Come on out for the West Side Family Place Annual Fundraiser October 23

wsfp-fundraiserCome out and enjoy a comedy improv evening at the Vancouver Theatre Sports League in support of West Side Family Place on October 23.

West Side Family Place will hold its 9th Annual Fall Frenzy Gala to raise funds for its early childhood learning programs and family support services. The evening will be filled with laughter, canapés, drinks, fundraising raffle, live and silent auction, and a hilarious show by the talented improv performers of Vancouver Theatre Sports League. Tickets are still available, cost $40 and can be purchased directly from Family Place,

Why get involved? West Side Family Place is the only dedicated family resource center on Vancouver’s west side helping families meet new friends, gain a sense of community and get support so they can raise happy, healthy children. Located in the heart of Kitsilano at McDonald and 11th Avenue, more than 20,000 adults and young children visit each year to take part in programs, education events, and the busy Drop-In program every week day.

West Side Family Place,  2819 West 11th Avenue, 604 738 2818,

5 Ways to Make Thanksgiving in Vancouver More Meaningful


Thanksgiving 2014 falls on Monday, October 13. As much fun as it is to stockpile ingredients for the feast, it’s not all about the bird.

Feeling blah about tweaking recipes and exalting the family’s wannabe chef? Here are 5 ways to imbue Thanksgiving with a little more meaning.

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Free Admission to Science World This Weekend, Sept. 27-28


If the rather hefty admission price ($15.25-$25.50) has stopped you from visiting Science World, now’s the time to head on over. It’s the kick-off weekend for Around the Dome Science Festival, a a month-long science festival that celebrates all of the amazing science and technology here in our community.

The science festival is being launched with a family-friendly Community Science Celebration that’s FREE for everyone. Thanks to support from Genome British Columbia and BC Hydro, admission to Science World at TELUS World of Science for the Community Science Celebration this coming Saturday and Sunday (September 27 and 28) is FREE! During the Community Science Celebration, local businesses, organisations and innovators will be profiled, so that we can share and experience the innovation in science and technology that exists right in our own backyard. Read more…

Exploring Kitsilano’s Neighbours, Part 1: West Point Grey

Pacific Spirit Park trail

Pacific Spirit Park trail

This weekend, venture out west. To West Point Grey to be exact. With its eastern boundary beginning at Alma Street, the West Point Grey (or Point Grey for short) neighbourhood is a pleasant stroll or short drive/ride away for many Kits residents. Here’s our guide on what to see, eat, and buy in this affluent, well-established section of Vancouver.

Exploring Kitsilano’s Neighbours, Part 1: West Point Grey

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Why You May Want to Abandon Kits Beach Playground for this Amazing New $1 Million Playground in Richmond


In 2010, the Kitsilano Beach playground was the new cool kid of Vancouver play spaces. A legacy of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, it’s the city’s largest fully accessible playground and the rotating climber and saucer swings are super fun. A couple thousand illegal cigarette butts later, plus overcrowding, and proximity to the young adult meat market, and many neighbourhood moms are willing to make the trek to another neighbourhood.

Where are they heading? The new $1 million playground Terra Nova in Richmond is the one to visit.

Designed by Vancouver’s Hapa Collaborative, this magical wonderland is the result of over decade of planning. The play landscape is inspired by the environment of the parkland on a middle arm of the Fraser River. The design includes an jaw-dropping spiral slide, a treehouse, meadow maze, zip line, and a “log jam” climbing structure that is meant to be like the classic West coast experience of walking on logs. Read more…

A Tale of Two BC Apple Festivals


Every year, we cover the annual fall UBC Apple Festival. This year, we’re bringing you even more fall harvest goodness and more access to tasty apple pies.

UBC Apple Festival takes place October 18-19, 2014. But there’s another apple festival on our radar. The Salt Spring Island Apple Festival takes place September 28, 2014. It’s a little farther afield and totally worth the trip. Salt Spring has been growing apples since 1860. Today over 350 varieties of organic apples grow on the island.

Details on the festivals are below. You don’t have to choose. They’re on different weekends. Why not hit up both? Read more…

3 Family Friendly Events in Vancouver this Weekend

Southlands Country Fair

Southlands Country Fair

Summer is refusing to give into the next season and this weekend’s forecast will certainly prove its defiance. Sure, you could head on down to the beach but consider venturing out of our Kitsilano neighbourhood to check out some other interesting areas. Here are 3 family friendly events this weekend to do just that.

3 Family Friendly Events this Weekend

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5 Fun and Educational Classes for Kids in Kitsilano

Finger paint


The official public school year has started in Kitsilano (even with no-one actually attending school due to the continuing BC teacher’s strike). With that, a host of fun and educational classes are available starting this week for kids of all ages.

We’ve compiled a list here that is mostly aimed towards preschoolers or younger, though there are some options for older kids that may have some “free” time on their hands right now. Check the accompanying website links for further choices.

5 Fun and Educational Classes for Kids in Vancouver

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Pregnancy Shopping Guide for Kitsilano

Find nursery decor ideas at Stepback on West Broadway

Find vintage nursery decor ideas at Stepback on West Broadway

In September, more babies are born than in any other month of the year. Must have something to do with that wintery, romantic December month… Whether you are expecting next month or next year, or have a friend of family member who is, Kitsilano is the perfect place to shop for all that mom and baby require. Here’s our round up:

Pregnancy Shopping Guide for Kitsilano

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