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Harbourfront Centre launches its NEW generation of Family Programming on Thanksgiving Weekend, October 6 to 8

TORONTO, September 21, 2007—Harbourfront Centre is pleased to announce the exciting launch of HarbourKIDS, its NEW generation of Family Programming. Harbourfront Centre presents a brilliant, curated and interactive programme, just for kids and their families that asks: Where is your place in the world? How can you positively contribute to the world around you? Families are invited to HarbourKIDS to explore these intriguing questions over a long-weekend of fun. Kicking off on Thanksgiving Weekend (Saturday to Holiday Monday, October 6 to 8), HarbourKIDS will continue as weekend adventures in December 2007 and May 2008.

HarbourKIDS is the place where families can watch National Film Board films about people and places, and then create an animated short film of their own. Kids can ponder gallery exhibits and meet three of the Top 20 Under 20, then think of ways they too can change the world. They have the opportunity to find out what biomimicry is, then plant a rooftop garden. Kids can express themselves at Laurentien Inspiration Stations and be the urban planners of their own city at LEGO® Landscapes: The Urban Challenge. Families can enter the extraordinary Luminarium, a massive, wondrous work of art (32 X 57 m), built of light and air that is the heartbeat of this edition of HarbourKIDS! So much to do, and it's all about kids and their place in the world!

“Harbourfront Centre’s new generation of Family Programming aims to inspire imagination, understanding, creativity, expression and discovery,” says Tina Rasmussen, Harbourfront Centre’s Performing Arts Director. HarbourKIDS kicks off with a variety of stimulating, interactive hands-on activities and extraordinary performances. “Everything is about delving into personal-self discovery through creativity and imagination; fostering an understanding of our connection to public space and the environment along with our social responsibility as citizens to these areas; and discovering how we are connected to others in our diverse global sphere,” says Rasmussen.

HarbourKIDS takes place from Saturday to Holiday Monday, October 6 to 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. Admission is free, with the exception of a $5 entrance fee to Luminarium. HarbourKIDS membership is free for kids (see page 14 for exciting membership details). For information, the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit

HarbourKIDS’ Exciting Programme!

Luminarium presented by Natrel (Architects of Air)

Everyone is invited to slip off their shoes and the cares of the world and journey into Luminarium’s colour, light and sound drenched chambers. Architects of Air's spectacular Luminarium is inspired by the beauty of nature and architecture; a massive work of art that constantly changes as people travel through it—just as they are changed by the sense of wonder and the possibility it creates.

The luminosity of light and colour inside Luminarium is created purely by the daylight shining through the coloured plastic. This material is made especially for Architects of Air and all the individual pieces have been cut and glued together by hand at the company’s workshop in Nottingham, England. Luminarium is designed by Alan Parkinson of Architects of Air.

“Think of it as visual art you can enter,” says Donald Hutera, performing arts journalist. ”Luminarium meets a need in people, it offers a space somewhere between a womb and a cathedral,” says Architects of Air.

Luminarium, the heartbeat of the HarbourKIDS launch, “incorporates all our ways you can explore while you’re here—through your personal discovery, wonder, and imagination, your sense of yourself as a citizen, your relationship to the environment and public spaces that surround you, and all the ways that you belong, as part of a multi-generational, intercultural community,” says Rasmussen

Luminarium is accessible to wheelchair users. Luminarium, presented by Natrel, takes place from October 6 to 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with last entry at 3:30 p.m. $5 entrance fee to Luminarium. Ticket Kiosk opens at 9:30 a.m. For more information on Architects of Air, visit

BigInner City
October 6, 7 & 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Harbourfront Centre's Brigantine Room is transformed into a hotbed of urban exploration with cool, interactive programmes! Kids can drop by and dig in with fun hands-on activities running all day that take them to the heart of the worlds of design, architecture and urban planning.

Garden in the Sky
The Canadian Centre for Architecture, based in Montreal, invites budding landscape architects to build miniature models of rooftop gardens with real earth, plants and seeds. Kids discover more about the growing popularity of real green roofs—how they keep us cool in summer and warm in winter and clean the air we breathe. The project explores how architects are using new “green” technology to address environmental concerns and urban challenges of heating and cooling, drainage, pollution, etc. The project explains the benefits of green roof practice and explores real examples of green roof usage in Toronto and Canada and examines the effects of a large city or community on the environment. The project provides discovery into how individual structures, as well as the collective built environment affect the natural environment, and what effect one solution such as green roofs can have in addressing these environmental issues.

A green roof, a relatively new phenomenon, was developed in Germany in the 1960s, and has since spread to many countries. Today, it is estimated that about 10% of all German roofs have been “greened.” Green roofs are also becoming increasingly popular in North America, although they are not as common as in Europe. For additional information on the Canadian Centre for Architecture, visit

Creative Playscapes
How would kids design a waterfront park that they along with everyone in Toronto could enjoy? Children work with experts from Harbourfront Centre’s School Visits programme and use the Mobile Learning Lab to design the ultimate playscape that everyone in their community can take pleasure in! As responsible citizens in a community, kids are not only asked to consider their individual needs but also those of their fellow citizens—and what could be more rewarding than a well-designed space to play and have fun in!

Nature by Design with the Design Exchange
Bee hives! Birds' nests! Butterfly wings! Young designers are invited to investigate how furniture design can be inspired by the natural world around us. In this guided workshop, kids explore how and why some furniture designers mimic forms found in nature. Kids can then take their turn at using natural references to design and create their own miniature pieces. Kids gain a sense of community as they add their completed design element to a model of a residential environment that evolves over the weekend.

The interactive workshop introduces kids to biomimicry, a new discipline that studies nature’s best ideas and then imitates these designs and processes to solve human problems. Studying a leaf to invent a better solar cell is an example of this innovation inspired by nature. It not only gets kids thinking about how nature influences design but also why, as a designer, they would look to nature for inspiration. For more details on biomimicry, visit For additional information on the Design Exchange, visit

LEGO® Landscapes: The Urban Challenge
HarbourKIDS provides a chance for kids to build a city—the way only kids can see it! Families have the opportunity to build a spectacular miniature ideal city by addressing various urban challenges including housing, transportation and environmental concerns. Part of the fun will be in answering some pretty tough questions city planners face everyday including: How will the people get around town? Is there enough space for everyone to live, work and play? It’s all up to kids to add to this ever evolving landscape in a conscious neighbourhood.

Slam Poetry with Mayhem Poets
October 6 & 7, 2:30 p.m. (performance)
October 7 & 8, 12:30 p.m. (workshop)
(Pre-registration for workshop is suggested, beginning at 10 a.m. each day at event venue)

Families are invited to embark upon an exciting verbal adventure as the vibrant Mayhem Poets from the United States make their Toronto premiere. Utilizing hip-hop rhythms and dynamic theatrical techniques, the Mayhem Poets have developed powerful performances and workshops to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to craft and perform original poetry.

The collective of young poets (Mason Granger, Kyle Sutton and Scott Tarazevits) show how metre, rhyme, and verbal dexterity are not only the concerns of the poets that children study in school, but also of contemporary slam performers. Audiences love the dynamism and excitement of these verbal veterans, and may be inspired to write and perform spoken-word poetry.

Performance poetry, an accessible and appealing art form, combines verbal mastery, originality, and creativity with oral performance skills in a way that is engaging, inspirational, and fun. Workshops by the Mayhem Poets provide the necessary tools for kids and parents to begin to express themselves using this discipline. For more information about the Mayhem Poets, visit

Pass it On! Tales and Tellers
Saturday, October 6, 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 7 & Monday, October 8, 11 am. & 2 p.m.

Oral traditions and storytelling connect people with the past and preserve cultures for the future. Families are invited to listen to some of the city’s best storytellers, representing diverse cultures and vibrant neighbourhoods, as they tell tales of Toronto and Canada.

Pat Bisset & Anna Kerz
October 6, 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Pat Bisset enchants audiences with her repertoire of world myth, folk and fairy tales, and historic stories. Bisset is closely associated with The Buffalo Jump Artists' Collective, booking and arranging storytellers and musicians for National Aboriginal Day celebrations.

Anna Kerz believes that stories help young people build the foundation for literacy and helps us obtain a better understanding of other people and their cultures. Kerz presents personal tales about immigration and life in Kensington Market in the early 1950s. Kerz has worked with children in classrooms for over 30 years, telling her tales and helping them tell theirs.

Goldie Spencer
October 7, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Goldie Spencer thinks that opening the minds of children and adults to use their imagination is one of the key benefits of storytelling. Spencer presents folk tales from around the world and environmental tales.

October 8, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
The Four-in-Hand members (Lorne Brown, Sandra Carpenter-Davis, Lynda Howes and Marylyn Peringer) are Toronto-based storytellers with nearly a 100 years combined experience in telling tales to all ages. Together, they represent a mix of stories, ballads and folk songs, rhymes and riddles guaranteed to enthrall families.

Global Jammin’
October 6, 7 & 8, 1 p.m.

At Sirius Concert Stage, Harbourfront Centre’s great outdoor stage, families can see how different cultural communities celebrate their heritage through music and dance. Families may just find that different communities, well, they’re not so different after all. So whether the music is new or it’s a familiar tune, families are invited to get up off that seat and jam! They can discover the beats of the Japanese drum (taiko) with the Kiyoshi Nagata Ensemble (October 6), the explosive and delirious Brazilian energy of Escola de Samba (October 7) and the powerful songs and cultural pride of New Zealand’s Kahurangi Maori Dance Theatre (October 8).

The celebration of human spirit is most evident in the diverse forms of music and dance celebrated throughout the world. Many people maintain a connection to their cultural heritage, even after immigrating to a new country by continuing to celebrate their traditional art forms. While many differences in costume, rhythm, instrument, and dance are easy to see between various cultures, there are also many similarities.

The Kiyoshi Nagata Ensemble, based in Toronto, has enthralled audiences with its mesmerizing and heart-pounding performances of the Japanese drum since its formation in 1998. Combining thunderous, primal drumbeats with subtle, intricate rhythms, the ensemble produces a wide spectrum of sound. Featuring a vast array of Japanese taiko (including the massive O-Daiko), gongs, bells, wooden clappers, shakers and bamboo flutes, the Kiyoshi Nagata Ensemble takes families on a musical journey beyond all borders.

An exciting and colourful spectacle, rich in the tradition of Brazilian Carnaval, Escola de Samba explodes with delirious musical energy at every event. Drawing on the talents of Toronto’s Brazilian community and on the musical resources of a small group of honorary Brazilians, Escola de Samba is widely recognized as one of the more important cultural links between Toronto and Brazil, and certainly the most fun! The leader and musical director is percussionist Alan “Canadense” Hetherington, a devotee of the Samba Enredo tradition of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo for nearly 15 years.

A performance by New Zealand’s Kahurangi Maori Dance Theatre presents various aspects of Maori culture. Most of the songs and dances performed are part of the history and fabric of Maori life. They bridge the past and the present—genealogical chants that trace history back to the beginning of time; martial arts techniques that span generations; powerful songs with a forcefulness that springs from cultural pride and personal conviction. Stories, action songs and plenty of audience participation including time for questions and answers from the audience are a part of the Kaharungi experience.

National Film Board: Places, Spaces and Ways
October 6, 7 & 8

In partnership with the National Film Board (NFB), HarbourKIDS presents a programme of Canadian documentaries and animated films about the places, spaces and ways people find to live together. For additional information on the NFB, please visit

Shorts Programme

Power of Place, 37 min.
Saturday, October 6, 10 a.m. & Monday, October 8, 3:30 p.m.
From Far Away, 2000; Citizen Z, 2004; The Chinese Violin, 2002;
Jump-Up: Caribbean Carnival in Canada, 1995
Four films explore how new and established Canadians find and nurture strong connections to specific places—in both their old homes and their new ones.

From Far Away is a touching story that tells of Saoussan, a young girl struggling to adjust to a new world after being uprooted from her wartorn homeland. She has come to seek a quieter and safer life in Canada, although memories of war and death linger, and she must cope with a new language and culture. From Far Away speaks to the power within us all to adapt like Saoussan and to welcome a newcomer.

Aside from the requisite playground and ice rinks, Toronto's Dufferin Grove Park is home to an organic farmer's market, weekly family dinners, a theatre troupe and numerous cultural activities. It's a comfortable public space where everyone is welcome. But when city inspectors raid the park on Christmas Eve and discover huge puppets, a baking oven and kitchen sharing the park's dedicated Zamboni building, the flourishing neighbourhood group is threatened with evacuation. Cavan Young's Citizen Z is a tongue-in-cheek look at what happens when a small community, including some wily puppets, takes on city hall in a fight to rewrite the rules.

In The Chinese Violin, a young girl and her father leave everything familiar behind when they move to Canada from China. The only piece of home they bring with them is a Chinese violin. As they face the huge challenges of starting new lives in a new place, the music of the violin connects them to the life they left behind—and guides the girl to a musical future.

Jump-Up: Caribbean Carnival in Canada is an ethnocultural story that centers on the growing friendship of a newly-arrived West Indian child and a Canadian girl as they both discover how the black community organizes a yearly festival featuring costumes, music and a little history. This film introduces a festive occasion celebrated by the black community in several cities, sensitizes children to the feelings of those who have recently arrived in Canada, and fosters appreciation of the culture of others.

Who Are YOU? 32 min.
Saturday, October 6, 3:30 p.m.; Sunday, October 7, 11 a.m.
& Monday, October 8, 4:30 p.m.
Not So Different, 1994; Here and There, 2006; I Can Make Art Like
Ron Noganosh, 2005
Who we are gets expressed in many ways. These three films provide a look at how we share and communicate our identities with others.

Not So Different is a humorous fable set in the Land of Same, where the law of the land is sameness. Everyone has to behave the same, wear the same clothes, live in the same house, drive the same cars and eat the same food. Everything runs smoothly (although it’s a bit dull), until the arrival of some different people, causing a wave of differentness to spread across the land. So the law is changed to differentness. Things aren’t dull anymore, but life is chaotic! Eventually a meeting is held to vote on same or different. The outcome? Well, families are invited to see for themselves—it’s not the same—but not so different…

Here and There looks at how childhood can be a chaotic time, especially if children are bouncing back and forth between two continents. With engaging candour and gentle humour, the director offers up images from her family album. In drawing on the bewildering events of her rootless early years, she fleshes out an uncertain identity and takes control of her life. Using drawings on paper and digitized snippets of fabric, Obom creates a whimsical world of simple lines and pastel tones. Carried along by a playful, jazzy score, her film soothes old wounds and celebrates a life filled with magic and mayhem.

I Can Make Art Like Ron Noganosh features Ron Noganosh, a highly regarded sculptor and installation artist who transforms everyday items—rusted hubcaps, computer parts and feathers—into artworks that are at once funny, imaginative and thought-provoking. Inspired by Noganosh’s found-object sculptures, students discover how to turn "junk" into art. Themes of personal and cultural identity surface as they develop skills and confidence while discovering a world of creative possibilities. Conveying a strong sense of respect for the environment and for cultural identity, I Can Make Art Like Ron Noganosh offers kids a new way to create art and make powerful statements about their world.

From Space to Place, 42 min.
Saturday, October 6, 11 a.m.; Sunday, October 7, 2:30 p.m. & Monday, October 8, 12 p.m.
Jeu, 2006; A Crack in the Pavement: Digging In, 2000; A Crack in the Pavement: Growing Dreams, 2000
These three films look at how ordinary, familiar spaces are transformed into special places through kids’ involvement and sense of ownership.

In Jeu, the filmmaker sets the viewer down in a landscape whose scenery constantly morphs and mutates. This helter-skelter world evokes the chaos of modern life. A film without words.

A Crack in the Pavement: Digging In is a documentary video that shows how people can work together to ‘green’ their school grounds and make positive changes in their communities. The film follows students from Toronto’s Jesse Ketchum School as they take steps towards the greening of their schoolyard. Along the way they get how-to advice and inspiration from kids across the country, from Pauline Public School, where students raise $10,000, and from Broadacres School, where a family of wild ducks found a home in their pond.

A Crack in the Pavement: Growing Dreams shows what kids have done to transform bare pavement into dream schoolyards: growing trees for shade and vegetables for a food bank; building a greenhouse, a rooftop garden and constructing a courtyard pond as an outdoor classroom and refuge for wildlife.

From ME to WE, 39 min.
Saturday, October 6, 4 p.m.; Sunday, October 7, 10 a.m.
& Monday, October 8, 2:30 p.m.
Dinner for Two, 1996; Tête à Tête à Tête, 2005; Citizen Harold, 1971; Dominoes, 2006
Four short films suggest that our struggle to live and work together can be difficult, but always worth the effort as we learn to respect each others’ needs and differences.

When it comes to conflict, even chameleons won't change! Peace in the rain forest is disrupted when two chameleons literally get stuck in a conflict, with catastrophic results. Relationships are severed, opportunities are lost, innocent bystanders are harmed and violence seems imminent. Luckily for the lizards, a frog observing the fracas turns into exactly what they need—no, not a prince—a mediator. Dinner for Two tackles conflict in a lively, humorous and provocative way. It shows that amidst the chaos that differences create, there are still paths to reconciliation.

Tête à Tête à Tête takes place in another realm, where three heads sharing a single body live in idyllic harmony... until one of them begins to have a mind of its own. The film playfully explores how everyone is "connected" but at the same time needs to think for themselves and respects differences.

Citizen Harold is an animated film about one man's attempt to bring about changes in his community through participation with fellow citizens and the local government. A discussion-starter with a dual ending, for groups exploring methods of bringing about change.

Dominoes animates the tiles of this age-old game to illustrate an oddly shaped domino's struggle to belong. Set to tunes inspired by Brazil's chorinho music, the film gives a new spin to the old domino theory as the characters ultimately learn about openness, flexibility, cooperation... and sharing one's dots.

Feature Programmes

Two NFB documentary feature films explore the cultural connections between people and their habitats, both built and natural, from the perspective of some of North America’s first peoples.

People of the Ice, 2003, 52 min.
Saturday, October 6, 5 p.m. & Sunday, October 7, 12 p.m.
For over 4 000 years, the Inuit have lived in harmony with their Arctic environment. In this frozen landscape, survival depends on a deep understanding of the natural world. Today, global warming threatens the very nature of their habitat. As the ice disappears, so does the Inuit culture it is intimately connected to. Ever-changing temperatures have even made predicting the Arctic climate difficult. Will this extraordinarily resilient people be able to adjust to such dramatic change? People of the Ice looks at climate change through the eyes of Inuit from several generations. Sheila Watts-Cloutier, president of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference, also weighs in on the issue. In Cloutier's view, as the planet heats up, the Inuit must draw on their ancient traditions to survive.

Aboriginal Architecture Living Architecture, 2005, 93 min.
Sunday, October 7, 3:30 p.m. & Monday, October 8, 10 a.m.
Featuring expert commentary and stunning imagery, Aboriginal Architecture Living Architecture provides a virtual tour of seven Aboriginal communities—Pueblo, Mohawk, Inuit, Crow, Navajo, Coast Salish and Haida—revealing how each is actively reinterpreting and adapting traditional forms for contemporary purposes.

Everyone is familiar with certain types of Aboriginal architecture. Traditional igloos and tepees are two of the most enduring symbols of North America itself. But how much do people really know about the types of structures Native Peoples designed, engineered and built? For more than 300 years, Native communities in North America have had virtually no indigenous architecture. Communities have made do with low-cost government housing and community projects designed by strangers in far away places.

Thankfully, across the continent, political, financial and cultural changes have created a renaissance of Native design. Modern Aboriginal architects are turning to ancient forms, adapting them in response to changes in the natural and social environment, and creating contemporary structures that hearken to the past. Employing old and new materials and techniques, and with an emphasis on harmony and balance, Native designers are successfully melding current community needs with tradition. The resulting buildings are testaments to the enduring strength and ingenuity of Aboriginal design.

National Film Board Mediatheque: Animating From ME to WE
October 6, 7, 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m.
(Pre-registration is suggested, beginning at 10 a.m. each day at event venue)

Calling all family filmmakers! Drawing on the exciting releases in the NFB’s Talespinners Collection, families work together and with others to develop their own short stories, create characters using clay and animate it all using stop-motion technology. These two-hour workshops explore the concept of From ME to WE—as celebrated in many NFB animated films for kids. From ME to WE looks at how individuals are connected to others, and examines how individuals can positively impact the life of those around them.

Brave Young Worlds: Family Edition
Saturday, October 6, 1:30 p.m.
(Pre-registration is suggested at event venue, beginning at 10 a.m.)

An opportunity for kids to hear the inspirational stories of three of Canada’s Top 20 Under 20 award-winners who have positively impacted the lives of others and the environment within their specific communities. Award recipients, Sophia Gran-Ruaz, Yvonne Su and Jasmeet Sidhu, along with their parents are interviewed to find out more about the challenges they faced and the role their family played in supporting them. They also provide inspiration and encouragement to those kids in the audience who would like to make a positive difference in their communities, showing that everyone has a voice and the power to create change.

The Top 20 Under 20 awards program honours outstanding young Canadians who have made remarkable contributions to their community—all before they turn 20. For more information about Top 20 Under 20, visit

Motivated by the lack of volunteer opportunities for young children in her community, 14 year-old Sophia Gran-Ruaz, from Mississauga, founded a charity at the age of 11. Snug as a Bug, Kids Helping Kids is a charity that provides children staying in shelters with care packages, making their stay more comfortable. Each care package includes a variety of items: novels, colouring/activity books, pencil crayons, decks of playing cards, children’s magazines and much more. In its first year, Snug as a Bug, Kids Helping Kids created 500 packages for Interim Place North and South. The following year, Gran-Ruaz’s charity doubled this amount and included the Honeychurch Salvation Army Family shelter. Last year, 2200 care packages were made and Women Resources was added to the recipient list. This year, she hopes for 2500 care packages to be made and the addition of a fourth shelter.

Throughout 17 year-old Yvonne Su’shigh school career, she has aspired to protect the environment and has pushed herself to the very limits doing just that. Three years ago, Su, from Holland Landing, Ontario, started The Denison Environmental Club (D.E.C.). The club started with an idea—a protest against her school’s deceiving recycling program. Su learned that due to staff shortages, the caretakers in her school neglected the recyclables and, for years, threw them out as waste. Outraged and determined to make a positive change, she introduced Denison’s first student-run recycling program. Three years later, D.E.C. is recycling twice a week with remarkable results. In addition, Su has led the students of D.E.C. coast to coast, expanding their environmental network and knowledge, while spreading the message of sustainability. Su and her D.E.C. team have also spoken to thousands of people from all walks of life, mobilizing the population to take positive action.

When 19 year-old Jasmeet Sidhu, from Brampton, Ontario, founded the Peel Environmental Youth Alliance (PEYA) in 2004, she envisioned a youth-led organization that would be a meeting place for high school students to comment on environmental issues and share project ideas. However from this modest idea, PEYA has grown to more than 300 members and is now recognized across the country as a strong, definitive place to pool the passion, knowledge and skills of student environmental leaders to create concrete change for the future. An example of this is the creation of a climate declaration in 2006, which was supported by many prominent community leaders and federal politicians, receiving a $215,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to organize annual conferences called EcoBuzz. These conferences are facilitating the creation of new recycling programs within schools and are helping the next generation of environmental leaders and innovators hone their leadership skills. Sidhu's efforts have not gone unnoticed; she has also received the TD Canada Trust Scholarship for Community Leadership and is distinguished at the University of Toronto as a National Scholar.

(Extra)Ordinary Visual Arts
October 6, 7 & 8, several times per day

Explore contemporary art as a whole family through a family-friendly tour and discussion of (Extra)Ordinary: New Art From Brazil in the main gallery where four Brazilian artists have created photographs and videos using ordinary objects (i.e. office equipment, plastic bottles and cube vans) and everyday places (i.e. bathrooms, studio apartment and city streets). Gaining their inspiration from the exhibition, the guided tour is followed by a hands-on activity where families explore how colour, form and design can create spaces that evoke a desired or specific emotional response. Participants are given various options on spaces that they can transform such as a bedroom or a public square, as well as having the freedom to use their own imagination and creativity in selecting a special place to create art!

Laurentien Inspiration Stations
October 6, 7 & 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Laurentien Inspiration Stations provide ongoing outlets for creative expression throughout the HarbourKIDS site! These colourful, ‘towers’ of varying heights are the perfect blank canvas for kids to use their favourite Laurentien products to write, draw, and leave their mark; an opportunity to express their creative ideas after participating in various cool events and experiences.
Public Palette Party!
October 6, 7 & 8, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
(Pre-registration is suggested, beginning at 10 a.m. each day at event venue)

Families are encouraged to take pride in their place—battle the ‘greyscape’ of the city by using their imagination to create a space filled with colour! Families can take part in guided tours of the Harbourfront Centre area led by members of the City Beautification Ensemble to see how they can colour their world! Using a mix of historical information, as well as an analysis of current architectural developments, participants develop an understanding of how the city became so very grey. By treating the city as if it were a life sized colouring book, kids come away from this experience with a better understanding of the urban landscape, as well as their role and responsibility to contribute in the dialogue of our growing city.

Urban Market & Comfort Food Cafe
October 6, 7 & 8
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Have families ever thought about where all the things they buy come from? What are the benefits of buying foods and products made close to home? The Urban Market and Comfort Food Cafe features food that is locally grown and produced, and products from local craftspeople and small businesses, as well as traditional autumn comfort food classics!

100 km Tastebud Challenge
October 6, 7 & 8,
11 a.m. to Noon
(Pre-registration is suggested, beginning at 10 a.m. each day at event venue)

Local eating for global change! Local chefs use produce and food that is within the 100 km footprint of Harbourfront Centre to create a family friendly delicious sample of dishes. The demonstration highlights how families can cook, prepare food and shop for produce together, as well as explores the environmental importance of making local choices. (There’s a nominal fee for the tasty food samples.) After the demonstration, everyone is encouraged to create their own creative menus or recipes using the list of ingredients found within the 100 km footprint. An Inspiration Station nearby provides an opportunity for families to share recipes and suggestions for buying locally.

The 100 km Tastebud Challenge is a great way for families to think local and help globally. According to, the typical ingredient in an average meal travels 1500 miles or more from farm to plate, representing one of the main sources for energy consumption in North America. The programme illustrates the impact that we as a society have on our planet, as well as providing simple ways for us to change and make a difference by reducing their personal impact.

Zero Footprint
October 6, 7 & 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
HarbourKIDS asks everyone to think about their environmental footprint. Harbourfront Centre is encouraging visitors to join over one million people who have pledged to reduce their footprint in one year—HarbourKIDS shows families how they can calculate their impact on the earth and help them decide what they can do about it.

Looking forward to more HarbourKIDS excitement!
Saturday, December 15 & Sunday, December 16, 2007
Visitors are invited to return to Harbourfront Centre to explore the spectrum of the world’s cultures by seeing how people observe the festive season—they will see the threads that bind us in a universal culture. Through food, folklore, the winter solstice, and the spirit of giving, families will become citizens of a global celebration.

Saturday, May 17 & Sunday, May 18, 2008
Families are invited to stay tuned for all of the details on the spectacular May edition of HarbourKIDS!

Join our Family!
While most everything at HarbourKIDS is for the whole family, there are some things that are meant just for kids! With a HarbourKIDS membership, registered kids will be the first to know about all the cool activities for kids and families happening at Harbourfront Centre—sent directly to them! Membership is free for kids—find out more at the information booth onsite at HarbourKIDS.

HarbourKIDS is supported by Canadian Heritage, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, the City of Toronto, Enwave, Sirius Satellite Radio, Queens Quay Terminal, Natrel, Ocean Spray, Nestle, Laurentien and LEGO.

Harbourfront Centre bridges the generation gap. What are the defining moments of your generation? How deep are the roots of your family tree? What legacy will you leave? Generations are defined by history, cultural movements and shared experiences. They both divide and unite us. From June to December 2007, Harbourfront Centre is talking about your generation. Generations is part of an ongoing focus on ideas in programming at Harbourfront Centre. Our Lens. Your View.


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