Just a note that the Library’s Storytimes are starting soon…
Branch storytimes start the week October 8 – 12th for children ages birth to 5 years and their parents and/or caregivers. Stories, simple fingerplays, rhymes & songs highlight this interactive storytime. No registration is required. Free Admission with your library card.
West End Stories – Tuesday mornings @ 9:30 AM
Scottsdale Stories – Wednesday mornings @ 9:30 AM
Westminster Stories – Wednesday mornings @ 10:30 AM
Bullfrog Stories – Thursday mornings @ 9:30 AM
East Side Stories – Thursday mornings @ 10:30 AM
Tuesday, October 9
This morning at 9:30 am the West End Branch hosts West End Stories for babies birth to 5 years. There’s also the Mother Goose Storytime at 10:30 am at the Main Branch for kids from birth to 5 years.
Wednesday, October 10
At 9:30 am at the Scottsdale Branch little ones from birth to age 5 can enjoy Scottsdale Stories. There’s also a storytime at 10:30 am at the Westminster Branch for children from birth to 5 years. For older children, ages 8 to 11 there is Junior Craft Attack! at 6:00 pm at the East Side Branch.
Thursday, October 11
Lots of story times today. At 9:30 am there is Bullfrog Stories at the Bullfrog Mall for children birth to 5 years. Later, at 10:30 am the East Side Branch hosts East Side Stories for kids from birth to 5 years. And this evening, beginning at 6:30 pm the Westminster Branch has Junior Twilight Tales for ages 2 to 7 years.
Friday, October 12
At 10:30 am at the Westminster Branch little ones from birth to 24 months will love Bouncing Babies. Also at 10:30 am at the Main Branch there is Imagination Station for birth to 5 years. At after school, at 3:30 pm boys ages 7 to 10 years are invited to the Main Branch for Junior Boys READ Book Club.
Saturday October 13
There’s a special treat at the Main Branch this morning. Come at 10:30 am for a special program with LIVE Birds from Wild Ontario for children ages 5 years and up. There are two events for teens today at the Main Branch. Beginning at 2:00 pm there is the Teen Movie: Avengers PG-13 for grades 7 & up and at 2:30pm there is the Teen Teen Art Club for grades 7 and up
Halloween Crafts and Activities at the Wellington County Museum
Get ready for a spooky Halloween and learn about traditional decorations and games for this time of year. Admission is $2.00 per person. This event is a drop in format and will run from 12 noon – 4 pm. For more information please visit the website.
Go ENG Girl is an exciting opportunity for girls in Grades 7 through 10 across Ontario to visit their local university to learn about the wonderful world of engineering, “A Caring Profession.” This free program includes fun hands-on activities, informative parents’ sessions and exhibits by our engineering students. Location: Thornbrough Building, Engineering Atrium, University of Guelph. For more information or to register, please visit the website.
Sunday, October 14
KWAG Family Sunday from 1 – 4 p.m. (Children ages 4 – 12 + adult companion)
Spend the afternoon with friends and family exploring the world of art and creativity. Enjoy the exhibitions, make one-of-a-kind artwork, take part in drama workshops, and listen to stories read by Kitchener Public Library staff. This program is best suited for children ages 4 – 12 and their adult companions. For more information please visit the website.
Guelph Lake Nature Centre Reunion and Open House noon to 4 p.m.
Connect with nature at the Guelph Lake Nature Centre Reunion and Open House. Bring the family for an afternoon of exploring nature, playing games and learning (while having fun) about our outdoor world. Did you or your child attend GLNC on a school trip or summer camp? Or, have you always wondered about nature centre? Then this event is for you! Outdoor games, nature activities and presentations throughout the afternoon. This is a free event with activities for all ages. Registration is not required, but if you have questions please contact Logan Walsh firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-621-2763 x 2371. Those 16 years or younger must be accompanied by an adult.
Guelph Hiking Club Kids Hike takes place on Starkey Trail at 1:00 pm. There will be 90 minute tortoise and hare hikes. Please register with Kathy at 519 836-9147 and visit www.guelphhiking.com for more information.
The Three Musketeers presented by the DuffleBag Theatre from 2-4pm
at the River Run Centre
All for one and one for all! The classic story full of adventure, swords, espionage and heroes like you’ve never seen before. Prepare to be delighted with this unpredictable interactive performance. Please visit www.riverrun.ca for ticket information.
The Children’s Art Factory has Nature’s Kitchen every morning from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Pretend “cooking” with a feast of natural materials: sawdust, pine cones, leaves, stones,pebbles, grass, black walnuts and water. Then collect, scoop, spoon, fill, mix, stir, experiment.
Playing with natural materials such as plants, trees, edible gardens, sand, rocks, mud, water and other elements from nature invite open-ended interactions, spontaneity, risk-taking, exploration and discovery. As well as a connection with, and appreciation for, the natural environment.
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 from 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
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