Everything You Need to Know for Flip Factory's Preschool Programs - Winter 2018 Session!
When is Winter Session?
Winter Session runs from January 8 - March 24. Flip Factory will be closed and there will be no classes running on February 19th.
Which programs are in 'preschool'?
Where is Flip Factory?
All parking is free at Flip Factory! We have 8 marked spaces in the lot in front of our building as well as a parking lot directly behind our building with three rows of stalls. Please ensure that you do not park in another tenant's space. These are private stalls and your car could be towed! Parking on the west side of 5th street is free and unlimited.
Where to Enter
Please use the Flip Factory entrance - 1st door.
Whether you are a new or returning Flip Factory member - Welcome! If this is your first session at Flip Factory or just your first session of 2018, please ensure that you have signed a waiver for your child. Waivers can be signed through our online registration page, or in person at the front desk. Waivers need to be completed once per calendar year.
Everyone's outdoor footwear needs to be removed. Please make sure footwear is placed neatly on the boot rack. Participants entering the gym or Tot Spot should also remove their socks. Jackets and packs can be hung up in either the green or orange coat rooms.
Your child's name tag is on a chart inside the green or orange coat room. Kids can put a sticker by their name each week. Their coach and group members will be wearing the same colour name tag.
If you arrive early, you're welcome to use the Tot Spot upstairs. Please note that the Tot Spot is for children 5 years and under only.
Tot Spot, Flip Café, & Friday Family Drop In
Tot Spot is free to registered participants 5 years and younger on the day of their class. Siblings who are not registered in a same-day program can sign in and pay for a drop in at Flip Café or the front desk. Children crawling through to 5 years old are welcome to use Tot Spot. For the safety of our kids, no one 6 years and older is allowed to play in this space. Parents are responsible for watching their children in Tot Spot. Pay as you go is $8.50/drop in. 10 pass punch cards are available for $65+GST. You can stay in the Tot Spot as long as you want! Tot Spot hours are Monday - Thursday: 9:00 AM - 8:30 PM, Friday: 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM, Saturday: 8:30 AM - 6:30 PM. Tot Spot is closed for private bookings on Sunday.
Flip Café is open from Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM, Saturday 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM. We serve specialty coffees, teas, healthy veggie and fruit dippers, daily specials, paninis, and savory soups. We would kindly ask that any outside food is consumed in the orange or green coat rooms where there is seating and tables. Tot Spot eating areas are for food purchased in Flip Café.
We offer unstructured drop in into our main gym on select Fridays. Friday Family drop in is free play in our Flip Factory main gym for kids crawling up to 9 years old with a parent! Come for some family fun on trampolines, climbing wall, ropes, mats, tumble track, and more. Only $10/child or use your Tot Spot Punch Card. One parent is required for every three kids, no charge for parents. Friday Family drop in is open for non-members of Flip Factory too, so bring your friends!
Friday Family Drop in will be offered on Friday mornings from 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM from January 12 - March 9.
Where to start your class
Children in the Parent & Tot classes warm-up in the studio directly across from the front office for the first 5 minutes before moving into the Flip Factory Gym. You are welcome to congregate here up to 10 minutes prior to the class.
Children in the Kindergym classes warm-up on the main floor in the Flip Factory Gym. Kids and parents can congregate in the waiting area under the stairs.
An adult must be present on the gym floor, within arm’s reach of the child for the Parent & Tot class. You are welcome to switch which adult attends with the child. All adults participating in a Parent & Tot class must sign a waiver at the front desk prior to the class. You are welcome to bring your infant on to the floor provided they are worn in a sling/pack or in a bucket seat.
An adult must be present with a child attending Kindergym until the class begins and once the class ends. While the child is on the gym floor you are not required to stay. You are welcome to watch the class from the second floor viewing area.
At the end of your child's Parent & Tot class, you will return to the studio for the last 3 minutes for the 'good bye song' and stamps.
At the end of your child's Kindergym class, kids will be connected with parents at the entrance to the Flip Factory Gym. Please escort your child up the stairs if you would like to continue in the Tot Spot after the class. Children whose parents are not in this meeting area will be instructed to sit inside the gym near the gym entrance until a parent arrives.
What to Wear
Sweat pants and a long sleeve t-shirt are best for winter. Shorts and a t-shirt or gym suit in the warmer weather are best. Make sure t-shirts are tight fitting so that it won't go over your child's head when they are upside down. Please avoid jeans, clothing with zippers, belts, and buckles as they can damage the equipment. Leave necklaces, bracelets, hoop earrings, and watches at home. Long hair should be tied back. Please avoid bobby pins that may fall out or big hair ornaments that are uncomfortable when rolling. Bare foot is best and safest for our kids. Parents participating in Parent & Tot, wear comfortable clothing, socks or bare foot.
Who is My Child's Coach?
On the first day of the session, we will end the Kindergym class a few minutes early so that parents can come onto the Flip Factory gym floor to meet their child's coach. Pictures and bios on our staff can be found here. If you have any questions or concerns, please speak up! You can contact our front office staff or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Pictures at the End of the Session
Each preschool participant will receive a picture of themselves in action at the end of the session. This is a keepsake for parents. If your child is camera shy, a picture of our mascot, Flippy, will be substituted.
We offer fun fitness for every age and skill level! Circus silks, trapeze, and trampoline are a sample of adult programs we offer throughout the week - inquire at the office for more info or book online for a session or drop in!