In 2013, The Lion and The Mouse was imagined in response to the lack of places of belonging and activities corresponding to the values of parents around the Plateau Mont-Royal and its surroundings. These parents were looking for a place that promoted free play and was based on respect for both children and parents. In this spirit, The Lion and The Mouse first took the form of a community economic development studies project and became a reality thanks to the involvement of its first members. Years later, the organization continues to take on the colour of its families and help them share experiences that reflect them.
August 2013: The organization was created with the following To support children and families, taking into account the importance of community and the environment for child development. To value the care and education of children for society, whether paid or unpaid.
September 2013: We opened our doors, offering activities for children from 2 to 5 years old and occasional family events.
2016: Development of more extensive programming that allowed families to participate in the organization’s activities for a longer period of time.
- January 2016 – Parent and toddler program (family play group for children 18 months to 4 years old with parents)
- April 2016 – Adventure Club (after-school play group for children 5 to 10 years old)
- June 2016 – Adventure camp (day camp for children 5 to 10 years old during the summer holidays)
2017: The introduction of activities dedicated to homeschooling children and families.
2018: Creation of the Free Play Fund, which allows us to accept personal donations and redistribute them as bursaries, making paid activities more accessible.
2017-2018: A process of reflection and positioning to understand how outreach activities can have a greater impact on improving the living conditions of our members and fostering a more just society for children.
2018: A new mission was adopted by the members To create, encourage and advocate for spaces for child-led play. This mission remains deeply connected to our values of respect and empowerment.