Kids In Vancouver: 5 Very Canadian Ways To Celebrate Canada Day

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Canadian Flag | Photo: Flickr

Canada’s 149th birthday is just around the corner, and with hundreds of local events and activities scheduled to celebrate the occasion, choosing where to don your red-and-whites can be a challenge.

Whether you’re looking to celebrate with a crowd, or enjoy some quiet festivities with your family, these 5 “very Canadian” ways to celebrate the nation’s birthday are sure to get you buzzing about the True North, and all that Canada has to offer.

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Kids In Vancouver: 5 Very Canadian Ways To Celebrate Canada Day

Vancouver TheatreSports’ NEW Summer Show & Signature Cocktails

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Improv aficionado? Cocktail connoisseur? Here’s something fun to check out this summer. Vancouver TheatreSports™ League’s (VTSL) new show, The Big Picture – An Improvised Movie, is launching signature cocktails to enjoy in the Neil Macrae Bar & Lounge beforehand, inspired by our favorite Hollywood flicks. Continue reading:
Vancouver TheatreSports’ NEW Summer Show & Signature Cocktails

Rock of Ages Hits Vancouver’s Granville Island Stage

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Photo by Emily Cooper

Always dreamed of fronting your own 80s tribute band? Yup. We get it dude. But even if that ship has long ago sailed, you can live vicariously through The Arts Club Theatre Company’s production of the Broadway musical, Rock of Ages, at the Granville Island Stage. Continue reading:
Rock of Ages Hits Vancouver’s Granville Island Stage

Kids In Vancouver: 5 Reasons To Check Out The Vancouver International Children’s Festival

Vancouver International Children's Festival | Photo: VICF

Vancouver International Children’s Festival | Photo: VICF

Since 1978, the Vancouver International Children’s Festival (VICF) has been a staple event in Vancouver, leaving a lasting impression on the kids who attend the annual outdoor affair.

For me, 1986 was the most memorable year. While it was also the year of Expo ’86, my fondest memories are of the VICF – having my face painted, dancing along to the musical performances of my childhood idols (Raffi, Sharon, Lois & Bram, and Charlotte Diamond), and laughing at my favourite clown, Gumboot Lollipop, as she toddled and twirled on stage.

While the artists and venues may have changed over the years, the magic that surrounds the festival continues to shine year after year. Here are just 5 of the reasons why you should check out the Vancouver International Children’s Festival with your kids this month.

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Kids In Vancouver: 5 Reasons To Check Out The Vancouver International Children’s Festival

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

Cruising Vancouver’s False Creek – Aquabus Style

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Aquabus tour of False Creek Photo: Rob Weiss

What comes to mind when you think about cruising?  Cocktails on the Lido deck, gourmet meals, shipboard entertainment and exotic destinations?  Well, reimagine cruising and conjure up the image of a little engine that could chugging through the waters of False Creek.  Now add a Canadian flag, a rainbow coloured exterior and voila – Aquabus.  These ferries have been plying Vancouver’s waters since 1983, transporting passengers between stops located along the banks of False Creek.  I decided it was time to discover my inner mariner and spend a day with Aquabus, a staycation so to speak.

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Cruising Vancouver’s False Creek – Aquabus Style

Granville Island Date Itinerary: From Cake Doughnuts to Live Theatre

Flickr: Natty K

Flickr: Natty K

It was around this time of year that I had a stellar date on Granville Island. Warm, sunny days were back in the city, and suddenly, indoor dates in coffee shops and bars seemed less than appealing. I had met this cute guy on-line (again), we had gone on the obligatory first date where we mutually ascertained that neither of us was crazy (I hid my quirks well), and then agreed to meet up again.

Granville Island really is one of my favourite places in Vancouver. I worked at a (now closed) bookstore there one summer, regularly do yoga classes there at Semperviva, and often shop there for groceries and gifts for friends. So, when my date made an impromptu suggestion that we hang out at Granville Island, I gave him an enthusiastic, “Yes!” Our meeting gave me the template for the perfect Granville Island date.

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Granville Island Date Itinerary: From Cake Doughnuts to Live Theatre