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Hunkered down at home with the baby during these annual downpours? Here are ten fun, developmentally stimulating activities in Kitsilano to sign up for this spring. They are all especially suited for those wee ones not quite running mini-marathons throughout the house. Visit the corresponding websites for more details on dates, times, and registration.
1. Water Babies
Aquaventures swimming lessons are perfect for first timers because of the smaller class sizes and warmer water temperatures, compared to most community centre pools. Classes safely introduce the fun of water, while providing some exercise and socialization for both baby and parent.
Aquaventures, 1630 West 5th Avenue, 604-736-7946, Aquaventuresswim.com
2. Jamming Sessions
Music Together offers a comfortable environment in which to sing songs, explore various instruments, and meet other parents – musical talent not required!
Kitsilano Community Centre, 2690 Larch Street, 778-829-6651, Westsidemusictogether.ca
Re-discover favourite Dr. Seuss classics and get introduced to new children’s books during storytime at the local library.
Kitsilano branch of the Vancouver Public Library, 2425 Macdonald Street, 604-665-3976, Vpl.ca
4. Stroller Bootcamp
Bring out your biggest, baddest buggy to this Fit 4 Two exercise class for a full body workout with an inspiring outdoor backdrop.
Kitsilano Beach, 604-602-1546, Fit4two.ca
5. Parent & Tot Time
Drop-in group for art activities, outdoor play, and reading via the Kitsilano Neighbourhood House.
St. Mark’s Church, 1805 Larch Street, 604-736-3588, Kitshouse.org
6. Urban Petting Zoo
Meet the horses, catch a free ranging chicken if you can, and hear mason bees buzzing around at this farm just outside of Kits.
Southlands Heritage Farm, 6767 Balaclava Street, 604-261-1295, Southlandsfarms.com
7. Salsa Babies
Get into shape together with your little one and learn the basic steps to popular Latin dances. Maracas provided.
Kitsilano Community Centre, 2690 Larch Street, 604-257-6976, Kitscc.com
8. Mom & Baby Bootcamp
High energy indoor workout class focussed on cardio and strength training.
Kitsilano Community Centre, 2690 Larch Street, 604-257-6976, Fit4two.ca
9. Baby Signing
Communication problems with your pre-verbal little miss or mr grumpy? Learn some basic American Sign Language through song and play.
Kitsilano Community Centre, 2690 Larch Street, 604-257-6976, Signingbabies.ca
10. Mom & Baby Spin and Strength
Indoor cycling workout class, while your baby sleeps (hopefully) to the soothing hum of these rainy-day cardio machines.
Kitsilano Community Centre, 2690 Larch Street, 604-602-1546, Fit4two.ca
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