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Accessing Kamloops Parks and Recreation Activities

Photo:  https://www.city.kamloops.bc.ca/recreation/index.shtml


YMCA Fall 2013 Activity Guide



Affordable Recreation, Community Associations/Committees, Grants & Resources (please see the ARCH Program below)


Y Power of Being a Girl Conference, Wednesday, October 16, 2013, all day

All girls who attended were fully sponsored, because every young person deserves a chance to participate.  “It gives the girls the chance to connect with valuable community resources and know that they are supported by their community,” said Michele Walker, the director.  The workshops focused on:

  • self-esteem,
  • bullying,
  • positive peer relationships,
  • body image and
  • Internet safety.

Visit kamloopsy.org or call 250-377-7725 to register for the Power of Being a Girl Conference!



Car Seat Safety

Parents learn about car seat safety and how to protect their children. Receive hands-on installation instructions, tips, and techniques from a certified child passenger safety educator.


Child Interactive Play and Learn Centre (0 – 5 years old)

Spend a morning exploring a fun, safe play place with Mom, Dad, grandparent or caregiver.  Meet other families with children who are the same age. Children will have story time, crafts and special events.  Each child must be registered, and parents/ guardians are free.  It is available at two locations:


Southwest YK (CCRR), 1420 Hugh Allan Drive

Monday – Friday, 9 am – 12/Drop in


Northshore Y

Monday – Saturday, 9 am – 12/ Drop in

Y members are free, and non-members:  $3 per child/ Drop in rates


Fall Frolics, 3 – 5 years

Each week will be a new adventure.  Your child will learn through stories, games, arts and crafts, and physical activity, as well as meet new friends and learn important social skills. This is a child-independent class, and your child must be toilet trained.  Bring a snack and water.

For additional information about any of these programs, please contact the Active Living Coordinator at 250-828-3653. To register, call 250-828-3500


Bike Rodeo (FREE)

All Ages:

Bring your bike and helmet and put your cycling smarts to the test! The RCMP Bike Patrol will teach you how to do a pre-ride check and review road rules, hand signals, and helmet safety. Ride your bike through the bike rodeo stations! Everyone gets a prize and is entered into our draw!


See It! Try It! Do It!

Students can only register through their schools, and they must attend the school where the program is offered.


  • A. E. Perry Elementary School

             Square Dancing with the Stars, January 13 – February 10, 2014

             Play Chess, February 25 – March 25


  • Arthur Hatton Elementary School

            Cook It!  Try It!  Like It!, January 14 -February 11

            Yoga, February 24 – March 17


  • Bert Edwards

             Yoga, January 14 – February 11, 2014

             Square Dancing with the Stars, February 24 – March 24


  • Kay Bingham Elementary School

             Big Tent Circus, January 15 – February 12

            Martial Arts, February 26 – March 26


  • Stuart Wood Elementary School

            Martial Arts, January 14 – February 11

            Cook It! Try It! Like It!, February 25 – March 18


See It! Try It! Do It! is a program that gives elementary school students a chance to take part in a variety of fun activities. This program is a partnership between School District No. 73 and the City of Kamloops. Join us one day a week for after-school fun!


  • Summer Dance Camp ($125 for one week, noon to 3 p.m.)


  • After School Art Classes ($65, 3:30-5 p.m. for three weeks)


Serious Young Artist – The Karla Pearce Art Gallery is offering after-school art classes for creative young minds who are interested in exploring acrylic painting. Students will discover new and interesting ways to draw, paint, develop their creativity and pursue individual art projects.


Drama Club – ($85, 4 days, two hours per day)

Do you want to learn more about the art of drama? This class can help! Learn about:


  • basic memorization techniques,


  • improvisational skills,


  • monologues, and


  • scenes.

This is a great class to help with public speaking skills.



Make and Take Art Projects


($5 each one-hour project for ages: 6-12)
Enjoy creativity every Thursday at the Old Courthouse Cultural Centre. Each week is a different project and is open for all ages to participate.


  • Air Dry Clay


  • Painting for Fun


  • Print Making


  • Weaving


  • Paper Making


  • Let’s Be Creative


  • Art with Shaving Cream


  • Image Transfers



  • Summer Tennis Camp for Ages 5-8 ($40 for four days)


These four-day camps at the Tennis Centre in Riverside Park are designed to help your youngster improve and have fun! Tennis Canada, with our provincial association partners, has introduced a new community program called Progressive Tennis, which “kid-sizes” the game. With smaller courts, smaller racquets, and softer balls, the game is fun and easy to play.


  • Youth


I Love Water Polo ($40 for one hour a day)


I Love Water Polo (ILWP) is Water Polo Canada’s introductory, grassroots program for boys and girls ages 8-13 at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre. In a learn-to-play environment similar to swimming lessons, participants discover the game of water polo and the basic skills involved in aquatic sports. The program also helps to enhance the participants’


  • swimming,


  • balance, and


  • coordination.


No prior water polo experience is required. The only prerequisite is that participants should be able to swim one width of the pool.






The 11th Annual Iron Kids Triathlon consisted of three activities: swimming, cycling, and running. The sport connects the three activities with a transition area. The Kids of Steel event was a great opportunity to introduce triathlon to those who haven’t tried it. It’s designed to be FUN and every participant is a winner!  Our sponsors include:


Runners Sole

Bicycle Cafe

Wayside Printers

Booster Juice

Sean Felker Photography

Blackwell Dairy




• Entry fee: $25 (includes t-shirt, medal, pizza & ice cream)


• Training wheels and lifejackets are permitted


• Race details will be available online:


www.trytri.org or email koskamloops@gmail.com


• To register: 250-828-3500 or www.kamloops.ca/ezreg

• Registration deadline: Wednesday, May 15, 2013


Many volunteers were needed to run this fantastic event. A minimum of one volunteer per family was required. Email koskamloops@gmail.com to volunteer.


The ARCH program is Affordable Recreation for Community Health.


Who is it for?  Permanent Residents of the City of Kamloops


• The City of Kamloops understands the value and benefits of recreation as an essential part of healthy living.  Our goal is to improve the health and wellness of all citizens in our community.


• ARCH is a subsidy program that provides an opportunity for individuals with limited incomes to participate in a variety of recreational activities.  Kamloops Immigrant Services settlement workers can assess eligibility, complete application forms, and issue approval letters.




In order to qualify, the applicant must be a permanent resident of the City of Kamloops, meet one or more of the following criteria, and provide the appropriate identification.


Option A:  Receive Income Assistance from the Ministry of Housing and Social Development, or


Option B:  Have an annual income in the previous/current year (depending on when you apply), or


Option C:  Receive a Canadian Pension or Long-term Disability that is below the Low Income amount


Guidelines Outlined in the Application Form


All applicants must provide:


• Primary Photo Identification:  BC Drivers License or other photo ID

• Secondary Identification:  Birth Certificate or Care Card

• Proof of Residency:  Current Utility Bill (for example, BC Hydro, TELUS, or Shaw)

• Financial Confirmation:  Ministry of Housing and Social Development approval or Canada Customs and Revenue



Agency’s Notice of Assessment for previous or current year for:


• Each adult (19 or older) per household


• Household income



Below please find the Statistics Canada Low Income Guidelines: 


Number of people in the household:

         1                     2                      3                 4                   5                  6                    7
$18,976     $23,623      $29,041    $35,261    $39,992    $45,105    $50,218


Applications are available on our website at: www.kamloops.ca/communityprograms/arch, or can be picked up at:


• Tournament Capital Centre (TCC) on the Thompson Rivers University campus,

• Westsyde Pool, or

• Interior Savings Centre on Lansdowne


There are two places on the North Shore in Kamloops where you can submit your application:


1.  Interior Indian Friendship SocietyAboriginal Family Services

125 Palm Street, Kamloops, BC V2B 8JN

Phone:  250-376-1296

Monday – Friday, 1 pm –  4 pm only


2. White Buffalo Aboriginal Health Society and Resource Centre


517 Tranquille Road, Kamloops, BC V2B 3H3

Phone:  250-554-1176



There is one place downtown:


Family Tree Family Centre

283 Victoria Street West, Kamloops, BC V2C 1A5

Phone:  250-377-6890

Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 am – 1 pm only


When you have been approved, you will receive a letter and information package.  Take your approval letter and picture ID to:


  • the Tournament Capital Centre;


  • Westsyde Pool; or


  • Interior Savings Centre to be registered in the ARCH Program.



Kamloops Community YMCA-YWCA


The Y wants everyone in our community to be able to have the Y experience. 

Financial assistance is available for people who cannot pay the full fee for a Y membership, swim lessons, and/or camp in the Northshore and Downtown Y programs.  There are over 70 group fitness classes.  Speak with a Y Member Services person, or go to kamloopsy.org for more information.




Downtown Y (with a pool)

400 Battle Street

Phone:  250-372-7725

Monday – Friday, 5:30 am to 10 pm

Saturday, 7 am to 8 pm

Sunday, 8 am to 5 pm

Playcare is offered for parents and children.


Play Care Services




Monday – Saturday,   8:30 am – 1:00 pm





Monday – Thursday 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm* 3:30 pm – 7:45 pm*

*School age children are welcome. Bring your homework!  *maximum stay of 2 hours per day




• We welcome all ages. Birth to 5 years, and 6 years and older with their own activities.

• Infant spaces may be limited. First come, first serve basis.



• Included in Family and Child Memberships.

• Non-Members: $5.00 per hour or partial hour per child.


Parent Involvement


• Parents are welcome to stay with their children until they are comfortable. Parents will be paged if child needs them.

• Volunteers are encouraged and greatly welcomed.

• Please feel free to share any of your ideas or suggestions with us.  We would love to hear from you.



Our Commitment to You


• A clean, safe and child-friendly facility.

• Professional staff and caring volunteers.

• Accessibility.

• A stimulating and challenging environment.


Playcare Safety

• All staff have been trained in emergency evacuation procedures.


• Staff hold current certifications in First Aid.


• YMCA-YWCA recommended caregiver-to-child ratios are based on children’s needs to ensure quality care at all times.

• All rooms and equipment are cleaned on a regular basis.


Northshore Y


Northills Shopping Centre

700 Tranquille Road

Phone:  250-554-9622


Monday – Friday, 6 am to 9 pm

Saturday, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm

Sunday, 10 am to 2 pm (October 16-May 12)

Playcare is offered for parents and children.


Healthy Kids Day! 

Join us at the Downtown Y on June 2nd for some free family fun and games!

Contact 250-372-7725.





Food For the Family education session followed by a Family Zumba class. What a great way to work out together!


First learn about healthy choices and fun ways to get everyone involved in the kitchen and improve eating habits. Then participate in the hottest workout that everyone can do and have fun doing it… ZUMBA.


Location:  DOWNTOWN Y
Sundays, 12:00 – 2:00 pm
January 20 – March 3 (6 weeks)
Members: $30 Non-Members: $60 (up to 4 in family)




Nobody’s perfect. There are no perfect parents or perfect children. We can only do our best, and we all need help once in awhile. ‘Nobody’s Perfect’ is for parents of children 0-5 years of age. It is guided by two caring and trained facilitators.


This program is free of charge and includes:


– Learning how to understand your child better

– Information on children’s health, safety, & behaviour

– Coping with parenting stress

– Sharing ideas, tips, & experiences with other parents

– How to take a break from your busy day



Each Session Includes:


– Nutritious snacks

– Childminding
– Transportation (can be arranged for each parent if required)



For dates and times of upcoming sessions and more information, please call (250) 372-7791.





The Child Interactive Centre is a welcoming place for all families.  It offers the opportunity for children 0-5 years old to spend a morning.  They will explore a fun, safe play environment with their mom, dad, grandparent or caregiver. Children will explore different themes and have story time, crafts and special events. It is a great place to meet new friends of all ages. Everyone is welcome!



Child Interactive Drop-In Centre


For the past 20 years, the Kamloops YMCA-YWCA Drop-In Centre has brought families together to:


• Strengthen Families

• Provide Social Networking and Play Based Learning

• Promote Early Learning and Literacy

• Provide Education and Community Engagement
• Provide Information



The Child Interactive Centre is available at 2 locations:



Unit E, 1420 Hugh Allan Drive

Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


Monday – Saturday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Members: Free Non-Members: $3 per child




Raised tables are placed in the pool and toys are available! Come enjoy a morning of fun with your little ones!

*Please make sure all little ones are wearing Little Swimmers diapers.*No registration required! *Included in membership

Saturdays, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Sundays, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm



CREATE WAVES (3 -6 years)


Create waves in this hour of arts, crafts, songs and games with a YMCA-YWCA swim instructor. This program includes 30 minutes of activities in the play care room and 30 minutes of fun in the pool!

*Parents please meet the instructor in the foyer of the Downtown YMCA. Pickup will be on the pool deck. Please have children dressed in swim suits under their clothing when dropped off.


Sundays, 10:00 – 11:00 am

September 9 – October 28
November 4 – December 23
Members: $20 Non-Members: $40





The university of learn-to-swim lessons are an alternative to our normal 2- month lesson set. The format runs over 4 months, allowing your child to learn at his or her own pace, allowing you to re-register less often.

*Pre-requisite: your child must have passed Otters/Sea-Turtles/Swk 1.

Saturdays, 11:30 am – 12:15 pm

September 8 – December 22
Members: $40 Non-Members: $76





FLICK ‘N FLOAT (7-12 years)
Join us the last Friday of every month for a fun evening of swimming, pizza and a movie! Pre-registration is required & children must be comfortable in the pool.


Fridays, 3:30 – 4:30 Swim
4:30 – 6:30 Pizza & Movie

September 28
October 26
November 30
Members: $10 Non-Members: $15
Registration closes the Thursday before 4:00 pm






Bring your child for gym time. It will focus on movement and coordination development through:

  • active play,


  • games, and


  • using basic gym equipment.

Following gym time will be craft time, which may include painting, glueing, pasting, and cutting.


• Location:  DOWNTOWN Y
Fridays, 10:30 – 11:30 am (2.5 – 4 years)
Multipurpose Room


September 21 – November 23 (10 weeks)
Members: $30 Non-Members: $60

• Location: NORTHSHORE Y
Thursdays, 12:00 – 1:00 pm (2 – 4 years)

September 20 – November 22 (10 weeks)
Members: $30 Non-Members: $60




THEME DAYS (3-5 years)

Come join us for a Saturday of fun-filled adventure, everything from costumes, decorating, music, and crafts to making new friends.



Saturdays, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
October 13 – Halloween Howl Course
November 17 – Little Rockers Course
December 1 – Christmas Express

Members: $15 Non-Members: $25 per session



MINI CHEF (2.5 – 4 years)


From the moment your preschooler puts on the apron, they will feel like a chef. They will get to chop, scoop, measure, mix and pour. With a combination of cooking, games and crafts, each class is full of activity.


Tuesdays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
September 18 – October 9 – Fantastic Fruit (4 weeks)
October 16 – November 6 – Fall Colours (4 weeks)
November 13 – December 4 – Christmas Crunch (4 weeks)
Members: $30 Non-Members $42 per session


KIDZ YOGA (5-12 years old)


Cooperative games, theme activities, and music engage your child’s natural energy and enthusiasm. Classes explore:

  • yoga poses,


  • breathing exercises,


  • visual imagery and


  • relaxation techniques

while teaching lessons in self-expression, social skills, and positive thinking.


Tuesdays, 4:15 – 4:45 pm
September 18 – December 6 (12 weeks)
Included in Membership. Non-Members: $72



KIDZ CRAZY GAMES (5-12 years old) NEW!

A fun, interactive workout with games and challenges for kids.



Wednesdays, 4:15 – 4:45 pm
September 19 – December 7 (12 weeks)
Included in Membership. Non-Members: $72



KIDZ AEROBICS (5-12 years)


Enjoy some aerobic activity which includes skipping, step aerobics, dance moves, bosu & ball workouts. Saundra makes getting sweaty fun!


Mondays, 4:15 – 4:45 pm
September 17 – December 3 (11 weeks) Course 6563

Included in Membership. Non-Members: $66


KIDZ ZUMBATOMIC (5-12 years)
Kids love to crank up the music, shake, wiggle, and have a blast with their friends. So lets get into shape while enjoying the fun steps of Zumba.


Thursdays, 4:15 – 4:45 pm
September 20 – December 6 (12 weeks)

Included in Membership. Non-Members: $72




Partner poses, group games, self-awareness and respect for others are emphasized in this fun and creative class. Children will learn a variety of techniques and exercises to help them calm their minds.  They will also build strength, increase flexibility and improve coordination. Kids will practice challenging yoga poses by imitating animals and elements of nature. Self-expression is highly encouraged as we create journals and make up our own yoga stories to act out.


Location:  DOWNTOWN Y

Mondays, 4:00 – 4:45 pm
October 15 – December 10 (8 weeks)
Members: $40 Non-Members: $48





HOME ALONE (10+ years)

Are you thinking of letting your child have a little more responsibility? This course teaches important skills through interactive lessons that will help both you and your child feel confident when they are home alone. Parents will be required to attend the last 1/2 hour of the program.


Location:  SOUTHWEST Y

Unit E, 1420 Hugh Allan Drive

Wednesday, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
September 19
November 21





For all the youth (ages 11-16) who are taking part in team sports, these sessions are designed to improve strength, balance and flexibility in a fun way.  They will prepare you better for your sport and lower the risk of injuries that often happen. Urszula, a certified coach and personal trainer, will help you prepare your body and mind in a six-week program.


Class limited to 10 participants.

Location:  DOWNTOWN Y

Thursdays, 4:30 – 5:30 pm
September 20 – October 25
Members: $50 Non-members: $70


For References, please go to the Kamloops Education section.



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