High Park Harvest Festival Oct. 5th, 2014!

Please Join Us Sunday, October 5th
from Noon to 4:30 pm

We’re excited to say that it’s Harvest Festival time once again! So many fun things happening this year including a visit from Professor Pricklethorn, ChocoSol Traders, The West End Flower Fairies, music by Margaret Christl, and Maria’s hosting another tea party.

Of course we’ll also have our free harvest lunch (while it lasts!), fun garden crafts and Teaching Kitchen Tours throughout the afternoon.

We could also use a few helpful volunteers throughout the day (we start around 9 am and go until about 6). Shifts from 2 hours to all day are available. We promise you won’t get stuck doing dishes the whole time (we’ll also make sure you have time to get out and see all the fun stuff happening throughout the site)! Contact us if you’re interested in volunteering (kidsgrow@toronto.ca or 416-338-5055).

The High Park Harvest Festival is hosted by the Children’s Eco Programs, The Colborne Lodge Museum and the High Park Nature Centre. It’s a free event and all activities at the Children’s Garden are free. There is a small charge for a variety of activities at the Lodge and for the horse drawn wagon ride. There are also a few vendors selling interesting (and often tasty) stuff at Colborne Lodge Museum!

Colbourne Lodge Harvest Fest

We hope to see you at the Festival!

Strawberry Popcorn

Second Annual High Park Christmas Celebrations

Join us here in High Park for the Second Annual High Park Christmas Celebrations. Sunday, December 1st from 2 to 5:30 pm on the Grenadier Restaurant patio. Listen to our local school choirs carolling at the Grenadier Restaurant, enjoy hot chocolate and Christmas cookies, visit with Santa and make some winter themed crafts with us! There will also be a tree lighting ceremony at 5:30. 

Christmas In High Park

High Park Harvest Festival Sunday, Oct. 6th

So excited about Harvest Fest this Sunday! Join us from noon to 4:30 at the Children’s Garden for food, fun and great activities for the whole family! Professor Elwood Pricklethorn will be joining us at 2 pm and Chocosol will be there to hand out yummy chocolate samples. Other guests include Live Green Toronto and Jenia’s Ukulele Jam! Plus Colborne Lodge will have vendors selling corn and other tasty treats plus wagon ride tickets.


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Children’s Eco Programs at the Live Green Toronto Festival on Saturday!

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Join us for a fun filled day of activities at the Live Green Toronto Festival on Saturday, July 27th from 11 am to 8 pm! The City closes Yonge street to traffic from Queen all the way up to Yonge & Dundas Square. You’ll find us at the Kids’ Zone down around Yonge and Shuter Street.

There’s so much to see and do plus musical guests on the main stage in the Square. For more information check out the Live Green Toronto Website.

Big Birthday Bash – Sun., June 2 Noon to 4 pm Rain or Shine!

We’ve baked the cakes, made the pasta and potato salads, brewed the tea and set up the activities! The Big Birthday Bash happens tomorrow (Sunday) rain or shine. We’re ready to celebrate and we hope you’ll come celebrate with us! I mean just look at the fudgy chocolate frosting we’ve made for the birthday cake!



All I can say is YUM! We have plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy, great food and the cake cutting at 2 pm. To find out how to get to the Children’s Garden click here for directions.

We hope to see you all at the party tomorrow!

A Great Big Harvest Festival Thank You!

Plus a couple of pumpkin pie recipes 🙂  What an amazing Harvest Festival we had on Sunday!  The weather was just right and everyone was having a great time.  There were some beautiful flower wreaths/crowns, great musical instruments and plenty of well decorated lunch bags. 

We would like to thank all the folks that came out and participated in our activities and ate all our food for us (we were worried that we made too much).  Plus we would really like to thank all of our amazing volunteers and special guests for all the help, enthusiasm and entertainment they provided!  We really can’t run these events without them.  Finally, as always, we also want to thank our amazing Program Leaders for all of their hard work and dedication!  They are one outstanding bunch.

Now for what you’ve all been waiting for … The Pumpkin Pie Recipe.  This is a special recipe given to us by our friends down at Colborne Lodge.  The pie filling comes from The Canadian Home Cookbook –  printed in 1877 and compiled by the Ladies of Toronto and Chief Cities and Towns in Canada.  It was assumed that all ladies knew how to make a basic pie crust so no recipe for one was provided … This is where we looked towards new technologies and hit the internet to find Martha Stewart’s basic pie crust recipe. 😉  Interestingly enough this pie crust recipe hasn’t changed much since the Ladies of Toronto and Chief Cities and Towns in Canada put out their cookbook a century and a half ago (although I’m pretty sure the food processor is a relatively new addition!).

We did change a few things from the original version to get a piece of pie that was a little more … mobile friendly.  So I’ll list the original recipe and our pumpkin pie/bar/cookie recipe.

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