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Because Vancouver has its share of rainy days, indoor activity options are essential.
Science World: Satiating curious minds for 2 decades, Science World is an iconic structure on Vancouver’s skyline (like for the big round ball), and it serves as a lively and interesting way to spend an afternoon. Interactive exhibits are a crowd favourite. www.scienceworld.ca/creativityinmotion
Vancouver Art Gallery: Spend the day exploring the gallery’s extensive collection of BC art as well as visiting exhibits from the world’s most prominent gallery. Photography, paintings, sculptures, drawings and video are just some of the mediums used. www.vanartgallery.bc.ca
Bloedel Conservatory: Step into the tropics at this lush conservatory at Queen Elizabeth Park. Squawking birds, hundreds of exotic plant species and warm, humid air are a welcome respite on a cold day. http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/bloedel-conservatory.aspx
UBC Tennis Centre: The only public indoor tennis court in the city is a super fun place to spend an afternoon. Private or semi-private lessons are available and courts must be booked in advance (rates are hourly and vary by day/time). www.tennis.ubc.ca
Richmond Olympic Oval: Built for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, this suburban sports complex features dozens of activities and 2 Olympic-sized ice rinks. Drop-ins are welcome for hockey, ice skating, rock climbing, track, fitness classes, yoga and Pilates. Childminding is available by reservation. http://richmondoval.ca
Vancouver Aquarium: With indoor and outdoor areas (tented on rainy days) – the Vancouver Aquarium is home to thousands of species, from the curious to the adorable. Mixing education with up-close looks at rare animals (like African penguins), this is the place to experience a bit of the deep blue sea. http://www.vanaqua.org