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.

Shop ‘til you drop at the Granville Island Kids Market:  Granville Island is one of Vancouver’s most popular destinations, featuring a large market full of fresh meats and produce, as well as dozens of boutiques selling art, jewelry and crafts.  But Granville Island is also home to a two-floor indoor marketplace just for children.  Vendors inside the Kids Market sell unique and hand-made children’s toys, puppets and stuffed animals.  There’s also an amusement complex for the little ones and a children’s hair salon.

Indulge your little Einstein at Science World: Housed in a glittering geodesic dome on the Vancouver waterfront, Science World has dozens of interactive exhibits for the kids, as well as an Omnimax theater.

Stargaze at the MacMillan Space Centre:  This UFO-shaped building on the waterfront is part space and science museum, part observatory and part planetarium.  Along with educational exhibits and demonstrations, the centre also has laser light and music shows.

Experience a tropical rainforest at the Bloedel Conservatory:  Inside this massive glass dome perched high atop Queen Elizabeth Park is a miniature tropical forest, complete with hundreds of free-flying exotic birds and streams full of shimmering koi.  A pathway winds around the balmy interior, bringing guests face to face with brilliantly colored Chinese pheasants, chattering parrots and rare plants from around the world.

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