Monday, October 22
This morning at 10:30 the East Side Branch of the library hosts Bouncing Babies for birth to 5 years and this evening at 6:30 pm the East Side branch has Sleepytime Stories for ages 2 years and up.
Tuesday, October 23
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.
And for a special treat at 7:00 pm the Main Branch hosts Guelph Storm Hockey Stories for kids ages 4 to 8 years. Meet some Guelph Storm Hockey players, listen to hockey stories, and learn some tips & tricks of their favourite game! Autograph session will follow. Ages 4 to 8 years old.
Wednesday, October 24
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. And at 6:30 pm at the Main Branch there is the Mother Daughter Book Club featuring The Penderwicks by Jane Birdsall. For ages 9 to 12 years.
Thursday, October 25
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 at the Westminster Branch there is Twilight Tales for ages 2 to 7 years.
Poor House Spirit Walk at Wellington County Museum
Meet several characters from the past in the first ever Poor House Spirit Walk tour. Admission is $2.00 per person, registration is required. Tours will begin at 7:00 pm and end at 9:00 pm.
UNICEF Pumpkin Contest from 7-9 pm at Stone Road Mall
The 20th annual UNICEF Pumpkin Contest will be held in the Stone Road Mall beginning the evening of Oct. 25 and continuing all day Oct. 26th and 27th. Students and celebrities from Guelph will display their carved/painted pumpkins using this year’s themes, The Muppets and Cats. Visit the display at the Mall and vote for your favourite pumpkin by donating to UNICEF. The pumpkin that receives the most money will be declared the winner, and your donations will go to UNICEF’s program to help students in other countries go to school.
Friday, October 26
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 27
10am -5pm. For just $5 a pumpkin you can carve your Halloween Masterpiece. They supply the pumpkin, tools and template – and do all the clean up.
Visitors are welcomed to freely explore the school, play in the kindergarten and enjoy a short puppet story, speak with teachers, and see displays of student work. 540 Victoria Road North, Guelph. For more information, contact Connie Watson at 519-821-5140 or visit the website.
2012 Science Open House and Gem & Mineral Show from 10am to 4pm at the University of Waterloo, in the Centre for Environmental and Information Technology.This free event is the result of a collaborative effort that brings together activities from all science departments to introduce the wonders of science to kids of all ages! The day will be filled with fun activities and science experiments for children of all ages. Some of the activities include:
fossil fishing, gold panning, walk inside a giant cell, create a laser maze, hands on chemistry experiments, a Chemistry Magic Show and much more, including the Gem and Mineral Show.
A celebration of Celtic music and dance hosted by Riverside Celtic College. The Kitchen Party is an interactive music performance and workshop with stories, demonstrations and blasts of cracking jigs and reels to get your feet tapping! There will be a fun Ceili that you can take part in, with easy dance steps described by the caller, so that anyone can easily kick up their heels and join in. All ages welcome. Admission : $4 adults, $3 children and seniors, $10 family. http://guelph.ca/museum
Enter if you dare…the GPL Haunted House at the Main Library for a howling good time!
9:30 – 10:30AM All ages welcome
10:30 – 11:30AM Enter at your own risk
Please bring a non-perishable food item for the Guelph Food Bank. Presented by the GPL’s Teen Advisory Group.
Walk through the haunted car barn and travel in the old, creaky streetcars along the mainline and enjoy some hot apple cider & scary snacks. If you’re a Halloween fan this is definitely a spooky experience not to be missed! Costumes encouraged. Reservations not required. Tickets sold at the door. All ages event!
Sunday, October 28
Poor House Spirit Walk at the Wellington County Museum
Meet several characters from the past in this first ever Poor House Spirit Walk.Admission is $2.00 per person, registration is required.
Tours will begin at 1:00 pm, in 15 minute intervals and end at 4:00 pm.
The Children’s Art Factory has Office Play every morning from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Post it notes, pens, keyboards, phones and lots of other office supplies to use to your hearts content….all the stuff Mom and Dad NEVER let you play with. You can at CAF this week!
Haunted Historical Halloween on Friday and Saturday from 6:30 – 9:30 pm at Westfield Heritage Village
Bone up on your history and folklore and discover the origins and traditions of Halloween’s past. Lots of fun for the whole family. For more information, please call 1-800-883-0104 or visit www.westfieldheritage.ca
Admission: Adults: $11, Seniors/Disabled: $10, Children: $6.50. Children 5 and under are free. Parking is free.
Spooktacular Halloween Weekend at Mountsberg Conservation Area
Start your Halloween festivities early at Mountsberg Conservation Area’s Spooktacular Halloween. This event is free with park admission and features plenty of hauntingly good fun for everyone:
•Creatures of the Night presentations with live snakes
•Bird of Prey Presentations – Owls & Vultures Halloween Special!
•Scary Skeleton Scavenger Hunt
•Kids “tattoo” parlour & crafts
Runs from 10:00 AM – 4:00 pm Saturday and Sunday. For more information please visit the website.
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. Admission to the Twilight Zoo is $5 per person or buy a book of 5 tickets for $20 Children 5 and under are free!: 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
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