Friday, August 30, 2019

Fall Fairs, Carnivals, Campfire, Rangers Fan Fest, Outdoor Movies, Pumpkin Patches and More September 2019 Events, Activities and Stuff To Do With Your Kids 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. Begins Mid September see link for info
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!
·         September 10 
·         September 24 

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


Nature Play @ Gzowski Park 3pm-6pm

A FREE art program every Thursday! -
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.

Ukelele Jam Thursday Nights ages 16+ see registration info at
Free Community Music Jam Session (ages 16+)


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 and 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

Nailed It Nite will be hosting children’s DIYs every Saturday morning at the Bridgeport Community Center starting in September. Costs start at $10-$20/child

SEPTEMBER 2019 eBlast

Labour Day Long Weekend

List of Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes at

Sept 1
The Kitchener Rangers are kicking off the 2019-20 season with fun, food and friends at our annual Fan Fest and Barbecue in support of the Children’s Wish Foundation!
The annual Fan Fest and Barbecue takes place at The Aud on Sunday September 1st, 2019 from 10am-2pm as part of the Kitchener Rangers 2019 Preseason Showcase running Friday August 30th- Sunday September 1st, 2019.
Fans have the opportunity to meet the Rangers players, enjoy a BBQ lunch and take part in a number of activities including inflatable games and rides!
The Sun Life Financial Kids In Gear program, as always, is on hand to collect new or gently used hockey equipment. Fans are encouraged to donate to those members of our community that would very much appreciate the gesture.
Following the BBQ, the Rangers host the final game of the Preseason Showcase vs. the Peterborough Petes at 2pm. Tickets will be available at the door with general seating for the game.

United By Denim @ Conestoga Mall Free Workshop – Locker Magnet 11am-3pm ages 7+
Fireworks @ Colonial Park Guelph
Sept 2
Labour Day Picnic @ Waterloo Park Noon-4pm
Sept 6
Outdoor Movie – Secret Life of Pets 2
Max Becker Commons Park
Corner of Fischer-Hallman Rd and Max Becker Dr, Kitchener (beside the Sobeys)

6:30: Inflatable bouncers
• Animal Land (for children ages 3 and under)
• Full-sized bouncer and inflatable obstacle course (children 4+ years of age)

7:30-8:15pm: Five the Magician

Dusk (Approx. 8:45): Movie: Pets 2

This event is hosted by Owl Child Care to show our appreciation to the families who trust us with their children every day.

All current and former Owl Child Care families are invited to attend. They may also invite friends and family as their guests.

Members of the general public are also welcome to attend the movie.

Admission is FREE with non-perishable food or monetary donation to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region.

Bring a chair, blanket and your family and friends!

*Snacks available for purchase

Sept 7
Star Performance Free Kick Off Party 11am
Free Soap Box Derby @ Calvary Assembly Cambridge 9:30am-2pm
Search and Rescue Fundraiser in New Hamburg $5 Admission 10am-3pm
Art in the Park Event will be taking place at Gore Park (68 Arthur St. South, Elmira) from 10am- 2pm on Saturday September 7th.
Come see a wide variety of artists showcasing their one of a kind work

Campout in Breithaupt Park. Join us for an evening in our Urban Forest.

This year, we will be hosting a corn roast, so bring some food to cook on the grill, and enjoy some corn on the cob.

Bring your own plates and cups.

If you are planning on Camping, please email to register your tent.

While this is a family event, please do not bring dogs if you are planning on camping.
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Set Up Tents- Arrive any time, and set up. Scavenger Hunt and Marshmallow Stick Find for the Kids
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
DINNER- Grill will be ready for your food. BYO Protein, corn roast will be provided.
7:30 PM - 7:45 PM
Lighting of Fire- Awards for Scavenger Hunt and Marshmallow Stick Find
7:45 PM - 8:15 PM
Campfire Songs with Ted Parkinson- Send us your requests
9:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Drum Circle with Kat and the gang

United By Denim @ Conestoga Mall Free Workshop – Denim Notebook 11am-3pm

Sept 8
KW Humane Society DASH & SPLASH
The Humane Society’s iconic Wiggle Waggle Walk will be all wet on September 8th as it moves to Kiwanis Park and partners with another signature event, Surf Dogs. A 2.5km walk through the park will get the heart pumping and the canines jumping in anticipation of an afternoon swim in the pool.
This year marks the 15th celebration of the Surf Dogs event and our 23rd annual walk. Participants can expect an exciting array of vendors and exhibitors in the Paw Pavilion.  Walkers raising much-needed funds will have an opportunity to win bigger prizes this year, while dogs enjoying a cool dip can enter our water contests.
Dash Admission: Join the walk by securing $30.00 in pledges and gain FREE admission for your furry companion for the afternoon splash.
Splash Admission: $10.00 per dog for the afternoon splash ONLY.
Polish Harvest Festival Noon-8pm
The festivities are part of Polish culture harvest time with colorful parade, dances, music, and variety of food samples, open to all ages and families.
$5/person. Children under 14 free.

United By Denim @ Conestoga Mall Free Workshop – Pencil Holder 11am-3pm ages 3-10

Sept 10
Mysterious Barricades Concert @ KPL with Safe As Houses and others for Mental Health Awareness

Sept 13
Salvation Army Free Fall Carnival 5pm-8pm at 75 Tinsley Dr. Kitchener

Sept 13-14
Belmont Village Bestival

Sept 14
Kids in the Kitchener @ Kitchener Market No registration is required. Please dress your child appropriately for kitchen fun.
Classes run from 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Fresh Air Feast @ Waterloo Park 11am-2pm
Register today! Your $5 ticket gets you:
·      Admission to the FRESH AIR FEAST
·      A vegetarian FEAST!
·      Surprise eco swag!
·      Carnival games, live music, raffles and much more!

What should you bring?
·      Your beautiful self decked out in green!
·      Spare change and cash for extra chances for raffles and prizes
·      A picnic blanket and lawn chairs for your crew
·      Anything that helps you reduce your waste (reusable water bottle, cloth napkins, reusable straws, etc

University of Guelph 10am-3pm
Arboretum Expo is a free, fun, and educational event for all ages of plant lovers. And trust us when we say, there will be some truly one-of-a-kind treasures available only at the Arboretum Expo! So come and ‘Meet the Trees’ and maybe bring one home too!

Graffiti Market Block Party
What's going down:
-Our brand new Mixtape Food Truck on-site
-Dee-licious food, snacks, and drinks
-Outdoor Beer Tent
-Serving ice cold Red Circle Brewing Co. Beer
-Live DJ's all day loooong
-Featuring beats from Dj Vandal, Woody Wood, Uncle Doobie, Dj Halk, & Dj BananamellošŸŽ¶
-Italian Soda Snow Cone Stand
-Kids painting station
-Funky temporary tats
+ Outdoor games and activities

Sept 15
Waterloo Ringette will again be hosting our Come Try Ringette event for our upcoming 2019/2020 season.  The fastest game on ice.  A great team sport that believes in teaching speed, technique and love of sport. Players can start as young as 4.  Waterloo Ringette offers levels of play for all ages (U7 to U19) and is part of the Ontario Ringette Association.

Sept 21
Ice Cream For Breakfast @ Stanley Park Community Centre 9am-Noon

Kids in the Kitchener @ Kitchener Market No registration is required. Please dress your child appropriately for kitchen fun.
Classes run from 10 - 11:30 a.m.

All 4 Kids Sale, sept 21
9-12pm The Aud
Everything you need from newborn to age 14!

The Royal Medieval Faire is an interactive day consisting of vendors, hands-on displays, food & beverages, games, music, magic, swordplay, dancing, costumes plus much more.
General admission: $10.00 (ages 14 and up); Children: $5.00 (ages 13 and under); Family admission: $20 (up to 4 people, maximum 2 general admission); Babes in arms are free.
This event is suitable for all ages and has something to offer everyone.  It is a great day for the entire family and those interested in history and the arts. 
Join us on faire day to celebrate our 22nd year!!  @ Waterloo Park11am-6pm

Doors Open Waterloo Region

Sept 17
Grand opening of the Columbia Icefield Field House (CIF Field House) on Tuesday, September 17. A celebration of the new Athletics & Recreation space, the 65,000 square foot project constructed just north of Warrior Field will be officially unveiled during a formal presentation and ceremony at 11 a.m.

Following the ceremony, guests and the greater campus community are invited to stay and attend the President’s Welcome Barbecue happening on Warrior Field from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Complimentary food and beverage will be served.
Register at

Sept 25
Outdoor Movie in Victoria Park
Hocus Pocus
We'll see you at The Clocktower in Victoria Park just as the sun goes down - approximately 9PM

There will popcorn available (and maybe even a few surprises)!

Bring blankets and chairs

Sept 27-29
Culture Days

Sept 28
Pow Wow @ Waterloo Park

Hespeler Village Fall Festival

Wellesley Apple Butter and Cheese Festival

Oakridge Acres Ayr 9am-4pm
Fall Farm Day fundraising and community event. This is a great event for all ages! Lots to see, taste and experience. Admission is a food or financial donation to the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank. Activities include face painting, wagon rides, BBQ, live music, straw jump and much more. So come on out to the farm, meet some of the producers that you support when shopping here, try some products, grab lunch from the BBQ (featuring our meats from here at the store) and enjoy a day in the country!

Lumen will illuminate the urban space and engage audiences in a hands-on, participatory experience, taking place in various locations throughout Uptown Waterloo September 28 from 6 to 11 p.m. The 2019 festival will feature 30+ visual, interactive, new media, and performance-based installations from local and nationally acclaimed multidisciplinary artists.
This event is free and open to the public.

Sept 28-29
Tri-City Supercon @ Bingemans
Childern Under 12 are free, other admission prices vary

Looking Ahead
Go ENG Girl - Conestoga College
DATE: Saturday, October 5, 2019
TIME:  9am - 12noon
DESCRIPTION:  Go ENG Girl is an opportunity for girls in grades 7-10 and their parents/caregivers to learn more about the world of engineering. Please join us at Conestoga's School of Engineering and Technology for fun, hands-on activities that showcase the power of engineering and career paths in this field. There will also be opportunities for participants to meet role models, learn about their work, projects and accomplishments, and gain insight into education and career possibilities. 
LOCATION:  Conestoga College, Cambridge Campus, 850 Fountain St. South.  
FREE:  This event is free but registration is required.  Free parking is also available. 
REGISTRATION:  Register online @  Registration is limited.  Register early to avoid disappointment.