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Toys and Tumbles (Sidney)

Stop by Toys & Tumbles for some pre-bedtime open gym fun! This NEW drop-in parent & tot free-play time (weekly from 5:30 - 7:15 pm) features sports equipment, tumbling mats, ride-on toys and more! Drop-in $3/Child; $2/Sibling. Takes place at Greenglade Community Centre, 2151 Lannon Way, Sidney BC.

Greater Victoria Public Library

Branches of the GVPL are located across Victoria, the Saanich Peninsula, the West Shore and Sooke. Each location has a children's section, as well as drop-in storytimes for families. Library cards are free and you can take home books, dvds, cds for your family.

Vancouver Island Regional Libary

Sidney/North Saanich Branch located at 10091 Resthaven Dr., Sidney

Saanich Peninsula Literacy

The Saanich Peninsula Literacy Task Group is comprised of community representatives committed to strengthening life-long literacy. SPL promotes literacy and lifelong learning on the Saanich Peninsula by building awareness and by supporting community actions related to literacy.

Panorama Recreation Centre

Panorama Recreation offers a wide variety of recreational and general interest programs at many different locations throughout the municipalities of North Saanich, Central Saanich and the town of Sidney.

Kid Care Canada

At Kid Care Canada our focus is social and emotional health, now considered the best foundation for mental, emotional and physical wellness, and happiness and success throughout life. Our resources guide you so that you can be a more confident and relaxed parent. You will see how your everyday nurturing actions put your infant or toddler on the path for social and emotional health, and that the benefits last a lifetime!

Play & Chat Packs

Parents, caregivers and community members can borrow a Play & Chat Pack in support of a child`s social connection and language development. Each pack has a theme, and includes activities and tips for playing and building language skills. There are 25 different themes to choose from. Packs are housed at the Peninsula Early Years Centre, 1649 Mt. Newton Cross Road, Saanichton.

Beacon Community Services

We offer a variety of educational and parenting support opportunities. Please contact us for more information. Located at 9860 Third Street, Sidney, BC

Kindergym (Sidney)

It's never raining at kindergym - our indoor playground. Featuring ride-on toys, a mini bouncy castle, tumbling mats, slides and more, join us for some open gym free-play fun! Parent participation is required. Drop-in for $5/child & $2/sibling, or purchase a 6-session pass for $27.00. Takes place at the Greenglade Community Centre, 2151 Lannon Way, Sidney BC

Family Storytime at Central Saanich Library

For young children and their families; children under 3 must be accompanied by an adult. Fun-filled stories, songs, rhymes and puppets. Drop-in; space is limited. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Check their website for other special events and programs for children/families (0-5 years). Located at the Central Saanich Branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library, 1209 Clarke Rd. Brentwood Bay, BC

Storytime at Sidney/North Saanich Library

Bring your littlest ones to the library for stories, songs, rhymes and movement. 0-5 years. Check their website for other special events and programs for children/families (0-5 years). The Sidney/North Saanich Library Branch or the Vancouver Island Regional Library is located at 10091 Resthaven Drive, Sidney BC

Parent-Child Mother Goose

Registered drop-in. A free, fun program of favorite nursery rhymes and songs that help develop young children's language skills. This program also provides connections and support for parents and caregivers. Multiple locations in Brentwood and Sidney. Contact slorimer@beaconcs.ca for registration.

Peninsula Toddler Time

Drop-in and enjoy weekly play time with your little one, and meet other families. This program offers information, discussion and support during this active stage of life and learning. Takes place at 1649 Mt. Newton Cross Rd, Saanichton BC. 

Family Support Group

This parent-child playgroup is an extension of our Family Support Program.  The group offers support to parents with children 0-6 years who may be facing challenges in life such as single parenthood, low income, or young parenthood.  The group will focus on supportive parenting strategies. Call to register. Sooke group meets every other Thursdsay 10AM-noon; Westshore group meets every Thursday 9:30 to 11AM.

StrongStart (SD63)

Families and caregivers can drop in to explore play with their children. StrongStart supports the development of young children, consistent with the goals of the BC Early Learning Framework. StrongStart Centres located at Brendwood, Lochside and Sidney Elementary schools. Contact Lisa Kinshella with all inquiries.

West Shore Parks and Recreation

Whether you enjoy a stroll in the park, a swim in the pool, playing soccer with friends, or a round of golf, West Shore Parks & Recreation has programs and facilities for everyone. West Shore Parks & Recreation is governed by the West Shore Parks & Recreation Society's Board of Directors made up of representatives from the City of Colwood, the City of Langford, the District of Metchosin, the District of Highlands, the Juan de Fuca Electoral area and the Town of View Royal. Each municipality contribute, through tax requisition, toward the operation of the parks and recreation facilities. Located at 1767 Island Highway, Victoria.

SEAPARK Leasure Complexe

SEAPARC is pleased to offer a variety of program options for 4 months to 5 years. Programs include a licensed preschool, social programs, sports, swimming and skating. Located at 2168 Phillips Rd, Sooke.

Early Intervention Programs

The Early Intervention Program (EIP) provides services for children from birth to 5 years of age with or at risk for developmental delays, living in Greater Victoria and the Southern Gulf Islands  It is a multidisciplinary service based on child needs and family priorities. Services are provided in the child’s home, daycare, preschool, community program or at one of our four office locations. The Queen Alexandra Family Centre is located at 345 Wale Rd, Colwood.

Your Literacy Connection West Shore

Literacy Connection Westshore's purpose is to identify the learning needs of the Westshore area -including Colwood, Langford, Metchosin and the Highlands - and respond to these by working with others to coordinate and support literacy programs and services. We are focused on bringing an awareness to the value of life-long learning and the sense of empowerment and growth this brings.

Sooke Library

We have plenty to offer children of all ages. Books, stories, games, crafts, audiobooks and more! Located at 2065 Anna Marie Rd., Sooke

Sooke Region Literacy Project

The purpose of the Sooke Region Literacy Project is to build community and help people in the Sooke Region achieve the sense of empowerment that goes along with literacy. Our community development work is aimed at enhancing, coordinating and creating literacy programs in the Sooke Region, from East Sooke to Port Renfrew, making sure that everyone has access to the learning opportunities they need to fulfill their full potential.

Westshore Books for Breakfast

The Books for Breakfast and Literacy for Lunch programs host a variety of local readers, great books, interactive songs, activities and healthy food. Children are given a brand new book to add to their home library, and a personal photo capturing their literacy experience. Parents and caregivers will be exposed to great children’s literature and some simple ways of modeling literacy. Program is FREE for children between 0-6 years. Program Coordinated by: Belmont Park Preschool Society 301 Zealous Crescent Program Hosted by MFRC: Colwood Pacific Activity Centre: 2610 Rosebank Rd, Colwood

Family Story Time at Juan de Fuca Library

For young children and their families; children under 3 must be accompanied by an adult. Fun-filled stories, songs, rhymes and puppets. Drop-in; space is limited. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Located at the Juan de Fuca Library, 1759 Island Hwy. West Shore Recreation Centre Complex.

Sooke Playgroup for Child Care Providers

This is a great way for daycare children to enjoy play-based activities with arts & crafts, snack time (care provider provided), and circle time. As a Care Provider, you can connect with our Child Care Resource and Referra (CCRR) Consultant to receive extra information and ideas. Located at the Sooke CCRR, 100-6672 Wadams Way, Sooke.

Sooke Family Resource Society

This is an opportunity for your child to socialize and explore. Watch your child learn and grow with play experiences, art, and circle time. We provide a snack! Located at 100-6672 Wadams Way, Sooke

West Shore Family Resource Society

This is an opportunity for your child to socialize and explore. Watch your child learn and grow with play experiences, art, and circle time. We provide a snack! Located at 345 Wale Road, Colwood,

StrongStart (SD62)

School District 62 offers StrongStart drop-in programs for children 0 to 5 and their caregivers. Programs are offered at Beecher Bay, Colwood Elementary School, Hans Helgesen Elementary, John Muir Elementary School, Ruth King Elementary School, Millstream Elementary School, Port Renfrew Elementary, and Willway Elementary School

Toy Lending Library

The Downtown Y offers a wide assortment of toys and activities for toddlers through early elementary aged children. Borrow our themed toy bins for home use. Memberships are $5/month for Y members and $10/month for non-Y members. Toy Bin borrowing is available during facility hours when staff and volunteers are able to assist you. Located at 851 Broughton St, Victoria.

Together Time

A time for toddlers and their grown-ups to play and visit! Riding toys, balls and tunnels will keep your little one active as you both enjoy a social time. For children 6 months – 5 years. Takes place at the Downtown Y, 851 Broughton St, Victoria.

Move and Groove

Children will be introduced to gymnastics and dance activities focusing on stability and locomotor skills. Classes will incorporate gymnastics equipment as well as beginner level dance steps and sequences. Takes place at the Downtown Y, 851 Broughton St, Victoria.

Family Play Time

Join us in the Downtown Y gymnasium with your children to enjoy our toys and sports equipment. All ages -Children under the age of 10 must be supervised by a caregiver, aged 16+. The Downtown Y is located at 851 Broughton St, Victoria.

Family Story Time

For young children and their families; children under 3 must be accompanied by an adult. Fun-filled stories, songs, rhymes and puppets. Drop-in; space is limited. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Hosted by the Greater Victoria Public Library, at various locations across Greater Victoria. 

Baby Time

For babies 0-15 months and parent or caregiver. Learn songs, rhymes and fingerplays to use with your baby every day. Drop-in; space is limited. Hosted by the Greater Victoria Public Library, at various locations across Greater Victoria. 

Kindergym (Fairfield)

A time for preschoolers and caregivers to play and learn together in a fun, positive environment. Gym equipment is setup upon which children can explore. Parent participation is required. Takes place in the Garry Oak Room, at the Fairfield Gonzales Community Association, 1335 Thurlow Rd. Victoria

Early Learning Program

Learning through play is encouraged in an environment that promotes children’s inherent love of learning and sense of wonder. Each session concludes with a storytime with songs/music as well as an opportunity for outdoor play. Drop-in session are every weekday morning at the UVic Family Centre, 39208-2375 Lam Circle, Victoria BC.

Saturday Kindergym (James Bay)

Drop in and join us! Parents and tots will enjoy spending time together playing on our active equipment and making new friends. At James Bay Community School, 140 Oswego St. Victoria.

Toddler Time Drop-in

This drop-in program is suited to younger children 30 months and under. Children’s play activities, snack and circle time are all part of the morning. Cost $2 Located at James Bay Community Project, 547 Michigan St. Victoria.

StrongStart (SD61)

Drop-in early learning program where your child will explore and play with you in an environment that is friendly, safe and inspiring!. You will meet other families and get to share in the excitement of your child's early learning experiences. Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver while attending the program. Nutritious snacks are provided. StrongStart Learning Centres are located at the following schools: George Jay Elementary, McKenzie Elementary, Macaulay Elementary, James Bay Community School, View Royal Elementary, Craigflower Elementary. Visit the website for more information. 

Creative Play Drop-in

A drop-in program which offers many free play activities such as play dough, painting, collage, puzzles, books, toys as well as outdoor play. Suitable for children 0-5 and their caregivers. A healthy snack is served around 10:30. Join our circle for songs and finger play after snack, or have a little more playtime outside before it’s time to say goodbye. Cost: $2. Located at the James Bay Community Project, 547 Michigan St. Victoria.

Family Resource Program

A drop-in parent and child interactive group to have fun, bond and interact through crafts, circle time, and play. This program also provides opportunities for parents to learn from staff and others through role modeling and in-the-moment learning around positive parenting, child safety and development, as well as participate in physical activity, all while promoting secure parent-child relationships. Takes place in the gymnasium at Fernwood Community Centre, 1240 Gladstone Ave. Victoria. Please enter through the gymnasium doors at the back of the building.

Drop-in Playgroup – Tiny Tikes

Let your kids play with others, meet your neighbours and enjoy our informal family play space. The playgroup’s large toy collection, activity tables and circle time with instruments serve as a stepping stone to prepare your children for preschool and daycare. Coffee, tea and snack provided. Max 4 children per adult. $3 suggested donation. At Oaklands Community Centre, 2827 Belmont Ave. Victoria.

Esquimalt Craft & Play Drop-in

Promoting language development, social skills and healthy attachments through song, crafts and play. Dress for mess and outside play! Free. At Esquimalt Neighbourhood House, 511 Constance Ave. Victoria. 

Esquimalt Parent-Baby Connections Group

This program offers a time to connect with your baby through songs and rhymes, while connecting with other parents and developing new skills through various early parenting topics. Located at Esquimalt Rec Centre, 527 Fraser St, Victoria (hosted by Esquimalt Neighbourhood House)

Everyone Welcome Playgroup

A drop-in parent-child interactive group; opportunities provided for parents and children to have fun, bond and interact through crafts, circle time, and outside play. Opportunities provided to learn from staff and others through role modeling and in-the-moment learning around positive parenting, child safety and development, and being physically active, while secure parent-child relationships are promoted. $2.75 per child. At Esquimalt Rec Centre, 527 Fraser St, Victoria (hosted by the Esquimalt Neighbourhood House). 

Vic West Mother Goose and Muffins

Mother Goose promotes language development, social skills, and attachment. Through joyful interaction in songs, rhymes and movement you will find tips to soothe and comfort your baby, and develop a network of friendships and support. Includes a parenting discussion and topic each week related to early parenting, child development and parent self-care. At the Esquimalt Neighbourhood House, 511 Constance Ave. Victoria. 

Parent/Tot Kindergym (Vic West)

A time for preschoolers and caregivers to play and learn together in a fun, positive environment. Caregiver participation is required. Come bounce on the Bouncy Castle, and meet some neighbourhood families. Best suited for children 0-5. Cost: $2. Located at Vic West Community Association, 521 Craigflower Rd. Victoria.

Toddler Arts & Crafts

Each week features a different craft designed with the preschooler in mind. Smocks and soap provided. Creative activities can be messy, so please dress children appropriately. Caregiver participation is required. $1 per family or per daycare child. At Burnside Community Centre, 471 Cecelia Rd. Victoria.

Kindergym (Saanich/Tillicum)

Provides children and their caregivers a fun place to move around, play, learn, and connect. Best suited for children 0-5 years. Suggestion donation $2/family. At Saanich Neighbourhood Playhouse 3100 Tillicum Rd. Victoria, inside Pearkes Rec Centre.

Esquimalt Smart Families

Free program, for parents with babies under 12 months. Group focus is on parenting discussion topics - baby and parent health & wellness, attachment, baby Mother Goose songs and rhymes. The group goal is to grow healthy infants and Strong families. Call to register. Located at Esquimalt Neighbourhood House, 511 Constance Ave. Victoria.

Individual Parenting Support

Individual appointments/ one-to-one sessions offer opportunities for support, learn new parenting strategies, problem solve your child’s behavior and gain parenting confidence, and find ideas for self-care and coping. For parents with children newborn to 12 years of age. The number of sessions is customized to individual parent’s needs; sessions can be weekdays, or late afternoon, early evening hours. Support provided by Esquimalt Neighbourhood House, 511 Constance Ave. Victoria

Parent Talk

Free drop-in for parents with newborns to active baby (7 - 9 mos.). Guest speakers, monthly Public Health Nurse visit, opportunities to meet other parents and learn about resources for families in the community. Formally "Baby Talk". Hosted by the Esquimalt Neighbourhood House. The drop-in takes place at Esquimalt Rec Centre, 527 Fraser St. Victoria.

Introduction to Cloth Diapering

New parents today have so many choices when it comes to cloth diapering that it can be overwhelming! Should you choose hemp? cotton? fleece? bamboo? What about closures... snaps or velcro or...? And how do you wash them? Join us for fun, interactive cloth diapering workshop and let us help you make sense of it all. $5. Located at Mothering Touch Centre, 975 Fort St. Victoria.

Youth Prenatal & Parenting Program

The Youth Prenatal & Parenting Program (formerly Care Home Parenting Program) helps young women who are pregnant or in the early months of parenting (aged 15-21) through a combination of housing, life skills training and counselling. The program specifically supports women who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Through supported independent living in a stable and caring environment, the young moms can acquire the skills needed to reach their potential as independent women and skilled parents. Hosted by the Boys & Girls Club, located at 301-1195 Esquimalt Rd. Victoria. 

Triple P Vancouver Island

The Positive Parenting Program provides simple solutions to make parenting easier. Free to Vancouver Island Parenting. Check out their website for courses closest to you.

Triple P Group

The Positive Parenting Program provides simple solutions to make parenting easier. Topics: ensuring a safe, interesting, and positive learning environment; using assertive discipline, having realistic expectations. Free. Located at South Island Centre for Counselling and Training Conference Room, 3821 Cedar Hill X Rd, Victoria.

Triple P Positive Parenting Program

Triple P is a Positive Parenting Program that promotes good communication and strong relationships between parents and children. This positive approach to parenting helps parents promote their children’s development and manage their children’s behaviour in a constructive and caring way. Triple P helps parents recognize causes of common child behaviour problems and encourage desirable behaviour in their children. Located at Burnside Gorge Community Centre, 471 Cecelia Rd. Victoria. Contact to find out when the next session is starting. .

Parent Support Circles

Self-help group providing caregivers and parents with a safe environment in which they can talk about their children, parenting challenges, successes and failures, the stress or worries in their lives, receive support and parenting skills. Support Circles are free, confidential, anonymous, (often) weekly meetings of parents who wish to learn new ways to nurture and protect their children. Contact for locations and times. 

Family Talk – Laugh, Learn & Lunch

Explore the challenges and joys of parenting young children over lunch. Programming will include shared food and group discussions. Limited on-site childminding will be available. Located at the Fairfield Gonzales Community Association, 1300 Fairfield Rd. Victoria.

Male Caregiver Support Group

Hosted by Family Caregivers of BC, this is a support group for dads, grandfathers and other male caregivers. Located at the James Bay Community Project, 547 Michigan St. Victoria.

Tripe P Parenting Group

Triple P Parenting promotes a strong parent-child relationship, enhancement of child development as well as management of children’s behaviour in a constructive and non-harmful way. No Child Care Available. Limited child care subsidy. Located at James Bay Community Project, 547 Michigan St. Victoria. Contact Barbara, by phone or email. 

Young Parent Support Network Drop-In

Weekly (Monday mornings) support program for parents who are under 30 years old with children 0-6 years. Hosted by the Young Parent Support Network (YPSN), located at Saanich Neighbourhood Place, 3100 Tillicum Rd.

Step by Step Parenting

Drop-in, supportive discussion group for parents and caregivers based on Triple P, S.T.E.P. and other effective parenting strategies. Group is focused on families with children 9 years and under. Topics are based on feedback from parents who attend. Child-minding provided. Hosted by Quadra Village Community Centre, 901 Kings Rd. Victoria. Call Helene for more information or to register. 

Tripe P Parenting Support

8 to 10 sessions that increases parenting confidence, and aims to make parenting easier. For parents with children 12 months to 12 years of age. The topics discussed offers suggestions and ideas on positive parenting to help you promote your child’s development and look after yourself as a parent. Hosted at the Esquimalt Neighbourhood House, 511 Constance Ave. Victoria

Eye See.. Eye Learn

Eye See... Eye Learn is a program that provides kindergarten student with a comprehensive eye exam from a participating BC doctor of optometry. If required, kindergarten students will also receive one free pair of eyeglasses.

Early Intervention Programs

The Early Intervention Program (EIP) provides services for children from birth to 5 years of age with or at risk for developmental delays, living in Greater Victoria and the Southern Gulf Islands It is a multidisciplinary service based on child needs and family priorities. Located at Queen Alexandra Centre for Children's Health, 2400 Arbutus Rd. Victoria.

Mustard Seed Family Centre

The Mustard Seed Family Centre aims to reduce the impact of poverty on vulnerable families and when possible, breaking the cycle. They offer: group workshops to help with financial literacy, parenting, cooking, lifelong learning, employment strategies, visioning and goal setting; employment support, job search, referrals, counselling, emergency assistant, family dinners.

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