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Events at the St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre

Family Day at the Museum - Feb. 19

Family Day

Set the course for adventure this Family Day at the St. Catharines Museum! Explore the museum in a new way with time-travel dress-up stations throughout the galleries, exhibit building activities, and special behind-the-scenes tours of our Collections Vaults. An adventure awaits everyones in the family! 

Collections tours begin on the hour, every hour starting at 10am. Space is limited, arrive early or contact the Museum to reserve your spot. 

Family Day programming runs from 10am-4pm on Monday, February 19, 2018. The St. Catharines Museum is open 9am-5pm and admission by donation. 

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

Books & Brews 2018 - Feb. 20, April 17, June 19

Books & Brews

We are very excited to announce the return of our ever-popular museum book club! This year, we've partnered with Lock Street Brewing Co. to bring you a kind of book club experience with a museum twist. Mingle, chat about books, and experience craft beer in a whole new way! 

Our first book club of 2018 takes place on Tuesday, February 20, 7pm-9pm. Join us for beer tastings with Lock Street Brewing Co. and a discussion of "Company Town" by Madeline Ashby. 

Registration is required. Amission includes the book and beer tasting. Please see our Books & Brews webpage for more details. 

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

Black History Month - February 

Black History Month

The St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre is celebrating Black History Month this February with special guided tours of our award-winning Follow the North Star exhibit! Trace the journey to freedom through a history of slavery and emancipation, racism and prejudice, while exploring the lives of St. Catharines' first African-Canadian settlers.

Tours will be offered every Thursday and alternate Saturdays for the month of February. Join us Thursday, February 1, 8, 15 & 22 at 10:00am and Saturday February 10 & 24 at 2:00pm. 

Tours are open to the general public. Admission by donation. Space is limited, please call the museum at 905.984.8880 for more information. 

March Break 2018 - March 12-16

March Break at the Museum

Break into all sorts of adventure and fun at the St. Catharines Museum this March Break! Drop-in at the Museum for a variety of activities, games, and crafts all week! 

All March Break programming is open to the public by donation on a drop-in basis. If you have any questions,  contact Museum staff via phone at 905.984.8880 or email museum@stcatharines.ca

 Monday, March 12 

Museum Play Date, 10am-12pm

Perfect for toddlers, children are invited to bring their favourite toy 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 toys. Museum staff will also provide a new craft station and share new heritage toys each day. 

Build-A-Boat Challenge, 1pm-3pm

Test your engineering skills! Build a boat out of Lego and see what kinds of shipping materials it can carry. The Welland Canal is very important for shipping materials like salt, rock, and coal as well as agricultural goods like corn and barley. Does your ship have what it takes to traverse the Welland Canal? 

 Tuesday, March 13

Museum Play Date, 10am-12pm

Perfect for toddlers, children are invited to bring their favourite toy 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 toys. Museum staff will also provide a new craft station and share new heritage toys each day. 

Storytellers, Storybuilders, 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!    

 Wednesday, March 14

Museum Play Date, 10am-12pm

Perfect for toddlers, children are invited to bring their favourite toy 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 toys. Museum staff will also provide a new craft station and share new heritage toys each day. 

Me on the Map, 1pm-3pm

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 the witness growth of our city as you piece together this giant puzzle.

 Thursday, March 15

Museum Play Date, 10am-12pm

Perfect for toddlers, children are invited to bring their favourite toy 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 toys. Museum staff will also provide a new craft station and share new heritage toys each day. 

Canal Paint Day, 1pm-3pm

In this activity children will build on their artistic skills and create a water colour painting of the Welland Canal using acrylic paint paper, paint, and other provided materials.

 Friday, March 16 

Museum Play Date, 10am-12pm

Perfect for toddlers, children are invited to bring their favourite toy 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 toys. Museum staff will also provide a new craft station and share new heritage toys each day. 

Time Travel Dress-up, 1pm-3pm

Dress-up and learn what life was like for different St. Catharines families throughout our history! Stations will be set up throughout the Museum Galleries with costumes, props, and activities demonstrating what life was like for Welland Canal workers and their families, sailors on the Canal, residents enjoying recreation and leisure at Port Dalhousie, and during World War I. 

 

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

Preservation Techniques: Making Memories Last

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, 10am to noon

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 to noon

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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