Monday, July 30
Lots of fun at the library today. At 10:00 am the West End branch has DIY Craft: Puppets for ages ges 3 years and u and at Bullfrog Branch kids ages 4 and up can have fun with DIY Craft: Funky Caterpillars. At 10:30 at the Main branch kids 2-6 can Dance Around the World and at 2:30 kids ages 5 and up will love Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?
Tuesday, July 31
At 10:00 am Lego lovers age 4 and up can head to the East Side branch for Lego Mania. At 10:30 am kids ages 2 – 6 can explore Imagination Land and at 2:30 Teens can catch a movie: The Lucky One, based on Nicolas Spark’s book. There’s also a special event at the Westminster branch. At 10:30 am kids ages 5 and up are invited to a Nature Show put on by the naturalists at Guelph Lake Nature Centre!
Cool off with a Free Tim Hortons Public Swim from 2-4 pm at the West End Community Centre.
Load up the van. It’s $15 Carload night at the Mustang Drive-in.
For more information, including this week’s shows, please visit www.mustangdriveinguelph.ca
Wednesday, August 1
At 10:00 am head to the Scottsdale branch for Junior Puppets for ages 4 and up. At 10:30 at the main branch kids ages 2-6 will enjoy Bus, Plane, Car, Train Storytime! And at 2:30 the Main branch hosts a Special Guest talking about A Kid’s Guide to Cash for ages 10-13
Wellington County Museum Simple Pleasures
Join The Wellington County Museum, located in between Fergus and Elora from 1-4pm for a Tour of Belsyde Cemetery. Join us at Belsyde Cemetery for a family oriented tour and guided activities. Cemeteries are great places in the community to go for a walk, learn some history and enjoy the beauty of the stones and nature. Al Koop, of Older Voices will meet us at the back gates of Belsyde cemetery and be our guide. Registration is required, space is limited. Tour will begin at 1:00 pm sharp. For more information please visit the website.
Wednesday Evening Walks at the Arboretum begin at 7 p.m. at the J.C. Taylor Centre at the Arboretum at the University of Guelph. These 1 ½ hour family friendly walks will be on a different topic each week and are $2 / person. This week: Slimy vs Scaly– the Herptiles of The Arboretum. There are Reptiles and Amphibians here at The Arboretum. Who do you know more about; Snakes and Turtles or Frogs and Salamanders? We will work to together to answer questions that will lead us through the grounds to find the habitats for these super cool critters.
Thursday, August 2
At the library this morning Lego lovers 4 and up can head to the Westminster branch at 10 am for Lego Mania Ages or at 10:30 am enjoy Junior Stories with Suzuki Strings at the East Side branch for ages 4 and up. At 10:30 the Main branch welcomes Applefun Puppetry to perform Robin Hood and the Dragon for kids ages 3-9. At 2:30 teens can take part in Duct Tape Creations. You can fix anything with duct tape and now you can create anything too. Make a wallet, bag or just about anything you can imagine.
Head to Rockwood Conservation Area at 2:00 pm for a Swamp Tromp. Come and explore the water world of Rockwood. You’ll find yourself dip-netting with a naturalist, looking for frogs, fish and invertebrates near the Harris Mill ruins. Be prepared to get your shoes wet! Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Mill Ruins. Free with park admission. Please visit the website for more information.
Cool off with a Free Tim Hortons Public Swim from 2 pm – 4 pm at Victor Davis Pool
Every Thursday, July through August, learn about fire safety and accident prevention. Meet emergency responders. Check out the emergency vehicles, including fire trucks, police vehicles and ambulances. This week the Fire Department will be at St. Paul Catholic School from 6:30–7:45 pm. Please visit the website for more information.
Head to the Wellington County Museum for a Concert on the Steps. This week featuring the Fergus Pipe Band. The concert, which is the first of a 4 part series of outdoor concerts runs from 7 to 8 pm. Admission is by donation. Please bring your own chair for the front lawn. Please check out the website for more information.
Load up the car. It’s $15 Carload night at the Mustang Drive-in.
For more information, including this week’s movies, please visit www.mustangdriveinguelph.ca
Friday August 3
At the Main branch at 10:30 am little ones birth to 18 months can take part in Bouncing Babies and at 2:30 pm kids ages 5 and up will have fun in the Olympics with a Twist.
From 10:30 to 11:30 at the Guelph Enabling Garden in Riverside Park, please join the Guelph Guild of Storytellers for another season of wonderful stories along the river bank in a beautiful garden. Please bring a lawn chair and your own mug for refreshments. Donations are accepted to assist with the Garden’s ongoing Horticultural Therapy programming. http://www.enablinggarden.org
St George’s Square Noon Hour Concert
This week’s performers: Cellist George Meanwell will entertain accompanied by Eric St-Laurent on the guitar.
Saturday, August 4, 2012
There’s a Bug Hunt happening at Rockwood Conservation Area at 10 a.m.
Join the naturalist, and explore the field and forest looking for those creepy crawlers lurking under logs and in the branches. Using nets and spy glasses you’ll see just how beautiful bugs can be! Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the trailer by the mini-putt. Free with park admission. Visit the website for more information.
On Saturday morning, the Galaxy Cinema hosts Cineplex Family Favourites at 11 am. Watch a family favourite film each week for only $2.50. A portion of proceeds go towards supporting Starlight Children’s Foundation. This week’s feature: Follow That Bird Big Bird is evicted from Sesame Street and begins a long adventure, wandering across the country, as his friends head out to bring him back. Find more information at the website.
Celebrate Guelph’s Heritage at John Galt Day, taking place at Market Square from 10 am - 2 pm.
There will be lots of family friendly activities and games including: Musical entertainment, Locomotive 6167 open house, a variety of children’s activities and face-painting, Farmers Market vendors, Historical Walking tour with Guelph Arts Council and free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. From 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon guests can taste test cookies made from recipes found in cook books from the Museum collection.
Don’t forget to bring your bathing suit if you want to splash in the wading pool and fountains.
Also happening in conjunction with the John Galt Day is Food Day Canada. You can get a taste Guelph’s various local foods and have the opportunity to enjoy different flavours as well as each other’s stories! Visit http://fooddaycanada.ca/ for more information.
Sunday, August 5
Lions Club Show ‘N Shine Car Show. Come to downtown Guelph to view some of the area’s best kept automobiles! 1-5pm. Please visit www.guelphlionsclub.org for more information.
Cool off with a Free Tim Hortons Public Swim from 5-8 pm at Lyon Pool on York Road.
The Mill Race Folk Festival takes place in Cambridge this weekend. The event which is free, focuses on traditional forms of folk music and dance from a variety of cultures. Because it was inspired by similar events held in the United Kingdom, a significant part of the content is British and Irish music. However, an equally significant number of acts represent a variety of world cultures and the multinational character that is Canada today. You can find the full line up at the website.
If you haven’t made the trip over to the new Waterloo Region Museum and Doon Heritage Village, it’s worth checking out. There are activities daily in both the historical village and the museum that are lots of fun for kids. You can get in to both sites free if you have a membership to the Guelph Civic Museum.
This week at the Children’s Art Factory, all roads lead to …tiny town. Create a tiny town with playmobil, cars, people and other toy buildings in the sand table. Or dress up and put on a show on the stage. For details on programs and events at the Children’s Art Factory please visit their website.
Back To Nature Walks Every Sunday (including holiday weekends) at the Royal Botanical Gardens;
2 to 3:30 p.m. at locations* noted below.
Come walk with us! Did you know that a walk in the woods reduces stress no matter what your age? Enjoy the great outdoors at Royal Botanical Gardens and spend healthy, active, quality time with your friends and family. Keep an eye out for bald eagles, fox tracks, deer and other seasonal sightings. Every week is a different adventure! NOTE: Our trails are rocky and muddy. Baby carriers work well on our trails, and the kids just love the views! Most trails are not suitable for strollers, except those designed for off-sidewalk use. Dress for the weather and meet your leader at the following locations*:
1st Sunday of every month: Hendrie Valley; meet at Cherry Hill Gate parking lot
2nd Sunday of every month: Princess Point; meet at the parking lot
3rd Sunday of every month: Cootes North Shore; meet at the Nature Centre
4th Sunday of every month: Cootes South Shore; meet at the Aviary parking lot on Oak Knoll Drive, Hamilton 5th Sunday of every month: Rock Chapel; meet at the parking lot
*Please note: The rotation of hike locations has changed from previous years.
*If the weather looks threatening, please check our Program Update Line at 905-527-1158 ext. 404. Weather updates are posted one to two hours before program start time. Fees: Free (donations welcome)
The Donkey Sanctuary Open Days happen from early may until October. The Public is welcome to visit and interact with the donkeys and stroll the beautiful grounds on Wednesdays and Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm, May 6 to October 31. For more information and a map to the sanctuary, please visit the website.
Bug and Butterfly University At Greenway Blooming Centre Breslau
Every Sunday and Wednesday afternoon throughout July and August. Fun programs for all ages, created and delivered by John Powers, internationally known as the Butterfly Man® and the Bug Man®.
Along with Marco, John teaches students about the growing and hatching of butterflies. He displays and explains his incredible collection of insects, some of which are entries in the Guinness Book of World Records. Guest speakers are featured as well as artists and photographers.
Early Years Programming
If you are looking for a drop in program, check out the long list of programs offered through the Early Years Centre.
City of Guelph Public and Family Swims
City splash pads and wading pools are free all summer. Splash pads are located at Hanlon Creek Waverley Park, Norm Jary and West End Community Centre and are open daily from June 28 to September 3, from 11 am-7pm. The city’s wading pools are located at Sunny Acres, Mico Valeriote, Exhibition Parks and are open from June 28 to September 3, from 12-6 pm. The fountain at Market Square at City hall is operational from 9 am to 10 pm daily.
Centennial Pool 519-837-5620
Sunday 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Friday 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Victoria Road Recreation Centre 519-837-5621
Saturday 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm and 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Sunday 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
West End Community Centre 519-837-5657
After School Swim – Leisure Pool with slide open
Tuesday 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm
Thursday 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm
Family Swim – Leisure and Therapy Pool (no slide and children must be accompanied by an adult)
Saturday 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Public Swim – all pools and slide open
Friday 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sunday 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm