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Upcoming Events:

Creation Camp - We teach children coding and creative-thinking through robotics and other hands-on activities. Come out to Central Library this Saturday, February 23rd @ 12:30 PM for a fun and free intro to coding! Best for children grades 1-5. www.eventbrite.ca

Family Storytelling Workshop on Friday, March 1 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Boys and Girls Clubs of Hamilton, 45 Ellis Ave. Hamilton. For ages 6 – 12. Come draw, write, and tell tales. Led by authors Kevin Sylvester, Melanie Florence, and Hamilton Youth Poets. Facebook

Writing & Drawing Pro Tips on Fri. March 1 (P.A.Day) at 2 p.m. at Hamilton Public Library upstairs in the Kenilworth Branch. Presented by Canadian author, illustrator and broadcaster, Kevin Sylvester, as he talks about his most recent books.

Free Museum Access with a Hamilton Library card! Show your library card to gain free entry into these museums. Be sure that all family members (including children) have a library card when you visit. Visit Hamilton's Civic Museums for info.

PlayVille Hamilton is a village with small stores and houses so children can enjoy creative play. An exciting indoor play place with a focus on dramatic play and make-believe!   PlayVille offers daily drop-in play and birthday parties!  Come play and explore our village!! 
PlayVille

Mathnasium of Hamilton Mountain - Math Learning Centre for grades 2 – 12. 365-366-MATH (6284), 1808 Rymal Road East, Unit 3
https://www.mathnasium.ca/Hamilton

P.A. Day Camp on Friday March 1, 2019. For kids JK to Grade 6. 2 snacks and a hot lunch included $25, plus $5 for early drop-off and/or late pick-up.​ boomerangdaycamp.ca

Spiders Alive! is the winter exhibit at the Royal Botanical Gardens. Join them for the incredible eight-legged exhibition from January 19 to April 14. RBG

STEM Camp themes this year include Transformers, Super Heroes, Star Wars and Minecraft! Hands-on STEM projects focus on fun, exploration and wonder. Something new and cool every day. Ages 5 - 13. stemcamp.ca

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: Jan. 25, March 1, June 7, and June 29.

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.

Hamilton's Kids-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. Kids-Fest

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

The Original Harlem Globetrotters are bringing their all-new Fan Powered World tour to Hamilton on Friday, April 5 at 7 p.m. Tickets

Stars on Ice on Sat. May 4 at FirstOntario Place in Hamilton. Relive the amazing artistry, excitement and athletic triumph of Canada’s beloved Olympic Team Gold Medalists including Patrick Chan, Kaetlyn Osmond and Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford; plus two-time Olympic Silver Medalist Elvis Stojko, Olympic Bronze Medalist Jeff Buttle, three-time World Medalists Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje and more! StarsOnIce

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.

 

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Places to Play or Socialize

Playville Hamilton encourages creative play with small rooms that look like stores. They fill up quickly, so watch their Facebook page. Facebook

Early Learning Centres in Hamilton has several locations. We welcome families with children ages birth to age 6 to drop in and play with the great toys and resources available from the OEYC.

EarlyON Child and Family Centres provide opportunities for children from birth to 6 years of age to participate in play and inquiry-based programs, and support parents and caregivers in their roles. These centres offer safe and welcoming environments open to all families across Hamilton, with qualified professionals and quality programs. 6 locations in East Hamilton. Boys and Girls Club

Library Storytime. Almost all branches of the Hamilton Public Library have storytime. Check their Calendar for daily activities. HPL.ca

Several bookstores have storytime or activities for toddlers and preschoolers. Epic Books, 226 Locke St. has Books Aloud on Friday mornings at 10:30 a.m. EpicBooks.ca

Zoom Zoom’s is an indoor playground that provides great family entertainment for great value. Our facility is clean, safe, comfortable and most of all fun! Our playground structure is designed so parents can play with their kids or sit in a comfortable chair. ZoomZooms.ca

Jungle Jam Indoor Playground. Kids and families are sure to have a WILD time at Hamilton’s best family tourist attraction. 680 Tradewind Dr. Ancaster. JungleJam.ca

Hamilton Children’s Museum invites young visitors to stretch their imagination as they touch, build and experiment in a friendly, child-focused setting. Home to interactive, hands-on galleries, the museum encourages learning through self-directed play. Hamilton.ca

Wesley, 1900 Main St W. They're open only on weekdays, but very welcoming! They have an EarlyON Child and Family Centre and camps. 52 Catharine St. N. Hamilton. Wesley.ca

 

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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. Jan 27 and Jun 9. www.wahc-museum.ca

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

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!

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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