Kids in Vancouver: 6 Spots To Enjoy An Evening Stroll

9 O’Clock Gun, Stanley Park | Photo: Anthony Maw (Flickr)

The museums, shops, and tourist stops have closed for the night, and you’ve gobbled down your delicious dinner, but you’re not quite ready to hit the hay. What is there to do when the sun has set and you have restless little ones who aren’t ready to go to bed?

As the Spring weather warms and the smell of sweet blossoms fill the air, there’s no better time to wrap up your day with a quiet stroll through some of Vancouver’s most scenic spots. Here are just 6 places to enjoy an evening stroll in and around the city.

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Kids in Vancouver: 6 Spots To Enjoy An Evening Stroll

Explore Metro Vancouver with the 2017 Parks Passport Program

metro vancouver parks passport program

Image courtesy of どこでもいっしょ | Inside Vancouver

Need a bit more motivation to get outside and into a park this year? The Metro Vancouver Parks Passport Program is perfect for the people that love a bit of a challenge with their afternoon adventures in nature.

The passport program includes parks all over Metro Vancouver from Bowen Island to Mission, BC (about an hour away from Downtown Vancouver). The initiative was created to give residents and visitors to Vancouver an extra reason to visit some of the amazing parks that are in close proximity to the city. The passport is free and gives you a chance to win awards – what more could you want!

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Explore Metro Vancouver with the 2017 Parks Passport Program

Kids In Vancouver: 3 Ways To Celebrate Earth Day Indoors

Inside the Bloedel Conservatory | Photo: Bloedel Conservatory Facebook Page

This weekend people around the world will be celebrating Earth Day, an annual event held on April 22nd of each year, with the purpose of demonstrating support for environmental protection. Since its inception in 1970, Earth Day has become a globally-recognized occasion, with 192 countries around the world participating in spreading the message of environmental and climate literacy through various events.

Vancouver will be hosting events in and around the city in honour of Earth Day, including parades, parties and festivals for all to enjoy. But if you’d prefer to nod to Earth Day from an indoor venue, we’ve got you covered. Here are 3 ways to celebrate Earth Day indoors with your kids in Vancouver.

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Kids In Vancouver: 3 Ways To Celebrate Earth Day Indoors

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

Cherry Blossoms | Photo: VANCOUVER4LIFE (Flickr)

As the temperatures warm up and the Spring blossoms begin to decorate the city’s  landscape, local families are heading outdoors to take advantage of Vancouver’s natural surroundings, adventurous activities, and breathtaking scenery – and you can too.

To commemorate the start of a new season, my family has put together a Spring bucket list – a great way to encourage us to spend time together outdoors, enjoying the beauty of our city, and taking advantage of the warming weather as we kiss the Winter chill goodbye for another year. Here are some of the activities that top our bucket list for Spring.

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

Kids in Vancouver: Make A Big Splash With Peppa Pig!

Not only are most parents of toddlers familiar with the popular British animated series, Peppa Pig, but most can also hum the tune of the opening song, name all of Peppa Pig’s pals, and even mimic the accents of the cute little pig family characters. This is because the show has become a favourite amongst young boys and girls, regularly gracing TV screens in households around the world.

For the first time ever, Peppa Pig and her crew of critters will be bringing their theatrical tour to Canada, performing live on stage right here in Vancouver, BC! Find out how you and your super-fan tots can make a splash with Peppa and her pals here in the city by the sea.

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Kids in Vancouver: Make A Big Splash With Peppa Pig!

PlayDome Indoor Carnival is a Blast for Kids of All Ages!

BC PlayDome Vancouver 2017

Image courtesy of PlayDome

It won’t take much to convince your kids to go to PlayDome at BC Place. This indoor carnival with rides, games, attractions, and sweet treats is a child’s dream come true. However, it might take a bit more convincing to get the adult chaperones to get as excited about taking a spin on the Tornado or experiencing the weightlessness on the Alien Abduction ride.

But, after checking out the carnival for myself, PlayDome really does satisfy the inner child in all of us. An ode to summers at Playland, this carnival is a small taste of what you can find at Vancouver’s well known amusement park. But, PlayDome satisfies the craving for spinning rides and cotton candy – without having to worry about the rain.

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PlayDome Indoor Carnival is a Blast for Kids of All Ages!

This weekend at the Vancouver Art Gallery – FUSE for families

Dancers performing Justine Chambers’ choreography in the Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures exhibition Dec 4, 2016 – April 17, 2017, at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Photo: Pardeep Singh.

A dance performance that takes inspiration from the act of faceting gemstones is part in Family FUSE Weekend March 25-26 at the Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby Street).

The popular event is aimed at bringing families together to celebrate art. Besides activities for the kids, event-goers will be able to check out the gallery’s spring exhibitions, including Susan Point: Spindle Whorl, Pacific Crossings: Hong Kong Artists in Vancouver, Howie Tsui: Retainers of Anarchy, We Come to Witness: Sonny Assu in Dialogue with Emily Carr and Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures.

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This weekend at the Vancouver Art Gallery – FUSE for families