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.

The 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.

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

Summer Programs

Posted in Youth Programs, Children's & Family Programs

Summer programs for all ages

Summer Programs

 "If you’re having a bad day you can come here and you feel way better, you can talk to people and you can forget about your day. It’s an amazing program." ~ A Kids Summer Fun Program Participant

Summer programs for all ages run at SOS from July 2 - Aug 30, 2019.

Some require pre-registration and others are drop-in.

Please click here to have a look at our Summer Programs guide.

For more information please call 250-248-2093 in Parksville

Or 250-752-2040 for programs in Qualicum Beach.

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 tutoring services to students who need extra support to achieve success in the classroom. We help you make sense of those numbers, letters, equations and paragraphs.

Mondays through Thursdays during the school year

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm or 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

To register for this program, please call 250-248-2093 ext. 232.
The program takes place at 245 West Hirst Ave, Parksville.
For more information call or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Family Night

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Fun for the whole family!

Family Night

SOS offers Family Night programs in Parksville and Qualicum Beach.The programs offer a fun place for families to connect with each other while enjoying a nutritious meal and quality family time. We provide:

  • Activities, crafts and field trips 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!

Pre-registration is required for this program. It takes place:

Wednesdays in Parksville, 4:30 pm- 7 pm 

Tuesdays in Qualicum Beach, 4:30 pm-7 pm 

Call 250-248-2093 ext 249 to register in Parksville, and 250-752-2040 ext 201 to register in Qualicum Beach. 

The programs take place at the SOS Community Services Centres in Parksville, at 245 West Hirst Ave, and in Qualicum Beach, at 744 Primrose St. 

For more information on the Parksville program call 250-248-2093 ext 249 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information on the Qualicum Beach program call 250-752-2040 ext. 201  or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

TIC TAC

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Time In Comfort for Tots And Caregivers

TIC TAC

This program is open to any family caregiver of children (infant to five years old). Take a break with other adults or join staff and volunteers in fun activities and adventures with the children.

We provide:

  • crafts, games and other activities;
  • healthy snacks;
  • a safe and supportive environment.

TIC TAC participants can enjoy a coffee bar, guest speakers, arts and crafts and much more!

Drop-in Tuesdays & Fridays in Parksville 9 am – 11 am

Drop-in Mondays in Qualicum Beach 9 am- 11am

To register for this program, please call 250-248-2093 ext. 249.

The program takes place at 245 West Hirst Ave, Parksville.
For more information call or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To register for this program, please call 250-752-2040 ext. 201
The program takes place at 744 Primrose Street, Qualicum Beach.
For more information call or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

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 programs and camps.  

To register for this program, please call 250-248-2093 ext. 241.
The program takes place at 245 West Hirst Ave, Parksville.
For more information call or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kids Movement for girls

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For girls in Grades 4, 5 & 6

Kids Movement for girls

Kids Movement: Play, Express & Grow is for girls in grades 4, 5 and 6. Join us for fun activities that inspire confidence and ahealthy self-image.  Participants in the program:

  • make new friends;
  • interact while playing games and doing crafts
  • express themselves with creative activities.

Healthy snacks are provided.

Pre-registration is required.

Mondays in Parksville, 3 pm-5:30 pm at SOS Community Services Centre, 245 West Hirst Ave.
Thursdays in Qualicum Beach, 3 pm-5:30 pm at SOS Community Services Centre at Qualicum Commons, 744 Primrose St.

Transportation available from all District 69 schools to SOS in Parksville or Qualicum Beach during the school year.  

Kids Summer Fun replaces the program for the summer months (and includes both boys and girls).

To register for the Parksville program, please call 250-248-2093 ext. 249.
The program takes place at 245 West Hirst Ave, Parksville. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info.

To register for the Qualicum program please call 250-752-2040 ext. 201. The program takes place at 744 Primrose Street, Qualicum Beach. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info.

Preschoolers on the Move!

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Join in the fun with your little one!

Preschoolers on the Move!

Music, movement and imaginative games are designed to develop large motor skills and self-esteem in this parent participation program.

Drop-in to this program Wednesdays from 9-11 am in Qualicum Beach, in the gymnasium at Qualicum Commons (former Qualicum Beach Elementary School).

During the Summer months, Preschoolers can take part in Storybook Village outside at Qualicum Commons. 

To register for this program, please call 250-752-2040 ext. 201
The program takes place at 744 Primrose Street, Qualicum Beach.
For more information call or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kids Movement for boys

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For BOYS in Grades 4, 5 & 6

Kids Movement 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:

  • cool games;
  • a chance to meet new friends;
  • awesome activities just for guys.

Healthy snacks are provided.

Pre-registration is required.

Mondays in Parksville, 3 pm-5:30 pm at SOS Community Services Centre, 245 West Hirst Ave.
Thursdays in Qualicum Beach, 3 pm-5:30 pm at SOS Community Services Centre at Qualicum Commons, 744 Primrose St.

Transportation available from all District 69 schools to SOS in Parksville or Qualicum Beach during the school year.  

Kids Summer Fun replaces the program for the summer months (and includes both boys and girls).

To register for the Parksville program, please call 250-248-2093 ext. 249.
The program takes place at 245 West Hirst Ave, Parksville.
For more information call or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To register for the Qualicum program, please call 250-752-2040 ext. 201
The program takes place at 744 Primrose Street, Qualicum Beach.
For more information call or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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