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Upcoming Events:

Right From the Start starts Sat. Oct. 21 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.

Telling Tales Storytelling Workshop on Fri. Nov. 3 from 10 am to 12:30 pm at Boys and Girls Clubs of Hamilton. It's a P.A. Day. 45 Ellis Ave. in Hamilton.

Festival of Readers includes readings, workshops, and storytelling from Sat. Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All ages, all welcome.

Wizarding Workshop 10am-1pm. Kids 6-12 are invited to take part in a wizarding workshop, where they will get to perform some supernatural science experiments, create potions, and make their own wand! Workshop will also include a visit with some magical creatures, a ride on our very own “Hogwarts Express” train, and a guided tour of the museum. Registration required. Location: The Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology, 905-546-4797,

An Enchanted Evening (17+) 7-10pm. Come dressed as your favourite Harry Potter character and show off your knowledge through a trivia challenge, learn how to make a wand, and mingle with fellow Potterheads to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Philosopher’s Stone! Staff will transform the Woodshed into a magical setting ready for selfies, conversations and themed food! Registration required. Location: The Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology, 905-546-4797,

Winter Bazaar on Sat. Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Bellmoore School, 35 Pumpkin Pass, Binbrook. Vendors, silent auction, bake sale, food trucks, and more. Raising money for math and physical education learning resources.

COPEing with Toddler Behaviour is a free program for parents of 12 to 36 months. Participants learn to enhance their relationships and improve childhood behaviour. Begins Tuesday, Sept. 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Ron Joyce Children's Health Centre, 325 Wellington St. Email

Visit with Local Authors on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 12 noon to 3:30 p.m. Ask them questions about publishing, writing, marketing or designing a book. Welland Library in the Community Room at Welland Civic Square.

Concession Street FallFest on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. hosted by Concession BIA.

Family Show is on Sunday, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Royal Botanical Gardens. Education, attractions, camps, marketplace and live entertainment. Free loot bags to the first 500 visitors. Organized by City Parent. 905-842-6591, ext. 740708.

The annual Parents Conference is on Sat. Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School, 1824 Rymal Rd E in Hamilton, ON L0R 1P0. Registration is recommended since workshops fill up quickly. More details to come.

Bump, Baby & Toddler Marketplace on Sat. Nov. 4 and Sun. Nov. 5. From maternity to toddler, you can SHOP the latest trends, TRY demos, WIN prizes and get PAMPERED! Nov 4-5 at Hamilton Convention Centre in Hamilton.

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

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Fall Special Events

Hermitage Ghost Walk on Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Can you walk through the woods in the dark and hear about the love story? Facebook

Candlelight Spirit Walk is on Friday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at Erland Lee Museum, 552 Ridge Rd. Admission is $15. Join staff for a lantern-guided tour of the museum and grounds. Email: for more info.

Halloween Party for ages 4 to 9 is Saturday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Erland Lee Museum, 552 Ridge Rd. Admission is $5. Accompanying adults are free. Put on a costume and get ready for a spooky, silly, fun-filled day. Includes games, crafts, activities, prizes, healthy snacks, and more. Email: for more info.

Lindley's Farm and Market, 900 Fiddlers Green Rd., has pumpkins, hayrides and a corn maze 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday. $8 for hayride and field pumpkin, corn maze $7. (open Thanksgiving Day)

Dyment's Pumpkin Patch, 416 Fallsview Rd. E., Dundas, offers scenic wagon rides to the pumpkin patch, a barnyard play area, corn bin, corn maze and zip line. $12. Open weekends 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (open Thanksgiving Day)

Halloween Ho-Down Weekends at Puddicombe Estate Farms and Winery is Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Live entertainment, campfire, train rides, fall crafts and pumpkins. Day pass is $20 per person. Puddicombe Farm is located at 1468 Highway 8 in Winona. (open Thanksgiving Day)

Spooktacular Stroll on Oct. 13 from 5 – 9 p.m in Binbrook Fairgrounds. Aside from our Trick or Treat "stroll", we will have plenty of local vendors, various FREE raffle draws, food trucks, face painting, a magic show, Meet & Greet with your kids' favorite characters, complimentary family photos, a food drive that we hope everyone can donate to, AND MORE! You must register. Facebook


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:

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. Sept 22, Nov 3 and Dec 1, 2017.

Scoop McCoy Birthday Party Magician, 905-964-3496

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Inch Park Skating Club Registration Day is Saturday, September 23 from 11am -1pm at Inch Park Arena, 400 Queendale Ave. E., in Hamilton. 289-440-7308 or email:

Learn to Skate with Glanbrook Skating Club. Register for Oct. to April classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays during Sept. starting Sept. 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Binbrook Arena, 4300 Binbrook Rd. in Binbrook. Pre-CanSkaters are 3 to 5 and CanSkaters are 5 and up. Like their Facebook page: GlanbrookSkatingClub or call 905-769-1553.

First Choice Martial Arts offers 2 free lessons to try it out. 1760 Upper James St., just south of Rymal Road. 905-575-1115  FirstChoice

Young Park Martial Arts has a back to school special. Call today for a free trial lesson. 905-387-5425.

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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!

Amazing Adventures Playland
Amazing Adventures Playland is an indoor adventure playland filled with soft play structures, foam ball and cannon arenas, toddler play areas and thrilling arcade games! Now 3 locations!
Burlington Location
4325 Harvester Road, Burlington
(905) 639 6544
Hamilton Mountain Location
240 Nebo Road, Hamilton
(905) 574 7529
Mississauga West
3450 Ridgeway Drive, #10 Mississauga
(905) 607 3861

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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