Fatherhood: A Father’s Guide to Building Character in Children (Webinar)

Date:  Friday, April 17, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

The job of a parent is to help our children figure out how to live productive lives as they grow.  Too often we fall into the trap of focusing on behaviour and we miss the opportunity to encourage and teach them to build good character.  This workshop will give us some ideas of the importance of character over behaviour and how to instill good character as a pattern for our children’s growth.

Facilitator: Brian Russell is a marriage and family therapist focusing on men’s and couple’s issues, as well as, the Provincial Coordinator for Dad Central Ontario.

Family Event: U Can Move & Swim Meet

Date: Saturday, November 16, 2019
Time: 2:30 – 6:00 pm (please arrive by 2:15 pm at the turnstiles)
Location: U of T Athletic Centre, 55 Harbord St. (at Spadina)

Join Varsity Blues and Junior Blues for a fun-filled afternoon of activity!

Families will participate in the physical literacy activity then cheer on the Varsity Blues swim meet afterward!

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Multi Sport – Physical Literacy (children 4+ years of age)
3:30 pm Free pizza for families who participated in the multi sport – physical literacy
4:00 pm Varsity Blues swim meet at the Varsity pool

Family Swim Meet is free for U of T students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows and their partners and children!

To register for swim meet and pizza:
E-mail family.care@utoronto.ca and include your name, status with U of T, ages of all participating children, and any dietary restrictions by Wednesday, November 13th.

Faculty Relocation Service Information Session (Staff only)

Date: Monday, November 11, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: Centre for Learning, Leadership & Culture (LLC) formerly Organizational Development Learning Centre (ODLC), 215 Huron Street, 6th floor, Room 610

In this session, you will receive:

  • An overview of the service provided by the Faculty Relocation Service including how to arrange for appointments for prospective tenure and teaching stream faculty, and how to order faculty recruitment booklets
  • Information from guest speakers who will review Faculty Housing, Dual Career Connection, immigration, and recruitment

A light vegetarian lunch will be provided.

Please register early, space is limited! All University of Toronto staff are welcome. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event (examples might include sign language interpretation, mobility issues, or any other accommodations), please contact the Family Care Office and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements

Family Event: Summer Sky Adventure for Kids

Date: Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Time: 8:30 pm
Location: 2 Russell Street

Join us as we fly through the solar system in the planetarium show and visit the observation floor. Weather permitting, gaze through a telescope and view the city line or, if the night is clear, observe planets and stars. Open to U of T students, staff, and faculty with children starting Grade 4 in September up to Grade 8. Accompanied with one adult only please.

Register early, spaces limited! Email family.care@utoronto.ca and include your name, U of T status and grades of your participating children.

Event co-sponsored by the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Family Care Office.

Family Event: U of T Student Family Potluck Picnic

Date: Friday, July 5, 2019
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (rain or shine)
Location: Toronto Island

Want to enjoy a day out with your family? Join us, rain or shine, for a potluck picnic, connect with other student families, and take a First Story Toronto interactive tour, illustrating Toronto’s Indigenous presence and history of the Toronto Island from an Indigenous perspective. Along with your lunch, you may want to bring beach toys and your own bike, as bike rentals are expensive and take cash only.

We can meet at the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal (ferry schedule here) where the Jack Layton statue on a bike is, and travel to Toronto Island together. If you arrive later than 10 am, meet us at the Centre Island splash pad, which is nearby the playground, beach, and maze! Purchase your online ticket here, otherwise you will be standing in line for quite a while! If you may require financial assistance, please contact First Nations House or the Family Care Office.

To register, please email family.care@utoronto.ca or call 416-978-0951 and include your name, U of T status, names and ages of your children, dietary restrictions or mobility challenges.

Event co-sponsored by First Nations House and the Family Care Office.

From Cohabitation to Divorce: What You Should Know About Family Law

Date: Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Building, Room 313

Come hear an experienced family lawyer discuss the following important questions:

  • Common law relationships – what rights and obligations do you have?
  • Cohabitation agreements and marriage contracts – what’s the difference? when do you need one?
  • “I want to get married but afraid of the financial effects if we were to divorce. How do I protect myself?”
  • “I want to have kids but am afraid of a custody battle if my relationship ends. How do I protect myself?”
  • “I am separated and headed for divorce – how do I protect myself?”
  • “Will the legal fees bankrupt me?  Is there a cheaper way?”

A question and answer session will follow.

Facilitated by Ingrid van Weert, Barrister & Solicitor

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

Family Event: Bike Mechanics for Kids

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Bahen patio (entrance through College St. between the U of T Bookstore and the Fields Institute)

Bring your kids (up to 14 yrs. old) to learn how to keep their bikes in top condition, including bike mechanics, maintenance and safety. Stick around after the workshop to have a mechanic check your child’s bike to make sure it’s safe and ready to ride. You’ll be all set for summer!

Children of U of T students, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend! Adult supervision required at all times.

Registration at family.care@utoronto.ca or 416-978-0951 with your child’s name and age.

Family Event: Science Rendezvous 2019 at the University of Toronto

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019
Time: Multiple times, see links below
Location: Over 40 locations, please see Tri-Campus locations below

The world becomes your laboratory on Saturday, May 11 for the free, annual, all-day Science Rendezvous. Attend Science Rendezvous on the downtown Toronto campus along St. GeorgeU of T Mississauga at the Mississauga Central Library, and U of T Scarborough at the Toronto Zoo.

Science Rendezvous offers visitors of all ages and backgrounds the chance to interact with world-class researchers, witness awe-inspiring demonstrations, partake in hands-on experiments and, above all, have fun while discovering science in a whole new way.

This year come and visit with mutant flies and glowing bacteria, touch 3D printed medieval artifacts, take virtual reality tours of archeological settings, create art with math, paint pictures with acids, bases, and plant juices, view waveforms of your voice, learn about music therapy, measure your lung volume with a balloon, analyze your blood type, trick your brain with optical illusions and 3D puzzles, engage with robots, rockets, satellites, and the solar car, play student-made video games, see how a prosthetic hand works, put a ping pong ball into orbit, walk through a scale model of the solar system, take a look through a solar telescope, and much, much more!

Fatherhood: Mastering What Matters: How Dads Can Encourage Self-Regulation in Children

Date: Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Self-regulation is the ability to stay focused and alert in the midst of stress, novelty, and uncertainty. It involves self-control, empathy, and self-awareness. This workshop will give an overview of self-regulation and what dads can do to help their children master their emotions and make healthy choices.

Facilitator: Brian Russell is a marriage and family therapist focusing on men’s and couple’s issues, as well as, the Provincial Coordinator for Dad Central Ontario.

Registration required. All University of Toronto students, staff, faculty and their partners are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

Family Event: Family Skate

Date: Friday, February 15, 2019 (P.A. Day)
Time: 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: Varsity Arena

Join us for some winter fun on ice! Bring your own skates (adult skates will be available to borrow, sizes are not guaranteed and very few children skate sizes, not guaranteed as well), helmets and good spirits. CSA approved helmets are mandatory for children and strongly recommended for adults in order to protect oneself from potential concussion injuries. One adult wearing skates must be on the ice at all times with their child.

Free hot chocolate will be provided.

Please register by email: family.care@utoronto.ca and include your name, U of T status, names and ages of all participating family members. Deadline for registration is February 13 at 5 pm.

A collaborative program of the U of T Family Care Office and the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education.