Dads — I haven’t forgotten about you.
Yes, my blog may be called “Edmomton” for new mamas but I hold a special place in my heart for Edmonton Dads, too. I’ve been making a list of specific dad-only resources, groups and events. As new parents, you can be overlooked. Yet, in many families, you are the other half of the parenting equation.
If you are a dad with a new baby in Edmonton, read this list, made up of dad-exclusive programs. While most new baby programs and groups are inclusive for all new parents, like Baby Laptime and Sing, Sign, Laugh & Learn (Library), there are some that might only be filled with new moms.
From a literacy program, to a drop-in library class, adult dad-only events, registered activities and even an organization for teen dads — there’s something for every papa.
Here are 6 Resources Just for New Dads in Edmonton:
ONE | Dads Group with Books for Babies
This is becoming a popular 4-week program for new parents in Edmonton — and there is a specific Dads Group! Run by the Centre for Family Literacy, Books for Babies is a free bonding and literacy program for new parents and babies between 0 and 12 months old, with a free book bag and books supplied. It is separate from the Edmonton Public Library.
There are various locations across Edmonton — but only Dads Group. The fall program ends October 2nd, and still has space. There will be a new one running in January of 2018 as well.
Dads, get registered by calling 780-421-7323 or e-mailing email@example.com
Read more information at the Books for Babies – Centre for Family Literacy Page
TWO | Father’s Club at Norwood Child & Family Resource Centre
Once a month, the Norwood Child and Family Resource Centre hosts a free Father’s Club where soon-to-be dads and guys that are new fathers, seasoned dads or father-figures. As it says on the their website, it’s to “talk about guy stuff and do guy things” and it sounds like a wicked support for any dad interested in joining. The centre is located at 9516 – 114 Avenue and has been in operation since 1963.
For more information, go to Norwood’s Parent Groups & Workshops Page
To register, call 780-471-3737
THREE | Daddy and Baby Time at the EPL Whitemud Crossing Branch
This awesome weekly Edmonton Public Library program is just for babies and their male caregivers. Daddy and Baby Time is a free, drop-in 30-minute class with songs and rhymes at the Whitemud Crossing Shopping Centre, 4211 – 106 Street. It runs weekly, on Tuesday evenings from 6:30pm – 7:00pm.
For more information, visit the EPL Website
FOUR | Rad Dads Edmonton Chapter
The Rad Dads (Edmonton Chapter) is a new, supportive community of dads in Edmonton that hosts an event every few months — just for papas. The events usually tie in music, beer, and some sort of activity or topic of discussion that is relevant to fathering. The Rad Dads also volunteer when they can. To add, they also plan family-friendly events on a semi-regular basis for kids and all parents (moms, too) to join in on.
Their next Dad’s Only event is on October 18th at The Summit (climbing centre) and Dirtbag Cafe — more details to follow on their Facebook page.
Their next family-friendly event is the “Monster’s Ball” on October 29. It’s a free family costumer party from 2:00 – 5:00 pm at 9910.
FIVE | Services for Young Dads: Terra Centre for Teen Parents
The Terra Centre is an incredible non-profit organization in Edmonton that assists the most vulnerable of new parents: teens. It provides community support and resources for young parents, and has the only fathering program in the region designed to support young dads — called Services for Young Dads. It’s for dads 24 years old or younger, providing employment searches, schooling, funding, legal assistance and more.
As if becoming a mom or dad wasn’t hard enough, imagine having a baby as a young teenager, in the midst of high school and through a time of so much person change and growth!
SIX | Dad & Baby Program: Mommy Connections North Edmonton & St. Albert
In 2016, the Dad & Baby program was born. This 6-week registered program runs regularly, usually every season, and is lead by a local dad for other local dads who have babies 15 months and younger. It is a first-of-it’s-kind program offered by Chelsey Borys, Director of Mommy Connections Edmonton North and St. Albert. It is back by popular demand — starting in a couple of months.
The next program will run this November, on Saturdays from 12:30 – 2:00pm, and dads can register here. The cost is $120.
Giveaway for Dads
In celebration of Edmonton Dads, I have a set of football tickets! The tickets are for the Edmonton Eskimos home game this Saturday, against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, starting at 7:30pm. The pair of tickets includes one parking pass for the stadium lot as well. The tickets are courtesy of an anonymous donor.
To enter, follow the instructions on my original Facebook post.
Know any new dad resources, programs, groups or events I don’t have listed? Comment below or send me an e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Feature Photo Credit: Lorraine Marie (www.lorraine-marie.com)