vancouver: kid & family friendly events

We’re halfway through the summer holidays, and it’s time for a long weekend! The Pride Parade is taking over Vancouver’s streets for the 36th time, followed by the Pride Festival on Sunset Beach. The Harmony Arts Festival starts in West Vancouver this weekend, and goes on until next week. If you’re thinking of a weekend out of town, check out Agrifair in Abbotsford or the White Rock Sea Festival. Brigade Days are on in Fort Langley – the arrival of fur brigades on Monday is not to be missed. There are many other events too – discover turtles, play with old-fashioned toys, listen to the symphony, see the Snowbirds, take a pony ride in the woods, or help create a community mural. So round up the family, get out and have some fun! MORE

doin’ the drive

We have a few summer driving trips planned and don’t want to rely (solely!) on iPads and video games to while away extended stretches in the family SUV. So we’ve gathered the perfect blend of games and activities to keep little minds and hands busy all trip long. MORE

beach bound

One of our go-to summer activities is taking our little beach bum to a sandy spot or grassy oasis to soak up the best of Vancouver’s summer. Here are a few of our faves. MORE

vancouver: kid & family friendly events

Sunscreen? Check. Hat? Check. Picnic blanket and water bottle? Check and check! You’re ready for the weekend! Visit North Vancouver for Caribbean Days, wander over to Mount Pleasant for a Lego-themed festival, and claim your spot at English Bay for the annual fireworks. Visit Cloverdale for a family-friendly Amazing Race, and stop at the Honeybee Festival on the way. Drive to Maple Ridge for their annual Country Fair. There are markets, community festivals and nature walks. You can drive a (mini-sized) Ferrari, build sandcastles, and listen to stories or create your own. There’s so much to see and do this weekend, so head out and have a great time with your family! MORE

the buzz on bugs

To squish or not to squish? That is the question. Summer is here, and with it comes plenty of insects. Yikes! We hate being swarmed by tiny hungry creatures, and our susceptible kiddos are prone to swelling and scratch-induced infections, so we need all the help we can get. MORE

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Dive into an underwater world this summer without having to travel far – or wear a tight-fitting wet suit. The Vancouver Aquarium is celebrating the biggest expansion in their history and offering the perfect opportunity to see some of the world’s most interesting sea critters up close! MORE

berry yummy salad

One of the best things about living in the Lower Mainland is the abundance of fresh, local, summer berries, and right now blueberries are dropping from the bushes. Better still, our kidlets are crazy for blueberries, eating “nature’s candy” by the handful. MORE

vancouver: kid & family friendly events

Ready for another fun summer weekend? We sure are! It’s perfect weather for the beach, the pool or the water park, so why not head over to Jericho Beach for some sand, sea, and folk music. Something else? How about an airshow? Catch the planes for free this weekend in Pitt Meadows and at Boundary Bay Airport. Aldergrove Fair Days are also on; there’s Edmonds City Fair in Burnaby and the Fusion Festival in Surrey. You can also admire eagles or pet reptiles; learn to make paper or to spin and weave wool; and celebrate Canada Parks Day in various locations. No matter what your family likes, there are lots of events to choose from. Whatever you do, make sure to keep cool and drink lots of water… MORE

no slacking

Tiptoeing through the tulips holds more appeal to us than teetering along a teeny tightrope. No big top fantasies here! Still, we couldn’t help noticing that our kids love to balance along logs, park benches, fences, boulders and the like. So we were intrigued by the Slackline, the latest go-to adventure toy. MORE

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