Free Vancouver Water Parks for Kids: Granville Island & Stanley Park

Granville Island Water Park. Photo: Dana Lynch

As usual, summer weather is taking a while to heat up in Vancouver. But even if the weather isn’t super hot, beautiful sunny days are warm enough for most kids to have fun running, splashing, sliding, and getting soaking wet at Vancouver’s two free water parks for kids.

Open in the summer season only (June 1 – September 3), Vancouver’s free kids’ water parks are both located in hotspots that are full of other kid- and family-fun activities, making it easy to enjoy a day full of outdoor play.

Photo: Granville Island Water Park

The biggest Vancouver kids’ water park is the Granville Island Water Park, the largest free water and spray park in North America. The Granville Island Water Park has a water slide, gushing geysers, and water pipes that are loads of fun for any kid old enough to walk/toddle. (The grounds are cement, so make sure the kids have shoes on that can get wet, too.)

Since the Granville Island Water Park is on Granville Island, families can easily enjoy a full day of activities: exploring the Granville Island Public Market and the jam-packed Kids Market, riding the Aquabus, or walking/biking east along the seawall (Island Park Walk) for fabulous views of the downtown core.

Granville Island Water Park 2012 Schedule:

  • Spray Park Only open weekends only from June 11-22, 2012
  • Full operation every day June 25-September 3, 2012

It’s not as grand and complex as the Granville Island Water Park, but the Variety Kids Water Park in Stanley Park is still enormous fun, and its free, too. Spray geysers and cannons will delight the kids, who can also cool off and play in the ankle-deep water.

Again, given its great location in Stanley Park—the Variety Kids Water Park is a short walk from the outdoor Second Beach Pool/seawall and located near Lumberman’s Arch—families can make a day of it by biking the seawall, playing on the playground at Second Beach, climbing over rocks at Third Beach, or even combining the trip with a visit to the new penguins at the Vancouver Aquarium.

Variety Kids Water Park 2012 Schedule:

  • Open daily June 1 – September 1, 2012, from 10am – 6pm

Have more ideas for more free summer kids’ activities in Vancouver? Please share in the comments!

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