baby programs

As a first-time older mom with a new baby, I’m having a hard time leaving my work days behind and filling my time without going too squirrelly.  It is a huge shift!  I feel like I’ve lost my job and have no idea how to do this new one.  I did some research online and put a call out to other moms to see what they fill their days with…this is the result. My primary focus was baby programs that are offered for babes 0-12 months. Some programs are free, some are drop in, some require registration for set classes.

Be sure to visit or contact any of the option below at the links provided for their latest schedule! (some programs stop during certain months, take breaks on holidays, etc)

Baby Programs & Classes

VICTORIA

Baby Time at the Greater Victoria Public Libraries
For babies 0-15 months and parent or caregiver. Learn songs, rhymes and finger plays to use with your baby every day. Drop-in; space is limited. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Community Connections: Island Health Nurse
Join in after Baby Time at the Greater Victoria Public Library to to learn about child development, nutrition, child care options and other parenting topics. Regular guest speakers include dietitians and nurses from Island Health and referral counsellors from Child Care Resource and Referral (CCRR). Drop-in; space is limited. Admission to drop-in programs is on a first-come, first-served basis.

StrongStart with School District #61
StrongStart BC is a free drop-in early learning program for all preschool-aged children.   Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver while attending the program.  These wonderful programs are conducted by qualified early childhood educators who lead a variety of learning activities designed to help children get ready for success in kindergarten.  “Parents and caregivers attending a StrongStart BC center can expect organized sessions like story time, play activities, and a healthy snack.”

Mother Goose & Muffins Drop In
Mother Goose promotes language development, social skills, and attachment.  Through joyful interaction in songs, rhymes and movement you will find tips to soothe and comfort your baby, and develop a network of friendships and support.  Includes a parenting discussion and topic each week related to early parenting, child development and parent self-care.

Kindergym at Victoria West Community Centre
A time for preschoolers and caregivers to play and learn together in a fun, positive environment. Caregiver participation is required. Come bounce on the Bouncy Castle, and Sing with Johanne at Circle Time! Suitable for ages 0-5yrs.

Drop In Programs at the James Bay Community Project
Toddler play and creative play groups and a $2 donation is appreciated.  Fun, creative activities are set up in our Family Centre including playdough, puzzles, drawing and our train track. Parents are invited to bring a contribution to our healthy snack. Some suggestions are: a piece of fruit, soft veggies, crackers or dried fruit. No nuts please. We also have a wonderful outdoor play area including ride-on toys, a climber and a sandbox.

Baby Groups at Mothering Touch
A chance to meet other new parents and discuss the challenges of parenting at various stages. Covering various topics with everyone welcome – moms, dads, grandparents, aunts, etc..

Baby Groups for Dads at Mothering Touch
Becoming a Dad has its own challenges, and we want to provide fathers with support specifically geared to them. Dads (and parents of any gender!) are also welcome in any of these classes!

Mommy & Baby Yoga Drop In at Mothering Touch
Discover safe sequences of postnatal poses that follow the body’s natural recovery process after childbirth. Classes include relaxation and discussion.

Baby Massage Drop In at Mothering Touch
Baby massage is for any age! In this class, you will learn the basics of baby massage to relax, soothe and bond with your baby as well as digestive/colic, teething and stretching techniques. Bring unscented lotion or natural oil and a blanket for your little one to rest on. Mats are provided.

Drop In Sing & Sign at Mothering Touch
Join us for Sing and Sign to learn and practice how to sign with your baby – enjoy fun games, songs and activities that incorporate signing and highlight your baby’s developmental skills. Also enjoy watching other families learning and playing along as well. This class is recommended for babies and toddlers from 6 months to 2 years old and older siblings are always welcome to join in!

Workout at the YMCA Downtown in Victoria with their Drop In Playcare for Ages 0-5 Years.
(Nut free room, all food consumed outside, except infant bottles). You must be a member of the Y, be no longer than 1.5hrs (per child per day) and must stay onsite. Due to ratio requirements infant (0 months-1 year) spaces are limited and are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Lil’ Dipper 1 Swim Classes at YMCA Downtown Victoria
An introduction to swimming skills for children ages 6 months – 3 years through activities, games and songs. Caregiver participation required, aged 16+. Please note, this program and all swim lessons are available for Y Classic or Premium members only.

Starfish Swim Classes at Oak Bay Recreation
Registration required with various sessions & classes. Baby must be 4 months to 12 months and be able to hold their head up. In this level babies and their caregivers work on getting wet, buoyancy and movement, front, back and vertical position in the water, and shallow water entries & exits.

Baby Bootcamp Class at Body Dynamics HQ 
A new mom’s window of free time to workout can be short. Now you can get in and get it done in 30 minutes with your baby. Our trainers will ensure you get an amazing and safe workout. Arrive as early as you like to warm-up and get in some cardio.

Music Together
At Oaklands Community Centre, Gordon Head Rec, Esquimalt Rec Centre or Oak Bay Rec. Mixed age classes (for children from birth to five and their adults!) provide developmentally appropriate and rich music experiences that support and respect the unique learning styles of young children. Through a combination of adult participation, improvisation, music immersion, and playful activities, your child’s natural music development is supported and nurtured – plus it’s 45 minutes of pure FUN every week!

SAANICH

Baby Time at the Greater Victoria Public Libraries
For babies 0-15 months and parent or caregiver. Learn songs, rhymes and fingerplays to use with your baby every day. Drop-in; space is limited. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Community Connections: Island Health Nurse
Join in after Baby Time at the Greater Victoria Public Library to learn about nutrition for your baby. Drop-in; space is limited. Admission to drop-in programs is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parent & Tot and Dad’s Drop-In at Saanich Neighbourhood Place
The drop-in programs offer young children and their caregivers a fun place to get together, play, learn, and connect with other families in the area. Suitable for children aged 0-5.

Stars & Strollers at Silvercity Victoria Cineplex
Hottest movies in a baby friendly environment. Choice of two new movies every week with lowered volume and dimmed lighting, change tables and bottle warmers, and stroller parking available in select theatres.

WESTERN COMMUNITIES

Baby Time at the Greater Victoria Public Libraries
For babies 0-15 months and parent or caregiver. Learn songs, rhymes and fingerplays to use with your baby every day. Drop-in; space is limited. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parent and Tot Drop-In Programs with Sooke Family Resource Society
An opportunity for your child’s socialization and exploration (birth to 6 years). Watch your child learn and grow. Structured play experiences, art, and circle time are all included in this program.

Workout at the YMCA Westhills in Langford with their Drop In Playcare for Ages 0-5 Years
(Nut free room, all food consumed outside, except infant bottles). You must be a member of the Y, be no longer than 1.5hrs (per child per day) and must stay onsite. Due to ratio requirements infant (0 months-1 year) spaces are limited and are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Kids Splash in Therapy Pool at the YMCA Westhills in Langford
Bring the little ones for some fun in our warm water therapy pool!

Lil’ Dipper 1 Swim Classes at YMCA Westhills in Langford
An introduction to swimming skills for children ages 6 months – 3 years through activities, games and songs. Caregiver participation required, aged 16+. his non-registered parent participation program includes Splasher and Bubbler levels.

Music Together
At Westshore Parks & Rec. Mixed age classes (for children from birth to five and their adults!) provide developmentally appropriate and rich music experiences that support and respect the unique learning styles of young children.  Through a combination of adult participation, improvisation, music immersion, and playful activities, your child’s natural music development is supported and nurtured – plus it’s 45 minutes of pure FUN every week!

 

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