This week’s Vancouver Mom to Follow is Gina Lam – a mother of four, with a respect for nature, a love for stories, and a passion for bumping along in a funny “homeschooling way.” On stage and on Kids’ Knowledge Network, Gina is known as: Juno-nominated West Coast Family Folksinger, Ginalina. Her albums capture her family’s adventures in Pacific Spirit Regional Park, explore “what is home?”, and document some of the best childhood experiences.
Ginalina’s music goals are to inspire kids to find the best in themselves, and in others, and to find their own ways to share that with the world.
Five places Ginalina loves!
A down-to-earth family-run farm where everyone can feel at home. Whether you have a swing on the tire, pet the horses, or water the garden, it’s always a good time. If you decide to relax on the sofa, check to see that you’re not going to sit on Mrs. Chicken!
The Secret Garden Tea Company
Feeling royal? This shop, straight out of an English village, is a magical experience serving delightful sandwiches and treats fit for any King or Queen! Why not bring a notebook and make up your own fairy tale together while you’re there?
The Fraser River District Boardwalk at Kerr
Whether you walk or wheel, you’ll discover a peaceful stretch of boardwalk with surprises along the way: natural playground, quacking ducks, nook of beach, wide open fields, and best of all – the Fraser River! Pack sunscreen, a light picnic, and sand bucket, and you’ll be set for a few hours!
The Grouse Grind
Get out the hiking shoes! The “Grind” is a fun challenge for the whole family with the reward of seeing bears, a lumberjack show, and a lovely view from the top! Plan for 2+ hours of walking, snacking, cheering, and taking life “one step at a time”!
Rainy day? Check out the VAG’s collections and play “I Spy” in the paintings! If you’re feeling adventurous, pack (washable) paints/markers, a sketchpad, and create some masterpieces together! (Best to confirm with the Exhibit Curator before starting, and be prepared with towelettes in case it gets a little messy!)
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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).