Here’s what you need to know for your first visit.
- Our studio is laid out in many different stations and children are welcome to travel where they wish in the space.
- Mess is invited at each station, but for the enjoyment and safety of all our visitors we ask that stations do not mix with other stations.
- We have a fort in our moon sand area. For safety we do ask that children follow our height guidelines for use.
- Food stays at the snack table. We have many friends who have life-threatening allergies to peanuts and other foods. For this reason, we do not want food at our stations. We are a peanut-free facility.
- SOCKS are to be worn at our stations!!! We have extra socks if you need them.
Things people ask us all the time.
Do I have to register my child to come and play?
No. The studio works as a drop-in (with caregiver). You are welcome to come when you want and leave when you want.
Do parents/caregivers pay?
No. Babes-in-arms are free as well.
Can I wear my shoes?
No. We are a socks-only facility. For health and sanitary reasons, we ask that socks or shoes with smooth leather bottoms must be worn during your visit. If you have not come prepared we have socks available for both kids and parents to wear. If you are not in the moon sand area, you may wear your shoes.
What should I expect on a visit to CAF?
We ask that you leave your good clothes at home and maybe bring along an extra set, just in case! We often have messy and wet activities, and children will want to explore those areas. They should be able to make a mess and not have to worry about their clothing. We keep the upstairs nice and warm. Children are welcome to take off shirts or pants if that is more comfortable for them (and for you!). A list of the different themes we do each month is on our calendar – so you can prepare as needed.
Caregivers and children are expected to remove shoes before entering the studio. We love our moon sand kitchen, but since the moon sand tends to track everywhere – and to keep our studio as free of restrictions as possible – having shoes off protects our moonsand from leaving the studio on bottoms of shoes. Leather-soled bottoms are fine, if you have an issue with this.
What should kids wear to play at CAF?
At CAF we focus on imagination-based play and messy art activities. You’ll want to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty, painted, wet or moon dusty. No shirts and bare feet are welcome!
NO SHOES in the studio PLEASE! This is to prevent the moon sand from leaving the studio on the bottom of shoes. We very much appreciate your accommodation!
Can I go out for lunch and come back for a visit afterward?
No. You are welcome to bring a snack with you or nip out quickly to get something at the bakery, but we are not set up to be an all day activity to come and go when you want at the same price.
Can I bring my stroller?
Unfortunately, our current space cannot accommodate strollers inside. You’re welcome to park it on the sidewalk in front of CAF.
Where should I park?
The Children’s Art Factory does not have dedicated parking. Street parking is available one block away from the studio on either side. Most people park just down the hill from the studio on Dufferin Street or on McTague Street, which is just across the street. There is also a paid parking lot just down the road on London Street West at a Convenience Store called M & M’s. It is $3.00/hour.
Get all the details on our location here.
Can I book CAF for my child’s birthday party?
You bet! Check out our birthday party page for all the details. We can’t wait to celebrate with you!
My kid loves [insert amazing CAF creation station here]! Where can I get one?
We have a variety of art creation kits at the studio and many of our larger stations can be rented for special occasions and private events. Check out our item rentals or get in touch to chat about what we have to offer.
When are the busiest times at CAF?
We are a small studio, so we can fill up quickly. We can often reach that capacity early in the mornings on Saturdays, holidays, P.A. days and Fridays. To ensure a spot, it is best to come before 10:00 a.m. on those days. During the week, we are quieter in the afternoons.
I have a child with an allergy. Do any of your art supplies have food in them?
No. There are no food items in any of our traditional art supplies. However, we do use rice as a grinding activity. We do not use any products that contain wheat or nuts for grinding.
Moon sand is made by grinding sand and adding wax. We sift moon sand and sand of debris on an on-going basis.
We use tempera paint pucks in our make-up/face painting station on our stage. Tempera paint is completely non-toxic and we replace water whenever needed. We keep baby wipes on hand for cleaning faces. Just ask!