Rainy, cold fall 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.


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.

Hamilton Farmers’ Market

Don’t rush your weekly visit to the farmer’s market because it’s raining. Head to Hamilton instead, where your family can take their time exploring all the farm-to-table treats without an umbrella at the Hamilton Farmers’ Market. Over 50 vendors offer a wide array of local, national and international foods.

Hamilton Farmers' Market


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

Find new ways to stay and play in Hamilton Halton Brant this fall. Explore available experiences, grab some Stay & Play PERKS, take advantage of special offers and discover the amazing events that will be taking place while you’re in town. Stretch your fall fun out a little longer with our StayTripping hotel offers and receive a $50 or $100 VISA gift card!*

*Please note – VISA gift cards are a limited offer – while quantities last.

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Now thru December 30

Free Exhibition Tours at AGH

Art Gallery of Hamilton

123 King Street West Hamilton, ON, L8P 4S8

Thursdays at 6:00 pm Saturdays & Sundays at 1:00 pm

Now thru December 31

Date Night for Two

Best Western C Hotel by Carmen’s-Hamilton

1530 Stone Church Road East, Hamilton, ON, L8W 3P9

75.00 Feeds 2 people.

Now thru December 20

Virtual Guided Hike: Autumn Edition at RBG

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

Fee: $10 each + Service Fee (Members 10% off*) Registration closes December 15

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