Hamilton Children's Museum

Alert
July 21, 2016 - 12:31pm

Hamilton Fire Department Issues Open Air Burning Ban - July 21, 2016

HAMILTON, ON – July 21, 2016 – Due to current dry weather conditions coupled with the continued forecast of extreme temperatures with no appreciable rain in the near future, the Hamilton Fire Department has issued an immediate ban on all open air burning in the City of Hamilton.  This ban suspends all approved Open Air Burning Permits.

More information and details about the ban.

Holiday Closures
July 27, 2016 - 12:33pm

Civic Holiday Monday, August 1 - What's Open & What's Closed

All City of Hamilton administrative offices will be closed on Civic Holiday, Monday, August 1

  • 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, August 1.
  • 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, August 1.

HSR Bus Schedules

  • The HSR will be operating on Sunday/Holiday service hours on Monday, August 1.
  • Call HSR information at 905-527-4441 or visit www.hamilton.ca/hsr for more details.

ATS-DARTS

  • DARTS will be operating holiday service hours on Monday, August 1.
  • All subscription trips on DARTS, with the exception of dialysis, are cancelled for Monday, August 1.
  • 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, August 1.

Recreation

  • Recreation Centres, Seniors Centres and Arenas will be closed on Monday, August 1.
  • Seniors Clubs will be open.
  • Wading Pools will be closed on Monday, August 1, with the exception of Dundas Driving Park and Gage Park sites. 
  • Norman Pinky Lewis Recreation Centre and outdoor pools (with the exception of Birge) will be open on Monday August 1 on a modified holiday schedule.
  • For more information, visit Civic Holiday Outdoor Pool Schedules

Hamilton Civic Museums

  • All museums will be closed on closed on Monday, August 1.

Tourism Hamilton Visitor Information Centre

Hamilton Farmers' Market

The Farmers' Market hours are as follows:

  • Sunday, July 31 - Closed
  • Monday, August 1 - Closed
  • Tuesday, August 2 - 8 am to 6 pm
  • Wednesday, August 3 - Closed
  • Thursday, August 4 - 8 am to 6 pm
  • Friday, August 5 - 8 am to 6 pm
  • Saturday, August 6 - 7 am to 5 pm

Hamilton Public Library

  • All Hamilton Public Library locations will be closed on Monday, August 1 for the Civic holiday.
  • Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, August 2 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, August 1, and will reopen Tuesday, August 2 at 8:30 am.
  • The Employment Resource Centre located at 181 Main St. West (Career Development Centre) will be closed on Monday, August 1. It will be open to assist you with any employment service needs on Tuesday, August 2 at 8:30 am.

Animal Services

  • The Animal Services Shelter will be closed on Sunday, July 31 and Monday, August 1.
  • For 24-hour Animal Services emergency issues, please call: 905-574-3433

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. Only cheque payments will be accepted in the drop box.
  • All Municipal Service Centres will be closed on Monday, August 1 and will reopen on Tuesday, August 2.
  • Tax payments can also be made online or through telebanking, set up through your financial institution.

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!

Think Art Thursday – Recycled Masterpieces
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm


Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for all the summer fun you can handle every Tuesday through Saturday during July and August.Suitable for all ages.

Childrens Musuem Kids playing with coloursFunday Friday - Bubbles
Friday, July 29, 2016
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm


Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for all the summer fun you can handle every Tuesday through Saturday during July and August. Suitable for all ages.

Saturday Structures - Big Blue Blocks
Saturday, July 30, 2016
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm


Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for all the summer fun you can handle every Tuesday through Saturday during July and August.Suitable for all ages.


Summer Fun – Test Tube Tuesday – Sink or Float
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for all the summer fun you can handle every Tuesday through Saturday during July and August.Suitable for all ages.


Summer Fun – Windowsill Gardening Wednesday – Garden Art
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for all the summer fun you can handle every Tuesday through Saturday during July and August.Suitable for all ages.


Summer Fun – Think Art Thursday – Patterns
Thursday, August 4, 2016
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for all the summer fun you can handle every Tuesday through Saturday during July and August.Suitable for all ages.


Summer Fun – Funday Friday – Home Alone
Friday, August 5, 2016
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for all the summer fun you can handle every Tuesday through Saturday during July and August.Suitable for all ages.


Summer Fun – Saturday Structures – Big Blue Blocks
Saturday, August 6, 2016
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for all the summer fun you can handle every Tuesday through Saturday during July and August.Suitable for all ages.


Summer Fun – Test Tube Tuesday – In the Body
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for all the summer fun you can handle every Tuesday through Saturday during July and August.Suitable for all ages.


Summer Fun – Windowsill Gardening Wednesday – How Seeds Travel
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for all the summer fun you can handle every Tuesday through Saturday during July and August.Suitable for all ages.


Summer Fun – Think Art Thursday – Shapes
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for all the summer fun you can handle every Tuesday through Saturday during July and August.Suitable for all ages.


Summer Fun – Funday Friday – Terrific Teeth
Friday, August 12, 2016
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for all the summer fun you can handle every Tuesday through Saturday during July and August.Suitable for all ages.


Summer Fun – Saturday Structures – Big Blue Blocks
Saturday, August 13, 2016
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for all the summer fun you can handle every Tuesday through Saturday during July and August.Suitable for all ages.


Summer Fun – Test Tube Tuesday - Structures
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for all the summer fun you can handle every Tuesday through Saturday during July and August.Suitable for all ages.


Summer Fun – Windowsill Gardening Wednesday – Who Needs Plants
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for all the summer fun you can handle every Tuesday through Saturday during July and August.Suitable for all ages.


Summer Fun – Think Art Thursday – Textures
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for all the summer fun you can handle every Tuesday through Saturday during July and August.Suitable for all ages.


Summer Fun – Funday Friday – Ancient World
Friday, August 19, 2016
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for all the summer fun you can handle every Tuesday through Saturday during July and August.Suitable for all ages.


Summer Fun – Saturday Structures – Big Blue Blocks
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for all the summer fun you can handle every Tuesday through Saturday during July and August.Suitable for all ages.


Summer Fun – Test Tube Tuesday – Weather Science
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for all the summer fun you can handle every Tuesday through Saturday during July and August.Suitable for all ages.


Summer Fun – Windowsill Gardening Wednesday – Plant Science
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for all the summer fun you can handle every Tuesday through Saturday during July and August.Suitable for all ages.


Summer Fun – Think Art Thursday – Colours
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for all the summer fun you can handle every Tuesday through Saturday during July and August.Suitable for all ages.


Summer Fun – Funday Friday – Hobby Time
Friday, August 26, 2016
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for all the summer fun you can handle every Tuesday through Saturday during July and August.Suitable for all ages.


Summer Fun – Saturday Structures – Big Blue Blocks
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for all the summer fun you can handle every Tuesday through Saturday during July and August.Suitable for all ages.


Summer Fun – Test Tube Tuesday - Space
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for all the summer fun you can handle every Tuesday through Saturday during July and August.Suitable for all ages.


Summer Fun – Windowsill Gardening Wednesday – Mystery of the Garden
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for all the summer fun you can handle every Tuesday through Saturday during July and August.Suitable for all ages.


Summer Fun – Think Art Thursday – Perspectives
Thursday, September 1, 2016
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for all the summer fun you can handle every Tuesday through Saturday during July and August.Suitable for all ages.


Summer Fun – Funday Friday – Our Green World
Friday, September 2, 2016
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for all the summer fun you can handle every Tuesday through Saturday during July and August.Suitable for all ages.


Summer Fun – Saturday Structures – Big Blue Blocks
Saturday, September 3, 2016
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for all the summer fun you can handle every Tuesday through Saturday during July and August.Suitable for all ages.


Summer Fun – Saturday Structures – Big Blue Blocks
Saturday, September 3, 2016
Time: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Join us at the Hamilton Children's Museum for all the summer fun you can handle every Tuesday through Saturday during July and August.Suitable for all ages.


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!


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!