May
23
10:00 AM10:00

Outing to Evergreen Brickworks

Today we will take the free shuttle bus to Evergreen Brickworks, a community environmental centre. Our activities will include watching animals in the pond, exploring the gardens, and walking the trails on a nature scavenger hunt.  We will meet at 10:00 a.m. at the parkette on Erindale Avenue just North of Broadview Subway station or at 10:30 a.m. at the entrance of Brickworks.  Please dress for the weather. You are welcome to pack a lunch or purchase one at Cafe Belong.

 

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Jun
6
10:00 AM10:00

Gardening Workshop

Children and their parents and caregivers will  plant together and leave with labelled and decorated pots to take home! Depending on the weather, the planting workshop will take place in the backyard or inside the drop-in.

 Please dress in clothing that you are willing to get dirty!

 

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Jun
13
10:00 AM10:00

Birthday Party at Riverdale Farm

Happy belated birthday to the drop-in! (We turned 40 in April.) To celebrate, we’ll visit the animals, have a picnic lunch, and play parachute games at our favourite farm.

Meet at the picnic tables outside of the farm, near the corner of Sumach Street and Winchester Street.

If you are able to bring a baked treat to share at lunch, please make sure it is nut-free.

 

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Jun
20
5:00 PM17:00

Mien's Retirement Garden Party

The Garden Party is an annual tradition. Current participants and alumni enjoy a potluck dinner and special activities in the backyard. This year, the Garden Party also celebrates Mien and all that she has contributed to the community in her twenty years at the Centre.

We hope you can join us!

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Jun
27
10:00 AM10:00

Trip to Allan Gardens!

You can meet us at Riverdale Library (Gerrard and Broadview) at 10:00 a.m. or at Allan Gardens (in front of the main entrance, on the east side of the greenhouse) at 10:30 a.m. We will walk around the greenhouse. Then, we will eat lunch and play in the playground behind the greenhouse (weather-permitting). Please pack a lunch and dress for sand and water play.

 

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Oct
25
3:00 PM15:00

Howl-o-ween

Come to the Ralph Thornton Community Centre (765 Queen Street East) dressed in your costume to play games, create, and enjoy healthy Halloween-themed snacks!

Howl-o-ween is a free Halloween celebration for children and families. We co-host the event with Queen/Saulter Library and Ralph Thornton Community Centre.

There will be limited room for stroller parking in the drop-in backyard and outside of the building. Please leave your stroller at home, if possible. 

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Nov
10
7:00 PM19:00

40th Anniversary Live and Silent Auction

The Centre's largest annual fundraiser is a great night out! With live music, hors d'ouevres, a cash bar, and incredible items to bid on, you'll enjoy yourself while raising funds for workshops, outings, and all of the amazing learning and growing that happens at the Centre.

Stay tuned for more details!

We gratefully accept Auction donations and help from volunteers to plan the event all year! Come in, call 416-469-3776, or email info@srcpc.org if you would like to contribute. 

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May
16
10:00 AM10:00

Playdough Making Workshop

Do you want to know how to make play dough that is as smooth and soft as the drop-in play dough? Mien will show you today! Adults will cook play dough while children play in the drop-in with Nina and occasional staff. Each family will leave with play dough to take home! 

 

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May
9
10:00 AM10:00

Outing to the Children's Book Bank

Many families have told us that The Children’s Book Bank is a great  place to enjoy books together, and children get to take home a gently-used children’s book!  We will explore the book bank and enjoy a small song circle.

Meet at the Centre at 10am to take the TTC together OR meet at the Book Bank (350 Berkeley St.) at 10:30am.

Feel free to bring a gently used book to donate if you have any!

 

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May
5
9:30 AM09:30

Stroller-a-thon and Bake Sale

Our spring fundraiser supports the daily activities and workshops at the Centre. It is also a chance to enjoy the drop-in backyard on one more Saturday before the summer! (Saturday drop-in ends on April 28 and resumes on September 8.)

The backyard and bake sale will be open all morning, and a walk through the neighbourhood will begin at 10:00 a.m.

Stop by to play, join us for a stroll, and enjoy some delicious baked goods!

Volunteer and bake sale sign-up lists coming soon!

 

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May
2
10:00 AM10:00

Fundraising Committee Meeting

Our Stroller-a-thon and Bake Sale is a few days away!  Join us to for last  minute plans for Saturday.

We have also begun planning for our Annual Auction. 

Child care is provided by Mien and an occasional staff member in the drop-in while parents and caregivers enjoy coffee and snacks upstairs. If you’d like to be involved and can’t make the meeting, please speak with Nina or Mien.

 

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Apr
25
9:30 AM09:30

Outing to the Fire Station

We will be visiting the Fire station on 840 Gerrard St. East this Wednesday!  While visiting the firefighters and checking out the firetruck, we are learning about fire safety and how helpful firefighters can be.You can meet us at the Centre at 9 a.m. or meet us at the Fire station (840 Gerrard St. East) at 9:30 a.m. After the outing, we will serve a tasty snack at Withrow Park. 

 

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Apr
21
3:00 PM15:00

40th Anniversary Annual General Meeting and Volunteer Dinner

We turn 40 in April!

Let's celebrate our birthday and the invaluable contributions of the many volunteers who keep the Centre going and growing!

Please RSVP (info@srcpc.org, 416-469-3776, or in person when you're at the drop-in) so that we can plan child care for the business portion of the night (the Annual General Meeting) and order enough food.

 

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Apr
18
10:00 AM10:00

Meal Prep Workshop with Jenna

Chef and Mom Jenna will be leading a class on meal prep, sharing some delicious simple meals!  Meal prep and some shortcuts/tips are a great way to save you time and teach you how to work more efficiently and economically. Jenna will be tailoring to participants’ wishes and can address challenges with feeding your family or focus on specific skills—please let us know what you’re interested in. Mien and Nina will take care of your children in the Centre while you are upstairs prepping!   

 

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Apr
11
10:00 AM10:00

Swimming at the YMCA

Join us at the Toronto Cooper Koo Family Cherry St. YMCA for recreational swimming. A great way for parents, caregivers, and children to be active and have fun together!  Children 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times with a 2:1 child to caregiver maximum ratio You can meet us at the drop-in for 10:00am and we will travel by TTC together or you can meet us there at 461 Cherry St., Toronto, ON, M5A 0H7.

 

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Apr
4
10:00 AM10:00

Fundraising Committee Meeting

Looking for a new way to participate in the drop-in or an opportunity to spend time with other adults? Join the Fundraising Committee! Today’s meeting begins with an update about the upcoming Spring Stroller-a-thon and Bake Sale, then we will continue preparations for the Centre’s annual fundraising Auction. Come to find out more about the fundraisers and to sign up for a role that interests you.

Child care is provided by Mien and an occasional staff member in the drop-in while parents and caregivers enjoy coffee and snacks upstairs. If you’d like to be involved and can’t make the meeting, please speak with Nina or Mien.

 

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Mar
28
9:15 AM09:15

Kortright Conservation Sugar Bush Trip

Enjoy the change of seasons by joining our bus trip to the Kortright Centre for Conservation. As we walk along the trails, we will see, smell, and taste how maple syrup is made! Plan to purchase pancakes (cash only) or bring a bagged lunch. The bus will leave SRCPC at 9:30 a.m. and return by 2:45 p.m., or you can drive to Kortright. Everyone is welcome on this trip! The suggested donation is $20 to offset the costs to the Centre (bus plus admission is approximately $30 per family).

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Mar
26
9:30 AM09:30

Gym Time

Join us for active play on the 2nd floor of Ralph Thornton Community Centre! There will be room to run around, balls, ride-on vehicles, tunnels, and other gym toys! 

No pre-registration required!

Please note: if the elevator is still under construction, we will need to take the stairs to the 2nd floor.

Drop-in will also be open during Gym Time.

 

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Mar
21
10:00 AM10:00

Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)

The ROM is one of the largest museums in Canada with interactive exhibits and galleries. With creative play and a number of other family-friendly activities, a trip to the ROM is an opportunity for authentic learning experiences and to make lasting memories. Please meet at the Riverdale Library (Broadview Ave. and Gerrard St.) at 10:00a.m or outside The ROM at 10:30a.m. *Suggested donation for this outing is $10 per family to help cover the cost of admission; all families are welcome!

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Mar
19
9:30 AM09:30

Gym Time

Join us for active play on the 2nd floor of Ralph Thornton Community Centre! There will be room to run around, balls, ride-on vehicles, tunnels, and other gym toys! 

No pre-registration required!

Please note: if the elevator is still under construction, we will need to take the stairs to the 2nd floor.

Drop-in will also be open during Gym Time.

 

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Mar
14
9:00 AM09:00

Drop-In Day

Since it is March Break this week, and many programs are busy or closed, we are offering a drop-in day.  Bring your Kindergarteners for some fun art activities!  We will also visit the Library for a “Sensory” Circle time.  No registration is required for this day. 

 

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Mar
9
10:45 AM10:45

Family Dance Party

Today's Family Dance Party, co-hosted with the Queen/Saulter Library, is on the 2nd floor of the Ralph Thornton Community Centre. 

The Family Dance Party is suitable for all ages of drop-in participants. 

The drop-in will also open before, during, and after the Dance Party.

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Mar
7
10:00 AM10:00

First Aid/CPR Training for Parents/Caregivers

A trainer from Link to Life presents this workshop. Although you will not receive a certificate, you will learn what to do in case of an emergency and will also become familiar with first aid guidelines. To register for this workshop, visit the drop-in and add your name to the registration list. The list will be posted on February 15. 

If you are not able to attend this workshop, you may borrow the CPR training kit in our Parenting Library. 

**Prior registration is required. Please visit the drop-in before March 7 to sign up.**

 

 

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Mar
5
9:30 AM09:30

Gym Time

Join us for active play on the 2nd floor of Ralph Thornton Community Centre! There will be room to run around, balls, ride-on vehicles, tunnels, and other gym toys! 

No pre-registration required!

Please note: while the elevator is being replaced, we will need to take the stairs to the 2nd floor.

Drop-in will also be open during Gym Time.

 

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Feb
28
10:30 AM10:30

Baby Yoga and Massage with Appleseed Yoga

Babies are born yogis!  This unique class is yoga for your baby, helping them to preserve their innate bodily awareness, strengthening the bond between parent and child, and inspiring a deep trust between parent and child which will set the stage for their future relationships. We will learn poses, sing songs, and have fun!  Class will also involve some gentle core-rebuilding exercises for adults, including pelvic floor activation and balance restoration. Learn how to courageously handle your baby in ways that they enjoy and help them towards their next stage of development. Baby yoga promotes more and better sleep for your infant.  Yoga can help infants by relieving digestive upset, constipation, gas and colic.  Shared relaxation is mutually beneficial for parents/caregivers and babies and enhances non-verbal communication. This class is for infants 0-12 months and is 45 minutes. Thank you to Appleseed Yoga for facilitating this class!

 

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Feb
26
9:30 AM09:30

Gym Time

Join us for active play on the 2nd floor of Ralph Thornton Community Centre! There will be room to run around, balls, ride-on vehicles, tunnels, and other gym toys! 

No pre-registration required!

Please note: while the elevator is being replaced, we will need to take the stairs to the 2nd floor.

Drop-in will also be open during Gym Time.

 

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Feb
14
10:00 AM10:00

Cooking Class with Know Thy Food

Participant Kristen Lepine Santos (of Know Thy Food) leads this class on vegan, gluten-free, hands-on cooking for adults.  The class will focus on quick, healthy meals, including quick, healthy meals for children. The food prepared will be free of sesame and nuts. Ellie, Mien and Nina will take care of your children in the Centre while you are upstairs cooking! 

 

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Feb
7
9:00 AM09:00

Black History Month Celebration

Today is a regular drop-in day: join us for a Black History Month Celebration at the Centre!  "Black History Month is a time to honour black Canadians and reflect on the contributions, achievements, and history of black people in Canada” (Alberta Human Rights Commission, 2015, para. 1). While the Centre is always working toward creating inclusive environments, this is a time when we give even more thought to the issues that Black people continue to face and how we can be more inclusive. We will be honouring Black History month at the drop-in through creative and educational art activities. Today, Tambo Drummer Abraham will join us at Circle Time. 

 

 

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Jan
24
10:00 AM10:00

Fundraising Committee Meeting

As a non-profit, community-based organization, community fundraising is an ongoing activity at the Centre. We are always looking for you, new volunteers, to contribute your ideas, skills, and time to planning a spring fundraiser and the Annual Fundraising Auction. Child care is provided during meetings! Please speak with Mien, Nina, or Ellie if you would like to contribute and cannot attend today’s meeting.

**Please sign up for today's meeting before January 24th so that we can plan for child care. Thank you!**

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Jan
22
9:30 AM09:30

Gym Time

Join us for active play on the 2nd floor of Ralph Thornton Community Centre! There will be room to run around, balls, ride-on vehicles, tunnels, and other gym toys! 

No pre-registration required!

Please note: while the elevator is being replaced, we will need to take the stairs to the 2nd floor.

Drop-in will also be open during Gym Time.

 

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Jan
17
10:30 AM10:30

Zumba for Adults

Zumba combines Latin and International music with a fun and effective workout system.  Dress comfortably for a class that takes the “work” out of workout by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party.  Today’s class is suitable for all parents and caregivers, even if you’ve never tried Zuma before.  Thank you to Janice Holsmer Holsmer of Leslieville Zumba and Janice Holsmer Health for leading the class! Mien, Nina, and Ellie will play with your child in the Centre while you are dancing upstairs!

** Please visit the Centre before January 17 to register for this workshop.**

 

 

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Jan
15
9:30 AM09:30

Gym Time

Join us for active play on the 2nd floor of Ralph Thornton Community Centre! There will be room to run around, balls, ride-on vehicles, tunnels, and other gym toys! 

No pre-registration required!

Please note: while the elevator is being replaced, we will need to take the stairs to the 2nd floor.

Drop-in will also be open during Gym Time.

 

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Jan
10
10:00 AM10:00

Dance with Me, for Children aged 20 months to 4 years

Today’s workshop is for children aged 20 months to 4 years of age accompanied by their parents/caregivers. Kristen Dennis, Director of Leslieville School of Dance, will lead today’s workshop. Guiding the adult/tot teams through a series of songs and exercises that introduce basic ballet technique, this workshop will aim to make discovering movement, balance and listening skills easy and fun! This is a great introduction to dancing for children just developing their coordination. After dancing, we will eat snack and play in the drop-in.

**Please visit the Centre before January 10th to register for this workshop. The Centre is open January 5th, 6th, 8th, and 9th.**

 

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Jan
8
9:30 AM09:30

Gym Time

Join us for active play on the 2nd floor of Ralph Thornton Community Centre! There will be room to run around, balls, ride-on vehicles, tunnels, and other gym toys! 

No pre-registration required!

Drop-in will also be open during Gym Time 

 

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