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Eight outdoor spots perfect for kids during this pandemic

Eight outdoor spots perfect for kids during this pandemic

We know that outdoors is one of the safest places to be with the kids during this pandemic, and also a great way for them to expend some pent up energy. If you’d like a mini-destination, here are a few winter outings in both Health regions.

Maplewood Farm, North Vancouver

This cute little demonstration farm tucked away down a side street in North Vancouver. is all the things a farm should be according to children’s storybooks: cows, chickens, ducks, goats, horses, pigs, and a big red barn. Maplewood Farm is centred around the little people who can pat the goats, feed the bunnies and wander around the duck-filled pond all while getting in some fresh air and woodsy walks. You must pre-book and bring a mask.

>> Maplewood Farm

Redwood Forest, Surrey

Redwood Park boasting a large forest of exotic trees (including a large fairy doors= installation that kids love), over 5 kilometres of scenic nature trails, a wheelchair-accessible playground and several rustic picnic shelters, the park has something for everyone to enjoy.

17900 20 Avenue, Surrey

>> Getting kids out in the rain and snow

Terra Nova, Richmond

Kiddos will love the magnificent slide and zipline at this million dollar playground. Beautiful views of the mountain surround the playground. Pro tip: Go for a walk or a bike ride along the dike or drive into Steveson for a treat.

2340 River Rd, Richmond

>> Million dollar playgrounds

VanDusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver

VanDusen Garden

Find your way through the hedge maze. Discover what’s in bloom. Check out the BC Habitat Garden and spot local birds such as herons, hummingbirds, chickadees and owls!

>> VanDusen Gardens

Richmond Nature Park

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Visit Richmond Nature Park for adventurous family fun! Explore the bog through special scavenger hunts. New this year: the Woodland photo booth. Choose a wacky animal prop, snap an unforgettable family portrait and create a take-home twig picture frame.

>> Top Bogs to visit in the Lower Mainland

Historic Fort Langley

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Travel back to 1840. Try barrel-making, watch the blacksmith work, and shape your own piece of metal at the Jr. Blacksmith Shop. Go to the Big House and use a nib pen and ink to sign on with the Hudson’s Bay Company at Fort Langley. 17 and Under are free.

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>> Fort Langley

Penzer Park, Langley

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Bring the kids to Penzer Park for some parkour. This 10,000 square-foot space is one of the largest in Canada. Anyone can play here, from jumping on the rubberized surface, swinging from bars, climbing over wooden walls and avoiding the ‘lava’. There is also a paved pump track for bikes.

4847 200 Street, Langley

>> How to enjoy the beach in winter

The North Shore Mountains

Whether you want to slap on some boards or just frolic in the snow, the three North Shore Mountains are open for skiing and snowboarding as well as snowshoeing, sledding, tubing, skating and light walks.

>> Best places to play in the snow

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