Kate's 5 fun things to do this weekend, Jan. 11 to 13

There are many events to help you get through the January blahs, like the open house for the Little Medical School, a winter scavenger hunt and a cheerleading demo at UW.

Enjoy a winter scavenger hunt or take in some art this weekend

Don't let the winter weather keep you inside. Head out for a hike or hit up the scavenger hunt at the Huron Natural Area in Kitchener. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)

Welcome to the weekend.

It'll be a chilly one but let's be honest, it is winter so that's to be expected.

To warm up, you could head to Fergus to enjoy putting together a massive 42,000-piece puzzle (read our story about the puzzle), maybe hit the Edelweiss Tavern for the Canadian Cornhole Championships, head into the Idea Exchange's Old Post Office location to create your own 3D puzzle or even check out your favourite pub or local brewery for some live music — many offer great musicians in an intimate setting.

Little Medical School Open House

1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 12

Downtown Community Centre, 35B Weber St. W., Kitchener

This free, fun family event will have children dressing up as doctors, learning how the body works and checking out the tools real physicians use in their work. There's hands-on demonstrations and a craft. It's being organized by the Little Medical School — an educational program by the region to teach children about medicine, science and health — and the Downtown Neighbourhood Alliance. Organizers say it'll be an "edu-taining" time.

Winter Scavenger Hunt

1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 12

Huron Natural Area, 801 Trillium Dr., Kitchener

Don't let the seasonal temperatures keep you inside. Head outside for a hike. At this event, grab a scavenger hunt list from the picnic shelter and search for the items listed. Just be sure to go to the washroom before you arrive as those facilities aren't open in the winter.

Homecoming Kings: A Stand-Up Comedy Tour

8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 12

The Ebar, 37 Quebec St., Guelph

Comedians Dylan Gott and Peter White bring their Ontario tour to Guelph. It's sure to be a night full of laughs with this duo, they've performed around the world and both have been nominated for multiple Canadian Comedy Awards.

Watch this video with Dylan Gott (warning: language may be offensive to some):

You can also visit Guelph this weekend for the continuation of Music Weekends in the downtown core with Son De la Guayra performing Saturday afternoon and Steve Strongman on Sunday.

Winter Exhibitions Opening Reception

2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 13

Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, 25 Caroline St. N., Waterloo

Take in the new exhibits at this gallery and enjoy a brief tour and talk with artists Pattie Chalmers, Julia Hepburn and curator Sheila McMath.

A similar event is the opening of Perception, a student exhibition at Homer Watson House and Gallery Sunday afternoon. Students from Eastwood Collegiate Institute will be on hand to talk about their pieces.

UW Cheerleading Worlds Showcase Fundraiser

7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 13

Physical Activities Complex at the University of Waterloo, 200 University Ave. W., Waterloo

The UW cheerleading team is preparing to take part in the World University Cheerleading Championships in Orlando, Fla., which starts on Jan. 18. To raise some money to help support the team and their trip, they're hosting this showcase to show off their moves. After the show, the Warriors will be there to chat with people and give pointers on how to do tumbles and other stunts.


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