Evergreen Brick Works Wednesday Pizza Nights are back. This is seriously one of our favourite things to do in Toronto in the summer. Ask my kids why they love it and the list is long. For me too. They race to find the snapping turtle and play non-stop in the Children’s Garden. But for the mom in TOw, nothing beats dinners devoured (Pizzeria Libretto’s wood-fired margherita pizzas) and happy kids playing outdoors.
Be sure to check out some of the new activities – treasure hunts and Sweet Pete’s Bike Shop obstacle course.
Getting there: Accessible by TTC with a free shuttle bus from Broadview Station. Driving, there is well-marked signage off Bayview Ave. and two large paid (and paperless — remember your license plate when you go to pay) parking lots. Cost: $1.50 for 1/2 hr; $6 max on weekdays and free parking after 6 p.m. You can also hike down from Chorley Park in Rosedale or walk from Broadview Ave. Stroller-friendly.
Low-down: Pizzeria Libretto’s margherita pizza is served at 5:30 p.m. (until 8 p.m.) in Chimney Court. A slice (quarter of a pizza) is $3 and comes with salad. There are drinks for the kids and local beer for purchase. (There is a cooler of water with re-usable mugs provided.) There is also a new hot dog option ($3 on a stick and $4 with bun and garnish) and ice cream. No gluten-free or vegan options but try Café Belong.
When to go: If you’re hungry, get there early. “Doors” open to the Children’s Garden at 5:30 p.m. If you can make it earlier, there are trails to explore.
What to bring: Cash only. (There are bank machines on site.) Change of clothes for kids if they tend to get super mucky. If it’s recently rained, rubber boots are a good idea.
Play: The Children’s Garden, one of our favourite playgrounds in the city, is where kids can explore, experience and play with nature. It’s free (a donation box is set up to help support Evergreen’s children’s programs.) There are also self-guided Family Scavenger Hunts (suggested donation of $2) can be picked up at the Young Welcome Centre between 6 and 8pm.
Bike: New this year and free – kids six and older can try Sweet Pete’s obstacle course in the Pavilions (location of the Saturday Farmers Market). Kids ages 3 to 6 can give it a go with balance bikes.
Potty Time: Yes. There are change tables in the family washrooms in the Young Welcome Centre, as well as in the washrooms outside of Café Belong.