The City of Surrey covers a lot of land, but don’t let its vast sprawl intimidate you. There’s a lot to eat and do, if you know where to look!
The Surrey Museum
This free museum Surrey is a hit with adults and kids alike! From prehistoric dinosaurs to a quirky show and share case curated by members of the community, the museum has something for everyone. There’s even an explore zone (by TD) so the little ones can blow of some steam on the giant slide while exploring a mini-Surrey divided by river, forest, wetlands, agriculture, urban and ocean. And yes there’s the parenting trifecta too: seating, free WiFi and a place to charge your phone, and a cafe! PS: When you’re done, visit the railway across the street.
17710 56a Ave, Surrey, 604-592-6956
This place is odd, at first. It’s a nursery, and you can buy everything you need for your garden there. They sell Crocs, but, like, a lot of them. You can also buy women’s clothing (fleece lined leggings!), choose from a massive selection of interesting hot sauces, poke through their collection of British groceries and candies. Play a round of mini golf, or take a mini train ride on Thomas the Tank Engine, and if it’s close to Christmas or Halloween, be sure to peruse their unusual and wonderful selection of holiday décor. They often have farm fresh chicken or duck eggs – ask the cashier if any are available.
4391 King George Boulevard, Surrey, 604-501-1232
Take a tour of this working honey farm (public tours on Saturdays, Sundays and stat holidays), or participate in a live beekeeping demo. Observe bees in action in the Observation Hive, and choose from a selection of local honey in store. Highly recommended? The buckwheat honey makes a beautiful sweetener for rich, spicy baked goods; the orange blossom honey is loved by locals and chefs alike.
7480 – 176 St, Surrey
Grab coffee and panini while the kids work out their energy at this family friendly café designed for parents with little kids. The play area is best for children under 5, and costs about four dollars per child. They are a nut-free facility, and offer gluten-free and other allergen-friendly snacks and treats, as well as organic baby food and small-person snacks like yogurt, veggies and dip, and fruit snacks. Free wifi.
#8-14885 60th Ave, Surrey, 604-593-5437
Got a little one who CAN’T. GET. ENOUGH. TRAINS? The Fraser Valley Heritage Railway Society runs antique electric trains between Cloverdale and Sullivan Heights from May 4th through October on Saturdays and Sundays only. The full trip is a little under an hour, and will cost $10 per adult or $5 per child 12 and under (round-trip). The ride starts and ends at Cloverdale Station, where there’s free parking available. Call ahead to make reservations. PS: Check out the new Widlflower meadow while you’re there!
5554 176 St, Surrey
This family friendly park is famous for its adorable train Eddy the Engine that gets its gears on for holidays including Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter and of course summer vacation. But did you know that the park itself is a sprawling 152 acres of natural beauty? Along with the train, there’s mini golf (18 holes!), a playground, summer water park and outdoor pool, covered picnic tables, walking trails, a walking oval and exercise circuit and the Bear Creek Gardens.
13750 – 88th Avenue at King George Blvd. Surrey,
Banner credit: Surrey Museum (Dinosaurs Unleashed exhibition)
Image credit: Art Knapp Surrey, Honeybee Centre, Kids Play Cafe & Bear Creek Park
Originally written by Emily Wight in 2017 and updated in 2018 and 2019