Our programs are free and designed to help your family grow. Download our program schedule or scroll down to learn more!
PARENT EDUCATION & SUPPORT
FIRST THINGS FIRST Expecting Parents
The five-week series of prenatal classes is held on a quarterly basis to help expecting parents have healthy, happy pregnancies, prepare for childbirth, and support the early days and weeks of parenthood. Pre-registration is required.
BRINGING BABY HOME Expecting Couples
Designed for both pregnant and new parents, the Bringing Baby Home Program will give couples the skills and information to recognize and cope successfully with the normal stressors of becoming a family. Pre-registration is required.
HEALTHY PREGNANCY CLASSES Expecting moms
Come join other expectant mamas to enjoy an hour of learning and exploring. These classes include prenatal yoga, birth affirmation art, learning for the mind, body and spirit, and more. Classes are offered quarterly. Pre-registration is required.
BABY CAFÉ All ages
Timberlea Thursdays | 10:00 – 11:00 AM
This peer support group helps new mothers overcome common difficulties, whether it’s your first baby or your third! We have a great support team ready to give you some help, including a public health nurse.
BABIES ON BIRCHWOOD All ages
Downtown & Timberlea Tuesdays | 10:00 – 11:00 AM (July & August)
Join us at the Doug Barnes Cabin each week in July and August for a fun walk along the trails. Load up your stroller, baby carrier or wagon for a bumping, jumping, sing-along good time!
POSTPARTUM SUPPORT GROUP New or expecting moms
Timberlea Tuesdays | 1:00 – 2:00 PM (Starting September 5)
What should be one of the happiest times of your life is a struggle instead and while other mothers seem in control, you feel like you’re falling apart. For one in six women, the adjustment to motherhood is difficult and many suffer from crippling depression, anxiety, doubt or guilt. If this describes you, you’ve come to the right place. We understand. We can help. Our weekly support group is led by trained facilitators and provides a safe place for mothers to connect with other mothers in a similar situation and receive valuable information and emotional support. Coming September 2017.
COOKING IN CANADA
Downtown Wednesdays | 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Are you tired of cooking the same thing over and over? Learn a wide diversity of cooking styles from the Pacific coast to the Atlantic shorelines of Canada as well as recipes from all over the globe. Join us to learn quick, healthy recipes that the entire family will love!
DROP-IN CAR SEAT INSPECTIONS Parents
Downtown Tuesdays | 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM | Timberlea Tuesdays | 1:00 – 2:00 PM
INFANT MASSAGE Ages 0 – 1 year
Timberlea Wednesdays | 10:00 – 11:00 AM
Massage is a wonderful way to promote bonding between you and your baby! Learn how to massage your baby to promote better sleep, digestion, cognitive and gross motor development.
YOGA FOR KIDS Ages 3 – 6 years
Downtown Fridays | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Yoga helps children build concentration, mindfulness, body awareness, and positive self-image. Parents and children have tons of fun interacting during the hour of movement, story time, games, songs, poses and more. Pre-registration is required.
DROP-IN PLAY Ages 0 – 6 years
Interact with your child through a variety of play-based learning opportunities, meet new friends and build your support network!
PURPOSEFUL PLAY Ages 1 – 2 years or 2 – 3 years
Downtown Mondays | 1:30 – 2:30 PM (For ages 2 – 3) | Timberlea Mondays | 10:00 – 11:00 AM (For ages 1 – 2)
Downtown/Timberlea Saturdays | 10:00 – 11:00 AM
Each session is packed with activities build around the five main developmental areas to help prepare for school.
PRE-SCHOOL PLAY Ages 3 – 6 years
Downtown Fridays | 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Burn off some energy through unstructured gross motor play!
SCIENCE & SENSORY Ages 2 – 4 years
Downtown Wednesdays | 2:00 – 3:00 PM | Timberlea Fridays | 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Experiment with all five senses to develop general knowledge and thinking skills!
LITTLE CHEFS Ages 2 – 6 years
Timberlea Thursdays | 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Bring out your inner chef! Build your child’s knowledge of kitchen safety, turn-taking, literacy, nutrition, fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Every week we learn creative new recipes that they can help make and bake! Pre-registration required.
BABY BEETHOVEN'S Ages 1.5 – 2.5 years
Downtown Mondays | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Get ready to move it and groove it to music as your little one learns how to communicate and develops language skills by singing along and playing with instruments.
DOODLING DA VINCI'S Ages 1.5 – 2.5 years
Timberlea Tuesdays | 10:00 – 11:00 AM
Help your child develop their imagination, communication, hand-eye coordination, social competence and cognitive skills by creating unstructured art using a variety of mediums.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS Ages 3 – 6 years
Timberlea Wednesdays | 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Foster a love of music in your child as they develop cognitive and language skills, social-emotional development, creativity, and gross motor skills.
LITTLE ARTISTS Ages 3 – 6 years
Downtown Thursdays | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Your child’s individual craftsmanship will be enhanced through free play and creativity by working on unstructured art with the aim of developing their imagination, communication, hand-eye coordination, social competence, and cognitive development.
COMMUNICATION & LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT
CONNECT WITH ME Ages 0 – 1 year
Downtown Thursdays | 1:30 – 2:30 PM
Strengthen the parent-child relationship through love, language and learning activities, combining hands-on activities, parent reflection and discussion.
BABY SIGN LANGUAGE Ages 6 months – 2 years
Downtown/Timberlea Saturdays | 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Baby Sign Language helps babies to communicate what they need and want without frustrations. Join us for songs, signs, and fun activities!
LITTLE ME, BIG FEELINGS Ages 2 – 4 years
Timberlea Mondays | 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Learn how to manage anger, anxiety and worry while using manners, patience and mindfulness to put feelings into words. Children and their families are provided with the tools to process emotional challenges and discover how to communicate with greater self-awareness.
READY, SET, LEARN Ages 3 – 6 years
Downtown Tuesdays | 1:30 – 2:30 PM | Timberlea Fridays | 10:00 – 11:00 AM
Join us for fairy tales while practicing language, numeracy, fine motor skills and attentive listening.