Drop-in Playgroups allow parents and/or caregivers and young children to come together in an unstructured environment to play together, meet new friends, gain new skills, and share ideas.
Come with your child and enjoy the excitement of playing dress-up, building a tower, or having a tea party. Let your child experience the fun of painting, gluing and working with sand and water.
We offer a number of programs designed for specific age groups. These programs provide a variety of activities that parents and/or caregivers and children can enjoy together.
Some examples of parent-child interactive programs include:
- Fun with Fairytales
- Adventures in Science
- Cooking with Kids
- Little Greenthumbs
- Beautiful Junk
Registration is often requires as space is limited. Please check our calendar for your area to find what programs are currently being offered.
Age appropriate, educational toys are available for parents and/or caregivers and children to enjoy at home. Toys can be borrowed for up to two weeks. A catalogue is available at all our family resource centers. Families can request toys while attending the Drop-in playgroups or other programs.
Every effort will be made to have the toy available to take home during the next Drop-in playgroups and/or program session.
Parent Resource Library
We have books, videos, journals and magazines dealing with a number of parenting issues and other topics relevant to healthy development of young children and their families.
Resources can be borrowed for a two-week period. A list of resources is included in the Toy Library catalogue.
Book Buddies Bags include a selection of children's quality books which can be borrowed by parents and/or caregivers and children attending our programs.
Programs and workshops for Parents
Parenting programs such as "Nobody's Perfect", "Parents 1234", and "How to Talk so Kids will Listen" are offered through all of our centers.
Information sessions on a variety of topics including child development, discipline, healthy lifestyles may also be offered.
These workshops are offered in response to the needs of parents/caregivers and vary in length.
Home Play Program
The Home Play Program is designed for families who may have difficulty getting to the Family Resource Center. We can design a Home Play Kit to fit the needs for infants, toddlers, preschool, and even school-aged children.
Home Play Kits contain games, puzzles, toys, books and arts and craft materials, and can be borrowed for a 2-4 week period.
Arrangements can be made to have the kit delivered to your home, picked up at one of our centers, or at a convenient location in the community.
Gently used infant and children's clothing is collected and offered free of charge to all members of the community who use the Resource Centers.