2819 West 11th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6K 2M2       604-738-2819
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WSFP COVID-19 Update

A Message from Executive Director, Diane Elliott-Buckley:

All of us at West Side Family Place hope that you and your families have enjoyed a safe summer. We have loved seeing many of you at our outdoor and online programs and we know that you are eager to hear what we have planned for the autumn.

Although COVID-19 makes long-term planning challenging, we will continue to look for new ways to welcome and connect families while continuing to adhere to public health advice.

We recently marked the autumnal equinox at McBride Park with a socially distanced picnic. Thank you very much to Aline Laflamme and the Daughters of the Drum, a group of female indigenous hand drummers. It was a time to reflect on the last six months and to consider how we will transition to autumn.

Thank you to everybody who attended Kits in the Park this summer. This program has wrapped up for the year, but we hope you will join us for Outdoor Play and Mama and Papa Goose at WSFP. Our very popular Baby Pop-ups will also continue in local parks for as long as the weather permits. Please see Fall Program Schedule for a complete list of our upcoming programs and registration details.

The pandemic has affected all of our lives but we want to know that your friends at WSFP are here for you. If you find yourself in need of a compassionate ear, or if you require information about other family support services in the community, please reach out. Eva is available and to connect with parents and caregivers by phone or in person.

I would like to express my gratitude to Eva, Sue Ellen, Salena, Maria, Shahira, Hardeep and Tina for their incredible commitment to families throughout the past six months. Thanks, team!

Registration will begin on Monday by phone at 9:00am for all sessions that week, including the Outdoor Play at WSFP, Kits in the Park and Mama Papa Goose. Registration will continue throughout the week from 9:00am to noon until all sessions are full. Please call 604-738-2819. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram for regular updates about program availability.

  

Before joining us, please review our COVID-19 Safety Protocols.

Welcome to West Side Family Place

What People Are Saying

  • “Helps my two-year-old (too young for preschool) to socialize and make friends.”

  • “A welcoming place to escape the ‘cooped up’ feeling as a stay-at-home mom.”

  • “Provides opportunities for caregiver and baby to get out of the home and become involved in the community.”

  • “The Nobody’s Perfect course has been excellent for me in terms of support and making new friends.”

  • “West Side Family Place is a place to get out of the house and meet people.”

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Upcoming Events

MonthWeekDay
October 2020
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
September 28, 2020

9:30 am: Chat with Eva

1:00 pm: Mama and Papa Goose at Family Place

September 29, 2020

10:00 am: Outdoor Play at Family Place

11:30 am: Outdoor Play at Family Place

1:00 pm: Baby Pop-up at the Park

September 30, 2020

9:30 am: Art Packages

9:30 am: Toy Lending Library

10:00 am: Mama and Papa Goose at Family Place

1:00 pm: Mama and Papa Goose at Family Place

October 1, 2020

10:00 am: Outdoor Play at Family Place

11:30 am: Circle Time on Zoom

1:00 pm: Baby Pop-up at the Park

October 2, 2020 October 3, 2020 October 4, 2020
October 5, 2020

9:30 am: Chat with Eva

10:30 am: Chat with Eva

1:00 pm: Mama and Papa Goose at Family Place

October 6, 2020

10:00 am: Outdoor Play at Family Place

11:30 am: Outdoor Play at Family Place

1:00 pm: Baby Pop-up at the Park

October 7, 2020

9:30 am: Art Packages

9:30 am: Toy Lending Library

10:00 am: Mama and Papa Goose at Family Place

1:00 pm: Mama and Papa Goose at Family Place

October 8, 2020

10:00 am: Outdoor Play at Family Place

11:30 am: Circle Time on Zoom

1:00 pm: Baby Pop-up at the Park

October 9, 2020 October 10, 2020 October 11, 2020
October 12, 2020 October 13, 2020

10:00 am: Outdoor Play at Family Place

11:30 am: Outdoor Play at Family Place

1:00 pm: Baby Pop-up at the Park

October 14, 2020

9:30 am: Art Packages

9:30 am: Toy Lending Library

10:00 am: Mama and Papa Goose at Family Place

1:00 pm: Mama and Papa Goose at Family Place

October 15, 2020

10:00 am: Outdoor Play at Family Place

11:30 am: Circle Time on Zoom

1:00 pm: Baby Pop-up at the Park

October 16, 2020 October 17, 2020 October 18, 2020
October 19, 2020

9:30 am: Chat with Eva

10:30 am: Chat with Eva

1:00 pm: Mama and Papa Goose at Family Place

October 20, 2020

10:00 am: Outdoor Play at Family Place

11:30 am: Outdoor Play at Family Place

October 21, 2020

9:30 am: Art Packages

9:30 am: Toy Lending Library

9:30 am: Toy Lending Library

10:00 am: Mama and Papa Goose at Family Place

1:00 pm: Mama and Papa Goose at Family Place

October 22, 2020

10:00 am: Outdoor Play at Family Place

11:30 am: Circle Time on Zoom

1:00 pm: Baby Pop-up at the Park

October 23, 2020 October 24, 2020 October 25, 2020
October 26, 2020

9:30 am: Chat with Eva

10:30 am: Chat with Eva

1:00 pm: Mama and Papa Goose at Family Place

October 27, 2020

10:00 am: Outdoor Play at Family Place

11:30 am: Outdoor Play at Family Place

1:00 pm: Baby Pop-up at the Park

October 28, 2020

9:30 am: Art Packages

9:30 am: Toy Lending Library

10:00 am: Mama and Papa Goose at Family Place

1:00 pm: Mama and Papa Goose at Family Place

October 29, 2020

10:00 am: OH SO SPOOKY Outdoor Play

1:00 pm: Baby Pop-up at the Park

October 30, 2020 October 31, 2020 November 1, 2020
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    We’d love to meet you. Come be a part of our community. Here’s how you can get involved:

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    • Birthday Rentals
    • Toy Lending Library
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  • Member Benefits

    Become a member and be a part of our community. You receive the following benefits

    • Access to our Toy Library
    • Ability to register for exclusive programs
    • Discounts on birthday rentals
    • Opportunity to sit on the board of directors (Included in leadership)
    • Access to DVDs & Books (for adults and children)
    • Receive our e-newsletter
    • We can issue a tax receipt for your membership fees

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Homepage- West Side Family Place is opening!

West Side Family Place is Opening!

It won’t look quite the same as before, but WSFP is looking forward to welcoming families back! Here are some highlights of our planned program rollout: 

  • 1 hour Family Drop-in at WSFP starting the week of June 22. Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 9:30 to 10:30 am and 11:00 am to noon. Program will be offered outside, rain or shine. Maximum of 5 families per session and pre-registration is required. Membership recommended.
  • Mama Papa Goose – Infant and Parent Drop-in on Wednesdays, 10:30 am to noon. Maximum of 8 families per session and pre-registration is required.
  • Toy Lending Library will be open on Wednesdays from 1 to 2 pm. Membership required – new families can register in person, fee applies.
  • Kits in the Park will run again this summer in partnership with Kits House. Time and location are still being worked out, so please stay tuned.
  • Outdoor family meetups – details TBA.

We are working on our safety protocols and they will be available soon. Physical distancing will be strongly encouraged and anyone with signs of illness will be asked to stay home. As with all city parks and playgrounds, outdoor play equipment will not be sanitized after each use.

Please continue to check back in the coming days for more updates. We are so excited to be able to see you again!

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