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Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum

Black History: Experience the Culture - Closing Ceremony

February 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (FREE event)

Every year in February, Black History Month is celebrated, and every year you’ve had the opportunity to read, listen and watch programs associated with the celebration.
This year, The Region of Waterloo Black History Planning Committee took it to another level. We want to take you on an Experience!

Join us as we wrap up the month with a celebration of achievements, and great performances. This year's theme is Experience The Culture and the event will consist of performances and artists’ like steel pan drumming, spoken word, cultural dance, Afro Beat saxophonist and many more.

Come out for some good cultural food, but remember, it’s first come, first served. This is a collective commitment to fostering a more inclusive and diverse future. We want to see all of you!

Come share, laugh and connect with people from all over the Region. We promise you a good time!

 

Daily Activities

Please join us for some educational fun in our galleries! We offer two activities* themed around our permanent gallery and/or our new temporary exhibit, BEES! Or channel your inner Picasso with a selection of do-it-yourself crafts and colouring in the foyer. Explore colour and creation in relation to Black History Month, Valentine's Day and Bees throughout February.

Activities run Wednesday through Sunday for half-an-hour beginning at 12PM and 2PM.
*Note there will be no scheduled Daily Activities running on February 8th, DIY crafts and colouring will be available*

*Activities are suitable for all ages, unless otherwise specified. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Not every activity is offered each day. See below for a list of our current activity rotations.

Our Current Activity Offerings:

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.

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. 

Making Music
Make some music, using BoomwhackersR! These perfectly pitched tubes will have you playing songs in no time!

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

Steam Power
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.

 

Buzzy Bees! 

Get ready to get buzzy with our collection of bee themed toys, books, and colouring located in our BEES! exhibit. Try your hand at our Honeybee Tree strategy game, or learn how bees see using our kaleidoscope eyes.  

Bee Buddies! - Saturday's at 1 p.m.
Get creative and a little messy painting, gluing and cutting all while making your own buzzy bee buddy from repurposed egg cartons.

Seed Balls! - Sunday's at 1 p.m.
Get messy with us as we lead you through the process of making seed balls! They're fun to make, and they're easy to use to establish your own pollinator friendly garden.

 

Brave Circles - Muslim Women's Dress Choices

March 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (FREE event)

Celebrate International Women's Day at Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum. The Coalition of Muslim Women of Kitchener Waterloo's Brave Circle program invites members of the larger community to come and ask questions about Muslim culture - even difficult questions - but with respect. True inclusion comes when we have the opportunity to ask about and understand diverse cultures, without the fear of being labeled ‘racist’ or ‘offensive’. You can ask your questions during the session or even anonymously. As long as it is respectful, it is welcome!

You can ask questions anonymously - through a link emailed to you after registration (please indicate your permission to receive this email) or write down your question during the event.

Register to secure your spot!

 

March Break

Join us for lots of Bee related fun throughout the week as well as some special guests. Guess the Number of Honey Candies in the jar for a chance to win a pound of candy!  Pretend you’re a bee and try the wiggle car pollinator race. Taste honey from different flowers and producers.

Saturday March 9 – Bee Fun & Games

  • Retro video games 
  • Outdoor games 
  • Crokinole and other games
  • Make a monarch life cycle flextangle craft

Sunday March 10 – Bee Fun & Games

  • Retro video games
  • Outdoor games
  • Crokinole and other games
  • Busy Bee craft

Monday March 11 – Bees & Trees

  • Make a Bee Bath
  • Taste maple syrup
  • Learn about the Giving Tree

Tuesday March 12 – Bees & Birds

  • Wild Ontario Birds of Prey shows – 1 pm and 3pm
  • Fly Zone – Make and fly a paper bee airplane
  • Make Treats for Tweets

Wednesday March 13 – Animal Friends

  • 1 pm Meet a Dog - Linnea & Persey from the Humane Society
  • Make a Seed Ball
  • Learn about local wild animals with Skulls

Thursday March 14 – Pi Day

Friday March 15 – History Mystery

  • Decorate a Flower Pot
  • Learn about the Conestoga Wagon

Saturday March 16 – Art & Music

  • Create a watercolour picture
  • Make music with Boomwhackers

St.Patrick's Day: Reptile Show, Scavenger Hunt and more!

March 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Join us for a fun-filled St. Patrick’s Day at Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum. Did St. Patrick really drive all the snakes out of Ireland? We’re not convinced, but this St Patty’s Day we’ll be hosting two reptile shows from Sciensational Sssnakes!! in our theatre at 12 pm and 2 pm where visitors will get to see, learn about, and potentially touch real-life reptiles. We will also have a shamrock scavenger hunt going on in our main gallery, as well as more educational and fun programming throughout the museum.

Schneider Haus National Historic Site

March Break Kitchen Science

March 11 - 17 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Love food? Love science? Then get ready for some hands-on experiments and activities this March Break at Schneider Haus! Join us each day from 12 to 4 in our kitchen science “lab” as we explore chemical reactions and discover the science behind everyday food ingredients. Schneider Haus had 2 kitchens in the 1950's! Explore one with our new AR experience! While you're here, you can also check out our expanded stories through our new Audio tour. There's lots to experience at Schneider Haus this March Break!

McDougall Cottage Historic Site

On now at McDougall Cottage, Resiliency: Shared Stories of Strength and Survival. There are no extra activities currently scheduled.