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, 2019

Crafter’s Corner: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Get messy with the St. Catharines Museum! During the holiday break, the museum offers a variety of fun, creative craft activities on a drop-in basis for kids of all ages.

Merritt’s Mystery: 11 a.m. – Noon

Its time to test your detective skills in this interactive treasure hunt! Follow the clues through the Museum galleries and discover what really did happen to the people and machines that helped build the Welland Canals and shape St. Catharines.

Flashlight Tour: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Explore the Museum galleries on this guided flashlight tour as we are visited by costumed performers who dramatically retell the stories of pivotal figures who helped establish St. Catharines as the city it is today.

Museum Play Date: 2 p.m. –  3p.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.

January 3, 2019

Museum Play Date: 10 a.m. – 11 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.

Merritt’s Mystery: 11 a.m. – Noon

Its time to test your detective skills in this interactive treasure hunt! Follow the clues through the Museum galleries and discover what really did happen to the people and machines that helped build the Welland Canals and shape St. Catharines.

Build-A-Boat Challenge: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Build-a-Boat Challenge is an opportunity for children to test their engineering
skills making boats out of Lego and seeing if it can hold cargo and float!

Knot Tying Challenge: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Knot so fast! Every sailor needs a good knowledge of the variety of sailing knots, and their different uses and drawbacks. Do you have what it takes to participate in the Six Knot Challenge as you race against the clock to complete all the knots under 60 seconds?

January 4, 2019

Crafter’s Corner: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. 

Get messy with the St. Catharines Museum! During the holiday break, the museum offers a variety of fun, creative craft activities on a drop-in basis for kids of all ages.

Merritt’s Mystery: 11 a.m. – Noon

Its time to test your detective skills in this interactive treasure hunt! Follow the clues through the Museum galleries and discover what really did happen to the people and machines that helped build the Welland Canals and shape St. Catharines.

Me on the Map: 1 p.m. – 2 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.

Museum Play Date: 2 p.m. – 3 p.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.

 

Niagara Falls Public Library:

Friday Night Block Party – Community Centre

January 4, 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 Free Brids – Chippawa Library

January 5, 12:30-2:30pm

Description:  Two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history – and get turkey off the holiday menu for good. Cast: Woody Harrelson, Owen Wilson, Amy Poehler. Rated: G. 91 mins. All ages. No registration required.
Dancing to the Beat Kids’ Dance Party- Victoria

January 6, 1:30-2:15pm
Description:  Let it loose to some funky tunes. Don’t forget your dancing shoes!
All ages. No registration required.

 

Grimsby Public Library

Lego Club
Wednesday, January 2, 2019 3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Let your imagination go wild and build with friends at Lego Club. Inventing, designing and creating Lego structures is tons of fun, and can help develop important critical thinking skills. Free / Drop-in, 6+.

Movie for Kids and Craft Time

Friday, January 4, 2019 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Visit the Grimsby Public Library for an Incredible party! We’ll be showing the Incredibles 2 and will have a fun craft time for kids, too. They’ll go home with their very own super hero mask. A perfect morning out for those lazy days after New Year’s. Drop-in. Kids of all ages.

Tim Horton’s FREE Skates

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

Frank Doherty Arena – 70 Front Street N, Thorold
Thu, Dec 27: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Sat, Dec 29: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Mon, Dec 31: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Wed, Jan 02: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Thu, Jan 03: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM


Seymour Hannah Centre -240 St. Paul St., West, St. Catharines
Rink #2
Sat, Dec 22: 7:15 PM – 9:15 PM
Sun, Dec 23: 11:15 AM – 1:15 PM
Sat, Dec 29: 7:15 PM – 9:15 PM
Rink #3
Thu, Dec 27: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Mon, Dec 31: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Wed, Jan 02: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM


Bill Burgoyne Arena – 129 Linwell Rd., St. Catharines
Sun, Dec 30: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM


Gale Centre Arena – 5152 Thorold Stone Rd, Niagara Falls
Sat, Dec 22: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Sun, Dec 23: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Sat, Dec 29: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Sun, Dec 30: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Thu, Jan 03: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Sat, Dec 22: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Sun, Dec 23: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Sat, Dec 29: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Sun, Dec 30: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Thu, Jan 03: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM


Fleming Memorial Arena – 5020 Serena Dr., Fonthill
Thu, Dec 27: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Fri, Dec 28: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Sat, Dec 29: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM


Meridian Credit Union Arena – 1565 Four Mile Creek Rd, Virgil
Thu, Dec 27: 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Fri, Dec 28: 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Sat, Dec 29: 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Sun, Dec 30: 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Mon, Dec 31: 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM


Chippawa Willoughby Arena – 9000 Sodom Rd, Niagara Falls
Sat, Jan 05: 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Sat, Jan 05: 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM


Jack Ballantyne Memorial Arena – 501 King Street, Welland
Fri, Dec 28: 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Wed, Jan 02: 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Thu, Jan 03: 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Fri, Jan 04: 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM


Fleming Centre – 5020 Serena Drive, Beamsville
Thu, Dec 28: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Fri, Dec 29: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Sat, Dec 30: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Wed, Jan 03: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Fri, Jan 05: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM


Vale Health & Wellness Centre – 550 Elizabeth St, Port Colborne
Sun, Dec 30: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Tue, Jan 01: 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Fri, Jan 04: 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM


West Lincoln Arena & Community Centre -177 West Street, Smithville
Sun, Dec 23: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Thu, Dec 27: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Fri, Dec 28: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Sat, Dec 29: 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Sun, Dec 30: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Wed, Jan 02: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Thu, Jan 03: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Fri, Jan 04: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM


Crystal Ridge Arena – 89 Ridge Rd South, Crystal Beach
Sun, Dec 23: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Sun, Dec 30: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Wed, Jan 02: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM


Fort Erie Leisureplex, Jaycee Arena – 3 Municipal Centre Dr, Fort Erie
Thu, Dec 27: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Sat, Dec 29: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Wed, Jan 02: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM


Peach King Centre – 162 Livingston Ave, Grimsby
Fri, Dec 28: 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Mon, Dec 31: 2:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Mon, Dec 31: 2:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Thu, Dec 27: 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Sat, Dec 29: 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Thu, Dec 27: 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Sat, Dec 29: 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM


Dunnville Memorial Arena – 275 Ramsey Drive, Dunnville
Mon, Dec 24: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Fri, Dec 28: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Mon, Dec 31: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Wed, Jan 02: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Fri, Jan 04: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM


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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