New, Free App for Finding Family Activities in Vancouver: OnTheGoKids

About a week ago, during Afternoon Tea at VanDusen Botanical Garden’s Truffles Cafe, I met Annemarie Tempelman-Kluit: Vancouverite, mom, and the founder of yoyomama, a parent- and kid-related resource for families across the Lower Mainland. As a busy, on-the-go parent, Annemarie knew first-hand how frustrating it can be to find things to do with the kids on any given day (I feel her pain!), so she and yoyomamma created “an app for that:” OnTheGoKids, a free iPhone app for finding kid and family activities in Vancouver.

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New, Free App for Finding Family Activities in Vancouver: OnTheGoKids

Vancouver Easter Events & Egg Hunts 2012

Easter egg hunt at Fort Langley. Photo: Fort Langley National Historic Site

Easter is fast approaching—it falls on Sunday, April 8 this year—and some of Vancouver’s best Easter events, like VanDusen Botanical Garden’s A-Mazing Egg Hunt, have already sold out! But never fear: There are still lots of fabulous, fun ways to celebrate Easter in Vancouver, from train rides and Easter egg hunts to free family activities.

1. Easter in the Park: Easter at the Stanley Park Miniature TrainApril 6 – 9, 2012
The Stanley Park Miniature Train, which famously goes all out for the holidays with its Christmas-themed Bright Nights and Halloween’s Ghost Train, opens every April just to celebrate Easter. Festivities include train rides, Easter egg hunts, visits with the Easter Bunny, puppet shows, and more. Bring your own Easter basket to collect the eggs!

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Vancouver Easter Events & Egg Hunts 2012

Inside the Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel: Family Fun 1920s-Style

Burnaby Village Museum. Photo: Dana Lynch

There’s a lot of talk about “kids today” and how difficult we assume it must be for them to imagine a world without cell phones, Xboxes and the Internet, i.e., a world that existed before they did. Since that same line of thinking has been in vogue forever (Didn’t Moses make the same complaint after they reached the Promised Land?), I don’t personally put a lot of stock in it. But if you do believe that, how’s this for a rejoinder: Show “kids today” what history was like by taking them to it.

That’s basically the idea behind one of Greater Vancouver’s greatest family-friendly museums, the Burnaby Village Museum, which recreates life in small-town British Columbia in the 1920s.

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Inside the Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel: Family Fun 1920s-Style

Top 5 “Hands-On” Vancouver Museums for Kids

Vancouver has a wealth of museums and galleries, but while any and all can appeal to a range of adults and older children—from art lovers to history buffs to true-crime fans—not all Vancouver museums are fun for younger kids, especially kids who aren’t old enough to “look but don’t touch.” For kids ten and under, being able to interact with the exhibits, to explore with their hands, to run around, is quintessential to their enjoyment of any given space. Luckily, Vancouver has several museums that offer exactly the kind of imaginative play that appeals to the youngest visitors.

Top 5 “Hands-On” Vancouver Museums for Kids

1. Science World British Columbia
One of the best indoor attractions in Vancouver for younger kids, Science World is chock full of interactive exhibits that help kids learn and explore the world of science; it’s also the only Vancouver museum with a designated play area for kids 1 – 3 years old (Kidspace). The featured exhibits—like this month’s Medieval Mayhem—always offer some type of interaction and the permanent Eureka! physics gallery is a veritable playground for all ages, where even the youngest tots can dance on keyboards, launch balls into the air, spin on turn tables, and play “invisible” harp strings.

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Top 5 “Hands-On” Vancouver Museums for Kids

Spring Break 2012 in Vancouver – Top 10 Kids’ Activities for Spring Break 2012

Kids at the Vancouver Aquarium

Spring Break for kids in Vancouver schools runs from March 19 – 23, 2012 (though some schools are off before/after those dates). Which means many parents will be scrambling to find fun activities to do with the kids—and get them out of the house!

Luckily, Vancouver has lots of options for Spring Break 2012 Activities, from climbing walls at the BC Sports Hall of Fame to outdoor ice skating (in March!) to CSI-style forensic day camps.

Top 10 Kids’ Activities for Spring Break 2012

1. Babies at the Vancouver AquariumMarch 9 – May 6, 2012
Everyone loves baby animals! The Aquarium’s newest spring exhibit—perfectly timed for Spring Break visits—lets you see live jellyfish babies, baby clown anemonefish and seahorses, and baby stingrays. There are also daily educational shows that explain how animals breed and care for their young, plus the film Happy Feet in 4-D. There are also March Day Camps at the Aquarium, too.

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Spring Break 2012 in Vancouver – Top 10 Kids’ Activities for Spring Break 2012