Oakville Museum Programs and Events

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How to register

For programs offered through the Parks, Recreation and Culture guide click on the listing's registration link or call 905-815-2000. To register online or by phone, you will need a family PIN number and personal ID number (an iris card). Call 905-845-6601, ext. 4747 to open an account.

For all other museum programs and events, see the listing for registration details.

Summer Camp at the Oakville Museum

The Oakville Museum is a beautiful historic estate and gardens set on the shore of Lake Ontario, near downtown Oakville. Through our programs, the community is invited to interact with our artifact collections and explore, discover and create at this beautiful location by the lake! Join us for a summer full of active, engaging and creative summer camps. Before and After Care is available for full day campers for an additional registration fee.

Mini Hands on History (half day programs)

Our three-day Mini Hands on History programming offers a perfect introduction to summer camp for your little ones! Filled with adventure, “little hands” will be busy with historical discovery, outdoor games, and interactive activities.

  • Half day camps are available mornings (9:30-11:30 a.m.) and afternoons (1:30-3:30 p.m.)
  • Age: 4-6
  • Fee: 54.00

Mini Hands Museum Material World

July 14-16. Iris code: 205389 (morning) 205471 (afternoon) Register online
It's a material world! For the curious and creative little one, explore how things were made and done in the past! Experiment with activities and crafts using all sorts of materials and take home lots of wild and wonderful homemade art.

Mini Hands Museum Motion and Commotion

July 21-23. Iris code: 205574 (morning) 205575 (afternoon) Register online
Young children will get up and moving! We will make a moving toy based on an old fashioned model, and all campers are invited to join in for some group co-operative challenges, and lots of exciting active games. This program is also offered August 18-20.

Mini Hands Explore Fairy Tales

August 4-6. Iris code: 205578 (morning) 205579 (afternoon) Register online
Young children can use their creative energy to escape in the fantasy of a fairy tale! Much-loved stories will spark the imaginations of mini campers, as they make a magic wand, participate in fairy tale games, and enjoy story time with new friends.

Mini Hands Museum Motion and Commotion

August 18-20. Iris code: 205576 (morning) 205577 (afternoon)  Register online 
Young children will get up and moving! We will make a moving toy based on an old fashioned model, and all campers are invited to join in for some group co-operative challenges, and lots of exciting active games. This program is also offered July 21-23.

Mini Hands Scout it Out @ the Museum!

Aug 25-27. Iris code: 205766 (morning) 205767 (afternoon) Register online
A playful urban outdoor experience for young children! This fun filled camp will allow little ones to meet lots of new friends, make some interesting crafts, and get a taste of the great outdoors!

Hands on History Day Camp (full day programs)

Try something a little different this summer at the Oakville Museum with Hands on History Fun. Explore, discover and create at this beautiful location by the lake. Join us for a summer full of active, engaging and creative programs. Enjoy games, hands on activities, and historical adventures!

Tales From Long Ago

July 6-10, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Age: 6-10. Fee: 183.75. Iris code: 204166
Do you like to read about stories that happened a long, long time ago? Enter the world of fantasy & wonder this summer at the Oakville Museum. Uncover the adventures of whimsical creatures and magical characters hidden within the pages of our storybooks. Bring your own fairy tale favourites to share with new friends. Watch as much loved characters come alive and tell you about exciting adventures from the past!

Museum Material World

July 27-31, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Age: 7-11. Fee: 183.75. Iris code: 204167
A camp for curious minds. A full week to deconstruct and explore materials from nature and our cultural world. Find some answers to some puzzling questions, discover architecture in Oakville, and create unique art using all sorts of materials. Explore the material world and your imagination at the Oakville Museum!

Scout it out @ the Museum!

August 10-14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Age: 7-11. Fee: 183.75. Iris code: 204168
This urban outdoor experience will combine active adventures with indoor art activities at the Oakville Museum. Go on a downtown Oakville scavenger hunt and discover the rich history of your town. Take a hike on a local trail, and sketch what you see. Join us this summer for a taste of the great outdoors, as we take a twist on the traditional Canadian summer experience!

Before and After Care

Supervised extended care activities for Oakville Museum Summer Day Camps from 8:30 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 4:30 p.m. Fee: 50.00 per week. Iris Code: July 6-10 (204883), July 10-14 (204884), August 27-31 (204885). Register online.

Emancipation Day Celebration

Monday, August 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. Free event!
Enjoy a family-friendly afternoon of music, dance, games, crafts and more celebrating Oakville's role in the Underground Railroad. The event commemorates August 1, 1834, the day slavery was abolished throughout the British Empire. Don't forget to bring a picnic lunch and a lawn chair!

Doors Open Halton Region

September 26-27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free event!
Halton Region invites you to share its rich heritage, cultural diversity and stunning natural beauty as our historical communities throughout the region open their doors to residents and visitors alike. From the urban centres on Lake Ontario’s shore to the rural splendour of the Niagara Escarpment, there is much to explore. Museums, public buildings, private homes and businesses, industrial complexes, places of worship, and even a wooden sailing ship are all waiting to be discovered.

Oakville sites including Erchless Estate and Oakville's First Post Office will be open Saturday only. Visit the Doors Open Ontario website for more participating sites and hours of operation.