Open Streets Hamilton: McMaster Edition

In celebration of McMaster’s 125th anniversary, McMaster University is partnering with Open Streets Hamilton, inviting the community to McMaster and Westdale to explore, learn, and play.

This event will be the first expansion of Open Streets Hamilton beyond James Street North. Open Streets Hamilton is a community-based partnership dedicated to promoting active, healthy, and inclusive lifestyles by temporarily transforming streets into a shared space for everyone to experience.

There will be food, music, community vendors and exhibitors, street art, family-friendly programming, campus and planetarium tours (golf carts available), a free educational lecture series, and open streets to walk, ride, and roll down. (The streets will be closed to cars to promote alternative transportation. However, there will be free parking that day for those for whom busing/walking/biking to the event is not an option).

Here are some highlights:

Campus Tours: 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Explore the beautiful McMaster campus in an enlightening guided walking tour. Meeting point: central campus.

Open Lectures: 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Learn from two of McMaster’s exceptional professors in these Classes without Quizzes. Bring the kids along to see what a university lecture is like! Location: Burke Sciences Building, Room 137

11:30 a.m.: “What is the universe made of?”–Dr. Cliff Burgess, professor, physics and astronomy

1:00 p.m.: “The science of instructional design and University 2.0”– Dr. Joe Kim, associate professor, psychology, neuroscience and behaviour.  The centuries-old tradition of the university is ready for change and educators should pay attention to research on best practice, learning technology and cognitive processes underlying effective learning. Dr. Joe Kim explains how research from the science of instructional design is helping to reboot the university to serve the next generation of learners.

McMaster Museum of Art:  Open from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tours at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Explore the cultural hub of campus and treasure of a museum in our neighbourhood!

Planetarium Tours:
20-minute shows running every half hour, beginning at 11:30 a.m., located in Burke Science Building, lower level, Room B149.
Enjoy a tour of the night skies above Hamilton, through the Solar System and beyond at McMaster’s own Planetarium. Registrations recommended to reserve your spot in these popular and limited seating shows.  Register here: Walk-ins are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Live Music and Dance:

Enjoy live entertainment throughout the day, on two stages, one on Sterling Street and the other on the lawns in central campus featuring the music and talents of: 

Of Gentlemen and Cowards
All About Maggie
Penske File
William Ross
McMaster Gospel Choir
Bhangra Dance Company
Verve Dance Team

Get Active!: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Visit the Athletics & Recreation Active FuN Zone on central campus to participate in Pro Vs, sports such as street hockey or basketball, fitness class demos including Zumba, and learn about a number of recreational clubs open to the community. Be sure to look out for MAC the Marauder!  AND, plan to visit the athletic complex and try out the facilities yourself!

David Braley Athletic Centre Open House: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Explore the amazing facility and see what is available to community members.

The Pulse:
Take in a workout and check out our state-of-the art fitness gym

Open Swim: Ivor Wynne Pool, 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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