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Nov 17
Santa’s Magical Parade of Lights

​​Once again, Ajax residents and visitors are invited to come out and welcome Santa when he arrives in town for “Santa’s Magical Parade of Lights”. The parade begins at the intersection of Bayly Street and Mackenzie Avenue, proceeding east along Bayly and then north on Harwood Avenue South, concluding at Ajax Town Hall. Immediately following the parade will be a special tree lighting ceremony at Town Hall (65 Harwood Avenue South) with children’s activities. Parking at Town Hall is limited and patrons are encouraged to park at the Ajax Plaza, Harwood Shopping Centre or Baywood Centre.

Immediately following the Tree Lighting Ceremony, there will be a parade after party hosted at the Ajax Main Library's Rotary Room (55 Harwood Ave. S) featuring live entertainment, free hot chocolate & activities.

Saturday, November 25, 2017 | 6 p.m
Parade starts on Bayly St and Mackenzie Ave​, east on Bayly to Harwood Ave and north to Achilles Rd

Tree Lighting Ceremony | 7:30 p.m.
Town Hall Heritage Square 65 Harwood Ave. S. ​ ​

Parade After Party
Ajax Main Library Rotary Room 55 Harwood Ave. S. ​

Nov 11
Holiday Spirit 2017

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​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 Culle​​n 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 23rd Anniversary of the Kids’ Safety Village with nine magical nights for the entire family. Best of all, it’s FREE!

This special event is open to the public nightly from Friday November 17 to Saturday November 25, 2017 from 5:30pm - 8:00pm and will include 26 buildings and storefronts, holiday inflatables and projections all decorated in the spirit of the season. Kids’ Safety Village of Durham Region is located at 1129 Athol Street in Whitby. Everyone is welcome!

On Friday, November 17, Saturday November 18 and then again on November 24th and 25th enjoy a free cup of hot chocolate from the Optimist Club, meet members of Durham Regional Police in the police station, firefighters from across Durham Region in the vi​​llage fire hall, and members of the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood and Whitby Lions Club.

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

Donate Now Through CanadaHelps.org!​​Admission is free but a donation to support the new Kids’ Safety Village Fire Safety Smoke House Classroom project is grately appeciated.

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

Oct 15
Ground Breaking Ceremony at the Kids Safety Village

Dignitaries from the Region of Durham, various municipalities, and major sponsors , such as Ontario Power Generation and General Motors Company, were on hand, at the Kids' Safety Village of Durham Region, in Whitby, on October 12, 2017, to break ground for the expansion of the Kids' Safety Village of Durham Region.

Roger Anderson, Chair of Durham Region; Paul Martin, Chief of the Durham Region Police Service; and Lisa Millar, Director of Education for the Durham District School Board, the original Kids' Safety Village original 3 partners, together with the founding service clubs, the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood, represented by Lennis Trotter, and the Ajax Optimist Club, represented by Ron Mortson, welcomed all of the Fire Departments in Durham Region, represented by Terry Von Zuben of the Whitby Fire Department, to the Kids' Safety Village Team, and all spoke at the ground breaking ceremony.

All of these partners spoke very enthusiastically of their ongoing commitment to The Kids' Safety Village, at the ground breaking ceremony, which was emceed by Terry Johnston, the voice of Durham Region and Radio Station CKDO's morning man, who is also a Kids'Safety Village Committee member and major volunteer at the Village.

Regional Chair, Roger Anderson, encouraged all of the teachers of grades 1, 2, 3 and 5 to book a trip to the Kids Safety Village and help their students stay street-safe, on the streets and in the spring of 2018, fire-safe in their homes. The Kids' Safety Village remains open, during the construction period to any grade 1, 2, 3 and 5 class in Durham Region, regardless of their school board or affiliation.

Ron Mortson, Ajax Optimist and treasurer of the Kids' Safety Village thanked the many sponsors who have already contributed $484, 000 to the expansion project. He reminded everyone that we are still in need of $150,000 to finish the project. If you know of anyone who can assist with much needed funds in any amount, Ron is very ready and willing to talk to them.

They were joined, at the ground breaking, by MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes ,who represents the riding of Whitby, MPP's Jennifer French and Lorne Coe, Mayors John Henry of Oshawa, Don Mitchell of Whitby, Dave Ryan of Pickering, and many Councilors including Joe Drumm, Derrick Gleed, and Michael Emm of Whitby, various school board trustees and other Regional and City Councilors in the various municipalities in Durham Region, and by many members of the Durham Regional Police Service, members from all of the Fire Departments in Durham Region, and by many members of the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood and the Ajax Optimist Club, and by Beth Selby and Emmy Iheme, Rotary International District 7070's Assistant Governors.

​The Kids' Safety Village of Durham Region has just started to expand its main teaching building to include a fire safety component. When completed, Durham Region fire departments will teach fire safety in the new interactive classroom equipped with a full kitchen, living room and bathroom with features that simulate fire and emergency situations. The expansion includes larger washrooms, community meeting facilities and better accessibility throughout the Village.

“The Kids Safety Village is moving towards a new era, providing and expanding the teaching facility to include an additional classroom,” says Constable Corey Walsh. “The expanded classroom will allow children to learn fire safety lessons. Children will learn how not to burn and how to safely exit a burning building.”

“The Village will also receive a facelift to provide expanded, accessible entry into various buildings that are now difficult for those in wheelchairs to access,” continues Constable Walsh. “It is exciting to know that all children will receive the expanded education and easy access to the Village.”

In addition, roads and sidewalks need to be upgraded and resurfaced, as well as general maintenance to the existing buildings and features within the grounds like the railway crossing.

“I am very excited about the coming expansion of our Kids’ Safety Village,” says Ron Mortson, a member of the Board of Directors for Kids’ Safety Village of Durham Region. “Thousands of children have benefited from the safety lessons learned at the Village over the last 20 years. The new second classroom and addition of the Fire Safety Component will make this an even more valuable resource for our community.”

More than 200,000 school-aged children in Grades 1, 2, 3 and 5 from schools throughout Durham Region have toured and continue to tour this site throughout the school years to learn about safety. These programs range from bike safety and rules of the road to reacting with strangers, all conducted by the Durham Regional Police Service.

We now turn our attention to a major expansion of the classroom to incorporate fire safety so that both key elements, police, and fire, will be housed in one facility. The expanded facility will also allow more children in our rapidly expanding Durham Region to attend the safety lessons in the Village.

“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 behavior.”

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 (October 28), the Christmas at The Village ( November 17 to 25) and the Easter Eggstravaganza (Easter Saturday) and Bicycle Fun Day (in May).

The Durham Regional Police Service would like to thank its partners in this venture: the Police Services Board, the Durham District School Board and the Kids’ Safety Village Board and welcome their newest partners, the Fire Departments in Durham Region.

And we are still funndraising to help make the next 20 years a reality asking the public to donate to The Kids Safe​ty Village of Durham Region. We thank the many sponsors who have already contributed $484, 000 to the expansion project., and we need everyone's help to raise the balance of $150,000 to finish the project.

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Oct 02
Halloween Haunt 2017

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​The Kids of Durham Region and their parents are all invited to wear their costumes and join us for some Halloween fun. Presented by the Ajax Optimist Club and the 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, a colouring room inside the Village classroom, and lots of children’s activities. The event is free, but organizers are asking families to make a donation to the Kids' Safety Village major expansion of the classroom to incorporate fire safety so that both key elements, police and fire, will be housed in one facility. The expansion will also allow more children in our rapidly expanding region to attend the safety lessons in the Village.

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 has started 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 includes larger washrooms, community meeting facilities and better accessibility throughout the village.​ Learn more or to donate.

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Apr 11
New Pedal Cars Arrive - Help us Fund the New Cars!!

 

We are happy to announce the arrival of all new cars to the Kids' Safety Village of Durham Region. The old electric cars are showing their age and so the decision was made to replace them with new Pedal Powered cars. Village Constables Cory and Daryl explained that the cars will be much less maintenance (especially less battery costs!) and have the added bonus of providing the kids with some exercise as they drive around the village to practice the safety lessons they have learned.

The cars were mostly funded by a generous donation from the Clarington Bike Friendly Coalition but further sponsorship is still available. Each car can be sponsored by a donation of $500.00 to the Village - make your donation today to help us continue to teach Kids how to be safe on the street and in their homes.​

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.

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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. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Expansion

The Kids Safety Village of Durham Region has started to expand its main teaching building with the construction of a new interactive classroom equipped wit​h a full kitchen, living room and bathroom with features that simulate fire and emergency situations. The expansion includes larger washrooms, community meeting facilities and better accessibility throughout the village​​