We will be visiting the Fire station at 840 Gerrard St. East this Wednesday! While visiting the firefighters and checking out the fire truck, we will be learning about fire safety and how helpful firefighters can be. Please meet us at the Fire station (840 Gerrard St. East) at 10:30 a.m. After the outing, weather permitted, we will share a snack at Withrow Park.
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 Zumba before. Childcare will be offered downstairs in the Drop-in. Please bring running shoes and water! Class will run from 10:00 am - 11:00 am.
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.
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 us out front of the Book Bank (350 Berkeley St.) at 10:30 am for our 10:45 am appointment. Feel free to bring a gently used book to donate if you have any!
Join us at the Toronto Cooper Koo Family Cherry St. YMCA for a recreational swim in the main pool and then a music and movement program. 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 YMCA ( 461 Cherry St.) at 10:00 am for a swim and the music and movement program will be held at 11:00 am. Please Pre-Register for this workshop during drop in hours, using the sign up on the purple door. It will be posted two weeks prior to the workshop.
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 Robin 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, Sarah or Robin. Please Pre-Register for this workshop during drop in hours, using the sign up on the purple door. It will be posted two weeks prior to the workshop.
Speaking with children about their bodies and sexuality is an important and proven way to help keep them safe –but it's not always easy! This workshop aims for parents and caregivers to gain a better understanding of children’s growth and sexual development, as well as increase their ability to answer questions. Join RN Jennifer Katz for a discussion about what our kids already know, what we would like them to know, and some tips on having these conversations. Please Pre-Register for this workshop during drop in hours, using the sign up on the purple door. It will be posted two weeks prior to the workshop.
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 2:30 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).
Come join the South Riverdale Child Parent Centre and the Queen Saulter Library for a fun Dance Party upstairs in the second-floor auditorium. Park the strollers in the back and make sure to bring your dancing shoes!
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 Pre-Crawlers and is 45 minutes.
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 as well as early planning for our Annual Auction. Come to find out more about the fundraisers and to sign up for a role that interests you. Child care is provided by Robin 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 Sarah.
The student team at South Riverdale Child-Parent Centre will be hosting a Developmental Screening Fair. The event is free of cost and will be held in the second-floor auditorium of the Ralph Thornton Community Centre. They welcome any and all families with young children (newborn-6 years old) to attend this event. They have a wide variety of professionals including Oral Screening, Language, Emotional Development, Vision & Hearing and Nutrition!
If you are interested in attending the screening fair, please call us at (416) 469-3776 to book an appointment.
In Forma Theatre's Drama workshop will take you on an adventure under the sea! Together, we will participate in various drama activities involving creative movement, character play, art, and storytelling, in addition to mindfulness meditation and movement activities. Come join us as we explore the ocean, and help a mermaid find her missing pearl! Children aged 18 months–3 years are invited to attend this workshop, and parents or caregivers are welcome to join in.
Come join us for a Black History Month Celebration! We will be honouring Black History Month by participating in a dance workshop called Spirit Of Africa with Lesley Waldron. After we dance, Abraham the Tambo Drummer will do an interactive circle with us. We will also offer a small snack.
Join Page Dixon, Public Health Nurse, for an interactive workshop on sleep. Page will guide participants in progressive relaxation to facilitate faster falling asleep, discuss the growth and development issues associated with sleep, and assist you to develop a sleep plan for your family.
** Cancelled Due to Weather. Rescheduled for Wednesday, February 27th, 2019**
The program committee provides feedback and suggestions regarding daily drop-in activities, workshops, events, special projects, and the program environment. The committee is made up of drop-in participants—YOU! —, Nina, Sarah, Robin and Shannon. Join us this morning to shape your drop-in. If you can’t make the meeting, add an idea to our suggestion box or speak with staff.
Do you want to know how to make play dough that is as smooth and soft as the drop-in play dough? Nina and Robin will show you today! Adults will cook play dough, in the Kitchen of the RTCC, while children play in the drop-in with Sarah and occasional staff members. Each family will leave with play dough to take home!
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 ROM inside the front door at 10:30 am. **Suggested donation for this outing is $10 per family to help cover the cost of admission; all families are welcome! **
Babies are born yogis! This unique class is yoga for your baby, helping them to preserve their innate bodily awareness and strengthening the bond between parent and child. We will learn poses, sing songs, and snuggle in relaxation. Learn how to 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, and creates a strong bond between caregiver and child, supporting the transition to parenthood. Baby yoga stimulates all of the babies' bodily systems and can help them experience decreased frustration and less extreme highs and lows. Shared relaxation is mutually beneficial for parents and babies and enhances non-verbal communication. Caregivers of all kinds are welcome! Come dressed in comfortable clothes, please bring water and mats are provided. Class is 30 minutes. Snack will be available after.
Celebrate winter or the holiday season with handmade cards! Enjoy coffee and/or tea and socialize with other adults while making fun cards with former program participant Lisa Neutel, using new designs and materials. This workshop is for adults—your children will be cared for by staff, downstairs in the drop-in.
Children will create winter and holiday art with support from their parents or caregivers and staff. The art activities will be tailored to the ages and abilities of the children who sign up for this workshop.
We will also be decorating gingerbread cookies with icing and candy.
**Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions/allergies**
Full of creative play, craft-making, and many other family-friendly activities, a trip to the Art Gallery of Ontario is a fun opportunity for authentic learning experiences. Join us while we make lasting memories by meeting us outside The AGO at 10:30am. Suggested donation for this outing is $10 per family to help cover the cost of admission; all families are welcome!
Participant Megan Snider, founder of Appleseed Yoga, will facilitate a session of her Toddler Yoga with parents, and caregivers. Using visual aids, we will stand rooted like trees, bark in downward dog, flutter our wings in butterfly, trumpet water like an elephant, and hop high like a frog! We will play games, listen to music, and practice breathing exercises which children can bring into everyday life. This themed class creates a space for bonding between parent or caregiver and child while strengthening growing muscles, and ends with relaxation. Come dressed in comfortable clothes to learn, laugh, and have fun! Please bring water and mat’s are provided. (Children should be strong walkers and runners)
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. It features a Live and Silent Auction to raise money for the Drop In.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to contribute.
The Centre is closed today so that staff can complete preparation for TOMORROW’S Auction! The auction is a social night that raises funds for the Centre, as government funding does not cover the costs of all activities we include in our programs. We hope to see you at the event tomorrow!
In this workshop Danielle (Family Nutritionist & Picky Eating Expert) will show you: 5 reasons why kids don’t eat well, 5 powerful ways to encourage kids to try new foods, 3 “picky eating” myths that every parent should know, and the 6 phrases that are CRITICAL for turning picky eaters into healthy eaters. Learn more about Danielle and pick up some powerful tips here: www.daniellebinns.com.
Join her Facebook Group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1447191338904412/
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.