Monday, October 1
This morning at 10:30 am at the East Side branch children birth to age 5 can enjoy Bouncing Babies.
ASTRA presents Bob McDonald “Art & Science: a Beautiful Blend” from 7-8:45pm at the Science Complex Atrium, University of Guelph.
Bob McDonald, host of CBC radio’s Quirks and Quarks, comes to the University of Guelph to talk about the blend of art and science. Free event, everyone welcome. There is free parking in P31 after 5pm. For more information please visit the website or call (519) 824-4120
Tuesday, October 2
This morning at 10:30 am at the Main branch children birth to 5 years are invited to Mother Goose Storytime.
Wednesday, October 3
At 6:00 pm this evening at the Westminster Library Branch there is a Junior Craft Attack for kids ages 8 to 11 years
Thursday, October 4
Tiny Tot Thursday at the Guelph Civic Museum at 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Join this fun drop-in program for children ages 1-4 and their caregivers. Admission $2.00 per person at the door (both adults and children ages 1 and up). Free for Members of Guelph Museums. Members from our partner sites pay $2 per person at the door.
Friday, October 5
This morning at 10:30 am the Main branch children ages birth to 5 will love Imagination Station and at 3:30 pm at the Main Branch get boy exciting about reading with the Boys READ Book Club for boys ages 7 to 10 years.
Saturday, October 6
This morning at the Main Branch beginning at 10:30 am kids ages 4 and up are invited to Simple Signing. Have fun learning to sign the alphabet, basic signs, and an easy to remember song! At 2:00 pm the Westminster Branch host Kids Can Knit for kids ages 8 to 12 years. Bring needles if you have them and a friend to learn with.
How to Not Get Lost in the Woods at Laurel Creek Conservation Area from 2 pm to 4 pm.
Learn how to use GPS to find secret clues around the Conservation Area. Then solve the puzzle to win a (small) prize! Meet at the baseball shelter. GPS units will be available for loan with valid photo ID. Appropriate for all ages. Free with park admission.
Elora is hosting Pumpkin Day 2012 from 10:00 to 1:00 in Bissell Park with the Elora Farmers Market.
Bring your pumpkins; big, little, weird, carved, or decorated for prizes. Watch special guest carver, Kevin Bender, demonstrate pumpkin carving techniques as he creates a masterpiece. Listen to the Boo Radley Project and watch the TuTu in You fashion show. Carve your own pumpkin and/or join the slime toss. Fun for all ages! Join us this year, along with The Twilight Zoo , Mapleton Dairy (for pumpkin ice cream), and I Love Chocolate (for pumpkin fudge). This is a free event but donations to the food bank appreciated.
Monday, October 8
Thanksgiving Day Parade starting in Uptown Waterloo – 8:30 am
Everyone loves a parade and the annual Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade is a great one. Thousands of people line the parade route each year to see the floats, bands and special entries that are part of this annual event. For more information about Oktoberfest activities please see the website.
The Children’s Art Factory has Post Office Fun every morning (except Monday this week) from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Come play with a mini postal outlet with lots of mail to deliver! Slots and containers, stamps, stickers, envelopes to open and mail to sort. Little mailbags and mailboxes to use for imaginary play.
Erin Fall Fair runs from Friday October 5 to Monday October 8 from Date: October 05, 2012 at the Erin Fair Grounds. Enjoy one of the areas largest (and last) fall fairs. For information about events and shows please visit the website www.erinfair.ca Admission : Day and weekend passes available.
The Twilight Zoo returns to the Elora Centre for the Arts opening on October 6, 2012 during regular gallery hours from Sunday -Wednesday with later lantern hours from Thursdays to Saturdays. Then be ready for the Scare Fair weekend when Thrills, Chills, Vendors, Food and Fun join the sculptures from October 19 – 21st! This year a few extra-special performers join in the monster mayhem including Tim Holland, ventriloquist on opening night! Admission Prices: Per Person $7. Group of 5 $30. Children 5 and under are free.
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.
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.
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
Centennial Pool 519-837-5620
Friday 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Sunday 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Victoria Road Recreation Centre 519-837-5621 (Closed until September 14)
Adult and Tot Swims
Monday and Wednesday 11:30 am - 1pm and 2:00 – 3:30pm
Friday 2:00pm – 3:30pm
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 (Until September 27)
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
Saturday 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sunday 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
After School Swim
Monday – Friday 3:30 – 4:45
Splash and Games
Friday 7:30 – 9:00 pm