Things to do in Hamilton this Family Day long weekend

The latest edition of Ontario's newest long weekend is upon us.

Ice fishing, inflatable fortresses and the philharmonic are on the docket

Expect bouncy castles galore at Kids-Fest at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum this weekend. (Shutterstock / ronfromyork)

The latest edition of Ontario's newest long weekend is upon us. Family Day is Monday, meaning many services, both public and private, are taking the day off.

There's a lot to do this weekend, whether or not you have kids in tow. Here's a list of events on tap in Hamilton for Saturday, Sunday and Monday. 


Want to tire out the children this long weekend? Then take them to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (9280 Airport Rd., Mount Hope) this weekend for Kids-Fest. The venue will be converted into a veritable theme park of inflatable castles, pirate ships, safari scenes, dinosaurs and the like.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday.

All-you-can-play wristbands for children 2 to 17 cost $18 and admission for adults is $10. Tickets include access to exhibits at the museum.

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Central Ontario Boat Show and Sale

The Central Ontario Boat Show and Sale has paddled into the Careport Centre (270 Longwood Rd. S) for the long weekend. The exhibition features dozens of vendors showing off the latest trends in recreational boating, contests and even an indoor fishing pond for the kids.

The show runs from noon to 7 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Sunday and Monday.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and youth. Children under 13 get in free.

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Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra's Luminescence 

The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra is playing a Valentine’s Weekend concert on Saturday at Hamilton Place (10 Macnab St. S). The program for the evening, titled Luminescence, includes selections from Mozart and French composers Maurice Ravel, Francis Poulenc and Chevalier de Saint-Georges.

HPO principal wind players Leslie Newman (flute), Eric Hall (bassoon) and Ken MacDonald (horn) are set to play solos.

A pre-concert conversation with HPO music director James Sommerville starts at 6:30 p.m. and the performance kicks off at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $22 to $65 for adults and $20 to $62 for seniors and are available at

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Ice Fishing Derby

Valens Lake Conservation Area (1691 Regional Road 97, Flamborough) is hosting its annual Ice Fishing Derby on Saturday. It’s a catch-and-release contest to see who can snag as many pan fish as possible.

Prizes up for grabs include a camera, a heater, rods and a variety of other fishing-related swag.

The derby starts at the crack of dawn and comes to a close at 2 p.m.

Registration is $25 for adults and $15 for children 15 and under. Participants can pay upon arrival to the park.

The first 50 kids to arrive will receive a rod and reel package. 

For more information, go to the Valens Lake Conservation Area website

Hamilton Bulldogs games

The Hamilton Bulldogs are hosting two teams from the Lone Star State this weekend. On Saturday, the Texas Stars roll into the FirstOntario Centre (101 York Blvd.) for a 7 p.m. matchup. And the ‘Dogs will try to contain the San Antonio Rampage at a 1 p.m. showdown on Monday. CBC Hamilton is a sponsor of the Monday game. We'll have contests and giveaways and you can get your picture taken with Peter Puck. If you go, check out the CBC table on the concourse level. And try to snare a CBC t-shirt from the t-shirt gun during intermissions.

Tickets start at $24 and go up to $34.80, available at