Kids In Vancouver: 4 Playground-Adjacent Coffee Shop Patios

Blenz Coffee | Photo: Blenz Coffee (Instagram)

When you’re a parent, nothing pairs better with rambunctious children than a caffeine-forward cuppa joe and a great outdoor space to let your kids run free. Fortunately, Vancouver is filled with coffee shop patios that are situated only steps away from the city’s best parks and playgrounds, so parents can relax while their kids get their wiggles out.

Here are 4 places to grab a coffee that are adjacent to playgrounds – perfect for parents who want to caffeinate and chill while their children play outside.

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Kids In Vancouver: 4 Playground-Adjacent Coffee Shop Patios

Kids In Vancouver: 5 Kid-Friendly Patios For Sun-Loving Parents

Tap & Barrel, Olympic Village | Photo: Bianca Bujan

There’s no better way to welcome the warmer weather than to spend an afternoon on a sun-drenched patio, sipping on ice cold drinks and taking in the colourful scenery while chatting with friends.

While many of Vancouver’s patios may be more suited for an adult audience, there are plenty of picture-perfect spots that welcome families too. Here are just 5 of the best kid-friendly patios that can be found in and around the city.

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Kids In Vancouver: 5 Kid-Friendly Patios For Sun-Loving Parents

Kids In Vancouver: Celebrate 40 Years Of The Vancouver International Children’s Festival!

Growing up, the Vancouver International Children’s Festival was a childhood highlight. I can still remember dancing to the music of Canada’s top children’s entertainers, such as Fred Penner and Charlotte Diamond. I can remember having my face painted in a rainbow of colours, and I can remember watching the on-stage performances in awe. I remember running around from station to station, trying out the hands-on arts and crafts, and laughing at the street performances that passed me by. Now that I’m a parent, I look forward to returning to my childhood-favourite event with my own kids, oozing with nostalgia as I watch my children enjoy the same experiences as I did when I was their age.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the city’s kid-focused affair, and it promises to bring even more music, magic, and amusement than ever before! Here are just some of the features you can expect from this year’s Kids Fest, coming to Granville Island from May 29th – June 4th.

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Kids In Vancouver: Celebrate 40 Years Of The Vancouver International Children’s Festival!

Kids In Vancouver: Catch The Cat in the Hat at the Carousel Theatre

The company of Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat (2013) | Photo: Tim Matheson

“You find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.”

Complete with quirky rhymes and a quaint set, the quintessential Dr. Seuss story, The Cat in the Hat, is brought to life by the talented cast of the must-see Carousel Theatre for Young People production. Here’s what you can expect from this on-stage adaptation of the childhood classic.

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Kids In Vancouver: Catch The Cat in the Hat at the Carousel Theatre

Sweet drams are made of this at Vancouver Writers Fest’s annual whiskey soirée

For those whose livers, not to mention pocketbooks, are still recovering from the 2017 Vancouver International Wine Festival, there’s some bad news: A Dram Come True gives appreciators of fine elixirs a chance to do it all over again, albeit in one night and with whiskey rather than wine.

At the 15th annual event, local and international booze producers offer unlimited samples of their products – not only bourbon, scotch, and rye, but also craft beer, wine and specialty libations, such as vodka and amaretto (from local company Sons of Vancouver). And of course, there will be food, including delectable morsels of delight courtesy of local food artistes Hawksworth, Savoury City and Gyoza Bar.

A Dram Come True raises funds for the non-profit Vancouver Writers Festival (no word on whether any writers will actually be in attendance) and takes place March 10 from 8-10 p.m. at Performance Works (1218 Cartwright St.) on Granville Island. See below for the official tasting menu.

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Sweet drams are made of this at Vancouver Writers Fest’s annual whiskey soirée

Art, Eat and Sip: A Delicious Self-Guided Tour of Vancouver’s Granville Island

Photo Credit: Tara Lee

The highly anticipated 15th annual Dine Out Vancouver launches tomorrow (cue the trumpets)! If you don’t already have restaurant reservations lined up, don’t despair. There is still plenty of availability to choose from among the 284 restaurants participating with prix fixe menus ($20, $30, $40).

As well, the over 100 food experience events are also promising to be a culinary blast! One I’m particularly looking forward to combines three of my favourite things: art, food and drink, and Granville Island.

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Art, Eat and Sip: A Delicious Self-Guided Tour of Vancouver’s Granville Island

Kids In Vancouver: Peruse, Purchase & Play at the Vancouver International Boat Show

Granville Island Floating Show | Photo: Vancouver International Boat Show

With the ground covered in snow, and many of Vancouver’s water surfaces solidified in ice, it may seem like a peculiar time for the city to host a boat show. Now in its 55th year, the largest boat show in Western Canada has proven that boating can be a year-round affair.

At first glance, this showcase of the newest and most innovative boats and accessories may seem fit only for the most skilled and passionate boaters who are serious about making a purchase, but the event offers a variety of shows and displays to entertain visitors of all ages and skill levels. Here are 4 highlights at the boat show that the whole family can enjoy.

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Kids In Vancouver: Peruse, Purchase & Play at the Vancouver International Boat Show