Blustery, cold days don’t have to mean pressing pause on family fun. When the weather forecast isn’t in your favour, there’s a whole heap of ways to entertain, engage and educate the entire family in Hamilton Halton Brant. Here are some of our favourite family-friendly places and spaces.

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum is home to a fascinating collection of almost 50 historic aircraft. The Air Combat Zone jet fighter simulation centre allows guests to experience the thrill of a flying mission in an F-18. With live instrumentation, a working heads-up display, replica flight controls and a giant view of the world outside your cockpit, this is miles apart from any video game experience.

Mattamy National Cycling Centre

The Youth Try The Track program at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre offers beginner cyclists between the ages of 10 and 18 the chance to experience the only velodrome of its kind in Canada. In addition to exploring the basic principles of track cycling and how to ride the track, they’ll learn the techniques for mounting/dismounting, balance, starting/stopping, rider control and how to get on and off the track.

iFLY Oakville

Book your flight in Oakville at iFLY and experience the sensation of freefalling in a safe, indoor environment. Programs available for all abilities, ages 3 and up.

Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology

Discover the ins and outs of Canada’s early industrial revolution while exploring a 160-year-old Waterworks. In addition to two 70-tonne steam-powered water pumping engines, the Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology National Historic Site has fascinating permanent and temporary exhibits, hands-on activities and guided tours.

Art Gallery of Hamilton

The Art Gallery of Hamilton offers excellent programming for families throughout the year inspired by the Gallery’s extensive collection and rotating exhibitions.

Installation view of Esmaa Mohamoud: To Play in the Face of Certain Defeat, 2021. Photo: Julian Ross.

Woodland Cultural Centre

The building known as the Woodland Cultural Centre today operated as The Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School from 1828 to 1970. A visit here is an excellent way to teach everyone in the family about the history of Residential Schools in Canada.

Credit: Ian R. Maracle

Royal Botanical Gardens

When the weather is grey and gloomy, Burlington’s Royal Botanical Gardens indoor gardens offer a perfect place to escape the rain, and roam. The RBG Centre offers a Mediterranean Garden, Cacti and Succulent Collection, Orchid Collection, and Exploration Hall. Check the RBG Event Calendar for upcoming family and youth programming.

Credit: Mark Zelinski

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Now thru March 31

Charcuterie Package at Arlington Hotel Paris

Arlington Hotel

106 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M5

Prices subject to applicable taxes. Available for stays between January 1st to March 31, 2023,...

Now thru February 25

Make What You Want Workshops

The Barn Door Studio

158 Main St E #156, Milton, ON L9T 1N6

February 5 - May 7

Nature Journaling Trees

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Road West, Burlington, ON, L7T 4H4

Sundays, Feb 5, March 5, April 2, May 7; 1 to 4 p.m

March 26

MicroMosaic Jewellery with Heather Vollans

Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant

20 Ava Road, Brantford, ON, N3T 5G9

Date: Sunday, March 26th Time: 1 pm – 4 pm Location: Coach House at Glenhyrst...

February 11 - May 22

Pigment to Pixel: Digitizing the Permanent Collection

Art Gallery of Hamilton

123 King Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8P 4S8

March 13 - 17

March Break Camp – The Great Canadian Tour

Joseph Brant Museum

1240 North Shore Boulevard East, Burlington, ON, L7S 1C5

Now thru December 31

Trail Mix

Tourism Brantford

Hardy Road, Brantford, ON, Canada

Now thru March 4

Gohsrehneh (Winter) Explorers

Chiefswood Park Cabins

1037 Highway 54 Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

Every Saturday from 12pm - 3pm, Ages 7 - 12, $20 per session or $145...

Now thru December 31

A Day of Play Experience

Six Nations Tourism

2498 Chiefswood Road, Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

Price: $70.00/person for a group of less than 20; $60.00/person for a group of 20...

Now thru April 30

In Movement: Training Sessions for Freedom Fighters

Art Gallery of Hamilton

123 King Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8P 4S8

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