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Kitsilano Pool opens Saturday, May 21

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Opening day for Kitsilano Pool marks the unofficial start of summer in Kits. According to the Vancouver.ca public pool schedules, opening day for Kitsilano Pool is Saturday May 21, 2016 with public swimming from 9am to 8:30pm.

Kitsilano Pool is Vancouver’s only heated saltwater swimming pool. The outdoor summer pool is 137 metres long (almost three times longer than an Olympic pool) and has 3 slides. Because it’s so close to Kits beach, one of the top 5 beaches in Vancouver, it appears to be a turquoise extension of the ocean. Read more…

4 great Kits restaurants for families

The Sunshine Diner's gggs benny. Image credit: Thesunshinediner.com

The Sunshine Diner’s eggs benny. Image credit: Thesunshinediner.com

Often when we do a post on family-friendly restaurants, the usual suspects come to mind including Rocky Mountain Flatbread, White Spot, and Burgoo. While all three of these places do indeed offer a welcoming space and good food, we thought we’d seek out a few more restaurants to add to the list.

4 great Kits restaurants for families

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Kidsbooks’ new location is super fun for the entire family

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Kidsbooks recently opened in a new bigger space at 2557 West Broadway, and the 5,000 square foot shop is getting rave reviews from all ages. Not only is it next to Thomas Haas, which makes it easy to pair it with coffee and an indulgent treat, it has books for the entir family. Yes, there’ s lots of skillfully-curated picks for tiny people. You can also find the a well-stocked teen section, the hippest cookbooks, adult bestsellers, and even pajamas for your bedtime stories. Read more…

Register now for Easter Eggstravaganza at Kitsilano Community Centre

Image: By Gerbil, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia

Image: By Gerbil, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia

Easter Eggstravaganza at Kits Community Centre takes place Saturday, March 26. Tickets are on sale now. If you’ve got little ones, you’ll want to prebook because this community event always sells out.

Eggciting things will be happening for Easter at Kits CC. The gym will be full of fun activities for all ages: crafts, games, face painting, cookie decorating and more. No Easter special event would be complete without our special guest stopping by. Parent participation required, but tickets only need to be purchased for the children. Infants under 12 months are free too.

This event sells out – so purchase early to reserve your spot.

Don’t miss the Vancouver St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Sunday, March 13

Image: Celtic Fest Vancouver

Image: Celtic Fest Vancouver

Vancouver is all set to celebrate Celtic culture at the annual Celtic Fest, March 10-17. The biggest event of the week-long festival is the free St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 13.

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade starts at 11am and will follow the same route as in 2015, beginning on Howe and Davie, proceeding north along Howe to Georgia, and ending at Georgia & Granville Streets.

Join thousands of happy spectators lining the route to cheer on 2000+ parade participants. Read more…

Spring Break camps in Kitsilano that still have space

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With Spring Break 2016 just around the corner (March 14 to 28 in Vancouver), you may be wondering if you can still get your kids into a camp over the break. The good news is there are still some spaces in awesome half and full-day week-long camps and drop in programs in the neighbourhood.

6 fantastic Spring Break Camps in Kitsilano that have space

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Family-friendly March events in Kitsilano

4Cats art studio also has Easter workshops. Image credit: 4cats.com

4Cats art studio also has Easter workshops. Image credit: 4cats.com

In like a lion, out like a lamb.

March has a lot going on this year, with Spring Break (mid-March), St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th), the start of a new season (March 20th), the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (March 24th), and Easter (the weekend of the 25th) all occurring over the next few weeks. Throw Daylight Savings Time (starting on March 13th) and mixed weather into it and it all adds up to a busy month, especially for families.

We’ve gathered some details on family friendly March events in Kitsilano that your kids won’t want to miss, including Spring Break ideas and an Easter egg hunt. Sign up soon though as spaces are limited.

Family-friendly March Events in Kitsilano

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What to do this weekend in Kits

Scene from Vancouver-shot  movie Deadpool. Image credit: Cineplex.com

Scene from Vancouver-shot movie Deadpool. Image credit: Cineplex.com

Besides strolling through our lovely blooming neighbourhood, umbrella in hand, reusable coffee mug in the other, we’ve got a few ideas for what to do this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Here’s what’s on this weekend in Kitsilano.

What to do this weekend in Kits

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Planning a family holiday? Here’s the best baby travel gear

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Family travel in Marseille, France. Image: Taraneh Jerven

Planning a spring or summer family holiday? The most adventurous family travelers started practicing when their child was a baby. For all you Kits parents, we know traveling with a baby seems daunting, but it can be easy if you have the right baby travel gear. Read more…