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

2016 Richmond Night Market Brings More Food and More… Dinosaurs?!

Richmond Night Market 2016

Image courtesy of Richmond Night Market | Facebook.com

Starting tonight, the Richmond Night Market will be opening its gates for the summer season to bring us food, cheap socks, and entertainment during Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from May until October.

But, what’s more exciting is that the biggest night market in North America is getting even bigger for 2016 with the launch of an exciting new kid-friendly dinosaur exhibit as well as hundreds more food vendors to satisfy all your cravings.

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2016 Richmond Night Market Brings More Food and More… Dinosaurs?!

Kids In Vancouver: 4 Lakes To Explore In The City

Rice Lake | Photo: Flickr

Rice Lake | Photo: Flickr

BC boasts a bounty of beautiful lakes, attracting tourists from around the world to swim, boat and enjoy a quiet lakeside getaway, but there are some lesser-known watering holes located right in the Metro Vancouver area that are equally as enchanting.

All less than an hour’s drive from downtown Vancouver, these 4 lakes are worth the short trek, even if some are not suitable for swimming. Stroll, bike, bird watch, picnic or play in one of these sweet little sanctuaries, without having to leave the comforts of the city.

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Kids In Vancouver: 4 Lakes To Explore In The City

Kids In Vancouver: Soak Up The Scenery At The Shipyards Night Market

Shipyards Night Market | Photo: Vancouver's North Shore

Shipyards Night Market | Photo: Vancouver’s North Shore

The Lonsdale Quay on Vancouver’s North Shore is a great place to spend a warm Spring day shopping, playing and dining with kids, but the fun doesn’t stop when the sun sets.

Beginning on May 6th, the neighbouring Shipyards Night Market will be open to visitors – accessible every Friday night from 5pm to 10pm. Entering its fifth year, the night market on The Shore has exploded as one of the top, can’t-miss outdoor events in the city – and it’s not just popular for its beer gardens.

Here are 5 reasons why the North Vancouver Shipyards Night Market is the perfect spot for soaking up the scenery with family on Friday nights.

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Kids In Vancouver: Soak Up The Scenery At The Shipyards Night Market

Playland at the PNE Opens for the 2016 Season this Weekend

playland 2016

Photo credit: Remy Scalza

The true sign of summer starting is the first opening of the gates of local-favourite, Playland at the PNE. The oldest amusement park in Canada will open up on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 10am to kick off a summer of foot long hot dogs, roller coaster rides, and stuffies won at the arcades.

Playland will only be open on the weekends in Vancouver until late June, when it stays open all week long. Luckily, it’s just sun in the forecast for our fair city, so it’s a great time to line up and get soaked on the flume ride.

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Playland at the PNE Opens for the 2016 Season this Weekend

Kids In Vancouver: 5 Perfect Picnic Spots In Granville Island

Granville Island | Photo: Inside Vancouver Flickr Pool (Colin Knowles)

Granville Island | Photo: Inside Vancouver Flickr (Colin Knowles)

While Granville Island is most famous for its waterfront public market, eclectic shops and diverse arts community, the world-renowned peninsula is also home to some hidden outdoor spots that are perfect for spending a quiet day outdoors with kids.

Amongst the remnant rusty buildings of the once industrial manufacturing area, are lush pockets of tree-lined parks, perfect for reading quietly by the water or enjoying family picnics on the grass. With endless take-out dining options in and around the Public Market, Granville Island is the place to be on a warm sunny day.

Here are the 5 best spots to take your food-to-go for a picnic in the park in Granville Island.

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Kids In Vancouver: 5 Perfect Picnic Spots In Granville Island

Kids In Vancouver: 4 Playgrounds To Explore In Wesbrook Village UBC

Nobel Park | Photo: Wesbrook Village Website

Nobel Park | Photo: Wesbrook Village Website

The University of British Columbia (UBC) campus is no longer a secluded stomping ground suited only for university students and staff. The sprawling arboreous land has evolved into a thriving community fit for young families, foodies, and outdoor enthusiasts, regardless of educational aspirations.

Located at the centre of Vancouver’s westernmost peninsula, and surrounded by old-growth forest, Wesbrook Village is the perfect spot to lunch and play. Not only does the newly-expanded neighbourhood feature an array of shops and services, but the swanky site is rich with water features, parks and playgrounds fit for a day of outdoor play with kids in Vancouver.

Grab a parks map and seek out these 4 awe-inspiring playgrounds, located in the heart of this bustling new community hub.

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Kids In Vancouver: 4 Playgrounds To Explore In Wesbrook Village UBC