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Upcoming Events:

Hamilton Santa Claus Parade on Sat. Nov. 17 at 4:30 p.m. in downtown Hamilton, Bay St. to York St. to James St to Barton.
HamiltonSantaParade #santasinthehammer

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

Smithville Santa Claus Parade on Sat. Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. in Smithville. Parade

Breakfast with Santa on Sat. Dec. 1 at 8:30 a.m. at the Binbrook Fairgrounds, 2600 Highway 6. Join Mark Woehrle and his team. Buy tickets: MarkandWendyBWS.com

Breakfast with Santa on Sun. Dec. 2 at 9 – 11:30 am at RHIL, 1353 Barton St. E. Pancake, colouring, games, raffles, Santa, bring camera, Adults (13 & up) $10, Children 12 & under $5. For tickets, call Delsordo 905-549-08232. Kijiji

Storytelling Workshop on Fri. Dec. 7 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Boys and Girls Clubs of Hamilton, 45 Ellis Ave. in Hamilton. Discover your own storytelling powers at our creative workshop that focuses on telling stories through writing, illustration and poetry. This FREE workshop is for families and kids in Grades 1 to 8. Spend your PD Day with us! Children/youth must be accompanied by an adult. Spaces are limited. TellingTales.org

Codify Zone recruits top local talent to empower students through computer literacy in all inclusive learning environment. Students ages 7-17 received personalized instruction in cutting edge weekly courses. With a focus on skills like problem-solving, critical-thinking and collaboration. Codify Zone courses pave the way for bright futures in any field. Classes start in January 2019. 5 to 7 students per class only.

'Twas the Night Before Christmas on Saturday nights Dec. 8, 15, 22 from 5 to 9 p.m. Carol Sing-along, visit Father Christmas, fireworks, and illuminated forest. WestfieldHeritage.ca

Breakfast with Santa on Sat. Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Adults $8, Children 3 to 10 years $6. Also Bake & Penny Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Wing, 3210 Homestead Drive in Mount Hope.

Burlington's Lakeside Festival of Lights runs from Nov. 30 to Jan. 8 from 4:30 to 11 p.m. with extended hours on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Orthodox Christmas, and New Year's Eve. 60 magical lighting displays set up at Spencer Smith Park. 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.

Storytelling Workshop on Fri. March 1 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Boys and Girls Clubs of Hamilton, 45 Ellis Ave. in Hamilton. Discover your own storytelling powers at our creative workshop that focuses on telling stories through writing, illustration and poetry. This FREE workshop is for families and kids in Grades 1 to 8. Spend your PD Day with us! Children/youth must be accompanied by an adult. Spaces are limited. TellingTales.org

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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Santa Claus Parades 2018:

Hamilton Santa Claus Parade on Sat. Nov. 17 at 4:30 p.m. in downtown Hamilton, Bay St. to York St. to James St to Barton. HamiltonSantaParade #santasinthehammer

Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade is Sat. Nov. 17 at 11 a.m. Starts at Victoria ave. & Armoury St. and travels north on Victoria, east on Valley Way, east on Queen St. ending at City Hall on Queen St. www.niagarafalls.ca

CP Holiday Train on Wed. Nov. 28. Come see the train decorated with hundreds of festive lights as it rolls into town, and enjoy a free concert from a boxcar turned into a travelling stage. South side of Gage Park. Arrives at 7:45 p.m. until 8:40 p.m. with Sam Roberts Band.

Milton Santa Claus Parade is on Sun. Nov. 18 at 1:30 p.m. It starts on Mail Street from Scott Boulevard to the GO station. www.MiltonSantaClausParade.ca

Smithville Santa Claus Parade on Sat. Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. in Smithville. Parade

JCI Brantford Santa Claus Parade is celebrating over 40 years of Christmas on Sat. Nov. 24 from 6– 8 p.m. Brantford JCI Parade

Flamborough Santa Claus Parade on Sat. Nov. 24 at 6:30 p.m. along Hamilton St. and Main St. Join us for an evening of joy and wonder. flamboroughsantaclausparade.com

St. Catharines Santa Claus Parade is Sun. Nov. 18 at 1 p.m. starting at the corner of Lake Street and William Street, proceeds to St. Paul Street, down St. Paul, left on James Street to King Street and ends at Market Square. Please bring a non-cherishable food item. www.stcatharines.ca

Stoney Creek Santa Claus Parade, Sat. Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. on King Street East, Stoney Creek. www.santaparadestoneycreek.com

Grimsby Santa Claus Parade is on Sat. Dec. 1 at 5:15 p.m. Blessed Trinity to Ontario St. via Livingston Ave. and Hwy. 8. www.grimsbyparade.ca

Dunnville Santa Claus Parade & Light Up Night is Sat. Dec. 1 in downtown Dunnville. The parade starts at the Dunnville Fire Hall, goes along Queen St and Lock St to end at George St. 70th Annual Light Up Santa Claus Parade. Facebook

Burlington Christmas Parade is on Sun. Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. goes along Guelph Line to New St., west along New St. to James St. and north to Brant Street to Prospect. Burlington.ca

Ongoing Events

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

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

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

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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