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Five events you have to check out in South Simcoe this weekend

From the annual April Pools Day to public skating, there seems to be something happening that will suit whatever spring temperature you're craving, writes editor
The firefighters and paramedics team took a quick lead in the boat races at previous April Pools Day. | Miriam King/BradfordToday file photo

With the warm weather's arrival comes a mixed bag of events this weekend.

From the annual April Pools Day to public skating, there seems to be something happening that will suit whatever temperature you're craving. Here’s what’s taking place in Bradford and Innisfil on Saturday and Sunday:

Drop-in family storytime

Join staff at the Lakeshore branch of the Innisfil ideaLAB and Library (967 Innisfil Beach Rd.) Saturday, April 13 for the next instalment of this weekly family event. Expect an hour of stories, songs, crafts and playtime. Get to know other families in your community while nurturing your child's love of books and reading. All ages are welcome, though it is considered most suitable for kids six and under. This event is free, it runs from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and no registration is required. 

April Pools Day

The BWG Leisure Centre (471 West Park Ave.) is hosting its seventh annual April Pools Day event on Saturday. Join BWG’s aquatic team from 12:30 to 3 p.m. in the Bradford Lions Aquatic Centre for this free event designed to equip adults and children with lifelong water safety skills. This year’s spotlight will be on life-jacket use and boat safety. The event includes community displays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., free leisure swimming from 1:30 to 3 p.m., and relay races featuring lifeguards and community partners at 2 p.m. More details can be found at

English conversation circle

If you’ve ever wanted to take the step of improving your language skills in a fun and supportive environment, drop by the Innisfil library’s Lakeshore branch on Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m. Led by YMCA newcomer services personnel, the free circle provides a welcoming and inclusive space for learners of all levels. No registration is required, just stop in.

Public skating hits the ice Bradford

The BWG Leisure Centre will host all-ages public skating on Saturday and Sunday. Everyone who participates in this leisure program should consider wearing a helmet and gloves while on the ice. Children nine years old or younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, while food, drinks, skating aids, sticks, pucks, balls, sleds, chairs and strollers are not permitted. The April 13 session starts at 2:15 p.m.; April 14 skating begins at 12:15 p.m. More details can be found at

Khalsa Day flag raising

Marking the anniversary of the founding of the Sikh Order of the Khalsa by Guru Gobind Singh, the first Khalsa Day was held in India on April 13, 1699. Everyone is invited to attend a flag raising on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at the Bradford courthouse courtyard at 57 Holland St. E.

Chris Simon

About the Author: Chris Simon

Chris Simon is an award-winning journalist who has written for publications throughout Simcoe County and York Region. He is the current Editor of BradfordToday and InnisfilToday and has about two decades of experience in the sector
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