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Generations Early Learning & Family Center

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Free Summertime Activities for You and Your Children!

To nurture growth, education, and community for all ages.

Generations Early Learning & Family Center is a division of The St. Francis Foundation, a non-profit corporation established in 1985. We currently operate within the Mt. Baker Care Center and Summit Place Assisted Living.

The primary purpose of our center has always been to provide a unique early childhood education program within a residential care facility, which will benefit the residents, children, families, and staff members through mutual interactions and continuing relationships. Quality early childhood care and education programs allow parents to engage in work and other activities with the assurance that their children are in a safe environment that promotes health, happiness, and well-being. 


Featured Article:

Free Summertime Activities for You and Your Children!

Free Summer Activities and Resources

Preschool Open Gym: Bloedel-Donovan Park, M-S 9am-12pm (only until June 8th)

Swimming: Lake Whatcom (Bloedel-Donovan Park) and Lake Padden

        Free Beaches:

        Boulevard Park (walk down a little ways to find a quiet spot)

        Locust Beach (no bathrooms, park on Locust Ave or 10 min walk from bus)

        Point Whitehorn (Birch Bay)

Spray Parks: at Cornwall Park and Fairhaven Park, 1-7pm every day

Larrabee State Park and Birch Bay State Park:

        State Parks Free Days: June 1st, June 8th and 9th (also Fish and Wildlife), August 25th

Parks and school playgrounds: Check out a new one or bring a picnic!

        -on hot sunny days, find shade at Whatcom Falls Park

        -explore the outdoor sculptures at WWU

        -explore Sehome Hill Arboretum

        -Hovander Homestead Park, Ferndale: garden/orchard, fragrance garden, farm animals

Whatcom Lightcatcher Museum: passes available through the library.

Marine Life Center, 1801 Roeder Ave, at the Marina, always free! Open every day 10am-6pm June-Aug (11am-5pm Sept-May)

Concerts in the Parks: free family-friendly concerts in June, July, and August

                                          Elizabeth Park, Thursdays 6-8pm; 

                                          Boulevard Park, Saturdays 6-8pm

Downtown Sounds: Free concert and block party, Bay & Prospect Streets, Bellingham

                                     Wednesdays, July 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st & August 7th, 5:30pm - 9:00pm

Art Walk: downtown Bellingham: first Friday of every month: June 7th, July 5th, August 2nd

Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema: Summer events run on Saturday evenings from June 22 – Aug. 24, 2019 at the Fairhaven Village Green on the corner of 10th St. and Mill Ave. in Bellingham, WA. Admission for adults is $5, children under 5 are free!

Library: Summer Reading Program! Bingo cards available now!

              Lots of events throughout the summer, ask for a calendar or find it on library website:       

Extra food resources for summer:

-Bellingham Food Bank open early, at 10am on Mondays and Fridays

-Summer break meal program: June 18th- August 24th, M-F

-free breakfast/lunch at Carl Cozier Elementary and Shuksan Middle School

-free lunch at several sites around Bellingham





2901 Connelly Ave, B101 Bellingham, WA 98225

Center Hours

Monday-Friday: 6:30am-6:00pm


(360) 752 6336

Prospective Families


Generation Celebraton 2019

Join us September 7th, 2019 for our 7th annual family friendly fundraiser: Generation Celebration!

Relax to the sounds of Baby Cakes Band, play carnival games, bet on items from the practical to the priceless in the silent auction, and enjoy locally donated food and beverages including Aslan Brewing Co. & Kombucha Town.

This year's *new* Kid's Auction table is sure to get your little ones excited to bid with tickets. Admission is $15 at the door or online, and kids ages 12 and under get in free!

All proceeds from this event benefit Generations Early Learning and Family Center, providing programming for our daily intergenerational activities.


Swimming and Playground at Bloedel Donovan Park: 2114 Electric Ave.

Local Spray Parks: Cornwall Park and Fairhaven Park, 1-7 every day!

Explore our cities activities! Hovander Homestead Park, Lightcatcher Museum, and Marine Life Center all have so much fun waiting for you!

Enjoy family friendly events around town like Concerts at Elizabeth Park and Boulevard Parks, the Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema, Downtown Sounds concerts in July and August, and Art Walks!

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Participate in the Bellingham Public Libraries Summer Reading Program!

St. Francis Childcare is a Non-Profit 501-C3 Organization and all donations are tax-deductible.

We appreciate your support!

St Francis Foundation
St. Francis Foundation Organization Number: DB262

St. Francis Foundation Organization Number: DB262