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Upcoming Events:

Parenting Course starts Monday, Mar. 27 from 0:15 – 11:15 a.m. and runs for 8 weeks. Free workshop for parents of children 12 – 36 months. COPEing with Toddler Behaviour will share strategies to enhance the parent-child relationship and improve child behaviour. Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club, 45 Ellis Ave.

Kids in the Kitchen runs on Tuesdays from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at 77 Purnell Dr. Unit 118, presented by Boys and Girls Clubs of Hamilton. Children 7 – 12 years will learn kitchen safety, nutrition, and food preparation while creating meals from a wide range of cultures.

Right From the Start is a free 8-week workshop for parents of babies under 24 months. Participants will learn how to read babies cues and foster infant attachment security. Starts Thursday, March 30 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at Ron Joyce Children's Health Centre, 325 Wellington St. North.

Synchronized Swimming - Spring Session begins March 19. Friends, Fun & Fitness! All ages welcome! For info or to register: www.burlingtonsynchro.com

Mount Hamilton Youth Soccer Club has summer house league soccer program. 905-318-1933 www.mhysc.org

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

Harlem Globetrotters returns celebrating 90 years, with another action packed, and hilarious show on April 12th. Join this star –studded roster on the court for some unforgettable memories with fan experience packages made available to groups. Opportunities include meet and greets, playing on the Harlem Globetrotters court, and more. Want to bring your group of friends? GROUPS SAVE! Call 905-546-4085.

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

National Puddle Day is on May 6 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Glanford Curling Club, 3091 Homestead Drive. National Puddle Day

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. www.starsonice.ca

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

Cirque du Soleil runs from June 7 – 11 at FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton. cirque

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

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 littlemermaidthemusical.com

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. TellingTales.org

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Mom to Mom Sales

Hamilton Mom to Mom Sale on Sat. April 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at 484 East 16th Street in Hamilton. 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

Hamilton Family Event from expecting to pre-school on Sun. April 9. An entertaining and informative event geared towards expecting moms and families with babies and/or pre-school children, our Welcome Wagon Family Event has everything you want under one roof. Doors open at 1 p.m. at Courtyard by Marriott, 1224 Upper James St. Admission is free, but you should register to get a complimentary gift bag: Call Veronicaat 905-385-5634 or by email: vlogue@rogers.com or www.FamilyEvent.ca

Vendors wanted on May 6 at the Waterdown Legion located at 79 Hamilton Rd N. This event will feature over 40 local vendors showcasing their talents, as well as direct sale vendors. Bring out the whole family to support your local vets. The event is free, however we request that you make a donation at the door.
Proceeds from this event will go to support your local Veterans. We're still looking for all handmade and direct sale vendors, table cost is $40, which includes your table and lunch.
Please email debbe.shane@yahoo.ca

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

Toad & Turtle Handmade Market and Mom to Mom Sale on Sat. May 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Christian Fellowship at the Crossroads Centre in Burlington. Over 40 vendors and free admission. Moms who want to sell gently-used items wanted. Facebook

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. https://www.hamilton.ca/parks

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.
http://conservationhamilton.ca

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. waterfront.com

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 burlington.ca/pond

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. https://www.hamilton.ca

 

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

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: www.globefc.ca

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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