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Virtual Teen Zone

Teen Zone is a weekly virtual program that allows participants ages 12-17 to hang out in a supported space with our staff and engage in different themes, games, and activities. Youth can also help decide on some of the fun things they want to have happen in this program. For more information on program dates or to register, visit ActiveNet.

Grand Connections Letter-writing Program

To connect our younger citizens and our older neighbours, the City is offering Grand Connections, a new writing program. Community members of all ages are encouraged to submit electronic letters, cards, artwork and messages of hope that City staff will share with an older adult in our community during their regular social support calls and other programs.
To submit your messages, visit the Grand Connections page on the City’s website or mail them to:

Grand Connections Program
c/o Downtown Community Centre
35B Weber Street West
Kitchener, ON. N2H 3Z1

Virtual Kids in the Kitchen

Join Chef Nicole as she brings her kitchen to you on Saturday mornings. Follow along for our Virtual Kids in the Kitchen series with instruction on simple, fun recipes that you can enjoy with your children. Ingredients for each session will be posted earlier in the week to give you time to prepare. Visit our event calendar for more information or keep on eye on the City of Kitchener Facebook page.

Kitchener Public Library Resources for Early Childhood Literacy

Develop your little one's love of reading early with the Kitchener Public Library's resources for early childhood Literacy. Stimulate brain development through repetition, foster a relationship with the library with Curb and Carry, turn a rainy day into an opportunity for storytime and participate in the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program. Find more baby and toddler literacy resources, visit the KPL Kids Blog

Kitchener Public Library Online Activities for Kids 

Discover the wide range of library resources for kids that you can access from the comfort of your living room by visiting KPL Kids

Artshine Online Tutorials

Check out the Artshine YouTube page for variety of art tutorial videos for kids. 

Breastfeeding Buddies 

Breastfeeding Buddies is a peer-support, community based, breastfeeding program servicing Waterloo Region. Visit the Breastfeeding Buddies website to register for a free virtual prenatal class or to join the Latch and Learn virtual group meet-ups taking place on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Canada’s National Ballet School Sharing Dance

Canada's National Ballet School (NBS) wants to share the power of dance and help you find creative ways to keep moving. Bring the joy of dance into your home by visiting the Sharing Dance webpage.

Carizon Kids and Youth Resources

Check out the Carizon website for fun and educational videos and activities for kids and youth and practical ideas, articles, videos, and tips for caregivers and parents.

Children and Youth Planning Table of Waterloo Region Resources

The Children and Family Planning Table of Waterloo Region put together a list of COVID-19 resources for children, youth and families available on their website

The Food Bank of Waterloo Region Kid’s Activities

The Food Back of Waterloo Region has some fun activities for kids to encourage important conversations and raise awareness about the need for food assistance in Waterloo Region on their website.

Lions Quest Canada

Lions Quest Canada, a national charity sponsored by Lions and headquartered in Waterloo Region, has daily activities on their Facebook page to support the social and emotional well-being of children.

Online Fire Safety for Kids with Spark School House

Looking for fun fire safety activities for the kids? Visit Sparky the Fire House Dog where you can tour fire trucks, download fire safety activities, watch videos and more! Remember, stay safe in the kitchen & always stay 3 feet from the heat!

Virtual Stork Secrets with Our Place

This virtual peer support program is geared to pregnant and postpartum mothers of infants under age 2, who are adjusting to the changes and challenges of parenthood while coping with the additional stress of postpartum life during a global pandemic. This pre-registered program will take place within a private Facebook group, and via a Zoom meeting. Learn more about virtual stork stories.

Opey Workshops with Our Place

Join us as we explore how Opey’s story can help us understand how a child's brain responds to everyday stressors and how caring adults can co-regulate and support a child through this process. In a 45-minute paid workshop, parents and educators will learn key concepts of social and emotional learning, pulled from the pages of each of Opey's journeys, for children at home or in other early learning settings. Learn more about Opey workshops.

Kids Have Stress Too! with Our Place

This program is designed to help parents, caregivers and educators become more aware of children's stress, and to help children develop effective ways of dealing with stress. Learn more about Kids Have Stress Too!

Make the Connection with Our Place

Make the Connection helps parents interact with their children in ways that promote secure attachment, communication, and brain development. This enjoyable program combines hands-on activities, parent reflection and discussion as well as personalized feedback. Learn more about Make the Connection.

The Be"Tween" Years with Our Place

This parenting program is for parents/caregivers of children 8 to 12 years old.

Come together with other parents/caregivers to discuss the day-to-day parenting of the ever-changing Tween in your life. We will focus on understanding what Tweens may be dealing with, and how to communicate and strengthen your relationship with them during this time. Learn more about the Be"Tween" Years.

Check out more Active At Home programs and activities

For a full list of programs and events, including paid and physical distance-friendly programming, please visit the Children and Youth Programs and Services page.

For a list of weekly activities, programs and events happening in Kitchener, visit our Week at a Glance page.