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.

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No Umbrella Required: Rainy day fun for families in Vancouver

Rainy Day? Top 10 Indoor Activities for Kids in Vancouver

Inside the Vancouver Aquarium.

When it’s raining and the kids want to do something right now, families in Vancouver have lots of options for fun, educational indoor activities for children of all ages.

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Rainy Day? Top 10 Indoor Activities for Kids in Vancouver

Vancouver Fall / Winter Film Festivals 2010 – A Complete List

Cinephiles and anyone looking for a perfect rainy day activity need look no further than the near non-stop film festivals in and around Vancouver this fall / winter. The Vancouver Serbian FilmFest ends today, November 12, but there are plenty of other festivals soon to come!

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Vancouver Fall / Winter Film Festivals 2010 – A Complete List

Top 10 Activities for a Rainy Day in Vancouver

Vancouverites learn to love the rain considering it keeps our forests lush and grass green all year-round. Visitors needn’t be put off by a grey day as the city offers a number of fun things to do when it rains.

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Top 10 Activities for a Rainy Day in Vancouver

Vancouver Shopping for Kids, Part II: Granville Island’s Kids Market

Granville Island Kids Market's famous Jack and the Beanstalk entrance. Photo © Dana Lynch

What’s the only downside to a trip to the famous Granville Island Kids Market? Someone having a temper tantrum because they can’t buy everything there that they want—and that’s just the grown-ups.

 

Ranked as one of the best places to take kids in Vancouver, the Granville Island Kids Market is the must-visit for kids’ shopping: the Kids Market is home to 28 fun and fabulous shops of all types, from toys to elaborate costumes, baby clothes to kiddie sports gear.

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Vancouver Shopping for Kids, Part II: Granville Island’s Kids Market

10 ways to weather the weather; or, how to keep your chin up when it’s coming down

'Tis the season

It never rains in Vancouver except for maybe in November. And a bit in December and January. Well, and February too, but hey–you don’t have to shovel it!

Still, I struggle with our wet winters. Grey is grim when it’s showing on every channel. So I have perfected a strategy for keeping my chin up when it’s coming down.

Herewith, my Top 10 ways to lighten a dark day in Vancouver (with a request that you’ll share some of your own tips and distractions below):

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10 ways to weather the weather; or, how to keep your chin up when it’s coming down