Things to do in Hamilton this weekend

Did you resolve to get out more this year? We can help.

Art, theatre and model trains — it's a mixed bag

Did you resolve to get out more this year? If so, we can help.

Here's a list of things to do in and around Hamilton this weekend, the first of 2014. 

RBG Holiday Traditions

The Royal Botanical Gardens’ annual Holiday Traditions display wraps up on Sunday. The installation features model trains that weave through the miniature forest inside the RBG’s visitors’ centre (680 Plains Rd. W, Burlington).

The centre is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Admission is included in the price of a day pass to the RBG, which costs $12.50 for adults, $10.50 for students/youth and $7.50 for children age 4 to 12. Kids under four get in free.

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Science of Ice and Snow

Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology is inviting families once again to learn more about the science behind ice and snow — and have a little cold-weather fun in the process. Get your hands and feet wet on Saturday and Sunday with activities like slinging snowballs with a big trebuchet, sliding contests and ice shuffleboard. You can also make snow decorations and mini snow-people to take home.

The museum is open from noon to 4 p.m. on both days. Admission is $6.75 for adults, $5.75 for students and seniors, and $4.75 for children ages 6 to 12. Children under 6 get in free. 

For more information, go to the museum's website

The Sound of Music

“Doe, a deer…” You know how it goes. The last performance of Theatre Aquarius’s presentation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic The Sound of Music is set for Saturday night. Shaw Festival veteran Julie Martell stars as Maria.

The remaining tickets for the 8 p.m. show range from $75.71 to $87.01 each, available at or by calling the box office at 905-522-7529.

Graeme Patterson: Secret Citadel

Check out New Brunswick sculptor Graeme Patterson’s Secret Citadel collection at the Art Gallery of Hamilton before the show tours Canada later this year. Patterson's detailed large-scale sculptures of a mountain, houses, bunk beds and more each contain a miniature world and invoke childhood memories of summer camp. Co-produced by the AGH, the exhibition opened in October and finishes on Sunday. 

The gallery (123 King St. West) is open from noon until 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free for AGH Members. Tickets are $10 for Adults, $8 for seniors/students, and $4 for children between the ages of six and 17. Kids under five get in for free.

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