Sunday, February 2, 2020

KW Titans, Valentine's Day, Family Day Long Weekend Events, Activities and Stuff to do in Kitchener Waterloo - February 2020

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!
Feb 4 and Feb 18

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
Frontier College has a Reading Circle program every Tuesday evenings at Chandler Mowat! It starts this Tuesday, January 28 and runs from 6:30pm-7:30pm until Mar. 30

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 13
Jan 27
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
Open Nerf play Sunday, 10:30-12:30. Drop in, drop by, drop over. Just $15.00 at Flag Raiders indoor
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Chance to win a four-pack of tickets to the KW TITANS game on FEB 13

Chance to win a $50 gift certificate from Littles by Jules/Ruff Stitched

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

Strike Day Camps
Artshine Strike Day Camps for JK to Grade 6
Date: February 4th, 6th and 7th 
Hours: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Price: $48.00 (plus HST)
Location: Forest Hill United Church - 121 Westmount Road East, Kitchener
* A full refund will be issued if a collective agreement is reached prior to the camp start date*

City of Kitchener Strike Day Camps
The City of Kitchener will offer day programming for children ages 4 to 10 in the event school closures take place on Tuesday, Feb. 4, Thursday, Feb. 6 and Friday, Feb. 7. Registration is now open for programming taking place at the Lions Arena and Doon Pioneer Park Community Centre.

Day camps will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Space in the program is limited and the cost to participate is $25. Parental or guardian drop off and pick up is required. In the event the camp does not run, a full refund will be issued to registrants.  

During camp, children will participate in active games and enjoy creative crafts, while interacting with their peers and enhancing their interpersonal skills. Participants are asked to come with a nut-free lunch, snacks and a water bottle.

For more details or to register, visit our camps page. If your child requires an accommodation, please contact Inclusion Services at 519-741-2200 x 7229.

Feb 2
It’s Groundhog Day and the Superbowl, but don’t forget there is a 2pm KW Titans game @ THE AUD.  Bring your old shoes to donate to Soles4Souls

Feb 5
World Nutella Day in Brantford
On Wednesday, February 5 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. we invite you to join us at the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre as we join other communities and groups around the world in celebration of World Nutella® Day!

Visitors can enjoy a ton of free fun family events and entertainment such as PAW PATROL meet and greet, free pancakes with Nutella®, product giveaways, a free public skate and swim, a draw for a Nutella® gift bag, Cupcake Corner sponsored by Sweet Bakery, Nutty photo booth, face painting, showing the new release movie Abominable and more, all generously sponsored by Ferrero® in partnership with the City of Brantford. We will be selling I love Nutella® t-shirts with 100% of the proceeds being donated to a local charity to be named at a later date.

Neighbourhood Watch Cambridge presents Community Talk with Police Chief Larkin and Mayor Mcgarry. 6:30-8pm at Cambridge City Hall for a discussion on public safety. This is an opportunity to share your concerns and ask your questions

Feb 6
Harry Potter Book Night @ Conestoga Mall
Indigo's 6th annual Harry Potter Book Night!
This years theme is the Triwizard Tournament!
Meet us at Indigo Conestoga Mall at 7pm to participate. Feel free to dress in your Harry Potter best!

Feb 8
A Dancing Violin: a tale of mistakes and second chances, accompanied by KWS musicians and beautiful illustrations from an enchanting book.

Sat Feb 08 / 10:30 am @ Waterloo Region Museum (DOON)

Mary Berg’s Kitchen Party @ Kitchener Market at 11am

Feb 9
Dog Haus Mediation Walk @ Bechtel Park 10am-11am
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!

Princess Party 1pm-3pm @ Reach for the Stars at 39 Durward Pl. Waterloo
$35 for one child plus one adult, $20 for each additional child. Registration info at

Tracking Forest Life in Winter @ Huron Natural Area 2-3:30pm
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.

Discover nature in the city! Check out our other programs in Kitchener's natural areas:

Free Family Skate @ Karl Hamouth Arena Cambridge 2-4pm

Free Skate @ Cambridge Ice Centre 2:30-3:30pm

Feb 13
KW TITANS game @ THE AUD 7pm, info at           

Feb 14
Happy Valentine’s Day


Feb 15
Free Hockey Card Day @ Clouts and Chara
Join us in-store Saturday February 15th and receive a FREE pack of official Upper Deck hockey cards!

National Hockey Card Day, now in its ninth year, is a day of celebration for Canadian hockey card collectors and hockey fans throughout the country!

Feb 15-17
WILDLIFE FESTIVAL is back and better than ever! Meet Lemurs, an amazing green mamba, armadillo, skunk, alligator, rattlesnakes, gila monster, giant pythons, tarantulas, and so much more coming to you on February 15, 16th, 17th.

This amazing interactive, educational event will feature our brand new exhibit VENOM featuring some of the world's most dangerous, misunderstood and feared animals in the world including a gila monster, mamba, rattlesnake, cottonmouth, tarantula and more. See lemurs up close and personal and learn about the plight of many animals in Madagascar and how you can help. As always there will be 2 amazing highly interactive 30-minute educational programs that will rotate 15 minutes apart each day and boat loads of staff with animals out for people to interact with in this family-friendly, hands-on environment. In addition to being fun and educational, it also supports many amazing causes!

Give yourself a good 2 hours to see and do everything.

Saturday February 15th - 10am - 5pm
Sunday February 16th - 10am - 5pm
Monday February 17th - 10am - 5pm

Reptiles and Invertebrates - 10:15/11:45/1:15/2:45/4:15
Mammals - 11:00/12:30/2:00/3:30

Bingemans Conference Center
425 Bingemans Centre Dr, Kitchener, ON N2B 3X7, Canada

Single Admission: $14.50
After fourth person in a group, each additional person is $10 with children 2 and under are FREE.

SAVE: Buy tickets online and save $2.50 per ticket! This discount is available only before the first day of the event. Buy online tickets here: Ticket Link Coming Soon!

*** ACCESSIBILITY $$$ - We do not turn anyone away for financial reasons. Please send us a message or email us at if admission is an issue for you and we will make arrangements for you!

*** SPECIAL TIMES FOR SPECIAL NEEDS FAMILIES - We have a special sensitivity hour from 9 am to 10 am on Saturday that is FREE for anyone who has a family member with special circumstances that may not be able attend for one reason or another during the regular operating hours

***VOLUNTEERING*** - We have room for 4-5 volunteers each event day to help handle some of the smaller animals and interact with the public.Please email for more info!

For more info on Little Ray's Nature Center please visit:  Info from

Kidapalooza Family Festival is coming to Waterloo Region! Kidapalooza KW will take place Family Day Long Weekend FEBRUARY 15-17, 2020 at the beautiful Lot42 in over 40,000 sq ft of INDOOR space with ​some outdoor activities. The event will feature Kidapalooza's signature ​activity stations, interactive inflatables, mechanical rides for the whole family, stage shows, special guest appearances, plus so much more!
You will also be able to shop local and artisan vendors along with all of the Family Festival Fun! Kidapalooza is committed to providing a hands-on, creative experience for families from all across the Kitchener Waterloo Cambridge regions! Prices vary

Feb 16
Bring on the Sunshine Family Festival, celebrating Africa, Culture, community and Family during Black History Month and share in the riches of all of our African cultures with Canadians of every origin.
Kitchener City Hall 11am-5pm

Feb 16-17
Family Day Carnival @ Bingemans
Bring the family to Bingemans for the Family Day Carnival!
Enjoy inflatables, rides, food and activities! The fun takes place in the Ballroom on Sunday Feb. 16th and Monday Feb. 17th.

Children ages 3 - 12 are $10 each, adults and children under 2 (with accompanying children ages 3 - 12) are free. The fun goes from 10am to 4pm (All prices subject to applicable taxes & fees). Tickets at

Feb 17
Family Day Fun in North Dumfries 9am-3pm

Free Family Day Skate @ Sportsworld Arena 10am-Noon

FREE general public skating on Monday February 17th, 2020 from 10:40am-noon and 2:10pm-3:30pm @ Cambridge Ice Centre

Family Day @ Schwaben Club 11am-5pm
$10 for ages 11 and up, free for 10 and under

Williamsburg Family Fun Day @ Freedom in Christ Church 1643 Bleams Rd. Kitchener
Indoor and Outdoor Activities 1pm-3:30pm

Day of Medieval Fun for the whole family
Back again on Family Day, Monday February 17, 2020 in Guelph
This popular family fun event returns with many activities for everyone to enjoy.
KnightsFest includes displays, costumes, games, activities and entertainment, all to the theme of the Medieval era. This is a free event for the whole family.

Feb 20
KW TITANS game @ THE AUD 7pm, info at

Feb 22
Hockeytown @ Kitchener City Hall 10am-4pm
Kitchener Minor Hockey (tyke players) will play five games for a chance to win the Mayor's Cup. An event for hockey lovers, there will be sporty games for all ages, inflatable play areas inside the rotunda, a charitable BBQ and more. This event is Kitchener's 'Winter Classic' for young hockey players in our city - so come and show them your support and share in the joy of Canada's sport. 

A Dancing Violin: a tale of mistakes and second chances, accompanied by KWS musicians and beautiful illustrations from an enchanting book.

Sat Feb 22 / 10:30 am @ Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts

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.

Feb 29
Happy Leap Day!
Princess Party @ Creekside Church Waterloo $7 per family 1pm-4pm

Café Du Monde  Grand Opening on Feb 29th. Since community is extremely important to us, we will also be raising funds in support of the Cambridge Memorial Hospital & you are invited!
614 Coronation Blvd. Cambridge 11am-5pm

- Ribbon Cutting 🎀

- Handmade vendors
- Live Music
- Wine sampling
- Live auction (100% of funds donated to CMHF)
- Door prizes

Family Comedy Show @ Waterloo Towne Square 2pm


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