There’s only so many times you can drag the kids off the bookshelves. Wear them out in one of the many climbing gyms.
Mount Pleasant Community Centre
Very affordable climbing wall classes for kids and adults. Coffee shop on-site!
1 Kingsway, Vancouver | (604) 257-3080
The Hive Bouldering Gym
If climbing with ropes freaks you out, bouldering is more about clambering – no harnesses. Cool kids area with slide.
520 Industrial Avenue, Vancouver | (604) 683-4483
The traditional harness and rope type of mountain climbing, lots of options for kid classes and drop-in.
670 Industrial Avenue, Vancouver | 604-874-2400
Origins Parkour Gym
The new school kind of climbing on everything, plus cool moves. Classes and drop-ins for kids and adults.
2655 Main Street, Vancouver | (604) 558-1779
Mountain Equipment Co-op
Ready to buy special shoes? Or maybe just some neat-looking rope to satisfy the small people? MEC has everything.
130 West Broadway, Vancouver | (604) 872-7858
Top image credit: Cliffhangers
Erin McGann is the former Managing Editor for Vancouver Mom and Toronto Mom Now. She drinks just a bit too much coffee, is a bit obsessed about sourcing local food, plays the cello moderately well, spends too much time on Twitter, keeps honeybees on a rooftop, and has a thing for single-malt whisky. Erin is working on a novel set in turn-of-the-century Vancouver, which her husband, son and dog have to hear about all the time, and also blogs at Erin at Large.