With wildfires raging all over the province and the smoke descending over Vancouver, and an air quality advisory issued for Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley (the longest on record), where can you take your stir-crazy little people?
Escape the smoke!
Hit an (indoor) pool
Cool, wet and entertaining, one of the indoor pools makes total sense. Head to the tried and true Hillcrest Pool or try a new one for a special adventure, like Watermania in Richmond.
A leisurely trip to the mall might be in order. Air conditioned, and big enough to stretch little legs, head to Oakridge, which has a little carpeted pit for kids to blow off steam, or Tsawwassen Mills for loads of kid-friendly fun.
See a movie
One of our favourite ways to escape the heat: movie time! Check out Despicable Me 3 or any other kiddie blockbuster! It involves sitting in a comfy chair and popcorn, and air conditioning.
Climb some walls inside
Play in someone else’s inside
Check your local community centre for play gyms – there may be open gym for smaller kids (but check first as many are cancelled during the summer). There are also the indoor play spaces: small ones in cafes like Circus Play Cafe and Kokopelli; and proper big ones like Funtopia and Sky Zone Trampoline Park.
Take a look, in a book
Your local library is a great respite too – most of them are air conditioned. During the summer months, the events calendar in the kids areas are stepped up, so check for storytimes and workshops. Haven’t signed up for the Summer Reading Club yet? There’s still time.
Tell us, what are you doing while the smoke drifts overhead?
Image credits: Haze in Olympic Village – Erin McGann, Bouldering – courtesy The Hive, Climbing – courtesy Funtopia