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Magda Marches On

JK to Grade 2 / 1.5 hours / $3.98+HST per student

This hands-on program uses puppetry and storytelling to explore the activities of daily life in an 1840s inn. Discover the Inn with Magda, the Montgomery’s eccentric cat, and help cook with the baking in the open-hearth kitchen.
Curriculum subject: Language
Topic: Oral Communications; Relationship, Rules & Responsibilities

A Cat’s Christmas in Etobicoke

JK to Grade 2 / 1.5 hours / $3.98+HST per student

Explore the Inn with Magda, the Montgomery’s curious cat, and discover how life was lived in Etobicoke’s early days. Puppetry and storytelling bring the stories alive, and students help with the Christmas baking in the historic kitchen.
Curriculum subjects: Language, Holiday Season Programming
Topics: Oral Communications; Relationship, Traditions & Celebrations

Christmas at the Inn

Grades 1 to 8 / 1.5 hours / $3.98+HST per student

To celebrate the season, discover holiday traditions and wintertime activities which have made the Inn a centre for family and community life. Enjoy the decorations, and help with the Christmas baking in the open-hearth kitchen.
Curriculum subjects: Social Studies, History, Holiday Season Programming
Topic: Early Settlements in Upper Canada, British North America, Traditions & Celebrations

Set Sail

Grade 3 / 1.5 hours / $3.98+HST per student

Inspired by a story by Catherine Parr Trail, follow the adventures of a young emigrant as he sets sail for a new life in Upper Canada. Explore the arrival experience, and help with the baking in the open-hearth kitchen. (This program can be combined with “Time Travelling at the Inn” for a full-day experience.)
Curriculum subject: Social Studies
Topics: Early Settlements in Upper Canada; Oral Communications

Time Travelling at the Inn

Grade 3 / 1.5 hours / $3.98+HST per student

Guided by a mysterious servant, students use clues to piece together a story about the choices and challenges faced by many early immigrants. Drama is used to explore various reasons for immigration, and students help with the chores in an open-hearth kitchen. (This program can be combined with “Set Sail” for a full-day experience.)
Curriculum subject: Social Studies
Topics: Early Settlements in Upper Canada, Oral Communications

Travellers All

ESL / 1.5 hours / $3.98+HST per student

Experience the Inn as a place of shelter and hospitality, where early immigrants shared their stories of travel and settlement, much as we still do today. Explore the Inn as it looked in its heyday, and cook in the historic kitchen, comparing culinary traditions, techniques and tastes. Vocabulary lists available.
Curriculum subject: ESL
Topic: Diversity in Urban and Rural Communities

Concoct, Cavort & Carouse

Grades 3 and 7, ESL / 2 hours / $5.31+HST per student

In this spirited program, history comes alive as students concoct a traditional beverage in the historic kitchen, learn a country dance in the assembly room, and enjoy their own (non-alcoholic) drink in the tavern. A fun way to experience what life was like for the Montgomery’s and their guests.
Curriculum subjects: Social Studies, History , ESL
Topics: Early Settlements In Upper Canada, British North America, Drama and Dance

The Singing of Birds

Grades 3, 6, 6 & 8 / full-day / $10.62+HST per student (available January – March 2019)

This unique theatre-in-education program explores the joys and struggles of two young immigrants of different cultural backgrounds – Rose, a servant who has fled the Irish famine, and Clara, newly arrived on the Underground Railroad. Follow the drama as they find friendship and hope in a new land. Created by renowned educator Dr Warwick Dobson, this engaging full-day program is offered seasonally. Don’t miss it!
Curriculum subjects: Social Studies, History, Arts (including Visual Arts)
Topics: British North America, Drama and Dance, Visual Arts, Oral Communications