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Cosy Fun at the Blanket Fort Event

Fun | Written on January 24, 2017

For many of us, the most memorable parts of our youth are the times we shared with family and friends. From sleepovers to family outings to everyday mischief at school with classmates, the fun we have with others are often times what stand out the most in our memories. You could say that the good old days are filled with lots of good old memories! Well, something good this way comes! It’s time to revisit the past and reimagine the present. From January 24 to January 29, local group, Art is Hard, invites you (and your inner kid) to be a part of a massive pyjama party in our neighbourhood!  There is a world of fun that’s coming to our hood and its name is Blanket Fort!

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Art is Hard describe themselves as, “a company devoted to building curated, experiential environments of permission based on audience participation.” They offer events and activities that are fun and creative for artists and non-artists alike to enjoy. Their latest endeavour, the Blanket Fort, is opening the door to lots of great memories and will also help you to create some pretty cool, new ones, we bet. The fun pyjama parties that you loved so much as a kid are returning bigger and better for 6 days and everyone is invited!

Photo from IShine 365 Blog

Photo from IShine 365 Blog

The Theatre Centre at 1115 Queen Street West will be the site of this experiential, art pyjama party, and, since that’s just a 15-walk or 5-minute bike ride from our Liberty Central By The Lake Two location, when you live here it will be one of the many events in our area that will be really quick and easy to get to. So, here’s how this event will work. Each day will include different activities as well as set times for various tasks. There’ll be times for games, dance parties, meditation and other planned activities. Think of it as organized fun at its most awesome! Most daytime events run from 10:00am to 5:00pm and most evening events run until midnight. That means there’ll be plenty of time to take part in some, or all of what Blanket Fort has to offer! Come by early and leave late, then come back the next day and enjoy the fun all over again! In addition, as a kid, we’re also sure that no pyjama party was ever complete until you built your own fort, whether on the floor of your bedroom, in the living room or even in the yard. This pyjama party won’t be complete without it either. Bring along friends or family for the Blanket Fort event and work as a team to help create an awesome fort or, you can go it alone and make something dynamic on your own. If you can’t make it to help build the fort, you are still welcome to use the fort during the course of the week. All blankets that are donated during the Blanket Fort event will be given to shelters when the event ends.

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Once you’re all set with your own private, cosy fort, you may start craving a few munchies. No problem, the event organizers have you covered. There’ll be a potato chip buffet, snacks galore and, the Theatre Centre will also be open during regular hours for those who want a few, ahem, drinks for some added fun. Plus, there’s a pancake breakfast planned! Since you’ll also be right there at the Theatre Centre, why not also take in one of the shows or ticketed events that will be going on, many of which will be organized in collaboration with Art is Hard.

There really will be a lot to enjoy about this cool pyjama party! Here is full break down of the day-to-day activities:

Tuesday, January 24th
6:00pm – 9:00pm: Opening Ceremonies and Party, Community Fort Build

Wednesday, January 25th
10:00am – 5:00pm: Pay What You Can Free Time

6:00pm – 8:00pm: “Come As You Are” hosted talk entitled “Blanket Fort Sex Ed”

8:00pm – 9:00pm: Mandatory Nap Time

9:00pm – 12:00am: Blanket Fort Slumber Party

Thursday, January 26th
10:00am – 5:00pm: Pay What You Can Free Time

6:00pm – 8:00pm: Pencil Kit Productions – Shadow Sessions

8:00pm — 9:00pm: Mandatory Nap Time

9:00pm — 12:00am: Blanket Sing-a-long Jamboree with Fiona Sauder

Friday, January 27th
10:00am – 5:00pm: Pay What You Can Free Time

6:00pm – 8:00pm: Guided Meditation

8:00pm – 9:00pm:  Mandatory Nap Time

9:00pm – 12:00pm:  Blanket Fort Campfire Storytime

Saturday, January 28th
10:00am – 5:00pm:  Family Fun Day with Roseneath Theatre’s Youth Leaders Dress-up Party

6:00pm – 8:00pm: Grasshoppers – Stagehands

8:00pm – 9:00pm: Mandatory Nap Time

9:00pm – 12:00am: Blanket Fort Pyjama Dance Party

Sunday, January 29th
10:00am – 5:00pm: Pay What You Can Free Time

12:00pm – 3:00pm: Pancake Breakfast in the Theatre Centre Cafe ($5.00)

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Art Hard has put a lot of energy and creativity into this event and we’re sure that participants will be rewarded with a fun trip down memory lane. Scores of people have already registered to attend on Blanket Fort Facebook event page and we bet many more will sign up by the time the Blanket Fort gets underway. The Torontoist has listed it as one of the things to do in our city this week and the Toronto Star has included it on its  list of “Top Ticket” activities in our city this week. Regular admission tickets for Blanket Fort’s evening activities are $15.00 for adults. Students, seniors, and art workers pay $12.00. Play passes for Saturday, January 28th (10:00am – 5:00pm) are $5.00. Tickets can be purchased online or reserved by calling 416-538-0988.

We’re revisiting a favourite childhood memory this month at Blanket Fort. We’re sure that we’ll see lots of familiar faces from Liberty Village there.

 

Written by L. D. Moore