vancouver: kid & family friendly events

Sweet summertime. Schools are out and the weekend is full of fun events – Vancouver Busker Fest fills downtown Vancouver with great music and performances; Ships to Shore invites you to explore ships in Steveston (have you ever seen a hovercraft up close?) and Golden Spike gathers Port Moodians to Rocky Point Park. Doors Open Surrey is happening, with 39 different destinations around the city opening their doors to visitors. Oh, and Canada Day is coming up too! We’re getting together a list of events for that – make sure to check your inboxes next Tuesday! MORE

nature connection

The summer is a great time to keep kids connected to nature, whether you’re headed to the beach, the lake, the woods, the park or just your backyard, all that outdoor time is awesome! And we’ve found some great toys that are all about encouraging your kids to explore and connect with nature and the environment – but they’ll just think they’re having fun! MORE

Granville Island Celebrates Canada Day!

What’s there to do this Canada Day on Granville Island? Lots! Catch the 16th Annual Canada Day Parade, free jazz performances by the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, face painting, tons of foodie events, plus much more! There’s something for everyone to enjoy. That’s what makes Granville Island’s Canada Day celebration one of the best in town. Plus, you’ll be celebrating Canada’s big day in one of Vancouver’s most historic sites! MORE

vancouver: kid & family friendly events

It’s officially summer! National Aboriginal Day celebrations are happening, as well as Point Grey Fiesta, and Vancouver’s Car Free day. The dragon boats are racing on False Creek; Scandinavian folks are gathering for a midsummer festival; and there are heaps of Father’s Day events as well. You can go fishing, explore Stanley Park’s big trees, or get artistic at Vancouver Art Gallery – or around town with Vancouver Draw Down events. There’s so much going on this weekend it’ll be impossible to catch everything… So check what’s happening, see what you’d like to do, and have fun! MORE

super sunscreens

Every year we test and try some safer (ie. less chemical-laden) sunscreens for our kids and ourselves to keep everyone safe(r) while having fun in the sun. This year’s batch features a few old favourites and some new stars. And here’s a handy sunscreen primer from the Environmental Working Group to get you started off on the right – unburned – foot! Note: we know there’s some controversy around using spray sunscreens on kiddos but we’ve included some sprays we like here as they’re relatively “heavy” rather than misty and you can always spray them onto your hands and then apply them to your little ones that way if you’d rather avoid sprays. And we’ve gone a little long here to fit in all the products we’ve been busy testing with this lovely weather! MORE

Mountains of Fun at the Whistler Children’s Festival: Dedicated Email

Get in on some family-friendly festivities at the 32nd annual Whistler Children’s Festival, proudly presented by the Whistler Arts Council. Families are invited to hit up Whistler Olympic Plaza from July 10-12 and participate in a weekend full of endless activities, starting with an all-ages dance party on Friday July 10 from 5pm to 8pm to kick off the festivities! MORE

vancouver: kid & family friendly events

Summer is here and we’ve sure been feeling it! The festival season has started – check out Italian Day on the Drive, Sapperton Day, and the Coquitlam Grande Parade, to name a few. BC RenFest is happening too – time to find out what mischief the villagers are up to this year… You can also tour Richmond on a bike, watch a soapbox derby in North Vancouver, or check out some vintage trucks and tractors in Delta. There’s lots to do, so check out the calendar and join in the fun! MORE

five fabulous father’s day finds

This year, we are all about experiences for gifts. We love the idea of creating memories together that will last longer than any tie or coffee mug could. We also think that dad often gets the short end of the stick for Father’s Day gift ideas, so here are five fantastic experiences for dads that are sure to make him feel as special as he is. MORE

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