Last call for Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival

Image: Terra Breads

Image: Terra Breads

Time is running out for Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival 2016. If you have a sweet tooth, act fast. You can still sip delicious hot chocolate-themed creations and all their decadent accessories now through February 14 at participating Vancouver cafes. There are 25 “chocstars” serving 59 different flavours of hot chocolate.

In Kitsilano, we’re spoiled for choice. Chocolate Arts, Terra Breads, Thomas Haas, and  49th Parallel Coffee + Lucky’s Doughnuts are participating in the Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival.

Details on Kitsilano hot chocolate menus below. Read more…

Visit 5 Vancouver museums for $5 at Winter Wander: January 23, 2016

Hurrah!  Winter Wander returns to Vanier Park this Saturday, January 23.  For just $5 you can enjoy a wonderful day of music, science, history  and art at five Vancouver museums.

Your $5 admission will get you into all of Vanier Park’s attractions; The Museum of Vancouver (MOV), H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Vancouver Maritime Museum, Academy of Music, and the City of Vancouver Archives.  And, as in previous years there will be performances by Academy of Music students and Bard on the Beach’s Young Shakespeareans, some of Vancouver best food trucks will be on site and there will be contests for the chance to win great prizes. Read more…

3 family-friendly budget activities in Kitsilano

H.R. MacMillan Space Centre. Image credit:

H.R. MacMillan Space Centre. Image credit:

This is the year to eat more veggies and spend less money. Sounds like last year, and the year before. Well anyway, we like it when something suits are rather empty wallet. So here are 3 family-friendly activities to partake in over the next week or so in Kitsilano, all with a modest budget in mind.

3 Family-Friendly Budget Activities in Kitsilano

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Kidsbooks Kitsilano moving to a new location


Our special neighbourhood children’s bookstore Kidsbooks is moving locations. Not to worry though, they’re just heading four blocks east from Balaclava Street and West Broadway  to Trafalgar and Broadway. The move is a result of planned building demolition for their current space. The new space will be larger and feature free underground parking. The move is set to take place “in early 2016.”

More about Kidsbooks: Kidsbooks first opened on West 4th Avenue in 1983 during a recession. It moved to West Broadway in 1987. In 1995 they  opened a second location at Edgemont Village in North Van. Kidsbooks is known for being the first store in Canada to sell J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter book series in 1998. Of course they had the window displays to match. It’s also Vancouver’s favourite children’s bookstore.

Robson Square Ice Rink is Open New Year’s Day January 1

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Looking for fun on New Year’s Day? If you have kids or simply avoided a party-hard scenario, get out of doors and take advantage of free ice skating at Robson Square before the opportunity is over in February. The Robson Square Ice Rink is open January 1 from 9am to 11pm. Skate rental is $4. The rink also features a concession stand with snacks and warm drinks.

Free Vancouver NYE Party Downtown on December 31


There’s a free New Year’s party in Vancouver this year. It’s the first public New Year’s event since 1992, so we’re reporting on it, even though you’ll have to leave Kitsilano to attend. The NYE Vancouver party starts at 6pm December 31, at Canada Place Way, near the Coal Harbour waterfront, between Howe and Burrard.

There will be family-friendly live entertainment from Vancouver performers and food trucks until midnight. Other perks: special sponsor exhibitions,  live on-site broadcasts, and a midnight countdown with spectacular fireworks over Coal Harbour. For folks with young children, they’re even runni gan early countdown with a short fireworks performance. Families with children can celebrate Early Eve at the 102.7 The Peak Stage, which includes a 3-minute burst of fireworks from the offshore barge in the middle of Coal Harbour beginning at 9pm.

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You Don’t Need a Babysitter. Family New Year’s Party at Rocky Mountain Flatbread.

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There’s always a dilemma for parents of small children on New Year’s Eve. Did you manage to book a baby sitter? If not, what the heck are you going to do on New Year’s Eve? If you’re looking for family-friendly New Year’s Eve parties in Kitsilano, head to Rocky Mountain Flatbread.

The family-friendly festivities include dinner, entertainment, face painting, and an early evening countdown – all at a decent price. Details below.

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Help General Gordon School Get a Playground by Shopping at Bayswater Tea Co. & Cobs Bakery

Image: Cobs

Image: Cobs

Help give a Kits school a much-needed playground. How? For the month of December Bayswater Tea Co. at 2966 West Broadway is donating 100% of the proceeds from sales of their Winter Mandarin Black Tea and Walnut Carmel Rooibos Tea to the General Gordon Elementary School playground fundraising campaign.

Cobs Bakeries at Broadway & MacDonald or 4th & Vine give 5% of your purchase to the school as part of their ongoing Dough Raiser. Be sure to say you support Gordon School when you shop.

The school is being rebuilt and will be ready Fall 2016. During the two year construction period Gordon students are at Queen Elizabeth School and Q.E. Annex. Unfortunately, there is no money in the budget for playground equipment or covered play spaces. Read more…

Best Vancouver Christmas Lights 2015


You’re wrapping up office Christmas parties, and looking for something peaceful and lovely to do with the people you care about most. It’s time to go bask in Vancouver Christmas lights.

We’ve listed your best options below. Find more Vancouver holiday community events here. Read more…