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

patio picks

Summer’s finally here! In Vancouver, one of our favourite summer activities is“patioing.” Yup, it’s a verb now, and its in full swing! Patioing with kids can be tricky – some establishments have a liquor primary license, which means no minors allowed. The ideal kid-friendly patio includes a great view, some local, tasty, craft brews, a kid’s menu, and friendly service. MORE

vancouver: kid & family friendly events

Are you ready for another sunny summer weekend? (At least we hope it’ll be sunny – last weekend caught us a bit off guard.) Why not drive up to Whistler for the Whistler Children’s Festival, or head to Harrison Hot Springs for the Festival of the Arts? Want to stay in the city? Check out the Khatsahlano Block Party or enjoy a symphony at Deer Lake Park. Venture over to Maple Ridge for some Caribbean flavour, and check out some fine rides in downtown New Westminster. You can explore shallow waters for water critters, visit animal rescue shelters, take your teddy for a picnic, or fly paper airplanes at the airport. There are lots of fun summer programs going on during the week as well, so head out of the house and have fun! MORE

Contest: Klahowya Village at Stanley Park

In this culturally cool giveaway, Klahowya Village at Stanley Park is giving one lucky yoyomama (or dada) an exclusive Klahowya Village Cultural Experience package for a family of four that includes unlimited Spirit Catcher Miniature Train rides all summer (Seasons Pass), a private singing and drumming workshop and craft-making lesson and a behind-the-scenes tour* where you can meet the performers and actors…a prize valued at $160. MORE


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