Blanket Fort Newmindspace slumber party

Massive slumber party brings nostalgic fun to Blansdowne warehouse

Newmindspace threw an elaborate slumber party in forts made of blankets at a 2,000 square-foot private loft Saturday night.

Newmindspace are known for their jovial, creative and free events they hold in Toronto. Things like the giant, urban Capture the Flag, Bubble Battles, Light Saber Battles and Pillow Fights. The blanket fort slumber party was a fundraiser ($15 entry fee) that will support the creation of their free events planned for this summer that reflect the Toronto urban playground movement.

I ventured out to a remote warehouse space near Bloor and Lansdowne to take a peek at the playful shenanigans that ensued...

Blanket Fort Newmindspace slumber party

Under these canopies of colourful fabrics, groups of four to about 14 revelers gathered in their flashiest slumber wear to play Scrabble, various card games and laze about in blanket forts.

Blanket Fort Newmindspace slumber party

Once I got past the dozens upon dozens of pairs of shoes and boots that people left by the entrance, the magical labyrinthine displays of forts made of blankets seduced me.

Blanket Fort Newmindspace slumber party

Setting up a tent was never my forte. But once inside, things can get pretty cozy quickly.

Blanket Fort Newmindspace slumber party

Others took the solitary approach, finding little nooks in which to hole up inside.

Blanket Fort Newmindspace slumber party

This one travel Scrabble game was the centre of attention for a sizable group.

Blanket Fort Newmindspace slumber party

A deejay kept the energy up, while people lounged in their pyjamas.

Blanket Fort Newmindspace slumber party

Lori Kufner, one of the two founders and organizers of Newmindspace, was as cute as ever, greeting the partiers at the door and handing out little stickers.

Blanket Fort Newmindspace slumber party

Suicide Girls Crazy Eights proved to be a popular card game.

Blanket Fort Newmindspace slumber party

This other, more cerebral card game had me baffled for a bit.

Blanket Fort Newmindspace slumber party

Meanwhile, Stella Ella Ola, which I hadn't played since grade eight, is about to make a huge comeback. Look out for a pick-up game in a playground near you.

Blanket Fort Newmindspace slumber party

Next time I go to a slumber party, I'll be sure to bring my most cuddly stuffed toy. Bonus points for bright, geeky glasses and matching sugary cereal t-shirt.

Blanket Fort Newmindspace slumber party

Photos by Roger Cullman.


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