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Bronte Creek Nature Centre
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Visitors of all ages will enjoy the displays and hands-on activities in the various rooms. Live animals, costumes and activities provide learning about the nature in Bronte Creek. For details visit brontecreek.org.

Hornblower Niagara Cruises

The famous Niagara Falls boat tour operator will cruise the Niagara Gorge this summer with the new and modernized Hornblower Niagara Incline and daytime boat tours and nighttime Falls Illumination and Falls Fireworks cruises. Visit niagaracruises.com for more information.

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.

Sundays through October
Sundays at Westfield
12:30 to 4 p.m.: Every Sunday and public holiday from March to the end of October you can immerse yourself in Westfield’s unique historic setting. Authentically costumed volunteers will take you back to earlier times and places through fun and educational demonstrations and activities. Visit westfieldheritage.ca.

Month of 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.

Until October 6
Milton Farmer’s Market
Main Street becomes a pedestrian market when it’s closed to traffic to accommodate a variety of vendors Saturday mornings. Shop for fresh produce, flowers and goods made by local artisans. For details, visit www.miltonfarmersmarket.ca.

Oakville Farmers’ Market
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Shop for Ontario vegetables, fruit, baked goods, honey, flowers and more at 115 George St. Details at farmfreshmarkets.ca.

Sundays until October 7
Centro Farm Market
9 a.m. to noon: Visit the Centro Market parking lot off John Street each Sunday morning for a selection of fresh, local produce and more. Centro Market is located at 437 Brant St. Weekly market details at market.centrogarden.com.

Until October 8
At Home in Bronte, Muskoka Chair Outdoor Art Exhibit
Head to Bronte Village this summer and take in the outdoor art exhibit displaying beautiful Muskoka chairs painted by Oakville artists, families, organizations and businesses. For more information, visit brontevillage.net.

Until October 13
The Magician’s Nephew
Various show times: Take a magical, spectacular plunge into Narnia and its very beginning in the C.S. Lewis tale adapted for the stage by Michael O’Brien at Shaw Festival. Details and tickets at shawfest.com.

Three times a week in October
Burlington Lion’s Farmers’ Market
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays & Saturdays; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays: Celebrate the 60th year of this market held in the parking lot of Burlington Mall. Shop for locally grown produce, baked goods, meats, cheese and more. For details visit burlingtonmallfarmersmarket.com.

Sundays until October
Sundays at Westfield
12:30 to 4 p.m.: Every Sunday and public holiday from March to the end of October you can immerse yourself in Westfield’s unique historic setting. Authentically costumed volunteers will take you back to earlier times and places through fun and educational demonstrations and activities. Visit westfieldheritage.ca for more information.

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, Fridays and Saturdays through October
Burlington Mall Lion’s Farmers’ Market
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays & Saturdays; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays: Celebrate the 60th year of this market held in the parking lot of Burlington Mall. Shop for locally grown produce, baked goods, meats, cheese and more. For more information visit burlingtonmallfarmersmarket.com.

Until October 28
Harvest Festival at Springridge Farm
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Come to Springridge Farm for a professional puppet show, wagon ride to the corn trail, Spooky Boo Barn, Spider Web Climber and so much more. For more information visit www.springridgefarm.com.

Saturdays through November
Dorval Crossing Civitan Farmers Market
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Oakville’s longest-running market is located at the northeast corner of Dorval and North Service Road. All proceeds donated to local Oakville charities. Details at oakvillecivitan.ca.

Until Saturday November 10
Right From the Start
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.: For parents of babies under 24 months this weekly workshop will teach participants how to read baby’s cues and foster infant attachment security. Held at The Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre in Hamilton. Details at mcmasterchildrenshospital.ca.

Until November 23
Registered Storytimes
Join Milton Public Library for a shared child and caregiver experience while getting your child ready for reading. Programs run at either Main Library or Beaty Branch. Visit mpl.on.ca for days, times, location details and registration.

Wednesdays and Thursdays until December 20
Mother Goose Drop-in Program
12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Milton’s Main Library; 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays at Beaty Branch: This drop-in program is led by a Registered Early Child Educator from Milton Community Resource Centre. mpl.on.ca.


Saturdays in October
Autumn Harvest
1 to 4 p.m.: Enjoy hayrides through downtown Oakville, fall decorations and fun kids’ activities. Maps available highlighting all attractions and store events. www.oakvilledowntown.com

Weekends in October
Camper Halloween
Visit Bronte Creek Provincial Park for a weekend of spooky camping fun. Activities include a spooky hike, campsite decorating contest and trick-or-treating. Costumes encouraged. Reservations at ontarioparks.com.

Halloween Festival
TBD: Come to Wildhagen’s Adventure Gardens for fun-filled and spooky weekends. Explore the Adventure Gardens with punch, a snack and pumpkin decorating. Visit www.wildhagensadventuregardens.com.

Spooktacular Halloween
TBD: During the month of October, Mountsberg undergoes a ghoulish transformation. Explore the spooky Haunted Barn, visit the skeleton’s tea party, or climb to the deck of the haunted pirate ship. For details, visit www.conservationhalton.ca.

Saturdays, Tuesday and Wednesdays in October
Paws 4 Stories
Kids read one-on-one to a St. John Ambulance therapy dog and trainer to build confidence reading. Sessions offered at Aldershot, Centreal, New Appleby and Tansley Woods Burlington Public Library branches. Must attend all sessions. Dates, times and registration at bpl.on.ca.

Monday October 1
Stress Busters for Family Caregivers
1 to 3:30 p.m.: Learn how to regain your energy, optimism and hope over four weeks of tips, talks and activities to help you cope with your role as a caregiver. Presented by Mississauga Halton LHIN at 2030 Bristol Circle, Suite 202, Oakville. Call 905 829 4499 ext: 109.

Wednesday October 3
Circle of Security Parenting Group
6 to 8 p.m.: Parents of children 1-6 years will learn strategies to enhance the parent – child relationship and improve child behavior at The Family Church of Heritage Green, 360 Isaac Brock Dr., Stoney Creek. Details at mcmasterchildrenshospital.ca.

Friday October 5
Oakville Public Library PA Day Programs
2 to 3:30 p.m.: Drop by the Iroquois Ridge library to make, create, learn and discover. Details at opl.on.ca.

PD Day Halloween Workshop at Ice Cream Lab
9 a.m. to noon: Head to Ice Cream Lab at 212 Main Street East in Milton for this workshop designed for children ages 4-12 who will participate in pumpkin science, potion and slime-making as well as a huge variety of fun Halloween snacks and treats, all individually made for them to take home. Pizza and drinks will be served. $50 per child. Details at icecreamlab.ca.

Friday October 5 to 8
Rockton World’s Fair 2018
This is one of the largest agricultural and livestock events in Canada. Enjoy midway rides, the agriculture barns, derbies, live music, contests and more, this event is named one of Ontario’s top 10 fairs held at 812 Old Highway 8, Rockton. Schedule at rocktonworldsfair.com.

Thanksgiving Weekend Camping
Reserve your campsite at Valens Lake to avoid missing out on this busy weekend. For more information, please call Valens Lake at 905-525-2183 or email valens@conservationhamilton.ca.

Saturday and Sunday Oct. 6, 7
The Wiggles
The Wiggles are bringing their exciting new Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle! Tour to Hamilton’s FirstOntario Concert Hall. Show times and tickets at coreentertainment.ca.]

October 6 to 8, & 13 to 14
Fall into Nature
TBD: Spectacular scenery, fall colours, and an array of activities at all seven of Conservation Halton’s main parks, the activities will include chairlift rides to the top of the escarpment, wagon rides through the parks, bird of prey shows, more. Visit www.conservationhalton.com.

Monday October 8
Thanksgiving Weekend
12:30 to 4 p.m.: Bring the whole family for a wonderful afternoon in the country at Westfield Heritage Village exploring the people and places of early Ontario. More information at westfieldheritage.ca.

Wednesday October 10
The Wiggles Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle! Tour
3:30 and 6:30 p.m.: The Wiggles are bringing their exciting new tour to Burlington for two shows the whole family will want to get up and dance for. Details and tickets at burlingtonpac.ca.

Saturday October 13
Robotics Expo
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Drop the Oakville Public Library’s Iroquois Ridge location to explore with several local robotics experts and enthusiasts who will be present to showcase their robots in action. Details at opl.on.ca.

Splash’N Boots The Big Love, Kisses and Hugs Tour
1 p.m.: Splash’N Boots bring The Big Love, Kisses and Hugs Tour to the McIntyre Performing Arts Centre at Mohawk College in Hamilton. For details and tickets visit splashnboots.com.

Saturday October 13 & 20
The Comeback Kid: Cursive Writing
Children can practice the art of cursive writing at Milton Public library.  Over the course of two classes, registered children will learn about lower and upper case letters and how to write their name. Free class for children ages 6-8. Times, location and registration at mpl.on.ca.

Sunday October 14
Photography Workshop – Hilton Falls
8:30 to 10:30 a.m.: Come to Hilton Falls and capture the natural beauty in Halton Parks’ photography workshops, ‘Behind the Lens: Views on the Escarpment’. For more information, visit conservationhalton.ca.

Rotary Turkey Trot
8:30 a.m. to noon: Calling all runners, walkers and trotters, head to Bronte Creek Provincial Park for a family friendly trail run through the park for charity. Open to all ages and a great way to work up an appetite for Thanksgiving dinner. Registration and details at rotaryturkeytrot.ca.

Private School Expo
Meet with exhibiting private schools and partners at this annual event presented by Our Kids at St. Joseph’s Banquet & Conference Centre. For details visit www.ourkids.net or call 905-272-1843.

October 15 to November 12
Beginner’s Pokémon Club
6:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays: Become a Pokémon trainer with help from Jeff’s Epic Parties! During this 5-week course, kids will learn how to play the Pokémon Trading Card game, advanced strategies, and card collection care at Milton Public Library’s Main Library. $30. Registration in-person only at Main Library. mpl.on.ca.

October 15 to 30
Guided Ghost Walks
Celebrate Halloween by joining Oakville Historical Society volunteers for a guided walk around the oldest part of the town with an eerie, spine-tingling sensation and a dash of old Oakville history. Suitable for children. For more details visit www.oakvillehistory.org.

October 16 to December 6
COPEing with Toddler Behaviour
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.Thursdays: Parents of children 12-36 months will learn approaches to enhance the parent-child relationship and improve child behavior at St David’s EarlyON Centre, 33 Cromwell Cres., Hamilton. Details at mcmasterchildrenshospital.ca.

October 18-21
Marvel Universe LIVE!
A live, legendary battle to defend the universe from evil as Marvel Universe LIVE! makes its only Canadian stop at Hamilton’s FirstOntario Centre. Details and tickets at ticketmaster.ca.

October 19 to 21, & 26 to 28
Camper Halloween Weekend 1 & 2
TBD: Come to Bronte Creek’s Campground for Campfire Friday night, and Saturday activities. Decorate your site to have a chance to win prizes, and dress up and go trick-or-treating around the campground. For details, call 905-827-3228, or visit brontecreek.org.

Saturday October 20 & 27
Halloween Spooktacular
6:30 to 10 p.m.: Come to the Halton County Radial Railway and spend a spooky evening at the haunted barn, enjoy entertainment, streetcar rides, and refreshments. Details can be found at hcry.org.

Sunday October 21
Carousel Players: Peter Pan
2 p.m.: Pirates, Lost Boys and a ticking crocodile take the stage at The Burlington Performing Arts Centre in J.M. Barrieís classic story about the boy who would never grow up. Recommended for ages 4+. Tickets at burlingtonpac.ca.

Children’s Halloween Party
Children ages 3 to 8 can come to this Halloween party for fun games, crafts and a haunted house. Registration is required. All children must be accompanied by an adult. More information is available at www.oakvilleoptimistclub.com.

Beautiful Music for Children
2 p.m.: The Milton Philharmonic Orchestra’s annual family concert with music that will suit the whole family. Presented at FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton. Tickets at firstontarioartscentremilton.ca.

Halloween Howl
Head to Fifty Point Conservation Area for an afternoon of Halloween family fun. For more details call Fifty Point 905-525-2187 or email fiftypt@conservationhamilton.ca.

Pumpkin Sunday
A fun event for the whole family, especially the little ones! Featuring pumpkin-themed games, demonstrations, crafts and activities. Bring your camera! For more information visit www.westfieldheritage.ca

Trafalgar Day Celebrations
1 to 4 p.m.: Join the Bronte Historical Society to celebrate Trafalgar Day at Sovereign House, which will be closed for the season following this event. Details at brontehistoricalsociety.ca.

Wednesday October 24
Annual Pumpkin Walk
6 to 8 p.m.: Head to Fieldcote Memorial Park and Museum for a slightly spooky trail walk through the grounds of Fieldcote Park, illuminated by hand-carved pumpkins both comical and creepy. Details at Hamilton.ca.

Thursday and Friday Oct. 25, 26
The Great Pumpkin Trail
Visit the RBG for a night time adventure along the Pumpkin Trail. The glow from hundreds of jack-o-lanterns light the trails and garden paths. Live entertainment and pumpkin-themed activities. Pre-registration required at rbg.ca.

Friday and Saturday Oct. 26, 27
Haunted Halloween
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.: Something curious is happening at Westfield Heritage Village. Find out what as you explore by lantern, pumpkins and moonlight. Call 519-621-8851.

Friday October 26
Trek or Treat Run
7 to 11 p.m.: A hauntingly good time. The 13th annual Trek or Treat Night Trail Run and Halloween Party has costumed runners tackle the spooky 5km run through Oakville’s darkened trails at St, Volodymyr Cultural Centre. Visit trekortreat.ca.

Saturday October 27
Treats in Our Streets
Families are welcome to trick-or-treat at Burlingtonís downtown businesses during this wildly popular event. Details at burlingtondowntown.ca.

Tiny Tots Trick or Treat
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Come in your favourite costumes and trick or treat with the whole family at participating businesses on Main Street. Fun activities, popular characters, and lots more. Visit www.downtownmilton.com.

Celebrating Stories
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.: Come to Milton Public Library’s Watson & Associates Children’s Program Room and join author Joel A. Sutherland as he shares true stories of paranormal activity from his Haunted Canada series. Ages 9+. Registration required at mpl.on.ca.

Try It Series – Rock Climbing
9 a.m. to 12 p.m., & 1 to 4 p.m.: Come to Rattlesnake point and take an introductory rock-climbing course. No previous experience is necessary and all equipment will be provided. Pre registration required. For more information visit conservationhalton.ca.

Pajama Night at Mountsberg
7 to 9 p.m.: Grab your Halloween costume and head to Mountsberg for a spooky night hike, pumpkin carving, and a visit to the haunted play barn. The evening ends with a fireside gathering and some ghostly, gooey s’mores. Visit conservationhalton.ca.

Family History Fair
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Drop into Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre and visit with historical and genealogical groups, family history vendors, or attend one of the free workshops with genealogical speakers. Workshops are 16yr+ and are limited to 30 people maximum. Preregistration required at opl.on.ca

Saturday and Sunday Oct. 27, 28
Rogers Hometown Hockey
The free two-day celebration of hockey will feature two days of live entertainment, NHL alumni, local celebrities and hockey-themed activities. Details at hometownhockey.com.

Sunday October 28
City Parent Family Show
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Find everything for families at Royal Botanical Gardens. Free loot bags to the first 500 attendees, marketplace and entertainment. More information at cityparent.com.

Marz Homes Family Concert – Halloween Spooktacular
2 to 3 p.m.: Presented by the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra at McIntyre Performing Arts Centre, this spooky concert features a variety of Halloween-y favourites. Dress up and compete for best costume. Details at hpo.org.

Wednesday October 31
Tiny Tots on Parade
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Calling all trick-or-treaters. Come to Towne Square and show off your best costume. Walk throughout Downtown Oakville’s streets to gather fantastic treats (never tricks!) from our many merchants. oakvilledowntown.com