PISE's children's programs provide a friendly, safe environment to explore movement. PISE uses a combination of structured and unstructured play to help children learn to move to the best of their ability. We inspire creative movement exploration to play your way to confidence, skill development, fun, team work, cooperation, respect and inclusivity. By building a movement vocabulary through games and play, kids build the foundation to live an active, healthy lifestyle. PISE offers programs for children of all abilities ages 18 months and up. Need financial assistance to support a child’s participation? See https://www.pise.ca/grant/ for information on how we may help.
December 1, 2021: This program is currently on hold due to the pandemic. Please see the GVPL website for continuing program updates. Did you know libraries are for more than borrowing books, CDs, and movies? Passes to local museums and attractions are also up for loan! In partnership with local organizations, the Greater Victoria Public Library gives library cardholders the opportunity to enrich mind and body with hands-on experiences at cultural institutions and recreational centres. Examples of passes available: Butterfly Gardens, Maritime Museum, Craigdarroch Castle, Robert Bateman Centre, Saanich Recreation, Royal BC Museum, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. If don't have a library card yet, don't worry, they're free! Just visit any GVPL branch.
Tseycum HeadStart Program is a program that supports activities focused on early childhood learning and development for First Nations children from birth to age six and their families. This includes pre and post natal support, cultural development programs, parenting and education programs and workshops, infant and toddler development programs, health screening, monitoring and referrals, fitness and nutrition, exercise, yoga for kids, Afterschool and Breakfast programs and literacy support.
December 1, 2021: Many programs are on hold due to the pandemic. Please see the GVPL website for continuing program updates. 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, and CDs for your family.
At this time we are not offering our regular drop-in programs. However, we do have passive programs available, including our take and make craft kits available for pickup at any time, our in-branch scavenger hunts each month, and a StoryWalk at the Sooke Region Museum the last 2 weeks of each month. Sidney/North Saanich Branch located at 10091 Resthaven Dr., Sidney.
Panorama Recreation offers a wide variety of recreational and general interest programs at many different locations including Greenglade Community Centre throughout the municipalities of North Saanich, Central Saanich and the Town of Sidney.
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. Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/peninsulaearlyyears
December 1, 2021: This program is currently on hold due to the pandemic. Please see the GVPL website for continuing program updates. 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
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
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 email@example.com for registration.
Join us and enjoy a free weekly play time with your little one, and meet other families. This program also offers information, discussion and support during this very active stage of life and learning. For children 9-24 months old and caregivers/parents (siblings welcome). To register: firstname.lastname@example.org Takes place on Mondays 10am-12pm at 1649 Mt. Newton Cross Rd, Saanichton BC. Follow us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/peninsulaearlyyears
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.
We strive to support the healthy growth and development of Aboriginal children, youth, and families. The Aboriginal Early Intervention Services Team includes the Aboriginal Infant Development Program (AIDP), the FASD Key Worker, and the Aboriginal Supported Child Development Program (ASCDP). The Aboriginal Early Intervention Team provides support to families living on or off reserve in the South Vancouver Island Region, which includes the 9 local First Nations (Tseycum First Nation, Tsawout First Nation, Tsartlip First Nation, Pauquachin First Nation, Beecher Bay First Nation, T’sou-ke First Nation, Pacheedaht First Nation, Songhees First Nation, and Esquimalt First Nation) Métis, and Urban Aboriginal community. VNFC is located at 231 Regina Ave. Victoria
Pacific Centre Family Services Association is dedicated to maintaining outstanding services for the people we work with through education, counselling and creative programming. Locations: Centre for Wellbeing, 324 Goldstream Ave, Colwood; and 6672 Wadams Way, Sooke.
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.
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.
The MFRC has resources to meet the unique demands of raising children in the military lifestyle. It’s about getting quality care, support and resources in an environment that understands the lifestyle. Services include: Parenting support, child care, literacy programs, counselling, etc. The Colwood Pacific Activity Centre is located at 2610 Rosebank Rd, Colwood.
Community parks and trails are yours to enjoy, and a legacy for future generations. While visiting, please respect the private property next to the parks, trails, viewpoints, and ocean accesses and leave no trace of your visit or the visit of your dog. Leave the treasures that you find, including wildflowers, for others to enjoy.
We have plenty to offer children of all ages. Books, stories, games, crafts, audiobooks and more! Located at 2065 Anna Marie Rd., Sooke
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 Family Resource Society offers the following groups in the Sooke/West Shore communities: Parent and Tot Playgroup, Parent Discussion Group and Family Support Group. See calendar for schedule. Registration is required.
School District 62 offers StrongStart drop-in programs for children 0 to 5 and their caregivers. Programs are offered at Colwood Elementary, Hans Helgesen Elementary, John Muir Elementary, Ruth King Elementary, Millstream Elementary, Willway Elementary, and Port Renfrew Elementary (outreach program). Please note that Sooke School District StrongStart drop-in programs are closed over the summer.
December 1, 2021: This program is currently on hold due to the pandemic. 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.
December 1, 2021: This program is currently on hold due to the pandemic. 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.
December 1, 2021: This program is currently on hold due to the pandemic. 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.
*Paused indefinitely due to COVID-19* Enjoy a delicious meal, meet new friends, and have a great time at the Mustard Seed Family Centre, 625 Queens Ave.
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.
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.
Fernwood Community Dinners are now on Mondays! We are serving our Fernwood Community Dinner’s on Mondays from 5:30pm – 6:30pm. Join us for a hot meal around the back of the Fernwood Community Centre. There is no need to register for this event. You will be able to enjoy a hot meal or you can take it to go. There is a vegetarian and sometimes a meat option. We will unfortunately be unable to accommodate any other special or dietary requests. Dinner is served until 6:10pm. When: Mondays, 5:30-6:30pm Where: Around the back of Fernwood Community Centre, 1240 Gladstone Avenue. Walk along the outside of the building and you will see us in the back, near the gym. We will be eating outside whenever weather permits. Cost: By donation, no one turned away.
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
Come enjoy meal with your kids! There will be activities and games for all ages. Fun for the whole family - pool, air hockey, arts and crafts, and games! There is also an outdoor playground for those who are interested. Located at Oaklands Community Centre, 901 Kings Rd. 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)
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.
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. Assistance with set-up and clean-up is appreciated. Dinner is served at 5 pm. By donation. Space is limited and registration is required. To sign-up, call 250-388-5251. At Burnside Gorge 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. This program runs September to June, and closes during the summer. Free. At Burnside Community Centre, 471 Cecelia Rd. Victoria.
For dads and male caregivers of babies 0-12 months. The group is facilitated by Michael Deloughery. Michael is a father of four and has been facilitating groups for parents since the 1970s. Through this experience he has witnessed the benefits that come from a parent simply expressing what is real for them and being truly heard. He also knows first hand how difficult this can be for many men in the beginning. Drop-in, $2. Located at Mothering Touch Centre, 975 Fort St. Victoria.
For mobile, exploring babies and toddlers, 9 to 18 months. Discussion surrounds learning, eating, sleeping and how to have fun with our children. Drop-in, $2. Located at Mothering Touch Centre, 975 Fort St. Victoria
Group for you with your newborn (up to 4 month maximum). A chance to meet other new parents and discuss the challenges of parenting a newborn. Our usual topics in this group are feeding, diapering, comforting and the changes we are experiencing in ourselves. Drop in, $2. Located at Mothering Touch Centre, 975 Fort St. Victoria.
Join the FGCA staff as we 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. In the main Place building 1330 Fairfield Rd. Please note this program runs together with Drop In Parent & Tot, so space is limited. Participants are encouraged to arrive early. Thursdays, Laugh & Learn 10:30am-11:00am, then Lunch 11:00am-11:30am Free, but donations welcome. *this program does not operate during school closures (summer break, winter break, spring break, Pro D days) Contact for more information.
A drop-in program for trans, gender variant, and Two-Spirit Individuals in the south island area. A safe space to come together, share, create, and support. Last Thursday of every month, 6pm-7:30PM, at the Victoria Public Library, 1st Floor, 900s block group meeting rooms. Contact Marshall Kilduff at the number below.