Friday, June 30, 2023

July 2023 Events, Festivals, Fireworks, Drone Show, Splash Pads and more Summer Fun in the Kitchener Waterloo Area


Please check all the links listed as info tends to change without our knowledge.  We also suggest you go through the full list as some activities require you to pre-register and many have limited spaces. Dates/Times and Prices Vary.

The top part of our list is for ONGOING EVENTS (daily/weekly events) and further down you can see the MONTH SPECIFIC EVENTS


Attractions ONTARIO coupons for

Playgrouds Movement and Training Centre

Play a Latte Cafe

Cambridge Libraries Calendar

Region of Waterloo Museum (DOON) events

Joseph Schneider Haus events

Woodside National Historic Site Self Guided Tours Thursday and Fridays

Kitchener Market Events Calendar

Indoor Skateboard Park @ Queensmount Arena - various dates and times

Swimming and Splashpads - Prices vary

Ira Needles Splashpad at The Boardwalk

Town of St. Marys SuperSplash

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Mustang Drive In Guelph

Classic Car Show and Shine at the Partsource at Highland and Westmount

Pupliates/Pups and Poses (yoga and pilates with dogs) @ Victoria Park 5:30-7:30

Yoga in the Park @ Civic Centre Park (between KPL and Centre in the Square) 12:30-1:15pm

Noon Hour Concerts at St. Andrew's Church


Yoga in the Park @ Civic Centre Park (between KPL and Centre in the Square) 5:30-6:30pm

Pick Your Play drop-in for youth 8 yrs+.
Albert McCormick Community Centre, 
Thursdays, 4 – 6 p.m. from May 18 to June 29.
Activities include gaming, sports, fitness, crafts and more!
Buy a 6-visit play pass for $10 at Customer Service

A Splash of Summer A Splash of Summer

Salsa in the Square by Underdog Dance Corp 7-11pm at Waterloo Public Square

Big Screen Thursdays @ Gaslight District in Galt (Cambridge)

Live Music @ Kitchener City Hall Noon-1pm (Except June 30)

Kids Events in Hespeler (Cambridge) 4:30pm


Family Favourites at Cineplex on Saturdays 

First Tee at GolfPlay Waterloo

Appleflats Orchard Tours in Wellesley - various times


Kid Zone Inflatables 10am-2pm in Hespeler (Cambridge) Events Upcoming in Hespeler Village, Cambridge

Donkey Sanctuary Open Days in Puslinch 

Family karaoke every Sunday from 3-6 on the patio at Zaz Bistro in Cambridge


July 1, 2023
Canada Day
Beavertails at The Boardwalk is offering a Free Lemonade with the purchase of a Beavertails Pastery

Waterloo Park Community Picnic and Drone Show

Canada Day in Wilmot

Canada Day in Cambridge  (Riverside Park Cambridge)

WMB Church Breslau on Ravenswood Rd 

Stratford Canada Day Fireworks at SERC provided by the Stratford Kinsmen Club

July 1-9
Free Fishing (no license required) Family Fishing Week (July 1-9, 2023)

July 3-9
Take a Kid to the Course - Golfing Info at

July 7

July 6-9

July 7-16
Neebing Indigenous Art Fair at Bingemans

July 8
Cherry Festival 11am-5pm @ Cherry Park

New Paws on the Block on Gaukle Noon-7pm

July 8-9
Good Games in Guelph

July 11
Big Splash Birthday @ Bingemans


July 12

July 13
Waterloo Park Outdoor Movie 
  • July 13: The Super Mario Bros Movie (2023)*
See my review at 

July 13-16

Mount Forest Fireworks Festival Fireworks on July 14 and 15

July 14-16
Ribfest & Craft Beer Show in Victoria Park with Kids Fun Zone info at

July 15
Waterloo Code Quest @ Conestoga Mall 10am-4pm

Afro Festival in Waterloo Park Noon-6pm

July 21-23
Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival

July 22

Free Event at Reach for the Stars Dance Company 

July 23
***FREE***FUN FAIR in Embro THIS SUNDAY (near Woodstock) Fun Fair and Open House, Sunday, July 23! Something for everyone...Disney Princesses, Spider Guy, Petting Zoo, Open House, Refreshments, Water Balloon Games and more. Sunday between 1-3pm at 92 Elgin Street South in Embro. All the info is at

July 27
Waterloo Park Outdoor Movie
  • July 27: Hairspray (2007)*

July 28-30
Opening Weekend at the Gaslight District Cambridge schedule

First Tee is Here to Inspire Future Golfers in the Kitchener Waterloo Community - Financial Assistance Available


Registration link below

Back in March, I attended the opening of Golf Play Waterloo and while I was there I met golfers that were involved with Golf Canada's First Tee program. It is a program to inspire youth through golf.

Since then I have been posting about the program in the Looking Ahead section of our monthly posts.

This program will be running Saturday Mornings for ages 7-13 from July 8 to August 12, 2023 at 9:15am-10:15am
It is a LEARN TO GOLF program is run by GOLF CANADA and takes place at GolfPlay Waterloo at 80 Lodge St.

First Tee - ON is Golf Canada's youth development program focused on empowering youth to build strength of character through the game of golf. Its innovative curriculum uses sport as a vehicle to inspire life skills and healthy lifestyle habits.

There is financial assistance available at the end of the registration, or continue reading below

All the details about applying for financial assistance can be found here:

Applying is completed during the registration process and the steps are outlined below:
Login to the registration portal and select the program you wish to register your child for.
During checkout, you will be asked if you would like to apply for financial assistance. Click “Yes” if you would like to apply.
You will then be prompted to enter information regarding your household and financial status.
Complete the checkout process to submit your application for financial assistance. Note: You will not be required to submit payment at this time; however, your child is not officially registered for the program yet.
First Tee – Ontario will review your application within 3-5 business days and approve or deny the request for financial assistance, or request additional information outlined in the Funding Details section below.
You will receive notice of the decision via email with a link to complete the registration. You will have 48 hours to do so. Note: If your financial assistance application is approved, you will see the financial aid applied in the payment summary

Sunday, June 25, 2023

Get Engulfed in the World of The Super Mario Bros. Movie - Review

A few weeks ago I let you know that THE SUPER MARIO BROS. MOVIE was out and last night I watched everyone's favourite duo explore new worlds in this film full of adventure.

This animated feature was full of nostalgia and I was impressed by The Super Mario Bros. Movie and the way it captured the spirit of the fun-filled video games. While Mario and Luigi were engulfed in a Brooklyn plumbing emergency that sucked them into a different dimension, as a viewer I felt I was along for the ride as well. Every spectacular stop on the journey overwhelmed me with the attention to detail and bursts of colour on my screen.  This made The Super Mario Bros Movie story almost leap off the screen as the characters were pouncing from platforms, bounding on bricks and punching for power-ups! With all this spectacle, the movie never lost sight of the story of Mario never giving up no matter the odds. He is the hero who perseveres in his quest to save the world. This is why everyone loves these characters and you will love this movie too!

For a chance to win a Digital Copy of The Super Mario Bros. Movie, enter the GIVEAWAY!