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Events at the St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre

Soap Box Derby - Derby Day at the Museum

 Derby Day - Saturday, July 26, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Celebrate Derby Day at the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre with our second reunion of participants, supporters and fans of the St. Catharines Soap Box Derby.

Contribute to our pop-up museum - participants are encouraged to bring their own photos, souvenirs and memorabilia to share with other Soap Box Derby participants and enthusiasts! Visitors can explore the exhibition, Building Champions to Meet Tomorrow's Challenge: Soap Box Derbies in St. Catharines, check out the action at the All-American Soap Box Derby and participate in a variety of activities for the whole family!

The Soap Box Derby exhibition opened in April 2013 and will close early August, 2014.

Admission for the St. Catharines Museum and Derby Day is by donation.

Summer Programs - July 9 - Aug. 21, 2014

Tyke Hike Summer Program

Tyke Hikes
Our hikes for tykes are short walks around the Museum grounds and alongside the Canal, perfect for the inquisitive toddler looking for something fun to do during those long summer days. The hikes are filled with demonstrations, games and songs that are bound to keep your little one excited about the world around us. Programs run rain or shine, but will be cancelled in the event of lightning, thunder or heavy winds.

  1. Ships in the Canal Tyke Hike: Join our Captain for an educational jaunt along our famous waterway to see how it all works!
  2. Let's Explore!: Come explore the living things around the Canal. Join Adrian on this exploration of the living things that spend their time in, around, on, and high above the Welland Canal!
  • For children aged 2-6, accompanied by an adult
  • Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m., July through August
  • Hikes are approx. 1/2 hour in length
  • Meet in the Museum lobby
  • Admission by Donation

Canal Walks Summer Program

Canal Walks

Our Canal Walks are great for history enthusiasts of all ages! The walks follow the recreation paths alongside the Canal. Programs will run rain or shine, but will be cancelled in the event of lightning, thunder or heavy winds.

  1. Our Canal Community, July 17 & Aug. 14: What kind of impact has the Canal had on our community? What kind of impact has the community had on the Canal? Learn the stories of the people who changed and were changed by our Welland Canal.
  2. How it Works, July 31: An interesting look into the operations, history, and event natural environment of today's Welland Canal.
  • Walks are approx. 1 hour in length
  • Bring comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, water, and a camera
  • Leashed and friendly dogs are welcome
  • Thursday, July 21 & 31, Aug. 14 - 2 p.m. (see above for different themes)
  • Meet in the Museum lobby
  • Admission by Donation

Voyageur Sing-along Summer Program

Fur Trade Nation Programming

Commemorate the historic fur trade with a Voyageur Sing-a-Long and the special exhibition, Fur Trade Nation, on display through Aug. 24!

  1. Voyageur Sing-a-Long: Join Paul and Pierre on their trip to the grand nor' and join in the fun and songs along the way! Come prepared to sing along; life jacket and paddle not required.
  • Fun for the whole family; children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Thursdays, July 10, 24, Aug. 7, 21 - 2 p.m.
  • Program runs indoors, approx. 1 hour in length
  • Admission by Donation

Hands-on Heritage

Our Hands-on Heritage programs are a chance for you to drop in to the Museum and experience a bit of history, the hands-on variety, during your visit. Programs run rain or shine. In the event of lightning, thunder or heavy winds, this program will move inside.

  1. How it's made: Butter, July 8, 29, Aug. 19: Come see how the early settlers in Niagara would have made butter!
  2. Quill Pen Writing, July 15, Aug. 5: Test out your handwriting skills using an ink and quill.
  3. Heritage Games, July 22, Aug. 12: Come play the heritage way! Play games of tug-of-war, croquet, graces, and even try out some Victorian toys!
  • Fun for the whole family; children must be accompanied by an adult\
  • Tuesdays, July through August - 2 p.m. (see above for different themes)
  • Programs run approx. 2 hours in length
  • Admission by Donation

Dog's Day of Summer - Saturday, Aug. 9, 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Dogs and their owners are welcomed to the grounds of the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre to explore special displays while enjoying food truck fare and a pet product marketplace. For more details, visit the Dog's Day of Summer page.

Guided Spirit Walks at Victoria Lawn Cemetery - Sept. 5, 6, 12, 13

Discover unknown stories of St. Catharines and her residents during the First World War in these guided spirit walks through Victoria Lawn Cemetery. Reservations can be made by contacting the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre.

Doing Your Bit: WWI from St. Catharines to the Western Front, Exhibition Opening - Saturday, Sept. 27

Join us for the opening of this exhibition celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the First World War and discover the wartime experiences of St. Catharines residents at home and at the front. "Doing Your Bit" will be on display through 2018.

aMUSE: Collected - Saturday, Nov. 1 at Mahtay Cafe

The second series continues. Visit the aMUSE event page for more information.

Mitten Tree Campaign Kick-Off - Saturday, Nov. 15

Help local families in need with donations of winter clothing to the St. Catharines Museum's Mitten Tree through Jan. 4, 2014. We'll kickoff this donation drive with a knit and natter gathering at the Museum for novice and experienced knitters alike. Feeling more adventurous? Help us yarn bomb the Museum galleries! All donations will help local families through Community Care of St. Catharines and Thorold and Out of the Cold.

Holiday Programming - Dec. 22, 23, 27-30 and Jan. 2

Spend your holidays with the St. Catharines Museum! Explore the Museum's galleries and participate in crafts and activities for the whole family!

For more information on any of our events, please contact museum@stcatharines.ca.

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