Common Boots Theatre, in partnership with Friends of Allan Gardens, presents

Stretch Club & Playground

Hosted by
Derek Kwan

September 11 – December 4, 2023

Stretch Club: Every Monday (except October 9) 9-10 a.m.
Playground: Sep. 25, Oct. 2, 16, 23 10 a.m.- 12 p.m.

Children’s Conservatory, Allan Gardens
19 Horticultural Avenue

Free admission

Participation is FREE. Please register to give us an idea of numbers.
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Stretch Club and Playground are back! Join us Monday mornings throughout this fall for free sessions to set up your week on a great note!

The first rule of Stretch Club is: ALWAYS TALK ABOUT STRETCH CLUB! Stretch Club is an opportunity for everyone to come together for some light stretching, breathing exercises, and warming up in a relaxed environment. Bring your own yoga mat and join us for a gentle start to your week. Note: Ambient temperature in the greenhouse can be below 20°C, you may want to bring a sweater- then again it’s a GREENHOUSE and may be warm! This time, we will be joined by other movements specialists who will lead some of the sessions, including Derek Kwan, Miggy Esteban, and Denise Fujiwara. (9-9:45am)

Playground is a place for community and to rediscover our love of play and fun. We will play childhood playground games that continue to have relevance in theatre as adults, as well as fun group exercises that develop ensemble, group dynamic, and team building. Perfect for the young-at-heart, and for those seeking a unique way to connect and train together through physical exploration and play. Note: Athletic shoes are recommended as we will be playing on a concrete floor. Led by Derek Kwan. (10am-12pm)

All are welcome- please let us know if you have any access needs, or if you require any accommodations. All abilities and levels are welcome. Children welcome with caregiver participation.

For questions, please write: [email protected]
Participation is FREE. Please register to give us an idea of numbers.

Drop by ONE or BOTH events

Logo for Friends of Allan Gardens

We are grateful to be partnering with Friends of Allan Gardens for this project. They are allowing us use of their amazing greenhouse facility. If you would like to support the amazing work they do, you can DONATE HERE.

Your support helps with our efforts to make our work more accessible and welcoming, including: providing free or low-barrier participation options and training to community members.

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The Children’s Conservatory at Allan Gardens is located near the northwest corner of the park, close to the intersection of Jarvist St and Carlton St.

The entrance is visible from Carlton St and is between Grace Toronto Chuch and the Allan Gardens dog park. There are paved walkways to the door.

The closest TTC stop is the 506 College Streetcar stop at Jarvis St and Carlton St.

Image of the entrance to the Children's Conservatory, a Victorian-era greenhouse with an ornate entrance made of glass with columns, and a blue sign to the left of the main entrance.
Image of a map of Allan Gardens, showing the location of the Children's Conservatory with a red pin.


The Children’s Conservatory at Allan Gardens is entirely on ground level. Paved pathways lead up to the entrance.

Inside are two gender-less washrooms, including one accessible toilet.

All ages are welcome, however children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Please note: Due to the nature of the greenhouse, some areas of the floor may be wet during rainy days. These will be clearly noted. We’ve been told the water isn’t great for drinking, you may want to fill your water bottle before arriving.

If you have additional accessibility needs or concerns, please write to [email protected] and we will happily work with you to address any accommodations and ensure that you are welcomed fully into our activities.