Children's & Family Programs

Children's & Family Programs

District 69 SOS provides a gathering place for early learners (infant to five years old) and adults, with high quality, FREE services and programs open to all members of the community, in a safe and supportive environment.

SOS encourages children and their family caregivers to play, learn and develop valuable life skills together, and provides programming to nurture self-esteem and develop the full potential of each child in our community.

"What an invaluable program the Kid's Movement for Girls program has been for my daughter. I can't say enough! It has presented so many enriching and diverse opportunities and experiences. As a single working mom, I am so incredibly grateful. I would have never been able to provide these opportunities for my daughter without the SOS and it amazing commitment to our local youth." 

Call 250-248-2093 ext. 239 for early learners program information/registration.

After School Education Assistance

Posted in Youth Programs, Children's & Family Programs

Grades 6 to 12

After School Education Assistance

Falling behind in Math or English? We offer professional, one-on-one tutoring services to students who need extra support to achieve success in the classroom. This program is offered to school-aged children currently enrolled in classes in School District 69.

Mondays through Thursdays during the school year

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm or 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

To register please contact:

  • Call: 250-248-2093 ext.242
  • Cellphone/Text: 250-954-9035
  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Family Night

Posted in Children's & Family Programs

Fun for the whole family!

Family Night

Family Night enables local families to enjoy quality time together while SOS serves dinner and provides entertainment such as arts and crafts, games, music and outings.

This program is for famililes of kids ages 0-8* years old and their parents/caregivers. *This is the recommended age due to the planned activities. The main idea is that children will be engaged.

We provide:

  • Activities and crafts designed for the whole family
  • A delicious dinner
  • A chance to form new friendships with families in your community
  • An opportunity to learn about community resources

We even take care of the dishes!

Parksville: Tuesdays - 5-7pm
SOS Community Services Centre  (245 West Hirst Ave.)

  • Parksville contact:
    • Phone:250-248-2093 ext.249
    • Cellphone/Text:250-228-4066
    • Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Qualicum: Wednesdays -  5-7pm
SOS Community Services Centre at Qualicum Commons (744 Primrose St.)

  • Qualicum contact:
    • Phone: 250-752-2040 ext.201
    • Cellphone/Text: 250-248-0997
    • Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • We are taking 3 families at a time for 3 consecutive weeks. Families will cycle through 3 weeks at a time. This way we can reconnect with our families and receive valuable feedback.
  • Meals will be served by staff/volunteers.
  • Families will be assigned a table and they will be at same table for the duration of 3 weeks for eating and activities.
  • We encourage families of 3 that are currently having playdates to be a “family bubble.” Otherwise, we will assign families together.
  • Limited physical contact from staff/volunteers so we ask parents/caregivers to be nearby their child(ren).

TIC TAC

Posted in Children's & Family Programs

Time In Comfort for Tots And Caregivers

TIC TAC

This program offers a welcoming and nurturing environment for children newborn to age 5 years old that have not entered kindergarten yet, and their parents/caregivers. 

Adults can take a break, refuel and recharge their energy while child(ren) can play with peers, building social and emotional skills through play and interacting with staff and volunteers to support their learning. 

We provide:

  • Fun activities for both children and adults.
  • Complimentary coffee and tea.
  • Muffins and fruit basket for parents/guardians.
  • Snacks for children to-go, including fruit, crackers and a yogurt tube.

Parksville: Tuesdays and Thursdays – 9-11am
SOS Community Services Centre (245 West Hirst Ave.)

  • Parksville contact:
    • Phone:250-248-2093 ext.249
    • Cellphone/Text:250-228-4066
    • Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Qualicum: Mondays and Wednesdays – 9-11am
SOS Community Services Centre at Qualicum Commons (744 Primrose St.)

  • Qualicum contact:
    • Phone: 250-752-2040 ext.201
    • Cellphone/Text: 250-248-0997
    • Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Pre-registration required. We can also take registrations over the phone or email to be put on waitlist.
  • We encourage families of 3 that are currently having playdates to be a “family bubble.” Otherwise, we will assign families together. Depending on number of children in a family, we may be able to accommodate 4 families.
  • Families pick one day and come for a total of 3 consecutive weeks in their “family bubble.” A new “family bubble” attends the program for the following 3 weeks, etc.  Limited spots available for a total of 10 participants, this includes parents with children.
  • Please note this program is not for paid caregivers.
  • Snacks for children will be given on their way out.
  • Limited physical contact from staff/volunteers so we ask parents/caregivers to be nearby their child(ren).

 

Recreation Assistance For Children and Youth

Posted in Youth Programs, Children's & Family Programs

Every child should have the chance to play

Recreation Assistance For Children and Youth

This program enables local children and youth to participate in recreational activities and camps that their families would otherwise be unable to afford. SOS assists with registration costs for children and youth (aged 0-18 years) in School District 69. We work in collaboration with KidSport and athletics4kids to ensure no child goes without the opportunity to participate in sports and recreational activities.   

To register for this program, please call 250-248-2093 ext. 241.
The program takes place at 245 West Hirst Ave, Parksville.
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Caring for Community at Christmas

Posted in Adult & Seniors Programs, Children's & Family Programs

One Community Sharing Christmas

Caring for Community at Christmas

The SOS Caring for Community at Christmas Program ensures our local children and youth have a magical Christmas, and that adults and seniors also experience some joy and dignity over the holidays.

With your help, we can ensure that when our local children and youth wake up on Christmas morning their faces will light up, because there will be a gift waiting for them under the tree. SOS collects enough new toys to fill its free Toy Shop where low income parents and caregivers can shop for free. With your help, all of our adults and seniors can choose their own food items to enjoy over the holidays. Together we’re ensuring they have a good meal to share. Together we’re helping create magic.

People can bring in monetary donations or new, unwrapped gifts to the SOS, year-round Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monetary donations help purchase grocery store gift cards for the families, individuals and seniors.

During the 2017 Christmas campaign, SOS assisted 1,146 adults and 1,248 children received gifts.

The SOS Toy Shop is often short on gifts for teens.Please click here for a list of ideas for teens and pre-teens.

Angel Trees

Starting up again in November, 2018, the Angel Tree program will be helping stock the SOS Toy Shop. Visit a local participating business in November and December and you’ll discover an SOS Angel Tree. The gifts listed on these Angels have been identified as “that one special gift” that a child or youth is hoping for. Purchase the gift listed on one of the Angel ornaments (or as close to it as possible), attach the Angel to your unwrapped gift and return it to the business location to ensure it is included in the gift distribution.*Check back here in November 2018 for a list of participating Angel Tree Businesses.

To Donate

Click on this link to make a donation with your credit card, or drop by either SOS location (245 West Hirst Avenue in Parksville or 744 Primrose St, Qualicum Beach) between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. New, unwrapped gifts are also gratefully accepted.

Registration

Registration to the SOS Christmas Program begins on November 14, 2018 and runs to early December. Adults must register in person at the SOS Community Services Centre in Parksville at 245 West Hirst Ave, between the hours of 9:30 am and 3:30 pm. Evening Registrations (5-7 pm) are available by appointment to individuals who work during the day. SOS will also accommodate working families for evening distribution through the Toy Shop.

Alternatively adults can register at the SOS Community Services Centre in Qualicum Beach at 744 Primrose St. on Wednesdays, Nov. 14, Nov. 21, Nov. 28 and Dec. 5, 2018 from 2 to 4 pm.

Registration will also take place in Qualicum Bay at the Lighthouse Community Centre at 240 Lions Way on Thursdays, Oct. 25, Nov. 29 and Dec. 13, 2018 from 10 am to 1 pm.
Please remember to bring:

(Click for examples)

Grocery Store Gift Card and Toy Distribution will take place in December at the SOS Community Services Centre in Parksville.

Volunteer

Would you like to volunteer for the Christmas program? There are a number of ways you can help, from  sorting toys, decorating, stocking the Toy Shop, taking registration, Christmas baking and more. The deadline to apply to be a Christmas volunteer in 2018 is in October. Please call 250-248-2093 ext. 230.

Community Events benefitting the program
  • Nov. 17, 2018, 12 pm - 1 pm: Equestrian Christmas Toy Ride. The Silver Spur Riding Club Hosts this event annually. Riders and their horses don Christmas attire and make their way from Ballenas Secondary School to SOS, collecting gifts along the way.
  • Nov. 28, 2018, 6:30 am - 10 am: Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive. This is the 10th Annual event. Brings a new, unwrapped toy or monetary donation and receive a free breakfast buffet. 
  • Dec. 9, 2018, 11 am - 4 pm: Community Food and Toy Fill Up at Save On Foods. Organized by On Line Electric Co. Ltd. and Robyn Gervais-Royal Lepage. Drop off new toys, gifts, monetary donations and non-perishable food. Benefitting SOS and the Salvation Army.
  • Dec. 15, 2018, 2- 3:30 pm. Todd Sjogren and Tony MacAulay Community Toy Drive & Free Skate at Oceanside Place Arena. Bring a new, unwrapped gift or monetary donation, and enjoy a free skate.
 

Please call 250-248-2093 ext. 229 to register for this program located at 245 West Hirst Ave, Parksville.

Kids Movement:Play, Express & Grow (for girls)

Posted in Children's & Family Programs

For girls in Grades 4, 5 & 6

Kids Movement:Play, Express & Grow (for girls)

Kids Movement: Play, Express & Grow is for girls in grades 4, 5 and 6. This program is full of fun activities that inspire confidence and a healthy self-image.  We offer:

  • An opportunity to make new friends
  • Interesting games and projects
  • A way to express yourself with creative activities
  • An opportunity to talk with trusted adults and receive support

Pop-Up dates:

Qualicum: Mondays - 3:30-5:30pm
SOS Community Services Centre, at Qualicum Commons. (744 Primrose Street)

  • Oct. 5, Oct. 26 and Nov. 16
  • Qualicum contact:
    • Phone: 250-752-2040 ext.201
    • Cellphone/Text: 250-248-0997
    • Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Parksville: Thursdays -  3:30-5:30pm
SOS Community Services Centre (245 West Hirst Ave)

  • 8, Oct. 29 and Nov. 19
  • Parksville contact:
      • Phone:250-248-2093 ext.249
      • Cellphone/Text:250-228-4066
      • Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Pre-registration is required.
  • No transportation available. Parents/Guardians to drop-off children.
  • No fieldtrips – all interaction at centre.
  • A healthy snack is provided.
  • Maximum capacity is 5 girls. Limited space available so please call/text/email ahead to reserve and confirm your child’s spot.

Kids Movement: Play Express & Grow (for boys)

Posted in Children's & Family Programs

For boys in Grades 4, 5 & 6

Kids Movement: Play Express & Grow  (for boys)

Kids Movement: Play, Express & Grow is for boys in grades 4, 5 and 6. This program includes activities that focus on building self-esteem, healthy relationships, and community awareness. Join us for:

  • Fun games
  • A chance to meet new friends
  • Awesome activities and projects 
  • An opportunity to talk with trusted adults and receive support

Pop-Up dates:

Qualicum: Mondays - 3:30-5:30pm
SOS Community Services Centre, at Qualicum Commons. (744 Primrose Street)

  • Oct. 5, Oct. 26 and Nov. 16
  • Qualicum contact:
    • Phone: 250-752-2040 ext.201
    • Cellphone/Text: 250-248-0997
    • Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Parksville: Thursdays - 3:30-5:30pm
SOS Community Services Centre (245 West Hirst Ave)

  • 8, Oct. 29 and Nov. 19
  • Parksville contact:
      • Phone:250-248-2093 ext.249
      • Cellphone/Text:250-228-4066
      • Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Pre-registration is required
  • No transportation available. Parents/Guardians to drop-off children.
  • No fieldtrips – all interaction at centre.
  • A healthy snack is provided.
  • Maximum capacity is 5 boys. Limited space available so please call/text/email ahead to reserve and confirm your child’s spot.

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