Arts and Culture for Early Years       May 11 – 20, 2019        

For Parents

Getting Out the Door in the Morning and Other Power Struggles
Friday May 18  11h00

Alternatives to nagging, reminders and threats
How to short-circuit a child’s defiance
Avoid power struggles
Ways to turn a dawdler around
Ways to createmore cooperation
Includes soft copy handout with great tips

Doone Estey, Parenting Expert
Co-author Raising Great Parents

To Register please email 

 What Parents Say – Your wonderful advice and guidance is SO incredibly helpful for us all. Hearing the other parents and their issues is very powerful too. It has helped me immensely lately and provided confidence and reassurance that I’m not alone!”

Parenting in Theatre Forum, Hosted by Lisa Marie DiLiberto

Mon, 14 May 2018 10h00 t0 12h00
at The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen Street West


An informal gathering of theatre artists and stakeholders to discuss the challenges and opportunities of balancing parenting with careers in the performing arts. 

Together we will take a closer look at the barriers in our institutions, and the inherent obstacles in how we structure our own work that arise when we bring young children into the equation. And, we will brainstorm ways that theatre can become more accessible for new parents, with the resources needed to thrive instead of hide.

Dancing the Parenting Workshop

May 12 2018, 10-10:45 am

This workshop welcomes families who would like to try relationship-based dancing with their children 0-5yrs. With backgrounds in Ensemble Thinking, Reggio Emilia inspired creative process and developmental patterning, Julie Lebel and Margaret Paek will guide the group in playful ways to engage in dancing together as families with or without experience in the performing arts.

Movements are close to the floor. The adults’ ability to move between standing and sitting is an asset. Dancing barefoot and in comfortable pants that cover the knees is recommended for adults and children. Soft knee pads can be a good option for some adults.

Presented as part of the 2018 edition of the WeeFestival. Taught by Julie Lebel (Vancouver/Foolish Operations) and Margaret Paek (USA/Lower Left Collective) who each bring more than 20 years of experience in dance education.

Location: Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw St. Toronto, Suite #103

Registration: Before April 25 2018: $20/Family , After April 25 2018: $25/ family