Celebrate the long weekend in February with these fantastic activities for the whole family. Local organizations, attractions and businesses are all prepared to give a warm welcome to you and your family. There's something to do in Brantford for everyone! If you enjoy winter, there are lots of cool outdoor activities to participate in. However, if you don’t like the cold as much, there are plenty of indoor family fun activities as well! Discover Brantford this February and have a happy Family Day!
Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre
On Monday, February 18, enjoy a wide variety of fun activities and a free public skate presented by RBC. Families receive $2 off family general admission! Call 519-756-9900 or visit waynegretzkysportscentre.ca for more information.
12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. public swim (waterslide open)
12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. weight room open
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. length swim (65m pool)
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. family basketball (gymnasium)
12:00 p.m.to 1:30 p.m. family gym sports (gymnasium)
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. free public skate (presented by RBC)
Bell Homestead National Historic Site
On Monday, February 18, join friends and family at the Bell Homestead National Historic Site for a tour any time between 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for only a loonie! Children 6 and under are free. Call 519-756-6220 for more details.
T.B. Costain/SC Johnson Community Centre
On Monday, February 18, take part in a Fantastic Family Fun Fair from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Musical Motion with Jane Flinders will be there, Fantasy Faces by Helena for face painting, fun and games in the gymnasium for children age 7 and under. Admission is $2 per family or a donation for the local food bank. Call 519-752-5509 for more information.
This Family Day weekend try Brantford’s Outdoor Skating Adventures!
Brantford has a unique and wonderful resource to offer the residents of Brantford. Each winter, from the end of December to the beginning of March, until as late as 10:00 p.m. you can enjoy skating for FREE at Harmony Square! Click here for more information.
Join us in Harmony Square on Sunday, February 17 and Monday, February 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for the tenth annual Frosty Fest!
Frosty Fest has become one of Brantford’s anchor, annual events seeing several thousands of people attend the yearly festival. Some of this year’s highlights include professional ice carving, horse-drawn trolley rides, ball hockey, an artisans’ bazaar, figure skating shows, inflatables, a snow slide, free skating and pony rides. They’ll even have snow taffy, funnel cakes and Nutella covered bacon for an after skating treat! Click here for more information.
Enjoy Brantford’s Parks & Trails winter activities this Family Day
There are dozens of fantastic trails in the area. Some are for hiking only, like the Grand Valley Trail or the Six Nations Nature Trail. While others are for hiking and cycling, like the Trans-Canada Trail system, S.C. Johnson Trail and the Gordon Glaves Memorial Pathway. In winter these trails provide a venue for winter outdoor activities and, weather permitting, can be used for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Discover Brantford's trails with our trail map.
You can also pick up a free pocket-sized trail map at the Brantford Visitor & Tourism Centre (399 Wayne Gretzky Pkwy). The Visitor Centre is open Monday to Friday from 9-5, and Saturdays from 10-4. Our knowledgeable tourism counsellors are also happy to answer questions about our area trails.
Some great family trails to check out this Family Day include:
- Brant Conservation Area Trail - Length: 20 km | Difficulty: 1 of 5
- Brantford to Jerseyville - Length: 13 Km | Difficulty: 2 of 5
- Gordon Glaves Memorial Pathway - Length: 40 KM | Difficulty: 1 of 5
- SC Johnson Rail Trail - Length: 14 km | Difficulty: 2 of 5