Dec
12
10:00 AM10:00

Holiday Card Making (for Adults)

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. 

 

 

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Jan
9
10:00 AM10:00

Baby Yoga with Appleseed - Class will run from 10:00 am-10:30 am

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.

 

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Dec
5
10:00 AM10:00

Children's Holiday Art Workshop

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**

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Nov
28
10:30 AM10:30

Trip to the AGO

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!

 

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Nov
21
10:00 AM10:00

Toddler Yoga with Parents/Caregivers (18 months-3 yrs)

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)

 

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Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

40th Anniversary Benefit 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. 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 info@srcpc.org if you would like to contribute. 

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Nov
14
8:45 AM08:45

Auction Preparation Day

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!

 

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Nov
7
10:00 AM10:00

Picky Eaters & Kid’s Nutrition 101 with Danielle Binns

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/ 

 

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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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Oct
17
10:00 AM10:00

Workshop– Positive Parenting Part 2

Page Dixon is a Public Health Nurse with Toronto Public Health. She has been the South Riverdale Child Parent Liaison nurse for a year.  She is also an Expressive Arts Therapist.  Come and join us for the 2nd facilitation on Positive Parenting. The second will focus on Positive Parenting Strategies. Be prepared to get creative with your thinking on how you relate to your child!

 

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Oct
3
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/refresh your knowledge on 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 September 21

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

 

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Sep
26
10:00 AM10:00

Workshop- Positive Parenting Part 1

Page Dixon is a Public Health Nurse with Toronto Public Health.  She has been the South Riverdale Child-Parent Liaison nurse for a year.  She is also an Expressive Arts Therapist.  Come and join us for two facilitations on Positive Parenting.  The first session will focus on Temperament and Goodness of Fit.  The second will focus on Positive Parenting Strategies.  Come to one or both.  Be prepared to get creative with your thinking on how you relate to your child!  

** Part 2 will be Wednesday, October 17th, 2018**

 

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Sep
19
9:00 AM09:00

Apple and Pumpkin picking Outing

This outing is for children 0-6 years and their parents and caregivers. We will meet at the drop-in at 9:15am and take the Magic Bus to Andrews’ Scenic Acres (a 45- to 60- minute drive) (http://www.andrewsscenicacres.com/). When we arrive, we’ll pick apples and pumpkins, visit animals, play at the playground, and eat lunch together.  The bus will return to the Centre at 2:30pm.

Suggested donation is $20 per family to help cover the cost of admission and the bus; all families are welcome!   To join us on this trip, visit the drop-in to sign up your family.

***We will post the registration on Sept.5th***

 

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Sep
12
10:30 AM10:30

Outing to Science Centre

We’re going to KidSpark; a hands-on discovery area for children aged 8 and under and their caregivers. We will meet inside the Science Centre, in front of the lockers near the main entrance at 10:30 am. You may pack a lunch or purchase from the cafeteria. Suggested donation is $10; everyone is welcome

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Sep
5
10:00 AM10:00

Fundraising Committee Meeting

Before the fun night arrives, the 40th Anniversary Auction Committee offers you a chance to develop your fundraising and event planning skills alongside other parents and caregivers, while your child plays in the drop-in. The Committee needs volunteers for various roles, from preparing the online auction catalogue to assisting with child care for other volunteers. Today, the Committee will meet upstairs while staff care for children in the drop-in.

If you would like to join the Committee, or if you would like to donate to the Auction, please speak with staff or a member of the Auction Committee.

 

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Aug
22
10:30 AM10:30

Four-year-old Off to School Party!

It’s almost time for our four-year-old participants to start school! Each year, we support this transition by hosting a party especially for four-year-olds. Invitations have been sent out in the mail. Please call us by July 5th if your child who is  starting school in September did not receive an invitation.

 

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Aug
15
10:30 AM10:30

Outing to Corktown Common!

Join us at Corktown Common, a new park located near Lower River Street and Bayview Avenue. We will tour the park to see the naturalized area featuring a wetland , play in the new  playground and have some fun in the splash pad. Be sure to wear appropriate clothes for the sunny weather and don’t forget your swimsuit and lunch!

 

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Aug
8
9:00 AM09:00

Centre re-opens!

Welcome back  for a  regular drop-in day after our summer break. Because this is our first Wednesday back after our summer break,  we will not be going on an outing. We will  play, sing and have snack on a regular drop-in schedule.  No pre-registration is required.

 

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Jul
4
10:00 AM10:00

Potluck at Jimmie Simpson Park!

Join us in the park behind Jimmie Simpson Rec Centre for a potluck picnic!  We’ll play in the sand, cool off in the wading pool, and maybe even play games in the green space. Bring your sun protection, swim gear, and a nut-free sweet or savory treat to share for lunch. We will meet at the park.

 

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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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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
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
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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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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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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