have something to look forward to, every week
I understand first hand how daunting it is to become a parent. I believe in the power of connecting with other like-minded people new to parenting, to chat over coffee to celebrate and commiserate together over the highs and lows of new parenthood. When I became a mother for the first time I started a weekly meet-up group. We'd meet for coffee and walks and eventually playdates and more coffee. Seven years later I am still close friends with the people I met during my first pregnancy, and our children are close friends too. Having something to look forward to every week made all the difference for me.
walk & talks
Interested in meeting other new parents? Join me for a walk (rain or shine) on the first Friday of the month at 9:00 AM. There is no fee for this activity. I want to help you grow your community so you can thrive as parents. Sign up for our weekly meet-ups and I'll shoot you the details. Once you've hit it off, you can set your own, weekly meet ups.
local parent & baby groups & activities
Victoria's Best Babies | Fernwood Community Centre | Free
Post-natal discussion groups run Wednesdays 11:30 am – 1:30 pm Discussions led by various members of the staff and the community. Public Health Nurse, Dietitian, Program Coordinator, and Response Worker available for support.
Postnatal Groups | Mothering Touch | $2
Facilitated by moms, doulas and breastfeeding educators
New Babies (birth to 4 months) Tuesdays 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Older Babies (4-9 months) Wednesdays 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Parent & Child Music Program | Music Together $120+
A community of families sharing songs, instrument play, rhythm chants, and movement activities in a relaxed, playful, non-performance-oriented setting over the course of 6 weeks.
Baby Time | Oak Bay Library | Free
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.
Family Drop Ins | Fairfield Gonzales Community Association | $2
Kindergym (walking-5 yrs) | Mondays
Parent & Tot Playgroup (birth-5 yrs) | Tuesdays & Thursdays
Morning Munchkins 6 mos-4yrs | Oak Bay Rec | $140, 12 wks
Little ones enjoy activities while adults get a chance to socialize.
If you have a preschooler at home and you're new to Victoria, a co-op preschool is a great way to meet families in your neighbourhood:
Find a preschool: Vancouver Island Cooperative Preschool Association