Hidden Gems and Local Fun

Thursday, August 26th, 2021

The Kitchener and Waterloo region is home to some of Southwestern Ontario’s best attractions, activities, and hidden gems – all just waiting for you and yours to come and explore. At The Barrel Yards, we love the rich year-round entertainment options our Uptown Waterloo community has to offer, and we want to help you round up and share the best of the 2021 fun. So, grab your favourite people, pack your day bags, and get ready for fun-filled local adventures with help from The Barrel Yards top recommendations.


Drive-In Theatre Dates

Fun for the whole family! The City of Waterloo is hosting Movies in the Park-ing Lot for free into September 2021, with a selection of great family flicks and concessions available from Princess Cinemas.  Stay up-to-date with the film and movie offerings HERE and be sure to register in advance as space is limited. 

In Kitchener, enjoy the Drive-in Entertainment at On the Grand, located at 425 Bingemans Centre Drive. Find the movie listings HERE, pack your snacks, drinks, pillows, and blankets – and get ready to soak in life on the big screen, under the stars with your favourite people. 


Sunset Campfires and S’mores

Snyders Family Farm is offering a unique, summer fun campfire experience for those looking to get off the beaten path and enjoy some rustic farm charm, sweet treats, and great company. Book your physically distant campfire for a small group of five, or a larger group of ten for only $20/person – complete with S’mores, and the option to order a farm-fresh pizza, apps, snacks, and tasty beverages, all delivered straight to your campfire. Available Friday and Saturday evenings throughout September from 7 pm – 9pm; register for your date and learn more about Snyders Family Farm HERE


Art Walks Throughout Kitchener and Waterloo

Throughout 2021, and right in our own Barrel Yards neighbourhood – we’re thrilled to have the Waterloo Park Art Walk stretching from Caroline Street to Seagram Drive, featuring 24 pieces inspired by the nature and landscape of Waterloo Park. See the listing of artists selected by a jury process HERE and be sure to explore the complete City of Waterloo Public Art Collection. Don’t forget about the Uptown Waterloo Hughes Lane Art Walk, offering a modern and stimulating way to soak in some fresh air, exercise, and creative art. 



You won’t find dusty objects, rope barriers, and a No-Touch atmosphere here! Make no mistake – THEMUSEUM is a progressive, modern museum experience based around creative ideas and hands-on experiences. THEMUSEUM offers a refreshing venue showcasing cultural content from around the world in unique and engaging ways that intertwine art, science, culture, and technology. With five floors and 55,000 square feet of exhibitions, programs, and events for children, youth, families, and adults – THEMUSEUM has a little bit of everything for everyone – and a whole lot of imagination, education, and good old fashion fun. Find their current programs, features, and event listings here and get ready for a new type of museum experience.


Make Waves at Bingemans

Offering the ultimate in local fun options – Bingemans is a must-visit on your quest for finding fun in the Kitchener Waterloo Region. Featuring a hefty collection of year-round attractions – Bingemans has much to offer that will keep you and yours well-entertained.

Aim for a hole in one at Bingemans two mini golf courses, get involved and play on their Beach Volleyball courts, or let the kids loose in FunworX, the largest indoor family playland in the region

If you’re looking for something a little more challenging, try your hand at one of their 28 state-of-the-art Brunswick bowling lanes, or EscapeworX, the immersive Escape Room experience, offering a fun challenge for groups and families. As if that wasn’t enough, Bingemans also delivers opportunities for Grand River Experiences, Day Camps for the kids, and seasonal events to keep you entertained throughout the year. 


Chicopee Tube Park

Spring, summer, fall, or winter, Chicopee Tube Park offers good family fun throughout the year. Take advantage of the beautiful weather and stunning aerial views as you and your family slide and glide over Chicopee’s zip-line course this September! We love the thrill and excitement of this attraction and highly recommend that you soak in the heights and experience by booking your next zipline today!


We hope you’ve enjoyed our top Hidden Gems and Local Fun recommendations from The Barrel Yards team! Soak in as much fun as you can this month – and if you’re in the Uptown Waterloo area and would like a tour of our beautiful Barrel Yards community, reach out and book a tour of our luxury apartments today! See you next time!