When I became a stay-at-home mom, there was no momstown in Victoria of course, so for community and connection I relied upon the many free and low-cost drop-in programs being offered by local service providers and businesses. At the time, there was no single resource that gathered all the program information into one place, which is why I created The Victoria Stroller calendar and blog. The Playtime Calendar had over one hundred listings including parent and tot playgroups, kindergyms, storytimes, stroller walks, health talks, Strongstarts, baby-friendly movies and free kids' events. Program providers included community centres, rec centres, neighbourhood houses, libraries, school districts, public health units, parks, cinemas, malls, bookstores, coffeeshops and more across 13 municipalities in the Capital Region.
momstown Victoria is thrilled to be featuring this valuable community resource on its blog as the momstown Victoria Playtime Calendar. The calendar is a free community resource that strives to list all the free and low-cost early childhood drop-ins (ages 0 to 6) in Greater Victoria. Families can find great things to do with young children on any given day, at any given time, from Sidney to Sooke. Awesome for reducing barriers and increasing access to early childhood programming, supporting moms (and dads) and building community - it's what momstown is all about!
It is a BIG job to maintain, so a great BIG thank you to our volunteer and momstown member, Jessica Liu!