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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.

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Contact Thrive Family Programs at 604-986-9311 or email us.

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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 Centre Locations

Information for First Time Participants

For your first visit to Thrive Family Centres,  you will need to fill out a registration form when you arrive.   For your convenience you can download the form, fill it out and bring it with you.  To download the form, click here.

Thrive Family Centre Location Hours and Programs

Closure Reminder – Thrive Maplewood and Thrive West Vancouver locations will be closed for the day on Thursday, May 16th

Thrive Maplewood  

Thrive Maplewood Spring Program:
 – Monday to Thursday 9:30 – 11:30 am and Tuesday & Thursday 1:00 – 2:30 pm. 

To view the Thrive Maplewood calendar for May, click here

Thrive West Vancouver 

Thrive West Vancouver Spring Program:
– Monday – Friday, 9:30 – 11:30 am. 

To view the Thrive West Vancouver calendar for May, click here

All programs are first come-first served.  Programming is subject to change during this time, we suggest checking our website and Thrive Facebook page for the most up to date information.

Please see our Covid-19 Safety Protocols here.

Thrive Baby Mondays and Wednesdays

Baby Basics and Breastfeeding Support

Drop-in on Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30 – 11:30 am and 1 – 2:30 pm.

Drop-in on Thursdays 10:00 am – 12:00 pm City of North Vancouver Library 

Baby Basics and Breastfeeding Support Drop-in offers group, 1-1 breastfeeding support, and consultation by a certified Birth Doula and Family Support Counsellor. At Thrive Maplewood every Monday, they are available to answer questions, give information, share resources and offer emotional support about the triumphs and challenges about being a new parent and all things baby.

Topics include: latching,  benefits of breastfeeding, low milk supply, oversupply, breast engorgement, sleep, growth spurts, and postpartum depression.

Babynastics

Drop-in on Mondays and Wednesdays 1:00 – 2:30 pm

This is a dedicated time for you and your baby to meet other parents and caregivers who would like to socialize, have fun, and work on gross motor development all at the same time! Healthy snacks are provided.  For ages 0-18 months.

Thrive One-to-One Parent Support 

Additional parenting support is available on a one-to-one basis. Please contact us at 604-986-9311 to make an appointment with one of our parenting support counsellors who are available on Mondays and Thursdays.

Thrive Pancakes and Play for Dads and Male Caregivers

Sundays 9:30-11:30 am.   

Dads and male caregivers are always welcome at all Thrive Family Programs, but we know sometimes dads need different support and can benefit from connecting with each other. If you are a dad living on the North Shore with young children, please drop in to Pancakes and Play to learn, play, and connect with your children and other dads or male caregivers.

Alexa Hudson Exchange Room at Thrive Maplewood 

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 six, as well as maternity clothes. Please note that we are currently accepting donations of rain gear and winter outdoor clothing for children to ensure we all have what we need to play outside year-round. Please call Thrive Maplewood at 604-986-9311 if you would like to make an appointment outside of Thrive drop-in hours, to use the clothing and toy exchange.

Thrive Community Food Cupboard

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 call Thrive Maplewood at 604-986-9311 if you would like to make an appointment outside of Thrive drop-in Hours, to visit the Community Food Cupboard.

Thrive Parent-Child Mother Goose 

An engaging group experience where you and your young children share rhymes, stories, and songs designed to foster parent-child connections and positive early experiences with language and music.

City of North Vancouver Library SPRING Sessions:

  • Toddlers: Tuesdays, April 9  –  May 28, 9:45-10:45 am
  • Infants: Tuesdays, April 9  – May 28, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Please note that registration is now closed for the City of North Vancouver Library Spring Sessions.

West Vancouver Memorial Library SPRING Sessions:

  • Toddlers: Wednesdays, May 29 – July 31, 10:15am-11:15am
  • Infants: Wednesdays, May 29 – July 31, 11:30am-12:30pm. 

To register for the West Vancouver Memorial Library Spring Sessions click here 

Please do NOT use your phone to register. We recommend you use a laptop or computer. Using a mobile device limits the visibility of options to choose the class that you want.

Click here for our song book

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, City of North Vancouver, District of North Vancouver, and District of West Vancouver.

 

I found that I was quite fragile as a new parent, and the kindness and supportive environment I found at the Breastfeeding and Postpartum Support group were invaluable to my experience.– Participant