Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. An entire day devoted to LOVE? No wonder kids get so excited! Love starts with family. We’ve put together some of our favourite activities for you and your kids to celebrate this special occasion in Metro Vancouver.
Happening now until Feb 14, treat your loved ones to a unique chocolate-lovers dream! With 75 different flavours to choose from throughout the city, grab a map and hit the streets! With flavours like “Wascally Wabbit” and “Gem & The Red Bean Stalk” for kids, or “Chocobomb” and “Love Potion” (alcohol-infused) for parents, this is a treasure hunt that’s sure to please everyone!
What? FREE art classes with professional art teachers? For the 2-5 set? Count us in! There are still spots for this coming Wednesday’s FREE morning art classes at Arts Umbrella in SOUTH SURREY on Feb 14. RSVP today!
Arts Umbrella South Surrey, 15850 26 Ave, N116 (The Shops at Morgan Crossing), Surrey
Make a gift … by hand
Whether you write poetry, design your own greeting cards, or make your own chocolates (or cookies) at home, nothing says “Happy Valentine’s Day” like a token of love and appreciation made-from-scratch. If there’s ever been a day to get sappy, Valentine’s Day is it! So spread the love, hand out flowers to strangers, hug your neighbour, make heart-shaped waffles for breakfast, or surprise a special friend! Take the opportunity to make someone’s day!
Lace up your skates and hold hands in Robson Square (ice skating open until the end of Feb)! Bundle up and try snowshoeing on Grouse Mountain (rentals available)! Pack a picnic and hike through Lynn Canyon (free)! Vancouver cannot be beat when it comes to outdoor activities. The option are endless, rain or shine, so make some happy family memories!
Does your toddler love trains even more than chocolate? Bear Creek Park offers a Valentine’s themed family train ride from Feb 3-14, along with crafts and mini-golf! Eddie the Engine was brought to Surrey from England. He happily pulls his passengers along a ten minute ride through a tunnel and over a bridge before returning to the station. Open 10 am – 4 pm, admission is $6 per person.
Popcorn and movie date with the munchkins! Each week, Cineplex plays a family favourite matinee at 11 am for $2.99! A portion of the proceeds support WE Charity and the films in February are awesome: “Sing” on Feb 3, “Minions” on Feb 10, “My Little Pony” on Feb 17, or “Wonder” on Feb 24. Check out the list of participating theatres.
Check out Chinese Lanterns in the Garden
Beginning Feb 16, Vancouver’s Classical Chinese garden will be showcasing hundreds of handmade lanterns to celebrate the Year of the Dog. Immerse yourself in a variety of legends, be amazed by live performances, and sample some delicious treats at the food market! Open from 5-10 pm, Fri-Sun until March 4; admission is $45 for a family pass, children under 5 years old are free.