We believe healthy families make communities thrive, and Thrive Family Programs reflect our commitment to supporting parents through the joys and challenges that each new day can bring. We know that thriving is not an end point or a single destination. It’s an ongoing journey of growth. We are dedicated to meeting local families where they are presently and providing the resources they need to thrive.
We are open, operational, and providing support and services across our North Shore communities – virtually. The health and safety of our staff, clients, volunteers, and broader community is our top priority. In response to government recommendations and direction from health officials relative to COVID-19, Family Services of the North Shore has adapted support and program delivery from in-person to virtual.
We can help through:
Thrive Family Centres
Our Thrive Family Centres offer free, drop-in programs where you can play, learn, and connect with your children from birth to six years of age. Enjoy child-led play, crafts, songs, and stories while interacting with other parents, grandparents, and caregivers. Our experienced staff provide support, resources, and referrals to give you the help you need to ensure your child has a healthy start in life. Visit us today.
Thrive Family Centres are located at:
*Please note that our three Thrive Family Centres are temporarily closed due to COVID-19. Many of our programs have adapted to virtual delivery. Please review details below, and for a complete listing of all Thrive Family Programs now being offered virtually, click here.
Thrive Parent Child Mother Goose
An engaging group experience, where you and your young children can share rhymes, stories, and songs designed to foster parent-child connections and positive early experiences with language and music.
We are now offering Parent Child Mother Goose virtually, for infants on Mondays, 10:30 – 11:15am, and for toddlers on Thursdays, 10:15 – 11am. To participate in this popular program, click here to download registration form. Once you’ve completed the registration form, please return to as an electronic document or as an image to email@example.com, with Infant PCMG or Toddler PCMG in the subject line.
Thrive Breastfeeding and Postpartum Support
Drop in for social connection, information, consultation, and support in an empowering atmosphere. Our Breastfeeding and Postpartum Support group is facilitated by a board-certified lactation consultant and on-site counsellor. If you are a new parent looking for this kind of support, please join us virtually. Click here to download a registration form for our virtual support group. Once you’ve completed the registration form, please return to as an electronic document or as an image to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thrive Parent Support Group
A weekly free drop-in group for North Shore parents and caregivers with children from birth to six years old. Connect with other parents for conversation and support in a professionally facilitated group setting. Click here for detailed information including date and time. The Parent Support Group is currently taking place virtually. Please click here to download a registration form for our virtual support group. Once you’ve completed the registration form, please return to as an electronic document or as an image to email@example.com
Parent Coffee Connect *NEW*
Thrive facilitators, Carol and Marlene, will lead a free weekly drop-in group for North Shore parents and caregivers with children from birth to six years old, on Wednesday mornings 10:00 – 11:30 via Zoom. We’ll share parenting tips and, together, create a safe and comfortable space to talk about the day to day challenges, highlights and adventures of parenting (and the added challenges of Parenting during COVID-19). To participate, click here to download a registration form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org as an electronic document or image.
Thrive Pancakes and Play for Dads
Dads/male caregivers are always welcome at all Thrive programs, but we know sometimes dads need different support and can benefit from connecting with each other. If you are a dad with young children living on the North Shore, please drop in to Pancakes and Play to learn, play, and connect with your children and other dads or male caregivers – free pancakes included! Our staff offer support, resources, and referrals to give you the help you need to ensure your child has a healthy start in life. Due to COVID-19 our Maplewood location is temporarily closed, Thrive Pancakes and Play for Dads will resume once we reopen.
Thrive Maplewood clothing and toy exchange
You and your family are welcome to take what you need and are able to use. We accept donations of clean toys, books, and clothing for children from birth to age six, as well as maternity clothes. Please note that we are not currently accepting donations, as our Maplewood location is temporarily closed due to COVID-19.
All North Shore parents can attend Thrive programming at no cost – regardless of your social or financial circumstances, thanks to our generous funders and donors. Thrive Family Programs are funded in part by the Government of Canada, Province of British Columbia, United Way of the Lower Mainland, City of North Vancouver, District of North Vancouver, District of West Vancouver, and in-kind donation by Lonsdale Quay Market.