Vancouver by Ferry
Take the Aquabus or False Creek Ferries on a mini day tour around False Creek, and find cool stuff for kids at nearly every stop. All stops are located on the Stanley Park seawall. Strollers and bikes welcome!
Fresh produce an fine foods market, coffee shops, casual and upscale dining, Brew pubs, the Kid’s Market, a Free outdoor water park, the docks, street entertainers, galleries, kid’s theatre and don’t forget the gelato!
1661 Duranleau Street, Vancouver, (604) 666-6655
Explore the historic RCMP vessel St. Roch inside the Museum and explore the Maritime Discovery Centre and the floating vessels in the Heritage Harbour. It’s a short walk to Kits Beach too the Pacific Space Centre and the Vancouver Museum.
1905 Ogden Ave, Vancouver, (604) 257-8300
Science World/The Olympic Village
Walk the Seawall, go in for a bite in one of several kid-friendly restaurants, shops and the open plaza with the giant sparrows is a magnet for kids any time of year. Located close to Skytrain and the Pacific Central Station.
1455 Quebec St, Vancouver, (604) 443-7440
Aquatic Centre/West End
Swim in the ozonated pool or go for a walk on Sunset Beach. There’s a concession stand, washrooms and large grassy areas for picnicking.
1050 Beach Ave, Vancouver, (604) 665-3424
Access downtown easily from here, the beaches, seawall and look across at the colourful murals painted on the industrial concrete silos across the creek. Giants they are!
David Lam Park
This stunning downtown park is an intricate mix of active and passive recreation opportunities, all with views of False Creek and Yaletown. Sports courts and playgrounds are sheltered by lush plantings, and a large open lawn is perfect for kite flying, resting in the sunshine. Home to several sculptures along the waterfront.
1300 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
New home to Irish style pub, Mahoney & Sons. It has an expansive patio and is kid friendly during the day. There is an art studio that hosts kids workshops.
Mahoney & Sons, 601 Stamps Landing, Vancouver, (604) 876-0234
Check out the massive yachts docked when you pull up alongside, then visit this upscale and trendy warehouse district featuring numerous restaurants that are kid-friendly. David Lam Park is nearby with lots of room for play and the Roundhouse Community Centre. There is an Urban Fare across the street.
Plaza of Nations
Located near Rogers Arena and BC Place, The Terry Fox Memorium and the BC Sports Hall of Fame which will engage your little with physical play and keep them fascinated for hours. Great spot to have a birthday party.
750 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver, (604) 682-0777
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Leeanne Ekland is a stay-at-home mom of one, who’s on a mission to rediscover love, wellness, and neighbourhood happenings and to have a ton of fun. She's also a lover of wine and yoga and believes that sharing her experiences at www.MomParadigm.com brings her closer to living her best life. Having started the parenting experience much later than most, she offers a unique perspective on the challenges and all that is amazing about being a mom over 40.