Active At Home: Family, youth and children


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Virtual Kids in the Kitchen

Beginning on May 9th, Chef Nicole brings her kitchen to you every Saturday morning in May. 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.

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

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 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.

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.

Youth Programs NBA 2K20 Tournament

Do you think you have what it takes to be named the YMCAs of Cambridge & Kitchener-Waterloo Youth Programs 2K champion? Now is your chance to find out! The tournament takes place on Friday, May 22, 2020 on both Xbox and PS4. To enter, visit the Youth Programs NBA 2K20 Tournament registration page

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