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VM Picks: Our 2019 Summer Bucket List!

VM Picks: Our 2019 Summer Bucket List!

2019 VM Summer Bucket List

Summer in Vancouver! Is there anything better? Kick off summer at the Surrey Canada Day celebrations and follow it up with the Whistler Children’s Festival, a guaranteed great time for the littles. Feeling the heat? Head to Cultus Lake for their Adventure Park & Water Park! In-town? Kidtropolis, HR Macmillan Space Centre, and Metropolis at Metrotown make perfect a cool escapes. Looking for a getaway? Check out Nanaimo, the Harbour City or closer to home, pay a visit to the Vancouver Zoo.

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VM Picks: 2019 Summer Bucket List

Visit Nanaimo for a relaxing summer holiday

The Harbour City is a perfect spot to chill out with the fam and enjoy an authentic local experience close to home. Check out the beautiful trails and beaches, take a cultural excursion, enjoy the local foodie scene. Unwind in this oceanfront playground. You can’t go wrong with Nanaimo – a home away from home.

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A Q&A with Nanaimo Tourism
Take the family to Nanaimo

Cool off at Cultus Lake Waterpark

A family outing to BC’s largest water park is well worth the trip. With rides for all sizes and temperaments, this 35-year-old park has something for everyone. The Bazooka Bowls, Rattler, Tubular Terror and Valley of Fear should satisfy the risk-takers! For the little ones, there are plenty of gentle slides from Pirate’s Cove, and new Tots Castle. For the timid, there is the Family Spray Park. And for grownups, there are WIFI and five hot tubs.

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Cultus Lake Waterpark
A Q&A with Cultus Lake Waterpark

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Ride high at Cultus Lake Adventure Park

Now here’s a good a theme park that might quell the calls for a trip to Disneyland. Across the way from the Cultus Lake Waterpark, this mecca for thrilling rides will have the kids screaming in a good way. Bigger kids can hop on the brand new Cloud Buster or get spinny on the Round Up 360. The littles will love the Carousel, Honey Pot, and Ribbit. Cap off the fun with a soft swirl cone but remember to eat after the rides.

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Cultus Lake Adventure Park
A Q&A with Cultus Lake Adventure Park

Whistler Children’s Festival

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Thinking about visiting Whistler this summer but not totally sure what do to with the littles? If you want a slam dunk, guaranteed family fun weekend, head up the Sea to Sky for the Whistler Children’s Festival. It all takes place on July 5-7, 2019 with hands-on arts activities, live theatre, toe-tapping dance and music, and magical performances at Whistler Olympic Plaza.

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Whistler Children’s Festival
Q&A with Whistler Children’s Festival

Head inside to play at Kidtropolis

Looking for some in-town, escape the heat (and smoke), summer fun? Head to Kidtropolis. It’s cool inside (in more ways than one) and the kids won’t want to leave. This interactive 18,000 sq ft pretend city has a theatre, ice cream stand, grocery store, dentist, gas station, cop shop, airport, and so much more!

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The World of Kidtropolis
Q&A with Kidtropolis

HR MacMillan Space Centre

Escape into the cool and dark of the Space centre and turn your minds over to the wonders of the universe this summer. Learn about space and the night sky through planetarium star theatre shows, live demonstrations, and an interactive exhibit gallery.

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HR MacMillan Space Centre

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Check out the latest exhibit at Metropolis at Metrotown

Another great spot to escape the heat (and smoke) is the Lower Mainland’s biggest (and some would say ‘bestest’) mall. Full of fun for kids including that darling choo choo train, the mall also exhibits innovative and creative art installations (like the above Panda World Tour) in its Grand Court complete with family friendly workshops and performances.

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Metropolis at Metrotown

Celebrate at Surrey Canada Day

Looking for a festive community event the whole family can enjoy on Canada Day? Well get down to the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheater on Saturday, July 1st for a ton of fun at Surrey’s Canada Day celebration with live performances, food trucks, a zip-line, local exhibitors, kids and sports zones, games, amusement rides, kid friendly activities, and of course, fireworks!

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Surrey Canada Day
Five great reasons to take the kids to Surrey Canada Day

Visit the Greater Vancouver Zoo

Lions and tigers and bears oh my! With 140 species on 120 acres in the heart of the Fraser Valley, the Greater Vancouver Zoo is a lot more than the big three! Think raptors, felines, giraffes and more. Awaken your curiosity through daily keeper talks, behind the scenes experiences and junior zoologist summer camps while learning about the importance of wildlife conservation.

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Greater Vancouver Zoo
A Q&A with the Greater Vancouver Zoo

Slide into summer at Big Splash

Big Splash, a seven-acre water slide park in Tsawwassen, offers over a dozen thrilling slides with names like Twist & Shout, Solar Splash, Kamakaze, Cliff Hangar and Double Trouble. Little riders can chill in the Kids Zone, Splash Pad, hot tub and main pool. Check out the weekly shows by Ocean Wise AquaZone mobile, Science World & Kirby Snell Dance Company.

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Big Splash
A Q&A with Big Splash

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