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

FAQ

What are your hours of operation?

We are open for Family drop-in Monday to Fridays 9:30-12:00pm, and an afternoon drop in on Wednesday, 1:00pm-4:30pm. We are closed the last Friday of each month.

In addition to Family drop-in, we offer parent and caregiver courses and workshops. Please refer to our seasonal newsletter for program dates and times.

Is family place open to anybody?

YES. We are open to all families with children between birth and 5 years old. We are a resource centre dedicated to supporting families with young children to meet new friends, gain a sense of community, and receive ongoing assistance that helps families raise happy, healthy children.

What ages are the children who come to your drop-in?

WSFP welcomes all families with children between birth and 5 years; however, as children grow older, they begin attending daycares so average age is about 6 months to 3 years.

Do I still have to buy membership if I pay for drop-in each visit? Do I still have to pay drop-in fee if I buy the yearly membership?

Yes, membership is required in addition to the drop-in fee. Membership fee and drop-in fee revenue helps cover the cost of WSFP programs and services.

Is the drop-in fee per child or per family?

The drop-in fee is $2 per family per session.

Do I need to be a member to use the toy lending library?

Yes, having a membership provides you access to the toy lending library.

Who funds the programs?

In addition to membership/drop-in fee revenues, we receive funding from Province of British Columbia, donations from individual and business donors, and host various fundraisers throughout the year.

Do you take clothing donations?

We have clothing exchange boxes where you can drop them off and take some if needed. We take clothing that is suitable for the infant to toddler age group.

Do you take toy donations?

Please speak with a staff member at your next visit, email us at wsfp_info@telus.net or call us at 604-738-2819.

Are you a daycare?

We are not a daycare. West Side Family Place is a resource centre dedicated to supporting families with young children. It is a place to meet new friends, gain a sense of community, and receive ongoing assistance that helps families raise happy, healthy children.

Are you affiliated with the other family places?

We operate independently but we do have a partnership with the Eastside Family Place, Marpole Oakridge Family Place, Mount Pleasant Family Centre, and the South Vancouver Family Place. We are registered not-for profit organisations providing easy to access daily drop-in playroom and parenting programs in welcoming and supportive spaces.

Can I use my membership from the other family places?

The membership can only be used at the family place where you are registered as a member.

What activities can children do in the family place?

We have a well-equipped space with divided areas to accommodate varying types of play and learning. We offer art and sensory based activities, pretend play with house and dress-up.

How can I volunteer or give back?

Please visit our volunteering and donate page.

Latest from West Side Family Place

  • Family Place Week

    This week the October 5 – 11, 2020 has been declared by the City of Vancouver as Family Place Week. The Family Place Partnership and West Side Family Place are honoured to receive this recognition. Although we are unable to come together to mark the occasion, we hope you will follow us on social media as […]

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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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  • Family Place Week
  • 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
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