The High Park Family Fun Place is a most incredible kids’ playland. Designed by Jennifer Turkenburg and Pierre Kasonga, this play centre entertains, educates and develops the entire family.
A Feast for Your Eyes
Take a good look around because this family oasis will amaze you. A massive, carpeted play area is surrounded by a gorgeous wall mural of Thomas the Tank Engine. Fun toys for kids of all ages means that siblings will want to stay together and play in the same area. Towards the back is an art centre where the kids can draw, paint or mold.
There is, of course, a cool climber complete with slides, ropes and rock walls. And after their hours of playing, the kids can crawl under the climbing gym into a cozy corner filled with beanbags and blankets. Grab a book and have a little quiet time in the midst of a busy play centre.
Programs for Kids and Adults
Go into the many rooms, and you’ll find their kids’ programs. Learning Curve, a morning program for preschoolers, and the Art Fusion after-school program, both given by professional teachers, are organized to bus kids from local schools. They also have Saturday Morning Art Classes (SMAC) and offer Summer and March Break camps as well. Incredibly, drop-off and babysitting service is available every day.
Recogizing the need for a true family-oriented activity centre, the High Park Family Fun Place also offers adult programs. CPR classes and the Parent Education Network (PEN) are both given in their spacious seminar room. Learn about family relationships while your kids play supervised just outside the door.
A large stage with a drop-down screen is set up for Friday night movies. Grab some popcorn and settle in with the kids to watch Disney classics without having to go to the theatre. Large, clean bathrooms are just around the corner should anyone have to go during the film.
Focus on the Arts
The arts are the focus of this family-centred playgym. A dress-up centre is filled with costumes of all themes and sizes. Home to Suitcase Theatre, a professional touring drama company founded by the creator of Mr. Dressup, this organization encourages exploration of the arts.
A nascent creation at only 18 months old, the High Park Family Fun Place goes above and beyond what an average indoor kids’ playland offers. It values fostering a love of the arts and whole family development that cannot be found anywhere else. Conveniently located at 2968 Dundas Street West, it is accessible by TTC (in fact, the bus stops right outside the door) and there is a very affordable parking lot around the corner on Pacific Avenue.
Photos by Maegan Guerette.
High Park Family Fun Place
2968 Dundas Street West, Toronto