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Upcoming Events:

McMaster Children & Youth University Curiosity Crawl 2018. Sat. March 3, 11 am – 3 pm . A Day to Question, Discover Create! 15 interactive workshops for children & youth. A fun event for the whole family. Details at: mcyu.ca

Sesame Street Live at FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place) in Hamilton on Thurs. Feb. 22 with three shows at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 5 p.m. Tickets

Frogs! from Jan. 20 to April 15 at Royal Botanical Gardens. Frogs! is a dynamic exhibit experience with two special exhibitions and daily, family-friendly activities where visitors of all ages can explore the wonderful world of frogs and their wetland homes. 680 Plains Road West, Burlington. RBG

Paw Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure on Sat. March 17 at 6 p.m. at Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. Facebook

Family Literacy Day is January 27. Family literacy programs focus on parents as the means to improve the reading and writing skills of all family members. By reading to children and engaging in fun literacy activities, parents are actively keeping their own skills sharp while at the same time strengthening the relationship between the family which, in turn, encourages lifelong learning.

Winterfest runs in Hamilton from Feb. 3 to 19. Discover that Hamilton is a city that doesn't hibernate in the wintertime! Explore the city for 17 fun-filled days from February 3 to 19, 2018. Check out the events: https://www.hamilton.ca

Synchronized Swimming - Winter Rec session begins Jan. 14. Fun, friends & fitness. All ages. Info: www.burlingtonsynchro.com

Wednesday Wigglers – Penguins 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

SPCA Guinea Pig Storytime. Join them on Sat. Feb. 3 at 3 pm for a Guinea Pig-themed Story time. Breeze, a pregnant Guinea Pig recently came into our care. During this Story time we will be discussing small animal adoption and care and will have the opportunity to visit with Breeze and her 3 beautiful babies Celery, Parsley and Pepper Hamilton-Burlington SPCA, 245 Dartnall Rd. SPCA

The Wizard of Oz on March 25 & 26 at FirstOntario Place. Info

Family Show on Sat. April 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Milton Sports Centre, 605 Santa Maria Blvd. Free loot bags to the first 500 visitors. Free admission and parking. www.cityparent.com

Baby, Bump, and Toddler Marketplace is May 5-6 at the Hamilton Convention Centre.

Heritage Train Ride on June 3, June 10, July 1, July 29, Sept 2, Sept 23, Sept. 30. Take a trip through time seated in one of our heated/air conditioned heritage coaches from the 1950's and enjoy our doors open baggage car. On-board entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.  Adults: $27, Senior & Student: $25, Child: $19. The train departs Uxbridge Station at 10 am and 2:30 pm and from Stouffville at noon. www.ydhr.ca

Father’s Day Heritage Train Ride on June 17. Today only, dads ride for half price when accompanied by a child. This Father’s Day treat your dad to a ride through the Oak Ridges Moraine on-board the York-Durham Heritage Railway. The train departs the Uxbridge Station at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and from the Stouffville Station at noon. Adults: $27, Senior & Student: $25, Child: $19. www.ydhr.ca

Telling Tales Festival is on Sunday, Sept. 16 at Westfield Heritage Village, but park at Rockton Fairgrounds and take the free shuttle bus. TellingTales.org

Teen Tales is on Sunday, Sept. 23 at Westfield Heritage Village, but park at Rockton Fairgrounds and take the free shuttle bus. TellingTales.org

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Family Day is Monday, Feb. 19
Mom to Mom Sales
Maple Syrup Farms
Easter Egg Hunts
March Break Camps


Family Day is Monday, Feb. 19

Winterfest runs in Hamilton from Feb. 3 to 19. Discover that Hamilton is a city that doesn't hibernate in the wintertime! Explore the city for 17 fun-filled days from February 3 to 19, 2018. Check out the events: https://www.hamilton.ca

Winterfest Storytime at Hamilton Public Library. Visit the Central Branch of the Hamilton Public Library for family storytime during Winterfest Feb. 3 to 19 from 10:30 – 11 a.m. Bring the whole family to story time and get ready to read! 55 York Blvd. Hamilton.

Family Day at Turner Park Library on Monday, Feb. 19 includes Coding with Ozobots at 1:30, Family Storytime at 2:30, LittleBITS so you can invent with snap-together electronic modules at 3, and Jean Assamoa shares African culture through storytelling and drumming. Green screen photos available all day.

Hamilton Bulldogs take on Owen Sound at 2 p.m. on Feb. 19 at FirstOntario Centre.

Families go wild at Ruthven on Family Day, Feb. 19 from 1 – 3 p.m. at Ruthven Park National Historic Site. Includes hike and scavenger hunt. Facebook

Dundas Rotary Winter Carnival runs Mon. Feb. 19 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at Dundas Driving Park, 71 Cross Street, Dundas. Come join in the fund celebrating Winter at the Dundas Driving Park for annual Winter Carnival hosted by the Dundas Sunrise Rotary Club! www.hamilton.ca

Hamilton KidsFest Show runs from February 17, 18, 19, 2018 at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. Kidsfest

HCA Family Day. Explore all the arts have to offer at the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts on Mon. Feb. 19 anytime between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 126 James Street South, Hamilton. www.hamilton.ca


Mom to Mom Sales

Mom to Mom Sale on Sat. Mar. 10 at Dundas Legion, 280 King Street West. Vendors wanted. Email: StruttYourCraftySide@yahoo.com or Facebook

Mom to Mom Sale on Sat. May 5 at Waterdown Legion, 79 Hamilton St. N in Waterdown. Vendors wanted. Email: StruttYourCraftySide@yahoo.com or Facebook


Maple Syrup Farms

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Bronte Creek’s Maple Syrup Festival
Open weekends in March from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. and everyday during March Break. Fresh Ontario maple syrup is flowing at Bronte Creek Provincial Park. Includes historical re-inactments, tree-tapping demos, and hot pancakes. 1219 Burloak Dr. in Oakville. BronteCreek.org

Maple Syrup Festival at Westfield Heritage Village runs Sundays in March: 6, 13, 20 and 27, March Break days Wednesday March 16 and Thursday March 17 and on Good Friday March 25. The program runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Discover one of Canada’s most time-honoured and delicious traditions. Explore the making of maple syrup from the tree to the table in three different time periods: the methods of Canada’s First Nations, 19th century pioneers and modern times. www.WestfieldHeritage.ca

Mountsberg’s Maple Town Maple Town Mountsberg’s Maple Town runs February 24 until April 2, 2018 on weekends, holidays and March Break from 10am - 4pm each day. Maple Town is free with regular gate admission or a Halton Parks Membership. www.conservationhalton.ca

Sugar Bush Tours and Pancakes at Richardsons Farm 131 River Rd. in Dunnville905-774-7507. Opens on Family Day, Mon. Feb. 19, 2018. Schools can book tours Feb. 26 to March 29. The farm store is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 am to 5 pm. with sweet potatoes, carrots, apples, maple syrup, jam, preserves, baking, honey and gift baskets. Call the farm or like us on Facebook to get the latest updates. Come on out to the farm with family and friends to watch the sap be boiled and enjoy some piping hot pancakes, sausage and pure maple syrup! Enjoy pancakes, sausage, and real maple syrup at our heated and insulated market. (905) 774-7507 or www.RichardsonsFarm.com

Sweet Water Demonstrations at Crawford Lake. March is the month for all things maple! Crawford Lake’s Sweet Water Season runs February 24 until April 2, 2018 on weekends, holidays and March Break from 10am - 4pm each day. www.conservationhalton.ca

White Meadows Farms is open weekends in March and during March Break. Tours run every half hour: starting at 10 am. Last tour departs at 3 pm. Our re-enactors, dressed in period costumes, demonstrate and share the rich history of Canada's first harvest of the year, maple syrup. In our small corner of the world where the right trees and climate combine to make 100% Pure Maple Syrup, tours into the sugar bush are an annual winter tradition. 2519 Effingham St in St. Catherines. (905) 682-0642. www.WhiteMeadowsFarms.com


Easter Egg Hunts

Caledonia’s 6th Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt is a FREE event that you are all welcome to attend. Appearances by our emergency services, pet the live bunnies, arts & crafts, picture with the Easter Bunny, face painting not to mention 30,000 eggs to hunt. Register: www.caledoniaeasteregghunt.com

6th Annual Binbrook Easter Egg Hunt is on Friday, March 30. binbrookeasteregghunt@gmail.com


Tutoring

Need tutoring help? Beyond the Classroom offers in-home tutoring. Call Tamara Leniew at 905-516-5306 or http://beyondtheclassroom.ca/hamiltonmountain/

French practice for children 5 to 12. Call Faridat at Global Vous Education at 647-838-8794 or email: faudu@globalvouseducation.com


Ongoing Events

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

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Ongoing Events

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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