New Puppet Program Fall 2013

Watch for our new puppet program starting fall 2013, new characters, new learning goals, all with the same best pratices – Friend 2 Friend researched based model for fostering social inclusion, play and friendships for children both on and off the autism spectrum!

Book early – don't miss out!

Registration Deadlines


Play Centre Program Registration Deadlines for 2013


Deadline Date

Program Sessions

Winter Programs

Friday, Nov. 30th, 2012

Jan – Mar 2013

Spring Programs

Friday, Mar. 1st, 2013

Apr – June 2013

Summer Camp

Friday, May 31st, 2013

July 2013

Fall Programs

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Sep – Dec 2013


The Importance of the Natural Play Group 2.0

Read the latest blog post "The Importance of the Natural Play Group 2.0" on Mae on the Move 

Walking along the garden path leading to one of the many beautiful temples in Bali, I noticed a group of boys standing by the bank of a small river.  I could not understand their words (they were speaking Bahasa), however I did understand their actions and the universal language of play. This natural play group consisted of eight boys ranging in age from seven to eleven. The boys had a common goal in their play – that was fishing. They were organized and roles were clearly defined by the materials each boy held. Four boys had fishing poles, two boys had small nets, one boy had a jar filled with water that already contained a small fish, and another boy had a plastic sandwich bag filled with water awaiting a fish.

Read more here.

Registration Closes Nov 30th!

Friend 2 Friend has a few spaces left for in our Play Groups program starting in Jan. Don't miss out, get your registration forms in this week! Registration Closed Friday Nov 30th at 5pm.


Only 2 spaces left – Information Evening Nov 28th!

Don't miss out, only 2 spaces left to join us for our information evening at the Friend 2 Friend Play Centre 

Wednesday Nov 28th 7-8pm 2941 Kingsway Vancouver

Please register for this free event by emailing

Information Evening Wednesday Nov 28th, 7-8pm


Friend 2 Friend is hosting a free information evening on Wednesday November 28th 7-8pm.  Participants will have the opporunity to visit our new state-of-the-art play centre, learn about the programs, the models, meet other parents,  and meet the Friend 2 Friend Master Play Guides. Registeration is required to attend. Please register by emailing the names of the attendees to our office.

The Friend 2 Friend Play Centre is located at 2941 Kingsway, Vancouver

2013 BC Communities Capacity Building Program

Be one of the 6-8 communities/school districts to participate free of charge in 2013!

Friend 2 Friend BC Communities Capacity Building Program is a “train the trainer” program designed to provide school districts/community organizations throughout British Columbia, Canada with the materials and training to implement the Can I Play Too?:Autism Demystification Puppet Packaged Program to children ages 3-11 in inclusive school or community settings in their area. This program is provided free of charge to 6-8 school districts and/or community organizations each year depending on funding available.
Working with implementation teams of professionals, Friend 2 Friend will provide the training and materials to prepare the teams to implement the Can I Play Too? Autism Demystification Puppet Program with children ages 3-11 in inclusive classrooms and community settings. 
Hosting Organization's Responsibilities will be required to:
Organize/host the workshop – including registering participants, arranging for venue, presentation equipment (projector, sound, microphone, screen), and refreshments for breaks.
Pay for all travel expenses required for the speaker to travel to your area (traveling expenses will vary, please contact our office for an estimate).
Friend 2 Friend provides a one-day implementation workshop and the materials (10-20 copies of the Can I Play Too? Autism Demystification Puppet Packaged Program and one Can I Play Too? Props and Materials Case) necessary to implement the program. This program is provided completely free of charge to school districts and other inclusive community settings throughout British Columbia, Canada.
The Workshop is designed to prepare teams of professionals to implement the program in their community. The workshop will be led by Heather McCracken, the creator of the Friend 2 Friend model and programs.
The agenda for the workshop is as follows:
Overview of Friend 2 Friend Social Learning Society
What does it feel like to have autism?
Refreshment break
The Guiding Principles/Overview of the Friend 2 Friend model
Lunch Break
Preparing to Implement the Programs/The Art of Facilitation
Implementing the Can I Play Too? Autism Demystification Program
Group Activity and Discussion/Questions and Answers
Contact our office now to book a date January through May 2013. For more information, please visit our website here.
If your school district or organization is interested in participating in the BC Communities Capacity Building Program please e-mail our office at for details.
Outside of BC: School Districts and Community Organizations in North America may also book this program; the fee is $7500 plus traveling expenses. For fees outside of North America please e-mail our office at for information.  
Facilitator's Workshop: Friend 2 Friend hosts this workshop in Vancouver once each year. Space is limited to 30 participants. For more information, please visit our website here.   

The Importance of the Natural Play Group for Children on the Autism Spectrum

Read Heather's latest article "The Importance of the Natural Play Group for Children on the Autism Spectrum" on F2F's blog! 

Mae on the Move Blog

Invitation to Expert Players

The Friend 2 Friend Play Centre invites Expert Players to join our Play Groups programs. Expert Players are usually peers, siblings, cousins, classmates or neighbours of children with autism who have good social communciation skills, who are well regulated and enjoy playing with other children. 

If your child is 3 to 12 years of age and is interested in playing and making friends please contact our office at

Click here to Expert Player Registration Form

Play Group Field Trips to the Friend 2 Friend Play Centre

Find our more about our Play Group Field Trips


Friendship Finds New Home

North Shore News Article "Friendship Finds a New Home