In Search of the Great Pumpkin

Pumpkin Patch at Southlands Heritage Farm Photo: Rob Weiss

Like crimson coloured leaves, pumpkin spice lattes and rainy days, the quest to find the perfect pumpkin is a treasured fall ritual. Dipping temperatures and shorter days can only mean one thing. Halloween is just around the corner. Consequently, it is time for the annual trek to the local pumpkin patch. This year I decided to don my gumboots and head to Southlands Heritage Farm.

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In Search of the Great Pumpkin

It’s Skookum! Vancouver’s Newest Outdoor Playground.

Zip Line Photo: Rob Weiss

Like the sound of a low thunderclap rumbling in the distance, I could hear it. Shrieks and squeals, pure unadulterated joy! Feeling inquisitive I continued my afternoon stroll along the False Creek Seawall searching for the source of the commotion. Low and behold, just north of Telus World of Science I stumbled upon Vancouver’s newest and perhaps most popular outdoor playground; a veritable beehive of activity to say the least.

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It’s Skookum! Vancouver’s Newest Outdoor Playground.

Parks & Parties – Metro Vancouver Celebrates 50 Years

Sunrise Bedford Channel Photo: Rob Weiss

2017 promises to be an epic year for parks and parties! Our beloved Canada is turning 150, and in honour of this epic birthday, Parks Canada is offering their Discovery Pass granting visitors free admission to our world renowned National Park network. Closer to home, there is another special anniversary of note. Metro Vancouver Regional Parks is celebrating 50 years of “hikes, dog walks and morning runs among centuries-old trees.”

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Parks & Parties – Metro Vancouver Celebrates 50 Years

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

Tubing – Vancouver’s Fountain of Youth?

Gnarly’s Tube Park Photo: Julia Toren

When’s the last time you felt the sheer joy and exhilaration of careening down a snow covered mountain, the wind in your hair and heart in your mouth?  Some of my fondest childhood memories are of tobogganing with friends and family on cold, crisp, snowy winter days.  There was something magical about sledding down the hill, not a care in the world, except a slightly out of control feeling during descent. Nothing surpassed the excitement of arriving safely at the bottom of the hill, giggling with friends and hiking back up to do it all over again.  To my delight and the relief of my ageing knees, times have changed, and with advances in technology, there have also been terrific advances in sledding.  Welcome 2017 – I have been introduced to tubing and more importantly the tube tow!

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Tubing – Vancouver’s Fountain of Youth?

Kids In Vancouver: Visit The New Otter Pups At The Aquarium

New Sea Otter Pup | Photo: Daniela Ruiz (Alaska Sea Life Center)

New Sea Otter Pup | Photo: Daniela Ruiz (Alaska SeaLife Center)

Vancouver visitors love to ogle the Vancouver Aquarium’s resident sea otters as they splash and dive in their centrally-located outdoor habitat. People just can’t seem to resist their adorably fluffy faces and perky demeanour. Over the years, visitors have gotten to know the personalities of each of the four sea otters who currently reside at the Vancouver Aquarium – one of North America’s leading facilities in sea otter care.

On November 1, 2016, the Vancouver Aquarium welcomed two new sea otter pups to their friendly brood of rescues, and the new residents have had quite the journey from their birthplace in Alaska. Learn more about why they’ve made the move, and chime in with your ideas on what the aquarium should name their new friends!

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Kids In Vancouver: Visit The New Otter Pups At The Aquarium

Kids In Vancouver: 5 Stroll-Worthy Seawalls In The City

Coal Harbour Seawall | Photo: Alexis Burkill (Flickr)

Coal Harbour Seawall | Photo: Alexis Burkill (Flickr)

Vancouver is rich with walking paths that weave along the city’s waterfront, but many seawall strolls are kilometres long, often too far for little feet to trek. Here are 5 seawall walks that are perfect to tackle with toddlers in tow, and each one has a fun destination at the end of the path, to keep the kids in motion while the adults enjoy the views along the way.

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Kids In Vancouver: 5 Stroll-Worthy Seawalls In The City