Located next to (or maybe it’s considered part of) Centennial Park in Burnaby is an awesome railroad built and run by volunteers who love trains! I was surprised that for $2.50 you could take a ten minute ride around the track. Children under three are free. There are picnic tables and a concession stand, it would be a perfect place for a summer birthday party. Check it out!
Another new pool is Killarney, situated at 49 and Kerr caters to the east side of Vancouver. It’s smaller then Hillcrest but it does have a slide (both a large one and also a smaller baby slide). The kids pool is not as separate, they do have a lap pool but they also have roped off lanes in the kid area.
There are tones of toys and floating devices, there is never any waiting time for them. There is also a floaty boat which is very cool. They offer lessons and public swims.
The only downside is the change rooms. If you go during the week you risk going when the gym class at the high school is there which wouldn’t be a problem except they clog up ye change room and they also tend to change in the bathrooms where the change tables are so I’ve had to change my baby on the benches which is a bit of a pain.
One more thing, the water is a bit warmer in the play pool which is perfect for little ones! Overall a great family pool.
Built a couple years ago to replace the aged Percy Norman pool, Hillcrest is certainly much better! There is a lazy river, diving boards, lots of toys, a lap pool and in the summer there is an outdoor pool with spray park (the spray park is over-run with big kids and not as great to bring little ones to).
After your swim you can now get a coffee and a snack at their cafe. They have swimming lessons and birthday parties too. When I was a kid, you’d go to the pool then back to a friend’s house for the cake but at Hillcrest they have a party room! Yay, no clean up!
Okay, first thing I notice as I post this is that I drink too much coffee! But enough about me, onto this awesome new bakery cafe I discovered on the west side called Beaucoup Bakery and Cafe. I think it’s a toss up between French and Italian coffee but the French definitely win over the baked goods category!
All their food looks delicious, it’s hard to choose between a savory scone and a sweet pain au chocolat! And any place that serves drinking chocolate must be alright! For children, they have high chairs so although its not as great as some places that provide toys, it’s better than most in that you don’t have to balance your little one on your lap while trying to keep them from knocking over your hot drink!
They’re open Tuesday to Sunday (closed Monday) 7-6 during the week and 8-5 on the weekend and they’re located at 2150 Fir St.
Find out more and check out their menu here!