Things to do in Hamilton over Family Day weekend, what's open and what's closed

Here's a look at some of the great things to do in and around Hamilton over Family Day weekend.
There's plenty to do in Hamilton this Family Day weekend. (Tourism Hamilton)

With Family Day weekend coming up, there are lots of events happening in Hamilton to keep family and loved ones busy along with closures and schedule changes for the city.

The Westdale Theatre is reopening its doors on Thursday after an 18 month renovation. The opening will be celebrated with a gala and a screening of the classic film Casablanca.

A one-year pilot project starting on Family Day will see those with Hamilton Public Library cards able to access any museum in Hamilton for free.

All City of Hamilton administrative offices will be closed on Monday, and garbage, recycling, and green cart pick up won't be available as well.

Pick up will resume one day later after, if it falls on or after the holiday, and waste must be by the curb at 7 a.m..

The HSR will also be operating on a Sunday/holiday schedule for the holiday.

Here's a list of events that will be happening Family Day weekend.

Family Arts Day

On Monday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts will be hosting various activities for free, focused around dance, music theatre, visual arts, and more. Though it's free, it's encouraged to pre-register to guarantee a spot.

Hamilton KidsFest

Happening all Family Day weekend, the large inflatable festival happening at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum will see slides and bouncy castles, along with interactive activities, games, crafts, and more. Unlimited wristbands are $25, while adult/seniors admissions are 10 dollars and family admissions, two adults and two children, are $60.

Broadway Dreamers

Starting Feb. 15 to March 3 at the Hamilton Theatre, a show featuring children, teens, and young adults will take audiences through the different Broadway classics from 1902 to 2017, focusing on ways children have been featured on Broadway. Tickets for this range from $12 to $27.

Winter Paper Crafts at The Inc.

On Saturday, this free event invites people to explore their creativity through paper crafts. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Hamilton Artist Inc. an instructor will show people how to make winter-themed paper crafts. Hot chocolate and snacks will also be provided.

Family Fun Day with Trains

On Monday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology National Historic Site will have education stations, and will have the opportunity for people to make a sundial to take home. The steam trains will also be running on the model railroad train track. Tickets for adults cost $7, seniors and young adults $6, and for children $6. Infants get in for free and families can get in for $20.

Family Movie

On Sunday, the Harmony Baptist Church will be showing the movie Smallfoot. It starts after the service at 11:45 a.m. and is free for all, but no snacks or drinks will be provided so attendees are free to bring their own.

Family Day Breakfast

On Monday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., MacNab Street Presbyterian Church will host a pancake breakfast free for all and will even include gluten free pancakes.

Hamilton Public Library Events

Various free events will be taking place at Hamilton Public Library branches. At Kenilworth branch on Saturday, attendees will be able to participate in story time and create a rice sock snowman. Other events will be happening at the Central Library and Turner Park Branches.

Family Day Open House

On Family Day from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Ireland House Museum will be open to explore the family home as well as a lemon shortbread cookie demonstration. There will also be crafts to create a family keepsake. Admissions are $15 for families.

Dundurn National Historic Site

On Family Day from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., visitors can go on a guided tour and explore the site and enjoy hands-on activities. Also available are historic goodies, and the option to visit the neighbouring Hamilton Military Museum. Admission for adults is $12 dollars while seniors and youth are $10. Infants are free and children admissions are $6.50, while family admissions are $32.

Family Day Comedy Classic

From 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Whitehern Historic House & Garden attendees will be able to tour the McQuesten home as it was in its prime in 1939. After, films such as The Little Rascals and Popeye will be shown with beverages available for purchase. Admission for adults is $7.50 while seniors and youth will pay $6.50. Children admissions are $5.50 while family admissions are $22 and infants get in for free.

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  • This story has been amended to remove the Bulldogs skate, which was not an actual event scheduled. CBC apologizes for the error.
    Feb 16, 2019 3:41 PM ET


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