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:
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:
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:
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 October 12, 2017 10-11 am
Monday November 13, 2017 10-11 am (Remembrance Day Holiday)
Wednesday November 29, 2017 10-11 am
Thursday December 14, 2017 10-11 am
Monday January 15, 2018 10-11 am
Monday February 12, 2018 10-11 am (Family Day)
Wednesday March 7, 2018 10-11 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
Drop-in Fee payable to Kym as you enter the field.