FAMILY DROP IN PROGRAMS
Drop in programs are parent participation, are no cost, and do not require pre-registration. Our play and early learning programming for your little ones 0-5yrs is planned by our insightful and creative Early Childhood Educators. Enjoy a chance to connect with other families and chat with our staff. Whether you just need someone to chat with or if you are needing any extra support; our Family Support Workers are available to help you access the resources your family needs to thrive! Join us at two indoor drop in locations: The Qayqayt Neighbourhood Learning Center and Eighth + Eight Gym.
Regular drop ins are between 2-3 hours. This is an open time with continuous programming opportunities; come and go whenever is convenient for you. There is no registration required and you do not need to line up or arrive at a certain time, although you will sign in on arrival. We enjoy a relaxed circle time during drop ins for a chance to all come together in a shared song or activity. Note that the Baby Rhythm and Rhyme 1 hour drop in is more focused in activities.
Please do not attend if you or your child is feeling unwell.
How can you find us ?
Our Eighth + Eight Gym (formerly known as the Massey )drop in is located inside the Eight @ Eighth building which houses the Massey Theatre. For stroller access, walk down the main hall and the corridor to the right to find us in the Gym. Parking is located on the east side of the building between the Massey and the Moody Park arena with a side entrance with stairs.
Our QayQayt Neighbourhood Learning Center drop in is located inside the QayQayt Elementary School. Enter through the glass double doors at the back of the school (not at the front, please), just past the playground. Ring the doorbell to the left of the door for entry. Free street parking is available and bus stops are nearby.
What if I have a question or need help?
If you need help accessing the activities, have questions or need first aid just approach any staff member wearing a yellow nametag.
What should you bring?
Come prepared for fun and mess! Clothes that can get dirty and are comfortable for movement are best. Snacks are welcome out of the play zone, but avoid nuts as some children have allergies.
Family Place is here for all families!
It is so important to us that all of our families feel safe and comfortable while attending our programs. Every Family Place program, no matter the location, upholds and celebrates diversity – a space where all attendees always feel welcome. This includes members of the LGBTQ+ community, and folks of all religious, racial, or socioeconomic backgrounds. If you, or someone you know, feels changes should be made to make New West Family Place a more welcoming space, please never hesitate to reach out.