Summer’s not over … yet. And the weather sure has improved! Here are a few special things to do before the end of summer from gorging on a fancy ice cream to gazing at the solar eclipse.
Head out for a fancy ice cream!
Ice cream shops seem to pop up faster that cafes and donuteries, and it’s tough to keep track of them all. So make it an outing and head to one of the following:
Mister, made famous by Adele, and popularized by high end ice-cream lovers for it’s nitrogen artisan ice cream is a must of true believers.
1141 Mainland St, Vancouver
Welcome Parlour in North Van is new-to-the-shore and making waves with its gorgeous flavours and old time feel.
277 8th St E, North Vancouver
Umaluma just opened to rave reviews for its tasty plant-based, dairy-free gelato. With flavours like Strawberry Malbec, Lavender Dream, Durian, and Salted Caramel Sea Foam, how can you go wrong?
235 E Pender St, Vancouver
Celebrate the Solar Eclipse on August 21st
The most anticipated astronomical event of the year takes place on August 21st. For the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will cross the entire continental US and in Vancouver, we’ll experience a whopping 86% totality!
The HR MacMillan Space Centre is celebrating with a big community viewing party. From 8:45 am to noon they’ll have a selection of solar telescopes, live streams, sun projections, and, of course, solar eclipse glasses for safe viewing. Join them on the grass outside of their Gordon Southam Observatory for this once in a lifetime event. During and after the viewing, the Space Centre will be open for special, eclipse-themed shows and activities.
- Start of eclipse: 9:10 am
- Maximum: 10:21 am
- End of eclipse: 11:37 am
Solar eclipse viewing glasses will be available by donation at the front desk on a first-come, first-served basis on event day.
Take the plunge outside!
Suit up and head out to one of Vancouver’s gorgeous outdoor pools before they close. East siders love their cosy New Brighton Pool where everybody knows your name, while West Side families tend towards the grassy knoll and easy entry of Maple Grove Pool. And of course the jam-packed jewel in the crown, Vancouver’s “it pool” Kits Pool is always stunning. If you’re heading to Stanley Park, bring a suit because the Second beach pool is another ocean-side pool that’s a must with slides and a view to die for.
See live family-friendly Shakespeare
Nothing compares to live theatre. Bard on the Beach has been hosting Family Nights for Much Ado About Nothing throughout the season, with special PIXAR photobooths, facepainting, orgigami, pre-performance talk, food trucks and the opportunity to meet actor, Gertie the Basset Hound! It’s a really special family night out. It’s worth noting that the show doesn’t end until 10 pm, and this is Shakespearean English, so you know best whether your smallest people will be content to sit through the whole thing. Last Family Night of the season is August 22nd.
Bard on the Beach, Vanier Park, Vancouver
Head to an outdoor movie!
Grab some chairs, blankets (maybe even a down jacket), some popcorn and watch a movie en plein air! There are family classics playing outdoors all over Metro Vancouver. They start at dusk so make sure the kids are well rested.