Kids Can Design the Future of Cloverdale Mall

Aspiring city-builders aged 4-12 can help shape the development of Cloverdale Mall by taking part in a special edition of Mouse City, our popular model-city building program. Mouse City Cloverdale is on Saturday, June 22. FREE. To sign up, click here.

If you are between the ages of 4-7 join us from 10:00AM to 12:00PM
If you are between the ages of 8-12 join us from 12:30PM to 2:30PM.

At this session, young city-builders can design the places to live, work, and play in this emerging community. What will public spaces look like? How will residents access all the things they need to thrive? These are questions participants will work together to answer!

Participants will also have the opportunity to act as reporters for the Mouse City Times, writing and drawing stories about what they think life in the new community might be like.

Ideas and opinions generated from the event will be prepared in a report by Small Print Toronto and delivered to QuadReal to assist them in the redevelopment process.


This event is specifically tailored for families with children between the ages of 4 and 12 but everyone is welcome to take part.

Recyclable materials will be provided for participants to use to create their vision. HOWEVER we encourage participants to bring cleaned recycled materials to add different textures and explore different ways of building.

Children must be accompanied at all times by a parent / guardian.

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Mouse City Valley Returns to Evergreen Brickworks

We’re bringing back our successful Mouse City Valley program for the second year to t Evergreen Brickworks (550 Bayview Ave). City-builders aged 4-12 are invited to join us on Sunday, May 12th, 10am-3pm for a FREE model-building session. No registration required.

Kids can build a model city out of craft and recyclable materials to tell the story of how they imagine cities could be built to highlight the importance of nature in our lives.

How will mice travel around this city? Where will mice live, work, and play? Who has historically called the valley home prior the incorporation of Mouse City?

Participants can explore these ideas and questions, along with much more, through the construction of the buildings and landscape of Mouse City Valley.

Materials will be provided. But participants are encouraged to supplement these building options by bringing cleaned, recycled materials, such as egg cartons, 1L plastic bottles, and paper towel rolls. PLEASE DO NOT BRING GLASS.

Mouse City Valley is tailored for families with kids aged 4-12, however everyone is welcome to join, no registration required.

Children MUST be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times.

Food will not be served. You’re welcome to  bring snacks. There’s also a cafe on site at Evergreen Brickworks.

Evergreen BrickWorks is accessible by public transit, bicycle and car. For a handy guide to how getting there, click here.

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Jam with Claire Caldwell at Rhyme Stew Crew!

What do you get when you combine Dennis Lee and Jay-Z? The kind of inspired mash-up of gorgeous words and infectious beats that kids aged 4-12 create at our popular rap-poetry workshop Rhyme Stew Crew. 

After the poet Claire Caldwell guides young writers through the steps of setting a classic children’s verse, like Alligator Pie, to vintage hip hop beats, they can create and share their own rhymes.

Kick off Poetry Month in style at Rhyme Stew Crew on Saturday, April 6 at 1pm at The Children’s Book Bank, 350 Berkeley Street (Gerrard & Parliament). FREE Admission. No sign-up. Just drop by. (link)

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Create Your Own Superhero

BAM! POW! ZAP!  Everyone knows that superheroes can come in all shapes and sizes. What does it take to be a superhero today?

Writers aged 6-9 can invent their own superheroes with Tim Walker and Chris Reed at our DIY Superhero Lab on Saturday, March 2, between 10am-noon at The 519 ((519 Church St). FREE with RSVP. Sign up here.

The session 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 presented in partnership with The 519’s Kids Action and Arts Space program for Two Spirit, Queer, Trans, and gender nonbinary kids, and the kids of queer and trans families.

Space is Limited. Register Early.

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A Magical Day With Qin Leng & Friends

Renowned illustrator Qin Leng (centre) unveiled her picture book debut I AM SMALL at our 11th annual Totsapalooza, with Fay & Fluffy’s Drag Queen Story Time (top left), author Emil Sher (top right), and indie rock all-stars The Woodshed Orchestra (bottom), on Saturday, February 2 at Revival.

Watching Qin draw a character and choreographer Ann-Marie Williams (bottom, middle) bring it to life through movement was positively magical. So too were Wanda’s-Pie-in-the-Sky Bakery‘s treats based on Qin’s pictures.

Photos by Jenn Catanzaro. For more photos, click here.

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