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Idea Exchange | May 31, 2017

Have you heard the news? Clemens Mill, Hespeler and Preston launch EXTENDED HOURS starting Monday, July 3, 2017, opening weekdays at 10:00am!

We are thrilled to offer you more hours, and to celebrate, we’re hosting special MORE Days across all Idea Exchange locations. Visit us to enjoy jam-packed days of tech, art, innovation and discovery!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Idea Exchange, Preston

Join Preston on Tuesday, July 4 in our backyard space for a Garden Extravaganza!

Calling all green thumbs! Start your day with seed planting in our Preston garden while playing fun outdoor summer games from 10:30 – 11:30am. Next, help us celebrate Canada 150 starting at 1:00pm with a Canadian-themed Circuit Circus where you can wire your own electronic greeting card. And finally, top off your day by enjoying a Summer Strings performance with local youth musicians at 6:30pm in our grassy garden space.

Thursday, July 6, 2017
Idea Exchange, Hespeler

Head over to Hespeler on Thursday, July 6 for a day to Open the Door and Explore!

Beginning at 10:30am, bring the kids to enjoy a Canadian-themed Kick-Off Party to our Summer Reading Club which includes trivia, hockey and a collaborative maple leaf mural. Then explore our tech toys and robots from 10:30am – 12:30pm while creating a Canada 150 electronic greeting card at Circuit Circus. In the afternoon through to the evening, visit the Tech Zoo where our robots, Meccanoid 1 and Meccanoid 2, are excited to meet you and show off an amazing array of tech gadgets! And to finish the day, take in an exclusive concert by local singer-songwriter Jesse Parent from 6:00 – 7:00pm as he performs his special blend of folk-rock music.

10 TO 10
Friday, July 7, 2017
Idea Exchange Queen’s Square

Queen’s Square is feeling the #galtlove on Friday, July 7 with our 10 to 10 day. That’s right – we’re gearing up to bring you a full day of exciting activities from 10:00am – 10:00pm!

In the morning, bring the kids to enjoy crafts at a special edition of Make and Take from 9:45 – 10:45am. After that, play with Ozobots, Snap Circuits, Cubelets, and Squishy Circuits at the Circuit Circus from 11:00am – 12:00pm and create an electronic Canada 150 greeting card. In the afternoon, check out the Virtual Reality Lounge from 1:00 – 4:00pm to play games on the new PS4 with VR, create art with the HTC Vive and Google Tilt Brush, and explore Google Expedition. Next up, stop by the Youth Entertainment Stage from 2:30 – 4:30pm in our lobby to enjoy the singing and instrumental talents of local up-and-coming youth performers.

When dinnertime rolls around, dig into a free burger on us at our Community BBQ from 4:30 – 6:30pm. Share a meal with your neighbours while listening to local duo Fork ‘n Harp and their musical blend of folk, rock and blues.

And finally, end the day with the art party of the summer! You’re invited to a special joint opening to celebrate new exhibitions at our Queen’s Square and Design at Riverside Galleries from 7:00 – 10:00pm. SHOW.17 at Queen’s Square Gallery brings together 14 emerging artists from across Ontario whose works embody the latest in the ever-changing world of contemporary art. Just across the square at Design at Riverside Gallery, Streaming Edison: 21st Century Luminescence showcases innovative contemporary lightning fixtures using unique materials and forms. Check out Cambridge’s vibrant arts community and groove to the beats of UWDJ Club as they spin tracks all night long. Cash bar available along with time to connect with the artists and curators.

Thursday, July 20, 2017
Idea Exchange, Clemens Mill

Stop by Clemens Mill for an action-packed Day of Play on Thursday, July 20!

Kick off the day at Explore on the Floor from 10:30am where kids can play, discover and learn! From there, break a sweat at the high-energy Zumba Fitness Party starting at 11:00am or bust a move at the Trolls Dance Party starting at 2:00pm – join one or both! In the afternoon, head outside and enjoy some fresh air while connecting with your neighbours during friendly Field Games from 3:00 – 4:00pm. You can even borrow equipment from our new line-up of soccer balls, basketballs and other sports items using your Idea Exchange card!

All that activity is sure to work up an appetite, so stay for a Community BBQ from 4:30 – 6:30pm with Halal hotdogs on us! And to wrap up the end of a great day, join in on the Street ART presentation at 6:30pm with local artist Barb Young who is excited to demonstrate the basics of chalk blending. Learn new skills and then put them to the test by creating your own sidewalk masterpiece.

Launching our extended hours is an incredibly energizing time and we couldn’t be MORE excited to see you at Idea Exchange this summer!