Together With Your Little Ones....... Every week day, from 8:30-4:00, come dressed in your best socks and drop in to our sock zone! This is our free play activity room where you can help your child learn to climb the rock wall, play on the swing and burn off some steam. Sorry, no bare feet or shoes allowed.
Stay ‘N Play Monday mornings from 9:30-11:30 in the Planned Programs Room (Preschool Entrance). Child-led activities give parents a chance to play and bond with their preschoolers. No registration required.
Wiggles & Giggles Tuesday mornings from 10-11 in the Free Play Activity Room (Main Entrance). Parents and children read stories, sing, and play the drums together. Suitable for children 0-5 years old. No registration required.
Parent Cafe Wednesday mornings from 10-12 in the Planned Programs Area (Preschool Entrance). A chance for parents and caregivers to get out of the house for good discussion and connecting while the kids play. On the last Wednesday of each month, we will have a guest speaker present on different parenting topics. Childcare will be available for these sessions.
Baby n' Me A registered program for parents/caregivers and babies not yet crawling. Come with your baby and have fun together. Registration is required; please contact Colleen at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dadurday Resuming in the fall, this is a Saturday mornings program for children aged 0-5 and their Dads, uncles, grandpas and other male caregivers from 10-12.
Under 8 Play & Skate Wednesday mornings, from 9:30-11:30 at the Fort Macleod Sports Arena, November through March. This is an opportunity for parents to join their younger children as they pass a puck or skate without all the big kids around. Program includes hot chocolate and a snack for the kids. No registration required.
More Supports For Your Family....... First Nations Outreach Kids First Family Centre’s First Nations Outreach effort helps connect families to programs and supports. Our contact for First Nations Outreach is Joely Cross Child. She can be reached at: email@example.com, and by phone: 403-715-9607
Every Parents Group An excellent program we run in partnership with Alberta Mental Health. This program is excellent for parents wishing to build upon their relationship with their children. Registration is required; please give us a call at 587-787-1071 to let us know how many kids you will need free childcare for.
Triple P Our accredited staff provide free parenting seminars, discussion groups and one-to-one sessions. Triple P is based on 30+ years of evidence and is like a toolbox of ideas. The programs offer information, support and practical answers to everyday parenting concerns. Call us at 587-787-1071 for more information.
Ages & Stages Developmental Checkups Offered by Centre staff at any time or during a once/year event in partnership with community organizations including Alberta Health and WA Day School in Fort Macleod. This is an opportunity to see where your 2½ - 5 year-old stands developmentally.
Stories from Around the World Once a month, children in kindergarten learn about other children and families from around the world. A story, snack and sometimes a craft, introduce kids to the culture and heritage of others.
Skate and Helmet Lending Program For a small deposit, families can borrow skates and helmets for every family member for the whole season. Provided everything is returned in good condition at the end of the season, the deposit is refunded.
Recreation/Arts Subsidy Program Kids First offers subsidies up to $100 per year, per child to help enable children and youth to participate in local arts and recreation programs and events. We are also a community partner with the Canadian Tire Jumpstart program. Jumpstart offers subsidies which help enable children and youth to participate in recreation programs. For more information on either of the subsidies listed, and to access application forms, please call Gerri at 587-787-1071.
School Breakfast Programs Available every day for every child, no questions asked. Provided at WA Day, FP Walshe, Crossroads Campus and Granum School. Emergency lunches are also available at WA Day.
Taste Buds Offered in grade 3, students from WA Day school learn kitchen basics and how to make simple after-school snacks with whole ingredients. This six-week program is run in partnership with staff at WA Day.
Now We’re Cookin’ Similar to Taste Buds, the grade 5 students from WA Day school build on previous kitchen experience to make delicious snacks. Students learn about hygiene in the kitchen, paring knife skills and nutritional choices.
Thrifty Kitchen Thrifty Kitchen is a registration program that will resume in the fall. Participants get together to plan and prepare meals that taste great, are healthy and don’t break the bank. Kids First provides the groceries, the kitchen space, childcare and expertise. Email Sonya at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 587-787-1071 for information.
Good Food Box A program offered in Fort Macleod, Granum and Brocket, anyone in these communities can pick up a bag of fresh produce valued at approximately $25 for $15. Orders and payment are due the last Thursday of the month. Pick up is from 11 am – 3 pm on the 2nd Thursday of the following month. Drop off points for bags, payment and forms are at the Gazette, Library or at our Centre. Many thanks to Hansen’s Family Foods for their partnership in this program.
Community Play Date Every Wednesday throughout July and August, bring the kids to the Lioness Park and join lots of other families for unstructured fun. Free snacks. 10-11:30.
Back to School Connect Every year in the last week of August, this community-wide event introduces parents to all the supports and services available to families in Fort Macleod. To help parents prepare for the school year, the event focuses on a huge exchange of gently used fall and winter clothing, outerwear, shoes and boots. Local professionals offer free dental screening, optical screening and free tidy-up hair trims. Sports and dance groups are open for registration, a selection of free school supplies is available and everyone is welcome to a free snack. Call Rachel at 587-787-1071 for details on how to donate clothing and for event date/times.
Blackfoot Cultural Day An annual celebration of Blackfoot culture that includes Kainai Nation and Piikani Nation and the community of Fort Macleod. Come together for free dancing, a traditional meal, traditional games and humour. Everyone welcome. This year's Blackfoot Cultural Day will take place on June 2, from 11-3 in the WA Day school field.
Secret Santa A program through which community groups, businesses and individuals are able to “Adopt a Family” and provide a great Christmas experience for them. Schools and agencies identify families needing assistance and Fort Macleod Kids First Family Centre ensures community donations reach these families. Call 587-787-1071 to adopt a family.