Art in the Park is the result of a collaborative effort between Trinity Bellwoods Community Children’s Group/CARE and the City of Toronto’s Trinity Community Recreation Centre. It is located outside in a secure, fenced-in area in Trinity Bellwoods Park. We use a child-centered approach to provide specialized art-oriented programming for children aged 6-12. Children must be at least 6 years old and under 13 years old to participate in this program.
One-hundred-year-old elm and maple trees provide shade for children to make art, create drama productions, garden, or play in the largest sandpit in the city. Activities may include: sculpture, woodworking, visual arts, beading and weaving, jewelry making, drama, music, dance, gardening, sand and water play, sports, cooperative games, block play, and much, much more!
Extended Day Program
The full time program runs from 8:30am to 6:00pm. Children will have opportunities to participate in any interest area for the duration of the program. Children will also have opportunities to swim at the Trinity Community Recreation Center, and 1 snack will be provided daily.
Regular Day Program
The regular day program runs from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Children will have opportunities to participate in any interest area for the duration of the program. Please note that there is no swimming.
During the last week of Art in the Park, the Full Day Program moves indoors to the lower level of Trinity Community Recreation Centre and includes daily field trips and workshops. Children will go on a variety of field trips and/or participate in workshops. Developmentally appropriate trips and workshops are chosen based on the children’s ages, interests and educational value. Past excursions have included trips to locations such as Rouge Valley, Coba Studio, High Park, Petticoat Creek, TIFF Bell Lightbox, and Dufferin Grove Park. In case of poor weather, arts-based programming will be provided on site.
Please note that the Extended Day programs have limited availability. Registration priority is given to children who are enrolled in CARE.
Qualified staff from a variety of backgrounds including local professional artists, musicians, registered early childhood educators, child and youth care workers, and child care recreation workers (must be post-secondary students) provide activities for all ages. They create environments in which children have an opportunity to socialize and participate in meaningful physical and creative play.
Rainy Days & Weather Advisory Warning Days
On rainy days, Art in the Park moves indoors to the lower level of Trinity Community Recreation Centre and Artscape Youngplace. Rigorous outdoor sports activities will be limited and/or avoided during smog/heat/humidity advisory warnings. Programming may move indoors on such days. Fresh water will be available on-site to keep children hydrated throughout the day. Have your child bring a labelled water bottle.