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ONGOING EVENTS

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.

Sundays
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.

Wednesdays
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.

Until April 15
Exhibit: Frogs
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.



EVENTS

until April 2
Maple Town
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.

March

Sundays through October
Sundays at Westfield
12:30 to 4 p.m.: Immerse yourself in Westfield’s unique historic setting. Authentically costumed volunteers will take you back to earlier times. Visit westfieldheritage.ca for more information.

Weekends in March and March Break
Maple Syrup Festival
9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Enjoy a guided tour of Bronte Creek Provincial Park’s Maple Lane, demonstrations of historic maple syrup making methods. Taste some maple taffy before visiting the various farm animals. More information at brontecreek.org.

Sundays March 4, 11, 18, 25
Maple Syrup Festival
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Discover one of Canada’s most tasty traditions at Westfield Heritage Centre. Explore historical and modern methods of making maple syrup from the tree to the table. Families can purchase and enjoy a delicious, reasonably-priced pancake breakfast. More information at westfieldheritage.ca.

MONDAY TO FRIDAY MARCH 19 TO 23
March Break Art Camp – You’ve Got Mail (Art)
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Learn about the DIY culture of artist zines and mail art at Oakville Galleries. Participants will create their own books, zine, comics, patches and artist trading cards. For more information visit www.oakvillegalleries.com.

Saturday March 24
Earth Hour
8:30 to 9:30 p.m.: Join people across the world in turning off the lights to create awareness and conversation about the future of our planet. Sign up at www.earthhour.org.

Sp-egg-tacular Easter Event
Visit Burlington’s historic Ireland House for family Easter fun. For more details about this annual event visit www.museumsofburlington.ca

Monday March 26
Machine de Cirque
7:30 p.m.: Poetic and humourous, this group is sure to please the audience at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre. The only problem is they think they’re all alone. Their mission is to find others using a strange machine. Find out if they succeed. Tickets at burlingtonpac.ca.

The Wizard of Oz
7:30 p.m.: There truly is no place like home as the greatest family musical of all time twists its way into Hamilton at FirstOntario Concert Hall. Tickets at coreentertinament.ca.

Friday March 30
Good Friday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: This is the last day for Westfield Heritage Village’s popular Maple Syrup Festival. Explore historical and modern methods of making maple syrup. Pancake breakfast for purchase. Enjoy spring-themed games, crafts and demonstrations. Visit westfieldheritage.ca.

Easter Egg Hunt For Dogs
10 a.m.: This family friendly, dog friendly fundraiser features a walk through Bronte Creek Provincial park in search of Easter eggs. Funds raised help to train and place service dogs. For more information visit www.nsd.on.ca.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY MARCH 30 & 31
Easter Festival at Springridge Farm
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Easter Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny and a professional puppet show of “Peter Rabbit’s Eggcellent Easter Show”. Bunny face painting, a wagon ride and farm tour and pony rides will be available. For more information visit www.springridgefarm.com.

Friday March 30 to April 2
Easter Weekend Camping
Reserve your campsite at Valens Lake to avoid missing out on this busy weekend. For more information call Valens Lake at 905-525-2183 or email valens@conservationhamilton.ca.

SATURDAY MARCH 31
Easter Eggstravaganza
11 a.m.: Visit Bronte Heritage Waterfront Park at the Butterfly Gazebo. Have fun at the craft table, enjoy some hot drinks sponsored by local businesses and follow the Easter Bunny through Bronte Village. For more information call 905-825-3258.

April
Ongoing

Until April 2
Maple Town
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: See how sap is magically transformed into sweet, sticky syrup, and smell the fragrant steam rising from simmering kettles. 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 and used by Indigeous People as you take in an interactive and edible Sweet Water demonstration. More information at conservationhalton.ca.

Sundays
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.

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
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.

Events

Date TBD
Plant Faire
RBG will present the second annual Plant Faire. It’s a great way to get a head start on the gardening season, find unique plants for your home garden and speak to passionate gardening professionals. Details at RBG.ca.

Sunday April 1
Easter Festival at Springridge Farm
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Easter Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny and a professional puppet show of “Peter Rabbit’s Eggcellent Easter Show”. Bunny face painting, a wagon ride and farm tour and pony rides will be available. For more information visit www.springridgefarm.com.

Easter Brunch
Celebrate Easter at RBG. Stroll through the gardens and enjoy a delicious spread. Details at rbg.ca.

Thursday April 5
The Wild Seuss Chase – Burlington Student Theatre
7:30 p.m.: Dr. Seuss meets William Shakespeare in this satirical look at some of the most creative minds. Burlington Student Theatre performers ages 6-13 will showcase well-known stories with a twist. Fun for the whole family. Tickets at burlingtonpac.ca.

Math for Moms and Dads
6 to 9 p.m.: The Continuing Education department at Humber College offers this three hour workshop to help parents learn strategies to tutor their children in math based on the Ontario curriculum. Parents will learn common math problems, tips to make math easier for children, and strategies to effectively tutor children. Held at Westdale Secondary School (700 Main St W, Hamilton, ON) Cost: $50. For more information and to register, visit https://liberalarts.humber.ca/explore/part-time/workshops.html or call 416-675-6622 ext. 74122.

Friday April 6
Polar Bears Go Up
6:30 p.m.: A fun, surreal and highly enjoyable theatrical treat for young adventurers presented at Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts. Ages 2 to 5. Tickets at oakvillecentre.ca.

Pyjama party
5 to 8 p.m.: Grab your P.J.s and your favourite amphibian plushie; “Frogs!” will be open late. Join in on the activities and games at RBG. For more information visit rbg.ca.

Saturday April 7
Polar Bears Go Up!
11 a.m.: Two loveable, intrepid explorer polar bears are famous for their wild expeditions. But when they lose their balloon, they need to get it back. Presented by Fish and Game/Unicorn Theatre at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre. Ideal for children ages 2 t o5. Tickets at burlingtonpac.ca.

Virginia Wolfe
11 a.m. and 2 p.m.: Carousel Players present Virginia Wolfe at FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines. It tells the story of Virginia who wakes up in a wolfish mood one day. Ages 5+. Tickets at firstontariopac.ca.

Slime Science
1:30 to 3 p.m.: Using common household ingredients, participants will get to create their own slime to take home. Held at Oakville Public Library, Central Branch. Register at opl.ca.

Mom to Mom Sale
8 to 11:30 a.m.: Buy/sell your gently used children’s clothes, toys,games,books,videos, baby furniture and more at Knox Presbyterian Church in Dundas. Bake table, refreshments and free admission. Tables available. For details visit knoxdundas.com for more.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY APRIL 7, 8
Musical Tales
8 p.m. Saturday & 2 p.m. Sunday: A rare chance to hear voice and orchestra as musical storytellers at Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts. Tickets at oakvillecentre.ca.

Thursday April 12
Jamie Adkins A Fool’s Errand
7 p.m.: This clown has written his show! He’s found an audience, and is now asking: “What’s next?” Presented at FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines. Tickets at firstontariopac.ca.

Saturday April 14
Oakville Symphony Day
This celebration of Oakville Symphony’s 50th anniversary will be held at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts with programming that includes two mini concerts, a young people’s concert and an evening community concert, as well as  a musical quest through the downtown core. Visit oakvillesymphony.com for more information.

Around the World with Vernon Rabbit
10 and 11 a.m.: Explore and learn through this interactive half hour program in the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts Lobby. Ages 4 – 10. Free tickets at oakvillecentre.ca.

Young People’s Concert
2 p.m.: This is an annual one-hour concert geared towards children aged 5-12 years of age. Children will listen and learn from performances by the full orchestra and special guest young musicians at Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts. Tickets at oakvillecentre.ca.

Saturday and Sunday April 14, 15
Hamilton Monster Jam
Various times: Motorsport fans will be on the edge of their seats at FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton with adrenaline-charged, high-flying, four-wheel excitement that is fun for the entire family. Tickets and more information available at monsterjam.com.

Sunday April 15
Lego Club – Mystery
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.: Calling all sleuths. An artifact has gone missing from Ireland House Museum and they need your help to find it. Follow evidence left behind by the thief to discover their identity and recover the stolen goods. Details at museumsofburlington.ca.

TUESDAY APRIL 17
Little Shop of Horrors
A delectable sci-fi horror musical presented by BurlOak Theatre Group at Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts. Tickets at oakvillecentre.ca or botg.ca.

Sunday April 22
Harlem Globetrotters
7 p.m.: The Harlem Globetrotters bring their action packed tour to St. Catharines at the Meridian Centre. Tickets and more information at harlemglobetrotters.ca.

Friday April 20
Giggles & Galleries: Baby
10 to 11 a.m.: Visit Oakville Public Library’s Central Branch for a one-hour art experience. Take a brief tour of the Oakville Galleries’ latest exhibit, then head to the Children’s Department for a story and song, followed by making your own art pieces to take home. To register go to opl.ca.

Saturday April 21
Math for Moms and Dads
9 a.m. to noon: The Continuing Education department at Humber College offers this three hour workshop to help parents learn strategies to tutor their children in math based on the Ontario curriculum. Parents will learn common math problems, tips to make math easier for children, and strategies to effectively tutor children. Held at Westdale Secondary School (700 Main St W, Hamilton, ON) Cost: $50. For more information and to register, visit https://liberalarts.humber.ca/explore/part-time/workshops.html or call 416-675-6622 ext. 74122.

Sunday April 22
Harlem Globetrotters
2 p.m.: The Harlem Globetrotters will face a revamped Washington Generals team at Hamilton’s FirstOntario Centre. Tickets available at coreentertainment.ca.

Friday April 27
PA Day Camp – Artful Antics
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Ireland House Museum is the place to be for kids who love to craft on this PA day. Make tape resist paintings, yarn balloons, decorate ceramic tiles and tie dye t-shirts. Register at museumsofburlington.ca.

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

P.A. Day Camp
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Fun days out start at Sixteen Mile Sports Complex. For more information call 905-815-2000 or visit opl.on.ca.

P.A. Day Art Camp – Ages 4 to 7 and 8 to 12 years
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Spend a day with a local artist, drawing and painting in the fine art studio at the Queen Elizabeth Park Community Cultural Centre. Call 905-815-2000 or visit.opl.on.ca for details.

P.A. Day Camp – Glen Abbey
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Get ready for a fun-filled day at Glen Abbey Community Centre. Enjoy games and activities and an off-site trip. Call 905-815-2000 or visit opl.on.ca.

P.A. Day Sports Sampler
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Participants spend the day engaging in a variety of sports at River Oaks Community Centre. Call 905-815-2000 or visit oakville.ca.

P.A. Day – Personal Safety for Kids
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: A. interactive program that uses games and real-life situations to practice injury prevention, getting to safety, online safety, people safety and first aid at Queen Elizabeth Park Community, Cultural Centre call 905-815-2000 or visit oakville.ca.

P.A. Day Program –Babysitter Training
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Learn the fundamentals of babysitting and safety in the home at Queen Elizabeth Park Community, Cultural Centre where you’ll gain first-hand knowledge if caring for infants and children from the staff of Safety on Site. For more information call 905-815-2000 or visit oakville.ca.

P.A. Day Program – Home Alone
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Empower children with confidence and skills to care for themselves when home alone. This program at Queen Elizabeth Park Community, Cultural Centre includes Red Cross PeopleSavers Level 4, Internet safety, how to handle real-life situations and other strategies. Call 905-815-2000 or visit oakville.ca.

P.A. Day Afternoon at the Museum
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.: Spend the afternoon at the Erchless Estate for museum-inspired ecology activities. Includes a visit to the feature exhibit, a tour of the historic estate and a create-and-take craft. Call 905-815-2000 or visit oakville.ca.

P.A. Day Workshop – Record a Cover Song
1:30 to 4:30 p.m.: Record a cover song in the Queen Elizabeth Park Community Cultural Centre recording studio. Work with a music coach and sound recording engineer to lay down your covers. For fees call 905-815-2000 or visit oakville.ca.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY APRIL 27 & 28
P.A. Day Program – Spa Day
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Learn proper techniques for caring for nails and creating manicures and pedicures from an esthetician at Queen Elizabeth Park Community, Cultural Centre. call 905-815-2000 or visit opl.on.ca.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY APRIL 28 & 29
Masterworks of Oakville
Spring Concert
8 p.m. Saturday, to 3 p.m. Sunday: Visit St. Andrew Catholic Church for a weekend of music at the Masterworks of Oakville Spring Convert. Visit masterworksofoakville.ca.

Sunday April 29
Learning and Life Skills – Moccasin Trails
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Visit Riverview Park to explore the history of the lands in Oakville area an Indigenous perspective. Learn from a First Nations guide while taking a walk amongst the colours of the Oakville Trail system. For more information call 905-815-2000 or visit oakville.ca.

Paris to Ancaster Bike Race
This classic bike race takes cyclists from average riders to Canadian Olympians over the roughest farm lanes, trails and gravel roads. Details at parisancaster.com.