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.

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.

Family Event: Swim Meet

Date: Friday, January 18, 2019 (P.A. Day)
Time: 2:30 – 3:30 pm
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!

Family Physical Activity 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Free pizza for families who participated in the physical activity 3:00 pm
Varsity Blues grand prix swim meet at the Varsity pool 3:30 pm

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, January 16 @ 5:00 pm.

Additional Notes:

  • Children aged 18 months to 12 years of age are welcome for pizza and the Swim Meet, the physical activity is geared for children aged 4 – 6 years.
  • Children should dress for physical activity, in running shoes and comfortable clothing.
  • Children MUST participate with an adult and a maximum of two children per adult is permitted.
  • This is a not a drop off program, caregivers must remain at all times.
  • Absolutely NO GLASS is permitted in the pool gallery.
  • The Varsity Pool gallery can be very hot, crowded and loud at swim meets. You may want to bring earplugs for children and wear light clothing. The gallery is concrete with many stairs. Please supervise younger children carefully and remain within arm’s reach at all times for safety. Strollers cannot be brought into the pool gallery, but may be left outside the gallery.

Event co-sponsored by the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education and the Family Care Office.

Fatherhood: Mastering What Matters: How Dads Can Encourage Self-Regulation in Children (U of T Scarborough)

Date: Friday, January 18, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: UTSC, AA160

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 Sundays: Bright Lights and Santa Claus Parade Warm Up

Date: Sunday, November 18, 2018
Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Hart House Debates Room, 7 Hart House Cir

Warm up before the Santa Claus Parade at Hart House. Craft your own letter to Santa and learn about festivals of light from around the world. Create your own bright light from everyday materials to take away with you.

Presented by Hart House and the Family Care Office.

Register on Eventbrite