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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.

2 responses to “PLACES

  1. Hi Carli, I love your blog! I wish there was one of these when my kids were small (they are 28 and 20 now).

    I used to take my kids to some of the following places/events in Vancouver: China Town (they love all the colours and any age can enjoy it). Dr. Sun Yat Sen gardens and Van Dusen gardens. Queen Elizabeth Park, Queen’s Park (New Westminster – has a petting zoo), Granville Island Kids Market, The Art Gallery – they have events for kids on weekends/weekdays. Science World – fun stuff for all ages, Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park, and a real favourite (and free!) was the playground (with the big red fire engine) at First Beach/English Bay.

    When my daughter was about 4, I started a jar with little pieces of paper that had various ideas we came up with for activities to do on weekends. We decorated the jar and filled it with our ideas – some had a cost to them and others were just free family fun time. It worked really well and she used to get so excited when it was time to draw from the jar! It was also a good tool to get her to do her chores because the jar was a reward for all her hard work! We continued this tradition with my son as well.

    • Karen, I absolutely *LOVE* the idea of the activity jar!! We are totally going to do that 🙂

      Also, thanks for all the great activity/place suggestions. We will have to check them out and then I can add them to my listings.

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