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november 17, 2016

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Hands on museum fun!

Some people love to walk around a museum, read the blurbs and take it all in on their own terms. Others like to be a bit more hands on with their visit, trying the technology, dressing up, talking to representatives or hosts, etc. Here are some museums where you can find hands on learning. For additional suggestions visit the Museums page on summer Fun Guide.


article1_nov17_2016.jpgThe Ontario Science Centre (Toronto) is as hands on as you can get! From learning about electricity and having your hair stand on end, to donning wings to see how fast you can flap them, this place is perfect for all ages. Dynamic Earth in Sudbury focuses on Ontario's geology - Create your own earthquake or move ore through a model mine.


article2_nov17_2016.jpgAt the Muskoka Boat & Heritage Centre, you can be the captain of a ship and blow the steam whistles or start up a working engine. Visit Fort Henry National Historic Site and fire a Snider Enfield Rifle or an Armstrong Cannon or attend Victorian School in an 1867 schoolroom. City of Ottawa’s Cumberland Heritage Village Museum has heritage and true-to-the-era reproduction buildings, heritage breed farm animals, people in costume, vintage tractor-pulled wagon rides and more!


article3_nov17_2016.jpgWhile all of the museums listed above are appropriate for kids, some are built specifically for children, and it shows. Visit the Hamilton Children's Museum’s interactive, hands-on galleries, for learning through self-directed play, or the London Children's Museum, where kids can crawl through caves to find the creatures that live there or become paleontologists and dig up some bones. At the Niagara Children's Museum, explore 3 floors of hands-on exhibits targeting kids 4+.


article4_nov17_2016.jpgAt Bala's "Anne of Green Gables" museum, dress in Avonlea costumes during your family tour. Ottawa’s Canadian Museum of Nature has a Live Animals area where you can go face to face with live beetles, honey bees, tarantulas, & hissing cockroaches . At the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre in Sault Ste. Marie, explore an actual fire tower, sit in an aircraft cockpit, and report forest fires over a Ranger Radio.


Featured Events

Gourmet Food & Wine Expo

featured_events1_nov17_2016.jpgYou don’t have to be a foodie to enjoy this show! Sample fine wines, beers and spirits, meet Toronto’s top chefs and taste spectacular cuisine. Cooking demos, tastings, talks & more.

Nov 17-20, 2016
At the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto

Owen Sound's Festival of Northern Lights

featured_events2_nov17_2016.jpgMarvel at stunning, artistic light displays covering 25 kms and illuminating the skies over Owen Sound. Look for the light installations throughout the Downtown Core, along the Sydenham River, 1st Avenue West & 1st Avenue East & Harrison Park

November 19, 2016 – Jan 6, 2017
Owen Sound (SW Ont)

First Light at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons

featured_events3_nov17_2016.jpgSainte-Marie's "First Light" is a wonderful event with lots of family activities & performers, and a spectacular scene with > 5,000 candles at this beautiful, historic 17th-century mission. Cookie samples, blacksmith demos, doll making and more.

November 24-26, December 1-3 & 8-10, 2016. 5:30-9pm

Featured Museum: Uncle Tom's Cabin

featured_nov17_2016.jpgUncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site
Uncle Tom’s Cabin was the home of Josiah Henson – world renowned for his contributions to the abolition movement & Underground Railroad. On this 5-acre site you can take a guided tour and hear stories about abolition, the escape from slavery & the rise of the Underground Railroad.



onlyinont_nov17_2016.jpgWaterloo Region Museum & Doon Heritage Village -
The largest community museum in Ontario features 12,000 years of Waterloo’s history! Walk through the museum into the picturesque 60-acre living history village set in the year 1914. Farm animals & costumed interpreters bring this wonderful family-friendly village to life.

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