PLAYGROUPS

If you are a parent with a new baby and you are feeling a little isolated or experiencing cabin fever and you would like to meet other parents in your neighbourhood than a playgroup is the answer. For fun and a break from your normal routine, you may want to join a community playgroup or start one of your own.

A playgroup is when parents/caregivers gather with their children once or twice a week to play together. The benefits of joining a playgroup for both the parent and the child are numerous:

    • meeting new friends
    • gaining new skills
    • sharing ideas
    • learn about sharing and co-operation
    • experience new activities

Each playgroup is different as it shapes itself to the meet the needs of its members and its community. Playgroups often meet in churches, schools or community centres or at members' homes. In warmer weather they may meet at parks or beaches.

 

Kelowna has quite a few community playgroups as well as privately organized playgroups. Most are offered for free. If there is a fee associated with a playgroup however we will advise you of the amount.

You will find information about community playgroups which are suitable for new parents following.

Parent & Child Program - Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings at Cameron House, 2339 Richter Street. A gentle introduction for young children (18 months+) and their parents/caregivers to a small group environment. A time for parents to share the joys of parenting and to strengthen the parent and child bond. Outdoor and indoor play, circle time with songs, rhymes and stories, shared snack, bread baking and simple crafts to celebrate the seasons. Cameron House operates as part of the Kelowna Waldorf School offering parent and child programs as an introduction to Waldorf education. For more info contact Heidi at 250-764-7544, leave a message at Kelowna Waldorf School 250-764-4130 or email CameronHouse@KelownaWaldorf.org.

Strong Start Program - a free drop-in early learning program for children aged 0-5 years who are accompanied by their parents or caregivers. The program is intended to fill a niche for children who are not attending childcare and are in the home with their parent or other caregivers. When you join them you may:

  • have some creative, interactive play time with your child
  • connect with other parents
  • access parenting information and support
  • find out more about resources in your community

Each program is facilitated by a Licensed Early Childhood Educator. For more information please call or visit any of the Centres. The Centres are open on a first come, first served basis on days that school is in session. All Programs run Monday - Friday 8:45 - 11:45 (except where noted below). Locations are as follows:

  • A.S Matherson School, 2090 Gordon Drive, Kelowna – Tel: 250-860-6430
  • Raymer School, 657 Raymer Ave, Kelowna – Tel: 778-478-9733
  • Pearson Road School, 700 Pearson Road, Rutland - Tel: 778-753-5788
  • South Rutland School, 200 Mallach Road, Rutland – Tel: 250-765-7785 ext. 275
  • Hudson Road School, 1221 Hudson Road, West Kelowna – Tel: 250-769-4666
  • Peachland School, 5486 Clements Cr, Peachland – Tel: 250-767-2686
  • George Pringle School, 3770 Elliot Rd, West Kelowna – Tel: 250-768-5146 Note program runs from 9:00am – Noon
  • George Elliot School 10241 Bottom Wood Lake Rd, Lake Country – Tel: 250-766-2734 Ext. 769     Note program runs                 from 8:15-11:15am

Mats ‘N Chats Parent/Child Gym Time - Mats 'N Chats is an opportunity for parents and caregivers to build relationships with each other and their children. Every Tuesday and Wednesday morning (October - mid June), there is a menagerie of gym equipment and mats for climbing, tumbling, sliding and moving for adults and children to enjoy together. Adults and children (from birth - Age 4) are encouraged to choose from one of these mornings from 9:00 am until 11:00 am. First Baptist Church is committed to connecting with families in our community for the purpose of building relationships, helping to build healthy families and guiding them in their spiritual journey.

Tiny Blessings - Wednesdays 12:30 - 2:30 pm. For new and expecting moms to build friendships and support. The community is welcomed to join with them at Willow Park Church at 439 Hwy 33. For more information, contact Tanya at 250-765-6622.

The Okanagan Boys & Girls Club puts on a number of great playgroups in Lake Country, Kelowna and West Kelowna. For an up-to-date list of their playgroups go to: www.boysandgirlsclubs.ca

If you know of a playgroup not listed above or would like to start a playgroup and have it added to this list please contact us. Or visit us on Facebook. This is another good way to organize playgroups.

INDOOR SOCCER PLAYDATES

The KNP.com Indoor Soccer Playdates run from September - April

Thursday September 18, 2014  10:00 am - 11:00 am
Monday September 29, 2014 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Thursday October 16, 2014 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Wednesday October 29, 2014 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Tuesday November 11, 2014 10:00 am - 11:00 am (Remembrance Day)
Friday November 28, 2014 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Thursday December 11, 2014 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Monday January 12, 2015 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Thursday January 29, 2015 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Monday February 9, 2015 10:00 am - 11:00 am (Family Day)
Wednesday February 25, 2015 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Friday March 6, 2015 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Monday March 30, 2015 10:00 am - 11:00 am.

 

Come on out and have fun playing soccer with your little ones at the CNC (Capital News Centre) indoor
soccer fields. Bring a ball for your little ones and indoor shoes.

Suitable for kids aged 0-4 years

Cost: $5/family
Drop-in Fee payable to Kym as you enter the field.

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