When it comes to finding things to do during March Break, Hamilton Halton Brant has a lengthy list. We’ve got oodles of exhibits, a slew of shows, and activities galore for kids of all ages. From maple syrup to dress-up and from endangered animals to Disney, here is your guide to beating boredom on the break.
Oodles of Exhibits
The break is the perfect time to take in Royal Botanical Gardens’ winter exhibit, Wildlife Rescue. Families can step into recovery efforts and “meet” the people who dedicate their lives to saving and releasing endangered animals. Enjoy hands-on, interactive stations to explore the stories of a wide range of threatened and endangered animals from around the world. Examine x-rays, become a Giant Panda matchmaker, “feed” baby condors, crawl like a turtle, take a simulated flight to guide young whooping cranes along their first migratory route, and more. This wildly fun exhibit is open daily 10 am to 5 pm and regular admission rates apply; during March Break there will be meet the animals shows, roving puppetry, outdoor walks, story time and special guests on offer.
Sure to be an out of this world experience, Health in Space is a travelling exhibition developed by the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, in collaboration with the Canadian Space Agency. On through May 11 from 9 am to 5 pm daily at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, the exhibition explores how gravity, radiation, and isolation all pose unique health challenges for astronauts living and working in space. Highlights include authentic artefacts, interactive experiences, and video interviews with Canadian astronauts.
A Slew of Shows
Kids ages 6 and up will be enthralled by Jamie Adkins: Circus Incognitus, at the Oakville Centre on March 20 for two performances. A performer in the vaudeville tradition of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, Adkins’ show is moving and hilarious with no hi-tech distractions. For the younger set, Disney on Ice comes to Hamilton’s FirstOntario Centre from March 18-22 for 10 performances. Grab your Mickey ears and get ready for a skating spectacular where favourite Disney moments from the Cars, Little Mermaid, Toy Story and Frozen movies will come to life.
March is the start of maple syrup madness! The fresh Ontario sweet treat begins flowing at Bronte Creek Provincial Park on the first Saturday in March when the park’s annual Maple Syrup Festival gets under way. Enjoy a guided tour of Maple Lane, where interpreters costumed for the 1890’s demonstrate different historical ways of collecting and making maple syrup. The tour ends in the middle of Spruce Lane Farm where you can learn how to make fresh maple sugar or enjoy a stick of delicious maple taffy before visiting the various farm animals in the yard. The maple syrup festivities are open to the public from 9:30am to 3:00pm every weekend in March and over March Break.
More March Break madness is on hand at the Hamilton Children’s Museum, presenting The Magical World of Wizarding daily March 14-22, from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Get your wands ready as the museum transforms into a magical school of wizardry where kids can learn all about Charms, Potions, Divination and even how to take care of Magical Creatures. Dressing up as your favourite witch or wizard is encouraged!
Dress-up is on the agenda at Dundurn National Historic Site. Over March Break, children are invited to make their own costume pieces, dress up and take pictures in front of recreated backdrops of Dundurn from the 1840s to 1960s. On guided tours, costumed staff invite you into some of Sir Allan MacNab’s rooms for a photo op. At its Military Museum, dress up like an 1812 solider and have your picture taken in front of a British encampment or ‘camp out’ in the hands-on discovery gallery (March 14-22, 12 pm to 4 pm).
Hands-on discovery is also encouraged at Hamilton’s Museum of Steam and Technology’s Be a Theme Park Engineer activity centre, March 14-21 from 12 pm to 4 pm. Kids will learn all about clever engineering skills and the science behind theme parks when they design a miniature theme park rides, try carnival games, and make a theme-park craft to take home.
History is on hand at Whitehern Historic House & Garden, where you can explore “Anthropomorphia” through the ages. Kids will enjoy spotting “Shopkins” hidden amongst the McQuesten family’s every-day items and seeing how people have been adding human faces and characteristics to inanimate objects and animals for a very long time (March 14-21, 12 pm to 4 pm).