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Winter WonderLearn

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Event Details

Clarington Public Library, Courtice Branch
Monday, February 18th, 2019 (Family Day)

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.



Enjoy a free day of family fun at a festival designed to get you active, learn something new, and enjoy time together!

Get STEAMed this Family Day holiday! Your family can discover amazing science, technology, engineering, arts, and math fun and activities! Take in an interactive science show with special guest, Mad Science!

Look forward to exciting activities from local organizations, including


Special Guest: Mad Science

Take part in a fun and educational show with Mad Science! Pick up your ticket on the day of the event.

Mad Science is a leading science enrichment provider. They deliver unique, hands-on science experiences for children that are as entertaining as they are educational.

Enjoy a special Winter WonderLearn edition of Mad Science's "Up Up & Away" show! This spellbinding show introduces children to the principles of air pressure and illustrates how it affects the world around them. The Mad Scientist will make a hot air balloon out of a dry cleaning bag, a Dinosaur Sneeze and demonstrate how pressure can be used to create special effects in the movies. Our grand finale will thrill everyone as an audience member experiences the wondrous and floating powers of a Mad Science Hovercraft!

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Free Swim

Bring your bathing suit! A Municipality of Clarington free swim at the Courtice Community Complex will be available from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. during the festival!



A big thank you to our key sponsor of the event, Ontario Power Generation!  Without your support, this wonderful festival would not be possible.

Ontario Power Generation logo.


About the Festival

Now in its sixteenth consecutive year, Winter WonderLearn is a day of free family fun! Children and their families can enjoy Family Day together at an event that celebrates Clarington and the family learning opportunities that thrive here. Shake off the winter blahs at this interactive learning festival. Local organizations offer demonstrations and workshops in literacy, arts, sports, history, science, nature, safety, and health.

Throughout the event, families can explore interactive activities, make a craft or two, and have fun together. The festival allows people to learn about the local organizations that make up our community, learn something new, and spend time together as a family!


Angus Mowat Award

We're incredibly proud and excited to announce that the Library has received a provincial Ontario Public Library Service Award, the Angus Mowat Award of Excellence, for the Winter WonderLearn Festival!

Managed by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, the Ontario Public Library Service Awards identify and promote creative public library service ideas. The Angus Mowat Award of Excellence recognizes a commitment to excellence in the delivery of public library service.

Clarington Public Library received the award for its well-known annual Winter WonderLearn Festival, which has showcased community partners and focused on free educational and interactive family activities for the past fifteen years.

This year’s Festival, which celebrates the theme of “Music and Sound”, is right around the corner for those who want to experience it for themselves. Children and their families can shake off the winter blahs, enjoy interactive demonstrations and activities offered by local organizations, and catch a show with special guest, Juno-nominated Music by Jake. The Municipality of Clarington is also offering a free swim at the Courtice Community Complex from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. The Festival is made possible through the generous support of Ontario Power Generation.

For more information, please see the Library's press release.

Angus Mowat Award Ceremony, with Board Vice Chair receiving the award rom the Minister.

The photo shows Clarington Public Library Board Vice Chair Judy Hagerman (right) receiving the Angus Mowat Award of Excellence from the Honourable Daiene Vernile, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport (left) at the Ontario Library Association Super Conference, Public Library Awards Gala Reception on February 1, 2018 in Toronto (photo courtesy of the Ontario Library Association).



General Information:

Clarington Public Library
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Organization Liaison, Volunteer Opportunities:

Lisa Dyche,
Marketing Librarian, Clarington Public Library
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