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must-do summer activities for metro vancouver families

We’ve been dreaming about summer. We can’t wait for warm weather, long sunny days, and lots of extra time with our kids. To make sure we have the most fun, most memorable summer ever, we’ve been planning out some awesome family-friendly activities. Call it a summer bucket list, or a summer to do list; here are our top must-do summer activities for any family in Metro Vancouver.


  • pirate adventure

    Pirate Adventures

    Arrrrrgh, matey. Set sail for the seven seas aboard a 50-foot pirate ship where you’ll search for sunken treasure and sing along to sea shanties. You’ll be amazed as the energetic crew taps into your kid’s imagination, transforming them into a pirate complete with face painting, tattoos, and costumes! Opening day is May 13th. Be sure you reserve your adventure today. More details.

  • Cultus Lake Waterpark

    Cultus Lake Waterpark & Adventure Park

    Splish-splash! For the ultimate family-friendly summer adventure, visit Cultus Lake and enjoy BC’s biggest waterpark and Metro Vancouver’s newest theme park — two great parks, one awesome destination! Opening day for the Cultus Lake Waterpark is June 3rd and the Cultus Lake Adventure Park opens on June 16th. There are rides and slides fit for the whole family. More details.


1. Celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary. Our beautiful nation is celebrating quite the milestone this year, so be sure to join the party! There will be lots of opportunities to see fireworks, musical performances, and more, all in the name of the true north strong and free. Check back here soon and we’ll have a great big list of all the parties and celebrations happening in Metro Vancouver.

2. Enjoy a beach day. Pack up the towels, sand pails, and sunscreen and head to the beach. There is no shortage of awesome, family-friendly beaches in Metro Vancouver, and we plan on visiting as many as we can this year. Here are a few of our favourites.

3. Camp in your own backyard. This is a west coast tradition and one we are excited to do with our kids. Pitch a tent in your backyard, sing some campfire songs, and snuggle up for story time. Stay up late for stargazing. Then, snooze all together in the tent, or head inside for a more comfortable sleep in your own bed.

4. Go for a ride. Biking is our family’s favourite sunny day activity. We love exploring new trails and neighbourhoods on our wheels, especially now that our youngest can ride her own bike. Here’s a list of the best bike rides in Metro Vancouver for families.

5. Take a (local) road trip. We love exploring new nooks and crannies of Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. There are just so many different and unique corners to discover. Here are a few of our favourite day trips and here you can find some awesome family adventure ideas, like exploring Bowen Island and our favourite spot to watch the sunrise.

6. Create your own popsicles. This is a fun one and all you need are some popsicle molds and a few ingredients. We like to set out fresh fruit, fruit juices, and yogurt and let the kids make up their own mixtures. Pop them in the freezer, and in a few hours you will have some tasty and unique cool treats.

7. Throw a block party. We promise it isn’t as daunting as it sounds! Gather up some neighbourhood friends, ask everyone to bring a dish to share, set out some chalk, bubbles, and bikes for the kids, and let them go to town. It may just become an annual tradition. It has in our little neighbourhood!

8. Enjoy an outdoor pool or water spray park. It’s the best way to stay cool, that’s for sure! Plus we love the fact that it’s relatively inexpensive (and sometimes free), so it’s not going to break the bank. Pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it!

9. Explore a farmers’ market. There are dozens of farmers’ markets around Metro Vancouver and they are a wonderful place to spend a morning or afternoon with your kids. It’s a great way to highlight local, sustainable food, and the perfect way to sort out what’s for dinner! Have your kids each choose something new to eat and experiment together in the kitchen when you get home.

10. Have fun even on a rainy day. It’s a given that there will be a few rainy days throughout the summer, so we like to be prepared with blankets, pillows, popcorn, new movies, a few favourite books, and board games too. Our favourite rainy day activity is building a massive fort big enough for the whole family. Then we cuddle up and read together or watch a movie. We’ve picnicked, coloured, and even had a family sleepover in our fort!

We hope this list has inspired you to start planning the best summer break ever. What are your favourite summer activities? Let us know in the comments below!

Yo, mama! Looking for more summer fun? Check out our summer camp guide.

By Michelle Hughes

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  1. We regularly escape the heat of our apartment meeting daddy after work for a picnic dinner at Kits Beach followed by a show at Kitsilano Showboat.

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