Saturday, May 4, 2019

Food Revolution, Victoria Day Fireworks and more May 2019 Events, 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.

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

Tot Spot Drop In @ Downtown Kitchener Community Centre 9:30am-11:30am info at

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)

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 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

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.

For those willing to drive out of town
Thursday evenings MAY 2nd to June 3rd #ToyClub


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.

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 

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

May 2019 eBlast

May 4
May 5
Mudpuppy Chase Family Race – Sunday morning all info at
Emergency Preparedness Week runs from May 5-11
Residents can learn more by attending informative events through the month
·         May 6-11: Information display at the North Dumfries Community Complex
·         May 6-9: Information booth at Cambridge Centre, 355 Hespeler Rd., Cambridge
·         May 7, 7-10 p.m.: CanWarn Weather Watchers Training Course, RIM Park, 2001 University Ave E, Waterloo (Forbes Room) FREE but you must register at
·         May 11, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.: WRPS Open House, 200 Maple Grove Road, Cambridge

May 8
Festival of Trees (about books/authors)

May 11
KW POMBA All 4 KIDS Sale @ Kitchener Aud
9am-Noon admission $2 and Kids are Free
Mother's Day Market - May 11 in North Dumfries
10 - 4 p.m. at the NDCC in Ayr
$2 Admission. Kids under 12 are free! There is a Kids Zone sponsored by 
Masterpiece • A Child's Art Centre •
Girls Can Fly
Saturday, May 11, 2019, 10am-4pm - RAIN OR SHINE EVENT! If weather does not permit flights, still join us!
TOUR the Flight Centre, MEET women pilots, LEARN more about the industry and try a FREE FLIGHT.* Also, FREE face painting!
Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre will celebrate women in aviation by inviting you to bring your daughters, nieces, cousins, friends, and grand-daughters - ANY girls who are interested in the freedom of flight to enjoy a FREE day at our facility (located at the Region of Waterloo International Airport) and experience what a life in aviation is all about.
*Free flights for girls aged 8-18 years only.  REGISTRATION INFO at

May 11 and 12

May 15
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Waterloo Public Square
Bring a blanket or your favourite hoodie and head uptown. Gather around the campfire with friends and neighbours for music, food, fire and more.

Screenagers screening in Breslau 5:30pm

May 15-18
adaptation of this classic play, tailored to the young cast.
Various times and ticket prices

Saturday May 18

The Town of Conestoga Victoria Day Long Weekend
Usually the Saturday of the May Long Weekend. Info TBD
Follow for the info

Fireworks And Family Fun Night @ Mohawk Racetrack
Enjoy the Victoria Day long weekend with family and friends!
Come out Saturday, May 18 to watch some exciting live Standardbred racing, dine in one of Woodbine Mohawk Park’s fabulous restaurants, and watch a spectacular fireworks show. Activities take place from 5:30-11PM.
Meet and Greet with James MacDonald and Doug McNair
Autograph session 5:30-6:15PM
$5 Kids Zone 6-10PM
Pony Rides
Kid’s Crafts
Equimania Display
  • Live music 6-10PM
  • LED performers 10PM
  • Fireworks show after last race

UPDATE Fireworks in New Dundee now on Victoria Day
May 23-26
Kin Carnival in Cambridge

May 25
(annual Stuff To Do Meetup)
Food Revolution KW Day @ #KitchenerMarket
May 25, 2019
Upper Marketplace Kitchen Area
FREE Event Activities Include
Kids In The Kitchen with a Kitchener Market Chef
Sportco Source for Sports Colouring Area
Colour Paradise Greenhouses Planting Area
Artshine-Arts4all Arts and Crafts
Facepaint by 
Bre Creative
EarlyON Waterloo Region Activities
Nutrition for Learning Info
Gary’s Lens Photo Booth
Good Food Real Fast with Melissa
Meet City of Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic 
More Information at
Keep watch of our FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE for more updates about this FREE EVENT!

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