Weekly Programs

This list is focussed on the many drop-in programs available for free (or under $5) in East Vancouver, which is where I live. There are many more in Vancouver, so this list is a work in progress. Please comment if you have suggestions for other programs that would be good to include.

Note: Many of the community centres also have classes for kids under 5 that look great, which either cost more than $5 / class or require an initial purchase of 10 classes. Please see their program guides for details. Click on the logo to reach the website for each centre.


Vancouver Public Library

  • There are too many amazing programs to list here. Please see the Library Programs page. All programs are free!

Click for websiteMount Pleasant Family Centre

St. George & E 13th Ave. (map)

  • Family Drop-In: Mon – Thurs from 9.30 – 11.30am or 1 – 3pm.
    • Includes: Couches for socializing with other parents, toys, climber, art tables, books, snack and circle time. (Bring a healthy snack to share, free with year-long membership of $25)

PictureMount Pleasant Neighbourhood House

East Broadway & Prince Albert St. (map)

  • Family Drop-In: Wed & Fri 9:30 – 11:30
    • Includes: Toys, art table, books, snack and circle time (Bring a healthy snack to share, free with year-long membership of $5)

PictureEastside Family Place

Commercial Dr. & William St. (map)

  • Family Drop-In:Mon – Fri 9:00am – 12:00 / Tues, Thurs 1:00 – 3:00pm
    • Includes: Toys, art table, climber, books, snack, circle time (Bring a healthy snack to share, $1.50/person(including child) or $1.00/person with year-long membership of $20)
  • Toddler Rhythm and Rhyme:Sat 10:00 – 11:30am
    • Registration Required, free with membership

PictureFrog Hollow Neighbourhood House

Renfrew St. and 5th Ave. (map)

  • Family Drop-In:Tues, Wed, Thurs 9:30 – 11:30am
    • Includes: Toys, arts and crafts, snack, circle time. (Bring a healthy snack to share, free)

Little Mountain Neighbourhood House

Main St. and 24th Ave. (map)

  • Family Drop-In: Thursdays and Saturdays, 10:00am-12:00pm
    • Includes: songs, games, arts and crafts, toys (more details TBA), Free

PictureKiwassa Neighbourhood House

Nanaimo St. & Oxford St. (map)

  • Family Drop-in: Tues – Fri 9:30 – 12:30pm / Sat 10:30 – 1:00pm
    • (more details TBA) Free

PictureCedar Cottage Neighbourhood House

Victoria Dr. & 25th Ave (map)

  • Family Drop-In:Sat
    • (more details TBA) Free

PictureBrittania Community Centre

Commercial Dr. & Napier St. (map)

  • Kindergym:Tues, Wed, Thurs 11:00 – 12:30 / Sat 10 – 12pm
    • Includes: Mats and indoor playground equipment for kids 1 – 5yrs, $2.50 drop-in ($2.00 each for a set of 10 tickets)
  • Parent & Tot Skate – Thurs 11:00 – 11:45am, free
  • Parent & Tot Swim– Sun 10:00 – 10:55am $4.99 drop-in if you buy 10 tickets ($6.00  one time drop-in / one adult or family, $3 membership)
    • Or come to the free public swim on Tues/Thurs 3:00 – 4:55

PictureMount Pleasant Community Centre

Kingsway & 7th Ave. (map)

  • Parent and Tot Drop-in Gym: Mon to Sat 10:15am – 12:15pm
    • Includes: Many toys, push cars, climbers, gymnastics / sports equipment, slides etc for kids up to 5 years, $2.75 per child (adults are free) or $2.50 each for a set of 10
  • Drop-in Music with Jennifer: Thursdays 10:00 – 11:00am
    • Includes: Jennifer sings with her guitar while the kids accompany her with many musical instruments. (Read my review) $4.00 drop-in
More Drop-In programs available with fees around $10.00 / session. See more information in the program guide.

PictureTrout Lake Community Centre

Victoria Dr. & 19th (map)

  • Parent and Tot Drop-in Gym:Mon – Fri 10:00 – 12:00pm
    • Includes: Push cars, climbers, gymnastics / sports equipment, etc for kids up to 5 years, $3.00 drop-in with one child or $5.00 / family
  • Family Games: Sun 2:00 – 4:00pm
    • Ping pong, board games and pool (for if you have older kids or nursing babies that let you play), Free
  • Low-Cost Skate: Fri 1:30 – 3:15pm and Tues 3:30 – 4:45pm, $3.00 drop-in(50% off regular price)
  • (Or come to the Parent & Preschooler Skate: Wed, Fri 11:45am – 1:15pm, $6.00 drop-in / one adult or family)
More Drop-In programs available for Art, Music and Dance with fees ranging from $7.00 – $10.00 / session. See more information in the program guide.
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