Ten Family Friendly Vancouver Activities

  1. Check out the huge free waterpark at Granville Island (www.granvilleisland.com) then dry off in the nearby Kids Market. In late May, this is also the home of the International Children’s Festival (www.childrensfestival.ca).

  3. Hit Science World at TELUS World of Science (www.scienceworld.ca) for a plethora of hands-on activities, including blowing giant soap bub-bles, playing a piano with your feet and freezing your shadow on a wall

  5. Sway across the Capilano River at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park (www.capbridge.com), complete with a towering rope bridge, rainforest nature trails and Cliffwalk, a walkway clinging to the canyon’s steep rock face

  7. Head to idyllic Kitsilano Beach for a day of sunny fun. Younger kids can beachcomb and hit the playground, while teens can sample the swimming pool or tennis courts

  9. Stroll from Kits Beach to nearby Vanier Park, complete with the Muse-um of Vancouver (www.museumofvancouver.ca), Vancouver Maritime Museum (www.vancouvermaritimemuseum.com) and H.R. MacMillan Space Centre (www.hrmacmillanspacecentre.com).

  11. Heading across Burrard Inlet by SeaBus or travelling around the city by SkyTrain are highlights for many visiting kids – try for a seat at the front of a SkyTrain and they’ll feel like they’re driving (www.translink.ca)

  13. Visit Maplewood Farm (www.maplewoodfarm.bc.ca) where kids can take a close-up look at 200 farm animals and birds, pet the bunnies and pat the horses. Spring is a favourite time - that's when the baby animals are born.

  15. Ogle the aquatic menagerie at the highly popular Vancouver Aquarium (www.vanaqua.org), where behind-the-scenes trainer tours are also available

  17. Discover what life was really like for the region’s cannery workers at the kid-tastic Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Steveston (www.gulfofgeorgiacannery.com) or visit Fort Langley National Historic Site, where kids (and adults) can pan for gold.

  19. Let you kids run, jump and tumble at the BC Sports Hall of Fame (www.bcsportshalloffame.com), where the activities are just as popular as the displays of sporting memorabilia