Island Parent Magazine

From art classes to wellness programs—and everything in between—our community offers many programs, resources and services for families. For more details on the following listings, please refer to the ads in this issue of Island Parent.


Join us for Fall art classes in the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s (AGGV) Studio to connect with cool new ideas, techniques and experiment with the creative process! Classes are for a wide range of ages inspired by Gallery exhibitions. Register online:; by phone: 250-384-4171 ext 0; or in person: 1040 Moss Street. For more information email: See you in the Studio!

Playful Pencil Cartooning and comic making, drawing and painting projects, nature journaling and more. The Playful Pencil Art Studio has lots to offer this fall for kids ages to 4-15yrs that will inspire creativity and encourage them to draw for the fun of it. Visit or call us at 778-265-2261.

Dance/Drama/Performing Arts

Arabesque Dance Studio offers Classical ballet instruction for students aged four years to advanced levels. Students develop a sense of artistic line, musicality, grace and agility, as well as focus and technical strength in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. Valerie Grant, owner and teacher, is a Licentiate member of the Cecchetti Society of Canada, the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, and Cecchetti International. Ballet examinations are available in the Cecchetti Method. Classes begin in September and finish with a few small performances and a recital in June. For more information visit, call 250-595-3107, or email and follow us on Facebook.

Kaleidoscope’s Performing Arts Studio provides exciting and comprehensive exploration of fundamental acting techniques in a fun and safe learning environment. With over 40 years of experience, discover why Kaleidoscope has been Victoria’s choice in professional theatre education for young people since 1974. Offering classes in acting, musical theatre, film, and television and more. Locations include Victoria, Sidney, Saanich, and the West Shore. More information and registration available online at

The O’Brien School of Irish Dance offers both recreational and competitive dance programs for children to adults. Registration is open all year for classes both in Victoria, Nanaimo, and our new location Duncan. Highly energetic classes taught with toe tapping music. Dancers are taught the basics of traditional Irish step dance and ceile dancing (group), as well as show steps similar to those seen in Riverdance and Lord of the Dance. Opportunities to perform around the community especially around St. Patrick’s Day. See for more information or email

Since 1980 STAGES Performing Arts School has offered professional instruction in jazz, ballet, lyrical, tap, musical theatre and hip hop for all ages and levels of experience; preschool to professional. It is our goal to promote self-confidence, self-esteem, and fulfilment in each student. We believe that all students should have an equal opportunity to learn in a safe, non-competitive environment which fosters self-expression, a healthy body, confidence, and encourages responsibility, discipline, inspiration, creativity and pride in their accomplishments. For more information, please call STAGES at 250-384-3267 or visit our website

Victoria Academy of Ballet, is widely recognized as a leading Canadian dance school. The Faculty of internationally qualified and award winning teachers are dedicated to giving children dance experiences designed to develop imagination, musicality, kin aesthetic awareness and self confidence. Students age 3 to Professional are assisted to develop to their full potential. VAB is celebrated for its sense of community and dedication to developing in students lifelong transferable skills. Like us on FB

Education Programs

LIFE Seminars, Dr. Allison Rees, offers two eight week courses in the evenings. Parenting Children and Teens and Sidestepping the Power Struggle. These courses are suitable for parents and professionals dealing with kids of any age. The material goes beyond some of the practical tips and into the deeper personal work around our own boundaries, our history and what lies beneath our stumbling blocks. For a life changing experience: 250-595-2649.

IMAX® Victoria delivers an experience so real you’ll forget you’re in a theatre. Home to a 4K laser projection system that delivers a visual experience that will take your breath away, immersed by a surround sound system so precise you can hear a pin drop from across the room—and know exactly where it fell. There is a great selection of films playing daily and throughout the evening. Whatever you choose to see will be an adventure.


Victoria Gymnastics is celebrating its 39th year and enjoying the success of its two locations—downtown and the newest location near Royal Roads University in Colwood. We continue to provide quality artistic gymnastics for boys and girls ages two through adult, beginner through advanced. Our non-competitive achievement programs provide children with a skill set advantage for all activities. We guarantee our 8 to 1 ratio, offer convenient class times and ensure certified instruction so that your child will excell in a well-structured, fun and safe environment. Visit


The Nanaimo Conservatory of Music was founded in 1977.  Operating from its facility at 375 Selby Street, in the heart of the Old City Quarter, the Conservatory provides music instruction to children and adults from central Vancouver Island. The Conservatory prepares students for festivals and all levels of the Royal Conservatory of Music and Western Board exams. All of our instructors are highly qualified and dedicated; many are members of the Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra.

Success in music, success in life… a winning combination for your family. The Tom Lee Music Academy at Millstream Village offers professional, friendly instructors, state-of-the-art teaching equipment, in-house performance hall with sound/lighting/stage, plus a wide range of private and group programs for beginner through to advanced musicians. Lessons available on piano, guitar, drums, bass, violin, voice, flute, ukelele, trumpet and saxophone. Enrol today! 250-383-5222.

Victoria Conservatory of Music. When children experience music hands-on, the benefits are well-known. From motor-skill development to socialization, exposure to music at an early age has wonderfully positive effects. Most importantly, though, music is fun. In our interactive, family-oriented classes, kids and parents alike learn new skills and develop a life-long appreciation for music. Whether your child is shy in new situations or outgoing and busy all the time, our experienced faculty draw on a variety of proven methodologies to provide programs that are engaging and adaptable. 250-386-5311.


Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre. Back to School can mean busy schedules for the family so don’t forget to make time for fun! We’ve made sure there’s something for everyone: Preschoolers: Tiny Toes Ballet, art, soccer, swimming lessons, skating. School Age: ballet, soccer, home alone, music, tennis, swimming, skating. Teens: Red Cross Babysitter, lifesaving/first-aid, skating. Adults: Kkayaking, day trips, bootcamp, dance, swimming, skating. You can register 24/7 with online registration for Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre programs. Check it out at For more information call 250-361-0732.

Juan de Fuca Skating Club has Exciting News! We have developed a new CanSkate Program. Exciting new features include a fresh new look, new awards, great tools for certified coaches and most importantly a tested and proven curriculum and delivery methods that guarantee skater success in developing stronger basic skills and developing them faster. The new program also includes specific skills that pertain to hockey, speed skating and figure skating. For more information visit

Victoria Synchro fall registration. Synchronized swimming recreational classes start in October: Synchro Kids ages 4-6 Wed 4-5 pm, Synchro School ages 7-11 choice of Mon, Tues or Thurs evening classes; Synchro for Teens ages 12+. All classes participate in club water shows. Saanich Commonwealth Place. It’s swimming combined with music, dance, gymnastics & drama and it’s a team sport. Fun, fitness & friends. Website: For more information and to register please email:


Every scientist was once a child. Mad Science sparks children’s interest in science, encourages their curiosity and builds their confidence and skills as they create a variety of interesting projects to take home and use to explore the world every day. We know that inspiration and genius are one and the same. In our six-week long afterschool program, children participate in scientific exploration that is so much fun, they forget they are learning. And what a great adventure we have. Don’t hesitate, join in the Mad Science family at•


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