The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - Com­piled by Jen­nifer Moore, The Hamil­ton Spec­ta­tor


Never mind the big warm shining sun, Hamil­ton’s Win­ter­fest cel­e­bra­tion con­tin­ues this week­end un­til Mon­day. In its 39th year, the fes­ti­val fea­tures art ex­hibits, lo­cal her­itage and re­cre­ation pro­gram­ming. From pub­lic skate times to lo­cal theatre and the last days of the Wa­ter­front Fes­ti­val of Lights, find all Hamil­ton Win­ter­fest ac­tiv­i­ties on thes­pec.com/events


Hamil­ton Kids-Fest — Canada’s largest indoor in­flat­able fes­ti­val re­turns on Fam­ily Day Week­end. Blown up and ready for play will be some of North Amer­ica’s largest indoor in­flat­able rides. There are also shows, in­ter­ac­tive ac­tiv­i­ties, games, crafts, char­ac­ter meet-and-greets and full ac­cess to the Cana­dian War­plane Her­itage Mu­seum. Ad­mis­sion is $25 (incl. tax) for kids and $10 for adults. Park­ing is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Satur­day through to Mon­day.

Drop a line

Fam­ily Day week­end is also On­tario’s Li­cense-Free Fish­ing Days. You can en­joy the fun of fish­ing with­out a li­cence daily un­til Mon­day. For more in­for­ma­tion, call Valens Lake at 905-525-2183 or 519-621-6029, email valens@con­ser­va­tion­hamil­ton.ca, call Fifty Point 905-525-2187 or email fiftypt@con­ser­va­tion­hamil­ton.ca

Fam­ily fun day

Trains, trains and more trains at the Hamil­ton Mu­seum of Steam and Tech­nol­ogy, 900 Wood­ward Ave., on Mon­day. Visit the craft sta­tion and build and dec­o­rate your own build­ing. Chil­dren must be ac­com­pa­nied by an adult. For in­for­ma­tion, call 905-546-4797 or hamil­ton.ca/steam­mu­seum

Hamil­ton Youth Po­ets

HYP pro­gram­ming on Satur­day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is at Art­forms, 126 James St. N. En­joy this writ­ers’ se­ries of work­shops rooted in the craft of po­etry, hip-hop and jour­nal­ism. Hamil­ton Beat: 10 a.m. to noon; Check The Method: noon to 1:30 p.m.; and Em­cee Wreck­shop: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Email: info@hamiltony­outh­po­ets.org

Pub­lic li­brary

Hamil­ton Pub­lic Li­brary, Cen­tral and Turner Park branches, are open Mon­day, 1 to 5 p.m., with spe­cial Fam­ily Day ac­tiv­i­ties. Events planned in­clude: Es­cape Room: Locked in the Li­brary! (reg­is­tra­tion re­quired), au­thor read­ings, Lego Ma­nia, Fam­ily Movies and Green Screen Fun.

Bronte Creek Pro­vin­cial Park

Spend Fam­ily Day at Bronte Creek. Visit the Na­ture Cen­tre for live animals, hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties and crafts. Other park at­trac­tions in­clude the Chil­dren’s Play­barn, farm animals, to­bog­gan­ing hill and trails. The park is open at 8 a.m. Satur­day, Sun­day and Mon­day. The daily ve­hi­cle ad­mis­sion rate is $17. Bronte Creek Pro­vin­cial Park’s day-use area is lo­cated one kilo­me­tre north of the QEW on Bur­loak Drive, be­tween Oakville and Burling­ton (Exit 109). bron­te­creek.org

On Mon­day, make a bird feeder at the Na­ture Cen­tre, ac­tiv­ity be­tween 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Tales by a win­ter fire

Gather around a crack­ling fire with friends and fam­ily for some fun win­ter sto­ry­telling at Mounts­berg Con­ser­va­tion Area, 2259 Mil­burough Line, Camp­bel­lville. At this spe­cial event, vis­i­tors can also en­joy horse-drawn rides. It runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., reg­u­lar ad­mis­sion rates ap­ply. con­ser­va­tion­hal­ton.ca.

Snowflakes and snows­nakes

Craw­ford Lake Con­ser­va­tion Area, 3115 Con­ser­va­tion Rd., Camp­bel­lville, hosts the pop­u­lar Snowflakes and Snows­nakes fes­ti­val Satur­day, Sun­day and Mon­day. The park is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reg­u­lar ad­mis­sion rate ap­ply. con­ser­va­tion­hal­ton.ca.

Open and closed Mon­day

There is no green bin, blue box or garbage pickup Mon­day. Pick­ups will be one day later than usual. Com­mu­nity re­cy­cling cen­tres and trans­fer sta­tions are also closed. The HSR and Burling­ton Tran­sit will op­er­ate on a Sun­day/hol­i­day sched­ule. Call 905-527-4441 for more in­for­ma­tion, or 905-639-0550 and burling­ton­tran­sit.ca for Burling­ton. DARTS will op­er­ate on a hol­i­day sched­ule. GO trains and buses will op­er­ate on a Satur­day sched­ule on Mon­day for Fam­ily Day. Bank branches, LCBO, beer stores and re­tail­ers are closed. Fed­eral gov­ern­ment of­fices and Canada Post are open. City ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fices are closed Mon­day.

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