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5 Playgrounds Worth The Trip In & Around Vancouver

A wondrous slide at the Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment in Richmond. Image Credit: Lisa Voormeij

A wondrous slide at the Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment in Richmond. Image Credit: Lisa Voormeij

With sunnier and warmer days bound to increase, plus longer daylight hours, the little ones want to get outside almost as much as the parents do. We’ve rounded up 5 playgrounds in and around Vancouver that are worth venturing out a little farther than our own neighbourhood for. So pack the snacks and hit the road to one of these great spots in the Lower Mainland.

5 Playgrounds Worth the Trip in & around Vancouver

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Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade 2015

Image: Jakub Ha?un

Image: Jakub Ha?un

Baaa. It’s the year of the ram. You can celebrate the wooly mascot at the annual Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade on Sunday, February 22, 2015. Over 50,000 people come out every year for the vibrant event which includes 3,000 participants such as cultural dance troupes, marching bands and martial arts experts. The lion dancing, in particular, is a sight not to be missed. The event is free to attend and starts at 11am at the Chinatown gate. We’ve included the map below. In case you weren’t aware, our Chinatown is the largest in Canada. We support every effort to keep the historic  ‘hood relevant in the face of suburban flight. If you don’t feel like braving the crowds or the weather, you can still join in: they’ll broadcast it on Shaw TV live and again at 9pm. Read more…

Free Family Fun this Long Weekend in Kits

Meet one of the 100 free-flying birds at the Bloedel Conservatory. Image Credit: Vandusengarden.org

Meet one of the 100 free-flying birds at the Bloedel Conservatory. Image Credit: Vandusengarden.org

This weekend is a long weekend due to that newish Family Day statutory holiday on Monday, February 9th. There are lots of free or almost free events happening nearby to make the most of a likely rainy few days. Check out the Winter Wander event in our Kitsilano neighbourhood, the Robson Square Ice Rink will be offering free skating with free skate rentals, plus we have a host of other activities listed below. Have fun!

Free Family Fun this Long Weekend in Kits

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6 Kitsilano Attractions for $5 at Winter Wander This Family Day Weekend

winter wander 2015Vanier Park is the place to be this Saturday, February 7, for a day of music, history, science and art at the fourth annual Winter Wander celebration. A $5 admission covers entry to The Museum of Vancouver (MOV), H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Vancouver Maritime Museum, Academy of Music, and the City of Vancouver Archives. And, there will be live performances by Vancouver Academy of Music students and Bard on the Beach’s Young Shakespeareans, face painting, prize draws and food trucks.  Here are the details: Read more…

Where to Watch Super Bowl XLIX in Kitsilano?

superbowl-xlix_home_pageThis is it. It’s down to one game. Super Bowl XLIX takes place this Sunday, February 1. So where are you going to watch the Seahawks take on the Patriots?

Even if you really like your couch, the beery, brunch-y camaraderie of a pub full of roaring fans adds an undeniable thrill. Pub viewing also gives you the chance to debate the merits of Super Bowl commercials with a stranger.

Here are a few places to watch Super Bowl XLIX in Kitsilano. Tell us where you’re going to watch by commenting below! Read more…

Build Your Children’s Library at Kidsbooks’ Annual Sale

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Natalia Makarenko Website: natamakart.com. Image: Plum leaves.

Kidsbooks, the independent bookstore on Broadway devoted to young readers, is hosting its annual 20% off Sale January 22 – 25. This Kitsilano institution has an awesome selection of books for kids, teens and parents, as well as fun and educational games, crafts and toys. A super place to stock up on great reads any time of the year, it’s even better during their sale. Read more…

5 Things to Do In and Around Kits this Weekend

Tom Brady Image: Wikipedia Commons

Tom Brady Image: Wikipedia Commons

Step out of the dreary fog and into a warm, inviting spot in our neighbourhood for some great food, entertainment, and fun this weekend. From watching NFL playoffs in good company to live music at MOV, here are 5 things to do in and around Kits this weekend.

5 Things to Do In and Around Kits this Weekend

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4 Last Minute New Year’s Eve Ideas for All Ages

Rocky Mountain Flatbread Pizza

How about some pizza from Rocky Mountain Flatbread on New Year’s Eve?

Missed out on those Mount Seymour or Chambar NYE tickets? Don’t despair, and no need to stay home either. Here are 4 last minute NYE ideas for all ages, two of which are in our lovely Kitsilano neighbourhood.

4 Last Minute New Year’s Eve Ideas

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5 Best Displays of Christmas Lights in Vancouver

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There’s a little more than two weeks until Christmas. At this point, you’re either smugly looking at a closet full of gifts and patting yourself on the back, or realizing that the holidays are approaching at turbo speed and you haven’t yet caught the Christmas spirit. In our humble opinion, the best when to get in the mood is to bask in the sparkle of a gorgeous light display. Here are the 5 best displays  of Christmas lights in Vancouver to make your season bright. Read more…