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Family Programs

Family Programs

Family Drop-in Playtime & Activities for Ages 5 and Under.


**Please note that the FAMILY CENTRE is closed on statutory holidays

Check out our Children's Programs for ages 16 months and up! 

Schedule subject to change without notice - please see the calendar linked below or call 250-388-5251 during Front Desk hours for the most current info. 


Join us for active play in the Burnside Activity Centre. 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 yrs; all children under 5 yrs are welcome. Caregiver participation is required. Family Centre will not be open during program time.
M    Sept 16 - Dec 2    9:30am-10:15am    Drop-in/Free

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. Caregiver
participation is required.
T     Sep 10 – Sep 24    9:30–10:15am     Drop-in/Free

Explore your creative side! 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.
W July 10 – Aug 21 9:30am-10:30am Drop-In/$1 per family and daycare child

This is an opportunity for young children and their caregivers to meet and play in an informal atmosphere with toys, and books. Snacks provided. Groups may not meet on school holidays and Professional
Development Days. Drop-In/Free
M   Sept 16 - Dec 2    10:15am-12pm
T    Sept 11 - Dec 3    10:15am-12pm
W   Sept 11 - Dec 4    10:30am-12pm
Th   Sept 12 - Dec 4    5:30pm-6:30pm

FAMILY DINNER & DROP-IN (Families/children 0-18)
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 Center after dinner. Assistance with set-up and clean-up
is appreciated. Dinner is served at 5pm. Suggested donation $2 per family.
Th    Sept 12 - Dec 4     Dinner: 5pm-6pm     Drop-In: 5:30pm – 6:30pm 

Welcome all Dads and your children under 6 to a new program designed just for you! We offer a
friendly atmosphere to learn together with other Dads to follow your child’s lead in play. Learn about
your role in your developing child’s life, discuss parenting successes and challenges with fellow Dads,
and enjoy free time, play, coffee, and snacks with your little one.
Sa    Sep 7 – Sep 28        1-3pm Drop-in/Free

BABY STEPS (0 to 12 MOS) 
Increase parenting confidence as your infant develops through the milestones of their first year of life.  Facilitated by our Family Center Coordinator and accompanied by community guest speakers sharing information on topics such as health, dental hygiene, nutrition, day-care, etc. we will discuss the norms and storms of being a new parent.  Meet parents and make new friends with others who share similar experiences, understanding that you are not alone in parenting your child.   
F   Oct 25 – Nov 29    10am – 12pm    Drop-in/Free


Nobody's Perfect is a place where parents can:

  • MEET with other parents of young children (ages 0-5)
  • SHARE questions or concerns and ideas about being a parent
  • LEARN about child development, safety, health and behaviour
  • TALK about real-life parenting experiences
  • WORK together with the support of a trained facilitator
  • DISCOVER ways of positive parenting

Within a group setting, parents participate in facilitated sessions that:

  • promote positive parenting
  • increase parents' understanding of children's health, safety, and behaviour
  • help parents build on the skills they have and learn new ones
  • improve parents' self-esteem and coping skills
  • increase self-help and mutual support
  • bring them in contact with community services and resources
  • help prevent family violence

Our next offering of Nobody's Perfect will run early in 2020, dates to be determined! Stay tuned for details!


+ City of Victoria LIFE credits welcome for select programs. Call 250-388-5251 to register. Payment is required at the time of registration. 

Please note: The Burnside Gorge Community Association facilities are closed on stat holiday dates and weekends. Schedule subject to change without notice - please call 250-388-5251 during Front Desk hours for the most current info. 

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