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.
Winter at Glen Eden
Glen Eden is the premier skiing and boarding destination in the GTA. Offering 16 slopes, 6 lifts, and an exhilarating tube park with 4 chutes. More information at conservationhalton.ca.
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.
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.
Early Morning Risers
7:30 to 9 a.m.: Start your Saturday at Hamilton Children’s Museum. Details at Hamilton.ca/childrensmuseum.
Until February 16
Winter at Mountsberg
Enjoy the thrill of a brisk winter sleigh ride followed by hot chocolate and marshmallows around a campfire. Snowshoe rentals are available. Meet some of the Mountsberg raptors in a live Bird of Prey show at 12 noon and 2 p.m. More information at conservationhalton.ca.
Winter at Crawford Lake
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Share in the discovery at Crawford Lake this winter. Explore the landscape on a pair of snowshoes courtesy of Crawford Lake’s rental program. Enjoy the park’s latest exhibit at the Deer Clan Longhouse. Tours of the reconstructed Iroquoian Village and Longhouses are offered at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. and conclude with a fascinating demonstration of traditional firestarting methods. More information at conservationhalton.ca.
Until March Weather Permitting
Free recreational skating on an artificial ice surface in downtown Burlington. You must have skates to be on the ice and helmets are mandatory for children under 7. Call 905-335-7738 ext 8587 for ice conditions.
Until April 15
Don’t let this exhibit hop away before you see it. Take the plunge, round up your tadpoles and swim down to RBG for a frog-for-all. Details at rbg.ca.
Until May 21
Witness: Edward Burynsky
This Art Gallery of Hamilton exhibition features works from acclaimed Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky who brings environmental issues to our attention through awe-inspiring and often abstract images that document industrial sites. Details at artgalleryofhamilton.com.
Friday February 2
PA Day Camp – Hawaiian Luau
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Enjoy a Hawaiian luau at Ireland House Museum. museumsofburlington.ca.
Giggles and Galleries
10 to 11 a.m.: Tour Oakville Galleries and enjoy songs, stories and crafts. Ages 2 to 4. opl.ca
PD Day: Imagination Emporium
10 to 11:30 a.m.: Go to the Imagination Emporium at Oakville Public Library’s Glen Abbey Branch. Details at opl.on.ca.
Saturday February 3
Halton Waldorf School Open House
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Tour Halton Waldorf School at 2193 Orchard Rd. in Burlington at this Open House. Visit haltonwaldorf.com for details.
Gage Park Winterfest
Noon to 3 p.m.: Outdoor activities including wagon rides and a barbecue all at Hamilton’s Gage Park. Details at thefriendsofgagepark.ca.
HPO Family Concert: Pinocchio
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: A full-day of symphony-themed fun at McIntyre Performing Arts Centre, Mohawk College, Fennell Campus. hpo.org
Saturdays in February
11 a.m. to noon: Visit Burlington Public Library’s Alton branch to create some art using supplies from the Loose Parts table. Details at bpl.on.ca.
Saturdays February 3, 10 & 17
Evening Moonlight Snowshoe Hike
6 to 8 p.m.: Visit Crawford Lake for a guided snowshoe hike and hot chocolate. Not for children under10. Register at conservationhalton.ca.
Sunday February 4
Heritage Open House
1 to 4 p.m.: Commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the end of WWI at Ireland House. Free event. Details at museumsofburlington.ca.
Fun with Fables
2:30 p.m.: Fables, fiction and fairy tales at FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines. Tickets at firstontariopac.ca.
Gourley Park 37th Annual Winterfest
Noon to 2 p.m.: Visit Gourley Park for Winter themed activities for families. Visit Hamilton.ca.
Wednesday February 7
Coping with Toddler Behaviour
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.: Parents of children 12-36 months will learn to improve child behaviour at this free eight-session workshop at Helen Detwiler OEYC, Hamilton. Limited free childcare available. Register at mchcommunityed.ca.
Thursday February 8
3, 2, 1 Dance!
8 p.m.: Experience an array of world touring works of contemporary dance from diverse artists at FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton. Tickets at firstontarioartscentremilton.ca.
8 p.m.: Colonel Chris Hadfield shares a selection of stories, images, songs and ideas. Presented at FirstOntario Concert Hall in Hamilton. Tickets at coreentertainment.ca.
Education Matters – Learn more about Montessori in the Older Years
9:30 to 10:30 a.m. & 10″30 to 11:30 a.m.: Visit Dearcroft Montessori School for Education Matters, an informative seminar to learn more about Montessori in the older years and why it is your natural choice. This seminar will be broken into two separate sessions, Junior Elementary and Senior Elementary. Details at dearcroft-montessori.com.
Saturday February 10
This Will Be Excellent
11 a.m. and 2 p.m.: Watch as Daniel finds a way to balance expectations and his own freedom in this Carousel Players Production at FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines. Ages 8+. Tickets at firstontariopac.ca.
Family art activities and film screening at the Inc.
1 to 4 p.m.: Enjoy free family art activities at the Hamilton Artists Inc. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Details at Hamilton.ca.
Sunday February 11
Treat your Valentine to brunch then take a stroll through the RBG’s Mediterranean Garden as it reaches full bloom. Reservations at rbg.ca.
Lego Club – Mighty Machines
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.: Build some machines of your own at Ireland House Museum. Details at museumsofburlington.ca.
The Gruffalo – Live on Stage!
2 p.m.: Join Mouse on an adventure through the deep, dark wood in this musical adaptation of the classic picture book. burlingtonpac.ca.
Wednesday February 14
Dealing with Disobedience- Discussion Group with Parents and Halton Region
9:15 to 11:15 a.m.: Visit Dearcroft Montessori School for discussions about disobedience. The two-hour session uses video and discussion to give parents ideas about how they can address specific issues in their family and includes a take-home workbook with simple exercises and information. Details at dearcroft-montessori.com.
Wednesday February 14 to 18
Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.
Various show times: Milton Youth Theatre Productions presents this adaptation of Disney’s Broadway production at FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton. firstontarioartscentremilton.ca.
Friday February 16
PA Day Camp – ‘80s Party
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Make puffy paint t-shirts, Pac Man cookies and have a rockin’ air guitar contest at Ireland House Museum for this PA day program. Register at museumsofburlington.ca.
Humane Society PA Camp Day
Learn about the relationship between pets and humans and how the Humane Society operates. Ages 6 to 8. $65. Visit burlingtonhumane.ca.
Saturday February 17
Ice Fishing Derby
6 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Participate in this derby at Valens Lake Conservation Area. Lots of prizes. Call Valens Lake at 905-525-2183.
2 to 4 p.m.: Create a drawbot at Oakville Public Library’s White Oaks Branch. Ages 5 – 12. Details and registration at opl.on.ca
Black History Month Celebration
3 to 4 p.m.: Enjoy music and history through a participative drumming experience at Milton Main Library. For all ages. Details at mpl.on.ca.
7:30 p.m.: This eclectic program features signature works from some of Ontario’s prominent dancers and choreographers at Burlington Performing Arts Centre. Tickets burlingtonpac.ca.
Sunday February 18
Symphony On The Bay
3 p.m.: This performance at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre includes Peter and the Wolf and Louis Applebaum’s Three Stratford Fanfares. Tickets at burlingtonpac.ca.
Monday February 19
Family Day at Bronte Creek
Spend Family Day at Bronte Creek Provincial Park. Visit the Nature Centre for live animals, hands-on activities, crafts and more. Details at brontecreek.org.
Family Day at Ireland House
1 to 4 p.m.: Enjoy family time at Ireland House Museum at Oakridge Farm, the home of Joseph Ireland, one of Burlington’s earliest settlers. For details visit museumsofburlington.ca
HCA Family Day
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Enjoy all the arts have to offer at the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts. Details at Hamilton.ca.
Dundas Rotary Winter Carnival
Noon to 4 p.m.: At Dundas Driving Park, free skating, apple cider, horse drawn carriage rides, face painting, skating demos. Hamilton.ca.
Trains, Trains and more Trains
Noon to 4 p.m.: Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology offers train-themed fun. Crafts and more. For ages 5 and up. Hamilton.ca.
Wednesday February 21
The Peking Acrobats
7:30 p.m.: Family entertainment at Burlington Performing Arts Centre with a Chinese acrobatics performance. Tickets at burlingtonpac.ca.
Thursday February 22
Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party!
10 a.m., 1 & 5 p.m.: Big Bird and the gang take over Hamilton’s FirstOntario Concert Hall for this adventure. Tickets at ticketmaster.ca.
The Peking Acrobats
7:30 p.m.: Family entertainment at FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines with the Chinese acrobatics. Visit firstontariopac.ca.
Saturday February 24
Mo Willems Party
11 a.m. to noon: Celebrate this beloved author with stories, songs, games and crafts at Oakville Public Library’s Central Branch. Ages 2 – 4. Details and registration at opl.on.ca.
February 24 until April 2
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: See how sap is transformed into syrup. Learn the secrets of making Maple Candy and taste free candy samples all at Mountsberg. Details at conservationhalton.ca.
Sweet Water Season
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Weekends, March Break and holidays – Visit the reconstructed Iroquoian Village at Crawford Lake and learn how maple syrup was discovered. conservationhalton.ca.
February 28 until March 4
Oakville Library Spring Book Sale
Oakville Public Library’s spring book sale at Central Branch. Details at opl.ca.