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Upcoming Events:

Paw Patrol Meet & Greet on Sat. July 21 from 12 noon to 2 pm at Talize, 1400 Upper James St. Meet Chase and Marshall. See ad.

Home Alone Safety Course will be on July 23 in Stoney Creek.

Babysitting Course runs Monday, July 23 to Friday, July 27 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Glanbrook Community Services. Students will learn about home, fire and water safety from professionals. Course at Glanbrook Municipal Building, 4280 Binbrook Rd. Fee: $65. Students must be at least 11 years of age.

Movies Under the Stars. Free Outdoor Movies at a neighbourhood park near you! Every Thursday night at 9 p.m. from July 5 to Aug. 16. Bad weather may cause delays or cancellations. In Burlington. Burlington.

Live Steamer Days at the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology. Catch a ride on a miniature coal-burning steam powered trains and witness the social and mechanical life of Canada's early industrial revolution. July 29, Aug. 12, 26, and Sept. 9.

Second Star to the Right and Straight on till Morning Kids' Event from 10 – 11 am on Sat. July 14. Free event! Join the group of lost boys and girls for a magical morning in Neverland. Book Outlet, 340 Welland Ave. in St. Catharines. Free kids' event. Book Outlet

Binbrook Family Movie Nights on July 27 and Aug. 24 in the park. Sponsored by Mountainside Church.

Book your summer adventure with Thomas! The Day Out With Thomas – BIG ADVENTURES TOUR comes to St. Thomas, Ontario July 21 & 22, 2018. For tickets & info visit:

Heritage Train Ride on 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.

Festival of Friends runs August 3, 4, 5 in Gage Park. Music, crafts, and food. Free admission, rain or shine.

12th Annual Port Colborne Canal Days includes an indoor craft show on Sat. Aug. 4 and Sun. Aug. 5. Facebook

Bippity Boppity Book Outlet Kids' Event from 10 – 11 am on Sat. Aug. 11. Cinderella is hopping into her magical pumpkin coach and taking a trip down to the store! Come visit with the princess and have some fairytale fun! Free event! Book Outlet, 340 Welland Ave. in St. Catharines. Free kids' event. Book Outlet

Farm Crawl Hamilton 2018 runs again on Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Buy tickets that day from any of the participating farms. Participating farmers have planned a special day to enthrall, excite, and educate you on their wonderful world. FarmCrawl

Dundas Cactus Festival runs from Friday, Aug. 17 to Sunday, Aug. 19 on King Street West in Dundas.

There and Back Again Kids' Event from 10 – 11 am on Sat. Aug. 25. Step out your front door and embark on a hobbit's adventurous journey. Free event! Book Outlet, 340 Welland Ave. in St. Catharines. Free kids' event. Book Outlet

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

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

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.

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Private Swim Lessons. Accelerate your child’s swim ability at Summer Swim Academy by investing in 1:1 private swim lessons in your OWN backyard pool through the Red Cross Swim Kids Program.


Need tutoring help? Beyond the Classroom offers in-home tutoring. Call Tamara Leniew at 905-516-5306 or

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

Ongoing Events

Summer Reading Club rewards children and teenagers for reading books and taking part in activities at Hamilton Public Libraries. You can register for the free club online starting June 1. The program runs from June 29 to Sept. 1. Visit any of the 22 libraries in Hamilton for more info. HPL

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

Binbrook Basketball Club starts in the fall, but registration is opennow. Or, take a summer camp.

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.

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

Scoop McCoy Birthday Party Magician, 905-964-3496

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Ongoing Events

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

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!

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.

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

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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