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Weekend 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 every weekend. 

Image: Mike Derblich
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March

New Growth Month

Join us for songs, art and stewardship during New Growth month as we explore the many ways that different plants and animals awake and welcome the return of spring. See below for a list of themes week by week for March.

April

Earth Month

Join us for songs, art and stewardship during Earth month as we explore and celebrate our planet and the different plants and animals which call it home. See below for a list of themes week by week for April.

Please note the Children's Garden is only available to the public on weekends. It is closed during the week for pre-registered programming.

Weekly Schedule

March 3 & 4 | Animals

What is animal architecture? Join is in the garden for games, songs and stories celebrating the amazing structures that animals construct and call home.

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!

March 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!

March 17 & 18 | Birds & Seedy Sunday!

Honk-honk!! Learn about which birds are returning from long and perilous journeys and welcome them home to the Children's Garden. Join us for bird themed crafts and tend to our bird boxes while learning bird-songs and playing bird migration games in our spring gardens.

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!

Special Event: Seedy Sunday in the Children's Garden

March 18 from 10am-3pm

Seeds are a sign and celebration that spring is on its way! Come play with us in the Children’s Garden. 

Get your hands dirty this Seedy Sunday helping us make native wildflower seed balls for site restoration and start seeds for our Greenhouse and cold-frames. Learn to use our soil-blocker seed starting technique, a waste-free way to establish healthy and strong seedlings.

March 24 & 25 | Trees & Outdoor Matzah Bake

With the sap rising, trees and other plants are awakening, buds and blossoms are beginning to form, and seeds are sprouting! Join us to learn about the amazing things these plants provide humans and other living things each spring or try your hand at seed art and create a gift of yummy seeds for the birds.

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!

Spring, Trees and Liberation - Outdoor Matzah Bake

Sunday, March 25 from  1:30–3pm

Join us in partnership with the Danforth Jewish Circle for a special activation in the Children’s Garden. Gather around our wood-fired bread oven, where we'll be baking matzah, a traditional, simple flatbread eaten on the Jewish holiday of Passover, symbolic of liberation.

Inspired by the seasonal transformation, we'll get our hands in the dough and celebrate the many ways different plants and animals welcome the return of Spring. These activities will take place rain or shine, please dress appropriately.

March 30, March 31 & April 1 | Animals

Baby animals everywhere! Join us in the garden for games, songs and stories celebrating the newest additions to the animal world as we welcome newborn creatures big and small to the Evergreen Brick Works community. Explore furs, scat and tracks and have fun building animal habitats to make young creatures feel safe and at home in their new surroundings.

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!

We are also open on Friday, March 30 for Good Friday! Join us as we celebrate spring in the Children's Garden. 

April 7 & 8 | Plants

The first signs of spring are here and with them life is returning to the landscape. Learn about plants as medicine, plants as food, and plants as shelter!

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!

April 14 & 15 | Birds

Bird songs are all around us!! Let's see if we can listen to what our feathered friends are telling us about what's happening around the Brick Works this spring. Tend to our bird boxes and join us to learn bird-songs in the garden.

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!

April 21 & 22 | Trees & Drop, Swap and Shop: Earth Day Weekend

With the sap rising, trees and other plants are awakening, buds and blossoms are beginning to form, and seeds are sprouting! Join us to learn about the amazing things these plants provide humans and other living things each spring.

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!

April 28 & 29 | Animals

What is animal architecture? Join is in the garden for games, songs and stories celebrating the amazing structures that animals construct and call home. We'll also be exploring the lives of those very special creature which carry their home on their backs during our turtle scavenger hunt!

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!

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: April 28, 2018

Open to the public:

  • Saturdays 10am to 3pm
  • Sundays 10am to 3pm
  • Holidays (including Friday, March 30) 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.