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.
See a full listing of our current virtual and outdoor programs, click here.
We can help through:
Thrive Family Centres
Our Thrive Family Centres offer free, 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.
Thrive Family Centres are located at:
- Maplewood (location closed for renovation, re-opening September 13, 2021)
- Lonsdale Quay Market (location closed due to Covid-19)
- West Vancouver Community Centre (location closed due to Covid-19)
Outdoor Programs at Thrive Family Centre Maplewood
Play, learn, and connect with your children.
Pre-registration is not required for this summer program. Drop in Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 9:30-11:30 starting July 6 and running through August 5, 2021. For more details click here.
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 as an electronic document or as an image to firstname.lastname@example.org, include Breastfeeding in the subject line.
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, please include Parent Support in the subject line.
Thrive One-to-One Parent Support
Additional parenting support is available on a one-to-one basis, and led by Kim, who is a family support navigator. Please contact her by phone at 6-4-988-5281, ext. 318.
Thrive Pancakes and Play for Dads and Male Caregivers
Due to COVID-19, this program is on pause. Dads and 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! While this program is on pause, we continue to be available to support families through one-to-one connections, online groups, and access to information and resources. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for support or access to resources.
Thrive Maplewood clothing and toy exchange
The clothing and toy exchange is temporarily closed due to building repairs. Once re-opened, you and your family are welcome to take what you need and are able to use. We accept donations of clean toys, diapers, toiletries, books, and clothing for children from birth to age sixteen, as well as maternity clothes. Please note that we are currently accepting donations, of rain gear and winter outdoor clothing for both adults and children to ensure we all have what we need to play outside year-round. Please email email@example.com with the subject line Exchange Room to book an appointment, once the building has re-opened.
Thrive Community Cupboard
The community cupboard is temporarily closed due to building repairs. Once re-opened, you and your family are welcome to take what you need and are able to use. We accept donations of canned fruit, healthy snacks, non-dairy shelf-able milks, tea and coffee. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line Food Cupboard to book an appointment, once the building has re-opened.
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. *Fall registration details coming soon.*
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.