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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 Snow Sculpting Club:

You’ve never made a snowman quite like this! Learn about snow sculpting with Matt Morris’s free Virtual Snow Sculpting Club!

You may have seen the Waterloo snow sculptor’s creations on social media. Now, he’s showing how you can do it too in your own yard or nearby neighbourhood park:

Virtual After-School Programming – coming soon

Interactive, live online after-school activities led by experienced City of Kitchener camp staff. It is like camp, but from a distance, with a focus on social interaction and connectedness between children. Each child will need access to a tablet or computer with a wi-fi connection, camera and microphone to participate. Using a Zoom meeting format, only registered participants will be able to access the group, and staff will be hosting and monitoring the waiting room for safety. Camps will include a Get Active Virtual Program for children ages 5 to 7 years old, a Variety Virtual Camp for children ages 7 to 10 years old and a Specialized Creative Kids Virtual Camp for children ages 10 to 12 years old. Camps will begin in January 2021. For more information, please visit the Children and Youth Programs and Services page.

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.

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 an online form. If you would prefer an alternate method of submission, please call 519-741-2200 ext. 5081 for assistance. 

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 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.

Virtual Parenting in a New Society with Our Place

Come together to connect over Zoom and Facebook with other parents from different countries wanting to build relationships during this challenging period of physical distancing, and wanting to learn about life in Canada, how and where to find support, and how to feel at home when you are far away from your friends and relatives – and even physically isolated from the people around you. Learn more.

Virtual Playdates with Our Place

Has your child missed interacting with their friends and educators over the last few months? Are you looking for more opportunities for them to connect and play with others? Join Our Place for a two-week session of Virtual Playdates.

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.

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.

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.

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