You're only as old as you feel - and these carefree adventures are a guaranteed gas for kids of all ages. Round up the family, let down your hair and get ready for a rip-roaring time.
Dig out your eyepatch for Pirate Adventures. Johnny Depp taught us that pirates are cool no matter what your age, and this hands-on adventure at Granville Island lets you step into a swashbuckling fantasy. Once aboard the 50-foot ship, your clan will don pirate gear and get "tattooed" before solving treasure map riddles, manning the (water) cannons, fending off a mutiny and singing shanteys while sipping "grog". Be forewarned: dead men tell no tales.
Get your blood pumping with Cycle City Tours. Nothing brings together families like food and fresh air, and Cycle City Tours has combined the two with a self-guided culinary cycling tour. Your clan can pick up bikes at the company's new downtown shop, chat with staff to plan your outing, and take along a map with two routes featuring more than 20 food stops across the city ranging from Les Ami du Fromage (local and international cheeses) to Krocodile Pear (raw juice). For a more structured spin, sign up for one of Cycle City's group tours - and don't forget your camera.
Scare yourself silly at the Vancouver Aquarium. Goliath groupers, mako sharks and the heaviest bony fish in the world - it's a monstrous world out there, and the Vancouver Aquarium's Sea Monsters Revealed exhibit lays out the bare bones. While kids get up-close-and-personal to this exhibit's plastinated specimens, adults can explore the history of scientific discovery that helped dispel the monster myth. Sea Monsters Revealed runs through September 2015.
Indulge your inner dramatist at Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival. We've waited all year "with bated breath" (The Merchant of Venice), and Bard on the Beach has finally released its performance lineup: The Comedy of Errors, King Lear, Love's Labour's Lost and Shakespeare's Rebel. "Wear your heart on your sleeve" (Othello) and treat your kids to a waterfront show in Vanier Park - after spending the day touring the nearby Museum of Vancouver, Vancouver Maritime Museum and HR MacMillan Space Centre. And because there's never "too much of a good thing" (As You Like It), Bard offers a slew of additional family-friendly entertainment, including a beach barbecue with fireworks, symphony performances, and - for the grownups - wine-down Wednesdays. "The game is afoot" (Henry IV, Part I)!