5 Fun Things To Do with Kids in Vancouver When It’s Sunny

Photo credit: Maplewood farm

We’ve done the research for you busy folks with young kiddos. Use the intel to plan ahead for the next Vancouver sunny day!

5 Fun Things To Do With Kids In Vancouver When It’s Sunny

1) Pet the animals at Maplewood Farm
In the 1920s, Maplewood (405 Seymour River Place) was a working dairy. Today, it’s one of greater Vancouver’s best spots for networking with some feathered and/or furry friends including goats, sheep, pigs, Shetland ponies, miniature horses and New Zealand bunnies. You can even schedule a pony ride. Situated near Mount Seymour, Maplewood is about a 20 minute drive from downtown Vancouver. Deets on hours and admission here.

2) Play mad scientist at Science World’s new outdoor Ken Spencer Science Park
Don’t get me wrong, it’s really entertaining inside Science World, but the new Ken Spencer Science Park is radically playful in a characteristically Vancouver way. All the activities focus on green initiatives–a.k.a. environmental science. Watch an outdoor science show, learn about city farming, check out vertical gardening, meet the resident chickens and discover the science of water, transportation and waste. It’s veg dressed up as dessert. The kids will eat every last bite.

3) Watch the bunnies and score concession stand ice cream at Jericho Beach
It’s free, fun and scenic. Enjoy sandy Jericho Beach (3941 Point Grey Rd.) fun with an ice cream from one of the concession stands. When the kids get restless, head over to the rabbit habitats in the adjacent grassy park. The bunnies are quite used to visitors and come in every (natural) colour combo imaginable. It’s like being in a Beatrix Potter book…or Watership Down. When you’re done there, don’t miss the busy duck ponds.

4) Romp at the Kitsilano Beach uber playground
It’s easy to spot urban playgrounds in Vancouver, but if you’re looking for the creme de la creme of playgrounds, you’re going to want to go to Kitsilano Beach (1499 Arbutus Street).  It cost the city $540,000 to make the 0.2-hectare fun zone. Expect regular and saucer swings, slides, a sand play table, a climbing structure, and more. Parents especially like the recycled rubber matting floor. Of course, there’s also an ocean view.

5) Hop aboard the Stanley Park Miniature Train
Starting in May, the mini train runs Saturdays and Sundays. It’s one of Vancouver’s most popular activities for any age, attracting 200,000 wannabe conductors every year. The train is a replica of Canadian Pacific Railway #374, famous for pulling Canada’s first transcontinental passenger train into Vancouver in the late 1880s. Climb aboard for a view of some big old trees, in one of the world’s best designed parks, along 2km of tracks. Deets on hours and tickets here.

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One Response to 5 Fun Things To Do with Kids in Vancouver When It’s Sunny

  1. It would be helpful if you gave an idea of prices because Science World is out of reach of most families and it’s not clear on their site whether you have to pay the whole amount to see the new outdoor exhibit. Biking for 2 adults and one child for two hours in Stanley Park is half the price.