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Summer Camps

Upcoming Events:

Winona Peach Festival runs from Aug. 25 – 27 in Stoney Creek. Facebook

Wonder'Ful Storytime at 11 a.m. on Sat. Aug. 27 at Indigo in Ancaster. Share your message of positivity with a Wonder'ful storytime in celebration of the movie Wonder! Facebook

Exotic Animal Show including some Australian ones. Friday, Aug. 18 at 10 a.m. at Cayuga United Church, 25 Munsee St. melrulg67@gmail.com

Deep Down Inside author Daniella Grsic will be at Indigo Stoney Creek on Sept. 23 and 24. This Wellness series supports the emotional, social and mental well-being of young children. Indigo

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

The Secret of Castle Alphabet- Jul 20-30, Hamilton Fringe: Theatre Aquarius. Journey into a magical world of self-discovery, adventure and fun! A fantastical experience created for kids, that's engaging and fun for the whole family! Tickets: http://bit.ly/castlealphabet_hamilton

Free Kids Events at Seaway Mall every Wednesday during July. On July 12, you can hear a French story and colouring at 12 noon and Cartooning with Beverly Sneath from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Centre Court. Seaway Mall

Reptile Kingdom has been doing educational shows and displays for over 15 years. Offering a live educational, entertaining and interactive show at the Seaway Mall on July 19 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Seaway Mall

Club Rex Free Show on July 26 at 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Seaway Mall Centre Court. See pieces of pre-history displays and interactions. Show starts at 1 p.m.Seaway Mall

Summer events at the Book Outlet in Welland Every second Saturday, the Book Outlet has activities for children including Peppa and Friends on August 5, and Teddy Bear Picnic on August 19. Get more info on their website: BookOutlet

We email the Kidfo eNewseltter every 2 weeks. View our recent newsletter: July 29, 2017


Mom to Mom Sales

Binbrook's Mom2Mom Sale This Saturday August 5 from 9am-4pm at Binbrook United Church. Bring the kids. Free bouncy castle, food trucks, mom's and vendors' raffles. (Also Avon lady with stock at discounted prices.) Facebook

Upcoming Events:

Cactus Festival runs from Aug. 17 to 20 in Dundas. http://dundascactusfestival.ca

Dog Days of Summer Block Party hosted by the SPCA. Join the SPCA at Boston Pizza in Grimsby for an all day event for the entire family. There will be a bouncy castle, a silent auction and even a dunk tank! Stay for dinner and purchase a $20 dinner voucher, which entitles you to an individual pizza OR mix and match pasta, caesar salad and a non alcoholic drink. A portion of each meal voucher will be donated to our shelter pets. NOTE: Dinner vouchers must be purr-chased in advance. Contact Natalia at nhanson@hbspca.com or at 905-574-7722 ext 427 for more info. Facebook

Bring your favourite stuffed animal for a woodland picnic. Teddy Bear Picnic is a fun kids' event at Book Outlet in Welland on Saturday, Aug. 19 from 10 am to 11 am. We will have: free refreshments available (while supplies last). Story time and crafts . BookOutlet

Telling Tales is Sun. Sept. 17 come anytime between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Celebrate books, storytelling, authors, illustrators, and children's music at this free annual outdoor festival. Swap books, read new books, learn illustration techniques, and discover new books and authors. Download the poster with presenters' names: Poster PDF or check website: TellingTales.org

Hamilton Comic Con is Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. Presented by Mohawk College. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. http://www.hamiltoncomiccon.com/

Ongoing Events

Girls Only, aged 7 – 12 years. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Hamilton offers healthy, active programs every Monday 6 – 8 p.m., 77 Purnell Dr., Unit 118. Aim is to increase female participation in physical activity and leadership opportunities.

Hamilton Youth Soccer Club has summer house league soccer for boys and girls from 3 to 19 years. Register before March 1 to take advantage of early bird registration. Call 905-318-1933 or www.mhysc.org

Youth Ball Hockey for ages 3 – 17. Learn to play and ball hockey leagues. Register online: www.HamiltonBallHockey.com

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

Amazing Adventures Playland
www.amazingadventuresplayland.ca
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. www.duelnature.com

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

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

Free admission to Canada Parks in 2017. Parks Canada is inviting Canadians and visitors from around the world to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary at our national treasures from coast to coast to coast.  To mark this special year, they’re offering free admission to all Parks Canada locations, and you can join them for the celebration. Your Parks Canada Discovery Pass provides free admission for the entire year to Parks Canada places from coast to coast to coast! ParksCanada

Can you escape in 60 minutes? These escape rooms offer entertainment for the whole family: TheCrux.ca in Hamilton and AdventureRooms.ca in Niagara Falls and Kitchener. Suitable for ages 8 to 77. Your group is locked in a room puzzles that must be solved to find the key to unlock the door. Only 20 percent of people have solved the puzzle within the one-hour time limit. It is recommend that children are 10 years of age or older to play without adults in the room. You must book a time online. TheCrux.ca in Hamilton or AdvertureRooms.ca in Niagara Falls and Kitchener.

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

Ignite: After School Drop-In program this Thursday too! It's for student's in grades 1-8, and it's just a fun time to goof off, run around, play some games, or even catch up on homework if they'd like. It goes from 2:30-5:30PM, right from when school ends to right before dinner begins. Student's can come and go at any point throughout the program, as long as they (or a parent) sign themselves out, that's why we call it a drop-in! Harmony Baptist Church on Upper James St. in Hamilton.

Venture Engineering and Schience, Computers and Technology fall and winter clubs. Register at venture.mcmaster.ca

Free Family Movies every Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Turner Park Library and Central Library.

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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