Kids In Vancouver: There’s No Place Like The Home + Garden Show

Backyard Oasis | Photo: Azuro Concepts

Since 1971, the BC Home + Garden Show has been a popular annual event, featuring real advice, real inspiration, and real experts sharing tips, resources, and supplies for every home improvement project imaginable. Whether you have a budget to spend, or are just there to browse, the home show has something to suit the interests of guests of all ages – including kids! Here are some kid-friendly highlights to check out at this year’s show.

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Kids In Vancouver: There’s No Place Like The Home + Garden Show

Kids In Vancouver: Best Places To Snap Photos In The Snow

Snowman at Sunset Beach | Photo: Norm Lee (Flickr)

Do you want to build a snowman? Well if you do, you’d better hurry! For the first time in 20 years, Vancouver has been blanketed in snow for an extended period of time, but the fluffy white stuff is about to see its final days. If you’re looking to create your own Olaf, or simply  snap a stunning photo in the snow before Spring arrives, here are some close-to-downtown spots on Vancouver’s North Shore where you can do just that.

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Kids In Vancouver: Best Places To Snap Photos In The Snow

Kids In Vancouver: 5 Fun Ways To Spend Family Day

Family | Photo: Stephen Morris

Family Day is still a fairly new holiday for BC locals, only in its fifth year since it was first introduced in 2012, and officially observed in February of 2013. After a post-holiday lull, the second Monday in February seemed like the perfect timing for families to take a much-needed break and enjoy each other’s company over a long weekend, and thanks to a city filled with fun activities for the whole family, there’s lots to choose from when it comes to finding ways to celebrate this special day. Here are some ways that you can partake in the Family Day festivities during your Vancouver visit, or create new traditions as a local family.

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Kids In Vancouver: 5 Fun Ways To Spend Family Day

Kids In Vancouver: 4 Ways To Celebrate Valentine’s Day With The Whole Family

A City With Heart | Photo: Spencer Finlay (Flickr)

For many, Valentine’s Day is a special occasion celebrated with romantic candlelit dinners, long-stemmed roses, and stolen kisses, but for parents with young kids, the day of love can easily shift from a day of passion, to an excuse to order in and implement early bedtimes.

Having kids shouldn’t mean forgoing the Valentine’s Day festivities! Vancouver offers a long list of great Valentine’s Day activities fit for the whole family to enjoy. Here are just 4 of the ways you can celebrate love on February 14th with your kid in tow.

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Kids In Vancouver: 4 Ways To Celebrate Valentine’s Day With The Whole Family

Kids In Vancouver: Slide Down the Slopes of Mount Seymour

Mount Seymour | Photo: Jenn Chan (Flickr)

After a wave of snow blanketed Vancouver over the holiday season and into the New Year, the Winter wonderland has melted away and the warmer weather has begun to approach. But for those snow seekers who didn’t get a taste of the frosty fun, there’s no need to fret, because the snow is still falling at the top of Mount Seymour – a local mountain located only 40 minutes from downtown Vancouver. Here are a few ways you can slide down the slopes and play in the snow before Winter slips away.

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Kids In Vancouver: Slide Down the Slopes of Mount Seymour

Kids In Vancouver: 5 Family-Friendly ‘Dine Out’ Destinations

Photo: Tourism Vancouver

As a family of five, dining out usually means an early dinner at one of our local go-to kid-friendly dinner spots. We rarely stray from our standbys, because we never know if a new restaurant will have a suitable setting and the necessary supplies to host under-12 guests.

Each year, when the Dine Out Vancouver Festival list of participating restaurants is released, I browse longingly through the lineup, wishing I could enjoy some of the delectable dishes that are featured. I had always assumed that the festival was focused on an adults-only audience – until this year, when I recognized some familiar family-friendly food destinations. Here are 5 places where families can comfortably enjoy the ‘Dine Out’ experience with kids in tow.

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Kids In Vancouver: 5 Family-Friendly ‘Dine Out’ Destinations

Kids In Vancouver: Plunge Into The Divers’ Weekend Festivities At The Vancouver Aquarium

Kids watch a diver in action | Photo: Vancouver Aquarium

Scuba diving isn’t just a pastime for vacationers looking to explore the colourful sea life that lives below the surface of the water in tropical destinations, it’s a skilled sport, a life-saving profession, and a thrill-seeking lifestyle backed by a rich history of exploration and advances in underwater technology.

Thanks to the 18th annual celebration of diving, which comes to the Vancouver Aquarium on January 21st and 22nd, divers and non-divers can explore the world of undersea diving – without getting their feet wet. Here’s what you can expect from the weekend’s diving-focused festivities.

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Kids In Vancouver: Plunge Into The Divers’ Weekend Festivities At The Vancouver Aquarium