 of your favourite local musicians paying tribute to David Bowie, plus:
·      You can be Bowie, just for one day: Bowie-themed costume contest sponsored by White Tiger Vintage Boutique
·      Inspired by King Steet East's Food District: a pop-up restaurant and bar featuring a fun, interactive and modern food party by West of Seoul!
·      DJ Galac spins Bowie and the modern music influenced by his sound
·      Other surprises...
Family friendly activities: 6pm-9pm
A free community event with limited capacity. Registering in advance is encouraged but doesn't guarantee entry after 6:30pm


Looking Ahead

Are your kids really safe? Get them in SAFE MODE with SAFETY TREE CANADA

Prenatal and Baby Community Fair by KW Moms Club
Thu, 28 March 2019
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM Knights of Columbus Hall
145 Dearborn Pl.


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