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Seven Ho-Ho-Holiday Activities For Kids

Seven Ho-Ho-Holiday Activities For Kids

by Valerie VanDixhoorn

Looking for some fun activities to get you and the little ones into the Holiday Spirit? There are lots of ways to participate in seasonal activities in Brantford without breaking the bank. Join in on a fun night of games and swimming at the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre, enjoy story time at the Branlyn Community Centre, or make some cookies at the SC Johnson Centre. Crock a Doodle on Wayne Gretzky Parkway is hosting seasonally themed painting parties for the young artists in your life, and as always, the Brantford Lights at Glenhyrst are a spectacular not to be missed. So start your ho-ho-holiday fun to do list (and check it twice!)


Brantford Lights at Glenhyrst

Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, 20 Ava Rd., Brantford

Friday, November 29 to Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Every night from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Admission: FREE

Without Glenhyrst’s beautiful lit gardens, Christmas just wouldn’t be the same. The official ‘switch’ on for this highly-anticipated annual event is Friday, November 29, 2019 and it goes through until January 1, 2020. Although the event is free, there are collection bins for the Salvation Army Food Bank and Brantford Food Bank.

Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant website


Parent and Child Christmas Cookies and Craft

Saturday November 30, 2019: T.B. Costain / SC Johnson Centre, 16 Morrell St.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019: Doug Snooks Eagle Place Community Centre, 333 Erie Ave.

Time: Saturday, November 30, 2019 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Time: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Admission: $5.00 per person

Age: All Ages

Join us for an afternoon of family fun where you and your child can enjoy making some Christmas cookies and crafts. Please register by Thursday, November 28 at 4:30 p.m. All children must come along with a paying adult.

Leisure Activities Guide 2019


Paint With Santa! At Crock a Doodle

Crock a Doodle Brantford, 299 Wayne Gretzky Pakrway

Sunday, December 1, 2019

10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Admission: $35 + tax/child (Pre-registration required)

All ages

Santa Claus is coming to Crock A Doodle! Kids can paint a special Christmas themed plate, mug or bowl and visit with Santa at the same time. What better way to commemorate a speciali holiday tradition then with a personalized pieece that can be enjoyed every year? There will also be cookie decorating, candy canes, and more!

Register for Paint with Santa


Reindeer Games Once Upon A Doodle & Baby Print Party!

Crock a Doodle Brantford, 299 Wayne Gretzky Pakrway

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Admission: $20 + tax/child (Pre-registration required)

Ages: Newborns to Age 5 with parents

Visit Crock A Doodle for a special Reindeer Games Baby Print & Unce Upon a Doodle class. There will be a special circime wime (with a story and songs), reindeer themed pottery painting and a yummy snack! A perfect way to celebrate winter and have a special one-of-a-kind piece to treasure for years to come. Little painters aged newborn to 5 are welcome to join in and can create reindeer (or other seasonal themed prints) with their hand/foot prints. The possibilities are endless and adorable! Registration includes either a mini plate, or an 8” tile.

Register for Reindeer Games Once Upon A Doodle & Baby Print Party


Polar Express Party

Branlyn Community Centre, 238 Brantwood Park Rd.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Admission: $ 10.00 per person

Age: 5 to 10

All aboard the Polar Express! Create fun crafts, enjoy some hot chocolate and a small snack. Get in your pajamas and celebrate the magic of the holidays on the Polar Express. There will be crafts, games, and of course a reading of the classic story.

Leisure Activities Guide 2019


Santa’s Workshop

Woodman Park Community Centre, 491 Grey St.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

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

Admission: $20.00

Age: 6 to 12

Drop by Santa’s workshop and stay for a visit to get into the Holiday mood. Play some Christmas themed games, holiday baking, and create a gift for someone special. Santa can’t wait to see you spread your Christmas Joy! Pizza lunch is included in the price.

Leisure Activities Guide 2019


Reindeer Games (Game Night)

Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre, 254 N Park St.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Admission: $17.00

Age: 7 to 13

Celebrate the holiday season with us. Join us in candy cane games and activities and create a craft or two. Finish off the party with a splash in the pool.

Leisure Activities Guide 2019




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