Families & Youth


At Gordon Neighbourhood House we seek to nurture the development of the whole person by designing programs that inspire intellectual and emotional discovery. Our programs are not only based on classroom learning but also on experiential learning by recognizing and introducing opportunities for community-based learning.

This educational approach connects children, youth, and people of all ages with their skills and passions and inspires everyone involved to work towards a more just society as well as greater stewardship of the environment.

Gordon Neighbourhood House provides a wide range of programs to support families, children and youth in the West End and beyond. Our programs include drop-in programs for children 0-6, after-school programs, spring and summer day camps, parenting series (Parent-Child Mother Goose and Nobody’s Perfect), a drop-in for pre-teens, a weekend youth art drop-in as well as an annual family camp excursion to Camp Sasamat.


Creative Playtime:

(Monday, Wednesday 9:00-12:00, Thursday 9:00-11:00 for ages 0-5)

Cost: $2 per child with a GNH membership of $5

Creative Playtime is an opportunity for parents and caregivers to make new friends and connections in the community. Meet other parents, participate in circle time or take a tea break while your little one plays with others. Our program encourages multi-age interaction as infants comfortably crawl while the older tots are on the move, enjoying a wide array of activities.

Please join other families on our monthly out-trips to kid-friendly destinations, and also ask us about participating in monthly visits by a Community Health Nurse to discuss your child’s development.

Caregiver-Child Drop-in at Gordon Neighbourhood House:

(Last Thursday of every month: 9:30 am to 11:00 am)

Cost: Free with a GNH membership of $5

Join other child care providers and their children for fun and learning together. Come and learn new circle time songs and stories, literacy, language development, and art activities. Children can socialize with other children in a larger group, sing songs and rhymes, hear stories, and enjoy a new play environment while the caregivers build their social networks and get access to resources. Hosted by Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre.


West End Family Night:

(Every second Monday of the month)

Cost: Free with a GNH membership of $5

All families welcome! Dinner provided, first come, first served.

Licensed Out of School Care: (Monday-Friday, 3pm-6pm)

This program is for student’s ages 5-10 yrs. at Lord Roberts Elementary and The Lord Roberts Annex. Our fun and experienced staff will pick your child up from school daily and engage the whole group in a wide variety of activities. Out-trips are included weekly.
Subsidies for this program are available from the Ministry of Children and Family Development. For more information, please call Enquiry BC at 604-660-2421.

summer camp

Spring Break and Summer Day Camps:

(Monday-Fridays 9am-3pm, ages 5-12)

Our energetic, experienced and responsible camp leaders will ensure that your child’s day camp experience is a memorable one. We have created a program that you won’t want to miss! Each week includes cooperative games, sports, arts/crafts, skill development activities and out-trips. Many outdoor activities will give campers the opportunity to experience some of the Lower Mainland’s natural beauty.
After-care is available for an additional fee.
Please call 604-683-2554 for more information.


MVP Drop-In Art Program

Who: Teen to young adults, but all are welcome

When: Every Thursday 4:00pm-8:00pm Where: Gordon Neighbourhood House

Cost: Free with Gordon Neighbourhood House membership

Craig Hansen loves to share his creativity with others. He brings his inspiration together to provide an engaging art and design program that fosters creative expression. Craig creates a studio which is filled with laughter, artistic curiosity, and passion. While learning new skills and an appreciation for various mediums, participants develop new tools to express themselves through art as a means for discovery. A hot meal prepared by Chef Peter is provided during each session.

Check out the MVP Drop in Art Program Facebook page!

Single Mothers’ Support Group:

Saturday (10:30-12:30pm, free with a GNH membership of $5)

Co-sponsored by the YWCA, the goal of the Single Mothers’ Support Group is to provide peer support for single mothers in the West End in order to enhance personal and economic independence. The group’s priority is to create a safe and supportive space for women to access information, resources and emotional support to help overcome personal challenges while providing companionship. This support group is professionally facilitated and is free, although registration is required. Childcare is also provided.
For more information, please call 604-619-5276

Family-Focused Workshops:

(offered at different times throughout the year)


The Red Cross Emergency Child Care and First Aid Course covers topics such as home safety, injury prevention, first aid basics and CPR.  Red Cross certificate and book are included. Participants must attend both sessions to receive certificate. (Cost: $85)

Please call 604-683-2554 for program dates.

Neighbourhood Small Grants

The Neighbourhood Small Grants program is based on a simple but powerful idea — when people feel a sense of connection to their neighbourhood, a sense of belonging, they are more likely to be engaged in activities that make it a better place. And when people are active in the life of their neighbourhood, our communities are strengthened from the ground up. With funding from the Vancouver Foundation, a Resident Advisory Committee at Gordon Neighbourhood House awards small grants of up

to $500 (and up to two grants of $1,000 in each neighbourhood) for projects initiated and undertaken by residents of the downtown peninsula. The Greenest City Neighbourhood Small Grants program operates in tandem with Neighbourhood Small Grants to support projects that align with the City of Vancouver’s Greenest City 2020 Action Plan. These small grants are funded by the Vancouver Foundation and the City of Vancouver’s Greenest City 2020 Fund.

For more information please contact Jim Balakshin at jim@gordonhouse.org.

Additional Family Friendly programs are:

West End Families in Action  ~  English Conversation Circle     

Community Lunches  ~  Qi Gong  ~  Yoga  ~  UBC Legal Advice Program  ~  Free Counselling

  United for Organics Co-op  ~  Community Income Tax Program  ~  Special Presentations & Events