School Trips Students of all ages can enjoy unique hands-on education programs at the City of Toronto museums.

City of Toronto museums offer a wide variety of unique, hands-on educational experiences that support the Ontario Education Curriculum. Program offerings are available to students in Grades Kindergarten to 12 and ESL. 

Students connect with people of earlier times by getting up close and personal with artifacts, diaries and letters. Through guided tours and hands-on activities our experienced educators use learner-centred and inquiry-based teaching methods to engage students.

Colborne Lodge

ExpandBook a Colborne Lodge School Trip

Colborne Lodge, the 1837 home of High Park founders, John and Jemima Howard is located at the south end of the park. The Lodge is restored as it was when John and Jemima lived in it and contains many of their 19th-century furnishings.

John Howard’s watercolours of early Toronto, along with the Howards’ household tools and furnishings, are excellent resources for student learning. Howard’s map of High Park provides evidence of the First Nations peoples who fished, hunted and gathered food in the area. The landscape around Colborne Lodge and in High Park retains many of its geological and 19th-century landscape features.

To book a school trip to Colborne Lodge, please contact the museum directly:
11 Colborne Lodge Drive
clodge@toronto.ca
416-392-6916

ExpandGrade 3 - Settlers in Early Toronto

Ontario curriculum subject: Social Studies
Topics: Early Settlements in Upper Canada, Urban and Rural Communities

Discover the roles and challenges of John and Jemima Howard’s everyday lives in 19th-century Upper Canada.

  • Hear the story of the Howards’ sea voyage to Canada
  • Discover similarities and differences in the way the Howards lived with your own lives while exploring their 19th-century home
  • Learn how the environment affected the way the Howards lived

1 hour
Min. 15 students; Max. 45 students
$2.66 plus tax

1.5 hour program option: explore the differences in 19th-century cooking by preparing a beverage in the Howards’ kitchen
Min. 15 students; Max. 30  students
$4.43 plus tax

ExpandGrade 3 - High Park through the Ages

Ontario curriculum subject: Social Studies
Topics: Early Settlements in Upper Canada, First Nation Peoples and European Explorers, Aboriginal Perspectives

Compare the lives of High Park’s First Nations peoples and early European settlers

  • Identify the different First Nations people who lived and moved through the High Park area
  • Discover differences and similarities in First Nations peoples’ and early settlers’ everyday lives
  • Compare the roles and challenges people faced in early Canada to your own lives

2 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 30 students
$4.87 plus tax

ExpandGrade 5 - High Park through the Ages

Ontario curriculum subject: Social Studies
Topics: Heritage and Identity, First Nations in Upper Canada

Compare the lives of High Park’s First Nations peoples and early European settlers

  • Identify the different First Nations people who lived and moved through the High Park area
  • Discover differences and similarities in First Nations peoples’ and early settlers’ everyday lives
  • Compare the roles and challenges people faced in early Canada to your own live

2 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 30 students
$4.87 plus tax

ExpandGrade 7 - Amazing Planning Race: High Park

Ontario curriculum subject: Geography
Topics: Themes of Geographic Inquiry, Patterns in Physical Geography

Students divide into teams to learn about High Park environmental and land use issues in an “Amazing Race” through the southern part of the park.

  • Observe natural and man-made landforms in the park
  • Analyze issues community leader, John Howard, founder of High Park and first Park Ranger faced in the 19th-century
  • Discuss impacts and make proposals for the future

1.5 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 45 students
$4.43 plus tax

ExpandGrade 8 - Amazing Planning Race: High Park

Ontario curriculum subject: Geography
Topics: Patterns in Human Geography, Canada: A Changing Society

Students divide into teams to learn about recreational land use in the public park in an “Amazing Race” through the southern part of High Park

  • Observe the use of High Park since it became a public park
  • Analyze issues community leader, John Howard, founder of High Park and first Park Ranger faced in the 19th-century
  • Discuss factors contributing to change in the park and make proposals for the future

1.5 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 45 students
$4.43 plus tax

ExpandHoliday Programs

Experience Upper Canadian Christmas traditions in the Howards’ decorated home, and by engaging in hands-on activities. Offered from the end of November through December.

A Child's Holiday
Ontario curriculum subject: Holiday Season Programming
Topic: Traditions and Celebrations
1.5 hours
$4.87 plus tax

Holiday Traditions
Ontario curriculum subject: Social Studies
Topic: Traditions and Celebrations
1 hour
$4.43 plus tax

Fort York National Historic Site

ExpandBook a Fort York School Trip

Built in 1793, Fort York National Historic Site is the birthplace of urban Toronto. It is best known as the location where the Battle of York came to its violent climax in 1813 during the War of 1812. The Fort served as the city's primary harbour defence between the 1790s and the 1880s, and was the home of a military garrison until the 1930s. Today, its defensive walls enclose Canada's largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings.

To book a school trip to Fort York, please contact the museum directly:
250 Fort York Blvd.
fortyork@toronto.ca
416-392 6907

ExpandGrade 3 - A Day and Night in the Life of the Garrison

Ontario curriculum subject: Social Studies
Topic: Early Settlements in Upper Canada

Soldiers and their families were the pioneers of early Toronto. This program is a hands-on exploration of the activities of the people who lived in this British fort 200 years ago, including dinner, an overnight stay in an 1813 blockhouse and breakfast

Workshops to choose from include:

  • Archaeology, Officers’ Kitchen, Music,
  • Lifestyles, Signals, Musket Drill, and more

5 hours
Min. 25 students; Max. 37 students
$42.48 plus tax

ExpandGrade 3 - Pioneers at York 1790s to 1830s

Ontario curriculum subject: Social Studies
Topics: Early Settlements in Upper Canada, Geographic Inquiry

Explore daily life at this 200 year old British fort and discover how the soldiers, officers and their families contributed to the birthplace of urban Toronto.

  • See original buildings where officers, soldiers and their families lived and worked
  • Explore the role of music in the everyday life of the garrison
  • Discover early cooking methods in a working 1826 kitchen

1.5 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 150 students
$4.87 plus tax

ExpandGrade 5 - Toronto and the Fur Trade (4hrs)

Ontario curriculum subject: Social Studies
Topic: First Nations and Europeans in New France and Early Canada; The Role of Government and Responsible Citizenship

A hands-on exploration of Fur Trade practices and the garrison community at York (now Toronto).

  • Introduction to Fort York, First Nations Warfare, officers’ Kitchen, Alliance and Conflict.
  • Overnight program available as well.

4 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 60 students
$10.62 plus tax

ExpandGrade 5 - Toronto and the Fur Trade (1.5hrs)

Ontario curriculum subject: Social Studies
Topic: First Nations and Europeans in New France and Early Canada; The Role of Government and Responsible Citizenship

Explore the changing relationships between First Nation peoples and Europeans during Toronto’s fur trade era.

  • Using maps, models and archaeological artifacts, investigate the patterns and practices of the fur trade
  • Hands-on examination of trade goods and archaeological artifacts
  • Also meets Grade 7 New France and Interactions within Ecosystems study objectives
  • May be combined with other programs for a full day experience

1.5 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 150 students
$4.87 plus tax

ExpandGrade 7 - A Day and Night in the Life of the Garrison

Ontario curriculum subject: History
Topic: British North America

Our most comprehensive living history experience! Hands-on exploration of the activities of the men, women and children who lived and worked in this 200 year old British fort.

  • Workshops include Officers’ Kitchen, Archaeology, Music, and more.

Full-day plus overnight
5 hours
Min. 25 students; Max. 37 students
$42.48 plus tax

ExpandGrade 7 - A Day in the Life of the Garrison

Ontario curriculum subject: History
Topic: British North America

Our most comprehensive living history experience!

  • Hands-on exploration of the activities of the men, women and children who lived and worked in this 200 year old British fort.
  • Workshops can include Officers’ Kitchen, Lifestyles, Archaeology, Music, Signals, Musket Drill, and more.

4 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 60 students
$10.62 plus tax

ExpandGrade 7 - Fort York and the War of 1812 (1.5hrs)

Ontario curriculum subject: History
Topics: British North America, Conflict and Change

Discover the reasons behind the attack on York, and the roles of the fort and its inhabitants in the War of 1812.

  • Discuss the causes of the War of 1812 and why York became a target
  • Examine the fort’s defences and discuss fortifications technology
  • Learn British Musket Drill. Participate in a hands-on interactive board game

1.5 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 150 students
$4.87 plus tax

ExpandGrade 7 - Fort York and the War of 1812 (4hrs)

Ontario curriculum subject: Social Studies
Topics: British North America, Early Settlements in Upper Canada

Explore the role of the fort and it’s inhabitants during the War of 1812. Discover the military context for the founding of York, the causes of the War of 1812 and the relationship between the Fort and the early town. This full day program is new for the bicentennial of the war in 2012.

  • Learn about the inhabitants of both the Town of York and the Garrison
  • Discover the causes of the war and the overall theatre of events
  • Activities include soldier’s drill, walking the fortifications and examining uniforms of the era

4 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 150 students
$10.62 plus tax

ExpandGrade 7 - Fort York: A Harbour Defence

Ontario curriculum subject: History
Topics: British North America, Conflict and Change

Discover the origins of the Fort and its role in the establishment of modern, urban Toronto in this active, participatory program.

  • Learn about the Fort’s founding on the original waterfront, how it functioned as a harbour defence, and the dramatic Battle of York in 1813
  • Explore the science of warfare by examining models, walking the ramparts, and ascertaining the Fort’s natural geography

1.5 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 150 students
$4.87 plus tax

ExpandGrade 7 - John Graves Simcoe and the Birthplace of Toronto

Ontario curriculum subject: History
Topic: British North America

Explore the reasons behind the establishment of the Garrison at York and the subsequent growth into modern, urban Toronto.

  • See the living quarters of the soldiers, officers and their families, and discover life in the garrison community.
  • May be expanded or combined with Radicals and Redcoats for a full day program.

1.5 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 150 students
$4.87 plus tax

ExpandGrade 7 - Radicals and Redcoats

Ontario curriculum subject: History
Topic: Conflict and Change

Explore the reaction to the 1837 Rebellion from the government perspective, including its effects on the officers, soldiers, and Toronto civilians

  • Militia muster and musket drill - how the government prepared to defend its communities
  • Hands-on examination of 1830’s weapons technology
  • Exploration of the 1837 Officers’ Barracks and our subterranean Rebellion money vaults
  • May be combined with Fort York and the War of 1812 for a full day program

1.5 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 150 students
$4.87 plus tax

ExpandGrade 10 - First World War and the Canadian Soldier

Ontario curriculum subject: History
Topic: Canadian History Since World War I

Through the use of artefacts and an authentic reproduction of a soldier’s uniform and kit, students explore Canada’s contribution to WW1 and the role of the common soldier in that conflict

1.5 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 90 students
$4.87 plus tax

Gibson House Museum

ExpandBook a Gibson House Museum School Trip

Built in 1851, Gibson House was the home of Scottish immigrant David Gibson and his family. He was a land surveyor who helped map early Toronto. Wanted by the government for participating in the Upper Canada Rebellion of 1837, Gibson was forced to flee to the United States where he and his family remained for 11 years. On their return to York County, the Gibsons built this beautiful home and once again became active members of their rural community.

Program Features:

  • All programs require a minimum of 10 students
  • Programs are 1.5 hours (half-day option) or 3 hours (full day option) in length
  • All programs include a tour through the museum with a costumed interpreter
  • Programs are based on inquiry-based learning
  • All programs include hands-on components in an authentic mid-19th century farm house
  • Option for half-day programs: bring your own lunch to eat on site in our program room for $25 per half hour

To book a school trip to Gibson House, please contact the museum directly:
5172 Yonge Street
gibsonhouse@toronto.ca
416-395-7432

ExpandGrades 1, 2, 3 & 4 - Family Life

Ontario curriculum subject: Social Studies
Grade 1 Topic: Our Changing Roles and Responsibilities

  • Students will examine various roles, relationships and responsibilities, how and why these may change and how they are connected to one's identity, culture and sense of self. 

Grade 2 Topic: Changing Family and Community Traditions

  • Students will describe similarities and differences in which people in two or more communities in different parts of the world meet their needs and have adapted to the location, climate, and physical features of their regions.

Grade 3 Topic: Communities in Canada, 1780 – 1850

  • Students will compare ways of life among some specific groups in Canada around the beginning of the nineteenth century, and describe some of the changes between that era and present day. Students will use the social studies inquiry process to investigate major challenges that different groups and communities faced in Canada in the early to mid-19th century.

Grade 4 Topic: Political and Physical Regions of Canada, human activity and the environment

  • Students will learn how industrial development and the natural environment affected each other through the Gibson House Museum context.  Students will use the social studies inquiry process to investigate some issues and challenges associated with balancing human needs/wants with environmental stewardship.

1.5 hour program option ($4.43 per student plus tax)

Students will:

  • Make scones and butter in the 1850's open hearth kitchen


Add on two of the following:

  • Card sheep's fleece and explore textile production from sheep to mill
  • Play with 19th-century toys and games, and learn about the Gibson family children
  • Explore social and family roles from the 19th-century through inquiry-based discussion and examination of historic images and clothing

ExpandGrades 1, 2, 3 & 4 - Gibson Children at Home

Ontario curriculum subject: Social Studies
Grade 1 Topic: Our Changing Roles and Responsibilities

  • Students will examine various roles, relationships and responsibilities, how and why these may change and how they are connected to one's identity, culture and sense of self. 

Grade 2 Topic: Changing Family and Community Traditions

  • Students will describe similarities and differences in which people in two or more communities in different parts of the world meet their needs and have adapted to the location, climate, and physical features of their regions.

Grade 3 Topic: Communities in Canada, 1780 – 1850

  • Students will compare ways of life among some specific groups in Canada around the beginning of the nineteenth century, and describe some of the changes between that era and present day. Students will use the social studies inquiry process to investigate major challenges that different groups and communities faced in Canada in the early to mid-19th century. 

Grade 4 Topic: Political and Physical Regions of Canada, human activity and the environment

  • Students will learn how industrial development and the natural environment affected each other through the Gibson House Museum context.  Students will use the social studies inquiry process to investigate some issues and challenges associated with balancing human needs/wants with environmental stewardship.

1.5 hour non-food program option ($4.43 per student plus tax)

  • Dip candles and learn about lighting
  • Play with 19-century toys and games and learn about school days
  • Card and spin sheep's fleece and explore textile production
  • Investigate textile production with weaving activities, while learning about the loom

ExpandGrades 3 & 4 - Gibson Adventure

Ontario curriculum subject: Social Studies
Grade 3 Topic: Communities in Canada, 1780 – 1850

  • Students will compare ways of life among some specific groups in Canada around the beginning of the nineteenth century, and describe some of the changes between that era and present day. Students will use the social studies inquiry process to investigate major challenges that different groups and communities faced in Canada in the early to mid-19th century. 

Grade 4 Topci: Political and Physical Regions of Canada, human activity and the environment

  • Students will learn how industrial development and the natural environment affected each other through the Gibson House Museum context.  Students will use the social studies inquiry process to investigate some issues and challenges associated with balancing human needs/wants with environmental stewardship.

3 hour program option ($8.63 plus tax)

  • Students will use 19th-century recipes and techniques to prepare and enjoy a mid-day meal

Choose two of the following:

  • Card sheep's fleece and explore textile production from sheep to mill
  • Play with 19th-century toys and games, and learn about the Gibson family children
  • Explore social and family roles from the 19th-century through inquiry-based discussion and examination of historic images and clothing
  • Program includes 30 minutes in the program room to eat lunch at no extra charge 

ExpandGrades 5, 6 & 7 - In Arms Against the Government

Ontario curriculum subject: History
Grade 5 Topic: The Role of Government and Responsible Citizenship

  • Students will assess responses of governments in Canada to some significant issues, and develop plans of action for governments and citizens to address social and environmental issues. Students will analyze social issues from various perspectives, including the perspective of the government responsible for addressing the issues.

Grade 6 Topic: Communities in Canada, Past and Present

  • Students will assess contributions to Canadian identity made by various groups, specifically the story of David Gibson and his family. Students will use the inquiry process to investigate different perspectives on the historical experiences of several distinct communities in Toronto.

Grade 7 Topic: Canada, 1800 – 1850, Conflict and Challenges 

  • Students will analyze aspects of the lives of various groups in Toronto between 1800 and 1850 and use the historical inquiry process to investigate perspectives of different groups relating to the rebellion of 1837.

3 hour program ($8.63 plus tax)

  • Students will use 19th-century recipes and techniques to prepare and enjoy a mid-day meal
  • Identify issues that led David Gibson and the local community to join the rebellion of 1837
  • Explore rebellion personalities through a rebellion re-enactment activity
  • Program includes 30 minutes in the program room to eat lunch at no extra charge

ExpandHoliday Programs

Grades 1 to 3: Holiday Preparations
Ontario curriculum subject: Holiday Season Programming

Grade 1 Topic: Our Changing Roles and Responsibilities 

  • Students will examine various roles, relationships and responsibilities, how and why these may change and how they are connected to one's identity, culture and sense of self. 

Grade 2 Topic: Changing family and community traditions

  • Students will use the inquiry process to investigate some of the past and present traditions and celebrations within their community. 

Grade 3 Topic: Communities in Canada, 1780 – 1850 

  • Students will compare ways of life among some specific groups in Canada around the beginning of the nineteenth century, and describe some of the changes between that era and present day. Students will use the social studies inquiry process to investigate major challenges that different groups and communities faced in Canada in the early to mid-19th century. 

2 hours ($4.87)

  • Students will make gingerbread over the open hearth
  • Play with 19-century toys and games
  • Make a 19th century holiday toy to take home.
  • Participate in a traditional Scottish first footing ceremony
  • Card and spin sheep's fleece and explore textile production from sheep to mill

Grades 3 & 4: Gibson Holiday Adventures
Ontario curriculum subject: Holiday Season Programming
Grade 3 Topic: Communities in Canada, 1780 – 1850

  • Students will compare ways of life among some specific groups in Canada around the beginning of the nineteenth century, and describe some of the changes between that era and present day. Students will use the social studies inquiry process to investigate major challenges that different groups and communities faced in Canada in the early to mid-19th century. 

Grade 4 Topic: Political and Physical Regions of Canada 

  • Students will learn how industrial development and the natural environment affected each other through the Gibson House Museum context.  Students will use the social studies inquiry process to investigate some issues and challenges associated with balancing human needs/wants with environmental stewardship.

3 hour program ($8.85 plus tax)

Holiday program available from November 1st to January 30th

  • Students will make a holiday-inspired mid-day meal
  • Students will learn about different holiday traditions, including how the Gibson Family celebrated the holidays.
  • Card and spin sheep's fleece and explore textile production from sheep to mill
  • Play with 19-century toys and games

Mackenzie House

ExpandBook a Mackenzie House School Trip

Mackenzie House is the restored home of William Lyon Mackenzie, Toronto's first Mayor, a radical journalist and publisher, and leader of the Rebellion of 1837 in Upper Canada. This house was given to Mackenzie by friends and supporters, when he retired from public life, and in recognition of his many years of serving the community.

To book a school trip to Mackenzie House, please contact the museum directly:
82 Bond Street
machouse@toronto.ca
416-392-6915

ExpandGrade 3 - Toronto Settlers and Life in a Victorian Community

Ontario curriculum subject: Social Studies
Topics: Early Settlements in Upper Canada, Diversity in Urban and Rural Communities

Discover the unique composition of Victorian Toronto communities. Learn about the everyday life of urban children and their families. Investigate the experiences of new arrivals, their origins, and the push/pull factors that brought them here.

  • Explore aspects of geometry, shapes and dimensions with reproduction Victorian quilts.
  • Choose a popular style of Victorian Toronto architecture and print a depiction on the 1845 printing press.
  • Dress for the occasion and learn a popular group dance from the era, complete with etiquette lessons drawn from Victorian dance manuals.

1.5 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 45 students
$4.43 plus tax

ExpandGrades 3 & 4 - Printer’s Devils

Ontario curriculum subject: Social Studies
Topics: Early Settlements in Upper Canada, Media Literacy

Discover what daily life and the printing trade were like in mid 19th-century Toronto while visiting the home of a famous Toronto printer. Students are trained as “Printer’s Devils,” compositors and pressmen on an 1845 press.

  • Examine 19th-century family life, roles and pastimes through artifact investigation.
  • Try on a hoop skirt, look through a stereoscope and handle a flat iron.
  • Learn to write with a steel nib pen in Victorian penmanship.
  • Discover how levers and pulleys work together by printing a newspaper.

1.5 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 35 students
$4.43 plus tax

ExpandGrades 4 & 5 - Victorian Black Press

Grade 4 Ontario curriculum subject: Language
Grade 4 Topics: Urban and Rural Communities, Media Literacy
Grade 5 Ontario curriculum subject: Social Studies
Grade 5 Topics: Diversity in Urban and Rural Communities, Early Settlements in Upper Canada

Investigate newspapers as mass media while working in a recreated 1860s print shop. Study primary sources to understand why Black residents created their own newspapers.

  • Learn about influential editors Henry Bibb and Mary Ann Shadd Cary.
  • In the role of editor, students create a front page banner and assemble the content for an 1850s newspaper.
  • Compose a “Letter to the Editor” with a steel nib pen.
  • Discover how early newspapers were constructed by printing a copy of The Provincial Freeman on the 1845 press.

2 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 35 students
$4.87 plus tax

ExpandGrade 6 - The Green Fields of Canada: Irish Refugees and Immigration to Toronto

Ontario Curriculum subject:  Social Studies
Topics: Heritage & Citizenship, Canada's link to the World, Canada and World Connections

Learn how a famine in Ireland changed Toronto forever.  In the 1840s, Toronto's population doubled with Irish refugees fleeing starvation and political unrest.  Activities include preparing an Irish lunch in the historic kitchen, learning about Irish ballads in our recreated printshop and a walking tour of Toronto's downtown.

2 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 60 students
$10.41 plus tax

ExpandGrade 7 - Mackenzie’s Toronto Walking Tour

Ontario curriculum subject: Language
Topics: Conflict and Change, British North America

On a walk through William Lyon Mackenzie’s Toronto:

  • Investigate the social and political issues facing Toronto’s residents from the 1820s to the 1860s and discover how Muddy York became the provincial capital
  • Visit original buildings and locations such as St Lawrence Hall and Hangman’s Square.
  • Hear original accounts of how Mackenzie and his contemporaries felt about the issues facing 19th-century Toronto.

1.5 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 45 students
$4.43 plus tax

ExpandGrade 7 - Rebellion

Ontario curriculum subject: History
Topics: Conflict and Change, Canada: A Changing Society

Learn what led some ordinary citizens to take drastic measures against the government.

  • “Travel” to market and learn about the hardships of pioneer travel.
  • Re-enact an Assembly debate as Tory and Reform members of government.
  • Identify social and political issues in the colony and complete a petition using primary documents
  • Learn how and why Mackenzie printed his newspapers and print a souvenir rebel poster for the classroom.

1.5 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 60 students
$4.43 plus tax

ExpandGrade 7 - Radical Press

Ontario curriculum subject: History
Topics: Conflict and Change, Canada: A Changing Society

Visiting the retired rebel’s home, students examine the personal side of the Rebellion of 1837.

  • In the role of reporters or rebels, interview key personalities from the Upper Canadian Rebellion.
  • Hero or traitor? Using steel-nib pen and ink, present your verdict on Mackenzie’s legacy.
  • Explore the rebel leader’s writings and print your own newspaper.

1.5 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 35 students
$4.43 plus tax

ExpandGrades 7 & 8 - Black Press in Canada West

Ontario curriculum subject: History
Grade 7 Topics: British North America, Media Literacy
Grade 8 Topics: A Changing Society, British North America

Working in a re-created 1860s printshop:

  • Invent a banner and select historical articles from The Voice of the Fugitive and Provincial Freeman to create a new front page for your own newspaper.
  • As a fugitive slave or freedom seeker,write a letter with a steel nib pen,relating your experiences and feelings to editors Henry Bibb or Mary Ann Shadd Cary.
  • Discover how 19th-century printing was done by learning to typeset and print your own copy of The Provincial Freeman on the 1845 printing press.

2 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 35 students
$4.87 plus tax

ExpandGrade 8 - Life in the Confederation Era

Ontario curriculum subject: History
Topics: Confederation, Canada: A Changing Society

Discover daily life in Confederation-era Toronto while exploring the home and recreated printshop of Toronto’s famous printer, William Lyon Mackenzie.

  • Discover the challenge of becoming a printer by typesetting and printing a souvenir copy of an 1860 newspaper.
  • Explore the roles and routines of everyday life in an urban home through artifact-based activities.
  • Learn to write with a steel nib pen and express an opinon on Confederation.

1.5 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 35 students
$4.43 plus tax

ExpandGrade 8 - Politicians! Parties! Plots!

Ontario curriculum subject: History
Topics: Confederation, Canada: A Changing Society

Discuss the politics of Confederation in William Lyon Mackenzie’s home and recreated printshop.

  • In role as provincial delegates, re-enact the Quebec Conference.
  • Examining artifacts, discover some common occupations of Confederation-era Torontonians.
  • Exploring the media’s role in public perception, learn about the importance of newspapers and help print a souvenir poster on the 1845 press.
  • Using reproduction calling cards, learn about the Fathers of Confederation and the “behind the scenes” gossip of the day.

1.5 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 60 students
$4.43 plus tax

ExpandHoliday Programs

All Grades: Victorian Christmas Traditions
Ontario curriculum subject: History

Topics: Traditions & Celebrations, Local Community

Exploring the 1858 home of former Mayor William Lyon Mackenzie, discover how everyday life was made more cheerful with festive preparations.

  • Learn how holiday food, decorations, music and get-togethers became traditions passed down between generations.
  • Participate in a sing-a-long as you enjoy a holiday treat and warm mulled cider in our cozy dayroom.
  • Print your own holiday postcards on the 1845 printing press as you learn about the history of Christmas cards.
  • Create a thaumatrope as a souvenir.

1.5 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 35 students
$4.87 plus tax

All Grades: An Urban Toronto Christmas
Ontario curriculum subject: History

Topic: Traditions & Celebrations, Urban and Rural Communities

Let the seasonal magic unfold as you tour the last home of Toronto’s first mayor, William Lyon Mackenzie, to learn how city-dwellers celebrated in the 1850s.

  • Explore the festively-decorated parlours to discover the history of modern decorations and customs, and share your own.
  • Visit our printshop and learn how greeting cards, newspapers and books were printed on our 1845 printing press.

1 hour 
Min. 15 students; Max. 60 students
$4.43 plus tax

Market Gallery

ExpandBook a Market Gallery School Trip

With downtown Toronto and the St. Lawrence Market as a backdrop, students can participate in our many interactive curriculum-linked programs, including mapping activities and role playing. Take advantage of our location and all that the oldest neighbourhood in Toronto has to offer. Programs are available for elementary and secondary school students, students of ESL, and community groups.

To book a school trip to the Market Gallery, please contact the museum directly:
95 Front Street East (2nd Floor)
marketgallery@toronto.ca
416-392-7604

ExpandAll Grades - ESL

Students of ESL enjoy an illustrated talk on the changing history of the neighbourhood and the market building. Today, the market is an animated centre that wonderfully combines the traditions of the past with the tastes and flavours of contemporary, multicultural Toronto.

A two-part activity is available for intermediate to advanced students. Students will use their listening, reading and writing skills to complete a worksheet on the history of the neighbourhood and market. Afterwards students must communicate and interact with merchants to learn more about the market.

20-30 minutes, $10 per group

ExpandGrade 3 - Building Toronto

Topics: Urban and Rural Communities & Early Settlements in Upper Canada

In a discussion format using visual aids, students trace Toronto’s development through its 200 year history. The discussion focuses on the patterns and environmental components of a successful settlement and how industry and immigration contributed to its growth and diversity.

  • Discuss the patterns of a successful settlement
  • Examine the impact of industry and immigration on growth and diversity
  • Using ideas developed during the discussion, students will create their own map of city/town

1.5 hours, $4 per student, supervisors are free

ExpandGrade 4 - A Trip to the Market

Topic: Healthy Living

Students discuss healthy eating habits by examining Canada’s Food Guide. In smaller groups with a supervisor, students explore the market and must develop an interesting and nutritional meal to feed all members of the group.

  • Working as a group explore the market and devise a nutritional meal using Canada’s Food Guide
  • Compare prices, look for specials and search for unusual or ethnic foods
  • Create a poster of the meal plan and share with the rest of the class

3 hours (including lunch break), can be modified to 1.5 hours. $4 per student, supervisors are free

ExpandGrade 5 - All Come to Order: A Look at Toronto’s Government

Topics: Aspects of Citizenship & Government  in Canada

Students explore the different levels of government and their respective responsibilities focusing on municipal government through visual aids and activities. Students work in groups as a mock city council to sort and classify information obtained from newspaper articles. They take a position and debate the issue at hand. Afterwards, the rest of council will vote.

  • Discover Canada’s governments, focusing on municipal government
  • Examine documents and relevant newspaper articles
  • Debate, as a municipal council, issue presented

3 hours, $4 per student, supervisors are free

ExpandGrade 7 - Exploring the Don Valley

Topics: Life Systems and Geography, Interactions within Ecosystems & Natural Resources

Students examine the impact of geological, agricultural, industrial and human development on the Don Valley’s natural environment.

  • Trace the history and geography of the Don Valley through visual aids and hands-on activity
  • Explore the influential factors in the revitalization of the Don River with an interactive exercise
  • Discuss the environmental costs of large scale urban expansion

3 hours (including lunch break), can be modified to 1.5 hours. $4 per student

ExpandGrade 8 - Mapping Toronto’s History

Topic: Patterns in Human Geography

Students explore the oldest neighbourhood in Toronto using a map and compass. Working in smaller groups students are assigned a time period in the 19th century and must use orienteering and mapping skills to find the sites on the map. The groups come together and share their findings with the rest of the class and create a map together.

  • Working as a group students discover where the City of Toronto began
  • Take rubbings/recordings of historical plaques
  • As a group, students will share their findings and construct a map of the area in the 19th century

3 hours, $4 per student, supervisors are free

ExpandGrade 8 - Change in Toronto's Landscape

Topics: History and Geography, Patterns in Human Geography

Students explore Toronto’s 200 year-old history using visual aids and identifying key components of the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood using a map from the 19th century. Students analyze and describe the development of various Toronto neighbourhoods throughout the City’s history.

  • Examine patterns in human geography
  • Discuss issues of urban development, including population distribution, density and residential, industrial and recreational land use.
  • Explore, with photographs, Toronto’s neighbourhoods

1.5 hours, $4 per student, supervisors are free

ExpandGrade 8 - Political Activism and the Black Community in the 19th Century

Topic: Conflict and Change, Canada: A Changing Society 

In September 1851, members of the Black community in Toronto and across the province organized a convention at the St. Lawrence Hall on King Street East. Delegates attended the convention from as far away as Britain, the Caribbean and the U.S.  The purpose of the convention was to discuss how to bring about emancipation from slavery in the U.S. and how the black community should proceed in a new free society.

Students are introduced to notable Torontonians who played a major role in the 19th century Anti-Slavery movement

  • Learn about Toronto’s Black community and the law
  • Discuss the convention movement and its results
  • Students role play an important member of the convention and present their stance to the rest of the class

3 hours (including lunch break) or can be modified to 1.5 hours. $4 per student

ExpandGrade 12 - Local/Global: Food Sources in the historic St. Lawrence Market

Topics: Family Studies, Food and Nutritional Sciences

Using the St. Lawrence Market as a resource, students investigate the issues surrounding the production and distribution of food in Toronto, particularly access to local and global food sources.

  • Students create a map of food sources in their neighbourhood
  • Students visit the Market and source local and/or organic ingredients for the provided recipe
  • Students present and discuss what they found and the issues raised
  • This program meets the course requirements of secondary school Food and Nutritional Sciences programs

3 hours, $4 per student

Montgomery's Inn

ExpandBook a Montgomery's Inn School Trip

Montgomery's Inn has been a landmark in Etobicoke for over 180 years. Now surrounded by a rapidly expanding metropolis, it continues to provide visual evidence of early 19th-century life in this region. Today, the museum has been restored to its heyday of 1847 and extends the tradition of hospitality that the Montgomerys started in the 1830s.

To book a school trip to Montgomery's Inn, please contact the museum directly:
4709 Dundas Street West
montinn@toronto.ca
416-394-8113

ExpandKindergarten - Magda Marches On

Ontario curriculum subject: Language
Topic: Oral Communications

This interactive, hands-on program uses puppetry and storytelling to explore what life was like in an 1840s Inn. Students discover the Inn with Magda, Mrs. Montgomery’s eccentric cat

  • Compare ways of heating, lighting, eating, washing, sleeping, working and playing
  • Help the cook in the open-hearth kitchen prepare a 19th century recipe

1.5 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 35 students
$3.98 plus tax

ExpandGrade 3 - Set Sail

Ontario curriculum subject: Social Studies
Topics: Early Settlements in Upper Canada, Oral Communications

Join Richard Clarence, Catherine Parr Trail’s hero from The Young Emigrants, on a journey to the new World. Bid farewell to your homeland and set sail! Experience the voyage of one of Canada’s early immigrants and discover his impressions on arrival

  • Take a tour of the Inn and learn about the people that passed through its doors
  • Through props and artifacts piece together the story of Richard’s journey and then re-enact it! Follow the route Richard took to arrive at his destination in Upper Canada
  • Help the cook prepare an historic recipe in our open-hearth kitchen
  • Program can be combined with Time Travelling at the Inn for a full-day experience.

1.5 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 35 students
$3.98 plus tax

ExpandGrade 3 - Time Travelling at the Inn

Ontario curriculum subject: Social Studies
Topics: Early Settlements in Upper Canada, Oral Communications

Students follow a mysterious servant around the Inn and, through a series of clues, piece together their story. Drama is used to explore the experiences of some of Canada’s less affluent early immigrants and the difficult choices they had to make.

  • Explore the different societal reasons for immigration
  • Students perform chores in the open-hearth kitchen
  • May be combined with “Set Sail!” for a full-day program

1.5 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 35 students
$3.98 plus tax

ExpandGrades 3, 6 & 7 - Follow the Drinking Gourd

Grade 3 Ontario curriculum subject: Social Studies
Grade 3 Topics: Early Settlements in Upper Canada; Drama and Dance
Grade 6 & 7 Ontario curriculum subject: History
Grade 6 & 7 Topics: British North America; Drama and Dance
In 1853, Tavern keeper Thomas Montgomery of Etobicoke provided a new life for Joshua Glover after his narrow escape from slavery in the U.S. Through the media of music, songs, dance, an audio visual presentation and an active tour of the restored Inn, students will learn about Glover’s arrival in Canada via the underground.

1.5 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 30 students
$3.98 plus tax

ExpandGrades 3 & 7 - Concoct, Cavort and Carouse

Grade 3 Ontario curriculum subject: Social Studies
Grade 3 Topic: Early Settlements in Upper Canada
Grade 7 Ontario curriculum subject: History
Grade 7 Topics: British North America, Drama and Dance

Montgomery’s Inn provided employment and amusement for the people of 19th century rural Etobicoke, which can still be experienced first-hand! Following a tour of the wonderfully restored Inn, students will:

  • Concoct a delicious drink in the Inn’s kitchen
  • Cavort in the Inn’s ballroom where they will learn an amusing 19th century country dance, and then
  • Carouse in the tavern where they will belly-up to the bar and consume their very own concoction (non-alcoholic of course)

2 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 30 students
$5.31 plus tax

ExpandGrades 3, 6, 7 & 8 - Singing of Birds

Ontario curriculum subject: Arts (including Visual Arts)
Grade 3, 6 & 8 Topics: Oral Communications, Drama and Dance
Grade 7 Topics: Oral Communications, Black History Month, Drama and Dance

Don’t miss this unique theatre-in-education project designed by renowned educator Dr. Warwick Dobson. This imaginative participatory drama program explores the joys and struggles of immigrants from two different cultural backgrounds: Rose, alone for the first time and working as a servant at Montgomery’s Inn and Clara, who escaped on the Underground Railroad and seeks freedom in the cold north of Canada.

5 hours
Min. 30 students; Max. 35 students
$10.62 plus tax

ExpandGrades 9 & 10 - The Victorian Table: Food Traditions and Customs in 19th C. Toronto

Topics: Food and Nutrition, Canadian Food Heritage

Issues of food security, seasonality, and local food production are explored through the lens of Victorian Toronto. During the visit students will:

  • Take a walking tour of museum grounds, reimagining the farm & outbuildings (ice house, smoke house, root cellar) as they would have been
  • Participate in an 'Apple Bee,' (a communal event at which apples were prepared for drying) while learning about traditional means of preserving the harvest
  • Debate the relative merits of local vs. imported food, while enjoying both (local apple cider mulled with imported spices)

2 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 30 students
$5.31 plus tax

ExpandHoliday Program

All Grades: Christmas at the Inn
Ontario curriculum subject: Holiday Season Programming
Topics: Traditions & Celebrations, Early Settlement in Upper Canada, British North America

You are cordially invited to a Christmas celebration at the Inn. Winter was the time to visit and attend parties in 1840s Canada and the Inn continues this tradition

  • Compare 19th century winter activities, holiday traditions and decorations
  • Help prepare Christmas baking in the open hearth kitchen

1.5 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 30 students
$3.98 plus tax

Scarborough Museum

ExpandBook a Scarborough Museum School Trip

Set along the walking trails of beautiful Thomson Memorial Park, Scarborough Museum traces the story of this community's rural roots and two centuries of immigration. The museum is situated on property first granted to David and Mary Thomson, who settled in Scarborough about 1798.

Originally the farm fields of Scarborough’s first settlers, Thomson Memorial Park is now the setting for the Scarborough Museum and its gardens. Every year, the staff of the Scarborough Museum faithfully re-create 19th Century gardens to enhance the surroundings of the museum buildings.

To book a school trip to Scarborough Museum, please contact the museum directly:
1007 Brimley Road
shm@toronto.ca
416-338-8807

ExpandAll Grades - History Makers: Teacher’s Choice!

Ontario curriculum subject: History
Topics: Early Settlements in Upper Canada, Heritage & Citizenship, Diversity in Urban and Rural Communities

Teachers select the activities, the museum delivers, & students get hands-on! Simply choose 1 activity from each of the following 3 segments to customize a program.

1.5 hours / $4.50

Segment 1
Discover early settler life in the 1800s McCowan Log House and...

  • Bake over the open hearth
  • Grind grains the old fashioned way
  • Discover artifacts through storytelling
  • Explore fireside storytelling drama techniques

Segment 2
Explore 19th century technologies, social customs and art forms in Cornell House and...

  • Bake a Victorian treat in a woodstove
  • Make ice cream (seasonal)
  • Play fun interactive parlour games
  • Learn how to conduct oral history interviews of each other

Segment 3
More hands-on history...

  • Play with reproduction toys & have fun with croquet!
  • Get hands-on with artifacts
  • Explore 1800s transportation & play horseshoes

ExpandKindergarten - Stories & Songs

Ontario curriculum subject: Drama
Topic: Optics, Drama & Dance

Storytelling, expressive song & games make up this popular interactive JK/SK program.

1 hour / $4

ExpandKindergarten - Hickory Dickory Dock

Ontario curriculum subject: Science & Technology
Topics: Exploration & Experimentation, Relationship, Rules & Responsbilities

Have fun with cooking, play with toys, try household chores & get close to1800s objects.

1 hour / $4

ExpandGrades 1 & 2 - Freddy the Mouse Finds a House

Ontario curriculum subject: Science & Technology/Mathematics
Topics: Characteristics of Objects and Properties of Materials, Relationship, Rules & Responsibilities

Make old-fashioned candy, play 19th century parlour games, explore early settler life with interactive storytelling, & do hands on activities.

1.5 hours / $4.50

ExpandGrades 1 & 2 - A Victorian Escapade

Ontario curriculum subject: Social Studies
Topics: Early Settlements in Upper Canada, Matter & Materials

Make ice-cream, play 19th century outdoor games & experience the social side of early life in Scarborough.

2 hours / $5.25
Seasonal: April to June
Also available for Grade 3 classes

ExpandGrades 1 & 2 - Creative Play

Ontario curriculum subject: Drama
Topics: Drama & Dance

Dive into Scarborough’s past with baking, storytelling, song & tableau theatre.

2 hours / $5.25

ExpandGrades 3 & 4 - Explore the Past

Ontario curriculum subject: Social Studies
Topics: Early Settlements in Upper Canada, Diversity in Urban and Rural Communities

Connect to Scarborough’s early immigrants with hands-on artifact fun, make butter & bake scones over the hearth.

2 hours / $5.25

ExpandGrades 5 & 6 - Think Theatre

Ontario curriculum subject: Drama
Topic: Optics, Drama & Dance

Scarborough’s past becomes real with theatre, artifacts, baking, exhibits & oral histories.

2 hours / $5.25

ExpandGrades 5 to 8 - Making History Now: What’s Your Story?

Grade 5 & 6 Ontario curriculum subject: Social Studies
Grade 7 & 8 Ontario curriculum subject: History
Topics: Methods of Historical Inquiry & Communication

Explore oral history interview skills, primary source materials & woodstove baking.

2 hours / $5.25
In-class version available

ExpandGrades 7 & 8 - The Fourth Wall

Ontario curriculum subject: Drama
Topic: Optics, Drama & Dance

Explore drama techniques, bake cornmeal muffins & learn about local history.

2 hours / $5.25

ExpandHoliday Program

All Grades: A Victorian Christmas
Ontario curriculum subject: Holiday Season Programming
Topics: Traditions & Celebrations, Relationships, Rules & Responsibilities, Matter & Materials, Early Settlements in Upper Canada

Explore early settler Christmas traditions, decorate a cedar rope wreath for the classroom, & bake a traditional holiday treat!

2 hours / $6.75
Runs end of November & December

Spadina Museum

ExpandBook a Spadina Museum School Trip

It's the time when Toronto experienced increased immigration, the vote for women, the stock market crash, prohibition and the introduction of public health and welfare. It's also the time of the Charleston craze, tabloid journalism, new technology and more. And it can all be seen, heard, felt and lived at Spadina Museum - Toronto's only museum to represent the 1920s and 30s, a transformative period that dramatically changed the City.

To book a school trip to Spadina Museum, please contact the museum directly:
285 Spadina Road
spadina@toronto.ca
416-392-6910

ExpandAll Grades & ESL - Meet the Austins

Ontario curriculum subject: ESL
Topic: Canada’s Link to the World

Connect with Toronto as it was in the 1920s and 1930s. Experienced staff interact with students within the restored rooms, engaging them in discussion at their language level. Suggested topics for pre-visit discussion: food, dining customs, entertainment and life in the home.

1 hour
Min. 10 students; Max. 60 students
$2.66 plus tax

ExpandGrade 5 - Designing History

Ontario curriculum subject: Arts (including Visual Arts)
Topics: Arts Fundamentals, Social Studies Canada and the World
Every house tells a story. Our design choices make a statement about who we are. Students experience the elements and principals of design while exploring Spadina Museum, a sumptuous mansion restored to its appearance in the 1920s and 1930s.

  • Each student will create a plan for their own dream room to take home.
  • This is a hands-on program focusing on how cultural context impacts architecture and design.

2 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 45 students
$5.31 plus tax

ExpandGrade 8 - First World War: A Toronto Family Experience

Ontario curriculum subject: History
Topic: Canada: A Changing Society
This participatory program confronts students with the personal experiences of a prominent Toronto family before, during and following the First World War.

  • Analyse archival material and artifacts.
  • Explore the war contributions of an artilleryman, a nurse and their family at home in Toronto.

2 hours
Min. 10 students; Max. 45 students
$5.31 plus tax

ExpandGrade 8 - Bertie's Story: A Case Study in Historical Inquiry

Ontario curriculum subject: History
Topic: Canada: A Changing Society
Explore Spadina Museum while uncovering the life of Albert Edison Austin 1888 - 1913.

  • Participants investigate rooms Bertie lived in, examine photographs of him and his peers, compare letters to his mother and father, and analyse descriptions of him written in his lifetime and after his sudden death.
  • Engagement in Bertie’s life is a tool for exploring how to research using archival documents, historical photographs and physical objects.

2 hours
Min. 10 students; Max. 60 students
$5.31 plus tax

ExpandGrade 10 - The First World War: A Toronto Family’s Experience

Ontario curriculum subject: History
Topics: Canadian History Since World War I (First World War), Conflict and Change

This participatory program confronts students with the personal experiences of a prominent Toronto family before, during and following the First World War.

  • Analyze archival material and artifacts.
  • Explore the war contributions of an artilleryman, a nurse and their family at home in Toronto.

2 hours
Min. 10 students; Max. 45 students
$5.31 plus tax

ExpandGrade 10 - Bringing it Home: Class, Culture and the Great Depression

Ontario curriculum subject: History
Topic: Canadian History Since World War I (First World War)

Where could help be found in 1930s Toronto? Government relief was inadequate, intentionally shameful and rare. Charities were overwhelmed.

  • Visit Spadina Museum, restored to a period when the philanthropy of the wealthy was the social safety net.
  • Using drama, film, music and documents from the Austin collection at Spadina museum, students examine the class struggles and cultural viewpoints that shaped the 1930s in Canada.
  • “Bringing it Home” was awarded silver by Interpretation Canada for excellence in education programming 2012.

2 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 60 students
$5.31 plus tax

ExpandGrade 10 - World After War: Consumer Culture in the 1920s

Ontario curriculum subject: History
Topic: Canadian History Since World War I (First World War)

Born of the Great War, the 1920s was a time of expanding economies, increased consumer choice and enlarged discretionary incomes.

  • An immersive program: students are assigned identities based on the lives of actual Torontonians in the 1920s.
  • Students examine artifacts and documents to choose how they will live.
  • Buy a car, go to the movies, pay rent; many things are possible in this examination of life in the booming years of the 1920s.

2 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 45 students
$5.31 plus tax

ExpandGrade 12 - Bertie's Story: A Case Study in Historical Inquiry

Ontario curriculum subject: History
Topic: Methods of Historical Inquiry & Communication

Participants decode letters, report cards, photographs and artifacts to determine the personal values and narrative of one member of the Austin family.

  • Spadina staff work with students, assisting them and sharing their experiences as professionals in a museum setting analysing, interpreting and communicating historical content.
  • Trip can be enhanced by booking a tour of the City of Toronto Archives, a 10 minute walk from Spadina Museum. Contact 416-397-5000 ext. 3 or archives@toronto.ca
  • This program conforms to the expectations described in Interdisciplinary Course grade 12 IDC4UI Archives and Local History

2 hours
Min. 10 students; Max. 45 students
$5.31 plus tax

ExpandHoliday Programs

All Grades & ESL: Roaring Twenties Christmas
Experience a 1920s Christmas on a guided tour of Spadina. 

  • Explore the 1920s Christmas decorations and traditions of the Austin family
  • In the kitchen enjoy a holiday treat made from original recipes

1 hour
Min. 15 students; Max. 60 students
$4.42 + HST 

Grade 2 - Winter Wonderland
Ontario curriculum subject: Traditions & Celebrations
Topic: Traditions & Celebrations, Oral Communications
Be immersed in an authentic 1920s environment. The house is decorated as Austin family members remember it when they visited as grandchildren

  • Use touch, taste, smell and sounds to experience 1920s seasonal traditions
  • Participants share their own memories of special occasions within their own family
  • Make a seasonal craft to take home
  • Examine family photos and documents to personalize the experience of the Austin family

1.5 hours 
Min. 15 students; Max. 60 students
$4.87 plus tax

Grade 2 - Holly Jolly Holiday
Ontario curriculum subject: Traditions & Celebrations
Topics: Traditions & Celebrations, Oral Communications
A more in-depth exploration of the 50 room mansion and the the seasonal traditions of the Austin family

  • Be immersed in an authentic 1920s environment with decorations as remembered by the grandchildren when they visited the home
  • Bake in the historic kitchen
  • Make a seasonal craft to take home
  • Explore the 1920s Christmas decorations of the Austin family and compare them with seasonal traditions in Toronto today

3 hours 
Min. 15 students; Max. 60 students
$7.96 plus tax

Todmorden Mills Heritage Site

ExpandBook a Todmorden Mills School Trip

Set in the scenic Don Valley, Todmorden Mills Heritage Site is a complex of historic buildings which were once part of the small industrial community of Todmorden.

Today the site consists of two historic millers' homes dating from the early 19th century, the Brewery building and the recently renovated Papermill Theatre and Gallery. Adjoining the site is a 9.2 hectare wildflower preserve with walking trails exploring a number of natural habitats, including upland and bottomland forests, dry and wet meadows, swamp lands and a pond.

To book a school trip to Todmorden Mills, please contact the museum directly:
67 Pottery Road
todmorden@toronto.ca
416-396-2819

ExpandKindergarten, Grades 1 & 2 - Creepy Crawlies and Puddle Jumpers

Ontario curriculum subject: Science & Technology
Topics: Life Systems, Characteristics and Needs of Living Things

Explore meadowland, forest, and wetland habitats and discover the basic needs of animals and plants throughout the year

  • Using a variety of materials, create a three-dimensional “creepy crawly”
  • Spring/Fall: Investigate and identify the macro-invertebrates living in the pond and make a drawing of these observations
  • Winter: Learn more about the animals that live in the lower Don Valley, and those that lived here in the past.

1.5 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 45 students
$4.43 plus tax

ExpandGrade 1 - Families Lived Here

Ontario curriculum subject: Social Studies
Topics: Relationship, Rules & Responsibilities, Local Community

Visit the historic homes and explore the family members’ roles and responsibilities

  • Handle real artifacts and discover their uses and roles in everyday activities
  • Discover how the physical environment has changed at Todmorden, draw a map of the historic community and its industries and design and apply a colour-coded legend

1.5 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 45 students
$4.43 plus tax

ExpandGrades 2, 3 & 4 - Plants, Ponds, and Populations

Ontario curriculum subject: Science & Technology
Topics: Habitats & Communities, Growth & Changes in Plants, Soils in the Environment

Explore the Wildflower Preserve’s diverse habitats, discovering the impact of humans on the environment, and how plants and animals have adapted.

  • Hands-on investigation of the plants and life forms in the pond habitat
  • Identify producers, consumers and decomposers and discover their interdependence
  • Examine different types of soils and discover how they interact with the living things in the environment
  • Winter: Learn more about the animals that live in the lower Don Valley, and those that lived here in the past

2 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 45 students
$5.31 plus tax

ExpandGrade 4 - Light, Sound, Action

Ontario curriculum subject: Science & Technology
Topic: Light and Sound Energy

How did families entertain themselves before the days of TV and video games? Explore the science of sound and light through early 20th-century technology.

  • Discover how light and sound entertainments have changed over the past century.
  • Experiment with optical illusion toys.
  • Act out a 1930s-style radio play, using voices and sound effects

1.5 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 45 students
$4.43 plus tax

ExpandGrades 4 & 6 - Nature’s Web: Biodiversity

Ontario curriculum subject: Science & Technology
Grade 4 Topics: Habitats & Communities, Interactions with Ecosystems, Biodiversity
Grade 6 Topics: Interactions with Ecosystems, Life Systems, Biodiversity

Explore the plant and animal life at Todmorden (grounds and wildflower preserve) and discover ways in which biodiversity is both thriving and threatened in the Don Valley

  • Investigate the diverse species of macro-invertebrates in Todmorden’s pond habitat
  • Explore the Wildflower Preserve and discover how native species have been impacted by human activity, and learn what steps have been taken to encourage greater biodiversity
  • Discover the complex relationships between interdependent species in a habitat
  • PLEASE NOTE: This is a seasonal progam and available only from mid-April to late October

2 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 45 students
$5.31 plus tax

ExpandGrades 5 & 6 - First Nations of the Don Valley

Ontario curriculum subject: Social Studies
Topics: Heritage & Citizenship, Canada’s Link to the World, Canada and World Connections

Learn about the history, culture and traditions of the Mississaugas First Nations people who were residents of the Don Valley. The program can be paired with the Nature’s Web: Biodiversity at Todmorden program for a full day of learning and fun.

  • Learn how changes from European contact affected the lifestyles of First Nations communities
  • Explore ways in which the environment influenced Canadian Aboriginal cultures through activities (food, shelter, cultural practices)
  • Examine the consequences of Aboriginal and European interactions
  • Activities in the program include a tour of the Wildflower Preserve to identify native plants and their uses, and creation of a take-home craft

2 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 45 students
$5.31 plus tax

ExpandGrade 7 - Landscape Industry and Change

Ontario curriculum subject: Geography
Topics: Interactions with Ecosystems, Natural Resources, Patterns in Physical Geography

Originally the home to First Nation peoples, the Don River Valley has undergone extensive changes over the last 200 years.

  • Investigate the geographic concepts of interaction and movement and their impact
  • Explore diverse land uses and discover why this site was selected for early industrial development and settlement
  • Learn to identify native and invasive species of plants, discovering how native plants are displaced
  • Using topographical maps, investigate and discover the impact of human settlement

2 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 45 students
$5.31 plus tax

ExpandGrades 7 & 8 - Waterways: Environmental Impact at Todmorden

Ontario curriculum subject: Geography
Topics: Water Systems, Interactions with Ecosystems

Using samples and specimens from our pond, students diagnose the health of the Todmorden pond and ecosystems.

  • Perform biological monitoring by studying macro-invertebrates.
  • Construct an experimental water filtration system and learn more about pollution sources and other threats to ecosystems
  • Tour the Todmorden Mills water systems and discover the effects of industrialization on the Valley’s waterways
  • PLEASE NOTE: This is a seasonal progam and available only from mid-April to late October

2 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 45 students
$5.31 plus tax

ExpandHoliday Program

All Grades: Changing Holiday Traditions
Ontario curriculum subject: History/Social Studies
Topics: Traditions & Celebrations, Communities in Canada: Past and Present, British North America, Early Settlements in Upper Canada, Relationships, Rules & Responsbilities, Drama & Dance

Explore changing holiday traditions at Todmorden Mills. This interactive program compares Christmas celebrations from the 1840s, 1890s & 1940s with the diverse winter holiday traditions enjoyed today.

  • Prepare a seasonal treat in our historic kitchen
  • Explore the holiday celebrations of the Victorian era and the wartime home front
  • Learn the famous dance from Fezziwig’s Christmas Eve party

2 hours
Min. 15 students; Max. 45 students
$5.31 plus tax

Zion Schoolhouse

ExpandBook a Zion Schoolhouse School Trip

Zion Schoolhouse was built in 1869 to provide free public education for the children in the small farming community of L'Amaroux. Children from neighbouring farms came to learn basic reading, writing and arithmetic as well as agriculture, nature study, geography and history.

Program Features:

  • All programs are minimum of 10 students, maximum of 34 students
  • Half-day programs include recess where students will play historic games and enjoy your packed lunch on site
  • View the Teacher's Guide to prepare for your trip

To book a school trip to Historic Zion Schoolhouse, please contact the museum directly:
1091 Finch Avenue
zionschool@toronto.ca
416-395-7435

ExpandGrade 3 - An Edwardian School Day

Ontario curriculum subject: Social Studies
Topic: Early Settlements in Upper Canada

Experience an unforgettable full-day immersion in the life of a 1910 child.  This unique cross-curricular learning experience brings drama, math, language, music and social studies together under one roof!

  • Experience A Taste of School Life program in the morning
  • Play with toys from 1910 and learn games that children would have played at the Schoolhouse
  • Make a historic craft to take home

4.5 hours / $8.19 plus tax

ExpandGrade 3 - A Taste of School Life

Ontario curriculum subject: Social Studies
Topic: Early Settlements in Upper Canada

This program will transport you back to 1910 for lessons and activities reminiscent of Edwardian school days.

  • Play the part of a former student of Zion Schoolhouse
  • Discover how schools and school life have changed since 1910
  • Figure arithmetic problems on a slate
  • Spell down your classmates in a spelling bee

2 hours / $5 plus tax. Add on: enjoy your packed lunch with your class at the Schoolhouse for an additional $50 for a one hour lunch on site.

ExpandGrade 8 - Punctual, Diligent and Courteous

Ontario curriculum subject: History
Topic: Canada: A Changing Society

Explore the lives of the children who attended this rural school.  They grew up to become the young men who marched off to the First World War and the young working women of early 20th-century Toronto.

  • Examine historical maps and census records for the local area
  • Role-play a real student who attended Zion Schoolhouse before the war
  • Investigate original artifacts, reproductions and the school building
  • Use slates, slate pencils and steel nib pens to learn about changes in technology

4.5 hours / $8.19 plus tax  

ExpandHoliday Program

Ontario curriculum subject: Social Studies
Topics: Traditions & Celebrations, Early Settlements in Upper Canada

Join in the fun of preparing for a Schoolhouse Christmas:

  • Become a 1910 child through role play and imagination
  • Participate in turn-of-the-century lessons
  • Prepare a Christmas poem for the school concert
  • Decorate the classroom with a hand-made ornament and make a craft to take home

4.5 hours / $8.19 plus tax

In-Class Programs

ExpandGrades 9 & 10 - Finding Freedom: The Joshua Glover Story

Topics: Drama and Arts, Creating and Presenting

Through the medium of a dramatic first person narrative, students will learn the true story of Joshua Glover – an enslaved person who escaped from a southern American plantation to Montgomery's Inn in Etobicoke through the underground railway. The play highlights the challenges and sacrifices faced by those escaping the bonds of slavery in the 19th century. Following the one hour presentation, students will engage in tableau and scene work allowing them to explore the major themes and events of the play in greater detail. In addition, the actor/facilitator will lead an in-depth discussion on the creation of the play and the students will have the opportunity to reflect on their own response to the piece.

  • Learn the creative process to develop, produce and perform drama
  • Explore and appreciate Canada's diversity through the Dramatic arts
  • Examine the social functions of drama, including how dramatic exploration promotes appreciation for diverse cultures
  • Role play and engage in tableau and scene work under the direction of a trained actor/facilitator

2 hours
Min. 10 students; Max. 35 students
$250.00 per class

To book this in-class program, please contact Montgomery's Inn directly:
montinn@toronto.ca
416-394-8113

ExpandGrade 10 - Hands on Inquiry: The Great War

History - Meets Strands A and B

In this innovative museum outreach program, students get up close and personal with real artifacts from The Great War. A museum professional from the City of Toronto Historic Sites puts historical inquiry directly into your students’ hands by teaching them to correctly handle and examine artifacts. This hands-on approach uses core strategies of the historical inquiry process to bring history to life in an immediate and memorable way.

Toronto’s Historic Sites aim to engage the public in telling Toronto’s story. The in-classroom program is geared to the Provincial Education Curriculum and is designed to allow students to learn in an interactive way.

  • Up to 30 students (one classroom only per presentation as smaller groups allow optimal student interaction)
  • 60 minutes in length
  • Allow five minutes before and after the program for set up/tear down
  • $175 per classroom

To book this in-class program, please email artifacts@toronto.ca or call 416-392-7604

TD Education Fund

ExpandRegistration CLOSED for the 2016/2017 School Year

Please check back in the fall for updated information on the 2017/2018 school year.

TD is proud to support City of Toronto Historic Sites in their efforts to engage young people with the establishment of the TD Education Fund. The TD Education Fund was created to break down barriers and increase accessibility to Toronto's Historic Sites for students who may not otherwise have the opportunity to visit. Free school trips are available to the TDSB (LOI of 300 and under) and TCDSB.

About TD

Our support of this project is just one of the ways that we hope to make a difference in helping to nurture the next generation of history enthusiasts.

TD Bank Group invests in communities to make a positive impact where it does business and where our customers, clients and employees live and work. In Canada, we focus on Education and Financial Literacy, Creating Opportunities for Young People, and the Environment. For more information, visit www.td.com/corporateresponsibility.