KinPark Family Drop-In: Celebrating Local Gifts, Skills and, of Course, Goodies!

Justine with kids

YO Team, Justine, with her two little ones peeling apples

As winter rolls in, the KinPark Family Drop-In is getting ready for some fun and free holiday crafting, baking, and of course, cooking in the Family Cooking Classes. The program is looking forward to bringing family and youth together to celebrate the holidays, but more importantly the gifts and skills they bring to the Cowichan region. This holiday, the Drop-In will be celebrating the many local gifts and talents the Cowichan region has to offer!


Baby Zarah loves playing in pots…

Gathering, cooking, and sharing meals can be a big part of the holidays for many families, and certainly is an emphasis in the Family Drop-In Cooking Classes. It is a gathering of not only families, but local goodies from the Cowichan region. Each cooking class features at least a few key ingredients that have been sourced locally; a lot of which families grow and harvest at the KinPark Youth Urban Farm. December cooking classes will feature Huevos Rancheros using local eggs, Zucchini Christmas Cake using zucchini from KinPark, and simple Christmas sides such as vegetarian gravy and stuffing with roasted local veggies. When planning a holiday feast, don’t only celebrate with your friends and family, but also celebrate what the Cowichan region has to offer.

All December classes are full, but please contact Alyssa at 250-748-8506 to be put on the waitlist. For more info on the cooking classes, join the “Cowichan Family Cooking!” Facebook group, or visit Cowichan Green Community’s website (see link below). These classes are free, for kids 5+. Bring your family and a container!

Now that the farm has been put to sleep for the winter, the Drop-In will be keeping cozy indoors baking cookies, making crafts, and having fun! Instead, Tuesday’s will be at KinPark serving hot chocolate and making crafts, and Thursday’s will be making holiday crafts in Cowichan Green Community’s boardroom. The Wednesday after-school drop-in will be in Cowichan Green Community’s commercial kitchen baking cookies for “Caring with Cookies”; a Christmas cookie drive for the homeless and women’s shelters on Vancouver Island. Come bake some chewy sugar cookies, ginger crinkle cookies, and white chocolate cranberry cookies to send support! Check out the “Caring with Cookies” Facebook page here:

For more information regarding the KinPark Family Drop-In, please contact Alyssa Loucks at 250-748-8506, or email Click the KinPark Family Drop-In Schedule below for more info!



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