YVR Take-Off Fridays Offer Free Family Fun at the Airport

YVR Airport Take Off Fridays 2016

Image courtesy of YVR Airport

With a soggy forecast for the next few days, indoor events are all the rage! Luckily, the very popular YVR Take-Off Fridays event is back for the 7th annual summer celebration starting tomorrow, July 8, 2016.

Recently voted the best airport in all of North America, you don’t need any other excuse to spend an afternoon at the airport! Each Friday, from July 8 to August 26, the terminal will be transformed to a family-friendly fun zone with music, entertainment, and lots of free activities.

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YVR Take-Off Fridays Offer Free Family Fun at the Airport

Kids in Vancouver: Cavort Through The City Of Kidtropolis

Kidtropolis

The streets of Kidtropolis | Photo: Kidtropolis

Imagine a miniature city – its streets lined with decorative lamp posts and colourful store fronts. Complete with a hospital, a pizzeria, a grocery store, a theatre – all of the amenities of a real-life metropolis, with the buildings of the tiny town reaching no higher than 6 feet tall. All it takes is one ingredient to bring this magical city to life: imagination.

Kidtropolis, a new play place located in Richmond, BC, offers a refreshing take on indoor play spaces for kids. Packed with real props, costumes, and life-like architecture, the 17,000 square foot city is jam-packed with imagination stations – perfect for a day of pretend play. I recently visited this charming cityscape with my 3 children (ages 2, 6, and 8), and they absolutely loved it. Here are some of the highlights from our visit. Continue reading:
Kids in Vancouver: Cavort Through The City Of Kidtropolis

Indoor Fitness Alternatives in Vancouver – Part III

Photo credit: Penn State | Flickr

We’re back with the final instalment of our Indoor Fitness Alternatives series. If you missed Part I and Part II, give them a read before checking out Part III. 

Gymnastics
Gymnastics is a great workout for kids and adults alike. Though gymnastics is a sport that requires strength and flexibility, you don’t need to be able to bend in half to try gymnastics for the first time. Over time, gymnastics can help improve your physical strength, flexibility, agility, coordination, balance, and grace, as well as keeping you limber and in great shape. Adult gymnastics classes are offered at Phoenix Gymnastics and Flicka Gymnastics (along with programs for kids), while kids can also try gymnastics at Kitsilano Gymnastics, Britannia Community Services Centre, and Renfrew Park Community Centre in Vancouver.

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Indoor Fitness Alternatives in Vancouver – Part III

Indoor Fitness Alternatives in Vancouver – Part II

Photo credit: Dominik Kapusta | Flickr

This week, we’re talking about fitness alternatives that keep you inside and out of the cold and rain. If you missed Part I, check it out here and then read on for five more indoor fitness alternatives to the gym in Vancouver.

Circus Arts
Ever dreamed of running away with the circus? Turns out you don’t have to run away from home to learn the tricks of the trade. Circus schools teach acrobatics, aerial silks, aerial hoop, trapeze, and even how to ride a unicycle! Circus arts can help build strength, balance, and flexibility, maintain overall physical fitness, and sharpen gross and fine motor coordination. You can train with Vancouver Circus School in New Westminster, North Vancouver, and Abbotsford, or with CircusWest at the PNE.

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Indoor Fitness Alternatives in Vancouver – Part II

Featured Attraction of the Week: Roedde House Museum (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

photo: Roedde House Museum

Back by popular demand, Inside Vancouver has relaunched the “Featured Attraction of the Week” series. Each Monday we’ll be featuring a different Vancouver attraction and will be giving away free tickets to our readers. To be eligible, all you have to do is post a comment.

Roedde House Museum, in Vancouver’s West End, is a late-Victorian home in the Queen Anne revival style, looking over Barclay Heritage Square and surrounded by other heritage houses. Built in 1893 for the family of Gustav Roedde, the city’s first printer and bookbinder, it has been faithfully restored to reflect the day-to-day life of a middle class family at the turn of the last century.
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Featured Attraction of the Week: Roedde House Museum (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

Vancouver’s Best Rainy Day Haunts

Where to head on a rainy day in Vancouver, BC

Step into summer at the Bloedel Conservatory. Photo: John Lee

The following article was contributed by Vancouver travel writer and Lonely Planet author John Lee (@johnleewriter)

Autumn in Vancouver can be a minefield of rainy days. In fact, locals rarely leave home at this time of year without umbrellas, waterproof layers or – more likely – a permanent belief that sun is just around the corner (which it often is).

But the Wet Coast doesn’t simply grind to a halt when precipitation hits. The city is crammed like an overstuffed Wellington boot with great places to shelter from annoying deluges – including one that’s a blood-warming echo of balmy tropical climes. Continue reading:
Vancouver’s Best Rainy Day Haunts

Hate the Snow? 12 Indoor Things to Do in Vancouver When It Snows

Indoor Beach Volleyball at 6Pack Beach in Richmond. Photo: Chung Chow, Richmond News

Growing up in this region, I always hated snow in the city. On the mountains it’s great. But in the city, it’s awful. Traffic drags, it’s too cold to stay outside for long (notwithstanding Remy’s recent post on Best Places for Sledding in Vancouver), and the novelty wears off as soon as I have to shovel the walkway. Basically, if you’re too old to hope for school closures, it sucks.

If you, too, are a snow curmudgeon, check out this list of 12 Indoor Things to Do in Vancouver When it Snows (and please add your own suggestions in the comments):

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Hate the Snow? 12 Indoor Things to Do in Vancouver When It Snows