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Welcome to the May Tri-City Family Place newsletter!
A new way to stay in touch with what's going on at Family Place.

To read this newsletter on the web click here.


Don't be shy! Please send your ideas on what would be best to include for you and your family to our email and many thanks to all of you who have contributed so far!

Family Place Opening Hours         
Victoria Hall (3435 Victoria Drive, Coquitlam - click here for a map)  hours of 9am to 1.o0pm .

Manning Street (2062 Manning Avenue, Port Coquitlam - click here for a map) is open 9.30am - 1pm open hours Tuesday to Friday (note: closed on Mondays).

for monthly, half yearly and annual rates please click here for details

Currently at Family Place

Diary pages
click to see what's on at Family Place in March at Manning  and Victoria Hall
(scroll right down for the Manning calendar)

New Drop-in Programs
Family Place is pleased to offer two new drop-in programs for families.

Manning Street will be hosting a Saturday morning Drop-in between 9.30am and 12 noon. Breakfast items will be available and once a month families will be able to prepare a breakfast together.

These drop-in play times are primarily aimed at families with children 0 - 6 years old, but older siblings up to 8 years old may be welcome.


News and Events

Victoria Day holiday
Don't forget - we'll be closed for the Queen's birthday! ..... and then there's a district ProD day for schools on the Tuesday.

Snack Foods Needed!
Healthy snack foods are needed in our kitchens e.g. cheese, veggies, fruit, whole grain "snacking" cereals for finger foods, all gratefully received. Thank you to all parents who donate. Please see the notice boards in either kitchen area for the latest needs and wants!

May Stuff

If you're starting to think about summer activities and camps then here's a suggestion emailed in by a reader (thanks Rob). Sportball is a non-competitive sports program for children 16m to 8 years old. Check out their programs and FAQ here.

Baby and Me Hiking Programs
Hikes are designed for new parents and their babies. Expectant mums are welcome but should be seasoned hikers already. Hikes last for at least 90 minutes and take place rain or shine. They are not stroller suitable and so parents should be comfortable carrying their child appropriately.
Minnekhada and Belcarra hikes take place on Thursdays, starting April 8th and running to June 10th.  Hikes start at 10.30am. Kanaka Creek hikes take place on Wednesdays. Please phone Metro Vancouver Regional Parks on 604-432-6359 to register or for further information. Cost = $10 for 10 hikes!

Some Other Ideas to fill your inbox ......
There are a number of locally-run email news services for mums and families in the Lower Mainland. Most of them are oriented toward families with very young children, pre-kindergarten and babies, and so have tips on fussy eaters, cloth diapering and early music programs etc. Most do now have very detailed event listings, some even coming out with a timely "What To Do" email arriving before the weekend starts.
Check out some of these (personally tested by your dedicated editor) providers listed below;
Simply search for your city/location which best suits you and sign up for their email service. No more weekend dilemmas!


Fit Tip: Did you know .........?
that all Port Coquitlam monthly fitness passes include an hour of free childminding per day? Childminding is available Mon-Fri 9.15-11.45am and then 5.45-8.15 Tues-Thurs!

Shop'n'stroll classes are held in Coquitlam and Maple Ridge (see schedule) for a fun mall-based fitness class for stroller pushers.

Other childminding and fitness packages were detailed in the September 2008 newsletter.

Resource Links

Tri-City Men's Resource Centre
TCMRC is available to all Dads, regardless of age or circumstances.  For more details, please visit the website: and stay tuned for the Dads Make a Difference program restarting. TCMRC is also fundraising for new premises - see their website for details.

Tri-Cities Freecycle™ Network
where one person's trash is another's treasure! Our goal is to reduce waste by connecting people who are throwing away unwanted items with others seeking the same items (and have a little fun in the process). No item is too big or too small; but since this is a FREEcycle list, ALL items must be 100% freely offered -- no money, no trading or barter, and no strings attached. Our group covers Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody and area. To learn more about us, please visit our website.


Where Else To Play

Jungle Gym Time for the Port Moody Rec Centre

Mon, Thurs, Friday       10.30am - 12.30pm
Tuesday                             12pm - 1pm
Wednesday                       11.45am  - 1.45pm
Saturday                           1pm - 3pm
Sunday                              9.30 - 11.30am
Ages:       newborn to 5 years
Cost:        $2.50 per child
Parental supervision required at all times.

Circle of Friends (YMCA)
runs play programs in Port Coquitlam at Central Elementary (2260 Central Ave,  604-931-3400 on Monday, Tuesday and Friday mornings 9-12 noon, and Wednesday afternoon 1-3.30pm) and James Park Elementary (1761 Westminster Avenue on Tuesday and Thursday mornings 9-12 noon) email for details.

StrongStart Programs
StrongStart programs are free drop-in play programs run by the school district and are available at a number of elementary schools in the area. Click on the red stars on this map to get information, including travel and opening times, about each 

Library Storytimes
Port Moody library at 100 Newport Drive

Port Coquitlam (Terry Fox Library at 2470 Mary Hill Road) has drop-in storytimes. All ages are welcome. For further information call 604-927-7999.

Coquitlam Libraries - at the Poirier and Central branches

Disclaimer: please note that details of outside events, facilities, play centres, etc. are provided for your information only. Inclusion of these details does not indicate endorsement by TCFP nor does it indicate suitability for your particular family needs. Parents are responsible for ensuring that the facilities and links given are appropriate for their own child/children's needs.