What to do with kids in Vancouver, British Columbia, including B.C. hotels, restaurants and fun activities.
Vancouver Airport with Kids: Play Areas and More
Whether you’re flying in or out of Vancouver International Airport (YVR) in British Columbia, you’ll find plenty to do with kids. I love the diversity of offerings. Where else can you find an outdoor park, a play area, a hands-on observation deck and an on-site airport aquarium? There’s so many fun activities, you almost want to book a trip just to play. Here’s a full map of the Vancouver Airport. Things to Do with Kids at the Vancouver Airport What should you do while visiting the Vancouver Airport as a family? Well, you won’t be bored (probably), with options that include art exhibits, observation areas, an aquarium, shopping for candy…
Seattle Cat Cafes and Vancouver Cat Cafes
I first visited a cat cafe in Tokyo, and was so happy when cat cafes started popping up in the Pacific Northwest. I mean, what’s better for adults or children than making small talk with a cat while drinking a cappuccino? Okay, maybe cappuccinos + kids don’t mix. Hot chocolate or ice cream is a better idea. A few things to know before you go to a cat cafe (with or without kids): Cats are cats. They may interact with you or they may just ignore you. Frantic, needy behavior tends to spook kitties. Remember: Cats needs to sleep up to 18 hours a day, much like a newborn. Like…
No Hotel Rooms? No Problem.
I’ve recently been contacted by readers, despairing that my top hotel picks are either priced out of reach or unavailable for the upcoming summer.Â Family hotels in Portland, Victoria, Vancouver and Seattle are booked solid, sold out and too expensive! Well, no surprise — I’ve dealt withÂ the same situation, even as a travel writer. Here’s what I typically do when faced with sold-out hotel rooms, a planned trip and kids. 1. Set up in the suburbs.Â Now, some suburbs are better than others. For example, many suburbs of Vancouver offerÂ the SkyTrain option into downtown Vancouver, so I’ll look for hotels near the SkyTrain.Â Portland offers thisÂ as well. Seattle is still working on getting…
Sea Monsters, Star Wars and SNOT: This summer’s museum attractions for families
If making plans for summer, check out these new and upcoming kid-friendly museum exhibits in Seattle, Vancouver or Bend — the exhibits may inspireÂ a day trip, weekend excursion or week-long adventure. Sea Monsters Revealed Vancouver Aquarium. Vancouver, BC. March 5 to September 7, 2015 From now through the end of summer, discover what lies beneath the sea’s deepest reaches, where few humans have ventured. Sea Monsters Revealed uses plastination (seen in many human anatomy exhibits) to preserveÂ theÂ bodies of deep-sea creatures and ocean oddities, including a mako shark and a car-sized sunfish. GROSSOLOGY:Â The (Impolite) Science Of The Human Body Pacific Science Center. Seattle, Washington. June 20 to September 7, 2015 Two…
Vancouver’s Aquatic Centre at Hillcrest Park
In British Columbia, Vancouverâ€™s winter rains can make a Stanley Park visit dreary and walking the seawall with a toddler sheer drudgery. But in East Vancouver’sÂ Riley Park neighborhood, The Aquatic Centre at HillcrestÂ ParkÂ is the perfect way for a family to splash away the doldrums. This 66,500 square foot water zone — and Olympic legacy facility — is nowÂ the largest pool in Vancouver, and includes a 70-person hot tub, separate dive and 50-meter lap swim tanks (with moveable floors), plus a lazy river and children’s area with playful fountains, showers and toys. The depth of the childrenâ€™s pools is under 1 meter (a little over three feet), but thereâ€™s a zero-depth…