Parent + Child Activities

There are many fun, drop-in activities for parents with young kids in the Comox Valley. They’re great opportunities for little ones to get used to playing with others. They’re also great for parents to get to chat with other grown ups for a change!

 
 

Valley Dads

A night to celebrate time for children and their dads! Kids grab your dad, grandpa or male caregiver and join us each Wednesday of the month for Valley Dad’s

Get In Touch

Contact: Elisha Almeida
Phone: 250-338-9906
Email: valleyfamilies@cvllc.ca

 
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Canadian Tire Jumpstart

Financial assistance is available for Comox Valley children ages 4 – 18 years in eligible activities. For more information contact Canadian Tire Jumpstart or your local recreation centre.

 
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Valley Child “Pop-Up” Program

A “pop up” program provides an informal, welcoming environment for families and childcare providers with children from the age of 0-6.

The groups take place in different locations as either a one-time event or on a time-limited basis. Families do not need to register nor is there a cost to attend.

Some of the activities and resources available are:

  • simple art activities

  • books and story time

  • circle time activities such as songs, rhymes and basic movements

  • information on community resources

  • information on child development and behaviour issues

Get In Touch

Contact: Sandra
Phone: 250-338-4288, extension 239
Email: early.years2@cvcda.ca

 
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Parent & Tot Playtime

Join us Saturday mornings for free play and social interaction with others. Guided activities include parachute games, plasma cars, music and movement games. An adult must participate and is responsible for the supervision of their child(ren).

Get In Touch
Phone: 250-338-5371
Location: Lewis Centre, Meeting Room, 489 Old Island Highway, Courtenay (map)

 
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Early Years Indigenous Program

The Early Years Aboriginal Program provides support and networking for families. The program is designed to fill a gap for families to provide support and socialization, while incorporating traditional teachings and current parenting techniques. Suitable for children 0-4+ accompanied by their parents or other family/caregiver members who are an important part of the child’s life.

The program is open Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 am to 11:45 am (September to June) and includes a healthy snack. This program offers cultural facilitators, presentations and activities; designed to meet the needs of the child.

Transportation may be available if needed, and registration is on going.

Get In Touch

Phone: 250-465-9944
Email: eyap@uiwona.ca
Location: Courtenay Elementary School, 1540 McPhee Avenue, Courtenay (map)

 
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Little Cruisers

Bring your baby and drop in for education, support, and socializing with other adults. You’ll have free access to guest speakers, community resources, an information library, refreshments and more. Establish positive networks and develop the knowledge and skills to set up success for you and your little cruiser.

Suitable for 7-14 months with an adult.

$1/drop-in

Get In Touch

Contact: Sandra Allen
Phone: 250-338-5371
Location: Lewis Centre, Meeting Room, 489 Old Island Highway, Courtenay (map)

 
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1, 2, 3, Come Play With Me

Come play with hula hoops, bean bags, balls and more! This unstructured play program gives you and your littles ones a fun place for active play.

$1/drop-in

Phone: 250-338-5371
Location: Lewis Centre, Meeting Room, 489 Old Island Highway, Courtenay (map)

 
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Community Action Program for Children

This drop-in group is for families with children 2-5 years of age, but younger siblings, including babies, are also welcome! It is part of the Healthy Families program, offered through Comox Valley Family Services Association.

It is an opportunity for parents to:

  • connect with other parents and caregivers in a supportive, learning environment

  • learn more about children’s health, safety, nutrition, growth and development

  • access clothing sharing shelves & emergency food hampers

  • talk with community guest speakers while the children enjoy crafts, play and a variety of early learning activities

Transportation is available and a healthy lunch is always provided.

If you are attending this group for the first time, please contact the Healthy Families program to pre-register.

Get In Touch

Phone: 250-871-7577
Location: Courtenay Elementary, Multipurpose Room, 1540 McPhee Ave, Courtenay (map)

 
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Comox Valley Toy Library Society

The toy library is a place where families and caregivers can borrow toys.

What are the benefits to borrowing toys?

  • It saves money!

  • It’s a good way to see if your child likes a toy before buying it.

  • It helps cut down on clutter and storage issues.

  • It’s good for the environment.

  • It’s a chance to try different types of toys as your child grows.

  • It’s an excellent rainy day strategy (bringing out something “new” to play with!)

Does it cost anything to join the toy library?

Memberships to the Comox Library Toy Library Society are $20/year. That fee can be waived, though, if your income is low. You can ask about this when you register. (You may be asked to produce your most recent Canada Revenue Agency Notice of Assessment to verify eligibility or if your family has PLAY booklets from the Comox Valley Regional District Sports and Aquatic Centres, you can show these, instead.)

Get In Touch

Contact: Renee
Phone: 250—668-4562
Email: cvtoylibrary@gmail.com
Location: St. George’s United Church, 505 6th Street, Courtenay (map)

 
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Family Storytime at Cumberland Library

Drop-in for children of all ages accompanied by a caregiver. Songs, stories, rhymes and other fun!

Get In Touch

Phone: 250-336-8121
Email: cumberland@virl.bc.ca
Location: Cumberland Library, 2724 Dunsmuir Avenue, Cumberland (map)

 
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Friday’s Child

The program supports parents and families who face challenges with daily tasks as a result of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and other cognitive or behavioural difficulties. The program provides a safe environment for Aboriginal children and their families who face extraordinary challenges in ordinary situations.

Families participate in confidential talking circles and find support with our highly-trained staff and a supportive community. Transportation and a healthy lunch is provided. The program is free.

Phone: 250-465-2066
Email: fridayschild@shaw.ca
Location: Aboriginal Head Start, 956 Grieve Avenue, Courtenay (map)

 
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Hummingbirds Playgroup

This drop-in parent and child program is for families with children ages 0-6 on Mondays. It is a great opportunity to enjoy child-centered play through planned activities and free play with cultural components.

Parents can also find out more about parenting and family supports in the Comox Valley.

Get In Touch

Contact: Liz
Phone: 250-338-7793, extension 232
Location: Wachiay Friendship Centre, 1625 McPhee Avenue, Courtenay (map)

 
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KidSport Comox Valley

KidSport is a community-based sport funding program that provides grants for children under the age of 18 to participate in a sport season of their choice.

Grants are up to a maximum of $300. To print off an application, please visit the KidSport Comox Valley website. The completed application can be dropped off at Courtenay City Hall.

Get In Touch

Phone: 250-338-7714
Email: kidsportcomox@gmail.com

 
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Parent + Peanut

This drop-in group is for parents with children from 0 – 5 years of age.

Activities may include crafts, games, play stations, songs and stories – all in a friendly, supportive atmosphere at the Black Creek Community Centre.

Get In Touch

Contact: Ashley
Phone: 250-337-5190
Location: Black Creek Community Centre, 2001 Black Creek Road, Black Creek (map)

 
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Parent + Tot Gym

This drop-in at Cumberland Recreation Centre is an opportunity to come play (there are riding toys, balls, climbers and more), socialize and let your young ones burn off some energy in a warm, dry space.

Get In Touch

Phone: 250-336-2231
Location: Cumberland Recreation Centre, 2665 Dunsmuir Avenue, Cumberland (map)

 
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Parents + Tots

This weekly drop-in group is a chance to bring your children 0-5 years of age for crafts, play and a variety of early learning activities.

It is also an opportunity for you to meet with other parents for support and to learn about community resources.

Get In Touch

Contact: Chrystal
Phone: 250-702-3019
Location: Fanny Bay Hall, 7793 Island Highway, Fanny Bay (map)

 
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Mamacentric

For mothers and babies, this group focuses on self-care, postpartum adjustment and life after baby.

Our goals:

  • to increase knowledge of parenting issues

  • to provide opportunities for socialization and community building in Cumberland

  • to reduce distress, isolation and depression

  • to increase the mental and social wellbeing of the whole family

Siblings up to the age of 3 are also welcome. Tea and snack provided. Program offered by Cumberland Community Schools Society

Get In Touch

Contact: Selena
Phone: 250-336-8511, extension 76616
Email: ccss.coordinator@gmail.com

 
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Parents + Tots

This program is designed to give military families a place to meet other parents with young children under 5, share experiences and resources. It is a fun-filled morning of play, gym activities, circle time with songs and a story. Due to space limitations, the program can only accommodate parents with their dependant children.

Registration required, military only.

Get In Touch

Phone: 250-339-8211, extension 7232
Location: 19 Wing Family Centre, Multi-Purpose Room A, 1575 Military Row, Comox (map)

 
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Queneesh Family Literacy Outreach

This Family Literacy Outreach program is for parents with children between 0 to 5 years of age.

It involves the preparation and eating of a healthy lunch which is followed by small group learning circles for parents. Topics may include family and computer literacy, college / employment readiness and Essential Skills.

During this learning time, the children do Early Learning activities with qualified Early Childhood Educators.

The group wraps up with parent and child activities and circle time.

Get In Touch

Contact: Colleen Friendship
Email: colleen.friendship@sd71.bc.ca

 
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Stay + Play

This interactive parent-child support group is for families with children between 4 – 12 months of age. It is an opportunity for parents to:

  • connect with other parents and caregivers in a supportive, learning environment

  • learn more about children’s health, safety, nutrition, growth and development

  • access clothing sharing shelves & emergency food hampers

  • talk with community guest speakers while the children enjoy a variety of early learning activities

Transportation is available and a healthy lunch is always provided.

Get In Touch

Phone: 250-871-7577
Location: Comox Valley Family Services, 1415 Cliffe Ave, Courtenay (map)

 

Family Storytime at Comox Library

Drop-in for children of all ages accompanied by a caregiver. Songs, stories, rhymes and other fun!

Get In Touch

Phone: 250-339-2971
Email: comox@virl.bc.ca
Location: Comox Library, 101-1720 Beaufort Avenue, Comox (map)

 
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Family Storytime at Courtenay Library

Drop-in for children of all ages accompanied by a caregiver. Songs, stories, rhymes and other fun!

Get In Touch

Phone: 250-334-3369
Email: courtenay@virl.bc.ca
Location: Courtenay Library, 300 6th Street, Courtenay (map)

 
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StrongStart (School District #71)

This is a drop-in early learning program for children from newborn – 5 years of age, accompanied by their parent or caregiver.

Children, families and caregivers attending StrongStart centres can expect a play-based environment which includes circle time, art, snack and gym.

StrongStart centres are located in 7 Comox Valley elementary schools:

  • Cumberland Community School (map)

    • Facilitator: Pamela Tessmann

    • Contact: 250-336-8511

  • Puntledge Park Elementary (map)

    • Facilitator: Phylis Edgar

    • Contact: 250-334-4495

  • Queneesh Elementary (map)

    • Facilitator: Colleen Friendship

    • Contact: 250-334-4089

  • Aspen Park Elementary (map)

    • Facilitator: Phylis Edgar

    • Contact: 250-890-0944

  • Brooklyn Elementary (map)

    • Facilitator: Meghan Hunt

    • Contact: 250-339-2232

  • Courtenay Elementary (map)

    • Facilitator: Carlene Steeves

    • Contact: 250-338-5396

  • Royston Elementary (map)

    • Facilitator: Phylis Edgar

    • Contact: 250-334-2161

Please bring your child's birth certificate or passport when you come to your first Strong Start.

 
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Toddler Time

This interactive parent-child support group is for families with children 1 – 2 years of age. It is an opportunity for parents to:

  • connect with other parents and caregivers in a supportive, learning environment

  • learn more about children’s health, safety, nutrition, growth and development

  • access clothing sharing shelves & emergency food hampers

  • talk with community guest speakers while the children enjoy crafts, play and a variety of early learning activities

Transportation is available and a healthy lunch is always provided.

If you are attending this group for the first time, please contact the Healthy Families program to pre-register.

Get In Touch

Phone: 250-871-7577
Location: Courtenay Elementary, Multipurpose Room, 1540 McPhee Ave, Courtenay (map)

 

Waiting for the Bus

This Family Literacy Outreach program is for parents with children between 0 to 5 years of age.

The longer sessions (12:30 – 2:30) involve the preparation and eating of a healthy lunch. This is followed by small group learning circles for parents while the children do Early Learning activities with qualified Early Childhood Educators.

The group wraps up with parent and child activities and circle time.

Get In Touch

Contact: Colleen Friendship
Email: colleen.friendship@sd71.bc.ca
Location: Glacier View Learning Centre, 241 Beecher Drive, Courtenay (map)