Something to look forward to in the midst of winter, Family Day falls on February 16 this year and the city of Hamilton has a bunch of great events planned! From recreating history to bouncing the day away, there is something fun for kids of all ages.
Head to Canadian Warplane Museum February 14-16 for Hamilton's Kid Fest! Kids can let their imaginations run wild as they sail a pirate ship, drive a race car or navigate a safari at central Ontario's largest indoor inflatable show on some of North America's largest inflatables. There will also be stage shows, a vendor marketplace and over 40,000 square feet of Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum exhibits. Admission: Kids $18, Adults $10.
For the young history buffs in the family, Dundurn National Historic Site is a great option. Take part in a guided tour of over 40 rooms in Dundurn Castle and discover what it was like to live and play above the stairs and work and live below the stairs. Visitors will enjoy hands-on activities throughout their tour and sample a variety of historic goodies made in the kitchen. Open noon - 4 p.m. Regular admission rates apply.
Another option for history lovers is Family Heritage Day at Westfield Heritage Village, where families can enjoy a day in the country learning how families lived, worked and played during the winter in early Ontario. This event takes place on February 16 and admission is free.
Head down to the Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology on February 16 for Family Fun Day! There will be crafts, fun inventing projects and more. Open noon - 4 p.m. Regular admission rates apply.
If your kids love classic movies, bring them to Whitehern Historic House and Garden for Family Day Comedy Classics on February 16 from noon - 4 p.m. You'll have the opportunity to tour the beautiful McQuesten home as it was in 1939 before heading to the renovated Stable to enjoy short comedy classic films such as The Little Rascals, The Three Stooges and Laurel and Hardy. Regular admission rates apply.
In Ancaster, The Griffin House National Historic Site invites families to explore black history in Hamilton as they stroll the paths of the spectacular Dundas Valley and visit Griffin House National Historical Site. Begin with a self-guided hike from the Hermitage Parking Lot along a trail to the Griffin House, purchased in the 19th century by an escaped African-American slave. Warm up with hot cider and a tour upon arrival at the museum. Remember to dress for the weather! This event takes place on February 16 and admission is free.