Experience art, culture and history for great learning opportunities and try out adventurous sports and water-based activities for thrilling fun all summer long. Here is a list of 50 things to do to help you plan a great summer in Kitchener Waterloo Region.
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1. Annual Butterfly Count
Join Jenna Quinn, rare’s Program Scientist, for rare’s Annual Butterfly Count. During this official butterfly census, we will be identifying and counting all of the butterfly species throughout all habitats on the reserve.
July 13, 2019 at 1679 Blair Road
2. Sunset Yoga in Nature
Join for a 60 minute yoga practice dedicated to toning the body, calming the mind and connecting with nature. Class is accessible to all levels.
June 12, 2019 at Springbank Farm
681 Blair Road, Cambridge
3. Kultrun World Music Festival
This family friendly event is considered to be the regions “biggest outdoor dance party.” It features great music, activities, workshops and art performances.
July 13 – 14, 2019 at Victoria Park, 32 Dill St.
Enjoy barbecued meats, live entertainment, great activities and a kid’s zone at this finger lickingly good food festival.
July 19 – 21, 2019 at Victoria Park, 32 Dill St.
5. Open Streets
Come participate in this community event promoting walking, dancing, playing and socializing. There will be live music, art activities, community groups, businesses, eateries and more.
Street art edition on June 22, 2019 & Word play edition on August 17, 2019
6. Prose in the Park
Enjoy for hands-on workshops, word walks, storytelling activities, word treasure hunts, and activities will take place throughout the summer
Summer at Waterloo Park
Grab a blanket and gather round the campfire with family and friends to enjoy entertainment, food and much more!
June 19, July 17, August 21, September 18, 2019 at Waterloo Public Square, 75 King St. S.
8. Explore Guelph
9. Rock and Rumble
Enjoy live entertainment, epic food trucks and vintage motorcycles at this free concert for music and motorcycle lovers.
July 27, 2019 at Carl Zehr Square, Young St.
10. TD Kitchener Blues Festival
Check out one of Canada’s largest blues festivals for family-friendly activities, a children’s stage, great food and of course blues music.
August 8 – 11, 2019 in Downtown Kitchener BIA, 54 Queen St. S
August 18, 2019 at Victoria Park, 32 Dill St.
12. Final Fridays – Art Market
Head over to this art market featuring local artists and crafters in epic showdowns to help answer your pressing questions.
Fridays in Waterloo Public Square, 75 King St. S.
13. Step Right Up! The Travelling Carnival in Canada
This carnival takes you through 150 years of everything Canada for a deeper look at Canadian history, culture and art.
14. Waterloo Park
Head over to this jewel of the city, with picnic sites, sports facilities, a farm and a splash pad; there is surely something for everyone.
Get a closer look at unique art at THEMUSEUM with creative exhibitions like the virtual graffiti wall, walking piano and magnetic wall. There will also be family events running throughout the summer!
16. The Ultimate Escape
Work as a team connecting clues and solving riddles to get out of this real life escape room.
17. St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market
Check out Canada’s largest year round market for farm fresh foods, art and crafts by local artists, kid’s activities and a petting zoo.
18. Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery
Explore exhibitions like cultural topographies as well as special events like the bicycle opera project at this special art gallery.
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19. Chicopee Tube Park
Check out this park for an adventurous afternoon of tubing and zip lining with your family. There are day camps as well as great excursion packages.
20. Doon Heritage Village
Visit this historic 60-acre village for a look at what life was like in Waterloo over 100 years ago.
21. Victoria Park
This downtown park offers a playground, splash pad, restaurant on the lake, canoe and paddleboat rentals and so much more for a day of family fun.
22. Jack’s Family Restaurant
Visit this family restaurant for great food and atmosphere as well as fantastic service. They have huge portions and great prices, their breakfast options are highly recommended.
23. Waterloo Central Railway
Take an extraordinary ride on their themed train journeys like Canada Day Fest, Christmas in July and their pizza train.
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24. Breithaupt Centre
Check out this centre for various activities like swimming, arts and crafts programs and fitness classes.
25. Woodside National Historic Site
Visit this historic site which is the childhood home of William Lyon Mackenzie King, Canada’s longest serving Prime Minister.
26. Discovery Square
Join for a weekly celebration of STEAM each Tuesday in July at Discovery Square! A free program series focusing on STEAM – science, technology, engineering, art and math for kids
27. Huron Natural Area
Visit this natural area to hike science trails and take in the view from various look-outs. Do not forget to plan a play date at Huron Natural Playground.
Check out this epic water park experience with crazy slides, a wave pool, beach volleyball and so much more.
29. Rail Trail
Hike or bike any section of the 18 kilometre trail that follows the Grand River through lush Carolinian forest with spectacular river overlooks.
30. Moses Springer Outdoor Pool
31. Summer ECO Camp
For a meaningful outdoor summer experience, give your child something rare. For ages 6 – 12.
32. The Sublime Mr. Seagram
Just who was Joseph E. Seagram? Know the answer this question with this exhibit, marking the 100 anniversary of his death. Examine his legacy and impact on the community of Waterloo by looking at specific areas of his life: politics, business, horse racing, family and local community engagement.
33. Final Friday
Explore arts, culture and cuisine in the city’s core. Each Final Friday showcases five events that are a must-see in arts and culture in uptown Waterloo. At each Final Friday you will be able to visit the art market in Waterloo Public Square, and a duel where artist and makers face off against each other in a demonstration of their talents.
34. Lions Lagoon
Cool off this summer at this popular splash pad which also features picnic areas, a park and concessions.
35. Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory
Discover thousands of butterflies and examine a wide selection of various insects and exotic bugs at this conservatory.
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36. Artery Gallery
Check out various contemporary art exhibitions at this gallery promoting creative emerging art.
This is a great place for everyone to participate in a variety of fun sports activities including bowling, cosmic mini-golf and air hockey.
38. Cambridge Sculpture Garden
Considered to be a well kept secret, this garden offers scenic trails, walks along the river and various events throughout the year.
39. Riverside Rails
Learn how to skateboard at this skateboard park featuring various rails and ramps.
40. Airborne Trampoline
Visit this gymnastics centre for a day of fun jumping around at their recreational classes, public cosmic jumps or day camps.
42. Eby Farmstead
Take a field trip to this farmstead to learn and observe animals like llamas, goats, pigs and peacocks, up close.
43. Green Acre Park
Spend the weekend camping at this park with great activities on site like swimming and golf.
44. Max’s Sports World
Try out various sports activities like indoor and outdoor mini-golf, jumpers, baseball cages and their indoor and outdoor driving ranges.
45. Canoeing the Grand
Relax on the lake by canoeing, kayaking, tubing or paddle boating for a fun family adventure.
46. Herrle’s Country Farm Market
This family owned farm offers delicious pies, fresh produce, baked goods and homemade preserves. They also have ‘pick your own’ strawberry fields, which are open based on weather conditions.
Participate in fun summer programs that focus on various themes including theatre, dance, soccer, art and much more! They also offer events and drop in programs.
48. Laurel Creek
Spend a day or a weekend camping at this park, which is great for swimming, hiking, biking, windsurfing, kayaking or a quiet getaway near home!
49. Summer Reading Club
Head over to Waterloo Public Library to participate in their reading club or other summer children’s programs being offered.
50. Hamilton Poutine Feast
At Hamilton Poutine Feast, there will be tunes bumpin’, games for the whole family, tasty treats and many amazing poutines to try! July 18 – 21, 2019
50. Country Boy Family Restaurant
Celebrate the beginning of a new school year at this family friendly home style diner that serves up classic comfort foods; they also serve all day breakfast and spectacular lunch specials.