St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre Events

Mitten Tree Campaign Kick-Off - November 30

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The St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre continues its holiday and winter-time tradition of collecting new and gently used winter-wear items for our local community. 

To kick-off the holiday season, the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre will launch the annual Mitten Tree campaign on November 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., all in support of Community Care of St. Catharines and Thorold, and Start Me Up Niagara's Out of the Cold program.

Join us for a festively-fun day of family-friendly activities that will help you get into the holiday spirit, including an early visit from Santa, hot chocolate, crafts and more! For more information about the event, please contact the Museum at 905-984-8880.

Make sure to bring your donation of new or gently used winter-wear items! The Museum is collecting items from November 30, 2019 through to January 4, 2020.

Holiday Programming - January 2 - 4, 2020

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.

All programs and admission to the Museum are open to the public by donation. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Please see the Holiday Programming schedule below for program times and more information. For more information, please call the Museum at 905-984-8880.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Crafty Canal Creations: Cultural Christmas | 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 
The holidays are a wonderful time to be with family and friends making long-lasting memories. What traditions do you celebrate during the holidays? The City of St. Catharines is made of many different cultures who have helped shape our community. Come add to our ‘Cultural Christmas Tree’ and share the holiday traditions you celebrate with our community. 
Character Cards Art Project | 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
The history of our community is made up of many famous faces who helped make our community what it is today. Do you know who these historical people are and what they did? Now is your chance to explore our Museum galleries and inspire, create, and connect. We are calling all writers and artists to get creative and imagine how these famous faces lived.
Crafty Canal Creations: Painting the Past | 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Participants explore the history of the Museum with paint.
Me on the Map | 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 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.


Friday, January 3, 2020

Museum Play Date | 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 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.

 Character Cards Art Project | 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
The history of our community is made up of many famous faces who helped make our community what it is today. Do you know who these historical people are and what they did? Now is your chance to explore our Museum galleries and inspire, create, and connect. We are calling all writers and artists to get creative and imagine how these famous faces lived.
 Crafty Canal Creations: Fallen Workers Quilt | 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Explore the colourful roots of our community and those who helped make St. Catharines the community it is today by helping the Museum make our giant national flags quilt.  
 Crafty Canal Creations: Painting the Past | 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
 Participants explore the history of the Museum with paint.


Saturday, January 4, 2020

Museum Play Date | 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 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.
Character Cards Art Project | 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
The history of our community is made up of many famous faces who helped make our community what it is today. Do you know who these historical people are and what they did? Now is your chance to explore our Museum galleries and inspire, create, and connect. We are calling all writers and artists to get creative and imagine how these famous faces lived.
Crafty Canal Creations: Cultural Christmas | 1:00 pm. - 2:00 p.m. 
The holidays are a wonderful time to be with family and friends making long-lasting memories. What traditions do you celebrate during the holidays? The City of St. Catharines is made of many different cultures who have helped shape our community. Come add to our ‘Cultural Christmas Tree’ and share the holiday traditions you celebrate with our community. 
Build-a-Boat Challenge | 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Do you have what it takes to build a sturdy boat? It’s time to put your engineering skills to the test! Build your most magnificent boat out of our Museum Legos. Boats must be able to float and hold cargo. Do you accept the challenge? 

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