There's always something on at the Region of Waterloo Museums & Archives! Please choose a site to learn about the BONUS activities included with general admission.

 Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum and Doon Heritage Village

August 10, 2022

2:30 p.m. - S-hooks

Too many irons in the fire? Help the blacksmith make an S hook at the Blacksmith Shop. Participants must be over 102 cm or 40 inches tall.

3 p.m. - Conestoga Wagon

Imagine walking for 10 weeks, to get to your new home. You’ll have to go over mountains, cross rivers, and make it through a swamp. Learn about the journeys of Mennonites who travelled to this area using Conestoga wagons.

3:45 p.m. - Barn Chores

Help do the farm chores at the Bricker Barn, and get the critters ready for bed. Lullabies are optional.

August 11, 2022

1 p.m. - Sounds Like History

What’s that sound? Try to match sounds from the past to the correct object!

1:30 p.m. – Optical Toys

Toys that “tricked the eye” were very popular in 1914. Make your own thaumatrope at the General Store.

2 p.m. – Steam

Have you ever wondered how steam powered engines work? Use a wooden model and learn how Hazel, our amazing flywheel, would have worked in the 1900s.

2:30 p.m. – Outdoor Games

Stilts, hoop and stick, quoits, and game of graces are calling you to be young at heart again. Meet us at the McArthur House.

3 p.m. – Coming to Canada

Come and explore real stories, as we find out about people from around the world arriving here in Waterloo Region. We’d welcome hearing your stories too.

3:45 p.m. – Barn Chores

Help do the farm chores at the Bricker Barn, and get the critters ready for bed. Lullabies are optional.

August 12, 2022 

3:45 p.m. – Barn Chores

Help do the farm chores at the Bricker Barn, and get the critters ready for bed. Lullabies are optional.

August 13, 2022

Let’s Dance International Dance Day

Join us on Saturday, August 13 for an afternoon of heart-pounding dancing! We are thrilled to host Nachdi Jawani Bhangra dancers and Peruvian Roots to our stage! Performances are set to start at 1:45, with dancing and an interactive participation. This event is free with general admission to the Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum and Doon Heritage Village. Let’s Dance!

1:45 p.m.—Nachdi Jawani Dance Group

Enjoy a bhangra dance performance! 

2:30 p.m.—Peruvian Roots Dance Group

Enjoy a Peruvian dance performance!

Check out our awesome activities in Doon Heritage Village, too!

 

1:30 p.m. – Fraktur

Tap into your inner artist at the Martin House, and try your hand at Fraktur –  a traditional Mennonite art form.

2:30 p.m. - S-hooks

Too many irons in the fire?  Help the blacksmith make an S hook at the Blacksmith Shop. Participants must be over 102 cm or 40 inches tall.

3:30 p.m. - Indoor Games

Bagatelle, cup and ball, Jacob’s Ladder, and iron puzzles. These Play traditional indoor games at the Seibert House.

August 14, 2022

12 p.m.—Skulls

What kind of food do animals eat? How do predators hunt for prey? Learn about neighbourhood animals by looking at their skulls! Best for ages 5 and up.

1 p.m. – LEGO Assembly Line

Calling all LEGO enthusiasts! Test your assembly line and teamwork skills, by building a LEGO car!

1:30 p.m. – Hoof Care

How did you nail horseshoes on the hoof without hurting the horse?  Explore how the blacksmith took care of horses’ hooves in 1914.

2 p.m. - Decade Games

Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots, Sorry!, Ludo…we’ve got them all! Enjoy playing popular games from the past and present!

2:30 p.m. - Harnessing Demonstration

Get Frankie the model horse ready to work by learning the parts of the harness and what they do.

3 p.m. – Coming to Canada

Come and explore real stories, as we find out about people from around the world arriving here in Waterloo Region. We’d welcome hearing your stories too.

3:45 p.m. – Barn Chores

Help do the farm chores at the Bricker Barn, and get the critters ready for bed. Lullabies are optional. 

August 20, 2022

History Under the Trees - 1 p.m.

The 2022 edition of History Under the Trees will be held at the Doon Heritage Village site beside the General Store. Kevin Thomas, will talk about the WHS involvement in the original Ontario Pioneer Community in the 1950s and ‘60s. OPC was the first name of the site before it became Doon Pioneer Village. Almost everyone involved in those days was a WHS member.

The presentation begins at 1 p.m. but come early and enjoy the Museum and Village complex. To receive an admission discount, mention to staff at the entrance that you are attending History Under the Trees. Bring a lawn chair if possible. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact WHS via rychmills@golden.net. The WHS Book Table will be set up with a selection of used books and annual volumes. Payment by cash or check.

 Schneider Haus National Historic Site

There is always something happening at Schneider Haus! Ask our team at the front desk when you arrive!

 McDougall Cottage Historic Site

McDougall Cottage is open Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for their exhibit Resiliency: Shared Stories of Strength and Survival. There are no extra activities currently scheduled.