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Summer Bucket List 2019

Penzer Park

Penzer Park

 

Jump around at some Parkour Parks one in Langley, Surrey and Vancouver.

Go to UBC Botanical Gardens and check out the beautiful Tree Walk.

Go for a Nature walk and see some birds, be sure to check out Serpentine Fen or the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary and bring some bird feed.

Check out the many things you can do at Grouse Mountain.

Check out local parks, visit some in local neighbourhoods or go outside of your area, and check out some really cool parks, such as Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment  in Richmond, See the park and the fairy houses in Redwood Park in Surrey, Queenston Park in Coquitlam, Queens Park in New Westminster,  Lions Park in Port Coquitlam, Hastings Park in Vancouver, Stanley Park Playgrounds in Vancouver and the list goes on, do some research and have some fun!

Try Geocaching, so much fun searching for the location and getting outside is a bonus too!

Play Disc Golf with the family at the many different disc golf locations.

Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, go check out some really cool old planes, sit inside of the airplanes and watch some take off, lots of fun for a avition enthusiasts.

See the Stars at GMS Observatory, next to the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, the observatory is admission by donation and offers public viewings on Friday and Saturday evenings (July 1 to Labour Day), and Saturday evenings (Labour Day to July 1).

Take a Aquabus across false Creek. A small boat that stops at different points around False Creek.

Ride the skytrain and take a ride on the Seabus, there are two terminals: Waterfront in Downtown Vancouver, which connects with buses, SkyTrain, and West Coast Express; and Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver, which connects with an extensive network of North Shore buses. Crossing time is 12 minutes.

Let the kids build in the Adventure Playpark in Coquitlam, and Delta *but make sure they are wearing closed toed shoes and no parents allowed.

Rides and fun at the PNE  or Amusement park at Cultus, lots of fun! Check out Cultus Lake Adventure Park.

Drive out to see the old train tunnels known as the Othello Tunnels which is located just East of Hope.

Check out Maplewood Farm in Vancouver, Maan Farms in Abbotsford or check out the new petting zoo called Meadows Family Farm in Maple Ridge to pet some animals.

Meadows Family FarmMeadows Family Farm


Pet The Cats At Catoro Cafe *Opening soon in Vancouver

Go check out the Greater Vancouver Zoo, make sure to check the feeding schedule before you go so you can see more animals, bring your scooter, inline skates or kids bikes to enjoy the fenced pathways or rent a family pedal bike.

Head to Wildplay in Maple Ridge, they have a younger kids area and older, fun for almost everyone! Ziplining is so much fun.

Head to the waterslides! Bridal falls, Cultus Water & Theme Parks and/or Tsawwassen waterslides now known as Big Splash Waterpark! Also the new affordable Otter Co-op Outdoor Experience in Aldergrove! Go for a drive out to Harrison and check out the Harrison Water Sports Waterpark.

 

Otter Co-op Waterpark

Otter Co-op Outdoor Experience 

 

Enjoy a lazy river float close to Vancouver that you have to see to believe. The Alouette River in Maple Ridge is clear and bright and it looks almost as green as the lush forest around it! At the end of your float, you'll arrive at Davidson's Pools and Hot Rocks.

Go to your local fish hatchery and learn all about fish.

Go to Kelowna and visit the Kangaroo Farm.

Kangaroo FarmKangaroo Creek Farm


Rainy Day? Go explore Science World or the Aquarium.

Head to a trampoline park such as Extreme Air Park, Apex or Get Air.

Jump on the jumbo pillow and enjoy some Apple Cider at Tave Family Farm. 

Go mini golfing at Castle Fun Park in Abbotsford or Bear Creek Train in Surrey where you can also ride a train or ride on the mini trains at Burnaby Confederation Park.

Check out a free outdoor movie inyour neighbourhood: https://www.facebook.com/OutdoormoviesBC   or check out our events area for some too.

Watch a movie at Twilight Movie Theatre in Langley from your car with the family.

Visit the Suspension bridge at Cascade Falls in Mission or Lynn Canyon Park & Suspension Bridge or go to the Caplilano Bridge and go for a hike.

Go to a local Farmer’s Market and meet the local farmers and artisans, some even have an activity for kids to do.

Head to Steveston in Richmond and buy fresh fish and/or prawns right from the boats on the dock and enjoy a stroll around Stevenston Village. Or enjoy food at the many restaurants. Also they now have a shuttle from the skytrain Lansdowne Station directly there for the Summer!

Check out the Richmond Night Markets, enjoy trying new foods, people watching or shopping

Bring Fish and Chips or a picnic to the beach and enjoy the view or play in the sand.

Go camping

Take a ferry to Bowen Island or Salt Spring and go exploring.

Bike rides with the family, find some great bike paths.

Small hikes with the family especially to the waterfalls or a river to swim in.

Go fishing, children under 16 years old are required to obtain a license, however there is no fee.

Look for mini crabs under rocks, explore! Look for muscles, hermits, baby fish, sand dollars, possibly starfish and so much more! Bring a bucket to catch them in so you can learn more about them, but be sure to release before you go.

Go pottery painting at a local studio.

Head to Sunpeaks Resort, Whistler or Harrison Hot Springs for the weekend if you can.

Nature Hunt: Have a nature hunt, go to a local park and give the kids a list to find nature items (pick items that are not needed to be picked) to preserve the forest. For younger kids use pictures to help them find the items!

Berry Picking: Head to a Berry Farm and go picking! Check here or find a local farm, support local.

Go to Fort Langley and enjoy the little shops or go to the Fort Langley National Historic Site

Ride the Carousal and check out the old town in Burnaby Village Museum 

Try a horse riding lesson.

Build at a Home Depot Kid Workshop (runs once a month)

Go karting in Richmond 

Rainy Day? Make a fort, make popcorn and watch a family movie from the fort! Or head to the movie theatres, suggestions by the movie passes at Costco to save money and it includes food too.

Check out the shops, Kids Market and food and shops at Granville Island

Go to the Ice cream shop and enjoy every second! Or make your own ice cream with bananas, add vanilla if you would llike too, we do.
 
Beaches: Check out a local beach. Don’t let the summer get away from you and you haven’t been to the beach! Look for beach treasures, make a sand castle, splash in the water, look for crabs and enjoy the sun. Vancouver Beaches, Centennial Beach,

Circus Spectac 2019

 

CONTEST CLOSED, Julie Croft in Langley won the tickets!

 


What can you win?
* Win 8 x VP Ringside seats
* Behind the Scenes Tour
* Introduced as Honorary Ringmaster
* Photo Opportunity with the Cast
* Pony Rides for the kids
Value: Priceless

Valid at any one of the 34 Shows (Richmond, Tsawwassen, Surrey)
May 9 to June 9, 2019


 
For 2 for the Price of 1 tickets go to:
www.royalcanadiancircus.ca

**Promo Code: kidsvancouver**
 
The Royal Canadian family Circus Spectac!® 2019 under Big Top from May 9 – June 9,  will captivate audiences beyond the extraordinary. Take the family and run away to the Circus for one day … it’s simply Spectac!.
 

 

How to Enter?

1. Enter our contest form 

2. *In the comments box add why you want to win!

*Must be able to have your own transporation to the venue
*Must be a resident of BC

*Contest ends April 28, 2019 at 8pm


Circus Spectac 2019

Find that Perfect Christmas Tree and Visit a Local Tree Farm!

Christmas Tree Farm 

One of my favorite family activities at Christmas is to search for the "perfect" Christmas tree. Well our version of perfect, every year its fun to decide which one we like the best, and using a saw they provide we cut it down to bring home. The smell is amazing and we take a little pride enjoying it when its up as we got to pick the tree. Love it! Here are some great local Christmas Tree Farms, be sure to check one out and start your own tradition!

 

Nov 18 2018 - Dec 16 2018

Heritage Christmas Tree Farm
Chilliwack

 

Nov 23 2018 - Dec 23 201

Aunt Leah's Tree Lot
Various Locations

 


Nov 24 2018 - Dec 16 2018

Dogwood Christmas Tree Farm
Fort Langley

 


Nov 24 2018 - Dec 23 2018

Frosty's Family Christmas Tree Farm
Langley



Nov 24 2018 - Dec 22 2018

Fernridge Christmas Tree Forest
Langley
 


Nov 24 2018 - Dec 23 2018

Aldor Acres Tree Farm
Langley



Nov 25 2018 - Dec 23 2018

Churchland Christmas Tree Farm
Aldergrove



Nov 25 2018 - Dec 16 2018

Woodsong Christmas Trees - Over 10,000 Trees!
Chilliwack



Nov 30 2018 - Dec 23 2018

Sorensen Tree Farm
Langley


 
Dec 1 2018 - Dec 23 2018

Riley Tree Farm
Fort Langley

 
 
Dec 1 2018 - Dec 23 2018

Armstrong Creek Tree Farm
Surrey
 

 
Dec 1 2018 - Dec 23 2018

Giesbrecht's Tree Farm
Langley



Dec 1 2018 - Dec 23 2018

Carlson's Christmas Tree Farm
Maple Ridge


 
Dec 1 2018 - Dec 23 2018

Connie-Fir's Tree Farm
Mission

 
Dec 1 2018 - Dec 23 2018

Fern Creek Farm
Langley

 
Dec 1 2018 - Dec 23 2018

Diane's Christmas Tree Farm
Mission



Dec 1 2018 - Dec 23 2018

Red Truck Trees
South Surrey



Dec 6 2018 - Dec 16 2018

Alouette Tree Farm
Maple Ridge



Dec 14 2018 - Dec 15 2018

Forestry Undergraduate Society Christmas Tree Farm
Vancouver

Win Tickets to the Polar Express!

Joan McLeod has won the tickets! Be sure to reserve your tickets as they do sell out!

 The Polar Express in Squamish

CONTEST CLOSED, winner has been emailed!

Win a family four pack of tickets with choice of departures over these weekends Nov. 25/26 to Dec. 9/10th. Ticket package worth over $100. 

Take a ride on everyone’s favourite Christmas train when the annual Polar Express returns to the West Coast Railway Heritage Park for an extended run on November 25, 26 and December 2/3, 9/10, 16 and 17. Passengers will be treated to an hour-

Day Out with Thomas the Train 

CONTEST is CLOSED,

Aurora Ralston & Ting Lin won the contest, thanks to all who entered!

 

Win a family four pack of tickets ( 2 family four packs for two winners) - your choice of three departures a day on all five days - May 19-21 & 26/27th. Ticket package worth over $100. 
 
Day Out with Thomas is more than just a train ride.  Meet Sir Topham Hat, ride the mini rail trains over the 3km line around the park.  Live entertainment.  Free Thomas tattoos.  Bouncy Castle. Mini Golf and much more!
 
Tickets and info at: wcra.org

 

How to Enter?

1. Enter our contest form 

2. *In the comments box add why you want to win!


*Must be able to have your own transportation to the venue
*Must be a resident of BC

*Contest ends April 25, 2018 at 8pm


Royal Canadian Family Circus Spectac! 2018


CONTEST CLOSED! Winner has been chosen! Karen Habashi of Langley is super excited to go with her family.

 


What can you win?
* Win 8 x VP Ringside seats
* Behind the Scenes Tour
* Introduced as Honorary Ringmaster 
* Photo Opportunity with the Cast 
* Pony Rides for the kids 
Value: Priceless

Valid at any one of the 4 locations in the Lower Mainland May 17 to June 10, 2018 
 
For 2 for the Price of 1 tickets go to:


**Promo Code: kidsvancouver**
 
The Royal Canadian Family Circus Spectac! 2018 is coming to Western Canada this spring and throughout the summer to amaze audiences with this time honoured family circus. For 50 years, the Royal Canadian Family Circus has been providing fun activities and entertainment for kids... and for the entire family! 
 
How to Enter?

1. Enter our contest form 

2. *In the comments box add why you want to win!

*Must be able to have your own transporation to the venue
*Must be a resident of BC

*Contest ends March 16, 2018 at 8pm


Royal Canadian Family Circus Spectac! 2018


Royal Canadian Family Circus Spectac! 2018

Find Family Events Near You!

Family events

Best Christmas Activities 2017

Glow Lights


Nov 22 2017 - Dec 24 2017
2017 Vancouver Christmas Market at Jack Poole Plaza
Vancouver


Nov 23 2017 - Jan 7 2018
Christmas at FlyOver Canada
Vancouver

 
Nov 23 2017 - Jan 28 2018
Canyon Lights
North Vancouver


Nov 24 2017 - Dec 30 2017
Glow Christmas in Langley!
Langley


Nov 24 2017 - Jan 7 2018
Peak of Christmas at Grouse Mountain
North Vancouver

 
Nov 24 2017 - Jan 7 2018
Sea to Sky - The Spirit of Christmas
Squamish


Holiday Traditions at the Vancouver Aquarium
Vancouver


Nov 25 2017 - Jan 5 2018
Burnaby Village Museum's Heritage Christmas
Burnaby


Nov 25 2017 - Jan 21 2018
Lights at Lafarge
Coquitlam


Nov 30 2017 - Jan 1 2018
Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park
Vancouver


Dec 1 2017 - Dec 15 2017
27th Annual Christmas in Williams Park
Langley


Dec 1 2017 - Dec 31 2017
Park & Tilford Hi-Light Festival
North Vancouver

 
Dec 1 2017 - Jan 7 2018
Festival of Lights 2017
Vancouver

 
Dec 1 2017 - Feb 28 2018
Robson Square Ice Rink
Vancouver


Dec 2 2017 - Dec 10 2017
Holiday Balloon Display Extravaganza
Vancouver

 
Dec 2 2017 - Dec 20 2017
Timberline Country Christmas 2017
Maple Ridge

 
Dec 2 2017 - Jan 5 2018
Dundarave Festival of Lights
West Vancouver

 
Dec 7 2017
Yule Duel 2017
Vancouver

 
Dec 8 2017 - Dec 16 2017
Loft Country Christmas
Langley


Dec 8 2017 - Jan 7 2018
Christmas Train at Bear Creek Park
Surrey

 

 
Dec 9 2017
Carol Ships Shoreside Celebration
North Vancouver

 
Dec 9 2017 - Jan 2 2018
Holiday Heights at Bloedel Conservatory
Vancouver

 
Dec 15 2017 - Jan 21 2018
Chinese Lantern Festival
Vancouver

 
Dec 16 2017
CP Holiday Train in Maple Ridge
Maple Ridge

CP Holiday Train in Pitt Meadows
Pitt Meadows

Winter Fest 2017
Surrey


 
Dec 17 2017
CP Holiday Train in Port Coquitlam
Port Coquitlam

CP Holiday Train in Port Moody
Port Moody


 
Dec 22 2017
Lights at Lafarge Winter Lights Display, Jingle Bells Night
Coquitlam

 
Dec 22 2017 - Dec 30 2017
A Fort Langley Christmas
Fort Langley

 
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 7 2018
Winter Ice Palace
Cloverdale, Surrey

 

Lots more Christmas events, be sure to check out the event section!

Find that Perfect Christmas Tree and Visit a Local Tree Farm!

One of my favorite family activities at Christmas is to search for the "perfect" Christmas tree. Well our version of perfect, every year its fun to decide which one we like the best, and using a saw they provide we cut it down to bring home. The smell is amazing and we take a little pride enjoying it when its up as we got to pick the tree. Love it! Here are some great local Christmas Tree Farms, be sure to check one out and start your own tradition!

 
 
Chilliwack
 
Woodsong Christmas Trees - Over 10,000 Trees!
Chilliwack
 
Fort Langley
 
Fort Langley
 
 
Langley
 
Langley
 
Langley
 
Langley  
 
Langley
 
Maple Ridge 
 
Maple Ridge
 
Mission  
 
Diane's Christmas Tree Farm 
Mission

North Vancouver
 
Richmond
 
South Surrey  
 
Surrey
 
Vancouver (Dec 15&16 Only)


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