Building Magazine


TV show helps kids build their own playground

TVO has moved forward on second season of Giver, a live-action TV series that allows children across the province to get involved and contribute to the places they live, reclaiming and enhancing local playground spaces in parks all across Ontario.

Co-produced by TVO and Sinking Ship Entertainment, Giver is airing Wednesdays at 6:30 pm beginning April 30, repeated Saturdays at 2 pm.

In partnership with the Ontario Parks Association, TVO and Sinking Ship Entertainment put a call out to communities across the province to find those in need of a new or improved playground for local kids. During each of the 10 episodes in season two, a group of kids aged 6-12 come together to volunteer their time with host Michael Lagimodiere to build a playground in their community. With a deadline of only three days to bring their vision to life, they must decide on the playground’s theme, find out what their community wants, and how they will build it.

Spanning the province, the Ontario communities featured in season two are Toronto, Sarnia, Thunder Bay, Parry Sound, Niagara Falls, Linwood, Scarborough, Port Hope, Waubaushene, and Monkton.

Giver exemplifies TVO’s commitment to building citizen engagement, and provides a great platform for kids to see how their good intentions combined with hard work can benefit an entire community,” says Patricia Ellingson, TVO’s Creative Head of Children’s and Parents’ Media. “Watching these kids take a playground that’s falling apart or non-existent, and create a space designed to bring families together is nothing short of amazing and inspiring.

In addition to the show, includes games and activities, such as Playground Paradise, where kids and parents build and maintain their own playground; and Giver Get Building, in which kids and parents can build park equipment with virtual tools and materials. Also included are video updates on parks from the first season of Giver. Kids can also download plans and drawings to start their own projects, and explore before-and-after photos of all the parks.

Giver was a recipient of the 2013 Youth Media Alliance Awards of Excellence for “Best Television Program, All Genres, Ages 6-8.” In addition, Giver was nominated for “Best Children’s or Youth Non-Fiction Program or Series” at the 2013 Canadian Screen Awards.

 Episode Airdates:

Toronto I Love Toronto Park, (April 30)
Sarnia Music Park (May 7)
Thunder Bay Sleeping Giant Park (May 14)
Parry Sound Camp Park (May 21)
Niagara Falls Boat Park (May 28)
Linwood Gnome Park (June 4)
Scarborough World Park (June 11)
Port Hope Ganaraska Trail School Park (June 18)
Waubaushene Sawmill Park (June 25)
Monkton Farm Park (July 2)


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