Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Easter Egg Hunts, Easter Bunny Appearances, Earth Day Events, KW Titans Playoff Promo and More April 2019 Activities and Stuff To Do In Kitchener Waterloo


As always please check all links provided as times, dates, venues and registration information often changes without our knowledge.
WE ALSO SUGGEST GOING THROUGH THE FULL LIST BECAUSE SOME EVENTS MAY REQUIRE PRE-REGISTRATION.

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 cclr.uwaterloo.ca

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
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

FULL MONTH EVENT CALENDARS

These places have so many events each month, it is better to just look at them individually
Region of Waterloo Libraries Calendar http://calendar.rwlibrary.ca/?_mid_=17409
Cambridge Libraries – Idea Exchange Calendar http://ideaexchange.org
Have an Infant and/or Toddler? Check out OUR PLACE EARLY YEARS CENTRE calendar http://www.ourplacekw.ca/
Grand River Conservation Authority https://calendar.grandriver.ca/default
If you are willing to drive a little out of town, then this is the list for BRANTFORD’s HARMONY SQUARE http://www.brantford.ca/residents/leisurerecreation/communityfacilities/HarmonySquare/Pages/EventsandPrograms.aspx


Daily
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 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

Mondays
Tot Spot Drop In @ Downtown Kitchener Community Centre 9:30am-11:30am info at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2369595749/permalink/10156973005215750

Tots at Play (Mondays and Fridays)
Unleash the kids with toys galore! Unrestricted floor space allows for tons of creative play and action games.
For newborn - 6Y. Caregivers must supervise children at all times.
  Mondays and Fridays, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Manulife Financial Soccer & Sports Centre in Bechtel Park, 185 Bridge Street, Waterloo 


Legacy every Monday at 7pm. $4 entry with a pack per person into the prize pool @ KW PlaySpace (until Sept 24) https://www.facebook.com/events/317175528805117

Tuesdays
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!
·         April 9
·         April 23

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.

Nature Play @ Kingsdale Park 3pm-6pm

Wednesdays
Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. from April 17 - June 5, Huron Natural Area
  • Grow your young child's love of nature through stories in the forest. We gather for about an hour and a half to enjoy nature-themed songs and tales, as well as a short hike.
  • Content is suited for children age five and under.
  • Admission is free and registration is not required. 

Nature Play @ Gzowski Park 3pm-6pm

Thursdays
A FREE art program every Thursday! - UPDATE April 4th is cancelled
(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.

Fridays

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.
and
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.


Tots at Play (Mondays and Fridays)
Unleash the kids with toys galore! Unrestricted floor space allows for tons of creative play and action games.
For newborn - 6Y. Caregivers must supervise children at all times.
  Mondays and Fridays, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Manulife Financial Soccer & Sports Centre in Bechtel Park, 185 Bridge Street, Waterloo 

Saturdays
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 https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/ideas-how-to/workshops.html


April 2019 Event Blast


April 6
Elmira Maple Syrup Festival – info at https://www.elmiramaplesyrup.com

Very Hungry Caterpillar’s 50th birthday @ Indigo Conestoga Mall

Grow As A Family with #KitchenerMarket's Spring DIY Just In Time For #EASTER and #EARTHDAY plus see the EASTER BUNNY THERE TOO! DIY Children's Succulent Springtime Special

Happening Saturday, Apr. 6 from 1pm-3pm at Kitchener Market
Registration info at https://t.co/DZ77TDJTtG

Brick Party @ Creekside Church Waterloo 1pm-4pm
Visit with Batman – Spiderman – Iron Man – Captain America – Optimus Prime
Indoor Playground – Inflatable – Obstacle Course
$7 per family – All are welcome! Free but you must register. Info at https://www.creeksidechurch.ca/brickparty



Pysanky (Ukrainian Easter Egg) Workshop @ Joseph Schneider Haus
Learn to make traditional Ukrainian hand-decorated Easter eggs. Two sessions: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 2 to 4 p.m. $15 per participant plus HST. Pre-registration required. Suitable for ages 12 and up.

Register at http://calendar.schneiderhaus.ca/Default/Detail/2019-04-06-1000-Pysanky-Ukrainian-Easter-Egg-Workshop

April 6 and 7
Cambridge
Bring your own Camera for this FREE event!! The Easter Bunny will be coming to visit to Once Upon A Child for you to take your own pictures!! What a perfect time to dress up in your very best!! We will also be having our New Toy Reveal! April 6th 10am-2pm & April 7th 12pm-2pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/264063491180871/

April 7 to 13 is NATIONAL VOLUNTEERS WEEK


Family Basketball: Tue Apr 9 @ The Aud - 6:30pm Family fee: $12.39 + HST. Registration required. Info at 
https://www.theaud.ca/en/events-tickets/pickupbasketball.aspx#


April 10
Explore Your Future @ Bingeman 5:30pm-8:30pm
Explore Your Future helps parents, students and educators to better understand the labour market of Waterloo Region and opportunities for career development throughout grades 7-12 and beyond. 

April 12
Fairytale princess themed storytime @ Indigo Conestoga Mall
11am info at https://www.facebook.com/events/1099510023555372/



Family Basketball: Friday April 12 @ The Aud - 10:30am session and 4:00pm session Family fee: $12.39 + HST. per session Registration required. Info at 
https://www.theaud.ca/en/events-tickets/pickupbasketball.aspx#


LAST DAY TO GET KW TITANS TICKETS at the promo price of $18.50 for the game on APRIL 13 info at

April 13
Beechwood Bunny Brigade's  5th Annual Easter Egg Hunt ​​



  • ​​Where: Old Post Park (the green space between Beechlawn Drive and Craigleith)
  • When: Saturday,April 13, 2019
pre-registration is required

  • Cost: $3 per child, everyone gets a prize
  • Find a golden egg and get a special extra surprise!
  • Bring your own basket
  • Separate hunt for kids 5 and under
  • Easter Bunny will be available for photos!
  • Complimentary coffee, water and baked goods (monetary donations to Nutrition for Learning appreciated!)
  • Registration capped at 200 children, so register early to avoid disappointment!
  • Membership to a Beechwood Association NOT required

           11:30am - noon

   *please come 15 minutes early to check-in

PowerHouse Kidz Zone community open house.
100 Bleams Rd
Discover the Zone from 10 AM to 3 PM (free admission). This toddler-friendly zone features an indoor play structure, floor toys and a jelly bean café with treats for everyone! Visit between 11 AM and 2 PM for a special spring seedling craft.

       
Cambridge

Kids’ Easter Craft Drop-In @ Sugar Berries
Easter craft session for kids of all ages. An adult must stay for the duration.
$15 for one
$25 for 2
$40 for 3

KW TITANS GAME 7PM @ THE AUD


April 15
Playfit is excited to welcome KW Moms Club back for an Easter Party!  
  • 30 loot bags available
  • Vendors onsite for your shopping pleasure! (Interested in a table? Contact Sarah at KW Moms Club: sj@kwmomsclub.com to book a table!)
  • Lots of play on the huge, clean indoor playground
  • Buy your pizza lunch in advance!
ADMISSION:
  • 1 yrs and older: $6.95+tax
  • Under 12 months old: $4.00+tax; or free with a paid sibling
  • 2 Adults included per paid child admission. Additional adults are $6.95+tax
REMINDERS:
  • Playfit is socks only for everybody; adults included!
  • Strollers are not permitted past front reception
  • Outside food IS permitted. No nut products please
  • We do not have a water fountain, but we do have a water bottle refill station!
IMPORTANT INFO:
Advanced Registration is required. Register at http://www.playfitkids.com/kw-moms-event

April 19
Sunbeam Community Tour 9-10:30am
At Sunbeam, we’re creating home and we welcome you to come for a visit!
We’re hosting a tour every third Thursday of the month. This is a chance to learn about Sunbeam Centre, the work we do here, and how we fit into your community. Whether you're familiar with Sunbeam Centre or not, we hope you'll come see us!
Tours will take approximately 1.5 hours. On the tour you’ll get to meet some friendly faces, learn about Sunbeam Centre’s origin, and see programs in action! Free but you must register. Info at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/community-tour-of-sunbeam-centre-registration-57143993222


April 19
National Service Dogs’ Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs And Their Families
KITCHENER: Knollwood Park, East Ave between Stirling and Borden, Kitchener.  Registration 10am, Hunt begins at 11am. *Hunt location, behind Sheppard Public School* Guelph: Centennial Park, 377 College Ave. W., Guelph, at 10 a.m. Registration info at 
http://www.nsd.on.ca/events/easter-egg-hunt-for-dogs/


Hot Cross Bun Making Demonstration and Kid’s Craft Making @ McDougall Cottage Cambridge
Drop in from 1 to 4 p.m.
There are many interesting superstitions surrounding hot cross buns.  One says that they will not spoil if baked or served on Good Friday while another claims that they can protect against shipwreck.  A hot cross bun placed on the hearth is thought to protect from fire and also ensure that all your breads bake perfectly; kissing a hot cross bun before eating it is said to bring good luck. Our favourite superstition, however, is the one that says that sharing a hot cross bun with a friend will guarantee good friendship for the coming year. We can’t say whether or not these superstitions are true, but one thing we do know is that these traditional Scottish Easter treats are delicious – especially when they’re freshly baked! Plan to stop by McDougall Cottage on Good Friday when we’ll be baking up some hot cross buns to share with friends, old and new.  Nibble a sample with a hot cup of tea and don’t forget to take a free recipe home with you, so you can make some to share with all of your other friends.  Crafts for the kids too!  Admission by cash donation.
http://calendar.mcdougallcottage.ca/Default/Detail/2019-04-19-1300-Hot-Cross-Bun-Making-Demonstration-and-Easter-Craf

For those who want to travel to the Brant area
7th Annual Easter at Addie’s, Egg Hunt, Petting Zoo & More on Good Friday, April 19, 2019 at the Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Homestead, 359 Blue Lake Road, St George from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The same favourites will be back including Fantasy Faces by Helena, cookie decorating with the Paris Optimists and go home with awesome balloon art by Willy B. And of course, there will be farm-themed games of Old-fashioned Sack Races, Bouncy Bull Races, Chicken Pail Toss and Milk Bessie the Cow. And back by popular demand, feed the farm animals at Pilkington Acres Petting Zoo.

Again, there will be 4 Egg Hunt flights at: 10:30, 10:55, 11:20 and 11:45 for all ages. Gather as many eggs as you can find and then turn them in for a candy-filled treat bag. BYOB (Bring Your Own Basket) if you like, but bags will be provided. Get last minute Easter treats from Bri’s Bambino Boutique and Tupperware and don’t forget our Silent Auction and Children’s Raffle tables.


Easter at Addie’s is a rain, shine or cold event so dress appropriately. Admission is $25 per family of 4 and $5 for each additional family member. Single Adults/Senior/Youth $8, Single Child $6. You can pay by cash, cheque and now by major credit cards and tap debit (no chip debit) through Square.


Interested in participating as a sponsor or vendor for this well attended family, fun-filled event, please contact programs@adelaidehoodless.ca or 519-448-1130.

https://www.facebook.com/events/306995176631926/
April 20
Easter Party! @ Kitchener Market
Saturday, April 20 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $2 per child or a donation for the Food Bank of Waterloo Region.
Please register online as space is limited.
Hop on down to the Kitchener Market and spend the morning with the Easter Bunny!
Make a special Easter craft, create an Easter treat at Kids in the Kitchen and take your own pictures with the Easter Bunny.
Don't forget to bring your phone or camera!
Children's Peek a Boo Bunny DIY Special!:Saturday, Apr. 20 from 1 - 3 p.m. @ Kitchener Market
 FEE $20
After enjoying the Kitchener Market's other events, join Nailed It Nite for another special Children's Workshop!
This 2 hour workshop is perfect for those ages 3+!
Let the Nailed It Nite Creative Team lead your littles step by step on how to create an adorable DIY bunny sign.
Your little DIYer will learn how to sand, stencil and safely hammer throughout this workshop to create an adorable bunny sign, you just may want to keep up all season long!
Each sign will be aprox 12"x12" and include all the paint and materials your child will need to do this project, complete with cotton ball tail and ribbon bow!
Then, while the paint is drying, enjoy a yummy Easter snack and fun visit with Mr. E Bunny himself!
Registration includes:
-1 12"x12" pine board
-all craft materials and tools required to complete project
-Easter Bunny visit and photo op
-assortment of snacks
*Parents are required to stay with child Registration info at https://www.kitchenermarket.ca/en/events/Cooking_classes.asp

Earth Day Clean Up
Save the date!
April 20, 2019
Location ​To Be Announced
Help make the Huron Community a cleaner & better place, by participating in our community clean-up day. More details to be announced soon.


Cambridge 
Annual Preston Towne Centre Easter Egg Hunt. This fun filled event will be held on Saturday, April 20 at 11:00am in Central Park
http://discoverpreston.ca/event/easter-egg-hunt

Egg Dyeing, Rolling and Hunt @ McDougall Cottage Cambridge
Drop in anytime between 1 and 4 p.m. Bring your clan down to McDougall Cottage for some egg-ceptionally good fun.  Kids can dye and decorate some of their own eggs using our home-made all natural vegetable dyes and we’ll be showing how eggs were dyed in the good ol’ days, using onion skins.  Afterward, everyone is invited to join us in the Cottage’s back yard for a good old fashioned egg rolling race - just like they do at the White House.  There will be Easter treats for all kids that come by. $2 per child, adults no charge. http://calendar.mcdougallcottage.ca/EventsList/Detail/2018-03-31-1300-Egg-Dyeing-Rolling-and-Hunt

  • Join us in Huron Natural Area to celebrate National Poetry Month! Bring a notebook and pen, and be ready for some quiet writing time by the pond.
  • Children and adults are welcome. Program open to all who desire to sit quietly and be inspired by nature.
  • Meet at the yellow school portable building.
  • Space is limited. Register for this event via email. 


April 21
On Easter Sunday, children will enjoy a massive egg hunt, jumping castles, games, music, candy and many other fun-filled activities.
This special event is happening April 21st @ 9:00am, 11:00am and 1:00pm, and is offered to those aged 3-11 years. @ Calvary Church Cambridge
Register your kids here:
https://mycalvary.life/eggsplosion

April 22
Leap Into Spring @ Williamsburg Community Centre 1pm-3pm
Snack, craft and games

April 25
As part of the WMRC 25th Anniversary year-long celebrations, there will be a special 25¢ public skate from 4-4:50 p.m. on Friday, April 25 @ Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex https://events.waterloo.ca/default/Detail/2019-04-25-1600-25c-public-skate


APRIL 26 
KW TITANS PLAYOFF GAME AT THE AUD @ 7PM
info at https://stufftodowithyourkidsinkw.blogspot.com/2019/04/kw-titans-discount-tickets-now.html


April 27
Waterloo Waste Management site. The guided tour takes you to the Nyle Ludolph Material Recycling Centre, our one-and-only landfill and so much more! Participants learn how their everyday actions such as green binning and recycling, make a difference.
Next public tour: Saturday, April 27, 2019
Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tours are given every half hour.
Location: 1516 Glasgow Street, Kitchener
Registration is required. Call the 24/7 Customer Service Call Centre at 519-575-4400.
Get on the various trucks and heavy equipment, ask staff questions about our programs and operations, and discover what takes place at the landfill. Register for this tour today! https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/living-here/environmental-education-and-resources.aspx

Decorate your own Hot Wheels die-cast cars and test them out on the Hot Wheels Sto and Go Playset @ Indigo Conestoga Mall 11am https://www.facebook.com/events/699442490458158
Celebrate Earth Day at Bechtel Park in Waterloo on Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 1 - 4 p.m. Join staff from the Cities of Kitchener and Waterloo as we host our annual K-W Earth Day celebration. Enjoy free family fun with hands-on nature activities including tree planting, bird house building, live birds of prey shows (at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.), games and cool stuff https://calendar.kitchener.ca/events/Detail/2019-04-27-1300-K-W-Earth-Day-Event

APRIL 28
KW TITANS PLAYOFF GAME AT THE AUD @ 2PM
info at https://stufftodowithyourkidsinkw.blogspot.com/2019/04/kw-titans-discount-tickets-now.html

LOOKING AHEAD

The Kitchener Waterloo Gem and Mineral club have their annual show and sale on May 4 from 10 am to 4 pm.  There will be rocks, minerals, fluorescent rocks, fossils, jewelry and beads.  There will also be activities like a gem dig and fossil fish plus free samples for children.  Admission is free.  Location:  Button Factory Arts, 25 Regina Street South, Waterloo, Ontario. www.calaverite.com/kwgmc/.

Be sure to get registered for the MUDPUPPY CHASE happening on MAY 5th. Registration info at https://stufftodowithyourkidsinkw.blogspot.com/2019/03/the-chase-is-on-as-mudpuppy-chase.html

THEN SAVE THE DATE for our FOOD REVOLUTION KW DAY EVENT @ KITCHENER MARKET on SATURDAY MAY 25th at 10am.  We’ll have the info up soon!

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