Town of Canmore

Programs & Workshops

For more information, or to register for programs and services, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

upcoming Programming:

All programs are free, but require registration. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register. For dates and times, please see the calendar below or individual program descriptions. 

Additional free programming for Bow Valley Residents is available through the Town of Banff's website here.

Babies and Blankets (for parents and their infants ages 0 - 12 months)
This indoor/outdoor program is designed for parents/caregivers with non-walking infants. Bring your baby and a blanket and enjoy the opportunity to connect with other parents.

This program is for Canmore residents only. Banff residents can join a waitlist by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Program Dates:

Currently cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions 

Toys Together (for children ages 0 - 6)
This indoor/outdoor program is designed for parents/caregivers with children ages 0 – 6. Join us for the full two-hours, or drop by for as long as long as you like. We provide the toys to help kids develop gross motor skills and ask that you leave your own at home for now.

This program is for Canmore residents only. Banff residents can join a waitlist by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Program Dates:

Wednesday, June 2, 9, 16 |  9 - 11 a.m.
Saturday, June 5, 12 |  9 - 11 a.m.

Free Play, Free Time (for children ages 3 - 5)
This parent-free, fully supervised program is designed for children ages 3 – 5. At Free Play, Free Time, children have the chance to explore, learn, and play with other children in a safe, physically-distanced setting. Childcare professionals oversee this program, and children can stay for the entire duration of the program, or stop by for part of it. This program runs outdoors; please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately.

This program is for Canmore residents only. Banff residents can join a waitlist by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Program Dates:

Mondays, May 3, 10, 17 and 31 | 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Tuesdays, May 4, 11, 18 and 25 | 10:30 AM-12:00 PM 

Mondays, June 7, 14, and 28 | 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Tuesdays, June 1, 8, 15, and 29 | 10:30 AM-12:00 PM

Kids' Crafting Series (for kids ages 3 - 10)

Join us online over Zoom for a series of kids' crafting workshops. Each mini-workshop walks participants through an age-appropriate, simple craft with our online facilitator. While participants will be able to make most of the crafts on their own, parents/caregiver might need to help with cutting or gluing.

A limited number of craft kits for Canmore residents are available for contactless pickup. Each kit contains unique materials to support the workshop, but items like glue, scissors, tape, and crayons need to be supplied by participants. To pick-up a kit or to find out what each kit contains so that you can make your own, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Program Dates:

Mother’s Day Craft | Thursday, May 6 | 10:00-10:30 AM (ages 3-5) | 4:00-4:30 PM (ages 6-10)

Father’s Day Craft | Wednesday, June 9 |1:00-1:30 PM (ages 3-5) 4:00-4:30 PM (ages 6-10)

Paper Projects (for kids ages 6 - 10)

If you know someone between the ages of 6-10 who enjoys getting creative with paper, then this is the program for them! Join us over Zoom as we create easy and exciting crafts to brighten your home.

Parental support may be needed to assist with cutting and gluing. Limited craft kits are available to Canmore residents for contactless pickup, or use your own supplies from our materials list below!

Program Dates:

Sailboats | Wednesday, April 28 4:00-4:30 PM

Materials List (items with an asterisk* denote items included in the craft kits available for pick-up at the FRN):

  • 2 paper plates*  
  • 2 toilet paper rolls*
  • 1 sheet origami paper (optional)* 
  • Buttons (optional)*
  • Stickers (optional)*  
  • 2 popsicle sticks*
  • 1 sheet white paper (cut in half)*
     
  • Paint (optional)
  • Paint brush (optional)
  • Stapler 
  • White glue or glue stick 
  • Masking tape  
  • Scissors  
  • Markers/crayons

Play Without Parents (for kids ages 6 - 12) 
Play Without Parents is a parent-free, fully supervised childcare program for kids ages 6-12 years. This outdoor program allows children to connect with one another in a physically distanced setting, play engaging games and learn new activities under the supervision of childcare professionals.

This program is for Canmore residents only Banff residents can join a waitlist by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Program Dates: 

Tuesday, May 18 | 3 - 5 p.m. 
Wednesday, May 12 | 3 - 5 p.m.
Thursdays, May 13, 20 | 3 - 5 p.m. 
Friday, May 14, 21 | 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Fridays, June 4 and 11 | 12:30-2:30 p.m. 

Homework Help (for 9 - 13-year-olds)
With or without homework, children 9-13 years of age can sign up for our in-person, fully supervised program. This program will focus on Covid-safe social time, brain game activities and assistance with homework, as needed.

This program is for Canmore residents only. Banff residents can join a waitlist by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Program Dates:
Thursdays, May 27 and June 3, 10, 17, 24  | 3:30-5:15 PM 
Community Connection Parent Walks (for parents/caregivers)
This 4-week program is designed for all Bow Valley parents and will focus on creating connections during this time of isolation. Enjoy conversation with other parents and the facilitator while walking the paths in Canmore.

Registration is required to comply with COVID-19 regulations

Program Dates:

Dads: Monday June 7 | 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Moms: Wednesday June 1| 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Getting Ready for Kindergarten (for parents/caregivers)
Entering kindergarten is a major transition for children and their parents. This 4-week program for parents/caregivers addresses child development, skills that foster independence and responsibility, social-emotional development, and how parents contribute to their child's school success.

This program is designed for parents of children entering kindergarten only.

Program Dates: Thursdays, May 6, 13, 20, 27 | 6 - 7 p.m.  

Infant Sleep Support (for parents with infants ages 0 - 12 months)
Learn researched-based information on sleep and your infant from a certified sleep consultant. A two-hour information-based presentation is followed by group sessions to further discuss strategies, refine skills and gain insight and support from peers. Participants are encouraged to sign up for all sessions.

Presentation Date: Thursday, June 3 | 9 - 11 a.m. 
Group Session Dates: Thursdays, June 10, 17, and 24 | 10 - 11 a.m. 

Child Passenger Safety
Join Wendy Kuiper, Child Passenger Safety Technician, for an in-person, 45-minute hands-on appointment to learn how to correctly install and use your child’s car seat(s), and to have all your questions answered.

Pre-register by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Registration is required to comply with COVID-19 regulations

Date:
June 27, 2021 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location: Canmore Fire Hall 

Lunch & Learn Series for parents/Caregivers (Offered Over the Lunch Hour)

Simplifying Family Life

Reinstate a calm and connected family by going back to the basics. By simplifying a child’s world, you create connected, calm, well-adjusted children who are resilient to the uncertainty of today’s world. This presentation discusses simple strategies on how to navigate and simplify family life to re-establish a sense of calm.  

Date: Tuesday, June 1 from 12 – 1 p.m.  

Positive Parenting Program - Raising Responsible Teens 

Find out what makes teenagers tick! You’ll come away with new ideas to encourage your teenager to make good decisions, be respectful, considerate, reliable and involved in family life. 

Date: Tuesday, June 8 | 12  – 1 p.m. 

Positive Parenting Program - Raising Competent Teenagers 

Set your teenager up with strategies designed to help your child get the most out of their school years. Find out how to help them communicate well, develop self-discipline and good routines, follow rules and solve problems. 

Date: Tuesday, June 15 | 12 – 1 p.m.  


Individual Support

Individual Support is offered through the Family Resource Network’s Family Support Worker (FSW). The FSW is available to meet with families and caregivers with children ages 0-6 to address child development, parenting challenges and difficult life transitions. This service also provides parenting support, advocacy and/or assistance for families with children ages 7-18 in accessing community resources and ensuring a smooth transition between services.

Developmental Screening

Child development is happening all the time, even during our current health crisis. We invite you to complete a FREE online Ages & Stages Questionnaires (ASQ and ASQ-Social Emotional) to check-up on your child’s development.These parent-completed evaluation tools assess the development of children 0 - 5 years old in the areas of: communication, gross and fine motor skills, problem solving, personal social skills and social/emotional development.Once completed, a trained professional review’s the completed questionnaire and can meet virtually to offer fun activities to enhance development and/or make referrals, if necessary. If you would like to receive an online ASQ/ASQ-SE please click here.

Online School Support

Is your child in grade 1-4 and having to isolate due to COVID-19 symptoms or miss school due to illness? The Town of Canmore’s Community Social Development staff are offering free online sessions for your child while they are learning from home. Your child will be supported with assigned schoolwork or engage in activities and games that further their learning.

FRN Calendar

May 2021
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2.3.10:30am-12:00pm Free Play, Free Time; 4.10:00am-11:30am Circle of Security Parenting10:30am-12:00pm Free Play, Free Time; 5.9:00am-11:00am Toys Together6.10:00am-10:30am Kids Crafting (ages 3-5)3:30pm-5:15pm Homework Help4:00pm-4:30pm Kids Crafting (ages 6-10) 6:00pm-7:00pm Getting Ready for Kindergarten7.8.
9.10.10:30am-12:00pm Free Play, Free Time; 11.10:00am-11:30am Circle of Security Parenting10:30am-12:00pm Free Play, Free Time; 12.3:00pm-5:00pm Play Without Parents13.3:00pm-5:00pm Play Without Parents6:00pm-7:00pm Getting Ready for Kindergarten14.12:30pm-2:30pm Play Without Parents15.
16.17.10:30am-12:00pm Free Play, Free Time; 18.10:00am-11:30am Circle of Security Parenting10:30am-12:00pm Free Play, Free Time; 3:00pm-5:00pm Play Without Parents19.6:30pm-7:30pm Community Connection Parent Walks20.3:00pm-5:00pm Play Without Parents6:00pm-7:00pm Getting Ready for Kindergarten21.12:30pm-2:30pm Play Without Parents;22.9:00am-11:00am Toys Together
23.24.6:30pm-7:30pm Community Connection Parent Walks25.10:00am-11:30am Circle of Security Parenting10:30am-12:00pm Free Play, Free Time; 26.9:00am-11:00am Toys Together6:30pm-7:30pm Community Connection Parent Walks27.3:30pm-5:15pm Homework Help6:00pm-7:00pm Getting Ready for Kindergarten28.11:00am-12:00pm Babies and Blankets29.9:00am-11:00am Toys Together
30.31.10:30am-12:00pm Free Play, Free Time; 6:30pm-7:30pm Community Connection Parent Walks 

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