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 firstname.lastname@example.org, call Fifty Point 905-525-2187 or email email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.