Strong Start & Playgroups

Playgroups for children 0-6 in Kamloops

Strong Start Family Drop In Programs

Monday to Friday, there are free drop-in programs available at four local schools. These programs are parent-participation preschool programs for children from birth to 5 years old. Lots of fun, crafts, stories and games.

Bumblebees Family Centre at Arthur Hatton Elementary (315 Chestnut Dr) Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri 8:30 – 11am, Wed 12 – 2:30pm 250.376.7217

Dragonflies at Marion Schilling Elementary (2200 Park Dr) Mon  to Fri 8:45-11:45 250.372.2027

Eagles’ Nest at Beattie Elementary (492 McGill) Mon to Fri 8:30 – 11:30am

Lady Bugs at AE Perry Elementary (1380 Sherbrooke Ave.) Mon to Fri 8:30 – 11:30am Phone: (250) 376-6224

Attachment Parenting and La Leche League Group

The AP group meets once a month to discuss topics of interest. Please check out the group page on Facebook for more information and the meeting and topic schedule:

Healthy Beginnings

A community-based support group for parents and caregivers of children 0 – 6.

Held at the Interior Indian Friendship Society (2355 Parkcrest Ave) on Tuesdays (9:45 – 11:45am) and Thursdays (10:30am – 12:30pm). for more information contact 250-554-3134

Wiggles ‘n Giggles Adoption Playgroup

Monthly meet-up and playgroup where all are welcome. A new location every month. Contact: for more information

 Club M.O.M.

Informal group for mothers with children 0-3 years old. Meets every Wednesday at the Pregnancy Care Centre (200-535 Tranquille Road) from 11:00 – 1:00pm.

250-376-4646 or

Kamloops YMCA-YWCA

Child Care Resource and Referral

150 Wood St, Kamloops, BC


Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 9-12 – Interactive Early Learning Centre – for families with children from birth to school age. Closed stat holidays.  Free drop-in program.

Tuesdays, 9-11:30 – Interactive Early Learning Centre – for families with children from birth to school age. Closed stat holidays.  Free drop-in program.

Mondays, 11am-12noon – Baby Locomotion Time – for parents with babies who are pre-crawlers to early walkers. Closed stat holidays.  Free drop-in program.

Tuesdays, 11:45am-12:30pm – Baby Time – for parents with babies who are birth to pre-crawling.  Free drop-in program.

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Last updated on September 11, 2019

13 thoughts on “Strong Start & Playgroups”

  1. I visit Kamloops in weekends occasionally, can you please tell me if you have any suggestions for weekend activities? My baby is 10.5 months old.

  2. Hello, Jill!

    All of the programs geared for that age group (whether they re drop-in or require advance registration) seem to happen during the week. If you are looking for something to do on the weekends, Lil’ Monkey’s Treehouse and Sweet Home Cafe are both open on Saturdays. River City Gymnastics has Family Gym Saturdays when your child is a little older (I think they need to be 15 or 18 months old?) Also, both libraries have an area set aside specifically for children (with puzzles, puppets and colouring). Strolling through the Saturday Farmer’s Market or visiting one of the many spray parks in town would be a great idea now when the weather is nice!

  3. New to Kamloops.
    I have a 1 year old daughter as well as a 3 year old Autistic son. I’m wondering if there are any groups that I should lean towards?

  4. Sorry I missed this, Elaine – you can contact either of the Strong Start programs by calling the numbers listed above. Thank you!

  5. Good day
    Am an international student
    I Got admission into thompson rivers university
    I have a 2 year old son and 4 and 6 years old daughters
    Please am concern about the 2 and 4years old as my 6 years will be resuming in one of the public schools
    Kindly suggest how i can go about my 2 years old son and 4years old daughter.
    Will be expecting a reply
    Thank you
    Ndidiamaka chinwe fegbada

  6. Hey there new to kamloops I have a four year old who would love the socialize with other kids her age. She is 4 years old.


  7. hey there new to kamloops. I have a 1 year 8 months old boy. I am wondering if there is any place where i can go with him and invokve him in some activities as there are summer vacations in strong start groups.

  8. Hello, I have an infant of 3 months. I was wondering if there is any active mom’s club. Where we can get along with other moms with their kids.

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