Spring is a great time to get out of the house and see what the city has to offer – for free that is. Here are a few fun activities that won’t dip into your ice cream cash stash.
The blossoms are fully out (finally!). If the weather’s good, (or even if it isn’t) check out the City’s blossom map and head out on bikes, scooters or on foot with strollers and take some photos under the blossoms. Also check out the fun family-friendly blossom festival events March 30 to April 23, 2017 around town.
This one-of-a-kind weekly walking tour is a perfect stroller outing, as long as your baby doesn’t mind the city noise. It’s also a great chance to learn more about Vancouver. Pick from downtown and waterfront, Chinatown, and Granville Street and Gastown tours – each one is absolutely free, but these guys are so enthusiastic, hilarious and entertaining, you’ll want to leave them a nice tip. Pack a snack, each tour is about 60 to 90 minutes in length.
Disc Golf at Quilchena Park
Grab the whole family for a day of disc golf. This course is stroller friendly with washrooms close by. There’s also an off-leash dog park if Rover needs to run around too. And if your kids still have some steam to wear off after a round of golf, let them loose on the nearby playground or skateboard park.
4590 Magnolia St, Vancouver
Story Time at Redwood Park
Create some fun-filled memories at Surrey’s tree house inside of Redwood Park. Your kids will will love the stories, crafts and the park and playground. Spots fill up quickly, be sure to register quickly, or add your name to the waitlist. Registration and dates can be found on the City’s website.
17900-20 Ave, Surrey
Most markets in Vancouver open in May. Not only are they free to visit, but I find they are a great place to find fresh, local produce to make baby mush, and to pick up a unique gift. To find a full list of the 2017 summer markets, visit eatlocal.org. And if you can’t wait until May, you can still visit the winter markets at Nat Bailey Stadium Winter Market on Saturdays (until April 22nd) and the Hastings Park Winter Market at the PNE on Sundays.