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100 things to do in Vancouver with the kids when the rain hits!

The snow is gone, and every day calls for rain. So what to do with rambunctious kids when the skies open? Lots in fact. Here’s our epic 100 things to do in Vancouver with the kids on rainy days !👇🏼🌧☔️

Top 100 Rainy Day List

Blow off steam at an indoor playground

If you’re looking for some kid friendly Vancouver fun indoor playgrounds are a great choice because they’re pretty much always open, they facilitate active play and you don’t have to worry about the weather.

Science World

Top Indoor Playgrounds


Go swimming

Indoor pools are warm, covered and and inexpensive. Pus they’re often attached to a library or common area where kids can roam freely.

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Rainy Day fun for older kids

Visit a museum

Warm and dry, educational and important! Explore the amazing world of museums with the kids.

Photo credit: Harriet Fancott – HR MacMillan Space Centre

Puddle jumping with toddlers

Go to a kid-friendly restaurant

Hungry? Go to a restaurant that welcomes children. Here are a few suggestions some with play spaces and others with kid menus and open areas.

Photo credit: Circus Play Cafe

 50 kid-friendly restaurants


Explore an art gallery or indoor experience

Whether it’s the mall for the mini train, the aquarium for fishy fun or a child-centred arts program, there are loads of broadening activities perfect for rainy days in Vancouver


10 rainy day activities for under $10 in Vancouver

Get active with baby or toddler

Winter is a great time to sign up for something active inside like mom and baby yoga, a fitness class or in a pinch, open gym at the community centre!

  • Family Yoga Studios and classes >> Find a studio
  • Go to mom ‘n baby drop in >> Read more
  • Five gyms where you can get fit with baby >> Read more
  • Open Gym at your local Community Centre!

Rock the Rainy Day Season in Style

Gear up and go outside

Some kids like to outdoors no matter the weather! And we do live in a rain forest. Put on the muddy buddy and head out for a green forest walk, some local puddle jumping or watch the rush of a full flowing waterfall.


How to get your kids excited about going outside in the rain and cold

Head into the Snow!

When it’s raining in the city it’s often snowy in the mountains. Go skiing, snowshoeing or tubing with the kids on the local mountains or go skating at one of the three outdoor skating rinks around town.

  • Go Skating >> Read more
  • Whistler
  • Cypress Mountain
  • Grouse Mountain
  • Seymour Mountain

Pro tips: Surviving the soccer sidelines in Raincouver!

Go to a local event

In the winter months, there are plenty of indoor events for families. Check our calendar or weekly roundup to see what’s going on in Metro Vancouver each weekend.

VM Family Events Calendar

Stay home!

Quite possibly the most challenging option of all, but sometimes, it’s just not feasible (or desirable) to leave the house!

  • Build a fort
  • Dance party
  • Throw down some mats and turn the living room into a giant gym
  • Get the kids to help sort the laundry
  • Watch Peppa Pig [insert favourite show] on repeat
  • Take a giant group nap
  • Pop some kernels and watch a movie
  • Bake cookies – get the kids to decorate or add the chocolate chips
  • Tea party
  • Scavenger hunt (maybe you’ll find that missing shoe!) with prizes
  • Sort the recycling
  • Puddle jumping >> Read more

Cheap or free rainy day activities

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