A Valley Grows in Mouse City

Our popular Mouse City program gives kids a chance to explore real-life urban planning issues by constructing model cities out of craft materials. The latest installment, Mouse City Valley, is a partnership with Evergreen Brick Works (EBW) that will address the biggest civic challenge of them all: the environment.

The project will run on four consecutive Sundays from April 8-29 (inclusive), followed by a public exhibition of the diorama at EBW on May 5, 6 and 12. FREE With RSVP.  SOLD OUT. But there are spaces on the Waiting List.  Click here to sign-up.

Students aged 8−12 can engage in an exploration of this historical site involving mapping exercises and indigenous story circles, culminating in the creation of a model valley with buildings for storybook mice. They can also “conduct tours” of Mouse City Valley for visitors to EBW when the diorama is exhibited in the Children’s Garden.

The project consists of four interlinked sessions; April 8, April 15, April 22 and April 29. Each unit takes place at EBW from 10:30am-1:30pm. Students are encouraged to take part in the complete series (all four units). But they can attend individual units.

Space is limited. Register early for the sessions you want to attend.

For a detailed schedule and to sign-up, click here

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Create Your Own Superhero at The 519

BAM! POW! ZAP! Everyone knows Wonder Woman, Spiderman and the Flash, but superheroes can come in all shapes and sizes. What does it take to be a superhero in today’s Toronto?

Writers aged 6-9 can create superheroes with Evan Munday, author-illustrator of the much lauded middle-grade mystery book series The Dead Kid Detective Agency, at DIY Superhero Lab on Saturday, May 5, from 10am-noon at The 519 (519 Church St).  This FREE workshop will focus on the one thing that superheroes from The Avengers to The X-Men have in common: an incredible origin story.

DIY Superhero Lab is part of The 519’s Kids & Youth Action and Arts Space, a series of creative and social programs for LGBTQ and Trans families. To register, click here.

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From KidLit icons Dennis Lee and Barbara Reid jamming with veteran indie-rock musicians Communism and The Woodshed Orchestra to vibrant performances by Fay and Fluffy’s Drag Queen Storytime and acclaimed author Nadia L. Hohn  – the 10th annual TOTSAPALOOZA Festival on Saturday, February 3 at Revival was an extraordinary celebration of our decade milestone.  Small Printers Jenn Catanzaro and Shana Hillman captured the big day in photos (above).

Clockwise from the top left: Wanda’s Pie-in-the-Sky Bakery’s edible works of art based on this year’s books (and poster), authors Nadia L. Hohn, Dennis Lee and Barbara Reid, Ann-Marie Williams of Movement Lab dances with Fluffy Souffle and Fay Schlift, Small Printers Tim Walker and Marcia Garnes, Don Kerr of Communism sings rhymes from Barbara Reid’s Sing-A-Song of Mother Goose with Barbara and Fay and Fluffy, a set by Communism and The Woodshed Orchestra, (inset) Fay and Fluffy’s hugely popular Storytime in the Basement Bar, Dennis Lee performs “Alligator Pie Blues” with Communism and The Woodshed Orchestra, and The Woodshed Orchestra.

For more photos, click here to visit our Facebook page.

Small Print Toronto gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) for this year’s TOTSAPALOOZA Festival.

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