Celebrating Earth Day Weekend at Evergreen Brickworks

Earth Day weekend and there’s no better place to celebrate it then a day at Toronto’s Evergreen Brick Works. It was their Earth Mudder weekend with lots of fun stuff on for the kids, hikes, bike workshops, guided hikes, etc.

We hit Chimney Court, the hands-on kid zone for some serious get your hands dirty fun.

 

 

 

Zoe loved all the fun buildings to explore. I think the yurt was her favourite.

 

Or maybe the clay house with the cool round windows.

 

There must be something about these round windows that calls out for kids to climb through them. My natural reaction was “Jade, don’t climb in that way” which was countered by the super friendly laid back animator guy who said “Actually, that’s why the rock is there, to help kids climb through the window”. I think what he was really saying was “chill lady”.

Yup, definitely more fun to climb in the windows this way.  That’s another reason I love this place, it’s all about exploring and letting kids just be.

Every weekend at the Chimney Court they do one activity centred on food and one on building.

Today our friendly animator guy worked with packs of kids to build mini clay bricks to make a clay city. Did you know that clay is sediment left behind from the ice age when most of Toronto was under ice, and then water? Yeah, I didn’t either. And that more than half the world lives in these kinds of houses that are made without any kind of heat to bake the bricks?

Jade, who is a very precise-minded kid, was very serious about shaping her bricks just so. Some of the other kids were taking huge clumps of clay and shloping them together into all kinds of things. Jade was determined to make proper mini bricks and let them dry before stacking them into her maison.

Here’s how it turned out.

 

Meanwhile, Zoe, not the least bit interested in the clay, was trying to conquer the dirt hill.  Not sure which kid ended up dirtier.

Or happier.

On the food side of things, the fire pit guy was helping the kids make bannock, like a scone, that is eaten by some First Nations people. Made from flour, sugar, cranberries, cinnamon, etc.  It turned out super yummy.

 

After exploring the native plant nursery and checking out all the natural repurposed furniture throughout the site, I have been re-inspired to take on our backyard garden and actually put in the veggie garden I’ve been talking about doing for a few years. I have so many ideas, this place has that affect on me!

As a kid growing up in Toronto, I remember the Don Valley Brick Works as a deserted quarry – an ugly industrial site, waste-land and just another scar of Toronto’s industrial past that put industry above people and the environment. It represented neglect – for our communities, our city, our eco-system, and our future.

 

For my kids, the Evergreen Brickworks represents a future that rebuilds and protects eco-systems, brings people together, partners innovation with sustainability, celebrates local food and farmers, and applies creativity and good design for the general good.

 

A perfect place to spend Earth Day weekend – and many weekends to come – with my family.

 

And this was the perfect way to end it ….

 

Happy Earth Day!

Shelley

Dream Child Organics

 

Recent Comments

  1. This is such a great post! Thanks so much for your support and we hope to see you and your family at the Brick Works again soon (and often)!

  2. Love this! It looks like so much fun even for adults to visit. although I would be tempted to climb the windows too…

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