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HarbourKIDS: Family Skating Party presented by RBC
Meet RBC Olympians Jayna Hefford and Greg Westlake!

Family Day, Feb. 21, 2011


TORONTO, ON (Jan. 28, 2011)Harbourfront Centre is thrilled to host HarbourKIDS: Family Skating Party presented by RBC, a FREE day of fun and festivities for kids ages five to 12. Families are invited to spend Family Day by the lake and witness a wide range of free performances and activities, including ice skating, live music, workshops, and crafts to make and take home. You’ll run into many fun characters celebrating at Harbourfront Centre this holiday Monday, including superheroes, drummers, dancers, sock monkeys, and very special guests Canadian Olympians Jayna Hefford and Greg Westlake.

Jayna Hefford has represented Canada as a member of the Women’s Hockey team at four Winter Olympics, and has come home with a medal each time. She won a silver medal in Nagano in 1998, and has 3 gold medals from the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, 2006 in Torino, and 2010 in Vancouver. During her 12 years as a member of Canada’s National Women’s Ice Hockey Team, Jayna has won six World Championship titles.

Greg Westlake is a member of Canada’s National Sledge Hockey team. He won a gold medal at the 2006 Paralypmpic Games and placed 1st at the 2008 the World Sledge Hockey Championship. He was recently named team captain for the 2010-2011 season.

HarbourKIDS is Harbourfront Centre’s free family programme designed for kids from five to 12 years old, with three free weekend festivals each year. Thanksgiving weekend 2010 we celebrated Harvest, and HarbourKIDS: SK8 is December’s annual family festival all about skating and urban culture. May 2011 will bring the exciting HarbourKIDS: CIRCUS back to town!

For complete event details and full schedule, the public can visit harbourfrontcentre.com/harbourkids or call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West, in the heart of downtown Toronto’s waterfront.

FULL EVENT LISTINGS FOLLOW

HOCKEY

RBC Play Hockey Shoot-out
11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Natrel® Rink – Fire Pits)
Put your hockey skills to the test and score as many goals as you can at the RBC Play Hockey shoot-out challenge.

RBC Stick-Handling Challenge with Jayna Hefford
11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Natrel® Kinder Rink)
Demonstrate your stick-handling skills with this fun and challenging activity. Olympic Women’s Hockey gold medalist Jayna Hefford will be there to cheer challengers on and give tips and advice to aspiring hockey players.

RBC Sledge Hockey Demos with Greg Westlake
12:30 p.m. & 3 p.m. (Natrel® Rink)
Have you ever heard of sledge hockey? If you haven’t, check out Greg Westlake, an Olympian and member of the Canadian National Sledge Hockey Team. Greg will demonstrate sledge hockey techniques and a few lucky audience members will be able to participate in the demo.

RBC Play Hockey Olympian Autograph Tent
1-2 p.m. (Natrel® Rink – Fire Pits)
Meet and get autographs from Canadian Hockey Gold Medalists Jayna Hefford and Greg Westlake. RBC will be providing free RBC Play Hockey memorabilia for the Olympians to sign, so there’s no need to worry about bringing a pen and paper!


SKATING

Rink Host
11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Natrel® Rink)
Skate alongside our resident “Ice Host” Kristian Reimer who will keep you entertained with his comedy and improv. He will also be announcing all the events taking place both inside and outside Harbourfront Centre so that you don’t miss out on other activities!

Harbourfront Centre Skate Clinics
11 a.m.-2 p.m. (Natrel® Rink)
Learn to skate or develop new skills with the help of Harbourfront Centre’s skilled skating instructors.

Swingtime Skate
2-4 p.m. (Natrel® Rink)
Skate to swing music as the Toronto All-Star Big Band’s performance in the Lakeside Terrace is transmitted LIVE out to the Natrel® Rink.

Cozy by the Fire
11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Natrel® Rink)
When you need a break from skating, cozy up to the controlled outdoor fire pits and take in the beautiful view of Lake Ontario.

Kinder Rink
11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Lakeside Terrace Tent)
The Natrel® Kinder Rink is a synthetic skating surface that you can skate on with your regular ice skates! It requires no electricity or refrigeration to operate. This surface is suitable for younger children and children learning to skate.


MUSIC

Music with Bite – La Tête Dans Les Nuages (Head in the Clouds)
1 p.m. (Brigantine Room)
Listen to the story of a young girl named Annabelle that has always been told that she has her head in the clouds. One day, she actually grows wings and finds herself in the clouds!
Music with Bite is a refreshing experience where children can pull up a comfy cushion and sit in front of the stage for an enjoyable, interactive music performance tailored to young audience members. This is a fantastic opportunity to sample music of diverse styles in a friendly, accessible format. All of the artists performing bring an element of interactivity, education and entertainment to their programmes. After the concerts, children can enjoy a complimentary Natrel® milk beverage and cookie. In partnership with Jeunesses Musicales Ontariojmontario.ca.
***NOTE: This performance is in French***

Toronto All-Star Big Band
2-4 p.m. (Lakeside Terrace)
The Toronto All-Star Big Band is an 18-piece ensemble that performs swing-era tunes that will keep you dancing. Those skating on the Natrel® Rink will be able to hear the live performance and skate along to the music.

African Drumming & Dancing Workshops
Drumming: 12 p.m. & 3 p.m.; dancing: 1 p.m. & 4 p.m. (Miss Lou’s Room)
Fabé Productions will be bringing the art of African Drumming and Dancing to Harbourfront Centre, teaching each participant the basics to build on.


ACTIVITIES

Pick-UR-Pic: Beat the Blues
11 a.m.-5 p.m. (West Arcade)
The winter blues can get us down, but Pick-UR-Pic gives kids the chance to become superheroes that can battle the blues. With the help of Freddie Rivas and Kaitlin Winslow, kids will create characters and superpowers, then pick out costumes to wear during a photo shoot. Each child will be photographed in an action-packed comic book frame and the photo can be viewed on a website that can be accessed by families at home.

Blue… By You
11 a.m.-5 p.m. (West Arcade)
Step inside the Blue Room and discover what the colour means to you by interacting with objects and creating art in the various shades of blue.

National Film Board of Canada - Animated Classics
2-3 p.m. (Studio Theatre)
Watch short, animated films produced by the National Film Board of Canada that capture our nation’s spirit and culture. This family event will feature timeless favourites such as The Logdriver’s Waltz and Roch Carriere’s The Sweater.


CRAFTS

Superhero Symbols
11 a.m.-5 p.m. (West Arcade)
In this activity, kids are asked to create a superhero symbol of their own that represents who they are. Once that symbol is drawn out, it will be created into a button that they can show off all day and then take home.

Sock Monk-A-Thon!
12 p.m. & 3 p.m. (Studio Lab 1)
Facilitated by Operation Sock Monkey
Learn to make your very own sock money to take home with you. Operation Sock Monkey will be helping participants complete their sock monkey. This is a two-hour activity, but those that do not finish their sock monkey will be given instructions on how to complete them at home.
Participants must reserve their place in advance by emailing: lindsey@operationsockmonkey.com

Wonder Maps: Blueprints of Experience
11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Marilyn Brewer Community Space)
Facilitated by Cara Spooner and Alicia Grant
Create your own map of your great day at Harbourfront Centre! Add your path to a blueprint of the building and see where other people have been! Kids are also invited to create maps by memory of places that they know and love, such as their homes, neighbourhoods, and even imaginary places.

**MEDIA NOTE: High-resolution images available on request**


HarbourKIDS Club Membership
Sign up to be a HarbourKIDS Club Member and be the first to know about all the activities for kids and families happening at Harbourfront Centre. Pick up a copy of our HarbourKIDS Activity Guide and explore our site on an interactive discovery walk! If you want, we’ll send you periodic emails to let you know about fun upcoming family events at Harbourfront!

ABOUT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE
Harbourfront Centre is an innovative, non-profit cultural organization which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, all within a collection of distinctive venues on a 10-acre site in the heart of Toronto's downtown waterfront.

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Media contact:
Rosie Shaw
416-973-4381
rshaw@harbourfrontcentre.com
media.harbourfrontcentre.com
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