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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.


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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


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

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April 20 - June 30, 2018
Queen's Square
Exhibitions + Openings
“We often focus on the shifting boundaries between the real and the imagined in everyday life and how these can distort our sense of ourselves, of... Read More»
Cameron Parkin, Artificial Habitat in Avian Movement Field, 2018. Photo courtesy of UWSA.
April 16 - June 2, 2018
Design at Riverside
Exhibitions + Openings
To mark Waterloo Architecture’s 50th Anniversary, our annual Projects Review will be integrated with the Questioning the Canon exhibition at Design... Read More»
XVK press shots, 2018. Photo courtesy of artists.
May 11 - June 23, 2018
Preston
Exhibitions + Openings
XVK (or 三喜), is an Asian-pop-girl-band-artist-trio of members Xuan Ye, Véronique Sunatori and Sara Kay Maston.  On June 13th 2017, the group... Read More»
kids listening
Wednesdays, April 4 - May 23, 2018, 10:00 - 10:30am
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»
child building with blocks
Wednesdays, April 4 - May 23, 2018, 10:00 - 10:30am
Preston
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»
3D printer
Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 10:15-11:15am
Queen's Square
Programs + Workshops
In this one hour introduction, our staff will show you the basics of 3D printing; how to download files to convert to 3D models and how to use Idea... Read More»
crafters
Wednesdays, April 4 - June 27, 2018, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Hespeler
Programs + Workshops
Join other knitters, crocheters or other crafters in this comfortable setting. Mondays, 6:30 - 8:00pm, QS Wednesdays, 10:30am - 12:00pm, HE
kids with arms around each other
Wednesdays, April 4 - May 23, 2018, 10:30 - 11:30am
Hespeler
Programs + Workshops
Join children and other caregivers while they explore stations through the children's department.
kids laying on the floor with heads together
Wednesdays, April 4 - May 23, 2018, 10:30 - 11:30am
Clemens Mill
Programs + Workshops
Let's Play! Let your little one play, discover, and explore in a variety of fun-filled, hands on, learning activity centers.
kids laying on the floor with heads together
Wednesdays, April 4 - May 23, 2018, 10:30 - 11:15am
Preston
Programs + Workshops
Let's Play! Let your little one play, discover, and explore in a variety of fun-filled, hands on, learning activity centers.
babies playing
Wednesdays, April 4 - May 23, 2018, 10:45 - 11:15am
Hespeler
Programs + Workshops
Drop In to share activities with your baby and social time with other caregivers.
alarm clock
Wednesdays, March 21 - June 13, 2018, 2:00 - 3:00pm
Hespeler
Programs + Workshops
Drop in to the Hespeler branch with any tech problems you’re having, from downloading an eBook from OverDrive to learning how to store your photos on... Read More»
Employment Worker with Man at Computer
Most Wednesdays, January - June 2018, 2:00-4:30pm
Clemens Mill
Programs + Workshops
Drop in for free assistance with an Employment Worker from YMCA Employment Services. They can help you with: Resume Help Job Search Assistance... Read More»
kids
Wednesdays, April 4 - May 23, 2018, 4:00 - 4:30pm
Clemens Mill
Programs + Workshops
Got some time after school?  We’ve got fun toys and activities to explore!  Come try your hand at art projects, robots, building and creating toys... Read More»
Conversation Circle at Idea Exchange
Wednesdays, January 10 - May 30, 2018, 6:15 - 8:15pm
Queen's Square
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
Wednesdays, April 4 - June 27, 2018, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Hespeler
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»
watercolour art
Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 6:30-8:30pm
Queen's Square
Programs + Workshops
Creating art in all forms serves as a beautiful way to express about all parts of the self, including our emotions and experiences. What happens when... Read More»
science reading
Wednesdays, April 4-May 23, 2018, 6:30-7:30pm
Queen's Square
Programs + Workshops
Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder what you are… come for songs, rhymes, stories, and fun learning activities that will inspire curious... Read More»
French Flag
Wednesdays, April 4 - May 23, 2018, 6:30 - 7:30pm
Preston
Programs + Workshops
Parlez-vous français? Come to the Preston location Wednesday evenings to brush up on your French conversation skills or learn a bit of Canada’s... Read More»