Small business month kicks off this week and rain continues to be in the forecast, making it a great time to shop local for kids rain gear essentials! While we have fairly mild winter temperatures compared to the rest of Canada, they don’t call us the “Wet Coast” for nothing. Vancouver may receive a lot of rain, but as the saying goes, there’s no bad weather, only the wrong clothing. Here are our rainy day picks for the best items to set you and your little up for puddle jumping success – items are either locally designed and inspired, or sold in a shop here in Vancouver.
Top 5 Rainy Day Wear for Kids
1. PK Beans Puddle Jumper Jacket
The PK Beans rain jacket is warm and cozy with soft fabric that moves with your kiddo so they can play, run, and jump without feeling restricted. It’s lined in Sherpa with front pockets to keep little hands warm and dry making it a top pick for kids rain gear.
2. Norse Koden Jolly Rain Boots and Booties
Rainboots are a quintessential part of the Vancouver kids rain gear uniform. Scandinavian design brought to Vancouver, these boots are made of natural rubber, highly elastic and waterproof with a re-enforced toe-cap. Made from quick drying textile, with a removable innersole, these boots dry quick, ready for the next adventure.
Norse Koden also has rain booties for the littlest littles to keep even the smallest of toes warm and dry.
3. Camelot Kids Umbrellas
The selection of umbrellas at Camelot Kids on Granville Island will have your and your little one singing in the rain! From mermaids to sharks, the design of these waterproof umbrellas are bright enough not to lose on the playground and fun enough to encourage even the rain shy kiddos to get outside.
4. Jan and Jul Waterproof Mittens
Cold hands are never fun. Keep all fingers cozy and accounted for in snow, rain or slush with fully fleece-lined warm and soft mittens that tighten at the wrist to keep raindrops on the outside. This local Vancouver founded company also offers lots of other gear to get you through all our wet seasons.
5. MEC Newt Rain Suit
The classic must-have item for every Vancouver toddler is the MEC Newt Suit. This full-coverage rain suit offers ultimate protection in soggy conditions. The taped seams and waterproof fabric, plus elastic cuffs and brimmed hood make rain play easy. With two front zippers down to the waist, it’s easy on, easy off!
Jenn Wint is a writer, communications strategist and a public relations specialist. She is passionate about storytelling and community. Jenn lives in East Vancouver with her husband, 3yo son and 1yo daughter. You’ll find them hanging around Vancouver’s playgrounds, water parks, coffee shops and anywhere that bakes fresh cookies in-house!