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!

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 …

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 🙂 ).

Children’s Teaching Kitchen Public Information Open House

Hello all!

We hope your 2011 is running along smoothly 🙂  We have an announcement to make . . .

Please join us on Monday, January 24th, 2011 for a Children’s Teaching Kitchen Information Session.  Here’s your chance to learn more about our plans and our programs, check out design features of the Kitchen and ask any questions you may have.

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The Children’s Teaching Kitchen – Update #1

Happy New Year Everyone!  We hope you enjoyed your holidays and are looking forward to an amazing 2011!

We at the Children’s Garden and Exploring Toronto Programs are looking forward to a fantastic year!  We’ve expanded our High Park summer Eco Camp program (ages 6-10) to 8 weeks of fun and are once again running our youth age (10-13) camp at High Park.  We’re also running our second year of Eco Camp at the Music Garden (ages 6-9) in the Bathurst and Queens Quay area.

The other major happening at the Children’s Garden this year will be the construction of the Children’s Teaching Kitchen.  We have a great write-up here about why we’re building the Kitchen but it’s time to start updating everyone about the progress we’re making with this great project!

So we’ll start with a little photo background story and show you what’s been done so far 🙂 The location for the Teaching Kitchen is the picnic shelter on site at the High Park Children’s Garden.

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A Great Big Thank You!

It’s always nice to know your loved and appreciated!  The response we received from everyone throughout the Aviva competition will keep us feeling warm and fuzzy the whole winter through!

We can’t thank you enough for your support and while we didn’t make the finals this year . . . there’s always 2011!

So now you’ll be free from our emails cluttering up your inbox and our tweets and Facebook updates messing with your feeds!  That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t check in with us though!  We’ll keep you updated on the progress of the Kitchen, our programs next year, yummy healthy recipes and all the fun happenings here in High Park.

So thank you once again and we’ll chat soon 😀

Aviva Community Fund – The Children’s Teaching Kitchen # 9578

I thought it might be a nice idea to explain a little more about how to vote for us in the Aviva Community Fund competition.  Here are the steps to make it a little easier!

Double Chocolate Zucchini Cake anyone?

Step 1: Click the link for the Children’s Teaching Kitchen – http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf9578

Step 2: Register to vote

Step 3: Check your email and confirm your registration

Step 4: You have two choices here . . . either search for our idea #9578 or click the link again to take you to our Kitchen page to vote

Step 5: Bookmark our project link

Step 6: Vote for us once a day until Friday, November 26 🙂

It’s that simple . . . especially once you’re registered!

Thanks again for your continued support!