vancouver: kid & family friendly events

Say “no!” to labour this long weekend and “yes!” to family fun! It’s time for a final summer hurrah before getting back to the regular routine (we hope …). Discover Trout Lake at twilight; listen to bluegrass in Maple Ridge; spend a musical day by Cleveland Dam; or take in the dances and competitions of Squamish Nation’s annual powwow. Discover history and old-fashioned fun at the Burnaby Village Museum, the BC Farm Museum or Fort Langley. You can also see racing rubber ducks, yoyo tricks, or a wonderful tapestry featuring the entire city of Vancouver. Concerned about what the kids are going to do next week? Check out our list of strike camps around the Lower Mainland. MORE

making the cut

While yoyomamas and yoyodadas look forward to a trip to the hair salon or barber shop, our kiddos tend to be a bit a tad hesitant when it comes to parting with their little locks, especially if it’s their first visit. If your kid hasn’t graduated to the barber or your own salon yet, then you’re in luck! We’ve “combed” the city for kid-friendly salons in the Lower Mainland to help you transform that summer shag into a neater, autumn-ready coif. MORE

Music To Their Ears: Dedicated Email

If music is the food of love, why not show your little ones some extra love by giving them early learning music classes at the VSO School of Music. With programs based on several approaches including Colourstrings, Orff and Suzuki, there is something to suit every child’s learning style, to boost brainpower and creative muscles through music in a way tailored just to them. MORE

vancouver: kid & family friendly events

The summer holidays are rapidly coming to a close (assuming school starts up!). Make the most of the last vestiges of summer, and spend it outside! Check out the wooden boats on Granville Island, sample tomatoes at the farmers’ markets, or discover the traditions of central Europe in the middle of downtown Vancouver. There are Deep Cove Daze, Richmond’s Garlic Festival, the Steveston Dragon Boat Festival and Clayburn Village Heritage Day. There are flash mobs, nature walks, watermelons and outdoor movies, something for everyone…. So let’s enjoy it while it lasts, shall we? MORE

sustainable supplies

We’re big Me to We fans here at yoyo HQ. We love how they use social enterprise to help us make better choices for a better world. Their newest winner of a collaboration with Staples and ACCO Brands – just in time for back to school – allows kids to stock up on school supplies and help children in Latin America, Africa and Asia receive access to education without battling hunger, thirst, disease and financial restraints. MORE

sole searching

Now, we don’t want to alarm any kiddos out there, but there’s only a couple weeks left until those bare, summer-loving, sand-digging toes will have to wear – dare we say it? – shoes. But saying sayonara to sandal season isn’t as bad as you think – take a look at this list of local fashionable, family-friendly shoe stores we’ve rounded up to help you in your fall footwear search. MORE

vancouver: kid & family friendly events

It’s going to be another beautiful weekend in the Lower Mainland – and we don’t mean just the weather! World’s largest sandbox is inviting you to play on Second Beach and with the Chilliwack Flight Fest, Arts Alive in Langley and Cloverdale’s Blueberry Festival, there’s no shortage of places to go. Not to be missed is BC’s annual Renaissance Festival, plus there’s nature exploration, outdoor movies, crafts and more to round out the weekend fun. There’s so much happening you’re bound to create many a happy memory, and some great photos to boot! MORE

oui say yes to these threads

Nothing says Back to School like new duds for the kiddos, and that means boys too. We parents of boys know how hard it can be to find clothes that look and feel good. But not just that, we want local, organic, ecological, sustainable clothing that we like and that our kids want to wear. This seemed like a tall order until we discovered OuiMe. MORE

fancy footwear

We’re always on the lookout for the perfect kicks for the kiddo especially at Back to School time. We’ve blown through our fair share of canvas runners and had more than a few lace-up fiascos (ow, my back!), so we want something durable, water resistant, and easy to get on with a side order of school yard style. Oh and good for our kids’ feet too! Needless to say, we were thrilled to discover PLAE shoes. MORE


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