vancouver: kid & family friendly events

There are lots more Earth Day around Lower Mainland this weekend, including ones in Everett Crowley Park in Vancouver, and Moodyville Park in North Van. Plus there’s also Surrey’s Party for the Planet – the biggest Earth Day party in BC! But that’s not all – there’s lots more family fun to be had! Check out Ocean Concrete’s open house, or visit Timberline Ranch for their annual Family Festival, join the fun at Kerrisdale Carnival Days or get your spins and thrills at the rides at West Vancouver Police family carnival. There are nature walks, musicals, movies, puppet shows and lots more, so get out of the house and have fun! MORE

the circus is in town

When Toby Manson and Anuk Harvey moved to Vancouver from the UK five years ago they were looking for something to do together outside of the traditional work environment. They’d long thought of opening a cafe type business and kept collating ideas and then when their second daughter was born they realized that while Vancouver has a great cafe culture it’s not always accessible to new parents. And thus the Circus Play Cafe was born.

*Note: we just heard from Toby & Anuk that the Circus Play Cafe won’t be open til later this week or early next. We’ll keep you posted!* MORE

vancouver: kid & family friendly events

Earth Day is coming up next week. It’s a great time to think about our environment, and talk to our kids about the planet we live on and luckily there are many opportunities for that this weekend; check out our calendar to discover Earth Day celebrations, guided nature walks and nature scavenger hunts. There are other fun events happening as well – the Vaisakhi Parade is taking over the streets in Surrey; Nikkei Centre is hosting their spring celebration; and Place des Arts is opening doors for families who want to get creative. So enjoy the weekend, and have fun! MORE

pint-sized gardeners

It’s that time of year when our minds are turning to all the great things we can grow in our gardens (or on our patios, or in containers) with our kids this year. But while we love growing our own our enthusiasm outstrips our knowledge, which is why we turned to Shauna MacKinnon to answer our questions around what, when and why to grow with kids in the Lower Mainland. Shauna is a local food sustainability expert and mum, and she’s all about engaging kids, community groups and companies in her quest to make the world a healthier place through our food choices. She blogs about connecting kids with nature through gardening at www.littlebeanfarms.com. We’ve gone a little long today because she had so many great, green, growing ideas! MORE

vancouver: kid & family friendly events

It’s going to be a beautiful spring weekend in Lower Mainland. Enjoy the sunshine at Sakura Days at VanDusen Gardens, or at Historic Stewart Farm’s Seedy Saturday. Check out slacklining, listen to the chorus of the frogs, play board games, see Robin Hood and Pinocchio on stage, and discover many other fun events and activities all around town. MORE

there be monsters

It’s not like we really need an excuse to visit the Vancouver Aquarium, especially after their recent expansion which makes it easier for visitors to choose their own adventures and enjoy the Aquarium at their own pace. But if you feel like you need a little nudge to get you there, then we’d definitely recommend checking out their new Sea Monsters Revealed exhibition. It uses a specific polymer preservation technique, or plastination, to reveal the inner workings of these creatures of the deep! MORE

Calling All Toyota Owners: Dedicated Email

Some of us like small, economical vehicles for getting around quickly, while others prefer minivans for kids, groceries and hockey equipment. Some need to haul loads of stuff around, while others need to get around on rougher roads. Whatever you use your vehicle for, Toyota has an option for you, and we’re sure many of you are already Toyota owners. MORE

vancouver: kid & family friendly events

It’s time for the Easter long weekend! Are your baskets and bonnets ready? We’ve got a long list of egg hunts and other Easter events for you here, so be sure to hop on over and check them out. If you’d rather do something less egg-cellent, why not check out Fraser Valley Food Truck Festival? You could also enjoy the spring weather outdoors, and join one of the nature walks that are happening around town. Plus the North Shore’s International Bear Day celebration is definitely worth mentioning. But most importantly, have fun, and take it easy on those chocolate eggs. MORE

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