About the Kids' Safety Village
The Kids’ Safety Village of Durham Region is a child sized village used for teaching safety to the children of Durham Region. Originally built by the Optimist Club of Ajax and the Rotary Club of Oshawa Parkwood, it is now a non-profit, charitable organization. The Village originally opened in September 1995 and then expanded in 2018 to keep pace with the population growth in the Region. It is now run by a volunteer Board of Directors including Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS), The Rotary Club of Oshawa Parkwood and other community minded individuals.
More than 90 organizations and individuals contributed to the construction of the Village, either with financial support or donations of construction materials and labour. Another 160 sponsors contributed to furnish the Village with bikes, helmets, peddle cars, scooters and classroom furniture. The 1.2-acre site was donated by the Durham District School Board.
More than 200,000 school aged children from grades 1 through 8 in Durham Region have attended the village to learn about keeping safe. The wide-ranging programs are taught by Regional Police Officers and specialists from many fields. These programs include:
· Road safety
· Fire safety
· Rail safety
· EMS safety
· Hydro safety
· Computer safety
· Human Trafficking ( Coming soon)
All schools in Durham Region are invited to bring their students to the village, by contacting the village directly at 905- 721-4291 or visiting durhamsafetyvillage.com to register on line. Approximately 15,000 students visit the Village each year!
There are many community events for the general public as well, such as the Halloween Haunt, Christmas Lights Event and Easter Extravaganza.
Our largest fund donations have been made by the Rotary Club of Oshawa Parkwood and the Optimist Club of Ajax. Some of the site sponsors include:
· General Motors of Canada
· Ministry of Transportation
· Rotary Clubs of Durham Region
· Optimist Clubs of Durham Region
· Lions Clubs of Durham Region
· GO Transit
· CP Rail
· Insurance Brokers of Durham Region
· Canadian Tire Whitby Stores
· Many Local Hydro Corporations
If you would like to find out how to donate to the Village, volunteer as a Community Committee member, volunteer as a Director on the Board or help with our public events – Halloween, Christmas and/or Easter, please contact the Village Office at https://durhamsafetyvillage.com/contact/ or by phone at 905-721-4291. Thank you for your interest in helping us protect the youth of Durham Region.