What are the best kids’ activities in Vancouver?

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Stéphane Mouttet
  • Stéphane Mouttet

  • Chef Concierge, Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver

  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The HR MacMillan Space Centre located in Kitsilano allows you to discover the wonders of space. Kids can participate in live science demonstrations at Ground Station Canada as well as enjoy shows in a surround screen theatre. Gaze at the stars from the observatory. This is the perfect place for a unique experience.

The Telus World of Science is located 5 minutes away by Skytrain from the Downtown.  This landmark opened 20 years ago for Expo 86 and it is home to hundreds of interactive exhibits in five unique galleries.  The Omnimax Theatre is the perfect place for a family.

Playland is Greater Vancouver’s amusement park and fair. Every year since 1910, from June to September, Playland is open and showcases a variety of rides, games and food. The Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) runs from the middle of August to the beginning of September and features free concerts (with admission to The Fair), dog shows, children’s events, petting zoos, and much more!

Carolyn B. Heller

Vancouver has a very good science museum, Science World, as well as a popular aquarium, the Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park. Most kids enjoy a ride on the cute mini ferries that cross False Creek; you can get to Science World on the ferry or visit Granville Island where you can stop for snacks and check out the Kids Market. Grouse Mountain has lots of family activities, from skiing, snowboarding, and hiking, to a bear and wolf sanctuary, to a lumberjack show. Another fun family activity is to rent bikes and ride the flat seawall path around Stanley Park, and on a summer day, you can take the kids to any of the city’s sandy beaches. If you’re in town with the family in May, don’t miss the annual Vancouver International Children’s Festival.

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