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 Rainy Day Hikes in Vancouver

rainy day hikes in vancouver

Vancouverites definitely aren’t afraid of the rain. Living in a city where it rains ~60% of the year means you’ve got to have at least one or two Gortex jackets hanging in your closet. In fact, it’s a good idea to always have a raincoat in your backpack (plus a pair of sun glasses, a bike helmet, and some sunscreen).

While we had a great run of sunshine a few weeks ago, the clouds have been hanging around for the past few days. But you can’t let a little cloud cover ruin your plans for getting out into nature! Luckily, Vancouver offers a nice variety of hiking opportunities that have enough tree coverage to act like huge, natural umbrellas to protect you from the elements!

So if you’re looking to get outside but the weather hasn’t been cooperating, check out some of these hikes to quell your craving for nature! Continue reading:
5 Rainy Day Hikes in Vancouver

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

Inside MOA: UBC’s Museum of Anthropology

B.C. First Nations artworks at UBC's Museum of Anthropology. Photo: Dana Lynch

Though Vancouver is home to a wealth of fascinating museums, there are two that stand out for their extensive collections of unique artworks from British Columbia: the Vancouver Art Gallery, which is home to over 9,000 artworks, and UBC’s Museum of Anthropology (MOA), which has a collection of over 500,000 cultural artifacts, including a world-famous collection of B.C. First Nations art and objects.

Though MOA is home to a wide range of ethnographic and archaeological objects from around the world—ranging from African tribal artifacts to the 600 European ceramics that make up the Koerner European Ceramics Gallery—it’s their focus on B.C.’s First Nations art and culture that makes MOA a must-visit for both locals and tourists alike.

MOA’s First Nations collections include massive, awe-inspiring totem poles, canoes, jewelry, ceramics, carved boxes, ceremonial masks, and one of the most famous First Nations artworks in Canada: Bill Reid’s Raven and The First Men sculpture, which appears on the back of every Canadian $20 bill.

Check out this mini photo gallery for a sneak peak inside MOA:

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Inside MOA: UBC’s Museum of Anthropology

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

No Umbrella Required: Rainy day fun for families in Vancouver

Photo credit: Remy Scalza

Spring in Vancouver is a time of cherry blossoms, pleasantly mild temperatures and frequent showers.  But just because mother nature refuses to cooperate doesn’t mean you can’t have fun.  Indoor activities to entertain, challenge and engage the whole family abound in the city.

Here are five ideas for soaking up all Vancouver has to offer on a rainy day:

Get up close and personal with the beluga whales at the Vancouver Aquarium:  Located in 1,000-acre Stanley Park, the aquarium is home to more than 60,000 marine animals, including a very popular family of white beluga whales.  Especially for the kids, there’s a unique 4-D theater with smell-o-vision, as well as a touch pool where they can handle starfish and anemones.

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No Umbrella Required: Rainy day fun for families in Vancouver

Rainy Day? Top 10 Indoor Activities for Kids in Vancouver

Inside the Vancouver Aquarium.

When it’s raining and the kids want to do something right now, families in Vancouver have lots of options for fun, educational indoor activities for children of all ages.

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