Early years programs

child painting early years

The Resort Municipality of Whistler’s recreationally based early years programs are designed to developmentally progress your child through their early years in preparation for kindergarten.

Our programs support and encourage emotional, cognitive, social, and physical development through a variety of arts, crafts, songs, storytelling, games, fine and gross motor activities, and of course free play. This fun environment with positive leader encouragement will keep children engaged and excited to attend.

Spring/summer 2023 registration

Learn more at whistler.ca/register


Shelagh Weightman, Recreation Programmer

Creative Play  

  • Age: 2.5 to 5 years 
  • Set 1: September 12-December 12, 2023 (Tuesday) 
  • Set 2: September 14-December 14, 2023 (Thursday) 
  • Set 3: January 9-March 12, 2024 (Tuesday) 
  • Set 4: January 11-March 14, 2024 (Thursday) 
  • Time: 9 to 11 a.m. 
  • Location:Myrtle Philip Community Centre 

Creative Play is an introduction to a group setting for your toddler. Your child will love this active morning of arts, crafts, songs, games and play. Children who are not toilet trained may register, however parents will be called to change their child. 

Creative Crafts 

  • Age: 3.5 to 5 years 
  • Set 1: October 16-November 6, 2023 (Monday) 
  • Set 2: November 27-December 11, 2023 (Monday)
  • Set 3: January 12-February 9, 2024 (Friday) 
  • Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Location:Myrtle Philip Community Centre 

Keep the mess out of your space and let your preschooler have fun making a mess doing arts and crafts with creative Program Leaders.  Different painting and craft activities will be offered each week.  

Mad Science 

  • Age: 3.5 to 5 years 
  • Set 1:  September 15–November 10, 2023 (Friday)
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Set 2: February 23-March 15, 2024 (Friday) 
  • Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 
  • Location:Myrtle Philip Community Centre 

Little scientists will enjoy mixing up potions and doing exciting new science experiments each week.    

Pre-K Afternoon  

A fun-filled afternoon of free play, arts and crafts, songs, stories, active games and outdoor explorations will keep your child engaged and excited all afternoon long.  This extension of early learning will foster growth, development and kindergarten readiness. 

Preschooler Playtime

  • Age: 3 to 5 years
  • Set 1:  October 16–November 6, 2023 (Monday)
  • Set 2: November 17-December 11, 2023 (Monday
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
  • Location:Myrtle Philip Community Centre

A progressive program featuring creative art, stories, games and music with fun and energetic staff. Preschoolers must be three years old by the first class.

Sports of Sorts

A fun and dynamic sports class for preschoolers! Children will develop physical literacy through the exploration of various sport and movement activities each week as they have fun meeting new friends

Sticky Fingers and Creative Crafts 

  • Age: 3.5 to 5 years 
  • Set 1: November 17-December 15, 2023 (Friday) 
  • Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 
  • Location:Myrtle Philip Community Centre

Let your preschooler enjoy cooking and creating in both the kitchen and the classroom.  Through mixing, rolling, crafting and storytelling, we will have fun while making new creations and something good to eat!  

Woodland Wanderers 

This play-based, outdoor preschool program will have your child connecting to the natural environment in a physically active way. With nature as the supporting teacher, children will become ecological stewards, learn their place in the world and find wonder within.

Creative Mondays

  • Age: 1 – 5 years (parents must attend with their child)
  • Set 1: September 11 to December 11, 2023 (Monday, no class Oct. 2 and Oct 9)
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Location: Myrtle Philip Community Centre 

Spend your mornings exploring creative activities with your child including arts, crafts and music.  Join Cynthia Higgins for a morning of activities curated for fun, creativity, building self-confidence and strong family and community connections. Parents stay with their children in this program. This program runs from 9:30-12:30 and participants are welcome to arrive and depart at times that suit their needs.

Music & Movement Today 

  • Age: 7 months to 5 years 
  • Set 1:  September 12-November 14. 2023 (Tuesday) 
  • Set 2: September 15-November 17, 2023 (Friday) 
  • Set 3: January 9- March 12, 2024 (Tuesday) 
  • Set 4: January 12- March 15, 2024 (Friday) 
  • Time: 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. 
  • Location: Myrtle Philip Community Centre 

Music and Movement Today is a class for parents and their little ones! Perfect for children ages 7 months to 5 years old, this class is designed to promote physical, cognitive, and social development through fun and interactive activities. Each session will include musical instruments and movement games. Songs and dances will encourage children to express themselves and get creative. Cynthia Higgins has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and will guide parents and their children through a variety of activities that will foster a love of music and movement, and help to develop important skills such as coordination, balance and rhythm. This class is a great opportunity for parents to bond with their children, and for little ones to make new friends. 

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