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

  • Breakfast & Santa

    Tickets are SOLD OUT for our "Breakfast & Santa" on Saturday, December 7th. *No tickets will be sold at the door* Please join us for other festive activities during our regular Drop-In.

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  • Holiday Exchange at WSFP

    In our efforts of being more environmentally conscious, we are hosting a few days of exchange of gently used items for a more sustainable gift giving during this holiday season. Join us for any or all of these days of Holiday Exchange!

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  • Our much loved playdough is now available for purchase!

    Just add water, this is great as gifts or stocking stuffers for your little ones and their friends for this holiday season! Call or come in to place your order by December 18.

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  • Hanukkah Celebration

    Join us on Tuesday, December 11th during our Drop-In for a sweet Hanukkah celebration!

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  • November is Membership Renewal Month!

    Join or renew your membership by downloading the form online or come and visit us.

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  • Family Support Session

    Did you know that you can book a private appointment with our Family Support Coordinator, Eva Svensson, during our Drop-In hours? Contact Eva in person or email wsfp_programs@telus.net

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  • WSFP Sick Policy

    For the health and safety of our environment and its users, we ask that if you or your child are displaying any of the symptoms shown on the picture, please rest and play at home.

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  • Breakfast & Santa
  • Holiday Exchange at WSFP
  • Our much loved playdough is now available for purchase!
  • Hanukkah Celebration
  • November is Membership Renewal Month!
  • Family Support Session
  • WSFP Sick Policy
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