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

Ping Pong Pop-Up Coming to Vancouver

Photo credit: Dustin Baker | Flickr

Photo credit: Dustin Baker | Flickr

Hip ping-pong clubs (yes, ping-pong clubs) are all the rage in cities like London, Chicago and New York. Imagine a pool hall, but with a table-tennis theme. Enthusiasts get down to house music and sip craft beer and cocktails, while facing off at tables.

Now Vancouver is getting its first taste of the hip pong craze. A ping-pong pop-up called Thing/Pong is making its debut May 1 at East Vancouver’s Wise Hall. The brainchild of a local pong aficionado, the “social club style” event features a full day of laid-back table tennis, coupled with art, music and culture (and booze), in one of the funkiest venues in East Van.  Continue reading:
Ping Pong Pop-Up Coming to Vancouver

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

Kids In Vancouver: 4 Playgrounds To Explore In Wesbrook Village UBC

Nobel Park | Photo: Wesbrook Village Website

Nobel Park | Photo: Wesbrook Village Website

The University of British Columbia (UBC) campus is no longer a secluded stomping ground suited only for university students and staff. The sprawling arboreous land has evolved into a thriving community fit for young families, foodies, and outdoor enthusiasts, regardless of educational aspirations.

Located at the centre of Vancouver’s westernmost peninsula, and surrounded by old-growth forest, Wesbrook Village is the perfect spot to lunch and play. Not only does the newly-expanded neighbourhood feature an array of shops and services, but the swanky site is rich with water features, parks and playgrounds fit for a day of outdoor play with kids in Vancouver.

Grab a parks map and seek out these 4 awe-inspiring playgrounds, located in the heart of this bustling new community hub.

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Kids In Vancouver: 4 Playgrounds To Explore In Wesbrook Village UBC

Vancouver’s Annual 4/20 Protest Event Scheduled for Sunset Beach, Despite Opposition

Photo credit: unknown author | Wikipedia

Photo credit: unknown author | Wikipedia

Don’t be surprised if Vancouver’s Sunset Beach looks a little hazy on Wednesday, April 20.

The beach is this year’s setting for the annual 4/20 protest, an event organized by marijuana legalization activists. The protest has been taking place annually for two decades. This year’s event has a new home and is anticipated to attract larger crowds than ever.

In past years, the setting for the protest was downtown’s Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza. However, worries about growing crowds, traffic and tensions with neighbours led the city to request that protestors change their venue.  Despite opposition from Vancouver’s park board, organizers settled on Sunset Beach as their new home, between English Bay and the Burrard Street Bridge.  Continue reading:
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Is Vancouver Getting a New Central Plaza? Maybe

Robson Square during the 2010 Olympics. Photo credit: Tim Shields | Flickr

Robson Square during the 2010 Olympics. Photo credit: Tim Shields | Flickr

Could Vancouver be getting a new public plaza in the near future?

Well, kinda.

City councillors vote this week to determine whether a key block of Robson Street in the heart of Robson Square will be closed to vehicle traffic for good, creating an expansive new public space in the heart of the city.

Currently, the 800-block of Robson Street – located directly behind the Vancouver Art Gallery, between Hornby and Howe Streets – is cordoned off during summer months and turned into a pedestrian friendly space. The rest of the year, however, the block is busy with car and bus traffic, as vehicles make their way to and from the West End.

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Frolic In The Flowers At The Abbotsford Tulip Festival

Abbotsford Tulip Festival | Photo: Bianca Bujan

Abbotsford Tulip Festival | Photo: Bianca Bujan

Nothing says Spring like strolling through rainbow-coloured rows upon rows of perfectly-pruned perennials, and the Abbotsford Tulip Festival is the perfect spot to do just that.

No longer a drive-through destination, Abbotsford has grown and flourished into a bustling community of its own, worth the hour-long drive from downtown Vancouver to experience the plentiful perks that the Fraser Valley town has to offer. Here’s how to have the perfect Spring day, just an hour away.

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Frolic In The Flowers At The Abbotsford Tulip Festival