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, and Wednesday afternoons from 1:30-3:30 in the Planned Programs Room (Preschool Entrance). Child-led activities give parents a chance to play and bond with their preschoolers. No registration required.
Family Rhyme Time 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.
Baby n' Me A program for parents/caregivers and babies not yet crawling. Come with your baby and have fun together. No registration required, but let us know if you're coming so we can get enough child care providers for the bigger kids.
Dadurdays Saturday mornings from 10-12, dads and 5-and-unders come to play. Beginning January 19, 2017.
Me & My Food Tuesday mornings from 10-11 in our learning kitchen (Main Entrance). Parents and preschoolers discover together where food comes from and what it does to build and strengthen little bodies. Planting, nurturing, harvesting and eating what is grown are all part of this fun program. Call 403-892-7236 to register.
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 team helps connect families to programs and supports.
Every Parents Group Friday afternoons from 1:30-3:30, parents join us for great conversations, tips and ideas on common parenting challenges. Please give Trish a call at 403-892-1793 to let us know how many kids you will need free childcare for. Starting February 3, 2017.
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 Trish at 403-892-1793 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.
Blackfoot Beading At lunch once a week, for students at WA Day school. Kids learn traditional First Nations beading skills. Call 587-787-1071 for more information.
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. With an appropriate endorsement, Jumpstart offers subsidies which help enable children and youth to participate in programs involving physical activity over five or more sessions. For more information or subsidy application forms call 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 Thursday mornings from 10-12 in our learning kitchen (Main Entrance). 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. Call 403-892-7236 to register.
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 $18-20 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.
Farm to Table During Farmers Market season, Join us every Thursday afternoon at 3 pm for a food demonstration. Volunteers show how to use garden and farm-fresh seasonal produce to make easy, delicious snacks. Free samples and lots of great conversation.
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 587-787-1071 for details on how to donate clothing and for event date/times.
Blackfoot Fair 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.
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.