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Virtual Camp - interactive activities led by City camp leaders

Join us for an hour on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings or afternoons for a weekly on-line camp experience for 7 -11 year olds. Our trained City of Kitchener Camp Leaders will lead interactive activities, games, crafts, physical activities and gratitude activities with a focus on engagement, social connection and lots of fun!! Registration is available in ActiveNet for camps starting July 27, 2020. 

Virtual Kids in the Kitchen

Join Chef Nicole as she brings her kitchen to you every Saturday morning in June. 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.

City of Kitchener and Kitchener Public Library Youth Video Competition

The City of Kitchener and Kitchener Public Library, supported by Grand River Film Festival, offer a special opportunity for youth ages 12 to 25 to showcase short original videos in the community. The deadline to submit a film has been extended to Sept. 18, 2020. More details can be found by visiting the Youth Video Competition web page.

Kitchener Public Library Summer Reading Clubs

Read with the Kitchener Public Library this summer and join in for some virtual fun! There's a Summer Reading Club for every age group including 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, KPL Kids Summer Reading Club, Tween Summer Challenge and Teen Summer Challenge: Reading Challenge. Learn more about the Summer Reading Clubs and sign up for free at kplreads.readsquared.com

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

YMCA YCamp

With the closure of many camp programs this summer, the YMCA are excited to announce the launch of YCamp, a free virtual camp program for children and youth across Canada! YCamp keeps kids active and engaged this summer with educational and fun activities. Delivered by YMCA camp staff across the country, campers will receive weekly challenges and a YCamp Passport to complete over the course of the summer. Campers can earn badges for every activity they complete. YCamp runs from July 6 and end August 28. No registration is required. Simply log on to the YCamp webpage to begin your virtual YCamp experience!

Small Acts, Big Impacts Challenge

National Youth Week is May 1 – 7, it is a week dedicated to the celebration of youth and the contributions made to their communities. This year, we wanted to shine a light on the small acts that children and youth are doing to help out and contribute during COVID-19 with a fun challenge.

We’re asking children and youth to share their stories, photos or ideas with us and we will share them with the community. Children and youth can be our greatest teachers if we listen, and by sharing stories we hope to inspire and motivate others to do something positive for someone else.

Each week we will draw one name at random from the submissions to win a prize. The winners will be contacted by City staff to make further arrangements. This program is for children and youth ages 4-18.

Share Your Story  

Grand Connections Letter-writing Program

During this period of physical distancing, Kitchener residents are spending more time at home and in some cases, away from friends and family, which is why we have been working hard to create opportunities for seniors and youth in our community to stay connected during these uncertain times.

Our virtual Grand Connections program provides youth in our community the opportunity to connect with an older adult to show they care. Youth 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 support calls.

To ensure the safety of all participants, letters and cards can submitted electronically, through this online form. If you would prefer an alternate method of submission, please call 519-741-2200 ext. 5081 for assistance. 

Some ideas for inspiration to get you started:

  • Tell a senior about your day
  • How are you still learning while school is closed?
  • What are some new activities you have tried while physically distancing?
  • Do you have any activity suggestions for seniors to do at home?
  • How are you helping someone in your neighbourhood during this time?
  • What is something you cannot wait to do when you get back to your friends?
  • Tell them about your pets
  • What hobbies do you enjoy doing?
  • Have you started any new family activities since you have been socially distancing?
  • Tell them about your part-time jobs and if you are still able to work since the pandemic
  • Where is the most exciting place you have travelled or would want to travel to?

Learn More

Artshine Online Tutorials

Check out the Artishine 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.

TD Summer Reading Club with Idea Exchange

Idea Exchange’s Summer Reading Club is a two-time national award-winning program. This free program is for kids of all ages, interests, and reading abilities. The Summer Reading Club program keeps kids engaged in learning throughout the summer, while also giving them an opportunity to play games, build, create, enjoy great programs, and win fun prizes. This year, Idea Exchange has moved their Summer Reading Club for kids online. Log-in online to track your reading and win prizes.

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 Family 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!

Parenting in a Pandemic with Our Place

Parenting in a Pandemic with Our Place is a private peer support Facebook group where a Peer Health Worker and a Registered Early Childhood Educator facilitate conversations, host Facebook Lives and twice-weekly Zoom gatherings, and provide content and resources in conjunction with Our Place’s Self Regulation team.

Storyline Online

Check out Storyline Online for storybooks read on video.

YGym Virtual Physical Activity for Kids

The YGym, a free healthy community program for young people and families across Canada, is instructed by YMCA certified fitness instructors and features content based on YMCA Canada's Health & Fitness Programs and Canada's Physical Activity Guidelines. YGym is designed for children of varying ages and abilities. Make YGym part of your day by visiting the YGym website.

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