Family Programs (all ages)

The following programs are open to all ages. Children ages 15 and under must be with a caregiver.

Family Paint Night - Friday, April 5, 2024

Location: Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre, 254 North Park Street

Create a beautiful work of art together as a family, in a fun and easy way. No need to have previous experience. Our team will help guide you, so all you have to do is bring your creative juices. All ages are welcome. Children ages 12 and under must be with a caregiver.

  • Friday, April 5
  • 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Cost: $17 per person

Register online

Family Open Gym - March 20 to June 14

Location: Doug Snooks Eagle Place Community Centre, 333 Erie Avenue

This drop-in open gym is a great way for families to practice sports or play as a family. Children and youth must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at least 16 years of age or older to participate. This program does not take place during school holidays and statutory holidays.

  • Wednesdays and Fridays March 20 to June 14 
  • 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Cost: $3.50 per visit, or $30 for 10-visits

Free Character Meet and Greet (weather permitting) – July 9 to August 27

Location: Harmony Square, 89 Dalhousie Street 

Bringing magic to life in Harmony Square! Say hello to a different Glass Slipper Company character weekly, sponsored by GrandBridge Energy. Children will also have the opportunity to colour a colouring page photo of the character, and have it autographed! Photos can be taken. Subscribe to this page to receive updated on each week’s character.

  • Tuesdays July 9 to August 27
  • 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Free
Free Chess in the Square (weather permitting) - July 9 to August 29

Location: Harmony Square, 89 Dalhousie Street 

Join the Brantford Chess Club for an afternoon of recreational chess. No previous experience is required. Chess Tournaments to be held on Sunday, July 21 and Sunday, August 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays July 9 to August 29
  • 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Free
Free Play Date in the Square (weather permitting) - July 10 to August 28

Location: Harmony Square, 89 Dalhousie Street

Drop by and join the Brantford Public Library at a new time for an outdoor play date in Harmony Square! Every week we’ll be bringing giant games, bubbles and more.

  • Wednesdays July 10 to August 28
  • 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Free
Free Fun in the Sun with Family Gatherings (weather permitting) - July 15 to August 26

Location: Harmony Square, 89 Dalhousie Street 

Drop-in for crafts, physical activity, science experiments, sensory, painting and Indigenous Cultural education. No program August 5.

  • Mondays July 15 to August 26
  • 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Free
Free Fitness in the Square (weather permitting) - July 8 to August 30

Location: Harmony Square, 89 Dalhousie Street 

Harmony Square is teaming up with the YMCA to offer free drop-in fitness classes in the Square! No program August 5.

  • High Intensity Interval Training: Mondays July 8 to August 26 from 7:15 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
  • Yoga: Tuesdays July 9 to August 27 from 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
  • Bodyfit: Wednesdays July 10 to August 28 from 7:15 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
  • Core and Conditioning: Fridays July 12 to August 30 from 7:15 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
Free Roller Skate in the Square (weather permitting) - July 8 to August 28

Location: Harmony Square, 89 Dalhousie Street

Kickin’ it old school! Let’s get movin’ and groovin’, for a summer roller skate in the Square, with a live D.J. sponsored by Downtown Brantford BIA. On-site registration only. Retro Rollers skate rentals are available on-site ($10.00 per pair to rent. Debit and credit will be accepted). Sizes range from J12 to adult size 15. No program August 5.

  • Mondays and Wednesdays July 8 to August 28
  • 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Free
Free Yoga in the Square (weather permitting) - July 11 to August 29

Location: Harmony Square, 89 Dalhousie Street

Harmony Square is teaming up with Kathy Brown Yoga to bring you Yoga in the Square on Thursday mornings throughout the summer.

  • Thursdays July 11 to August 29
  • 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.
  • Free

Free Movies in the Square (weather permitting) – July 11 to August 29

Location: Harmony Square, 89 Dalhousie Street

Bring your lawn chair and enjoy a free movie under the stars in Harmony Square Thursdays from July 11 to August 29 at dusk. Big thanks to all the movie sponsors!

Join us for pre-show activities and a movie on the big screen starting at dusk. Popcorn and sweet treats will be available for purchase.

Follow us on Facebook to answer the weekly trivia poll. The winner will receive VIP treatment, two drinks and two bags of popcorn donated by Downtown Central Neighbourhood Association and front row Muskoka Chairs.

If the movie is cancelled, there is no carry over for the front row seats; you will still receive two drinks and two bags of popcorn.

Go green and receive a free popcorn out of it! We are offering one free popcorn to each person who rides their bike to Movies in the Square this year.

Popcorn, drinks and other goodies can be purchased on site through Downtown Central Neighbourhood Association. Proceeds go towards Gifts of the Heart. Additional donations can be made onsite at the concession booth or through at www.gofundme.com

  • July 11: Nightmare before Christmas
  • July 18: Shrek (2001)
  • July 25: Trolls Band Together
  • August 1: Elemental
  • August 8: DC League of Super Pets
  • August 15: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem
  • August 22: Wonka (2023)
  • August 29: Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 3

Free Music in the Square (weather permitting) – July 12 to August 30

Location: Harmony Square, 89 Dalhousie Street

Enjoy the smooth sounds of good music performed outdoors presented by TD. Every Friday from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., unless otherwise noted below, we will offer a show you won’t want to miss. Don’t forget your lawn chair.

  • July 7: Telephone City Musical Society (Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
  • July 12: Elvis in the Square
  • July 19: “Dancing Under the Stars” with Corner Pocket featuring AIM Dancer (7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.)
  • July 26: Avalon Music Academy, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the telephone
  • August 2: Fresh Water Funk
  • August 9: Highbanks Bluegrass Band
  • August 16: True Rodeo
  • August 23: Checkerboard Floors
  • August 24: The Academy of Music and Performance with Last Man Standing (Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
  • August 30: Caribbean Kyle