programs + events banner

Programs + Events

Idea Exchange hosts hundreds of programs and events every year. From storytimes to movie screenings, there's always something interesting to do here. Find the one that's right for you.


Register Online

Online registration is available for Adult/Teen art courses and programs and Children’s art courses. All online registrations require an email address and those with a fee can be paid with a Visa or Mastercard. Registration in person or by phone (call 519.621.0460) is also available.

Monthly Calendar


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Waterloo Architecture 50th Anniversary
February 5 – April 8, 2018
Design at Riverside
Exhibitions + Openings
Questioning the canon: In a world of unprecedented possibilities and unforeseen brutalities, what can architectural education do? Structured around... Read More»
Viking Paddle, 2010, Waterloo Collegiate Institute students with artists Barbara Hobot and Patrick Cull. Image by Cherie Fawcett
February 2 – March 4, 2018
Preston
Exhibitions + Openings
What happens when we use the arts to teach math, social studies or science? Magic. For 10 years ArtsSmarts Waterloo Region has been fostering equity... Read More»
Social Worker
Monday to Wednesday, January 2 - April 4, 2018, 9:30am - 5:30pm
Queen's Square
Programs + Workshops
Sit down and chat with Sariah, a Master’s of Social Work student from Laurier University. Get information you need about the programs and services... Read More»
Totstime
Tuesdays, January 9 - February 27, 2017, 10:00-10:30am
Hespeler
Programs + Workshops
Dance, sing, rhyme, and craft with your tot. Enjoy this half hour program of story, song and movement. A great program for meeting other children and... Read More»
Four happy children lying on the floor
Tuesdays, January 9-February 27, 2018, 10:15-11:15am
Queen's Square
Programs + Workshops
Let's Play! Let your little one play, discover, and explore in a variety of fun-filled, hands on, learning activity centres. Children under 3 must be... Read More»
STEAM Storytime
Tuesdays, January 9 - February 27, 2018, 10:30-11:00am
Clemens Mill
Programs + Workshops
Come for songs, rhymes, games, stories and fun for the whole family!  Meet new friends and stay and play. Children under 3 must be accompanied by an... Read More»
Explore on the Floor
Tuesdays, January 9 - February 27, 2017, 10:30-11:00am
Hespeler
Programs + Workshops
Let's Play! Let your little one play, discover, and explore in a variety of fun-filled, hands on, learning activity centres. Children under 3 must be... Read More»
Preschooler painting
Tuesdays, January 9-February 27, 2018, 11:00-11:45am
Queen's Square
Programs + Workshops
Draw out your child's inner Picasso with amazing art projects.  Each week, you and your child will use imagination and fun art supplies to explore... Read More»
Justice scale, gavel and law books
Tuesdays, January-June, 2018, 1:00-4:00pm
Queen's Square
Programs + Workshops
Drop in for free advice from Giordano Modesto, a Community Legal Worker from Waterloo Community Legal Services (WRCLS). WRCLS is one of 76 community... Read More»
Teens posing for picture
Mondays, 2-5:30pm; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 2-3:30pm
Clemens Mill
Programs + Workshops
Hang out with friends, play board games, or take a turn on the Xbox. Thanks to our partnership with the YMCA Teen Drop In Zone the Teen Lounge is now... Read More»
Artvibe
Tuesdays, January 9 - February 27, 2018, 4:00 - 5:00pm
Clemens Mill
Programs + Workshops
Do you love to craft and create?  Then join us this winter for an amazing hands-on experience.  We’ll do melted crayon art, shrinking plastic and so... Read More»
Five school aged children cheering
Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 9-March 1, 2018, 4:00-5:00pm
Queen's Square
Programs + Workshops
School’s out. Now what? Come and explore, create and share. Crafts, robotics, comics and more. Minecraft, Pokémon and Marvel to explore. Build, paint... Read More»
snowboarder
Tuesday, February 20 - Friday, February 23, 2018
Preston
Programs + Workshops
Mario and Luigi are at the winter Olympics and they want to play with you! Drop-in to Preston and try out your Olympic skills  on our Wii—we’ve got... Read More»
Conversation Circle at Idea Exchange
Tuesdays, January 9 - May 29, 2018, 6:15 - 8:15pm
Clemens Mill
Programs + Workshops
Drop in to our free, friendly conversation circles to learn English, meet new friends, talk about your community, culture and customs. Tuesdays, 6:15... Read More»
Ukulele
Tuesdays, January 9-March 28, 2018, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Queen's Square
Programs + Workshops
Check out these jam sessions where you’ll learn some songs, share ideas and enjoy some fun together. Grab your uke and come on out. No experience... Read More»
Ukulele
Tuesdays, January 9 - March 28, 2018, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Preston
Programs + Workshops
Check out these jam sessions where you’ll learn some songs, share ideas and enjoy some fun together. Grab your uke and come on out. No experience... Read More»
open book and coffee
Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 7:00 - 8:00pm
Events in the Community
Book Clubs
Discuss what you’ve been reading, watching or listening to with new friends at different Cambridge café or pub.  With no set book to read, this club... Read More»
STEAM Storytime
Tuesdays, January 9-February 27, 2018, 7:00-7:30pm
Hespeler
Programs + Workshops
Come for songs, rhymes, games, stories and fun for the whole family! Meet new friends and stay and play. Children under 3 must be accompanied by an... Read More»