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BC Wildfires: escape the smoke in Vancouver

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?

How to donate to the victims.

Escape the smoke!

Listen to our interview on CBC! 

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.

Shop inside

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

Vancouver is blessed with an abundance of indoor climbing options: we even made a list of them for you. Bouldering at The Hive is a good place to start, there’s no ropes or harnesses.


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

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  • Katie
    July 6, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Just a heads up that most community center play gyms are closed until September. They are running weeklong camps/programs in them right now.

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