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Upcoming Events:

Marvel Live

Marvel Universe Live returns to Hamilton at FirstOntario Centre, with the ultimate action-packed experience for the whole family!
Tickets on sale now: CoreEntertainment.ca for more information. Want to bring your group of friends? GROUPS SAVE! Call 905-546-2391

Open House on Sat. Oct. 20 at 11 a.m. at Indigo. Attention toy-lovers! Join us for a day of toy demos with the brands you love! Test your skills and make your own fun. Indigo

Pumpkinfest in Gourley Park on Sunday, Oct. 28 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Rock climbing wall, petting zoo, pony rides, bounce castle, horse and wagon ride, costume contest, candy toss, magician, and more. Donations for Neighbour to Neighbour food bank gratefuly accepted. BBQ and refreshments for sale. Southwest corner of Gourley Park by the tennis courts. Gourley

Fright in the Forest and Ghostbusters in Dundas Valley on Oct. 20 at 4 p.m. Includes marshmallows on a bonfire, hay wagon rides, Spookied Trail Centre, snacks, hot chocolate, and then stroll down Haunted Forest Trail and watch the film Ghostbusters (1984). Costumes welcome. Facebook

Goosebumps and Slime on Sat. Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. at Indigo. Come dressed up and join our Halloween parade. Enjoy colour changing slime station and enter for a chance to win a Goosebumps giveaway. Indigo

Family Show on Sun. Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at RBG, 680 Plains Rod. W. in Burlington. First 500 visitors get a loot bag. Live entertainment, education, attractions, camps, marketplace. Free parking and free admission.

Festival of Lights in Niagara Falls runs from Nov. 3 to Jan. 31. Facebook

Breakfast With Santa event at Carmens Banquet Centre on Dec. 16 from 9 am - 12 p.m. Binbrook Spiderman, a Disney Princess, and Santa. Hot breakfast buffet, raffle, silent auction, prizes for all ages! Organized by Farmers Dell Cooperative Preschool. Tickets are $20 for adults
$15 for children ages 3-12, Free for 2 and under. For tickets: BreakfastwithsantaFD@gmail.com

Deck the Falls Holiday Walking Tour is on Nov. 30, Dec. 1, and Dec. 7 starting from 5 – p.m. Facebook

Paw Patrol is on a roll ... to FirstOntario Concert Hall in Hamilton on Dec. 1 & 2. It’s Pirate Day in Adventure Bay, and Mayor Goodway is getting ready for a big celebration! But first, Ryder and his team of pirate pups must rescue Cap’n Turbot from a mysterious cavern. PawPatrol

Hamilton's Kid-fest 2019 is Feb. 16, 17 & 18 from 10 am to 5 pm at Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. Bounce, laugh, and play in Canada's largest indoor inflatables. Designed for children 2 & up.

Disney on Ice 100 Years of Magic runs from March 13 to 17, 2019 at FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton. Tickets go on sale Nov. 13, 2018. DisneyOnIce.com

No Excuse Fitness & Boxing, Burlington
P.A. DAY CAMPs will include BOXING technique, games, recreation activities and great FUN! Ages 5-14. Contact Ryan Rannelli for dates. just_results@hotmail.com. PA day Cost $35/ day.

Hamilton Public Library will be open for elementary school shared PA days, except Carlisle, Greensville, and Mount Hope. These are the shared PA days for this school year: Sept. 21, Dec. 7, Jan. 25, March 1, June 7, and June 29.

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Halloween Activities

Spooktacular Halloween at Mountsberg Conservation Area during October. Take in haunted presentations featuring snakes and birds of prey and a pumpkin scavenger hunt, haunted play barn, bison ride, toddler hay maze, play harvest games, and more. 2259 Milborough Line. ConservationHalton.on.ca

Ghost Walks & Hunt Nights of the Custom House inside Hamilton's most haunted building. They sell out quickly. Featuring the city's oldest known and active ghost, who has been haunting here well over a century! Visit the most haunted spots from the attic to the basement, hear amazing stories of dark, vivid spirits, and spooky encounters. Stand in the murder hallway, gaze into the mantelpiece, and walk into the infamous basement vault. You must register in advance: Ghostwalks.com

Ghost Walk of Haunted Ruthven. Visit the graveyards, and hear legends and lore that will make your hair stand on end. You must register in advance: Ghostwalks.com

Ghost Walk of the Hermitage Ruinsfeaturing Ancaster's infamous Legend of Lover's Lane, satanic cults and rituals, and the coachman who walks the woods searching for his lost love! Free parking and the Gatehouse Museum included in your ticket ($10 value) You must register in advance: Ghostwalks.com

Creepy Caledonia Ghost Tours at the gates of the Caledonia Fairgrounds. $5 per person. For info, call (905) 765-2718 or visit www.CreepyCaledonia.org

Haunted Halloween at Westfield Heritage Village. Something curious is happening in the village! Find out what, as you explore by lantern and moonlight. A fun night for all ages! For more information, please call 1-800-883-0104 or visit www.WestfieldHeritage.ca

Pumpkin Sunday at Westfield Heritage Village. A fun event for the whole family, especially the little ones! Featuring pumpkin themed games, crafts, activities and treats.  www.WestfieldHeritage.ca

Ongoing Events

Register for skating lessons with Glanbrook Skating Club online only. PreCanSkate, CanSkate, and Junior classes run from Oct. to April. GlanbrookSkating

Prenatal classes starting soon. The City of Hamilton offers online and in person group prenatal classes for residents of Hamilton including Ancaster, Binbrook, Dundas, Flamborough, Glanbrook, Stoney Creek and Waterdown. https://www.hamilton.ca

Webster's Waterfall shuttle service has started from Christie Lake Conservation Area. The shuttle will operate weekends and holidays from May 12 until Sunday, October 28 (weather permitting).

Character Visits for Birthdays & Events $100. They can create some affordable excitement and a whole lot of smiles at your next event. 289-929-4995 or PartyPerfectNiagara

Right From the Start is on Saturdays from 10 am to 12 noon for parents of babies under 24 months. Participants learn how to read baby's cues and foster infant attachment security, and more. Ron Joyce Children's Centre, 325 Wellington St. N.

Toastmasters Teens meet on Mondays at 6 p.m. at Terryberry Library, 100 Mohawk Rd. W. For ages 12 – 18. Develop communication, learn to organize speeches, give impromptu talks, control voice, gestures, and provide constructive feedback.

Sit, Stay, Read on Mondays at 6 pm at Turner Park Library. For ages 8 – 12 years. Registration required: 905-546-4790.

The Hamilton Toy Museum is open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am – 3 pm at 1231 Main St. E. in Hamilton. Adults $5, children $3. ToyMuseum

PA Days at the Workers Arts & Heritage Centre. Want to provide your child with some unique learning experiences that connect the arts with the culture and history of working people? Camps are facilitated by professional artists and include a wholesome lunch and snacks. Dec 2, Jan 27 and Jun 9. www.wahc-museum.ca

The NEWLY RENOVATED Little Ray's Reptile Zoo in Hamilton is indoors, air conditioned and has more than doubled in size. We are welcoming some amazing new animals and displays including, ring tailed lemurs, an amazing porcupine, a 90 pound Asian water monitor (the second largest lizard on display in Canada), a gorgeous 8' salt water crocodile (the largest crocodile in the world) and 2 world class museum exhibits; FROGS - Weird * Gross * Cool and WILD ONTARIO - A Celebration of Ontario BioDiversity. Open daily: 10 to 5 p.m. Stadium Mall, 869 Barton St E, Hamilton
Hamilton@raysreptiles.com

Scoop McCoy Birthday Party Magician, 905-964-3496
www.ScoopMcCoyMagic.com


10 Stocking Stuffer ideas for children

Here are some ideas for stocking stuffers that you can play with your children to encourage conversation and creative play. Do you have a favourite activity for children to add to the list?

  1. Crayola Globbles are new colourful, squishy balls that stick to the walls. They’re good for fidgeters, developing fine motor skills, or just for fun!
  2. Travel Size Erasable Magnetic Drawing Board (Magna Doodle). Draw a picture, erase, repeat.
  3. Crayola Twistables Crayons are in a clear plastic case, which do not break. Enjoy drawing and colouring with your child and encourage dialogue.
  4. Play dough or Plasticine©. Try creating a picture on a paper plate, take a photo of it, and then reuse. (If you try to keep it, the dough may dry out and crack.)
  5. Small picture books to keep in your purse or car to read if you’re waiting in a line.
  6. Twistable animals that you can reshape or bend their legs, such as Twisty Petz, which is Canadian.
  7. Bathtub toys that can be stacked or sorted.
  8. Origami sticky notes come with 10 diagrams to create origami projects.
  9. Small flashlight on a keychain to keep in the car or backpack.
  10. Echo Microphone to encourage talking or singing.

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Ongoing Events

Wednesday Wigglers on Wednesdays at Hamilton Children's Museum. The Wednesday Wiggler program provides preschool aged children (2 to 4 years) an opportunity to explore the environment through a balance of adult facilitated and child directed activities. There's a different them every Wed. Children learn best through play, Wigglers offers a theme based drop in program with story time, songs, discovery and creation centres. 1072 Main St. E., Hamilton Hamilton

Ontario Early Year Centres (OEYC) provide a place for parents and their children to access free programs, activities and learning opportunities for all children 0-6 years and their parent/caregiver.  Check out 5 locations in East Hamilton! http://www.kboysandgirlsclub.com

IndigoKids Story Time is back. Visit Indigos each Friday at 10:30am for a story time in the IndigoKids department!

Duel Nature Fencing Learn to Fence 7 to 12 yrs and MiniFence 5 and 6 yrs. Learn the FUNdamentals of an Olympic Sport. Sat, Monday or Thurs. each week. Equipment provided Call 905 962 5863 in Hamilton. www.duelnature.com

Fencing Classes and Camps for all ages. No experience required. All equipment provided. www.FencingNiagara.com

Tips for Tots to Teens
and everything inbetween

  1. Store elastic pontytail ties on a carabiner or other closing loop so they don't get scattered everywhere.
  2. Store Lego bricks, small animals, or other small toys in hanging shoe organizers.
  3. Use a hot-glue gun to seal the holes of bath toys so mold doesn't form.
  4. Use an empty egg carton and squeeze paint into each little bowl.
  5. Place Press'n Seal wrap over your children's shirt before starting a messy craft—or sloppy dinner—so it doesn't get dirty.
  6. Put a chip clip on the end of a burrito, fajita, or wrap to keep the contents from falling out.
  7. Put a cell phone, purse, or your lunch on the floor of the backseat of your car so you see your child in their car seat. If they're sleeping, you could forget them in a hot car.
  8. Fill a kiddie pool with ice for outdoor potluck salads and meals. It may also help contain spills and drips.
  9. Wrap a facecloth around the bathtub tap with an elastic band to keep bumps to a minimum.
  10. Avoid wearing a winter coat in a car seat because you won't be buckled in as tightly.
  11. Use monster spray—or any spray air freshener—to ward off monsters. Apparently, monsters don’t like the smell of the monster.
  12. Read aloud to your children to help them thrive at school later. Read aloud with unique voice and expressive eyes. Make the books come alive as if you’re the author reading the book.
  13. Change a pair of socks into leg warmers for baby. If you have a hole in your sock, cut off the foot and they become leg warmers for a baby.
  14. Stand Mr. Freezies up in the freezer to freeze them so they're easier to open. The air will be at the top so it's easier to cut the top off to eat.
  15. Add a cooler wrap to your child's water bottle so it stays cold and it's easier to spot. When my daughter plays a sport, there are several water bottles on the bench, but she can identify hers easier because of the wrap.


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