Family Events on Campus

Student Parent and Caregiver Meet-up

Dates: Friday, February 23rd and Thursday, March 21st

Time: 12noon – 1pm

Location: Virtual & In-person

Virtual via MS Teams  (Friday, February 23rd), &
In-person at the Family Care Office, 215 Huron, 6th Floor (Thursday, March 21st)

Join us for this semester’s meet-ups for students with family responsibilities.  This is a great opportunity to meet Family Care peer mentors and other student caregivers and parents from the U of T Community.  Bring your lunch and join us online or in-person – or both!

Please register using our registration form – https://forms.office.com/r/bkV7S0iTpr.

Log in and location details will be sent prior to each event.

 

March Break Family Event: All About Eclipses

Date: Tuesday, March 12th, 2024

Time: 2pm – 4pm

Location: Rm. 118, McLennan Physical Labs, U of T

A solar eclipse is a rare and awe-inspiring celestial event. On April 8th, Southern Ontario will have a chance to experience this phenomenon, as the moon’s shadow is cast on the Sun. In this interactive workshop, you will have the chance to explore different aspects of this cosmic event through hands-on activities. You will learn about and make your own pinhole projector, explore the Earth-Sun-Moon system to learn about how eclipses work, and, weather permitting, view the sun through our solar telescope.

This event is now full.

To be placed on the waitlist, register via this linked online form by March 10th, 2024.  

Open to children grade 2 and up.  Only one parent or caregiver per family please.

March Break Family Event: Pellet Percussion

Date: March 13th, 2024

Time: 10am – 12pm

Location: East Common Room, Hart House

This March Break, come make maracas and learn about nurdles that were saved from the environment!  Nurdles are a contributor to plastic pollution and we will have the U of T Trash Team on site to tell you all about them. After assembling and decorating your maracas, our music instructors will teach you some beats and rhythms to play with your new instrument!

Disclaimer:
Plastic pre-production pellets are 1- 5 mm in size and can be a choking hazard. Parents or caregivers must accompany children and there will be volunteers present to manage the distribution of pellets.

Register via this linked online form by March 10th, 2024.  Spaces are limited. 

Age requirement: Junior Kindergarten and up.

Women’s Wellness Series

Date: March 6, 20, & 27, 2024

Time: 9:45am to 12noon

Location: 30 Charles Street (3rd Floor Activity Room), University Family Housing
(additional location details will be shared with registered participants a few days prior to the event)

Description:

Women’s Wellness is open to all women –  trans and cis – and nonbinary people who want to participate in programming that centers women’s experience who live in 30 or 35 Charles Street, University Family Housing.

Take time out of your busy schedule just for you! Enjoy a breakfast and a weekly interactive session with on-site childminding provided. The Women’s Wellness series is an opportunity to pause and pay attention to your physical, mental, emotional, and social wellbeing.

The 2024 series weekly interactive sessions will be:

  • March 6
    Wen-Do Women’s Self Defence
    In this Wen-Do workshop, participants will learn simple, powerful physical self-defence skills, explore effective verbal self-defence strategies, develop their ability to recognize and deal with threatening situations, increase their confidence, and have fun!

  • March 20
    Empower Her
    Empower Her is a transformative women’s wellness workshop designed to empower women to cultivate healthy relationships through effective communication. This interactive workshop will provide participants with practical tools and strategies to enhance their communication skills, deepen connections, and foster healthier relationships in all areas of their lives.

 

  • March 27
    Mindfulness Yoga
    This session will begin with mindful moments and yoga practice to support students’ holistic wellbeing and to provide new skills for developing life-long healthy habits. Yoga will be followed by an opportunity to meet one another as well as the FCO’s peer mentors (upper-year student caregivers and parents). Peer mentors will share their experiences of: i) Meeting others and forming community at U of T and in Toronto, ii) Living in Toronto and supporting a family on a budget, and iii) Navigating Toronto’s childcare, schools, and children’s programs.

Registration Required:

To register, please email family.care@utoronto.ca and include the sessions you are registering for, your name, U of T status (or status of your partner), and the names and ages of your children if you require free childminding.

Please note childcare spaces are very limited.

Organized by the Family Care Office, in collaboration with the University Family Housing, and the Community Safety Office.