2819 West 11th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6K 2M2       604-738-2819

About West Side Family Place

Why West Side Family Place?

We know that raising children can be lonely, frustrating and sometimes bewildering. West Side Family Place provides a safe space for mothers, fathers, and caregivers with young children from all backgrounds to gather and play, free from judgement or long-term commitment.

 

Please come by anytime – Family Place is a great place to:
  • Enjoy art, make-believe and story-time activities in the playroom
  • Share a snack in our fully-equipped kitchen
  • Have a coffee and chat with other parents in our cozy living room
  • Explore safe, age-appropriate play equipment in our enclosed, outdoor playground

 

We offer:
  • A nurturing community of parents/caregivers and their children
  • A stimulating daily drop-in five mornings and one afternoon a week that includes play-based exploration and a staff-led circle time
  • A variety of parent education workshops focused on building relationships and strengthening families
  • Theme Day activities including seasonal multicultural potluck meals and celebrations
  • Music classes for babies and toddlers
  • Toy lending and parenting resource libraries
  • Information about child development
  • Referral to other programs and services in the community

 

West Side Family Place values:
  • Inclusiveness
  • Acceptance
  • Respect
  • Cooperation

History

It has been said it takes a village to raise a child.  On Vancouver’s west side, we are that village.

The story of West Side Family Place began in 1973. Ellen LeFevre and Mary Lynn Burke, were high school friends who met up again years later, each with two young toddlers in tow. It was the early 1970s, the beginning of the women’s movement, and a confusing time to be a mother, according to LeFevre. There was also growing awareness of how hard it is to parent in isolation and the toll this was having on families.

Their idea was to create a place where mothers with young children could get together to share their experiences and provide their kids a safe place to play.

It began in a small storefront on Sasamat and West 16th Avenue. Then WSFP moved to a bigger space with offices in the front and a warehouse-sized playroom in the back at Dunbar and Broadway.  Then in 1993 came the decision to buy the two-storey house we now call home at 2819 West 11th Avenue.

WSFP was the very first such family place in Canada. It soon became the model for a whole network of similar organizations that now operate across the country.

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WSFP is a registered non-profit society and a registered Canadian charity #1306 1781 RR0001

Latest from West Side Family Place

  • It’s a Kind of Magic

    You’re Invited!
    Our annual fundraiser is coming up on October 5, 2017 at 7pm.

    This event promises to be a really fun night of entertainment and will feature world class hypnotist and comedian Randy Charach; the fabulous up-and-coming Trevor Whitridge Quartet, and Master of Ceremonies and well-known Vancouver actor David Lewis.

    All proceeds will go to support West Side Family Place.
    Tickets are $50 and are available at WSFP or on Eventbrite

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  • Halloween Drop-In

    Come dressed in your Halloween costumes to our Halloween Drop-In and walk through our mini pumpkin patch.

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  • Family Place Week Potluck Lunch

    To celebrate Family Place Day and Thanksgiving, we are having a potluck lunch after our Drop-In. Please join us by bringing a dish to share with everyone.

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  • Breakfast with Santa

    Come join us for breakfast and tell Santa your wish list.

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  • Happy Birthday, Canada!

    We had a wonderful early Canada Day celebration on June 29!

    With festive decorations up, fun games and activities on the tables, delicious food flowing in, and the sun shining brightly, we were ready to celebrate Canada with our WSFP community! Check out the highlights of the day!

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  • With Many Thanks!

    We wish to say a huge THANK YOU to the wonderful folks of Edelman Vancouver during their Little Give initiative earlier this month! A group of 14 individuals worked enthusiastically and eagerly and helped cleaned and freshened up our living room, dining room, and our yard! We would also like to THANK 505-Junk for taking a huge load of all of our well used toys and other waste accumulated from the clean-up days!

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  • Scotiabank Charity Challenge

    On June 25, West Side Family Staff and Families will be running and walking the Scotiabank Charity Challenge – Half-Marathon and 5K run. Cheer on and support your WSFP Team by making a donation to the cause! Fundraising proceeds help to pay for programs and art supplies, books, and building maintenance. Read on for more information!

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  • Fiesta Del Sol

    Be apart of the Fiesta Del Sol festivities. This is one event you don’t want to miss! Join us Friday, August 4th at 9:30 am. Sign up for our e-newsletter to receive updates on more upcoming events.

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  • It’s a Kind of Magic
  • Halloween Drop-In
  • Family Place Week Potluck Lunch
  • Breakfast with Santa
  • Happy Birthday, Canada!
  • With Many Thanks!
  • Scotiabank Charity Challenge
  • Fiesta Del Sol
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