Hamilton Children's Museum

Weather Alert
February 10, 2016 - 4:20pm

The Medical Officer of Health for the City of Hamilton is issuing a Cold Weather Alert effective overnight into the early morning of February 11, 2016

HAMILTON ON – February 10, 2016 - The Medical Officer of Health for the City of Hamilton is issuing a Cold Weather Alert effective overnight into the early morning of February 11, 2016.  A Cold Alert is issued when current or anticipated weather conditions are at or below minus 15 degrees Celsius or minus 20 with wind chill.  

This alert will remain in effect until a cancellation notice is issued.

The City of Hamilton has notified community agencies who work with vulnerable and homeless people. Each of those agencies, including Salvation Army, will implement their policies and procedures with regards to cold weather. The City of Hamilton Recreation Centres are available during regular hours for those who need to keep warm and the MacNab Transit Terminal will stay open until HSR service ends.

Members of the public can report the location of a person in need of shelter to the Salvation Army at 905-527-1444 Ext. 0. 

For more information visit www.hamilton.ca/cold.

Holiday Closures
February 11, 2016 - 9:41am

Family Day Monday, February 15 - What's Open & What's Closed

All City of Hamilton administrative offices will be closed on Family Day, Monday, February 15

  • For emergencies involving roads, water mains, sewer systems, public health and safety issues, please call 905-546-2489.

Green Cart, Recycling and Garbage Collection

  • There will be no green cart, blue box, bulk waste, yard waste, or garbage pick-up on Monday, February 15.
  • Your pick-up will be one day later if it falls on or after the holiday.
  • Waste must be at the curb by 7 am.

To view your collection schedule, visit www.hamilton.ca/waste.
Community Recycling Centres and Transfer Stations will be closed on Monday, February 15.

HSR Bus Schedules

  • The HSR will be operating on a Sunday/Holiday schedule on Monday, February 15.
  • Call HSR information at 905-527-4441 for more details.

ATS-DARTS

  • DARTS will be operating holiday service hours on Monday, February 15.
  • All subscription trips on DARTS, with the exception of dialysis, are cancelled for Monday, February 15.
  • If passengers need to travel on this day, they must make an advance reservation to do so.

ATS customer service will be closed on Monday, February 15.

Recreation

Hamilton Civic Museums

  • Dundurn National Historic Site, Whitehern Historic House & Garden, Battlefield House Museum & Park, Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology will all be open on Family Day from 12 noon to 4 pm.  
  • The Children’s Museum will also be open from 11 am to 4 pm.
  • Hamilton Civic Museums will present special Family Day programming.
  • Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum and Griffin House will be closed.

Tourism Hamilton Visitor Information Centre

Hamilton Farmers' Market

The Farmers' Market hours are as follows:

  • Saturday, February 13 - 7 am to 5 pm
  • Sunday, February 14 - Closed
  • Monday, February 15 - Closed
  • Tuesday, February 16 - 8 am to 6 pm

Hamilton Public Library

  • All Hamilton Public Library locations, except Central Library and Turner Park Branch, will be closed on Monday, February 15 for the Family Day holiday.
  • Central Library and Turner Park Branch will be open from 1 to 5 pm, offering regular library services plus a range of family-friendly programs.
  • Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, February 16 for all library locations. Please visit www.hpl.ca for more information.

Public Health Services

For Public Health matters concerning:

  • Reports of suspected reportable diseases and food poisoning, call 905-546-2063
  • Reports of environmental spills, fires or other events that may be a health hazard or safety issue, call 905-546-2489
  • Reports of rabies animal exposures, call 905-546-2489
  • Safe Water Program issues that may be a health hazard, call 905-546-2489 or visit www.hamilton.ca/safewater

Ontario Works

  • All Ontario Works offices will be closed on Monday, February 15, and will reopen Tuesday, February 16 at 8:30 am.
  • The Employment Resource Centre located at 181 Main St. West (Career Development Centre) will be closed on Monday, February 15. It will be open to assist you with any employment service needs on Tuesday, February 16 at 8:30 am.

Animal Services

  • The Animal Services Shelter will be closed on Sunday, February 14 and Monday, February 15.
  • For 24-hour Animal Services emergency issues, please call: 905-574-3433 or visit www.hamilton.ca/animalservices

Property Tax Payments

  • During the holiday, you may submit your property tax payment into a drop box at the rear doors of City Hall, 71 Main Street West or at one of our Municipal Service Centres.
  • All Municipal Service Centres will be closed on Monday, February 15, and will reopen on Tuesday, February 16. Please note that the deadline for the first installment of the 2016 interim tax bills, for those not paying through a monthly pre-authorized payment plan or through their mortgage company, is on February 29, 2016.

Municipal Service Centre locations:

Payments may also be made anytime by mail to:

The City of Hamilton
c/o Tax Department
71 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, L8P 4Y5

Parking Tickets

Payment of parking violations can be made by mail to the pre-printed address indicated on the parking tag or dropped off into the drop box at the nearest Municipal Service Centre or Taxation Division (noted above). The Hamilton Municipal Parking System office at 80 Main St. West, at Summers Lane, also accepts payments for parking violations at its drop box.

Traffic Violations

Hamilton Civic Museums - Owned and operated by the City of Hamilton www.hamilton.ca/museums - Children's Museum

The Hamilton Children’s Museum re-opened on Saturday, December 5

The Hamilton Children’s Museum invites young visitors to stretch their imagination as they touch, build and experiment in a friendly, child-focused setting. Home to interactive, hands-on galleries, the museum encourages learning through self-directed play.

Newly renovated gallery exhibits take their inspiration from Hamilton’s natural landscape and how it is used by people and other living things: 

  • The Summers Theatre Stage, inspired by the popular theatre that once sat atop Wentworth Street incline railway on the escarpment
  • The Building Gallery, featuring Gage Park and its transformation from family orchard to urban greenspace 
  • The Ship Gallery, featuring above and below deck activities, including a galley kitchen, a cargo boom and a musical ship whistle

Housed in an 1875 farmhouse in beautiful Gage Park, the museum was once home to Hamilton’s Gage Family. It has been providing family-friendly learning opportunities to the public for more than 30 years.

Hamilton Children’s Museum welcomes schools, community organizations, daycare classes and group bookings. During busy times, there may be a short, outdoor wait and visits may be limited to one hour. Visitors can call ahead to find out if there is a line up on the day they are visiting.  


Regular admission rates and hours of operation apply to all events unless otherwise indicated.

  • $2 for adults ages 18 to 59
  • $2 for seniors ages 60 and above
  • $2 for youth ages 13 to 18
  • $4 for children ages 1 to 12
  • Infants who are under 1 year visit for free
  • $9 for a family of two adults and unlimited dependent children under 18 years old

We are located at:
1072 Main Street East Hamilton, Ontario L8M 1N6  
Phone: 905-546-4848
Email: childrensmuseum@hamilton.ca

The Museum is open year-round.

October 1 to March 31
Wednesday to Saturday, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm

April 1 to September 30
Tuesday to Saturday, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Closed on Mondays, Good Friday, Canada Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Birthday Parties

Field Trips - Teachers

Take a virtual tour


Events at the Children's Museum

We host a variety of events, workshops and exhibitions at the Hamilton Children's Museum throughout the year. No two trips are ever the same!

Early Morning Risers
Saturday, February 6, 2016
Time: 7:30 to 9 am


Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for activities designed for children. All visits will include songs, story times, sensory play and a craft. Suitable for ages 0 to 4 yrs.

Wednesday Wigglers – Valentine’s Day
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Time: 10 to 11 am & 2 to 3 pm


Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for activities designed for children. All visits will include songs, story times, sensory play and a craft. Suitable for ages 0 to 4 yrs.

Early Morning Risers
Saturday, February 13, 2016
Time: 7:30 to 9 am


This event is for people who get up really early, every Saturday. Start your cold winter Saturday weekend morning at the Hamilton Children’s Museum. Share some company, coffee and treats and let the kids get to work playing in an interactive and exploratory environment. Free event.


Family Day - Pine Cone Café
Monday, February 15, 2016
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Celebrate your family with us! Welcome to the Pine Cone Cafe where children and their adults can make bird snacks for our feathered friends during the winter months. Participants will make bird feeders from pine cones as well as their own bird books to take home.



Wednesday Wigglers – Clifford the Big Red Dog
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Time: 10 to 11 am & 2 to 3 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for activities designed for children. All visits will include songs, story times, sensory play and a craft. Suitable for ages 0 to 4 yrs.



Early Morning Risers
Saturday, February 20, 2016
Time: 7:30 to 9 am
This event is for people who get up really early, every Saturday. Start your cold winter Saturday weekend morning at the Hamilton Children’s Museum. Share some company, coffee and treats and let the kids get to work playing in an interactive and exploratory environment. Free event.



Wednesday Wigglers – Tooth Fairy
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Time: 10 to 11 am & 2 to 3 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for activities designed for children. All visits will include songs, story times, sensory play and a craft. Suitable for ages 0 to 4 yrs.



Early Morning Risers
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Time: 7:30 to 9 am
This event is for people who get up really early, every Saturday. Start your cold winter Saturday weekend morning at the Hamilton Children’s Museum. Share some company, coffee and treats and let the kids get to work playing in an interactive and exploratory environment. Free event.



Wednesday Wigglers – Dr. Seuss
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Time: 10 to 11 am & 2 to 3 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for activities designed for children. All visits will include songs, story times, sensory play and a craft. Suitable for ages 0 to 4 yrs.



Wednesday Wigglers – Water
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Time: 10 to 11 am & 2 to 3 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for activities designed for children. All visits will include songs, story times, sensory play and a craft. Suitable for ages 0 to 4 yrs.



March Break Madness
Saturday, March 12 to Sunday, March 20, 2016
Time:  Monday to Saturday - 9:30am to 3:30 pm, Sunday - 11 am to 4 pm

This March Break the Children’s Museum can satisfy the budding dramatic artist, inspiring engineer and innovative environmentalist.  Visit our galleries to discover the uses of the “mountain” and the Hamilton Harbour in building our City of Hamilton. Cost: Adults $2, Seniors/Youth $2, Children $4, Infants (under 1yr) Free, Family $9.


Wednesday Wigglers – Easter
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Time: 10 to 11 am and 2 to 3 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for activities designed for children. All visits will include songs, story times, sensory play and a craft.  Suitable for ages 0 to 4 yrs.


Wednesday Wigglers – Dinosaurs
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Time: 10 to 11 am and 2 to 3 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for activities designed for children. All visits will include songs, story times, sensory play and a craft.  Suitable for ages 0 to 4 yrs.


Wednesday Wigglers – Nutrition
Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Time: 10 to 11 am and 2 to 3 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for activities designed for children. All visits will include songs, story times, sensory play and a craft.  Suitable for ages 0 to 4 yrs.


Wednesday Wigglers – Clouds
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Time: 10 to 11 am and 2 to 3 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for activities designed for children. All visits will include songs, story times, sensory play and a craft.  Suitable for ages 0 to 4 yrs.


Wednesday Wigglers – Earth Day
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Time: 10 to 11 am and 2 to 3 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for activities designed for children. All visits will include songs, story times, sensory play and a craft.  Suitable for ages 0 to 4 yrs.


Wednesday Wigglers – The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Time: 10 to 11 am and 2 to 3 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for activities designed for children. All visits will include songs, story times, sensory play and a craft.  Suitable for ages 0 to 4 yrs.


Wednesday Wigglers – Outer Space
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Time: 10 to 11 am and 2 to 3 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for activities designed for children. All visits will include songs, story times, sensory play and a craft.  Suitable for ages 0 to 4 yrs.


Wednesday Wigglers – Thomas the Tank Engine
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Time: 10 to 11 am and 2 to 3 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for activities designed for children. All visits will include songs, story times, sensory play and a craft.  Suitable for ages 0 to 4 yrs.


Wednesday Wigglers – Beach Day
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Time: 10 to 11 am and 2 to 3 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for activities designed for children. All visits will include songs, story times, sensory play and a craft.  Suitable for ages 0 to 4 yrs.


Wednesday Wigglers – Carnival
Wednesday May 25, 2016

Time: 10 to 11 am and 2 to 3 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for activities designed for children. All visits will include songs, story times, sensory play and a craft.  Suitable for ages 0 to 4 yrs.


International Talk Like a Pirate Day
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Arrrh! Shiver me timbers! If ya don’t visit us on this day be prepared to “Take a long walk on a short plank!!!” Talk like a pirate; enjoy pirate food and enjoy pirate indoor and outdoor fun! Dress Like a pirate and get into the museum for free!


Blue Year’s Eve
Saturday December 31, 2016

Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Celebrate a family New Year at the Hamilton Children’s Museum. Visit all three galleries, join in on 6 count down throughout the day. Have fun with indoor and outdoor activities to say good bye to the past year and hello to the New Year!