Four Things To Do In Brantford In The New Year

By Wally Dufrat

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

The holidays are over, and the New Year is upon us in Brantford, Ontario. Whether you believe in resolutions or not, there’s something about January that makes us want to take up new hobbies, get outside, move our bodies, and become better versions of ourselves. Brantford makes it easy to do that with plenty of outdoor and indoor recreation and community events. Here are four you shouldn't miss.

Take a Self-Defense Class

There’s no time like the New Year to get a little stronger and more self-reliant. In this easy-to-learn format (all abilities are welcome), you’ll learn simple, immediately executable self-defence techniques designed to work against physically larger and stronger attackers. You will be learning more than physical movement, but also mental shifts for greater confidence and awareness.
When: 2-day weekend course, 10 am-5 pm, February 2-3
Where: Wilfird Laurier University Brantford Campus, 73 George St., Brantford.

Compete In A Boat Race…A Cardboard Boat

Before you get too excited, this event is reserved for school children. But if you have elementary or secondary school-aged children, we highly recommend you get them signed up. Picture this: cardboard boats of all shapes and sizes, being propelled from one side of the pool to the next by their fiercely competitive creators. This has been going on for over 20 years thanks to an organization called Skills Ontario. It teaches kids problem-solving, teamwork, and design skills as they are setup with the ultimate challenge: take two sheets of 4’ by 8' cardboard and some duct tape and create a seaworthy structure in two hours or less.
When and Where: Multiple events will take place for both elementary and secondary schools, listed here:

Celebrate a Different New Year

You may associate New Year's with noise makers, late night parties, and ball-dropping. But there is another kind of New Year that about 1.5 billion people from all over the world will be celebrating at the end of January: The Lunar New Year. From January 30th to February 5th, Brantford is celebrating the year of the rat! This year’s theme is “Martial Arts of East Asia.” Come ready to enjoy Beijing opera, martial arts in action, lantern decorating, a lion dance, and of course, delicious Chinese food.
Where and When: Locations and dates vary based on the event. To learn more visit

Take Your Kids on a Nature Adventure!

After the holidays, your kids have most likely gotten their fair share of indoor time. January is a time to get them out in the fresh air. Join Grand River Conservation Authority for their 2020 Winter Break Nature Adventure Days. No matter what the weather, campers will spend the majority of their time outdoors exploring the fields and forests. They may do anything from snow shoeing, to snow sculpture building, to animal tracking. Make sure you send them to camp with plenty of layers, a change of clothes, and a nutritious, environmentally-friendly packaged lunch.
When: Thu, 2 Jan 2020, 8:00 AM – Fri, 3 Jan 2020, 5:00 PM EST
Where: Apps' Mill Nature Centre, 308 Robinson Road, Brantford, Ontario N3T 5L7

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