We love it when kids have fun at the Kitchener Market! Bring your little ones to enjoy live music, art, DIY workshops, cooking classes and more! Our programs foster a safe and fun environment where kids can express themselves while learning new skills.

If you’re hungry before or after an activity, don’t worry! You can stop by the Food Hall for a healthy and kid-friendly meal or snack. There are many options for adults, too. Our Food Hall vendors are open from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. from Tuesday – Friday and 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Does your child have a birthday or other celebration coming up? Consider renting our Marketplace event venue. We can customize any rental package to suit your group and budget.

Note: All programs designed for kids require supervision from a parent or guardian unless otherwise stated.

About our programs

Program dates are subject to change, please check our event calendar for more details.

Kids' Art

Every Thursday from 11 a.m. – noon, ARTSHINE hosts a free arts program for parents and kids. Come out to the market to take part in a fun and hands-on creative art experience!

This program is open to children aged 2 - 6 and their parents.

Kids' Art is a drop-in program, but you can reserve a free spot by calling 226-647-2777 or emailing ARTSHINE.

Kids' Hop - Music for kids

Bring your little ones to Kids Hop at the Kitchener Market every other Tuesday from 11 a.m. - noon for a fabulous, fun-filled morning! Be prepared for a high-energy, hopping good time including lots of group singing and dancing with our performers, including Erick Traplin, a popular local musician. 

About Erick 

Erick Traplin is an award winning musician, singer/songwriter and author. He has released seven CDs and three children's books. He has been entertaining children at schools, libraries, fairs, and community events throughout Ontario and eastern Canada for over 20 years with his fun-filled, high energy, interactive musical show. With a mixture of original and traditional songs, he captivates young audiences wherever he goes!

Kids in the Kitchen

We offer a free Kids in the Kitchen program up to two Saturdays a month in the Marketplace kitchen. In this program, your young home cooks will learn new skills and become inspired to continue their culinary journey.

Kids in the Kitchen camps are also available during March break and as week-long sessions during the summer months. Be sure to sign up early, as these camps fill-up quickly!

Learn more about our Kids in the Kitchen programs.

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