Vancouver is a great city for kids. From local parents to the Lonely Planet Travel with Children guidebook, the experts agree. What are the best family-friendly winter activities?
I’ve rounded up a list of the latest and greatest options that includes indoor city fun, as well as snowy winter sports. Now get out there and have a blast.
Top Family-Friendly Winter Activities
1) KEVA Planks at Science World: Plank your heart out! KEVA planks are irresistible building tools for both kids and adults. Thanks to their flawless physical properties, they’re even used by architects. On a rainy afternoon, head on over with the family and use the demo sets to compete against one another to build the tallest tower. And don’t miss the daily tower topple at noon! Open through March 15.
2) Free Ice skating at Robson Square: Rain schmain. Get a taste of winter sports in the downtown core at Vancouver’s only free rink. The rink is outdoors. And roofed. If you don’t have your own skates, don’t worry. They have skate and helmet rentals on site. Open through February 28.
3) Skiing at Grouse, Cypress and Seymour: Our nearby resorts have many options for parents who want to transform their wee ones into proper snow bunnies. Grouse’s Ski Wee classes are available for 3-6 year olds. Book by the half-day or for multiple half-day sessions. Grouse’s Zone Camps, for ages 5-17, are the longest running ski lessons on the North Shore. Cypress and Seymour also have ski camps that run as late as Easter. And if parents also need lessons, there are discounts for registering the whole family.
4) Tobogganing on Mount Seymour: Mont Seymour’s Tobaggan Park is open to all ages. Whether you just want to play in the snow, or you’re keen to whizz downwards, this is your destination. It’s only $40 for a family of five. Bring your own toboggan, or buy a sliding mat on site for $8-10.
5) The Vancouver Aquarium: The Aquarium, located in scenic Stanley Park, is a fantastic activity in any season. My family’s favourite exhibit at the moment is Penguin Point – home to six endangered African Penguins. We’re also particularly stoked about the upcoming Secret Lives of Sharks exhibit, open February 7.
BONUS: Looking for a cheap and wonderful family meal this weekend? Head over to the Dine Out Festival food cart pod Street Food City II by the Vancouver Art Gallery from January 23-27. There’s something for everyone + heated tented seating.
What do you and your family get up to in winter? Help out by commenting below.
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