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Lots of family fun in December at Harbourfront Centre

TORONTO, Wednesday, November 14, 2007 — This December, Harbourfront Centre hosts three fun and festive programmes for the entire family, along with yoga and djembe drumming for adults while the kids learn to skate on the Natrel Rink, as part of its exciting Courses & Workshops programme. Register early for workshops as space is limited. To register or for more information, the public can call
416-952-4046 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com/courses.

Winter Celebrations for Families
Families are invited to celebrate winter festivals from diverse cultures! A wonderful opportunity for families to come out of the cold and warm their hearts with stories, activities and food from cross-cultural winter customs.

Saturday, December 1, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Festive Lights and Decoration
Celebrate winter festivals from around the world! A fun-filled morning of arts and crafts where families make beautiful luminous decorations and keepsakes for the holidays, sample tasty festive treats and participate in stories, games and special activities to learn more about the winter festive season across the globe.

Saturday, December 8, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Festive Gifts for your Family
The greatest gift is one you make yourself! Families learn to make beautiful gifts that inspire the warmth of the season. From preparing festive sweets to designing their own gift wrap to making warm and cozy one-of-a-kind presents, this morning programme has families bursting with creative ideas for gift-giving and participate in games, activities and stories.

The cost is *$15 per session; *$10 for HarbourKIDS members. (*Price includes admission for 1 child plus 1 adult.) Additional children are $15; $10 for HarbourKIDS members. To sign up for a free HarbourKIDS membership, please visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com/harbourkids/members; then be the first to know about all the activities for kids and families happening at Harbourfront Centre!

Other Goose: Recycled Rhymes for our Fragile Times

Saturday, December 15, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Barbara Klunder, whose illustrated Other Goose book is hot-off-the-press, and deals with modern issues like the environment, clean water, politicians and traffic in wicked rhymes, leads this exciting workshop. A rhyme from Other Goose is chosen to be the inspiration, from either the words or illustrations. Klunder emphasizes the important parts of good drawing: shape, line, and tone, using different drawing materials and different papers, focusing on each child's natural line. Klunder is a well-known illustrator and graphic designer, who teaches drawing at many arts institutions in Toronto, and has shown nationally and internationally. The cost is *$15; *$10 for HarbourKIDS members. (*Price includes admission for 1 child plus 1 adult.) Additional children are $15; $10 for HarbourKIDS members.

While the Kids Learn to Skate…

Harbourfront Centre is pleased to offer a new set of workshops for parents/guardians while the kids learn to skate during its popular Learn to Skate programme on the Natrel Rink. These workshops take place just inside the building while the children take skating lessons.

Yoga
November 19 to December 5 (Mondays & Wednesdays, 6 to 7 p.m.)
January 7 to February 13 (Mondays & Wednesdays, 6 to 7 p.m.)
Parents learn how to end their day feeling revitalized, relaxed, stretched and strengthened all at the same time. They find out why yoga has been around for over 5000 years. This class is for all levels and one doesn’t need to be a pretzel to participate. The cost is $10 per session.

Djembe Drumming
November 19 to December 5 (Mondays & Wednesdays, 6 to 7 p.m.)
January 7 to February 13 (Mondays & Wednesdays, 6 to 7 p.m.)
Using authentic African Djembe drums, parents explore rhythm and hand drumming techniques, while learning the rich cultural history of drumming in Africa. The cost is $10 per session.

Learn to Skate
Session One begins on Monday, November 19 to Sunday, December 9
Session Two begins on Monday, January 7 to Sunday, February 17, 2008
(Weather permitting).

Lessons for children and adults of all abilities are taught by qualified instructors in small groups resulting in a comfortable environment and personal attention that ensures their success. Classes range from $55 to $95. To register or for more information, call 416-973-4093 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com/skating.

Natrel Rink
November 17, 2007 to March 9, 2008 (weather permitting); 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday to 11 p.m.

The Natrel Rink launches its new season on Saturday, November 17 (weather permitting). Enjoy music and picturesque waterfront surroundings at Canada’s largest artificially cooled outdoor rink. The Natrel Rink provides skate rentals, sharpening, change rooms and locker services. Adjoining the Natrel Rink, Lakeside EATS offers casual dining and hot and cold beverages.

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Media Contact:
Linda Liontis
416-973-4381
lliontis@harbourfrontcentre.com
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