Vancouver is place to be if you are interested in the great outdoors. The city is amazing to raise kids in and experience all that the beautiful Canada has to offer. That includes liberal views and breast-feeding tolerance.
Let’s take a look at 10 activities and things to do with kids in tow:
If you have a need for a cheap way to burn your children’s energy on a rainy day, stop at the Roundhouse in Yaletown for a couple of hours. There is a community center and train museum together. All days except for Fridays and Sundays, there are 2 hour windows for gym play for just $2. Kids love a bouncy castle and other fun equipment. All participants between 6 months and 7 years are welcome. Once the energy is burned you should check out plentiful coffee shops around the downtown.
If one gym is not enough, check out the nearby Coal Harbor Community Center with a huge gym, which is not as busy and is open every day, except Sunday.
Coal Harbor has a nice Sea Wall, on which you can spend some time relaxing and watching sea planes taking off and landing. There isn’t another city that would have sea airport right in the downtown. Local families love to have a picnic and play in the green field while keeping an eye on the planes.
Vancouver Public Library
The library is located in downtown and is great draw for little ones. Rainy days are awesome here. The children’s section is huge and separate from the rest of library. Kids will always find crayons, play places, and daily story times. Chinese, French, English, and Spanish language stories are read every day. The librarians can give you great tips about what else is happening in the city if you need ideas. The library is totally free and kids love it, so what can be better?
The Vancouver Aquarium
This fun is not free, but totally worth it. It is located right in the downtown and very family-friendly. Interactive exhibits are fun for kids and adults, so you can spend the entire day here.
The park is right by the aquarium and offers some entertainment on its own. Definitely take a Miniature Train ride. It’s always so busy that you should consider reserving this fun in advance. It is especially spectacular during Christmas season.
Most people love this place for food, but locals don’t recommend it. The main reason to go there is so that you could get on the Aquabus. This is a network of small boats that will take you all over the falsecreak area. On the island kids have a huge area inside and outside dedicated to them. Children’s theater is there too, so you can take your rowdy 2 year old and let him have fun.
Don’t eat in local restaurants, but grab some amazing fish tacos from GoFish, known and loved by every local resident – fish is fresh catch and the place is open until everything is sold out. The best parts – your wait is likely to be no more than 20 minutes in the morning and you will have to pick a place to picnic as the shack does not have many tables.
If you are staying in the Yaletown area, you will have an abundance of great coffee places and bakeries to visit. Stop by Scieu Italian for wonderful treats and amazing staff. There are high chairs and kid-friendly snacks for the youngest visitors, which is hard to come by. Weekend brunches and coffee are spectacular.
The Yaletown Brewery
It might not sound so based on the name, but this is one of the most relaxed restaurants around. Service is great; they have high chairs, kids menu, play kits, and some tasty options for adults. There is even a magician that visits kids on the weekends, so stop by for a wonderful pint, but avoid hockey games, as the place becomes packed to the brim.
Not every museum is as inclusive as this one. They made sure to have something interactive for all ages. The Sea Wall is close by and so is the entire downtown, so you can easily incorporate this museum in your day. The establishment is very inviting even for the smallest visitors – they have music, mirrors, and crew members who actually play with kids. Baby area is very convenient for families with little kids.
Last, but not least, you have Grouse Mountain fun to experience winter, summer, spring or fall. It is very famous for Grouse Grind – an up the mountain stair master. But besides that you can enjoy skiing and ice skating in the winter and hikes or zip lines in summer. It is very accessible via public transportation. There are food options on top, but picnicking is very much advised too. It gets pretty busy on the weekends, so go in the mornings in the middle of the week if you can.