Vancouver is a great family-friendly city. With its perfect mix of museums, attractions, and natural surroundings, kids definitely won’t be bored. Here are some of the best activities in the Greater Vancouver Area that the entire family will enjoy.
A top attraction in North Vancouver, Maplewood Farm offers a “truly rural experience, among the expanding city limits, with a wonderful collection of over 200 domestic and friendly farm animals and birds.” Some of the farm animals calling Maplewood Farm home include a donkey, rabbits, sheep, cows, pigs, horses, and goats. Children can pet and feed some of the animals and meet the farmhands. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy in the farm’s picnic area too.
Maplewood Farm, 405 Seymour River Place, North Vancouver, BC, Canada, +1 604 929 5610
Vanier Park lies between Kits Beach and Granville Island and is home to both breathtaking views and a lot of family-friendly fun; there’s even a large grassed area that’s perfect for flying kites or enjoying a picnic. Three of Vancouver’s top museums reside in Vanier Park: H.R. Macmillan Space Centre, the Maritime Museum, and the Museum of Vancouver. The Space Centre features both a planetarium and observatory, which is great for kids. The Museum of Vancouver is also Canada’s largest civic museum.
Playland is Vancouver’s only theme park, so of course, it had to make this list! It has an excellent selection of over 30 rides, games, and attractions, which are suitable for the entire family. Atmosfear, where people in swings are lifted 66.5 meters (218 feet) in the air, is a popular ride with teenagers. The ride spins you around at 70 kilometers per hour (43.4 mph)! Built in 1958, the Wooden Roller Coast is Playland’s most historic attraction. There’s also Flume, which is a wet ride that the whole family will enjoy.
Playland at the PNE, 2901 E Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada, +1 604 253 2311
Finally, while there are the beaches at Stanley Park, Kitsilano Beach (known as Kits Beach locally) is the most popular. It is large and surrounded by a lot of open green park space. There’s also Kitsilano Pool, which is Vancouver’s only salt-water swimming pool. Located right next to the beach, it’s a great place for families. Kits Beach is also conveniently located just around the corner from Vanier Park and Granville Island. Combining activities makes for a perfect family-friendly day out!