Program Calendar

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Activity Kits: Register by April 7 and pick up our special CMCP activity kits we have put together containing all the materials needed for our featured drop-ins. Click here for more information.

Featured Workshops: April 28 – Hidden Hazards: How to Read Nutrition Fact Tables & More

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Family Drop-in
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Easter Egg Decorate and Hunt!!!!

9:45-10:25: Easter Egg Decorating – You will need: 4 – 6 white hard-boiled eggs, food coloring (or a little liquid paint), 3 – 4 plastic containers, metal spoons, crayons, markers, paper towels or some rags. Let’s experiment with some different ways to decorate our E

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Infant Drop-in: With Local Librarian, Marnie Woudstra
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Circle Time with our Local Librarian, Marnie Woudstra

Marnie is the children’s librarian working at Parkdale Library. We’ll follow-up her Circle Time with a chat and share time. Marnie will be able to answer any of your questions about Toronto Public Library services and programs and about infant literacy.

For chil

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Caregiver Drop-In
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Mindfulness Workshop Series: Self-Care & Cultivating Compassion

To register, email Marnie at [email protected] or call 416-358-0031

Do you care for a child or children that isn’t yours? Meet other caregivers and share experiences, learn about community resources & professional development opportunities, dis

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CMCP is closed for the Easter long weekend
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CMCP is closed for the Easter long weekend
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CMCP is closed for the Easter long weekend
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Family Drop-in
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Circle Time will focus on stories about famous Autistics!

9:45-10:25: World Autism Awareness Puzzle Heart Design – Let’s celebrate World Autism Awareness month by creating our own Heart Puzzles and reminding everyone how we can promote awareness, take action, and support inclusion. You need: construction paper,

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Infant Drop-in
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Peek-a-Boo games and Object Permanence

Today we will focus on learning some new Peek-a-boo games to play with our babies. For these activities you will need to bring a scarf to the drop-in. A scarf that is light, not too big, and even a bit see-through is ideal…but any fabric thing that baby can easily pull off their

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Family Drop-in
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

This Week’s Literacy Circle will focus on Celebrating Diversity!

9:45-10:25: A Rainbow of Diversity! – To create your “Rainbow of Diversity” you will need: a variety of art materials in a rainbow of colours, large piece of paper, scissors, glue, or any other materials you want to use!.

11:00-12:15: Diversit

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Participant check-ins
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

This is an opportunity to connect 1-1 with a staff via phone or over zoom to talk about your child’s development/behaviour, parenting or get information about programs and services, community resources or referrals. To book an appointment please email Durriya at [email protected] or call Corina at 416-845-7223.

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Family Drop-in
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

This Week’s Literacy Circle will focus on Celebrating Diversity!

3:45-4:25: A Rainbow of Diversity! – Let’s create our very own “Rainbow of Diversity”! You will need: a variety of art materials in a rainbow of colours, large piece of paper, scissors, glue, or any other materials you want to use to make yo

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Caregiver Drop-In
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Do you care for a child or children that isn’t yours? Meet other caregivers and share experiences, learn about community resources & professional development opportunities, discuss child development, health & safety, nutrition, self-care and much more.

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Family Drop-in
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Blanket Fort Camping

9:45-10:25- Blanket Fort Camping- Using blankets, tables, chairs and other household items we will create our very own fort! What will you use? Let’s help each other problem solve during construction, then take turns showing what we made and how!

11:00-12:15- Blanket Fort Camping continued! ̵

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Infant Drop-in
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Safe Baby Toys (you have lying around your house!)

Is your baby bored with their store bought toys? Are they crawling into your Tupperware cupboard uninvited…trying to climb over the couch to reach your houseplants? Maybe your curious baby is trying to tell you something. Let’s spend some time exploring the things

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Family Drop-in
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Trains & Soccer

9:45-10:25: Make a Train; Count the Cars! – You will need: 3-6 Cardboard tubes (paper towel or toilet paper rolls work great!), string, yarn or pipe cleaners, white glue, plastic bottle caps, markers, or paint. How many cars will your train have?

11:00-12:15: Soccer, Count and Kick– You

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Participant check-ins
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

This is an opportunity to connect 1-1 with a staff via phone or over zoom to talk about your child’s development/behaviour, parenting or get information about programs and services, community resources or referrals. To book an appointment please email Durriya at [email protected] or call Corina at 416-845-7223

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Family Drop-in
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Science Saturday: Colours

9:45-10:25- Colour Scavenger Hunt- You will need: paper, markers (or crayons). Let’s draw out a scavenger hunt sheet using our colours, then search around the house together to find items that match these colours. Ready, set, GO!

11:00- 12:15- Colour Science- You will need: 3-5 clear plastic

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Family Drop-in
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

First Day of Ramadan – begins at sundown and ends May 11

9:45-10:25: Ramadan Moon and Star Collage – A new moon marks the beginning of Ramadan, a month of prayer, fasting and good works. So let’s start the month of Ramadan with a collage of the night sky. You need: various colours construction paper, Glue, sc

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Participant check-ins
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

This is an opportunity to connect 1-1 with a staff via phone or over zoom to talk about your child’s development/behaviour, parenting or get information about programs and services, community resources or referrals. To book an appointment please email Durriya at [email protected] or call Corina at 416-845-7223.

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Family Drop-in: With Jerry from Glitterbug
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Join Jerry, from the 519 for a Glitterbug Circle
Today begins the Sikh New Year – Baisakhi, a Harvest festival that involves taking a dip in the sacred Ganges River!

9:45-10:25 – River of Gratitude – You will need: blue construction paper, markers and a variety of art materials of your choice! We’ll be

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Infant Drop-in: Nutrition Q&A with Donia
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Infant and Family Nutrition with Donia

Join nutritionist Donia Kobrosly for another discussion about Infant and Family nutrition! Donia will be available to respond to any and all food and nutrition enquiries. Come and share your ideas and learn some new ones! Nutritionist Donia would like to hear from you about subjec

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Family Drop-in
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

This week’s Literacy Circle will focus on Birds and their nesting habits!

9:45-10:25: Paper Mache Birds’ Nests – Let’s create our very own bird’s nest! You will need: a soup bowl, saran wrap, white glue, a brush, a plastic container, and a variety of nesting materials (yarn, thread, shredded paper, feathe

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Participant check-ins
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

This is an opportunity to connect 1-1 with a staff via phone or over zoom to talk about your child’s development/behaviour, parenting or get information about programs and services, community resources or referrals. To book an appointment please email Durriya at [email protected] or call Corina at 416-845-7223.

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Family Drop-in
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

This week’s Literacy Circle will focus on Birds and their nesting habits!

3:45-4:25: Paper Mache Bird Nests – Let’s create our very own bird’s nest! You will need: a soup bowl, saran wrap, white glue, a brush, and a variety of nesting materials such as yarn, thread, shredded paper, feathers… Glitter o

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Caregiver Drop-In
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Do you care for a child or children that isn’t yours? Meet other caregivers and share experiences, learn about community resources & professional development opportunities, discuss child development, health & safety, nutrition, self-care and much more.

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Family Drop-in
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Join us for a Circle Time featuring sign language songs & stories!
We acknowledge and celebrate Deaf History Month – March 13- April 15

9:45-10:25: “I love Play” ASL Sign Poster – You will need: Construction paper, glue, scissors, and anything else you would like to create with. We’ll trace and cu

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Infant Drop-in
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Spring Sensory Bottles

Today we are going to make a sensory bottle that will provide hours of entertainment for baby and will take very little time to prepare! Everything you need (except the empty water bottle, which you will have to purchase yourself) will be provided for you inside your April Infant Activity kit!!!

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Family Drop-in
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Learning with Nature

9:45-10:25: Nature and Water; Count and Discover! – For this activity you will need a bin of water, a towel to cover your work surface, rags to clean up spills, and a variety of nature items Leaves, rocks, twigs, feathers, shells…even fruit and veggies will work. Go on a scavenger hunt in your

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Participant check-ins
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

This is an opportunity to connect 1-1 with a staff via phone or over zoom to talk about your child’s development/behaviour, parenting or get information about programs and services, community resources or referrals. To book an appointment please email Durriya at [email protected] or call Corina at 416-845-7223

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Family Drop-in
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Science Saturday: Dinosaurs & Volcanoes

9:45-10:25: Dinosaur Stomp and Play – Let’s look up different types of dinosaurs and pick our favorites. Then we’ll stomp around, sing about dinosaurs and play pretend. Do you have any books about dinosaurs that you’d like to share?

11:00-12:15: Vinegar and Baking

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Family Drop-in
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Animals!

9:45-10:25: Animal Washing Station – You will need: a large bowl, water, soap, plastic toy animals, a sponge (or a washing brush, like an old tooth brush or dish washing brush), and a towel for spills. Give your animal toys a good bath; then dry them with a towel!
11:00-12:15: Animal Yoga – What is , ...

Participant check-ins
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

This is an opportunity to connect 1-1 with a staff via phone or over zoom to talk about your child’s development/behaviour, parenting or get information about programs and services, community resources or referrals. To book an appointment please email Durriya at [email protected] or call Corina at 416-845-7223.

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Family Drop-in: Cooking with Donia!
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Cooking with Donia!

9:45-10:25: Make a Bunny or a Chick Pizza snack with Donia! – You will need: whole wheat English muffin (or bread of your choice), pizza sauce, grated cheese, veggie toppings of child’s choice (ie…sweet peppers, olives, tomato, zucchini, carrot…), chopping block, child-safe knife, and a

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Infant Drop-in: With Local Librarian, Marnie Woudstra
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Circle Time with our Local Librarian, Marnie Woudstra

Marnie is the children’s librarian working at Parkdale Library. We’ll follow-up her Circle Time with a chat and share time. Marnie will be able to answer any of your questions about Toronto Public Library services and programs and about infant literacy.

For chil

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Family Drop-in
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Wednesday’s are Literacy Circles. This week we’ll focus on Spring!
Today is Ram Navami, the Hindu Spring Celebration of Lord Rama’s Birth

9:45-10:25: Flower Chains for Ram Navami! – Let’s make flower chains to decorate our homes for this Hindu Spring Festival! You will need: construction paper, scissors, glue

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Participant check-ins
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

This is an opportunity to connect 1-1 with a staff via phone or over zoom to talk about your child’s development/behaviour, parenting or get information about programs and services, community resources or referrals. To book an appointment please email Durriya at [email protected] or call Corina at 416-845-7223.

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Family Drop-in
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Wednesday’s are Literacy Circles. This week we’ll focus on Spring
Today is Ram Navami, the Hindu Spring Celebration of Lord Rama’s Birth

3:45-4:25: Flower Chains for Ram Navami! – Let’s make flower chains to decorate our homes for this Hindu Spring Festival! You will need: construction paper in a variety of f

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Caregiver Drop-In
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Do you care for a child or children that isn’t yours? Meet other caregivers and share experiences, learn about community resources & professional development opportunities, discuss child development, health & safety, nutrition, self-care and much more.

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Family Drop-in
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Let’s Celebrate Earth Day Today!!!

9:45-10:25- Bug Hotels– You will need: Recyclables, such as boxes, egg carton, plastic containers, paper scraps…you will also need: glue, tape, and string. Bug hotels can help local pollinator insects by providing them with shelter and protection.

11:00-12:15- Sorting Recycl

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Infant Drop-in
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Earth Day Nature Exploration with Baby

Today, in honour of Earth Day, we will be exploring nature using some of the materials provided in your April, Infant Activity Kits and also any baby-safe items you may find in your yard, local park, or just have in your home. One of my favourite nature items for baby to explore i

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Family Drop-in
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Spring Baskets

9:45-10:25: Spring Baskets – We will make a spring basket to collect nature things when we go to the park. You will need: popsicle sticks, brown paper bag, pipe cleaners, glue, scissors, and assorted items to decorate your basket.
Don’t forget to register for an April Activity kit by April 7 to get , ...

Participant check-ins
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

This is an opportunity to connect 1-1 with a staff via phone or over zoom to talk about your child’s development/behaviour, parenting or get information about programs and services, community resources or referrals. To book an appointment please email Durriya at [email protected] or call Corina at 416-845-7223

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Family Drop-in
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Science Saturday: Yoga & Soap

9:45-10:25: Spring time yoga– We will stretch our bodies like animals, grow from a seed into a tree, and stand strong like a mountain.

11:00-12:15- Hand washing science– You will need: a plate, some water, a pepper grinder or some other dark spice, dish soap. This simple bu

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Family Drop-in
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

April is Celebrate Volunteers Month!

9:45-10:25: Thank You Volunteers Card!!! – You will need: card stock, markers, crayons, glue, scissors, and a variety of collage materials. Let’s decorate a beautiful card to give to our CMCP volunteers! Let’s hold up our cards to take a screen shot we can share with all o

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Participant check-ins
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

This is an opportunity to connect 1-1 with a staff via phone or over zoom to talk about your child’s development/behaviour, parenting or get information about programs and services, community resources or referrals. To book an appointment please email Durriya at [email protected] or call Corina at 416-845-7223.

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Family Drop-in
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Art & ABCs

9:45-10:25: Contact Sticky Art– You will need: Sticky contact sheets (clear packing tape also works well), a tray or cookie sheet, tape, and bits of scrap paper, string or yarn, tissue paper, or any other materials to stick onto the contact sheets.
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Infant Drop-in
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Baby’s First Marks! Using sidewalk chalk and water on construction paper to encourage our baby’s 1st mess-less, creative explorations

Today we are going to introduce our infants to their first art experience using the most simple and basic materials. In your kit you will receive a few pieces of sidewalk chalk (non-

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Family Drop-in
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

This week’s Literacy Circles will focus on Outer Space!

9:45-10:25: 5 Little Babies in a Flying Saucer – You will need: a paper dinner plate (or the back of a cereal box cut into a flying saucer shape), aluminum foil, construction paper, glue, tape, scissors, and markers. Let’s make a Flying Saucer with 5 lit

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Hidden Hazards: How to Read Nutrition Fact Tables & More
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Are you confused about food labels on products? What’s a single serving or an ingredient statement? “No added hormones” vs “hormones free”? GMO Free vs Natural? Expiration date vs best before?
Join us on Zoom to get all the answers and learn about the hidden hazards in packaged food items , ...

Participant check-ins
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

This is an opportunity to connect 1-1 with a staff via phone or over zoom to talk about your child’s development/behaviour, parenting or get information about programs and services, community resources or referrals. To book an appointment please email Durriya at [email protected] or call Corina at 416-845-7223.

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Family Drop-in: Featuring Ages & Stages Development
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Developmental/Communication Screening with Staff

3:30-4:30: Join our Drop-in staff to get an introduction to these 2 developmental screening tools. The Nipissing Developmental Screen is available for a range of ages and stages starting at 0 through to 6 years of age. The Early Abilities Communication checklist focuses o

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Caregiver Drop-In
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Do you care for a child or children that isn’t yours? Meet other caregivers and share experiences, learn about community resources & professional development opportunities, discuss child development, health & safety, nutrition, self-care and much more.

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Family Drop-in
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Fossils & Dinosaurs

9:45-10:25: Play Dough Fossils – You will need: plastic animals, bugs or dinosaur toys, play dough, rocks, sticks, and shells. We’ll make fossils using our toys, rocks, sticks and shells!

11:00-12:15: Dinosaur Stomp and Play– Let’s look up different types of dinosaurs and pick ou

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Infant Drop-in: With Beth from La Leche League
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Breast/Chest Feeding Chat/Q & A with Beth from LLL support group

Beth, our local La Leche League leader, will be joining us to answer your questions and give breast/chest feeding support as needed. If you have a specific topic that you would like Beth to address, please send Melanie an email and she will be sure to pa

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Family Drop-in
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Seasonal Dance Party

9:45-10:25: Four Season Handprint Tree – Let’s make handprint trees to appreciate the seasons of the year. You need: construction paper, scissors, markers or paint, and glue sticks.

11:00-12:15: Happiness Dance Party – Spring is a season that makes us very happy; and when we are happy…

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Participant check-ins
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

This is an opportunity to connect 1-1 with a staff via phone or over zoom to talk about your child’s development/behaviour, parenting or get information about programs and services, community resources or referrals. To book an appointment please email Durriya at [email protected] or call Corina at 416-845-7223

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