As parents, we want the best for our kids, and we want to make sure to protect them and keep them safe. But are we doing too much? According to the ParticipACTION’s new Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth, yes, we are! While wanting to keep our kids out of harm’s way we end up keeping them cocooned inside the house – and restricting the amount of physical activity our kids get. Kids need to run around and play in order to grow up healthy and confident, yet only 9% of Canadian kids get enough physical activity in their day!
The good news is that we don’t need to sign the kids up for soccer and hockey to get them moving. All we need to do is take them outside – to the trails, to the fields, and to the playgrounds. ParticipACTION has found the five best play areas in Greater Vancouver, and here they are, in no particular order:
- Queenston Park, Coquitlam: This playground is built on the side of a hill, providing a natural set-up for a great slide and some serious climbing equipment! We challenge the parent to run up the stairs while the kids are playing…
- Granville Island Water Park, Vancouver: It’s the largest splash pad in the whole of North America! If you venture beyond the water park, you’ll find a play ground, waterfront boardwalk, and lots of grassy areas for a picnic.
- Kitsilano Beach Playground, Vancouver: Dig sand and build castles, go for a swim, and stop by the playground – all in one outing! Kits Beach will keep you busy the whole day.
- Lynn Canyon, North Vancouver: Stop at Lynn Valley area to play at Kilmer or Viewlynn playgrounds and waterparks. Then head over to the best play are of them all – the Lynn Canyon suspension bridge and surrounding trails!
- Lumberman’s Arch, Stanley Park, Vancouver: Enjoy the scenery of Burrard Inlet and the North Shore mountains while cooling off in the splash pad. The playground is just up the hill, and the whole park invites you to explore and enjoy the outdoors.