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Mar 12
Easter Eggstravaganza 2017
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Easter Eggstravaganza is a free event that will feature many activities for children, including an Easter egg hunt and face painting. There wil​l 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 event is free, but organizers are asking families to bring donations of non-perishable food items for local food banks.

We are asking everyone to register well in advance so that we will have lots of treats for the kids.

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.

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Mar 12
March Break 2017

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​​As students celebrate the March Break, families are invited to the Kids Safety Village in Whitby on Tuesday March 14, 2017 to enjoy some free activities and learn about safety.

Co-ordinated by Ontario Power Generation (OPG) as a part of its March Break Ma​dness series of events, families will have the opportunity to explore the kid-sized neighbourhood and take part in activities and crafts. ​

While learning about road safety and traffic signals, kids can ride battery-operated four-wheelers through the mini-streets of the Kids Safety Village. Train and water safety will also be taught through hands-on activities. OPG, DRPS, GO Transit and Whitby Fire also support this fun and free educational event.

DRPS would also like to remind parents of some important safety tips as children celebrate March break this year: ​

  • ​If left home alone, ensure your children know who to contact in case of an emergency.
  • Always leave a number that you can be reached at Children left at home alone should never answer the door or telephone Look into local community activities your kids can participate in.
  • Many community centres have added programs and babysitting services to help through March Break
  • Make sure you complete reference checks on any potential babysitters you may use over the holidays.
  • Find out their level of experience and any training courses they may have taken
  • Go over Internet safety tips with your kids as they may be online more often during the week.
  • Keep the computer in the family room and make sure they don't give out any personal information
  • ​Work with family and friends to help organize day trips and activities

Help us ensure our youngsters have a safe and enjoyable break!

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

We are asking everyone to register well in advance so that we will have lots of treats for the kids.

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.

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Dec 25
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Kids Safety Village

 

More Christmas pictures can be found on our Facebook album or on Snapd Whitby


Nov 25
Live from Holiday Spirit
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Singer and Motivational Speaker Sara Westbrook will be leading us in song on Saturday November 26 at the Kids Safety Village Holiday Spirit.

​Check out this interview​ from CKDO Radio.

Sara Westbrook is the creator of UPower. She's a motivational speaker, author & singer who specializes in Resilience, Confidence and Respect.

Life can bring up challenging circumstances that are not always in our control. The good news is we are in control of our choices – how we choose to act, react and what we choose to believe. Our power lies within our choices. I call this power our UPower.

Having performed my UPower Presentations to over 200,000 students and parents, I have learned that by being transparent and honest I make a quick connection with my audience. I use my personal stories and songs to share skills that allow my audience to take back their own UPower and build their Resilience, Confidence and Mental Well-Being.


Nov 13
Holiday Spirit

Children young and old are invited to join in a community event full of decorations, lights and holiday spirit all for free at the Kids’ Safety Village of Durham Region. When Cullen Gardens closed a few years ago, many were left without the family tradition of seeing lights and festive displays that made Cullen Gardens so magical. This year, the business community and volunteers have come together to help celebrate the 22nd Anniversary of the Kids’ Safety Village with nine magical nights for the entire family. Best of all, it’s FREE!

Holiday Spirit

This special event is open to the public nightly from Friday November 18 to Saturday November 26, 2016 from 5:30pm - 8:00pm and will include 26 miniature buildings and storefronts, holiday inflatables and projections all decorated in the spirit of the season. Everyone is welcome!

On Friday, November 18, Saturday November 19 and then again on November 25th and 26th enjoy a free cup of hot chocolate from the Optimist Club, have fun creating festive decorations with Station Gallery volunteers, meet members of Durham Regional Police in the police station, firefighters from across Durham Region in the village fire hall, and members of the Rotary and Lions Club.

Visit the Kids’ Safety Village Church with the original Journey to Bethlehem from Cullen Gardens and Miniature Village.

Support the new Kids’ Safety Village Fire Safety Smoke House Classroom project by donating your change.

Special thanks to the Christmas at Kids’ Safety Village lead partners: Canadian Tire Whitby North, Vickery Electric, Whitby Hydro, CKDO, DRPS and community volunteers and sponsors.

Nov 11
Goodbye Officer Astrid
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Officer Astrid Morse is leaving for a new assignment with the Durham Region Police Service this month and we want to say thanks for 7 great years of leadership and teaching at the Kids' Safety Village of Durham Region. Over 50,000 children attended her safety lessons over the years, and all benefited from the hands on experience and informative safety presentati​​ons of Officer Astrid. She also managed to take the special events like the Easter egg hunt and the Halloween Haunt to new heights of attendance with her focus on detail and decoration and by creating lots of fun ​​activities at these events - more than 2300 attended the final event Astrid presented for Halloween this year - an amazing turnout!

As we welcome Officer Cory Walsh - the new teaching officer at the Village - we want to wish Astrid all the best in whatever the future holds! Thanks for your dedication and commitment to what you have helped to make the best Kids' Village in Ontario!

Oct 30
Halloween Haunt a Huge Success

The weather was perfect for our annual Halloween Haunt. We had over 2,500 ghosts and goblins descend on the Kids Safety Village for a spooktacular good time.​

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​.


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Oct 10
Safety Tips With Officer Astrid - Halloween Safety

The Durham Regional Police Service and The Kid's Safety Village of Durham Region have teamed up to launch a series of safety tips for Durham youth.

In this tip, Officer Astrid talks about "Halloween Safety"​​

This video brought to you by Durham Regional Police Service


Oct 07
Halloween Haunt

The Kids of Durham Region are all invited to wear their costumes and join us for some Halloween fun. Presented by the Ajax Optimist Club and Whitby Lions Club, with treats provided by the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood.

It’s a safe and fun way for young people to enjoy the Halloween experience with their family.

There will be a host of things to see and do, such as a haunted house, witches brew, a torture chamber, the ghostly graveyard, Halloween safety, trick or treat stations, a pirate ship, a wedding in the church, the drive-in movie theatre, a midway, a colouring room inside the Village classroom, 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.

We are asking everyone to register well in advance so that we will have lots of treats for the kids.

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.

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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.


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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. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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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.

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