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Toronto Botanical Garden: City Critters Family Series

Thursday, January 10, 2013

One of the things I love most about Toronto is that you can always find neat places to visit and activities to experience, many of which are both family-friendly and fun. Take, for example, the Toronto Botanical Garden located in Toronto's Edwards Gardens. Ever since my husband took me there for a leisurely stroll while we were dating, I knew it wouldn't be the last time.

A few years later, we found ourselves frequenting the gardens often with our firstborn. It was always so beautiful to see the flowers in full bloom and watch my daughter as she squealed over the geese and other animals. Little did I know about all of the educational programs that the TGB provides for families and schools as well. I only just learned last year from a friend that they offered summer camps and how much her son really seemed to enjoy it.

From the Summer Reading Club for Kids to March Break Nature Camp, there seems to be a range of fun and engaging activities for the whole family all year round. Our family was recently invited to join in on the City Critters Family Series full of hands-on, interactive and educational family sessions, which will take place on five different dates throughout the next several months. The first in the series is set for next Saturday. I will be tweeting using the hashtag #CityCritters so that you may follow our experience via Twitter.

Taking in the view at Edwards Gardens.
City Critter Family Series consists of the following sessions:

Saturday January 19, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 
Learn all about owls, dissect an owl pellet, go on a short guided winter hike, and even visit a live owl.

Saturday, April 6, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Learn about the fascinating world of predatory birds, build bird nests and more.

Saturday, May 25, 10 a.m. to noon
Meet hives of honey bees, learn to do the ‘waggle’ dance, build a solitary bee home and take a honey taste test.

Coyote Crawl
Wednesday, August 14, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Howl for Coyote pups, build coyote dens, examine skulls and furs, and learn more about the incredible world of Toronto’s most misunderstood creature.

Wednesday, September 25, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Learn about Monarch butterflies, plant a miniature butterfly garden, and release a real monarch to start its long journey south.

The cost per session per family is $30 or $25 for members. The cost per session per individual is $10 or $7 for members. Or you can take all five sessions and save 15%.

Visit for more information.

Disclosure: Our family has been granted access to the City Critters Family Series so that we may share our experience. Any opinions expressed in this or subsequent posts are purely our own.

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  1. Love the camps at Toronto Botanical Garden. My kids have done the art camp and science camp there the last two summers and had a great time. Nice air-conditioned rooms and lots of time spent outside in the creek and learning garden. The staff there are the best!

    1. I remember when you told me about it. I'm eager to try out their summer camp, too, simply based on your recommendation. I love that they take them out to the creek and into the learning garden. Maybe they'll be inspired to help out with our veggie garden this year.

  2. Thanks so much for the heads up! I think the kiddos would love this!

    1. They've been renovating the grounds for a number of years now. It just gets more and more beautiful every year!


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