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May 16, 2007
The great urban adventure for children goes ‘green’ Free Kids’ Guide to Doors Open Toronto at over 30 family-friendly sites
Kids and their favourite grownups are invited to explore Toronto from the inside out on the Doors Open Toronto weekend, May 26 and 27, with help from the Second Annual Kids’ Guide to Doors Open Toronto. This free 24-page, eye-popping booklet, full of games, puzzles and questions about Toronto, encourages children to have fun while discovering more about the city, its history and what makes a building ‘green’ (see Over 140 buildings open their doors for the 8th annual Doors Open Toronto weekend. A number of buildings on this year’s roster offer special family-friendly programs to encourage children to explore Toronto’s great spaces and places; many of these sites are ‘green’. Admission is free at all locations.

The following locations are places where children are especially welcome:

Bloorview Kids Rehab (Official Green Building; Sat. and Sun.): Saturday, join the percussion circle at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday, come to the studio or the Spiral Garden (weather permitting) and help ‘green’ our space. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Canadian Opera Company: Special free family performances of the Zellers Ensemble School Tour production of Mozart's The Magic Flute (45-minutes; 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.). Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre, Saturday only. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Sunday only. Seating on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit

Don Valley Brick Works (Green Friendly; Sat. and Sun.): Guided tours of the quarry garden. Build a Green City Model, make a Cob Sculpture, grow a native plant and create eco-arts and crafts. See bicycle-powered chocolate making with Choco-Sol. Free shuttle bus from Broadview Subway Station (every half hour).

Gardiner Museum (Sat. and Sun.): Work with ceramic artists using earthenware clay.

Horse Palace at Exhibition Place (Sat. and Sun.): Home of the Toronto Mounted Police Unit, the Riding Academy and Toronto Animal Services. Saturday, guided tours of the stable, riding demonstrations and a "Skill at Arms" demonstration by the Governor General Horse Guards. Sunday, annual Mounted Police Obstacle/Equitation competition, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Kid’s Passport; collect stamps at different locations.

Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People (Sunday only): Behind-the-scenes tours and theatre-related craft activities for children.

National Ballet of Canada: Walter Carsen Centre (Sunday only): Watch rehearsals, meet dancers, try on costumes and more.

Toronto Botanical Garden (Official Green Building; Sat. and Sun.): Meet creepy, crawly creatures at the Worm Exploration; visit interactive nature stations to learn about local bugs, animals and birds. Make a pet plant Living Necklace (ages 4-12 yrs.); play Botanical Garden Bingo.

The official Doors Open Toronto Program Guide is in the Toronto Star What’s On section on Thursday, May 17. For a complete list of participating buildings and up-to-date information, visit the new, improved Doors Open Toronto website:

NOTE: Most sites are open Saturday and Sunday, May 26 and 27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., unless otherwise indicated; program subject to change. No pre-registration or tickets are required. For public event information, call 416-338-3888.

The Doors Open Toronto Weekend Information Centre is located at the CBC - Canadian Broadcasting Centre, Saturday and Sunday, May 26 and 27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 250 Front Street W. In addition, visitors can go behind-the-scenes at the home of the CBC and meet radio and television personalities.

Doors Open Toronto is presented by the Toronto Star and is a Signature Event of Toronto Culture and Live With Culture. CBC Radio One and CBC Television are the official media sponsors. Program partners and sponsors include: 360 Capture Photography, Clean Air Partnership, Doors Open Ontario; a program of the Ontario Heritage Trust, Festival of Architecture and Design, Pizza Pizza, Toronto Society of Architects, and Woodcliffe and Wright Real Estate Ltd.

An initiative of Toronto Culture, Live With Culture is a celebration of Toronto's extraordinary arts and cultural communities. Doors Open Toronto is one of a series of signature events that forms the core of the City-initiated programming. Visit, the ultimate guide to Toronto's culture scene.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Jane French, Project Manager, Doors Open Toronto, Toronto Culture, 416-338-0496, 416-570-1031 (cell)
Kristen Juschkewitsch, Toronto Culture, 416-338-0495, 416-553-1451 (cell)



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