Family Guide to Oshawa


New to Oshawa? ¬†Read our beginner’s guide to family services in the city:

For new parents, the Region of Durham Health Department offers Babyville, a free, four-week support series for parents of babies 0 to 6 months that are facilitated by a public health nurse. This is a great way for new mothers to socialize and connect with other moms, and have questions about infant health and development answered by an expert. For contact information, click here.

Families with children under the age of 6 can enjoy free visits to the Oshawa Early Year’s Centre – a place for children and their parents and caregivers to take part in programs and activities together. Drop in and play, make a craft, or sign up for one of the many free programs offered each month. The YWCA Durham Ontario Early Years Centre-Oshawa also brings together in one location information about children’s services and programs in the community. If you have questions about your child’s development, or want to know how to get information or services for your child aged 0-6 in Oshawa, drop in for a visit, call or email.

The Oshawa Community Health Centre is a community-based not-for-profit organization that has been operating since 1982. Families can access many free programs, including preschool for 3 and 4 year-olds, Dad’s Groups, Parent and Child programs, as well as wellness and parenting classes, Click here for contact information and a complete list of services.

The City of Oshawa offers a wide selection of programs for families with children, from Stroller Boot Camp to Zumba with Baby, art and gym programs for toddlers and preschoolers, craft programs for school-aged children, sports for all ages, to summer and March Break camps. For families with children between the ages of 5 and 12, Oshawa also offers a free, drop-in Summer Playground Program in parks around the city that are run by trained City of Oshawa staff. Find out which parks will host the program,¬†here. Want to learn more about programs and services run by Oshawa’s department of Parks, Recreation and Culture? Start by picking up a copy of the Leisure Guide at any of Oshawa’s Recreation Facilities. To view the Leisure Guide online, click here.

Recreation facilities can also be found at the Eastview Boys and Girls Club, and include programs for children and teens, as well as aquatics. The club also runs after-school programs, and for a list of participating schools, click here.

The Durham Family YMCA offers members a variety of facilities, including fitness equipment and classes, pool, rock climbing wall, and a gymnasium. There are also programs for children and teens, including a popular Teen Night every Friday. Membership is required to use the programs, but subsidies are available. Visit the facility and talk to a membership coordinator for more information, or call (905)438-9622.

For free, confidential information about parenting, infant and child development, prenatal information, immunization, and community resources, the Durham Health Connection Line connects families with public health nurses. Just call 905-666-6241 or 1-800-841-2729, Monday to Friday, between 9 am and 6 pm.

Did we miss anything? If you have a great Oshawa resource for families, let us know in the comments!

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