FAQ, Policies, Info for Parents, Community Resources

What To Wear & Bring

Participants should wear comfortable athletic clothing and for those participating in the Gymnastics program, they will need to take off their shoes and socks. Hair should be tied back and jewelry will need to be removed.

We recommend that participants bring a water bottle and perhaps a healthy snack for after their program.

Code of Conduct

The Active Kids parent and participant code of conduct is available here: Child & Parent Code of Conduct

Refund / Withdrawal / Transfer Policies

The Active Kids refund and withdrawal policies are available here: Refund Policy

Cancelled Programs

If a program you have registered for needs to be completely cancelled due to low registration or otherwise, you will be contacted by our office a minimum of 48 hours before the first session and you will receive a complete refund. For holiday and seasonal related facility / program / office / gymnastics drop in schedules, please refer to the sidebar.

Missed Classes

If you miss a gymnastics class, no make up classes are available. However, you may request a one time free family drop in pass from your coach or our main registration office. Only 1 pass per participant per term is allowed. Make up classes are not allowed for soccer, basketball, multisport, or specialized / custom programs or bookings.


We encourage all participants to register on a waitlist if your desired class is full. Within the first 3 weeks of class, we regularly open additional spots where possible. We will contact you directly by phone if a spot becomes available and you will be given 48 hours to respond and register with our main office. After 48 hours, your spot will be forfeited and offered to the next person on the waitlist.

Excel & Tramp and Tumble Assessments 

To register for an excel class and/or the advanced tramp and tumble class you must first complete an assessment.

If you are already registered in one of our classes (for example Gym Kids 2, or Excel 1) and would like an assessment please ask your coach directly before your class starts. They will be happy to do the assessment during class time. *Please note not all requests may be accommodated on the same day. This is at the coaches discretion.

If you have never taken a class with us before and would like an assessment, please contact us at active.kids@ubc.ca to coordinate a booking. *Please allow a minimum of 3 business days to receive a response.

Once the assessment is complete the coach will inform you of the results and submit your evaluation form to the main registration office for processing. Processing will require a minimum of 1 full week. Registration is possible only once processing is complete. To check the status of your assessment, please call 604-822-0207.

*Please note the coaches have final say on the recommended level of class.

**Please plan in advance if you are trying to have the assessment prior to a registration day.

***An assessment does not guarantee a spot in the program, all registration is first come first served

Photo / Filming Policy

Taking photos or filming is strictly prohibited by parents, participants, friends, etc. during the following Active Kids programs: Weekly Classes / Programs, Camps, Drop In times, and Private Lessons. This includes taking photos of your own child.

Photos may be taken by parents, participants, and organization representatives during: Group Bookings and Birthdays.

Parking & Traveling By Transit

We are happy to announce that all Active Kids families currently registered in a Gymnastics class may register for a FREE DROP-OFF / PICK-UP PARKING PASS!

The pass is directly linked to your license plate so you do not have to use the meters. The pass will allow you to park for 15 minutes at the Osborne Lot (located on Thunderbird Blvd immediately east of Osborne Unit 1) so that you can drop-off and pick-up your child at the gymnastics gym located in the Osborne Center.

Within 1 week prior to the start date of your gymnastics class, you will receive an email from Active Kids with a special link that allows you to register for the free pass. If you are currently registered and have not received the link, please contact us directly.

*Please note that all parking on UBC property is overseen by UBC Parking. Please contact them directly if you have any parking specific inquiries or technical issues registering for the free pass. All inquiries related to tickets, payments, and disputes must also be sent directly to UBC Parking. Active Kids has no authority over ticketing decisions. parking.support@ubc.ca

Acadia Park, University Neighbourhoods Association (UNA), UTown@UBC Members Discount

All Acadia Park, UNA, and UTown@UBC Members receive 10% off Monday, Wednesday, and/or Friday Morning Parent & Tot and Preschool classes

*To receive the discount registration must be done in person and registering participant must have a valid Acadia Park / UNA / UTown@UBC card.

BodyWorks Fitness Center

Parents/Guardians of Active Kids participants whom are registered in the current term are invited to use the BodyWorks Fitness Centre and receive a 10% discount on a 10 or 20 visit Punch Pass, which is valid for 1 year. Please contact the Registration Office for information, 604-822-0207.

School of Kinesiology Faculty & Staff Discount 

All School of Kinesiology Faculty and Staff receive 50% off  weekly Active Kids Gymnastics Classes and 15% discount for Gymnastics Summer Camps

*Discount does not apply to other Active Kids Programming such as: Birthday Parties, Private Lessons, Drop-in sessions/passes, Group bookings, Programs offered with Community Partners,Special Events, or Additional Program fees.


Community Resources for Parents

Active Kids is an integral part of the School’s strategic plan to advance and disseminate interdisciplinary knowledge that fosters community health and wellbeing through physical activity, physical literacy, and sport. We encourage you to view and share the information below.

Seniors Covid-19 Pandemic and Exercise  Trial

The trial is being conducted by Dr. Mark Beauchamp (Director of the Psychology of Exercise, Health, and Physical Activity Lab at the University of British Columbia) and colleagues.Our goal is to assess whether exercising with other older adults as part of a socially connected (but physically distanced) exercise program, or a personal exercise program, will significantly improve the well-being and health of older adults (aged 65 years or older) currently living in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic. More information is available here. If you would like to participate please contact kin.scope@ubc.ca.


Lifespan Movement for Physical Activity Study

Participants will answer a short questionnaire about physical activity. Participants will also complete six movement skills, the kick, throw, hop, jump, sit-to-stand, and rising from a lying down position. Participants will have your physical activity measured for one week. More information is available here and by contacting Ryan Hulteen at ryan.hulteen@ubc.ca 


Personal Experiences with Exercise

Colin Wierts, a PhD student at UBC, is currently recruiting participants for a research study in order to better understand people’s personal experiences with exercise. Participation will include filling out an online questionnaire on two occasions over the course of 4 weeks. Questionnaire completion will take approximately 15-25 minutes at time 1, and approximately 5-15 minutes at time 2. In order to be eligible, participants must be 18 years or older and be able to read and converse in English. Participants will be entered into a prize draw to win one of six $50 gift certificates. More information is available here. If you would like to participate, please contact Colin at colin.wierts@ubc.ca


Body-related Self-conscious Emotions and Sport Participation Among Adolescent Females

Researchers from the University of British Columbia and the School of Kinesiology are conducting a research study to examine adolescent girls’ (13-17 years) experiences and well-being in sport. In particular we are investigating relationships among body image factors related to emotions, perceptions of competence and sporting outcomes such as sport motivation, commitment and enjoyment. Participation in this study will consist of girls completing age appropriate measures regarding their thoughts, emotions, and perceptions regarding their physical self as well as measures related to motivation, commitment and enjoyment. The participants would complete the study at home through an online survey. Girls may withdraw from the study at ANY POINT IN TIME without any consequences. More information is available here and by contacting Elizabeth Pritchard at libbie.pritchard@ubc.ca


Perceptions of Robots and Technology in Childcare Contexts

This project proposes to explore how caregivers and parents perceive robot and related technology in the context of caring for children, and what elements of care technology make it acceptable by parents/caregivers. By conducting surveys and interview sessions with caregivers, we hope to gain insights on how robots/machines can be designed to be more widely adopted, while still supporting childcare needs. Critically, we are investigating the way robots and related technologies are perceived in terms of factors such as agency, autonomy, capability, leading to caregiver acceptance. Our goal is to learn how to mitigate both the reality and the perception that human-robot interaction could be replacing human-human interaction. More information is available here and by contacting Liz Koswara-Simms at lizkosmin@gmail.com


Potential Effects of Different Types of Audio in Electronic Books on Young Children’s Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary Learning

This study will compare the reading comprehension and vocabulary learning of 4- and 5-year-old children as they read independently one of three versions of an e-book with one of the following audio features combined with animated pictures: 1) only oral language, 2) oral language plus meaningful music, and 3) oral language plus noise. We are looking for 4- to 5-year-old children who are willing to participate in our study. More information is available at http://blogs.ubc.ca/jikim/. Please contact jikim@alumni.ubc.ca directly for more information.


If you are interested in participating in one of the School of Kinesiology's current research projects, please visit the School's research website to see the full list of current projects and  fill out the form to indicate your interest.


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