Monday, November 4, 2019

Movember Kids KW, Santa Claus Parade and More November Events, Activities and Stuff to Do with Your Kids in KW

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 Website: TEL: 519-888-4567 ext.38775 Email: 
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 
Parent and Tot Art for Babies 18 mo and younger 1-2pm at Downtown Community Centre FREE EVENT  
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! 
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Parent and tot drop in at the Carmel New Church and School gym will be running Tuesday mornings. There will be ride-on toys, balls, slides and lots of space to run around. Our gym opens into our nursery room where babies and little ones can play with toys or do a craft.  Tuesdays from 10-11:45 @ 40 Chapel Hill Dr. Kitchener Ages 0-5 Free to attend Join us and bring a friend! We request that parents bring their own children to in order to maintain a balanced program 
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. 
TOT SPOT @ Downtown Kitchener Community Centre 12:30-2:3pm 
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 

Where To Skate 


Safety Tree Mindfulness Courses for Kids and Teens 
Various Dates this month. INFO at

Nov 9 
Kids in the Kitchen @ Kitchener Market 10am-Noon 
Join us for our Kids in the Kitchen program! Your child will learn basic kitchen skills, knife safety, meet new friends and have a whole lot of fun cooking in the kitchen!  This class is taught by one of our apprentice chefs from our Summer Cooking camp. There will be lots of opportunities for your child to participate and learn some new skills.  For ages 7 – 12. 
No registration required. 
Mary Neil @ Kitchener Market 10am-11am 
Mary – the city of Kitchener 2019 Artist in Residence - engaged with the community at various events throughout this year, showcasing participatory music making using recycled items. It’s a process she likes to call, a Junk Music Jam! Join her for a musical performance highlighting compositions created with the community during these events. This is an all-ages show that may involve some crowd participation, but will be more of a performance than some of Mary’s previous events as the Artist in Residence. 

Nov 11 
City of Kitchener 
The Royal Canadian Legion Fred Gies Branch 50 will hold their annual Remembrance Day ceremony on Monday, Nov. 11, beginning at 10:45 a.m. at the Kitchener Cenotaph, located at the corner of Frederick and Duke streets in downtown Kitchener. The Remembrance Day parade will begin at 10:15 a.m. on Ontario Street between King and Duke Streets.
Members of council will attend to lay a wreath honouring veterans and those who have valiantly served our country during war and peacekeeping missions.

Nov 15 
Free PD DAY CAMP @ International Gospel Centre Kitchener. Registration info at 
Recharge & Play Wellness Café is hosting a Family Karaoke Dance Party On November 15th from 5-7pm cost is $25 per family & includes dinner. Registration info at 
Nov 15-17 
Moms’ Day Out at National Women’s Show Toronto 

Discount tickets available with our PROMO CODE 2Girls19  

Nov  16 
Santa Claus Parade 
Saturday November 16th, 2019 – 10:30am 
Beginning at Frederick Street heading north on Weber Street ending at Erb Street East. 
Then the Cambridge Santa Claus parade is at 6pm 

Nov 16-19 
St Jacobs Sparkles 
Outdoors, strains of strolling Victorian carolers can be heard, horse-drawn trolleys decked with lights and bells transport happy visitors around the block; the warm-up barrel fire burns brightly and twinkling lights illuminate the streets (see below for schedule of activities). Everywhere, merriment and warm greetings abound.  
St. Jacobs Sparkles 
Thursday - Sunday, November 16, 17, 18, 19, 2017 Location: Village of St. Jacobs 
 Store Hours: 
•   Thursday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. •   Friday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. •   Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. •   Sunday 12 - 6 p.m. 
Plan to attend and read on for lots more details! 
Where to PARK: New! FREE Luxury Shuttle to the village’s downtown aboard Brentwood Livery's Limbusine  when you park free at Calvary United Church (see location). 
•   Thursday evening  4:45 - 9 p.m.     •   Friday evening  4:45 - 9 p.m. 
More free parking in the municipal lot off Albert Street, the Mill parking lot off Front St., street parking; overflow parking at St. Jacobs Mennonite Church. 
Free Horse-drawn Trolley ride: 
•   Thursday 4:30 - 8:30 pm   •   Friday 4:00 - 8:00 pm   •   Saturday 1 - 5 pm (the horse-drawn trolley does not operate on Sunday) 
  Victorian Carolers: 
Listen for the strains of outdoor wandering carolers: •   Thursday 5 - 8 pm  •   Friday 12:30 - 3: 30 pm   Friday 4 - 7 pm •   Saturday 2 - 5 pm  •  Sunday 1:30 - 4:30 
SANTA makes an appearance in the Village!  Bring your little ones and your camera! •   Saturday 1:30 - 4 p.m.    •   Sunday 1:30 - 4 p.m. 
(located in outdoor tent next to Toy Soup) 
Warm up with warmed sweet apple cider at the burn barrel hosted by the Township of Woolwich volunteer firefighters, St. Jacobs division, in front of the Mill. Hotdogs and marshmallows while they last too (donations gratefully accepted). •   Thursday evening  approx 6 - 9 p.m.     •   Friday evening  approx 6 - 9 p.m.   
Carols & Songs by Children's Choir from St. Jacobs Public School 
•   Friday evening  sponsored by the St. Jacobs Optimists  

Nov 22-23 6:30pm-8:30pm 
Out of town event in Mitchell Ontario  
Bethlehem Live is an indoor/outdoor presentation back to 1st century Israel suitable for the whole family.  Crafts are available in the auditorium, providing activities to interest children while they wait for their outdoor guided tour to begin.  During your journey, you will encounter many characters in period costumes as well as live animals.  At each stop along the way, the drama, action, lighting and props will make the presentation more authentic; realistic and exciting.  Following your excursion, you will be welcomed inside with refreshments. This approximately one-hour event is free for all, but donations will be accepted for the Mitchell Youth Unlimited and EMCC World Partners and non-perishable food for the Mitchell Food Bank. 

Nov 23 
Movember Kids KW at #KitchenerMarket  
Saturday, November 23m 2019 from 10am-Noon 
A free family event in the Marketplace to support Movember and celebrate the 10th anniversary of Movember KW. 
This ***FREE*** Family Friendly annual event takes place at the Kitchener Market Upper Marketplace Kitchen from 10am-Noon on Saturday, November 23rd 

Activities Include: 
  • Moustache cookie baking and decorating with the Kitchener Market Chef 
  • Facepainting by Bre Creative 
  • Activity sheets from Sportco Source for Sports 
  • Artshine Arts4all craft 
  • Photobooth by Gary's Lens Photography 
  • Landmark Cinemas Waterloo 
  • Early ON activities 
  • Infant & child studies group from the University of Waterloo 
  • Meet Mabel from Mabel’s Labels  
  • Meet and Greet with Mayor Berry 
  • Plus, more special guests to be announced and Movember KW themed fun 
Presented by 'Stuff to do with your kids in Kitchener Waterloo' and the Kitchener Market. 
For more event update visit our Facebook event page 

Free Community Skate 
Time to lace up your new or old skates! Join us for a free family skate at the Albert Mccormick Arena, courtesy of the Westvale Community Association. All ages and skill levels are welcome. WCA volunteers supervise the skate to ensure a safe and fun time for all. Skating from 4:00-5:00, and refreshments and social time from 5:00-6:00. 

Nov 24 
Breakfast with Santa @ Stanley Park Zehr 8:30am-10:30am 
Pancakes are grilling, syrup ready to pour, biscuits for jam toppings, orange juice, and more. Yes, it’s early, but the most important meal of the day is breakfast. What better way to start but to enjoy the feast with Santa. Registration required $10 a person. Registration info 

Nov 25
Show off your support for Movember while saving a life! Join us at the KW Blood Donor Centre on Monday, November 25th to donate blood, 3-7 p.m.

Bringing in the kids? We will have fake moustaches so the whole fam can get a pic together to show their support for Movember and Canadian Blood Services!

Book your appointment at Or, call 1-888-2donate.

Nov 26

Nov 27 
Clay Time for Parents and Tots in Cambridge 
10am-11:30am You and your tot will be handbuilding mugs with two colors of clay, glazing and firing. Use your mug as a great holiday handmade gift. 

Nov 28
GLOW TORONTO BEGINS! Various Dates and Times until January

Learn more at

Nov 29 
The Toronto Maple Leafs Alumni Team is Headed to Waterloo to Support Movember 

With this being the 10th Movember in Kitchener Waterloo we are so happy to have a fantastic event to tell everyone about. 
On Friday, November 29, 2019 the Toronto Maple Leafs Alumni Team is taking on the Movember Mavericks at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex in support of Movember. 
It will be a fun-filled day starting with an afternoon Fun Fair beginning at 1pm and then the puck drops for the hockey game at 7:30pm. 
This will be a great day for families as tickets are very affordable. In fact, children under 12 years of age are FREE!!!!!  But they must have a registered ticket.  Head to to get yours before they are gone!  
Children under 12 are FREE  
Children 13+ are $15 
Students are $20 
Adults are $25 
With those prices, tickets will go quickly so get your tickets today! 
BUT THAT’S NOT ALL (scroll down on ticket link to see these options) 
You can upgrade to a VIP EXPERIENCE with a $100 ticket includes the opportunity to mix and mingle and enjoy a meal with Leafs Alumni before they lace up to face off against the Movember Mavericks. 
A Dressing Room Visit with a $75 ticket A break from the action in between periods to go see the Toronto Maple Leafs Alumni players in their dressing room. 

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Get the info at 
Calling all MoBros and MoSistas! 
Hey MoBros and MoSistas.  Do you want to be part of the hockey game? Well, now you might have a chance to! If you are 35 and over with some hockey experience, be sure to sign up for the Movember Mavericks Challenge.  By raising more than $3500 for Movember and participating in the challenge you might win a spot in the game! 
For all the info about the Movember  Mavericks challenge click the poster below then visit to sign up! 
 Read more at 

CP Holiday in Cambridge  
Friday Nov 29, 3:15 to 4:45 pm (then it usually heads to Ayr next) 

Nov 30 
Christmas Market at Kitchener Market  
Enjoy our Saturday farmers' market with some extra special holiday themed artisan vendors, music and activities. Santa will be stopping by too! So bring your camera for pictures with your kids. 

Santa’s Workshop @ Kitchener Market 
1pm-3:30pm The countdown to Christmas is on and we can't wait to celebrate with you! Nailed it Nite will be hosting a special Christmas class for those who would like to make toys in Santa's Workshop. Kids will be able to make a race car, train or plane wood kit (available upon arrival, while supplies last). Cookies and Hot Chocolate will be provided, and special guest appearance by Santa. 

Christmas Charity Event in Williamsburg
Join us on November 30th between 11am - 2pm for fun and festivities that the whole family can enjoy!  Bring the kids!  Bring the grandparents!  Bring the neighbours!

🎁 Toy Mountain Charity Toy Drive (bring unwrapped gifts)
🎁 Food Bank Donation Collection (bring non-perishable food items)
🎁 Local School Choir
🎁 Bouncy Castles
🎁 Face Painting
🎁 Balloon Artist
🎁 Music
🎁 Games
🎁 Activity Tables
🎁 Local Charities
🎁 Local KW Kidpreneurs


GINGERBREAD PARTY @ Creekside Church Waterloo 1-4pm 
Come and decorate a gingerbread house and play in the indoor playground, bouncy castle and more. Register at 

Wonders of Winter Opens at Waterloo Park


Wonders of Winter kicks off its 2019 season on Saturday, 30 November at 5:30pm, with fireworks and trolley rides. Join us for the “throwing of the switch”!

Parking is tight, so consider taking the ION right to our entrance gates off Seagram Drive; there is a station in Waterloo Park. Wander up to the Park Inn, where the festivities will be happening


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