Kids In Vancouver: A Local Family’s Summer Bucket List

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Summer hiking in Vancouver | Photo: Inside Vancouver Flickr Pool

Vancouver is known for its stunning sea-to-sky adventure scene – from zig-zagging down the ski slopes of the local mountains, to trekking up the tree-lined mountain trails, to kayaking and paddle boarding along the city’s coastline – the city has something to offer for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages.

While my family is fortunate to have been born and raised in the picturesque city of Vancouver, there are a number of local adventures that we have yet to try. That’s why each Summer, we put together a bucket list of new local gems we’d like to explore. Here’s what we’ve added to our Summer bucket list for this year.

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Kids In Vancouver: A Local Family’s Summer Bucket List

Kids In Vancouver: 5 Best Indoor Pools Fit For Little Splashers

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Water Kids | Photo: Flickr

Whether it’s splashing in rain puddles, wading in rivers, or cannon-balling in lakes, kids can be absolute aquaphiles in the presence of water. And while Vancouver boasts a bounty of beaches and outdoor pools that are perfect for toe-dipping and water play, the city also offers a range of indoor pools that are perfect for cooling off on scorching Summer days, or warming up when there’s a chill in the air.

Here are 5 indoor pools in and around the Metro Vancouver Area that are perfect for little splashers and their parents, who keep them afloat when they’re desperate to go for a swim.

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Kids In Vancouver: 5 Best Indoor Pools Fit For Little Splashers

Photo Tour: A Peek Inside The Disney Wonder Cruise Ship

Disney Wonder

Disney Wonder | Photo: Disney Cruise Line

From the top of its mouse-ears-adorned funnel to its red-dipped ship base, the Disney Wonder cruise ship drips with Disney magic inside and out, while maintaining its reputation as a high-class luxury vessel.

First launched in Venice, Italy in 1999 (where the ship was built), the second oldest ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet is known for its perfect balance of classic sleek and modern chic interior, boasting Italian-inspired decor that reflects the history of the venetian vessel in a classy yet stylish way.

After cruising regularly between Port Canaveral, Florida and The Bahamas for several years, the classic ship added Vancouver to its roster of departure cities in 2011, and became the only Disney cruise ship to call Vancouver home. The ship can be seen tucked up against Canada Place during the Spring and Summer months, offering regular sailings between Vancouver and Alaska from its downtown port.

For those of you who have only dreamed of boarding the dashing Disney vessel, here’s a peek inside the 11-deck ship.

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Photo Tour: A Peek Inside The Disney Wonder Cruise Ship

Travelzoo Canada On Why Visitors Love Vancouver

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Lara Barlow, country manager for Travelzoo Canada, tells us that 83% of Canadians are traveling this year, and a survey says 51% of those who are travelling within Canada plan to visit BC and 32% plan to visit Vancouver specifically. Continue reading:
Travelzoo Canada On Why Visitors Love Vancouver

Kids In Vancouver: 5 Reasons To Check Out The Vancouver International Children’s Festival

Vancouver International Children's Festival | Photo: VICF

Vancouver International Children’s Festival | Photo: VICF

Since 1978, the Vancouver International Children’s Festival (VICF) has been a staple event in Vancouver, leaving a lasting impression on the kids who attend the annual outdoor affair.

For me, 1986 was the most memorable year. While it was also the year of Expo ’86, my fondest memories are of the VICF – having my face painted, dancing along to the musical performances of my childhood idols (Raffi, Sharon, Lois & Bram, and Charlotte Diamond), and laughing at my favourite clown, Gumboot Lollipop, as she toddled and twirled on stage.

While the artists and venues may have changed over the years, the magic that surrounds the festival continues to shine year after year. Here are just 5 of the reasons why you should check out the Vancouver International Children’s Festival with your kids this month.

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Kids In Vancouver: 5 Reasons To Check Out The Vancouver International Children’s Festival

Kids in Vancouver: Cavort Through The City Of Kidtropolis

Kidtropolis

The streets of Kidtropolis | Photo: Kidtropolis

Imagine a miniature city – its streets lined with decorative lamp posts and colourful store fronts. Complete with a hospital, a pizzeria, a grocery store, a theatre – all of the amenities of a real-life metropolis, with the buildings of the tiny town reaching no higher than 6 feet tall. All it takes is one ingredient to bring this magical city to life: imagination.

Kidtropolis, a new play place located in Richmond, BC, offers a refreshing take on indoor play spaces for kids. Packed with real props, costumes, and life-like architecture, the 17,000 square foot city is jam-packed with imagination stations – perfect for a day of pretend play. I recently visited this charming cityscape with my 3 children (ages 2, 6, and 8), and they absolutely loved it. Here are some of the highlights from our visit. Continue reading:
Kids in Vancouver: Cavort Through The City Of Kidtropolis

Where Local Families Play Outside: 5 Scenic Spots In Steveston

Steveston Marina | Photo: TOTORORO.RO (Flickr)

Steveston Marina | Photo: TOTORORO.RO (Flickr)

While the quaint seaside village of Steveston has reached peak popularity thanks to fans of ABC’s Once Upon A Time – who visit the spot looking to scope out the real-life version of the town where the show’s story takes place, the village is loved by locals for the real-life magic that the whimsical town has to offer. While the heritage fishing village of Steveston  features the perfect combination of modern, eclectic shops, diverse dining options, and historic sites, it is also an ideal destination for picnic lunches and frolicking in the sun while soaking up the surrounding scenery.

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Where Local Families Play Outside: 5 Scenic Spots In Steveston