Kids in Vancouver: Cavort Through The City Of Kidtropolis

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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

Where Local Families Play Outside: 5 Scenic Spots In Steveston

Steveston Marina | Photo: TOTORORO.RO (Flickr)

Steveston Marina | Photo: TOTORORO.RO (Flickr)

While the quaint seaside village of Steveston has reached peak popularity thanks to fans of ABC’s Once Upon A Time – who visit the spot looking to scope out the real-life version of the town where the show’s story takes place, the village is loved by locals for the real-life magic that the whimsical town has to offer. While the heritage fishing village of Steveston  features the perfect combination of modern, eclectic shops, diverse dining options, and historic sites, it is also an ideal destination for picnic lunches and frolicking in the sun while soaking up the surrounding scenery.

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Where Local Families Play Outside: 5 Scenic Spots In Steveston

Biggest Lego Exhibition in Vancouver History is Coming, April 23-24

Photo credit: Alan Chia | Wikipedia

Photo credit: Alan Chia | Wikipedia

Lego mania is coming to Metro Vancouver.

The biggest Lego show in B.C. history is slated for April 23-April 24 at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond. More than 5,500 adult Lego lovers from around the region and the world are expected to converge for two full days of fun and excitement with the tiny, brightly coloured plastic blocks. In fact, the event is already officially sold-out.

The public exhibition consists of a giant display hall where some of North America’s most skilled Lego builders will be setting up their creations. Expect some mind-boggling constructions that go way beyond your typical Lego forts and castles. Structures can range from full-size Lego cars to fierce-looking animals, stadiums and archaeological sites, lifelike pastries and edibles, realistic human sculptures and more.

In addition, there’s a “creation station” where guests can do some building of their own, as well as a “vendor alley” where all kinds of Lego merchandise and accessories – including rare and custom sets – will be on sale.   Continue reading:
Biggest Lego Exhibition in Vancouver History is Coming, April 23-24

Biking the Richmond Dyke Trails – The Past, the Present and the Future

Photo: Christopher Porter / Flickr

Photo: Christopher Porter / Flickr

The past, the present and the future come together while cycling the Dyke trails in Richmond. This popular cycling route is an easy ride and a favourite for families, history buffs and nature lovers! Flat, scenic and lots of places to stop and explore along the way!

The Past

I thoroughly enjoy the numerous historic points of interest found along this route. Visits to Finn Slough, London Heritage Farm, Steveston Village and the Gulf of Georgia Cannery bring the past to life.
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Biking the Richmond Dyke Trails – The Past, the Present and the Future

5 Best Boardwalks Around Vancouver

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Vancouverites have such an affinity for the water and there’s so many ways to get close and enjoy our rivers, lakes, coastal inlets and bays. Boardwalk promenades are ideal locations for leisurely strolls, watching activity on our waterways, soaking up some sunshine, and purchasing fresh-caught local seafood.

Here are the 5 Best Boardwalks Around Vancouver that will get you above and around our beautiful waterfronts.

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5 Best Boardwalks Around Vancouver

Special Photo Studio Just for Selfies Opens in Metro Vancouver

Photo sourced from The Selfie Room

Photo sourced from The Selfie Room

Chances are you’ve never taken a selfie like this.

A new selfie photo studio in Metro Vancouver is giving snapshot lovers the chance to take studio-quality selfies, complete with pro lighting, DSLR-camera-quality images and elaborate props and backdrops.

The Selfie Room is a new business located in Richmond, on the site of Trapped, an “escape gaming” complex where people pay to break out of themed rooms. (More on that here.) It’s inspired by similar offerings in Hong Kong, where the “selfie industry” is already booming. The idea is that guests can come in, choose from an array of backdrops and costumes, then take their own studio-quality images, no photographer required.

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Special Photo Studio Just for Selfies Opens in Metro Vancouver

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Loads of community festivals and outdoor concerts happening around the Metro Vancouver area this Friday through Sunday.  Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this weekend!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend