Looking for something to do on the Family Day long weekend? Here are some indoor and outdoor events happening in the Hamilton region.
The Royal Botanical Gardens’ Battle of the Titans exhibit is a must-see for any family with dinosaur lovers. Tyrannosaurus Rex takes on Triceratops in this fascinating exhibit that teaches budding paleontologists about ecology and the environment that these majestic creatures lived in.
The exhibit runs until April 7, but on February 17th and 18th, visitors can join a special question-and-answer session with Dr. Phil Manning, internationally renowned dinosaur hunter from the University of Manchester.
Admission for a family of four is $30. Adult admission is $12, seniors and students $10, and children aged 5 to 12 are $7. Children under the age of 5 and members of the Botanical Gardens get in free.
Location: 680 Plains Rd. W, Burlington
Information: 905-527-1158, Toll Free 1-800-694-4769
The Art Gallery of Hamilton is open from noon to 5 p.m. on Monday Feb. 18, and the gallery will be offering family time mini-tours and hands-on art making sessions.
The mini-tours start at 1 p.m. and 1:25 p.m. in the Exhibition Space. In these 30-minute tours, experts will show children and parents new ways to look at art.
The hands-on art making sessions start at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Admission is free for AGH members. Non-members pay $5 per family (up to four children). The family fun day admission does not include admission to Gallery Level One.
Location: 123 King Street West, Hamilton
Tour Whitehern Historic House on Feb. 18 between noon and 4 p.m. to see what it would have looked like in 1939. And in the renovated stable area, watch short comedy classic films such as The Little Rascals, The Three Stooges, and Laurel and Hardy.
Admission for a family of four is $17, or purchase tickets online in advance and save 20 per cent.
Location: 41 Jackson St. W., Hamilton
Budding inventors can get some hands-on fun at Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology’s Family Fun Day on Feb. 18, where children ages six and up can use building blocks to create their own machines and buildings. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission for a family of four is $17, or purchase online in advance and save 20 per cent.
Location: 900 Woodward Ave., Hamilton
The Central Ontario Boat Show and Sale runs from Feb. 15 to 18 at the Careport Centre, featuring an expanded three-acre exhibition floor. The show includes dozens of the latest models of family pontoon boats, glass and tin fishing boats, and an array of big lake cruisers.
The Kids Zone will have activities and prizes, including a colouring contest and a fishing pond stocked with trout for children 12 and under.
Leo Stakos and Ron James, hosts of the National Television series FISH TV, will be signing autographs and taking pictures with their fans. Fishing simulators will also let visitors test their skills.
Visitors can also take part in seminars, ranging from making better use of electronic navigation instruments and charts, to learning power boat handling techniques, to improving fishing techniques, to learning tips about boat buying.
Time: Friday Feb. 15 noon to 7 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday and Monday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: The Careport Centre, 270 Longwood Rd. S, Hamilton
Tickets: $12 for adults, $9 for youth (13 to 17) and seniors (65+), 1children 3 and under are free. (Visit www.boatshowandsale.com to save $3.00 off admission.) Parking is free.
The Burlington Performing Arts Centre is hosting an interactive screening of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music on Feb. 18 at 1 p.m.
Fans of the movie are invited to come and sing along. The event includes onscreen lyrics, props, costumes and vocal warm-ups. Before the movie screening, there will be a live show and prizes for the fancy dress competition (costumes are not compulsory but are encouraged).
Tickets are $20 each or $70 for a family of four.
Location: 440 Locust St., Burlington, Ont.
The Mountsberg Conservation Area is offering its Tales by a Winter Fire program on Family Day weekend. It includes horse-drawn sleigh and wagon rides, as well as tobogganing, hiking and an outdoor bonfire.
Park admission for a family of two adults and two children is $25.50 and children four and under are free. Sleigh and wagon rides are $3 for adults and $2 for children.
Location: 2259 Millborough Line, Campbellville, Ont.
Try out a new winter sport at Crawford Lake Conservation Area’s Snowflakes and Snowsnakes event on Family Day weekend.
The festivities include demonstrations of snowshoeing and Snowsnake, a traditional Iroquoian winter game, as well as winter survival hikes, Hemlock tea tasting, marshmallow roasts and craft making.
Park admission for a family of two adults and two children is $25.50 and children four and under are free.
Location: 3115 Conservation Rd., Milton, Ont.
Brantford’s Frosty Fest features ice carving, horse-drawn trolley rides, figure skating shows, a street midway, free skating, pony rides, free Kids Zone games and fun winter fare like snow taffy.
Admission is free.
Location: Harmony Square, 89 Dalhousie St., Brantford, Ont.