If you are visiting Vancouver’s North Shore this Spring, here are some ideas for fun indoor and outdoor family activities for children of all ages. They say families that play together stay together, so let the fun begin.
Spring – Outdoor Activities
Visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge
The Capilano Suspension Bridge is a very popular Vancouver attraction. Get outdoors and experience thrills at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, which also includes Cliffwalk and the Treetop Adventure. There is lots of space for children explore. BC residents enjoy unlimited admission to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park for one full year from date of purchase. Ask about this offer when you are purchasing your tickets. Admission Rates.
Address: 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver
Hours: 9am to 5pm, 9am to 6pm after to March 11th
Visit Maplewood Farm
Plan a visit to Maplewood Farm with your family to see the latest spring-time arrivals – a must-see attraction for kids of all ages. The last remaining farm on the North Shore, with goats, rabbits, cows, sheep, pigs, chickens, ducks, donkeys and ponies. There are over 200 animals and birds. There is a covered picnic shelter where you can eat your lunch.
You can get up close with the goats in the petting areas. You can feed the ducks and the rabbits, so don’t forget to bring some bunny food along (hot tip: they prefer anything but carrots!). Duck food can be purchased at the entrance with your admission tickets.
Address: 405 Seymour River Place, North Vancouver
Hours: 10am to 4pm daily (Closed Mondays March 7 & 28)
Admission: Adults (17-54): $7.80; seniors children (over 19 months): $4.70.
Visit Lynn Canyon Park
Lynn Canyon Park is home to the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge and the Lynn Valley Ecology Centre. Lynn Canyon Park is a great place for some fun family hiking in the rainforest. You can start off you hike by crossing the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge which hangs 50 metres (167 feet) above the beautiful clear pools and rivers of Lynn Creek. No admission fee.
There are no shortage of parks and playgrounds to explore on Vancouver’s North Shore. Kids will enjoy the playgrounds at Cates Park in North Vancouver, and John Lawson Park in West Vancouver. Rice Lake in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park is also a nice place for a family walk.
Be sure to stop by the End of the Line General Store, locate at the top of Lynn Valley Road in North Vancouver. This is a great spot to fuel up before or after your outdoor adventures in Lynn Valley.
Take A Public Art Tour
North Vancouver is home to over 100 public works of art spread across the North Shore. Public art can be found in libraries, along nature trails and public walkways, in parks and shopping plazas. Each piece is an original, one-of-a-kind work that is specifically created to reflect and express North Vancouver’s local heritage, culture and environment. Take a free self-guided public art tour in North Vancouver.
Are you into geocaching? This modern day treasure hunting is a popular way to explore new areas. Why not play a game of Geocache hide and seek a with the family. FREE
The North Vancouver’s Arts Office has combined the thrill of the hunt with a celebration of public art with their series of Public Art caches. There are currently 11 active caches hidden in areas across the North Shore, surrounded by wonderful examples of public art. All you need is a GPS (the one on your phone works just fine), access to the geocaching website for the coordinates and clues and swag for trading.
Fun in the Snow
How about a little fun in the snow? Grouse Mountain, Mt Seymour and Cypress Mountain all usually stay open into April. So now you just need to pick your activity: skiing or snowboarding, snowshoeing, tubing or sliding.
Spring – Indoor Activities
Maybe it’s too rainy or you are just too tired from all your outdoor adventures. Not too worry we have plenty of fun indoor activities to keep you entertained.
Visit the Artists for Kids Gallery
The Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art in North Vancouver is home to the acclaimed Artists for Kids Gallery. The Artists for Kids program has been acquiring masterworks from Canada’s leading artists for more than 20 years.
Address: 2121 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Hours: Wednesday to Saturday 12-5pm (Closed March 25 & 26)
Suggested donation: $5/adult and youth/kids are free.
The West Vancouver Aquatic Centre has a leisure pool with warm water, fountains and a lazy river, water slide, a wibit inflatable obstacle course (check schedule), lap pool, diving boards and hot tubs. With all the fun features and warm water, this pool is probably the favourite with children of the North Shore. Check the public swim schedule
There are three North Vancouver Recreation Centre pools. All of these pools will offer hours of family fun during public swim. Karen Magnussen has a wave pool (during public swim), hot tub, preschool play area, gradual walk-in entry to the pool where kids can play in the shallow water. Harry Jerome has a pool (25m), waterslide and hot tub. Ron Andrews has a pool (37m), hot tub, rock climbing wall, diving boards, rope swing and a shallow end with lots of play toys during public swim. Check the public swim schedule.
Play Laser Tag
The Laserdome in North Vancouver offers indoor entertainment for all ages with laser tag, rock climbing, Light Space room and a jungle gym play area. Reservations are recommended, but walk-ins are also accepted. The Laserdome is located at 2455 Dollarton Hwy in North Vancouver. Phone: 604-985-6033.
See a Movie
If your kids would like to see a movie, there are two movie theatres in North Vancouver.
Try Indoor Rock Climbing
Is your child interested in indoor rock climbing? There are two places your kids can try rock climbing in North Vancouver.
The Edge Climbing Centre in North Vancouver offers kids climbing programs during spring break. The Edge is committed to providing a high-level instructional progression for young climbers. These programs require you to pre-register.
Address: #2-1485 Welch Street, North Vancouver
The Hive Climbing Gym offers a variety of programs to suit all ages. Young climbers will not only have fun exploring the fundamentals of climbing movement and athleticism, but also be guided to set meaningful goals, deal with success and failure, and discover the value of commitment and perseverance.
Address: #140-2270 Dollarton Hwy, North Vancouver
The Laserdome in North Vancouver has a rock climbing wall with 14 different auto-belay ropes, which allows all ages to enjoy a safe experience. This is a drop-in facility.
Address: 2455 Dollarton Hwy, North Vancouver
Indoor Play Centres
Go Bananas Playcenter is a multi-level soft indoor playground. Fun for children 12 months – 12 years of age. Probably better suited to kids in the younger end of the spectrum. All children must wear socks! Go Bananas is located on the second floor at Capilano Mall in North Vancouver.
Address #200-935 Marine Drive, North Vancouver