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Upcoming Events

Daily Activities

Start Date Monday, January 11, 2016

End Date Saturday, December 31, 2016

Time Regular Hours

Engaging and fun activities for the whole family! Ask for a schedule of activities at museum reception when you arrive.

Daily activity schedule for August 22 to 28


Daily activity schedule for August 29 to September 4

City On Edge exhibit

Start Date Friday, June 24, 2016

End Date Saturday, December 31, 2016

Learn how a city was pushed to the edge during the First World War - to the point of changing its name from Berlin to Kitchener through a controversial and high tension referendum. Curated by the Waterloo Region Museum, this exhibit tells the story of how and why the city of Berlin changed its name to Kitchener on September 1, 1916.

Christmas Tickets On Sale Sept. 6

Start Date Tuesday, September 6, 2016

End Date Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Time 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Starry Night & Doon By Lantern Light Tour tickets go on sale today. Tickets are typically sold out early in the fall. Purchase tickets today to avoid disappointment.

Workshop: Seed Saving

Start Date Saturday, September 10, 2016

End Date Saturday, September 10, 2016

Time 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Learn the art and science of seed saving at Doon Heritage Village under the guidance of Bob Wildfong.

Tots Time Tuesdays and Thursdays

Start Date Tuesday, September 13, 2016

End Date Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Time 10 to 11 a.m.

Join us on Tuesday and Thursdays for an engaging program for children ages 2 to 5. Each week is a different theme and the time will be filled with crafts, toy playing, story reading and lots of learning games to help your little one grow.

Mom and Babes Morning Out

Start Date Wednesday, September 14, 2016

End Date Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Time 10 to 11 a.m.

Are you a new mom looking for some adult time with other new moms? This is a fun and interesting program just for you.

Tots Time Tuesdays and Thursdays

Start Date Thursday, September 15, 2016

End Date Thursday, September 15, 2016

Time 10 to 11 a.m

Join us on Tuesday and Thursdays for an engaging program for children ages 2 to 5. Each week is a different theme and the time will be filled with crafts, toy playing, story reading and lots of learning games to help your little one grow.

Workshop: Learn to Knit 101

Start Date Saturday, September 17, 2016

End Date Saturday, September 17, 2016

Time 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Learn the basics necessary to start knitting while you work on a project to be completed in the workshop or taken home to complete.

Workshop: Two Day Beginner Blacksmith Course

Start Date Saturday, September 17, 2016

End Date Saturday, September 17, 2016

Time 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A two day beginner blacksmithing course for those wanting to try their hand at the age old craft! For 16 years old and up.

Sunday Family Fun Day: Code Breakers

Start Date Sunday, September 18, 2016

End Date Sunday, September 18, 2016

Time 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A fun day of secret codes, secret languages and private messages!

Tots Time Tuesdays and Thursdays

Start Date Tuesday, September 20, 2016

End Date Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Time 10 to 11 a.m.

Join us on Tuesday and Thursdays for an engaging program for children ages 2 to 5. Each week is a different theme and the time will be filled with crafts, toy playing, story reading and lots of learning games to help your little one grow.

Tots Time Tuesdays and Thursdays

Start Date Thursday, September 22, 2016

End Date Thursday, September 22, 2016

Time 10 to 11 a.m.

Join us on Tuesday and Thursdays for an engaging program for children ages 2 to 5. Each week is a different theme and the time will be filled with crafts, toy playing, story reading and lots of learning games to help your little one grow.

Workshop: Autumn Wreath

Start Date Saturday, September 24, 2016

End Date Saturday, September 24, 2016

Time 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Create an autumn wreath to use as either as a centre piece or to hang on a door or wall to help celebrate the harvest season.

First People’s Festival Education Days

Start Date Tuesday, September 27, 2016

End Date Thursday, September 29, 2016

Time 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The First Peoples Festival is a celebration of First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultures, history and realities for school children in grades 6 to 12.

Workshop: Learn to Knit 102

Start Date Saturday, October 1, 2016

End Date Saturday, October 1, 2016

Time 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Part two of the Learn to Knit workshops where you will practice skills that were introduced in part one.

Great War Public Education Day

Start Date Sunday, October 2, 2016

End Date Sunday, October 2, 2016

Time 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Join us at the Waterloo Region Museum for a day filled with informative demonstrations, talks and music about the First World War.

Great War Student Education Days

Start Date Monday, October 3, 2016

End Date Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Time 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

A student education program for Grade 10 students that features informative demonstrations, talks and music about the First World War.

Mom and Babes Morning Out

Start Date Wednesday, October 5, 2016

End Date Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Time 10 to 11 a.m.

Are you a new mom looking for some adult time with other new moms? This is a fun and interesting program just for you.

Waterloo Region Forest Festival

Start Date Thursday, October 6, 2016

End Date Friday, October 7, 2016

Time 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The Waterloo Region Museum in partnership with the City of Kitchener, City of Waterloo, Grand River Conservation Authority, Waterloo Stewardship Network, and the Children’s Water Education Council, presents the 4th annual Forest Festival for grade 6 and 7 students.

Sunday Family Fun Day: Harvest Time

Start Date Sunday, October 9, 2016

End Date Sunday, October 9, 2016

Time 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There’s no better way to enjoy Thanksgiving weekend and the fall colours than at the Waterloo Region Museum!

Fall Harvest - Thanksgiving Day

Start Date Monday, October 10, 2016

End Date Monday, October 10, 2016

Time Village 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Museum open to 5 p.m.

On Thanksgiving Day Monday visit for family fun activities and enjoy the magnificent colours of fall at one of the prettiest places in Waterloo Region.

Sheep to Shawl Demonstration

Start Date Monday, October 10, 2016

End Date Monday, October 10, 2016

Time Noon to 3 p.m.

Members of the K-W Spinners and Weavers Guild will take a raw sheep’s fleece and prepare it to weave into a finished shawl – all in 3 hours!

Tots Time Tuesdays and Thursdays

Start Date Tuesday, October 11, 2016

End Date Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Time 10 to 11 a.m.

Join us on Tuesday and Thursdays for an engaging program for children ages 2 to 5. Each week is a different theme and the time will be filled with crafts, toy playing, story reading and lots of learning games to help your little one grow.

Seniors' Day

Start Date Thursday, October 13, 2016

End Date Thursday, October 13, 2016

Time Village 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Museum open to 5 p.m.

A FREE special day for seniors 55 years of age and older featuring garden tours, silent movies and horse-drawn wagon rides. Live musical entertainment by the Grand River Horizon's Music. Alzheimer Society’s Coffee Break® 2016 Campaign – bring a twoonie, get a coffee and support the Alzheimer Society!

Tots Time Tuesdays and Thursdays

Start Date Thursday, October 13, 2016

End Date Thursday, October 13, 2016

Time 10 to 11 a.m.

Join us on Tuesday and Thursdays for an engaging program for children ages 2 to 5. Each week is a different theme and the time will be filled with crafts, toy playing, story reading and lots of learning games to help your little one grow.

Workshop: Memory Wire Necklace and Earring Set

Start Date Saturday, October 15, 2016

End Date Saturday, October 15, 2016

Time 10:30 a.m. to Noon

Participants will work with memory wire to create a necklace and earring set. For ages 9 to 13 years old.

Workshop: Pearl and Swarovski Necklace and Earring Set

Start Date Saturday, October 15, 2016

End Date Saturday, October 15, 2016

Time 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Participants will work with wire, pearls, chain, and Swarovski crystal to create a beautiful necklace and earring set. For ages 14 and up.

Tot Workshop: Halloween Crafts

Start Date Saturday, October 15, 2016

End Date Saturday, October 15, 2016

Time 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

A fun workshop to help your tot get ready to celebrate Halloween that will include making three fun take-home crafts and a story and snack. For ages 2 to 5 years old.

Sunday Family Fun Day: Retro Day

Start Date Sunday, October 16, 2016

End Date Sunday, October 16, 2016

Time 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A fun way to spend a Sunday with your family and to share some memories.

City On Edge TALK - Ontario Mennonites and the First World War

Start Date Monday, October 17, 2016

End Date Monday, October 17, 2016

Time 2 p.m.

Talk given by Laureen Harder-Gissing, Mennonite Archives of Ontario.

Tots Time Tuesdays and Thursdays

Start Date Tuesday, October 18, 2016

End Date Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Time 10 to 11 a.m.

Join us on Tuesday and Thursdays for an engaging program for children ages 2 to 5. Each week is a different theme and the time will be filled with crafts, toy playing, story reading and lots of learning games to help your little one grow.

K-W Symphony Kinderconcert Series: Tunes and Tarantellas

Start Date Saturday, October 22, 2016

End Date Saturday, October 22, 2016

Time 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The first of the 2016 - 2017 Kinderconcert series held at the Waterloo Region Museum, Tunes and Tarantellas is a fun and musical way for children to enjoy the K-W Symphony.

Workshop: Felt Poppy

Start Date Saturday, October 22, 2016

End Date Saturday, October 22, 2016

Time 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Join us at the Waterloo Region Museum for a workshop on creating a beautiful poppy that you can proudly wear on Remembrance Day.

K-W Silverstars: The Golden Age of Song

Start Date Sunday, October 23, 2016

End Date Sunday, October 23, 2016

Time 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Join the K-W SILVER STARS as they recreate that era with a new show called The Golden Age of Song. The show will feature a live band, costumes from the era and a variety of songs and poetry that are sure to stir memories and emotions.

Tots Time Tuesdays and Thursdays

Start Date Tuesday, October 25, 2016

End Date Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Time 10 to 11 a.m.

Join us on Tuesday and Thursdays for an engaging program for children ages 2 to 5. Each week is a different theme and the time will be filled with crafts, toy playing, story reading and lots of learning games to help your little one grow.

Mom and Babes Morning Out

Start Date Wednesday, October 26, 2016

End Date Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Time 10 to 11 a.m.

Are you a new mom looking for some adult time with other new moms? This is a fun and interesting program just for you.

Tots Time Tuesdays and Thursdays

Start Date Thursday, October 27, 2016

End Date Thursday, October 27, 2016

Time 10 to 11 a.m.

Join us on Tuesday and Thursdays for an engaging program for children ages 2 to 5. Each week is a different theme and the time will be filled with crafts, toy playing, story reading and lots of learning games to help your little one grow.

Halloween Party

Start Date Saturday, October 29, 2016

End Date Saturday, October 29, 2016

Time 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Wear your scariest costume to a Halloween Party and be ready to have some fun! For ages up to 8 years old. Must be accompanied by an adult.

K-W Silverstars: The Golden Age of Song

Start Date Sunday, October 30, 2016

End Date Sunday, October 30, 2016

Time 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Join the K-W SILVER STARS as they recreate that era with a new show called The Golden Age of Song. The show will feature a live band, costumes from the era and a variety of songs and poetry that are sure to stir memories and emotions.

Sunday Family Fun Day: Scary Boo Fun

Start Date Sunday, October 30, 2016

End Date Sunday, October 30, 2016

Time 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Waterloo Region Museum is where the party is at!

Tots Time Tuesdays and Thursdays

Start Date Tuesday, November 1, 2016

End Date Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Time 10 to 11 a.m.

Join us on Tuesday and Thursdays for an engaging program for children ages 2 to 5. Each week is a different theme and the time will be filled with crafts, toy playing, story reading and lots of learning games to help your little one grow.

Tots Time Tuesdays and Thursdays

Start Date Thursday, November 3, 2016

End Date Thursday, November 3, 2016

Time 10 to 11 a.m.

Join us on Tuesday and Thursdays for an engaging program for children ages 2 to 5. Each week is a different theme and the time will be filled with crafts, toy playing, story reading and lots of learning games to help your little one grow.

Workshop: Gifts in a Jar

Start Date Saturday, November 5, 2016

End Date Saturday, November 5, 2016

Time 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Spend an afternoon making three different gifts in a jar. Learn to make three different recipes, along with card and bow, which you will complete in this fun workshop.

Tots Time Tuesdays and Thursdays

Start Date Tuesday, November 8, 2016

End Date Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Time 10 to 11 a.m.

Join us on Tuesday and Thursdays for an engaging program for children ages 2 to 5. Each week is a different theme and the time will be filled with crafts, toy playing, story reading and lots of learning games to help your little one grow.

Mom and Babes Morning Out

Start Date Wednesday, November 9, 2016

End Date Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Time 10 to 11 a.m.

Are you a new mom looking for some adult time with other new moms? This is a fun and interesting program just for you.

Tots Time Tuesdays and Thursdays

Start Date Thursday, November 10, 2016

End Date Thursday, November 10, 2016

Time 10 to 11 a.m.

Join us on Tuesday and Thursdays for an engaging program for children ages 2 to 5. Each week is a different theme and the time will be filled with crafts, toy playing, story reading and lots of learning games to help your little one grow.

City On Edge TALK - Berlin to Kitchener and the First World War

Start Date Friday, November 11, 2016

End Date Friday, November 11, 2016

Time 2 p.m.

Talk given by Geoff Hayes, University of Waterloo.

Workshop: Chocolate Lovers

Start Date Saturday, November 12, 2016

End Date Saturday, November 12, 2016

Time 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Satisfy your inner chocoholic by taking part in this deliciously fun workshop and end up with a tray of chocolaty goodness to take home for Christmas.

Tots Time Tuesdays and Thursdays

Start Date Tuesday, November 15, 2016

End Date Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Time 10 to 11 a.m.

Join us on Tuesday and Thursdays for an engaging program for children ages 2 to 5. Each week is a different theme and the time will be filled with crafts, toy playing, story reading and lots of learning games to help your little one grow.

Louis Riel: Student Education Program

Start Date Wednesday, November 16, 2016

End Date Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Time 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

A special education program that teaches students about the life of Louis Riel.

Tots Time Tuesdays and Thursdays

Start Date Thursday, November 17, 2016

End Date Thursday, November 17, 2016

Time 10 to 11 a.m.

Join us on Tuesday and Thursdays for an engaging program for children ages 2 to 5. Each week is a different theme and the time will be filled with crafts, toy playing, story reading and lots of learning games to help your little one grow.

PD Day Fun!

Start Date Friday, November 18, 2016

End Date Friday, November 18, 2016

Time 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (village closes at 4 p.m.)

Visit to engage your children during their day away from school. Special seasonal and hands-on activities are scheduled throughout the day for children of all ages.

Teddy Bear's Night at the Museum

Start Date Friday, November 18, 2016

End Date Friday, November 18, 2016

Time 6 to 8 p.m.

Children and their favourite stuffed animal are invited to a party! At the end of the evening kids will leave their stuffie for a sleepover at the museum. Then come back the next day to pick up your stuffie and see the pictures of all the adventures the stuffed toys had overnight. Appropriate for children up to 8 years old.

Workshop: Make Your Own Spa Supplies

Start Date Saturday, November 19, 2016

End Date Saturday, November 19, 2016

Time 1:30 to 3 p.m.

In this workshop participants will learn how to make some simple yet luxurious homemade spa treatments - scented bath salts, natural body scrubs, an all natural cleanser.

Workshop: Plum Pudding

Start Date Saturday, November 19, 2016

End Date Saturday, November 19, 2016

Time 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Join us in a 1914 kitchen to prepare plum pudding using a historic recipe. Experience the traditions around mixing, steaming, and serving of your Christmas pudding.

Child Workshop: Mug and Hot Chocolate Gifts for Christmas

Start Date Saturday, November 19, 2016

End Date Saturday, November 19, 2016

Time 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

During this fun workshop, each child will make three take-homes to make hot chocolate extra special during the chilly weather or they can use them as gifts at Christmas. For ages 6 to 10 years old.

Workshop: Evergreen Wreaths

Start Date Saturday, November 19, 2016

End Date Saturday, November 19, 2016

Time 10 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Make your own evergreen wreath to start the holiday season! A wreath is great for hanging outside to welcome guests to your home.

Workshop: Christmas Ornament

Start Date Sunday, November 20, 2016

End Date Sunday, November 20, 2016

Time 10:30 a.m. to Noon

The Friends of the Waterloo Region Museum are hosting a fundraising Christmas workshop. Learn how to create a sparkling Christmas ornament for your tree.

Family Workshop: Holiday Cards

Start Date Sunday, November 20, 2016

End Date Sunday, November 20, 2016

Time 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

The whole family can join us to make a dozen specialty cards, gift tags, and envelopes with guided demonstrations for 6 holiday card designs. All ages.

Homeschooler Village Christmas

Start Date Monday, November 21, 2016

End Date Monday, November 21, 2016

Time 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Come and explore how various cultural groups celebrated Christmas in rural Waterloo County in 1914.

Afternoon Christmas Tea and Talk

Start Date Tuesday, November 22, 2016

End Date Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Time 2 to 4 p.m.

The Waterloo Region Museum would be delighted if you could join them for an afternoon tea and talk in the beautiful Grand Foyer of the Waterloo Region Museum.

Tots Time Tuesdays and Thursdays

Start Date Tuesday, November 22, 2016

End Date Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Time 10 to 11 a.m.

Join us on Tuesday and Thursdays for an engaging program for children ages 2 to 5. Each week is a different theme and the time will be filled with crafts, toy playing, story reading and lots of learning games to help your little one grow.

Christmas Shopping in the Gift Shop!

Start Date Thursday, December 1, 2016

End Date Saturday, December 24, 2016

Time Regular Hours (with the exception of Dec. 24 and 31 - on these two days hours are 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

Visit the Waterloo Region Museum gift shop for unique holiday gifts, ornaments, and décor.

Doon By Lantern Light Tours

Start Date Friday, December 2, 2016

End Date Friday, December 2, 2016

Time 7 p.m. or 8:30 p.m.

Step back in time to experience the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas in the early 20th century.

Doon By Lantern Light Tours

Start Date Saturday, December 3, 2016

End Date Saturday, December 3, 2016

Time 7 p.m. or 8:30 p.m.

Step back in time to experience the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas in the early 20th century.

Tot Workshop: Getting Ready for Santa

Start Date Saturday, December 3, 2016

End Date Saturday, December 3, 2016

Time 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

This tot workshop will help your little one start getting ready for Santa by decorating a plate to put Santa’s cookies on for Christmas Eve! For ages 2 to 5.

Workshop: Seasonal Table Centre Piece

Start Date Saturday, December 3, 2016

End Date Saturday, December 3, 2016

Time 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Create and arrange a sensational seasonal table centre piece that will be the focus of your Christmas décor.

Child Workshop: Holiday Gifts

Start Date Saturday, December 3, 2016

End Date Saturday, December 3, 2016

Time 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

In this children’s workshop each child will make a complete holiday gift to give to a loved one over the holidays. For ages 6 to 10 years old.

Volunteer Recognition Day and Country Christmas

Start Date Sunday, December 4, 2016

End Date Sunday, December 4, 2016

Time 11 to 4 p.m., Museum open to 5 p.m.

It’s a special Country Christmas event to recognize the wonderful work and time volunteers contribute to the Region of Waterloo – our way of saying thank you

Doon By Lantern Light Tours

Start Date Friday, December 9, 2016

End Date Friday, December 9, 2016

Time 7 p.m. or 8:30 p.m.

Step back in time to experience the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas in the early 20th century.

Doon By Lantern Light Tours

Start Date Saturday, December 10, 2016

End Date Saturday, December 10, 2016

Time 7 p.m. or 8:30 p.m.

Step back in time to experience the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas in the early 20th century.

Tot Workshop: Gingerbread House

Start Date Saturday, December 10, 2016

End Date Saturday, December 10, 2016

Time 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

In this fun workshop each child will receive a pre-assembled gingerbread house made from graham crackers along with gingerbread person cookies and will then will be invited to decorate little gingerbread houses with holiday candies. For ages 2 to 5 years old.

Family Workshop: Gingerbread House

Start Date Saturday, December 10, 2016

End Date Saturday, December 10, 2016

Time 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Join us as a family to assemble and decorate a homemade gingerbread house and gingerbread people with all sorts of special treats! All ages.

Country Christmas

Start Date Sunday, December 11, 2016

End Date Sunday, December 11, 2016

Time 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Museum open to 5 p.m.

Enjoy a Christmas in the country from the last turn of the century. A great way to celebrate this holiday season!

Doon By Lantern Light Tours

Start Date Friday, December 16, 2016

End Date Friday, December 16, 2016

Time 7 p.m. or 8:30 p.m.

Step back in time to experience the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas in the early 20th century.

Starry Night

Start Date Saturday, December 17, 2016

End Date Saturday, December 17, 2016

Time 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The Friends of the Waterloo Region Museum’s annual Christmas extravaganza! Enjoy the sights, sounds and flavours of a Christmas past as you see the village in its finest lamp-lit beauty.

Country Christmas

Start Date Sunday, December 18, 2016

End Date Sunday, December 18, 2016

Time 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Museum open to 5 p.m.

Enjoy a Christmas in the country from the last turn of the century. A great way to celebrate this holiday season!

Boxing Week Market

Start Date Tuesday, December 27, 2016

End Date Saturday, December 31, 2016

Time Mon. to Fri. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (note December 31 open to 3 p.m.)

Join us for our boxing week market for your last chance at our holiday stock!

Holiday Family Fun Days

Start Date Tuesday, December 27, 2016

End Date Saturday, December 31, 2016

Time Mon. to Fri. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (note December 31 open to 3 p.m.)

Looking for something to do with the kids during the Christmas holidays? Bring the whole family out for a visit to the Waterloo Region Museum and take part in the daily activities and visit the two galleries.

Boxing Week Market

Start Date Monday, January 2, 2017

End Date Sunday, January 8, 2017

Time Weekdays 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Join us for our boxing week market for your last chance at our holiday stock!

Holiday Family Fun Days

Start Date Monday, January 2, 2017

End Date Sunday, January 8, 2017

Time Mon. to Fri. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Looking for something to do with the kids during the Christmas holidays? Bring the whole family out for a visit to the Waterloo Region Museum and take part in the daily activities and visit the two galleries.