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Nature Play in The Children’s Garden

Explore, experience and play with nature in the Children's Garden. Taste what's cooking and take part in hands-on projects, crafts, games and more. 

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February

Fire

Join us for songs, art and hands on activities as we embrace all things winter-related during Fire month in the Children's Garden. Weekends in February we'll be exploring the season through the use and celebration of fire! We'll learn about its significance to our local plants and animals as well as the people who call the Don Valley home. Keep the those fires burning this February as we share in the wonder of cold days, bright sunshine and starry nights! It will be a month of incredible survival strategies and fireside handiwork as we learn about our place in the energy cycle and the magic of the campfire. See below for a list of themes week by week for February.

Weekly Schedule

February 3 & 4 | Animals

Join us in the Children's Garden as we celebrate the amazing animals which embrace winter in magical and innovative ways.

Don’t miss our opening circle around the fire pit in the morning. We'll be making animal-themed shelters, engaging in worker bee stewardship or land-based handwork from 1-2pm.

As always visitors will have access to our clay table, sand and water play, greenhouse, and urban agriculture activities, or can just enjoy our family-friendly Children's Garden quiet zones with a good storybook!

February 10 & 11 | Plants

Come celebrate plants this weekend as we learn about the sleeping plants of the garden and their many uses for food, medicine and shelter.

Don’t miss our opening circle around the fire pit in the morning. We'll be making plant-themed shelters, engaging in worker bee stewardship or land-based handwork from 1-2pm.

As always, visitors will have access to our clay table, sand and water play, greenhouse and urban agriculture activities, or can just enjoy our family friendly Children's Garden quiet zones with a good storybook!

February 17 & 18 | Birds

Chickadee-dee-dee! We’ll be learning from the songbirds who haven’t fled the cold by paying close attention to how they move, what they eat and how they stay warm in the cold weather.

Don’t miss our opening circle around the fire pit in the morning. We'll be making bird-themed shelters, engaging in worker bee stewardship or land-based handwork from 1-2pm.

As always, visitors will have access to our clay table, sand and water play, greenhouse and urban agriculture activities, or can just enjoy our family friendly Children's Garden quiet zones with a good storybook!

Monday, February 19 | Family Day in the Children's Garden

Join us this Family Day Monday as we share in our annual Stone Soup with warm food and storytelling. Bring your own vegetable to contribute to the soup and join our nature play animators in free play in the Children’s Garden.

Don’t miss our opening circle around the fire pit in the morning. We'll be making themed shelters, engaging in worker bee stewardship or land-based handwork from 1-2pm.

As always, visitors will have access to our clay table, sand and water play, greenhouse and urban agriculture activities, or can just enjoy our family friendly Children's Garden quiet zones with a good storybook!

Details

Stone Soup Prep in the FIDO kitchen from 11am-12pm. Bring your own vegetable to contribute!

Stone Soup Storytelling 12pm & 1pm.

February 24 & 25 | Trees

This weekend we’ll be learning about trees through the celebration of their wood with a campfire. Join us as we explore the ways in which we rely on the wood of trees for warmth, strength and inspiration.

Don’t miss our opening circle around the fire pit in the morning. We'll be making tree-themed shelters, engaging in worker bee stewardship or land-based handwork from 1-2pm.

As always, visitors will have access to our clay table, sand and water play, greenhouse and urban agriculture activities, or can just enjoy our family-friendly Children's Garden quiet zones with a good storybook!

This unique program and dynamic space requires parents and guardians to supervise their children while co-creating a magical world of possibilities.

The Children’s Garden is suitable for children of all ages as it inspires them to use their imagination in open-ended play. Here, children have the freedom to be the architects of their environment, to invent and build using their own creativity and problem-solving skills, all while developing an appreciation for the natural world.

Weekly activities respond to the changing seasons and weather, and are based on the natural materials we have available. Most importantly, our activities are a great way to be active and connect with community, family and the environment that sustains us all.

Children sitting on a bench in the Children's Garden.

Dates & Times

Next date: February 18, 2018

Open to the public:

  • Saturdays 10am to 3pm
  • Sundays 10am to 3pm
  • Tuesday, December 26-Friday, December 29: 11am to 3pm
  • Holidays 10am to 3pm

Prices & Fees

$5 suggested donation

Contact

Evergreen at info@evergreen.ca or 416-596-1495 

Location

Google Map of Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto ON

Children's Garden at Evergreen Brick Works
550 Bayview Ave, Toronto ON, M4W 3X8

Wheelchair accessibleThis event is wheelchair-accessible.