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Apr 11
Bicycle Fun Day 2016

​The Kids of Durham Region are all invited to the Annual Bicycle Fun Day at the Kids' Safety Village on May 28, 2016, it was announced today by Durham Regional Police Constable Astrid Morse, the Officer in Charge of the Kids' Safety Village of Durham Region.

"We ask the kids of Durham Region to bring their bike and helmet​ and wherever possible, cycle over to the annual Bicycle Fun and Safety Day at the Kids Safety Village from 12 noon to 3:00 pm", she added.

While at the Kids' Safety Village, the kids will have the opportunity to have their bicycle and gear inspected by experts and participate in interactive bike safety lessons.​

There will be prizes and loot bags handed out during the event.

Hot dogs, drinks and treats will also be available at the canteen for a small fee.

The event is free, but organizers are asking families to bring donations of non-perishable food items for local food banks.

Durham Region Health Department, in collaboration with Durham Safety on Wheels Coalition, encourages area residents to always practice safe cycling and helmet safety whether in-line skating, when or riding a bike, scooter or skateboarding. Residents are invited to learn more at the annual Durham Bicycle Fun and Safety Day, May 28, noon to 3 p.m. at Kids Safety Village of Durham, 1129 Athol St., Whitby.

Health Department staff, along with members of the coalition, will be on-hand to help educate parents on proper helmet fitting techniques. Other highlights include bike and gear inspections, educational sessions on cycling safety skills, jumping castles and face painting.

Children will have an opportunity to enter into a draw to win a new bike. They will also have an opportunity to win a new bicycle helmet at the Sucker Pull after attending the Helmet Education session.

According to a recent Health Department survey, the rate of helmet use is high among children five to 12-years old; however, as children grow into their teenage years, the rate of helmet use decreases.

"The goal of this campaign is to encourage young children to develop the habit of wearing their helmets properly at all times when cycling," explained Yemisi Aladesua, a public health nurse with the Health Department.

"We hope that developing this habit in the early years will result in continued helmet use throughout adulthood, as wearing a helmet is essential when cycling or participating in other wheeled activities to help reduce injury," she added.

A 2012 Safe Kids Canada report found that helmets, when worn properly, can reduce the risks of brain injury by 88 per cent, head injuries by 85 per cent and upper and mid-facial injury by 65 per cent.

About 75 per cent of all cycling deaths involve head injuries and this is why it's so important for parents and caregivers to ensure that children not only wear a helmet, but learn how to wear one properly.

The Bicycle Fun and Safety Day is a great opportunity for parents to join their children to both learn about and help reinforce important safety skills. It's also important that parents wear helmets themselves; kids learn best by observing their parents and parents are their child's best role model.

Constable Astrid Morse said, "A very special thank you goes out to our sponsors of this event at the Durham Region Department of Health and The Brain Injury Association of Durham."​​

The Kids Safety Village of Durham Region is looking to expand its main teaching building with the construction of a new interactive classroom equipped with a full kitchen, living room and bathroom with features that simulate fire and emergency situations. The expansion would include larger washrooms, community meeting facilities and better accessibility throughout the village. Learn more or to donate.


Feb 28
Easter Eggstravaganza 2016

Saturday March 26, 2016

10:00am - 2:00pm

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Families are invited to come out the Kids' Safety Village on March 26, 2016 for the annual Easter Eggstravaganza.

Easter Eggstravaganza is a free event that will feature many activities for children, including an Easter egg hunt and face painting. There will also be displays from Whitby Fire, GO Transit, Neighbourhood Watch, Bell Canada and a visit from the Easter Bunny himself!

Drinks, hot dogs and treats will also be available for sale.

The Kids Safety Village is a miniature neighbourhood that helps children learn about street safety in a controlled, supervised environment.

The event is free, but organizers are asking families to bring donations of non-perishable food items for local food banks.

The Kids Safety Village of Durham Region is looking to expand its main teaching building with the construction of a new interactive classroom equipped with a full kitchen, living room and bathroom with features that simulate fire and emergency situations. The expansion would include larger washrooms, community meeting facilities and better accessibility throughout the village. Learn more or to donate.

Nov 15
Stroll Down Christmas Lane

Families from accross Durham Region braved the cold to take a stroll down Christmas Lane and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate. Kids were exited when Santa Clauss made an appearance!

Many thanks to all of the volunteers and organizations who helped to make this happen, without you this would not be possible. More pictures can be found on our Facebook album​.

 
Nov 06
Christmas at the Kids Safety Village

Friday November 13, 2015​​

5:30pm - 8:00pm​​

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Saturday November 14, 2015​​​

5:30pm - 8:00pm

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Christmas in the Village is a wonderful opportunities for families to take a walk down Christmas Lane and enjoy the sights of the Kids Safety Village lit up with the latest Christmas lights and beautifully decorated to capture the imagi​​nation. We hope that coming to the Village will become a tradition you will enjoy with your family.

Admission is free. Donations accepted for new mittens and new unwraped toys.

The Kids Safety Village of Durham Region is looking to expand its main teaching building with the construction of a new interactive classroom equipped with a full kitchen, living room and bathroom with features that simulate fire and emergency situations. The expansion would include larger washrooms, community meeting facilities and better accessibility throughout the village. Learn more or to donate.


Oct 31
Spooktacular Good Time

Ghosts and goblins descended on the Kids Safety Village for a spooktacular good time! The best treat of the night came from the General Motors Oshawa Assembly Plant who donated $5,000. The plant continuously supports the community by focusing on safety, education and health. They are thrilled to be able to promote both safety and education to youngsters across Durham Region with this donation to the Safety Village.

Many thanks to all of the volunteers and organizations who helped to make this happen, without you this would not be possible. More pictures can be found on our Facebook album​.

 

Oct 09
Halloween Haunt 2015

Saturday October 24, 2015

5:30pm - 8:30pm

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Children are invited to wear their costumes and join us for some Halloween fun. Presented by the Ajax Optimist Club and Whitby Lions Club, it’s a safe and fun way for young people to enjoy the Halloween experience with their family.

​ There will be a haunted house, witches brew, torture chamber, ghostly graveyard, halloween safety, trick or treat stations, drive-in movie theatre and lots of children’s activities.

The event is free, but organizers are asking families to bring donations of non-perishable food items for local food banks.   

The Kids Safety Village of Durham Region is looking to expand its main teaching building with the construction of a new interactive classroom equipped with a full kitchen, living room and bathroom with features that simulate fire and emergency situations. The expansion would include larger washrooms, community meeting facilities and better accessibility throughout the village. Learn more or to donate.

Oct 05
Little Village, Big Future

KSVTHumb_2015105115324.jpg​​​Community partners have come together to pave the way for a big future at the Kids’ Safety Village in Whitby. A new 20-year lease has been signed at the little village—a green light for students in Durham Region to learn about roadway safety in this unique environment.

Cst. Asrid Morse, the DRPS coordinator at the Kids’ Safety Village, brought together Regional Chair and Chair of the Police Services Board Roger Anderson; Police Chief Paul Martin; Vice-Chair of the Durham District School Board, Donna Edwards; and Chair of the Kids’ Safety Village, Lennis Trotter for this important announcement on October 5.

The Kids’ Safety Village was founded in 1995 by the Parkwood Rotary Club and the Ajax Optimist Club. It is a miniature neighbourhood that helps children learn about street and railway safety in a controlled, supervised location. The land is adjacent to Sir William Stephenson Public School and is owned by the Durham District School Board.

“The programs at the Kids’ Safety Village saves children’s lives,” says Chief Paul Martin. “More than 15,000 children visit each year. That’s thousands of children who get to learn about roadway safety, railway safety and pedestrian behaviour.”

Every year, the DRPS and its Police Services Board invest approximately $60,000 in maintenance. This year the entire village was repaved using these funds and those raised by the volunteer Kids’ Safety Village Board. And the Region of Durham upgraded all of the traffic lights in the village.

The 20-year lease renewal means students from Durham Region will continue to visit the village for class trips and enjoy community events, such as the Halloween Haunt and East Eggstravaganza.

DRPS would like to thank its partners in this venture: the Police Services Board, the Durham District School Board and the Kids’ Safety Village Board.

Sep 24
Metrolinx Renews Commitment to Rail Safety Awareness


Metrolinx is renewing its sponsorship of the Kids’ Safety Village of Durham so children can continue to learn important lessons about rail safety. ​

The 20-year sponsorship agreement will help maintain key attractions at the village, including a miniature GO station and a mock rail crossing. The 1.2-acre model village provides a controlled environment for police officers and volunteer staff to teach children about rail, transit and road safety from the perspective of a pedestrian or cyclist. In addition to rail stations and crossings, the village also includes detailed roadways, traffic lights and road signs.

“The safety of all road users is a goal for me and for my ministry, especially when it concerns the safety of our children,” said Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation. “I commend the great work that Kid’s Safety Village of Durham does every day to help keep our children safe.”

“Safety is our number one priority as we get people where they need to be each and every day,” said Bruce McCuaig, President and CEO of Metrolinx. “We’re very grateful for the important work our partners at the Kids’ Safety Village of Durham do to keep our children safe, and we’re proud to continue working with them well into the future.”

Metrolinx is an agency of the Government of Ontario that is responsible for improving all modes of transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Working through its divisions GO Transit, PRESTO, and Union Pearson Express, Metrolinx is committed to providing safe, convenient and integrated transit to get the region moving. ​​​​​​​

Jun 09
Great Canadian Giving Challenge

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Take part in The Great Canadian Giving Challenge and help the Kids Safety Village of Durham Region win a $10,000 donation!

Here's how it works

  • Every $1 donated* to Kids Safety Village of Durham Region in June earns us a chance to win a $10,000 donation (minimum $3 donation required)
  • Challenge begins June 1, 2015 at midnight Newfoundland Daylight Time (NDT) and ends on June 30, 2015 at 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)
  • Grand prize draw is on CANADA DAY, July 1, 2015 - $10,000 will be donated to the winning charity

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May 24
Bicycle Fun and Safety Day was a huge success!

The Bicycle Fun and Safety Day was a huge success! Many thanks to all of the volunteers and organizations who helped to make this happen, without you this would not be possible. More pictures can be found on our Facebook album at http://on.fb.me/1GrkREg

 
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The Kids Safety Village of Durham Region is committed to providing quality progressive safety programs, in a positive and interactive atmosphere, through community partnerships, to protect our most valuable resource…our children. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​