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: 3 Reasons To Treat Your Tots To L’Éclair de Génie

Assortment of éclairs | Photo: Bianca Bujan

Imagine sinking your teeth into a crisp puff pastry – freshly baked, oozing with a sweet custard, and topped with crunchy caramelized pecans and vanilla cream. As the lange of flavours hits your taste buds, you can taste its authenticity, as though you’re enjoying your confection in a patisserie in Paris – the birthplace of the coveted éclair.

Well, you don’t have to travel to France to make this foodie fantasy a reality. Thanks to the recent opening of the very first North American location of L’Éclair de Génie – the haute Parisian-based patisserie which has just opened its doors in Vancouver, the sweet éclairs are closer than you think. If you’re looking for an excuse to indulge, check out my 3 reasons to treat your tots (and yourself!) to this must-have, perfectly-piped pastry.

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Kids In Vancouver: 3 Reasons To Treat Your Tots To L’Éclair de Génie

Kids In Vancouver: 3 Ways To Celebrate Earth Day Indoors

Inside the Bloedel Conservatory | Photo: Bloedel Conservatory Facebook Page

This weekend people around the world will be celebrating Earth Day, an annual event held on April 22nd of each year, with the purpose of demonstrating support for environmental protection. Since its inception in 1970, Earth Day has become a globally-recognized occasion, with 192 countries around the world participating in spreading the message of environmental and climate literacy through various events.

Vancouver will be hosting events in and around the city in honour of Earth Day, including parades, parties and festivals for all to enjoy. But if you’d prefer to nod to Earth Day from an indoor venue, we’ve got you covered. Here are 3 ways to celebrate Earth Day indoors with your kids in Vancouver.

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Kids In Vancouver: 3 Ways To Celebrate Earth Day Indoors

5 Ways to Enjoy Spring Break at the Vancouver Aquarium

Watching the Jellies // Photo: Neil Fisher

The following article was submitted by the Vancouver Aquarium.

The Vancouver Aquarium team has been busy getting ready for spring break fun! From March 11 to 26, we’re extending our hours from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and adding more programs and shows (view the schedule). Here are some not-to-be-missed experiences at the Aquarium this spring break.

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5 Ways to Enjoy Spring Break at the Vancouver Aquarium

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

Where Local Families Love To Play Outside: 5 Can’t-Miss Spots on Vancouver’s North Shore

Cates Park | Dollarton

Photo: Bianca Bujan | Cates Park | Dollarton, North Vancouver

Offering a bountiful selection of beachside splash spots and arborous adventures, BC’s North Shore is the perfect destination for families looking to trek and tumble with tots in tow. From Deep Cove to Dundarave, the options for family outdoor adventure are endless. Unplug, and connect with your kids while exploring these 5 favourite North Shore spots, where locals love to play outside.

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Where Local Families Love To Play Outside: 5 Can’t-Miss Spots on Vancouver’s North Shore

Jumpin’ Jazz Time With Vancouver Civic Theatres and VSO (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

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Jazz makes everything cooler. Get your boogie-woogie babes buddle up for a Friday of frolicking and fun at the Vancouver Civic Theatres’ Playhouse.

The Vancouver Symphony’s Orchestra presents the first Tiny Tots concert of 2016 – proudly proclaiming “It’s Jumpin’ Jazz Time!” Children’s entertainers Lisa and Linda of Let your Music Shine create a move-along, sing-along, fun-filled morning on the A-Train, accompanied by a jazz trio.

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Jumpin’ Jazz Time With Vancouver Civic Theatres and VSO (Free Ticket Giveaway!)