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Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays
Open year-round, the Hamilton Farmers’ Market features 60 vendors offering everything from produce to meat, fish, poultry, eggs, baked goods, flowers, specialty foods and artisans. Hours of operation and details at hamiltonfarmersmarket.ca.

Family Storytime Drop-in
10:15 a.m.: Drop-in storytime for families with children up to 6 years of age at Milton Public Library’s Main and Beaty branches. Details at mpl.on.ca.

Open Studio
1 to 4 p.m.: Visit the Art Gallery of Burlington for a free drop-in open studio art workshop for children and parents. For more information visit artgalleryofburlington.com.

Second Monday of every month
Parental Leave First Timer? New Parents, Babies and New Releases
10 to 10:45 a.m.: Parental Leave First Timer? Visit Oakville Public Library’s Woodside Branch for New Parents, Babies and New Releases. If you are a parent caring for a child younger than 12 months old and want to explore books and culture with a staff librarian and other parents, bring your baby, some snacks and join in the free fun. More information at opl.on.ca.

Wee Reads Drop-In
2 p.m.: Drop-in storytime for children 6 – 23 months of age and their caregiver at Milton Public Library’s Beaty Branch. Year-round. Details at mpl.on.ca.

Shake, Rattle & Read Drop-in
2 p.m.: Drop-in storytime for children 2 – 4 years of age and their caregiver at Milton Public Library’s Beaty Branch. Year-round. Details at mpl.on.ca.

Wednesday Wigglers
9:30 to 11 a.m.: Children age 2 to 4 years engage in activities at Hamilton Children’s Museum. Details at Hamilton.ca/childrensmuseum.

First Friday of the month
AGH Friday Free night
4 to 8 p.m.: On the first Friday of every month, admission to Art Gallery Hamilton is free. Add to your evening by joining a guided tour. Details at Hamilton.ca.

Burlington Public Library

All Burlington Public Library branches offer fun events monthly for parents and children to enjoy together. For more information, visit bpl.on.ca.

Until March 10
Taste of Burlington

11 a.m. to 10 p.m.: Burlington’s finest restaurants offer prix-fixe lunch and/or dinner options. Details at tasteofburlington.ca.

Until Sunday April 14
Winter Exhibit: Spiders Alive

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Explore amazing adaptations and behaviours in RBG’s interactive spider exhibit. For more information, visit rbg.ca.

Friday April 19
Burlington Humane Society PA Camp Day

Learn about the relationship between pets and humans and how the Humane Society operates. Suitable for children ages 6 to 8. $65. Visit burlingtonhumane.ca for more information and registration form.

Good Friday Walk
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Every year on Good Friday, the St. James Youth Group hosts a Good Friday ‘Way of the Cross’ Walk from St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Church to St. Dominic’s Roman Catholic Church. For more information, visit Oakville.ca.

Good Friday at Westfield
12:30 to 4 p.m.: Enjoy traditional spring-themed games, crafts, activities and demonstrations at Westfield Heritage Village. Details at westfieldheritage.ca.

Friday April 19 to Sunday April 21
Easter Egg Extravaganza

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Celebrate the advent of spring with Mountsberg’s Easter Egg Extravagnaza. Kids will love the giant, non-competitive Easter Egg Hunt and meeting the farm animals in the barnyard. For more information, visit conservationhalton.ca.

Sunday April 20
Victorian Easter

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Search for Easter eggs and explore the traditions behind Victorian Easter celebrations at Bronte Creek. For more information, visit brontecreek.org.

Bronte Bunny Trail Easter EGGStravaganza
The Bronte BIA will be hosting the annual Easter EGGstravaganza in Bronte Village. Families are invited to come on down to visit with the Easter Bunny at the Bronte Heritage Park Gazebo. Free kids’ activities are available. The Easter Bunny will lead the crowd to Bronte Village retail stores to hunt for treats. For more information, contact communications@brontevillage.net.

Easter Festival
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Experience the magic of Easter with activities for the whole family to enjoy at Springridge Farm. Details at springridgefarm.com.

Monday April 22
Earth Day

The focus of this year’s event is to protect our species. Find local events at earthday.org.

Tuesday April 23
Green Screen for Kids

3 to 4 p.m.: Join Oakville Public Library White Oaks Branch to try out green screen technology and create a cool scene featuring you. Details at opl.on.ca.

Story Time in the Gallery
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Story Time in the Gallery is an opportunity for preschool children and their caregivers to enjoy a relaxed morning together in the Art Gallery of Hamilton spaces. For more information, visit artgalleryofhamilton.com.

Thursday April 25
Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch

1 p.m.: Mr. Hatch’s world is turned upside down when he gets a note telling him someone loves him. Follow the tale, suitable for children in preschool to Grade 1, at Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts. Tickets at oakvillecentre.ca.

Try Synchro with Burlington Synchro
5 to 6 p.m.: Meet recreational coaches, learn some basic synchronized swimming skills and see the skills live in action at Burlington Centennial Swimming Pool. Details at burlingtonsynchro.com.

April 25 – 28
2019 Art Gallery of Hamilton Art Sale

The annual AGH Art Sale is a four-day event that offers the opportunity to purchase works created by Canadian artists, designers and craftspeople, many from the Greater Hamilton Area and Southern Ontario. Details at artgalleryofhamilton.com.

Saturday April 27
Plant Faire

Welcome in gardening season with the third annual Plant Faire at Royal Botanical Gardens. Shop from local vendors, hear from gardening experts and begin planning your gardens. For more information, visit rbg.ca.

Saturday Watercolour Printmaking Workshop
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Enjoy a creative day for all ages at Joshua Creek Art Centre. Children ages 12+ are welcome. For more information, call Mary Rischke at 905-617-1220.

McMaster LIVELab Concert Series: Barry Livingston Group
8 to 10 p.m.: Enjoy the LIVELab season finale at McMaster University and listen jazz, bossa nova, South Indian influenced music and much more from Barry Livingston Group. Details at Hamilton.ca/attractions.

Bloxels Sr.
2:30 to 4 p.m.: Bloxels are a hands-on platform for kids to build, collaborate and tell stories through video game creation. Suitable for ages 8 to 12. For more information, visit opl.on.ca.

Forge FC vs. York9 FC
1 p.m.: Kick off the first-ever season of the new Canadian Premier League at the inaugural match between Forge FC and York 9 FC at Hamilton’s Tim Hortons Field. Tickets at forgefc.canpl.ca

Sunday April 28
History Explorers Club – The New World

1:30 to 3:30 p.m.: The continents that will become North and South America have been gaining popularity – find out what they’re all about at Ireland House Museum. Learn about sea travel and some of the indigenous peoples who live in the New World. For more information, visit museumsofburlington.ca.

April Family Fun Day
1 to 3:30 p.m.: Ever wondered what your child thinks about art? In these mini-tours of the second-floor exhibitions, the Art Gallery of Hamilton staff will show kids and parents how to look carefully and think creatively. Details at artgalleryofhamilton.com.

Until October
Camping at Bronte Creek

Family camping at Bronte Creek offers 144 electric hookup campsites that can accommodate trailers and RVs up to 32 feet and tents. Yurts also available. Reservations at ontarioparks.com.

Wednesdays until June 5
Math Mania

4 to 6 p.m.: Drop in for a visit to Milton Public Library to spend some quality time playing with math toys, games and worksheets. For more information, visit mpl.on.ca.

Weekends from May to July
Bloom Festivals

Explore Royal Botanical Gardens famous seasonal collection, including lilacs, iris’ peonies and roses with tours, family entertainment and more. Included in General Admission. For more information, visit rbg.ca.

Saturdays May through October
Dorval Crossing Civitan Farmers Market

Oakville’s longest-running farmers market sets up at Dorval Crossing every Saturday. For start date and times visit oakvillecivitan.ca.

Jazz Brunch

Enjoy a delicious weekend brunch listening to live jazz music among the tranquility of Royal Botanical Gardens. For more information, visit rbg.ca.

Saturday May 4
Halton County Radial Railway Opening Day

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Welcome a new season at Halton County Radial Railway. Come for a ride on a vintage streetcar on the first day open after a long winter. For more information, visit hcry.org.

Spring Photography Workshop with Rob Stimpson
9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.: Take part in a photography workshop by Rob Stimpson, a photography professor at Fleming College and award-winning photographer. Photograph the beautiful nature Bronte Creek has to offer and share your pictures on social media. For more information, visit ontarioparks.com.

Walton United Church Family Fun Fair
3 to 5 p.m.: This event features food, prizes and excitement with proceeds going to Kerr Street Daycamp. Located at Walton United Church. Details at Waltonmemorial.com.

Stars on Ice
7:30 p.m.: The 2019 Stars on Ice tour will deliver the same level of artistry, excitement and athletic triumph as fans experienced during last year’s Winter Games when Canada’s premier figure skating show visits Hamilton’s FirstOntario Centre. Tickets at coreentertainment.ca.

Peter Pan
7:30 p.m.: A Chorus Niagara Presentation at FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines where Peter Pan is accompanied by a live choral soundtrack curated by Artistic Director Robert Cooper. Tickets at firstontariopac.ca.

Green Up Tree Planting Event
BurlingtonGreen in partnership with the City of Burlington hosts a citywide community Green Up and tree planting event, inviting all sectors of the community to get involved in cleaning and greening the city. For more information, visit burlingtongreen.org.

Sakura Festival
1 to 3 p.m.: Visit the Art Gallery of Burlington for the annual Sakura Festival celebrating spring and the Japanese Cherry Blossoms. Details at artgalleryofburlington.com.

May the Fourth Be with You: Movie Music by John Williams
7:30 p.m.: Imagine Star Wars without its instantly recognizable theme, or the darkly powerful Imperial March. Experience the drama and power of the music storyteller John Williams at FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton. For more information, visit firstontarioartscentremilton.ca.

Saturday and Sunday May 4, 5
Doors Open Hamilton

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Peek inside dozens of buildings including some that are rarely open to the public, from historical houses to modern marvels of construction. Visit the buildings, natural spaces, infrastructure and cultural landscapes including: Erland Lee Museum, Workers Arts and Heritage Centre and EcoHouse. See complete listing at doorsopenontario.on.ca/en/Hamilton.

Sunday May 5
Museum Crawl at Westfield

12:30 to 5 p.m.: If you have never been to Westfield Heritage Village this is your chance to check it out. Free admission as part of the City of Hamilton’s Museum Crawl. For more information visit www.westfieldheritage.ca.

Golden Horseshoe Live Steamer Days
Catch a ride on miniature trains and more at Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology. Details at Hamilton.ca.

2019 Burlington Mandarin MS Walk
8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.: The Mandarin MS Walk is a community celebration that brings thousands of incredible Canadians together at 54 events to walk and fundraise to end multiple sclerosis. For more information, visit mswalks.ca.

Oakville Mandarin MS Walk
8:30 a.m.: Join the Oakville Mandarin MS walk as it winds its way through Oakville, beginning at Central West Specialized Developmental Services Building. Details at mssoc.convio.net.

MS Mandarin Walk
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: MS Walk is a fundraising event where proceeds raised fund both world-class research and innovative programs and services across Canada. Join this year’s 5km walk, which starts and ends at Milton District High School. For more information, visit Milton.ca.

Saturday May 4 and Sunday May 5
Musical Paris

8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday: Enjoy a musical Paris presented by Oakville Symphony at the Oakville Centre for Performing Arts. For more information, visit oakvillecentre.ca.

Tuesday May 7
Family STEM Night: Just Build It!

6:30 to 8 p.m.: Check out Milton Public Library’s new Family STEM Nights. Explore a variety of activities and stations with different themes. For more information, visit mpl.on.ca.

Saturday May 11
Mother’s Day Tea

Show mom how much you care and treat her to afternoon tea. Enjoy a variety of tea sandwiches, scones and mini pastries. Pre-registration required. For more information, visit rbg.ca.

Mother’s Day Tea
Mother’s Day Tea at Burlington’s Ireland House Museum will serve premium tea and traditional refreshments, followed by tours of the house. The historic house presents a history of Burlington from the 1830s to the 1920s through the Ireland family. Time and details at museumsofburlington.ca.

Horticultural Society Plan Sale
Visit Milton Fair Grounds and get started on the gardening season with the plant sale. For more information, visit miltonhortsociety.com.

Milton Flower Market
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: The first ever Milton Flower Market will invite local and surrounding area flower growers, florists and floral organizations to Victoria Park to provide an opportunity to connect the flower community with the town. Other dates are pending in July and August. For more information, visit miltonflowermarket.ca.

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10 & 11:30 a.m.: An aerial arts and circus creation for young children and their caregivers is performed in an intimate forest-like setting. Presented at The Studio 1 Summers Lane, Hamilton.  Includes 30 minute show with a stay & play afterward. Details at tourismhamilton.ca.

Historic Cooking Workshop: Mother’s Day Tea
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: At Dundurn Castle, children ages 14+ will work with the cooks to prepare 19th century recipes for Mother’s Day. Details and registration at Hamilton.ca.

Sunday May 12
Mother’s Day Brunch

Treat mom to a taste of the gardens with a scrumptious brunch before exploring the beautiful surroundings. Pre-registration required. For more information, visit rbg.ca.

Mother’s Day
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Halton County Radial Railway. Mother’s admission is free with the purchase of one youth admission. For more information, visit hcry.org.

A Morning with Mairlyn Smith
Bringing her healthy cooking to Springridge Farm, Second City alumnus Mairlyn Smith will be doing a meet and greet signing her new book “Peace, Love & Fibre.” For more information, visit springridgefarm.com.

Sundays May 12 – Thanksgiving Centro Farm Market
9 a.m. to noon: Visit the Centro Market parking lot off John Street in Burlington each Sunday morning for a selection of fresh, local produce and more. Centro Market is located at 437 Brant St. Weekly market details at centrogarden.com.

Wednesday May 15
Community Breastfeeding Support

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: La Leche League Canada Oakville Group provides mother to mother support to those who are pregnant or nursing in any capacity. Bring your breastfeeding/chestfeeding questions and concerns, talk about your joys and challenges or come and just listen at Oakville Parent-Child Centre. Details at lllc.ca/lllc-oakville.

Friday to Monday May 17 – 20
Valens Lake Victoria Day Weekend Camp Out

Reserve your campsite to avoid missing out on this busy weekend at Valens Lake. HCA Members receive 10% off nighty camping. For more information call Valens Lake at 905-525-2183 or email valens@conservationhamilton.ca.

Saturday May 18
Spring Flower Show: Glory of Spring

Join Milton Horticultural Society’s annual spring flower show at Milton Mall. This year’s theme is Glory of Spring. For more information, visit miltonhortsociety.com.

Plant Sale
8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Bronte Horticultural Society will hold its annual plant sale at the South Oakville Centre (formerly Hopedale Mall), south-east corner parking lot. Details at gardenontario.org.

Saturday to Monday May 18, 19, 20

12 to 10 p.m.: Family Carnival with Fireworks at Milton Fairgrounds. Fireworks on the Sunday and Monday with rides, games and food. For more information, visit Milton.ca.

Saturday May 18 and Saturday May 19
Victorian Tea

2 p.m.: Learn how to make and enjoy a proper Victorian Tea at the historic Victorian home Spruce Lane Farmhouse at Bronte Creek Provincial Park. For more information, visit ontarioparks.com.

May 18 until to October 12
Milton Farmers’ Market

7 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Main Street becomes a pedestrian market when it’s closed to traffic to accommodate a variety of vendors. Shop through fresh produce, flowers and goods made by local artisans on Saturday mornings. For more information, visit miltonfarmersmarket.ca.

Monday May 20
Springtime on the Farm

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Join the hands-on fun at the farmhouse to celebrate the annual re-opening of Spruce Lane Farmhouse at Bronte Creek Provincial Park. There will be live music, heritage crafts and demonstrations plus Victorian games. For more information, visit brontecreek.org.

Pet Valu Walk For Dog Guides
Time and location TBD: The Dog Guides’ Oakville walk will feature a bouncy castle, face painting, mobile dog grooming and nail trimming, games, food and more. Details at walkfordogguides.com.

Victoria Day at Westfield
12:30 to 4 p.m.: xplore the village and discover what life was like in Victorian Canada.  Visit the many historical buildings with volunteers in period clothing and enjoy a hike on the trails.  The General Store and the Gift Shop have sweet treats and unique gifts. Details at conservationhamilton.ca.

Wednesday to Sunday May 22 – 26

Various show times: One of Cirque du Soleil’s best-loved productions comes to Hamilton’s FirstOntario Centre. Corteo is a joyous procession, a festive parade imagined by a clown. Tickets and show times at cirquedusoleil.com/corteo.

Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays May 22 to October 26
Burlington Centre Lions Farmer’s Market

8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays & Fridays; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Opening for its 61st year, with fresh produce and more for the whole family, the Burlington Centre Lions Farmer’s Market operates out of the Burlington Centre parking lot on the Prospect Street side of the mall. Details at burlingtonmallfarmersmarket.com.

May 23 – 26
Disney’s Aladdin Jr.

Various show times: Based on the 1992 Award winning film and 2014 Broadway hit show, this presentation at FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton features fun characters and new songs that open up “a whole new world” for all to see. Tickets at firstontarioartscentremilton.ca.

Saturday May 25

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Each year Capital Works, Roads, Parks and Forestry (RPF) and Transit departments collaborate to promote National Public Works Week with a community event in the Burlington RPF parking lot. The event showcases city vehicles, staff and their contribution to the city. For more information, visit Burlington.ca.

Watercolour Printmaking Workshop
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Enjoy a creative day for all ages at Joshua Creek Art Centre. Children ages 12+ are welcome. For more information, contact Mary Rischke at 905-617-1220.

Christie Antique & Vintage
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.: This antique and vintage show features  almost 10 acres of treasures to be discovered at Christie Lake Conservation Area. $10/adults; kids 12 and under free. Details at christieshow.ca.

Macnab’s Kitchen
10 a.m. to noon: Led by costumed staff, visitors will explore over 40 rooms and discover the history of the MacNab family and the servants who lived and worked below stairs to support their affluent lifestyle. Details at Hamilton.ca.

Saturday and Sunday May 25, 26
Boats, Models and Trains

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Head to the Museum of Steam and Technology where the Confederation of Marine Modelers and the Hamilton Model Engineer Club  demonstrate a variety of miniature engines and radio-controlled model boats. Details at Hamilton.ca.

Sunday May 26
History Explorers Club – Gold Rush

1:30 to 3:30 p.m.: Come out to Ireland House Museum and build your own wagons to travel across the river, make your own gold pans and search for gold. For more information, visit museumsofburlington.ca.

Pet Valu Walk For Dog Guides
Time and location TBD: The Dog Guides’ Oakville walk will feature a bouncy castle, face painting, mobile dog grooming and nail trimming, games, food and more. Details at walkfordogguides.com.

Northeast Oakville Fair
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Enjoy the fourth annual Northeast Oakville Fair at Glenashton Park with games, food and activities to enjoy with your family. For more information, visit Oakville.ca.

Try It Series – Rock Climbing
9 a.m. to 12 p.m., 1 to 4 p.m.: Conservation Halton and One Axe Pursuits have teamed up to offer an introductory rock-climbing course at Rattlesnake Point. This half day course will teach safety, equipment, and basic rock-climbing skills. For more information, visit conservationhalton.ca.

PorchFest Milton
This single-day music and arts festival features live performances on residential front porches in Milton. For more information, visit facebook.com/porchfestmilton.

Tuesday May 28
Storytelling with Ozobots

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Blend coding and storytelling with the help of Ozobots at Milton Public Library. Write your own story, then learn how to code your ozobot to act it out. For more information, visit mpl.on.ca.

Thursday May 30 to Sunday June 2
Friends of the Oakville Public Library Book Sale

Head to the Oakville Public Library’s Central Branch Auditorium for this sale that includes thousands of titles spanning all genres for modest prices. Details at opl.on.ca.