Monthly Archives: August 2012

Another Fabulous Weekend in Waterloo Region.. What will you get up to?


Another Fabulous Weekend in Waterloo Region.. What will you get up to?

Another busy summer weekend is gearing up in the KW Waterloo Region and vicinity… what will you get up to this weekend?

Be sure to visit the FAMILY FUN LISTING on my blog for the full listing..


 My Top Picks..


KW Blues Festival

Starts Friday afternoon and goes all weekend until Sunday… you MUST check out some of this fabulous love music… A FREE event.. the largest FREE outdoor blues festival in Canada! Blues music in a variety of venues: large outdoor urban stages, smaller tents, large park setting and intimate venue settings.

eld on three stages, including the Main Stage located on King Street in front of city hall, the $1-million festival is expected to attract 150,000 people.

In addition to stage performances, the festival features workshops, children’s concerts and 12-Bar Blues performances in bars and restaurants throughout the downtown area after the stage concerts wind down.


We are so lucky to have this event in our backyard.. get out and show your support!


Fergus Scottish Festival

Friday, Saturday & Sunday Aug. 10-11-12

Dust off your kilt and get ready for some serious Scottish fun!

Whether you are coming by yourself or with the entire clan there’s something for everyone, you don’t even have to be Scottish! Celtic Music, crafts for the kids, heavy events championships, bagpipes, drums, author appearances, bands, Highland dancing, story telling, singing, clan information and heritage, beer tents, artisans and vendors galore! Enjoy the best of Scotland… without the airfare. A wonderful festival!




Open Streets Waterloo

FREE event

King Street Waterloo – Street will be closed to cars from John Street up to Central Ave.

It’s all about sport and style as we celebrate the Olympics AND our uber-fashionable city on August 12.
Wear your national colours & have a gold medal time as you prep for the Olympic Closing Ceremonies which start at 4pm.  With this much to see, do, taste, hear and experience!
Here’s a taste of what you’ll find:  Boxing, make your own medal, ropeboards, roller derby & wrestling. Live music, Fashion shows. Tai chi, yoga and more!  Tot spots, pop up parks, water gun battle stations. Delicious food, street sales, community groups and vendor tables, and lots of buskers too.


Momstown 5th Birthday Bash…

Sunday Aug 12 – Kitchener`s McLellan Park 10am – 1pm

A wonderful FREE event celebrating the 5th birthday of the local Momstown chapter.. so many special events and activities are planned — this will be a perfect event for families with little ones.. aged 6 and under. Guaranteed to make the kiddies smile!


Whatever you get up, ENJOY!

Amazing & FREE Opportunity to Enjoy the Live Music with the KW Symphony!


Amazing & FREE Opportunity to Enjoy the Live Music with the KW Symphony!

The KW Symphony is making an amazing offer to help kick off their new season by offering a FREE concert to the public….

If you love live music, this will be a night you will really enjoy! Take your spouse, take a  friend, your Mom or Dad, your kid –  take anyone — but please seize this opportunity to enjoy the thrill & excitement of a live symphony orchestra…

I have been fortunate to have seen the Symphony perform many times over the years during their Electric Thursday’s and Pops Series and I can attest with great confidence to their talent.  

WHEN – Wednesday, September 12th at 7:30pm

WHERE – Centre In The Square. Queen Street, Kitchener

The concert is being billed as an incredible evening of live music from Beethoven to Star Trek featuring the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony! Hosted by 570 News radio personality Gary Doyle and featuring KWS Music Directed and Conductor Edwin Outwater.


Tickets for their 2012/13 Season Preview Concert are available at no cost simply by visiting their website and signing up . 

To take advantage of this offer and receive your complimentary tickets to the 2012/13 Season Preview click on this link:


What’s On Wednesday? FREE Dinosaur Show & Waterpark Deals!


I have two great ideas of how to spend this fabulous summer Wednesday… check them out!

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Whether you’re BIG or small, people of all ages are invited to learn about the dinosaurs on display at the University of Waterloo’s Earth Science Museum.

There will be a show every Wednesday in July and August between 1 – 2 pm.

Remaining shows are on August 8, 15, 22 & 29.

Go to the Conestoga Rovers Learning Centre in the EIT building on campus. Visit their website for details. It is located on campus near the Science, Math & Davis Centre buildings.

Free Admission for all!

Hours of operation

The Museum is open seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and at other times by special request for group tours, Brownies, Cubs, Beavers, adults, children, etc.


The Beat 91.5 Awesome Wednesday Waterpark Deal! 

You still have 3 more dates to take advantage of this great deal.. August 15, 22nd & 29th.  Get wet and soak up some serious tunes as The Beat broadcasts live between 10am and 2 pm.



Bingeman’s Big Splash Discount Admission Courtesy of The Beat 91.5

Big Splash Wednesdays with Kathy Wall

Dates: Wednesdays in July & August (2012) including July 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, August 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th.
Price: $9.15 plus HST per person (can only be redeemed on the dates indicated above between 10am-11am).
Packages: UNDER 48″ TALL – Includes one all day unlimited use of the Heated Wave Pool, Spray ‘N’ Play (our water park for kids), 2 outdoor mini golf courses, FunworX Three-Level Play Structure, Hole In Fun glow-in-the-dark mini golf, Rocks & Ropes Course.48″ TALL AND OVER – Includes all of the activities above PLUS The Pipe Slides, Cyclone, Torpedo Bay, and our newest additions: Boomerango and Full Throttle.
 Ticket Disclaimers:

Only valid on July 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, August 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd or 29th (2012).
Can only be redeemed between 10am-11am on the dates indicated above.
Each pass is valid for only one visit (Fraud detection on-site).
Passes must be purchased online in advance.
No refunds. No cash value.
Confirmation receipt must be printed and brought to the FunworX Admissions counter, as this is your ticket for entry.



Daytripping with Your Family: How to Save BIG!

Being a smart shopper is a good philoso
phy to live by and one that you can apply to all aspects of your life, and it isn’t that hard to do.  Try thinking about it this way: you work hard to earn your money so take a minute to think before you blow it.  Believe me, there will always be someone quite always happy to help spend it so it’s up to you treat your money wisely and be smart about how decide to spend it. THIS  is the key to ‘living life large on less!’
Whether it’s March Break, summer holidays or weekend fun, taking the extra time to do your homework will make you a happier consumer, keep you on budget and perhaps allow you to enjoy a few more trips than you thought with all the savings you will enjoy! Check out my blog posts, become a member of my Bargain Hunting Momma Facebook Group & the Family Fun Listing regularly to stay up to date on the latest offers & deals since I list these deals for you and save you the time. Happy Savings!
Summer time involves lots of day trips and visits to cool attractions so before I head out anywhere, doing some advance research will almost always save me money. With a family of five, I am always looking to save a little cash wherever possible as anything times 5 really adds up and even saving a few dollars off each admission can equal great savings.
A simple Google search like “discounts or coupons for XXXX” is all you need to do and you will be surprised at how many hits you will get. One tip is to be sure to type in the current year as there will be lots of old ones that come up too and if nothing comes up, modify your search using the words “deal”, “savings” or hot deals”.  Sometimes I have to dig a few pages deep but I can almost guarantee you that some kind of savings will be uncovered.
Another easy way to find savings is to go to the company’s website and look for a Hot Deals, Coupons or Specials tab which may reveal special promotions happening. Most places have at least one day a week where admission is discounted so once you find out when these offers are, you can plan your trip around them.  Simple planning like this can save you a ton of money.
Attractions Ontario Website – many good offers province wide 
Take advantage of daily deal sites for other big savings. Groupon, Kijiji Daily Deal, WagJagand many others often offer wicked savings on attractions so keep an eye out and try something new. Try searching the city you are planning to visit as well since you don’t always get to see all the deals from your account. Just be careful to read the fine print on restrictions and expiry dates.
If you have a CAA membership, they often offer a 10% or 20% savings at the gate which adds up when you multiply it by the number of guests in your party. Other cards offer discounts too so don’t forget about these easy ways to save.
JOIN the Bargain Hunting Momma FACEBOOK PAGE
If you live in the Kitchener-Waterloo area or Southern Ontario, you should join my Facebook Group called Bargain Hunting Momma to ongoing savings. This is an active community of smart shopper ladies (and a few men) who love to share their passion for saving with others. The deals come fast and furious so get ready for lots of updates and members can join in the fun. And of course, it’s FREE!
The money you save can either be left in your wallet or applied to other purchases that come up throughout the day, like snacks, meals, arcade games, souveniers or other little extras that ALWAYS come up and might otherwise have put you over budget.
The thing I like best is that by saving at the gate, I feel less pressure to stay all day to get my money’s worth since I haven’t invested as much cash in the day. So when the kids get bored or want to leave earlier than planned, I am less likely to get stressed about leaving early since I haven’t invested my life savings in the outing.
I recently took advantage of a local water park’s Anniversary Deal which offered admission to it’s park for the super low price of $5.20 each on that day only. I knew it was coming (they do it every year) and I planned ahead to go on that day. There were 7 of us (3 adults and 4 kids) and it only cost us  $41.00 + for a full day of fun which would have normally cost $176.00! I saved a ridiculous $135 and quite frankly, wouldn’t have gone for full price as it was just too expensive. This is a perfect example of some advance planning saved me big bucks.
#2. 20% Off Admission – Science Centre
Coupon for 20% Off found on Attractions Ontario website. Regular prices – $22 per adult, $13 per child = $83 – almost $12 HST – final entry price = $95.
Here’s where the coupon comes in. It was only good for 4 (and we are 5) but even so, we used the  20% Off Coupon and  saved  a whopping $14 off the top and ended up paying only$69 + $9 HST or $78 SAVING $17 — so it really adds up!
Many places offer a discounted admission once a week at a certain time, usually an off peak time. Plan to go then and you can enjoy serious savings. Most movie theatres offers a Tuesday deal for around $5 each so I can take my entire family for about $25 -$30 versus breaking the bank at about $45- $50. Trust me! You will feel much better about the money you spent and your wallet will be happier too!
How do you save? Share your tips!
Happy Saving!