Kids In Vancouver: A Local Family’s Spring Bucket List

Cherry Blossoms | Photo: VANCOUVER4LIFE (Flickr)

As the temperatures warm up and the Spring blossoms begin to decorate the city’s  landscape, local families are heading outdoors to take advantage of Vancouver’s natural surroundings, adventurous activities, and breathtaking scenery – and you can too.

To commemorate the start of a new season, my family has put together a Spring bucket list – a great way to encourage us to spend time together outdoors, enjoying the beauty of our city, and taking advantage of the warming weather as we kiss the Winter chill goodbye for another year. Here are some of the activities that top our bucket list for Spring.

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Kids In Vancouver: A Local Family’s Spring Bucket List

Stop and Smell the Roses at the Fleurs de Villes Flower Event

L’Occitane / Maureen Sullivan display – Winner, Best in Show | Photo: Bianca Bujan

Imagine standing in the centre of a bustling mall, eyes closed. As you take a deep inhale, your nose fills with the scent of fresh flowers, as though you were standing in the middle of a fully-bloomed flower garden.

When you open your eyes, you’re drawn to the visually-intriguing, intricately-designed vintage gowns, goddess bikinis, and fanciful headdresses that surround you, all made up entirely of Spring’s most beautiful blossoms.

Thanks to Fleurs de Villes‘ cross-Canada Bespoke Flower Events tour, you can experience this dreamlike state in real life. Here’s what you can expect from this year’s floral fashion series, on at Metropolis at Metrotown from April 5th to April 9th.

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Stop and Smell the Roses at the Fleurs de Villes Flower Event

Delicious & Nutritious: Your Guide to Vancouver’s Best Acai Bowls

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Have you ever tried an acai bowl (also known as a smoothie bowl)? If not, you most definitely should! If you have had the pleasure of trying one, it’s likely you’re a big fan, I know I am. An acai bowl is basically a thick smoothie topped with fruit, oats, nuts, seeds, or anything your heart desires. These delicious and nutritious bowls are perfect for breakfast, lunch, or a mid-day snack, especially in Vancouver’s hot summer sun. I actually can’t think of something better to enjoy while soaking up some rays on one of the city’s beautiful beaches. You’ve likely seen some colourfully enticing bowls being carried around by Vancouverites, and if you’re anything like me you’ve wanted nothing more than to be the one eating them. Well, you’re in luck! Here’s your guide to acai bowls in Vancouver:

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Delicious & Nutritious: Your Guide to Vancouver’s Best Acai Bowls

Kids In Vancouver: 3 Ways To Celebrate The UBC Aquatic Centre’s Grand Opening

UBC Aquatic Centre Lap Pool | Photo: UBC

Today Vancouver welcomes a new month with the opening of a brand new space that is sure to encourage visitors to “just keep swimming”. Since 1978, the UBC Aquatic Centre has been a popular facility, fostering swimmers of all skill sets – from the first timers, to the leisurely lap poolers, to those training for the Olympics, and after almost 40 years, the aquatic hub has undergone a major facelift.

UBC will be celebrating the grand opening of the new aquatic centre with a weekend full of special events and family fun. Here are 3 reasons why now is the time to get your feet wet and join in on the fun festivities.

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Kids In Vancouver: 3 Ways To Celebrate The UBC Aquatic Centre’s Grand Opening

Kids In Vancouver: There’s No Place Like The Home + Garden Show

Backyard Oasis | Photo: Azuro Concepts

Since 1971, the BC Home + Garden Show has been a popular annual event, featuring real advice, real inspiration, and real experts sharing tips, resources, and supplies for every home improvement project imaginable. Whether you have a budget to spend, or are just there to browse, the home show has something to suit the interests of guests of all ages – including kids! Here are some kid-friendly highlights to check out at this year’s show.

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Kids In Vancouver: There’s No Place Like The Home + Garden Show

10 Perfect Places in Vancouver for an Outdoor Yoga Practice

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There are two things I will always recommend to anyone needing a pick-me-up: Yoga and fresh air. One of my favourite things about Vancouver is that it’s filled with parks, green space, and beaches for everyone to enjoy Continue reading:
10 Perfect Places in Vancouver for an Outdoor Yoga Practice

Kids In Vancouver: Best Places To Snap Photos In The Snow

Snowman at Sunset Beach | Photo: Norm Lee (Flickr)

Do you want to build a snowman? Well if you do, you’d better hurry! For the first time in 20 years, Vancouver has been blanketed in snow for an extended period of time, but the fluffy white stuff is about to see its final days. If you’re looking to create your own Olaf, or simply  snap a stunning photo in the snow before Spring arrives, here are some close-to-downtown spots on Vancouver’s North Shore where you can do just that.

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Kids In Vancouver: Best Places To Snap Photos In The Snow