Reading Week: What Can You Do?


Quite unlikely that you forgot, but in case you did, reading week is next week. Now I know with the way things are, you might be under the impression there’s not much to do in KW, but that is where you are mistaken. Intrigued? Read on!

Are you like Ross and love Dinosaurs? Do you wish you could get to see them in person? Well, your wish just came true because THEMUSEUM in Kitchener has made arrangements to take you right into the Mesozoic Era. Take a car through the drive-thru any day of the week, or walk-thru on Wednesdays to explore the extraordinary creatures that once roamed our Earth.

Have you started preparing for Halloween yet? Led by THEMUSEUM’s MakerSpace team, you can add to your spooktacular Halloween decor with an interactive DIY craft. Follow along and create your own haunted house scene. Participants will receive an at-home delivery of paint, brush and a jar, plus a link to the Halloween-themed Livestream on Thursday, October 15 @ 7 pm.

Food trucks are popular in Vancouver, but did you know Waterloo has plenty of food trucks too? Head out for a stroll and try finding them all. Then, pick a favourite. There’s a wide range to choose from, and you can find all the options listed on KW Food Trucks’ Facebook Page.

We can’t talk about reading week in October without mentioning Oktoberfest, can we? With traditional festhallen closed, the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest will be quite different this year. However, Canada’s largest Bavarian festival is re-imagining itself with a new restaurant program. Designed to support local business, and act as a fundraiser for the Onkel Hans Food Drive, the program promises finger-licking good food.

Have a #FallBucketList? Does it include visiting a pumpkin patch or farm? The Benjamin Tree Farm has got you covered! With over 15,000 square feet of playground space for the kids, 40+ local vendors offering handmade items and seasonal décor, and, of course, lots of pumpkins, your experience couldn’t be better than this.

Interested in something scarier? The Bingemans Screampark is not for the weak-hearted. If you’re looking to get your spook in before Halloween, visit the uneven terrain along the Horrifying walk. Usually open from 8 pm on most days, the Screampark  will be a perfect adventure if you are bored indoors.

It’s probably a good idea to get some exercise outdoors before the cold sets in, and the heater and hot chocolate become too hard to resist. The Ontario By Bike Riders have discovered a perfect mix of ride experiences and a great bike getaway weekend that is easy to replicate. Set your pedals in motion and uncover something new, from the excellent bike trails, quiet country roads, small-town charm and modern city amenities.

If you’re looking for a mix of offbeat and traditional activities to enjoy this reading week, you won’t be disappointed with these options. With all the excitement, don’t forget to catch up on some R&R too, so that you return motivated and energized for the remainder of the term.


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