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P.A. Day Activities for Jan. 27
Winterfest 2017 in Hamilton
Outdoor tobogganing/skating
Family Day Feb. 20
Mom to Mom Sales
Upcoming Events
Easter Egg Hunts

Winterfest 2017

35th Winterfest in Gourley Park on Sun. Feb. 5 from noon – 2 p.m. Free prizes, giveaways, horse-drawn wagon rides, lumberjack games (log sawing and nail driving), winter-themed games, crafts, obstacle course, face painting, and story walk. Visit from Chimo, the Winterfest Mascot. Food and drink available for purchase. Donations to Neighbour to Neighbour appreciated.

Winterfest in Hamilton runs from Feb. 4 – 20, 2017. Don't hibernate this winter. EnjoyNeighbourhood celebrations, art exhibits, heritage, recreation programming, and more. The kick-off event is Sat. Feb. 4 at Pier 8, 47 Discovery Drive with live music, family fun, outdoor skating, and tasty treats. Hamilton

Outdoor activities

You can toboggan on 4 hills in Hamilton: Chedoke Golf Course, Garth and Stonechurch, King's Forest Golf Course, and Waterdown Memorial Park.

Rent a fat bike and pedal through the snow. Freewheel Cycle in Dundas has a fleet of fat bikes for rent and is in perfect proximity to the Dundas Valley trail network —you can ride there from the store. Downtown Bike Hounds also has a couple of fat bikes to rent. From that shop you can ride up John Street to the escarpment and hit all the trails around Chedoke Golf Course and if you’re so inclined, hook up to the Hamilton to Brantford Rail Trail. TourismHamilton

Outdoor skating at Fort George. You can rent skates or bring your own to skate outdoors at Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Skate mornings or afternoons from Sunday to Thursday, or Friday night, or almost all day on Saturday. Fort George

Outdoor Skating Trail at Valen's Lake. Skate outdoors on a 425 km loop trail at Valen's Lake.

Hamilton's Waterfront Outdoor Rink at Pier 8, 47 Discovery Dr., is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. for free skating. Skate rentals are available for $6.50 and government issue ID. Sizes range from toddler size 8 to adult size 13. The Hamilton Waterfront Trust offers a Learn-to-Skate Program which starts in January for children and youth ages 3 to 18. Registration is required.

The Burlington Rotary Centennial Pond ice pad, 1340 Lakeshore Rd., is open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., weekdays from 5 to 10 p.m., for free skating. Skate rentals and sharpening services are now available. For those without skates, check into the free skate lending program. Skates must be worn on the ice and children six years and under must wear a CSA-approved helmet. For a full list of rules and regulations

Hamilton outdoor ice rinks are operated in City parks by community volunteer committees. There is no fee to use the ice rink and there are no equipment skates, helmet, sticks rentals available. When the rink is operational it is open until 11 pm nightly then the lights are shut off.

Family Day, Feb. 20

Frosty Fest on Mon. Feb. 20 from 1 – 4 p.m. at Fifty Point Conservation Area. Lots of things to see and do, including: Birds of prey from 2-3pm
Paw Patrol’s Chase and Marshall will be meeting and greeting kids, scenic wagon rides, complimentary hot chocolate, bonfire with marshmallows, self-guided hikes, and fishing
at the marina (No fishing license required this day). Check Facebook event.

Hamilton Kids-Fest is Sat. Feb. 18 & Sun. Feb. 19 & Mon. Feb. 20 at Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum on Airport Road in Hamilton. Kids-Fest

Dundurn National Historic Site on Feb. 20. Explore a fascinating piece of Hamilton history at Dundurn National Historic Site. On a guided tour of over 40 rooms in Dundurn Castle discover what it was like to live and play ab[...]

Trains, Trains and more Trains on Feb. 20 at
Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology. You're invited to join them on Family Day for train themed fun. Visit our craft station and build and decorate your own building.

Family Day Comedy Classics on Feb. 20 at
Whitehern Historic House & Garden. Tour the McQuesten home as it was in 1939 and then head to the renovated Stable to enjoy short comedy classic films such as The Little Rascals and Popeye.

Winterfest Family Day on Feb. 20 at Art Gallery of Hamilton. Enjoy art-making, gallery tours, pop-up storytelling and an AGH Scavenger Hunt. Each family will be given a special Gallery Kit and a Scavenger Hunt form.

Family Day - Pine Cone Café on Feb. 20 at
Hamilton Children's Museum. Celebrate your family with us! Welcome to the Pine Cone Cafe where children and their adults can make bird snacks for our feathered friends during the winter months.

Family Day Carnival from 10 am – 4 pm on Sun. and Mon. Feb. 19 and 20. Inflatables, rides, food, and activities. Bingemans, 425 Bingemans Dr. Kitchener. $10 per child and children under 2 are free with paid admission. Facebook

We email the Kidfo eNewseltter every 2 weeks. View our recent newsletter: January 7, 2017

19th Annual Family Literacy Day is Jan. 27. This year’s theme is Learn at Play Every Day, and ABC Life Literacy has some great resources and tips for ways to celebrate and join in the fun on Jan. 27 or anytime! Plasticine illustrator and author Barbara Reid is this year's honourary chairperson. ABC Life Literacy

Mom to Mom Sales

Mom to Mom Sale on March 18 from 10 am – 3 pm at the Crossroads Centre in Burlington. Looking for Mothers who want a table. Facebook

Waterdown Mom and Tot Sale on March 4 from 9 am-1 pm at the ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION in Waterdown. The sale will be on both the main floor and the upper level. The main floor rental is $15 for a parent table. Business vendors $30 per table. Kijiji or email

Spring Mom to Mom Sale on Sat. April 1. Facebook

The Parent Bazaar on April 8 from 8 am – 12 noon at Ancaster Fairgrounds, 630 Trinity Road. Sell, shop, save. $2 entrance fee. Tables are $30 for parents or $60 for businesses. Ancaster

All Handmade Marketplace is on May 6 from 10 a.m to 4 pm at the Crossroads Centre in Burlington. Vendors wanted. Handmade items only. Facebook

Upcoming Events:

Parenting Workshops start this weekend: Sat. Jan. 21 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at St. David's OEYC, 33 Cromwell Cres. in Hamilton. McMaster Children's Hospital is offering free workshops for parents. The eight-week course is entitled COPEing With Toddler Behaviour for parents of children 12 – 36 months. Participants will learn strategies to enhance the parent-child relationship and improve child behaviour. Call 905-521-2100, et. 77406 to register.

Indoor Soccer Classes on Fridays at 6 p.m. at Westdale Secondary School, or Saturdays at 9:15, 10:15, or 11:15 a.m. at Sherwood Secondary. Winter season is Jan. 14 to Mar. 25, and Spring season is April 8 to June 10. $99 per season. Register online:

The Big Freeze at RBG runs fromJan. 21 to April 17. Step into the Ice Age with this winter's cooest exhibits. RBG

Wednesday Wigglers - 5 Senses at Hamilton Children's Museum on Wed. Jan. 25. Families can enjoy semi-structured preschool programming and a visit to the children's museum. Enjoy songs, activities, story-time, sensory play and a craft with a different theme.

SPLASH N BOOTS in concert! A fun-filled, high-energy family concert that you don’t want to miss! Saturday, February 4 at 11 am and 3 pm at McIntyre Performing Arts Centre, Mohawk College, 135 Fennell Ave. W, Hamilton. Tickets $20 or $35 VIP Meet & Greet (do not include HST and service fees)

PAW Patrol Live! is coming to Hamilton Place on Feb. 4 & 5 at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale now: Tickets

The Burlington Heritage Fair on Sat. Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Burlington Public Library - Central Branch, 2331 New St., Burlinton
The Burlington Heritage Fair is the official kick off of Heritage Month. The theme for 2017 will celebrate Canada 150 and the history of sports in Burlington. Enjoy a free day of seminars, interactive displays, children’s activities and exhibits by local heritage and sport organizations. Burlington

Winterfest 2017from Feb. 04 - Feb 13. Winter-inspired art exhibits, heritage and recreation programming, and more to bring Hamilton residents out of hibernation to connect with each other and explore the city for ten days in February.

All of the Oliver is a Kids' Event on Sat. Feb. 25 from 10 – 11 a.m. at Book Outlet, 340 Welland Ave. in St. Catharines. The Hueys are running amok and the stuff in the tree is stuck. Free. Book Outlet

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

Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure live at FirstOntario Centre from March 16-19. Explore the magical worlds of Disney’s The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan and Disney’s Frozen. Upbeat music, lovable Disney characters and unforgettable moments make this an experience your family will cherish forever! Join Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy on a timeless journey.

Family Show on Sunday, Apr. 9 from 10 am – 3 pm at Milton Sports Centre, 605 Santa Maria Blvd. in Milton. Free admission and parking. A fun-filled day with everything for families: education, attractions, camps, family planning and more. Loot bags for the first 500 visitors. Call to book a table: 289-293-0708. Presented by City Parent.

Be Our Guest is a Kids' Event on Sat. April 15 from 10 – 11 a.m. at Book Outlet, 340 Welland Ave. in St. Catharines. Come in for story timewith Belle and celebrate a tale as old as time. Free. Book Outlet

Monster Jam on Sat., Apr. 22 or Sun. Apr. 23 at
1 pm at FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton. Monster Jam Triple Threat Series is a points-based format that showcases the best lineup of Monster Jam vehicles that deliver what fans want to see most - more trucks, more racing, more freestyle, more donuts, more wheelies, more action! TicketMaster

Let it Grow is for all ages on Sat. April 29 from 10 – 11 a.m. at Book Outlet, 340 Welland Ave. in St. Catharines. It's gardening season and it's time to let it grow 'cause the cold never bothered us anyway. Free. Book Outlet

Stars on Ice on May 6 at FirstOntario Place in Hamilton. Three of the greatest Canadian men’s figure skaters come together for the first time in the 2017 Investors Group Stars on Ice Tour presented by Lindt! Four-time World Champion Kurt Browning, 2014 Olympic Silver Medallist Patrick Chan, and two-time Olympic Silver Medallist Elvis Stojko headline this season’s all-new show.

Through the Wardrobe is for all ages on Sat. May 27 from 10 – 11 a.m. at Book Outlet, 340 Welland Ave. in St. Catharines.Hang up your coat and meet us at the lamp post as we celebrate winter's passing with the kings and queens of Narnia. Free. Book Outlet

Kids Megafest 2017 on June 10 & 11 at at Milton Fairgrounds. Children under 12 free and adults $3.

PoultryFest is Saturday, June 24 in Smithville.

Little Mermaid the Musical at HAMILTON Place on July 3. Go on a fantastic journey underwater with your favorite mermaid! A musical live show for the entire family! The 100 first tickets are 50% OFF! Enjoy the PRESALE 1 855 251-6107! or

Telling Tales is Sun. Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Celebrate books, storytelling, authors, illustrators, and children's music at this free annual outdoor festival.

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.

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

Can you escape in 60 minutes? These escape rooms offer entertainment for the whole family: in Hamilton and 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. in Hamilton or 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.

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

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. 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.
  2. Fill a kiddie pool with ice for outdoor potluck salads and meals. It may also help contain spills and drips.
  3. Wrap a facecloth around the bathtub tap with an elastic band to keep bumps to a minimum.
  4. Avoid wearing a winter coat in a car seat because you won't be buckled in as tightly.
  5. Use monster spray—or any spray air freshener—to ward off monsters. Apparently, monsters don’t like the smell of the monster.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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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