Today, I have a fun giveaway for Vancouver-bound readers and Vancouver parents! Even if you haven’t gone to Vancouver, BC recently, I’ll bet you’ll want to — if you win this. I’ve pulled together a $10 gift certificate and a four-pack of admission tix to two great Vancouver attractions for families, and they’re both in my book, Northwest Kid Trips: Portland, Seattle, Victoria, Vancouver as well.
Dandelion Kids is a hip little kids’ store on Commercial (or “The Drive”) Ave, nestled among cafes, restaurants and funky boutique. I like visiting whenever I’m in town, because the owners are super-picky about their finds and always stock something I’ve never seen before, whether Canadian-made or imported.
I particularly like the toys and baby items – and it’s a great place to stop for a gift. Last year, my son picked out a swanky cowboy hat that looked like it had just fallen off Roy Roger’s head.
I suggest stopping to spend your $10 gift certificate at Dandelion, then heading out to VanDusen Botanical Garden to redeem your four-pack of admission tickets.
VanDusen is a lovely Vancouver destination – Vancouver’s answer to Victoria’s Butchart Gardens. Far too many families skip this gem – including my own! We’d been over a dozen times before we went – and my husband said, “Why haven’t we been here before? This is great.”
At VanDusen, kids love the hedge maze, pond fountains (don’t jump in, kids), huge grass lawns, roses and hydrangeas, funky sculpted bushes and sheltering trees. There’s even engaging family programming, if you time your visit right.
The only trick with these tix? They’re only good in July, and not good for special events. So you need to use ‘em up quick! But the summer gardens are open until 9 p.m., and I highly recommend an evening walk in the cool air. It’s a great way to wind down before bedtime.
How to enter? Leave a comment below and let me know whether you’re planning to visit Vancouver or if you’re a Vancouver resident. That’s it!
Good luck. Entries must be in by noon, June 29, and I’ll draw the winner that afternoon.
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