Island Parent Magazine

Dance/Drama/Performing Art

As the premiere school for young actors in Victoria, Kaleidoscope focuses on a single mission: Training the best and brightest students to become highly skilled, confident, and well-rounded young performers. Kaleidoscope’s innovative training inspires creativity and imagination while exploring respected techniques under the guidance of our esteemed faculty, directors, and industry experts. Discover our classes in Musical Theatre, Acting, Drama, Improvisation, Comedy, Acting for the Camera, plus Pro-D Day Camps, Spring Break and Summer Programs. 250-383-8124.

SKAM School of Performing Arts offers young people from 3-18 years who have a dramatic interest or passion, the opportunity to creatively explore and develop their skills. Staff are all trained and experienced theatre artists and teachers. Students are encouraged to develop individual skills in movement, voice, dramatic techniques and performance skills. Benefits include improved acting skills, confidence, creative thinking, public speaking, creative collaboration, and versatility in physical, vocal and emotional expression. 250-386-7526.

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. 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

Victoria Academy of Ballet (VAB) was established in 1990 and is under the ownership and direction of Bleiddyn Del Villar Bellis, PCSC-CICB. VAB offers specialized dance instruction to children ages 3 to Professional level. VAB is a registered Vocational Institution with its two-year, full-time Bridge Program for high school graduates designated with the BC Private Training Institutions Branch. 716 Johnson Street. 250-590-6752.


Victoria Gymnastics is celebrating its 39th year and enjoying the success of its two locations—downtown and the newest location near Royal Raods 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 excel in a well-structured, fun and safe environment. Visit


The Tom Lee Music Academy at Millstream Village offers lessons for all ages in piano, guitar, keyboard, bass, drums, voice, theory, strings, brass and woodwinds. Learning to play music is a life-changing skill that is also great fun. From ages 3 beginners to the advanced student, we strive to make music education accessible and enjoyable with a sense of accomplishment at every level. Please call 250-383-5222 for more information.

Parent Education/Programs

1Up Single Parent Resource Centre courses covering a range of parenting and personal development topics begin again in January 2018. Courses include 1Up Lighthouse Parent, Understanding Anger, Mindfulness & Conscious Parenting, Time Management and Goal-setting. We are excited to announce two ongoing, drop-in groups: Dads with Dads & Moms with Moms. Our courses are low cost and open to all parents. Visit or call 250 385-1114.

LIFE Seminars parenting courses have made a huge, positive impact on families in Victoria for over 30 years. Dr. Allison Rees offers courses, Sidestepping the Power Struggle  and Parenting Children and Teens. Dr. Rees also provides individual coaching and education. For more information about the courses, go to the website, or call 250-595-2649. These courses are in book form and available on Kindle, at Bolen Books.


City of Victoria Start off 2018 with active, fun and healthy activities for you and your family! January is a perfect time to make health and wellness a focus. Try it Free invites you to sample over 120 programs at no charge. Register online at for a complete list of the participating facilities and programs, or call 250-361-0732.

Cedar Hill Recreation and Arts Centre provides unique state-of-the-art spaces, studios and programs. We offer a wide range of classes and drop-ins for all ages, including sports, arts, pottery, dance, fitness, tennis, squash, badminton, table tennis and rehabilitation. Enjoy the Gallery Café, free of charge art exhibitions, and Golf Course chip trails while using the facility. Give Cedar Hill Recreation Centre a call today for details on classes and how to register 250-475-7121 or visit

Gordon Head Recreation Centre. Facility highlights include our pool, dance/fitness studio, weight room, multi-purpose spaces, wellness annex, dedicated preschool space and more. If you’re looking for a quality preschool experience, we still have space available in our very popular “ECO (Educating Children Outdoors)” program. Sessions are offered at Swan Lake and Beaver Lake. Call 250-475-7100 for more information.

GR Pearkes Recreation Centre partners with Colquitz School, Saanich Neighbourhood Place, The Centennial Public Library, Tillicum Centre and others. The facility houses a huge trade show facility, two ice rinks, classrooms, dance studio, weight room, and a teen lounge. We offer classes in dance, skating, woodworking, preschool, spin and aerobics. Come for a visit at 3100 Tillicum Road behind Tillicum Mall. Lots of free parking, or we are bus routes #21, #22, and #26.

Saanich Commonwealth Place offers Parent and Tot, as well as preschool age programs ranging from French, science, dance, karate, swim lessons and soccer. There are some fantastic new preschool programs to check out including; Stepping up to Kindergarten, and Intro to ABC123’s. Call us at 250 475 7600 or online at

Science & Nature

Mad Science® offers a variety of programs with fun science content. Birthday Parties, Camps and After-school programs—they all offer an opportunity to immerse children in an experimental, hands-on environment of exploration and learning. We bring exciting science to your home, to your school, to your community. Our new program Tech & Nature is sure to impress. Check our website or call 1-888-954-6237 for more information.

Mineral World and the Scratch Patch is a unique and family-friendly attraction located in charming, Sidney, BC. Come in to collect semi-precious gemstones in the Scratch Patch area, browse our store for fossils, minerals, jewellery, gifts and toys or book an Earth Science education class. Call us at 250-656-0791 or visit our website at for details.


Everyone is welcome at Cinecenta! Cinecenta is a cozy 300-seat cinema that is a division of the non-profit University of Victoria Students’ Society, located in the Student Union Building at UVIC. From September to April we offer Matinees for Kids on Saturdays and Sundays. All seats: $4.75. Cinecenta has a terrific Munchie Bar with baked goods and espresso drinks. Damn fine popcorn, too, with real butter at no extra cost! See you at the show!•


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