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Special Events:

Little Red Reading Hood Kids' Event on Sat. Sept. 24 from 10 – 11 a.m. Woodland crafts, game, giveawsys, storytime, and refreshments. Book Outlet, 314 Welland Ave. in St. Catharines.

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

Ancaster Fair runs from Thurs Sept. 22. to Sun. Sept. 25 at Ancaster Fairgrounds, 630 Trinity Rd. in Ancaster.

Copeing with Toddler Behaviour is a free, 8-week parenting workshop for parents of children 12 – 36 months, starting Sept. 28 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at Helen Detwiler School, 320 Brigade Dr. Enhance the parent-child relationship and improve child behaviour. or call 905-521-2100, ext. 77406.

2016 Simcoe County International Plowing Match & Rural Expo runs from Sept. 20 – 24.
The country's largest outdoor show comes to Finch, Ontario. Experience the rural past and future of our agricultural industry within our communities.

Hamilton Fall Garden & Mum Show with the theme Mardi Gras. Oct. 21 to 30. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Gage Park Greehouse.

Theatre Arts Classes in acting, voice, visual arts, improv, comedy, and more run from Oct. to Jan. Ages 6 – 14.

Hamilton Water Polo Club Junior League One week FREE trial. Our Junior league is a program that includes one practice and one game per week and is an introduction to water polo for all girls and boys aged 7 – 13. Game skills and rules are introduced in a fun, welcoming environment. If you can swim a length, we can do the rest!. Next session starts September 12,

Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra – Family Concert on October 30 at 2pm. 135 Fennell Ave. W. Give your Halloween costumes an early debut and enjoy fun and family-friendly music like Saint-Saëns’ Danse Macabre and Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

Zehrs Markets has a cooking school and children's day camps all summer. Call Sharron at 905-765-7072 or check website:

Kids Cooking Classes at Fortinos (Main Street West). Join the Community Room for our Kids Cooking Classes for kids of all ages. Learn all about basic kitchen skills, whip up delicious recipes and finish the day with a fun craft. Contact us by email:

Skating, swimming, and recreation registration starts Aug. 22 for the city of Hamilton.

Gymmies Gymnastics has summer camps or register for the fall online:

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

Little Red Reading Hood on Sat. Sept. 24 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Book Outlet, 340 Welland Ave. in St. Catharines. Put on your reading caps and join us in the 'hood for some fairy tale fun.

The Hamilton Toy Museum is open Saturdays from 10 am – 3 pm at 1231 Main St. E. in Hamilton. Adults $5, children $3. ToyMuseum

Telling Tales is Sun. Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Celebrate books, storytelling, authors, illustrators, and children's music at this free annual outdoor festival.

Family Show on Sunday, Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Royal Botanical Gardens, 680 Plains Rd. West in Burlington. Everything for familie:s: education, attractions, camps, and family planning. Free admission and parking. Live entertainment.

The McQuesten's Childhood Christmas at Whitehern Historic House & Garden
Nov. 19 - Dec 31. Enjoy a guided tour of this spectacular heritage house complete with original toys decorations and the table set with the china from the 1850s. Cedar roping and satin ribbon complete the picture.

CP Holiday Train on Nov. 30. Come see the train decorated with hundreds of festive lights as it rolls into town, and enjoy a free concert from a boxcar turned into a travelling stage.

Holiday Tree Lighting on Dec. 02. Experience the beauty of the lighting of Gore Park and the CHML/Y108/95. 3 Fresh Radio Christmas
Tree of Hope Christmas Tree of Hope, featuring free amusement rides, and a free concert.

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.

We email the Kidfo eNewseltter every 2 weeks. View our recent newsletter: August 21, 2016

Apple Farms and Pumpkin Patches, click here.

Skating and Hockey Registration, click here.

Mom to Mom Sales:

Mom to Mom and Indoor Yard Sale on Sat. Sept. 24 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Selkirk Christian Chapel, 20 Erie St. N. in Selkirk.

Mom to Mom Sale on Sat. Oct. 1 from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. at Linden Park Church, 484 East 16th St. in Hamilton.

White Elephant Sale on Sat. Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish, 50 Brucedale Ave. E. Snack bar, luncheon.

Ready, Set, Shop Sale on Oct. 29 from 10 am – 2 pm at the Holy Trinity Banquet Hall, 880 Barton St. E, Hamilton.

Fall Activities

More fall activities on our Apple page.

Applefest Fall Fair on Sat. Sept. 25 from 11 am to 4 pm at Ireland House Museum. Applefest celebrates autumn with activities for young and old. Take in some main stage entertainment, participate in our many special attractions, take a tour of the historic Ireland House Museum, visit with our vendors, and enjoy our delicious harvest fare menu and apple desserts. 905-332-9888 or visit

19th Annual PumpkinFest at Gourley Park on Sunday, Oct 23 from 12 noon – 2 p.m. Rock climbing wall, petting zoo, pony rides, bouncy castle, horse & wagon rde, costume contest, magician and more. Neighbour food bank donations accepted. South-west corner of Gourley Park by the Tennis Courts.

First AnnualPumpkin Fest on Sat. Oct. 29 from 2 – 9 p.m. Line the sidewalks of Concession with your carved made pumpkins. $500 for first prize. Start at at 2 p.m. at the library viewing of Hotel Transylvania. 4 – 9 p.m. line the street with pumpkins; judging begins at 7 p.m. Events all day on the street something for everyone to do!

Upcoming Events:

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.

Ongoing Events

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

Learn to Fence on Saturday morning or Thursday afternoon. Ages 7 – 12.12-week session and summer camp. Equipment provided. Call 905-962-5863.

IndigoKids Story Time is back. Visit Indigos each Friday at 10:30am for a story time in the IndigoKids department!

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

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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