Pender Island Family & Youth Programs

Dear Pender Island,

We wanted to provide an update to the community on the renovations of the Epicentre into a fully licensed childcare facility. While we had hoped the Epicentre would be fully open and operational in January 2024 that will not be the case. Unfortunately, the permit process has been much more complex than anyone could have foreseen. We are confident we will get the permits required and the planned renovations will go forward in the new year. Many thanks to Andrew MacLean and Paul Hamson for heading up the project and navigating the challenges involved.

In the meantime the Board and Staff at the Pender Island Hall have been very accommodating and allowed our part time Childcare Facility to operate through the spring while we wait for the permit and renovations to be completed.

As we get more information, we will share it with the community.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this project.


Kids Club At The Hall

Kids Club at the Hall Wednesdays 3:45-5:15 pm and Friday’s 10 am – 4 pm with Joel

Joel takes a multi-disciplinary approach by overlapping subjects and often using art, games, and hands-on challenges. Joel considers the age range of the youth involved and incorporates that specific group’s level of interest in activities. It may include craft projects, theater, sewing, painting, drawing, film, clay work, beading, and outdoor adventures.
 
Youth Night at the Hall Wednesdays 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm with Joel with the option of dinner for $5. 
 
A great way to spend the evening and connect with friends. Music and tons of fun activities with Joel!

The Epicentre

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Please adhere to the following guidelines while using the playground and centre:

  • Please do not come if you have signs or symptoms of illness.
  • Use at own your discretion.
  • Pack in, pack out. We ask that you please take away all garbage and recycling with you. 
  • Always wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, before and after using any playground facilities or toys.
  • Bringing your own equipment (balls, bikes) is encouraged.
  • Please respect and maintain physical distancing between yourself and other playground users except for those in your household bubble.
  • Use the sign-in sheet beside the door for contact tracing purposes. 
  • Use the disinfectant spray on surfaces you are in contact with before and after you come into contact with them. Cloths are available inside the cupboard above the toilet. Used cloths can go straight into the laundry bin after use.
  • Use the centre and playground at your own risk.

There are reminder signs posted around the playground and we do realize that many of our playground users do not read yet, so as adults and caregivers, please guide your kids through the importance of these guidelines.

Winter Session Programs

The Epicentre is excited to announce its full line-up of Winter Session Programs. You will find that it is similar to our Fall programs. The biggest change is that this session we are strictly limited to only 10 spots in each program. . Your child’s spot in a program will only be fully reserved once your completed registration form and payment have both been received. We are willing to work with anyone needing an installment payment plan – but the plan must be in place to reserve your child’s spot. Contact Melody at mpender@sginh.ca for payment plan options or financial support. 

Please Note: The Epicentre policy on refunds is that once our programs have begun we will be unable to issue refunds.

Winter Program Details

Wednesdays: Kids Club  3:45-5:15pm, Jan 10 – March 13 (10 classes), $135,  ages 5+. With Joel. *no class on Feb 23rd for Family Day

Wednesdays Youth Club: 5:30-830pm, Jan 10 – March 13 (10 classes), $225 and $5 extra each week for dinner. 

Friday all day Kids Club:   10am-4pm, Jan 10 – March 13 (9 classes), $486 ages 5+. With Joel. 

Using the Montessori teaching method the children will get to spend each Friday in a creative and supportive learning environment. The days will consist of hands-on exploration as we strengthen math, language, science, geography and history skills. We will take a multi disciplinary approach by overlapping subjects and often using art, games and hands-on challenges. There will also be time throughout the day to help anyone with homework.

Contact Us:

 Managing Director

Michael Cowan
mcowan@sginh.ca

Program Facilitators

Joel Michener
jm@sginh@sginh.ca 

Please feel free to talk to any of us about the Epicentre.

Do you have ideas for a class? Would you like to teach a class? Would you like to request a particular class, program or workshop? Please contact our administrator at epicentre@sginh.ca.

Past Programs

The Epicentre

Families are able to purchase a Family Pass and use the Epicentre building (when not being used for programs) with their immediate household.

We have also been offering children’s care and educational opportunities through spring break camps, and after school programs. To find out more about any of these programs including registration, reach out to the Epicentre by email epicentre@sginh.ca. The administrator will get in touch with you regarding availability, cost and guidelines to be followed.

Family Passes are $130 per year and include special rates for programs and siblings, as well as priority for registering for programs, the use of the epicentre building, and more!

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook to stay up to date with everything that is going on with the Epicentre.

Please adhere to the following guidelines while using the playground and centre:

  • Please do not come if you have signs or symptoms of illness.
  • Use at own your discretion.
  • Pack in, pack out. We ask that you please take away all garbage and recycling with you. 
  • Always wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, before and after using any playground facilities or toys.
  • Bringing your own equipment (balls, bikes) is encouraged.
  • Please respect and maintain physical distancing between yourself and other playground users except for those in your household bubble.
  • Use the sign-in sheet beside the door for contact tracing purposes. 
  • Use the disinfectant spray on surfaces you are in contact with before and after you come into contact with them. Cloths are available inside the cupboard above the toilet. Used cloths can go straight into the laundry bin after use.
  • Use the centre and playground at your own risk.

There are reminder signs posted around the playground and we do realize that many of our playground users do not read yet, so as adults and caregivers, please guide your kids through the importance of these guidelines.