Sunday, January 26, 2020

You Will LOVE the Matching Outfits from Littles by Jules and Ruff Stitched – Enter to Win

Cute Alert

As many of our readers know, we love to connect with others in our community.  Learning about local businesses is a great way to connect with others in the area.  A new connection for us is the owner of Littles by Jules and Ruff Stitched.  This local clothing designer makes clothes for kids and pets and now your little ones can match their furry friends with these great outfits. Upcoming photo opp occasions to think about are Valentine’s Day, Easter, Weddings and Family Reunions, but these clothes are great for playtime too.

Take a look at Littles by Jules and Ruff Stitched owner Julie Gebara along with her little one AJ and her dog Winston (aka @MightyMorkie on Instagram) modeling the outfits on Breakfast Television.

With awards season coming up, this might be perfect timing!

How amazing would the photos be of your child with their pet in matching outfits? 
Imagine Valentine’s Day photos with this fashionable fabric?

We cannot get enough of the INSTA FAMOUS heart on this design.

Adorable Outfits for All

Don’t worry if you are a parent with out a pet, or an animal owner without kids, these outfits are available separately as well.

To learn more, be sure to visit these links

Knowing that you are supporting a local entrepreneur makes it even more satisfying to shop! We think it is fantastic that these clothing lines are handmade right here in Kitchener Waterloo and are thrilled to offer a $50 gift certificate to one of our lucky readers.

Enter to Win

Enter the rafflecopter contest below (it may take a minute to load) and be sure to tell us what occasion you would mark with an outfit.  (it works best if you are logged into your google account when commenting). It may just win you a $50 Gift Certificate.

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Saturday, January 25, 2020

Celebrate at the KW Titans Games this February – Enter to Win

We'll start with the Disclaimer - Yes, we do receive admission to the games, but this just means we're able to offer you a chance to attend a KW Titans game too! Enter the contest at the end of this post

February is full of celebratory days.  There is Groundhog Day, Superbowl Sunday, Galentine’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Family Day and this year you can celebrate Leap Day too. 
We think the best way to mark these occasions is to grab your gang and head to a KW Titans Game.

Celebrate all the February Occasions with the KW Titans

Here are the upcoming February games and the best way to celebrate February’s special days
Sunday February 2, 2020 at 2pm
This will be a great way to celebrate the results of Groundhog Day and keep the family busy before the Superbowl starts.

Thursday February 13, 2020 at 7pm
Grab the girls and head to The AUD on Galentine’s Day or start the Valentine’s Day celebration a day early with your special someone. 
You can even say it is the pre-party for the Family Day Weekend!

Thursday February 20, 2020 at 7pm
This could be a short week celebration or even a fun way to mark the extra day this year!

Whatever the occasion is, be sure to celebrate it with Kitchener-Waterloo’s Professional Basketball team the KW Titans. 

Check out the full season schedule at

To learn more about the KW Titans, visit the links below

We always find a way to celebrate something at each game! Let us know in the comments what you plan to celebrate this month for a chance to win! It may just win you tickets to the February 13th game. 

How fun will it be to see you on Galentine’s Day with your best friends?

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is Transformational - Enter to Win

We'll start with the Disclaimer - Yes, we did receive a complimentary copy of this film for review, but this just means we're able to offer you a chance to win one too! Enter the contest at the end of this post

When we were first introduced to the story of Maleficent in 2014 it showed how she transformed from the young fairy that protected the beauty of the Moors into a vengeful sorcerer and then became a combination of the two.  By the end of the tale you realized that Maleficent was the anti-hero we all needed. 

This month the Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Blu-ray Combo arrives, and you must see how the fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty is transformed once again.  This time Aurora and Phillip are on the cusp of their own life-changing events with disapproval from both Phillip’s mother and Aurora’s godmother Maleficent. In an effort to appease Aurora, Maleficent begins to change her true self, starting with covering her horns.  This is only the start of a series of events that changes every one of the characters in this film and drives home the fact that your true colours will come out no matter how hard you try to hide them.

When an unexpected encounter introduces a powerful new alliance, Maleficent and Aurora are pulled apart to opposing sides in a Great War, testing their loyalties and causing them to question whether they can truly be family. “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” stars Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sam Riley, Harris Dickinson, Ed Skrein, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, Lesley Manville and Michelle Pfeiffer as Queen Ingrith, and is directed by Joachim RΓΈnning. With a story by Linda Woolverton and a screenplay by Linda Woolverton and Noah Harpster & Micah Fitzerman-Blue, the film is produced by Joe Roth, Angelina Jolie and Duncan Henderson with Matt Smith, Jeff Kirschenbaum and Mike Vieira serving as executive producers

Will Maleficent: Mistress of Evil transform the way you think of family? You will have to watch it to find out.



We think your family will enjoy this film so much that we are thrilled to give away a copy to one of our lucky readers!

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Saturday, January 11, 2020

Get the VIP Treatment when Mary Berg Visits the Kitchener Market - Enter to Win

We'll start with the Disclaimer - Yes, we did receive complimentary passes to this event, but this just means we're able to offer you a chance to win a pair of VIP PASSES TOO! Enter the contest at the end of this post

Get the VIP Treatment when Mary Berg Visits the Kitchener Market

Mary Berg first graced our television screens during Season 3 of MasterChef Canada and became their first female winner.
Since then she has taken Canada by storm with several television appearances and now a show of her own, Mary’s Kitchen Crush,

but did you know that she has a connection to Kitchener Waterloo?
Mary Berg is a Wilfrid Laurier University graduate!

This February Mary Berg returns to the region to celebrate the launch of her book Kitchen Party and that is exactly what will happen when she arrives at the Kitchener Market on February 8, 2020!

Mary's visit to the Market will include a cooking demo and talk as well as book signing. Copies of 'Kitchen Party' will be for sale on site through Indigo Kitchener. 

Tickets for the event are only $5 and will sell out fast so be sure to get yours at
See you on Feb 8th at 11am!


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We are so excited that Mary Berg will be at the Kitchener Market and one of our lucky readers will receive the VIP treatment!  The winner will receive a pair of tickets to attend the event with us in the front row, along with a signed book!

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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

KW Titans, New Year's Levees, Chinese New Year, Free Skating and more Events, Activities and Stuff To Do 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

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

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!
Jan 7
Jan 21

Parent & 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


Tails and Trails Jan 8- Feb 26 @ Huron Natural Area

Nature Play @ Gzowski Park 3pm-6pm

A FREE art program every Thursday! Beginning January 16
Thursday from 11 a.m. - noon, every 2nd week 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!
Jan 16
Jan 30
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

Best Places to Toboggan in Kitchener Waterloo
Where To Skate

Always check the provided links for updated info, as events may change without our knowledge

Begins Nov 28 (various dates and times until Jan 4)
Glow Toronto (about an hour from Kitchener Waterloo)

Jan 2-5
Holiday Special from Flag Raiders

Jan 2
Free Holiday Skate @ Woolwich Community Centre Elmira


Jan 3
Free Skating @ North Dumfries Community Complex

Free Family Skate 4:30pm-6:30pm in Cambridge, but you must register.

Jan 4
Free Community Skate @ Cambridge Ice Centre

Saturday, January 4, 2020 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
560 Thompson Dr., Unit 1, Cambridge, ON
TriCity Centre for Circus Arts is dedicated to providing high quality training in aerial and ground arts. Tour our new facility, meet our amazing team, and discover what it’s like to leave the ground by joining a FREE aerial silks DEMO! Find more info at

Free Skate @ Albert McCormick Arena Waterloo

Jan 5
New Year’s Levee @ RIM Park
When: Sunday, January 5, 2020
Where: RIM Park Manulife Sportsplex
Entertainment By: Grand River Swing Band, Erick Traplin, Cartoon Bob, STEM Robotics, and Ctrl V
*Free Skating from 9 am-11 am*
*Free cookies & refreshments available while supplies last*

New Year’s Levee @ Kitchener City Hall
Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020 1:30 - 4 p.m. Kitchener City Hall
Come one, come all! Celebrate the New Year with Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, council members and your neighbours at our free carnival-themed celebration under the big top of City Hall!
1:30 p.m. - Singing of O'Canada.
1:35 p.m. - Carnival games, Cheek Squad face painting, Zentastic Balloon Creations, Kitchener Public Library Craft Table and skating on Carl Zehr Square. Food and refreshment sponsored by Bingemans.
1:45 - 2:30 p.m. - Musical performances by local youth band The Bend.
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. - Walking Magician No.5 from Big Smiles Company. Musical performances by Juneyt Yetkiner. 
3:30 p.m. - Mayor's New Year's Greeting. Lineup closed for balloon creations and face painting.
3:40 p.m. - Door prize ticket draw with mayor and council.
4 p.m. - End of Levee.
Warm up with some hot chocolate, popcorn and cotton candy on us! Light refreshments will also be available, generously provided by Bingemans.
A big thank you to our sponsors: Bingemans, Grand River Inflatables and Cheek Squad Face Painting!

Trees For Goats @ Top Market Meats Guelph

Give your Christmas trees the best up-cycle ever!!! Bring your tree out to the farm and feed it to the hungry goats

Come cuddle some baby goats too! We have some baby goats jumping around but most of our ladies are due in March so extra tree for them to eat is definitely needed this year

We will have some yummy hot beverages like apple cider, hot chocolate, tea and coffee available that day.

The farm store will be open for all your shopping stock ups needs with event specials

please leave your pets at home for this farm event. We have working farm dogs who don’t like visiting dogs to the farm because they think they are going to hurt their goats. So for your pets safety please keep them at home.

We have 3 very large, happy, friendly and loveable farm dogs and 15 cuddly, smoochy kitty cats that would love the extra attention as well.
Free Family Skate @ Dickson Arena Cambridge 2-4pm

Free Skate @ RIM PARK Waterloo

Jan 8
Thai Cooking Class @ Kitchener Market 6:30pm

Tracking Forest Life @ Huron Natural Area
Free event! No registration required.

Weather dependent! If there is snow on the ground, we’ll scour the land for clues of creatures who make their way through the park in winter.

Come dressed for the weather and meet in the play area.

NOTE: Bathrooms are not available in the winter months.

Jan 10
6-8pm @ Ren’s Pets Victoria St. Kitchener
FINAL Canine Calendar Meet & Greet event. Meet one of the canine stars of the 2020 Canine Calendar at Ren's Pets! Members of the Canine unit will be available to sign calendars, take photographs, and answer questions. The 2020 calendar features the Service’s four canines – Chase, Grim, Ranger, and Tracker - with their handlers, and documents their work as they attempt to solve a case of stolen dog bones. All proceeds raised from the sale of the calendars will go towards the Special Olympics Ontario Spring 2020 Games, which the Waterloo Regional Police Service is proud to be hosting. The calendars can be purchased by cash in person at this event, by cash in person at police headquarters or online at

Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
768 Blair Road Cambridge ON N3H 4R8
Christmas Bird Count for Kids Description: Saturday, January 11, 2020 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. rare ECO Centre The rare Charitable Research Reserve is partnering with Waterloo Region Nature Kids once again to host our Christmas Bird Count for Kids. 

Jan 12
Winter Scavenger Hunt @ Huron Natural Area
Free event! 2pm-3pm

Meet in the play area to pick up your scavenger hunt list. Head out and explore the winter woods to see how many things you can find! Come dressed for the weather.

NOTE: Bathrooms are not available in the winter months.

The Dog Haus Meditation Walk @ Grey Silo Golf Course
Meditation Walk of 2020! A great way to clear your mind, set an intention for the year and bond with your dog through a peaceful walk.

Meditation walks are a wonderful way to practice calm energy and relaxed on-leash walking in a pack setting. Find peace of mind surrounded by the beauty of nature in the company of like-minded dog lovers in the area.

These walks are a great way to help dogs work on reactivity around others, socialize them to new places, and build your own confidence in managing your pooch.

Here are some guidelines to help keep dogs and humans safe & happy:

- All dogs must be on leash. NO retractable leashes.
- We will not be letting the dogs meet prior to walking as this promotes excitement while we are trying to create calm
- Please keep space from other dogs and/or people especially if your dog has social issues
-Please, NO treats. They can promote excitement while we are trying to create a calm environment
- Nobody is turned away unless they or their dog is a danger to others. Attend at your own risk. The Dog Haus cannot be held liable for any damages during the event
- This is a free event, newcomers are welcome!

Jan 14
KW TITANS @ THE AUD 11am (School Day Game)

Jan 15
Winter Soups and Stews Cooking Class @ Kitchener Market 6:30pm

Jan 16

Jan 17
Karaoke event @ Recharge & Play! 5pm
Join DJ Jess spinning great music & your favourite karaoke classics!
$25/family includes dinner & admission to the playground! Come & sing your heart out, in our 3000 square foot indoor playground!

Register your family here:

Jan 18
UofW Theatre of the Arts
Battle Knights, Medieval Fight Competition #3 is a Sword Fighting Extravaganza. 
The event has 4 different styles of non-choreographed sword fighting in one night of tournaments. The sword fighting styles are: Fencing, Vikings, HEMA & MACE.
·         Fencing Demo by the University of Waterloo Fencing Club.  The University of Waterloo students will be demonstrating 3 different styles of Fencing: Foil, Epee, & Sabre.

·         Viking Holmgang (duel). Viking duels by Vinland Toronto using Norse weapons in the first ever Battle Knights Viking Tournament. 8 Norse armoured warriors will be competing for the Championship.

·         HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts) Invitational (4 competitors). This style of sword fighting comes from the treatises (historical texts) and is for Historical unarmoured duels.  The competitors use historical techniques while wearing protective gear (fencing mask, padded gambeson or jacket, and gauntlets). The tournament has 4 experienced HEMA practitioners competing to win the first ever Battle Knights HEMA Tournament.  DWARF (Dueling Weapons Academy of Renaissance Fencing) are assisting with the judging.

·         MACE (Medieval Armoured Combat Entertainment). Full contact sword fighting Tournament of 8 Professional Armoured Sword Fighters by Blades of Glory.  Harry X has previously won the first two Battle Knights tournament with Austin coming in second both times, while 6 other competitors are also vying to be Champion.  They will use various weapon styles, such as sword & shield, longsword, sword & buckler, 2 weapons, etc. and you will see each armoured sword fighter in Historical armour representing armour throughout the Medieval Era

$30 per person for Advance Tickets

Jan 19
MPP Fife’s Levee @ Golf’s Steak House 11am-1pm
This event is my way to say thank you to our community as we embark on the year ahead. It is a free brunch and an opportunity to meet with friends both new and old.

This is open invitation, no tickets necessary

Jan 22
Homemade Pasta @ Kitchener Market 6:30pm
Registration info at

Jan 23

Jan 25
Chinese New Year @ Kitchener Market
Free Event
Discover the traditions and taboos, dishes and drinks that are part of China's most important holiday, the Chinese New Year!  Come and enjoy dancers, cooking and craft fun!  No registration required.

Woolwich Memorial Centre Elmira 10:30am-11:30am
Sun and Moon love to visit their friend Water. Do you love to visit your friends too? What would happen if they never came to visit you? When Water finally comes to visit, look out, because he is bringing ALL of him and his wet and wild friends! This folktale has origins from both China and Nigeria, and it answers the burning question — how did Sun and Moon end up way up high?
Doors open 30 minutes before each concert for children and parents can participate in music activities provided by Music for Young Children. Stay after the concert to meet the performers and their instruments!
Tickets: Child - $11, Adult - $13, available at, 519-745-4711 or 1-888-745-4717

Jan 26
Family Literacy Day @ Conestoga Mall
Interactive activity stations, storytelling, live music and so much more. Everyone welcome. Registration is not required.

Jan 29
Underground Flavour Series @ Kitchener Market 6:30pm
Nicaragua with Chef Arnold Yescas

Jan 30