Tuesday, October 30
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 Scottsdale 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 31
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.
If the weather is too much for your little ones, Stone Road Mall is hosting an indoor Trick or Treat event from 6:oo to 8:oo pm. Watch for pumpkins in the window to find participating stores.
Thursday, November 1
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 at 2:00 pm at the Scottsdale Branch kids ages 2 to 5 can enjoy Play Mat Mania.
Tiny Tot Thursday at the Guelph Civic Museum 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Lots of fun Halloween games and crafts! Make sure you wear your costume!
Join us for 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. Please note that Tiny Tot Thursdays are held the first Thursday of each month (9:30 am to 11:30 am). This programs is not suitable for large groups.
Friday, November 2
At 10:30 am at the Main Branch there is Imagination Station for birth to 5 years.
Post Halloween Pumpkin Promenade 6:30-9pm at Lyons Park
Post Halloween Pumpkin Promenade will be a first ever in Guelph mass collection of pumpkins for the purpose of letting them shine one last time. Our goal is to gather over 500 Pumpkins at Lyons Park to celebrate the season while fundraising for United Way. You can expect a live band costume parade, free children’s activities, tarot card reading, hot chocolate and so much more….Make sure your pumpkin is not left out. Take it to Lyon’s park on November 2nd or drop it at one of our pumpkin depots. Please check our website for a full list of details. www.tworiversng.ca
Saturday, N0vember 3
A selection of new and classic animation from one of our country’s treasures: the National Film Board. Join us for a fun hour filled with short inspiring films that explore the boundaries of animation skill and storytelling. From polar bears learning to make sushi to a cuckoo clock bird taking care of real hatchlings, you never know what you will see with the NFB.
Plant the seeds for a lifetime of music appreciation. Children five and under delight in these interactive stories scored with the sounds of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra. Play along on pint-sized percussion instruments and get to know the string section as they share this musical tale of a mischievous little girl who likes everything to be “just right”. For more info please call 519-763-3000 or visit www.riverrun.ca
Sunday, November 4
Visit the Guelph Model Railroad Society for their Fall Show and be treated to HO scale trains running along 800 feet of mainline, buy a ticket to win their own custom-built model railroad, and have a chance to talk to GMRS members. Occasionally the 1 inch tall passengers look up from their tiny newspapers and miniature coffees and catch a glimpse of Thomas the Tank Engine as he zips along on his morning run.
The Pacific Western is located at 50 Crimea Street, Guelph, west of Edinburgh Road North. Tickets are $5 with children 12 and under free. The GMRS regrets that their facilities are not wheelchair accessible. For more information please visit guelphmodelrailroadsociety.com
Pinkalicious The Musical is taking over the River Run Centre Main Stage at 2 pm.
Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes. Her indulgence lands her with an acute case of Pinkititis, turning her pink from head to toe! Only she can figure out a way to get out of this predicament. Recommended for Ages 3 to 8 For more information please call 519-763-3000 or visit www.riverrun.ca
The Children’s Art Factory has Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory all week.
Come make some potions in our haunted laboratory…..(soap) slime, (corn syrup) blood, (pumpkin) guts and other spooky ingredients….bhhaaaahaaahaaa!
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)
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