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Events at the St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre

Museum March Break - March 13 - 17

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An exciting week of fun and adventurous programs await you and your family at the Museum this March Break. Take in a special, interactive tea time with historical characters, take a special flash-light tour through the Museum, or help to dig through the Museum's collection to uncover and foil a sinister plot to change history forever! 

Please see a detailed program schedule below. 

All programs are 'drop-in' and open to the public by donation unless otherwise noted. Please note: Home Front Tea and History Hunters programs are $5.00/each and are available by registration only. 

Registration and Further Information

There are multiple options to register for our March Break programs:

  • Online through the City's ePlay website. Follow 'Holiday and PA Day Programs' tab to find our March Break programs.
  • By calling the Museum at 905.984.8880.
  • Or by emailing the Museum at museum@stcatharines.ca (subject: March Break programs).

 Monday, March 13

  • 10 a.m. - Crafty Museum!
    Join in the messy fun while learning about history at the Museum. 10 a.m. - noon | Drop-in | Admission by donation | Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • 11 a.m. - Help Build the Lego Lock!
    Back by popular demand, your Jr. Engineer can help to build a scale model of Lock 3 out of Lego. 11 a.m. - noon | Drop-in | Admission by donation | Children must be accomapnied by an adult. 
  • 1 p.m. - Flashlight Tour.
    Take a special tour through the Museum's galleries to meet some special historical characters and see the gallery in a new light. Bring your own flashlight as supplies are limited. Tour begins at 1:00 PM. 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. | Admission by Donation | Children must be accomapnied by an adult. 

 Tuesday, March 14

  • 10 a.m. - Crafty Museum!
    Join in the messy fun while learning about history at the Museum. 10 a.m. - noon | Drop-in | Admission by donation | Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • 11 a.m. - I Spy Tour.
    A perfect introduction for young children, this tour is fun, short, interactive, and engaging. 11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Admission by dontaiton | Children must be accompanied by an adult. 
  • 1 p.m. - Home Front Tea.
    Participants will have a chance to explore St. Catharines life during WWI and learn about the Patriotic League led by some of St. Catharines' most notable women of the era. Meet Catharine Welland Merritt and other notable residents from that era as they join the Tea Party to share their experiences during the war. This formal Tea Party will introduce visitors to the history of tea, as well as some etiquette lessons. Suggested age 5/6 to 12, must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited - pre-registration is advised. $5 per person.

Registration

There are multiple options to register for our March Break programs:

  • Online through the City's ePlay website. Follow 'Holiday and PA Day Programs' tab to find our March Break programs.
  • By calling the Museum at 905.984.8880
  • Or by emailing the Museum at museum@stcatharines.ca (subject: March Break programs).

Wednesday, March 15

  • 10 a.m. - Crafty Museum!
    Join in the messy fun while learning about history at the Museum. 10 a.m. - noon | Drop-in | Admission by donation | Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • 11 a.m. - Float Your Boat!
    Our most popular hands-on boat-making experience makes its return for March Break. Don't miss the fun! 11 a.m. - noon | Drop-in | Admission by donation | Children must be accomapnied by an adult. 
  • 1 p.m. - History Hunters.
    William Hamilton Merritt has lost his memory! He can't remember how the Welland Canal was built. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to search for historical clues and discover the early history of our City. This week-long fun, interactive historical adventure program is available to children ages  seven to 12, accompanied by an adult, and will visit various historic locations throughout the city. Suggested age seven to 12, must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited - by registration only. $5 per person.

Registration

There are multiple options to register for our March Break programs:

  • Online through the City's ePlay website. Follow 'Holiday and PA Day Programs' tab to find our March Break programs.
  • By calling the Museum at 905.984.8880
  • Or by emailing the Museum at museum@stcatharines.ca (subject: March Break programs).

Thursday, March 16

  • 10 a.m. - Crafty Museum!
    Join in the messy fun while learning about history at the Museum. 10 a.m. - noon | Drop-in | Admission by donation | Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • 11 a.m. - I Spy Tour.
    A perfect introduction for young children, this tour is fun, short, interactive, and engaging. 11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Admission by dontaiton | Children must be accompanied by an adult. 
  • 1 p.m. - Home Front Tea. 
    Participants will have a chance to explore St. Catharines life during WWI and learn about the Patriotic League led by some of St. Catharines' most notable women of the era. Meet Catharine Welland Merritt and other notable residents from that era as they join the Tea Party to share their experiences during the war. This formal Tea Party will introduce visitors to the history of tea, as well as some etiquette lessons. Suggested age 5/6 to 12, must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited - pre-registration is advised. $5 per person.

Registration

There are multiple options to register for our March Break programs:

  • Online through the City's ePlay website. Follow 'Holiday and PA Day Programs' tab to find our March Break programs.
  • By calling the Museum at 905.984.8880
  • Or by emailing the Museum at museum@stcatharines.ca (subject: March Break programs).

 Friday, March 17

  • 10 a.m. - Crafty Museum!

    Join in the messy fun while learning about history at the Museum. 10 a.m. - noon | Drop-in | Admission by donation | Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • 11 a.m. - Float Your Boat!
    Our most popular hands-on boat-making experience makes its return for March Break. Don't miss the fun! 11 a.m. - noon | Drop-in | Admission by donation | Children must be accomapnied by an adult. 
  • 1 p.m. - Butter Making with the Laileys.
    Help our resident farmers make butter the old fashioned way. 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. |  | Drop-in | Admission by donation | Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Books & Brews - Feb. 21, Mar. 21 and Apr. 18

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Notice

The Winter 2017 session of Books & Brews is sold out! Please keep watch for details regarding our Fall 2017 session. You can still read on your own and listen in to our Books & Brews podcast episodes on Museum Chat Live!

Books & Brews is Back!

By mixing museum atmosphere with beer tasting and book club excitement, we're bringing museums into the 21st century.

A new kind of book club experience with a museum twist. Mingle, chat about books, learn new things, and experience brews in a whole new way. It's all happening at the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre.

Includes tasting seminars presented by Mahtay Cafe and Lounge, and podcast study guides for an enhanced immersive experience.

For updates and to find out more about Books & Brews, please visit the Books & Brews blog.

Questions?

Please direct questions and concerns to Museum staff at museum@stcatharines.ca (subject: Books & Brews) or by phone at 905.984.8880.

Books & Brews Winter 2017 Events

Tuesday, Feb. 21 - SOLD OUT!

All available spots for the February 21 session of Books & Brews are sold. 

7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

"The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead
Tasting Seminar focused on Tea, presented by Mahtay Cafe & Lounge

Tuesday, March 21 - SOLD OUT!

All available spots for the March 21 session of Books & Brews are sold. 

7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

"In the Skin of a Lion" by Micheal Ondaatje
Tasting Seminar focused on Coffee, presented by Mahtay Cafe & Lounge

Tuesday, April 18 - SOLD OUT!

All available spots for the April 18 session of Books & Brews are sold.

7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

"The Illegal" by Lawrence Hill
Tasting Seminar focused on Beer, presented by Mahtay Cafe & Lounge

 

PA Days at the Museum - May 19 and June 9

 PA Days 2017

Join in the fun on your day-off from school. Adventures await during our PA Day programs in 2017. Explore the Welland Canal, search through the Museum's collection, and even create your own exhibit to be displayed for the public! 

For more information, click through our PA Day programs by date below. 

Details and pricing

Program registration is $5.00 per participant. Programs run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; class sizes are limited. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

A cookie-and-juice snack break is included. Please alert us to any allergies at registration.

Three options for registration:

Questions?

Please direct questions and concerns to Museum staff at museum@stcatharines.ca (subject: PA Days) or by phone at 905.984.8880.

PA Days Programs

Friday, May 19 - History Hunters

Help us, History Hunters! An evil historian is trying to erase William Hamilton Merritt from the historical record and take credit for building the Welland Canal. We need your eyes, ears, and thinking caps to search the Museum from gallery to collection spaces for clues from the historian in order to stop him in time.

A wild adventure, filled with twists, turns, and special video messages from WHM himself, provides participants with a fun, hands-on history adventure at the Museum, like no other program!

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; $5.00 / participant.For students grades 4-6, accompanied by an adult. Snack break included. Please alert us to any allergies at registration.

Friday, June 9 - Junior Engineers

Calling all Jr. Engineers! Earn your official Jr. Engineers certificate after participating in this program all about transportation and the operations of the Welland Canal! Fun, engaging, and memorable, this structured program will be a hit with young, inquisitive minds!

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; $5.00 / participant. For students grades ELKP-3, accompanied by an adult. Snack break included. Please alert us to any allergies at registration.
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