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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July 3 - August 25

Summer Art Camps

Oakville Galleries

1306 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville, ON, L6J 1L6

Full Week Pricing Member: $238.00 | Non-Member: $280.00 Short Week Pricing (No Camp for Civic...

Now thru December 31

Road to the Ridge: Taste of the Escarpment

Tasty Road Trips Food Tours

Paris, Ontario

Tour Details: This tour is a 4.5 hour all-inclusive self-guided tour with all food, sips,...

Now thru December 31

Watercolour Painting and Drawing Instruction for all Levels with Marlene Madole

Williams Mill Creative Arts Studios

515 Main Street, Glen Williams, ON, L7G 3S9

For scheduled 1-Day Workshops and Classes, or to talk about Private or Semi-Private Lessons, call...

Now thru December 31

Hamilton Civic Museums Virtual Tours

28 James St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 1A1

Now thru November 19

Bruce Trail Iroquoia Day Trip

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

This trip is offered on: Daily Between: Apr 16, 2022 and Nov 19, 2023

Now thru October 28

Youth-Self Guided Trip Paris – Brant

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

Near Wilderness Trip: 3 hour leisure paddle with no portages. Paris to Brant Conservation Area....

June 10 - September 15

Grand River Rafting & Tubing Paris to Brant Park (Self-Guided)

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

3 hour guided trip, After landing, you'll be on your way home when our shuttle...

July 10 - August 4

Museums Burlington: Summer Day Camp

Joseph Brant Museum

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

Museums of Burlington is pleased to offer a summer day camp program at Ireland House...

Now thru December 31

Treewalk Village

Treetop Trekking

5050 Harrison Rd, Binbrook, ON L0R 1C0

Ages 3-17: $22 Ages 18+: $10 2 and under or 65+: $0

November 1

Botany and the Ecology of the Tea Plant

Royal Botanical Gardens

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

Online from 12:15pm - 12:45pm. Pre-registration required. Fee: $10 (RBG Members 10% off*) Sign up...

Now thru December 31

Collective Arts Hamilton Brewery Tour

Collective Arts Brewery

207 Burlington Street East, Hamilton, ON, L8L 4H2

45 Minutes Saturdays, hourly from 12-6PM, $25 per person for ages 19+, $415 for Private...

Now thru December 31

Trail Mix

Tourism Brantford

Hardy Road, Brantford, ON, Canada

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