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FAQs

Who can join?

Variety Village is for everyone! people of all ages and abilities are welcome to join, and programs serve the needs of everyone from babies and families to elite athletes, membership includes a variety of drop-in programs.  Please feel free to come in for a tour to learn more about the facility and programs offered.

How much does it cost to join?

Variety Village has several different membership options, and financial assistance is available for those who cannot afford to pay regular membership fees.  For details please see our Membership Options.  For more information on financial assistance please see staff in Membership Services.

What are your hours of operation?

Monday to Friday 6:00am to 10:00pm, Saturday and Sunday 7:00am to 5:00pm.

Hours are subject to restrictions and closures for special events and holidays.

How do I get to Variety Village?

By TTC:

Located at 3701 Danforth Avenue, Variety Village has its own TTC stop! From Victoria Park station or Kennedy station, take the 12A bus to the stop east of Birchmount Collegiate.

By Car:
Variety Village is at 3701 Danforth Avenue, on the south side of the street.  From the 401 take Warden Avenue south to Danforth Avenue, turn east (right) on Danforth Avenue, and the Village is just east of Birchmount Avenue.

Where do I park?

There is free parking available for motorists in the Village parking lot and when that is full Village visitors can also park in the lot at Birchmount Collegiate Institute.  We do have a walkway linking Birchmount CI to the Village property.

Does my membership money go towards supporting kids with disabilities?

It does! The cost of your membership funds programs for kids with disabilities and also subsidizes memberships for individuals and families who cannot afford them.

What’s the history of Variety Village? When did it open, and why?

Variety Village has been a leader in accessibility since the 1940s, when the Variety Club opened a vocational guidance and training school and residence for young men with disabilities. And it’s only grown since then. Learn more about Variety Village History.

Do you ever close for special events?

Variety Village is pleased to host special events in the facility. Please see our events page for more information.

Are your staff qualified?

Variety Village program staff receive extensive training on integrative techniques and teaching styles. They also have Standard First Aid and CPR-C Certification, Automated External Defibrillation Certification, and National Lifeguard Service training. Instructors are fully certified through Lifesaving Society and Red Cross Personal Training, and all trainers have certification as Personal Trainers through various agencies.

Can I bring my school/class to Variety Village for activities?

Variety Village provides education and programming on accessibility, which can takes place at Variety Village or off-site. To learn more please visit our Ability in Action page.

Do we have to be members to take swimming lessons or other programs?

You do have to be a member to do the majority of our programs and team sports, and membership includes several drop-in programs.  Community and Wellness programs do have an extra cost.  A few speciality programs can be purchased by non-members.   These include Camps, Bronze Star/Cross/Medallion, First Aid and National Lifeguard Certification.

Do Attendants have to pay to come with their client?

Attendants do not have to pay to come to the Village with their client/family member.  Attendants are required to be with their client/family member at all times and are here to assist and help them.  Attendants are not allowed to use the facility other than for their client’s benefit.

Are Day Passes available?

Day passes are available at a cost of $12 for ages 13+ and $7 for children up to age 12.  Children and youth under the age of 18 must have a parent/guardian sign the waiver at the front desk before using the facility.  Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

BUS: We have a bus stop right outside! Take the 12A from Victoria Park Station.

FREE parking onsite.

Wheel-Trans accessible.

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