Welcome to Children's Discovery Centre!
On May 23rd, 2015, we finally opened the doors to Toronto's first and only children's museum designed specifically for our youngest kids, aged 6 and under. What started as a 'dream' 13 years ago when I visited the Bay Area Discovery Museum in San Francisco with my 2-year old nieces, turned into a serious 'passion project' less than three years ago when my daughter was 4 years old.
Ever since the first months of maternity leave, I had been experiencing the frustrations that many parents with young children feel today - of looking for 'something to do' or 'somewhere to go' that is fun, engaging and educational, but without being overly programmed either. Something in addition to our parks and places like the ROM, Science Centre and AGO which we visited often but felt were more suitable for 'older' kids. Yet I also did not want to just create a huge indoor playground for rainy days because I was also seeing through my own daughter just how capable and eager little kids are to explore, discover and learn, even from the youngest age.
This is when I remembered back to my first visit to that magical place in San Francisco where young kids learned through play... and then I did what I normally do: I took out a paper and pen and started figuring out a way to create a place like this in Toronto for my daughter and for all of our youngest children.
So that's how the Children's Discovery Centre came to be, but this has only become a reality because of the generous support from an incredibly talented team of early childhood development experts, curators, architects, designers and consultants, as well as grassroots support from family, friends and colleagues who have shared in our vision. Special thanks to Laura Aaron of Rouge Consulting whose production experience and expertise helped take this idea 'from good to great'.
However, this is just the first step as our pilot project is now coming to a close in this location on July 31st, 2016.
The purpose of our pilot project was to demonstrate that young families want an educational, fun and dynamic place specifically designed for our youngest kids to play, explore, learn and grow. Thanks to the support of nearly 15,000 families who visited us over the past year, we heard loud and clear that Toronto should have a permanent children's museum, like the ones already found in over 200 cities in North America.
So in June 2016, we launched our 20,000 Bricks Fundraising Campaign to provide our team with the necessary resources to explore potential location options for a permanent home in the downtown area.
The campaign is simple: we are selling 20,000 bricks for $25 each, and your name will appear on your brick in our future permanent home. Bricks can be purchased online through our website here, and all funds raised will be used to explore location options, enable our move in to a new home and to support future operations, including the expansion of Children's Discovery Centre to include our 7 to 12 year old kids!
This is our golden opportunity to continue the 'magic' created at Children's Discovery Centre, and to help build a better Toronto for our kids.
Thank you for your support!
Founder + CEO + Mom