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Important Numbers All in one place
Home & Retail Baby needs, clothing and more
10 Family Fun Festivals, day outings, museums and more
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14 Birthdays Party places, entertainers & birthday supplies
16 Education Preschools, independent schools and more
30 Summer Camps Day camps, residential camps and more
33 Family Health & Wellness Parenting support, community services and more
23 Classes & Programs Music, dance, sports and more
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important numbers Call 911 for Ambulance/Fire/ Police Emergency
Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868
The Crisis Centre www.YouthinBC.com
Air or Marine Emergency 1-800-567-5111
Newborn Hotline 604-737-3737 open 365 days per year, 8:30 am–10 pm, 7 days/week, information and referral about babies to age 2
Animal Emergencies (Nights) 604-879-7343 B.C. Gas Leaks & Odours 1-800-663-9911 BC Nurse Line 604-215-4700, 1-866-215-4700 Puts you in touch with a registered nurse, 24 hours/day, 7 days/week Earthquake, Flood, Dangerous Spill, Tsunami 1-800-663-3456 Emergency Preparedness www.pep.bc.ca Help Line for Children (Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect) throughout the province 310-1234; www.safekidbc.ca
Poison Control Centre 604-682-5050 1-800-567-8911 Sexual Assault Centre (For Victims of Sexual Assault) Rape Crisis Centre – W.A.V.A.W. 1-800-392-7583 604-255-6228 (business line) www.wavaw.ca Rape Relief 604-872-8212
The Distress Phone Services provide confidential, non-judgmental, free emotional support, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair. YouthInBC.com is an online resource where youth in distress can: get help through real-time online chat with a trained volunteer, learn more about common issues and concerns (e.g. bullying, depression, etc.), find resources through an online library of websites and community resources, and be heard by sharing experiences on the blog.
Telecare Crisis Line 604-852-9099 24 hr crisis line, Christian based
Youth Against Violence Line 1-800-680-4264
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home & retail baby needs Active Baby 604/986-8977, North Vancouver www.ActiveBaby.ca Baby On Board 604/273-0884, Richmond www.babyonboard.ca Baby On Board sells MacLaren, Valco Baby, BOB, Mountain Buggy, Peg Perego, Bugaboo, Baby Bjorn, Britax, Skip Hop, and JJ Cole. Baby’s World 604/515-0888, Coquitlam www.babysworld.ca Baby’s World is the ultimate shopping experience for new and expectant parents. Babykins Products (1992) Ltd. 604/275-2255 www.babykins.com Crocodile 604/742-CROC (2762), Vancouver 604/542-8860, South Surrey www.crocodilebaby.com Dandelion Kids 604/676-1862, Vancouver www.dandelionkids.ca
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Hip Baby 604/736-8020, Vancouver www.hipbaby.com Infant Possibilities 604/881-0110, Langley Pebble 604/568.6923, Vancouver www.pebblebaby.com Precious & Few 604/879-1137 ext 3, Vancouver www.thepreciousandfew.wordpress.com The Barefoot Contessa look that you love - but for kids. A treasure trove of lovely gifts and children’s special somethings. Baptism, communion, special occasion and dress-up. Head to toe! Room for Two 604/255-0508, Vancouver www.roomfor2.ca Safety Station 604/875-2244 www.bcchildrens.ca/safetystation The Safety Station at BC Children’s Hospital is a safety and resource centre, offering safety products and expert advice. Proceeds benefit Safe Start, the injury prevention program of BC Children’s Hospital.
books Blackberry Books 604/685-6188 www.bbooks.ca Humpty Dumpty Books & Music 604/683-7009 www.kidsmarket.ca Vancouver Kidsbooks 604/738-5335 www.kidsbooks.ca
ceramic studio Cowboys and Angels 604/568-1191 www.cowboysandangels.ca
Bigfoot8 Kids Store 604/464-6388, Coquitlam Boomers & Echoes 604/984-6163, North Vancouver www.boomersandechoes.com Dandelion Kids 604/676-1862, Vancouver 604/949-1862, Port Moody www.dandelionkids.ca Frogs Hollow 604/882-4688, Langley Half Time Sports 604/689-8637, Kids Market www.kidsmarket.ca Team sports wear, licensed products, Canadiana.
Agoo – Clothes for Active Kids www.agoo4u.com
Infant Possibilities 604/881-0110, Langley www.infantpossibilities.ca
Aunt Em’s 604/738-0340, Vancouver
Isola Bella 604/266-8808, Vancouver
Babes on 4th 604/739-9870, Vancouver
Jacadi Vancouver 604/266-5448, Vancouver French fashion for children 0 to 12 years. Birth and baby wear. Children’s shoes.
Beansprouts 604/871-9782, Vancouver www.beansprouts.ca
home & retail Jack & Lola 778/340-5225, North Vancouver www.jackandlola.ca
www.kidsmarket.ca Clothing and accessories for newborns and toddlers to age 5.
Kids Kloset 604/516-0336, New Westminster Kid’s Kloset strives to carry quality products at reasonable prices. The business focus recently changed to the largest selection of Melissa and Doug toys in the Lower Mainland. Thanks for voting us The Best of New West for 5 years!
Sparkle & Junebug 604/568-5434, Vancouver A little fashionable clothing boutique for ages 0 to 16. European and local designers.
Karibou Kids 604/689-1117, Kids Market www.kidsmarket.ca Clothing & accessories, up to age 10.
Della Optique Optometry and Eyewear 604/742-3937, Vancouver www.dellaoptique.com Dr. Della Chow specializes in testing children’s vision. The B.C. Association of Optometrists recommends that children have their first complete eye exam at age 3. One in five children have a vision disorder and 80% of a child’s learning is based on vision. Dr. Chow makes it fun and easy to have an eye exam.
Kuddel Muddel Kids 604/929-2524, Deep Cove Little Treasures ‘on the go’ 604/677-3792, Kids Market www.kidsmarket.ca Lusso Baby 778/340-0648, North Vancouver www.lussobaby.ca Nestings Kids Vancouver 604/734-5437, Vancouver www.nestingskidsvancouver.com Pebble 604/568-6924 www.pebblebaby.com Scallywags, Kids Market 604/738-0340, Vancouver
Hollyburn Eye Clinic West Vancouver 604/913-0135 North Vancouver 604/984-2020 www.hollyburneyeclinic.com
children’s furniture Baby’s World 604/515-0888, Coquitlam www.babysworld.ca
Crocodile 604/742-CROC (2762), Vancouver 604/542-8860, South Surrey www.crocodilebaby.com Molly’s Furniture Salad 604/732-7712, Vancouver www.furnituresalad.ca Nestings Kids Vancouver 604/734-5437 www.nestingskidsvancouver.com
children’s hair care The Hairloft 604/684-6177, Kids Market www.princessspa.ca Melonhead Children’s Hair Care 604/568-5646, Vancouver www.melonhead.ca Mops on Bellevue 604/926-8689, West Vancouver
Kiddie Kobbler Shoes 604/926-1616, Park Royal Mall
Beansprouts 604/871-9782, Vancouver www.beansprouts.ca
Panda Shoes 604/266-0025, Oakridge Mall 604/278-4800, Richmond Centre
Boomers & Echoes 604/984-6163, North Vancouver www.boomersandechoes.com
Stonz Baby Booties 604/568-6364 www.stonz.ca
Classy Kids Consignment 604/222-4085, Vancouver High-end maternity & children’ wear. Also strollers, cribs, car seats, high chairs, playpens, baby carriers and more!
The Shoe Box 604/733-0190, Kids Market www.kidsmarket.ca TomaTOES Children’s Footwear 604/433-6448, Vancouver www.tomatoesshoes.com We carry your favorite brands of children’s shoes. Sizes newborn to youth size 6.
Kuddel Muddel Kids 604/929-2524, Deep Cove Little Critter Outfitters 604/575-2500, Cloverdale Little Earth Consignment 778/737-7004, Burnaby Littleearthvancouver.com
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home & retail MacGillicuddy’s 604/263-5313, Vancouver Not for Long Children’s and Maternity 778/294-0401, White Rock www.notforlong.ca Tiggy Winkles Children’s Consignment 604/731-8647, Vancouver
crafts Craft Caravan 604/484-1894 www.craftcaravan.com Join our Kids Craft Club to receive shiny green envelopes of craft projects every month! I’m Impressed Paper Arts 604/684-9869, Kids Market www.imimpressed.ca The best selection of rubber stamps, inks, paper, glitter, stationery, scrapbook and craft supplies, classes. Potato Arts & Crafts 604/681-1601, Kids Market Art supplies and craft kits.
Cupcakes, Donuts, Cookies, Cakes and More. Treats for everyone, without excluding anyone! Bursting with organic ingredients, our goodies are dairy and egg free, with gluten, soy, wheat and nut free options. Satisfy all your sweet cravings at Edible Flours bakery.
Instruments – Serving Canada since 1956 with 42 locations across the country. Sales, rentals, repairs, trades, in-store financing, music lessons, online shopping and 100% guaranteed satisfaction. Visit long-mcquade.com for the lower mainland location near you.
Rocky Mountain Flatbread 604/730-0321 www.rockymountainflatbread.ca
Prussin Music 604/736-3036 www.prussinmusic.com Looking to buy, rent or repair an instrument? Want to take music lessons? Searching for accessories or sheet music? Come to Prussin Music in Kitsilano. Brass, Woodwind, Strings, Guitars & more.
What will we eat? www.whatwillweeat.ca Meal planning service for families with allergies/intolerances and for families who want to eat more Earth friendly meals.
Dance Co. 604/736-3394 www.danceco.com
Hazel & Co 604/730-8689 www.hazelhipmoms.com
Just Imagine… Fun Clothing 604/222-3523, Kitsilano 604/569-0119, Kids Market www.dressups.com Fun – Just Imagine... Fun – Canada’s best costumes for kids since 1988, theatrical makeup, crazy hats, funky glasses and costume props galore. Dancebodywear and shoes for ballet, tap, jazz, musical theatre and gym, formal gowns and suits for boys and girls, wigs, masks and gifts for dancers.
Jools 604/221-0721 www.jools.ca
food Edible Flours 604/734-8351, 2280 West Broadway edibleflours.ca
Motherhood Maternity 604/733-2644 www.motherhood.com
pet supplies Woofles & Meowz 604/689-3647, Kid’s Market www.wooflesandmeowz.com Toys and treats for cats and dogs, gifts for you.
Patricia Minnis Photography 604/644-8701 www.pmphoto.net
Raw Photographic Arts 604/834-8824 www.rawphotographicarts.com
Bopomo Pictures 604/678-1411 www.bopomo.ca
music Long & McQuade Musical Instruments Vancouver 604/682-5215 North Vancouver 604/986-3118 Langley 604/532-8806 Surrey 604/588-9423 Port Coquitlam 604/464-1118 Long & McQuade Musical
Cowboys and Angels 604/568-6673 www.cowboysandangels.ca A comfortable atmosphere, top of the line equipment and an eye for getting the perfect shot you are looking for are just a small part of what comes with booking time in our studio.
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Coates Portrait Design 604/739-9600 www.coatesportraitdesign.com
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Lifeprints Photography 604/732-4327 www.lifeprintsphotos.com
Noel Photography 604/291-2908 www.noelphotography.com
Play Outside Design Co landscape design + installation 604/251-7620 www.playoutside.ca
Boomers & Echoes 604/984-6163 www.boomersandechoes.com
Kia Porter Photography 604/787-4236 www.kiaporter.com
Supreme Playland 604/845-7434 www.supremeplayland.com
Sunset Gourmet 1-204/452-5607 1-888/272-2270 www.sunsetgourmet.ca Full-time mom, part-time business— party with Sunset Gourmet for extra income.
Jamie Lauren Photography JamieLaurenPhotography.com firstname.lastname@example.org West Vancouver photographer Jamie Lauren wants to capture your special moments, and make them last forever.
Meagan Baker Photography 604/351-0525 email@example.com www.meaganbakerphotography.com Meagan is a natural light photographer serving Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. She has a passion for capturing candid, lifestyle moments of kids and family. Her style is simple, fun, and natural photos that showcase you and the way you live.
Eclipse Photography 604/984-7427 www.eclipsephotography.ca
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Boomers & Echoes 604/984-6163 www.boomersandechoes.com We rent: folding cribs, pack & play, carseats, strollers and nursing pumps.
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toys & gifts BC Playthings 604/986-4111, North Vancouver 3H Craftworks Society 604/736-2113, Vancouver www.3hcraftworks.com 3H Craftworks has baby gifts, wood toys, sock monkeys Raggedy Anns, clothing and so much more. All handmade by adults with disabilities in Vancouver. 2208 West 4th. Clamshell Giftshop Vancouver Aquarium 604/659-FISH www.vanaqua.org Camelot Kids 604/688-9766, Kids Market www.camelotkids.com Award winning toys and parenting products from around the world Cards by Kids 604/987-4187 www.cardsbykids.ca Clownin’ Around Magic Shop 604/682-0244, Kids Market www.clowninaroundmagic.com Magic and clown supplies/talent booking agency/birthday party entertainment Cotton & Crayon 604/535-0466, Surrey Cowboys and Angels Kerrisdale/Kitsilano 604/568-6673; 604/568-1191 www.cowboysandangels.ca Inspiring children’s mind with a wide selection of toys, puzzles, books and tons more! The Crystal Ark 604/681-8900, Vancouver www.thecrystalark.com Crystals and crystal balls, gems, jewellery, candles and books and incense The Funky Little Shop 604/682-8404, Kids Market www.kidsmarket.ca Tween gifts, music boxes, personal and room accessories, jewellery, Paul Frank and Emily the Strange Granville Island Toy Company 604/684-0076, Kids Market www.toycompany.ca Vancouver’s best Playmobil selection. Lego, Brio, puzzles, games, educational toys and more
Kites and Puppets 604/685-9877, Kids Market www.kitesandpuppets.ca Kites, puppets, banners, flags, flying toys and windsocks Knotty Toys 604/683-7854, Kids Market www.knottytoys.com Local and international wooden toys, rocking horses and wagons No Pirates Allowed Toy Store 604/637-7951, Vancouver www.nopiratesallowed.com Remote Control World 604/682-7618, Kids Market Remote control toys, flash toys and battery operated musical toys Science World Gift Shop 604/443-7443 www.telusworldofscience.com/Vancouver
Kids Market—Granville Island 604/689-8447, Vancouver www.kidsmarket.ca
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Splash Toy Shop 604/228-8697, Vancouver Ten Thousand Villages 604/730-6831, Vancouver www.tenthousandvillages.ca
The Toybox 604/738-4322, Vancouver Toy Jungle 604/925-0741, West Vancouver www.toyjungle.ca
Stylish, comfortable bamboo cotton dresses made locally
The Village Toy Shop 604/949-0444, Vancouver www.villagetoyshop.ca Zimmermann German Gifts & Toys www.germangiftsandtoys.com
umbrellas Umbrella Shop 604/697-0919, Kid’s Market www.theumbrellashop.com Every kind of brolly under the sun and rain
It’s All Fun & Games 604/253-6727, Vancouver Kaboodles Toy Store Vancouver 604/224-5311 Vancouver, Kids Market 604/684-0066 Victoria 250/383-0931 www.kaboodles.ca
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family fun destination fun Adventure Zone Toddler Zone Art/Zone ‘n Ceramix 604/608-6699, Kid’s Market www.theadventurezone.ca Supervised play area, birthday parties, and ceramic painting BC Sports Hall of Fame 604/687-5520 www.bcsportshalloffame.com Bear Creek Train 604/501-1232 www.bctrains.com Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel 604/293-6500 www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca Burnaby Village Museum–Where History Comes to Life Stroll down the streets of our 1920s
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community. Costumed townsfolk welcome visitors and give demonstrations. Explore the 100 year-old tram and ride the 100 year-old carsousel. Free gate admission. The Butchart Gardens 250/652-4422 Victoria www.butchartgardens.com Capilano Suspension Bridge 604/985-7474 www.capbridge.com Cliffhanger Indoor Rock Climbing 604/874-2400 www.cliffhangerclimbing.com Circuit Circus 604/608-6699 www.kidsmarket.ca Family entertainment centre/rides and games
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden 604/662-3207 www.vancouverchinesegarden.com
Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site 604/664-9009 www.pc.gc.ca/gulfofgoergiacannery
Fort Langley 604/888-8835 www.fortlangley.com
Historic Stewart Farm 604/592-6956 www.heritage.surrey.ca
George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary 604/946-6980 www.reifelbirdsanctuary.com
Honeybee Centre 604/575-2337 www.honeybeecentre.com
Granville Island 604/666-5784 www.granvilleisland.com Greater Vancouver Zoo 604/856-6825 www.gvzoo.com Grouse Mountain 604/980-9311 www.grousemountain.com
H.R. MacMillan Space Centre 604/738-7827 www.spacecentre.ca Kids Market 604/689-8447 www.kidsmarket.ca Kids Market is located on Granville Island in the heart of Vancouver. . Ladner Leisure Centre 604/946-3300
family fun Laser Dome 604/985-6033 www.laserdome.net Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve 604/432-6286 Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre 604/990-3755 www.dnv.org/ecology Maplewood Farm 604/929-5610 www.maplewoodfarm.bc.ca A 5 acre park farm specializing in the display of farm animals and birds, a wonderful opportunity to get up close and personal with animals popularized in children’s storybooks. Mount Seymour 604/986-2261 www.mountseymour.com Movies 4 Mommies www.movies4mommies.com Paddlewheeler Riverboat Cruises 604/525-4465 www.vancouverpaddlewheeler.com Parent & Tot Storytimes with the Vancouver Public Library Hotline 604/331-3663 www.vpl.ca Planet Lazer Langley 604/514-2282 New West 604/515-4244 Richmond 604/448-9999 www.planetlazer.net Playland Amusement Park 604/253-2311 www.pne.ca Located on the historic PNE grounds, Playland Amusement Park features over 35 exhilarating rides and attractions, fun midway games, and an adventure golf course. It’s also home to Kids Playce, a special zone filled with softplay areas and rides for children aged 2–8. Looking for a unique way to celebrate your child’s birthday? Think of Playland for all day fun. www.pne.ca Prince of Whales Whale Watching 888/383-4884 www.princeofwhales.com Royal BC Museum 888/447-7977 www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca Science World at TELUS World of Science 604/443-7443 www.scienceworld.ca Stanley Park 604/257-8400 Stanley Park Children’s Farmyard/Railway 604/257-8530/8531 TBC Indoor Racing 604/232-9196 www.tbcir.ca UBC Botanical Garden 604/822-5858 www.ubcbotanicalgarden.org
VanDusen Botanical Garden 604/878-9274 (24-Hour Info Line) 604/718-5898 (Family Programs) www.vandusengarden.org Join us for educational and fun family programs set in Mother Nature’s classroom. VanDusen’s 55-acres provide an ideal setting for children to learn about the environment. 5251 Oak St. at W. 37th Ave; email@example.com Vancouver Aquarium 604/659-FISH www.visitvanaqua.org From the Arctic to the Amazon, 135,000 amazing creatures await you at the Vancouver Aquarium, including Beluga whales, Sea otters, sharks and dolphins. Visit our brand new interactive ‘Canada’s Arctic’ gallery exploring climate change in the north, and immerse your senses in Western Canada’s only 4-D Experience theatre. Plus, get a personal experience with your favourite animals in our Animal Encounters program. Vancouver Art Gallery 604/662-4719 www.vanartgallery.bc.ca Fun family Saturday programming: Art Agents—armed with a bag full of materials to facilitate children’s early encounters with art, the Art Agents will be bold, whimsical, funny, informed and on the watch for families in the galleries. Also on offer is Art Tracks, unique child-oriented tours led by artists, scientists, musicians, storytellers and others who will introduce different ways of engaging with art, exhibitions and the Gallery.
festivals Abbotsford International Air Show www.abbotsfordairshow.com August 10–12, 2012 Alcan Dragon Boat Festival 604/688-2382 www.dragonboatbc.ca June 15–17, 2012 Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival 604/739-0559 www.bardonthebeach.org May 31–September 22, 2012
Vancouver Folk Music Festival 604/602-9798 www.thefestival.bc.ca July 13–15, 2012 Vancouver Gay & Lesbian Pride Parade 604/687-0955; www.vancourverpride.ca Vancouver International Children’s Festival 604/708-5655 www.childrensfestival.ca May 29th to June 3rd, 2012 New venue: Granville Island
Cedar Cottage Carnival 604/874-4231; www.cedarcottage.org
Vancouver Int. Comedy Festival www.vancouvercomedyfest.com September 2012
TD Canada Trust Vancouver International Jazz Festival 604/872-5200; www.coastaljazz.ca June 23–29, 2012
Vancouver International Writers (& Readers) Festival 604/681-6330 www.writersfest.bc.ca
Haunted Village Burnaby Village Museum www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca
Vancouver Sun Run 604/689-9441; April 2013
Illuminares 604/879-8611; www.publicdreams.org Pacific National Exhibition 604/253-2311; www.pne.ca Parade of Lost Souls 604/879-8611 www.publicdreams.org SuperCities Walk 800/268-7582; www.mswalks.ca
Whistler Children’s Art Festival www.whistlerartscouncil.com July 14 & 15, 2012 This outdoor festival features a multitude of arts and crafts workshops, wild main stage performances, zany roving characters and free activities. The Festival includes a pre-school area for children aged 3–5, and workshops for kids aged 5–11, kids in grade 7 and 8, and the whole family.
Vancouver Canadians Baseball 604/872-5232 www.canadiansbaseball.com Vancouver Canucks 604/899-4610 www.canucksnhl.com Vancouver Lookout – Harbour Centre Tower 604/689-0421 www.vancouverlookout.com Vancouver Maritime Museum 604/257-8300 www.vancouvermaritimemuseum.com Discover maritime history and traditions. RCMP Arctic St Roch, Children’s Maritime Discovery Centre, exhibits, Heritage Harbour, education programs and birthday parties. Vancouver Police Museum 604/665-3346 www.vancouverpolicemuseum.ca Come solve a crime at the Police Museum Young Naturalists’ Club of BC 604/985-3057 www.ync.ca
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museums BC Museum of Mining 800/896-4044 www.bcmuseumofmining.org Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel 604/293-6501 www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca Canadian Museum of Flight 604/532-0035 www.canadianflight.org Delta Museum and Archives 604/946-9322 www.deltamuseum.ca Imagine Childrenâ€™s Museum 425/258-116, Everett WA www.imaginecm.org Come have fun in our interactive, funfilled, hands-on exhibits and incredible rooftop adventure! Japanese Canadian National Museum 604/777-7000 www.jcnm.ca Surrey Museum 604/592-6596 www.heritage.surrey.ca UBC Museum of Anthropology 604/822-5087 www.moa.ubc.ca
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Vancouver Museum 604/736-4431 www.museumofvancouver.ca West Vancouver Museum and Archives 604/925-7295 www.westvancouver.ca Xaytem Longhouse Interpretive Centre 604/820-9725 www.xaytem.ca
swimming pools Aquaventures Swim Centre 604/736-SWIM, Vancouver Bonsor Rec. Pool 604/439-1860, Burnaby Britannia Swimming Pool 604/718-5831, Vancouver CG Brown Memorial Pool 604/299-9374, Burnaby Canada Games Pool 604/526-4281, New Westminster Chimo Swimming Pool 604/933-6027, Coquitlam City Centre Aquatic 604/927-6999, Vancouver Eileen Dailly Leisure Pool & Fitness Centre 604/298-7946, Burnaby
Hyde Park Pool 604/927-7946, Port Coquitlam
Watermania 604/448-5353, Richmond
Karen Magnussen Wave Pool/North Van. Recreation Commission 604/987-7529, North Vancouver
West Vancouver Aquatic Centre 604/925-7210
Kensington Pool 604/718-6200, Vancouver Kerrisdale Pool 604/257-8105, Vancouver Ladner Leisure Centre 604/946-3300, Delta Lord Byng 604/222-6090, Vancouver
Winskill Aquatic Centre 604/952-3005, Delta UBC Aquatic Centre 604/822-4522
theatres/cultural Arts Club Theatre www.artsclub.com
Minoru Aquatic Centre 604/718-8020, Richmond
Centennial Theatre 604/984-4484 www.centennialtheatre.com
Newton Wave Pool 604/501-5540, Surrey
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts www.chancentre.com
North Surrey Pool 604/502-6300
Evergreen Cultural Centre www.evergreenculturalcentre.ca
Percy Norman Riley Park Pool 604/257-8680, Vancouver
Firehall Arts Centre www.firehallartscentre.ca
Stan Stronge Pool 604/321-3231, Vancouver
Massey Theatre www.masseytheatre.com
Sungod Aquatic Centre 604/952-3075, Delta
Orpheum Theatre vancouver.ca/commsvcs/cultural/ theatres
Templeton Pool 604/718-6252, Vancouver Vancouver Aquatic Centre 604/665-3424
Queen Elizabeth Theatre vancouver.ca/commsvcs/cultural/ theatres
family fun Silk Purse Arts Centre www.silkpurse.ca Surrey Arts Centre Theatre www.surrey.ca Surrey Little Theatre www.surreylittletheatre.ca Vancouver Civic Theatres vancouver.ca/commsvcs/cultural/theatres Vancouver East Cultural Centre www.thecultch.com Vancouver Opera www.vancouveropera.ca Vancouver Playhouse vancouver.ca/commsvcs/cultural/theatres Vancouver Symphony www.vancouversymphony.ca
Vogue Theatre www.voguetheatre.com
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birthday parties BC Children’s Hospital Foundation 604/875-2444 www.bcchf.ca Teach your child that ‘giving’ can feel as good as ‘getting’ by requesting donations in lieu of gifts at your next event. For more information please contact email@example.com.
entertainers Amazing Amanda the Clown Magician 604/726-4896 www.magicclown.ca Anderson Chow 604/526-9643 www.andersonchow.com Balloon & magic entertainment for children.
www.ScienceMadeFunBC.net We’ve got parties down to a science… hands-on, FUN science! We are not a show, everyone becomes a REAL scientist performing REAL experiments! Make ice cream, erupt volcanoes, and many more (take-homes provided and can order Lab Loot Bags). www.ScienceMadeFunBC.net or call 778/737-5277 Kidzcraftz 604/317-9816 www.kidzcraftz.ca Limegirl Spa Parties 604/460-1289 www.limegirl.ca Mad Science 604/591-9115 www.madscience.org/vancouver
Clownin’ Around Magic 604/682-0244, Kid’s Market www.clowninaroundmagic.com
Mehndi & More Body Art 604/812-2048 www.mehndiandmore.com
The Dizzy Whisk – Cooking Classes for Kids 778/998-3530 www.dizzywhisk.com
Michael the Magician 604/434-4800 www.michaelthemagician.com
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Once Upon a Time Kid’s Entertainment 604/785-5399 www.janinarussellmusic.com
Peter Rooke’s Fun Magic Shows 604/984-6822 Ray Wong Magic Entertainment 604/720 8809 www.raywongmagic.com Smartie Pants the Magical Clown 604/726-4896 www.magicclown.ca StageCoach Parties 1/877/78-STAGE (78243) www.stagecoachschools.ca Pick a theme and let us do all of the hard work! A fun packed way to celebrate your child’s big day. Themed Parties for 4–10 yrs, Murder Mystery Parties for 11–16 yrs. Available throughout the Lower Mainland, we come to you! Starchild & Company 604/541-0908 www.starchild.bc.ca Sylvia The Balloon Lady 604/739-7717 www.sylviatheballoonlady.com The Ta Daa Lady 604/730-1378 www.angelabrown.ca Tickles and Friends www.ticklestheclown.com
Yeeri Magic 604/306-6229 www.yeeri.com Zox of the Forest 604/710-4234 www.zoxoftheforest.com The forest comes to life for children through the highly interactive, imaginative and playful entertaining of Zox of the Forest. Shows feature skits, storytelling, music, puppetry, balloon animals and animal art drawings.
party places Adventure Zone 604/608-6699, Kid’s Market www.theadventurezone.ca Burnaby Village Museum 604/297-4565 www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca Kids of all ages can celebrate their birthday 1920s style! Our party package includes lunch at the Ice Cream Parlour and two rides on our 1925 Parker Carousel. Visit our website for details. Cartwheels Richmond 604/275-0020 Surrey 604/594-1555 www.cartwheels.ca
birthday parties It’s All Fun & Games 604/253-6727
Circuit Circus 604/608-6699, Kid’s Market www.kidsmarket.ca
from minis to adults. Call to tour our gym, for a free class or for more information.
Vancouver Phoenix Gymnastics 604/737-7693 www.phoenixgymnastics.com
Cowboys and Angels 604/568-6673 www.cowboysandangels.ca With accommodation for up to 30 kids, and help to match the pieces to your party’s theme, our ceramics studio is a great spot to celebrate your child’s special day. Bring your food, games and any other accessories and we’ll help supply the fun! Book your party today!
Playland Amusement Park 604/253-2311 www.pne.ca Located on the historic PNE grounds, Playland Amusement Park features over 35 exhilarating rides and attractions, fun midway games, and an adventure golf course. It’s also home to Kids Playce, a special zone filled with softplay areas and rides for children aged 2–8. Looking for a unique way to celebrate your child’s birthday? Think of Playland for all day fun. www.pne.ca
Vancouver Aquarium 604/659-FISH www.visitvanaqua.org From the Arctic to the Amazon, 135,000 amazing creatures await you at the Vancouver Aquarium, including Beluga whales, Sea otters, sharks and dolphins. Visit our brand new interactive ‘Canada’s Arctic’ gallery exploring climate change in the north, and immerse your senses in Western Canada’s only 4-D Experience theatre. Plus, get a personal experience with your favourite animals in our Animal Encounters program.
Deer Lake Boat Rentals 604/839-2201 www.deerlakeboatrentals.com The Edge Climbing Centre 604/984-9080 www.edgeclimbing.com Fun4Kids Playcentre 604/925-0707 firstname.lastname@example.org Grandview Bowling Lanes 604/253-2747 www.grandviewbowling.com The Little Gym 604/539-2543 www.tlglangleybc.com H.R. MacMillan Space Centre 604/738-7827 www.spacecentre.ca Jellico Station www.jellicostation.com Maplewood Farm 604/929-5610 www.maplewoodfarm.bc.ca Midnight Cheer Athletics 604/263-6436 www.midnightcheer.com Summer Day Camps, Evening Tumble Classes, Birthday Parties Available. No experience necessary—all groups
Princess Spa 604/684-6177, Kid’s Market www.princessspa.ca Hair salon, ear piercing, birthday parties for girls aged 3–12.
It’s My Party Shop 604/931-6040 www.itsmypartyshop.ca Just Imagine... Fun Clothing Kitsilano 604/222-3523 Kids Market 604/569-0119 www.dressups.com Kaboodles Toy Store Vancouver 604/224-5311 Kids Market, Vanc. 604/684-0066 Victoria 250/383-0931 www.kaboodles.ca Knotty Toys 604/683-7854, Kid’s Market www.knottytoys.com
Vancouver Maritime Museum 604/257-8300 vancouvermaritimemuseum.com
Love Those Loot Bags 604/888-6772 www.lovethoselootbags.com
Richmond Family Place 604/278-4336 www.richmondfamilyplace.ca
Vancouver Police Museum 604/665-3346 www.vancouverpolicemuseum.ca
The Party Bazaar 604/873-5241 www.thepartybazaar.com
Richmond Go-Kart Track 604/278-6184 www.richmond gokarts.com
Varsity Ridge Lanes 604/738-5412
Party Tailors 604/461-1711 www.partytailors.com
Rocky Mountain Flatbread Restaurant 604/730-0321 www.rockymountain flatbread.ca Science World at TELUS World of Science 604/443-7443 www.telusworldofscience.com/vancouver Sportball 604/688-3157 www.sportball.ca Thunderbird Community Centre 604/713-1818 www.thunderbirdcc.ca
party supplies Cakes To Dream On 604/781-5290 www.cakestodreamon.com Carmela’s Cakes 604/295-3933 www.carmelascakes.com Granville Island Toy Co. 604/684-0076 www.kidsmarket.ca
Ribbit’s Candy Corner 604/608-6699, Kid’s Market www.kidsmarket.ca Splash Toy Shop 604/228-8697 The Toybox 604/738-4322 The Village Toy Shop 604/949-0444 www.villagetoyshop.ca
Magic Entertainment for Children’s Parties. For a fun-filled show call PETER ROOKE (604) 984-6822 www.peterrookemagic.ca
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education independent schools Bodwell High School/Bodwell Academy Co-ed, grades 8–12 North Vancouver 604/924-5056 www.bodwell.edu/highschool/ Brentwood College School Co-ed, grades 9–12 Mill Bay 250/743-5521 www.brentwood.bc.ca Brockton School 604/929-9201 www.brocktonschool.com Children’s Hearing & Speech Centre of BC Co-ed, grades PS-3 Vancouver 604/437-0255 www.childrenshearing.ca Deaf /hard of hearing children learn to listen and speak in a cognitivelybased, family centered auditory-oral school. Services for infants, preschool, pre-k, primary grades. Itinerant
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teachers in mainstream schools, outreach to B.C. families Choice School Co-ed, grades K-7 Richmond 604/273-2418 www.choiceschool.org Collingwood School Co-ed, JK–12 West Vancouver 604/925-3331 www.collingwood.org Core Education & Fine Arts (cefa) Co-ed, JK & Cefababy West Van 604/913-7713 Canada Way 604/299-2373 Langley 604/881-2332 North Van 604/929-2332 New Westminster 604/777-0053 Vancouver 604/879-2332 White Rock 778/294-2648 Richmond 604/275-2332 Kingsway 604/568-8808 www.cefa.ca Junior Kindergarten school for children ages 1 to 5. Curriculum includes reading, writing, mathematics, science, music, drama and languages
Crofton House Girls, grades 1–12 Vancouver 604/263-3255 www.croftonhouse.ca
Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School Co-ed, grades 2-8 North Vancouver 604/985-5224 www.kgms.ca
École Française Internationale de Vancouver Co-ed, PS–7 North Vancouver 604/924-2457 www.efiv.org
Madrona School Society Co-ed, grades 4–7 Vancouver 604/732-9965 www.madronaschool.com
Fraser Academy Co-ed, grades 1–12 Vancouver 604/736-5575 www.fraseracademy.ca The Lower Mainland’s only fully accredited day school for students in grades 1-12 with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities. Daily one-to-one O-G instruction; full curriculum with specialist teachers in fine & applied arts, PE, technology.
Marpole Bilingual Montessori School Co-ed, PS–K Vancouver 604/266-1091 Our program sets a fantastic foundation for your child. With our unique approach to the daily Bilingual French Program combined with the Montessori Curriculum, your child will be prepared academically, soially, emotionally and physically.
Fraser Valley Elementary School Co-ed, K–3 Langley 604/533-5469 www.fves.bc.ca
Meadowridge School Co-ed, JK–12 Maple Ridge 604/467-4444 www.meadowridge.bc.ca
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education Mulgrave School Co-ed, Pre-K–12 West Vancouver 604/922-3223 www.mulgrave.com North Star Montessori Co-ed, PS–7 North Vancouver 604/980-1205 www.northstarmontessori.ca Oak and Orca Bioregional School Victoria 250-383-6609 oakandorca.ca Pacific Rim Montessori Academy Co-ed, K–7 Vancouver 604/726-8428 www.pacificrimmontessori.com Pacific Spirit School Co-ed, K–8 Vancouver 604/222-1900 www.pacificspiritschool.org Richmond Jewish Day School K–7 Richmond 604/275-3393 www.rjds.ca St. George’s School Boys, grades 1–12 Vancouver 604/224-1304
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www.stgeorges.bc.ca Nestled in the heart of one of the world’s most beautiful cities, St. George’s School of Vancouver is Canada’s World School for boys. With its multi-faceted and international curriculum, close to a 100% of graduates are accepted to universities worldwide, many on scholarship. St. John’s School Co-ed, K–12 Vancouver 604/732-4434 / 604/629-2458 www.stjohns.bc.ca St. John’s International School Co-ed, grades 10–12 w/ESL Program Vancouver 604/683-4572 www.stjohnsis.com St. Margaret’s School Girls, ECE–12 Victoria 250/479-7171 www.stmarg.ca St. Michaels University School Co-ed, K–12 Victoria 250/370-6170 www.smus.bc.ca Shawnigan Lake School Co-ed, grades 8–12 Shawnigan Lake 250/743-5516 www.shawnigan.ca
Southpointe Academy Co-ed, PS–12 Tsawwassen 604/948-8826 www.southpointeacademy.ca
Vancouver Talmud Torah Co-ed, PS–7 Vancouver 604/736-7307 www.talmudtorah.com
Stratford Hall Co-ed, K–12 Vancouver 604/436-0608 www.stratfordhall.ca
Vancouver Waldorf School Co-ed, PS–12 North Vancouver 604/985-7435 www.vws.ca
Traditional Learning Academy Co-ed, K–12 Coquitlam 604/931-7265 www.traditionallearning.com
West Point Grey Academy Co-ed, JK–12 Vancouver 604/222-8750 www.wpga.ca
Urban Academy Co-ed, JK–10 New Westminster 604/524-2211 www.urbanacademy.ca
Westside Montessori Academy Co-ed, PS-3 Vancouver 604/434-9611 Westside Montessori Academy, at the Italian Cultural Centre, has been offering Preschool and Elementary classes since 2008. Preschool offers AM and PM classes (full-day is available). Elementary offers; K to Grade 3 (up to Grade 7 by 2015).
Vancouver College 604/261-4285 www.vc.bc.ca Vancouver Hebrew Academy 604/264-1245, Vancouver www.vhebrewacademy.com Vancouver Montessori School Co-ed, PS–7 Vancouver 604/261-0315 www.vancouvermontessorischool.com
York House School Girls, JK–12 Vancouver 604/736-6551 www.yorkhouse.ca
education Francophone School Listings — Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique (SD No 93) École Mer-et-montagne K–7 Campbell River 250-923-3359 http://meretmontagne.csf.bc.ca École secondaire Phoenix 7–8–9 Campbell River 250-923-3359 http://meretmontagne.csf.bc.ca École secondaire Carihi 10 – 12 Campbell River 250-923-3359 http://meretmontagne.csf.bc.ca École La Vérendrye K–7 Chilliwack 604-858-2666 http://verendrye.csf.bc.ca École au Cœur-de-l’île K – 12 Comox 250-339-1848 http://aucoeurdelile.csf.bc.ca
École du Bois-joli K–6 Delta 604-948-7007 http://boisjoli.csf.bc.ca
École des Sentiers-alpins K–5 Nelson 250-362-3395 http://nelson.csf.bc.ca
École Virtuelle 8 – 12 Port Coquitlam 778-284-0909 http://ecolevirtuelle.csf.bc.ca
École Collines-d’or K–7 Kamloops 250-579-9223 http://collinesdor.csf.bc.ca
École André-Piolat K – 12 North Vancouver 604-980-6040 http://andrepiolat.csf.bc.ca
École Côte-du-Soleil K – 9; Powell River 604-485-8430 http://cotedusoleil.csf.bc.ca
École de l’Anse-au-sable K – 12 Kelowna 250-764-2771 http://anseausable.csf.bc.ca
École de la Vallée-de-Pemberton K–7 Pemberton 604-932-9602 http://pemberton.csf.bc.ca
École secondaire Brooks 10 – 12 Powell River 604-485-8430 http://cotedusoleil.csf.bc.ca
École des Voyageurs K–7 Langley 604-881-0222 http://voyageurs.csf.bc.ca
École Entre-lacs K–8 Penticton 250-770-7691 http://entrelacs.csf.bc.ca
École Franco-nord K–7 Prince George 250-612-0755 http://franconord.csf.bc.ca
École des Deux-rives K–7 Mission 604-820-5710 http://deuxrives.csf.bc.ca
École secondaire de Penticton 9 – 12 250-770-7691 http://entrelacs.csf.bc.ca
École secondaire Duchess Park 8 – 12, Prince George 250-612-0755 http://franconord.csf.bc.ca
École des Grands-cèdres K–6 Port Alberni 250-723-5614 http://grandscedres.csf.bc.ca
École des Navigateurs K – 6, Richmond 604-718-5629 http://navigateurs.csf.bc.ca
École des Pionniers-de-Maillarvielle K – 12 Port Coquitlam 604-552-7915 http://pionniers.csf.bc.ca
École des Sept-sommets K–6 Rossland 250-362-3395 http://septsommets.csf.bc.ca
École Océane K–7 Nanaimo 250-714-0761 http://oceane.csf.bc.ca École secondaire de Nanaimo 8 – 12 Nanaimo 250-714-0761; http://oceane.csf.bc.ca
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education École du Pacifique K – 7, Sechelt 604-885-4743 http://pacifique.csf.bc.ca
Little Mountain Montessori Preschool and Kindergarten Vancouver 604/709-9621
École secondaire Chatelech 8 – 12 Sechelt 604-885-4743 http://pacifique.csf.bc.ca
Little People Parent Participation Preschool Vancouver 604/261-2219 littlepeople.ca
École Les Aiglons K–7 Squamish 604-898-3715 http://aiglons.csf.bc.ca
Marpole Bilingual Montessori Vancouver 604/266-1091 Milestone Montessori Delta 604/583-1446 www.milestonemontessori.ca
École Gabrielle-Roy K – 12 Surrey 604-599-6688 http://gabrielleroy.csf.bc.ca École Jack-Cook K–7 Terrace 250-635-9754 http://jackcook.csf.bc.ca École Rose-des-vents K–6 Vancouver 604-267-9022 http://rosedesvents.csf.bc.ca École Anne-Hébert K–6 Vancouver 604-437-4849 http://annehebert.csf.bc.ca École secondaire Jules-Verne 7 – 12 Vancouver 604-731-8378 http://julesverne.csf.bc.ca École Victor-Brodeur K – 12 Victoria 250-220-6010 http://brodeur.csf.bc.ca
Monkey See Monkey Do Montessori Vancouver 778/371-4659 www.monkeyseemonkeydo.ca Brentwood Montessori Preschool & Kindergarten Burnaby 604/294-2671 Burnaby French Language Playschool 604/432-1323 www.bflp.org Canyon Heights Preschool North Vancouver 604/986-5597 www.canyonheightspreschool.com Cherub Montessori Richmond 604/277-1219 www.mypreschool.ca Children’s House Montessori Coquitlam 604/931-1311 www.montessoribc.com Cloverleaf Montessori Surrey 604/574-9899
École La Passerelle K–7 Whistler 604-932-9602 http://passerelle.csf.bc.ca
Core Education & Fine Arts (CEFA) West Vancouver, Burnaby, Langley, North Vancouver, New Westminster, Vancouver, White Rock and Richmond 604/913-7713 www.cefa.ca
Cornerstone Christian Academy Richmond 604/303-9181
Advantage Preschool Burnaby 604/435-1263 advantagepreschool.ca/ Alpha Preschool Richmond 604/277-6511 Brainbridge Bilingual Education and Fine Arts Centre Vancouver 604/322-6830 www.brainbridge.ca Blue Heron Montessori School Richmond 604/232-9001
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Council of Parent Participation Preschools 604/435-4430, 800/488-0660 www.cpppreschools.bc.ca Preschools belonging to the Council of Parent Participation Preschools are administered and supported by the parents. A fully qualified preschool teacher provides a play-based program for children 32 months to 5 years old and the parents take turns as classroom helpers, usually once or twice a month. Parent Education is provided monthly allowing parents to improve their parenting skills.
Discovery Montessori Richmond, 604/807-9796 Discovery Quest Montessori Surrey, 604/581-1620 Dunbar Memorial Preschool Vancouver 604/222-6065 www.dunbarmemorialpreschool.ca Early Foundations Preschool 604/444-3773 www.dsrf.org Provides innovative curriculum in a small class, allowing for highly individualized instruction that helps children (30 months–5 yrs) find, use & strengthen their unique skills & talents. Ecole Francaise Internationale de Vancouver 604/924-2457 www.efiv.org Family Montessori School Vancouver 604/224-2633 604/731-8810 www.familymontessori.com Gatehouse Montessori West Vancouver 604/925-1437 Harvest Montessori Preschool & Daycare Richmond 604/278-6228 www.harvestmontessori.net Inglewood Parent Participation Preschool West Vancouver 604/925-1888 www.inglewoodppp.ca
Montessori Mes Petits Preschool North Vancouver 604/980-1102 www.ourpreschool.com Montessori Mews Richmond 604/522-1351 Morning Glory Montessori Richmond 604/272-2821 Pacific Rim Montessori Academy Vancouver 604/726-8428 www.pacificrimmontessori.com Paddington Station Finearts Preschool Richmond 604/221-0141 www.theartsconnection.ca Pomme d’Api Preschool Vancouver 604/877-1122 www.pommedapi.org Reach for the Stars Montessori Vancouver 604/688-7827 www.reachforthestarsmontessori.com Sandcastle Park Children’s Centre Richmond 604/274-8380 www.sandcastlepark.ca St. Savior’s Christian Preschool Richmond 604/277-1079 Sunflower Academy Vancouver 604/222-1114 www.sunfloweracademy.com
Kids Care Preschool Vancouver 604/325-2222
UBC Lluvia Preschool Vancouver 604/822-3353 www.childcare.ubc.ca/programs/preschool
Le Petit Montessori Preschool North Vancouver 604/980-7973
University Hill Preschool Vancouver 604/228-8610
Marpole Bilingual Montessori (Est. 1985) Pre-School, Junior Kindergarten & Kindergarten Celebrating Over 25 years of Montessori Teaching in the Community Our enriched Montessori curriculum includes: The Phonetic approach to Reading & Writing, Mathematics, Geography, Science, Music, Art, French, Yoga and a variety of Cultural subjects. Children are required to wear school uniforms. We offer 2-1/2 hour and 3-1/2 hour programs for 2-1/2 to 5 year olds as well as an Extended day program for 5 year olds. Private English Tutoring and Afterschool Phonics classes are also offered. 1296 W 67TH AVE., VANCOUVER, BC V6P 2T2 FOR AN APPOINTMENT PLEASE CALL
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Does Your Child Struggle With Reading, Spelling, or Math? Who we are . . . . The Reading Foundation is a private clinic located in Vancouver that offers unique remedial programs for reading, spelling, comprehension and math. We have helped thousands of clients of all ages from across Canada and the United States build their reading and math skills, their confidence and self esteem. Highly successful, with a proven track record, the dedicated staff of The Reading Foundation are just a phone call away.
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education Vancouver Bilingual Preschool Vancouver 604/261-1221 www.vancouverbilingual.com
Ho Math and Chess Learning Centre 604/263-4321 www.mathandchess.com/math_ chess_education_franchise.html
The New West Homelearner’s Program 604/517-5917 www.sd40.bc.ca/nwhl
Wesbrook Parent Participation Preschool Vancouver firstname.lastname@example.org www.wesbrookpreschool.com
Kumon 800/222-6284 www.kumon.com
Oxford Learning Coquitlam 604/464-3090 Richmond 604/233-5566 South Surrey 604/575-1494 Langley 604/534-4089 North Van 604/990-8850 www.oxfordlearning.com
Westside Montessori Academy at the Italian Cultural Centre Vancouver 604/434-9611 www.westsidemontessoriacademy.ca Westside Montessori Academy, at the Italian Cultural Centre, has been offering Preschool and Elementary classes since 2008. Preschool offers AM and PM classes (full-day is available). Elementary offers; K to Grade 3 (up to Grade 7 by 2015). Westside Montessori School Vancouver 604/731-6594 www.westsidemontessori.ca
education & tutoring services Abacus Math Education Inc. 778/990-0749 www.ucmas.ca BC Homeschool Association 604/536-2233 www.bchomeschool.net Googol Learning 604/720-9377 www.googolpower.com
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K12 Plus Learning 604/767-0949 Quality tutoring services that help students to improve their academic performance in a range of subjects, achieve foundational studying skills and build confidence. Lessons at our center or your home. Learning Disabilities Assoc. of BC 604/873-8139 www.ldav.ca/ Millennium Learning Advantage 604/461-3330 www.millenniumlearningadvantage.com MPM Math 604/266-6762 www.mpmmath.com School Is Easy Tutoring Also known as Academic Advantage 604/439-1790 or 1-877-ITS EASY Home tutoring. We are one of the largest and most respected tutoring agencies in the Lower Mainland. We provide carefully screened certified teachers in all subjects: Grades 1–12, ESL (all levels), Special Ed, Study Skills, Gifted Programs and French immersion. We are easy to work with. Reasonable rates. No upfront fees. Rated A+ with BBB and recipient of awards.
PD Plus Tutoring Service 604/421-6101 www.pdplustutors.com The Reading Foundation 604/222-2254 www.readingfoundation.com The Reading Foundation is a private clinic that provides the diagnosis and treatment of difficulties in reading/spelling, math, comprehension, and written language that affect children, adolescents and adults. Our oneon-one intervention programs are unique, dynamic and powerful. Skilled Kids Occupational Therapy 778/322-1242 www.skilledkids.com Sylvan Learning 1/800-EDUCATE www.SylvanLearning.ca
Teachers’ Tutoring Service 604/730-3410 www.tutor.bc.ca TOC Education Resources 604/603-3008 www.toceducationresources.com Vancouver Tutoring Service 604/922-0900 www.vancouvertutoring service.com The Whole Dyslexic Society 604/921-1084 www.dyslexiacanada.com YT Tutoring 604/STUDENT www.yttutoring.com
school lunches Piccolissimo 604/836-9931 www.piccollissimo.ca Let us provide hot healthy lunches for your child. We cook and deliver the lunches to your child’s school. Visit our website for details.
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classes & programs dance A-Star Performing & Fine Arts Studio 604/266-3053, Vancouver www.astarstudio.com Al Mozaico Flamenco Dance Academy 604/671-9182, Vancouver www.mozaicoflamenco.com Anna Wyman School of Dance Arts 604/926-6535, West Vancouver The Arts Connection 604/241-0141, Richmond www.theartsconnection.ca Arts Umbrella 604/681-5268 www.artsumbrella.com Get inspired this summer! Through hands-on visual, media and performing arts programs, children and youth ages 3–19 are immersed in creative, discovery and fun. Two sessions available: July 3–13 and July 16–27. Registration available now! Classes also available year round. Check the website for details. The BrightStars Program 604/662-8554, Vancouver www.brightstars.ca Vancouver’s only professional Performing Arts program for young children ages 1–13. Dance, sing and act to the melody of life. Classes run year round. Crystal Ballroom Dance School 604/323-1238 www.crystalballroom.ca Dance Co 604/736-3394, Vancouver www.danceco.com email@example.com Dance Co provides unparalleled dance training for all ages and levels. Providing technique and performance while developing confidence and creativity. Programs start throughout the year, for more information visit our website: danceco.com
Dance Expressions 604/574-2277, Surrey www.dancexp.com Douglas Ballet Academy 604/420-0204, Vancouver www.douglasballet.homestead.com Academy of International Dance Arts 604/327-9313 www.academyofinternationaldancearts.com Gabriela’s Movement Studio 604/272-0607 www.movementstudio.ca firstname.lastname@example.org
Goh Ballet Academy 604/872-4014 email@example.com www.gohballet.com Training institute of provincial champions in the Junior, Intermediate & Senior levels as well as International Gold Medal Award Recipients. Well balanced curriculum, RAD examinations & extensive performance opportunities. hz Ballet Classique 604/299-9698, Burnaby www.balletclassique.com Just for Kicks School of Dance 604/596-4161, Surrey North Shore Academy of Dance 604/987-3814
Northwest Academy of Performing Arts 604/306-7390 www.NAPAdance.com Pacific Dance Arts 604/738-8575 www.pacificdancearts.ca Place des Arts Centre & Music Shool 604/664-1636, Coquitlam www.placedesarts.ca Place des Arts provides high quality arts education for all ages and abilities. Over 40 music teachers offer private lessons in a wide range of instruments. Ongoing lessons in music and dance run Sep to Jun; session classes in music, dance, theatre, visual and literary art run fall, winter and spring. www.placedesarts.ca
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Young Explorers Summer Day Camp Biodiversity and Nature for kids aged 7â€“11
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classes & programs Port Moody School of Dance 604/936-0966 www.portmoodydance.com Precision Dance Academy 604/939-8277 www.precisiondance.ca Spotlight Dance Centre 604/299-6111, Vancouver Surrey Dance Centre 604/599-9961 www.surreydancecentre.com The Landing Dance Centre 604/325-8653 www.thelandingdance.com The Landing Dance Centre is a vibrant facility focused on establishing and fostering a love for dance. It is the perfect place to introduce young ones to dance, take their training to the next level, or just have fun! Tri-City Dance Centre 604/523-6868, Coquitlam www.tricitydance.com Unhinge Dance 778/833-3914 www.unhingedance.ca firstname.lastname@example.org Vancouver Tap Dance Society 604/253-0293 www.vantapdance.bc.ca Vancouver Academy of Dance 604/231-8293 www.vancouverdance.com Vancouver Academy of Dance offers summer dance camps in ballet, jazz/lyrical, tap, hip hop, acrobatics, ballroom and Chinese Dance at their main location in Richmond. Westside Dance Centre Ltd 604/736-1000 www.westsidedance.ca We offer great classes in Tap, Jazz, Ballet and Hip hop for kids as young as 3 years old, right up to adults.
specialty Bricks 4 Kidz 778/822-5672 www.bricks4kidz.com/vancouver Bricks 4 Kidz® provides programs that inspire kids to learn about architecture, engineering and design concepts while having fun building with LEGO® bricks. Now offering After School Enrichment Classes, Camps and Birthday Parties. Ages 5–12. Christianne’s Lyceum of Literature and Art 604/733-1356 www.chistiannehayward.com The Lyceum encourages young people to see themselves as readers, writers and artists as they engage with abstract ideas and reflect on their own place in society. Programs include: bookclubs, writers’ workshops, literature and art classes and holiday and summer camps.
The Dizzy Whisk – Cooking Classes for Kids 778/998-3530 www.dizzywhisk.com Kimiko’s Japanese Kitchen 604/727-5331 www.kimikoskitchen.com Lil Divas Fitness 778/322-7174 www. lildivasfitness.com Sewing with Frances 604/433-1030 www.francessewingschool.com Vancouver Aquarium 604/659-FISH www.visitvanaqua.org From the Arctic to the Amazon, 135,000 amazing creatures await you at the Vancouver Aquarium, including Beluga whales, Sea otters, sharks and dolphins. Visit our brand new interactive ‘Canada’s Arctic’ gallery exploring climate change in the north, and immerse your senses in Western Canada’s only 4-D Experience theatre. Plus, get a personal experience with your favourite animals in our Animal Encounters program.
music Allegro Music School Inc. 604/327-7765, Vancouver Arbutus Music Academy 604/736-8767 www.arbutusmusicacademy.com Our teachers are dedicated to offering the highest level of music instruction to students of all ages and levels. Lessons are available in Violin, Viola, Cello, Guitar, Piano, and Theory. RCM examination preparation and Suzuki method offered. The Arts Connection 604/241-0141, Richmond www.theartsconnection.ca BC Conservatory of Music 604/299-2984 Burnaby www.bcmusic.ca BC Registered Music Teachers Assn. 604/733-5531 The BrightStars Program 604/662-8554, Vancouver www.brightstars.ca Learning life long skills through the study of dance styles, music and movement. Classes range from 2 to 5 yrs. Campos Music 604/325-0480 Carillon Music 604/591-1161 www.carillonmusic.com Clavimusic Piano Studios 778/881-0329 www.clavimusic.com Colourstrings Music Studio 604/730-5418, Vancouver www.colourstringsvan.com
Delta Community Music School 604/946-1280, Delta Dominanta Music School 604/767-0949, Burnaby www.dominanta.ca Quality private lessons with experienced instructors for all levels and ages: piano, guitar, violin, flute, voice and more! RCM preparation, preschool music (group), special programs throughout the year. Jean Lyons School of Music 604/734-4019 www.jeanlyonsmusic.com Jumpstart Music & Movement 604/777-7179 www.jumpstartmusicandmovement.com Langley Community Music School 604/534-2848 www.langleymusic.com A non-profit organization committed to providing the highest quality of music education to people of all ages. Long & McQuade Music Education Centres Vancouver 604/682-5215 North Vancouver 604/986-3118 Langley 604/532-8806 Surrey 604/588-9423 Port Coquitlam 604/464-1118 www. long-mcquade.com Long & McQuade’s Lesson Centres – comfortable studios, qualified instructors, low rates, no registration fees, and lessons for every age, level and style. Guitar, piano, bass, drums, brass, woodwinds, orchestral strings & voice. Visit long-mcquade.com for the Lower Mainland location near you. Music for Young Children 800/828-4334 www.myc.com Music for Young Children provides a comprehensive music program that integrates keyboard, singing, ear training, sight reading, creative movement, rhythm, music theory and music composition for children age 3–11.
Music Teachers on the Go 778/882-7603 email@example.com www.musicteachersonthego.com North Shore Music Academy 604/925-3403, North Vancouver Noteworthy Music 604/270-3620, Richmond O Music Studios 604/321-1551 www.omusicstudios.com Oakridge Music Studio 604/321-1551 www.omusicstudios.com Pacific Academy for Music 604/944-0336, Port Coquitlam www.musicinstructor.net Pacific Piano Studio 604/329-7290 Place des Arts Art Centre & Music School 604/664-1636 www.placedesarts.ca Place des Arts provides high quality arts education for all ages and abilities. Over 40 music teachers offer private lessons in a wide range of instruments. Ongoing lessons in music and dance run Sep to Jun; session classes in music, dance, theatre, visual and literary art run fall, winter and spring. Explore, express, create, be great! Place des Arts offers high quality programs in music, visual arts, dance and drama for all ages, skill levels and interests. www.placedesarts.ca Prussin Music 604/736-3036 www.prussinmusic.com Prussin Music has been serving families since 1985. We offer instrument sales, rentals, repairs & lessons. Our teachers are enthusiastic and active in Vancouver’s musical community. We have lessons for all levels and all ages including summer camps and Suzuki classes.
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classes & programs CircusWest 604/252-3679 www.circuswest.com E.J.S. School of Fine Arts 604/596-4883 Gateway Theatre 604/247-4975 www.gatewaytheatre.com In-Studio Art Classes/ Marta Roberson Smyth 604/254-0961 www.martademaria.com Mentoring children from six to sixteen with personalised instruction in small groups. Richmond CommunityMusic School 604/272-5227, Richmond www.richmondmusicschool.ca
performing & visual arts
School of Music and Dance 604/951-3725, Surrey
The Arts Connection 604/241-0141, Richmond www.theartsconnection.ca
Shadbolt Centre for the Arts 604/291-6864, Burnaby
Arts Umbrella 604/681-5268 www.artsumbrella.com Get inspired this summer! Through hands-on visual, media and performing arts programs, children and youth ages 3–19 are immersed in creative, discovery and fun. Two sessions available: July 3–13 and July 16–27. Registration available now! Classes also available year round. Check the website for details.
Staccato Music Studios 604/421-3753 www.staccatostudios.com Steveston Music Centre 604/271-3545, Steveston Tom Lee Music 604/685-8471, Vancouver www.tomleemusic.ca Vancouver Academy of Music 604/734-2301 www.vam.bc.ca Kodaly and Orff musicianship classes. Suzuki violin, viola, piano, cello, and flute. Piano group class (ages 4–9). Ballet (ages 31/2–18). RCM music history and theory. Private instruction in piano, classical guitar, band and orchestral instruments. The Violin ABC’s 778/896-5729 www.violin-abc.com Western Conservatory of Music 604/530-0317, White Rock
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Artspace Children’s Arts Centre www.artspaceforchildren.com Bard on the Beach www.bardonthebeach.org/about-bardeducation Our Young Shakespeareans workshops deliver an interactive fun-filled theatrical adventure. Professional actors lead dynamic workshops on the Bard stages all summer. Carousel Theatre for Young People 604/669-3410 www.carouseltheatre.ca Fun and inspiring acting classes for kids and teens, aged 3–17. Weekend theatre school classes on Granville Island.
JCC Performing Arts School 604/257-5111, Vancouver Kids Only Acting Classes 778/378-9103 www.kidsonlyacting.com Performing & Fine Arts Studio 604/266-3053, N. Vancouver Place des Arts 604/664-1636 www.placedesarts.ca With small classes, quality instruction and a welcoming environment, Place des Arts Art Centre and Music School offers arts education in a variety of disciplines for all ages and abilities.
StageCraft Theatre School 604/267-SCTS (7287) www.stagecraft.ca firstname.lastname@example.org Need some ‘Glee’ in your life? Come to StageCraft Theatre School and let your talent shine!! Intensive yet fun training in drama, singing and dance for students ages 4–14, various locations. Surrey Art Gallery 604/501-5566 Vancouver Film School 604/685-5808 Vancouver Youth Theatre 604/877-0678 www.vyt.ca
sports Aquaventures Swim Centre 604/736-SWIM www.aquaventuresswim.com Award-winning program in tropical warm water. Atlantis Programs 604/874-6464, Vancouver www.atlantisprograms.com Cliffhanger 604/874-2400, Vancouver 604/526-2402, Coquitlam www.cliffhangerclimbing.com
Rainbow Art School Ltd. 604/733-9524 email@example.com
Club Aviva 604/526-4464, Coquitlam www.clubaviva.citysoup.ca
Shadbolt Centre for the Arts 604/291-6864, Burnaby
Dynamo Swim Club 778/866-6604 www.dynamoswimclub.net
StageCoach Theatre Arts Schools 1-877-78-STAGE (78243) www.stagecoachschools.ca Sing, Dance, Act! For 4-18 yr olds. The world’s largest part-time theatre school network, with over 700 locations worldwide in 10 countries! We offer classes in Singing, Dancing and Drama every weekend alongside the school term as well as week long summer camps. Schools throughout the Lower Mainland; Vancouver Eastside/ Westside, Richmond, Surrey, Langley, Coquitlam
The Edge Climbing Centre 604/984-9080 www.edgeclimbing.com Jump! Gymnastics 604/568-9690 www.jumpgymnastics.ca Kids in Motion 604/970-7945 www.kids-inmotion.ca Langley Gymnastics Foundation 604/532-1022 www.langleygymnastics.org
classes & programs The Little Gym of Langley 604/539-2543 www.thelittlegym.com Marina’s Swim School 604/818-4650 www.marinaswimschool.com Marina’s Swim School is offering swim lessons for kids and adults of all ages and abilities. We have the unique style and methods, semi-private teaching environment, tropical warm water. Maynard’s Pony Meadows 604/261-1295 Midnight Cheer Athletics 604/263-6436 Vancouver www.midnightcheer.com
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North Shore Equestrian Centre 604/988-5131 www.wecreateriders.com Quantum Gymnastics Centre 604/465-9293, Maple Ridge www.quantumgym.com RBL Basketball 604/269-0221 or 604/253-5295 www.RBLBasketball.ca Instructional programs, leagues, holiday camps for boys and girls from Kindergarten to Grade 10.
Richmond Gymnastics Association 604/278-3614 www.richmond gymnastics.com
Fall, Winter and Spring sessions registration available June 1, 2012.
Sportball 604/688-3157 www.sportball.ca Sportball is a non-competitive sports program for children 16 months to 12 years. Children are introduced to eight popular sports: soccer, hockey, football, basketball, baseball, volleyball, tennis and golf. Sportball offers weekly programs, outdoor soccer, camps during school holidays, and birthday parties. Come try a free trial class! See our website for a location near you.
Visual, media and performing arts classes available for ages 2-19. Locations in Vancouver and Surrey.
Arts Umbrella is a non-proﬁt organization, dedicated to inspiring kids for life through the arts!
Twin Rivers Equestrian Centre 604.574.5481 www.twinriversequestrian.com Twin Rivers is a great place for campers to improve their riding skills and learn all about horses in an indoor riding facility. We invite campers of all different levels of ability. For further details and registration forms see our website. UBC Gymnastics 604/822-0207 Vancouver Phoenix Gymnastics 604/737-7693 www.phoenixgymnastics.com White Rock Gymnastics 604/542-0386 www.whiterockgymnastics.com
For over 43 years the Vaancouver Academy of Music has been Vaancouver’s choice for music education. Located in the natural green setting of Vanier an a AM Park across from the Planetarium, VA offers an inclusive learning environment that offers personalized musical instruction for over 1000 students of all ages and abilities. Experience a taste off what VA AM has to offer durin during our one-week summer camps, Soundfest, July 9 – August 3. Come discover your inner-Mozart and feel the transformative power of playing great music.
TEL: 604-818-4650, 604-6712603 11111 HORSESHOE WAY, RICHMOND
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Vancouver Academy of Music:
By Bev Yaworski
ancouver Academy of Music has a long, successful history in Vancouver. Parents such as Gladys and Roger Young have been a part of this history as kids themselves. The Youngs encouraged a love of music and wanted their own children to share a similar experience studying at this music school. “The quality of instruction and the dedication of the instructors are inspiring for the students as well as the parents,” says Gladys Young. “Events such as concerts, master classes, open houses, and guest artists are fantastic extra-curricular opportunities offered by the school to support student learning.” The Young boys, Joshua 13 years old is studying cello and Shane 10 years old plays the violin. Both boys participate in the jun-
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ior and senior orchestras. “Our sons enjoy creating music with the skills they have learned through their music lessons,” says Gladys, “And they also enjoy playing music with other kids in the orchestra.” Founded in 1969, Vancouver Academy of Music is the most established music school in the Lower Mainland. Located at Vanier Park across from the Planetarium, the Academy has over 1000 students. A full range of classes is offered to students of all ages and abilities, taught by highly trained, internationally recognized instructors. “The practical impact of music is immediate,” says Joseph Elworthy, Executive Director Vancouver Academy of Music. “It enhances communication, serves as a tool for personal development and provides an
awareness of community service and civic responsibility. Research supporting the link between music and academic achievement is considerable by demonstrating higher test scores in math, reading and writing regardless of socio-economic status. What we see with this data is heightened concentration and memory as a result of musical study. Combined with the discipline of consistent practice, all these factors easily translate to success in the classroom.” Artistic Philosophy
“Vancouver Academy of Music believes in the inspiring and transcendental nature of the performing arts,” says Joseph. “Great music provides an insight into the human condition and serves as a tool for artistic
classes & programs and personal growth. Our core teaching philosophy lies in the cultivation of character and cognition in every student through the discipline acquired through the study of music. Our students are engaged in the community by bringing their musical talents to venues such as care facilities, hospitals, charitable events and community gatherings.” For example: talented brass students played at a Fundraiser for Canadian figure skater Patrick Chan this past February. “As the Academy expands, we are looking to incorporate the diverse musical traditions of Vancouver’s ethnic communities,” adds Joseph Elworthy. “We also believe that music is best learned and enjoyed in a group environment. Our faculty and staff place great importance in providing a learning environment that is encouraging and supportive—a place where kids can diffuse the daily pressures of school and enjoy making music with friends.” Types of Musical Instruction
Academy students are able to take lessons along diverse creative paths: piano, violin, cello, voice, music theory and more. For over 43 years, the school has been a global leader in the Suzuki method of music instruction. This method places great importance on the natural development of the ear using language acquisition theories, as well as emphasizing the value of a shared learning environment between parent and child. The Traditional teaching style is also followed which involves students simultaneously learning instrumental instruction and
musical notation. Other types of teaching methods include: Orff (music, movement, drama and speech, similar to a child’s world of play) and Kodaly (syllables expressing musical notes and rhythm exploration through natural movements). Instructors come with backgrounds from respected institutions including: UBC, Juilliard, Yale University, the Vancouver Symphony and the Vancouver Opera. Some Program Highlights
Brain Boosters is an innovative Academy program for children aged three to thirteen years that stimulates both hemispheres of the brain through music and math. Created by certified instructor Lisa Amini, the program has been very well received by parents and children. “Brain Boosters can work for children as young as 2 1/2 years to learn the universal languages of math and music,” says Lisa. “Equally, it works for children with special needs, including those who are challenged by autism or are hearing-impaired, because these students can learn and show their understanding of math and music non-verbally. All students in this course learn to concentrate and focus, and also seem to have a better appreciation of the world they live in.” Soundfest is a new summer program where students of all instruments can unleash their inner Mozart with lessons, group ensemble and even an iPad orchestra at four one-week camps from July 9 to August 3 for children aged four to eighteen years. This program includes cultural excursions with the
Space Centre, Museum of Vancouver, Bard on the Beach, and the Maritime Museum— to “stimulate the senses, challenge the intellect, and spur musical proficiency.”
What we see with this data is heightened concentration and memory as a result of musical study. Combined with the discipline of consistent practice, all these factors easily translate to success in the classroom.
Starting in September, an expanded Early Childhood curriculum with classes for threemonth old babies and up will be launched. A class for expectant mothers looking to bond with their baby and brush up on their musical knowledge is also being offered. “Many parents and grandparents take advantage of the Adult Learning program,” adds Joseph. “They can enjoy playing music with their children and perhaps rekindle their own youthful passion for music.” The Academy is not only for exceptional, musically gifted children aspiring to become professional musicians, but also is for anyone who has an interest in music. All levels of creative talent are welcome. Registration for programs is quick and easy with the use of online registration on their website at www.vam.ca. An exciting period of stimulating growth and renewal is underway at this respected musical institution. “We are pursuing the possibility of expansion within the Lower Mainland,” adds Joseph, “as well as collaborative partnerships with international music schools and satellite locations in Asia, along with continuing the important work promoting the value of music education in this community. The Academy aims to nurture a life-long appreciation of music and performing arts.” bcparent.ca • 29
summer camps art, music, drama & dance The Arts Connection 604/241-0141 www.theartsconnection.ca Richmond Arts Umbrella 604/681-5268 www.artsumbrella.com Get inspired this summer! Through hands-on visual, media and performing arts programs, children and youth ages 3–19 are immersed in creative, discovery and fun. Two sessions available: July 3–13 and July 16–27. Registration available now! Classes also available year round. Check the website for details. Bard on the Beach: Young Shakespeareans 604/737-0625 www.bardonthebeach.org Vancouver Our Young Shakespeareans workshops deliver an interactive fun-filled theatrical adventure. Professional actors lead dynamic workshops on the Bard stages all summer.
Camp Monarch, Music, Art & Dance 604/723-8151 www.campmonarch.ca North Vancouver Cowboys and Angels 604/568-6673 www.cowboysandangels.ca Let your child’s artistic imagination take over as they paint a new ceramic piece that matches the week’s theme every day! Dance Co 604/736-3394 www.danceco.com Dance Co provides unparalleled dance training for all ages and levels. Providing technique and performance while developing confidence and creativity. Programs start throughout the year, for more information visit our website: danceco.com Evergreen Cultural Centre 604/927-6555 www.evergreenculturalcentre.ca Coquitlam
Gateway Academy’s Summer Camp 604/247-4975 www.gatewaytheatre.com Richmond Jean Lyons School of Music 604/734-4019 www.jeanlyonsmusic.com Music Friends 604/733-9394 musicfriendsinsummer.blogspot.com Vancouver Group music ages 6–15 Place des Arts 604/664-1636 www.placedesarts.ca Coquitlam Place des Arts Summer Fun! Art Camp 6 weeks: July 3 to Aug. 10, 2012 Summer Fun! offers flexibility, choice and lots of summertime fun for children ages 5–7 & 8–12. Our half-day, week-long workshops for 12–14 year olds provide more intensive experiences in a range of visual and performing arts disciplines. www.placedesarts.ca Prussin Music 604/736-3036 www.prussinmusic.com