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.”

Latest from West Side Family Place

  • Fall Equinox Celebration

    Much thanks to Daughters of the Drum – Aline, Amy, Andrea, Kiera, Lori, Lyne, Mackenzie, Melanie, Phoenix, and Tamiko – for helping WSFP families celebrate the Fall Equinox in a good way – distanced, safe, and together. We’ve not only survived the last six months, we’ve also learned a lot about what we and our […]

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  • Kinder Ready, Parent Ready Webinar: “Library Tips and Books for Beginning School”

    Join us for our next Kinder Ready and Parent Ready webinar series next week, Thursday, August 27, at 1:30 pm to 2:15 pm. Our special guests, April Ens and Elizabeth Bryan of the Vancouver Public Library  will be presenting about “Library Tips and Books for Beginning School” for families starting this new journey into kindergarten. […]

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  • Kinder Ready, Parent Ready “Getting Started with School Lunch”

    Here is the link to the video of the webinar with Tammy Frederickson and Lerin Oystryk on, “Getting Started with School Lunch”. Please be advised that the presentation is based on current research and that the content is advisories – an educational tool – and should not be used as a way to diagnose. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=668019327119937

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  • Kinder Ready, Parent Ready Webinar: Fine and Gross Motor Skills in Kindergarten

    Parents of Fall 2020 kindergartners, If you are interested in viewing the webinar, “Fine and Gross Motor Skills in Kindergarten” with Shirley Lee, MScPT, the link to the webinar is available upon request by email, wsfp_info@telus.net.

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  • Kinder Ready, Parent Ready: “Starting Kindergarten” with Katherine Darwent and Ellen Walker

    For our families with soon-to-be kindergartners who missed Thursday July 16th Webinar on Starting Kindergarten, here is the video and notes. WSFP Kinder Ready & Parent Ready Webinar Series For our families with soon-to-be kindergarteners who missed last Thursday's Webinar, here is the video and notes."Starting Kindergarten" with Katherine Darwent and Ellen Walker*Parents to be […]

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  • Baby Pop-Up at the Park

    Have you just had a baby and wonder how to connect with other new families during this time of physical distancing? If you or anybody you know on the West Side has a new little one and would like to connect with other parents in your area, or learn more about supports available in the […]

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  • Kinder Ready, Parent Ready!

    For parents with children starting Kindergarten this Fall. How will you prepare your child for kindergarten this September? West Side Family Place will be offering a series of Kinder Ready and Parent Ready webinars throughout the Summer on a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon. This program is for parents, new to kindergarten and the school system. […]

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  • Art Packages

    Visit Family Place for a grab bag of open-ended and themed materials for arts and crafts to make at home! Wednesdays, 9:30 am to 1:00 pm.

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  • West Side Family Place COVID-19 Safety Protocols

    Basic Transmission Facts of COVID-19 COVID-19 is a respiratory infection that is spread by droplets. These are small particles that are dispersed when people cough or sneeze.   Transmission of the virus occurs when a person touches a droplet from an infected person and then touches their own face; mouth/eyes/nose. This requires you to be […]

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  • Outdoor Play at Family Place

    Come join us for a small-group play session at WSFP. In order to serve as many people as possible, families will be limited to one visit per week. The program will be held outdoors, rain or shine, and will consist of 45 minutes of play followed by Circle Time. Families are encouraged to bring their own […]

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  • Fall Equinox Celebration
  • Kinder Ready, Parent Ready Webinar: “Library Tips and Books for Beginning School”
  • Kinder Ready, Parent Ready “Getting Started with School Lunch”
  • Kinder Ready, Parent Ready Webinar: Fine and Gross Motor Skills in Kindergarten
  • Kinder Ready, Parent Ready:  “Starting Kindergarten” with Katherine Darwent and Ellen Walker
  • Baby Pop-Up at the Park
  • Kinder Ready, Parent Ready!
  • Art Packages
  • Outdoor Play at Family Place

Upcoming Events

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Events in October 2020

  • Outdoor Play at Family Place
    Circle Time on Zoom
    Baby Pop-up at the Park
    Outdoor Play at Family Place
  • Chat with Eva
    Chat with Eva
    Mama and Papa Goose at Family Place
  • Outdoor Play at Family Place
    Outdoor Play at Family Place
    Baby Pop-up at the Park
  • Art Packages
    Toy Lending Library
    Mama and Papa Goose at Family Place
    Mama and Papa Goose at Family Place
  • Outdoor Play at Family Place
    Circle Time on Zoom
    Baby Pop-up at the Park
    Outdoor Play at Family Place
  • Outdoor Play at Family Place
    Outdoor Play at Family Place
    Baby Pop-up at the Park
  • Art Packages
    Toy Lending Library
    Mama and Papa Goose at Family Place
    Mama and Papa Goose at Family Place
  • Outdoor Play at Family Place
    Circle Time on Zoom
    Baby Pop-up at the Park
    Outdoor Play at Family Place
  • Chat with Eva
    Chat with Eva
    Mama and Papa Goose at Family Place
  • Outdoor Play at Family Place
    Outdoor Play at Family Place
  • Art Packages
    Toy Lending Library
    Toy Lending Library
    Mama and Papa Goose at Family Place
    Mama and Papa Goose at Family Place
  • Outdoor Play at Family Place
    Circle Time on Zoom
    Baby Pop-up at the Park
    Outdoor Play at Family Place
  • Chat with Eva
    Chat with Eva
    Mama and Papa Goose at Family Place
  • Outdoor Play at Family Place
    Outdoor Play at Family Place
    Baby Pop-up at the Park
  • Art Packages
    Toy Lending Library
    Mama and Papa Goose at Family Place
    Mama and Papa Goose at Family Place
  • Outdoor Play at Family Place
    Circle Time on Zoom
    Baby Pop-up at the Park
    Outdoor Play at Family Place
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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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    • Become a Member
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    • Attend Events
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    • Toy Lending Library
    • Donate

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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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