When her four-year-old daughter is asleep, North Vancouver mom Natalia Nanton works with ethical brands to expand their customer engagement through organic online marketing strategies. When she’s awake, they’re usually hunting for heart-shaped rocks, doing acro yoga and making dance videos.
They are always on the lookout for ways to play in their city, discovering quaint cafes, arts and crafts workshops, and duck ponds along the way. As she puts it, “There is so much fun to be had in this beautiful city!”
Natalia’s Favourite Spots
Kids (and adults) can draw and then watch their art printed on their own custom t-shirt. Or they can sit at the “Table of Creativity” and design a button for cheap.
1648 Duranleau Street, Vancouver, (604) 684-5105
A quaint raw, vegan cafe — a good spot to unwind while the kids play with the kiddie kitchen and art supplies. Their healthy Chocorific smoothie is SO good!
31 West Esplanade, North Vancouver, (604) 971-5108
St. Andrew’s Park
A gated park with sand pits, swings, climbing gym, and an array of tricycles and playhouses. It has picnic tables and plenty of chairs for lounging at while the kids play.
11th and St. Georges in North Vancouver
Get lost in the forest on an easy hike. Read about 500-year-old trees and other fun, forest facts as you go. With beautiful views, eagles and giant walls of rock, this place is definitely Instagrammable.
West Marine Drive just past past Caulfield Cove Marina, West Vancouver
A perfect place for playdates, birthday parties or just a few hours with mom — spent painting fun-shaped ceramics. You can choose from ceramic piggy banks to dinosaurs or go for the vases and soap dishes.
1381 Marine Dr #200, West Vancouver, (604) 925-3115
Cap Kodaly Orff music program at West Van Memorial Library
These free classes are the perfect introduction to making music through song, games, dance and instruments. Registration is by lottery so put in your name and cross your fingers!
1950 Marine Drive, West Vancouver, (604) 925-7400
Fresh Air Learning
An out-of-this world full-year program that allows children to explore, play, get dirty and learn in their forest and farm playgrounds in our city.
Various locations, (604) 802-7539
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