March Break Eco Camp Registration and Space in Our Cooking With Caregivers Program

How is it almost time to sign up for March Break Eco Camp already!?! Registration starts at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, December 10th, 2019. We suggest starting right at 7 a.m. as space is limited. See below for how to be registration ready! You can also click here to go to the online FUN Guide Registration site.

More info on our March Break Eco Camp can be found here. The basics include:

  • Camp runs from Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 20, 2020 (Barcode: 3246729)
  • Hours are 9 am to 4 pm daily (extended care is available)
  • It’s a mostly outdoor camp with some indoor activities like cooking healthy snacks and making crafts
  • Cost is $207.00 for the week (for Toronto residents)

We also still have room in our Creative Chefs – Cooking with Caregiver Program this winter:

  • Saturdays starting January 11, 2020 (Barcode: 3246731 – you can register now for this one!)
  • 10 am to 11:30 am
  • Runs for 8 weeks
  • Cost is $101.00

March Break Eco Camp Registration Tips:

  1. One of the most important tips we can give you is to fully register for all camps/programs first … then at a later time register for any extended care you might need. There will always be enough room in the March Break Eco Camp Extended Care Program for every camper registered so you can sign up for it at any time.
  2. Start by finding your City of Toronto FUN Guide Registration Family and Client Numbers. If you can’t find them or you’ve never registered for a City of Toronto Recreation Program before please call 416-396-7378 Option 1 and a Client Services Representative can help you (it’s important to do this ahead of time so you don’t waste time on Tuesday, December 10th!).
  3. Once you are set to register you can write down the barcodes for each program you are interested in. See all of our barcodes in the links above. Keep all of your Client/Family numbers and Barcodes together in a safe (but not “too” safe 😉 ) place for registration day.
  4. Bookmark the Program Registration Page where you can launch the Online Registration Site.
  5. Just before 7 am on Tuesday, Dec. 10th, dial into 416-396-7378 and launch the Online Registration Site. This way you can start hitting redial/Login right at 7am. It may take a few tries … make sure to be awake enough to stop redialing/Logging In when you finally get in!
  6. Once you’re in the system move quickly but not so fast you make mistakes. Also note that the Online Registration Site will timeout if you leave it alone for too long (and when I say too long … we’re talking 5 minutes).
  7. Please remember if you don’t get in there is a waitlist to sign up for!
  8. Please feel free to contact us at any time if you have questions 416-392-1329 or kidsgrow@toronto.ca

Fall/Winter Program Registration Sept. 11 at 7 am!

Registration for our cooking and weekday garden programs starts tomorrow, Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 7 am! We’re excited to host another year of tasty vegetarian cooking classes at the High Park Children’s Teaching Kitchen. It’s a great way to get your little ones interested in veggies and healthy cooking! Our weekday garden programs are great for homeschoolers and wee ones not yet in school. Gardening is a great way to get your kids to eat their veggies 🙂

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For more information about our Cooking Programs including Registration Barcodes click here.

For more information about our Weekday Garden Programs including Registration Barcodes click here.

For more information about how to Register for City of Toronto Recreation Programs click here.

We hope to see you in the kitchen soon!

Registration Starts Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

It’s that time of year once again! Time to register for Eco Camp and our Spring Cooking Programs. Below we have all the links and information you need to help you get ready for registration. Also a reminder that our registration day has changed it’s now on WEDNESDAY (at least you have to get up already right!?).

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As usual our main tips include start phoning in and refreshing your browser right away at 7:00 am until you get in. Start with your main courses and leave before and after care registration until later (there’s always enough room for all participants in before and after care). Don’t forget the waitlists! A few spaces almost always open up and we always contact people on our waitlists to fill them!

Here are all the barcodes for Eco Camp, Cooking with Veggies programs and our weekday Spring Gardening Program. Click on the lists for a .pdf version. For more information on registering your Eco Camper for camp or any other program see our tips and tricks below or check out the City of Toronto Website.

Eco Camp Barcodes 2019

2019 Cooking and Gardening Barcodes

As for other registration tips and tricks check out our tried and true list below!

REGISTRATION PREPARATION 2019

We’re creeping up on that time of year again! That rush of adrenaline, that setting the coffee machine for 6:45 am, that setting of 10 alarms to make sure you’re up in time, time of year again. That’s right 2019 Eco Camp Registration starts at 7 AM on Wednesday, March 6th. Of course it’s also the time to register for any spring or summer recreation programs that take place in West Toronto/York with the City of Toronto 🙂

Remember registration is open to everyone across Toronto! We break our program registration down by location so our registration staff and computer systems can handle the number of people who want to sign up for all the fun.

So get those fingers ready to hit redial/refresh and register your campers for Eco Camp! You will also find our Caregiver and Tot (4 to 5 years), child (8 to 12 years) and youth (13 to 18 years) Cooking With Veggies Programs. We also offer a weekday Spring Gardening Program for home-schoolers or anyone else able to attend!

For those of you wondering how the City of Toronto’s Recreation Program Registration process actually works here’s a little run-down:

  • Each district has it’s own registration start date. For West Toronto/York and Toronto/East York it’s Wednesday, March 6th starting at 7 am (for other district dates click here). Anyone from across the city can register for a program in that district on the start date.
  • You have three options for registering for Rec/FUN Guide Programs. Click here for a description and instructions on how to register for City of Toronto Recreation Programs. For our programs we suggest using your phone (416-396-7378) or going online in order to have the greatest chance at registering your camper.
  • Our available programming space (especially indoor space) is fairly small so our program size is quite limited. We would love to have hundreds of kids join us for Eco Camp each week but there’s only so much Garden to go around. Also note many other Community and Recreation Centres have issues with space and are unable to hold as many programs as they (and the community) would like.
  • If you do miss out on registering your camper for Eco Camp we also offer a free  Thursday morning drop-in program throughout July & Aug from 10 am to Noon. So please stop by for a fun filled morning of gardening, singing, nature crafts and games and experience a wee bit of what our programs are all about!

Now that you know the background info, here’s our yearly guide to registering for Summer Camp or any other popular city program. There are a few things you can do to make Registration Day a little easier for you! Here is a list of things to prepare for ahead of time:

  1. One of the most important tips we can give you is to fully register for all camps/programs first … then at a later time register for any extended care you might need. There will always be enough room in the Eco Camp (and any camp) Extended Care Program for every camper registered so you can sign up for it at any time.
  2. Start by finding your City of Toronto FUN Guide Registration Family and Client Numbers. If you can’t find them or you’ve never registered for a City of Toronto Recreation Program before please call 416-396-7378 and a Customer Service Representative can help you (it’s important to do this ahead of time so you don’t waste time on Wed., March 6th!).
  3. Once you are set to register you can print out or write down the barcodes for each program you are interested in. See all of our barcodes in the links above. Keep all of your Client/Family numbers and Barcodes together in a safe (but not too “safe” 😀 ) place for registration day
  4. Bookmark the Program Registration Page where you can launch the Online Registration Site.
  5. Just before 7 am on Wednesday morning (Mar. 6th) dial into 416-396-7378 and launch the Online Registration Site. This way you can start hitting redial/refresh right at 7am. It will take a few tries … make sure to be awake enough to stop redialing/refreshing when you finally get in!
  6. Once you’re in the system move quickly but not so fast you make mistakes. Also note that the Online Registration Site will timeout if you leave it alone for too long (and when I say too long … I’m talking less than 5 minutes).
  7. Please remember to mark on your calendar what weeks your camper is attending Eco Camp … we often have a number of last-minute cancellations and are unable to fill the spot even though our waitlists are quite long! 
  8. Once registered you will receive a Camper Information Package by email or in the mail sometime late in April or early May. This package contains forms that need to be filled out and sent back before camp starts and a Parent Handbook to give you all the info you need to know about sending your Eco Camper to camp. Please fill out the forms and send them back by the date stated on the package!
  9. Please feel free to contact us at any time if you have questions 416-392-1329 or kidsgrow@toronto.ca

A couple other things for your Registration morning checklist:

  1. Coffee, Tea or hot beverage of choice (for us non-morning folk … put everything out the night before so you can wake up just before 7 with caffeine available! For morning folk … please tell me your secret!  How do you do it!?)
  2. Calendar and/or Datebook – The first week of Camp in 2019 is July 2 to 5.
  3. Scrap paper, pen/pencil and/or printer for confirmation codes, etc.
  4. Don’t forget to write it down on the calendar, once registered!
  5. Having someone else around to cook you breakfast while you wait … certainly can’t hurt 😉

Good Luck Everyone and We Hope To See You At Camp This Summer!

2019 March Break Eco Camp Registration

We know it’s not exactly the time of year to be thinking about March Break … but … it’s almost that time of year to register for March Break Eco Camp! So we’re here to help you get ready for registration once again!

That’s right registration starts at 7 am on Tuesday, December 4th, 2018. So get ready to hit redial and refresh to register your Eco Camper!

Our one big registration tip for all you caregivers out there … don’t bother registering for before and after care until you’ve got everyone registered for camp first! There’s always enough room in the before and after care programs for all of the campers. So that means you don’t need to waste time on registration day and you can sign-up for it later time.

Here is the link to the City’s Recreation Program Registration Page and a link to more information about our March Break Eco Camp.

 

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 Fest Sunday, Sept. 30th!

How is it already the last day of camp!?! We’ve had a great summer with all of our young Eco Campers and are now looking forward to our Fall Programs. Registration starts Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 7 am (note a different date than the usual)! Click here for more details.

The other fun fall activity we’re looking forward to is the High Park Harvest Festival! It’s happening Sunday, September 30, 2018 from 11 am to 5 pm. That’s right we said September 30th. That’s our second different date than usual! Thanksgiving falls on the first Sunday in October this year and we figured everyone might be a bit too busy to join us if we stuck with tradition.

It’s also the Children’s Eco Programs 20th Anniversary. We’ll have our usual Free Harvest Lunch (while it lasts!) for Harvest Fest but we’ll also have some fun birthday celebrations and of course a little Birthday Cake!

We can’t wait to see everyone at Harvest Fest!

Fall Program Registration Update!

It’s that time of year once again … Registration time! We’re less than a month away from our registration day for our fall and winter programs such as our Creative Chefs with Caregiver, Cooking Vegetarian and Garden and Nature Weekday Programs.

There is one big change we need to let you know about! This fall our programs will now be found under a different FUN Guide. You’ll now find our programs under … wait for it … the Toronto / East York and West Toronto / York Fun Guide. It’s a mouthful but if you look at a map of Toronto it does make sense!

Now the most important thing you need to know about this big change is the date for registration. We are now part of the Wednesday morning registration time slot. For our Fall and Winter programs registration starts at 7 am on Wednesday, September 12, 2018.

For all your how to register information and details check out the Parks, Forestry and Recreation pages on the City of Toronto Website here.

We hope you enjoy the last weeks of summer and we look forward to cooking up some tasty treats with everyone!

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.