Countdown to the 2018 High Park Harvest Festival!

Only four more sleeps until the High Park Harvest Festival begins! There’s plenty of fun to be had at the Children’s Garden and around the corner with our neighbours at Colborne Lodge Museum. The festivities run from 11 am to 5 pm with our free harvest lunch starting at 12:30 pm (while it lasts!).

Entrance to the Harvest Festival and the activities at the Children’s Garden are all free. Families can check out the Junkestra where kids can get creative and play with recycled musical creations. They can also make their own recycled instruments to take home.

An All-Ages Tea Party is also happening at the Festival with our Longtime Children’s Garden Friends Garden Jane (Jane planted the seeds that became our Children’s Eco Programs) and Emma, Founder of Blooming Caravan (and past Expansion Specialist, helping us spread our programs throughout the City)! This special program features tea play, mud pies, compost tea making, and make-and-take mini flower bouquets. Plus you’ll get to enjoy the book nook with garden stories for everyone! Come sip a cup of afternoon tea and take part in inter-generational activities for kids, grandparents, and everyone in between to enjoy together.

Live Green will be onsite to answer all your City related green/environmental questions with fun activities for the kids. There are also plenty of other fun crafts and activities throughout the Garden for everyone to enjoy!

It’s also our 20th Anniversary this year so there will be some celebratory cake available for everyone to enjoy! 

Down at Colborne Lodge everyone’s Harvest Festival favourites will be on site – artisans, local food, community organizations, museum friends, music, dance, pumpkin carving, apple bobbing – and of course our famous roast potatoes and apple cider. Some activity fees apply.

We’ll also be participating in the Ontario Natural Building Coalition’s Home Tour. People will be onsite to talk about the amazing eco-friendly aspects of our straw bale Children’s Teaching Kitchen.

 So much to see and do! We hope you’ll all join us on Sunday for all the fun!

High Park Harvest Festival!

Sunday, October 1st, 2017 from 11 am to 5 pm

The end of summer means gearing up for our High Park Harvest Festival! Come celebrate the harvest with us alongside our friends at Colborne Lodge. It’s quite the family affair with activities, food, vendors (at the lodge), crafts, music, and did we say food?

So much to see and do you can spend the entire afternoon! So drop by and check out all the activities at the south end of High Park!

We’re always looking for volunteers for Harvest Fest! We can use volunteers for set-up, clean-up, serving food, doing dishes, plus helping with crafts and activities. You can stay for the whole day (and we’ll feed you!) or help out for an hour or two (and we’ll still feed you!). Please contact us if you’re interested in helping out at kidsgrow@toronto.ca.

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.

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!

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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

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

Do you need an Eco Camp Parent Handbook or Camper Information Forms?
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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!

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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!