Kids In Vancouver: Best Places To Go Ice Skating Outdoors

Robson Square Ice Rink | Photo: Clayton Perry (via Flickr)

Bundle up, strap on some skates, and participate in one of Canada’s most favourite Winter pastimes – ice skating! While Vancouver is packed with a wide variety of indoor ice rinks, these three outdoor skating spots are sure to keep the family time festive as you glide into a new year – the Canadian way. Here are the best places to go ice skating outdoors in and around Vancouver.

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Kids In Vancouver: Best Places To Go Ice Skating Outdoors

6 Super Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Vancouver

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Not everyone enjoys staying up until midnight to ring in the New Year on December 31 (and sometimes its the parents, not the kids who fall asleep first!) Luckily, there are plenty of family-friendly New Year’s Eve activities in Vancouver that keep the spirit of the night alive with less of a focus on drinking and debauchery.

If you’re looking for something to do with kids this New Year’s Eve in Vancouver that won’t elicit the dreaded “I’m bored” or “this sucks”, check out the list below that features 8 awesome family-friendly celebrations in Vancouver that range from mountaintop activities and bonfires to balloon drops and circus acts!

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6 Super Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Vancouver

Kids In Vancouver: 3 Family-Friendly NYE Celebrations

New Year’s Eve Fireworks | Photo: CKNW

Just because you have kids doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors on New Year’s Eve, and it also doesn’t mean that you have to force your kids to stay up until midnight if you want to partake in the year-end festivities – at least not anymore!

Vancouver hasn’t forgotten about the families this New Year’s Eve, with a range of family-friendly activities fit for all ages. If you haven’t made plans yet, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are some of the celebrations happening in and around the city.

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Kids In Vancouver: 3 Family-Friendly NYE Celebrations

Sea to Sky Gondola Holiday Events

You still have time to get some winter wonderland into your holiday season. The Sea to Sky Gondola, just south of Squamish, is just a few minutes away from Vancouver – and extra easy to access if you hop the shuttle service from numerous places downtown. Continue reading:
Sea to Sky Gondola Holiday Events

Kids In Vancouver: 5 Places To Gaze at the Glowing Holiday Lights

Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden | Photo: navci erfrefefer (Flickr)

As the holidays swiftly approach and the city chills with falling snow, the festive family fun is in full swing in and around Vancouver. Kids love to stare at twinkling lights and there’s no better time than the holidays to see the city shine under the Winter night sky. Here are just 5 of the best places in Vancouver to gaze at the glowing holiday lights this month.

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Kids In Vancouver: 5 Places To Gaze at the Glowing Holiday Lights

Don’t be that person who’s like, ‘Aw nuts, I missed the Nutcracker!’

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Good news, slowpokes; there are still tickets left for The Nutcracker. The Royal Winnipeg Ballet production, co-presented with Ballet BC, is in town for five performances, from Dec. 8-11 (matinee only on the 11th) at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (650 Hamilton St.).

For many dance fans, and folks who just plain love a Christmas-y spectacle, RWB’s Nutcracker is a holiday tradition. Besides the Tchaikovsky score, the beautiful dancing and gorgeous costumes, the ballet had been Canadian-ized to include a snowy pond hockey game and a battle on Parliament Hill.

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Don’t be that person who’s like, ‘Aw nuts, I missed the Nutcracker!’

Kids In Vancouver: Dive Into The Holidays With Scuba Claus

Scuba Claus | Photo: Vancouver Aquarium

Scuba Claus | Photo: Vancouver Aquarium

“I KNOW HIM!” Buddy The Elf isn’t the only Santa enthusiast who would shout with glee at the sight of Scuba Claus swimming alongside his favourite aquatic friends at the Vancouver Aquarium.

Come for the Claus, and stay for the aquatic-themed holiday festivities that light up Vancouver’s favourite tourist destination. Here are some of the ways you can dive into the holidays with some festive underwater fun.

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Kids In Vancouver: Dive Into The Holidays With Scuba Claus