This week’s Mom to Follow is Monica Manalo lives in the Champlain area in East Vancouver. She’s a super Instagrammer and fun mom to Jermaine Riley aka Baby Maui who is 10 months old. She’s technically a mom of four (if you including her husband, Paul and her two fur babies, Nala and Kovu). Currently on mat leave, she is using her time to explore Vancouver before heading back to work.
Monica loves to be a part of the local community. She can be found with Maui at Family Place (at the River District), Babytime / Storytime (at the Champlain library) and Tot Swimming at Killarney Community Centre. She also volunteers at local markets, fairs, and events all over Metro Vancouver. She is truly a mom about town!
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Five Places Vancouver Mom Monica Manalo loves!
La Casa Gelato
Rain or shine, we will go! This ice cream joint is one of our favourites. Did you know they give free mini cones for your little ones? And what about that famous pink wall!
Great spot to chill! Hidden in Gastown, known for their selfie lattes! They feature a pop up corner of local brands and a mini art gallery featuring local artists.
206 Carrol St, Vancouver
The “Wonder Gallery” is perfect for your little ones! It’s super baby/toddler friendly and convenient as there is a quiet nursing room. Great place to meet new friends before the babes start school 😊
1455 Quebec St, Vancouver, (604) 443-7440
An indoor playground for the kids and a cafe for mamas?! Need I say more? Great place to go to go on a rainy day. We are currently taking the intelliplay program and absolutely love it! They host many different classes and workshops for parents and their kids!
1650 east 12th avenue, Vancouver
Flight Path Park
This was our go-to date parks before we had the baby! You get to watch airplanes land. Still love it until now, can’t wait to see how the little one reacts once he’s able to!
Russ Baker Way, Richmond
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Harriet Fancott is the Editor and Social Media Manager for Vancouver Mom. She has over 20 years experience in the arts, tech and mom-based blogging arenas. She lives in East Vancouver with her husband and son where they enjoy exploring all that Vancouver has to offer from festivals and events to playgrounds and beaches to sushi and ice cream (although not together).