Parent-Tot Drop-In, a Family Resource Program, is an inclusive free program that offers a stimulating play group for children birth to six.

The play groups meet indoors as well as in local community parks. It is a place where parents can take a break from the home routine, connect with other parents and caregivers and have fun playing with their children. Families can access community resources, parenting information and one on one support in a warm and inviting space. Child care providers and the children they care for are also welcome to attend the Drop-In program.

What you can expect from the program

You will find a well-equipped and safe playroom, with quality toys and equipment intentionally chosen with the developmental needs of children 0-6 in mind. Parents will meet caring and qualified staff who create space for parents and caregivers to connect with their children and increase their parental capacity.

Tea and coffee are served and a healthy vegetarian snack is provided at each Drop-In group session.

Additional programming such as Mother Goose Story and Rhyme groups, Infant Massage, Circle of Security Parenting, cooking groups and Ukulele groups.

We recognize the diverse needs and abilities in our community and welcome feedback from families. The program is responsive to community needs and families are encouraged to share their skills and ideas with staff as well as in the program.

How you can take part

Parent-Tot Drop-In is open to anyone who cares for a child from birth to six. We are located at:


Wednesdays - 9:30 am -11:30 am, outdoor program at Dougal Park, Gibsons.

Thursday 9:30 am - 1:30 pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 9:30 am -11:30 am at Gibsons & Area Community Centre, 700 Park Road, Gibsons.


Mondays and Wednesdays - 9:30 am - 11:30 am, The Family Place, 5520 Trail Avenue, Sechelt.

Drop-In will be closed on statutory holidays for staff training days or in the event of heavy snow or power failure. Closures will be posted in advance when possible. Please follow Bellies and Babies/Parent Tot Drop In (Sunshine Coast, BC) on Facebook for regular updates.

What's On

Our Bellies and Babies program and Parent-Tot Drop-In programs have lots of exciting events scheduled! Programs are geared to families with children 0-6, siblings are welcome!

Our staff are here to support you and are available if you need us. Please call Shirley on 604-865-1108 or email

If severe weather occurs, such as heavy rain, windstorms or extreme heat events, programs will run indoors at the Rec Centre (Gibsons) or Family Place (Sechelt). 

Be sure to check here often for upcoming groups and join our Facebook group for all the latest news and events! Our staff are here to support you and are available if you need us. Please call Shirley on 604-865-1108 or email


This program is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada; MCFD; the Jean and Arthur Clarke Foundation; Town of Gibsons; SCRD; Sunshine Coast Foundation; Community Foundations of Canada (founding partners of the Equality Fund); parents, and community donations.


Program Contact Information

Shirley French, Family Resources Lead


Gibsons & Area Community Centre
700 Park Road, Gibsons B.C
V0N 1V7

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The Family Place
5520 Trail Avenue B.C
V0N 3A3

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Please Note:  Drop-In will be closed on statutory and school holidays and may be cancelled if a severe weather event is in effect.