Oh Christmas break. It’s great at first, but then the sugar cookies, candy canes, cold weather and SANTA EXCITEMENT starts to make everyone a wee bit crazy. Indoor playgrounds are a sanity-saver.
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Giant two-level slides! Ball pits! Ball fountains! Climbing walls! Bring a small group of little friends to let them burn off some serious steam chasing each other around and around and up and down. It’s worth noting everyone needs socks to enter the play areas, even adults.
There’s only so long you can stand outside a play structure confirming you can see whatever it is they are doing. There are couches at Go Bananas!, conveniently surrounding the train tables, so when you’re managing more than one little person, you can at least sit down.
Little people areas
Aforementioned train tables are always a big hit, as well as the cars. There’s also a smaller-scale play area for toddlers too. Big foam cubes, a few plastic balls that migrate from the ball pits, ropes to swing on, and a soft spot to land.
An easy birthday option, each location has its own birthday area where you can serve food and cake. Some locations have a little cafe inside as well. The kids get to run around for a couple of hours, and you can event rent out the whole place for your group.
North Vancouver, Capilano Mall, 935 Marine Drive, North Vancouver
Langley, 19685 Willowbrook Dr, Langley
Chilliwack, Suite 310-45389 Luckanuck Way, Chilliwack
Surrey (Funky Monkey Funpark), 13853 104 Ave, Surrey
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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.