Adult Colouring, Mindfulness for Kids and Families, and a Sneak Peak at the Story Planet’s Afterlight Book Club’s Reading List

We’ve got lots of exciting events coming up for storymakers of all ages. Whether you’d like to take up a fun new hobby, or you and your kids are looking for ways to help each other reduce stress, we’ve got got you covered!

Adult Colouring and Wine
Coloring Stuff 3Are you looking for a new hobby? Have you always been just a little bit jealous of kids who colour? Come to our Adult Colouring and Wine night on Tuesday, November 10 from 7-9 p.m. and break the taboo!

We’ve received a lot of interest in this event, so please email Liz at liz@storyplanet.ca with “COLOURING” in the subject line to RSVP.

Mindfulness for Children and Families
During Breath in & Shine, a 5-week mindfulness workshop for children and their families, clinical social worker, Sara Marlowe will teach child-friendly mindfulness exercises for families to practice together at home.

This event will run on Saturdays from 2-3 p.m. starting November 14. The cost of this workshop (which includes art materials, a mindfulness activity booklet, and a copy of the Sarah’s book, No Ordinary Apple: A Story about Eating Mindfully) starts at $160 for one child and up to two parents.

Email info@mindfulfamilies.ca for more information and to register.

Story Planet Afterlight Book Club
Our next Story Planet Afterlight Book Club meeting is coming up soon! Next Wednesday (November 4), we’ll be discussing H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald.

Don’t have time to read the book in time for the meeting? Check out our SP Afterlight Book Club Meetup page to find out what books are coming up!

Lots to Look Forward to in November

With Thanksgiving behind us and Halloween well on its way, we thought we’d let you know about the events we have planned for November. That way, you have lots of time to read the book for our monthly Story Planet Afterlight Book Club meeting and sharpen your colouring pencils for our upcoming Adult Colouring and Wine event. What fun!

Atomatons App Testing Session THIS SATURDAY
On Saturday, October 24th, join the Atomatons to do some lightning round app testing. Participants will work in small groups and test the created app for 30-45 minutes at a time. We’re looking for kids who can offer some creative feedback and have a blast experimenting with technology. The workshop runs from 10am-1pm. Contact Liz at liz@storyplanet.ca to get involved!

H is for Hawk

On November 4, our Story Planet Afterlight Book Club will be discussing the New York Times bestseller, H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald. In this sad, yet humorous memoir, Macdonald takes you on an incredibly emotional journey as she grieves the sudden death of her father while raising her new hawk, Mabel.

As always, everyone is welcome to join the Story Planet Afterlight Book Club. The meeting will be held at Story Planet at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 4. Follow this link to RSVP to our Meetup event page!

Mindfulness for Children and Families
We’re starting a 5-part mindfulness workshop for kids aged 6-8 and their families on November 14. During Breath In & Shine, clinical social worker Sara Marlowe will teach child-friendly mindfulness exercises for families to practice together at home to reduce stress and be able to better address strong feelings of anxiety, anger, and frustration.

This event will run on Saturdays from 2-3 p.m. from November 14 to December 12. The cost (which includes art materials, a mindfulness activity booklet, and a copy of the Sarah’s book, No Ordinary Apple: A Story about Eating Mindfully) of this workshop starts at $160 for one child and up to two parents.

Email info@mindfulfamilies.ca for more information and to register.

Adult Colouring and Wine
Good news! Colouring isn’t just for kids anymore! Join us for Adult Colouring and Wine at 7 p.m. on November 10 and reconnect with your creative side. We’ll have lots of colouring pages and art supplies, but you’re welcome to bring your own. We’ll also have lots of adult colouring books and supplies for sale if you feel inspired to make this into a regular hobby.

The cost of this event is pay-what-you-can and, as promised, we’ll be serving wine.

If you have any questions or would like to RSVP to this event, email Naomi at naomi@storyplanet.ca.

Our Upcoming Afterlight Book Club Meeting and Twisting the Folktale Storytelling Workshop

Thank you to everyone who came out to our Afterlight Book Club meeting last week to discuss The Girls by Lori Lansens. We had so much fun chatting with you all!

If you missed last week’s meeting, we’ll be hosting another one on Wednesday, November 4. Don’t forget to RSVP on our Meetup page and keep checking back to find out about future events!

Twisting the Folktale
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Our Twisting the Folktale storytelling workshop for kids in grades 4-6 starts this Saturday! Students are invited to join storyteller Sage Tyrtle in twisting their favourite folktales into original stories that’ll be performed in front of an audience. They’ll play fun and high-energy games, and learn about storytelling and editing, and how to connect with their audience.

This workshop will run every Saturday from October 17 to December 5. The cost is pay way you can. Contact Sage at sagetyrtle@gmail.com to sign up!

Our Upcoming Afterlight Book Club Meeting, Storytelling: Twisting the Folktale, New Snacks at the Intergalactic Travel Authority, and Our Recent App Play-Testing Session

We’ve got a lot of exciting events and workshops coming up in the next few weeks for storytellers of all ages. Our Afterlight Book Club meets this Wednesday, and then, starting Saturday, October 17, kids in grades 4-6 are invited to our 8-part Saturday Storytelling Workshop, twisting beloved folktales. Keep clicking back to our blog and Calendar page to find out about more upcoming events!

Afterlight Book Club
Attention, speed-readers! Our Afterlight Book Club meets this Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. to discuss The Girls by Lori Lansens, a story that follows the lives of two conjoined sisters from Leaford, Ontario. Come by, grab a snack at the Intergalactic Travel Authority, and talk books with us!

If you can’t make it to this one, get a head start on next month’s book, H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald, and click here to find out more about the event!

Storytelling: Twisting the Folktale
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Starting October 17, kids in grades 4-6 are invited to join storyteller Sage Tyrtle in twisting their favourite folktales into original stories that they’ll eventually perform in front of an audience. Through fun and high-energy games and lessons on storytelling and editing, students will learn a whole new approach to storytelling and connecting with their audience.

This workshop will run every Saturday from October 17 to December 5 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. Cost of registration is pay-what-you-can. Contact Sage at sagetyrtle@gmail.com to sign up!

New Snacks at the Intergalactic Travel Authority
We’ve got a bunch of new snacks available at the Intergalactic Travel Authority (the café in the front half of our space). Whether you’re more in the mood for a breakfast focaccia or a chicken/veggie empanada, we’ve got the perfect one-handed snack to fuel your creative endeavors!

App Play-Testing Session
Our appstronaut team met back up recently to test out their ongoing app design project. With the help of two new team members, they brainstormed ideas for improvements they could make and wrote the following story as a team using the app. How cool! Thanks for sharing, Appstronauts.

The Big Macs
Once upon a time Gregory, the cheerful monkey with eleven children was riding an SUV with eleven seats for his eleven children (twelve seats, including the driver’s seat). They were going on a mission to find McDonalds and eat big macs before the tomato/carrots ate them ALL.

They couldn’t find any McDonalds restaurants. They drove around looking, and by the time they found one, the tomatoes/carrots had eaten all the big macs.

So they went to the trunk of their car and grabbed out their police uniforms and batons and handcuffs and then they arrested the tomatoes/carrots and put them in jail for one MILLION years!!!!!!!!!!
THE END

Lift Off!
The Lift Off After School Program launched at Story Planet last week. 26 Space Travellers (participants aged 6-12) and 18 volunteers spent time together building a community puzzle, cheering, and investigating an intergalactic space airport! What’s in store for the Space Travellers this week? Stay tuned…

A Generous Donation from TD and Our Upcoming Book Swap and Afterlight Book Club Events

With Lift Off!, our after school program starting back up this week, we’re so very grateful for TD’s generous donation of $5000. This money will go a long way in funding our free after school program that runs during the whole school year and gives children the opportunity to create, write and express themselves.

If you would like to support our programs, click this link to donate online!

Book Swap this Saturday
Looking for something new to read? Are your shelves drooping under the weight of books you’ve already read? Come by our FREE all-ages and all-tastes book swap event this Saturday and trade recommendations with like-minded readers!

Our Book Swap Fun event is this Saturday from 2-5 pm. There will be coffee and snacks available at the Intergalactic Travel Authority in the front half of our space for the thirsty and peckish!

Afterlight Book Club
Readers, our next Afterlight Book Club meeting is next week! Check out our Meetup page to RSVP and find out more about the book.

We can’t wait to hear what you thought of this month’s selection!

Last Chance to Register for Our after School Programming, an Invitation to Test out Our App and a Reminder about Our Book Club Meeting

Now that the school year is in full swing, so is our events schedule. We’ll be hosting lots of fun events for storytellers of all ages in the coming weeks, so make sure to keep checking back to our blog and events page for events like our Book Swap, Afterlight Book Club meeting, and storytelling and animation workshops that’ll be happening at some point later on in October…

Last Chance to Sign up for Lift Off!
Registration for Lift Off!, our FREE after school programming for kids aged 6-12 closes this Thursday, September 24.

Starting September 29, every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30-5:30 pm, Lift Off! will combine homework support with creative expression through art, writing and digital tools.

Drop by our space, call us at 416-645-1049, or email Noorin at noorin@storyplanet.ca to register.

FREE App Play-Testing Session
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This summer, the Atomatons worked hard on prototypes for their new storymaking app and now they’re looking for feedback from other likeminded storytellers. Kids between the ages of 7 and 11 are invited to help our app-stronaut team test out their new project this Saturday, September 26 from 10-12 pm.

This event is pay-what-you-can. Email liz@storyplanet.ca to sign up!

Our Next Afterlight Book Club Meeting
Our next book club meeting is on Wednesday, October 7. Have you started reading The Girls by Lori Lansens yet? There’s still time! Buy the book here and RSVP to our Meetup event page here. We can’t wait to hear what you thought about the book!

New Volunteers
IMG_2189On Sunday, we held our first volunteer orientation for the new fall season. Exciting! As an icebreaker, participants wrote down their favourite story, book, or movie, a leader they look up to, their favourite food, and a place they want to visit onto a sticky note. Then, using those words, they worked in small groups to create a fun 5 minute story! The first round of stories are posted below for your reading pleasure and we should have a few more by the end of the week. If you’d like to join the fun, email Michelle at volunteer@storyplanet.ca to find out how you can get involved!

Genghis Khan’s Quest
The Step City Mongols lost in a crushing defeat to the Byzantine Brawlers at the NFL football match. To make them feel better, Mother Khan took them to Applebee’s for Taco Friday. After they finished their tacos, Genghis wanted some rich and creamy Yak’s milk ice cream. Disappointed by the lack of yak, Genghis beheads the server, but mercifully spares the rest of the Applebee’s staff. To satisfy this craving, Genghis takes the entire team on a quest to Svaneti for authentic yak’s milk ice cream. After eating the ice cream, they end their day with a joyous snow ball fight.

Fears of flying and fish
Natasha’s mom- who hasn’t flown since she was 12- decides to face her fears of flying and fish. She flies to Kyoto, and goes to the best sushi restaurant in the city. She is greeted by Princess Mononoke, who tells her that it’s okay to have fears. Natasha’s mom notices and exclaims, “How we are hungry!”- and they go to get Portuguese egg tarts.

Frankenstein
Frankenstein is walking down the streets of Tokyo looking pretty sad. He’s been having a hard time getting gigs since the band broke up and his solo career started. He sees a sushi joint and decides to cheer himself up with a nice California roll and Sashimi. As he walks through the door he can’t believe his ears! His top song by The Blues Brothers- his old band is blaring! Just like in the movies he sees his old drummer, Pippi Longstocking, is playing the drums in the corner with the Frankenstein monster while holding her pet horse over her head. Just like that- the band was back together.

 

3 FREE Events to Sign up for at Story Planet

Parents and students, the time you’ve been waiting for is finally here… registration for Lift Off! our new and improved after school program will be starting this Tuesday!

Lift Off!
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Lift Off! is our new and improved free after school program. Every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30-5:30 p.m., students ages 6-12 receive one-on-one help with homework from our wonderful volunteers, and the chance to explore all kinds of visual art and creative writing projects.

Lift Off is free to students, but we do require you to register for the program. Email Noorin at noorin@storyplanet.ca or call 416-645-1049 to find out more or sign up! 

Book Swap Fun
Is your bookshelf getting a little heavy with books you’ve already read? Are you looking for something new to read? Come to Story Planet and trade on October 3 from 2-5 p.m.!

This is a free event. Coffee drinks and snacks will be available at the cafe. RSVP to the event on Facebook and invite your friends!

Our Afterlight Book Club is Back
Calling all readers! Our Afterlight Book Club meets again on Wednesday, October 7 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss The Girls by Lori Lansens (Canadian Booksellers Association’s Fiction Book of the Year in 2006), which follows the lives of two conjoined sisters in Leaford, Ontario.

If you like talking about books, you’ll fit right in with the free Afterlight Book Club. We’re a friendly, fun group and there will be snacks (possibly thematically related to the book)! If you can’t make it, join the group on Meetup and see if there are any other upcoming books you’d like to read and discuss.

Happy reading!

5 Ways to Get Involved with Story Planet

We’re getting excited! Our FREE programming is set to lift off on Tuesday, September 29. Registration begins on Tuesday, September 15, but here are some other ways you can get involved with Story Planet RIGHT NOW!

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  1. Help Us Launch Our Online Store
    We’re looking for a volunteer to help us launch our online store! If you know how to make our out-of-this-world products available across the galaxy, email Liz at liz@storyplanet.ca!
  1. Check Out Our Sale on Books and Toys
    Books and toys are up to 25% off at the Intergalactic Travel Authority (the cafe in the front half of our space)! Each purchase helps provide free programming to kids all around Toronto, so you might as well treat yourself to a pumpkin spice latte while you browse…
  1. Help out during Our Revamp
    We’re still looking for volunteers to help with the revamp of The Intergalactic Travel Authority (the front half of our space). We need help with painting the walls, designing a new sign, and a little bit of general maintenance. If you’d like to help out, contact us at volunteer@storyplanet.ca and you might even have your likeness immortalized in the form of a constellation of stars!
  1. Sign up to be part of Our Exciting New TV Series
    Do you know a child who is curious, chatty and imaginative? Is he or she interested in science, design, and how things work? We’re developing a TV series called “What If?” and looking for some kids to come up with some out-of-the-box questions that we might ask them on-camera. If you think you know a young person who’d like to participate, email Liz at liz@storyplanet.ca!
  1. Donate to Story Planet
    We’re constantly on the lookout for supplies to use during our workshops. If you have furniture, electronic devices or other supplies that are still in good condition, we’d be happy to take them off your hands. Check out this link to find out what we need most, or email us at info@storyplanet.ca to let us know what you can spare and set up a drop off time that works for you.

But, of course, if you don’t have any chairs to spare, you can always donate funds to our programming by clicking here.

Thanks for all you do to support Story Planet. We’d be positively lost in space without you!

 

Update about Our Fall Registration and a Sale at the ITA

Parents and students, we are SO close to finalizing our fall programming list. Things are taking a bit longer than expected, but we’re very excited to tell you about our newly revamped programs like our After School Space Program, which will focus on art, technology and writing.

Thanks you for your patience. If you have any specific questions for us, please don’t hesitate to contact our new program lead Noorin at noorin@storyplanet.ca.

Sale on Books and Toys at the Intergalactic Travel Authority
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Books and toys are up to 25% off at the Intergalactic Travel Authority! Each purchase helps provide free programming to kids all around Toronto, so treat yourself to a pumpkin spice latte while you browse.

ITA Revamp
If you haven’t signed up yet but you’d like to help out, contact info@storyplanet.ca to help out with painting the Intergalactic Travel Authority. Extra gold stars go to the person who can help us fix our stair rail!

Our ITA Revamp Meeting, a Callout for Supplies

We’re getting excited! Registration for our fall programming starts September 2. Our full class list is not yet available online but, if you have specific questions, feel free to contact Noorin at noorinfazal@gmail.com. We can’t wait to start Homework Club back up again!

ITA Revamp Meeting
We’re hosting a meeting at Story Planet this Thursday (August 27) at 6 p.m. to discuss the changes we’re making to the Intergalactic Travel Authority (the café in the front half of our space). If you think you’ll be able to lend a hand between now and September 13 with painting the walls or redesigning our sign, drop on by!

We Need Supplies!

DSC_0019We blow through supplies at the speed of light! If you have furniture, electronic devices or other supplies that are still in good condition, we’d be happy to take them off your hands.

If you’re planning a back-to-school shopping trip, here’s a list of what we need most to complete our space. Thanks for your help, space explorers. Every contribution helps!

Technology/Electronics
3 Standing lamps
Desk lamps
Projector
Projection screen
Speakers for the projector
Video cameras
Wireless microphones
Audio recorder
Laptops
Printer
Phones or small cameras
Large toaster oven

Furniture
6 tables for kids to work at (around 3’x 5’)
4 medium sized desks
Large table – 3’ x 7-8’
12 chairs – neutral (white/wood), some with colour (turquoise or yellow or orange)
Small comfy chair
2 stools
Cushions
Bean bags

Other
Paper
Pens
Pencils
Scissors
Cardstock
Markers
Graphic pens and markers
Tape (masking and clear)
Lightbulbs – 60 watt
2 Staplers
Binders (for reports, etc.)