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Robert Lee YMCA (Burrard & Barclay) – For just $13 per month, a children’s membership offers unlimited access to drop-in playtimes, family swim, drop-in infant swim lessons, a toy lending library, art classes, child minding and more! As a bonus, the membership comes with 10 guest passes that can even be used by an adult ($150 value!).
Vancouver Aquatic Centre – The centre has a separate baby pool that is warm, shallow and quiet, with lots of baby-friendly toys. Pool hours are 11:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. on weekdays; 12:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on weekends. $6 admission includes one or two parents, plus baby ($3 for each additional family member). There is also inexpensive child-minding ($3 per hour) for parents who wish to swim laps or use the gym sans baby.
Stanely Park – Whether you are a resident or visitor, this 1000 acre downtown park offers an astounding array of things to do and see. Where else can you find old growth trees, wildlife (including bald eagles), a heron sanctuary, beaches, a paved nine kilometre seawall, 24 kilometres of forest trails, an aquarium, a miniature train, children’s playgrounds, a water park, an oceanside swimming pool, mini-golf, tennis courts, historical sites, gardens, an amphitheatre, and more! We are blessed to live just a few blocks away from this gem, and we visit it several times each week.
Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary – Located on Westham Island (Delta), this sanctuary offers year-round viewing of a rotating roster of migratory birds and waterfowl via a series of flat, stroller-accessible trails. Admission is $5 per adult and $3 per child, with bags of bird feed available for $1 each.
Downtown Vancouver Family Activities Calendar – A summary of daily drop-in playtimes, gym times and library story times in the downtown area, mainly geared towards children 0 to 5 years old. Library activities are free, and drop-ins cost $1 to $2.