Doors Open 2018 Birthday Party!

Join us for a little birthday celebration during Doors Open 2018! There will be birthday cake (while it lasts!), fun activities for the whole family and tours of our straw bale Children’s Teaching Kitchen.

We’re open Saturday, May 26th and Sunday May 27th from 10 am to 5 pm. You can check out the truth window in the Kitchen to see how straw bale buildings are built. Learn all about the sustainable features found in the Kitchen and check out the Solar Panels on the south roof. The Kitchen also features a green roof, radiant heating and fibreglass windows.

Don’t forget to visit our friends around the corner too! Colborne Lodge Museum is also participating in this years Doors Open Event. Check out their hours and information by clicking here.

In the Depths of a Magical Urban Forest …

You will find yourself stumbling upon a wondrous glade where an enchanted stronghold known as Kitchenland resides! Kitchenland is a wee corner of the High Park Kingdom. Here children learn how to grow veggies, cook healthy meals and treats, enjoy nature and have a little fun.

Have you ever wondered how the Children’s Eco Programs started here in High Park? How about the building of our amazing straw bale Teaching Kitchen? Here’s your chance to learn more about the Children’s Eco Programs through our fun and whimsical Kitchenland story. Enjoy!

Click here for the first chapter – From Caterpillar …

Fall Cooking Program Registration Time!

It’s that time of year again … Fall Registration! Time to start preparing for some tasty treats and hearty fall food in our Creative Chefs with Caregiver and Gourmet Veggies Programs. Registration starts on Saturday, September 9th, 2017 at 7 am! 

You can check out more information on our cooking programs here.

For registration information check out the City of Toronto’s FUN Guide Registration webpage.

We also have a free Youth Vegetarian Cooking workshop happening on Saturday, September 30th, 2017. Youth can learn about cooking great vegetarian recipes while helping us prepare for Harvest Fest on Sunday, Oct. 1st, 2017! Please note you must register for this program through the City’s FUN Guide Registration process. For more information check out our cooking programs page.

We look forward to cooking with you this Fall!

We’re Officially a Case Study!

Very interesting news! The Ontario Association of Architects has chosen the Children’s Teaching Kitchen as a case study on sustainable design. There’s a lovely write-up on their website about the Kitchen and some great photos from throughout the construction, even some we don’t have ourselves. 

Under the tab “Light | Air” you’ll see a lovely shot with almost the full interior visible. We’re wondering where they’ve managed to stash all the stuff! It’s a lovely photo and shows off what a beautiful building it really is, but to be honest … we really do think it looks better like this:

20140516_092838Peas growing in the window, waterproof smocks for the little ones to help with dishes, an awesome dehydrator donated by a co-worker, an all important coffee maker and solar ovens stashed above the cabinets … plus cool stuff like this:

20140516_092133 Make for an amazing  space for our students and campers to learn and grow (by the way the above is part of a wasp’s nest and those are carrots in the background 🙂 ).

Join Us For Doors Open This Weekend!

We are very excited to say that the High Park Children’s Teaching Kitchen will be a part of this years Doors Open Event on Saturday, May 23rd and Sunday, May 24th.

Want to know how a kitchen can be built out of straw? Curious about our solar panels and green roof? Stop by and take a tour. Plus (as always!) we’ll have a few fun activities for the kids during your visit!

Doors Open Toronto

Don’t forget … High Park is definitely the place to be for Doors Open! Along with the Teaching Kitchen you can also check out Colborne Lodge Museum, The High Park Nature Centre’s new home – the Forest School plus as a special treat (one that rarely ever happens) … the High Park Production Greenhouses will be open for tours.

So make a day of it here in High Park and explore your urban wilderness!

Program Banner

Still Time To Register for Winter Cooking Programs!

Looking for something fun for your kids to do this winter? How about learning to cook? We’re talking about real cooking with fresh veggies and whole foods! The Children’s Teaching Kitchen is a cozy and inspiring place to learn. The Kitchen is located next to the High Park Children’s Garden and is fully equipped with the tools and ingredients your child will need to create yummy, healthy recipes.

We have spaces still available for the winter Kids Cooking With Veggies Program. Sign Up with through the City of Toronto’s FUN Guide online, by phone or by heading over to your local Rec Centre.

Kids Veggie Cooking
Date: Saturday afternoons starting January 10th (2675990)
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Duration:  9 weeks (No Class Saturday, January 17h)
Ages:  8-12
Cost: $128.00

Green Energy Doors Open

Because we don’t have enough to do for Harvest Fest weekend … we thought we’d sign up for Green Energy Doors Open on Saturday, October 4th, 2014! In actual fact it’s rather handy as we’ll already be at the Children’s Teaching Kitchen. We’ll be cooking up a storm with our Youth Cooking Program and prepping the Free Harvest Lunch for Harvest Fest on Sunday.

We’ll be hosting a little open house at the Children’s Teaching Kitchen between 2 and 5 pm. Feel free to stop by and learn more about our new photovoltaic system and the straw bale construction of the Kitchen. Please note … if you feel the need to volunteer for a bit and help us clean up after the cooking program … I’m pretty sure we won’t argue 😉

Local environmental group Green 13 is also hosting a tour of the green energy projects in the surrounding area finishing off here at the Kitchen. Check out their website for more information or to sign-up for the tour.

Green Energy Doors Open – Open House Information

Date: Saturday, October 4th, 2014
Time: 2 – 5 pm
Location: Children’s Teaching Kitchen, click here for directions

For more information about our green energy systems check out our story – Interview With A Solar Wagon.

An Interview with a Solar Wagon

Patience is a virtue. If it doesn’t work the first time, try and try again. There is a reason why some of these old adages still ring true today. Patience and a willingness to keep trying is why the Children’s Teaching Kitchen is here today. It’s also the reason why it has beautiful shiny new solar (photovoltaic) panels adorning the south-facing side of the roof!


After a few false starts trying to get our panels installed last year our wonderful friends at the Toronto Renewable Energy Office came to the rescue. The Teaching Kitchen is now part of a group of City buildings with new solar arrays (multiple panels) that are part of the Ontario Power Authority’s MicroFit Program. This program allows people with smaller arrays of solar panels to sell the electricity they produce back to Toronto or Ontario Hydro. For more details on this program follow the link. Some of the other buildings include our friends at Warden Hilltop Community Centre, Edithvale Community Centre, Nielson Park Creative Centre, EMS Station 33 and York Civic Centre.

We’re excited to have our panels up and running! We’re also working away on new programs to help school groups and community members learn more about renewable energy.

For more information on how the solar panels work check out the final installment of our Teaching Kitchen Saga – A Sunny Epilogue, an interview with a Solar Wagon.

You can also check out a video of the solar panel installation by clicking here.

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