Rain is upon us but don’t despair! Here are 5 family-friendly, indoor activities for a drizzly day in Kitsilano:
1. A spot of tea.
Enjoy family-friendly afternoon tea with freshly baked scones, decadent mini-cakes, and fancy porcelain. Two spots to try are Neverland Tea Salon, which has just opened on 3066 West Broadway, and raw food & vegan cafe Indigo Food on 2589 West 16th Avenue.
2. Museum wander.
Visit a local cultural institution and discover something new about our neighbourhood’s history. Try out the Museum of Vancouver (while there, pick up the self-guided tour worksheets to keep the kids entertained), the Vancouver Maritime Museum, or the Old Hastings Mill Store Museum – which is housed in Vancouver’s oldest building dating back to 1865. A little farther up the road on the UBC campus, you’ll find the renowned Museum of Anthropology. Their big fall exhibit is The Marvellous Real: Art from Mexico, 1926-2011, with Frida Kahlo and more, from October 25.
Stay cozy under the covers mum, and have dad take the little one(s) to Man in The Moon at the Kitsilano Library branch on Saturdays, starting October 5th at 10:15am-11:15am. This is a unique literacy and language play program that is suitable for babies 0-18months and for the men who love them. Free, but registration is required. For a complete list of storytimes in Kits for kids of all ages, check out this post.
4. Comfort nosh.
Have someone else do the cooking and take the family out for dinner. Several family-friendly restaurants in Kitsilano include Rocky Mountain Flatbread, Tractor, and White Spot (hello Pirate Paks!).
5. Take a spin on the ice.
Get into the winter spirit early and go ice skating at the Kitsilano Ice Rink. Public Skating starts October 6 at the Kitsilano Community Centre. Check out the website for public skate times. Skate lessons are offered for all ages and abilities too and skate rentals are also available on site.
Last modified: May 11, 2017
Don’t forget about the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC.
Also on a rainy day (check schedules online):
Westside Family Place at 11th & MacDonald.
Drop-in parent & child open gym at Kits Community Centre & West Point Grey CC
Drop-in parent & child group at St. Marks through Kitsilano Neigbourhood House