Word on the Street

Parents with young children, looking for free activities for their family this weekend, can attend The Word On The Street book and magazine festival this Sunday at Queen’s Park.


The festival, which runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., has a jam-packed schedule of children’s events and entertainment including live readings and a Q&A with the popular host of This Is Daniel Cook, who will be on the TVO Kids stage at 11:30 a.m.

Cook will be joined by TVO Kids hosts Gisele and Jay who will read to kids as well as answer questions from the audience.

But before the TV personalities take the stage, there will be a special kick off event.

“We’re having a little birthday bash for Franklin the Turtle,” says Alexandra Moorshead, festival director.

Families can celebrate with Franklin at 11 a.m. at the Neilson Dairy Oh! Children’s Reading Tent along with author Paulette Bourgeois and illustrator Brenda Clark.

A new Canadian author premiering his work is comedian Sean Cullen who will be reading from his debut book Hamish X and The Cheese Factory at 12:30 p.m. in the Children’s Reading Tent.

Cullen, known for his work on stage in The Producers, has written an adventure story about an orphan who has to fight off pirates.

“Apparently he’s a real hoot to see do a reading,” says Moorshead. “The book is for children ages nine to 12.”

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