We offer a variety of educational and parenting support opportunities. At the Peninsula Early Years Centre, you can connect with programs in support of children's health & development or with our Outreach Workers for questions about ages and stages you might have. We also have our Child Passenger Safety programs in support of safe travels while in a vehicle and the Play & Chat Packs program in support of language development. Located at 1649 Mt. Newton Cross Road, Saanichton.
Come visit us for coffee, the chance to connect with other families and time for your child to play and do activities. Our Outreach/Resource Workers are available to assist with questions about ages and stages or specific needs to your early years family. Takes place at 1649 Mt. Newton Cross Rd, Saanichton BC.
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.
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.
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
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Enjoy a delicious meal, meet new friends, and have a great time at the Mustard Seed Family Centre, 625 Queens Ave.
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.
This program will provide a place for families with children (aged 0-12 years) to network and support one another. We do crafts, art, games, reading and other activities, and a light dinner is provided. Takes place at James Bay Community Project, 547 Michigan St. Victoria.
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.
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.
Come enjoy home cooked meals by donation. All families welcome. The dinner will provide a healthy meal, ideas for easy meal preparation, access to food resources as well as a social time to bring families together, supporting them in spending quality time together while alleviating the pressure of preparing an affordable meal. Planned play activities will provide opportunities for one-one parent support. Takes place in the gymnasium at Fernwood Community Centre (please enter through the gym doors around back), 1240 Gladstone Ave. Victoria.
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.
A movement program for children and their caregivers to play together. Balls, hoops, ride-on toys, climbers and mats allow children to creatively explore and get their sillies out! Cost: $4. Located at Fernwood Community Centre, 1240 Gladstone Ave. Victoria.
Join the Oaklands community for dinner and games! Meet your neighbours, share a meal, and have a laugh while playing cards and board games. Located at the Oaklands Community Centre, 2827 Belmont Ave. Victoria
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.
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.
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)
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.
Families are invited for a delicious dinner prepared by staff and volunteers every Thursday evening. After dinner, stay and have a play in the family centre after dinner. Assistance with set-up and clean-up is appreciated. Dinner is served at 5pm. $2/family. At Burnside Gorge Community Centre, 471 Cecelia Rd. Victoria.
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.
Enjoy singing, movement, reading and fun with your little ones. The program encourages child development through singing, movement, stories and bonding between child and caregiver. Please note this is a structured program and caregiver participation is required. Free. At Burside Community Centre, 471 Cecelia Rd. Victoria.
Get the wiggles out with this new interactive program that includes games, movement, and fun! The program includes organized games, movement, exercise, and free play. Best suited for ages 2–4 years; all children under 5 years are welcome. Caregiver participation is required. Free. At Burnside Community Centre, 471 Cecelia Rd. Victoria.
A space for children and their male caregivers to play in a safe and supportive environment. Every Saturday morning at Saanich Neighbourhood Place, 3100 Tillicum Rd. Victoria, inside Pearkes Rec Centre. Suggested donation $2 per family.
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.
Enjoy rhymes, songs and finger play. Listen to a story, learn to tell a story. Snack provided. Free. Located at James Bay Community Project, 547 Michigan, Victoria
A fun, musical experience for little ones, birth to 4 years, accompanied by their parents or caregivers. Program is free but registration is required. Located at James Bay Community Project, 547 Michigan, Victoria.
C'NEX was designed for families in Burnside Gorge whose children are in the care of the government or at risk of being taken into care. By using an Integrated Case Management Model, the C'NEX program builds parents' capacity to assess their family needs and strengths. Parents and children are assisted in accessing and creating the appropriate supports. Burnside Gorge is located at 471 Cecelia Rd. Victoria.
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Circles are anonymous, confidential self-help groups offering weekly or bi-weekly meetings and other activities organized by trained volunteer facilitators. GRG Support Circles help grandparents and others raising a family member’s child learn positive parenting by providing them with a safe atmosphere in which to share their stories and stresses, learn new skills, receive emotional support and discover services and resources. The Circles strengthen the first link in a chain that connects positive caregiving with healthy children, and help healthy families build strong communities. Contact to find the group closest to you.
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.
Saanich Neighbourhood Place is a non-profit organization that offers parenting support, pre-natal, prenancy and postpartum programs, Best Babies, early childhood programs, preschool, drop-in playtime, community kitchen, and family dinners. Located inside Pearkes Rec Centre (Saanich Recreation), at 3100 Tillicum Rd, behind Tillicum Mall.