Vancouver is a coastal city in British Columbia, Canada. It is the largest city in Western Canada, and the third largest metropolitan area in the country. Vancouver hosted the 1976 United Nations Conference on Human Settlements, the 1986 World Exposition on Transportation and Communication, and the 2010 Winter Olympics. As a family-friendly and diverse city, there are are a variety of fun activities available for kids year round.
Vancouver hosts many public museums that offer children’s discounts. Kids will love learning more about Vancouver’s history at the Museum of Vancouver, which is the largest civic museum in Canada. They’ll learn about Captain George Vancouver, a British explorer who explored modern-day British Columbia in the late 1700s, and the role of the logging industry in the city’s development. The Vancouver Maritime Museum and Science World are also popular children’s museums in the city.
Children need room to run around and play; take them to see one of Vancouver’s scenic parks. For the best views of Vancouver’s natural landscape, check out Stanley Park. As one of the biggest metropolitan parks in North America, it covers over 1,000 acres. You can have a picnic and see the North Shore Mountains looming above the city skyline. On a clear day, you can also spot Mount Baker in the state of Washington.
Room to move
Vancouver, like any major city, has many diverse neighborhoods and districts. There are plenty of places to get some exercise; you can roam the streets on a leisurely walk or take advantage of Vancouver’s many jogging trails to ride your bike, rollerblade, or go for a run. Robson Square in the downtown area is a fun place for kids to explore, because it has an outdoor skating rink, a man-made waterfall, and periodic dance lessons.
Healthy Eating for Kids
Kids tend to be picky eaters. Luckily, Vancouver offers many restaurants with healthful options. The West End is home to colorful juice bars and cafes, where you can relax and enjoy fresh squeezed fruit or vegetable juices. Most juice bars offer a kids menu with simple flavors like orange juice and strawberry smoothies made with yogurt. Nearby Chinatown is a huge district where you will find an outdoor produce market and authentic Asian cuisine. Kids will love exploring the fruit and vegetable stands, and there are plenty of restaurants that offer healthful, kid-friendly meals from wok-fried vegetable dishes to vegetarian sushi.
Concerts and Music Festivals
Vancouver is home to a diverse range of musical talent. Some kids might appreciate the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Vancouver Opera, but there are also several music festivals that children can enjoy, including an international jazz series and a folk music festival. The Vancouver Folk Music Festival is an annual event that takes place in July. In addition to live music, you can try your luck at the raffle contest or browse handmade crafts at the artisan market.