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!
Today we decided to take a trip to the central branch of the library and I just found out that every Wednesday at the Vancouver Public Library at 3:30pm they have a family sing-along! What fun! Families and kids of all ages are invited down to the children’s section of the library for a half hour of singing fun! I hope to see you there next week. Best part is, its free!!
Check out the VPL’s website for more information.
Can you believe 2013 is only two days away??? I know I can’t! This year we lucked out and a friend of ours is throwing a family friendly New Years Eve party complete with crafts for kids, blow up mattresses for them to crash on and fun times for the adults, but most years we’re left wondering, what can we do that includes kids in the festivities? If you still don’t have plans and are looking for something fun to do that includes everyone, read on and cross your fingers for no rain!
This year the city of Vancouver is hosting a family friendly celebration at Robson Square. There will be music (live dj starting at 8pm), entertainment, ice skating and a countdown at 7pm and 9pm to accommodate the earlier bedtimes. To find out more, visit the event page.
Happy New Year everyone! See you in 2013.