National Child Day is celebrated on November 20th each year.  It has been celebrated across Canada since 1993 to commemorate the United Nations’ adoption of two documents centered on children’s rights. These are the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child (November 20th, 1959), and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (November 20, 1989).

National Child Day is about celebrating children. 

The Niagara Children’s Planning Council, along with the participating municipalities and the YMCA of Niagara invite families to visit any of these locations for FREE SKATING or SWIMMING in recognition of the event (various dates and times)


City of St. Catharines

November 20th: 4:00 – 6:00 pm, Bill Burgoyne Arena, 129 Linwell Rd., St. Catharines

City of Thorold

November 21st: 12:45 – 2:15 pm, Thorold Community Arena, 70 Front St. N., Thorold

Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake 

November 21st: 1:30 – 3:00 pm, Meridian Credit Union Arena, 1567 Four Mile Creek Rd., Virgil

City of Welland

November 21st: 1:00 – 2:30 pm, Welland Youth Arena, 501 King St. W., Welland

City of Niagara Falls 

November 22nd: 2:00 – 3:00 pm, Gale Centre, 4171 Fourth Av., Niagara Falls

Town of Pelham

November 22nd: 1:00 – 2:20 pm: Pelham Arena, 1120 Haist St., Fonthill

City of Port Colborne

November 22nd: 12:00 – 3:00 pm: Vale Health & Wellness Centre, 550 Elizabeth St., PortColborne

Township of West Lincoln

November 22nd: 1:00 – 2:00 pm: West Lincoln Arena, 177 West St., Hwy 20, Smithville


City of St. Catharines 

November 21st: 6:30 – 7:30 pm: Kiwanis Aquatics Centre Leisure Pool, 425 Carlton St., St.Catharines

St. Catharines YMCA

November 22nd: 2:30 – 3:30 pm: 25 YMCA Dr., St. Catharines


November 22nd: 1:00 – 2:30 pm: Niagara Centre YMCA, 310 Woodlawn Rd., Welland

Niagara Falls 

November 22nd: 2:30 – 4:00 pm: MacBain Community Centre, 7150 Montrose Rd., Niagara Falls

Fort Erie

November 22nd: 2:00 – 4:00 pm: Fort Erie YMCA, 1555 Garrison Rd., Fort Erie

Port Colborne

November 22nd: 1:00 – 3:00 pm: Port Colborne YMCA, 550 Elizabeth St., Port Colborne


November 22nd: 1:00 – 3:00 pm: Niagara West YMCA, 325 Main St.E., Grimsby


 StoryWalk® at Heartland Forest 

Heartland Forest is excited to launch of their new StoryWalk® event happening from November 20th to December 20th, 2015. They are pleased to present the kick-off on National Child Day from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. Children and families are invited to enjoy reading a story while going for a stroll in the woods. This is a free event in which visitors will enjoy a snack, creative activity, and a campfire after the walk.

The featured story is “Picture a Tree/Imagine un Arbre” by Barbara Reid. It will be displayed in both English and French.

Heartland Forest is located at 8215 Heartland Forest Rd, Niagara Falls.

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