30% Off For DECA @ Kids Fun Town

Introducing the newest business on our Danforth East strip: Kids Fun Town!

When we posted this picture on our Facebook page on February 11,  the day that their sign went up, it was shared over 40 times and viewed by 3865 people (so far)!  Many of us were excited.


Thanks to DECA Diaries matriarch, Natasha G, for the following post and for news of a great deal for DECA Diaries readers!

Kids Fun Town is a small indoor playground that has opened at 2040 Danforth, just west of Woodbine on the north side. It offers drop-in play, birthday parties and even babysitting ($12/hr, call ahead). I chatted with owner, Daniel Moradhaseli, who has been pleased with the welcome the shop is getting in these first few weeks.  He hadn’t heard of DECA until he opened his doors, but already people are dropping in because they read about the shop on in the Diaries. To say thanks for the early patronage, Daniel is offering 30% off drop-in play admission from now until March 31st when you print out this blog post.

Drop in play is regularly $7 per kid, per day.  (You can return anytime that day and not pay again.)  Kids Fun Town is open 7 days a week, 9 am – 5 pm  EXCEPT when there is a birthday party so you need to call or check the website before you make promises to little people that you can’t keep.

Correction: Earlier today, we posted about our next board meeting and referenced a date that doesn’t exist.  (We blame the snow, and winter in general.) To clarify, the next Board meeting is Tuesday, March 18.  Here’s the corrected post should you want the downlow on how to wrangle yourself an invite (you should come!).

What Has DECA Done For Me Lately?

Volunteering with DECA is more than just fancy parties, expensive wines and hobnobbing with the rich and famous.  We actually do stuff too.  Like this….

DECA Kids Gear & Clothing Sale

We’ve had lots of interest in this sale so we’ve confirmed Sunday, March 25th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Kimbourne Park United Church at 200 Wolverleigh Blvd., just north of the Danforth, east of Coxwell. The cost per table is $20.

If you’ve got a basement full of outgrown clothes, maternity pants and perfectly good toys that your children no longer touch, get on board and clear some of that stuff out. For $20, you can secure a table at our event and sell your spring and summer goods to other parents in need. It’ll be a fun day for everyone. We’ll have crafts and other activities on tap for the kids while you sell or shop. We’ll also be offering a “spit and polish” service — clean up those new toys, tighten the screws and install new batteries (if required) right on site, before you take them home.

Your selling fee will help cover our organizing costs (space rental and posters). Any money left over will be donated to DECA’s latest worthy project — some community gardens at Main and Stephenson. And if it helps you out, we’ll haul anything left over down to a donation centre at the end of the day.

To snag a table, send us an email at deca.arts@gmail.com and do it before March 1st!

Renew Newcastle

You already know that DECA’s Business Revitalization Team has been working with local businesses to improve our commercial strip of the Danforth. And you may have read our own Catherine Porter’s columns in the Toronto Star about empty storefronts. Now the BRT is teaming up with a residents’ association around Gerrard Street (Gerrard East Community Organization) to present an evening with Marcus Westbury. Westbury led an ambitious experiment in Newcastle, Australia to fill up empty storefronts – first temporarily with artists, non-profits and small businesses and then with full fledged businesses. What can we learn from his experience?

Join us on Wednesday, March 7th from 7-9 p.m. at the Naval Club (1910 Gerrard Street East – just west of Woodbine) to find out.  We’ll have a bit of food on hand, drinks will be available (for purchase) and we hope inspiration will flow freely.  It’s pay what you can, just to help us cover the cost of the space.

And you know we’ll make it a good time. We’re just that sort.

Newcastle poster (See the poster here)

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