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Events at the St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre

Holiday Programs 2017-2018

Holiday Programs

Spend the kids' holiday break at the St. Catharines Museum! We have a line-up of fun, engaging programs that'll spark all sorts of curiousity, excitement and learning. From light, drop-in programs like Museum Play Date and Dress-up & Pretend to engaging programs like STCM Radio Project and Family History Workshop - Kid's Edition, we have what you need to make for a perfect day at the St. Catharines Museum. 

Programs are offered Wednesday, Dec. 27 to Friday, Dec. 29 and Tuesday, Jan. 2 to Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. Program times are 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm. Please see schedule below for program details. 

If you have any questions, please contact Museum staff via phone at 905.984.8880 or email at museum@stcatharines.ca 

 Wednesday, Dec. 27 

Crafter's Corner, 10am-12pm

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. Today's featured craft is:

The Giving (Christmas) Tree

Kids will make this very special Christmas tree out of recycled fabric and listen to the story about Jacob and the Wool Sweater Christmas Tree. This program teaches the importance of giving back to your community and those less fortunate during the holiday season. Children will be encouraged to give their Giving Tree to someone they love or that they know is in need.   

Mapping St. Catharines, 1pm-3pm

Help us map the history of St. Catharines by filling in our giant, oversized map! Kids will learn about the routes of the canal and the growth of our city as they piece together our giant puzzle!

This is a drop-in program for kids of all ages. 

 Thursday, Dec. 28

Museum Play Date, 10am-12pm

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.

This is a drop-in program geared towards younger children ages 3-8. 

Build-A-Story, 1pm-3pm 

Let your imagination take you away in our story circle! Our story-building game encourages kids to work together to create a story of their choosing. Will it there be adventure? Magic? Mystery? It's up to you to take the story where you want to go!   

This is a drop-in program geared towards children ages 7 and older. 

 Friday, Dec. 29

Crafter's Corner, 10am-12pm

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. Today's featured craft is:

Santa Paint Brush Ornaments       

In this activity, children can get creative and turn an ordinary paint brush into a Santa Claus ornament by using paint and other materials to further celebrate the holiday season.

Mapping St. Catharines, 1pm-3pm

Help us map the history of St. Catharines by filling in our giant, oversized map! Kids will learn about the routes of the canal and the growth of our city as they piece together our giant puzzle!

This is a drop-in program for kids of all ages. 

 Tuesday, Jan. 2

Museum Play Date, 10am-12pm

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.

This is a drop-in program geared towards younger children ages 3-8. 

Dress-up & Pretend, 1pm-3pm

Dress-up and learn what life was like for different St. Catharines families throughout our history. Stations include: Welland Canal workers and their families, life as a sailor on the Canal, recreation and leisure at Port Dalhousie, and World War I. Children will have the opportunity to read character & job description cards and perform the specific tasks related to each station. 

This is a drop-in program for kids of all ages. 

 Wednesday, Jan. 3

Crafter's Corner, 10am-12pm

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. Today's featured craft is:

Build-A-Boat Challenge

 Test your engineering skills! Build a boat out of Lego and see how many rocks it can hold until it sinks.

This is a drop-in program for kids of all ages. 

Family History Workshops- Kid's Edition, 1pm-3pm

Your family story is an important part of who you are! This workshop teaches kids the basics of how to become family history detectives and collect their family's stories from their relatives. Kids are encouraged to bring old photographs to the workshop and contribute their photos and stories to our Digital Stories 150 exhibit. 

This program is geared towards older children ages 10 and up. Pre-registration is required. $5/child. Must be accompanied by a parent. Please contact the Museum or visit ePlay to register. 

 Thursday, Jan. 4

Museum Play Date, 10am-12pm

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.

This is a drop-in program geared towards younger children ages 3-8. 

STCM Radio Project, 1pm-3pm

The STCM Radio is recruiting young journalists to help write its next story - how did St. Catharines come to be? What major events, people, and places have shaped St. Catharines into the city we know today? This investigative program asks children to gather stories about the history of St. Catharines  by interviewing actors portraying real historical figures. Participants will contribute to a Museum Chat Live! podcast episode sharing their findings and what they learned. 

This program is geared towards older children ages 10 and up. Pre-registration is required. $5/child. Must be accompanied by a parent. Please contact the Museum or visit ePlay to register. 

 Friday, Jan. 5

Crafter's Corner, 10am-12pm

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. Today's featured craft is:

Snowman Spoons

In this activity, children will create little snowmen out of wooden spoons using paint and other materials to further celebrate the holiday season.  

Dress-up & Pretend, 1pm-3pm

Dress-up and learn what life was like for different St. Catharines families throughout our history. Stations include: Welland Canal workers and their families, life as a sailor on the Canal, recreation and leisure at Port Dalhousie, and World War I. Children will have the opportunity to read character & job description cards and perform the specific tasks related to each station. 

This is a drop-in program for kids of all ages. 

Mitten Tree Campaign - Collecting Donations until Jan. 7

Mitten Tree Campaign

The Mitten Tree Campaign at the St. Catharines Museum collects winter clothing donations in support of Community Care of St. Catharines & Thorold and Start Me Up Niagara's Out of the Cold program. 

The Mitten Tree is accepting winter clothing donations through to January 7, 2018. We collect all sorts of new and gently used winter woolies, including hats, mits, scarves, socks, gloves and more. All donations go towards those in need in our community. Add yours to the Mitten Tree, we are open daily from 9am-5pm. 

If you have any questions, please contact Museum staff via phone at 905.984.8880 or email museum@stcatharines.ca 

St. Catharines Family History Workshops, 2017-2018

Family History Workshops

The St. Catharines Family History Workshops will offer the tools and resources St. Catharines residents need to gather, share, and preserve their family's story. The series of four workshops will be hands-on activity based and led by Museum collections and programming staff. 

Participants are asked to bring a family photograph or small object to each workshop for the activities. 

Each workshop is $10 per person. Pre-registration is required. 

To register, or for more information, please visit  ePlay or contact Museum staff via phone at 905.984.8880 or email at museum@stcatharines.ca 

A Picture Says 1000 Words: Family Photographs

Saturday, Oct. 28, 10am-12pm

This workshop will teach participants how to analyze family photographs to gather historical information. Activities will provide tools to help participants identify people, places, and  events in family photographs. Participants will also learn how to date photographs.

 Telling it Like it is: Oral Histories

Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 10am-12pm 

This workshop will provide participants with resources and tools to conduct oral histories with family members. Topics will include the types of questions to ask, types of recording tools (written, audio, video etc.), and how to preserve oral histories for future generations. 
 

Preservation Techniques: Making Memories Last

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, 10am-12pm 

This workshop will teach participants how to care for and preserve their family heirlooms and keepsakes. Topics will include caring for textiles, silver, coins, artwork, among others. The workshop will include demonstrations to teach specific techniques. 
 

A Guide to Archives, Maps & City Directories

Saturday, March 31, 2018, 10am-12pm 

This workshop will teach participants how to use archival records, maps, and city directories to find missing pieces in their family stories. This workshop will provide tools and resources to help participants effectively use these historical sources in their family history research.

If you have any questions, please contact Museum staff via phone at 905.984.8880 or email museum@stcatharines.ca 

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