Things to Do During Winter Break

No more “I’m bored” or winter blues! Here are things to do during winter break in Niagara. These ideas will help you get out of the house and have fun!

 

 

St. Catharines Musuem:

Stop by the St. Catharines Museum over the winter break and join us for tons of special activities! Take a break from the cold and dark of winter to enjoy a variety of fun and interactive programs that are suitable for all ages.

All programs are drop-in, including our fan-favourite Museum Play Date and Build-A-Boat Challenge. Search for the hidden treats in our Merritt’s Mystery treasure hunt or express your creative side at one of our crafter’s corners.

Don’t forgot to bring your winter clothing donation to our Mitten Tree in support of Community Care of St. Catharines. Thorold, and Out of the Cold!

January 2, 2020

Crafty Canal Creations: Cultural Christmas | 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
The holidays are a wonderful time to be with family and friends making long-lasting memories. What traditions do you celebrate during the holidays? The City of St. Catharines is made of many different cultures who have helped shape our community. Come add to our ‘Cultural Christmas Tree’ and share the holiday traditions you celebrate with our community.
Character Cards Art Project | 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
The history of our community is made up of many famous faces who helped make our community what it is today. Do you know who these historical people are and what they did? Now is your chance to explore our Museum galleries and inspire, create, and connect. We are calling all writers and artists to get creative and imagine how these famous faces lived.
Crafty Canal Creations: Painting the Past | 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Participants explore the history of the Museum with paint.
Me on the Map | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Using an oversized map, children will explore how the St. Catharines community has changed and evolved over the past 200 years. Learn about the routes of the canal and witness the growth of our city as you piece together our giant puzzle.

January 3, 2020

Museum Play Date | 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

One of the best parts of the holidays is playing with new toys! Children of all ages can bring their favourite toy (old or new) to the St. Catharines Museum and play in our gallery! It’s like a city-wide play date, and it’s free! Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies while meeting new friends and playing with your favourite toys.

Character Cards Art Project | 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
The history of our community is made up of many famous faces who helped make our community what it is today. Do you know who these historical people are and what they did? Now is your chance to explore our Museum galleries and inspire, create, and connect. We are calling all writers and artists to get creative and imagine how these famous faces lived.
Crafty Canal Creations: Fallen Workers Quilt | 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Explore the colourful roots of our community and those who helped make St. Catharines the community it is today by helping the Museum make our giant national flags quilt.
Crafty Canal Creations: Painting the Past | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
 Participants explore the history of the Museum with paint.

January 4, 2020

Museum Play Date | 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
One of the best parts of the holidays is playing with new toys! Children of all ages can bring their favourite toy (old or new) to the St. Catharines Museum and play in our gallery! It’s like a city-wide play date, and it’s free! Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies while meeting new friends and playing with your favourite toys.
Character Cards Art Project | 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
The history of our community is made up of many famous faces who helped make our community what it is today. Do you know who these historical people are and what they did? Now is your chance to explore our Museum galleries and inspire, create, and connect. We are calling all writers and artists to get creative and imagine how these famous faces lived.
Crafty Canal Creations: Cultural Christmas | 1:00 pm. – 2:00 p.m.
The holidays are a wonderful time to be with family and friends making long-lasting memories. What traditions do you celebrate during the holidays? The City of St. Catharines is made of many different cultures who have helped shape our community. Come add to our ‘Cultural Christmas Tree’ and share the holiday traditions you celebrate with our community.
Build-a-Boat Challenge | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Do you have what it takes to build a sturdy boat? It’s time to put your engineering skills to the test! Build your most magnificent boat out of our Museum Legos. Boats must be able to float and hold cargo. Do you accept the challenge?

 

Niagara Falls Public Library:

Friday Night Block Party – Community Centre

January 3, 6-7pm

ALL AGES
Description: Get down with blocks. Big ones, little ones, we have all kinds. Come build something amazing! All ages. No registration required.

Kids’ Movies – Chippawa Library
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

January 4: Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980, 125 minutes, Rated PG)

Victoria branch

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004, 142 minutes, Rated PG)
Friday, December 27 @ 2:00 pm

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005, 157 minutes, Rated PG-13)
Saturday, December 28 @ 11:30 am

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007, 138 minutes, Rated PG-13)
Sunday, December 29 @ 11:30 am

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009, 153 minutes, Rated PG)
Monday, December 30 @ 2:00 pm

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010, 146 minutes, Rated PG-13)
Thursday, January 2 @ 2:00 pm

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011, 130 minutes, Rated PG-13)
Friday, January 3 @ 2:00 pm

Come a little early before the movie and do a Harry Potter-themed maker activity. Friday, December 27, Thursday, January 2, Friday, January 3 @ 1:30 pm

 

Grimsby Public Library

Friday, January 3, 2020 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Let your imagination go wild over the winter break and use our supplies to make a cool creation to take home.

Tim Horton’s FREE Skates

Here is a list of the FREE Skates in Niagara this holiday season:

Seymour Hannah Centre -240 St. Paul St., West, St. Catharines
Dec 23, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Dec. 31 from noon to 3 p.m.
Jan. 2 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Bill Burgoyne Arena – 129 Linwell Rd., St. Catharines
Dec. 29, from 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.


Gale Centre Arena – 5152 Thorold Stone Rd, Niagara Falls
Saturday, December 21 – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 22 – 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday, December 23 – 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday, December 30 – 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.


Fleming Memorial Arena – 5020 Serena Dr., Beamsville
Mon, Dec 23: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Sun, Dec 29: 11:30 PM – 1:00 PM
Fri, Jan 3: 12:00PM – 4:00PM
Sat, Jan 4: 2:00PM – 4:00PM


Meridian Credit Union Arena – 1565 Four Mile Creek Rd, Virgil
Dec 21, 1:30 pm -3:00 pm
Dec 22 1:30 pm – 3 :00 pm


Chippawa Willoughby Arena – 9000 Sodom Rd, Niagara Falls
Saturday, December 28 – 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.


Jack Ballantyne Memorial Arena – 501 King Street, Welland
Fri, Dec 27, 1:30 – 3:30 PM
Mon, Dec 30, 1:30 – 3:30 PM
Thurs, Jan 2, 1:30 – 3:30 PM
Fri, Jan 3, 1:30 – 3:30 PM


Vale Health & Wellness Centre – 550 Elizabeth St, Port Colborne
Mon, Dec 30  – 1:30 – 3 p.m.
Wed, Jan 1 – 1:30 – 3 p.m.
Fri, Jan 3 – 1:30 – 3 p.m.


West Lincoln Arena & Community Centre -177 West Street, Smithville
December 21 2:00pm to 3:00pm
December 22 2:00pm to 3:00pm
December 23 2:00pm to 3:00pm
December 27 1:00pm to 2:00pm
December 28 2:00pm to 3:00pm
December 29 2:00pm to 3:00pm
December 30 2:00pm to 3:00pm


Crystal Ridge Arena – 89 Ridge Rd South, Crystal Beach
Sat, Dec 28– 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Mon, Dec 30– 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Thurs, Jan 2– 2:00 – 3:30 pm


Fort Erie Leisureplex, Jaycee Arena – 3 Municipal Centre Dr, Fort Erie
Fri, Dec 27– 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Mon, Dec 30– 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Thurs, Jan 2 – 2:00 – 3:30 pm


Peach King Centre – 162 Livingston Ave, Grimsby
Monday, December 23, 2019 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday, December 27, 2019 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 29, 2019 3:10 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Monday, December 30, 2019 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 31, 2019 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Winter Break Camps

Here is a list of Winter Break Camps in Niagara:


Indoor and Outdoor Skating

Here is a list of indoor and outdoor skating rinks:


EarlyOn Centres

Some EarlyON Centres are open during the break:
earlyON centres

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