Activities for parents & young children

*Some activities may be affected by COVID restrictions, please call ahead*

We have done our best to compile a lit of all the amazing activities for parents with little ones under 3 in Yellowknife.  Is there something we missed or that needs to be updated?  Please email us at!


Bella Dance Academy

There are a few different classes for children under the age of 3. For more information see, or email 

  • Parents and Tots - An interactive creative movement class designed to allow parents to assist the very youngest movers through their first dance class experience! This dance class focuses on developing hand and eye coordination, balance, rhythm, musicality and flexibility. A parent and child interaction allows children to feel comfortable in a structured classroom atmosphere and prepares them for the mini movement classes in the future. Age 2 with parent participation: Wednesdays 10:00-10:oo am (9 week session) & Saturdays 9:45-10:15 am (9 week session)  For families with changing schedules, who are unable to commit to a full season of dance, who do not wish to participate in the year end show or for those junior students wanting to add a second class in a smaller proportion. 

Session 1: September 12 - November 10th, 2018 (registration opens May 30, 2018)

Session 2: January 5 - March 6, 2019 (registration opens November 1, 2018)

Session3: April 3 - June 1, 2019 (registration opens February 1, 2019)

For more info visit

  • Mini Movement - Focuses on heightening the child's abilities in creativity and expressions, and developing a sense of self. Classes will emphasize fun while introducing pre-primary technique to enhance balance, rhythm and musicality in a relaxed environment.  2 year olds - Saturdays 10:30-11:00 / 3 year olds - Saturdays 9:30-10:00. For families with changing schedules, who are unable to commit to a full season of dance, who do not wish to participate in the year end show or for those junior students wanting to add a second class in a smaller proportion. 

Session 1: September 12 - November 10th, 2018 (registration opens May 30, 2018)

Session 2: January 5 - March 6, 2019 (registration opens November 1, 2018)

Session3: April 3 - June 1, 2019 (registration opens February 1, 2019)

For more info visit

Centre for Northern Families

The Healthy Baby & Toddler Programs aim to provide fun activities for pregnant families and new parents with babies up to 12 months old:

  • some Mondays for Self-Care Spa Days

  • Wednesdays for Cooking & Nutrition Circles

  • Thursdays for Pre & Post Natal Mom & Baby Time

  • Fridays for prenatal cooking circle


The Centre for Northern Families is located at 5610 50th Ave (moving to a new location soon) and offers free licensed transportation, childcare, healthy snacks, diapers and kids clothing exchange. For more information about the program and schedule call 867.873.2566 and ask to speak to Jennifer or visit

City of Yellowknife Recreation

The City of Yellowknife offers a variety of activities, both on a registered and drop-in basis.  These include:

  • Ruth Inch Memorial Pool (lessons, diaper fit, splash and swim, family swim etc.)

  • Fieldhouse (track, fields, indoor playground and play together playtime sessions)

  • Skating rinks


The "Recreation for All" program ensures that recreation passes are available for all families. For more information about City of Yellowknife recreation programs and fees, visit

Family Literacy Program

Families with newborns to children aged 5  can learn, read, sing and play with baby.  Monthly visits to seniors and monthly gymnastics visits all free of charge.  Healthy snacks provided and free books to take home!  Located at the Healthy Family Centre 4913 - 47th street / Multiplex / Aven Manor 5710 57th Avenue.  Mondays 1:30 - 3:00pm October - May.  For more info contact: Xiaoyi Yan at  867.920.3016 or

Family Movement and Music
Music and Movement is a fun, interactive 45 minute music experience for parents, grandparents, and caregivers of children and babies aged 0-4 years. Supporting overall development in young kids, music and movement nurtures natural musical skills and creativity. Contact Mary Kelly to register or to find out more! or 444-8341.
  • Fieldhouse Play Together Drop-in Classes

Parented playtime on a large indoor field. Toys are provided. No Bicycles. This program is designed for children who are walking to 4 years old but babies and crawlers are welcome. Ratio: 1 Adult to 2 children (some exceptions apply). City drop-in fee of $4.00 per child applies or use your Flexipass.  Runs Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10:00 - 11:30 and Sunday 10:30 - 11:30 from October - June.

  • Fieldhouse Track *Stroller Rental available

Run or walk the track at the Fieldhouse with your little ones – Stroller rental is $1.00 for a single stroller or $2.00 in addition to your regular admission fee.


  • Fieldhouse Indoor Playground

The indoor playground is for children who are 5 years old and under.  City Recreation admission fees apply and children under 2 are free.

Fitness for Mom and Baby

Mom and baby fitness classes are sometimes available, connect with the following fitness studios to enquire:

Mama and Baby Fit + Flow

For moms at least 6-weeks postpartum, and babies 6 weeks to 1 year.  Join new mom and yoga instructor Kate Mansfield for Taiga's Mama and Baby Fit+Flow Class! This class is designed to give new moms and caregivers of babies a gentle workout and a chance to move. Each class will incorporate movements and postures designed to build strength, enhance flexibility and target areas of stress and fatigue for moms and those who care for babies. Classes will be designed to be flexible, with ideas for incorporating your babe into your workout and yoga practice. Moms and babies will enjoy time to relax together, enjoying and building connection through movement and community.  This class is suitable for moms at least 6 weeks postpartum, and no previous yoga experience is necessary. Please note that each child must be accompanied by an adult.  Classes are held at Taiga Yoga Studio with Kate Mansfield.  For more information and to pre-register online:

Mama & Bebia Nezi Ts’eda Program

This program is a free drop-in program for all First Nations and Metis mothers/fathers or guardians residing in Ndilo, Dettah, and Yellowknife. It is also open to all expectant mothers at the Vital Abel Boarding Home, including expectant and new moms, breastfeeding moms, and parents with children aged 0 to 3. The program runs Thursday afternoons 1:00-3:00pm in the Chekoa building in Ndilo and provides a safe environment for parents to learn and have fun while developing a support network of friends. Participants learn about healthy eating habits for expectant and nursing mothers; early childhood development; and prenatal and postnatal health and education through discussion, activities and cooking classes. Classes also include traditional teachings from Elders, making healthy meals to take home, arts and crafts and one on one ongoing support as needed. For more information please contact Melissa Sangris at 920.2925.

Moms, Boobs and Babies monthly Breastfeeding support meeting

Drop-in to the monthly Breastfeeding support group the first Wednesday of the month from 4-6 at the Centre Square Mall lower level, just to the left of the library elevators.  Meetings are followed by Pizza, fruit and veggies and city cab taxi vouchers are available.  For more information and breastfeeding support, email, call (867) 444-3374 or find us on Facebook.

Music and My Child

Music & My Child classes are for children (birth through 5 years) and their parent(s), grandparents or caregivers. Each weekly 45 min class features songs, instrument play, rhythmic chants, and a variety of movement activities. These dynamic classes foster the love and appreciation of music and dance, basic music competence in rhythm and tone, communication skills, socialization, sensory awareness, bonding, and FUN! Songs and activities are specifically designed to create a strong musical foundation using developmentally-appropriate activities. Families will receive recordings (both digital and CD) and song books to accompany each session. There will be a new collection of music for each 10 week semester, offering greater depth and variety to your families musical experience. Classes are on Thursday mornings (8:45, 9:45, 10:45) at RePose Yoga Studio. Fall semester will be October 11 - December 13, 2018, and registration will be done online. Contact to find out about upcoming classes.

Postnatal Classes

Free classes offered for parents of babies under 1 year offered at the Baker Centre Mondays 1:30 - 3:00 September - June.  Share experiences with other parents of young ones on a variety of topics.  Classes are facilitated by Yellowknife Public Health staff and Moms, Boobs and Babies volunteers.  See the schedule on our home page, or for more information call Yellowknife Public Health at (867) 920-6570.

Postnatal Yoga (Taiga)

For moms 4-6 weeks post-delivery. After the Olympic event that is child birth, these classes will strengthen your core, improve your posture, build confidence and be your oasis to relax. Inspirational yoga postures, calming confidence-building meditation and restorative techniques to help repair, rebuild and restructure the body after childbirth. Meet other new moms, and create community. Please have midwife or health care provider’s permission before starting.  Classes are held at Taiga Yoga Studio with Carly Maurizio.  For more information and to pre-register online:

Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre (Museum)

The museum features lots of child-friendly exhibits safe for children to explore with many local animals and birds, airplanes, a tipi, and a popular kids dress-up and play area.  It is free to visit the museum and there is a café on the top floor.

RePose Postnatal Movement & Yoga Classes

Meet other mums and babies while practicing self-care in a safe and relaxed environment with your baby.  You can nurse or feed baby and change diapers without leaving the class! These classes are designed to help you discover movement that supports your optimal health. Learn about the whole-body connections between your posture, shoulder and upper back tension, how you breathe and how your core is functioning.  Regain pelvic floor and real core strength; release tight shoulders; and practice breathing and relaxation techniques that help ease the transition to motherhood.  If there is interest, you’ll also learn about baby and toddler physical development and how to encourage your baby to develop functional strength as he/she grows and begins to acquire new movement skills. 


Other courses offered at Repose that may be of interest include Fertility Movement & Yoga, Mama Core Restore (Pelvic Floor and Core Restoration class for women beyond 6 months post part and up to 6 years or more) and Pelvic Floor Workshops (co-taught with physiotherapist).  For more information, visit the Repose Facebook page:  or you can email

Skating (Public)

  • City of Yellowknife Indoor Rinks

There are public skate, parent and tot, and family skate times offered through the City of Yellowknife - regular city recreation admission fees apply.   Updated schedules are available through the City of Yellowknife

  • Yellowknife Outdoor Rinks

The City of Yellowknife also maintains five outdoor ice rinks.  Watch for notices about the opening and closing dates as they vary each year.

  • Jeske Crescent Park

  • School Draw Park

  • Forrest Drive Park

  • Tommy Forrest Ball Park

  • Frame Lake (access from 49 Avenue near City Hall)

  • Tommy Forrest Ball Park and Frame Lake also feature a skating oval

Yellowknife Skating Club 

Offers a Pre CanSkate program (ages 2-4). Pre CanSkate is a dynamic learn-to-skate program that focuses on fun,

participation and basic skill development. Based on Sport Canada’s long-term athlete development (LTAD) principles, CanSkate centers on physical literacy and the fundamental skills needed to take part in any ice sport or to skate as a recreational activity. or call 867-445-6021.

Yellowknife Speed Skating Club

Offers a Learn to Skate program (ages 3- 5)  A program for beginning skaters where skaters learn balance, coordination, and basic skills through games. Parents are encouraged to come on the ice and share the fun.

Ski Parents

The ski club offers a ski parents program. Different timing is established for the group each season (e.g. Tuesday mornings at 10am). Parents meet at that time and half the group goes skiing first while the other half watches the kiddies and then they switch. Usually you get about a 45-minute ski and are heading home around 11:45. Contact Kerry Wheler to be put on the email list for this season:

  • Ruth Inch Memorial Pool Swim Lessons

Parent and baby / toddler classes are available, including the new "diaper fit" (aqua fit with baby) - be sure to register as soon as registration opens to get a spot!  Class and registration times are updated through the City of Yellowknife Recreation Guide that is published a few times per year and registration is online.

  • Ruth Inch Memorial Pool Noon Swim and Splash, Public and Family Swim

In addition to noon swim and splash Monday – Friday 12:00 – 1:00, there are a number of public and family swim times.  Regular drop-in rates apply.  Schedule hotline number: (867) 920-5682


Yellowknife Association for Community Living

FREE Family Play Space every Wednesday 4pm - 5:30pm at the YKACL Community Living Centre (4919 53 St.).  Family Play Space offers a safe space for parents with toddlers to receive encouragement and learn about the importance of parent/toddler play.  There is a large sensory room with games for you and your toddler to enjoy. Light snacks are provided. For more info, please contact Sandy at 920-2644, check out or find Yellowknife Association for Community Living on Facebook.


Yellowknife Climbing Club

The Yellowknife Climbing Club offers family climbing time every second Thursday 10:00 - 12:00, every second Saturday morning 10-12, and is also open evenings. It is located at 113 Kam Lake Road. One guardian for every child under 5 required. Books and toys for younger siblings available. Drop in fees apply. For more info, see:

Yellowknife Family Centre

The Yellowknife Family Centre is a drop-in play centre where parents can come and play with their children and meet other parents or borrow toys and resources.  The Family Centre is currently relocating and will re-open soon. For updates and programming check out their Facebook page:

Yellowknife Gymnastics Club

Programs and drop-in classes for children under three are listed below.

For more information, visit or call (867) 920-7771.

  • Fall Drop-in Classes Toddler are invited to come play at the gym every Thursday 11:00AM - 12:00pm. Every child must be accompanied by an adult - siblings welcome. $1o drop in fee per child and supervising parents are free.

  • Tumble Bugs - 30 minute program for children ages 12 to 24 months, with parent participation. Designed to introduce toddlers to the basics of movements and the gymnastics environment. (Registration required)

  • Tiny Tots - 45 minute program for children ages 2 to 3 years, with parent participation. Designed to introduce toddlers to gymnastics in a fun, structured environment.  (Registration required)

  • Tumble Tykes - 45 minute program for children ages 3 to 5 years. Tumble Tykes will have the opportunity to explore all the equipment, including bars, balance beams, trampolines and foam pit all on their own!!!  Tumble Tykes may have a parent participate only if necessary and just for the first week or two. If they are not ready to be on their own, we recommend registering for Tiny Tots. (Registration required)

Yellowknife Playgroup

The Yellowknife Playgroup Association is a non-profit, non-religious group committed to providing a healthy environment for parents and pre-schoolers to socialize and engage with others in the community.  YK Playgroup meets Mondays and Wednesdays at the Fieldhouse 9:30-11:30am and Fridays at the Calvary Community Church. 9:30-11:30am.  There is a $2/child drop-in fee (babies under 6 months are FREE). Bring a snack and indoor shoes.  For more information, visit or find them on Facebook.

Yellowknife Public Library

5022 49th St.

2nd Floor Centre Square Mall


Phone: 867-920-5642


The library has a great children's area with a creative play station, duplo, colouring, and of course many books and tables for little ones - free of charge!  Two programs are available for children under 3 of age (see for up to date program offerings.

  • (Fall) Tuesday Toddler Time  18-36 months (Drop in: No registration required)

Free admission Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. in the Library Meeting Room.  Let your toddler explore the world through stories, rhymes, finger plays and songs that reinforce language development and learning. This lively and interactive program offers special one-on-one time for children and their caregivers. The programming will be followed by a half hour of socialization time.

     Session 1: January 12 - February 23

     Session 2: March 15 - April 19

     Session 3: May 10 - June 14

  • (Fall) Thursday Baby Time 0 - 18 months (Drop in: No registration required)

Free admission Thursdays from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m. in the Library Meeting Room.  A program that introduces you and your baby to the joy of music, rhyme, lap play, and more. This early childhood literacy program is for children aged 18 months and younger and their parent or caregiver. Siblings welcome. The program will be followed by a half hour of socialization time.

     Session 1: January 19 to February 23

     Session 2: March 16 to April 20

     Session 3: May 11 to June 15


  • (Summer) Let's start a Motion Commotion! The YPL Summer Reading Club is Free and loads of Fun. Starting June 1st, register for the YPL's summer reading program to receive your club package full of goodies and your reading record! Then, read books, magazines, newspapers, comics, even websites! It all counts, even being read to! Read for at least 49 days, read anywhere, keep track on everything you read, bring your reading log to the library before Sept. 12th to collect all the stickers.

All sessions are open to families, day cares, and day camps.

3-5 years (group 1) Wednesdays, July 4 - August 15 (10:00 am - 11:00 am)

3-5 years (group 2) Wednesdays, July 4 - August 15 (3:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

6-8 years Thursday, July 5 - August 16 (10:00 am - 11:00 am)

9-12 years Thursday, July 5 - August 16 (2:00 pm - 3:00 pm)

For more info, please visit or call 920-5642

NWT Literacy Council and they Yellowknife Public Library also have a 1000 picture book program that families can work on at home.

  • 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Yellowknife Public Library and the NWT Literacy Council invite all parents and caregivers to take part in our free program. We challenge you to read 1000 books to your child before they start kindergarten. If you commit to reading one book a night with your child, you will have read 365 books in one year, 730 in two years, and 1095 books in three years! To get started, check out the program instructions and print off a reading log

or pick up a copy at the Yellowknife Public Library.