Saturday, August 3, 2019

Civic Holiday Long Weekend, Kitchener Bluesfest, Waterloo Busker Carnival, Stargazing, Outdoor Movies and more August 2019 Activities, Events 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
KPL Calendar
WPL Calendar
Region of Waterloo Libraries Calendar
Cambridge Libraries – Idea Exchange Calendar
Michaels Craft Store Workshops
Have an Infant and/or Toddler? Check out OUR PLACE EARLY YEARS CENTRE calendar
Grand River Conservation Authority
Waterloo Region Museum
Schneider Haus Museum
McDougall Cottage
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 and Sports Centre in Bechtel Park, 185 Bridge Street, Waterloo 
$5.50/visit/family (maximum 4 children)


Reach For The Stars Dance Company $15 classes on Mondays (not Holiday Monday Aug 5) times vary by age. Info at

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!
August 13 
August 27

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

Roller Skating @ Waterloo Rec Complex 9am-Noon
Admission Fees:
ADULT 18+yrs $6.30 (Fitpass 10 visit $56.70)
CHILD/YOUTH 3-17yrs $4.70 (Fitpass 10 visit 42.30)
FAMILY $14.20 (max 2 adults + 2 children $2.40 per additional child) (Fitpass 10 visit 127.80)
55+ $4.70 (Fitpass 10 visit $42.30)

Roller Skate Rental Fees:
Long socks must be worn with rental roller skates.


Nature Play @ Gzowski Park 3pm-6pm

$10 Outdoor Yoga in Baden 6:30pm - Registration info

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.

Castle Concert Series – Castle Kilbride Baden
Thursday evenings in June, July & August bring your lawn chair and enjoy unique music every time on the front lawn of Castle Kilbride from 7:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m. Admission is by donation. Weather permitting.


Free Toddler Time in Cambridge 10-11:30am registration 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 and Sports Centre in Bechtel Park, 185 Bridge Street, Waterloo 
$5.50/visit/family (maximum 4 children)

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

Waterloo Band Summer Concert Series @ Waterloo Park various Sundays info at

Where to find FIREWORKS

Where To Skate
AUGUST 2019 eBlast

The Neverending Story in Stratford – info

Billy Elliot in Stratford – info at

Little Shop of Horrors in Stratford – info at

Tea @ Castle Kilbride in Baden Wed-Fri beginning mid June 1:30pm cost $15

Take A Kid To The Course, powered by the National Golf Course Owners Association Canada, allows for a FREE round of golf for youth under 16 when accompanied by a paying adult.
HUNDREDS of courses will offer FREE golf to youth sixteen and under* who are accompanied by a paying adult during the Take A Kid to the Course program beginning July 2nd, 2019.
In addition to free golf, many courses will offer additional programs such as junior clinics, free range balls, free junior club rentals and parent/child tournaments.
Simply follow these easy steps to book your tee time today:
View the Participating Courses page to view the listing of courses in your area.
Be sure to check any ‘Additional Programs’ they are offering or to check if there are any restrictions on their offer.
Call the course to book your tee time. Be sure to let them know you are participating in the Take A Kid To The Course program!
Enjoy your family time and remember to HAVE FUN!
*Please note that 1 junior under 16 plays free with 1 paid adult.

Community CRC Roar! VBS program. Register at

Music Together $10 summer classes - Info at various dates

Playfit Summer Series - Various dates and prices - Registration info at

Aug 3
John Galt Day in Guelph until 2:30pm

Aug 3-5
PIrate Festival Guelph @ Marden Park

Aug 5
Stratford Free Pool and Pizza Party 2pm-4pm

Aug 6
Upcycling @ Waterloo Public Library Albert St. 6pm

Aug 7
Kids Day in Guelph 11am-1pm

Free Salsa Dancing at Waterloo Public Square 6:30pm-10:30pm

Gustav Bakos Observatory Tour @ Universtiy of Waterloo 
Come visit the observatory during the August public tour!
  • Presentation at 8:30 PM in PHY 150
  • Telescope viewing at 9:00 PM (access from 3rd floor of PHY)
The Observatory is open for public tours, usually on the first Wednesday of each month, offering a chance to look through the university's telescope. This will be preceded by a short talk on astronomy (around 30 minutes) plus an opportunity to ask questions, followed by a tour of the dome. In the event of bad weather, the observing will not be possible, but the talk and tour of facilities will go ahead. [No optical telescope on Earth can see through cloud - if it's too cloudy to see stars with the unaided eye (or the Sun earlier in the day), then we won't be able to see stars through the telescope.]

Aug 8
Night to Inspire in Wilmot 7pm-9pm

Outdoor movies Ralph Breaks the Internet @ Waterloo Park
Bambi @ Cambridge City Hall

Aug 9

Roller Skating @ Waterloo Rec Complex 6pm-9pm
Admission Fees:
ADULT 18+yrs $6.30 (Fitpass 10 visit $56.70)
CHILD/YOUTH 3-17yrs $4.70 (Fitpass 10 visit 42.30)
FAMILY $14.20 (max 2 adults + 2 children, $2.40 per additional child) (Fitpass 10 visit 127.80)
55+ $4.70 (Fitpass 10 visit $42.30)
Roller Skate Rental Fees:
$3.50 each
Long socks must be worn with rental roller skates
Outdoor Movies
Interstellar @ Perimeter Institute Waterloo
Monsters Inc. @ Guelph Market Square
Journey to the Centre of the Earth @ Shades Mill Cambridge - Free with paid park admission or with your Grand River Parks Membership

Renison Night Market

Aug 9-11
Kitchener Blues Fest -includes Children’s Stage and Sunday morning free pancake breakfast – various times and locations

Summer Streetfest in Woodstock Ontario

DIY Chalkboards @ Play a Latte Cafe
1-3pm $20 for 1st child, $15 for second. Registration info at

Aug 12
Perseids Party and Star Gazing - Free but you need to register at 7:30pm
We will meet first in the nearby Optometry building for a short lecture by the Department of Physics and Astronomy's Prof. Mike Hudson on "Cosmic Mirages: seeing dark matter with gravitational lenses". 
Most of the matter in the Universe is dark matter: an elusive particle that is completely invisible. But we can “see” this matter by studying how it distorts the light from galaxies in the distant Universe, a phenomenon called gravitational lensing. I will give a whirlwind tour of gravitational lensing’s “greatest hits” showing how it can be used as a tool to understand some of the most mysterious things in the Universe: from black holes to the “cosmic web” of dark matter that links galaxies together.
We'll move to the Columbia Fields for stargazing after the lecture, around sunset.This is a family-friendly event, but if your kids will have trouble sitting through a lecture, you're welcome to join us on the Columbia Fields near Brubacher House around 8:30pm (choose the ticket "Perseids Party only").
Please note that if the skies are cloudy the lecture will still take place on August 12th, but we will not gather on the fields for stargazing. Please register so that we can keep you update
Aug 14
Art in the Park Ayr 10am-11am #12 Register at 

Aug 15
FREE YOGA at Huron Natural Area 7pm-8:15pm

Outdoor Movies
Hook @ Cambridge City Hall
Ralph Breaks The Internet @ Brantford Harmony Square

Aug 16
Playfit Kids Club Back to School Party - Registration info

Outdoor Movies 
Rango @ Shades Mill Cambridge - Free with paid park admission or with your Grand River Parks Membership

Aug 17

Aviation Fun Day @ Waterloo Region Airport 
Grab your walking shoes and explore the airport on foot at this free family event. Learn how the aviation industry works, get up close to airport equipment, vintage aircraft and classic cars. Talk to the people behind the scenes and learn about career opportunities at your local airport.
Visit aviation-related displays in the Airport's Terminal Building, Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre, Royal Canadian Air Cadet Youth Development Centre, and see unique and vintage aircraft up close on Apron IV, an area usually restricted to the public.
Please bring a non-perishable food item or cash donation for the Cambridge Self Help Food Bank and The Food Bank of Waterloo Region.

Cambridge Comic Book Festival @ Idea Exchange
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Superhero Green Screen Photobooth
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Harry Potter Automated Trivia by The Round Table Waterloo
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Zine Workshop
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Superhero Stay and Play
1:15 PM - 3:15 PM
Awesome Patches Workshop
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
How to Build the Dalek Orin from Doctor Who

Bee Polinator Festival @ Huron Natural Area 1pm-4pm

Outdoor Movies
Phantom of the Opera @ Stratford Market Square

Aug 18
KIDSPARK in Victoria Park (we think this is one of the best FREE annual events)

Sunday, August 18, 2019
Victoria Park, Kitchener
11 a.m. – 5 p.m
Celebrating its 31st year, Kidspark is an exciting day full of activities, entertainment, music, art, crafts and more! Join us on Sunday, August 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Victoria Park for a day packed full of fun for the whole family.
Discovery Island
Join us on Discovery Island where you will find fun crafts, activities and games, all with a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) theme!  Make some cool stuff, chat with community organizations, and relax at the gazebo where we will have special interactive storytimes with Canadian authored books starting at 11 a.m. as part of the ImagineIt Kitchener program series.
KPL Main Stage
Hosted by Erick Traplin. Join us for music, magic, drumming, cosplay, and more on the KPL Main Stage!
11 a.m.                 Welcome from Erick Traplin
11:15 a.m.             Drumming workshop and storytelling
12:30 p.m.           Bert’s Magic Show
1:30 p.m.             Erick Traplin
2:15 p.m.             Meet & greet with Star Wars costume 
                           characters from The Fifth Deep Core Army
3 p.m.                 Davenport Dance Studio
3:30 p.m.            Erick Traplin 
Try-Athlete Zone
Become a “try-athlete” for the day and learn more about local sport groups in the Try-Athlete Zone. Try out a sport you’ve never played before, learn how to get involved and get information on how to sign up for one of the many minor sports groups in the area.
Bike Kitchener
Bike with your family to Kidspark and park your bike with Bikecheck for FREE while you and your kids go enjoy all of the fun activities without having to worry about your bike. 
Bikes of all shapes and sizes are welcome and helmets and other accessories can be left with your bike.
Kitchener Utilities Community Train Station
Did you know that Kitchener was the first City in Ontario to receive hydro in homes? Stop by and learn more from our friends at Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro. Plus, all aboard the community train!
50 plus local organizations throughout Victoria Park offering make and take crafts, games, demonstrations, and activities.
Giant sport themed inflatables.
A rock climbing wall
Say hi to our friends at Kitchener Fire! The Waterloo Region Food Bank will be on site collecting non –perishable back to school snacks as part of their Fire to Food Bank 365 program.

Breithaupt Park for a 90 minute wellness walk 2:30-4pm
Nurture your body and mind with an afternoon wander through the woods. This guided walk will have a slow-moderate pace with stops along the way to take in our surroundings.
Recommended for adults and families with kids ages 6+.

RKM Annual Picnic Cambridge Soper Park 2-7pm

Aug 20
Outdoor Movie with your Dog  5:30pm-10pm Waterloo Park

Aug 22
Outdoor Movies
Avengers Endgame @ Waterloo Park
Beauty and the Beast @ Cambridge City Hall
TBD @ Brantford Harmony Square

Aug 22-25 
Waterloo Busker Carnival – various activities, fireworks/fire show on the Saturday night

Aug 23

The K-W Astronomy Club is having a star party at Conestoga Lake Campground on August 23. Come out and see the stars. Entrance for the campground is child 6-14 $3, adult $7 and 65+ and disabled $5.50. The event starts at 8 PM. In the event of clouds the star party will be held on the following day, Saturday.

Outdoor Movies
Stand By Me @ Guelph York Park
The Boss Baby @ Shades Mill Cambridge - Free with paid park admission or with your Grand River Parks Membership
Pinocchio @ I believe it’s at Stratford Market Square

Aug 24
Stratford Family Fun Day 1pm-7pm

Aug 28
Free Airshow in Brantford

Camp Out @ Waterloo Library Fischer-Hallman John M. Harper Branch
Enjoy a couple of hours under the stars.

8pm to 9pm - Camp Jamboree with games and activities for all ages.

9pm to 10pm - Star gazing with giant telescopes, plus camp songs and stores.

Drop in with the whole family.

Aug 29
Outdoor Movies
Raiders of the Lost Ark @ Cambridge City Hall

Aug 30
Kitchener Rangers, the Showcase will feature the North Bay Battalion, Saginaw Spirit and the Peterborough Petes.
All teams will meet over the course of the weekend, with three games per team for a total of six weekend games.
Tickets to the Preseason Showcase are $10 for a weekend pass which provides entry to all games, or $5 per game. Seating for the games will be general admission.
Tickets are available starting Monday, August 1 at the Kitchener Rangers business office only (not available online or through Centre in the Square) and are cash only sales. The Kitchener Rangers business office is open Monday-Friday, 9:30am to 1pm and 2pm-5pm.
Tickets will also be available day of game at the door; cash only sales.
Proceeds support the Children’s Wish Foundation.  (Rangers Fan Fest BBQ will be on Sept 1)

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