Sunday, October 31, 2010

Amazing Race Toronto: What a workout!

Phew! My team of young girls and I got quite the crash course in Toronto and its landmarks this weekend as we took part in the Amazing Race: Toronto. This event was a girls only scavenger hunt organized by a local Ryerson grad.

The morning of the race, we arrived bleary eyed and uncoordinated at Union Station to discover teams who showed up in matching outfits from purple stripey legwarmers to colour coded headgear. We and another group of friends formed 2 of the youngest teams there. Our team also had the slight disadvantage that their chaperone (me) aint exactly street savvy when it comes to downtown Toronto.

Anyway, armed with a transit pass, street maps, our dying Tom Tom and my dear husband's smart phone we were off interpreting clues and rushing from one landmark to another . Some of our pitstops were Toronto's first post office, St Lawrence Market, the Hockey Hall of Fame (well the food court part) as well as Platform 9 3/4 on the Spadina University subway line. Weird and wonderful activities at each point included handling chocolate eggs with chopsticks, solving logic puzzles and downing a whole can of whipped cream. We rose to 3rd place despite 'team red headscarf' jumping into a taxi ahead of us at one point.

Our downfall was (the chaperone) misreading a clue that took us to U of T instead of the 'other' great institution, Ryerson. Nevertheless we were enthusiastically cheered on by the winning teams and the awesome organizers at Nathan Phillips Square as we trudged into last place. Our friends in the other tween team had made it ahead of us. So as we headed home on the train, our limbs were weary but our spirits were not: determined to 'bring it' for the next Amazing Race!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Host a Workshop!

We have wrapped up our Armadale workshops for the Spring 2010 season.

If your group is interested in hosting any of our Science or Language Heritage workshops at your location or if you would like to order an educational kit for your child, feel free to contact us:

Sign language workshop testimonial
"Thank you so much for organising this...the girls came home telling their siblings all about it, teaching them the alphabet and having short conversations in sign language! As a parent I really enjoyed myself, the story was entertaining and the presentations were informative. The workshop was an overall eye opener for me..."

L.Jose, mother attending sign language workshop.

Monday, May 17, 2010

June 12th: Sign Language for Kids!

Sign Language for kids

Saturday June 12th 2010 12:45-2:15 pm (new extended time!)
Armadale Community Centre, Denison St, Markham, On
For ages 7 and up
Non denominational

Join us for a fun filled session introducing ASL (American Sign Language) to kids.
We'll act out scenarios and play games that will allow kids to appreciate this awesome language.

Learning to communicate in a new language opens up a child's eyes and ears to thinking about the world in a new way.
Kids had a great time at our Introduction to Chinese workshop, now we hope to give your child a hands down, hands on experience with ASL!

Fee: $15 per child.
Payment Deadline: Sunday May 30th 2010
We need to confirm your child's enrollment by receiving payment by this date: insufficient enrollment means the workshop will have to be cancelled.
Refund Policy: If we cancel, you receive a full refund. If you cancel after May 30th, sorry we cannot provide a refund, due to cost issues.

Contact to receive further workshop and payment info.

Friday, April 16, 2010

VIDEO: Ibn al Haytham's Camera Obscura...

For those of you interested in our workshop: Sightseeing in Egypt with Ibn al Haytham, watch this video about his cool experiments with Light and his Camera Obscura:

Scientist Ibn al Haytham: Taking a picture of a mosque using a giant medieval 'tent' camera 
(Image: courtesy of

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Friday, April 9, 2010

May 8th: Chinese for kids!

Chinese with a Muslim accent
Get introduced to the cool languages of Mandarin and Cantonese through games and art. Learn about Muslims in China. Speak to your Chinese neighbours. Impress your friends!
Saturday May 8th 1-2 pm, 2010
Armadale Community Centre, Markham, Ontario

For boys and girls ages 7 and up
Cost: $15 First come , first served.

Want to try your hand at reading Chinese?
and this one that has you match the word with the picture it originally represented.

POSTPONED: Snap! Photography for teen girls

Capture the vintage streetscapes of Historic Unionville, Ontario with your friends
Grab a friend and get creative with your camera as you discover water features, shaded woodlots, ice cream parlours, chocolate shops, chic boutiques and vintage architecture.

Explore the possibilities of composition, lighting and subject matter with our local artist.
Your best pics get published on our blog. Camera required, preferably digital for each participant.
Date Change: postponed STAY TUNED FOR NEW DATE
Ages 12-18 Girls only
Cost: $15 - payable in advance
Workshops have been selling out fast, so be sure to confirm your spot with advance payment.Limited spots!
Scouts, you can work towards your Photography badge at this session.
Meeting point: parking lot on Carlton Rd between Art gallery and Toogood Pond.
Address: Frederick Horseman Varley Art Gallery, 216 Main Street, Unionville - at intersection of Main St and Carlton Rd.

April: Sightseeing in Egypt & Flying over Spain

Welcome to our blog!
We bring heritage workshops from Muslim and Multicultural perspectives to your

Here are the exciting details for our April workshops about Inventors from the Middle Ages:

Sightseeing in Egypt with Ibn Al Haytham: The father of optics
Sat April 17th 2010 1-2 p.m.
Flying over Spain with Abbas ibn Firnas: early aviation pioneer
Sat April 24th 2010 1-2 p.m.

Location: Armadale Community Centre, 2401 Denison St, Markham, On.

Cost: $15 per session or special April offer: $20 for both sessions.

Update: April workshops are full. You are welcome to have your child's name added to the wait list.