Jackie's Five Fun Things To Do January 31 - February 2

Put on your pirate hat, or your saddle shoes - or both at the same time if you're feeling adventurous. There's lots to do all over Waterloo Region this weekend, from learning West Coast swing to Lunar New Year celebrations
Put on your saddle shoes and learn some West Coast swing this weekend. No experience, or dance partner required! (Shutterstock)

1. Waterloo Westies 2nd Anniversary Dance

Sat, Feb. 1, 8p.m. – Sun, Feb. 2, 12 a.m.
Hep Cat's @ 42 Erb St. East, Waterloo 

Admission: $10 ($8 for students) 

No experience required, no partner required, dance lessons included and catchy music guaranteed. What other reason do you need to stop by the Waterloo Westies' 2nd anniversary dance on Saturday night?

The admission fee includes a half-hour beginner/intermediate west coast swing lesson, a half-hour introductory level west coast swing lesson, aand live music with Sandy MacDonald.

So slip on your saddle shoes, enjoy a piece of cake and dance the night away.


2. Ontario Regional Synchronized Skating Championships

All weekend: Friday January 31 to Sunday February 2, 2014
Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex arena
Admission: free to attend

If you find skating forward and backwards a challenge, try doing it while linking arms with 15 other people, in time to music, all while creating intricate patterns across the ice. 

Or, you can sit back and watch as the best sychro skaters in western Ontario show off their talent at the 2014 regional synchronized skating championships. 

The winners will go to the Skate Canada finals in Burnaby, B.C. in February.

3. Last band standing: Arts Awards Waterloo Region

Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 8-11:30p.m.
Maxwell's Music House
Admission: $10

This is the penultimate week for Land Band Standing, a tournament where 16 bands go head-to-head for a chance to play the 2014 Arts Awards Waterloo Region at Centre in the Square on June 18.

Four local bands will compete at this all-ages event: Caffrey, Dirty Crowe, From Beyond the Sky and The Option. 

Who will it be?

4. SHIPWRECK! Pirates and Treasure

Exhibit opens Jan. 31. Runs through to April 30, 2014
Waterloo Region Museum 
Admission: Adult - $10 Senior & student - $8 Children ages 5 to 12 - $5 Children ages 4 & under - Free Family (2 adults & dependent children) - $25

Ahoy mateys! Do you have a nose for treasure? Then you might want to stop by the Waterloo Region Museum. Starting Friday, the Canadian premiere of the Shipwreck! exhibit opens to the public. 

Among the display are 500 artifacts dredged up from shipwrecks long forgotten at the ocean floor until they were found by the marine exploration experts.

You can jump in a hurricane simulator and get a feel for the kind of weather events that have sunk 3 million ships throughout history — just be sure to bring a comb.


5. Lunar New Year celebrations 

Waterloo Buddha's Light Centre, 9 Elgin Street Waterloo
All weekend: Friday, Jan. 31 - Sunday Feb. 2, 2014
Admission: Free

Experience an authentic Lunar New Year celebration. It's Chinese tradition to go to the temple at midnight of the last day in Lunar calendar, which this year falls on Jan. 31. There will be a countdown and offering of incense – the first of the new year – to the Buddha. This is just one of a number of Chinese New Year cultural events held through the weekend.

For a full listing check out their website