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Unleash your Inner Child at Idea Exchange


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Shaun, Hespeler | July 1, 2019

“Can we play too?”

It’s a familiar question to staff running the children’s programs here at Idea Exchange, except it’s not just kids asking the question anymore, it’s adults and teens.  And why not?  Anyone that’s ever experienced our summer programs would agree they are a blast.  So why should kids get to have all the fun?  

We couldn’t agree more.  We’ve heard your grown-up voices and we have responded with a whole collection of summer activities for adults and teens built around the idea of exploration, creativity, and fun.

In case you need convincing, there’s a lot of evidence that play is good for adults.  According to some studies, play can help relive stress, improve brain function, encourage socialization and feelings of comradery, and there’s even evidence that play can help heal emotional wounds.  For the sake of science, we should all be engaging in a lot more fun.

Interested in unleashing your inner child this summer?  Don’t be shy.  There’s something for everyone.  Stop by one of our five branches to take part in some fun, creative play – for adults!  Here are just a few events you may want to try:

Board Game Café

Thursdays: June 6, July 4, and August 1: 6:30 – 10:00pm, HE

Drop in for a fun, friendly, low-tech gaming session for all ages and interest levels. Refreshments provided. Ages 14+

Drones in Flight

Saturday, June 22: 10:00 – 11:00am, QS

From recreational to commercial, see different drones – how they fly and what they can be used for. This event is weather-dependent. All Ages

DIY Canada Day Shirts

Friday, June 28: 10:00am – 5:00pm, OPO

Create a custom shirt with the Cricut. Bring your own shirt. All Ages, material costs apply.

Make to Escape: Old Post Office Escape Room

Tuesday to Thursday: July 9 to 11: Check online for times, OPO

Work together to solve clues to 3D print the key to escape. Ages 9+

Speed Friending

Thursday, July 11: 6:30 – 8:00pm, CM

Meet new people and make new friends. Enjoy the opportunity to chat briefly one on one and possibly begin a life long friendship! Registration is required.

Super Mario Mission

Thursday to Saturday, July 18 to 20: Check online for times, HE

An escape room meets mission impossible, with a Super Mario twist.  Complete all the challenges in time and defeat Bowser.  Ages 16+

3D Printing Essentials

Saturdays: July 20 and August 17:  10:00 – 11:00am, OPO

Learn the basics of this revolutionary technology. Ages 16+

DIY Cat Coasters Pop-Up

Saturday, August 3: 2:00 – 4:00pm, PR

Sew your own adorable felt cat coaster. All materials are provided. Ages 13+

Digital Art Night

Thursday, August 8: 6:30 – 8:00pm, OPO

This fun and creative session will teach you the basics of using Photoshop as a tool to create art. Ages 13+

Adults Explore

Monday, July 29: Cricut Pinwheel Flowers

Wednesday, August 21: Green Screen Travel

10:00am – 12:00pm, OPO

Fun toys and gadgets aren’t just for kids.

Cambridge Comic Arts Festival

Saturday, August 17: 10:00am – 4:00pm, QS

It’s time to let your geek out! A full day of free activities, cosplayers, and comic arts vendors. All Ages

Superhero Digital Art Workshop

Saturday, August 17: 10:30 – 11:30am, QS

Create digital artwork using Adobe Illustrator by following our instructor's easy step by step method. No experience required. Ages 13+

Harry Potter Escape Room

Thursday to Saturday: August 29 to 31: Check online for times, HE

Can you find the last horcrux hidden in the Room of Requirement before the Death Eaters arrive? Ages 13+